Disney Park Launches $1B Redo

Mouse to make California Adventure more like Disneyland
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2007 9:25 AM CDT
Walt Disney Co. executives speak during a news conference, Wednesday Oct. 17, 2007 in Glendale, Calif., where they announced plans to overhaul the California Adventure theme park. Seated from left, are...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Disney is launching a $1.1 billion overhaul of its California Adventure theme park in a bid to boost smaller-than-predicted earnings and make the park more like big brother Disneyland. The Anaheim park, opened in 2001, drew 6 million visitors last year—a million less than predicted and far fewer than the 15 million who hit Disneyland.

The makeover will cost more than initial construction of the park. Attractions based on popular Pixar movies—like "Cars" and "Toy Story"—will be added, as will references to the late founder Walt Disney. "They're trying to give it some heart," one source told the Los Angeles Times. "Now, you go through California Adventure once, and that's about it."