Summer slow-down, Buena Vista Street work, California detour, Cars Land +MORE!
by, 08-01-2011 at 02:12 AM
Despite the huge summer crowds surging through the gates, it was a slow news week around the Disneyland Resort. Nevertheless, construction continues throughout Disney California Adventure as the park readied to open its new temporary main entrance detour as heavy construction ramps up in the park's new Buena Vista Street entry complex. Elsewhere, crews continued the work on bringing the world of Radiator Springs closer to a reality in the new Cars Land area. Meanwhile, Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds continue their refurbishment in the middle of the peak summer season and the dinosaurs guests visit aboard the Disneyland Railroad are getting some TLC. Outside the parks, the Disneyland Hotel's remodel is moving along and Downtown Disney gets a new merchant.
A big thanks the excellent Fishbulb from our sister column, In the Parks, for his help with photos this week.
More information on the construction projects featured in today's column 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.
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Inside Dateline Disneyland
- Welcome to Disneyland!
TouringPlans.com crowd level forecast
- Dinosaurs and Bobsleds
Disneyland refurbishes its bobsled run and primeval residents
- California Construction
A look at the on-going construction at Disney California Adventure...
- Hotel Remodels
Disneyland Hotel remodel and Paradise Pier Hotel repaint
- This & That
Matterhorn closes for refurbishment
- Weekly News and Information Round-Up
Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments, D23 Expo's Carousel of Projects
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Touring Plans is here once again to offer a look at the high summer crowd levels this week and some tips when touring the parks.
Crowd levels are again predicted to be high all week long. The two lowest levels of Annual Passholders will be blocked out everyday, so these numbers are greatest impacted by vacationers descending upon Disneyland. TouringPlans.com can help you avoid falling into the typical tourist pitfalls with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines - Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now more than ever, it's a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!
Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.
Fred Hazelton Statistician, TouringPlans.com
Crowd Calendar Prediction Crowd Tips DISNEYLAND RESORT Mon., August 1 10/10 Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
- Expect 10 level crowds all week, with a break on Sunday with a 9.
- There will be full AP blockouts on Saturday.
Tue., August 2 10/10 Wed., August 3 10/10 Thu., August 4 10/10 Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.
DINOSAURS AND BOBSLEDS
The Matterhorn Bobsled remain closed as its refurbishment continues...
The Bobsleds will re-open at the beginning of September.
Meanwhile, along the Disneyland Railroad, the Grand Canyon Diorama and the Primeval World continue to delight guests...
...however, the finale of the Primeval World is currently behind black curtains while the T-Rex gets a refurbishment.
Work continues on the remainder of California Adventure's $1 billion-dollar remodel and expansion...
BUENA VISTA STREET
At Disney California Adventure, work continued last week on the new temporary backstage detour for the park's main entrance.
Inside the park, the guest entry point between Soarin' Over California and the Grand Californian Hotel is ready and starting today, guests will emerge her after passing through a backstage corridor when entering the park.
Back at what remained of Sunshine Plaza on Sunday...
Walls were up around the base of the former Golden Gate bridge
Meanwhile, work continues on the upcoming Carthay Circle area of Buena Vista Street, including the Theater itself along with the Carthay Circle fountain and nearby pump house.
A look at the fountain area with Red Car Trolley track installation and progress on the nearby pump house
Nearby, walls went up around the front of the California Zephyr train over the weekend...
You may also notice that the Condor Flats marquee is out from behind tarps and is once again rotating, a feature that has been broken or turned off for some time now.
It's too bad that this sore-thumb of a sign couldn't get a makeover that would complement Buena Vista Street when it opens in 2012.
On the other side of the former Sunshine Plaza, at the entrance to Hollywood Pictures Backlot, walls are up at the front of Disney Junior, where work is underway on completing the brick paver installation at the Red Car Trolley track.
Work continues on the massive Cars Land project set to open next summer.
Progress at Mater's Junkyard Jamboree:
A new roof on the shack being built at the Junkyard...
DISNEYLAND HOTEL REMODEL
Over at the Disneyland Hotel, work continues on the E-Ticket pool area and the new tiki-themed makeover at the former Pavilion
THIS & THAT
Nearby the Disneyland Hotel in Downtown Disney, the old Compass Books newsstand has once again gotten a new tenant. The most recent occupant, The Cupcake Store, is (once again) out and in its place is Cheryl Fudge's Fashion Camp.
The vendor offers a selection of female fashions with additions to customize your clothing with.
Back inside California Adventure, Francis' Lady Bug Boogie in Flik's Fun Fair was closed this weekend while some unscheduled work was performed.
Ride vehicles have been removed
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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP Weekly Theme Park HoursAugust 1 7, 2011
Disneyland Park Disney California Adventure Daily: 8 am - 12 midnight Daily: 10 am - 10 pm 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 HIGH 8.99.6 out of 10 HIGH 8.99.5 out of 10 Closures and Refurbishment Schedule Disneyland Park
- Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed for refurbishment through September 1.
- Haunted Mansion: Closed to install Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay August 29 September 15.
- Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed September 6 7 for refurbishment.
- Pirates of the Caribbean and Blue Bayou Restaurant: Closed September 7 November 23 for refurbishment.
Space Mountain: Closed to install Ghost Galaxy seasonal overlay September 9 15.
Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed September 26 28 for refurbishment.
Disney California Adventure
- Engine Ears Toys, Baker's Field Bakery and Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream: Retail and dining locations close permanently August 1. Space will reopen as new offerings in 2012 as part of Buena Vista Street.
- Greetings! from California and Candy Shoppe: Retail locations close permanently August 28. Space will reopen as new offerings in 2012 as part of Buena Vista Street.
- California Screamin': Closed September 6 October 14 for refurbishment.
- Red Car Trolley: Attraction set to open spring 2012.
Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
- Never Land Pool: Area closed for remodel and re-theming.
Disneyland announces new summer vacation discounts
A couple new late-summer discounts...
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Full details and more information, see the full story: Disney Parks Blog: Have a Soundsational Summer with New Disneyland Resort Special Offers
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