DLW 301: Tage and James’s Disneyland Trip

August 30, 2023

This week, big changes coming to the Haunted Mansion and New Orleans Square, Tiana’s Palace menu and pricing is revealed, Halloween is ready to go at Disneyland, new Oogie Boogie Bash villains, we talk about Tage and James’s trip to Disneyland, and more!

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A big update is coming to the Haunted Mansion and the nearby New Orleans Square area. The Disney Parks Blog announced that a new, permanent retail shop will be constructed at the exit of the attraction, replacing the smaller, more temporary location, and the extended queue would be expanded. The extended queue will take over the old FastPass distribution area, and some of the plaza between Tiana’s Palace and the Haunted Mansion. Concept art appears to show the removal of the fountain, but the addition of a bandstand and a more open area overall. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/08/new-haunted-mansion-grounds-expansion-retail-shop-coming-to-disneyland-resort-in-2024/?CMP=SOC-DPFY23Q4wo0824230016A

With Tiana’s Place opening next month, the menus and pricing have finally been revealed. The new menu features two different gumbo options, a cajun spice half chicken, a Muffuletta sandwich, Beef Po-Boy, Gulf shrimp and grits, and more. There are a few side options and even kid’s meal options. Entrees range from $14.99 to $19.49, with sides from $3.99 to $5.99. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/08/disney-eats-first-look-at-tianas-palace-menu-at-disneyland-park/ https://www.micechat.com/344214-disneyland-tianas-palace-menu-guide/ https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/08/24/pricing-announced-for-disneys-new-restaurant-tianas-palace/#more-845812

One of the last remaining thematic decorations for Splash Mountain has finally been swapped out. The Br’er Fox, Br’er Bear, and Br’er Rabbit art in the Briar Patch shop has been replaced with more generic wild animals. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/08/breaking-brer-fox-brer-bear-and-brer-rabbit-art-in-briar-patch-shop-replaced-with-generic-forest-creatures/

It is the end of August, and even though Disneyland has had Halloween merchandise for almost a month now, the parks are just now about ready for the season. This Friday, Halloween Time officially kicks off at the resort with Haunted Mansion Holiday, Halloween Screams fireworks, new holiday treats, and more. The season will run through October 31st. – https://www.micechat.com/365666-disneyland-update-halloween-new-restaurant-construction/

The first Oogie Boogie Bash parties are just around the corner, and Disney is teasing some new additions. The first teaser was a barrel of A1 Solvents, with shoe laces hanging off and a stenciled Turpentine sign on the side. The second is a flythrough of San Fransokyo Square glitching out. This could only mean that Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit is coming, along with Yokai, the villain from Big Hero 6. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/08/25/disney-drops-big-hint-about-2-new-additions-for-oogie-boogie-bash/#more-846431

This fall at the Disneyland Resort, there are a lot of plant-based options for guests to eat. The Disney Parks Blog featured their top 5 items. Options include a Soy Chorizo Country Breakfast Burrito, a Curry Royale: Queen of Hearts Delight, and more. Most of the items are available now, or will be by September 12th. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/08/disney-eats-top-5-plant-based-items-for-fall-at-disneyland-resort/

The Villas at the Disneyland Hotel open at the end of September, where you can see a new hidden Mickey-filled mural, inspired by Disney Animation. The mural, created by associate production designer on “Encanto” Lorelay Bove, will greet guests when they enter the new tower. The mural is also available to download at the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/08/disney-animation-inspired-mural-will-wow-you-in-the-villas-at-disneyland-hotel/

Starting January 20, 2024, there will be some changes coming to Disneyland Resort Hotel guests. Early entry will allow ticketed guests, with valid park admission and reservations to enter a designated theme park each day of their stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. Each day, EITHER Disneyland or Disney California Adventure will be open early, instead of the current early entry into BOTH of the parks. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/08/24/breaking-new-policy-announced-for-early-entry-at-disneyland/#more-846277 https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/08/updated-dining-reservation-system-launches-on-the-disneyland-resort-app/ https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/08/25/the-controversial-disney-hotel-change-thats-dividing-fans/#more-846342

The updated dining reservation system that we spoke about previously has now gone live. Guests can now tap the “Check Dining Availability” button in the menu and enter the party size, date, and time window to see what is available at the resort. This is a much better, more reliable and easier to navigate system than the old system which would sometimes not show open times. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/08/updated-dining-reservation-system-launches-on-the-disneyland-resort-app/

If you tuned into our public livestream on YouTube this past Sunday, you heard us talk about Disney Locana, the new deck-building game from Ravensburger. The game went on sale at Disney Pin Traders in Downtown Disney on Monday morning. They had a good amount of stock on hand that morning, but your mileage may vary. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/08/disney-lorcana-sales-officially-launch-at-disneyland-resort/

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