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New Experiences and Returning Favorites Coming to Disneyland Resort in 2018

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Call your best friend and make a plan to visit Disneyland Resort in 2018, as we prepare to celebrate friendship and beyond! Here’s a look at what is coming your way this year.

Star Wars ExperiencesStar Tours—The Adventures Continue at Disneyland park now features a thrilling new adventure inspired Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well as a visit to Batuu, the remote outpost guests will discover when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland in 2019. In addition, guests can live the Star Wars adventure throughout Tomorrowland at Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi and “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.”

Lunar New Year Festival

Lunar New Year Festival – Celebrate the Year of the Dog as the Lunar New Year Festival expands to 24 days at Disney California Adventure park, January 26 to February 18. Guests will enjoy multicultural performances, fun-filled activities, beautiful décor, delicious cuisine and themed merchandise. Highlights include the heartwarming “Hurry Home—Lunar New Year Celebration” prior to “World of Color,” “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” a Lucky Wishing Wall and three Asian marketplaces offering delightful foods inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival – The popular culinary festival expands to six weeks – March 2 to April 12. Guests will explore California-inspired cuisine and beverages, tastings and entertainment, plus presentations and demonstrations with celebrity chefs such as Robert Irvine and Alexandra Guarnaschelli.

Pixar Fest – Beginning April 13, we’ll celebrate favorite Pixar stories during the first-ever Pixar Fest, featuring “Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks and Pixar Play Parade (featuring three new story elements) at Disneyland park as well as fan-favorite “Paint the Night” parade at Disney California Adventure park.

Pixar Pier – This summer, during Pixar Fest, this permanent transformation of the Paradise Pier area will open, featuring four Pixar-themed neighborhoods, the new Incredicoaster (a transformed California Screamin’), a new Pixar-themed lounge and grill and LOTSO more!

Grab a friend and join us in 2018 at the Disneyland Resort!


  • Do you know when the Southern cal annual pass is going to be available again

  • I heard that the original rails are being redone on Main St. When will this project be complete?

  • Does that mean LOTSO will finally be coming to the parks???

  • Sonia- I got this straight off the Disneyland official website…”Beginning April 13, 2018, the popular Paint the Night parade returns… only this time around, it’s at Disney California Adventure Park!” Hope that helps with your vacation planning!

  • Is the Cove Bar still going to exist?

  • Hi Jane, MaxPass is still only active once a ticket is scanned into one of the two parks. At that point, you can start making FastPass reservations using your App. There is no current capability like you describe (ie like WDW has) at Disneyland resort with MaxPass or any other offering at this time.

  • Can we reserve fast pass ahead of time or do we have to wait till we go to the park ? I purchased my tickets with MaxPass and was wondering

  • Will there be any fireworks in February?

  • Will Paint the Night parade be temporary or permanent for DCA? Any estimates dates? I need to plan this years trip but do not want to miss this parade again! Please help, thank you!

  • My friends and I were planning out trip for 1/26-2/2 last night and were very excited when we saw that we wil be able to see the Lunar New Year Celebration, also that the new Star Wars VR will be open by then as well.

  • Will any part of Pixar Pier be open for the start of Pixar Fest on April 13? I originally planned on going opening weekend but the article says that Pixar Pier isn’t opening until the summer and I wanted to see the new areas.

  • Really looking forward to all of these.

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