DLW 109: Former Cast Member Bob L.

December 4, 2019

This week, we discuss a holiday tradition nearing, some artists come to the resort, more after dark events, more Rise of the Resistance details, a high end wine and dinner package, we talk to Bob about working at the resort, and more!

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This weekend, the Candlelight Processional will come to Main Street for the 61st year. On Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th, two performances per evening will take place. The estimated times for the ceremony are 5:20pm and 7:35pm. There are no tickets or seating open to guests, but you can wait in standing room only in town square, but arrive early, because this area fills up fast! – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12532/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_December_2__8_2019#news2

Artists that make some of the collectible items at the resort will be on hand this weekend with some of their art for sale and meet and greets. Dave Avanzino will be at Off the Page in DCA from 11am-7pm on Saturday and Sunday, Jim Shore will be at 10am-noon Saturday at Disneyana, then from 1:30-3:30 at Off the Page. Brian Crosby, Martin Hsu, Steph Laberis and Jerrod Maruyama will be at the Wonderground Gallery on Saturday from 11am-1pm. Finally, Joey Chou, Wonderground’s featured artist for December will be available on Saturday from 11-1, and Sunday from 1-3pm. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12532/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_December_2__8_2019#news7

Once again in 2020 Disneyland will host some Disneyland After Dark after hours events. This time, there are four themed nights. 80’s night at Disneyland will be on January 29th, Sweethearts night at Disneyland will be on February 12th and 13th, Pixar night will be at California Adventure on March 5th, and finally Villains Night will also be at DCA on April 30th. Tickets are $109 per person, per event. All nights except Pixar night will run 9pm-1am with early entry starting at 6pm. Pixar night is an hour earlier from 8pm-midnight, with early entry at 5pm. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12532/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_December_2__8_2019#news3

Some new holiday treats have been spotted around the resort. A Carmel and Coconut churro can be found at the cart near the castle, Santa’s Cookie and Milk churro is over by Casey Jr, and a Toffee flavored churro can be found over in Tomorrowland. – https://wdwnt.com/2019/11/guide-2019-holiday-specialty-food-items-at-disneyland-park/

A new holiday popcorn bucket has arrived at the popcorn cart located in Pixar Pier. It is a round bucket with stamps showing different Disney Pixar characters on them. Each of the stamps also has a cute saying like “JOY to the world” on the stamp featuring Inside Out, and “Scary Christmas” on the Monsters, Inc. stamp. The bucket is $9.00 and comes with popcorn. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/12/02/new-pixar-holiday-popcorn-bucket-spotted-in-disney-california-adventure/

There is still plenty of time to experience the holiday offerings at the resort, but, as usual, Disneyland is ahead of the curve already planning for what is coming next. Mickey’s Mix Magic will be returning to the park after the Holidays conclude at the end of the first week in January. We expect that the show will return with projections only during the week, and fireworks on the weekends only. – https://www.micechat.com/244563-disneyland-update-candlelight-candy-canes-resistance-rising/

CNN got a preview of the new Rise of the Resistance attraction in Hollywood Studios over in Florida. The attraction has an estimated time of 18 minutes and includes over 60 animatronics as well as new, proprietary special effects and projection technology. – https://wdwnt.com/2019/12/cnn-provides-scene-by-scene-spoilers-after-riding-star-wars-rise-of-the-resistance-attraction-features-over-65-animatronic-figures/

The long awaited Mickey feature has been installed near the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure, complimenting the Pixar ball on the other side of the guest drop off area. The new Mickey looks like one of the recent popcorn buckets and features the classic black, red, and yellow coloring. – https://www.micechat.com/244563-disneyland-update-candlelight-candy-canes-resistance-rising/

In January, a new dining experience is coming to Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel. The Winemaker Dinner Series will offer a multi-course meal and wine pairings from different vineyards. The first of the experiences features a five-course meal including Lobster & Beetroot Salad, Aged Eye of Ribeye with Bone Marrow Whipped Potato, and Crispy Kurobuta Porchetta. Reservations can be made through the Disneyland website and are $130 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. That event is from 6 to 9pm on Janurary 15th, 2020. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/11/26/the-wine-is-fine-at-the-new-steakhouse-55-dinner-series-at-disneyland-resort/

More mobile ordering buttons have arrived for guests ordering through the mobile app. This time around the locations getting the buttons are The Hungry Bear Restaurant, The Golden Horseshoe, Troubadour Tavern, and the Pacific Wharf Cafe. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/12/02/new-pixar-holiday-popcorn-bucket-spotted-in-disney-california-adventure/

Last week just before Thanksgiving, a strong storm caused Disneyland to close an hour earlier on two different days. The storm caused the crowds to be very light leading up to and including Thanksgiving day, but when the rain left, the crowds returned in full force on Black Friday. – https://www.micechat.com/244352-disneyland-news-black-friday-surprise-update/

Details have been released on Snow White’s upcoming refurbishment. Enhanced story details, all new scenes, and updated audio and visual technology will bring even more Disney magic to this classic. The Disney Parks blog states that updates include a “new vignette will show Snow White in a beautiful forest setting waking up from her deep sleep…. the attraction will conclude when Snow White is reunited with her animal friends and a shimmering castle is seen in the distance.” Not only will the inside of the attraction be getting update, but the outdoor facade will also get a new look! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/11/enchanting-new-magic-coming-to-snow-whites-scary-adventures-at-disneyland-park/

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