PHOTO REPORT: Disneyland Resort 11/22/21: (Pelican’s Landing Lands, Star Wars VR, Fresh Cookie Pies and more)

Hey there, hello there, hi there! We went to the Disneyland Resort to get some Christmas thoughts before Thanksgiving week starts and we want you to come along for the sleigh ride.

Disney California Adventure

We’ve found a load of new Christmas merchandise to complement the already massive amount of Christmas merchandise that has already been released. These new items include clothing, hair bows, ornament sets, dinnerware, tree ornaments and more.

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One of the newly released clothes is this cute, festive Minnie Ear headband.


As we made our way through the park, we noticed more and more Lightning Lane signs popping up. Monsters Inc.: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue recently added its new board.


Goofy’s Sky School has also received its Lightning Lane entry sign.


We stopped in to attend a show at Paradise Park for the Festival of Holidays. The Holiday Toy Drummers are fantastic and we love watching them jam.


Not much had changed in Avengers Campus, but on such a beautiful winter’s day, it was hard not to get bright, colorful photos.

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Get ready for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” with this new water bottle, which matches some of the t-shirts we found last week.


There is a new Magic Shot photo for Magic Key Holders at DCA.


Under the eaves of the Golden Vine Winery, guests can meet Chip and Dale in a photo. Watch the recording below.


The crowd was a little crazy today as the line for Radiator Springs Racers stretched out along the main road in Cars Land.


As we approached the entrance, we noticed the neon in front of the Fastpass entry sign has been removed as they prepare for the arrival of Lightning’s own lane, which you can use for a fee.


Fillmore’s Taste-In has come out of the renovation with a fresh coat of paint and new cladding in its geodesic dome.

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Downtown Disney District


The Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary line of nuiMOs clothing has finally made it to the West Coast, along with the Holiday collection. Our favorite piece is the “Walt Disney World’s First Birthday” tracksuit, which matches the one just announced and will be available soon in human sizes.


The first of the “Encanto” merchandise and apparel has been launched at the World of Disney Store, and we’ve got you up close and personal here.


The Grand Californian Hotel gingerbread house is finished and it is just beautiful. We stopped to see it and grabbed some cookies at the Holiday Cart nearby.

star wars vr promo sign

The big draw at Downtown Disney today was the Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge VR game preview. This eight-minute preview will run from noon to 8 p.m. daily from noon to 8 p.m. and gives players a taste of the adventure for free.


Located in the former ESPN Zone building, the line fills up quickly, so if you want to try it out without having to get round-trip time, get down early.


Formerly Oculus Quest 2, the rebranded Meta Quest 2 is the exact same console under a new name. This is the system on which the game is played.


Guests are led to the main building where six individual pods take guests one at a time to do the game demo. Those who don’t want to play can watch their friends try it out.


Afterwards, guests are rewarded with a poster of their choice, a $25 gift card to the Meta Quest digital store, and, if the guest chooses to take a survey about their experience, a really nice water bottle from elemental. There is also a front photo with a camera to take your selfie for you.




Going back to the parks, we see a whole rack of metallic blue Mickey balloon popcorn buckets. These are the same ones that were sold this summer.


We had to get our sweet fix at the Candy Palace with some delicious new cookie cakes and brownie cakes. They were all rich and delicious in varying degrees, with the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie pie being the best of them all. Read our full review here.

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Today was the first day that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is available through the Standby line. Wait times shot up to well over three hours this morning, but by noon it had fallen to about 90 minutes.


Pelican’s Landing opened next to The Harbor Galley in New Orleans Square. We went on a full tour to see the new space and you can see it all here.

pelican landing sign

This is a small but picturesque seating area for lunch. With views of Tom Sawyer Island and the traffic on the Rivers of America, there is no shortage of sights.


Scattered along the edges of the platform are these informative signs on life aboard a ship.


There are also history boards for the Columbia and the Mark Twain.

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A walkway behind Pelican’s Landing takes guests to Fowler’s Inn and to another seating area beyond.

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The seating area can be accessed via the Fowler’s Inn walkway or a walkway from the opposite side that leads guests past a beautiful vantage point over the Splash Mountain riding path overlooking Chickapin Hill.


Of course we had to take some artsy photos while exploring this new trail.


The trail ends at the fruit stand at the top of the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes stairs.


In Toontown, Goofy and Donald were at home waving to the guests. Donald was fishing for presents. Let’s hope he gets what he wants for Christmas.


Thanks for riding with us. We’ll see you soon!

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