DLW 270: A Deep Dive Into Toontown

January 25, 2023

This week, the Disney100 is just days away, we have the details, Mickey and Minnie are almost ready for their premiere, Black History Month celebrations, new tiki mugs, a small upgrade to “it’s a small world,” we talk about Toontown, and more!

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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens this Friday for the kickoff of the Disney100 Celebration starting at Disneyland. With the attraction opening, guests will be utilizing a virtual queue, with no standby access. Guests will also be able to purchase an individual Lightning Lane to experience the new attraction. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/your-guide-to-the-disney100-anniversary-celebration-at-disneyland-resort/

Beginning sometime after the start of the Disney100 Celebration, Disney announced that MagicBand+ will be able to interact with Disney100 decor around the parks. No official launch date or any details on what the interactions will be. In Walt Disney World for the 50th Celebration, guests could use their MagicBand+ to interact with the 50 golden characters throughout the parks. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/your-guide-to-the-disney100-anniversary-celebration-at-disneyland-resort/

With the celebration quickly approaching, some of the decor has been appearing around the resort. For guests arriving at the Mickey and Friends or Pixar Pals Parking Structure, there are new large banners along the tram route commemorating the opening years of milestone attractions, movies, and more. Character banners are in the esplanade, and a platinum medallion with Disney100 Years of Wonder has been installed above the entrance to Disney California Adventure. Buena Vista Street has blue and platinum bunting and medallions on the lampposts. On the Disneyland side of things, Disney100 crests have been installed above the entrance, with Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather already in place, along with a Disney100 crest above the castle gates. THe star had been installed on top of one of the turrets as well. As recently as today, new flags, banners, and sashes have appeared on Sleeping Beauty Castle. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/01/disney-100-years-of-wonder-medallion-added-to-disney-california-adventure-entrance/

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be closing each night for the fireworks, much like Toontown had been before the closure of the land. On nights that the park remains open until after 11, the attraction will reopen, but if the park closes at 10pm or earlier, the attraction will not reopen for the night. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/01/mickey-minnies-runaway-railway-at-disneyland-will-close-during-fireworks/

Black History Month is returning at the Disneyland Resort in February. Celebrate Gospel is returning to the Fantasyland Theatre on February 18th and 25th from 2:30pm to 7pm. Troubadour Tavern will offer a honey-glazed fried chicken bowl and red velvet bundt cake. Downtown Disney will offer family crafts, live music, and special offerings. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/disneyland-resort-honors-black-history-month-with-celebrate-gospel-and-more/

The Disney Gallery inside of the Opera House on Main Street is currently closed as it transforms to present “Disney100 Years of Wonder.” The exhibit will feature artwork created by original Disney animators for some of the early films, alongside artwork created by Imagineers to bring those stories to life. An animator’s desk and a multi-plane camera will also be on display. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/your-guide-to-the-disney100-anniversary-celebration-at-disneyland-resort/

Costumes have been unveiled for the Cast of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The costumes feature designs that allow cast members to reverse the pieces to change scenes at a moment’s notice! They are made of vibrant colors and textures. Eagle-eyed guests can even be on the lookout for hidden Mickeys on the costumes, in addition to other elements that connect the costumes to the attraction. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/01/disneyland-resort-reveals-trainsformable-new-mickey-minnies-runaway-railway-cast-member-costumes/

“it’s a small world” reopened this week and with it came some new exterior lighting! The exterior now has green and pink lighting in addition to the blue and white from before. The new lighting package enhances the small show that happens on the quarter hour. The lights also change when the train passes by. – https://www.micechat.com/345226-dateline-disneyland-update-recalibrate-illuminate-celebrate/

Trader Sam’s has unveiled more tiki mugs recently. The HippopotoMai-Tai and the Piranha Pool tiki mugs had been out of stock for a while, but are back in stock now. The HippopotoMai-Tai mug is the 4th variation, this time in an orange glaze. Trader Sam’s Piranha Pool Mug is the second edition of this mug with an ombre glaze with a black and red combo. There is also a couple of mixology events for the Food and Wine Festival on March 6th and April 10th. – https://www.micechat.com/344999-new-mugs-and-events-at-disneylands-trader-sams-enchanted-tiki-bar/

Lunar New Year started this weekend and there is so much to see and do. Magic Key Holders can pick up a free Lunar New Year button from January 20th through February 15th under Silly Symphony Swings. The Sip ‘n Saver pass has also returned. Be sure to check the pricing of the items if you get a Sip ‘n Saver pass to make sure you get your money’s worth. With it being the Year of the Rabbit, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and his wife Ortensia the cat are meeting and greeting guests. – https://www.micechat.com/345170-hop-into-disney-california-adventures-lunar-new-year-celebration/

Weeklyteers with ambitions to become Magic Key Holders should act now! As of the recording of this podcast, Inspire and Believe keys are available for purchase. They went on sale January 17th, so who knows when they will go back to being unavailable. – https://www.micechat.com/345226-dateline-disneyland-update-recalibrate-illuminate-celebrate/

The water around the Pacific Wharf area has been drained to begin work on transforming the area to San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6. Nothing has gone vertical yet, but will hopefully be visible soon. – https://www.micechat.com/345226-dateline-disneyland-update-recalibrate-illuminate-celebrate/

Disney released the Foodie Guide to the 2023 Celebrate Soulfully event. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/disney-eats-foodie-guide-to-celebrate-soulfully-treats-and-eats/

Weeklyteers who can’t make it to the parks for the kickoff of the Disney100 this week can tune in virtually this Friday! Disney will stream a kickoff at 2pm Disneyland time this Friday, January 27th. The event will include special performances, behind-the-scenes looks at the new entertainment, fun Disney trivia, and more! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/01/watch-this-friday-disney-parks-livestream-of-disney100-celebration-at-disneyland-resort/

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