Today we have a rather large update from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for you to feast your eyes on. During our visit last weekend we were kind of all over the place, which was a good thing.
So this update has a bit of construction stuff, some Galaxy's Edge stuff, and some food and wine stuff (which we WILL get back to soon). Enjoy!
Written by Gregg Condon
Me: My kids are grown, I avoided ever getting a mini van!
Disneyland: Hold our Moof Juice.
Our first stop in the morning was to get the Indy pop. I have to be 100% honest, I didn't realize it was a big one. When we walked into Wunderland Gallery in Downtown Disney to get ours I was shocked, as you can see below.
Before taking Indy back to the car for the day, had to take him around the park a bit.
After getting our Rise boarding group (18 FTW) I had to actually leave to run an errand. We made it to Rise with 5 minutes to spare.
I also had to try out my new iPhone 11 Pro, rather impressed with the results. Check out a Rise of the Resistance Slide Show below.
Video of the amazing ROTR Pre-Show and "transport"
Jake and I also had some fun and did a reverse POV
The extensive rehab for The Haunted Mansion is continuing
Apparently some of these scrims have come down since Saturday
Over at DCA we took a quick look at the Food and Wine festival. Didn't try any treats, but we'll be back.
Avengers Campus construction is continuing as well.
As well as the admin building next to Luigi's.
They're still claiming "Summer" for this to open. We'll see.
There was some cone'struction going on in Cars Land
Back over at Disneyland, couldn't remember if we had a shot of this during our last update
And there was this thing.
If you've followed our site for any length of time you'll know we are huge fans of single rider lines. That said, not sure it really works for Star Tours. I think our wait was pretty much the same as the stand-by line.
No lie, I don't think I'd ridden "regular" Space Mountain since 2012. So yay!!
Wonder if they'll bring back the Dick Dale soundtrack for 90's night? That would be worth the admission alone.
After saying goodbye to Jake (he had woof'ers to take care of) I went and did some other single rider things. Like Indy!!
Look into my eyes
Mark Twain ... Maaaaark Twaaaiiiin
It was a beautiful late afternoon, so decided to do a POV of the Mark Twain
Sunset over Galaxy's Edge
Did single rider on the Falcon. I had only done this once before, as a pilot. I will say, there is definitely a difference between being a pilot and an engineer. The ride itself was still a ton of fun, more a difference in the movement of the cockpit.
Another slideshow, because why not. :)
What a piece of junk
There was some kind of lightsaber meet in Galaxy's Edge. This was super cool. These photos aren't watermarked so if you participated and want to use any of them, feel free to do so. :)
I had never noticed all of the hidden mickey's before
Over in Fantasyland, some work going on with the Carousel and Snow White
It's going to look amazing when it's done
Goodnight sweet Disneyland. We'll be back soon!!
As you may have seen, this morning Disneyland (and WDW) raised ticket and AP prices, which caused the typical outcry from fans as we've seen every other time they've raised prices. Since most sites are concentrating more on the WDW side of things, we're going to look at the Disneyland side.
The typical arguments are flying around, Disney is greedy being chief among them. As we always try to do, we're going to try and give these things a bit of reasoning.
Here we are, less than a year after the grand opening of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge and barely a month after the opening of Rise of the Resistance opening at Disneyland, there are over a million Annual Passholders.
But unlike years past, the parks aren't slammed each and every day. In fact, on our 3 visits over the last 2 months, it's never really been overwhelming. And this is exactly what Disney has wanted with the increases in APs over the past few years.
Don't let the light crowds for the opening of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge fool you though. There was legit panic going on. But now that panic has subsided and they're ready to debut their new pricing structure.
With all of that said, let's let's look at the new AP prices:
Disney Premiere Annual Pass (admission to DL and WDW) = $2119 (increase of $70)
Disney Signature Plus = $1449 (increase of $50)
Disney Signature = $1199 (increase of $50)
Disney Deluxe = $829 (increase of $30)
Disney Flex Pass = $649 (increase of $50)
Disney Southern California Select = $419 (increase of $20)
In addition, the MaxPass is now $20 a day (increase of $5 per day) or $125 to add to an Annual Pass (increase of $25)
As of this time we do not know if parking has gone up.
As for Day Tickets, they've gone up but it depends on the day you go. For example, a 1-day park-hopper will cost you $209 most days. But you really need to determine when you're going in order to get an accurate cost.
As we've done in the past, we're also going to look at the Annual Pass prices for Disneyland and compare them to the other theme parks in Southern California.
(click any of the links to be taken to the AP pages for each park)
Silver Pass = $149.99
Gold Pass = $199.99
Platinum Pass = $239.99
Elite Pass = 299.99
So let's break this down a bit.
You can get a Universal Studios Hollywood Gold Pass, Magic Mountain Gold Plus Membership, Cedar Fair Platinum Pass, Legoland Silver Pass and SeaWorld San Diego Silver Pass for a grand total of $833.19.
Believe it or not, that's a collective reduction in price of about $80 from the prices in 2018 due to some of the parks restructuring their AP Programs.
If you won't be visiting any other Cedar Fair Parks other than Knott's, that drops your price. If you don't have small kids and don't need Legoland that drops your price. If you don't like roller coasters and don't want Magic Mountain, that drops your price.
The point is, this gives you some freedom, and maybe you'll find something you love outside of Disneyland.
There is a difference this year, at least for us, and that is that we're Disneyland Annual Passholders again, for the first time since 2012.
We had our visits to the parks about every 18 months between January 2012 and December 2019. In fact, up until our visit in December it had been almost 2 years since we'd visited.
You know the saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder", well, it's totally true in this case. We've kind of fallen in love with Disneyland again. We've gone 3 times on our new Flex Pass and are planning on going again on Saturday. We're just enjoying taking everything in again, enjoying the time we're spending there.
Are we going to renew every year? Probably not. We've talked about maybe every other year, or every 3 years at this point.
This might not work for you, but it works for us. Sometimes it's good to take a break from things.
There are also a ton of other non Theme Park Options, a few of them are below:
The point is, there are other options out there. There are things to do other than Disneyland.
If you enjoy going to Disneyland, if the price makes sense to you, by all means, keep your AP. Do what makes you happy.
If you find yourself increasingly bitter about the rise in APs, then maybe it's time to look elsewhere to spend your entertainment dollars.
So what are your thoughts on the new prices for Disneyland? Are they going to prevent you from renewing or making your yearly visit?
Happy Wednesday all!! Hope you're all having a great week so far. We're still on that post Rise of the Resistance high, but we did a lot more at Disneyland last weekend and thought we should share it with you.
This update includes some new experiences we got to try during our visit and a look at this years Lunar new Year at Disney California Adventure.
Written by Gregg Condon
We always love being at Disneyland during sunrise, something magical about it.
Obviously our main goal for the day was to experience Rise of the Resistance, which we did!
Be sure to check out our tips for experiencing Rise of the Resistance that we posted the other day.
While waiting for our ride time, we got to experience some classic attractions, but not this one. It was pretty chilly.
We wrecked the halls with Jack one last time. Looking forward to OG Haunted Mansion being back soon.
We actually had an interesting experience on Pirates. As we were launching the CM's at the dock made the announcement that the ride was shutting down. We went through the ride, every boat behind us was empty. We didn't stop once, not even at the final lift.
When we got back to the entrance of the ride, it was completely empty. We have zero idea what was going on, but the ride was back open when we passed by later in the day.
We also spent some time in Batuu as our ride time for ROTR got closer.
We tried our first Breakfast Ronto Wrap. It was yummy.
We also tried this thing, it was, ok.
I got to hang out with Chewie!! We didn't see R2D2 unfortunately.
My OMG face before we even got into the "ride" part of Rise of the Resistance.
My review of Rise of the Resistance (no spoilers) in case you missed it the other day
After our experience on Rise of the Resistance, we needed to decompress at Lamplight.
And check out some Lunar New Year treats
Let's go try some food!!
Firecracker Three Cup Chicken Wings (my favorite thing we tried)
We had reservations to experience Oga's Cantina for the first time, so we headed back over to Disneyland and stopped at one of our all time favorite attractions. It's still great, even after all these years.
Back in Galaxy's Edge, Kylo Ren is looking for somebody.
I still can't get over how amazing it is to see the Millennium Falcon just sitting there.
Time for the Cantina!!
Took some video of our experience
This is such a cool touch
The Jet Juice
She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid.
It was tingly for sure
Definitely unique, not sure we'd get it again. Not to be used for shooting Womprats.
As we had been up since the early morning hours (1:30am for me for some stupid reason), we decided to do one last attraction and head out. And we decided on It's a Small World.
Sunset over Matterhorn
We had to pick up a popcorn/fries bucket for a friend
And I had to do my best Flavor Flave impression
I will say, my one disappointment is the lack of Rise of the Resistance merchandise. I don't care for the regular shirt, at all (and it had a HUGE head hole).
I did like the Passholder design with the logo, but honestly, I don't want the Passholder there.
Need just a plain black shirt with the Rise of the Resistance logo on it. That's it.
Hopefully those are coming soon.
We said goodnight to Walt and Mickey and headed home.
It was a great night, and we're already making plans on heading back soon.
Now that we've used our Flex Pass 3 times I think we've got a pretty good handle on it, and we'll be doing a review of that particular pass soon. So stay tuned for that!!