Monday marked the official start to some major changes at Disneyland Park! Magical Distractions previously reported some big changes that were on the horizon at Disneyland to make room for the new Star Wars Land, and with these changes come some closures.
Rivers of America which was built for Disneyland’s opening in 1955, was one of the original attractions. The rivers are meant to represent the Mississippi, the Columbia, the Potomac and the Rio Grande. It is found in the Frontierland region of Magic Kingdom, and is surrounds Tom Sawyer Island. The Rivers of America has now temporarily closed to make way for construction to begin on Star Wars Land. The changes to Rivers of America will see temporary closures to the nighttime light and fireworks spectacular Fantasmic!, Davy Crockett Canoes, The Mark Twain Riverboat, The Sailing Ship Columbia, the Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island and Disneyland Railroad. Disney officials are not speculating when Guests can expect these attractions to re-open.
Disney officials are looking for ways to offer visitors alternative experiences for the Disneyland Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat and The Sailing Ship Columbia. John Scott, an Operating Engineer for the Railroad, says they are looking for ways to put two of the trains on display so that Guests can get up close to them for some interactive experiences.
On Monday, Disneyland officials released concept art of what Rivers of America will look like when construction of Star Wars Land is complete. The concept art shows a new waterfront along with waterfalls that will be added to the north bank of the river and an elevated railroad track over the water where the Disneyland Railroad will travel.
Several other attractions have now closed permanently, including the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Restaurant, Petting Zoo, and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. While Guests are saddened to see some of their old favorites go, there is also growing excitement for the fun and adventure that the new Star Wars Land will bring. Be sure to check back with Magical Distractions for news on the construction as it becomes available.