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How Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway fits into the pantheon of Disneyland dark rides
Runaway Railway is a throwback to classic Fantasyland dark rides with a mix of cutting-edge technology seen in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Avengers Campus.
PUBLISHED: January 25, 2023

“Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway debuts on Friday, Jan. 27 after a series of employee and media previews this week as part of a reimagined Mickey’s Toontown that returns in March.”

“Disneyland’s newest addition isn’t a truly new ride. The East Coast version of Runaway Railway opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in March 2020, just a few days before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered Disney theme parks around the globe.

“Runaway Railway is a throwback to classic Fantasyland dark rides with a mix of cutting-edge technology seen in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Avengers Campus.”

“The trackless train cars in Runaway Railway follow in a single file behind a steam engine operated by Goofy — but the cars are not connected together. This means the individual cars can and do take off on their own journey throughout the ride — much like the trackless ride vehicles in Rise of the Resistance.

“There are other similarities to the groundbreaking Rise of the Resistance attraction that clocks in at an astonishing 18 minutes. The Runaway Railway ride vehicles dock into a port like the finale in the epic Star Wars attraction where riders watch scenes unfold on domed screens similar to the effects seen on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.”

Your Guide to Disneyland’s Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway!
By Dusty Sage - January 25, 2023

“All aboard! Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in the revamped ToonTown officially opens on January 27, 2023 as part of the Disney100 Celebration at Disneyland. The attraction is very similar to the version that opened in 2020 at Walt Disney World, though, the Disneyland version has a completely unique and expanded queue. We were able to preview the attraction ahead of its opening date to give you an inside look at what to look forward to! Here’s your guide to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland!

“We’ll keep this mostly spoiler-free, though at the end of the article there is a video with on-ride footage! If you want to be surprised, skip the video at the end, but for everyone else curious about the brand new attraction, be sure to watch!”

Video: The Official “Ribbon” Cutting of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland
Jan 26, 2023

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Debuts at Disneyland with $20 Individual Lightning Lane Pricetag
Jan 27, 2023

“Despite Runaway Railway being the newest ride, it looks as though Disney will be pricing it a bit lower than that other E-Ticket.

“This morning (January 27th, 2023), an ILL purchase for the ride was listed at $20 each.

“Meanwhile, the Genie+ service was set at $25 for the day (the Disneyland Resort’s base price) while Rise of the Resistance ILL was also priced at $25.”

Review: ‘Wondrous Journeys’ is everything a Disneyland fireworks show can and should be
Review: 'Wondrous Journeys' has the makings of an instant classic that will keep audiences coming back for more.
PUBLISHED: January 27, 2023

“The new ‘Wondrous Journeys’ looks at artistic expression through the lens of Disney animators from the past 100 years. Scenes play out from every stage of the animating process through the ages, from line drawings and background illustrations to computer-generated imagery and special effects.

“Standing mid-block on Main Street USA, the fireworks seemed much more focused on the Sleeping Beauty Castle with fewer skyrocketing blasts than past shows. The pyrotechnics appeared more layered in both depth and height.

“Ultimately, “Wondrous” races through 18 songs in 13 minutes while paying tribute to every Disney animated movie ever made.”

“‘Wondrous Journeys’ has the makings of an instant classic that will keep audiences coming back for more.”

Video: “Wondrous Journeys” at Disneyland Park
Jan 26, 2023

UPDATED: Disneyland’s Wondrous Journeys Fireworks & 4K Video
January 29, 2023

Review: ‘World of Color — One’ is a rare Disneyland dud that lacks energy and power
Review: The quiet, contemplative and mellow nighttime spectacular feels more like a Zen meditation than a triumphant celebration of 100 years of all things Disney.
PUBLISHED: January 26, 2023

“Quiet, contemplative, thoughtful and mellow are not the words that typically come to mind when you think of bombastic and vibrant Disney nighttime spectaculars — but that’s the best way to describe ‘World of Color — One.’”

“The biggest disappointment of ‘One’ is that ‘World of Color’ has never looked better from a technical standpoint, with sharper projections, a sparkling Incredicoaster lighting package and brilliantly colorful fountains.”

Disney’s new ‘World of Color — One’ is unexpected and different — and that’s the goal
'One' delivers an inspiring message, works from a larger palette and paints a picture audiences haven’t seen before on the massive 'World of Color' canvas.
PUBLISHED: February 2, 2023

“Disneyland’s entertainment team wanted ‘One’ to be starkly different from ‘Wondrous.’

“While ‘Wondrous’ covers all of Disney animation, ‘One’ purposely pulls from the vast catalog of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel films.”

Is the New World of Color the “One”? Info and Review
January 26, 2023

Video: World of Color – ONE Officially Debuts at Disney California Adventure
Jan 28, 2023

UPDATES! Disneyland’s 100 Years of Wonder Celebration Details
By Natalie Kipper -January 25, 2023

Earl of Sandwich pop-up sandwich shop opens at Downtown Disney
Earl of Sandwich will open at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Downtown Disney, according to company officials.
PUBLISHED: February 1, 2023

“The pop-up sandwich shop is taking over the former La Brea Bakery location that abruptly closed in early January after more than two decades of operation as one of the original businesses in Downtown Disney.”

“A new Porto’s Bakery & Eatery will eventually be built on the footprint of the La Brea Bakery location near the esplanade between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.”

Disneyland’s Earl of Sandwich Reopens and other Downtown Disney News!
By Nathan Villamor -February 1, 2023

Disneyland rolls back unpopular Galaxy’s Edge price hikes from Chapek era
Disneyland has dropped prices on the lightsaber-building experience at Savi’s Workshop and the astromech-assembling experience at Droid Depot.
PUBLISHED: February 2, 2023

“Disneyland has dropped prices on the lightsaber-building experience at Savi’s Workshop from $250 to $220 and on the astromech-assembling experience at Droid Depot from $120 to $100.

“Disneyland has adjusted pricing on the lightsaber-building and droid-assembling experiences in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge after further evaluation and guest feedback, according to Disneyland officials.”

“The Savi’s Workshop experience cost $200 and the Droid Depot experience cost $100 when Galaxy’s Edge opened in 2019 at Disneyland.

“Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida still offers the lightsaber-building experience at $250 and the droid-assembling experience at $120.”

Disneyland Rolls Back Unpopular Price Hikes on Lightsabers and Droids in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Feb 2, 2023


Disneyland kicks off Black History Month with food and music festival
The Celebrate Soulfully event honoring Black culture with authentic food and music will run throughout February at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Disney hotels.
PUBLISHED: February 1, 2023

“A gospel tradition featuring Southern California choirs that goes back more than a decade at Disneyland returns in February as the Anaheim theme park celebrates Black History Month with music, food and new theme park additions.

“The Celebrate Soulfully event honoring Black culture with authentic food and music will run throughout February at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Disney hotels.”

Wed, February 1, 2023
New ‘Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln’ Feature at Disneyland Honors Frederick Douglass
by Sasha Azoqa, Internal Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

“Some of the cast members who helped bring to life a powerful new video in the lobby of The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln recently gathered for a first look days before it debuted to guests at Disneyland park. The pre-show video tells the story of the relationship between the 16th president and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.”

Photos: New Frederick Douglass Video Debuts In “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” Lobby at Disneyland Park
Feb 1, 2023

Fri, February 3, 2023
New Storyline Details Revealed for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications, WDI

“At a young age, Tiana developed a deep passion for cooking, and began to dream of one day owning her own business. Her father, James, taught her that good food brings folks together. One of the most exciting parts of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is that we’re going to see where Tiana’s life has taken her following the success of Tiana’s Palace, a restaurant she had dreamed of owning and worked so hard to make come true.

“Walt Disney Imagineering is creating an original, next chapter story for Tiana. Within the attraction queue, guests will discover that she continues to grow her business with Tiana’s Foods – an employee-owned cooperative. Combining her talents with those of the local community, Tiana has transformed an aging salt mine and built a beloved brand.

“The endeavor began when Tiana purchased the salt mine and the area surrounding the large salt dome it operated from. With the help of her mother Eudora, Naveen, Louis and fellow owners of the cooperative, Tiana revived the old salt mine and the surrounding land, growing a wide array of vegetables, herbs and spices for her recipes.”

“Picking up where that story left off, Tiana continues bringing people together with Tiana’s Foods, another treasured meeting place to spend time together and celebrate a diverse community. Tiana is also working with cooperative members to teach gardening and cooking to children of all ages, and inspiring other women to run successful businesses as the brand grows nationwide.”

Disneyland to restart All-American College Band after putting 50-year-old program on hiatus
Since 1971, the Disneyland All-American College Band has performed in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and along Main Street U.S.A. with signature selection of dance moves that made the group a fan favorite.
UPDATED: January 29, 2023 at 1:41 p.m.

“A Disneyland tradition for more than half a century that brought the sounds of trumpets, saxophones and drums marching down Main Street U.S.A. has come to a sudden end with the abrupt cancellation of a beloved college music program.

“The Disneyland All-American College Band program that has been an institution at the Anaheim theme park for more than 50 years will be going on indefinite hiatus, according to social media posts on the band’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts on Friday, Jan. 27.

“UPDATE Sunday, Jan. 29 at 1:40 p.m.: On Sunday, Jan. 29, Disneyland announced that the All-American College Band program will be restarted and a project team has been established to help with the relaunch. No restart date was announced for the program.”

“The band typically performed five days a week for 11 weeks throughout the Disneyland resort with 21 students from colleges and universities around the United States, according to DAPS Magic.”

Disneyland Update: Time to Recalibrate, Illuminate, and Celebrate!
By Andy Castro -January 25, 2023

“It was another busy week for Disneyland! The Resort is littered with numerous refurbishment, expansion, and construction projects from Downtown Disney to Pacific Wharf.  Not only are off-season projects abundant but Disney California Adventure’s popular Lunar New Year celebration has returned with expanded dining options and plentiful live entertainment and festival fun. Meanwhile, both parks are gearing up to launch the big Disney100 celebration, which kicks off this weekend with new nighttime spectaculars, new decorations, and a brand new family dark ride in Mickey’s Toontown!”

Disneyland News Update: Nothing Can Stop Us Now…
By Mike Kindrich -January 30, 2023

“With so much taking place for the kickoff of the Disney100 celebration at the Disneyland Resort, there was a lot of ground for us to cover this week. We got special previews of almost everything taking place for the Disney100 Celebration, and then returned to see it all again for the official opening on Friday! But on top of all that, we still took the time to assemble a full update for you today on everything going on at the resort… The opening of a major new ride, two new spectaculars, a new gallery exhibit, new decor, merchandise, food, construction projects large and small, and a refurbishment update. There’s a lot to cover today, so let’s dive on in!”

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