PICTORIAL: Crowds and construction plus new eats and merch kick off 2020 at the Happiest Place on Earth
In our first pictorial update of the year we have nearly 200 pictures and more than half of that is just merch! Get ready for a jam-packed update this week that includes a look at the newly opened Asian Street Eats and the now-AP-exclusive Alfresco Tasting Terrace plus continuing work on the Avengers Campus Marvel-themed land, Project Stardust enhancements in Tomorrowland, and on-going work on various projects including the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction.
Our merch run this year includes a ton of pictures of two new collections: 2020 year-branded merchandise as well as Park Life items celebrating the happiest place on earth. There’s a bunch of other goodies to take in, too. All of this and more in our latest park pictorial. ENJOY!
Perhaps in the interest of driving more sales at a formerly quiet corner of Disney California Adventure, Disney opted to turn the Alfresco Tasting Terrace into an Annual Passholder exclusive location starting this past Sunday. See our pictorial below for more details and to learn more about those snazzy new drinks!
Asian Street Eats is finally open (just not at 7:30am when this photograph was taken). Here’s a look at the menu options found from the temporary location that opened up in front of the former Rain Forest Cafe.
New Happily Ever After
Snow White’s Scary Adventures at Disneyland is prepping for a huge dose of TLC and is closing on Tuesday for an extended refurbishment that will bring a heaping spoonful of magic to the classic princess story.
Lunar New Year 2020 Details
This upcoming Lunar New Year is the Year of the Rat (or if you’re Disney, you deem it the Year of the Mouse) and at Disney California Adventure celebrations will be under way to bring a familiar roster of entertainment, food, and merchandise to commemorate the cherished holiday. Traditionally celebrated within Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, the event this year also promises the return of the popular Festival Marketplaces with a host of unique eats and treats.
Save Save Save
Everyone loves a good discount and today Disneyland confirmed a bunch of discounts for kids, So-Cal residents, and even on the hotels. That means if you’re looking forward to experiencing all the new offerings coming in the next few weeks — including the new STAR WARS: RISE OF THE RESISTANCE attraction — then you can save a little money in the process!
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Brickwork is becoming more apparent and one wall is getting ready for a sign!
You can see the Spider-Man hexagon in the concept art.
Gizmos and gadgets aplenty.
Tomorrowland entrance is still in the midst of Project Stardust enhancement.
One of the entrance walls to Tomorrowland seems to have finished refurbishment on the panels.
The wall on the north side of the entrance is still behind scaffolding.
The new stairs near Space Mountain are still not finished.
Land based FastPass seems to be going well in Tomorrowland.
Trees are still being protected in Fantasyland.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is the first stop for many at rope drop. The line shown here extended past the Milk Stand about 45 minutes after opening.
Not a bad spread in order from left to right…
- Happabore Sampler ($21) a selection of Cured Meats, Artisan Cheeses, Pickled and Preserved Rations, Crackers. Although not technically a breakfast item, you can always ask if there are any ready yet for the day.
- Blurrgfire ($7) Odwalla Lemonade, Pomegranate Juice, and Habanero-Lime.
- Takodana Quencher ($15) is not officially on the menu but you can still order the blue libation which includes Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, Blue Curacao, Simply Orange with Pineapple, Kiwi, and garnished with dried pineapple.
- Moogan Tea Gold Peak ($7) Unsweetened Tea, Chocolate Milk, Vanilla, and Cinnamon.
- Spiran Caf ($17) Peru Alto Mayo Organic Joffrey’s Coffee®, Orange Marmalade, Gosling’s 151 Rum, Vanilla Whipped Cream, and Citrus Zest.
While not for everyone, our group really enjoyed this fun and unique extra terrestrial “charcuterie” that included crispy seasoned rice sheets, a dijon-like mustard, thin slices of two types of cured meats, slices of a white cheese, a piece of olive loaf, a bowl of pickled veggies, a tangy magenta sauce, and cubes of another type of cheese.
Single Rider at Star Tours.
Around Disney California Adventure
The parks were BUSY this past weekend, the afternoon crowds in DCA in particular were pretty heavy.
Blue Sky Cellar was completely empty despite the crowds outside. It’s not a surprise that the location draws no interest considering it’s offering a preview of a land that opened more than a year ago.
Random piece of Pixar Pier concept art.
Walls are still up in front of Mission: Breakout as Red Car Trolley tracks are reportedly being re-routed.
Construction behind Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters is growing quite tall. Curious to see how they address sight-line issues here.
Around the Resort
The new elevators at Mickey and Friends look just about ready to go.
Soda machines were recently added near the elevator wells but we’re not sure if that applied on every floor. At any rate, there are not any on Donald blue level.
Visible presence of security with the raised trailers here and at Downtown Disney entrances.
When the Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures close due to crowding (as they did on Sunday) the streets in and around the resort instantly gridlock.
When there’s lines at the security screening areas a half hour before park opening, you know it’s going to be a busy day.
Only two screening stations were open at Downtown Disney so the lines were even longer.
The hotel side entrance was also quite long but did offer a No Bag Line.
Juice is still under renovation.
Gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is always a fun sight to see.
Final chance for holiday treats!
2020 Year-Branded Merchandise
As we begin a new year, the Disneyland Resort is chock-full of new must-haves that are branded with 2020 on them.
Merchandise is filling shelves around the entire Resort.
New ears are sparkly and blue.
The headband features the colorful 2020 branding.
If light-up ears are more your style they’ve got you covered.
Tons of apparel options.
Disneyland Park Life
A fun new line of merchandise celebrating the Disneyland Resort has released a slew of items.
More in Store
Star Wars X TOMS
If you’re at Curl Surf in Downtown Disney, you can pick yourself up one of several different kinds of STAR WARS X TOMS shoes. The kind folks at TOMS sent us some shoes in return for sharing it with our readers here on MouseInfo. After we got them in the mail, we couldn’t help but to take them with us straight to Batuu!
It Happens Soon
The new MAGIC HAPPENS parade that was announced at D23 Expo this year will be making its Disneyland debut on February 28, 2020! To celebrate the announcement, Disney teased two more of the upcoming floats in the parade featuring Maui from MOANA and FROZEN!
Rise of Star Tours
MouseInfo had the very special opportunity to check out the updated STAR TOURS: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE attraction at Disneyland with Disney Imagineering Creative Executive Tom Fitzgerald. The attraction is sporting new destinations to locales seen in the new STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER which lands in theaters officially today and he was happy to talk about what it took to bring the newest version to life.
Quack, Quack, Quack!
ANAHEIM DUCKS DAY is back again and it’s landing at Disney California Adventure on January 8! Anaheim’s hockey team spreads some Disney magic with meet and greets, hockey-themed activities, photo opportunities, special decor and more.
Dark Days Ahead
Disneyland After Dark is back once more for early 2020 bringing FOUR different opportunities to rock the night away in special after-hours parks experiences at the happiest place on earth. Each event will offer a different theme complemented by unique entertainment, specialty food, collectible merchandise and more!
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.
- Spring 2020 Discounts for for tickets and hotels: Disneyland Resort. Through 5/21/20. (MORE INFO)
- 2020 US Military discounts for tickets and hotels; Disneyland, Walt Disney World. Through 2020. (MORE INFO)
- Canadian Resident discount for multi-day tickets: Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. Through 2/7/20. (MORE INFO)
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