It sounds like things are moving along with the plans for the new Star Wars Land at Disneyland with the Orange County Register reporting that coffer dams are in place to prepare the Rivers of America to be drained for the construction. Screens and fences have been put in place to hide the mess and noise of building from park guests and signs advising of the attraction closures are in place on Main Street. This is a sad time for our family of Disney fans but also an exciting one.
Hubby is a locomotive engineer and our eldest daughter works for the railway so the Disneyland Railroad has always held a special place for us. On our most recent visit to the park, we were able to ride on the Tender before things were shut down and the last time we will ride on that exact route. It was a lot of fun for both of us but especially so for Hubby who had a great conversation with the engineer and fireman about the new layout of the railroad, including percentages of grade (yes, they lost me during this but I was still having fun.)
|Riding the Tender on the Disneyland Railroad|
|Disneyland Railroad at the Main Street Station|
Our next stop on our visit was to the Rivers of America themselves. I can remember taking our girls on the canoes. I've heard rumors they might not bring them back. It would be a shame but things do change. (Ok, I admit it, I still miss the People Mover and Country Bears. Glad we can still enjoy them at WDW!)
|Canoes on the Rivers of America|
|S'mores Bake at Big Thunder Ranch|
|Hubby's favorite cornbread at Big Thunder Ranch|
Thankfully, although it will be shut down for a year or so, Fantasmic will return next year. It's a terrific show (we like the one at Disneyland WAY better than the one at Hollywood Studios) and a perfect way to end the day. I think my favorite memory was the AP night when they first had Glow with the Show there. It was magical.
|Mickey piloting the Mark Twain during Fantasmic|
|Artist's rendering of the new Rivers of America waterfront and Disneyland Railroad from the Disney Parks Blog|