Disney rededicates its California Adventure theme park
June 15, 2012, 9:04 AM ·
Disney CEO Bob Iger rededicated the company's Disney California Adventure theme park this morning, as thousands of fans awaited their chance to see the results of the park's $1-billion, five-year transformation.
The creative team behind the most recent additions to DCA: Imagineer Kathy Mangum, John Lasseter, and Imagineer Lisa Girolami, before the ceremony
Fans started lining up Thursday afternoon for the grand re-opening, but a super-early arrival wasn't essential to claim space in the park at its opening.
Though the waiting crowd filled the Disneyland Resort's drop-off lot on Harbor by 11pm last night, by 6am the resort's esplanade between the two parks was only two-thirds full, and Disney admitted most of those fans into Buena Vista Street in time for the 8am ceremony. (You would have a had a better view by remaining in the esplanade and watching it on the giant screen Disney had erected there.)
After the short ceremony, where Iger was joined by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, as well as hundreds of costumed Disney California Adventure cast members, the crew from Cars Land's Radiator Springs Racers walked the crowd back to the park's new land.
With the Goodyear blimp overhead
Within half an hour, the wait already was pushing an hour, but the early crowd didn't match the throng that swarmed Disneyland last summer for the opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.
We'll have video of the opening ceremony later today, and I hope that any Theme Park Insider readers visiting California Adventure today (or this weekend) will share their experiences in the comments.
Radiator Springs Racers went down for about an hour around 9:30, backing up the queue through Cars Land. Late arrivals (perhaps encouraged by reports of the lighter-than-feared crowd) also packed into the area, and by noon, Radiator Springs Racers was reporting an estimated six-hour wait. I'm wondering what the crowd will be like when people get off work this evening and think about heading to the park.