WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
Stuff for tomorrow's Half-Marathon was already up on Friday and Saturday...
In the Timon Lot, the Arc de Triomphe was up, and decorated with signage featuring Remy and Emile from Ratatouille.
Directional and informational signs were up around the Downtown Disney and in front, and inside of parks, letting guests know park operating hours, and where things like the Fitness Expo were.
...A quick look at the waitboard on Saturday afternoon... notice the dorky new sign for dining help. FORT WILDERNESS & RIVERBELLE TERRACE
Over on Tom Sawyer Island, Fort Wilderness is once again taking shape. It's looking different than it did before it was torn down, with squared logs of wood, instead of natural logs.
A peek behind the construction wall...
Back on the Frontierland mainland, the Riverbelle Terrace is under refurbishment. And it looks like there is a dishwasher overthere on the outdoor patio... Looks like the Riverbelle kitchen is getting some upgrades
A view of some Riverbelle work from Tarzan's Treehouse... TARP GALLERY
The former Disney Gallery has been all covered up by tarps now...
The banners advertising the Gallery's last exhibit are finally off the lampposts in New Orleans Square:
Construction on the Gallery elevator is still on-going, despite the Gallery having closed. Not much can really be seen of the elevator construction since the elecator is being tucked back between Tarzan's Treehouse and the Pirates of the Caribbean building.
It appears that the plans for the elevator are just hangin out on a table over next to the Gallery staircase.
But you can see some evidence of construction if you peer through the trees while you're high up in Tarzan's Treehouse...
...An interesting thing happened when we were coming into New Orleans Square from Frontierland on Friday. The Fantasmic! crew were testing the fog effects for the show, and it turned out to be really cool, and an effect that could lend itself quite well to a Halloween time atmosphere offering... PIXIES AND MOTORBOATS
Over in Fantasyland, work continues at the Castle shop...
And a new sign has been added
Over at the old Motorboat Cruise dock lagoon, the old camouflage tarps have been taken down. I don't know when this happened, but good riddance. I'm glad the work back there finally got finished... it looks much better.
I think it's odd that they decided to keep this little area of Motorboat lagoon... Would it have cost that much more money to fill it in? It's not like this area is all that nice looking, anyway and maybe some more shaded, spread out seating over here would have been nicer than the mess of tables on the dock? Oh well, it doesn't matter. The area looks good enough now anyway. TOY STORY MANIA!
Construction on Toy Story Mania! continues and funhouse mirrors have been added to the construction walls.
Is this framing for signage?
Insterestingly, the testing barges for Wonderful World of Color have been removed... Only a few buoys are in the water now...
And along the Performance Corridor, Year of a Million Dreams banners have replaced most of the Block Party Bash banners. A LAST LOOK AT CHARACTER CLOSE-UP
Chracter Close-up, one of the rooms at the Disney Animation pavilion at DCA is closing soon, so I thought it would be good to get some final shots of the place before it leaves for good. I think I've only seen characters in the room once since the room opened, but I liked the area because it also was used as a gallery space, which showed maquettes and art from upcoming Disney and Pixar releases.
Backdrops for Characters to pose in front of for photos...
I wonder what they're going to put in this room... it's the smallest exhibit/showroom in the Animation building, and is actually only really an exit lobby for the Animation Academy. The exit ramp for the Academy goes around the back of the Character Close-Up room, and guests leaving the Academy must go through the Character Close-Up room to exit.
Animation Academy exit ramp: THIS & THAT
The sky was amazing on Friday afternoon and lent itself quite nicely to some shots around the parks... The next 9 pictures can be clicked for higher resolution versions at their Flickr pages...
And a couple shots of some neat signage over at Fowler's Harbor:
...And finally, a celebrity sighting at the Haunted Mansion: Travis Barker formerly of Blink-182 with his family.