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  • PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MORE!

    After about a month since my last update, I'm back with some photos of what's going on around the Resort... From Fort Wilderness, to the Disneyland Hotel - I've got a little bit of everything. Enjoy.

    WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
    New park maps have been rolled out...

    Disneyland's is still touting Nemo, but with the periscope publicity image instead of the Sub publicity image. And DCA's maps are touting the revised High School Musical show.


    The inside flap has been changed to reflect the "new" High School Musical 2 show, and a little blurb for Disney's HalloweenTime has been added. And inside the Disneyland map, the Disney Gallery has finally been removed from the New Orleans Square attractions list.






    FORT WILDERNESS
    I heard from a fellow MiceChatter heading off to college tomorrow (good luck! ), that the former site of Fort Wilderness had some intriguing new structures going up. It looks like they're starting to re-build the Fort towers, beginning with steel frames. So, while we may not get a realistic Fort, we might still get a Fort.










    While on the Island, we decided to wander around. They've brought over some ODV and plopped it down a few steps from the entrance of Dead Man's Grotto.



    Over in Smuggler's Cove, one of the Bilge Pumps is down.







    FILMING AT THE DISNEY GALLERY
    A quick look at the elevator construction area:





    Set-up for filming at the Disney Gallery took place all day. The would-be kids' room in the Royal Suite (Cast Member-only area when open as the Disney Gallery) was used as a costuming room of sorts.










    Props and equipment were taken up via the Gallery staircases....


    ...and via Royal Suite stairs in the courtyard between the Port Royal and Pieces of Eight shops.



    A cart with equipment was parked next to the courtyard entrance...




    A clipboard with production schedule was laying on top the cart:


    ...A closer look at the clipboard contents:

    It reads:
    Co. Sub. by: HOUUS
    Job #: U330
    Bill to: HOUSE OF USHER FILM
    Pict. Title: DISNEY
    Director: JON MOORE
    D.P.: B. GALVIN


    COMPANY: House of Usher
    PRODUCTION: Disneyland
    DATE: 8/23/07

    House of Usher Films is more or less a commercial production company. They've filmed commercials for Apple, Burger King, Volkswagen, and Visa, to name a few. You can check out some of their work here: http://www.usherfilms.com/







    ...A closer look at the balcony shows that a tea set prop is up there for the commercial. (Note that in this picture, the plexiglass coverings for the wrought-iron Disney brothers initials is still attached.)


    ...Having left Disneyland for a while to get pictures elsewhere of other things, we came back around 8:30 to find that a green screen had been erected and lights were on and film was rolling.







    The plexiglass covering the wrought-iron initials was removed for filming.



    Anyway, my guess is that its a promo piece for the second (or is it third) re-launch of the Year of a Million Dreams, touting the upcoming Royal Giveaway Suite. At one point they had a family up there, posing for the cameras in a very YOAMD kind of way. Hmm...


    RIVERBELLE TERRACE GOES UNDER
    The Riverbelle Terrace went down for an extended refurbishment recently. Construction walls have been put up all around the Restaurant's outdoor patio area, and windows into the restaurant have been completely covered up.

    RIVER BELLE TERRACE
    Attention Riverboat Gamblers,
    Sea Captains, Gunslingers,
    Pioneers & Other Travelers

    The Grande Dame of Restaurants
    River Belle Terrace

    Will be temporarily closed
    for improvements
    until late fall

    For a memorable meal,
    please visit the French Market
    or Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square
    or Rancho Del Zocalo in Frontierland.

    Be sure to stop by once we reopen.
    We'll have some truly special
    cooking for you!


    ...Something special, eh?








    FANTASYLAND SHOP REFURB
    This shop refurbishment sparked a lot of excitement on the boards earlier this week in the hopes that it may be for the rumored re-opening of the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough. It doesn't look like these refurb walls are for that, though (at least not yet), just for some re-shuffling and re-theming of some stores.






    TOY STORY MANIA! AND
    WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR

    Over at DCA, construction presses on at Toy Story Mania! --













    ..And the blue-covered barges are still out in Paradise Bay in preparation for the upcoming Disney's Wonderful World of Color night lagoon show:





    DISNEYLAND HOTEL
    And finally, the Disneyland Hotel towers were recently re-named.

    This Hotel area map hasn't been updated yet:
















    This directional sign, by the MAGIC tower has gotten updated, though...








    ...Alright. That's it for this update. Thanks for stopping by!
    Last edited by MasterGracey; 08-24-2007, 01:19 PM. Reason: Added new park maps

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

    Nice pics MasterGracey. Love the Fort Wilderness and Disney Gallery shots. I'm sorry if this sound stupid, but what exactly are they filming?
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      Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

      Originally posted by royaldisneyfan View Post
      Nice pics MasterGracey. Love the Fort Wilderness and Disney Gallery shots. I'm sorry if this sound stupid, but what exactly are they filming?
      It was undisclosed. My guess is that the footage will be used for an upcoming Year of a Million Dreams TV spot, promotion the new Dream Suite Giveaway prize - but really, I don't know.

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      • #4
        Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

        Award winning post as always!

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        • #5
          Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

          Great TR, looks like the fort is going to stay, but only in form.

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          • #6
            Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

            Thanks for the TR! Something about the filming at the Disney Gallery just pisses me off.
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              Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

              Thank you very much for the report!

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              • #8
                Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

                Thanks for your work - Great Job!

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                • #9
                  Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

                  Thanks for another great TR!!

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                  • #10
                    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

                    Great pics as usual - thanks!

                    Those new tower names make me sick. :evil:
                    M A S E C A !

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                    • #11
                      Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

                      Good Grief, MG! You, Darkbeer, and Jack always have the best 'scoops'! Fan-tastic! I (for the briefest of seconds) got excited over the Fort, 'til I realized it'll probably end up some abandoned, topple-down Spanish Caribbean Fort or some such nonsense...sigh.

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                      • #12
                        Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

                        Originally posted by MasterGracey View Post



                        Thanks for the great photos.

                        This area around the River Belle Terrace must be a nightmare when Fantasmic ends.
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                        • #13
                          Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

                          So many changes in the park right now I havent been since last december! I want to go back!

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                          • #14
                            Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

                            Let's hope they dont green screen WDW in for that commercial.


                            The actual official name of the new DCA show is Disney's World Of Color.

                            There was never a wonderful, that was just randomly placed in there by rumors spreading and such.

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                            • #15
                              Re: PHOTO UPDATE 8/23: Fort Wilderness, Gallery filming, Riverbelle, TSM!, Hotel, +MO

                              Thanks for the pics MG...always nice to see the updates around the Park.
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                              it's what they are like in their HEART!


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