$1B Investment Announced for California Adventure

17 Oct

The Wall Street Journal has now reported what BlueSkyDisney readers already knew: Disney’s California Adventure is getting $1 billion in upgrades and redesigns:

Just as Main Street harks back to Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Mo., in the early 1900s, California Adventure’s new entrance will trace the footsteps of Walt Disney from when he arrived in Los Angeles in the 1920s, these people say. Similar to Disneyland’s iconic castle, the redesigned park will feature a replica of Hollywood’s former Carthay Circle theater, where Walt Disney premiered the movie “Snow White” in 1937.

The new-look park also will be expanded by around 12 acres and will bulk up its attractions, with a heavy emphasis on animated movies created by Pixar, including “Cars” and “Toy Story.”

I’m guessing that Toy Story ride is the already-under-contstruction Toy Story Mania . . . anybody know different?

Not everything’s changing, though:

It is still unclear what will happen to the name, as the company sees appeal in the words “Disney,” “California” and “Adventure,” these people say. But there is a big risk in leaving it the same. That said, some unusual relics will be left untouched for now, including the tortilla-making factory and a bread-baking demonstration. A person familiar with the plan says the Golden State area isn’t considered as thematically out-of-place as others in the new plan and won’t be changed in the near-term.

The Golden State area is lovely and relaxing, so I’m glad they’re not planning to mess with it much.

While there’s a lot of Pixar in this plan, there’s a lot of Walt too, and even a new Little Mermaid ride. Still, I expect the Pixarization-bashing to begin in 5, 4, 3, 2 . . .

3 Responses to “$1B Investment Announced for California Adventure”

  1. Matt October 17, 2007 at 9:53 am #

    Los Angeles in the 1920s? Sounds like the Hollywood Studios West.

  2. Kitty-chan October 17, 2007 at 10:01 am #

    Hey, I know! Maybe they should re-create the Brown Derby, that would be new . . . oh, wait . . .

  3. Hanna October 17, 2007 at 5:11 pm #

    That sounds very cool, although I’ve never been a HUGE fan of the Pixar movies. Toy Story just stressed me out.

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