Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 – Part 1

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, December 16, 2011. The main focus of Part 1 is to check in on the progress of Cars Land as well as Buena Vista Street. Part 2 will feature Disneyland and some of the holiday festivities.

I arrived at the Disneyland Resort right as the afternoon winds were kicking up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Heading to DCA first to check out the construction progress. The facades on the West side of the street are slowly taking shape.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

More framing going up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The backside.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

There were posted warnings that if the winds continue World of Color may be cancelled (it was not). Also surprising they were still passing out Fastpasses in the Yellow section for the first show, an indication that the park was not too crowded yet.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Everything looks so peaceful from this shot. (the winds were really howling at this point).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

They were keeping everyone clear of the Christmas tree due to the winds.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Thanks to the winds it was fairly clear as you looked around from the Fun Wheel.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

A wider shot of the Radiator Springs Racers area.. wow is it impressive!

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The base of the radiator cap is moving along.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The RS can be seen now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The arch by the Wharf is just about painted. Also there is now a tree there.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The Curios store signage is up now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The courthouse/firehouse looks great!

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Over to the Flying Tires area. Looks like the lights are going in (you can see them strung in the background as well as the lifts).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Ramone’s sign is up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The Cozy Cones are inching along. Also the backstage fence behind them looks to have been painted.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Behind the cones it is hard to tell what is going on.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

A look at Mater’s, notice there is a tractor out (about the middle of the shot). Also more props near the shack.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The rock work makes a great backdrop for the Wharf. What a difference!

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

They were painting the underside of the archway.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Filmore’s windmill was going full speed thanks to the wind. Here is a riveting video of the windmill in action from two angles for those who are interested.

Sarge’s has received the first layer of its roof.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The sign for Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Not sure what to call it but something else out in from of Filmore’s.. guess it is a windmill of sorts?

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

A wider shot of the area. The trees do look great.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The most exciting change… Route 66 has received its blacktop. It is really moving along.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Cannot wait to see this at night!

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

More details emerging.. notice the lamp post by Filmore’s

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

A look down Route 66. Stanley’s base is installed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Over to Mater’s. More props installed around the shack.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

In Flik’s Fun Fair, Flik’s Flyers were closed temporarily.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

As were the fountains.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The walls were down around the Red Car stop near Tower of Terror.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Only visible change to me was this strip under where it will stop. Guessing this is a sensor of some kind. Wonder if it is for charging too?

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Much of the scaffolding on the Carthay Circle Theater is now down. And the details are starting to emerge.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Moving on. Here is the East side of the street. Scaffolding up around the old Candy store sign and the Elias and Company facade steel is up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The West side (where the train used to be)

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

The palm trees have been opened up, just in time for the winds to give them a work out.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

Bright new gas pumps in Condor Flats.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 - Part 1

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

Jason is a guest contributor from disneygeek.com sharing pictures, thoughts and observations from his Disney travels with a west coast focus. He has been posting Disney-related content to his site since 1994. He has visited all 12 Disney theme parks over the years plus has had many other Disney adventures. He is a programmer by trade, and has helped with several projects here on AllEars.net over the years.

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2 Replies to “Disneyland Resort Photo Update 12/16/11 – Part 1”

  1. The video clip reminds me of a windmill on my grandfather’s farm in north central Missouri during the late 1950s. A crank and rod mechanism attached to the hub drove a mechanical piston pump to supply groundwater for the livestock. Now we have aerodynamically optimized wind turbines to generate electricity. What goes around, comes around; literally in this case.