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2018 at the Disneyland Resort: Plenty of Pixar Experiences, Destinations to Discover, New Character Arrivals and More

Michael Ramirez

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

This year was an exciting one for the Disneyland Resort. Before we ring in the new year, let’s take a look back at highlights from 2018!

Black Panther and his Royal Guards, the Dora Milaje in Disney California Adventure park

February 19 – Black Panther and his Royal Guards, the Dora Milaje, arrived in Disney California Adventure park for heroic encounters.

'Together Forever'
April 13 – The first-ever Pixar Fest kicked off at the Disneyland Resort, celebrating friendship and beyond! “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks debuted, while “Paint the Night” parade and “Pixar Play Parade” returned.

‘American Idol’ Top 10 contestants pose with Joy and Sadness from "Inside Out" at Disneyland Park

April 29 – The top 10 contestants on “American Idol” performed in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park during Disney Night.

May 21 – A new mobile ordering service launched via the Disneyland App, allowing guests to conveniently place orders at select fast casual and quick-service restaurant locations throughout the resort.

Redd, at Disneyland park

June 8 – A brassy buccaneer known as Redd arrived in Disneyland park. Also in New Orleans Square, Pirates of the Caribbean reopened with new magic.

June 22 – We zoomed along Pixar Pier’s new Incredicoaster!

June 23 – Pixar Pier officially opened for Disney California Adventure park guests.

Shakira and Miguel at Disney California Adventure Park

September 9 – During a break from her world tour, global superstar Shakira met with Miguel of Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” at Disney California Adventure park.

October 26 – The reimagined World of Disney store reopened in the Downtown Disney District with a contemporary design and magical touches. Lots of transformation happened in Downtown Disney this year; check out Valerie’s story here.

Mickey and Minnie joined a flurry of Disney characters for a festive cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park

November 18 – The Disneyland Resort celebrated 90 years of magic with Mickey Mouse. The party will continue in January with Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration!

December 21 – The Tropical Hideaway, a new marketplace nestled between the Jungle Cruise and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, opened in Disneyland park.

Did you have a favorite memory from 2018 at the Disneyland Resort?


  • 2018 was pretty good year, with improvements to the Pier in Disney California Adventure Park. However, the Pier is a large part of DCA so too many attractions were closed during the reimagining of that section of the park. 2019 will be amazing! Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge looks very cool! Will we hear more regarding the Avengers new campus they are building in the Golden State next year?

  • Seeing my sister get proposed to under the Adventureland arch last month was pretty darn special, but I love, love, loved the return of the Paint the Night Parade (and for me, that also meant the return of the Paint the Night Dance Party)! I hope we’ll see it return sooner rather than later, and, to be honest, I would love to see it stay for decades. (I think it’s “practically perfect” as a successor to the Main Street Electrical Parade and it deserves to have a lifespan at least as long as MSEP.)

  • I took 2 short notice girl trips this year…. my 6 kids weren’t super happy with me😂 Had such a great time!!!

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