from David Koenig- "Desperate to avoid another Christmas season packed with unmanageable guest congestion, Team Disney Anaheim managers are anxious to start construction on a backstage escape route that on busy days would funnel crowds off Main Street and out of the park. Management would like to start construction in April, so the path can be open to guests before the end of November. The new route, first reported by Al Lutz 16 months ago, will start just past the Baby Care Center off the Central Plaza hub, travel behind the buildings on the east side of Main Street, and let out at the old coffee shop patio in Town Square.The path would be themed like a turn-of-the-century alleyway and feature a solid roof over it, both to protect guests from inclement weather and to prevent them from stopping to watch the fireworks. "One of the biggest headaches is when the fireworks go off," shared one cast member. "People don't move. A lot of pathways in the park, especially Main Street, get clogged when guests stop to watch. That goes for Candlelight [Procession], too." The alley will not significantly disrupt the current stores on Main Street (several of the shops would lose storage space, but gain back entrances, and the Cone Shop at the back of Center Street will need to be relocated). The pathway would, however, butt right up against the Inn Between cast member cafeteria. Consequently, when construction begins on the alley, the Inn Between will shut down for a major remodel. Two old trees that grow through the eatery's upper outdoor patio will be cut down, and the patio will be enclosed. The reconfiguration will increase indoor space for eating and free up space to add couches and plushy chairs."
Does anyone have an estimate on when the construction walls and scrims around New Orleans Square for the Club 33 remodel will be taken down?
My wife and I are deciding if we will make a trip to Disneyland this year, but have no desire to go if NOS is still constructionland.
I'm not sure if it's still a planned to open for the summer. I haven't seen a lot of work going on the exterior, but it could get done quickly if they get going on it. However the scrims may be there more for keeping secret what is happening inside. I think the walls at the bases could come down first.
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Next year I'm trying for a summer internship at Stark Industries.