Top 6 experiences at Disneyland this summer

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It’s been nearly two years since we made the trek west to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, and there have been a bunch of changes in that time. We’re going to try to squeeze in as much time in the parks as possible during our trip to D23 Expo, and these are just a few of the things on our to do list. Follow along with us in real-time on Instagram to see what gets checked off!

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!

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It’s been hard to avoid spoilers on this one, with so many images from the queue and videos of Anaheim-area TV reporters freaking out mid-ride floating all over the internet. Tower of Terror has always been one of my favorite attractions, and while I understand the nostalgia held for it, I’m excited to see what the Imagineering team has done here…and to see which song comes up in shuffle on our ride.


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Fantasmic! has been on hiatus since January 2016 along with the rest of the Rivers of America attractions, and it just happens that the final day of our visit brings the debut of the refurbished show. We’ve always felt that the Disneyland version of this show was superior to its Hollywood Studios counterpart, so I’m eager to see if that opinion holds.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters

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This ride was under construction on our last visit, so while it’s not new to Disneyland regulars, we’re excited to check out Disneyland’s first trackless attraction. I was definitely one of the people who couldn’t quite get the hang of how to steer the vehicle in this attraction’s predecessor, Luigi’s Flying Tires, so I’m happy to have the work done for me.

Frozen — Live at the Hyperion

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This is going to be the toughest item on our list due to scheduling — Frozen is currently showing at noon, 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. — but I’m hoping we can squeeze it in. We had the chance to see the Frozen, A Musical Spectacular when it debuted on the Disney Wonder in November and I really enjoyed it; I can only imagine what they were able to do with a similar show in permanent, non-floating theater.

Main Street Electrical Parade

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I was sure we’d seen this for the last time (at least for a while) when we visited Walt Disney World in September 2016, especially since the parade’s limited run at Disneyland was originally scheduled to end in March. We’ve watched this roll down the streets of the Magic Kingdom countless times, but it will be fun to see in its original location.

Groot Bread

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The real star at Disneyland Resort this summer is jalapeño and cheddar-topped sourdough bread shaped in Groot’s likeness, which took Instagram by storm and routinely sold out during the first few days it was offered. At $8.50, it’s definitely one of the pricier snacks available, but I don’t think I’ll be able to resist. Groot bread is sold at Cosmic Canteen at Disney California Adventure and is one of the Summer of Heroes food offerings.