PICTORIAL: Final trek through the Rainforest Cafe, Pixar Pier rounding third; plus Galaxy’s Edge; Parking; and more
With literally days left until the grand opening of Pixar Pier Disneyland is working furiously with construction and final touches to bring to life the re-themed new land at Disney California Adventure. We’ll take a few sneaks at new details popping up around the land including testing at Lamplight Lounge and much more.
We’ll also get a pulse check on the on-going projects in Downtown Disney and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion. At the very end, we’ll take a final trek through the Rainforest Cafe which will be closing its doors forever very soon. Of course, a little merch run for you with some other looks at the goings on including some more sneaks and tastes. All of this and more in our latest park pictorial. ENJOY!
There’s just a few days left before the June 23 grand opening so Disney is definitely racing against the clock as you’ll see in the upcoming photos! A mad dash to the finish!
The marquee is placed and ready!
The Pixar Lamp shown in concept art should be arriving later this year.
Just another day in Pixardise.
It looks like the back of the sign reads ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE.
New billboards will be placed shortly.
We can see the first billboard will be COCO-themed.
Oops, there’s a typo on this one!
Jack-Jack’s Cookie Num Nums is almost ready to entice.
Signage in the loading station.
One of the Incredicoaster scenes will feature a bunch of multiplying Jack-Jacks!
Toy Story Midway Mania
The attraction is now closed until the Pixar Pier grand opening on June 23.
The old Paradise Pier tiles have been replaced by golden silhouettes of Pixar characters.
Tables and chairs have been placed. Scope that table fire pit!
Lamplight Num Nums!
Signage has arrived!
There’s a snowglobe still missing here to complete the marquee.
More of the gold silhouettes.
Still no sign of Anger here.
The gigantic fun meal box is well on its way.
More Pixar Pier
The giant Pixar ball and water feature are already setup and in motion.
You can see the placement of the ball below. Also notice all the great new trees!
Pixar Promenade is moving at breakneck pace.
Marquee for Pixar Pal-Around.
Operation Arbol Drop. Why didn’t they just use balloons?
Parade Gate is getting painted with the new Pixar Pier logo.
World of Color
World of Color’s opening is going to be delayed by potentially several months following some big structural damage that occurred during the refurbishment. We might not see the show return until the fall.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Complete speculation that these tarps are hiding a ship.
Around the Parks
Jack-Jack is lighting fire once again in the Pixar Play Parade!
Work continues on the Tropical Hideaway.
Scarab halves remain together for now.
MaxPass has not yet been rolled out to Pirates of the Caribbean but the signage for it is ready to go.
Harryhausen’s Chilled Color-Changing Noodle Salad. Refreshing and tasty but not very filling. It features Chilled Iridescent Noodles, herbaceous preserved Plants, Sweet and Spicy Vinaigrette, Crushed and Toasted Peanuts with Mint, Thai Basil, Shredded Daikon and Carrots.
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There was no line at the Adorable Snowman’s Frosted Treats so we endulged in a parfait!
Buzz Lightyear photo op is ready for all your Social Media needs. Find it by the Hollywood Backlot Stage.
It’s Tough To Be a Bug theater still stands for now.
Roses in the hub!
Around the Resort
ESPN Zone still stands… for now.
Ballast Point and Black Craft continue towards opening this year.
Looks like Wetzels Pretzels will actually be returning.
Salt & Straw is coming soon, too.
Naples facade work continues.
AMC still stands… for now.
Downtown Disney Upcoming Closures
Closures may be subject to change. An official list of closures has not been released.
Haagen Dazs – CLOSED May 31 ESPN Zone – CLOSED June 2 Wetzels Pretzels – CLOSED June
- Rainforest Cafe – June 17 (reservations), June 24 (walk-ups)
- Disney Vacation Club Sales Center / Disney Travel – June 24
- Starbucks West – June 27
- Alamo Rental Car – June 28 (relocating to Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel)
- AMC Downtown Disney 12 – June
- Earl of Sandwich – June
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.
The Rainforest Cafe will soon be but a thing of the past. Much like its neighbor the ESPN Zone, it will be closing to make way for the new hotel. The exact closing date is uncertain. Lunch on Sunday was the official last meal but the restaurant may remain open through June 24.
The first thing you see when you enter is the gift shop!
Mayan (First Floor)
Aztec (Second Floor)
This level has an outdoor section.
You can take the elevator back down to the Mayan Level or this small half flight will take you down into Iggy’s Den and “hidden” outdoor patio.
More to Explore
The restaurant was a mishmash of textures, styles, and patterns! We know there’s SOME of you who would appreciate these. Enjoy!
Even the restrooms take on the jungle theme!
All of the Downtown Disney specific merchandise went on sale and quickly sold out.
On Saturday the only remaining Downtown Disney specific merchandise was this tanktop.
These ears are coming soon to Disney Parks.
But this apple is available now!
A Closer Look: Disneyland’s Mobile Order
Have you had a chance to use Mobile Order yet? It’s really quite easy! We had a chance to use it this week to order a quick meal at the Jolly Holiday Bakery and present to you a series of screenshots recapping the experience!
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 76 days left to enjoy!
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