Welcome To Disneyland!
Welcome back! These pictures were taken on Friday morning in my feeble attempt to “beat the rain”. As you can see I wasn’t successful, but as the rain came down, the crowds continued to pour in. Despite the weather, I was still able to catch some pretty good shots of the parks. It’s a short update this week, so let’s get going.
(You Can Click On Any Picture To Enlarge It)
Walls have moved in around the two large planters on either side of the Opera House, and during the recent paving project some bricks were installed between the tracks in Town Square. This is the loading and unloading zone for the Horse Drawn Street Car and they will be used to identify this area.
As the rain continued to come down on Friday morning, the guests continued to show up. The rain didn’t stop the flood of people, and Friday actually turned into a rather busy day at the resort with E-Ticket wait times exceeding 60 minutes for some attractions.
The rain forces some shows to cancel and others to become “modified”. One of the treats you’ll see on a rainy day will be the Dapper Dans preforming inside. When the quartet enters a building and uses the acoustics of the room for amplification, instead of the usual Main Street sound system, you get a real sense of the talent that they possess.
No too much as changed on the exterior of Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, but work is almost competed on the interior and we now know when we will get to see it! A few days ago Disney announced that the opening date for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will be June 3! Read the Full Story Here
It might be only a matter of time before we see this mural updated to reflect the new attractions’ Star Speeder 1000.
Rivers of America & Critter Country
A trip along the Rivers of America on the Mark Twain offers a view unlike any other in the park and on Friday morning it offered a dry one!
A big perk of going to Disneyland in the Rain is short lines, although Friday afternoon did become quite busy.
When it rains a few attractions close because of slippery conditions and other hazards, Tom Sawyer Island is one of those attractions. The guests on this boat don’t look too happy that they are being “evacuated” from the island.
As we made our way around to the Critter Country Side the rain really picked up.
A few workers were spotted on the top of the Splash Mountain drop flume. No too much can be seen from the outside.
The Hungry Bear Restaurant is still under the months long refurbishment.
Construction workers are hard at work, even in the rain, with the refurbishment.
Most guests at Disneyland enjoy the rain, and refuse to let it damper their spirits.
Downtown Disney Monorail Station
The Downtown Disney Monorail Station stair rebuilding project has moved on to the exit side with the complete demolition of the old stairs. The newly completed stairs on the entrance side are now pulling double duty.
The elevator is still in use, as this Cast Member is showing this group of park guests.
The stairs look nice, and plain.
Disney California Adventure
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
The big news of the week was the announcement of the opening date for The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure over at California Adventure. This week Disney made it official in announcing that the attraction would launch the same day as Disneyland’s Star Tours, June 3rd. Read the Full Story Here.
We also saw construction progressing nicely on the exterior of the building. The arrival of King Triton atop the arch is a very nice touch. If the figure looks familiar, it should. It is the very same that use to sit in Ariel’s Grotto in Disneyland but was removed to make way for Pixie Hollow a few years ago. Link to story.
Concept art of the building with King Triton from the Blue Sky Cellar.
The west side of the building (closest to the Golden Zephyr) is really taking shape, as the same blue roof that has been seen on the opposite side is being installed.
Work being preformed on the rotunda. Archways are now visible.
Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Goofy’s Sky School & Area
The building and surrounding area has really began to take shape this past week as the construction took off! The exterior facade as well as the surrounding area is starting to take shape. The area does not have an official opening date as of yet, but we do know that a Summer opening is the goal.
A look at the concept art from the Blue Sky Cellar.
The sign is missing from Souvenir 66 and it appears that de-construction has begun. It can not come quick enough as this building now stands out like a sore thumb amidst the construction around it.
Ground work for the new pathway around the area is starting to take shape.
Concept art for the outdoor area from the Blue Sky Cellar
Everyday this area is looking more amazing, and larger!
The archway seen below will be the west entrance/ exit to Cars Land. From this perspective you can really get a feel for the depth of “Cadillac Range” as well as see the different stages under construction.
The buildings that will become the “Radiator Springs Curious Shop” and “Casa De La Tires“. For a more detailed look at the buildings of Cars Land, see last weeks DCA photo update.
Concept Art for Cars Land from the Blue Sky Cellar
Well, that should do it for this weeks (short) update, Next week I promise a larger one from around the entire resort. But before I say goodbye for this week, let’s play a game…
…Where at the resort can you find this picture? Leave your response in the comments section below.
And if you haven’t heard yet, we have launched the Town Square Forums! You can discuss this photo update with the rest of the DisneylandLive Community there!