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19 Ways to Have Fun at Disneyland Resort This Summer (Tips by Disney Including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge)

Hi everyone!

Disney shared 19 ways to enjoy the Disneyland Resort this summer. We head there next week and look forward to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (which of course is #1 on the list!). Not everything on the list is new, but much is – from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to the new look of Sleeping Beauty Castle to the upcoming Tale of the Lion King show! Read below for more information.

Sleeping Beauty Castle newly enhanced – photo provided by Disney

AHAHEIM, Calif. (May 22, 2019) –  Beginning this June, it’s a summer to remember at the Disneyland Resort, where sunny days are filled with cool new adventures, new shows, new Disney character interactions and classic attractions, plus the opening of a whole new land – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Including this intergalactic blast, here are 19 ways guests can stay cool this summer and make memories to last a lifetime at Disneyland Resort theme parks, hotels and the Downtown Disney District.

Disneyland Park

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Makes Groundbreaking Debut – The largest single-themed land expansion in Disney Parks history, and the ninth land in Disneyland Park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens May 31 with new experiences for fans to live their own Star Wars Guests will be transported to the remote planet of Batuu, full of unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes from a galaxy far, far away. Guests will sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

To ensure a great guest experience for all guests visiting the Disneyland Resort, reservations are required to enter the land between May 31 and June 23, in addition to valid theme park admission. During this time, registered overnight guests at any of the three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will receive a designated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation (separate theme park admission required).* After June 23, reservations will no longer be required. The resort will utilize a virtual queueing system, as needed, to allow guests to enjoy the rest of Disneyland Resort until it is time for their turn to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Shimmers – After an extensive refurbishment, this beloved icon at the heart of Disneyland will be back and more beautiful than ever in late May, as it shimmers with enhancements, charming pixie dust and new color tones. Through the years, the colors and finishes on Sleeping Beauty Castle have been refreshed and updated regularly and the latest update by Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine is her sixth castle refurbishment. Disney Legend and Imagineering artist Herb Ryman created the castle’s first concept illustration.
  • “Disneyland Forever” Returns – This captivating fireworks spectacular returns June 7, showing just how magical the magic kingdom can be. The sky-high celebration will feature sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections and other effects that transform Disneyland into a magical canvas, taking guests on a breathtaking journey.
  • June Marks 60thAnniversary of Three Classic Attractions – Guests can enjoy all-time park favorites such as the Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Disneyland Monorail and Finding Nemo’s Submarine Voyage, each which are celebrating 60th anniversaries in June 2019. Some fun facts for those who add these to their “must do” list on every visit:
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds was the first roller coaster style attraction at Disneyland and the first tubular steel coaster in the world.
  • The Matterhorn at Disneyland is 1/100ththe size of its counterpart in the Swiss Alps.
  • The Disneyland Monorail was the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere.
  • The original Submarine Voyage was one of the first “E” Ticket attractions at Disneyland and the current Finding Nemo attraction gave this fun attraction a new theme in 2007.
  • Hyperspace Mountain – Guests can hurtle through hyperspace with the return of Hyperspace Mountain. For a limited time this summer, the high-speed Star Wars-themed overlay brings a galactic adventure to Space Mountain.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • “Tale of The Lion King” – Beginning June 7, Disney California Adventure Park celebrates the beloved characters and music of Disney’s “The Lion King” with an imaginative new adaptation of this timeless story, presented as a highly-theatrical outdoor musical production entitled, “Tale of the Lion King.” The show features a cast of 18 performers – including actors, singers, dancers and drummers – who form an ensemble called the Storytellers of the Pride Lands. This traveling troupe specializes in retelling revered stories in their own contemporary style, weaving their tale through language, song and dance. The festive celebration of “Tale of The Lion King” will be presented for a limited time.
  • Fancy Nancy – Nancy Clancy, the high-spirited young girl from Disney Junior’s hit animated series “Fancy Nancy,” made “une grande entrée” into Disney California Adventure this spring. Guests can meet Fancy Nancy just outside the “Disney Junior Dance Party!” in Hollywood Land.
  • Play at Pixar Pier – Celebrating its first anniversary in June, Pixar Pier is a whimsical land where the stories and characters of Disney•Pixar films are celebrated in incredible, playful ways.
    • The newly reimagined Jessie’s Critter Carousel opened this spring in the Toy Story Boardwalk neighborhood. This giant toy carousel stars Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl and a friendly bunch of desert critters inspired by the “Toy Story” films. Guests hop on and yell “giddyup!” from the saddle of a whimsical snake, armadillo, turtle, bunny or other critters from the world of Woody’s Roundup.
    • Opening early this summer is Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, a new attraction at the Inside Out Headquarters neighborhood. Inspired by the Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out,” guests step into the workplace of Riley’s Emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Boarding one of eight Memory Movers, guests take a sense-ational spin surrounded by vibrant shelves packed with glowing recollections.
    • Bo Peep from Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” will make special appearances in Pixar Pier this summer. In “Toy Story 4,” when Bonnie takes the toys on her family’s road trip, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep. Her adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. Woody and Bo are worlds apart when it comes to their lives as toys, and they soon realize that’s the least of their worries.
  • “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” – The spectacular magic of Disney animation comes to life in the 3D movie musical “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” at Disney California Adventure.  Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other favorite Disney characters take the stage in this 3D fantasy adventure in the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.
  • Super Heroes – Super Heroes are landing in Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure to meet their newest “recruits”. Guests may encounter some of the most admired Super Heroes in the universe, including Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Captain America and Black Panther.
  • “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” – Guests can stay cool indoors enjoyinga theatrical adaptation based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, “Frozen.” Performed daily at the Hyperion Theater, the impressive stage show immerses audiences in the beloved world of “Frozen” and takes them on the heartwarming journey of Anna and Elsa, with all of the excitement of live theater. Guests often rave about the elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, and show-stopping production numbers. With the Disney Animation Studios film “Frozen 2” debuting later this year, guests can relive favorite moments from the original film while anticipating what comes next.
  • “World of Color” Returns – This breathtaking nighttime extravaganza at Disney California Adventure returns, with Disney and Pixar stories vividly projected on a screen created by more than 1,200 fountains spraying 19,000 square feet of water. Guests watch in wonder as water, fire, light and music weave together to celebrate the magic of Disney storytelling.

Around the Disneyland Resort

  • Disneyland Resort Hotel Added Values – Guests who stay overnight at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel between May 31 and June 23, 2019, will receive a designated reservation for the new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, during their stay (one reservation per registered guest; valid theme park admission required).* Guests stay immersed in the magic with special offers at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, making the most of their time with Extra Magic Hour,** with their valid theme park admission. Each of the hotels offers themed family dining as only Disney can do, plus cool pools for a refreshing respite.
  • Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration – Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration in the Downtown Disney District is a must-see experience celebrating 90 years of the beloved Mickey Mouse. This is a limited-time, separate ticket, pop-up featuring selfie-and-photo-worthy, immersive and imaginatively-themed rooms inspired by all things Mickey Mouse. The price starts at $30 per person.*** Pop-Up Disney! is one of several new additions at Downtown Disney, including Black Tap Burgers and Shakes and Ballast Point restaurants.
  • New Additions to Disney MaxPass – Guests who visit the Disneyland Resort and purchase Disney MaxPass through the Disneyland app to maximize their day are now able to make digital Disney FASTPASS selections for select entertainment in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, right from their smartphones. Guests can use Disney MaxPass to make digital Disney FASTPASS selections for the breathtaking nighttime water show, World of Color, at Disney California Adventure and the dazzling Fantasmic! nighttime spectacular at Disneyland. Other benefits of Disney MaxPass include the ability to secure digital Disney FASTPASS selections for select attractions, as well as unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos from that day. Available as an add-on to a theme park ticket for an additional fee, Disney MaxPass helps guests maximize their day to save time and experience more.****

For more details about these experiences and offers, guests may visit Disneyland.com.