Anaheim, California (Abbreviation: DL)
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(2/2/16) An Interesting New Railroad Renovation Note (MORE...)
(2/1/16) Parkwide Construction Photos (MORE...)
(1/16/16) Who's Ready for Star Wars Land - Phase 2?! (MORE...)
(1/14/16) New Star Wars Land Rumor (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - These dates are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Autopia - NOW CLOSED through to TBD (New Sponsor)
Disneyland Railroad - NOW CLOSED through to TBD
Fantasmic! - NOW CLOSED through to TBD
Mark Twain - NOW CLOSED through to TBD
Sailing Ship Columbia - NOW CLOSED through to TBD
Pirate’s Lail on Tom Sawyer’s Island - NOW CLOSED through to TBD
Jungle Cruise (Holiday Removal) - NOW CLOSED through to TBD
Splash Mountain - Feb. 8 through Feb. 18
Indiana Jones Adventure - Feb. 29 through Mar. 3
General Park News - (2/1/16) DisneyGeek has posted a huge photo update this week from the Disneyland, showing off the renovations taking place across the park, including all the new areas closed off for Star Wars construction.
(11/18/15) The new adventure has been added to Star Tours along with the launch of the Season of the Force event. You can see a video of the new adventure embedded below and see how it mixes in with the other older random sequences. Don't watch if you want to be surprised.
(11/16/15) Attractions Magazine has posted an awesome video showing off the new Star Wars themed Hyperspace Mountain POV experience now running at Disneyland inside Space Mountain. So far Disney has yet to set an ending date for the experience, so if the public really takes a shine to Hyperspace Mountain, this special edition of the ride could be left running for awhile. Plus with the Star Tours ride next door, it all really fits together so well anyway.
(10/15/15) According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spider-Man will begin appearing as a character inside Disneyland as part of the opening of the revised Super Hero HQ attraction in the old Innoventions building starting on Nov. 16th. Spider-Man will be the "greeter" to welcome everyone in, where they can also see Thor and the Treasures of Asgard still, as well as the Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries exhibit. The Captain America area however will be missing in action at this time. While this will be the first appearance of Spider-Men in a US Disney park, Spider-Man has been appearing since mid-2014 at the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park.
(9/28/15) Interesting times lie ahead for Disneyland in the near future. The park's first "Season of the Force" special event will begin on November 16 and include the new themed layer of special effects onto Space Mountain that will see it temporarily re-dubbed as Hyperspace Mountain.
Star Tours will also add in a new ridefilm sequence to the attraction with a location (and possibly characters) themed to the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens film opening in theaters this December.
Plus the old Innoventions building will reopen as the new Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit for everything Star Wars related, plus a character meet & greet or two. The Jedi Training show will relanch as "Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple" show, featuring new characters from the Star Wars Rebels show. Select restaurants will also offer new Star Wars themed food items as well.
See it while you can, because currently there is no solid closing date for the event, so there is no way to know how long you will be able to ride Hyperspace Mountain.
Late 2015 - Star Wars Additions - (1/19/16) Disney has confirmed that the Kylo Ren character from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will soon begin appearing as a character to "meet & greet" at the Star Wars Launch Bay attractions at both Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
(1/14/16) The Disney Insider has posted an interesting update this week, where they talk about the addition of the Jakku sequence into Star Tours randomizer, but it seems that isn't all that was added. According to the article there are now alternate versions of the various scenes now in the mix as well. They give the example of a scene when Darth Vader stops the Starspeeder... except there is now an alternate version of this scene where Vader is joined by Boba Fett. They also confirm that the Hoth, Coruscant and Naboo sequences have also been "plus-ed" as well. Sounds like a great reason to ride Star Tours over and over and over again.
(8/21/15) As rumored, a new Star Wars Launch Bay preview attraction will be added to Tomorrowland later this year inside the Innoventions building, alongside a revamped Super Hero HQ area which will continue to provide all the Marvel character meet & greets for Captain American, Thor as well as the return of Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries exhibit. Also to be added before the end of the year will be "a new adventure will be added to Star Tours, "featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens". The park's Jedi Academy will also close to undergo a transformation that will see it brought back as a new experience featuring new characters, and a new villain to battle, from the Star Wars Rebels animated series on Disney XD.
Disneyland also announced that the park will put on a new annual event starting in early 2016 called Star Wars: Season of the Force. At Disneyland, inspired by the long running Star Wars Weekends events in Florida, Tomorrowland guests will get to explore the Star Wars galaxy of characters, see special entertainment, sample themed food and more. During the event Space Mountain will also be transformed into Hyperspace Mountain where they will find themselves in the middle of an X-Wing Starfighter battle.
(7/18/15) Is the Star Wars Launch Bay attraction that is coming to Shanghai Disneyland going to possibly going to open in California as well? The latest rumor going around claims that this is what may have been planned to go inside the Innoventions building in Tomorrowland. If true... it could actually open in Disneyland first, probably in November, just ahead of the movie launch.
???? - (4/30/14) Upgrades to Mt. Toad, Show White and Pinocchio - Rumor - (4/30/14) Look for all these of these dark rides to close for refurbishments projects, once at a time, that is also expected to see show scene improvements and possibly new figures, similar to the rumored upgrades to Alice and Peter Pan slated for 2014/2015,
2017/2018 - Disneyland Railroad Renovation - Confirmed - (2/2/16) It has been pointed out that on the construction walls at Disneyland, they have quietly updated the old Nature's Wonderland attraction posted. You can see the old version here, which mentions "Via The Mine Train Thru Rainbow Caverns" at the top. The new version of the poster has removed the four attraction labels, and now says "Via The Disneyland Railroad" at the top. Looks like a hint as to how they will present the new and improved railway along the back half of the river.
Disneyland may have shut down the Railroad, Big Thunder Ranch and all the attractions that involve the Rivers of America area to help make room for the new “Star Wars Land” project, but as usually… some of the fans get worked up into a tizzy on the internet thinking that none of it will ever come back. To help put some of those fears to rest, Disneyland released an amazing new piece of concept artwork showing off what the Railroad and backside of the Rivers of America will look like when it reopens.
While they don’t address issue about how much of the river and island may be removed to make the extra room needed, they view of the back half of the river will now be amazing. The railroad will now run along the water itself over a series of rocky ledges and over a beautiful trestle past waterfalls and more. Of course the new rocky ridge background for the railroad will also be the perfect way to hide the train from the rest of Star Wars Land behind it as well, keeping the themed areas separate while being physically very close to each other.
???? - Star Wars Land - In Development - (11/16/16) Star Wars Land isn't even built yet, but would you believe the new land at Disneyland could already have a Phase 2 under consideration? According to Screamscape sources the long-term plan for the Star Wars Land to be built to the North of the park's riverbank, would be to add a second phase that would connect Star Wars land to Critter Country, thus completing a loop all the way around the backside of the park.
I have to admit, I like this idea... as I remember how crowded Toontown was back when it first opened with only one way in and out, and I can see the Star Wars Land having the same problem. Creating a loop would not only be best for Star Wars traffic flow, but would finally come up with a solution to the problem of how to effectively move guests through the Fantasmic! show area in the evenings who just want to ride Splash Mountain, Pooh or Haunted Mansion and not watch the show. For years guests wanting to get to the rides have to fight through a crowded and confusing bottleneck of people when passing through the Pirates of the Caribbean plaza and New Orleans Square areas because there is no other option.
(1/14/16) According to a little bird Disney may decide to announce, sometime over the next week or two, the actual final name of the new “Star Wars Land” they are preparing to build.
(1/9/16) An odd bit of news came forward today as Jon Snoddy (Disney’s EVP of Imagineering) mentioned in a panel at CES 2016 some new details about one of the Star Wars attractions in the works for the theme parks. We’ve already heard rumors about a Millennium Falcon themed dark ride / simulator concept, but what Jon mentioned was a new “boat ride”, that would take riders through the middle of a battle between the First Order and Resistance. He also mentioned they are working with ILM to allow for Disney to mix high-resolution projection scenes in with real-life physical sets and animatronic characters.
While a boat ride may seem to be an odd choice at first for a Star Wars attraction, keep in mind that Disney is putting the finishing touches on a next-gen version of Pirates of the Caribbean over in Shanghai, which is rumored to feature boats on a track that can offer complete control of the movement of the boat, including being able to spin them around a bit and point the riders in a specific direction to view the scenes as they pass. It is also worth mentioning that any Star Wars ride will need to be an extremely high capacity attraction, and few rides can pull through more guests per hour than Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride systems which also offer quick reloading due to the simple seating, no restraints to worry about and offer family friendly experience while still being able to offer the physical thrill of dropping rides down a chute or two along the way.
Another item possibly worth noting can be seen in the lower corner of the previously per-released concept art from Disney where the Millennium Falcon is flying down to land. If you zoom in (see image) you can see a small pool of water down there, with what looks possibly like a winding underwater rail-path that could run a boat ride into a cave under the waterfall, with some traces of blue that could be more river-pathway in the background of the rocky spire-filled landscape. Of course, this is just concept artwork to convey the overall feeling and look of the land and isn't meant to be a blueprint... but it does seem to indicate that the world being created for the land will have water design features.
Mix in the concept of digital projection technology, real sets and modern animatronics all around this new high-end boat ride concept and we have the makings of an attraction that can convey an all new tale from the Star Wars universe.
(12/14/15) I've been sent a fascinating new rumor regarding one of the new Star Wars Land attractions in development. So far, the only fact Disney has issued about the attraction concepts for the land is that guests will be placed in the actual cockpit of the Millennium Falcon in one of the main attractions. Today, one of our sources have sent in a little more information about the possible ride experience, though keep in mind that the attraction is still under design and a lot can change between now and when it opens.
That said, I'm told that guests will board a vehicle where it appears that they are sitting inside the cockpit of the Falcon. In reality, there will be several such vehicles (unseen) on a track layout, where the ship will take off and move into a large star field projection room at first. Eventually the cockpit ships will move into place behind an individual projection screen for the simulator/action portion of the ride. The way this will work was described to me as being similar to how Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey works during specific sections of that ride (see picture), where the individual rider pods are placed inside a projection dome that is mounted to a huge carousel structure. The projection domes and rider pods will move around the carousel in sync during these sections of the ride, where the guests may have some control over the action taking place and what the outcome will be.
If you watch the start of this video showing off the addition of a new Star Wars themed area on-board the Disney Dream cruise ship, you will see mockup of the Millennium Falcon cockpit that simulates space travel, that may give you a good visual as to what your ride on the Falcon could be like.
(10/5/15) Remember how I mentioned how all the Rivers of America attraction were going to close at the start of 2016 for at least a year or more, including the Disneyland Railroad and Big Thunder Ranch area, all to allow construction on the new Star Wars themed land to begin? According to an interesting image posted to SlashFilm, the reason for all this is that the back-half of Tom Sawyer's island is going to be chopped off in order to shorten the length of the river and reclaim the land back there to be used for the Star Wars land. The railroad layout would also be torn out and rebuild to conform to this new plan, so that the railroad would stay outside of the Star Wars area.
(8/21/15) Star Wars themed lands have been confirmed for two Walt Disney theme parks so far... Disneyland in California and for Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. Both of these similar lands will be approximately 14-acres in size, making them the largest single-themed land expansion ever added to a Disney park.
Instead of picking one or two of the various Star Wars world's to theme the land to, they will instead theme the land to a new, never-before seen world. The Star Wars land will feature two major "signature attractions", one of which will put guests into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. I'm not sure if the location of the land at Disney's Hollywood Studios was confirmed, but I would assume it may fit in somewhere nearby to the existing Star Tours attraction. Meanwhile at Disneyland the new land was apparently confirmed to be taking over the Big Thunder Ranch area, plus backstage property behind there. How the Disneyland Railroad will manage to pass unseen through this area remains to be seen... but I imagine it may involve a large dark tunnel.
Unfortunately, no timeline was given as to when we can expect to see this Star Wars land open, but if we use the Avatar project as a guideline, I wouldn't expect to see the Star Wars land open until around 2020.