In this episode we welcome back Brian Levine to our show. Brian worked at Disneyland in the late 80's on the Disneyland Railroad, Omnibus,and more. He also was there during some of the crazy promotions Disneyland had in 1988 like the Ferris Wheel at the Main Street Train Station, and the Hub. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events.
Disneyland Resort Current Event
Disneyland is offering you a sneak peek at Pixar Pier – for a price
"For $299, you get a special ticket that includes admission to Disney California Adventure and the newly renovated Pixar Pier, which you will see on June 22 – the night before it opens to everyone else. You’ll also get special snacks, a swag bag, a lanyard and other good stuff.
But that’s not the only buzz this news is creating in the Disneysphere. While the parks’ biggest fans open their piggy banks and decide whether they can afford to go, many are also speculating on what this big ticket price portends for next year’s opening of the much more greatly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disneyland."
Orange County Register
Pixar Pier Premiere Special Event at Disney California Adventure Park on June 22: Six Reasons to Attend
Disney Parks Blog
"Fuel Up Your Tank with this New Menu at Flo’s V8 Café at Disney California Adventure Park"
Disney Parks Blog
Frightful Fun for Everyone: Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Returns September 7
"Beginning September 7 through October 31, a spell will be cast at both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, transforming the Disneyland Resort into a frenzy of happy haunts.
This limited-time seasonal celebration will include special attraction overlays, themed décor, seasonal treats and merchandise, plus spooky encounters with favorite characters."
Disney Parks Blog
Disneyland Update – Pirates, PeopleMover, and Hyperspace
May 7, 2018
"The Return of Hyperspace Mountain
Disneyland After Dark
Tomorrowland PeopleMover Rumors
Disney has long wanted to remove the PeopleMover tracks from the main walkway in Tomorrowland. Unfortunately, budgets couldn’t get approved or were cut and used for other projects over the years. The ill-fated Rocket Rods, which took over the tracks for a very short stint, closed in the year 2000. That has given Disney 18 years to come up with a replacement or remove the tracks altogether.
It looks increasingly likely that the crowd flow enhancement project (which is removing planters and revising stroller parking and curbs throughout the park) may finally bring the tracks down in the central part of Tomorrowland later this year. The goal is to free the park of as many obstructions as possible before the Star Wars land crowds descend upon the park en mass next year. It’s possible that the rocks at the front of the land may also be removed as part of this project."
Disneyland Resort Update – Maintenance, Strollers, and Pixar in the Parks
May 10, 2018
A Tale of Two ToonTowns
Indy Needs Love: Indiana Jones is in need of a little attention. Many of the problems may go unnoticed by the average guest, but we can’t help but notice the broken snake and boulder troubles. This is one attraction that relies heavily on visual tricks. For the benefit of all guests, it’s worth having the attraction go down for a few days to keep things working rather than running it in a compromised state."
Disneyland Update – Churro Scam, Galaxy’s Edge, and Cute Baby Animals
May 14, 2018
"We are placing this next item in the WTF category. See if this makes financial sense to you . . . for $5, passholders can buy a map of 4 churro carts. You’ll get a sticker on the map each time you buy one of the specialty PixarFest churros. Once you get all 4, you can redeem the map for a button at the AP Corner in Paradise Gardens (in DCA).
Basically, they are charging you $5 extra so you can buy 4 churros at full price . . . all for a button that costs them just a few cents. We like the new churros . . . but this little game is half-baked. If Disney really wants to offer something to the APs, don’t treat them like fools, offer them a discount for buying churros in bulk. They are overpriced bits of dough as it is for goodness sake. Disney would still make a fortune if they gave the maps away AND offered a discount or a free final churro for completing the map. They’d still be increasing the number of churros sold. There’s nothing special about being asked to pay extra for something anyone can already buy."
Disneyland Resort Update – Coming Soon . . .
May 17, 2018
"Tropical Hideaway on the Way
Walls went up around Aladdin’s Oasis in Disneyand’s Adventureland this week. It will soon become the Tropical Hideaway, a refreshment area which will likely serve Dole Whip, skewers, and other refreshments. It’s all part of the larger plan to make Disneyland’s walkways more . . . well . . . walkable."
Disney Reportedly Considering Giving John Lasseter Diminished Role
"With his announced six-month sabbatical nearing its end, the Wall Street Journal reports that Disney is still considering allowing John Lasseter to return to the company, although in a diminished capacity.
According to a WSJ source, the studio is considering allowing Lasseter to have creative influence at Disney and Pixar while reducing this managerial role."
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