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Overall Project: Retheming of Sunshine Plaza into Buena Vista Street (originally planned to be called Walt Disney Plaza). New park icon, the Carthay Circle Theatre, Red Car Trolley transportation system, and various shops and restaurants.
Project Status: This project has gone through several false starts and re-schedulings including an early 2009, September 2011, and late 2010 start dates. On February 23, 2010, Al Lutz reported the project, scheduled to start in October 2010, began September 9 when removal of the Sunshine Plaza sun icon began, followed by the demolition of the tile murals on September 13. Construction will last for 18 months.
Open Date: April/Spring 2012
[INDENT]Performance Corridor closure & Pixar Play Parade hiatus
Details: Due to construction, DCA's performance corridor will be closed in varying degrees throughout 2011, including a complete closure of a large section of the thoroughfare starting in June 2011. Due to this, the Pixar Play Parade will be on hiatus for much of the year. Smaller "pop-up" shows will be used to offer entertainment during the parade's hiatus.
Project Status: Starting January 4, construction walls in Sunshine Plaza will be extended further, resulting in a tighter walkway through the park's entrance plaza. The Pixar Play Parade will go on hiatus January 4, which is expected to last until November. During this time, smaller "Pixar Pop-Up" shows will entertain guests elsewhere in the park in lieu of a full parade.
New main entry turnstiles[INDENT]Details: The current main entry turnstiles to Disney's California Adventure and the CALIFORNIA letters will be removed and new turnstiles/gate styled after Los Angeles' Pan Pacific Auditorium will be constructed in the current location of the CALIFORNIA letters.
Project Status: To begin early 2011.
Open Date: August 29, 2011.
CALIFORNIA letter removal
Details: The DisneyParks Blog announced on December 9 that the removal of the CALIFORNIA letters would be removed starting January 4, 2011.
Project Status: To begin January 4, 2011.
Completion Date: Early 2011.
New facades, shops and dining
Detailssee this post.
Project Status: Demolition of murals and other original Sunshine Plaza theming began in 2010. Work on retheming the buildings will begin in 2011.
Open Date: By spring/summer 2012
Baker's Field Bakery, Bur-r-r Bank Bakery, and Engine-Ears Toys closing
Details: The shops and restaurants on Sunshine Plaza's west side will close to be reworked and renamed to fit the new Buena Vista Street theme.
Project Status: Shops and dining close July 31, 2011
Open Date: By spring/summer 2012
Temporary Park Entrance
Details: The on-again-off-again temporary park entrance at the utility entrance between Soarin' Over California and the Grand Californian Hotel is back on, according to the OC Register's Around Disney blog. Previously expected to be the main entry point for the park while the entire main entrance was closed for construction, the corridor will now serve as a mere detour as guests enter through the park's current main entrance and then take a backstage route that empties between Soarin' and the Grand Californian.
Project Status: Temporary entrance rerouting begins August 29, 2011.
Open Date: August 29, 2011.
Carthay Theatre / Walt Disney Story
Details: The Walt Disney Story attraction is reportedly cancelled. Carthay Theatre building will be built, however, and is scheduled to house a relocated Resort Preview Center.
Project Status: To begin 2010
Open Date: By spring/summer 2012
Red Car Trolley transportation system
Project Status: To begin 2010
Open Date: By spring/summer 2012
Disney Channel Rocks! show
Details: High School Musical 3 moving stage show will be replaced with a new show featuring music from Disney Channel hits including High School Musical, Camp Rock, and StarStruck. The show, previously expected to utilize the High School Musical 3 rolling stage, takes place on the Palisades Stage in Paradise Park. Disney announced the new show on the DisneyParks Blog on July 29, 2010.
Project Status: Now open.
Open Date: Originally set to open October 22, it was delayed until November 26, 2010.

Disney's Electrical Parade enhancements
Details: A new Tinkerbell lead float will replace the Blue Fairy and Snow White and Pinocchio units will return to the parade along with an updated soundtrack and a new "pixie dust" lighting effects on all floats.
Project Status: Completed.
Open Date: June 12, 2009
High School Musical 3: Right Here! Right Now! show
Details: High School Musical 2 moving stage show cancelled. A new moving stage show based on High School Musical 3 will replace the old show.
Project Status: Now open.
Open Date: Debuted October 24

Overall Project: Utilizing Stage 17 as temporary entrance into theme park. Retheming of Hollywood Blvd, including facade enhancements and addition of Red Car Trolley route. Various expansion and re-theming projects. Land planned to be renamed as "Hollywoodland"
Project Status: Hollywood Land remodeling and enhancing will begin in Phase 2.
Open Date: Unknown
B]Details:[/B]Project Status: Playhouse Disney closes January 23, 20011
Open Date: Disney Junior opens spring 2011
Red Car Trolley track construction
Project Status: In progress. Began January 5, 2010
Completion Date: Fall 2010
Hollywood Blvd. placemaking
Project Status: Unknown.
Completion Date: Unknown
Teen Live Club - Outdoor Disney Channel venue
Project Status: Unknown
Open Date: Unknown
Muppet*Vision 3D replacement
Details: Various ideas have been considered for this venue ranging from Mickey's PhilharMagic from WDW, a "flex-theatre," and a Chronicles of Narnia special effects show. Currently, Muppet*Vision will remain, and it is unknown what will eventually replace the show.
Project Status: Unknown. Reports say Muppets will remain until 2010, at least.
Open Date: Unknown.
Project Status: Cancelled. The DisneyParks Blog announcedDisney announced Aladdin had been extended and Toy Story was essentially cancelled.
Open Date: N/A.
Hollywood Pictures Backlot walkway to "a bug's land"
Details: A new guest walkway connecting the Hollywood Pictures Backlot's Tower of Terror courtyard to A Bug's Land's Flick's Fun Fair.
Project Status: Now open. Began December 1, 2009.
Open Date: Opened first week of January 2010
Award Wieners dining area expansion
Project Status: Completed
Open Date: Opened June 2008.
Stage 17 temporary entrance
Project Status: Cancelled
Open Date: Cancelled. Originally planned to open by fall 2009.

Overall Project: Retheming of Pier to Victorian-style seaside amusement zone. Addition of Toy Story Midway Mania attraction. Retheming of Games of the Boardwalk, Mullholland Madness, Sun Wheel, Orange Stinger, Pizza Oom Mow Mow, and Burger Invasion. Removal of Maliboomer and Golden Dreams. Addition of Paradise Park and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure.
Project Status: In Progress
Project Completion/Soft Open: First phase concluded with the opening of Toy Story Midway Mania! and the surrounding area's re-theming with soft-openings in April 2008 and a official opening in July 2008. Additional phases of this project are on-going.
Maliboomer removal
Details: The Maliboomer will be dismantled and removed and the space formerly occupied by the attraction will be converted in a Victorian-style park area with shade trees and seating. On March 30, 2010, Al Lutz reported the Maliboomer would be closed "the day after labor day." Disney confirmed the news on August 6, 2010 via a Tweet from the official Disneyland Resort Twitter account, which included a link to a DisneyParks Blog post that discussed Cars Land and Mullholland Madness news, but nothing about the Maliboomer. The linked blog post was later edited to include the Maliboomer closure information.
Project Status: In progress. The Maliboomer closed September 7, 2010 and was completely dismantled by mid-October. Work continues removing attraction infrastructure, queue and shade structures in the area before being re-themed as a garden area.
Project Completion: Late 2010.
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Adventure and Mermaid Grotto (Includes Removal of Golden Dreams)
Project Status: In progress. Golden Dreams closed to the public September 7, 2008 with the attraction open to school groups only through Spring 2009. Construction walls went up around Golden Dreams May 27, 2009. Originally expected to be demolished July 6, the Golden Dreams Theater demolition was delayed to July 15. The theater has since been completely removed and construction on the new attraction is in progress.
Open Date: May 2011
Mullholland Madness re-theme to Goofy's Sky School
Details:Project Status: In progress after being delayed numerous times. Originally expected to start January 2010 was put on hold. On March 30, 2010, Al Lutz reported the project was scheduled to begin in October 2010 for a seven-month transformation. On August 6, the DisneyParks Blog confirmed the attraction would close October 12, 2010 (last day for guests October 11).
Open Date: May 2011.
California Screamin' queue / Eastern Paradise Pier re-theming
Project Status: Delayed indefinitely.
Open Date: Unknown
Corn Dog Castle retheming
Details: The quick service dining location was originally said to be undergoing a Victorian-style re-theming in order to match the surrounding area's new theme. A June 30 report from MousePlanet's David Koenig says otherwise, however, indicating the dining location will be moved from its current location and reopen at a new location in Cars Land in 2012.
Project Status: In progress. Construction walls went up June 1, 2009
Open Date: Cast Member publications currently list it as returning May 26, 2011, but that date may be in flux and can change, especially if rumors of a Cars Land relocation are true. In his 7/7 column, MiceAge's Al Lutz noted the Route 66 makeover being completed Summer 2010.
Souvenir 66 retheming
Details: Project includes retheming and renaming retail location as Seaside Souvenirs
Project Status: In progress. Construction walls went up June 1, 2009
Open Date: Cast Member publications currently list it as returning May 26, 2011, but that date may be in flux and can change. In his 7/7 column, MiceAge's Al Lutz noted the Route 66 makeover being completed Summer 2010.
Paradise Pier shops re-theme.
Details: Point Mugu Tattoo, Man Hat N Beach, and Sideshow Shirts will close and be re-themed inside and out, including new facades.
Project Status: Previously expected begin Fall 2009, the project has yet to begin. Rumored to be indefinitely delayed. Al Lutz noted in his 11/9/10 column that the project was canceled, but that the shops and Maliboomer area may become the entrance/queue space of a future attraction.
Open Date: Unknown

Paradise Garden - Expanded dining courtyard
Details: Covering the area encompassing Pizza Oom Mow Mow, Burger Invasion, and the S. S. rustworthy, the new Paradise Garden dining area will re-purpose the existing dining facilities and reuse the current S.S. rustworthy water play area for an expanded dining courtyard with Victorian-style theming in a lush garden setting.
Open Date: Previously expected to open May 2010, the project was postponed and is now expected to officially open May 24, 2011.
S.S. rustworthy removal
Project Status: Completed. The east portion of the S.S. rustworthy was removed in October 2009 during Silly Symphony Swings construction. The west portion of the water play area was removed starting in September 2010 during demolition for the upcoming Paradise Garden dining area.
Open Date: Area to re-open as part of Paradise Garden complex May 2011
Paradise Garden Grill (Burger Invasion re-theming)
Project Status: In progress. The former McDonald's dining location closed September 2, 2008. Construction walls went up in late June 2010 to begin construction.
Open Date: Previously expected to open May 2010, the project was postponed and is now expected to open May 24, 2011.
Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta (Pizza Oom Mow Mow re-theme)
Details: The existing Pizza Oom Mow Mow dining facility will retain its pizza-and-pasta menu, but will be re-dressed with a new Victorian-style theme.
Project Status: In progress. Previously expected to begin fall 2009, construction walls went up in the area September 7, 2010, followed by heavy demolition and building modification work throughout the fall.
Open Date: Previously expected to open May 2010, the project was postponed and is now scheduled to open May 24, 2011.

Jumpin' Jellyfish removal
Project Status: Jumpin' Jellyfish was originally slated to be removed before Spring 2010 premiere of World of Color, but it may remain in place for the indefinite future.
Completion Date: Unknown.
Ariel's Grotto Restaurant - Retheming and conversion to "Princess Palace" dining location
Project Status: Unknown
Open Date: June 2011.
Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular
Details: A 25-minute nighttime show, World of Color will transform Paradise Bay into a water-and-fire spectacular, utilizing 1,200 individual fountains, showcasing the magic of Disney animation, from classic to contemporary. More details.
Project Status: Show opened publicly June 11, 2010, following a "blue carpet" premiere on June 10, 2010. Work on the show began November 3, 2008 with the draining of Paradise Bay, followed by construction on Monday, January 5, 2009.
Paradise Bay refilling: Paradise Bay was scheduled to being refilling September 9, 2009 to begin show programming and testing, but refilling was delayed until October 2009. On October 15, the DisneyParks Blog said refilling would begin "soon" and that once refilling begain, Paradise Bay would be more than half-way full in three days.
Open Date: Previously rumored to begin soft openings in March 2010 followed by a celebrity-attended grand opening event in late April, Cast Members were notified the show would open on June 11, 2010. Disney later officially announced this information on the DisneyParks Blog.
Orange Stinger retheme to Silly Symphony Swings
Project Status: Completed. Attraction began 'dismantling' July 14, 2009 with the decorative orange peel removal beginning the week of July 20, according to Around Disney. Scaffolding went up for new queue construction the third week of October.
Open Date: Previously expected to open April 29, 2010, the project was delayed and finally soft opened on May 29, 2010. The official opening of the ride is scheduled for June 11, 2010.
New games for Toy Story Midway Mania!, based on Toy Story 3
Details: Blue Sky Disney reported on March 8 that Toy Story Midway Mania! would receive a new lineup of games themed after the upcoming Toy Story 3 film.
Project Status: Completed.
Open Date: The new game, Rex and Trixie's Dino Darts, debuted May 22, 2010. Additional Toy Story 3 characters are now featured throughout the attraction as well.
Paradise Park (Disney's World of Color Viewing Area)
Details: A new viewing area for the upcoming World of Color show is being constructed where the former Golden State Amphitheater was located, along the northern shore of Paradise Bay. The new viewing area will be multi-leveled, similar to Disneyland's Fantasmic! viewing area, and large enough to accommodate 9,000 guests per show.
Project Status: In progress. Began Monday, January 5, 2009.
Open Date: First delayed from its original December 18, 2009 open date Paradise Park was later scheduled to open February 20, 2010 and then again set to open in March. Walls surrounding Paradise Park are now expected to be removed Friday, April 2. Barricades will be in place, however, preventing guests from entering the area. Paradise Park finally opened to guests on April 9.
Dinosaur Jack's Sunglass Shack removal
Details: Sunglass store scheduled to close permanently May 26, 2009. The retail location will be removed completely.
Project Status: Completed. Store closed May 26, 2009, construction walls went up May 27. Demolition originally scheduled to begin June 29, but began after park closing June 24, with visible progress to park guests on June 25.. The retail location was completely removed by Saturday, June 28.
King Triton's Carousel plussing
Details: Previous plans to build new Victorian-styled roof structure over carousel have been delayed due to cost. Rumors suggested that the carousel would get a minor re-theming and "plussing" including new paint job and new canopy cover while attraction undergoes refurbishment and technical upgrades, but current photos of the attraction say otherwise.
Project Status: Completed May 22, 2009. Began March 9, 2009.
Open Date: May 22, 2009
San Francisco Street restroom construction.
Details: New restrooms will be built in the East San Francisco Street facades so that the current restrooms in the West San Francisco Street facades can be removed to make space for The Little Mermaid attraction.
Project Status: Now open. Opened May 15, 2009. Began January 26, 2009.
Open Date: May 15, 2009.
Sun Wheel/Mickey's Fun Wheel re-theme
Project Status: Completed. Now open.
Open Date: Originally scheduled to open April 24, opened May 4, 2009.
California Screamin' loop re-dressing
Details: The Mickey Mouse icon will be removed and replaced with a new sunburst icon and Paradise Pier logo.
Project Status: Completed. Now open. Began January 2009.
Completion Date: April 15, 2009.
Games of the Boardwalk re-theme.
Project Status: Now open. Began Monday, October 27, 2008, opened April 7, 2009.
Open Date: Originally scheduled to open April 24, 2009, then rumored to be delayed to May. New information says the Games of the Boardwalk are ahead schedule and will open April 7, 2009.
Toy Story Midway Mania!
Project Status: Completed. Attraction now open.
Open Date: June 17, 2008

Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar: Imagineering the Future - New Exhibit
Details: Blue Sky Cellar preview center will close to change exhibits with a more in-depth preview of the upcoming Little Mermaid attraction.
Project Status: Expect a brief closure in January before the Jan. 27 reopen date to install new exhibits.
Open Date: Reopens January 27.
Condor Flats retheme
Project Status: Unknown
Open Date: Unknown
Soarin' Over California - New film - "Soarin' Over the World"
Project Status: Unknown
Open Date: 2013
Performance Corridor Repaving
Details: The section of the park's Performance Corridor in front of The Golden Vine Winery will be repaved, resulting in the closure of the pathway at this time. Guests traveling to/from Paradise Peir will be rerouted through the Pacific Wharf
Project Status: Begins November 19
Open Date: December 17

Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar: Imagineering the Future - New Exhibit
Details: Blue Sky Cellar preview center will close to remove Midway Mania, Games of the Boardwalk, etc., exhibits and replace them with new exhibits focusing on upcoming projects.
Project Status: Closes July 10, 2009 to update exhibits.
Open Date: Reopens July 16.

Lucky Fortune Cookery - Asian-style restaurnt replacing former Cocina Cucamonga facility
Details: The old Cocina Cucamonga dining facility will close and be rethemed and receive a new Asian-style menu.
Project Status: Now open. Cocina Cucamonga closed June 18, 2009 when new, larger Cocina Cucamonga opened and then began conversion into new Lucky Fortune Cookery.
Open Date: September 4, 2009.
Cocina Cucamonga moves into old Lucky Fortune Cookery location.
Details: The long-closed Lucky Fortune Cookery will be converted into an expanded Cocina Cucamonga. Cocina Cucamonga will be converted into a new, smaller Asian dining location.
Project Status: In progress. Construction walls went up week of January 12.
Open Date: June 18, 2009
Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar: Imagineering the Future (Resort Preview Center)
Details: Originally planned for the San Francisco Street buildings, the Blue Sky Cellar replaced the Seasons of the Vine Theater. Exhibits planned to rotate every 6-8 months.
Project Status: Now open.
Open Date: Annual Passholder Previews October 16-19. Open to public October 20, 2008.

Overall Project: Utilizing 12 acres of the former Timon Parking Lot, this is new land will feature three new attractions including a major new "E"-Ticket attraction, Radiator Springs Racers, as well as new shopping and dining experiences themed to Disney-Pixar's Cars
Project Status: In progress. Walt Disney Imagineering officially broke ground on the Cars Land project July 8, 2009, according to the July 9 Editor's Note by Al Lutz.
Open Date: June 2012

Bountiful Valley Farm
Details: Technically a portion of A Bug's Land, the Bountiful Valley Farm area which includes the Bountiful Valley Farmers Market, Sam Andreas Shakes and some educational displays on California farming will close for the massive Cars Land project. The space occupied by Bountiful Valley Farm will be used for the Mater's Junkyard Jamboree attraction as well as the main entrance for Cars Land.
Project Status: On August 6, 2010, the DisneyParks Blog announced Bountiful Valley Farm will close September 7, 2010, at which time demolition of the Farm area will begin.
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Project Status: Bountiful Valley Farm will close September 7 to begin demolition on the area which will used for the Junkyard Jamboree attraction.
Open Date: 2012
Radiator Springs Racers
Project Status: In progress. A portion of test track has been constructed and is undergoing testing now.
Open Date: By 2012
Luigi's Roamin' Tires
Project Status: In progress.
Open Date: By 2012
Flo's Restaurant
Project Status: In progress.
Open Date: By 2012
Fillmore's Organic Foods
Project Status: Unknown
Open Date: By 2012
Radiator Springs Curios
Project Status: Unknown
Open Date: By 2012
Cars Land Drive-In Restaurant
Project Status: On indefinite hold. Possibly to be built in Phase 2 expansion.
Open Date: Unknown
Timon Parking Lot - Closure
Details: The Timon Parking Lot will close permanently to make room for the upcoming Cars Land expansion as well as additional backstage construction.
Project Status: Closed July 6, 2009. Cars Land officially broke ground July 8.