Walt Disney World isn’t the only resort getting lots of attention this summer. New favorites and refreshed classics are set to add even more summer fun to Disneyland, Walt Disney’s original theme park complex. Here’s a look at the four most recent and exciting updates to the two-park property, which will surely bring even more magic to a trip to this beloved Anaheim destination.
Autopia gets a refurb
Shifting into new gear on the storied raceway of Tomorrowland, Autopia — one of the handful of attractions at the park that date back to 1955 — unveiled a major tune-up this April. Along with sleek, new Honda-powered sports cars, the tracks have received a fresh coat of paint, and there’s an updated sign and queue line. Riders have their pick of the vehicles that come in Honda’s signature colors: red, black, white, royal blue, and silver.
Disney California Adventure
A new home for Frozen
Princess Anna and Queen Elsa have found their way to the Hyperion Theater at the resort’s second park for “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” a stage show that’s a theatrical adaptation of Disney’s 2013 mega-hit animated film, Frozen. The spectacle is Disney at its best: a cast and crew of more than 200 perform six full musical numbers across eye-popping sets and a custom-built 2,200-square-foot video wall. We’re sure the production is more than enough to get Frozen fans amped up for the 2018 Broadway rendition of the film. Pro tip: Plan ahead for the best seats to this top attraction by joining the queue at least a half-hour prior to one of the production’s several daily performances, or score yourself a FastPass.
Luigi lets loose
A driveway dancefloor sets the scene for one of Disney California Adventure’s newest attractions, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. Replacing the difficult rider experience that plagued Luigi’s Flying Tires in Cars Land, the new attraction takes the steering and pedal out of the equation for a randomized joy ride. Using cutting-edge technology with trackless vehicles — the first at a Disney park in the U.S. — 20 cars glide throughout the open lot, choreographed in sync to five different Italian songs (a little “Mambo Italiano,” anyone?). Disney’s storyline behind the attraction is that the distinct vehicles are all Italian cousins of Luigi, and each have playful characteristics that add a whimsical flair to this charming ride.
Soarin’ goes global
Set for a June 17 debut, Soarin’ Over California will reopen as Soarin’ Around the World: an updated multimedia experience that will take riders far beyond the reach of California to international wonders like The Great Wall of China, Sydney Harbor, and the real Matterhorn. An IMAX experience with a high-tech twist, Soarin’ is an immersive flight simulator that suspends guests 40 feet off the ground in hang-glider-like seats that move and respond to the onscreen visuals — you’ll even get a whiff of scents and feel wind gusts along the way, too.