Red Car Wigwag, A Bug's Path, Screamin' Blue, DCA Construction, Star Tours, +MORE
by, 08-23-2010 at 02:56 AM
Getting through Disney California Adventure got a bit easier this week as the permanent connector path between the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and A Bug's Land opened for business. The new path finally puts an end to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror being a dead-end for the Hollywood-themed area of the park, and the new path can't hurt with the oft-forgotten Flik's Fun Fair area with some increased foot traffic. The opening of the new path also marked the completion of the new section of Red Car Trolley track in the area. The new Trolley is already making quite the mark on the park in terms of quality and theming, and that's saying something considering the trolleys won't actually be using the new tracks for another two years. Speaking of coming attractions, construction continues at the upcoming Little Mermaid and Cars Land attractions and over in Disneyland, Star Tours continues its makeover.
Thanks to Macro for some additional help this week with Red Car Trolley photos.
For more information on any of the construction projects featured in today's update, just look for a Project Tracker water mark and click that photo for more information on the project and to join the on-going discussion.
There's plenty to get to this week, so let's get started!
Inside Dateline Disneyland
- Welcome to Disneyland!
Star Tours construction get underway
- California Construction
A look at the park's on-going $1 billion expansion and remodel.
- Disneywall Hotel
Disneyland Hotel gets more construction walls
- This & That
Chip 'n' Dale Treehouse reopens, Glow Fest extended
- Around the Park
Photos from around the parks...
- Weekly News and Information Round-Up
Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments; D23 Expo 2011 goes on sale; Muslim woman alleges discrimination at Disneyland job; 4,000 Disneyland jobs get pay raise
WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
Star Tours work continues to get underway in Tomorrowland.
The support post that included electricity lighting effects has been stripped down, and the floor on the queue entry has been removed. Hopefully it'll be removed for good for a more sleek and futuristic aesthetic.
Peeking through construction walls, you can see scaffolding is going up inside the queue.
A look at California Adventure's ongoing $1 billion remodel and expansion...
RED CAR TROLLEY
Over in California Adventure's Hollywood Pictures Backlot, work has wrapped up on the remainder of the new section of Red Car Trolley track near the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
The gates lead to the Red Car Trolley maintenance facility backstage.
The new thematically-appropriate "wigwag" is located at one of the pedestrial crosswalks along the trolley route.
Interestingly, the Red Car Trolley street marker we showed you last week has been replaced with one that no longer bears the 1942 date previously featured. Below is the marker as pictured in last week's update...
And here is the new marker, sans '1942.' Seems like the date must have been a story error within Imagineering and was changed.
The removal of the construction walls in this area also marked the opening of the new permanent pathway between the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and A Bug's Land. A temporary path was open briefly a few months ago and was entirely un-themed. The new path provides a suitably-themed transition between the two very different lands and allows a much-needed access point in this area of the park.
A sign from the Backlot-side of the path lets you know you're entering A Bug's Land
Looking at the new path from the Hollywood Backlot.
Over in Paradise Pier, California Screamin' is getting a slightly different look. The teal scream tubes, which are placed along key points of the coaster track to reduce noise pollution from coaster riders, are being repainted in a new blue.
It seems too soon to tell if the new blue is much of an upgrade from the teal that largely defined the original Paradise Pier color scheme, but it seems like more lipstick on a pig rather than making the proper effort to make a properly-themed solution.
THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL'S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE
Construction continues at the site of the upcoming Little Mermaid dark ride.
MULLHOLLAND MADNESS & PARADISE GARDEN DINING
Walls have gone up around the smoking area/seating area next to Mullholland Madness.
Not much has happened so far at Burger Invasion, but work should start soon soon on removing the giant burger facade.
Work continues on Cars Land outside park walls
Cars Land rock walls rise behind Pacific Wharf and Paradise Pier
Hopefully the backside of these rock walls will get some thematic treatment and won't just be an un-themed wall.
The LA Times Funland Blog recently featured a scene-by-scene preview (with concept art not pictured here) of the upcoming Radiator Springs Racers attraction, which promises to blow your expectations of a Disney E-Ticket out of the water
Preview of Radiator Springs Racers ride coming in 2012 to Disney California Adventure
What’s better than an E Ticket ride? How about an F Ticket?
Radiator Springs Racers promises to redefine our expectations of an E Ticket attraction by combining a classic dark ride with a thrilling head-to-head drag race.
Currently under construction at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, the $200-million ride, scheduled to make its debut in 2012, will take passengers on a four-minute journey through stalactite caverns, around hairpin turns and along high-speed straightaways. Each side-by-side race ends with a randomly selected winner.
** Spoiler Alert**
What follows is a scene-by-scene breakdown of the Radiator Springs Racers ride:
Riders pass under the track into Stanley’s Oasis, named after the fictional town’s founder, whose statue sits in front of the Radiator Springs Courthouse. Based on concept art from “The Art of Cars” book, the queue re-creates a scene dreamed up by Pixar animators that never made the movie. Visitors walk through Tap N Cap, Stanley’s roadside radiator cap shop for overheated cars.
Inside a fender-shaped cavern, passengers climb into six-person vehicles, each with two rows of three seats. The Sheriff delivers a safety spiel and sets up the ride’s back story, informing riders of the upcoming race.
Heading outdoors for an idyllic drive through Ornament Valley, you pass pine trees and a waterfall amid the desert landscape.
Entering a tunnel, you barely avoid a collision with Mack the big-rig truck, swerving out of the way as his horn blares. You escape another near-miss with Van and Minny, a pair of hapless lost tourists.
As you fly past a roadside billboard, the Sheriff warns you to slow down or you’ll blow a tire before the big race.
Mater the tow truck arrives (driving backward, of course) to escort you to the race but instead takes you tractor tipping. Your horn wakes Frank the harvester, who chases after you.
Entering town, you’re greeted by Sarge the military Jeep and Fillmore the VW van. Lightning McQueen and Sally the Porsche offer tips and training for the big race.
Doc Hudson offers final pre-race instructions as your competition pulls up beside you. Luigi the tire shop owner delivers the countdown as Guido the forklift drops the flag to start the race.
Heading back outdoors, both cars race around buttes, over camel-back humps, past geysers and along high-speed stretches before crossing the finish line.
Heading back indoors, you enter Tail Light Cavern, a room full of stalactites and stalagmites designed to look like 1950s tail fin lights. Lightning McQueen and Mater say goodbye as you disembark. [ FULL ARTICLE ]
Work continues on the Disneyland Hotel remodel
Walls are up around the Lost Bar, dining locations, and Jungle Cruise remote control boats
The Disneyland Hotel's waterfalls are also behind construction walls now, awaiting demolition
With the waterfall area completely walled off, the Wonder Tower's main entrance is inaccessible. To get into the tower, hotel guests must walk all the way around the Tower to enter through the back entrance.
The back entrance.
Inside, only a construction wall corridor leads guests to the elevators for room access. The tower's lobby area is completely closed for remodel.
THIS & THAT
Chip 'n' Dale Treehouse in Disneyland is back open
California Adventure's Glow Fest has been given a full extension through Labor Day after original plans were to only extend the Sunshine Plaza-section of the after-dark light-and-dance party.
Disney dance party extended through Labor Day
Disney California Adventure visitors can keep dancing in the streets for two extra weeks now that the park is extending the nightly parties.
The full Glow Fest, a nightly, neon-splashed performance and interactive dance, now is scheduled to run through Sept. 6, which is Labor Day, said John McClintock, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman.
Glow Fest is a two-part celebration starting with shows in the Sunshine Plaza near the park’s entrance and continuing with a dance party in the Hollywood Boulevard area. See a previous story and poll about Glow Fest at Disney California Adventure.
Originally, the dance parties were set to end Sunday, while the performances were scheduled to run longer through Labor Day. Now, both parts of Glow Fest are running through Sept. 6.
In the fall, Disney is expected to replace Glow Fest with a promotional celebration based on the upcoming movie, “Tron: Legacy,” possibly called ElecTRONica. [ FULL ARTICLE ]
AROUND THE PARK
We'll end today's photo update with a couple shots around the park...
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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP
Weekly Theme Park HoursAUGUST 23 — 29, 2010
Disneyland Park Disney California Adventure Monday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 11 pm For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
Closures and Refurbishment Schedule Disneyland Park
- Haunted Mansion: Closed August 30 - September 16 to install Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay
- Main Street Vehicles: Closed September 7 - 30 for refurbishment.
- Space Mountain: Closed September 12 - 16 to install Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy overlay.
- Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin: Closed September 20 - December 16
- Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed for one day September 22.
- Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed September 27-30.
- Star Tours: Closed Star Tours 2 revamp. Reopens May 2011.
Disney California Adventure
- Toy Story Midway Mania!: Closed August 30 - October 10 to install safety gates in load station.
- Bountiful Valley Farm area: Closes permanently September 7 for Cars Land construction.
- Maliboomer: Closes permanently September 7 for removal.
- Pizza Oom Mow Mow: Closes September 7 to begin retheme to Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. Reopens May 2011.
- Mullholland Madness: Closes October 12 to begin re-theme. Reopens May 2011 as Goofy's Sky School.
- Burger Invasion: Closed for retheme to Paradise Garden Grill. Reopens May 2011.
- The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction. Opens Spring 2011.
- Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
- Red Car Trolley: Track under construction in Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Attraction set to open spring 2012.
Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
- Arcade (Disneyland Hotel) Closed permanently July 30 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel
- Jungle Cruise Remote Control Boats (Disneyland Hotel) Closed permanently July 31 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel
- The Lost Bar (Disneyland Hotel) Closed permanently August 1 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel
- Croc's Bits & Bites (Disneyland Hotel): Closed permanently August 1 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel
D23 EXPO 2011 TICKETS ON SALE NOW
THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR THE RETURN OF THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT!
The first-ever D23 Expo in 2009 left Disney fans asking when there would be another. On Thursday, August 19, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club begins ticket sales for the next adventure — an incredible three-day event that brings the entire world of Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center next August 19-21.
Tickets for D23 Expo 2011 will fall into three different pricing tiers, based on purchase date (see table below), and D23 Members can enjoy additional savings, plus members-only benefits. From August 19 through December 31, 2010, tickets will be $37 for a one-day adult admission and $27 for children ages 3 to 12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will be $30 for a one-day adult admission and $22 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available for both D23 Members and the general public, and D23 Members can save as much as $204 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate.
For the full article visit:
D23: THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR THE RETURN OF THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT!
MUSLIM WOMAN FILES DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT AGAINST DISNEY
From the OC Register's Around Disney blog:
Muslim employee accuses Disney of discrimination
Disneyland Resort hotel employee accused Disney of discrimination for refusing to let her wear a Muslim head scarf at work in public.
Imane Boudlal, a restaurant hostess at the Storytellers’ Cafe in the Grand Californian Hotel in Downtown Disney, said she has been sent home without pay four times this week after attempting to wear a hijab at work.
But Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, said Boudlal was offered a behind-the-scenes assignment at the restaurant until a solution could be figured out. Brown denied that the company discriminated against Boudlal.
Wednesday afternoon, Boudlal was turned away for the fourth time from her public hostess job after holding a press conference to bring attention to the issue. About 50 supporters — some of whom wore head scarves — followed her to the front of the restaurant, praying and rallying as they waited for an answer and Disney visitors walked by. Boudlal again was told that she could take an assignment out of public view.
“I’m not going to accept to work in the back,” said Boudlal, 26, of Anaheim.
In the press conference, Boudlal said she believes she was discriminated against because she looks Muslim. Boudlal said she sent a letter to Disney requesting that she be able to wear a head scarf. After they kept delaying a response, she decided to report to work with it.
“I’m not here to scare anyone,” she said. “I’m here to do my job.”
On Wednesday, Boudlal filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a letter demanding back pay from Disney, said Ameena Qazi, an attorney from Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is representing Boudlal. Qazi said she believes that Disney is breaking state and federal laws.
“The company values diversity and has a long-standing policy against discrimination of any kind,” said Brown of Disney in the prepared statement.
“Ms. Boudlal has worked for the company for more than two years and recently made the request to wear a hijab, and we have been working directly with her on accommodations. In the interim, we offered reasonable accommodations to allow her to work during her scheduled shifts, which she declined.”
The hijab issue comes as a national debate brews about a proposed Islamic center near the former World Trade Center site in New York City.
Boudlal decided to try wearing the head scarf to work after becoming a U.S. citizen in June and learning about her rights of freedom of religion. Some Muslim women wear a hijab, which covers the hair and neck, as a form of modesty.
For the full article visit:
Around Disney: Muslim employee accuses Disney of discrimination
DISNEY APPROVES PAY INCREASE FOR FOOD & BEVERAGE WORKERS
Also from the OC Register's Around Disney blog:
Disney approves raises for 4,000 workers
Disneyland Resort plans to give raises to 4,000 theme-park employees over the next five years under a contract that was recently approved.
The company and Workers United Local 50 reached an agreement on a five-year contract, the longest in the union’s history at the park. Those employees will receive between 3 and 3.5 percent raises over that time. It took the parties six days to negotiate the contract, which was ratified by the union, according to Disney.
Workers United union represents about 4,000 food and beverage employees who work in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
“We are pleased that an agreement was reached and ratified before the current contract expired,” said a joint statement from Disney and the union. “Our mutual dedication to the bargaining process allowed us to quickly and efficiently reach a deal for our nearly 4,000 food and beverage cast members who work in the two parks.”
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Around Disney: Disney approves raises for 4,000 workers
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