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Disneyland 2020: What’s New at the Park?

2020 will be an exciting year at Disneyland! With new lands, events, and rides, visitors have an entire year of magic to look forward to.

Here’s what’s on tap for Disneyland 2020:

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Of course, the biggest addition to Disneyland in 2020 was Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Soon, on January 17, 2020, visitors can join the Resistance in a tumultuous battle against the First Order on the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride.

Dare to spar with the First Order? The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to gather recruits outside the Black Spire Outpost. You may have to escape from a legion of stormtroopers and Kylo Ren to do so, but don’t worry–you’ll have a covert team of fighters such as Rey and BB-8 on your side.

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Avengers Campus / Disney & Marvel

Avengers Campus

Inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Avengers Campus: Phase 1 at Disney California Adventure Park is set to open in 2020. Suit up with your favorite heroes from the Marvel Universe such as Spider-Man, Black Panther, Black Widow, and Ant-Man as you test drive their latest inventions and help them save the day. Designed to recruit the next generation of super heroes, you don’t want to sleep on this unveiling.

Experience attractions like the first Disney ride-through Spider-Man attraction and the Worldwide Engineering Brigade lab, as well as witness the latest inventions from Pym Technologies at Pym Test Kitchen. Further, you can catch glimpses of the Avengers assembling along the rooftops of the Avengers Headquarters and help them rescue humanity once again after Phase Two opens.

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Magic Happens Parade Concept Art / Disney

Magic Happens Parade

An all-new grand parade, Magic Happens, will debut in spring 2020! Riding down Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland, the parade will focus on the most magical moments of Disney cinema. Reminding us to look for the magic around us, the parade showcases all your favorite characters like Mickey, Moana, Miguel and crew from Coco, and Sleeping Beauty’s trio of fairies. Presenting a fanatical array of floats and characters, as well as a vibrant musical score, you’ll love this fresh, contemporary take on Disney classics.

Tenaya Stone Spa

Indulge and unwind at the brand new luxurious spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Opening in spring 2020, the Tenaya Stone Spa will specialize in mind-body experiences and feature a variety of treatments, massages, and salon services. Enjoy the peaceful settings that will surely relax and rejuvenate so you’re ready to have fun at the happiest place on earth.

Disneyland After Dark Events Return in 2020

The fan favorite Disneyland After Dark events are back next year! This exclusive after-hours event features special entertainment, exquisite cuisine, collectable merchandise, and other surprises.

These specially-ticketed events allow guests to enter Disneyland starting at 6:00 pm, a few hours before the true event beginning at 9:00 pm. We recommend purchasing tickets early, as these events are incredibly popular.

First up is 80s Nite on January 29, 2020. Whether you grew up in the 90s or you watched your kids soak in the magic of Disney’s 80s hits, this event is sure to give you a huge case of nostalgia! Take a trip back in time with 80s-themed experiences, such as:

  • An exclusive fireworks show with throwback music and more.
  • A re-imagined Disney Afternoon Avenue where you’ll find interactive photo ops and iconic 80s characters from Disney movies and shows.
  • Commemorative themed items.
  • 80s-inspired food and beverages.

Next up in 2020 is Sweethearts’ Nite on February 12 or 13, 2020. Bring your sweetheart to the Happiest Place on Earth for a magical, romantic night. While at the event, visitors will enjoy:

  • Dances throughout the park, including a “Royal Ball” experience.
  • Meet with iconic Disney couples including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Aladdin and Jasmine, Eugene and Rapunzel, and more.
  • Photo opportunities with backgrounds from romantic Disney films.
  • Romantic decor, food, merchandise, and more.

The best part about the Disneyland After Dark events is the short wait times for your favorite rides! Since this event requires an additional ticket, crowds are controlled, which leads to more rides on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Returns in 2020

Disney (and food) fans from all over the world flock to Anaheim each spring for the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Better yet, last year, the festival expanded to an eight-week run to accommodate the interest of more guests.

From February 28 to April 21, 2020, guests are invited to share in culinary experiences all throughout Disney California Adventure park. From seminars to specialty wine and craft beers, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s palate and curiosity. Plus, the event boasts themed entertainment and kid-friendly cooking experiences.

Do know specific seminars, experiences, and parts of the festival require advance reservations.

Other popular events returning to Disneyland in 2020 include:

Looking to the Future: New Hotel & Attraction

Disneyland’s Newest Hotel

Although not a Disneyland 2020 addition, Disneyland broke ground this past summer on a brand new hotel resort set to debut in 2021. Located near the west end of Disney Springs, the 700-room hotel will include exceptional dining and entertainment. The landscaping and decor of the hotel are rumored to focus on nature and also provides access to the

Disneyland monorail, with a transportation platform inside the hotel.

Guests of the new hotel will enjoy sweeping views of the Downtown Disney District along with access to the four other hotels at Disneyland Resort.

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Mickey and Minnie Runaway Railway / Disney

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Climb aboard Mickey and Minnie’s brand new railway! Embark on a merry ride full of surprise twists, turns, and imaginative transformations as the iconic pair attempt to save the day with Goofy as the engineer. Note that this ride opens at Hollywood Studios at Disney World in 2020, but opens at Disneyland in 2022.

Teens stand outside of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle

What Are You Excited for at Disneyland 2020?

2020 is shaping up to be a big year at Disneyland. Have you planned your visit yet? Take advantage of huge savings on Disneyland tickets and tell us what you’re most excited for in the comments.

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