The Best Time to Visit Disneyland is Right Now!

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I’ll start off by warning you, this is going to be a bit of a nerd post. Su and I had some time this Monday to swing by Disneyland, and I brought my camera along. The best time to visit the parks is right now. The crowds are light and it’s the first time we’ve been back since all the Project Stardust walls came down. I don’t think we saw any construction walls in Disneyland proper for the first time in a really long time. It’s also the first time we have been back since Galaxy’s Edge “opened”. It’s under reservations until later this month (ours are in a week or so). So we decided to go see what was new and what the parks were like now that the new land is open to the public.

The first thing to note, aside from the light crowds, was the Adventureland sign is back.

Adventureland sign at Disneyland.
Soo wide. And look! No curb!

Even the ducks took the whole family out to see Galaxy’s Edge.

Ducks crossing the road at Disneyland
Unfortunately, they didn’t have reservations. So they got kicked out.
Main Street at Disneyland. The best time to visit the park is right now.
New wide paths and no curbs.
Outside Frontierland at Disneyland
The entrance to Frontierland also got a bit of a facelift.

The New Castle Paint Job

The castle has finally been unwrapped to show off its new facelift. It looks a bit like a little kid who got into their mom’s makeup. But I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

The newly painted Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland
It makes sense… It is the smallest of the Disney castles, so why shouldn’t it look like a 4-year old that smeared lipstick all over it’s face?
The newly painted Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland
Sooo bright and Instagram-y.

It’s bright, but actually it isn’t that bad. In fact, Su and I kind of like it! I just needed to find something to complain about because of the lack of suffocating crowds in June (Seriously, it is June, right?). We were actually able to walk into Fantasyland through the castle because the crowds were so light. We decided to check out the updated castle walkthrough.

The newly painted Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland
The walk through the newly painted Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland
The walk through the newly painted Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland
The stair ride.
The walk through the newly painted Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland
At least we know they kept the inside of the castle as brightly painted as the outside.
The walk through the newly painted Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland
Exercise and reading? What is this, high school?

Adventureland

We took a stroll back by Big Thunder Ranch… eeer Galaxy’s Edge, and it, again, wasn’t crowded.

Galaxy's Edge entrance in Frontierland, Disneyland

We grabbed fast passes for Big Thunder Mountain.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland.

Being that it’s June, Disneyland was operating for summer crowds. So the Columbia and the canoes were out in action.

The Rivers of America and the Columbia Sailing Ship at Disneyland
The Columbia at Disneyland
The canoes and the Columbia on the Rivers of America at Disneyland
The Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland
Little Marky-mark sneaking around the corner.

We decided to head over to California Adventure to see how that park was faring with the galaxy’s Edge hype.

Galaxy's Edge park map at Disneyland
On the way out, I grabbed a map. Special edition, only 100,000,000 made.

No Crowds Between the Parks

Ahhh, the summer crowds.
This is seriously the best time to visit Disneyland this summer.

Between DCA and Disneyland. Seriously, the best time to visit Disneyland is right now.

There were predictions of hour long waits just to get into the parks. That hasn’t happened… yet. I’m sure it’s coming when Galaxy’s Edge opens with no reservations. But for now, it’s fantastic.

No lines to get into DCA
No lines! IN JUNE!

Guardians of the Galaxy

With the wider Promenades at DCA, it really felt empty.

Hollywood is empty at California Adventure, Disneyland
Heading to Guardians
Guardians of the Galaxy at Disney's California Adventure.
It always looks like the inside of someone’s junk drawer to me. But it is a great ride.
Interior waiting area of Guardians of the Galaxy at Disneyland.
I never take a good look at the interior of this waiting area. It’s always so jammed packed.
Guardians of the Galaxy at Disneyland. Walkman prop.
Artifacts.
Big Mouth Billy Bass at Guardians of the Galaxy at California Adventure, Disneyland
Big Mouth Billy Bass. But sadly, he doesn’t sing.
Harold the Yetty at Guardians of the Galaxy at California Adventure, Disneyland
Harold!

We went from Guardians over to Pixar Pier to check it out. Still, not a lot of people. And did I mention this is in June?

The Promenade near Blue Sky Cellar at California Adventure, Disneyland

Of course, our favorite path to Pixar Pier is through the bakery tour.

The Bakery Tour at California Adventure, Disneyland
Mmmmm, we can smell the old car from here.
Bread at the bakery tour ,Disney's California Adventure.
Dough-y goodness.
The warf, Disney's California Adventure.

Walking across the bridge, I stopped to take a picture of something I’ve noticed quite a few times. It’s another, less noticed part of Project Stardust.

The warf, Disney's California Adventure.
New Screws! Of course, they didn’t replace the decking. That’s how Project Stardust has made the most of the budget.

Pixar Pier

Pixar Pier, Disney's California Adventure.
On to Pixar Pier

We made our way over to the Incredicoaster, but not before taking the obligatory “from the pier” shot.

Pixar Pier, Disney's California Adventure.
Reflect-y

It’s too bad the collapsable railing on the launch section of the coaster is always up now. I rarely see it in the collapsed position.

Incredicoaster, Pixar Pier, Disney's California Adventure.

Lines, again, were not long. We got a Fastpass, But it wasn’t necessary.

Incredicoaster, Pixar Pier, Disney's California Adventure.
Incredicoaster, Pixar Pier, Disney's California Adventure.

It was such a short line that we waited for the front. Something we never do since the ride is great from any seat.

Incredicoaster, Pixar Pier, Disney's California Adventure.
Launch Zone.
Incredicoaster, Pixar Pier, Disney's California Adventure.
Weeeeee!

We headed back for the exit to get some lunch in Downtown Disney. As we went past Grizzly River Run, it was backed up. Something had shut it down for a few minutes.

Grizzly River Run, California Adventure

Downtown Disney was a lovely walk in the light crowds. Again, amazing that it’s June and this empty.

The area between the parks is empty at Disneyland. The best time to visit the parks is now.
Looking back towards the parks.
napolini Pizza at Disneyland's Downtown Disney
Mmmm Napolini Pizza

Back to Main Street

After Lunch, we went back to Disneyland to ride Indiana Jones.

Main Street band Disneyland
Main Street Music.
Main Street Disneyland
Main Street at 1:30 in the afternoon.
Main Street marching band Disneyland
Everyone was out to play some music.
Adventureland Sign, Disneyland
The backside of Adventureland. It feels soo wide and open now.
Tropical Hideaway, Disneyland
Dole Whip Hideaway.

Indiana Jones Adventure

Indy had a bit of a line. But it was all inside where it should be.

Indiana Jones Ride, Adventureland, Disneyland
The Fastpass and stand-by were the same length. There was no line outside. And it was not 35 minutes. More like 10-15.
Indiana Jones Ride, Adventureland, Disneyland

One nice surprise, that I wasn’t expecting, is that the ceiling in the spike room actually moves again! It’s been ages.

Indiana Jones Ride, Adventureland, Disneyland
Disney is finally putting things back into old rides rather than taking them out!
Indiana Jones Ride, Adventureland, Disneyland
Sallah warns people, reservations are required for entry to Galaxy’s Edge!

Seriously, this is nuts… This is the best time to visit Disneyland this summer.

Indiana Jones Ride, Adventureland, Disneyland. The Best time to visit Disneyland is right now.

We decided to take the train from New Orleans square back to Main Street and call it a day.

The Disneyland Railroad water tower, New Orleans Square, Disneyland
The Ol’ water tower.
Old Frontierland train station, New Orleans Square, Disneyland
The old Frontierland Station.

While we were staying in line, we overheard a kid say that the tapping sound was Walt Disney typing out his speech. Haha, stupid kid, Walt didn’t know how to type.

The Disneyland Railroad, New Orleans Square, Disneyland
The Number 4 Ernest S. Marsh.

The number 4 train was pulling the forward facing coaches. It always gives a good view of the backstage areas of the park. And sitting on the left side of the train, you get a great view of the first time in Disneyland history that the train makes a left turn!

The Disneyland Railroad, Adventureland, Disneyland
Look! It can turn left!

It also gives you a great view of the Disneyland roundhouse in the backstage area.

The Disneyland Railroad roundhouse, Fantasyland, Disneyland
Heeeey. That’s a left turn out of the roundhouse. I feel like I’ve been lied to.
The Disneyland Railroad, Tomorrowland, Disneyland
Pulling into Tomorrowland we overheard a guy telling his friends that all the Autopia cars were electric now. Seriously, being on the train is like being on Facebook.

The forward facing seats are great, until you get into the old Ford pavilion.

The Disneyland Railroad Primeval world, Disneyland
“Wait! What did he say? I can’t see or hear him!”
The Disneyland Railroad Primeval world, Disneyland
Caw!
The Disneyland Railroad, Main Street, Disneyland
Back at Main Street.

The Parking Structure

Back at Main Street it was time for us to head out. But not before taking a look at the next big Disneyland Attraction – The Pixar Pals Parking Structure.

Pixar Pals Parking Structure, Disneyland
It’s parking!
Pixar Pals Parking Structure, Disneyland
The new security checkpoint is getting closer to being finished.
Pixar Pals Parking Structure, Disneyland
The bridges are looking nice.
Pixar Pals Parking Structure, Disneyland
The ramps are looking finished
Pixar Pals Parking Structure, Disneyland
The final few tram loading zones before it exits the parking structure.
Pixar Pals Parking Structure, Disneyland
These guys were drawing maps in the sand. I’m pretty sure this is what the Disney College Program looks like for all you interns out there wanting to get into WDI.

And that wraps up our quick trip to Disneyland while not stepping foot inside Galaxy’s Edge. It’s definitely the best time we have seen to visit the Disneyland during the summer. It is a little weird knowing there is a section of Disneyland that is open that you can’t get into, but if you just pretend it’s Club 33, it’s not so bad. If you want to visit the rest of the park or DCA, now is the time.

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