Friday, March 29, 2019

New Rides, New Rules, and More Changes Coming

Well, this sure has been a big week for Disneyland changes and updates! From new rules to new rides, we've got it all here for you. Let's get started!

Jessie's Critter Carousel is Open!

Photo Credit: DAPS Magic

Jessie's Critter Carousel, a much needed addition in California Adventure for little ones, was up and running yesterday! They were letting guests on to film a new commercial. While this was technically a "soft opening," we have no reason not to believe that it'll stay open from here on out.

Ice...yes, we said ice

Not the most exciting change, but it was announced yesterday and is effective immediately, so it's good to know. If you like bringing a cooler into the park, be sure to pack an ice pack because loose ice is no longer allowed. They're hoping it'll speed up security if everything in your cooler is easy to see and they don't have to sift through a bag of ice.

SURPRISE! A New Attraction!

This really came out of nowhere. Coming sometime in April, which let's face it is in two days, is Mickey's PhilharMagic. For anyone who doesn't know it, its a beloved attraction from the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. It's a musical 3D show starring Donald Duck and it's moving into the old Muppet Vision 3D theater. We're so happy that something is finally going to come into that sad, empty space.

The Return of the Egg Hunt

If you've played before, you know how fun it is! All over the Disneyland Resort, you can find hidden Easter Eggs decorated like Disney characters. For $6.99, you can buy a map (separate maps for Disneyland Park, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney) that leads you to the location of each egg. When you find it, you put the matching sticker on the location. When your map is full, you can turn it in for a prize! Of course, you can always just find the eggs on your own for fun. That's what we did last year and it was a great challenge without the map.

Stroller Size and Type Rules

We went over this the other day on our Facebook page, so no need to restart the VERY heated stroller debate here. But, it's official now, so we of course need to share it with you. This is intended to help with walkway congestion in preparation the opening of Galaxy's Edge. As of May 1, Disneyland will no longer be allowing wagons (no matter if they are the push or pull type) and strollers can't be larger than 31"x52". For reference, I measured my double stroller and it's 18"x50" so these are pretty generous dimensions. Be sure to give yours a measure before you go. Disney will be providing "stroller check" so you don't have to go back to your car or hotel if you can't bring your stroller or wagon in. They'll also begin renting double strollers if you suddenly find that yours is too big.

No Smoking!

Again starting May 1, there will be no smoking anywhere in the Disneyland Resort (for both parks, Downtown Disney, and the esplanade area). Hooray!

Reservations for Galaxy's Edge

Photo Credit: Disney

We've reported this earlier, but we really feel like everyone needs to be clear on this one. If you want to see Galaxy's Edge from is opening day on May 31 through June 23, you'll need a reservation! The reservations are free, but without one you won't even be able to enter into the new land for that first month. If you're looking to get a reservation, you will automatically get one if you're staying at either the Grand Californian, Disneyland Hotel, or Paradise Pier. Book your hotel stay NOW. They're filling up at an alarming rate. There's still no information available about how to get a reservation if you aren't a hotel guest. We'll update you all as soon as the info is released.