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BrerGnat
05-27-2010, 02:10 PM
Not sure if anyone else has seen this, but it was an article on the Disney Parks Blog yesterday.

Click here (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010/05/disneyland-hotel-makeover/) for pictures.


Big news…Today we’re sharing details and concept art that will give the Disneyland Hotel a fun, fresh makeover. The pool area is getting a whole new look, including a brand-new pool, all-new immersive water play area and a complete redesign of the Never Land Pool. Plans also call for a new restaurant and bar, and re-theming of the hotel’s three guest room towers.
The biggest transformation (and what I’m most looking forward to) are the changes coming to the pool area. With a nod to the iconic original park signage, “Disneyland” will be spelled out in familiar blocks atop a platform supporting two huge water slides (the larger slide will be 26 feet high and will stretch 187 feet before it plunges into a splash pool below). Reminiscent of the original Monorail station at the Disneyland Hotel, at each slide’s entrance will sit a replica Monorail Car that guests will glide through as they twist and turn their way to the pool below. The pool will also feature a third, two-lane mini slide, perfect for little ones, which is just 3 1/2 feet high and is 19 feet long.

The Never Land Pool will receive a complete cosmetic makeover but will retain its unique shape. A new, four-foot deep pool will be built between the Never Land Pool and the water play area. A footbridge will stretch over this new pool, connecting both sides of the courtyard area and giving easy access across the property. Six new cabanas will also be added. To help you visualize all these exciting, new changes, here’s a rendering from an aerial view.

And that’s not all! Two new dining locations will be introduced in the current location of Hook’s Pointe, Croc’s Bites and Bits, the Wine Cellar and the Lost Bar. A new “smart casual” dining concept will feature Tahitian architecture that is reminiscent of the ’50s and ’60s era of the hotel and the original Tahitian Terrace restaurant in Disneyland park. A new bar will draw on the adventure theme from the Jungle Cruise attraction.
The new water play area, pool and dining locations are scheduled to be completed by summer 2011, and the remodeled Never Land Pool is slated to be completed by summer 2012.
The hotel’s three guest room towers will be renamed to reflect Disneyland park’s distinctive lands. The Dreams Tower, currently under renovation and scheduled to be completed in 2010, will become the Adventure Tower. The Wonder Tower, next to undergo transformation and slated for completion in 2011, will be the Frontier Tower, and the Magic Tower, which will be finished in 2012, will become the Fantasy Tower. A large marquee featuring classic artwork for Adventureland, Frontierland and Fantasyland will identify each tower.

I think this all sounds FABULOUS! I had no idea they had such ambitious plans for the pool area. My kids are going to love these slides! I also love that they are renaming the towers to something OTHER than the cruise ship names...which never made sense to me.

It seems from the drawings that the Koi Ponds and Waterfalls will be getting the boot. I have mixed feelings about that. I like that area, and my kids have always enjoyed exploring it. However, it did seem that the Neverland pool really was too small for the resort, and all that landscaped space seemed, to me, "wasted". So, it's nice to see that they are adding more water features while maintaining some greenery. Also, the new restaurant sounds good...almost like something from the Polynesian.

NotaGeek
05-27-2010, 02:29 PM
Thanks for posting this! I missed this update ... WOW! I think that this is going to be an AWESOME change for my favorite property ... and I really love the use of the classic sign! :thumbsup::thumbsup:

Melanie
05-27-2010, 08:19 PM
Holy cow, they are changing the names of the towers again?

Overall though, the refurb looks cool.

mouseketeer mom
06-09-2010, 06:53 PM
When is this starting? We are staying at the Disneyland Hotel in August. Hoping the pool will be open.

BrerGnat
06-09-2010, 09:42 PM
When is this starting? We are staying at the Disneyland Hotel in August. Hoping the pool will be open.

I think the Neverland pool will remain open until the end of NEXT summer, when they will shut it down to refurbish it (by that point, the NEW slide area and 4 ft lap pool will be open).

They are removing the waterfalls and the old "quiet" pool to make way for the new stuff. So, there will be lots of work being done while you are there, probably, but the pool should remain open.

Marla
07-24-2010, 12:52 PM
Sad news. I went to my favorite little place for a snack and a nice glass of wine. I'm sure all you Disney Nuts know I am talking about the Wine Cellar, at the DLH. Well, they have been told that 07/25/10 will be the last day they will be open. So, all of you that enjoy Hook's Point, The Lost Bar, Crocs'Bits n' Bites, and The Wine Cellar get there quick for your last drink, or meal. These places are being torn down to make way for the new pool area, that will include new dining choices as well. I always get upset when we loose our old places, Disney history if you will. But, then the new comes in and I always like it. :tink:

Paradise Pier Pinocchio
07-24-2010, 05:22 PM
I have already said my goodbye to the Lost Bar with excellent company I must say. Thank you Jane & Ron.

I'm going to miss the meeting place that has been a staple of my visits to Disneyland for many many moons.

Remember just because we CAN do something doesn't mean we should.

:smickey:

goofy89
07-24-2010, 06:33 PM
Wow this looks amazing! Love the slide area! :mickey:

mouseketeer mom
07-25-2010, 09:39 AM
Sad news. I went to my favorite little place for a snack and a nice glass of wine. I'm sure all you Disney Nuts know I am talking about the Wine Cellar, at the DLH. Well, they have been told that 07/25/10 will be the last day they will be open. So, all of you that enjoy Hook's Point, The Lost Bar, Crocs'Bits n' Bites, and The Wine Cellar get there quick for your last drink, or meal. These places are being torn down to make way for the new pool area, that will include new dining choices as well. I always get upset when we loose our old places, Disney history if you will. But, then the new comes in and I always like it. :tink:

We are arriving for the first time in 3 wks. Is the Neverland pool open? Is it big time construction now?? I'm getting nervous.

BrerGnat
07-25-2010, 12:49 PM
The Neverland Pool is still open. They are first going to construct the new slide area over where the waterfalls used to be. The Neverland pool will remain open during all that. When the new slide/pool area opens next year, they will THEN shut down the Neverland Pool and spend about a year refurbishing it.

There is a lot of work going on, but the impact on guests is minimal at this point (except when the restaurants close, and so you'll only have the coffee shop as a place to get food at the hotel itself).

Paradise Pier Pinocchio
07-26-2010, 03:34 AM
Even after the closing of the restaurants they are planning, there will still be Goofy's Kitchen as well as Granvilles (Oops, I mean Steakhouse 55!).

:smickey: