Welcome again to Dateline Disneyland. The big news last week was the much-anticipated return of the 1986 Michael Jackson 3D musical spectacular Captain EO. With "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" evicted from Tomorrowland, Captain EO has returned for a limited engagement along with a line of nostalgic merchandise. Meanwhile, as the rest of Disneyland continues through its winter off-season refurbishments, Disney's California Adventure makes progress with its $1 billion expansion and remodel. New tracks for the upcoming Red Car Trolleys have been laid in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, and construction continues on Cars Land and various Paradise Pier attractions including the massive Disney's World of Color nighttime water spectacular and the Paradise Park viewing area.

Thanks to our photographers this week: Mac Daddy, scorsese, Fishbulb, and Brian "Splashmoun10" Rechenmacher.

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>
    Off-season refurbishment work
  • <a href="#DD2">Now Playing</a>
    Captain EO returns to Disneyland for a limited engagement
  • <a href="#DD3">Rivers of Refurbishment</a>
    Work continues on the major Rivers of America refurbishment
  • <a href="#DD4">California Construction</a>
    The latest photos of the on-going $1 billion remodel and expansion.
    • <a href="#DD4-0">Red Car Trolley</a>
    • <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 & Golden Zephyr refurbishment</a>
  • <a href="#DD5">This and That</a>
    Downtown Disney work, 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 on sale now!, D23 One Year Anniversary Party, D23 member chat with Tony Baxter, Anaheim makes bid for Comic-Con.


Minor refurbishment/touch-up work continues to spring up around the parks as the winter off-season continues until schools start breaking for Spring Break.

The Matterhorn's refurbishment continues through March 11.

<a name="DD2">NOW PLAYING
Captain EO is now open in Tomorrowland's old Magic Eye Theater. The show reopened with the rest of Disneyland at 10 am Tuesday after several Guests camped out overnight to be in the first showing.

Fans Cheer for Captain EO
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Disney's press release has details on the classic show:

It's great that even temporary attractions get treated to fancy new signage like the neon Captain EO marquee.

Captain EO shows now run continuously at Disneyland. No date has been set for the end of this attraction's limited engagement.

The beautiful new marquee glows blue at night.

And a line of Captain EO merchandise is available while supplies last at the Main Street Emporium, the Star Trader and Tomorrowlanding.

Work continues on the lengthy Rivers of America refurbishment.

Looks like the Indian Village has been cleared for some TLC during the River refurbishment.

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

<a name="DD4-0">RED CAR TROLLEY
Lots of progress has been made on the installation of the Hollywood Pictures Backlot's stretch of Red Car Trolley tracks.

The Red Car route will travel from California Adventure's remodeled Buena Vista Street entrance down through the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, ending at the Hollywood Tower Hotel courtyard and is expected to open May 2012.


Construction continues on the new Little Mermaid E-Ticket ride that is scheduled to open spring of next year.

And more track continues to go in at the upcoming Radiator Springs Racers mega E-Ticket opening in 2012 as part of Cars Land.


Construction continues on the new wooden boardwalk beneath the Silly Symphony Swings...

And the Golden Zephyr is all wrapped up during its refurbishment.

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California Adventure's Wine Country Trattoria is still closed while its refurbishment continues.

The Grand Californian's pool refurbishment seems to be wrapping up.

Work continues on some Downtown Disney facades.

And finally, work continues on the multi-phase Disneyland Hotel remodel.

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For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
Disneyland Park
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight

Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm

Disneyland Park
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed through March 11 for refurbishment. Closed again April 12 - 16, April 19 - 23
  • 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
  • It's Tough to be a Bug! Closed for one day, March 8.
  • Golden Zephyr: Closed through April 2 for refurbishment.
  • 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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D23 recently announced a line-up of Disney stars and Legends who will join the Official Community for Disney Fans at the club's first anniversary party at Disneyland on March 10. In addition to the previously announced event features and special guests, Captain EO has been added to the attraction roster for this event. Avoid the weekend crowds and enjoy your own private D23 showings of this classic 80's attraction.

  • Bob Gurr. Named a Disney Legend in 2004 for his decades of innovative work at Walt Disney Imagineering, Bob specialized in vehicle design and worked on the designs of the Autopia automobiles and the antique cars and double-decker buses used on Main Street, U.S.A. He also played a lead role in the design of the Monorail, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Flying Saucers attractions and more.
  • Tony Baxter. A legendary Imagineer, Tony has played a key role in the design and creation of many Disney attractions and theme parks of the last 40 years, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, the Indiana Jones Adventure and the overall creative role for Disneyland Paris.
  • Kevin Corcoran. Named a Disney Legend in 2006, Kevin has enjoyed a long and distinguished acting career with Disney, starring in such classic films as Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson and more.
  • Bill Farmer.Margaret Kerry. Margaret was the original live-action model for Tinker Bell.
  • Dave Smith. Named a Disney Legend in 2007, Dave Smith, chief archivist, the Walt Disney Archives, founded the Disney Archives in 1970.
  • Dan Roebuck. For more than two decades Dan has enjoyed a successful acting career. He currently shines in the role of Dr. Leslie Arzt on the hit ABC series LOST.
  • David Stollery. Named a Disney Legend in 2006, David Stollery enjoyed a solid acting career before he came to the Walt Disney Studios but it was there that he made his biggest mark. He played Marty Markham, the spoiled rich boy in The Adventures of Spin and Marty, and Dan Thompson in Westward Ho The Wagons!
  • Denny Newell. A senior show director at Disneyland, Denny is a 24-year Disneyland Cast Member who has played a directorial role for Celebrate! A Street Party, Disney's Electrical Parade, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, Drawn to the Magic and Pixie Hollow.

D23 Members and their guests will savor specialty coffee and an array of tantalizing Disney-inspired desserts including pastries, cookies, cupcakes, and of course, Mickey-shaped krispies! A "no host" beverage bar will also be available to toast this memorable affair.

And, naturally, there will be a few D23 surprises, including a special, limited-edition commemorative pin in honor of D23's first anniversary, the perfect gift to remember this enchanting event.
For more information and to buy tickets to this event, visit: D23: FIRST ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT DISNEYLAND: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2010

02.25.10 - Please join us next Thursday, March 4 for a D23 Member-exclusive live chat with longtime Imagineer Tony Baxter. To join the Live Chat, which will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. PT., D23 Members can sign in using the Member name and password they provided during the D23 Membership signup process.

Tony has played a key role in the design and creation of many Disney attractions and theme parks of the last 40 years, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, the Indiana Jones Adventure and the overall creative role for Disneyland Paris. Now a senior vice president of Creative Development and creative director of Disneyland Park, Tony is responsible for providing imaginative ideas and input for Walt Disney's original theme park. Some of his recent projects as creative executive include the refurbishments and re-openings of the 3D space adventure Captain EO (for which he worked as a producer on the original), Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and the Sleeping Beauty Castle walkthrough attraction. Tony welcomes your questions about his career and Imagineering accomplishments, but may not be able to answer questions concerning projects currently in development at Disneyland Resort.

For more information on this event, visit: D23: JOURNEY INTO HIS IMAGINATION

And finally, from the Orange County Register:
For more the full article, visit: OC Register: Could Comic-Con move to Anaheim?

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