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Lighting the way to Radiator Springs, Carthay Circle fountain, E-Ticket Pool +MORE!

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by , 10-17-2011 at 02:55 AM
It was a quiet news week at Disneyland as off-season refurbishments continued around the park before the annual holiday season starts to move in. Still, it's never really quiet over at Disney California Adventure as the park continues its major remodel and expansion. Progress can be seen along Buena Vista Street with new parade lighting going up and construction progress on the area's new centerpiece fountain. Meanwhile, streetlights are going up along the main street of Radiator Springs in the huge 12-acre Cars Land expansion. Outside the parks, the Disneyland Hotel's E-Ticket Pool plans to live up to its name with newly-placed pool tile reproductions of classic Disneyland E-Tickets.

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Mon., Oct. 17
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  • Disney California Adventure's low day will be Thursday, when it's a 2.6.
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Tue., Oct. 18
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Thu., Oct. 20
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The Annual CHOC Walk at the Disneyland Resort brought thousands of supporters over the weekend in support of the Children's Hospital of Orange County. The OC Register has details on the event for a good cause:

CHOC Walk draws 14,000 to Disneyland
Fireworks over Sleeping Beauty's Castle and confetti canons along Main Street greeted more than 14,000 walkers arriving at dawn to Disneyland Sunday for the 21st annual CHOC Walk at the Park.

About 750 teams completed the 5K course, raising $1.6 million for programs at Children's Hospital of Orange County.

"There is nothing like seeing Main Street full with so many people coming together for such a good cause," said Allen Fazio, a Disney vice president who sits on the CHOC Foundation's board of directors.

Most teams walked in honor of patients treated by the hospital. Some carried banners with pictures of children who have passed away after illnesses. The route weaved through Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure and Downtown Disney. Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters cheered walkers on.

One of the largest groups with nearly 300 walkers was Team Timmaree Rocks, named after Timmaree Hicks, who died from cancer three years ago at the age of 9. Team members whore turquoise shirts with a large butterfly logo that Timmaree had drawn while a patient at CHOC.

"We are all very grateful to CHOC for all the doctors, nurses and everyone did to help Timmaree," said Debbie Hicks, the girl's mom. "We will continue to come back each year because the money we raise will help save lives."

The team has participated for four years and has helped raise more than $100,000 for the hospital.

[ . . . ] The CHOC Walk began in 1991, running from the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana to the Disneyland parking lot. Around 1,400 walkers participated that first year. Ten years ago, the event moved to a course inside Disneyland. Disney's involvement dates back to the 1960s, when Walt Disney was a founding board member. [ FULL STORY ]

A look at the current refurbishments and construction projects underway at Disneyland.

The Main Street Photo Supply's facade refurbishment has finished.

Looks clean and new again. Nice.

No visible work at the old Plaza Pavilion while work on transforming it into a new Mary Poppins-themed bakery continues inside.

Adventureland's restrooms have emerged from their refurbishment. Outside, the thatched roof was redone and the rock fountain was repainted to a dark green color. An interesting choice, to be sure.

In New Orleans Square, Pirates of the Caribbean's refurbishment continues inside and out.

Back in Frontierland, construction walls have popped up across from the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad exit, in about the same place as the former McDonald's French fry cart.

Perhaps the installation of a more permanent Disney Vacation Club kiosk is on its way? Hopefully that isn't the case...

Over in Fantasyland, only a week remains to see "it's a small world" in its traditional state before it closesto install its annual holiday overlay.

Work continues on the remainder of California Adventure's $1 billion-dollar remodel and expansion...

The Buena Vista Street project continues to make progress at Disney California Adventure.

A look at construction at the former California Zephyr shops from Condor Flats

Parade lighting and speakers have started to go up along the Carthay Circle area of Buena Vista Street.

The parade lighting fixtures are a necessary evil in the theme park setting, it's just a shame that the Buena Vista Street parade lights couldn't have been implemented less conspicuously.

You can spot new tile work and other new details behind the green tarp

The future home of Elias and Co. Department Store.

Nearby, some of the inner workings of the new Carthay Circle fountain can be seen peeking over construction walls.

Back in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, some construction walls have popped up around recently-installed Red Car Trolley track next to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Across the bay in Paradise Pier, California Screamin' has reopened.

The coaster was in high demand on Saturday after its lengthy refurbishment. The attraction didn't open until some final inspections in the morning and eager guests lined up on Paradise Pier for its early afternoon re-opening.

Nearby in Pacific Wharf, the cement platform that the Mission Tortilla Factory grain silos once stood on has been removed and themed paving has taken its place.

Work continues on Cars Land as new streetlights are installed along the main street of Radiator Springs.

Luigi's Flying Tires

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree shack

Radiator Springs Racers

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree

Progress continues at the Disneyland Hotel's E-Ticket Pool.

New tile reproductions of classic Disneyland E-Tickets have gone up around the edge of the pool. A nice touch.

Adventure Tower entrance

Back in California Adventure, another temporary merchandise cart has been set up near Grizzly Peak. These carts may continue to pop up in various places while the park's former flagship retail location in the main entrance is closed to be rethemed as part of the Buena Vista Street project.

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
October 17 23, 2011

Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
Monday: 9 am - 8 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
Friday: 8 am - 7 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Monday: 10 am - 9 pm
Tuesday-Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 10 pm - 7 pm
Friday: 10 pm - 11 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10 am - 9 pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Theme Park Calendar

Expected Crowd Levels presented by
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
LOW-MEDIUM 1.16.4 out of 10
LOW-MEDIUM 2.66.7 out of 10
Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.

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Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park

  • Disneyland Monorail: Running on a shortened schedule due to Buena Vista Street construction. Monorail opens late at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Monorail operates normally Saturday and Sunday.
  • "it's a small world": Closed October 24 November 10 to install holiday overlay.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean and Blue Bayou Restaurant: Closed through November 23 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

  • It's Tough to be a Bug! Closed October 24 November 11 for refurbishment.
  • Toy Story Midway Mania! Closed November 15 17 for refurbishment.
  • Buena Vista Street: Re-themed main entrance including new Red Car Trolley attraction are under construction through summer 2012.

Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

  • Fantasyland Tower lobby areas, E-Ticket Pool, Adventure Tower-area walkways: Areas closed for remodel and re-theming. Hotel remodel set to be completed in November 2011.

Disneyland employee dies in accident while biking home from work
Sad news. Story from the OC Register's Around Disney blog:
Disneyland employee killed while bicycling home

A vehicle fatally struck a woman, identified as a Disneyland employee, while she was riding her bicycle home from work early Thursday morning.

Police later identified the victim as Margaret Conway, 21, from Anaheim.

Anaheim police received a call regarding a traffic collision between a vehicle and a bicyclist on Ball Road and the I-5 at 12:30 a.m., said Sgt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department.

Dunn said the woman was riding her bicycle eastbound on Ball Road in the No. 1 lane and was crossing the I-5 over pass when a white Ford sport utility vehicle struck her from behind.

The woman was pronounced dead at a nearby trauma center, Dunn added.

The driver of the sport utility vehicle remained at the scene and at this point alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision, Dunn said.

Thursday morning, Disneyland officials released a statement about the fatal collision.

"I join with all of our cast members as we mourn the loss of one of our own," said George A. Kalogridis, president of the Disneyland Resort.

"Our thoughts are with her family, friends and co-workers after this tragic accident."

Full story: Around Disney: Disneyland employee killed while bicycling home

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredSimmons
    If the bright blue/aqua color of the Adventureland rocks seen in the photo is an accurate representation of what they look like in real life... then it's a terrible choice.
    Oxidized copper? *shrugs*
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    They reallly are missing a big opportunity with this entire "E-Ticket" Pool makeover. Consider that DLR will likely never have a water park, and this pool is suppose to be their best attempt at themeing?!?!?!? Calling it an "E-Ticket" Pool and literally using "E-ticket" tiles around the edge of the pool is themeing? Look what they had before with the Neverland pool with a pirate ship ect! THAT was themeing.

    Think of the themeing they placed into the WDW water parks, and when they attempt to upgrade the themeing of the previous pool area over at the DL Hotel pool area, they take away the well themed pool items, Rather than Expanding on a good idea. They could have given the DL Hotel Pool area a MUCH larger Neverland Pool, with a larger skull rock and larger pirate slide area. Then they could have also have a Mermaid Lagoon section, and have some sort of giant rainbow over this island area during the day with a mist system and at night with special lighting. It's sad the opportunity they are missing.
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    Is the Adventureland waterfall still have a waterfall? Cause it looked like it was demoted to planter in the picture...
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    We were there this weekend, that turquoise color on the Adventureland rocks looks the same in person. We were dumbfounded at the color choice. ELO, not sure if the waterfall was running, it was so crowded this weekend (especially after CHOCwalk) we just kept moving.
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    A vehicle fatally struck a woman, identified as a Disneyland employee, while she was riding her bicycle home from work early Thursday morning.
    Anyone find it interesting that the "vehicle struck a woman" and not the driver? Must be some really nifty robotic car that is hunting people down. As a cyclist, I just find it a bit annoying with the journalistic tone the OC Register took with this story. It wasn't a "vehicle struck a bike", which would make more sense if you are talking transportation device vs. transportation device. It wasn't "driver struck a woman", if you are talking human vs. human. Rather, in a rather dehumanizing tone, it was "transportation device vs. human".

    Sorry, WAY off topic, but following what happened with the story, it's been interesting to read how it was actually covered by media.
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    Thanks for all the great pics and updates. I am so ready for Cars land to be done already!! I also think the e-ticket touch for the pool is real nice too. Lets hope they stay on schedule so the opening will open on time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredSimmons
    If the bright blue/aqua color of the Adventureland rocks seen in the photo is an accurate representation of what they look like in real life... then it's a terrible choice.
    Fred, I'm afraid it is accurate. I was just there on Monday and had the same reaction. At first I though (I hoped!) it was just some sort of construction wall, but no such luck.

    - Jack
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    Quote Originally Posted by villagecreator
    Did anyone else notice the ticket number on that "E Ticket" tile? Nice touch!
    Maybe I'm displaying my ignorance, but what's significant about 3001401? Or is it just that it has a serial number at all?

    - Jack
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