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  • MasterGracey
    Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 5
    MasterGracey
    The Project Tracker is back! With so much planned at Disneyland over the next few years, it was time to start fresh with a new Project Tracker. So, we've totally refreshed the tracker and have gone through it project-by-project to bring you the latest and most up-to-date listing of the latest goings-on and rumors at the Disneyland Resort. As always, we've cited as many of our sources as possible throughout the project entries, although some information comes directly from our own anonymous sources.

    Feel free to join the discussion and share your thoughts, photos, and information here!

    Have something to share? Email us at datelinedisneyland@micechat.com.



    Disneyland Resort Project Tracker

    Disneyland

    Main Street, U.S.A.
      Disneyland Railroad to close for over a year
      DETAILS: The Disneyland Railroad will close for roughly 15 months starting January 11, 2016. The closure will put the entire railroad route out of commission while a large section of the route in Frontierland is permanently re-routed to accommodate Disneyland's upcoming Star Wars-themed expansion.
      PROJECT STATUS: CONFIRMED.
      Disney confirmed the closure in a September 2015 blog post.
      COMPLETION DATE: 2017.


      MyMagic+ coming to Disneyland
      DETAILS: A version of Walt Disney World's RFID-based MyMagic+ and FASTPASS+ systems is rumored to make its way to Disneyland. The high-tech system is expected to receive significant changes to accommodate differences in demographics and operations at the Disneyland Resort. Major features of the project include:
      • New RFID-based admission media (tickets and Annual Passports) in lieu of MagicBands.
      • Central Fastpass+ reservation centers in both theme parks.
      • Interactive queue enhancements for select E-Ticket attractions.

      PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED.
      The implementation of MyMagic+ has been long-rumored for Disneyland and has gone through multiple changes.
      COMPLETION DATE: 2016.


    Adventureland
      Jungle Cruise extended refurbishment
      DETAILS: The Jungle Cruise will close starting January 11, 2016 to remove its annual holiday overlay and will remain closed through early May for an extended refurbishment, the dates of which have been released to Cast Members. The extended closure is rumored to include the addition of doors and other safety features to the jungle boats and loading dock.
      PROJECT STATUS: SEMI-CONFIRMED.
      OPEN DATE: May 6, 2016.


      Tahitian Terrace revival
      DETAILS: With Frontierlnad's Big Thunder Barbecue restaurant closing to make way for Star Wars, Disneyland is rumored to be considering a permanent revival of the Tahitian Terrace restaurant in Adventureland. The much smaller facility would ditch its long-unused Aladdin theme and once again host table service Polynesian-themed dinner shows.
      PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED.
      OPEN DATE: Unknown.


    Frontierland
      Rivers of America closure and changes
      DETAILS: Disneyland's iconic Rivers of America will close for over a year to be reduced in size and "rerouted" to make way for the new Star Wars expansion coming to northern Disneyland. The project will result in long-term temporary closures for the following attractions, all of which are expected to return following construction.
      • Mark Twain Riverboat
      • Sailing Ship Columbia
      • Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island
      • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
      • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
      • Fantasmic!

      PROJECT STATUS: CONFIRMED.
      Rivers of America is expected to close at the end of the operating day on January 10, 2016 to begin work that will take approximately 15 months to complete.
      COMPLETION DATE: Spring 2017.


      Big Thunder Ranch to permanently close
      DETAILS: Frontierland's Big Thunder Ranch area will permanently close in early 2016 to make room for Disneyland's upcoming Star Wars expansion. The following attractions and facilities will be :
      • Big Thunder Ranch (Petting Zoo)
      • Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree / Festival Arena
      • Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

      PROJECT STATUS: CONFIRMED.
      Big Thunder Ranch and related attractions and facilities are expected to close at the end of the operating day on January 10, 2016 to begin work.
      COMPLETION DATE: Spring 2017.


      Fantasmic! to close over over a year and reopen with enhancements
      DETAILS: The popular Fantasmic! show will close for over a year starting January 11, 2016 while the Rivers of America is reduced in order to accommodate Star Wars. Due to the closure and River changes, the show is rumored to reopen in 2017 with enhancements and some necessary re-staging.
      PROJECT STATUS: SEMI-CONFIRMED.
      Disney has confirmed Fantasmic! will go dark as part of the Rivers of America changes but has not confirmed any enhancements to the show.
      COMPLETION DATE: As late as July 2017.



    New Orleans Square
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    Critter Country
      Critter Country path to Star Wars expansion
      DETAILS: With the Rivers of America being reduced to accommodate the upcoming Star Wars expansion, space could be carved out to build a permanent guest pathway connecting Critter Country to the Star Wars-themed area.
      PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED.
      OPEN DATE: When the Star Wars expansion opens.


    Star Wars Expansion
      New 14-acre Star Wars-themed expansion.
      DETAILS: The long-rumored Star Wars-themed land was officially announced at the 2015 D23 Expo. The land will occupy space currently occupied by Big Thunder Ranch, parts of the Rivers of America, and backstage areas. The new land is expected to include two currently-unnamed major E-Ticket attractions in addition to dining and shopping.
      PROJECT STATUS: CONFIRMED.
      Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the 14-acre expansion at the 2015 D23 Expo. Construction begins January 11, 2016 with the closure of Big Thunder Ranch and major changes to the Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad route. Backstage facilities will also close and be relocated accordingly.
      COMPLETION DATE: Unknown. Disney has announced the Star Wars expansion but not an opening date.

      Below, maps of the rumored layout of the new Star Wars expansion. For more information on the layout and attractions coming in the Star Wars expansion, read the January 19, 2016 MiceAge Update. Click on the maps for larger versions. (L-R: Illustrated map with expansion, Illustrated map with expansion overlay, Satellite view)




    Fantasyland
      Skyway Chalet removal
      DETAILS: Fantasyland's long-shutted Skyway Chalet building behind the Village Haus Restaurant has been rumored for removal for some time. The building is now rumored to be removed as part of the larger Star Wars expansion, which will absorb the Big Thunder Ranch land immediately next to the structure.
      PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED.
      Disney has not officially announced if the Skyway Chalet will be removed, however, rumors indicate that it will be removed during the course of Star Wars construction.
      COMPLETION DATE: Unknown, but before Star Wars land is opens.


      Fantasyland Theatre removal
      DETAILS: Due to the Star Wars expansion's re-routing of the Disneyland Railroad, the Fantasyland Theatre will need to be removed to accommodate the train's new route.
      PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED.
      MiceAge reported Disney plans to remove the Fantasyland Theatre to accommodate the re-routed Disneyland Railroad as part of the larger Star Wars expansion. Disney's official DisneylandToday Twitter account has told fans that Disney currently has no announcements for the Fantasyland Theater, but that is neither a confirmation or denial of plans for the facility. COMPLETION DATE: Unknown, but before Star Wars land is opens. Future Fantasyland expansion DETAILS: The removal of the Fantasyland Theatre is expected to allow for a modest amount of space for a future Fantasyland expansion. PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED. MiceAge reported Disney plans to remove the Fantasyland Theatre to accommodate the re-routed Disneyland Railroad as part of the larger Star Wars expansion. While the removal of the Theatre is primarily to accommodate the new Railroad route, leftover space from its removal is rumored to used for future Fantasyland expansion. COMPLETION DATE: Unknown. Mickey's Toon Town to be reduced or removed DETAILS: Rumors that Disneyland's major Star Wars expansion would be built where Mickey's Toon Town is currently located were quashed once Disney officially announced Star Wars would be built north of Frontierland. The current rumors for Toon Town suggest that the area is still at risk for reduction or even complete removal to accommodate necessary backstage facilities for the Star Wars expansion. PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED. COMPLETION DATE: Unknown. Star Wars Season of the Force to take over Tomorrowland DETAILS: A Star Wars-themed seasonal offering will take over several Tomorrowland attractions starting in November 2015. PROJECT STATUS: NOW OPEN. Disney confirmed the "Star Wars Season of the Force" promotion will take place at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios at the 2015 D23 Expo. The promotion will include: Hyperspace Mountain: An overlay of Space Mountain featuring a battle with the Millennium Falcon. Star Tours: New scenes based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be featured in the attraction.Tomorrowland Theater: A new video presentation featuring fan-favorite scenes from the Star Wars films will be presented.Star Wars Launch Bay: A new interactive exhibit and character meet-and-greet space taking over the bottom level of the former Innoventions building.Jedi Training Academy — Trials of the Temple: A new version of the popular show inspired by the Star Wars Rebels Disney XD series. Disney officially opened Star Wars Season of the Force on November 16. See our photos and review. OPEN DATE: Opened November 16. MARVEL Superhero HQ in Tomorrowland DETAILS: The popular MARVEL character meet-and-greets and exhibits are being reimagined and upgraded on the upper level of the former Innoventions building. A new Spider-Man meet-and-greet will replace Captain America. PROJECT STATUS: OPEN. Disney confirmed the reimagined Super Hero HQ at the 2015 D23 Expo and confirmed its reopening date on Oct. 13, 2015. Disney opened Super Hero HQ on November 16. See our photos and review. OPEN DATE: November 16. New attraction for Tomorrowland Theater DETAILS: While Captain EO has likely left the Tomorrowl...
    10-11-2015, 10:01 PM
  • Trevor
    The Joy of Fastpass 2
    Trevor
    The Joy of Fastpass 2



    Welcome to the new Joy of FASTPASS thread designed as an update of the previous thread on this topic to provide you with the latest Fastpass system details. Be sure to check out the official Disneyland Fastpass Page for a basic understanding of how the...
    12-06-2012, 05:47 AM
  • RegionsBeyond
    When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland
    RegionsBeyond
    When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2012? We Can Help!

    Disneyland can be a crowded place to visit. Because of this, people frequently ask when will it busy, is this a good time to go to the park, what will wait times be like, etc.

    While we here at MiceChat can’t...
    01-09-2012, 06:14 PM
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