Disneyland Resort is an undeniable beehive of activity with construction, refurbishment, and projects buzzing around just about every corner of the property.
From on-going projects and refurbishments at classics like Dumbo and “it’s a small world” to the new construction at the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land and re-design of the upcoming Pixar Pier, there’s a lot happening as the resort prepares for a busy Spring Bring season, busier summer, and gears up towards a VERY BUSY 2019 when all the buzz from a galaxy far, far away comes to Anaheim.
Other projects on-going include the a new parking structure, redesign of the massive World of Disney store, the Main Street track work for the horsedrawn street cars… and it’s also the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival season! It’s a lot to take in.
Of course, we’ll have a merchandise run for you with an emphasis on the amping up of the celebration for Mickey’s 90th Anniversary this year. All of this and much much more in our latest pictorial. ENJOY!
Pixar Pier unveils more details
Pixar Pier opens at Disney California Adventure park June 23, 2018. Disney unveiled a bunch of new details this week.
So many strollers!
Jessie’s Critter Carousel
King Triton’s Carousel is finally closed and will become Jessie’s Critter Carousel which will feature 56 adorable friends, choosing from a turtle, snake, buzzard, armadillo, bunny, deer, raccoon, ram, skunk and two cozy logs inhabited by a family of owls.
Figures are still there for now.
The HOT DOG HUT will be re-themed as Angry Dogs featuring Anger from INSIDE OUT.
Don Tomas Turkey Legs will be changing into a Poultry Palace vending location named after fast food chicken restaurant that you might remember from the Toy Story short SMALL FRY.
Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
Señor Buzz Churros
Treasures in Paradise will become Knick Knacks and should be reopening this Friday along with the Cove Bar. New openings in the construction walls allow entrance into the shop which is still undergoing exterior work.
The new Lamplight Lounge is well underway but the former Cove Bar space will return to function this weekend and remain open until May before going down again for its transformation.
Toy Story Mania
New paint scheme on Toy Story Mania coming along. We should expect to see the “Midway” dropped from its name by this summer.
California Screamin’ continues its transformation into the Incredicoaster.
Mickey’s Fun Wheel
It’s unclear if the name will be changing as Mickey’s face is staying but the individual gondolas will be themed to Pixar characters. The wheel is currently in process of turning into its new teal color scheme.
More Pixar Pier
Fades continue to be stripped away so that new ones can be applied.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Cocina Cucamonga’s new menu
Cocina Cucamonga finally got a new menu that, instead of imitating a very tired menu still served at Rancho del Zocalo, brings some new life into the Pacific Wharf.
Torta Ahogada Al Pastor is served with Cilantro-Lime Rice. $12.99. Quite tasty, very flavorful. It does have some heat so if you’re not a fan of spicy foods this might not be the dish for you. It is served with a creamy (although pretty bland) crema that helps cut the heat. We ordered an extra side of the crema and found that to be a wise choice.
The Cocina Bowl includes choice of meat (Carne Asada, Pollo, Pork Al Pastor, or vegetarian Papas) and is served with Cilantro-Lime Rice, Black Beans, Corn, Lettuce, Onions, Cilantro and Cotija Cheese. $12.49. It’s very good but the portion was WAY too small for the $12.49 price tag. The incredients didn’t seem particularly premium enough to warrant the cost. Still, the dish was quite tasty and definitely pretty to look at!
Ensalada de Fruita for $5.99. The fruit we had was surprisingly ripe and flavorful. The pineapple fresh and juicy. The watermelon crisp and sweet. There was two slices of each. Plus two slices of cucumber and jicama. There was a single slice of Mango and one other fuir that we weren’t able to identify. It was a super satisfying fresh snack topped with chamoy sauce, tajin, and included a lemon wedge to keep the juices flowing.
Food & Wine, get in line
The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is well under way and lines continue to grow. Check out our previous pictorial highlighting several of this year’s offerings.
MORE INFO: PICTORIAL: Get a taste of everything going on for the 2018 Disney California Food and Wine Festival
Around Disney California Adventure
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail has reopened.
Padding around the area seems to have been recently replaced.
Signs appear to have been refreshed.
Walls still dominate Main Street as work wraps up on the track work for the Horsedrawn Streetcars.
Sleeping Beauty Castle is still missing many of its decorative gold finials and details.
First day of Spring is next week but Disneyland is already well under way with the season.
Queue work continues at “it’s a small world” for its new queue structure. This work will also entail a new parade gate.
Snakes? You’re on your own!
Walls have gone up around part of the queue for Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. It seems expanded seating areas are a theme this year and the undeniable popularity of Red Rose Tavern would definitely indicate the need. Meanwhile, Dumbo is still getting its full refurb and new queue structure.
Splash Mountain is getting some extensive flume work.
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Goofy’s Glaciers are down.
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Around the Resort
Thew new Parking Structure near Mickey & Friends is starting to see some serious developments.
Last weekend the tram route and loading stations were changed.
If you want to walk to the parks you now walk partially on the old tram route.
Busy Sunday! Or better known as… Sunday at Disneyland.
No Splitsville for us this weekend. But we’ve enjoyed it several times now since opening!
MORE INFO: PICTORIAL: Splitsville Luxury Lanes soft opens at Downtown Disney, fantastic eats, retro treats
Black Tap and Ballast Point continue to move along towards opening.
Naples expansion is also well under way.
World of Disney is also being redesigned and refreshed.
You can now get the AP logo embroidered on park wearables.
This Disney Afternoon Merch!!!!!
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