Previously, I showed you a bit about the state of parking in 1998 as construction on the upcoming Disney’s California Adventure began. Let’s jump ahead to the next year now.
My visit in 1999 began with me parking at the Lion King lot.
A tram would take guests to the “Christmas tree lot” at the front of the park. Notice the copper color scheme on Space Mountain back then, from the “new” New Tomorrowland that had recently opened.
The same lots (Lion King and Pinnochio) were still being used, but this directional sign was new. Notice something added?
A Disneyland Resort Preview Center had been opened to give guests a glimpse of things to come — specifically, Disney’s California Adventure, the Grand Californian hotel, and Downtown Disney.
The Preview Center was set up along the construction wall across from the Disneyland entrance.
It was basically just a tent with some potted plants (er, potted trees?) around it, and lots of scaffolding. Because scaffolding is magic.
I’d love to show you what was inside (such as all the concept art that was on the walls), but there was a strict “no photography allowed” policy — and a cast member enforcing it! (Somewhere I have a picture of the sign that says I can’t take pictures there, but I couldn’t find it at the time of this writing.)
You could, however, climb up to the top of the observation deck and take pictures of the construction progress.
There wasn’t much going on at this point.
They did have a panoramic photo of the view with an artist rendering overplayed on it so you could better picture what they were working on.
Here’s four close ups of the entire thing in stunning 640×480 resolution:
Hey, look! This hole is going to become Soarin’ Over California!
This was also when they were building the new cast member costuming building.
And it went up much faster than DCA! Two months later and…
If you parked in the Pinnochio lot, you could see the parking structure construction:
Although the construction made getting in and out of the park a bit inconvenient, it was a very exciting time to be visiting. In just three years the resort would more than double in size with a new theme park, high end resort hotel, and shopping complex.
But, there was still more previewing yet to be done.
Until next time…