Show Notes for Episode 231

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DCA Food and Wine, and Disneyland Trip Report

In this episode we welcome friend and foodie Jae Brattain to the show to discuss his time at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. Plus we discuss Lynn's trip to Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. also the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events.













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 Disneyland Resort Current Event

The Walt Disney Company Announces Strategic Reorganization

"The Walt Disney Company announced a number of changes as part of a strategic reorganization. These adjustments come as the company is preparing to launch a Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service next year, ESPN+ service in the coming months, and engage in other growth efforts. Under the new structure, Direct-to-Consumer Services, Technology and International Media Operations will be one division to be lead by chief strategy officer Kevin Mayer. Next, Parks and Resorts and Consumer Products Operations will be combining to create a hub “where Disney’s stories, characters and franchises come to life.” This newly-joined segment will be headed by current Parks and Resorts leader Bob Chapek."

Laughing Place


Disney promotes 2 execs in possible CEO bake-off 

"The reorganization gives greater authority to Mayer and Chapek, setting up both as possible successors to Iger, 67, as chief executive officer. With the $52.4 billion takeover of 21st Century Fox Inc. in the works, Iger recently extended his contract with Disney through 2021. That delays any succession announcement for at least a couple years.

Chapek ran the consumer products business, the largest entertainment licensor in the world, before taking over the theme parks in 2015."

Orange County Register


The Walt Disney Company announces internal reorganization, effective immediately

"In terms of both promotion and practice Disney has often conflated the experience of shopping and vacationing. They couch both in the language of stories. The danger is that the focus becomes less on excellence in guest service and storytelling and more on just finding profitable franchises that can work across both consumer products and the parks and resorts. If you do this, you risk eliminating the exciting in favor of the bland. At that point, the magic fades away and Disney becomes just like every other company (and therefore subject to the whims of consumerism). Witness the company’s plain, story free, new edition of Disney Stores. There is nothing magical about those destinations. If you looked quickly you could confuse them for nearly any other mall retailer.

That said, there are definitely synergies to be had in this merger and I can see how the opposite scenario can happen. A combined creative forces of Disney’s consumer and parks and resorts side could lead to new high quality storytelling opportunities. (Like the rumored return of Location Based Entertainment a la ‘Club Disney’ destinations)"

The Disney Blog



Imagineering Sees Big Growth as “Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products” Announces Structure

"Walt Disney Imagineering, under the leadership of Bob Weis, will take on the responsibility of developing consumer products such as merchandise, games, publishing and apps. This is a big growth of WDI’s responsibility and he will be supported by several executives moving from Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media."

Laughing Place


Disney’s Reorganization — What Does it Mean?

"As far as what new Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products head Bob Chapek will add to his plate from his former gig at Parks & Resorts, the licensing business along with games and apps seem a bit less organic, but as the former head of Consumer Products, Chapek has experience in those arenas. Under the new arrangement, I would expect greater collaboration between the parks and licensees and perhaps even more games and apps tied to park experiences."

Laughing Place



Say goodbye to the Pirates of the Caribbean bride auction at Disneyland 

"A Disney spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that the changeover will take place beginning on April 23, but she couldn’t say what other repairs or revamps might take place at the same time. Disney rides go dark regularly for scheduled maintenance, generally in the off season. Published reports have pegged the reopening date as June 7, but no official date has been given."

Orange County Register



Disneyland set to exterminate ‘a bug’s land’ from California Adventure

"In a move that had been rumored for some time, Disney announced on Tuesday that the new Marvel land slated to open in 2020 will be anchored by the revamped Guardians of the Galaxy ride, replacing the cute-bug-based attractions area that appealed mostly to little kids."

Orange County Register



Avengers and Other Super Heroes to Assemble in New Themed Areas at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland

"At Disneyland Resort, the new Super Hero-themed land will begin recruiting guests in 2020, with even more new experiences to follow. The Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Super Hero universe, furthering the evolution of Disney California Adventure park."

The Disney Parks Blog


See how California Screamin’ is becoming the Incredicoaster at the Disneyland Resort 

"There’s been incredible interest in what Disney is doing with its new Incredicoaster, which is under construction right now in Disney California Adventure. This is a revamp of the former California Screamin’ roller coaster, which has been an icon of the park since it opened in 2001."

Orange County Register



Ride a rattlesnake when Jessie’s Critter Carousel opens at the Disneyland Resort

"The iconic King Triton’s Carousel at Disney California Adventure is no longer spinning, after being quietly shut down on March 4. Instead, it’s being revamped into a new carousel, with a Toy Story theme and new animals to ride. It’s slated to open in 2019."

Orange County Register



The Cove Bar has reopened at Disney California Adventure — here are 5 things to know

"1 The Cove Bar reopens on Friday, March 16, but only until Monday, May 28."

Orange County Register



Now Open! Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

The Disney Parks Blog


Disneyland replaces Marine Ernie ‘Gunny’ Napper’s voice with a recording at Flag Retreat Ceremony 

"The voice of Marine Corps Sgt. Ernie “Gunny” Napper, one of Disneyland’s most popular, inspiring figures to veterans and their families attending the nightly Flag Retreat Ceremony on Main Street, has been silenced in favor of a pre-recorded message thanking veterans for their service."

Orange County Register



14 things Disneyland annual pass holders know that you don’t

Orange County Register



10 things to know about ‘Star Wars Nite’ at Disneyland 

Orange County Register



Disneyland After Dark Event Series Continues May 3 with Star Wars Nite

The Disney Parks Blog



Does bad weather make it a good day to visit Disneyland?
By Robert Niles 

Orange County Register



Tips for Enjoying a Rainy Day at the Disneyland Resort

The Disney Parks Blog



Disneyland Resort Update – Flying Through Star Wars Land
March 12, 2018

MiceChat



Disneyland Update: Pixar Fest and Pirates Redressed
March 15, 2018

MiceChat



Disneyland News and Photo Update – Pretty in Pink
March 19, 2018

MiceChat



DCA News and Photo Update – It’s Tough To Be A Super Hero
March 23, 2018


MiceChat

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Updated: 4/8/2018