Disney’s New California Adventure

Anyone who’s been to California Adventure knows it has had a really rough time getting going and, with the exception of a few gems here and there, the park kinda sucks. I was in the first parade DCA had, Eureka, when there were many days of performing to a near empty park, so I remember the tough times well. In fact, it was so bad we often called it “The parking lot they turned into a parking lot.” Sure, over the years they’ve added some new attractions (A Bug’s Land, Tower Of Terror, and Toy Story Mania….one of my new favorites), but the park as a whole just isn’t welcoming.
Well things are about to change……..a lot.

Rendering of new water show

Rendering of new water show

What you’re looking at is a rendering of a new water show to be placed in the DCA lagoon, “World of Color.” Yes, the name is a play off of the old “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” TV Show. The show promises to be truly spectacular, but as long as it’s better than Luminaria (Thanks Jon) I think it should be very entertaining.

So that's what's under there!

So that's what's under there!

Here you can see they’ve drained the lake completely. When we were here a few weeks before I took this picture, the lake was only mostly drained and there was trash all around the perimeter of the lake. It was really gross. You can also see the scaffolding around the ferris wheel. They’re replacing the scary sun face with a classic Mickey face and repainting the color scheme to match Mickey.

Over by the winery there is a little shack they’ve converted into the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar. For those not in the know, “Blue Sky” refers to the “Blue Sky Meetings” held by Walt Disney Imagineers. In the meeting “the sky’s the limit,” or in other words, “think of all of the coolest things you could do with money being of no concern.” I’ve heard snippets of what comes out of these meetings and most of the time my jaw hits the floor. The Cellar is our peek into what the Imagineers have planned for Disney’s California Adventure. There appears to be some great things planned (Cars Land being my favorite).

I really hope for the best for this revamp, but I’m sad it comes at such a tough economic time. I hope they don’t do what Disney does best and turn an awesome idea into shit because of last minute budget cuts.

I do have one request though. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring back Superstar Limo!!
I’ve included the video of this brilliant attraction for your (and my) pleasure.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmXJR34OB60[/youtube]

6 Comments so far

  1. Jon (oc_jon) on January 25th, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

    I have thoughts… but I’ll keep them to myself…


  2. David Markland (markland) on January 25th, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

    You had me til you called for the return of "superstar limo" – perhaps the worst ride ever at Disney, possibly at amusement parks ever! When the biggest "superstar" they have is Tom Arnold, there is a problem.

    But I do hope Disney takes advantage of the economic downturn to use the time to build some cool shit – better now, and be prepared to open when people have money to spend again. The concepts and designs I’ve seen for the new additions sound pretty awesome.


  3. Jon (oc_jon) on January 25th, 2009 @ 10:41 pm

    David M.,

    I am pretty sure he was kidding about SSL. That being said, it was dumb but still not as God awful as people made it out to be – at least it was an original idea instead of yet another ride based on a movie. The new attractions coming to DCA are all 100% movie based which will make them only about half as entertaining as original rides (like Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder, Pirates of the Caribbean and Soarin’ Over California and Grizzly River Run).

    – Jon


  4. Dave Share (daveshare) on January 26th, 2009 @ 7:10 am

    Oh no Jon. I’m serious about Superstar Limo…..mostly. That thing was so awful and made me so uncomfortable, I fell in love. I mean….how freaky were the Joan Rivers and agent puppets?????

    And David, you’re right. When the grand finale is Tim Allen…..

    I’m happy to hear Golden Dreams is leaving. The scary Whoopi Goldberg face just needs to go away forever. Also, that film makes me feel terrible for being white. I know we killed everyone off, you don’t need to remind me!


  5. frazgo on January 28th, 2009 @ 8:06 am

    Oh nooooooooo….not "Golden Dreams". Those bastards. I loved that little show. Every 5th grade field trip had that on the list of things to see for clues to answer their questions on CA history.

    We somehow misted the Limo show. Overall DCA isn’t that bad. Its not spectacular by any stretch, but it was always a nice low key way to spend the day. Unlike the house of rat across the way, this place rarely had lines or gridlocked crowds you had to mentally prep for prior to the arrival. I actually looked forward to the visit there on the 2fer tickets as it was much less stressful.


  6. Sandra (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

    That thing was so awful and made me so uncomfortable. This place rarely had lines or gridlocked crowds you had to mentally prep for prior to the arrival. The concepts and designs I’ve seen for the new additions sound pretty awesome.



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