DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Anaheim, California (Abbreviation: DCA)
Walt Disney Theme Parks
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(5/28/22) Radiator Springs Racers Closed Indefinitely (UPDATED - Now Reopen)
(5/15/22) Red Car Trolley's To Return To Disney California Adventure (MORE...)
(4/28/22) Ant-Man Saved "A Bugs Land"??? (MORE...)
(4/17/22) DCA To Relaunch World of Color Later This Week
(3/19/22) World of Color Returning Next Month (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - These dates are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate as refurbishments are subject to change.
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree - June 13 through TBD
General Park News - (UPDATE 6/12/22) - Radiator Springs Racers has since reopened to guests and appears to be running daily once again.
(5/28/22) Radiator Springs Racers has been reported as being down since late Tuesday when the attraction closed mid-day and never reopened. While I don’t believe there is any photo proof of this, the story going around is that one of the vehicles may have started smoking in mid-ride, causing the shut down.
The attraction has been closed ever since, but if you look at the Disneyland Resort app, Radiator Springs Racers is no longer listed on the map of attractions. When you search deeper and pull up the entire list of the attractions at the resort, instead of being listed as “Closed for Refurbishment” it is now simply listed as being “Closed”.
Again, this is only on the Disneyland App, which is frequently updated to reflect attraction status and queue length times, and no changes seem to have been made to the park’s website where no kind of closure is currently indicated. The OC Register however has confirmed with the park that the attraction did have an issue take place with a single vehicle, and “our of an abundance of caution” it will remain closed indefinitely while they determine the problem. So it definitely sounds like Radiator Springs Racers will be closed for the entire holiday weekend, but a Disneyland spokesperson did say that guests might see the ride “testing over the weekend”.
(5/15/22) After having been gone for a long time now, it seems that the Red Car Trolley rides will return to Disney California sometime this Summer.
(4/28/22) Ok, this is a very cool new Easter Egg for the California version of Avengers Campus. While visiting the latest land at Disney California Adventure, if you spot Ant-Man or The Wasp walking around and holding something… it is this.
According to Ant-Man, when they wanted to take the former “A Bug’s Land” apart to make way for Avengers Campus, Ant-Man stepped in with the Pym Particles to shrink down the old land and rides and preserve them for the future. Well, at least the ants can still enjoy a ride on Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train.
What a great and clever idea. Well done Ant-Man!
(4/17/22) Disney California Adventure has confirmed that the World of Color nightitme spectacular will now return starting April 22. According to the Disney Parks Blog, when World of Color returns they will add a “virtual queue” to help guests view the show. This will only be accessible through the Disneyland Resort mobile app, starting April 22, with the virtual queue opening at noon daily. If you are able to obtain entry into the virtual queue you will be assigned a World of Color viewing area and directed to enter into one of the two viewing sites (blue or yellow) 45 minutes before showtime.
If you are unable to get into the virtual queue system then those guests can check with Cast Members at the Paradise Bay viewing area shortly before showtime to see what remaining walk-up viewing options are still available at that time.
Pictures of the lagoon from DisneyGeek taken the other day show that all the work platform set in place across the grid of underwater show elements have now been removed and the lagoon seems ready to go for the upcoming premier.
(3/19/22) It has been a long time coming, but the World of Color night spectacular will return to Disney California Adventure starting April 22, with performances expected to take place on the water at 9pm and 10:15pm on most evenings when the park is open late. Be sure to check the official park schedule closer to your visit and showtimes are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including foul weather.
(3/6/22) DisneyGeek has posted some new pictures from DCA this week, looking over the refurbishment work taking place in the lagoon ahead of the reopening of the World of Color show in April. They also posted pictures of all the new menus in place for the Food & Wine Festival offering new temporary items.
(2/12/22) Fantastic news for Disney California Adventure fans, the park has confirmed on their website that Soarin’ Around The World “will be unavailable to make way for Soarin’ Over California.” from March 4 to April 26, 2022 as a special addition to the park’s 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.
It may be a personal preference, but there was just something so spectacular about the original Soarin’ Over California that many prefer it over the newer world-wide version of Soarin that the park’s typically run.
While the return of the original “Soarin” experience is a limited time offering, the last time the Disneyland resort brought it back, due to overwhelming guest response, they extended the run into the early part of the summer season, so there is always a chance that it could be extended again.
(12/24/21) According to the OC Register, the cost for some Lightning Lane attractions at the Disneyland Resort have risen more than 150% as the park enters the crowded holiday season. According to the report the cost of Lightning Lane access for WEB Slingers and Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventures has risen from $7 to $18 this week.
Unfortunately this falls in line with how Disney announced the service, making it clear that the prices being charged for Lightning Lane access to select attractions would constantly be in flux depending on capacity levels and overall crowd levels at each park on any given day. These are also hardly the most expensive Lightning Lane ticket you can buy, with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance pretty much steadily charging $20 a pop since the system was introduced.
(11/6/21) Disney California Adventure has officially retired the mandatory use of the virtual queue system for the WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure attraction as crowds begin to slow down. This doesn’t mean that they may not bring it back during very busy days, but for now you can just jump in line for WEB Slingers like virtually every other attraction in the park.
(10/22/21) Disney has been adding some fascinating new Marvel characters to the Avengers Campus during the extra-ticket Oogie Boogie Bash event. Since it is a Halloween themed event after all, a lot of the Disney and Marvel villains have been let loose to cause a little chaos in the park after dark. On the Marvel side of things, guests have enjoyed seeing WandaVisions’ “Agatha Harkness” making appearances, which is great as a rumored WandaVision spin-off series is said to be in the planning stages for Disney+ for that character. However the surprise stand-out new character in Avengers Campus has been the arrival of a Zombie Captain America, a character Disney+ viewers were introduced to as part of the Marvel “What If…?” animated series. Seriously, take a look at the collection of pictures of this character in the IG post below and you’ll see something that looks like it walked right out of Greg Nicotero’s makeup studio for The Walking Dead. This has got to be the darkest character Disney has ever released out into their theme parks.
I shudder to think about what Avengers Campus could be like if they ever unleashed the full Marvel Zombie Apocalypse world from “What If…?” upon the land to create a true Scare Zone of epic proportions. Well, I can dream at least...
(7/3/21) Disney has announced a new surprise addition is coming this month as an update to the Mickey’s PhilharMagic attraction. An entirely new musical scene is being added to the fun 4D theater film allowing Donald to enter the world of Disney and Pixar’s COCO for the first time.
“The musical number “Un Poco Loco” will anchor the new scene when it opens to guests at Disney California Adventure park and Disneyland Paris on July 17, before being added to Magic Kingdom Park later this year during the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary celebration.”
The world of COCO is such a wonderful visual treat to the eyes, and features fantastic music plus the wacky characters that would fit right in with all the crazy action that takes place during Donald’s adventure in Mickey’s PhilharMagic. From the sound of things they are only adding content to the attraction and it didn’t sound like the addition would bring about the removal of any of the other existing scenes.
Honestly, I don’t know why they haven’t tried adding some updated scenes to Mickey’s PhilharMagic before. Wouldn’t it be fun to put Donald into other more modern Disney films like Tangled, Moana or even Frozen? Come on, you know you want to see Donald take on Marshmallow and the Snowgies or perhaps get caught up in a battle between a singing Maui and Tamotoa in potential future updates.
???? - Avengers Campus Expansion - On Hold - (3/11/22) During the Disney shareholders Q&A session the other day questions arose about a couple of attractions Disney had announced, but hasn’t made any forward progress with yet. In this case, the previously announced Mary Poppins attraction at Epcot’s UK pavilion and an Avenger’s attraction meant to come as a Phase 2 for the Avengers Campus lands.
As one might expect from such a meeting, the answers were a bit of a mixed bag that started off by deflecting the question a bit to point out all the attractions they have opened or were about to open in the near future. Then they confirmed that these projects were essentially put on hold some time back due to the pandemic. Lastly, it was implied that maybe the projects could be put back into play in the future as the financial performance of things returns more back to normal, but there was no promise to do so.
While Disney could easily just opt to forget about the proposed Mary Poppins project entirely, it won’t be as easy to keep an Avengers project on hold, especially as the characters and themes are pre-built into the Avengers Campus lands, leaving guests already clamoring for the expansions to get under way. If not in the original form intended, we’ve heard there may be an alternate project or two (likely at a lower budget) being held for possible consideration. So long as Disney continues to put out Marvel movies, there will always be a demand for more Marvel themed experiences in the parks.
(8/24/20) BlooLoop has posted an update about the Avengers Campus attraction under construction at Disney California Adventure. With construction moving ahead once again Disney released an updated look at the land, including the new Quinjet that has been installed. The arrival of the Quinjet is an important feature that will play heavily into the theme of the major attraction set to be installed in the second phase of the land, which is rumored to be an Avengers themed ride experience.
(8/27/19) Disney also confirmed that there will be a Phase 2 to the Avengers Campus, which will indeed be that promised new Avengers themed ride. The latest details on this attraction coming later is that guests will board a Quinjet and fly off to help the Avengers battle a new threat in Wakanda. This will all take place inside a brand new structure that will be the actual Avengers Headquarters. Disney wont say exactly what kind of ride this will be, only that they are working on developing an “all-new innovative ride system” to bring the experience to life.