Despite the huge summer crowds surging through the gates, it was a slow news week around the Disneyland Resort. Nevertheless, construction continues throughout Disney California Adventure as the park readied to open its new temporary main entrance detour as heavy construction ramps up in the park's new Buena Vista Street entry complex. Elsewhere, crews continued the work on bringing the world of Radiator Springs closer to a reality in the new Cars Land area. Meanwhile, Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds continue their refurbishment in the middle of the peak summer season and the dinosaurs guests visit aboard the Disneyland Railroad are getting some TLC. Outside the parks, the Disneyland Hotel's remodel is moving along and Downtown Disney gets a new merchant.

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    TouringPlans.com crowd level forecast
  • <a href="#DD2">Dinosaurs and Bobsleds</a>
    Disneyland refurbishes its bobsled run and primeval residents
  • <a href="#DD3">California Construction</a>
    A look at the on-going construction at Disney California Adventure...
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    • <a href="#DD3-3">Cars Land</a></a>
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    Disneyland Hotel remodel and Paradise Pier Hotel repaint
  • <a href="#DD6">This & That</a>
    Matterhorn closes for refurbishment
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<a name="DD1"></a>WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!


Touring Plans is here once again to offer a look at the high summer crowd levels this week and some tips when touring the parks.
Crowd levels are again predicted to be high all week long. The two lowest levels of Annual Passholders will be blocked out everyday, so these numbers are greatest impacted by vacationers descending upon Disneyland. TouringPlans.com can help you avoid falling into the typical tourist pitfalls with our per-park <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/crowd-calendar?utm_campaign=ads&utm_medium=website&utm_s ource=dateline&utm_content=r1&property_id=2">Crowd Calendar</a>, <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-app?utm_campaign=ads&utm_medium=website&utm_source =dateline&utm_content=r1&property_id=2">Lines - Mobile Wait Times App</a> that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/touring-plans?utm_campaign=ads&utm_medium=website&utm_sour ce=dateline&utm_content=r1&property_id=2">Touring Plans</a> detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now more than ever, it's a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/crowd-calendar?utm_campaign=ads&utm_medium=website&utm_s ource=dateline&utm_content=r1&property_id=2">Crowd Calendar.</a>

Statistician, TouringPlans.com
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  • Expect 10 level crowds all week, with a break on Sunday with a 9.
  • There will be full AP blockouts on Saturday.
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10/10
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10/10
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<a name="DD2"></a>DINOSAURS AND BOBSLEDS
The Matterhorn Bobsled remain closed as its refurbishment continues...








The Bobsleds will re-open at the beginning of September.



Meanwhile, along the Disneyland Railroad, the Grand Canyon Diorama and the Primeval World continue to delight guests...




...however, the finale of the Primeval World is currently behind black curtains while the T-Rex gets a refurbishment.




<a name="DD3"></a>CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION
Work continues on the remainder of California Adventure's $1 billion-dollar remodel and expansion...

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<a name="DD3-1"></a>BUENA VISTA STREET
At Disney California Adventure, work continued last week on the new temporary backstage detour for the park's main entrance.


Inside the park, the guest entry point between Soarin' Over California and the Grand Californian Hotel is ready and starting today, guests will emerge her after passing through a backstage corridor when entering the park.







Back at what remained of Sunshine Plaza on Sunday...


Walls were up around the base of the former Golden Gate bridge








Meanwhile, work continues on the upcoming Carthay Circle area of Buena Vista Street, including the Theater itself along with the Carthay Circle fountain and nearby pump house.


A look at the fountain area with Red Car Trolley track installation and progress on the nearby pump house





Nearby, walls went up around the front of the California Zephyr train over the weekend...


You may also notice that the Condor Flats marquee is out from behind tarps and is once again rotating, a feature that has been broken or turned off for some time now.




It's too bad that this sore-thumb of a sign couldn't get a makeover that would complement Buena Vista Street when it opens in 2012.



On the other side of the former Sunshine Plaza, at the entrance to Hollywood Pictures Backlot, walls are up at the front of Disney Junior, where work is underway on completing the brick paver installation at the Red Car Trolley track.




<a name="DD3-2"></a>CARS LAND
Work continues on the massive Cars Land project set to open next summer.














Progress at Mater's Junkyard Jamboree:




A new roof on the shack being built at the Junkyard...











<a name="DD5"></a>DISNEYLAND HOTEL REMODEL
Over at the Disneyland Hotel, work continues on the E-Ticket pool area and the new tiki-themed makeover at the former Pavilion













<a name="DD6"></a>THIS & THAT
Nearby the Disneyland Hotel in Downtown Disney, the old Compass Books newsstand has once again gotten a new tenant. The most recent occupant, The Cupcake Store, is (once again) out and in its place is Cheryl Fudge's Fashion Camp.


The vendor offers a selection of female fashions with additions to customize your clothing with.




Back inside California Adventure, Francis' Lady Bug Boogie in Flik's Fun Fair was closed this weekend while some unscheduled work was performed.




Ride vehicles have been removed



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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP
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Expected Crowd Levels presented by TouringPlans.com
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Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
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  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed for refurbishment through September 1.
  • Haunted Mansion:Indiana Jones Adventure:Pirates of the Caribbean and Blue Bayou Restaurant:Space Mountain:Mark Twain Riverboat:
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  • Engine Ears Toys, Baker's Field Bakery and Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream: Retail and dining locations close permanently August 1. Space will reopen as new offerings in 2012 as part of Buena Vista Street.
  • Greetings! from California and Candy Shoppe: Retail locations close permanently August 28. Space will reopen as new offerings in 2012 as part of Buena Vista Street.
  • California Screamin':Red Car Trolley: Attraction set to open spring 2012.
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Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
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  • Never Land Pool: Area closed for remodel and re-theming.
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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%">Disneyland announces new summer vacation discounts
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