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Disneyland Project/Rumor Tracker

BasiltheBatLord

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#1
Disneyland Park
  • 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]
    • Same 2 E-tickets (Battle Escape and Millenium Falcon) as DHS [official]
    • Oga's Cantina will break park's 64 year prohibition [official]
      • Alcohol coming to other park table service restaurants over next few years [source]
  • Toontown Overhaul/Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (planned)
    • Plans exist for an overhaul & expansion of Toontown (codenamed "Project Marceline"), the headliner of which being a clone of Runaway Railway from Florida. [source 1] [source 2]
    • 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]
    • Plans are 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]
    • 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
    • Star Tours is staying for the foreseeable future, might get replaced eventually. Iron Man simulator is NOT coming to DLR. [source]
  • Fantasyland Expansion
    • A major Fantasyland expansion may be the next big project after SW:GE and Toontown, not much word yet though [rumor]
    • Fantasyland Theater could be demolished for new E-ticket. Likely years away [rumor]
  • Matterhorn queue overhaul (under construction)
    • Queue is currently being re-built and re-routed to help with crowd control [source]
  • Tropical Hideaway (under construction)
    • New quick service (?) restaurant/lounge opening Fall 2018, replacing Aladdin's Oasis [official 1] [official 2]
  • Parades
    • Soundsational returning January 2019 [confirmed]
      • Rumored to return with additional floats for Mickey's 90th birthday [source 1] [source 2]
    • 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]
  • Nighttime Entertainment
    • New nighttime show "Mickey's Mix Magic" rumored to debut January 2019, likely modeled off of "We Love Mickey!" show at HKDL. Will be projection based with pyro/fireworks on weekends only. [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]
      • 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]
  • Pixar Pier Delayed Additions (under construction)
    • Jessie's Critter Carousel opening 2019 [official]
    • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind opening 2019 (very likely re-skinned Flik's Flyers) [official] [source]
    • Bing Bong statue still behind construction wall in Bing Bong's Confectionaries #BingBongWatch [source]
  • Star Wars Preview Center
    • Blue Sky Cellar rumored to reopen early 2019 as "Star Wars Preview Center" featuring dioramas, concept art and filmed Imagineer interviews [source]
  • 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]
    • Halloween show "Villainous" debuting at some point? (Hasn't been mentioned by any official sources) [rumor 1] [rumor 2] [rumor 3]
  • 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]
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)]
      • Disney finally confirmed the cancellation on October 10 [source (O.C. Register)]
      • Disney is waiting for future elections to see how relations with the City will pan out. [source 1] [source 2]
    • 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]
  • Garden Grove Hotel
  • Star Wars Hotel
    • Some version of the Star Wars Hotel from DHS is planned for DLR in the early 2020's, depending on future City relations [source]
  • New Restaurants (under construction)
    • The following restaurants are all scheduled to open late 2018
Resort-wide/Hotels
  • "Cleo" Parking Structure (under construction)
    • New, 6,500-space parking garage opening 2019 [official]
    • 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)]
  • New Hotel Food/Beverage (under construction)
    • Disneyland Hotel
      • Tangaroa Terrace restaurant opening 2019, replacing South Seas Hideaway [official]
    • Grand Californian
      • White Water Snacks getting re-designed, re-opening late 2018 [official]
      • New pool bar opening Spring 2019 [official]
  • Eastern Gateway (cancelled/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]
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
  • Fall: Tropical Hideaway opens in DL
  • Late: Ballast Point opens at DTD
  • Late: Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer opens at DTD
  • Late: White Water Snacks re-opens at Grand Californian
2019
  • Early: World of Color returns (?)
  • Early: Blue Sky Cellar reopens as Star Wars Preview Center (?)
  • January: Soundsational Parade returns to DL
  • January: Mickey's Mix Magic nighttime show debuts at DL (?)
  • Spring: New pool bar opens at Grand Californian
  • Spring/Summer: "Cleo" parking structure opens
  • June: AP system overhauled
  • Summer: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens in DL
  • TBA: Jessie's Critter Carousel opens at DCA
  • TBA: Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind opens at DCA
  • TBA: Tangaroa Terrace restaurant opens at Disneyland Hotel
2020
  • TBA: Superhero Land opens in DCA
???
  • New night parade to DL (?)
  • Toontown overhaul/Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway in DL
  • 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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#7
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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Original Poster
#8
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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Original Poster
#11
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]
 
#12
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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#13
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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Original Poster
#16
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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#17
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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Original Poster
#20
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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