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Disneyland Resort Updates from January 12

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 12, 2018.

In this picture set I take a look at the many projects going on around the Disneyland Resort this winter. For a more in depth look at these as well as other random pictures be sure to visit my full update.

Preparation work for the new parking structure and tram stop at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure is underway. Planters are being removed so they can re-route the trams. The new structure will be built on the Pinocchio Parking lot.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

New billboards at the tram stop featuring the new marketing slogan on them.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Now onto the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge check. Here is a video overview from the roof of the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.



A long shot of the side facing Disneyland Drive. Notice the exterior siding is now all installed on both buildings.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The peaks in the distance and to the left more support steel for rock work taking shape.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Panning right to the shorter of the peaks visible over the Battle Escape Building. The scaffolding is up and it looks ready for concrete.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Further right the taller of the shorter peaks has most of its wire mesh installed so you can see the shape and scaffolding is going up.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Continuing to the right toward Critter Country. They are sealing the roof of the concrete structure that was recently created. Dirt will most likely be brought in all the way to the top of the black.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Most of the Chip and Dale level of the parking structure is blocked off as they prepare for tram stop changes.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Here you can see the current route to the left and a fenced in walkway from the stairs to the crossing on the right.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

In Downtown Disney, Ride Makerz has closed.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The Build-a-Bear is closed too, but The Dress Shop remains open for now.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Finishing touches continue on the exterior of Splitsville. No opening date has been announced.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Furniture is now visible inside.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

New winter plantings throughout Downtown Disney.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Arriving at Disneyland. Most signs of Christmas are gone from the parks now. Only a few random decorations and Small World Holiday remain. A large project has taken over Main Street. The horse-drawn streetcar tracks are being completely replaced for the first time in the park's history. Several of the rails and tracks are original from 1955. So as you enter the park you are greeted by construction walls that block off Town Square.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The view from the train station. They are working on the perimeter of Town Square, the center portion is untouched.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Plastic and boards are down to protect the concrete and areas that are not being worked on.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The straight portion of the street is not behind walls yet. They are working on the two ends first.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The hub is also encircled with construction walls.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

One piece of equipment was visible working over the wall.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Sleeping Beauty Castle. The Christmas decorations, lights and icicles are all gone. Snow remains.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Walls up along the grass opposite Small World.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

A check of the Star Wars peaks from the Miss Daisy.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

A winter Annual Passholder popcorn special has started.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The AP bucket.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

In Fantasyland Dumbo is behind walls. In addition to a regular renovation they are moving the queue and adding a new shade structure to it.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Walls ring northern edge of Fantasyland around Dumbo.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Haunted Mansion is closed for a couple weeks for removal of the holiday overlay. It looks like they may be working on the queue for Haunted Mansion. A lot of plastic covers up in the area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

A check of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge from the Mark Twain. More wire mesh and scaffolding being added.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Over at Disney California Adventure, the Festival of Holidays marketplaces and signs are all gone.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

A different AP popcorn bucket is for sale at DCA, the one on the left.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Grizzly River Run is closed for its annual renovation work.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

A Fastpass cart out in the Bay Area being used for Toy Story FastPass distribution since the regular area is behind walls. This saves a lot of steps. No indication of return times though, so you have to ask, check the app, or look at someone's ticket.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Walls are also up around the Sonoma Terrace area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Christmas decorations are removed from the Pier entrance sign but not the Paradise Pier sign yet. Beyond the sign notice the canopy is gone and Treasures in Paradise sign is removed too.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Ariel's Grotto is closed and the signs on the left side are gone.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

All the gondolas on the Fun Wheel are removed for renovation.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Walls are up around Screamin' as it is being transformed into the Incredicoaster.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Walking toward Toy Story Mania, which remains open.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The walkway narrows a bit as you go further along.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Walls up at Toy Story blocking the rest of the pier. The line on the right is for Stand-by. FastPass return uses the regular handicap access path adjacent to the store.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Scaffolding is going up around the launch hill of Screamin.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

King Triton's is also still open.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The top of the loop has been removed from the coaster for renovation and guessing access.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The queue cover for the Fun Wheel has been removed.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

No visible change to the stores yet.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Walls are up from Boardwalk Pizza to the swings forming a dead end.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The Bakery Tour is closed until February, the cafe is still open though.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Route 66, Cars Land. Christmas is removed but the poles on the right have not been removed yet.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The current park maps feature the same images as the banners and billboards with the new marketing campaign. I prefer the attraction or entertainment covers to some random kid.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Returned to Disneyland. This gives an idea of how narrow the entry is now with the construction.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

Small World holiday runs January 21.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The flags in Town Square stay up all night due to the construction. There is a spot light on them.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

The back portion of the Chip and Dale level was in use today.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 12, 2018

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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.









The previous post in this blog was Disneyland Resort Updates from January 5.

The next post in this blog is Disney California Adventure Lunar New Year Celebration - the Year of the Dog.

Comments (1)

Dana Privette:

My goodness! It's been such a long time since you've been able to post a walk-thru of Disneyland (which I soo look forward to btw) without ugly construction walls ruining the vibe and scenery of those beautiful parks. I can't believe that anyone would even choose to plan a vacation there at this point in time. I wonder do you know how business and sales are being affected? It would be interesting to hear for sure. I always think that Disneyland would probably be better off shutting down for a good year for an entire overhaul lol. I was last there 3 years ago and it was a sad state of affairs. I'd like to plan another trip to the West coast if they ever finish the construction but as it is now it would just break my heart to see it.

**** Jason's Reply *****
Thanks, glad you enjoy the posts. There are always projects going on around the Disneyland resort between new undertakings, renovations, or updates. My photo sets tend to really focus on them and may make it seem a little worse than it really is. This time of year is the "off season" with usually worse weather, kids in school, and not a popular travel time. So there are a lot of projects underway and renovation work going on around the parks. Overall crowds seem as high or higher than normal with very few extremely low crowd days the last few years thanks to Annual Passes, resident promotions, or celebrations like Lunar New Year and Food & Wine Festival.

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