Photos: Much Of Disneyland’s West Side Currently Behind Construction Walls

As promised, Disneyland Park has experienced a round of operational changes that have been installed starting today, July 8th. What is surprising guests to the park (especially the frequent ones), is just how significant these changes are and how they affect the West Side of the park.

Much of the west side of Disneyland is currently behind construction walls. These walls stretch Tiana’s Palace, covering the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square (which itself is currently closed for refurbishment) and now cut off the pathway near Harbour Galley. Seating areas remain nearby in Fowler’s Harbor, but more wall can be found just down the pathway, blocking access to Critter Country via this fan-favorite route.

You can really see the extent of this closure, which blocks all access to Critter Country and this entrance to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, via the Mark Twain. Aboard, you can see the closed riverfront, which stretches the expanse from New Orleans Square, all the way down to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

  • As a reminder, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is slated to open later this year, and Critter Country is closed to allow for further construction and transformation of the surrounding area. This also includes the transformation of The Briar Patch into Ray’s Berets, and Pooh Corner (partially) into Louis’ Critter Club. Both of these locations have already closed.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, deep into Critter Country, has already temporarily closed along with the rest of the land.
  • Haunted Mansion is currently closed while a new queue experience is created, along with the addition of a new retail experience near the attraction’s exit.
    Due to work in the area between Tiana’s Palace and the Haunted Mansion, the Disneyland Railroad station in New Orleans Square is unavailable for boarding and unloading, though the train will continue to operate. Guests who require an accessible entrance to the attraction can use stations in Mickey’s Toontown and Tomorrowland.
  • Upcoming operational changes In New Orleans Square:
    • The bridge connecting New Orleans Square with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will temporarily close beginning July 8, 2024. After that, guests can access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge via the Frontierland entrance.
    • Popcorn and churro carts may be temporarily relocated during this time.
  • Upcoming operational changes in Critter Country:
    • Hungry Bear Restaurant will temporarily close for kitchen refurbishments beginning July 8, 2024. Guests can enjoy similar food and beverage offerings at nearby dining locations like Stage Door Café and Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante.
    • In addition, the restrooms near Hungry Bear Restaurant will be closed during this time; the nearest restrooms are located at Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
    • Due to adjacent construction, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes will temporarily close beginning July 8, 2024.
    • Due to its location in Critter Country, the Critter Country Fruit Cart will temporarily close beginning July 8, 2024. Guests can find snacks at other Fruit Carts during this time.

In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, signage and Cast Members prevent access down the pathway to Critter Country. Currently, there is no opening date for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and there is no date announced for when the walls will come down.

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Tony Betti
Originally from California where he studied a dying artform (hand-drawn animation), Tony has spent most of his adult life in the theme parks of Orlando. When he’s not writing for LP, he’s usually watching and studying something animated or arguing about “the good ole’ days” at the parks.