SoCal parks get make-overs and improvements

Posted Monday, November 24, 2003 10:29 AM | Contributed by xbombman

Exterior work on DCA's Tower of Terror is nearly complete. Testing and adjustment of the ride system is underway.

Over at Disneyland, Space Mountain's new paint job is moving along. Construction walls have gone up around the former queue for Rocket Rods. Rumors indiciate that a Buzz Lightyear attraction may be built at this location. Christmas decorations have also been spotted throughout the park.

At Knott's Berry Farm, most of Indian Trails has been closed off and Reflection Lake has been completely drained. The Church of Reflections is nearly ready to re-open in its new location, with services expected to begin shortly after Thanksgiving.

Link: America Coasters Network

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Monday, November 24, 2003 1:28 PM
They should put the people mover back in. I liked that ride. Anyhoo, the Buzz Lightyear attraction should help Tomorrowland a lot. Anybody have a clue as to when it'll open?

Also, looks like they are going with the old look for Space Mountain (which is fine by me). Just wondering if they'll continue on with the rest of Tomorrowland.

Monday, November 24, 2003 8:24 PM
Totally agree with the above, Tomorrowland is a complete disaster now, anything they do now can only improve it. From the rumors I've read, Buzz should be open sometime in 2005, I'm sure they'll try to open it as close to the anniversary as possible, but until they announce the actual opening date, it's anyone's guess.

FYI, for those like us that miss the People Mover, this type of ride has been somewhat reincarnated at Bonfante Gardens. The Sky Trail (Morgan Monorail) looks almost identical to the old PM trains, and proves the same kick back relaxing aeriel tour of a small section of the park.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 1:21 AM
Been to Bonfante Gardens and rode the Sky Trail monorail. Very cool. According to a very popular Disney site Buzz is a sure thing for 2005. Rumors are that Rocket Rods will return in 2006 with a new system and hopefully banked track. Paul Pressler is the man that put Disneyland in the sad shape it's now in. He was responsible for the Tomorrowland makeover, the closing of many attractions, and for the disapointment that is Disney's California Adventure.
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 2:31 AM
^The Rocket Rods are dead and will never return. The old queue is being used for Buzz.
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 9:22 AM
They *could* use the old People Mover station.

I have a feeling that the People Mover might have been expensive to maintain. An awful lot of moving parts.

I can't believe that I grew up in the Bay Area and still haven't had a chance to ride it. Last time I was in the area while it was open, however, was the day before my wedding. Things were kinda hectic. ;)


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