Disney's expensive upgrades to its California Adventure park are progressing well, with changes now visible at the park.
Westcoaster has posted new images which show that signs to the Little Mermaid attraction (due to open in 2011) have already been put up. The lagoon is also the site of major work, as a new water display is added to it (in the style of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas).
Disney is investing some $1.1 billion into upgrading Disney's California Adventure. This will see a number of ride upgrades and additions over the next 2 years, in addition to the retheming of three areas of the park and the opening of an entire new land.
The Sun Wheel has already been converted into Mickey's Fun Wheel as part of the upgrade of the Paradise Pier area, which started last year with the opening of Toy Story Midway Mania. The Sunshine Plaza at the entrance to the park will be re-themed as Buena Vista Street (based on 1920s Los Angeles), while the Hollywood Pictures Backlot will become Hollywoodland (based on 1930s Hollywood).
The largest addition to the park will be Cars Land, based on the Pixar film of the same name. Among the new attractions in Cars Land will be Radiator Springs Racers, which will use the same technology as Test Track at Epcot. Almost a fifth of Disney's development budget will be splurged on the ride, which has an estimated cost of $200 million.
You can keep up-to-date with the latest confirmed and rumored new attraction opening dates using Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch".