Monarch Beach Resort Moments Magazine Issue 6 - Page 37

north, as well as Legoland California and SeaWorld San Diego down south, add even more adventure and nostalgia for families, thrill-seekers and those who are simply children at heart. And now, recently opened or soon-to-launch rides and attractions at each park will provide brand-new ways to create lasting memories. DISNEYLAND RESORT As one of the most popular theme parks in the world, Disneyland in Anaheim continues to captivate crowds with impressive additions to the 62-year-old park. The most anticipated attraction is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, an immersive new world opening in 2019 that will be the first of its kind at any Disneyland park. Inspired by the ever popular sci-fi franchise, visitors will get the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon, meet lovable robot BB-8 and enjoy unique drink concoctions in the cantina. But before the futuristic fun gets underway, Disney is celebrating with a special festival centered on charac- ters created by animation company Pixar. Deemed Pixar Fest, the fête kicked off on April 13 and will fea- ture a variety of happenings through the start of September. At Disneyland Park, spectators can enjoy a new fire- works display titled Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular, which comprises a flyover by Buzz Lightyear, the floating house from “Up,” music from “Coco” and more. Also in Disneyland, the Pixar Play Parade returns with new characters, such as those from “Inside Out.” Additionally, Disney California Adventure Park’s Paint the Night parade has returned with a whole new set of characters. The dazzling, light- filled parade, which incorporates 1 million LED bulbs, is led by Sorcerer Mickey, while also incorporating Lightning McQueen from “Cars,” Mike and Sulley from “Monsters, Inc.” and the Incredible family. Then, in late June, the former boardwalk area will reopen as Pixar Pier, where the roller coaster will be reimagined as the Incredicoaster, a whimsical playground dedicated to “Inside Out” will open and the pier’s carnival games will be redesigned with Pixar characters. This area is also cur- rently home to the Toy Story Midway Mania! ride, which will stay the same. “As a travel concierge and mom of three children, who are each passion- ate in their love for Disneyland, … [I am] always excited to visit the parks,” says Nanci Weinstein of Moments of Magic Travel, a company that spe- cializes in planning Disney vacations. “… I am looking forward to sharing the Pixar theming with my clients because it focuses on the unbreak- able bonds of friendship. The new additions will enable guests of all ages to interact with these storylines like never before.” KNOTT’S BERRY FARM While this farm-turned-theme park in Buena Park doesn’t have numerous enhancements to offer this year, the one it does have is big: HangTime, the first dive coaster on the West Coast, opened in May, bringing with it a variety of unique elements that are sure to keep visitors enthralled. Ringing in at 150 feet, the twisty steel track takes riders up a 15-story vertical lift before suspending them over the 96-degree drop for several MONARCHBEACHRESORT.COM 37