Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA
They must be trusting me more and more around here. First I got to go cover Knott’s Berry Farm, and now I get to cover for Albert while he’s still off having a life? Yeesh. This intern ought to ask for a permanent spot on the team if I keep getting tasked with such responsible duties!
Anyway, here’s photos of Disneyland to satisfy your nerdy little weekly needs.
Whoops. That photo was a bit premature. Let’s track back to where I parked my car. Or more accurately, Jim’s car. Don’t tell him, but I had to get to the park somehow, and his is the only company car, and I’m NOT about to Uber. I mean, have you heard the allegations? Anyway. Here’s construction garage stuff.
Pixar’s Pinocchio Pal-A-Round and Fox and Friends and Friends and Associates Parking Structure featuring Marvel Motorpool and Star Wars Shuttle Stops and Other Acquired Licenses aka the Cleo Structure
Construction over here is moving at a massive clip-rate. They’re getting a lot of this done as fast as they can, because Disney knows they’re gonna have A LOT of landspeeders and podracers to park before June(?).
That’s the gist of the parking garage. I’m intrigued how it’ll flow between Mickey and Friends, and this new one. Will it be one large garage with one name, a separate with separate entrances, so on and on my brain goes with questions. I know it’s just a parking garage and not as ‘exciting’ as Star Wars Land, but it’s still awesome to see how the place as a whole manages themselves.
Inside the Park
Right now, as apart of ‘project stardust’, Disneyland has a lot of things up behind walls and scrims. Not a lot of attractions are down, but there’s an incredible amount of beautification going on with the park. From planters to curbs, they’re working on finding little ways to maximize the space for guests, and it’s all in anticipation for Star Wars Land.
Which, if we’re being honest, is awesome to see. It’s great to watch them take a 60+ year old park that’s small compared to its other castle park counterparts around the world, and finding creative solutions to maximize the space, while retaining the show.
For instance, the curbs on Main Street U.S.A. are being sloped in areas to better accommodate guests in ECVs and wheelchairs (and I guess parents with strollers too…).
They’re taking the two entrance curbs at town hall and sloping them down at the corners to allow for a ease of access up to the curbs. Also to note the elevation change as well as (I’m assuming here) markers for parade sitting as well, by having those yellow bricks break up the pattern. It’s a little change, but it’s needed and welcomed.
As great and fun the castle coverings are, it’s taken its toll on the roofs. That’s why they’re returning to reroof the entire castle. It’s anticipated to be complete by the opening of Star Wars Land. Over the weekend with the storms that rolled through, they had to pull the scrims down to avoid the entire thing falling over because at that point it’d basically be a giant parachute of scaffolding and union workers.
And then on the backside of castle…
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Here’s a variety of shots from all over the west side of the park. From Critter Country to Tom Sawyer’s Island, here’s how the park looks with the new land arriving soon.
From the parking garage, not much is visible. You can see some painting and final plastering going on, but that’s about it.
It’s been…I don’t know…16 months since the carousel closed? It’s been a long time and we’re just now seeing progress on the new ‘neighborhood’.
As great as some aspects are from Pixar Pier (Lamplight Lounge), there’s a lot that’s wrong with this project, and this is one of them. We’re just waiting for DisTwitter to lose their collective minds once a giant Jessie doll towers over the midcentury modern entrance of her Incredible neighbors.
It’s hard to get views of Marvel Land, but there’s some progress on the construction/demo of It’s Tough to Be A Bug’s building.
Blacktap is tapping along. We’re not sure of an opening date, but it’s…getting there.
It’s pretty busy over at the resort right now, as you can see. We’ll be back soon to check out more, but for now, we’ll leave you with an exclusive preview of Marvel’s latest and greatest show-stopping character from their highly anticipated film, Captain Marvel. I present to you, Goose.