DLW 128: The People Mover and Rocket Rods

April 22, 2020

This week, more uncertainty on when the parks will open, grad nite status, Disney’s estimate on when the parks will open, a positive message from the Anaheim Police, get Disney to say goodnite, we talk with Lynn from The Sweep Spot about a couple old Tomorrowland attractions and more!

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The date on when DIsneyland can open again is even more up in the air than ever before. California Governor Gavin Newsom, outlining his plan to reopen the state, said that mass gatherings of hundreds or thousands of people would likely be banned at least through the summer. This means that Disneyland may not welcome guests again until August or September. – https://www.micechat.com/256922-disneyland-reopening-unlikely-through-august-as-california-rules-out-mass-gatherings/ and https://blogmickey.com/2020/04/disneyland-summer-reopening-uncertain-after-recent-comments-from-governor-on-mass-gatherings/

With the parks opening date uncertain at this point, Disneyland has cancelled the Grad Nite events for this year. Grad Nites were scheduled throughout May and early June. – https://www.micechat.com/257446-disneyland-update-its-about-time/ and https://wdwnt.com/2020/04/all-disneyland-grad-nite-2020-parties-cancelled-through-june-13-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic/

In Disney’s letter to furloughed cast members, they state that they do not anticipate being closed more than 6 months. That would still have the parks closed until September. – https://blogmickey.com/2020/04/disney-doesnt-anticipate-a-closure-of-more-than-6-months/

The furloughs that began on April 19th impacted over 100,000 cast members. This is reported to be saving Disney $500 million per month across the theme parks and hotels around the world. The company has not made any changes to the $1.5 billion dividend to shareholders in July, or to the bonuses going to executives like Bob Chapek. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/04/disney-furloughs-to-save-company-500-million-a-month-during-extended-parks-closure-executive-bonuses-not-cut/

With the closure of the parks and hotels – not just at Disneyland, but all around the Anaheim Resort District, a video was put together by the Anaheim Police Department and shared on Facebook. The video shows the area businesses lighting up the night to show images of hope and inspiration. The Disneyland Hotel was featured with lights turned on in the rooms in the shape of a heart and Mickey ears. Other locations spelled out “hope”, “strong”, “safe” and even some happy faces. The Anaheim PD even spelled out Hope in squad cars in a vacant lot. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/04/disneyland-hotel-brightens-night-sky-with-heart-and-mickey-during-extended-park-closure/ and https://www.facebook.com/AnaheimPD/videos/602084617059937/

To help spread some pixie dust, shopdisney.com has announced the return of the Disney Bedtime Hotline. Fans can call 1-877-7-MICKEY to hear a special message from either Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck or Goofy. The hotline will be available through April 30th. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/04/disney-bedtime-hotline-brought-to-you-by-shopdisney-com-returns-for-a-limited-time/ and https://wdwnt.com/2020/04/get-a-free-special-bedtime-message-from-mickey-disneys-bedtime-hotline-returns-for-a-limited-time-through-april/

We all know the story of Snow White and her friends the seven dwarfs, but what do we really know about the evil queen? Thanks to #disneymagicmoment you can find out! Now through April 26th you can download Fairest of All ebook for free! We will have the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/04/disneymagicmoments-find-out-whos-really-fairest-of-all-with-an-ebook-download-of-fairest-of-all-a-tale-of-the-wicked-queen-free-for-a-limited-time/

Disney has released part 4 of their virtual tour of Imagineering. This short video gives viewers a behind the scenes look around the research and development department. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/04/disneymagicmoments-a-virtual-tour-of-walt-disney-imagineering-part-4/

This past week, we got a sneak peek at the upcoming Enchanted Tiki Room collection for the May release of Minnie the Main Attraction merch. This collection is stunning! It features vibrant jungle colors, flowers, bamboo accents, bows made out of leaves, and even feathers. This collection will be available on shopdisney.com on 5/16. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/04/photos-disney-reveals-sneak-peek-at-enchanted-tiki-room-collection-for-the-minnie-mouse-the-main-attraction-may-release/

If you are missing your blue milk from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you are in luck! A copycat recipe was posted online to bring a little of the Galaxy Far, Far Away into your kitchen. The recipe is pretty easy and includes pineapple, watermelon, and dragonfruit as its main flavoring. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/04/this-blue-milk-copycat-recipe-from-star-wars-galaxys-edge-is-out-of-this-world/

You don’t have to go all the way to the PCH Grill at the Paradise Pier Hotel to satisfy your breakfast craving. Disney has shared their yummy recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana French Toast for you to make and enjoy at home! You can find this recipe on the Disney Park Blog and will post the article link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/04/disneymagicmoments-cooking-up-the-magic-at-home-chocolate-peanut-butter-banana-french-toast-from-disneys-pch-grill/

This week has been full of yummy DIY Disney eats and we have one final recipe to share and we were very excited about this one! A recipe for Churro Toffee has been spotted online. With just 6 ingredients, a candy thermometer, and a little bit of Disney magic you can create this delicious treat with your family. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/04/17/finally-the-disney-recipe-weve-all-been-waiting-for-churro-toffee/

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Lynn from The Sweep Spot Podcast – http://www.thesweepspot.com

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