DLW 309: 100 Years of Insights with Jeff Kober

October 25, 2023

This week, new rumors about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the Adventureland Treehouse is ready to open, Pixar Place Hotel has an opening date, Toontown may be finishing up tweaks, we talk to author J Jeff Kober about the first 100 years of Disney, and more!

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Over at MiceChat, Dusty Sage was able to have a conversation with higher-up associated with Tiana’s Bayou Adventure where he expressed his dismay at the focus on the search for a missing ingredient. If Dusty is right, there is a lot more going on with this attraction. Per his conversation, it is a sort of fake out for guests concealing the fact that they are doing a lot more with this attraction than has been announced. Massive set pieces are being installed to make this much more grand than the attraction that it is replacing. They are also spending a considerable amount on this project that they could have built an entirely new attraction. – https://www.micechat.com/371000-disneyland-update-snowfall-pumpkins-missed-opportunities/

It is possible that by the time you listen to this, the Adventureland Treehouse could be open! All of the scaffolding has been removed and the construction tape is gone. The walls around the attraction seem to be the only thing holding back excited guests. – https://www.micechat.com/371000-disneyland-update-snowfall-pumpkins-missed-opportunities/ https://www.micechat.com/371000-disneyland-update-snowfall-pumpkins-missed-opportunities/

The Paradise Pier Hotel will become the Pixar Place Hotel officially on January 30th, 2024. The new Luxo Lamp sculpture is yet to be installed, and the Great Maple restaurant is still under construction. The Disney Parks Blog posted images of the new room decor and all the reopening details. To see them yourself, head on over to the link in our show notes. –https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/10/opening-date-revealed-for-pixar-place-hotel-at-disneyland-resort-plus-sneak-peek-of-great-maple-menu-pixar-themed-hotel-rooms-and-more/

As we have spoken about a few times on the podcast recently, Toontown is undergoing some updates to fix the land’s main interactive fountain and dreaming tree section. The CenTOONial Park is scheduled to reopen on October 30th, and then Goofy’s How-to-Play Yard will close on the same day. Changes to this area are scheduled to wrap up and reopen to the public on November 10th. Hopefully, this will just leave Donald’s Duck Pond having never been operating for guests. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/10/17/one-disney-attraction-will-reopen-soon-but-another-will-close-the-same-day/

A fun new activity is coming to the Disneyland Resort this Halloween Season. The Disney Parks Blog posted a Halloween Time Scavenger Hunt Around the Disneyland Resort. The scavenger hunt provides clues to find things in Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2023/10/try-our-new-disneyland-resort-halloween-scavenger-hunt-for-families/

Halloween is still about a week away, but Christmas is already moving in around the resort. Snow has started to fall on Sleeping Beauty Castle, resulting in the Disney100 decorations disappearing before the actual anniversary, lights are going up in the trees on Main Street, and New Orleans Square is starting to have its decorations installed. – https://www.micechat.com/371000-disneyland-update-snowfall-pumpkins-missed-opportunities/

Have you ever wanted to have breakfast with Santa? If so, act fast as Naples Restorante will offer “Breakfast with Santa” this holiday season on select days from November 25th through December 24th. Prices are $110 for adults and $50 for children and includes a family-style breakfast, hot cocoa, and bottomless mimosas for adults, and stuffed animals, and a personalized stocking for kids. Book your spot at the link in our show notes. – https://www.micechat.com/371000-disneyland-update-snowfall-pumpkins-missed-opportunities/ https://www.patinagroup.com/naples-ristorante-e-bar/breakfast-with-santa

For Weeklyteers who have not had the chance to attend a mixology seminar at Trader Sam’s, Disneyland News Today was able to and has a review of the Halloween version that happened recently. For $169, plus $30.42 gratuity and tax, which brings the entire experience to $214.88, you get the newest tiki mug available at the time and the mixology course. Tickets are prepaid only and they have a 3-day cancellation policy. The event sounds fun and includes a small reception afterward with appetizers from Tongaroa Terrace. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2023/10/review-spirited-trader-sams-mixology-seminar-shakes-up-some-fun-at-disneyland-resort/

For Disney’s 100th Anniversary on October 16th, the company threw a 23-hour Cast Member party! The event took place at Disneyland, but was backstage where Cast Members participated in a variety of activities like Disney100-exclusive screenings, dunk tanks where cast members could dunk their leads, speed puzzling, and more. Visit the link in the show notes to see the group photo taken after park hours for the event. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2023/10/17/disney-threw-an-exclusive-23-hour-party-for-the-100th-anniversary/

Artist Sam Carter, in partnership with senior Disney designer Melanie Lapovich, created some artwork celebrating Disney through the eras. The artwork was posted online on the Walt Disney Archives Facebook page this week. The artwork debuted at the D23 Disney100: D23 Royal Anniversary Ball that took place at the Walt Disney Studios last week. Check it our at the link in our show notes. – https://www.micechat.com/371000-disneyland-update-snowfall-pumpkins-missed-opportunities/

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