Show Notes for Episode 211

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Disneyland Custodian Ralph Apel

In this episode we welcome Ralph Apel to our show. Ralph worked in Disneyland Day Custodial with both Ken and Lynn, then years later went back wot work at DCA, but in Night Custodial. He shares his memories of over 10 years in Custodial. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events. 


​Disneyland Resort Current Event

Long lines greet public on first day of Guardians of the Galaxy at Disneyland Resort

"The waits were as long as five to six hours for riders wanting to be the first to “drop-in” to “Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!,” the newest attraction at Disney California Adventure that opened to the public Saturday, May 27."

Orange County Register


Experts say Disneyland’s capacity issues are helping drive the Marvel push into Disney California Adventure

"More than 18.2 million people visited Disneyland in 2015, according to the latest attendance numbers from the Themed Entertainment Association, an industry trade group. Disney California Adventure attracted 9.3 million."

Orange County Register


Disney California Adventure ride review: Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!

"The ride portion packs a lot of story and visual moments throughout, pacing the thrills with fun visual bits throughout.

To the naysayers who complained about the Tower of Terror’s removal I say: Go to Florida and visit that one, it’s the attraction the one in California never quite was.

My letter grade for this attraction: A."

Orange County Register


Here’s a sneak peek at the Guardians of the Galaxy ride, which opens Saturday at Disney California Adventure

"There are six possible experiences for the two-minute ride, all picked at random by the computer."

Orange County Register


Mission Complete – Guardians Breakout at Disney California Adventure [A very extensive look.]

"Is this attraction perfect? No. But the attempts to dazzle with props, lighting and special effects goes a very long way in hiding the flaws. And the ride itself is high energy with fun music, beautiful digital animation, and a new set of drop sequences which will help keep guests engaged and wanting to return."

MiceChat


Big Thunder Trail reopens at Disneyland with new features

"The theme park on Thursday, June 8, reopened its Big Thunder Trail that connects the two lands to the public, after being closed since early 2016. The trail was shut down so it could be revised, with new rock work, and themed decorations related to Disneyland’s construction of the “Star Wars” land expansion."

Orange County Register


Disneyland Update: Big Thunder Trail Re-Opens

MiceChat


Fri, May 19, 2017 
Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America Attractions Return to Disneyland Park this Summer with New Magic

"When the iconic Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America attractions return to Disneyland park this summer, guests will discover new magic aboard these classic experiences."

Disney Parks Blog


Disneyland’s Fantasmic! will return with new scenes

"New Technology: There will be new mist screens that will combine with state-of-the-art projection technology to give guests a brighter, clearer, more vibrant visual of the animation segments than ever before."

The Disney Blog



Disneyland returns classic Space Mountain ride to celebrate its 40th Anniversary.

The Disney Blog


Disneyland rolls out wifi, but it’s not park wide

The Disney Blog


Should we worry? Orange County tourism upswing takes a break

"The industries serving out-of-town visitors and local entertainment needs were one of the earliest businesses to recover from the Great Recession with a surprisingly swift and strong rebound.

But early 2017 industry data suggest tourism’s hot hand may now be in doubt. Several factors may be in play."

Orange County Register


Disneyland Finally Improving Adventureland Crowd Flow

"After years of being Disneyland's most congested area, Disneyland is making changes to Adventureland to improve crowd flow. On June 12, the Indy Outpost and South Seas Traders stores will close to accomplish this work while also enhancing the dining experience at Bengal Barbecue. Then on June 30, Bengal Barbecue will reopen with indoor seating in the space previously occupied by Indy Outpost and South Seas traders. Stroller parking will relocate to the former Tropical Imports location."

Laughing Place


Disneyland’s renovating Adventureland to ease crowd congestion 

Orange County Register


A Closer Look: New Pool Deck at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disney Parks Blog


The Fifth restaurant has a unique rooftop view of Disneyland’s fireworks

Orange County Register


Disneyland Photo Update: Eat the Force & Towers of Light

MiceChat



Disneyland Update – Mission: GRIDLOCKED!

MiceChat



David Koenig: Disneyland Resort News Bites

MiceChat



DCA Photo & Rumor Update – Guardians and Heroes

MiceChat



Disneyland Photo Update – You Are Clear For Launch

MiceChat



Disneyland Photo Update: Summer Has Arrived at the Happiest Place on Earth

MiceChat



Disneyland Resort Photo Update: Summer of Marvel


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