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What’s Next at the Disneyland Resort and Disney Destinations

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

With the openings of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Star Tours and “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade,” Disney Soundsational Summer is getting underway – and we’re already looking ahead to what’s coming next.

What’s Next at the Disneyland Resort and Disney Destinations

Inspired by the Disney•Pixar blockbuster “Cars,” Cars Land will feature three immersive family attractions showcasing characters and scenes from the movie, including one of the largest and most elaborate attractions ever created for a Disney park: Radiator Springs Racers. Other Cars Land attractions will include Luigi’s Flying Tires (remember the Flying Saucers in Tomorrowland?) and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree when the new land opens in 2012.

Rendering of Los Angeles in the 1920s

Also coming in 2012, a new entrance will welcome guests in Disney California Adventure park. A new entrance gate will take guests into Buena Vista Street, immersing them in the atmosphere Walt Disney experienced upon first arriving in Los Angeles in the 1920s. Buena Vista Street will feature new Southern California Red Car Trolleys and the Carthay Circle Theatre, modeled after the historic theatre, which was the site of the 1937 world premiere of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Also, just announced today: Carthay Circle Theatre will become home to a new lounge and an elegant restaurant, designed to be the premiere dining location in Disney California Adventure park.

Farther afield, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai’i, will open to guests on August 29, 2011. Each day of their stay, Aulani guests will be able to customize their experiences – relaxing on the beach or in the spa, playing in the unique pools and water play areas, dining in the resort’s signature restaurants, discovering the island on specially planned excursions, gathering at the fire pit for storytelling, or spotting the statues of Menehune, the legendary island little people, hidden throughout the resort.

Also coming in 2012, Disney Cruise Line will add new western ports and itineraries, when the Disney Wonder adds Pacific Coast cruises from Los Angeles, calling on San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico. Also new will be a 15-night voyage to Hawaii from Los Angeles, calling on Hilo; Kahului, Maui; Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai; and Ensenada, Mexico. And for the first time, Disney Cruise Line Alaska cruises will depart from Seattle in 2012, along with Vancouver.

Beginning in fall of 2012, the Disney Wonder’s sister ship, the Disney Magic, will sail 12 seven-night cruises from the Port of Galveston, Texas, to the Western Caribbean. Ports of Call will include Grand Cayman and Mexico’s Costa Maya and Cozumel. The Disney Magic will also sail out of Port Canaveral, Florida, on Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries and, for the first time, out of New York with cruises to the Bahamas and the along the New England coast.

At Port Canaveral, Florida, the newest ship in the Disney fleet, Disney Fantasy will depart March 31, 2012, on her maiden voyage – a seven-night Caribbean itinerary. The Disney Fantasy will offer many of the innovative features that the Disney Dream brought to the cruise industry in 2011, including AquaDuck, the world’s first shipboard water coaster. In addition, the Disney Fantasy will feature new design elements and guest experiences that will give the ship a unique identity.

There are so many new things to look forward to – which are you most excited about?


  • Cars Land is scheduled to open in summer 2012. Anyone have any opinion of the likelihood of it opening sooner? Perhaps Spring 2012? Has Disney ever opened a new attraction prior to slated opening?

  • Looking forward to the Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree when the new Cars Land opens in 2012.

    Disney Dream’s Aqua Duck the shipboard water coaster. Our Family will be sailing on the SS MEMBERS CRUISE Sept. 18-22, 2011. For me it is better than waiting for Christmas Morning. My grand kids love it!!!

  • Erin!

    Any chance we’ll see you on the maden voyage of the Disney Fantasy?
    It is sure going to be one AMAZING ship!

    Someone’s got to keep the Blog up to date :)!
    It would be great to see you on board.

    So many exciting things coming to Disneyland! This next year is going to rock.

  • really sad they took the letters away and the golden gate it soon to follow thankfully I have taken many pictures at both over the years…

  • The new entrance turnstiles at DCA will be ready very soon!
    Looking forward to trying the new Carthay Circle restaurant and lounge and flying around on Luigi’s tires – that sounds SO fun!

  • Are they going to take down the golden gate bridge?

  • 🙁 such a bummer I really love the big bridge, oh well. Disney knows what they are doing. I look forward to all the new changes. Cannot wait to ride the new rides. Especially Star Tours….woohoo

  • In the past, we always like to stay at least 3 days to make sure we don’t miss anything, looks like our next visit, we’ll be adding another day or 2 to enjoy EVERYTHING……!!!

  • And yes, no Golden Gate bridge. It’s being rethemed as a typical L.A. area bridge.

  • The letters of CALIFORNIA are LONG GONE…months ago.

  • haha. Gas for 15 cents a gallon! Too bad that isn’t the truth now! Can’t wait to see when everything is completed!

  • I’m really sad that they’re taking out the CALIFORNIA letters! 🙁

  • These images are so exciting. I think the new restaurant is a great announcement as well. Such a wonderful time for Disneyland and California Adventure. Hoping you might consider a similar Cars related themed area at the Disney Hollywood Studios in the future!

  • Does this mean they will no longer have the Golden Gate Bridge seen upon entering the park?

  • The flying saucers are coming back ? YES!!!! When Disneyland had the flying saucers, I was too young to be able to ride on them. And when I was old enough, they were gone. This will be nostalgic.

  • …The new entrance is going to great too!

  • I cannot wait for Cars Land!

    Its going to be awesome to be able to explore the town of Radiator Springs, and the rides sound awesome!

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