Getting through Disney California Adventure got a bit easier this week as the permanent connector path between the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and A Bug's Land opened for business. The new path finally puts an end to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror being a dead-end for the Hollywood-themed area of the park, and the new path can't hurt with the oft-forgotten Flik's Fun Fair area with some increased foot traffic. The opening of the new path also marked the completion of the new section of Red Car Trolley track in the area. The new Trolley is already making quite the mark on the park in terms of quality and theming, and that's saying something considering the trolleys won't actually be using the new tracks for another two years. Speaking of coming attractions, construction continues at the upcoming Little Mermaid and Cars Land attractions and over in Disneyland, Star Tours continues its makeover.

Thanks to Macro for some additional help this week with Red Car Trolley photos.

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.

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

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  • <a href="#DD1">Welcome to Disneyland!</a>
    Star Tours construction get underway
  • <a href="#DD2">California Construction</a>
    A look at the park's on-going $1 billion expansion and remodel.
    • <a href="#DD2-1">Red Car Trolley and a bug's land connector path</a>
    • <a href="#DD2-2">Blue Through</a>
    • <a href="#DD2-3">The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure</a>
    • <a href="#DD2-4">Mullholland Madness & Paradise Garden Dining</a>
    • <a href="#DD2-5">Cars Land</a>
  • <a href="#DD3">Disneywall Hotel</a>
    Disneyland Hotel gets more construction walls
  • <a href="#DD4">This & That</a>
    Chip 'n' Dale Treehouse reopens, Glow Fest extended
  • <a href="#DDAROUND">Around the Park</a>
    Photos from around the parks...
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information Round-Up</a>
    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments; D23 Expo 2011 goes on sale; Muslim woman alleges discrimination at Disneyland job; 4,000 Disneyland jobs get pay raise


Star Tours work continues to get underway in Tomorrowland.

The support post that included electricity lighting effects has been stripped down, and the floor on the queue entry has been removed. Hopefully it'll be removed for good for a more sleek and futuristic aesthetic.

Peeking through construction walls, you can see scaffolding is going up inside the queue.

A look at California Adventure's ongoing $1 billion remodel and expansion...

<a name="DD2-1">RED CAR TROLLEY</a>
Over in California Adventure's Hollywood Pictures Backlot, work has wrapped up on the remainder of the new section of Red Car Trolley track near the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

The gates lead to the Red Car Trolley maintenance facility backstage.

The new thematically-appropriate "wigwag" is located at one of the pedestrial crosswalks along the trolley route.

Interestingly, the Red Car Trolley street marker we showed you last week has been replaced with one that no longer bears the 1942 date previously featured. Below is the marker as pictured in last week's update...

And here is the new marker, sans '1942.' Seems like the date must have been a story error within Imagineering and was changed.

The removal of the construction walls in this area also marked the opening of the new permanent pathway between the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and A Bug's Land. A temporary path was open briefly a few months ago and was entirely un-themed. The new path provides a suitably-themed transition between the two very different lands and allows a much-needed access point in this area of the park.

A sign from the Backlot-side of the path lets you know you're entering A Bug's Land

Looking at the new path from the Hollywood Backlot.

<a name="DD2-2">BLUE THROUGH</a>
Over in Paradise Pier, California Screamin' is getting a slightly different look. The teal scream tubes, which are placed along key points of the coaster track to reduce noise pollution from coaster riders, are being repainted in a new blue.

It seems too soon to tell if the new blue is much of an upgrade from the teal that largely defined the original Paradise Pier color scheme, but it seems like more lipstick on a pig rather than making the proper effort to make a properly-themed solution.

Construction continues at the site of the upcoming Little Mermaid dark ride.

Walls have gone up around the smoking area/seating area next to Mullholland Madness.

Not much has happened so far at Burger Invasion, but work should start soon soon on removing the giant burger facade.

<a name="DD2-5">CARS LAND</a>
Work continues on Cars Land outside park walls

Cars Land rock walls rise behind Pacific Wharf and Paradise Pier

Hopefully the backside of these rock walls will get some thematic treatment and won't just be an un-themed wall.

The LA Times Funland Blog recently featured a scene-by-scene preview (with concept art not pictured here) of the upcoming Radiator Springs Racers attraction, which promises to blow your expectations of a Disney E-Ticket out of the water
Preview of Radiator Springs Racers ride coming in 2012 to Disney California Adventure** Spoiler Alert**

What follows is a scene-by-scene breakdown of the Radiator Springs Racers ride:

Queue areaLoad stationRoad trip
Heading outdoors for an idyllic drive through Ornament Valley, you pass pine trees and a waterfall amid the desert landscape.

Dark rideRadiator SpringsRace preparations
Doc Hudson offers final pre-race instructions as your competition pulls up beside you. Luigi the tire shop owner delivers the countdown as Guido the forklift drops the flag to start the race.

Heading back outdoors, both cars race around buttes, over camel-back humps, past geysers and along high-speed stretches before crossing the finish line.

Unload station
Heading back indoors, you enter Tail Light Cavern, a room full of stalactites and stalagmites designed to look like 1950s tail fin lights. Lightning McQueen and Mater say goodbye as you disembark. [ FULL ARTICLE ]

<a name="DD3">DISNEYWALL HOTEL</a>
Work continues on the Disneyland Hotel remodel

Walls are up around the Lost Bar, dining locations, and Jungle Cruise remote control boats

The Disneyland Hotel's waterfalls are also behind construction walls now, awaiting demolition

With the waterfall area completely walled off, the Wonder Tower's main entrance is inaccessible. To get into the tower, hotel guests must walk all the way around the Tower to enter through the back entrance.

The back entrance.

Inside, only a construction wall corridor leads guests to the elevators for room access. The tower's lobby area is completely closed for remodel.

<a name="DD4">THIS & THAT</a>
Chip 'n' Dale Treehouse in Disneyland is back open

California Adventure's Glow Fest has been given a full extension through Labor Day after original plans were to only extend the Sunshine Plaza-section of the after-dark light-and-dance party.

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

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
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Disneyland Park
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Disney California Adventure
</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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Disneyland Park
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  • Haunted Mansion: Closed August 30 - September 16 to install Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay
  • Main Street Vehicles: Closed September 7 - 30 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain: Closed September 12 - 16 to install Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy overlay.
  • Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin: Closed September 20 - December 16
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed for one day September 22.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed September 27-30.
  • Star Tours: Closed Star Tours 2 revamp. Reopens May 2011.

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Disney California Adventure
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  • Toy Story Midway Mania!: Closed August 30 - October 10 to install safety gates in load station.
  • Bountiful Valley Farm area: Closes permanently September 7 for Cars Land construction.
  • Maliboomer: Closes permanently September 7 for removal.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mow: Closes September 7 to begin retheme to Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. Reopens May 2011.
  • Mullholland Madness: Closes October 12 to begin re-theme. Reopens May 2011 as Goofy's Sky School.
  • Burger Invasion: Closed for retheme to Paradise Garden Grill. Reopens May 2011.
  • 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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Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
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  • Arcade (Disneyland Hotel) Closed permanently July 30 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel
  • Jungle Cruise Remote Control Boats (Disneyland Hotel) Closed permanently July 31 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel
  • The Lost Bar (Disneyland Hotel) Closed permanently August 1 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel
  • Croc's Bits & Bites (Disneyland Hotel): Closed permanently August 1 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel


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<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" width="710" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5"><tbody><tr><td height="" width="100%" bgcolor="#d6d4ac">MUSLIM WOMAN FILES DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT AGAINST DISNEY
From the OC Register's Around Disney blog:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" width="75%" bgcolor="LemonChiffon"></td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" height="" width="100%" bgcolor="#d6d4ac">For the full article visit:
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<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" width="710" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5"><tbody><tr><td height="" width="100%" bgcolor="#d6d4ac">DISNEY APPROVES PAY INCREASE FOR FOOD & BEVERAGE WORKERS
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Around Disney: Disney approves raises for 4,000 workers</td></tr></tbody></table></center>

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