We are back to Disneyland Park today! With the holidays ending and Rise of the Resistance opening in a little bit over a week, come look at the changes occurring inside Disneyland, including a roaming R2-D2 droid active in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
We arrived at Disneyland resort around 11:00 am today, and there was a little bit of a wait to get into the park.
It took about five minutes to get close to the ticket scan.
Main Street, U.S.A
Disneyland’s new guide map features everyone’s favorite wookiee, Chewbacca.
The Main Street Strawhatters are a group of brass and string playing fellows who entertain guests on Main Street, U.S.A. You can catch them playing classic old-timey tunes throughout the day.
The Christmas decor is now down on Main Street.
Minnie was out in her classic red polka-dotted dress meeting with guests in front of the Opera House today.
Donald Duck was found on the other side of the Opera House signing autographs.
Goofy casually walked through Main Street, U.S.A.
The Main Street Vehicles were out inviting guests to take a ride.
Main Street Station had almost no one in line for the train today.
Pluto was near the Emporium, taking photos with guests.
The Disneyland Fire Department had no visitors inside it when we passed by today. The light is still lit in Walt’s apartment on the second floor.
Inside the Emporium, all the Christmas decorations were also down.
Central Plaza had a lot of people walking through. With no parade currently playing, we don’t see people lining up on the sidewalks anymore.
Even though crowds have been dying down, Star Tours is still offering the Single Rider queue to guests. The stand-by line was at a 30-minute wait around 11:30.
On the other side of Tomorrowland, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters was a 20-minute wait.
The entrance wall on this side of Tomorrowland is not completed yet. We hope to see it finished soon.
Star Wars Launch Bay didn’t have too many people entering today.
There is some pretty cool art being sold at the shop at the end of the Launch Bay, including a Journey into Imagination poster, Peoplemover poster, House of the Future sign, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea poster.
Operational hours for Star Wars Launch Bay are from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, so make sure you plan accordingly.
The line for the digital touchscreen FastPass kiosks was a little long today.
The construction for the emergency exit ramp is still underway on Space Mountain.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage had a 25-minute wait today.
This is one of my favorite views in the whole park.
The Matterhorn was a 30-minute wait around noon.
“For your safety, remain seated with your seat belts fastened, keeping your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the bobsled.”
“it’s a small world” is under refurbishment to tear away Christmas and bring it back to its normal state.
The Fantasyland Theater was closed today.
Mickey’s busy mixing up some new colors.
Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, was a 20-minute wait around noon.
Monstro, the whale, was waiting for some visitors.
Over in Toontown, Christmas is still very much alive.
The decorations have yet to come down.
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin was a 20-minute wait around 12:05 pm. Remember always to check the FastPass return time because, in this case, you can get a FastPass and immediately enter the ride.
To meet the Mouse himself, it was only 15 minutes.
Pluto was also found by the Camera Shop in Mickey’s Toontown, taking photos with guests today.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
As we prepare for Rise of the Resistance to open on January 17th, Cast Member Previews have started.
R2-D2 could be seen roaming Star-Wars: Galaxy’s Edge today. We saw him a little bit a few days ago, but since then, he has been out almost every day.
He was sensing a message from these two Batuuians today.
Splash Mountian was looking good on this cloudy day.
The Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes remain closed during the week.
The Sailing Ship Columbia was out all day as the Mark Twain Riverboat is under refurbishment.
At the Harbour Gallery, tarps are hung around the gated area as work is occurring on the Mark Twain Riverboat.
New Orleans Square
The Jambalaya Jazz Band was out in New Orleans Square, playing some excellent tunes.
Pirates of the Carribean was a 15-minute wait around 2 pm.
Guests are enjoying the last of Haunted Mansion Holiday before it goes down for refurbishment on January 21st.
While there is no exact timeline for the Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye refurbishment, we are assuming this attraction will close soon.
Crowds were dense in Adventureland.
The holiday tree that sat above the stroller parking in Adventureland is gone.
Tropical Hideaway had no line today!
Over at Pioneer Mercantile in Frontierland, Pecos Bill welcomed us in.
An alebrije display has been placed in the store. There is a Dante and Monkey alebrije available for $39.99.
While Christmas merchandise has disappeared from many stores in the park, you can find all your needs in the Pioneer Mercantile.
The screen in Pioneer Mercantile that displays western related Disney cartoons has not been operational the past few days. Today we were able to catch a quick look at Pecos Bill!
The Shooting Exposition still had a holiday wreath strung from the top. Over the next few days, we can assume the rest of the Christmas Decorations will disappear.