Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Part 1 covered Disneyland Park, in Part 2, Jason looks at what’s new in Disney California Adventure.
Beginning on Buena Vista Street. Oswald’s has its signage now.
A quick look at Buena Vista Street. Less than six weeks till opening now.
The Soarin’ sign has been replaced/fixed.
No visible changes to the Taste Pilot’s Grill sign.
The Carthay is nearing completion. All the scaffolding is gone and the marquee looks ready to go.
Painters working this morning.
The bridge is looking complete, notice the lights on it now.
A sign being painted on the side of the cafe.
Caught a little of the Minnie Fly Girls Charter Airline show. They had a traditional Minnie in the show, the one with the articulating head was not used. Also she lost her cap while taking the stage.
Some work going on above Off the Page.
The studios section of the Backlot is being taken over by the Mad T Party.
The bar area looks more stationary now compared to ElecTRONica and Glow Fest where it was rolled in nightly.
Plenty of signs telling you what is coming.
The main stage is set to look like a table and features a lot of lights and an led/video wall. Also note it is set up to open toward the other stage.
Moving on toward the House of Cards. Another impressive structure.
They were working on coating the cement.
There will be an arcade as part of the party too.
The Catering Co truck has had the ElecTRONica wrap removed.
The cab photo op outside Monsters, Inc. has not returned.
The gate was open into Cars Land. Cast member families were invited to test out the flying tires attraction.
The old It’s Tough to Be a Bug Fastpass machine area is behind wraps. Internet speculation is this will be used as the Fastpass distribution area for the Radiator Springs Racers to help with the expected crowding this summer. (Note the Racers do have their own FP area but rumor is it will not be used till things calm down).
Pluto out for pictures.
Chip and Dale trying to get some ice cream.
Route 66 has been resurfaced. Guessing this is the final surface which means things are on the final stretch.
Looks like the line for the Flying Tires… only six more weeks and we can be spending hours in line there too!
The Little Mermaid was closed for a few days while I was gone for some upkeep. They switched out the CG film clips with traditional animation.
And the big change is Ariel now sports a new hairdo in the Under the Sea area. The ice cream cone do is gone.
Here is a ride through video.
Another new animation clip.
The California Screamin’ queue work is done.
The stand has been removed from near the swings (this is the icee one).
Here is a look at Buena Vista Street from Monorail Blue.
A second pass through DCA on Monorail Orange. The new Candy Store sign is installed.
Heading back to DCA. What a difference as you approach the park now.
Forgot to mention the Cars gang has moved on.
But the merchandise booths remain.
No parade lights yet in this area.
The setting sun made for some great lighting.
Time for a spin on the Fun Wheel.
Two Racers were stopped on the track. Wonder if it was a planned stop? They were in a perfect photo location. Also noticed the Finish line sign is now up.
The lights were turned on by my second time around. Looks like all the neon is now on Flos
Guess they are not covering the remaining portion of the backside?
Now some ground level shots.
The radar dish/Condor Flats sign has been removed.
Made a quick pass through DCA later in the evening to see Cars Land. The photos make the rocks look much more red than they did in person.
Part 3 will feature photos from Downtown Disney. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com. I have also been Tweeting live pictures from the parks @disneygeekcom.