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Weekly Disneyland News, Information and Discussion.

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Weekly Disneyland News, Information and Discussion.

    DLW 143: Adult Beverages in the Parks

    DLW 143: Adult Beverages in the Parks

    This week, support the Walt Disney Family Museum with a free concert, big losses for the parks division, Downtown Disney popularity, better deals on reusable shopping bags, more Jungle Cruise merch, we talk to Habby about adult beverages in the parks, and more!

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    News:

    Some of Disney’s most legendary musical figures will come together this Thursday, August 6th at 5pm Pacific to help support the Walt Disney Family Museum. Alen Menken will be joined by special guest Lin-Manuel Miranda for a fundraiser VIP chat. At 5:30pm Pacific, there will be a free and open to the public (with registration) concert. To get tickets and to help support the Walt Disney Family Museum, head to the link in our show notes to register for this special event. DLWeekly donated to the WDFM to support this effort. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/08/disneys-top-music-men-to-stream-in-support-of-the-walt-disney-family-museum/

    The Orange County Register reports that The Walt Disney Company’s Parks, Experiences and Products division will post a $2 billion dollar loss on top of the $1 billion dollar loss from the previous quarter. The division had posted a $1.7 billion dollar profit for the same period last year. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/08/03/disney-theme-parks-forecast-to-take-2-billion-hit-report-says/ and https://www.micechat.com/266372-live-coverage-disney-shareholder-meeting-reveals-massive-covid-impact/

    Downtown Disney has been so popular with guests that not only has the parking lot been closed multiple times recently, but the hours of the shopping district have also been extended! The new hours are 10am daily for opening, and 9pm for closing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 8pm is the closing time for Monday through Thursday. It is always recommended that you check the latest information in the Disneyland App before going to ensure the most up to date information. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12719/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_August_3__9_2020#news1

    This week, Disneyland has started offering guests disposable face masks to those who do not have one, or who bring a mask that doesn’t comply with the guidelines. The mask is given in a Disneyland envelope and is free of charge. The masks are offered prior to temperature screening. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/08/photo-report-disneyland-resort-8-1-20-weekend-crowds-extended-dining-area-at-tortilla-jos-disposable-face-masks-at-temperature-screenings-and-more/

    Good news for shoppers who love the reusable shopoing bags offered around the resort! The price is now just $1 for every size bag, down from $2 for the large, and $1.50 for the medium. I know that Tage will be buying more as he uses them for all his grocery shopping since the D23 Expo. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12719/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_August_3__9_2020#newsTnT

    As we talked about last episode, the reason for all the Jungle Cruise merchandise is exactly what Teresa suggested: It’s 65th anniversary! More new merchandise has been released to celebrate including t-shirts, a knapsack, and water bottles. The knapsack in particular is a relly great item with a lot of little details and workmanship for $49.99. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/08/photos-new-jungle-cruise-merchandise-from-disneyland-resort-celebrates-the-attractions-65th-anniversary/

    The Disneyland Hotel has also recieved some new merchandise in the new “The Happiest Stay on Earth” line. Guests can pick up a beach towel with retro Mickey and Minnie, a sweatshirt with Minnie lounging by the pool, mugs, or a trinket dish. The designs are al

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    DLW 142: New Orleans Square Dedication

    DLW 142: New Orleans Square Dedication

    This week, Oogie Boogie isn’t going to be happy this Halloween, but there is plenty of Halloween merchandise, updated policies at Downtown Disney, some restaurants reopen, Galaxy’s Edge could be getting some festivals, we discuss the opening of New Orleans Square, and more!

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    News:

    There is nothing that 2020 hasn’t touched at the resort so far, and the popular Halloween party “Oogie Boogie Bash” has been cancelled by Disney this week. We had hoped that the party would still be on this year, but with no direction from the state of California, there just isn’t enough time to plan, prep, and put on the party this year. No word yet on what, if any, Christmas decorations will be around the resort this year. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/oogie-boogie-bash-cancelled-at-disney-california-adventure-due-to-covid-19-pandemic-concerns/ and https://www.micechat.com/265236-canceled-oogie-boogie-bash-halloween-event-at-disneyland-resort/ and https://www.ocregister.com/2020/07/24/disneyland-cancels-oogie-boogie-bash-due-to-coronavirus/

    Oogie Boogie’s Bash may be cancelled, but that doesn’t mean that there is no Halloween merchandise to buy! The Halloween 2020 Disney Parks collection of merchandise has debuted on shopDisney. The collection includes mugs, decor, spirit jerseys, a limited release pin, and more. There is even a spirit jersey for your furry friend! – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/07/shop-new-halloween-2020-disney-parks-merchandise-debuts-on-shopdisney-including-mugs-decor-spirit-jerseys-limited-release-pin-and-more/

    There have been some updates to the Downtown Disney policies that guests should be aware of befor going. Neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings. This has been updated since our story about it last week. Guests may remove their face covering while actively eating or drinking outside, but must remain stationary and maintaining appropriate physical distancing from others. These policies were updated to close some loopholes that guests were finding in the policy to bypass the requirement. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/experience-updates/downtown-disney/ and https://www.ocregister.com/2020/07/23/disneyland-tightens-covid-19-mask-requirements-at-downtown-disney/

    Two popular restaurants have reopened in Downtown Disney this week. Ballast Point and Tortilla Jo’s are now serving to-go food for outdoor eating, as it still is a mandate to not allow indoor dining. Tortilla Jo’s has a limited outdoor seating area to the right of their building and Ballast Point has an upstairs outdoor patio. Both restaurants require reservations. – https://www.micechat.com/265136-downtown-disney-updates-loophole-closed-more-restaurants-reopen/

    As we spoke about on our public live stream this weekend, some Star Wars seasonal festivals might be coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The infomation on these events are from the new Star Wars book from Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering. In the “Traveler’s Guide to Batuu” they lay out the three festivals that take place in the Spring, Fall, and Winter. Black Spire Day is celebrated on May the 4th and commemorates the founding of the outpost. The Batuuan Harvest Festival is celebrated in the Fall and honors golden lichen, or “gold dust” which will be used in special drinks and dishes. Finally, Life Day, which debuted with the Star Wars Holiday Special, locals will celebrate peace, harmony, and freedom. Life Day was originall

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    DLW 141: Merchandise!

    DLW 141: Merchandise!

    This week, Disneyland celebrates 65 years, what they did to celebrate, some neat historic artifacts, a chance to get some D23 exclusive merch, more recipes released, a huge Disneyland auction, attendace numbers from 2019, we discuss our favorite merchandise, and more!

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    News:

    Last week was Disneyland’s 65th Anniversary, but with the parks closed, there wasn’t a good way to celebrate so the Disney Parks Blog had a virtual celebration. This included a “Test your Disneyland” knowledge test on the blog, which we will have linked in the show notes. It is a good selection of easy to hard questions. (Tage got a 8/8). – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/07/quiz-test-your-disneyland-knowledge-65th-anniversary-edition/

    shopDisney is celebrating the 65th anniversary of Disneyland with some merchandise for the event. Items include a Mickey 65th plush, a Mickey and Minnie Loungefly backpack, t-shirts, spirit jerseys, and more. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/shop-disneyland-65th-anniversary-merchandise-arrives-on-shopdisney/

    Walt Disney World News Today shared some documents to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Disneyland this week. Documents include “Adventure in Disneyland”, which was released before Disneyland opened, to a “Disneyland Holiday” magazine with legends like Jack Lindquist and Marty Sklar. If you love Disneyland history, these documents are worth a look. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/celebrate-disneyland-through-the-decades-with-these-vintage-park-documents/

    If you are a D23, or D23 Gold Member, there were some events that included some pins. Since these events were cancelled, the pins are now available on shopDisney for D23 members. To purchase the sets, you must be logged into shopDisney with the email address of the account that is linked to your D23 account. Pin sets include the “A Goofy Movie” 25th anniversary set, and the “D23 Fantastic Worlds” set. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/shop-d23-gold-gold-family-member-exclusive-pins-from-cancelled-and-postponed-events-now-available-on-shopdisney/

    More historical artifacts from the resort will be on sale in yet another Van Eaton Galleries auction! On August 15th and 16th, “Disneyland: The First 65 Years” auction will take place, offering up items such as attraction posters, a Disneyland Main Street mailbox, and more. If a buy it now strategy is more your style, there are also dozens of items on their “Buy it now” section, with items as low as $25! (Quite a bit of HM stuff on 184-205) (ALSO: Check out the second link for the most expensive items) – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/photos-van-eaton-galleries-to-offer-disneyland-the-first-65-years-online-auction-featuring-rare-props-costumes-attraction-posters-and-more-on-august-15-16/ and https://www.ocregister.com/2020/07/21/10-most-expensive-disneyland-items-in-auction-featuring-1100-theme-park-collectibles/

    For Weeklyteeers who love the fried pickles at Disneyland, they can now be tried at home! DisneyMagicMoments has released the recipe from the Carnation Cafe on Main Street. The recipe even includes the instructions for the zesty dipping sauce that is served with it. Ava, a 13 year old daughter of a Disney photographer, even made a video showing the steps. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/07/disneymagicmoments-cooking-up-the-magic-recipe-for-fried-pickles-from-carnation-cafe-at-disneyland-park-need-we-say-more/

    Fans of the “World Famous Jungle Cruise” can pick up a new addition for their kitchens. The Jungle Cruise cookie jar is now avaia

    • 1 hr 22 min
    DLW 140: David Koenig

    DLW 140: David Koenig

    This week, Downtown Disney reopens, what has changed, what is the process like and more, Fuel Rod updates their terms, updates on the progress at the parks, Disneyland turns 65, we talk with a special guest about cast members from 1955, and more!

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    News:

    Downtown Disney re-opened this week and one of our supporters, Liberty, took over our Instagram for the day to cover the occasion. Guests lined up outside the gates of the resort on opening day and crowds were pretty heavy. Once the gates opened, some of the stores like World of Disney and the Disney Dress Shop had a virtual queue system setup for access and to keep numbers of guests inside as socially distant as possible. Initially, crowds made it difficult for distancing inside of World of Disney and eBay resellers were quick to pick up as much of the new 65th anniversary merchandise as possible. On day 2, things were much more manageable and went smoothly. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/photo-report-downtown-disney-district-7-9-20-grand-reopening-social-distancing-temperature-screenings-and-more/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/07/09/photos-first-look-at-a-reopened-downtown-disney-at-disneyland-resort/

    What is different now that Downtown Disney has reopened? First, mobile wait lists that allow guests to provide their name and phone number and will receive a text message when they are able to enter. New product launches are also not coming to the resort and will instead be available online through merchandise events or shopDisney. This includes monthly releases and limited-edition merchandise. Dressing rooms are also not available. Returns and exchanges will be accepted at DIsney-owned locations, but could vary with 3rd party vendors. – https://www.micechat.com/263030-downtown-disney-whats-open-and-whats-still-closed/ and https://disneyland.disney.go.com/experience-updates/downtown-disney/

    Finally, what is open at Downtown Disney? (See list at Disney link) – https://www.micechat.com/263030-downtown-disney-whats-open-and-whats-still-closed/ and https://disneyland.disney.go.com/experience-updates/downtown-disney/

    As we reported on last week, parking for Downtown Disney is limited to the Simba lot, behind the Paradise Pier Hotel. The large parking garages, including Mickey and Friends and the Pixar Pals lot are not available. Parking is free for the moment, and doesn’t open until the posted time at the lot, which is currently 10am. – https://www.micechat.com/263030-downtown-disney-whats-open-and-whats-still-closed/ and https://disneyland.disney.go.com/experience-updates/downtown-disney/

    The Walt Disney Family Museum has announced a day of special events to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Disneyland on July 17th. The “Virtual Community Day” will be on July 17th from noon to 5pm pacific time and will be open to the public. No registration will be required. Guests will include Camille Dixon and Bill Rogers, the voices of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Legend Rolly Crump’s son, former Imagineer Chris Crump will also be present. The presentation will also include some home videos of Disneyland’s opening day. – https://www.micechat.com/263579-virtual-disneyland-65th-anniversary/

    The Orange County Register spoke with TouringPlans about how many people Disneyland would actually be allowing into the parks when they do reopen. Based on the numbers from Shanghai and Walt Disney World Parks and data collected by TouringPlans, the estimate is about 10% of capacity, or about 8,500 guests, or 20% of the average daily attend

    • 2 hr 5 min
    DLW 139: The Walt Disney Archives Part 2

    DLW 139: The Walt Disney Archives Part 2

    This week, Downtown Disney is reopening, but what will be available?, an unexpected permanent closure, more face mask requirements, build your own Main Street and Magic Happens parade at home, a college program update, we finish our discussion about the Walt Disney Archives, and more!

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    News:

    Downtown Disney will reopen this Thursday, July 9th at 10am, following a Cast Member preview on July 8th. The modified hours will be from 10am to 8pm for the time being. If you are planning on going, be aware that the Simba parking lot will be the only lot open. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12694/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_July_6__12_2020#news1

    Downtown Disney will have a cast member preview on Wednesday, July 8th. Cast Members can register on the HUB portal to attend. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/downtown-disney-district-reopening-cast-member-preview-to-be-held-july-8th-at-the-disneyland-resort/

    Orange County was placed on the monitoring list by the State of California and has been required to close indoor operations for the next three weeks. How will this effect the reopening of Downtown Disney? Businesses in the categories of restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and family entertainment, zoos, museums, and cardrooms must close all indoor locations, and bars must close all operations. Much of Downtown Disney is indoors, but retail was not included on the list, so World of Disney and similar stores can reopen. We suspect that outdoor seating at establishments like Napoli will be available. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/orange-county-shutting-down-all-indoor-operations-due-spike-in-covid-19-cases-downtown-disney-district-reopening-potentially-impacted/

    The VOID VR experience in Downtown Disney has been permanently closed. Disney has posted a “Notice of Event Default and Lease Termination” and cites a breach of the Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture license. The VOID must cease all use of the Disney Intellectual Property, including Star Wars and Ralph Breaks the Internet, which the company had VR versions of in their experience. – https://www.micechat.com/262810-disneyland-update-partial-reopening-aerial-photos/ and https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/the-void-at-downtown-disney-district-permanently-shut-down-due-to-license-agreement-breach-disney-springs-location-potentially-affected/

    Disney has expanded on their face mask requirements this week. Masks are required on anyone 2 and older, fully cover the nose and mouth and remain hands free, fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops. and be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable. Costume masks are not allowed. – https://www.micechat.com/262810-disneyland-update-partial-reopening-aerial-photos/

    For those of you listening who have been out and about recently, you may have noticed that mask wearing is considered by some as something optional. With that in mind, how is Disneyland going to enforce the mask wearing requirement? The resort plans to deploy a team of cast members whose job will be to enforce this rule and other safety requirements. The new team will be the “Guest Experience Team” and will be throughout the parks to answer questions and to remind guests to comply with the measures. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/07/01/how-disneyland-will-enforce-mandatory-mask-rule-when-park-reopens/

    I’m sure everyone listening is missing the Disney parks, so why not download, print out, and make your own at home? The Disney Parks Blog posted “Disney Paper Parks” sheets online, cre

    • 57 min
    DLW 138: The Walt Disney Archives

    DLW 138: The Walt Disney Archives

    This week, Disneyland has postponed their opening, but work goes on, Splash Mountain changes are coming, new guidelines are agreed upon by Cast Member unions, Ambassador term extension, we talk about the Walt Disney Archives, and more!

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    News:

    As is usual with posting out podcast episodes, Disney released big news right after our episode went live. Due to the State of California waiting until after July 4th to make any new announcements in regards to reopening requirements, Disney postponed the reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, as well as the Resort Hotels. The company stated that they would just not have enough lead time to prepare the parks for opening. There has not been a date announced at this time, but is probably a bit off due to the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/06/disneyland-resort-reopening-update/ and https://www.micechat.com/262288-breaking-news-disneyland-confirms-potential-park-reopening-delay/

    Even though re-opening has been delayed, work is still happening inside the parks. The Frontierland bridge project is nearing completion, the path leading to the Matterhorn from the hub has also resumed work. Snow White, the Haunted Mansion, and King Arthur’s Carousel have also resumed work. Some painting has started in Toon Town on Mickey’s House, and the two big projects – Avengers Campus and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway have also resumed work. – https://www.micechat.com/262304-disneyland-update-splash-down-closures-new-aerial-photos/ and https://www.ocregister.com/2020/06/27/disneyland-resumes-200000-renovation-of-frontierland-gate/

    Over in Disney California Adventure, work is continuing at Avengers Campus. From aerial photos, it looks like there is quite a crew working on getting the new land completed. Also, the Food and Wine booths have been removed from around the park, dashing the hopes of guests that hoped that the festival would return when the park reopened. – https://www.micechat.com/262304-disneyland-update-splash-down-closures-new-aerial-photos/

    As we spoke about last week, there was a push to re-theme Splash Mountain to Princess and the Frog. This week, Disney Imagineering announced that they had been working on this exact proposal since before last summer. They released some concept art for the outside of the attraction. The re-theme will keep the general bones of the current attraction and add theming elements on top of it. They did not release any concept art for the interior. The new story will follow Princess Tiana and Louie on the way to their first Mardi Gras performance. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/06/new-adventures-with-princess-tiana-coming-to-disneyland-park-and-magic-kingdom-park/ and https://www.micechat.com/262305-breaking-news-splash-mountain-to-become-princess-and-the-frog-themed/

    Cast Member unions and Disney have reached an agreement on the guidelines for their return to work at the parks. Cast Members will receive two weeks of paid sick leave if they contract COVID-19, thermometers will be provided to the cast members, and they will perform a COVID-19 test prior to heading to work under the new agreement. Cast Members that work within 6 feet of guests will be provided with a plastic face shield. Cast Members will also have the option to remain on furlough with benefits for the first recall. If they are recalled a second time, they will have to go on an approved leave of absence. Unions make up 28,000 of the 31,000 cast members at the reso

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Customer Reviews

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277 Ratings

drumsjmm ,

Excellent Disneyland podcast

If you like Disneyland and would love to be kept up to date on news and information regarding the California parks, this podcast is for you. Tage and Theresa are great hosts and the podcast as a whole seems to run like a well oiled machine. Great production.

If I was a producer of this show and could give some feedback, I’d say that I wish the show didn’t sound so scripted. I wish the segments flowed with more casual conversation rather than the hosts reading from their scripts during the opening monologue, news segment, moving from news to trivialand, etc. I believe their audience would appreciate a more natural sounding product. But other than that, this podcast is wonderful and I look forward to it every week. Keep up the great work, guys!

kingdolewhip ,

Great show

I have been listening for two years and it has been a great time listening and looking forward to every Wednesday good job!

Sara Lee Steheli ,

keeps me going

i listen to this while at work (i work as a dishwasher at a restaurant) and listening to this podcast makes my job way easier and go by really fast. keep it up!!!

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