We've got a HUGE update for you today! As most of you know by now, the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar has opened to Annual Passholders who are getting a sneak peek at what's in store for Disney's California Adventure in the coming years as the park undergoes major expansion and remodeling. It is with the great help of MiceChatters Matt "2DieFR" Gottula and ROBONICS95 that we get an extensive tour the new Preview Center.

New this week are images that are watermarked with new "Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker" and "Disneyland Project Tracker" logos -- feel free to click on any of these images to be taken directly to those project trackers on the MiceChat discussion forums where you can get the latest information and status on these projects and join in on the discussion about the various projects going on at both parks.

Alright -- there's a lot to see this week, so let's get to it, shall we?

The third billboard at the Mickey & Friends tram loading area has finally been fixed and sports a matching HalloweenTime design.

Down on Main Street, the small secondary entrance to the Fortuosity Shop was behind walls. Could it be getting boarded up?

The upcoming Pixie Hollow meet-and-greet area for Tinker Bell and her friends is getting more theming as it approaches its October 28 opening.

The Court des Anges in New Orleans Square (more commonly referred to as the Courtyard of Angels) has undergone its conversion into a holiday merchandise location. No word yet on whether this will be a permanent addition, or only seasonal. One would suppose it depends on how sales are.

Los Angeles Times staff writer and LA Times Funland blogger, Brady MacDonald, recently shared an interview and history of the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk Through with Walt Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter, along with an exciting scene-by-scene tour of the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-Through as it will be opening to guests later this December. His articles can be found in their entirety at the links below:

Below is the scene-by-scene sneak peek. There are spoilers galore, so read at your own risk!

The big news this week, is of course, the new preview center Disney has unveiled for guests visiting Disney's California Adventure. The new Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar is currently only open to Annual Passholders through Sunday, but will open to all park guests on Monday, October 20.

Up the path, guests are presented with lots of concept art and brief explanations of what's to come.

A closer look at the new entrance design for DCA:

A closer look at the new "Fun Map" that is featured on this display:

A closer look at the Cars Land rendering:

New signage for the new attraction:

Banners for the Blue Sky Cellar line the Performance Corridor

A sneak preview? Well, let's take a look, shall we?

The new preview center occupies the space that formerly housed the Seasons of the Vine film attraction that was briefly hosted by Robert Mondavi before the winemaker bowed out from the Golden Vine Winery at DCA only months after DCA first opened. You can get a complete photo tour of Seasons of the Vine and some historical perspective of the attraction at Yesterland. The "Barrel Room" is now home to faux Walt Disney Imagineering workshop where Imagineers have been hard at work dreaming up the future for DCA.

The official Disneyland Resort press release describes the Blue Sky Cellar as such:

The press release continues...

Brand new sketches and artwork line the walls including images of the new entrance area, soon to be known as Buena Vista Street, which will bring to life a nostalgic look at Los Angeles from the 1920s and 30s when Walt Disney first arrived in California; a Red Car trolley, reminiscent of the Pacific Electric Railway; and a new central plaza area including a replica of the Carthay Circle Theatre, where Walt premiered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The exhibit is full of models and loads of concept art, mostly focusing on Paradise Pier. One of the most prominent features is the large Paradise Pier model, showcasing the changes coming to the Pier which will wash away the stucco and vinyl signs that plague the area from its original overly budget-conscious incarnation.

The current Ariel's Grotto restaurant will be renamed Princess Palace and get a minor facelift which will layer on new details and theming.

New rockwork planned for the California Screamin' launch area.

Speaking of Screamin,' the attraction's queue will eventually be completely indoors.

Nearby, King Triton's Carousel will be getting a new period-specific structure.

A look at new shop facades

Rethemed Games of the Boardwalk

A re-themed Maliboomer:

Disney recently released some concept art for the upcoming Silly Symphony Swings re-theme of the Orange Stinger...

..but plenty of other ideas for the Stinger were thrown around before settling on the Silly Symphonies.

The new World of Color show should prove to be a huge hit with fans of Disney films

The lighting towers for the show will be themed appropriately to blend in.

A look at the re-themed Sun Wheel:

And even more Paradise Pier concept art:

The "Screening Room" occupies the area that formerly housed the Seasons of the Vine screen and projector. The press release says this about the Screening Room
The screening room features Imagineers describing the approach and vision of the Disney California Adventure expansion. Guests will see footage of model-making, sculpting, blue sky meetings and all the aspects of bringing a Disney concept to life.

The new Resort Bakery being built behind the Mickey & Friends parking structure is progressing nicely...

And inside Disneyland, the Autopia got a new height requirement.

Over at DCA, the Character Closeup area of the Disney Animation pavilion has dedicated former art of animation displays to the making of the Toy Story Zoetrope

The China Closet on Main Street has been transformed into holiday merch headquarters.

Lots of new Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle merch...
Tree skirt: $60

Light-up banner: $30

Stocking: $20

Ornament: $12

Ornament: $10

Mug: $15

2009 Holiday Merch
Ornament: $15

Collector's Ornament: $11.95

Ornament: $11.95

Greeting Cards: $13.95

Gift wrap pack: $5.95

Large plates: $11.95 / Small plates: $5.95

Hand towels: $14.95 / Cups and small bowls: $5.95

Coasters: $5.95

Placemats: $5.95

Mickey and Minnie Santa hat ornaments: $5

And finally, some views of the Resort from atop the Sun Wheel, which closed Monday to begin retheming as Mickey's Fun Wheel.

Alright, that should wrap it up for this week's super-sized update. Once again, many thanks to Matt "2DieFR" Gottula and ROBONICS95 for their exceptional photos of the Blue Sky Cellar. And as always, thanks to you for reading!

We'll see you here again next week!
- Andy