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Getting ready for Christmas, Mickey dances, Sunset, California construction, +MORE!

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by , 10-25-2010 at 02:25 AM
Disneyland's Christmas Tree can now be seen backstage from the Mickey and Friends Tram Route as it gets ready for the upcoming holiday season, but its not just backstage where Christmas is popping up. Holiday merchandise is hitting store shelves throughout the Resort and the first Christmas decorations are now up in a far corner of New Orleans Square. Still, Halloween Time chugs along, despite the first signs of Christmas and on-going construction in both parks. In California Adventure, the sun is setting on the one of the park's opening-day icons and the Maliboomer thrill ride is now completely gone from the Paradise Pier skyline. And over in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, Mickey is now dancing to slightly questionable beats in a new stage show.

As always, more information on the construction projects featured in today's update can be found in the MiceChat Project Tracker threads — just look for a Project Tracker watermark and click that photo for more information and to join the on-going discussion.

Thanks to Mac Daddy for some additional help with photos this week.

There's always lots to see at Disneyland, so let's get started!

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Disneyland has added Captain EO Tribute posters to the east entry tunnel.

East Center Street is getting some facade refurbishment work.

While Disney quietly sneaks in Christmas lights in trees and bushes around the Castle and in the Central Plaza, the first set of Christmas decorations has gone up back in New Orleans Square's Court des Anges.

It looks like the area will once again be a merchandise location during the holiday season.

Over in Fantasyland, Christmas lights are now appearing on "it's a small world's" facade. The ride is now closed to install the holiday overlay and will reopen November 12 as part of Disneyland's holiday offerings.

The new Disney Dance Crew show debuted last week in California Adventure's Hollywood Pictures Backlot, replacing the long-running, fan-favorite Drawn to the Magic show.

The show is as far from Drawn to the Magic as you can imagine.

The show features two groups of kids in hip costumes talking "street" and dancing to remixes of popular Disney songs from films like Mulan and The Lion King

It's insulting (and questionable) enough to hear "Yo Ho (A Pirates Life From Me)" from Pirates of the Caribbean remixed into a pseudo rap song and the lyrics changed to "Drink up my gangstas, yo ho!" — but, it's just wrong and bizarre to see Mickey stripped on stage to reveal hip dancer clothes and Mickey dancing to to these songs.

The show finishes with the signage changing from "Disney Dance Crew" to "Mickey's Dance Crew" and Mickey being regarded as a cool new dance star. Confetti is shot into the crowd and then Mickey comes out for a meet-and-greet.

Disney released a video preview of the show on the DisneyParks Blog — take a look.

A look at California Adventure's ongoing $1 billion remodel and expansion...

The west side of California Adventure's tile mural is completely gone. All that's currently left is a section of the steel framework.

The buildings that were once covered by the tile murals will soon become richly-themed shops on a 1920s Los Angeles street.

Across the way, the east mural and facades are still intact for now. The signage at the Greetings! from California is showing some bad wear and tear, but why bother refurbishing it when it's going to be removed soon anyway?


Further into Sunshine Plaza, the former sun icon continues to be dismantled.

The Carthay Circle Theatre will soon be built here.

Work continues at the former location of Bountiful Valley Farm as Cars Land's Cadillac Range rises in the background.

A look at the rock work from Pacific Wharf

From above, the Bountiful Valley Farm land is all cleared and ready for the construction of the entrance to Cars Land and Tow Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.

Construction workers form the ridges of the Radiator Springs mountain range


They've really made progress in the Pizza Oom Mow Mow and Burger Invasion area. The entire area in front of the dining areas has been completely cleared and work is underway getting the restaurants ready to be re-themed.

The Maliboomer is completely gone now, nicely freeing up the Paradise Pier skyline and drastically helping the view look cleaner and more appropriately themed.

It's definitely a nicer view now.

The Maliboomer marquee is gone

All that's left are a few shade structures and lighting fixtures

From the OC Register's Around Disney blog:

Tall ride disappears from Disney park
The tall structure that was Maliboomer is gone from the skyline of Disney California Adventure’s Paradise Pier area.

The attraction was removed as part of the Disneyland Resort’s makeover of the theme park. The area is currently planned to have a park-like setting when all the work is complete.

A construction crane was on site but could only be used in the early morning hours to dismantle the attraction, as it operated above and over the California Screamin roller coaster.

The ride was similar to Knott’s Berry Farm’s Supreme Scream, with some differences including a rapid rise to the top. [ FULL STORY ]

Work continues behind Red Car Trolley construction walls in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot

Scaffolding still surrounds the Hyperion Theatre marquee

Construction continues at the Disneyland Hotel.

The former Compass Books newsstand is once again home to the Cupcake Store.

Holiday merchandise is now hitting resort store shelves

Inside DCA, Duffy treats are now being sold in dining locations in the park.

Back in Disneyland, Toon Town continues to get some TLC. Its entry sign is gone for refurbishment.

...and the Mickey Mouse fountain is behind construction walls

We'll finish today's photo update with a couple photos from New Orleans Square...

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
OCTOBER 25 — 31, 2010
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
Monday - Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 9 am - 8 pm
Friday: 8 pm - 7 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Sunday: 8 am - 7 pm
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 10 am - 11 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 11 pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Theme Park Calendar

Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park

  • Village Haus Restaurant: Closed until December 19 for refurbishment.
  • Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin: Closed through December 16 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world": Closed through November 11 to install holiday overlay.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Closed November 2 -3 for refurbishment.
  • The Blue Bayou Restaurant: Closed November 2 -3 due to Pirates of the Caribbean refurbishment.
  • The Jungle Cruise: Closed November 15-18
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: Closed November 29 through December 2 for refurbishment.
  • Star Tours: Closed for Star Tours 2 overhaul. Reopens May 2011.

Disney California Adventure

  • It's Tough to Be a Bug!: Closed through October 25 - 29 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed November 1-18
  • Maliboomer: Removed. Space will become new park-like area.
  • Mullholland Madness: Closed to be rethemed. Reopens May 2011 as Goofy's Sky School.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mow: Closed for retheme to Boardwalk Pasta and Pizza
  • 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, Jungle Cruise Remote Control Boats, Hook's Pointe, The Wine Cellar, The Lost Bar, and Croc's Bits & Bites (Disneyland Hotel): Closed permanently for removal as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel.

Sad news — from the OC Register Around Disney blog:

Man who jumped from Disney structure ID’d

Authorities identified Thursday a 61-year-old man who fell to his death from the top floor of the parking structure at Disneyland.

Ghassan Trabulsi of Monrovia was found about 8:45 p.m. Sunday near the southwest corner of the Mickey & Friends parking structure on Walnut Street and Magic Way, said Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez.

Trabulsi was taken to a hospital where he died at 1:30 a.m. Monday, Martinez said.
An autopsy performed Tuesday revealed Trabulsi died of multiple traumatic injuries consistent with a fall, said Orange County Supervising Deputy Coroner Daniel Aikin.

Trabulsi had a suicide note, Martinez said, adding that he may have been undergoing “personal issues.”

Surveillance cameras around the six-story parking structure did not capture the fall, but evidence found indicated he jumped from the top floor, Martinez said.
For the full story, visit: Around Disney: Man who jumped from Disney structure ID’d

More from Around Disney:
Police: Disney union’s pedophile warning unjust
Hotel union members are handing out fliers warning visitors of the potential of “pedophiles” at Disneyland – a missive that a police official says “misrepresents” facts.

The fliers cite Anaheim police calls and sex offender statistics under the headline of: “Keep Your Children Close! Places Like Disneyland Are Magnets For ‘Pedophiles.’ ”

The union, Unite Here Local 11, has been embroiled in a contract dispute with Disney for almost three years.

“Local 11’s leadership has reached a new low with this reprehensible tactic, and they should be ashamed of themselves,” said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, in a prepared statement.

Leigh Shelton, a Unite Here spokeswoman, denies that the fliers are related to the contract dispute. The fliers state, “A Service From UNITE HERE!” and include tips for keeping children safe.

“We think this is an important issue,” Shelton said. “This is a serious problem that affects anybody whose children go to Disneyland and that includes our members.”
Sgt. Rick Martinez, spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, said he knows of no pedophile problems currently at Disneyland.

Union representatives requested police reports from the addresses of the Disneyland Resort’s two theme parks, three hotels, Downtown Disney and parking lots.

“The Anaheim Police were called to Disneyland 64 times from 2005-2010 to investigate ‘sex offenses’ – 9 of them in the first half of 2010,” the flier states.

Martinez said he knows of no pedophilia-related reports, although he has yet to review all of them.
For the full story, visit: Around Disney: Police — Disney union’s pedophile warning unjust

Just a year after opening, the new Grand Californian Hotel timeshares are now sold out.
Disneyland Resort’s first timeshares sell out
The first timeshares at the Disneyland Resort sold out about a year after they opened, Disney announced Wednesday (today).

Memberships to Villas at the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim are now at capacity.
The 50 Grand Californian units opened in September 2009 as the company’s first Disney timeshares on the West Coast. The units are part of Disney Vacation Club, the company’s timeshare program. See a story about the Disney timeshare opening.

Diane Hancock, a spokeswoman for Disney Vacation Club, declined to release how many members are at the Grand Californian. The club has 450,000 members total.

The timeshares mean big bucks for Anaheim: The city projected that the units would make about $465,000 in hotel taxes in the the first year alone. The amount was expected to go up each year. See a previous story about the Disney hotel expansion taxes.

“We are very pleased with the success of our first West Coast resort,” said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis in a prepared statement. “Families have enjoyed visiting the Disneyland Resort for decades and Disney Vacation Club members who own at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel will enjoy the savings for decades to come.”
For the full story, visit: Around Disney: Disneyland Resort’s first timeshares sell out

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    "Drink up me gangstas, yo ho"??? Someone PLEASE tell me the performer who sings/raps this line is not also brandishing a "pimp chalice" a la Snoop. LOL!!
    Ridiculous. May it die a quick death and be forgotten immediately.
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    "Drink up me ganstas, yo ho", Mickey stripped, hip-hop Mickey booty bumping... wow. This is just one of those ideas that so bad, just the mere mentioning of it at a brainstorming meeting should be laughed right out the door. The fact that it actually made it into a Disney theme park means that Iger needs to be walked right out the door with it, because this is TOTALLY unacceptable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BiggestDisneyFan
    Great update!

    On a different topic, the picture below makes me think that whoever put up those railings must have 1) been sobriety challenged, at the time, and 2) Forgot their level at home that day.

    Just laughed out (very) loud at work - I definitely didn't notice that before! Hilarious. Maybe the builder was confused, and thought he was being hired for Suess Land in Orlando?
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    Great update, as always!
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    $5 for a cupcake?!?!?! Yeah right.
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    Anyway to get a larger version of picture file: IMG_9116? It's quite beauitful!
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    Ironic that the last bits of the Sun Sculpture should form a Circle for Carthay Circle Theater. (As for Hip-Hop-Mic, it will be gone before you know it, so enjoy it before something better or worse comes along... like a certain replacement for Hyperion.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneykin Kid
    Disney Dance Crew - I think someone in Disney is thinking, "We're not attracting enough teenagers to the parks, so let's put on a hip and edgy show." . . .
    You have to be satisfied with getting the demographic that already loves Disney and cater to that demographic even more. Disney parks will always be weak in attracting teens, and I'm sure even they would think the DDC show is lame. Disney songs remixed to a rap beat? Come on, teens can see through that in an instant. So you have a show that teens think is lame, and the adults and families think is offensive. A lose/lose proposition.
    You hit it spot on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by safarijaclyn
    Just laughed out (very) loud at work - I definitely didn't notice that before! Hilarious. Maybe the builder was confused, and thought he was being hired for Suess Land in Orlando?
    I did the same thing. Except it was in the middle of the college library. Lol.

    Thank you for the much needed break full of Disney wonder minus the oddity of "Gangsters" that somehow found their way onto a disney stage..

    Back to the Psychology of Gender.
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    I wonder if the hip hop dance show is supposed to be a market tie-in for that new hip hop dancing Mickey (the one that Donny Osmond pitches during Dancing With the Stars)? Can't believe those lyrics though.
    Okay, for reference:
    "Drink up me hearties, yo ho!" - Endearing lyrics from an attraction devoted to a time in history.
    "Drink up me gangstas, yo ho!" - Encouraging drinking to children. Also, did you just call me a ho?
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    Remember the "Poochy the dog" episode of "The Simpsons"?
    (Neither do the people who brought back rappin' Mickey.)

    And, yeah, wow, $4.95 for a cupcake?
    It's not often I actually hope for a business to fail.
    Actually I hope they change the price to $1.95.

    Thanks for the excellent update! After four years of frequent visits, we're taking one to two years off from having APs. It's cool to see what is growing while we're gone.
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    We had to leave the Dance son was worried Gansta Mickey would cap our *****.

    It's sad they went with "Gangsta" Mickey. I was so hoping they'd go for some of the ideas they had: 80's Porn Mickey, Really Bad Acne Outbreak Mickey, Chainsaw Accident Mickey, STD Mickey, Amputee Mickey, Homeless Mickey, Rabid Mickey, Massive Headwound Mickey (from SNL), Lazy Eye Mickey, Turrets Mickey, Intoxicated Mickey, Catholic Priest Mickey or that dude from Yo! Gabba Gabba.

    Peace out.
    Updated 10-25-2010 at 11:34 AM by jaxbistro
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    Having a timeshare at the Grand Californian must be pricey, but very, very sweet. I loved staying at that hotel.
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    I am so sick of this rap crap and everyone adopting the ghetto attitude, whether it be the dress attire, the lousy slang (verbal or with the hands) and again the awful rap. HOw can Disney resort to this, just sickens me. Oh yes, they have to keep up with the times, right!!! Get rid of Ghetto, it is bringing society down.
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    This Mickey dance show was the low point of the D23 event for me. The funny thing was, it came after a presentation called "Weird Disney". Coincidence? I think not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chernabog
    Oh sweet jesus! Mickey is wearing breakaway clothes and they strip him??? *Strip* him?!?!?!?! Into ghetto-fabulous (and I use that term derisively) 90s hip-hop gear?

    Didn't anyone remember how completely embarrassing it was in Steps in Time when the dancers would grab their crotches and rap Hakuna Matata?

    Whoever thought of this idea should be walled up alive in the Carsland mountain range.
    Ah. But if they were walled up in the Carsland mountain, they could just escape through the back.

    And yes. That show is EXACTLY what happens when a geeky 40-year old father tries to be "hip".
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    Walt has just face palmed at the site of his creation dancing to hip hop music to the lyrics "Drink up my gangstas yo ho"
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    [quote=jaxbistro;bt14744]We had to leave the Dance son was worried Gansta Mickey would cap our *****.

    It's sad they went with "Gangsta" Mickey. I was so hoping they'd go for some of the ideas they had: 80's Porn Mickey, Really Bad Acne Outbreak Mickey, Chainsaw Accident Mickey, STD Mickey, Amputee Mickey, Homeless Mickey, Rabid Mickey, Massive Headwound Mickey (from SNL), Lazy Eye Mickey, Turrets Mickey, Intoxicated Mickey, Catholic Priest Mickey or that dude from Yo! Gabba Gabba.

    Peace out.[/quote]

    We already have an STD Mickey =P.
    [ame=]YouTube - Prostitute Mickey[/ame]
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    I guess the demo crew and Disney don't mind if the entrance railings below the old murals get damaged since they'll be coming out for Buena Vista St.

    It's funny how people complain Mickey has break away clothes. It's not like Cinderella and the Stepsisters are reenacting that scene from Cinderella plus even Tokyo Disney has used the breakaway clothes for quick costume changes related to the show (Club Disney comes to mind).
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    I'm sorry but that Disney Dance Crew thing is absolutely ridiculous. It's nice though to see Christmas arriving in the DLR, but Disney could do with out all the "holiday" type sayings for everything-- just say Christmas. Although, they do use Christmas when they mention Christmas lights. Anyways, thanks for the update!!
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