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3/21: DCA Round-up -- More Mania!, Good-bye Seasons of the Vine, GCH bridge +MORE!

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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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Have a safe holiday weekend!
-Andy

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  1. mainstreetcm's Avatar
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    The new Parade GC costume's look even more spiffy in person. They really pop out at you -- a really nice addition to the park.
  2. Mac Daddy's Avatar
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    I agree with ^^^. I am amazed that Disney would pick up this extra expense simply to make the parade a better experience for the guests. Well done Disney, and well done MG on another great update. Looking forward to the opening of Mania this Summer.
  3. coastrsdreamr's Avatar
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    Cast members where counting all pathways throughout California Adventure, not just the pier area. Also restrooms and wait times and number of guests in a shop.
  4. Rixter's Avatar
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    Those night pictures of Paradise Pier are great! Thanks Andy.
  5. rihard2000's Avatar
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    I presume the guest counting has to do with future construction plans and how it could affect peak season crowds.

    Wonderful update Andy. Thanks.
  6. mickeyandme67's Avatar
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    Seasons of the Vine is probably not a show you should make a special trip to DCA to see, but if you are there, please go! It is a calming, wonderfully photographed short film with a super Jeremy Irons narration and is very nice. I hope you youtubers are taking your cameras down and documenting it for posterity! Don't expect too, too much and just enjoy it for what it is... a relaxing break in a hectic day. ...and if you like wine, you just might find it educational to boot! How do you like that?
  7. dsnylndmom's Avatar
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    Great pictures Andy! I love the night shots.
  8. xalesa's Avatar
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    I love the up close and personal photos of Midway Mania. Looking good!!! Thanks for the update.
  9. FREQDUDE's Avatar
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    I've always been a sucker for the sit down, get cool, and relax moments that the parks have to offer. It's sad to see such a low level of interest in Seasons of the Vine, I'll miss it. Also, the light s on Midway Mania really, really give the area a fantastic facelift. I just pray that they can keep the burnt out bulbs replaced with a better track record than some of the other attractions. Thanks Andy for all the pictures and hard work that goes into this update!!
  10. Koutesu's Avatar
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    Great update buddy. It's sad to say I miss Seasons of the Vine in the sense that I literally, physically walk by it, thereby missing it (^_^);;

    Now that we've had close up shots of Midway Mania's lighting, it's amazing. Take a second look. The bulbs alternate between white and yellow!

    The counting CMs can only mean Disney is trying to guage what the traffic flow during the busy Spring Break and Easter actually is at a given time of day so they can prepare in advance for traffic patterns for this summer...

    The new parade uniforms remind me of ushers at the movies.
  11. Alpoe001's Avatar
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    the "New" GC costumes are not new at all they are the Main Street Character Host Costumes... Disney is too cheap to get new costumes made for GC, when it comes to GC the costume dept. is filled with very generic stuff... the only reason why GC is wearing the red vests is because character hosts dont always stay in the same area or with the same characters so the hosts may be getting a new costume(kind of like howe tiki got hand me downs from WDWa few years back(thank god the new costumes are unique yet nostalgic))
  12. headkaes's Avatar
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    Looks like I'll have to go take a look at Season of the Vine on Sunday (hopefully). Those shots of Toy Story Mania are excellent. With each new image, I'm getting more hopeful for the park's future. It really looks like they've spared no expense. Thanks once again for a great update.
  13. TP2000's Avatar
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    Those "new" red parade crowd control uniforms were originally designed for Refreshment Corner, Hosted by Coca-Cola (usually called "Coke Corner"). They debuted at Coke Corner at the same time the "new" Main Street Merchandise uniforms debuted, around the year 2000. They have been used by Coke Corner CM's since 2000.

    If Character Hosts are also using them, they simply borrowed them from the Foods department and Coke Corner.

    So now the Attractions CM's working parade crowd control are also using an 8 year old Foods department uniform.
  14. randomnimity_gs's Avatar
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    No more jungle skippers, pirates, or astronauts on Main Street, U.S.A. during a parade!
    Technically that's true. However, new costumes apply to Main Street Guest Control only. The cast members working Tomorrowland Guest Control (all the way from the Matterhorn/Castle walkway to the Plaza Inn) will continue to wear their area costumes. (Except for some Fantasyland cast members who get drafted to help us out with Tomorrowland GC; they also wear the movie usher costume.) These Cast Members, while technically working "Tomorrowland" guest control, are primarily stationed on Main Street around the Hub.

    So the net effect for the average guest isn't really very unifying. It's more like adding one more new costume to the mix.
  15. pussnboots's Avatar
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    Are those (disguised) LEDs outlining the Midway Mania buildings? They seem to have hues like that.
  16. MasterGracey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by randomnimity_gs
    Technically that's true. However, new costumes apply to Main Street Guest Control only. The cast members working Tomorrowland Guest Control (all the way from the Matterhorn/Castle walkway to the Plaza Inn) will continue to wear their area costumes. (Except for some Fantasyland cast members who get drafted to help us out with Tomorrowland GC; they also wear the movie usher costume.) These Cast Members, while technically working "Tomorrowland" guest control, are primarily stationed on Main Street around the Hub.

    So the net effect for the average guest isn't really very unifying. It's more like adding one more new costume to the mix.
    Thanks for the info. If nothing else, it's a step in the right direction. Hopefully, eventually, these costumes will extend into the GC areas around the hub as well.
  17. randomnimity_gs's Avatar
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    Thanks for the info. If nothing else, it's a step in the right direction. Hopefully, eventually, these costumes will extend into the GC areas around the hub as well.
    Actually, I kind of like having the generic costumes for most of Main Street, and then area specific costumes in the hub outside of each land, giving the guests a hint of what may lie inside each land. I think it helps guests get their bearings in the midst of those swarming crowds.

    And on a side note, I'm loving the pics of Midway Mania! Can hardly wait.