PHOTO REPORT: Disneyland Resort 10/26/22 (MagicBand+ Public Release, Ride Interactions, Glow with the Show, and the Last of the Halloween Nighttime Photography)

Hey there, hi there, ho there! We headed down to the Disneyland Resort to test out the new features of the MagicBand+ that launched for everyone today, and we stayed through for some nighttime entertainment. So join us for this most recent photo report from both parks.

Our MagicBand+ day began even before we passed through security at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure.

A new kiosk has been set up here just before security at the tram loading station for guests to purchase their MagicBand+ and have it linked before they reach the gates to use it for entering the park.

Disney California Adventure

And, of course, MagicBand+ can be found all over both parks and Downtown Disney as well.

Another new feature of the MagicBand+ is ride interactions. We checked out a few rides around the parks to see what might happen with the band. Here at WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure, we saw the band light up at the end of the ride.

On Soarin’ Around the World, we saw another light-up feature in the exit hallway.

And on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, we got a light-up dance party in the exit way.

To see all the interactions we had with attractions on our MagicBand+, take a peek at the video below:

As we explored the rest of the park, we ran into some Avengers and checked out the Super Store featuring Avengers Campus.

This new Marvel kitchenware set is sleek and classy, yet still properly themed for a Marvel fan.

And a new, safer version of Thor’s axe Stormbreaker is now available as well. Much easier to get hit in the face by an excited kid with this foam one than the hard plastic one that is also available.

And with Halloween season almost at an end, we’ve seen the Holiday merchandise rolling in to every corner of the resort. This new collection of Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday merchandise is perfect for celebrating across the galaxy.

Holiday decorations are also spreading across the parks, as we can see here at The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. These kelp garlands are so nice.

And over at Pacific Wharf, we have some aptly-themed garlands as well.

Pacific Wharf Cafe has a garland strung with sourdough bread boules and baguettes.

Cocina Cucamonga has dried chiles in their garland.

And Lucky Fortune Cookery has take-out boxes in their garland.

Over in the Grizzly Peak area, we have some perfect fall scenes as we transition to Holiday decor.

These popcorn garlands strung between the pine trees are a simple but pretty decoration for the area.

We found even more Holiday merchandise, like this 2022 Disney key ornament.

And this collection of Pixar holiday merchandise featuring the cutest little nesting doll set, as seen below.

Speaking of Pixar merchandise, check out this super cool new pillow and blanket set from Cars Land.

And to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, we found a collection of papel picado, ‘Coco’ and other Mexico Pavilion merchandise from EPCOT.

Let’s say goodbye for now and head over to


“it’s a small world” has closed for its transition to the Holiday overlay, coming November 11.

And nearby, we can see the letters on the spire of the El CapiTOON Theater in Mickey’s Toontown as the new attraction is being built.

We headed up to Black Spire Outpost to try out the new Batuu Bounty Hunters game that is part of the MagicBand+ functionality.

It was rough-going for most of the time.

But we sure did have a beautiful afternoon on Batuu.

Take a look at our whole experience on our YouTube channel right here:

Disneyland Hotel

Over at the Disneyland Hotel, construction is going strong at the new Disney Vacation Club tower being built next to the pool.

We also came by to meet the pumpkin carver, who is plying his trade on display at all three hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

He carves these beautiful pumpkins and then sets them out on an ever-growing display at the hotel.

Paradise Pier Hotel

He roams from one hotel to the other throughout the day, and the Mickey pumpkin at Paradise Pier Hotel is our clear favorite.

We were also here to check on the repainting progress as the retheme of the hotel is underway.

And, of course, we found yet more MagicBand+ for sale in the temporary gift shop at Paradise Pier Hotel.

Disneyland (Night)

When darkness fell, we headed back into Disneyland to catch some nighttime entertainment. This “Encanto” projection show on “it’s a small world” syncs up with the MagicBand+ to let them glow with the show. You can see the whole show right here:

Elsewhere in Disneyland, we found more Holiday decorations up. The classic Santa crescent moons are hung in the trees of New Orleans Square.

And wreaths line the wrought-iron railings of the upstairs balconies.

The balcony of Club 33 is lit in blue flood lights and periodically, they strobe bright white, as seen above and below.

Even the still-closed Tarzan’s Treehouse had lights on, presumably for the workers inside more than for our interest as guests.

Disney California Adventure (Night)

Hopping back over to DCA, we get to see everything lit up for Halloween one last time.

In Avengers Campus, we got to help Dr. Strange defend our reality from Dormammu using our MagicBand+.

This was a great show and a great interaction that really puts the Magic in MagicBand+. Take a look at the full show on YouTube below:

And, in a lovely surprise, we got to meet Elsa Bloodstone as she patrolled the campus.

She even let us snap a nice picture at the Ancient Sanctum.

It’s always nice to stroll around the parks at night and enjoy the lights.

This week, we have a series of parting shots from Cars Land as we prepare to celebrate and then say goodbye to Halloween. Let’s take a look around Cars Land at night.

Well, that’s it from us here at Disneyland. We’re glad you rode along. Be sure to leave a comment below, letting us know what you think of the photo report. We’ll see ya real soon!

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