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    Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3



    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 California Adventure has its own Project Tracker. You can find it here: Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker

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    MAIN STREET, U.S.A.

    Main Street dining expansion and retail reconfiguration
    Details: Several Disneyland dining and food retail locations will undergo expansion and retiming beginning with the addition of the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in the former Plaza Pavilion starting August 2011.
    Project Status: In progress.
    Open Date: The multi-facility project will include multiple openings, with the final opening in summer 2012.
    Jolly Holiday Bakery Café
    Details: Utilizing the recently vacated Plaza Pavilion, this new Mary Poppins-themed bakery and café will bring foodservice back to the Plaza Pavilion facility. The bakery was officially announced on August 16, 2011 with construction scheduled to begin August 17.
    Project Status: Now open.
    Open Date: Soft opened January 5, 2012. Officially opened January 7.

    Blue Ribbon Bakery closure and Carnation Café expansion
    Details: When the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café opens in January 2012, the Blue Ribbon Bakery will close permanently on Main Street. The space will once again become dining space for the Carnation Café, decades after the Café gave up its indoor dining space for the Bakery. The expanded Carnation Café with its new expanded indoor dining area will open summer 2012. On January 4, 2012 the Disney Parks Blog announced the Carnation Cafe would close to begin its expansion on January 5.
    Project Status: Begins January 5, 2012.
    Open Date: Spring 2012.

    Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Candy Palace and Penny Arcade enhancements and remodeling
    Details: The popular Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor will close in January 2012 to be reconfigured for better crowd flow and and improved guest experience. At the same time, the nearby Candy Palace will also close and its popular on-stage display kitchen will be expanded. On January 4, 2012 the Disney Parks Blog announced the Gibson Girl and Candy Palace would close on January 5 to begin their remodeling projects. On April 25, 2012 the Disney Parks Blog announced the three locations would reopen May 2.
    Project Status: Begins January 5, 2012.
    Open Date: May 2, 2012

    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


    ADVENTURELAND

    Aladdin's Oasis theatre / The Tahitian Terrace
    Details: Theatre went dark following conclusion of Indiana Jones Summer of Hidden Mysteries show. On August 19, 2011 at the D23 Expo, Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis announced that the Tahitian Terrace would return as part of special offerings for guests seeking Club 33-style exclusive experiences. The announcement was unclear if the actual Adventureland restaurant would return or if the experience would be created and offered differently.
    Project Status: Details on the project are unclear at this time.
    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 summer 2011, no changes have been made to the attraction. Rumors are currently circulating that the animated/interactive Hitch Hiking Ghosts recently added to the Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion will soon be added to the Disneyland attraction.
    Project Status: Unknown.
    Open Date: Unknown.
    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.



    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

    FANTASYLAND & MICKEY'S TOON TOWN

    Matterhorn Bobsleds extended refurbishment
    Details: The Matterhorn Bobsleds will close to undergo an extended refurbishment January 9, 2012 through summer. During this time it is confirmed that the attraction will receive a new fleet of bobsleds that will forgo the original tandem-rider seating configuration. It is also rumored that the attraction will receive show enhancements during the long closure.Project Status: In progress.
    Open Date: Summer 2012.

    Fantasy Faire
    Details: A new "Fantasy Faire" will replace the Carnation Plaza Gardens area in the Central Plaza of Disneyland, effectively expanding Fantasyland onto Main Street. The new area will include princess meet-and-greets and a small stage for performances in a "fantasy village" setting.
    Project Status: Officially announced August 19, 2011 at D23 Expo. Construction was said to begin September 2011, according to the OC Register, however as of January 2012 it had not yet begun. On April 11, TouringPlans.com reported that Carnation Plaza Gardens would close April 30 to begin construction on Fantasy Faire. Disney confirmed these reports on April 12, further elaborating that the evening swing parties would be relocated to Downtown Disney starting May 5.
    Status: Carnation Plaza Gardens to close April 30 with Fantasy Faire construction beginning immediately.
    Open Date: Winter 2013.

    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: Unknown.



    TOMORROWLAND

    America the Beautiful in CircleVision 360
    Details: On August 19, 2011 at the D23 Expo, Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis announced that "America the Beautiful" in CircleVision would return as part of special offerings for guests seeking Club 33-style exclusive experiences. The announcement was unclear if the actual Tomorrowland attraction would return in some form in a new Tomorrowland venue, or if the experience would be created and offered differently.
    Project Status: Details on the project are unclear at this time.
    Open Date: Unknown.

    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


    HOTELS, DOWNTOWN DISNEY AND BEYOND

    Disneyland Hotel Renovation
    Details: Long-anticipated renovation of the Disneyland Hotel includes a tower-by-tower, multi-phase renovation in which each hotel tower will be completely gutted and remodeled. New rooms 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 which included the addition of a new water play area that opened summer 2011 with Monorail-themed water slides. The pool area expansion included the removal of the classic waterfalls and koi ponds.
    Project Status: Major remodeling work completed. Remodeling began on the Dreams tower August 24, 2009. As of August 2011, the Adventure Tower and Frontier Towers are complete, with remodel work continuing at the former Never Land Pool, Fantasy Tower and Convention Center.New Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam's Bar opened spring 2011 in conjunction with a new Monorail water slide pool. Major remodeling efforts were completed November 2011, with minor additions and final touches being added into early 2012.
    Completion Date: Major work was completed November 2011, with finishing touches continuing through early 2012.

    La Brea Bakery & Cafe remodel/expansion
    Details: The walk-up quick-service portion of the La Brea Bakery Cafe is closed for remodel and expansion.
    Project Status: In progress.
    Open Date: Unknown.

    Island Charters shop closure and LEGO Store refurbishment
    Details: The former Island Charters store closed by the end of December 2011. It is expected the location will serve as a temporary LEGO Store location while the main LEGO location closes for remodel. A permanent replacement for the shop location has yet to be announced, but it is rumored that Disney will create a Disney-owned retail offering for the location, rather than seeking a third-party lessor.
    Project Status: Retail space currently being used as temporary location for LEGO Store, with long-term plans for Disney to take over the space with a new Disney-branded store.
    Open Date: Unknown.

    Earl of Sandwich restaurant replacing Compass Books and Cafe
    Details: On February 7, 2012, the Disney Parks Blog confirmed previous reports from Al Lutz that the the long-time Downtown Disney bookseller will close permanently and be replaced by the first California location for the Earl of Sandwich restaurant chain, which already has locations at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris.
    Project Status: Bookstore closed at the end of March. The space is currently closed as it is converted into the new dining location.
    Open Date: Early summer 2012.

    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: In January 2012, the City of Anaheim approved a $158 million tax incentive for developers of two planned luxury hotels at the Anaheim Garden Walk. Disney is no longer involved in the project.
    Open Date: Late 2015.
    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: Unknown.
    Last edited by MasterGracey; 04-25-2012 at 03:15 PM. Reason: 4/25: Updated Gibson Girl/Candy Palace entry.

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    Woo! New Tracker :3

    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.
    Hmm, interesting, I hope it doesn't totally rule out a new park in that space.

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    already a new one?? I guess this is a good idea because the expo is on Friday let hope they announce something good!!

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    i hope hatbox is brought back!!!

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    You've got two entries for the Haunted Mansion Enhancements. They are slightly different. Just an FYI.

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    Thank you for the corrections and early comments, folks. We were in the process of cleaning up and freshening the Tracker but everything should be in order now. If you see any other Tracker entries that need to be updated or removed, please reply!

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    Looking good. Glad to see a new Disneyland Project Tracker. Thank you Master Gracey
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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    A few new rides eh? Sounds cool, especially a new E-ticket for Frontierland. Tomorrowland really needs the revamp.

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    Glad for a new tracker

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    How sweet would it be if they announced a new attraction to replace the defunct peoplemover/rocket rods at D23? Those tracks are the biggest eyesore in the park and its not fair that we have had to wait ten years now for a replacement.

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostbuster626 View Post
    How sweet would it be if they announced a new attraction to replace the defunct peoplemover/rocket rods at D23? Those tracks are the biggest eyesore in the park and its not fair that we have had to wait ten years now for a replacement.
    Definitely not. PeopleMover tracks will be torn down once funding is set.

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    I really hope they don't add the CGI Hitchiking Ghosts to Disneyland's HM. They looked so cheesy.

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo not the peoplemover tracks. comeon disney!!!!

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    Re: Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 3

    2 questions:

    1) why is this marked as "chat" as opposed to "news"

    2) why isn't this thread stickied yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyKid1994 View Post
    I really hope they don't add the CGI Hitchiking Ghosts to Disneyland's HM. They looked so cheesy.
    they don't look bad in WDW but DON'T touch the original unless you add more movement to the AA's
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