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Disney California Adventure Park Adds More Fun and Attractions as the Happiest Place on Earth Gets Even Happier

Explore seven exciting lands that bring to life Disney stories and characters through amazing attractions, entertainment and dining. The two most recent additions—Buena Vista Street and the awe-inspiring Cars Land—join the themed lands of Grizzly Peak, Paradise Pier , Pacific Wharf, “a bug’s land” and Hollywood Land. With so much to do day and night, Disney California Adventure Park has something for every member of your family.

In summer 2018, Pixar Pier will open as a new land in Disney California Adventure, featuring four whimsical neighborhoods where guests can step into beloved Disney•Pixar stories. The first neighborhood, inspired by “The Incredibles,” will feature the exciting new Incredicoaster, and others will celebrate themes from Pixar favorites such as “Toy Story” and “Inside Out.”

A recent addition to Disney California Adventure is Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Guests are the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in this thrilling attraction fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and early ‘80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” a theatrical adaptation based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, is performed daily at the Hyperion Theater. This theatrical interpretation for the stage immerses audiences in the beloved world of “Frozen” and takes audiences on the heartwarming journey of Anna and Elsa, with all of the excitement of live theater. The show features elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, and show-stopping production numbers.

Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park, added more fun and attractions such as Radiator Springs Racers and the Carthay Circle Theatre in 2012. These exciting lands were part of a five-year expansion that added more Disney and more experiences for guests of the Disneyland Resort, a world-class, family vacation destination with two theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district.

From the thrills of Cars Land to the romance of Buena Vista Street, Disney California Adventure is a testament to what Disney Parks does best – connect guests to the iconic stories, characters and music they love, helping them make shared memories to last a lifetime.

Guests enter Disney California Adventure through another lively and richly detailed land, Buena Vista Street. The themed and designed entrance brings the spirit of Walt Disney into the park as never before, immersing guests in a locale reminiscent of Los Angeles in the 1920s, a time and place full of hope and optimism. With its familiar shop names, period costumes and architecture, Buena Vista Street is inspired by the “city of dreams” Walt Disney found when he arrived by train in California.

The icon of Disney California Adventure, the Carthay Circle Theatre, is a majestic building at the end of Buena Vista Street that recalls, in name and architectural style, the great California movie palace where “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered in 1937. Carthay Circle Theatre, home to the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, anchors the plaza from which guests set out to experience all the thrills, excitement and wonder of Disney California Adventure. Upstairs, guests enjoy Southern California cuisine and the ambience of a post-gala party at Carthay Circle Restaurant, while the ground floor Carthay Circle Lounge offers appetizers and bar service, along with historic photographs and exhibits.

The Red Car Trolley, based on Los Angeles’ historic Pacific Electric Red Car Line, transports guests from Buena Vista Street down Hollywood Boulevard, to the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!. Street characters and entertainers such as the “Red Car Trolley News Boys” and “Five & Dime” add to the lively fun along Buena Vista Street, engaging guests as they step back in time.

The expansion of Disney California Adventure, announced in 2007, has produced a succession of new entertainment and attractions.

  • Toy Story Mania! opened in 2008, inviting guests into an interactive, ride-through, attraction where they enter a 4-D carnival midway hosted by characters from the Disney●Pixar movie “Toy Story.”
  • “World of Color,” the nighttime water spectacular, debuted in 2010 and the popular show has been seen by more than 5 million guests.
  • In 2011, the park reached its next milestone with the premiere of The Little Mermaid
  • ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, a ride-through attraction based on the Disney animated classic movie.
  • Additional highlights include new restaurants such as Paradise Garden Grill and the enhancement and re-theming of such attractions as Mickey’s Fun WheelGames of the Boardwalk, Silly Symphony Swings and Goofy’s Sky School.

The transformation of Disneyland Resort, a world-class, multi-day, family vacation destination, began in 2001 with the opening of Disney California Adventure, the Downtown Disney district and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Since then, the Disneyland Resort has continued to grow with the addition of popular attractions and shows such as “Frozen — Live at the Hyperion” and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa was recently refurbished, bringing new magic to the deluxe hotel with completely redesigned guest rooms plus a refreshed lobby, pool area and concierge-level lounge. The most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening elevates the premium guest experience and brings a contemporary approach to the Arts & Crafts design style.

In 2009, the resort completed a major expansion of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which included the first West Coast destination for Disney Vacation Club.  A magical renovation of the signature Disneyland Hotel was completed in early 2012, including re-imagined guest rooms, a new restaurant and bar, and a new pool with monorail-themed water slides.

The Incredibles Join the High-Speed Action When Incredicoaster This Summer at Disney California Adventure

This summer will bring a transformed land to Disney California Adventure® Park with Pixar Pier, featuring the Incredicoaster – a new experience featuring characters from “The Incredibles.” A super combination of character figures, lighting and special effects will bring the action to life as the Parr family races alongside you in an attempt to catch baby Jack-Jack! In the video below, the Imagineers creating this experience tell you more about the Incredicoaster story and how they approach storytelling on a high-speed attraction. Guests can experience the Incredicoaster this summer at Disney California Adventure Park!

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Expands to Six Weeks in 2018

Disney California Adventure® Food & Wine Festival will return March 2-April 12, 2018, bringing delicious cuisine, specialty beverages and exciting entertainment to Disneyland® Resort Guests for its third season. The culinary festival will expand to six weeks, with more days for Guests to enjoy the flavors of the Golden State.

More than a dozen Festival Marketplaces will feature California-inspired tastes and sips. guests can experience presentations and demonstrations with celebrity chefs such as Robert Irvine and Alex Guarnaschelli; food and beverage tastings; winemaker dinners; beer, wine and spirit seminars – all in addition to live music, entertainment and special activities throughout the festival.

The festival’s signature events will include new experiences such as the Disney Family of Wines Dinner, as well as returning favorites like Sweet Sundays and the Winemaker or Brewmaster Dinners. Another guest-favorite returning to the festival is the Junior Chef experience, with hands-on fun led by Chef Goofy, for children ages 3 to 11.

Stay tuned for more information about the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, returning March 2-April 12, 2018!

Additional fees required for the signature events and certain seminars.  Separate admission to Disney California Adventure Park is required and is not included with the cost of such events. Space is limited for all ticketed events; advance reservations are recommended.  Guests must be 21 years of age or over to consume alcohol and to participate in some events; valid photo ID required. Events and demonstrations are subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.

Encounter Black Panther in 2018 at Disney California Adventure Park

Early next year, Super Hero fans will explore the isolated and technologically advanced kingdom of Wakanda when “Black Panther” opens in theaters February 16, 2018. And for a limited time, Disney California Adventure® Park Guests will have the opportunity to encounter the king of Wakanda himself, Black Panther.

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Stay tuned for more information, including the date for Black Panther’s arrival at Disney California Adventure Park. And don’t miss “Black Panther,” in theaters Feb. 16, 2018!

Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

At Disney California Adventure Park, the popular Festival of Holidays is back to entertain guests with the sights, sounds and tastes of diverse cultural festivities and plenty of Disney magic! Festival of Holidays is a celebration inspired by Christmas/Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. This contemporary seasonal celebration brings guests together for a uniquely Disney festival, Nov. 10, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018.

Guests will discover something around every corner, from festive food and beverage in 12 marketplace locations to fun craft-making and the universal languages of music and dance.

The daily lineup of entertainment includes special Disney characters, cavalcades and performing ensembles that range from an a cappella group with a soulful sound to a dance company that invites guests to the dance party. Disney ¡Viva Navidad! is part of the fun with authentic music, dance, décor, crafts and special greetings by Princess Elena of Avalor and her friends to spread holiday cheer with a delightful musical celebration.

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‘World of Color – Season of Light,’ a Nighttime Spectacular

The nighttime spectacular “World of Color–Season of Light” wraps guests in the warm glow of holiday magic at Disney California Adventure Park. Fusing cherished holiday music sung by beloved artists with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films, this sparkling winter fantasy is magical for all ages. This production of “World of Color” is more brilliant than ever with additional lighting, lasers and high-definition projections.

  • More than 120 characters from 30-plus Disney and Disney•Pixar animated films are included in “World of Color–Season of ”

Music

  • The score for “World of Color–Season of Light” was recorded in sessions in London, Nashville and
  • The soundtrack features some well-known musical artists performing popular holiday tunes:
    • “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
    • “Let It Snow” by Dean Martin
    • “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Michael Bublé and Idina Menzel
    • “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Amy Grant
    • “Mele Kalikimaka” by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
    • “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano
    • “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies” by Pentatonix
    • “Wizards in Winter” by Transiberian Orchestra
    • “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley
    • “Let There Be Peace on Earth” by Heather Headley

Themes

  • In the mesmerizing start, the last leaves of fall give way to the arrival of winter as Mickey and his pals decorate their homes for Themes include:
    • Snow: The Frost Fairies from “Fantasia” create a winter
    • Love and Romance: Some of Disney’s romantic, fairytale couples take center stage, celebrating the holidays with the ones they
    • Family and Home: From Andy’s family in “Toy Story” to a “Mele Kalikimaka” with Stitch and his ‘Ohana’ and a “Feliz Navidad” from the Three Caballeros, the story demonstrates that the most precious holiday moments are spending time with
    • The Nutcracker: Highlights from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” ballet accompany hilarious visuals of gracefully dancing hippos, ostriches, elephants and alligators from Disney’s “Fantasia.”
    • Lights: Goofy goes all out in an over-the-top holiday light displays — until his ode turns to overload and everything short circuits, leading to a “Blue Christmas” with Sadness from Disney•Pixar’s “Inside ”
    • Peace on Earth: In a stunningly beautiful finale, the lagoon is illuminated with the light of hope, filling guests’ hearts with the spirit of peace, joy and goodwill to

Lighting & Projection

  • For “World of Color–Season of Light,” the lagoon is flooded with more light than ever as five barges erupt in a brilliant lighting effect to punctuate the grand
  • More than 800 individual light fixtures are needed to illuminate the
  • Six laser projectors are deployed to create a variety of entertaining
  • Nearly 20 high-definition projectors convey imagery to the screens of

Fountains

  • Paradise Bay lagoon serves as the stage for “World of Color—Season of” The lagoon covers 3.5 acres with nearly 15 million gallons of water and more than 1,200 fountains.
  • The tables on which the fountains and other equipment sit comprise nearly one full acre of engineered superstructure, longer than a football field.
  • A vast underwater grid contains more than 18,000 points of Each fountain has multiple points of control for lighting, color intensity, water angle, height and more.
  • Fountain heights range from 30 feet to 200 feet in the By way of comparison, Mickey’s Fun Wheel reaches a height of 150 feet.
  • The show features one of the world’s largest projected water screens – a wall of water 380 feet wide by 50 feet high, for a projection surface of 19,000 square

World of Color Highlights and History

  • “World of Color – Season of Light” is the fourth production to take place on Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure Previous shows were:
    • The original “World of Color” (2010)
    • “World of Color – Winter Dreams” (2013)
    • “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” (2015)
  • “World of Color” received the 2010 Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Award for Outstanding Achievement–Nighttime Spectacular, for being “a visual and technical marvel.”

PIXAR PIER TO BRING NEW INCREDICOASTER AND MORE TO DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK SUMMER 2018

Summer 2018 will bring a transformed land for guests to experience at Disney California Adventure® Park when Pixar Pier opens along the southern shore of Paradise Bay, with newly themed attractions, entertainment, foods and merchandise throughout. This new, permanent land in the area that is now Paradise Pier will introduce four new neighborhoods representing beloved Disney·Pixar stories.

The first of the four themed neighborhoods guests will find is inspired by “The Incredibles.” Here, the new Incredicoaster, permanently transformed from the attraction that is now California Screamin’, will open with Pixar Pier in summer 2018. This new experience will feature a mid-century-modern-style loading area, new character moments and a new look for the ride vehicles. To prepare for this transformation, California Screamin’ will close Jan. 8, 2018.

The popular Toy Story Mania! will anchor the “Toy Story”-inspired neighborhood. A neighborhood inspired by “Inside Out” will be found on the western side of the boardwalk and will welcome a new family-friendly attraction, scheduled to open at a later date.

The fourth neighborhood will be a celebration of many favorite Pixar stories. In this neighborhood, Mickey’s Fun Wheel will have a new look, with each of the 24 gondolas featuring different Pixar characters and the iconic face of Mickey Mouse remaining on the Paradise Bay side of the wheel. At the Games of the Boardwalk, which already includes the Bullseye Stallion Stampede game, all of the midway games will be inspired by Pixar characters. Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk and Sideshow Shirts will close Jan. 8, 2018 to begin this transformation.

Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a new lounge and grill offering sparkling views of Paradise Bay and the new Pixar Pier. Both locations will close Jan. 8, 2018, with Cove Bar reopening briefly in April before closing again for its permanent transformation. Guests wishing to reserve “World of Color” dining packages after Jan. 7, 2018, may consider Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria.

The remaining areas of the land that is now Paradise Pier, including Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, will become a new land called Paradise Park.

Pixar Pier will open during the limited-time Pixar Fest celebration, which begins April 13, 2018. The celebration will include the new “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks spectacular as well as the return of Pixar Play Parade and “Paint the Night” parade, and much more throughout the entire Disneyland® Resort.

EMBARK ON A SNEAK PEEK OF ‘THOR: RAGNAROK’ THIS WEEKEND AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK

It’s time to travel across the nine realms to Asgard for a sneak peek at the epic adventure “Thor: Ragnarok,” thundering into theaters next month.

Guests can catch our limited preview of scenes from “Thor: Ragnarok” starting this weekend at Disneyland® Resort, featuring a display of props and costumes used in the production of the film. The “Thor: Ragnarok” Sneak Peek, presented in 3D with special in-theater effects, will be showing in the Sunset Showcase Theater at Disney California Adventure® park Oct. 6-Nov. 10, 2017.

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

“Thor: Ragnarok” opens in theaters in 3D on Nov. 3, 2017.

Get a Sneak Peak of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Starting October 6 at Disney California Adventure

Guests don’t have to travel to the far reaches of the galaxy for a glimpse of the astounding cosmic adventure “Thor: Ragnarok,” for beginning Oct. 6, 2017 Guests visiting Disneyland® Resort will be able to catch a preview of scenes from the film in a sneak peek planned for Disney California Adventure® Park. The preview of “Thor: Ragnarok” will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land, where you’ll also be able to lay eyes on a display of props and costumes used in the production of the film.

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

Guests can catch our limited sneak peek of “Thor: Ragnarok” when it opens Oct 6, 2017. Thor thunders into theaters in 3D on Nov. 3, 2017!

MAKE PLANS TO EXPERIENCE PLAZA DE LA FAMILIA, A CELEBRATION OF DISNEY•PIXAR’S ‘COCO’

Guests are invited to bring their family and friends to discover Plaza de la Familia, an all-new festivity beginning Sept. 15, 2017 at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure® Park that celebrates Disney·Pixar’s “Coco” and the everlasting bonds of family.

A highlight of Plaza de la Familia is “A Musical Celebration of Coco,” featuring an entertaining group of storytellers and original songs from “Coco” in a performance of dance and music. Our singing host, Mateo, is joined by an ensemble of Folklórico dancers and the GRAMMY®-winning Mariachi Divas, bringing to vibrant life three of the film’s enchanting songs.

In addition to daily performances of “A Musical Celebration of Coco” at Plaza de la Familia, guests will also enjoy authentic Mariachi music on the Paradise Gardens Bandstand, The World of Coco exhibit, a Tree of Life interactive photo location and a delicious all-new menu of Mexican foods. Plaza de la Familia is inspired by the beautiful tradition of Día de los Muertos that celebrates loved ones who have passed and honors the familial bonds that last forever.

Guests can experience Plaza de la Familia, A Celebration of “Coco” for a limited time, Sept. 15 – Nov. 2, 2017 at Disney California Adventure Park, and look for Disney·Pixar’s “Coco” when the film arrives in theaters in 3D on Nov. 22, 2017.