Monday, April 18, 2022

Don't Get Fooled: Rumors are Everywhere!



 


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The Disneyland rumor mill is going crazy right now, and I'm NOT here for it! Let's separate the actual facts from the entirely made up "facts" that have been going around the internet like crazy today. 

Don't know what I'm talking about? 

I'll fill you in! Headlines from Disney bloggers are everywhere today saying that Tarzan's Treehouse is getting rethemed as Encanto. I've seen it from at least 5 sources today. Want to know who isn't one of those sources? Disney! A certain source who shall remain nameless for the moment (I may change my mind by the time I finish writing this) came out and said that Tarzan's Treehouse should be rethemed during it's closure, and then took a poll of its readers asking what the new theme should be. The readers overwhelmingly chose Encanto. The problem is that their overly sensationalized, click-bait headline made that retheme sound like a definite instead of speculation. 

What We Actually Know

Tarzan's Treehouse has been closed for refurbishment and, as part of the traffic flow improvement project all through Adventureland/New Orleans Square, the entrance is going to be redone (more like the attraction's original version) so that it's no longer way out in the already crowded walkway. 

That's literally it...

What We DON'T Know

Everything else!!

Is Tarzan being rethemed? I mean, Disney hasn't announced that, and they do tend to announce these things to build hype. They don't normally close a ride and retheme it in secret halfway through the closure. 

Should Tarzan be rethemed? If they came up with something that made sense, I guess so? But it would have to be with something that makes sense, and I don't think any of the current popular movies make any sense as a treehouse. 

Don't Get Fooled

It can be super fun to speculate about what's coming next from our favorite place. But when there's a huge announcement, check if the new info actually comes from Disney or if it's just from a source who likes to pretend they're in the room where it happens. 

Rant over, thank's for listening. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Nighttime Magic Returning to Disneyland!





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When I was (finally!) back at Disneyland last week, I was so excited to see Mickey's Mix Magic. Against my own judgements when that show was originally announced, I absolutely love it. But you know what Disneyland and California Adventure are missing? MORE NIGHTTIME ENTERTAINMENT! If you agree with me, you're in luck! There's a lot coming your way. 

Main Street Electrical Parade - Returning April 22

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I'm going to say it - I'm much rather see Paint the Night return. *But* with that being said, it's the MSEP's 50th anniversary and that is definitely something to celebrate! Along with the classic floats you know and love, we'll get a new grand finale float! It sounds like it's going to be an absolutely massive float with "characters and moments from more than a dozen beloved Disney and Pixar stories." We'll see newer hits like Encanto and Raya and the Last Dragon, along with classics like Mulan and the Jungle Book. Check out the image at the top of this post for an idea of what's in store for us.

World of Color - Returning April 22

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DCA fans rejoice! World of Color is FINALLY coming back on April 22. It's been too long!

Disneyland Forever - Returning April 22

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You know how I was just saying how much fun Mickey's Mix Magic is? Well, big shock, I love Disneyland Forever too!!! I love a show that actually celebrates Disneyland itself. Beginning April 22 until "late Spring" Disneyland Forever fireworks show will run Fridays-Sundays, with Mickey's Mix Magic as a projection only show Mondays-Thursdays. Best of both worlds? After that Mickey's Mix Magic will take a break and Disneyland Forever will run nightly during the summer. We'll have to wait and see what's in store for us in the Fall.


Fantasmic - Returning May 28


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Ok, Fantasmic fans...you'll have to wait just a little bit longer for this one. Fantasmic will be back May 28, hopefully giving Disney enough time to finish the enormous project they've been working on in New Orleans Square to give us all a little more breathing room when trying to get through that land, especially at night.

THE FOOD!!!!

Let's get to the good part.

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Fantasia Ice Cream is returning to the Gibson Girl for the Main Street Electrical Parade's anniversary. For those who don't know, it's banana, cherry and pistachio ice cream - super weird but super delicious!

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And who wants MSEP float popcorn buckets? Turtle AND Elliot will be available. 

There will also be full dining packages with food and reserved seating for World of Color and the Main Street Electrical Parade. Check out full details here.


Thursday, February 17, 2022

Toontown Closure Update: What We Know



 

We found out back in November that Toontown is slated for some big changes. Aside from some cool concept art, it was hard to tell what stays and what goes. 


But we've just got official word! Check it out:

Going or, according to Disney, being "reimagined in new and exciting ways":

  • Gadget's Go Coaster - This is a total bummer because it's a great way to ease smaller kids onto the big rides and see what they're ready for. Also, as someone who grew up with the Disney Afternoon, it's fun to see something so specifically from my childhood still hanging on in the parks. However, even with the new Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers movie coming out in May, there are not a ton of people who know who Gadget is or understand the theming. So I get it.
  • Goofy's House - I hold a special place in my heart for Goofy's House. My kids LOVED taking a little time out to play there when they were small so it'll hold a special place in my heart. But looking at the new park-like ideas for that area (keep reading for more info!), I think it's great that there will still be a nice space for littles to take a break and play.
  • Donald's Boat - I don't have too much to say about that one. Donald's Boat always felt like a missed opportunity to do...anything, really. I can see what looks like Donald's Boat in the concept art, so maybe they just have a better idea of how to execute it.


Staying:

  • Mickey's House - My favorite! I'd rather wait in line at Mickey's house and get to walk through all of its adorableness than stand in the sun on Main Street and maybe see him before he has to take a break. So glad it's staying!
  • Minnie's House - The best alternative to Mickey's House if the line is more than an hour. Minnie's is always a shorter wait. 
  • Roger Rabbit - Considering they just gave it an update, I would have been shocked if this wasn't staying! Speaking of the update, I can't believe there was so much press and "anger" over the changes to Jessica Rabbit. They're hardly even noticeable! It's weird making her a detective since the rest of the ride stays so close to the original movie. But it's an absolutely tiny change, once you're actually there looking at it.
What's new: 
  • Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway - Who's excited to see a ride starring Mickey and Minnie themselves?? It's counterpart at Walt Disney World is already open, so if you want a sneak peak there are tons of ride throughs on YouTube. It looks adorable! 
  • CenTOONial Park - This is going to be (what seems like) a very large playable space for young kids with an interactive fountain, climbable tree roots, and a large grassy area perfect for taking a break. 
Toontown has already been under very visible construction for a couple of months now, but will officially close down March 9, reopening early next year. What are you most excited for?

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

For Better or Worse, Genie+ is Here



 



Whether we like it or not, Genie and Genie+ started TODAY at the Disneyland Resort. Let's dive in and break down all the info that we have so far. 

Let's start with the easy part: Disney Genie (the free part!). To start, always make sure your Disneyland app is up to date (the same app we've all been using for a while, nothing new here) and that it can use your location.  Basically what it'll do is help you make an itinerary for your day. It can track your must-do attractions to see when the wait times will be the shortest, it can let you know when a character you're most wanting to meet is available, and it can keep your dining reservations in mind so it doesn't tell you the best time to ride Space Mountain is right when you're supposed to be having your amazing Blue Bayou dinner. I can see this being helpful if there are certain things you want to make sure you can do but don't want to plan it all out yourself. 

**If you're a Disneyland expert and would rather not schedule your day so much, you can just ignore this whole thing and pretend it never happened!** This is totally optional and just here to help you out if you think it's useful. I think it's worth a try.

Ok, now for the part no one wants to talk about...Genie+ (aka: the paid version of what we used to get for free). Genie+ is $20 per day, per person and is basically a paid FastPass service. It allows you to schedule a time to use the new "Lightning Lane" on many attractions at both Disneyland and DCA. 

**NOTE** You can use the Lightning Lane once per day for each attraction!!! That means, for example, if you want to ride Indiana Jones twice in one day, you're going to be waiting Stand-by one of those times! This is very different from how it was with FastPass where you could do what you wanted as long as you only held one FastPass at a time. 

On the upside, you get unlimited PhotoPass downloads and there are supposed to be some pretty cool audio experiences throughout the parks that give you special behind the scenes info. I'm not sure if that's worth $20/day/person, but at least its another perk. 

WEB Slingers and Rise of the Resistance are NOT INCLUDED with the regular Genie+!! If you want to use the Lightning Lane for these rides, there is an "a la carte" style piece to the Genie+ system which are the Individual Selections. This is a separate purchase that will vary in price date, availability, and even between the two attractions themselves. 

How to buy and when to try! You can purchase Genie+ while you're getting your tickets, or you can buy it and add it to your existing tickets at any time. So here's where that might be good. Let's say you're going on a 4 day trip. You can spend your first day without Genie+, decide you want to give it a try and buy it for the next day, decide it wasn't worth it and not use it for your last two days! I do like that flexibility. Maybe use it on a day when you want to hit all your big rides and buy your ride photos. Then it could be worth it for you! But maybe you don't need it the entire time. 

My Personal Opinion: This is obviously infuriating. They're taking a free service, and making it a worse paid service. Making the two newest and most popular rides not even included is a ridiculous cash grab, although I guess you could just purchase WEB Slingers if you don't care about Lightning Lane for anything else, but unless its incredibly cheap (lol) it would be much more worth it to just buy the entire Genie+. I could see trying it out for a very fast trip where I'd worry I can't get in all the rides I want to do, or, like we mentioned before, as one day out of a longer trip. But I'm not planning on giving it a try any time soon. How about you?

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Mobile Checkout Expanded at Disneyland!



 




Have you ever gone into the Emporium on Main Street, taken one look at the lines, and walked straight out? It can't be just me. Well, don't worry too much about lines any more - mobile checkout is here! It's been tested off and on at different locations since last year, but it's being expanded and is now/will soon be available at the following Disneyland Resort locations:


Disneyland Park:

  • Disneyland Clothiers
  • Plaza Point
  • China Closet
  • Emporium
  • Pioneer Mercantile and Bonanza Outfitters
  • Star Trader
California Adventure:
  • Elias & Co
  • WEB Suppliers
  • Knick's Knacks
Downtown Disney:
  • World of Disney

Want to know how it works? It sounds pretty simple. Just log in to the Disneyland app where you can scan all of your merch. You'll be given a QR code that you show a Cast Member at a designated exit and you're all set.

Wondering about discounts?? If you're a Magic Key holder or a Disney Vacation Club member, you can apply your discount right there from your phone as long as your membership is linked to your Disneyland app account. If you're a Disney Visa Card holder, you should still go to a regular register in the stores to receive your discount. 

Who's going to go do some shopping and test it out for us???

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Food for the Holidays: California Adventure 2021



 

Last week we looked at the amazing food offerings Disneyland Park has for us this holiday season. Today we're looking at what California Adventure has on the menu! Like last time, we'll split up all of the tasty treats into three categories: food, desserts, and drinks.

Food

Let's start off at Boudin Bread Cart and the Pacific Wharf Cafe for the Snowman shaped Sourdough Bread!



If you're lucky enough to make it to the Lamplight Lounge, try the Stout-braised Winter Short Ribs.


The Pastrami Reuben at Award Weiner definitely has my name on it! (ok, maybe hold the enormous pickle).



Smokejumpers Grill has a Cranberry Turkey Burger that looks like Thanksgiving on a bun! 

Desserts

The Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Sundae at Clarabelle's is too cute for words. Covered in crushed peppermint AND Mickey shaped? Yes please. 


The Cozy Cone Motel (cone #1) has a super cute Chocolate Cherry Churro. (Say that five times fast!)


While we're on the topic of adorably fun churros, Goofy's Churro Cart has a Dusted Gingerbread Churro with cute red and green candies on top. 


Schmoozies has a Holiday Affogado with peppermint ice cream. 

Photo from Disney Food Blog

Drinks

The Hollywood Lounge has this Blue Lemonade Fizz that looks like so much fun!


Lamplight Lounge has the always festive Holiday Martini. 


The Peppermint Shake at Schmoozies looks like a Santa Mickey!


Smokejumpers has an Apple Whiskey Cocktail that would pair perfectly with that Turkey Burger we talked about earlier. 


What looks good?

Now that you've had a chance to go through some of the best offerings, what looks good to you? What's on your must have list?

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Food for the Holidays: Disneyland Park 2021



 

Its time for another Disneyland food guide!!! With the holiday season officially starting at Disneyland on November 12, its time to take a look at the delicious goodies Disney has in store for us. There are actually SO MANY new items on the menus that we need to split this up by park. So today we've got Disneyland, stay tuned for California Adventure!

Don't forget to make sure you have the latest version of the Disneyland App so you can mobile order your food and avoid some lines. 

This is all available throughout the holiday season, ending January 9. 

Food

Head to the Carnation Cafe for this amazing Herb Roasted Pork Sandwich.


Pizza Planet has a Chicken Parm Pizza with a sundried tomato drizzle. (I'm not a big fan of the pizza there but this has me willing to give it another try!)


If you're at the French Market, try the Smothered Beef with Mashed Potatoes. (Forget the fact that I just ate lunch... now I'm hungry!)


The Harbor Galley (reopening soon!!) has a Seafood Broil for Two, complete with shrimp, potatoes, and andouille sausage. 



Don't forget about the Spicy BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger at the Hungry Bear topped with jalapenos and an onion ring!


And if you're feeling festive, check out the Holiday Sandwich at the Jolly Holiday (turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.



The Stage Door Cafe has a Country Ham Cubano that looks incredible!



DINING PACKAGE ALERT!! There will be a dining package for the Christmas Fantasy Parade. New York Strip Loin, Mac and Cheese, Roasted Veggies, and Chocolate Bread Pudding are on the menu at the Plaza Inn, then stay for "prime viewing" of the parade. Details on how to purchase coming soon!



Desserts

Cafe Orleans has this amazing Hot Cocoa Creme Brulee!


Seasonal Churros are everywhere! Check the Castle churro cart for the Chocolate Cinnamon Churro, Critter Country has the Groom Churro to go along perfectly with the Bride Churro in New Orleans Square. Tomorrowland has a Pink Coconut Churro, and Town Square has a Holiday Cookie Churro. So many options!!!


Head to the Gibson Girl if you're in the mood for a Peppermint Holiday Sundae. 



A Churro Funnel Cake A La Mode is available at the Golden Horseshoe. 


Need more funnel cakes?? The Hungry Bear has a Pumpkin Cheesecake Funnel Cake. 


The Jolly Holiday Bakery comes in again with the most festive item: the Holiday Brownie topped with which chocolate mousse, sprinkles and festive decorations.


Peppermint Beignets are returning to the Mint Julep Bar!


For all the Grey Stuff fans: the Red Rose Taverne has the Holiday Grey Stuff shaped as a Christmas tree.


If you're over at the Stage Door Cafe, be sure to try the Hummingbird Cake!



Drinks

There's a fun Peppermint Mocha Frappe at the Galactic Grill.



Rancho Del Zocalo has Horchata!!




Ok, now that you've seen these new seasonal offerings, chime in! What looks best to you?