Five Years of Expansion at the Disneyland Resort

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

The last five years have brought many magical changes and additions to the Disneyland Resort. As we continue to count down the days to the completion of this multi-year expansion, take a look back with us and discover all the new and re-imagined experiences that have made the Happiest Place on Earth even happier!

Click on the image below to see our Disneyland Resort expansion timeline, a clickable interactive resort map, behind-the-scenes features and more!

“Disneyland Resort Expansion Timeline

Toy Story Mania!, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Cars Land…what has been your favorite feature of the five-year Disneyland Resort expansion?

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney California Adventure park on Facebook, and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for the latest on the expansion of Disney California Adventure park! While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtags #CarsLand, #BuenaVistaStreet, #MadTParty and #JustGotHappier.

Read some of the latest news from the Disneyland Resort in the posts below:


  • GREAT WEBSITE but did u forget Great Moments of Mr. Lincoln?

  • As much as I love Toy Story Midway Mania, I feel that The Little Mermaid- Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will always be special because that was the first attraction that I’ve enjoyed on it’s opening day

  • Let me just say I am looking forward to seeing all of the new attractions this year at Disneyland!

    I couldn’t find a better place to submit this suggestion than this blog, especially since the prices of annual passes just increased and a lot of new attractions will be opening in a week’s time. Please create a Premium Annual pass that allows the passholder to bring a guest to the Disneyland resort. For example, the pass itself would cost $1300 (the price of two premium annual passes) and the annual passholder could bring in one guest per day (to re-enter for the day would require a re-entry handstamp & the guest card).

    I personally have this type of pass for the San Diego Zoo, and it accomplishes several things. Since I can bring a different person each time I go, I am more likely to visit the zoo. The guest I am bringing is someone who likely would not have come to the zoo otherwise. My husband works Saturdays; if my mother came to visit us, with the current annual passes I would likely not take her to Disneyland because it would be $125 for a park hopper for her. If I had the pass with a guest pass, I would definitely use Saturday to bring her to Disneyland with me. Or my father, or my in-laws, my daughter’s sitter, etc…people who would not have gone due to the price of admission otherwise.

    Since the guest is getting in for “free” thanks to the passholder, I find that the guest is more likely to spend money in the park than a regular annual passholder. I took my daughter’s sitter to the zoo as my guest. She purchased lots of items from the gift shop, and I also felt inwardly pressured to buy my daughter a small stuffed animal as well, since she was. If it were my husband and I (who go all the time), I would not have purchased anything from the park (no gift shop items, food or drinks).

    Maybe it works better for the zoo than Disneyland, but if there were a $1300 premium pass that allowed the one passholder the right to bring a different guest each time if they so wished, I would buy that today.

  • A huge congratulations to everyone at Disney who has been involved in this amazing undertaking. The transformation looks amazing, and I am sure cast and fans alike will enjoy the rewards of this massive and ambitious project for decades to come.

  • Any word on when Earl Of Sandwich will open?

    • Not yet, Chris – but keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for an update on this soon.

  • i just want to say thank you for posting us the info through the years congratulations to the team of disney parks blog and wdi and the disney company for keeping us updated we would have never kown what’s going on from toy story to carsland i say wow 8 years of magic this is the best team ever =-)

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