What a week! Last Monday Disney announced its new "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" theme park marketing campaign for 2010. The new campaign is led by the Muppets and will give free tickets to Disney theme parks for 1 million guests in exchange for a day of community service. Meanwhile, in the parks, Disneyland has opened the doors to the new home of the Disney Gallery and the newly re-worked lobby of the Main Street Opera House. Elsewhere in the Resort, construction continues to chug along at Disney's California Adventure and new stores get ready to open in Downtown Disney.

More information and ongoing discussion on many of the various construction projects featured in today's update can be found in the Project Tracker threads on MiceChat. Simply click on a photo with a Project Tracker watermark and you'll be linked up to the latest news and discussion on the various projects underway at the Resort.

A quick thanks to MiceChat's MacDaddy for his help with some Disney Gallery photos in this week's column. More of his photos can be found here.

We've got a big update today, so let's get started!

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  • <a href="#DD0">Give a Day, Get a Disney Day</a>
    A look at the 2010 DisneyParks marketing campaign
  • <a href="#DD1">Welcome to the Disney Gallery!</a>
    The new Disney Gallery opens in the former Bank of Main Street
  • <a href="#DD2">The Disneyland Story</a>
    "The Disneyland Story" exhibit opens in the Main Street Opera House lobby
  • <a href="#DD3">California Construction</a>
    The latest Disney's California Adventure construction photos.
    • <a href="#DD3-1">World of Color & Paradise Park Viewing Area</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-3">The Little Mermaid and Cars Land</a>
  • <a href="#DD4">This and That</a>
    Downtown Disney gets new stores, Tomorrowland repaving, Ghost Galaxy lighting
  • <a href="#DDAROUND">Around the Park</a>
    Photos from around the park.
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information</a>
    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments, Man arrested for selling fake Disneyland tickets, Grand Californian expansion opens.

<a name="DD0">GIVE A DAY, GET A DISNEY DAY</a>
Disney unveiled its 2010 DisneyParks marketing campaign in a flurry of press releases, television spots, and YouTube clips on Tuesday. The new campaign focuses on volunteerism, and rewards guests who volunteer for a day in their community with a free ticket to a theme park ticket for either the Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort. Desperate Housewives stars Teri Hatcher and James Denton were on hand with Disney CEO Bob Iger and the Muppets to announce the new campaign at a Habitat For Humanity site in Los Angeles.

The Disney Press release explains the new campaign in detail:
Give a Day of Volunteer Service in 2010, Get a Day of Disney Theme Park Fun - FreeDisney Parks | Travel & Vacations | Family Vacation Getaway | Disney (for the United States and Puerto Rico) or Disney Parks / Where Dreams Come True / Dream Family HolidaysDisney Parks | Travel & Vacations | Family Vacation Getaway | Disney for the United States and Puerto Rico or Disney Parks / Where Dreams Come True / Dream Family Holidays
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The new television spots feature the Muppets and celebrities James Denton and Taye Diggs
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It wasn't a slow week in the parks, either. The Disney Gallery opened its doors in its new home in the former Bank of Main Street on Friday, after being evicted from its charming New Orleans Square location back in 2007.

A nearby lamppost banner advertises the current Gallery exhibit

At first, you might think that the Gallery is just another gift shop. Afterall, the signage out front says "GIFTS" and the first thing you see upon entering is retail space.

A couple remaining teller windows from the former Bank have been repurposed as a cash wrap.

The popular Disneyland Olszewski miniatures are all on display (and for sale) here.

The old vault from the Bank is still here, and is now accessible to guests. It's rather tiny, though, and is used to display "featured" art pieces for sale. Currently, two original paintings by Shag are on display, leftover from the Haunted Mansion's 40th Anniversary.

Disney says the new Disney Gallery had roughly the same amount of space as the former Disney Gallery above Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square. It seems hard to believe, though, with only two exhibit rooms as opposed to the New Orleans Square location's three exhibit rooms. In any case, the new Gallery's inaugural exhibit focuses on enhancing classic attractions. The first half of the show, however, is spent showing pieces by past and present Disney artists and Imagineers based on favorite Disneyland attractions.

It's a nice enough display, but with the merchandise display cases in the middle of the room, and the price tags on every piece on display here, it isn't hard to be a cynic and see the new Gallery as less of an art gallery and more of an excuse to push high-end art and collectibles.

Sure, the old Disney Gallery had plenty of pieces on sale as well, and had a gift shop, too. But it always seemed like the art on display actually stuck to the exhibit's theme, even if it was for sale.

An window into an interesting faux office is part of the Gallery's second room/first exhibit room. A nice thematic touch.

The third room in the Gallery, or the second exhibit room finally gets to the point and stops trying to sell you souvenirs. This room features original and new concept art for attractions recently enhanced, including the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

There isn't too much here that diehard Disneyland fans haven't already seen, but it's a nice display anyway. The only thing missing are placards explaining which pieces were original concept art and which were done for the recent enhancements.

Oh, and it would be great to see the names of the artists for these pieces.

The Gallery features really great wood work throughout, and the third room even has a couple benches. A great touch.

After it's all said and done, it's nice to once again have a Disney Gallery open to guests in the park. It's a great opportunity for Disney to display a sample of its incredible selection of artwork for park fans to enjoy. Is the new location a suitable alternative to the original? It's a beautifully-designed space, and Kim Irvine and the rest of the Imagineering team who brought it to life did an outstanding job well done. The leftover Bank of Main Street references are questionable, thematically, but generally insignificant to the experience. For longtime fans of the Disney Gallery, it's far too easy to go in the new location with a bad attitude. It is without question that the new location pales in comparison to the original location. There is simply no way to recreate special magic of climbing the graceful, curved stairways to the old Gallery and looking at rare artwork in the rooms that Walt Disney had designed for himself as his own personal in-park retreat. How could the new Gallery possibly live up to that? Simply put, it can't, and if you expect it to, you're going to be sorely disappointed.

Next door to the new Disney Gallery, half of the Main Street Opera House lobby has reopened with the new "The Disneyland Story" exhibit. The Disneyland Story is part of the new pre-show for the upcoming (December 2009) return of "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" and tells the history of Disneyland in wall displays, scale models, and the 50th Anniversary film starring Steve Martin that was previously shown in the main theater.

The 50th anniversary mural with Walt and Mickey is gone from the Opera House foyer, and in its place, the bench from Griffith Park, where it's said Walt originally came up with the idea for Disneyland.

The exhibit discusses the park's history, from Walt's days to present-day.

The "New Generation of Dreamers" wall showcases artwork from modern classics like Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure and Star Tours. It's kind of funny how all three of those projects, and just about everything else on this wall are projects largely credited to Imagineer Tony Baxter, the man who is also responsible for bringing back "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" here in the Opera House.

The "Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years" movie starring Steve Martin now plays on a continuous loop on a small screen at the back of the Disneyland Story exhibit.

The small alcove that previously had a video montage of Disneyland Cast Members through the years has been closed off to accommodate the huge Opening Day model of Disneyland, which is now propped up at an angle behind glass for guests to see. A clever way to keep the model on display without sacrificing valuable space on the lobby floor.

A display called "Living in Disneyland" shows photos of Walt Disney's firehouse apartment on Main Street, as well as photos of the Disneyland Dream Suite, which evicted the original Disney Gallery. It probably isn't meant to be a slap in the face, but with the smaller Disney Gallery now open next door, and the Disneyland Dream Suite off-limits to park guests, it does sting a little.

Conveniently, the new Disney Gallery is accessible from the Opera House lobby via a new doorway.

A look at the latest construction progress at Disney's California Adventure...

Construction continues on the new Paradise Park area, which will accommodate up to 9,000 guests for the new World of Color show. The project was scheduled to finish later this December, but was recently pushed back to February 2010.

Looks like some cosmetic work is being done on the new World of Color light houses. Not a bad idea, these things look very plastic-y right now.

The railings along the new Paradise Park waterfront are being painted dark green.

Over by the former Orange Stinger, half of the tacky S.S. rustworthy water play area has been completely removed. Good riddance!

The pit being dug for the new Little Mermaid ride continues to get deeper...

And work continues prepping the space for Cars Land in the former Timon parking lot.

<a name="DD4">THIS AND THAT</a>
Walls have come down near the Paradise Pier parade gates.

Looks like the work was to carve out some space for outdoor vending that was displaced by the Silly Symphony Swings construction across the walkway.

Out in Downtown Disney, a new tenant is moving into the former Department 56 space

And work on the permanent location for Little Miss Matched is coming along nicely. The new signage looks all finished and ready to go.

Back inside Disneyland, Tomorrowland has finished up its latest round of repaving.

And construction walls have come down from the Frontierland entrance. Some some TLC on the fort facade.

And we missed it last week, but if you make it to the Resort for Halloween Time this year, be sure to check out the mesmerizingly cool lighting makeover they've given to Space Mountain for its Ghost Galaxy overlay.

It's pretty impressive

Disneyland's publicity department put up a preview of Ghost Galaxy on the DisneylandNews YouTube channel. It includes a glimpse of the snazzy nighttime lighting.
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The DisneylandNews YouTube channel also released a preview video of the new Halloween Screams fireworks show on Monday, after we had already "gone to print," as it were. The new show is great, visually, especially if watched from the hub and features some excellent effects, but that soundtrack is unbelievably obnoxious and annoying (not to mention, has a terrible Jack Skellington voice actor). Hopefully they'll rework it next year.
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And finally, we'll finish up the photo update with a few photos from around the park.

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For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
Disneyland Park
Monday - Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 10 pm
Friday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight

Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday - Tuesday: 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 10 am - 5 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm

Disneyland Park
  • Sailing Ship Columbia: Closed October 5 - 7, Closed October 12 - 15.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed October 5 - 8.
  • The Enchanted Cottage: Closed through November 4.
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train: Closed through November 19.
  • Gadget's Go Coaster: Closed through October 26.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats: Closed through November 19.
  • "it's a small world": Closed October 26 - November 12 to instll holiday overlay.
  • Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years/Main Street Opera House: Closed. Reopens as The Disneyland Story: Featuring Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln December 17, 2009.

Disney's California Adventure Park
  • Orange Stinger: Closed for retheming. Reopens Spring 2010
  • Jumpin' Jellyfish: Attraction remains open while towers rotate through refurbishment.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction.
  • Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
  • Paradise Bay: Drained for construction of upcoming Disney's World of Color show.
  • Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: New show under construction. Debuts Spring 2010.
  • Golden State Park and Amphitheater: Closed. New, larger amphitheater for Disney's World of Color viewing under construction in same location. The new amphitheater scheduled to open February 2010.

From the Orange County Register's Around Disney blog:
For the full story, visit the OC Register's Around Disney blog:
Also from the Around Disney blog:
Disney employees lose weight for charity
For the full press release, visit DisneylandNews.com: Around Disney: Disney employees lose weight for charity
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<table border="0" cellpadding="5"><tbody><tr><td valign="top">That should wrap up this week's Dateline Disneyland. Many thanks again to MacDaddy from the MiceChat boards for help with his great Disney Gallery photos. To see more of MacDaddy's Disney Gallery shots, check out his 10/2 Photo Update on MiceChat.

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