PHOTO REPORT: Disneyland Resort 5/11/18 (Construction, Menu Changes, Merchandise, ETC.)
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Welcome to another photo report, this time covering May 7 through 11 at the Disneyland Resort. This week is full of munchies, merchandise, and even a mystery! Let’s begin in a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
If you walk to the bottom level of The Hungry Bear quick service restaurant in Critter Country, you can get a good look at the progress taking place in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, scheduled to open in 2019.
The Mystery of Critter Country’s Dry River Bed
Speaking of Critter Country, something very odd is happening to the river bed that runs from the Rivers of America to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. This first image was taken over by The Hungry Bear.
Along the side of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, you can see that, while there is some water present, the level is remarkably lower than normal.
The river bed at the attraction’s exit is dry like the one over by The Hungry Bear.
The reason for the change is unclear although I would wager it has to do with California’s current water crisis. At the height of the previous drought, the waterfall at Grizzly Peak photo spot in Disney California Adventure was turned off. This may be another example of Disney trying to conserve water.
Menu Changes and Other Food News
Guests hoping to snag a Coco jarita probably felt un poco loco when they couldn’t find the souvenir jug anywhere on the property. The item has even been taken off of menus where they were initially available, the Paradise Garden Grill in Disney California Adventure and Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland. Other PIXAR items and special menus are still available at those locations, however.
Speaking of special menus, while not advertised at its entrance, The Harbour Galley along the Rivers of America in Disneyland is still serving their Fantasmic menu, which can be found at the ordering window. The special items include Lobster Galley Chips and a Lobster Mac and Cheese Hot Dog.
Last week, we reported that the Sulley popcorn bucket was not available but currently, the item is back in stock at popcorn stands. Collectors rejoice!
We already knew about the “Share a Coke” Disney bottles that included the Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain, and Tomorrowland. We spotted this Jungle Cruise bottle over Disney California Adventure.
“Get Into Character” Collection at The Disney Dress Shop
Another interesting find at the Disney Dress Shop was a stash of leftover parasols from the recent Dapper Day Expo.
Other New Merchandise
PIXAR scrunchie two-pack of Nemo and Dory (Knick’s Knacks) – $13.99
PIXAR scrunchie two-pack of Mike and Sulley (Knick’s Knacks) – $13.99
Toy Story cosplay hair clips: Woody, Jessie, and Alien (Knick’s Knacks) – $11.99 each
Disney Emoji Best Friends pair of necklaces: Alice in Wonderland, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo (Pooh’s Corner) – $12.99
Tie-Dye Mickey and Minnie hoodies (World of Disney outdoor kiosk) – $44.99
Odds and Ends
Pirates of the Caribbean is still being refurbished and thus unavailable to guests. When it reopens, the auction scene including the famous redhead animatronic will have a new look.
Yet another of those new-fangled coin press machines with a video monitor was installed in Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure. For 80 cents, you can get a nickel with the Grizzly Peak emblem, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, or one of the Red Car Trolleys that ride through Buena Vista Street. All three designs are dated 2018.
To celebrate PIXAR Fest, the custodial CMs are creating sidewalk art of PIXAR characters. It was very impressive!
It is still spring and animal babies abound. During the week, a pair of Canadian geese lead their goslings through Frontierland. They were very interested in entering Westward Ho Trading Co. but thankfully, a friendly cast member herded them away from the door.
To end this photo report on the highest note possible, Francisco the Disneyland cat says, “See you real soon!” and “Bring some catnip next time.”