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Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2024 Updates

(as of 2/9/2024)

PART 1 PLANNING

8 Change all mentions of “San Fransokyo” to “San Fransokyo Square”

8-9  The “Disneyland Forward” proposal will invest $1.9 to $2.5 billion in the Anaheim Resort. Potential themed lands in the expansion may include Arendale from Frozen, Wakanda from Black Panther, and Pandora from Avatar. An environmental impact report for the Disneyland Proposal suggests that theme park expansions wrapping around the Pixar Place and Disneyland Hotels could potentially add two major outdoor thrill rides, several outdoor family rides, and over half a dozen indoor attractions, along with shows and other amenities. The parcel at Harbor and Katella could be filled in with multiple new hotels; restaurants, retail, and entertainment establishments; and even indoor theme park-style experiences, all connected to the main Disneyland campus with a monorail, PeopleMover, or Skyliner cable cars. To compensate for the lost parking spots, Disney would finally develop their lot along Disney Way east of the parks, with a terraced structure holding more than 17,000 cars, and add a pedestrian bridge over Harbor Boulevard to access the Esplanade. 

17 Add LMG Vids (youtube.com/@LMGVids) to the list of recommended YouTube channels for ride POV videos.

21 Disneyland ticket prices increased in October 2023. One day, one park adult tickets now range from $104-$194. Multiday tickets cost from $310 to $480. Park-hopping is now an additional $65-$75, depending on ticket length. Magic Key passes are now $499-$1,649.

23 Disneyland’s mandatory theme park reservation system now allows guests with single-day or multiday tickets to schedule their theme park visit up to 180 days in advance.

23 Variable prices have noticeably influenced attendance recently, greatly increasing crowds on Tier 0 days and depressing attendance on the most expensive dates.

25 Magic Key holders can make park reservations up to 90 days in advance.

25 Magic Key sales resumed on January 10, 2024, and were completely sold out again within a day. Sales of all new Magic Key passes (including Inspire) are currently suspended.

28-29 Attendance during Halloween has exceeded the once-supreme summer season and has begun to rival Christmas, making October one of the busiest months of the year at Disneyland.

30 Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort will run August 23 through October 31, 2024.

30-31 Merriest Nites after-hours parties did not return in 2023.

31 The D23 Expo fan convention returns to Anaheim on August 9-11, 2024, and will bring big crowds to the resort area.

32 RunDisney races return to the Disneyland Resort on January 11-14, 2024, and September 5-8, 2024.

32 Early Entry will be available each day at EITHER Disneyland or DCA (not both) as of January 20, 2024. Early entry is offered at Disneyland on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; it’s offered at DCA on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

35 Capacity caps at John Wayne Airport have caused Southwest, Breeze, and other airlines to reduce their service at SNA, especially towards the end of the year.

39 Standard parking is now $35 ($40-$45 for oversize vehicles). Preferred parking is $55. 

40 Valet parking at the hotels for non-guests is $70 for the first hour, plus $10 per additional hour, up to $140 daily. Self-parking at the hotels is $40 for the first hour, plus $10 per additional hour, up to $80 daily ($45/$85 for oversize vehicles).

PART 2 ACCOMMODATIONS

46-47 Parking for registered resort guests at any of the Disney-owned hotels is $40 per night for self-parking ($45 for oversize vehicles; free for DVC members) or $70 per night for valet.

51 The former Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel has been converted into a flexible lounge space and seasonal bar called The Lounge at Disneyland Hotel, which serves upscale cocktails and small bites amid Eyvind Earle-esque enchanted-forest murals. The Palm Breeze pool bar is also now open at the Villas at Disneyland Hotel.

52-53 Pixar Place Hotel is officially open, as of January 30, 2023. The 186-foot-long Crush’s Surfin’ Slide and Nemo’s Cove splash pad are also open at Pixar Place hotel. The renovation of the pool deck also added fire pits and a family play area. The lobby gift show is named STOR-E (after WALL-E). The modernist rooms feature Luxo Jr. table lamps and carpet patterns, Pixar logo ball bed bolsters and duvets, and Pixar character murals above the headboards.The hotel’s exclusive entrance into DCA opens shortly before early entry starts. The hotel’s concierge lounge is known as the Creator’s Club. Bing Bong greets guests on the pool deck, and Joe from Soul plays piano near the ground-floor staircase. 

PART 3 MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR TIME

95 Genie+ now costs $30 per person per day if purchased in advance, $30-$35 (or more) on the day of.

95 As of November 2023, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is part of Genie+, not Individual Lightning Lane. The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure now has Lightning Lane access through Genie+.

96 Individual Lightning Lane pricing varies between $15 and $28.

100 Multiple Experience Lightning Lane passes are no longer valid at most non-Lightning Lane attractions in Disneyland Park.

101 The BG1 tool no longer helps with Genie+, but it can still secure Virtual Queue spots (see page 105-107).

PART 4 ESSENTIALS

119 As of September 12, 2023, alcohol—including beer, wine, and specialty cocktails—is served inside Disneyland at Carnation Cafe, River Belle Terrace, and Cafe Orleans.

PART 5 DISNEYLAND WITH KIDS

172 Asha from Wish greets guests outside in Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire. Mei Lee and 4*Town from Turning Red, plus Ember and Wade from Elemental, will join DCA’s character lineup for Pixar Fest starting April 26, 2024.

174 Goofy’s Kitchen costs $49 per adult ($29 per child) for breakfast; $55 per adult ($32 per child) for dinner. Plaza Inn costs $46 per adult ($27 per child) for breakfast. Storytellers Cafe costs $52 per adult ($31 per child) for breakfast or brunch.

PART 6 DISNEYLAND PARK

175 Disneyland Resort is installing new turnstiles with automated entry gates.

182 At the Main Street Opera House, a screen in the gallery shows the “Once Upon a Studio” animated short created to celebrate Disney’s 100th anniversary.

183 The Adventureland Treehouse is now open. The kitchen and art studio on the ground floor are fully accessible and feature an animatronic ostrich named “Jane,” in honor of the tree’s previous occupants.

186 The Disneyland Railroad’s New Orleans station will be closed for most of 2024 due to construction on the Haunted Mansion’s new queue.

186-187 186 Haunted Mansion will be closed starting January 22, 2024, and will likely not reopen until the Halloween season begins in August 2024. During the closure, a new elevator will be added for ADA guests exiting the attraction. The Haunted Mansion is also scheduled to receive an extended outdoor queue (inspired by Master Gracey and the one-eyed cat), along with a new carriage-house gift shop themed to Madame Leota at the exit.

187 Pirates of the Caribbean will offer Lightning Lane access through Genie+ during most of 2024, while Haunted Mansion and the former Splash Mountain are closed for renovations.

191 Asoka now also appears around Black Spire Outpost.

203 Tale of the Lion King will close in early January 2024. No new long-term production for the Fantasyland Theatre has been announced yet. During February, gospel music tribute concerts starring headliners with local choirs will be performed inside the Fantasyland Theatre.

214 Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway now offers Lightning Lane through Genie+, not Individual Lightning Lane.

222 Additional scenes featuring new destinations (possibly inspired by the Mandalorian and Asoka series) to join the rotation at Star Tours starting April 5, 2024.

224 Fantasmic returns May 24, 2024, with a new battle between Mickey and Maleficent (minus the animatronic dragon), as well as the return of the Peter Pan scene aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia. In the meantime, a limited-time musical projection show called “The Heartbeat of New Orleans—A Living Mural” will be performed on select evenings during fall 2023, and nightly throughout the holiday season. A raft-borne Dixieland jazz band also entertains the riverfront on select evenings.

“Heartbeat of New Orleans” is a 5-minute fountain show on the Rivers of America featuring a music-loving frog. It is followed by Queenie and the Jambalaya Jazz Band, who perform 15-minute sets of Bourbon Street standards from aboard a floating raft. The fountain show is skippable, but the jazz band is worth catching in Fantasmic’s absence.

226-227 The Magic Happens parade resumes performance on February 2, 2024. The Christmas Fantasy parade runs from November 10, 2023, through January 7, 2024.

228 Wondrous Journeys will return for a special encore presentation on March 22-April 14, 2024. Mickey’s Mix Magic will be performed January 8-March 21 and April 15-25, 2024. Mickey’s Mix Magic (★★★★ with fireworks; ★★★ without) is an evening spectacular launched to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday that relies on modern music and video projections more than pyrotechnics.

DJ Mickey spins a techno-heavy soundtrack featuring catchy dubstep remixes of classic cuts like “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” and “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” along with a pulse-pounding EDM version of “Let It Go,” while dancing guests are doused with bubbles and artificial snow. And we guarantee the “It’s a Good Time” theme song by The DeeKompressors will have you belting “everybody get your ears on” for days to come.

Fireworks are only used in Mickey’s Mix Magic during select weekend and peak-season performances; the presence or absence of pyro will be noted in the Disneyland app. Even when pyrotechnics are employed, they aren’t quite as impressive as in other shows, with no dramatic launches from the castle itself.

229 During the Season of the Force celebration (April 5 through June 2, 2024) a symphonic soundtrack of “galactic” music will play exclusively inside Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge to accompany the regular fireworks.

230 During Pixar Fest from April 26 through Aug 4, 2024, Disneyland will revive 2018’s Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular, which features projections of characters like the Little Green Men on the castle, giant inflatable skeletons from Coco atop Main Street’s buildings, and an aerial appearance by Buzz Lightyear. The new version will have some updated scenes; the original show had its highlights—a lyrical ballet of shooting stars based on WALL-E and Carl’s balloon-buoyed floating house chief among them—but it wasn’t the most emotionally engaging fireworks show in Disney’s catalog, coming across as a cut-and-paste assemblage of clips featuring plenty of familiar faces but no coherent narrative arc.

230 Halloween Screams will return with Halloween Time at Disneyland, from August 23 through October 31, 2024.

232 A number of Disneyland After Dark-themed nighttime events are scheduled on select nights throughout 2024. The Disneyland After Dark 2024 event themes will be Sweethearts Nite, held in late January and early February; Disney Channel Nite, held in early March; Star Wars Nite, held in late April and early May; and Pride Nite in June. Sweethearts Nite sold out by early January.

232-234 Merriest Nites parties did not return in 2023.

233 Hyperspace Mountain will be offered daily in Disneyland from April 5 through early June 2, 2024.

234 Disneyland After Dark event tickets start at $139 to $159, then top out at $169. In comparison, a standard one-day/one-park ticket costs between $104 and $194, with the average price on dates near the Disneyland After Dark events running around $169.

245 A Disneyland one-day touring plan for families with tweens is available here: https://touringplans.com/plans/5090158

PART 7 DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

232 Monsters After Dark is typically available to all DCA visitors September through October after 3 p.m.

246 Fresh candy canes will only be available on 14 select days in December 2023, and you’ll need to join a virtual queue to buy one.

253 San Fransokyo Square is situated along a kidney-shaped lake and can be accessed by following the Performance Corridor, a pathway emanating from the hub at 7 o’clock and winding around Grizzly Peak.

256 The Beast’s Library inside Disney Animation’s Sorcerer’s Workshop walk-through is now closed to guests, leaving only the zoetropes in the first room accessible.

262 After 3 p.m. during the Halloween season, a special Monsters After Dark overlay is offered; during this time the attraction will temporarily close from 2 to 3 p.m. daily to make the changeover.

270 The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure now offers Lightning Lane through Genie+.

271 Silly Symphony Swings will close during World of Color performances.

274 Pacific Wharf is now San Fransokyo Square. The winery, Blue Sky Cellar, and restaurant are now part of the Performance Corridor. Replace Tori with Torii. The Blue Sky Cellar is becoming a lounge for Disney Vacation Club members.

274 Before lining up for his meet and greet, be warned that Baymax frequently experiences “battery issues” that postpone his appearances.

275 Boudin’s cart sells Baymax-shaped sourdough loaves.

275 Grizzly River Run is about 5 ½ minutes from the bottom of the lift hill to unload, for a total ride time of over 6 minutes.

276 Redwood Creek Challenge Trail’s meet and greet with Raya is seasonal during the Lunar New Year celebration.

278 World of Color ONE returned with some minor edits to the show that improve the pacing. The show is rated 4 ½ stars.

280 Word of Color dining packages are also available at Magic Key Terrace (see page 327).

282 A new “Better Together” daytime parade will debut on April 26, 2024, as part of Pixar Fest. 

284 DCA will celebrate the Lunar New Year from January 23 through February 18, 2024. During DCA’s Lunar New Year celebration, Turning Red’s Mei Lee (in partial panda form) and her mother, Ming, greet guests in Paradise Gardens. DCA’s Food & Wine Festival will run March 1-April 22, 2024.

285 Halloween celebrations will be held from August 23 through October 31, 2024.

286 LAMPLIGHT LOUNGE IS A RESTAURANT on the span connecting Pixar Pier to the Performance Corridor near San Fransokyo Square.

289 A Disney California Adventure one-day touring plan for families with tweens is available here: https://touringplans.com/plans/5094128

PART 8 DINING AND SHOPPING

286 In honor of Day of the Dead, the “Plaza de la Familia” festival returned to Paradise Garden Grill from September 1 through November 1, 2023, with performances of A Musical Celebration of Coco featuring the Mariachi Divas.

301 Beignets Expressed sells fancy beignets but no gumbo or chicory coffee.

308 Cocina Cucamonga has added street tacos with togarashi mayo.

309 Change “Lucky Cat Cafe” to “Aunt Cass Cafe.” New items include a curry beef bread bowl, vegan soba noodle salad, shrimp katsu salad, and fluffy Japanese-style cheesecake. The clam chowder is now made with bacon and white miso. The Chinese chicken salad and broccoli-and-cheese soup are no longer offered.

309 Lucky Fortune Cookery has added a karaage-style crispy chicken sandwich, beef birria ramen (replacing the pork ramen), and vegan yaki udon. The vegan bahn mi and Japanese mule are no longer offered.

316 Cafe Orleans now offers a fixe prix seafood boil dinner for $45+tax. The shrimp pasta is now a pasta jambalaya with sausage and chicken. Braised short rib and ahi tartare have been added to the menu, and alcoholic beverages are now available.

316 Carnation Cafe: Delete “and fried chicken.” Bloody Marys, margaritas, and California wines are now served here.

319 Reservations at Jazz Kitchen are available via Opentable. Jazz Kitchen’s express window only has regular coffee, not chicory.

321 Reservations at Naples Ristorante are available via Opentable.

323 River Belle Terrace now serves brunch until 4 p.m., featuring pancakes, bacon, and biscuits and gravy, along with fried chicken and Cuban sandwiches. At dinner, pulled pork is replaced by a pork chop, and barbecue burnt ends come in pappardelle pasta instead of grilled cheese. Cobb salad and barbecue tofu are replaced by plant-based meatballs and roasted squash. Blackberry vodka mules and craft beers are now available.

326 Tiana’s Palace is open as of September 7, 2024. Entrées range $14-$20. The menu features a roasted half chicken with Cajun spices, roast beef po’boy sandwich, muffuletta sandwich, shrimp and grits, and traditional or “7 greens” gumbo. For dessert, a beignet with lemon “ice box” pie filling, and chicory cold brew with sweet cream. 

326 Tortilla Jo’s restaurant closes March 31, 2024, in Downtown Disney; the attached to-go window will close April 13.

327 Magic Key Terrace offers a World of Color package dinner for $62 ($37 for kids).

339 The new outdoor stage and surrounding artificial lawn are now open on the west side of Downtown Disney. The Parkside Market food hall (which is being built atop the former AMC movie theater) will include Seol Sister Korean bibimbap rice bowls; Sip & Sonder Caribbean food and frozen drinks; and GG’s Chicken Shop, as well as a second-story bar with views of the district.  

Earl of Sandwich will receive a new two-story location at Downtown Disney, with quick-service sandwiches on the ground floor and full-service dining upstairs. Until it opens, a temporary Earl of Sandwich take-out will be located near Star Wars Trading Post.

Paseo and Centrico will be accompanied by a quick-service window called Tiendita. Menu items will include esquites (off-the-cob elote), pork tacos al pastor, and arroz con leche (a nostalgic treat from Chef Gaytán’s childhood).

PART 9 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

343 Universal has officially confirmed that their Fast & Furious launch coaster will feature 16-passenger trains with rotating ride cars that can “drift” around curves. 

343 For guests with disabilities who need the Attractions Assistance Pass, Universal has partnered with International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) on an online Accessibility Card registration process, which guests requesting accommodations (or their guardians) should complete at least 48 hours prior to visiting the park. Go to accessibilitycard.com and fill out the registration form, which requires providing the contact information for a healthcare or education professional who will verify your needs and uploading supporting documentation such as a doctor’s statement or Individualized Education Plan. Once your application is approved, you can download your digital IBCCES Accessibility Card (IAC), and a Universal employee will contact you regarding your needs. They’ll give you a case number that you can take to Guest Services upon arrival and pick up your accommodation pass. Unlike Disney’s app-based accommodation services, Universal’s uses a paper pass that the registered guest with special needs must present at the attraction every time a return time is received or redeemed.

345 Single-day adult gate admission price to Universal Studios Hollywood is now $159.

347 The USH VIP tour lunch is now a buffet that is good but not “gourmet.”

348 Standard parking is now $32 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

356 Zonko’s Joke Shop in USH’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is being converted into Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream.

365 Virtual Line is only required to enter Super Nintendo World on days of peak attendance.

367 Toad has joined Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach for meet and greets in Super Nintendo World.

367 Showtimes for live performances in the Wizarding World are now listed in the Universal Studios Hollywood app.

368 Wait times at Toadstool Cafe have improved, but even with a reservation it still takes at least 30 minutes to order and receive your food. The mushroom soup, short rib, and Luigi chicken sandwich are all excellent, but the tart lemon drink with chewy boba is an acquired taste. Jurassic Cafe no longer serves mojo pork. Power Up Cafe on the upper lot serves Nintendo-inspired calzones and beverages with less of a wait than at Toadstool Cafe.

Last updated on February 12, 2024

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