Disney is gearing up for its second D23 Expo which will invade the Anaheim Convention Center next to Disneyland this weekend. The 2011 Expo will bring together all of the major divisions of the Walt Disney Company under one roof for what Disney promises will be "the ultimate fan event" with pavilions and presentations on the latest projects ranging from theme parks to the movie studio. With the addition of Marvel Studios and a promising Parks and Resorts pavilion in the works, we'll see if this weekend's line-up will prove to be what fans are looking for in a three-day convention of all-things Disney, or if this year's Expo turns out to be a bloated showplace for the latest Disney Store merchandise and Disney Channel properties. Meanwhile, construction rages on in Disney California Adventure with new details emerging all the time at the massive Cars Land expansion while demolition in the former Sunshine Plaza progresses. In Disneyland, work continues on the Disney Gallery facade work and the on-going Matterhorn Bobsleds refurbishment.

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    TouringPlans.com crowd level forecast
  • <a href="#DD2">D23 Expo Checklist</a>
    D23 Expo 2011 is nearly here! Get ready with some quick links
  • <a href="#DD3">California Construction</a>
    A look at the on-going construction at Disney California Adventure...
    • <a href="#DD3-1">Buena Vista Street</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-2">Cars Land</a></a>
    • <a href="#DD3-3">Paradise Garden</a></a>
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    Disneyland Hotel remodel continues
  • <a href="#DD6">This & That</a>
    Disney Gallery facade work, Matterhorn refurbishment
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information Round-Up</a>
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<a name="DD1"></a>WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
The first hint of summer's-end is here with the end of 9-level crowds starting this week. Our good friends at Touring Plans have their weekly crowd calendar predictions to help you plan your visit this week before the D23 Expo hits the Anaheim Resort area.

<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>We're in the final leg of heavy summer break crowds at Disneyland! TouringPlans.com can help you avoid navigate the crowds 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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DISNEYLAND RESORT
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9/10
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top" rowspan="4">Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
  • Monday marks the last day of 9 level crowds for a while.
  • There will be full AP blockouts on Saturday.
  • Disneyland park's lowest day will be Saturday, when it's an 7.1.
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8/10
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">Wed., August 17</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
8/10
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8/10
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<a name="DD2"></a>D23 EXPO CHECKLIST
The D23 Expo is almost here! This year's event returns to the Anaheim Convention Center for three days starting Friday and running through Sunday.


Tickets are still available for the Expo. Below are some quick links to buy tickets and plan your visit.
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A look at some of the events coming to the D23 Expo
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Attendees can get discounted Disneyland Resort theme park tickets allowing admission after 4 p.m.:
<center><table style="border: medium none;" border="0" width="550"><tbody><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#e1e1e1" width="100%"><blockquote><blockquote>D23 DISNEYLAND RESORT TWILIGHT TICKETS
Tickets available at the D23 Expo .

<blockquote><blockquote>D23 Expo Attendee Twilight Tickets
  • One Day/One Park Twilight Ticket(Must be used after 4 p.m. or four hours before park closes, whichever comes first.)
  • One-Day Twilight Park Hopper(Must be used after 4 p.m. or four hours before park closes, whichever comes first. Enjoy both theme parks on the same evening.)
  • One-Day Park Hopper(An $8 savings compared to box the office.)

Pre-arrival Park Hopper Tickets
For guests visiting Disneyland Resort theme parks for multiple days.
  • Three-Day Park Hopper(A $25 savings compared to the box office.)
  • Four-Day Park Hopper(A $30 savings compared to the box office.)
  • Five-Day Park Hopper(A $35 savings compared to the box office.)
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Also, be sure to visit the Collector's Forum to visit your friends here at MiceChat. We'll be playing host to Disney Legends like former Disneyland President Jack Lindquist and be giving away prizes every day.




<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


The temporary backstage entrance at Disney California Adventure has yet to open, but there have been reports of new background audio being turned on in the area and some of the lighting is already turned on as work continues readying the space for guest traffic.




Blue "fins" can be seen behind the construction wall.


Scaffolding up around the edges of the wall that was cut open to allow for guest traffic.


Fixing it up before guests pass through.


Inside the park, over by Soarin' Over California, the guest entry points for the temporary entrance route looks like it will be lit with soft green lighting. Over the weekend the lighting was turned on throughout park operating hours.




At night:



Back in the current entrance area, work continues on the removal of the Golden Gate Bridge remnants.






Monorail supports long-hidden by the Golden Gate are now visible.




Golden Gate destruction






The former Sunshine Plaza shops and dining locations have been gutted and their facades removed. The entire California Zephyr train facade is now history, with the engine having been donated and relocated to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum. Disney released photos and video of the California Zephyr cab removal early last week.


The official Disney press release:
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A look at the area now shows that the entire train facade is gone.






At night, a look through the exposed windows at the former Engine Ears Toys store reveals that the inside of the retail space has already been completely gutted. They're wasting no time here!





Work continues on the Carthay Circle...




Fountain area:


The Carthay pump house, as seen from A Bug's Land.



Nearby in Condor Flats, a new storage unit has popped up on-stage next to the Fly-n-Buy pin store.






<a name="DD3-2"></a>CARS LAND
Further in the park, work continues on the new Cars Land area.










Flo's V-8 Cafe is finally getting enclosed.


The backside of Flo's






The Paradise Pier side of the Cars Land mountain range is starting to get some attention. Toothpicks and scaffolding are starting to go up to build a theme-appropriate facade for this side of the mountain range. Current expectations are for a windswept sea cliff, fitting the Paradise Pier setting.







A look at Mater's Junkyard Jamboree:


A new structure is going up in the area...




















<a name="DD3-3"></a>PARADISE GARDEN DININGDISNEYLAND HOTEL REMODEL
Outside the park, the Disneyland Hotel project continues. Looks like the room remodeling in the Fantasy Tower is just about done.




Still, there's plenty of work to be done in the Fantasy Tower. Work has now started in parts of the lobby guest areas.


The main hallway that leads toward the pool area is completely closed now for remodeling.


Also closed is the main lobby restrooms, pay phones and corridors leading to the Convention Center, Goofy's Kitchen and Steakhouse '55.


The Fantasia gift shop remains open


To access the Convention Center areas or restaurants, you'll need to exit the lobby and walk around the construction walls to the Convention Center entrance.


Signage points the way...


This way to Goofy's Kitchen


Outside, the Convention Center building is being repainted with the beige colors that you see on the main hotel towers. The Convention Center's clock tower got the blue treatment.


The Grand Ballroom sign has been removed and set aside.




Over in the Adventure Tower, the tower's main lobby finally got its finishing touches. The furniture for the space has been in place for a while now, but artwork had been missing from the walls. Fantastic Jungle Cruise conceptual renderings now complete the area.








The lobby restrooms are finished as well.


Check out that super-cool retro attraction poster wallpaper!



Out in the pool area, work continues on the Neverland Pool's transformation into the E-Ticket Pool.
































<a name="DD6"></a>THIS & THAT
Work continues on the removal of the Disney Visa kiosk on the front of the Disney Gallery facade.







In Adventureland, Tarzan's Treehouse is closed for refurbishment.





In Fantasyland, the Matterhorn's refurbishment continues...





In front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, this bird statue on one of the firework lighting boxes needs some help.


No legs!



Back in California Adventure, Francis' Lady Bug Boogie has reopened after an unplanned closure.






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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP
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Weekly Theme Park Hours
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Expected Crowd Levels presented by TouringPlans.com
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Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
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  • Disneyland Monorail: Running on a shortened schedule due to Buena Vista Street construction. Monorail opens late at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Monorail operates normally Saturday and Sunday.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed through September 1 for refurbishment.
  • Haunted Mansion:Indiana Jones Adventure:Pirates of the Caribbean and Blue Bayou Restaurant:Space Mountain:Mark Twain Riverboat:"it's a small world":
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Disney California Adventure
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  • Redwood Challenge Creek Trail:It's Tough to be a Bug!Engine Ears Toys, Baker's Field Bakery and Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream: Retail and dining locations are permanently closed. 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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  • 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%">Vote for your favorite haunting grounds with MiceChat
Halloween will be here before we know it and MiceChat is busy planning our annual Halloween Haunt meet-ups. Planning on joining us this year? Well, head on over and vote for the events you plan to attend!</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%"><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>

The time to haunt is upon us once again. Prepare to sink deep into the thick fog and roam the night looking for the most terrifyingly fun haunted attractions around the SoCal area. Welcome to MiceChat Nights of Horror.

MiceChat nights of horror will be a series of events and Haunt meet ups with all your friends from MiceChat during late September through to late October. We will be going to a variety of haunts, including Knott's Scary Farm, Universal Halloween Horror Nights, Queen Mary's Dark Harbor, The Empty Grave and Sinister Pointe to name a few. We will also be offering very special pricing only available through MiceChat that will give us access to backstage tours and, in some cases, front of the line privileges.
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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%">Disney theme park attendance up slightly as revenue rises
Revenue is up at Disney theme parks despite attendance barely increasing. More from Around Disney:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%"><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Disney park visits grow slightly, revenues upFor the full story, visit Around Disney: Disney park visits grow slightly, revenues up</td></tr></tbody></table></center>


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