Disney to offer new Tomorrowland lounge, Guardians preview party
The Disneyland Resort is offering a couple more upcharge opportunities for fans who want more exclusive access at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Starting May 26, Disney will offer a new Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience on the second floor of the former Innoventions building. For $45 per person, visitors can hang out on the porch overlooking Tomorrowland while eating the contents of a provided snack box. The lounge will be open for two hours, from 8-10pm nightly. Yes, you can see the fireworks from up there, but Disney's not promoting this as a fireworks viewing party as the sight lines from that location aren't nearly as good as you would enjoy on Main Street USA. Plus, this way Disney's not on the hook in case wind or other inclement weather forces Disney to cancel the fireworks show.
The snack box includes:
- Chocolate Eclipse: Cream-filled chocolate cake drenched in chocolate
- Coconut Comet: Coconut-strawberry iced sponge cake filled with cream
- Mickey Cloud Cake: Cream-filled sponge cake
- Moon Rocks: Boursin herbed cheese, cream cheese, shredded cheddar and jack cheese, parsley, pimentos, bacon
- Planetary Pie: Mini cherry-filled pie
Reservations are available online or by calling +1-714- 781-3463.
Also on May 26, Disney is offering a one-night-only preview party for visitors who want to be among the first to ride the new Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout at Disney California Adventure. That event runs from 7pm to 1am and costs $150 per person. For that, you get unlimited access to the Marvel-themed drop ride, meet and greets with Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, and Captain America, a DJ dance party, a super hero takeover of the Animation Academy, an Imagineering panel discussion about the creation of the ride, unlimited PhotoPass downloads of the event, a $15 food and beverage voucher for newly-offered themed food and drinks, and some souvenir take-aways, including a pin, hat, tote bag, and comic book.
Tickets are available online, at Disneyland Resort ticket booths, or by calling +1-714-781-4636. Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout opens officially to the public on May 27. We will be there for the media event on May 25, with full coverage here on Theme Park Insider.
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I find it interesting that Disney is offing "first ride" access at a price, which many other theme parks have been doing now for years. However, instead of using the proceeds of this "first ride" event for charity (which most other theme parks have done), Disney is likely putting the money into its pocket. Not necessarily a criticism, just a note for perspective. Disney very well could be using this as a charitable function, but it's not noted here or on the website, while other theme parks are very up front with the charitable nature of their first rider auctions and "first ride" events.
If it's not for Charity, it better be Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evens, Jeremy Renner, and whoever plays Spiderman now as the characters, not the ones you can see without paying $150. Okay I guess then it would be an amazing deal, but unless its for charity, people that can afford this need to say enough is enough, $150 is ridiculous for what they are offering. I bet Universal is just loving the fact they decided to let their theme park rights to Marvel in the western U.S. expire right before their only real rival in theme parks bought Marvel
I started reading this article, angry that once again Disney is offering a pay to play option with this Tomorrow(Yester)land lounge. Then I get to the real whopper - the GOTG First Ride event. While I am blessed with disposable income, I do not like this trend over the past 2 years of elitist events and offerings - from the Frozen pre party to the astronomically greedy Jungle Cruise Brunch at over $300 per person. Walt Disney would never have allowed this caste system into his kingdom. This is not what Disneyland is about. I agree that if this $150 went to charity, I'd be all for it. We all know good and well, that this money is going into the executive bonuses 100%. Back to the lounge: What am I paying $45 for? A dessert sampler, and a night time view of a severely dated Tomorrowland, that has been in desperate need of refurbishment for decades? If the 'lounge' were in a desirable area of the park, e.g. top deck of Jungle Cruise, then I could somewhat understand. I also have to chastise my fellow AP holders who stand in line for over an hour for the highly overrated AP days - for RECIPE CARDS and a pin that any 5 year old could make at home. It reminds me of that scene from Animal House where the fraternity pledges are getting paddled on their backside - to which they yell out 'thank you sir may I have another'. With all of the billions that Disney rakes in, they need to step up their game.
I won't be handing money over for either of these things, but the overpriced GOG thing seems to be the better deal of the two. Better deal might not be the best phrase here, not as big a rip off?
The tomorrowland lounge sounds like a great date night feature with a 45 dollar up charge per person to guarantee a reasonable atmosphere away from the chaos below. there are many layoffs from other Disney sectors (ESPN), Disney needs to make money to fund the build of Star Wars land and avatar.
$45 for the world's worst 2-hour VIP lounge? And it doesn't even include a cocktail?
I think it's sad that, after all these years, the People Mover Track sits there in the middle of plain sight. Sure, let's charge people to use an "exclusive" lounge, but let's also ignore the big eye sore that also happens to be a big part of the bottleneck foot traffic issue on busy days. People love nostalgia; would it be so bad to simply bring the People Mover back in its original form? We don't need Rocket Rods or Tron (though Tron would be very cool), we just need a nice place to cool off without spending more money. Every time I see the People Mover, I cry a little inside.
The sightlines from Innoventions in Tomorrowland is terrible. It will be an incredible waste of money to sit there. Instead, they should cordon off a section in the hub as prime viewing spots. That's why I think they should rehab the Main Street hub like what they did at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. Remove the planters. Rollback the land entry points. Put down some artificial grass. Remove the trees. Create viewing spots at the restaurant outdoor seating areas. There's a lot they can do to better improve viewing at Main Street and the surrounding lands. By removing the People Mover tracks and relocating Astro Orbitor, people can see fireworks from Tomorrowland. Remove trees at Frontierland and around the castle exterior to improve viewing angles.
I so agree, they should just take a bulldozer and run it down the center of Tomorrowland.
I find it odd that nobody mentioned the possibility of seeing DCA with a bit more elbow room than usual. That may not be worth $150, but it's gotta be worth a portion of it.
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