PHOTO REPORT: Downtown Disney District 5/2/19 (Parking Structure Construction, Sugarboo & Co. Updates, New Merchandise, ETC.)

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019
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It’s finally May and we are less than 30 days away from the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. In preparation for a busy summer, lots of changes are happening around the Disneyland Resort. Here are the latest happenings in the Downtown Disney District, including parking structure updates and new merchandise.

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Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

The new Park Assist has been installed on Donald, Goofy, and Mickey levels in Mickey and Friends Parking Structure. Although they are not yet in operation, these new parking guidance systems should help guests find open spots when arriving at the Disneyland Resort, especially later in the day. They’ll be lit in colors that indicate whether the spot is available or not, which hopefully expedite the parking process.

We expect installations to happen soon on Daisy, but we’re curious to see how they handle installation on Minnie, the rooftop level.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

These new screens at the end of the row will inform guests of how many parking spots are available in each row.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

And down at the bottom of the escalators at Mickey and Friends Parking, a new stroller size check location has been installed. New rules regarding the dimensions of strollers permitted in Disney Parks went into effect May 1, along with some other rules. Fliers with the new rules are being given to guests when they pay for parking.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

Speaking of parking structures, work continues to be done on the new Pixar Pals Parking Structure. More beams have been added to the staircase closest to the escalators.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

And the trees that we recently added near the escalators have been planted, making this their permanent spot.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

The roof is about halfway installed above the escalator loading zone. This part of the parking structure has progressed quickly throughout the month of April, so we expect to see it come together soon.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

In case you missed it, the new Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration exhibition is now open at the former ESPN Zone restaurant in Downtown Disney District. The exhibit is available for a limited time, so be sure to get your tickets online ASAP.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

Back in February, Disney announced that the new Sugarboo & Co. Boutique would be opening this spring in Downtown Disney. We’re about a month into spring and the store still isn’t open. However, we can hear a lot of construction going on inside the store as we walk by. Hopefully, that’s a good sign it’ll be open soon.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

The crowds at the Disneyland Resort have been a bit heavy after a couple of slow weeks in April. We’ve been seeing long lines to enter Disneyland Park at the main gate. And it looks like the entrance to take the Monorail to Disneyland has been hit with crowds too.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

Further into Downtown Disney, the new Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes restaurant is finally open after a long delay. Be sure to check out our review before you go.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

If you’d rather get something on the go than dine in, there is a quick order and pick-up window right next to the outdoor patio.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

Before heading into the Parks, we had to make a stop in World of Disney to check out new merchandise. As usual, we weren’t disappointed. This adorable Tiki Room Alex and Ani Bangle is available for $49.95. It’s double-sided, so you get twice the fun.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

Still recovering from Avengers: Endgame? Perhaps these new Pop! Funkos from the movie will put a smile on your face. We spotted Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Ant-Man, and Nebula on sale for $14.99 each.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

What better way to laugh than with a new t-shirt? We think this Slinky Dog “Abs of Steel” t-shirt is hilarious. You can pick this shirt up for $34.99.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

As well as this new Genie “Phenomenal Cosmic Powers” t-shirt, also on sale for $34.99. It’s available just in time for the new Aladdin live-action film this month.

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

Downtown Disney District Photo Report May 1 2019

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Ciara Trexler

Ciara has been an Annual Passholder of Disneyland Resort for over 18 years and previously worked as a Cast Member for the Walt Disney Travel Company. When she's not writing or visiting the Resort, she can be found traveling, binging Netflix, or cuddling with her cat.