- Splash Mountain <attraction/Critter Country> closed through Apr 14th.
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant <attraction/Fantasyland> closed for refurbishment reopening date TBA.
The 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival kicks runs through Apr 12th, and features a variety of tasting opportunities, adult beverage seminars, cooking demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances and featured artists.
Main Street, U.S.A. is America at the turn of the [20th] century – the crossroads of an era, the gas lamps and the electric lamp – the horse-drawn car and the auto car. Main Street is everyone’s hometown . . . the heart line of America. - Walt Disney
Mickey Mouse may be the official mascot of The Most Magical Place on Earth, however Minnie Mouse has unquestionably earned her way into the hearts of Disney fans worldwide. Minerva Mouse, a.k.a. Minnie, first appeared alongside Mickey in a 1928 animated-short, Plane Crazy. Her sweet nature captivated her audience, but it’s also her fashion sense that sets her apart. Minnie is recognized for her signature polka dots and vast bow collection. She is uniquely feminine, sophisticated, and kind to everyone she meets. We forget she is an animated character and appreciate the happiness she brings to her fans every time we see her.
The world’s largest Disney character store is getting a makeover. World of Disney, a 50,000 square foot complex located in Disney Springs, will be moving portions of their inventory to a location in the Town Center section while it undergoes renovations—theme sections such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars will be relocated, leaving the general Disney brands intact. With the recent expansion of Disney Springs, the new store fronts and restaurants reflect a more opulent atmosphere than that of the twenty-something World of Disney. We look forward to seeing its completion by the holidays.
World of Disney opened its doors in October of 1996 in what was then called the, Disney Village. The first Disney retail store was opened almost ten years earlier in the Glendale Galleria located in Glendale, California. Disney also offers their Disney themed merchandise online at ShopDisney.com.
The following attractions are closed as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. No reopening date is available at this time, and most of the locations will have new names when they return:
The 2018 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center next Thursday, January 25 through Sunday, January 27. This is the largest convention hosted in the Disneyland Resort area. Expect convention-related crowds next weekend as a result.
A new refillable popcorn bucket is available for Disneyland Resort annual passholders. The bucket is $15.00, and refills are $1.00 through March 1, 2018. As with past such offers, a valid AP and photo ID are required to purchase the bucket or a refill.
Disney had officially filed building permits for the "Cleo parking structure," a new six-story, 2,409,554 square-foot parking structure to be built adjacent to the Mickey and Friends parking structure on what is now the Pinocchio lot. As a result of this new construction project, starting February 1st, drivers of recreational and oversized vehicles can park only in the Toy Story parking lot.
The Disneyland website already displays the new parking policy, and specifically lists the following vehicles:
Recreational and Oversized Vehicles
The website further states that these vehicles are also prohibited in all other Disneyland Resort parking lots, to include Downtown Disney and hotel parking lots.
Registration for the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival signature events is now open via the Disneyland website. Disney has placed most of the event information behind a registration wall, so you'll need to first create a profile on the website to be able to view the schedule.
Here are my suggestions;
Taste of the Festival preview night on Mar 1st. Attendees will sample food and beverages from the festival marketplace booths, and enjoy live entertainment. Tickets are $125.00 per person, or $150.00 (plus tax & gratuity) if you want to upgrade to the VIP package for an expanded menu of appetizers and beverages. Theme park admission is not required for this event.
Celebrity Chef LIVE! at the Hyperion is a replacement for the "In the Kitchen With" series, and puts chefs Robert Irvine and Guy Fieri on their biggest Disney stage. The events are $99.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity), or you can book a VIP Experience for $250.00 and watch the demonstration from a seating area right on stage. This event includes samples of the featured dish after the demonstration. Theme park admission is not required for this event.
Sweet Sundays 2018 events move to the Napa Rose, and includes five hours of valet parking at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. Tickets are $99.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The three chefs are a repeat from the 2017 offering, and as of press time the Sweet Sunday with Duff Goldman has sold out.
Winemaker and Brewmaster dinners are held at restaurants of the Disneyland Resort hotels, so again, theme park admission is not required. The one exception is a Winemaker Dinner with David Arthur Vineyards, which is held at the Carthay Circle Restaurant inside Disney California Adventure Park, and is limited to 24 guests. These dinners are $150.00 to $300.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity) depending on the presenting winemaker or brewmaster.
Culinary Demonstrations will be presented on a new stage in the Paradise Gardens area each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the festival. There are two options if you want to catch one of these presentations: walk up and wait in line, or book a $30.00 (plus tax) VIP package. The (free) general admission area is standing-room only, and does not include a sample of the featured dish. VIPs receive reserved seating for the demonstration, a meet-and-greet with the chef, and a sample of the finished dish.
Wine, Beer and Spirits seminars return to the Sonoma Terrace, and are $20.00 (plus tax) per person. There is at least one seminar scheduled each day of the Festival, with as many as four scheduled on weekend days.
Book any of these events through the Festival website. Immediate payment is required, and no refunds are available.
There are also free daily seminars and demonstrations scheduled each Thursday through Sunday of the Festival. These demonstrations will be hosted at the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land, and the schedule posted each week. For younger cooks, the Junior Chef program will also be offered each day in Hollywood Land. This program is for kids ages 3 to 11, and no registration is required.