Two Disneyland Restaurants Closing & New from Avengers Camp
Two beloved resort restaurants are closing at Disneyland Resort. Meanwhile, Avengers Campus has introduced two presumably short-term character interactions. Also, the Disneyland Legacy Passholder discount got extended again.
Let’s talk about everything happening at Disneyland right now!
The Restaurant Closures
I recently mentioned that The Wave… of American Flavors will gain a new theme when it reopens in October. At the time, I suggested that it might follow a proven formula.
I referenced Steakhouse 55, the upscale restaurant at Disneyland Hotel as a potential model for The Wave. Well, I think I’m wrong, as Steakhouse 55 has closed for good!
This announcement seemingly came out of nowhere as the hotel reopened on July 2nd. Earlier this week, Disney suddenly declared that it was exploring options for the restaurant space.
So, another eatery appears likely to replace Steakhouse 55. We just don’t know what it will be or when it will debut. At this point, I’d expect an intellectual property themed tie-in, though.
For the time being, your dining options at Disneyland Hotel are Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill and Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.
Disney had indicated that The Coffee House would reopen on July 2nd as well. At the time of publication, it still lists as unavailable, though.
At Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland fans will feel the sting of another loss. PCH Grill has closed for good as well.
Donald Duck’s Seafood Character Breakfast here had turned into a crowd favorite, especially among families. Unfortunately, Disney has chosen to repurpose this space, too.
Again, we have no idea what will come next here, just that PCH Grill is done. This move makes more sense, as the beachy restaurant featured buffet cuisine. I guess a switch to family-style service seemed like too much aggravation.
By the way, the other Disneyland property, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, has fully reopened to all guests. Woohoo!
News from Avengers Campus
First, let’s acknowledge the obvious. WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure remains the most difficult attraction to visit at Disneyland.
The virtual queue system works about as well as the one for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, but guests still face challenges in entering the new themed land.
Disney utilizes a standby system for Avengers Campus that has overwhelmed this section of the park, as Disneyland fans await entry into the new themed land.
When you are lucky enough to enter Avengers Campus, you’ll notice a couple of temporary character interactions. Loki is wandering around in his Time Variance Authority jumpsuit, the one signifying that he’s a prisoner.
That one may stay for a while, but the other new option is only here throughout July. Black Widow is roaming the grounds in her white “Snow Suit,” the one from the movie that debuts next Friday!
By the way, if you want to catch one of the four live shows at Avengers Campus, Disney has added them to the Disneyland app. So, you can check your phone to learn the next showtime that works best for your party.
Disneyland Resort Park News
Now that the pandemic policies are no longer in place, both Disneyland parks have removed social distancing measures. This change has aided the wait times for the various attractions. Still, please remember that you can still wear a mask if you want!
However, now that social distancing isn’t necessary, several other attractions have reopened. For example, the Pirate’s Lair is back at Tom Sawyer Island.
You can also participate in interactive experiences like walking through Sleeping Beauty Castle or visiting Animation Academy or Sorcerer’s Workshop. Citizens of Buena Vista Street is entertaining guests again, too.
Newly opened rides include Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, Golden Zephyr, and Matterhorn Bobsleds.
Also, Single Rider has returned at several attractions, most importantly Radiator Springs Racers and Indiana Jones Adventure!
Disney has announced one other change that will impact Disneyland and Magic Kingdom alike. Mickey’s PhilharMagic will receive a new scene from Coco.
Un Poco Loco will debut in two weeks at Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Later this year, Magic Kingdom will add this scene in time for the 50th-anniversary party. It’s the first-ever addition to PhilharMagic. So, it’s a big deal.
In annual pass news, we still don’t know what’s coming next at Disneyland. However, the owners of the Disneyland Legacy Passholder just received another extension. You’ll maintain these privileges through the end of July at a minimum.
Finally, the Mickey’s Mix Magic fireworks will return to Disneyland just in time for the July 4th holiday. In fact, Disney already did a test run that thrilled the surprised park guests.
Have a great week, my friends!