Hello and welcome to the February 15th edition of Dateline Disneyland on this long holiday weekend. Hopefully you all had a happy Valentine's Day with your loved ones and, if you're in the States, spending today relaxing on the today's President's Day holiday. It was a busy week at the Disneyland Resort last week as the new Bridge to Frontierland opened in the Central Plaza and work on the Rivers of America, the Mark Twain Riverboat, and the Sailing Ship Columbia all pressed on. Meanwhile, work continues on Captain EO in Tomorrowland as the show welcomed a few hundred Cast Members for a special test preview on Friday as Walt Disney Imagineering works overtime to get the show up and running for the paying public. Over in Disney's California Adventure, work around the clock on the new World of Color show is the norm as Imagineer Steve Davison and his team work overtime to get the show ready for its tentative spring debut. Still, progress is being made on other big new projects in the park as the first stretch of track is being installed for Cars Land's big Radiator Springs Racers ride.

Our photos this week come from our talented photographers Mac Daddy, Matt "2DieFR" Gottula, and Hot Sauce 1.

For more information on any of the construction projects featured in today's update, just look for a Project Tracker water mark and click that photo for more information on the project and to join the on-going discussion.

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  • <a href="#DD1">Welcome to Disneyland!</a>
    Old Stroller rental location,
  • <a href="#DD2">Building Bridges</a>
    The new Bridge to Frontierland opens, Rivers of America continue refurbishment
  • <a href="#DD3">Captain EO suits up</a>
    Captain EO welcomes Cast Members, gets ready for public opening
  • <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">The Little Mermaid & Cars Land</a>
    • <a href="#DD4-3">Silly Symphony Swings & Red Car Trolleys</a>

  • <a href="#DD5">This and That</a>
    Matterhorn work, Women's shirts, Disneyland Hotel remodel
  • <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, MiceChat Gumball Rally!, Nick Jonas makes surprise appearance, Hotel Union goes on hunger strike


Work continues on the old Stroller Rental location inside Disneyland's main gate.

The newly rebuilt (and redesigned) Bridge to Frontierland has opened for guest traffic in the Central Plaza.

The new bridge is definitely designed with child safety in mind, even though incidents of children falling off the old bridge never made the news.

Inside Frontierland, the major Rivers of America refurbishment continues, despite having mostly canceled the big new enhancements that were expected to debut when the River reopened later this spring.

Disney opened the doors to Captain EO late last week for a quick one-hour Cast Member preview. As of this writing, the show is still not open to park Guests and work continues on sprucing up the outside of the building.

Construction continues throughout California Adventure as the park undergoes a multi-year $1 billion remodel and expansion.

Work on Disney's huge new "World of Color" show continues around the clock as the team behind the show try to meet their spring debut date.

It isn't uncommon to see late-night testing for the show. MiceChatter Hot Sauce 1 got this fantastic shot of testing from the Paradise Pier Hotel. This show will truly be something special.

Meanwhile, work continues on the new 9,000-person Paradise Park viewing area. Stonework is now being added to the multi-leveled seaside park.

New trellises have been installed throughout Paradise Park.

The new wooden boardwalk is being installed

Area speakers and lighting fixtures are being reinstalled and have been given simple but nice thematic touches.

Construction at the new Little Mermaid ride is progressing...

And the first stretch of track for the new Radiator Springs Racers E-Ticket ride in Cars Land is installed (you can see it coming over the bunny hill).

Silly Symphony Swings continues its transformation.

And over in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, more progress can be seen on the beginnings of the track work for the upcoming Red Car Trolleys.

<a name="DD5">THIS AND THAT
Back in Disneyland, work continues on the Matterhorn Bobsleds refurbishment.

New women's shirts feature classic Disneyland lands and artwork

Work continues on the Disneyland Hotel remodel

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And we'll wrap up the photo section of today's update with some shots from around the Resort...

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For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
Disneyland Park
Monday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Tuesday - Thursday: 9 am - 11 pm
Friday - Saturday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Sunday: 8 am - 11 pm

Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday: 9 am - 8 pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
Friday - Sunday: 9 am - 9 pm

Disneyland Park
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed through March 11 for refurbishment. Closed again April 12 - 16, April 19 - 23
  • "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience:" Closed. Captain EO is returning for a "special limited engagement" in February. It is unknown if "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" will return following Captain EO's run.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Restaurant closed through July 2 for refurbishment. Stage will remain open for shows and performances during restaurant closure.
  • Little Red Wagon: Popular Main Street corn dog cart will be closed through May 4 for refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Monorail: Closed April 19 and 20.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Closed April 26 through May 16.
  • Rivers of America: Closed 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 through May 6
    • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed through May 6
    • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes: Closed through May 6
    • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island: Closed through May 14

  • King Arthur Carrousel: Closed May 8-10.

Disney's California Adventure Park
  • Golden Zephyr: Closed February 16 through April 2 for refurbishment.
  • S.S. rustworthy: Closed February 23-24.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug! Closed for one day, March 8.
  • Princess Dot's Puddle Park: Closed April 12-16, April 19-23 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed April 12 - May 20 for refurbishment.
  • Award Wieners: Closed through April 18.
  • Wine Country Trattoria: Closed through April 26.
  • Silly Symphony Swings: Orange Stinger is now closed for retheming. Reopens as the Silly Symphony Swings late April.
  • 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.
  • Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: New show under construction. Debuts Spring 2010.
  • Paradise Park: Former Golden State Amphitheater area is closed and a 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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As part of Walt Disney World's new Summer Nightastic! promotion, Disney's Electrical Parade will leave California Adventure following its Spring Break run and move to Florida where it will play for Florida crowds in the Magic Kingdom beginning in June.For the full article, visit:


From the OC Register's Around Disney blog:For the full article, visit: Around Disney: Disneyland parks attendance jumps 20 percent


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