News Round-up: Guardians of the Galaxy, Nighttime Parades, and Eastern Gateway

  • 8-13-2016

As it's been a while since we covered news from around the Disneyland Resort on The Disneyland Gazette Podcast, I thought I'd share some of the most exciting and important news stories with you here...

The biggest news story of the last month is the new theme coming to the Tower of Terror. The Twilight Zone is out and Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT is in!

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Deep inside his fortress-like collection, the mysterious Taneleer Tivan (aka The Collector) is displaying his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy. They are trapped in customized display cases, suspended over a vast abyss. Unbeknownst to their unscrupulous captor, the intrepid Rocket has escaped and is enlisting the Collector’s VIP guests for help. Guests board a gantry lift, which launches them into a chaotic and hilarious adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to break his fellow Guardians out of captivity.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will close sometime in January 2017, with this new Guardians of the Galaxy version of the attraction opening sometime next summer. Disney has also said that this is just the beginning of the Marvel Super Hero presence at Disney California Adventure, which will continue to grow over time.

Bellow, an interview with legendary Disney Imagineer Joe Rhode:

A massive entertainment shake-up will be occuring at Disneyland over the next few months. With the end of the Diamond Celebration, Disneyland Forever and World of Color: Celebrate! will both have their final performances on September 5th. The following day, the original version of World of Color will return, much to the delight of many a Disney fan, as most seem to prefer the more fluid original show. On September 9th, the classic Fantasy in the Sky fireworks will return to the skies above Disneyland, weekends only through the beginning of November.

Much more controversially, the Paint the Night parade was originally announced to also be ending its run on September 5th. Turns out that's fortunately not quite true. The parade will return for performances throughout the Holiday season. It's what's happening after that's quite interesting. The Main Street Electrical Parade will have its last performance at Walt Disney World on October 9th, and will then be shipped to Disneyland, where it will return to our Main Street for the first time since 1996 for a limited engagement next year.

The question going through most Disney fans minds is just why are they replacing the state-of-the-art Paint the Night parade with the outdated by comparison Main Street Electrical Parade? The original thought was a classic switching of parades from coast to coast, but Disney has denied that Paint the Night is going to WDW. I think the most likely reasoning behind this is Paint the Night is a bit tired out. It's been running at least once nightly for a little over a year. Paint the Night will receieve a loving makeover, while we Disney freaks can geek out over the return of a classic. Hopefully my theory is true, and we see Paint the Night return at some point in 2017 or 2018.

Finally, Disney has officially confirmed the new Eastern Gateway transportation and parking project, by releasing concept art of the new parking structure with 6,800 spaces, as well as a diagram of just what the new layout will be. Construction will begin later this year on this project, which will take over the current Pumbaa parking lot, as well as recently acquired land to the north of Pumbaa. Pumbaa will the location of the new structure, which will be easily accesible to guests traveling on the 5 South (Mickey & Friends will continue to be the easier option for guests coming from the 5 North).

Once parked, guests will walk along a walkway to the new transportation hub and security checkpoint, aproximately .5 miles from the Esplanade. Once through security, guests will travel over a new bridge crossing Harbor Blvd. and entering the Esplanade. Disney recently purchased the Carousel Inn, which will be closing this October to make room for the new walkway to the Esplanade. With the relocation of the transportation hub, this will free up quite a lot of room for a possible expansion of Disney California Adventure. See for yourself in the diagram bellow...

Stay tuned for the next edition of The Disneyland Gazette Podcast, where we'll share our opinions of these exciting news stories!

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