Welcome back to Dateline Disneyland! It's been a busy week at the Disneyland Resort with the opening of the new "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln," a couple new offerings in Downtown Disney, and on-going work on the various projects in Disney's California Adventure. As the Resort buzzes with activity is also quietly observing last week's death of Roy E. Disney with Disney flags at half-staff.

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.

There's a lot to get to this week, so let's get started!

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  • <a href="#DD1">Welcome to Disneyland!</a>
    Stroller Central construction.
  • <a href="#DD2">Remembering Roy</a>
    Disneyland observes Roy E. Disney's death with Disney flags at half-staff.
  • <a href="#DD3">Welcome Back Abe</a>
    "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" returns to the Main Street Opera House
  • <a href="#DD4">California Construction</a>
    The latest photos of the on-going $1 billion remodel and expansion.
    • <a href="#DD4-1">World of Color and Paradise Park Viewing Area</a>
    • <a href="#DD4-2">Silly Symphony Swings</a>
    • <a href="#DD4-3">The Little Mermaid & Cars Land</a>
  • <a href="#DD5">This and That</a>
    Downtown Disney opens D Street, remote controlled boats, and Tortilla Jo's Taqueria
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information</a>
    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments, Captain EO returns in February!

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<A name="DD1">WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND</a>
A promo display for the Honda car giveaway at the Mickey and Friends tram stop could use some attention.


It's pretty scuffed up, and the snow bases for the trees are broken and chipped.




Yikes.





In the Main Entrance Plaza, work continues on the new stroller and wheelchair rental building.







<A name="DD2">REMEMBERING ROY</a>
On Wednesday Disney lost Roy E. Disney, son of Roy O. Disney and nephew to Walt Disney. Roy's death followed a year-long battle with stomach cancer and Disney CEO Bob Iger ordered Disney theme parks to observe Roy's death by lowering Disney flags to half-staff.




<A name="DD3">WELCOME BACK ABE</a>
The Main Street Opera House reopened late last week with the latest version of "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln."




The impressive Capitol Building scale model is back on display.







The beautiful new "Mr. Lincoln" lobby is full of art work by Imagineering legends created for the show.


























Photos are strictly prohibited inside the theater, but Disney released a couple publicity photos of the new show. The new 15-minute presentation is heavy on nostalgia, utilizing vintage paintings from Disney legends and the original audio from voice actor Royal Dano. It will be interesting to see how this show, which is heavy on patriotism, but low on thrills will favor with current audiences. On opening weekend, theaters were only half-full.




The DisneyParks Blog posted video footage of the new Lincoln Audio-Animatronics figure being programmed.
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And the OC Register's Around Disney blog has a video clip of the revamped show
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<A name="DD4">CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION</a>
The latest look at Disney's California Adventure's on-going $1 billion remodel and expansion.

<A name="DD4-1">WORLD OF COLOR & PARADISE PARK VIEWING AREA</a>










































<A name="DD4-2">LITTLE MERMAID & CARS LAND</a>






Cars Land:







<A name="DD4-3">SILLY SYMPHONY SWINGS</a>









<A name="DD5">THIS AND THAT</a>
A new remote-controlled jungle boat game has been added to the side of the Rainforest Cafe.










Tortilla Jo's new quick service Taqueria is open for business






And Disney's new D Street store is open for business in the former Illunimations storefront. The store focuses on high-end Disney fashion and the popular Vinylmation figurines.























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DISNEYLAND WEEKLY HOURS AND INFO
THEME PARK HOURS DECEMBER 20 — 27
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 - 9 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday - Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm




CURRENT ATTRACTION CLOSURES & REFURBISHMENTS
Disneyland Park
  • 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.

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CAPTAIN EO RETURN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED
Disney finally announced the long-rumored return of Captain EO on their DisneyParks Blog last week:

Captain EO Returns to Disneyland Resort
Twenty-three years ago, at the height of his phenomenal entertainment career, Michael Jackson joined forces with Disney to create “Captain EO,” a groundbreaking 17-minute 3D film experience.

We are excited to confirm that the classic musical spectacular that thrilled Disneyland park guests from 1986 – 1997, will return for an exclusive, limited engagement at Disneyland park beginning in February 2010!

The attraction’s return to Tomorrowland will provide new audiences the opportunity to experience the original 3D production for the very first time, as well as a nostalgic look back for longtime fans wanting to see “The King of Pop” in a rare performance created for the big-screen, just one more time.

“Honey I Shrunk The Audience” will be closing sometime in the next few weeks to make way for the Captain’s return.

For the full article, visit: DisneyParks Blog: Captain EO Returns to Disneyland Resort
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'ITS A SMALL WORLD' TO GET NEW MARQUEE
As part of Sylvania's new sponsorship of Disneyland's iconic "it's a small world" attraction, the attraction will get a new illuminated marquee in early 2010:

Sylvania Sponsors Disney's 'Small World'
Sylvania is sponsoring the "It's a small world" attraction at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. The deal, which includes the attraction's first-ever illuminated marquee, is part of a 12-year agreement between The Walt Disney Company and Siemens.

The agreement includes marketing and promotional rights, attraction sponsorships and a promotional presence that features Siemens products and services at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Siemens also is the sponsor of the Epcot icon, SpaceShip Earth.

"The deal between Disney and Sylvania's parent company, Siemens, brings together the world's leading family entertainment company with a premiere global technology and infrastructure company," Mike Colotti, vice president of brand management and marketing communications for Sylvania, tells Marketing Daily. "In addition to marketing and promotional campaigns, our companies work together to develop and integrate Sylvania lighting technologies into Disney attractions and throughout its resorts."

The illuminated marquee -- the only change to the attraction -- will brighten the overall experience for guests, and is slated for installation in early 2010. The design is a visual celebration of what the attraction represents -- the happy spirit of children everywhere, according to Sylvania.

For the full article, visit: Sylvania Sponsors Disney's 'Small World'
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