Former Imagineer Tim Delaney - Part 2

We conclude our chat with designer Tim Delaney about working at Imagineering for decades, starting with the original Imagineers, and his work for the Disneyland Resort and for Disney parks around the world. Plus, we discuss current Disneyland Resort events, as always!

                                                                         ***Disney Resort Updates***


Check back daily as information is changing rapidly.

​Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 (Corona) Virus, Many Disney Parks, Cruise Lines, and Disney Vacation Club Resorts will be closed until further notice:


Please be sure to follow CDC and your State's guidelines during this crisis. We will get through this.

Shanghai Disneyland   • Shanghai Disneyland is now open. Be sure to check their reservation system which requires everyone, including infants, to have a reservation. The resort capacity is 50%. You must go to Shanghai's web page for advance reservations. Please visit their site for details.

Walt Disney World    • All 4 Walt Disney World theme parks are open.
                                 • Additionally, Disney Vacation Club properties at Walt Disney World and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground have begun to reopen to Members and Guests. Disney Springs has already begun to reopen. Upon reopening, theme parks, Disney Resort Hotels, restaurants and other offerings may be modified, limited in capacity and subject to availability or closure.
You must have an advance reservation and valid ticket.

                                                          • Face masks must be worn at all times. You may temporarily remove your face covering while actively eating, drinking or taking an outdoor photo*, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing during this time. *The photo exception goes into affect April 8, 2021.

                                  • Park Hopping is allowed within strict rules:

                                      1. You must make a reservation at one of the Parks.

                                      2. You must go to that Park first.

                                      3. Park Hopping does not start until 2PM.

                                      4. Access to Parks is still limited to their maximum occupancy. Check the Park you want to go to before traveling to it to make sure it is accepting Hopping guests.

                                      5. Check the Walt Disney World Park Hopper web page for updates to Park Hopping rules.

Disneyland        • D23 announces Disneyland to reopen 4/30/2021!!!​

                          • Ticket Sales begin April 15, 2021. Only California Residents will be allowed to enter the Parks  and groups may not be larger than 3 households until further notice.

                          • Like Walt Disney World, you must have a valid ticket AND make a Park reservation for the day you are interested in attending.

                          • The Grand Californian is scheduled to reopen April 29, 2021.

                          • The State of California has updated it rules for Theme Parks and Stadiums to reopen. The new rule takes affect April 1, 2021 and will Theme Parks to open at 15% capacity as long as the county is in the Red Tier. Orange County was just moved into the Orange Tier which may allow Disneyland to increase its max capacity. Disneyland has already done a lot to prepare for opening and is in a good position to quickly open once they get the green light. 

                         • The Downtown Disney District including Buena Vista Street only of DCA are open. Some table service is available following state and local rules. 

                         • The Disneyland Annual Pass (AP) system is being cancel and refunds issued. Special discounts will continue (see Disneyland web page). A new system is in the planning for after the Parks reopen, but no details available at this time.
                         • Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park remain closed and will reopen at a later date, pending state and local government approvals.

                         •  The State of California has announced guidelines for the opening of amusement parks. 

Hong Kong Disneyland    • The Park is officially reopened. Advanced reservations with names and contact numbers are required. The Park will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays except major holidays. Please visit their web site for current requirements.

Disneyland Paris    • UPDATED 3/12/2021: Due to conditions, Disneyland Paris will not be opening on April 2nd as previously announced. No new date planned. Please visit their web site for up to date information on if the Park will reopened and requirements.

Disney Cruise Lines   • UPDATE 3/9/2021 SHARE HOLDERS' MEETING - CEO Bob Chapek Just said he has no date for the Cruise lines, but hopefully if trends continue to be positive, maybe next Fall or later.

                                    • Disney Cruise line has suspended US cruises at least through June 2021 and European cruises through September 18, 2021. 

Aulani Resort   • Phased reopening began November 1, 2020. The state of Hawaii has strict travel requirements which include a 10 quarantine or negative test within 72 hours of your arrival. Please visit HERE for the latest details.

Walt Disney Family Museum  • The Walt Disney Family Museum closed but anticipates opening sometime in April. They continue to provide virtual content. San Francisco County was recently moved into the Orange Tier, so please check their web page for current status. The World War II Special Exhibit opened March 19th in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall. See web page for availability and restrictions.

INFORMATION CORRECT AS OF April 7, 2021. Please check individual Resorts web pages for restrictions, requirements, and changes.

Disneyland Resort Current Event

Disneyland unveils plans for theme park, retail and parking expansion
DisneylandForward is Disney’s effort to work with the city to grow the Disneyland resort, update the blueprint for the resort district and propel Anaheim’s economic rebound following the COVID-19 pandemic.
UPDATED: March 26, 2021

“Disney will be asking the city over the next weeks and months for more flexibility in how it develops company land planned for specific uses in the 1990s to be able to add a mix of theme park, hotel, retail, dining and entertainment on the eastern and western edges of the Disneyland resort. The overall footprint of the resort area would not increase in size.”

Orange County Register

“DisneylandForward” Reveals Plans for Theme Park Expansions and More at the Disneyland Resort
Mar 25, 2021

“In a letter sent out by Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock, he says that although there are current development approvals, they are limited and they are looking to get updated approvals with this initiative.”

[Listen to Mini Episode 15 for Lynn and Ken’s analysis of Disneyland Forward.]

Laughing Place

Disneyland adding a second place to buy alcohol in the park
The Blue Bayou will serve beer, sparkling wine and Hurricane cocktails when the New Orleans Square restaurant returns after Disneyland reopens on April 30.
PUBLISHED: March 31, 2021

“The Blue Bayou will serve beer, sparkling wine and Hurricane cocktails when the New Orleans Square restaurant returns after Disneyland reopens.”
“Disneyland made the decision to add alcohol to the Blue Bayou menu after the park’s food and beverage team received thousands of requests over the years from international travelers and young adult visitors for more beer, wine and cocktail options at the restaurant.”
“Like at Oga’s Cantina, Blue Bayou diners will not be able to get their drinks to go. Beer, wine and cocktails must be consumed inside the restaurant.”

“Blue Bayou won’t return as soon as Disneyland reopens on April 30. A reopening date for the restaurant has not yet been announced.”

Orange County Register

Blue Bayou Restaurant Will Begin Serving Alcohol at Disneyland Park
Mar 31, 2021

“Blue Bayou will join Club 33 and Olga’s Cantina as the only places that serve alcohol inside Disneyland Park.”

Laughing Place

Disneyland Reminds Guests of California State Guidelines for Purchasing Theme Park Reopening Tickets
Apr 2, 2021

“Besides the ticketing guidelines, indoor rides must be limited to no more than 15 minutes and queueing must take place in an outdoor setting, which may put attractions such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Pirates of the Caribbean in jeopardy of opening with the park at this time.”
“Ticket Purchasing Guidelines:

“‘Per the state guidelines, the name and contact information of each person who purchases a ticket to the parks should be collected for contact tracing purposes. This information must be provided by the ticket purchaser, who will serve as the main contact on behalf of his/her entire party.’

“‘In addition, at the time a guest purchases park tickets and makes a park reservation, the purchasing guest must confirm that the guest’s party size will not contain more than 3 households and that the guest, and all members of the guest’s party, are California residents, since the guidelines limit theme park attendance to in-state visitors only.’”

Laughing Place

California Theme Park Reopening Guidelines Released With Specific Limits on Indoor Attractions and More
Mar 26, 2021

“‘All queuing must be performed in outdoor settings only and guests from different households or other parties must be at least six feet apart during queuing.’ Using Disneyland Resort attractions as an example, queues like those for Space Mountain or Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin (which are mostly indoors) must be staged outside, and will likely see guests walk through indoor portions where they must up to a loading area for their less than 15 minute attraction.

“Also across all tiers, the guidelines state: ‘In-state visitors (California Residents) only. Information will be prominently placed on all communications, including the Reservation and Ticketing systems, to ensure guests are aware of Reservation and Ticketing Requirements.’”
“Park visitors are permitted to eat and drink only in designated dining areas. Concession stands must be accompanied by additional designated and shaded eating areas. Food and/or drink consumption is NOT permitted while queuing or using rides and attractions, including cinematic attractions.”

Laughing Place

Learn More About the Characters You’ll See in the Reimagined Jungle Cruise
Apr 1, 2021

“Walt Disney World Resort through the My Disney Experience App, has given us some new details on characters you’ll encounter on the updated Jungle Cruise which is coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2021.”

Laughing Place

Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty’s journey from Disneyland dishwasher to Cars Land designer
Rafferty's Imagineering career included work on Toy Story Midway Mania, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and the upcoming Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
PUBLISHED: March 26, 2021

“Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty used to hang out in the Disneyland cast member parking lot in the 1970s with his fellow dishwashers from the Plaza Inn restaurant and imagine the rides and attractions they’d build at the Anaheim theme park.”
“Rafferty will retire from Walt Disney Imagineering on Thursday, April 1 after working for Disney for nearly half a century. He started as a Disneyland dishwasher in 1974.”

Orange County Register

Disney Legend Jim Cora, whose Disneyland career began with ‘Tell him Walt sent you,’ dies at 83
Cora started at Disneyland in 1957 as a part-time attractions host polishing 3D glasses at the Mickey Mouse Club Theater and retired 43 years later as chairman of Disney International.
PUBLISHED: March 23, 2021

“Cora, of Orange, passed away on Sunday, March 21 after a brief hospitalization at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, according to Disney officials. He was 83.

“Cora started at Disneyland in 1957 as a part-time attractions host polishing 3D glasses at the Mickey Mouse Club Theater and retired 43 years later as chairman of Disney International.

“Cora credited his rapid rise to company founder Walt Disney who set his career path in motion with a promotion into a training and development role. The boss sent the teenager over to the Disneyland administration building to find Disney University founder Van Arsdale France with the admonition: ‘Tell him Walt sent you. I think he may have something for you.’”

“In 1971, Cora implemented the ‘Disney Way of Leadership’ program at the Magic Kingdom with the opening of the Florida theme park.

“Ahead of the 1983 opening of Tokyo Disneyland, Cora was named managing director of operations for the Japan theme park before being promoted vice president of Walt Disney Productions Japan, overseeing Disney’s operational and design standards.”
“After Tokyo Disneyland, Cora switched his attention to master planning and site research for Euro Disneyland, which would later be renamed Disneyland Paris.

“In the 1990s, Cora was responsible for the creative direction of Tokyo DisneySea. He retired as chairman of Disney International in 2001. Cora was named a Disney Legend in 2005.”

Orange County Register

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