PICTORIAL: Celebs invade Cars Land, Star Wars Land grows, Big Thunder Trail reopens, and more!

June Gloom continues to bring depressing skies over the Disneyland Resort but those clouds break away midday and bring beautiful temps and skies to the Happiest Place on Earth.

This weekend, we were seeing Stars and Cars thanks to taping going on in promotion of Disney-Pixar’s upcoming CARS 3. The land closed early on Saturday to host the premiere party for the film.

In today’s pictorial update, we also take a look at the freshly-reopened Big Thunder Trail, new looks at Frontierland progress, plus more Star Wars themed-land updates.

We’ll take another look at some Summer of Heroes offerings in Disney California Advneture, plus refurb updates, and a merch run. All of this and more in our latest pictorial. ENJOY!

Stars and Cars

Cars Land set the stage to host to a premiere party for CARS 3. In the morning a few interviews were taped with film stars Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, and Kerry Washington.

Cars 3 Premiere Party

Several signs acknowledged the early closure of the land.

The gate was open near Guardians and you could see some of the setup for the press mele to befall the resort.

The new entrance marquee work is not finished yet, it did not seem like it would be ready for tonight.

A stage setup near Ramone’s.

Strolling Through

The Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost and South Sea Traders shops will be closing to create an expanded dining area for Bengal Barbecue and space to allow strollers to come off the main walk-way through the small land.

A look at some of the interior of South Sea Traders

A look inside Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost.

Happy Trails

Over near the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Big Thunder Trail has finally reopened allowing access once again between Fantasyland and Frontierland. Along the way there’s two entrances into the upcoming Star Wars Land! There’s a few new sights on the path including a giant new rockwall.

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Frontierland

Coverings up again on the island but the wind offers a peek…

The Magic Carpet from the upcoming Fantasmic! was on the island, check out the pic below from our Twitter feed. If you haven’t already, follow us @MouseInfo on Twitter!

Lots going on!

The Mark Twain and Sailing Ship Columbia swapped spots. Later in the day, we spotted the Columbia rounding the island.

Star Wars Land

Star Wars themed land shoots higher into the sky and expands even more over the cleared dirt surfaces of the former backstage areas of Disneyland.

What I dream the day might send just around the river bend…

Around Disney California Adventure

Summer of Heroes rages on at Disney California Adventure.

We saw the line for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT at 65 minutes. Not terrible!

Didn’t notice this addition into the Cap/Spiedy meet and greet area.

Knowhere Eats offers some of the items previously offered at Studio Catering Company.

Noah artist showcase and signing.

You can access Turtle Talk with Crush near off the page since the Disney Animation lobby is still closed.

The Animation Academy is still open too, you enter through the opposite side of the building.

Around Disneyland

Tour Guides gardens returned a few weeks ago. So the info booth in the esplanade is back to dormancy.

The Enchanted Chamber was de-Christmas-fied since the Royal Christmas Shop opened next door.

Wifi Hotspots are indicated on the park maps if you’re looking for some social media time.

Turtles in Frontierland.

Turtles at Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Around the Resort

Splitsville also continues shooting up. Read more: Sushi finally returning to Disneyland Resort in new ‘Splitsville’ location at Downtown Disney

Splitsville is already noted on the directory.

Flowers were looking lovely in Downtown Disney in the late afternoon sun.

Some work going on in the lobby at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

The pool at the hotel has reopened.

Menu at White Water Snacks. We were able to customize our meal by ordering the Chicken Nachos and replacing the chips with fries.

Merch Run

Obsessed with these notebooks that look like the VHS clamsheel cases of the 90s!

Cars merch.

Character blankets, so cute!

More blankets.

Emoji pillows.

Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise still available.

Fantasmic 2017 comemorative t-shirt.

It’s just stairs.

These are SO CUTE!!

ICYMI: Full Guardians Experience

Check out a TON of pics plus video of the full Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT experience! Skip the lines and enjoy!

Read More: VIDEO: Skip the line, get the full experience for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT’ at DCA!

Hidden Surprises

Easter eggs are a new hallmark of Disney Imagineering and we recently had the chance to explore the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT attraction with Imagineer Danny Handke. Find out below about just SOME of the secrets inside including surprise references and special in-jokes.

Read More: WATCH: Easter Eggs and other surprises inside Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT – #SummerofHeroes

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Author: Joey Inigo

I have been a part of MouseInfo.com since 2003. I enjoy visiting the Happiest Place on Earth and am happy to talk about Disney Parks all day long.

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