Posts Tagged ‘Disney California Adventure’

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.

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.

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 Planning for Walt Disney World Veterans – Part 3

by on December 18, 2017

Hopefully, by this point, you’ve read the first couple of articles in this Disneyland planning series and have got the broad aspects of your trip mapped out. Just in case, here they are:

Since you’re going to Disneyland, though, it probably makes sense to know where to devote your precious time, right? Read on to learn what attractions are the “must-dos,” which are skippable, and to pick up a few extra tips and tricks to help you make the most of your trip!

Must-Dos

Obviously, Disneyland has several unique attractions unavailable at Walt Disney World that every Walt Disney World vet should try (subject to your own tolerance for thrill rides, etc., of course). Also, even though there is overlap between the attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, they are not always the same, and there are a few instances where the Disneyland version of an attraction is CLEARLY better and also make the “must” list:

  • Radiator Springs Racers — There are several instances at Disneyland where Disney has taken a ride system that exists at Walt Disney World but created a better experience. Radiator Springs Racers, which uses the same ride system as Test Track, is a great example of this. It is a next-gen experience, with a great story, fantastic animatronics, and some moderate thrills. It is a true “can’t miss” for a Disneyland visit.

 

  • Pirates of the Caribbean — In just about any discussion comparing Disneyland and Walt Disney World, someone is guaranteed to point out that Disneyland’s version of Pirates is better. Simply stated, this is correct, and unlike some attractions like Big Thunder and Haunted Mansion, where you could viably make a case for either park’s version, there really isn’t a debate to be had here. Of the folks I know that have done both, I literally can’t think of anyone that prefers the far shorter Orlando version. The concept is the same, but if you like the World’s version, there’s more of that to love out west. For those with small kids, it does have two drops that are much larger than the little launch drop in Orlando, one of which is entirely in the dark. You’re not likely to get more than a spritzing of water and no one would confuse Pirates with a a thrill ride, but worth noting just the same.

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Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Returns for 2018

by on December 7, 2017

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Exciting news for those who love the festivals that take place at Disney California Adventure! The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will be returning and this year, will be expanded. The festival, which is a celebration of California, will take place from March 2 through April 12 for its third season.

During the event, Guests will be able to enjoy delicious cuisine and specialty beverages courtesy of more than a dozen Festival Marketplaces. In addition, there will also be great entertainment offerings, as well as presentations and demonstrations with celebrity chefs such as Robert Irvine and Alex Guarnaschelli; food and beverage tastings; winemaker dinners; beer, wine and spirit seminars, and more.

New experiences for this year’s event will include the Disney Family of Wines Dinner. There will also be returning favorites like the Winemaker or Brewmaster Dinners or Sweet Sundays, and the Junior Chef experience for children ages 3-11.

Stay tuned to the blog for more details about what you can expect during the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

Disney California Adventure to Celebrate Lunar New Year

by on November 21, 2017

Lunar New Year

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Once again, Disney California Adventure will be offering fun Lunar New Year events in celebration of the Year of the Dog. This year’s festivities will last even longer than ever, as the celebration has been expanded to 24 days and will include incredible food, live entertainment, and more.  Plus, you’ll want to be on the lookout for Disney Characters dressed in traditional garb! During Lunar New Year, Guests will be able to stroll beneath strings of ornamental lanterns and banners wishing guests a Happy Lunar New Year in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, pay a visit to the Lucky Wishing Wall. and see artwork courtesy of local artisans!

This year’s event will include:

  • Hurry Home, a nighttime water show celebrating Lunar New Year Celebration on Paradise Bay. This heartwarming tale plays out across a captivating mist screen and features Mulan, Mushu and their friend, a little lantern. During the show, Guests will be able to watch the little lantern’s quest to reunite with family during their annual gathering to celebrate good fortune for the upcoming year. The story is told with 2 distinctive styles of animation, while fountains and light effects dance along to tell the tale. A moving musical score that was originally created for the opening ceremony of Shanghai Disney Resort by award-winning composer Tan Dun will also accompanies this breathtaking show.
  • Disney characters such as Mulan and Mushu, along with Mickey Mouse and his pals, all dressed up for the occasion. Goofy will even be dressed as the God of Good Fortune
  • Specialty Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill
  • Commemorative merchandise featuring designs inspired by the different cultures of East Asia including items all the way from Shanghai Disney Resort such as traditional red envelopes for gift-giving, Mickey Mouse plush, Minnie Mouse snow globes and a limited-edition pin. There will also be items featuring special Lunar New Year designs, including adult tees and hoodies.
  • Lucky Wishing Wall – a space where you can add your own wish
  • The festive Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession. Here Guests will be able to catch a magical march honoring the Lunar New Year, family and friendship.  Mulan and Mushu welcome all to witness a spellbinding spectacle for the senses. The procession will also feature performers that will flow gracefully through the streets.

Lunar New Year will take place from January 26 through February 18.

Menus for the Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure

by on November 10, 2017

Disney Festival of Holidays

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The Disney Festival of Holidays is returning once again to Disney California Adventure and it is bringing a ton of great new food and beverage options courtesy of Festive Food Markets and Disney ¡Viva Navidad!. These booths are similar to what Guests experience during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, but these options all have a holiday flare to them.

This year, there are 12 different marketplaces during the Disney Festival of Holidays that are found throughout. In addition, there are a few other unique options for Disney ¡Viva Navidad!. Here’s a look at what you can expect!

Chips, Breads & Holiday Spreads

  • Chicken Liver Paté with cherry jam and pistachios
  • Cranberry-Pear Tart with rosemary-infused cream
  • White Chocolate-Dipped Lingonberry Speculoos Cookie
  • Chorizo Queso Fundido with house-made tortilla chips

Making Spirits Bright

  • White Cranberry, Pear and Blood Orange Mimosa Flight (Also sold individually)
  • White Wine Flight with Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand; Fess Parker Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County; and Bertenura Moscato, Italy (Kosher) (Also sold individually)
  • Red Wine Flight with Castle Rock Pinot Noir, Reserve, Russian River Valley; Joel Gott Zinfandel, California; and Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County (Also sold individually)
  • Chandon Sparkling Wine, Brut, California
  • Red & White Rotational Wine Selection

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The Holidays Are Here at Disneyland Resort

by on November 3, 2017

Disneyland Holidays

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November 10 kicks off the official holiday season at the Disneyland Resort and it’s the most festive time of the year! This year, there’s going to be some fun new additions mixed in with the standby favorites.

First, this year will mark the debut of new seasonal transformations in Cars Land! Due to the success of Haul-o-ween, Mater and Luigi have put a holiday spin on their attractions. In addition, there will be new delicious eats and great new merchandise, and Disney characters in their holiday finest. Here’s what you can expect:

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  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle features shimmering icicles and more than 50,000 twinkling LED lights. Oh and you don’t want to miss the fireworks spectacular “Believe … in Holiday Magic” as it features a magical snowfall finale
  • The “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade will return with daily performances. The parade will feature favorite Disney characters who will join Santa Claus to spread holiday cheer along with marching tin soldiers, gingerbread cookies, dazzling floats and lively holiday music.
  • Guests can meet Santa at his special location in Critter County
  • There will be a gigantic  60-foot Christmas tree with nearly 1,800 ornaments that will welcome guests to Main Street, U.S.A.
  • “it’s a small world” has been transformed into “it’s a small world” Holiday to celebrate children around the world and the holiday traditions of their countries. FastPass will be available for this attraction.
  • Of course, you don’t want to miss Haunted Mansion Holiday which celebrates the collision between Christmas and Halloween with Jack Skellington and his friends from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

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Details on Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure

by on November 2, 2017

Back in July at the D23 Expo, Disney released information that Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure would be changing into Pixar Pier. There really weren’t a lot of details released at the time about the change over, just that there would be a brand-new look for the area and that Guests will discover new neighborhoods filled with characters from The Incredibles, Inside Out and Toy Story.

Today, Disney shared a little more about their vision of what Pixar Pier would really mean. In Pixar Pier, which is going to be a permanent land, Guests will experience Pixar stories and characters in incredible new ways. As a new land, Pixar Pier will introduce four whimsical neighborhoods where guests step into beloved stories.

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Details on Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort

by on October 26, 2017

Back during the D23 Expo, many things were announced for the various Disney Resorts, but one very small mention was made for something called Pixar Fest that would be occurring at Disneyland Resort next year. Today, we finally learned a few details about what this celebration will bring.

Pixar Fest will kick off on April 13, 2018 and it will be a limited-time event that will feature the debut of an all-new fireworks spectacular and the return of two favorite parades. Guests will also be able to experience new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and new merchandise items. And yes, there will be Pixar characters too.

Pixar Fest

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The new fireworks spectacular will be called Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular. The show will take place at Disneyland park and it will feature dazzling pyrotechnics and memorable music, all tied together to celebrate the theme of friendship. Guests are invited to embark on an emotional journey that starts when unlikely Pixar characters first meet. The story then moves along as they set out on adventures and overcome obstacles together and celebrates the friendships forged by beloved Pixar pals. The story will come to life via projections on iconic park locations: Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. Oh and you haven’t seen anything until you see Buzz Lightyear in a special flyover over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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