Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It All Began Here

June 21, 1997 was the first time I saw construction work for Disney's California Adventure, in the former Alice Cast Member parking area. It was probably the first time for a lot of people, as the above photo was taken within a few days of the work beginning. The Disneyland Line clippings below explain what's going on, although once the closure date changed they (frustratingly) do not mention the exact beginning of the construction. I wonder how long it had been since bulldozers were last in that area...

May 9, 1997:

May 16, 1997:

June 6, 1997:

June 13, 1997:

June 20, 1997:

5 comments:

TokyoMagic! said...

I think it looked prettier as a parking lot! Yeah, yeah, I know....a billion dollars....expansion....new stuff....they're "fixing" it. We'll see.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

The calm before the storm.....

Thufer said...

I shed a tear upon looking at that photo. A sad time indeed.

Major Pepperidge said...

I think that DCA was so disappointing because we all know what Disney is capable of doing. Do you think that the Imagineers who were constrained by so many budgetary decisions and executive miscalculations knew that they were blowing it?

Progressland said...

No comment Major! But you may have noted how quickly Bruce and David were to say that they were not involved with DCA in the chat posted earlier...