DLW 328: Disney vs Non-Disney Cruises

March 13, 2024

This week, a few Magic Key updates, a huge win for DisneylandForward, some little decorations, a glimpse of the future for entering the parks, Disney Channel Nite recap, we talk about Disney vs Non-Disney Cruises, and more!

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Weeklyteers who have wanted to get a Magic Key still have that opportunity. Some of the keys are still open for sale. For those who joined the queue as soon as the keys went back on sale were greeted with a new system that allowed notification through email, the inventory level of the keys they wanted, and added monthly payments to qualifying guests. Keyholders can get a special magnet, take part in exclusive character interactions, and photo spots. – DISNEYLAND UPDATE: Imagineering Reimagined, Avatar Anticipations & Magic Key Mysteries! (micechat.com)

The lawsuit that was filed by Dream Magic Key Holders stating that Disneyland misled and deceived customers had its settlement finalized this week. 103,431 Dream Key Holders will get about $67 each of the $9.5 million class action lawsuit. Weeklyteers who are a part of the lawsuit will be contacted. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2024/03/08/confirmed-judge-finalizes-settlement-in-9-5-million-disney-park-pass-lawsuit/

Some great news on the DisneylandForward project this week. The Anaheim Planning Commission approved the proposal 5-1. The vote was after 2 hours of public comments, with 54 total speakers. 40 were in favor, 13 against. The Anaheim City Council is still required for final approval, which could happen in April. – https://wdwnt.com/2024/03/breaking-disneylandforward-proposal-for-disneyland-resort-expansion-approved-by-anaheim-planning-commission/

One of the smallest inhabitants of Disneyland has decorated their home for St. Patricks day! “The Little Man of Disneyland” – Patrick Begorra – has a pot of gold, a rainbow streamer, and some green decorations installed at his home near Indiana Jones in Adventureland. – https://www.micechat.com/382274-disneyland-update-imagineering-reimagined-avatar-anticipations-magic-key-mysteries/

The newest Disneyland After Dark Nite event was a rousing success! Disney Channel Nite was held last week on two nights and guests seemed to have a blast with all the characters, atmosphere, food, and merchandise. Social media was full of guests enjoying everything about his after hours party. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2024/03/06/review-we-paid-139-to-eat-beignets-and-dino-nuggets-in-disney-and-we-have-no-regrets/

Walt Disney Imagineering is getting new leadership. Barbara Bouza, the current president of Walt Disney Imagineering, announced her departure this week. Taking her place at the helm will be Bruce Vaughn, who returned to Imagineering recently and was responsible for The New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom, Pandora, Cars Land, and Buena Vista Street, to name a few. – https://www.micechat.com/382274-disneyland-update-imagineering-reimagined-avatar-anticipations-magic-key-mysteries/

Fans of Tortilla Jo’s in Downtown Disney have been given more time to say goodbye to this longtime venue. April 7th is the new closing date for the location, which was originally set to close at the end of March. – DISNEYLAND UPDATE: Imagineering Reimagined, Avatar Anticipations & Magic Key Mysteries! (micechat.com)

The first of the new turnstiles coming to the resort have been installed. The new entrance turnstiles feature a MagicBand+ reader, screen with a camera, and clear gates that will open to allow guests entrance once scanned in. The new system should allow guests to scan in themselves, with cast members present to help if needed. The new turnstiles are also wider, allowing wheelchairs and strollers access in the same place as guests and not a separate gate. – https://wdwnt.com/2024/03/breaking-first-new-turnstiles-with-magicband-touchpoints-installed-at-disneyland-resort-theme-parks/

Say goodbye to the ugly green security tents at the west end of Downtown Disney. Soon, a new security portal will open behind Din Tai Fung allowing better entry to the new Parkside Market set to open in the future. The new portal will be themed and permanent, unlike the tents that have always seemed temporary. – DISNEYLAND UPDATE: Imagineering Reimagined, Avatar Anticipations & Magic Key Mysteries! (micechat.com)


Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disneyland/jolly-holiday-bakery-cafe/ https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Jolly_Holiday_Bakery_Cafe

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Teresa Compares her time on a Disney and Non-Disney Cruise

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