It was a soggy weekend at the Disneyland Resort as a brief bout of sprinkles befell the land off and on. Despite the damper on the festivities, the resort continues to be a-buzz with activity in just about every corner of the property.
Star Wars themed land construction continues to see rapid vertical construction that will soon block visibility into the land as show buildings reach towards the horizon.
Meanwhile, there was more galactic fun as Disneyland celebrated Star Wars Day with a small selection of May the Fourth Be With You offerings including red and blue churro “lightsabers”, special photo-ops, and special merchandise.
Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy lit up box offices this weekend with the release of the VOL 2 sequel and the attraction inches closer to its debut at the end of the month. New finishing touches continue to arrive as tests of the attraction are on-going.
Plus, we’ll take a look at newly-refilled Rivers of America, newly-returned Snow White Grotto, and a merchandise run at the end. All of this and more in our latest pictorial update! ENJOY!
AP Perk: $1 Popcorn Refills Return
The Annual Passholder Exclusive Popcorn Bucket refill program is back once again. You must purchase the $15 bucket and between now and July 30, 2017 you can get unlimited $1 refills of popcorn! Although it looks similar to the previous AP Days popcorn bucket, the design IS new and you cannot use the previous bucket for the refills during this new promotion.
Tie Fighter popcorn buckets are still available.
Star Wars Land
You can see the new train tracks for the Disneyland Railroad are already starting to get laid as alien rockwork springs up around them.
A peek into the parade warehouse reveals Main Street Electrical Parade and A Christmas Fantasy Parade!
The Rivers of America have been filled once more!
Meanwhile the Big Thunder Trail continues to scurry along to reopen access to Fantasyland once more.
Let there be lights!
Meanwhile, Tom Sawyer Island continues to move along, finalizing touches before accepting guests once more later this year.
Dead Men Tell No Tales, I hear.
Walls are down around the Sailing Ship Columbia and she’s out of dry dock once more.
A peek inside (through the rain)!
Fly, Peter! Or I guess… Jack?
Word on the street is that the return of Fantasmic! this summer will see the Peter Pan scene replaced. Other rumors abound for changes to the show including Rapunzel replacing Snow White in the iconic princess segment.
Disney has also officially confirmed that guests will find Mickey Mouse in more scenes than ever before, and they’ll discover new roles for Genie from “Aladdin,” “Tangled,” and “The Lion King.”
Speaking of Fantasmic!, there’s all sorts of related bric-a-brac as the show continues through its rehearsals.
There’s only 19 more days before Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT makes its debut at Disney California Adventure!
The movie just came out this week but the ride’s not ready quite yet!
Signage has returned to the entrance marking the Standby and FastPass lines.
A new chandelier over the entrance.
Through the rain, I could hear Rocket Raccoon screaming through the open elevator doors.
Attraction Premiere Party
Anticipating a major galactic response to the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT attraction, Disney announced that they will be hosting a separately ticketed Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Galactic Premiere Party. The party takes place Friday, May 26 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM and access will set you back $150 per person. What all is included? See below to find out!
Star Lord and Gamora
As a special surprise, the meet n’ greet characters of Star Lord and Gamora made an appearance for a big group photo during a GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 soundtrack release party at Downtown Disney. The duo will be greeting guests this summer as part of the SUMMER OF HEROES.
Summer of Heroes
The big Summer of Heroes marketing push launches on May 27, 2017 and lasts through September 10, 2017. The campaign will celebrate the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT and include dance parties, character meet and greets, and more.
Around Disney California Adventure
Tower of Terror was removed from signage on the Red Car Trolley.
The stop now says “Sunset Blvd.”
The Disney Junior channel is getting some new representation at Disney California Adventure this summer with the new Disney Junior Dance Party. Out is the staged puppet show and in its place is a “musically infused, interactive concert format that involves guests directly in the experience.”
Oops, old logo on the sign.
Posters referencing the Tower of Terror have also been removed from the Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe.
May the Fourth Be With You
We’re painting the churros red, we’re painting the churros red. We dare not stop or waste a drop, so let the paint be spread. In celebration of Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You) Disney is selling red and blue dusted churros to resemble Lightsabers. They are merely colored and unlike the “Gold Churros” that debuted in celebration of Pirates of the Caribbean, these do not have a different flavor.
May the Fourth Be With You photo-op setup.
Special May the Fourth Be With You merchandise.
Star Wars Launch Bay ready for all your Star Wars celebration needs.
Meanwhile, there’s only 24 days left to experience Hyperspace Mountain before it closes and is returned to the classic Space Mountain.
Snow White Grotto has finally reopened!
Fishes are positioned and ready.
It looks like the Wishing Well did not get a whole lot of attention.
She could use some attention.
Matterhorn is back and as popular as ever. Lines are also longer now that FastPass has been introduced.
Lines to get a FastPass are super long!
Walls are still up, presumably around where the new machines will go.
In the meanwhile, temporary machines are available.
The MiceChat Gumball Rally was going on this weekend, too!
New FastPass scanners have shown up at the entrance to the Haunted Mansion.
Indiana Jones Adventure is closed for refurbishment.
The exit path is blocked off.
FastPass signs are turned around.
Adventure continues Spring 2017!
A bunch of sweets and treats for spring.
New Krispy Treats for the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Don’t Call it Reserved Fireworks Viewing
Short of calling it reserved fireworks viewing, Disney announced a new up-charge Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience which includes a boxed treat and access for two hours to the upper level of Tomorrowland’s former Innoventions attraction offering an elevated view of the park’s fireworks.
Around the Resort
Info Booth is now being used as a Disneyland Guided Tours Kiosk.
Some people don’t know how to read.
Pacer car for 2017 Tinker Bell Half Marathon is parked in Downtown Disney.
Did you catch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 yet?
Splitsville continues along with its early stages of construction.
Jerrod Maruyama has some new Main Street Electrical Parade merch released at Wonderground Gallery.
Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise.
This jacket is adorable. The hood completes the look with the tail on the back.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales merchandise.
Cute designs on some new posters.
This delights and terrifies me at the same time.
You can still get yourself a Shrunken Ned.
These are also available and amazingly awesome.
Frozen perfume actually smells kinda nice!
Adorable Minnie dress.
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