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    Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    With the Grand Reopening quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to do a "quick little" construction retrospective on my blog.

    Tons of research later and more hours than I care to count, I'm finally finished with it. It utilizes photos from a ton of sources, including several Micechatters and Dateline Disneyland (thanks, Andy!) to present a CliffNotes (well, if 5,000+ words and hundreds of photos can be called that!) account of the transformation of Disney California Adventure!

    Check it out here: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective: From Burger Invasion to Buena Vista Street - Disney Tourist Blog

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    This looks awesome. Can't wait to really study it when I get home from work.

    Photo Via jdhilger

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    Quote Originally Posted by napeterson18 View Post
    This looks awesome. Can't wait to really study it when I get home from work.
    Thanks! It may not look like it, but a ton of work went into it.

    Glad to see it's 2-star quality on MC and not just 1-star!

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    ^well I gave you 5 stars......you have some amazing photo's and its great how many are up.....to be honest....it makes me kinda miss DCA 1.0.....because of how nice you picture are haha

    Great work

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    Nice!

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    Quote Originally Posted by JerrodDRagon View Post
    ^well I gave you 5 stars......you have some amazing photo's and its great how many are up.....to be honest....it makes me kinda miss DCA 1.0.....because of how nice you picture are haha

    Great work
    Well, a BIG part of the post was locating and obtaining permission to use the most beautiful DCA photos I could find on Flickr. I also used a lot of my own "best" DCA photos.

    I only used average photos when I didn't have other options.

    In other words, wait until you see some great photos from Cars Land and BVS...I think you might change your mind!

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    Great job with this! I was glued to it from start to finish. It wasn't overly criticizing DCA 1.0 which I liked. It gave a neutral look at things and how much of a difference it is today. I didn't realize how much changed in 11 years!

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    Great report, Tom. It really has been an amazing voyage since DCA first opened all those years ago. Thanks for the reminder of what it was like.

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    Also, I plan on supplementing this post as I find more photos. If anyone has photos of ANY of the following that I could use (or any other noticeable gaps in it), please let me know!

    -LuminAria
    -Seasons of the Vine
    -Malibu-Rito
    -Soap Opera Bistro
    -Avalon Cove
    -Hollywood & Dine
    -Who Wants to be a Millionaire
    -Toy Story Mania early construction

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    Great job on the retrospective, Tom. What an EMBARRASSMENT to the Disney company when that thing first opened. Between Super Star Limo and that parade....I just have to cringe.



    Glad that Disney finally admitted what they had done and has spent over a billion $$$ to fix it. Can't wait for this weekend's preview!

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    Quote Originally Posted by Mac Daddy View Post
    Great job on the retrospective, Tom. What an EMBARRASSMENT to the Disney company when that thing first opened. Between Super Star Limo and that parade....I just have to cringe.



    Glad that Disney finally admitted what they had done and has spent over a billion $$$ to fix it. Can't wait for this weekend's preview!
    Glad you like it. Putting that retrospective together really gave me some perspective as to just how bad and on the cheap the original DCA was. There's a lot that I didn't present there, but wow. It was mind-blowing. I previously said that I thought it would be fun to experience DCA back in 2001 just for the sake of knowing what it was like. I can't say I feel that way anymore.

    Oh, and thanks for letting me use your photos!

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    Early DCA actually was fun, but the thought that I had upon first seeing it is it had so much potential that it wasn't living up to. Some of that potential is now being met, there's still a ways to go. I tried to remember that when Disneyland opened in 1955, it sure wasn't the park it is now, or even when I first started going as a kid in the 1970s. Hopefully DCA's growth and development won't end here, but is just beginning.

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    Quote Originally Posted by sbk1234 View Post
    Early DCA actually was fun, but the thought that I had upon first seeing it is it had so much potential that it wasn't living up to. Some of that potential is now being met, there's still a ways to go. I tried to remember that when Disneyland opened in 1955, it sure wasn't the park it is now, or even when I first started going as a kid in the 1970s. Hopefully DCA's growth and development won't end here, but is just beginning.
    Yeah, but to be fair, Disneyland was built on a blank slate in 1955...by 2001, Disney had decades of experience in the theme park business. I mean, just look at the other Disney park that opened in 2001...

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    I rather enjoyed the column and you used one of my videos. I don't mind but could you add my youtube to the list of credits? Thanks


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    Re: Disney California Adventure Overhaul Retrospective

    Quote Originally Posted by WDWFigment View Post
    Yeah, but to be fair, Disneyland was built on a blank slate in 1955...by 2001, Disney had decades of experience in the theme park business. I mean, just look at the other Disney park that opened in 2001...
    Ok, but Disney Sea was funded by the Oriental Land Company not Disney. DCA should not have been built so cheap, but expecting Disney Sea is a bit much I think.
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