Things are slowing down at Disneyland Resort with the holidays coming to an end. Before planning your 2022 Disneyland trip, take into account some of the refurbishments currently taking place.
This spring will be an exciting time at the resort as Disneyland is welcoming back Fantasmic!, Disneyland Forever, and everybody’s favorite, Main Street Electrical Parade. Disney California Adventure will once again be showing World of Color. The precise return dates of these entertainment offerings have not been announced yet.
Mickey’s Toontown – Closed March 2022 through 2023
Disneyland Monorail – Closed from January 24, 2022 – TBD
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – Reopens in Winter 2022
Gadget’s Go Coaster – Closed March 2022 through 2023
Haunted Mansion – January 10, 2022 – TBD
“it’s a small world” – Closed from January 24 to February 3, 2022
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin – Closed March 2022 through 2023
Splash Mountain – January 10, 2022 – TBD
Tarzan’s Treehouse – No planned reopening date yet
Disney California Adventure
Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind – Closed from January 31 to February 10, 2022
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – Closed January 10-13, 2022
Grizzly River Run – Expected Winter Refurbishment
Slow season is here and Disneyland will surely feel some new energy come spring 2022. We may see more refurbishments appear throughout the year and will keep you updated here at dorkyparksdad.com!
With much of Mickey’s Toontown remaining closed since Disneyland reopened after the pandemic, guests have now been given the special option to book a private 90-minute visit for up to 10 guests at Mickey’s House. This offering will be available to book on the Disneyland website from January 19, 2022 through March 6, 2022.
What to Expect
During this special offering visitors will get the chance to take a group photo with Mickey Mouse, receive complimentary downloads of Disney PhotoPass digital photos taken during the event, decorate cupcakes, and participate in crafts and games made for the whole family. At the end of your slotted time in Mickey’s home, a quicker entry to Gadget’s Go Coaster will be offered.
This offering ends up coming to $350 per group for the allotted 90 minutes. Gratuity is not included or required but the payment is due at the time of booking.
Some important details Disney mentioned:
The experience is limited to 10 Guests total per group, including infants. At least one person in the party must be an adult 18 years of age or older and must accompany all children in the experience for the duration of the experience.
When visiting Mickey’s House, strollers must be parked outside.
The experience is wheelchair accessible.
Guests with special dietary requests should discuss their dietary requests upon arriving at the location.
The experience is 90 minutes in duration.
Discounts cannot be applied to this experience.
We are always excited to see new offerings at the Disneyland Resort and will keep you updated on the latest and greatest theme park news! See ya real soon!
New 50th anniversary food items launched at Magic Kingdom today to continue Walt Disney World’s celebration into the new year! Ranging from sweets to sandwiches, join us in taking a look at every new treat with prices and locations.
Over at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments you can pick up a Chilling Chamber Push Pop for $5.49 if you’re in the mood for a dense dessert.
This new “it’s a small world” inspired Orange and Almond Tart can be purchased at Pinocchio Village for $6.19.
Cheers to 50 Years! Sundae is available for $32 at The Plaza Restaurant. This dish was previously sold at The Plaza Restaurant, but new offering has been updated offering a new twist on this massive treat. Bring people to share!
Don’t forget to stop by Main Street Bakery for an Anniversary Cinnamon Roll!
The Donald Duck Dome Cake, much like the Mr. Toad Dome Cake from the start of the anniversary last year, can be found at Gaston’s Tavern for $8.29
The Always Tea Time Slush was set to debut at Cheshire Café today but this dining location is currently closed. Hopefully the new drink will be available to guests with the reopening of Cheshire Café.
For $7.49, pick up the Crooning Flowers Float at Aloha Isle! This is a Lime and vanilla swirl soft-serve pineapple float.
Yee-haw! The Slue Foot Sue Fish Sandwich is available at Golden Oak Outpost for $12.99.
The new Croque Monsieur Flatbread at Pinocchio Village Haus is available for $11.99.
With the continued additions to the 50th anniversary celebrations at Walt Disney World, we look forward to being able to try something new every visit back!
Stay tuned for more coverage on Walt Disney World and worldwide theme park news here on our website as well as Instagram and Twitter.
Since opening on October 1st, 2021, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure has utilized a virtual queue. Starting January 10th, 2022, guests can now join along Remy in the kitchen using a good ole’ fashion standby line.
Changes from virtual queue to standby have also been implemented at Rise of the Resistance this past year at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.
Lightning Lane is also available for purchase to guests wishing for a faster alternative to the standby line. We hope to see this attraction start to maintain average wait-times but it will probably take some time adjusting to the new system.
Make sure to stay tuned for the latest on EPCOT and worldwide theme park news!
New year, new food! January 14th through February 21st, the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts returns to Walt Disney World joining the 50th-anniversary festivities.
Culinary, visual, and performing arts come together to celebrate the creativity running through the park. The WonderfulWalk of Colorful Cuisine offering will be returning this year to give visitors the chance to sample 5 different food offerings from the Food Studios which will be located in World Showcase.
Let’s journey into our imaginations and check out this year’s food offerings!
Pop Eats! (Near Port of Entry)
Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
Tomato Soup with Bacon, Apple, and Brie Grilled Cheese (New)
Almond Frangipane Cake layered with raspberry jam and Belgian chocolate
Pop’t Art: Modern-designed sugar cookie with chocolate-hazelnut filling
Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket with Rainbow Popcorn (Limit 2 per guest)(New)
Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary
The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry)
Deconstructed BLT: Crispy pork belly, soft-poached egg, brioche, watercress espuma, and tomato jam
Deconstructed French Onion Soup: Beef broth ravioli, Gruyère espuma, onion bread pudding, and onion textures (New)
Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key lime curd, “Key lime” mousse, graham cracker cake, and meringues (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Green)(New)
Deconstructed Apple Pie à la Mode: Apple-cinnamon gelato, cinnamon apple cider, apple pie filling, and streusel (non-alcoholic) (New)
Deco Delights (Near Port of Entry)
Dulce Chocolate Mousse with chocolate crémeux and dark chocolate truffle (New)
Decadent Valrhona Chocolate with dark chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie, and cassis mousse (New)
Orange Mousse with lemon cake and raspberry meringues (New)
Strawberry Blonde Nitro
Neapolitan Beer Flight
The Craftsman’s Courtyard (near Disney Traders) (New)
Cast Iron-roasted P.E.I. Mussels with Sautéed Tomatoes, Garlic, and Fresh Herbs (New)
Cast Iron-seared Steelhead Trout with parsley salad, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, capers, and lemon aïoli (New)
Plant-based Bratwurst with spicy turmeric aïoli, coffee barbecue jackfruit, and slaw (Plant-based)
Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
Blue Raspberry Blonde Ale
Nairobi Coffee Dark Beer
Pastoral Palate (Germany)
Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes, and aged balsamic
Wild Boar Cassoulet with duck confit, ham hock, and wild boar sausage (New)
Opera Cake: Almond joconde, coffee buttercream, and chocolate ganache
Rosé Hard Cider
Rosé Blonde Ale
A Play on Rosé Flight
Old Vine Rosé
The Artist’s Table (America)
Beef Wellington: Mushroom duxelle, prosciutto, and puff pastry with red wine demi-glace and baby vegetables
Pan-seared Scallops with vanilla-butternut squash purée, brown butter cauliflower purée, and lime foam (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Orange)
Pistachio Cake with cherry mousse and morello cherries
Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, milk, and dark chocolate (non-alcoholic)
Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Cream liqueurs paired with Sipping Chocolates
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)
Carrots Three Ways: Berbere-spiced grilled carrots, pickled carrots, and carrot ginger purée (Plant-based)(New)
House-made Crispy Almond Phyllo Pockets with white chocolate pomegranate and milk chocolate orange (New)
Chai Tea Mint Mimosa: Twinings of London Chai Tea with Key lime sparkling wine and mint
Are you ready to make your visit to the Disneyland Resort easier and way more fun by simply harnessing the power of Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ service? It is conveniently built right into the Disneyland app, literally having a genie in the palm of your hand!
The Genie+ Service ($20 add on to the free Genie Service) is making it’s way to the Disneyland Resort. Walt Disney World began their Genie+ Service last October 18 of this year.
The complimentary Disney Genie service will create your best Disney day inspired by your top interests. It also grants you new planning features, which includes a personalized itinerary creator.
The Genie Service provides the following to Disneyland Resort guests:
Personalized Park Itinerary
Lightning Lane Entrances
Custom Tip Board For Experiences and Dining
At day of launch, price ranges for individual Lightning Lane arrival window purchases could be $7 to $20 per ticket. This optional feature can be purchased one at a time for up to 2 different attractions each day.
Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrances
“When you take your day to the next level by purchasing Disney Genie+ service, you can select the next available arrival window for Lightning Lane entrances at select attractions, one at a time, all day long. There are a variety of attractions across both theme parks that are eligible, which is great for Guests with Park Hopper Tickets!”
Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
“For some of our most highly demanded attractions, Lightning Lane entrance access will be available to purchase individually. Guests may purchase and select the next available arrival window for up to 2 attractions per day. This option will be available for all Guests with valid theme park admission and park reservations—with or without Disney Genie.”
Are you getting the Genie+ service on your next visit? Chime in on the comments!
Disneyland After Dark events are coming to the Disneyland Resort in 2022!
Today Disney announced that Sweethearts’ Nite, Villains Nite and Star Wars Nite, will all be coming back in 2022 offering more nights than ever before of each of these awesome limited-time, after-hours events!
Disneyland After Dark events take place after regular park hours and feature unique themes, fun festivities, special nighttime entertainment, access to most attractions* with reduced wait times and so much more! You’ll experience special offerings that are not typically available during a regular park visit.
With each separately ticketed Disneyland After Dark event, you get four hours of non-stop fun after the parks close to day guests. Plus, you’ll get even more time to play during the three-hour pre-party mix-in at the same park as the event takes place in, which is included with each ticket!
Additionally, at each of these events, you’ll receive unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos** taken during the party, plus commemorative keepsakes including a souvenir credential and event guide map, so you’ll have lots of fun ways to remember your Disneyland After Dark experience!
Here are the details for each of the upcoming themed nights:
Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite
Feb. 1, 3, 8, 10 and 14, 2022, at Disneyland Park (Tickets on sale on Disneyland.com, beginning Dec. 9, 2021, no earlier than noon PT)
Sweethearts’ Nite will be hosted at Disneyland park on five separate evenings in Feb. 2022. There’s sure to be heartfelt fun for everyone as Valentine’s Day is celebrated during Sweethearts’ Nite. Here’s some of what you can expect:
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, plus other live entertainment, including a Royal Ball and a dance party with a DJ
Spot the most darling Disney couples, and take selfies with your favorites
Fun photo opportunities featuring romantic scenes from iconic Disney films
Lovely décor, along with food and beverage offerings around the park
Plus, early admission to Disneyland park starting at 5 p.m., no theme park reservation required
Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite
March 8 and 10, 2022, at Disney California Adventure Park (Tickets on sale on Disneyland.com, beginning Jan. 11, 2022)
At Villains Nite, you’ll get to party with some of Disney’s most mischievous misfits at Disney California Adventure park. These wonderfully wicked events will take place on two separate evenings in March 2022, and include:
The Cauldron, a cunningly-crafted cabaret featuring a cast of villainous virtuosos showing off their talents through song and dance
Ursula’s Seaside Sing-a-long, where you can find your voice and sing along
The Underworld Dance Party, which allows you to bust a move at a dastardly DJ dance party in the Hollywood Backlot
Special photo backdrops, featuring scenes inspired by some favorite villains
Some of Disney’s famously nefarious fiends – or their henchmen – at special locations around the park
Delightfully decadent food and beverage offerings
Early admission to Disney California Adventure park beginning at 5 p.m., no theme park reservation required
Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite
May 3, 4 and 27, 2022, at Disneyland Park (Tickets on sale on Disneyland.com, beginning Jan. 11, 2022)
Star Wars Nite will be the ultimate Star Wars extravaganza, packed with galactic fun on three separate nights at Disneyland park in May 2022. Highlights of Star Wars Nite include:
An amazing pyrotechnical spectacle that will illuminate the skies with a Star Wars-themed fireworks show
March of the First Order, featuring Captain Phasma and her elite unit of Stormtroopers
A Galactic dance party
Sightings of various Star Wars characters throughout the evening
Star Wars-themed attractions, usually with shorter wait times
Star Wars-themed eats and treats, merchandise, photo opportunities, and more
Plus, early admission to Disneyland park starting at 6 p.m., no theme park reservation required
If you previously purchased a ticket for the 2020 Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite or Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite events, you can exchange your 2020 event ticket(s) to one of the nights of the new event of the same theme (e.g., exchange 2020 Villains Nite ticket for ticket to Villains Nite on March 8 or 10, 2022, or exchange 2020 Star Wars Nite ticket for ticket to Star Wars Nite on May 3 or 4, 2022, respectively) anytime from today through Jan. 8, 2022. An exchange for a 2020 Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite ticket for a ticket to the May 27, 2022, Star Wars Nite can be made, but with an additional fee equal to the difference in price of the 2020 and 2022 tickets. Visit Disneyland.com/ExtrasUpdates for more information. Simply call Guest Information Ticket Sales at (714) 300-7807 by Jan. 8, 2022, to make that exchange. Disneyland After Dark tickets purchased in 2020 will not be valid for admission to any event and must be exchanged to participate in an event.
If you do not wish to exchange your 2020 Disneyland After Dark event ticket to the new event dates or you missed the exchange window, you may call (714) 300-7807 for your options.
Visit Disneyland.com/DisneylandAfterDark for additional details for these upcoming Disneyland After Dark events. Parking fees are not included in the ticket price. A limited quantity of tickets for each event will be available, so be sure to snag tickets as soon as they go on sale!
Recently, Disney announced all the festive foods and beverages coming to their theme parks this holiday season. However, sometimes the best treats come from wherever you’re staying! These Walt Disney World resorts go all out for the holidays and they even have exclusive eats and drinks that you have to try!
Disney’s Art of Animation & Disney’s Pop Century Resort-
Pumpkin Tart (available Nov. 7-27)
Apple Tart (available Nov. 7-27)
Playful Penguin Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake, cream cheese buttercream, topped with peppermint sprinkles, and a sugared penguin (available Dec. 19-Jan. 1)
Spiked Coffee Milkshake (available Nov. 1-30)
Cranberry Margarita (available Nov.1-30)
Spiked Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate (available Dec.1-31)
Disney’s All-Star Resort-
Pumpkin Tart (available Nov. 25 and Dec. 25)
Thanksgiving Dinner – Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, and cranberry relish with choice of apple or pumpkin tart (available Nov. 25)
Playful Penguin Cupcake, available Dec. 19-Jan. 1)
Christmas Dinner – Ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, and cranberry relish with choice of apple or pumpkin tart (available Dec. 25)
Peppermint Bark – Milk and white chocolate with peppermint candy (available Dec. 1-26)
Items above will be available at Good’s Food to Go.
Trattoria al Forno-
Thanksgiving Sage & Thyme Oven-Roasted Turkey Dinner– Cornbread and sausage stuffing, sour cream-mashed Yukon gold potatoes, green beans and rainbow carrots with herb butter, cranberry citrus compote, pan gravy, and Parker House Rolls (available Nov. 25only)
Apple Crostata – Vanilla bean gelato, candied pecans, and caramel sauce (available Nov. 25)
Mickey Eggs-in-a-Basket – Egg-filled butter brioche and classic pastrami hash with choice of ham, bacon, or sausage (available Dec. 19-31)
Chocolate Cherry Bombe – Chocolate crunch mousse on a fudgy brownie base with cherry filling and amaretto panna cotta (available Dec. 19-31)
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa-
Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin cheesecake resting on a spiced chiffon cake topped with cassis mousse and a pumpkin seed-ginger crumble with caramel sauce (available Nov. 27)
Gasparilla Island Grill
Pumpkin Pie Cake Pop – Pumpkin spice jumbo cake pop enrobed in white chocolate to resemble an autumn pumpkin (available Nov. 1-Dec. 1)
Fall Flavors Cupcake – Cinnamon-spiced cupcake with apple filling topped with a sugar pumpkin and maple buttercream in festive fall colors (available Nov. 1-Dec. 1)
Happy Holidays Cake Pop – Triple chocolate cake pop enrobed in white chocolate with festive winter décor (available Dec. 1-Jan. 1)
Very Merry Minnie Mouse Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake filled with cookies and cream mousse and topped with ganache-dipped buttercream with cookie ears and chocolate a holiday bow (available Dec. 1-Jan. 1)
Red Velvet Wreath Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake filled with cream cheese mousse and topped with a vanilla buttercream wreath and a chocolate bow (available Dec. 1-Jan. 1)
S’more Cookie – Graham chocolate chip cookie piled with toasted marshmallows and M&M’S (available Dec. -Jan. 1)
Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake – Pumpkin cake filled with white chocolate cream cheese mousse with brown sugar glaze and orange marmalade sauce (available Nov. 27)
There are so many more holiday eats and treats to enjoy at the various Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season! And don’t forget to head to the Grand Floridian Resort Lobby to see their grand gingerbread house!
Make sure, during your stay, to check what holiday treats are exclusive to your resort.
If you already have your ticket for Disneyland’s first ever Merriest Nites event, then you’re in for a magical holiday experience. But we have all the tips to make the most out of your Merriest Nites this holiday season!
Merriest Nites is a separately ticketed holiday event happening on select nights in November and December. The night will include and exclusive view of the parade and holiday fireworks, special festive eats, and much more!
To maximize your time here’s what you should do:
Arrive at Disneyland early- With your Merriest Nites ticket, you gain access to Disneyland at 5 P.M., although the event doesn’t officially begin until 8 P.M.
Attractions- Plan to ride all of your favorite attractions because they will all have a short wait time! Given the exclusivity of the event, ride queues won’t be as extensive.
Merchandise- To commemorate your trip, don’t forget to check out the exclusive Merriest Nites merchandise.
PhotoPass- In order to make the most of your memories, make sure you enjoy the unlimited access to Disney PhotoPass and digital downloads.
Six Holiday Parties- Plan on visiting all 6 unique holiday parties at different locations throughout the park: Victorian-themed party on Main Street, Feliz Navidad Party in Frontierland, New Orleans Holiday in New Orleans Square, “Frozen”-themed party in Fantasyland, Tropical Party in Adventureland, and Tomorrowland party in Tomorrowland. All parties will have uniquely themed music, experiences, and eats!
Food & Beverage- The talented chefs at Disney have created over 20 exclusive items just for Merriest Nites! Don’t forget to save time by using the Mobile Order feature in the Disneyland App!
Don’t forget to have a great time this year at Disneyland’s first ever Merriest Nites!
Will you be attending Disneyland’s Merriest Nites? Share your response in the comments!