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Show Notes for Episode 232

In this episode Ken and Lynn discuss their memories with Disneyland. From their first visit, to recent years, they both have a lot to share about Disneyland. Going with family, friends, and more, listen to their exciting times growing up at Disneyland and discover why they have the passion they do for "The Happiest Place on Earth". 

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 Disneyland Resort Current Event

Here’s what’s closing at Downtown Disney to make way for a new hotel

"Disney officials announced that the businesses would close by June 30, with demolition slated to begin in early July to clear the site for the new and as-yet-unnamed hotel, which will occupy 17 acres. It’s unknown at this point if any of the closed businesses will reopen elsewhere in Anaheim, though talks are ongoing about one or more reopening inside the new hotel complex."

Orange County Register



ESPN Zone Sets Closing Date at Downtown Disney

"With construction set to begin on a fourth hotel at the Disneyland Resort, it was announced that the ESPN Zone’s last day of operation will be June 2, 2018. Other Downtown Disney locations including Rainforest Café, Earl of Sandwich, Starbucks West, AMC Theatres, Alamo, the Disney Vacation Club preview center and Walt Disney Travel Company Guest Services are expected to close by June 30, but specific dates are not yet available."

Laughing Place



AMC Theatres Moving to Garden Walk After Closing at Downtown Disney

"Anaheim GardenWalk announced that an AMC Theatres will be opening in early 2019. The current Downtown Disney 12 location will be closing by June 30 to make way for the new hotel that the Disneyland Resort is building in what is currently part of Downtown Disney. The new AMC will open on the third-level of the shopping center next to House of Blues, which also relocated from Downtown Disney."

Laughing Place


The horses are back to pull the trolley on Main Street USA at Disneyland

"Disney workers spent nearly three months renovating the elderly rail track system that the trolleys use along the pavement, repairing them for safety reasons and adding a ribbon of 50,000 bricks, which are not only decorative but also are better for the horses’ hooves to walk on. During the renovations, visitors saw wooden barriers lining the middle of Main Street. The renovations also put a temporarily halt to the nightly parades."

Orange County Register



Main Street, U.S.A., Refurbishment Complete at Disneyland Park

"As we have previously shared, the pieces of original track remaining prior to this refurbishment were salvaged and preserved, and the previously updated pieces of track were being recycled. And today we are excited to welcome back our four-legged cast members, the Disneyland Resort horses, to Main Street, U.S.A.!"

Disney Parks Blog


Incredibles ride the Disneyland Monorail 

"The attraction received a Disney/Pixar overlay as the parks get ready to host its first Pixar Fest."

Mr. Incredible, Jack Jack and Dash are leading the pack on the front car with Elastigirl stretching from the second car to the first. Violet is in her bubble in the third with Edna peeking out the back window. Frozone is on the opposite side of the front car."

Orange County Register


First Look: Pixar-Themed Disneyland Monorail Unveiled at Disneyland Resort

Disney Parks Blog


Disneyland Monorails Receive “Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo” Overlays

Laughing Place


Alien Pizza Planet Landing Soon at Disneyland Park

"Oooooooooh – everyone’s favorite Aliens from Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” will be invading Disneyland Resort for Pixar Fest, and we are eternally grateful! For the duration of the festival, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland park will transform into Alien Pizza Planet – “A Better Place.”"

Disney Parks Blog



Tired of standing line at Disneyland? Soon, you’ll be able to order meals in advance 

"Disneyland is finalizing plans to launch a new online ordering system that allows visitors to look at menus on the resort’s mobile app at any time during their day, and then order a meal for pick-up later.  The new system will be available at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, but not at the hotels."

Orange County Register




Mobile Ordering Service Coming Soon to Disneyland Resort

Disney Parks Blog


How the Disneyland Strike of 1984 Changed the Magic Kingdom Forever

"Disneyland custodian Al Ramos came back from vacation in September 1984 with no work to return to, save for walking the picket line outside his job. The company wanted a two-year wage freeze, no health-insurance benefits for part-time workers and the freedom to outsource jobs. Members of a five-union coalition representing the theme park’s custodians, ticket sellers, ride operators, sales clerks and warehouse workers soundly rejected Disneyland’s final contract offer."

Orange County Weekly


Business groups launch opposition to ballot measure that would raise minimum wage for Disneyland Resort, several other hotels 

"A coalition that includes Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray, the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the county chapter of the California Restaurant Association launched a campaign Friday to block a measure that would raise the minimum wage for some hotel and restaurant workers."

Orange County Register


The homeless Disney worker who died alone in her car became the face of a public debate, but all she wanted was privacy 

"For seven years, Yeweinishet “Weini” Mesfin lived out of her Honda Civic.

A night janitor at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Mesfin decided not to tell family and coworkers that she was homeless, outside of one or two people."

Orange County Register



How Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies brought bluegrass to Knott’s Berry Farm 

"Before its current gig at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, the band originally formed as Billy Hill and the Hillbillies at Disneyland in Anaheim in 1986, playing in Critter Country, Big Thunder Ranch and the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. At one point, the group had three different lineups of musicians so it could perform daily and allow for band members’ days off."

Orange County Register



This is when Knott’s Berry Farm will open the new HangTime roller coaster 

"Knott’s new attraction, HangTime, is set to open Friday, May 18. California’s first and only dive coaster, it will take riders up a vertical lift hill, pause for several seconds and then shoot them into a 15-story 96-degree drop. In all, HangTime boasts 2,189 feet of track and five inversions. It will be the second roller coaster in the Western hemisphere with a negative-g stall loop."

Orange County Register


Disneyland Photo Update: Eggs and Epic Rain
March 26, 2018

MiceChat



Disneyland Resort Photo Update: Bug Off
March 30, 2018

MiceChat



Disneyland Photo Update – Pink is the New Pink
April 2, 2018

MiceChat


Disneyland Resort Update – Monorails, Festivals and Millennial Pink Ears Giveaway
April 6, 2018


MiceChat

​ You can listen to show 232 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.

Updated: 4/7/2018

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