Tag: California Adventure

Pixar Pier Opens in 3 Days!!

Pixar Pier Opens in 3 Days!!

We have all seen what a huge hit Incredibles 2 is!  Now the Incredibles have taken over a whole section of California Adventure!  With Pixar Pier opening on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Disney California Adventure® Park, you will find themselves immersed in the beloved stories of Pixar! The newly reimagined land set along the shores of Paradise Bay will feature exciting attractions, imaginative neighborhoods and food locations all inspired by Pixar films.

The Incredibles have taken over what was formerly California Screamin’ and Jack Jack’s super powers are out of control.  It  your job to get him back to his parents, before too much destruction is caused.   I can’t wait to experience it in person!  Can you?

 

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Pixar Pier

Disneyland for Spring Break?

Disneyland for Spring Break?

I know a lot of you are planning your Spring Break trips to Disneyland, so I thought I would offer my advice.

1)      Our ultimate trip is Sunday – Thursday (add a day if you want to see Harry Potter at Universal).  We drive on Sunday and arrive around dinner time.  We make reservations for Goofy’s Kitchen for Sunday night.  We get great pictures and autographs with the characters and starts our Disney trip off with a bang.

Monday:  Disneyland     Tuesday: California Adventure   Wednesday: Disneyland  Thursday: Eat breakfast in Downtown Disney and travel home

2)       Stay as close to the park as you can afford.  Use Hilton points for the Hilton.  Good Neighbor hotels are always a good choice.  Plan to stay within walking distance.

3)      Purchase your tickets online.  If your kids are younger, no need to Park Hopper, one park is enough.

4)      Download the Disneyland Mobile App.  It has Park Maps, Character locations, Wait Times, Dining Options, Shop locations, Restroom locations, PhotoPass, Entertainment and so much more

5)      Buy MaxPass.  Once in the park, this lets you get all of your Fastpasses on your phone.   It also gives you access to all of the professional photos that the Disney Cast Members take.

6)      Pack basic snacks.  Every restaurant and food kiosk offers free ice water, so with a few snacks, you can eat one meal at the Park each day.   We prefer to carry one backpack with hand sanitizer, power bars and apples.

7)      Make Restaurant Reservations  – we usually eat at two nice places each trip.   Goofy’s kitchen for the characters and Carthage Circle (California Adventure) for the relaxing atmosphere.

 Chef Pluto with girls

When you enter Disneyland, get Fantasmic Fast Passes.  These are paper tickets and do not interfere with the ride fast passes.

When you enter California Adventure, get World of Color Fast Passes.  These are paper tickets and do not interfere with your fast passes.

Have fun and ride everything once!

Best Times for Disneyland in 2018

Best Times for Disneyland in 2018

Are you planning to visit Disneyland in 2018?   When to go is the first decision!  Here is a quick overview of the best times for 2018

 Jan – Anytime after Jan 7th which concludes the Holidays

Feb – Go before the President’s Day crowds (the whole week Feb 19th)

March – Go Before Spring Break starts around March 20

April – Go After Spring Break concludes around April 8

May – Go But Skip Grad Nights which are every Friday and Saturday night in May

June, July, August – Avoid because Its Hot and Crowded

September – Go After Labor Day week

October – The Halloween Parties make this a crowded time

November – Go early before Thanksgiving week

December – If you must go in December, the last tolerable day is Dec 20th.

Fireworks over Disneyland Castle
Fireworks over Disneyland Castle

Star Wars Land opening in 2019, so this is probably the last uncrowded year for a few.  But Disney is great at handling crowds, and you just need to be prepared.

Are you making plans for Disneyland this year?

Pixar Pier

Pixar Pier

Disney recently announced that there is a new themed land coming to the Disney’s California Adventure park in 2018. The company is converting Paradise Pier, that California themed boardwalk that features midway games and the popular California Screamin’ roller coaster, into an area devoted to the movies of Pixar. So say goodbye to the Santa Monica Pier, and hello to attractions based around The Incredibles, Toy Story, Wall-E, Inside Out and other Pixar greats.

California Screamin’ will be rolling away forever, as it’ll be rebranded into the Incredicoaster. This Incredibles-based coaster will maintain the same track layout as Screamin’, but with retooled cars and a new queue. Screamin’ is already one of the most popular rides at the park, but this will give Hot Hubby and I another excuse for riding.

Elsewhere Inside Out will be getting its own small area, with an as-yet-unrevealed “family-friendly attraction”.  Toy Story Midway Mania, which has been a part of Paradise Pier for almost a decade, will be the linchpin of a new, expanded Toy Story section. And those old midway games will be getting a Pixar overhaul, so expect something like an Up balloon game.

This will give us another reason to visit Disneyland while we wait for Star Wars Land to open in 2019.Toy Story Pier