Spring break crowds will begin to wind down this week as Disney enters the final stretch before its big 2012 summer season that will mark the grand re-opening of Disney California Adventure park. California Adventure's big 2012 re-launch will include the debut of the new Buena Vista Street entrance plaza as well as the grand opening of the massive new 12-acre Cars Land area. This summer will also launch new, expanded and refreshed offerings throughout Disneyland and Downtown Disney, making this summer one of the busiest summers in Disneyland history. There's still plenty of work to be done, however, and Imagineers are hard at work testing new attractions in Cars Land and installing new Red Car Trolley wires throughout Buena Vista Street. Meanwhile, in Disneyland, the Matterhorn's fantastic new paint job is nearing completion as work inside the mountain continues.

Get a closer look at today's update! You can now click on any photo in today's column for a large, high-resolution version of the image.

Thanks to our friends Fishbulb, Ron W and David Yenoki for their help with photos this week.

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    Touring Plans crowd forecast
  • <a href="#DD2">Magic Kingdom Makeovers</a>
    Carnation Cafe expansion, Matterhorn refurbishment
  • <a href="#DD3">Rat Race</a>
    MiceChat's world-famous Gumball Rally is back!
  • <a href="#DD5">California Construction</a>
    A look at the on-going construction at Disney California Adventure...
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    • <a href="#DD5-2">Hollywood Land</a>
    • <a href="#DD5-3">Paradise Pier</a>
    • <a href="#DD5-4">Cars Land</a>
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    Downtown Disney remodels and changes
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    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments
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WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
</td></tr></tbody></table></center>Spring break crowds will start to ease up mid-week. Our friends at Touring Plans their crowd forecast to help you plan you visit.


<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>After Tuesday, crowds should begin to subside to their normal off-season moderate numbers. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks 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. With spring break crowds here, 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&amp;utm_medium=website&a mp;utm_source=dateline&amp;utm_content=r1&amp;prop erty_id=2">Crowd Calendar.</a>

Statistician, TouringPlans.com
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10/10
</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:
  • Full block outs this Saturday.
  • Thursday will be the lightest day for crowds this week in both parks.
  • Disneyland's is a 4.9 on the Crowd Calendar on Sunday.
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10/10
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6/10
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7/10
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Work at the Matterhorn also continues as its June 15 reopening date inches closer...















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RAT RACE
</td></tr></tbody></table></center> MiceChat's annual Gumball Rally is quickly approaching. The event is an intense day-long ride-a-thon that takes participants on the quest to complete every attraction in Disneyland in one day. It's a great event for just about any Disney fan. The event sells out every year, though, so you'll definitely want to get your tickets soon! Grab a couple teammates and head to the parks to start training today!

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What's a Gumball Rally? Well, it's the biggest, best and most fun Disney fan event in the known universe. The Rally is a race to find out who can ride the most attractions at Disneyland in a single day. Sounds fun, right? Well, it is even more fun than you can imagine. Yes, it is harder than it sounds. Yes, it will challenge you physically. But, it's one event that folks of any age can compete in and have a great time in the process. Whether you win or lose, you are always a winner when the race takes place on your favorite rides at your favorite place on earth.

But that's just a little piece of the puzzle. If you've never heard of the Gumball Rally before, please visit the Rally Information Page for more information and FAQ.
  • When: May 19, 2012
  • Where: Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California
  • Cost: $29.99 per person.
  • How do I sign up?: MiceChat Events Store Gumball Rally Sign Up
  • How does the Rally work?: Rally Information Page
  • Note: About a week or two before the event, you'll receive both an email and a phone call from our Rally staff to answer any questions you may have and make sure you know when/where/how the event works.


This year, we are making event t-shirts available, including a lite breakfast at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney and have all sorts of prizes and giveaways at our Award Party (sponsored by the Howard Johnson Anaheim Resort). There's even a special game show to help keep you entertained while we wait for the results! [ FULL EVENT INFORMATION ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>



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CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION
A look at the on-going $1 billion remodel and expansion efforts at Disney California Adventure
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</td></tr></tbody></table></center> More detail work and tile rooftops can be seen along the new Buena Vista Street area...






Last week, Disney gave a sneak peek at some of the characters and live entertainment coming to Buena Vista Street this summer:



<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>An Entertaining Cast of Characters for Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park[ LINK ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>






Lots of Red Car wires are now up throughout the Buena Vista Street area...




A new striped awning over the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe.














The Carthay Circle Theater's marquee is coming together nicely...




More great new lighting fixtures are appearing all over the Theater building.














The former Candy Shoppe





A look at Buena Vista Street construction from the Monorail. North Buena Vista Street:






Oswald's Filling Station and Los Feliz Five and Dime:


South Buena Vista Street / Carthay Circle:









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Red Car wires in Hollywood Land.






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PARADISE PIER
</td></tr></tbody></table></center> The awnings have been removed at the California Screamin' queue while the frame structures are repainted blue.






Meanwhile, the Cove Bar on the upper level of Ariel's Grotto continues its refurbishment.


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Mater's Junkyard Jamboree stroller parking area...




Mater's Junkyard Jamboree:


Pacific Wharf-area entrance to Cars Land:













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New Maleficent and Prince Philip LEGO sculptures at the LEGO Store are covered under black tarps while the retail space continues its refurbishment...







The Compass Books location is now closed, ready to begin its conversion into the new Earl of Sandwich restaurant.





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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP
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  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed for major refurbishment including the addition of new ride vehicles through June 14.
  • Carnation Cafe, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Candy Palace, and Penny Arcade: Food service locations and shops are closed for major restaurant and shopping expansion projects affecting current spaces.

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  • ElecTRONica: Tron-themed nighttime dance parties will end April 16. The new Mad T Party evening dance party will begin June 15.
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and Soda Fountain: New Ghirardelli chocolate shop and soda fountain will open in the space formerly occupied by the Mission Tortilla Factory. New dining location opens late-spring 2012.
  • Buena Vista Street: Re-themed main entrance including new Red Car Trolley attraction are under construction through summer 2012.
  • Cars Land: New 12-acre land opens summer 2012.
  • Disney California Adventure: Entire park will be closed to the public to apply finishing touches and for a media event on June 14, 2012.

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  • La Brea Bakery & Cafe: Quick-service cafe portion closed. Reopens spring 2012 with significant modifications.
  • Island Charters and LEGO Imagination Center: Downtown Disney retail location closed permanently. A temporary LEGO Store has opened in this location, with a permanent replacement yet to be announced.
  • Compass Books and Cafe: Book store and cafe to close permanently March 31. Earl of Sandwich dining location to open in space late-spring 2012.

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D23's popular Destination D event returns to the Disneyland Hotel this fall for an amazing celebration of 75 years of Disney animation.</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%"><img src="http://www.miceshots.com/usr/67/081112.EE_.EVEN.jpg" width="550">
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>D23′s Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated FeaturesDATES: August 11 and 12, 2012
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom, Disneyland Hotel
TIME: Panels, presentations, and events to run from approximately 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
TICKETS: On sale April 18, 2012, at 10 a.m. PST. Check back here for link to order tickets.
COST: $225 per person and $1,000 per person for Diamond-level
</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote></td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#263778" height="" width="100%">More Information: D23: Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features</td></tr></tbody></table></center>

<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5" width="99%"><tbody><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#263778" width="100%">New bus route takes Disneyland guests to Knott's, other attractionsNews from the OC Register's Around Disney blog:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%"><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Full Story: </td></tr></tbody></table></center>

<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5" width="99%"><tbody><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#263778" width="100%">Man dies after falling from Disneyland parking structureFinally, some sad news from the OC Register:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%"><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Man ID'd in deadly Disneyland fall
A 23-year-old man fell to his death from one of the floors at the main parking structure at Disneyland, an Anaheim police spokesman said Tuesday.

The man, identified as Christopher Tran of Santa Ana, was found by an Anaheim police traffic controller at around 9:30 a.m. Monday near the northwest corner of the Mickey & Friends parking structure at 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said.

"The traffic controller radioed that there was a person down on the north side of the parking structure," Dunn said.

Police and paramedics responded and found a man, later identified as Tran, lying near a gate on Walnut Street.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We are investigating it as an apparent suicide," Dunn said, adding that it appears no one saw him jump from the six-story parking structure.

An autopsy is tentatively scheduled to be performed Tuesday, Orange County Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal said.</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote></td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#263778" height="" width="100%">Full Story: OC Register: Man ID'd in deadly Disneyland fall</td></tr></tbody></table></center>

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