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DLWeekly is a weekly show highlighting news and information from around the Disneyland Resort. Tage and Teresa discuss the weekly news and go in depth on weekly topics relating to the parks.


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    DLW 217: Star Tours Turns 35

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 88:35

    This week, Star Tours turns 35, another good sign that the trams are returning soon, new Lunar New Year mural in Downtown Disney, a new treat comes to DCA, looking forward to the next 100 years of the Disney Company, we go in depth with Star Tours, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: A galaxy far, far away came to Disneyland 35 years ago recently. This was the first time that fans of the Star Wars universe could actually be apart of the universe, years before Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The opening of the landmark attraction was celebrated by the park staying open for 60 hours. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/01/star-tours-at-disneyland-park-celebrates-35-years-of-galactic-adventures/ Another great sign of progress to get the trams back operating for guests is underway. There are construction walls up around the loading area in Downtown Disney, with paving taking place behind the walls. According to our friend David over at FreshBaked reported that 7 trams are in operation and being tested, up from just 4 recently. – https://www.micechat.com/311792-disneyland-update-lightning-lane-shenanigans-and-staffing-problems/ and https://wdwnt.com/2022/01/photos-downtown-disney-parking-tram-station-construction/ Lunar New Year is coming up quick on February 1st. To celebrate, the mural in Downtown Disney on the corner of the former ESPN building has been updated to reflect the occasion. Being the year of the tiger, the mural includes Tigger, along with Mushu, Mulan, Chip, Dale, and Goofy. The artwork was created by Disney Live Entertainment art director Elizabeth Lisa Kang. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/01/photos-new-lunar-new-year-mural-featuring-tigger-in-downtown-disney-district/ A slighly healthier snack has come to Disney California Adventure. Chocolate covered bananas have debuted at Carabelle's Ice Cream Shop. Not only will they be covered in chocolate, but also with a variety of toppings. Rainbow sprinkles, Mickey confetti, crushed peanuts, and crushed waffle cone. This follows the return of the bananas to Walt Disney World a couple of months ago. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/01/09/weve-been-waiting-for-this-treat-to-arrive-in-disneyland/ Some popular Disney treats have seen a price increase recently at Walt Disney World. This could mean that the price changes are coming to Disneyland in the future. Some notable prices are $5 for a 20oz bottle of soda, Mickey Premium Bars up to $6.25, and the Dole Whip at $6.99. It is not certain that prices will increase, but something to keep an eye on. Some of the items at the restaurants have also increased by a couple of dollars each. – https://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/epcot/news/10jan2022-disney-hikes-the-price-of-mickey-bars-and-dole-whips-along-with-hundreds-of-other-food-and-beverage-items-at-walt-disney-world.htm The Disneyland Monorail will be going down for refurbishment, possibly in relation to the changes coming to the Downtown Disney District in February. Currently, the monorail is scheduled to close February 14th, with no exact end on the calendar yet. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/01/06/disneylands-monorail-to-close-temporarily-this-month/ There are just a few more days to visit a couple locations in Downtown Disney. Earl of Sandwich is currently scheduled to close on January 22nd, Sugarboo & Co will close on January 16th. The Starbucks located in the same building as Earl of Sandwich has already closed. This is in preperation for the makeover of this section of the shopping district, which should be starting soon. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/13096/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_January_10___16_2022#news0 and https://www.micechat.com/311809-disneyland-news-monorail-downtown-disney-shops-prepare-to-close-in-advance-renovation/ With the recent surge in COVID cases, due to the omicron variant, staffing at the resort has been challenging. The resort has been cross training as many cast members as possible and moving cast members around as much as possible to limit the impact of the shortages. The most notable closure is Napa Rose. Reservations were cancelled for guests who had booked dining at the location, due to staffing issues. – https://www.micechat.com/311792-disneyland-update-lightning-lane-shenanigans-and-staffing-problems/ Disney Vacation Club members should be aware of some new changes to the program. Interval International exchanges are now officially available. Exchanges with this program include thousands of resorts all over the world, including “high-quality properties” such as Marriott, Sheraton, Hyatt, and Westin. Disney Stays include not only Disney Vacation Club Resorts, but also traditional Disney Resort hotel exchange options. Disney Experiences include exchange options like Disney Cruise Line voyages, Adventures by Disney guided trips, National Geographic Expeditions, and the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. – https://wdwnt.com/2022/01/disney-vacation-club-adds-new-exchange-options-for-disney-experiences-and-non-disney-resorts-through-interval-international/ The next century of the Walt Disney Company is just around the corner, and CEO Bob Chapek has released some goals for the next century. Chapek released the “three pillars of success” in a memo to Cast Members. The three pillars are storytelling excellence, innovation, and relentless focus on the audience. On the surface, these pillars are exactly what the public expects from the company currently, and are nothing new. Time will tell what these pillars mean for the company going forward and what will change based on these. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/01/ceo-bob-chapek-establishes-his-three-pillars-of-success-for-the-next-century-of-the-walt-disney-company/ Discussion Topic: Star Tours Deep Dive Disney Parks Blog – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/01/star-tours-at-disneyland-park-celebrates-35-years-of-galactic-adventures/ Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Tours WDWNT – https://wdwnt.com/2022/01/looking-back-on-the-history-and-impact-of-the-original-star-tours-35-years-later/ Behind the Attraction – Episode 3

    DLW 216: Author and Former Cast Member Austin Carroll

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 96:57

    This week, a last hurrah for the holiday season at Disneyland, a review of New years at the park, an update on upcoming refurbs, a new technology patent goes through, we talk to former cast member and author Austin, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: The holidays are coming to an end soon, but one holiday treat just arrived at Disneyland. The Holiday Dole Whip is now available at the Tropical Hideaway for $6.79. This version is a swirl of cherry and lime dole whip, with festive sprinkles and a gummy on top. The flavor has been described like cherry limeaid, being a bit sour, and very sweet. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/12/30/this-new-disneyland-dole-whip-tastes-like-sour-gummy-worms/ In Disney California Adventure's Paradise Gardens, guests can celebrate 3 Kings Day. From January 3rd through the 9th, special decorations and photo ops will be in the area to experience. – https://www.micechat.com/311498-disneyland-update-new-year-magic-and-mayhem/ Salt and Straw in Downtown Disney is at it again with more new flavors. This time, they are all vegan as well! The new flavors are inspired by cupcakes, with flavors like carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, Coconut Cream Pie with Lemon Curd, Chocolate Salted Caramel, Rainbow Sprinkled Babycakes, and a Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcake option. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/01/04/cupcakes-and-ice-cream-find-us-in-line-at-this-disney-scoop-shop/ Lovepop in Downtown Disney had a bit of a rough opening just before Christmas, and then was closed for a couple of days after. The new shop is open daily now and offers pop-up greeting cards with intricate designs. They also offer a line of Disney cards, but beyond that, they are just a unique greeting card store. – https://www.micechat.com/310913-disneyland-update-christmas-out-prices-up-and-changes-ahead/ This year, guests had a much better experience at the resort for the New Year celebration. With the reservation system being in place, the parks never closed their gates to guests and the crowds were pretty manageable. Fireworks were launched over Paradise Bay at DCA, and over Sleeping Beauty Castle on Main Street to ring in the new year. Stages were setup around the parks to host DJs for the evening. – https://www.micechat.com/311498-disneyland-update-new-year-magic-and-mayhem/ Magic Keyholders will have an updated location to dine soon. The Magic Key Terrace will be closing mid-January to add some more colorful elements, replace the furniture, and update the lighting fixtures. This update should really liven the place up and make it a more comfortable place to take a break and have a drink or a bite to eat. – https://www.micechat.com/311498-disneyland-update-new-year-magic-and-mayhem/ The Disneyland Hotel is getting some updates that are very magical. Carpet has been replaced near Goofy's Kitchen and now features designs inspired by Sleeping Beauty. The new carpet looks like it jumped right off the screen and onto the floor of the hotel. – https://www.micechat.com/310913-disneyland-update-christmas-out-prices-up-and-changes-ahead/ Listeners who have tickets for Villains Nite or Star Wars Nite that were rescheduled, this message is for you. Be sure to call Disneyland at the number in our show notes before January 8th to exchange your tickets for the rescheduled nights in 2022. They are other options available as well, such as a refund, so act fast. – https://twitter.com/Disneyland/status/1476637234732232704 An after hours tradition returns to Disneyland this year, for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Grad Nites will kick off on May 13th this year, with dates until June 17th. The party will take place at Disney California Adventure from 9PM to 2AM, with characters dressed in their graduation best for photo ops, along with food and beverage specials. There are three ticket options, with the $89 party only ticket being the cheapest. There is also a DCA and Party ticket for $119, and a park hopper and party ticket for $179. For a complete list of the dates, visit the link in our show notes. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/01/03/news-grad-nite-is-coming-back-to-disneyland-resort-this-year/ Possible trigger warning for those of you who participated in the Minnie the Main Attraction merchandise line. Mickey the Main Attraction is coming with a new release every month in 2022. The January set will be themed to Space Mountain, much like Minnie the Main Attraction. February is rumored to be themed to Pirates of the Caribbean. The collection should go on sale this month on shopDisney.com. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/12/photos-sneak-peek-of-new-mickey-mouse-the-main-attraction-loungefly-bags-and-ears/ Disney Parks have been granted a patent for technology that allows guests to experience 3D worlds without 3D glasses. The patent is for a Virtual World Simulator that enables multiple users to experience a 3D virtual world from multiple vantage points without any glasses, goggles or digital devices. – https://www.ocregister.com/2022/01/04/disney-patents-ar-without-headsets-for-theme-park-rides/ Have you been wanting to watch the Imagineering Story again? If you're a DisneylandForward subscriber, check your email for a chance to watch the first episode on Wednesday, January 5 at 6 p.m. pacific time. No Disney+ subscription is required; only an internet-connected device. – https://events.twdcstreaming.com/client/player/a68a0fba-a0ef-4f4f-8036-c83ded030bc6 Discussion Topic: Austin Carroll – Fastpass to the Past Podcast – https://fastpasstothepast.com/ FASTPASS TO THE PAST The Jr. Historian's Guide to Disneyland – https://www.amazon.com/Fastpass-Past-Historians-Guide-Disneyland/dp/0578301911

    DLW 215: End of 2021 with Stephanie

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 93:43

    This week, a new ticket offer for locals, a whole month celebrating Magic Key Holders, Magic Keys aren't magical for everyone, PhotoPass improvement, single rider has relocated at the Matterhorn, we complete our discussion with Stephanie, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Southern California residents have a new ticket discount that they can take advantage of with trips beginning January 3rd, 2022. For as little as $67 per day, guests can purchase a three-day, one-park per day weekday ticket, subject to reservations. The tickets are good through visits through May 26th, 2022 on weekdays only. During this time, the Lunar New Year, DCA Food and Wine Festival, Mickey's Mix Magic, and the return of the nighttime spectaculars will be back at the parks! Guests can also save up to 25% on Disneyland Resort hotels during some of this period. To take advantage of these deals, you can contact our friends over at ConciEARS to get your trip booked. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/disneyland-resort-offers-southern-california-residents-special-3-day-weekday-ticket-prices-for-a-limited-time-with-visits-beginning-jan-3-2022/ Magic Key Holders, mark your calendars! February, 2022 will be Magic Keyholder Celebration Month. Disneyland announced the month long celebration of Key Holders happening in the parks, Downtown Disney, and at home! No specific details have been released on what will be offered in February, but we will keep you posted as news is released. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/12/16/disneyland-magic-key-holders-prepare-to-be-celebrated-for-a-whole-month-next-year/ An unhappy Magic Key Holder has filed a lawsuit against Disney for “deceiving it's most loyal fan base by artificially limiting theme park capacity and blocking passholders with ‘no blockout' annual passes from making reservations.” The lawsuit is a $5 million dollar suit filed on behalf of all Disneyland Magic Key holders claiming that Disney “relegated them to ‘second class' ticket holders by artificially limiting Magic Key reservations and the number of passholders that can visit on any given day.” Disneyland has said that they will “vigorously defend our position as the case proceeds.” – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/12/16/disneyland-passholder-lawsuit-alleges-magic-key-deceptively-advertises-no-blockout-dates/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/12/20/disney-responds-to-5-million-magic-key-and-park-reservation-lawsuit/ and https://disneyland.disney.go.com/magic-key-terms-conditions/ When we were in the parks a couple of weeks ago, there were quite a few PhotoPass photographers who were trying to take amazing photos, and control the crowds at the same time. This week, it appears that they have received some help at Sleeping Beauty Castle with rops to direct guests around the optimal PhotoPass photo area. – https://www.micechat.com/310365-disneyland-update-magic-key-lawsuit-zany-maynard-fun-and-ho-ho-ho/ For guests that have been pre-screened for the Disability Access Service or DAS (pronounced DAAHS) now have a new option available in the Disneyland App. Return times can be reserved through the app after the service has been linked to a ticket, making it unncessary to visit with a guest relations cast member to make a reservation. – https://www.micechat.com/310365-disneyland-update-magic-key-lawsuit-zany-maynard-fun-and-ho-ho-ho/ Single bobsled riders should take note of this next news item. The single rider line has moved at the Matterhorn from the area where the Lightning Lane return area was, to the right side exit of the attraction, towards the teacups. This should help alleviate at least some of the congestion that can happen where the three lines come together at the entrance. – https://www.micechat.com/310365-disneyland-update-magic-key-lawsuit-zany-maynard-fun-and-ho-ho-ho/ With the opening of the Plaza Point Holiday Shoppe on Main Street, the holiday shop in Fantasyland has been re-themed. The location, now called Merlin's Marvelous Miscellany, received a new sign sporting the new name last week. No information on what will be offered in the shop just yet. – https://www.micechat.com/310365-disneyland-update-magic-key-lawsuit-zany-maynard-fun-and-ho-ho-ho/ The Disney Parks Blog has some festive holiday digital wallpapers available for download. Each design comes in mobile, desktop, and Apple Watch versions for all screen sizes. Designs include Mickey Mouse getting ready to hit the slopes, Mike and Sully playing outside in the snow, Rocket and Groot strung up in lights, and many more. Head on over to the link in our show notes to download the version that best says Happy Holidays for you. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/celebrate-the-holiday-season-with-new-disney-digital-wallpapers/ A new, ecological way to get around the Anaheim Resort District is coming soon. Sage Energy Consulting is working with the Anaheim Transportation Network to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce electricity costs, and charge the new vehicles. Some of the charging stations are solar powered, and work with batteries to store power when the sun is out, and charge the busses when it is a cloudy day, or at night. The goal is to have a 100% electric fleet by 2025. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/12/17/how-your-ride-to-disneyland-will-be-different-in-the-future/ Fans of soccer, or football as it is known everywhere else in the world, now have a place to shop in Downtown Disney. Pele, named after the legendary Brazilian soccer player, opened this last week. The store is themed like a stadium, and offers a variety of soccer gear from global sports brands. Official club and national team jerseys from around the world are also for sale which can be customized with a name and number. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/more-exciting-new-shops-and-experiences-arrive-in-downtown-disney-district-at-disneyland-resort/ Disney+ subscribers have more Disney Insider episodes to catch on the streaming service. For the Disney Parks fans, topics covering the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, the Disney Park that inspired Mickey Mouse Funhouse, and more. These episodes provide a lot of neat behind the scenes looks into what it takes to create some of the favorite Disney Parks experiences. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/a-disney-insider-look-at-a-secret-society-disney-vacation-experiences-mickey-mouse-funhouse-harmonious-nighttime-spectacular-and-more/ Discussion Topic: Stephanie at Walt Disney World's 50th

    DLW 214: Our Experience with Genie+ and Lightning Lane

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021

    This week, entertainment is making a comeback at the resort, more festivals for 2022 at Disney California Adventure, Genie+ experience, what it took to get it's a small world reopend, we report on location from the parks, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Some new and returning entertainment is coming to Disneyland in 2022. An expanded “Celebrate Gospel!” will debut in February at the Fantasyland Theater, and “Tale of the Lion King” will return in the spring, also to the Fantasyland Theater. The Main Street Electrical Parade will return to Main Street in time to celebrate its 50th anniversary in June. Fantasmic! and World of Color are also announced to return, with no firm time frame yet. Finally, Disneyland Forever fireworks will also be lighting up the sky once again in 2022. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/more-fan-favorite-entertainment-returns-to-disneyland-resort-in-2022-including-celebrate-gospel-and-tale-of-the-lion-king/ Nothing quite beats a food festival at Disneyland! Lunar New Year and Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festivals are returning in 2022. The Lunar New Year celebration in 2022 is based on the Year of the Tiger, so Tigger will be joining the festivities. Raya, from Raya and the Last Dragon will make her debut at Disneyland for the celebration as well. The Lunar New Year runs January 21st through February 13th. Starting March 4th and running through April 26th, the Food and Wine Festival will return. Sip and Savor passes will be offered for both celebrations. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/fan-favorite-limited-time-festivals-return-to-the-disneyland-resort-in-2022-lunar-new-year-and-disney-california-adventure-food-wine-festival/ As we have been covering for a few weeks now, Jessica Rabbit is taking over Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. Last week, Jessica Rabbit, dressed in her best detective outfit, made her appearance in the attraction. A new figure was placed next to the car trunk that she used to be inside of, then where she held the sledgehammer, she has been changed over to the new look, and finally, her silhouette has been updated in the queue to reflect the new look. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/12/11/photos-new-detective-jessica-rabbit-animatronic-debuts-at-disneyland/ and https://www.micechat.com/309922-roger-rabbit-cover-up-at-disneyland-jessicas-new-starring-role/ The Disability Access Service, better known as “DAS” has been improved! Starting with visits on December 20th, guests who utilize the service can pre-register for the service virtually with a Cast Member. To do this, guests use a live video chat feature as early as 30 days prior to their visit, but no less than 2 days before arrival. Guests can then book up to two one-hour return windows for select experiences, per day in advance. In the future, Disney says that guests enrolled in the system will be able to same-day self-select an attraction, without having to visit with guest relations. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/12/07/guests-can-now-virtually-pre-register-for-disneylands-disability-access-service/ It was great to be able to ride it's a small world on it's first day of operation for the holiday season, but it took a lot of work to get it open! The Disney Parks Blog documented the process. The underground maintenance room of the attraction, known as “the pit” flooded on November 10th, while refilling was underway. Almost all of the ride control machinery is in the pit, and was submerged in at least 7 feet of water. Twenty different teams sprung into action to get the attraction working again. They set a timeline of 4 weeks to get it operational again. More than 200,000 gallons of water needed to be pumped out of the pit before teams could even begin to determine the damage. Teams worked to determine what could be cleaned and salvaged, and what needed to be replaced. Many of the spare parts which they could use were stored in the same pit. The team reached out to small world attractions around the world to get the needed parts. They met the goal of under 4 weeks and reopened the attraction on December 6th. The timeline was expected to be several months under normal conditions. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/how-disneyland-resort-cast-rallied-to-open-its-a-small-world-holiday/ We saw first hand how the launch of the Genie system in Disneyland went last week. The first hour or so worked well as we were able to buy our Genie+ service, and make a couple of Lightning Lane reservations for Guardians and Midway Mania. We were even able to mobile order some food and have a lot of PhotoPass photos taken. About an hour into the day, the entire system went mostly unresponsive. The free Genie service to plan the day only displayed an error, and reservations for Lightning Lane attractions could not be made. Even the Lightning Lane+ pay-per-attraction options were not available. However, around 5pm, the system seemed to come back online and continued to work for us perfectly until the end of the night. Even the couple hours the next morning, the free portion of the service seemed to be working well. – https://www.micechat.com/309918-disneyland-update-genie-fail-entertainment-holiday/ If, like us, you were in the parks on December 10th for the launch of Genie+, and you used the service, you may have received an email from Disneyland. The email states that they are “working to provide recovery” for the launch. Not exactly sure what that means at this time, but it is possible that Disney will either refund guests, or provide some other perk for the inconvenience. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/12/13/select-disneyland-genie-users-to-be-provided-recovery/ A new Star Wars photo opportunity has come to Downtown Disney. Next to the Star Wars Trading Post, there are two new displays for The Book of Boba Fett, the new Disney+ show coming later this month. The first is a throne that Boba can be seen sitting on in the trailer for the new show. The second is a sand crawler, which fans will know from the original movies and the Mandalorian. – https://www.micechat.com/309918-disneyland-update-genie-fail-entertainment-holiday/ A strange construction project that drew a lot of attention has finally been completed. The right side of the walkway to ToonTown has finally come out from behind construction walls and has been revealed to be an ADA access ramp. Theories had been talked about like a new Lightning Lane queue, or other odd options, but this is just an ADA ramp for people needing the less bumpy path and slighly less grade going to ToonTown. – https://www.micechat.com/309918-disneyland-update-genie-fail-entertainment-holiday/ It is going to be easier to spot former Disneyland, and other Disney Parks Ambassadors in the future. New gold Disney Ambassador Alumni name tags have been created that take their inspiration from Walt Disney's Disneyland employee #1 badge. The new name tags were presented to the current alumni at a recent alumni gathering. So, next time you are in the parks, be on the lookout for a gold name tag to see if you are in the presence of a former Disneyland Ambassador. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/new-alumni-name-tag-for-disney-ambassadors/ It has been a little while since guest's paper parks have been able to grow – until now. A new Disney Paper Parks: Holiday Edition has been posted on the Disney Parks Blog. The Paper Parks are designed by Imagineers for all to enjoy. The holiday version is 12 ornaments, for the 12 days of Christmas, featuring different parks around the world. Starting in Disneyland and moving through all the parks around the world, this is a set not to be missed! To download the Paper Parks, visit the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/disney-parks-blog-presents-disney-paper-parks-holiday-edition-designed-by-walt-disney-imagineering-part-4/ We have spoken before about the great relationship that Disney has with the Make a Wish Foundation. Last week, Disneyland hosted a Galaxy of Wishes fundraising event in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The money raised from this event will help the Make a Wish Foundation be able to grant more wishes for children with critical illnesses. Disneyland was part of the first wish back in 1980. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/galaxy-of-wishes-disneyland-resort-and-make-a-wish-join-forces-to-create-more-magic/ We wanted to have the final update on the Cast Member union negotiations and voting that took place a couple of weeks ago. The Cast Members voted to accept the current contract, which will offer $1 per hour retroactive to June 16, 2021, $1 per hour starting June 16, 2022, but being pulled forward to November 17th, 2021, and a final $1 per hour on June 16, 2023. Cast members who were hired on or before June 16, 2001 will get $2000 for fulltime and $1000 for part time, one time payments. Cast members hired between June 17th, 2001 and June 16, 2011 will receive $1000 for full time and $500 for part time, one time payments. For the full list, visit the link in our show notes. – https://www.micechat.com/306249-disneyland-contract-troubles-leave-cast-concerned/ Discussion Topic: Tage and Teresa in Disneyland

    DLW 213: A Surprise Trip to the Disneyland Resort

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 36:08

    This week, Tage and Teresa visit the Merriest Place on Earth, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Disneyland After Dark Nights – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/disneyland-after-dark-is-back-with-more-nites-of-fan-favorites-for-the-winter-and-spring-2022-events/ it's a small world reopens – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/12/how-disneyland-resort-cast-rallied-to-open-its-a-small-world-holiday/

    DLW 212: Social Clubs with Stephanie

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 101:35

    This week, TWO holiday traditions are returning to the parks this year, the hotels are decked out with decorations and entertainment for the holidays, new Avengers on deck, less Magic Keys to choose from, we talk to Stephanie about social clubs in the parks, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: A holiday tradition is returning to the parks next week! The famous Disneyland Resort candy canes will be on sale again at the Candy Palace And Candy Kitchen on Main Street December 7th, 9th, 15th, 21st, and 23rd. Over at Disney California Adventure, they will be on sale December 8th, 14th, 16th, and 22nd at Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street. A mobile waitlist system will be in place to get one of these confections, and there is a limit of 1 per guest, with no discounts accepted. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/foodie-guide-to-holiday-candy-at-disneyland-resort/ The Candlelight Processional will again take place at Disneyland, after not being opened last year. There are two nights, with four total performances on December 4th and 5th at 5:30pm and 7:45pm. If you are not a member of the media, a Club 33 member, or an invited guest, your best bet to see the performance will be for the second performance each night as the limited seating area is cleared in-between performances. – https://www.micechat.com/308957-disneyland-update-candy-canes-candlelight-holiday-surprise/ The hotels of the Disneyland Resort have finished their holiday transformations this year. Some of the things that guests can experience include an under the sea themed Christmas tree at the Paradise Pier Hotel, a vintage-inspired mural at the Disneyland Hotel, and, of course the massive tree, with ornaments inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement of California at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. In addition, the gingerbread house at the Grand Californian is a site to behold, with treats for sale nearby. Santa Claus will be at each of the hotels from November 25th through December 24th, with handbell carolers at the Grand Californian now through January 9th, and holiday carolers strolling between the Disneyland Hotel and the Paradise Pier Hotel December 15th through the 25th. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/the-holidays-are-magical-at-the-hotels-of-the-disneyland-resort/ We talked about it's a small world's problems that came from flooding of the attraction just prior to it reopening for the holiday season. No official updates, but MiceChat reports that people are working around the clock to get the attraction open as soon as possible. The Disneyland calendar continues to push the “refurbishment” listed out one day at a time, hoping for a miracle. Our sources indicate that a miracle is what it will take to get it opened before the end of the holiday season. – https://www.micechat.com/308957-disneyland-update-candy-canes-candlelight-holiday-surprise/ Avengers Campus has been terrific in how often different Avengers and other Marvel characters cycle into and out of the new land. This time, Hawkeye and Kate Bishop from the new Disney+ series Hawkeye will be battling the Tracksuit Mafia, then taking part in meet and greets with guests. The battle will take place on select days on the rooftop of Avengers Headquarters. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/11/24/catch-hawkeye-defending-avengers-campus-in-disney-california-adventure/ Splash Mountain is going down for refurbishment starting on January 10th. Some online think that this will begin the changeover to The Princess and the Frog theme that is coming sometime in the future. Since there has not been any word from Disney on this, we are going to assume that this is the annual maintenance for the attraction, just like Grizzly River Run each winter at the resort. If anything changes, or gets announced, we will let you know! – https://www.micechat.com/262305-breaking-news-splash-mountain-to-become-princess-and-the-frog-themed/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/11/30/news-2-popular-rides-will-temporarily-close-soon-in-disneyland/ For guests wanting to upgrade to a Magic Key, the options are getting less and less. Last week, we reported on the Dream Key being sold out, and now the Believe Key has also sold out. The only keys left are the Enchant Key, and the SoCal only Imagine Key. This follows Annual Pass sales being suspended in Walt Disney World to help control the level of crowds in the parks. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/11/24/news-another-disneyland-resort-magic-key-pass-has-sold-out/ Amazon and Disney have partnered together to offer Alexa services to hotel guests in Disney World and next year at Disneyland. Current Amazon smart device owners can ask their devices to “launch Avengers Campus recruitment” to be taken on an interactive audio tour of Avengers Campus. It is a fun addition to the smart device and can be used to get your family excited for the next trip! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/11/28/take-a-tour-of-disneys-avengers-campus-from-home-with-amazon-alexa/ The union negotiations and another vote is on the horizon for the cast members at Disneyland. Since cast members at DCA have already voted to approve the contract, only Disneyland Park cast members are holding another vote to decide of they will strike or not. They need a 75% vote to strike, and only 60% voted down the contract, so there is still a ways to go. The vote takes place on December 3rd to decide to accept the contract, or to strike. MiceChat recommends travel insurance if you are going to Disneyland in December or January, as a strike would likely shutdown the resort. – https://www.micechat.com/308957-disneyland-update-candy-canes-candlelight-holiday-surprise/ Discussion Topic: Stephanie F – Social Clubs at Disneyland SoCal Funseekers – Disney Movie Meets and other events https://www.facebook.com/groups/899875317467577 Disneyana Fan Club https://disneyanafanclub.weebly.com/ Disneyland Alumni Club https://www.disneylandalumni.org/ MiceChat.com https://www.micechat.com/

    DLW 211: MagicBands are Coming!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 89:17

    This week, a lot of news from the Destination D event last weekend in Florida, changes coming to Downtown Disney, the new dining location has opened near Harbor Galley, we finish our talk with author and former cast member Bruce, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Olaf has worked his magic, because something is coming to Disneyland that was never expected to: MagicBands! Not just any MagicBands, the new MagicBand +. The new MagicBand+ will offer “glow with the show” type color changing lights, haptic vibrations, and gesture recognition. The new version will allow guests to interact with things in the park, making it a more immersive experience. The previous features of the MagicBands like theme park tickets, room keys, and purchases will also still be available. MagicBand+ is expected to debut in Disneyland in 2022, after Walt Disney World. – https://d23.com/just-announced-disney-parks-shares-new-details-on-guardians-of-the-galaxy-cosmic-rewind-the-30th-anniversary-of-disneyland-paris-and-more/ and https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/09/just-announced-magicband-will-debut-in-2022-at-walt-disney-world-resort-as-part-of-50th-anniversary-celebration/ The cancelling of the new hotel on the west side of Downtown Disney a few years ago left everyone wondering what was going to happen to the space that is now empty, like the old AMC theater location. At the Destination D event this weekend, we got a glimpse into what is planned. The old AMC theater building will be demolished, and a new green space with room for guests to lounge and relax will be in it's place. The area will also have a stage for performances. This means that the current Starbucks, Earl of Sandwich, and Sugarboo & Co. will again be forced to close for a second time. The concept art does show a building to the east of the area that may offer a place for these establishments in the future, but no announcements have been made. – https://d23.com/just-announced-disney-parks-shares-new-details-on-guardians-of-the-galaxy-cosmic-rewind-the-30th-anniversary-of-disneyland-paris-and-more/ It has been a while since we have heard anything about the new Disney Vacation Club tower coming to the Disneyland Hotel in the future. Work has been progressing on the site recently, and Disney showed off some more concept art from the project, including what the rooms will look like. The new room design will take inspiration from the “sketching style of Walt Disney himself.” The new tower will feature 350 guest rooms and should open in 2023. – https://d23.com/just-announced-disney-parks-shares-new-details-on-guardians-of-the-galaxy-cosmic-rewind-the-30th-anniversary-of-disneyland-paris-and-more/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/11/20/photos-take-a-look-inside-the-new-dvc-tower-coming-to-disneyland-hotel/ The new dinign area for Harbor Galley opened last week, sooner than expected. Pelican's Landing is the name and theme of this new seating area along the Rivers of America between Harbor Galley across from the Haunted Mansion, and the rafts to Tom Sawyer Island. The area has a lot of nautical details and adds a lot of seating in this area of the park. Some informational signs are also on display, giving some information about the Mark Twain, Sailing Ship Columbia, and some of the local plants and nautical equipment. – https://www.micechat.com/308538-dateline-disneyland-redevelopments-major-changes-possible-strike/ The day has finally come! Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is testing standby only, with no boarding group required. This is testing our theory that the attraction is in so much demand because of the queue system. We will see this week what the wait times are with just standby. The removal of the virtual queue is also a first step in heading towards Genie+ and Lightning Lane coming to Disneyland in the future. – https://www.micechat.com/308538-dateline-disneyland-redevelopments-major-changes-possible-strike/ With all of the holiday fun going on inside the parks, Downtown Disney has joined in on the fun as well. The Disney Ultimate Toy Drive, which supports Toys for Tots is available, in addition to lots of treats, drinks, food, and merchandise offerings. Of course there is also entertainment! Holiday Harmony, The Moonrays, and The Sugarplums a capella carolers will perform in the evenings Fridays through Sundays November 26th through December 26th. Main stage bands will also perform near the Downtown Disney District main stage. Of course the Star Wars: Tales fro the Galaxy's Edge will also entertain guests. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/enjoy-the-splendor-of-the-season-at-downtown-disney-district-at-the-disneyland-resort/ An interesting take on gift cards is coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World soon. The Holiday Pin Series features a gift card, along with a character pin as an added bonus. The gift cards with pins must be activated at $100, with the limited edition pin included at no additional cost. There are 4 sets, with Stitch, Mickey Mouse, Grogu, and Olaf. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/11/first-look-new-100-holiday-gift-cards-with-pins-coming-to-walt-disney-world-and-disneyland-resort/ One of Teresa's favorite details that was added outside of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout has been having some issues recently. The “space goo” that is scattered around the area has started to shrink in some areas, causing the area to be uneven. Some of the goo has even come undone from the walkway, leaving holes. No word on if Disney is going to repair, replace, or just remove this theme detail. – https://www.micechat.com/308538-dateline-disneyland-redevelopments-major-changes-possible-strike/ The vote on the cast member union agreement did not go as smooth as it should have. Some voting irregularities came up, such as cast members getting the wrong park ballot, observers being kicked out before counting was complete, and rejected ballots. We are waiting for what the next step will be, and will pass that information along to you once we know something. – https://www.micechat.com/306249-disneyland-contract-troubles-leave-cast-concerned/ Discussion Topic: Author and Former Cast Member Bruce Edwards – Main Street Magic Shop Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09J7HJ851 Barnes and Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nothing-up-my-sleeve-but-pixie-dust-bruce-edwards/1140355973 Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/shop/bruceedwardsbooks

    DLW 210: Former Main Street Magic Shop Cast Member Bruce Edwards

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 100:44

    This week, Mickey's ToonTown to get a massive overhaul, Holiday time has arrived at the resort, Merriest Nites information, the holidays were flooded out, a pricey set of ears, we talk to author and former Cast Member Bruce, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Some major changes are coming to Mickey's ToonTown in 2023 with the opening of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. Josh D'Amaro announced at the IAAPA theme park expo in Orlando that the land would close in March of 2022 to make the changes. The only confirmed information is that there will be a reimagining of the entrance to the land, adding a couple of green spaces for parents and children to relax and play together. The current ToonTown park will expand into CenTOONial Park. It appears that the Jolly Trolley and tracks will be removed and replaced with a new fountain. The concept art also seems to show changes to Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin, and possibly even another entrance to Galaxy's Edge. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/mickeys-toontown-at-disneyland-park-to-be-reimagined-with-new-experiences-and-more-play-and-interactivity-for-young-families-in-2023/ and https://www.micechat.com/307775-disneylands-toontown-closing-in-2022-for-enhancements/ The holidays at the Disneyland Resort kicked off this past Friday. Along with some new offerings, this also marked the return of parades at Disneyland with the Christmas Fantasy Parade. Characters are dressed in their holiday best, decorations all over the parks, the return of Believe… In Holiday Magic Fireworks, and more. Over at Disney California Adventure, the Festival of the Holidays has returned, Disney Viva Navidad along with it, and so much more. For the complete list of offerings, visit the link in the show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/its-the-most-magical-time-of-the-year-holidays-are-back-at-the-disneyland-resort-now-through-jan-9-2022/ Last week was the first of the Merriest Nites Holiday Party at Disneyland. The Disney Food Blog was there and wrote up their experience. Main Street had the Victorian Era party, with some characters dressed as Scrooge and ghost Marley from A Christmas Carol, the Muppets were caroling from the Omnibus as it drive up and down Main Street as well. New Orleans Square had a bayou-inspired celebration, Miguel was hosting a fiesta in Frontierland, Lilo and Stitch were having a tropical celebration in Adventureland, Elsa hosted a winter party in Fantasyland, and finally, Buzz Lightyear hosted an electronic party in Tomorrowland. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/11/12/caroling-muppets-and-ghost-goofy-all-the-entertainment-we-spotted-at-disneylands-holiday-party/ Of course with the Merriest Nites celebration, there was some new merchandise exclusive to the event. This year, they put the merchandise behind a mobile wait list system. Once guests entered the mobile waitlist, they were notified when it was their turn to go to Star Wars Launch Bay to look at the items on sale. The items included a Tumbler for $34.99, a Pin for $17.99, a Magnet for $14.99, an Ornament for $19.99, and an iPhone Case for $34.99. The artwork includes all six character “hosts” from the event, as well as Mickey and Minnie in holiday caroling outfits. There were also two Merriest Nites tees. A red version with the hosts and the castle, and a white version with Mickey and Minnie in their caroling outfits. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/11/12/all-the-exclusive-merriest-nites-merchandise-at-disneyland/ One of the flagship items for the first of the Merriest Nites events didn't go as planned. it's a small world was planned to debut the holiday overlay version, but was unable to open because of flooding. The transformation to the holiday version was complete and the refilling of the flume was underway when there was a small flood, which resulted in shorting out some electrical equipment. Until that equipment can be replaced or repaired, it's a small world will remain closed. – https://www.micechat.com/307360-disneyland-news-small-world-holiday-delayed/ and https://www.micechat.com/307512-disneyland-update-the-down-low-on-the-ho-ho-ho/ The new Disney movie Encanto doesn't come out for over a week, but guests can already meet the main character in the parks. Mirabel can be seen as part of the Viva Navidad celebration in the Paradise Garden area of Disney California Adventure. The movie Encanto comes to theaters on November 24th. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/11/photos-video-mirabel-from-disneys-encanto-now-greeting-guests-at-disney-california-adventure/ Weeklyteers have been raving about a new dessert available at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square. The Hot Cocoa Creme Brulee comes will a side of sugar cookies, and is a must try for chocolate lovers. The Disney Food Blog describes the dessert as a mix between pudding and custard, with a layer of toasted sugar on top, topped with homemade whipped cream and marshmallows. This dessert is available through the holiday season for $10. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/11/review-hot-cocoa-creme-brulee-is-an-amazing-dessert-at-cafe-orleans-in-disneyland/ Oogie Boogie has moved out of the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa's lobby for this year, and in his place is a large gingerbread house for the holidays. The gingerbread house will look like the hotel itself. The snack cart is still next to the display, selling sweets and some beverages. – https://www.micechat.com/307512-disneyland-update-the-down-low-on-the-ho-ho-ho/ Friday, November 12th was Disney+ Day around the entire Walt Disney Company. The celebration lasted through the weekend at the parks, with a blue carpet greeting for guests at Disneyland on Friday. All of the park icons were lit up in “Disney+ Blue” for the occassion. Special photo opportunities were around the parks as well. On Disney+ itself, a lot of new shows and movies debuted, along with announcements of future shows like Agatha: House of Harkness, Marvel Zombies, and Echo. For all the new Marvel stuff coming to the service, be sure to watch the preview on Disney+ or on YouTube. We will have the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/disney-castles-icons-glow-disney-blue-as-disney-rolls-out-blue-carpet-for-disney-plus-day/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/11/photos-colorful-murals-highlighting-streaming-movies-series-come-to-downtown-disney-district-for-disney/ With the replacement of the Photo Supply store at the end of Main Street and transforming it into the Plaza Holiday Shoppe, it left us wondering what is happening to Kingswell Camera Shop on Buena Vista Street. It has been transformed into Kingswell Shop, dropping the camera name, and expanding the retail space to make it a little more open for guests to move around and for more merchandise to be on display. – https://www.micechat.com/307512-disneyland-update-the-down-low-on-the-ho-ho-ho/ The Fantasyland Theater sign that was behind scrims for the last couple of weeks has been completed. Nothing new to report except for a completely refreshed sign. Hopefully this means that some entertainment will be returning to this location soon. – https://www.micechat.com/307512-disneyland-update-the-down-low-on-the-ho-ho-ho/ The Wookie celebration from Star Wars known as Life Day has come to Batuu again. This year, there are a few special food options to enjoy from a galaxy far, far away. There is a potato hand pie and black sesame macaron at Kat Saka's kettle, a pork belly slider and a new Tarkenian Night Flower drink at Oga's, and pork broth noodles at Docking Bay 7. No word on how long these dishes will stick around, so get them while you can! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/11/12/did-a-fake-holiday-bring-the-best-food-ever-to-this-disney-restaurant/ Some of the most expensive Minnie ears have gone on sale. Designer Vera Wang's take on the designer collection ears are on sale now at the resort and on shopDisney. Guests should get ready to open their wallets wide with this pair that is priced at $600. The Disney Parks Blog describes them as “Designed with elevated fabrics such as black velvet ears and organza, the headband is topped off with a large white silk bow, true to Wang's classic style. Pronged crystals are hand-sewn on the front and back with exquisite, intricate beading, and it comes with a detachable fingertip length veil and comb.” – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/disney-parks-designer-collection-ear-headband-by-vera-wang-to-arrive-monday-at-disney-parks-and-shopdisney/ Disney has come to an agreement with the Master Services Council, who represents cast members at the resort on updated pay and benefits. Disney stated that the agreement included “healthcare coverage options as low as $7 a week for full-time cast members as well as providing eligible hourly cast with access to childcare support and Disney Aspire, an educational program offering free tuition.” Voting on this takes place on Wednesday, November 17th. – https://www.micechat.com/306249-disneyland-contract-troubles-leave-cast-concerned/ Discussion Topic: Author and Former Cast Member Bruce Edwards – Main Street Magic Shop Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09J7HJ851 Barnes and Noble - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nothing-up-my-sleeve-but-pixie-dust-bruce-edwards/1140355973 Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/shop/bruceedwardsbooks

    DLW 209: Halloween Disney Cruise with Kate and Jude Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 84:01

    This week, there is so much holiday news, from food, to merchandise, to decorations, we talk about it all, some tiki mugs are available, changes in Avengers Campus, Disney+ at the resort in a big way, we finish our cruise talk with Kate and Jude, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Holidays at the Disneyland Resort start this Friday, November 12th, but the parks are already showing their holiday spirit. Sleeping Beauty Castle is decked out with snow and garland, joining Main Street, Toon Town, New Orleans Square, and pretty much everywhere else in the parks. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have installed their massive Christmas Trees in Town Square at Disneyland and on Buena Vista Street in DCA. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/11/photos-christmas-tree-installed-at-disney-california-adventure/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/11/photos-sleeping-beauty-castle-main-street-u-s-a-and-mickeys-toontown-decked-in-holiday-decorations-at-disneyland-park/ The Foodie Guide for the Holidays at Disneyland has finally made it online this week. The items on the list will be available November 12th through January 9th. Some of the highlights for us include the Cookie Butter Creme Brulee with cookie crumbles and chocolate brownie, a large assortment of churros, a peppermint holiday sundae, the seafood boil for two, and more! For all the food and locations, check out the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/foodie-guide-to-holidays-at-disneyland-resort-the-merriest-place-on-earth/ What is better than one Foodie Guide this week? TWO Foodie Guides! The Festival of the Holidays guide was also posted this week. With nine booths and other special food offerings at regular locations like the churro carts, and the Paradise Garden Grill, there is something for everyone. For the full guide to plan your visit, check out the link in the show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/foodie-guide-to-disney-festival-of-holidays-at-disney-california-adventure-park/ As of a few days ago, the first booths for the Festival of the Holidays begun to appear at Disney California Adventure. The Festival will take place throughout the holiday season at the resort. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/11/photos-first-2021-festival-of-holidays-booths-installed-at-disney-california-adventure/ With the return of the Festival of the Holidays, there is so much to taste and drink that it can be hard to choose what to do. The Sip and Savor Pass has returned to help. Each pass includes 8 food or beverage items. Pricing has not been announced as of recording, but has been $54 in the past. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/11/07/the-easiest-way-to-enjoy-disneylands-festival-of-holidays-is-returning/ More things are starting to return to normal as time goes on at the resort. With the return of the Holiday season, the Christmas Fantasy Parade Dining Package has returned. The package will cost $45 per adult and $25 per child, and will return to the Plaza Inn, with several food options and a prime location for the parade. Magic Key discounts are available. Reservations can be made online. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/11/03/one-of-the-best-ways-to-see-disneylands-holiday-parade-is-back/ and https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disneyland/plaza-inn-dining-package/ A holiday cocktail will be available at Trader Sam's, which will be made with spiced liquor, coffee liquor, lime juice, pineapple juice, and coconut cream. The beverage comes in a nutcracker tiki mug that was last at the parks in 2019. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/11/03/the-nutcracker-tiki-mug-is-coming-back-to-trader-sams-at-disneyland-resort/ Disney has once again partnered with Toys for Tots to collect toys for children in need for the holiday season. Disney started with a donation of half a million dollars to the organization, and is offering guests to join in on the giving. From now through December 14th, toys can be donated through shopDisney.com or dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at Downtown Disney locations. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/disney-kicks-off-the-giving-season-with-the-disney-ultimate-toy-drive-and-a-heartfelt-animated-spot/ Last week WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure went completely to standby, without the need to get a boarding group. Since this change went into effect, the wait times have been as low as 20 minutes to as much as 2 hours, with the average wait time around 40 minutes. Disney does have posted that they may require a boarding group on some days, but as of now has gone completely standby. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/11/breaking-web-slingers-a-spider-man-adventure-in-avengers-campus-moving-to-standard-standby-queue-system-starting-tomorrow/ The newest Marvel film, The Eternals, has come to the Sunset Showcase Theater, as well as the characters making appearances in Avengers Campus. In the Sunset Showcase Theater, an extended preview of the movie, along with some of the costumes are on display. Sersi, Kingo, and Photos are visiting the ancient sanctum at Avengers Campus and interacting with guests. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/celebrate-eternals-super-heroes-centuries-in-the-making-in-theaters-and-at-disney-parks/ Since the Void VR experience left Downtown Disney, there hasn't been an experience like it, until now. ILMxLAB and Meta Quest are previewing a new VR experience next to the Star Wars Trading Post in Downtown Disney. From November 12th though January 5th, guests can take part in a special preview of the Quest 2 Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge video game, plus the new expansion. The experience is free, and offered daily from noon to 8pm. Reservations can be made on site with a Meta Quest staff member. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/ilmxlab-and-meta-quest-to-preview-special-vr-experience-star-wars-tales-from-the-galaxys-edge-in-downtown-disney-district-for-a-limited-time-at-disneyland-resort/ November 12th is a big day for Disney+ subscribers visiting Disney Parks and shopping on shopDisney. Ticket holders who are also Disney+ subscribers will have the “blue carpet” rolled out for them on this Disney+ Day. All U.S. Parks will allow guests to enter 30 minutes early, with a real blue carpet and special photo opportunities, with complimentary PhotoPass. On shopDisney, Disney+ subscribers will have free shipping on November 12th through the 14th, with new customizable items also available. For those of you who are not subscribed to Disney+, there is a special offer for $1.99 for the first month. For all he details, visit the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/11/disney-rolls-out-the-blue-carpet-in-celebration-of-disney-plus-day/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/11/disney-subscribers-get-early-theme-park-entry-special-character-appearances-and-photo-ops-at-walt-disney-world-disneyland-resort-on-november-12/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOJ1cw6mohw Star Wars fans who wanted to get their hands on a Porg or Battle of Endor Tiki Mug from Oga's Cantina, now have another way to get one! The mugs can now be purchased on shopDisney.com for $29.99. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/11/shop-porg-and-battle-of-endor-tiki-mug-from-ogas-cantina-now-available-on-shopdisney/ Discussion Topic: Kate and Jude – Disney Cruise

    DLW 208: Halloween Disney Cruise with Kate and Jude

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 94:24

    This week, the Holiday season is moving into the resort, a new free souvenir is available through mobile order at Avengers Campus, Disney Merriest Nites tips, along with some of the food available, we talk to Kate and Jude about their Halloween Cruise, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Now through November 6th, guest visiting Pym Test Kitchen and order through the mobile ordering system will get a special bonus. A Pym Test Kitchen button featuring the Impossible Spoonful and promoting mobile ordering will be given to guests free with a mobile order. The button is limited to one per entree, while supplies last. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/10/30/visiting-disneyland-soon-dont-miss-out-on-a-free-souvenir/ With Halloween behind us. the Disneyland Resort can move into full Holiday Season. This, of course, includes merchandise. There is a TON of items that have hit the shelves around the resort. Some notable items include a matching Spirit Jersey and Hat, a Wishables 12-day countdown calendar, which has 12 different exclusive Wishables to complete the set, some Chanukah themed items, and more. More and more holiday themed offerings should be showing up around the resort over the next few weeks. – https://www.micechat.com/306119-first-look-a-flurry-of-holiday-merchandise-hits-disneyland/ Disneyland Resort hours for the holiday season through December 13th have been posted on disneyland.com. Disneyland will open at 8am daily now through December 13th, with the park closing at midnight November 17th through 29th and most of December 1-13th. The park will close at 7pm on Disney Merriest Nites nights, which are November 30th, December 7th, and December 9th. It will also close at 10pm on December 2nd. Disney California Adventure will be open from 8am to 10pm November 17th through December 13th, with closing early at 8pm on December 8th. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/10/hours-now-available-for-disneyland-resort-theme-parks-through-december-13/ The Disney Parks Blog posted some tips for ticket holders for this years Disney Merriest Nites at Disneyland. Some of the tips are pretty standard like arriving early to get more time in Disneyland, talk of the merchandise to buy, and getting PhotoPass photos. The other tips covered what the six themed holiday parties were, and what they included, listed some of the food offerings for the event, and what attractions would be open. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/attending-disney-merriest-nites-at-disneyland-park-six-tips-for-ticket-holders-to-have-a-merry-good-time/ The Disney Food Blog has a list of some of the items coming to the Merriest Nites at Disneyland. Throughout the six different parties, there are more than 20 snacks, treats, and drinks. From the Andouille Sausage Po' Boy at French Market, to the Sippin Chocolate with Dipping Waffle at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, there is something for everyone attending. Guests will get to try these fun treats starting November 11th, when the first party will commence. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/10/27/first-look-at-the-food-and-drinks-coming-to-merriest-nites-at-disneyland-resort/ We have talked a lot about the procedures for in-show exits for guests from some of our favorite attractions. This week, Pirates of the Caribbean broke down and could not be restarted after 90 minutes. Riders were evacuated by Disneyland cast members, as well as members of the Disneyland Fire Department. To see some pictures, and an account of the ordeal, check out the link to the Orange County Register article in our show notes. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/11/01/disneyland-employees-wade-into-pirates-of-the-caribbean-waters-to-evacuate-stranded-riders/ Union Cast Member negotiations with Disney have not been going perfectly. The Unions that represent Disneyland Cast Members have been fighting for higher increases in hourly pay, along with more recognition for the long term cast members. Disneyland responded with a proposal to increase the non-tipped minimum wage to $17 an hour, beginning as early as December 15th, and $18 an hour beginning June 16, 2023. This could affect approximately 10,000 cast members at the resort. – https://www.micechat.com/306249-disneyland-contract-troubles-leave-cast-concerned/ and https://www.micechat.com/306267-disneyland-update-spooky-time-ends-christmas-moves-in/ Discussion Topic: Kate and Jude – Disney Cruise at Halloween

    DLW 207: Trip Planning with ConciEAR Lyndsey

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 131:29

    This week, day guests will be paying more for a day of magic at Disneyland, a Magic Key has “sold out,” trams are coming back, the holidays are spreading throughout the resort, some construction updates, we talk to Lyndsey about park planning, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Well, it happened again. The prices to enter Disneyland have increased. The only ticket that has not gone up was the 1 Day, 1 Park tier 1 ticket, which remains at $104. All the other tickets have gone up $5 for the 1 day, 1 park tier 2 ticket to $25 for the park hopper tickets. Parking has also increased from $25 to $30 for theme park standard parking and $15 increases for hotel self park, oversized, and valet parking. Also of note, the Dream Key, which is the highest level Magic Key has also halted sales for now. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/10/25/disneyland-raises-ticket-prices-for-most-types-of-admission/and https://www.micechat.com/305977-disneyland-ticket-price-increase-2021/ Early 2022. That is when Disneyland says that the trams from Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures are returning. Disneyland has said that they will begin to conduct maintenance on the trams as well as rehire and train staff for the trams in the next few months. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/10/25/disneyland-parking-trams-returning-in-early-2022/ The Disney Parks TikTok account teased the return of an old favorite likely coming back to Disneyland sometime in the future. The Main Street Electrical Parade has been taken out, once again, from storage and looks to be making a return. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/10/confirmed-the-main-street-electrical-parade-is-returning-to-disneyland-resort/ In just a couple of weeks the Holiday season will arrive at the resort, and along with it, the Christmas Fantasy Parade. There was some concern that the parade would be preformed for Christmas Party guests only, but that is not the case. The parade will run daily at 3:00 and 5:30 beginning on November 12th. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/10/showtimes-announced-for-a-christmas-fantasy-parade-at-disneyland-park/ The Plaza Point Holiday Shoppe on Main Street has opened to guests. The new shop, which took the place of the Kodak Photo Supply store at the end of Main Street, by the Plaza Inn, opened last week. The new store will feature different holiday merchandise throughout the year including Halloween, Easter, Lunar New Year, and more. A unique service at this location is the ornament personalization, where cast members can hand paint the ornaments. There is a backtory of the proprietor of the shop as well. It is based on the real mother of Disneyland Resort Enhancement Manaher Dawn Pipal-Keehne. Evelyn Toro is the character, and she traveled around the world to collect the different holiday items. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/10/21/shop-for-the-holidays-all-year-at-disneylands-new-store/and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/10/22/photos-come-with-us-inside-the-new-year-round-holiday-store-in-disneyland/ and https://www.ocregister.com/2021/10/21/disneyland-places-woman-of-color-at-center-of-new-holiday-shops-backstory/ Halloween is just a few days away from when we are recording this episode, so there still might be time to make some Disney Halloween magic at your house. The Disney Parks Blog has posted some templates to carve some pumpkins with step-by-step instructions, make a Madame Leota crystal ball, learn to draw the Haunted Mansion, and more. Head on over to the link in our show notes for all the spooky details and templates! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/hauntingly-good-diys-to-add-a-dose-of-disney-parks-magic-to-your-halloween/ A new experience has come to the Lego store in Downtown Disney. Guests can now build their own custom Lego minifigures. To participate in the experience, guests must make an appointment, then use screens to customize the figure by choosing features such as head, pants, and torso details. Once the design is complete, it will be 3D printed on site. The experience is $12 and can be booked at the link in our show notes. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/10/photos-new-custom-lego-minifigure-factory-opens-at-downtown-disney-district/ and https://storebooking.lego.com/ The holidays are already starting to show up in the parks with Halloween still a few days away. The snow has started to fall on Sleeping Beauty Castle as of the end of last week, lights have started appearing in the trees around the resort, World of Disney has hung some garland and lights, as well as installed some holiday decorations for the displays. – https://www.micechat.com/305746-big-disneyland-news-trams-prices-construction/ Some construction updates from around the resort include the work coming to a close on Big Thunder, which is expected to return on November 4th. Pelican's Landing, which is the new seating area for the Harbor Galley by the Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain is slowly moving along. The ToonTown walkway is still moving towards completion with the new brickwork. The Fantasyland Theater's entrance marquee is being refurbished, and work continues on the steelwork needed for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway facade that will hold the moutains of ToonTown once the new attraction opens. – https://www.micechat.com/305746-big-disneyland-news-trams-prices-construction/ Fans of the Muppet Haunted Mansion special on Disney+ may want to check out one of the folks Instagram page that brought the show to life. Jasper Anderson has worked for Jim Henson's Creature Shop for the last several years, and worked on bringing the Muppets to the Haunted Mansion. Jasper shares some behind the scenes looks about how it came together. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/10/horror-effects-sculptor-jasper-j-anderson-gives-behind-the-scenes-look-at-muppets-haunted-mansion/ With some of the negative press that Disney has been getting recently from the reservation system, to rising ticket prices, to sold out Magic Keys, to moving Imagineering to Florida, and more, some former Imagineers have been passing around a petition to fire Disney CEO Bob Chapek. As of the time of this recording, the petition had _____ signatures. A reminder to our listeners that a petition is not enough to actually fire Chapek, but it does show how unhappy people are with his performance. For those interested, the link to the petition is in the show notes. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/10/retired-imagineers-passing-around-petition-to-fire-disney-ceo-bob-chapek/ and https://www.change.org/p/the-walt-disney-company-fire-disney-ceo-bob-chapek-5feb6077-21d0-41aa-9eaf-9959501b210e?redirect=false The Disney Conservation Fund, which is committed to saving wildlife and building a global community to protect nature, awarded grats to projects and celebrated some cast members last week. 60 non-profit organizations received the grants. A few of the cast members that have offered their time and talents to support the fund were highlighted on the Disney Parks Blog post. To hear about their experiences and to learn more about the fund and the recipients, check out the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/disney-conservation-fund-awards-grants-to-global-conservation-projects-and-celebrates-cast-members-who-help-make-it-possible/ Discussion: Lyndsey – Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/boymom_at_disneyland Guides – https://www.boymomsunite.com/disneyland

    DLW 206: Former Pastry Cook Jessica

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 114:31

    This week, Magic Key Holders have some magic mail coming their way, some Candlelight Processional news, an undead Avenger is on the loose, the highway in the sky has returned, a magical experience for a cast member, we talk to Jessica about being a pastry cook, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Pin and Pop Event. – https://pinandpop.com/pin-trading/event-preview/happy-haunts-2021 Magic Key Holders be on the lookout for the Charter Member Welcome Package coming to your doorstep soon! Some Magic Key Holders have already received their welcome package, which contains a button, lanyard, Magic Key pin, Disneyland map, and magnet. If you are not currently a Magic Key Holder and would like to get one of these welcome kits, you have until October 30th. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/10/photos-magic-key-charter-member-welcome-packages-now-arriving-from-the-disneyland-resort/ The rumors were true! The Disneyland Candlelight Processional is returning this year! The event will take place on December 4th and 5th in Town Square at Disneyland. So far, no word on who the narrators for the telling of the story of Christmas. – https://www.micechat.com/305165-disneyland-candlelight-returns-december-2021/ On Friday, October 15th, the Disneyland Monorail returned to service, transporting guests along the two and a half mile highway in the sky. Monorail Red and Monorail Blue are operating on the line for now. Guests are required to wear a mask while onboard. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/disneyland-monorail-cast-members-are-back-on-track/ Weeklyteers who have been watching the What If…? series on Disney+ will recognize a new character variation at Avenger's Campus for the Oogie Boogie Bash. Zombie Captain America is meandering around looking for guests to infect and turn to zombies. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/10/16/in-things-we-never-thought-wed-say-of-the-day-zombie-captain-america-is-coming-to-a-disney-park/ This Friday, October 15th, another former piece of entertainment will return to Disney California Adventure. Disney Junior Dance Party!, which features songs, special effects, and characters from Disney Junior TV shows, will run multiple times daily. There will be some modifications to the format, allowing for physical distancing, and how the audience is seated. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/disney-junior-dance-party-returns-to-disney-california-adventure-park-bringing-more-family-fun-to-the-disneyland-resort/ With less than four weeks away to the holiday season at Disneyland, Mickey and Minnie's outfits for the season were previewed on the Disney Parks Blog. Magic Key Holders may be able to see the new outfits sooner at the Starcade experience now through October 30. Matching Mickey and Minnie plush were also unveiled for the season, along with new ears, spirit jersey, shirts, backpack, and more. The holiday season at Disneyland runs from November 12 through January 9th. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/disneyland-resort-holiday-sneak-peek-first-look-at-mickey-and-minnies-festive-fashions-and-new-holiday-merchandise/ The walls in Toon Town have been adorned with new decorations. The punny new graphics on the panels are a great fit in Toon Town, like the panel that states “Our Remodel is Popping at the Seams!” with popcorn bursting out the sides, since it will be the El Capitoon theater.  – https://www.micechat.com/305131-dateline-disneyland-monorails-trams-magic-key-fail/ Outdoor signage has begun to appear for the new Plaza Point Holiday Shoppe on Main Street. A new quote is above the door, declaring “Where Every Day is a Holiday,” gold window lettering has appeared on the windows facing Main Street with various sayings, and the new Plaza Point Holiday Shoppe marquee has gone up. – https://www.micechat.com/305131-dateline-disneyland-monorails-trams-magic-key-fail/ Some Disneyland Resort Cast Members made some magic for one if their own recently. Joe Johnson was making his dream of being a cast member come true working at Disneyland on the Storybook Land Canal Boats. He wanted his family to come and visit from Georgia for his first days on stage, but it looked like that would not be able to happen. Joe's trainers, and other cast members worked with Joe's father to create some magic and make the visit a reality. Joe's father was able to meet him on the job that day and make his dream a reality. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/disneyland-resort-cast-make-magic-for-fellow-cast-member/ Discussion: Jessica – Former WDW Pastry Cook

    DLW Special: Pixar Roundtable 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 78:18

    Teresa is joined by Tarah, Liberty, Lee, Karina, and Jill for a fun talk about Pixar! This was originally a supporters only episode, posted back in April, 2021.

    DLW 205: Oogie Boogie Bash: The Conclusion

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 94:12

    This week, some Genie details, what will be available in the cost, and what will be an upcharge, Web Slingers going standby….. sometimes, what is going on with the trams, new cast members of all kinds, Muppets take over, we talk about the end of our trip, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: This week, we got some more details about the Genie service coming to the parks soon. Over in Walt Disney World, the service will launch on October 19th. No date is set for Disneyland yet, but Disney says it will be announced soon. The Genie+ service, which is an additional cost, will be available at a number of attractions and works just like MaxPass from before the closure. Individual Lightning Lane selections will be an additional purchase on top of Genie+ and Lightning Lane, and will be priced from $7 to $15 per attraction, per guest. At this time, only Radiator Springs Racers, WEB Slingers, and Rise of the Resistance will be on the Lightning Lane+ service. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/10/08/disneyland-reveals-new-disney-genie-details-heres-how-the-itinerary-planning-app-works/ and https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/disney-genie-launching-at-walt-disney-world-resort/ At Disneyland, the following attractions will feature Lightning Lane as part of the Genie+ paid service. To be clear, these are part of the $20 per guest, per day Genie+ service, and not part of the Lightning Lane additional charge. Autopia, Big Thunder, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones, it's a small world, Matterhorn, Smuggler's Run, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Star Tours. Over in DCA, Goofy's Sky School, Grizzly River Run, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout, Incredicoaster, Monsters, Inc., Soarin', and Midway Mania. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/10/08/disneyland-announces-22-rides-where-you-can-pay-to-skip-the-lines-heres-how/ and https://disneyland.disney.go.com/genie/ Guests that have been to Disney California Adventure this past week on rainy days may have been able to ride Web Slingers by waiting in a standby queue, instead of getting a boarding pass. Disneyland is switching to a standby queue on days when the attendance are lower for the new attraction. Guests who get a boarding group at the 7am window will have their boarding group honored, but there may not be a need for the noon boarding groups, and switch to standby only. The standby queue usually becomes active around 4-6pm. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/10/12/disneyland-pauses-web-slingers-virtual-queue-on-slow-days-and-switches-to-standby-line/ One of the big questions guests have been asking a lot recently is what is going on with the trams? The Orange County Register thinks that it is still related to the COVID-19 health and safety regulations that have been in place since the parks reopened. There were some posts online this week that said the trams were needing repairs after not being run for nearly a year and a half and maintenance teams are already overloaded. So, the real answer to when the trams come back is anyone's guess. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/10/11/when-will-disneyland-parking-lot-trams-return/ Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company has finally made it to the west coast from Florida. The coffee stand that sits at the entrance to Pixar Pier and Paradise Wharf was recently converted to a Joffrey's, along with adding mobile ordering and some food offerings. Breakfast offerings are abailable until 11am, with a burrito available after. A chia fruit salad, sugar cookie, chocolate chip cookie, and chocolate croissants are offered all day. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/10/photos-joffreys-coffee-tea-company-makes-disneyland-resort-debut-at-the-gourmet-coffee-stand-at-disney-california-adventure/ Disney+ has been an excellent source of information and entertainment about the parks since it launched in 2019. A new movie, which will focus on the creation of Disneyland, will be debuting on the service in the future. The movie will be written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who worked on The Jungle Book 2 and Beauty and the Beast. David Gordon Green is set to direct. He worked on Halloween and Halloween Kills as the writer and director. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/10/movie-focusing-on-disneylands-creation-coming-to-disney/ The Disneyland Resort has been hiring quite a few new cast members recently, although not a lot with more than two legs! The Circle D Ranch has recently received 5 new horses for Disneyland. The new horses are Dublin, a four-year-old Belgian and Percheron cross, Champ and his half brother Chip, who are 5 years-old and are Clydesdales. Lily is 5 years-old, with no breed mentioned. Finally, there is Pumpkin, who is one-and-a-half years old, and is a Percheron. The training to get horses from the ranch to Disneyland can take from 6 months to a year, depending on the horse. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/meet-the-new-disneyland-horses-at-circle-d-ranch/ After three long years, the current Disneyland Ambassadors Justin and Rafa, who would normally have held the position for two years, but because of COVID, their term was extended to three years, will retire to other positions in the parks. The new 2022-223 Ambassadors were announced last week, making their titles official. Mark is currently a stage manager in Disney California Adventure, starting with the company back in 2013. Nataly is a guest relations VIP hostess, starting with the company back in 2010. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/meet-the-next-disneyland-resort-ambassador-team/ Weeklyteers who are like Tage and love building models of Disneyland, there is a new 3D model book coming out soon! “Build Your Own Disneyland Park: Press Out 3D Model is now available for preorder on Amazon for $14.99. The book has 35 press out pieces and instructions to build a 3D model of Disneyland. There is also some information about each of the lands in the book. The book will be out on December 7, 2021. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/10/shop-new-build-your-own-disneyland-park-3d-model-fact-book-available-for-pre-order-on-amazon/ For Weeklyteers who watched the Muppets Haunted Mansion Halloween special on Disney+ this week, the Disney Parks Blog has released some wallpapers, stickers, and more! Some of the wallpapers include Miss Piggy as Madame Pigota, Animal, and Muppet versions of famous locations from the Haunted Mansion. There are some GIPHY stickers when you search Disney Plus Life on Instagram, and more. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/celebrate-muppets-haunted-mansion-with-all-new-digital-wallpapers-stickers-and-more/ The Haunted Mansion exhibit at Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln has been updated to include some of the props that were used to film the Muppets Haunted Mansion special. Some of the items include a “2 DIE 4” license plate, the crystal ball from Madame Pigota, the maids spray bottle from that same scene, coffins, and more. There are even notes from the Muppets themselves about some of the items! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/10/08/photos-you-can-see-props-used-in-muppets-haunted-mansion-in-disneyland/ Uva Bar in Downtown Disney has some new drinks on the menu for Halloween. The Beetlejuice contains vodka, melon liqueur, and blue curacao, the Vampire Bite has Nolet's gin, rosemary simple syrup, pink grapefruit, and soda water. The Trick or Treat has High West bourbon, pumpkin spice syrup, lemon juice and soda water. Finally, the Black Cat has vodka, raspberry liquor, and lime juice. Each cocktail is $15 and should be available through the Halloween season. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/10/12/halloween-peeps-assemble-theres-a-beetlejuice-drink-in-downtown-disney/ Discussion: Our last couple of days for the Oogie Boogie Bash trip.

    DLW 204: News and an Audio Tour of Disneyland Flashback

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 100:15

    This week, the Day of the Dead is coming to the resort, Christmas lights are going up on the happiest cruise that ever sailed, some excluside D23 merchandise on shopDisney, the Candlelight processional could be returning, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Halloween has been in full swing for the last few weeks, and another seasonal celebration has started. Now through November 2nd, guests can celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Storytellers, folklorico dancers, and Mariachi musicians will be in Flaza de la Familia in Disney California Adventure, along with some tasty Mexican food. The Musical Celebration of Coco will be presented several times daily. Over at Disneyland, ElCocalo Park in Frontierland will again have the Dia de los Muertos display. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/09/dia-de-los-muertos-at-disneyland-resort-celebrating-the-everlasting-bonds-of-family/ We are still almost a month away from Halloween, but the happiest cruise that ever sailed is getting ready for Christmas already. Lights are being installed on the exterior of the attraction in preperation for it's a small world holiday, which will premiere on November 12th. The first guests to be able to experience the attraction will be able to do so at the Disney Merriest Nites event on November 11th. The attraction will go down for the transformation of the interior on October 25th. – https://www.micechat.com/303988-disneyland-update-happy-hauntings-and-magic-keys-clogged/ Guests walking the tram route have likely seen the Muppers Haunted Mansion display near the Downtown Disney tram loading area. The display has a few iconic sights from the Haunted Mansion, with a Muppet skew to them, including the stretching room portraits, gargoyles, the busts that follow guests, and more. The Disney+ Muppet Haunted Mansion special drops this Friday. – https://www.micechat.com/303988-disneyland-update-happy-hauntings-and-magic-keys-clogged/ D23 Gold members will be able to purchase some exclusive Mickey's of Glendale and The Muppets Studio curated items on shopDisney.com. The collection features a Spirit Jersey, a MacGuffin Challenge T-Shirt, a baseball cap, Mumm and Duddy Youth Tee, a Pin collection, and more! There are two dates for the mercahndise sales, with some of the items going on sale October 4th, and the rest on October 11th. – https://d23.com/d23-exclusive-muppets-haunted-mansion-collection-by-mickeys-of-glendale/ Jack Skellington has called the Haunted Mansion home for 20 years this Halloween season. The popular holiday overlay celebrated the 20th anniversary on October 3rd. To commemorate this milestone, a glow in the dark shirt and water bottle appeared at Disneyland. Both items have Oogie Boogie in a Santa-inspired outfit, the Haunted Mansion, Lock, Shock, and Barrel, and says “Haunted Mansion Holiday 20th Anniversary, Disneyland Resort.” – https://www.micechat.com/303736-disneylands-haunted-mansion-holiday-celebrates-its-20th-scary-christmas/ The Orange County Register found a permit that Disneyland filed with Orange County to install some scaffholding and seating in Town Square on Main Street. This points to the return of the Candlelight Processional at Disneyland this year! The annual event was cancelled last year at both US resorts due to COVID-19. Disney World has announced their candlelight will run from November 26th through December 30th. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/09/28/candlelight-processional-returning-to-disneyland-this-holiday-season-permits-show/ A new shoppe is coming to the end of Main Street, replacing the former Photo Supply Store. Plaza Point Holiday Shoppe will be a vistorian-era themed store which will change with the holidays throughout the year. Ornaments, housewares, linens, and accessories will be for sale. Holidays that will be celebrated will include Hanukkah, Lunar New Year, Sping and Easter, Fall and Halloween, and Christmas year round. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/plaza-point-an-all-new-holiday-store-coming-soon-to-main-street-usa-in-disneyland-park/ Since Disneyland reopened back in April, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage has been closed with a return time of “winter 2021.” Currently, the lagoon has been drained and is undergoing some refurbishment. We will have to wait and see if the attraction reopens before the end of the year. – https://www.micechat.com/303988-disneyland-update-happy-hauntings-and-magic-keys-clogged/ A couple of weeks ago, the World of Color lagoon was drained to work on the infrastructure for the nighttime spectacular. With the lagoon drained, some cast members have reported that the lagoon itself is also getting some work done. MiceChat reports that the show is not expected to return until sometime in 2022. – https://www.micechat.com/303988-disneyland-update-happy-hauntings-and-magic-keys-clogged/ Magic Key holders may have noticed the reservation calendar filling up faster recently. This is probably in part due to the popular holiday season we are in, in addition to Magic Keyholders grabbing a reservation in advance in case they want to go to the parks on a specific day, with the ability to cancel before midnight the day before with no penalty. Our recommendation is to check the calendar often, especially closer to midnight to snag a reservation. – https://www.micechat.com/303736-disneylands-haunted-mansion-holiday-celebrates-its-20th-scary-christmas/ The Amazon smart speakers are getting a little more Disney. With the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, Disney announced a project with Amazon to bring Disney stories, characters, and more to a new “Hey Disney!” feature. Guests can use Hey Disney! at home or in a Walt Disney World hotel room to interact with Disney characters, get park information, and more. Disney will share more about the service soon. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/09/hey-disney/ Discussion Topic: An Audio Tour of Disneyland from the vault.

    DLWeekly 203: DLWeekly Visits Oogie Boogie Bash

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021

    This week, we talk about the first half of our Oogie Boogie Bash trip! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order!

    DLW 202: Our Upcoming Trip and Emmie Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 99:19

    This week, Magic Key holders get a spooky fun perk, some Happy Haunts are coming to entertain in Downtown Disney, FastPass has almost disappeared from the parks, we talk about our upcoming trip to the parks and finish talking with Emmie, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Extended hours for the parks haven't returned yet, but Magic Key Holders can experience something almost as good. From September 20th through October 7th, Magic Key Holders can ride Haunted Mansion Holiday after park closing for an additional hour Mondays through Thursdays! A valid park reservation and proof of Magic Key will be required to ride. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/09/16/the-exclusive-way-to-ride-haunted-mansion-holiday-in-disneyland/ Six Happy Haunts have taken leave from the Haunted Mansion Friday through Sunday evenings though Halloween! The SCAREolders, a six person a cappella group will entertain guests in Downtown Disney, with favorites like “I Put a Spell on You” and other tributes to Disney villains. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/09/downtown-disney-district-is-frightfully-delightful-during-halloween-time-at-disneyland-resort/ As we reported on previously, the PhotoPass services has moved from Main Street Photo Supply in Disneyland and Kingswell Camera Shop in Disney California Adventure to the exterior part of the Disneyland Newsstand. The new location is labeled as “Photo Concierge” and will be the single location for photo services. The old locations inside the parks will be repurposed for more merchandise. – https://www.micechat.com/302565-dateline-disneyland-jessica-rabbit-covers-up-as-lightning-lane-moves-in-at-disneyland/ A once state of the art system is almost completely gone from the parks. The FastPass machines have been removed from most if not all locations where they were previously installed in order to prepare for the launch of Genie+ and Lightning Lane. The new services will be offered through the Disneyland App only, so the old machines are no longer necessary. Some of the locations have been repurposed as shaded vending locations, while others are left empty for the time being. – https://www.micechat.com/302565-dateline-disneyland-jessica-rabbit-covers-up-as-lightning-lane-moves-in-at-disneyland/ The annual Gay Days Anaheim event took place over the weekend and drew quite a few LGBTQ++ guests and allies. Disney offered some rainbow food and merchandise options around the parks to celebrate. There was a Mickey Rainbow Cookie, Rainbow Cotton Candy, Rainbow Cake, and a Rainbow Parade Tumbler. – https://www.micechat.com/302565-dateline-disneyland-jessica-rabbit-covers-up-as-lightning-lane-moves-in-at-disneyland/ Guests sightseeing in Town Square at the beginning of Main Street might notice something new. The gates to the crowd overflow corridor near the Mad Hatter have been repainted to say “Welcome Friends” with “Disneyland Main Street, USA” and “Town Square Established 1955” above and below. – https://www.micechat.com/302565-dateline-disneyland-jessica-rabbit-covers-up-as-lightning-lane-moves-in-at-disneyland/ Some unannounced changes started to take place in a popular attraction in Toon Town last week. Jessica Rabbit will be taking over a different role in the attraction as the story is updated to better reflect today's mentality. Jessica will now be a Private Eye keeping an eye on the Weasels who are on a crime spree in Toon Town. Her busty character will be more modest with a trenchcoat covering her up, and her character has already been removed from the trunk of a car in the attraction. Imagineers are working on the updates outside of park hours to not close the attraction. No word on when the updates will be complete. – https://www.micechat.com/302565-dateline-disneyland-jessica-rabbit-covers-up-as-lightning-lane-moves-in-at-disneyland/ A more subdued color scheme has come to part of New Orleans Square. The former Le Bat en Rouge shop has transformed from the deep rouge color to a new green and gold that is reminiscent of Princess and the Frog. There is still no official word on what will go into this location, but MiceChat guesses that it will be a Princess and the Frog themed shop of some sort. – https://www.micechat.com/302565-dateline-disneyland-jessica-rabbit-covers-up-as-lightning-lane-moves-in-at-disneyland/ On Friday, October 1st, Walt Disney World will celebrate its 50th anniversary. To go along with the celebration, ABC will be presenting “The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World.” Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg will host the show, which will feature performances from Christina Aguilera and Halle Bailey from Cinderella Castle. The special will look at the past, present, and future of the resort with never before seen footage. The special will air at 10pm eastern, and will be on Hulu the next day, with Disney+ coming later. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/09/teaser-released-for-the-most-magical-story-on-earth-50-years-of-walt-disney-world-special-coming-to-abc/ With the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World coming up in less than 2 weeks, the president of Walt Disney World, along with the Global Ambassador for “The World's Most Magical Celebration,” dedicated the Disney Fab 50 golden sculptures of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to cast members past, present, and future. The Fab 50 are 50 sculptures that were created of Disney characters to be placed all around Disney World for the 50th celebration. A plaque was also placed near the Mickey and Minnie sculptures commemorating the event. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/09/honoring-the-heart-of-our-magic-cast-members-of-past-present-and-future/ As we reported on last week, the infrastructure in the water to support Fantasmic! at Disneyland was being worked on, which is great news! This week, the platforms in World of Color lagoon have been raised and are being worked on. The projection housings we reported on being dismantled months ago still haven't returned. Hopefully this is a good sign that World of Color might make a return before the end of the year. Unfortunately, there is no official word on when either Fantasmic! or World of Color might be returning. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/09/photos-world-of-color-fountains-uncovered-for-refurbishment-at-disney-california-adventure/ A new Oogie Boogie popcorn bucket is now available for purchase in Disney California Adventure. For $11, guests can pick up this bucket, decorated with Oogie Boogie surrounded by the Headless Horsemen, Jack-o'-lanterns, and other Halloween icons. Some DCA attractions are also in the background of the bucket. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/09/photos-new-oogie-boogie-popcorn-bucket-available-at-disney-california-adventure/ Disneyland was able to fulfil the final wish of a longtime annual passholder and Star Wars fan who was killed in the line of service in Afghanistan last month. Marine Corporal Hunter Lopez told his parents before he deployed that if anything happened, he wanted to be buried with the lightsaber he built in Disneyland in 2019. The family couldn't bear to part with the saber that he built, so they went to Disneyland to build a replica. Friends who work for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and are members of Club 33 arranged to have a private Savi's Workshop session to create the saber. While dining in Club 33, the family was presented with an American flag that flew over Disneyland and framed in a plaque in honor and memory of Hunter, presented by Disneyland Security Vice President Dan Hughes. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/09/20/disneyland-pays-tribute-to-fallen-u-s-marine-killed-in-afghanistan-airport-attack/ Discussion Topic: Tage and Teresa talk about Oogie Boogie Bash and their upcoming trip. DLWeekly Meetup will be at the Tangaroa Terrace on Sunday, September 26th at noon.

    DLW 201: Infants and Toddlers in the Parks with Emmie

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021

    This week, a new party is coming for Christmas, where to find new villains at Oogie Boogie Bash, a fun detail in Cars Land, two food sculptures for Halloween, how the crowds have been, we talk to Emmie about infants and toddlers in the parks, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Walt Disney World has offered after hours Christmas parties for a few years now, and this year Disneyland is getting in on the game! Disney Merriest Nites at Disneyland Park is a new, seperate ticketed event, taking place over five nights through November and early December. Tickets start at $165 per person and give access to 6 parties put on by Minnie Mouse, snow moments on Main Street, an appearance from Santa Claus, admission to Disneyland starting at 5pm, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, attractions excluding Toontown, Critter Country and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, photo ops, characters, treats, and of course merchandise. For complete details and to get tickets, visit the link in the show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/09/celebrate-the-holiday-season-in-a-merry-new-way-with-disney-merriest-nites-an-all-new-after-hours-event-at-disneyland-park/ For those listeners going to the Oogie Boogie Bash and looking forward to the new villains, we have the locations! Agatha Harkness from WandaVision has set up in the Ancient Sanctum in Avenger's Campus. Sid from Toy Story has set up a sideshow circus, called “The Sid Show Circus” on Pixar Pier in the stage area formerly used by the Pixar Philharmonic. Rounding out the new villains is Cruella DeVille, who is putting on a fashion show in the Hollywood Backlot. – https://www.micechat.com/301430-new-characters-bewitch-the-oogie-boogie-cast-preview/ A fun detail has returned to Cars Land. The ofrenda for Doc Hudson is back this year near Ramone's House of Body Art. The setup looks very much like the memorial setup that was in Cars 2. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/09/12/whats-new-at-disneyland-resort-a-huge-edible-halloween-display-a-new-avengers-campus-character-and-spooky-treats/ The edible Oogie Boogie sculpture in the Grand Californian has returned to the lobby this year. Near the display is a coffee cart that has been setup to offer drinks and some treats (and to encourage guests not to eat the display!). – https://www.micechat.com/301811-disneyland-update-holiday-humbugs-hopeful-happenings/ Once again, the Haunted Mansion Holiday has received its centerpiece of the Gingerbread House in the ballroom scene. We have talked about the hundreds of pounds of ingredients, hours and hours of work to bring it to life and more. This week, we got a look at how the gingerbread house is moved into the Mansion and assembled for guests to see. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/09/celebrate-20-seasons-of-spook-tacular-fun-with-the-haunted-mansion-holiday-gingerbread-house-at-disneyland-park/ As with every good Disney event, there is new merchandise for Oogie Boogie Bash! A set of pins for this years event featuring different villains, as well as a tumbler donning the Oogie Boogie Bash 2021 logo. – https://www.micechat.com/237070-oogie-boogie-bash-halloween-party-disneyland-resort/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/09/photos-new-vampire-tow-mater-straw-clip-cruises-into-disney-california-adventure-for-halloween/ This Thursday, September 16th, the Carnation Cafe will finally reopen to guests! When it reopens, it will serve breakfast and lunch from 8am to 2pm daily. For those of you who have not dined at this location, it is a great place to take in Main Street and people watch while you get some good food. – https://www.micechat.com/301811-disneyland-update-holiday-humbugs-hopeful-happenings/ New Orleans Square has almost completely returned to normal after the scrims in the area have finally come down. The area looks great now, with just one scrim still up in front of Le Bat en Rouge. Hopefully this will also result in the Royal Street Veranda reopening soon. – https://www.micechat.com/301811-disneyland-update-holiday-humbugs-hopeful-happenings/ Now that the Magic Key Program has been in effect for a couple of weeks, how has this impacted the crowd levels of the parks? Weekdays are delightful, with low waits for attraction and comfortable crowds walking around. In the evenings, more locals are coming in after work to catch the Halloween Screams show. On weekends, they have been busier, but not back to the levels of pre-covid. Overall, it is a great time to visit the parks, especially when compared to what it was like before the shutdown. – https://www.micechat.com/301811-disneyland-update-holiday-humbugs-hopeful-happenings/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/09/photos-new-magic-key-popcorn-bucket-available-at-disneyland-resort/ A change has come to the virtual queue system for Rise of the Resistance and Web Slingers. Guests can login to the Disneyland app and confirm their boarding party up to one hour before the virtual queue opens. This cuts down on the time to secure a place in the queue right at opening. This is a welcome change to the system. Hopefully, Web Slingers and Rise will phase out the virtual queue system sooner than later. – https://www.micechat.com/301811-disneyland-update-holiday-humbugs-hopeful-happenings/ Some great news for those looking forward to igniting the night again soon. The fountains and infrastructure around Tom Sawyer Island that supports Fantasmic! has been under refurbishment! The area around the water jets have been drained and work is being performed. Hopefully this means that a return of the popular nighttime show is not far off! – https://www.micechat.com/301811-disneyland-update-holiday-humbugs-hopeful-happenings/ Guests arriving to the Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures are sometimes surprised that the parking lot trams are still not back, requiring a long walk to the front gates. Some are opting to park over in the Toy Story parking lot, which has busses that will drop guests off closer to the gates. The busses that are in use are small, and do not currently have air conditioning. – https://www.micechat.com/301811-disneyland-update-holiday-humbugs-hopeful-happenings/ This week, the Tenaya Stone Spa in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa officially opens! The Disney Parks Blog posted all the details of the story and design elements of the new spa. The inspiration for the spa comes from the spirit of nature, indigenous cultures of California, and the Craftsman design of the hotel itself. One of the unique details is the tree root chandelier, which looks like the roots of a tree are growing through the ceiling. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/09/interior-design-elements-tell-the-story-of-new-tenaya-stone-spa-at-disneyland-resort/ Discussion Topic: Emmie – Infants and Toddlers in the Parks Toddler Friendly Attractions Map – https://cdn1.parksmedia.wdprapps.disney.com/dam/disneyland/preschool/disney-family-toddler-friendly-attractions.pdf Feedback: Hi Tage & Teresa! I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the recent episode on food allergies in the parks.  As a mother of a child with severe tree nut & peanut allergies it is a subject near and dear to my heart.  While food labeling and safety measures in places like schools are improving greatly from when I was a kid, I always appreciate raising awareness in the general population.  I, like all of your listeners, love the Disney parks and love them even more for the care they take in providing safe and magical experiences for all of their guests- allergic guests and all. Towards the end of the episode you and asked Ellie about general resources for people to use in regards to food allergies.  I think this is so important because whether you or a loved one suffers form good allergies or not, if your child goes to school you will probably have to send allergy safe snacks/treats at some point.  I've relied on: https://snacksafely.com/ They have a snack safe guide that breaks down popular brands and products you find in any grocery store and marks whether they are safe for all of the 8 different food allergies.  They also include information on allergen labeling and whether products were made in a facility with major allergens or not if cross contamination is a concern.  You can download the snack guide, and they update the information periodically as manufacturing processes change over time, and it takes them to contact the manufacturers and research their cleaning/labeling practices. Thanks again for your thoughtful discussion topics that help us realize all the amazing resources we can take advantage of in the Disney parks! Whitney Nolden

    DLW 200: DLWeekly's 200th Episode and 4 Year Celebration!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021

    This week, candy is only a small part of Halloween food this year, Disneyland is decked out in festive decorations for the season, Christmas is right around the corner, an iconic location has closed, we talk about 200 episodes with your voicemails, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: The Disney Parks Blog has finally posted the Foodie Guide for Halloween Time this year. There is a huge list of items that scrolls for many pages on their post, which you can find at the link in the show notes. A few of our favorites are …. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/09/foodie-guide-to-spooky-eats-and-treats-halloween-time-2021-at-disneyland-resort/ All around the resort, decorations have appeared for the Halloween Time celebration. From the Main Entrance turnstiles with pumpkin versions of the “Fab 5” to minor decorations in the shops on Main Street, there is the presence of the season. Over in Disney California Adventure, all the bunting has been hung, and the headless horseman has taken up his place on Buena Vista Street. The bats are also back in the belfry of Carthay Circle. – https://www.micechat.com/300767-disneyland-update-whats-this-its-halloween-time-and-so-much-more/ and https://www.micechat.com/300769-disneyland-resort-update-part-2-conjuring-a-treat/ The Plaza de la Familia in Paradise Gardens has been transformed for the season. Coco decorations are everywhere in this part of the park. A lot of photo ops are available, including Dante in his dog form. There are crafts for the kids, and some Mexican food is on the menu at the Paradise Garden Grill. The Celebration of Coco has also returned, which is a short performance with characters from Coco. – https://www.micechat.com/300769-disneyland-resort-update-part-2-conjuring-a-treat/ The poison apple premium mugs are back for Halloween Time this year. This years version is a metallic red and is available at the Red Rose Taverne for $16.99, with choice of a drink or fries. The Fruit Stand on Buena Vista Street also has the mug, without the fries option. A new Mickey Mummy Popcorn bucket arrived at the resort for $20.50. It features Mickey dressed as a mummy, holding a jack-o-lantern. For guests wanting something more plain, there is a glow in the dark Mickey and Friends Halloween popcorn bucket, which retails for $11. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/09/04/whats-new-at-disneyland-resort-halloweentime-arrives-with-decorations-snacks-and-souvenirs/ Banners in the esplanade have been updated to the Halloween Time versions of attractions, with a spooky color scheme. Brightly colored pumpkins have been placed all around planters in Downtown Disney. A new Halloween photo op has replaced the previous mural at the former ESPN Zone building. – https://www.micechat.com/300769-disneyland-resort-update-part-2-conjuring-a-treat/ It isn't even Halloween yet and the Disneyland Resort is already planning for Holiday Magic! From November 12th through January 9th the seasonal offerings of Holiday Magic will be available throughout the resort. This includes Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle, and the 60-foot Christmas tree on Main Street. A Christmas Fantasy Parade will also return, along with Believe… in Holiday Magic fireworks, and it's a small world Holiday. Over at Disney California Adventure, The Festival of the Holidays is back celebrating the diversity of the holidays. Disney Viva Navidad! is a fun street party will join festive food and beverages throughout the park. Luigi's Joy to the Whirl and Mater's Jingle Jamboree are also back. The giant gingerbread house in the lobby of the Grand Californian will also be on display. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/09/holiday-magic-is-coming-beloved-seasonal-traditions-return-to-disneyland-resort-as-holidays-begin-nov-12/ A few popular locations to pick up a sweet treat have been added to mobile ordering! There is a mobile order stand outside of Marceline's Confectionery, on Buena Vista Street at Trolley Treats, and at the Candy Palace on Main Street. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/09/01/3-more-disneyland-snack-spots-are-now-on-mobile-order/ A brand new seating area is coming to the Rivers of America. Pelican's Landing is the name of the new area near the rafts to Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. The area stretches from the raft loading dock all the way to Harbor Galley. No opening date for this area, but it shouldn't be too long. – https://www.micechat.com/300767-disneyland-update-whats-this-its-halloween-time-and-so-much-more/ An iconic store on Main Street has permanently closed. The Main Street Photo Supply that has sold camera film, batteries, and provided PhotoPass services closed last week. The PhotoPass services have moved to the esplanade in front of ticket booth 3 for now, with the plan to relocate to the old newsstand at the front of the park in the future. No word on what will move into this location. – https://www.micechat.com/300767-disneyland-update-whats-this-its-halloween-time-and-so-much-more/ Fans of the character shoulder pets have a new seasonal option. A Zero shoulder plus is now on sale for $19.99. What is unique about this version is that Zero lights up! There is a light in his nose, and in his body. This is a great addition to the shoulder Porgs and Baby Groot, and this one can go trick-or-treating with you! – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/09/photos-new-the-nightmare-before-christmas-zero-shoulder-plush-appears-at-disneyland-resort/ Feedback Hi you guys, loved this weeks discussion topic since I have celiac disease and must eat gluten free. Disneyland does an amazing job and I always find great food. Just wanted to throw out another tip if people ask, the special diets phone number currently doesn't work but you can email special.diets@disneyland.com and they answered my questions and I was actually able to pre order gluten free Monte Cristo sandwiches 2 weeks before our reservation at Blue Bayou. And when we got there our waitress already knew our order it was wonderful!  ❤️ Monica

    DLW 199: Navigating Food Allergies in the Parks with Ellie

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021

    This week, Halloween Time is about to start at Disneyland, some new treats for the season, a new hunt in Downtown Disney, Magic Key Pass discounts, a selection of new merchandse, we talk to Ellie about allergies in the parks, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! Our 4 year anniversary, plus our 200th episode are coming up and we need your help! Give us a call at (657) 345-4445 and leave us a short message about what you like about the podcast, or anything else that you want to say about our 4th anniversary and 200th episode! Why do you listen? What is your favorite part, why are you a supporter if you are, or anything else you want to share. We will play some of the messages on the 200th episode coming up in a couple of weeks! News: Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort starts this Friday, September 3rd. Haunted Mansion Holiday celebrates its 20th year at Disneyland, along with the return of Halloween Screams “supernatural projection and special effects show,” which will run nightly September 3rd to October 31st. On weeknights, the show will be presented with projections only, with fireworks on the weekends only. Over in DCA, Cars Land has been transformed into the not-so-scary Radiator Screams, with Mater's Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi's Honkin' Haul-O-Ween. The Plaza de La Familia is also back near the Paradise Garden Grill, and the return of Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/falling-for-autumn-fun-at-disneyland-resort/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/30/autumn-at-disneyland-means-its-time-for-tropical-themed-entertainment/ and https://www.micechat.com/300119-disneyland-news-magic-key-crowds/ Three exclusive types of loaded fries are coming to the Oogie Boogie Bash this year. At Flo's V8 Cafe in Cars Land, guests can choose from Buffalo Chicken Fries, Loaded Gravy Fries, or Loaded Chili Fries. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/26/oogie-boogie-bash-will-serve-three-exclusive-types-of-loaded-fries-in-disney-california-adventure/ The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is open during the transformation into Villains Grove, the decorative walk-through for the Oogie Boogie Bash. Since guests are allowed to go through the area, lighting, speakers, and other decorations can be seen being prepared for the party. – https://www.micechat.com/299734-disneyland-resort-update-magic-keys-unlock-today-new-halloween-villains/ Fans of the Easter Egg Hunt in Downtown Disney now have something else to look forward to this Halloween. Pluto's Pumpkin Pursuit starts on September 9th and goes through October 31. Guests can purchase the game board and stickers at World of Disney, Pin Traders, Disney Home, The Disney Dress Shop, or Wonderground Gallery and then search for the hidden decorative pumpkins around Downtown Disney, placing the corresponding sticker on the map. Once completed, return the map to World of Disney or Pin Traders to get a spooky surprise. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/downtown-disney-district/plutos-pumpkin-pursuit/ MiceChat reports that there are possible Magic Key discounts for D23 Gold members, and Disney Vacation Club members. The D23 discount details will be released soon according to Disney. For the DVC discount, members get $20 off on the Enchant, Believe, and Dream Keys. Those tickets need to be purchased at the ticket booths. – https://www.micechat.com/300119-disneyland-news-magic-key-crowds/ Some of the decorative light fixtures in the hub at Disneyland have been updated to be just a little more magical. The new light posts feature Tinkerbell at the top of the fixture, with a crystal star on the post itself. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/photos-new-tinker-bell-lighting-fixtures-with-crystal-stars-installed-in-disneyland-park-hub/ An extra layer of security has arrived at the park. Disneyland News today reported contactless scanners set up at the Downtown Disney entrance. Guests are still asked to go through metal detectors, regardless of the scan — though it's another opportunity for additional screening. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/photos-contactless-security-scanners-now-in-use-at-disneyland-resort/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/photos-contactless-security-scanners-arrive-at-disneyland-resort-parking-structures/ Disneyland has updated their merchandise policy for guests buying multiple items. The previous policy was 2 of each item, per guest for limited edition items, with open edition items limited to 10 per person. The new policy adds holiday merchandise to the 2-per-person limit, with open edition items limited to 5 per person. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/13014/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_August_30__September_5_2021#news5 There have been a couple of storefronts in Downtown Disney that have been empty for quite some time. Lovepop sells unique 3D pop-up greeting cards, with a lot of Disney-inspired designs. Pele Soccer will carry official club and national team soccer jerseys and personal soccer gear. No official opening date for these locations just yet, but should be in the next couple of months. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/24/two-new-shops-are-coming-to-the-disneyland-resort/ A new variation of the beignets at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen has arrived. This time, it is a S'mores Glazed Beignet. The s'mores version are chocolate glazed with a honey graham cracker crust and a marshmallow dipping sauce. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/24/review-disneyland-continues-to-be-the-king-of-beignets/ You can get your hands on a new tote bag while you grab your caffeine fix at the Market House. The latest in the “Been There” series bag features imagery of several park attractions in a mix of purple and yellow colors. Pick it up for about $28. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/photos-starbucks-been-there-series-disneyland-tote-bag-arrives-at-market-house-on-main-street-u-s-a/ Are you starting to map out your 2022 trips? Maybe a 2022 calendar would help. Get your hands on the Disneyland Resort 16-month calendar at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney. It features a variety of pictures of the attractions and the characters. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/photos-2022-disneyland-resort-16-month-calendar-arrives-at-world-of-disney-store-in-downtown-disney-district/ A classic treat is colliding to make some new merch at the park. You can find a popcorn pattern on backpacks and crocs — a new arrival after making its debut in Orlando. ((But who knows if it comes with the smell too!)) – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/photos-new-mickey-balloon-popcorn-bucket-loungefly-backpack-and-crocs-at-disneyland/ The Raspberry Rose Macaron that is served at the Jolly Holiday Bakery is a fan favorite at the resort. MiceChat has posted a copycat recipe on their site to recreate this tasty treat. There are a few steps, and Macarons are sometimes tricky, but this recipe looks good! – https://www.micechat.com/300062-celebrating-mary-poppins-with-disneylands-raspberry-rose-macaron-recipe/ We know all you Weeklyteers tend to be the go-to person for your friends and family when they're planning their Parks trip. Want to share your knowledge with more people? Disney is looking for participants for their 2022 planDisney panel. The application window opens noon Eastern time on September 9 and closes at that same time on September 14. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/plandisney-search-kicks-off-september-9th/ Scaffolding has come down around the Tomorrowland Monorail Station this week. Around the same time, the Monorail started to make rounds on the beam, minus the guests as of now. The station in Tomorrowland has been repainted with new purple, blue, and pink colors. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/photos-disneyland-monorail-now-testing-for-return-to-disneyland-park/ Discussion: Food Allergies in the Parks with Ellie C.

    DLW 198: Genie/Genie+/Lightning Lane

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 109:29

    This week, a ton of Magic Keys information and questions answered, how it compares to the old Flex pass, new Splash Mountain retheme info, become your own PhotoPass photographer, a new sweet treat, all the details on the Genie+ service coming in the fall, and more! Our 4 year anniversary, plus our 200th episode are coming up and we need your help! Give us a call at (657) 345-4445 and leave us a short message about what you like about the podcast, or anything else that you want to say about our 4th anniversary and 200th episode! Why do you listen? What is your favorite part, why are you a supporter if you are, or anything else you want to share. We will play some of the messages on the 200th episode coming up in a couple of weeks! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: For those Weeklyteers who haven't already purchased their Magic Keys to Disneyland, the Disney Parks Blog has posted a frequently asked questions post to help answer common questions that folks have been wondering. Some of the most important takeaways relate to where and when to buy the Keys. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/planning-to-purchase-a-disneyland-resort-magic-key-pass-your-top-magic-key-questions-answered/ and https://www.micechat.com/297956-breaking-news-disneyland-delivers-a-new-magic-key-pass-program-replacement/ The day that we post this episode is the big day that the Magic Key program launches at the resort. Magic Key holders will have an exclusive lounge in both parks for a limited time. The Magic Key Terrace in Disney California Adventure will be a permanent location for Keyholders to relax with friends and family, overlooking Route 66 and Avengers Campus. The more limited time location in Disneyland at the old Starcade location will offer charging for cell phones, photo ops, and other perks. The location in Disneyland will be open September 1st through October 31st. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/08/23/disneyland-sets-opening-dates-for-exclusive-annual-passholder-bar-and-lounge/ We have compared the new Magic Key Enchant level pass to the previous Flex Pass from 2019 many times. This week, The Orange County Register wrote an entire article comparing the two passes. The biggest differences are the lack of “good to go” days that the Flex Pass had, where Flex holders didn't have to make a reservation at all, with the new Enchant level always requiring a reservation. Additionally, the Flex pass had 350 days where guests could use the ticket, compared to the 216 days of the Enchant key. Enchant key holders can make twice as many reservations than the old Flex pass. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/08/24/magic-key-vs-flex-pass-how-the-new-and-old-disneyland-annual-passes-compare/ Fans wanting to know more about what the retheme of Splash Mountain will entail should check out the video released this week on the Disney Parks Blog. As part of Disney's World Princess Week, they got together some of the creative minds behind the upcoming changes and made a 30 minute short talking all about it. Still no word on when Splash Mountain will be transformed, but this video is a must for those wondering what is next for the attraction. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/gather-around-the-table-for-a-conversation-and-peek-at-the-latest-developments-of-the-upcoming-attraction-inspired-by-the-princess-and-the-frog/ and https://www.micechat.com/262305-breaking-news-splash-mountain-to-become-princess-and-the-frog-themed/ Since Disneyland reopened at the end of April, Guest Relations had been stationed outside of City Hall in the Tour Gardens. This week, they were able to relocate back into City Hall. Also, one of Tage's favorite things has returned on Main Street – the Market Street fruit cart! This cart is located outside the main doors to the Market House and in front of the Main Street lockers. The location sells a variety of fruit and some beverages. – https://www.micechat.com/299488-disneyland-update-the-winds-of-change-are-blowing/ A lot of guests love the Disney PhotoPass service, but sometimes there isn't a PhotoPass Photographer around when you want that perfect photo! Andres, a Disneyland Resort photo specialist from planDisney shared some of his tips on getting the perfect photos when at the resort. His key points are to get creative, find new locations, be patient, and use what you have. To get all the tips and details on how to make the most of your photos, check out the link in our show notes at dlweekly.net. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/capture-magical-disney-memories-through-photos-with-tips-from-plandisney-panelist-andres-v/ OMG!! Disney has teased three new characters coming to the Oogie Boogie Bash this year. In a short video released online, they teased a spider toy crawling along to tease Sid from Toy Story, a dress on a mannequin to tease Cruella, and a maniacal laugh and a directors chair to tease Agatha Harkness from Wandavision. – https://www.instagram.com/reel/CS9ih2flBXB/ Halloween is starting to move in around the resort this week. Frontierland already has a lot of Halloween/fall decorations installed, and over at the Haunted Mansion, Jack and his gang are decking the halls. – https://www.micechat.com/299488-disneyland-update-the-winds-of-change-are-blowing/ A new set of ears have arrived in time for the Halloween celebration at the resort. This new set is another balloon set, which features Mickey trick or treating on the clear “balloon” section, with an orange Mickey Balloon design on the inside. The band is black and orange with Boo! embroidered on the side to complete the look. The balloon also lights up! The ears cost $29.99 and can be found around Disneyland. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/19/halloween-light-up-balloon-ears-have-arrived-in-disneyland/ There aren't many Mickey ears that are for Star Wars fans, but Disney has just released a pair that are almost perfect. The new set feature the Galactic Republic logo on one ear, and the Rebellion logo on the other. On one side of the headband it reads “A long time ago”, with “in a galaxy far, far away” on the other. The material is a faux leather and are $29.99. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/24/the-perfect-mickey-ears-for-star-wars-fans-dont-exis/ Maleficent fans should be very excited for a new Spirit Jersey that is now available at Elias & Co in DCA. The jersey features yellow and green flames on the bottom, with Maleficent as a dragon silhouette, on a purple jersey, with Disneyland Resort in the same colors as the fire. The fron has the Disneyland “D” with EST. 1955 below and Maleficent breathing fire behind. The jersey can be yours for $74.99. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/photos-maleficent-spirit-jersey-roars-into-disneyland-resort/ Fire up your Disney+ account! Five new episodes of Behind the Attraction have landed on the streaming platform. Topics this time around include The Castles, The Disneyland Hotel, it's a small world, Trains, Trams, and Monorails, and the Hall of Presidents. All of the new episodes have dropped, so no need to wait weeks to catch all of these episodes. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/new-episodes-of-behind-the-attraction-coming-to-disney-august-25th-first-look-at-castles-episode/ We have been talking about all the cool innovations that Imagineering have been working on over the last few years, and this week they showed off even more innovations on TikTok! Imagineering's Project Expo is developing exoskeletons which cast members can utilize to interact with guests with larger characters than in the past. Some of the characters that could use this technology include the Hulk, Thanos, Sully, and maybe even a walk around Harold from the Matterhorn! Hopefully we will see these in the parks sooner than later. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/video-walt-disney-imagineering-releases-footage-of-new-character-exoskeletons-in-action/ Cast Members who are part of a union at the Disneyland Resort will have to be vaccinated for Covid-19, unless they apply for an accommodation through a negotiated process. No date has been set to satisfy this requirement, but cast members who do not get vaccinated and who are not granted an accommodation will be separated from the company with a “yes” rehire status. Disney will be hosting on-site vaccination clinics over the next several weeks. As of July 30th, salaried and non-union cast members had 60 days to get vaccinated. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/breaking-disney-reaches-agreement-with-unions-all-unionized-cast-members-will-be-required-to-be-vaccinated-against-covid-19/ Walt Disney World is kicking off “The World's Most Magical Celebration” for it's 50th anniversary starting on October 1st! Four of the merchandise collections will be available on shopDisney that same day! The Celebrations collection features favorite characters on items including Mickey ears, Dooney & Bourke accessories, apparel, plus, and more. The Castle Collection is inspired by Cinderella Castle, and will feature Spirit Jerseys, Minnie ears, and button-down shirts. The Vault Collection offers reproduction of items from the Walt Disney Archives. Finally, the Earidescent Collection features the color scheme from the 50th anniversary on all kinds of items. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/walt-disney-world-50th-anniversary-merchandise-collections-to-release-in-parks-and-on-shopdisney-october-1st/ For guests that want a fun way to hold their sundae over at Disney California Adventure, there is a new Together Again Mickey Ear Hat Bowl with Sundae. The sundae comes with a choice of sundae options, including The Oswald, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Fudge, Strawberry, or Mocha Almond Fudge, and is served in a Mickey Mouse Ear Hat Bowl. The bowl is similar to the one at Award Wieners previously. The sundae isn't served directly in the bowl, but in a cup that is placed in the bowl. Grab one today for $13.99 at Clarabelle's. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/17/a-new-mickey-ear-hat-souvenir-bowl-has-arrived-in-disneyland/ Discussion Topic: Disney Genie Program https://d23.com/exclusive-disney-parks-experiences-and-products-chairman-josh-damaro-details-what-guests-can-expect-from-disney-genie/ https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/introducing-disney-genie/ https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/18/new-virtual-features-being-added-to-disneys-disability-access-service-program/ https://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/202108/8436/ https://www.micechat.com/299238-breaking-disney-parks-news-new-disney-genie-service-replaces-fastpass-more-this-fall/ https://www.micechat.com/299266-disney-parks-news-mobile-das-scheduling-and-virtual-pre-qualification-coming-this-fall/

    DLW 197: More with DisneyChris.com

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 125:40

    This week, crowd levels are extremely pleasant currently, Oogie Boogie Bash tickets are still on sale for some dates, the bakery tour has returned, the Grand Californian has it's spa back, we finish our discussion with Chris, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: The crowds at the Disneyland Resort have been quite mild recently. This can be attributed to Southern California schools being back in session, and the imminent availability of the Magic Key program. Locals are now waiting for the Magic Key to go on sale to get access to the parks, instead of purchasing a higher priced 1-5 day ticket. For guests visiting, the attraction wait times have been in the 10 to 20 minute range for much of the week. If you are able, right now is a great time to go to the parks. Time will tell how the crowds will look after the Magic Key program launches next week. – https://www.micechat.com/298965-disneyland-update-the-shocking-calm-before-magic-keys-unlock-a-storm/ For guests that have been waiting to get tickets to the Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween parties this year, there is still time! Currently, September 9, 12, 16, and 19th are available, with no dates in October. The event was a ghoulishly fun time in 2019, and we are excited to go this year! The candy trails, decorations, entertainment, and atmosphere are totally worth the ticket price to this event. – https://www.micechat.com/298965-disneyland-update-the-shocking-calm-before-magic-keys-unlock-a-storm/ To go along with our news from last week that the bread bowls were being made in the parks again, the Bakery Tour has reopened. The location does have limited hours for the time being, from 8am to 3pm. Also of note in the area are the closing times of the dining locations in this area of the park. DCA closes at 10pm nightly currently, with Rita's Baja Blenders closing at 7pm, Lucky Fortune Cookery closing at 8pm, and Cocina Cucamonga closing at 9pm. So, be sure to check times when thinking of food in the evenings. – https://www.micechat.com/298965-disneyland-update-the-shocking-calm-before-magic-keys-unlock-a-storm/ As time rolls on, more entertainment is returning to the parks slowly. This past week, the Bootstrappers are back performing their shanties in New Orleans Square. We hope that more entertainment returns soon like the Dapper Dans on Main Street. – https://www.micechat.com/298965-disneyland-update-the-shocking-calm-before-magic-keys-unlock-a-storm/ For listeners who will be in the resort area this weekend, there will be a cupcake decorating activity at Downtown Disney as a promotion for the new Disney Channel show “Disney's Magic Bake-Off.” The decoration will take place Friday, August 20th, through Sunday, August 22nd at 5, 6, and 7pm. The event is free, with limited space. Participants must register in Downtown Disney starting at 4pm each day. Participants will decorate a cupcake with Disneyland Resort Pastry Chef Gracie Gomez. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/13003/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_August_16__22_2021#news3 Some new Coco merchandise will be coming to Disneyland, Disney World, and shopDisney this September. A long-sleeved “Remember Me” shirt, with the saying on the front and Miguel on the shoulder, as well as a Loungefly backpack featuring Miguel, Hector, marigolds, and sugar skulls. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/photos-new-coco-loungefly-backpack-and-apparel-coming-to-disney-parks-and-shopdisney-in-september/ The Walt Disney Company quarterly earnings call was last week, here are some highlights. CEO Bob Chapek is enthusiastic about the upcoming Disney Genie app stating “guests will spend less time in line and more time having fun,” but also commented that it will offer the company “substantial commercial opportunities.” The U.S. parks saw the first profitable quarter since the pandemic began in 2020. The international parks are still posting a loss at this time. Disney+ has grown to 116 million subscribers, and November 12th will be Disney+ day, where new shows and movies will be announced for the platform. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/wdwnt-daily-recap-8-12-21-disney-releases-q3-earnings-report-walt-disney-world-50th-anniversary-merchandise-arrives-and-more/ The Spa part of the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is reopening soon! On September 16th, the Tenaya Stone Spa will open for guests. Reservations can be made online for guests of the Disney Hotels for now, with general availability coming at a later date. The name Tenaya translates from the indigenous cultures of the Yosemite Valley as “to dream.” The spa embraces the concept of the natural order of 4, being laid out according to the 4 directions, and aligned with the 4 colors of red, white, black, and yellow. For a list of all the services offered, and to book a visit, check out the link in our show notes. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/13/opening-date-announced-for-the-tenaya-stone-spa-at-disneyland-resort/#more-537815 and https://www.micechat.com/298918-disneylands-imagineering-designed-tenaya-stone-spa-set-for-september-opening/ For those of you who visited Disneyland prior to the late 90s, you might remember the plain concrete walkways that were painted to differentiate the different land that you were in. Since then, the park has slowly replaced the concrete with either concrete that has decorative elements in it, like in Frontierland, or brick pavers like much of Main Street sidewalks, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. One of the last bits of this plain concrete is being replaced in front of the Fantasyland Theater at the entrance to Toontown. – https://www.micechat.com/298965-disneyland-update-the-shocking-calm-before-magic-keys-unlock-a-storm/ A refreshing sweet treat is available at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country. The Watermelon Lemonade Freese with Whipped Cream and Sprinkles is a frozen drink that is reminiscent of watermelon Jolly Ranchers with frozen lemonade. The Disney Food Blog really liked this one, but warned it is not for guests without a sweet tooth. The drink is $5.99 at the Hungry Bear. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/14/review-did-we-just-find-one-of-the-best-frozen-drinks-in-disneyland/#more-538404 Discussion Topic: Chris from DisneyChris.com

    DLW Special: Marvel Roundtable 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021

    This was a bonus episode that was posted for Patreon supporters back in March, 2021 as a monthly bonus episode. We are sharing this with the general audience because it was such a good talk, and might encourage others to become supporters for some great content like this. Please listen as Erik hosts a wonderful roundtable where Tarah, Scott, and Tage talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen, on Disney+, and in the parks!

    DLW 196: Disneyland Music with DisneyChris.com

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021

    This week, Oogie Boogie Bash Dining packages have dropped, reservations are now open for more dining locations, a Main Street staple is finally set to return, we talk with Chris from DisneyChris.com about Disneyland music, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: For guests attending the Oogie Boogie Bash this year, Disney has announced two dining packages for the event. First, the Wint Country Trattoria Oogie Boogie Bash Parade Dining, which includes a three-course meal, and reserved seating for the Frightfully Fun Parade. The kids meal also includes a Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket. The other option is the Sonoma Terrace Oogie Boogie Bash Dessert Party. A selection of desserts and beverages is provided and takes place at 7pm and 9:30pm on party nights. Reservations begin for the dessert party on August 11th, with reservations for the Dinner package needing to be booked as a dinner reservation and upgraded in person when checking in. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/10/dinner-and-dessert-packages-are-coming-to-oogie-boogie-bash-at-disneyland/ Trader Sam's has been so busy since forever, and starting August 11th, guests can now reserve a spot prior to dining at the popular location. The reservations begin on the 15th, but guests can start reserving times on the 11th. Reservations will be open for lunch and dinner, and are expected to go fast! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/04/trader-sams-will-take-reservations-soon-in-disneyland/ Some food updates from the resort include the reservations that we spoke about earlier, Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose, and the return of the Carnation Cafe! The Carnation Cafe will be open to serve guests again on September 16th. The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose begin on August 26th, with reservations opening on August 11th. The Adventure will feature Disney Princesses greeting guests on a private patio for a photo op, a special keepsake, and a menu with breakfast and lunch offerings. Goofy's Kitchen will also return on August 18th, but without characters for the time being. The Plaza Inn will be hosting Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park buffet starting August 12th. For a complete list of the dining open at the resort and to book your visits to these locations, visit the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/dining-guide-update-5-disneyland-resort-foodie-news-disney-princess-breakfast-adventures-at-napa-rose-goofys-kitchen-and-more-reopening/ We might just be getting to the middle of August, but October 31st is already on the minds of a lot of folks already! Stores around the Disneyland Resort have already started stocking new Halloween merchandise. From tees, to ears, to hats, and more, there is something for everyone. Some standout items include a Haunted Mansion/Madame Leota necklace or ear rings, a pair of hitchhiking ghosts socks, and a Haunted Mansion wallpaper folding hand fan. – https://www.micechat.com/298137-disneyland-merchandise-update-spooky-beginnings-mansion-marvel/ and https://www.shopdisney.com/halloween-shop/ Mickey and Minnie have come to the resort in a new way! Strollers at the resort now feature the classic couple, along with their classic red and black color scheme. The old design was black and blue, so this is an upgrade! The sun shades feature Mickey and Minnie on either side of the seat. The wheels are black and yellow to complete the look. For guests needing to rent one, they are $18 a day for the single stroller, and $36 for the double stroller. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/07/disneylands-strollers-just-got-a-super-cute-upgrade/ Just a quick reminder to anyone who will be visiting Disneyland in the next few weeks, the Haunted Mansion is scheduled to be down for the transition to Haunted Mansion Holiday from August 16th to September 2nd. This will be the 20th anniversary of the holiday overlay and will feature nods to each of the 20 years in the gingerbread house in the ballroom scene this year. – https://www.micechat.com/297892-disneyland-update-magic-keys-and-cast-member-needs/ Another quick note to guests going to the parks soon, Mickey's Mix Magic, the fireworks show that is currently shown at Disneyland has moved to 9pm from 9:30pm, and starting August 30th, the fireworks portion of the show will be on weekends only, with projections only on the weekdays. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12997/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_August_9__15_2021#news4 With the return of the popular bread bowls in Disney California Adventure, Disney has posted a TikTok video of how they are made! There a few steps and watching the Cast Members make these bowls of awesomeness so fast is amazing to watch. To see this for yourself, check out the link in our show notes at dlweekly.net. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/02/video-see-how-disney-makes-their-iconic-bread-bowls/ The Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney has reopened after a brief refurbishment. None of the physical aspects of the store were changed, but most of the items available for sale were replaced and refreshed. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/photos-wonderground-gallery-reopens-at-downtown-disney-district-after-brief-refurbishment/ The Orange County Register reported this week that Disneyland has 19,000 cast members working at the resort, and is continuing to rehire furloughed and laid off cast members. This only represents 3/5 of the total workforce pre-pandemic. Much of the cast that works third shift are still on furlough, with the overnight duties falling to day shift. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/08/06/disneyland-workforce-reaches-19000-unions-want-thousands-more-rehired/ There was a union protest outside of Disneyland on August 5th, representing a number of different Cast Member unions that work at the resort. They protested to call attention to returning to work and fighting for a living wage at the resort. The resort has been understaffed since it's reopening at the end of April and has not been able to get all the cast members to return. – https://www.micechat.com/297892-disneyland-update-magic-keys-and-cast-member-needs/ Another sad situation for Cast Members is the ticket restrictions that have been in place since reopening, making it nearly impossible to use this valuable perk of the job. Cast Members are given three different types of passes to use. Self-admission, which is unlimited, but subject to blockout days, the main entrance pass, which allows cast members and up to three guests into the parks, which is limited to about 16 days per year, with blackouts, and finally complimentary tickets, which are one-day park hoppers given to cast members two to three times a year, with no blockout dates. The first two passes have been blocked out since reopening, and the third is limited by a low amount of reservations available for the ticket type. – https://www.micechat.com/297892-disneyland-update-magic-keys-and-cast-member-needs/ The Walt Disney Animation Studios Disney+ long-term series production is moving out of Burbank. The team will be relocated to Vancouver, Canada, while the feature animation team will remain in Burbank at the studios. The relocation and added space, will allow for more projects to be worked on at the same time. The new studio is scheduled to open in January. They are also looking for new members of the team, which can be found at the link in our show notes. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/walt-disney-animation-studios-to-move-series-production-to-new-vancouver-location/ Walt Disney Imagineering has been named a Beat Workplace for Innovators by Fast Company for 2021. The title goes to companies that successfully foster cultures of innovation and encourage employees to discover, explore, and invent. Some of the stand out innovations that Imagineering has created include the Stuntronics at Avengers Campus, the gesture tracking on Web Slingers, the latest A-1000 model of animatronics, as seen in Galaxy's Edge, and more. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/fast-company-names-walt-disney-imagineering-a-best-workplace-for-innovators/ Discussion Topic: Chris from DisneyChris.com

    DLW 195: "New" Magic Keys Annual Pass Program

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 127:47

    This week, the new Magic Keys program – we have all the details released today, the Jungle Cruise premieres at the park, more food locations have reopened, more features in the Disneyland app, we answer your submitted questions, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Disneyland unveiled their new annual passholder program, now called Magic Key. The new program looks to be a re-skin of the old program with four tiers of passes. The Dream Key, which has no blockout dates, allows 6 reservations held at a time, 20% off select merchandise, and 15% off select dining, with parking included for $1,399. The Believe Key is the next level with more blockout dates, 6 reservations at a time, 10% off select merchandise and dining, and 50% off parking for $949. The Enchant Key has more blockouts and is similar to the Flex Pass on the old system. It includes 4 reservations, and 10% off select merchandise and dining for $649. Finally, the Imagine Key is the new SoCal Select Pass with the most blockouts, only available to SoCal residents, 2 reservations, and 10% off select merchandise and dining for $399. All plans allow for a payment plan if the purchaser resides in California. For full details, check out the link in our show notes at dlweekly.net. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/magic-key/ The World Famous Jungle Cruise had a World Premiere at Disneyland on July 24th. The cast from the movie rode the original attraction and then were accompanied by Jungle Cruise skippers down the red carpet on the small world mall to the premiere held in the Fantasyland Theater. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/exclusive-scenes-from-disneys-jungle-cruise-world-premiere-at-disneyland-park/ For those of you who either went out to the theater or purchased the Premiere Access to The Jungle Cruise on Disney+, you may want to keep an eye out on the attraction next time you visit. Some clever easter eggs have been added to the iconic attraction from the movie. Some clothing worn in the movie appears on the office door and walls of Alberta Falls, a map hangs on the wall across from the Society of Explorers and Adventurers collection, and more! Check out the link in our show notes at dlweekly.net to see more. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/discover-jungle-cruise-film-easter-eggs-at-newly-enhanced-world-famous-jungle-cruise-attraction/ One of the original establishments in Disneyland has finally reopened to guests. The Golden Horseshoe returned on July 29th for dining only at this time. There was plenty of seating indoors in the cool air conditioning that is much needed in the heat of the summer. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/29/photos-golden-horseshoe-has-reopened-in-disneyland/ A staple of the Disneyland resort has returned to at least one location for now. With the reopening of the Pacific Wharf Cafe, bread bowls have returned. Guests can now get Mac and Cheese, or choice of Broccoli Cheese or Clam Chowder in the bowl. Each version is $11.49. The bowls are made fresh daily at the location and will hopefully make their way back to Disneyland as well soon. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/29/we-were-reunited-with-bread-bowls-at-pacific-wharf-cafe-at-disneyland/ One of Teresa's favorite treats is now available with a bit of alcohol! The Pixar Pier Parfait can now be ordered with Blue Caracao. The rest of the treat is exactly the same as the standard parfait. Guests can pick this one up for $13 at Adorable Snowman Treats on Pixar Pier. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/29/review-disneyland-added-booze-to-a-delicious-frozen-treat/ The peanut butter sandwich, a guest favorite, has returned to the Candy Palace on Main Street. For $5.49, guests can purchase this peanut buttery treat. The sandwich is filled with a soft peanut butter filling, with peanuts on the top and mixed into the filling, and coated in chocolate, with a red white chocolate Mickey head on it. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/31/a-fan-favorite-peanut-butter-snack-makes-a-return-to-disneyland/ The Disneyland Mobile app has become the go-to place for park tickets, mobile ordering, reservations, and now even more! The Disney Parks Blog pointed out some of the new features liek a new personalized home screen, coming later this year online check-in and digital room key for Disneyland hotels, more mobile ordering locations, PhotoPass+ One Day option, and mobile merchandise checkout. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/disneyland-resort-app-offers-even-more-magic-more-convenience-at-your-fingertips/ The LA Times recently posted an article about the new Stuntronic that had been flying high above Avengers Campus. They spoke with the team responsible for the Stuntronic and how the development process went. The delay in the land opening provided an opportunity to make the show even better by getting Tom Holland, who plays Peter Parker and Spider-Man in the movies to record the dialog for the show. – https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-06-29/disneyland-avengers-campus-spiderman-robot-california-adventure-stuntronics Cast members were recognized and Disneyland celebrated them by having a week of festivities around the 66th anniversary of the park. Free food, attraction experiences, and after hours celebrations in the parks were offered to cast, as well as duck races. You heard that right! Rubber ducks were purchased for $5 each for cast members, with proceeds going to Goodwill of Orange County, and were raced through “it's a small world.” In the end, Ruth, who works in Star Wars: Galaxys Edge won the race. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/disneyland-resort-cast-members-make-a-splash-for-66th-anniversary/ Disney Imagineer and Research Fellow Lanny Smoot has been granted his 100th US Patent, a first for anyone from the Walt Disney Company. His 100th patent was for “Systems and Methods of Presenting a Multi-Media Entertainment in a Venue” was granted on August 3rd. Lanny has worked for the last 42 years as a theatrical technology creator, inventor, electrical engineer, scientist and researcher, of which 22 of those years were at Disney. Most recently, he has worked on the new lightsaber technology coming to the Galactic Starcruiser experience coming to Disney World in 2022. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/imagineer-and-disney-research-fellow-lanny-smoot-receives-his-100th-us-patent/ An opening day icon was available for purchase on August 2nd. A replica plush from the opening day of Disneyland that traveled with Walt Disney on the Disneyland Railroad was now for sale on Amazon Treasure Truck. The plush is 36″ and is from the Disney Treasures from the Vault collection and is limited edition. The plush went for $99.99 on Monday and is no longer available, but we thought it might be interesting to talk about. – https://www.micechat.com/297411-epic-piece-of-disneyland-nostalgia-recreated-walt-disneys-engineer-mickey/ The Disneyland Resort partnered with the Anaheim Union High School District to support Anaheim's Innovative Mentoring Experience program. Six students were selected to be paired with mentors at the resort to learn the ins and outs of working in experience integration, industrial engineering, finance, marketing, human resources and public affairs. The internship lasted for six weeks, creating a business plan and presentation for a fictional theme park event. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/the-magic-of-mentorship-disneyland-resort-provides-mentorship-to-anaheim-high-school-students/ Walt Disney Imagineering has been busy with the Disney Paper Parks series online since the pandemic began, and they are at it once again. This time, they have created and posted a Pop-Up map of Disneyland that you can cut out and color. The Disney Parks blog also teased more creations in the series coming in the future! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/create-your-own-pop-up-map-of-disneyland-park-with-disney-paper-parks-designed-by-walt-disney-imagineering/ Discussion Topic: Listener Submitted Questions for Tage and Teresa

    DLW 194: Tage and Teresa Return to Disneyland Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021

    This week, we talk about the other 3 days at the parks, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order!

    DLW 193: Tage and Teresa Return to Disneyland Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021

    This week, we talk about our first couple of days in the parks again after almost two years, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: No news this week since we are in the park! We will be having a huge news roundup when we get back in early August!

    DLW 192: Disney Dining with Dustin from MouseDining.com

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 117:34

    This week, our upcoming trip and what we are excited for, and we talk to Dustin from MouseDining.com, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: With Tage out on the road, there will not be any news as part of the podcast until the August 4th episode. Trivia: Discussion Topic: Dustin from MouseDining.com – https://www.mousedining.com/

    DLW 191: Disney Designer and Artist Evan Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021

    This week, a new ticket offer for California residents, fireworks are back at the park, the Disneyland Hotel has returned with some favorites, Halloween news, Coco is expanding at the resort, paid fastpass could be coming, we finsih our discussion with Evan, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: A new California Resident ticket offer has been announced! The tickets are good for 3 visits to the resort between now and September 30, 2021 for as little as $224. For an additional $55, the ticket can be upgraded to a park hopper. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12975/Disneyland_Releases_Summer_2021_Ticket_Offer With the 4th of July, the fireworks officially returned to Disneyland! Mickey's Mix Magic lit up the night with a special 4th of July segment added to the end. The crowds for this performance were huge and looked like Disneyland before the pandemic. Once the show was over, getting out of the park took a while since the park closed soon after. – https://www.micechat.com/295512-disneyland-update-red-white-boo/ With the recent 4th of July celebration here in the US this past week, the Disney Parks Blog posted about the Flag Retreat Ceremony and it returning to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on July 1st. Disneyland's flag retreat has been happening daily since the reopening on April 30th. The ceremony is one of the park's oldest traditions. The flag retreat ceremony happens daily in the late afternoon in Town Square. Check with Guest Services for exact timing. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/time-honored-flag-retreat-ceremonies-return-to-walt-disney-world-resort-and-disneyland-resort/ The Disneyland Hotel has reopened along with a couple of it's famous establishments. Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar and Tangaroa Terrace both welcomed guests back for their great food and drink options. The Tangaroa Terrace bar is open 11am to midnight, and Trader Sam's is open 4pm to midnight. The bars have a 90 minute window to enjoy your food and beverages, to allow for more guests who are waiting to get in. – https://www.micechat.com/295512-disneyland-update-red-white-boo/ Trader Sam is celebrating at the Disneyland Hotel! The Enchanted Tiki Bar opened in 2011, making this their 10th year! To celebrate, a limited-edition pin inspired by the exterior of the location. The pin opens up to reveal a zombie head mug, along with a tiki! The pin is limited to 3,000 and is available on shopDisney.com for $19.99. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/02/trader-sams-is-celebrating-its-10th-anniversary-in-disneyland-with-a-limited-edition-pin/ It is just the beginning of summer, but it is so hard not to look forward to fall and Halloween! The park calendar has the Haunted Mansion going down for refurb from August 15th through September 3rd. This typically means only one thing! Haunted Mansion Holiday could be returning this year! Disney has not confirmed this at this time, but it seems likely. – https://www.micechat.com/295512-disneyland-update-red-white-boo/ Guests are once again enjoying the frosty peaks of Matterhorn Mountain, since it has reopened as of July 2nd. Also, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln also returned to the Opera House this week for guests to enjoy and take in some great air conditioning. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/02/photos-matterhorn-bobsleds-has-reopened-in-disneyland/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/07/photos-video-great-moments-with-mr-lincoln-reopens-at-disneyland/ and https://www.micechat.com/295512-disneyland-update-red-white-boo/ Coco is coming to the parks, but not exactly in the way we had imagined. On July 17th, a new Coco scene will be coming to Mickey's PhilharMagic in Disney California Adventure. “Un Poco Loco” will anchor the new scene, with Germaine Franco, one of the original composers from the movie, producing the score that is unique to the show. Disneyland Paris will also debut the addition on July 17th, with Disney World getting it for their 50th anniversary. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/disney-and-pixars-coco-coming-to-mickeys-philharmagic-on-july-17/ Disneyland Paris welcomed guests back to its parks recently, and with that a new FastPass option that may come to the US parks as well. Premiere Access, not to be confused with the same name as Disney+ Premiere Access, allows guests to purchase one “Premiere Access” at a time, ranging from $9.50 to $17.75, depending on the attraction. Some attractions will also have a virtual queue, which could mean the only way to ride an attraction is to pay for it. – https://www.micechat.com/295719-disneyland-update-summer-gets-normaler/ With all the great, happy news coming out of the resort lately, there is a bit of disappointing news as well. Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel, along with the PCH Grill at Disney's Paradise Pier hotel are permanently closed. Disneyland officials have said that “options are being considered” for both locations. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/07/01/disneyland-permanently-closes-2-restaurants-including-a-steakhouse-rich-in-disney-history/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/02/news-2-restaurants-set-to-permanently-close-at-disneyland-resort/ The World of Color lagoon has some sad sights for fans of the nighttime show. The wooden structures that house the show lighting near Pixar Pier have been removed, showing extensive work in progress. This means that it is unlikely that the show will return in the near future. – https://www.micechat.com/295719-disneyland-update-summer-gets-normaler/ Maurice's Treats at the Princess Fantasy Faire has a new sweet menu item. The new item is a trio of Madeline cookies themed to Snow White, Belle, and Aurora. Snow White is flavored like chocolate chips, Belle has a citrus flavor, and Aurora tastes like raspberry. The treats have a mild flavor and are not overly sweet. They are not on the menu, so guests may have to ask for them. The trio is $6.49. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/01/photos-can-you-guess-which-princess-inspired-these-new-disneyland-treats/#more-515248 Luca fans will be very excited for this next DIY treat! Luca director Enrico Casarosa has posted his recipe for Trenette al Pesto! The recipe provides step-by-step instructions that are also illustrated with characters from Luca. This may have to be something we make soon! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/28/recipe-how-to-make-trenette-al-pesto-from-pixars-luca/ A new Loungefly backpack has been spotted in the parks. This one is unique in that you can attach your Minnie headband to the backpack, adding some additional flair. The bag itself is white, with Minnie ear headbands in different colors. The backpack is for sale at World of Disney for $75. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/07/photos-new-minnie-ear-loungefly-backpack-allows-you-to-attach-ear-headband-to-the-bag/ Discussion Topic: Evan – Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/evandisneydesign

    DLW 190: Disney Artist and Designer Evan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021

    This week, new cast member safety changes, more attractions return ahead of schedule, single rider lines have returned, Avengers Campus is more open, the last Disney Hotel is about to reopen, we talk to Evan about his time as a Cast Member, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: With the higher temperatures on the horizon for Southern California, a new safety policy couldn't come soon enough for cast members. Fully vaccinated cast members can now go mask free outdoors. Masks are still required for all cast members indoors for now. Physical distancing for all cast members, indoors or out has also been phased out. This will greatly help in tight spaces like kitchen areas around the resort. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/06/25/fully-vaccinated-disneyland-employees-no-longer-need-to-wear-masks-outdoors/ and https://www.micechat.com/294044-new-disneyland-procedures-start-june-15-masks-off-no-physical-distancing/ With all of the changes recently to all the safety protocols around the resort, MiceChat posted a guide to all the current policies. These include the new cast member guidelines we talked about previously in this episode, as well as theme park reservations sticking around for the foreseeable future, face coverings no longer required anywhere except for transportation like buses for fully vaccinated guests, un-vaccinated or partially vaccinated guests must still wear masks, physical distancing is no longer required, ride capacity is back at 100% without plexiglass shields, dining capacity has also been increased, indoor queues are back in service, both parking structures are open, out of state guests are allowed, no temperature checks are required, and entertainment has started to return. – https://www.micechat.com/294044-new-disneyland-procedures-start-june-15-masks-off-no-physical-distancing/ A sign that things are coming to an end with the pandemic is the return of single rider lines at a few attractions this week. Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Smuggler's Run, Star Tours, and Splash Mountain at Disneyland, and Radiator Springs Racers, the Incredicoaster, and Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure now allow single riders. This should help get as many guests on attractions and out of the lines faster. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/06/26/disneyland-brings-back-single-rider-lines-for-most-popular-attractions/ Some attractions have reopened earlier than expected in the last week! Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Storybook Land Canal Boats both welcomed guests a day or two early. Storybook Land Canal Boats look great and have had a number of their elements updated during the closure. Buzz Lightyear has not been updated and we have seen reports online that some of the attraction vehicles have been tagged out of service. Hopefully maintenance can get to them soon and get Buzz back to 100%! – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/06/photos-video-buzz-lightyear-astro-blasters-soft-reopens-at-disneyland/ Some great news for guests who want to walk around and see Avengers Campus! The land is now open to everyone and the gates that were in place to control the amount of people in the new land have been removed. Guests can now freely enter the land from any of the three entrances. This is making the ability to get food and to enter stores very easy, with little to no wait on most days. – https://www.micechat.com/295081-disneyland-update-topsy-turvy-more-or-less/ For those of you visiting the parks soon, the crowds look to be great! Even though more people are allowed in the parks now, the wait times for attractions have been lower than they were before the lower capacity! This, along with the cast members getting back into the swing of things has made the process much smoother. – https://www.micechat.com/295081-disneyland-update-topsy-turvy-more-or-less/ There have been some rumors that cast members that generally work on parades have been called back to work. This could mean the return of Magic Happens sometime this summer, which only had a couple of weeks to run before the pandemic shut it down. – https://www.micechat.com/295081-disneyland-update-topsy-turvy-more-or-less/ The Disneyland hotel will begin a phased opening this week as the Fantasy Tower opens to guests. Along with the one tower, the two pools and the Monorail water slides will reopen, as well as the fitness center. The Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam's will also reopen to the public. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12971/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_June_30__July_4_2021#news1 Construction has started in the park to prepare for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. The facades of the Toontown Five & Dime and the Gag Factory have been demolished to make way for the new entrance for the attraction. Once completed, the new El Capitoon theater will take their place as the new entrance. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/06/photos-video-toontown-five-dime-and-gag-factory-facades-demolished-as-mickey-minnies-runaway-railway-construction-continues-at-disneyland/ We previously reported that mobile scan and go shopping was being tested in World of Disney in Downtown Disney. Now, that system has been expanded into the parks at the Emporium in Disneyland, and Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure. Guests will use the Disneyland app or scan a QR code in the store to enter the system, then grab a mobile checkout shopping bag and scan the barcodes with their smartphone cameras to add the item to their cart. Once done, guests check out through the app and show a QR code to a cast member on the way out of the store at a designated mobile checkout exit. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/06/25/disneyland-brings-scan-and-go-shopping-to-theme-park-stores/ Hollywood Land is the place for Avengers photo ops. A new Black Panther photo op has appeared this week in the land. It is the same setup used for the previous Black Panther meet and greet, but without the character this time, due to social distancing. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/06/photos-black-panther-photo-op-arrives-in-hollywood-land-at-disney-california-adventure/ Just a quick follow up to something that we talked about a couple of weeks ago. The food waste trashcans have been rolled out to more locations around the resort recently. If you have any food waste, please dump it in these new recepticals so it can be recycled and not just end up in the landfill. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/06/25/disneyland-makes-tossing-out-leftover-food-a-little-less-wasteful/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/06/disneyland-resort-expands-sustainability-efforts-with-new-food-waste-bins/ On June 27th, which was Global Pride Day, Salt & Straw donated 5% of all its proceeds to local LGBTQ+ charities. For the Downtown Disney location, Reach LA was the charity chosen. Reach LA works with young LGBTQ people of color to “increase self sustainability by encouraging creative expression, supporting safe spaces and promoting health and wellness.” – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/26/disneylands-salt-straw-celebrating-global-pride-day-by-donating-to-local-groups/ Another fun treat has made its way to Bing Bong's Sweet Stuff in Pixar Pier. The new Forky cake pop looks like a sweet version of the character himself. The cake pop is sweet vanilla covered in white chocolate, and decorated to look like Forky. Reviews have said that it is pretty moist and very sweet, so be aware of this. Forky costs $5.49. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/24/review-toy-story-fans-will-love-disneys-new-sweet-treat/ Donald Duck Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6VVOmT0Vk8 Discussion Topic: Evan

    DLW 189: Disneyland's First Peter Pan Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 94:32

    This week, a lot of operational changes with no masks or social distancing, some entertainment returns to the streets, a popular guest activity is available again, we finish our discussion with Joan, the first Peter Pan at Disneyland, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Since June 15th and the drop of the blueprint for a safer economy restrictions in California, what has changed at Disneyland? A lot, but most of it is good news! Indoor queues have returned, mix that with the removal of social distancing, and attractions returning to full capacity and the parks feel delightfully empty. Dining location capacity has also returned to at or near capacity, making finding a place to sit and eat a lot easier. Mobile order availability has been reduced, allowing more standby ordering to happen, easing the strain to get food. Stores have also returned to full capacity, removing the need for one way entrance and exits of retail locations, making access much easier. – https://www.micechat.com/294489-disneyland-update-the-magic-of-entertainment-returns/ Disneyland is a magical place, and part of what makes it so magical is the entertainment around the resort. This week, a couple of those entertainment options returned. The Disneyland Band is marching down Main Street, and the Citizens of Buena Vista Street are performing on a stage in front of the Carthay Circle Fountain. No word yet on when the rest of the entertainment, like the Dapper Dans will return. – https://www.micechat.com/294489-disneyland-update-the-magic-of-entertainment-returns/ For guests that have been waiting for over a year to trade their pins, the wait is finally over! Pin trading has returned to most locations in the form of the pin boards. Cast member lanyard trades have not returned at this time, but is expected to return in the not too distant future. – https://www.micechat.com/294489-disneyland-update-the-magic-of-entertainment-returns/ Guests visiting Disney California Adventure will have a much easier time accessing the new Avengers Campus. This week, the line to access the new area has dropped from 5+ hours all day, to a line in the morning at opening, and being non-existent by as early as 11am everyday. – https://www.micechat.com/294489-disneyland-update-the-magic-of-entertainment-returns/ Fans of the new Disney+ original Loki are in for a treat at Avengers Campus! Since the premiere, each week when Loki appears in Avengers Campus, his outfit reflects the one he wears in the show from that week. So far, he has appeared as standard Loki in his Asgardian outfit, then his jumpsuit from episode 1, and then in his jacket from the Time Variance Authority. We expect to see more changes as the character changes in the show. – https://www.micechat.com/294489-disneyland-update-the-magic-of-entertainment-returns/ It appears that the virtual queue test for Indy has been discontinued with the reopening of indoor queues and social distancing relaxation. The attraction, just like other attractions in the park, has returned to full capacity making the line move quickly for standby guests. – https://www.micechat.com/294489-disneyland-update-the-magic-of-entertainment-returns/ This September, Gay Days is returning to the resort. From September 17th through the 19th, the unofficial event will bring a sea of red t-short wearing members and ally's of the LGBTQ++ community. Previously, the event took place the first weekend in October. A schedule hasn't been announced yet, but will be posted at the link in our show notes. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/18/gay-days-is-coming-back-to-disneyland-this-year/ and https://www.gaydaysanaheim.com/GDA/ The limited presentation of Rise of the Resistance that has been utilized since Disneyland reopened has been discontinued and the original flow has returned. Guests progressing through the attraction previously skipped the pre-show to keep under the limitations from the state to keep indoor attractions under 15 minutes. With the limitation dropped, the full pre-show is back. – https://www.micechat.com/294489-disneyland-update-the-magic-of-entertainment-returns/ The force is strong with coffee lovers in Star Wars Galaxys Edge. A new Cold Brew Coffee topped with Sweet Cream Cheese and Chocolate Puffs has arrived at Docking Bay 7. The drink is topped with Cocoa Puffs, adding an interesting texture and flavor to the drink. The beverage is available for lunch and dinner, and not breakfast. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/17/review-there-are-cocoa-puffs-in-disneylands-new-coffee-drink-and-we-aint-mad/ A favorite unique set of items have returned to Star Wars Galaxys Edge. The detonator Coke bottles have been restocked, replacing the plain Coke bottles that were available when the parks reopened. – https://www.micechat.com/294489-disneyland-update-the-magic-of-entertainment-returns/ There aren't too many discounts to be had at the resort at this time, unelss you would like a great deal on accommodations at Disney hotels. Visitors who book by September 16 can save up to 25% at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and up to 20% at the Disneyland Hotel for travel July 5 through October 2, 2021. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12968/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_June_2129_2021#news1 Fans of being chosen to carry the magical red cards rejoice! The red cards that cast members give out in attraction queues to determine the accurate wait times for attractions are back in circulation! – https://www.micechat.com/294489-disneyland-update-the-magic-of-entertainment-returns/

    DLW 188: Disneyland's First Peter Pan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021

    This week, there are no strings on Disneyland with the state reopening for business, more food locations have returned, some day and nighttime entertainment will be returning in the next few weeks, we talk to the first Peter Pan at Disneyland, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: With the blueprint for a safer economy measures being stopped by the State of California, Disneyland is free to loosen some restrictions. As of Tuesday, June 15th, masks and social distancing are no longer required in the theme parks. Distancing markers have begun to be removed from the resort and indoor queues are now open for guests to wait inside, instead of outside like was previously required. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/travel-information/ With the addition of more guests from out of state, more dining locations are reopening. As we reported on last week, Oga's Cantina, Docking Bay 7, Alien Pizza Planet, Rancho del Zocalo, Wine Country Trattoria, and Bayside brews are all returning. In addition to these, some quick service and outdoor vending locations are returning. Maurice's Treats, Jack Jack Cookie Num Nums, Fantasyland Food Cart, and Edelweiss Snacks on June 24th. July 1st, Hungry Bear, Lucky Fortune Cookery, Corn Dog Castle, Harbor Galley, Schmoozies, and Morimer's Market will be open. July 2nd, the Tangoroa Terrace and Trader Sam's reopen at the Disneyland Hotel. Finally, on July 8th, the Refreshment Corner and Clarabelle's Hand Scooped Ice Cream return. – https://www.micechat.com/294078-disneyland-update-the-rush-to-fully-reopen/ Some of the live entertainment has been spotted rehearsing for their return this Friday, June 18. The Disneyland Band has been practicing after park hours, according to Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock's Instagram account. No word on other acts, but it seems like only a matter of time at this point. – https://www.micechat.com/294078-disneyland-update-the-rush-to-fully-reopen/ Starting July 4th, Disneyland will resume nightly fireworks! Mickey's Mix Magic will run nightly through the summer for all to enjoy. Over at Walt Disney World, Happily Ever After will resume on July 1st at Magic Kingdom, and EPCOT Forever will return to Epcot, also on July 1st. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/fireworks-spectaculars-are-back-at-disney-parks-this-summer/ Four small attractions also reopened on June 15th. The Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-through, the Animation Academy, the Golden Zephyr, and Sorcerer's Workshop have all returned to guests. These attractions were able to return with the social distancing mandate expiring for California, allowing the tighter spaces and indoor areas to accommodate enough guests, allowing them to open. – https://www.micechat.com/294078-disneyland-update-the-rush-to-fully-reopen/ Some changes have come to Avengers Campus since it opened at the resort just over a week ago. Showtimes for the Avengers character encounters have been added to the Disneyland mobile app, in order to allow guests to plan ahead and not wait in the land for hours waiting for the encounters to happen. – https://www.micechat.com/294016-simple-avengers-campus-fixes-on-the-way-showtimes-publish-today/ Some dining changes have come to Avengers Campus. Shawarma Palace has been removed from mobile order all together, more standby capacity was added to Pym Test Kitchen, and mobile orders can only be made inside the land. Previously, some guests could mobile order outside of the area, and then use the order to gain access, but this is no longer allowed. Having guests place orders while already in the area also allows for the mobile order windows to last a lot longer and not be completely full in the morning for the entire day. – https://www.micechat.com/294078-disneyland-update-the-rush-to-fully-reopen/ The Disney Food Blog tested out the WEB Slinger Power Band to see if it was worth the price if you wanted to use it on the attraction. Basically, having a power band will give your web slinging a power up and gain more points, but it doesn't really affect the enjoyment of the attraction, unless you want to get the high score. Guests wanting to be the top of the leader board will need to have one of these to score the highest points possible. Unless topping the leader board is worth $60 to you, then these aren't a must have item. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/11/does-60-really-make-a-difference-on-web-slingers-at-disneys-avengers-campus/ Starting on June 18th, the Toy Story Parking lot will be open for guests again. Busses will be running between the resort transportation plaza and the parking lot, which hopefully means that the Mickey and Friends tram will also be making a comeback soon! – https://www.micechat.com/294078-disneyland-update-the-rush-to-fully-reopen/ Some photo ops have come to Downtown Disney this week. One of the ops is from the Hulu original Love, Victor, the other is based on Spider-Man! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/13/whats-new-at-disneyland-resort-avengers-campus-opening-and-a-new-color-trend/ Of course with summer on the way, there is a summer treat that has returned to the resort. The Watermelon Seasonal Apple has arrived at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure for $11.99. This variation on the classic features a Granny Smith apple with caramel, white chocolate and watermelon flavored coating, and marshmallow ears. There is a strong watermelon flavor, so if you are a fan of that, this is for you. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/10/review-a-disneyland-caramel-apple-has-a-fun-flavor-combo/ Beginning in January, 2022, students can enroll in a new set of workshops presented by Disney. Disney Imagination Campus will be a collection of workshops across a range of performing arts and academic subjects tiered to different grade levels. These workshops are geared to helping students learn how to apply their imaginations to solve a lifetime of challenges – in wildly creative ways. For more information, and complete details, visit the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/welcome-to-disney-imagination-campus/ and http://www.disneycampus.com/ Trivia: Discussion Topic: Joan – The First Disneyland Peter Pan https://deltagamma.org/blog/joan-can-fly Feedback: Austin's Online Disneyland: https://gather.town/i/GVW21WD1

    DLW 187: Disney Media Finance Cast Member Devin Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 101:40

    This week, the Avengers have landed in Disney California Adventure, we talk about all the new experiences, a new Disney Paper Parks creation, Cast members are training on a classic attraction that could return soon, we finish our discussion with Devin from Disney Media Finance, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Avengers Campus finally opened to the public on Friday. The new area features Pym Test Kitchen, a unique take on different sized meals, Pym Testing Lab, a great place to get a cool beverage, Shwarma Palace, featuring the Avenger's favorite wraps, Terran Treats, with some sweet concoctions, two stores, WEB Suplliers, and Campus Supply Pod, a lot of area meet and greets, and two attractions, the existing Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, and the new WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Attraction. We will talk more in-depth about this experiences as we go through the news. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/now-open-first-recruits-assemble-at-avengers-campus-at-disney-california-adventure-park/ and https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/cast-and-community-members-among-first-recruits-in-avengers-campus-at-disney-california-adventure-park/ Of course the hot ticket on Campus is the new WEB Slingers attraction. This is virtual queue only at the moment, with slots available at 7am and noon each day. There is no standby. Guests that were able to snag a place in the queue can bypass the line to enter Avengers Campus and head in to board the attraction. Reviews are mixed and described the ride as a different version of Toy Story: Midway Mania. Riders use their hands to “shoot webs” at the different objects in the attraction to get a score and help Spider-Man save the Campus from the Spider-Bots, which have gone out of control. – https://www.micechat.com/292046-how-to-score-a-boarding-group-for-web-slingers-a-spider-man-adventure/ Pym's Test Kitchen has been pretty well reviewed. Mobile ordering is the primary way to get food at this, and all the other dining locations in Avengers Campus, and has been less than ideal. On opening day, guests could order food when not in the land and could sometimes be allowed in to get their food, while other times being denied access. Over the weekend, they changed the notification so guests had to order in the land only, in addition to adding the order windows throughout the day, instead of only in the morning. The food itself is getting good reviews. The Pym-ini sandwich is reported to taste like a meat-lovers pizza in a sandwich. The Not So Little Chicken Sandwich also got good reviews. For a complete review, check out our link in the show notes. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/04/full-review-lunch-at-pym-test-kitchen-in-disneys-avengers-campus/ Over at Terran Treats, the two new items are on the menu. The Sweet Spiral Ration, which is a pineapple churro, wrapped into a swirl, and the Cosmic Cream Orb, which is a chocolate cream puff, filled with whipped raspberry cheesecake. The Ration tastes like a Dole Whip mixed with a Churro. The Orb tastes mostly of cheesecake, with a hint of raspberry. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/04/full-review-terran-treats-at-disneys-avengers-campus/ The Shawarma Palace features breakfast and daytime menus. For breakfast, there is the Impossible Breakfast Sha-warm-up, which features plant based breakfast sausage and egg omelet wrap, with a dairy free American cheese and crispy potato bites, served with maple syrup. The daytime options include the New York's Tastiest, which is a chicken shawarma wrap, with garlic spread, and a coconut yogurt-tahini sauce and pickled vegetables, and then there is the Impossible Victory Falafel, which is a plant based falafel and cauliflower wrap, garlic spread, hummus, and coconut yogurt-tahini sauce, with pickled vegetables. The Disney Food Blog said the Falafel was a little bland, but the Chicken Wrap was great. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/04/full-review-shawarma-palace-in-disneys-avengers-campus/ Pym Test Kitchen also serves breakfast from opening until 10:45am. Options include Calculated Breakfast, the Ever-expanding Cinna-Pym Toast, the Impossible Quantum Garden Breakfast, and the Spoonful of Cereal. Sides include smoked bacon, turkey bacon, potato bites, or a Cuties mandarin. The Cinna-Pym toast was reviewed well, but the other items were hit and miss. Check out the link in our show notes for the complete review. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/04/breakfast-review-pym-test-kitchen-at-disneys-avengers-campus/ More dining locations will be open for guests to enjoy! Disney announced that on June 17th, Oga's Cantina, Docking Bay 7, Rancho del Zocalo, The Tiki Juice Bar, and Alien Pizza Planet would be serving guests. Reservations will be available starting on June 14th for Oga's, Lamplight Lounge and Wine Country Trattoria. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/disneys-parks-foodie-news-announcing-new-openings-and-offerings-sebastians-bistro-ohana-wine-country-trattoria-lamplight-lounge-brunch-and-more/ Unlike Star Wars: Galaxys Edge, which was criticized for not having enough atmosphere when it came to sound or interactions in the land, Avengers Campus excels in this regard. Members of the Avengers are out performing around the campus in stunt shows, a practice session, some acrobatic maneuvers, and in a short Dr. Strange show in the Ancient Sanctum. Music from the series is also played throughout the area. – https://www.micechat.com/292046-how-to-score-a-boarding-group-for-web-slingers-a-spider-man-adventure/ For those of you who can't make it to the parks to visit Avengers Campus just yet, Walt Disney Imagineers have a solution! In their latest Disney Paper Parks release you can build all of Avengers Campus! The set also includes 13 Marvel characters to decorate the creation. Visit the link in our show notes to download. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/assemble-your-paper-disney-paper-parks-celebrates-the-grand-opening-of-avengers-campus-at-disney-california-adventure-park/ Great news for fans of the Disneyland Railroad! The trains are now running from opening to close at Disneyland, and are boarding at all the stations. For the first few weeks that Disneyland was open, staffing shortages resulted in the train only running until 2:30 in the afternoon, and loading at ToonTown station only. – https://www.micechat.com/293761-disneyland-update-happy-holidays-ahead/ In other attractions news, Cast Members for the Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes have been spotted training. This means that this attraction will return to operation soon. No date has been announced by Disney. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/06/photos-cast-members-training-for-reopening-of-davy-crocketts-explorer-canoes-at-disneyland/ As we mentioned previously, there has been a snack shortage at Disneyland in the last couple of weeks, resulting in churros, Mickey pretzels, and chimichangas being unavailable on some days. The good news is that the parks have started receiving orders again, and items are back in stock around the resort. The bread bowls that are famous at the resort have not returned yet, but are expected to as staffing ramps up and more locations reopen for guests. – https://www.micechat.com/293761-disneyland-update-happy-holidays-ahead/ MiceChat had a follow up on the Red Car Trolley charging location at the front of Disney California Adventure. With Avengers Campus at the end of the line, along with the barn for the trolleys, the current route has been modified. The trolley now only runs from the entrance to the park on Buena Vista Street to Hollywood Land and back, resulting in the need for the charging pad at the entrance station. – https://www.micechat.com/293761-disneyland-update-happy-holidays-ahead/ Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen has come up with another new beignet creation. This time, they are covered in Fruity Pebbles, with a blueberry lemon icing. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/03/fruity-pebble-beignets-at-disneyland-sign-us-up/ For those Weeeklyteers that liked The Imagineering Story on Disney+, a new series is coming in July that might interest you. Behind the Attraction will premiere on July 16th (the day that we arrive in Anaheim for our trip), and will have 10 parts. Each episode will cover the behind the scenes of creating an iconic Disney attraction. Topics include the Castles at the parks, the Jungle Cruise, “it's a small world”, the Haunted Mansion, and more. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/go-behind-the-attraction-in-a-new-original-series-coming-to-disney-on-july-16/ Discussion Topic: Devin from Disney Media Finance

    DLW 186: Disney Media Finance Cast Member Devin Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021

    This week, out of state guests will be allowed to attend starting June 15th, the reservation window has been expanded, Avengers Campus opens this week, an opening day attraction has a return date, we talk to Devin from Disney Media Finance, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: As we suspected would happen, starting on June 15th, Disneyland will allow out of state guests to attend. The State of California strongly recommends that all guests be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test before arriving at the parks. Face masks will still be required throughout the resort. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/disneyland-resort-theme-parks-to-welcome-back-guests-from-outside-california-beginning-june-15-plus-theme-park-reservation-window-expands-allowing-more-time-to-plan-your-visit/ With the addition of the out of state guests that will be flooding the parks, the reservation window to reserve a day in the park has expanded to 120 days. This doubles the size of the original reservation window. Dining reservations are still limited to 60 days for now. – https://www.micechat.com/292483-disneyland-update-avengers-fireworks-staffing-crowds/ As we spoke of last week, the possibility of fireworks returning to the parks as early as the 4th of July is not out of the question. MiceChat reports that some of the pyrotechnic cast members are being recalled. With fireworks being outdoors and guests being able to be physically distant, it is possible to have them back soon. – https://www.micechat.com/292483-disneyland-update-avengers-fireworks-staffing-crowds/ The night that this podcast is posted, June 2nd, Disneyland will broadcast live online the Avengers Campus Opening Ceremony. The stream starts at 8:15pm Pacific time on the Disneyland Facebook and Twitter channels, as well as on the Disney Parks Blog, and YouTube. A few “special guests” will be on hand to launch this new land. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/tune-in-to-avengers-campus-opening-ceremony-live-from-disney-california-adventure-park-june-2-at-815-pm-pt/ When Avengers Campus opens, there will be a standby queue to enter the area. This will be similar to the standby queue used for Star Wars: Galaxys Edge a couple of years ago. There is no word on how often this queue will be in place, or for how long. Disney is “strongly encouraging” guests to mobile order all food and beverages in the land. Guests will be directed to do so upon walk-up. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/06/01/disneyland-adds-avengers-campus-standby-queue-to-control-access-to-new-marvel-land/ With Avengers Campus opening this week, some of the merchandise for the new area has already appeared on shelves in the park. The Backlot Premiere Shop now has Spider-Bots, Web-Shooters, clothing, and more. There are two versions of the Spider-Bots; one larger one that has accessories that can be attached for $79.99, and a basic one, which is smaller and is not radio controlled for $24.99. The Web-Shooters come in two varieties; a Web-Shooter that looks like Spider-Man’s web shooter, and a Repulsor, which looks like Iron Man’s repulsor. A Power Band must be purchased separately for the accessory to work. – https://www.micechat.com/292487-avengers-campus-merchandise-now-available-at-disney-california-adventure/ Producer Vern will be very happy to hear this next bit of news. The World Famous Jungle Cruise is reopening to guests on July 16th, after being closed since the parks closed back in March, 2020. When it reopens, there will be a new story in place to help add a backstory to the opening day attraction. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/new-jungle-cruise-experience-will-open-at-disneyland-park-july-16-with-work-completed-at-magic-kingdom-park-this-summer/ The traditional red, white, and blue decorations in the parks for the summer have been installed. In preparation for Memorial Day, Main Street and Buena Vista Street were decked out in the patriotic colors, which are expected to remain in place through most of the summer. – https://www.micechat.com/292483-disneyland-update-avengers-fireworks-staffing-crowds/ Not only are the parks returning to more elaborate decorations, but so is Downtown Disney! The abstract sculptures that were installed two summers ago, which look like abstract shapes, until you find the correct angle, revealing a Disney character or scene, have been setup around the planters in Downtown Disney. – https://www.micechat.com/292483-disneyland-update-avengers-fireworks-staffing-crowds/ Cruella came to theaters and Disney+ Premiere Access this past week, and guests can see a prop from the movie at Downtown Disney. Cruella’s car is on display near the tram loading station, parked under a canopy and surrounded by posters from the movie. – https://www.micechat.com/292483-disneyland-update-avengers-fireworks-staffing-crowds/ A little known condiment is available at the Little Red Wagon on Main Street. Bacon Ketchup can be added on the side with a corndog. It is ketchup with bacon pieces mixed in. The Disney Food Blog says that they liked the flavor, but the ketchup was the main taste, even with the bacon. There is a strong bacon aftertaste. The side costs $1.19 in addition to the $9.97 corndog. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/05/29/review-is-a-disneyland-corn-dog-even-better-with-bacon-ketchup/ MiceChat posted a copycat recipe of a popular attraction that is celebrating it’s 62nd anniversary this year on June 14th. The Jolly Holiday Matterhorn Macaroon copycat seems fairly easy to make, with just 8 ingredients it shouldn’t be too difficult to replicate at home. – https://www.micechat.com/292739-how-to-make-copycat-matterhorn-macaroons-for-national-macaroon-day/ The Inside the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit that is currently at the Bowers Museum, will be moving to the Graceland Exhibition Center on July 23rd. The exhibit will remain on display through January 2, 2022. Admission is $15 for adults over 11, $8 for children 5-10, and 4 and under get in free! D23 Gold Members get 20% off admission and VIP Tours. – https://www.micechat.com/253074-new-inside-the-walt-disney-archives-at-the-bowers-museum/ Discussion Topic: Devin from Walt Disney Media Finance

    DLW 185: The Beginning of The Enchanted Tiki Room

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 76:30

    This week, major changes are possibly coming mid-June, hours are changing, more attractions coming back, the last Disney hotel has a return date, a view inside of Avengers Campus, some controversial merchandise, we talk about The Enchanted Tiki Room, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: With June 15th quickly approaching, there are a lot of changes to be aware of with California Theme Parks with the expiration of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. On June 15th, out of state guests will be allowed at theme parks, vaccine verification will be required, park capacity will not be restricted by the state, this includes shops and restaurants, physical distancing will not be required, indoor shows and queuing can return, masks will still be required indoors and outdoors for theme parks. We will have to wait and see what Disneyland will require. – https://www.micechat.com/291605-disneyland-update-very-nearly-normal-for-better-or-worse/ Along with all of the other measures that are sure to be changing come June 15th, this next one we know for certain is happening. Disneyland will be discontinuing the temperature checks that are currently in place just before security. – https://t.co/JdJOyPVUyD If you are like we are, and love experiencing the parks at night, then this next announcement will be very good news. Starting July 1st, Disneyland will be open 8am to 10pm, with Main Street remaining open until 11pm, Disney California Adventure will be open 8am to 9pm, and Downtown Disney will generally be open 9am to 11pm. – https://www.micechat.com/291605-disneyland-update-very-nearly-normal-for-better-or-worse/ Two attractions will also be returning for the first time since the parks reopened. Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters will return on June 26th, and the Matterhorn returns on July 2nd. With the increased capacity, Disneyland can really use all the attractions up and running. – https://www.micechat.com/291605-disneyland-update-very-nearly-normal-for-better-or-worse/ The last of the Disneyland Resort hotels has an opening date! July 2nd the Disneyland Hotel returns to housing guests that are visiting the resort. Upholstery and fabrics were updated during the closure in the guest rooms, lobbies, and meeting rooms. Beds have been upgraded to allow for more space under the bed for storage, the carpets feature a fireworks design, and the corridor flooring features patterns inspired by Mary Blair art. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/disneyland-hotel-reopens-july-2-book-your-stay-today/ For those just too excited to wait for Avengers Campus to open, you can virtually see inside the new area through the magic of Google Earth! The 3D map of the area was updated before the parks reopened last month and gives us a pretty good view of the inside of the land. – https://www.micechat.com/291605-disneyland-update-very-nearly-normal-for-better-or-worse/ For a more official look inside Avengers Campus, look no further than the Disneyland App. The map for DCA has been updated to include the new land. There are three entrances to the campus, one from Hollywood Land, one from Cars Land, and the “main” entrance along the parade route. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/first-look-guide-map-for-avengers-campus-at-disney-california-adventure-park/ As with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening at the parks, the new Web Slingers attraction will also be part of the virtual queue system. Guests will need to use the Disneyland App to virtually queue for the attraction, as there will not be a standby line. The virtual queue will be available at 7am and 12pm, just like Rise of the Resistance. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/05/web-slingers-a-spider-man-adventure-will-use-virtual-queue-system-similar-to-star-wars-rise-of-the-resistance/ The outdoor waiting area for the Hyperion Theater has been setup for use as seating for Avengers Campus dining. Signage from Pym’s Test Kitchen, as well as some larger than life props really theme this area well. – https://www.micechat.com/291605-disneyland-update-very-nearly-normal-for-better-or-worse/ Some possibly controversial merchandise is coming to Avengers Campus when it opens on June 4th. Web tech accessories can be purchased in the WEB Suppliers store and then used on the WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure to get special abilities and help get a higher score on the attraction. Some online communities have suggested this makes the attraction a more pay to win experience than a skill based one, like Buzz Lightyear or Toy Story Midway Mania. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/first-look-embrace-your-inner-super-hero-with-avengers-campus-merchandise-including-all-new-web-tech-available-at-disneyland-resort/ Disneyland has begun rolling out composable waste receptacles around the parks. In the areas where this has been rolled out, there are three cans; one for regular trash, one for recyclables like plastic, cans, paper, and glass, and the final can for food waste that can be used to make compost. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/05/photos-compostable-waste-receptacles-now-in-use-at-disneyland/ Graduates in 2022 will have the option to spend it at Disneyland for the first time since 2019! Disney has announced that Grad Nites will be returning next year for the graduating class. – https://www.micechat.com/291605-disneyland-update-very-nearly-normal-for-better-or-worse/ To help speed up the long lines at Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney, a new portable menu is available to guests waiting in line to pick what they are going to buy once they get inside. If any item is sold out, it will be covered by a Mickey head. – https://www.micechat.com/291605-disneyland-update-very-nearly-normal-for-better-or-worse/ Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is bringing another awesome beignet creation to dine-in guests, this time in a drink form! The Beignet Flavored cocktail is alcoholic and served with a mini beignet on top, and is available to guests 21 years and older. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/05/22/we-bet-youve-never-had-a-disney-beignet-like-this-before/ Discussion Topic: The Enchanted Tiki Room Disney Fandom – https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Walt_Disney%27s_Enchanted_Tiki_Room AllEars.net – https://allears.net/2019/07/29/why-arent-they-breathing-the-true-story-behind-walt-disneys-enchanted-tiki-room/

    DLW 184: Weeklyteers Sami and Kris on Returning to Disneyland

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021

    This week, ticket and reservation changes, the big and small food coming to Avengers Campus, Legacy Passholder exclusive dining, some Touch of Disney favorites return, Disney has their earnings report, we talk to Weeklyteers about returning to the Happiest Place on Earth, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: There have been some changes to the ticket purchase and reservation system for Disneyland. You can now purchase tickets and immediately make a reservation as part of the same process. Reservations can always be cancelled and re-booked for another day if you are trying to buy further out than the reservation calendar allows. – https://www.micechat.com/291137-disneyland-update-part-2-new-adventures-arriving-soon/ The Disney Parks Blog released a Foodie Guide to the Avengers Campus that will be open in just a couple of weeks! Pym’s Test Kitchen will offer up some larger than life, as well as tony options including breakfast, snacks, and specials. At the Pym Testing Lab, guests can get some craft beers, which, if they are on tap, will fill from the bottom of the glass. At Shawarma Palace, there are a couple of wraps, including a plant based falafawl and cauliflower wrap. Terran Treats features a Cosmic Cream Orb, which is a crispy cream puff filled with whipped raspberry cheesecake mousse, and a Sweet Spiral Ration, which is a churro spiral with unique flavors. At these locations, guest can take home souvenirs like the Iron Man Infinity Gauntlet for carrying your bottled coke, or Glowing Pym Particle Capsule and Particle Disk, and more! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/foodie-guide-to-avengers-campus-at-disneyland-resort/ The pricing of the items in the Pym Test Kitchen range from $10.49 for the pretzel, all the way up to – get this – $99.99 for the Quantum Sized Pym-ini Sandwich. This item is listed twice on the menu, once at $57.99, so we aren’t sure what is going on here. It is possible that this sandwich is available in two sizes, with enough to feed the whole family. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/05/18/socan-someone-explain-disneys-new-100-sandwich/ Legacy Passholders can now grab some food at the exclusive Alfresco Dining Terrace. Some of the notable items on this new menu include a Screamin’ Cauliflower Ceviche, Slider Invasion, and Mulhollad Meatballs. Some of the signature cocktails include the Pizza Oom Mow Wow!, which is basically a pizza bloody mary, the Drop In… If You Dare, which has gin, elder flower liqueur, fresh lemon huice, and maraschino cherry mix. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/05/15/pizza-bloody-mary-check-out-the-new-menu-for-alfresco-tasting-terrace-at-disney-california-adventure/ The Paradise Garden Grill has reopened and is offering favorites from the Touch of Disney event. Pizza Eggrolls, Asian-Style Barbacoa Tacos, and more. A reminder that this location is primarily mobile order at the moment. – https://www.micechat.com/291137-disneyland-update-part-2-new-adventures-arriving-soon/ Fans of the Tropical Hideaway will rejoice at the news that the menu has been expanded to include some of their previous items. The Bao buns are back, along with the Sweet Lumpia, and the PB&J Mochi. – https://www.micechat.com/291137-disneyland-update-part-2-new-adventures-arriving-soon/ The Walt Disney Company held their quarterly shareholders meeting last week, and updated everyone on how the company was doing. Performance for the company has increased 32% over the last quarter, but is still hindered by capacity limitations, and Disney Cruise Line being closed. Disney+ has 104 million paid subscribers. Bob Chapek also made the comment that instead od a “new passholder program,” they will have a loyalty/affinity program instead. – https://www.micechat.com/291137-disneyland-update-part-2-new-adventures-arriving-soon/ Last week, Walt Disney World ended its mask requirement for vaccinated guests in outdoor areas of the parks in Florida. Masks are still required indoors, and while on all attractions. This is probably a sign of things to come for Disneyland, and an important piece of information to know. The mask mandate, along with the blueprint for reopening will expire in California on Jule 15th, and Disneyland is expected to change it’s mask policy to the one in Disney World. Keep this in mind when booking your trips to the Happiest Place on Earth if this makes you uncomfortable, or you have young ones who cannot be vaccinated yet. – https://www.micechat.com/291137-disneyland-update-part-2-new-adventures-arriving-soon/ There are quite a few of you out there who will be endlessly excited about this news. A new legacy lightsaber has arrived in Galaxy’s Edge. The Darksaber, made famous by the Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Clone Wars can be yours for $199.99. Those interested in wielding this saber should act fast, as supplies are limited until later in the summer. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/05/photos-video-new-legacy-lightsaber-the-darksaber-from-the-mandalorian-arrives-at-star-wars-galaxys-edge-in-disneys-hollywood-studios-and-disneyland/ Some of the screens that were installed for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to inform guests of boarding times and access to the land have been repurposed. Some of the screens are being used to show PhotoPass photos from nearby attractions. The photos can then be linked to your Disneyland App and purchased. – https://www.micechat.com/290819-disneyland-update-less-is-more-more-or-less/ As part of the DisneylandForward expansion plan, Disneyland has teased an Indiana Jones themed bar. During a recent webinar, Disneyland proposed that one of the establishments that could come with the expansion would be Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, which is already in Disney Springs in Florida. For those who haven’t seen the Indiana Jones movies in a while, Jock Lindsey is Indiana’s pilot in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/05/14/disneyland-teases-indiana-jones-themed-bar-for-expansion-project/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/05/jock-lindseys-hangar-bar-included-in-proposed-disneylandforward-entertainment-destination/ A fun way to watch the next Disney live action movie is available from the El Capitan Theatre. For $70, plus tax, they will ship you a limited edition Cruella pin, a “Hello Cruel Heart” book, a reusable bag, a randomly selected Cruella journal, a credential with lanyard, a Zebra Popcornopolis Mini Cone, and a bag of Red Vines licorice. There are also some limited edition pins that can be ordered separately. To order this gift pack, visit the link in our show notes. – https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2021/05/17/el-capitan-theatre-has-a-cruella-at-home-premiere-pack-you-can-order-now/ Disney+ has taken over the exterior of the former ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney. Photos have been installed all around the building to promote Disney+ shows, and to be a great photo op. Shows include The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Big Shot, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Cruella, and more. The art and photo ops will change throughout the year, so be sure to check this location often for updates. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/disney-favorites-decorate-downtown-disney-district-at-disneyland-resort/ The World of Color lagoon has seen better days. It seems that the closure of the parks has lead to deterioration of some of the buildings on the lagoon that house some of the projection equipment. The old buildings have been dismantled and are being rebuilt, exposing the rusted interior. No word on when World of Color will be returning, but it needs some TLC before then. – https://www.micechat.com/291137-disneyland-update-part-2-new-adventures-arriving-soon/ Next time you are using one of the outdoor portable sinks that have been setup, take a look at the theming. Care has been taken to theme the hand washing stations around the park to help them fit into the story of the area. – https://www.micechat.com/291137-disneyland-update-part-2-new-adventures-arriving-soon/ Discussion Topic: Weeklyteers Kris and Sami on returning to Disneyland

    DLW 183: Trivia Spectacular #2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021

    This week, more dining locations are returning, a new menu at a couple of the locations, staffing issues may effect capacity levels, attraction re-openings and changes, we are halfway to Halloween, we duke it out in a trivia spectacular and more, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: With the theme parks having just opened almost two weeks ago, more dining locations are returning. The Paradise Garden Grill reopens on Thursday, May 13th, the Alfresco Dining Terrace for Legacy Passholders and their guests on Thursday, May 20th, the Blue Bayou on Thursday, May 27th, the Napa Rose for dinner only on Friday, May 28th, Storytellers Cafe for breakfast and dinner on Friday, May 28th, and finally the GCH Craftsman Bar, also on Friday, May 28th. For a complete list of all the dining locations, please check out the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/update-foodie-news-dining-guide-to-disneyland-resort-reopening/ The Blue Bayou is reopening soon, so we finally get a look at the updated menu, which now includes some alcoholic beverages. Appetizers include the Signature Gumbo, the Grilled Heirloom Jumbo Asparagus, and the House salad. Entrees include the Monte Crist Sandwich, Jambalaya, Cauliflower Steak and Grits, and more. Two dessert options – an 8 layer chocolate and hazelnut cake, and a vanilla0bourbon creme brulee. A variety of wines and the new Hurricane round out the options. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/05/11/first-look-at-the-alcohol-coming-to-disneylands-blue-bayou-restaurant/ Another restaurant has reopened in Downtown Disney this past week. Catal has returned with a brand new menu, featuring Ahi Avocado Toast, Traditional Paella, Filet Mignon, and Three Cheese Mac and Cheese. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/05/06/another-downtown-disney-restaurant-has-reopened-this-time-with-a-new-menu/ With the likelihood that most restrictions will be lifted next month, Disneyland still is taking it slow due to a number of reasons. The biggest at the moment is the staffing issues at the resort. Furloughed workers had to be called back first and must be given two chances to turn down their jobs before Disney can bring back laid off employees. One visible sign of this is the Disneyland Railroad, which explains why the attraction has been shut down by 3pm each day. Disney has worked through the furloughed cast, and has begun contacting laid off cast. – https://www.micechat.com/290274-disneyland-update-one-week-in-heres-how-its-really-going/ The most budget friendly of the Disneyland Resort Hotels will be reopening next! The Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen on June 15th, with limited capacity. The Grand Californian’s special entrance to Disney California Adventure will reopen on May 28th. Still no word on when the Disneyland Hotel will reopen to guests. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/news-from-the-hotels-of-the-disneyland-resort-disneys-paradise-pier-hotel-reopening-june-15-more-restaurant-dining-returning-to-disneys-grand-californian-hotel-spa/ With the weather getting warmer, it is nice to have a popular water attraction back open! Grizzly River Run has returned to operation this week, and is looking great. The attraction usually has its annual refurbishment around this time of year, so this is nothing new. – https://www.micechat.com/290274-disneyland-update-one-week-in-heres-how-its-really-going/ Another attraction is joinging the virtual queue system, if only for testing at this time. The Indiana Jones Adventure is running a test of standby and virtual queue at the same time off and on at the moment. With the current limitations on indoor queuing, the line has been clogging up the nearby walkways. The Jungle Cruise extended queue, which Indy has been using, will be needed by the Jungle Cruise when that attraction reopens this summer. For now, guests can get in the virtual queue through the Disneyland app. Only one virtual queue per guest, per attraction, per day at this time. – https://www.micechat.com/290527-breaking-disneyland-news-indiana-jones-to-get-the-virtual-queue-treatment/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/05/11/another-ride-joins-disneylands-virtual-queue-system/ The costumes for Avengers Campus have been revealed. Cast Members will be known as Campus Representatives in the various parts of the new area, each with their own distinct style. Web Slingers and Web Suppliers Cast Members will wear modern, techy emblems, made from lightweight, breathable fabrics. Pym Test Kitchen Cast Members will wear lab coats, hats, and ties, with unique pieces like pocket protectors. The Ancient Sanctum costumes feature mystical looking textures and sewing techniques, while food cart cast members will sport designs reminiscent of New York cart workers, and a Terran inspired look from Guardians of the Galaxy. Finally, the campus uniform took on the look of Shield agents, with cargo bottoms, a training shirt, and a tactical-inspired vest. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/first-look-avengers-campus-cast-members-assemble-in-new-cast-costumes/ We know that it is hard to believe, but we are halfway to Halloween, and the Disney Parks are celebrating. The Disney Parks blog has posted some delectable treats to celebrate at Disney Parks on both coasts. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/disneymagicmoments-conjuring-up-the-magic-recipes-for-your-halfway2halloween-celebration/ Along with the treats, there is, of course, some spooky good merchandise as well! New nuiMOs plush costumes inspired by the upcoming Cruella movie, a new Disney Villains Streetwear collection, which features a lot of denim with Haunted Mansion designs, plus some ears, and much, much more! Some of the items are available on shopDisney, with others offered in the parks. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/shriek-peek-celebrating-halfwaytohalloween-with-a-spooky-first-look-at-some-spine-tingling-new-products/ Rounding out the halfway to Halloween news, guests can take self guided tours of the Haunted Mansion style attractions around the world. Uncle Deadly from the Muppets hosts the experience, which allows guests to tour the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland, and Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris. At the end, there is a surprise look at a Haunted Mansion special premiering on Disney+ this fall. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/a-self-guided-tour-of-the-most-mystifying-disney-parks-attractions-around-the-world/ Cast Members will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine on property though June. Active and furloughed cast members and their families can get either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine starting on May 13th at the Disneyland Hotel. Active cast members only can get a single-shot JJ vaccine as of May 10th backstage. Cast members can request appointments through the Disney Hub website. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/05/07/disneyland-will-soon-offer-covid-19-vaccines-onsite-to-cast-members/ Legacy Passholder Perk! – https://m.facebook.com/DisneylandPassholders/photos/a.283932128300337/4682888018404704/?type=3 Discussion Topic: Trivia Spectacular #2 from Listener Quincy

    DLW 182: Talking Disneyland with Thomson

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021

    This week, Snow White gets a much more happily ever after, the ghosts have been busy redecorating their mansion, a solution to save thousands of gallons of water at the resorts each year, and, of course, THE PARKS ARE OPEN AGAIN, we talk to Thomson about the parks, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: After 412 days, Disneyland is finally open to guests again. Resort President Ken Potrock has been in the job since May, and until this week, has not presided over a fully opened resort. In an interview, he stated that the reopening symbolizes hope and optimism. 15,000 cast members have been brought back from furlough, almost half of the amount of cast members at the resort prior to the closure. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/05/01/disneyland-president-says-reopening-symbolizes-hope-and-optimism-after-yearlong-closure/ Snow White’s Enchanted Wish is open and ready to wow guests. As you ride your mine cart through a happier version of the story, you’ll enjoy updated animatronics, lighting, projections and music. The attraction is facing some backlash for adding in the scene where her prince kisses her to awaken her from her slumber. – https://www.micechat.com/288029-first-look-a-ride-on-disneylands-reimagined-snow-white-attraction/ The 999 residents have finished their home renovations and are ready to invite you… as long as you hurry back with your death certificate. The Haunted Mansion includes an updated pet cemetery, a redecorated portrait room, and several technical improvements throughout the attraction. – https://www.micechat.com/287447-disneylands-haunted-mansion-gets-spirited-updates/ While we’re used to long lines at the Disney Parks, the length of the queues could be quite shocking as social distancing is still enforced. That means queues for several attractions are spilling out into normal walkways. Micechat specifically noted New Orleans Square being noticeable, with both Pirates and Haunted Mansion having tight indoor queues that have to be spread out. Also, be mindful of what this means for the end of the night on Main Street. – https://www.micechat.com/288064-disneyland-is-back-new-magic/ Guests that have returned to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge may have noticed some socially distanced changes. The shopping market now has limited capacity to allow for social distancing. Throughout the land, the spots for guests to stand on are also themed appropriately to the land. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/04/photos-black-spire-outpost-market-in-star-wars-galaxys-edge-reopens-with-limited-capacity-themed-physical-distancing-markers-at-disneyland/ Guests can expect simple menus when they return to the parks. Some restaurants have only a few options, for example Micechat shared an image of the Plaza Inn menu board that only had the chicken entree and two kids meals. Guests are also being highly encouraged to use mobile ordering, as staffing at cash registers will be limited, meaning longer wait times for traditional ordering. It’s expected most food will continue to go out in disposable containers. – https://www.micechat.com/288064-disneyland-is-back-new-magic/ It’s been quite the challenge to get character meet and greets right with the health and safety protocols. It seems Disney is being more intentional with the locations to help guests have a better chance for interaction and pictures. – https://www.micechat.com/288064-disneyland-is-back-new-magic/ Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout will finally be home when Avengers Campus opens on June 4th. Ahead of the new land, there’s a new gateway installed just past the Hyperion Theatre and a Terran Treats stand is in place — Terran referring to a description of Humans from Earth used in the films. A few other aesthetic changes have also been made, including lights, some iridescent goo on the pavement and nods to other Avengers. – https://www.micechat.com/288064-disneyland-is-back-new-magic/ Water is quite the precious commodity on this planet — it seems even more so in California. Some cast members figured out how to save about 450-thousand gallons of water every year between the U.S. Theme Parks. Outdoor food carts will take their melted ice at the end of the day and share it with Custodial Teams to wash down areas of the resort — and create some water art during the day. We’ll share a link to the Disney-Produced video on the topic in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/field-notes-disneyland-resort-cast-members-discover-a-way-to-conserve-water/ The Downtown Disney Mural honoring the late Chadwick Boseman, titled “King Chad” has found a permanent home. Anyone wanting to see this can find it at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, thanks to the generous donation by concept artist and former Disney Imagineer Nikkolas Smith. Smith has long been an advocate for Disney’s children’s hospital initiative. About the donation, he said “I know it will inspire patients going through treatments and serve as a reminder of not only Chadwick’s heart, but also his relatable struggle with cancer. To see my art getting to live on at such a special place where it can bring hope to others – it is truly one of the greatest gifts I could receive.” – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/king-chad-artwork-finds-permanent-home-at-childrens-hospital-of-los-angeles/ The marketing push to announce that the parks have reopened, with the moniker “The Magic is Back” has also allowed for some more treats in the parks. The Magic is Back cupcake is Double Chocolate Chip Cupcake filled with Cookies and Cream Mousse and topped with Yellow and Red Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting, sprinkles, and Chocolate Mickey Ears. It is $6.99 and available at the Jolly Holiday Bakery. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/05/01/review-did-we-just-find-the-holy-grail-of-chocolate-snacks-at-disneyland/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/04/review-new-birthday-cake-celebration-churro-is-a-sweet-way-to-mark-the-reopening-of-disneyland/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/05/review-strawberry-cheesecake-churro-disappoints-at-disney-california-adventure/ The Disney Food Blog found a collection of sippers and straws across the park. There’s a new Toy Story sipper shaped like an LGM, the Purple Poison Apple stein — typically popular around Halloween — is back, and a Mickey and Minnie Straw Clip featuring the duo with light blue clothing. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/05/02/is-it-halloween-already-heres-where-to-find-disneys-purple-poison-apple-stein-now/ Next month is pride month and Disney has shown off the merchandise that is going to be part of the celebration. Fans, masks, shirts, cell phone cases and more will be available. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/gear-up-for-pride-month-with-a-colorful-array-of-disney-pride-products/ On the other coast, Disney World is bringing back the Disney College Program this summer. It’s definitely a move to help fill the ranks of needed cast members for operations. They’re starting by inviting participants from the 2020 program first, then moving on to other applicants. It even includes a new housing community specifically for the program. – https://www.micechat.com/289062-breaking-the-walt-disney-world-college-program-is-back/ Your immersive trip to a galaxy far, far away could start as early as next year aboard The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. More information about the two-night experience is slowly trickling out, but the big hype revealed this week was the newest lightsaber that you’ll get to see first hand at your stay. It’s hard to put into words just how real this once thought to be movie magic problem is becoming. You’ll have to see it to believe it. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/star-wars-galactic-starcruiser-launches-in-2022-at-walt-disney-world-resort/ It’s Revenge of the 5th as this episode is released, and just in time, MiceChat is offering some Star Wars copycat recipes. You can try your hand at a Ronto Wrap or the Millennium Falcon Soft Serve Sundae. And we’ve actually tried a copycat Ronto Wrap before that turned out amazing — patrons can find a video of our kitchen adventure last year. – https://www.micechat.com/289171-the-force-is-strong-with-these-copycat-disney-parks-star-wars-eats/ Another Disneyland attraction is coming to a tabletop near you! This time, there’s an ‘it’s a small world’ board game available on shopDisney. We’ve really enjoyed the adaptation of the Jungle Cruise, so this is exciting for our households! The game, developed by Funko Games, has players traveling the rivers to collect picture cards. It’s definitely targeted for younger audiences. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/05/photos-new-its-a-small-world-funko-board-game-released/ Discussion Topic: Thomson – The Apartment Above the Firehouse Podcast – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc1lv5CrZXsSWVBRQct9ROg and https://anchor.fm/your-host-the-young-correspondent/episodes/Author-Ridely-Pearson-e1042qc

    DLW 181: Adventures by Disney with Larry

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021

    This week, cast member previews have started, how the park is looking after being closed over a year, what to know before you go, what could have been in Galaxy’s Edge, an Imagineering marvel is shown off, we talk to Jerry about Adventures by Disney, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: On Monday night, the Disney Parks YouTube page hosted a short, 8 minute “magical moment” to welcome Cast Members back to the resort and to light up Sleeping Beauty Castle once again. Josh D’Amaro was joined by Ken Potrock, and Disneyland Ambassadors Justin and Rafa to welcome everyone back to the Happiest Place on Earth. Some folks online held it together through the presentation until Walt Disney’s opening day speech played. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=ys3HYqmbo90&fbclid=IwAR0XACEz2gio8jNFKFD6qGIw_PW3zSOmiNW10HlxU7H_JRMAg-Dg9dQbHHY For those Weeklyteers going to the parks in the near term, Disney has posted a Know Before You Go article on the Disney Parks Blog. The main points are to make sure that you have your ticket and theme park reservation confirmation, you have the latest version of the Disneyland app, if you are starting your day at Disneyland, be sure to try for a boarding group as early as 7am that day, and hotel guests can use online check-in before arrival. Once you get to the resort, Mickey and Friends, as well as Pixar Pals parking structures will be open, and guests will walk the tram route to the parks. Downtown Disney will be open at 10am on April 30th, and 9am starting May 1st going forward. Also, please remember to bring an appropriate face covering. Park hopping begins at 1pm, use mobile ordering for food and beverages, and please use contactless payments such as Apple Pay and Disney Gift Cards as much as possible. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/getting-ready-to-return-to-the-magic-heres-your-planning-checklist-for-your-visit-to-disneyland-resort/ Today was the first day of Cast Member previews, so there have been a lot of posts on social media, and on YouTube. Disneyland is looking great! There are still a few attractions under refurbishment, but the park overall looks spectacular. A new billboard has popped up in ToonTown! Mickey and Minnie are working to hide the construction of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway with the sign, reading “What big building? There’s no big building here!” – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/04/photos-video-disneyland-unveils-humorous-billboard-to-hide-mickey-minnies-runaway-railway-show-building-in-toontown/ There is a new PhotoPass+ One Day package available at Disneyland! For $19.99, guests get access to unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos from one day, including select attraction and dining photos. The package can be purchased through the Disneyland mobile app. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/27/new-photopass-1-day-package-available-in-disneyland/ The mystery of what will go in place of Trader Sam in the World Famous Jungle Cruise has been answered by the Disney Parks Blog this week. Trader Sam will be operating the Lost and Found of the Jungle Navigation Company, at the direction of Alberta Falls, the proprietor. This is just one scene that will be updated for the Jungle Cruise at both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/jungle-cruise-getting-ready-to-set-sale-with-help-from-old-friend/ Guests attending the reopening of Disneyland, and getting a chance to ride Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. will want to check out the guide to getting a boarding pass for this popular attraction. The link in our show notes has been updated with the latest information, including the times and restrictions that are now in place. – https://www.micechat.com/247617-everything-you-need-to-know-about-getting-a-boarding-pass-to-ride-rise-of-the-resistance-at-disneyland/ Legacy Passholders should take a look in the Disneyland Mobile App to see what level of discount they have available to them. There are two categories – Legacy Passholder Discount A and Legacy Passholder Discount B. Discount A was given to the higher category passes like the Premier, Signature Plus, and Signature Annual Pass, and Discount B is for Deluxe, Flex, Southern California, and Southern California Select passholders. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/22/we-found-another-way-disneyland-is-changing-the-passholder-experience/ Another Imagineering marvel has been shown off online this week. A free roaming Groot animatronic character could be making its way to the parks in the future. This technology opens so many possibilities for interactive elements in the parks that are not limited by being stationary, or on wheels. The Groot character moves without any safety cables in parts of the video, and walks on two feet. Groot also moves his arms and has very realistic facial movements. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/04/photos-video-walt-disney-imagineering-has-created-a-free-roaming-groot-animatronic-character-that-will-change-the-industry-forever/ and https://techcrunch.com/2021/04/23/daily-crunch-meet-disney-imagineerings-new-robot/ In a follow up to one of our stories last week about the Disneyland Hotel getting guest scan in access, the fencing at the Downtown Disney entrance to the hotel has been uncovered and looks great! Still no word on when the hotel will open for reservations. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/23/whats-new-at-disneyland-resort-distancing-markers-unique-mugs-and-harveys-bags/ The Orange County Register reported on three unused ride concepts that Imagineers dreamed up for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that didn’t make the final cut. The attractions come from the upcoming book “The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” The three attractions included a speeder bike concept, a bounty hunter ride concept, and the final concept was based on an Elee, a large animal, that guests could ride on the back of. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/04/23/3-unused-star-wars-ride-concepts-dreamed-up-by-imagineering-for-galaxys-edge-at-disneyland/ The Orange County Register followed up the post with one discussing a restaurant that also didn’t make it into the final version of the land. The Kalikori Club was a table-service restaurant concept would have been located next to Oga’s Cantina, and would have featured two levels. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/04/24/step-inside-the-star-wars-restaurant-imagineering-dreamed-up-for-galaxys-edge-at-disneyland/ Legacy Passholders were given the opportunity to attend an exclusive Star Wars shopping event on May 4th, known by Star Wars fans as May the 4th. Reservations for this event were full shortly after opening to passholders. Merchandise at the event will only be available during the event, with any unsold merchandse possibly being sold in the future in other Disney stores. Items include apparel, pins, and an all-new legacy lightsaber hilt. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/23/disneylands-new-reservation-only-shopping-event-is-all-about-star-wars/ With the conclusion of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+ plast week, a new photo-op is coming to Disney California Adventure. Spoilers for those who haven’t completed the show – The Falcon becomes Captain America in the last episode, so this new photo space is likely to feature Sam as Captain America. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/04/new-sam-wilson-captain-america-photo-op-coming-to-disney-california-adventure/ Mother’s Day is just around the corner and there are a lot of options for food at the resort to enjoy. The Disney Parks Blog has posted a foodie guide to Mother’s Day at the resort. Ballast Point, Naples, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, and more have options in Downtown Disney. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/foodie-guide-to-mothers-day-at-disney-parks/ Even though the parks are reopening this week, some Weeklyteers might want to make some Disney magic at home. MiceChat has posted a recipe that they found online for the Honey-Lemon cupcakes that were offered at the Hungry Bear Restaurant about 10 years ago. The recipe doesn’t look too complicated and the end result looks delicious! – https://www.micechat.com/288032-celebrate-earth-day-disneyland-style-with-copycat-hungry-bear-honey-lemon-cupcakes/ Discussion Topic: Larry – Adventures by Disney – https://www.adventuresbydisney.com/

    DLW 180: Original Fantasmic! Cast Member Vanessa

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021

    This week, new rules when the parks reopen, dining location and menu updates, more mobile ordering locations, where to grab a great hotel deal, lightsabers might cost more, we talk to a friend of Mickey from Fantasmic!, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Some of the rules at the parks will be updated when they reopen. Most notably, Disney reserves the right to request a guest to leave if they are not wearing an approved face covering, violating any of the existing park rules, or for using profanity or offensive language towards Cast Members or other guests. This is in response to the guests that have caused altercations in Walt Disney World upon it’s reopening. – https://blogmickey.com/2021/04/following-guest-outbursts-at-disney-world-disneyland-warns-against-profanity-towards-cast-members/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/16/news-disney-will-kick-guests-out-for-using-profanity-towards-others/ With the parks reopening in just over a week, the Disney Parks Blog has posted their Dining Guide. Select locations will open for dining booking on April 22nd, with limited capacity. Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance. For a complete list of the locations that will be open, with links to the menus, check out the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/disney-parks-foodie-news-dining-guide-to-disneyland-resort-reopening/ One thing that the food guide does not explicitly touch on is the more limited menus when dining returns. Currently, the Plaza Inn only has fried chicken as an entree for example. Beignets are also disappearing from Cafe Orleans, making them only available at the Mint Julep Bar. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/19/no-beignets-there-are-some-major-menu-changes-at-this-disneyland-restaurant/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/20/we-hope-you-really-like-chicken-big-menu-changes-are-coming-to-this-disneyland-restaurant/ More locations are being added to the long list of locations accepting mobile ordering. The Tropical Hideaway, French Market Restaurant, and the Plaza Inn will now be mobile friendly. Studio Catering Company in DCA will also join this list. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/19/mobile-order-will-be-available-at-four-more-restaurants-when-disneyland-reopens/ Last minute dining reservations can now be secured through the mobile walk-up waitlist feature. This allows guests to get on a wait list for the location without having to interact with the host for the location. For now, it is only in place at Lamplight Lounge and Carthay Circle Lounge. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/20/theres-a-new-way-to-get-last-minute-dining-reservations-at-disneyland-resort/ Dining locations at the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, including GCH Craftsman Bar, GCH Craftsman Grill, and Hearthstone Lounge, will be open for dining, but you must be a hotel guest to eat there. The hotel, along with these locations, is reopening on April 29th, one day before the parks return. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/16/disneyland-hotel-dining-will-be-open-to-a-select-group-upon-reopening/ With limitations being put on who can enter the hotel areas of the resort, scan in gates are being added to the Disneyland Hotel entrances. These scan in gates are expected to be used in the evenings after the grounds close to the public to allow hotel guests only onto the property. – https://wdwnt.com/2021/04/photos-disneyland-hotel-will-be-open-to-all-guests-during-the-day-scan-in-gates-to-be-available-for-hotel-guests-at-night/ Visit Anaheim has some great deals listed on their site for local hotels. Some of the promotions include Legacy Passholder rates, regular discounts, and a free limited-edition Disneyland Resort castle stainless steel water bottle. These deals seem to run until June 30th, but act fast as they are sure to book up fast! Visit the link in the show notes for all the locations and deals! – https://www.visitanaheim.org/hotel-spring-promotions/ Last week, we talked about the updates coming to the Haunted Mansion, including updates and additions to the pet cemetery. Disney Parks posted some closer looks at this area of the attraction on their TikTok account, which WDW News Today posted on their site. – https://wdwnt.com/2021/04/video-closer-look-at-refurbished-pet-cemetery-at-the-haunted-mansion-in-disneyland/ Force sensitive folks who want to build their own lightsabers at Savi’s Workshop may find the price has gone up. In Florida, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the price just increased from $199 to $219 per builder. The price at Disneyland is still listed at $199, but that could change before reopening. – https://wdwnt.com/2021/04/handbuilt-lightsaber-price-increased-at-savis-workshop-in-disneys-hollywood-studios/ One of the last holdouts in Downtown Disney has reopened for guests. Splitsville Luxury Lanes returned this past week with some new health and safety measures. Bowling is open with limited availability, and indoor and outdoor dining is open. Like most other locations, plexiglass has been installed where groups might be close together, face masks must be worn except for when eating and drinking, and a lot of sanitation will be utilized. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/04/photos-splitsville-luxury-lanes-reopens-with-enhanced-health-and-safety-measures-at-downtown-disney-district/ With April being Earth Month, Disney has announced that some of its classic dolls will be packaged without plastic, and instead use 100% recyclable packaging. The dolls with this packaging will be available at shopDisney, select Disney Stores, and Disney Parks. Also, someone in the comments noticed that they included a boy and a girl playing with the dolls, which helps to normalize those who wish to do so. – https://www.instagram.com/p/CN2bYIjjwum/ Discussion Topic: Original Fantasmic! Cast Member Vanessa

    DLW 179: Former Cast Member Andy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021

    This week, Avenger’s Campus has an opening date, ticket information is online for the parks reopening, how to get your reservation, Cast Members get a sneak peek, all types of attractions updates, we talk to former Cast Member Andy, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: We have an opening date for Avenger’s Campus! The new area in Disney California Adventure is landing on June 4th. This is just over a month after the parks reopen to the general public. A video has been posted showing off the main elements of the campus, including Web Slingers, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, Pym’s Test Kitchen, and Doctor Strange’s ancient sanctum. The WEB Suppliers Store will also be open on the 4th. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/avengers-campus-at-disneyland-resort-set-to-open-and-recruit-super-heroes-june-4/ Disneyland posted the ticket prices and availability calendars online this week. As of the recording of this episode, all days on the calendar are still open from April 30th to June 28th. This is expected to change once new ticket sales open the morning of April 15th, so this could change. The pricing for the tickets has not changed since the parks closed ticket sales last year. To check the current availability and to get tickets to the parks, check out the link in our show notes. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/experience-updates/park-reservations/#drawer-card-new-tickets Step by step guide to making reservations {walk through this} – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/12/your-step-by-step-guide-to-making-a-disneyland-park-pass-reservation/ Cast Members get the greatest perk of all: visiting the parks before the general public! Cast Members are able to attend to a soft opening of Disneyland and DCA before they open to the public on April 30th. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/10/the-disneyland-resort-parks-will-host-a-soft-opening-for-cast-members/ A small thing that guests may notice when the parks reopen is the new nametags that the resort is rolling out. The saying at the bottom of the nametag is being changed to “Bringing Back the Magic” in place of “Where Dreams Come True” that is on the current nametags. – https://www.micechat.com/287392-disneyland-update-you-snooze-you-lose/ When hinges creak in doorless chambers, when strange and frightening sounds echo though the halls, that is when new news from the Haunted Mansion is present! What a great week for news of the changes that have happened since some of these attractions were last open to guests. New curtains, wallpaper, decor inside and out, and a few more surprises have been added and refreshed in the stately manor. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/haunted-mansion-home-improvements-at-disneyland-park/ and https://www.micechat.com/287447-disneylands-haunted-mansion-gets-spirited-updates/ Kim Irvine got the pleasure of showing off the completed King Arthur Carrousel on a video posted by Disney today. The newly refurbished attraction has had all of the horses touched up, the paint scheme updated to a more classic look with parchment white with purple, magenta, and other colors. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/even-more-beautiful-king-arthur-carrousel-at-disneyland-park/ Even though the parks will be open like they were in the “before times”, it hasn’t stopped changes from happening during the Touch of Disney event. Of course attractions have been cycling, preparing for guests in just a couple of weeks! In addition to this, the Incredibles have been seen on Pixar Pier. – https://www.micechat.com/287392-disneyland-update-you-snooze-you-lose/ With the reopening of Disneyland, there have been questions on how Rise of the Resistance is going to operate, since it was only open for a limited time before the parks closed. Just like in Walt Disney World, it will be on a virtual queue system through the Disneyland mobile app. Boarding groups will be opened in the morning, and once in the afternoon. Guests that have Disneyland reservations can request a boarding group in the morning. For the afternoon group, you have to have entered one of the parks prior to requesting a boarding group. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/attractions-and-entertainment-reopening-details-for-disneyland-resort-theme-parks/ Head of the Disney Parks, Josh D’Amaro showed off some impressive technology this past week during the press event to announce the opening of Avenger’s Campus. The awe inspiring things that he showed off were a Groot walking animatronic, and – the real show stopper – what appeared to be a real lightsaber! There was a patent filed a couple of years ago for the technology that is assumed to be running the device. What makes this version different from the ones that guests can construct themselves is that the blade seemingly extends from nowhere! No word on when or where these will appear in the parks, but it is expected to debut with the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel in Disney World. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/04/09/disney-teases-groot-walking-animatronic-and-real-star-wars-lightsaber/ and https://wdwnt.com/2021/04/how-disneys-real-star-wars-lightsaber-works/ With the return of the parks, some of your favorite Disney characters will be hanging around the parks. Characters will be available for socially distant photos with guests at a number of locations, including Main Street, Mickey’s Toon Town, the Royal Theatre in Fantasyland, Carthay Circle, the Pixar Pier Bandshell, and more. For a complete list of locations, check out the link in the show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/attractions-and-entertainment-reopening-details-for-disneyland-resort-theme-parks/ and https://wdwnt.com/2021/04/disneyland-announces-character-interactions-for-april-30th-reopening/ One dining location that we were sad to see closed in California Adventure has reopened for guests! Flo’s V8 Cafe is open once again for the remainder of the Touch of Disney event. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/09/there-was-a-surprise-restaurant-reopening-in-disney-california-adventure-today/ Much like the TV show itself, the Wandavision photo op has ended at Touch of Disney. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/09/whats-new-in-disneyland-resort-black-widow-merchandise-character-encounters-and-more/ Josh D’Amaro posted an update heralding in the new 5th key into the 4 keys of Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency. As we spoke of previously on the podcast, the 5th key is Inclusion. This is being rolled out across the company to new and updated shows and attractions, how teams work, and even park policies like the dress code. Now, gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices; and appropriate visible tattoos are allowed. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/a-place-where-everyone-is-welcome/ Discussion Topic: Andy Mack – https://andymackvoice.com/

    DLW 178: Disneyland Reopening Information

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021

    This week, Disneyland announces ticket and reservation details, what attractions will be open when the parks return, project updates, alcohol expands at the resort, staffing issues, we talk about the rest of our trip to California, and more!   Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/.   If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/.   Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking!   If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order!   News: Today Disneyland announced how ticket sales and reservations will work for the reopening on April 30th. To enter the parks, guests will need a park reservation plus a valid theme park admission ticket. Reservations are currently limited to California residents, and groups of no more than three households. Reservations will launch on April 12th for guests that currently have valid theme park tickets (not annual passes), no earlier than 8am Pacific time. April 15th guests will be able to purchase new theme park tickets. Reservations will be made available on a rolling basis for greatest access to the most guests. Starting April 9th, guests will a valid ticket can check and see what dates they can request reservations for. Disneyland recommends that guests login to their Disneyland account and add the park tickets to the account before attempting to get reservations for the best chance at success. Park Hopping will be allowed, but only after 1pm on the reservation date. Guests with multi-day tickets will have to make separate reservations for each day they wish to attend. For complete details, visit the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-disneyland-resorts-reopening-including-theme-park-reservations-and-tickets/ The Orange County Register posted a list of attractions that will be open, and which attractions will be closed when the parks reopen. Some notable closed attractions are the Jungle Cruise, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, the Monorail, the Matterhorn, Grizzly River Run, and the Animation building. For the complete list, check out the link in our show notes. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/04/06/which-disneyland-and-dca-rides-will-be-open-when-the-parks-return/ When Disneyland reopens, there will be some limitations on indoor attractions. Attractions have to be less than 15 minutes long, and must be queued outdoors. There is a question on if Rise of the Resistance qualifies under this 15 minute limit. Pirates, Haunted, Small World, and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln are about that length, so we will have to see what happens with those. Other issues, like masks getting wet on attraction like Splash and Grizzly River Run could pose issues. – https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2021/03/26/california-theme-park-reopening-guidelines-released-with-specific-limits-on-indoor-attractions-and-more/ and https://www.micechat.com/286268-disneyland-update-to-dream-the-impossible-dream/ With Disneyland preparing to open in just a few weeks, there is a lot of work going on with new and existing projects, which can be seen with MiceChat’s aerial photography this week. The Matterhorn looks like there are workers on the mountain, barges are likely servicing Fantasmic! infrastructure, Splash Mountain appears to be having work done, Storybook Land has been drained and work has wrapped up on King Arthur’s Carousel, the Haunted Mansion, and Snow White. – https://www.micechat.com/286878-disneyland-update-soarin-over-a-soon-to-open-disneyland/ Orange County, where Disneyland is located, has entered the Orange tier, which allows for a maximum of 25% capacity. Indoor capacity limited to a maximum of 25%, indoor dining limited to a maximum of 25% capacity. Orange county could move into the yellow tier soon, which would increase these levels to a maximum of 35% capacity, indoor capacity limited to a maximum of 25% and indoor dining limited to a maximum of 50% capacity. – https://www.micechat.com/286878-disneyland-update-soarin-over-a-soon-to-open-disneyland/ and https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2021/03/26/california-theme-park-reopening-guidelines-released-with-specific-limits-on-indoor-attractions-and-more/ After Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened, it was just a matter of time before this next change showed up elsewhere in Disneyland. When the Blue Bayou reopens it will have alcohol on the menu. This will operate similarly to how it works in Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge, which allows guests to order off a limited menu for beverages. Beer, wine, and a signature drink, which is a hurricane will be available. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/03/disney-parks-best-bites-april-2021/ and https://www.micechat.com/286631-blue-bayou-dining-to-add-limited-adult-beverages-when-it-reopens/   Continuing with their environmentally friendly approach, Disney Parks will start offering the option to purchase bamboo utensils at select dining locations starting this Spring. They even come with a handy travel pouch to keep them clean and together. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/03/disney-parks-best-bites-april-2021/ For guests that attended the Touch of Disney event and liked the brisket Mac and cheese, the Disney Parks Blog has posted the recipe to make it at home. There is quite a lot that goes into the various parts of the dish, but looks like it will be quite tasty. Check out the link in the show notes to try your hand at this one. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/04/disneymagicmoments-cooking-up-the-magic-brisket-mac-n-cheese-recipe-from-a-touch-of-disney-at-disney-california-adventure-park/ Guests that have attended a Touch of Disney have experienced some issues when it came to cast member staffing. Disney has had trouble filling all the shifts needed to properly staff all the locations, when taking into account call outs. This additional work for the cast members that do work their shifts, has caused those cast members to call out as well. The way Disney is calling back the most senior cast is causing a delay in getting the proper levels, which keeps this problem going. – https://www.micechat.com/286878-disneyland-update-soarin-over-a-soon-to-open-disneyland/ Mickey Mouse himself has moved to a more friendly location for photos with guests during the Touch of Disney event. The famous mouse now makes appearances in the extended queue section of Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Previously, Mickey was in his conductor outfit up at the Silly Symphony Swings. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/01/this-new-selfie-spot-at-disneylands-a-touch-of-disney-has-us-feeling-so-emotional/ The Lamplight Lounge has a secret drink menu! It has been around for a while, but the Disney Food Blog has a breakdown of all the options, as well as some of the lesser known items on that menu. All of the drinks have fun Disney-like names, and look beautiful. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/02/do-you-know-about-this-extra-secret-disney-drink-menu/ Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express has come out with another new beignet creation. This time, it is banana’s foster glazed beignets. This variation comes in a 4 pack with a vanilla bean crème anglaise dipping sauce. The beignets are covered in a banana rum glaze and topped with a cinnamon-sugar dust, with a caramel drizzle.- https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/04/review-bananas-foster-glazed-beignets-at-ralph-brennans-jazz-kitchen-express-in-downtown-disney-district/ Two things to note at Downtown Disney this week. First, you can buy a refillable mug at Wetzel’s for $14.99, which includes a drink, you can then bring it back for a free refill, with additional refills for just $1! The other is a corndog that contains a pickle with a hotdog inside of it! You can pick one up at Blue Ribbon Corndogs. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/04/02/whats-new-in-downtown-disney-pickle-corn-dogs-tweed-ears-and-4-mugs/ Disneyland launched quite the PR campaign almost two weeks ago now, but we wanted to make sure that we learned more about it before we discussed it on the show. It was a little delayed by our trip to California as well. DisneylandForward is the name of this campaign, and while initially people thought it was plans for an expansion, it is really just a vague representation of what they could do, if Anaheim will approve the rezoning into more of a mixed use area.- http://www.disneylandforward.com/ and https://www.micechat.com/286268-disneyland-update-to-dream-the-impossible-dream/

    DLW 177: A Touch of Disney and Bowers Museum

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 47:36

    This week, Tage and Teresa are visiting Touch of Disney and Bowers Museum! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! NOTE: We will talk about the plans Disney has released this week once we get back home and can go through all the deals. This will probably be the discussion topic next week.

    DLW 176: Our Touch of Disney Plans

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021

    This week, the early bird gets the Touch of Disney worm, tips for making Touch of Disney a better experience, Avenger’s Campus updates, some fun surprises for guests and legacy passholders, we talk about our planning for our visit to Touch of Disney, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Arriving early seems to be the best bet when it comes to Touch of Disney. For those folks staying at a hotel on Harbor, the access is easier and you can arrive to Downtown Disney earlier than the 11:30am Mickey and Friends crowds. For locals, there is also the option to park at the Anaheim Hotel for $10 and walk over. The crowds do pick up in the afternoon and early evening, so getting in and ordering some food right away is a good idea. Avoiding food and checking out the characters and photo ops in the afternoon when it is busiest is the best idea. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/18/what-does-a-sold-out-a-touch-of-disney-crowd-look-like-at-disneyland/ Touch of Disney hasn’t been all sunshine and churros. Guests online and even in our community, reported some hiccups with the opening weekend of the event. Guests arriving to Mickey and Friends at 11:30 when the garage opened, then had to walk the tram route, which resulted in getting the the gates after the noon start time. Entrance was slowed down due to having to scan the ticket, take guests photos, then scanning the $25 food gift card to enter. Mobile ordering is highly encouraged, but also had long waits for food once ordered, that in some cases, was faster to stand in line and order at the booth instead. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12893/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_March_22__28_2021 Something interesting popped up online this week with guests being able to see different angles into Avenger’s Campus with Touch of Disney going on. It appears that the Web Slingers attraction has a part of the track outside on the roof! We looked at some aerial photos to see if we could 100% confirm this, but there wasn’t a good angle to do so. There is a piece of concept art that has Mission Breakout in the background, so it could show proof of this. We were under the impression that the stunt show would be in this area, so we will see when the land and this attraction officially open to the public. – https://www.micechat.com/285785-disneyland-gets-ready-to-reopen-as-california-adventures-food-festival-kicks-off/ Attendees of the Touch of Disney event are able to look into Avenger’s Campus and see one of the decorative highlights of the new area – the Quinjet! It is parked on top of the location of the possible future location of the phase 2 big Avenger’s e-ticket attraction. – https://www.micechat.com/285785-disneyland-gets-ready-to-reopen-as-california-adventures-food-festival-kicks-off/ Guests were greeted with some unexpected refurbishments going on within California Adventure at the start of the Touch of Disney event. The rotunda for Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is behind scaffolding and being painted, as well as quite a bit of work around Pacifc Wharf, specifically the Cocina Cucamounga. – https://www.micechat.com/285785-disneyland-gets-ready-to-reopen-as-california-adventures-food-festival-kicks-off/ One amazing thing that has returned with the Touch of Disney event are the PhotoPass photographers! There are a number of locations that have been setup to take advantage of their return. There are also some locations that are setup without PhotoPass photographers that are just plain fun! There is a Mickey mural on the side of the D-Lish booth, a D23 Mickey Hands mural near Ghiradelli, butterfly wings by Paradise Garden, and more. For a complete list, check out the link in the show notes. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/20/heres-every-photo-op-at-disney-california-adventures-new-event/ During the Touch of Disney event, the games of Pixar Pier are open for guests to enjoy. Dividers have been installed between the seats and cast members are cleaning and sanitizing between each game. The games were free to play during the event, but it is unclear if it will remain that way. – https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2021/03/19/games-of-the-pixar-pier-operating-during-touch-of-disney-event-at-disney-california-adventure/ Legacy Passholders have a few places to pick up some nice swag at Touch of Disney. Over in Paradise Gardens, there is an AP corner with a photo op for the 20th anniversary of DCA, along with a Legacy Passholder magnet and button. The 65th Anniversary of Disneyland AP magnet is also still available at most merchandise locations, just be sure to ask. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/18/photos-check-out-the-exclusive-items-legacy-passholders-can-snag-in-disneyland/ More details have been trickling out about the new storyline and themeing for the World Famous Jungle Cruise this past week. The new story will center around Alberta Falls, the granddaughter of famed explorer Albert Falls, and is now the proprietor of the Jungle Navigation Company who operates the Jungle Cruise. For full details, visit the links that we have in the show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/03/jungle-cruise-adds-new-characters-mischievous-wildlife-and-skipper-humor-to-classic-attraction/ and https://www.micechat.com/280932-breaking-news-major-changes-coming-to-the-jungle-cruise-at-disneyland-and-magic-kingdom/ The Disneyland Hotel turned 65 back in October, and there is finally some merchandise to celebrate. There are tees, a sweater, and more available at the Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/03/photos-disneyland-hotel-65th-anniversary-apparel-debuts-at-disneyland-resort/ Salt and Straw has done it again with another interesting take on ice cream. This time, some of your favorite cereals are now an option! Some options recreate Lucky Charms, Cocoa Crisps, Peanut Butter Captain Munch, Rice Crispies, and Corn Flakes. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/20/your-favorite-cereals-are-now-ice-cream-flavors-in-disneyland/ Tortilla Jo’s will have an Easter Brunch Menu on Sunday, April 4, 2021. To make reservations for this unique opportunity, call 714-535-5000. Some of the items include breakfast burritos and enchiladas, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, bottomless mimosas, and more. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/20/skip-the-easter-ham-and-opt-for-a-breakfast-burritos-in-downtown-disney/ Bob Chapek was interviewed by Bloomberg this week, and spoke of the guest satisfaction ratings at the Disney parks since their return. In what might be a surprise to some, the satisfaction ratings are above where they were before the pandemic. This could be caused by the lower attendace levels, which makes for a more pleasant experience, the precautions Disney has taken to keep everyone safe, or just that people are happy to be out of the house doing anything. He also stated that the parks will continue to be more magical when more guests return. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/03/disney-ceo-bob-chapek-states-guest-satisfaction-at-parks-is-higher-now-compared-to-pre-pandemic/ Bob Iger was interviewed for the SiriusXM business show Leadership Matters. He talks about leaving Disney, what he hopes to do as he transitions out of the company, and more. The interview airs on SiriusXM on April 6th. – https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2021/03/22/bob-iger-discusses-whats-next-after-disney-and-the-reopening-of-disneyland-in-upcoming-sirius-xm-business-interview-leadership-matters/ Discussion: Touch of Disney Menu – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/03/foodie-guide-to-a-touch-of-disney-at-disney-california-adventure-park-opening-march-18/ Knott’s Boysenberry Festival – https://cdn-cloudfront.cfauthx.com/binaries/content/assets/kb-en-us/general-information/play/events/kbf-2021—taste-of-boysenberry-festival-mapv6.pdf

    DLW 175: Former Disney Institute Cast Member Jeff

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021

    This week, the resort preps for Touch of Disney at the end of this week, browse the menu and pricing before you go, extended hours coming to Downtown Disney, with an extended discount for legacy passholders, we talk to former Disney Institute cast member Jeff, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Disneyland announced their reopening date, along with Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. April 30th both parks will reopen. Reservations will be required and only open to residents of California. No fireworks or parades, just like we suspected. Check out the links here on the show notes for all the details. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/03/magic-is-back-at-disneyland-resort-theme-parks-plan-to-reopen-on-april-30/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/03/snow-whites-enchanted-wish-will-open-with-disneyland-on-april-30th/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/17/news-disneyland-to-use-theme-park-reservation-system-upon-reopening/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/03/the-haunted-mansion-will-return-at-disneyland-with-enhancements-and-new-magic/ Banners are lining the tram route from the Mickey and Friends Parking Garage as preparations wrap up ahead of Touch of Disney, as guests will be walking this path. There are also several speakers that have been installed. Social distancing markers have also appeared in the esplanade. – https://www.micechat.com/285327-disneyland-news-update-its-looking-good/ Inside the park, booths have been set up on the parade route, menus have been posted and even registers are ready to go. Which, is no surprise since everything has to be ready to go by this weekend. Cast member previews have also been going on this week for the event, which starts this Thursday, March 18th. – https://www.micechat.com/285327-disneyland-news-update-its-looking-good/ Ready to start planning all the food you’ll be eating at Touch of Disney? I know we are. The menu and prices are now in the Disneyland app. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/15/menus-prices-added-to-disneyland-app-for-a-touch-of-disney-event/ Another reservation snafu to add to the Touch of Disney list is with dining reservations. Like with admission tickets, Disney didn’t announce a time for anything to go on sale, so anyone looking to grab a seat had to refresh all day. There was also a mixed message telling app users to use a desktop, which turned out to put people at the back of the line. What a mess. – https://www.micechat.com/285327-disneyland-news-update-its-looking-good/ Starting with the launch of Touch of Disney, Downtown Disney will stay open an additional hour for your shopping convenience. The new hours will be 10am to 9pm for that week. And on March 27th and 28th, it goes 9am to 9pm, a full 12 hour day. We haven’t seen these extended hours since the holidays, a likely indication of Disney expecting bigger crowds. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/10/downtown-disney-hours-extended-during-a-touch-of-disney-event/ Legacy passholders will have an extra step to keep receiving discounts at the park and Downtown Disney. Parkholders will need to show a digital discount ticket, their annual passport and photo ID when they make a purchase. If you’ve previously linked your Passport to your account through the Disneyland app, a new discount ticket should automatically be added. If you haven’t look for an email to come from Disney to come soon with instructions. All of this information was included in an email sent to annual passholders. – Coffee addicts have another one of their Starbucks locations back at Downtown Disney. The west location reopened on Monday with hours basically mirroring Downtown Disney’s operation. They also have a special opening week drink. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/10/another-starbucks-location-at-disneyland-resort-is-set-to-reopen-soon/ The hunt is on at Downtown Disney as the Eggstravaganza makes its return. The egg themed scavenger hunt started Monday and runs through April 18, while supplies last. Game boards and stickers are available for about $8 at select locations. Complete your game board and you get a special surprise of one of six collectible eggs. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/03/kick-off-spring-with-eggstravaganza-and-more-at-downtown-disney-district-at-disneyland-resort/ Some perks to get more time at the parks are going away, for now. Disneyland is suspending fast pass, max pass and both sets of magic hours upon its upcoming return. It’s a similar move to what happened at other Disney parks. In Florida, they also limited park hopping, but that hasn’t been announced for California yet, knock on wood. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/03/12/disneyland-suspends-fastpasses-and-extra-magic-hours-when-theme-parks-reopen/ MiceChat had some great timing on a recent visit to the park. They saw the trolley horses out practicing their routes, something they’ve been doing a few days a week for a while now. The horse drawn street car will probably not return right when the parks open, but it is good to see that the horses are staying fresh with their training. – https://www.micechat.com/285327-disneyland-news-update-its-looking-good/ The Disney Food Blog is helping to bring back a flavor you can’t find at the park any more — the Big Thunder Ribs. This item was at the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ, which was lost to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. The spareribs feature a homemade BBQ rub in a six step recipe. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/15/disney-recipe-ribs-from-big-thunder-ranch-bbq/ Discussion Topic: Jeff from DisneyAtWork.com and DisneyAtPlay.com

    DLW 174: Former Cast Member Dave Smith Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 92:48

    This week, the State released new guidance for theme park reopening, what that means for Disneyland, plus Disney’s reaction to the news, a pleasant surprise from Bob Chapek during the shareholders call, D23 celebrates 20 years of DCA, we finish our talk with former cast member Dave, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: The State of California released new guidance on the reopening of theme parks througout the state. Theme parks can now open at 15% capacity in the red tier, 25% in the orange tier, and 35% in the yellow tier. Some other restrictions include no indoor dining, limits on indoor attractions, and visits are limited to residents of California. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/03/05/disneyland-universal-and-other-california-theme-parks-can-reopen-april-1/ and https://www.micechat.com/284100-breaking-disneyland-reopening-plans-revealed/ Disneyland President Ken Potrock released a statement shortly after the revised guidelines were posted stating they are encouraged by the revisions and are looking forward to reopening in spring and getting thousands of cast members back to work, allowing other local businesses to open as well. – https://twitter.com/DisneyParksNews/status/1367974539397795844/photo/1 With the announcement of the ability for the parks to reopen on April 1st, there are still a lot of things that have to land in place to actually be able to open. First, Disney has to decide if opening at the lower capacity is financially possible, then cast members have to be called back to work and re-trained. Part of this re-training is becoming recertified on the attraction to be able to operate them in the state of California. Senior attraction operators need to be called back in earlier to get recertified, so they can then train the other cast members for them to get certified. – https://www.micechat.com/284685-disneyland-update-not-quite-as-soon-as-you-think/ On the Disney Company Shareholders meeting Tuesday, Bob Chapek stated that they hope to have Disneyland open in late April. There is no date they are ready to announce, but if the cases in Orange County continue on the decline, guests could be welcomed back shortly after the Touch of Disney event ends on April 19th. Chapek stated that they are calling back 10,000 cast members in preperation. – https://twitter.com/DisneyParksNews/status/1369358327562477568/photo/1 D23 is hosting a virtual event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney California Adventure. Tickets are free for D23 Gold members, and $11.50 for D23 general members. The panel will include a multitude of Imagineers and others that worked to bring DCA to life. The panel will be available for viewing from March 10th at 4pm Pacific to March 26th at 11:45pm Pacific. – https://d23.com/d23-event/d23-x-walt-disney-imagineering-magical-milestones-disney-california-adventure-park-20th-anniversary/ Tickets for the Touch of Disney event went on sale last week with no specifics, other than the date. Guests hit up the site at midnight pacific time to no update, then at 7am, then 8am, and finally around 9ish, a button appeared to take guests to a queue to get tickets. This queue then lead to another queue to actually get tickets, which for most folks we talked to said “more than an hour.” Once guests got to the online sales page, the process was quick and easy, with no major hiccups. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12881/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_March_8__14_2021 MiceChat has some new photos from the skies above Disneyland this week, giving us a glimpse into the park. Lighting was turned on down Main Street, the pink lapacho trees are starting to bloom in the hub, and cocktail tables have been setup around Jolly Holiday and the Plaza Inn. The Frontierland bridge is looking completed and ready to go for guests, and all the attraction work seems to be compelted, with the exception of the carrousel. Over in DCA, Avenger’s Campus looks to be complete on the exterior, waiting to receive guests. – https://www.micechat.com/284685-disneyland-update-not-quite-as-soon-as-you-think/ The WandaVision photo opportunity in Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure has added a new prop! Agatha Harkness’ directors chair from one of the last episodes of the show is now setup in a fenced off area near the living room setup that has been there for a few weeks now. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/03/photos-agatha-harkness-directors-chair-added-to-wandavision-photo-op-at-disneyland-resort/ The Walt Disney Company turns 100 in 2023 and the Walt Disney Archives are planning an exhibit to celebrate! The exhibit will premiere at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in February, 2023. A second staging of the exhibit will premiere in March 2023 for international audiences. More information will be available on D23.com in the future for this exhibit. – https://d23.com/celebrate-100-years-of-disney-with-exhibit-launching-in-2023/ Once again, a new set of ears have dropped in Downtown Disney. This time, they are themed to look like the Mickey balloons that are so iconic. One of the ears is a pink Mickey balloon, with the other ear containing a purple Mickey balloon. This set of ears is heavier than other sets, so there is some padding to make them more comfortable to wear. The ears are also bi-coastal as the purple ear says Disneyland Resort, while the pink ear says Walt Disney World. They also light up! You can pick them up for around $33, as well as on shopDisney. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/08/photos-the-colorful-new-balloon-ears-are-now-available-at-disneyland-resort/#more-463709 The replacement for the former Chadwick Boseman mural in Downtown Disney was unveiled this week. Imagineer Xiao Quing Chen designed the new mural based on Raya and the Last Dragon. Guests can take pictures in front of the new mural, which is located on the side of the former ESPN building. No word on how long the mural will be on display for. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/03/imagineer-xiao-qing-chen-designs-artwork-inspired-by-disneys-raya-and-the-last-dragon-for-downtown-disney-district/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/05/new-raya-and-the-last-dragon-artwork-debuts-at-downtown-disney/#more-462409 Disney has filed a patent for a new multimedia show system. The patent describes a system that could be used with elements in the space to cause the room to change and react to different items, basically transforming the room altogether. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/03/disney-files-patent-for-new-multimedia-show-system/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/03/disney-patent-would-bring-video-game-interactivity-to-streaming-services-like-disney/ Discussion Topic: Dave Smith – Books on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/David-W-Smith/e/B002WDKU44?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_8&qid=1615392106&sr=8-8

    DLW 173: Former Cast Member Dave Smith Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021

    This week, A Touch of Disney is announced, we have most of the details, new tram route decorations for the 65th anniversary, Legacy Passholders have some more new perks, permits filed for the changes coming to the Jungle Cruise, we talk to former cast member Dave, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Just after posting our episode last week, Disney announced the details for their food event, “A Touch of Disney”. This experience will cost $75 per person, and will include a food gift card for $25, entrance to most of Disney California Adventure, and free parking in Mickey and Friends. A Touch of Disney will begin on March 18th, with tickets going on sale March 4th. The event will take place Thursdays through Mondays from noon to 8pm. Tickets continue to be released on a rolling basis until the experience ends. Tickets must be purchased in advance on disneyland.com for a specific date. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/02/a-touch-of-disney-new-limited-capacity-ticketed-experience-coming-to-disney-california-adventure-park-beginning-march-18/ – https://www.micechat.com/282589-updates-disney-california-adventure-food-and-wine-event-to-take-over-much-of-the-park/ Where there is food, there is a Disney Parks Blog Foodie Guide! So much food will be available at A Taste of Disney, including many resort favorites. Some of our highlights include Dole Whips, Fluffernutter Churros, corn dogs, lobster nachos, some beef skewers from Bengal BBQ, and more! There are so many options, it will be impossible to not find something that you want to eat, and will probably want to attend a few days to eat it all! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/03/foodie-guide-to-a-touch-of-disney-at-disney-california-adventure-park-opening-march-18/ and https://www.micechat.com/282589-updates-disney-california-adventure-food-and-wine-event-to-take-over-much-of-the-park/ With the upcoming use of the Mickey and Friends parking structure to be utilized for A Touch of Disney, the tram route to Downtown Disney has been refreshed with some 65th anniversary banners and decorations. The tram route will open to guests for walking to Downtown Disney, as there will not be any tram service at this time. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/02/photos-tram-route-decorated-with-flags-and-banner-for-belated-65th-anniversary-of-disneyland-resort/ With the continued closure of the parks beyond A Touch of Disney, the local politicians are trying to help accelerate the limited reopening as completely operating theme parks at a reduced capacity at a lower tier of the COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy. LA County voted in favor of AB 420, which allows theme parks to reopen at 25% capacity in Tier 3, instead of tier 4. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/02/la-county-votes-in-favor-of-bill-allowing-disneyland-resort-universal-studios-hollywood-to-open-in-tier-3-of-california-governors-covid-19-plan/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/25/news-bill-to-reopen-disneyland-sooner-moves-forward/ Legacy Passholders continue to have added perks to their non-defunct passes, this time, there will be some exclusive perks and extras during the A Touch of Disney event. There will be a special photo op to celebrate DCA’s 20th anniversary, plus access to themed amenities at the Legacy Passholder Corner in Paradise Gardens. A special button will be available, as well as a Legacy Passholder magnet! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/01/exclusive-legacy-passholder-perks-coming-to-disney-california-adventure-event/ As we told you a few episodes ago, the World Famous Jungle Cruise is set to get a modern update to make the attraction more culturally sensitive. Permits were filed to begin work on transforming the areas to be updated. Scrims will be installed around the areas to be worked on, allowing the attraction to stay running for guests. The construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/02/permits-filed-to-begin-construction-of-new-culturally-sensitive-jungle-cruise-ride-scenes-at-disneyland-park/ Guests with reservations at Carthay Circle can now use mobile check-in to notify a host that you are ready for your reservation, without having to stand in line to speak to a host. Reservations can also be made through the mobile system, if you can snag one! – https://www.micechat.com/283944-disneyland-update-the-billion-dollar-question/ Since the opening of the Star Wars Trading Post, waits to access the location have exceeded 4 hours at times, resulting in long waits to get into Downtown Disney. There is a virtual wait list, but you have to be inside of Downtown Disney to get “in line”, so that leaves guests wandering around for up to 4 hours, keeping the shopping area busy. This could be improved by allowing guests to register for the queue before arriving at the resort. – https://www.micechat.com/283944-disneyland-update-the-billion-dollar-question/ Earlier this year, guests were able to begin purchasing interactive remote control “Spider-Bots” that will be part of the new Spider-Man attraction coming to Avenger’s Campus when the parks reopen. Recently, one of these Spider-Bots was spotted outside of the Web Slingers attraction building. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/24/video-disneys-avengers-campus-has-a-special-new-resident/ A new set of Disneyland Resort exclusive Mickey ears have gone on sale! The ears are made of a black velvet material, with a stitched Mickey, with colors reminiscent of Mickey’s Fun Wheel radiating outward. Disney California Adventure is stitched on the side of the band. They can be purchased for $29.99 at the Five & Dime on Buena Vista Street. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/01/new-mickey-ears-feature-a-major-disney-icon/ Back in 2012, a group of folks got to visit and stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite above Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland. Over at MiceChat, the story is told in wonderful detail, with pictures! Included in the writeup are some surprises, like being given a tour of the park after hours! Check out the link in our show notes for the complete story! – https://www.micechat.com/282919-disneyland-dream-suite/ 2021 is rolling right along and Easter is coming up faster than we all realize. Disney has everyone covered with some Easter treats already available. Marceline’s Confectionary has cake pops, apples and others, AND the HANDMADE chocolate fudge Easter Eggs have returned. The eggs are usually crafted in the Candy Palace on Main Street, but this year they are at Trolley Treats! They run $9.99 each and come in vanilla, peanut butter, chocolate-nut, and plain chocolate. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/01/review-super-sweet-and-insta-worthy-treats-have-arrived-in-disneyland/ and ](https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/01/hurry-up-you-can-only-get-this-iconic-disneyland-snack-once-a-year/#more-459060)[https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/03/01/hurry-up-you-can-only-get-this-iconic-disneyland-snack-once-a-year/ The Walt Disney Company released their annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report recently, pointing out their efforts to operate with integrity and to make a positive impact in society. In response to COVID-19, they raised nearly 2.8 million in donations for Feeding America, plus $615,000 for emergency assistance funds. Disney donated food and PPE, providing nearly $27 million in in-kind support. In addition, they have pledged to support Black communities, reducing emissions throughout the company, and much more. To read the release, please check out the link in the show notes. – https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/disney-releases-2020-corporate-social-responsibility-report/ Discussion Topic: Former Cast Member Dave Smith – Canoes, Mike Fink Keelboats, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Monorail

    DLW 172: Entertainment Performer Madison

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021

    This week, Cast Members make a huge difference in Orange County, guests can get Food and Wine Fest refunds, some more Legacy Passholder perks, Wonderground returns, we talk to former Entertainment Performer Madison, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! Check us out on the latest episode of The Sweep Spot! News: Disneyland Resort Cast Members that are part of the VoluntEARS program recently helped the Community Action Partnership of Orange County, along with MOMS Orange County to deliver essential items to those in need. More than 300 families received diapers, wipes, and other baby items at a drive-thru distribution event. Disneyland donated plush toys to the event, with the help of 50 VoluntEARS. Since COVID-19 started, more than $5 million dollars worth of merchandise and 500,000 pounds of food have been donated by Disneyland to local nonprofits. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/02/disneyland-resort-helps-get-essential-items-to-those-in-need-with-the-help-of-local-nonprofits/ and https://t.co/4DJKngIauP The reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish attraction is sure to be an excellent upgrade from the old “Scary Adventures” version. What makes this feat even more amazing is that it was accomplished by some Imagineers working from home! Special effects, lighting, paint work, and more were created for the refreshed attraction at Imagineer’s homes during the pandemic. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/02/creating-magic-at-home-snow-whites-enchanted-wish-at-disneyland-park/ In an unexpected move, Disneyland is offering refunds for unused Food and Wine Festival passes. Attendees can receive the refund by calling Disney, or contacting the resort online. $7 will be refunded for each unused tab still attached to a Sip and Savor pass for the 2020 festival. Detached tabs are not eligible. Refunds will be issues via a Disney gift card. – https://t.co/SrReiUECdY Just a friendly reminder that you should also keep track of tickets that you have not yet used and will be able to get refunded or alternative use for in the future. Tickets include Star Wars Nite, which was originally scheduled for August 27th, and Villains Nite, originally scheduled for April 30th. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/22/if-you-had-tickets-for-these-3-disneyland-events-be-sure-to-check-for-your-refund/ Once again we have a reopening date for the DVC Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian. As of this podcast recording, the reopening date is set for May 2, 2021. The rest of the hotel will not be open, just the villas for DVC members. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/23/news-new-opening-date-announced-for-disneylands-grand-californian/ Disney has announced that Legacy Passholders who attend the upcoming limited-time ticketed experience at DCA will “have access to a special opportunity” at the event. No further information has been announced, and we still have no ticket – or any details – on this event at DCA. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/23/legacy-passholders-to-have-a-special-opportunity-at-the-upcoming-disney-california-adventure-event/ Ron Moore, who some of you may know from Battlestar Galactica, Outlander, For All Mankind, and the Star Trek universe, is working with Disney+ on a new universe model based around Disney Parks and classic Disney films. This project is called the Magic Kingdom Universe, and could explore characters like a sea boat captain from the Jungle Cruise, the prospector from Big Thunder Mountain, and more. The first project is based on the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/02/23/magic-kingdom-universe-to-connect-disney-theme-parks-with-disney-shows/ Star Wars Trading Post opened to the general public on Friday and it was popular! There were waits of up to 3+ hours to get into Downtown Disney, and then lines to get into the location. Some of the merchandise was on display outside of guests to look at before entering the new location. – https://www.micechat.com/283144-disneyland-news-update-food-wine-star-wars-and-wonder/ Now that Star Wars Trading Post has opened in Downtown Disney, the Wonderground Gallery could also return! Some new items have appeared in the location including the “Kingdom of Cute” home collection. The collection is from designer Jerrod Maruyama, who is known for his cure Disney park icons designs. Some of the items that you can pick up include a limited edition canvas, a ceramic plate set, serving tray, and more. Check out the link in our show notes for all the options. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/02/photos-jerrod-maruyama-x-disney-kingdom-of-cute-home-collection-arrives-at-the-downtown-disney-district/ With the longer waits to get into Downtown Disney recently, guests are being surveyed on if they’d like to see a reservation system for shopping visits in advance of showing up at the resort. Nothing is certain, just Disney testing the waters. – https://www.micechat.com/283144-disneyland-news-update-food-wine-star-wars-and-wonder/ From now until March 1st, Chewbacca – in Lego form – will be on display at the LEGO store. According to Disney, he stands 7 and a half feet tall, and is made up of 36,540 bricks, and took 275 hours to construct. – https://www.micechat.com/283144-disneyland-news-update-food-wine-star-wars-and-wonder/ Disneyland Legacy Passholders now have until March 11th to save 30% off their purchases Mondays through Thursdays at select Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street locations. This extended discount was originally scheduled to end on February 25th. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/22/disneyland-legacy-passholder-merchandise-discount-extended/ MiceChat again has posted a Disneyland recreation recipe for the vegetarian gumbo that is served at the Royal Street Veranda. Make sure to follow the directions carefully and allow the roux to cook to a longer time to get the color and flavoring correct. We made a different gumbo recipe this weekend and had issues with this step. Otherwise, this looks delicious! – https://www.micechat.com/282512-disneyland-royal-street-veranda-vegetarian-gumbo-recipe/ For those listeners out there who are in the Southern California area, you may want to check out B Sweet, a local LA area bakery. This place is churning out sweet treats inspired by Disneyland classics. A set of two churros for $6, a Dole Whip cheesecake for $8, the Grey Stuff cake for $7, and more! For those wanting a slightly different take on the classics, this is a great option! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/21/review-did-an-l-a-bakery-beat-disneyland-at-its-own-snack-game/ A new form of beignet has shown up at Jazz Kitchen Express. This new variation is a Snickerdoodle Beignet, which is a regular beignet topped with cookie butter glaze, then dusted with cinnamon sugar. The cinnamon flavoring almost makes these taste like churro beignets! A 4 pack will set you back $11.49. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/23/review-thank-you-for-snickerdoodle-beignets-disney/ Discussion Topic: Madison from Entertainment

    DLW 171: Working the 3rd Shift with Michael

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021

    This week, guests get “a touch of Disney” next month, less money for the parks, Star Wars Trading post lands in Downtown Disney, some more locations reopen, make some Disney treats at home, we talk to Michael about working third shift, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: The food event that is coming to Disney California Adventure next month finally has an official name: “A Touch of Disney.” Since there won’t be entertainment or attractions for this event, calling it a Festival was not in the cards. The name is similar to the name that Knott’s used this year, “Taste of Knott’s.” – https://www.micechat.com/282214-disneyland-update-openings-closings-and-glimmers-of-hope/ Last week, Disney had their quarterly earnings call with investors. Not much Disneyland news, except that Disney plans to decrease their budget for Parks, Experiences, and Products and funnel that money into Direct to Consumer, which is TV, movies, and streaming. Bob Chapek also talked about how the pandemic allowed them to rethink their passholder program and how limited attendance could be going forward. Finally, he didn’t expect masks and social distancing at the parks to continue in 2022. – https://www.micechat.com/282214-disneyland-update-openings-closings-and-glimmers-of-hope/ One of the limited capacity issues that they face is overall attendance with reopening Disneyland during the pandemic. One of the possible strategies would be to offer “day-parting” tickets. Day Parting tickets allow Disney to split one day into two parts, each with different tickets needed to attend. Disneyland could then sell, say 15,000 tickets for the first part of the day, remaining within capacity limits, then sell another 15,000 for the second part of the day, bringing capacity up to 30,000 guests a day. – https://www.micechat.com/282214-disneyland-update-openings-closings-and-glimmers-of-hope/ Star Wars Trading Post will be opening to the public this week after some early access days for Legacy Passholders. This location will be more flexible with the timeline for Star Wars than Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. Merchandise from all eras of the universe will be on sale. The exterior is still themed to be a Resistance base, but also fits in with other iconic locations. Inside the location, Grogu’s pram will be on display. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/02/11/how-disney-imagineering-turned-the-rainforest-cafe-into-a-star-wars-rebel-base-in-downtown-disney/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/11/disneys-new-star-wars-store-will-have-details-from-the-mandaloridan/ La Brea Bakery has reopened in Downtown Disney! This is one of the last locations to reopen since the stay at home order was lifted allowing restaurants to allow guests to dine in again. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/10/did-someone-say-bread-a-downtown-disney-bakery-is-reopening-soon/ The exterior section of Oswald’s at the entrance to Buena Vista Street has reopened for the first time since closing almost a year ago. Currently, there is a limited selection of merchandise, but it is nice to have another location open on Buena Vista Street. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/02/photos-oswalds-reopens-with-new-mickey-and-minnie-shirts-at-disney-california-adventure/ Starbucks has returned to Downtown Disney in its largest store near World of Disney. No word on the smaller Starbucks at the west side of Downtown Disney, or the location on Buena Vista Street. Sprinkles Cupcakes and Splitsville also do not currently have an opening date. – https://www.micechat.com/282214-disneyland-update-openings-closings-and-glimmers-of-hope/ For the Star Wars fans listening, a new coffee table book based on the art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is available for pre-order. The book will be priced at $50 and will be on sale April 27th in a hardcover version, with 256 pages. – https://wdwnt.com/2021/02/new-the-art-of-star-wars-galaxys-edge-book-available-for-pre-order/ For Valentines Day this year, Salt and Straw offered a sweet deal of two pints of ice cream and “A Whiff of Waffle” candle package for $49. The UVA Bar and Cafe offered a White Chocolate Raspberry Martini, which is made up of Godiva white chocolate, Stoli Chocolat Razberi vodka, and creme de cacao. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/13/spend-valentines-day-with-ice-cream-and-candles-in-downtown-disney/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/13/forget-chocolate-boxes-wed-rather-drink-our-dessert-in-disneyland-resort/ With Valentine’s Day over for this year, you can still make some of the tasty treats at home! MiceChat posted copycat recipes for Disneyland Mickey S’More Squares, including home made marshmallows! They also posted the Valentine’s Sweet Charcuterie Tray, which contains sugar cookies, candy apples, rice crispy treats, and more. – https://www.micechat.com/282138-disneyland-copycat-smore-squares-and-valentines-treats-to-love/ MiceChat also posted some at-home recipes to celebrate Mardi Gras. Selections include The Mint Julep, Blue Bayou Gumbo, the famous Monte Cristo, and Disneyland Beignets. – https://www.micechat.com/282398-making-disneyland-blue-bayou-classics-at-home-monte-cristo-mint-juleps-beignets-gumbo/ With the holiday weekend combining President’s Day and Valentine’s Day, the Disneyland Resort hit capacity. Guests were notified by the Disneyland app that there was limited capacity and that parking and pedestrian entry would be occasionally pausing. Guests with dining reservations would still be allowed in. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/15/disneyland-resort-has-reached-capacity-today/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/02/downtown-disney-district-closed-for-capacity-guests-with-dining-reservations-still-able-to-enter/ The Orange County Register posted a story about Retired Marine Ernie “Gunny” Napper, who for 29 years has performed the flag retreat ceremony at Disneyland, even during the shutdown. The beginning of the article is very moving. It reads “At sunset on Dec. 5 last year — Walt Disney’s 119th birthday — security officer Ernie “Gunny” Napper lowered the flag in Disneyland’s Town Square, and walked it over to a private apartment above the firehouse where Disney spent many of his days and nights staring out the window at the excited crowds rushing into his newly opened fantasy kingdom. The retired Marine Corp. gunnery sergeant and a few other security officers, custodial and maintenance staff still working at the empty park began singing “Happy Birthday” to the man who gave children from all over the world the best day of their lives. And, as he has five nights a week for the last 29 years, Gunny lingered a bit under Disney’s window with a lamp in it that never gets turned off, to tell his boss how the day went, and how sad it is in the happiest place on earth without those children. “I talk to him a lot, I do,” Gunny says. “I see Mr. Disney in my mind clear as day standing at that window at sunset and watching the security officers bring the flag down and fold it.” – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/02/11/reverent-disneyland-flag-ceremony-endures-thanks-to-gunny-and-some-day-the-kids-will-return/ Discussion Topic: Michael on 3rd Shift Custodial

    DLW 170: Talking Pins with Pinderella

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 119:27

    This week, a BIG rumor is going around, a new ticketed event will allow guests to roam around all of Disney California Adventure, Star Wars Trading post is coming along with a chance to see it early, we talk to Emily from Pinderella, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: This piece of news is strictly in the RUMOR category, but thought it was possibly exciting enough to at least mention on the show. There is a rumor, posted over at Disneyland News Today, that Main Street, USA is planning to open sometime in mid-March. This would be approximately a year since the park closed to guests on March 14th last year. If this is true, Main Street should be open to guests just like Buena Vista Street is currently. No word on how close guests will be able to get to Sleeping Beauty Castle, or what will be open. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for any update on this rumored story. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/02/rumor-main-street-u-s-a-at-disneyland-park-to-reopen-march-14th-exactly-one-year-after-the-park-closed/ With the closing of the resort last year, the Food and Wine Festival that was in progress never got to run it’s course. A new, limited ticketed event will allow Disneyland favorites from around the entire resort to be enjoyed once again. The rest of Disney California Adventure, minus all the attractions, will be accessible during this event, starting in mid-March. This event is also expected to bring 1,000 cast members back to work. No details on exact dates, ticket cost, or when the tickets will go on sale. – https://www.micechat.com/281918-breaking-news-food-festival-planned-for-disney-california-adventure/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/08/breaking-news-ticketed-food-event-inside-of-disney-california-adventure-coming-soon/ The theming of the new Star Wars Trading Post in Downtown Disney has been coming along with some new props. On the building itself, camouflage netting, communications dishes, and wiring have been added. In front of the new location, Rey’s speeder from Jakuu has been installed as a photo op. With all of this new themeing, it is only a matter of time before this location is open to welcome guests. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/02/photos-wires-thrown-all-over-and-set-piece-added-to-star-wars-trading-post-at-downtown-disney-district/ and https://wdwnt.com/2021/02/photos-new-star-wars-trading-post-lights-up-in-the-downtown-disney-district/ Preview reservations were open for Star Wars Trading Post for legacy passholders, but sold out immediately. They may open more availability in the future, so keep an eye on the link in our show notes. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/enchanting-extras-collection/booking-star-wars-trading-post/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/09/reservations-now-open-for-star-wars-passholder-event-at-disneyland-resort/ Exterior lighting has been in testing for Avenger’s Campus this week. The new lighting for the area can be seen by those guests who are inside Buena Vista Street after dark. The front of the Spider-Man attraction is lit up in blue, with the red section sporting a lit up WEB logo in white. Once the parks reopen, it shouldn’t be too long until guests can walk the pathways of this new area! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/04/photos-lights-are-on-at-avengers-campus-in-disneyland-resort/ With eating allowed at the resort again, there are a couple of new options for churros. Returning is the fluffernutter churro, which you may remember is a churro covered with peanut butter, marshmallows, and chocolate. A new option is the chocolate pineapple churro. The churro is covered in an oreo crumble, and drizzled with a pineapple glaze. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/06/churro-lovers-rejoice-fluffernutter-churros-have-returned-to-disneyland/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/08/review-are-the-chocolate-pineapple-churros-a-must-try-or-a-hard-pass-in-disneyland-resort/ Salt and Straw is bringing some flavors back out of their “vault” to Downtown Disney. The flavors are a salted caramel cupcake, Cinnatopia Cinnamon Bun, Strawberry Tres Leches, Brown Ale & Bacon, and Lemon Cheesecake Crumble. Some of these flavors date back to as early as 2011! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/06/salt-straw-at-disneyland-resort-is-bringing-its-most-epic-flavors-out-of-the-vault/ Dining- whats open and how to get a reservation. – https://www.micechat.com/281610-disneyland-update-hearts-sing-and-wishful-things/ and https://www.mouseplanet.com/12855/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_February_1__7_2021 Disneyland Resort Legacy Passholders have access to a new WandaVision photo op near Award Weiners in Disney California Adventure. Legacy members enter at the Sunset Showcase Theater marquee and head to the setup. Guests can then sit on a couch, and take a photo through a set of televisions setup to frame the shot. Note that cast members can’t take photos for guests due to covid restrictions, so be sure to have a friend. A WandaVision poster is also provided, while supplies last. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12860/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_February_8__14_2021 and https://www.micechat.com/281610-disneyland-update-hearts-sing-and-wishful-things/ The Red Car Trolley has been moved to the entrance area of Buena Vista Street to make room on Hollywood Boulevard for more outdoor vending carts. This is a prime location to be able to take a photo with the trolley! – https://www.micechat.com/281610-disneyland-update-hearts-sing-and-wishful-things/ The California Legislature is working on a bill which would allow theme parks in the state to open in an earlier tier than was previously announced. The bill calls for the removal of the limitation between small and large theme parks, resulting in all parks being treated the same. Governor Gavin Newsom would have to sign the bill, if passed and there is no indication that he would at this time. – https://www.micechat.com/281387-california-legislators-chart-course-for-earlier-theme-park-reopenings/ Chevrolet has teamed up with Walt Disney World to promote their newest electric car, the Chevy Bolt EUV. In the commercial, three familiar hitchhikers try and bum a ride from a family in the electric car. That’s right! Gus, Ezra, and Phineas are in the commercial. More information will be released about this new vehicle on February 14th at 4pm eastern. – https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2021/02/08/chevrolet-and-disney-world-new-ad-featuring-hitchhiking-ghosts/ Discussion Topic: Emily – aka Pinderella from Pinderellashop.com and Pinderella Shop LLC on Facebook.

    DLW 169: DCA Outdoor Vending with Former Cast Member Daniel

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021

    This week, dining returns to Downtown Disney, with Buena Vista Street locations coming soon, an update to the mask policy, annual passholders get some perks, information about the new membership program launch, we talk to former DCA cast member Daniel, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: A few of the Downtown Disney dining locations that closed due to the stay at home order have now reopened. UVA Bat and Cafe reopened on January 30th, along with Tortilla Jo’s, and Naples Ristorante e Bar. Reservations can be made for these locations on the Disneyland Dining reservations page. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/01/28/two-downtown-disney-restaurants-share-reopening-dates/ With the return of dining, food carts and extended seating areas have returned to Buena Vista Street. Water, soft drinks, and even cotton candy have returned to the carts. A lot of the expanded eating areas that were setup previously have also returned in a similar fashion. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/01/photos-food-carts-return-and-seating-areas-extended-at-disney-california-adventure/ Friday, February 5th is the date when Award Wieners, Carthay Circle Lounge, and Smokejumpers Grill will reopen for guests. The three locations should return to the same level of service and menus as they had before the stay at home order caused them to close down. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/01/carthay-circle-award-wieners-and-more-get-reopening-dates-in-downtown-disney/ Disneyland has updated their mask policy while on property to include reference to the COVID-19 vaccinations that are ongoing around the world. The first policy that they updated was the requirement for everyone, even those vaccinated against the virus to wear a mask while on property. The other policy is that of clear face masks. Clear face masks must be attached to fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching. The clear face masks are designed to help those guests who need to read lips, or are deaf. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/02/01/downtown-disney-and-buena-vista-street-visitors-face-2-new-mask-rules/ Disneyland wants to make sure that former annual passholders feel the love. Passholders as of March 14, 2020 are now labeled as Disneyland Resort Legacy Passholders. This new title brings with it some new extras like 30% off select merchandise at some Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street locations on Monday through Thursdays through February 25th. Also, a WandaVision inspired retro photo op the weekend of February 6th. There is another perk, which we will touch on later. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/news/legacy-passholder-program/ and https://www.micechat.com/281168-disneyland-update-survey-says-jungle-news/ Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock hopes that the new membership program will be ready when they are allowed to reopen, which currently looks to be spring at the earliest. He said they are working all hands on deck to develop the program as quickly as possible. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/01/disneyland-hopeful-of-launching-new-annual-pass-membership-program-when-allowed-to-open/ Hard to believe, but it has almost been 20 years since Disney California Adventure opened! Starting February 8th, World of Disney and Elias & Co. are releasing a limited assortment of merchandise celebrating the milestone. The items will include the 20th anniversary logo, which features Mickey and Minnie riding the Trolley, with the Pixar Pal Around as the 0 in Celebrating 20 years. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/01/20th-anniversary-disney-california-adventure-merch-is-being-released-soon/ Progress is being made on the exterior of the old Rainforest Cafe location to convert it to the new home of the Star Wars Trading Post. Control panels, satellite dishes, and more Star Wars touches have been made to the exterior. The new sign for the location also appears to be hung up, but covered for the time being. Legacy Passholders will get early access to the location starting on February 16th through the 18th, before the opening to the public on February 19th. – https://www.micechat.com/281168-disneyland-update-survey-says-jungle-news/ A new Beauty and the Beast collection has appeared on Buena Vista Street at the Kingswell Camera Shop. The new items spread across kitchen and household items like a Chip Succulent that has Chip blowing bubbles, with a succulent growing out the top as well. A Madame de La Grande Bouch jewelry box, Lumiere light-up figure, and more are in the collection. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/01/disneylands-new-beauty-and-the-beast-collection-has-loads-of-personality/ Some new mugs have come to Downtown Disney this week. A Valentine’s Day mug with Mickey and Minnie, with the handle in the shape of a heart is available, as well as an Alice in Wonderland tea party mug, which looks like three tea cups stacked on top of each other, a “mountains mug”, which features Big Thunder, Space, and Splash mountains, and more. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/01/disney-just-released-6-new-mugs/ The Walt Disney Company has been ranked number 4 on Fortune’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies”. In addition, the company has ranked #1 again for the 18th consecutive year in the entertainment industry. The top marks included the quality of their products and services, global competitiveness, people management, social responsibility, and long-term investment value. Only Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft scored higher on the list. – https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/disney-ranks-high-on-fortunes-2021-list-of-worlds-most-admired-companies/ Discussion Topic: Daniel with ODV (Outdoor Vending) at DCA

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