Preston: With the Holiday season quickly approaching, we decided to head over to the Disneyland Resort to check up on some projects they’ve been working on. In this update, we’ll take a look at the newly opened pedestrian bridge, the new security and transportation hub, a new FastPass system in Tomorrowland, and some Christmas snow that has recently fallen on the castle.
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First, the new security hub for the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure and Pixar Pals Parking Structure is officially finished. The walls that were around the central area (the area that connects the two structures) for the past two months are down! The new area has tons of seating along with quite a bit of foliage.
This bridge is great for when those security and tram lines get lengthy. The security checkpoint located at Downtown Disney (where the bridge goers get their bags checked) rarely gets a large crowd; so if you are in a time crunch, this is a great option.
We took the tram to the esplanade because the lines were so short. Something we noticed on our commute over though was that the old temporary security checkpoint that was used while Pixar Pals was under construction is still in place. Fingers crossed they can dismantle this soon, as it looks cheap and worn down. I’d also love to get some permanent fencing around the tram route now that this area’s construction is complete.
Heading into the park, a brand new FastPass system is being tested in Tomorrowland. Instead of each individual attraction having its own kiosks nearby the attraction entrance, now all FastPass return times for the land’s attractions that utilize the FastPass service (Space Mountain, Star Tours, and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters) will be distributed in one central location.
You also no longer receive a paper return time ticket. All the information you need will be sent to your phone via the Disneyland app. This is just a test, but if it is received well by the public, it’s safe to say we will see this roll out to all the lands in the resort. I’m a fan of the change. It’s easy and seems like a step in the right direction.
Another project in Tomorrowland: the removal of the french fry rocks. This seems like it’s moving at a pretty slow speed. Hopefully, it can be completed before the Thanksgiving week crowds hit. We need all the walking space we can get. As you can see here, the space between the warped walls is tight.
That’s all we got for this quick update. Thanks to you for sticking around to the end. What are you most excited about that comes with Christmastime at Disneyland? We’ll be back at the resort this Friday, November 8th, when the Holiday season officially begins!
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