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Stars at Disneyland and Knotts, Magic Mountain and SeaWorld Coaster Construction

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by , 05-12-2011 at 10:04 PM

It's Friday! Time to see what's new In the Parks! This week we stroll through Disneyland as the walls around Star Tours finally come tumbling down, Splash Mountain is in test mode and DCA continues to grow. We also stop by Knott's Berry Farm and bring you a chance to appear on television! Plus, we have progress reports from Six Flags Magic Mountain, Universal Studios and SeaWorld!. This is what living in Southern California is all about, enjoy this amazing update.

You could be rocketing through the stars any day now. But knowing when a soft opening of an attraction might occur is guess work at best. We've partnered with the good folks over at to bring you news of Star Tours soft openings the moment they occur. They have developed free mobile apps for the iPhone and Android devices that will notify you the instant Star Tours 2 opens and how long the waits are!

We were at the park yesterday when the walls were taken down and stayed until night to catch some photos of the Star Tours sign lit up and animated.

A peek inside shows the pre-show operating

R2 is still working in the star speeder

And the Star Speeder still nearly explodes.

Disneyland hosted the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides last weekend and it was quite an impressive event. We've got some video to share of that star studded event and we'll also show you the aftermath one day later.

By Sunday, most of the seats were already down...

The removal couldn't come soon enough as the small walkways around the area were were clogged with rush hour type traffic.

Starting May 20th, the new Blackbeard effect
on the mist waterfall will appear.

Star Tours attraction posters were hung in both tunnels into Main Street while the China Closet and News Stands went behind construction walls for touch ups.

In Mickey's Toon Town Gadget's Go Coaster is "Closed for beautification".

Monstro is a chip off the old block. Or rather he's chipping. Time for a touch up.

Logs are testing on a regular basis. Splash is on track for a return opening on May 26th if not sooner.

Same old logs.

The progress at DCA is stretching past the entrance and out into the Esplanade. Here is your weekly progress report of the ugly duckling that is about to become a swan.

Aqua-marine paint has been slathered on the Pan pacific entrance as Buena Vista Street progress hits the esplanade again. The guest relations window, lockers and restrooms are behind walls now.

You'll have to hold it.

Noticeable progress.

The guest relations tower is going down and the archway is no more.

The awning over the seating area has been removed

The Carthay Circle Theater.

We scan the rocky vista for progress and changes, in the land cars will soon roam.

The Junkyard Jamboree.

Le Helix.

Things are coming along by the bay. This area is now scheduled to open July 1st.

Seaside Souvenirs

More foliage.

The detail on the beer stand is actually quite nice

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta


Our phone is ringing off the hook from cast members who have ridden Little Mermaid during Imagineering's test and adjust for the ride. Nearly all agree that the ride is a wonderful D/E-
ticket and a high quality musical family dark ride.

We can't show you photos from inside the ride because they are prohibited for the time being. But, let's just say that the ride is pretty spectacular from what we've seen and heard, but leaves you wanting more from its short ride time.


Goofy's Sky School saw vehicle testing and now the graphics and animated billboards are being installed.


New merchandise has appeared on the shelf for the July 4th holiday.

Knott's needs people to be in a T.V. show and we can help 10 of you get FREE admission into Knott's if you can commit to an early morning shoot. Elsewhere in the park, Sierra Sidewinder is down and Windseeker is still being built.


This year the Calico Mine Train gets a new theme, Labyrinth is no more and Club Blood runs out of Juice. Here is the line up for Haunt 2011
Knott’s Scary Farm is proud to unveil three new mazes to their line-up for 2011.

In the deep recesses of the mind, on the clouded brink of insanity, lies the hellish wasteland of delirium; a place so gruesome that your imagination fails to comprehend the horrors. Illusion and paranoia are your only anchors to reality. Welcome to your worst nightmare!

Invasion Beneath
LIVE FROM KNOTT’S BERRY FARMetails are sketchy but eyewitnesses report that the Calico Mine Ride has been invaded by creatures of unknown origin through a large fissure in the earth’s core. The creatures posses advanced weaponry and are extremely hostile. The military has just infiltrated the mountain to try and rescue the survivors and combat the violent attacks. Stay tuned.

ENDGAMES: Warriors of the Apocalypse
The world as we know it has ended. The survivors in this barren desert have scavenged to rebuild society. The rich and the powerful have turned all others into slaves for sport. Enter the post apocalyptic arena where gladiators are forced to battle to their deaths for entertainment. Are you game?
Fallout Shelter (in 3D)
Locked in a cement grave for decades, hidden deep below the depths of the lake, an abandoned fallout shelter is crawling with human /genetic hybrids, toxic mutants, and a host of nuclear freaks all hungry for carnage. Grab your Geiger counters and put on your radiation suits, these residents are ravenous.

Sleepy Hollow
Ghosts and ghouls, witches and goblins, long legged beasts and things that go bump in the night are all at your heels as you travel through Sleepy Hollow. Specters and phantoms and legends of long ago haunt the living. Can you outrun the Headless Horseman? Can you keep your wits, or will you lose your head as well?

Virus Z
Welcome to Pleasanton – Population: Zero. The highly infectious virus Z has turned the entire town into cannibal zombies and you’re this week’s special. Hordes of bloodthirsty corpses roam the small town in search of fresh meat. Help has arrived, but they are not on a rescue mission – they are here to wall off the entire town from civilization.

Lockdown: The Asylum
The inmates really are running the asylum in this nightmare prison, and insanity reigns supreme. The inmates are out of their cells and their minds. And don’t scream for help, this hostile takeover has the authorities running for cover!

Terror of London
Step back in time and into the fog-filled streets of London where a host of infamous characters are on the prowl terrorizing city dwellers. Step lively or you may fall victim to Jack the Ripper’s blade or Dr. Jekyll’s twisted experiments as Big Ben rings out. God save the Queen…..and you!

Dia De Los Muertos
Venture into the forbidden jungle of El Chupacabra where sacrificial blood rains down from the sky. The screams of La Llorona, the Weeping Woman, echo around you and the creatures of the night crawl from their crypts, the “Day of the Dead” has arrived!

Uncle Bobo’s Big Top of the Bizarre (3D)
Step right up! Don’t be shy! Welcome to Uncle Bobo’s Big Top of the Bizarre. Inside you will find a villainous variety of vaudevillian visages to vex even the most valiant voyeurs! It’s the greatest slaughter on earth with clown carnage galore!

The Slaughterhouse
Folk’s from near and far come a-runnin for Farmer Willy’s world famous BBQ! You can smell the sizzling meat from miles away. Farmer Willy will think you are prime beef as he sets out to auction you off to the highest bidder, tenderize you with his chainsaw, and grind you into a tasty meat treat. Bon Appétit!

The Doll Factory
A trip to the Doll Factory reveals a twisted museum of death and disfigurement as you are pursued by the Marionette Murderer, a psychotic killer who turns his beautiful victims into life-size porcelain dolls.

Corn Stalkers
It’s harvest time and the crop is you in Corn Stalkers. Plunge into rows and rows of rotting corn and try to evade the blood thirsty monstrosities seeking to impale you on their razor sharp scythes.

The backstreets of Ghost Town are shrouded by moonlit darkness, fearsome howl pierce the silence. In a blur of crimson teeth, werewolves stalk the encampment seeking revenge for an ancient gypsy curse.

A vampire world of flesh and machine, of gears and steam. Journey through the streets of this steam punk influenced city of the dead and discover the only truth in town: Blood is power.

Ghost Town
With 39 years of the finest thrills and chills, Ghost Town is home to a whole cast of night stalkers including the notorious Sliders who lurk in every fog-filled corner. You can’t see your hand in front of face as you try and navigate the winding streets that may just lead to the graveyard!

The Boardwalk has taken an evil turn as gruesome carnival characters perform their bizarre side-shows and evil clowns show their true colors.

Join MiceChat on Saturday September 24th 2011 for the annual MiceChat Nights of Horror, Halloween Haunt meet at Knott's Scary Farm. More info coming soon!

Knott's bursts onto the scene this week with a special chance for MiceChatters to appear in an episode of Bert the Conqueror. The shoot will be early in the morning on Wednesday, May 25th, from 7am to 10am.

If you would like to come out for the shoot you will have to commit to filming for three hours riding both Xcelerator and Silver Bullet. However, the rest of the day is yours to spend in Knott's. KNOTT a bad deal if you ask us . Get up early, be in a T.V. show and get a free day at Knott's Berry Farm.

If you would like your shot at fame and free tickets, please type the words "CAST ME" in your comments below. The first ten people who can commit to the time frame will be given the tickets. The rest will be put on hold in case others have to cancel.

Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak Cities Offer
Free Admission to Military Personnel
Knott’s Berry Farm and two of Southern California Knott’s Soak City water parks, San Diego and Buena Park, are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE admission to active and retired United States Military personnel on Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day (May 29-30) weekend. Additionally, all three of Knott’s Soak City Water Parks - San Diego, Buena Park and Palm Springs - will be offering FREE admission to active and retired United States Military personnel on Sunday and Monday of Independence Day (July 3-4) weekend as part of their “Tribute to the Armed Forces” Program. A valid military ID must be presented to receive free admission.

Active and retired members of the U.S. military will also be able to purchase discounted admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) for Knott's Berry Farm at $31.99 for each regular ticket and $25.99 for each regular Knott's Soak City ticket.

“Our men and women in the military work tirelessly to protect and serve our country,” said Marty Keithley, General Manager of Knott’s Berry Farm, “this is just a small way in which we can thank them for their efforts.“

This week Pony Express re-opened while Sierra Sidewinder went down for some regular work.

Sad Sierra Sidewinder Sits Sullen
and Sulking

Pony Express rides again!

The preparations for Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular are being made and we can't wait for the fun, infectious music and magic lights. It is truly a simple delight.

Musical notes everywhere.

Schroder has yet to appear.

Windseeker continues to slowly progress. Will this thing ever go vertical?

The control booth frame.

A portion of the arcade below the former Kingdom of the Dinosaurs is being redone. Not to worry. You can still access the other games by going through the Ride Warrior shop.

The games are just kind of thrown out on the sidewalk.

We have good news and sad news this week for Magic Mountain. The Green Lantern ride and Road Runner Express have made significant progress, but we finally lost the Metro. Oh well. Things change. Let's look around…

Metro Retro

Construction at Six Flags Magic Mountain has continued at a fever pitch the past few weeks. Green Lantern's opening has also been pushed back a bit, with a June opening indicated on the construction walls to DC Universe

For those with Smart Phones, you can scan below with your QR Reader to get a virtual ride. These signs are also near the DC Universe construction walls for those wanting a sneak-peek.

(the link will take you to a YouTube page where you can watch the animation for Green Lantern)

An overview of the area as seen from the Sky Tower. As you can see, track is being installed.

There is still some track sitting behind Apocalypse, waiting to be moved to the construction area.

The Backlot area is still closed, and this week we can see why. The entrance sign to DC Universe is receiving new paint.

From the other side.

The Round-Up (Wonder Woman's Golden Lasso) is getting a complete rehab. The ride has been taken apart as you can see.

They are hard at work getting this area ready for Green Lantern's opening.

It's kind of hard to see, but the building for Atom Smasher (The Flash) is getting some work done.

Lots of work has been done on Road Runner Express since our last update. Mostly landscaping work.

A closer look reveals that the train is on the track.

The train continues the Red, Black and White theme of the track.

Work is also being done on what will most likely be part of the queue.

Last week, the Metro trains were finally removed from the park. There is no evident work going on near the old station (which was close to the park entrance). Don't expect the Metro to come back.

Farewell Metro.

Flowers are blooming in Whistlestop Depot, they have filled in quite nicely.

Some work is being done outside the park gates…looks like some electrical work.

If you have some weekdays off in May or Early June, I highly recommend going to check out the park during this time. On Monday, when these pictures were taken, there were maybe 1,000 - 1,500 people in the park. You may find some rides only running 1 train, but honestly, that's all that is needed. Every ride is a walk-on during these days.

Work has kicked in high gear on CityLoft's newest addition, the Infusion Lounge. Originally scheduled to open Spring 2011, it looks like opening may be pushed back to Summer. Concept art was also released earlier this year.

The CityWalk stage is coming along. Looks like a larger video screen may be put in judging by the larger supports that were just installed.

Progress on the facade of the CityWalk Cinemas. Brackets have gone up.

Walls have gone up near the cinema box office. Walls have also popped up at the CityWalk entrances between Sketchers/Andrew's Panda Inn and Jillian's Hi Life Lanes/The Raider Image. Looks like more utility work.

Each time the box moves, it destroys the geometric tile patterns.

The overhead corridor linking CityFood and CityLoft now has a nice little place to get away for the hustle and bustle down below.

Infusion progress

The lighting truss at the main entrance has finally been removed after being up for almost a year.

The walls separating Western Street and the old Wild West Arena have come down leaving a huge awkwardly empty area with nothing in it.

Here is a look at the work on Transformers.

What does that crate say? Projector Frame?

All sorts of things are going on at SeaWorld San Diego.

Turtle Reef Construction

When you exit the park they set up a tent with discounted merchandise.

These are from the Skytower showing how big the Manta site is.

The old flamingo area

What use to be Mango Joe’s and is now just dirt…

The feeding booth remains virtually untouched while the pool is slowly starting to be demolished.

We finish our SeaWorld segment with a pic and a few videos showing testing of the new Riptide Rescue flat ride.

A huge thanks to Lighttragic for this great update from SeaWorld!

Tommy's 65 Cent Chili Burger Deal
May 15, Original Tommy's is celebrating its 65th birthday with a bash at the original Los Angeles burger shack on Beverly and Rampart Boulevard. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tommy's will be serving a special 65-cent chili cheeseburger and Coca-Cola combo. The deal is valid ONLY at the original location. Limit five orders per person.

Koroneburg Renaissance Festival
Saturday, May 14 11:00a to 7:00p at Crossroads Riverview Park, Corona, CA

Meet hundreds of family members living, working & playing in Southern California’s only permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village are entertained, discover fine arts and crafts, and enjoy delectable food and beverages. The setting is the fictitious estate of the Baron Heinrich Von Lauffer, located along the Rhine River (aka Santa Ana River) between Mainz and Strasburg.

8th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival
Saturday, May 14 1:00p at Downtown Independent Theater, Los Angeles, CA

The Festival will take place on May 14-15th, 2011, at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles. A jury of celebrity and film industry judges will award prizes to the top entries. In addition, an award will be given for the audience favorite.

El Capitan Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides
starts May 20- June 23rd. Set pieces, props and costumes direct from the movie set will be present.

28th Annual Children's Day Celebration (Kodomo no Hi)

Saturday, May 14 11:00a at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Los Angeles, CA
Join us for a fun and culturally rich celebration of the traditional Japanese holiday Kodomono Hi (Children's Day) in Little Tokyo. The celebration continues with the Asian Pacific Arts and Crafts Faire, including cultural performances, food vendors, gourmet food trucks, games and crafts for kids, and hands-on Cultural Discovery Workshops.

Saturday Sunrise Car Cruisers
Saturday, May 14 6:00a to 9:00a

at Adams Avenue Donuts, Huntington Beach, CA
Billed as the best free car show in the world, this Saturday morning event has been a tradition for more than 20 years. Each and every Saturday you can expect to see everything from backyard rat rods to "America's most beautiful roadster." Classic auto owners known as the Donut Derelicts meet at the parking lot on the corner of Magnolia and Adams near Adams Avenue Donuts to share stories and admire their classic beauties.

Art Exhibit: Disney's Lorelay Bové
Gallery Nucleus
210 E Main St Alhambra CA 91801
Nucleus | Art Gallery and Store

On May 14th, the Gallery Nucleus in L.A will be presenting East to West Flash Trip, a story about the exciting adventures of a boy and his dog, told through a series of lighthearted, colorful gouache paintings by artist Becky Dreistadt and Disney's Lorelay Bove. This exhibit will also feature a collaborative painting that the artists are currently in the process of creating.


Come out to Paramount Ranch near Agoura Hills, California in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area for the Banjo/Fiddle Contest and folk festival. There will be music on THREE STAGES plus The Dance Barn and Children’s area, set within Western movie sets and mountain locations. Bring your instruments and ”sit in“ with jamming musicians!

MOTA Museums of the Arroyo
Join MOTA for the 22nd anniversary of Museums of the Arroyo Day, where five museums located along the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors free of charge from noon to 5 p.m. on May 15, 2011.

JPL Pasadena has an open house May 14-15, 9am to 5pm.
Admission and Parking are free both days. This is a chance to see the technology behind our space program or as I like to say... what Tomorrowland should be like!

Muse Art Walk 2011 is Saturday May 14th.
Free Admission to LACMA 11 am–8 pm
Architecture+Design Museum 12–6 pm
Global Bazaar at Craft Folk and Art Museum 10 am–6 pm
Page Museum (Tar Pits) 9 am–5 pm Free children’s admission (12 & under)
Petersen Automotive Museum 10 am–6 pm

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Updated 05-13-2011 at 11:23 AM by In the Parks



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  1. GoBotDotCom's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update!

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner! I was notified that I won tix to the media event for Star Tours 2.0!

    Check-in is from 4am (gulp) - 7:30am, and the event starts @ 9am on 5/20. Methinks a hotel stay is in order.

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    CAST ME!

    BTW, nice update. Looking forward to all the new rides opening this year and next.
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    CAST ME PLEASE!! this would be a dream!!
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    Great Update!
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    Great update!!! I can't wait for the rally saturday! CAST ME!!!! I believe I can make it. See you all saturday!!
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    CAST ME Please :-D great update
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    CAST ME PLEASE! I also have a friend who would be down to go if there are still tickets available after all this so im sending a CAST ME for him too lol.
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    Great update!
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    Oh yeah and awesome update - can't wait to ride Star Tours!
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    CAST ME! As always awesome update!
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    I loved this update. Can't wait until Star Tours opens.
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    Nice update!
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    Nice update. I can't think that guests will be really confused by the Star Tours queue sign. Nowhere on it does it have the name of the attraction, but it has the Buzz logo prominently displayed (do direct people to the FP machines). It makes sense, but I think it will create larger crowds of confused guests, in an already crowded area.

    And I thought that the Metro at Magic Mountain was already closed. My first and only visit was about a year ago, and it looked like they hadn't maintainted the track or trimmed the trees around in in close to a decade. Maybe they opened it back up since then, but it looked like it had been long abandoned at that point. From today's pictures, it doesn't look like there has been more or less progress on it since my visit.
  17. sir clinksalot's Avatar
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    The Metro at SFMM has been closed since about 2001 ... but because the trains were still on-site, there were constant rumors and questions regarding the ride re-opening.

    Last week, the monorail cars were loaded on a flatbed and removed. You can see those pics at "The Coaster Guy" blog which is dedicated to SFMM.

    The Metro Monorail Finally Removed At Six Flags Magic Mountain « The Coaster Guy

    (It's actually a pretty neat little blog for SFMM)
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    CAST ME!!
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    **Cast ME**
    Ever since the first episode, Ive wanted to do this!!

    Always a great blog covering the parks.
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    Wouldnt be an update on Micechat without a picture of chipped paint
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