The Best New Disneyland Attractions & Rides [Coming Soon]

Disneyland attractions like It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Matterhorn are a big part of keeping the magic alive in the park (#nostalgia) but that doesn’t mean we can’t love all the new things going on too! It’s always so exciting to see what the creative minds working behind the scenes at Disney come up with. Below are a few of the BEST New Disneyland Attractions over the last couple of years, and what’s to come in 2020 and 2021!

The Best New Disneyland Attractions & Rides [Coming Soon]

New Rides & Attractions in California Adventure

California Adventure


The Incredicoaster is a revamped version of California Screamin’ Roller Coaster, one of California Adventures’ most exhilarating rides! I, for one, am a big fan of the update and think it made the coaster better than ever. The ride takes you on an adventure as you just launched Jack-Jack and now need to go catch him. The track itself has not changed, but the theming and the music definitely gives the ride a completely new feel. 

Check out this video from Disney and see how it turned out!

Pixar Fest

Have you heard about all of the new Disneyland attractions coming in 2018 & 2019? I cannot wait to check out Pixar Fest! Learn about all the updates coming to the parks in our article. #disneyland #disneylandtipssource: Disney

The first-ever Pixar Fest arrived on April 13, 2019. Disneyland’s firework show will be all about Pixar this year taking you on a thrilling journey with two unlikely characters. You don’t even have to be on Main Street to take part as there will be projections on the River of America and It’s a Small World. This fest also included a Pixar Play Parade and Pixar short film festival. The Paint the Night Parade, which has many of our Pixar favorites in it, returned back in April as well. We can’t wait to see if they bring Pixar Fest back again in 2020!

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

Located on the western end of Disney California Adventures’ pier, the lush and colorful Inside Out Headquarters is home to Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind! It made its Pixar Pier debut in 2019. The Inside Out Whirlwind is a colorful whimsical spin through all your emotions. It is definitely one of our new family favorites. I like the location of this ride as it is close to Incredicoaster. So, if your little one can’t go on Incredicoaster and the big kids can, you have a ride to take them on.

Pic Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Jessie’s Critter Carousel 

Jessie’s Critter Carousel also joined the pier. It is inspired by the critter’s in Woody’s Roundup and we think it’s a pretty fun new carousel ride! 

DIsneyland New Rides - Jessies Critter Carousel

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

This 3D show has long been a favorite of our when visiting the Magic Kingdom in Disney World, so we were excited to see it brought into California Adventure. It’s the perfect place to escape from the heat and relax for a bit.

Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at the Napa Rose

Disneyland Character Dining

A new character dining experience was recently introduced; Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures. Olivia and I attend and loved it, we both felt totally pampered. You can check out all the details about our experience here!

California Adventure Attractions COMING SOON in 2020

Avenger’s Campus

The big news is that Marvel Land will be arriving in 2020. The area previously occupied by Bugs Land will be transformed into a universe dominated by the likes of your favorite Marvel superheroes. It is set up to be the place where they will “recruit” the next generation of superheroes. Everything in this new land will make you feel like you really do have superpowers! It sounds like there will be a couple of rides, plenty to see, and new food to try. 

source: Disney Parks Blog

WEB- The Interactive Spider-Man Ride

New Disneyland Rides - Spiderman

One part of the Avenger’s Campus will be a Spider-Man ride.  It will be housed in the old, It’s Tough To Be A Bug theater building. This attraction will be another 3-d (possibly 4-d) attraction as guests will shoot web slingers throughout the ride. Think Toy Story Midway Mania, but Spiderman version. You will be testing their new invention, which gives you a taste of having superpowers. 

source: Disney Parks Blog

New Rides & Attractions in Disneyland

Everything to Know About Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge 

We hit the park this summer to experience this jaw-dropping new land and can’t wait to get back. It’s so immersive! Just like was anticipated, the cast members really get into the experience (similar to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal). We may have had a couple of run-ins with the Storm Troopers, but besides that, it was smooth sailing in Batuu. I think the Cantina has a really cool atmosphere and the food was delicious as well. And for the record, the Blue Milk is a must-have. You can check out our full review of Galaxy’s Edge here!

Keep in mind, Downtown Disney also has an insaneStar Wars Hyper-Reality experience which you can buy tickets for here. It’s separate admission from the park, but it’s a chance to experience some of the most cutting-edge technology being developed. If you have a Star Wars lover over 10 years old, this is the best chance they’ll get to feel like they’re really stepping into a far far away galaxy and live in the shoes of a Storm Trooper.

Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run- OPEN 

This ride is an immersive 3D experience! You and your family will pile into the cockpit of one of the galaxy’s most famous ships and pilot it through the skies. 

Rise of the Resistance- COMING SOON

The Resistance has just set-up on Batuu and you are among the first to arrive. This ride is rumored to last nearly half an hour and takes place in 4 different spaces. It starts in the heavily-themed queue line, then the Resistance command center, the takeoff area, and the interrogation room. They say it will be some sort of combination of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Haunted Mansion but will be truly trackless like Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor. It will also have a simulation portion similar to Star Tours. It is not going to be like anything ever done before. I can only imagine how cool it will be! 

Attractions COMING SOON to Disneyland

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Although Mickey is certainly the star of Disneyland, he has never had a major attraction themed after him until now! This new Disneyland ride will take place in a theatre where Mickey and Minnie are premiering their new short. You will board a train with engineer Goofy and head off on a wacky adventure into the cartoon world. It is coming to Mickey’s Toontown in 2022, and will also be a new addition to Walt Disney World. 

source: Disney Parks Blog

Other New Happenings

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes

new to disneyland

We are definitely not opposed to the arrival of this new burger & shake throwback diner. It is part of the Downtown Disney District. The burgers are to die for and the shakes are over the top in the best way. There is a to-go window to order shakes from as well. 

Salt & Straw

Another new addition to the Downtown Disney District is Salt & Straw, a delicious ice cream shop. They make small batch seasonal favorites!


While it looked like Disney would be building a new hotel sometime soon, this plan has unfortunately been scratched. It would have been the first hotel in 20 years! Anywho, we can keep dreaming about the day they will finally set in motion a new hotel. Take a peek below at what it would have looked like!

Check out all the new rides, attraction and the deets on the NEW Disneyland Hotel coming soon.


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