Construction all around the Disneyland Resort continues as the happiest place on earth prepares for a banner year next year with the opening of the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. More pressing is construction in preparation for goings on this year including the transformation of Paradise Pier into Pixar Pier. More concept art and artwork has debuted on refurb walls in the area confirming some more of what we can expect to see later this year.
Construction and refurbishments continue at both parks including Grizzly River Run, Splash Mountain, Dumbo, and more. Meanwhile, Main Street continues to be half-covered in construction walls as the tracks are replaced. Downtown Disney continues to also be a hotspot of its own as preparations are underway for new locations to reopen this year.
Disney is also celebrating Minnie’s Rock the Dots so we’ll have a look at the dotty merch all around plus a full roundup for a regular merch run. All of this and more in our latest pictorial. ENJOY!
New signage finally debuted on the refurb walls at Pixar Pier bearing the newly updated logo.
The original logo featured the familiar Pixar ball positioned in a way that had many feeling the new addition was perhaps a bit more phallic than originally intended. The logo was removed from the walls within a day and eventually replaced with the above design that is the same but without the ball.
#PixarPier logo though! 😍 pic.twitter.com/SuuEXMEIxX
— MorganFigge (@MorganFigge) January 12, 2018
You can see the PP icon incorporated into the design above, as well.
Looks like the concept art here has seen quite a few changes since Disney first unveiled it last year.
Concept art revealed below at the D23 Expo features a Pixar Pals Theater (now shown as a Pixar Promenade facade). A minor change can also be seen with Bing Bong’s Confectionary which apparently will now be called Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff. The new artwork also seems to show a band in outfits similar to the Tokyo Disney Sea Pixar Playtime entertainment.
From the pixar pier concept art band costume look like pixar playtime ver. tokyo disneysea band@MouseInfo pic.twitter.com/ZoiHHPp2Ci
— umi (@disneyocean) January 20, 2018
Some more concept art, this one showing the new Incredibles neighborhood.
A closer look here shows the Scream Cam apparently replaced by a new cookie vending location with Jack Jack. It would appear a new waterfall is coming to block the Toy Story retheme of King Triton’s Carousel.
Are you excited for Pixar Pier? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Work continues all across the land.
Pixar Fun Wheel is getting some scaffolding.
Toy Story Midway Mania remains open amidst its exterior refurbishment.
Walls are now up on both buildings here as work moves on on their updates.
Looks like Cove Bar dining area is still being used as overflow for Toy Story Midway Mania queue while its normal extended queue is behind walls.
That creepy mansion on the river is back once again to its normal foreboding self. Gotta love the classic Haunted Mansion!
The forgotten space port on Batuu continues gaining dimension…
Still on the quest to have a complete set of Galaxy’s Edge trading cards!
Around Disney California Adventure
Looks like new lockers are coming to Buena Vista Street.
The great locker swap out has started. Disney (and other parks – common problem with GoPod) had lots of theft and crime from people looking over sholders while entering their PIN, hope the new ones are better. pic.twitter.com/9IvTeA1Ll2
— hastin (@hastin) January 21, 2018
A WRINKLE IN TIME will be the next preview coming to the Sunset Showcase Theater.
Liked the way the morning sunlight was hitting this people-free spot. Looks right out of the early part of the last century, like you might see some newsies hawking their papes around the bend.
Beer Garden work continues. Word on the street is that the area is being expanded and reworked to be more inviting from the main walkway.
With so many refurbs going on around DCA, the park crowd levels were quite light in the morning.
Beautification in progress.
Looks like new railings are being put in.
Kind of amazing that such natural beauty is right in the middle of Anaheim.
Disneyland is a little busier than Disney California Adventure…
Track replacement continues on Main Street, USA.
The Main Street vehicles are not running while the track replacement is going on but the vehicles are still brought out so you can admire them and even take a photo in the driver’s seat!
The peaks of Batuu shooting up over the wild frontier.
There’s a lot of work going on near “it’s a small world.”
The location of the queue will be moved – along with other enhancements, including a new parade route entrance and stroller area – allowing guests to travel through “it’s a small world” Mall with greater ease.
The slightly adjusted parade route will make room for the attraction’s new queue, creating more space in the area.
“it’s a small world” Holiday will close on January 22 and “it’s a small world” will reopen on February 2.
The changes are expected to complete in spring, when Pixar Play Parade will step off the new parade route entrance during Pixar Fest, beginning April 13.
Not many people in Critter Country without Splash Mountain operating.
Ready for Mardi Gras?
The wifi statues blend in pretty well.
Dumbo’s also getting a new queue with a shade structure to help make the wait for the enchanted flights a little more bearable.
Attraction posters from around the world for the Dumbo attraction are on display.
Space Mountain Single Rider seems to work pretty smoothly. Waited less than five minutes to board! Simply go through the attraction EXIT and get a Single Rider pass from a Cast Member then proceed straight through to the exit following signage to the Single Rider queue.
Lightspeed came to a halt after we took our picture. Standard E-stop it would seem. Got to sit and admire the rainbow lights until the work lights came on and we manually ferried back to the station.
Have you ever been stuck on Space Mountain? Or another Disney attraction?
Around the Resort
Construction continues as Disneyland prepares for construction on the new parking structure on top of the current Pinocchio Parking Lot at Mickey and Friends.
Splitsville opening getting closer and closer. No official date announced yet.
Not much visible progress yet on the former Build-a-Bear, D-Street, and Ridemakerz locations.
Looks like the much-needed re-working of the dining area in front of Napolini is finally happening.
Tulip time is one of the best at the Disneyland Resort.
World of Disney remodeling
Starting in mid-February, World of Disney will begin undergoing a phase-by-phase redesign. A similar re-do is going on at World of Disney at Disney Springs in Florida. According to Disney, “When the interior redesign work is completed, guests will discover the products they love from Disney Parks in a dynamic and distinctly Disney retail environment.”
Here’s a few pics of the current interiors. View the gallery for even more.
Minnie’s Rock the Dots
In celebration of Polka Dot day every year, Disney promotes Minnie Rock the Dots in celebration of everyone’s favorite mousey fashionista. This year, on January 22, Minnie Mouse will be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California in celebration of her 90th anniversary. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, they gave her a send-off to send her on her way to Hollywood for the big event.
Meanwhile, there’s a whole bunch of merch prominently on display around the Resort to help you get into the spirit…
Even the tiniest fashionistas can get in on the dotty fun.
Minnie’s not the only mouse with a bunch of options to purchase.
Have you picked up a pair of these yet?
Cute Mickey keepsake boxes.
New notepad sets.
New Star Wars wearables at THE DRESS SHOP.
A really pretty Disneyland design available, too.
Some other favorites.
AP Popcorn Refills Return
In case you missed it in our pictorial last week, the newest version of the Annual Passholder exclusive refillable popcorn bucket program has returned and offers unlimited $1 refills through March 1, 2018. The bucket costs $15 and includes popcorn on purchase. Flavored popcorn is not included in this offer. You must present a valid AP at time of purchase. The buckets will be on sale until February 4 or until supplies last. There’s two designs available, one at Disneyland popcorn locations and the other at Disney California Adventure popcorn locations.
So-Cal Ticket Offers
Disneyland Resort is once again offering its spring ticket offer for Southern California residents. Although we’ve yet to see the return of the cherished 2fer of days past, the offer this year is for 2 and 3-day tickets only. The SoCal Resident Ticket Offer this year includes…
More Info: GET MORE HAPPY: Disneyland’s SoCal Resident Ticket Offer returns for 2018
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