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DLWeekly Podcast - Disneyland News and Information

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DLW 160: Former Cast Member Stephanie

This week, dining reservations are open at Carthay Circle, some new treats for this holidays, expanded Downtown Disney hours, Salt and Straw has some new flavors, more bad news for cast members and Disney Parks, we talk to former cast member Stephanie, and more! Please support the show if you can by going tohttps://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up athttps://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel throughConciEARSand ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners and weekly flash sales! Head on over toallenchantingears.comand use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. News: Carthay Circle is now available for dining reservations! Guests who would like to reserve a time to dine at the restaurant on Buena Vista Street can head into the Disneyland app and schedule a time to dine. There is still the option to walk up and be seated, but Disneyland highly recommends a reservation. Reservations are open as far out as the parks calendar, but have been very popular. Also note, if you have a dining reservation, you can enter Buena Vista Street up to one hour before your reservation, with your entire party present. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/25/disneyland-announces-carthay-lounge-dining-reservations-experiences-technical-difficulties/ and https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disney-california-adventure/carthay-circle-lounge For guests that are lucky enough to get into Buena Vista Street, there are some new holiday treats over at Trolley Treats. A new vanilla cupcake with blue icing, white pearls, and Mickey ears is available, along with a chocolate cupcake with green icing in the shape of a Christmas tree. The cupcakes are $5.99 each. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/25/review-does-this-cupcake-at-disney-california-adventure-impress-chocolate-lovers/ Hours at Downtown Disney are being expanded for the Holiday season. Downtown Disney was opening at 10am, but that is being pushed back to 9am. The shopping and dining district will be open from 9am to 9pm until January 2nd, with the exception of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when it will close at 8pm. Christmas Day will have a delayed opening of 10am. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/29/update-downtown-disney-extends-hours-into-the-new-year-at-disneyland-resort/ Once again Salt and Straw in Downtown Disney have whipped up another fun flavor for guests. Among the options are Dwanta’s Teremana Spiked Eggnog, Cocoa and Peppermint Patties, Gingerbread Cookie Dough, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, and more! The new flavors will be available through the holiday season. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/27/spiked-eggnog-ice-cream-check-out-the-2020-holiday-salt-straw-ice-cream-flavors-in-downtown-disney/ With holiday shopping in full swing, shopDisney has started offering same day shipping on select items through Instacart. The downside of this is that in-store pricing and sale prices don’t apply to items ordered this way. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/shopdisney-now-offering-same-day-delivery-on-select-disney-store-items-via-instacart/ Disney has issued refund checks for the full amount of the Premiere Annual Passes this week. The premiere annual pass is the pass that includes access to all the US Disney theme parks on both coasts. The refund checks are for the full amount and not just for one coast or the other. No word on if this was a requested refund, or something automated. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/disney-now-sending-full-refund-checks-to-premier-annual-passholders-due-to-extended-disneyland-resort-closure/ LA County, which is adjacent to Orange County where Disneyland is located, has entered a second “safer at home” order through December 20th. This doesn’t mean anything directly for the resort, but guests living in the county are being advised to stay home as much

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DLW 160: Former Cast Member Stephanie

DLW 159: Liberty’s WDW Trip

This week, Buena Vista Street has opened, Walt and Mickey have a refreshed look, Avenger’s Campus updates, new food in DCA, Grad Nite 2021 update, we talk to Liberty about her Disney World trip, and more! Please support the show if you can by going tohttps://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up athttps://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel throughConciEARSand ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners and weekly flash sales! Head on over toallenchantingears.comand use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. News: Buena Vista Street has reopened and guests have descended upon the resort to step foot inside of a Disney park again. For those who may go in the near future, you will have to pay $10 to park in the Downtown Disney parking lot, stores are capped at 25% per state mandate, so be prepared to wait. To actually get access to Buena Vista Street, guests must wait in a queue or scan a daily-changing QR code to join the virtual queue. Once you get inside, there are also waits to enter the shops. – https://www.micechat.com/275982-disneyland-update-holiday-hopes-and-humbugs/ With the opening of Buena Vista Street, the Storytellers statue that features Mickey and Walt when first arriving in California has been refurbished. In Disneyland, the Partners statue was also refurbished. Over time, the bronze had oxidized, and because of the applied patina, acrylic polymer and wax, it required a more intensive process than just a simple cleaning or polishing. Over four days, an artisan utilized a process using crushed walnut shells to gently strip the figure down to the bare bronze. After cleaning, various chemicals were applied and heated with a blowtorch to create a reaction and fuse with the bronze. The figure was coated in a polymer to protect the patina, then coated with a very thin layer of wax. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/11/a-special-surprise-to-commemorate-mickeys-birthday-at-disneyland-resort/ Avenger’s Campus may not be open at Disney California Adventure at the moment, but you can still pick up your very own Spider-Bot! The Spider-Bot is a tool that WEB, or the Worldwide Engineering Brigade, built to help super heroes. Guests can find this fun toy, along with all new Avenger’s apparel at World of Disney or the Backlot Premiere Shop starting December 4th. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/11/first-chance-to-get-your-very-own-spider-bot-from-avengers-campus-at-disneyland-resort/ With the ability to be in Disney California Adventure, guests have been able to get a closer look at Avenger’s Campus! Most of the buildings that can be seen from guest accessible areas look in place, and nearly complete. With the pace and amount of work being done, this new area could open with the rest of the park sometime next year. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/19/photos-construction-is-moving-along-at-avengers-campus-in-disneyland/ Guests that would like to order a drink from Award Wieners can also purchase a Green or a Red Mickey Jingle Bell Glow Cube for just $4.99. For a more upscale dining experience, some of the new options at Carthay Circle might hit the spot. Baked Bay Scallops, Moroccan Roasted Chicken Meatballs, Pumpkin Ice Cream Sundae, and available. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/21/whats-new-at-disney-california-adventure-buena-vista-street-re-opens-with-new-menus-holiday-merchandise-and-more/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/18/whats-new-at-downtown-disney-a-crazy-mickey-shake-iconic-mickey-ears-holiday-decorations-and-more/#more-408166 Without an opening date for the parks, and even knowing if graduation celebrations will be allowed next year, Disneyland has canceled the 2021 Grad Nite. Disney’s statement said “We know how disappointing this will be to the many graduates who were looking forward to celeb

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DLW 159: Liberty’s WDW Trip

DLW 158: Former Disneyland Cast Member Jesse

This week, Disney’s losses in 2020 weren’t as bad as expected, Disneyland not opening in 2020, updates coming to the parks, a first look at the Spider-Man vehicle, the holidays come to the resort, we talk to former cast member Jesse, and more! Please support the show if you can by going tohttps://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up athttps://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel throughConciEARSand ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners and weekly flash sales! Head on over toallenchantingears.comand use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. News: Last Thursday, Disney held their Q4 earnings report and fiscal 2020 year end results. The company had 14 billion in revenue, beating expectations. The Disney Parks had the worst loss in the company with a 61% decrease in revenue, resulting in a 1.1 billion dollar loss. Disney estimates the total impact from COVID-19 in 2020 was 7.4 billion overall. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/breaking-disney-parks-experiences-and-products-segment-records-loss-of-1-1-billion-in-q4-2020/ During the 2020 earnings call last week, Disney CEO Bob Chapek dropped the news that they did not think that Disneyland would be open in the fiscal first quarter of 2021. This is confusing some as different online publications are saying this means until March 2021, but the way that Disney has it’s fiscal years setup means that Disneyland will not be open for the rest of 2020. The second fiscal quarter starts in January, 2021. – https://www.micechat.com/275082-disneyland-update-open-and-closed-as-disneyland-faces-a-purple-christmas/ Most of California, including Orange County where Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Knott’s Berry Farm are located have slid back into the purple zone on California’s COVID-19 blueprint. This means that even the smaller amusement parks need to close down again, and indoor dining will not be allowed, with fewer guests allowed inside retail locations. For Downtown Disney, this means a return to outdoor dining only, and longer lines for the retail stores. – https://www.micechat.com/275082-disneyland-update-open-and-closed-as-disneyland-faces-a-purple-christmas/ and https://www.ocregister.com/2020/11/16/disneyland-and-knotts-further-from-reopening-with-orange-countys-slide-into-most-restrictive-covid-19-tier/ Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, presented at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, or IAAPA, Virtual Education Conference. During the presentation, he showed off some positive changes coming to the parks around the world. At Disneyland, Avengers Campus is working toward completion, with the bulk of the additions happening at other parks. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/11/updates-on-new-disney-parks-attractions-entertainment-offer-glimpse-of-exciting-future/ This week, we received a first look at the actual ride vehicle for the new Spider-Man attraction coming to Avenger’s Campus. The new attraction, named “Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure” will be the new e-ticket in the land when it opens. The ride vehicles are enclosed and give the feel of a much smaller Guardian’s gantry lift. The side of the vehicle opens to allow guests to board in a single line facing outward so they can sling webs! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/16/pics-check-out-the-ride-vehicles-for-the-upcoming-web-slingers-a-spider-man-adventure-in-disneyland/ At the IAAPA Expo, Josh D’Amaro stated that more inclusion projects will be coming to the parks after the Splash Mountain retheming. This is part of the fifth key in Cast Member training that was announced in September. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/josh-damaro-states-there-will-be-more-inclusion-projects-for-disney-parks-starting-with-splash-mountain-retheming/ The holidays have officia

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DLW 158: Former Disneyland Cast Member Jesse

DLW 157: Former Disneyland Parade Dancer Tim

This week, Buena Vista Street is reopening as part of Downtown Disney, new food comes with it, the Red Car Trolley is here and gone again, more furloughs, some exciting D23 events coming next week, we talk to former parade performer Tim, and more! Please support the show if you can by going tohttps://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up athttps://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel throughConciEARSand ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over toallenchantingears.comand use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. News: In just a few days guests will be walking around on Buena Vista Street again! On November 19th, the front part of Disney California Adventure will be open and operate as an extended part of Downtown Disney. All of Buena Vista Street from the front gates to the Carthay Circle Theater, and from Award Wieners on Hollywood Boulevard to Smokejumpers Grill in Condor Flats will be open to guests. – https://twitter.com/Disneyland/status/1324416422664196096 The Carthay Circle Lounge will be open with Buena Vista Street and will offer a new menu. The new options include smaller plated featuring Mediterranean-California light types of food. Among the items are a Carthay shrimp roll, harissa-roasted lamb, soy-glazed salmon, and more. Pasta and chicken skewers are some of the options for kids. All dining will be outdoors. The full menu can be seen on the Disneyland App. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/05/carthay-circle-to-offer-new-menu-and-alfresco-dining-upon-reopening-at-disneyland-resort/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/05/news-full-menu-for-carthay-circle-lounge-released-on-disneyland-app/ In a bit of a surprise, Award Wieners on Hollywood Boulevard in DCA will be reopening with Buena Vista Street on November 19th. The location, best known for hot dogs and corn dogs, will have a new menu. A hotdog and corn dog are still on the menu joined by a cheddar cheese stick and apple pie funnel cake fries! Some adult beverages will also be offered. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/09/award-wieners-to-reopen-with-buena-vista-street-at-disneys-california-adventure/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/corn-dog-castle-corn-dogs-and-more-will-be-offered-at-award-wieners-for-the-reopening-of-buena-vista-street-at-disney-california-adventure/ The Red Car Trolley made an appearance on Buena Vista Street last week, and then disappeared again as work started on what is most likely the electric charging which is built into the street at the station. The Trolley is expected to return as a photo op when this section of the park opens on November 19th. – https://www.micechat.com/274668-disneyland-update-red-car-parking-and-partial-reopening/ Even with all the excitement of more things opening, Disney has announced another wave of furloughs. This time, it includes executive, salaried, and hourly workers. Ken Potrock, the President of the Disneyland Resort sent the letter to cast members explaining how difficult this decision is and they hope to get things open and cast members back to work as soon as possible. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/11/09/disneyland-announces-additional-furloughs-as-state-guidelines-leave-theme-park-in-limbo/ The Orange County Register posed an interesting question to readers this week: would you be willing to take a rapid COVID-19 test to enter the theme parks? Universal Studios and Six Flags have asked this question in surveys to potential guests. They are trying to determine if a rapid test that could be completed in as little as 15 minutes would make potential guests feel safer in the parks, almost ruling out that any guest would have COVID-19 in the parks after the tests would be completed. – https://t.co/c0MGSWp9Me The face masks that Disney has been selling online and in the parks and shops have re

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DLW 157: Former Disneyland Parade Dancer Tim

DLW 156: 1997 Disneyland Ambassador Robyn

This week, the Disney Horses horse around for Halloween, churro toffee recipes, a change to the Disneyland mobile app, some new merch has come to Downtown Disney, a new Imagineering invention, we talk to former Disneyland Ambassador Robyn, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. News: The horses from Disneyland have been enjoying their extended “vacation” at the Circle-D Ranch, but they got into the spirit with their own costumes for Halloween. Horses Chief and Chad were decked with flowers representing traditional carousel horses, Jack dressed as an African okapi, Maximus was dressed as – get ready for this – a baked potato! Val dressed for the upcoming holiday with red, green, and ribbons, Finn dressed as Flynn Rider, and Gracie dressed as a bee! To see all these costumes, make sure to check out the link in our show notes! – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/10/photos-horses-of-circle-d-ranch-at-disneyland-resort-dress-up-for-halloween/ Listeners of the show know that we love the churro toffee from the parks. Pumpkin Spice has come to the popular treat! This version was available at the California Churro Co. cart in Downtown Disney until Halloween. On the white chocolate outside, pumpkin spice and orange colored sugar has been added for this fall treat. We hope that they bring this back in the future! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/29/review-the-limited-time-pumpkin-spiced-toffee-is-available-now-in-downtown-disney/ You might have missed the pumpkin spice churro toffee at the resort, but you can make your own regular churro toffee at home! MiceChat has posted a recipe that is only 5 ingredients, along with a video showing how to do it! Visit the link in the show notes to try it yourself. – https://www.micechat.com/274134-dia-de-los-muertos-treat-copycat-disneyland-churro-toffee-recipe/ The Disneyland Mobile app has added a chat feature, a “Know Before You Go” section, and retired updates through the Disneyland Today Twitter profile. Guests have to be logged into a Disney account to use the chat feature. The Know Before You Go section is split into Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/31/news-cast-member-chat-and-downtown-disney-operational-updates-added-to-disneyland-app/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/10/disneyland-app-adds-chat-feature-know-before-you-go-information-ahead-of-buena-vista-street-reopening/ An interactive talking Groot has come to World of Disney for just $59.99. Groot responds to 20 spoken phrases with sounds, music, and movement. The list of phrases is included with the purchase. Groot can also attach to guest’s shoulders. A seperate bluetooth speaker is also available for $39.99. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/photos-new-interactive-talking-groot-and-bluetooth-speaker-bring-guardians-of-the-galaxy-to-life-at-disneyland-resort/ The Dress Shop in Downtown Disney has a new Sleeping Beauty Castle Snowflake dress for sale. The dress is cream colored and has embroidered snowflake details on the belt and collar, with Sleeping Beauty Castle on the left side of the dress. The dress also features pockets, which is a great addition to any dress. The dress costs $128. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/photos-new-sleeping-beauty-castle-snowflake-dress-by-the-dress-shop-arrives-at-the-disneyland-resort/ Guests visiting Downtown Disney will notice that mobile ordering and queueing has expanded for the shopping district. For waiting for access to the popular stores, guests can now just scan a QR code on a sign to get on the waiting list and no

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DLW 156: 1997 Disneyland Ambassador Robyn

DLW 155: Jungle Cruise Skipper Vedder

This week, presidents of the resorts respond to the new guidelines, annual pass changes could be coming, Buena Vista Street is reopening, we talk to former Jungle Cruise Skipper Vedder, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. Also, this month they are re-launching their Ear of the Month Club. Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/AllEnchantingEars to sign up! News: The California Attractions and Parks Association, an organization that represents amusement parks and attractions througout California, streamed reactions from the big theme park operators last week. Ken Potrock, President of the Disneyland Resort, Kurt Stocks, President of Legoland California, Karen Irwin, President and COO of Universal Studios Hollywood, and Raffi Kaprelyan, Regional Vice President for Cedar Fair, which operates Knott’s Berry Farm were on the stream. Good points were made by each of them, such as local residents might be traveling out of state to go to theme parks since the local ones aren’t open, helping with the COVID-19 spread. Overall, the group of theme park leaders were not happy. – https://www.facebook.com/CaAttractionsandParks/ The Orange County Register reported this week that the Southern California theme parks are considering legal action to gain permission to reopen, or, at the very least, change the guidelines for reopening. The parks at least want to be able to open in tier 3 instead of waiting for tier 4. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/10/21/disneyland-universal-studios-knotts-and-more-considering-legal-action-over-californias-unachievable-reopening-guidelines/ Disneyland sent an email out to annual passholders discussing the reopening guidelines that were announced last week. The email went on to mention that they are not sure what that means for the annual passholder program. They finish saying that they will be in touch soon, when they can share more details. – https://www.micechat.com/273627-disneyland-update-the-nightmare-before-christmas/ Tokyo Disneyland is a huge annual passholder park, much like Disneyland. This week, Tokyo Disneyland has ended their annual passholder program and refunded the balance to passholders. Could this be something that Disneyland will do when it eventually reopens? – https://www.micechat.com/273340-tokyo-disneyland-annual-pass-program-ending-could-it-happen-at-disneyland/ and https://www.micechat.com/273627-disneyland-update-the-nightmare-before-christmas/ Beginning in November, Buena Vista Street will be open for shopping and dining! Disney is considering this as an expansion to Downtown Disney. All of the stores on Buena Vista Street will be open, including Elias & Co., Julius Katz & Sons, Kingswell Camera Shop, and Trolley Treats. The Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, Carthay Circle Lounge, and Smokejumpers Grill will also be open for dining. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/10/more-shopping-more-dining-coming-soon-downtown-disney-district-at-disneyland-resort-extends-to-buena-vista-street/ With the reopening of Buena Vista Street, Cast Members have been called back to work, ending their furlough. However, others got messages from Disney that the furloughs have become layoffs. Over 200 cast members will be retuning to work on Buena Vista Street starting COVID training on November 1st. – https://www.micechat.com/273627-disneyland-update-the-nightmare-before-christmas/ Another Downtown Disney shopping event is happening from October 26th-29th. Reservations are required, but have gone quickly. Products that will be available include the 65th anniversary W

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DLW 155: Jungle Cruise Skipper Vedder

DLW 154: Return to Space Mountain

This week, Disneyland is probably not reopening for “the foreseeable future”, Disney and Anaheim are not happy about that, work is still happening around the parks, centerpieces get shined up, we revisit the history of Space Mountain, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. Also, this month they are re-launching their Ear of the Month Club. Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/AllEnchantingEars to sign up! News: The State of California Health and Human Services hosted an update on COVID-19 in California stream on Tuesday afternoon to talk about theme park reopening guidelines. This was not good news. In a nutshell, small theme parks, which is categorized as being under 15,000 guest capacity can reopen at tier-3, or orange level at 25% capacity or 500 guests, whichever is lower, with only outdoor attractions, and ticket sales limited to the same county the park is located in. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8QJF0uEDO8 For larger theme parks, they can reopen at tier-4, or yellow level with 25% capacity. Both levels of theme parks must utilize a reservation system for obtaining tickets and must screen guests for symptoms in advance. Face coverings are mandatory throughout the parks, unless eating or drinking. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8QJF0uEDO8 Disneyland’s President Ken Potrock went to Twitter to post his reaction to the guidelines, in part “Together with our labor unions we want to get people back to work, but these State guidelines will keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future, forcing thousands more people out of work, leading to the inevitable closure of small family-owned businesses, and irreparably devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community.” – https://twitter.com/DisneyParksNews/status/1318644525565321217?s=20 The Mayor of Anaheim, Harry Sidhu, seems to agree with Disney, saying in part on Twitter: “These guidelines fail working families and small business. As painful as this is, Disney and the city of Anaheim will survive. But too many Anaheim hotels, stores, and restaurants will not survive another year of this.” continuing “The unions of the Disneyland Resort agree and support the reopening of the theme parks in tier 3, not tier 4, which would wipe out jobs in our city and destroy lives.” – https://twitter.com/City_of_Anaheim/status/1318634185989369856?s=20 Disneyland Unions had drafted a letter to the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, asking to be included in the discussions regarding the reopening of Disneyland. Previously, the unions asked to delay the opening for the union members safety, but Disney has made the requested changes, so they now support the reopening. – https://www.micechat.com/273190-breaking-disneyland-unions-call-on-california-to-reopen-disneyland/ Disneyland has come to agreement with most of the unions that represent their Cast Members on layoffs and recall procedures. Union Cast Members will be called back to work based on seniority. Most full-time members will not be let go, but part-time members should be concerned. Layoffs are expected to happen beginning next month. – https://www.micechat.com/273009-disneyland-update-you-arent-going-to-like-this/ We were a little concerned about a protest that was promoted online last week. It was billed as a protest to get the parks open for the good of the Cast Members, but it was also rumored to be organized by a conservative group from out of state that would turn it into more of an attack on Governor Gavin Newsom. Protesters did show up from both groups, with the cast member supporters wearin

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DLW 154: Return to Space Mountain

DLW 153: Our Dream Disney Park

This week, two popular shows have come to an end, Disney Park’s Doctor disagrees with the state, health secret shoppers, a yummy treat has returned, the resort improved health preparedness, we talk about our perfect Dream Disney Park, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. Also, this month they are re-launching their Ear of the Month Club. Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/AllEnchantingEars to sign up! News: Two shows at the Disneyland Resort have ended their run. Frozen: Live at the Hyperion, and Mickey and the Magical Map will not be returning when the parks eventually reopen. As of the recording of the podcast, none of the members of the American Guild of Variety Artists have been laid off, but just notified that the shows have ended thri run. Two hundred and fourteen AGVA members are affected by this news. Mickey and the Magical map debuted in 2013 and Frozen debuted in 2016. – https://www.micechat.com/272572-disneyland-update-dont-count-on-christmas/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/12/two-popular-disneyland-resort-shows-will-reportedly-not-reopen-with-the-parks/ and https://www.ocregister.com/2020/10/12/disneyland-to-layoff-200-actors-as-frozen-live-and-mickey-and-the-magical-map-close-amid-pandemic/ Last week, just after we posted the podcast, Dr. Pamela Hymel posted a response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s comments about following the science in regards to keeping the parks closed for now. Her message stated “We absolutely reject the suggestion that reopening the Disneyland Resort is incompatible with a “health-first” approach. The fact is, that since March we have taken a robust science-based approach to responsibly reopening our parks and resorts across the globe. Our health and safety protocols were developed in consultation with epidemiologists and data scientists, and after considering guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and experts in local government and health agencies. All of our other theme parks both in the United States and around the world have been allowed to open on the strength of our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols.” – https://twitter.com/DisneyParksNews/status/1314023556720648192 Disney CEO Bob Chapek was recently on CNBC and commented on the continued closure of Disneyland. When asked about the negotiations with the state, Chapek replied “It’s not much of a negotiation, it’s pretty much a mandate that we stay closed. You know, I look across our Disney properties whether it be Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Walt Disney World, the Disney bubble for the NBA, and all that I see is that we’ve been able to open up responsibly using the guidelines that healthcare experts have given us. As a result, we’ve been very, very successful at reopening without having issues that would preclude us from staying open. It would seem to me that the guidelines that are set up by the state of California are more stringent than any states across the country. If you look at the history of Disney, and what we’ve been able to do during the reopening rather than arbitrary standards that are set up without regard to what actual fact is, and what we’ve been able to do as a company, I think you might come to a different decision about reopening Disneyland.” – https://blogmickey.com/2020/10/disney-ceo-theres-no-negotiations-with-state-of-california-its-a-mandate-that-we-stay-closed/ Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom sent a team to Walt Disney World to see first hand how the parks were handling being open to the public during the

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DLW 153: Our Dream Disney Park

DLW 152: Author Mike (Wally) Davis

This week, things are moving erradically for the parks reopening, a new shop opens inside of one of the parks, faster security could be coming, cast member layoffs, a celebration of 20 years of pin trading, we talk with Mike Wally Davis about his new book, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. Also, this month they are re-launching their Ear of the Month Club. Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/AllEnchantingEars to sign up! News: What a week it has been. Since we last recorded, there were rumors of guidelines being released to allow the parks, and other amusement parks throughout the state to open, then they were postponed, then Bob Iger left the task force that was working on the guidelines, then more and more Anaheim area organizations are pressuring the state and Governor Gavin Newson to allow the parks to open. The guidelines that were rumored to be suggested were that “individual theme parks can reopen only once their county reaches the least-restrictive “minimal” risk level, they must operate at 25% of attendance capacity, and limit visitors to residents living within a 120-mile radius of each theme park.” The biggest issue with this was that to get to the minimal risk level would basically mean waiting until the pandemic was over. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/02/news-early-details-of-californias-theme-park-reopening-guidelines-revealed/ and https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2020/10/01/california-attractions-and-parks-association-asks-state-not-to-finalize-reopening-guidelines-until-modifications-are-made/ and https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2020/10/01/bob-iger-leaves-gavin-newsom-economic-recovery-advisory-group/ and https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2020/10/02/california-officials-to-work-with-theme-park-operators-before-issuing-reopening-guidelines/ Guests can now step inside the gates of Disney California Adventure to shop, but it isn’t what it sounds like. Stage 17, which has been home to Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Play It! and recently a Frozen themed area for the holidays, will be open and used as a retail space to help with guest demand for Halloween merchandise. Even though this building is inside DCA, guests will enter through a backstage entrance to the left of the entrance to DCA and head right into the space. The building will house 10,000 square feet of retail space. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/10/fall-is-filled-with-halloween-merchandise-collections-featuring-new-disneyland-resort-backlot-premiere-shop-coming-soon-to-stage-17-in-downtown-disney-district/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/05/news-disneyland-resort-will-open-a-backlot-premiere-shop-in-downtown-disney/ With the amount of guests that have been arriving at Downtown Disney for an escape from reality and their piece of Disney Magic, the security checkpoints have been slow going. Waits of 90 minutes or more just to pass throught the security checkpoints have been reported on the weekends. The resort is testing new contactless metal detectors at the screening areas that hope to speed things up a bit. The system allows guests to walk through the new detectors without the need to remove items from their pockets, open their backpacks, or place anything in a bin. The new scanners can process 10 times more guests, up to 3,600 per hour. The system also uses artificial intelligence to detect weapons on guests as they pass through. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/10/03/disneyland-tests-new-contactless-metal-detectors-to-speed-visitors-through-security-checkpoints/ Jos

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DLW 152: Author Mike (Wally) Davis

DLW 151: Disneyland vs. California

This week, Anaheim wants to reopen, for a second Disneyland was accepting new guests, why no guidelines are worse then delayed guidelines, the D23 Expo has been moved, construction continues, new parking kiosks, we discuss the State of California and Disneyland reopening, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and get your first year of Touring Plans for FREE! Just mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. News: The “Reopen O.C. Now coalition of Anaheim, Buena Park and Garden Grove city leaders and the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce” released an ad targeted at the Governor of California Gavin Newsom to get him to release the guidelines for reopening theme parks. The ad states that the represented area is hurting since most of the economy is based on travel related to the closed theme parks. They also make the case that all other areas of business have guidelines that allow them to operate, except for theme parks. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/09/25/new-ad-calls-on-governor-newsom-to-reopen-disneyland-and-other-california-theme-parks/ Last week it looked for a brief second as if Disneyland had reopened to guests! Unfortunately, it was just for filming something for the Disney social media team. We are guessing that it is a promotional video on how to enter the park safely once they are allowed to reopen. – https://www.micechat.com/271641-disneyland-update-a-tale-of-wild-extremes/ As many of us that want Disneyland to reopen, we also want it done in a safe, responsible way. As frustrated as Disney is at the State of California not providing guidelines to reopen, they are also not comfortable with the complete abandonment of any guidelines like has recently happened in Florida. The lack of any guidelines, with cases on the rise in Florida will deter guests from traveling to the parks, considering Florida just too unsafe, even if Disney is completely safe. Once California provides guidelines, that will be the happy medium that guests and Disney are the most comfortable with. – https://www.micechat.com/271641-disneyland-update-a-tale-of-wild-extremes/ If you are one of the lucky few who have a Premier Annual Passport, which allows access to all the Disney Parks in the United States for an entire year, this bit of news is for you. Disney is extending the pass expiration date 30 days at a time until Disneyland reopens. Once Disneyland does reopen, a final extension will be added to the pass. Any questions should be directed to the V.I.Passholder support line. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/09/disney-extending-premier-passports-30-days-at-a-time-while-disneyland-resort-remains-closed-full-extension-to-be-made-when-california-parks-reopen/ Disney Internships and College Program partipants can now request complimentary tickets for their participation in the programs in the Spring of 2020. Ticket requests must be made by September 20, 2021. For complete details, please see the link in our show notes. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/09/disney-internships-programs-now-accepting-complimentary-park-ticket-requests-for-spring-2020-participants/ With the continued uncertainty coming in 2021 with the continuation of COVID-19, Disney announced this week that the D23 Expo, originally scheduled for August, 2021, will be rescheduled to September 9th-11th, 2022. At the Expo, details will be revealed on how The Walt Disney Company will celebrate their 100th anniversary. Disney stated in the announcement that it will be an Expo “unlike any other.” Virtual D23 events will continue to be held through the year. – https://www.micechat.com/271829-breaking-2022-d23-expo-to-celebrate-100th-anniversary-of-the-walt-disney-company/

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DLW 151: Disneyland vs. California

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DLW 157: Former Disneyland Parade Dancer Tim

DLW 156: 1997 Disneyland Ambassador Robyn

This week, the Disney Horses horse around for Halloween, churro toffee recipes, a change to the Disneyland mobile app, some new merch has come to Downtown Disney, a new Imagineering invention, we talk to former Disneyland Ambassador Robyn, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. News: The horses from Disneyland have been enjoying their extended “vacation” at the Circle-D Ranch, but they got into the spirit with their own costumes for Halloween. Horses Chief and Chad were decked with flowers representing traditional carousel horses, Jack dressed as an African okapi, Maximus was dressed as – get ready for this – a baked potato! Val dressed for the upcoming holiday with red, green, and ribbons, Finn dressed as Flynn Rider, and Gracie dressed as a bee! To see all these costumes, make sure to check out the link in our show notes! – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/10/photos-horses-of-circle-d-ranch-at-disneyland-resort-dress-up-for-halloween/ Listeners of the show know that we love the churro toffee from the parks. Pumpkin Spice has come to the popular treat! This version was available at the California Churro Co. cart in Downtown Disney until Halloween. On the white chocolate outside, pumpkin spice and orange colored sugar has been added for this fall treat. We hope that they bring this back in the future! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/29/review-the-limited-time-pumpkin-spiced-toffee-is-available-now-in-downtown-disney/ You might have missed the pumpkin spice churro toffee at the resort, but you can make your own regular churro toffee at home! MiceChat has posted a recipe that is only 5 ingredients, along with a video showing how to do it! Visit the link in the show notes to try it yourself. – https://www.micechat.com/274134-dia-de-los-muertos-treat-copycat-disneyland-churro-toffee-recipe/ The Disneyland Mobile app has added a chat feature, a “Know Before You Go” section, and retired updates through the Disneyland Today Twitter profile. Guests have to be logged into a Disney account to use the chat feature. The Know Before You Go section is split into Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/31/news-cast-member-chat-and-downtown-disney-operational-updates-added-to-disneyland-app/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/10/disneyland-app-adds-chat-feature-know-before-you-go-information-ahead-of-buena-vista-street-reopening/ An interactive talking Groot has come to World of Disney for just $59.99. Groot responds to 20 spoken phrases with sounds, music, and movement. The list of phrases is included with the purchase. Groot can also attach to guest’s shoulders. A seperate bluetooth speaker is also available for $39.99. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/photos-new-interactive-talking-groot-and-bluetooth-speaker-bring-guardians-of-the-galaxy-to-life-at-disneyland-resort/ The Dress Shop in Downtown Disney has a new Sleeping Beauty Castle Snowflake dress for sale. The dress is cream colored and has embroidered snowflake details on the belt and collar, with Sleeping Beauty Castle on the left side of the dress. The dress also features pockets, which is a great addition to any dress. The dress costs $128. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/photos-new-sleeping-beauty-castle-snowflake-dress-by-the-dress-shop-arrives-at-the-disneyland-resort/ Guests visiting Downtown Disney will notice that mobile ordering and queueing has expanded for the shopping district. For waiting for access to the popular stores, guests can now just scan a QR code on a sign to get on the waiting list and no

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DLW 156: 1997 Disneyland Ambassador Robyn

DLW 155: Jungle Cruise Skipper Vedder

This week, presidents of the resorts respond to the new guidelines, annual pass changes could be coming, Buena Vista Street is reopening, we talk to former Jungle Cruise Skipper Vedder, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. Also, this month they are re-launching their Ear of the Month Club. Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/AllEnchantingEars to sign up! News: The California Attractions and Parks Association, an organization that represents amusement parks and attractions througout California, streamed reactions from the big theme park operators last week. Ken Potrock, President of the Disneyland Resort, Kurt Stocks, President of Legoland California, Karen Irwin, President and COO of Universal Studios Hollywood, and Raffi Kaprelyan, Regional Vice President for Cedar Fair, which operates Knott’s Berry Farm were on the stream. Good points were made by each of them, such as local residents might be traveling out of state to go to theme parks since the local ones aren’t open, helping with the COVID-19 spread. Overall, the group of theme park leaders were not happy. – https://www.facebook.com/CaAttractionsandParks/ The Orange County Register reported this week that the Southern California theme parks are considering legal action to gain permission to reopen, or, at the very least, change the guidelines for reopening. The parks at least want to be able to open in tier 3 instead of waiting for tier 4. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/10/21/disneyland-universal-studios-knotts-and-more-considering-legal-action-over-californias-unachievable-reopening-guidelines/ Disneyland sent an email out to annual passholders discussing the reopening guidelines that were announced last week. The email went on to mention that they are not sure what that means for the annual passholder program. They finish saying that they will be in touch soon, when they can share more details. – https://www.micechat.com/273627-disneyland-update-the-nightmare-before-christmas/ Tokyo Disneyland is a huge annual passholder park, much like Disneyland. This week, Tokyo Disneyland has ended their annual passholder program and refunded the balance to passholders. Could this be something that Disneyland will do when it eventually reopens? – https://www.micechat.com/273340-tokyo-disneyland-annual-pass-program-ending-could-it-happen-at-disneyland/ and https://www.micechat.com/273627-disneyland-update-the-nightmare-before-christmas/ Beginning in November, Buena Vista Street will be open for shopping and dining! Disney is considering this as an expansion to Downtown Disney. All of the stores on Buena Vista Street will be open, including Elias & Co., Julius Katz & Sons, Kingswell Camera Shop, and Trolley Treats. The Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, Carthay Circle Lounge, and Smokejumpers Grill will also be open for dining. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/10/more-shopping-more-dining-coming-soon-downtown-disney-district-at-disneyland-resort-extends-to-buena-vista-street/ With the reopening of Buena Vista Street, Cast Members have been called back to work, ending their furlough. However, others got messages from Disney that the furloughs have become layoffs. Over 200 cast members will be retuning to work on Buena Vista Street starting COVID training on November 1st. – https://www.micechat.com/273627-disneyland-update-the-nightmare-before-christmas/ Another Downtown Disney shopping event is happening from October 26th-29th. Reservations are required, but have gone quickly. Products that will be available include the 65th anniversary W

84 minOCT 28
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DLW 155: Jungle Cruise Skipper Vedder

DLW 154: Return to Space Mountain

This week, Disneyland is probably not reopening for “the foreseeable future”, Disney and Anaheim are not happy about that, work is still happening around the parks, centerpieces get shined up, we revisit the history of Space Mountain, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. Also, this month they are re-launching their Ear of the Month Club. Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/AllEnchantingEars to sign up! News: The State of California Health and Human Services hosted an update on COVID-19 in California stream on Tuesday afternoon to talk about theme park reopening guidelines. This was not good news. In a nutshell, small theme parks, which is categorized as being under 15,000 guest capacity can reopen at tier-3, or orange level at 25% capacity or 500 guests, whichever is lower, with only outdoor attractions, and ticket sales limited to the same county the park is located in. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8QJF0uEDO8 For larger theme parks, they can reopen at tier-4, or yellow level with 25% capacity. Both levels of theme parks must utilize a reservation system for obtaining tickets and must screen guests for symptoms in advance. Face coverings are mandatory throughout the parks, unless eating or drinking. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8QJF0uEDO8 Disneyland’s President Ken Potrock went to Twitter to post his reaction to the guidelines, in part “Together with our labor unions we want to get people back to work, but these State guidelines will keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future, forcing thousands more people out of work, leading to the inevitable closure of small family-owned businesses, and irreparably devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community.” – https://twitter.com/DisneyParksNews/status/1318644525565321217?s=20 The Mayor of Anaheim, Harry Sidhu, seems to agree with Disney, saying in part on Twitter: “These guidelines fail working families and small business. As painful as this is, Disney and the city of Anaheim will survive. But too many Anaheim hotels, stores, and restaurants will not survive another year of this.” continuing “The unions of the Disneyland Resort agree and support the reopening of the theme parks in tier 3, not tier 4, which would wipe out jobs in our city and destroy lives.” – https://twitter.com/City_of_Anaheim/status/1318634185989369856?s=20 Disneyland Unions had drafted a letter to the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, asking to be included in the discussions regarding the reopening of Disneyland. Previously, the unions asked to delay the opening for the union members safety, but Disney has made the requested changes, so they now support the reopening. – https://www.micechat.com/273190-breaking-disneyland-unions-call-on-california-to-reopen-disneyland/ Disneyland has come to agreement with most of the unions that represent their Cast Members on layoffs and recall procedures. Union Cast Members will be called back to work based on seniority. Most full-time members will not be let go, but part-time members should be concerned. Layoffs are expected to happen beginning next month. – https://www.micechat.com/273009-disneyland-update-you-arent-going-to-like-this/ We were a little concerned about a protest that was promoted online last week. It was billed as a protest to get the parks open for the good of the Cast Members, but it was also rumored to be organized by a conservative group from out of state that would turn it into more of an attack on Governor Gavin Newsom. Protesters did show up from both groups, with the cast member supporters wearin

69 minOCT 21
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DLW 154: Return to Space Mountain

DLW 153: Our Dream Disney Park

This week, two popular shows have come to an end, Disney Park’s Doctor disagrees with the state, health secret shoppers, a yummy treat has returned, the resort improved health preparedness, we talk about our perfect Dream Disney Park, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. Also, this month they are re-launching their Ear of the Month Club. Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/AllEnchantingEars to sign up! News: Two shows at the Disneyland Resort have ended their run. Frozen: Live at the Hyperion, and Mickey and the Magical Map will not be returning when the parks eventually reopen. As of the recording of the podcast, none of the members of the American Guild of Variety Artists have been laid off, but just notified that the shows have ended thri run. Two hundred and fourteen AGVA members are affected by this news. Mickey and the Magical map debuted in 2013 and Frozen debuted in 2016. – https://www.micechat.com/272572-disneyland-update-dont-count-on-christmas/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/12/two-popular-disneyland-resort-shows-will-reportedly-not-reopen-with-the-parks/ and https://www.ocregister.com/2020/10/12/disneyland-to-layoff-200-actors-as-frozen-live-and-mickey-and-the-magical-map-close-amid-pandemic/ Last week, just after we posted the podcast, Dr. Pamela Hymel posted a response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s comments about following the science in regards to keeping the parks closed for now. Her message stated “We absolutely reject the suggestion that reopening the Disneyland Resort is incompatible with a “health-first” approach. The fact is, that since March we have taken a robust science-based approach to responsibly reopening our parks and resorts across the globe. Our health and safety protocols were developed in consultation with epidemiologists and data scientists, and after considering guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and experts in local government and health agencies. All of our other theme parks both in the United States and around the world have been allowed to open on the strength of our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols.” – https://twitter.com/DisneyParksNews/status/1314023556720648192 Disney CEO Bob Chapek was recently on CNBC and commented on the continued closure of Disneyland. When asked about the negotiations with the state, Chapek replied “It’s not much of a negotiation, it’s pretty much a mandate that we stay closed. You know, I look across our Disney properties whether it be Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Walt Disney World, the Disney bubble for the NBA, and all that I see is that we’ve been able to open up responsibly using the guidelines that healthcare experts have given us. As a result, we’ve been very, very successful at reopening without having issues that would preclude us from staying open. It would seem to me that the guidelines that are set up by the state of California are more stringent than any states across the country. If you look at the history of Disney, and what we’ve been able to do during the reopening rather than arbitrary standards that are set up without regard to what actual fact is, and what we’ve been able to do as a company, I think you might come to a different decision about reopening Disneyland.” – https://blogmickey.com/2020/10/disney-ceo-theres-no-negotiations-with-state-of-california-its-a-mandate-that-we-stay-closed/ Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom sent a team to Walt Disney World to see first hand how the parks were handling being open to the public during the

78 minOCT 14
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DLW 153: Our Dream Disney Park

DLW 152: Author Mike (Wally) Davis

This week, things are moving erradically for the parks reopening, a new shop opens inside of one of the parks, faster security could be coming, cast member layoffs, a celebration of 20 years of pin trading, we talk with Mike Wally Davis about his new book, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and ask about custom dining adventures! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. Also, this month they are re-launching their Ear of the Month Club. Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/AllEnchantingEars to sign up! News: What a week it has been. Since we last recorded, there were rumors of guidelines being released to allow the parks, and other amusement parks throughout the state to open, then they were postponed, then Bob Iger left the task force that was working on the guidelines, then more and more Anaheim area organizations are pressuring the state and Governor Gavin Newson to allow the parks to open. The guidelines that were rumored to be suggested were that “individual theme parks can reopen only once their county reaches the least-restrictive “minimal” risk level, they must operate at 25% of attendance capacity, and limit visitors to residents living within a 120-mile radius of each theme park.” The biggest issue with this was that to get to the minimal risk level would basically mean waiting until the pandemic was over. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/02/news-early-details-of-californias-theme-park-reopening-guidelines-revealed/ and https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2020/10/01/california-attractions-and-parks-association-asks-state-not-to-finalize-reopening-guidelines-until-modifications-are-made/ and https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2020/10/01/bob-iger-leaves-gavin-newsom-economic-recovery-advisory-group/ and https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2020/10/02/california-officials-to-work-with-theme-park-operators-before-issuing-reopening-guidelines/ Guests can now step inside the gates of Disney California Adventure to shop, but it isn’t what it sounds like. Stage 17, which has been home to Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Play It! and recently a Frozen themed area for the holidays, will be open and used as a retail space to help with guest demand for Halloween merchandise. Even though this building is inside DCA, guests will enter through a backstage entrance to the left of the entrance to DCA and head right into the space. The building will house 10,000 square feet of retail space. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/10/fall-is-filled-with-halloween-merchandise-collections-featuring-new-disneyland-resort-backlot-premiere-shop-coming-soon-to-stage-17-in-downtown-disney-district/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/05/news-disneyland-resort-will-open-a-backlot-premiere-shop-in-downtown-disney/ With the amount of guests that have been arriving at Downtown Disney for an escape from reality and their piece of Disney Magic, the security checkpoints have been slow going. Waits of 90 minutes or more just to pass throught the security checkpoints have been reported on the weekends. The resort is testing new contactless metal detectors at the screening areas that hope to speed things up a bit. The system allows guests to walk through the new detectors without the need to remove items from their pockets, open their backpacks, or place anything in a bin. The new scanners can process 10 times more guests, up to 3,600 per hour. The system also uses artificial intelligence to detect weapons on guests as they pass through. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/10/03/disneyland-tests-new-contactless-metal-detectors-to-speed-visitors-through-security-checkpoints/ Jos

91 minOCT 7
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DLW 152: Author Mike (Wally) Davis

DLW 151: Disneyland vs. California

This week, Anaheim wants to reopen, for a second Disneyland was accepting new guests, why no guidelines are worse then delayed guidelines, the D23 Expo has been moved, construction continues, new parking kiosks, we discuss the State of California and Disneyland reopening, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS and get your first year of Touring Plans for FREE! Just mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! All Enchanting Ears is offering 10% off for podcast listeners. Head on over to allenchantingears.com and use DLWEEKLY10 at checkout. News: The “Reopen O.C. Now coalition of Anaheim, Buena Park and Garden Grove city leaders and the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce” released an ad targeted at the Governor of California Gavin Newsom to get him to release the guidelines for reopening theme parks. The ad states that the represented area is hurting since most of the economy is based on travel related to the closed theme parks. They also make the case that all other areas of business have guidelines that allow them to operate, except for theme parks. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/09/25/new-ad-calls-on-governor-newsom-to-reopen-disneyland-and-other-california-theme-parks/ Last week it looked for a brief second as if Disneyland had reopened to guests! Unfortunately, it was just for filming something for the Disney social media team. We are guessing that it is a promotional video on how to enter the park safely once they are allowed to reopen. – https://www.micechat.com/271641-disneyland-update-a-tale-of-wild-extremes/ As many of us that want Disneyland to reopen, we also want it done in a safe, responsible way. As frustrated as Disney is at the State of California not providing guidelines to reopen, they are also not comfortable with the complete abandonment of any guidelines like has recently happened in Florida. The lack of any guidelines, with cases on the rise in Florida will deter guests from traveling to the parks, considering Florida just too unsafe, even if Disney is completely safe. Once California provides guidelines, that will be the happy medium that guests and Disney are the most comfortable with. – https://www.micechat.com/271641-disneyland-update-a-tale-of-wild-extremes/ If you are one of the lucky few who have a Premier Annual Passport, which allows access to all the Disney Parks in the United States for an entire year, this bit of news is for you. Disney is extending the pass expiration date 30 days at a time until Disneyland reopens. Once Disneyland does reopen, a final extension will be added to the pass. Any questions should be directed to the V.I.Passholder support line. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/09/disney-extending-premier-passports-30-days-at-a-time-while-disneyland-resort-remains-closed-full-extension-to-be-made-when-california-parks-reopen/ Disney Internships and College Program partipants can now request complimentary tickets for their participation in the programs in the Spring of 2020. Ticket requests must be made by September 20, 2021. For complete details, please see the link in our show notes. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/09/disney-internships-programs-now-accepting-complimentary-park-ticket-requests-for-spring-2020-participants/ With the continued uncertainty coming in 2021 with the continuation of COVID-19, Disney announced this week that the D23 Expo, originally scheduled for August, 2021, will be rescheduled to September 9th-11th, 2022. At the Expo, details will be revealed on how The Walt Disney Company will celebrate their 100th anniversary. Disney stated in the announcement that it will be an Expo “unlike any other.” Virtual D23 events will continue to be held through the year. – https://www.micechat.com/271829-breaking-2022-d23-expo-to-celebrate-100th-anniversary-of-the-walt-disney-company/

75 minOCT 1
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DLW 151: Disneyland vs. California
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