Disneyland confirms Rivers of America will be re-routed for Star Wars Land
This afternoon, another Disney/theme park website ran an article claiming that, among other things, both the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America will be re-routed and heavily modified as part of the construction of the new Star Wars Land: http://micechat.com/111703-miceage-star-wars-disneyland/
Tonight, on its Twitter feed, @DisneylandToday confirmed that the Rivers of America would be re-routed when it re-opens after the closure related to Star Wars Land construction starting next year: http://micechat.com/111703-miceage-star-wars-disneyland/
In case the post disappears, here is the exchange:
Zach Breashears (?@ZachTWB):
@DisneylandToday Will the Rivers of America be rerouted for Star Wars Land?
Disneyland Today ?(@DisneylandToday):
@ZachTWB Hi, Zach. The Rivers of America will have a new route when it reopens.
So I guess it's likely to be down for a significant period. We're aiming to get to DLR next September/October and I was hoping Tom Sawyer's playground would be open
There will be growing pains, to be sure, but if I had to, I would give up all of Rivers of America for Star Wars Land. #ProgressAsPromised
James, I have to disagree with you. Change the route, reconfigure Tom Sawyer Island if necessary, that's ok, but lose the entire thing? I think that it is too iconic to totally throw away. I think that places like that, where guests can "decompress" from the go-go-go atmosphere and can slow down a bit, and where kids can go, run, play and explore on their own without a carefully designed plan and can create their own storyline is important in a place like Disneyland. Star Wars Land will be fun, but in its own way Rivers of America and Tom Sawyer Island are much more important. Sacrificing one for the other would be a disservice to the guests and the entire vision of Disneyland that Mr. Disney had. He said that Disneyland will never be finished, but just like an author writing a book, when he writes a new chapter he doesn't throw away Chapter 1 unless it doesn't work for some reason, and Rivers of America and Tom Sawyer Island do work and have for sixty years.
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I would like to know how the railroad is impacted as this will be affected from the rivers reroute.
I am the biggest Tom Sawyer Island/Rivers of America fan there is online, but I'm okay with this.
So this explains why a 15-18 month closure is necessary. While some purists will disagree, I personally think this is a good move for the park. All theme parks need to add new attractions, and once space becomes tight it is necessary to remove the old to build the new. Fortunately, Disneyland is only altering the Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad, not removing them, and to be honest I doubt many non-AP guests will notice that half of Tom Sawyer's Island is gone (the section being removed is inaccessible) or that the river is 25% shorter. Plus, at least in the case of the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia, this change will actually result in an increased capacity for those attractions.
Disney always find the path of least resistance. Changing the ROA route might provide more space without worse decisions. I guess they are spared from having to demolish Toontown. What about other rumors shared in Miceage? The Fantasyland Theater is might disappear. Fantasyland will have another expansion. Tomorrowland might get an upgrade. Not discussed... will there be a path from Critter Country to SWL? With a smaller ROA, the path will obviously be shorter walk and more feasible.
It's simply amazing how fast construction was announced at Disneyland. I think Anaheim will get theirs first. You think Florida would, but they haven't made any construction announcements except the closing of the Osbourne Light Festival.
I think all the decisions are happening behind the scenes. They are on the tail end of finishing Disney Springs, Frozen, and Avatar. There's nothing to stop them from beginning construction of Toy Story Land and it is expected to finish before Star Wars Land. Toy Story construction can happen out of public view since it is in the former backlot area. There's just so much that needs to happen at DHS like new road to the parking lot and the closure of many more attractions like Muppets, The Little Mermaid, One Man's Dream. New infrastructure. A new park name (?) Things will fall into place eventually as it always does.
I really hope they invest in life like animatronics on the river. The current static sun faded animals just look ridiculous. And perhaps removing the burning cabin since that is no longer running.
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