Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers and welcome again to Dateline Disneyland! With the holidays underway, the Resort is a overflowing with park guests and seasonal cheer -- but that doesn't put projects on hold. California Adventure continued with its on-going remodel and expansion with the addition of even more construction walls this week, the remodeled and re-named Troubador Tavern snack stand at the Fantasyland Theatre reopened along with a couple classic Fantasyland rides, and a new temporary sandal store opened in Downtown Disney. Meanwhile, Annual Passholders are being rewarded with special member discounts throughout the holiday season, and Toy Story Midway Mania! won a coveted theme park award.

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.

Before we get started, many thanks to MiceChat's Fishbulb for helping with photos this week. He's been helping out a lot lately while my schedule has been kind of crazy.

Alright, there's a lot to get to - so let's jump right in!

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  • <a href="#DD1">Welcome to Disneyland!</a>
    Stroller Central construction, Carnation Plaza Gardens bridge reopens,
  • <a href="#DD2">Fantasyland Favorites</a>
    Casey Jr. Circus Train and Storybook Land Canal Boats reopen, Troubador Tavern serves up new snacks
  • <a href="#DD3">California Construction</a>
    New photos of California Adventure's on-going $1 billion remodel and expansion
    • <a href="#DD3-1">World of Color and Paradise Park Viewing Area</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-2">Silly Symphony Swings</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-3">The Little Mermaid & Cars Land</a>
  • <a href="#DD4">This and That</a>
    Sanuk opens in Downtown Disney, Disneyland Hotel work, French Market's new doors Pt. 2
  • <a href="#DDAROUND">Around the Parks</a>
    Photos from around the parks.
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information</a>
    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments, A sneak peek at Abe, Hotel workers come in sick, Midway Mania! wins award, Nixon Library train display,

The new central stroller and wheelchair rental building in the Main Entrance Plaza, in front of the Disneyland Kennel Club is progressing as the building begins to take shape.

Inside Disneyland, the rebuilding of the Carnation Plaza Gardens bridge at the end of Main Street has wrapped up and the bridge is reopen.

Back in Fantasyland, the Casey Jr. Circus Train and Storybook Land Canal Boats have reopened after their lengthy refurbishments.

Storybook Land's miniatures are decorated for the holidays

Nearby, the Fantasyland Theatre's Enchanted Cottage is now history. The foodservice location has been rebuilt and renamed as Troubador Tavern.

The building looks inspired by the original Fantasyland medieval tournament theme.

The menu consists of bratwursts and specialty baked potatoes.

A selection of frozen treats are available as well.

The latest photos of California Adventure's on-going $1 billion remodel and expansion.</a>

Guests heading over to Paradise Pier will temporarily be rerouted through the Pacific Wharf dining area while some repaving work goes on along the park's Performance Corridor as part of the World of Color/Paradise Park project.

Paradise Pier is still accessible if you're coming in from Grizzly Peak Recreation Area.

Work continues on the former Orange Stinger to transform it into the Silly Symphony Swings.

And construction continues on the major new Little Mermaid dark ride...

...and the massive new Cars Land expansion.

<A name="DD4">THIS AND THAT</a>
A new sandal store opened in a temporary Downtown Disney location on Friday:

The OC Register's Around Disney blog had more info on the new store before it opened last week:
New shoe store coming to Downtown DisneyFULL STORY: Around Disney - New shoe store coming to Downtown Disney

Down at the end of Downtown Disney, the Disneyland Hotel renovation continues:

The new reflective blue windows are taking over the Dreams Tower:

And back in Disneyland, the French Market in New Orleans Square has finished up its entryway upgrades to meet new health codes. The rear entrance to the restaurant now features automatic doors.

We'll finish up the update this week with some shots from around the parks from Fishbulb and yours truly.

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Expect heavy theme park attendance and possible parking shortages during Thanksgiving week. For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
Disneyland Park
Monday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight

Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday - Wednesday: 10 am - 10 pm
Thursday - Sunday: 10 am - 9 pm

Disneyland Park
  • King Arthur Carrousel: Closed December 8 - 10.
  • 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.
  • Haunted Mansion: Closed January 4 - 14 to remove holiday overlay.
  • Big Thunder Ranch: Closed January 4 - 12 to remove holiday overlay.
  • Main Street Cinema: Closed January 4 through February 1 for refurbishment.
  • Starcade: Closed January 4 through February 1 for refurbishment.
  • Le Petit Chalet Gifts: Closed January 4 through February 10 for refurbishment.
  • Corn Dog Wagon: Closed January 4 through May 4 for refurbishment.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Closed January 4 through May 4 for refurbishment.
  • Rivers of America: Closed January 4 through May 6 for a major refurbishment. The closure of the river will result in the necessary closure of the following attractions:
    • Sailing Ship Columbia: Closed January 4 - May 6
    • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed January 4 - May 6
    • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes: Closed January 4 - May 6
    • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island: Closed January 4 - May 14

Disney's California Adventure Park
  • Grizzly River Run: Closed January 4 - 8 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed January 11 through February 19 for refurbishment.
  • It's Tough To Be A Bug!: Closed January 20 - 21.
  • Francis' Lady Bug Boogie: Closed January 25 through February 4.
  • Orange Stinger: Closed for retheming. Reopens Spring 2010
  • 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. Expected to be refilled mid-October 2009.
  • Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: New show under construction. Debuts Spring 2010.
  • Golden State Park and Amphitheater: Closed. New, larger viewing area for Disney's World of Color viewing under construction in same location. The new viewing area is scheduled to open February 2010 as Paradise Park.

The new DisneyParks Blog gave a quick sneak peek at the new Abraham Lincoln Audio-Animatronics figure coming to Disneyland next month:
Blog Exclusive: First Video of the Most Sophisticated Audio-Animatronics Technology Yet
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For the full article, visit: DisneyParks Blog: Blog Exclusive: First Video of the Most Sophisticated Audio-Animatronics Technology Yet

Disneyland Resort Hotel workers stuck in the middle of a labor contract dispute have reportedly been going in sick because they can't afford to go without the pay. The OC Register's Around Disney blog has details:
Some sick Disney hotel employees worked
For the full article, visit: Around Disney: Some sick Disney hotel employees worked

Also from the Around Disney blog, a look at the Nixon Library's annual holiday train exhibit, which features a few connections to Disneyland this year:
Disney train connection at Nixon Library

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For the full article, visit: Around Disney: Disney train connection at Nixon Library

The popular Toy Story Midway Mania! attractions at Disney's California Adventure and Disney's Hollywood Studios were recognized by the Themed Entertainment Association and awarded the organization's top award in the theme park industry: Award for Outstanding Achievement for an Attraction. The DisneyParks Blog has more on the news:

And the Winner is...
For the full article, visit: DisneyParks Blog: And the Winner is...

Finally, Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders get beefed up shopping discounts this holiday season as part of the Resort's Annual Passholder Appreciation Days.
Annual Passholder Appreciation Days
For more information, visit: The Art of Disney Parks: Annual Passholder Appreciation Days

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<br><br><table border="0" cellpadding="5"><tbody><tr><td valign="top">Okay, that should wrap up this week's edition of Dateline Disneyland. Thanks again to MiceChat's Fishbulb for filling in as photographer this week, who will also be your host next week as I take a quick vacation break. And thanks to all of you for reading, be sure to discuss this week's update in the comments section below!

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