The Disneyland Resort is busy getting ready for Pixar Fest, which runs from April 13, 2018 through September 3, 2018.
Guests will enjoy their favorite Pixar characters from beloved movies such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Up, and Inside Out.
Pixar Fest will bring back two popular parades (Paint the Night and Pixar Play Parade), feature an all-new nighttime spectacular fireworks show, and sell limited merchandise as well as Pixar-themed food and beverages.
Here is your guide to what to see and do in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park during Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort.
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New “Together Forever!” Fireworks Come to Disneyland
Disneyland will feature Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular which celebrates the unbreakable bonds between pals, such as Woody and Buzz. This dazzling pyrotechnic show includes musical themes from the beloved Pixar movies, and highlights the unlikely friendships and adventures of Pixar friends.
This amazing show can be seen throughout Disneyland, including locations at It’s a Small World, Main Street buildings, the water screens of the Rivers of America, and Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
This is awesome! There is also a special castle flyover by Buzz Lightyear and the house from “Up” suspended by balloons flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Paint the Night Parade Debuts in Disney California Adventure
Disneyland’s Paint the Night Parade is moving to Disney California Adventure Park! This colorful parade features favorite characters from Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and Cars. You will see also see favorites such as Ariel, Belle, Peter Pan, and Rapunzel.
The Paint the Night Parades features high-energy music and spectacular special effects led by Sorcerer Mickey.
The new Incredibles float will make their debut in the parade in June 2018.
You can purchase a Paint the Night Parade Dining Package for Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria and receive a voucher for reserved parade seating. I would recommend choosing a different reserved dining package as you won’t have trouble finding prime seating for the parade along the parade route in Disney California Adventure.
Pixar Play Parade Rolls Into Disneyland
The Pixar Play Parade, which originated in Disney California Adventure Park, will cruise through Disneyland beginning on April 13th, 2018. The parade will be led off by the adorable Pixar lamp, just like their movies! The parade will bring back some beloved characters from popular Pixar movies, such as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., the Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and A Bug’s Life.
The Pixar Play Parade will also introduce new parade floats featuring characters from Up and Inside Out.
PIXAR FEST MERCHANDISE
The 2018 Pixar Fest logo can be found on hats and t-shirts and feature beloved characters, such as Woody, Mike Wazowski, Sully, Nemo, Dory and Lightning McQueen.
You can enjoy a refreshing beverage in light up tumblers featuring Nemo and Dory as well as a Mike Wazowski Sipper.
You can also purchase a very cute tumbler featuring the Pizza Port claw reaching for the Aliens from Toy Story. There is also a limited-edition pin featuring the colorful logo of Pixar Fest. Loungefly, who is known for their stylish, Disney-themed bags and wallets, is releasing a Pixar Fest leather tote.
PIXAR-THEMED FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Pixar Fest will feature some cute Pixar-themed desserts that are almost too cute to eat! You can taste Baby Dory cake pops, Mike Wazowski Krispy Treats, and Toy Story Alien Macaroons with Meyer lemon blackberry filling at various locations in both parks.
In Disneyland, you can enjoy a Boot Beer Root Beer Float in a Souvenir Woody’s Boot or Jessie’s Berry Jubilee Funnel Cake at the Golden Horseshoe. The Hungry Bear Restaurant will sell Lots-o’-Straw-“Bear”y Funnel Cake. If you a fan of Churros, you can try a Lots-o’-Straw-“Bear”-y Churro in Tomorrowland, and a Coco Churro in Frontierland. Carnation Café will feature some delicious menu items inspired by Up, including a Fried-ricksen Bologna Sandwich, and a Fredrickson TV Diner. Jolly Holiday on Main Street will offer an “Up” Merit Badge Éclair, and Café Orleans is promoting a three-course Ratatouille dinner that looks divine!
Disney California Adventure Park offers some monstrous treats as well. You can purchase Mike Wazowski bread from Pacific Wharf Café and a Sully Premium Popcorn Bucket at all popcorn carts. There is also a Mike Wazowski Sipper cup at the quick-service restaurants. The Lucky Fortune Cookery will sell Sully color-changing chilled noodles that start off blue and then change to purple when the dressing is added. Pretty cool! We can’t forget the Incredibles. There is an Incredibles 2 corn dog, which is hot link sausage stuffed with pepper jack cheese and surrounded by a Cajun chicken sausage.
Pixar Short Film Festival
The Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure will rotate through your favorite Pixar Short Films throughout most of Pixar Fest.
Some of the already announced films that will be shown are “For the Birds” and “Lava”.
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Pixar Pier comes to Disney California Adventure Park this summer. This new land will celebrate the films of Pixar with new games and a fantastic new Incredibles theme on the rollercoaster.
The new Pixar Pier will open on June 23, 2018.
Pixar Pier will include four neighborhoods, including Incredibles, Toy Story, Inside Out, and a Pixar Promenade which features many beloved Pixar stories and characters. The highlight of the pier is the newly themed Incredicoaster which was formerly California Screamin’.
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In this guide we share everything that we already know about Pixar Pier.
The lamp perched on the top of the marque will be animated and interacting with guests.
Pixar Pier Incredicoaster and Incredibles Neighborhood
The Incredibles Neighborhood will have a 1950’s look just like the movies. The former California Screamin’ roller coaster has been totally rethemed into the Incredicoaster.
The backstory of the attraction is that the Incredibles family is at the dedication of the new town roller coaster. Both Edna, the eccentric costumer, and Jack-Jack are too short to ride so they wait in the VIP room while the rest of the family enjoys the ride. But, out of nowhere, Jack-Jack escapes onto the coaster track and the entire family has to struggle to catch him.
The existing ride structure has been updated with new show scenes throughout including vignettes at the opening and end of the attraction and now fully enclosed scream tunnels. The updated roller coaster will have a new look for the ride vehicles and updated launch area and loop mechanisms. The coaster will have a new score from composer Michael Giacchino who take inspiration from the scores of both Incredibles and Incredibles 2.
Also in this neighborhood you’ll find a character meet and greet with the eccentric costumer from the Incredibles, Edna Mode.
Pixar Pier Toy Story Neighborhood
The popular carnival game attraction, Toy Story Mania!, will be the anchor to this playful neighborhood and the ride is not changing. A large icon of the redheaded, yodeling cowgirl, Jessie, will be in the plaza area, and King Triton’s Carousel will reopen as Jessie’s Critter Carousel. Guests can corral fun animals, such as an armadillo, bunny, buzzard, raccoon, skunk, turtle, rattelesnake, and deer.
Poultry Palace is replacing Don Tomas Turkey Legs and will look like a giant carton of takeout chicken. There will also be a revamped churro stand called Senor Buzz Churros where you can buy different variations of this delicious treat. Guests can also meet and greet Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and other Toy Story characters at Pixar Pals where a bandstand will feature a new musical troupe.
Pixar Pier Inside Out Neighborhood
This new neighborhood will be on the western side of the boardwalk and will feature the beloved emotions from the movie, such as Joy, Sadness, Anger, and Disgust.
Details are still coming out on this new area, but we know it will feature a new family-friendly attraction which is scheduled to open at a later date. This new attraction will be in the space occupied by the Maliboomer years ago. This attraction will feature the five emotions from the movies, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust.
Pixar Pier Promenade
PIXAR PIER (ANAHEIM, Calif.) –Summer 2018 will bring a transformed land when Pixar Pier opens for guests to experience at Disney California Adventure park, featuring the new Incredicoaster inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” This artist concept illustrates the four new neighborhoods that will represent beloved Pixar stories and the newly themed attractions that will be found throughout the permanent land of Pixar Pier. (Disney•Pixar)
The Pixar Promenade will feature characters from the other popular Pixar films. Mickey’s Fun Wheel is being painted a bright blue and each of the 24 gondolas will feature a different Pixar character. Don’t worry, folks – the iconic face of Mickey Mouse will still be on the side of what remains MICKEY’S Fun Wheel. The Games of the Boardwalk will now have a Pixar theme to them. Bullseye Stallion Stampede will remain, but the other games are changing to WALL-E Space Station, La Luna Star Catcher, and Heimlich Candy Corn Toss.
The area that contains the attractions Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Golden Zephyr, Silly Symphony Swings, Goofy’s Sky School, and The Little Mermaid along with Paradise Gardens will now be called Paradise Park.
Pixar Pier Dining and New Restaurant
There will be more options for Pixar themed food. You can purchase Mike Wazowski bread from Pacific Wharf Café and a Sully Premium Popcorn Bucket at all popcorn carts. There is also a Mike Wazowski Sipper cups from the quick-service restaurants. You can enjoy a refreshing beverage in light up tumblers featuring Nemo and Dory as well as a Mike Wazowski Sipper. You can also purchase a very cute tumbler featuring the Pizza Port claw reaching for the Aliens from Toy Story.
Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff will sell candy, slushies, and other sweets, and Treasures in Paradise will now be Knick’s Knacks. There is also a quick-service restaurant called Angry Dogs, that sells, well you guessed it – hot dogs!
You can also enjoy an Incredibles 2 Corn Dog, which is hot link sausage stuffed with pepper jack cheese and surrounded by a Cajun chicken sausage. Wow I can’t wait to try that! The Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company will become the Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats. This new frozen treats shop will serve a lemon equivalent to the Dole Whip.
Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar closed in January and will reopen as the new Lamplight Lounge. The updated theme will be a place where Pixar animators would come after work and will include sketches on the walls. Guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers upstairs, and a full menu downstairs. It is an expansion of the popular Cove Bar.
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Watching Disney movies is a great way to build excitement for an upcoming trip to Disneyland. Though the amount of Disney references in the park was extremely limited when it first opened (Mainly featured in only Fantasyland), more and more have been added as Disney movies have continued to evolve into perfect additions to the world of Disneyland. Since almost everything in Disneyland is now based on existing Disney films and shorts, I’ve created a list of essential movies- some obvious, and some not- that you need to see before you visit to Disneyland.
1.Sleeping Beauty (For: Sleeping Beauty’s Castle)
Sleeping Beauty is a classic Disney film, and it took a long time to make! The 77-foot-tall visual magnet at the heart of Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom opened alongside the park in 1955 (Four years before the film Sleeping Beauty was actually released). While the castle serves as the perfect photo opportunity, guests can also take a self-guided tour of the castle’s interior to see the story of Princess Aurora and the evil Maleficent unfold. While the castle’s interior was originally added in 1957 to advertise for the upcoming movie, the castle closed its doors in October of 2001, then reopened in November of 2008 with enhanced technology. While the smallest of Disney’s castles, it still remains a crowd favorite and is a must-do every time I visit.
2. Indiana Jones (For: Indiana Jones Adventure)
I didn’t watch Indiana Jones growing up, and I wish I had before I visited Disneyland for the first time. While knowing who the main character is might be enough to enjoy the experience, the attraction borrows premises from the first three films, and alludes to the feeling and style of the series. The ride’s queue features interactive elements created by the Imagineers to envelop the guests into the story of Indiana Jones. In fact, keep an eye out for the Mercedes vehicle, as it was an official prop from Raiders of the Lost Ark, as well as some other props located in the office that can be seen just to the right of the queue after the movie room shortly before you board.
The series actually has a direct connection to Disneyland, too! According to a field guide written by Imagineers, director Steven Spielberg sent his sound designers to the park to record samples of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to be used in the second film’s mine-chase scene! The Indiana Jones series is a great introduction to the world you’ll be stepping into.
3. Star Wars (For: Star Tours, Star Wars Launch Bay, Jedi Training Academy)
Even though the Star Tours attraction has existed since the late 80’s, Disney didn’t acquire the franchise until 2012. An official land dedicated to Star Wars is slated to open in 2019, but there is already a large presence of Star Wars throughout the park. A fan favorite motion simulator attraction, Star Tours, transports guests to distant galaxy using motion-simulator technology to create the feeling of flight. The Star Wars Launch Bay hosts displays dedicated to the films, and even characters from the series to take photos with!
If you are attending with children, they will love the Jedi Training Academy to take a lesson on becoming a Jedi. Storm Troopers can be found roaming Tomorrowland, and the gift shop connected to the Star Tours exit is a great place to find Star Wars merchandise.
4. Cars (For: Cars Land)
Disney Legend Marty Sklar who led Walt Disney Imagineering for years shared an experience in his book, “One Little Spark!”. While sitting with his wife on a park bench opening day of Cars Land in Disney California Adventure, the neon signs began to light up (A sight not to be missed!). He saw a seven-year-old walk past as he heard the child exclaim, “Look, Mom! This is where they shot the movie!”
That story is the best way I can describe Cars Land. Taking friends for their first time down the streets of Radiator Springs is one of my favorite things. The land is rich with references to the film. Grab some food at Flo’s or one of the Cozy Cones. Enjoy the flagship attraction Radiator Springs Racers. Or take in the ambience led by music and neon. While watching the film, you might be thinking, “I wonder what’s inside that building there.” Well, when you enter Cars Land, you’ll be able to find out.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy (For: Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout)
Though the initial reaction of Disney replacing Tower of Terror with Mission: Breakout was overwhelmingly negative, the responses from those who have ridden the ride have been very positive. Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director, James Gunn, worked very closely with the Imagineers to create the experience of Mission: Breakout. The original actors reprise their roles for the attraction, and the film’s composer even wrote the music for The Collector’s Fortress lobby, office, and for the attraction’s exit. All of these elements give Mission: Breakout the unique opportunity of acting as a direct extension of the films.
The soundtrack accompanying the actual ride is comprised of six hits ranging from the late 60’s to the early 80’s, much like the mixtape in the movie. The attraction’s queue features multiple elements that will make more sense if you have seen the first film beforehand. Watching Guardians of the Galaxy introduces you to each member of the team, and helps you understand their personality. And when you see that Rocket audio animatronic, you’ll think you’ve stepped right into the movie.
6. Fantasia (For: Fantasmic!)
If you aren’t planning on skipping out on Fantasmic! for shorter attraction wait times, then I definitely recommend seeing the source material, Fantasia. Though many different Disney properties are used in the nighttime spectacular, the visually stunning battle between good and evil follows the story of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a character straight from a segment of Fantasia. The Sorcerer’s Hat is also a popular Mickey Ear option.
Fantasia is currently available for Streaming via Netflix.
7. Toy Story (For: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Toy Story Midway Mania, Pixar Play Parade)
The Toy Story series has a very prominent presence in the Disney parks. The appearance of Toy Story started well before Disney even acquired Pixar. You can enjoy two different arcade style attractions on your visit: the first being Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in Disneyland, and the second- and my favorite- being Toy Story Midway Mania in Disney California Adventure. Midway Mania’s queue features an impressive Mr. Potato Head as a barker that is very entertaining to watch. After proving your worth on the attraction, stick around Paradise Pier (Soon to be Pixar Pier!) to meet your favorite Toy Story characters, or see them in the Pixar Play Parade, which will be moving to Disneyland the Summer of 2018.
Like some of the other films on this list, you don’t necessarily need to have seen the film to understand the attraction, but refreshing yourself on the series allows you to step deeper into the world the Imagineers have worked so hard to create for you.
8. A Bug’s Life (For: A Bug’s Land)
If you aren’t visiting the parks with little ones, A Bug’s Land might not be your cup of tea, although the amount of detail in this land will impress even the most stubborn of teens. Through Disney magic, A Bug’s Land shrinks you to the size of an insect for the duration of your stay. Children will love the kid-friendly attractions offered here. Though usually used by adults as a quick route between Hollywood Land and Cars Land, I’ve seen many of them stop by Princess Dot’s Puddle Park in order to stay cool on a hot day.
9. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (For: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride)
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is one of the few remaining attractions in Fantasyland that were in operation on opening day of Disneyland. Though the attraction was closed in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, the version in Disneyland is still going strong to this day. The story is derived from the segment The Wind in the Willows from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. The film was recently removed from Netflix, but copies can be found and purchased pretty widely. Though all the attractions in Fantasyland are based on older Disney films, I included this one as it seems to be lesser known.
10. American Experience: Walt Disney (For: Partners Statue)
After suffering through many butchered retellings of Walt Disney’s life, PBS released a nearly four-hour documentary titled American Experience – Walt Disney. The program follows Walt from his early life, up until the very end of it. While many see Walt Disney as the man who had it all, this shows a very real look into how hard he had to work for his Magic Kingdom, and how even Walt had failures. The Partners Statue is a common sight during a visit, sitting in the center of the central hub directly in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
Having seen this documentary before my recent five-day stay in Disneyland, and understanding just how much that mouse meant to him, my picture in front of the Partners Statue came away as my favorite memory of the trip.
11. Peter Pan (For: Peter Pan’s Flight)
If you’ve ever dreamt of flying, then you’ll be in for a treat sweeter than Pineapple Dole Whip when you take a ride on Peter Pan’s Flight. The charming Fantasyland attraction features a suspended ride vehicle, giving guests a full view beneath them as they fly over the city of London and the island of Neverland. Tinkerbell, along with some of her other fairy friends, can be found in Pixie Hollow for photos. Captain Hook can be seen roaming around the park, and you might even spot the troublesome Peter Pan himself!
12. Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion (For: The attractions of the same name)
I’ve included these two movies last, as I don’t think they need to be seen before visiting the park. While most attractions in the Disney parks were based on existing films, both of these movies were inspired by the attractions originally built in Disneyland. While I’m a huge fan of the Pirates films, I’d recommend viewing them AFTER your trip, then you can spot the inspirations from the rides!
While growing up, I constantly wished to explore the worlds I saw on the screen. Walt Disney’s concept of what we now know as a theme park has given us those very chances. Since the list of Disney movies the parks are based on is quite extensive, it can be difficult to watch them all before your trip. There are many movies that didn’t make the cut here that I hope you are able to see before your vacation, too! Imagineers strive to use these films as reference to create unique and thrilling opportunities for guests to step into the imagination of the very man the parks are named after, and what a wonderful place to be.
Now that you’re well versed with the films you need to see before leaving for Anaheim, take a look at our other guides and articles that will be sure to enhance your Disneyland vacation. You will find information on discounts and ways to experience more!
These are the cheapest Disney World hotels that you can stay at on Disney World property.
Don’t let money hold you back during your trip to Disney World. These budget Disney hotels are a fantastic option for you to stay for less!
We’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of the cheapest Disney World hotels for you and your family, that don’t compromise theming, luxury, and fun
These hotels are all still located on property at Walt Disney World an include many of the same perks listed in our pros and cons of ever Disney World hotel guide. There are other hotels near Disney World that may have lower nightly rates, but we believe that staying on property is worth the slightly higher rates for the extra benefits.
Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
The All Star Movies Resort is a celebration of Walt Disney films. Toy Story, Fantasia, 101 Dalmatians, Mighty Ducks, and the Love Bug are all portrayed in colorful, larger-than-life figurines. This resort has a variety of entertainment options and is a short bus ride to the Animal Kingdom.
Starting at just $96 per night, the Disney All Star Movies resort is is the cheapest Disney World resort on our list.
Disney’s All Star Music Resort
The All Star Music Resort pays homage to the popular musical genres of country, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, calypso, and Broadway show tunes. With two pools, a playground, an arcade, and shopping options, there is something to keep every toe tapping.
Starting at just $96 per night, the All Star Music resort will be music to your ears and to your wallet. This budget Disney resort is a fantastic option!
Disney’s All Star Sports Resort
The All Star Sports Resort is the perfect pick for athletes and fans alike. You’ll find baseball, basketball, football, surfing, and tennis motifs everywhere you turn. On top of that, this cheap Disney World hotel is fun for the entire family.
With a surfboard-shaped pool, a delicious food court serving up all your favorite foods, complimentary outside movies, and an affordable base price of just $96, your stay at the All Star Sports Resort is sure to be a slam-dunk.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
The Art of Animation Resort is continually rated highly among guests and reviewers. The resort spotlights several of Disney’s most beloved animated films including Cars, Finding Nemo, Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. Besides all of the fun, themed amenities, the resort is dog-friendly and features it’s very own bus system for added convenience.
With a starting price of $127 a night, it’s easily our number one pick for those who don’t want to have to choose between immaculate theming and affordability. I highly recommend this budget Disney hotel it is a great addition to our cheapest Disney hotels list. This is widely regarded as the best of the Disney value resorts.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
The Pop Century Resort takes you right back to the later decades of the 20th century. From bowling balls to the yoyo, experience all the most popular fads and trends of the 1950s-1990s. This resort stands out because of its multiple large, themed pools and even has a waterslide. Plus, it has its own bus system which makes for a quick trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
With a base price of $108 per night, the Pop Century resort is totally groovy choice for your whole family.
Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
For those who enjoy the simpler things in life, The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is your best bet. At just $53 a night for basic campsite, this is easily the most affordable option if you don’t mind the lack of amenities. From swimming to archery to horses to musical revues and more, there truly is enough recreation offered to keep you busy all day. Once the stars come out, you’ll sleep well in such a beautiful, serene setting. This less conventional option for staying at Disney World can bring great Disney savings.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
The Caribbean Beach resort offers vibrant theming, larger rooms, and beautiful landscaping. Starting at just $166 per night, you can choose between the villages of of Jamaica, Aruba, Martinique, Trinidad South, or Trinidad North for your stay. Plus, the resort is fairly close to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, making it a convenient location no matter where you’re headed next.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort houses a convention center, so it truly excels in terms of amenities and convenience. The resort, starting at $174 a night, is very centrally located and offers many more amenities than other similarly-priced stays including a health club, beauty salon, several pools, and more. A more professional pick, this option may not be as fun for kids. But we’re betting you’ll be too busy enjoying your pedicure in the spa to even notice.
The Coronado Springs Resort is in the midst of a large expansion which means that the rates are even lower than usual currently.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
Our last pick is the Port Orleans Resort. Both sides of it – the French Quarter and Riverside – begin at $194 a night. This is one of the most romantic, charming resorts you’ll find, but it has immersive theming too, making it a fun choice for both couples and children. Plus, it offers a variety of dining options and is pet friendly. And as a bonus: you’ll feel like you just stepped foot onto the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
I love the beautiful theming and location of the Port Orleans Resort and it may the be most expensive on this list, but you can still find great discount Disney hotel prices for this property.
Booking Your Disney World Hotel
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Visiting Disneyland in the rain is one of the best decisions you can make to have a less crowded day in the park. On one of the best days we ever had at Disneyland, it rained in the morning and then got sunny in the afternoon.
When it rains at Disneyland, the crowds tend to be low…and that’s just how I like them!
Below find some tips for visiting Disneyland in the rain! Find out what to do when it rains at Disneyland, advice on what to wear when it’s raining in Disneyland, and where to eat in Disneyland inside.
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How to Dress For Disneyland In the Rain
First of all, be sure to check the forecast. Even though it is rainy, the park may not necessarily be cold. Often when it is raining at Disneyland, I choose to wear shorts because it is still hot out and that way no cloth will be exposed below my poncho.
That leads perfectly to my next point! Make sure that you bring a poncho for visiting Disneyland in the rain! Don’t bother with a raincoat or umbrella. Ponchos will be able to easily cover your entire body and any bag that you are carrying without adding extra mass that you have to worry about carrying around when the rain stops or you go inside. Make sure that you bring your own poncho to Disneyland because buying them on Amazon costs a lot less than buying them in the parks.
Make sure that you have a good selection of shoes. The best case scenario is to pick shoes that are water resistant or even boots so that you aren’t walking around in sponges all day. My only concern with this is that you will end up with shoes that are waterproof, but not comfortable to walk in all day.
You can rent a locker at the resort to store dry clothes if your Disneyland hotel is too far away.
Top 10 What to Do When it Rains at Disneyland Ideas
Below we have grouped attractions, experiences, and dining options into themes and areas for you plan a better Disneyland trip when it is raining.
Take the Disneyland rainy day to enjoy things that you wouldn’t usually.
Main Street Attractions and Shops
There are a few attractions on Main Street that are great to explore when the weather is cold or wet. Main Street Cinema plays several old time Mickey Mouse movies that you can sit inside on the floor and watch. The Disneyland Story and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is located as you enter Disneyland. The Disneyland Story includes an impressive collection of Disney artifacts and memorabilia as well as a video and pictures. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln uses Audio-Animatronics technology in a beautiful theatre to present this great President’s legacy. Additionally, there are several shops on Main Street where you an browse the merchandise and avoid the weather.
New Orleans Square Options to Stay Dry
New Orleans Square offers two indoor rides where you an escape the Disneyland rain. The Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion are guest favorites and include a nice dry place to sit. The New Orleans shops are also great for staying dry. Here you can browse in shops such as Cristal d’Orleans, Pieces of Eight, and Pandora. For dining, the Blue Bayou is an indoor restaurant with a view of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the French Market Restaurant is covered, outdoor seating.
Stay Dry in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland
Star Wars Launch Bay is a great indoor area to explore all things related to Star Wars. There are several areas with memorabilia and videos from the movies, as well as opportunities to meet characters, such as Chewbaca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, and Bobo Fett. There are also Star Wars video games and a shop with some great merchandise, books and customized phone cases. You can buy a phone case or name tag with your name engraved in the Star Wars language, Aurebesh!
Space Mountain, Star Tours – The Adventure Continues, and Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters are all also indoor rides you can enjoy in any kind of weather.
Disneyland in the Rain Ideas, Fantasyland
There are several rides in Fanstasy Land that are indoor, including It’s a Small World, Snow White’s Daring Adventure, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Peter Pan’s Flight.
You can sit in the covered theater to watch Mickey and the Magical Map, a live musical show, or see the humorous versions of Tangled and Beauty and the Beast at the Storytelling at Royal Theatre. This is also a great time to use the indoor princess meet and greet located next door to the Royal Theater.
Disneyland in the Rain, Adventureland Options
Inside the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room, you can watch a 15-minute colorful, musical show that showcases the Pacific Islands. This theatre-in-the-round includes exotic birds, tikis and plants that sing. Be sure to stop at the Tiki Juice Bar before you go into the show. You can purchase a Dole Whip soft serve, Dole Whip Float, pineapple spear, or Dole pineapple juice. The Dole Whip Float is a crowd favorite and there won’t likely be the typical line for the sweet treat on a Disneyland rain day!
Indiana Jones Adventure is an indoor, thrill ride where you take part in The Legend of the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.
Frozen – Live at the Hyperion
You will be truly impressed with this Broadway-like version of Frozen at the Hyperion Theatre in Hollywood Land in Disney’s California Adventure. This one-hour show is performed in a beautiful, indoor theatre with amazing special effects and talented actors and musicians. This spectacular musical includes your favorites from the beloved movie, such as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven. This is a great way to get indoors from the Disneyland rain for a show that is just over an hour.
Disney Animation Building
Located in Hollywood Land in Disney’s California Adventure, the Disney Animation Building houses a few indoor attractions to escape the weather. At the Animation Academy you can draw a different Disney character every 30 minutes with a Disney artist. At Turtle Talk with Crush you can chat live with this tubular Finding Nemo character.
The Animation Courtyard is a great place to relax on couches and carpet while watching video clips and stills from many of your favorite Disney movies. You can walk down the ramp to the Sorcerer’s Workshop where you can visit the Beast’s Library and explore the Magic Mirror Realm and create your own animated artwork. You can also meet the Frozen princesses at Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome.
it’s Tough to Be a Bug Theater
People and insects alike can enjoy some fun attractions that are protected from the weather. It’s Tough to be a Bug! is a lively, 3D film shows you the fascinating world of insects. The movie theatre is also used to showcase extended previews of upcoming Disney films. In the past this theatre has shown sneak peaks of Coco, Maleficent, Moana, Cars 3, and Ant Man. Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies is a covered attraction where you can drive and bump pill bug bumper cars.
Escape the Rain With Short Films
There are a few spots in Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure where you can watch short films or previews and stay dry. In Tomorrowland, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi runs every 15 minutes and is a brilliant showcase of all of the Star Wars movies. The Sunset Showcase Theatre in Hollywood Land in Disney’s California Adventure provides sneak peaks of upcoming Disney and Marvel Moves. Past movies include A Wrinkle in Time, Thor: Ragnarok, and Beauty and the Beast. Also, as mentioned above, It’s Tough to be a Bug! is another short film experience to check out.
Disneyland in the Rain–Indoor Dining
When the weather outside is frightful, dining inside is delightful! Indoor restaurants in Disneyland include Plaza Inn, Red Rose Tavern, Blue Bayou, Golden Horseshoe, Pizza Port, and the Carnation Café. Indoor restaurants that are located in Disney’s California Adventure include Carthay Circle and Flo’s V8 Café. Downtown Disney has several indoor restaurants as well, including Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria, Tortilla Jo’s, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Rainforest Café, and the ESPN Zone. Additionally, there is a Starbucks in both parks and in Downtown Disney where you can sit inside and enjoy a hot drink. You can see all of my top Disneyland restaurant reviews here.
Disneyland Character Dining is also a fantastic way to still feel like you are in the middle of the Disney magic surrounded by characters without having to walk anywhere in the rain.
BONUS: Go All In On the Disneyland Rainy Day
You will inevitably already be wet from spending the day at Disneyland in the rain. Why not take full advantage of this? Grizzly River Rapids and Splash Mountain may not be your top choice on a regular day, but when you are already soaked it’s the perfect time to enjoy these awesome attractions. My record is riding Grizzly River Rapids five times in a row without getting off while it was pouring rain. (We were staying at the Grand Californian Hotel, which made it even easier to run back to the hot shower afterwards.)
I highly recommend that when visiting Disneyland in the rain that you make a dining reservation so that you have a guaranteed spot to escape to.
Frequently Asked Disneyland in the Rain Questions
What rides close at Disneyland when it rains?
Many of the attractions that involve going outside along tracks or along slippery surfaces close while it is raining at Disneyland. All outdoor attractions close when lightning is visible in the area.
Inside Disneyland Park, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Tea Party Spinning Tea Cups, Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer’s Island, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Main Street Vehicles, Storybook Canal Boats, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, and Gadget’s Go Coaster all typically close down due to rain.
In Disney California Adventure park, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, The Redwood Creek Challenge trail, Golden Zephyr, and Silly Symphony Swings all typically close down due to rain at Disneyland.
All of the parades are cancelled or abridged depending on the severity of the storm. Fireworks are sometimes cancelled, but can sometimes be shown if it is just rainy and not windy.
Can you get a Disneyland rain refund?
Disneyland’s official policy is that all tickets are non-refundable, as we mention in our guide to finding discount Disneyland tickets, however Guest Relations does have the ability to give refunds on a case-by-case basis. Getting a Disneyland ticket refund due to rain alone is not likely, but if you feel that you deserve a refund it does not hurt to ask at the Disneyland City Hall or Chamber of Commerce.
How much are rain ponchos at Disneyland?
Disneyland rain ponchos are $10 for adult ponchos and $9 for child ponchos. They also sell small umbrellas for $15.
How often does it rain in Disneyland?
Disneyland can be rather wet during the early months of the year with January, February, and early March being the main time periods for rain. As mentioned on our when to visit Disneyland calendar, this can make for much lower crowds. If you check on the weather report a few days before your Disneyland vacation, you will get the best information on if it will rain at Disneyland.
In the announcement, Disney shared that the new lounge will serve “California casual gastro-pub cuisine that is playfully presented along with unique signature cocktails.” They also promised that the extremely popular Lobster Nachos will return to the restaurant!
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This newly themed restaurant will sit at the entrance to the new Pixar Pier area. Inside you will find a fun new gathering place for the entire family themed to a renovated waterfront warehouse that has become a hangout for Pixar artists and insiders. The exposed brick walls will serve as the backdrop for hidden Pixar touches including concept artwork, napkin sketches, knick-knack collectibles, and Pixar toys. All in all, “the end result is an open, airy and bright place that is organic yet sophisticated.”
This new Pixar Pier space is perfectly situated to provide for upfront views of World of Color from outside on the deck and even inside the restaurant along the large windows. The design of the space is an interesting choice, but if executed well will match the feeling of the Pixar Headquarters in Emeryville which has the same open-air and organic vibe alongside the exposed brick.
I am excited about this change and Disney’s choice to expand the extremely popular Cove Bar options. That location has had multi hour waits during busy weekends and now there will be even more seating options throughout. Now we just have to wait for the Cove Bar line to be added to the Disneyland MaxPass app!
The Cove Bar will open one last time before fully closing to become the Gaslight Lounge permanently. The Cove Bar will reopen on March 16 before closing again permanently at the end of May. For the full timeline of construction projects, special events, and holiday offerings, check out our Disneyland 2018 when to visit calendar.
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Disney increased their ticket prices on most daily tickets and all Annual Passports. The increase goes into effect immediately, however some authorized Disneyland discount ticket resellers get to keep the old prices until they run out of stock.
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Below see the new updated ticket prices vs last year and the discount rates that you can still lock in. That’s a huge Disneyland ticket savings!
Disneyland Ticket Price Incease
Disneyland 2017 Ticket Prices
Disneyland 2018 Ticket Prices
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1-Day/1-Park Per Day Disneyland Tickets Adult
Value: $97 Regular: $110 Peak: $124
Value: $97 Regular: $117 Peak: $135
No Disneyland discount tickets for one day tickets.
1-Day/1-Park Per Day Disneyland Tickets Child
Value: $91 Regular: $104 Peak: $118
Value: $91 Regular: $110 Peak: $127
There is not discount Disneyland one day ticket.
1-Day Park Hopper Disneyland Ticket Adult
Value: $157 Regular: $165 Peak: $174
Value: $147 Regular: $167 Peak: $185
No discount Disneyland tickets for one day tickets.
1-Day Park Hopper Disneyland Ticket Child
Value: $151 Regular: $159 Peak: $168
Value: $141 Regular: $160 Peak: $177
There's no discount Disneyland tickets.
2-Day/1-Park Per Day Disneyland Discount Ticket Adult
This increase means that we will see increases at Disneyland in California, Walt Disney World in Florida and likely at the Universal Studios parks in both Florida and California. Traditionally Universal Studios has mirrored Disney in their price increases and last year followed the Disney increase five days later with their own increase.
If you have a trip planned, it is a good idea to purchase and lock in the current discounted ticket rates that are still left over from 2017. The tickets are all valid through the end of 2018, but their value can be put towards future tickets if they are unused.
There was also an interesting announcement with the change that the Annual Passport system will be reshaped in preparation for the launch of Star Wars Land. No further details were given for this, but a promise was made that further details would come later this year. I read that as, buy an Annual Passport NOW if you want to have one in the next couple of years so that you are grandfathered into any changes.
Walt Disney World last raised their ticket prices on February 11, 2018. You can find the absolute best prices for your Walt Disney World vacation when you book via our travel partner. They have a price matching guarantee and usually have the best prices on Disney World hotels and tickets anywhere. Read more about discount Disney World 2018 tickets here.
Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Orlando last increased their prices on February 17, 2017. You can find the best prices on Universal Studios via our travel partner here. They have fantastic Disneyland + Universal Studios combo tickets that save you $40 off your tickets. Universal Studios is now a must visit with their Harry Potter rides and offerings. Read more in our guide to Universal Studios Hollywood 2018.
The Disneyland ticket increase continues to fit in with the trend that they will increase ticket prices every year in February. Disney has increased Disney Parks prices in mid February in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and now 2018.
Disney continues to increase their prices as the crowds continue to purchase tickets. They have yet to reach the maximization point where the crowds and purchase amounts will stabilize. This may come from the fact that while expensive, a trip to a Disney Park or Universal Studios park is actually a fantastic deal and provides some of the best entertainment value in our time.
How do you Disney and Universal Ticket Prices Compare to Other Entertainment Offerings?
Compare the cost of a day at Disneyland with a seat at an NFL game, Broadway theater, or even just a trip to a movie theater and you will find that it is often a much better deal. Join me below for a little bit of fun Disneyland math to prove my point.
When you look at the amount of money that you are paying for each hour of experience, a trip to Disneyland starts to look pretty good.
Even movie tickets have gone up in price recently with prices sitting around $15 when you take in a movie. Let’s assume that that’s about $7.50 per hour when watching a two hour movie.
The average price of Broadway theater tickets has risen to $100, but this seems to be on the low end as tickets to shows like Hamilton or Wicked sell for somewhere around $200 at base price and hundreds higher through ticket resellers. Let’s say the average here is about $50 per hour assuming the low end ticket prices of $100 and that most shows are two hours long.
Looking at professional sports teams and leagues like the NFL, NHL, NBA or MLB, the prices range greatly by the success of the team and city. Let’s pick the New England Patriots who have the highest median ticket price at $317. With the assumption of a game being 4 hours, you will be paying $79.25 per hour.
Let’s look at a concert experience for a big traveling name like Adele. Her tickets sold out immediately when posted online. While they originally sold for between $39.50 to $149.50 they were sold for much more on StubHub. Let’s swing to the average price of $100 per ticket considering that they sold for hundreds on Stubhub. Her concert ran for about 2.5 hours which would put us at $40 per hour.
Now with all of that said, let’s think about the amount you pay per hour for the fantastic entertainment that you will receive at a Disney Park or Universal Studios Park.
Let’s work with a Disneyland three day, park hopper ticket for the case of argument. The adult three day Disneyland park hopper ticket clocks in at $330 (or $291 when you purchase via our private exclusive link). Now, I typically am in Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park from before 8 am until 11 pm, a total of 15 hours per day, when using this three day ticket. So, 15 hours over three days, 45 hours would put us at $7.30 per hour. That’s lower than any of the entertainment options listed above.
Ok, ok, I know that 15 hours is a long day that not all enjoy at Disneyland, but even when you drop that to 10 hours per day its still a low price of $10.50. As just one final thought, let’s look at the lowest price of Disneyland ticket for comparison. The one day Disneyland low traffic adult ticket costs $97. With the assumption that you are in the park for 10 hours, you will have only spent $9.70 per hour which I still believe is a fantastic deal.
Even with this Disneyland price increase, I truly believe that visiting a Disney park is a fantastic experience that will delight, enjoy, and spark your imagination.
There are even more incredible offerings coming to Disneyland and Disney World. The new Star Wars Land is only one year away and features fantastic new attractions and incredibly immersive experience. This year you will see tons of great 2018 offerings at Disneyland from the redesigned Pixar Pier and Pixar Fest offerings.
On a more tactical note: MAKE SURE YOU BUY YOUR TICKETS as soon as possible so that you can lock in our discount 2017 prices. You can find all of those low rates via the links above.
Disneyland Lunar New Year 2018 is in full swing and brings tons of Lunar New Year offerings to Disney California Adventure.
The Disneyland Lunar New Year event celebration kicked off on January 16th and ends on February 18th 2018.
To celebrate the year of the dog, Disney is highlighting Pluto, Mickey’s best friend and Disney’s designated dog mascot. Located in Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure (in the same space as the Disneyland Christmas Viva Navidad), guests will find music, shows, activities, and delicious Asian-themed delicacies.
Pluto promises you’ll have a PAWsitively good time celebrating 2018 Lunar New Year at Disneyland! Now let’s dive into our full Disneyland Lunar New Year 2018 guide.
Disneyland Lunar New Year 2018 Entertainment
Along with Pluto, Mulan is a designated honoree of the event. Her Lunar New Year Procession occurs several times throughout the day near Goofy’s Sky School. The parade features beautiful costumes, and exotic music as performers dance in observance to the New Year. With Pluto looking on, Mulan, side-kick Mushu, and special guest-dog Goofy, all clap along with the procession. This is a fun little show in the style of Viva Navidad, one of my favorite Disneyland Christmas offerings.
And, near Paradise Garden Grill, several other Disney friends are on hand to usher in the Disneyland Lunar New Year. Pose for photos with Chip and Dale, or say hi to Mickey and Minnie, all dressed in vibrant, traditional Asian Lunar New Year costumes.
At Paradise Garden Bandstand, you’ll discover musical sensations from the Far East. Award-winning musician Dat Nguyen offers up traditional music along with his own works. And, straight from Korea, Luna Lee shares her special gayageum, an instrument similar to a zither, while playing traditional Eastern music as well as contemporary songs.
Shanghai’s own GuGu Drum Group perform various segments on a set stage nearby. Drummers, and storytellers take to the stage to share Chinese stories with guests.
And, Mulan concludes the day with “Hurry Home- Lunar New Year Celebration”. This six-minute prelude show to the nightly World of Color presentation tells the story of a little lantern attempting to reunite with his family but trickster Mushu tries to distract him.
For all of the Disneyland Lunar New Year 2018 entertainment offerings be sure to check the official Disneyland events calendar and see the Lunar Year 2018 guide upon arrival.
Lunar New Year at Disneyland Activities
While waiting for the entertainment, make sure to check out activities near Paradise Garden Grill. Pluto says these Disneyland Lunar New Year activities are paw-some!
Guests of all ages can craft colorful paper lanterns, or take home some custom-drawn calligraphy art from local Chinese students. You can even make a wish on the Lucky Wishing Wall- just pen your dreams for Lunar New Year “Year of the Dog” on the Mickey-shaped paper ornament and tie it to the wall. There are two locations including the Annual Passport Corner which is between Paradise Garden Grill and Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. And, celebrate your Disneyland Lunar New Year canine with a visit to the complimentary face painting near The Little Mermaid- Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.
Besides the Lucky Wishing Wall, Annual Passport holders can take a festive photo in front of a beautiful Asian backdrop, collect the Pluto Annual Passport button, and view special Disneyland Lunar New Year 2018 merchandise just for them available for purchase at the festival cart or Elias and Company on Buena Vista Street. The AP corner opens at 10:30am daily.
With that let’s dive into talking about the Lunar New Year at Disneyland 2018 merchandise.
Disneyland Lunar New Year 2018 Merchandise
All guests can stop in the festival carts to view the merchandise commemorating the “Year of the Dog” celebration. The brightly-colored Pluto t-shirts, snow globes, Minnie Mouse headbands, and plush toys are in high demand so make sure you get yours while you can!
The merchandise collection was designed in partnership with the merchandise team at Shanghai Disneyland.
Disneyland Lunar New Year Menus 2018
Come for the cultural enrichment and stay for the food because there is plenty–and boy is it good! The three main marketplaces, along with Paradise Garden Grill, house Korean, Vietnam, and Chinese offerings.
The Korea Marketplace, located in front of The Little Mermaid- Ariel’s Undersea Adventure attraction, is a popular destination with its Kimchi Bokkeumbap or vegetable fried rice.
Yachae Mandu- steamed vegetable dumpling with sesame-garlic soy sauce
Yang Gaeng- sweet red bean and raspberry jelly
Banana OoYu- non-alcoholic banana milk
Mae Shil Ju- plum wine cocktail
Hite Pale Lager
Across the way, in front of Golden Zephyr, both the China and Vietnam Marketplaces offer more exotic dishes for guests. The popular pork soup dumplings, or Xiao Long Bao, return on this year’s China Marketplace menu.
Sanbeiji- three cup chicken
Dan Ta- egg tart dessert
Wuxiang Huasheng Tang- five-spiced peanut brittle
Baixiangguo Lucho- passion fruit green iced tea with lychee popping pearls
The Vietnam Marketplace features a purple, sweet potato macaron called Banh Khoai Lang Tim. Other menu options include Banh Chu’ng (sticky fried rice cake with pork), Chao Tom (sugar cane shrimp skewer with sweet and sour sauce), and Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese Iced Coffee).
Paradise Garden Grill highlights a whole fried tilapia (Ca Ro Phi Chien Gion). The rest of the menu features a variety of delicacies.
Japchae- sweet potato noodles with vegetables
Gabli- short ribs prepared Korean-style with steam riced and kimchi
Pho Bo- beef pho
Banh Mi Thit Nuong- a marinated pork belly sandwich on baguette
Almond milk black iced tea with pudding
Black beer stout
With only a few weeks left of Lunar New Year at Disneyland Resort, make sure you schedule in a visit to celebrate with Pluto and his Pals. You’ll have a doggone good time! Now, we’re into the TAIL end of my dog puns and this guide to Disneyland Lunar New Year 2018.
Updated January 16, 2018 Star Wars Land will open in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019. These new Star Wars Land additions to Walt Disney World and Disneyland will be referred to as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and have a combined budget of….
Over $2 billion!
These new lands will be breathtaking with experiences that will fully submerge you in the Star Wars universe including restaurants, stores, and two magnificent new attractions. The land will be 14-acres, the largest single addition to any Disney theme park ever.
Now, below join us for our complete Star Wars Land guide for everything that you need to know about the new land, plus the exclusive Star Wars Land hotel that they are building in Walt Disney World.
“The Force is strong in my family.” ~ Luke Skywalker
When Does Star Wars Land Open?
Star Wars Land will open in 2019 in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Disney has officially commented that the Disneyland Star Wars Land in California will open before the Walt Disney World Star Wars Land.
The planned Star Wars Land Disneyland California opening date is Spring 2019 and the expected Star Wars Land Walt Disney World Orlando opening date is Summer 2019.
There will likely be lots of play tests for the new land as it is highly interactive and requires heavy programming.
Star Wars Land Guide: Location
“We would be honored if you would join us.” ~ Darth Vader
Where are they putting Star Wars Land in Disneyland?
The Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy Edge is situated behind Big Thunder Mountain and the Rivers of America on land that was previously Big Thunder Ranch and backstage. As part of the construction process, the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America were closed for a few months to be rerouted so that they would not cut through the new Star Wars Land. Star Wars Land will have three entrances at Disneyland. The first is located right next to Fantasyland, the second is next to Frontierland, and the third is found via a trail from Critter Country below the Hungry Bear Restaurant.
Which park at Disney World has Star Wars Land?
The addition to the Walt Disney World Resorts will be in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. The new land is replacing most of the park’s Streets of America attractions, including Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, the Hollywood Studios Studio Tour and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure. The backlot facades and nearby restaurants and shops are also being replaced. There will just be two entrances leading into the Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios Star Wars Land.
Star Wars Land Planet Appearance
“In my experience there is no such thing as luck.” ~ Obi-Wan Kenobi
Walt Disney Imagineering, the group that designs all Disney theme parks, has worked tirelessly to make Star Wars Land the most impressive step forward in theme parks we have seen in years. The new land will be fully immersive into the cannon and story of Star Wars. The Imagineering Star Wars Studio worked closely with the Lucasfilm Story Group to situate the land into the stories told in the films perfectly.
Star Wars Land or Galaxy’s Edge takes place on a new remote planet called Batuu. This planet is rough and tumble themed to an outer frontier trading post in the Outer Rim Territories just before Wild Space. Although this planet is not specifically mentioned in the movies, it is said to have existed for thousands of years.
The lands will consist of lush greenery and buildings made of stone and metal. Batuu is home to smugglers, rogue traders, and a presence from the imperial First Order. Not all the characters in the land will be new though, you can be sure you’ll see BB-8, Chewbacca, and other fan favorites interacting with guests.
Overall the most impressive aspect of Star Wars Land is that they have made a pledge that you will be completely immersed inside the land. That means you won’t see Coca-Cola products sold anywhere in the land or shirts that actually say “Star Wars” on them. When you step into the portals for Star Wars Land you will literally be on Galaxy’s Edge on the planet of Batuu
Star Wars Land Rides and Attractions
“The odds of successfully surviving an attack on an Imperial Star Destroyer are approximately…” C3P0
Star Wars Land will feature two brand new high tech attractions that will fully immerse you in the Star Wars universe.
One of new attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy Edge will be an interactive Millennium Falcon ride. Aspiring pilots can test their skills and maneuver Han Solo’s beloved ship through a mission while shooting blasters and thrusting into hyperspace. Just like other Disney interactive rides, such as Toy Story: Midway Mania, guests will be rated on how well they pilot. Guests may earn extra Galactic Credits for a job well-down, or end up on a bounty hunter’s list for banging up the ship. Your performance flying the ship will literally change the way that characters throughout Galaxy’s Edge interact with you.
If you crash the Millenium Falcon you can bet that the smuggler on the street will call you out. Your experiences throughout the land will play into this reputation and your overall experiences will change based on this Star Wars Land reputation.
The largest new Star Wars Land ride is the First Order Fleet attraction. This incredible trackless ride takes place during an epic battle between the First Order and Resistance.
Guests will feel like they are hurtling through a massive Star Destroyer as they are being pursued by the First Order. Images were shared of the incredible scale of the attraction. In one scene riders will face massive two story tall AT-AT figures and dodge through their legs below. In another scene, guests will come face to face with Kylo Ren in an interrogation.
Star Wars: Galaxy Edge will be home to theme park shopping and dining experiences like nothing you have ever seen before. As I mentioned above, Star Wars Land will be completely immersive so you won’t see Cast Members dressed in one uniform throughout the land, rather they will all be unique to the shop or restaurant. The merchandise will also be highly unique to each shop throughout the land.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts guests can dine at a cantina similar to Tatooine’s Mos Eisley Cantina from Episode IV: A New Hope. Here patrons can try Star Wars-inspired food and unique drink concoctions, such as blue milk! This cantina will be another immersive experience where guests can buy and barter for their food and drink to feel like they are truly at a space trading post.
There will also be a high-end table service restaurant that I am sure will immediately be added to my best Disneyland restaurants list. The details of this immersive new Star Wars Land restaurant have been highly guarded. There are rumors that this will be the first public restaurant inside Disneyland to allow people to consume alcohol and is said to be led by Executive Chef Andrew Sutton who also leads the highly exclusive Club 33, the Napa Rose, and Carthay Circle Restaurant. I can’t wait to see what will be included in this new restaurant.
On trading cards that were given away in the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland one card showed Rex, the robot pilot from the original Star Tours, entertaining guests with the caption of “Rex entertains the crowd.” Hopefully we will see this lovable droid in one of the shops and restaurants.
Star Wars Disney World Hotel
“Chewie, we’re home.” ~ Han Solo
A surprise announcement came at the D23 Expo in the summer of 2017 sharing that in addition to Star Wars Land in Walt Disney World they are working on a brand new Star Wars-themed immersive hotel. The new hotel will be located right next door to the new Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will even hook into the new land with experiences and the same ability to earn Galactic Credits through your adventures.
Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek share that “from the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”
Guests can choose certain lengths of stay and enjoy a specific storyline for that entire time period that will fully immerse them into the Star Wars universe. Not many details have been released about the new hotel yet, but I sure am excited about this potentially game changing new experience. If the new Star Wars Land hotel is successful I would expect that Disney would replicate the experience in other locations for Star Wars and with other character franchises.
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Disney is dedicating an amazing amount of time, money and resources to these new lands. Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resorts guests have so much to look forward to with the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy Edge.
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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa recently went through a complete renovation updating all of the common spaces and redesigning the hotel rooms.
This massive Grand Californian renovation 2018 is the largest refurbishment since the hotel opened in 2001.
Here’s our Grand Californian Hotel review as we dive into the best aspects of the updated hotel.
You know that the Grand Californian was already one of the best hotels near Disneyland, but now with this renovation they have upped their game once again.
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Disney Grand Californian Hotel Room Improvements
The new Disney Grand Californian rooms have all the best improvements you would hope for in a renovation. The rooms are open, airy, beautiful, and most importantly functional while remaining luxurious.
The bed is now lifted a couple feet off the ground so that you can store your bags underneath. This is a system made popular on cruises and fits well in these rooms where storage was semi-limited in the previous version.
The latest in technology was added into the Grand Californian Hotel rooms with a 55-inch smart television, Keurig Coffee maker, built in USB chargers, and lots of outlets for all of our devices.
The bathrooms also feature high water pressure showers and beautiful new countertops.
“Our renovation adds more luxury to this iconic Southern California hotel, while staying committed to its signature Arts & Crafts design,” shared Dan Coleman, General Manager of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. “We want our guests to feel they are staying in a Disney hotel that’s distinctly situated in beautiful California. The revitalized design helps convey this feeling and allows us to continue exceeding guest expectations.”
Hidden Grand Californian Hotel Room Details
The new room design takes inspiration from the woodland Disney creatures and the Craftsman style seen throughout the entire hotel. In the headboards, made of quarter-sawn oak wood, you will find Chip n’ Dale hiding among the designs. Some of the rooms have hideaway murphy beds that open to reveal Bambi artwork.
One poster features the Dominguez Grove Oranges in honor of the Dominguez family who owned much of the land. Ron Dominguez was a teen when Disneyland opened and went on to become a high ranking Disney executive and was named a Disney Legend in honor of his many years of service.
You’ll also see a sign promoting Silver Lake Citrus in honor of the Los Angeles neighborhood that was home to the Disney Hyperion Street Animation Studio.
Next you’ll see my favorite two posters honoring Walt Disney’s roots. The first shows the Wonderful California Limited railroad going through an orange grover to honor the Disneyland Railroad.
The second of my favorite and final painting is of the Griffith Park carousel where Walt Disney dreamt of Disneyland watching his daughters while they rode the horses. He wanted a place where the children and adults could have fun together and that was the impetus of the idea for the incredible place that is now Disneyland.
The countertops in the room incorporate glass pieces from wine bottles in keeping with the Napa Rose (this is one of the nicest Disneyland restaurants) upscale Wine Country feeling throughout this Disneyland hotel. There is also copper texturing above the coffee bar paying homage to the early Arts and Crafts style houses in Pasadena built by Greene and Greene.
Disney Grand Californian Hotel Concierge Level Perks
My favorite change with the renovation was the update to the concierge level amenities.
Now when guests book a Grand Californian Hotel concierge level room they can proceed directly to the 6th floor to avoid the regular check in front desk. There they will find two Cast Members ready to greet them in a seated luxurious check in process.
Also on the 6th floor is a fantastic change to the Grand Californian Hotel concierge lounge, officially called The Veranda. The new lounge features updated decor, more comfortable seating, and a much better food selection.
The lounge also provides a fantastic view of the fireworks and monorail track that passes through the Grand Californian. I could sit there all day and watch the world go by if it weren’t for the fact that I could be in Disneyland.
The design of the new updated lounge is inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a leader of the Arts and Crafts movement. The Grand Californian space specifically takes inspiration from the Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow. One key aspect taken from the Tea Rooms is the open bright decor with big windows.
Unlike the rest of the resort which features work done completely by Californian crafts people, the lounge has art pieces completed by artisans from throughout Europe to honor Mackintosh. Seen above is a set of painted ceramics themed to the iconic Redwood Forest from the Brother Bear film.
Grand Californian Hotel Public Spaces Update
While not as stark of a change as the rooms themselves, the lobby of the hotel was updated with a change in design and a refresh of the flooring and furniture. There are great new benches that slip underneath the low coffee tables for extra seating.
The pool has also been through a retooling with new hardscapes featuring a wide variety of different stones.
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