DLW 159: Liberty’s WDW Trip

November 25, 2020

This week, Buena Vista Street has opened, Walt and Mickey have a refreshed look, Avenger’s Campus updates, new food in DCA, Grad Nite 2021 update, we talk to Liberty about her Disney World trip, and more!

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Buena Vista Street has reopened and guests have descended upon the resort to step foot inside of a Disney park again. For those who may go in the near future, you will have to pay $10 to park in the Downtown Disney parking lot, stores are capped at 25% per state mandate, so be prepared to wait. To actually get access to Buena Vista Street, guests must wait in a queue or scan a daily-changing QR code to join the virtual queue. Once you get inside, there are also waits to enter the shops. – https://www.micechat.com/275982-disneyland-update-holiday-hopes-and-humbugs/

With the opening of Buena Vista Street, the Storytellers statue that features Mickey and Walt when first arriving in California has been refurbished. In Disneyland, the Partners statue was also refurbished. Over time, the bronze had oxidized, and because of the applied patina, acrylic polymer and wax, it required a more intensive process than just a simple cleaning or polishing. Over four days, an artisan utilized a process using crushed walnut shells to gently strip the figure down to the bare bronze. After cleaning, various chemicals were applied and heated with a blowtorch to create a reaction and fuse with the bronze. The figure was coated in a polymer to protect the patina, then coated with a very thin layer of wax. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/11/a-special-surprise-to-commemorate-mickeys-birthday-at-disneyland-resort/

Avenger’s Campus may not be open at Disney California Adventure at the moment, but you can still pick up your very own Spider-Bot! The Spider-Bot is a tool that WEB, or the Worldwide Engineering Brigade, built to help super heroes. Guests can find this fun toy, along with all new Avenger’s apparel at World of Disney or the Backlot Premiere Shop starting December 4th. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/11/first-chance-to-get-your-very-own-spider-bot-from-avengers-campus-at-disneyland-resort/

With the ability to be in Disney California Adventure, guests have been able to get a closer look at Avenger’s Campus! Most of the buildings that can be seen from guest accessible areas look in place, and nearly complete. With the pace and amount of work being done, this new area could open with the rest of the park sometime next year. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/19/photos-construction-is-moving-along-at-avengers-campus-in-disneyland/

Guests that would like to order a drink from Award Wieners can also purchase a Green or a Red Mickey Jingle Bell Glow Cube for just $4.99. For a more upscale dining experience, some of the new options at Carthay Circle might hit the spot. Baked Bay Scallops, Moroccan Roasted Chicken Meatballs, Pumpkin Ice Cream Sundae, and available. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/21/whats-new-at-disney-california-adventure-buena-vista-street-re-opens-with-new-menus-holiday-merchandise-and-more/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/18/whats-new-at-downtown-disney-a-crazy-mickey-shake-iconic-mickey-ears-holiday-decorations-and-more/#more-408166

Without an opening date for the parks, and even knowing if graduation celebrations will be allowed next year, Disneyland has canceled the 2021 Grad Nite. Disney’s statement said “We know how disappointing this will be to the many graduates who were looking forward to celebrating at the Disneyland Resort, and we thank you for your understanding during these challenging and unprecedented times. We look forward to celebrating your students in years to come.” – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/24/news-grad-nite-2021-has-been-canceled-at-disneyland-resort/

Disney fans have been very excited about the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway toys available at McDonald’s as part of a Happy Meal order. However, in just the last couple of days, the toys have been pulled from the restaurants. The QR codes to register to win a WDW trip were having some issues and new toys without the codes are on the way to restaurants now and should be in stock again soon. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/mcdonalds-temporarily-stops-selling-happy-meals-featuring-mickey-and-minnies-runaway-railway-toys-due-to-error/

Once again, a new Disney Paper Parks creation has been posted online. This time, it celebrates the unveiling of the Castle of Magical Dreams which just debuted in Hong Kong Disneyland. The cool thing about this version is there are two versions, an easy and a hard. Also, we somehow missed the last of the Happy Haunts Disney Paper Parks from the end of October, which features Madame Leota. Links are available in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/11/disney-parks-blog-presents-disney-paper-parks-castle-of-magical-dreams-designed-by-imagineers/ and https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/10/disney-parks-blog-presents-disney-paper-parks-happy-haunts-edition-designed-by-walt-disney-imagineering-part-4/

With the holidays coming up, you might want to make some yummy Disney treats at home. The Gingerbread-Cream Cheese Muffin recipe has been posted on the Disney Parks Blog. This recipe is a little more complicated than the ones that we have posted previously, but should still be a lot of fun! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/11/disneymagicmoments-cooking-up-the-magic-celebrate-national-gingerbread-day-with-our-gingerbread-cream-cheese-muffin-recipe/

Once again this year, Disney is airing the Wonderful World of Disney Magical Holiday Celebration Thanksgiving night at 9, 8 central on ABC. This year is the fifth anniversary of the broadcast and will feature Derek and Julianne Hough hosting from Disneyland, while Trevor Jackson hosts from Walt Disney World. The show will contain fan-favorite past performances throughout the years. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/11/abc-and-disney-parks-feature-nostalgic-performances-in-special-5th-anniversary-edition-of-the-wonderful-world-of-disney-magical-holiday-celebration/

This week, the Themed Entertainment Association honored Disney with two Outstanding Achievement Awards for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Additionally, they gave the Buzz Price Thea Award, Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements to Walt Disney Imagineering President Bob Weis. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/11/themed-entertainment-association-honors-disney-with-two-thea-awards-for-outstanding-achievement-and-recognizes-walt-disney-imagineering-president-bob-weis-for-a-lifetime-of-distinguished-achievements/

Discussion Topic:

Liberty about her trip to WDW

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