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    Walt always disliked places in Disneyland being closed. Which stands me to wonder, were there always refurbishments like there is now??
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    Re: Refurbishments

    Umm, It was new back then so you wouldn't think there would be a need for refurbs yet. . .



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    Re: Refurbishments

    Sadly, Walt Disney passed away in Dec. 1966, so he was only around for a little more than 11 years of Park operations. Major refurbishments were not required during his lifetime, however many new upgrades, rides and attractions were added and they must surely have required construction walls (the Matterhorn opened in 1959 and that was a very big project).

    Today those walls are a fact of life at a 51 year old park. There's no way around it.
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    Re: Refurbishments

    While major refurbs didn't happen during Walt's time, there were clean ups needed. But back then, the park was fully closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (except during summer, Christmas, and 2 weeks at Easter break.) Much of what needed repairing could be done then.
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    Re: Refurbishments

    Walt shut down all of Tomorrowland so that it could be rebuilt almost entirely from the ground up.

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    Re: Refurbishments

    Walt shut the park down just to clean it up back then. But they still need to have multi-month closures 51 years later. And since rides like the Matterhorn are so old, it tends to wear down much quicker than say a ride like California Screamin'.

    An in-refurbishment closure is much better than a permanent closure and a tarped building is much better than a crapped out facade.

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    Re: Refurbishments

    Disneyland was in constant contruction during Walt's time. Mine Train ride though Nature's Wonderland got improved several times with major new features. The Matterhorn and Subs were built. Tomorrowland got rebuilt a few times. New Orleans Square got built and opened during Walt's time. That made Frontierland into a huge mess, and Walt mentioned it on one program. Of course, something amazing was always waiting when those walls came down.

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