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    Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II



    Based off official information and rumors, here's a timeline/project tracker for current and future projects taking place at Disneyland Park as well as the greater Disneyland Resort area.

    Because of the size and scope of its own expansion and remodel project, Disney's California Adventure has its own Project Tracker thread, which can be found here: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker

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    MAIN STREET, U.S.A.

    Worlds of Wonder parade
    Details: A new parade in time for the 55th Anniversary celebration.
    Project Status: Previously expected to debut for Disneyland's 55th Anniversary in 2010, the parade was put on indefinite hold and "Celebrate! A Street Party" continues to be the main parade offering for Disneyland. On July 30, 2010 Disney announced Mickey's Soundsational Parade, further pushing the Disneyland-themed parade to the back burner.
    Open Date: Unknown

    Main Street Arcade
    Details: Inside sources report a new themed arcade is being considered for the east side of Main Street, USA. The themed indoor throughfare would help ease crowd flow when overflow crowds are exiting the park during peak seasons and following fireworks and parade performances.
    Project Status: Under consideration.
    Open Date: Unknown

    Mickey's Soundsational Parade
    Details: A new traditional-style parade celebrating beloved melodies from classic Disney films.
    Project Status: Officially opened May 27, 2011 following a special preview day on May 26. A media preview day was held June 2, 2001.
    The Disney Parks Blog announced the new parade on July 30, 2010 along with concept art. On February 25, 2011, Disney officially announced the new parade would debut May 27, 2011.
    Debut Date: Officially opened May 27, 2011 following a special preview day May 26.




    ADVENTURELAND
    Aladdin's Oasis theatre
    Details: Theatre went dark following conclusion of Indiana Jones Summer of Hidden Mysteries show.
    Project Status: Theatre closed September 2, 2008.
    Open Date: Unknown.



    NEW ORLEANS SQUARE
    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. As of early 2010, no changes have been made to the attraction.
    Project Status: Unknown.
    Open Date: Unknon.

    One-of-a-Kind Shop
    Details: Inside sources say that a new version of New Orleans Square's One-of-a-Kind Shop is under consideration.
    Project Status: Unknown.
    Open Date: Unknon.

    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. As of early 2010, no changes have been made to the attraction.
    Project Status: Unknown.
    Open Date: Unknon.


    Jewel of Orleans replacement
    Details: Jewel of Orleans is scheduled to close April 15, 2010. A new shop will take its place.
    Project Status: Jewel of Orleans closed April 15 and reopened May 29 as a Disney-run high-end accessories shop.
    Open Date: May 29.




    FRONTIERLAND & CRITTER COUNTRY
    Fantasmic! enhancements
    Details: Signifiant enhancements for Fantasmic!, including new scenes, were reportedly under consideration to help the show compete with the new "World of Color" show at Disney's California Adventure.
    Project Status: Unknown.
    Open Date: Unknown.

    River Belle Terrace replacement/expansion
    Details: Long-rumored River Belle Terrace expansion would provide two-level dining and upstairs priority seating for Fantasmic! performances.
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: Unknown

    New Frontierland E-Ticket attractions
    Details: Plans to add new E-Ticket attractions include using the space currently occupied by the Festival Arena and backstage's Circle D Ranch, according to Al Lutz's 1/5 column.
    Project Status: John Lasseter took a tour of potential expansion sites prior to the 2009 holiday season. No timetable is yet known on the opening of the new attractions if plans are approved.
    Open Date: Unknown


    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. Inside sources are now reporting that River enhancements previously expected to be installed during the refurbishment have been cut from the budget.
    Project Status: Completed. River drained and closed during winter and spring 2010 and refurbishment continued through mid-May.
    Open Date: River reopened with some enhancements weekend of May 8.



    FANTASYLAND & MICKEY'S TOON TOWN
    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.

    Tangled meet-and-greet
    Details: Gepetto's Sweet Shoppe closed after roughly three months of business to make way for a new meet-and-greet featuring Rapunzel and Flynn, the lead characters in Disney's animated film 'Tangled.'
    Project Status: Opened October 15, 2010.
    Open Date: October 15, 2010.


    Wishing Star Crystals shop replacement
    Details: The long-closed Gepetto's Holiday Workshop merchandise location re-opened as Wishing Star Magic Crystals on August 30, 2008, but closed in January 2009 when the Magic Crystals vendor left the Disneyland Resort. There has been no official information regarding a possible replacement for the store location, or if it will just close and become storage space as it had previously been prior to opening as a crystal store.
    Project Status: Store closed. Shop reopened as "Candy Shoppe" (also referred to as "Geppetto's Sweet Shoppe") on May 26.
    Open Date: May 26.





    TOMORROWLAND

    New Tomorrowland E-Ticket attractions
    Details: Plans to add new E-Ticket attractions include reutilizing the Carousel Theater, currently occupied by Innoventions and space currently used for backstage purposes, according to Al Lutz's 1/5 column.
    Project Status: John Lasseter took a tour of potential expansion sites prior to the 2009 holiday season. No timetable is yet known on the opening of the new attractions if plans are approved.
    Open Date: Unknown

    Tomorrowland repaving
    Details: Areas in front of Star Tours and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster will be walled off for repaving. Alternate entrances for attractions will be provided.
    Project Status: In progress. Began September 2. Most major areas of the main Tomorrowland walkway have been repaved, but additional areas are continuing to be repaved at various times.
    Completion Date: Unknown when full project will be complete.

    Peoplemover 2
    Details: Long-rumored revival of classic Tomorrowland attraction.
    Project Status: Unknown.
    Open Date: Unknown

    New show for Magic Eye Theater
    Details: "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!" is now closed while Captain EO returns for a limited engagement. It is unknown if Honey will return following Captain EO's run.
    Project Status: Unknown.
    Open Date: Unknown

    Star Tours—The Adventures Continue
    Details: Long-rumored, and long-delayed update of Star Tours attraction will feature multiple destinations, new special effects and will be presented in digital 3D.
    Project Status: Officially opened June 3, 2011 following Cast Previews, Annual Passholder previews, and soft openings in mid-late May 2011. Attraction closed July 26, 2010 for Re-Imagineering. On February 25, 2011, Disney officially announced the attraction would open June 3, 2011.
    Open Date: Officially opened June 3, 2011 following soft openings, and Cast and Passholder previews in mid/late May. Annual Passholder previews announced for May 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31 and June 1.


    Captain EO Tribute
    Details: Captain EO is scheduled to return to Tomorrowland's Magic Eye Theater for a limited engagement.
    Project Status: Completed.
    Rumored for a late September 2009 opening, the project was said to be delayed until January 2010, and the officially announced by Disney on December 18, with a February 2010 opening. "Honey" closed January 4 to begin the reinstallation of Captain EO. On February 19, MiceAge's Al Lutz reported a Tuesday, February 23 reopening date, which was later confirmed on the DisneyParks Blog.
    Open Date: February 23, 2010





    HOTELS, DOWNTOWN DISNEY AND MISCELLANEOUS

    Disneyland Hotel Renovation
    Details: Long-anticipated renovation of the Disneyland Hotel will include a tower-by-tower, multi-phase renovation in which each hotel tower will be completely gutted and remodeled. New rooms will feature fiber-optic Sleeping Beauty Castle headboards, wireless internet, flatscreen TVs, and multiple energy-efficient upgrades. For more information on the hotel room remodeling, click here. Disney has also announced plans for a complete redesign of the Neverland Pool area, including the addition of a new water play area with Monorail-themed water slides. The pool area expansion will include the removal of the classic waterfalls and koi ponds.
    Project Status: In progress. Remodeling began on the Dreams tower August 24, 2009.
    New Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam's Bar to open spring 2011, with a new Monorail water slide pool and redesigned Neverland Pool to open late 2011.
    Completion Date: 2012

    Strawberry Field Parking Lot
    Details: A new 2,570-space parking lot is planned for the former strawberry field on Harbor Blvd., the place Disney previously had set aside for a third Disneyland Resort theme park. The lot would be in use for a minimum of six years, with the option of an extension to 10 years, according to The Orange County Register.
    Project Status: The parking lot proposal will go before the Anaheim Planning Commission on Monday, August 17, 2009. If the plan is approved, construction would begin within the next six months.
    Completion Date: Likely 2010.

    Two new Disney Hotels at the Anaheim Garden Walk
    Details: Two new Disney-managed Hotels will be built at the Anaheim Garden Walk. From David "Darkbeer" Michael's 3/27 MiceAge column: Owned by Prospera Hotels, the two hotels will be managed and operated by Disney, and will feature Disney names, and use Disney employees. A 4-Star/upscale Hotel will be at the corner of Disney Way and Clementine, and a more "family" hotel will be on the south lot, next to the Cheesecake Factory.
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: Unknown.

    New Resort parking structure
    Details: A new guest parking structure to be located on the current Pumbaa lot across the street from the Anaheim Garden Walk.
    Project Status: Construction rumored to begin in 2009.
    Completion Date: 2011/2012.

    New Disneyland Resort Stroller Rental Center
    Details: A new, centrally-located stroller rental shop in the Main Entrance Plaza will replace the current stroller-rental locations in the theme parks. Both in-park stroller rental locations will remain open during construction, but will eventually close upon completion of the new main location. The California Adventure location will be re-purposed for other uses when that park's Sunshine Plaza area is made over into Buena Vista Street.
    Project Status: In progress. Began August 11, 2009.
    Completion Date: February 2010
    Last edited by MasterGracey; 06-02-2011 at 11:32 PM. Reason: 6/3: Updated Star Tours and Soundsational entries

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II

    YAY for Tracker Threads!!!!

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II

    Woah, a new DL Tracker thread! Thanks MasterGracey!
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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II

    Sweet! Tracker numero dos! haha it's about time! I was afraid we'd beat the other tracker by a few 1,000 posts!

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II

    Finally!
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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II

    Wow, it's finally here! Maybe Disneyland's progress will catch up to DCA's one day.


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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II

    Fairly new cutouts were in place this morning down stream from the cabin behind tsi. They are made out of cardboard or plywood. Looks like 2 more Indians will be on the oposite side if the boy and the dog.

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II

    Just got word from a friendly inside source about several projects under serious consideration for Disneyland Park, which I have added entries for in the OP. No timeframe was given for these projects.

    Also, seems the budget for Rivers of America enhancements have largely been cut. The major updating we were expecting along the River is still a possibility in the future.

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    Main Street Arcade
    Details: Inside sources report a new themed arcade is being considered for the east side of Main Street, USA. The themed indoor throughfare would help ease crowd flow when overflow crowds are exiting the park during peak seasons and following fireworks and parade performances.
    Project Status: Under consideration.
    Open Date: Unknown

    Jewel of Orleans replacement
    Details: Jewel of Orleans is scheduled to close April 15, 2010. A new shop will take its place.
    Project Status: Jewel of Orleans closes April 15.
    Open Date: Unknon.

    One-of-a-Kind Shop
    Details: Inside sources say that a new version of New Orleans Square's One-of-a-Kind Shop is under consideration.
    Project Status: Unknown.
    Open Date: Unknon.

    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. Inside sources are now reporting that major River enhancements previously expected to be installed during the refurbishment have largely been cut from the budget.
    Project Status: In progress. River drained and closed during winter and spring 2010.
    Open Date: May 2010

    River Belle Terrace replacement/expansion
    Details: Long-rumored River Belle Terrace expansion would provide two-level dining and upstairs priority seating for Fantasmic! performances.
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: Unknown

    Fantasmic! enhancements
    Details: Signifiant enhancements for Fantasmic!, including new scenes, are under consideration to help the show compete with the new "Disney's World of Color" show debuting in Spring 2010 at Disney's California Adventure.
    Project Status: Unknown.
    Open Date: Unknown.
    Last edited by MasterGracey; 02-05-2010 at 11:15 AM.

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkTwain View Post
    Wow, it's finally here! Maybe Disneyland's progress will catch up to DCA's one day.
    Can you IMAGINE what the Project Trackers would have been like if they had the Internet in 1954-1967??

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    hooray i'm on the first page!!!
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    You know what they say- The party don't start 'til Jordon walks in.
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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II

    My guess is the scenes will also be used in TDS's mini-world o... Fantasmic!


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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II

    I do hope they go ahead with an arcade addition for mainstreet.
    If they do it will be interesting to see if they build it so that thereare access points into some of the shops or if it would be just one long passageway from one end of mainstreet to the other. obviously the logical thing would be to add access points and maybe even a couple more shops on the oppsite side of the arcade if room allows.


    looking at an aerial picture of the area, there is plenty of room without affecting the backstage road if a few backstage areas are reconfigured.
    Last edited by Baloo; 02-05-2010 at 02:35 PM.

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker II

    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    I do hope they go ahead with an arcade addition for mainstreet.
    If they do it would be interesting if they build it so that there access points into some of the shops or if it would be just one long passageway from one end of mainstreet to the other.
    I can't imagine TDA approving the budget without some store accessibility. And really, it would be kind of boring if it was just a big long hallway with nothing to see or do.

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    River Belle Terrace replacement/expansion
    Details: Long-rumored River Belle Terrace expansion would provide two-level dining and upstairs priority seating for Fantasmic! performances.
    Project Status: Unknown
    Open Date: Unknown
    My dream is coming true! Tiana's Restaurant is coming!!!! I HOPE!
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    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. Inside sources are now reporting that River enhancements previously expected to be installed during the refurbishment have been cut from the budget.
    Project Status: In progress. River drained and closed during winter and spring 2010.
    Open Date: May 2010


    So does the ROA budget cuts mean the animals are on hold? I really hope not. I guess it depends what "enhancements" refers to.

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