And Mickey's Fun Wheel looks like the proverbial lipsticked pig.
Thanks for the report, Robert, and order one of those delicious looking chicken paninis for me!
The Mickey Wheel is obviously designed after the almost 100 year old Wonder Wheel at Coney Island. All of those art deco renderings that I saw recently are a nod to early 20th century park design. Somebody looked through the history books and saw photos of Luna Park, Rye Playland in New York and the now defunct Palisades Park in New Jersey as well as other examples. They did manage to screw up the roller coaster by doing it themselves instead of hiring GCI or the Gravity Group to design and build them a throwback.
Anyways, back on topic. $40 for that sounds about right to me, as long as it is good. I'm a sucker for good Italian food. Sounds like they could do well by cutting back on the portion and reducing the price a little.
Speaking of the makeover, the "new" Mickey's Fun Wheel is a nice upgrade. No, it isn't new, but it is a nice refresh of a ride that lacked theming and a good paint job. It isn't the highlight of the overhaul by any measure, but these small little baby steps are just as important as the headline attractions in creating a Disney quality park. To nitpick, I'd have made the Mickey face a bit smaller, because I think it is disturbingly huge as is, but overall I think it is an improvement. Not worth a 45 minute line though.
As for the California Adventure upgrades, are they still running on time, or is the economy slowing the process down? The Fun Wheel looks "meh". Maybe it will look nice once the Pier is completely finished.
The big project now is laying down the lagoon infrastructure for the World of Color show for next summer. That's also why they did the Mickey Wheel now - they could do that when the lagoon was drained.
Once that and the DVC expansion of the hotel are finished, then I suspect we'll see more visible progress on other projects in the park. FWIW, nothing's being done on the park entrance now (the most problematic aspect of the project, given the fact that it is the entrance).