Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Coming Soon: A Touch of Disney






Two weeks ago we let you all know that "something" was coming to California Adventure, along the lines of a food festival, and now we're here with the details! Starting March 18 (Thursdays through Sundays), California Adventure will open further for food, drinks, photo ops, shopping, and even some surprise character appearances. 

Tickets will be $75 (yikes, I know), including:
  • Parking at Mickey and Friends (the tram WILL NOT be running, so bring your walking shoes)
  • Admission to previously closed areas of the park for shopping, photos, and food that will remain closed to those who are visiting without tickets
  • Unlimited Photo Pass downloads
  • $25 towards your food and beverage (non-alcoholic) purchases 
  • Dining opportunities at Lamplight Lounge and Carthay Circle (reservations open March 11, but don't necessarily mean you'll get tickets for that day, so be careful and be flexible)

Photo Credit: Disney



Let's talk about the food!!! A Touch of Disney will offer foods we love from all over the parks, including Dole Whip (hooray!) and even the Blue Bayou's Monte Cristo sandwich. Don't worry that you'll be too full after your Monte Cristo, many of the usually larger offerings will be served "snack size" so you can sample everything. A full food guide will be released soon, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page.

How do you get tickets?? Tickets for March 18 - April 5 will go on sale starting March 4! No word on an end date, if there will even be one, but we do know that they'll release more dates on a rolling schedule. Be sure to get your tickets online at Disneyland.com because they *won't* be available at the ticket booths at the park. 

This is coming up soon, so keep checking back in as we'll be sharing more information and details as they become available.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Jungle Cruise Next Attraction for Update and Changes



 

Disneyland sure is wasting no time while they're closed. It was just announced today that The Jungle Cruise, an original opening day attraction, will be the next to undergo a large refurb and update. There have been updates and changes before (let's not forget that the skippers didn't even tell jokes in the original version of the ride), but this is going to be a big one with new story elements and two new scenes.

The Jungle Cruise Skippers themselves will now be a part of the entire story, as your cruise finds evidence of another cruise that has gone awry. You'll find the Skipper and passengers as new animatronics along the way, as well as evidence of what happened to their boat (spoiler alert from the picture at the beginning of this post, it looks like chimps have taken over!). 

What I love most about this change is that one of the Imagineers leading this attraction enhancement is a former Jungle Cruise skipper himself. Watch his video below, his love for the classic ride really shows and makes me feel like we're in good hands! And I don't know about all of you, but I am VERY excited for the new, wonderful, terrible, slightly funny, slightly groan-worthy jokes that will come along with this change.

We don't have a great idea yet of what current scenes on the ride will be removed to make way for the updates. Obviously, the rhino scene is just being changed. I'm wondering if the Jeep scene will be changed to the new boat scene since its the same basic idea, or if they'll choose to replace some other, maybe outdated, spots that could use a little love. Either way, I can't wait to see what they'll do! Bring on the fresh ideas while keeping the classic ideas we love!

The refurb will be happening in Walt Disney World as well. No word yet how long the ride will have to be closed there while they install the update.