DLW 186: Disney Media Finance Cast Member Devin Part 1

June 2, 2021

This week, out of state guests will be allowed to attend starting June 15th, the reservation window has been expanded, Avengers Campus opens this week, an opening day attraction has a return date, we talk to Devin from Disney Media Finance, and more!

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As we suspected would happen, starting on June 15th, Disneyland will allow out of state guests to attend. The State of California strongly recommends that all guests be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test before arriving at the parks. Face masks will still be required throughout the resort. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/disneyland-resort-theme-parks-to-welcome-back-guests-from-outside-california-beginning-june-15-plus-theme-park-reservation-window-expands-allowing-more-time-to-plan-your-visit/

With the addition of the out of state guests that will be flooding the parks, the reservation window to reserve a day in the park has expanded to 120 days. This doubles the size of the original reservation window. Dining reservations are still limited to 60 days for now. – https://www.micechat.com/292483-disneyland-update-avengers-fireworks-staffing-crowds/

As we spoke of last week, the possibility of fireworks returning to the parks as early as the 4th of July is not out of the question. MiceChat reports that some of the pyrotechnic cast members are being recalled. With fireworks being outdoors and guests being able to be physically distant, it is possible to have them back soon. – https://www.micechat.com/292483-disneyland-update-avengers-fireworks-staffing-crowds/

The night that this podcast is posted, June 2nd, Disneyland will broadcast live online the Avengers Campus Opening Ceremony. The stream starts at 8:15pm Pacific time on the Disneyland Facebook and Twitter channels, as well as on the Disney Parks Blog, and YouTube. A few “special guests” will be on hand to launch this new land. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/tune-in-to-avengers-campus-opening-ceremony-live-from-disney-california-adventure-park-june-2-at-815-pm-pt/

When Avengers Campus opens, there will be a standby queue to enter the area. This will be similar to the standby queue used for Star Wars: Galaxys Edge a couple of years ago. There is no word on how often this queue will be in place, or for how long. Disney is “strongly encouraging” guests to mobile order all food and beverages in the land. Guests will be directed to do so upon walk-up. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/06/01/disneyland-adds-avengers-campus-standby-queue-to-control-access-to-new-marvel-land/

With Avengers Campus opening this week, some of the merchandise for the new area has already appeared on shelves in the park. The Backlot Premiere Shop now has Spider-Bots, Web-Shooters, clothing, and more. There are two versions of the Spider-Bots; one larger one that has accessories that can be attached for $79.99, and a basic one, which is smaller and is not radio controlled for $24.99. The Web-Shooters come in two varieties; a Web-Shooter that looks like Spider-Man’s web shooter, and a Repulsor, which looks like Iron Man’s repulsor. A Power Band must be purchased separately for the accessory to work. – https://www.micechat.com/292487-avengers-campus-merchandise-now-available-at-disney-california-adventure/

Producer Vern will be very happy to hear this next bit of news. The World Famous Jungle Cruise is reopening to guests on July 16th, after being closed since the parks closed back in March, 2020. When it reopens, there will be a new story in place to help add a backstory to the opening day attraction. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/05/new-jungle-cruise-experience-will-open-at-disneyland-park-july-16-with-work-completed-at-magic-kingdom-park-this-summer/

The traditional red, white, and blue decorations in the parks for the summer have been installed. In preparation for Memorial Day, Main Street and Buena Vista Street were decked out in the patriotic colors, which are expected to remain in place through most of the summer. – https://www.micechat.com/292483-disneyland-update-avengers-fireworks-staffing-crowds/

Not only are the parks returning to more elaborate decorations, but so is Downtown Disney! The abstract sculptures that were installed two summers ago, which look like abstract shapes, until you find the correct angle, revealing a Disney character or scene, have been setup around the planters in Downtown Disney. – https://www.micechat.com/292483-disneyland-update-avengers-fireworks-staffing-crowds/

Cruella came to theaters and Disney+ Premiere Access this past week, and guests can see a prop from the movie at Downtown Disney. Cruella’s car is on display near the tram loading station, parked under a canopy and surrounded by posters from the movie. – https://www.micechat.com/292483-disneyland-update-avengers-fireworks-staffing-crowds/

A little known condiment is available at the Little Red Wagon on Main Street. Bacon Ketchup can be added on the side with a corndog. It is ketchup with bacon pieces mixed in. The Disney Food Blog says that they liked the flavor, but the ketchup was the main taste, even with the bacon. There is a strong bacon aftertaste. The side costs $1.19 in addition to the $9.97 corndog. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/05/29/review-is-a-disneyland-corn-dog-even-better-with-bacon-ketchup/

MiceChat posted a copycat recipe of a popular attraction that is celebrating it’s 62nd anniversary this year on June 14th. The Jolly Holiday Matterhorn Macaroon copycat seems fairly easy to make, with just 8 ingredients it shouldn’t be too difficult to replicate at home. – https://www.micechat.com/292739-how-to-make-copycat-matterhorn-macaroons-for-national-macaroon-day/

The Inside the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit that is currently at the Bowers Museum, will be moving to the Graceland Exhibition Center on July 23rd. The exhibit will remain on display through January 2, 2022. Admission is $15 for adults over 11, $8 for children 5-10, and 4 and under get in free! D23 Gold Members get 20% off admission and VIP Tours. – https://www.micechat.com/253074-new-inside-the-walt-disney-archives-at-the-bowers-museum/


Question Submitter Answer Tage Teresa Other
How many guests were in attendance at Disneyland on Opening Day, July 17, 1955? Donna S. 28,000

What is the name of the first drop on Splash Mountain? Kris M. Slippin’ Falls

Where can you find custom lightsabers for a quarter or less of the cost of Savi’s Workshop? Om D. Star Trader in Tomorrowland

Audio Question: What attraction is this music from? Thomson H. Silly Symphony Swings

Discussion Topic:

Devin from Walt Disney Media Finance

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