On March 16, Disneyland closed its gates temporarily to Guests and non-essential Cast Members. Its doors still remain closed, and on July 17, Disneyland Resort’s 65th anniversary the park had been closed for 123 days.
But on July 9, Downtown Disney District reopened and it showed us that the magic is still alive at the Disneyland Resort! Disney fans flocked to soak up just a piece of the energy we feel at Disney and even Cast Members couldn’t contain their excitement.
Here are some things we are looking forward to when Disneyland reopens.
Main Entrance to Disneyland Park
With the consistency of how each of the Disney Parks has reopened, we know that there are some things that won’t be available when Disneyland reopens, but that’s okay because other things will be.
Let’s continue with the positive vibe instead and look forward to what’s to come when the Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure reopen!
One of those things is the energy you feel walking through the turnstiles of the entrance to be greeted by a floral Mickey and signs above the railroad tunnel that say, “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.”
Main Street, U.S.A.
As soon as you walk through Town Square and onto Main Street, U.S.A., you’re engulfed by the music and Mickey-shaped balloons. Since we won’t be standing in line around Town Square to say hello to our favorite characters, we’ll probably see periodic cavalcades of Disney Characters down Main Street, U.S.A or them waving from the Railroad Station or Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
Typically we’d be seeing a parade instead, so hopefully we’ll see the new Magic Happens parade again soon because many haven’t gotten a chance to see it yet, and it’s so good! We’re also missing the musical stylings of the Dapper Dans and hope to see them gracing the walkways of Main Street once again while we’re treating ourselves to a Mickey Bar.
I’ll stop and admire the Castle for awhile in all its glory before I go to Fantasyland to see if the refurbishments of Snow White’s Scary Adventure and King Arthur’s Carrousel are done. Thinking of happiest thoughts, Peter Pan’s Flight is taking off at Walt Disney World so with some faith, trust, and pixie dust, it will be at Disneyland too.
Also, we’re all a little mad here at the Mad Tea Party, spinning teacups and all! Walking to the back of Fantasyland, we’re personally headed towards the attraction I’m looking most forward to and that’s “it’s a small world,” with it’s cute animatronic children from all over the world!
Onto Frontierland, we may be seeing plexiglass in the queue of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, as they have seen at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Walt Disney World, but we can’t wait to hear the train whistle accompanied by Disney Guests screaming with joy. Frontierland is a good spot to find all your fellow pin traders, but this hobby could be a little different these days too. The Churro Cart and the Pretzel Cart in Frontierland usually have shorter lines so it’s a great time to stop for those Disney snacks!
Over in Adventureland, we’ll be ordering a Dole Whip to enjoy while in line for the Jungle Cruise. Nobody wants to miss the Eighth World Wonder, the backside of water! This area has some of the best spots for Quick Service small bites at Tropical Hideaway and Bengal Barbecue. It’s perfect for your in-queue eats while you wait to ride Indiana Jones Adventure.
New Orleans Square
New Orleans Square has some of the most classic rides with Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. Haunted Mansion is another one of those attractions that was under refurbishment so we’re excited to see what it’s like when it’s complete in the future this year.
There are so many Disney snacks to look forward to when Disneyland reopens. We can’t wait to get our hands on one of the most iconic pairing in those warm, fluffy Mickey-shaped Beignets and that cool, refreshing Mint Julep!
Splash Mountain will be re-themed to Princess and the Frog, but it will be in its original form when Disneyland reopens. Guests will be heading over to find the last bit of Splash Mountain merchandise for a memorabilia.
We can’t forget about our friends of the Hundred Acre Woods because their home is at the end of Critter Country. My favorite Disney characters hang out back here so maybe we’ll get a quick wave in before rocketing off into the galaxy.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Now sneaking over to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newest land at the Disneyland Park. It’s always rebellious experience with the characters of the Star Wars series. I think Kylo Ren, the Stormtroopers, and the rest of the Dark Side takes face coverings to a whole other level.
Rise of the Resistance just opened up at Disneyland in January and there are many Guests who have yet to ride it. It’s possible that wait times for this attraction will be one of the longest when it’s available again, although modified Boarding Groups are being implemented for the attraction at Disney World, so we may feel something similar.
Space Mountain here I come! The light speed and wind blowing in your face is always a crowd favorite that we can’t wait to get back to. If you’re feeling nostalgic, you mind find yourself on Star Tours which makes Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge seem super amped up.
For those who like to blast some things, you may find yourself on Astro Blasters, although I can never figure out which little red dot is mine. Anyone else have this problem?
Over to Disney California Adventure
The major magic project comes from across the way at Disney California Adventure with the opening of the Avengers Campus that would have happened July 18, if the parks remained open. Marvel fans have been waiting for the launch of this new land. We’ve seen snippets of what’s to come at the Avengers Campus, but being fully immersed in the superhero world is going to be nothing short of daring!
Buena Vista Street
When you stroll down Buena Vista Street to get to all the other areas, you’re transported into another era, the 1920’s to be exact. The smell of the candy shop and the coffee are so delightful!
Watching the Treat Makers here at Trolley Treats and on the Candy Palace over on Main Street U.S.A. is definitely a must do even for a short second because what they do is a delicate craft that is jaw dropping. If you can’t wait that long, Marceline’s Confectionary is open over in Downtown Disney.
We’re not sure how long it’ll take for Animation Academy to come back, but it’s a fun class to take. Sometimes, I go to more than one session a trip just to be able to learn to draw all my favorite characters!
The thrill seekers will be excited to get over for some drops at Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, and it goes well with the soon opening Avengers Campus. As for me, I’ll be over at Schmoozies trying whatever their seasonal milkshake is.
We can’t jump on Grizzly Peak without first taking flight on Soarin’ Around the World. I hope they bring back Soarin’ Over California because I think it fits more to the theme of Disney California Adventure. It was back for a limited time during the Food and Wine Festival so maybe it’ll be that version when we get back!
Now, over to Grizzly River Run, because even if I don’t get on the ride myself, I like to stop and giggle at the Guests getting absolutely drenched by this attraction.
I think this are is where I find the most adult Disney lovers smiling on the not-so-thrilling rides. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters is pretty hysterical, but for me Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land holds a special spot for me. It’s my grandfather’s favorite ride and those memories with your family are just unforgettable.
Sights are set on the gorgeous Mickey Fun Wheel again with Incredicoaster zooming right behind it, and it’s one of the most beautiful spots at the Disneyland Resort during sunset. So while we wait for the sun to go to bed, I can’t wait to take a swim under the sea with The Little Mermaid!
And if you get hungry, you’re in the right spot because Pacific Wharf and Paradise Gardens Park is where you’ll find tons of eats and booze! It’s probably why this whole area is usually the home of any festivals that happen, like the Food & Wine Festival or the Festival of Holidays which I’d be happy with either depending on when the Disneyland theme parks reopen.
There are so many more adventures to embark on at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, but based on what’s happened over at the other Disney Parks, these are attractions and experiences that we’ve seen to have been available. I’m most looking forward to the holiday season at the Disneyland theme parks. It’s only a few months away! Share with us in the comments below, what you’re looking forward to when the Disneyland Resort reopens.
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