Show Notes for Episode 234

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Disneyland Night and Day Retired Custodial Cast Member

In this episode we welcome retired Custodial Cast Member Tim Cluney to the show. Tim started at Disneyland in 1969 and retired in 1995. He worked 3rd shift, Graveyard, and then went to management and worked days. Tim has some great stories working the night and what it was like. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events. 

 Disneyland Resort Current Event

Dumbo’s flying again at Disneyland – and now he’s really shady 

"Dumbo has been cleared to fly over Disneyland once again and he’s got something he’s never had before: a brand-new shade structure to provide relief from the burning rays to patient visitors for the first time in the ride’s 62-year history."

Orange County Register

Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats Now Open at Disney California Adventure Park

"Just in time for summer – there’s a ‘cool’ new spot now open at Disney California Adventure park. One of the first locations to open along Pixar Pier, you’ll find Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats!

Inspired by the lovable and not-at-all-abominable monster from the Disney•Pixar film “Monsters, Inc.,” this will be your go-to spot for yummy frozen treats! Here you’ll enjoy cones and cups with tasty towering soft serve, available in chocolate, vanilla, and non-dairy lemon."

Disney Parks Blog

Here’s the Scoop: Salt & Straw Coming Soon to Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

"The newest ice cream scoop shop from Salt & Straw co-founders and cousins Tyler and Kim Malek will open at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort later this year.

The family-run ice cream company is known for its taste-provoking, imaginative ice cream creations, which uniquely capture the spirit of classic Americana.

Every ice cream flavor is handmade in small batches using the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients."

Disney Parks Blog

Downtown Disney notes

"Salt & Straw will replace Haagen-Dazs, which is slated to close by the end of May.

Several other Downtown Disney businesses will close by the end of June as Disney begins construction of a fourth hotel on the west side of Downtown Disney. Here are the updated dates for each location."

Mouse Planet

Disneyland visitors face maze amid construction at resort
Brady MacDonald

"The Disneyland resort is scrambling to add hotel and parking capacity to deal with the massive crowds expected for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in 2019 and the recently announced Marvel superhero land at Disney California Adventure a few years later.

Ground clearing is scheduled to start on Disneyland’s fourth hotel in July, with an opening date set for 2021. Disney broke ground on a new 6,500-space parking structure in February.

The upcoming construction project could provide a few logistics challenges for some visitors planning to stay at the Disneyland Hotel anytime after the Fourth of July. The huge expansion will likely cut off the most direct path between the hotel and the theme parks, forcing visitors to take a circuitous route through a winding tunnel of construction walls."

San Diego Union Tribune

Brassy Buccaneer Sailing into Disneyland Park this Summer

"Arriving soon at Disneyland park is a fierce and independent pirate known as Redd. A bit mysterious by nature, Redd travels to various ports throughout the Caribbean—selling rum and collecting coin, and will soon be taking a journey to visit with guests in New Orleans Square.

We caught up with this seemingly familiar redhead and asked her a few questions."

Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland just added a second ‘Star Wars Nite’ after the first sold out quickly 

Orange County Register

Disneyland After Dark Announces Second Star Wars-Themed Celebration on May 9

Disney Parks Blog

Say goodbye to Bats Day Weekend at Disneyland 

"A popular unofficial Disneyland event that annually attracts thousands of devotees of the Goth lifestyle will be scaled back and most elements eliminated after Sunday’s final event, its founder says.

'Bats Day' began 20 years ago as a simple meetup at Disneyland park of like-minded Goth fans, but grew in spooky popularity over the decades to include a full-fledged convention, with hotel lodging, private dinner, concert, gala, marketplace and photos on the steps of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion."

Orange County Register

Disneyland Photo Update – Farewell to the Redhead
April 23, 2018

Some of the topics:

Star Wars Land
Coverage of Dapper Day
Splash Mountain


Disneyland Resort Update – Incredicoaster Testing
April 26, 2018

Some of the topics:

Pixar Pier
Blue Sky Cellar
Parking Expansion


Disneyland Photo Update – When I See an Elephant Fly
April 30, 2018

Some of the topics:

Star Wars  Land


Disneyland Resort Update – Welcome to the Himalayas
May 3, 2018

Some of the topics:

Abominable Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats Surprise Opens
Pixar Pier


Cal State Fullerton students learn how to turn that part-time server job into a career in hospitality 

"Many new college graduates shed their part-time restaurant or hotel job along with their gown and mortarboard.

But some executives and managers in the hospitality field have some advice for those students: Not so fast."

Orange County Register

Unions turn in signatures on petition to put living wage initiative on Anaheim ballot

"The measure proposes to raise the minimum wage for those businesses to $15 an hour next year, then rising in $1 increments annually, reaching $18 an hour by 2022.

But opponents argue the prescribed wage would end up hurting, rather than helping, local employees."

Orange County Register

Working at Disney is a unique opportunity 
By Michael Estes

"After reading so much recently about the employment experience of Disneyland Resort cast members, I wanted to share my story. The specifics are unique to me, but the broader point is true for so many of us — working at Disney is a unique opportunity.

I’m currently a production manager in attractions, but this was not part of my plan when I started 12 years ago. This was a summer job, and that’s where my story begins.

Upon graduating college in Northern California, I moved to Orange County ready to put my degree to use, and hired into Disneyland while looking for jobs that would set me on my desired career path. I chose Disneyland because of my fond childhood memories."

Orange County Register

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Updated: 5/5/2018