DLW 256: IP vs New Stories in the Parks with Greg

October 12, 2022

This week, Set a date to runaway with Mickey and Minnie, unexpected price increases, more chances to hang out with the plaids, Another Wakandan moves into DCA, a peek into holiday festival foods, we finish our interview with Imagineer Greg Combs, and more!

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The kickoff to Disney’s 100th anniversary will be centered at Disneyland. To begin with a bang, Disneyland announced the opening date of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway! Starting January 27th, guests will be able to take a trip through the El Capitoon theater with Mickey and Minnie. Now, the rest of Mickey’s Toontown is not going to open just yet, just the attraction. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/10/disney100-celebration-at-disneyland-resort-begins-jan-27-2023/

Not only will Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway open for the celebration, but the icon of Disneyland – Sleeping Beauty Castle will see a makeover. The castle will celebrate wonder with platinum banners and bunting, and accented with the three Good Fairies. One of the most exciting upgrades will be two majestic water fountains on either side of the moat. Finally, a wishing star will sparkle from atop the large roof of the castle. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/10/disney100-celebration-at-disneyland-resort-begins-jan-27-2023/

In a surprise move by Disneyland, ticket prices went up this Monday. Usually, these changes happen in the beginning of the year, but not this time. On average, the ticket prices increased $5 this time. THere is an additional tier of ticket, which moves the previous ticket levels down, now starting at Tier 0, which is the old Tier 1. Pricing has remained $104 for the now tier 0 ticket, and increased to $179 for the Tier 6 level, up $15 from last time. Adding park hopping now costs $5 more at $65 per ticket. Multi-day tickets went up between $30 and $35 per ticket. Preferred Parking and Hotel Valet parking has gone up $5 and $15 respecively. Genie+ is now $25 per day and they have implemented demand-based pricing with no high end price announced. Web Slingers is now a normal Genie+ attraction and is not per experience like before. – https://www.micechat.com/336395-disneyland-ticket-price-increase-october-2022/

Star Wars Galaxys Edge is not immune from inflation and price increases. Building a droid at the Droid Depot will now cost $119.99 plus tax, an increase of $20. Savi’s Workshop has also increased the cost to build a lightsaber to $249.99, plus tax – an increase of $30. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/10/11/building-a-droid-and-lightsaber-just-got-more-expensive-in-disneyland/

One of the last remaining things that went away with the beginning of the pandemic has finally returned! Guided Tours have come back to Disneyland! Currently, Walt’s Main Street Story Tour and Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort tours are open for booking. Walt’s Main Street tour includes a walking tour down Main Street, a visit to Walt’s apartment, refreshments on the patio of the apartment, PhotoPass downloads, and a commemorative lanyard. The tour lasts 90 minutes for $160 per person. The Holiday Time tour is two and a half hours long and looks at the holiday traditions, with a special viewing area for A Christmas Fantasy Parade, holiday treats, a ride on “it’s a small world” holiday and more. This tour is $110 per person. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/10/05/guided-tours-are-returning-to-disneyland-and-you-can-book-yours-now/ and https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/disneyland/#/park-tours/sort=alpha/ and https://www.micechat.com/335872-disneyland-guided-tours/

More new characters are coming to Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure. M’Baku will make his appearance soon from Black Panther, who will be in the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Werewolf by Night from Disney+ has two characters who are visiting. Jack Russel in his werewolf form and Elsa Bloodstone both come out after dark. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/10/07/big-black-panther-announcement-made-for-disneyland-resort/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/10/09/you-can-now-see-a-werewolf-in-disneys-avengers-campus/

There was a special event this past Sunday near Disneyland that was perfect for Halloween Disneyland fans! An Oogie Boogie Afternoon was held at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, and went behind the scenes of the popular Halloween after-hours event with Imagineers. Disney Live Entertainment, and Walt Disney Imagineering were on hand to talk about the event. Afterwards, a guests were treated to a special screening of A Nightmare Before Christmas. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/10/05/how-to-go-behind-the-scenes-of-disneys-oogie-boogie-bash/

Tis the season to start thinking about your holiday dining in the park. Disneyland announced nine returning food booths for the Festival of the Holidays in DCA, including Visions of Sugarplums back for the first time since 2018. No menus have been announced, but we’re looking forward to the details. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/10/11/food-booths-announced-for-festival-of-holidays-at-disneyland-resort/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/10/new-booth-announced-full-list-of-marketplace-food-booths-released-for-festival-of-the-holidays-2022-at-disney-california-adventure/

A new feature will help you find your car in the Disneyland app. When you park at a Disneyland parking area, the app can now tag your aisle and section in the app. The service is presented by State Farm. – https://twitter.com/Disneyland

Encanto has come to New York City for a limited time. CAMP, The Family Experience Company and Disney have joined forces to put on the experience. Disney Encanto x CAMP is a 6,000 square foot experience, inspired by the film and will transport guests into Encanto. The experience is an hour-long and includes the courtyeard, a climb up to Antonio’s room and a rainforest adventure, a spin through Isabela’s flower-filled room, and more. Never before seen areas like Luisa’s and Pepa’s rooms and Dolores’ Soundscape door. Tickets can be purchased at the link in the show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/10/explore-the-magic-doors-at-disney-encanto-x-camp-opening-oct-8-in-nyc/

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Imagineer Greg Combs

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