Disneyland Resort is the first Disney park that opened. It was Walt Disney’s dream come true. One thing Walt Disney agreed with was change, he always wanted to make the parks better for guests. This includes refurbishing existing attractions, taking out the old to make way for new and constantly striving for better experiences. If you have not been to Disneyland Resort in a couple years, here are 15 must know changes.
1. Mobile-Ordering At Disneyland Resort (2018)
Mobile Ordering allows guests to pre-order and pre-pay for their food, saving time waiting in line. Mobile Ordering recently expanded through the Disneyland App and now accommodates more than 20 participating locations. Newest additions include Edelweiss Snacks, Refreshment Corner, Royal Street Veranda and Stage Door Café. Order anywhere on Disneyland Resort, even while in line for an attraction! This is a fantastic addition to guests experience at Disneyland Resort.
2. New Brickwork On Main Street USA (March 2018)
Main St USA at Disneyland went under refurbishment early 2018, it resulted in the brickwork being replaced. This was also the first time in history Disney had replaced the streetcar track. The original pieces of the track are said to be preserved elsewhere.
3. It’s Tough To Be A Bug Closed (March 19, 2018)
It’s Tough To Be A Bug closed on March 19, 2018 at Disneyland Resort. Al though, guests of Disney World can still see this classic. Disneyland Resort has announced a new Super Hero-themed land planned for guests in 2020 featuring The Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man and the Avengers.
4. A Bug’s Land Closed (September 4, 2018)
A Bug’s Land opened in 2002 at California Adventure Park. However, after a long run this land is now closed. A Bug’s Land was also closed to make way for the new Super-Hero themed land in 2020.
5. Meet & Greet With Vampirina (September 7, 2018)
Guests of Disney California Adventure park can meet & greet with the Disney Junior star, Vampirina. Find your Vampire Pal in Hollywood Land. Also, opening on 2/1/19 is the Disney Junior Dance Party, which Vampirina will also be in.
6. World Of Disney (2018)
World of Disney is the largest retail shop on site at Disney World (Disney Springs) and Disneyland Resort (Downtown Disney). The year 2018 brought a lengthy refurbishment to the store throughout the year, closing in sections until its completion. Guests will now find a more open, modern and more enjoyable shopping experience at World of Disney, with magical enhancements.
7. Pirates of The Caribbean Refurb (Summer 2018)
Pirates of the Caribbean reopened At Disneyland Park in Summer 2018, after its refurbishment to update the auction scene. The Wench scene was removed from auction. Now, the woman with Red hair is a pirate named, Redd. The auction scene now is an auction of goods, with Redd in a talking role.
8. All Marathons Cancelled (2018)
All runDisney race weekends and marathons at Disneyland Resort were cancelled starting 2018. The last even Disneyland hosted was the Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort November 9-12 (2017). There is no announcement on when Marathons will return to Disneyland Resort. Reasons stated, the level of construction for Disneyland Resort expansion will inhibit positive guests experiences. Disney will continue to offer races at: Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris and virtual race series.
9. Classic Space Mountain Returned (Summer, 2017)
In June, 2017 the classic Space Mountain returned to Disneyland. Prior to this (Since 2015) the ride has been the Hyperspace Mountain, an outer space Star Wars adventure.
10. Single Line Rider At Space Mountain (December, 2017)
Disneyland started testing out a single rider queue for their Space Mountain attraction at the end of 2017. It has so far stuck around, this makes 4 attractions with the single rider line option at Disneyland Park. For those traveling as a group, you may still use single rider line just know you are not guaranteed to ride together (otherwise use regular queue).
11. MaxPass Started (Summer, 2017)
Disneyland Resort rolled out Disney MaxPass, as an option starting Summer, 2017. Benefits include unlimited amount of digital downloads for daily Disney PhotoPass and the ease of booking Disney FASTPASS selections through the Disneyland App. Cost is $10 per day. Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders have the option to buy MaxPass at a flat rate of $75, good for the life of their passport. Signature Plus passholders will receive Disney MaxPass will receive this benefit at no cost. Guests may still obtain free FASTPASS at the kiosks for Disneyland Resort.
12. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Opened (May 27, 2017)
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opened May, 2017 for guests at the former Tower of Terror location in Disney California Adventure park. Step into the story of Guardians of the Galaxy like never before.
13. Downtown Disney District Parking Fees (Summer, 2017)
There are offers for free parking, however they involve needing to spend money at Downtown Disney. The changes started on August 16, 2017. Visitors can earn 2 hours of free parking with a $20 minimum Downtown Disney purchase and parking validation (example, quick-service restaurants or Kiosks). Visitors can earn 4 hours of free parking with an AMC theatre experience or Downtown Disney table-service restaurant plus parking validations from either option. Otherwise, fees look like this: Going over 2 or 4 hour limit will cost $12 additional per hour. However, the charges at each 1/2 hour for $6 each, visitors will have a 15-grace period before fees start.
14. Soarin’ (Summer, 2016)
The attraction Soarin’ was renamed to Soarin’ Around The World on both coasts (Disneyland Resort & Disney World) in June, 2016. Soarin’ Around the World brought new video and scenes from around the world.
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