PHOTO REPORT: Disneyland Resort 6/28/22 (Hank Comes to Finding Nemo, Boats Testing at Pirates, Indiana Jones Artifacts, and More)
Hey there, hi there, ho there! We headed down to the Disneyland Resort to have lunch at Blue Bayou, greet a new friend who came ashore in Tomorrowland, and see what else we could find that was new. So join us for this most recent photo report from both parks.
Along Main Street, U.S.A., we ran across some Cast Members in the new costumes for the “Capture Your Moment” PhotoPass sessions. These sky-blue shirts and dark blue pants costumes will help differentiate the traditional PhotoPass photographer Cast Members from the “Capture Your Moment” privately-booked photographer Cast Members.
The coolest thing about these artifacts is the informational placards which talk about the factual origins and inspirations behind each of these MacGuffins from the “Indiana Jones” films. It’s more than a recreation of a prop; it’s a learning experience which… belongs in a museum.
We had to quit shopping after a while because it was time for lunch. We headed back to Blue Bayou to see what it was like without the walls. We didn’t pass up the opportunity to do some nice long-exposure photography while we were there.
It’s the perfect weight for swinging around and making lightsaber noises while reciting dialogue from the films. At least it was perfect, until the Cast Members asked us to stop freaking everyone out.
The never-ending planter construction project in front of Tomorrowland has had no change in quite some time, but it’s a nice spot to come and enjoy the view of the Astro Orbiter.
What a beautiful day out.
As we exited Space Mountain, we noticed a sign directing us to a couple of places that are no longer there. The Magic Eye Theater, where Captain EO and Honey, I Shrunk the Audience were presented, is still around but closed indefinitely.
The Space Place Restaurant closed in 1996, and once stood where the entrance to Space Mountain is now, with the seating area being the entire upstairs deck of what is now the Space Mountain exterior queue.
It appears that a restroom sign decal fell off to reveal the old sign underneath. This sign dates from somewhere between 1986-1996.
The walls to Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage are down, giving us our first close-up look at the lagoon since before the plague.
This was always one of our favorite photo spots before the shutdown, and we’re very glad to have it back.
A new resident has joined the annoying/beloved seagulls on a rock outcrop in the distance.
Hank the Septopus from “Finding Dory” has come to the lagoon, giving the side-eye to the seagulls who won’t pipe down.
Next, we’re on to Disney’s Paradise Pier to see how the refurbishment and retheme are coming. The golden suns have been removed from the façades of the towers, leaving only blank lighting fixtures. These will eventually be Luxo balls in the Pixar retheme.
We love all the art that still hangs in the hotel lobby, reflective of the theme inside Disney California Adventure in the Paradise Pier area before it was rethemed.
From the hotel tower, we can get a peek at the Disney Vacation Club construction over at Disneyland Hotel. This building appears to be a new info center or something of the like.
We can also scope out the Downtown Disney construction, which doesn’t appear to be making much progress.
The view into the park is too good to resist, so let’s head into…
Disney California Adventure
We haven’t seen this BB-8 balloon out in the park for a while.
One final parting shot from the park today as we say hello to Captain Marvel. It has been a while since we’ve seen her in the land, and it’s always nice to run into a friend while making the rounds at the park.
Well, that’s it from us here at Disneyland. We’re glad you rode along. Be sure to leave a comment below, letting us know what you think of the photo report. We’ll see ya real soon!
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