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Tracking the Red Cars, Astro Orbited, Toon Vacation, Candlelight prep, +MORE

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by , 11-29-2010 at 01:42 AM
Disneyland may have celebrated the Thanksgiving weekend without the arrival of the Presidentially-pardoned turkeys, but with the crowds and construction you'd never know the difference. Now, as November ends Disneyland is getting ready for its annual Candlelight processional, which traditionally takes place the first weekend of December. Over in Tomorrowland, the Astro Orbiter has halted flights while some unexpected mechanical issues are addressed. Meanwhile, it's business as usual in Disney California Adventure as construction continues with little regard to the crowds or holidays.

Thanks Fishbulb for his help with photos this week.

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.

Hopefully all of you reading in the States had an excellent Thanksgiving! Now, let's get started!


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WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
Disneyland is getting Town Square ready for this weekend's Candlelight event. This year's event will take place December 4 & 5, with performances at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. both nights. Actor Tom Skerrit will be this year's guest narrator.


Disney is not offering dining packages with reserved seating for this year's event.





Over in Tomorrowland, the Astro Orbiter has quietly stopped spinning. Mechanical issues are reportedly an issue and the attraction is closed indefinitely while the problem is addressed.











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

SUNSHINE PLAZA
Work continues dismantling the entrance of California Adventure, despite holiday crowds pouring through park gates.















RED CAR TROLLEY
The end of Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot is once again open after work wrapped up on the installation of the Red Car Trolley track and the Hyperion Theater facade refurbishment.


The new trolley tracks are here ready for the Red Cars, coming 2012.




New street and parade lighting installed along the street


Work continues behind walls between the Tower of Terror and Hyperion Theater outdoor queue. The main thoroughfare is open for guests though; no more accessing Tower of Terror through A Bug's Land.


The Kellogg's truck that was previously located in the Bountiful Valley Farm area has been relocated near the forced perspective sky mural.


Not sure if this really fits the area...



CARS LAND
















THE LITTLE MERMAID:
ARIEL'S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE

New framework went up for a covered walkway canopy in front of the upcoming Little Mermaid attraction.











GOOFY'S SKY SCHOOL & PARADISE GARDEN DINING AREA





DISNEYLAND HOTEL REMODEL
A quick look at Disneyland Hotel construction















THIS & THAT
Back in Disneyland, the Guided Tour Garden has finished its brief refurbishment







And back in Toon Town, the old Jolly Trolley station has been converted into another tacky Disney Vacation Club kiosk. Luckily the Trolley is still sitting out front for photo-ops, but wouldn't it be nice to have the Trolley station actually be a pick-up location for a functioning trolley?






Promoting the new Hawaiian Vacation Club resort






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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP

Weekly Theme Park Hours
NOVEMBER 29 — DECEMBER 5, 2010
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday - Sunday: 8am - 12midnight
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday - Sunday: 10am - 10pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar

Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park

  • Astro Orbiter: Closed through December 16 for refurbishment.
  • Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin: Closed through December 16 for refurbishment.
  • Village Haus Restaurant: Closed until December 19 for refurbishment.
  • 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

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed November 29 - December 16 for refurbishment
  • Muppet*Vision 3D: Closed December 9
  • 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.


POPULAR HANDMADE HOLIDAY CANDY CANES RETURN TO DISNEYLAND
From Around Disney:

Disneyland begins fresh candy cane sales

For three decades, candy makers have concocted the sweets on the spot at the Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen on Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland. This year, the palace plans to make the hooked treats on eight days through December.

The newly made goodies are so in demand that visitors often line up early to buy them, while others crowd around the windows to watch the process. See a slideshow, right, of the candy making in 2008.

Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis to potential buyers, who can return later to pick up their candies. A stand-by line will begin at 3:30 p.m. Any leftovers will be sold to those in the stand-by line after 4 p.m., said Tina Horwich, candy production manager of the Disneyland Resort, in an e-mail. Each visitor can buy a maximum of two candy canes for $9.95 each.

Fresh candy canes are scheduled to be made: Dec. 9, 11, 13, 17, 21 and 29. The schedule is subject to change, based on temperature and staffing changes, Horwich said.
For the full story, visit: Around Disney: Disneyland begins fresh candy canes


1955 DISNEYLAND EMPLOYEE DIES
News from the Around Disney blog:
Original Disneyland employee dies
Rima Bruce, one of the original Disneyland employees on the park’s opening day, died last month of a stroke. She was 85.

With the passing of Bruce, just 19 employees from Disneyland’s opening day are still alive, said Bob Penfield, also an original Disneyland employee. Those employees are members of Club 55 — named after 1955, the year the park opened.

Bruce worked at Disneyland for 32 years, starting the day before Disneyland opened as a secretary to the food liaison and ending as an executive assistant to the vice president. She retired in 1987, said Vicki Hoff, the wife of Bruce’s nephew.

Bruce decided to apply for a job at Disneyland one day when she and her mother were looking for a place to picnic as they drove along Harbor Boulevard. She noticed a wood frame, which ended up being the Disneyland train station, and knew it was the theme park. Bruce decided to apply at Disneyland.
She was called in for an interview July 15, 1955; she started her job the next day and Disneyland opened the following day, Hoff said. Later, she met her future husband, Bob Bruce, at Disneyland.

For the full story, visit: Around Disney: Original Disneyland employee dies




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  1. C. Andrew Nelson's Avatar
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    Yet another great update. Thank you so much!

    So, why is it that the Jolly Trolley doesn't run any more? It couldn't possibly be that big of a maintenance nightmare, could it??
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    Thanks so much for the update! Lots of great photos.

    It's interesting to hear about people that are still around from DLR's opening, but sad to hear of their passing.

    Does anyone have any idea whats wrong with the Astro Orbiter?

    And whats this?? Not photos of curtained off Star Tours windows? lol
  3. Emmanuel_4's Avatar
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    Great Update!
  4. FerretAfros's Avatar
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    I'm pretty sure I saw the Astro Orbitor running last night, but I really wasn't paying any attention to it. Is it possible that the downtime has something to do with problems from the power source, since nearby construction (Star Tours) often screws up things like that.

    So, why is it that the Jolly Trolley doesn't run any more? It couldn't possibly be that big of a maintenance nightmare, could it??
    I don't think it was ever a maintenance issue; it was because it was unsafe to operate on crowded days, and impractical to operate on not crowded days. With the number of people in the walkways, it was just too difficult to keep them out of the way while it bobbed its way through ToonTown. When it wasn't busy, it was significantly faster to just walk, and there were hardly enough people in TT to justify running the Trolley.
  5. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Nice update!
  6. HKDLFAN's Avatar
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    Disneyland's Main Street looks so much better than HKDLs which is very lacking in comparison.
  7. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by FerretAfros
    I don't think it was ever a maintenance issue; it was because it was unsafe to operate on crowded days, and impractical to operate on not crowded days. With the number of people in the walkways, it was just too difficult to keep them out of the way while it bobbed its way through ToonTown. When it wasn't busy, it was significantly faster to just walk, and there were hardly enough people in TT to justify running the Trolley.
    Well, they're going to have to rethink things when they get the Red Car running in DCA. HPB can be alittle congested too since it's the main route to an E-Ticket. I'd love to see the Jolly Trolley back up and running again.

    Great update.
  8. Sparky's Avatar
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    I didn't see it mentioned, but, the new Disney Channel Rocks show started performing sometime over the weekend, and, performs on the stage at Paradise Park. I didn't really care for it. I wish they would come up with some DCA entertainment geared to my demographic - the "old geezers"! Also, I have read that the Disney Dance Crew show has been retooled some to remove some of the more hip hop-py dialog and "questionable" elements, likely due to the negative feedback on the show. I saw it a couple of weekends ago with friends who hadn't seen it yet and I thought it seemed like it had been retooled a bit.
  9. LuckyJack65's Avatar
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    Thanks is not enough for all you do to keep us informed through word and photos! Your hard work is greatly appreciated by us all.
    --my thought about the Kellogg's truck...I don't know what the era is for the Hollywood area it is parked in now, but if Buena Vista street is suppose to represent the 1920s/30s, then perhaps it will be moved there when the area is complete and open? It's still a cool truck, regardless!
    Looking forward to your next Update...
  10. BassBone's Avatar
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    There is a representation of the LA Farmers Market just a half a block from where the Kellogg's truck is parked. Perhaps that's why it's there?
  11. Timekeeper's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BassBone
    There is a representation of the LA Farmers Market just a half a block from where the Kellogg's truck is parked. Perhaps that's why it's there?
    Maybe...

    Nice update!


    Timekeeper
  12. Meville's Avatar
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    So was the Bugs Land walk through only temp?

    Great update.
  13. a-mad's Avatar
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    I think he meant that you no longer had to go through Bugs Land to access ToT... you can now access it from both sides.

    Right?
  14. GoBotDotCom's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update!
  15. SleepingCorgi's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky
    I didn't see it mentioned, but, the new Disney Channel Rocks show started performing sometime over the weekend, and, performs on the stage at Paradise Park. I didn't really care for it. I wish they would come up with some DCA entertainment geared to my demographic - the "old geezers"! Also, I have read that the Disney Dance Crew show has been retooled some to remove some of the more hip hop-py dialog and "questionable" elements, likely due to the negative feedback on the show. I saw it a couple of weekends ago with friends who hadn't seen it yet and I thought it seemed like it had been retooled a bit.
    ooooh really?! i HOPE HOPE they changed it! does anybody know if they did? Stripping Mickey is just...well, its the stuff that kids' nightmares are made of. (i wonder how parents responded to questions like, "mommy, what are they doing to Mikey?")

    great update as always! It's always a weekly highlight
  16. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Wonderful update once again Andy!

    For those of you who enjoy reading Dateline Disneyland every week, the holidays are a wonderful time to let your favorite authors know you love them by visiting their PayPal donation pages.
  17. rage's Avatar
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    Thank you for the update! I can't wait to be able to walk to ToT without having to walk into bug's land again.
  18. Eeee-va's Avatar
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    I wonder if the Kellogg's truck was moved by contractual agreement--could be that Disney was obligated to display it somewhere as advertising? IF that's the case, I'm not sure there are any better places to put it?
  19. esquivel's Avatar
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    Thanks for another awesome update!
    Looks like Tomorrowland's entrance is now full of closed rides, kinda sucks.
  20. Not My Real Name's Avatar
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    Why is it taking so long to build the Red Car trolley in DCA? Why will it not open until 2012?
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