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Disneyland is removing the rocks in front of Tomorrowland! The OC Register has the article behind a paywall. So, It's quoted below. Article Link: Clicky


Disneyland is removing the ‘french fry’ rocks in front of Tomorrowland



The entrance to Tommorowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Monday, Sep 17, 2018. The artifical rocks at left are in the process of being removed. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)


Disneyland has begun the slow process of removing the colorful rocks that have decorated the entrance to Tomorrowland for more than two decades, according to Disney officials.


Visitors began noticing construction walls up around the area Thursday morning, Aug. 15, and speculating about the removal, which has been planned as part of a general campaign to widen walkways and improve pedestrian access around the park. It will also include cutting down the curb to make it easier for strollers and scooters.


“The Tomorrowland rocks are starting to be removed nearest Disneyland’s Central Hub,” the MiceChat.com blog posted on social media, citing members of the construction crew. “The marquee has already been removed. The other side won’t be started for awhile, so the whole process could take months to complete.”


The manufactured rocks, which some wags have dubbed the “french fry rocks,” were added during the 1998 remodel of Tomorrowland, according to Todd Regan, who runs MiceChat.com under the pen name of Dusty Sage.


While decorative, many visitors complained that they limited walk space during peak periods such as during and after fireworks shows. The removal is part of a larger “Project Stardust” effort to widen walkways throughout the park.


“Hoping that this project is for the removal of the Eisner-era ‘98 disaster of a Tomorrowland entrance rocks!” UC Irvine student and annual passholder Gregory Conley posted on Facebook, along with a photo of the construction walls.


Disney officials confirmed that the rocks are in the process of being removed along the north side of the Tomorrowland entrance, and the marquee sign that says “Tomorrowland” has already been removed. The remainder of the rocks will be taken out in a slow process over the coming months, officials said.



Construction walls up around the entrance to Tomorrowland, photographed by UC Irvine student Gregory Conley on Aug. 14, 2019. This is part of a project to improve walkways and remove the so-called “French fry” rocks. (Photo courtesy of Gregory Conley)



As seen in 2018, The entrance to Tomorrowland at Disneyland on Monday, Sep 17, 2018. The rocks were being removed as of August 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)



The Astro Orbiters sit at the entrance to Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Monday, Sep 17, 2018, near rocks that were being removed beginning in Aug. 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)



The Tomorrowland marquee has now been removed from the entrance, no longer as depicted in this 2018 photo at Disneyland. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Should hopefully be at the park this Thursday. Been a long time ago, but had a few questions:


(1) Going to be rolling solo and plan to get there late morning and stay through early evening - figure ~9-10 hours. Given there are single rider lines on some of the rides and I don't feel the need to do everything, assuming the $$$ for MaxPass won't be worth it? Must rides for me with a re-ride on maybe 1-2 of them are (feel free to recommend others): Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Hyperspace Mountain (likely 2X), Indiana Jones, Jungle Cruise, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Millennium Falcon Smuggler's Run, Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain.


(2) What's the intensity of the Millennium Falcon Smuggler's Run experience? I'm ok on pretty much all rides, but certain simulators with sustained times of gravitational pull / rotation I don't do well on - good example is Mission Space at Epcot.


(3) Taking an Uber there. If I buy my ticket on the app in advance, is entrance to the park pretty quick and seamless?

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You should be fine without maxpass. Ticket should be able to be pulled up in the Disneyland app. Smugglers run wasn’t that bad at all. No gravity stuff, just normal motion simulator.

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Since Sony and Disney failed to reach a deal. What is going to happen to the Spider-man ride at Disneyland,

they are going to have to re-theme it right?


I would imagine that all existing agreements are still fine. The current lack of a deal would only impact future movies.

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Correct me if I'm wrong but Sony only owns the movie rights don't they? So apart from the existing Universal deal, Disney can still build the ride since they own Marvel and so the rights to the actual characters and just have it based around the comic.

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I think it depends on the movie it's based on. Disney can build rides from the MCU, and since the new Spider-Man movies (Homecoming and Far From Home) are a part of that series, they should be good. If the ride is based on Spider-Verse, however, I'd imagine that's where the problem would lie.


Now I really want a ride themed to Spider-Verse.

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I don’t mean any movie. I mean the actual character. Doesn’t Disney have the rights by owning Marvel conics so they can just do a completely new story, and still have him interacting with other marvel characters without it being MCU Spidey

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Yes. Sony's deal is a film rights deal. All other rights (theme parks, merchandise, video games, etc.) stay with Marvel or anyone Marvel has licensed them to. So this only impacts Spiderman remaining in the MCU for future movies.

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Made reservation for Oga’s. The time slots didn’t appear until 10am EST today for 2 weeks away. There are times available for earlier dates, so getting in shouldn’t be a problem for most people. There is still a 45 minute time limit once inside. One strange policy for non US residents like myself: To have a drink, a Passport accompanied with another form of Government I.D. is required!

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New details about the Magic Happens parade coming to Disneyland in Spring 2020 were released today at the D23 Expo Disney Parks, Experiences and Products presentation!





At D23 Expo 2019, Bob Chapek, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products just shared details about the next generation of animated stories we’re bringing to life – starting at the Disneyland Resort!



Debuting in spring 2020, the all-new, extraordinary “Magic Happens” parade will travel down Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland park.


Celebrating awe-inspiring moments of magic—both large and small—that are at the heart of so many Disney stories, “Magic Happens” reminds us we don’t need wings to fly, shooting stars were made to wish upon, and magic doesn’t stop at midnight.



This daytime spectacular will feature stunning floats, beautiful costumes, and beloved Disney characters – all led by Mickey Mouse and his pals.


On her voyager wa‘a (or canoe), Moana journeys forth on the crest of a beautiful wave, inspired by beautiful koa wood carvings inset with LED panels, providing a dazzling glimpse into the magic the ocean holds.


Celebrating the magic that happens when Miguel strums the guitar of Ernesto de la Cruz, the spectacular float inspired by the Disney and Pixar film “Coco” bridges the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead with vibrant marigolds. Fantastical alebrije spirit animals join the procession, along with Miguel’s dog Danté.



The regal grand finale of “Magic Happens” parade celebrates magical moments from classic Disney stories, including the trio of fairies from “Sleeping Beauty” who transform Princess Aurora’s gown from pink to blue and back again!


In addition, the parade will feature ​even more floats and characters, an energetic musical score and a new song produced in partnership with singer-songwriter Todrick Hall. The high-energy music combines this original song with classic Disney tunes in a fresh, contemporary style.


Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on “Magic Happens.”

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New details about Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway were released today at the D23 Expo Disney Parks, Experiences and Products presentation!





As we’ve previously shared, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway—the first major Mickey-themed ride-through attraction—is coming to both Disneyland park in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Today at the D23 Expo 2019, Bob Chapek, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products released a few more exciting details and sneak peeks!



At Disneyland park, the attraction will be opening in Mickey’s Toontown in 2022. The action takes place at the El CapiTOON Theater, where Mickey and Minnie are premiering their newest short, “Perfect Picnic.” Before you enter the cinema, you’ll experience a special exhibit created by the Toontown Hysterical Society featuring costumes and props from the toon world.


At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney Imagineers are getting ready to open next year. You’ll be invited to the Chinese Theatre, which serves as the magic portal through which theatergoers will step from the human world directly into the cartoon world for one Goofy adventure aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway!



Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway puts you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy® Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts! Once you step into the cartoon world of Mickey and Minnie, you’ll board a train with Goofy as the engineer. Then, one magical moment after the next leads you to a zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns.


With an original story and lovable theme song, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway uses state-of-the-art technologies and dazzling visual effects to transform the cartoon world into an incredible and immersive multidimensional experience.


Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for future updates on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

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New details about the Avengers Campus and its attractions at Disney California Adventure were released today at the D23 Expo Disney Parks, Experiences and Products presentation!





Moments ago during the D23 Expo 2019, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek revealed more details about the growing presence of Super Heroes at Disney Parks around the world. Here’s what was shared:


Avengers Campus Coming to California and Paris


As we shared this past Thursday on the Disney Parks Blog, you can soon suit up alongside your favorite Super Heroes at the Avengers Campus, beginning in 2020 at Disney California Adventure park and later at Disneyland Paris. These are campuses set up by the Avengers to recruit the next generation of Super Heroes.



“In some ways, these new campuses are like the Avengers themselves: a group of diverse individuals who have teamed up for the same purpose,” said Scot Drake, Creative Executive, Marvel Global Portfolio, Walt Disney Imagineering. “This collection of unique addresses—each dedicated to a different discipline—have been brought together to champion the next generation of heroes.”



The first key address at the Avengers Campus will be the Worldwide Engineering Brigade – also known as “WEB” – which will house our new Spider-Man experience, the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature this iconic Super Hero.



During an open house at WEB, the aspiring inventors are excited to invite you for a test drive of their latest invention: the “Web Slinger” vehicle, which allows you to sling webs just like Spider-Man! The attraction gives you a taste of what it’s like to have actual super powers as you help Spider-Man collect Spider-Bots that have run amok.



Avengers Campus will also feature Pym Test Kitchen. Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp use “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink just about anything, Pym Technologies is using the latest innovations to grow and shrink food at this eatery!



You will also find heroic encounters throughout the campus, including Black Widow, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Super Heroes from Wakanda and Asgard, and Iron Man.



As Super Heroes continue to assemble at both campuses, one of the iconic buildings in the California campus will be the Avengers Headquarters where you may catch a glimpse of the Avengers along its rooftops.



This building, which will open in phase two, will become the future entrance to a brand-new E-Ticket attraction where you will step onboard a Quinjet and fly alongside the Avengers in an epic adventure to Wakanda and beyond! You will team up alongside the Avengers in a battle to save our world against one of the most powerful villains they have ever faced. Imagineers are hard at work conceiving an all-new innovative ride system to put you in the middle of this action.


Check back on the Disney Parks Blog for more epic updates!

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I love that Hollywood Studios’ version of M&M’s Runaway Railroad is inside Disney’s replica of the Chinese Theatre whereas DCA’s version takes place inside their take on El Capitan. Such fun details!

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