PHOTO REPORT: Disneyland Resort Refurbishments 1/30/19 (Sleeping Beauty Castle, Astro Orbitor, Pacific Wharf, and Parking Structure Construction)

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Every January, the Disneyland Resort uses the post-holiday offseason to refurbish attractions that have suffered wear the previous year. While this usually results in a number of attractions being closed, much to guests’ dismay, it does leave us with something to look forward to when the end of Spring arrives. After our most recent trip to the Resort, we thought we’d bring you an update on the major refurbishments currently taking place. From the new parking structure, to Sleeping Beauty Castle, to Astro Orbitor’s refurbishment, as well as Pacific Wharf, you won’t want to miss these updates.

Parking Structure Construction Update

New Parking Structure construction Disneyland Resort

Major progress is happening to the new parking structure expansion at Mickey & Friends. The stairs are a new addition and highlight the six new levels of parking. With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening this summer, this new parking structure will be necessary to accommodate the influx of guests.

New Parking Structure construction Disneyland Resort

New Parking Structure construction Disneyland Resort

New Parking Structure construction Disneyland Resort

And the three sets of escalators are coming along, as well. A month ago, we saw the foundation for the escalators being installed. Now, we can really see them come together.  If you look closely, to the right of these, you can see more escalators that will take guests from the upper parking levels down to the main hub of escalators.

New Parking Structure construction Disneyland Resort

Sleeping Beauty Castle Refurbishment Update

Sleeping Beauty Castle Refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Sleeping Beauty Castle Refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Oh, Sleeping Beauty Castle. We sure miss you.

The Castle has been undergoing a massive refurbishment for the last few weeks now, but this update is by far the most extreme. As of this week, even more scaffolding has been added to the top of the Castle, which was previously bare. Other than the topmost spire, we can no longer see any views of our beloved Park Icon.

Sleeping Beauty Castle Refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Sleeping Beauty Castle Refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration left behind a lot of damage to the structure of Sleeping Beauty Castle, so we can expect her to return with a new and improved look sometime this Spring. This major refurbishment is part of Project Stardust, a number of enhancements to the Disneyland Resort to continue to deliver a world-class guest experience. The enhancements will range from overall beautification of the theme park to maxi­mizing guest comfort and access.

Astro Orbitor Refurbishment Update

Astro Orbitor refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Astro Orbitor refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Astro Orbitor refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Not to be outdone, Astro Orbitor unveiled a dramatic new look this week with the removal of the entire attraction. Gone are the spheres and jet vehicles, with just a structural base left behind. This definitely makes for an unfamiliar sight as guests enter Tomorrowland.

However, the construction walls surrounding the attraction feature wonderful facts about the history of spinning Tomorrowland rides at Disneyland and other Disney Parks. We thought this was a really cool detail that makes looking at these walls a little bit better.

Astro Orbitor refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Astro Orbitor refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Astro Orbitor refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Astro Orbitor refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Astro Orbitor refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Some guests have been wondering if the removal of Astro Orbitor means the attraction will be gone for good. While we understand this speculation and agree that a change to Tomorrowland would be nice, rest assured that it will be returning someday. At least, that is what the signs on the construction walls tell us.

Astro Orbitor refurbishment Disneyland Resort

Pacific Wharf Refurbishment

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To frequent visitors and Annual Passholders, this may look like a familiar sight at Pacific Wharf. It seems like the majority of the year, the bay is drained out. It isn’t a pretty sight and there’s no date yet for when the bay will be filled with water again.

Pacific Wharf refurbishment disney california adventure

Pacific Wharf refurbishment disney california adventure

Those are all the refurbishment updates we have for right now. Be sure to tune in to @disneylandnewstoday on Instagram and Twitter for the latest happenings around the Resort.

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Ciara Trexler

Ciara is a copywriter and coffee enthusiast. She's been an Annual Passholder of Disneyland for over 18 years and previously worked as a Cast Member. When she's not writing or visiting the Resort, she can be found traveling, knitting, or cuddling up with her cat.

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