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In this episode we first take a look at our current events of the week, and welcome a friend of the show Jae Brattain, who is here to share with us his new food tour of Disneyland. Then we welcome to our show author, Disney historian Jim Korkis to discuss some areas of Main Street that never came to be, plus more.
Disneyland Resort Current Events
The Holidays at have arrived in full force at Disneyland. See these updates at MiceChat:
MiceChat: The Holiday Season Arrives at Disneyland
Hiro and Baymax Meet and Greet in Tomorrowland
MiceChat: Big Hero 6 Meet and Greet at Disneyland
In Tomorrowland, a new meet-and-greet for Hiro and Baymax from Disney’s Big Hero 6 is themed as Hiro’s garage workshop from the movie, takes up the back portion of the Starcade, effectively ridding the arcade of its remaining video game cabinets.
MiceChat Notes the The Passing of Marion Knott Montapert
April 22, 1922 – November 13, 2014
MiceChat: Celebrate Marion Knott Montapert
It is impossible to have a thorough history of Disneyland without a mention of Knott's Berry Farm, and it is impossible to talk much about the history of Knott's without talking about Marion Knott, the youngest daughter of Walter and Cordelia Knott, founders of Knott’s Berry Farm
As their parents aged, the Knott children and grandchildren headed various management positions with Marion leading as the director of design, planning, and entertainment. Her attentions focused more and more on the amusement aspects of the Farm and, under her direction, a new themed area, Fiesta Village, was added to the growing Ghost Town in 1969. In 1974, sensing the public’s growing desire for bigger and faster thrills, she began shopping for the world’s most unusual thrill rides and gave the world its first Corkscrew roller coaster and later a 20-story Sky Jump. A subsequent revamping of Fiesta Village in 1978 added the ultimate shuttle loop ride, Montezooma’s Revenge to Knott’s array of thrill rides.
Marion served as the first female director on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and led the way for other working women. She was acutely aware of the need for role models for women and spoke frequently to women’s groups through the 1970s and ‘80s to encourage them “to reach for higher goals, to make them see that they are limited only by their own thinking.”
As a generous supporter of women, children and education, Marion’s philanthropy has helped many others within her community.
Marion is survived by her husband of 35 years, Anthony Montapert, two children, and four grandchildren.
Speaking of IAAPA, as we record, their annual convention just ended. So, we had some announcements from the Themed Entertainment Association about their annual award winners. As reported by the Disney Parks Blog…
Disney Parks Blog: Disney Parks Honored with Several Industry Awards
On Tuesday, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced their annual Thea Award winners. Among the honorees, TEA announced that “it’s a small world” at Disneyland park, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the recipient of the Thea Classic award, honoring attractions that have withstood the test of time and have endured for 20 or more years. TEA said in their announcement that the attraction “continues to captivate audiences around the world with pure charm, melded with a profound message deceptively hiding in a simple and astonishingly catchy song … This timeless classic continues to engage generation after generation. Surely “it’s a small world” is the very definition of a Classic.”
The annual Candlelight Ceremony will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7.
MousePlanet.com has a detailed explanation of the new Fantasmic Fastpass and Dining options.
Mouse Planet: Fantasmic Fast Passes at Disneyland
Starting December 12, 2014, Fantasmic will move to a Fastpass system similar to the one used for the World of Color show in Disney California Adventure. With Fastpass comes a new Fantasmic Dining Package program, with four different options ranging from a grab-and-go picnic at Aladdin's Oasis, to a new 3-course table service dinner offering at River Belle Terrace.
All together, there will be 6 different ways to see Fantasmic, and as many as 6 different viewing areas. The workings of this new program are so detailed that Disney published a 6-page guide for cast members, including answers to 44 likely questions from guests.
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