DLW 331: Skipper Stories with Dr. Skipper

April 3, 2024

This week, a BIG change in the future for an opening day attraction, another celebrity sighting, new Pixar Fest merchandise, D23 ticket drama, Magic Key sales and promotions, we finish our talk with Dr. Skipper, and more!

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The Los Angeles Times reported that sometime “in the next few years” the Autopia will convert from gas engines to something else. Of course this is a good change in the future. – https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2024-04-02/column-disneyland-is-ditching-gas-cars-at-autopia-its-a-great-first-step-for-tomorrowland-boiling-point

Another well known Disney personality entertained guests last week. Josh Gad donned a train conductor costume and treated guests to a grand circle tour on the E.P. Ripley, the locomotive that Walt Disney himself rolled in on for Disneyland’s grand opening. Josh’s commentary was highly entertaining, as expected from the Olaf and LeFou actor. – A MAJOR Disney Celebrity Made SURPRISE APPEARANCES At 2 (!!!) Disney Parks! | the disney food blog

Later this month, Pixar Fest will be coming to the resort and there is a lot of merchandise to choose from. From shirts, to Mickey and Minnie ears, and everything in-between, there is something for everyone. The merchandise is broken up into collections, featuring the Pixar Painted Collection, Pizza Planet Collection, Toy Story Collection, Wilderness Explorer Collection, and more! – https://www.micechat.com/383211-disneyland-pixar-fest-merchandise-2024/

The D23 ticket experience was something else this year. All of the tickets sold out pretty quick. The communication from D23 was not the best in terms of what was for sale and what was sold out between the D23 Gold Member presale, Visa Cardholder presale, and the General ticket sale days. D23 had stated that a limited number of tickets would be sold in the first two presale days, but when general sales opened, many tickets were already sold out. – https://www.micechat.com/383350-disneyland-update-rainy-days-reveals-and-reinventions/

Since the latest round of Magic Keys have gone on sale, they haven’t sold out. Disneyland appears to be promoting the program in the park with signs to upgrade your park ticket to a Magic Key. – https://www.micechat.com/383350-disneyland-update-rainy-days-reveals-and-reinventions/

Magic Key Holders have an opportunity to get some new Star Wars merchandise before the general public. The Will Gay collection will offer pre-sales starting April 3 at the Star Wars Trading Post in Downtown Disney. Limited quantities will be held for pre-sales. The collection includes an Ewok hoodie, bucket hat, and a Darth Vader sling bag. – Disneyland Magic Key Holder Pre-Sale Announced for New Star Wars Artist Series Merchandise by Will Gay – WDW News Today (wdwnt.com)

We have an update on the new Disney community being built in the Coachella Valley in California. Cotino – A Storyliving by Disney Community posted an update to the Disney Parks Blog showing the entrance to the community, the beginning of Longtable Park, one of the parks in the community, and progress of the model homes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2024/03/behind-the-magic-of-cotino-the-first-storyliving-by-disney-community/

Even though Tiana’s Palace has been open for months now, new additions can still pop up. Louis the Alligator has a new statuette near the entrance of the location. It is nice to see Disney adding things to a seemingly complete experience. – https://www.micechat.com/383350-disneyland-update-rainy-days-reveals-and-reinventions/

Season of the Force starts this week and there are some new activities to take part in. A new Seek and Find adventure will begin at the Star Trader where guests will search for hidden cylinders that will reveal a code to receive a keepsake. – Star Wars at Disneyland Resort | Disneyland Resort (go.com)


Tiki Juice Bar and Tropical Hideaway – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disneyland/tiki-juice-bar/ https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disneyland/tropical-hideaway/

Discussion Topic:

David “Dr. Skipper” Marley

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