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New Pixar Pals Parking Structure and More Enhancements Underway at Disneyland Resort

Kevin Rafferty, Jr.

by , Communications, WDI

Earlier this year, we shared news about Project Stardust—which includes a number of enhancements we’re making to the Disneyland Resort, specifically Disneyland park, to continue to deliver a world-class guest experience. While carrying forward Walt Disney’s original vision, the improvements range from beautification to maxi­mizing guest comfort and improving guest flow, as we prepare the theme park for its next phase of significant growth, starting with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

We also are adding more parking and enhancing the guest arrival experience. Last year, we announced plans to build another parking structure adjacent to Mickey & Friends. The new structure will be called Pixar Pals, featuring familiar friends from Disney•Pixar films such as “Coco,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Inside Out”!

View of construction of "Pixar Pals" parking structure adjacent to Mickey & Friends, Disneyland Resort.

More than 5,000 parking spaces will be available within the structure. We anticipate it opening no later than the end of July, and hopefully sooner. The new structure will feature a new electronic parking system to expedite guest parking.

In the next few months, the Toy Story parking lot also will be expanded with more than 2,000 additional parking spaces, and additional entrances. What’s more, we will be adding security-screening tents before guests board the Toy Story parking lot shuttles to eliminate screening in the esplanade outside the theme parks at peak times.

We completed many of the improvements to guest flow and queuing that we shared in an earlier blog post, including the curb grading in Town Square. Work has now begun to open up the walkways in the central Plaza, sometimes referred to as the “hub,” while retaining the intimate feel at the heart of Disneyland park. In addition to enhancing curbs with slow inclines, we are softening corners on planters to help guests navigate around them.

We also will be working on the entrance and marquee to Adventureland as part of Project Stardust. We will temporarily take the marquee down to remove a walkway support for ease of guest flow. Other Project Stardust enhancements include policy updates in an effort to make the theme park experience more enjoyable for guests. Earlier today, the Disney Parks Moms Panel shared more about those updates here.

When Project Stardust is complete, Disneyland park will remain the beloved icon and international treasure it is today, while preparing the Disneyland Resort for generations of future guests.


  • Please add more EV spots, it’s difficult getting a spot to charge even at 9am! I’m driving down from San Diego!

  • Is there an anticipated completion date for the Toy Story security improvements? We are coming to the park in early June.

  • Project Stardust… are you guys building a Death Star?

  • Will the Toy Story Lot provide more electric car charging stations than Mickey and Friends?

  • It’d be great to have no bags lines and annual passport entrances like they do at the Disneyworld parks.
    Nothing slows down getting into the parks like getting stuck behind people with 8 bags inside their backpack that security needs to screen and then when you do get to the gate, having to wait while the line of people in front of you need their pictures taken.

  • Hopefully a lot more EV parking will be available in each lot. Toy Story especially needs EV parking so drivers have more location options. 120V plugs would be great too since so many people stay in the parks all day, trickle charging is perfect in this situation.

  • I really agree with needing bathrooms at the Toy Story lot. One time, Mickey & Friends was closed and there was no way out, except waiting in stop and go traffic to go over to Toy Story. 45 minutes later we arrive at Toy Story, no bathrooms and my wife can’t wait any longer. What is she to do?

  • I hope that restrooms are finally going into the Toy Story parking lot. Seems like a huge oversight by Disney’s management team not to have put some in over all these years. Nothing like arriving after a long drive with no bathroom in sight until after you go through the security line at the Harbor Blvd. entrance to DLR.

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