Still, that doesn’t mean that it’s a total ghost town behind the gate. With no guests in the park, crews can work on a bunch of different construction projects without having to keep out of guest areas — and work they are.
According to the Orange County Register, a ton of projects are still underway in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, so let’s check in on some of the latest projects!
OCR notes that Disney was recently issued a building permit for a $7.5 million attraction building complete with offices, restrooms, and employee break rooms.
At this time, vertical construction has begun in Mickey’s Toontown and the mountain range around the edge of the land has been removed in some areas to make way for construction. The attraction is set to open sometime in 2023.
Click here to learn more about the delayed opening of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Disneyland!
This work has been able to start back up!
Snow White’s Scary Adventures
One of Disneyland’s opening day attractions has been closed for significant work since before the closures too. Snow White’s Scary Adventures is receiving some touch-ups and new effects, some of which are with the hope of making the attraction a little less scary.
According to OCR, work continues on both the interior and exterior of the attraction.
King Arthur Carrousel
In fact, you might remember that it was more than JUST Snow White’s Scary Adventures all covered up in Fantasyland. King Arthur Carrousel has also been surrounded by construction scrims since prior to the closure.
The work is to give this historic attraction a new canopy and some other TLC.
Indiana Jones Adventure
A permit was filed late last year that indicated some work on Indiana Jones Adventure including replacing a plank bridge and steel structure in the show set of the ride.
We’re not sure when this refurbishment was set to take place, but Disney could be working on it now.
OCR has noted that Mickey’s House got a $115,000 reroofing since the closures. You might remember scaffolding around the Mouse’s House from prior to the closures.
At the start of the closures, work was underway on a $1.1 million emergency exit staircase for Space Mountain.
Gadget Go Coaster
Gadget Go Coaster received some regular seasonal maintenance.
Disneyland’s Tomorrowland has been under refurbishment for a while now to get a whole new updated look, especially around the entrance.
This work continues in efforts to widen walkways and reduce pinch points — convenient when social distancing has become more of a concern.
A $200,000 renovation took place on the Frontierland entrance to widen a bridge and replace a pair of gates and a marquee.
This permit was filed during the closure.
Crews have also renovated the brick apron between Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Matterhorn Bobsleds, just along the parade route.
Tom Sawyer’s Island
Just like in Disney World, Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island is getting some work done!
A permit was filed for a $350,000 reroofing on the Cider Mill and Blacksmith shop and the removal and reinstallation of a scenic prop platform.
The Matterhorn Bobsleds are noted to be wrapped in protective plastic for routine maintenance.
Main Street, U.S.A.
We’ve recently been able to spot scaffolding around the Emporium on Main Street USA. OCR notes that some repainting and refurbishment was going on on the exterior of the shops.
OCR notes that work has NOT begun on The Princess and the Frog retheming of Splash Mountain.
When the parks reopen, the classic version of Splash Mountain is set to return.
Disney California Adventure
Avengers Campus, the upcoming Marvel-themed land in Disney California Adventure, was set to open in July. Due to the halt on construction, the opening has been delayed indefinitely.
OCR notes that a new backstage office building is going up behind Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters in Cars Land.
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
There’s some work IN Cars Land as well. OCR reports that crews conducted seasonal maintenance on both platforms of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.
The landmark Ferris wheel in Pixar Pier had some routine maintenance underway too. Many of the gondolas on Pixar Pal-A-Round have been removed.
And finally, the cloud backdrop on the side of Hyperion Theatre has been repainted too.
So, as you can see, there are LOTS of goings-ons in Disneyland right now! We’re pretty excited to see the progress for ourselves one day, but in the meantime, we’ll have to settle for construction reports.
Which of these projects are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments.