The last week has brought with it a flurry of changes to the Disneyland Resort, both big and small. Join me as we take a look at the goings-on at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
PIXAR Pier’s Lamplight Lounge
Formerly Ariel’s Grotto, the Lamplight Lounge of the future PIXAR Pier is still very much hidden by tarps.
However, as you walk alongside the building on the way to the temporarily open Cove Bar, you will spot old vestiges of Paradise Pier, such as these tiles. With the Pixar Pier name still featuring a “P” and the sunburst staying on the new PIXAR Pal-A-Round, we guess these will remain…
Later in the week, accents that resemble the Luxo Ball were added to the corners of the building.
Popcorn buckets, souvenir sippers, and snacks! Oh my!
Those Annual Passholder-exclusive Alien popcorn buckets may still be sold out resort-wide but the Mickey Balloon premium bucket has returned and is available to everyone.
Over in Disney California Adventure, a new standard-size popcorn bucket was introduced. Just in time for PIXAR Fest, the bucket’s design features characters from Cars, Toy Story, and Inside Out.
Like the Alien popcorn bucket, the Sulley bucket is also MIA, but the accompanying Mike Wazowski sipper seems to have spread to every corner of the resort.
Spotted near the Haunted Mansion as well as in Tomorrowland, the Orange-Cream Cotton Candy is striped orange and white to resemble the titular young clownfish in Finding Nemo.
In honor of Jessie from Toy Story, several pretzel carts are now serving up the Yodeling Cowgirl Pretzel, a cinnamon dusted pretzel. You can also add a side of cream cheese dip for an additional cost to make the pretzel more cinnamon bun-like. Note: the pretzel cart in Frontierland has these as well but their sign just says “Cinnamon Pretzel.” More to the point, I guess.
Stitch gets a new home
Tomorrowlanding, the shop near The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Tomorrowland, has a new resident. It was previously housing different kinds of Star Wars merchandise, but now, it’s all about Stitch and friends from Lilo and Stitch.
The shop is stocked with plushes of Stitch and his gal pal, Angel, along with Stitch-themed clothing and accessories for everyone in the family.
The only remnants of Tomorrowlanding’s previous theme is the small carousel of Star Wars engravable leather goods and name tags, found in the front of the shop.
New merchandise sightings
A trio of small Ufufy plushes featuring Stitch, Angel, and Scrump, was found at Big Top Toys on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure. These plushes have a pineapple scent and cost $6.95 each.
The Tsum Tsum plushes released a “Retro Chic” collection (from top to bottom): Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Horace Horsecollar, and Clarabelle Cow. These can also be found at Big Top Toys on Buena Vista Street. They cost $5.99 if purchased individually or you can buy four for $4.00 each.
Wall-E necklace (Knick’s Knacks) – $19.99
Toy Story Alien necklace (Knick’s Knacks) – $19.99
Toy Story Slinky Dog necklace and earrings set (Knick’s Knacks) – $29.99
Toy Story Slinky Dog cuff bracelet (Knick’s Knacks) – $29.99
Up House necklace (Knick’s Knacks) – $19.99
Up House earrings (Knick’s Knacks) – $14.99
Up Ellie Badge necklace (Knick’s Knacks) – $14.99
Also at Knick’s Knacks in Disney California Adventure were these high socks starring the unicorn from Inside Out. Each pair costs $13.99.
Over at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District, a Buzz Lightyear Spaceship playset was spotted, recently repackaged. For $34.99, it includes figures of Buzz, Zurg, and a Zurg Robot, and has plenty of interactive features built into the set itself.
Odds and Ends
A new pressed penny machine was installed at the entrance to the Kingswell Camera Shop on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure. This one has characters from the film, Finding Dory, and like the pressed quarter machine at Port Royal Curio and Curiosities, the machine’s top panel is an animated screen. Your pressed penny options are (from left to right): Dory, Hank, and Destiny.
What’s a visit to Disneyland without a cat sighting? The cats of Disneyland are the resort’s pest control. All of these felines have received their shots and there are hidden food stations all around for them to feast on. They even have names! The most photogenic of the group is most likely Francisco (a girl cat – who knew?), who tends to hang around near Disney California Adventure’s Grizzly River Run. Next time you visit, try and see how many you can spot. And if you see Francisco, say “Hi” for me!
And with that, our photo report of the Disneyland Resort comes to a close. See you next time!