Close up view of DCA from Paradise Pier

PHOTO REPORT: Disneyland Resort 5/31/22 (Patriotic Food Reviews, Paradise Pier Hotel Update, Boba Fett, Fantasmic!, and Fireworks)

Hey there, hi there, ho there! We headed down to the Disneyland Resort to catch Fantasmic! again, and spent the day exploring the parks and even a hotel. So join us for this most recent photo report from the Happiest Place on Earth.

Disney California Adventure

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We started our day with a little shopping, as always. This Moana doll is the newest in the Disney Designer Collection.

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With the start of Pride Month, the Pride merch is in full swing. And this rainbow Stitch plush is the newest addition to the collection.

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We also found a jersey for kids to celebrate their love of Marvel.

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And for adults, this beautiful dress is inspired by Jessica Rabbit.

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Or, for the accessory-focused, this new collection of Dooney & Bourke bags features The Rescuers.

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After all that shopping, we were ready for breakfast. The Chorizo Breakfast Burrito from the Cappuccino Cart hit the spot. You can watch our full video review on our YouTube channel, or by clicking on the video below:

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While dining on the pier, we saw Disney janitorial Cast Members hard at work cleaning Paradise Bay.

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And we could also see Spider-Man swinging through the air from this vantage point.

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Of course, this made us want to head to Avengers Campus right after breakfast. We ran into Scarlet Witch straight away.

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What a beautiful day for a park visit.

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It sure was hot, however. A trip down the splashing falls of Grizzly River Run wouldn’t go amiss in this heat.

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Mr. Potato Head has been unveiled once again after being behind curtains off and on for the last few weeks.

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We spotted some new construction walls here by the bay, though we’re unsure exactly what is being done inside.

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The walls have come down from the front archway of The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Some walls still remain closer to the attraction entrance, however.

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Just down the road, more walls have gone up at the former Seaside Souvenirs.

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We say former because although the signs on the construction walls still show the name of the souvenir stand, the verbiage has been removed from the large billboards on both sides of the shop.

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Cast Members could be seen here planning for the project that is underway. A new entrance to the park will be opened here to accommodate guests coming from Disney’s Paradise Pier hotel.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

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We decided to head over to Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel to take a look around before many of the changes in theme begin. The hotel is set to be rethemed to Pixar art in the near future.

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The classic Surfer Goofy statue is due to be replaced with the retheme, but he is still standing and smiling for now.

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There’s not really a whole lot of theming to replace at the hotel in the common areas, but the Surfside Lounge does have a bit more than other areas.

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While we were in Mickey in Paradise, we noticed a new series of Collectabuilds Park Pals has come to the shop.

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With construction ongoing as the pool was recently refurbished, there are still construction walls up, and they have some super cute artwork.

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All of these porthole characters are taken from the 1937 short, “Hawaiian Holiday.” Goofy can be seen hunting a menacing crab.

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Pluto also tangled with the crab in the cartoon.

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Minnie danced the hula while Mickey, who is not pictured here, played the guitar.

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The two sea life creatures that aggravated Pluto on his vacation get their own window.

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And finally, Donald is relaxing on his floating horse.

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The theming of the hotel may be scarce, but the wall art is beautiful in the hotel. Here in the stairway are framed sketches from the “Hawaiian Holiday” short.

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Up on level 3, chairs are arranged for firework viewing.

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One of the last remnants of the original aesthetic of the hotel also showcases the original design of Disney’s California Adventure. This billboard can be found above the emergency exit doors below the pool deck.

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The Sand Bar, the poolside bar at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, is closed.

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From the 15th floor, we get a fantastic, if obstructed, view of Disney California Adventure.

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Cars Land and Pixar Pier are the only areas in view from the guest hallway area.

Disneyland

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Heading back into the parks, it’s time for Disneyland.

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It’s a warm summer day, and we are ready for a cool, sweet treat. This Rocket Soda is definitely a choice, but not necessarily something we’d choose again. You can watch our full review on YouTube, or by clicking on the video below:

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And we didn’t stop there. We had to pair the Rocket Soda with the Rocket Sundae, which was far more enjoyable and something we will definitely return for. You can watch our full review on YouTube, or by clicking on the video below:

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And away over in New Orleans Square, we saved the best for last as we dug up the amazing Pirate P-arr-fait from French Market.

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The base of this dessert is a baba — a yeast roll soaked in rum syrup. Didn’t think we’d enjoy something like this as much as we did, but it was fantastic.

You can watch our full review on YouTube, or by clicking on the video below:

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Boba Fett has recently come to Batuu, and we couldn’t resist honoring the Daimyo of Mos Espa with a portrait.

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His right-hand enforcer, Fennec Shand, was also roaming around to ensure everything was in order for Fett’s visit.

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Soon enough, it was time to line up for Fantasmic! These folks along the edge of the Rivers of America waited several hours before being walked out of their spots to make room for the dining package seating areas.

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The area sure did fill up quickly as showtime approached. We waited a total of four hours in our spot, which is longer than the Cast Members were happy with. But anyone who walked away had their spot taken, so we just camped out with the crowd.

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And what a beautiful night it was for the wait. We caught the moon rising just over Splash Mountain, though a large tree is in the way. Oh well.

It was worth the wait to see this show again. After we saw it on opening night, we couldn’t wait to come back again. It’s just that good!

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After the first show of Fantasmic!, guests are asked to remain in their spot to watch the Disneyland Forever fireworks spectacular. We saw the fireworks erupting over a silhouetted Big Thunder Mountain, with the same projections from the castle and Main Street being shown on the Fantasmic! water screens.

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And our final parting shot for today is the finale of Disneyland Forever, where the whole land is lit up by fireworks. Big Thunder Mountain looks great!

Well, that’s it from us here at Disneyland. We’re glad you rode along. Be sure to leave a comment below, letting us know what you think of the photo report. We’ll see ya real soon!

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  1. A TR from 10 days ago? Ya’ll are just punking us, right? Why am I even commenting, you don’t approve a single comment from anyone ever.

    1. We try to post under 30 stories a day based on importance, so things get pushed back sometimes. We also have to approve comments because people will write inappropriate things.

  2. Charley, you do great reports. Thank you. I especially liked being able to “look around” Paradise Pier Hotel again one last time through your photos. We stayed there twice in the past, and we look forward to the Pixar re-theme but have fond memories of the original hotel. And you had some photos that I didn’t already have.

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