3/21: DCA Round-up -- More Mania!, Good-bye Seasons of the Vine, GCH bridge +MORE!
by, 03-20-2008 at 11:28 PM
Welcome to Dateline Disneyland! This week we'll be looking at a couple of California Adventure's projects. So let's get to it, shall we?
WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
The billboards at the Mickey & Friends tram stop advertise the new attractions at Disney's California Adventure.
To keep with the Pixar theme, the Disneyland park map is once again pushing the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, which the DCA map pushes the new Pixar Play Parade
END OF SEASONS
Inside DCA, the old Seasons of the Vine film, the featured attraction in the Golden Vine Winery area of DCA's Golden State is quietly living out its final days. The film closes for good on March 30 to make way for the Resort Preview Center, which will initially focus heavily on the additions and renovations coming to Disney's California Adventure in the next several years.
The small theatre has featured the same show since park opening, which takes guests on a cinematic journey through the yearly cycle of the vineyards and the wine making process.
The show does not run continuously, like the 3D film attractions do. A single Cast Member opens it up at the top of the hour if anybody is interested, or if you come at a different time, it can be opened upon request.
Shows are generally private, or only with a handful of others. I caught the film at the top of the hour with a friend one final time this past week. We barely made it in before the Cast Member closed the doors.
I was only half-surprised to see that we were the only guests to be lured inside.
It's a pity, because the show isn't terrible, and the theming inside is nice. A bit cheesy at times, the film is a decent break from the warm spring afternoon.
These doors open and give you a look through the "window onto wine country."
If you haven't seen the show and you happen to find yourself at the Resort between now and March 30, give it viewing. If nothing else, you'll know what was there and you'll get to take a nice break in a cool place.
TOY STORY MIDWAY MANIA!
A look around Toy Story Midway Mania!
Even the railings are nice - a rich bronze and deep maroon.
Even the trash cans on Paradise Pier are getting a new look.
Compare to the old:
At night, the area is even more breathtaking.
The midway-style lights even extend into the queue.
A peek inside the unload area:
The new outdoor vending structures are progressing...
CMs kept track of how many guests passed through the area during spring break.
WHITE WATER SNACKS BRIDGE
The foot bridge between White Water Snacks and the Grizzly Peak Recreation Area walkway is coming along nicely.
This bridge won't be open for guest traffic, though. It will only be used as an emergency exit bridge.
THIS AND THAT
Over at Disneyland, parade guest control is now phasing in spiffy new costumes. Instead of wearing costumes from their land or attraction, the CMs on a parades shift now wear red vests, black bow ties, and an optional hat. No more jungle skippers, pirates, or astronauts on Main Street, U.S.A. during a parade!
Left: New parades costume / Right: Indiana Jones Adventure costume
And finally, the annual Food and Wine Festival is now being advertised on the billboards near the entry plaza security tents.
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