Disneyland Resort update: Star Tours, Blackbeard, Mermaid and more
By Robert NilesThe big news at the Disneyland Resort this week is the soft-opening of Star Tours:
Published: May 23, 2011 at 1:27 PM
This morning, the ride was open only to annual passholders with advance reservations. AP previews will continue all week, but I wouldn't be surprised to see soft-opens at times when the APs aren't scheduled.
Inside the queue, R2D2's working on top of the Starspeeder 1000:
And C-3P0 is still on the control panel.
Inside the droid room, the changes are subtle. Look carefully, and you might see Captain Rex, marked "defective," packed up and being sent to who-knows-where.
The "Droid Security Agent" is checking passengers as they get ready to board.
On board, I got the stormtroopers, the Tatooine pod race, Yoda and the ride through the traffic of Coruscant. You know that Facebook meme where women would post their bra color as their status, to the complete befuddlement of men? I propose that Star Tours fans start their own version of the meme. Whenever you ride, post the four options that you encountered on your visit. Remember, your options are:
So, this morning I posted: "Stormtroopers Tatooine Yoda Coruscant". Join in, and amuse or confuse your friends! ;^)
The other change at Disneyland Park this week is the replacement of Davy Jones with Blackbeard inside Pirates of the Caribbean. Here's what it looks like:
I noticed that the skull before the drop is still warning riders about Davy Jones, though. Personally, I prefer Davy's otherworldly look in this place in the ride. Blackbeard looked just too, well, real.
Across the plaza, at California Adventure, you can see the "Hollywood Studios"-style entrance plaza emerging underneath the tarps.
The Little Mermaid building is now open for cast member previews.
I love the relief detail of Ariel's sisters, framing the entryway windows.
Down the pathway, I noticed a test train running on Goofy's Sky School, scheduled to open July 1.
Work also continues on the Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta restaurant
Finally, Disney's torn down the awnings and archways that had obscured the view of the Zephyr train and station that lines the edge of the Sunshine Plaza.
Work on Cars Land continues, too, as insiders expect an opening early in 2012.
The Little Mermaid and Star Tours open officially on June 3. No word yet on public previews for The Little Mermaid, though initial reviews from cast members who've ridden have been almost exclusively positive. We'll be there to cover the opening ceremonies on June 2 and 3.
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