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Disney's California Adventure, which opened in 2001, is well underway its long-awaited overhaul. In October 2007, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to redevelop, or "Re-Imagineer" DCA since it is turning out low numbers for attendance and other numbers not mentioned.
When the overhaul is complete, Disney's California Adventure will have a general theme behind it: Walt Disney. The park will look like 1920's Hollywood, when Walt first arrived to start work on animation. The park's main entrance will be remodeled to resemble the one found at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida.
Included below are some of the exciting opportunities that will be arising during the overhaul.
This exciting new section of DCA, based off the critically-acclaimed Disney/PIXAR movie "Cars", will feature about 3 attractions, 2 of them ranging in the "D-Ticket" category and 1 being an "E Ticket". (More on the 'ticket' descriptions later). The "E Ticket" for Cars Land will be "Radiator Springs Racers". This attraction will be similar to Test Track at Epcot. 2 of the film's characters, Luigi and Mater, will also receive rides based off of them. There will also be a QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) similar to "Flo's Cafe" in the movie. Expect a 2011/2012 debut for Cars Land.
Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Perhaps the most anticipated ride coming to California Adventure, "Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure" will provide guests with an opportunity to travel into Ariel's Undersea world and encounter some of the characters from this beloved Disney classic. The ride system will be an Omnimover, similar to that of "The Haunted Mansion", "Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin", and "The Seas with Nemo and Friends." This attraction is expected to open sometime in 2011.
Disney's World of Color
Disneyland has "Magical!" and "Fantasmic!", now it's Disney's California Adventure's turn to have a nighttime spectacular. "Disney's World of Color" will utilize lighting, water effects, and pyrotechnics to showcase the classic Disney animation we all know and love to this day. Expect this spectacular to light up your night beginning in Spring 2010.
Revamped Paradise Pier
The Paradise Pier section of the park is also getting an overhaul. This classic pier will have the look of the 1930's, but with a hint of Disneyana tied into it. Expect such attractions as "Goofy's Sky School", "Silly Symphony Swings," and "Mickey's Fun Wheel." Oh, as far as "California Screamin'", which is remaining the same, Imagineering has decided that Mickey's ears that are on the loop of the coaster clashes with the new Victorian theme, and will henceforth be removed.
Overall, it is going to be an exciting time to be at Disney's California Adventure. Don't get this wrong, though. The park is not shutting down during the overhaul, so you will still have the opportunity to experience the other attractions this park has to offer.