PHOTO REPORT: Disneyland Resort 12/23/18 (Construction Updates, The Tropical Hideaway, and New Merchandise)

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The end of 2018 is near, but the Disneyland Resort continues to thrive. We’re bringing you the latest updates, including what’s going on with the new parking structure and other resort construction. We’ll also take a look at the opening of the Tropical Hideaway.

Parking Structures and Downtown Disney

disneyland resort star wars galaxy's edge construction

disneyland resort star wars galaxy's edge construction

The view from Mickey and Friends parking structure provides a lot of insight into the major resort construction taking place. As you can see, not much looks different from this view of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. But from an aerial perspective, the Land is coming together in time for its Summer 2019 debut.

Progress over at the new parking structure is very visible. The escalators look like a new addition and it appears there will be three that descend from the structure to the loading area, much like the existing escalators.

disneyland resort mickey and friends parking structure construction

disneyland resort mickey and friends parking structure construction

disneyland resort mickey and friends parking structure construction

Over at the Downtown Disney District, not much has changed with the construction taking place at Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes.

disneyland resort downtown disney black tap craft bugers and shakes construction

However, Ballast Point is still coming along little by little.

disneyland resort downtown disney ballast point construction wetzel pretzel

disneyland resort downtown disney ballast point construction

disneyland resort downtown disney ballast point construction

disneyland resort downtown disney ballast point construction

The reopening of the refurbished Wetzel’s Pretzels gives hope that Ballast Point will be opening soon in 2019.

disneyland resort downtown disney ballast point construction wetzel pretzel

disneyland resort downtown disney wetzel pretzel

disneyland resort downtown disney wetzel pretzel

disneyland resort downtown disney wetzel pretzel

Disneyland Park

Over at Disneyland, lots of exciting things are happening. First and foremost, the happiest place on earth just received a new restaurant: The Tropical Hideaway.

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Adventureland has been in need of a new addition and we predict this restaurant is going to be a huge hit among guests. It features a fun new menu with items never seen at the Disneyland Resort before. The atmosphere and the food make for a perfect Instagram shot!

After a summer and fall refurbishment, Matterhorn has debuted a fresh look. We love the new, colorful, and organized entrance of this attraction.

Disneyland resort matterhorn attraction new entrance

Nearby, the construction by Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage has been completed and reveals a wider walkway. Previously this spot was taken over by a rock facade. But now Disney has removed the facade, allowing for more guests to walk past the beautiful blue water.

disneyland resort finding nemo submarine voyage

disneyland resort finding nemo submarine voyage

Construction walls have gone up outside of Star Tours-The Adventures Continue. Any guesses on whether they’re widening the walkway or perhaps creating a new Fast Pass queue?

disneyland resort star wars star tours construction

Disney California Adventure Park

While everyone is busy eating and drinking at the Festival of Holidays, guests might not notice that something has changed on Pixar Pier. Previously, there were four Pier billboards that featured the movies Up, Wall-E, Finding Dory, and Coco. Now, it looks as through Up’s billboard has been removed, with the other three still remain.

disney california adventure pixar pier billboard

New Merchandise

If you’re a Disney pin collector, you won’t want to miss these new additions. We spotted a new Dinoco pin and a new D initial pin, both retailing at $9.99. Also coming in at that price point is a new Mickey Mouse pin, which matches the new line of Mouseketeer merchandise over at World of Disney.

disneyland resort mickey mouse pin prices

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disneyland resort mickey mouse pin

disneyland resort pin

disneyland resort mickey mouse pin

If you have a bit more money to spend, then you can purchase this new pin featuring Mickey Mouse and Sleeping Beauty Castle. It retails at $12.99. If you want to celebrate the new ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ movie, you can treat yourself to this adorable pin set for $14.99.

disneyland resort mickey mouse pin sleeping beauty castle pin

disneyland resort mickey mouse pin

disneyland resort mary poppins returns pin

disneyland resort mickey mouse pin

If pins aren’t your thing, then you will find plenty of new key chains at the Emporium on Main Street. These four additions are adorable and will only cost you $9.99. The Dole Whip is likely to be a favorite among guests.

disneyland resort keychains prices

disneyland resort keychains

disneyland resort keychains

disneyland resort keychains

disneyland resort keychains

Over at World of Disney in Downtown Disney, you’ll find these new ears celebrating Mickey’s 90th birthday. They cost $27.99 and feature a removable bow that can be worn as a bow tie.

disneyland resort mickey 90th birthday celebration ears

disneyland resort mickey 90th birthday celebration ears

disneyland resort mickey 90th birthday celebration ears

Thanks for tagging along as we update you on the latest happenings at the Disneyland Resort. Be sure to check out our Instagram page for more photos and updates.

About the author

Ciara Trexler

Ciara is a copywriter and coffee enthusiast. She's been an Annual Passholder of Disneyland for over 18 years and previously worked as a Cast Member. When she's not writing or visiting the Resort, she can be found traveling, knitting, or cuddling up with her cat.