9/12: Good-bye Golden Dreams, Building a Bakery, New Orleans Walls, Dream Away, +MORE
by, 09-11-2008 at 11:10 PM
WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
This week is likely one of the last chances to see the Year of a Million Dreams decorations before they leave to make way for seasonal decorations for Disney's HalloweenTime and the winter holidays.
Giant Jack-O-Lanterns of the Fab 5 will replace the Dream Clouds atop the main gate turnstiles.
Walls should be surrounding the Floral Mickey soon as the DreamFloral gets swapped out with HalloweenTime's masked Mickey made up of mini pumpkins.
Bye bye Tink!
HalloweenTime lamppost decorations will replace the DreamClouds.
Soda cups are sporting a generic Coca Cola design. A seasonal HalloweenTime cup is likely to appear soon.
Even on the weekends, the wait times tell you it's the off-season.
WALLED IN 2
New Orleans Square's refurbishment efforts are extensive. For guests planning on visiting, be sure that you're prepared for traffic redirection and blocked off paths throughout New Orleans Square.
The French Market signage is getting some TLC and losing the Stouffer's logos.
A look at the repaving work underway around the Haunted Mansion.
The Sailing Ship Columbia is under refurbishment in the Fowler's Harbor dry dock.
The Harbour Galley, post-McDonald's.
A LAST LOOK AT GOLDEN DREAMS
Sunday, September 7 was the final day for the Golden Dreams film attraction at Disney's California Adventure. The show, which has seen small crowds since the park opened in 2001, will now only be open to school groups as part of the Disney Youth Education Series program.
The attraction will be used through Spring 2009 for the Y.E.S. program, and then will close altogether to make way for the Voyage of the Little Mermaid attraction which will open in 2011.
BUILDING A BAKERY
A look at the beginnings of the new Resort bakery being built behind the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.
The old "it's a small world" boats are still hiding out in the back of the lot.
THIS AND THAT
Back in DCA, the Hyperion Theatre in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot is closed for refurbishment.
The clever Muppet parody movie posters from the Award Wieners overflow seating area (which was previously Muppet*Vision 3D queue ) have been replaced by current Disney movie posters.
Back at Disneyland, the "it's a small world" sign has been re-painted in a color scheme more suitable to the attraction's facade.
And some more Halloween merchandise is now available.
Candy Corn Halloween Ear Hat - $12.95
Halloween Bat Ear Hat - $14.95
Glow-in-the-Dark Child's Halloween Tee - $17.95
Pumpkin Mickey light - $13.92
Pumpkin Mickey Lighted Lawn Stakes (Set of 4) - $45.95
The fancy, hip, new 300 bowling center at the Anaheim Gaden Walk is now open.
300 includes billiards, private lanes, lounge area, and a full bar.
AROUND THE PARK
Alright, that should wrap it up for this week's Dateline Disneyland. Thanks, as always, for reading. Be sure to discuss and share your comments below.
Select shots from this week's column are available for high-res download at my flickr photostream: flickr.com/photos/andycastro
See you back here next week!