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Disneyland Project/Rumor Tracker

BasiltheBatLord

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Disneyland Park
  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Delayed Additions (under construction)
    • Free reservation required to access land from May 31-June 23 [official]
    • Rise of the Resistance
  • Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway/Toontown Overhaul (planned)
    • Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway opening in Toontown in 2022, will be different from WDW's version in some fashion, even if just minor details [official]
    • Toontown might get an aesthetic overhaul/refresh along with the attraction [source]
    • Plans appear to be for backstage areas to be demolished for expansion, Roger Rabbit does NOT seem to be in danger at this point. [source 1][source 2]
      • Toontown Five & Dime shop currently planned to be the only Yesterland casualty [source]
      • Disneyland representative has reportedly confirmed that RR is staying [source (Attractions Magazine)]
    • Disney currently investigating whether land can be kept open during/after fireworks, no guarantee of anything [source]
    • Runaway Railway was originally planned for DCA, moved to DL due to death of Eastern Gateway project [source]
  • Tomorrowland Changes (planned)
    • Plans exist to eventually overhaul Tomorrowland at some undetermined point in time [source]
      • Update: Tomorrowland overhaul is "on the far back burner", not coming anytime soon [source]
      • Latest: Two-phase overhaul planned for first half of 2020's, will include some demolition of existing structures [source]
    • The abandoned People Mover tracks are planned to finally be demolished at some point, early 2020's has been mentioned as a timeframe [source 1] [source 2]
    • Star Tours is staying for the foreseeable future, might get replaced eventually. Iron Man simulator is NOT coming to DLR. [source]
    • Buzz is currently slated to be replaced with an unknown overlay [source]
    • Tomorrowland could get a new attraction that exists at another park as part of its overhaul [source]
  • Fantasyland Expansion (rumor)
    • A major Fantasyland expansion may be the next big project after SW:GE and Toontown, not much word yet though [rumor]
      • Most proposals involve Frozen [source]
    • Fantasyland Theater could be demolished for new E-ticket. Likely years away [rumor]
    • Tokyo's BatB E-ticket unlikely to come to Disneyland [source 1] [source 2] [source 3]
  • Parades
    • New night parade may be coming in the 2020's, but nothing for the foreseeable future [source 1] [source 2]
    • MSEP not currently planned to return to DL (or anywhere) [source]
Disney California Adventure
  • Unnamed Superhero Land (under construction)
    • Opening 2020 [official]
    • At least 1, maybe 2 E-tickets, replacing Bugs Land theater and maybe Timon lot [rumor]
      • Spider-Man attraction
        • Dark ride using new pendulum ride-system? [rumor]
        • Could be just a C-ticket spinner ride instead [source 1] [source 2]
        • Most recent report claims ride will be a screen-based shooter ride (like Midway Mania), with "webslingers" for guests [source]
        • Official word from Disney low on details: "Cutting-edge interface", "never-before seen technology" with "practical effects" in a "fun, interactive attraction". Also coming to WDS in Paris. [official]
      • Avengers coaster [rumor]
        • Allegedly axed completely due to capacity issues [source]
          • Maybe not? Report claims back from the dead [source]
      • E-tickets have been sent back to the drawing board due to capacity issues and will miss land opening, pushed back to 2021/2022 [source]
        • All attractions in land will be unique (i.e. no clones of Paris or Hong Kong's Marvel attractions, nor Epcot's GotG coaster) [source ]
    • Doctor Strange show/character experience similar to the one currently on Disney Cruise Line [source]
    • Counter service restaurant [source]
    • Ant-Man themed microbrewery [source]
  • PhilharMagic Queue Enhancements (under construction)
    • PhilharMagic getting a "new entry and a state-of-the-art LED marquee" this summer. [official]
  • Pixar Pier Delayed Additions (under construction)
    • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind opening summer 2019 (very likely re-skinned Flik's Flyers) [official] [source]
  • Oogie Boogie Bash
    • New Halloween party (likely replacing Mickey's Halloween Party) debuting 2019. Features all of the stuff DL used to have (except fireworks) plus special World of Color Villainous show, Redwood Creek Trail overlay walkthrough, meet n' greets, dance party, stage show etc. [official]
  • Parades
    • Paint the Night
      • PtN is staying at DCA for the foreseeable future, going seasonal in early 2019 [source 1] [source 2]
      • Already going seasonal: PtN will not run during Festival of Holidays [official]
    • Pixar Play Parade
      • Might return sometime in 2019 [source]
Downtown Disney
  • DTD Hotel (cancelled/on hold?)
    • The 4th hotel, announced to open in Downtown Disney in 2021 is on hold following a tax feud between Disney and City of Anaheim. [original source (L.A. Times)]
    • Despite the hotel not moving forward, work will continue on the site to clean up contaminated soil as well as pathway construction for the rest of the resort. [source]
Resort-wide/Hotels
  • Pixar Pals Parking Structure (under construction)
    • New, 6,500-space parking garage opening 2019 [official]
      • ABC 7: Name of structure is "Pixar Pals" opening end of July [source]
    • Current tram boarding area will also be "reconfigured" [official]
    • Pedestrian skybridge over Magic Way added to project [official]
  • Annual Pass System Reform
    • The AP system is being overhauled starting June 2019, blockout dates will become park-specific depending on AP tier [source (O.C. Register)]
  • Grand Californian Pool Bar (under construction)
    • New pool bar opening Spring 2019 [official]
  • Garden Grove Hotel (rumor)
  • Star Wars Hotel (rumor)
    • Some version of the Star Wars Hotel from DHS is planned for DLR in the early 2020's, depending on future City relations [source]
  • Eastern Gateway (on hold?)
    • Plans for the famous Eastern Gateway project were officially shelved in October 2017. Could it ever make a comeback? [source (O.C. Register)]
    • Plans had called for... [planned blueprint]
      • New parking garage
      • Bus/rideshare drop off point relocation
      • Security checkpoint moved east
      • Pedestrian bridge over Harbor Blvd.
    • May not be dead yet... Coming back from the dead late 2019? Depends on elections. [source 1] [source 2]
      • Sources suggest Disney may revive project in mid-2019 [source]
Timeline
Be skeptical of anything with a (?)

2018
  • October 1: Earl of Sandwich returns to DTD for limited time [completed]
  • October 12: Salt & Straw opens at DTD [completed]
  • November 4: Final performance of Pixar Play Parade at DL [completed]
  • November 4: Final performance of Jedi Training Academy at DL [completed]
  • November 16: Matterhorn reopens with new queue in DL [completed]
  • December 19: Tropical Hideaway opens in DL [completed]
2019
  • January 7: Sleeping Beauty Castle refurbishment/repairs begin [completed]
  • January 16: Ballast Point opens at DTD [completed]
  • January 17: Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough closes for refurbishment [completed]
  • January 18: Mickey's Mix Magic nighttime show debuts at DL [completed]
  • January 21: White Water Snacks re-opens at Grand Californian [completed]
  • January 25: Mickey's Soundsational Parade returns to DL with new Mickey float [completed]
  • February 5: Tangaroa Terrace opens at Disneyland Hotel [completed]
  • February 22: World of Color returns at DCA [completed]
  • March 8: Temporary Captain Marvel meet n' greet comes to DCA [completed]
  • March 29: Jessie's Critter Carousel opens at DCA [completed]
  • April 19: Live-action Aladdin movie preview opens in DL, runs through May 27 [completed]
  • April 26: Mickey's PhilharMagic opens at DCA [completed]
  • May: Disneyland Hotel pool reopens [completed]
  • May: Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer opens at DTD [completed]
  • May 28: Sleeping Beauty Castle refurbishment/repairs are completed [completed]
  • May 31: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens at DL [completed]
  • June: AP system overhauled [completed]
  • June 1: Sorain' Over California returns for a limited time at DCA [completed]
  • June 7: Disneyland Forever replaces Mickey's Mix Magic at DL [completed]
  • June 7: Tale of the Lion King debuts for a limited time at DCA [completed]
  • Summer: Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind opens at DCA
  • Summer: Mickey's PhilharMagic gets new queue + sign at DCA
  • Late July: Pixar Pals parking structure opens
  • August 31: Soarin' returns to the Around the World version
  • September 6: Oogie Boogie Bash debuts at DCA, runs through Oct. 31
  • TBA: Rise of the Resistance opens in Galaxy's Edge at DL
  • TBA: Pixar Play Parade returns to DCA (?)
  • TBA: New pool bar opens at Grand Californian
2020
  • TBA: Superhero Land opens in DCA
  • TBA: People Mover tracks demolished (?)
2022
  • TBA: Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway + possible Toontown overhaul opens in DL
???/Blue Sky
  • New night parade to DL
  • Tomorrowland overhaul
  • E-tickets open in Superhero Land at DCA
  • Downtown Disney hotel back from the dead
  • Fantasyland expansion
  • Eastern Gateway revived
  • Star Wars Hotel
  • Garden Grove Hotel
 
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BasiltheBatLord

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BasiltheBatLord

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Lots of updates today courtesy of @TP2000

Updates
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (under construction)
  • Opening Summer 2019 [official]
    • Internal plan is to open Memorial Day weekend, but could get delayed to first week of June [source] [added]
Garden Grove Hotel [added]
  • New hotel could be coming in Garden Grove depending on November elections [source]
Star Wars Hotel [added]
  • Some version of the Star Wars Hotel from DHS is planned for DLR in the early 2020's, depending on future City relations [source]
Also added new sources on C-ticket Marvel ride and Toontown Overhaul/"Project Marceline"
 

BasiltheBatLord

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Updates

World of Color
  • WoC encountered a major issue during a refurb in May and is currently on hiatus, returning late 2018 at earliest, if not early 2019 [source 1] [source 2]
    • Not returning in 2018 [source] [added]
Paint the Night
  • PtN is staying at DCA for the foreseeable future, going seasonal in early 2019 [source 1] [source 2]
    • Already going seasonal: PtN will not run during Festival of Holidays [official] [added]
 

BasiltheBatLord

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Updates

Tomorrowland Changes
  • Jedi Training Academy ending permanently in November? Official entertainment schedule shows no performances after Nov. 4 [source] [added]
Matterhorn queue overhaul (under construction)
  • Queue is currently being re-built and re-routed to help with crowd control [source]
 

spectrodanny

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does anyone know if PTN's downtime is because of the Viva Navidad festival at DCA? if that's the case, they should move it over to DL for the holidays (I *THINK* they could still do garlands over Main Street now that the Frozen float is no longer in the parade.
 

BasiltheBatLord

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does anyone know if PTN's downtime is because of the Viva Navidad festival at DCA? if that's the case, they should move it over to DL for the holidays (I *THINK* they could still do garlands over Main Street now that the Frozen float is no longer in the parade.
This thread isn't for discussing changes to the parks (this rule is to help make sure this thread doesn't become a neverending anything-goes-spam-fest as happens to lots of other threads around here).

Here's an appropriate thread to discuss what you're talking about: https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/world-of-color-refurbishment.937950/page-18
 

BasiltheBatLord

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Updates

Pixar Pier Delayed Additions (under construction)
  • Luxo lamp AA still M.I.A. Delayed or cancelled? [original concept art]
    • Currently being installed, still under construction tarp [source] [added]
  • New Restaurants (under construction)
    • The following restaurants are all scheduled to open late 2018
      • Ballast Point [official]
      • Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer [official]
      • Salt & Straw [official] [Removed due to completion]
 

beachlover4444

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I heard today it's official Disneyland will not build that 4th hotel. Also I heard the reason the Luxo Lamp is missing is because there is a company that makes the actual Luxo Lamps and they have to get permission from them i.e. trademarks etc. You would think if they let them use it in movies and as part of the whole Pixar name thing it would not be a huge issue right? I think it will look awesome up there. Cant wait to see it hopefully in January. Thanks for the updates so I know what's going on as our trip approaches.
 

BasiltheBatLord

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Marvel update-palooza

Updates

Disneyland Park
  • Toontown Overhaul/Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (planned)
  • Project is on-hold until at least 2019 in order to gauge future relations with City of Anaheim (November elections matter), but project may be complete before Superhero Land in DCA [source 1] [source 2]
    • Project has now reportedly been greenlit, but not being announced until D23 2019 at earliest [source 1] [source 2] [added]
  • Disney currently investigating whether land can be kept open during/after fireworks, no guarantee of anything [source] [added]
Disney California Adventure
  • Unnamed Superhero Land (under construction)
    • At least 1, maybe 2 E-tickets, replacing Bugs Land theater and maybe Timon lot [rumor]
      • Spider-Man attraction
        • Dark ride using new pendulum ride-system? [rumor]
        • Could be just a C-ticket spinner ride instead [source 1] [source 2]
        • Most recent report claims ride will be a screen-based shooter ride (like Midway Mania), with "webslingers" for guests [source] [added]
      • Avengers coaster [rumor]
        • Allegedly axed completely due to capacity issues [source]
          • Maybe not? Report claims back from the dead [source] [added]
    • Doctor Strange show/character experience similar to the one currently on Disney Cruise Line [source] [added]
    • Counter service restaurant [source] [added]
    • Ant-Man themed microbrewery [source] [added]
 
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