DLW 321: Non-Disney Events for 2024

January 24, 2024

This week, recent permits give a glimpse of what is coming to the resort, early access changes, scaffolding is everywhere, the Haunted Mansion queue is unrecognizable, we talk about the unofficial events for 2024, and more!

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There is a lot going on at the Disneyland Resort if recent permits are any indication. The biggest change will be new entrance turnstiles at both parks listed as “automatic guest entry gates, fixed manual gates, removable railings and new overhead shrouds.” These could be similar to the ones in Disneyland Paris. There is also a permit for replacing the pipes running to the geyser at Grizzly River Run. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2024/01/19/disney-files-permits-for-4-8-million-refurbishment-project/ https://www.micechat.com/377840-disneyland-update-new-gates-dragons-haunted-mansion-happenings/

A friendly reminder that early entry has changed for Disneyland as of January 20th. Guests will now have 30 minute early access to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure depending on the day, and not have access to both on the same day, Also, not every attraction will be available during this time. Check the link in our show notes for all the details. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2024/01/17/disneylands-early-entry-policy-is-about-to-change/

The left side of the entrance to Disneyland is under a lot of scaffolding at the moment. The City Hall complex that includes the fire department and restrooms, along with the Lost and Found, lockers, and restrooms in the esplanade are all getting refurbished. They are not the only places in the parks as The Mark Twain, Astro Orbiter, Stage Door Cafe, Hyperion Theater, Grizzly Peak Facilities and Grizzly River Run, and finally the Grand Californian Hotel lobby are all seeing updates. – https://www.micechat.com/377840-disneyland-update-new-gates-dragons-haunted-mansion-happenings/

Construction on the Haunted Mansion extended queue is in full swing at Disneyland. The switchback behind the pet cemetery has been completely leveled to make way for updates. Work has yet to begin on the new carriage house at the exit of the attraction. – https://www.micechat.com/377840-disneyland-update-new-gates-dragons-haunted-mansion-happenings/

Some updates have been installed for the projections on Sleeping Beauty Castle. New projectors in larger decorative housings have been installed. The new housings are much larger than the previous ones and are more noticeable. – https://www.micechat.com/377840-disneyland-update-new-gates-dragons-haunted-mansion-happenings/

For the 2024 Lunar New Year celebration, there are some changes to the Sip and Savor passes. This year guests can get a scannable pass that they can use along with a 4-digit code at the marketplaces to use the pass. – https://www.laughingplace.com/w/disney-parks/disneyland-resort-scannable-sip-and-savor-lunar-new-year/

With Lunar New Year starting soon, there is a new meet and greet coming to the event. Meilin Lee and her mom, Ming Lee, from Turning Red will be greeting guests throughout the festival from January 23rd to February 18th. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2024/01/19/disney-announces-new-character-meet-and-greet-coming-soon/ https://dlnewstoday.com/2024/01/photos-video-new-turning-red-meilin-ming-lee-meet-and-greet-for-lunar-new-year-at-disney-california-adventure/

Characters and entertainment released for Sweethearts Night – https://dlnewstoday.com/2024/01/entertainment-and-characters-revealed-for-disneyland-after-dark-sweethearts-nite-2024/

The Disney Parks Blog has revealed some information on the changes coming to dining in Downtown Disney. The biggest news for us is the TWO STORY location for Earl of Sandwich coming in the future! Paseo and Centrico are adding a third option – Tiendita will open later this Spring. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2024/01/parkside-market-first-look-earl-of-sandwich-news-and-more-coming-to-downtown-disney-district/?CMP=SOC-DPFY24Q2wo0118240025A

If you are a hockey fan, or just a fan of the 90’s classic The Mighty Ducks, then you should head to Disneyland on February 22nd and 23rd. Anaheim Ducks Days features cavalcades, activities and entertainment like meet and greets, special food offerings, and of course merch! – https://www.micechat.com/377749-disneyland-anaheim-ducks-day/

With Valentine’s Day coming up soon and Disneyland After Dark Sweethearts Nite coming, there is a new popcorn bucket to celebrate. The new Polka Dot Valentine Mickey-shaped Balloon Bucket features Mickey and Minnie kissing on the side of a pink bucket in the shape of a Mickey Balloon. You can pick one up yourself for just $18.75. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2024/01/21/disneys-new-popcorn-bucket-is-here-and-its-already-super-popular/

We all know that Imagineers are amazing, creative individuals. Recently, Lanny Smoot, a Disney Research Fellow and Imagineer was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Lanny is only the second person from The Walt Disney Company – the first being Walt Disney himself! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2024/01/disney-imagineer-first-since-walt-to-receive-this-honor/

Snack Chat:

Valentines Day foodie guide – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2024/01/disney-eats-foodie-guide-to-valentines-day-2024/

Discussion Topic:

Non-Disney Events

Gumball Rally – https://www.micechat.com/376686-gumball-rally-2024-details/

Villains Day – https://www.facebook.com/VillainsDay/

Dapper Days – https://dapperday.com/

Disneyana – https://disneyanafanclub.weebly.com/dfc_expo.html

Nurses Day – https://nursesdayatthepark.com/

Bats Day – http://www.batsday.net/

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