PICTORIAL: Beyond Halloween, Disneyland Resort construction continues; Star Wars, Parking, walkway widening
Halloween Time kicked off at the Disneyland Resort this weekend but there’s A WHOLE LOT of things going on around the property that have nothing to do with witch sisters, pumpkin spice, or boogie men. We have a full look at the goings on for Halloween Time in our most recent pictorial here, but there’s a lot more things to take in!
For this mostly Halloween-free update we’ll take a look at existing projects spanning all reaches of the property including construction on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new Parking Structure at Mickey and Friends, new and rennovating shops and eateries at Downtown Disney, on-going and completed refurbishments including Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and more.
A bunch of walkway widening projects have also wrapped up removing planters in favor of pathways that can better handle the expected crush of humanity next year for the opening of the Star Wars expansion. We’ll also take a look at the newly-closed “a bug’s land” which is quickly becoming a wasteland in preparation for a Marvel land expansion. All of this plus a nice merch run for you at the end and much much more. ENJOY!
Halloween Time is Here!
There’s not quite that fall crisp in the air just yet but the Disneyland Resort is already ready to celebrate the fall with the return of Halloween Time. Check out a full look at all the things to see, do, and taste now through October 31, 2018!
Halloween Eats and Treats
So much to eat! See our full pictorial for more info and details!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The early morning hazy burn off created a pretty interesting look to the construction site for the new Star Wars expansion.
You know it’s going to be a magical day when the princess who started it all welcomes you to the happiest place on Earth!
This duck in the shade during the 95 degree heat on Saturday afternoon was a mood.
Main Street shops remain open during their refurbishment.
— MouseInfo (@MouseInfo) September 1, 2018
Walls have gone up around the pond area near the entrance to Adventureland and Frontierland. Is Disney going to be widening the walkways here, as well? This could potentially also create more room for fireworks viewing.
Matterhorn Bobsleds remain closed for their refurbishment. The waterfall seems to have been given a thorough scrubbing already.
I really wish they’d decorate this for Halloween Time. Maleficent’s thorns rising up out of the water would be so thematically appropriate here. Perhaps a system that allows them to be easily raised and lowered into the moat so as to not interrupt viewing of the fireworks projections during the evening.
Crowds were mostly pleasant throughout the day!
Walls are also up on the western side of the castle.
I call this "Tragedy in Millennial Pink" pic.twitter.com/TNGnzDawZs
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Not sure if this tree was replaced or just trimmed back but it’s definitely way smaller than it was before.
Wonder if this area might be next for walkway widening?
Batuu peaks coming up behind Big Thunder Mountain are a nice visual weenie.
Tropical Hideaway continues on…
Do you know where to find this Hidden Mickey?
It’s in the same place as this great little painting.
Walls are down in New Orleans Square where a planter and large DVC cart have been removed in the interest of more people-holding space. Disney is really bracing for some major impact next year!
Looks like a lamp post might be going up in place of the planter. The small DVC car has been moved off to the side.
Walls are down at the Haunted Mansion too and the planter here has also been removed. You can see the small bit that remains on the left; it used to continue all the way down that wall towards the exit of the attraction.
Walls are also down in Tomorrowland where yet another planter has been removed in the interest of widening the walkway.
The mural on Tomorrowland’s north side has been replaced.
Tomorrowland seems to have missed the memo about Pixar Fest having ended last week.
Libations for Adults
Without confirming it by name, Disneyland will begin selling alcohol with the opening of Oga’s Cantina in the new Star Wars themed expansion opening next year.
Around Disney California Adventure
The closure of “a bug’s land” has brought with it STARK INDUSTRY walls indicating the upcoming Marvel expansion that will replace it.
There’s finally signage indicating the location of Radiator Springs Racers FastPass distribution. A little confusing later in the day when the machine is completely gone with no indication that distribution is done for the day. Just a sign pointing to nowhere in particular.
Trees have been replaced in Paradise Park removing virtually all the nice shade that used to blanket this walkway.
World of Color continues its lengthy refurbishment.
Disney Animation still shrouded in exterior refurbishment.
No previews for you.
Never noticed that they refreshed the marvel props over by the Spider-Man meet and greet with more details from the Spider-Man movie. Delmar’s Deli-Grocery has decidedly been changed to Danny’s. Best sandwich in Queens!
More details from the movie include a Midtown banner.
Headlines on the Daily Bugle tout Princess Shuri at Coachella, Wakanda joining the global stage, and the impact of Vibranium. The unmistakable floating “O” is also the featured headline.
Not sure how long the Guardians of the Galaxy show had monitors with messages from Rocket??
Around the Resort
Not much in the way of news on the dead end of Downtown Disney which may or may not still become a fancy new Disney hotel.
Ballast Point and Blackcraft continue along towards opening later this year.
Wetzel’s is quite airy at the moment. Would be nice if that remained open air!
Salt & Straw continues along for its opening this year, too.
Naples and Napolini continue moving along.
Our best guess so far on what to expect with the new parking structure going up next to Mickey and Friends Parking Structure. pic.twitter.com/b8UfnoYlwA
— MouseInfo (@MouseInfo) August 5, 2018
When Disney opens Halloween Time during the summer.
Gay Days at Disneyland are just around the corner.
Retro Family Fun!
MouseInfo has been partnered with the Howard Johnson Anaheim for quite some time and when we were invited to come check out the new rooms we were pleased to jump at the chance to take a look inside. The new rooms in the Building 1 Tower were welcomed in just a few weeks ago and feature an impressive makeover that updates accommodations to meet the more modern needs of today’s families.
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