PICTORIAL: Sleeping Beauty Castle awakens, Star Wars looms ever closer, Stardusting abound and much more!
There’s so much going on as Disneyland gears up for the end-of-month debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and we’ve got your ticket in to take a look at it all. Project Stardust continues altering the Resort in both minor and major ways with wider walkways, refreshed facades, and even a new look for Sleeping Beauty Castle!
This week, we’ll check in on Pixar Pals Parking Structure, look at updates on refurbishments around both parks (including Inside Out: Emotional Whirlwind and Silly Symphony Swings) plus peek at the new Marvel-themed land which has more vertical construction. We have a gigantic merch run for you at the end plus some special Galaxy’s Edge merch in our TEE TIME section that you definitely won’t want to miss!
There’s a lot to take in with this latest pictorial so get to it! ENJOY!
A Beauty Awakens
Although still not officially open, Sleeping Beauty Castle has given us a first good look at its new color scheme this weekend. She is looking neat and pretty!
The most notable changes are to the color of the stonework (a decidedly cooler color palate than before) and an intense new sapphire tone for the roofs and turrets. New gold details pop throughout the design including some gold sparkles on the center roof section that has been causing a bit of stir on the social media spheres.
Overall, the new look is thoroughly fetching and quite becoming on the 64-year old beauty. Project Stardust continues on!
The look of the castle changes drastically depending on the time of day and how much sun light is hitting it. These two photos were taken 2.5 hours apart from each other on the same day.
You can’t walk through just yet but those walls should be coming down very soon!
From far away, the new gold sparkles are hardly noticeable but like good stage makeup on an actor, the look is perhaps not quite as ideal when you look at it closer than intended.
Sometimes, you’ve gotta paint for the people at the back of the room. Or in this case, Main Street.
Gold touches elsewhere on the castle help pop-out its gorgeous detail.
The harsh sunlight creates a little glare depending on the time of day and spot you’re standing but some luster added helps soften the intensity.
Again, depending on the amount of light hitting it the castle’s appearance can change pretty drastically.
The backside of the castle is also on display.
We’ve met before!
A Galaxy’s Edging Closer
The in-park views of the land haven’t changed much considering that the land will be welcoming its first guests very, very soon!
May the Force Be With You
With grand opening so close, the Star Was: Galaxy’s Edge expansion (or unofficially Star Wars Land for the uninitiated) has unleashed tons of details about what guests can expect once they step foot in a galaxy far, far away.
- PHOTOS: A look at the food, merch, and rides coming to STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE!
- Every single alcoholic drink and specialty beverage you can enjoy in Disney’s new STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE
- Even more merchandise that will drain your credits in STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE
- PhotoPass confirmed in STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE, no FastPass/MaxPass “when it first opens”
Around Disney California Adventure
Pixar Pier continues to see a flurry of action!
Still no visible progress on the fountain near the IncrediCoaster or the Zurg fun meal toy.
A row of benches lines the front of the Pixar Promenade.
The Inside Out: Emotional Whirlwind continues to see progress by the day!
New lighting and speaker fixtures are appearing and all the gold starbursts are now purple.
New railings coming soon.
The buckets guests will sit in have been added to the flyers.
Hiding the existing concrete forms.
Silly Symphony Swings should also be swinging soon, too!
Looks like actual swings are being added back onto the attraction.
The new Marvel-themed land is showing some major vertical construction.
Speaking of Grizzly River Run, another rafting attraction in the So-Cal environs had some special attention on it this week following its extensive refurbishment that breathed new life in to it. We can only hope that a similar approach might be on the horizon for the Disney California Adventure classic!
Our highlight video below will give you a taste of what awaits at the new Calico River Rapids attraction at Knott’s Berry Farm!
Warming Cabin Watch 2019 has thus far provided no viable clues.
This location always seems so dead, perhaps it’s time for a rethink of this space?
The Main Street Mad Hatter is looking neat and pretty following its recent exterior refurbishment.
The recently-painted mural is still awaiting lettering.
Walls are still up in-between Jolly Holiday and Refreshment Corner.
ELOTE HOT DOG. REPEAT. ELOTE HOT DOG. It’s so stinking good. Available at the Refreshment Corner.
Not much change in the hub compared to last week.
Railings are finally completed on the walkway leading up the Plaza Inn from Main Street.
Dapper Dans of Disneyland!
So nice to have this view back again with the castle poking up behind the Partners Statue!
The western walkway into Fantasyland by the castle is currently closed.
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is also closed for refurbishment but the Enchanted Chamber remains open, selling dresses and accessories.
The Carousel ODV has been temporarily moved over near the Pinocchio’s Daring Adventure exit while work continues on the backside of the castle.
I’m sure Strollers-in-the-Round is exactly what Imagineers had planned for this obelisk in the Fantasy Faire.
Curious if they might convert Fairy Tale Treasures into stroller parking to get them out of the walkway? They could rename it the Royal Carriage Works.
Figaro and his feathered friend are off on new adventures.
Looks like we’re finally seeing some action on the new marquee for the Adventureland entrance.
The adobe wall on the northern side of the entrance has had three slices taken out of it while the crates on the right continue to hide something.
The Adventureland side of the pond has been refilled, now sludge free!
Looks like plaques around the park have been given a good spit-shine. The Petrified Tree in Frontierland was also looking neat and pretty.
A busy weekend at the Happiest Place on Earth as it continues welcoming a mix of Grad Nite mix-in guests and spring discount ticket-holders whose passes will all expire on May 23, 2019.
Cafe Orleans has reopened following a brief down-time.
Off-center window is back!
A fresh smattering of pavement or blacktop? Concrete? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
That lamppost serves in loving memory of a real planter. It was one of the early casualties of Project Stardust.
Hungry Bear continues to add shade to its extending dining patio.
It’s nice being able to walk the Big Thunder trail without the haze of the too-close-to-the-walkway smoking area.
Additional pathway widening in progress here leading up to one of the entrances into STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE.
Walkways are blocked off into the new land. NO PEEKING.
Storybook Land Canal Boats and Casey Jr. Circus Train continue on with their refurbishments.
Fantasy Arts canopy provides shade while the custom-lettering option is gone.
Extended queue in use at the Matterhorn.
Red Rockett’s Pizza Port is closed for its permanent conversion into Alien Pizza Planet.
Walls are still up in front of Path of the Jedi. We suspect the planters here are being Stardusted.
Pixar Pals Parking Structure
Although it won’t be ready by the end of the month when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge officially opens, we suspect the new Pixar Pals Parking Structure will be close to ready by the end of the reservation-only access period which ends on June 23.
Downtown Disney parking lot is preparing for construction of the new Sky Bridge that will allow guests to avoid having to cross over street-traffic to get from the parking structure into the Resort area.
Every single parking lot at the Disneyland Resort was filled to capacity on Saturday causing for huge delays and backup on the streets around the Resort.
Please try to avoid nibbling on your ears. These Mexican sweet bread concha ears with traditonal blanket ears are freaking adorable!
Don’t lick your ears, either please. These Dole Whip ears are not a snack.
You might be a fan of Dole Whip but now it’s ready to be a fan for you.
June is Pride month, expect lots of red and rainbows in the coming weeks!
As Dolly Parton would say, if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with a little rain.
We chronicled last week the extensive amount of new fourth of July merchandise, here’s another look at some more of it!
Toy Story 4
Mickey and Minnie
The #Mickey90 celebration might be coming to an end but there’s still lots of merch continually hitting the shelves to get your hands on!
After Mickey’s Philharmagic opened last month with the debut of Donald’s butt we thought that was the extent to which we’d experience the fowl visage. Alas, we were wrong.
Disney is uh — one jump ahead — just like we hoped. #ALADDIN is actually great! Will Smith is fantastic and so is the rest of the cast. Wait until you hear @NaomiScott take you to church! pic.twitter.com/y3RI8QrZ3p
— MouseInfo (@MouseInfo) May 19, 2019
This carpet bag!
More in Store
In the ever-evolving world of Disney ticket levels, packages, and options the Disneyland Resort has added a new Annual Pass to the lineup: Disney Flex Passport. Priced at $599, this pass is different than the one you might have in your wallet today as it introduces a reservation system that effectively guarantees your visit (and potentially limits how many times you can come) with a flexible new system.
Tale of the Lion King is coming to Disney California Adventure and this this imaginative story-theatre production is bringing with it not just the iconic songs from the upcoming live-action reboot of the film but also scenic, prop and costume designs celebrate the spirit of Africa.
We had the opportunity as guests of a Disney Parks Blog event to check out Pop-up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney. On our voyage into the former ESPN Zone, we found a delightful and bright space ripe with literally countless photographic opportunities.
As we gear up for a busy summer with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney will be bringing back fan-favorite fireworks spectacular DISNEYLAND FOREVER. The popular fireworks show will replace the current MICKEY’S MIX MAGIC show that kicked off in January as part of the Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration.
“Mickey’s Mix Magic” runs at Disneyland daily through June 6, 2019. “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular returns to Disneyland on June 7, 2019.
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. The #Mickey90 celebration comes to an end on June 6, 2019.
Hungry for More Mickey?
With the June 6, 2019 end-date in sight, there’s not much time left to enjoy the limited eats, treats, and sweets celebrating Mickey’s 90th birthday!
Magical Savings on Admission
It’s one of the questions we get asked the most, how can you save a little money on Disneyland tickets? Below is what’s available now.
- US military discounts for tickets and hotels; Disneyland, Walt Disney World. MORE INFO
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