I was hosted by Disneyland to check out the new rides and reopened classics.
MaxPass, a totally new way to manage your visit
Our family was treated to a brand new upgraded feature called MaxPass. Available for $10 per person per day, it allows users with smartphones to easily check wait times and book FASTPASSes for each guest. Long time Disneyland lovers will know that they often need to jump out of line and run around the park to secure the line-shortening powers of a FASTPASS. This new upgrade aims to keep families hanging out together (which is mostly great). For the fee, you also get access to ALL PHOTOS from photographers and automatic ride machines (which is 100% great). I’d strongly recommend MaxPass for your longest day in the park.
The return of the Classics
What's old is new again. The Disneyland Railroad, an original Disneyland attraction, re-opened at the end of July after months of renovation work. The railroad route encircles the Disneyland park making four stops at stations which allow passengers to come and go in different “lands”. The updated train now travels a more scenic route along the north bank of the Rivers of America. If you're really paying attention, you might notice new rockwork and waterfalls along both sides of the train.
Park guests can also enjoy this new landscape from the water as they welcome the return of the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes. Kim Irvine, art director for the Rivers of America project, envisioned what it will be like for guests: “It’s hard to believe that right here, smack dab in the middle of bustling freeways and high-rises, you can enjoy a relaxing ride on an open-air train car and sail on a ship or canoe down a rolling river, surrounded by towering pine and oak trees with sightings of deer, elk, moose and beautiful waterfalls.”
You'll have to also check out Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, accessible by raft. It reopened in June. Guests relive the plucky adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn when they ran away to live the carefree life of a pirate.
Spectacular nighttime show
Those with late enough bedtimes will enjoy another classic light show made modern. Fantasmic!, re-opened July 17 on the Rivers of America, telling the story of Mickey Mouse and his vivid imagination. Fantasmic! builds on the theme music and original story with new characters and utilizes new mist screens and innovative, state-of-the-art projection technology to create brighter and more vibrant visuals than ever before. My 10 year old and husband were seriously impressed at this new-to-them show.
Summer of Heroes & Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
I'm sure I'm not the first one to tell you about the reimagining of the old Tower of Terror ride at California Adventure. The new ride is exciting, thrilling and fun. Milo and I used the fabulous MaxPass to cut our waiting time down to just minutes. We loved it. Alameda mom and Disney expert, Leslie, breaks down the new Breakout ride >
[Photos provided by Disneyland and used with permission]
I was very lucky to be hosted by Disneyland to check out the new rides and reopened classics. All facts are theirs but opinions are mine and my family's.