Show Notes for Episode 245

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Chris Nichols of Walt Disney's Disneyland

In this episode we welcome Chris Nichols and his wife authors of the new book Walt Disney's Disneyland. This book is amazing with concept art, photos black and white and color, and lots of information as well. This is a big book, but well worth it. We talk to him about why he wrote it, how, and how he and his wife wrote the book and their love for Disneyland. We also have the Disneyland Current Events, plus more.

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 Disneyland Resort Current Event

4th Disneyland Hotel Officially Canceled
October 10, 2018

"As of today, Disney has officially canceled plans for the Downtown Disney Hotel. The future of the west end of Downtown Disney is now in the hands of Imagineering for redevelopment concepts. Some new shops and establishments are being worked on right now."

MiceChat



The Luxury hotel once destined for Disneyland is officially canceled
10/12/2018 

"Disney has been telegraphing this move for months, but now it’s official. Signs of life are returning to Downtown Disney site where the hotel would have been built. The Earl of Sandwich has already reopened at Downtown Disney and plans to reopen more locations are in the works. It will be interesting to see what other businesses reopen while Disney comes up with another plan for the area."

The Disney Blog



Disney announces it’s pulling the plug on Anaheim luxury hotel 
The hotel has been in limbo since earlier this summer when a change in location seemed to negate a tax incentive deal with the city. 

Orange County Register


City Attorney says Disneyland would be exempt from Anaheim living wage measure
10/08/2018 

"Union leaders worked hard to get a measure on the ballot that would require any hospitality company in the city of Anaheim that receives a tax benefit from the city to pay workers a living wage, in part as a way to pressure Disneyland into fair negotiations at the bargaining table.. A legal opinion from the Anaheim city attorney now says that Disneyland would not be subject to the requirement should the ballot measure pass.

It was hoped that Measure L would force Disneyland to boost pay for its employees. In response, Disneyland recently divested themselves of agreements with the city of Anaheim related to tax rebates to help build a new luxury hotel, and an agreement with the city not to charge taxes for admission media for 30 years."

The Disney Blog


Disney would be exempt if Anaheim voters approved minimum wage ballot measure, city attorney says 
October 08, 2018

Orange County Register



What city would walk away from a $100 million business windfall? 
October 12, 2018, 8:00 am

Orange County Register



Popular Earl of Sandwich restaurant at Disneyland reopens after a flurry of changes 

Orange County Register



Salt & Straw will open Friday, Oct. 12 in Downtown Disney

Orange County Register



Thu, October 11, 2018 
New Pedestrian Bridge Added to New Parking Structure at Disneyland Resort 

"As we announced last year, a new 6,500-space parking structure is currently under construction near the Mickey & Friends structure at the Disneyland Resort. We are pleased to share the project is starting to take shape and it will now also feature a new pedestrian bridge over Magic Way.

This new bridge will connect visitors from the parking structure—over Magic Way— to the rest of the resort, allowing guests the option to stroll through the Downtown Disney District to the theme parks’ Main Entrance. In addition, the new bridge eliminates the foot traffic crossing the street at Disneyland Drive and Magic Way, providing not only convenience, but also greater pedestrian safety and better traffic circulation."

Disney Parks Blog


Disneyland to add pedestrian bridge to new parking garage 
October 12, 2018, 10:39 am

Orange County Register


Jedi Training Academy to end run at Disneyland

"Disneyland's popular Jedi Training Academy show has been a fixture of Tomorrowland for the past 12 years, but last week cast members received an end-of-run notice informing them that the last performance of Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple will be Saturday, November 3, 2018."

Mouse Planet



Disneyland will cancel its Jedi Training Academy show 

Orange County Register



Disney reveals more details about Millennium Falcon ride at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge 
October 08, 2018

Orange County Register



October 2, 2018 
Mobile Ordering Now Available at More Disneyland Resort Quick-Service Food Locations

Disney Parks Blog


Thu, October 4, 2018 
Disneyland Resort Names 2019-2020 Ambassador Team

"In a tradition started by Walt Disney in 1965, Disneyland Resort President Josh D’Amaro announced the two newest Disney Ambassadors: Justin Rapp and Rafa Barron. The pair will represent the Resort and its 30,000 cast members during a two-year term, taking the magic of the Resort into the community by acting as emissaries of goodwill."

Disney Parks Blog


Disneyland Photo Updates: Fall Into Construction Walls
October 1, 2018

Tropical Hideaway Construction
Star Wars Land Construction
Matterhorn Refurbishment
Parking Structure Construction

MiceChat



Disneyland Update – The Busy Season Brings New Ambassadors, Shopping and Dining
October 8, 2018

New Ambassadors
New Tiki Room Entrance Area
Tropical Hideaway
Matterhorn Renovation
Return of Earl of Sandwich
Salt and Straw


​MiceChat

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Updated: 10/13/2018