Writing and photography by Gabriel Montoya.
Rainy days at Disneyland are an Annual Passholder’s dream. Many people stay away from the parks to avoid being dumped on by the occasionally California rains. During our much needed recent rain, the crowds did not show up! This allowed for some great pictures of the construction walls and scaffolding around the recent projects at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Some of the construction walls around the Starcade have now come down but nothing can be seen inside. The doors nearest to the exit of Space Mountain are still covered up. According to the Cast Member (Pictured), it is being used for strollers and has no plans of being changed back to an arcade. Very sad news for those of us who grew up with the great arcade games the location use to offer.
Red Light at Autopia:
Although Autopia is at a red light, construction has the big green light to continue. The construction comes as Mobil is no longer the sponsor of the attraction. The new sponsor is going to be Honda! It will be interesting to see how the attraction changes, based on it’s new sponsor. No longer are we going to have the wide mouthed car characters that were reminiscent of Wallace and Gromit. What ever the changes, it will be exciting to see a opening day attraction get some well deserved TLC.
Wrong Side of the Tracks!
One new experience added to Disneyland is the ability to go on the wrong side of the tracks, as it is affectionately called by the cast members. For many years, the New Orleans Train Stations Telegraph Office was unreachable. Now with the recent closures and construction for the much anticipated Star Wars Land, we are able to once again enjoy some of the finer details of Walt’s park.
In all honesty, this is what makes Disneyland wonderful. The smaller and seemingly insignificant additions to beloved attractions. For many people, crossing over these train tracks has been a dream and now they finally get to do it. If you are visiting Disneyland any time soon, make sure to add this onto your list of things to do.
Its a rare opportunity to get this close to Disneyland history:
Currently, Jungle Cruise is getting its usual refurbishment. As of now, there are no new plans of adding new scenes or additions to the attractions (Only Rumors). But even when the attraction is closed, you can find some silly skippers having a good laugh outside the construction walls.
SUMMARY: There is a lot going on right now at the Happiest Place on Earth! Although many of the attractions are down for refurbishment or permanent closures, it does not take away from the magic that Disneyland continues to serve on a daily basis. That is the history of Disneyland, CHANGE. Many people are not happy about recent closures and construction, but I can always count on Walt Disney’s words to help fans cope with those constant and inevitable changes.
“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
– Walt Disney
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