DLW 259: More with Mel McGowan

November 2, 2022

This week, see the inside of “it’s a small world holiday” as it is being installed, a new peek into Toon Town, Trader Sam’s has been very busy, Disney+ early access to some items, we finish our talk with Mel, and more!

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Halloween just wrapped up and Disneyland is already in full swing to get things ready for the holidays! Tony Cabrera of ABC7 News was able to visit “it’s a small world” overnight to see the changes taking place to prepare it for “it’s a small world holiday.” On his TikTok, he can be seen walking through the flume in the attraction, which has been drained, and alking about the decorations. One interesting piece of information is that the holiday decorations are hidden behind black curtains of the attraction. “it’s a small world holiday” opens on November 10th this year. To see the video, check out the link in our show notes. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/10/27/go-behind-the-scenes-of-disneylands-its-a-small-world-holiday-transformation/

January is getting closer and closer and with it the grand opening of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway! For guests to get to the attraction, some parts of Toon Town need to be completed. Currently, the walkway that leads into the land is nearing completion. The land seems to have a lot more trees planted than before as well. Gadget’s Go-Coaster has been repainted, Donald’s Boat is down to the metal studs on the first floor, and Goofy’s Garden is well on its to becoming a play area.  – https://www.micechat.com/337739-disneyland-news-the-real-nightmare-before-christmas/

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is usually a hoppin’ place to be, but even more so recently. First, a second edition Gargoyle mug was released just before Halloween. This is the fourth version of this mug to be released, the others being two from Club 33, and another Trader Sam’s version. This version is glazed in teal. In addition to the tiki mug, the bar closed for two separate mixology classes at 4:4:30 pm and 7 pm. The classes were not officially announced by Disney, but word spread quickly and they sold out. The classes were $202 after tax and gratuity and taught guests how to make the new “Gothic Jungle” coctail and the “Disquieting Metamorphosis” drinks. There were also assorted eats, and one of the tiki mugs were included with the class. – https://www.micechat.com/337739-disneyland-news-the-real-nightmare-before-christmas/

Fans of Star Wars characters Count Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn will like this next bit of news. Their lightsabers are now available on shopDisney and will be arriving in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge later this fall!  – https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/10/qui-gon-jinn-and-count-dooku-legacy-lightsaber-hilts-coming-soon-to-shopdisney-and-star-wars-galaxys-edge/

Disney+ subscribers have received early access to two more legacy lightsabers on shopDisney.com this week. The Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi Battle of the Heroes Legacy Lightsaber set is available now to Disney+ subscribers for $375. The set includes both lightsabers inside of a collectible case with a black and red design, reminiscent of Mustafar, where the epic battle between the two took place. The set is a limited edition of 5,000. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/11/anakin-skywalker-and-obi-wan-kenobi-battle-of-the-heroes-legacy-lightsaber-set-released-to-disney-subscribers-on-shopdisney/

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Former Imagineer Mel McGowan – https://www.storylandstudios.com

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