DLW 042: Go Ask the ConciEARS!

August 1, 2018

This week we discuss how you can own a piece of the resort, offerings coming for the holidays, breakfast returns to the River Belle Terrace, and we talk travel planning with James from ConciEARS.

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News this Week:

Do you want to own a piece of Disneyland? If so, then you should check out Thats from Disneyland, a free exhibit and auction in Sherman Oaks, California from August 1st to the 24th to see if you want to bid on any of the items. The auction itself is on Aug 25th and 26th. Some of the items include 4 original stretching portraits from the Haunted Mansion, estimated to go for 50-75 thousand dollars each. Other items include ride vehicles like a skyway bucket, a car from Mr. Toads Wild Ride, and a Doom buggy. Original concept drawings of famous attractions, vintage posters, props, models, pictures, and more will be up for bid. For more information, you can visit thatsfromdisneyland.com – https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Its-No-Stretch-to-Say-This-Disneyland-Auction-Is-Huge-489242551.html or https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rare-trove-disneyland-memorabilia-going-auction-heres-sneak-peek-160512355.html or thatsfromdisneyland.com

Disney announced a look into the planned festivities for the 2018 holiday season. In DCA you can celebrate the holidays at the Festival of Holidays Viva Navidad street party, the Festive Foods Marketplace, at the Holiday overlay in Carsland you can take a spin on Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl, or Mater’s Jingle Jamboree. In Disneyland returning classics like A Christmas Fantasy Parade, Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks, “its a small world” Holiday, and the Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle projection show. Another holiday favorite, Haunted Mansion Holiday, will be returning in September for Halloween will also run though the end of Holiday Time at the resort. The Jingle Cruise and the World of Color-Season of Light were noticeably missing from the holiday season announcement. The holiday celebration at the resort run from November 7, 2018 to January 6, 2019. – https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2018/07/24/future-of-world-of-color-season-of-light-uncertain-as-disneyland-announces-holiday-plans/ or https://www.mouseplanet.com/12161/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_July_30__August_5_2018

We finally have a closing date for a bugs land. September 4th will be the last day for the first expansion area of Disney California Adventure. The theming in this land was amazing, although some of the attractions were simple, off the shelf ideas, they were great for kids. Also, who didn’t love Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train?

Disney has officially announced that they will be eliminating single use plastic straws and stirrers in the next year! This move will eliminate the use of 175 million straws and 10 million stirrers annually. The company has also planned to eliminate polystyrene cups, transition in-room hotel amenities (such as shampoo, soap, etc) to refillables in all hotels and cruise ships, and reducing the number of plastic shopping bags by offering guests the option to purchase reusable bags at a minimal price. – https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2018/07/26/disney-eliminating-plastic-straws-among-other-enviromental-initatives/ or https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/07/disney-expands-environmental-commitment-by-reducing-plastic-waste/

Breakfast has returned at the River Belle Terrace. The now sit down style restaurant has even come out with a new menu with some interesting dishes along with some classic breakfast favorites. Menu items include Southern-fried Pork Chop with eggs, potatoes and bacon gravy, Mark Twain chicken sausage or bacon, eggs, potatoes, biscuits , Country Biscuits & Gravy crispy chicken breast, biscuit, bacon gravy, chicken crackling, blistered tomatoes, Becky Thatcher’s Fried Green Tomato deviled eggs, corn & avocado relish, chimi churri, red pepper coulis, and blistered tomatoes, Mickey-shaped Pancakes with seasonal berries, chicken sausage or bacon, a Berry Parfait with yogurt and granola, and Monkey Bread a warm & buttery sweet bread, pecan butter, maple syrup, candied pecans & powdered sugar – https://micechat.com/201151-disneyland-update-the-last-straw/

Rumor has it that a possible expansion may be coming for Whitewater Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. Disney has filed permits with the City of Anaheim. Referred to as “White Water Grill & Bar” in the permits, the restaurant will have an outdoor seating and bar area. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12161/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_July_30__August_5_2018

In an announcement that should surprise nobody familiar with how Disney normally does things, Paint the Night and the Pixar Play Parade have been extended past the end of Pixar Fest on September 4th. The Pixar Play Parade is expected to run until the Christmas Fantasy Parade returns for the holidays. Paint the Night has no current end date at this time, but will continue to run until at least World of Color returns in the future. – https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2018/07/25/paint-the-night-and-pixar-play-parade-extended-at-disneyland-resort/

If you have visited the west side of Downtown Disney since the end of June, you probably noticed that there has been no further progress on the new hotel and security complex. There have been a lot of rumors as to why this is and with the addition of the food trucks in the area outside the former AMC theatres, it looks like it will be delayed for quite a bit still. Doug Marsh over at Laughing Place has done some digging and come up with a possible reason for the delay, It is quite an interesting story and we recommend checking out the full article linked in the show notes, but basically, there is an underground fuel tank that was left there from back in the 70’s that was forgotten about and needs to be addressed before construction can commence. – https://www.laughingplace.com/w/articles/2018/07/26/what-is-holding-up-the-disneyland-resort-hotel-expansion/

As we mentioned, with the delays in demolition and construction, a pop up food court has appeared in Downtown Disney. The old AMC theater courtyard has been decorated and furnished by Disney and has a fun yet simple design. The courtyard is filled with colorful tables and chairs, umbrellas, and brightly colored banners hanging from the arbor featuring some of your favorite characters. Disney has also invited some food trucks, serving burgers, wings and ice cream, to set up in the area as well. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12161/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_July_30__August_5_2018

The Pixar Film Festival has expanded to the Tomorrowland theater. You can take a break from the heat and enjoy 3 shorts; Lava, For the Birds, and Piper. – https://micechat.com/201151-disneyland-update-the-last-straw/

It seems like Disneyland is constantly in discussions on pay for the resort cast members. This last week, Disney reached an agreement with the largest labor unions to increase the minimum wages to $15.45 per hour by June, 2020. More than 1/3 of all cast members at the resort are affected by this agreement. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12161/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_July_30__August_5_2018

Discussion Links:

Contact ConciEARS at conciears.com

James can be contacted at jhall@conciears.com.

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