PICTORIAL: Big changes as Project Stardust shakes up every inch of Disneyland; Star Wars expansion, Pixar Parking, and more
It was a decidedly less busy than usual weekend at the Disneyland Resort, or at least at Disneyland Park which saw pleasant crowd levels compared to sister park Disney California Adventure which saw attraction times soar over an hour across the park.
As the Spring Break period powers through, Project Stardust projects continue to wrap up while new ones unveil around the park. This week, we’ll get an updated look at INSIDE OUT EMOTIONAL WHIRLWIND which has seen thematic elements go into position, Sleeping Beauty Castle seemingly has given us a look at its full color palette, plus Pixar Pals Parking Structure, Galaxy’s Edge, and a nice merch run at the end.
All of this and much more in our latest park pictorial. ENJOY!
Going Green… literally
In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, the Disney Environmentality Art Challenge has returned once again with art projects crafted by Cast Members from around the Resort. If more than 5,000 votes are received by guests and cast members, the Disneyland Resort will light the more than 10,000 energy-efficient LED lights of the Pixar Pal-A-Round attraction in green on Earth Day.
Disneyland Resort confirmed the expansion of their Disney MaxPass service to include digital Disney FASTPASS selections for select entertainment in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure!
A Whole New Preview
ALADDIN is getting a sneak peek at Disney Parks in the US starting April 19. A special 10-minute preview of the film will be shown at Disneyland in the Main Street Opera House while Disney’s Hollywood Studios will include this advance look at a portion of the film as part of the Walt Disney Presents attraction.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The public won’t get their chance to explore Galaxy’s Edge until May 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 Outpost. A host of new books and comics will take us deeper into that Galaxy not so far away.
It’s no secret that the Star Was: Galaxy’s Edge expansion (or unofficially Star Wars Land for the uninitiated) will be an incredible undertaking when it lands at both Disneyland Park in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park at Walt Disney World and now we have more info than ever before about the impressive new undertaking opening as early as this summer in California and later this year in Florida!
Around Disney California Adventure
The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival continues on through April 23, 2019!
Pixar Pier is enjoying the last of its pink blooms.
World of Color platform raised in the morning.
Some new sights at the INSIDE OUT: EMOTIONAL WHIRLWIND.
Silly Symphony Swings still shows little visible progress.
The new Marvel themed land continues moving along. Aerial shots are a little fuzzy from the morning haze.
Looks like that tractor is heading straight for the old Red Car Trolley gates near Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.
A flock of birds flew right up to my gondola when I reached the highest point of the Pixar Pal-Around.
They sat on the wheel and stayed there as it turned until the very last possible moment. I swear each said “Bye, Eddie” as it flew past. Weird.
Those sun rays, though.
Walking past Grizzy River Run we noticed a familiar voice coming from the attraction. Turns out the new safety spiels are done by classic Disney character Ranger Woodlore! Check it out below!
How many different Grizzly River Run logos can you count? It really is time for a revamp of this attraction. A nice meaty rework introducing Ranger Woodlore would be a fantastic direction. Incorporate Humphrey Bear, the indelible music from the classic shorts, and they could have a strong winner here. Or maybe Country Bears?
Poncho Recycling bins.
Walls have gone up around the Main Street Mad Hatter shop.
Easter Sunday is around the corner and these gorgeous treats are a bright way to celebrate! The hatching chick apple, FTW!
These cake pops were flying off the shelves.
Mickey Pops are still so cute.
I guess these are Briar Rose Gold treats?
Walls are still up around the Hub as part of Project Stardust.
Info Booth relocated temporarily between Adventureland and Frontierland.
The Adventureland entrance caught a bit of social drama last week when word got around that the entrance marquee was going to be reworked and rebuilt as part of the on-going Project Stardust.
With all the talk about the entrance being widened, we got to thinking that the Tiki Juice Bar would also make an easy removal to open things up even more at the entrance.
Since Dole Whips are now available at the next-door Tropical Hideaway, it makes this location superfluous aside from the fact that it and its exterior queue eat into walkway space. With this location gone, the machines could be moved over to the Adventureland Fruit Cart near Bengal Barbecue where Dole Whips there could be Mobile Order only.
The walkway between Frontierland and Adventureland has reopened.
The planters on the Frontierland side have been made a little smaller.
The fort wall and sign creating an arch over the walkway has been removed.
On the Adventureland side, there’s a little more walking space.
Bonanza Outfitters continues to move along on its exterior refurbishment. Planters have also been swallowed up.
I wonder what happened to Rosita?
So many sporks!
The tables in the main dining area of the Tropical Hideaway are all colorful now. Not sure how long ago these changed out from the natural wood tables that debuted when the restaurant opened last year.
Walls have receded at Sleeping Beauty Castle unveiling the new curb-free walkway in front of it.
Looks like we have a full look at what the new castle’s full color pallet will entail!
Walls are down near Peter Pan’s Flight, too.
The planter has been made smaller creating more usable area for either stroller parking and/or extended queue.
The tree remains in place with some fancy metal grating.
That wall is DYING for your selfie.
Still a ways to go with Project Stardust here.
I spy another tree that could lose the planter around it to create more space.
Astro Orbitor is still not back yet.
Walls are down at the exit of the Autopia.
The planter was given a small wrap-around walkway and the flooring around it is light blue.
From the new walkway that cuts through the planter, you can see portions of the foliage that were hacked away to make the new walkway.
New blue stones line the planter giving a fun sparkly look.
Around the Resort
New dining patio coming along at Black Tap.
Walls confirm where the new Sugarboo & Co. location will be going. Still not clear where the new Rinse soap shop will be going.
Perhaps this sidewall at the former ESPN Zone will provide storefronts for new locations that will take up residence here?
The Pop-up photo-op boutique celebrating Mickey and Minnie shows no visible signs of being ready for the April 26 opening.
Still no word on what’s going on at the former Rainforest Cafe or AMC Theatre locations.
New patio and dining area moving along at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
Just last week, this walkway was available for guest use and has now reverted back to Cast Member usage.
The Downtown Disney marquee has been removed and it looks permanent. Never quite made sense here and was not terribly iconic or memorable.
Pixar Pals Parking Structure
Concrete poured for what appears to be the new tram route or a walkway.
Looks like the new pathway is turning back in to the structure here inbetween Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals.
Connecting walkway between Mickey and Pixar.
The Mickey and Friends escalator signs have been replaced. For the first time, it seems they’ve been printed overly dark to account for the fading that happens here due to the harsh sunlight hitting the south-facing signs all day long. Oddly, they’re still using the off-model artwork that’s used through-out the structure. Elevator buttons could use a refresh, too.
Wishables. Forget Ufufy, forget Tsum Tsum. Are you in?
The Disney Egg-Stravaganza is back for the 2019 spring season! All around the Disneyland Resort, giant Easter eggs have been hidden and it’s up to you to find them all! For your efforts, you’ll be rewarded with a special prize. ENJOY NOW THROUGH APRIL 21!
Food and Wine Continues
It can be overwhelming to try and process all the things to see, do, eat, and drink during Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival so that’s why we’ve assembled this handy guide to help you find your way through it all!
But wait, there’s more! Fresh tastes abound this year and we’ve got a great look at what you can expect to enjoy from the Festival Marketplaces in 2019. BON APPETIT!
The festival runs from now through April 23, 2019.
Disney recently confirmed April 26, 2019 opening (daily after that from 10 AM to 9 PM) for the new Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration and tickets are available for sale now!
Disney Channel Fan Fest
Disney Channel Fan Fest is coming back once again to Disney California Adventure on Saturday April 27, 2019. The event gives fans the ultimate change to see many of their Disney Channel favorites live and in person with interactive main stage sessions, Q&A, presentations by talent and creators from Disney Television Animation, musical performances, sneak peeks from the highly anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants 3” and more.
Some recent changes at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World resort caught national media attention when Disney policy updates for stroller sizes, smoking areas (or lack thereof), and loose ice! The rules will be going into effect on May 1, 2019.
For a limited time, guests visiting Disney California Adventure can visit with Marvel’s latest superhero Captain Marvel! Carol Danvers herself makes several appearances daily in the Hollywood Land section of the park taking to a giant hangar converted for S.H.I.E.L.D. to play tribute to the new.
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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
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