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Celebrating the Culmination of a Five-Year Journey with the Grand Reopening of Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 15th, 2012 by Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts


Today, we celebrate a defining moment in the history of the Disneyland Resort: the Grand Reopening of Disney California Adventure park.
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Cars Land and Buena Vista Street are the culmination of a five-year journey that has infused the park with more of our guests’ favorite characters and stories, more attractions and entertainment and more of the creative touches that make a Disney Parks experience truly unique.

These new areas are examples of what we do best — transporting guests to magical times and places where our characters and stories truly come to life. From the rockwork of the Ornament Valley Mountain Range to the hand-laid tile mosaics of the Carthay Circle Theatre, the level of artistry, craftsmanship and attention to detail is spectacular.

As you have seen here on the Disney Parks Blog over the last three days, the Disneyland Resort has hosted tons of media, celebrities and invited guests from around the world to give them an in-depth look at the transformation.

Today also marks the completion of an extraordinary period of expansion across the entire Disneyland Resort. Since 2007, we’ve completed major projects at both the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and have added more than 20 new attractions and shows.

At Disney California Adventure park alone, “World of Color,” Toy Story Mania!, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and Silly Symphony Swings have already proven to be extremely popular, and now Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree are exciting additions that give guests even more entertainment options.

I’d like to thank all of the Imagineers, cast members, artists, designers, builders and craftspeople who worked so tirelessly and collaboratively to make this remarkable transformation possible. I’d also like to thank all of you — our loyal guests — who have believed in our dream for Disney California Adventure park and supported us every step of the way.

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Fred from CA on June 15th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Buena Vista Street is beautiful! When I was there for the AP preview, I kept saying to myself, this is what was missing all along.

And Cars land is awesome! Radiator Springs Racers is a great ride, and the animatronics are phenomenal!

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Erik from CA on June 15th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Awesome video! Congratulations to the Disneyland Resort on this remarkable transformation!

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Chris on June 15th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Congratulations to everyone at The Walt Disney Company on the completion of such an amazing project. It truly is incredible what Disney can create and deliver to its guests. This brings to mind the phrase that has been said for generations…”Only Disney could do that…” I hope there are more great projects on the horizon, not only for Disneyland, but also Walt Disney World in Orlando.

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Maria on June 15th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

This is so exciting! I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes. Can you guys release some wallpapers of the new DCA?

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Michael on June 15th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

It’s great to see that Disney’s California Adventure got the amzing advancements it was missing I just hope some magic touches are in store for Walt Disney World too!

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Leslie on June 15th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Thank you to everyone involved in the work at DCA. Cars Land and Buena Vista Street are amazing!! Disney has outdone themselves!! I was there this a.m. and can’t wait to go back.

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david on June 18th, 2012 at 10:42 am

I was there at 6am, to get in line for the Grand Re-Opening and it was worth it! Congrats on the future success of DCA, as I am certain it will be just that.

A little side note. In honor of the theme of Buena Vista Street, I decided to shoot some film photos that day. Film is a dying medium, but still better in some ways than digital photography.

If anyone would like to see some of my latest 35mm work, please contact me through my account.

And it is getting late. I am going to miss the Red Car if I don’t get a move on…

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Evelyn on June 20th, 2012 at 3:05 am

I showed up at DCA Thursday night for the wristband but decided I needed some rest and the line wasn’t horrible anyway.

My group and I came back at 5am and we stayed for 17 hrs!! If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is! lol

With that said, I shed a few tears during the ceremony before the park “officially” reopened and walking through Buena Vista Street and Cars Land is something so spectacular, there is no easy way to describe it. It is something you have to experience. They have done something so remarkable it is mind-blowing!!

I am so happy to be an Annual Passholder!

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