Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort. The highly anticipated D23 Expo starts TODAY and you’ll find all your MiceChat pals, including Disney celebrities and legends, at our booth in the Collector’s Forum (Booths 712-718). On Monday we took a look at Disneyland and today we are going to finish our report as we explore Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney, and work occurring at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure. If you did not read my Disneyland article from earlier this week, please click HERE.

Disney California Adventure

Buena Vista Street

Welcome to 1920’s Los Angeles on this hot, hot summer afternoon.

Some trees on Buena Vista Street have Christmas Lights in them… Maybe for a shooting an advertisement, hopefully not for early holiday decorating.

Oh Pixar Play Parade, we sure do love you, but has it come time for you to move to Yesterland…

Buzz’s paint job isn’t looking so hot lately.
Hidden Mickey – See it?

Grizzly Peak

Soarin’ was distributing Fastpasses for 6 minutes in the past on a recent visit. Standby was at 15 minutes. Pay attention people, the changes to fast pass restrictions are definitely keeping lines down.

It’s been so hot lately. The PERFECT time to ride Grizzly River Run.

Disney is still shutting down Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at dusk daily to save a few bucks.

Paradise Pier

Inside Paradise Park, Disney has stopped setting up the Umbrellas in the park even though the temperature has been over 100 degrees. They have also been keeping the play fountains in the park turned off.

One of my new favorite snacks is the Cream Cheese Filled Pretzels from Bayside Brews (I also think they are also available at Pacific Wharf Distribution Co).

Elena of Avalor has recently returned to do Meet and Greats in the Paradise Gardens area. She’s very popular folks.

That’s a lot of Rust on Goofy’s Sky School.

Construction work continues under the Screamin’ track near Silly Symphony Swings

Over at Midway Mania, the inside Queue is still closed off behind construction walls. Cast members said that they are adding air conditioning instead of relying on the overhead fans.

Fastpass return stacks up at this attraction as well.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game.

Pacific Wharf

Over at Lucky Fortune Cookery, Disney has changed the food portions slightly as they have changed from the Chinese food to go boxes to plastic bowls.

A little more rice and a few more pieces of meat but same portion on the veggies.

Cars Land

Over in Carsland Cruz Ramires can now be seen driving into town for photos opts.

These Flowers are so cool they almost look fake.

Disney has added some Cars 3 inspired food items to both Cozy Cone and Flo’s.

A Little Spice and corn on Hot Summer Day

Across the street, inside Flo’s, noticeable paint damage can be seen inside lobby up in the upper part of the dome.

$10.99 for the Coke-Cola BBQ sauce they use on the Ribs. Would you pay for that?

Flo’s Cafe, for the movie promotion, added 2 Breakfast Burritos to the morning menu and Raspberry Vanilla Shake.

I could not taste the Raspberry only the vanilla inside the shake.

Inside Ramones, some of the Wonderground Art has driven into town.

Bug’s Land

On a Hot summer’s day let’s take a ride on park’s least thrilling ride. According to Miceage Article this week, this entire area may be threatened by Marvel Land. Enjoy these rides while you can because they could close as soon as this winter.

Hollywood Land

Guardian’s Tower has had mostly mild wait times all summer. I have not seen it over 90 minutes since the initial rush. Strange for a brand new attraction.

The Overflow Queue is more often than not unused.
Fastpasses are gone by 1pm every day keeping wait times up beyond 45 minutes. Treat this Fastpass like Radiator Spings Racers, and get one soon after the park opens, for the time being.
The whole queue fits inside the courtyard

Work continues inside the Animation Building. Guests enter through opposite sides of the building at the Animation Academy and Turtle Talk.

Anna and Elsa have moved temporarily into Stage 17 which is still decorated for the Olaf’s Snow Fest. Can the girls just stay inside Stage 17? It’s perfect for them.

Would you Buy this Baby Groot Notebook
Are we close enough for Halloween Costumes to be sold yet?

Speaking of Heroes, Groot, Black Widow, Spiderman, and Captain America Disney have added Gamora to the Meet and Great Lineup. She meets guests in front of the Guardians’ Marque in the evenings from 5pm to about 7:30.

Gamora Dances during the Day and Greets by Night

Gemora also appears in the Dance off with Star-Lord during the day.

At night on the Hollywood Backlot Stage, Disney has a DJ try to keep the night pumping . . . unfortunately, it just isn’t popular or very entertaining.

Downtown Disney


Heading outside the park to Downtown Disney. . .

I wish that Disney would release the new music for Downtown Disney on an album. I love it.
Disney still has not updated the Map inside World of Disney to include Shanghai

The 2018 Disney Parks Calendars are now available. These do sell quickly, so pick up yours next time you are in the parks.

Some new Merch has come to the resort.

Also available in pink.

Down the path a bit, Curl Surf has the JanSport Disney Backpacks.

Frozen Boutique in Downtown Disney should just become a Princess Shop. If there’s really a need for Frozen outfits, perhaps they should move it to Stage 17 at DCA along with the Anna and Elsa meet and greet.

Over at WonderGround, a few new items caught my eye.

The Space Mountain panting looks amazing. I wish that was my desktop image

Jessica Rabbit sure loves her husband

Where have I seen this before?

Work continues on the upper roof of the Grand California

Work continues quickly on Splitsville as Disney is aiming for a Holiday opening this year. Hard to imagine it opening so quickly.

Is that a fountain or a Broken Pipe?
Mickey and Friends Structure

Over at the parking structure, work has started on replacing all the tile floors at the structure. Rumors from the cast members indicate that there were quite a few slip and fall incidents on the old tiles which necessitated the fix. The floor is missing from Daisy and Mickey Levels and just started this week on Goofy Level. On Donald Level some tiles have been previously removed and replaced with brick.

Fall protection for the trams, in case the construction crew drill through the floor.

Stop By the Micechat Booth at the D23 Expo


Come see MiceChat at the D23 Expo July 14 through 16th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Stop by to meet Disney celebrities, animators, legends, authors, artists, and enter to win fun-tastic prizes including a trip to Disneyland, hotel and restaurant giveaways, a Gramovox Gramophone and much more.

Thank you!
All of us on the Disneyland Photo Update crew would like to thank you for joining us today. Each week we’ll feature different photographers and commentators (often more than one). Today’s MiceChat Disneyland Update was shot and assembled by Brian Pinsky with additional photos contributions from Dsny Debbie.


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That’s it for this week’s Update. We here at Micechat are super excited for D23 this weekend and the Debut of Fantasmic this coming Monday (with previews this weekend). Let us know down below what you are excited to see this weekend. Also be sure to stop by the Micechat Booth and say Hi!

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