Welcome to the final edition of Dateline Disneyland for 2010! We hope you had a fantastic Christmas holiday and are ready to ring in the new year! But before we can welcome 2011, it's time to take a look back at a selection of the major happenings around the Disneyland Resort over the past year. From a major Rivers of America overhaul to Disneyland's 55th anniversary, Disneyland has seen a lot of activity this year. Yet, with loads of construction, the new World of Color water-and-light show, and after-dark dance parties; nothing compares to the major goings-on at Disney California Adventure. It's been quite the year, so join me and let's take a look back at 2010 at the Disneyland Resort.

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  • <a href="#DD1">Welcome 2010!</a>
    Ringing in the New Year
  • <a href="#DD2">Stroller Shopped</a>
    Central stroller rental location opens
  • <a href="#DD3">Bye-bye Honey, Hello Captain</a>
    Captain EO returns to Tomorrowland
  • <a href="#DD4">Bridging the Frontier</a>
    Frontierland gets a new bridge and themed waterways
  • <a href="#DD5">Two Brothers Tunemakers</a>
    The Sherman Brothers get their window on Main Street
  • <a href="#DD6">Shopping Shuffle</a>
    Changes in New Orleans Square and Fantasyland stores
  • <a href="#DD7">River Residents</a>
    Rivers of America get new critters, scenery
  • <a href="#DD8">Celebrating 55 Years</a>
    Disneyland celebrates its 55th anniversary
  • <a href="#DD9">Star Toured</a>
    Star Tours closes for major overhaul
  • <a href="#DD10">Alice in Blunderland</a>
    Alice gets taken over by Cal/OSHA
  • <a href="#DD11">California Changes</a>
    Recapping construction in California Adventure
    • <a href="#DD12">Trolley Tracking</a>
    • <a href="#DD13">Welcome to Paradise</a>
    • <a href="#DD14">Toy Story 3 Mania</a>
    • <a href="#DD15">A Swingin' Symphony</a>
    • <a href="#DD16">California, Rebranded</a>
    • <a href="#DD17">A Wonderful World of Color</a>
    • <a href="#DD18">Glow Fest & ElecTRONica</a>
    • <a href="#DD19">Constructing Cars Land</a>
    • <a href="#DD20">Little Mermaid Construction</a>
    • <a href="#DD21">Deconstructing the Maliboomer</a>
    • <a href="#DD22">Construction Madness</a>
    • <a href="#DD23">Sun-shined</a>
    • <a href="#DD24">Looking Ahead</a>
  • <a href="#DD25">Bearly There</a>
    Duffy sails in
  • <a href="#DD26">Hotel Remodeling</a>
    Major changes at the Disneyland Hotel
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information Round-Up</a>
    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments, New Year's Eve festivities, Rose Bowl teams to visit Disneyland

<a name="DD1"></a>WELCOME 2010!
Disneyland celebrated the arrival of 2010 with its usual array of dance parties, entertainment and midnight fireworks in both parks.

<a name="DD2"></a>STROLLER SHOPPED
A new central stroller and wheelchair rental location opened in early January in the Resort's Main Entrance Plaza. The new stroller shop eliminated the rental locations in both parks, basing rentals out of one central location for the Resort theme parks.

After the walls came down:

Tomorrowland's Magic Eye Theater closed at the start of the new year evicting the tired "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" show to make way for the triumphant return of the 1986 "Captain EO" 3D film starring Michael Jackson.

Captain EO didn't open its theater doors until late February, but the return of the retro 3D show once again made the Magic Eye Theater a popular destination in Tomorrowland.

In February, the gateway to Frontierland got a new bridge with higher safety rails. The new bridge is themed well enough, but the old bridge was less obtrusive, visually. Some will disagree that a simple bridge isn't all that important, but the new lawyer-friendly bridge seemed to diminish the simple charm of the park's central plaza.

Meanwhile, the waterways surrounding the entrance to Frontierland were refurbished, resulting in a waterway that looked more like a pond from a miniature golf course rather than a stream you'd encounter in the American frontier.

The theming blunder was quickly fixed, the cement lip was removed and a excellently themed alternative was installed.

In March, Disney Legends Richard and Robert Sherman were honored with a window on Main Street.

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Over in Fantasyland, an attraction famous for a Sherman Brothers song, "it's a small world," got a new marquee.

<a name="DD6"></a>SHOPPING SHUFFLE
In April, New Orleans Square's Jewel of Orleans closed after third-party retailer Dianne's Estate Jewelry vacated the location after 12 years of business in the park. The closure was due to the economic downturn, but the loss of the antique jeweler was certainly a loss to the character and makeup of the New Orleans Square area.

The shop reopened in May as an upscale women's accessory and handbag shop run by Disney.

In Fantasyland, the Gepetto's Candy Shoppe opened after the retail location sat empty for several months.

The candy shop was short lived, however, as the space became home to the character meet-and-greet for Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney's animated film Tangled in October.

<a name="DD7"></a>RIVER RESIDENTS
In early May, Frontierland's Rivers of America emerged from a five-month refurbishment with new scenery and wildlife vignettes.

A May 8th story from the OC Register's Around Disney blog:
Rivers of America opens with new scenes[ FULL STORY ]

<a name="DD8"></a>CELEBRATING 55 YEARS
In late May, the Disney Gallery opened its "Day One Disneyland" exhibit celebrating the park's 55th anniversary.

Despite the milestone year, the park's July 17th anniversary date was rather subdued. Still, a pleasant and nostalgic rededication ceremony in Town Square was packed with park fans, and a special merchandise release sold out of nearly everything.

A "flash mob" of park Cast Members entertained guests after the anniversary rededication.

The Main Street Cinema showed newly-found footage of the park's early days for a limited time in celebration of the 55th anniversary.

In the fall, D23 - the official Disney fan club, hosted Destination D: Disneyland '55, a celebration of the park's history featuring numerous Disney celebrities, artists and Imagineers.

Imagineers Marty Sklar and X Atencio

Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald discusses Star Tours

<a name="DD9"></a>STAR TOURED
July 26th marked the closing of Star Tours as the attraction undergoes major changes and upgrades in preparation of its reopening this spring.

The attraction is set to feature new characters and experiences when it reopens in 2011.

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At the end of July, Fantasyland's Alice in Wonderland abruptly closed and safety measures were taken to prevent maintenance workers from falling from the attraction's elevated outdoor portion of track after a Cal/OSHA employee noticed a potential safety hazard.

The attraction reopened with ugly scaffolding covered in green tarps holding up safety walkways. The views on and off the attraction were ruined and much of the charm was lost. A permanent fix is expected to come in 2011.

2010 brought big changes to Disney California Adventure, including a new logo, new attractions and lots of construction!

<a name="DD12"></a>TROLLEY TRACKING
Construction got underway on the new Red Car Trolley tracks at the start of 2010 in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Construction walls announced the new attraction and an open date set for May 2012. Construction was spread out through several phases down Hollywood Boulevard down to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror throughout the year, including the opening of a temporary pathway between the Tower of Terror and A Bug's Land, which was later closed and reopened as a permanent connector in August.

<a name="DD13"></a>WELCOME TO PARADISE
In April, Paradise Park opened to guests after over a year of construction. The new area, completely rethemed and rebuilt to accommodate crowds gathering to view the World of Color show was a major step in the overall re-Imagining of the park.

<a name="DD14"></a>TOY STORY 3 MANIA
In May, Toy Story Midway Mania got its first change, with the removal of Bo Peep's Ba-a-loon Pop and the introduction of Rex and Trixie's Dino Darts. The change was the first time the attraction saw a new game added and the first time characters from Toy Story 3 were seen in the attraction.

<a name="DD15"></a>A SWINGIN' SYMPHONY
By late May the former Orange Stinger reopened as the Silly Symphony Swings, bringing some charm to Paradise Pier after ditching the tacky theme the ride opened with in 2001.

As the Silly Symphony Swings opened in May, Disney unveiled a new logo for the California park, ditching the previous two park logos:

...and introducing a new, more-cartoony logo that plays on style of opening titles from vintage Mickey Mouse cartoons. The new logo also dropped the possessive form of "Disney" from the park name, changing it to "Disney California Adventure"

With a new logo and the opening of the Silly Symphony Swings ride, California Adventure was approaching the debut of its new "World of Color" show. A commercial promoted the new show to TV audiences as park guests saw the work crews testing the show's fountains during park hours, and Resort hotel guests saw sneak peeks of dress rehearsals after dark from their hotel room windows.
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Finally, after over a year of construction and anticipation, the show finally debuted with a cavalcade of Disney celebrities in attendance and instantly became a crowd favorite.

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<a name="DD18"></a>GLOW FEST & ELECTRONICA
In an effort to give guests waiting for World of Color something to do in California Adventure until it was time to see the show, Disney had a third-party event team draw up Glow Fest, a neon-colored dance party that took over the Hollywood Pictures Backlot with a giant dance party and free-standing bars. The event proved to be wildly successful and became a popular attraction on its own for park guests throughout the summer.

The success of Glow Fest led Imagineers to create their own after-dark dance party following the summer run of Glow Fest. The Disney-created event utilized the new Tron: Legacy film as a basis and the end result was ElecTRONica, which included extra attractions including an extended 3D preview of the new film and a recreation of Flynn's Arcade along with dancing and bars.

With ElecTRONica came World of Color's first new scene. The "Troncore," a new show scene featuring music and visuals from "Tron: Legacy" debuted in late October.

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Construction sped up on Cars Land in 2010 and in May the first test car arrived at the upcoming Radiator Springs Racers attraction as crews worked on testing the ride system and track.

Soon, the massive Radiator Springs mountain range began to take shape and buildings along the land's main street started going up.

In September, the old Bountiful Valley Farm area of the park closed and most of the area's buildings were bulldozed to make way for more of Cars Land.

In late October, Imagineers celebrated the "topping out" of Cars Land construction, marking the highest point of vertical construction on the project.

The Disney Parks Blog announced the construction milestone:

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Rapid progress marked the construction of the upcoming Little Mermaid attraction, with the attraction's show building being constructed practically overnight in the empty space left from the former Golden Dreams attraction.

The new Little Mermaid attraction is set to open this spring.

Paradise Pier's looming Maliboomer thrill ride closed permanently in early September as crews began dismantling the attraction on September 7. By the end of October there was nothing left of the ride. Current plans for the space left by the ride call for a shady park-like area with character meet-and-greets.

Also in September, Paradise Pier's Pizza Oom Mow Mow and the surrounding area closed to begin retheming.

The rest of the tacky S.S. rustworthy play area was finally removed.

The long-closed Burger Invasion finally went under the knife

And in October, the nearby Mullholland Madness rollercoaster closed to be rethemed as Goofy's Sky School, which is expected to open in the spring.

<a name="DD23"></a>SUN-SHINED
Mid-September marked the start of demolition in Sunshine Plaza, DCA's main entrance area. Construction crews began removing the park's giant tile murals that were intended to make park guests feel as though they were stepping into a giant postcard.

Also removed was the sun sculpture and fountain and the Sunshine Plaza planters.

<a name="DD24"></a>LOOKING AHEAD
While 2010 was a busy year for DCA, 2011 will be even busier as work gets underway on Buena Vista Street and construction ramps up on Cars Land. Brady MacDonald at the LA Times has a timeline of upcoming projects in California Adventure.
Disney California Adventure extreme makeover to transform entrance[ FULL STORY ]

<a name="DD25"></a>BEARLY THERE
In mid-October, Duffy the Disney Bear arrived in Disney California Adventure with a line of merchandise and a new photo op on Paradise Pier. The bear is an import from Japan, where he is wildly popular and Disney is hoping he becomes a hit with American tourists like he did with the Japanese.

So far, lines have been short to meet Duffy and inside tips on his merchandise sales have reported varying degrees of success.

<a name="DD26"></a>HOTEL REMODELING
Outside the parks, the Disneyland Hotel worked throughout the year on its major multi-year remodel project.

In mid-August Disney closed the wonderful Disneyland Hotel waterfalls forever. The space is set to become a wedding lawn and nearby shops and restaurants are now gone and will be rebuilt as new dining and entrainment locations.

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
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Disney California Adventure
</td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="" valign="top" style="border:none;">Monday - Thursday: 8am - 12midnight
New Year's Eve: 8am - 2am
Saturday-Sunday: 8am - 12midnight
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New Year's Eve: 10am - 1am
Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 10pm</td></tr> <tr><td colspan="2" bgcolor="" style="border:none;">
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar

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Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
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Disneyland Park
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  • Haunted Mansion: Closed to remove holiday overlay January 3 - 13.
  • "it's a small world": Closed to remove holiday overlay January 18 - 27.
  • Horse Drawn Streetcars: Closed January 18 - February 15 during Main Street repaving.
  • Main Street Vehicles: Closed January 18 - March 4, 2011 during Main Street repaving.
  • Splash Mountain: Closed January 18 - May 26 for refurbishment.
  • King Arthur Carrousel: Closed January 31 - February 2 for refurbishment.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed February 3 - 17 for refurbishment.
  • Star Tours: Closed for Star Tours 2 overhaul. Reopens May 2011.
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Disney California Adventure
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  • Grizzly River Run: Closed January 4 - 21.
  • Animation Building: Closed January 18 - 21.
  • Closed January 24 - March 24 for retheme.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug!: Closed January 28 - March 3
  • Maliboomer: Removed. Space will become new park-like area.
  • Mullholland Madness: Closed to be rethemed. Reopens May 2011 as Goofy's Sky School.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mow: Closed for retheme to Boardwalk Pasta and Pizza
  • Burger Invasion: Closed for retheme to Paradise Garden Grill. Reopens May 2011.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction. Opens Spring 2011.
  • Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
  • Red Car Trolley: Track under construction in Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Attraction set to open spring 2012.
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Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
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  • Arcade, Jungle Cruise Remote Control Boats, Hook's Pointe, The Wine Cellar, The Lost Bar, and Croc's Bits & Bites (Disneyland Hotel): Closed permanently for removal as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel.

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The Disney Parks Blog released some planning info for this year's New Year's Eve festivities at the Disneyland Resort theme parks:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" width="75%" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" style="border:none;"></td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" height="" width="100%" bgcolor="#263778" style="border:none;"></td></tr></tbody></table></center>

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Disneyland set to host Rose Bowl teams
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