It was Walt Disney who said: “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
This saying has held true. Disneyland has continued to grow, change, and bring forth new ideas since the day it opened. At the D23 Expo, Disney announced some new changes coming to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, as well as updates on attractions that have already been announced.
So, here is a look at some of the most recent changes that have come to Disneyland as well as what is to come!
Recent Changes: Guardians, Fantasmic, and MaxPass
There have been a few recent changes that have already begun at the parks, starting with the Tower of Terror. It was announced back in 2016 that the Tower of Terror in California Adventure would be closing down, and changed into Guardians of the Galaxy theming.
Although some fans were unhappy with the changes, when they opened it up earlier this year, it received a positive response. I personally was able to ride it when I was in Disneyland recently, and I thought it was amazing.
Another recent change was Fantasmic. It closed down in early 2016 and just reopened on July 16th 2017, with a few new additions including Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pirates.
Although it didn’t change much from the original, fans were excited about the new additions.
Finally, a new system of Fastpass came to Disneyland on July 19th 2017 called MaxPass. MaxPass is a digital Fastpass that you use via the Disneyland app, but it will cost you.
Right now the “introductory cost” is $10 per day (unless you have a signature or premium annual pass), or $75 per year.
It works similar to how the Fastpass system works now, where you would select the next available time for the attraction you are interested in, and then it will supply you with a confirmation and barcode that would be scanned at the attraction entrance.
As of right now, paper Fastpasses are still available and free, but there has been speculation as to whether those will go away altogether.
New Changes: Star Wars Land, Pixar Pier, and Marvel Experiences
In addition to changes that have already taken place, there are some new changes that are on the slate in the coming years.
Although fans have been anxiously awaiting Star Wars Land since 2015 when it was announced, D23 did give fans a little more information about what to expect.
Not only did fans get to see a fully detailed model of Star Wars Land, but they also learned the official name (Galaxy’s Edge), and heard about a few new ride experiences.
The 14 acre land will include replicas of the Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighters and X-Wings, as well as a ride that allows guests to ride on the Millennium Falcon. Another ride will put guests on a Star Destroyer.
Also, the construction of Star Wars Land meant a new train system, and with that, Disney decided to revamp the Rivers of America. The new look will be unveiled later this month, but the concept art proves that the Rivers are dressed to impress.
Also announced at D23 was a huge change coming to California Adventure. Paradise Pier will become Pixar Pier. This will include immersive experiences with some of Pixar’s most beloved characters, including those from “Toy Story”, “The Incredibles”, and “Inside Out”.
With that addition comes a limited time celebration in Disneyland called “Pixar Fest,” which will include a brand new fireworks show, as well as the return of California Adventure’s Pixar Play Parade.
Also with new Pixar experiences came the announcement of a new Marvel experience coming to California Adventure. They are calling it an “immersive superhero experience” which is to include Spider-Man and the Avengers, and has fans wondering what this vague title could actually mean.
With both big and small changes, fans often have mixed reviews. However, Disneyland will continue to grow and change with new technology, and interests just as the rest of the world.
Be sure to let me know in the comments what you think of the new changes, and which one you are looking forward to most.
Until next time, have a magical day!
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