Monday, January 11, 2016

Rivers of America at Disneyland is being changed for Star Wars land construction

Disney artists rendition.

The construction of the new Star Wars themed land at Disneyland will mean a major change to the Rivers of America area, according to Disney.

The new waterfront area in Frontierland, along the north bank of the Rivers of America, will have a an elevated trestle over which the iconic Disneyland Railroad will travel, an artists rendition of the area shows.

Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island is surrounded by the river.The Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia will operate along the Rivers of America.

Groundbreaking for the new 14-acre Star Wars land will take place later this year.

About 14 percent of the park’s attractions are being closed either permanently or temporarily as construction takes place.

Big Thunder Ranch, including Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree permanently closed at the end of the operating day on Jan. 10, 2016.

In addition, at the end of the day Jan. 10, Disneyland Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia, Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island and the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes will close temporarily so the expansion can take place.

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