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S’up?! Tad here, the resident family thrill seeker and videographer. I always have my green finger on the pulse of what’s hoppening in the parks, so I am toadally excited for some of the upcoming events, rides and new lands coming to Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Universal Studios Hollywood and more. Let’s hop to it and explore what's coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and beyond!
What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019
Get Your Ears On: A Mickey and Minnie Celebration — starting Jan. 18, 2019 through TBD — Turning 90 is a big deal for a mouse, so starting January 18, 2019, Mickey and Minnie continue to celebrate the big birthday with an epic park wide party, and everyone’s invited! Every great party needs a theme, and theme of this one will be Get Your Ears On: A Mickey and Minnie Celebration. You can expect exclusive food and merchandise. (Mommy Frog? Can we please go to Disneyland January 18???) Mickey and Minnie will be wearing their new white birthday celebration outfits next year. Mickey’s suit has colorful confetti on it and Minnie’s puff sleeve dress has pompoms and a bubble skirt.
Mickey’s Mix Magic — starting Jan. 18, 2019 through TBD — This new nighttime projection show with music and lasers will turn Disneyland Park into a rockin’ dance party.
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade — starting Jan. 18, 2019 through TBD — This poppin' parade returns, with Mickey leading the way on a all-new float! Chip 'n' Dale lend a hand with a celebration cake. Suh-weet!
Valentine's Day fun with Mickey and Minnie — Jan. 22–Feb. 18, 2019 — Minnie is still pretty sweet on Mickey after all these years, so she has a special celebration of her own. She is hiding valentines for Mickey around Disneyland during Valentine’s month. You can purchase a map and stickers to go on a scavenger hunt to find these hidden valentines. There will be Mickey- and Minnie-shaped valentine treats and other ways to celebrate.
Disneyland After Dark — Feb. 7 and March 7 2019 — These private parties require a separate admission ticket and take place for four hours after Disneyland closes for the day (guests can mix in starting at 6:00 p.m.) Sweethearts’ Nite is Feb. 7, 2019, and will feature love songs, encounters with favorite Disney couples, photo opportunities, sweetheart décor, and romantic food, beverage and merchandise opportunities. The 90’s Nite on March 7, 2019, will throw guests back to the 1990s and feature an exclusive fireworks show, a Disney Afternoon Avenue, the chance to meet rare Disney characters from the 1990s and photo opportunities. Plus you get a commemorative fanny pack — look at Disneyland making fanny packs cool again! Were they ever cool? Anyway, now I want one! Tickets for Disneyland After Dark events are on sale.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge — opening summer 2019 — Our frog squad is not alone in anxiously awaiting Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! This is expected to be the largest and most immersive themed land yet. The 14-acre land will transport guests to a trading post on the planet Batuu, where the stories and characters come to life. This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge is a thriving port, home to smugglers, traders and those seeking adventure (as well as a haven for rogues seeking to hide from the First Order). It will have a cantina where adults can order drinks with alcohol for the first time in Disneyland. Everyone can enjoy blue milk, a performance stage and two main rides. As a thrill seeker, I am anxious to learn all I can about these rides. Here’s what I know: one ride allows you to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a critical mission (cool!). You can shoot blasters, pilot the ship and prepare for hyperspace. Your performance in this mission has consequences. You could earn galactic credits or end up on a Bounty Hunter’s list (which would cause problems if you show your face at the cantina). The other ride puts you on a Star Destroyer in the hangar bay in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance (way cool). You’ll encounter droids, other characters, be able to shop for a light saber, eat at quick service restaurant or a table-service sit down restaurant and check out a land speeder garage. Is the force with you? I think so.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run — opening summer 2019 — Guests will hit hyperspace while piloting the famed Millennium Falcon on this headling ride that will offer guests three unique crew roles.
Star Wars: Rise of the Residence — opening summer 2019 — Guests step inside an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order, with an appearance by Kylo Ren.
Disney California Adventure
Inside Out Headquarters and Pixar Pier Transformation Continues — In 2018, Paradise Pier was transformed into Pixar Pier with new neighborhoods, restaurants, characters to meet, new foods to try, shopping opportunities, and revamped rides (like the Incredicoaster and the Pixar Pal-A-Round). But there are two more family friendly rides, perfect for my little sister, Lily, still to come. The fourth Pixar Pier neighborhood, Inside Out Headquarters, will be making its debut in 2019. The colorful Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff has already opened with whimsical snacks and Memory Refreshers — frozen drinks of every color with toppings like cotton candy, popping pearls and colorful candy. The remaining areas of Paradise Pier from Paradise Gardens to The Little Mermaid — Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will become a land known as Paradise Gardens Park, but aren’t expected to change much.
Jessie's Critter Carousel — Mosey on over to this new carousel ride in the Toy Story neighborhood, inspired by the characters from Woody’s Roundup. It replaces King Triton’s Carousel.
Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind — Take a spin on the Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind. If you are familiar with the now-closed A Bug’s Land, this ride used to be Flik’s Flyers.
Vampirina joins the Disney Junior Dance Party — starting Feb. 1, 2019 — Vampirina will be joining the Disney Junior Dance Party, a high-energy show featuring music and popular Disney pals.
Captain Marvel — 2019 — One of the most powerful heroes in the universe will begin greeting guests ahead of the Marvel-themed land debuting in 2020.
Ballast Point — early 2019 — will serve up California cuisine, award-winning craft brews, and have the first brewery on-site in Downtown Disney.
Naples Ristorante e Bar — early 2019 — This restaurant reopens after a lengthy refurb.
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes — early 2019 — Enjoy luncheonette-style food with old-school hip-hop music and out-of-control CrazyShake milshakes #drooling.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
New bar — spring 2019 — A new bar is poppin' up (hoppin' up?!) in the pool area.
Tangaroa Terrace, Tropical Bar and Grill — early 2019 — This Southseas hideaway is expected to reopen with a slightly new name after a refurbishment.
Disneyland Parking — Disney is building a new 6,500-space parking structure. This much-needed structure is well under construction on the Pinocchio Lot next to Mickey & Friends. The new structure will have six stories and will come with six additional entrance lanes, adding to the current 10 lanes. This will help us get into the parking structures and then to the parks even faster. Mommy Frog will love this time-saver, for sure!
Disney will redesign the tram loading area to accommodate both parking structures. If you’ve ever wanted to get to Downtown Disney more easily from the parking structure, well that wish has been granted too! The new structure will have a pedestrian bridge over Magic Way, feeding into Downtown Disney, allowing you to skip the parking shuttle and get some food, play with Legos or do some souvenir shopping on the way to and from the parks. You could also hop on the Monorail from there to be transported straight into Tomorrowland. The new parking structure will open in 2019.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Running Universal 5K — May 11, 2019 — Have you ever wished you could run down the streets where movies like Back to the Future, King Kong, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, War of the Worlds and so many more were filmed? Get your running shoes laced up, because Universal Studios is opening up the gates for the first Running Universal 5K event Featuring Illumination’s Minions. The event kicks off May 11, 2019, with a 6 a.m. race time. You’ll rush through the front gates into the Upper Lot and make your way to the Backlot, racing through iconic movie sets. Finish at the 5 Towers on Universal CityWalk and find yourself surrounded by a party with live music, food and beverages (included!) and plenty of post-race swag (like collectible Minion pins and more). Runners must be at least 5 years old on race day — no strollers or baby carriers allowed — but you can wear costumes that fit specific guidelines. Register in advance. Hop here to find the route map, registration and Running Universal Minion 5K event info.
What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2020 and Beyond
Disney California Adventure
Marvel-Themed Land — opening 2020 — At Disney California Adventure, you can see walls surrounding the now-closed A Bug’s Land with the Stark Industries logo (from Marvel’s “Iron Man” movies) on the gates. Behind the fence, they are making way for a new, but yet-to-be-named, Marvel-themed land to open in 2020. This Super Hero land will feature Spider-Man and the Avengers, including members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Thor Loki, and Black Panther with his Dora Milaje. In the meantime, you can ride the toadally awesome Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT! next to those Stark Industries gates and meet various Avengers in Hollywood Land or catch Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!
Universal Studios Hollywood
Nintendo-themed area — date unknown — S’up gamers? While there are not a lot of details released yet, Universal Studios Hollywood is planning on bringing an expansive and immersive Nintendo-themed area to Universal Studios Hollywood in the next couple years. Check back for updates.
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