It’s decidedly ALWAYS busy at the Disneyland Resort but this weekend proved especially popular as guests poured in for the second weekend of the Disney Holidays celebration PLUS big doings for Mickey and Minnie’s 90th Birthday!
This week, we’ll recap this weekend’s biggest news including Mickey’s 90th Birthday moment on Main Street and the crazy amount of announcements made for the future of the Disney Parks (Star Wars news, entertainment in Florida, new hotels and more) before diving right in to all the goings on at the Happiest Place on Earth.
We’ll catch up on construction of the new parking structure plus take a peek at the construction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. we’ll also scope the new entrance setup at the newly reopened Matterhorn Bobsleds, drop in for the RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET preview and meet-n-greets, and take in a nice sparkly merch run for you at the end. All of this and much, much, much, much, much, much more in this park pictorial! ENJOY!
Disney Parks: Look Ahead
From new entertainment in Walt Disney World to a Mickey festival at Disneyland Resort plus STAR WARS on both coasts, there was a lot of new information shared about the future of Disney Parks this past weekend. Catch every last detail shared below:
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This weekend at Disneyland, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were joined by Disneyland Resort ambassadors, dozens of Disney characters, and a bunch of fans to celebrate a special 90th birthday moment.
MORE INFO: PICTORIAL: Disneyland celebrates #Mickey90 with special merch, eats, and entertainment
This past weekend, D23 Destination D in Orlando unveiled Disneyland’s plans for the GET YOUR EARS ON – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration that will be coming January 2019 and now we have a few more specific details about what the celebration will entail including a new nighttime projection (with fireworks) show, the return of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, a special Valentine’s Day month-long celebration, and more.
MORE INFO: MORE DETAILS: Entertainment, food, and more for #GetYourEarsOn celebration at the Disneyland Resort
Star Wars Galaxy edges closer
What’s in a name?
Disney unveiled the long-awaited names for the two new attractions that will debut with the land in 2019. Wait no longer:
MORE INFO: WATCH: Attraction names unveiled for STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE expansion
John Williams is creating original Star Wars themes exclusively for these lands, recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
MORE INFO: New STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE aerial flyover plus listen to new original John Williams music!
Around Disney California Adventure
Long lines all weekend for Mickey sippers!
Everything the light touches is California Adventure
What about that meadowy place over there?
Ralph and Vanellope are hidden in the back of Hollywood Pictures Backlot for photo-ops.
Never know who you might see!
Still not much in the way of much visible progress in “a bug’s land” removal
AP Corner has returned this year with a special VoluntEARS component that lets you write a postcard to our service members. The free amenity is a magnetic picture frame.
World of Color fountains have been spotted testing in the after-hours. Could a late Christmas comeback for the holiday version of World of Color be in the cards?
INSIDE OUT: EMOTIONAL WHIRLWIND coming soon.
Lamplight Lounge finally got its neon!
The 2018 Festival of Holidays are here and we got our chance to get our first taste of what the booth has to offer. The flavors span the continent bringing salty, sweet, and spicy combinations to tempt the palate!
MORE INFO: FIRST TASTE: 2018 ‘Festival of Holidays’ bring celebration of flavors
The holidays are a time of joy, merriment… and FOOD. We hit the Disneyland Resort to get our first taste of the new offerings at the Merriest Place on Earth!
MORE INFO: FIRST TASTE: New food options make things tasty and bright for the 2018 Disney Holidays!
Garland is here!
Something big is going on the Main Street side of the new separating wall at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
No Jingle Cruise this year but remnants of it still remain.
Are you ready for Tropical Hideaway?
MORE INFO: Disney confirms ‘Rosita’ debuting at Disneyland’s new TROPICAL HIDEAWAY
Sleeping Beauty Castle churro cart was moved, opening up the walkway considerably. A few benches were lost in the process.
LOL, this sign keeps moving. Maybe they should just move the cookie decorating to an easier to find location?
Matterhorn Bobsleds have finally reopened!
An official entrance and a new queue setup are a much welcomed modification to the area.
Place your little feet to see if you’re tall enough to encounter the big foot inside!
The newer version of ticket scanners are in place here where you insert your ticket/phone for easier scanning.
The queue now has switchbacks in front of the chalet.
The configuration of queue now (mostly) avoids the queue having to traffic jam with the exit on both sides.
Plenty of overflow but when it fills the queue does still go back towards the Tomorrowland side of the mountain.
All the single riders! All the single riders!
Ready 2 ride?
Walls are still up here.
Menu updates at the Red Rose Tavern.
BEAST’S FORBIDDEN BURGER ($14.29): Third pound Angus beef patty, crispy pancetta, caramelized onion steak, combozola-gruyere fondue sauce, cornichon aioli on a Toasted Roll with pommes frites.
ENCHANTED CRISPY SAMOSA SANDWICH ($11.29): Hand-made with roasted cauliflower, potatoes, and peas. With fried green beans, lettuce, tomato compote, vegan curry Mayo, on a toasted Onion Roll served with pommes frites.
HOLIDAY PASTRY WREATH ($5.99) at Red Rose Taverne with cranberry-raspberry compote with orange and white chocolate mousse
Plaza Inn always has serious dessert game.
Old Bill has gone off loop at the Pirates of the Caribbean and he took the cats with him. Somebody check the Mariposa Saloon?
Fireworks up-charge viewing still a thing. No snow, though.
A really cute 3D preview of RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET has debuted in Tomorrowland.
The cute new queue lamps have red and green lights.
New gingerbread arch inside “it’s a small world” Holiday
Elvis is back for the holidays.
“it’s a small world” remains our favorite low-stress way to enjoy the snow and fireworks during the Disney Holidays. You can walk up even just 5 minutes before showtime on most nights and find seating. Plus there’s projections on the facade and…
Doesn’t that warm your heart?
The Disney Holidays take place now through January 06, 2019.
MORE INFO: Find more news and info about the 2018 Disney Holidays.
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