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(9/19/14) HalloweenTime (MORE...)
(9/3/14) Pirates and Frozen Updates (MORE...)
(9/2/14) Disneyland Offering Cheap Attraction Pics To Mobile (MORE...)
(8/29/14) Disneyland Extends Legends of Frontierland Game Run (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - These dates are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage - NOW CLOSED through Sept. 26, 2014
Haunted Mansion - NOW CLOSED through Sept. 11, 2014 (Nightmare Install)
Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm - NOW CLOSED through Sept. 11, 2014
Horse Drawn Streets Cars - NOW CLOSED through Oct. 15, 2014
Mark Twain - NOW CLOSED through Nov. 28, 2014
Space Mountain - Sept. 8 through Sept. 11, 2014 (Ghost Galaxy Install)
Captain EO - Sept. 12 through Sept. 25, 2014
Mickey’s House - Sept. 15, 2014 (one day)
Indiana Jones Adventure - Sept. 16, through Sept. 18, 2014
Matterhorn Bobsleds - Sept. 22 through Sept. 24, 2014
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin - Sept. 22 through Sept. 25, 2014
General Park News - (9/19/14) Westcoaster gives us a peek at Disneyland’s HalloweenTime upcharge event as all the crazy Halloween decorations are set up in the park.
(9/3/14) DisneyDose reports that Disneyland has added a new FastPass style “Character Experience” ticket system this week for the Anna & Elsa character Meet & Greet in Fantasyland. Having one of these new tickets is now the only way to meet these characters, which removes the 2-3 hour long line in favor of a brief 15 minute FastPass style wait time instead.
(9/2/14) Disneyland fans may want to take careful note of the attractions that take your picture. While I know many of us have gotten to the point that you just walk on by Disneyland has been testing a new PhotoPass service where they will send the picture to your mobile device for just 99 cents on Splash Mountain and a few other attractions, which is a steal compared to the normal rates, plus you don’t have to carry a picture around with you all day long.
(8/29/14) Disneyland reports that the Legends of Frontierland game run has been extended past the previous Sept. 1st end date. No new end date was announced however, so get in your game time while you still can.
(8/5/14) Disneyland has launched a new interactive game in Adventureland this past week, one that requires you to pay a little to play. The new game comes in the guise of the Adventureland Trading Company, offering guests the opportunity to go on one of nine different quests, each one will result with the guest getting to keep one of the nine different “Juju” at the end, a little decorative trinket. Some quests begin with you buying the Juju itself for $5 at the start of the quest, others have to buy a quest “publication” for $5 that will guide you to finding your Juju at the end. Three of the quests involving buying food apparently, which I believe come with the Juju, at a cost of $7.50. One of these apparently ends with you actually having to leave the park to finish the quest at Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel to get your Juju… and a tasty beverage. Click here for the official details and to see what some Juju look like.
(7/10/14) Disneyland has announced the first details about a new interactive game that you can play in Frontierland called “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” You pick the role you will play along with which side of the conflict you will play for… the peaceful Frontierland citizens or the Rainbow Ridge townsfolk. Make the jump over to the Disney Parks Blog to read all the rest of the details as this project comes to light. I can’t wait to hear more.
(7/3/14) Halloween Time, the Disneyland version of Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party, will return this year for 14 nights between September 12 and October 31st. This special separate ticket event will feature the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday, Space Mountian: Ghost Galaxy, an assortment of Disney Villains wandering through the park and a Dia de los Muertos celebration. Click here for details about which nights it will be and how you can buy tickets.
2014 - Alice In Wonderland Upgrade - (7/8/14) Westcoaster has posted their own update after checking out all the improvements to the Alice in Wonderland dark ride as well as a peek around the Club 33 area. As for Alice, I’ve embedded another POV video that shows off the changes inside in the low-light levels much better than the previous video clip, and includes a look at the updated finale scene which wasn’t included in the other one either.
(7/4/14) If you followed @Screamscape on Twitter, you would have gotten the early word that the always great Alice In Wonderland ride at Disneyland reopened yesterday ahead of the busy holiday weekend crowds. I’m also happy to report that the ride has been packed with new specific effects and a few new figures, while keeping the charm of the original ride and figures completely intact. If this is what we can expect to see from the rumored overhaul of the other classic Fantasyland dark rides (Mr. Toad, Peter Pan and possibly Snow White) for the 60th Anniversary, then things are looking good. Just watch the view below for a quick POV look at what’s new!
(4/30/14) In addition to rebuilding the outdoor finale portion of the ride’s track to comply with new safety standards, this year’s lengthy closure of the attraction is said to also feature show scene improvements and new animatronic figures with animated projection faces, similar to what is going into the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Walt Disney World.
Late 2014 - Peter Pan Upgrade - (4/30/14) As rumored, Peter Pan’s Flight is expected to also get some dramatic new animatronic figure and effects updates, including new figures where the facial animations are projected onto the faces from the inside, similar to what is going into the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Walt Disney World.
Early to Mid 2015 - (4/30/14) Upgrades to Mt. Toad, Show White and Pinocchio - (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 - Animazement / New Night Parade - Rumor - (5/22/14) Screamscape sources tell us that Disneyland will receive an identical night parade to the “Disney Paint The Night” parade opening in Hong Kong Disneyland this October. The Disneyland version will open under a different name however, “Animazement”.
I’m told that work crews are currently building two identical sets of floats for the two parks right now, which will feature units themed to Toy Story, Cars, Tinkerbell and more. Look for this new parade to open as part of the Disenyland 60th Anniversary celebration in 2015.
(2/26/14) According to a rumor posted at Disney & More, the new interactive Paint the Night Parade being added to Hong Kong Disneyland in late Summer or Fall 2014 could make a quick journey over the Pacific ocean to Disneyland in 2015, just in time to be a last second addition for the park’s 60th Anniversary.
???? - Tomorrowland / Star Wars Land - ON HOLD - (8/20/14) The latest updates at MiceChat are full of interesting rumors about ideas in development, but remember these are just possible ideas. Nothing has been green lit yet. Keeping that in mind, they claim that a new proposal for a Star Wars themed land has jumped across the park, leaving the Tomorrowland and instead planing on taking over the Big Thunder Ranch area, hiding show buildings for attractions across the train tracks, and possibly even taking over all of the current Toontown in the process. This is thought to be a bigger and better Star Wars themed land than what they were almost ready to announce for Tomorrowland earlier this year before it got put on hold.
This too is still in the development phase, but gives us new ideas to think about.
(2/24/14) A fascinating look at just what the Disneyland of the future might look like if the proposed Star Wars land gets built has been posted to Disney & More this week, as designed by S.W. Wilson. It shows off an interesting revision where the Monorail route takes a new path through Tomorrowland, the Subs and Autopia are removed to make way for the forest moon of Endor and a dueling Speeder Biker roller coaster experience, the Millennium Falcon sits proudly docked as a central icon in the middle of Tomorrowland and a look at other possible future attraction sites. It’s just a Blue Sky Dream right now, but it does paint an interesting possible future for Disneyland.
(1/9/14) The latest update posted to MiceAge claims that the first phase of a Star Wars themed overlay for Tomorrowland was approved and will begin this year. This is just new themeing, and not a new attraction in the budget just yet while they still try to hammer things out on the budget end of things. In the meantime, it looks like the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will sit silent and closed this year, while they determine if it will be removed to make way for a future attraction proposal, or of they will scrap those plans and keep it. For now the work will begin on the exterior of the Star Tours and Buzz Lightyear buildings flanking the entrance corridor to Tomorrowland.
(11/10/13) In something about as close to an official confirmation as you can get before the big official press release, Bob Iger seems to have just confirmed that Star Wars themed lands are in the way to both of Disney’s domestic theme park resorts in the near future. Check out the details over at Disney & More.
(10/14/13) Honestly, I’m not sure how legit this report is, but MiceAge claims that the next big makeover for Tomorrowland will bring in a heavy Star Wars themed overlay to much of the landscape. Star Tours 2 will fit right in of course and popular Disney rides like Space Mountain and Buzz Light Year will remain untouched, but the rest of Tomorrowland may be up for grabs by the Rebels or Empire.
The Astro Orbiter is said to be removed from its current location near the hub, opening up the entrance to Tomorrowland once again, but a replacement version of the ride will likely be placed in the current location of the Magic Eye theater, or on top of it (they will have to rebuild the theater structure to withstand the extra weight). The loading of this ride will likely be through the second floor area of the Starcade. Space Mountain will also have a new entrance path created for it, which will be a good thing since it’s never quite felt “right” to me after they removed the old speedramp entrance.
The Innoventions building will likely be repurposed or demolished to make way for a long rumored Speeder Bikes high speed thrill ride coaster, with indoor and outdoor sections. If this sounds familiar, it should... this matches up with the description of a rumored proposal for an indoor/outdoor Tron Lightcycle coaster that leaked out many months ago. It could be the same kind of ride (Vekoma Boosterbike coaster) just with a different theme. The problem here is that the MiceAge rumor claims that the Speeder Bikes will head outside and also replace the current Autopia attraction to make room for the coaster track. While this sounds good on the surface, a good portion of the Autopia is built out on top of the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage indoor caverns, making it difficult, if not impossible in some cases, to put down those massive roller coaster support beams and giant concrete footers that would be required. There is also the issue of the monorail track that also moves through this area as well… so I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this rumor shapes up before we know more.
Other new additions may see a lifesized recreation of the Millennium Falcon docked on top of the old Rocket Rods podium building in the heart of Tomorrowland, and the chance to eat inside a copy of the Tatooine Cantina restaurant where the current Tomorrowland Terrace is now.
As for my take… this sounds quite exciting to me as the Star Wars Universe will play a heavy roll in the future of Disney’s film and themed entertainment and adding a Star Wars theme to Tomorrowland will also “fix” the long running problem of Tomorrowland always looking outdated a decade or so after they revamp it. This will be much like what Disney has managed to do with the more fantasy oriented Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World. In short, a Star Wars themed Tomorrowland will serve the park as a Sci-Fi version of Fantasyland. While I’m glad to see the Astro Orbiter removed from the entrance to the park, I don’t think dropping a new one on the roof of the Magic Eye theater in front of Space Mountain is a good idea. I’d much rather see them rebuild it on the site of the old Rocket Jet tower… even if that means demolishing the current tower and building a new one just for the new attraction. This would open up the roof of the Magic Eye theater location as a better location to put the Millennium Falcon, where guests walking the Space Mountain queue can get up close and enjoy the view of one of Sci-Fi’s most well known spaceships while they wait in line.
(4/15/13) MiceChat reports that the former plan to create a Tron themed LightCycle coaster may be back on track for Tomorrowland. Unlike the Shanghai version of the LightCycle coaster which will be enclosed inside a building, there is a chance that the Disneyland version could be a mix of indoor and outdoor locations, possibly reusing some of the old PeopleMover / Rocket Rods track locations. While I’d love to see a Tron coaster… I really do think that it needs to be all indoors to allow for the Tron themeing and special effects to really work and be impressive. Putting it outdoors for more than perhaps a moment would only serve to bring you out of that digital environment and ruin the theme. If this project gets approved, the proposed new expansion project behind Frontierland (rumored to be themed to OZ) may be put on indefinite hold.
(3/23/13) According to a report on SlashFilm, the Disneyland Resort has been sending a few quiet surveys out to passholders to ask, “How interested would you be in visiting a Star Wars themed land at the Disneyland Resort?” Additional questions follow this to get a basis on which films in the series are your favorite, what kind of interesting Star Wars themed merchandise you might want to buy (housewares?!) and so on.
With the rumors of a Star Wars Land now on for Paris as well as starting up in Florida, it only makes sense Disneyland would get in on the action as well. The obvious location within Disneyland would be to locate it in the the backstage area that fits between Space Mountain and Main Street. This site is hardly off limits for development as Disney Imagineering has pitched and almost built new mini-lands back there several times over the years, the most famous of which was the Hollywoodland area announced by Michael Eisner as part of the “Disney Decade” plan for the 1990’s. (NOTE: The infamous Hollywoodland would have had a copy of The Great Movie Ride, the Toontown Trolley simulator, Baby Herman’s Runaway Baby Buggy ride, the Superstar TV show and a Dick Tracy’s Crimestoppers ride.)
That said... there is one other possibility to consider. I’ve heard rumors for a long time claiming that a large Star Wars themed land was under consideration as a major land for Disneyland’s 3rd Park project. To read more about that, click here and make the jump.
(12/19/12) While Disneyland has admitted nothing just yet, another reader popped in with a rumor about the pending destruction of the Innoventions building. According to this story, there were told that the attraction would close down sometime in February 2014 from a CM on site. If true, I’d expect Disney to confirm this sometime after the start of the new year.
(11/1/12) I’m not sure quite how right on the ball this rumor it, but according to our source we could see Innoventions at Disneyland closed down in February 2013 to demolish the structure and prepare the site for a rumored Iron Man themed E-Ticket attraction. Timewise this sounds about right if Disney wants to have their first big Marvel E-Ticket ready in time for Summer 2015 when Avengers 2 hits the theaters. Rumor has it that while the Iron Man ride concept may not have been given the final green light, they have been told to get it ready to go and closing Innoventions would be the first step needed to begin work.
???? - Haunted Mansion Update - Rumor - (8/14/13) I’ve been told that the Hatbox Ghost animatronic seen at the D23 Expo will indeed be installed into the Haunted Mansion sometime in 2014. The earliest opportunity to do so would be during the closure to remove the Nightmare Before Christmas edition in January, but with all that other work to do I’m not sure if that would be the right time.
(1/31/13) Haunted Mansion Holiday 2012 may be packed up and gone, but you can find an incredible video showing off the Halloween/Christmas themed revamp of the Haunted Mansion posted below to tide you through to next October. Just for giggles, you can compare how it looked in 2012 to how it looked back in 2002 to see what improvements and changes have been made over the years to the various scenes. (For example, the finale scene with the mirrors is totally different.)
(1/8/13) A reader sent in an interesting question this afternoon that I thougt I’d share. “Do you know if/when Disneyland will add the CG Hitchiking Ghost FX to its Haunted Mansion a la WDW's new version?”
A very valid question… as the new finale added to the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom has been very popular with guests as well as gaining acceptance from most Disney purists. But would a change like that “fly” with the protective California crowds, especially when it involved Walt’s original Haunted Mansion?
I asked around and was told that essentially it comes down to being just a matter of “when” and not “if’ it will happen. With the massive overhaul of California Adventure now over, WDI has been focused on taking care of a number of important projects at Disneyland… like the new trains on Matterhorn, a much needed rehab on Indiana Jones, and now there are a lot of people involved with the 10 month restoration of Big Thunder Mountain.
From the sound of things there is a bigger plan in the queue for Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion that will see the addition of a new and improved 3D audio system, the long anticipated addition of the Hatbox Ghost… and yes… the new digital Hitchhiking Ghosts finale. So be patient… good things come to those who wait.