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1/18: Construction round-up: More Toy Story Mania, Dream Suite, refurbs, and more

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by , 01-18-2008 at 12:42 AM
Welcome once again to Dateline Disneyland. This week we'll take you on a quick trip around the parks for a look at some of the on-going construction and refurbishment projects including Toy Story Mania!, the Disneyland Dream Suite, and attraction refurbishments. I'd also like to thank those who helped make this update possible with their great photos: the always amazing David "Darkbeer" Michael, peoplemover1, and localdisnyfan.

So, let's get to it!


WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
The 2fer is being advertised throughout Southern California now

Photo: peoplemover1


Inside the park, the new Floral Mickey debuted earlier this week, sporting a tasteful take on the Year of a Million Dreams theme. So far, though, the new lighting feature has yet to be turned on.

Photo: peoplemover1


Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael


Photo: localdisnyfan



DISNEYLAND DREAM SUITE
Work on the Disneyland Dream Suite presses on and on.

Photo: peoplemover1


Photo: peoplemover1

The new railings for the stairs are all in place. Time for paint.

Photo: localdisnyfan


Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael

The new elevator for the Suite between Pirates of the Caribbean and Tarzan's Treehouse is pretty much finished.

Photo: peoplemover1


Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael


TOY STORY MANIA!

















Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael


Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael


Here's a 30-second video overview of Toy Story Mania! construction, shot from the Sun Wheel. You can click the image below to view the video at Photobucket, or click here for the YouTube link. I think the video faired a little bit better at Photobucket, though, in terms of web compression.



REFURB ROUND-UP
And lastly today, a look at the various refurbs around the parks.

Grizzly River Run
Grizzly River Run is down for a previously unannounced refurbishment and is scheduled to re-open today.

Photo: localdisnyfan


Photo: localdisnyfan


Photo: localdisnyfan


Monsters Inc. - Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!
The Monsters Inc facade is getting some new paint. This attraction is scheduled to re-open February 15.

Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael


Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael


The Mad Tea Party

The Mad Tea Party got some new paint during a refurbishment that was also previously unannounced. It is also scheduled to re-open today.

Photo: localdisnyfan

Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
And another unexpected closure expected to re-open today is Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.

Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael


Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael


Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael


Alright - that should do it for this week. Thanks again to the photographers who helped me out. You can visit David's smugmug albums for many, many more excellent shots at darkbeer.smugmug.com. And localdisnyfan has more great shots in his recent update on MiceChat: Photo Update 1/16: Grizzly Rapids Refurb/Castle Snow Continues to Melt. And thanks again to the great peoplemover1 for her help this week!

See you next Friday!

- Andy

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  1. Alice's Wonderland's Avatar
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    I love the tink addition! And Toy Story Mania does look like it's coming along nicely. Thanks for the update
  2. peoplemover1's Avatar
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    Very nice update Andy!! LOVE the video of Midway construction!

  3. bigwavedave's Avatar
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    what is the opening date for mania?
  4. xalesa's Avatar
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    Tis the season for refurbishment! Thanks for the update. I can't wait to come to the park in June!
  5. Wanda Woman's Avatar
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    In that last pic, there's a shirtless worker dude!!
  6. CandyPandora's Avatar
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    Dear Blue Fairy,

    I wish, oh how I WISH to see photos of the floral Mickey light display! If I believe hard enough, will you send someone to take some exciting night pics?
  7. 2DieFR's Avatar
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    *Shhh, I'm goofing off in the BYU engineering lab!*

    I wonder why they're even bothering with the Monsters Inc. facade, which of course is what is left of the Superstar Limo facade. I guess any TLC is good TLC, but fresh paint is only another excuse to not redo it completely when many other sections of DCA will be made over in the years to come.
  8. Melonballer's Avatar
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    Great stuff. I see the ninja photograhpy skills are still there.
  9. rstar's Avatar
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    Wow, you'd think they would require shirts on the workers! Nice Tat, though....
  10. Darkbeer's Avatar
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    To be fair, the one TSI worker was changing shirts, and was only bare chested for about 10 seconds, he just did it when I was taking photos.... In the last couple of photos, his new shirt was on....

    As for the Floral Mickey photos with lights, guess where I just got back from... And maybe by Saturday night you can find even a video of the effect at darkbeer.smugmug.com

    The "official" date for Toy Story Mania! is now the second week of June (Press Premiere), of course they are hoping for a month or two of soft openings, depending on construction and testing issues.
  11. MasterGracey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbeer
    As for the Floral Mickey photos with lights, guess where I just got back from... And maybe by Saturday night you can find even a video of the effect at darkbeer.smugmug.com

    The "official" date for Toy Story Mania! is now the second week of June (Press Premiere), of course they are hoping for a month or two of soft openings, depending on construction and testing issues.
    Thanks for the news, Darkbeer
  12. nicksmommy's Avatar
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    They light the floral Mickey all through the day.