From Erin Glover on the Disney Parks Blog:
If you’ve been to the Disneyland Resort in the past couple of days, you may have noticed a few new faces along the Disneyland Monorail line. Here to welcome their “Cars” friends to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, Mandy and Mona Monorails began making trips around the resort yesterday – and they will soon be joined by a third friend, Manny Monorail. You can tell each by their colors: Mandy Monorail is blue, Mona Monorail is orange and Manny Monorail will be red.
Come take a ride on the Disneyland Monorail and visit our three newest Disneyland Resort friends – Manny, Mandy and Mona Monorails!
Let’s have a grand welcome to Larry Delceg! Our newest member of the DLNT crew! He’s going to be helping get us all our photo reports.
This photo report covers DCA, Downtown Disney, and Disneyland. Larry provides images of parades in both parks, updates on the progress in DCA, and colorful shots from our favorite rides and attractions.
The Animation Academy is now displaying a schedule for drawing classes. If a park guest would like to learn how to create a specific Disney character, the time for each lesson is now conveniently displayed on an ‘A Frame’ at the entry.
The Red Car Trolley system will debut on June 15th and the overhead catenary has now been installed above the length of the tracks. High voltage electricity will travel through this catenary to be collected by a pantograph mounted on the roof of each Red Car, providing electricity to the traction motor. This technology not only powered the Trolley system of Los Angeles a century ago, but is also used today to power 200+ mph high speed bullet trains such as France’s TGV.
Overhead catenary in Hollywood Land
Merely a skeleton a year ago, the exterior of the Cathey Circle Theatre is now completed and visible for park guests to admire.
This professional painter was seen skillfully spraying a building on Buena Vista street above the DCA entrance turnstiles. This photo was taken moments before ‘the said photographer’ was ‘busted’ by a cast member and instructed that photos of visible construction workers were not permitted. The next day, the painting of the building and the trim was competed.
With a prolific daily schedule in Condor Flats, ‘Minnie’s Fly Girls’ are already performing a new routine.
The new Downtown Disney Lego Store is now on display for park guests and Anaheim residents to enjoy. An enormous model of a dragon most likely named ‘Murphy’ adorns the exterior – a new ‘must see’ stop for any Disneyland visitor.
Replicas of Buzz and Woody are among the impressive models displayed on the exterior of the new Lego store.
Although beautiful on the inside, the southern exterior wall of the Hyperion Theatre has always been thematically lacking. Currently being remedied, a new wall is under construction which will create an indoor lobby for the stairway and escalators. There is little doubt that the new wall will be themed with exceptional artistry and craftsmanship comparable to other new DCA renovations.
Since the opening of DCA, the front entry of Taste Pilots Grill has proudly displayed a replica of the rocket-jet ‘ X-1′ built by Bell Aircraft. Chuck Yeager made history when he piloted this experimental aircraft “Glamorous Glennis” and broke the sound barrier in 1947. In recognition of this accomplishment, Condor Flats was built to represent the proving ground at Edwards Air force Base and California’s significant contributions to aviation. The replica of the X-1 has recently been removed to be consistent with DCA’s new theme – an era before the sound barrier was broken. It will be interesting to see if a 1930′s vintage aircraft will be installed to replace it.
Fans of ‘Turtle Time with Crush’ know that the only seating in the pre-show vestibule has been the floor. Recently several ‘totally awesome’ couches have been added. These new couches are similar in design to the new couches located in the Animation Academy’s central foyer. Although still inadequate in quantity, this addition is clearly appreciated by Crush’s visitors. Dude!
Appearing periodically in front of the Hyperion Theatre, Monsters Inc. Mayhem is a live performance street show which provides the opportunity for DCA guests to meet their favorite monsters as well as provide electricity for Monstropolis.
An especially abundant quantity of wildlife can be found in Disneyland this spring.
May flowers are now in full bloom.
One of the best Disneyland parades ever, Soundsational is scheduled to continue throughout this spring and summer.
Phenomenal attention to detail can be seen in the craftsmanship of the costumes created for Soundsational.
Hertz for Toddlers
Snowy Oasis in May
Silly Symphony of Swings is one vantage point to catch a quick overview of the current state of construction underway at DCA. However, it is easy to be distracted by the fact that “I can fly!”
Future in the Forest
California Scream’in is the only attraction in DCA which provides a view of construction underway… while inverted.
SR-91 at rush hour…
The ‘Finding Nemo’ submarine ‘Explorer’ was seen penetrating the back side of water and descending into the lagoon below. All passengers survived.
‘Wildest Ride in the Wilderness’ near dusk
Egress of the Mark Twain during ‘Fantasmic’, moments before traveling off stage – into the darkness of the west side of the Rivers of America.
A peaceful and quiet view from the ‘Mickey & Friends’ parking structure – as cast members prepare the parks for another day.
Thanks for reading!
The Lego Store in Downtown Disney is open for business with a host of new features, including Disney featured Lego characters and children’s Lego play areas on the outside and on the second floor! Carnation Garden is now closed…forever, and I capture shots of Matterhorn and Buena Vista street from the Monorail.
I wonder what this new thing is?
About to ride the Monorail & catch a glimpse of Matterhorn & Buena Vista Street progress.
Look at the new ride vehicles back there.
Thanks for reading!
Have a wonderful day!
As of today, Disneystore.com (formerly Disneyshopping.com before a quick name change took place just a few days ago) is now offering a large assortment of merchandise from the U.S. Disney Parks:
Mickey and the gang welcome you to “Bring the Magic Home with You” through the Disney Store website
Among the Walt Disney World and Disneyland merchandise available are Mickey Mouse ear hats, character autograph books, photo albums, toys (including the monorail playset and some of its accessories), apparel, snowglobes, big figures, small statues, home decor, and much more. You can start shopping right now at this link.
My parents visited the Disneyland Resort today while I was unfortunately in school. The reason for this visit was my father’s birthday, and he of course got his Birthday Fun Card. Here’s some photos they were able to get for us:
Monorail Orange pulling into the Downtown Disney Monorail Station
Food and Wine Festival banners in Downtown Disney
A tent has been set up in the middle of Sunshine Plaza for the Festival Welcome Center
The Lounge of Tomorrow has uncovered the first pictures of the soon to debut Monorail Orange:
This monorail looks just as spectacular as Red and Blue, and you can expect it to debut sometime this summer. Stay tuned to Disneyland News Today for the latest.
Here are a couple of interesting updates from our friends over at Screamscape:
I’ve been informed that the previously listed Pirates month long rehab of Pirates one scheduled for Mid October has been delayed until sometime in early 2009. On a fun note however, the next time you in pirates see if you can spot a couple of boats that look a little different from the rest. Apparently they are currently running two new prototype boats in advance of the early 2009 rehab, trying to work out the bugs and and see what kind of effect these new boats have on the attraction.
Apparently you may be able to see the new Monorail Orange occasional on the track just outside the barn from the freeway. From one eyewitness report it looked like the windows were still covered up with plastic-wrap.
However don’t expect Monorail Orange to be up & running (even testing) for quite a while.
The What’s HapPINing official Disney pin blog put up a preview of a pin being release next year, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Monorail system:
It should be safe to say that Disneyland will somehow be celebrating the 50th anniversary of not only the Monorail, but also the Submarine Voyage & the Matterhorn next summer.
We now have confirmation that Monorail Orange did arrive at the Pongo parking lot yesterday, thanks to a couple of pictures from David “Darkbeer” Michael (plenty more of which are available on his SmugMug page):
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