D23 Expo Through the Eyes of Magic Kingdom Mamas
We are Julie and Emily, the Magic Kingdom Mamas. We had such a great time at the D23 Expo this past weekend! So many fun things are coming to Disneyland Resort in the next couple of years, and we are excited to share the latest updates with you!
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Perhaps the most exciting announcement for Disneyland was "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge." That's right friends, Star Wars Land has an official name! As you may have already heard, Star Wars Land is set to open in 2019. There is no official date yet, but we do know that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will open at Disneyland before its Walt Disney World location.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is an incredibly detailed, completely immersive land set on 14 acres – comprised of space previously occupied by Big Thunder Ranch and Disney backlot. The land will have two main attractions: the first, allowing guests to pilot the Millennium Falcon (what!) and the second, putting guests right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance! Though no specific context was given, it was also confirmed that guests will see their Star Wars favorites (BB-8, Chewie, Hondo, Rex the droid, Kylo Ren, and so on), in addition to some new characters that we have never been introduced to! 2019 cannot come soon enough!
Pixar Pier in California Adventure
YES, you read that title correctly, "PIXAR PIER" will be taking the place of the beloved Paradise Pier in California Adventure in 2018. From the artist renderings, it looks as though they will keep the fun, Summer carnival of the pier, but with more Pixar characters and theming alongside the popular Toy Story Midway Mania attraction.
Pixar Fest in Disneyland
Pixar fun will be making its way into DISNEYLAND for the first time! In 2018, there will be a limited-time experience called, "Pixar Fest," which will include a brand-new fireworks spectacular along with special character appearances and of course, the Pixar Play Parade will be dancing down the streets of Disneyland instead of California Adventure, which all sounds so fun!
Paint the Night Parade
"When can we do this again?" The classic chorus from this incredible parade has us asking the same question! We have been waiting on the edge of our seats wondering when the Paint the Night Parade will be returning to Disneyland Resort. Well, guess what?! This fan-favorite WILL be returning, but this time to California Adventure! We're just happy to hear it will be back because it's truly one of the best parades we've ever seen!
We cannot wait for this “Haul-oween” overlay of our beloved Cars Land! This is such exciting news for anyone visiting California Adventure from early September to October 31 this year! Cars characters will don costumes and Halloween decor will be seen up and down Route 66! No confirmation yet, but we would be willing to bet that there will even be special festive food offerings available!
Avengers-themed "Universe" at California Adventure
Some of you may have noticed the Avengers signature "A" on a somewhat hidden hatch that sits on the west side of the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction (close to the gate around that side of the attraction). Well, there has been rumors and speculation that the hatch is a subtle hint to an Avengers themed "land" at California Adventure, and guess what? The rumors were confirmed! We learned that there are plans for Spider-Man and the Avengers to join the Guardians of the Galaxy in a "completely immersive super hero universe." No date, year, or more specific details on this have been released yet, but we will be sure to update and share info on our blog, www.mkmamas.com as we hear more!