Thursday, May 6, 2010

Rivers of America gets it's refill

This week marked the end of the refurb for the Rivers of America. Along with replanting and painting existing scenes/props, Imagineers also created some new scene attractions along the riverbanks which are now separated into 4 different regions: Mississippi, Rio Grande, Colombia,  & Potomac. A few of these new additions are actually ideas presented in the very early sketches of the  Rivers of America by Disney collaberators such as Marc Davis and Sam McKim.
The OC register posted this little guide map to the new locations...

After the river was drained in January, Disney crews:
•Installed a new 2,500-foot track for the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Sailing Ship Columbia for the first time since the park opened in 1955.
•Built a corral for two live ponies. (It is the first time live animals are long the banks).
•Planted 4,000 new shrubs and 130 new trees that look like the river regions.
•Added 10 new figures and repainted about 16 old ones, either plants or animals.
•Posted Mike Fink’s Keel Boat in front of the cabin.
•Put in a new paddle wheel on the Mark Twain Riverboat.
•Replaced nine of the 11 docks.

We'll all be able to see the new additions starting this saturday, May 8th aboard the Disneyland Railroad. The Mark Twain will not be running until later this month. Click to read the Full Article

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