DLW 065: Crowd Forecasting and Touring Plans

January 23, 2019

This week we discuss Mickey’s Mix Magic, Lunar New Year, a Haunted Mansion office, Fred from Touring Plans joins us to talk crowds and Disneyland stats, and more!

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Last Friday, Mickey’s Mix Magic premiered with fireworks as it fell in the Friday through Monday schedule that will include them. Tuesday through Thursdays will only have the projections and laser parts of the show. Reviews have been positive and from what we have seen online, it looks like a good show. It will be nice to have a nighttime spectacular every night at Disneyland, even in the off season. – https://www.micechat.com/215061-disneyland-update-rainy-days-and-new-magic/

Over in California Adventure, the Lunar New Year kicks off this Friday. The celebration will run for 24 days and will feature the return of Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, that will include the Three Little Pigs, who are rarely seen in the parks. There will also be meet and greets in the Paradise Garden Park with Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, Mushu, and Pluto. Four Marketplace booths will also be serving Asian-inspired dishes. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12285/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_January_21__27_2019#news3

If you thought that one day wasn’t long enough for Valentine’s Day, apparently Disney agrees with you. The Valentine’s Day celebration will begin on January 22nd. The floral Mickey will get a makeover, there will be Minnie’s Valentine’s Day Scavenger hunt experience available for $6.99 that includes a game board and stickers, and a Classic Afternoon Tea will take place at Steakhouse 55 over in the Disneyland Hotel from February 8-18th themed to the holiday. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12285/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_January_21__27_2019#news5

You can book your Food & Wine Festival events starting last week. The reservations include tasting seminars, cooking demonstrations, Sweet Sundays and the Dinner with the Disney Chefs event. If you are interested in learning more and booking your place for these events, follow the link in our show notes at dlweekly.net. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12285/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_January_21__27_2019#news4

Sammy L was visiting the resort and was able to experience the newly reopened White Water Snacks in the Grand Californian. Sammy passed along that he thought the food and menu was amazing. A lot of the menu seemed made to order and was fresh. – https://www.micechat.com/215061-disneyland-update-rainy-days-and-new-magic/

Back in November, we reported on new dryers that were installed in California Adventure near Grizzly River Run. This past week the dryers have disappeared. Cast members have reported that they will be coming back in a more permanent form in the future. Grizzly River Run is currently down for its annual winter refurbishment, so the dryers aren’t being missed yet. – https://micechat.com/214385-disneyland-resort-photo-update-get-your-beers-on/

Here is a little fun trivia for you: Did you know that the new Tropical Hideaway holds a nod to the Society of Explorers and Adventurers? Do you even know what that is? Well, it is a collection of fictional characters associated with attractions around the world. It started in 2001 with the launch of Tokyo DisneySea. The members are included at Hong Kong Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and now Disneyland. The new name at Disneyland in the hideaway is “C. Falco.” So who is that? C. Falco is Camellia Falco who is part of the backstory for the new Soaing: Fantastic Flight coming to DisneySea. The new attraction will be their take on the Soarin’ ride system. – https://www.ocregister.com/2019/01/22/disneyland-offers-a-clue-into-a-secret-society-of-theme-park-characters/

Monorail Red has joined Monorail Blue with a wrap sporting Mickey Mouse for his 90th birthday celebration. The new wrap is mostly yellow with black and white Mickey faces on each car. – https://micechat.com/214385-disneyland-resort-photo-update-get-your-beers-on/

In a fun bit of news, do you want an office inside of the Haunted Mansion? Well, Donna Collins, wife of Michael Collins, gave her husband just that in less than five days! – https://www.ocregister.com/2019/01/11/she-decorated-her-husbands-home-office-to-look-like-disneylands-haunted-mansion/

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