What are the new rides at Disneyland in 2023? Disneyland is always growing and improving each year which means we can expect something new at the parks. Whether it is a brand new attraction, a park celebration or improved areas there is always something new at Disneyland.
This year is a big one for Disneyland with new rides at Disneyland, entire land retheme plus the Disney100 Celebration featuring new entertainment spectaculars.
Keep reading for all the new rides and attractions at Disneyland in 2023.
When do new rides at Disneyland open in 2023?
Before we dive into all the details of new rides at Disneyland in 2023, let’s first look at the calendar of new Disneyland additions. These are all the dates we have now for what is new at Disneyland that came in 2023:
New at Disneyland 2023
- Tiana’s Palace (reimagining of French Market restaurant) is now open.
- Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opened on January 27th 2023
- Disney100 celebration began on January 27th 2023 including new World of Color and fireworks spectaculars
- Magic Happens parade returned on February 24th 2023
- Toontown reopened with a brand new look on March 19th 2023
- San Fransokyo Square came to California Adventure in Summer of 2023
No Specific Date
- Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (reimagining of Splash Mountain) will open in 2024
- Avatar coming to Disneyland!
- New Avengers ride coming to Avenger’s Campus in California Adventure
- DisneylandForward (a multi-year resort expansion)
New Rides at Disneyland
Keep reading for specific details about whats new at Disneyland for 2023!
In 2021, Disneyland announced plans for DisneylandForward, a multi-year resort project that will be the biggest expansion since the addition of Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney. This expansion has many possibilities but could include new theme park experiences with new lands and attractions, developments to hotels, a new entertainment and shopping facility, or expansion of parking and transportation.
A limitation that Disney is facing is the agreement between Disney and the City of Anaheim, as in 1993, Anaheim approved specific zones for building and established certain restrictions. Disney owns land in the area to develop, but the limitations of this zoning agreement with the city are currently holding back Disney from expanding its presence in Anaheim.
You can see more details about about what has been shared for the DisneylandForward multi-year expansion in our guide!
Avatar Coming to Disneyland
Bob Iger mentioned that a new “Avatar experience” is coming to Disneyland making this a surprising release for the new rides at Disneyland.
While discussing the success of the recent Avatar: Way of Water film that was a sequel to the popular Avatar film, Iger mentioned that a new “Avatar experience” is coming to the Disneyland Resort. That’s right. He also teased other news about upcoming film sequels shared below.
Read more about Iger’s comments about an Avatar experience coming to Disneyland and our speculation on what this might be!
New Multiversal Avengers Ride Coming to Avengers Campus
At the 2022 D23 Expo, it was announced that a new ride at Disney’s California Adventure centered around the Multiverse would come to the Avengers Campus. Though the ride does not yet have an opening date, Disney Parks chairman Josh D’Amaro revealed some details about what we should look forward to.
In the attraction, guests will collaborate with all different versions of the the Avengers from the Multiverse to defeat a variant of Thanos, one of the MCU’s most formidable antagonists. The concept art for the character shows a particularly icy-looking “King Thanos” clad with spiked armor.
Avengers Campus has been gradually adding exciting new rides since its opening in 2021. This upcoming adventure through the Multiverse alongside our favorite heroes will surely make for an exciting ride, and there will be more details to come on this future attraction.
NEW Rides at Disneyland- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is one of the brand new rides at Disneyland which opened on January 27th 2023. This new attraction is part of the larger Toontown refurbishment which is a land wide update of the nostalgic area in the parks. The attraction is the same as the one in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World but the queue experience and preshow are unique to Disneyland.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is inside El CapiTOON Theater and the queue is a walk through museum style exhibit created by Minnie Mouse and the Toontown Hysterical Society celebrating the history of Mickey Mouse. Guests will see the history of all the Mickey Mouse cartoons showcased through costumes and props from the toon world. There are tons of hidden Easter eggs for Disney fans in here that it makes the queue experience one of the best in the parks.
This attraction is one of the most popular new rides at Disneyland and is currently using a virtual queue along with a PAID Genie+ option. You can read all about how to experience this new attraction in our Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway virtual queue guide.
New San Fransokyo Square
Pacific Wharf has been reimagined into San Fransokyo Square, the “vibrant, multicultural district” that melds San Francisco and Tokyo together, inspired by the Big Hero 6 movie. Though San Fransokyo Square will not have any new rides, it features a redesigned dining area, a character meet-and-greet, and a vibrant new aesthetic.
The construction of the San Fransokyo Golden Gate Bridge is nearly complete, and the dazzling orange vermillion is painted on the bridge connecting San Fransokyo Square to the Paradise Gardens Park obelisk.
Guests also have the opportunity to meet Baymax at a meet-and-greet area located at the south end of San Fransokyo square! Make sure to stop by and give this beloved character a hug. You can treat yourself to familiar and new dining locations, including new Asian-inspired foods and the mainstay soup and bread bowls. See our full guide to new foods coming to the Big Hero 6 San Fransokyo Square area for more details!
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New Rides at Disneyland- Toontown’s NEW Look
Disneyland’s Toontown received a full imagining and is now open. Toontown’s new look includes a transformation to move away from a concrete layout to a natural, grassy and shaded look. Goofy and Donald Duck’s houses have both received large refurbishments which include more open space to play, a splash pad, and more. This retheme also includes a brand new tree that children can play on along with an interactive fountain.
For all the information on Toontown’s new look at Disneyland, read our guide on the Disneyland Toontown refresh.
The Disney100 Celebration is the brand new celebration taking place at Disneyland in 2023 to celebrate 100 years of the Walt Disney Company. This new celebration kicked off with the opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway along with a brand new fireworks and World of Color show.
World of Color- One
World of Color-One is the new World of Color show and the first to feature moments from all the Disney properties including Disney Animation, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars. Guests can expect to see familiar characters like Pocahontas, Moana, Encanto, Soul, the portals scene from Avengers: Endgame, and Baby Yoda and the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars.
World of Color-One offers a virtual queue along with dining package options. Read on how to get the best spot for the show in our World of Color guide.
NEW Magic Happens Parade Returns
Magic Happens is a brand new parade that debuted in March 2020 and only ran for two weeks before Disneyland closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, I consider this parade to fall in that ‘brand new’ category and we are excited that it has returned to Disneyland. Magic Happens features a song written by Todrick Hall and performed by Jordan Fisher created just for the parade! This parade includes a mixture of floats of classic and new Disney characters making it a great combination of Disney favorites.
See how to get the best parade spot with minimal wait in our Disneyland parade guide 2023.
NEW Restaurant Tiana’s Palace
Tiana’s Palace is the replacement theme for French Market Restaurant in New Orleans Square. This new retheme is now OPEN in anticipation of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (retheme of Splash Mountain) in 2024, which is one of the most anticipated new rides at Disneyland! Read more about the new Tiana’s Palace restaurant at Disneyland, including a review of the food items on the new menu.
This reimagining of the French Market Restaurant to Tiana’s Palace will feature the same flair and look of the restaurant from the film. The new restaurant will serve authentic New Orleans food and remain a quick-service style restaurant. This isn’t going to be a character dining experience but we will likely begin to see more of Tiana roaming New Orleans Square.
New Rides at Disneyland – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Splash Mountain Retheme
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is the new theme coming to Splash Mountain at Disneyland in 2024. This new ride theme will entirely transform the attraction inspired by the film “Princess and the Frog.” The story of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will pick up after the film ending, and guests will join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance. The queue will introduce guests to behind the scenes of Tiana’s preparations to the Mardi Gras celebration as she and the characters from “Princess and the Frog” attempt to finding a missing party ingredient.
You can read more about the logistics of the Splash Mountain retheme here and details on the new attraction in our guide to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
There is no official opening date announced yet to add to our new rides at Disneyland list. All we know now is this attraction will open in 2024.
Splash Mountain closed permanently on May 31, 2023 to build this new Disneyland ride.
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