PICTORIAL: Disney Holidays round third plus Pixar Pier, Star Wars, Parking, Downtown Disney and much more!
As we head into the final bits of the Disney Holidays (and mass blockouts for a majority of Disney Annual Passholders) we’ll take a final pictorial look at the Disneyland Resort.
Aside from all the wonderful goings on for the holiday season — which we’ve chronicled for you in depth the past few weeks — we’ll take a look around all corners of the resort for a pulse check on Downtown Disney (Wetzel’s Pretzels finally reopened, Ballast and Black Craft remain on-going), the expansion at Mickey and Friends Parking, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Pixar Pier, and more!
Of course, a nice little merch run for you at the end plus much, much, more in our latest (and final for 2018) pictorial! ENJOY!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Although the land officially opened this past summer, there’s still a lot going on at Disneyland Resort’s newest land.
The ADVENTURE IS DOWN THERE billboard has been removed and the Coco billboard was swapped in to replace it.
Here’s the billboards as they appeared this summer.
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The removal of that fourth billboard opens up vistas at the launching point for the Incredicoaster.
You can now peep a look at Edna in the first Incredicoaster show-scene. You can also now see the nuts and screws bolting her into place.
Some of the details in the “lounge.”
INSIDE OUT: Emotional Whirlwind is gaining some ground.
Not sure when it appeared but there’s now graphic artwork on the front of the Poultry Palace. It wasn’t there when the land opened.
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The new entrance marquee for Toy Story Midway Mania debuted a few months ago.
Sorry to barge in here.
No word yet as to whether or not WORLD OF COLOR will make a last minute holiday debut. By the looks of it, it seems quite likely.
Behold the Turkey Carnitas Poutine at the Lamplight Lounge. The new holiday dish continues the location’s mission of providing fun and unique twists on popular cuisine. This colorful dish features malted fries topped with slow-cooked turkey carnitas, Yucatan-inspired gravy, cranberry-bacon habanero gelée, crumbled queso blanco, and green onions.
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Around Disney California Adventure
The Disney Holidays are in full effect. We took in Viva Navidad one last time for the year (alas, our APs block out this weekend)!
Is SNOWY supposed to be a pun on an existing movie? Frosty?
Taste of the Holidays
If the Turkey Carnitas Poutine at Lamplight Lounge is not your speed you can cruise over to the Cozy Cone for Luigi’s Chicken Pesto Cone which has creamy pesto Alfredo pasta with marinated chicken, balsamic reduction, bruschetta tomatoes, and Romano cheese. We asked them to put tomato at the top AND bottom of our cone and man was that a great choice. Really satisfying!
We also had to get one more taste of the amazing Studio Catering Co. holiday offering; the Plant-etarium Street Tacos are filled with brussel sprouts, salsa verde, and pickled red onions with an apple pomegranate slaw.
Marvel Themed Land
You can see a majority of the land has been peeled away.
Our favorite half-tree decoration from this Main Street window display is no more.
Still no sign of what’s to come when walls come down at Peter Pan’s Flight. More queue-space for FastPass perhaps? New wifi hub?
Walls are also up on a small area near Star Tours. More queue-space for FastPass perhaps? New wifi hub?
Rumor has it this Skellington Key opens every door in the Mansion. You know how rumors go.
Roast Beef TV Dinner at Carnation Cafe is a magical dinner-only option to enjoy. Roast beef topped with roasted shallot and sun-dried cherry demi sauce, mashed potatoes, haricot verts, and carrots and served with chocolate croissant bread pudding and crème anglaise. Come hungry!
Carnation Cafe menu.
The Bengal Barbecue Jingle Julep is the holiday party you want to be invited to every year. It features frozen white Hot Chocolate with a Cookie Butter bottom and a Pretzel Stick.
Cinnamon Spiced Fritters with eggnog dipping sauce from the Royal Street Veranda are a simple kind of magic.
New treats are available at the Jolly Holiday Bakery in celebration of MARY POPPINS RETURNS.
Holiday sweets are also available.
Dole Whip with Tajin. So good. Packets are usually available, just ask!
TROPCIAL HIDEAWAY is looking quite finished. We wouldn’t be surprised if it starts seeing its first guests this week…
Rosita will be found on the docks near the Jungle Cruise, greeting guests. Notice the small hat and cane rested below her perch, a tribute to the former Barker Bird who used to greet guests at the Adventureland decades ago.
A new Dole Whip stand will be opening up at the location (potentially replacing the bottlenecking location at the Adventureland entrance) and it’s name is a tribute to Disney’s past. The stall selling Dole Whip appears to be called “Dole Whip, I Presume” which is a tribute to a former Adventureland resident by the name of “Sunkist, I Presume.” You can see on the bottom left of the photo above part of the new marquee.
The other showgirls inside the attraction have new homes in-between show sets!
The merge point has shifted slightly at the Haunted Mansion. The touchpoints were removed and the merge point was moved further back just a bit. The ugly bird house is still a thing.
Baby Fox is finally back!
Did you get your final ride in yet for the year?
Here’s a better look at the new gingerbread portal in the Europe section of “it’s a small world” Holiday.
Around the Resort
White Water Snacks is still closed for renovation.
Have you tried the December flavors at Salt & Straw yet?
Peppermint Bark Cocoa, Cinnamon Coconut Eggnog (and it’s vegan!), and Gingerbread Cookie Dough. Of all the limited edition flavors released thus far, these are perhaps the least interesting but all three are sure to be palate pleasers. We opted for a single split scoop of the first two flavors.
Wetzel’s Pretzels has officially reopened.
Ballast Point and Black Craft are still speeding along to open early next year.
Mickey and Friends Expansion
Concessions at Mickey and Friends.
The expansion at Mickey and Friends is moving very quickly along. Escalators are quickly starting to appear as concrete finishing is going up and other details are starting to all come together. Looks like this should definitely be ready by the time Galaxy’s Edge opens in June, ready to soak up those crowds!
Fancy a Doom Buggy of your own?
Small World Build Your Own Diorama.
Woody’s Toy Chest opens up to reveal a playset. How fun is that?
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The 2018 Festival of Holidays are here and we got our chance to get our first taste of what the booth has to offer. The flavors span the continent bringing salty, sweet, and spicy combinations to tempt the palate!
The holidays are a time of joy, merriment… and FOOD. We hit the Disneyland Resort to get our first taste of the new offerings at the Merriest Place on Earth!
The Disney Holidays take place now through January 06, 2019.
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