Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com was roaming the parks on Friday, September 16, 2011 – the first day of this year’s Halloween Time celebration. Here is Part 2 of his update, with photos of the construction progress at Disney California Adventure and the Disneyland Hotel.
Here are the new seasonal park maps.
Moving over to Disney California Adventure…
A look toward the entrance of DCA from the monorail. Notice on the left the old ATM building is gone and the front of the restroom/locker building has been removed.
Circling back around for another pass. A look into the former Greetings from California store. It appears to be completely gutted now.
On the other side, looking toward the Carthay Circle Theater.
The Carthay Circle Theater received its topper since my last visit.
Now that the Greetings from California store is closed, the former Cars Meet-and-Greet location across from Soarin’ is a temporary Photo Pass and merchandise location.
Some of the walls have been moved around a little. You can now walk right up to/by the Condor Flats sign.
The planter area is out from behind walls and now sports low rails and more green.
The demolition work on the stores has been progressing.
They look to be fairly well gutted.
The Greetings from California sign is slowly coming down.
Palm trees are now in place by the Pump House at the end of Buena Vista Street.
Moving to Cars Land, the Cadillac Range is more impressive with every visit. There is quite a bit of greenery in on the back left of this shot now.
The framing of the courthouse is moving along.
The scaffolding around the radiator cap is slowly being removed.
Several workers were gathered around the turntables at Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree – they were testing the ride system.
There’s more visible progress every time.
The telephone poles are making their way down the street.
Some of the nice wood railings along Paradise Bay have been replaced with these metal designs. So you can no longer rest/lean on them and take pictures (comfortably).
If you were curious how they were attached here is an unfinished area.
Duffy’s photo area is decked out for Halloween.
And Duffy has a Halloween costume, too.
California Screamin’ is closed for some scheduled work. They are replacing the loop and painting.
These photos of Cars Land were taken from the Fun Wheel.
Notice all the trees being brought in on the right. Also the walls are being extended behind the Cozy Cones. No visible progress on the cone itself though.
Here you can get a better view of some of the trees that are being brought in.
Hmm.. Thought this was interesting. A group walking the Radiator Springs Racers track. I could not tell if they were inspecting it or if they were just walking.
Flo’s V-8 Cafe, and in the background trees are going in to the Luigi’s Flying Tires queue.
More scaffolding is down and you can now start to make out one of the bridges on Radiator Springs Racers.
Looking at the Carthay now. Here you get a good view of the elements that have been added around the top.
The window of Tower of Terror’s Gift shop.
ElecTRONica is closed till the end of the month, and this area between Schmoozies and MuppetVision is walled off. You had to cut through the Muppets queue or go all the way around by Monsters, Inc.
Another look at the Carthay Circle Theater and the access path between Condor Flats and Hollywood Studios Backlot.
Construction walls are up around the front entrance of the Disneyland Hotel. But they were nice enough to put some windows in so I could take pictures of what was going on behind them.
The lobby work is progressing and some of the recently finished areas are open and accessible. The new clean look really brought to mind the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.
Work is still continuing in other areas.
New pavement between the Fantasy Tower and the E-ticket pool area.
I thought this area was interesting – you can see the new (left) and the old.
A look at the E-Ticket pool area (this is the old Neverland Pool area). The exterior of the Fantasy Tower looks to be done.
Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com