What’s Coming to Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2022 and Beyond — '100 Years of Magic' Kicks Off January 2023! (2022)

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'Sup?! Tad here, the resident family thrill-seeker and videographer. I always have my greenfingeron the pulse of what’shoppeningin the parks, so I am toadally excited for the upcoming events, rides and new lands coming to Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Universal Studios Hollywood and more. For those of you looking for what opened last yearand even what opened the year before that, we've got you covered! Let’s hop to it and explore what's coming to Disneyland Resort and Universal in 2022 and beyond! Also, don't froget to bookmark this page so you can come back and see what's opened as you get closer to your trip!

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What’s Coming to Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2022 and Beyond

Many events and entertainment options are coming (or returning) in 2022 and 2023 and beyond. You'll want to keep hopping back for updates!

Disneyland Resort

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Disney 100 Years of Magic Celebration — beginning Jan. 27, 2023 — To commemorate this platinum anniversary, all-new entertainment, food, decor and more are coming to the Disneyland Resort! The Magic Happens parade will return (spring 2023), but also, two new nighttime spectaculars will make their debut: World of Color — One and Wondrous Journeys fireworks in late Jan. Mickey, Minnie and pals get sparkling new outfits for this celebration said to be the biggest one in history! Keep an eye out for more magical surprises to be announced.

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The parks will be decorated in shining platinum. Mickey, Minnie and pals will be sparkling in their celebration outfits. To celebrate wonder, the castle will be decorated with platinum banners and bunting. Look for the three Good Fairies who illuminate it with shimmering pixie dust. The moat will receive two water fountains on either side. to top it off, you can make a wish on the wishing star sparkling from the tower. You can expect special food, beverage, merchandise and more.

While Mickey's Toontown will be reopening in spring, the new long-awaited Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway ride will open ahead of the rest of Toontown on Jan. 27 just in time for the celebration!

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Paradise Pier Hotel Retheming — TBD and changes are currently underway —Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel is getting a new theme soon! The hotel — to become Pixar Place Hotel — is undergoing a transformation, weaving Pixar touches all throughout the property: Check out that Pixar Lamp in the lobby! Guests are now able to enjoy a walkway straight into Disney California Adventure Park. Cool!

What’s Coming to Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2022 and Beyond — '100 Years of Magic' Kicks Off January 2023! (7)The hotel will have a new Finding Nemo splash pad for the tadpoles.

What’s Coming to Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2022 and Beyond — '100 Years of Magic' Kicks Off January 2023! (8)Great Maple — TBD — Local favorite Great Maple (known for fried chicken and maple bacon donuts) is opening a flagship restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on the first floor of the Pixar Place Hotel. It will also operate more food and beverage locations throughout the hotel.

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MagicBand+ and "Hey, Disney!" — Fall 2022 — The next generation of the wearable MagicBand, MagicBand+, will make its big debut at Disneyland Resort sometime in 2022. It will feature interactive elements that guests can use all around the Disneyland Resort, allowing guests to see and feel park experiences in a new way. Besides being used to enter the park and Lightning Lanes, the rechargeable and waterproof band has color-changing LED lights, haptic vibrations and gesture recognition. During nighttime spectaculars, the band will pulse with colorful lights and vibrations. When MagicBand+ is paired with a smartphone through the Disneyland app, it allows for personalized options, including light colors and being able to adjust vibration and motion recognition.

In Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, use it to find virtual bounties when you play with the interactive Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters quest. Pair it with the thermal viewer in the Play Disney Parks app.

The "Hey, Disney!" voice assistant will work with Alexa on Amazon Echo devices, including those in Disneyland Resort hotel rooms.

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Disneyland Resort Hotel Benefits —returned summer 2022 — Several benefits for hotel guests have returned to the Disneyland Resort and other come soon! On top of "Hey Disney," hotel guests are able to send packages back to their hotels. And — drumroll, please — early entry to the parks has returned, too! Keep hopping back for more details

Disney Vacation Club location — TBD — If you are a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) member, then you will behoppy to hear that Disneyland is currently building a new DVC tower adjacent to the Disneyland Hotel. It includes a restaurant, deck area, Mickey pool and pool restrooms. The DVC tower project area is located between South Walnut Street and the Disneyland Hotel’s Frontier Tower and swimming pool. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has 71 DVC units and is currently the only DVC resort on the West Coast.

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runDisney Events Return — 2024 — Take your mark! We've missed runDisney races on the West Coast! Good news — they're returning in 2024.

Disneyland Park

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Sweethearts' Nite at Disneyland — Feb 1, 3, 8, 10 and 14, 2022 —The popular Sweehearts' Nite made Disneyland the most romantic place on Earth for five unfrogettable nights. Disney fans and their sweeties had a date night at Disneyland.

What’s Coming to Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2022 and Beyond — '100 Years of Magic' Kicks Off January 2023! (12)Here's what was included:

  • A special themed fireworks show
  • Projection effects on Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street, U.S.A.
  • A jazz ensemble aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Live entertainment, including a Royal Ball and a dance party with a DJ
  • Rarely-seen Disney couples together in the park
  • Fun photo opportunities featuring romantic scenes from iconic Disney films
  • Lovely décor
  • Food and beverage offerings for sale around the park
  • Unlimited PhotoPass downloads
  • Early admission to Disneyland park, starting at 5 p.m., with no theme park reservation required

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Celebrate Soulfully — select days in February 2022 and again in June for Black Music Month — Disneyland celebrated Black History Month with musical acts and more. Celebrate Gospel! — which used to take place at Stage 17 at Disney California Adventure — moved to Fantasyland Theater at Disneyland Park to celebrate the soulful spirit of Gospel music for two Saturdays in 2022. On Feb. 19, 2022, award-winning Gospel singer, Kierra Sheard performed with the a capella Gospel group Sacred Groove. On Feb. 26, the Grammy award-winners Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music, along with The Singers of Soul, took the stage. Community Choirs performed both days, as well.

Guests did crafts, ate snacks from Troubabour Tavern and shared thoughts on the gratitude wall.

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The celebration extended outside the theme park. At Downtown Disney, we enjoyed music, including R&B, Gospel, reggae, funk and jazz, at nightly outdoor concerts throughout February. Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen offered live jazz piano music nightly.

Special merchandise was available at Pele Soccer, Lovepop, WonderGround Gallery and the Post 21 cart. We admired art displays from emerging Black artists who have been inspired by Disney and Pixar's "Soul," "The Lion King," "The Princess and the Frog" and "The Proud Family." Chalk muralist Marcella Swett created a new chalk mural each week. Hue Unlimited collaborated with Pixar for a collection of wearable art.

At Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, there was live jazz in the lobby in the evenings, along with a special menu of wine, beers and spirits from Black-owned business at the Hearthstone Lounge.

At Downtown Disney in June, the art exhibit, “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” can be found adjacent to the Star Wars Trading Post. You can also enjoy nightly music and a DJ on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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"We Don't Talk About Bruno" Overlay — for a limited time from April 11, 2022, until TBD — Watch as the exterior of "it's a small world" transforms several times a night with projection effects inspired by the iconic "Encanto" song none of us can talk about, but we all definitely sing along to ;) During the day, guests can also visit with Mirabel in Frontierland.

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Disneyland Forever — April 22, 2022, through Sept. 1, 2022 — One of our all-time favorite fireworks shows returned in 2022. Disneyland Forever was a game-changer for all future Disneyland fireworks shows when it debuted for Disneyland's 60th Diamond Celebration in 2015. Its projections, special effects and nostalgic music bring a flurry of emotions and a tear to Mommy Frog's eye every time she sees it. Upon its return, Disneyland Forever ran for a limited time on the weekends, with Mickey's Mix Magic running during the week.

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The Main Street Electrical ParadeApril 22, 2022, through Sept. 1, 2022 — This oldie but goodie parade returned to Disneyland Park for a limited time to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Even better? This classic was reimagined with an all-new grand finale, featuring stylized scenes from "Encanto," "The Jungle Book," "Raya and the Last Dragon," "Coco" and more! Hop over to our post on the Main Street Electrical Parade for the latest news and our viewing tips.

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Hyperspace Mountain — April 29, 2022, to July 5, 2022 —Space Mountain closes April 28 and reopens as Hyperspace Mountain the next day for a limited time. Cue the Star Wars music. I'm heading in for battle. I love this exciting overlay that has from time to time returned for May the Fourth and Star Wars Nite. Woo hoo!

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Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite — May 3, 4 and 27, 2022 — This Disneyland After Dark event invites members of the dark side and the light side to come together once Disneyland Park closed for the night. Tickets are sold out.

Guests may access the park early, starting at 6 p.m. For the event, look for a battle in the skies above Disneyland with a special "Star Wars"–themed fireworks spectacular! "Star Wars" fans can also enjoy galactic dance parties, character encounters, themed decor, event merchandise and inspired food and beverage. Grab your lightsaber and prepare to pose for "Star Wars"–themed photo opportunities. Unlimited PhotoPass downloads are included.

Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience — May 20, 2022 —The Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience is back. For $60 (plus gratuity) you have a place to chill for the evening on the balcony over Star Wars Launch Bay. You can watch fireworks from this location, so you'll want to reserve to for a night with fireworks! No refunds are given if the fireworks get canceled though. You can stay for the evening or come as go as you like.

The experience includes:

  • Entree
  • Side
  • Delectable dessert selection
  • Unlimited soft drinks, bottled water or hot chocolate
  • A place to use throughout the evening. You can come and go or stay put.

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"Fantasmic!" — May 28,2022 — Disney's longest-running (turning 30 years this year!) nighttime spectacular returns. The waters of the Rivers of America spring to life as Mickey Mouse uses his imagination to create images on fountains inspired by Disney classic films such as “Fantasia,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Little Mermaid” and more. Many live characters sail by on rafts and boats. The theme song is now embedded in our heads in anticipation of its return. Hop over to our Fantasmic! post for updates and tips as the return approaches. Dining packages are available for booking now.

(Video) Disney After Hours Returning To Walt Disney World In 2023

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Tale of the Lion King — May 28, 2022 — The popular storytelling performance returns, but this time to a new location. Previously, the show took place in the bright sunshine at Paradise Gardens Park. We are toadally excited that it found a new home in the covered Fantasyland Theater (with seating) in Disneyland Park. Rejoice in the telling of "The Lion King" by Storytellers of the Pride Lands. This troupe of traveling performers presents Simba’s journey in a unique story-theater style with live music, dialogue, dance and percussion. We are feeling the love tonight! Special food and beverage are available at Troubadour Tavern.

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Disneyland Tours — October 2022 — Hip HOP Hooray! Disneyland tours have resumed. A new tour is offered, called Walt's Main Street Story. Learn about Walt's home in Marceline, Mo., and how it inspired the nostalgic hometown feel of Main Street U.S.A. Reservations are open now for up to 60 days in advance.

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The tour takes you into Walt's apartment above the fire station, where a lamp remains lit in the window to honor Walt's spirit. We recently previewed this tour with some froggy friends and there was not a dry eye in the place. This tour accesses some areas never seen on previous tours. At holiday time, look for the return of holiday tours. You do need a park ticket and a theme park reservation in addition to a tour reservation to access the tour.

Grogu and the Mandalorian arrive in Galaxy's EdgeMid-November 2022 — Very soon, guests may cross paths with the iconic bounty hunter himself, as well as the Child.

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway — opening Jan. 27. 2023 — All aboard! Woot, woot! This new ride rolling into Mickey's Toontown will be the first major Mickey-themed ride at Disneyland.

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The ride features an original story (and catchy theme song) where Mickey and Minnie are premiering their newest short, “Perfect Picnic,” at the El CapiTOON Theatre. Before you enter the theatre, you'll explore the special exhibit featuring props and costumes from the toon world. Then, you’ll step from the human world straight into the unpredictable cartoon world of Mickey and Minnie, and board a trackless train with Goofy as the engineer.

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What could possibly go wrong in this magical, out-of-control ride with surprising twists and turns? Hold onto your ears, because it's a multi-dimensional cartoon world, so anything can happen! The ride will have state-of-the-art technology and dazzling visual effects to immerse you into Mickey's and Minnie's zany animated world. The entrance will be where the current Gag Factory store is. This ride opens for the 100th anniversary celebration ahead of the the rest of Toontown.

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Reimagined Toontown — opening spring 2023 — Toontown is getting a fresh makeover in honor of the new ride featuring grassy play spaces perfect for tadpoles to get the wiggles out. One of the new areas coming to Toontown will be CenTOONial Park, showcasing a fountain designed for play, including water tables. The fountain will be brought to life at night, as well. Nearby, a dreaming tree will provide opportunities to play, crawl and explore. Toontown temporarily closed as of March 9, 2022, to make way for these new changes.

Roger Rabbit's CarToon Spin, Mickeys House and Minnie's House will remain. Gadget's Go Coaster, Goofy's House and Donald's Boat, however, are being "reimagined in new and exciting ways." Don't worry. Donald's Boat and Goofy's House are still there, but with all new sensory experiences and Gadget's Go Coaster will return with new and exciting changes.

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Roger Rabbit's CarToon Spin does get a new plot twist. Jessica Rabbit gets a lead role in a new update for this ride based on the 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." This more relevant version will have Jessica Rabbit as a private eye working to fight a Toontown crime wave run by none other than the Toon Patrol Weasels.

Wondrous Journeys Fireworks Show — Late January 2023 — As part of the Disney 100 Years of Wonder celebration, this new fireworks show will feature all 60 Walt Disney Animation Studios films to date. The show is filled with artistry, music, storytelling and heart. Projections will turning Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the Rivers of America into an artist’s canvas as fireworks fill the sky. “Wondrous Journeys” has a new song called, “It’s Wondrous.”

Disney Vacation Club Star View Station Lounge — expectedto open in the first half of 2023 — A new DVC member lounge is coming to Tomorrowland at Disneyland. This new lounge takes over the second floor of the Star Wars: Launch Bay building.

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Tiana'sBayou Adventure — Late 2024 — Splash Mountain at both Disneyland and Disney World will undergo a major re-theming with a new storyline, starring Princess Tiana. Guests will be "goin' down the bayou" with Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Louis, Ray, Mama Odie and other favorites from the film "Princess and the Frog" to continue the adventure post-kiss and join the hoppin' Mardi Gras celebration. To quote Tiana, these frogs think it'll be "the bee's knees!" Guests will be drawn in by original music inspired by songs in the film. Imagineers describe this attraction as a love letter to New Orleans.

Tiana is hosting a party and needs to head into the Bayou to find the special ingredient. We'll embark o n a journey with her and Louis. We can expect music and an aura of Bayou magic. There is some incredible nighttime lighting coming to the nighttime facade of Tiana's Bayou Adventure too!

A closing date for Splash Mountain has not been announced yet. One thing we can rely on is the heart-pounding drop. Gonna take you down, gonna take you down, gonna take you all the way down ...

Eudora’s Chic Boutique Featuring Tiana’s Gourmet Secrets — Sept. 20, 2022 — A new retail store opens in New Orleans Square. Tiana collaborates with her dressmaker mother, Eudora, to open a shop, selling accessories to create and serve masterful Orleans-style cuisine and more. It's located near Blue Bayou.

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A Re-Theming of Tarzan's Treehouse — TBD — Tarzan's Treehouse has been closed and "under refurbishment" since September 2021. The new theme, story and opening date have not been announced. Of course, there are some enchanting rumors floating around about what fans hope it will be. All we know is that the treehouse will stay, but it won't be a Tarzan theme. The treehouse entrance and bridge have been removed. Keep hopping back for updates!

Disney California Adventure Park

Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite — March 8 and 10, 2022— This Disneyland After Dark Party at Disney California Adventure was dark indeed, with a villain theme! The separately ticketed event was supposed to take place in April 2020 after the park closed for the night (and guests could enter early at 6 p.m.).

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Party attendees often dress elaborately in theme (costume guidelines for special events apply). This party has a Villains Cabaret with a cast of outlaws who will sing and dance their way through a revue. Guests will be spellbound by DJ-hosted dance parties and enjoy character greetings with nefarious Disney fiends, fun photo-ops and themed food, drink, decor and merchandise.

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World of Color — April 22, 2022 — This spectacular nighttime water show returns this spring! The world is a carousel of color, and we can once again get swept away by the magical combination of music, fountains, fire, fog, lasers and projections from Disney and Pixar films. Our Disneyland World of Color post has all the details.

Celebrate Soulfully — June 1 through July 4, 2022 — Enjoy daily live entertainment and specialty food offerings, art and more. At Disney California Adventure park, daily live music celebrates Black music genres from Doo-Wop to Motown. Get caught up in the nostalgia of Carthay Circle and enjoy Philly Phonics, an a cappella vocal group that performs snazzy, jazzy, tunes from the 1920s through today. Five & Dime will also sing 1920s and ‘30s tunes! In the evening, the Hollywood Backlot hosts a special block party, featuring nightly live musical acts.

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Disneyland After Dark: Grad Nite Reunion — June 23, 28 and 30, 2022 —An all-new Disneyland After Dark party kicks off in June at Disney California Adventure. Tickets are on sale April 28, 2022, not sooner than noon. Party attire encouraged. Don’t forget to show your school spirit! The party takes place from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. with early entry as of 5 p.m. to mix in with daytime guests. It costs $150 per person and parking is not included.

The party, which spans six decades of music and fun, includes:

  • Sightings of beloved Disney characters throughout the evening with a few proudly wearing their cap and gown
  • A march-along pep-rally style with some favorite Disney friends
  • Dance through the decades to hits of today and yesterday
  • Retro photo opportunities (with unlimited PhotoPass downloads
  • Unique, cafeteria-inspired food and beverage offerings
  • Special after-hours access to most of the park’s attractions

The Incredible Hulk Greetings — next week — More green is coming to Avengers Campus as the Hulk interfaces with guests!

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World of Color –One — Late January 2023 — As part of the Disney 100 Years of Wonder celebration, we are getting a new World of Color show. This nighttime spectacular celebrates 100 years of storytelling that Walt Disney began. The story shows how a single action, such as a drop of water, creates a ripple that can grow into a wave of change. The show features new and classic courageous, loving and inspiring characters as well as a new original song, “Start a Wave.”

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Avengers HeadquartersTBD— The iconic Avengers Headquarters building opened when Avengers Campus opened, but the ride it houses will come at a later date. In the meantime, lift your eyes to the rooftops to spy Avengers and the Quinjet parked up there. The Avengers have heard reports that a villain called the Taskmaster is planning to break into the Avengers command center. Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel and others will be greeting new recruits and keeping an eye out for threats. Should the Taskmaster and his crew appear, the Super Heroes will be ready to spring into action. Watch for a confrontation that takes place all over the building, including the rooftop!

This building is the future entrance to a brand-new “E-Ticket” attraction (opening at a later date) that puts you right in the middle of the Multiverse.

Third Avengers Campus Attraction — TBD —According to Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios president, this new attraction will take you all over the Multiverse, featuring Marvel characters and villains from many timelines. But there's one new villain we'll encounter: King Thanos, who won in another timeline.

Pacific Wharf Overhaul — TBD — Pacific Wharf is becoming San Fransokyo from "Big Hero 6!" You'll be able to meet Baymax, your personal healthcare companion, of course. (We can only imagine how great his hugs are!) The area will have eateries and shopping.

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney Expansion — beginning in January 2022 — A multi-year project to expand this shopping, dining and entertainment space will begin in early 2022. More details will be coming soon! The businesses west of the Monorail track (from Starbucks to Earl of Sandwich) are closed and construction is beginning.

New restaurants are coming. Earl of Sandwich will reopen in a new location. Yay! Also to come is the world-renowned restaurant Din Tai Fung, offering guests their soup dumplings hand crafted right on site and dishes served family style. Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytan will bring his inclusive vision of Mexican cuisine to the locations currently occupied by Catal & Uva Bar. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will incorporate vibrant California energy and a fresh approach to the menu, while staying true to the heart of New Orleans. SoCal fave Porto's Bakery & Cafe is also coming to Downtown Disney.

The changes will introduce more innovative shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. The refurbishment draws inspiration from Southern California mid-century modern architecture. The west-end area will be a beautiful blend of vibrant color palettes, design elements and patterns influenced by the region, and will include an open lawn for relaxation and future events. In the meantime, Check out the two newest stores to open Pelé Soccer and and Lovepop.

The Distant Future at Disneyland Resort

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Disneyland Resort is seeking approvals from the City of Anaheim, the city in which it is located, to expand the resort in multiple areas. This is a long-term plan that may take place over the next few decades. Details are still developing, but Disneyland is looking to expand the theme park, retail, hotel, dining, entertainment and parking options, utilizing space around the resort. Disneyland will be asking the city for more flexibility in plans approved in the 1990s for the eastern and western edges of the Disneyland Resort.

What’s Coming to Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2022 and Beyond — '100 Years of Magic' Kicks Off January 2023! (35)The Immersive Theme Park west side expansion could include a theme park expansion on the land that currently surrounds the Disneyland Hotel, parts of Downtown Disney (where the unused ESPN Zone and AMC theater are currently located), Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and some surrounding parking lots. The streets that surround this area include Katella Avenue, Walnut Street and Magic Way.

The other major area being looked at for east side expansion is the current Toy Story lot near the Anaheim Convention Center. The Disney Entertainment Destination expansion, if approved, would include hotels, retail, dining, entertainment and theme park experiences.

A parking lot off Disney Way with a pedestrian bridge across Harbor Boulevard could create a new access point to Disneyland. The bridge would upgrade accessibility for hotels and businesses located along Harbor Boulevard. Disney is not asking for any public funding to complete this project.

It could take a few years for the planning and approvals to be complete and take many years to construct. But it's toadally exciting to see what may be coming to the Disneyland Resort!

Universal Studios Hollywood

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"Nope" Set Coming to the Studio Tour — July 22, 2022 — For the first time ever, a movie set will open on the World-Famous Studio Tour to coincide with its theatrical release date! Beginning July 22, 2022, guests will encounter the original Jupiter’s Claim set from Jordan Peele’s expansive new horror epic, "Nope." The set will be a permanent attraction on the tour.

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Super Nintendo World and Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge ride — Early 2023 —'Sup gamers?Universal Studios Hollywood will be bringing an expansive and immersive Nintendo-themed area to Universal Studios Hollywood in early 2023. You can see construction underway in the Lower Lot, to the left of Transformers: The Ride-3D. Guests will enter this colorful and interactive new land via a Warp Pipe.

The land features a new ride, Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge, located inside Bowsers Castle. Guests will be immersed in a large, interactive moving track ride that brings together augmented reality (assistance from head-mounted goggles) with projection mapping technology and set pieces. The ride is inspired by the video game, and you've never experienced anything like it.

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Riders will climb board four-person stadium-style Mario Kart vehicles from the dungeons of Bowser's Castle. Then it's time to put on the goggles and wait for the 3-2-1-Go! signal from Lakitu. In the quest to win the Golden Cup, riders will steer through courses in the clouds and even under water! The ride has a variety of outcomes, which means riders will want to go again and again! The ride appeals to guests of all ages, even those with little gaming experience.

The new land also includes dining and shopping. Visitors can expect colorful animatronic scenery with spinning gold coins, boxes with question marks, and more. To begin the countdown, Universal reimagined the Feature Presentation store into Super Nintendo World theming. Mario and Luigi apparel and iconic character hats, along with plush characters (including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Bowser) and more, are available for purchase. You can also find Super Nintendo World merchandise in the Universal Studio Store.

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Universal CityWalk

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen — opening soon — A Universal Orlando CityWalk family favorite is coming to the West Coast, and we are hopping with excitement! Originally slated to open in 2021, the restaurant's signs now simply say coming soon. We're also hoping to burn some calories in advance because we plan to do some damage when it opens! The menu offers all-day brunch (yes, please!), lunch and dinner items, but the creative milkshakes and decadent desserts are what really get my attention. The steampunk-decorated restaurant will be found in the former Hard Rock Cafe location, near the Universal Cinema. Toothsome will join other recently opened restaurants at Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk, including Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, VIVO Italian Kitchen, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut.

What's Coming to Other Southern California Theme Parks (and Zoos) in 2022 and Beyond

SeaWorld San Diego

Emperor — opened March 12, 2022 — Our happy feet are swinging with frogcitement for this new floorless, penguin-themed dive coaster, which opened just in time for spring break 2022. With speeds over 60 mph and a steep plunge over 150 feet (and over 90 degrees), Emperor is now the tallest and fastest dive coaster in California. That makes sense to me, as the emperor penguin is the tallest of all of the penguins.

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Sesame Place San Diego — opened March 26, 2022 — Sunny days ... An all-new theme park opened in Chula Vista this spring! Join Sesame Street characters such as Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and others for rides, slides, shows and more! Sesame Place features seven themed dry rides, an interactive musical play area, and 11 water attractions, including a 500,000-gallon wave pool! Guests can expect an award-winning parade, photo-ops, special events and an interactive Sesame Street neighborhood. We can tell you how to get to Sesame Street! For our friends with autism spectrum disorder, Sesame Place San Diego will open as a Certified Autism Center (CAC).

San Diego Zoo

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The new Wildlife Explorers Basecamp opened March 11, 2022. Your tadpoles can climb, scramble, and explore at this new area, which replaces the former children's zoo. bring a swimsuit for water play! It's a place where kids of all ages can learn about nature, play alongside animals, encounter new species and ultimately develop empathy for wildlife. The whole family can discover wildlife in four unique habitats: Rainforest, Desert Dunes, Marsh Meadows and Wild Woods. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits. The tadpoles enjoyed meeting the amazing species at the Spineless Marvels insect and spider habitats and at Jake’s Cool Critters — a place for reptiles, amphibians, and more.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

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WONDER WOMAN Flight of Courage — July 16, 2022 — Six Flags introduces its 20th coaster, and it's a record-breaker. The new thrill ride will be the tallest and longest single-rail coaster on the planet!

The new coaster will reach 58 mph after climbing a 131-foot-tall lift hill and descending an 87-degree first drop. The ride’s four 12-passenger trains will travel over a 3,300-foot-long track featuring three inversions — a raven dive, zero-gravity roll and 180-degree stall. It will have a Greek-inspired entrance and queue area.

Knott's Berry Farm

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All-new Reimagined Fiesta Village — 2023 — Fiesta Village comes alive in celebration of culture. Inspired by Hispanic influence in SoCal, Fiesta Village will have new experiences, entertainment, dining, shopping and thrills. Part of the that is the reimagining of Montezooma's Revenge. Visit Fiesta Mercado, which is inspired by Olvera Street in Los Angeles, to discover a variety of merchants with unique and authentic items, surrounded by colorful alebrijes and landscaping. Bite into made-to-order burritos and tacos at the new full-service Casa California restaurant, or enjoy a cold cerveza or specialty cocktails at the new adjacent Cantina Del Sur. Take in more live entertainment at the transformed open-air Fiesta Stage.

MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress — 2023 — As mentioned, the beloved Montezooma's Revenge is being re-themed. Many treasure hunters have searched for the legendary Montezuma's gold. They have dredged Mexican rivers and plunged into the Pacific in search of the riches. But a handful of the clever scavengers have found themselves in the true resting place of the infamous gold — just outside a small village in California, Fiesta Village. Will new adventurers succeed in extracting the gold and breaking the curse that has fallen upon many who have tried and failed? The way forward might not always be as expected. A new twist on this classic coaster experience may alter your ability to escape with the treasure once and for all!

The coaster will have a new randomized launch sequence. Will you shoot forwards or backwards? You'll only know once it's hoppening!

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FAQs

What is coming back to Disneyland 2022? ›

World of Color, Fantasmic! and the Main Street Electrical parade have already come back to Disneyland in 2022. What is this? World of Color reopened in Disney California Adventure park. Check the Disneyland app for show dates and times.

What is Disneyland's newest attraction? ›

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a massive attraction with multiple ride systems that is unlike anything you've ever experienced at the Disneyland Resort… or anywhere else in the galaxy!

Is Universal Studios part of Disneyland? ›

Both parks are located in California. Universal Studios Hollywood is located right in Hollywood, outside of Los Angeles and Disneyland is located in Anaheim, CA which is about a 50-minute drive south of Los Angeles. How big is each park?

What is Disney forward? ›

New flexibility could allow for new attractions in Anaheim like those seen at Disney parks across the globe. The effort, initiated by Disney, is known as DisneylandForward. Anaheim is open to studying an update because of what visitors mean to our city.

How far in advance can you book Disneyland 2023? ›

Theme park reservations can be booked up to 120 days in advance, so you can calculate when your booking window will open depending on when you hope to visit.

What are they building in Disneyland? ›

Mickey's Toontown in Disneyland

Oh, BOY! Disney has announced an “ambitious reimagining of Mickey's Toontown” which will debut in spring 2023, along with the addition of the new Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction.

What is coming to Disney in 2023? ›

Guests interact with magical, living water in this interactive experience. Disney has confirmed that Moana: Journey of Water will open sometime in 2023. On the other side of Future World, the Play! Pavilion is being built in the old Wonders of Life building.

Where is the next Disneyland being built? ›

San Fransokyo (DCA) – 2023? A reimagining of Pacific Wharf in California Adventure is underway, as the area will be transformed to San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6. The new area will include restaurants and a Baymax meet & greet.

Is Disneyland building a new hotel? ›

The new DVC tower will hold 350 villas spread across 12 stories. The vast majority will be Studio rooms. Villas at Disneyland Hotel is scheduled to open in late 2023. It will be the first Disney Vacation Club addition at Disneyland Resort in more than a decade, joining Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel.

What is Disney trying to build? ›

Disney plans to build residential houses—including a neighborhood dedicated for those ages 55 and up—and a mixed-use district that includes shopping, dining, a beachfront hotel and beach park, as well as a 24-acre “grand oasis” lagoon.

Is Disneyland going to build a third park? ›

This iconic quote inspired the name for Disneyland Resort's long-awaited project, Disneyland Forward, which was officially revealed to be a “theme Park expansion” project in 2021.

Is Disneyland adding a new park? ›

Disney has announced a huge new future expansion project coming to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California including new theme park areas, attractions, dining, shopping, parking and hotels.

Is Disneyland still free on your birthday? ›

Disney DOESN'T give you free admission into the theme parks on your birthday. They DON'T give you free hotel stays or free meals. You CAN'T skip the lines or get special dining reservations.

How many rides does Universal Studios Hollywood 2022? ›

Universal Studios Hollywood has twelve exciting rides, one studio tour, and two shows. These attractions and rides are distributed between the Upper and Lower lots of Universal Studios Hollywood, connected by an escalator. The Lower Lot has three rides – Jurassic World, Revenge of the Mummy, and 3D Transformers.

What is better Disneyland or world? ›

Although Disney World has more on-property lodging with fun themes at different price points than Disneyland, the latter blows Disney World away when it comes to its wealth of simple off-property options that don't leave you feeling too far from the magic.

When can you book Disney Hotel 2023? ›

2023 Walt Disney World Packages go on sale June 8, 2022 and can be booked for arrivals up to 499 days in advance. Requests for quotes beyond the 499-day mark will be placed on our waitlist and quoted at the appropriate time when those dates are made available by Disney. Get a No-Obligation Quote!

How far in advance can you book Disneyland? ›

Mike, you are able to begin booking theme park reservations up to 120 days in advance. Keep in mind that reservations are subject to availability. I highly recommend you begin booking your reservations as close to that 120 day mark as possible, especially since you want to visit in October.

Is Disneyland Open 2022? ›

Disneyland is open… and LOTS of events are coming back in 2022! If you've been wondering, “Is Disneyland open?” it's seriously the BEST news ever to find out that it is!!! And it's even MORE exciting that this month World of Color, Disneyland Forever fireworks, and the Main Street Electrical Parade will be back!

Will there be a Disneyland UK? ›

It is one of the most ambitious new theme parks in Europe since Disneyland Paris opened in 1992. The London Resort is set to be a two-park resort with hopes of the first to open in 2024 and the second set in 2029. It is the most ambitious new attraction in Europe since Disneyland Paris in 1992.

What is going to replace Toon Town? ›

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland is closing in 2022 …

A new ride called Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway — billed as Disneyland's “first major Mickey-themed ride-through attraction” — will make its debut. Guests will also be introduced to CenTOONial Park, a family-friendly natural space near the land's entrance.

What is coming to Disney World in 2022? ›

Disney has since confirmed the name of the new attraction would be Tiana's Bayou Adventure. Concept art for the new attraction debuted at D23 Expo in September 2022.

What is going on at Disney World 2022? ›

The first half of 2022 saw the opening of the "Guardians of the Galaxy"-themed roller coaster (which is Epcot's first coaster), the launch of the "Star Wars"-themed hotel and new, fancy rooms at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, among other highlights.

What rides will be closed in Disney World 2023? ›

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Fantasmic – Returning in late October or early November 2022.
  • Frozen Sing-Along Celebration – Closed January 9 through January 27, 2023.
  • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple – Permanently Ended.
  • Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular – Permanently Ended.
9 Oct 2022

Will Disney build a 5th park? ›

Disney has no near-term plans to build a fifth theme park at Disney World, even though it has the space to do so. Instead, it has focused on improving its existing parks. That includes the upcoming Tron: Lightcycle Run roller-coaster at Magic Kingdom as well as a pretty major overhaul at Epcot.

What is being built at Universal Studios Hollywood? ›

According to a press release, the new expansion to Universal Studios Hollywood is expected to debut in early 2023. In a press release, Universal Studios officials said Super Nintendo World would feature the “Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge” ride, interactive areas and new shopping and dining experiences.

Is Disney building a new resort? ›

Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge is an upcoming Disney Vacation Club resort that currently is under construction at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida.
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Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge
Resort typeDeluxe resort
OpenedTBD
ThemeNature lakeside lodge
AreasMain Building
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What are they building next to Disneyland Hotel? ›

Disney recently announced that a new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) tower will be built next to the Disneyland Hotel. This tower will be 12-stories high with 350 time share villas, and amenities will include a new pool, an interactive play area, a community hall, an outdoor bar, and lots more.

Will Disneyland have a Star Wars hotel? ›

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a highly-hyped new hotel offering 2-night experiences at Walt Disney World. The themed resort behind Galaxy's Edge in Hollywood Studios is now open, and this guide covers everything you need to know–including pricing, 2023 reservation info, what's included, and more!

Will Rainforest Cafe return to Disneyland? ›

17, 2021. The long-empty Rainforest Cafe, a vacant eyesore on Downtown Disney's main drag since 2018, has finally reopened as a new Star Wars-themed store.

Is runDisney coming back to Disneyland? ›

More exciting news for running fans, D23 announced that runDisney will return to Disneyland park in 2024.

Is Disneyland building a new hotel? ›

The new DVC tower will hold 350 villas spread across 12 stories. The vast majority will be Studio rooms. Villas at Disneyland Hotel is scheduled to open in late 2023. It will be the first Disney Vacation Club addition at Disneyland Resort in more than a decade, joining Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel.

Is Disneyland doing magic morning 2022? ›

As of July 2022 Extra Magic Hour has been discontinued and replaced by what is now just generally known as "Early Admission"! Early Admission allows guests of Disneyland Resort Hotels enter Disneyland or California Adventure 30 minutes early each day.

Will paint the night return to Disneyland? ›

In July 2017, it was officially announced at the D23 Expo that Paint the Night would be moving to Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort starting on April 12, 2018.
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Paint the Night.
Disney Paint the Night Electrical Parade
StatusSuspended
Soft opening dateSeptember 11, 2014
Opening dateOctober 1, 2014 2022 (reopening)
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How much does a Disney 5K cost? ›

Here are the prices for the 2023 Disney Virtual 5K Races: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 5k – $84.21. Disney Princess 5K – $79.95. Springtime Surprise 5K – $79.95.

What is the fairy tale challenge? ›

The 2021 Fairy Tale Challenge is taking you down the bayou with a Princess and the Frog theme. The challenge will have you doing a 10K and half marathon, then you get a third medal inspired by Tiana for all your hard work.

How long is a ten K? ›

A 10K race, which is 6.2 miles, is ideal for experienced runners who are looking for more of a challenge. It's the second most popular race after the half-marathon and requires a fitness level that balances strength, energy, and endurance.

What are they building next to Disneyland Hotel? ›

Disney recently announced that a new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) tower will be built next to the Disneyland Hotel. This tower will be 12-stories high with 350 time share villas, and amenities will include a new pool, an interactive play area, a community hall, an outdoor bar, and lots more.

Will Disneyland have a Star Wars hotel? ›

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a highly-hyped new hotel offering 2-night experiences at Walt Disney World. The themed resort behind Galaxy's Edge in Hollywood Studios is now open, and this guide covers everything you need to know–including pricing, 2023 reservation info, what's included, and more!

Will Rainforest Cafe return to Disneyland? ›

17, 2021. The long-empty Rainforest Cafe, a vacant eyesore on Downtown Disney's main drag since 2018, has finally reopened as a new Star Wars-themed store.

Are extra magic hours coming back Disneyland? ›

No, Extra Magic Hour is discontinued and now goes by Early Entry. Instead of one hour early on alternating days, Early Entry includes: 30 minutes of Early Entry into either park on any day, provided you have valid admission and theme park reservations. access select attractions, characters, dining and shopping.

Are extra magic hours coming back? ›

Extra Magic Hours are no longer, but Early Theme Park Entry is the new morning offering and is available daily. Extended Evening Hours are available on select nights at select theme parks for guests staying at Deluxe Resorts, Deluxe Villa Resorts, and other select resorts.

How can I get a magic morning? ›

Magic Morning: Anyone who purchases a 3-Day and longer Disneyland ticket (either Park Hoppers or 1-Park per Day tickets) will receive ONE Magic Morning. This automatically comes with your ticket when you purchase with Get Away Today.

How long will the Electrical parade be at Disneyland? ›

“Main Street Electrical Parade” and “Disneyland Forever” will end their limited-time runs at Disneyland on September 1, 2022. Disney did not announce what would replace the nighttime parade and fireworks after September 1. “Main Street Electrical Parade” has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

What is Disneyland Forever fireworks? ›

“Disneyland Forever” fireworks is a street-to-sky celebration filled with sparkling pyrotechnics and immersive projections that envelop you in a breathtaking journey with surprising special effects. This spectacular transports guests from an Anaheim orange grove into the worlds of timeless Disney and Pixar stories.

Is the Electrical parade coming back to Disneyland? ›

February 23 - It is the news we have all been waiting for, the return date for the iconic 'Main Street Electrical Parade' at Disneyland Park. April 22, 2022 is the date to add to your diary.

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