DLW 276: Don from the Pacific North West Mouse Meet

March 8, 2023

This week, real snow at Disneyland, an original locomotive returns, more details are installed in Toontown before it’s opening, food coming to Toontown, Oscars come to Carthay Circle, we talk to Don from the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet and more!

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Disneyland is a magical place, so much so that it can even have things like snow happen in Southern California! This year has been crazy in terms of weather, but not so far as snow! Weather experts said it was more of what is called graupel, which is snowflakes that collect water droplets on the outer surface. Either way, it was still surreal to see all the pictures and videos online of the weather event! – https://www.micechat.com/349659-disneyland-update-exciting-finds-feasts-and-oswald-meets/

One of the original steam engines of the Disneyland Railroad has returned to carrying guests on a grand circle tour of Disneyland this week. The EP Ripley, named after Edward Payson Ripley of the Santa Fe Railroad, was taken off the tracks a few years ago for repairs, and then underwent a full restoration starting in 2021. The original boiler had to be replicated, along with the headlamp and bell. The parts had to be replicated since they are not manufactured anymore. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/03/an-original-disneyland-railroad-steam-engine-is-back-on-track/

With Toontown fully opening very soon, some new things can be noticed through the construction walls. A new Minnie and Mickey fountain sculpture was installed in front of CarTOONial Park, the Wishing Tree has been installed and decorated with lanterns, and the Cafe Daisy sign has been installed for the new eatery. – https://www.micechat.com/349659-disneyland-update-exciting-finds-feasts-and-oswald-meets/

We are just a couple of weeks from the reopening of Mickey’s Toontown! Disney released the upcoming food offerings in the so-to-be fully reopened land. From kid-friendly items like the Cheese Please! Pizza, Minnie’s Mini Corn Dogs, to adult options like the Cheezy Pizza Flop-Over and a Spring Garden Wrap. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/03/disney-eats-first-look-at-mickeys-toontown-treats-coming-to-disneyland-resort/

For a limited time, there is a special exhibit inside Carthay Circle Restaurant. In the foyer of the restaurant, the honorary Oscar that Walt Disney won for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 are on display. They are on loan from the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. – https://www.micechat.com/349659-disneyland-update-exciting-finds-feasts-and-oswald-meets/

One of our favorite holiday events is returning this year. The 2023 Eggstaviganza will begin on March 13th and run through April 9th. To take part in the scavenger hunt and collect a fun collectible egg at the end, guest purchase a game board for $9.99 plus tax and locate all the hidden eggs around Downtown Disney, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure. Note that there are three different game boards, one for each location. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/03/06/dates-and-prices-announced-for-disneys-2023-eggstravaganza/

There is a few merchandise items for the Food and Wine Fest this year. There are spirit jerseys, mugs, ears, and more. – https://www.micechat.com/349659-disneyland-update-exciting-finds-feasts-and-oswald-meets/

For Magic Key Holders, there is even a special exclusive t-shirt that features Stitch eating a slice of cake for the Food and Wine Festival 2023. – https://www.micechat.com/349659-disneyland-update-exciting-finds-feasts-and-oswald-meets/

This past Sunday was Adventureland Day at Disneyland! Hundreds of Adventureland fans descended upon the park dressed in their Adventureland attire to follow clues and solve riddles in a treasure hunt to receive a prize.

A sweet Disneyland classic has been updated at Pooh Corner. The classic Tigger Tail has been updated with a new coating that replaces the previous orange-colored white chocolate with an orange-flavored confectioners coating. The new version looks much closer to Tigger’s actual tail. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/03/review-trying-the-updated-tigger-marshmallow-tail-from-pooh-corner-at-disneyland/

Jeff Reitz has done something that we all wish we could say we did – and that is hold the Guiness World Record for the most consecutive visits to Disneyland Park. Jeff went for 2,995 straight days in a row, which comes out to eight years, three months, and thirteen days. Jeff and his friends set out to visit the park all 366 days of 2012. They reached that goal, and Jeff kept going. His last streak day was March 13th, 2020, the day before the parks closed due to the pandemic. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/03/04/are-you-up-for-the-ultimate-disneyland-challenge/

For Weeklyteers who are looking to own a piece of Disneyland, there is an upcoming auction you might want to look into. On March 25th and 26th, The Art of Disneyland: From Stagecoaches to Monorails…and More! will be held in Beverly Hills, with previews March 20th through 24th from 10am-5pm at Heritage Auctions. For a list of all the items and location, check out the link in our show notes. – https://comics.ha.com/c/auction-home.zx?saleNo=7314https://wdwnt.com/2023/03/disney-auction-disneyland-monorail-ride-vehicles/

Discussion Topic

Don Morin – Founder and Host of PNW Mouse Meet

  • Since 2009 Don and his team have been creating a magical experience for thousands of Guests.
    “Passion, Disney Fandom and giving them more than they expect are key ingredients to our success!”
  • The PNW Mouse Meet is an unofficial Disney Fan Event that was created by Disney Fans FOR Disney Fans. This annual event provides Disney enthusiasts the opportunity to get together right here in the Pacific Northwest to share and celebrate all things Disney.
  • https://www.youtube.com/@PNWMOUSEMEET

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