PICTORIAL: Construction walls around Disneyland allude to upcoming expansion, refurbishment
Summer is here and even though Pixar Pier has officially opened, there’s still a lot going on. From finishing touches on Pixar Pier to major construction on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge the parks are hopping with activity. OUTSIDE of the parks Disney is building a massive new parking structure and preparing for a brand new hotel that will demolish a significant chunk of the shopping district Downtown Disney which itself is also getting some major work done.
We’ll have a nice little merch run for you at the end too in this quickie but goodie pictorial update. ENJOY!
Pixar Pier is Here!
Pixar Pier is officially open and we’ve got your EXTENSIVE look inside the newly-imagined take on the classic boardwalk.
Pier-ing into the Future
The mornings seem to be the busiest for Pixar Pier after which the wait times and crowds seem to level out to normal levels.
A 35-minute wait in the morning
The line quickly builds.
Within about an hour it went up to 70 minutes.
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Fastpass for Incredicoaster and Toy Story Midway Mania are both found under the same roof.
Mini Zurg has arrived at the Poultry Palace.
New artwork on the side of the Poultry Palace.
Jack-Jack’s Cookie Num Num is good and all but why not indulge in…
Adorable Snowman’s Cookie Num Num!
This requires careful coordination. Near the Incredicoaster, purchase Jack-Jack’s Cookie Num Num ($6 even) then take it up to Adorable Snowman’s Frosted Treats and purchase a small vanilla cone ($4.08) and don’t forget to grab a spoon. Then enjoy!
But that’s not our only Pixar Pier Food Hack…
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Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff seems to be nearing completion.
You never know who you’ll run into at Pixar Pier!
Pixarmonic Orchestra are shoehorned here and it’s quite awful. Whereas before they were in an area with plenty of shade and seating, they’re now constrained to an awkward space on a walkway with virtually no shade for them or onlookers. While good on paper, this change for the show seems to be a downgrade for what is a very entertaining and unique entertainment offering. Hopefully they’ll be moving back over to the Paradise Gardens Stage very very soon.
Still missing some neon on the Lamplight Lounge marquee.
Lines near opening for the upstairs lounge.
Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
Inside Out Headquarters in Pixar Pier will feature a brand new ride, the Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind. Concept art seems to confirm that the Flik’s Flyers attraction from “a bug’s land” — which is set to close permanently this fall — will be repurposed on the site of the former Maliboomer attraction with a res-kin to bring it into the world of INSIDE OUT.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Around the Parks
June gloom over the defunt Bug’s Life Theater.
June bloom across from the defunct Bug’s Life Theater.
Tropical Hideaway is still quite hidden for now.
Small World parade gate seems to be coming along ever so slowly.
Curious as to the modifications here!
Still haven’t happened upon Redd in the parks but we did run into this scallawag.
Still in need of some TLC.
I call this the Pumpkin Spice Latte of Disneyland photography.
You got it, dude.
The fully completed store should re-open this fall.
Downtown Disney Closures
Everything west of the monorail in Downtown Disney is now closed. Bulldozers this summer will soon raze this area to make way for Disney’s new hotel.
Disneyland’s New Four Diamond Hotel
The new Four Diamond hotel is currently set to open in 2021, transforming the west end of the Downtown Disney District and anchoring a new gateway into the Disneyland Resort. The stunning 700-room hotel will feature a sophisticated design with dynamic dining, entertainment and hotel experience for resort visitors and local residents. The ground level of the hotel will include shops and restaurants opening onto an expansive landscaped plaza complete with playful water features, creating a gathering place for guests and visitors.
Downtown Disney Refurbishments
Virtually all of Downtown Disney is getting updated with new looks and new tenants.
Napolini is now closed for its refurbishment as part of the big reworking of it and Naples.
Sanuk remains open in-between construction for Naples/Napolini and the new Salt & Straw ice cream shop.
The space above Salt & Straw will remain part of Naples. The new design will have a modern, European feel emphasizing clean lines and Italian-inspired patterns.
Ballast Point and Black Craft will be neighbors soon.
Around the Resort
Decided — and quickly regretted (as always) — to park at the Toy Story Parking Lot.
Looks like all the signage was refreshed with the same artwork.
Rejoice, rejoice! A new YOU ARE HERE collection Starbucks mug has been released at Disneyland featuring New Orleans Square, Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion!
— MouseInfo 🇺🇸 (@MouseInfo) May 4, 2018
These cute little guys arrived late to the party and were not available at the press merch preview last week. Light-up Slinky Dog will set you back $30 each.
We didn’t catch the Light-Up Green Alien Headbands last week, either. Oooooh!
Pixar Dooney and Bourkes available behind the counter at Knick’s Knacks.
Didn’t see these around last week either, Pixar specific autograph book and pen!
Nemo and Dory scrunchies… why not?
Incredibles merch still all over the place.
Alice in Wonderland Ufufy smell of tea cookies. Curiouser and curiouser!
What year is it??
This summer it’s a full-blown Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort and every inch of the property is ready for the celebration. A whole bunch of new entertainment, food, shopping, decorations, and more have debuted and are ready to enjoy now though September 3! That means there’s 64 days left to enjoy!
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