A new year is upon us, and 2018 guarantees to be legendary. There will be new attractions at local theme parks and beloved characters earning their own celebrations. Also ringing in the new year are countless new dining options in Anaheim and Orange County. For those hoping to spend a little more time relaxing in the new year, Anaheim’s got that covered too.
From parades to pubs, see what’s new in 2018.
Up, The Incredibles, Inside Out - -these are just some of the Disney/Pixar films that have warmed our hearts. In 2018, the animated stories and characters from our favorite Pixar Animation Films are making their way to the Disneyland Resort.
In Summer 2018, Pixar Pier is set to open with new themed neighborhoods and a reimagined attraction, “The Incredicoaster.” Previously Paradise Pier, the newly designed waterfront section of Disney California Adventure Park increases the presence of Pixar to the parks. In celebration of what’s to come at Disney California Adventure, Mickey Mouse and his pals have planned Pixar Fest, a limited-time and all things-Pixar celebration slated to begin April 13th.
Pixar Fest Details
Pixar Play Parade - The upbeat parade will be rolling through Disneyland, led by the iconic Pixar ball and lamp. The fun continues with floats featuring other Pixar films. New for the Pixar Fest, characters from Up and Inside Out will be making their debut. Look for Joy and Sadness rocketing into the park atop Bing Bong’s rocket wagon.
Paint the Night Parade - Lighting the night at Disney California Adventure Park will be the all-LED parade, Paint the Night. The parade illuminates beloved characters such as Monsters, Inc’s Mike and Sully and Lightning McQueen from the Cars franchise.
Together Forever - A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular - From the rope drop to the firework finale, the Disneyland Resort will wow guests during Pixar Fest and bring decades of Pixar characters to the parks with a bang!
Downtown Disney District
The fun extends just outside the Magic Kingdom at Downtown Disney. From gamers to diners, you won’t want to miss what’s happening at DTD.
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire merges the real world with hyper-reality as guests try to recover Imperial intelligence. Interact with Star Wars characters in this cutting-edge immersive world. Please note that this experience is for those aged 10 and up.
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer has Disney on the menu. The new addition to the Downtown Disney District will feature award-winning burgers and “Crazy Milkshakes” that are literally over-the-top. Enjoy an All-American Burger or a Vegan one too located right across from Catal Restaurant.
Splitsville Lanes boasts a unique combination of dining, bowling and live entertainment and will soon be opening its doors at Downtown Disney District. The spectacular 40,000-square-foot, two-story venue is providing a lively, yet comfortable atmosphere for guests of all ages to enjoy.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Grab your group and join the PEANUTS for Knott’s Berry Farm’s first PEANUTS Celebration. Charlie Brown and friends take center stage during the weekend-only celebrations Jan. 27 through Feb. 25. Enjoy themed decor, activities, entertainment and treats all honoring the Charles M. Schulz characters we adore.
While you’re hanging out during PEANUTS Celebration, check out HangTime. The steel coaster, set to open in Summer 2018, is the only dive coaster on the West Coast. Towering 150 feet in the air, HangTime takes steel surfers to the crest and leaves them rolling and diving with a 96-degree drop (the steepest in California). HangTime is only the second in the Western Hemisphere to include a negative-g stall loop!
From new restaurant openings to more leisure opportunities, Anaheim’s CTR City is the center of the buzz about town.
The Anaheim Packing District is where hip meets historic for lunch. The contemporary food hall is a gathering place for foodies as it offers eclectic food choices from around the globe. Three new tenants are joining the food hall: Sweetbird, Mangal by Aleppo’s Kitchen and SEED People’s Market. Grab a fried chicken sandwich from Sweetbird or chicken shawarma from Mangal featuring Syrian cuisine. SEED People’s Market is a new retail space, selling “products with a purpose.”
The adjoining Farmer’s Park will be opening two new restaurants. 18 Fold’s menu features dim sum and craft beer sourced from Anaheim breweries. Grab dumplings or other Chinese food dishes. Featuring farm-to-fork dishes, Farmer’s Park also welcomes Cultivation.
Across the street, the MAKE Building celebrates the structure’s 101st birthday. The once marmalade factory now houses Unsung Brewery and Pali Wine Co. Joining the makers at MAKE are Stone Groove Stillhouse and Jav’s BBQ.
After all of the culinary explorations, a little R & R is in order. Modern Times’ Leisuretown has you covered. The craftsman-style house turned relaxation destination will feature a brewery, cafe, food stalls and a swimming pool with a poolside bar and movie screen.
The historic center of Anaheim, Center Street Promenade is home to unique eateries and boutiques. 2018 brings in a collection of new offerings in both dining and retail. Step back in the 1970s as you shop in Good Things. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, try the newly opened Hummos & Pita, a casual Mediterranean restaurant, or the Promenade Pub. The pub, owned by the same people as the Colony Wine Merchant, will be offering pub grub on a pet-friendly patio and beers on tap from local breweries. Finish the meal at House of Chimney Cakes. The Hungarian churro-like spirals can be ordered by themselves or filled with ice cream and other toppings.
If you’re looking to spend a little more time exploring Center Street, you’ll want to check out Requiem: Coffee, Tea and Fantasy. The coffee shop/gaming destination is set to include areas themed from video games.
Orange County doesn’t seem to do boring. 2018 will also welcome SteelCraft Garden Grove. It will be Orange County’s first shipping container food hall, housed behind City Hall in Garden Grove. The 20 artisanal retailers and restaurants take shape within the repurposed cargo containers and be open to the public in mid-to-late 2018.