We hope you had a hoppy Easter! I was at the Disneyland Resort for the big day, and while there wasn’t much Easter to be found, the weather was near perfect and the park is in full spring bloom. Aside from the spring break crowds, now is a lovely time to visit. Quite a few projects for us to track today.

Easter Half Cracked

Disney parks in Tokyo and Paris seem to do this holiday in a much more elaborate way, offering parades and special shows. Here we get an egg hunt in each park and a few bakery treats. It’s hard not to be a bit jealous.

The event-specific photo frames are a quick and easy way for Disney to celebrate a holiday.
There were just a few bakery treats.

Large eggs were hidden throughout the parks and Downtown Disney, as in years past.

And some cute vintage Easter decorations were on display in the Candy Shop on Main Street.

And that was mostly it for Easter. Would you like to see the Disneyland Resort add Easter/Springtime parades and shows like the overseas Disney parks?

Shades of Pink

This next item should surprise none of us. Following on the massive success of Rose Gold everything, Disney is rolling out a new shade of merchandise, “Millennial Pink.” A color named after a generation, that’s quite the cynical marketing tactic. Disney admits as much in the product description: “With its soft, blush hue, millennial pink is one of the hottest colors in the market, making the new headband an on-trend, must-have item for springtime visits.”  Apparently the new color of money is pink . . .

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The ears launched yesterday and we saw quite a few of them in the parks.

As you might expect, the older Rose Gold ears are no longer in short supply now that a hotter “on trend” color has been released. Time to pack your rose gold away for a future generation to discover . . . the hip kids are all wearing a lighter shade of pink.

But wait! Disney is still desperate for you to consume rose gold. In fact, new rose gold macaroons have made their way to the Jolly Holiday Bakery.

If they have trouble selling these, they can just add “Millennial” to the name and they should sell out immediately.

How much longer can the pink craze at Disneyland last? Are you a fan? Why? And if not, what irks you about this trend?

Pixar Fest Launches April 13

“Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” will debut with Pixar Fest on April 13. Disney released a little teaser for “Together Forever” in the video below.

For the duration of the festival, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland park will transform into Alien Pizza Planet. They promise a cheeseburger pizza with ketchup, yellow mustard and pizza sauce on a sesame seed crust and topped with cheese, caramelized onions, diced tomatoes, slider patties, a house-made burger sauce, and pickles. Couldn’t be any worse than the current pizzas. This is my least favorite menu in the park. Really hoping that the attention on this spot will lead to a bump in quality along with the Pixar overlay. When Pizza Port first opened it was pretty good quality. We’d eat there all the time. But the slide in quality eventually took over and today’s food is a shadow of what they offered in the past.

The Green Aliens will soon take up residence here.

And all sorts of special food will be available during Pixar Fest.  Here are some of the items and where you can find them.

Inspired by the movie Up

  • Fried-ricksen Bologna Sandwich—Carnation Café, Disneyland park
  • Fredrickson TV Diner—Carnation Café, Disneyland park
  • Up Merit Badge Éclair—Jolly Holiday Bakery Café, Disneyland park
  • Up-Tart: Nutella Pop Tart Chocolate Fredrickson House & Balloons—Capuccino Cart, Disneyland park

Inspired by Toy Story

  • Boot Beer Root Beer Float served in a Souvenir Woody’s Boot—Golden Horseshoe, Disneyland park
  • Jessie’s Berry Jubilee Funnel Cake (House-made funnel cake topped with blueberries, strawberries, chocolate cookie crumbles, crème anglaise, white chocolate, and gold-dusted whipped cream)—Golden Horseshoe, Disneyland park
  • Lots-o’-Straw-“Bear”-y Funnel Cake (Strawberry-cherry topping, strawberry butter, and streusel, with spiced syrup drizzle)—Hungry Bear Restaurant, Disneyland park
  • Lots-o’-Straw-“Bear”-y Churro—Tomorrowland, Disneyland park

Inspired by Coco

  • Coco Churro (Chocolate and vanilla bean dust and salted cinnamon sugar served with a spiced Mexican chocolate dipping sauce)—Frontierland, Disneyland park

Inspired by Monsters, Inc.

  • Mike Wazowski Bread—Pacific Wharf Café, Disney California Adventure park
  • Sully Premium Popcorn Bucket—All Disneyland Resort popcorn carts
  • Mike Wazowski Sipper—Disney California Adventure park quick-service restaurants

It’s a Wall World

The small world parade gate and queue enhancement project is wrapping up. Pavement has been laid, trees have been planted, and soon the walls will come down.  Meanwhile, a bit of maintenance is being conducted on the parade of nations at the base of the clock tower.

Some overhead shots of the area through the tinted windows on the Monorail . . .

When the trees grow in this will be a nice shady queue.

Disneyland Refurbishments

Splash Mountain returns on the 14th of April after a long refurbishment.

While water was not running down the drop, the flume was full on Sunday.

Dumbo returns at the end of the month. It will be followed by the Carousel. Meanwhile, some of the Fantasyland gardens are being reduced or removed to make room for more bodies. One of Star Wars land’s entries is located just across from the Village Haus, so the land needs to improve crowd flow.

Gardens have given way to stroller parking.

Main Street Back On Track

The happiest horses on earth returned to Disneyland while I was off on vacation. I was so happy to see them again this week. The walls have been removed and everything seems normal again.

It was busy for spring break but not insane.

Candy Palace has a newly reconfigured candy case.

The old cases remain, with new ones added to the west wall.

The only odd thing is that when you enter from the Coke Corner patio area, you see directly behind the candy counter.

It’s too easy for a guest to accidentally enter behind the registers, especially at busy times.

This and That

 

There’s no trouble finding the Phasma mugs any longer.

Is it one word or two? . . .

Last week, Brian shared an image of a Mary Poppins weather vane. One of the guest comments asked where it was located. Jolly Holiday. It’s one of my favorite rooftop details.  

The Tropical Hideaway redo of Aladdin’s Oasis has yet to begin.

But it should return some of the shopping space to the classic shops as food service moves to the new “Hideaway.”

We’ll have more Star Wars construction for you later in the week, but the skyline just keeps getting more interesting.

The creek bed in Critter Country had become stagnant. It was finally drained. Hopefully it will be back up and running again soon.

The Fortuosity shop on Main Street has some nostalgic shirts at the moment. Darkwing Duck for the win!

“I am the terror that flaps in the night, I am the bubble gum that sticks in your hair.”

 

THANK YOU FOR READING!
Thank you for joining us today. My sincere thanks to the entire Update Crew for filling in for me these past two weeks while I was in NYC. I missed you all and enjoyed your coverage of Disneyland while I was away.

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