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Guests Can Now Meet Black Panther at Disney California Adventure

by on February 19, 2018

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Did you see Black Panther this weekend? It seems like pretty much everyone did. At least that I talk to. Well now, at Disney California Adventure, Guests will have the opportunity to meet the king from Wakanda! Black Panther has now arrived and can be found in the Hollywood Backlot area of the park flanked by his Royal Guards, the Dora Milaje.

Guests looking to meet additional Marvel heroes at Disney California Adventure can also meet Spider-Man and Captain America, also both in the Hollywood Land section of the park.

No word on just how long this meet and greet opportunity will take place, so if you’re going to be visiting the Disneyland Resort any time soon, make sure you experience this meet and greet.

Disneyland Preview — Week of February 17

by on February 16, 2018

This week Disneyland sees its Lunar New Year Celebration wrap up, and bigger crowds for the President’s Day weekend. Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

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There’s nothing special planned for the occasion as far as we’ve aware, but this weekend is President’s Day Weekend, and you can expect larger crowds as folks come in to take advantage of the long weekend. The highest crowds should be on Sunday and Monday, but check out our Crowd Calendar for more details.

Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year celebration concludes this weekend at Disney’s California Adventure — if you’d like to check it out, the last day is Sunday the 18th.  You can expect:

  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a parade that will run several times a day in the Paradise Pier area;
  • Hurry Home nighttime water show at Paradise Bay featuring Mulan and Mushu (which is a pre-show to World of Color);
  • Disney characters in special Lunar New Year attire;
  • Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill;
  • The Lucky Wishing Well; and,
  • Special food, drink and decor.

For more information about the Lunar New Year celebration, check out Rikki’s preview, or Disney’s event page for daily event schedules.

Finally, Disneyland Resort is currently showing a Sneak Peek of A Wrinkle in Time. The preview will be shown in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater.

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Paint the Night Will Include a New Parade Float

by on February 11, 2018

It was announced a few months back that the Paint the Night parade would be returning to Disney California Adventure. In addition to segments showcasing Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Cars, it was announced that a new Pixar story will join parade! We now know what that story will be and we have a glimpse as to what the float will look like.

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While Paint the Night will debut during Pixar Fest on April 13, this new float, themed after The Incredibles will be added in June. This new float will feature Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone and will bring all of the fun and excitement of the Incredibles’ world to life. In addition, innovative visual technology will also bring Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack to life.

Stay tuned to the blog for more information about Paint the Night and the new float.

Pixar Pier to Open This Summer at Disney California Adventure

by on February 11, 2018

The D23 Expo Japan took place this evening and we got a few new details about Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure. The main thing is its opening date, which is June 23.

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This reimagined land will feature four whimsical neighborhoods representing beloved Pixar stories with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise. Guests will enter Pixar Pier through a new marquee, pictured above, which will be topped by the iconic Pixar lamp later in the year.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of February 10, 2018

by on February 9, 2018

This week Disneyland hosts Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, and the continuation of the Lunar New Year Celebration. Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

While nothing official has been announced as yet, Tuesday is Mardi Gras, and Disneyland traditionally ramps up the bayou-themed festivities at New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park. If history holds true, you can expect special music, entertainment, and character greeting opportunities, in addition to limited-edition food and drink like the Mardi Gras Mickey beignets that you can already pick up.

Wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Disneyland? In addition to the love that is always in the air at the parks, be on the lookout for special treats at snack carts and Valentine’s menus for the occasion at Disneyland restaurants, such as Blue Bayou, Napa Rose, Steakhouse 55, Carnation Café, and Storytellers Café.

Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year celebration continues this week at Disney’s California Adventure. In addition to special food and drinks, there will be traditional ornamental lanterns and banners adorning the park. There are several special events and opportunities to experience, including:

  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a parade that will run several times a day in the Paradise Pier area;
  • Hurry Home nighttime water show at Paradise Bay featuring Mulan and Mushu (which is a pre-show to World of Color);
  • Disney characters in special Lunar New Year attire;
  • Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill; and,
  • The Lucky Wishing Well.

For more information about the Lunar New Year celebration, check out Rikki’s preview, or Disney’s event page for daily event schedules.

Also, Disneyland Resort is currently showing a Sneak Peek of A Wrinkle in Time. The preview will be shown in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater.

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A Wrinkle in Time Sneak Preview Coming to Disney Parks

by on February 8, 2018

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Are you anxious for the upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time? Beginning tomorrow, you’ll be able to catch a sneak preview of the upcoming movie based off the book by Madeleine L’Engle at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort.

At Walt Disney World, the preview will be taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios inside the theater in the new Walt Disney Presents. (Formerly One Man’s Dream.) In addition to the special sneak peek, Guests will also be able to view a display of costumes used in the production of the film.

Moving over to the Disneyland Resort, Guests at Disney California Adventure will get to see this advance look at scenes from A Wrinkle in Time in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.

A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters on March 9.

Disneyland Preview — Week of February 3, 2018

by on February 2, 2018

This week brings football, the Lunar New Year Celebration, and the start of a new sneak preview of an upcoming Disney movie. Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

You may have heard that the NFL’s Championship Game is this Sunday, and you might be wondering whether there’s anything going on in the parks for the occasion. The short answer is “not really,” but if you’d like to watch the game while you’re there, ESPN Zone will be showing the game and hosting a special event. The price of $75 for adults or $25 for children entitles you to a prix fixe menu, a souvenir cup, and a 4-hour play card for the games in the Sports Arena (which need not be used that day). The event runs from 2-8 p.m.

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Disneyland Preview– Week of January 27, 2018

by on January 26, 2018

Disneyland’s Lunar New Year celebration is upon us!  Between that, (mostly) low crowds and (mostly) pleasant weather, it’s a great week to visit.  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

The Year of the Dog is upon us, and Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year celebration is now officially underway at Disney’s California Adventure. You can of course expect special food and drinks, and there will be traditional ornamental lanterns and banners decorating the park. Additionally there are several special events and opportunities to experience, including:

  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a parade that will run several times a day in the Paradise Pier area;
  • Hurry Home nighttime water show at Paradise Bay featuring Mulan and Mushu (basically a pre-show* to World of Color);
  • Disney characters in special Lunar New Year attire;
  • Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill; and,
  • The Lucky Wishing Well.

For more information about the Lunar New Year celebration, check out Rikki’s preview, or Disney’s event page for daily event schedules.

 

Crowds

As is common this time of year, we’ll see low to modest crowds most of the week, with slightly higher crowds on the weekend.  Saturday is the only day with above average crowds, and Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to be very pleasant 2-level crowds.

Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of January 20, 2018

by on January 19, 2018

A week of very low crowds, pleasant weather, and the kickoff to Disneyland’s Lunar New Year celebration!  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

While much of the week will be business as usual at Disneyland Resort, Friday the 26th kicks off the Lunar New Year celebration, as California Adventure welcomes the Year of the Dog. In addition to special food and drinks, and traditional ornamental lanterns and banners to set the celebratory mood, there will be several special events and opportunities to experience, including:

  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a parade that will run several times a day in the Paradise Pier area;
  • Hurry Home nighttime water show at Paradise Bay featuring Mulan and Mushu (temporarily taking the place of World of Color);
  • Disney characters in special Lunar New Year attire;
  • Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill; and,
  • The Lucky Wishing Well.

For more information about the Lunar New Year celebration, check out Rikki’s preview, or Disney’s event page for daily event schedules.

 

Crowds

Crowds will be very manageable this week, making it a fantastic time for a visit.  The highest crowds will be on Saturday when they are at a level 5, but most days this week you will see level 2 crowds.

Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of January 13, 2018

by on January 12, 2018

This week presents two wildly different experiences — busy holiday weekend, followed by some of the lowest crowds you’ll see all year. Also, the first Disneyland After Dark is this week!  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

In large part, this is a “regular” week at Disneyland. The holidays are over, no festivals are running, and operations are more or less normal.  With that said, Disney is doing its first “Disneyland After Dark” after-hours event this week on Thursday, January 18.  It is a hard-ticket event (i.e., your regular park tickets or Annual Passes will not get you in), and it costs $95 per person.  The event runs from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., though your ticket will get you admission to the park as early as 6:00 p.m.

This first installment will be “Throwback Nite” (making it very appropriate that it’s being held on a Thursday), and it will have a 1950s/1960s theme. Guests are encouraged to dress the part (think: Dapper Day). There will be jazz and swing music, special photo opportunities (along with unlimited PhotoPass downloads), characters, and exclusive food and drinks. Also, you’ll be able to see the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks show, which first ran in 1958, that you can typically only see on New Year’s Eve. You can find more details here and here. As this goes to press, there are still tickets available, but we nevertheless recommend getting tickets sooner than later if you’re sure you’d like to attend.

Crowds

Crowds are high for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, but drop off sharply immediately thereafter.  Seven and eight level crowds for the weekend, and nothing higher than a three the rest of the week.

Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.

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