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Current Events 8/18/2023

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Tiana’s Palace Gets An Opening Date At Disneyland – Full Details!
By Nathan Villamor -August 18, 2023

“Let the good times roll! The French Market in New Orleans Square is being rethemed to Tiana’s Palace and is scheduled to reopen on September 7th. This will give Tiana a restaurant, a shop, and soon an attraction! Here are the details for the upcoming retheme of the restaurant.”

“Tiana’s dream restaurant from “The Princess and the Frog” is making its way to Disneyland. The restaurant will feature tones of yellow and green and decorated in Mardi Gras style. Taking direct inspiration from the film, Tiana’s Palace will have many of the stylistic elements you’d expect to find like lilies, frogs, and cookbooks. Disney Imagineers are working with artists from the film to keep the restaurant true to the design of the film. Disney claims that Animators initially took inspiration from French Market at Disneyland for the movie, so this is really a full-circle vision for the same establishment to now take inspiration from the film.“
“Tiana’s Palace will offer authentic New Orleans fare inspired by Tiana’s adventures and friends served as a quick-service style restaurant. The menu at the new restaurant will expand on current flavors, plus offer seasonal features and New Orleans classics. We’re particularly interested to see what changes are coming on a food level, especially since French Market offers some of the best food in the resort and we’d hate to lose the beef stew and beef dip. 

“One thing to note: Tiana’s Palace will remain a quick-service restaurant like French Market (with Mobile Order), and will not be character dining. However, you may see Tiana out in New Orleans Square.”.


Disneyland Announces Opening Date For “Tiana’s Palace” Dining Location
by Tony Betti | Aug 18, 2023

Laughing Place

Disneyland to open Avengers gift shop before Marvel multiverse E-Ticket ride
The new Avengers Vault gift shop will open in mid-September in the Avengers Campus headquarters building intended for a King Thanos attraction.
UPDATED: August 16, 2023

“Disneyland plans to open the conventional “exit through the gift shop” that has become a theme park mainstay before breaking ground on the companion Marvel multiverse E-Ticket attraction planned for Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure.

“The new Avengers Vault gift shop will open in mid-September in the little-used Avengers Campus headquarters building that is expected to eventually serve as the entrance for a King Thanos attraction planned for the Marvel-themed land.”

Orange County Register

Avengers Vault, a New Retail Location, Opening at Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure Next Month
by Mike Mack | Aug 14, 2023

Laughing Place

Disneyland’s busted pipes add to crowd control headaches in Adventureland
Disneyland visitors are being forced to squeeze through a narrow pathway at the Adventureland entrance after a pipe burst under the nearby bathrooms.
PUBLISHED: August 9, 2023

“Disneyland’s recurring plumbing problems are the latest crowd control headache for Adventureland that has seen the always tight jungle wilds turned into a warren of construction walls this year due to shuttered attractions and rehabilitation projects.

“Disneyland visitors are being forced to squeeze through a narrow pathway at the Adventureland entrance after a pipe burst in July under the bathrooms just inside the themed land replicating a Hollywood movie set designer’s vision of the jungle and island regions of the world.”

“The narrow pathway under the bamboo Adventureland entry marquee is now only wide enough for two people to walk in each direction in and out of the land. Construction walls have also closed the pathway between Frontierland and Adventureland that runs alongside Pioneer Mercantile.”

Orange County Register

Disneyland Canoe Races crown a familiar champion — but a new contender emerges
More than 1,000 employees from Disneyland, Walt Disney Imagineering and from throughout the Disney company take part in the 60-year tradition.
PUBLISHED: August 11, 2023

“Disneyland crowned a familiar champion on Thursday, Aug. 10 before the Anaheim theme park opened to the public as the team made up of Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes employees hoisted the Fastest on the River trophy.

“More than 1,000 employees from Disneyland, Walt Disney Imagineering and from throughout the company take part in the canoe races each year. This year, 84 teams participated — with eight to 16 members on each team.

“It’s an arduous commitment. Practices began in June with races starting in July and winners crowned in August. All of the practice and competition time on the water takes place when the park is closed — typically in the early morning hours just before and after dawn.”

“By 7:30 a.m., nearly all signs of the canoe race were gone and Disneyland opened for early entry to Disneyland hotel guests.”

“The Disneyland canoe races began in the summer of 1963 when Indian War Canoes foreman Ray Van De Warker and Jungle Cruise foreman Bob Penfield watched a visitors’ canoe filled with athletes charge around the Rivers of America at top speed.

“A debate ensued and challenges followed. Soon Frontierland and Adventureland employees were battling it out on the water to see which themed land was the king of the river.”

Orange County Register

Disneyland security dog attacked 81-year-old grandfather, lawsuit alleges
The civil lawsuit accuses Disney’s theme park division of negligence and seeks restitution for a physical wound, pain, suffering, emotional distress and the cost of past and future medical treatment
UPDATED: August 9, 2023 at 6:10 a.m.

“A Disneyland security dog attacked an elderly Nevada man at the entrance to the Anaheim theme park and bit the 81-year-old grandfather in the stomach, according to a lawsuit filed in an Orange County court.

“Paul Perez, of Las Vegas, has filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Orange County Superior Court for damages related to the alleged Disneyland security dog attack on May 10, 2022, according to the court filing.”

Orange County Register

Disneyland braces for a ‘crowd crush’ as ticket prices drop and annual passholders return
Disneyland employees have been warned to prepare for traffic delays on the mornings of Aug. 14-18 and Aug. 20-25 on Ball Road, Disneyland Drive and Harbor Boulevard.
PUBLISHED: August 11, 2023

“If recent history is any guide, the combined armies of bargain hunters waiting for Disneyland ticket prices to drop and Magic Keyholders shut out of the park for months are about to join forces over the next couple weeks at the Busiest Place on Earth.”

“After a summer of block-out dates, Magic Key annual passholders in the two lowest priced tiers will be allowed back in the parks — with Enchant Keys returning Aug. 14 and Imagine Keys on Aug. 21.

“The overlapping dates of cheap tickets and returning passholders will fall on Mondays through Thursdays throughout the rest of August and September.”

Orange County Register

Disneyland attendance rises and visitor spending increases thanks to higher ticket prices
Disney will take a $250 million financial hit on the closure of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser themed hotel after less than two years of operation at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida.
UPDATED: August 11, 2023 at 10:51 a.m.

“Disneyland saw attendance rise during the spring and early summer months and visitor spending increase thanks in part to higher ticket prices, according to the latest Disney quarterly report.

“Disney Parks, Experiences and Products revenues increased 13% to $8.3 billion during the company’s third quarter of 2023 that ran from April 2 to July 1, according to the company’s earnings call on Wednesday, Aug. 9.”

Orange County Register

Disneyland Update – Crowd Crush, Pipes Pop & Holiday Happenings!
By Dusty Sage -August 7, 2023

“Today brings a surprising bit of drama at Disneyland, starting with a burst pipe in a popular restaurant. But that’s not the only challenge the park faces. As we approach what we predict to be some exceptionally busy days later this month, we’ll delve into the reasons behind the expected surge. Meanwhile, the transition from summer to Halloween is underway, yet Christmas refuses to be ignored. Stay tuned for all the latest news and captivating construction photos.”


Disneyland Update: From Hurdles to Halloween & Tiana to Transformation
By Dusty Sage -August 14, 2023

“Today’s Disneyland Update starts with a trio of Disney challenges. Times are more difficult for the company than fans may realize. But, it doesn’t mean Disney is standing still, far from it. While there’s only one major ride under construction at the moment, there are an unprecedented number of projects of all sizes in the works. We’ll take a look. And with Halloween looming just a fortnight away, we’ll also touch upon the spooky season ahead. Plus, refurbishments, closures, and of course, a plethora of captivating photos. Strap in; this update promises to be a thrilling ride you won’t want to miss…”


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