Unless you’re a resident of SoCal it will cost you more to enter the happiest and most magical place on earth Disneyland Resort but you will definitely get more back for your buck. For spring and summer 2016 the theme park has added a fantasyland full of new adventures that will join the upgraded Star Wars experiences. Disney California Adventure Park, Cars Land will be rolling out Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters while Disneyland Resort will be putting on a new “Frozen” musical, based on the blockbuster Walt Disney Animation Studios film. Then there’s a new Soarin’ Around the World attraction making a total of 16 special experiences for kids and parents to explore.
- Disney California Adventure, which celebrates its 15th anniversary Feb. 8, 2016, will feature adventures from Buena Vista Street to Cars Land, and something for guests of all ages, including the thrilling California Screamin’ coaster, the uplifting Pixar Play Parade and the high-scoring action of “Toy Story Mania.”
- “Frozen” comes to life in a musical premiere in late spring that takes you on the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa with all of the excitement of live theater. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction, debuting soon at Casa Della Tires in Cars Land, is rolling with fun as Luigi’s cugini (cousins) have come from Carsoli, Italy, to help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs. Park guests join in the fun by hopping aboard miniature Italian roadsters, in the style of late 1950s micro cars. The cars perform the traditional dances of their village, moving to upbeat music and Luigi’s singing in a precision-choreographed dance across what appears to be a trackless “dance floor.” Each car has its own routine, so guests will enjoy different ride experiences depending on which car they board.
- Star Wars continues to light up the excitement At Disneyland Park with Star Wars Launch Bay featuring a theme cantina, authentic replicas of film props, and Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca, from the light side, and Kylo Ren from the dark side. Hyperspace Mountain thrusts guests into an X-wing Starfigher battle as they race through the darkness. The experience is enhanced by a new soundtrack, inspired by the Star Wars films’ musical themes and re-orchestrated to match every move in the attraction.
There is so much more such as the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue offering close encounters of the adventure kind with characters from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” while journeying aboard a Starspeeder 1000.
Now for the best part at least for SoCal residents—Disneyland is offering special two-day and three-day Southern California Resident tickets* such as a two-day ticket with a choice of one park per day for $149, a two-day Park Hopper ticket for $189, a three-day ticket with a choice of one park per day for$179, or a three-day Park Hopper ticket for $219. These tickets are available through May 19, 2016 and valid through May 26, 2016. For details click here.
To fuel park goers there t Galactic Grilli with fun food such as the Darth Tamale, a First Order Specialty Burger with Angus beef and chorizo on a dark bun, and The Pastry Menace éclair. Plaza Inn offers food for the family with a menu of popular choices such as fried chicken, pot roast and made-to-order salads. The little ones will sink their teeth into food at the “Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park” at Plaza Inn. There are also hotel restaurants to choose from at the Disneyland Resort include Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel, Napa Rose and Storytellers Café in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Is great for dinner with its California beach scene, and a menu of choices such as smoked tri-tip, spice-rubbed ribs, fish and vegetarian tacos, fried chicken, and hot dogs right off the grill.
What else is new? Lots:
At Disney California Adventure there’s the recently opened Smokejumpers Grill, decorated with mementos from courageous, forest firefighters with a menu that features burgers and other favorites. The popular Cove Bar along Paradise Bay serves beverages and appetizers in an expanded patio area in 2016. The elegant Carthay Circle Restaurant continues to provide an ideal location for fine dining and adult relaxation in its lounge. And guests who want to meet Disney Princesses will find them at the character dining at Ariel’s Grotto.
Spring is just around the corner, but first we have to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and go through Daylight Saving Time (March 13).