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Carthay Theater unveiled, Mad T Party lights up, Cars Land gets ready +MORE!

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by , 05-28-2012 at 12:23 AM
It was a busy week at the Disneyland Resort as Disney removed construction walls around Disney California Adventure's new Carthay Circle Theater and fountain area. The unveiling of these key features gave guests a big sneak peek at the new Buena Vista Street area, which officially opens June 15. Meanwhile in Hollywood Land, the new Mad T Party nighttime event soft-opened, giving enthusiastic Memorial Weekend crowds their first taste of the new Alice In Wonderland-themed dance party. In Cars Land, finishing touches continue to be lavished on the new 12-acre land as the nearby Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and Soda Fountain nears its grand opening. At Disneyland, the Carnation Cafe remodel and expansion project continues to show progress with gorgeous new signage. And in Downtown Disney, the La Brea Bakery reopened after completing its own expansion project.

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MAGIC KINGDOM MAKEOVERS

The Carnation Cafe's new marquee is up, replacing the former Blue Ribbon Bakery's signage.


It looks fantastic.


New signage is up on the front of the cafe as well.


A tribute to the Carnation milk truck that used to be seen on Main Street


The Blue Ribbon Bakery's logo can still be seen on the storefront's window for now..


A new awning along the side of the outdoor patio is going up.





At the end of Main Street, the Carnation Plaza Gardens continues its conversion into the new Fantasy Faire area.




It looks like the Frontierland facades won't survive the area's makeover.



In Frontierland, the Shootin' Exposition has wrapped up its refurbishment.


Temporary marquee for now...







CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION

Last week, Disney released two new TV spots that show Buzz Lightyear detecting "high levels of happiness" at the newly expanded Disneyland Resort. The ads put a lot of focus on the new offerings at Disney California Adventure, and rightfully so, as the park emerges from five years of major remodeling and expansion efforts. The first ad, below, focuses entirely on California Adventure, with the second ad focusing on the new offerings resort-wide.




This summer, Disneyland Resort Hotel guests will get to enjoy a morning Extra Magic Hour at one of the two Disneyland Resort theme parks every day of the week. Details:
Beginning June 18, Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests Get More Time to Play
The Happiest Place on Earth is about to get happier – and beginning with arrivals on June 18, 2012, guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel can take advantage of Extra Magic Hour – early admission to either Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park – every day of their stay (with valid theme park admission and active hotel room key card).

Extra Magic Hour will allow registered Disneyland Resort hotel guests admission into select attractions at Disneyland park on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Disney California Adventure park on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, before that park opens to the general public.
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BUENA VISTA STREET

On Thursday, Disney finally unveiled the new Carthay Circle Theater at the end of the new Buena Vista Street area. The following day, the nearby Carthay Circle fountain was also unveiled as work continued on behind walls on the rest of Buena Vista Street.






The new Carthay Circle area is gorgeous and a striking contrast to the barren, cement expanse that was Sunshine Plaza. There's no more cheap sun fountain, instead a gorgeous, dramatic theater rises behind a gorgeous new fountain plaza.



Wonderful:


A video clip of the new fountain area:















The Carthay Circle Theater, modeled after the theater in which Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered at in 1937, which is home to the new Carthay Circle Restaurant is a gorgeous anchor at the end of Buena Vista Street; California Adventure's fitting counterpart to Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.


Gorgeous polished terrazzo at the theater's entrance




An icon returns!








A plaque explains the significance of the theater in Disney's history


A look at the restaurant's lunch and dinner menus:


Carthay Circle Restaurant
Summer Lunch Menu


Starters Designed to share
Signature Fire Cracker Duck Wings with Soy, Lime, and Sriracha Chili Sauce 12
Crispy Gorditas topped with Portobello Mushrooms, Poblano Chili, Queso Fresco, and Pepitas 11
Grilled Grape Leaves stuffed with Chenel Goal Cheese served with Roasted Garlic and Kalamata Olive-Red Bell Pepper Vinaigrette 13
Halibut Ceviche with Avocado, Tomatillo-Cilantro Essence, and Crisp Plantain Chips 15
Ginger Grilled Pork Satay with Green Papaya Slaw and Mango Raita 16
Summer Seasonal Soup California Grilled Corn and Tomato Broth with Smoked Chicken 10
Carthay House Biscuits stuffed with White Cheddar, Bacon, and Jalapeno served with Apricot Honey Butter 8


Salads
Simple Green Salad Warm Brie and Apricot Conserve 11
Heirloom Tomato Salad Wild Arugula, Parmesan Dressing, and Lemon Olive Oil Sorbet 12
A New Take on “Liver and Onions" Baby Red and Green Romaine, Savory Fried Chicken Livers, and Lacquered Bacon 16
Strawberry-Lemon Roasted Organic Chicken Salad Jicama, Haricot Verts, Upland Cress, and Buttermilk-Lemon Vinaigrette 18
Grilled Angus Flank Steak Cobb Salad Mine Shaft Blue Cheese, Bacon, Avocado, and Arugula with Cabernet Essence 22


Noodles
Udon Noodle Bowl Red Thai Curry Broth, Shrimp and Mussels, Shiitake Mushrooms, Bok Choy, Daikon, Mint, Cashews, and fresh Coriander 19
Cavatelli Pasta with a Tuscan-style Braised Lamb Sun-dried Tomatoes, Spinach, and Grana Padana in a Rich Lamb Jus 20
Pappardelle Pasta with House-made Chicken Meatballs Tear Drop Tomatoes, fresh Basil, and Yellow Tomato Essence 18
Market Pasta Chef's Seasonal selection. Market Price


Fins and Shells Sustainable Seafood
Sauteed Northern Halibut Relish of Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Caperberry, and Orange 34
Grilled Jamaican Jerked King Fish Tropical Salsa of Pineapple, Mango, Black Beans, and Lime 32
Sierra Golden Trout Hot Almond-Apricot Couscous and Lemon Chimichurri 32
Bacon-wrapped Shrimp on Summer Roasted Corn, Grilled Zucchini, and Basil Salsa 26


Sandwiches and Meats
8 oz. Angus Burger Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, Black Pepper Bacon, and Grilled Onions served with French Fries and House-made Pickles 22
Korean Pulled Pork Sandwich Kimchi, Sriracha Mayo, Sunny Side Egg, and Micro Cilantro 18
Kobe Beef Cheek Sliders Whipped Horseradish Sour Cream, Red Bell Pepper Marmalade, and Crispy Onions 19
Grilled Lamb Rolitini Baby Artichokes, Leeks, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Green Olives, and Roasted Garlic Cloves 27
Pan-roasted Veal Medallions Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches, Haricot Verts, and Roasted Almond Vinaigrette 35





Carthay Circle Restaurant
Summer Dinner Menu


Starters Designed to share
Signature Fire Cracker Duck Wings with Soy, Lime, and Sriracha Chili Sauce 12
Crispy Gorditas topped with Portobello Mushrooms, Poblano Chili, Queso Fresco, and Pepitas 11
Grilled Grape Leaves stuffed with Chenel Goal Cheese served with Roasted Garlic and Kalamata Olive-Red Bell Pepper Vinaigrette 13
Halibut Ceviche with Avocado, Tomatillo-Cilantro Essence, and Crisp Plantain Chips 15
Ginger Grilled Pork Satay with Green Papaya Slaw and Mango Raita 16
Summer Seasonal Soup California Grilled Corn and Tomato Broth with Smoked Chicken 10
Carthay House Biscuits stuffed with White Cheddar, Bacon, and Jalapeno served with Apricot Honey Butter 8


Garden Salads
Simple Green Salad Warm Brie and Apricot Conserve 11
Heirloom Tomato Salad Wild Arugula, Parmesan Dressing, and Lemon Olive Oil Sorbet 12
Summer Watermelon Salad Cucumber, Gypsy Peppers, Lime Mascarpone, and Honey Sherry Vinaigrette 12
Strawberry-Lemon Roasted Organic Chicken Salad Jicama, Haricot Verts, Upland Cress, and Buttermilk-Lemon Vinaigrette 18


Noodles
Udon Noodle Bowl Red Thai Curry Broth, Shrimp and Mussels, Shiitake Mushrooms, Bok Choy, Daikon, Mint, Cashews, and fresh Coriander 19
Cavatelli Pasta with a Tuscan-style Braised Lamb Sun-dried Tomatoes, Spinach, and Grana Padana in a Rich Lamb Jus 20
Pappardelle Pasta with House-made Chicken Meatballs Tear Drop Tomatoes, fresh Basil, and Yellow Tomato Essence 18
Market Pasta Chef's Seasonal selection. Market Price


Fins and Shells Sustainable Seafood
Sauteed Northern Halibut Relish of Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Caperberry, and Orange 34
Grilled Jamaican Jerked King Fish Tropical Salsa of Pineapple, Mango, Black Beans, and Lime 32
Sierra Golden Trout Hot Almond-Apricot Couscous and Lemon Chimichurri 32
Bacon-wrapped Shrimp on Summer Roasted Corn, Grilled Zucchini, and Basil Salsa 26
The Weekly Bulletin: Blue Belizean Lemon Fish with Braised Fennel, Asparagus, and Sungold Tomato Essence 34


Meats
Grilled Quail stuffed with Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches, Peach Salsa, Haricot Verts, and Rasted Almond Vinaigrette 29
Santa Monica Braised Pork Pot Roast Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes, Cipollini Onions, and Bing Cherry-Orange Vinaigrette 31
Grilled Rib-eye Sauteed Mushrooms and Gremolata of Red Flame Grapes, Blue Cheese, Red Onion, and Parsley 41
Colorado Rack of Lamb Fried Zucchini Blossom, Fennel Puree, and Summer Succotash 38
8 oz. Angus Burger Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, Black Pepper Bacon, and Grilled Onions served with French Fries and House-made Pickles 22



Gorgeous tile murals









Beautiful tilework









Fantastic wrought-iron work












Umbrellas on the second level balcony



New Buena Vista Street trash cans




At night, the entire Carthay Circle area sparkles...













Meanwhile... work continues on finishing the rest of Buena Vista Street...






The great new Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe marquee:






Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream facade


Gorgeous new stained glass:










This summer California Adventure will add new walk-around characters, including Mickey and friends in new costumes for Buena Vista Street. Also beginning this summer, a new daytime fountain show in Paradise Bay with Goofy:


Disney California Adventure Park Will Have Plenty of Character This Summer
When it’s officially reopened on June 15, Disney California Adventure park will feature even more Disney than ever before, with our famous cast of characters making special appearances in delightful new entertainment offerings.

Down on Buena Vista Street, it’s the 1920s and 1930s, and you may run into those young upstarts, Chip ‘n’ Dale, who are looking pretty snazzy in spiffy period outfits. Goofy’s got a plaid suit that’s the “cat’s pajamas,” while a new fella named Mickey Mouse has just arrived in town, hoping to make his dreams come true just like his pal, Walt Disney. He might even join the Red Car News Boys for a song and get discovered in the process.

In Hollywood Land, you can kick it Disney-style as “Dancin’ with Disney” takes over Stage 17, inviting you to join some of your favorite characters in a fun-filled, interactive party. From 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. each day this summer, you can step inside for music videos, trivia and surprise character appearances. You never know who might show up!

Over at Paradise Park, the inimitable Goofy becomes maestro extraordinaire, as he dons his topcoat and tails to lead an invisible orchestra during several daily mini-concerts. As he conducts, the fountains of Paradise Bay begin to “dance” to the music, providing dramatic – and often comic – interpretations of the compositions.

Of course, on a visit to the all-new Cars Land, you may just cross paths with two of Radiator Springs’ most famous residents, Lightning McQueen and Mater. Throughout the day, these best pals will be driving through town to the Cozy Cone Motel to make a few new friends.
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Views of North Buena Vista Street from the Monorail









MAD T PARTY

Disney soft opened the new nighttime Mad T Party event Friday, drawing big crowds. The new nighttime dance party isn't officially open until June 15, but is expected to run regularly at least on weekends until it officially opens daily on June 15.




















The area glows at night, offering a colorful replacement for the TRON-themed ElecTRONica event. Mad T Party features bizarre performance art, dance groups, and music offerings that switch between a live cover band and the "White Rabbit DJ." The mix of chaotic light and color, strange performers, live music and alcohol really makes the Mad T Party a fun offering. The event works hard to court its young adult target demographic and on Friday night, it seemed to succeed quite well.


Elements of the T Party may seem awkwardly out-of-touch and kitschy at times, but it somehow meshes with the atmosphere and feels intentional. Whether that's a happy accident for Disney or a stroke of genius is unclear, but it all seems to work; crowds on opening night were electric, completely enjoying the madness of the T Party around them.




Drink Me Bar menu (click for larger view):




The Mad T Party band fronted by "Alice"


Mad Hatter




White Rabbit DJ




From the OC Register's Around Disney blog:

Disney park begins new, edgy night-time party
This isn’t the Fantasyland version of Alice in Wonderland.

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum greet partygoers in platform combat boots and mohawks with fake tattoos on the back of their heads spelling out “Dee” and “Dum.”

The Mad Hatter gyrates in tight black and metallic-red pants.

Alice belts Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” in an above-the-knee, corseted blue dress and tattered tights: Think the Party City-version of an adult Alice costume.

The characters are part of the new Mad T Party, which had its first sneak peek Friday at Disney California Adventure.

“It has an edge, as it should be,” said Robin Trowbridge, show director of the Disneyland Resort. [ . . . ]

The official Mad T Party begins June 15, but sneak peeks will continue on weekend nights until then.

Disney, using a rock band, is trying to appeal to the club-going, younger crowd but also wants the attraction to be friendly to families.

“We want to appeal to a wide audience,” Trowbridge said.

On Friday, some party goers yelped in excitement over the bright projections of spades and clubs, as well as danced to popular music performed by the Mad T Party band. A few families tried to navigate strollers through the dense crowd, a part of which collected in front of the Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue ride.

One girl danced and took breaks for bites of a turkey leg.

Three uniformed Anaheim Police Department officers stood nearby.

“I’ve been amazed to see what they put up,” said Adrien Real, 22, of Lynwood, who wore a Mad T Party shirt and purple vest while finishing a slushy drink in a hat-shaped cup. “This is way better than ElecTRONica. It’s a lot more interactive. The scenery is amazing. They outdid themselves.”

Mad T Party is confined to the blocked-off plaza area of the newly named Hollywood Land, which was previously called Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Previous nighttime parties spilled down Hollywood Boulevard.

The party was repositioned because of changes along Hollywood Boulevard, including the addition of the upcoming Red Car Trolleys, part of California Adventure’s makeover.
“We needed the party to be a little more confined,” Trowbridge said.

Still, the party is tightly packed with entertainment, including both a band and performance stage, two bars, a food truck serving slushy drinks and performers like a stilt walker attached to a large, flamingo puppet. The party is on indefinitely, unlike previous events that had a limited run.

Some features:
  • Alcoholic drinks, most served with glowing cubes, are the Croquet-tini, Mad Hat-ito and Mad Long Island Iced T Party. Each costs $11.50.
  • Performances on a side stage include a dancer dressed in a neon-colored slinky, called Who R U.
  • The Mad Arcade is in a nearby building with classic, carnival-style games, including ski ball, as well as Kinect video games. Each play costs 25 cents. The venue replaces Flynn’s Arcade, a popular destination in ElecTRONica.
  • Merchants, both standing and roaming, sell tall hats and glowing items, including a headband with a fiber-optic, lit-up mohawk.

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House of Cards area


Live performers help the area feel like you've stepped into bizarro Wonderland




Hottest Deck in Town dance group


The Mad Arcade offers classic arcade games, each with Wonderland-inspired makeovers.








Or, you can play Kinect Disneyland Adventures


Some of the Mad T Party merchandise:







Nearby, at the entrance to Hollywood Land, the pedestals that previously featured elephants from "Intolerance" have been repainted.



CONDOR FLATS

The Condor Flats restroom building has gotten some minor, but nice new additions to its facade




Dusty.. crop dusting... are these references to "Planes," Pixar's upcoming direct-to-DVD release?


PACIFIC WHARF
The new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain is progressing...


More new blue awnings






PARADISE PIER
The Cove Bar reopened Sunday after its recent refurbishment. We'll have a complete look at the newly refurbished and remodeled bar in next week's column.


A great new sign


New accessible ramp





The rest of the Paradise Pier billboards have been replaced with great new theme-appropriate designs. They look fantastic.











Paradise Pier outdoor vending carts have gotten nice new makeovers as well.


Themed signage





CARS LAND
Finishing touches continue to be added throughout Cars Land as its grand June 15 opening approaches...




Adding telephone wires down Route 66








Friday night, Disney was testing the new lighting for Radiator Springs' Cadillac Range


It'll be interesting to see how they integrate this lighting into the final product.




Disney has been releasing new photos of Lightning McQueen and Mater in Cars Land. They give great sneak peeks at the new land

















DOWNTOWN CHANGES
The La Brea Bakery opened on Friday after its extended refurbishment and expansion project.




The sit-down cafe menu (click for larger view):


The new, expanded quick service cafe:


Exhibit bakery









Scaffolding has come down at Sunglass Icon


New signage



Walls are now up at the upcoming Earl of Sandwich location




IN BLOOM
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THIS AND THAT
Tomorrowland Terrace's menu board is now an HD animated menu screen.


It looks great and works well in Tomorrowland




Over in California Adventure, a new Once Upon A Time display has gone up in one of Off the Page's windows:


Some costumes and props on display











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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP
Weekly Theme Park Hours
May 28 — June 3, 2012

Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
Monday-Tuesday:
8 am - 12 midnight
Wednesday-Friday:
8 am - 11 pm
Saturday-Sunday:
8 am - 12 midnight
Monday-Sunday:
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
MEDIUM 3.5—7.0 out of 10
MEDIUM-HIGH 4.8—8.2 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.

For daily crowd predictions for the next 365 days, visit
Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park

  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed for major refurbishment including the addition of new ride vehicles through June 14, 2012.
  • Carnation Cafe, Blue Ribbon Bakery: Food service locations are closed for major remodel and set to reopen June 13, 2012.

Disney California Adventure
  • Mad T Party: New nighttime dance party currently in soft openings. Will officially begin June 15, 2012.
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and Soda Fountain: New Ghirardelli chocolate shop and soda fountain will open in the space formerly occupied by the Mission Tortilla Factory. New dining location opens late-spring 2012.
  • Buena Vista Street: Re-themed main entrance including new Red Car Trolley attraction are under construction through summer 2012.
  • Cars Land: New 12-acre land opens summer 2012.
  • Disney California Adventure: Entire park will be closed to the public to apply finishing touches and for a media event on June 14, 2012.

Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

  • Island Charters: Downtown Disney retail location closed permanently. It will reopen as WonderGround Gallery on June 9, 2012.
  • Compass Books and Cafe: Book store and cafe closed permanently March 31. Earl of Sandwich dining location to open in space late-spring 2012.



Disney spent $1.4 billion on domestic theme park projects in first half of fiscal year
Disney continues to spend big money on its theme parks and resorts.
NextGen, Fantasyland drive capital-spending increase for Disney
Spending on a pair of big-ticket projects at Walt Disney World — the "Next Generation Experience" technology initiative and the expansion of the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland section — has sent an already big theme-park construction bill even higher so far this year for theWalt Disney Co.

Disney spent more than $1.4 billion on capital projects at its domestic theme parks and resorts during the first six months of the company's fiscal year, according to updated company regulatory filings.

Disney said the year-over-year increase in domestic-park spending was due primarily to "resort expansion and new guest offerings at Walt Disney World." That includes the $1 billion NextGen project, which will eventually include a new reservations system, allowing guests to book ride times from home, and the $425 million Fantasyland expansion, which is opening several of its phases this year.

Disney made its final payment for the recently launched Disney Fantasy cruise ship during its fiscal second quarter, which ended March 31. The Fantasy is the second of two new, 4,000-passenger ships the company built at a cost of more than $1.8 billion; Disney made its final payment on the first ship, the Disney Dream, during the first quarter of its 2011 fiscal year.

The company's international theme-park spending climbed even faster during the first half of fiscal 2012, soaring 87.9 percent — from $165 million to $310 million — because of expansion projects at Disneyland Paris and early work on Shanghai Disneyland.

Disney Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger told analysts during a conference call last week that the site for Shanghai Disneyland — the company's first theme park on the Chinese mainland — is "fully cleared, and land has been prepared for construction."

The first phase of the Shanghai project, which will include a Magic Kingdom-style theme park, two hotels and a Downtown Disney-style retail area, is expected to cost $4.4 billion and take five years to build. Disney is financing 43 percent of the cost, with the Chinese government picking up the remainder.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is in the midst of a huge spike in capital spending, much of it launched before the global economic downturn. In addition to the Disney World projects and the new cruise ships, other big-ticket projects include a $1.2 billion expansion of Disney California Adventure, which will be completed this year, and the $850 million hotel and time share, dubbed "Aulani," that opened last year. There's also an ongoing expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland.
Full Story: Orlando Sentinel: NextGen, Fantasyland drive capital-spending increase for Disney


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  1. MikkiMausu99's Avatar
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    Very nice update!
  2. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Great update!
  3. mratigan's Avatar
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    Great headen down to DCA today
    I guess Dustysage has a crop dusting plane
  4. mainejeff's Avatar
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    Love the Mad T Party........just think that it would fit better in Downtown Disney.

    I know that people are still willing to pay super premiums to go to the parks and buy the food.........but one of these days, Disney WILL hit a brick wall with their exorbitant pricing.
  5. cakvalasc's Avatar
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    Amazing update, loved all the pictures. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Once Upon a Time display, my husband is going to love it if we get to see it in person in July!
  6. miz bell's Avatar
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    Carthay Circle looks nice but it looks like any nice mall in California (but I guess I don't understand the whole Cal Adv theme choice anyway). I can overlook the bad wigs at the Mad T Party and have a blast (after I knock off a bank to pay the admission price. Didn't Walt say it was supposed to be affordable for everybody? I guess that's another topic but I'm blue about it right now I guess.
  7. AzGizmo's Avatar
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    Fantastic update!!! Keith and I were looking at the YouTube video of the light testing in Cars Land and watched the stop light very closely. Just like Fillmore says in the movie, every third blink is slower!!!

    The attention to detail on Buena Vista Street was enough to make me cry, especially the story of the new fountain show involving a "newly arrived" Mickey Mouse... Absolutely amazing!!! I can't wait to see it for myself...

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    I love the details they are putting into BVS. The tile work on the Carthay is beautiful and so is the stained glass on the ice cream parlor. The menu at the Carthay, while very pricey, sounds innovative and delicious. There are so many dishes I would like to try.
    I also like the new touches at Paradise Pier. The new billboards add to the atmosphere and the Cove Bar sign is pretty.

    There are things I wish they'd done differently. I still don't like the fountain they picked by Carthay. It just isn't very pretty to me. I don't like the yellow tile around it or that it is surrounded by concrete (the ground around it). And I don't like the chains around the planters. I think that it could have been a much more beautiful area. I also don't like the colors they picked for the old elephant pedestals - blech. And, finally, I really, really hate the Alice costume they chose for the Mad T party.

    One question:
    I asked this somewhere else on Micechat but I don't think anyone answered. Will the tower of the Carthay eventually be lit up inside the top? Right now it is so dark up there and seems wrong. I always envisioned them lighting up those open areas on top. Does anyone know??
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    Great update. Thanks for all the hard work. I truly look forward to these every week!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkbelle
    One question:
    I asked this somewhere else on Micechat but I don't think anyone answered. Will the tower of the Carthay eventually be lit up inside the top? Right now it is so dark up there and seems wrong. I always envisioned them lighting up those open areas on top. Does anyone know??
    It was lit up on Saturday. A poster on the Project Tracker posted a nice picture. Looks even better with the tower lit up. Here's the post. http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...post1056767104

    Great update as usual! Beautiful and great things happening all over the resort, especially in DCA. Carthay Circle and Theater was so gorgeous when I visited Friday...it truly takes you out it all and to another time and place. BVS is going to be a gem. Then seeing all the magnificent pictures of Cars Land and hearing all the rave reviews starting to materialize about the theming, detail, and spectacular-ness (many saying the rockwork of the Ornament Valley had them stop in their tracks and say "wow") of it is even more great to hear!

    The Cove Bar looks great too! I can't wait to see your pictures of it later. Truly a 180 in detail and
    "placemaking" then what was there before. Great antique and vintage 1920's touches throughout with nice wood and metal work behind the bar. Those new billboards are also great. I've always enjoyed DCA and it's so great to now have a park where they've kept what they originally did right and are fixing and improving the rest.
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    Oh, and where did you find that gorgeous, golden hour photograph down Route 66 of Radiator Springs in Cars Land? I see it's copyrighted Disney and was more than likely shot by Paul Hiffmeyer but I haven't seen that one in any blog update or anything...
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    Grr. Not one single vegetarian entree on the Carthay Circle menu? Seriously, guys, how hard is it to have a pasta dish without meat? Disneyland's been doing so much better for veggies in the last year, this is seriously disappointing. Oh well.

    Great update, though!
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    Would still like to see the Cathay Circle Theater neon sign up on the roof as it was in the 1920's, along with the top spire light for airplanes passing over Hollywood. I see the name graphic painted on one side that would complement the neon sign.
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    I've said this before and I'll say it again, Disney California Adventure is going to be the best second gate Disney theme park in the world.
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    Great Picture's....and report of the New...DCA !
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    Great stuff going on! It's too bad about Mad T Party though. The sad thing is that some don't see anything wrong with these nightclubs in a Disney park. Thanks for the update!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalFan
    It was lit up on Saturday. A poster on the Project Tracker posted a nice picture. Looks even better with the tower lit up. Here's the post. http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...post1056767104
    That looks so much better! Thanks for answering.
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    Went to see the Carthay Circle on Saturday. It's gorgeous! The level of detail is simply amazing. Can't wait for the construction walls to come down from BVS.
    Updated 05-28-2012 at 08:04 PM by yorkiedad
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    The area around Carthay circle looks great I wonder if they are going to add some nice detailed benches near the theater.
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    Does the $650 annual pass get me 10% off the $22 burger? I gotta get those discounts where I can...
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