This week, we discuss new leadership at the resort, Rise of the Resistance news, pumpkin spice items, Oga wants more credits, Santa is coming to Downtown, we talk about the first 100 episodes, and more!
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Last week, there was a management shuffle in the Walt Disney Company leading to a new President at the Disneyland Resort. Rebecca Campbell will take over for Josh D’Amaro, who is going to now oversee Walt Disney World. Previously, Campbell oversaw the Europe, Middle East, and Africa direct to consumer business. Michael Colglazier, once a President of Disneyland will take over Disneyland Paris. – https://www.micechat.com/238127-disneyland-update-fantastic-drastic-unplugging-a-classic/
This past weekend, Freeform aired a Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge special that included some new information on the upcoming Rise of the Resistance attraction. There have been rumors that this new attraction could top 30 minutes. However, Bob Chapek, the Chairman for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, stated that the attraction will be approximately 15 minutes. This is in line with other favorites like Pirates of the Caribbean. – https://blogmickey.com/2019/08/rise-of-the-resistance-will-be-15-minutes-long-more-details/
Apparently Oga’s Cantina has been so successful this summer that Disney has decided to raise the prices of some of the items. All of the alcoholic options have increased by around $1, and the popular Rancor Beer Flight has increased a crazy $10 to $85. – https://www.micechat.com/238127-disneyland-update-fantastic-drastic-unplugging-a-classic/
If you are a member of the LGBTQ community or just an ally, this weekend is the annual Gay Days at the Disneyland Resort. The weekend kicks off on Friday at noon at the welcome center located in the Trillium Room at the Grand Californian, and runs through Sunday at 8pm. Saturday is the main event with Gay Days at Disneyland all day. Remember to wear a red shirt to show support! On Sunday, it is Gay Days at DCA from 8-6. For more information on all the festivities (there are a lot of them), check out gaydaysanaheim.com. – http://www.gaydaysanaheim.com/
It is that time of the year again when everything that can be pumpkin spice is pumpkin spice. This time the beignets are getting the pumpkin spice treatment. As usual, these are available at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square and are $5.49 for a pack of 3. The main difference with this variation is the spice is mixed in with the powdered sugar and not baked into the beignet itself. – https://wdwnt.com/2019/09/food-new-pumpkin-spice-beignets-at-mint-julep-bar-in-disneyland-park/
Even more Haunted Mansion merchandise has come out this week. This time, you can get a diorama of the attic or seance circle areas of the attraction. The dioramas include walls, floor, props and more. They have the feel of doll house props and are priced at $24.99 each. – https://wdwnt.com/2019/09/photos-new-haunted-mansion-dioramas-make-their-way-to-disneyland/
It is barely October and Halloween is still a month away, but we are skipping Halloween and Thanksgiving and jumping right to Christmas to talk about having breakfast with Santa at Catal in Downtown Disney. Tickets are $89 per adult and $39 per child, ages 3-10, and includes a family-style breakfast, live entertainment, a photo with Santa, a personalized stocking, and stuffed animal for each child. It is served from 8:15am to 12:45pm on select days in December. For more information and to make a reservation, check out the link in our show notes. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12490/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_September_30__October_6_2019#news4
If you are looking for more of a budget friendly event, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will be hosting a holiday gingerbread workshop. The event is scheduled for 3 hours and includes a brunch buffet from 11-12:15 with unlimited soft drinks, after brunch, executive chef Darrin Finkel will help build your own gingerbread house. Tickets are $52.55 per adult and $31.33 for kids 3-10. If you have the best decorated house, you can win a $100 Jazz Kitchen gift card. A pro tip for this: you can bring your own decorations to have a leg up on the competition. For tickets and dates, visit the link in the show notes. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12490/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_September_30__October_6_2019#news7
Sometimes there are projects at the resort that take longer than anticipated for no apparent reason. One of these projects finally is nearing completion is the entrance to Adventureland. The new entrance sign has been in the works for months now, and is getting one of the final touches this week. On the right side of the sign, a new tiki hit has been added that is similar to the hut that was there previously. More landscaping and some added props should finally complete this change. – https://www.micechat.com/238127-disneyland-update-fantastic-drastic-unplugging-a-classic/
The monorail has finally resumed all day operation on a daily basis. The monorail had been operating only in the morning and evening because of the heat of the middle of the day for much of summer. – https://wdwnt.com/2019/09/monorail-operating-hours-back-to-normal-at-disneyland-resort/