DLW 235: Our Disneyland Trip Pre-Disneyana

May 18, 2022

This week, celebrations are coming over the next couple of months, Magic Key Holder magic shots, Special D23 Star Wars pins, Fantasmic! turns 30, something else is coming back from before COVID, we talk about our trip last week, and more!

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For those Weeklyteers visiting in May, Disneyland is celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Downtown Disney will have plenty of entertainment to show off for the event. A 4-piece Polynesian band called Faiva will be performing on Mondays and Wednesdays, The Filharmonic, a 5-piece Filipino a cappella vocal group will perform on Tuesdays, Polynesian dancing and drums will be presented by Tupua on Thursdays and Fridays, and finally Chinese Cultural Splendor will show off martial arts, dance, lion dancing, and more on Saturdays and Sundays. There is a ton more going on. To find it all, visit the link in the show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/05/celebrate-asian-american-native-hawaiian-pacific-islander-heritage-month-at-disneyland-resort/

Now through May 31st, Magic Key holders can get a complimentary World of Color Magic Shot. Magic Key holders can go to the location by Silly Symphony Swings daily to get the shot from 7pm to park close. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/05/complimentary-world-of-color-photopass-magic-shot-available-to-magic-key-holders-at-disney-california-adventure/

D23 Star Wars fans should get excited! Star Tours is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and to commemorate this, they are releasing some pins on May23rd. There will be a Captain RX-24 pin, which features the current DJ and former pilot, a Lightspeed to Endor pin featuring the Starspeeder, and finally a 45th anniversary Star Wars pin featuring Luke Skywalker on Tattooine. Each pin is $12.99, with a maximum of two per D23 Gold Member. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/05/new-d23-exclusive-35th-anniversary-star-tours-and-45th-anniversary-star-wars-pins-releasing-on-may-23/

When we were in the parks last week, one of our favorite spectaulars turned 30! Fantasmic! debuted on May 13, 1992 at Disneyland. Over the years, the show has added and subtracted different scenes and elements. Some of those include the 2009 upgrade to digital projection and the current 45-foot tall dragon, known as Murphy! In 2017, new scenes and songs were added including Aladdin. The show has been performed more than 11,000 times since its debut. Fantasmic! returns to the Rivers of America on May 28th. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/05/fantasmic-celebrates-30-years-today-and-gears-up-for-spectacular-return-to-disneyland-park-on-may-28/

Last week, Disneyland teased something returning after long last to Disney California Adventure. The Red Car Trolley should be traveling on the tracks on Buena Vista Street and down Hollywood Land. No exact date was mentioned, but it should return before the full swing of summer.

Fans of Trader Sams may be excited with updates to the menu at the popular restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel. Takoyaki, which is fried octopus cakes drizzled with unagi and togarashi aioli, and topped with green onions and bonito flakes. This can be purchased for $18 and it also available for order at Tangaroa Terrace. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/05/15/picky-eaters-beware-octopus-is-now-on-the-menu-at-a-popular-disneyland-spot/

It seems like the only constant in Avengers Campus is change. Yet another character from the Marvel universe will be on site to visit with guests. Ms. Marvel, the title character from the upcoming Disney+ show should be in the land around the time the show premieres on June 8th. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/05/14/another-new-character-is-coming-to-avengers-campus-at-disneyland-resort/

Next month, Celebrate Soulfully is returning in honor of Black Music Month. The Philly Phonics a cappella group will be performing on the stage in front of Carthay Circle, where the Five and Dime also perform. In Downtown Disney, the former ESPN Zone building will house “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure. This is a traveling exhibit which features Joe Gardner from Pixar’s “Soul” and takes guests through the history of American Jazz. The exhibit will be run from June 1st through July 4th. Admission is free. – https://www.micechat.com/321627-disneyland-update-rise-and-fall-the-rapid-pace-of-change/

Fans of Encanto have another reason to celebrate! Mirabel will be returning to Disney California Adventure for meet and greets at the Paradise Gardens Park. Mirabel was last seen in Frontierland, after originally starting out in DCA at the same location she is now returning to. In addition to meeting Mirabel, guests can also catch the “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” projection show on the facade of “it’s a small world” every night. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/05/encanto-mirabel-meet-and-greet-returning-to-paradise-gardens-park-at-disney-california-adventure-soon/

June is just a busy month for celebrations! Members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community celebrate pride every June. With all the controversy about the Florida “don’t say gay” bill and Disney, the company has decided from now until June 30th, all profits from any pride merchandise will be donated to LGBTQIA+ organizations. Previously, only a small percentage of the profit went to support LGBTQIA+ youth and families. Weeklyteers can visit the link in the show notes to see what organizations are benefiting from this donation. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/05/2022-disney-pride-collection-available-at-disneyland-resort-100-of-profits-benefiting-lgbtqia-organizations/


Question Submitter Answer Tage Teresa Other
This comedian/actor replaced Wally Boag at the Golden Horseshoe when he retired in 1982. Steven S. Dick Hardwick

In creating the Pirates of the Caribbean ride who’s decision was it to put in a second waterfall drop? Donna S. Walt Disney

“On the farm where Walt Disney lived in Marceline, Missouri there was a large cottonwood tree where young Walt would daydream and draw animals. When Walt visited Marceline, in 1956, he was amazed the tree was still standing and identified it as his “Dreaming Tree”. Unfortunately the tree fell in 2015. However, three saplings were grown from seeds that were harvested from Walt’s Dreaming Tree. One was planted on the Marceline farm where Walt lived, one is in a hidden location, and one was planted in Disneyland’s Frontierland in one of the following locations: A) Tom Sawyer Island, Near the Old Mill B) In the Lakota Indian Village on the Rivers of America C) Near the Mark Twain’s Dock on the Big Thunder Mountain side” Lee S. “Disneyland’s Dreaming Tree offspring was initially planted near the Mark Twain Riverboat dock, but later was moved by the park’s horticulture team to the banks of the Rivers of America, according to Carriker Smothers. Today, the Son of the Dreaming Tree at Disneyland can be seen in the Lakota Village nestled behind a large teepee and a fire pit while traveling on the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia or Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes.”

“In the queue for Big Thunder Mountain there is a signpost with six locations posted. The sign at the top points to Rainbow Ridge, with a distance of 50 feet away. Can you name at least two of the other locations on the signpost? “ Perry G. “Spiral Butte, 1/4 mile Coyote Canyon, 1/2 mile Busted Flats, 8 1/2 miles Dinosaur Gap, no distance or zero Never Mine, 79 miles”

(Optional: Bonus points if you can name the correct distance for each location) Perry G. “Spiral Butte, 1/4 mile Coyote Canyon, 1/2 mile Busted Flats, 8 1/2 miles Dinosaur Gap, no distance or zero Never Mine, 79 miles”


Our Disneyland trip before the Disneyana event.

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