PICTORIAL: Celebrations continue as construction proceeds, Splitsville soft opens
Literally from end to end, the Disneyland Resort is a flurry of construction AND celebrations. At the northern most point is Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge while at the southern most point is Pixar PIer.
On this trip, we’ll take a look at the 2018 Lunar New Year celebration which brings with it a lot of favorites from previous years. Plus, we’ll roll in to rock out the newly soft-opened Splitsville in Downtown Disney which is now accepting guests. Meanwhile, several other locations in Downtown Disney continue construction towards opening including Disney Home, Ballast Point, Black Tap, and Naples expansion.
Attractions have also reopened since our last visit including “it’s a small world” and Grizzly River Run plus other refurbishment projects continue including the massive undertaking of re-doing the horse-drawn streetcar tracks all the length of Main Street from entrance to castle!
Of course, we’ll have a Merch Run with a look at some REALLY REALLY awesome new merchandise pieces. All of this and much much more in our latest pictorial update. ENJOY!
2018 Lunar New Year at DCA
It’s once again time for the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure; a tradition which brings with it festive food, entertainment, and more. This year it’s the Year of the Dog so everyone’s favorite four-legged pooch PLUTO is this year’s main mascot.
Splitsville Soft Opened
Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort finally has some interesting food variety now that Splitsville Luxury Lanes have opened. With burgers, sushi, pizzas, and more, the robust menu brings with it an explosion of new flavors to an otherwise very dated and tired dining lineup at the Disney shopping district. Oh, and there’s bowling, too!
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
Toy Story Mania! painting is well under way and the roof elements are starting to turn blue as per the concept art.
Concept art shows a blue roof for Toy Story Mania and a seemingly relocated entrance.
The entrance marquee for Paradise Pier has been completely removed. Per the concept art, looks like a new one is going to appear.
Some of the distinguishing characteristics on the former Ariel’s Grotto and Treasures in Paradise locations have been removed.
Not much is known about what’s going on on the western end of the pier.
Mickey’s Fun Wheel will be keeping the Mickey but the gondolas will be themed to various Pixar characters. Or guess is the same ones showing up on the refurb walls. Speaking of which more characters appeared since our last visit…
Looks like all the previously printed signs were reprinted to correct shading mistakes on all of the faces. You can see above the fixed shading elements that were not displayed properly on the previous versions.
Around Disney California Adventure
Grizzly River Run has reopened.
We need more Country Bears year round!
Still under refurbishment. Love this area.
Sonoma Terrace still open during construction.
DCA Lockers are back.
Now that DCA lockers are back, Disneyland lockers are now getting work done.
Track refurbishment continues for the horse-drawn streetcar.
Walls now span the full stretch of Main Street, USA from the entrance down to the castle. A single cut-away is available at the center of the street allowing you to cross.
“it’s a small world” has reopened once more!
Work continues on the new parade gate and queue for “it’s a small world”.
Dumbo’s new queue and shade structure is also well under way.
Walls have pushed outwards creating a tight bottle neck behind the Carrousel.
Around the Resort
Work is well underway to start construction on the new parking structure coming onto the former Pinocchio Parking Area at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.
D-Street is gone and will become a new DISNEY HOME store.
D-Street now exists as a pair of kiosks.
Ballast Point and Black Tap are coming into the former spaces occupied by Build-a-Bear and Ridemakerz.
Work continues on the expanded patio and outdoor bar coming to Naples restaurant.
Catal is having a Valentine’s Day dinner special.
World of Disney is yet to begin its multiple phase redesign of its interiors.
Had to buy this awesome magnet that is also a bottle and can opener. So cool, right?? Fridge looks way cooler now.
It was Super Bowl weekend so there was a lot of sporty merch out.
The new 2018 Disneyland Resort merchandise is FANTASTIC.
The new character artwork is also FANTASTIC!
Coming to a DISNEY HOME near you.
Fun little detail on the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique which used to be the Tinker Bell Toy Shop…
Princess. Genera. QUEEN.
AP Popcorn Refills Return
Don’t forget! The newest version of the Annual Passholder exclusive refillable popcorn bucket program has returned and offers unlimited $1 refills through March 1, 2018. The bucket costs $15 and includes popcorn on purchase. Flavored popcorn is not included in this offer. You must present a valid AP at time of purchase.
So-Cal Ticket Offers
Disneyland Resort is once again offering its spring ticket offer for Southern California residents. Although we’ve yet to see the return of the cherished 2fer of days past, the offer this year is for 2 and 3-day tickets only. The SoCal Resident Ticket Offer this year includes…
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