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DLW 223: Spectacular, Spectacular!

This week, the Disneyland Resort is igniting the night once again soon, a big update for an old classic, more Toontown updates, one of the larger dining locations is coming back, new treat options, we talk about returning spectaculars, and more!

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News:

Weeklyteers rejoice! Disneyland has announced the dates for when the nighttime spectaculars are returning to the parks! World of Color, the Main Street Electrical Parade and Disneyland Forever fireworks will premiere on Friday, April 22nd. Fantasmic! will return a bit later in May on Friday the 28th. Disneyland Forever will be presented weekends only until late spring, with Mickey’s Mix Magic projections on the weekdays, and will run nightly in the summer. World of Color and Fantasmic! will run their normal schedules upon their return. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/02/disneyland-resort-unveils-return-dates-for-nighttime-spectaculars-and-new-finale-coming-to-the-main-street-electrical-parade/

When the Main Street Electrical Parade returns, it will have a few new surprises! Since this will be the 50th anniversary of the parade, Disney Live Entertainment is adding some new elements. An all new, enchanted grand finale, celebrating the theme of togetherness, will be 118 feet in length, making it one of the longest and grandest units in the parade’s history. Making up the finale will be characters and scenes from Encanto, The Jungle Book, Raya and the Last Dragon, Aladdin, Coco, Mulan, Brave, The Princess and the Frog, and more. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/02/disneyland-resort-unveils-return-dates-for-nighttime-spectaculars-and-new-finale-coming-to-the-main-street-electrical-parade/

Fans of the Disney Princesses should mark their calendars! On February 28th from 11am to 1pm, Pandora Jewelry will present Disney Princess – The Concert in Downtown Disney. Attendees will get a signed, limited edition poster from the cast of the show. Susan Egan, who played Belle on Broadway, Arielle Jacobs, who played Jasmine on Broadway, Syndee Winters, who played Nala on Broadway, and Anneliese Van der Pol who also played Belle, and starred in That’s So Raven will be performing. There will be a meet and greet before the show with a line forming at the stage at 9am. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/02/21/a-disney-princess-concert-is-coming-to-downtown-disney-soon/

We have a firm date on when Mickey’s Toontown will be closing for refurbishment. Starting March 9th and running until early 2023, the land that toons built will be unavailable to guests. When it returns, it will have a new layout and will sport the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. As part of this announcement, Disney stated that Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Mickey’s House and Minnie’s House will return, with Gadget’s Go Coaster, Goofy’s House, and Donald’s Boat being reimagined. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/02/the-transformation-of-mickeys-toontown-at-disneyland-park-begins-soon/

One of the bigger dining locations in Disney California Adventure will soon be returning. Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta should be open for hungry guests as soon as the next few days. This will be a welcome change to this area of the park with all the available outdoor seating. – https://www.micechat.com/314716-disneyland-update-relighting-the-night-trams-take-flight-out-of-sight/

Weeklyteers who will be in the Anaheim area on March 19th may consider dropping into the Bowers Museum. The Art of Disney Costuming: Panel Discussion and Book Signing with the staff of the Walt Disney Archives will be taking place from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Tickets are $20 for Bowers members and $30 for general admission. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. There will also be an online version available one week after the event for $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Visit the link in the show notes for more information and to get tickets. – https://www.bowers.org/index.php/programs/event/3093-the-art-of-disney-costuming-presentation-book-signing

Presidents Day was celebrated in the United States on Monday, so of course our favorite eagle patriot had a message for guests! Sam Eagle spent the day at Disneyland, proclaiming it to be the Most Patriotic Place on Earth. With features such as Main Street, USA, the Rivers of America, and Great Moments with Mr.Lincoln, he may be correct. To check out his message to fans, check out the link in our show notes. – https://twitter.com/TheMuppets/status/1495805525707030530

The next time that you stroll through Downtown Disney, you may notice that demolition has begun on the west side of the shopping area. Construction equipment has moved in around the building that housed the old AMC theater and Earl of Sandwich location and has started knocking the building down. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/02/demolition-begins-at-west-side-of-downtown-disney-district/

Previously, we talked about the magnificent chak drawings in Downtown Disney. Disney posted a time lapse of the creation of one of the murals by Marcella Swett as part of Celebrate Soulfully. We encourage everyone listening to visit the link in our show notes to see this amazing creation take shape. – https://twitter.com/Disneyland/status/1495160472273928196

It wouldn’t be an episode of DLWeekly if we didn’t have a new set of ears to talk to you about. The Emporium at Disneyland has the new ears to celebrate 2022. The ears feature a shimmery blue bow in front of sequined ears, which look like confetti in shades of blue, white, yellow, and red. 2022 is embroidered on the side of the band in red, light blue, yellow, and dark blue. The ears are $29.99. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/02/18/photos-disneys-new-minnie-ears-were-worth-the-wait/

A new passion fruit treat has come to the resort this week. The Passion Fruit Mint Julep is available at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square. This version adds a hint of sweetness and fruit flavor the the classic Mint Julep. This is a great option for those who aren’t fans of the classic drink. Give it a try for $5.49. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/02/19/review-this-twist-on-a-classic-disneyland-drink-could-win-over-haters/

What doesn’t taste better with Oreo? A new churro for sale in Downtown Disney at California Churro Company aims to find if adding Oreo to the classic Disney treat is a hit. For $7.99, guests get a churro, cut in half and covered in Oreo crumbs and a cream cheese frosting. The Disney Food Blog said it was overwhelmingly dense, messy, and sort of bland. The cream cheese frosting was good, however. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/02/19/review-disneys-oreo-flavored-churro-surprised-us/

Going to Disneyland is a fun, happy experience to take you out of your day to day life. How about being able to live in a Imagineer designed community? Story Living by Disney was announced last week and promises vibrant neighborhoods, distinctly designed spaces, unique amenities, and Disney world-renowned service. The first of these will be built just outside of Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley and called Cotino, a Story Living by Disney Community. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/02/announcing-storyliving-by-disney-new-business-to-develop-residential-communities/

Last week, we talked about the new Big Thunder and Happiest Day games coming soon. This week, two more games are coming! A Goofy Movie Game allows players to join Max as he races to global superstar Powerline’s concert, while collecting memories for his scrapbook. Return of the Headless Horseman has players helping Ichabod get to the covered bridge before the Headless Horseman. The Goofy game will be on sale for $23.99, and the Headless Horseman game will be $19.99. – https://www.micechat.com/314303-new-disney-funko-games-big-thunder-headless-horseman/

Trivia:

Question Submitter Answer Tage Teresa Other
According to a cast member she talked to, what is the ghost horses name pulling the glass casket in front of the haunted mansion in Disneyland? Donna S. Nightmare

Where do you find a sign that says “Never Mind, 79 mi” JIll M. Big Thunder Mountain

How do you make “the dip”? Chris Y. Acetone, benzene, turpentine.

LOST IN THE PARK: After my daring adventure under the sea, I head north. On my right I hear some roaring rapids, on my left an ominous feel of a place I used to explore. I continue past and take my first left. At my next crossroad, I take a left, then another left into my stop. Where am I? Producer James “Tenaya Stone Spa (Will Also Consider GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill)”

TWOS-Day — 2nd favorite attraction. 2nd Favorite Place to Eat Producer James “James: Smuggler’s Run Lamplight Teresa: Pirates Ronto Roasters Tage: Haunted Mansion Plaza Inn”

Discussion Topic:

Tage and Teresa discuss parades and spectaculars.

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