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What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond

by Tad on December 2, 2019 1311 Los Angeles   Video

'Sup?! 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! Also, don't froget to check this list to see what's recently opened ahead of your visit!

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019

Disneyland Park

Mickey and Minnie Celebration - Get Your Ears On - What's Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019

Get Your Ears On: A Mickey and Minnie Celebration — Jan. 18 - June 6, 2019 — Turning 90 is a big deal for a mouse, so Mickey and Minnie celebrated the big birthday with an epic park-wide party! Every great party needs a theme, and theme of this one was Get Your Ears On: A Mickey and Minnie Celebration. You could eat exclusive food and purchase event merchandise. Mickey and Minnie, along with Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and Chip 'n' Dale had their party clothes on so that you could meet them in their new white confetti birthday celebration outfits in Town Square. Mickey’s suit had colorful confetti on it and Minnie’s puff sleeve dress had pompoms and a bubble skirt. Each character's outfit was a little different.

Mickey’s Mix Magic — has now concluded its initial run and returned for one weekend Nov. 1-3, 2019 — This new nighttime projection show with music and lasers turned Disneyland Park into a rockin’ dance party. Select nights were enhanced with fireworks. Good news! You might still catch this hoppin' party as a replacement show (without fireworks) on nights when Disneyland fireworks get canceled due to wind or other factors!

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade — Jan. 18, 2019 - July 17, 2019 — Now it's time to say goodbye to this poppin' parade. It's leaving on Disneyland's birthday to make way for a new parade coming next year and for the short-term return of The Main Street Electrical Parade in August.

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 had a special celebration of her own. She hid valentines for Mickey around Disneyland during Valentine’s month. Guests could purchase a map and stickers to go on a scavenger hunt to find these hidden valentines. There were Mickey- and Minnie-shaped valentine treats and other ways to celebrate.

Disneyland After Dark — Feb. 7 and March 7, 2019 — These private parties required a separate admission ticket and took place for four hours after Disneyland closed for the day (guests could mix in starting at 6:00 p.m.) Sweethearts’ Nite was Feb. 7, 2019, and featured love songs, encounters with favorite Disney couples, photo opportunities, sweetheart décor and romantic food, beverage and merchandise opportunities. The '90s Nite on March 7, 2019, threw guests back to the 1990s and featured an exclusive fireworks show, a Disney Afternoon Avenue, the chance to meet rare Disney characters from the 1990s and photo opportunities. Plus, you got 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 sell out quickly.

Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures — opened March 30, 2019 —  If you’ve been wishing on a star for a princess character dining experience to make a comeback, then your dream has come true! Join the Disney Princesses for a fairytale experience in the luxurious Napa Rose in the Grand Californian Hotel. Breakfast is available Thursday through Monday between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The breakfast for all guests 3 and up is $125 per person (tax and gratuity not included).

What's Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 - Millennium Falcon

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edgeopened May 31, 2019 — Free reservations (and a valid theme park ticket) were needed to access the land May 31 - June 23, 2019. Since June 24, no separate reservations are necessary. This is the largest and most immersive themed land yet. The 14-acre land transports 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). Oga's Cantina is the hoppening spot where adults can order drinks with alcohol for the first time in Disneyland's history. You can enjoy blue and green milk, meet characters and build a lightsaber or droid.

The six-person crew on the now-open Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run ride allows you to pilot the Millennium Falcon (or act as a gunner or ship engineer) and take part in 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, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (opening Jan. 17, 2020), is a trackless dark ride that puts you on a Resistance troop transport vehicle in the hangar bay of a First Order Destroyer. You'll get caught in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance (way cool). In this new land, you’ll encounter droids, creatures and other characters, shop for a lightsaber and eat alien foods. Is the force with you? I think so.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run  — now open — Guests can hit hyperspace while piloting the famed Millennium Falcon on this ride that offers guests three unique crew roles.

Disneyland Forever June 7 - Sept. 2, 2019 — This fan-favorite fireworks show made a comeback from Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration on June 7, 2019. With state-of-the-art projection, dazzling fireworks, special effects and a nostalgic musical score, this show was a definite must-see.

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond - Band-Tastic

Mickey and Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade — July 18 - Aug. 1, 2019, and Oct. 1 - Nov. 7, 2019 — This parade-route entertainment bridged the gap between Mickey's Soundsational Parade's departure and the Main Street Electrical Parade's return. Then this short and sweet cavalcade returned from Oct. 1 through Nov. 7, 2019. Show times are at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. We love that you get to see so many characters, including rare ones, with very little time commitment.

The Band-Tastic procession features festively decorated Main Street, U.S.A. vehicles, live music and a variety of favorite Disneyland characters. Classic characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto will join in the fun, along with a revolving cast of rarely seen characters. Perhaps you'll catch Peter Pan, King Louie, Genie, Marie, Thumper, Rafiki and more! The vehicles and characters stop throughout the parade route for special show moments so guests can dance and clap along.

Best Viewing Main Street Electrical Parade

Main Street Electrical Parade — Aug. 2 - Sept. 30, 2019 — Summer nights got a little brighter with the announcement that this classic parade was making a comeback. With its half-million twinkling lights and memorable electronic music, this retro parade made my parents starry-eyed as they took a trip down memory lane to when they first saw it as young tadpoles.

Halloween Screams projection show — select nights during Halloween Time — The Halloween Screams projection and special effects show is haunting the park each night throughout Halloween Time at Disneyland Park. On select nights (mostly Friday through Sunday), the show is enhanced with fireworks. This is a change from recent years where the show was strictly a fireworks show and was only shown to Mickey's Halloween Party guests. Now, all park guests can watch the show! There will still be a show on nights without fireworks Monday through Thursday (kind of like Mickey's Mix Magic). We've got a full guide to Halloween Time at Disneyland so that you don't miss out on any of the frightful fun!

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond - FASTPASS ChangesTesting for changes to FASTPASS kiosks — Oct. 15, 2019, to TBD — It seems there may be changes ahead for guests who use the FASTPASS distribution kiosks at Disneyland. Starting mid-Oct., Disneyland is testing a new centralized FASTPASS kiosk in Tomorrowland. During the pilot program, guests can collect digital FASTPASSes for Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Star Tours from a touch screen. The new system will not print out a reminder ticket. Guests can either link their ticket to the Disneyland app to manage their FASTPASSes or snap a photo of the touch screen to keep track of their return times. Guests still have a waiting period before making a new FASTPASS reservation. This pilot program could be a sign of permanent changes to come. Learn more about FASTPASS and the pilot program from our Guide to Disneyland FASTPASS service.

Mickey's Mix Magic with Fireworks — Nov. 1-3, 2019 — This popular nighttime extravaganza with a rockin' soundtrack by DJ Mickey, lasers, special effects, projection and fireworks made a quick comeback for the weekend in between Halloween Time ending and Holiday Time beginning.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue — Dec. 20, 2019 — We have exciting news for Star Wars fans and Star Tours fans alike. Beginning Dec. 20, your Starspeeder 1000 will be blasting off to new places. The new destinations being added are inspired by "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," which launches that same day. Soon you can visit the ocean moon Kef Bir. More details are still to come!

Disney California Adventure

What's Coming to Disneyland-Emotional Whirlwind

Inside Out Headquarters and Pixar Pier — now complete — 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 is another family-friendly ride that just opened, and it's perfect for my little sister, Lily. The fourth Pixar Pier neighborhood, Inside Out Headquarters, is now complete with the opening of Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind. You can meet Joy and Sadness in the park to balance out your day. The colorful Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff had 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 is now known as Paradise Gardens Park, but that area has not changed much.

Jessie's Critter Carousel — now open —  Mosey on over to this new carousel ride in the Toy Story neighborhood, inspired by the characters from Woody’s Roundup. It replaced King Triton’s Carousel and traded the sea creatures for woodland critters inspired by “Woody’s Roundup,” the vintage television show in “Toy Story 2.” Giddyup!

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind — now open — 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. Each riding compartment and ball are a different color and design, based on the different "Inside Out" characters. A different character takes over to narrate each ride.

Mickey’s Philharmagic — now open — Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and friends team up in this 3D show at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. Donald comes across Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat and conductor’s baton while preparing the orchestra for Mickey. Donald magically enters a 3D dream world that takes him — and you, the viewer — into the world of Disney animated musical sequences from several classic films. Prepare to be swept away.

Vampirina joined the Disney Junior Dance Party on Feb. 1, 2019 — Vampirina has joined the Disney Junior Dance Party, a high-energy show featuring music and popular Disney pals.

Captain Marvel — has arrived — One of the most powerful heroes in the universe began greeting guests ahead of the Marvel-themed land debuting in 2020.

And speaking of Super Heroes … there was a Super Hero party in spring 2019.

Disneyland After Dark: Heroes Assemble — Apr. 30 and May 1, 2019 — The first Disneyland After Dark party at Disney California Adventure was Heroes Assemble. At this separately ticketed event that took place for four hours after the park closed, guests were blasted off into the past, present and future of favorite Super Heroes. Heroic characters greeted guests (including Iron Man in his first visit to the Disneyland Resort), and guests enjoyed special photo ops, dance parties, music and popular attractions without the lines.

What's Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 - The Lion King

"The Lion King" — June 7 - Sept. 2, 2019 — “The Tale of the Lion King” roared into Disney California Adventure to celebrate the movie's 25th anniversary. A traveling troupe of storytellers brought “The Lion King” celebration to life through story, song and dance.

Meet Fancy Nancy — now through TBD — Fancy Nancy is ready to strike a pose and give hugs to her fans. You can meet her and show off your outfits to each other in Hollywood Land.

Meet Bo Peep — now through TBD — Come meet Bo Peep from “Toy Story 4” at Pixar Pier this summer. Bo Peep arrived June 12.

Celebrate 80 years of Super Heroes — Aug. 9 - Sept. 2, 2019 — Park guests suited up in their best DisneyBound outfits (park costume guidelines apply), and got their faces painted to meet Super Heroes, as well as classic Disney characters cosplaying as their favorite Super Heroes. During this special event, you could hop right into an "Avengers Assemble" comic book for photo ops and power up with special limited-time menu items themed after your favorite Super Heroes. Guests who visited could also find epic merchandise, learn to draw Super Heroes inside Animation Academy and receive a commemorative button.

Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disneyland Halloween Party — select nights Sept. 17 - Oct. 31, 2019 — During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, the former Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland is park hopping over to Disney California Adventure. The party is transforming into a new event with new entertainment, shows and more immersive trick-or-treat trails. For all of the scary details for the new party, hop over to the Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disneyland Halloween Party.

Downtown Disney

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond-Void

Avengers: Damage Control at the The VOID — begins Oct. 18, 2019, for a limited time — Get ready to suit up and step into the action like a Super Hero! You can help Wakanda's Princess Shuri test her latest prototype design: Emergency Response Suits. You may find yourself recruited into action when sinister forces intervene. Fight side-by-side with Avengers such as Doctor Strange, the Wasp, Ant-Man and more. This one-of-a-kind experience blends VR with a 3D multi-sensory experience. But hop to it, because this immersive world is only around for a limited time.

Ballast Pointnow open — This new eatery serves up California cuisine, award-winning craft brews, and has the first brewery on-site in Downtown Disney.

Naples Ristorante e Bar — now open — This restaurant reopened after a lengthy refurb.

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes — now open — Enjoy luncheonette-style food with old-school hip-hop music and out-of-control CrazyShake milkshakes. #drooling

What's Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 - Pop Up Mickey

Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration — now closed — This exhibition popped up in the old ESPN Zone space next to the Disneyland Hotel for a limited time. The unique exhibition created just for Downtown Disney featured colorful, themed rooms with vivid and imaginative displays inspired by everyone’s favorite mouse couple, Mickey and Minnie. The photo ops were fabulous, including a giant Minnie bow sofa that made the perfect place to lounge and pose for photos.

Asian Street Eats — holiday season 2019 — The west end of Downtown Disney is getting a trendy take-out window, serving up flavorful Asian dishes. Chef Hung Huynth introduces this new concept by Earl Enterprises (the group that owns Downtown Disney favorite Earl of Sandwich). 

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

What's Coming to Disneyland-GHC

GHC Craftsman Bar & Grill — now open — A new bar and grill popped up (hopped up?!) in the pool area. It's an expansion of the nearby popular White Water Snacks, which recently underwent a refurbishment. White Water Snacks is now known as GHC Craftsman Grill but will keep serving its popular menu. (Whew! What a relief!) Then the new lounge area in the pool area is called GHC Craftsman Bar.

The GHC Craftsman Bar serves artisanal pizzas, avocado toast, sliders, nachos, shawarma and more. The tadpoles can enjoy chicken skewers, salmon, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, hamburgers and other tasty dishes. The desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth on a sunny southern California day. Try the salted chocolate chip cookie fingers with dipping sauces, a waffle-churro sundae or the root beer float. The restaurants is open to all guests, but use of the pool area will be restricted to hotel guests with wristbands.

Disneyland Hotel

Tangaroa Terrace Re-Opening

Tangaroa Terrace, Tropical Bar and Grill — now open — This Southseas hideaway reopened with a slightly new name after a refurbishment. They sell coffee, breakfast foods such as pineapple upside-down pancakes and breakfast sandwiches. For lunch and dinner, they have tropical meals like Kalua-style poutine, and fried spam musubi, but the big excitement is over the Dole Whip and Dole Whip float (at prices cheaper than in the park)! Mommy Frog is looking forward to kicking back with a Dole Whip with a splash of rum.

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Parking — Pixar Pals structure now open — Disney built a new Pixar Pals parking structure adjacent to Mickey & Friends with over 5,000 new parking spaces. This much-needed structure opened in late June. The new structure has six stories and comes with six additional entrance lanes (only open in the earlier part of the day), adding to the current 10 lanes. The new structure features a new electronic parking system designed to expedite the parking process (plus new lights in Mickey & Friends indicates open parking spaces). This helps us get into the parking structures and then to the parks even faster. Mommy Frog loves this time-saver, for sure! You can access the new structure from Magic Way.

Disney redesigned 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 now has 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.

There's new Downtown Disney parking, as well. The Stitch lot we've always used for Downtown Disney is no longer for guest use. The new Downtown Disney lot is on the other side of the Paradise Pier Hotel.

The Toy Story lot is also expanding with over 2,000 additional spaces and more entrances. We are most excited to hear that bathrooms are being built! (Anyone with a potty training toddler knows what we're talking about!) Guests who park at Toy Story lot will begin going through security screening before boarding the shuttle buses to eliminate screening in the esplanade outside the theme parks at peak times.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Run - What's Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond

Running Universal 5K — May 11, 2019 — Have you ever wished you could run down the streets where movies such as "Back to the Future," "King Kong," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "War of the Worlds" and so many more were filmed? Universal Studios opened up the gates for the first Running Universal 5K event, featuring Illumination’s Minions. The event kicked off May 11, 2019, with a 6 a.m. race time. Runners rushed through the front gates into the Upper Lot and made their way to the Backlot, racing through iconic movie sets before finishing at the 5 Towers on Universal CityWalk. The finish line festivities included a party with live music, food and beverages (included!) and plenty of post-race swag (including collectible Minion pins and more).

Jurassic World – The Ride —  now open — This Lower Lot ride used to be Jurassic Park — gee, things evolve rapidly these days. This next generation ride is part expedition, part water ride and includes new dinosaurs from the films. My heart is already pounding just thinking of the dinosaurs that are even more terrifying than before!

What's Coming to Disneyland and Universal-Blue

Also in that Lower Lot area adjacent to the ride, Blue, the beloved but also terrifying Velociraptor you can meet during “Raptor Encounter,” has gotten a new area in which to eat — oops, I mean greet! — guests. (Seriously, have you met her? She’s terrifying!) You can also meet a much gentler baby raptor named Tango and a triceratops named Juliet. Also, for tadpoles of all ages, a new interactive “Dino Play” area will add some educational components that will allow kids to excavate dinosaur fossils.

The adjacent restaurant, Jurassic Cafe, is now open and completely redesigned with an exciting new menu. We've hopped over to try the food and loved the pomegranate guacamole with plantain chips, slow roasted Mojo pork and the chorizo & potato empanadas! Yum! There is a new bar — Isla Nu-Bar — with fun tropical drinks as well. Plus, the redesigned Jurassic Outfitters is now open, as well.

What's coming to Disneyland and Universal - Dinosaur Run

Running Universal 5K on Nov. 16 and 10K on Nov. 17, 2019 — Experience a heart-pounding race that involves dinosaurs! The 5K, 10K and Kids' 1K Raptor Run feature fan-favorite "Jurassic World" dinos. The 5K and 10K races take you through the theme park and parts of the Universal Backlot. You can take photos with dinosaurs along the way and take advantage of other photo ops. End your race at the finish line in Universal CityWalk with swag, music and refreshments. Register at Running Universal.

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2020 and Beyond

Universal Studios Hollywood

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2020 and Beyond - Trolls Race

Running Universal Featuring DreamWorks "Trolls" 5K, 10K and Kids 1K events on Apr. 26, 2020, — Here's your chance to put your hair up, sprinkle some glitter and find your happy place as you dance, dance, dance and race through the theme park and Backlot. Join Poppy, Branch and Guy Diamond and stop for hugs and photos with DreamWorks characters from "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar." When you dance across the finish line, you'll receive a Trolls-themed medal and swag (T-shirts, pins, drawstring bag, food and beverage) to keep you smiling. Register at Running Universal.

The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! — opening 2020 — If you’ve always felt like a puppy inside, then your imaginary tail must be wagging with the news that an all-new immersive ride based on “The Secret Life of Pets” movies is coming to the upper lot near Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. The adventure includes star pets from the movies and will give you and other riders the chance to take on the role of stray puppies in search of a family. According to Universal Studios, “The innovative adventure will blend live, dimensional and animated characters with hyper-realistic media as guests zip along a track aboard ride vehicles through bustling New York City streets towards the Pet Adoption event and the ultimate happy ending: forever homes. Along the way, guests will face an array of challenges and meet up with fellow animal pals eager to help guide them toward their destination.” What a treat!

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.

Universal CityWalk

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond - Toothsome

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen — coming 2021 — A Universal Orlando CityWalk family favorite is coming to the West Coast, and we are hopping with excitement! We're also hopping to burn some calories in advance, because we plan to do some damage when it opens! The menu offers all-day brunch (yes, please!), lunch and dinner items, but the creative milkshakes and decadent desserts are what really get my attention. The steampunk-decorated restaurant will be found in the Hard Rock Cafe (closing January 2020) location, near the Universal Cinema. Toothsome will join other recently opened restaurants at Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk, including Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, VIVO Italian Kitchen, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut.

Disney California Adventure

Disneyland After Dark: PIXAR Nite — March 5, 2020 — Disney California Adventure gets two Disney After Dark parties in 2020! The PIXAR Nite is first one in that park. This separately ticketed event takes place after the park closes, but guests may enter early at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale to the public as of Dec. 4  (Dec. 3 for annual passholders) and usually sell out. Partygoers often dress in theme (costume guidelines for special events apply) and can expect interactive dance parties, special character meet and greets, photo ops and themed food, drink, decor and merchandise.

Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite — Apr. 30, 2020 — The second Disney California Adventure Disneyland After Dark Party in 2020 is dark indeed, with a villain theme! The separately ticketed event takes place after the park closes, but guests may enter early at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale to the public as of Dec. 4  (Dec. 3 for annual passholders) and are expected to sell out. Party attendees often dress elaborately in theme (costume guidelines for special events apply). This party has a Villains Cabaret with a cast of outlaws who will sing and dance their way through a revue. Guests will be spellbound by DJ-hosted dance parties and enjoy character meet and greets with nefarious Disney fiends, fun photo ops and themed food, drink, decor and merchandise.

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond - Avengers Campus

Avengers Campus — 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, Super Hero–themed land called Avengers Campus to open in 2020. You see, the Stark Expo in Hong Kong was attacked by the forces of Hydra, so that inspired the the Avengers to set up new and unique headquarters around the planet to recruit and train the next generation of heroes. Sounds MARVEL-ous to me!

Avengers Campus will feature Spider-Man and the Avengers, including members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Thor, Loki, Black Panther with his Dora Milaje and Iron Man! Did you read that right? Iron Man!

The land will open in phases, starting with the Worldwide Engineering Brigade (WEB) and the Pym Test Kitchen. The second phase will bring the Avengers Headquarters building, which will house a new ride.

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond - Spider-Man

WEB — opening 2020 — An immersive, interactive ride-through attraction is coming to the new land. The Marvel story is expanding with an attraction-based organization (founded by Tony Stark). This is home to the new Spider-Man experience and the first Disney ride to feature Spider-Man. Have you always secretly wished you could sling webs from your own wrist just like Spider-Man? Here’s your chance (thanks to immersive technology)! Attend an open house at WEB, where the inventors invite you to take a test drive of the “Web Slinger” vehicle. You can sling webs and see what it’s like to have super powers while helping Spider-Man collect Spider-Bots.

Spider-Man will be swinging through Avengers Campus in a redesigned Spidey-suit. The suit will be on display at Disney California Adventure soon so guests can get a taste of what’s to come.

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond - Pym Test Kitchen

Pym Test Kitchen — opening 2020 — You may be familiar with how Ant-Man and The Wasp can use subatomic “Pym Particles” to alter their size and mass grow or shrink. Just wait until you see this eatery, where the foods are enhanced with Pym Particles. The foods may be shrunken down or grown to a larger size! I am hopping excited to see this in action. I have a question though. Can I shrink my vegetables but expand my dessert (while keeping the calories and nutritional content the same, of course)?

Doctor Strange Special Effects Show — The Orange County Register provided details of a Doctor Strange stage show to open in 2020. Doctor Strange is looking for others who practice the mystical arts. During the show, other Marvel Super Heroes arrive to Doctor Strange's hidden Sanctum Sanctorum via a portal from another dimension. The outdoor show will use special effects and projection.

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond - Avengers Ride

Avengers Headquarters — TBD — The iconic Avengers Headquarters building will open at a later date. Be sure to lift your eyes to the rooftops to spy Avengers up there. This building is the entrance to a brand-new “E-Ticket” attraction that puts you right in the middle of the action. Step aboard a Quinjet and fly along with the Avengers to Wakanda and places beyond. You’ll team up with the Avengers and fight alongside them to save the world in battle against powerful villains. Do you have what it takes to defeat them? The brand-new ride technology is unlike anything you've seen before!

The new land will also have a giant, actual size Quinjet docket atop the Avengers Headquarters building! Lift your eyes to view a rooftop stunt show with appearances by Black Panther, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel and more fighting super villains. We know you can't wait for this new land. 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. You can also catch Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!


Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance  — opening Jan. 17, 2020 — This new ride in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will not open until January 2020. Guests step inside an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order, with an appearance by Kylo Ren.

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond-80s After Dark

Disneyland After Dark: 80s Nite — Jan. 29, 2020 — This party takes us back to the 80s, when music videos were popular and hairstyles were big. The event requires a separate ticket and occurs inside Disneyland Park. Guests can enter the park and mix in with daytime guests as of 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale to the public as of Dec. 4  (Dec. 3 for annual passholders). Tickets usually sell out, so be sure purchase early. Partygoers often dress in theme (costume guidelines for special events apply) and can expect dance parties, special character meet and greets from the decade, a special fireworks show, photo ops and themed food, drink, decor and merchandise.

Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts' Nite — Feb. 12 and 13, 2020 — The second Disneyland After Dark party of 2020 is also in Disneyland and has two date nights available. Guests must purchase a separate ticket and may enter the park as of 6 p.m. The actual party kicks off after the park closes. Tickets are on sale to the public as of Dec. 4  (Dec. 3 for annual passholders). Tickets are likely to sell out. Partygoers can expect love-song dance parties, a royal ball, special character meet and greets with Disney couples, sweet photo ops and themed food, drink, decor and merchandise.

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond - Magic Happens parade

"Magic Happens" Parade — Feb. 28, 2020 — An all-new, extraordinary parade makes its way down Main Street, U.S.A. in early 2020. Led by the big cheese, Mickey, and his pals, this magical daytime spectacular will include colorful floats and beautiful costumes. Newer Disney characters will make their way down the parade route for the first time. You'll see Moana and Maui, and Miguel and Dante on floats. Anna and Elsa will explore the mysteries of an enchanted forest with Kristoff, Sven and Olaf on their float. Many more colorful floats and characters will join in the magic, along with high-energy music that combines the new song with classic Disney tunes. The parade's grand finale includes magical moments from several classic Disney stories. One magical float includes Sleeping Beauty characters such as fairy godmothers Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, with Aurora in her shimmering gown caught between hues of pinks and blues.

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond-Tomorrowland entrance

Tomorrowland entrance gets a new look — completed 2020 — The future looks bright at Disneyland with new colorful planters and widened pathways at the entrance to Tomorrowland. Hooray! Disneyland has been changing the look of that area for a few months, removing the large "french fry" rocks that blocked views and caused pedestrian "traffic jams." The new look will be completed in 2020.

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond - Snow White RefurbishmentSnow White's Scary Adventures undergoes a major refurbishment — Jan. 7, 2020, to TBD — This classic Fantasyland dark ride, which has been around since Disneyland Park opened, is getting a makeover. The ride is getting an enhanced story line and all-new scenes with new music, state-of-the-art audio and visual technology, LED black lighting, laser projections and a new animation system. You'll see exterior updates, as well, as it will be completely refreshed with new fairy-tale inspired details that will complement Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, it's off to work we go. The Disneyland crews will be replacing show sets, props and scenes in this iconic ride. They will also refurbish rock work and make electrical upgrades, according to the building permit. The permit also calls for a new projector platform. We are hoppy to see that one of our favorite Disneyland scary rides will be sticking around to delight (and terrify) many more generations to come. As you may know, Disney World removed the Snow White’s Scary Adventures dark ride in 2012 (although Disney World guests get to enjoy the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster instead).

Indiana Jones Adventure — undergoes refurbishment in 2020 — Speaking of refurbishments, this popular Adventureland ride also gets some updates in 2020. The Disneyland crews will replace a plank bridge and refurbish rock work.

What's Coming to Disneyland and Universal-Mickey-Runaway-Railway

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway — opening 2022 — All aboard! Woot, woot! This new ride rolling into Mickey's Toontown will be the first major Mickey-themed ride at Disneyland. The ride features an original story (and catchy theme song) where Mickey and Minnie are premiering their newest short, “Perfect Picnic,” at the El CapiTOON Theatre. Before you enter the theatre, you'll explore the special exhibit featuring props and costumes from the toon world. Then, you’ll step from the human world straight into the unpredictable cartoon world of Mickey and Minnie, and board a train with Goofy as the engineer. What could possibly go wrong in this magical, out-of-control ride with surprising twists and turns? It's a multidimensional cartoon world, so anything can happen! The ride will have state-of-the-art technology and dazzling visual effects to immerse you into Mickey's and Minnie's zany animated world.

What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal in 2019 and Beyond - Runaway Marquee

Don’t worry! This ride will not replace any of the other Toon Town rides. The entrance will be where the current Gag Factory store is. Toon Town will be getting a fresh makeover in honor of the new ride.

If you are as excited about what’s coming to Disneyland and Universal in the upcoming months and years as I am, then you might be planning your next visit. If you are looking for discount theme park tickets, rental cars, transportation or hotels near Disneyland or Universal Studios you can score some hoppin’ good deals on through Undercover Tourist. Choose “Los Angeles” and then you can narrow down your search.

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Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Nov 18, 2019 at 6:14 a.m. Jeanine Says...

Do you know when Snow White's Scary Adventures is supposed to be down for refurbishing?

Nov 18, 2019 at 11:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanine!

No exact dates have been released just yet, but as soon as they are, we'll be sure to update our Refurbishments post!

Stay cool!


Oct 19, 2019 at 8:39 p.m. Beth Ann Says...

How exciting!!!! Bring on the future!

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Now that the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride is opening on January 17, 2020, what do you expect crowds to be like around that time? On the crowd calendar, the last week of January seems to be the best time to go without crowds, but does that change with the new ride opening? Thanks for all your tips! They are beyond helpful!!

Oct 8, 2019 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

You are so welcome - we are just hoppy to help, and glad that you took the time to say hello! The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has shown everyone that it’s challenging to predict crowds. That is a period of time in between holidays that is traditionally low in crowds. While people are excited to ride this long-awaited ride, we do not expect high crowds at that time of year. Plus the new land is large and increases the size of the park so much, so that even if there are more people there, the park does not feel crowded. We hope this helps! Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!


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