Of all the Disney Parks around the world, Disneyland will always stand alone because it’s the first. The original. In some ways, a living time capsule. But even though the park is still home to attractions, sights, and sounds from the 1950s, Disneyland is no stranger to change and growth. In fact, the Disneyland Resort is on the cusp of a new era of expansions and experiences. To celebrate the Disneyland’s 63 years, let’s look at what’s coming to the original Disney Park and it’s companion across the Esplanade…
That’s No Moon…
It’s almost here! Next summer, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge finally opens at the Disneyland Park. While this isn’t the first time Disneyland expanded beyond the berm, Galaxy’s Edge is the largest single-themed expansion in the park’s history. Along with two attractions, Galaxy’s Edge offers a groundbreaking, interactive experience where guests live out their own story in the land. As Disneyland invented the modern theme park experience, it’s only fitting the park will be first to debut Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and usher in a whole new way to experience a themed land.
Welcome to Our Tropical Hideaway
A new restaurant is in the works for Disneyland’s Adventureland. Situated on the shore between Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise, Tropical Hideaway looks to combine both themes and offer interactions with Jungle Cruise skippers!
On June 23rd, Pixar Pier debuted at Disney California Adventure. Well… most of it. The remainder of the pier is scheduled to open in 2019 with an Inside Out Headquarters featuring an Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind attraction. Also slated for next year is Jessie’s Critter Carousel, themed after Jessie the Cowgirl’s critters from the “Woody’s Roundup” show in Toy Story 2.
Last summer Disney California Adventure rolled out their first Marvel-themed attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! The park looks to gain even more Marvel in 2020. While we don’t know much yet, Disney claims Spider-Man and the Avengers will join Starlord and the gang in a super hero universe in the park.
Uptown Hotel In Downtown Disney
In 2021, Disneyland Resort guests will have a new option for where to stay on property as work on a new hotel has just begun. Slated to replace part of Downtown Disney, guests first began to feel the effects of this new project in recent weeks as locations such as the Earl of Sandwich, Rainforest Café, ESPN Zone, and the AMC 12 Theaters closed to make way for construction. So far we know the 700-room hotel promises luxurious standards, Monorail access from the inside, and a focus on nature and water elements.
When it comes to the future of the Disneyland Resort, it’s just like Walt once said, “…we are just getting started.”