When planning a vacation, the end of the year is one of the most exciting times. It is a blast to scour out the improvements headed to your destinations each new year, especially when that destination is any of the Disney parks. Hot off the heels of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge grand opening, Disneyland Resort® is bringing some of its most exciting additions ever in 2020.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Having opened in Walt Disney World® Resort in 2019, the new E-ticket attraction is scheduled to make its Disneyland Resort debut on Jan. 17. Without any spoilers, this new attraction is being dubbed as one of Disney’s most innovative, and with good reason. It combines a number of different ride systems and one-of-a-kind effects to transport guests more wholly into the world of Star Wars than anything ever before, elevating what the rest of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge already does so phenomenally.With the lengths the attraction goes to in order to be cutting-edge, it is reassuring that it will be available on both coasts.
Magic Happens Parade
Set to debut on Feb. 28, Magic Happens will be the first new daytime parade at Disneyland Resort since Mickey’s Soundsational Parade began in 2011. Todrick Hall is co-composing a new song, coupled with an all-new score, that will aid the parade in celebrating the magic Disney has implemented into much of its art. While the parade will undoubtedly feature Mickey Mouse and friends, Disney has also announced it will feature characters and floats from Frozen 2, Moana and Coco. The finale will combine some of the Disney classics’ most iconic scenes, including Sleeping Beauty‘s happily-ever-after moment.
Marvel content has slowly been joining Disneyland Resort’s lineup since Disney acquired the company, but Avengers Campus, set to open next year in Disney California Adventure® Park, is the franchise’s first dedicated land. It is set to include Disney’s first ride-through Spider-Man attraction, Pym Test Kitchen, character meet-and-greets and at a later date Avengers Headquarters, which will lead guests to a new attraction.
Disneyland After Dark
Special themed ticketed events will let guests into one of the parks past closing hours for lighter crowds, shorter wait times and other bonuses. The Jan. 29 event is 80s-themed, while Feb. 12-13 is themed for sweethearts, March 5 for Pixar and April 30 for villains.
New Hotel Additions
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa is set to open a new spa in the spring.
Downtown Disney® District Additions
A new Asian street food takeout window, featuring a menu by Chef Hung Huynh, is scheduled to open soon.
These additions will continue to help transform Walt’s original theme park into one of Disney’s most unique destinations, making it all the more enticing a destination in 2020.