Disney California Adventure, Anaheim, CA
Part 3 of our Disneyland Resort construction update touches Disney California Adventure. We haven't really cruised through DCA for park work since the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction was finished, but a couple of weeks ago, after the holiday season concluded, DCA once again turned into Disney Construction Adventure, with Paradise Pier's transformation into Pixar Pier touching off, along with work around the Wine Country Trattoria and Grizzly Peak commencing. Lets take a look at some of the upcoming changes to the park this year.
Pixar Pier Construction
So despite my reservations, Disney has decided to go ahead with its transformation of Paradise Pier into Pixar Pier. Yes, I voiced my concerns to the Vice President of Park Transformations, and he just ignored them and uttered something about synergy and cross promotion and something something dark side. So I guess the continued IP evolution of California Adventure is taking another step.
To accommodate construction, the backside of Paradise Pier has been closed to access just past the entrance to Toy Story Midway Mania all the way to the far turnaround of California Screamin', beside the Silly Symphony Swings. Screamin' and Mickey's Fun Wheel have been closed for refurbishment (and transformation into the Incredicoaster, for the first attraction). Toy Story Midway Mania and King Triton's Carousel of the Sea remain open, however. Also closed are Ariel's Grotto, Cove Bar, and the shops across the way.
All of this work is slated to be completed in time for the summer season. Here's what's been happening so far...
Goofy's Sky School Returns
Goofy's Sky School had been closed for a spell. It's back open now, which at least helps alleviate the crowds just a bit with the other Paradise Pier attractions closed.
Wine Country Trattoria Work
Over near the Wine Country Trattoria, work walls have appeared along the main pathway, blocking off the restaurant. The Sonoma Terrace remains open, however, for those seeking to imbibe in some boozes or vino. But it's a bit of a wraparound to actually find the entrance.
Grizzly Peak Work
Over in Grizzly Peak, annual maintenance on Grizzly River Run and Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is ongoing. The rapids ride has been drained to facilitate the TLC needed for the attraction. The Challenge Trail is blocked off for its regular playground repairs and such.
And that, in a three part nutshell, is what's been going on at the Disneyland Resort since we last checked. One and a half months of construction happenings here at DCA, at Disneyland, and at Downtown Disney.
We're not done with the Resort quite yet, however. Check back later, as we explore the Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure. It's back again this year and expanded to more dates than ever, which is a great thing. It's a fun way of sharing cultural customs, and one of many aspects California Adventure sort of serves as the west coast version of EPCOT.
In the meantime, remember to not be jerks to each other. I'm looking at you, Frank.
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