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The SATURDAY SIX Takes a 3,000 Foot View at the DISNEYLAND Resort (including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge)

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This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a (3,000 foot) look at the Disneyland Resort!  Regular readers of the SAT 6 know of the hard work and dedication that go into the art of theme park blogging. A group of dedicated men and women who tirelessly put in their blood, sweat, and tears (in Florida, it’s mostly sweat) in order to deliver us coverage on the theme parks we all love. However, one of these unsung heroes soars high above the rest, literally@bioreconstruct is well known for his seemingly daily helicopter flights in Florida, delivering amazing pictures with unique pictures of Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort, but this week he made a special trip out to California to get aerials over DISNEYLAND.

All of Disneyland Resort. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

So this week we are going to take a 3,000 foot look down at what’s going on at the Disneyland Resort, but that’s not all. Bio was also kind enough to get some great photos while touring the parks on foot, so we’ll pepper those in as well. Let’s start off our tour with a look at…

# 6 – The Hotels

One of the benefits of WDW’s “blessing of size” is the sheer amount of hotels we have in Florida. No other theme park resort will ever compete with the unique offerings Disney has with a lineup including the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Port Orleans, Art of Animation, and The Poly. In comparison, the Disneyland Resort has a total of three onsite hotels: The Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier, and the Grand Californian. What Disneyland does offer is that all of their hotels are close to the parks. REAL close. In fact, the Grand Californian has a dedicated entrance directly into Disney California Adventure.

The Disneyland Hotel. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Paradise Pier at the bottom left, with the Disneyland Hotel in the top center. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Grand Californian. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Grand Californian on the left, and Disney California Adventure’s Pixar Pier on the right. photo by @bioreconstruct)

For those not staying onsite or at one of the nearby “good neighbor” hotels that are within walking distance, Disneyland guests park at a structure similar to the design Universal uses in Florida. This garage has been recently expanded, with the new section opening soon.

Parking. photo by @bioreconstruct)


# 5 – Disney California Adventure

Heading into the parks. Let’s first check out DCA. First, an overview of the entire area. Reminder that for most of these pictures, you can click on them to zoom in for even more details.

Disney’s California Adventure.  (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Different view of DCA as a whole. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The Pixar Pier section of DCA is on the right hand side on this photo.

Pixar Pier. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

A near straight down look at the Incredicoaster in Pixar Pier. The large purple structure being circled by the Incredicoaster track is the upcoming Emotional Whirlwind attraction based around the Pixar film Inside Out.

Incredicoaster. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Aerial view of Pixar Pier, including the Pixar Pal-A-Around near the center (formerly Mickey’s Fun Wheel.)

Pixar Pier. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Here is a ground level view of the current construction of the Emotional Whirlwind attraction.

Emotional Whirlwind. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

While Pixar Pier official opened last year, attractions are still being added. Aside from the Emotional Whirlwind under construction, Jessie’s Critter Carousel recently opened in April.

Jessie’s Critter Carousel. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Formerly King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea, the attraction has been re-themed, filled with cute characters. The ride is now based around Jessie and “Woody’s Roundup” from Pixar’s Toy Story 2.

These critter’s eyes tell the story of being situation near a skunk…. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The Pixar Play Games are still one of my favorite parts of DCA. The quality of games and prizes are somehow even better than the games featured in Universal’s Springfield USA.

Bullseye Stallion Stampede. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

How can you not love a game based around Pixar’s A Bug’s Life?!

Heimlich’s Candy Corn Toss. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

For animation fans, there are a lot of great references in Pixar Pier. The merchandise store Knick’s Knacks is based around the short film Knick Knack which Pixar made over a half decade before the original Toy Story.

Knick’s Knacks. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff featuring a popular character from Inside Out.

Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Another character from Inside Out, Anger, is used for this quick service location.

Angry Dogs. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

“Slightly Annoyed Dog” ranks right behind the now removed “Mom’s Choice” fruit cup at Universal’s Springfield USA in my list of the all time greatest named theme park food items. For those keeping score at home, Animal Kingdom’s Match The Species poop snacks ranks #4,873 on that list.

Angry Dog’s menu. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Frozen treats stand featuring a character from Monsters, Inc.

Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

We have done a previous SAT 6 on Disneyland Snacks, and as a Floridian I can’t help but be jealous by the amount of various churro flavors they offer. Señor Buzz Churros, based around a great moment in Toy Story 3, features an appropriately themed Caliente Churro.

Señor Buzz churros. (photo by @bioreconstruct)


# 4 – Cars Land and Marvel

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Cars Land in DCA? One of the greatest lands built in theme park history.

Cars Land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Here’s another overhead view of Cars Land.

RSR (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The rock work in Radiator Springs at Cars Land is just incredible, and always beautiful to look at.

Radiator Springs at sunset. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This aerial photo shows the relationship of Cars Land and the area where DCA will be expanding its Marvel presence. Cars Land is on the top right of the photo while Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! is almost directly in the center of the picture. If you zoom in, the arrow is pointing out two different sets of ride vehicles right next to each other on Radiator Springs Racers.

Cars Land and Marvel.  (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Overhead view of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (formerly the Tower of Terror).

GOTG. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

A ground-level view of the GOTG building.

GOTG. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
GOTG. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

A golden statue of The Collector – Taneleer Tivan – outside Mission: Breakout!

There is a rumor that TouringPlans’ own Guy Selga had a similar statue of himself built. Those who have seen it say that the only difference is that instead of lizard-like creature, the Guy Selga statue is petting a Hooter plush from Captain EO. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The overall story of Mission: Breakout is that guests are allowed to see the Tivian Collection, but even before you get into the building there are collected specimens outside.

Garden specimens. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Mission: Breakout! (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Inside the building there are references to the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Disney characters, and more.

Cosmo, from the first GOTG film. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Cute Vyloos were added last year. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Harold from The Matterhorn. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

There is a wonderful Rocket Raccoon audio animatronic in the attraction.

Rocket Raccoon. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Rocket Raccoon. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
GOTG. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Like the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man attraction at Universal’s Marvel Superhero Island, there is a lot of fun signage throughout Mission: Breakout!

GOTG. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
GOTG. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

As a person who loves theme park merchandise, one of my favorite Disney souvenirs is the plush in the Mission: Breakout! gift shop made to look like exhibits in the Tivian Collection.

Rocket Raccoon plush. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This overhead view shows Mission: Breakout on the far right, and the land being developed for the upcoming Marvel expansion on the left.

Marvel-based land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Ground level view of the area.

Marvel based land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

In a nice touch, construction walls in the area are themed to Stark Industries.

Marvel-based land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Work being done in the Marvel-themed land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)


As we leave Disney California Adventure, let’s check out an aerial showing just how close the park is to Disneyland. Here we have DCA on the right, Disneyland on the left, and the esplanade in the middle.

Esplanade. (photo by @bioreconstruct)


# 3 – Disneyland

The park which started them all.

Aerial view of the Disneyland park with the entrance of the park being in the lower right hand side.. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A different view of the overall park. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This shot has Main Street USA in the center of the photo.

Disneyland. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Right now Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle is under refurbishment, so there are themed scrims surrounding it.

Sleeping Beauty Castle. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Sleeping Beauty Castle. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Sleeping Beauty Castle. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Sleeping Beauty Castle. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This aerial photo shows Main Street USA on the left, and Tomorrowland on the right.

Disneyland.  (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This aerial gives a good look at Tomorrowland, and includes the monorails for those who zoom in.

Tomorrowland. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Incredible view of the Haunted Mansion in the center of this aerial. Seeing everything from this perspective helps give a better understanding of the work which goes into the “show” for us guests.

Haunted Mansion. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Mickey’s Toontown. (photo by @bioreconstruct)


# 2 – Disneyland Monorail and Railroad

While both Disneyland and Walt Disney World have the monorail and railroad, the experiences for guests are wildly different. Here’s a ground level look at the Disneyland monorail. As you can see, the Disneyland monorails look a lot sleeker than ours in Florida. There are also subtle differences, such as the fact that parts don’t keep falling off Disneyland monorails.

Disneyland monorail (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Disneyland monorail (photo by @bioreconstruct)

As for the Disneyland railroad, during one section of the ride the train goes into a covered section and guests get to look at dioramas.

Arrow pointing to diorama section of the track. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The dinosaur section should seem familiar to any WDW fans who miss Epcot’s Universe of Energy Pavilion. These dinos were originally seen in the 1964/65 World’s Fair (the Epcot versions were copies).

Disneyland railroad. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Disneyland railroad. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Disneyland Railroad. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Another diorama that guests get to enjoy is one based around the Grand Canyon.

Disneyland Railroad. (Photo by @bioreconstruct)

You may be thinking to yourself, “this doesn’t seem to be very fair to Florida,” AND YOU’D BE RIGHT!

Disneyland Railroad. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Similar to the WDW Railroad, the Disneyland version has sections based around Native Americans.

Disneyland Railroad. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

In preparation for the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, major changes had to made to the Disneyland Railroad, including the introduction of the “first left turn.” Instead of just circling the park in a clockwise manner, the train now goes to the left in order to take guests over a trestle near Galaxy’s Edge.

Disneyland Railroad. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Over the  Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge access point. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Here is a view from the ground showing the trestle. In less than a month, guests will be going through this area into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Disneyland. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Here is another area that will allow guests into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Disneyland. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This aerial shows were both of those Galaxy’s Edge entrances are located.

Disneyland (photo by @bioreconstruct)


Which leads us to….



“Indescribably beautiful.” – A Christmas Story

Aerial showing the entirety of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This shot is from the opposite side as the one above. On the top left section of the photo you can see the trestle in which the Disneyland Railroad travels over. Underneath that is the area which will lead guests into the land.

Star War’s Galaxy’s Edge.(photo by @bioreconstruct)

Aerial views of the Black Spire Outpost section of Galaxy’s Edge. The main feature of this area will be the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction.

Black Spire Outpost. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Galaxy’s Edge. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Millennium Falcon. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Aerial view of the forest area of Galaxy’s Edge which will be home to the Rise of the Resistance attraction.

Galaxy’s Edge. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Rise of the Resistance is not opening with Galaxy’s Edge later this month in Disneyland or on August 29 when Galaxy’s Edge opens in Florida, but looks to be Disney’s most ambitious attraction in history. If you zoom in, you’ll see what looks like a spaceship in the caves. The green roofed structures in the dead center of the photo appear to be the “Resistance Supply” area. Guests will be exiting the attraction via the large structure on the left, leading them directly to the shops selling Resistance-themed gear.

Galaxy’s Edge. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Aerial showing a different angle of the area directly in front of the Rise of the Resistance attraction. The photo shows several spaceships. How great does all this look?! WOW!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  (photo by @bioreconstruct)



We just couldn’t leave Disneyland without a quick mention of some of the current pizza offerings.

Daisy’s Diner. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Spectacular Mickey Pizza. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

So there you have it: The SATURDAY SIX Takes a 3,000 Foot Look at the Disneyland Resort! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).

If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following: 

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Special Thanks to The bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.

FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2019 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it?That’s right, ANOTHER NEW ONE EXCLUSIVE TO THIS EDITION!Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!

Your Humble Author often notes @bioreconstruct’s ability to break all laws of time and space. (ART by @bioreconstruct…is there anything he can’t do?!)

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3 thoughts on “The SATURDAY SIX Takes a 3,000 Foot View at the DISNEYLAND Resort (including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge)

  • Hey Brett, normally when you click on a picture in the SATURDAY SIX it will open up at the size I uploaded as (the ones in the actual article are reduced to about 700×500.) We’re checking into why the original versions aren’t opening up when you click on the photos. Sorry about that. – DerekB

  • Is anyone able to zoom in on the pictures? None of them appear to be linked to a higher resolution version, even the ones that specifically mention “click to zoom”.

  • Thanks so much for pulling these pics together into this week’s Sat Six. Being in the SoCal area, love seeing these views of Disneyland!


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