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    Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII




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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 expected to start "later" in 2010 start date.
    Open Date: Spring/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 2010
    Open Date: By spring/summer 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 2010
    Open Date: By spring/summer 2012
    Red Car Trolley transportation system
    Project Status: To begin 2010
    Open Date: By spring/summer 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 2010
    Open Date: By spring/summer 2011
    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: In progress. Began January 5, 2010
    Open Date: Spring 2010
    Gone Hollywood store expansion and re-theme
    Project Status: Unknown.
    Open Date: 2009/2010
    New show for Hyperion Theatre - "Toy Story – The Musical"
    Project Status: The DisneyParks Blog announced on December 3, 2009 that the "Toy Story" musical would replace "Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular" in 2011. "Aladdin" closes forever August 15, 2010.
    Open Date: "Toy Story – The Musical" opens early 2011.
    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.
    Hollywood Pictures Backlot walkway to "a bug's land"
    Details: A new guest walkway connecting the Hollywood Pictures Backlot's Tower of Terror courtyard to A Bug's Land's Flick's Fun Fair.
    Project Status: Now open. Began December 1, 2009.
    Open Date: Opened first week of January 2010
    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 seaside amusement zone. 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 a water-and-fire 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.
    Paradise Bay refilling: Paradise Bay was scheduled to being refilling September 9, 2009 to begin show programming and testing, but refilling was been delayed until October 2009. On October 15, the DisneyParks Blog said refilling would begin "soon" and that once refilling begain, Paradise Bay would be more than half-way full in three days.
    Open Date: Show begins soft openings in March 2010 followed by a celebrity-attended grand opening event in late April.
    Paradise Park (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: Delayed from its original December 18, 2009 open date. Now scheduled to open February 20, 2010.
    Orange Stinger retheme to Silly Symphony Swings
    Project Status: In progress. Attraction began 'dismantling' July 14, 2009 with the decorative orange peel removal beginning the week of July 20, according to Around Disney. Scaffolding went up for new queue construction the third week of October.
    Open Date: April 29, 2010
    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, 2008 with the attraction open to school groups only through Spring 2009. Construction walls went up around Golden Dreams May 27, 2009. Originally expected to be demolished July 6, the Golden Dreams Theater demolition was delayed to July 15. The theater has since been completely removed and construction on the new attraction is in progress.
    Open Date: May 2011
    Corn Dog Castle retheming
    Details: The quick service dining location was originally said to be undergoing a Victorian-style re-theming in order to match the surrounding area's new theme. A June 30 report from MousePlanet's David Koenig says otherwise, however, indicating the dining location will be moved from its current location and reopen at a new location in Cars Land in 2012.
    Project Status: In progress. Construction walls went up June 1, 2009
    Open Date: Cast Member publications currently list it as returning May 26, 2011, but that date may be in flux and can change, especially if rumors of a Cars Land relocation are true. In his 7/7 column, MiceAge's Al Lutz noted the Route 66 makeover being completed Summer 2010.
    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 May 26, 2011, but that date may be in flux and can change. In his 7/7 column, MiceAge's Al Lutz noted the Route 66 makeover being completed Summer 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
    Paradise Garden - Expanded dining courtyard
    Details: Covering the area encompassing Pizza Oom Mow Mow, Burger Invasion, and the S. S. rustworthy, the new Paradise Garden dining area will re-purpose the existing dining facilities and reuse the current S.S. rustworthy water play area for an expanded dining courtyard with Victorian-style theming in a lush garden setting.
    Open Date: May 2010
    S.S. rustworthy removal
    Project Status: In progress. The east portion of the S.S. rustworthy was removed in October 2009 during Silly Symphony Swings construction. The west portion of the water play area is currently still open.
    Open Date: Area to re-open as part of Paradise Garden complex May 2010
    Paradise Garden Grill (Burger Invasion re-theming)
    Project Status: The former McDonald's dining location closed September 2, 2008, but retheming construction has yet to begin. Construction is likely to begin Fall 2009 with Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta construction.
    Open Date: May 12, 2010.
    Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta (Pizza Oom Mow Mow re-theme)
    Details: The existing Pizza Oom Mow Mow dining facility will retain its pizza-and-pasta menu, but will be re-dressed with a new Victorian-style theme.
    Project Status: To begin Fall 2009
    Open Date: May 2010
    Jumpin' Jellyfish removal
    Project Status: Jumpin' Jellyfish was originally slated to be removed before Spring 2010 premiere of World of Color, but it may remain in place for the indefinite future.
    Completion Date: Unknown.
    Ariel's Grotto Restaurant - Retheming and conversion to "Princess Palace" dining location
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: June 2011.
    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: Completed. 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 retail location was completely removed by Saturday, June 28.
    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
    Performance Corridor Repaving
    Details: The section of the park's Performance Corridor in front of The Golden Vine Winery will be repaved, resulting in the closure of the pathway at this time. Guests traveling to/from Paradise Peir will be rerouted through the Pacific Wharf
    Project Status: Begins November 19
    Open Date: December 17
    Temporary Park Entrance
    Details: The temporary park entrance location was changed after the Stage 17 Entrance was cancelled. The temporary entrance is expected to be at the Golden State utility gate between Soarin' Over California and the Grand Californian Hotel, and will be used in conjunction with a reduced entrance in the park main entrance during construction.
    Project Status: Previously cancelled, the temporary entrance idea is reportedly back in the plans, but will be used in conjunction with a reduced main entrance.
    Open Date: 2011, when Buena Vista Street construction gets underway.
    Condor Flats retheme
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: Unknown
    Soarin' Over California - New film - "Soarin' Over the World"
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: 2013
    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.
    Lucky Fortune Cookery - Asian-style restaurnt replacing former Cocina Cucamonga facility
    Details: The old Cocina Cucamonga dining facility will close and be rethemed and receive a new Asian-style menu.
    Project Status: Now open. Cocina Cucamonga closed June 18, 2009 when new, larger Cocina Cucamonga opened and then began conversion into new Lucky Fortune Cookery.
    Open Date: September 4, 2009.
    Cocina Cucamonga moves into old Lucky Fortune Cookery location.
    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
    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 former Timon Parking Lot, this is new land will feature three new attractions including a major new "E"-Ticket attraction, Radiator Springs Racers, as well as new shopping and dining experiences themed to Disney-Pixar's Cars
    Project Status: In progress. Walt Disney Imagineering officially broke ground on the Cars Land project July 8, 2009, according to the July 9 MiceAge.com Editor's Note by Al Lutz.
    Open Date: June 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
    Timon Parking Lot - Closure
    Details: The Timon Parking Lot will close permanently to make room for the upcoming Cars Land expansion as well as additional backstage construction.
    Project Status: Closed July 6, 2009. Cars Land officially broke ground July 8.
    Last edited by MasterGracey; 02-03-2010 at 09:51 PM. Reason: 2/3: Closed thread.

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    Yay a new tracker!!!

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    YES finnally! If we had it earlier we'd be half way through this one. But now the life span of a tracker is gonna be much longer

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    Wahoo for P.T. VIII!

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    I'm predicting.... page 138 we will have a furious debate over something. Oh boy!

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    We will be at number 9 by January

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    always dislike to see the words "canceled" or "indefinite"

    nice up dates though
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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    It appears the info on GD to TLM could use a little update.

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    Quote Originally Posted by MrToadOfToadHall View Post
    It appears the info on GD to TLM could use a little update.
    Good eye. Fixed.

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    Ohhh brand spankin new! There will be a day when everything on these lists are done and finished and we've all done and riden them over and over again. One day soon.
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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey View Post
    Good eye. Fixed.
    I hope you don't find this overly detailed, but...

    You should add 2008 to the September 7 date of GD's closure - everything else has a year.

    The SS Rustworthy is confusing. There aren't north/south parts, they are west/east. If you want to use north/south, the north part is still in operation, the south has been demolished.

    I warned ya - minor technicalities!

    Thanks for a great Project Tracker!

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    Quote Originally Posted by Mojave View Post
    I hope you don't find this overly detailed, but...

    You should add 2008 to the September 7 date of GD's closure - everything else has a year.

    The SS Rustworthy is confusing. There aren't north/south parts, they are west/east. If you want to use north/south, the north part is still in operation, the south has been demolished.

    I warned ya - minor technicalities!

    Thanks for a great Project Tracker!
    Minor technicalities are good. The OP has been fixed. Thanks for the help

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    Re: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker VIII

    I will be at the resort tommorow so I will check in and see if the water is flowing at DCA.

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    YAY!! new tracker. Just in time for when stuff started to happen again.

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    A new Tracker! So many awesome things to look forward to..

    I love the Paradise theme that will eventually include the Park, Garden, and Pier sections of the park. Can't wait to see the the Victorian theming extend out to the restaurants and shops! And I really like the transition between Grizzly Trail to San Francisco street, and into the Park area next to the bay.

    any updates on the Pillar Of Mystery..? the wait is killing me... I need to know what that is!

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