DLW 274: Into the Jungle with Alex

February 22, 2023

This week, more After Dark events announced, a virtual queue is going away, a classic returns for guests, an old, new parade is coming back this week, new details of San Fransokyo, we talk to Alex from the Backside of Water podcast and more!

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We were starting to get worried that the popular Star Wars Nite would not happen this year since Disney hadn’t announced anything and May 4th is coming up quick! Well, last week they finally announced TWO Disneyland After Dark Nies coming to Disneyland. Disneyland After Dark: Throwback Nite will celebrate the 50’s and 60’s, with music and entertainment that will pay tribute to Disneyland’s first 10 years. “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks will be performed, classic dancing, treats from the early days of Disneyland, and more! For Star Wars Nite, “Star Wars: Celebrate the Nite” fireworks will perform, the March of the First Order returns, a Lightsaber instructional demonstration and more will be happening. Magic Key Holder tickets went on sale Tuesday, February 21, with general public tickets on Thursday, February 23. Check the link in the show notes for all the dates and times. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/02/disneyland-after-dark-brings-2-more-themed-nites-to-disneyland-resort-this-spring/

Just under a month after Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opened, we are already getting a standby queue! Starting today when this podcast posts, there will no longer be a virtual queue for the attraction. Individual Lightning Lane is still available for an extra fee, but guests can now walk back to the attraction without having to hit the right button in the app at just the right time. This also allows guests the chance to ride the attraction multiple times in a single day. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/02/breaking-standby-queue-available-for-mickey-minnies-runaway-railway-at-disneyland-starting-this-week/https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/02/21/change-revealed-for-disneylands-newest-ride/

It has been a long time since the Haunted Mansion has been welcoming guests in its original form with the extension of Haunted Mansion Holiday this year. Wait no longer, the Mansion is back! There was even an upgrade to the show that was installed over the transition and has mysteriously disappeared since. A new birdcage with a bat inside was placed next to the chair at the endless hallway. This appeared in concept art by Marc Davis, but was never installed in the Mansion. – https://www.micechat.com/348153-disneyland-update-dropped-off-burned-out-forgotten/https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/02/video-marc-davis-bat-in-a-birdcage-gag-removed-days-after-being-added-to-the-haunted-mansion-at-disneyland/

The long awaited return to the poor parade that was never given a chance by the pandemic comes back this week! Magic Happens premiered at the end of February, 2020, and closed with the park. As of Friday, the parade will perform at 3:30pm and 6:30pm daily. – https://www.micechat.com/348153-disneyland-update-dropped-off-burned-out-forgotten/

Weeklyteers who have seen the latest Ant Man and the Wasp movie will be excited to meet one of the characters from that movie in Avengers Campus. Kang the Conqueror will be visiting for a short time, so get to Avengers Campus soon if you want to catch him! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/02/17/another-new-character-is-coming-to-one-disney-park-soon/

Since the D23 Expo in September, there hasn’t been a lot of details about San Fransokyo coming to Disney California Adventure. Construction has been progressing slowly on the new bridge, reminiscent of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransico, but not much else. There will be a meet and greet area with Baymax, a floating wind turbine to power the area (fictionally, of course) and will be open to guests this summer! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/02/step-into-san-fransokyo-square-at-disney-california-adventure-park-beginning-summer-2023/

The Mint Julep Bar, along with the French Market is closed to be transformed into Tiana’s Palace, so where can you get the tasty beignets and Mint Juleps? Over near the Pirates entrance is the Royal Street Veranda where the iconic New Orleans Square treats are for sale. Once Tiana’s Palace reopens, the items will return to the old locations. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/02/17/a-disney-restaurant-closed-heres-where-to-get-mickey-beignets-now/

A new sipper has arrived in Avengers Campus at Pym Test Kitchen. The Ooze Cauldron Sipper is inspired by the new Ant Man and the Wasp movie. The sipper appears to be able to be held by the handle on the top, or carried with the strap over your shoulder. Guests can pick one up for $27.97 and it comes filled with Quantum Ooze. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/02/17/disneys-new-souvenir-cup-comes-with-a-shocking-price-tag/

Registration is now closed for the runDisney events for Disneyland that is returning next year. All of the races have sold out. Tickets went on sale Valentine’s Day and sold out almost immediately. Hopefully the strong demand will bring more runDisney races to Disneyland in the future. – https://www.micechat.com/348153-disneyland-update-dropped-off-burned-out-forgotten/

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