Disney California Adventure's new Pan-Pacific Auditorium-inspired entrance gates were revealed on Saturday as tarps came down on the new streamline moderne structure. The new entry gate isn't quite finished yet on ground level, but the removal of scaffolding and tarps marks the completion of major work on the main construction. Inside the park, finishing touches are being applied to the new Paradise Garden dining complex and the Goofy's Sky School roller coaster. The new dining area and rollercoaster open July 1st, a week after the Wilderness Explorers from Disney-Pixar's Up make their debut in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail on June 25. Over at Disneyland, summer crowds continue to line up for Star Tours as minor refurbishment work continues in Frontierland and Tomorrowland.

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    TouringPlans.com crowd level recap
  • <a href="#DD4">California Construction</a>
    A look at the on-going construction at Disney California Adventure...
    • <a href="#DD4-1">Buena Vista Street</a>
    • <a href="#DD4-2">Goofy's Sky School & Paradise Garden dining area</a>
    • <a href="#DD4-3">Cars Land</a>
    • <a href="#DD4-4">Golden State</a>
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    Disneyland Hotel towers renamed, swimming pool construction
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    Tomorrowland work, Frontierland refurbs, Perfume shop
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information Round-Up</a>
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<a name="DD1"></a>WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
Billboards at the Mickey and Friends tram stop advertise the Summer Soundsational offerings:




Our friends at Touring Plans have their weekly re-cap of the summer crowd levels below:

Lines Mobile Wait Times app</a> users and our data team compared to what our professional statisticians predicted on the Crowd Calendar.

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5.8/10
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6/10
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5.2/10
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5.2/10
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8/10
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8.2/10
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6/10
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4.6/10
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8/10
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8.3/10
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7.5/10
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6/10
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5.3/10
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4.3/10
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8/10
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7.3/10
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2/10
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2.1/10
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4/10
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3.8/10
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CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION
Work continues on the remainder of California Adventure's $1 billion-dollar remodel and expansion...

<a name="DD4-1"></a>BUENA VISTA STREET
Over at Disney California Adventure, the new Pan-Pacific Auditorium-inspired main gate was revealed over the weekend when work crews removed the scaffolding and tarps covering the new structure.


The new streamline moderne turnstiles will mark the gateway to the park; including Buena Vista Street, the park's new 1920s Los Angeles-themed entrance plaza.











Inside the park, work continues slowly, but surely on the new Carthay Circle Theater and its surrounding area. Behind walls (but not pictured here) Red Car Trolley track installation has begun through the Carthay Circle area




With construction ramping up in the area, walls now block the main thoroughfare between Sunshine Plaza and A Bug's Land.






Walls continue around the rock work at the entrance to Condor Flats. Hopefully the walls here mean that we'll be seeing some re-theming around this area so it thematically blends in with the Carthay Circle/Buena Vista Street area in 2012.





The view of the blocked path from the Bug's Land-side.






<a name="DD4-2"></a>GOOFY'S SKY SCHOOL
& PARADISE GARDEN DINING AREA

Over on Paradise Pier, Goofy's Sky School was open for Cast Member previews during the weekend, which means the ride is more or less ready to open. Still, be advised that the attraction isn't set to officially open to park guests until July 1st.








The new animated billboard that features the lesson on how to turn was turned on for Cast previews.


The new animated billboard is nothing terribly special, but its a minor upgrade from the tacky pun-filled billboards that lined the Mullholland Madness track. Still, the attraction looks and feels very temporary, and we hope that it is. Even with Goofy, this ride does not belong in a Disney theme park. Video of the new animated billboard in action:
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The new Paradise Garden dining courtyard is nearing completion as well, as it is also set to open July 1st.


Overall, the area looks nice. It's definitely a huge improvement over the tacky Route 66-theme previously seen here.






The marquee is now up at the Paradise Garden Grill


Looks a lot better than a giant hamburger spaceship, doesn't it?






The new Bayside Brews beer stand


Almost ready!





<a name="DD4-3"></a>CARS LAND
The Upcoming Pixar Blog recently interviewed Pixar artist Jay Ward, who is in charge of overseeing the entire "Cars" franchise. In the interview Jay discussed a couple details on Cars Land, which we've excerpted below. If you're a fan of Cars and Pixar, be sure to check out the entire interview by clocking the link.
Upcoming Pixar Interviews Cars Franchise Guardian Jay Ward!

UPCOMING PIXAR: The Cars franchise is much more than just the films. What can you tell us about Cars Land, for example?

JAY WARD:[ FULL INTERVIEW ]


Meanwhile, work continues on building Radiator Springs at California Adventure:





















<a name="DD4-4"></a>GOLDEN STATE
Nearby the main entrance to Cars Land, all signage for the Mission Tortilla Factory is now gone following the attraction's closure. Disney has yet to officially announce the new Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory tour, which is rumored to open next year.




No more "Maseca!"



Over in the Golden State's Grizzly Peak Recreation Area, changes are coming to the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail as Brother Bear moves out and characters from Disney-Pixar's "Up" move in.


Disney officially announced the addition of "Up" characters here last week on the Disney Parks Blog. Also included in the announcement was a new Phineas and Ferb show coming to the park next month.
New Characters Coming to Disney California Adventure Park[ LINK ]


Russel and Dug from "Up" debut at the Challenge Trail this Saturday, June 25. Phineas and Ferb arrive July 9.



<a name="DD5"></a>DISNEYLAND HOTEL REMODEL
At the Disneyland Hotel, the names of the towers officially changed last week.


The themed marquees for the towers are not yet installed, but temporary signage points the way to the Fantasy, Adventure and Frontier Towers while construction continues.




Work continues at the former Never Land Pool which is currently being overhauled and will re-open as the E-Ticket Pool.




Captain Hook's pirate ship has been removed and on Friday all that remained was Tic Toc, the alligator.



















<a name="DD6"></a>THIS & THAT
Back inside Disneyland, tarps around the Golden Horseshoe have come down, but work walls remain for now...


New walls around outdoor vending space near Zocalo Park





In New Orleans Square, Mlle Antionette's Parfumerie was offering custom engraving on perfume bottles over the weekend, a special offering for the Father's Day holiday.


A table selling the service was set up outside of the shop. With a nicer set-up, this sort of thing could add to the atmosphere in New Orleans Square with the nearby caricature and watercolor painting carts scattered around nearby, but the overall effect this weekend felt a little tacky. We wish the third-party vendors at Mlle Antionette's Parfumerie the best of luck and hope they can establish themselves as a unique offering in New Orleans Square like the former Jewel of Orleans antique estate jewelers did.







In Tomorrowland, the Moonliner rocket is still behind tarps while it gets some new paint.




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  • Goofy's Sky School: Opens July 1
  • Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta: Opens July 1
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  • Red Car Trolley: Attraction set to open spring 2012.
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State probes 284 O.C. theme-park medical problems[list]
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<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5" width="670"><tbody><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#263778" height="" width="100%">Woman arrested for selling fake Disneyland tickets
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Disneyland ticket scammer arrested in Pleasant Hill
The Walnut Creek Police Department recently investigated several cases of fraudulent Disneyland Park passes being sold on Craigslist. The suspect arranged to meet victims in person and sell them the passes at a discounted rate. A young female the suspect identified as her daughter always accompanied her when meeting victims.

The suspect often included a fraudulent receipt to show she had purchased the park passes. Victims usually paid several hundred dollars for the passes and only discovered they were fraudulent when they tried to use them at Disneyland. Walnut Creek PD has three confirmed cases involving the same suspect. The investigation uncovered two more victims in San Ramon and an additional two victims in Pleasanton. Officers from these three agencies identified Lisa Cassinelli of Pleasant Hill as the suspect in this case.

On 6/11/11 Walnut Creek officers served a search and arrest warrant at Cassinelli's Pleasant Hill residence. Officers recovered additional Disneyland Park passes and information indicating there may be other unidentified victims of this scam. Most of the evidence indicates the victims are likely from Contra Costa County and the greater Sacramento area.

Cassinelli was arrested and is currently in the Contra Costa County Jail with a bail of $60,000.
If you or someone you know purchased fraudulent Disneyland passes from Cassinelli please contact your local police department or Walnut Creek PD Officer Gabe Mauro at 925-943-5844.
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