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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    According to Al Lutz's new article, Tony Baxter will be looking to add the wildlife back to the backside of Rivers of America. I hope this means AA bears.

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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by Oswald the Rabbitt View Post
    According to Al Lutz's new article, Tony Baxter will be looking to add the wildlife back to the backside of Rivers of America. I hope this means AA bears.
    This was the best tidbit in the Al Lutz article today. The scenery around the DL RoA has gotten so bad over the last decade or so. It certainly needs a complete refresh / rethink.
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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by Oswald the Rabbitt View Post
    According to Al Lutz's new article, Tony Baxter will be looking to add the wildlife back to the backside of Rivers of America. I hope this means AA bears.

    It'd be nice to see the cabin up in flames again, I remember that pretty vividly. I'm sure there's some PC issues with that, but sure, maybe some better/new AAs will do. :P

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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    I don't know if it is so much as PC issues as it is putting in a whole new gas line which would mean digging up a lot of that part of the island.

    jmuboy, I completely agree with you. I miss the scenery of the gophers (or was it a beaver???) popping up and the bear scratching his back on the tree.

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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    Master Gracy needs to update the first page with:

    -Star Tours 2 new info
    -Hat Box ghost restored in HM
    -wildlife to be restored in rivers of america
    -Tinker Bell Dark ride for fantasyland (motorboat cruise area)
    -Captain EO

    I am ecstatic

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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostbuster626 View Post
    Master Gracy needs to update the first page with:

    -Star Tours 2 new info
    -Hat Box ghost restored in HM
    -wildlife to be restored in rivers of america
    -Tinker Bell Dark ride for fantasyland (motorboat cruise area)
    -Captain EO

    I am ecstatic
    Done

    Here's the info from Al's article:

    Al Lutz 8/25: The Reluctant Dragon

    The Reluctant Dragon

    [ . . . ] The good news is that the dragon has been running through his paces correctly in recent days, and the delay now is more about waiting for unique valves and replacement parts for the ferocious fire breathing effect and the need to get in some quick rehearsal time before the public debut. Barring any unplanned setbacks, the dragon could appear later this week. [ . . . ]

    Expo Expectations
    Shortly after the dragon arrives, the massive D23 Expo sets up shop across the street at the Anaheim Convention Center and the anxiety level is rising by the day for the Burbank planners behind the event. Jay Rasulo recently took a tour of Disneyland and DCA with a gaggle of Imagineers to familiarize himself with the property and upcoming projects, as Jay is infamously uninterested in the theme park side of his business and he realizes he needs to brush up on his Disneyland geography before he tries to speak knowledgeably about it in front of thousands of fans.

    It's no longer much of a secret that Disney will use the Expo to announce the revamped Star Tours ride coming to Disneyland in 2011 that we've told you about, with that official announcement coming during Jay's speech on September 12th. It's also not a secret that WDI will use their exhibit space to showcase the highly advanced animatronics figure coming to the Mr. Lincoln show this December, with his ability to move facial features, hands and fingers noticeably more realistic than anything WDI has done before.

    The DCA expansion, particularly quite a bit of new artwork and insight into the massive Cars Land area, will also be on display at the D23 Expo. They will also be trying to showcase some WDW plans at the Expo; however the leaked blueprints for Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland and the smaller budget that project now is getting has left some Imagineers wishing they could just ignore Florida for the time being.

    What is unknown is what else they might throw out for the Disneyland fans at D23, or at least admit is coming to Anaheim in the next year or two. Under the caring supervision of Tony Baxter as Disneyland's assigned creative executive, there are quite a few small and mid-sized projects winding their way through the budget process and headed to Disneyland in 2010 and 2011, while DCA gets the bigger mega-projects as part of its extreme makeover in 2010 through 2012.

    There's already a short list of things in final design and approval stages for Disneyland that would put fans in a frenzy at D23, such as Captain EO being shoehorned back into the old Magic Eye Theater for a limited run. There's also the imminent return of the Hat Box Ghost to the attic in Haunted Mansion (after this year's Holiday overlay is removed in January), with slick digital technology improving the clunky mechanical effects of 1969 that evicted that ghost and his hat box from the house in the first place.

    Assuming that Consumer Products and the Studios can keep the momentum going on the young Fairies franchise, a Tinker Bell and Fairies themed dark ride is now slated for the old Motor Boat Cruise lagoon early in the next decade. And this winter when the Rivers of America is drained for several months, Tony Baxter is looking forward to adding back a lot of the animatronic wildlife and storytelling drama that has slowly been removed from Frontierland over the last two decades.



    Haunted Mansion enhancements
    Details: Rumors have circulated about the return of the legendary Hat Box Ghost in the Haunted Mansion's attic for years, and in early 2009 Disney began dropping hints that the long-rumored return could happen for the attraction's 40th Anniversary in August 2009. Al Lutz reported on 8/25/09 that the Hat Box Ghost would return following the 2009 Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay. Additional enhancements could include lighting, audio, and general show upgrades as well as possible show scene upgrades in the Portrait Gallery, Limbo (loading platform), further attic enhancements, and interactive Hitchhiking Ghosts.
    Project Status: In development.
    Open Date: Hat Box Ghost to return early 2010.


    Major Rivers of America refurbishment and enhancements
    Details: Major Rivers of America refurb, resulting in a hiatus for Fantasmic! and a closed Tom Sawyer Island, Sailing Ship Columbia, and Mark Twain Riverboat. The River refurbishment would also include the reinstatement of many Audio-Animatronic wildlife and other scenic elements that have been missing from the River for years, according to Al Lutz's 8/25/09 column
    Project Status: Drained and closed during winter and spring 2010.
    Open Date: May 2010


    Tinker Bell dark ride
    Details: Al Lutz reported in his 8/25/09 column that a Tinker Bell and Her Fairy Friends dark ride would utilize the long-unused Motorboat Cruise area "early in the next decade."
    Project Status: In development.
    Open Date: After 2010.


    Captain EO returns
    Details: Captain EO is rumored to return to Tomorrowland's Magic Eye Theater for a limited HalloweenTime engagement.
    Project Status: Rumored
    Open Date: Late September 2009



    ...And an updated Fantasmic! entry:

    Fantasmic! upgrades
    Phase 1
    Details: High-definition projector upgrades, enhanced lighting.
    Project Status: In progress. Began September 2.
    Open Date: November 7


    Phase 2
    Details: A new dragon, new Flotsam and Jetsam eels, new Croc, and other enhanced effects.
    Project Status: In progress. Due to technical issues, the new dragon has been repeatedly postponed. It is now rumored to return the week of August 24.
    Open Date: An after-hours media preview was held on June 11. The full show, except the dragon, opened publicly on June 12, 2009.

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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    Those Haunted Mansion enhancements make me all giddy with excitement. Finally they can upgrade it and move it past WDW's once again.

    Also I have TB will bring back the burning cabin! PLZ Tony!


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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    aren't we getting a bit ahead of ourselves with this Tinker Bell dark ride stuff?

    Sounds to me more like concept - rather then in development for implementation.

    Doesn't sound any more concrete then Incredibles has been for how many years?
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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by jmuboy View Post
    This was the best tidbit in the Al Lutz article today. The scenery around the DL RoA has gotten so bad over the last decade or so. It certainly needs a complete refresh / rethink.
    I agree!! I was excited to read about a RoA update... it was always one of my favorite things about the Rivers of America when I was a kid, and now it is pretty lame. (I do doubt they will bring back the burning settler cabin though... It is totally a PC thing, IMO...)


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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    UGH, do we really need more tinkerbell stuff?! what about all the classic disney movies? i'm still waiting for a beauty and the beast ride

    flower gleam & glow...

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    I totally agree they need to build a Beauty and the Beast ride.

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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    Anyone know if they have actually started on the Dreams Tower at the Disneyland Hotel yet?
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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    Those Haunted Mansion enhancements make me all giddy with excitement. Finally they can upgrade it and move it past WDW's once again.
    I agree.

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    Re: Disneyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by Wally View Post
    Anyone know if they have actually started on the Dreams Tower at the Disneyland Hotel yet?
    i walked passed it last night on the way to the lost bar and it was walled off.

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    I had no idea the AA animals were taken out of RoA! Guess it's been a loooong time since I've been on either the Columbia or Mark Twain! When did they take them out?

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