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Weekly Disneyland News, Information and Discussion.

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Weekly Disneyland News, Information and Discussion.

    DLW 149: The Magic Kingdom

    DLW 149: The Magic Kingdom

    This week, a lot of stuff happening behind the closed gates, restaurants have reopened interior dining, theme parks are beating COVID-19, Kate joins us to talk about her experience at the Bower’s Museum, new merchandise, we finish our discussion with our Magic Kingdom experience, and more!

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    News:

    MiceChat got some more aerial photos of the resort this week and showed off some of the ongoing construction. Before taking to the skies, hand washing stations have been spotted just inside the gates at Disneyland before the entrance tunnels to Main Street. It seems like there is a lot of work underway to prepare for an eventual reopening. The bridge to Frontierland is almost complete, with the land’s entrance sign about to be re-installed. The last of the “french fry” rocks at the entrance to Tomorrowland have been removed and are in the process of being cleared away. The Snow White Facade has been completed and the scaffolding has been removed. Work also appears to be progressing on King Arthur’s Carousel. – https://www.micechat.com/270189-disneyland-update-spooky-skies-over-an-empty-kingdom/

    Over in Disney California Adventure, new plexiglass shields have been installed at the entrance turnstiles. There have also been some iron fencing installed to facilitate a shield between entrance sections. The paths in front of the new Spider-Man attraction appear to be completed, but the rest of the campus is still dirt. The PYM test kitchen is still missing walls as well. The new administrative building behind Cars Land looks almost complete. Gondolas are still missing from the Pal-A-Round and the swings have been removed from the Silly Symphony Swings. With all of this work happening, the parks should look great when they reopen to the public! – https://www.micechat.com/270189-disneyland-update-spooky-skies-over-an-empty-kingdom/

    With Orange County being removed from the purple status last week, restaurants in Downtown Disney have begun seating guests at 25% capacity indoors. There is still outdoor seating available as well. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/09/photos-restaurants-in-downtown-disney-now-allowing-indoor-dining/

    The largest U.S. theme parks have reported no COVID-19 outbreaks since reopening. Florida’s Orange County Department of Health said in late August that Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando haven’t had any outbreaks. An outbreak is defined as teo or more people with coronavirus who are linked to a potentially extensive transmission within a setting or organization, according to the CDC. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/14/largest-u-s-theme-parks-report-no-covid-19-outbreaks-since-reopening/

    With Orange County moving into the red category, museums could reopen with limited capacity, including the Bowers Museum, which is currently hosting “Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic” exhibition. Here to join us and talk about her experience is supporter and Community Manager Kate.

    This week there was a second Downtown Disney shopping event held in the old ESPN Zone building. As we reported on before, the Pop-Up! Disney interior hasn’t been changed, they just added areas to look at and choose merchandise. Items were limited to 2 per guest. There were 5 items for sale which included a Fidget Bat pin for $17.99, a Victor Geist, better known as the organ player from the Haunted Mansion, Funko Pop for $3

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    DLW 148: Disney Gaming

    DLW 148: Disney Gaming

    This week, the pandemic didn’t keep guests away from Downtown Disney, a new set of fans has come just in time for the heat, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is going up fast, California getting close to guidelines to reopen theme parks, discuss Disney gaming, and more!

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    News:

    This weekend was Labor Day in the US, and Downtown Disney was very busy. The limitations on guests in the shopping district were upheld, but this lead to long, physically distant, lines in the parking lot before the security tents to get into the area. Disneyland’s social media accounts were keeping guests informed of parking limitations throughout the weekend. – https://www.micechat.com/269469-disneyland-update-and-the-winner-is/ and https://www.mouseplanet.com/12746/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_September_7__13_2020#news1

    Handheld folding fans have appeared at the resort and just in time for the massive heat wave that has been happening in California. There are a lot of fun options to choose from. Dr. Facilier sports the word “Shade” on his, The Evil Queen has “Queen” displayed, there is a plain Disneyland fan that has the retro-multi-colored text on it, an Orange Bird fan that is more of an icon out in Florida, and finally a Hei Hei fan that has the lovable chicken and his name. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/09/photos-three-new-folding-fans-featuring-dr-facilier-the-evil-queen-and-a-rainbow-disneyland-resort-logo/

    Since our eipsode last week, new pictures of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway construction have been posted online. The building’s vertical construction seems to be going up at a rapid pace. At this rate, 2023 seems just around the corner! – https://www.micechat.com/269469-disneyland-update-and-the-winner-is/

    New 65th Anniversary collection Funko POP! figures have appeared on for Amazon.com for sale. Peter Pan riding in a pirate ship, Minnie riding in a Dumbo vehicle, Mr. Toad riding in a Toad car, and a stand alone Mr. Toad with hypnotic eyes are available. Each figure runs $29.99, except for the stand alone Mr. Toad, which is $10.99. As of writing of the podcast, all of the figures are listed as “currently unavailable”. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/09/shop-disneyland-65th-anniversary-funko-pop-vinyl-figures-ride-vehicles-for-peter-pans-flight-mr-toads-wild-ride-and-more-now-available-online/

    Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom stated during a press conference that the state is “making a llot of progress” on the guidelines for reopening the theme parks around the state. Newsome followed up by saying that there were still some details to work out, but as soon as they were at a point to comment, they would. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/02/newsom-california-making-a-lot-of-progress-toward-reopening-theme-parks/

    This Tuesday, Cast Members were spotted in front of Disneyland installing signage related to COVID-19 changes in the parks. Some have said that the parks could be opening at any time, but until there is any offical word, we can’t say anything for sure. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/09/photos-disneyland-and-disney-california-adventure-prepare-for-imminent-reopening-with-new-health-safety-signage-at-park-entrances/

    Also on Tuesday, Orange County, where the Disneyland Resort is located got out of the purple level and has entered the red level. The red level is the second most restrictive, but allows indoor restaurants, and movie theater

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    DLW 147: Hollywood Studios

    DLW 147: Hollywood Studios

    This week, Orange County is off the COVID watch list, why this isn’t good news, the lights have returned, Disneyland is ready to open, new mercandise has landed for Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos, we talk about Hollywood Studios, and more!

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    News:

    The State of California moved Orange County, where Disneyland is located, off the COVID watch list last week. However, this isn’t as meaningful since shortly after, the state came out with a new set of guidelines which moved Orange County to the highest risk level of “widespread”. The new guidelines don’t mention theme parks at all, but the state is working on seperate guidelines for theme parks specifically. No word yet on when that will be released. – https://www.micechat.com/268822-disneyland-update-the-blueprint-for-reopening/

    In a bit of a click-bait headline, Walt Disney World News Today posted that the lights are on once again at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, at least at the main entrances. The click bait part of the theadline stated that the parks were lit up in preperation for imminent reopening, which is not the case. It is, however, nice to see the train station and first part of Buena Vista Street lit up again and adds much needed atmosphere to the esplanade for those heading to Downtown Disney. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/08/disneyland-resort-lights-illuminate-anaheim-once-again/

    Josh D’Amaro, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Chairman appeared on “The Dow Report” last week and stated that Disney is “ready” to reopen the parks as soon as guidelines allow. Disneyland and California Adventure have both installed plexiglass safety shields at the entry turnstiles. D’Amaro also went on to talk about the procedures they ahve taken to make sure that the parks are safe and the trust that people have for Disney. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/08/josh-damaro-discusses-disney-parks-reopening-in-new-interview-says-were-ready-to-reopen-disneyland-resort-parks-when-guidelines-permit/

    The Tokyo Disney Resort is entering the second stage of reopening this week, and with it may come some clues as to how the Disneyland Resort may handle some circumstances. For example, Tokyo will be running the first parade at any Disney park since COVID-19 started. They also have a new Beauty and the Beast dark ride that is opening, which could show how Avengers Campus might open like in these COVID times. It also gives us a hint at the timelines for nighttime fireworks and other shows coming back in stage 2. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/01/what-tokyo-disney-changes-could-mean-for-disneyland/

    The Disneyland Horticulture team is working hard on getting the areas around the resort ready for fall. Signs declaring “We will soon be rolling our the green carpet for our Disneyland guests” have been placed around where the new fall flowers and displays will be planted soon. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/08/photos-landscaping-team-ready-to-roll-out-the-green-carpet-for-fall-flower-displays-at-the-disneyland-resort/

    Avengers Campus is chugging right along, and proof of that is from the Disney Auditions website that is looking for stunt performers for Captain America, Black Panther, and Black Widow. The posting is for a live action stunt show in the new land. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12741/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_August_31__September_6_2020#news5

    Disney stage shows and nighttime spect

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    DLW 146: Animal Kingdom and Epcot

    DLW 146: Animal Kingdom and Epcot

    This week, we go to Disney World and talk about what it was like with Animal Kingdom and Epcot!

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    DLW 145: Little Known Disneyland Facts

    DLW 145: Little Known Disneyland Facts

    This week, construction projects still happening, a love story from Disney, music is in the air, how an old favorite came to be, more Jazz in Downtown Disney, new cast masks, we discuss 12 interesting things about Disneyland, and more!

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    News:

    It is always great to hear that there is movement and excitement going on in the parks, even though guests can’t see it yet! MiceChat got some aerial photos this past week that show that progress is happening in the parks. The World of Color lagoon is bubbling away to keep the fountains for the show in running order, some of the fixed gondolas on the Pixar Pal-a-Round are missing and are probably getting the fins to aid in steadying the cabins as guests load and unload. There is a small bit of construction going on in Cars Land with roadwork. But, the exciting news comes from Avenger’s Campus! The Quinjet that has been parked under tarps backstage has been lifted to its place on teh Avenger’s building! – https://www.micechat.com/267362-disneyland-update-new-magic-aerial-discoveries-and-layoffs/

    A new Disney Cast Life episode is live and features Zach Riddley, Walt Disney World Site Portfolio Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering. Topics included international friendship day, cast members share a love story, and more. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/08/new-disneycastlife-features-disney-imagineer-zach-riddley-a-magical-cast-member-love-story-and-more/

    In an interesting bit of news this week, guest walking along the tram route near Downtown Disney recently heard something new. A new sound system has been installed along the route playing the music loop from the espalnade between the parks. The sound can be heard walking down the sidewalk, in your car with the windows down while driving by, and, when the trams are running again, on board the trams! – https://wdwnt.com/2020/08/photo-report-disneyland-resort-7-15-20-scaffolding-removed-from-the-emporium-on-main-street-usa-new-sound-system-along-tram-route-altered-world-of-disney-queue-and-more/

    Disney Legend Rolly Crump takes guests back to the creation of the Haunted Mansion and a little bit of working with Walt Disney himself! Rolly talks about the beginnings of the attraction, how it progressed from a walk through to a ride-through attraction and more! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/08/disneymagicmoments-travel-back-with-disney-legend-rolly-crump-for-a-feeling-of-foreboding-at-the-disneyland-resort-haunted-mansion/

    Last week, just as our podcast was posted, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Jazz Kitchen Express reopened in Downtown Disney. At the Jazz Kitchen Express, guests can walk up and order at the counter and then wait for the food to be prepared. Social distancing markers are present, just like everywhere else. Guests wanting to dine in at the main Jazz Kitchen could get on the waitlist by talking to the host, or scanning the QR code to be added to the list with a smartphone. The tables are distanced well, with seating upstairs on the balconies, as well as in the courtyard on the main level. No inside dining is offered. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/08/13/review-we-were-reunited-with-our-beloved-beignets-at-ralph-brennans-jazz-kitchen-express-in-disneyland/ and https://www.micechat.com/267362-disneyland-update-new-magic-aerial-discoveries-and-layoffs/

    The Disneyland and Walt Disney World costuming teams have worked tog

    • 1 hr 5 min
    DLW 144: Master Yale Gracey

    DLW 144: Master Yale Gracey

    This week, the D23 fan club is full of parks fun, a panel that isn’t just for moms anymore, surprising work going on in the parks, cast members are getting care packages, Halloween is here, we discuss “Master Gracey”, and more!

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    News:

    D23, The Official Disney Fan Club is celebrating 65 years of the Disney Theme Park. The fall issue of the D23 magazine is dedicated to Disney theme parks. Included is a postcard set for members featuring Disney resorts around the world. D23.com will feature stories about Disney parks, including movies filmed in the parks and vintage parks recipes. An exclusive pin set with 6 pins, available August 31st to D23 Gold members for $49.99. There will be a Disney Imagineer virtual panel on August 21st through 23rd. For those of you who love our trivia, there will be a D23 trivia night on August 28th. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/08/first-look-d23-celebrates-65-years-of-the-disney-theme-park/ and https://wdwnt.com/2020/08/d23-celebrates-65-years-of-disney-theme-parks-with-fall-2020-issue-of-disney-twenty-three-gold-and-gold-family-member-exclusive-pin-set-on-shopdisney/

    As we mentioned earlier, D23 is hosting some amazing events for the 65th anniversary of Disney Theme Parks. On August 21st through 23rd, a panel discussion that was originally recorded on July 17th for Imagineers and Cast Members will be available to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members. The viewing is free with membership, but you must request a ticket at the link in our show notes. The panel shares personal stories and fun memories about projects that they worked on at Disneyland through the decades. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/08/d23-to-screen-disney-imagineers-celebrate-65-years-of-disneyland-park-panel-for-gold-and-gold-family-members-august-21st-23rd/

    The Disney Parks Moms Panel, which is made up of more than just moms and parents, has updated their name to something more accurate. planDisney is a set of expert Disney guests who offer different opinions and perspectives on guest questions. The planDisney panel covers Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club. Additionally, they can answer questions in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/08/plandisney-officially-replaces-disney-parks-moms-panel/

    In a bit of a surprise, there is more work happening around the resort than would be expected with the parks shutdown. The Emporium on Main Street is surrounded by scaffolding and is probably being repainted. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is also very active at the moment, not showing any signs of slowing down progress. – https://www.micechat.com/266881-disneyland-update-magic-mayhem-parks-bleed-billions/

    We wouldn’t count on anything for sure, but the Disneyland Hotels are accepting reservations starting in October as of now. As we have reported on numerous times now, these dates keep getting announced and pushed back. The fact that reservations are open does not mean that the parks are going to be open, or that the reservations won’t be delayed further. – https://www.micechat.com/266881-disneyland-update-magic-mayhem-parks-bleed-billions/

    Cast Members that are returning to work at Disneyland will be provided with a special care package that includes face masks, thermometer, hand sanitizer, and a pamphlet with cast member resources. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/08/disneyland-

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