Friday, March 30, 2012

Stanley Has Arrived

This morning I was told that the statue of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs was installed in front of the Courthouse.

I rush over there early this morning to check it out.

Yup, I see him.  But of course there is a truck parked in the way.

I knew it would probably be awhile before that truck even moves, so I decided to leave and come back later in the day

Around 4p.m. I head back to Disney California Adventure...

There he is.  The plaque below states "Stanley Our Founder 1909"

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March of the Wires

Between Tuesday March 27 and Thursday March 29, Disney California Adventure was holding a sneak peek for Cars Land and Disney California Adventure merchandise for Annual Passholders. Because of the sneak peek, Disney thought there would be a huge demand to get their hands on the merchandise before the general public.  And because of this thought, Disney California Adventure was to open early to accommodate the huge crowd. But less than 50 AP's had shown up.

So on Tuesday, Disney California Adventure attractions were to try and open at 9am.  Obviously to the paying Guest entering the Park that early, they couldn't be happier.  Because of the low turn out on the first day, it seems as though Disney decided to open up a bit later.  So they tried to for the attractions to open at 9:15am.  Still very few AP's showed up that early for the sneak peek of merchandise. But the Park was open to all those who entered.

Because of the past two days, I wondered if they would do that today, which is the final preview day. I didn't want to take any chances. So I got up an hour early, got ready, and walked to the Resort.  I had gotten to the Resort around 9:15am to this...

Disney California Adventure still closed.  Looks like no getting in early today like the previous two days.  The gates finally opened at 9:30am

Checking out Buena Vista Street entrance construction

Looking towards the Carthay Circle Theatre

Seems like Grizzly opened up early.

As I waited for the rest of Disney California Adventure to open, I had noticed this outdoor vending cart. This used to be between the restrooms and smoking section.  Maybe the smell of the smoke was too much and moved across the street to this location.  There seems a big enough space for it too since this portion of the Little Mermaid queue isn't used.

Park opens and I rush to Mickey's Fun Wheel ...

Cozy Cone Motel

"Flo's" and "Cafe" have been installed

Close up of the backside of "Flo's" "Cafe"

Some tire topiaries can be seen in Luigi's Flying Tires

Radiator Springs Courthouse

Fencing installed around the Cozy Cone building

I have no idea what this is referring to

Looking at path that links Flik's Fun Fair and Cars Land

Green replaces the teal

The fab 5 graphics have adorn the plain refurb wall for the Cove Bar

Pretty flowers.  Speaking of flowers...

Fillmore's Taste-In

Looking at the different flavored drums

Sarge's Surplus Hut neon sign installed

Exit sign for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree

Model of the new bobsleds found in the Blue Sky Cellar

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree tires

Heading to Buena Vista Street

Elias & Co department store

Copper gutters

Signs for the AP merchandise preview

Buena Vista Street stores

Wires that will support the Red Car Trolley wire have been installed

Checking out the Parade Route

One of two small lights,  possibly aimed at the future sight of the Walt and Mickey statue

Checking out the wires

Stage 17 is where the AP merchandise preview took place

Popsicle sticks have been painted

Hopper has been moved

The construction walls in front of the Pump House have been removed to reveal a wheelchair access ramp

Roof tile work

Some detail work


Buena Vista Street from the Monorail

Matterhorn refurbishment

Looking at the Buena Vista Street entrance

Lego Store refurbishment

Some cute Cheshire Cat antenna balls

I wonder what this is for

That will conclude today's pictorial
Thanks for stopping by and checking it out

Until Next Time...