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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 2

by on September 1, 2017

Sooooo, you’re heading to Disneyland Resort for Labor Day and beyond — or you’re considering it — and you’re wondering what you’re in for. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s get to this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

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This week kicks off with a holiday weekend — Labor Day — and things start with a bang (or starting pistol, if you prefer), as the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is already in full swing! There are races both Saturday and Sunday morning, and the runner’s expo continues throughout the weekend at the Disneyland Hotel.

With the holiday and the races, you can expect larger crowds than typical for this time of year. They aren’t oppressive, but it will be significantly different on the weekend than the rest of the week from a crowd standpoint. You can get more detail on the crowds below.

Also, we’ve been telling you about the Summer of Heroes at Disney’s California Adventure for quite some time now and it’s still going on, but it is nearing the end of its run, with just a couple of weeks remaining. If you want to experience it, start making plans now. Check out Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of August 26

by on August 25, 2017

Hey all, it’s once again time to look towards the week ahead and see what’s going on at Disneyland Resort. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Last week, Space Mountain went down for its Ghost Galaxy overlay, and this week, it’s the Haunted Mansion‘s turn as it prepares for Haunted Mansion Holiday. Its last day of operation this week is Sunday, August 27.

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The end of this week marks the kickoff of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend! Races start on Friday morning, but the event begins with the runner’s expo on Thursday at the Disneyland Hotel.

For those of you that are staying at Disney hotels, there’s still a little bit of time left to take advantage of the extra hour at the end of the night at Disney’s California Adventure to give you more time to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. You’ll be able to use this on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, but the promotion ends at that time. Also, we’ve been telling you about the Summer of Heroes at Disney’s California Adventure for quite some time now and it’s still going on, but it is nearing the end of its run. After this week, you’ll have a couple of weeks left before it goes away, so if you want to experience it, start making plans now. Check out Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.

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Force Friday II Is Coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World

by on August 24, 2017

Force Friday

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Do you feel that? It’s the force….Force Friday that is, and it’s coming soon! Force Friday II is going to be a merchandise event that will be held at both Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and at Downtown Disney at Disneyland. During the event, new Star Wars themed merchandise will be released. This will be the very first time you can get your hands on Star Wars: The Last Jedi themed merchandise, including unique products found only at Disney Parks.  Items will include apparel, pins, toys, retail MagicBands, Vinylmation, and more. The event will take place on September 1 beginning at 12:01 a.m.

 

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Force Friday II will take place at the World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District
. This is a free event, however, you must register to get to attend. Registration will be accepted only on DisneyParksMerchandise.com beginning August 24 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific) / 2:00 p.m. (Eastern). Once registered, guests will receive additional instructions via email. Doors open for the event at 12:01 a.m. on September 1.

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Disneyland’s Cafe Orleans Offering Fantasmic! Dining Package

by on August 7, 2017

Cafe Orleans Fantasmic Dining Package

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Fantasmic! just returned at Disneyland and with the fervor to see the show, the Fantasmic! Dining Package may be a good way to do it. But while River Belle Terrace is under refurbishment, Guests can make dining package reservations at Cafe Orleans beginning August 15. These packages are available for Guests to purchase from September 5 through November 16.

The Cafe Orleans Fantasmic! Dining Package include one three course meal including an appetizer, entree, and dessert, as well as a voucher for the Fantasmic! reserved viewing area. Pricing is as follows:

  • $45.00 – Adult
  • $25.00 – Children (ages 3-9)

Dining package reservations are available from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

For reservations for the Cafe Orleans Fantasmic! Dining Package, call 714-781-DINE.

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8 Things We Love About Disneyland’s New Rivers of America and Frontierland Expansion

by on August 3, 2017

In January 2016, Disneyland’s Rivers of America, train, and chunks of Frontierland closed to be chopped and/or reconfigured to make room for a huge Star Wars expansion. It was a long year and a half without all these wonderful and classic attractions, but we all managed to survive. Last week, all the attractions that closed last year have now reopened. While you can make an argument that the old/longer Rivers of America was better, or that you miss Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, and so on, there’s no denying that there’s a lot of great parts with the new additions. Here’s 8 things we love about Disneyland’s new Rivers of America and Frontierland expansion.

#8: No Duck Poop On Anything

Hey, I get it. Animals poop. But over the years the ducks covered the Rivers of America’s props and things with so much poop that some of them were turning white. For example, look at this Native America boy and his dog on a log–they’re so clean now! Along the river you’ll also see moose, deer, birds, and other animals and scenery. All of them are sparkling and look fantastic.

#7: Disneyland Railroad’s New Left Turn

Disney hyped up the fact that the Disneyland Railroad, for the first time ever, makes a LEFT turn while circling around Disneyland. It’s as impressive as you would imagine. If you can’t wait to experience it yourself, skip to the 1:28 mark in the video embedded above.

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Disneyland’s Galactic Grill Offering Late Night Menu

by on July 26, 2017

Galactic Grill Late Night Menu

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You know that feeling you get when you’re touring in a theme park later in the evening and you all the sudden get hungry? You want more than a bucket of popcorn or a turkey leg, but all the restaurants are closed. What are you supposed to do?

Well, Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland at Disneyland has your answer! They are introducing a late night menu. (Which, let me tell you….is genius!) Items that will be offered include:

  • Micron Burger – A mini-double slider with American cheese, house sauce, pickle and caramelized onions
  • Meteor Potato Bites – Loaded potato bites topped with chopped ground beef, caramelized onions, house sauce and sharp cheddar cheese sauce
  • Sweet or Spicy Star Clusters – A waffle bowl filled with crispy chicken bites over blue cheese coleslaw and pickle chips; choose sweet chili or buffalo sauce
  • Little Dippers – French toast sticks served with salted caramel and strawberry sauces
  • Lunar Space-Adilla – A quesadilla with pepper jack cheese, Ortega chilies, chicken breast and chipotle-ranch sauce
  • Kid’s Power Pack with a banana, sliced apples, baby carrots, cheese crackers, yogurt smoothie and choice of milk or water
  • Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
  • Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Strawberry Fruit Bar

These offerings will be available at Galactic Grill from 9:00 p.m. until park close.

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Expands for 2017

by on July 17, 2017

It may be July, but it’s time to start thinking about the spookiest time of the year – Halloween. Everything pumpkin will be here before we know it, once again. And this year, Disneyland Resort will be growing its Halloween offerings!

Announced over the weekend at the D23 Expo, Cars Land at Disney California Adventure will be celebrating Haul-O-Ween. Here, Scary the Scarecar will stand guard over the entrance to Route 66. Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz, Red and DJ will all be dressed up for the occasion as a super hero, a “van-pire,” a pirate, a clown and a punk rocker. In addition, the citizens of Radiator Springs will be decorating their homes to celebrate the season. Visit Fillmore’s Jack-Oil Lanterns, Flo’s Spider-Car, Witchy Miss Lizzie’s shop, and the Cozy Cone will be dressed up in car-stumes! The land will truly turn to Radiator Screams!

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New Pixar Fun Coming to Disneyland Resort

by on July 17, 2017

Disneyland Resort will soon be getting lots of Pixar love.

First things first, at Disney California Adventure, Paradise Pier will become Pixar Pier as more of the Pixar stories join Toy Story Midway Mania in 2018.

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This retheming will feature a brand-new look for the area. Guests will discover new neighborhoods filled with characters from The Incredibles, Inside Out and Toy Story.

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Official Name for Star Wars Land

by on July 15, 2017

Star Wars Land has been announced previously for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but we didn’t know what these lands would actually be called. That is until today.

Both Star Wars lands will officially be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a remote trading post found on the edge of wild space.

These new lands will feature two major attractions that will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Both the attractions, as well as the land itself, will offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe like never before. The story will truly come alive for guests who visit.

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One attraction will make you feel like you’re on a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bay. It will be built on a scale that hasn’t been done before.

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Pirates of the Caribbean to See Updated Auction Scene

by on June 29, 2017

Today, the Disney Parks Blog was discussing the new changes at Disneyland Paris’ Pirates of the Caribbean, but they also shared a tiny tidbit of information about the status of one particular scene at both U.S. versions of the attraction.

The famous auction scene will be seeing an update. Currently, the scene showcases the auctioneer pirate who is attempting to auction off a bride, however soon all that will be changing. Instead, Guests will see the redhead touting a gun, as she has joined the pirates ranks. In addition, now the townspeople will be seen unloading valuables and auctioning those off instead.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean Auction Scene

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Both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland‘s versions will be going under the knife to receive this particular change. While no date has officially been announced for when these changes will actually be occurring, Disney did mention in the article that the updates would be done during scheduled refurbishments that are set to take place in 2018.

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