Valentine’s Day Cocktails, Christmas Decorations, Magic Key Celebrations & More: Disneyland Photo Essay 02/03/22


Hi, hi, ho! We went down to Disneyland today to check out some more Valentine’s themed food and see what else we could come up with. So come with us as we roam Disneyland and Downtown Disney in search of the very best.

The ongoing renovation of the Disneyland Trolley Charging Station in Downtown Disney appears to be nearing completion as scrims have been removed from the fence surrounding the work area. You can read all about it and see more photos here.


Tonight is another Disneyland After Dark Sweethearts Night, so the park closes early for non-guests. We went to the first one earlier in the week, and you can check out everything on offer at the event, including special character greetings, photo ops, and some fun food offerings that we loved.

Mickey and the gang had come out onto Main Street Station to greet guests entering the park. It’s always nice to see Mickey, even when you have to look straight into the sun to see him.

Pluto, Minnie and Goofy were also all out.

Inside the Disney Gallery, the artist station moved to the middle of the floor in the rear gallery. Previously, the artist sat in a glass-encased office in the first room, taking requests for character designs.

This way, guests can fully maneuver around the artist to see their process and experience the artistic creation from all angles.

The Crystal Arcade is still under renovation and scaffolding lines the facade of the building.

Looks like a new paint job is in the works.

The old paint is removed on the parts that are still salvageable, as seen above. Some parts in worse condition are replaced, as seen below. This is the same decorative piece on the opposite side of the arch, but it has been removed and the historic building’s original posts are now exposed.

As we walked down Main Street, USA, The Straw Hatters stopped by to wow the crowds with a concert.

Behind The Straw Hatters, inside Disney Showcase, we found this I Love Mickey Mouse t-shirt, perfect for the upcoming holidays.

Across the street in the Emporium, we found a pair of new baseball caps for the New Year, above, and for “The Book of Boba Fett,” below.

And what a beautiful day we have to go to the park. We never tire of this view.

Tarzan’s treehouse is still being renovated, but the canvases have fallen off. We can now clearly see the massive amount of scaffolding around all parts of the walkthrough attraction.

Work also continues on Rivers of America as they prepare for the return of Fantasmic!

We could see Redd on the steps of 21 Royal Street welcoming guests and chatting with passers-by.

Splash Mountain is also being renovated. Disney has confirmed that this is just routine maintenance and not the start of the “Princess and the Frog” overlay, but there’s still a lot of work to do.

Scaffolding blocks the mouth of the Chickapin Hill Falls and workers can be seen walking on the ride’s track just before it turns to descend Slippin’ Falls.

From a distance at the end of New Orleans Square, we could see the train stopped on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, so we headed over for a closer look.

As the ride experienced some unexpected downtime, we were lucky enough to snap some great photos of Big Thunder Mountain with its cousin, the Matterhorn, in the distance.

In Toontown, the hills we saw being installed last week are now covered in cement.

Crews could be seen applying the coating as they worked from left to right, moving away from Mickey’s house and heading towards downtown Toontown.

And while we were here checking on the construction progress, Mickey came out to say hello.

Snow White’s Grotto has received new flowers for spring, and flowers are everywhere around the Wishing Well as well.

Just around the corner we came to the back of the castle to take our month-long Magic Shot for Magic Key Holder celebration.

Peter Pan’s shadow has once again eclipsed and he can be found in these special images for magic keyholders.

Another exclusive for Magic Key holders is the Magic Key Slush, which we tried alongside the new Spicy Nash Chicken Sandwich and Galactic Sunrise Slush, all available at Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland. You can read our full review of them all here.

Also in Tomorrowland, at The Star Trader, the buildable lightsaber station is reopened. It’s not as intense (or expensive) as the experience of building your own lightsaber in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, so it’s nice to have options again.

Downtown Disney

At the end of Downtown Disney, construction walls have been erected for the removal of the former AMC, Earl of Sandwich, Sugarboo & Co. and Starbucks cinemas. These walls are now lined with artwork celebrating Black History Month.

And on the sidewalk, Disney chalk artist Marcella Sweet creates a new mural every week for the entire month. As she creates the art in real time, she can also pause and chat with curious people to talk about her art.

It really is a great display, and we’d love to see more of it in the future.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

We stopped at GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill to try some of their seasonal Valentine’s cocktails and fell in love with all three.

California Disney Adventure

The Grizzly River Run renovation continues and we can see scaffolding all over the ride track near the final drop.

We stopped in to get our “Peak Adventure” print today, as well as the Avengers Campus print at the Wonderground Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Follow the links above to view the draws and learn more.

We checked out ESPN’s Super Bowl coverage setup last week, but a lot has happened since then. The tent is now up, the stage is set and much of Paradise Park is taken care of for the event. We’ll be back to see how they do on game day.

And finally, even with crews all over both parks working on renovating attractions and preparing for the Super Bowl, no one came to take down the Christmas tree decorations at Pacific Wharf. Not that it’s a big deal, but it just doesn’t seem out of place. At this point, just leave them in place and they’ll be part of the decor all year round. We would be fine with that.

Thank you for riding with us on this photo tour. We will see you very soon!

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