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Disneyland Article
Here Is What Is New At Disneyland This Summer Besides Star Wars

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Arizona Republic
Scott Craven
June 07, 2019
June 11, 2019
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Not long after Disneyland revealed plans to build a Star Wars-themed area, visions of large and ominous crowds hovered over fans like the Death Star.

But now that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has opened, those expectations have been blown to smithereens.

The new Star Wars land is drawing healthy but not overwhelming crowds (kept in check by a reservations system) and Disneyland is seeing uncommonly short lines for most of its attractions.

Waits for such E-ticket rides as Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion and Matterhorn Bobsleds are hovering in the 20- to 30-minute range, half of what is expected for this time of year. Lines for Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and Pirates of the Caribbean are even shorter.

Best time to visit?

Visitors have been sharing photos of an uncrowded Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle unobstructed by the usual throngs.

In short, this might be one of the best times to visit Disneyland as most guests focus on a galaxy far far away.

Park officials said this is how they expected it to go. They noted that Galaxy's Edge increased Disneyland's space by roughly 20 percent, and would siphon a proportionate amount of visitors.

It's difficult to predict what may happen when the reservation system disappears on June 24 and Galaxy's Edge is open on a first-come, first-served basis. If crowds become unwieldy, visitors must join a virtual queue via a Disney app and wait their turn to enter.

More improvements at the park

Even with all eyes on Galaxy's Edge, the park has not ignored new enhancements, renovations and events.

It starts with Sleeping Beauty Castle itself. The iconic Fantasyland fortress recently underwent a major refurbishment with vibrantly colored bricks and shimmering blue turrets.

The castle's improved curb appeal is among the changes either completed, underway or planned at Disneyland as well as California Adventure.

Even Downtown Disney is evolving, recently welcoming a new restaurant as well as a pop-up, Instagram-worthy photo op featuring Mickey Mouse.

Here’s what’s been happening as all eyes have focused on the Force.

Disneyland 2019 new and notable

Project Stardust: Bringing wider walkways, more shade and a lush hideaway, this was the project responsible for so many construction walls around the park in the past few months. Some of the work is obvious, such as the addition of the Tropical Hideaway in Adventureland, where guests can relax and enjoy island-themed food and drink. Other changes are more subtle, from leveling of curbs to narrowing of planters, all in the name of improved traffic flow.

“Disneyland Forever” fireworks show: It's not new, having debuted in 2015 to celebrate the park’s 60th anniversary. But it's considered among Disneyland's best, most imaginative pyrotechnic displays, with fire, lasers and 3D projection mapping. It returns June 7.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway: Though it won’t open until 2022, this dark ride (also debuting in spring 2020 at Walt Disney World in Florida) will allow guests to step through a movie screen and into a Mickey Mouse cartoon. The attraction is a much-needed addition to Toontown, which was getting a little flat.

California Adventure 2019 new and notable

Jessie’s Critter Carousel: The recently opened merry-go-round in Pixar Pier features a menagerie of fantastic beasts inspired by “Toy Story.”

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind: When the ride opens early this summer, it will look familiar for good reason: It was once Flik's Flyers from the late, not-so-great Bug’s Land. The cars, representing the emotions depicted in Pixar’s “Inside Out” movie, spin in a way that creates just enough centrifugal force to be fun rather than scary for little ones.

Mickey’s PhilHarmagic: Blending music, animation and 3D effects, the attraction allows Donald Duck to take center stage as he careens through classic Disney musical sequences.

“Tale of the Lion King” live show: Opening June 7, “Tale” features 18 performers who sing, dance and drum their way through the epic tale that unfolds on the big screen in July. The show will be held at Palisades Stage in front of the lagoon outside Pixar Pier.

Spider-Man ride: With Galaxy’s Edge open, this now is the most anticipated attraction under construction. Disney has revealed few details, only that it will employ never-before-seen technology that endows guests with certain superhero abilities. Web-slinging, perhaps? It's part of a new Marvel-themed superhero land, replacing a A Bug’s Land, now just a splat on the windshield of Disney history.

Downtown Disney 2019 new and notable

Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes: The burgers are solid, but the Crazy Shakes are getting all the attention. The New York-based eatery has several wild concoctions, such as the Cotton Candy (with pink lollipop, rock candy and pastel chocolates) and the Sour Power (sour gummy bears, Nerds and Pixy Stix powder).

Ballast Point: Recently opened in the heart of Downtown Disney, the San Diego brewery brings its craft beers to Anaheim.

Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration: This limited-time attraction, housed inside the former ESPN Zone, hosts a variety of Instagrammable backgrounds dedicated to Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Tickets start at $30.
Attractions Referenced

Finding Nemo: Submarine Voyage

Haunted Mansion

Matterhorn Bobsleds

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Pirates Of The Caribbean

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Splash Mountain

Triton Gardens

Restaurants Referenced

Tropical Hideway

Lands Referenced



Main Street U.S.A.

Star Wars Galaxys Edge

Toon Town

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