DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Anaheim, California (Abbreviation: DCA)
Walt Disney Theme Parks
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(10/24/18) What The Marvel Land May Be Like (MORE...)
(9/20/18) Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark Returns (MORE...)
(9/9/18) Stark Industries Is Coming (MORE...)
(7/25/18) Villain Themed World Of Color In The Works (MORE...)
(7/21/18) Final Date To Visit A Bugs Land (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
World of Color - NOW CLOSED through Late 2018
King Triton’s Carousel - NOW CLOSED through 2019
General Park News - (9/20/18) Good news for fans of Halloween and Marvel's Guardians characters because the Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark edition of the attraction will return now through October 31st in the evening hours during Halloween Time.
(7/21/18) I'm told that Disney California Adventure has set Sept. 4th as the last day for guests to visit A Bug's Land. After that, the area will be cleared out to make way for a new Marvel themed attraction area to open in 2020.
(7/12/18) Good news for DCA's World of Color show this week. While the show is still closed following the "sinking" of the central fountain platform in the lagoon, it looks like the platform itself has been repaired and lifted to the surface once again... just in time to begin the long repair process to fix everything that broke.
(6/28/18) Don't look for World of Color to reopen this summer. According to the updated Disneyland Resort refurbishments list World of Color is now listed to remain closed until sometime in late 2018.
(5/25/18) Bad new for World of Color fans... as a nasty little incident took place at the park on Sunday that will keep World of Color closed for an extended bit of time while costly repairs take place. What happened exactly?
I'm not sure of the how or why... but I'm told a section of the center platform table in the water that holds all the show equipment flooded, and pulled a big section of the table all the way down to the bottom of the lagoon. According to our source the show platform now looks more like a giant donut, with a huge hole in the middle. You can catch a glimpse of it tweeted in the photo below.
Not good folks... not good at all. Well... unless you're a certified theatrical technician diver... and then you're probably looking at oodles and oodles of overtime pay over the next couple months.
2018 - Pixar Pier / Paint The Night - (6/22/18) Disney has posted a new video showing off the recording of the new on-board audio score for the Incredicoaster, scored by the film's composer, Michael Giacchino. Of course it looks like they have started testing the rides with live humans and have even released some video footage showing off some of the new action. Check out the preview video in the second below.
(5/27/18) Ready to take a look at the current status of Pixar Pier? The latest update to Westcoaster does just that, showing it off in glorious detail, along with a sneak peek into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for fun as well.
(5/16/18) Believe it or not, Disney California Adventure is hosting a VIP style preview party for the new Pixar Pier area on June 22. The trick is... if you want to be part of the advanced preview of Pixar Pier, it is going to cost you... big time. Like $299 per person when tickets go on sale sometime today. Ouch... and if you think that is bad, I can only imagine the ticket price they will dream up to preview Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge next year across the way.
(4/30/18) The latest update to ThemeParkOverload shows off a good look at the ongoing transformation of Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure. Speaking of which, the latest update from Disney has now confirmed that Mickey's Fun Wheel will be renamed Pixar Pal-A-Round this summer when the land reopens. While Mickey's giant face will remain on the side of the wheel facing Paradise Bay, each of the 24 gondolas will now feature artwork featuring a pair of Pixar character pals, such as Lightning McQueen on one side and Mater on the other, or Wall-E on one side and EVE on the other side, and so on.
(3/13/18) A collection of images and explanations all about the upcoming changes coming to Disney California Adventure as part of the Pixar Pier area have been posted over at Disney & More this week. They break down some of the new effects being added to the former California Screamin' coaster, new snack and game stands and much more.
(2/24/18) Disney has announced that Ariel’s Grotto and Cove Bar will be replaced by Lamplight Lounge, a new family friendly lounge area along with a new bar facility that will be ready to open on June 23rd along with the rest of Pixar Pier. Some of the popular menu items will remain, such as the Lobster Nachos.
(2/14/18) Disney has confirmed that the Pixar Pier area will be ready to open to guests on June 23rd, along with the premier of the "Incredicoaster", which will see character figures, new lighting and special effects added to the former California Screamin' coaster experience. They also reported that when the Paint the Night parade returns, this time at Disney California Adventure, it will feature an all new float themed to The Incredibles featuring Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Frozone and more!
(1/15/18) Paradise Pier is now closed down to begin the massive transformation of the area into Pixar Pier. Some pictures have been posted to DisneyGeek this week, along with a couple of photo sent in to Screamscape by a reader showing that the loop track on the California Screamin' coaster has been removed as well.
(11/4/17) I’ve added a couple of pieces of new art from Disney showing off Pixar Pier as well as the remodeled look for the Incredicoaster station, which even offers a look at the new train design. The train looks nice, and while it still has OTS style restraints, the body does almost appear to be more open, which is a good thing if true. Or at least it does in the front row... this could just be a new lead car body shell and the continued use of the old trains from before. We’ll know more in 2018 when the real thing arrives in the station.
Also, if you look at a close-up I've posted of the former Maliboomer site at the far end of the coaster, you can see what looks like some kind of spinning ballon themed ride surrounded by a colorful, almost library style wall. I'm guessing this is the Inside Out ride coming later on, and we're looking at a wall of multi-colored memory spheres with what looks like a Zamperla Balloon Race or Samba Tower ride in the middle. One is a very mild family ride... the other gets a lot more wild.
(11/3/17) According to the latest information, when Paradise Pier becomes Pixar Pier in Summer 2018 the area will feature a new attraction called the Incredicoaster, themed to The Incredibles. Given that we've seen zero construction in the area for a new ride, I've got some bad news for you... this is just a new name being dropped on the park's famous California Screamin' coaster, which is somewhat of a shame.
I like The Incredibles, and I love the California Screamin' coaster, but as a long established and terrific coaster, I feel it is completely useless to try to drop a new name and theme on it at this point... or at least without making some substantial changes to the ride experience. Plus as a fan of The Incredibles, I think they deserve their own custom built attraction. Anyway... the Incredicoaster will apparently feature some new coaster trains with an all new look, an all new musical score, and somehow some new "scenes and special effects" that will attempt to tie the experience into the upcoming Incredibles 2 film hitting theaters June 14, 2018.
In addition to the new name on the coaster, Pixar Land's claim to fame will be 'four whimsical neighborhoods" themed to various worlds of Pixar: The Incredibles, Toy Story, Inside Out and the forth will apparently be somewhat of a mish-mash of favorite Pixar moments. An actual new attraction is said to be in the works for a future date that will be themed to Inside Out however. Mickey's Fun Wheel will also get a new look, with each of the cars themed to a different Pixar character, though Mickey's giant face will remain on the wheel.
To allow for work to begin California Screamin', Mickey's Fun Wheel, and various other aspects of Paradise Pier will close starting January 8th, including Ariel's Grotto and Cove Bar, which will be transformed into some kind of new Pixar themed lounge space. Meanwhile the far side of Paradise Pier (Goofy's Sky School, Golden Zephyr, etc...) will keep their themeing and become part of a new "Paradise Park" area.
(7/20/17) Disney confirmed that the current Paradise Pier themed section of Disney California Adventure will be transformed into Pixar Pier, " as some of your favorite characters come to life on this seaside waterfront. You will discover whimsical neighborhoods filled with your friends from “The Incredibles,” “Inside Out” and even more of your pals from “Toy Story.” Building upon the evolution of Disney California Adventure park that began in 2007, we are building more new worlds for you to step into and enjoy your favorite stories.
This permanent addition to the park will open during a new limited-time celebration taking place throughout the Disneyland Resort in 2018 — Pixar Fest! Experience the magical worlds of Pixar in brand new ways as the entire resort comes alive with some of your favorite stories."
As part of the Pixar Fest event in 2018, they also confirmed that the Paint the Night parade will return... but this time into California Adventure with the hinted addition of a Buzz Lightyear / Space Ranger themed float.
Late 2018 to 2019 - World of Color - VILLAINOUS - In Development - (7/25/18) In the aftermath of Disney suddenly opting to fire James Gunn from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 over bad jokes from nearly decade old Tweets, many other celebs have come to Gunn's defense and have been asking to have him reinstated. While I'm not going to get any further into that matter here on Screamscape, one such Celeb was upset enough over the issue that they are demanding to have their own voice work removed from an upcoming future Disney park attraction.
Bobcat Goldthwait admits that he has not only made plenty of inappropriate and shocking jokes in his lifetime, but he also claims to have also done voice-over work for Disney reprising his character "Pain" from Hercules for a new "WORLD OF COLOR - VILLAINOUS" show in the works.
2019 - Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind & Jessie's Critter Carousel - (6/26/18) Disney has announced the next flat ride coming to Pixar Pier in 2019, which I believe will take up the site of the former Maliboomer towers. Themed to Pixar's Inside Out will be the "Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind"... which may look a bit familiar, as it appears as if this may be a rethemed version of the Flik's Flyer ride from A Bug's Land, which is expected to close at the end of this summer.
Also set to open in 2019 will be Jessie's Critter Carousel, the former King Triton's Carousel after getting thumped with the Pixar wand of rethemeing.
2020 - Marvel Universe Land / Avengers Attraction / Spider-Man Attraction - (10/24/18) WDWNT has posted a new article that claims to go over the details of what we can expect from the Marvel themed land coming to Disney California Adventure starting in 2020, with expansions already planned to add even more a year or two after it opens. The previously rumored Spider-Man themed dark ride experience is said to be the first attraction that will open, taking over the space occupied by the former It’s Tough To Be a Bug 4D theater attraction, along with some kind of interactive Dr. Strange themed show like experience along with the rest of the basics… gift shops, food, bathrooms, etc.
The highly anticipated Avengers attraction however looks like it’s the one slated for a Phase 2 opening. According to the article this could be a highly themed roller coaster style experience, with a similar attraction also planned to go into Hong Kong Disneyland next to Hong Kong’s existing Iron Man Experience attraction. Follow the link to read up on the rest of the rumored details.
(9/9/18) With the final closure of A Bug's Land complete, guests to Disney California Adventure were greeted by construction walls blocking the former land off. The walls were decorated with an interesting addition however... the Stark Industries logo was large and in charge, reminding everyone of who the next tenant coming to take up residence will be as work begins on building the first Marvel themed land at a Disney park in America. And where Tony Stark goes... so follows the paparazzi.
(4/10/18) While we always figured Disney had the rights to do whatever they want with the Marvel characters in California, it seems there still is one little restriction in place by the Universal deal that will affect the California parks. According to the LA Times, while Disney can use the characters there, even the ones they can't use in Florida, the one thing they can't use in the work "Marvel" in the title of the land or attractions. So while Disney has already confirmed that a Marvel themed land is on the way for DCA... just don't expect them to use "Marvel" in the title of it.
(3/21/18) Disney Parks have now confirmed officially that a new Marvel themed land will be coming to Disney California Adventure by 2020, making this the third confirmed Marvel themed land for Disney parks world-wide. The first is already underway in Hong Kong Disneyland and a second was announced for Walt Disney Studios Paris as part of that park's big expansion.
Obviously the introduction of Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! was the first step towards this plan and according to Disney's statement the area next door occupied by "A Bug's Land" will close to make way for this new Marvel theme land and attractions sometime in late Summer 2018, and the 3D attraction, It's Tough to be a Bug, already officially closed for good on March 19th. You can expect that they will be moving quickly on this new project because according to Disneyland, "the new Super Hero-themed land will begin recruiting guests in 2020, with even more new experience to follow."
While they don't spell out what attractions are on the way, they do say that the Guardians will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers. Scanning through the new poster art for the Disneyland Resort addition, you can also spot Blank Panther poised for action in the background, standing right in front of Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, along with Dr. Strange himself in the crowd of people along with the Guardians. Sorry... no sign of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor or the other Avengers, but there is an Avengers tower building in the background, along with a hovering Quinjet, and on the top right of the poster is a water tower with the Stark Industries logo.
New poster art has been created for the Marvel lands coming to Paris and Hong Kong as well, with Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Scarlet Witch being featured in the Paris poster, and with Ant Man, Wasp, Captain America, Hawkeye and the Iron Wing vehicle from the Iron Man Experience attraction being featured on the Hong Kong poster. (Follow the link to see all three posters)
(7/20/17) It was confirmed at the D23 Expo that Disney is planning on adding a Marvel Super Hero themed land onto the Disney California Adventure park, expanding upon what they have started with this year's Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! attraction. While they did not go into specifics, they did confirm new attractions that would bring Spider-Man and The Avengers to life for park guests, which matches up with the rumors we had been hearing thus far as well.
No timeline for any of this yet however, so stay tuned.
(7/14/17) A few small tidbits of info regarding that proposed Marvel Universe land dropped into my ear a bit ago. Actually the first bit has nothing to do with new and expanded attractions, but I'm told we can expect to possibly hear detailed about a special Christmas Holiday themed edition of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! announced at the San Diego ComicCon.
The second bit of info is that the formerly proposed Avengers coaster ride has been shelved in favor of using an entirely brand new ride system for the Avengers themed ride. I don't know too many details yet, but from the sound of things Disney is hard at work engineering their own in-house version of a ride system to take on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey t hat would also feature bigger cars able to hold more riders at once.
(7/13/17) Screamscape has heard that Disney may be ready to spill the beans about the next Marvel themed attractions they have in the works. However, this may not happen at the D23 Expo as some think, but this information (or at least some of it) is expected to be saved for the following week so Disney can announce it at the San Diego ComicCon (July 20-23). According to the older rumors, Disney was working on a new highly themed dark ride that would use a coaster style ride system to take you into the world of the Avengers. This kind of matches up with some of that concept art that was released for the long-term Hong Kong Disneyland expansion plans which featured a large attraction building themed as the Avengers HQ.
At one point it was thought that this ride would be shoehorned into DCA’s North-Eastern corner and possibly cause the removal of the Monsters Inc. and possibly even MuppetVision attractions, but the latest information seems to suggest that they would instead seek to put a Marvel themed land south of the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, taking over the final section of the old parking lot left undeveloped.
Interestly enough, a new update posted to MiceChat a few hours ago follows along with this new location and adds in that DCA may opt to entirely remove the nearby “A Bug’s Land” and the assorted tiny kiddie rides in order to allow for an even bigger Marvel themed area. This would includes the repurposing of the It’s Tough To Be a Bug 4D theater attraction space as well.
(2/24/16) A Marvel themed area has been earmarked to open at Disney’s California Adventure as the next major new “land” to follow Star Wars Land. With Star Wars Land not looking to open until about 2020, the Marvel area at DCA isn’t likely to open until 2023/2024. At the moment however, it sounds like they will be trying to dazzle all the Marvel fans with one giant E-Ticket attraction rather than an assortment of attractions. Given how far and wide spread the themeing and concepts for Marvel comics go, trying to group the entire Marvel Universe into one ride and make all the fans equally happy is likely impossible. But this project is a long ways out, so a lot can change between then and now. Another interesting item I was told was that once Marvel does open in DCA… we can expect to see the Iron Man Experience ride in Tomorrowland close. At that point in time they’ll decide to either drop it entirely, or if it is really popular they may opt to move it over to DCA somehow.
(8/20/14) The latest updates at MiceChat are full of interesting rumors about ideas in development, but remember these are just possible ideas. Nothing has been green lit yet. Keeping that in mind, they claim that plans are now being worked on to bring a proper Marvel themed land to California Adventure. This would effectively take up the empty back corner of Hollywoodland, once pitched as a Monsters Inc. themed land before that project got the axe. As you would expect, it will be full of character meet & greet opportunities as they move out of Innoventions, and be anchored by a Marvel themed version of Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, which would located the main coaster building in the parking lot between the Tower or Terror and Luigi’s Flying Tires.