It's been a surprisingly busy news week for the Disneyland Resort. While Disneyland's summer promotion doesn't kick off until June 11, the long Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional start of the summer season, and all over the Resort doors are opening and changes are getting underway. Last week Disney announced a major overhaul and expansion of the Disneyland Hotel's pool area bringing in nostalgic thematic touches to replace aging, but classic features on Hotel grounds. In the parks, the Silly Symphony Swings have opened in Disneyland's sister park: the newly re-named Disney California Adventure. DCA also got a brand new logo that has received a lot of mixed reviews from fans. And in Disneyland, Fantasmic! and the Magical fireworks shows have returned as two shops (re-)opened in Fantasyland and New Orleans Square, getting some dead space in the park in working order for the impending summer crowds.

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.

A big thank you goes out to our team of talented photographers who made this week's column possible: Fishbulb, Mac Daddy, Macro, lighttragic, and David Yeh.

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This week new shops opened in Fantasyland and New Orleans Square. In Fantasyland, a Candy Shoppe (the official DisneyParks Blog called it Gepetto's Sweet Shoppe) opened in the space formerly used for Wishing Star Crystals, between Pinocchio's Daring Journey and the Village Haus Restaurant.

The store features a lot of the pre-packaged Disney-branded snacks and candies found elsewhere throughout the Resort. You won't find any fresh candy here like you do on Main Street or back in Critter Country.

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Over in New Orleans Square, a high-end women's accessory store has opened in the former Jewel of Orleans shop. The new store retains the old name, but you won't find antique estate jewelry here, just pricey handbags and accessories.

On Friday, the former Orange Stinger, which is now the newly re-themed Silly Symphony Swings, soft opened in California Adventure. The ride doesn't officially open until June 11 along with World of Color, but you'll likely see it open for business if you head into the parks from here on out.

The new ride is the same as the Orange Stinger, but the theming and the overall experience (thanks to the excellent theming here) is much improved than the attraction's Orange Stinger days.

A clever conductor stand -themed ride control booth

Baskets to store your bags and loose shoes around the perimeter of the ride platform.

On Friday, May 28 Disney officially unveiled the new park logo for California Adventure, and slightly changed the park's name. Officially, the park's name is now Disney California Adventure, dropping the possessive in Disney's California Adventure Park. The name change is interesting, and while a lot of folks on the message boards think its a meaningless marketing move, it is interesting to consider what this name change could mean. Does the change from the possessive "Disney's California Adventure" signify a change in the park's theme? Are we moving away from a Disney-created representation of California (Disney's recreation of California) and moving to a Disney-themed California Adventure? The influx of Disney and Pixar characters in new attractions would seem to support this idea, and a name change would make sense.

Below is the new logo Disney released publicly and a variation on the logo with Mickey Mouse that was released to Cast Members.

Below are the previous two park logos. The top logo is the most recent logo that has been in use for several years now, and below that is the logo the park debuted with featuring Grizzly Peak.

With the park taking on early 20th century themes, the new logo makes sense for the park's new direction. The new logo borrows from early Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck cartoon title cards, which fits with the time period and the new infusion of Disney characters at California Adventure.

Work continues at various Disney's California Adventure projects as it gets closer to the debut of the new World of Color water and light show.

Also on Friday, Disney debuted the new World of Color TV commercial on the official DisneyParks Blog. The spot features Mickey in a spin on his Sorcerer's Apprentice role, donning a conductor's robe and learning the World of Color conductor's baton brings Paradise Bay to life in unexpected ways.
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The big debut of World of Color is less than two weeks away and the fan anticipation on the MiceChat boards is at fever pitch. The programming trailer has been moved out of Paradise Park and rumors of unannounced soft openings are resurfacing. So far, the first official viewing of the show will be for the KOST/MyFM radio event on June 8, followed by the media preview and official public debut on June 10 and 11, respectively. Could there be soft openings this week? While it's looking somewhat likely, it's also wise not to get your hopes up too high.

The show is finalized: Imagineering's programming trailer for World of Color has moved away from Paradise Park.

The DisneyParks Blog gave readers another sneak peek at the new show last week with a look at how live choreography was used to bring the fountains to life.
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A snazzy new website for World of Color has also opened and it gives a bit of preview at the characters and music featured in the upcoming show.
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Children: $ TBD
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For full menus, visit the thread on MiceChat: World of Color Dining Packages available now

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The building for the new Little Mermaid ride continues to progress.

Cars Land continues to see progress as well, with testing taking place on the Radiator Springs Racers test track.

The Red Car Trolley track-related street work near Playhouse Disney at the entrance to the Hollywood Pictures Backlot has finished up.

Further back in the Backlot, work in front of the Tower of Terror continues as Red Car Trolley track is installed.

Even with all of the World of Color news, the new park logo, and the opening of the Silly Symphony Swings, Disney had even more news last week when they unveiled a brand new pool area for the Disneyland Hotel. New Monorail-themed water slides, a new kiddy pool, and a completely reworked dining area and bar will be built. The Neverland Pool will remain, but it will lose its Peter Pan theming and name.

The pool area redesign and expansion will take over a substantial portion of the Hotel grounds.

The OC Register's Around Disney blog has details on the remodel:

The Hotel Towers will also be renamed to match classic Disneyland lands: Frontier, Adventure, and Fantasy.

The dramatic and romantic waterfalls will soon be a thing of the past.

In Downtown Disney, Ridemakerz is set to open in June.

Tables for the store were being moved in last week.

Back inside California Adventure, the Wine Country Trattoria refurbishment and enhancement will finish early next week just in time for World of Color crowds.

And at Disneyland, Splash Mountain has reopened after its brief refurbishment.

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
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</td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="" valign="top">Monday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Tuesday - Wednesday: 9am - 11pm
Thursday: 8 am - 9 pm
Friday: 9 am - 12 midnight
Saturday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
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Tuesday-Wednesday: 10am-7pm
Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
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For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Theme Park Calendar

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Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
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  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed June 1 and 2.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Restaurant closed through July 2 for refurbishment. Stage will remain open for shows and performances during restaurant closure.

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  • Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar: Closed to install new Little Mermaid attraction exhibit June 3 - 9.
  • Wine Country Trattoria: Closed through June 9 for refurbishment.
  • Silly Symphony Swings: Soft-opened. Officially opens June 11.
  • Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: Unannounced soft openings may happen before debut date. Officially debuts June 11.
  • Disney's FASTPASS Distribution: Distribution area closed and Fastpass service not offered through August 15 for nearby construction related to upcoming Red Car Trolley attraction.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction. Opens Spring 2011.
  • Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
  • Red Car Trolley: Track under construction in Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Attraction set to open spring 2012.


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Disney Legend and the host of Disneyland's opening day ceremony on July 17, 1955 died on Wednesday at the age of 97. Art Linkletter was an entertainment legend in the truest sense of the word, and as someone so integrated into the fabric of Disneyland's history, he will be missed.</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" bgcolor="LemonChiffon" width="75%">

Art Linkletter (L) with Walt Disney, hosting Disneyland's opening day broadcast on July 17, 1955
</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" width="100%" height="">For more the full article, visit: D23: REMEMBERING ART LINKLETTER

And that's just the tip of the iceberg on what's new at the Disneyland Resort and beyond. Please continue reading our weekly Disney and theme park news digest: MiceChat's Disney and theme park news Round Up

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