Disneyland construction check-up, Paradise Pier progress, Bye-bye bathrooms, +MORE
by, 01-25-2009 at 06:46 PM
Welcome to the January 26th Dateline Disneyland. We'll kick off this week with a look at the various on-going construction and refurbishment projects at the theme parks, more Celebrate Today! decorations, and a look at San Francisco Street in California Adventure before it begins its conversion into a new set of guest restrooms.
Of course, feel free to click on any photos with Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker watermarks. These photos will link you to the Project Tracker threads on MiceChat where you can get the latest news on the projects going on at the parks and join an on-going discussion about the current construction plans.
Alright, time for the update!
WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND
The marquees at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure are getting the purple "Celebrate Today!" color scheme
New "Celebrate" decorations have gone up at the security checkpoints.
CONSTRUCTION WALLS, U.S.A.
Main Street's re-paving project presses on...
The Emporium's back room is closed off while it gets some work done.
Main Street entertainment has gotten costume updates for the Celebrate Today! campaign.
"it's a small world" progress
"it's a small world" holiday facade decorations have finally come down.
Some minor repaving.
Christmas lights are finally coming down from the facade before the February 6 re-opening.
A peek inside the "Goodbye" room
Elsewhere in Fantasyland, the Princess shop is starting to lose some signage as it is transformed into the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique.
Over at Disney's California Adventure (DCA), the work along Paradise Pier continues to show weekly signs of progress.
The Sun Wheel continues to go from its gold and teal to the yellows, blacks, and reds of Mickey's Fun Wheel.
As the Sun/Fun Wheel prepares to get its new Mickey Mouse face, California Screamin' is starting to take down its big Mickey icon.
California Screamin's Mickey icon will be replaced with a new sunburst and "Paradise Pier" logo.
Art © Disney
The Games of the Boardwalk are progressing nicely...
Nearby, the lighting base around the Orange has been removed.
Across the bay, the Golden State Amphitheater is slowly but surely getting started on its expansion into a 9,000-person viewing area for the upcoming Disney's World of Color show.
Looks like work has started on clearing out the area's landscaping.
Lights posts are being removed, too.
SAN FRANCISCO STREET RESTROOMS
Across the street from the Golden State Amphitheater, the empty San Francisco Street facades are scheduled to go behind construction walls today, as they are converted into new guest restrooms, which will accommodate the big World of Color crowds early next year.
You may be wondering why new restrooms are being built when perfectly good restrooms are currently available on the other side of San Francisco Street.
The space occupied by the current restrooms is slated to be absorbed by the upcoming The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Adventure mega-dark ride that should begin construction later this year.
Even if they are just restrooms, at least the empty facades here will be used for something. The new restrooms should open in mid-May.
THIS AND THAT
Grizzly River Run should re-open tomorrow (Tuesday, January 27) following a short refurbishment.
Back in Disneyland, L'Ornement Magique in New Orleans Square is closed and its windows blacked out.
And in Tomorrowland, next to the Tomorrowland Terrace, a section of concrete below the damaged Monorail track awning has been cut open.
DISNEYLAND WEEKLY HOURS AND INFOTHEME PARK HOURS 1/26 - 2/01
For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park CalendarDisneyland Park
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 9 am - 10 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9 am - 11 pm
Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm
CURRENT ATTRACTION CLOSURESDisneyland Park
- "it's a small world": Closed to remove Holiday overlay and to install Disney characters. Reopens February 5.
- Haunted Mansion: Closed to remove Holiday overlay. Reopens February 14.
- Remember... Dreams Come True Fireworks Spectacular: Show dark. Will return for Feb. 13-16 holiday weekend. The show will return to a regular schedule in March.
Disney's California Adventure Park
- Grizzly River Run: Closed for refurbishment. Reopens January 27.
- Sun Wheel: Closed. Will re-open as Mickey's Fun Wheel in April 2009.
- Games of the Boardwalk: Closed. Will re-open with new themes in April 2009.
- Paradise Bay: Drained for construction of upcoming Disney's World of Color show.
- Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: New show under construction. Debuts Spring 2010.
- Golden State Amphitheater: Closed. New, larger amphitheater for Disney's World of Color viewing under construction in same location. The new amphitheater will open December 2009.
CELEBRATE 4 YEARS OF MICECHAT!
Don't forget! MiceChat is celebrating its 4 year anniversary in the parks on January 31 and February 1, and with a special ticket event on the night of January 30.
With lots of meet-ups, scavenger hunts (complete with prizes), rides, and lots of MiceChat friends, the big anniversary weekend will be jam-packed full of Disneyland magic!
For a complete listing of anniversary events, to RSVP, and to register for special-ticket events, check out the 4th Anniversary Event thread on MiceChat.
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