Here are the latest updates on new developments at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. For more information on visiting the Disneyland Resort, check out my Disneyland Vacation Planner.
Guardian of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! is Open
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is now open in the former Tower of Terror structure in Disney California Adventure. The new ride brings an all-new story based on the Marvel characters to the iconic tower. Park guests walk through the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure with new visual and audio effects enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation to create a variety of ride experiences. The ride is programmed to offer multiple, random and unique ride experiences in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift rocks to the beat of music inspired by the film’s popular soundtrack.
Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland in 2017
The popular Main Street Electrical Parade, first introduced in 1972, is back at Disneyland for a limited run. The Electrical Parade ran down Main Street until 1996, and then at California Adventure until 2010. It will be returning with the original opening float, a giant drum with “Disneyland Presents … Main Street Electrical Parade” spelled out in bright lights.
"Frozen - Live" Musical Premieres at Disney California Adventure
The new musical, Frozen - Live at the Hyperion, premiered May 27, 2016, at the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure. The show immerses audiences in the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa, keeping true to the movie storyline while adding all of the excitement of live theater and big dance numbers. The musical adaptation includes elaborate costumes and sets, featuring the giant doors replicated from the film. Animated scenic backdrops extend around the theatre walls, wrapping around the audience. Stunning special effects bring Elsa's freezing powers to life. Show-stopping production numbers include the elaborately choreographed coronation ball and Olaf's delightful fantasy "In summer," populated by dancing beachgoers. Olaf and Sven are seamlessly embodied by their respective puppeteers. With 107 actors playing 24 roles, you can see it over and over and never see the same combination of people on stage.
Frozen - Live at the Hyperion uses the FASTPASS system, but you'll need to arrive plenty early to get one.
World of Color Dessert Party
Disneyland Resort invited me recently to try their new World of Color Dessert Party, a new offering where you can actually sit at a table and enjoy a selection of pastries and cheeses right in the viewing area adjacent to the fountain for World of Color.
For $79 including tax and tip, it's a pricey ticket for a dessert and cheese plate, even with one alcoholic and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and cool light-up cups for the kids to take home, but as the only real option for seeing the World of Color show seated and with refreshments, it really is delightful. If you're gung-ho for the desserts, I have to say we appreciated the cheese, breadsticks and grapes more than most of the desserts, but the Mickey Mouse coconut macaroon was a hit.
Each table seats four, so if you have more or less, you may be seated with strangers if it's fully booked. They start seating people about 45 minutes before the show and people started lining up to be seated probably an hour before that. It took over half hour to get everyone to their tables so we were only seated a few minutes before the show started. It would feel like a better value if you could be seated earlier and have more time to enjoy it and didn't have to wait in line to sit. After the 22-minute World of Color show, we were told we could take as long as we wanted at the table, but they were cleaning around us and the park was closing, so you really couldn't hang out for long.
I've seen the World of Color show a number of times, and seated with drinks and food beats standing in the shower zone hands down, but for $79, they should offer dinner, because who really needs 5 desserts, even if they were great ones, which they weren't. Hopefully, they'll improve with practice.
Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters Now Open in Cars Land
Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters is now open at Disney California Adventure. The new ride features mini Italian roadsters - in the style of late 1950s micro cars - in an orchestrated Italian dance. Each car has its own routine during each song, with multiple songs, so each rider has a different experience. If you ride multiple times, you'll have different moves each time, but it's a similar experience anywhere on the floor. Unlike the hover tires that they replaced, you don't have any control over where these cars go, but they're not on a track. Watching them make their dance formations is almost as fun as riding.
Season of the Force Opens in Tomorrowland
In preparation for the new Star Wars-themed Land that will take several years to construct, Disneyland has introduced Season of the Force, a collection of Star Wars make-overs to existing Tomorrowland attractions, like Space Mountain, Star Tours and the Jedi Training Academy and the all new Star Wars Launch Bay, an exhibit of replica movie costumes and props, interactive video games and character encounters. The new attractions opened in November and December 2015.
New Star Wars Themed Land headed to Disneyland Anaheim
August 14, 2015 - Disney Parks and Resorts made a lot of announcements about new developments around the world at the Disney D23 Expo fan event in Anaheim today, including a 14 acre immersive Star Wars Land at Disneyland in Anaheim It will be the largest expansion in the park's history including multiple worlds from the Star Wars franchise. (They are also adding a Star Wars Land to Disney World, but this article is just about Disneyland.)
Two new rides in the new land will include one that puts riders into a space battle and another that puts them in the driver seat of the Millenium Falcon space ship. Every cast member in the new land, from ride operators to retail and restaurant operations will also be in character as residents of the new worlds.
While fans wait for the creation of the new Land, some existing rides will transform to help guests get in the spirit. Star Tours will visit new destinations from Star Wars VII and the Jedi Training Experience will get an update including new characters and new story lines. They will also be introducing the new Star Wars Launch Bay, a multimedia interactive exhibit where guests can interact with favorite characters and hear from the designers and directors of the latest Star Wars installments. There will also be displays of props, costumes and artwork from the films and opportunities to play new Star Wars-themed games like Star Wars Infinity.
In early 2016, Disneyland will introduce a new limited time seasonal event, Star Wars: Season of the Force. There will be character encounters, limited time themed food and merchandise and location-specific entertainment content. Space Mountain will become Hyperspace Mountain, with a new digital soundtrack and projection that will recreate the excitement of Star Wars. The seasonal event will also include a new Star Wars fireworks show set to the musical score from the movies.
Aside from the Star Wars developments, they also announced, that Soarin' Over California will transition next year to Soarin' Over the World.
The Inside Out Pre-Parade at Disney California Adventure
The main characters from Disney's movie Inside Out, the five Emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, will put in re-parade appearances at Disney California Adventure throughout the summer.
Peter Pan's Flight Re-Opened at Disneyland
Peter Pan's Flight reopened July 1 after a refurbishment of the original ride added a reimagined nursery scene and a variety of new special effects. Keep an eye out for Peter Pan's shadow.
Disney Parks and Resorts Salutes U.S. Military with Special Tickets, Room Rate
Through Dec 16, 2016, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase up to 6 Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $143 each. Disneyland tickets may be used January 3 through March 19, 2016 and April 2 through Dec 19, 2016.
Active and retired U.S. military personnel can also take advantage of specially priced rooms at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort hotels for the same dates.
Details available at disneymilitaryoffers.com
Ride Refurbishments and Show Enhancements
Peter Pan's Flight, Haunted Mansion and the Matterhorn Bobsleds have been closed for refurbishments, The latter two have reopened with new ghosts and new yetis just in time for the Diamond Celebration. Peter Pan's Flight is scheduled to reopen July 1, 2015.
New musical numbers and guest participation opportunities have been added to the Dapper Dans, the Straw Hatters in Disneyland and with Goofy, Five & Dime and Mickey and the Red Car News Boys at Disney California Adventure.
Southern California Flex Ticket Offer
Special two-day and three-day Southern California Resident tickets are available for Southern California residents to visit the Disneyland California parks. Purchase options include a two-day ticket with a choice of one park per day for $149, a two-day Park Hopper ticket for $189, a three-day ticket with a choice of one park per day for $179, or a three-day Park Hopper ticket for $219. These tickets are available through May 19, 2016, and valid through May 26, 2016. For details, visit Disneyland.com/flex