My favorite time of year at Disneyland has come and (almost) gone. The holiday season brings snow to Main Street USA, Jingle Bells to It’s a Small World, and of course, insane holiday crowds. Thanks to that last one, to help alleviate the crowds, Disneyland did the unthinkable: they opened Star Wars Land. Okay, so not exactly, but they did open up the old pathway from Frontierland to Fantasyland. While there wasn’t really much to see, I snapped a few pictures with my cell phone to give you an idea of what it looked like. While nobody told me not to take photos, it felt so wrong, so I was trying to be a little sneaky about it.
We had ventured into Frontierland to swing by and grab a Fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We figured we’d head back out into the hub and through the castle to Fantasyland. However, I had heard rumors that the day before, a pathway through the future Star Wars Land had been opened. Happily, that pathway had again been opened.
Right behind the guy in the blue hat and striped “Gap” shirt is the opening in the fence to the pathway to Fantasyland. It was very similar to the path it used to run, pre-construction. There was a decent grade that you ascend, just like before. The pathway that curves to the right as you head into Fantasyland is a bit different, but I don’t think it is permanent. The ground was just a dirt path, so it supports that theory. But looking up over the barriers, here is what you see.
The rock formations that you see towards the top of the picture look very interesting. Almost like what we’re seeing out of Pandora at Animal Kingdom, so maybe some of that technology transferred here. I’m also looking at what looks like a white train bridge on the left. While I’m no expert, the placement would seem to follow the Disneyland Railroad’s new pathway plan.
In this picture, I’m seeing some columns on the left and that is a tunnel or opening of some kind on the far right. While I really can’t see too much that I can make sense out of, maybe you can help! Comment down below if you see something cool that I don’t or if you are a super smarty pants and can tell me what this will all become!
Call me crazy, but this was my favorite part. This was near the end of the pathway, close to Fantasyland. It is a massive rock overhang. While it isn’t an attraction or something that most people would really take note of, I was really impressed by it as I passed by.
While for the most part, I have no idea what I’m looking at, I’m incredibly impressed by how much progress has already been made and very encouraged by the detail that I’m already seeing in the rock overhang above. I was not a happy camper when they closed down Big Thunder Ranch to bring in Star Wars Land, but I have kept the faith that Disney knows what they’re doing. After this quick behind the scenes look at the construction, I have to say, so far so good. I’m actually, dare I say it, excited to see the finished product.
What do you think? Still miss the goats at Big Thunder Ranch? Maybe the cornbread from Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue? Comment below!