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5/09: Eli Manning, Pier progress, lightsabers, it's a tarped world, merch, +MORE

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by , 05-09-2008 at 12:05 AM
There's a lot to see this week, but first many thanks to David "Darkbeer" Michael for help out with many of his great shots in this week's update. Anyway, let's get to it!

WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND
The Harbor Blvd. entrance is closed while the electrical work progresses for the California Adventure and Grand Californian expansion.







Parking prices have gone up a dollar and are now $12.



One of the billboards at the Mickey and Friends tram stop is getting some work done.





"I'M (FINALLY) GOING TO DISNEYLAND!"
Over three months after winning Super Bowl XLII, MPV Eli Manning finally made it to Disneyland on Wednesday, May 7.












Darkbeer has loads more photos of Eli's visit in his Smugmug gallery: Disneyland Resort/Eli Manning - 5/7/08


FUTURE WORLD, LIGHT SABERS, AND WATERFALLS
The Future Choice Stations at Siemens' Project Tomorrow exhibit in Innoventions is finally open. The interactive touch-screens are essentially the same on-board feature that Epcot's Spaceship Earth has.


There has been some criticism about the feature on Spaceship Earth, but the attraction works well in the Siemens exhibit in Innoventions, and its actually a pretty fun diversion for Innoventions visitors, and if nobody is waiting for your Future Choice Station, then its fun to run through the questionnaire a couple times and see what your future in home, leisure, sports, or work is.


Beware: your photo will be taken.




At the end of the the survey, you can e-mail yourself a postcard from your future


Normally, your photo will appear on one of the characters' faces.


If you're with someone, their face will replace the other character's face.



A copy of the Buzz Lightyear facade mural has been added behind the Segway Experience area.



Over in the Star Trader store, a new build-your-own Lightsaber display has been added.






A Cast Member will help you assemble your lightsaber.



Over at the Submarine Voyage, there is some heavy work going on at the exit waterfall.






Because of this, the entrance waterfall has been reduced to a trickle, and appears to be being fed by some water hoses.





DISNEYLAND MOUSELLANEOUS
The "it's a small world" facade is completely covered in tarps now.





The Club 33 refurbishment is complete





Handrail repainting in the Hub


And the restrooms behind Carnation Cafe on Main Street are closed for refurbishment.



DCA PROGRESS
The Sunshine Plaza fountain handrail replacement is coming along...




The Disney Animation lobby is once again showing its normal animation loop and the couches have returned.


The three new outdoor vending structures across from the Midway Mercantile are scheduled to open Friday, May 9. The walls around Midway Mercantile and the shop should be open to guests today as well.








The new hot dog and turkey leg stand on the Pier has a name now.


I find the color scheme a bit odd. The green isn't found anywhere else on the new Midway Mania buildings on the Pier.



The new structure closer to the Sun Wheel will remain behind walls for a bit longer while it gets completed.







Last weekend marked the conclusion of this year's Food and Wine Festival. A special artist signing with artists including Dave Avanzino and Noah took place in the "Flower Garden."




Dave Avanzino had a one-of-a-kind Food and Wine shadowbox on display.


A High School Musical special was also filming





NEW MERCHANDISE
A new Harmony Kingdom piece is out, celebrating Mickey's 80th.








And a lot of new women's merch is hitting the shelves...
The "I'm with..." shirts cost $28 each.







New Earth-friendly 100% organic shirts are available. They run $32.






And some new zip joggers as well.









Well, that's it for this week. Thanks for reading, and thanks again to David Michael for his always-outstanding shots. Many more of his photos from the past week can be seen in his smugmug gallery - darkbeer.smugmug.com > Disneyland Resort/Eli Manning - 5/7/08

Until next time - see you at the parks!
- Andy

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Updated 05-09-2008 at 10:53 AM by Dateline Disneyland

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  1. Zorro825's Avatar
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    Great report!
  2. WDWImagineer's Avatar
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    Fabulous Pictures! I love your pictorials, Darkbeer! TGIF!
  3. Joe_rocks_socks's Avatar
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    I wish those "I'm with..." shirts also came in Men's!
  4. a-mad's Avatar
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    Great update, as always, Darkbeer!

    I have a random question I've been meaning to ask for the last couple of weeks - why are they replacing the handrail at the fountain in Sunshine Plaza if they're just going to be tearing it down soon anyway?
  5. MasterGracey's Avatar
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    FYI -- Darkbeer's column runs on Monday. This is my column (Andy Castro).
  6. StrikeYerColors's Avatar
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    i'm glad to see the organic shirts in the park merch!

    hopefully this means the resort itself will start making bigger commitments regarding environmental responsibility.
  7. peoplemover1's Avatar
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    Amazing column this week Andy!! Keep it coming!! Those Project Tomorrow postcards are so cool!!

  8. karen_c's Avatar
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    Wow, organic shirts at Disneyland !!!!
  9. Hammer's Avatar
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    Andy, thanks for another excellent Disneyland update!

    Quote Originally Posted by a-mad
    I have a random question I've been meaning to ask for the last couple of weeks - why are they replacing the handrail at the fountain in Sunshine Plaza if they're just going to be tearing it down soon anyway?
    I don't think they intend to tear down the fountain in Sunshine Plaza @ DCA. I'm not sure of the entire plan though and I'm sure it changes on a weekly basis.
  10. kcnole's Avatar
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    I've always said the choose your own future area would work great in the post show of SSE. It just doesn't deserve to be the grand finale for SSE. I wish this was the setup we had with a grand finale instead of what we got.

    *sigh*
  11. sir clinksalot's Avatar
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    Great Update Andy!!! As always.
  12. MasterGracey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammer
    Andy, thanks for another excellent Disneyland update!

    Quote Originally Posted by a-mad
    I have a random question I've been meaning to ask for the last couple of weeks - why are they replacing the handrail at the fountain in Sunshine Plaza if they're just going to be tearing it down soon anyway?
    I don't think they intend to tear down the fountain in Sunshine Plaza @ DCA. I'm not sure of the entire plan though and I'm sure it changes on a weekly basis.
    The fountain in Sunshine Plaza will be removed. In its place, the recreation of the Carthay Circle Theatre will be built. Right now all they are doing is replacing the safety guard rails around the fountain -- it's to ensure guest safety while the fountain remails, not a sign that the fountain will remain long-term.

    More information on the DCA extreme makeover and expansion can be found in the Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker
  13. Hammer's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey
    The fountain in Sunshine Plaza will be removed. In its place, the recreation of the Carthay Circle Theatre will be built. Right now all they are doing is replacing the safety guard rails around the fountain -- it's to ensure guest safety while the fountain remails, not a sign that the fountain will remain long-term.
    Thanks for the information and the link. I just discovered MiceAge & MiceChat a few weeks ago and am just getting acquainted with all of great features here.
  14. pixie chick's Avatar
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    Great update Andy! Thanks for all the info!