As the state of California and its individual municipalities continue to enforce tougher restrictions to combat the ongoing pandemic, the Disneyland Resort has decided to halt all construction projects for the time being in order to do even more to help flatten the curve. Unfortunately, two of those construction projects include the highly anticipated Marvel-themed Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Disneyland park’s Toontown area.
But Avengers Campus and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway were not the only two construction projects underway or at the Disneyland Resort this quarter and later this year. Other projects included a continued refurbishment of the Haunted Mansion and Snow White’s Scary Adventure. There were also plans for a major overhaul of the Indiana Jones Adventure ride in Adventureland.
According to the OC Register, Disney issued permits in the days leading up to the closure for the following projects:
A $100,000 “crown castle” antenna cell site on the roof of a building in the new Marvel-themed Avengers Campus.
A $7.5 million attraction building with offices, restrooms and break room for cast members. Referred to as Building 6205, the 120,000-square-foot site sounds like the location for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway behind Mickey’s Toontown.
Refurbishment of Indiana Jones Adventure attraction. Previous permits revealed Disneyland crews would replace a plank bridge and its steel structure in the show set of the Indy attraction and refurbish rockwork. The latest permits call for the replacement of a motor control center and work on the lighting in the motion-base dark ride.
A $200,000 renovation of Disneyland’s Frontierland entrance. The project calls for the widening of an existing bridge and the replacement of a pair of 15-foot-tall faux wooden gates and a 16-foot-long marquee.
A $350,000 reroof of the Cider Mill and Blacksmith shop on Tom Sawyer’s Island. The work includes the removal and reinstallation of a scenic prop platform. The rustic building on the tip of Tom Sawyer’s Island serves as the centerpiece for Disneyland’s nightly Fantasmic water show.
A $115,000 reroof of Mickey’s House in Toontown where visitors meet the famous mouse and pose for photos.
A $1.1 million Space Mountain emergency exit exterior staircase.
Electrical and lighting work in the Westward Ho Trading Co. retail shop in Frontierland.
A $30,000 shade canopy in the Simba parking lot used by Downtown Disney shoppers.
Mayne Disney fans had hoped that the 18-day closure would help expedite the construction process now that there was no need to try and hide the mess and work around the open park. But since Disney has decided not to move forward with construction while the parks are closed, one can only hope significant progress was made before Disneyland and Disney California Adventure closed their gates.
A similar situation happened across the country at the Walt Disney World Resort. There were numerous construction jobs happening at once. including, the major revamp of EPCOT, the construction of the TRON Lightcycle/Run coaster, and the Royal Makeover of Cinderella Castle. However, all of that construction was halted only a few days after the closure.
As of March 23, 2020, Avengers Campus is still scheduled to open at Disney California Adventure on July 18, 2020. We at Inside the Magic will watch to see if anything changes.