Disneyland Resort Update: Hotel Villas, Marvel Musical & More

There’s been a quite a bit of news flowing out of Disneyland Resort this week! While most of the information didn’t necessitate individual blog posts, catching up on all of it in one big update is the mission today. In this post, we’ll cover the news and offer some commentary about the new wing at the Disneyland Hotel, a new show at California Adventure’s at the Hyperion Theater, and a parade finally returning to Disneyland’s streets.

Let’s start with an update on the Disneyland Hotel’s new villa wing. Construction has been ongoing and guests will be able to book in mid-March for the September opening. Along with the opening date, Disney also provided a look at the rooms. Let’s take a peek!

Newly imagined duo studio inspired by “The Jungle Book”

You can discover the “bare necessities” alongside Baloo and Mowgli in a newly imagined duo studio inspired by “The Jungle Book.”

Deluxe studio inspired by "Sleeping Beauty"

The dreamy deluxe studios sleep up to four guests and are themed to the tales of “Sleeping Beauty” or “The Princess and the Frog.”

New "Fantasia"-themed room

If you’re looking for more space, you and your family can spread out in a one- and two-bedroom villa, sleeping up to five and nine guests, respectively. Check out these rooms inspired by the vibrant colors of “Fantasia” or “The Princess and the Frog.”

New living area coming to the Villas at Disneyland Hotel

These villas include a washer and dryer, comfortable living area, plus a full-size kitchen equipped with all the cookware you need to bring the flavors of Tiana’s cooking right into your own space!

Multilevel three-bedroom Grand Villa coming to the Villas at Disneyland Hotel

Finally, there’s the multilevel three-bedroom Grand Villa. Sleeping up to 12 guests, the magic and artistry of Disney is sprinkled throughout every space.

The first floor features a full-size kitchen, large dining area, and a double-sided fireplace connecting the living area to a private outdoor balcony. The first floor is also home to the primary suite, inspired by “Bambi.”

Exterior of the multilevel three-bedroom Grand Villa coming to the Villas at Disneyland Hotel

And after you’ve explored the countless Disney stories on the first floor of the Grand Villa, you can venture up a spiral staircase to discover the delightful details of the second floor, which features two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms inspired by “Frozen” and “Moana,” as well as a full washer and dryer.

Early rental reservations for The Villas at Disneyland Hotel can be made beginning on March 15 for Disney Vacation Club Members by contacting Member Services at (800) 800-9800 and on March 16 for Disneyland Resort Magic Key holders by contacting (714) 956-6425.

Villas are limited in availability, and restrictions apply. Subject to change or cancellation without notice. Rental reservations will open to the public on March 17, 2023, subject to availability. You can make your reservation online at or by contacting (714) 956-6425.

And if you want to treat me to a night in the Grand Villa just let me know in the comments or email me at 😉

I have two reactions to the update and news of the wing being added to the Disneyland Hotel. On the positive side, adding capacity to any of the Disneyland Resort Hotels is a bonus. Between the lackluster Paradise Pier Hotel (soon to be Pixar Place) and mega-expensive Grand Californian and Disneyland Hotel, the options just aren’t very practical. To be clear, this new wing will still cost guests an arm and a leg. More inventory is good though and this will be a boon to DVC owners, because much of the new wing will be DVC first.

Much like the recently opened Riviera at Walt Disney World, many of the rooms will be the ‘duo suites’. I like the smaller sized room for a lower cost, although it’s a non-starter for families. I’m curious if Disney will continue this trend with the smaller rooms.

Grand Californian lobby

The negative here is that I find the whole design pretty blah. It does fit in with the rest of the Disneyland Hotel but it’s not some elaborate design. That stretches into the rooms, which look like pretty standard hotel rooms with a Disney touch. They aren’t ugly but I don’t think they’ll wow anyone either. Time will tell and, overall, I’m happy to have the addition!

Rogers Musical Coming to DCA’s Hyperion

Disney released this little tidbit earlier this week about a new show coming to the Hyperion.

If you’re unaware of the reference, in one of the first scenes of the Marvel show Hawkeye the characters go and watch a musical based on Captain America and the Avengers. The scene is pretty hilarious and has stayed in the public conscious longer than the actual TV series. At D23, there was a short sequence recreating the musical before the Marvel presentation and now it’s becoming a full fledged (at least it seems like it?) show.

We have very little information so any commentary at this point is premature. At this point, I’m more curious how the whole thing will work. In the TV show, the musical is over-the-top cheesy and used as a device for Hawkeye to roll his eyes at. It’s funny! But part of the joke is that the show is not that great. Will Disney fully embrace that vibe and let this be a laughable, sarcastic musical about the Avengers? I’m not sure and I don’t exactly know what the audience is for that.

DCA Rain Hyperion Hollywood Land

Admittedly, I’m not the biggest Marvel fan at this point. But this show is intriguing and outside of the very short sequenced source material in Hawkeye, this is original! I’m all for that, even if it is IP based. Seeing the Hyperion open with a concept that has everyone buzzing, not just the theme park community, is exciting. Disneyland Resort’s entertainment is taking a massive step forward right now, which leads me to…

Magic Happens Returns to Disneyland!

We’ve known that Magic Happens is returning to Disneyland for quite some time so this isn’t news. But now the daytime parade is finally here and will become an integral part to a park day. The parade debuted just weeks before the COVID closure and was noticeably absent for the nearly 2 years the park has been reopened.

I don’t want to jump the gun, as Magic Happens was unfortunately canceled the first day. We’ve had a bunch of rain here in the last couple of days that is supposed to last through the weekend. Maybe the parade is cursed! Eventually (my bet is on Sunday at this point) Magic Happens will re-debut and I think it will become a hit at Disneyland Resort. I’m happy to have it back, as it holds a nostalgic spot in my heart, being one of my lasting memories of the park before the pandemic.

Elsa snowing Frozen float Magic Happens DL

What do you think of all the news? Let us know, along with any questions you might have, in the comments! If you are planning a trip to Disneyland, then check out our planning guide. If you enjoy what you are reading here on Wandering in Disney please share this post with your friends, as well as like our social media pages. You can also subscribe to the blog via WordPress or email. You can do all of that on the right side of this page. Thank you for reading, we really appreciate it!

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