PICTORIAL: Construction at Disneyland for Star Wars, Bing Bong’s; plus Pixar Film Fest, new breakfast options, and much more!
It’s been a bit since we were able to get into the parks — especially with San Diego Comic-Con last week — and a lot has taken place since our last visit!
For one, we see Pixar Pier continuing to see updates and changes with Jessie’s Critter Carousel and the newly opened Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff. Meanwhile, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge continues to shoot higher still as it speeds along towards its opening next summer.
The Pixar Shorts Film Festival has also updated featuring new shorts (Bao, Sanjay’s Super Team, and La Luna.) Meanwhile, River Belle Terrace quietly started service once more of breakfast and we caught up on a bunch of random bric-a-brac projects that seem to be preparing the park for the chaos next year when the Star Wars chaos begins.
All of that plus Sandianadas, Minnie Wall, Up Wall, the new parking structure and so so so much more in this latest pictorial! Of course, a nice big merch run at the very end. ENJOY!
Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff
Another piece of Pixar Pier is has opened up offering hand-made candies, pre-packaged sweets, plus a selection of merch and new Memory Refreshers.
No Bing Bong yet.
The floor is covered in candy.
Rainbows and clouds through-out.
Memory Refreshers are custom slushy drinks. We couldn’t try any because the machines were apparently not working due to the extreme heat.
Shake that laughy taffy.
Rainbow-flavored Cotton Candy.
Inside Out branded sweets.
Flavored popcorn for each emotion.
Pixar Shorts Film Festival Updates
A new round of Pixar shorts has been updated at the Pixar Shorts Film Festival. The festival ends in 36 days with the end of Pixar Fest.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
New Parking Structure
The still officially unnamed parking structure has seen huge strides since we peaked in on it last!
Heading into the parks in the morning was a daunting experience. The line to get into Disneyland extended significantly past the monorail beam yet our line moved by super quickly. The Cast Member indicated that they weren’t taking pictures on first entry to allow quicker entrance.
River Belle Terrace quietly re-introduced breakfast to its menu offering.
Short Rib Skillet features slow-cooked short rib with sunny side-up eggs, signature potatoes, onions & peppers, and texas toast. $19.
Mickey-shaped Pancakes include maple syrup, whipped butter, seasonal berries, and choice of Chicken Sausage or Applewood-Smoked Bacon. $15.
Southern-Fried Bone-In Pork Chop includes a crispy pork chop with sunny side-up eggs, signature potatoes, and bacon gravy. $21.
Monkey Bread warm & buttery sweet bread, pecan butter, maple syrup, candied pecans, and powdered sugar. $8.
Not a fan of the recent interior refurbishment.
Walls have gone up on Main Street. The main-street facing side have Main Street advertisements.
The Adventureland-facing walls have Tiki Room artwork. The attraction closes on August 8.
The lanai is much more open without the ropes. Quite lovely!
Tropical Hideaway continues along.
Looks like they might be widening the walkway in Adventureland.
They recently removed some of the fencing near Mint Julep Bar. That should help with some of the traffic flow here, as well. Removal of that planter might also help…
As far as increasing capacity, it seems the trains could make significant gains switching to the front-facing seats instead.
Haunted Mansion is closing August 20 for its yearly transformation into Haunted Mansion Holiday.
Hardly a line for churros!
Matterhorn Bobsleds close July 30.
Minnie Wall. It’s not great. But there it is.
Backside of parade gate.
Around the Resort
Instagram ready walls.
World of Color had an eventful week following the surprise leak announcement of a Halloween version of the show plus the recent omission of the show from the Disney Holiday offerings.
Jessie’s Critter Carousel continues to move along.
Still nobody churning the popcorn. Would be cute to see Pixar Lamp here.
The Pixarmonic Orchestra weren’t setup here. Hope that they moved them back over to the Paradise Gardens bandstand.
Without the band we saw for the first time this detail in the flooring.
Award Wieners has a bunch of Pixar Fest offerings.
Adorable Popcorn bucket featuring Pixar artwork.
Sandianada features two scoops of watermelon sorbet layered with chunks of watermelon and mixed with tamarindo sauce and tajin. $7.99
It’s so refreshingly wonderful.
More treats available at Clarabelle’s in DCA.
The “Iridescent” Cupcake. Ok!
Around the Resort
Staging trailers at the back of the Downtown Disney parking lot.
Demolition has yet to begin in Downtown Disney.
They decorated the unused facade of the AMC.
A new sign appeared on the side of Splitsville.
Construction continues on the new Black Tap, Ballast Point, Salt & Straw continue to move towards their grand openings. Meanwhile, Napolini and Wetzels continue through their refurbs to reopen later this year. The new entrance for Naples is also still under way.
Sad little kiosk.
New Coco-inspired ear handbands.
Disney X Toms.
Awesome new artwork at Wonderground Gallery.
New Mickey Mouse Ray-Bans.
Junior versions of the previous Mickey Mouse design are available.
Kingdom of Cute. Love it!
New Pooh plush but the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood crew were available. So cute!
Love these towels!!
Halloween Time Returning
There’s only 40 days left until the start of Halloween Time! Take a look below at what you can expect to encounter!
Halloween World of Color
Although it likely will not debut this year due to unexpected delays in World of Color refurbishment, there’s exciting news that will likely take place next year for Halloween Time…
We haven’t even reached Halloween yet but Disney is already looking to make spirits merry and bright with the announcement of the 2018 holiday season at the Disneyland Resort!
The Disneyland Resort announced that it has reached agreement with its largest labor unions for a minimum wage rate increase of 40 percent within two years amongst other changes.
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 36 days left to enjoy!
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