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    Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV



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    BUENA VISTA STREET
    Overall Project: Retheming of Sunshine Plaza into Buena Vista Street (originally planned to be called Walt Disney Plaza). New park icon, the Carthay Circle Theatre, Red Car Trolley transportation system, and various shops and restaurants.
    Project Status: Originally planned to begin Early 2009, the project is now scheduled to being September 2011.
    Open Date: Summer 2012

    Disney's Electrical Parade enhancements
    Details: A new Tinkerbell lead float will replace the Blue Fairy, and rumors suggest the Dumbo's Circus floats will be replaced with a new Snow White unit and the parade soundtrack will be updated.
    Project Status: In progress.
    Open Date: Summer 2009
    New main entry turnstiles
    Details: The current main entry turnstiles to Disney's California Adventure and the CALIFORNIA letters will be removed and new turnstiles/gate styled after Los Angeles' Pan Pacific Auditorium will be constructed in the current location of the CALIFORNIA letters.
    Project Status: To begin September 2011
    Open Date: May 2012
    Carthay Theatre / Walt Disney Story
    Details: The Walt Disney Story attraction is reportedly cancelled. Carthay Theatre building will be built, however, and is scheduled to house a relocated Resort Preview Center.
    Project Status: To begin September 2011
    Open Date: May 2012
    Red Car Trolley transportation system
    Project Status: To begin September 2011
    Open Date: May 2012
    New facades, shops and dining
    Details: A new Main Street-esque street will house new shops and dining, replacing the tile murals, restrooms, lockers, and Guest Services/AP Processing buildings. The new shop facades will feature nods to Walt Disney's rich life history on shop windows, including "Elias & Co. Dept. Store" and "Oswald’s Gas & Oil." For more information, see this post.
    Project Status: To begin September 2011
    Open Date: May 2012
    High School Musical 3: Right Here! Right Now! show
    Details: High School Musical 2 moving stage show cancelled. A new moving stage show based on High School Musical 3 will replace the old show.
    Project Status: Now open.
    Open Date: Debuted October 24

    HOLLYWOODLAND
    Overall Project: Utilizing Stage 17 as temporary entrance into theme park. Retheming of Hollywood Blvd, including facade enhancements and addition of Red Car Trolley route. Various expansion and re-theming projects. Land planned to be renamed as "Hollywoodland"
    Project Status: Hollywood Land remodeling and enhancing will begin in Phase 2.
    Open Date: Unknown
    Hollywood Blvd placemaking and Red Car Trolley
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: Unknown
    Gone Hollywood store expansion and re-theme
    Project Status: Unknown.
    Open Date: 2009/2010
    New show for Hyperion Theatre - Toy Story Musical
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: Rumored for 2009, but likely delayed.
    Teen Live Club - Outdoor Disney Channel venue
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: Unknown
    Muppet*Vision 3D replacement
    Details: Various ideas have been considered for this venue ranging from Mickey's PhilharMagic from WDW, a "flex-theatre," etc. The current plan favors a Chronicles of Narnia special effects attraction.
    Project Status: Unknown. Reports say Muppets will remain until 2010, at least.
    Open Date: Unknown.
    Award Wieners dining area expansion
    Project Status: Completed
    Open Date: Opened June 2008.
    Stage 17 temporary entrance
    Project Status: Cancelled
    Open Date: Cancelled. Originally planned to open by fall 2009.


    PARADISE PIER
    Overall Project: Retheming of Pier to Victorian-era theme. Addition of Toy Story Midway Mania attraction. Retheming of Games of the Boardwalk, Mullholland Madness, Sun Wheel. Removal of Maliboomer, Pizza Oom Mow Mow, Burger Invasion, Golden Dreams. Addition of Beer Garden, themed shops, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid & Mermaid Grotto.
    Project Status: In Progress
    Project Completion/Soft Open: First phase concluded with the opening of Toy Story Midway Mania! and the surrounding area's re-theming with soft-openings in April 2008 and a official opening in July 2008. Additional phases of this project are on-going.
    Sun Wheel/Mickey's Fun Wheel re-theme
    Project Status: In progress, however, the planned boardwalk surrounding the Fun Wheel has reportedly been cancelled.
    Open Date: Originally scheduled to open April 24, now delayed until May 8.
    California Screamin' loop re-dressing
    Details: The Mickey Mouse icon will be removed and replaced with a new sunburst icon and Paradise Pier logo.
    Project Status: In progress. Began January 2009.
    Completion Date: By the opening of Mickey's Fun Wheel in early May.
    Golden Zephyr temporary closure.
    Details: Golden Zephyr listed for temporary closure until further notice in Cast Member publications. Project details unknown.
    Project Status: Began April 25, 2009.
    Open Date: Unknown.
    San Francisco Street restroom construction and demolition.
    Details: New restrooms will be built in the East San Francisco Street facades so that the current restrooms in the West San Francisco Street facades can be removed to make space for The Little Mermaid attraction.
    Project Status: In progress. Began January 26.
    Completion Date: May 15, 2009
    King Triton's Carousel plussing
    Details: Previous plans to build new Victorian-styled roof structure over carousel have been delayed due to cost. New plans call for minor re-theming and "plussing" including new paint job and new canopy cover while attraction undergoes refurbishment and technical upgrades.
    Project Status: In progress. Began March 9, 2009.
    Completion Date: May 20, 2009
    Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular
    Project Status: In progress. Began November 3, 2008 with the draining of Paradise Bay. Construction to begin in Paradise Bay Monday, January 5, 2009.
    Open Date: March 2010
    Disney's World of Color Viewing Area
    Details: A new viewing area for the upcoming World of Color show is being constructed where the former Golden State Amphitheater was located, along the northern shore of Paradise Bay. The new viewing area will be multi-leveled, similar to Disneyland's Fantasmic! viewing area, and large enough to accommodate 9,000 guests per show.
    Project Status: In progress. Began Monday, January 5, 2009.
    Open Date: December 12, 2009
    Paradise Pier shops re-theme.
    Details: Point Mugu Tattoo, Man Hat N Beach, and Sideshow Shirts will close and be re-themed inside and out, including new facades.
    Project Status: To begin Fall 2009.
    Open Date: 2010
    The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Adventure and Mermaid Grotto (Includes Removal of Golden Dreams)
    Project Status: Golden Dreams closed to the public September 7. Attraction open to school groups only through Spring 2009. Golden Dreams removal and construction to begin May 2009 following completion of new San Francisco Street restrooms.
    Open Date: May 2011
    Dinosaur Jack's Sunglass Shack
    Details: Sunglass store scheduled to close permanently May 26, 2009. It is unknown at this time if the retail location will be rethemed or if it will be removed to make room for future development.
    Project Status: Store closes May 26, 2009
    Corn Dog Castle retheming
    Project Status: To begin June 1, 2009
    Open Date: Cast Member publications currently list it as returning June 2011, but that date may be in flux and can change.
    Souvenir 66 retheming

    Details: Project includes retheming and renaming retail location as Seaside Souvenirs
    Project Status: To begin June 1, 2009
    Open Date: Cast Member publications currently list it as returning June 2011, but that date may be in flux and can change.
    Orange Stinger retheme to Silly Symphony Swings
    Project Status: To begin July 27, 2009
    Open Date: April 28, 2010
    Mullholland Madness re-theme to Goofy's Sky Skool
    Project Status: Possibly beginning in 2009
    Open Date: 2010
    California Screamin' queue / Eastern Paradise Pier re-theming
    Project Status: Delayed indefinitely.
    Open Date: Unknown
    Maliboomer removal
    Project Status: To begin 2011, but may be delayed indefinitely.
    Project Completion: Late 2011
    S.S. rustworthy removal
    Project Status: To begin September 2009
    Open Date: Area to re-open as part of Beer Garden complex by 2010 opening of World of Color show
    Burger Invasion refurbishment and removal of McDonald's menu/theming.
    Project Status: In progress. Closed September 2, 2008.
    Open Date: Restaurant listed as re-opening 5/26/2011 in Cast Member publications.
    Removal of Pizza Oom Mow Mow and Burger Invasion, addition of Beer Garden.
    Details: The 4/17 Blue Sky Disney update reports that the Beer Garden will actually be a new food service location described as a "grill" instead of the "Beer Garden" previously planned. Plans still include for the entire area to be Victorian-themed and in-line with the rest of the Pier's new theming.
    Project Status: To begin Fall 2009
    Open Date: By 2010 opening of World of Color
    Jumpin' Jellyfish removal
    Project Status: To be removed prior to premiere of World of Color show. Begin date unknown.
    Completion Date: To be completed before World of Color premiere in Spring 2010.
    Ariel's Grotto Restaurant - Retheming and conversion to "Princess Palace" dining location
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: June 2011.
    Games of the Boardwalk re-theme.
    Project Status: Now open. Began Monday, October 27, 2008, opened April 7, 2009.
    Open Date: Originally scheduled to open April 24, 2009, then rumored to be delayed to May. New information says the Games of the Boardwalk are ahead schedule and will open April 7, 2009.
    Toy Story Midway Mania!
    Project Status: Completed. Attraction now open.
    Open Date: June 17, 2008



    GOLDEN STATE
    Lucky Fortune Cookery/Cocina Cucamonga expanded Pacific Wharf dining facility
    Details: The long-closed Lucky Fortune Cookery will be converted into an expanded Cocina Cucamonga. Cocina Cucamonga will be converted into a new, smaller Asian dining location.
    Project Status: In progress. Construction walls went up week of January 12.
    Open Date: June 18, 2009
    Condor Flats retheme
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: Unknown
    Soarin' Over California - New film - "Soarin' Over the World"
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: 2013
    Temporary Park Entrance
    Details: The temporary park entrance location was changed after the Stage 17 Entrance was cancelled. Temporary entrance expected to be at the Golden State utility gate between Soarin' Over California and the Grand Californian Hotel. Guest access to this temporary park entrance will be via Downtown Disney. Temporary entrance only expected to be used for 6-8 months during entry plaza construction.
    Project Status: Cancelled. The temporary entrance idea has reportedly been scrapped. Guests will enter through the park's main entrance as it is remodeled one side at a time.
    Open Date: Cancelled
    Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar: Imagineering the Future (Resort Preview Center)
    Details: Originally planned for the San Francisco Street buildings, the Blue Sky Cellar replaced the Seasons of the Vine Theater. Exhibits planned to rotate every 6-8 months.
    Project Status: Now open.
    Open Date: Annual Passholder Previews October 16-19. Open to public October 20, 2008.


    CARS LAND
    Overall Project: Utilizing 12 acres of the Timon Parking Lot, this is new land will feature three new attractions, and a major dining complex themed to Disney-Pixar's Cars
    Project Status: Project in development. Cars Land foundation work to begin late 2009.
    Open Date: 2012

    Radiator Springs Racers
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: By 2012
    Tow Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: By 2012
    Luigi's Roamin' Tires
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: By 2012
    Flo's Restaurant
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: By 2012
    Fillmore's Organic Foods
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: By 2012
    Radiator Springs Curios
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: By 2012
    Cars Land Drive-In Restaurant
    Project Status: On indefinite hold. Possibly to be built in Phase 2 expansion.
    Open Date: Unknown
    Last edited by MasterGracey; 05-03-2009 at 03:15 PM. Reason: 5/3: Updated Silly Symphony Swings entry (typo), Thread closed.

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV

    Woohoo! Let the fun continue!


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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV

    I'm really excited to see a lot of the Paradise Pier projects go Grey in the tracker in the next couple of months.

    Oh and they are back to work on the Sunburst icon right now!

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV

    Awesome!
    One thing i am very curous about is on the loop circle. From the looks of it, it seems like it might just be paint/graphics rather than going to be 3d like it looks like on the model.
    Anyone feel the same way or do you think they're doing the spikes for some other reason?

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV

    Ah that new thread smell.
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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV

    Quote Originally Posted by DL2006 View Post
    I'm really excited to see a lot of the Paradise Pier projects go Grey in the tracker in the next couple of months.

    Oh and they are back to work on the Sunburst icon right now!
    We need a pic of some kind. How much do you think they will get done?
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneyNEWdad View Post
    We need a pic of some kind. How much do you think they will get done?

    By the looks of it they will at the very least be done with all the blue tonight.

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV

    Continuing from the 3rd thread...

    Quote Originally Posted by ICe101 View Post
    It doesn't say "NOW OPENED!" either like it did when Midway Mania opened up.
    However, I doubt they'd put it on the map (with it being a very prominent park landmark) if it weren't opening soon.

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    Those maps were most likely printed, cut and folded by the time the change in opening happened. The cost of destroying several thousands of maps then going back and fixing the artwork priting and bindery would be wasteful at a time when budgets are being watched very carefully.

    They probably felt it was better to just leave it as is since its only a few more weeks.

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV

    I hold my place as the 10th poster in a soon to be amazing thread!!!


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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV

    number 4!!!! wow this sure is some interesting concrete and paint.. lol!!
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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV

    Wow, another one already!! I'm confident will have ten of these trackers under our belt by next year. Good job, y'all!!

    Anyways, I was bored, so I decided to take one of Darkbeer's images of the former Sun Wheel (it's from yesterday) and fill in the parts that will encompass the background of Mickey's head (it was easy since the ear supports have been already attached to the wheel); I just outlined and filled in with black. I think the photo offers a pretty good idea of what the actual background will look like in the quickly approaching near future. Enjoy! (Mind you, it's not perfect, but I wanted to share!)

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV

    Quote Originally Posted by flynnibus View Post
    Tell that to the high power tension lines birds just sit on Tho wrapping it with a fine metal net/grid to run current through is an interesting idea
    Well, those power lines are AC, plus the birds aren't grounded. I'm thinking we put a ground wire in the nose and then run DC power straight through that nose

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker IV

    A quick question: Is Mickey's face going to be 3D or flat?

    I know that this topic was being discussed in the former tracker. I guess we will know for sure in a few short weeks!


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    This is post #15 - which is already .75% of the way to 2000 and the need for Project Tracker V!

    Anyway, the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is supposed to close for refurbishment on April 27. Doesn't that sound like a good time to put walls up around Golden Dreams and begin demolition?

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