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  • MasterGracey
    Disneyland Resort Project Tracker 5
    The Project Tracker is back! With so much planned at Disneyland over the next few years, it was time to start fresh with a new Project Tracker. So, we've totally refreshed the tracker and have gone through it project-by-project to bring you the latest and most up-to-date listing of the latest goings-on and rumors at the Disneyland Resort. As always, we've cited as many of our sources as possible throughout the project entries, although some information comes directly from our own anonymous sources. Feel free to join the discussion and share your thoughts, photos, and information here! Have something to share? Email us at Disneyland Railroad to close for over a year DETAILS: The Disneyland Railroad will close for roughly 15 months starting January 11, 2016. The closure will put the entire railroad route out of commission while a large section of the route in Frontierland is permanently re-routed to accommodate Disneyland's upcoming Star Wars-themed expansion. PROJECT STATUS: IN PROGRESS. Disney confirmed the closure in a September 2015 blog post. COMPLETION DATE: 2017. MyMagic+ coming to Disneyland DETAILS: A version of Walt Disney World's RFID-based MyMagic+ and FASTPASS+ systems is rumored to make its way to Disneyland. The high-tech system is expected to receive significant changes to accommodate differences in demographics and operations at the Disneyland Resort. Major features of the project include:New RFID-based admission media (tickets and Annual Passports) in lieu of MagicBands.Central Fastpass+ reservation centers in both theme parks.Interactive queue enhancements for select E-Ticket attractions. PROJECT STATUS: IN PROGRESS. The implementation of MyMagic+ has been long-rumored for Disneyland and has gone through multiple changes. Testing has been seen during May 2016 and early signs of permanent implementation have been spotted. COMPLETION DATE: 2016. Jungle Cruise extended refurbishment DETAILS: The Jungle Cruise will close starting January 11, 2016 to remove its annual holiday overlay and will remain closed through early May for an extended refurbishment, the dates of which have been released to Cast Members. The extended closure is rumored to include the addition of doors and other safety features to the jungle boats and loading dock. PROJECT STATUS: COMPLETED. The safety enhancements are installed and in use but did not include the rumored addition doors on the jungle boats. OPEN DATE: May 2016. Tahitian Terrace revival DETAILS: With Frontierlnad's Big Thunder Barbecue restaurant closing to make way for Star Wars, Disneyland is rumored to be considering a permanent revival of the Tahitian Terrace restaurant in Adventureland. The much smaller facility would ditch its long-unused Aladdin theme and once again host table service Polynesian-themed dinner shows. PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED. OPEN DATE: Unknown. Rivers of America closure and changes DETAILS: Disneyland's iconic Rivers of America will close for over a year to be reduced in size and "rerouted" to make way for the new Star Wars expansion coming to northern Disneyland. The project will result in long-term temporary closures for the following attractions, all of which are expected to return following construction.Mark Twain RiverboatSailing Ship ColumbiaRafts to Tom Sawyer IslandPirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer IslandDavy Crockett Explorer CanoesFantasmic! PROJECT STATUS: IN PROGRESS. Rivers of America closed at the end of the operating day on January 10, 2016 to begin work that will take approximately 15 months to complete. COMPLETION DATE: Spring 2017. Big Thunder Ranch to permanently close DETAILS: Frontierland's Big Thunder Ranch area will permanently close in early 2016 to make room for Disneyland's upcoming Star Wars expansion. The following attractions and facilities will be : Big Thunder Ranch (Petting Zoo)Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree / Festival ArenaBig Thunder Ranch Barbecue PROJECT STATUS: COMPLETED. Big Thunder Ranch and related attractions and facilities closed at the end of the operating day on January 10, 2016 and were soon removed. The space will reopen as part of the Star Wars expansion. COMPLETION DATE: Star Wars expansion expected to open late 2018. Fantasmic! to close over over a year and reopen with enhancements DETAILS: The popular Fantasmic! show will close for over a year starting January 11, 2016 while the Rivers of America is reduced in order to accommodate Star Wars. Due to the closure and River changes, the show is rumored to reopen in 2017 with enhancements and some necessary re-staging. PROJECT STATUS: SEMI-CONFIRMED. Disney has confirmed Fantasmic! will go dark as part of the Rivers of America changes but has not confirmed any enhancements to the show. COMPLETION DATE: As late as July 2017. No current projects. Critter Country path to Star Wars expansion DETAILS: With the Rivers of America being reduced to accommodate the upcoming Star Wars expansion, space could be carved out to build a permanent guest pathway connecting Critter Country to the Star Wars-themed area. PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED. OPEN DATE: When the Star Wars expansion opens. New 14-acre Star Wars-themed expansion. DETAILS: The long-rumored Star Wars-themed land was officially announced at the 2015 D23 Expo. The land will occupy space currently occupied by Big Thunder Ranch, parts of the Rivers of America, and backstage areas. The new land is expected to include two currently-unnamed major E-Ticket attractions in addition to dining and shopping. PROJECT STATUS: IN PROGRESS. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the 14-acre expansion at the 2015 D23 Expo. Construction began January 11, 2016 with the closure of Big Thunder Ranch and major changes to the Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad route. Backstage facilities were closed, demolished and be relocated accordingly. COMPLETION DATE: Rumored to open late 2018. Disney has announced the Star Wars expansion but not an opening date. Below, maps of the rumored layout of the new Star Wars expansion. For more information on the layout and attractions coming in the Star Wars expansion, read the January 19, 2016 MiceAge Update. Click on the maps for larger versions. (L-R: Illustrated map with expansion, Illustrated map with expansion overlay, Satellite view) Skyway Chalet removal DETAILS: Fantasyland's long-shutted Skyway Chalet building behind the Village Haus Restaurant has been rumored for removal for some time. The building is now rumored to be removed as part of the larger Star Wars expansion, which will absorb the Big Thunder Ranch land immediately next to the structure. PROJECT STATUS: CONFIRMED. Disney filed a permit with the City of Anaheim on May 11, 2016 to demolish the long-abandoned Skyway Chalet. COMPLETION DATE: Unknown, but likely sometime during summer 2016. Fantasyland Theatre removal DETAILS: Due to the Star Wars expansion's re-routing of the Disneyland Railroad, the Fantasyland Theatre will need to be removed to accommodate the train's new route. PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED. MiceAge reported Disney plans to remove the Fantasyland Theatre to accommodate the re-routed Disneyland Railroad as part of the larger Star Wars expansion. Disney's official DisneylandToday Twitter account has told fans that Disney currently has no announcements for the Fantasyland Theater, but that is neither a confirmation or denial of plans for the facility. COMPLETION DATE: Unknown, but before Star Wars land is opens. Future Fantasyland expansion DETAILS: The removal of the Fantasyland Theatre is expected to allow for a modest amount of space for a future Fantasyland expansion. PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED. MiceAge reported Disney plans to remove the Fantasyland Theatre to accommodate the re-routed Disneyland Railroad as part of the larger Star Wars expansion. While the removal of the Theatre is primarily to accommodate the new Railroad route, leftover space from its removal is rumored to used for future Fantasyland expansion. COMPLETION DATE: Unknown. Mickey's Toon Town to be reduced or removed DETAILS: Rumors that Disneyland's major Star Wars expansion would be built where Mickey's Toon Town is currently located were quashed once Disney officially announced Star Wars would be built north of Frontierland. The current rumors for Toon Town suggest that the area is still at risk for reduction or even complete removal to accommodate necessary backstage facilities for the Star Wars expansion. PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED. COMPLETION DATE: Unknown. Star Wars Season of the Force to take over Tomorrowland DETAILS: A Star Wars-themed seasonal offering will take over several Tomorrowland attractions starting in November 2015. PROJECT STATUS: NOW OPEN. Disney confirmed the "Star Wars Season of the Force" promotion will take place at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios at the 2015 D23 Expo. The promotion will include: Hyperspace Mountain: An overlay of Space Mountain featuring a battle with the Millennium Falcon. Star Tours: New scenes based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be featured in the attraction.Tomorrowland Theater: A new video presentation featuring fan-favorite scenes from the Star Wars films will be presented.Star Wars Launch Bay: A new interactive exhibit and character meet-and-greet space taking over the bottom level of the former Innoventions building.Jedi Training Academy — Trials of the Temple: A new version of the popular show inspired by the Star Wars Rebels Disney XD series. Disney officially opened Star Wars Season of the Force on November 16. See our photos and review. OPEN DATE: Opened November 16. MARVEL Superhero HQ in Tomorrowland closes DETAILS: The MARVEL character meet-and-greets area was reimagined and upgraded on the upper level of the former Innoventions building and opened in November 2015 and was quickly closed April 2. PROJECT STATUS: FACILITY NOW CLOSED. Disney confirmed the reimagined Super Hero HQ at the 2015 D23 Expo and confirmed its reopening date on Oct. 13, 2015. Disney opened Super Hero HQ on November 16. See our photos and review. The facility closed April 2, 2016. It is rumored to eventually reopen as a Star Wars expansion preview center at a future date. OPEN DATE: It is unknown if or when the space will reopen as a Star Wars Land preview center. New attraction for Tomorrowland Theater DETAILS: While Captain EO has likely left the Tomorrowland Theater for the last time, a permanent new attraction for the space is still rumored to come eventually. In the meantime, a Star Wars clip show will entertain guests in the theater. PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED. OPEN DATE: Unknown. No current projects. "Frozen" show in the Hyperion Theatre DETAILS: Disney announced a new "Frozen" musical stage show will replace the long-running "Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular" in the Hyperion Theater. PROJECT STATUS: NOW OPEN. "Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular" closed January 10, 2016. The new Frozen musical opened May 27. See our photos and review. OPEN DATE: May 27, 2016. Muppet*Vision Theater reopens as Sunset Showcase Theater DETAILS: With a major new "Frozen" stage show moving into the nearby Hyperion Theatre, the "Frozen" sing-along show closed. The venue was converted (without the removal of the Frozen theming) into the "Sunset Showcase Theater," a flex-space venue, in May. PROJECT STATUS: Sunset Showcase Theater is now open OPEN DATE: Opened May 2016. Monstropolis in the Hollywood Studios DETAILS: The long-rumored Monsters, Inc.-themed remodel of the "Hollywood Studios" portion of Hollywood Land featuring a Monsters Inc. door coaster has been an on-again, off-again rumor for years. The Hollywood Studios area of the backlot is ripe for redevelopment, but current rumors on what may eventually become of the space are scarce and Disney has yet to make any sort of announcement for the area. PROJECT STATUS: UNKNOWN. OPEN DATE: Unknown. MARVEL-themed expansion for Hollywood Land DETAILS: Rumors for a MARVEL-themed mini land have been circulated by MiceAge for some time, with the expansion taking shape in current backstage space behind the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The mini-land is rumored to feature elaborate meet-and-greet areas in addition to a MARVEL-themed E-Ticket rollercoaster attraction. If the Marvel-themed expansion is approved and built, plans for the Monsters Inc. re-theme of the Hollywood Studios areas will likely be canceled. PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED. Disney has yet to confirm any plans for MARVEL in Disney California Adventure, but rumors suggest this project could open in two phases: the first just after the 60th Anniversary Celebration ends in late 2016. OPEN DATE: Unknown. Removal of Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies DETAILS: If the MARVEL-themed expansion is built, Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies at the back edge of A Bug's Land could be removed to accommodate the addition of a larger guest path to the MARVEL-themed area. PROJECT STATUS: RUMORED. COMPLETION DATE: Unknown. Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters DETAILS: A replacement attraction for the troubled Luigi's Flying Tires is currently under construction on top of the Flying Tires attraction. The new ride utilizes a trackless ride vehicle system. Disney announced that the attraction was set to open in early 2016. The attraction officially opened March 7, 2016. See our photos and review. PROJECT STATUS: NOW OPEN. OPEN DATE: Opened March 7, 2016. No current projects. Cove Bar expansion DETAILS: The popular Cove Bar is being expanded onto space previously occupied by a character meet-and-greet gazebo. PROJECT STATUS: COMPLETED. The expansion opened in late-December just in time for the holiday rush. OPEN DATE: Opened in late-December. Soarin' Around the World DETAILS: Announced at the 2015 D23 Expo, the popular Soarin' Over California attraction will be updated with new technology and a new film that will take guests beyond the Golden State and to famous landmarks and locations around the world. PROJECT STATUS: CONFIRMED. Disney has confirmed "Soarin' Around the World" will open on June 17, 2016. "Soarin' Over California" will close on June 15, 2017. OPEN DATE: June 17, 2016. New 5,000-space parking structure DETAILS: A new 5,000-space parking structure was announced as part of a $1+ billion investment Disney promised if Anaheim passed a gate tax ban. The new parking structure will be built on top of the current Pumbaa parking lot and is rumored to include the addition of a new skybridge over Harbor Boulevard. PROJECT STATUS: SEMI-CONFIRMED. Disney promised the parking structure as part of the $1+ billion investment plan with Anaheim. There has been no official groundbreaking or construction timeline announced but the deal with the City of Anaheim requires construction to begin no later than the end of 2017. COMPLETION DATE: Rumored to open in 2018. Main Entrance Plaza enhancements DETAILS: Enhancements including new pavement, trees, and a water feature have been rumored for the Main Entrance Plaza between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. PROJECT STATUS: UNKNOWN. Additional trees are expected to be installed soon but there is no word on if or when repaving or water features would be installed. COMPLETION DATE: Unknown. House of Blues Anaheim to move out of Downtown Disney DETAILS: The popular House of Blues restaurant and concert venue is planning to move from Downtown Disney to a new home at the nearby Anaheim GardenWalk. There have been no official announcements for a replacement, although rumors suggest The Edison could move into the space. The addition of The Edison to Anaheim's Downtown Disney would follow the footsteps of the popular Los Angeles-based restaurant opening a location in Walt Disney World's Disney Springs. PROJECT STATUS: CONFIRMED. OPEN DATE: The House of Blues' lease in Downtown Disney ends in early 2016. House of Blues is planning on opening at the Anaheim GardenWalk by Summer 2016. Second Starbucks Coffee location in Downtown Disney DETAILS: A second kiosk location for Starbucks was announced to open in Downtown Disney but was delayed following rumors that Disney requested Starbucks open a second full-fledged store instead of a kiosk. The second store is rumored to fill some of the space previously occupied by the Apricot Lane Boutique near the AMC Theatres. PROJECT STATUS: IN PROGRESS. The second Starbucks location is under construction and set to open Summer 2016. OPEN DATE: Summer 2016....
    10-11-2015, 10:01 PM
  • Trevor
    The Joy of Fastpass 2
    The Joy of Fastpass 2

    Welcome to the new Joy of FASTPASS thread designed as an update of the previous thread on this topic to provide you with the latest Fastpass system details. Be sure to check out the official Disneyland Fastpass Page for a basic understanding of how the...
    12-06-2012, 05:47 AM
  • RegionsBeyond
    When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland
    When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2012? We Can Help!

    Disneyland can be a crowded place to visit. Because of this, people frequently ask when will it busy, is this a good time to go to the park, what will wait times be like, etc.

    While we here at MiceChat can’t...
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