DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Anaheim, California (Abbreviation: DCA)
Walt Disney Theme Parks
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(5/22/13) After doing a little more digging about the concept of the blending the Soarin’ Over the Horizon ride concept with the new Planes movie (MORE...)
(5/20/13) Disney & More reports that the top secret new version of Soarin’ opening at Shanghai Disneyland in 2015 is expected to be called Soarin’ Over The Horizon, essentially a Global version of the Soarin’ concept (MORE...)
(4/24/13) Good news for DCA fans… Soarin’ Over California opened to guests on Sunday. (MORE...)
(3/22/13) Disneyland Resort fans who love the Aladdin show will be excited to know that after a year and a half absence the Flying Carpet is back in the show. Also (MORE...)
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General Park News - (4/24/13) Good news for DCA fans… Soarin’ Over California opened to guests on Sunday. If you want to know more about the reason behind the sudden closure and how it links to Space Mountain’s closure, make the jump over to our Disneyland page.
(3/22/13) Disneyland Resort fans who love the Aladdin show will be excited to know that after a year and a half absence the Flying Carpet is back in the show. I received word from several very excited readers who frequent the Disneyland parks about this, but I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t even know the flying carpet was out of the show still. (LOL! My Bad...)
I do recall the event that put it out of the show however back in September 2011, the final straw that broke the camel’ss back with the troublesome carpet was when Aladdin and the Carpet flipped upsidedown during the middle of a performance and got stuck that way. Jump ahead to about the 50 second mark in the video below and you can relive this particular moment yourself. Fortunately for Aladdin, he’s strapped in nice and tight to the carpet, so he wasn’t going anywhere.
In other news, Grizzly River Run also reopened last week after a lengthy rehab. ThemeParkHD has posted a new video twilight run through the newly refurbished ride showing off a light of the cool lighting used on the attraction after the sun goes down.
(3/4/13) Screamscape has been informed that Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is “tented up” on one side so they can replace the floor surface of the attraction under the cars. Over time the ride cars have scrapped and scratched up the floor surfacing a bit too much, so they are replacing it with something a bit more durable.
(2/28/13) According to a park guest, Grizzly River Run was spotted testing earlier today as they work towards reopening the ride on Friday. Meanwhile they also reported that Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree had one turntable “tented up” and devoid of cars. I’m not sure if they are still working out the padding issues with the car seats or if this may be work on another matter.
(2/22/13) Disney has started showing an exclusive 4D preview of Oz the Great and Powerful at California Adventure inside the MuppetVision 3D theater. The preview will continue through to the end of March. You can see pictures of the setup over at ThemeParkTourist.
(2/11/13) FastPass attractions at Disneyland and California Adventure have begun putting up signs to notify guests that they will begin to enforce the 1-hour window printed on the FastPass tickets. We saw this go into effect last year at Walt Disney World as well, as an anticipated move about a year-ahead of the test launch of FastPass+.
Previously, one could get a FastPass ticket for 1pm to 2pm, but simply hold onto it and come back at any point later in the day and still use it, even though this was never the original intention of the system. I don’t know if this is a sign that the Disneyland Resort will also launch FastPass+ in about a year for Summer 2014 or not, or if this is just their way to trying to apply the same set of rules to all the parks in the US. Time will tell, but consider yourself warned that when it comes to FastPass tickets, you use them or you lose them from now on.
(1/21/13) ThemeParkPOVs has submitted to us what they claim in the first POV video of Radiator Springs Racers shot in HD+ (4k Resolution), shot with a Canon EOS-1D C. Whatever it is… the footage is beautiful to look at. Check it out below!
(1/14/13) ThemeParkPOVS has added an extensive photo update showing off the refurbishment progress on Grizzly River Run.
(1/9/13) The Blue Sky Cellar will open to guests on January 19th and feature a new display showing off artwork and models for the new Fantasy Faire addition to Disneyland as well as artwork for the new Mickey and the Magical Map show.
(11/12/12) The Mad T Party will add in some special seasonal spice as we approach the winter holiday season. According to the Disney Parks Blog the event will add new Christmas decorations to the mix, special edition silver tokens at the Mad Arcade, new songs and even some snowfall.
(11/8/12) I’m told that the special “Frankenweenie” segement of MuppetVision 3D is being removed to add in a new Prep and Landing: Naughty vs Nice segment, complete with 4D effects that will run from Nov. 15th through to Jan. 6th, 2013. This actually isn’t a bad idea... as the Prep and Landing shows are not only cute, but very popular holiday TV specials. Now if only they could find a storyline to allow for a year-round Prep & Landing 4D show that would make a great replacement for Captain EO in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
(9/19/12) The OC Register reports that Disney will make some adjustments to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree next month. The ride is expected to remain open, as crews will install some new padded seating to the ride cars sometime in early October. The article also mentions that Disney had previously removed the beach balls from Luigi’s Flying Tires after five reported injuries were sent to the state from guests complaining about being hit by the beach balls.
(9/3/12) According to the OC Register, from September 14 through November 5th the MuppetVision 3D show will stop showing Muppetvision at night in order to show off a short sneak preview version of the new Frankenweenie movie opening in theaters on October 5th.
(8/20/12) Inside the Magic reports that Disneyland management have decided to remove the beach balls from Luigi’s Flying Tires. Despite the PR speak about making modifications to the ride for guest satisfaction, it’s a good bet that a few grumpy vocal guests didn’t care for getting hit with a beach ball during the ride. They do mention that they are “looking forward to introducing new creative elements to the attraction in the future.” Should be interesting to see what comes next. They also report that the speed of the ride will be increased soon as Disney has plans to remove about 20 pounds of extra weight from each vehicle, which should help increase the thrills as many felt the Tires moved too slowly.
(8/9/12) A great video about the hidden technology involved with the Glow with the Show hats and how they interact with the Worlds of Color show and elsewhere in the park was put online by Disney. Check it out below.
(6/27/12) MiceAge has a great update this week, full of new shocking details revealed about the state of things at the Disneyland Resort after seeing the first full week of operation changes due to the reborn Disney California Adventure park. Not only have the park-hopping guests responded by choosing to enter DCA first in the morning when given a choice, but on most days DCA has been packing in a bigger crowd that Disneyland, which was previously unthinkable.
The entire park, and not just Cars Land, has also been getting extremely high guest satisfaction numbers in the surveys all week, seeming to prove that all the money spent has indeed solved “The DCA Problem”.
(6/15/12) The Disney Parks Blog talks about a really interesting new addition to the Disneyland Resort’s merchandise arsenal being added starting June 15th. It’s a new high-tech set of Mouse Ears that they are calling Glow with the Show Ears. These will only be sold in California Adventure and after dark these new ears will light up as you walk around the park and during specific events, or at specific sites, they will perform specific actions. For example the glowing ears will twinkle and change color along with certain segments of the World of Color show.
According to Steve Davison, “during the show, guests become part of the ocean with the Little Mermaid, a shining galaxy of stars for WALL-E and Eve, an extension of the Genie’s magic in ‘Friend Like Me,’ among other interactive explosions of color throughout the entire show. It truly brings the show’s environment out of the lagoon and into the audience in an amazing and dazzling new way!” Disney’s isn’t giving away all of the secret places the ears will work, but they do mention they will also interact with the Mad T Party as well.
2013 - New Disney Junior Show - Now Open - (12/20/12) The Disney Junior show at Disney California Adventure will be closing sometime in February for an update. When it reopens in March, Screamscape sources tell us that Handy Manny and the Little Einsteins characters will be removed in favor of adding two new popular Disney character properties: Doc McStuffins and Sophia the First. Look for these new characters to be featured in the new show alongside Jake & The Neverland Pirates and Mickey Mouse Club characters.
2016 - Monstropolis / Door Coaster - Rumor - (4/15/13) The latest rumor posted to MiceChat in the last week claims that the projected attendance levels expected to swamp Disney California Adventure over the next several years may be close to convincing management to fund a massive Phase 2 expansion plan for DCA.
As we all know the Hollywood area of the park was pretty much left alone, other than running the new trolley car line through the middle of the tree. This new plan could see MuppetVision 4D and the former Who Wants to Be a Millionaire building (Stage 17) removed to make way for a major new Monsters themed E-Ticket ride. Yep… the are now looking at building that indoor Door Coaster ride project once proposed for Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. The existing Monsters Inc. dark ride next door would remain, and they could rethemed this back area as a sort of mini Monsters land. If approved, this could see the light of day by 2016.
2016 - Soarin’ Over the Horizon - Rumor - (5/22/13) After doing a little more digging about the concept of the blending the Soarin’ Over the Horizon ride concept with the new Planes movie, I realized one very important thing. The two concepts, while being slightly complimentary, are materially foreign enough to each other to keep any kind of Planes theming down to a minimum. In other words... IF there is any kind of true Planes tie-in at all made there, look for it to be restricted mainly to the queue and pre-show experience.
After all, the entire point of the Soarin’ ride is to show us REAL footage of the beautiful sights, landmarks and wondrous natural terrain of the earth itself. If the ride concept were suddenly given a full treatment to become themed to the world of PLANES (which is really the world of Pixar’s CARS) then the ride film would have to be computer animated and show off the false landscapes as seen in the films, rather than the majestic real-world scenery that we enjoy in the current version of Soarin’.
That news should make a number of people feel more at ease about the concept of the next Soarin’ ride, which would essentially sideline any kind of PLANES themeing to serve as pre-ride entertainment in the queue or hosting for the pre-show safety videos instead. Of course, we’re talking about something that isn’t expected to hit the US parks until 2016... and unless PLANES is a huge hit, or something worthy of it’s own sequel or ongoing TV series on the Disney Channel, the general public might have forgotten entirely about it by mid 2016... nearly 3 years after the film hits the silver screen.
So in other words… the chances of a Planes / Soarin’ crossover are not very good at all.
(5/20/13) Disney & More reports that the top secret new version of Soarin’ opening at Shanghai Disneyland in 2015 is expected to be called Soarin’ Over The Horizon, essentially a Global version of the Soarin’ concept featuring famous icons and landcapes from around the world. This same new ride will also come as an update to the existing Soarin’ rides at Epcot in Walt Disney World and to Disney’s California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in 2016.
That said… there may be a slight twist to this entire plan as new details about the upcoming PLANES animated film are slowing comingout. The film, once planned as a direct to DVD spin-off from Pixar’s Cars films was upgraded to a full theatrical feature film release last year. (It is also interesting to note that PLANES is from Walt Disney Animation and not Pixar.) The story behind PLANES involves air races at famous locations all around the world… a storyline that might tie in nicely with this new Soarin’ ride concept as well.
On another front… they also report that the new WDI Twister Ride Patent discovered earlier this month also seems destined to be used with a theme that ties into the Planes movie as well. (Of course, one of our readers also suggested that the Twister Ride system would also be a good one to be used for a Star Wars themed version of ride system… with alternating X-Wings and Tie Fightered themed cars I hope… giving you the ability to try and target the car ahead of you for points.)
(10/22/10) Disney and More has an interesting article about the long rumored, Soarin’ over the World attraction, a follow up to Soarin’ that would feature international locations and expand the ride’s use beyond the American parks and into Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney and possibly beyond.
???? - MuppetVision 2 - Rumor - (1/24/11) Keep in mind that this concept is only just an idea within the Mouse’s house of ideas with no set timeline. I’m hearing that give the popularity the Muppets are starting to recieve once again, WDI is starting to come up with ideas that could be used to make an all new MuppetVision 4D film to replace the old current film which is now 20 years old and revitalize the Muppets attraction once again in California and Florida for the next two decades. I’m told that this idea is one being pitched as part of the second wave of improvements WDI wants to make to California Adventure once they finish the current crop with the opening of Cars Land in 2012. Stay tuned!