DLW 073: Anaheim and Disneyland

March 20, 2019

This week we discuss Disney Channel coming to the parks, Jessie’s Critter Carousel about to open, how big Galaxy’s Edge is, new merchandise, the history of Anaheim and Disneyland, and more!

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If you want to meet your favorite Disney Channel stars, then you will want to be at the resort on April 27th as the Disney Channel Fan Fest will be returning. Stars from the Descendants 3, Zombies, Kim Possible, Andi Mack, and more will be in attendance. There will be a cavalcade of the stars at Disney California Adventure, and a Fan Fest Main Stage that will host sessions with the different stars of the shows. Between sessions will be QUIZney games to test your trivia knowledge. Wristbands will be distributed at park opening for celebrity meet and greets. – https://d23.com/just-announced-disney-channel-fan-fest-returns-disneyland-resort/

People in our chat and online went crazy when pictures surfaced of the new entrance sign that was installed for Jessie’s Critter Carousel this week. Judging by the photos, it won’t be long now until this attraction reopens in Pixar Pier. – https://wdwnt.com/2019/03/photos-jessies-critter-carousel-construction-updates-at-disney-california-adventure/

All over the internet this week, people have been showing different mock-ups of how big Galaxy’s Edge is going to be compared to Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and Pandora over in Florida. The new land should be about the size of all three of these lands – combined! Not only has Disney caught up to the level of detail of the Harry Potter lands, and recreated the immersiveness of Pandora, it has done it in a massive way. – https://www.micechat.com/220012-disneyland-update-castle-metamorphosis-and-star-wars-outcroppings/

Once again this week, the scrims came down from the Sleeping Beauty Castle refurbishment and we caught a glimpse of the new color scheme and the replaced roof. The brighter blue of the new shingles looks amazing and the lighter colors on the rest of the castle bring a more fairy tale whimsical look. The new changes are really going to make the castle “pop” when it is unveiled later this Spring. – https://www.micechat.com/220012-disneyland-update-castle-metamorphosis-and-star-wars-outcroppings/

Previously we talked about the new security tent that was just completed on the Harbor side of the resort that is going to help with improved access to the parks, especially in the morning, now there is going to be another security tent at the Toy Story Parking lot. Disney has filed a permit with the city of Anaheim for a 2,500 square foot security tent in the parking lot, along with some bus shelters. This new checkpoint should allow guests parking there to go through security before boarding a bus to the resort and expedite access to the park. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12329/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_March_1824_2019#news2

Construction on the new parking structure is speeding toward completion. In the past week, the roof section of the new escalator area was lifted into place. A planter support structure has also been installed and awaits new foliage. The only thing that is still a mystery is how the tram loading area in the middle of all of this will come together. – https://www.micechat.com/220012-disneyland-update-castle-metamorphosis-and-star-wars-outcroppings/

The area of Downtown Disney that was cleared out for the new hotel that was cancelled is slowly coming back to life. Sugarboo and Company, a home goods, ceramics, and jewelry store is coming to the area. This will be their first store in California. – https://www.ocregister.com/2019/03/15/downtown-disney-fills-another-spot-vacated-by-canceled-disneyland-hotel-project/

Not only has Captain Marvel come to the resort in a meet and greet, but you can also satisfy your appetite with food inspired by the character and movie. The Studio Catering Company in Hollywood Land has three special menu items to choose from. They include a Nacho Average Super Hero nachos, which are a vegetarian nacho, a Captain Marvel Ice Cream sandwich, which is a whoopee pie with red, yellow, and blue vanilla ice cream, and a Captain Marvel Slush drink, which is cherry lemonade with strawberry drizzle, topped with whipped cream and golden sparking sugar. – https://wdwnt.com/2019/03/review-captain-marvel-nachos-ice-cream-sandwich-and-slush-available-for-a-limited-time-at-disney-california-adventure-park/

We are laying off the Galaxy’s Edge news this week, but are still going to talk about merchandise! There are some great options if you are not in the parks, but just in Downtown Disney or the resort hotels. You can pick up some great Disneyland resort hotel themed hoodies and t-shirts at the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel, or the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. Each location has a specific style and character to their merchandise, so it is worth a look if you have the time. In Downtown Disney, there are a lot of cute items at Oh My Disney! One of Tage’s favorites is the Magic Carpet Pool Float. – https://www.micechat.com/219974-disneyland-merchandise-update-think-outside-the-parks/

Inside the parks there is always great merchandise, especially lately. The new castle line has a lot of fun items like water bottles, bags, t-shirts, hoodies, and a hardboard journal that looks particularly nice. We also really liked the Grand Circle Tour shirt that is available in Frontierland. – https://www.micechat.com/219667-disneyland-merchandise-update-castles-everywhere/

Discussion Topic:

Anaheim and Disneyland –https://www.governing.com/topics/mgmt/gov-disneyland-anaheim-incentives.html

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