Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA
Hidey ho, readerino! It's been a couple of weeks since we last visited the Disneyland Resort, and changes have been a'happenin'! So much so that I've decided to split this week's update into two so that you're not overwhelmed by the shear magnitude of photos being presented. Today, we'll take a look at a couple of update mainstays from the past year--"Star Wars" Land and the inter-related Rivers of America re-imagining, two projects that hit major milestones this past week or so. Tomorrow, we'll follow up with some general park updates--including the reopening of several attractions and establishments in Fantasyland, plus the nearly completed Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! attraction.
But first, lets head back to a long two days ago in a galaxy very, very near...
"Star Wars" Land: First Order Attraction
A couple of weeks ago, I posted an update showing how massive the show building for the First Order E-Ticket coming to "Star Wars" Land was becoming. Well, two weeks later, and the site's trying to demonstrate that if you thought that was monumental, you ain't seen nothing yet. A substantial amount of steel has gone up along the Disneyland Drive side of the site, greatly increasing the building footprint of this sure-to-be epic ride. Formwork and preparations for concrete largely continue just south of the two story built portion of the structure, which seems to get more and more expansive. Crazy to think that literally three months ago, the site only looked like this.
"Star Wars" Land: Millennium Falcon Attraction
The most noticeable development in "Star Wars" Land, however, has been the rise of the area's second E-Ticket attraction, which will let guests pilot the Millennium Falcon through a thrilling mission. Yes, after months of foundation prep-work, the Millennium Falcon ride is now vertical. The first few sets of columns, beams, and steel framing have been erected, starting from what will be the public side of the attraction. That means things should start to pick up at this part of the site soon as well!
"Star Wars" Land: Everything Else
The focus continues to be the berm that abuts the Rivers of America, since that part of the park will need to be opened by mid-summer or so, based on the current schedule. The Disneyland Railroad bridge over the Critter Country path into "Star Wars" Land continues to cure (that is, when concrete hardens and gains strength). Not quite as much obvious development along the other entrance, though.
Rivers of America
Since it forms the other side of , the "Star Wars" Land, and it is reopening in just a couple short months, the Rivers of America has presumably become the major target for construction schedule. This week, I noticed that the backside of the river has been filled with water, and the dam and construction wall obscuring this re-routed side of the rivers has been largely removed! Although work is still needed along the rocks and naturalistic geology and landscaping along this area where both the Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad track will run, it is mostly finishing. It will be very exciting to see how this all turns out. I'm willing to bet it will be great.
That is what's going on at Disneyland for today, but as I mentioned, we'll be back tomorrow with the second half to the update, looking at some of the more miscellaneous developments around the park. Now go forth and be good people to each other, and enjoy a happy National Chocolate Chip Day! (It's true; look it up.)
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