With less than three months until the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a lot of enhancements and refurbishments are taking place around the Disneyland Resort. We’re giving you the latest updates on these changes in this photo report.
Downtown Disney District
This spring the new Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration is coming to the space that formerly held ESPN Zone. Currently, there are still no visible changes to the outside of the building.
Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes
Yet another week without an opening date for Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes. From what we can see, there is still work being done to the restaurant beyond the construction walls.
World of Disney also has a large stock of the newest Minnie Ears to hit the Disneyland Resort. These Magic Carpet Ears are one of our favorites to be released this year. You can purchase them for $27.99.
Disney California Adventure
Last week, this area across from Soarin’ Around the World was blocked off by construction walls. And now the changes behind the walls have been unveiled. Known as Grizzly Peak Refreshments, this spot is now home to newly-installed soda machines.
We love the details in the advertisements on display by the Coca-Cola machines.
Marvel Land Construction
From Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree attraction, guests can glimpse a bit of the demolition happening to the former A Bug’s Land. This space is being transformed into Marvel Land and will house a new Spider-Man attraction.
On the other side of Cars Land, by Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout, is another view of the Marvel Land construction. It looks like most of the existing structures from A Bug’s Land have been removed on this end of the Land.
We have great news! Jessie’s Critter Carousel was recently announced to be opening on Pixar Pier this April. Recently, a giant Jessie the Cowgirl statue was erected just on the other side of the construction walls. She’s now peeking at guests as they walk by, which is exciting… if not slightly creepy.
Main Street, U.S.A.
A few weeks ago, the curb along Maint Street, U.S.A. in front of Emporium was enhanced with slower inclines. And now, the curb in front of Disney Showcase has followed suit. This will help to improve access with wheelchairs, strollers, and making sure people don’t fall off the curb when it’s so crowded.
This brand new D-Tech Moana “Born to Voyage” iPhone case is available at Emporium for $24.99. We found it available in the elusive XS Max size.
Sadly, Sleeping Beauty Castle is still undergoing refurbishment. Not much appears to have changed from the outside, but we’re sure changes are happening under the scrim.
Astro Orbitor is also undergoing refurbishment. And after being removed in its entirety, the attraction is finally being reinstalled. The reopening date on Disneyland.com is set for April 5.
And Buzz Lightyear is still missing from the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters queue. This is a vital part of the queue, as Buzz gives guests information pertaining to how to successfully hit targets with blasters to rack up points.
Continuing further into Tomorrowland, we find that Space Moutain is still closed for refurbishment, too. This attraction is set to reopen March 15, after a two-and-a half-week closure.
Just to the left of Space Mountain is another area in need of some touch-ups. The Toy Story Alien decals on the windows of Pizza Planet are peeling off. Almost all of the Aliens are missing something, whether an ear, antenna, or finger.
The Tomorrowland refurbishments continue over at Autopia. A very large portion in front of the attraction is blocked off by construction walls. Our guess is that planters are being pushed back, as part of the enhancements taking place throughout the Disneyland Resort prior to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The scrim and scaffolding have finally been removed from the entrance to Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia. Despite the enhancements going on, the Mark Twain Riverboat is still open to guests who want a sail around Rivers of America.
New Orleans Square
Despite more rain in the forecast, Disneyland Park continues to face higher crowds. If this is what New Orleans Square looks like on an average weekday, we’re not sure what it’ll be like this summer.
Further into New Orleans Square, we find more Project Stardust changes taking place. The space between Haunted Mansion and Rivers of America is currently blocked off by construction walls that do not make for a pleasant sight.
It’s likely this area is being enhanced for better stroller parking, but only time will tell.
And over by Hungry Bear Restaurant, a large portion of planters are being blocked off being construction walls. This little area is where the Churros Near Splash Mountain normally resides, but it’s currently missing due to this construction. Seeing as Critter Country will contain a path to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, this area is likely undergoing enhancements to make the flow of guests more efficient.
Inside Adventureland Bazaar, Aladdin’s Other Lamp attraction is closed off behind a black curtain. We hope this hidden gem of Adventureland will be making its return soon.
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