Building a better California, Mickey ahoy!, Monorail slides, Paradise Garden, +MORE!
by, 03-07-2011 at 02:18 AM
It's been another busy week at the Disneyland Resort with construction bringing new excitement to fans watching Disney California Adventure undergo its massive remodel and expansion. Vertical construction has begun on the new main entrance turnstiles for the park, modeled after the entrance to Los Angeles' historic Pan-Pacific Auditorium. Inside the park, work continues on the new Little Mermaid attraction, with new thematic details emerging as the ride inches closer to its June 3 grand opening. Nearby, the Paradise Garden dining complex continues to show progress as the new dining courtyard works towards its spring opening as well. In Disneyland, some refurbishments wrap up while others continue as the park gets ready for the start of heavy spring break crowds. And over at the Disneyland Hotel, construction is now underway on the hotel's new Monorail-themed water slide area, a part of the property's major multi-year remodeling project.
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.
There's plenty to see this week, so let's get started!
Inside Dateline Disneyland
- Welcome to Disneyland!
TouringPlans.com crowd level recap
- Refurb Roundup
A look at refurbishments around the park...
- California Construction
A look at the on-going construction at Disney California Adventure...
- Disneyland Hotel Remodel
A look at Disneyland Hotel construction...
- Dateline Disneyland Home Theater
Pick up the latest Disney flicks on Blu-ray or DVD with this handy guide
- This & That
Downtown Disney shops, World of Disney reopens toy room, St. Patrick's Day treats,
- Weekly News and Information Round-Up
Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments, Downtown Disney closed due to suspicious object
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WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
Southern California schools and colleges are ready to unleash students on spring break which will bring Disneyland's brief post-Christmas off-season to an end. This weekend may have felt busy if you were visiting the parks, but our friends at TouringPlans remind us that crowds were as low as they'll be until May!
Spring break season is on its way and with it comes the promise of increased crowds at Disney theme parks. I hope many of you were able to take advantage of the lower crowds last week since they may be the lowest until May. Crowds at Disneyland Resort never peaked above a level 6 on our scale last week and wait times at Disneyland on Thursday were in the bottom 7% of all days on record. Four out of the seven days our resort level predictions were exact, the other 3 days we only missed by one. On average, our predictions are within 1 index point 90% of the time.
Big thanks to our Disneyland Research team and our fabulous LINES users who reported wait times throughout the week. Here’s how their submissions compared to what our professional statisticians predicted on the Crowd Calendar.
— Fred Hazelton Statistician, TouringPlans.com
Crowd Calendar Prediction Actual Crowd Levels DISNEYLAND RESORT DISNEYLAND PARK CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE DISNEYLAND RESORT DISNEYLAND PARK CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE Sun. Feb. 27 5/10 4.5/10 5.9/10 6/10 4.8/10 5.7/10 Mon. Feb. 28 2/10 1.6/10 3.3/10 2/10 1.1/10 3.2/10 Tue. Mar. 1 2/10 1.1/10 3.3/10 3/10 1.0/10 5.0/10 Wed. Mar. 2 2/10 1.3/10 3.1/10 2/10 1.4/10 2.7/10 Thu. Mar. 3 2/10 0.7/10 2.8/10 2/10 0.7/10 2.5/10 Fri. Mar. 4 6/10 5.4/10 5.5/10 5/10 4.8/10 4.8/10 Sat. Mar. 5 6/10 5.6/10 5.4/10 6/10 5.8/10 5.6/10 Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.
The old Hollywood-Maxwell bra shop porch, which is now the facade for Fargo's Palm Parlor has wrapped up a quick re-paint.
Over in Tomorrowland, repaving work continues along with the addition of a new flying saucer-shaped structure across from the Star Tours extended queue. It looks neat, but could it be just a permanent Disney Vacation Club booth?
The Castle Heraldry Shoppe in Fantasyland is out from its facade refurbishment. Looks good.
Over in Frontierland, some work next to the Mark Twain dock has sprouted up.
In New Orleans Square, walls and scaffolding have gone up around the Cristal d'Orleans shop as its facade gets a complete refurbishment. The shop may be small, but its back corner location in New Orleans Square occupies plenty of facade real estate.
And back in Critter Country, walls are still up as Splash Mountain remains closed for refurbishment. The rest of the land is set to reopen tomorrow, March 8 when the Hungry Bear Restaurant emerges from its refurbishment.
Over the weekend, Splash Mountain signage offered a 10-minute wait time to confused guests. Whoops!
Work continues at California Adventure as it prepares for another big summer.
SUNSHINE PLAZA & HOLLYWOOD LAND
Across the esplanade, California Adventure has begun vertical construction on its new entry turnstiles based on Los Angeles' Pan Pacific Auditorium.
Concept art shows what the finished product will look like:
Views from the Monorail show construction progress:
Models give a preview of what's to come...
Inside the park, work continues on the re-theming of Playhouse Disney to the new Disney Junior — Live on Stage in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot
Construction continues on Cars Land...
Work continues on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
THE LITTLE MERMAID ~ ARIEL'S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE
Disney shared a video last week giving a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of the new Little Mermaid ride vehicles:
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Outside the new attraction continues to unveil great new details and architectural features.
Nearby, work continues around Corn Dog Castle
GOOFY'S SKY SCHOOL
& PARADISE GARDEN DINING AREA
The new Paradise Garden dining area is coming along nicely. Work is now underway on the new dining patio awnings. This area will look very nice when completed.
The work in the bottom portion of this photo is for a new beer stand
Over on the bridge to Paradise Pier, the meet-and-greet gazebo is back and installed more permanently. Trees serve as a backdrop to the photo location now and nautical accents decorate the area.
Rumor is that Duffy will join Mickey here soon, giving the pair a permanent photo location together.
For now, Duffy's photo op at the entrance to the Treasures in Paradise shop remains intact.
DISNEYLAND HOTEL REMODEL
Work continues on the Disneyland Hotel's new dining locations, opening later this year.
Also new at the Hotel is construction on the new Monorail-themed water slides. For now, only the stairs to the slides exist, but we'll be seeing more progress on this new pool feature soon.
A look at concept art shows what the finished water slides will look like:
Last week we mistakenly reported that the Dreams Lobby was closed for re-theming, but we've been told now that it was only closed for some maintenance work and that re-theming will happen at a later date.
The Magic Tower continues its transformation
Relive the magic at home!
Have a movie night with some new (and old) favorites that are now available on Disney DVD and Blu-ray!
We've put together a list of the latest Disney flicks to hit DVD and Blu-ray for you to enjoy at home from the comfort of your couch! Don't miss the Academy Award-winning Toy Story 3 (available now) or one of our new favorites — Tangled (available March 29)! And for the Tron fans out there, don't miss the amazing five-disc Tron Legacy (available April 5) Blu-ray combo pack that includes the film in 3D along with a copy of the original 1982 film for the first time on Blu-ray! Or if you're a fan of the classics, don't miss Bambi, which is now available fully restored in high-definition on Blu-ray!
So get the popcorn ready and enjoy a new flick or two with a Disney movie night at home!
Tron Legacy 3D
with classic Tron
Tron Legacy 3D
Tron Legacy 3D
and classic Tron
5-Disc Collector Set
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 1, 2 & 3
The Art of Toy Story 3
THIS AND THAT
In Downtown Disney, the Anne Geddes store is now closed and signage has been removed rather quickly. No word yet from Disney on what will replace this store.
Nearby, a banner went up at Basin last week announcing that the popular Sanuk sandal store that had a temporary location during the 2009 holiday season would be moving in, however by the weekend the signs had been removed. Disney has not yet officially announced a new tenant for this space.
At World of Disney, the large toy room has reopened after a remodel.
In the parks, you can treat yourself to St. Patrick's Day-themed candy apples and marshmallow wands.
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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP Weekly Theme Park HoursMARCH 7 — 13, 2011
Disneyland Park Disney California Adventure Monday-Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Monday-Thursday: 10am - 8pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
Expected Crowd Levels presented by TouringPlans.com Disneyland Park Disney California Adventure LOW/HIGH 1.0—8.6 out of 10 MEDIUM/HIGH 2.3—9.5 out of 10 Closures and Refurbishment Schedule Disneyland Park
- Critter Country: Entire land closed during Splash Mountain and Hungry Bear Restaurant refurbishments
- Splash Mountain: Closed through May 26 for refurbishment.
- Hungry Bear Restaurant, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes, Pooh Corner, The Briar Patch: Attractions and shops closed through March 8, when restaurant refurbishment is complete.
- Sailing Ship Columbia: Closed March 7-9 for refurbishment.
- Goofy's Playhouse: Closed March 7-10 for refurbishment.
- Star Trader: Closed for refurbishment through April 30
- Star Tours: Closed for Star Tours 2 overhaul. Opens June 3, 2011.
Disney California Adventure
- Playhouse Disney — Live on Stage!: Closed through March 24 for retheme.
- 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 June 3, 2011.
- Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
- Red Car Trolley: Attraction set to open spring 2012.
Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
- Tangaroa Terrace Restaurant and Trader Sam's Bar: Replacing the former Hook's Pointe, Wine Cellar and Lost Bar, the new tiki-themed dining complex will open Spring 2011.
"Jungle Cruise" movie to star Tom Hanks and Tim Allen
Hopefully this doesn't turn out like "The Country Bears" or "The Haunted Mansion." Deadline New York's Mike Fleming has more information:
Disney Teaming Toy Story Tandem Tom Hanks And Tim Allen For 'Jungle Cruise'
After Toy Story 3 cracked the billion dollar worldwide gross mark and got a Best Picture nomination for Disney, I'm told the studio is making moves to pair stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in Jungle Cruise, the live action film inspired by the venerable Magic Kingdom theme park ride. The studio has hired Roger S.H. Schulman to write a script that's being produced by Mandeville's David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who themselves are coming off a Best Picture nomination for The Fighter. No director yet, I'm told.
Schulman has written on such films as Shrek and Jungle Book 2. Disney has been trying to get Jungle Cruise out of dry dock for several years, but the combination of Hanks and Allen in a family film makes this the equivalent of an E-ticket for a family-themed film. Hanks just direct Larry Crowne, starring with Julia Roberts and producing with Playtone partner Gary Goetzman. Hanks also is attached to another family film project based on the Mattel toy Major Matt Mason, which Playtone is also producing at Universal.
For the full story, visit: Deadline: Disney Teaming Toy Story Tandem Tom Hanks And Tim Allen For 'Jungle Cruise'
Take a ride with Imagineer Rolly Crump
Los Angeles Magazine has a fantastic piece on Disney Imagineer and Legend Rolly Crump who is known for his work on Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room, Haunted Mansion and "it's a small world" attractions. The piece, told from Rolly's perspective, gives a fascinating look at working with Walt Disney on these beloved theme park attractions. You can get a sample of the article on below and on LA Mag's website, but the full story can only be read in the print magazine, and we here at Dateline Disneyland highly recommend it.
The Architect of Delight
Have you ever sat in the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland—with its talking macaws and singing flowers—and wondered, Who the heck comes up with this stuff? The answer is, artists like Rolly Crump. The legendary Imagineer talks about tikis, small worlds, and what it was like to work with Walt.
Image © Los Angeles Magazine
When I started with Disney in the animation department in 1952, I didn’t know how long I’d have the job because I knew there were always big layoffs after every feature was finished. There was a pretty good-size layoff after Lady and the Tramp that I survived, but they cut my salary way back, almost half of what I had been making. They brought me down from assistant animator to “break down” artist, and then to “in-betweener.” I wanted to make enough money to support my family—my wife and three kids—and I actually went out and applied for a job as a milkman, but they wouldn’t hire me because I didn’t have any experience. And I said to them, “How do you get experience to be a milkman?”
A friend of mine had a close friend who did construction work, and he needed a laborer. I asked if he could pay $70 a week, and my friend said he would. At that time I was only making $45 a week at Disney, so I took the job. After about four or five months, Disney decided to do The Mickey Mouse Club, and that exploded animation because there were so many little sequences that needed to be done. So I got a call from the animation department, and they said, “If you come back now, we’ll make you a full-time assistant.” And I said, “I’m there.” And everything just sort of started falling into place...
For more information, or to buy the magazine, visit: Los Angeles Magazine: The Architect of Delight
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