DLW 143: Adult Beverages in the Parks

August 5, 2020

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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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 all very retro and fit in with the late 50’s to early 60’s feel. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/08/photos-new-the-happiest-stay-on-earth-disneyland-hotel-merchandise-checks-in-to-disneyland-resort/

Guests that have visited Downtown Disney recenty may have received a survey on their experience. The survey covers topics like what guests thought of the health and safety measures, to how comfortable they would be going back to the parks. Also covered were things like Downtown Disney cleanliness and atmosphere and decor opinion. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/08/photos-disneyland-resort-surveying-downtown-disney-district-guests-on-health-and-safety-measures-and-their-likelihood-to-visit-parks/

Disney Paper Parks is continuing to expand! Parts 3 and 4 were posted online this week. Part 3 is Sleeping Beauty Castle with fireworks, and part 4 is a carousel with trees to decorate your park, plus a horse drawn trolley. These are so fun to look at and build. We wonder if they are going to end up doing the whole park! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/07/disney-parks-blog-presents-disney-paper-parks-designed-by-walt-disney-imagineering-part-4/ and https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/07/disney-parks-blog-presents-disney-paper-parks-designed-by-walt-disney-imagineering-part-3/

Disney celebrated Christmas in July last week and as part of that celebration, shared a mini-gingerbread bundt cake with an orange vanilla sauce. The recipe makes 12 mini-cakes and has quite an extensive shopping list, but looks delicious none the less! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/07/disneymagicmoments-cooking-up-the-magic-christmas-in-july-recipe-for-mini-gingerbread-bundt-cakes-with-orange-vanilla-sauce/

Going by the reservations available at the Disneyland Resort Hotels, it seems unlikely that Disneyland will reopen before Labor Day. Currently, reservations are only open for booking from the Saturday before Labor Day. This doesn’t mean that the resort will reopen then, as this date has been pushed back almost every week since July. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12719/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_August_3__9_2020#news6

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