I know, I know, I focus a lot on Walt Disney World Resort. But that's because it is near and dear to my heart, being the first Disney property I ever visited. I can't forget about Disneyland Resort, though, and with all of the amazing new festivals, attractions and celebrations taking place there in the coming year, neither should you.
Here are just five reasons you should think about spending your family's next vacation on the west coast at "The Happiest Place on Earth," Disneyland Resort.
"Get Your Ears On--A Mickey and Minnie Celebration
During the biggest celebration of Mickey and Minnie in Disneyland history, you'll enjoy new and enhanced entertainment plus special decorations, specialty foods and souvenirs. Mickey's Mix Magic kicks off later in January 2019, lighting up Disneyland park with a new high-energy projection show, creating a family-fun dance party atmosphere. The fan-favourite, “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade,” also returns with a rockin’ new opening to kick off the party.
Lunar New Year
Ring in the Year of the Pig during Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure® Park, Jan. 25 through Feb. 17, 2019. A joyous celebration of Asian cultures, Lunar New Year encourages Guests of all ages to enjoy multicultural performances, fun-filled activities, beautiful décor, delicious cuisine and themed merchandise. “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” will feature the Three Little Pigs as a special treat for the Year of the Pig.
For an authentic Asian food experience at this Lunar New Year celebration, check out marketplaces like Longevity Noodle Co. and Prosperity Bao & Buns. You'll also be able to taste six culinary creations via a "Sip and Savor Pass".
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
Did someone say "wine?"
Explore California-inspired cuisine and beverages, plus live entertainment, family-friendly seminars and cooking demonstrations at this culinary festival, March 1 through April 23, 2019. More than a dozen mouthwatering Festival Marketplaces feature small plates, specialty wines and craft beers. The Sip and Savor Pass will be available to Guests looking to taste their way through the festival. Sounds amazing!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Everyone is pumped for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!
Beginning in summer 2019, you'll be able to live your own Star Wars adventure in a galaxy far, far away and explore Black Spire Outpost. Once a busy crossroads, this spaceport on the planet Batuu is now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, including smugglers, rogue traders and exotic creatures traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. Take the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. On Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, join a battle between the First Order and the Resistance – including a face-off with Kylo Ren.
Pixar Pier Attractions
Since opening in June 2018, Pixar Pier brings the stories and characters of Disney•Pixar films to life with exciting attractions, themed neighborhoods and fun eateries. In 2019, Pixar Pier welcomes two additional attractions to complete the land: Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind and Jessie’s Critter Carousel.
Which one of these fun events sounds like the most fun to you? It's so hard to choose just one!
Amy is a former Disney Cruise Line cast member, Certified Cruise Counsellor and Vacation Specialist at Pure Magic Vacations.
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