Slightly off topic but I hope Duffy is here to stay. The teddy bear itself as a product is very nice. Hopefully marketing wises up, expands his presence to Disneyland, and pairs his meet and greets with Mickey. Have Duffy follow Mickey everywhere and knowledge of his existence will grow.
Rockwork painting looks like a richer color and Flo's radiator roof looks great.
I haven't been to DLR in about 3 years, so maybe this has already been brought up, but it's something I read on another forum:
"I noticed the other night that the park's closing spiel has changed. It features overall the same wording, however there is now a female announcer and the part about VoluntEARing in your community has been removed. It also now says 'Disney California Adventure' instead of 'Disney's California Adventure.' It's something subtle, but it's changed within the past week..."
I think the land would look great once its all done if all the structures had elements that tied them together but at the same time had the eclectic look that places like Belmont park or Coney Island had
The orang-ish building next to the Games of the Boardwalk. Along with that and the towers next to the MFW queue, Paradise Pier could look amazing.
New from the OC Register's Around Disney blog:
Big changes coming to Disney California Adventure
Disney California Adventure plans to temporarily close corridors, shut down venues and stop its parade as crews work on a major, $1 billion overhaul of the theme park.
Disney next year will start finishing major projects of the five-year, park makeover, which is set to be completed in 2012. New jobs are set to begin in early January, said John McClintock, a Disneyland Resort spokesman. Click on the photo to see a slideshow of before, during and after artwork of Disney California Adventure, as well as other planned changes.
The biggest project will come in the entrance area of the park, which will transform into Buena Vista Street — an area meant to look like Southern California when Walt Disney began his career here. The park’s entrance will move temporarily at the end of summer.
Pixar Play Parade is set to go on hiatus for most of the year as crews repave and close major corridors. Check the blog tomorrow for a story on entertainment changes in 2011.
Most attractions will remain open during construction, McClintock said.
Here is a schedule of construction projects, which is subject to change:
- Letter statues: Construction walls will start going up around the “California” letters statues in front of the park’s turnstiles. Crews plan to remove the statues.
- Sunshine Plaza: Inside the park, the walls will come out farther around the Sunshine Plaza, where a sunburst statue and fountain used to sit. The corridors will become narrower. Read a previous story about the Disney Sunshine Plaza.
- Corridor closed: The major corridor between Sunshine Plaza and the Grizzly River Run mountain, which veers right after the park entrance, will be closed. Visitors instead can get to “a bug’s land” and Pacific Wharf by going through the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and through “a bug’s land” back entrance by the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride.
- Shops and restaurants closed: Restaurants and a shop on the right side inside the entrance will be closed, as walls go up for more Buena Vista Street construction. The closures will be at: Baker’s Field Bakery, Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream and Engine-Ears Toys.
- Entrance changes: Visitors will go through new turnstiles at the entrance. But they will be funneled right into a pathway behind the Soarin’ Over California ride to the Condor Flats area where they will enter the park. Most of the Sunshine Plaza area will be blocked, including the Greetings from California store. The entrance change is slated to stay until summer 2012.
While construction is underway at the entrance, new venues are set to open in the spring in the Paradise Pier area: The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School and a dining-shopping complex. Opening dates have yet to be announced. [ FULL STORY ]
A couple edited Tracker entries as per the new information:
Baker's Field Bakery, Bur-r-r Bank Bakery, and Engine-Ears Toys closingDetails: The shops and restaurants on Sunshine Plaza's west side will close to be reworked and renamed to fit the new Buena Vista Street theme.
Project Status: Shops and dining close July 31, 2011
Open Date: By spring/summer 2012
Temporary Park EntranceDetails: The on-again-off-again temporary park entrance at the utility entrance between Soarin' Over California and the Grand Californian Hotel is back on, according to the OC Register's Around Disney blog. Previously expected to be the main entry point for the park while the entire main entrance was closed for construction, the corridor will now serve as a mere detour as guests enter through the park's current main entrance and then take a backstage route that empties between Soarin' and the Grand Californian.
Project Status: Temporary entrance rerouting begins August 29, 2011.
Open Date: August 29, 2011.
I am very glad that they won't open half of BVS before the other. I would like to enjoy the entire area when it opens at once and not part of it at a time.
So by the middle of next year, Sunshine Plaza/BVS will be inaccessible? So after veering to the left and entering the park next to Soarin, how would one get to Hollywood Pictures Backlot and the rest of that side of the park? Will we have to walk all the way around Grizzly Peak and walk through A Bug's Land to get to HPB?
Overall I am excited this seems to the biggest operational challenge for disney.. .And you thought the walls were bad for Woc and little mermaid ... This will be daunting but worth it. Thanks for posting this, let the tracking and progress on the thread continue
Like Futureimagineer183 had said, it would be great to have Duffy be a little "adventure bear" mascot for DCA.
We're still talking about the bear?