PICTORIAL: Another soggy busy weekend at Disneyland Resort; progress on Star Wars, Stardust, and more
It was another soggy weekend at the Happiest Place on Earth and we were there to get a quick look at the goings on including Project Stardust, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and more! Of course, a nice merch run for you at the end in this latest park pictorial. ENJOY!
Mickey’s Rainy Day Cavalcade
When inclement weather forces cancellation of the parade at Disneyland, they run a Plan B option called Mickey’s Rainy Day Cavalcade. A bunch of characters are loaded up onto Main Street vehicles and they head on down the parade route!
Let’s do brunch?
If you’re looking for more personal face-time with the characters and you LOVE brunch, you’re in luck as Disney’s PCH Grill is bringing a brunch option to Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting March 29, 2019! Catch some waves on the dance floor with Donald, Daisy and Stitch as you chow down on an all-you-care-to-enjoy brunch buffet.
Valentine’s Month has now come to a close. Did you enjoy this year’s offerings?
For Valentine’s Month, the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor served a warm Donut Sundae.
Curb re-sloping on Main Street continues under Project Stardust. Walls around this planter near City Hall spell certain doom for the plants that lived there previously. Will it be removed all together or made smaller? We shall soon see…
New curb re-sloping in front of the Disney Showcase.
Walls are down at the Disneyland Emporium which sports its new curb-free joie de vie.
Sleeping Beauty Castle is also part of Project Stardust as it gets a fresh coat of paint and some other enhancements including roof repairs.
It’s still a #Mickey90 good, good, good, good time at the Happiest Place on Earth despite refurbishments!
New VS. Old. You can see the castle will be decidedly cooler in color palette with more blues and purples. Make it blue, make it pink!
Astro Orbitor will be returning this spring.
It seems the flux capacitor is broken on the Disneyland Railroad. No visits to the Primeval World, land of the dinosaurs.
Frontierland in the rain, with blue skies at the same time.
River Belle Terrace exterior work continues, the restaurant is still open, though. I love that the vintage concrete planter on the left has thus far remain un-touched over the years, save several shades of paint.
Always sauce on the side at the Bengal Barbecue!
Fantasmic! comes back March 8.
So does the Sailing Ship Columbia.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Moving along for a June opening!
The public won’t get their chance to explore Galaxy’s Edge until June when the new land opens at Disneyland (and then again later in the year a clone of the land opens in Walt Disney World) but Marvel is ready to take you to the planet of Batuu — and specifically the Black Spire
Around the Resort
Disneyland Hotel has a cute photo-op for #Mickey90.
Monorail Slide is down for refurbishment at the Disneyland Hotel.
New tables and seating at the fire pit.
We popped over for a look at the newly reopened Tangaroa Terrace and it subsequently started to rain. The restaurant and bar were very crowded so we opted to run for shelter instead.
Here’s a look at the new menu. Nine bucks for Edamame?
ESPN Zone will soon become a new pop-up exhibit with selfie photo-ops.
Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration is coming to Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort and it promises a “whimsically immersive experience” celebrating 90 years of both Mickey and Minnie Mouse. This separately ticketed exhibit will be located near the Downtown Disney District Monorail station in the former space of ESPN Zone.
Still no Rain Forest Cafe.
Still no Black Tap!
Still no movies. =(
Work continues on the pool bar expansion at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
Meanwhile, we decided to stop for a bite at the newly reopened White Water Cafe. Based on our visit this weekend, it seems that the kitchen is still woefully unprepared to handle capacity. We mobile ordered our food and it took just about a half hour before we finally got our food. One person in our party, who mobile ordered AFTER us, got her food 10 minutes before us.
Aside from the backlog in the kitchen, we found the food to be VERY tasty but also EXPENSIVE. Considering the hotel it aims to serve the price point is not surprising but we were unimpressed with portion sizes for the price. While the flavor of the food definitely justified a higher cost we still found ourselves reeling a little from the prices.
Shwarma Chicken Skewer ($14) is not advertised to have a curry flavor which surprised us a little but it was flavorful and juicy. Served over warm pita with a parsley-celery leaf salad and tzatziki dip! One pita, no sides.
Cali-Grilled Angus Cheeseburger ($15) served with grilled asparagus-celery salad and artichoke aioli and crinkle cut fries. Very very tasty and probably the best bang for your buck.
Chicken-Fried Brisket and Waffle ($18) was both the most interesting, flavorful, and disappointing dish. Normally protein+waffle dishes are not served with a side but we found that to be a vital missing element for this dish, especially considering the whopping price tag. This features a ground brisket patty smothered with BBQ sauce and pimento cheese spread. A very tasty dish. It technically does come with a side of house-made pickles but that hardly satisfies (despite how TASTY they are) if you’re hungry.
Presentation seemed a little odd with the waffle on TOP of the beef patty but perhaps aided in keeping the warm fluffy pastry from getting soggy. Everything here worked incredibly well together but for the price tag might not be worth the jump.
As tasty as all three of these sounded the wind, cold, and rain prevented us from even considering a scoop of Salt & Straw’s February flavors.
New Parking Structure
Looks like they’re assembling the roof component on the ground and will be lifting it up over the round part of the structure.
Happiest Place on Earth ear hat.
St. Patrick’s Day Mickey Plush.
A bunch of “it’s a small world” merchandise is ready for the taking.
Mad Tea Party themed merchandise.
It almost looks like they’ve created a hybrid color of Rose Gold and Millennial Pink. Rosennial Pink?
More Up-Charge Events Assemble
Disneyland After Dark continues on this year with a third event and it’s decidedly… SUPER. The new Disneyland After Dark: Heroes Assemble event at Disney California Adventure park promises an action-packed line up of experiences with entertainment, character encounters, event-themed food, merchandise and more.
Whenever anybody talks about visiting a Disney Park, prices and cost will always invariably end up coming into the conversation. So, when there’s potential for a FREE bit of Disney magic, it’s always worth a note! Last year, Disney rolled out a fun new freebie in the parks but it takes just a little bit of work!
Get Ready to Eat!
Starting March 1, visitors to Disney California Adventure can enjoy a whole host of offerings tempt the palate and tickle all the senses with the return of the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival!
GET YOUR EARS ON
GET YOUR EARS ON – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration is a new festival at the Disneyland Resort to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of everyone’s favorite mouse duo. #Mickey90
New Nighttime Spectacle
In celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Mickey, Disneyland has debuted a brand new projection show that, on select nights, will also feature fireworks: Mickey’s Mix Magic. The new nighttime spectacle is touted as a high-energy dance party in the park and on weekends and peak days will also be supplemented with fireworks — weather permitting.
Hungry for More Mickey?
Save Money in the New Year
Disneyland is currently offering several ways to save a little money and visit the Happiest Place on Earth. Each have various restrictions so you’ll want to find the one that works best for you.
- $60/day; Disneyland Resort. MORE INFO
- $70 ticket offer, hotel discounts; Disneyland Resort MORE INFO
- US military discounts for tickets and hotels; Disneyland, Walt Disney World. MORE INFO
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