Posts Tagged ‘Disney California Adventure’

What Disneyland Rookies Should Know Before They Go

by on July 25, 2016

Fireworks Over Sleeping Beauty Castle

A few years ago, I was a Disneyland Rookie. I grew up going to Walt Disney World and knew all the tricks and shortcuts from an early age; but when I finally made the pilgrimage to the Disneyland Resort, all of my Walt Disney World prowess went out the window. I was a total Disneyland Rookie as I explored the Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, and loved every minute, but it’s taken a trip or two since that initial visit to avoid those beginner mistakes and experience the park like a pro. To give all of you fellow Disneyland Rookies a step up, here’s are What Disneyland Rookies Should Know Before They Go.

Photo - Brian McNichols

Disneyland Hotel by Brian McNichols

There Is No Wi-Fi

The struggle is real. Yes, there is currently no Wi-Fi at the Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure. Fortunately, free WiFi is offered at the Disneyland Hotel, even if you’re not a resort guest! So head over to the hotel when in need of a break, kick back in a teacup chair, and upload those pics to social media, check your email, or just check-in with the outside world for a bit. I also discovered that there are empty outlets in the lounge areas of the themed Disneyland Hotel towers if you need to charge up.

Different Layout Than Magic Kingdom

If you’re as familiar with Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom as I was during my first to the Disneyland Park, don’t make the mistake of thinking you don’t need a park map or that Pirates of the Caribbean is in Adventureland. Contrary to what many may believe, the Disneyland Park and the Magic Kingdom have very different layouts. Attractions you’re familiar with at one park may not be the same place, or the same experience, at another. Also, the Disneyland Park offers its own unique lands! In addition to Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland, the Disneyland Park also offers Mickey’s Toontown, Critter Country, and New Orleans Square. What Disneyland Rookies should know before they go is the Disneyland Resort offers its own unique offerings to experience!

Disneyland Resort offers a host of new experiences for the Disney World veteran, such as World of Color at Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland Resort offers a host of new experiences for the Disney World veteran, such as World of Color at Disney California Adventure.

Attractions Close for Weather and Nightly Entertainment

Southern California is known for its gorgeous weather, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to rainy days. As many Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure attractions are outdoors, not all can continue to operate when sunny California fails to live up to its name. The Disneyland Park attractions which may close for inclement weather are Fantasyland’s Alice in Wonderland, Mad Tea Party, and Dumbo the Flying Elephant, as well as Frontierland’s Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island (currently closed) and Toontown’s Gadget’s Go Coaster. Weather can also delay or even cancel the Disneyland Park’s parades and fireworks. High winds are also a cause for cancelled fireworks; but if the fireworks continue as scheduled, a number of attractions close down for the display, including the Disneyland Monorail.

Over at Disney California Adventure, attractions that close for weather include some Cars Land attractions and the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Also, just like at the Disneyland Park, a number of attractions close for the park’s nightly World of Color performance, particularly those on Paradise Pier like California Screamin’, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, the Golden Zephyr and Silly Symphony Swings, and even games on the Boardwalk, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, and the King Triton’s Carousel.

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Pete’s Dragon Sneak Peek to Occur at Disney Parks

by on June 24, 2016



Are you excited about the upcoming re-imagined version of Pete’s Dragon? Well, beginning on July 1, Guests at both Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get the opportunity to catch a sneak peek of this film.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests can make a stop at One Man’s Dream’s theater while while Guests at Disney California Adventure will get to see this advance look in 3D with in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater (formerly Crown Jewel Theater) in Hollywood Land. The sneak peek will last about 10 minutes.

Pete’s Dragon is the tale of an orphaned boy, named Pete and his best friend Elliot. Oh and did I mention that Elliot happens to be a dragon?

Pete’s Dragon opens in theaters on August 12.

Take a Last Flight on Soarin’ Before it Becomes Soarin’ Around the World

by on May 20, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

On June 17, Soarin will officially see its new film debut with Soarin’ Around the World, but for those who want to take their farewell flights and experience the original film one last time, you will now be able to do so!

The classic Soarin’ film will be available for Guests to experience at The Land Pavilion in Epcot for a limited time starting on May 27 through June 16. Guests may book FastPass+ reservations to experience the classic film one last time beginning May 21.

In addition, at Disney California Adventure, Soarin’ Over California will be showing now through June 15.

For those unaware, when Soarin’ Around the World official debuts will take Guests to unique locations across the globe including the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and more.

Ok, let’s review, that is seat, seatbelt, carry-on items, safety strap, fear of heights, keep your hands and arms inside at all times…anything else? Oh yeah…have a nice flight on classic Soarin’ one last time!

Soarin’ Around the World to Debut at Epcot and Disney California Adventure in June

by on April 20, 2016

Soarin' Around the World


Guests will finally be able to see the world on Soarin’ at both Epcot and Disney California Adventure.

Beginning on June 17, Soarin’ Around the World will debut giving Guests a glimpse of the Great Wall of China, Sydney Harbor in Australia, and the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The ride will immerse Guests in a multi-sensory experience with sights, sounds, and smells.

The soundtrack of the attraction will see a bit of a change that fits with the new destinations, but will still be based on the current version. There will also be a surprise ending for Guests to experience.

Here is a preview of what Guests will be able to expect with the new film:

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Alice Through The Looking Glass Sneak Preview to Occur at Disney Parks

by on April 19, 2016



You won’t want to be late! There’s a great new sequel to Alice in Wonderland called Alice Through the Looking Glass coming to theaters soon. To get you ready for the upcoming film, you’ll soon be able to catch a sneak preview of the movie at both Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Beginning May 6, for a limited time, you’ll be able to catch a preview of the upcoming film at the theater at the end of One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and for those Guests who will be visiting the west coast, they will be able to catch the 3D preview at Disney California Adventure in the Sunset Showcase Theater (formerly Crown Jewel Theater) with special in-theater effects. This sneak preview of Alice Through the Looking Glass will last for 10 minutes from May 6 through June 12.

The film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, returns Alice to the whimsical world of Underland where she travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

Time is of the essence! You won’t want to miss this preview before the clock runs out!

Are you anxious to catch Alice Through the Looking Glass which debuts in theaters on May 27?

The Jungle Book Sneak Peek to Occur at Disney Parks

by on March 3, 2016

The Jungle Book


The Jungle Book is one of my favorite movies as a child. It really spoke to me. (And also kind of scared me…but I was afraid of EVERYTHING as a kid.) So, I’m anxiously awaiting the live-action version of The Jungle Book that’s headed to theaters on April 15.

Well, beginning March 18 and for a limited time, I (and you too) will be able to catch a preview of the upcoming film at the theater at the end of One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For those Guests who will be visiting the west coast, they will be able to catch the preview at Disney California Adventure in the Bug’s Life Theater with special in-theater effects.

This sneak peek will allow Guests to get an advance look at some of the scenes from the film, as well as catch a special introduction by the film’s director, Jon Favreau.

The film is based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, The Jungle Book is an epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves.

Are you anxious to catch The Jungle Book when it swings into theaters too?



Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from Zootopia Coming to Disney Parks

by on March 2, 2016



Are you excited about Zootopia? Well soon Guests will be able to see Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps at both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort in two unique experiences this spring.

For Guests visiting Disneyland, they will be able to find the duo on Hollywood Boulevard at Disney California Adventure.

At Walt Disney World, head to the Magic Kingdom where you’ll be able to catch the pair in the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party on Main Street U.S.A.

For those who are unaware, in the film Zootopia, Judy Hopps is a rookie rabbit police officer who is force to team up with the fast-talking con-artist fox Nick Wild. The two are attempting to crack a mysterious case that is affecting the citizens of their modern mammal metropolis.

Zootopia opens this Friday, March 4!

Characters from Finding Dory to Appear in Turtle Talk with Crush

by on March 2, 2016

Turtle Talk with Crush

©Rikki Niblett

Dude! Look at all the humans in the Human Tank! Soon, Crush won’t be the only sea creature from Finding Nemo to appear in the window of the Human Tank. Beginning in late spring, at Turtle Talk with Crush in both Epcot in The Seas with Nemo and Friends and in Disney California Adventure at the Animation Academy, Crush will be joined by some brand new friends from the upcoming film, Finding Dory.

Guests will soon be able to meet Destiny, the wale shark, Bailey, the beluga whale, and Hank the septopus. (Hank only has seven legs!) Guests will also be able to see some of their favorites from Finding Nemo too, including Squirt, Marlin, and even Nemo.

These new characters will be swimming into the attraction beginning early May. Finding Dory enters theaters on June 17, 2016.

The Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns to Epcot and Disneyland

by on February 12, 2016



It’s almost that time again. It’s almost time to celebrate Easter in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. For the past few years, Disney has rolled out a special Easter egg hunt which allows guests to search around either Disneyland Resort or the Walt Disney World Resort, trying to find eggs that are uniquely designed to look like Disney characters. This year, the fun will take place at Epcot in Walt Disney World and at Disney California Adventure, Disneyland, and new for 2016, Downtown Disney in Disneyland Resort. Guests will be able to participate in this egg-cellent from March 2-27 (or while supplies last.)

Here’s how it will work: Guests will be able to purchase a map for $5.95, plus tax. With each map stickers are provided that match up with the actual character-themed eggs that can be found in each of the the parks (or Downtown Disney.)  Guests are then able to search via the map’s general locations and when an actual egg is found, the Guest will then place the character egg sticker on the map where the was located. Once all the eggs have been discovered, Guests should return their map to the redemption station for a fun prize.

Here’s a glimpse of what the maps will look like:

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever January 14, 2016: 48 Hours at Disneyland Resort

by on January 14, 2016

I’ve just had a bittersweet Best Week Ever, because I took a weekend away from my usual Orlando assignments to say adieu to some old friends in Anaheim. January 10th marked the last day for a number of Disneyland attractions before Star Wars Land construction commences. Some, like the Railroad and Rivers of America will return next year in an altered form; others, like the Big Thunder Ranch petting zoo, are gone for good. I’ll be covering the closing of these attraction in detail over the coming days, but for this Best Week Ever I want to stash the sayonaras; instead, lets focus on some other experiences I was able to enjoy around the rest of the resort during my 24 hours in Disneyland.

My trip was largely made possible by a ludicrously low airfare ($159 round trip!) I found on Frontier. While I was delighted to get such a cheap seat between MCO and LAX, the airline makes their money back through sky-high baggage fees and some of the least comfortable seating in the sky.

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