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    Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V




    THIS THREAD IS NOW CLOSED.
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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 was said to be scheduled to begin September 2011, but is now looking at a January 2010 start date.
    Open Date: Summer 2012

    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 January 2010
    Open Date: Unknown
    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 January 2010
    Open Date: Unknown
    Red Car Trolley transportation system
    Project Status: To begin January 2010
    Open Date: Unknown
    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 January 2010
    Open Date: Unknown
    Disney's Electrical Parade enhancements
    Details: A new Tinkerbell lead float will replace the Blue Fairy and Snow White and Pinocchio units will return to the parade along with an updated soundtrack and a new "pixie dust" lighting effects on all floats.
    Project Status: Completed.
    Open Date: June 12, 2009
    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.
    Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular
    Details: A 25-minute nighttime show, World of Color will transform Paradise Bay into water spectacular, utilizing 1,200 individual fountains, showcasing the magic of Disney animation, from classic to contemporary. More details.
    Project Status: In progress. Began November 3, 2008 with the draining of Paradise Bay. Construction began 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
    Dinosaur Jack's Sunglass Shack removal
    Details: Sunglass store scheduled to close permanently May 26, 2009. The retail location will be removed completely.
    Project Status: Store closed May 26, 2009, construction walls went up May 27. Demolition originally scheduled to begin June 29, but began after park closing June 24, with visible progress to park guests on June 25.
    The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Adventure and Mermaid Grotto (Includes Removal of Golden Dreams)
    Project Status: In progress. Golden Dreams closed to the public September 7, with the attraction open to school groups only through Spring 2009. Construction walls went up around Golden Dreams May 27, 2009. Golden Dreams Theater demolition begins July 6, 2009.
    Open Date: May 2011
    Corn Dog Castle retheming
    Project Status: In progress. Construction walls went up 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: In progress. Construction walls went up 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
    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
    Mullholland Madness re-theme to Goofy's Sky Skool
    Project Status: Starts early January 2010
    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.
    King Triton's Carousel plussing
    Details: Previous plans to build new Victorian-styled roof structure over carousel have been delayed due to cost. Rumors suggested that the carousel would get a minor re-theming and "plussing" including new paint job and new canopy cover while attraction undergoes refurbishment and technical upgrades, but current photos of the attraction say otherwise.
    Project Status: Completed May 22, 2009. Began March 9, 2009.
    Open Date: May 22, 2009
    San Francisco Street restroom construction.
    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: Now open. Opened May 15, 2009. Began January 26, 2009.
    Open Date: May 15, 2009.
    Sun Wheel/Mickey's Fun Wheel re-theme
    Project Status: Completed. Now open.
    Open Date: Originally scheduled to open April 24, opened May 4, 2009.
    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: Completed. Now open. Began January 2009.
    Completion Date: April 15, 2009.
    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
    New Asian-style dining facility, replacing former Cocina Cucamonga facility
    Details: The old Cocina Cucamonga dining facility will close and be rethemed and receive a new Asian-style menu. A final name for the dining location is unknown at this time.
    Project Status: Closes June 18, 2009 when new, larger Cocina Cucamonga opens.
    Open Date: September 15, 2009.
    Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar: Imagineering the Future - New Exhibit
    Details: Blue Sky Cellar preview center will close to remove Midway Mania, Games of the Boardwalk, etc., exhibits and replace them with new exhibits focusing on upcoming projects.
    Project Status: Closes July 10, 2009 to update exhibits.
    Open Date: Reopens July 16.
    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; 06-29-2009 at 09:20 PM. Reason: 6/29: Thread closed -- 6/25: Updated Dino Jack's entry again.

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    Another Project Tracker! Wow, were going to be going thru a lot of these in the next 3 years!
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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    Maybe Dusty should do what some other sites have done. Create a whole forum just for the DCA expansion. It makes sense.. and prevents the need for these massive threads that get mashed up with everything.
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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    ::whistles:: Dang, lookit all those Paradise Pier projects.

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    Man are we pathetic? What a bunch of chatters about a stupid mouse :P

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    I know this blog posting is old, but it has some concept art that I haven't seen before for Cars Land:

    Disney Cars ride: thrills, sticker shock - Travel - LATimes.com

    The most anticipated ride in Disney’s $1.1-billion California Adventure makeover — Radiator Springs Racers — also carries the biggest price tag.

    Based on the animated “Cars” movie, the indoor-outdoor attraction combines a leisurely dark ride prelude with a dueling side-by-side race car finale akin to Epcot’s Test Track in Orlando, Fla.

    According to MiceAge, the $200-million E-ticket promises to bring to bear virtually all of the classic Disney ride components: theme, technology, animatronics, special effects, interactivity, story line and thrills. The ride starts with a race briefing from the movie’s star, Lightning McQueen, and concludes at the Wheel Well Motel scene from the movie.

    According to artist storyboards, the ride includes:
    * Switchbacks
    * Tunnels
    * Bridges
    * Waterfalls
    * Buttes
    * Banked turns

    See more concept sketches after the jump.

    Beginning construction in late 2009, the Racers thrill ride will serve as the anchor attraction for the new 12-acre Cars Land being carved out of the existing Timon parking lot. The summer 2012 opening is timed to a “Cars 2” sequel, according to MiceAge.

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    Did I not just comment on how fast DCAPTIV has come up a couple of months ago? Wow! I am throughly amazed The California Adventure thread has come along... I often follow this thread.


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    Wink Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    Quote Originally Posted by KAN View Post
    Did I not just comment on how fast DCAPTIV has come up a couple of months ago? Wow! I am throughly amazed The California Adventure thread has come along... I often follow this thread.


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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    In two weeks we'll be on Project Tracker VI, and by the end of Phase 1 we'll be at Project Tracker XXV

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    I am still sold on the fact those new foundation pillars are for the rocks. Alas we will have to see.

    Does anybody else think that it will be wierd to start Cali' Screamin inside and not see daylight until you pull out onto the water?

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    What's this? Another Project Tracker???

    I hope this one lasts longer than two weeks. DCA PT IV got to the point where I could no longer check the newest pages every day... too many new pages!

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    I think that starting Screamin' inside would actually add a really nice feel to the rollercoaster. I would so want them to do that.

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    Upon further review, those new piles extend after the launch of Screamin' not beside it so it's not going to hold up rockwork. Way to rain on my parade

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    ok so does anyone know or want to guess how tall the rock work for carsland will be?

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker V

    Quote Originally Posted by flynnibus View Post
    Maybe Dusty should do what some other sites have done. Create a whole forum just for the DCA expansion. It makes sense.. and prevents the need for these massive threads that get mashed up with everything.
    I kind of like that idea. That way I wouldn't have to search through as many pages to look for the conversations that I want to be a part of.

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