What's new at Disneyland? - 510 Families

What’s new at Disneyland?

I was hosted by Disneyland to check out the new rides and reopened classics.

Disneyland Diamond Celebration: Mickey and Minnie

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.

disneyland maxpass


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.

DISNEYLAND RAILROAD RETURNS (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – The Disneyland Railroad, an original Disneyland attraction and park icon, now travels a scenic route with breathtaking views along the north bank of the Rivers of America. Landscapes inspired by four of America’s majestic rivers – the Mississippi, the Columbia, the Missouri and the Rio Grande – are carefully recreated, complete with indigenous rock formations, natural forests and wildlife, and the waterfalls. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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.”

MARK TWAIN RIVERBOAT — While visiting Frontierland, Disneyland park guests can cruise back in time on a 14-minute sightseeing voyage aboard a recreation of the glorious 19th-century steam-powered paddlewheel riverboats that carried people and cargo up and down the mighty Mississippi. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

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.

Tom Sawyer Island Disneyland
At Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, guests may explore, wander dusty roads and amble across creaky suspension bridges. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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.

“Fantasmic!”now features new scenes with characters from “Aladdin,” “Tangled,” “The Lion King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”  (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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 >


Mission Breakout at Disneyland
Guardians of the Galaxy– Mission: BREAKOUT! As guests join Rocket in his attempt to bust his pals out of The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience randomized ride experiences complete with new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort)

[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.

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