PHOTO REPORT: Disneyland Park 4/11/19 (Main Street Updates, Smoking Areas, Astro Orbitor Reopening Delay, ETC.)
April has been a busy month at the Disneyland Resort. The new Briar Rose Gold Collection made its way into stores and the Disney Eggstravaganza 2019 is in full swing, until April 21. Today, we’re giving you updates on what’s going on specifically at Disneyland Park.
Disneyland Park Updates
Main Street, U.S.A.
We were shocked to see Main Street, U.S.A. so empty when we first walked into Disneyland Park. But now that Spring Break is coming to an end, the crowds are much lighter overall than they were in March.
We can add The Mad Hatter on Main Street, U.S.A. to the long list of refurbishments at the Disneyland Resort. Currently, scaffolding and scrim cover the exterior facade of the shop. Guests looking to purchase hats and ears can still do so, as the shop remains open during refurbishment.
And an even bigger refurbishment is taking place further down Main Street. Construction walls are taking up massive amounts of walking space outside Jolly Holiday Bakery, where the Guest Relations stand usually resides.
The walls stretch from one end of the restaurant to the other, stopping just before the walkway to Adventureland. Thankfully, the Hub is not affected by this construction.
If you do need to speak with a Cast Member, a temporary Guest Relations stand has been set up along the foliage between Adventureland and Frontierland entrances.
Unfortunately, not much has changed regarding Sleeping Beauty Castle. The scrim is still up, covering all signs of progress.
It’s always good to keep an eye open while walking through Fantasyland. You never know when you might run into a familiar face.
Today we saw Captain Hook and Peter Pan having quite a tense conversation. It was decided on Captain Hook’s orders that Peter Pan would have to walk to the plank.
Sadly, Astro Orbitor did not reopen on April 5th, when it was scheduled to do so. Refurbishments and opening dates are always subject to change, and this is a perfect example of that.
It’s currently scheduled to reopen this Friday, April 10. But we’re going to take that with a grain of salt.
Further into Tomorrowland, construction walls are still up around the Autopia exit.
It doesn’t look like much has changed from this point of view. But we assume that on the other side of the walls, the planters are being pushed back to allow for more walking space for guests.
As we make our way to Frontierland, we’re seeing lighter crowds once again over on the Big Thunder Trail. We’re sure this will be a very rare occurrence once Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens.
Temporary fencing has been put in place along the planters on the Trail. It doesn’t appear that any work is being done, yet.
After a very long refurbishment to the exterior, the entrance to Sailing Ship Columbia and Mark Twain Riverboat is finally unveiling its makeover. The fresh green paint looks beautiful against the Rivers of America.
Inside the entrance, to the left, is plenty of space for guests to stand and sit while waiting to board one of the two boats.
And to the right, dining tables and chairs have been added. This new addition should help with guests who struggle to find a place to eat after ordering at Stage Door Cafe.
New Orleans Square
Between French Market and Haunted Mansion, Cast Members are repainting sections of the fencing that surround the water fountain.
Another finished refurbishment to add to the list. New stroller parking has been designated between Haunted Mansion and the walkway along the Rivers of America.
This enhanced area is rather spacious and should help with guest flow from New Orleans Square to Critter Country. There is certainly plenty of space for strollers here.
And lastly, over in Critter Country, part of Pooh Corner is free of scrim. While the middle section of the exterior remains under refurbishment, it’s nice to see the shop sign with our friends from the Hundred Acre Wood once again.
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