Construction at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Ceases During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closure

Matthew Soberman

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Construction at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Ceases During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closure

While the Disneyland Resort remains closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, construction at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure has come to a halt.

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From The Orange County Register:

In line with direction from government and health officials, the temporary closure of Disneyland Resort includes construction sites, Disney officials said in a statement.

Avengers Campus was previously announced to open July 18 while Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is scheduled to open in 2022.

In addition to the construction of new attractions, the work freeze also also affects the refurbishments that coincided with Disneyland’s 65th anniversary, including The Haunted Mansion, Snow White’s Scary Adventures and King Arthur Carrousel, and a extensive refurbishment of the Indiana Jones Adventure.

While the closure of the parks made fans hopeful that unrestricted access could accelerate the speed of construction, the safety of the workers came first.

Meanwhile, the Register also revealed which permits were recently granted to the resort by the city of Anaheim, valued at $9.4 million, including construction Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, as well as refurbishments for the Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, Tom Sawyer’s Island and the Frontierland entrance, all at Disneyland. Earlier in the month, Disney was issued permits for work on Avengers Campus, The Haunted Mansion and Mickey’s House in Mickey’s Toontown.

Further projects include, via the Register:

  • A $100,000 “crown castle” antenna cell site on the roof of a building in the new Marvel-themed Avengers Campus.
  • A $7.5 million attraction building with offices, restrooms and break room for cast members. Referred to as Building 6205, the 120,000-square-foot site sounds like the location for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway behind Mickey’s Toontown.
  • Refurbishment of Indiana Jones Adventure attraction. Previous permits revealed Disneyland crews would replace a plank bridge and its steel structure in the show set of the Indy attraction and refurbish rockwork. The latest permits call for the replacement of a motor control center and work on the lighting in the motion-base dark ride.
  • A $200,000 renovation of Disneyland’s Frontierland entrance. The project calls for the widening of an existing bridge and the replacement of a pair of 15-foot-tall faux wooden gates and a 16-foot-long marquee.
  • A $350,000 reroof of the Cider Mill and Blacksmith shop on Tom Sawyer’s Island. The work includes the removal and reinstallation of a scenic prop platform. The rustic building on the tip of Tom Sawyer’s Island serves as the centerpiece for Disneyland’s nightly Fantasmic water show.
  • A $115,000 reroof of Mickey’s House in Toontown where visitors meet the famous mouse and pose for photos.
  • A $1.1 million Space Mountain emergency exit exterior staircase.
  • Electrical and lighting work in the Westward Ho Trading Co. retail shop in Frontierland.
  • A $30,000 shade canopy in the Simba parking lot used by Downtown Disney shoppers.

The closure of the resort is currently scheduled to last until the end of March, but with the pandemic spreading and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending an 8-week ban on public gatherings and events with more than fifty people, it’s likely that this will extend.

Keep reading WDWNT for continuing coverage of this ongoing story.

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