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Are You Actually Ready To Conquer Disneyland In 2019?

New Decade- New Disney! Best of Disneyland 2020

Planning a visit to Disneyland in 2020? We’ve got a list of the top new attractions- including specific info on all the ways you can access Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and links to discounts on park tickets and accommodations.

Disney has a full slate of amazing new attractions at both Disneyland and Disney World in 2020 (and yes, you can take preschoolers to Disneyland!).

What’s the real info on Rise of the Resistance?  We will get to that in a minute- but if you are planning a trip to Disneyland this year there’s a lot more in store than just Star Wars. Here’s a rundown of our top picks of what’s new at Disneyland in 2020.

In this post, you’ll find info on the best new attractions at Disneyland, a sneak peek of the new Magic Happens parade. Oh yeah, and info on new discounts for kids and California residents, and a special link for a discount to book your own Disneyland trip this year! Southern California here we come!

Related post: Disneyland Rides for Preschoolers

Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

California Adventure Food And Wine Festival

Before we visited Disneyland for the first time, I had seen tons of Instagram photos of the food at Disneyland. I wasn’t totally convinced of the hype though, until I tried my first macaroon. OMGoodness- the food at Disney is amazing. So that’s why I wish we had a Spring visit to Disneyland planned! 

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Photo Courtesy Trips with Tykes

The annual California Adventure Food and Wine Festival happens from February 28 to April 21st 2020- and since it’s a Leap Year you’ll get an extra day to enjoy the festival this year! 

With food and beverage offerings inspired by locally-grown California ingredients- come hungry! The Sip and Savor pass allows you to try up to 8 of the festival offerings, like the Mickey’s Cotton Candy soda. When you mix in the cotton candy, the entire drink turns green!

The California Adventure Food and Wine Festival isn’t just for adults either. The annual Junior Chef Experience is led by Chef Goofy, and aimed at kids aged 3-11.  The festival runs in the Disney California Adventure Park daily through April 21, 2020.

Related Post: Resources for Families at Disneyland

Photo courtesy Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

Year of the Mouse

Hurry hurry- this awesome event ends on February 9th! To celebrate the Lunar New Year- it’s the Year Of The Mouse- Disneyland is pulling out all the mouse-related stops!

It’s a multicultural celebration of all things Lunar- and of course Mulan will be there! I’m excited about:

“Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” is a celebratory parade led by Mulan that honors Lunar New Year and dedicates the new year’s blessings to family and friendship. As a special treat for the Year of the Mouse, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse join the procession in new celebration attire, along with Goofy in his “god of Good Fortune” attire and Chip ‘n’ Dale in their red vests. Talented performers bring dance, martial arts and drumming to enhance the beautifully colorful procession. “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” will run several times, daily. (Source: Disneyland News)


“Guests will enjoy four festive marketplaces to experience delightful food and beverages inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, including the new smoked beef bulgogi short rib and the peach sojito, as well as many other new and returning favorites.” (Source: Disneyland News)

Visiting Disneyland for the first time with littles? Here’s a link to our top tips.

Image courtesy Disney

Magic Happens Parade

Here at Casa Pura Vida, all you have to say is say Coco and we are ready. That’s just one reason why we are so excited about the new Magic Happens Parade this year.

“This parade celebrates the way magic affects both the characters in the stories and the guests who are watching,” says Jordan Peterson, show director for Disney Live Entertainment. “‘Magic Happens’ is like a love letter to those special transformative moments.”

With floats from Coco, appearances by Moana and Maui and of course a Frozen 2 update with Anna and Elsa, we can’t wait to experience the parade this year! Here’s a special sneak peek of the parade.

Related posts: How To Make an Adorable Tinker Bell Iron On Shirt and DIY Coco T Shirt Idea

Major Discounts On Tickets!

A Disneyland vacation can take its toll on your bank account- so we are super excited about the discount tickets for kids that Disneyland is rolling out for this year.

For a limited time, guests can save on Disneyland Resort park tickets for children ages 3 to 9 for $67 per day with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day ticket (not Park Hopper). Click on the image below to book this special, or use this Disneyland Kids Ticket Discount

And, if you are a California resident, there are big discounts for you too! 

So Cal Resident Special is valid on 3-Day Disneyland Resort tickets for travel now – May 21, 2020. These tickets include a $106 savings on each adult ticket and an $86 savings on any child (ages 3-9) ticket! It is only valid for residents who live in ZIP codes 90000-93599. The residency will be verified at time of booking and government photo ID is required to use the tickets at the parks. You can book this discount through my affiliate link here- Disneyland California Resident Discount.

Wondering about the best rides at Disneyland for preschoolers? We’ve got you covered here!




HalloweenTime is BAAAACK! Need we say more? We ate our way through the 2018 festival, and can’t wait to see what’s in store this year.

From spooky additions to your favorite rides and tons of awesome Halloween snacks, HalloweenTime is the best time!

You can also join the Oogey Boodie Bash in the evenings- detailed guide here: Disneyland’s Oogie Boogie Bash Top 10 Tips from my friend and Disney expert Sara of Mom Endeavors.

Related posts:  Disneyland Halloween Time Treats and  5 Reasons to Visit Halloween Time at Disneyland

Halloween Time brings out some of the best Disney cuisine- and it's only at Disneyland and California Adventure for the spookiest time of the year! Here's a recap of our favorite Disney Halloween Time treats!

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Ride

It’s open and it’s epic. Another addition to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland is the Rise of the Resistance Ride which just opened last week. 

A summary from the press release- “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance sets a new standard for what a Disney theme park experience can be, as guests become heroes of the Resistance in a climactic battle with the First Order. In one of the most immersive, ambitious and technologically advanced attractions ever created for a Disney park, guests launch into space aboard a transport shuttle, only to be captured by a Star Destroyer and pursued by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren as they frantically search for a way to escape the clutches of the First Order.”

If you are looking for tips on how to ride the ride, you can read a detailed article here- How To Ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Without The Wait

entrance to rise of the resistance disneyland

Kent Phillips, photographer- Image courtesy of Disneyland

Accommodations at Disneyland

We stayed on property at the Grand Californian in September of last year and it was totally worth it. I highly recommend making reservations to stay on property at Disneyland NOW – there are so many perks! You can read about our experience at the Disneyland Grand Californian here: Disney Grand Californian Resort and Spa.

Disclosure- I receive a small compensation from Get Away Today if you purchase a Disney vacation from the links in this post. Thank you for supporting Pura Vida Moms!

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