DLW 268: Journey into Adventureland with Skipper Freddy

January 11, 2023

This week, tickets, park hopping, and PhotoPass changes, some restaurant shuffling in Downtown Disney, a Magic Happens dining package, Disney100 branding is everywhere, a whole list of closures, we talk to Skipper Freddy, and more!

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There are a lot of changes coming to Disneyland tickets, park-hopping, and more in the New Year. Starting February 4th, guests with the ability to park hop will be able to switch parks at 11am, instead of the current 1pm time. More dates have been added to the calendar at the $104 ticket level, bringing it up to nearly two months of days at the lowest ticket price. Throughout the Disney100 celebration, digital attraction photos will be complimentary starting February 4th. This is limited to digital attraction photos only. Also announced were more opportunities to join the Magic Key program throughout 2023 as pass inventory becomes available. For all the details, check out the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/disneyland-resort-announces-new-updates-to-offer-guests-more-value-and-flexibility/

The closest location to get food in the esplanade abruptly closed this week. La Brea Bakery announced the closure of the Downtown Disney and all other non-airport locations to focus on their partnerships with distributing their baked goods. The location will make room for a temporary tenant before being demoed and becoming the location for the Porto’s that was announced back at the D23 Expo in September. – https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/09/la-brea-bakery-abruptly-closes-at-downtown-disney-after-two-decades/

Fans of great tasting, inexpensive food can now rejoice! Earl of Sandwich, the sandwich shop that was torn down with the rest of the AMC theater complex has announced its return. In the near term, it will be moving into the La Brea Bakery location, adding a sit-down option until a new location is built elsewhere in Downtown Disney, likely on the west side where construction is happening now. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/downtown-disney-district-welcomes-back-earl-of-sandwich-this-february-more-district-updates/

Weeklyteers who like dining in the once highly themed Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will be sad with the changes coming when it re-opens. Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio will be the new name of the location. Guests who have experienced the new design have found it plain and mostly un-themed. The fully refurbished location should return after a “short time” according to Disney. Din Tai Fung, which was announced at the D23 Expo this year has some new concept art. In the concept art, there is a round bar surrounded by tables for diners to eat at. The new location will be on the west end of Downtown Disney, but no opening date or timeline has been announced. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/01/09/4-major-downtown-disney-restaurant-updates/#more-762543

When Magic Happens returns, there will be a dining package available to guests at the Plaza Inn. Each dining package will include an adult or child meal, plus a voucher for reserved viewing access to the second Magic Happens performance each day. The package is available every night, except for Disney After Dark events of April 9, May 13, 14, 29, June 18, July 4, and July 8, 2023. The adult meal is $45 per adult, with the child meal priced at $25 per person. Dining reservations need to be made between 1pm and 3:30pm to take advantage of the package. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/01/05/pricing-and-details-for-magic-happens-plaza-inn-dining-package-in-disneyland/

The Disney100 celebration doesn’t kick off until January 27th, but you wouldn’t know it from all the stuff already in the parks! New Disney100 plates, cups, and popcorn boxes have arrived at the resort. The popcorn bucket is shades of purple and white, with the Disney100 logo, with 100 Years of Wonder underneath. The coffee cups are a similar design, with the standard soda cups sporting red along with the purple, sharing the color scheme with Coca-Cola. The paper plates feature the purple design around the edges of the plate, with Disney100, 100 Years of Wonder in the white center where the food goes. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/01/new-disney100-plates-cups-and-popcorn-boxes-debut-at-disneyland/

From now through January 18, Magic Key Holders can pick up a Disney100 print featuring Mickey and Minnie galavanting around Sleeping Beauty Castle. The castle features the decorations for the Disney100 celebration, the fountain, and the swans in the moat. The print by Asia Ellington is distributed in the extended queue for it’s a small world every day at 1pm while supplies last back in Fantasyland. If you see a long line, don’t be deterred, it moves quickly. – https://www.micechat.com/343892-disneyland-update-mangled-magic-a-soggy-start/

More details have been announced for World of Color – ONE coming to Disney California Adventure later this month. The viewing areas will be accessible through the virtual queueing system in the Disneyland app. A virtual queue reservation is not required, but highly recommended. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/dazzling-details-of-world-of-color-one-at-disney-california-adventure-park-debuting-jan-27/

New Disney100 standard popcorn buckets have arrived as well. For $12.25, you can pick up the standard white bucket, wrapped with the 20’s art-deco style and Disney characters, with Disney100 100 Years of Wonder logo. Disneyland is represented by Sleeping Beauty Castle on one side, and Carthay Circle theater on the other side. – https://wdwnt.com/2023/01/new-disney100-standard-and-magic-key-holder-exclusive-popcorn-buckets-arrive-at-disneyland-resort/

Weeklyteers who will be visiting the parks in the near term should be aware of some of the refurbishments that are happening now and in the near future. The Adventureland Treehouse will continue to be down until later in 2023, Mickey’s Toontown will be closed until March 8th, it’s a small world is removing the holiday overlay now through January 19th, Indiana Jones is down until Spring, 2023, along with the annual refurbishment of Grizzly River Run. The Disney Gallery and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln are transforming for the Disney100 until January 25th. For future closures, Radiator Springs Racers is closing from January 17th through 23rd, Mickey’s PhilharMagic from January 24th through February 3rd, Haunted Mansion will be removing the holiday overlay from January 30th through February 9th, Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind is also down January 30th through February 9th. – https://www.micechat.com/343892-disneyland-update-mangled-magic-a-soggy-start/

Patrick Begorra, known as the Little Man of Disneyland, is returning in an all-new story and Little Golden Book. In this new adventure, Mickey and friends help Patrick find his lost hat in Disneyland. Another Little Golden Book is Santa Shops at Disneyland, which follows Santa, his reindeer, and some elf’s yearly Christmas Eve visit to Disneyland. Coming in May is a Pirates of the Caribbean Little Golden Book, and to fill out your collection, there is a Disney Parks Little Golden Book Library, which includes “it’s a small world,” Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, The Orange Bird, and Space Mountain. – https://www.micechat.com/343232-new-disney-little-golden-books-little-main-of-disneyland-returns/

Discussion Topic:

Skipper Freddy – https://www.freddymartin.net

Poverty Encounter – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWm2AzN0JFI

Themed Attraction Podcast – https://www.themedattraction.com/themed-attraction-podcast/

Backside of Water – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-backside-of-water-a-disneyland-history-podcast/id1003822031

Instagram: skipperfreddy – https://www.instagram.com/skipperfreddy/

Indiana Jones Steals Aladdin’s Lamp – https://www.instagram.com/reel/CgHjnyHFNyU/

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