This week, is Pandora coming to California? Plus more details from the quarterly earning call, a delay to opening ToonTown, an update to World of Color, a lack of spell check in the resort, we keep looking for the Unseen with author Russ and more!
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The unexpected weather that Southern California has been having recently has delayed a major opening. Mickey’s Toontown has been pushed back from March 8th to March 19th due to weather delaying the work. – https://www.micechat.com/307775-disneylands-toontown-closing-in-2022-for-enhancements/
Last week, Disney held their quarterly earnings call where Bob Iger commented about adding more capacity to the theme parks. He mentioned that with the success of Avatar at the box office and at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, that an Avatar Experience would be coming to Disneyland in the future. What was left question was in what form this would take place! – https://www.micechat.com/347545-disneyland-update-big-profits-bigger-cuts-blue-people/
Also on the earnings call, Iger addressed the higher pricing and capacity mix. He stated that they are listening to guests who feel that they are being priced out of the parks by lowering prices on some of the experiences. He also mentioned that he didn’t feel that the annual increase in ticket pricing was too much above the rate of inflation at Disneyland. In regards to the capacity mix, they have been aiming for more of the mix to be once in a lifetime guests who spend more in a single visit that passholders. – https://www.micechat.com/347545-disneyland-update-big-profits-bigger-cuts-blue-people/ – https://www.ocregister.com/2023/02/09/disneyland-ticket-prices-have-not-really-increased-that-much-in-recent-years-disney-ceo-says/
There has been a rash of mis-spellings of signs and statues all over the resort since the Disney100 started to roll in. Incorrect years on attractions and movie premiere dates, coming soon signage on Indy, and the Mickey statue in town square with “It all started with a mouse” instead of “It was all started by a mouse.” Disney has been quick to fix these snafus around the parks. There was a new one for the Super Bowl cavalcade that came and went without a fix, mentioning “Main Stret” instead of “Main Street.” – https://www.micechat.com/347545-disneyland-update-big-profits-bigger-cuts-blue-people/
Even more things are coming to the resort for Celebrate Soulfully at Disney California Adventure. Moon Girl from the new Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur on Disney+ will be coming for some meet and greets. Guests who are there when she premieres will get to see a cavalcade and stage show for that day only. – https://twitter.com/Disneyland/status/1623734510465478664 – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/02/moon-girl-magic-comes-to-disney-california-adventure-park/
Fans of Catal and Uva bar should get their last visits in soon! The location will be closing mid-April to transform into Centrico and Paseo, a new up-scale Mexican restaurant. – https://www.micechat.com/347545-disneyland-update-big-profits-bigger-cuts-blue-people/
Can you believe that Disney California Adventure turned 22 this past week? To celebrate, the Disneyland App has a limited-time PhotoPass+ lens through February 21. The lens transforms guests into a Newsboy from the show that has still has yet to return to the park. – https://www.micechat.com/347545-disneyland-update-big-profits-bigger-cuts-blue-people/
Part of Steakhouse 55 could be reopening soon! The curtains that we reported on being in place a couple of weeks ago have come down and the lounge part looks ready to welcome guests. MiceChat reports that staff is already training for the location. No word on a reopening date. The restaurant section of Steakhouse 55 has seen no updates. – https://www.micechat.com/347545-disneyland-update-big-profits-bigger-cuts-blue-people/
Finally on the call, Bob Iger noted that of the 7,000 job cuts that are taking place around the company, none of them are expected to impact park operations. This is good news since the parks are already not back to fully staffed since reopening after the COVID closure. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/02/disneys-workforce-cuts-to-impact-all-sections-of-company-will-not-impact-hourly-park-operations-cast/
There had been some confusion with the ending to World of Color – ONE. Guests were unsure when the ending of the show was and would start to leave at the long pause just before the main finale. It appears that Disney has updated the show to tighten up the ending, making it more clear when the show was actually over. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/02/video-world-of-color-one-finale-changed-due-to-guest-confusion-at-disney-california-adventure/
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway has been a great addition to Disneyland and with it came some new looks for Cast Members. Now, the rest of Toontown has some colorful costumes to match! Taking a cue from Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, the costumes are mix and match for the cast members to pick an outfit that they like and can personalize. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/02/first-look-new-mickeys-toontown-cast-member-mix-and-match-costumes/
Russell Flores, Author of Seen, Un-Seen Disneyland