According to the new AP Newsletter, the Special Preview Center will be inside of DCA. I remember Al posting the possibility that the Preview Center had been proposed to be relocated to the Esplanade.
The first change in the original plans is the removal of the DCA Preview Center from the San Francisco buildings across from Golden Dreams.
Throughout the summer and fall plans and designs were being finished at WDI for a lavish and rather large preview center that would not only showcase all of the new stuff coming to DCA, but also be able to plug the new Disney Cruise Line ships headed to California and the new hotels and development coming to the rest of Disney's Anaheim property.
When Jay Rasulo made his October announcement, it included mention of the Preview Center for those San Fran buildings. But the plans have changed and the currently vacant space is now slated to become a new larger set of restrooms to handle the crowds drawn to the World of Color lagoon show. The current restrooms directly across from the San Fran buildings are now going to be swallowed up by the expanding Little Mermaid ride.Well, it looks like the plans have changed:Not to worry though, as the preview center concept is something very near and dear to John Lasseter's heart. He was the one who pushed for such a concept to be included in not just DCA's makeover, but at all the Disney properties around the world. DCA's Preview Center should be the first to debut, if it can still open sometime later this year.
Instead of being inside the park however, the current frontrunner location is out in the Esplanade between the two parks, near where the first DCA Preview Center was located back in the late '90s. That location would require only a semi-permanent structure however, as once the DCA main entrance opens in 2011 a new location for a permanent preview center would need to be found inside one of the parks, with DCA still the most likely location.
The Esplanade location has some people in TDA excited, and others concerned. There's a thought that having a rather lavish preview center in front of DCA while the main entrance undergoes major construction would help get the word out to arriving tourists exactly what was going on behind the walls. But others are concerned that the sight of a walled off front entrance with a prominent preview center would only reinforce the belief that DCA is closed while it goes under the knife. As the preview center has a great deal of political clout behind it at WDI however, the hesitation about placing it for a few years in the Esplanade is something that TDA is simply going to have to get over. And quickly too, as John Lasseter wants that preview center opened as quickly as possible.
The only question is: Where?"Walt's California" is Coming to Disney's California Adventure® Park
Imagine that you are an ambitious young animator back in the roaring 1920's. Step off a gleaming steam train and take in the beauty of a sun-soaked California paradise that promises to make all your dreams come true.
That's the way it all began for Walt Disney, and soon it will be the way it begins for everyone who enters the re-imagined entry plaza at Disney's California Adventure® Park.
"The creative evolution of Disney's California Adventure® Park will connect Guests to Walt's own California adventure and reflect the place that he found when he first arrived with a cardboard suitcase in his hand and a head full of dreams," said Jay Rasulo, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Beyond the new entry plaza, Guests will discover exciting new attractions, fantastic new entertainment, unique new stores and delicious new dining opportunities, including:
Work on some of these enhancements has already begun, and the rest will follow in phases. It's expected that everything will be completed within the next five years.
- A major new attraction based on the animated Disney classic "The Little Mermaid"
- An amazing nighttime spectacular that plays out on the sparkling waters of Paradise Bay
- Toy Story Mania! — a new attraction that combines the fun of classic boardwalk games and the Disney*Pixar "Toy Story" films.
- A 12-acre "Cars" Land that recreates the town of Radiator Springs, complete with three amazing new attractions featuring characters from the hit Disney*Pixar film "Cars."
Be sure to keep an eye out for a special preview center opening soon inside Disney's California Adventure® Park — and check back here for updates!