Disneyland Resort grows its Enchanted Forest of Construction Walls
By Robert NilesThe kids are in school and crowds are light at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California - making plenty of space for the construction crews to move in and get to work.
Published: January 26, 2011 at 3:51 PM
There's no longer any "California" in front of Disney California Adventure. Nor is the old sun icon standing behind the Golden Gate bridge, either.
Disney's put the letters into storage and torn down the middle third of the entry turnstiles as it remakes the front entrance of the park.
Hmm, do you think that artist concept of the new Disney California Adventure entry plaza that looks a bit like the entry to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World?
I like what Disney's done with this construction wall, though, evoking the new 1930s theme for the entry plaza by featuring many of Disney's original toons, including Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mortimer Mouse. (It gives the park an "Epic Mickey" spin, as Imagineering effectively erases much of the park to recreate it.)
Inside the park, construction's broken the circuit around the lagoon, at the site of the now-removed Maliboomer.
The new Little Mermaid show building is almost complete, preparing for an expected soft opening in April.
And work's coming along on Cars Land, set to debut sometime next year.
The Playhouse Disney show is gone now, soon to be replaced with Disney Junior: Live on Stage.
And the Red Car Trolley tracks are ready to go in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. But they'll have to wait for the new front entry plaza to be complete before we see trolleys on those tracks.
Across the esplanade at Disneyland, the Enchanted Forest of Construction Walls grows, as well.
Behind some walls, we'll eventually find new attractions, such as the new version of Star Tours, set to debut in May.
Behind others, we await the completion of more traditional refurbs, such as that happening now to Splash Mountain.
Not only is Splash down, Disney's shuttered the entire Critter Country land for refurbishment. It's been ages since I remember Disney closing an entire land.
Yet, if you can find your way around the walls, most of the rest of Disney's top attractions remain open (Pirates, Indy, Thunder, Subs, etc.), with the shortest wait times of the year.
Later today, I'll post my review of the new menu at Fantasyland's Village Haus Restaurant.
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