ParkSpotting at the Disneyland Resort – January 8, 2011: Disney’s Construction Adventure

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On Saturday, January 8th I ventured back to the Disneyland Resort after a 2 month hiatus for the holidays and have returned with a new ParkSpotting adventure…

Disneyland Resort escalator
I knew it had been too long since my last trip to Disneyland when the smell of the escalator at the parking deck just about knocked my socks off. So familiar and comforting - in a weird way.

World of Disney
I noticed the Christmas merch was gone from the windows at World of Disney in Downtown Disney but there were still ads for Tron Legacy.

Disneyland Resort Go Wild
The Christmas signs lining the streets of Downtown Disney are gone, replaced by the "Go Wild" signs. I figured "Let the Memories Begin" would have moved in by now. The "Go Wild" ads are on the park maps as well.


Disneyland wait times
First stop was Disneyland. Here's a look at the wait times around 1 in the afternoon. Not a terribly busy day but still not the ghost town I was hoping for.

It's a Small World Holiday
The Christmas decorations were gone from most of the park but I was surprised to find that It's A Small World Holiday was still running. I rode it but it didn't feel quite as magical this far away from Christmas. I want it back to normal.

Sailing Ship Columbia
I finally rode The Sailing Ship Columbia for the first time in my life.

Sailing Ship Columbia
I was blown away by the attention to detail in the lower deck.

Sailing Ship Columbia
I think I've found my new favorite ride.

California Adventure letters removed
The California letters are gone. I'm sad but also excited about the new direction. But I don't know how I'm ever going to meet anyone at the parks anymore - I always said, "Meet me at the big C."

California Adventure construction walls
In place of the letters are highly-decorated construction walls that seemingly block the park entrance.

California Adventure construction walls
But guests easily find their way around the walls.

California Adventure construction walls
Another look at the construction walls covered in Disney characters.

California Adventure construction walls
Guests walk around the walls to reach the California Adventure park entrance.

California Adventure construction walls
I love the classic Disney characters used for the construction walls.

California Adventure construction walls
The entrance to DCA isn't as chaotic as I thought it would be. They've done a good job keeping the crowd moving.

California Adventure construction walls
More construction walls around what used to be the giant Sun. Attention in the area is now fully drawn to ElecTRONica.

California Adventure construction walls
Wouldn't it be great it the Carthay Circle Theater actually showed Snow White every night? I hope it does.

California Adventure construction walls
More area construction wall signage.

California Adventure construction walls
More area construction wall signage.

California Adventure construction walls
More area construction wall signage.

Paradise Pier lagoon
This is my first look at Paradise Pier now that they are submerging the World of Color barges. For a long time, the pier was pretty ugly with all those gizmos sticking out of the water.

The Little Mermaid construction
And a look at the progress on The Little Mermaid attraction.

The Little Mermaid construction
From a distance, you can see how big The Little Mermaid ride will be.

Carsland construction
Check out the progress they're making on Cars Land.

Carsland construction
The mountains have trees on them.

Carsland construction
Rock work emerges.

Carsland construction
Could the white metal structure beside the Mission Logo be the skeleton to Flo's?

Miner '49ers
I heard The Miner '49ers playing as I passed by the Rushin' River Outfitters. Always nice to happen upon them.

Grizzly RIver Run closed
Here's a look at the drained Grizzly River Run. I don't think anyone was complaining that this ride was closed. The temperature was in the high 50's during the day and quickly dropped into the 40's after sundown.

Whitewater Snacks nachos
I ate dinner at an often overlooked dining location - White Water Snacks - located near the pool in the Grand Californian Hotel. It's quiet, out of the way, and rarely has a crowd. Ricky raves over the nachos so I had to try them. And he was right. So good.

Grand Californian lobby
On my way out of the Grand Californian a friend pointed out that the carpet matches the marble floor - as if it's an extension of the marble. I'd never noticed it before. I love the Disney touches.

So that was my day (and another ParkSpotting trip) at the Disneyland Resort. This is an exciting time to be a passholder. It is changing before our very eyes.

California Adventure construction walls


Jeremiah Daws and his brother Josh are theme park fans and filmmakers living the dream in California.
Follow their adventures at DawsBrothers.com.


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