While Star Wars fans still have more than a year to wait before Galaxy's Edge opens up at the Disneyland Resort, the two Southern California theme parks still have a lot that's new and exciting to offer guests in 2018. One of the lands at Disney's California Adventure is currently undergoing a significant overhaul in time for a major event later this year that will bring a new look, along with new events, parades, and rides.
If you're considering hitting Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure this year, be on the lookout for these new attractions and events, including one that is already open for business.
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
This new experience recently opened at Walt Disney World as well, though we left it off that list as it technically opened there in December 2017. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is a new VR experience that is now open in the Downtown Disney district adjacent to the two theme parks. It allows multiple people to work together in a multiplayer virtual reality environment that sees you infiltrate an Imperial stronghold. What sets the new experience, created by VR company The Void, apart from other VR games is that it's not a stationary experience, but one that allows you to physically move through space, making the virtual reality experience seem that much more real.
Lunar New Year
This isn't the first year that Disneyland has celebrated the Lunar New Year, but this year, the celebration is expanding to 24 days. Starting January 26 and running until February 18, Disney's California Adventure will add multicultural performances, new activities, and of course, interesting food that will allow guests to explore Chinese culture in a different way. Among the events that will take place during the celebration are Mulan's Lunar New Year Procession and Hurry Hom - a Lunar New Year Celebration which is a nighttime water show that will likely be replacing World of Color for the duration.