The big debut of 'World of Color' has come and gone and the Disneyland Resort is now in full summer mode. Disneyland has everything open and ready for the summer crowds, and construction continues in California Adventure as the park sees some of its biggest crowds ever thanks to its fancy new water and light show. Meanwhile, in Downtown Disney, the newly expanded and remodeled permanent location of Ridemakerz has opened.

<a href="" target="New"><img src="" width="45%" align="right" border="0"></a>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.

Thanks to Mac Daddy, Macro & Fishbulb for extra help with some photos this week.

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  • <a href="#DD1">Welcome to Disneyland!</a>
    Work continues on Disneyland's first aid building as summer crowds hit the park.
  • <a href="#DD3">California Construction</a>
    Checking on on California Adventure's on-going $1 billion remodel and expansion as the park gets ready to unveil World of Color.
    • <a href="#DD3-1">World of Color</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-2">The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-3">Paradise Garden dining area</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-4">Cars Land</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-5">Red Car Trolley</a>
  • <a href="#DD4">This & That</a>
    Ridemakerz opens, Sorcerer's Apprentice stage.
  • <a href="#DDAROUND">Around the Parks</a>
    Photos from around the parks.
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information Round-Up</a>
    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments, Michelle Obama and daughters see World of Color, Sign language services at Disneyland, more.


Summer is here at the parks and everything that can be open for guests is open and ready for the summer crush.

Until Star Tours closes next month, you'll see very little as far as refurbishments and construction around Disneyland. Currently, the only notable in-park work is the facade refurbishment at Disneyland First Aid at the end of Main Street.

Construction continues at various Disney's California Adventure projects as World of Color brings in heavy crowds.

<a name="DD3-1">WORLD OF COLOR</a>
The big debut of World of Color is now properly logged in the history books, but the crowds continue to pour in to see the new 25-minute water-and-light show.

The OC Register ran a story about the new show's popularity early last week. Disney is already touting World of Color's popularity to local media, noting they've added a third showing of the show nightly since it opened. While the show is good and bringing in big crowds, you'd be smart not to believe all of Disney's hype; Cast Members are already scheduled for three showings nightly, and Disney's PR machine is using this opportunity to help paint the new DCA in a better, more popular, light.

World of Color is the shining star of the Resort right now, and with the influx in crowds at California Adventure, more dining options are needed. It's ironic that now, after 9 years California Adventure has to make quick fixes to meet the demands of large crowds seeking dining options. DCA opened with far too many dining options, many of which closed and left largely unused (Hollywood & Dine), removed (Malibu-ritos; Strips, Dips & Chips), or gutted and turned into attractions (Soap Opera Bistro), and now the park is looking to outside vendors for new dining options.
Local Gourmet Food Truck Signs Deal With Disney's California Adventure
​Barcelona OnTheGo, the OC-based Spanish/Argentinean food truck, announced via Twitter and Facebook that they've been selected by Disney's California Adventure out of "an extensive list of truck/vendors." Their job? To cater to crowds at the park's new World of Color event.

Owner Esteban Nocito also stated in his post that they're adding a second truck for the deal and also, he's hiring people to help out with the new venture, which lasts from July 15th to August 22nd at the park. [ FULL ARTICLE ]

Construction continues on the new Little Mermaid dark ride.

The old Burger Invasion food location which previously served McDonald's is finally behind construction walls after McDonald's left Disneyland theme parks on September 2, 2008. Burger Invasion has sat vacant since the McDonald's contract ended with Disney and now the dining location is finally behind walls as work gets underway to turn the Burger Invasion and Pizza Oom Mow Mow area into the re-themed Paradise Garden dining area.

The whole area will look totally different from its current aesthetic. Gone will be the tacky oversized burger and punny pop culture reference names, and in their place will be a Victorian-style beachside dining courtyard.

<a name="DD3-4">CARS LAND</a>
Wire mesh is starting to go up on the steel framework for the Cars Land rockwork. Soon we'll be seeing the backside of the Radiator Springs mountain range and views of Radiator Springs Racers construction will be largely obscured!

<a name="DD3-5">RED CAR TROLLEY</a>
Work continues on the Red Car Trolley track in front of the Tower of Terror as well as on the connecting pathway between Hollywood Land and A Bug's Land. Thematic details from the connector path can now be seen.

<a name="DD4">THIS AND THAT</a>
In Downtown Disney, Ridemakerz opened on Wednesday after expanding and constructing its permanent store interior.

And a summer concerts stage in Downtown Disney has gotten an interesting Sorcerer's Apprentice overlay...

We'll end today's photo update with a couple shots from around the parks...

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
JUNE 21 - 27, 2010
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</td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="" valign="top">Monday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
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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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  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Restaurant closed through July 2 for refurbishment. Stage will remain open for shows and performances during restaurant closure.

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Disney's California Adventure
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  • 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.


<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5" width="710"><tbody><tr><td bgcolor="#d6d4ac" width="100%" height="">DISNEY NOW OFFERING REGULAR SIGN LANGUAGE SERVICES
From the OC Register:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" bgcolor="LemonChiffon" width="75%">

</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" width="100%" height="">For more the full article, visit: Around Disney: Disney parks enhance sign language service

<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5" width="710"><tbody><tr><td bgcolor="#d6d4ac" width="100%" height="">DISNEY RELAXES EMPLOYEE DRESS CODE
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Disney theme parks' dress code relaxed
Chalk one up for women who work at Disney theme parks: They don't have to wear pantyhose anymore.

In the biggest change to the company's appearance code in a decade, the Walt Disney Co. has decided to let most female employees at Disney theme parks worldwide, including the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, forgo pantyhose when wearing skirts.

Although it may seem a trivial change in any other business, the relaxing of dress codes at Disneyland is a significant move considering that founder Walt Disney was adamant about making sure all employees maintained a well-groomed, all-American look.
"That clean-cut look never went out of style as far as Walt Disney was concerned," said David Koenig, the author of four books on Disneyland and a regular writer for a website about the Disney parks.

Koenig recounts a time in the 1970s when some Disneyland managers brandished rulers to ensure that employees' sideburns and hair length met strict grooming standards.

But since then, the company has regularly revisited and relaxed its appearance and dress codes. The last major change to the policy came in 2000 when the company let male employees wear mustaches. Disney tweaked its guidelines again a few years later by allowing male employees to style their hair in cornrows.

Disney officials said the latest change, announced companywide May 28, was prompted by a routine review of company guidelines and a comparison with the dress codes of other Fortune 500 corporations.

"We continuously evaluate our appearances," Disneyland spokeswoman Betsy Sanchez said. "We are trying to stay relevant."
</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" width="100%" height="">For more the full article, visit: Los Angeles Times: Disney theme parks' dress code relaxed

<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5" width="710"><tbody><tr><td bgcolor="#d6d4ac" width="100%" height="">FIRST LADY, DAUGHTERS GET PRIVATE 'WORLD OF COLOR' SHOW
From the LA Times Funland Blog:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" bgcolor="LemonChiffon" width="75%"></td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" width="100%" height="">For more the full article, visit:

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