News & A Review of My Recent Disneyland Visit

News & A Review of My Recent Disneyland Visit

In an unexpected last minute turn of events, I ended up having the opportunity to visit the Disneyland Resort. My focus was on Disneyland Park as well as the Downtown Disney/Hotel District Area. We’ll visit these locations to see what’s new and what’s happening here at “The Happiest Place on Earth”. We’ll look at new offerings such as Adventureland Treehouse, Pixar Place and Tiana’s Palace. Speaking of Tiana, we look at its impact on the park as well as recent announcements of when Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will arrive. We’ll then look at entertainment happenings to include Mickey’s Mix Magic and the incomparable Magic Happens. We’ll also look at where Disneyland is in terms of receiving the permissions and authority to direct its own zoning in moving forward. Could Disneyland have a third theme park? We’ll explore that and we’ll finish up with some tips for how to make your Disneyland visit the best possible.

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Pixar Place Hotel

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • History of Pixar Place
  • Room Size
  • Partridge Family/Mid Century Look
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Replying to @Pixar We had to roll out the red carpet for the grand opening of Pixar Place Hotel ???? #Disney #DisneyParks #Disneyland #DisneyResorts #DisneylandHotels #Pixar

♬ original sound – Disney Parks

Disneyland Hotel

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • DVC Villas Complement the Hotel’s Look and Feel
  • Great Landscaping Makes it Feel Forever Disneyland Hotel
  • More Mid-Century Than Ever While Quintessentially Disney
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Downtown Disney

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  • Parking Lot Moved to Simba Side
  • Pricing Changed
  • What’s the Theme?
    • Contemporary Craftsman Style on Disney’s Grand California Side
    • Mid Century Look on Disneyland Hotel Side
    • Between Spots Being Re-Directed Toward One or the Other.
  • Question Marks on How It Ties Into the Expansion
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disneyland Expansion

Concept art of an immersive theme park planned for the westside expansion in the DisneylandForward plan. (Courtesy of Disney)
Image by Disney
Disneyland Reveals Expansion Plans to Bring New Attractions, Experiences
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Map by Google
Image by Disney
  • Josh D’Amaro 100 Acres for a New Park
  • Meanwhile, Current Opportunities & Announcements Exist?
    • Pandora World of Avatar at Disney’s California Adventure
    • Tomorrowland–Tokyo Continues to Improve Upon Their Version While We Tweak Haunted Mansion
    • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure–Late 2024 Announcement for Disneyland Plus Animatronics
New Tiana Audio-Animatronic figure
Photo by Disney

Disneyland New Additions

Tiana’s Palace

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • Exterior more Main Street U.S.A. than New Orleans
  • Decor Inside and Out more highly aligned to Princess and the Frog
  • Food Great Quality But Not Labeled
  • Beignets for Dessert, But No Mint Juleps
  • Tiana onhand to greet guests–but not recognizable to Guests disembarking the train.
  • Restaurant Not Reaching Capacity–Bigger Line at Mint Julep Bar
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Eudora’s Chic Boutique Featuring Tiana’s Gourmet Secrets

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • Interesting Selection of Merchandise–Some Disney, Most Outsourcing and Beignet Focused
  • Third Tiana Offering Coming to Disneyland–But Not a Frozen Style Makeover
  • What Will Become of Other Critter Country Areas
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

The Heartbeat of New Orleans – A Living Mural

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Queenie and the Jambalaya Jazz Band, which is another show playing on a barge was playing, but over at Tiana’s Palace.

Mickey’s Mix Magic

DJ Mickey virtually spins a playlist of remixed Disney tunes, including:

  • “It’s a Good Time”
  • “I Wanna Be Like You”
  • “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat”
  • “Friend Like Me”
  • “Grim Grinning Ghosts”
  • “Un Poco Loco”
  • “Let It Go”
  • “It’s a Good Time” (Finale)

This show is playing instead of Wondrous Journeys. Still it misses the gravitas of the 100th anniversary show that is Wondrous Journeys

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Adventureland Treehouse

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • Really Opens up the Space
  • Lots of Easter Eggs–Deserves Another Podcast
  • An Original IP Driven Attraction–But What’s It Tied to Now?

Disneyland Tips

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • Lyft/Uber vs. Walking
  • Hang Around Closed Attractions–This Happened Too Often During My Visit
    • Toon Town Mickey & Minnie’s Railroad
    • Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain Down
    • Other Attractions Around the Area Down
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • Combine food & beverage opportunities–seeking out indoor solutions
    • Royal Street Veranda & Golden Horseshoe
    • Galactic Grill and Alien Pizza Planet
    • Milk Stand and Docking Bay 7
    • Hungry Bear and Harbour Galley
    • Bengal Barbecue & Tropical Hideaway
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Magic Happens–See It! Get In Line for An Attraction and/or Entertainment or Find a Favorite Snack

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

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