It has been a few years since we visited Disneyland. In this photo essay we highlight many of the changes that have occurred since our last trip to Walt Disney's original theme park destination.
The Monorail soars above the entrance plaza on its way to Tomorrowland
The spires of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge are visible along the drive leading into the Mickey & Friends parking structure
The parking garage will nearly double in size with the addition of this expansion
Security screening is currently performed at stations in the ground floor of the parking garage
Tram boarding has also moved indoors
First stop: Disney California Adventure
Carthay Circle Restaurant provides an impressive backdrop to Buena Vista Street
Paradise Pier has completed its transformation to Pixar Pier
The Pixar theming is everywhere, including "knick's knacks" gift shop...
...and Senor Buzz Churros...
...and Bing Bong's Sweet Stuff (far right)
California Screamin' is now the Incredicoaster with impressive character additions to the ride queue and the attraction itself
The recently-opened Jessie's Critter Carousel
Elsewhere, Soarin Around the World received a new paint job and enhancements to blend with the redwood-themed section of the park
Crowds were somewhat larger than expected for a spring weekday, as evidenced by this mid afternoon shot of Hollywood Land
Mickey's Philarmagic recently moved into the former home of MuppetVision 3D; the smaller screen makes for a lesser experience than its Walt Disney World counterpart
Marvel characters meet and greet with guests at Disneyland including Thor...
...Captain America and Captain Marvel (not pictured)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT is a clever enhancement of the previous Tower of Terror
Marvel-themed exhibits are scattered throughout the entrance, though Fast Pass users do not get a chance to enjoy them
Cars Land is still extremely popular, particularly its Test Track-like Radiator Springs Racers
Flo's V-8 Cafe is one of the better themed restaurants at California Adventure
We will return in a few days with Part 2, featuring a look at Disneyland and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel.