DLW 269: More with Skipper Freddy

January 18, 2023

This week, Toontown is getting ready to welcome guests again, Tiana is taking over some of New Orleans Square, TWO Foodie Guides have been released, lots of construction, we finish our conversation with Skipper Freddy, and more!

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We are getting closer and closer to the Disney 100 celebration and with that the partial opening of Toontown and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway! A new Toontown sign has been installed at the entrance to the land ahead of it opening later this month. The Disney Parks TikTok account shared the installation online. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/01/mickeys-toontown-sign-returns-with-new-look-ahead-of-land-reopening-at-disneyland/

Splash Mountain hasn’t quite begun its transformation into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, but Disney is already working on adding more Princess and the Frog to Disneyland. Tiana’s Palace will be the name of the location currently known as the French Market. The menu will expand on many of the current favorites, explore seasonal flavors, and offer some New Orleans classics. To begin the transformation, the French Market and the Mint Julep Bar will be closing on February 17th and reopen later in 2023. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/tianas-palace-coming-to-disneyland-park-later-this-year/

Just after last week’s podcast, Disney posted the Foodie Guide to Lunar New Year. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/disney-eats-foodie-guide-to-lunar-new-year-delights-2023/

Not only did Disney post the Foodie Guide for Lunar New Year, but the Foodie Guide to the Disney 100 Celebration at Disneyland. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/disney-eats-foodie-guide-to-disney-100-celebration-at-disneyland-resort/

Along with the food for Lunar New Year, there is also some new merchandise. Among the options are a Lunar New Year Loungefly bag, and Loungefly wallet, but sweatshirts, stationery sets, and more. That and a TON of other merchandise can be seen at the link in our show notes. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/01/15/whats-new-at-disneyland-resort-100th-anniversary-collectibles-and-5-pairs-of-ears/

Last Thursday, Anaheim Ducks Day took over Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure with a lot of events. A cavalcade, player meet and greets, and fan zone were all available to Ducks fans. Maxwell Simkins from the Disney+ show The Mighty Ducks Game Changers appeared with the team. There was some exclusive merchandise that sold out quickly. Some of the activities spilled out into Downtown Disney where there was a DJ, appearances of the Duck’s mascot Wild Wing, and a hockey skill shot activity. – https://www.micechat.com/344595-disneyland-update-its-a-wall-world-after-all/

The Orange County Register has some good reporting this week about the downtime on the hottest attraction at the resort has gone up in 2022. Rise of the Resistance, the headliner attraction for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge rose from 80 minutes of downtime a day in 2021 to 122 minutes a day in 2022. Thrill Data metrics provided the data to the Register. – https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/16/downtime-up-sharply-on-disneylands-450-million-rise-of-the-resistance-ride-data-shows/

We talked about the path between Adventureland and New Orleans Square becoming a dead end while they work on Indiana Jones and the Adventureland Treehouse. The entire path is being worked on not only to replace the entrance to the treehouse but also to re-grade the walkway as well. This is one of the areas of the park that is difficult to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller because of the angle. – https://www.micechat.com/344595-disneyland-update-its-a-wall-world-after-all/

Weeklyteers wanting to board the monorail at the Downtown Disney station may think it is closed with the construction walls up all around it, but it is still open! The area in front of the station is getting some paving work done. To access the station, there is an entrance next to the Pin Traders booth. – https://www.micechat.com/344595-disneyland-update-its-a-wall-world-after-all/

The wild weather in California over the last few days has provided some opportunities to see some things hidden behind scrims at the resort. The one that we were most interested in was the fire damage to the New Orleans Square train station. Both ends of the building show signs of fire damage. Railroad Cast Members reported that some equipment in the building that operates the station lights was damaged, so they are using radios at the moment. This means that only two trains, instead of three, can run at a time. – https://www.micechat.com/344595-disneyland-update-its-a-wall-world-after-all/

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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