July is going to be a busy month for Disney fans. The live-action “The Lion King” film releases in theaters on July 19, and two days before Disneyland guests will say goodbye to Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. If you plan on visiting the Resort before then, you don’t want to miss everything else happening right now. Here’s the latest from Disneyland Park, including summer crowds, “The Lion King” merchandise, and more.
Main Street, U.S.A.
Most of June was fairly laid back throughout Disneyland Park, but we’re definitely seeing an increase in summer crowds this month.
Over in Emporium, there’s quite a bit of new merchandise available. Like this Castle Photo ID Lanyard, available for $16.99.
And a new “The Lion King” pin is available, featuring Simba and Nala. You can feel the love of this pin for $9.99.
Two new baseball hats have been released, just in time for the summer sun beating down at Disneyland. The first hat features Buzz Lightyear with his iconic phrase “To Infinity Beyond!” This one will cost you $21.99.
And the second hat features our favorite rooster, HeiHei. This hat is available for purchase at $27.99
A new version of the popular yellow, rainbow letter Disneyland t-shirt is now available in green! You can add this shirt to your collection for $24.99.
On our way out of Emporium, we spotted some paint touch-ups happening outside of Carnation Cafe. We appreciate that Disney has been paying attention to these details lately throughout the entire Resort.
Across the street at China Closet, a new Little Mermaid 30th Anniversary ceramic mug is for sale. This cute mug features a mermaid tail for a handle, with a beautiful sketch of Ariel inside the bottom of the cup. This mug is available for $22.99.
Also on the shelf at China Closet are the Disneyland Starbucks travel mugs. Up until recently, these were only available in the Starbucks store on Main Street, but now they’ve made an appearance at World of Disney.
If you’re excited about the live-action “The Lion King” film, there is plenty of new merchandise available for you to show your support. We came across quite the display at Adventureland Bazaar.
Three new shirts are on sale for $34.99, with designs featuring Nala, baby Simba, and adult Simba with Timon and Pumbaa.
New Orleans Square
Pirates of the Caribbean was in the festive spirit this morning. The Cast Members outside the entrance to the attraction were spotted waving a pirate flag while The Bootstrappers gave a performance.
If you’ve been wanting to take a little piece of the laughing place home with you, now you can with two new plushies. Br’er Bear ($29.99) and Br’er Fox ($26.99) are now available at Pooh Corner.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The reservation system for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge came to an end on June 24. And to be honest, it still feels weird that we can just walk right into the land. But since that opening day, the land status has remained open, with entry through Critter Country being the most enjoyable.
There are hardly any guests using this entrance today. But we did come across quite a crowd of guests visiting with Chewy near the Resistance Base.
Once we made our way to Black Spire Outpost, we did see the crowds start to pick up.
Lots of guests are visiting Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiques, despite many items being sold out.
The kyber crystals are still available for purchase with a purchase of a Jedi Holocron, however, the crystals aren’t being advertised at all anymore.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run remains a popular attraction, with a consistently long wait time to ride the attraction.
Oga’s Cantina is still using the same-day reservation system. We spotted a line of guests waiting for their reservation outside the Cantina.
Storm Troopers continue to patrol Batuu, looking for troublemakers and members of the Resistance.
If you’re someone who likes to bring a refillable water bottle to Disneyland, don’t forget to check out the water station on Batuu. This one is located near the Milk Stand.
Droid Depot has remained fairly empty, so you likely won’t find yourself waiting long to build your own droid.
We definitely notice a crowd of people in Frontierland as we made out way out of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. One of the reasons we prefer the entrance by Critter Country.
Sleeping Beauty Castle continues to shine post-makeover.
If you’ve been struggling to find the highly-popular Little Mermaid Minnie Ears Headband throughout Disneyland, be sure to stop in Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. We spotted several available for sale.
Sadly, it looks like the days of a short line for Peter Pan’s Flight are over. Things appear to be back to normal, with the wait time averaging 40 minutes again.
Overall, Fantasyland is quite busy and overrun with large families.
Fortunately, Mad Tea Party hasn’t been hit with a long standby line.
However, Matterhorn Bobsleds has remained very popular, with 40 minutes or more wait times.
We did manage to spot some characters out with guests on our way to “it’s a small world.” The Evil Queen can be seen having to deal with some young princesses.
While Peter Pan sits down for storytime.
And speaking of “it’s a small world,” the line for this attraction was quite long today, making it a good time to use FastPass for this ride.
If you’ve had your eye on a new calendar for next year, then you’re in luck! The new Disney Parks 2020 Calendar is here and we spotted it on sale at Gag Factory.
Oddly enough, it looks like the Disneyland Starbucks travel mugs are also on sale here too.
Before heading out of Toontown, we spotted this adorable guest interaction with Pluto.
If you find yourself needing water on a hot day, you can ask for a free water cup at almost any quick-service restaurant. They are usually served in a paper Disney Parks cup. However, Galactic Grill has changed their policy and is now serving free water in smaller plastic cups.
Hyperspace Mountain is still available to ride in Tomorrowland with no word from Disney on when the overlay is expected to leave.
Over in Star Trader, we came across some new Star Wars-themed apparel. The first being this Boba Fett Bounty Hunter T-shirt.
The second shirt features artwork from “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Both shirts are available for $34.99.
On our way out of Disneyland Park, we have one more battle through the summer crowds in Tomorrowland. But overall, the Park wasn’t bad today.