This week, we discuss Project Stardust coming to an end, the icy peaks are repaired, more extra hours for passholders, new adult beverages at Trader Sam’s, holiday filming at Disneyland, new discounts, the Partners Statue, and more!

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After long last, most of the entrance to Tomorrowland is free and clear of the “french fry” rocks that were installed with the last refurbishment to the land, back in 1998. The crowd flow is greatly improved when the park is busier, such as around the parade and fireworks. There is still some work to be done on with some of the planters and a utility building that is still behind walls, but overall, a much needed improvement. – https://www.micechat.com/242575-tomorrowland-new-entry-revealed-theater-troubles-synergy-strikes/

It is possible that by the time you listen to this that both sides of the Matterhorn might be open! Rock work was being completed last week on the section that came apart back in August, causing one side of the attraction to be down ever since. – https://www.micechat.com/242575-tomorrowland-new-entry-revealed-theater-troubles-synergy-strikes/

Next Year, after 24 years of operation, the Indiana Jones Adventure will go down for it’s first major refurbishment. Permits filed with the city of Anaheim state that work will include steel work to replace the centerpiece of the attraction, the bridge. Other details, such as dates and other work to be completed has not been announced. The attraction celebrates it’s 25th anniversary in 2020. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/11/13/news-another-headliner-disneyland-attraction-scheduled-for-refurbishment-in-2020-details-here/

Beginning January 6th, the Carthay Circle Restaurant will be unavailable for dining as it undergoes a renovation. The renovation is scheduled to be completed by January 31st. Disney has not shared any details of what will be changing, if anything, or if it is just to freshen up the location. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/11/15/news-carthay-circle-restaurant-is-starting-2020-off-with-a-refurbishment-in-disney-california-adventure/

Annual Passholders will get an extra hour to experience one of the most popular attractions this time of year. From December 9th to December 11th, the Haunted Mansion Holiday will be open for an additional hour for passholders to enjoy. A valid annual pass and photo ID will be required to utilize this extra time in Jack’s version of Christmas. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/11/16/whats-this-annual-passholders-can-ride-the-haunted-mansion-holiday-after-hours-in-disneyland/

A holiday tradition has returned to the Grand Californian lobby this season. The massive gingerbread house features Chip and Dale this year. If this large display inspires you, there is also a build your own gingerbread experience available for $70 per person and includes all the things needed to build your own holiday gingerbread treat. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/11/15/the-grand-californian-gingerbread-house-at-disneyland-resort-is-here/

Three new alcoholic beverages are available at Trader Sam’s this holiday season. The first beverage, called “Jingle all the Way”, and contains Fernet Branca, Kahlua, lime juice, pineapple juice, and coconut cream. “Peppermint Barks” is a mix of El Dorado 8-Year Rum, Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps, ginger syrup, lemon juice, Coco Real cream of coconut, and pomegranate juice, and is topped with mint leaves and a candy cane garnish. Finally, “Gin-ger Snaps” contains Hendrick’s Gin, Canton Ginger Liqueur, lemon juice, ginger syrup, and cinnamon syrup shaken and topped with cinnamon and a candied ginger garnish. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/11/16/review-trader-sams-is-pouring-three-new-holiday-drinks-in-disneyland/

The resort has had major success with the famous Churro Toffee, so how could they make it better? They created a Churro Marshmallow Wand that is marshmallows, dipped in white chocolate and caramel, then covered in churro toffee crumbles. This is sure to be a big hit around the resort, as we have seen so many people enjoy the churro toffee online. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/11/11/check-out-the-holiday-treat-thats-driving-disneyland-crazy-right-now/

The Walt Disney Archives will have a major exhibit at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana from March 7th through August 30th. More than 400 objects will be on display for the exhibit, called “Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic.” D23 members and Bowers Museum members will get early access to the exhibit. Walt Disney’s office set used in the film Saving Mr.Banks, production models from Peter Pan and Frozen, and costumes are just some of the items featured. – https://www.ocregister.com/2019/11/15/go-inside-the-disney-archives-in-exhibit-coming-to-the-bowers-museum-in-santa-ana/

Auction coming on December 7th. – https://www.ocregister.com/2019/11/15/10-most-expensive-disneyland-items-in-an-auction-featuring-1500-theme-park-collectibles/

Disneyland has been a flutter of activity recently as crews have been on hand to record segments for two upcoming TV specials. On November 28th, segements that were filmed will air on “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” and some other segments on Christmas Day for the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade.” The Christmas Fantasy Parade, fireworks, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge were filmed for these specials. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/11/15/frozen-2-costume-reveals-and-otherworldly-surprises-during-disneylands-holiday-special-taping/#more-288671

Military members and their families can take advantage of some great rates for the 2020 year at the resort. Most nights from January 1st through December 17, 2020 are included. For rates and to book this deal, check out the link in our show notes. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/11/14/new-military-discount-offer-makes-now-the-perfect-time-to-book-a-2020-trip-to-disneyland/

Since we have been talking so much about the Fuel Rods at the parks, we thought it was a good idea to pass along that there is a new swap location in the Five and Dime in Disney California Adventure. – https://www.micechat.com/242345-disneyland-update-treehouse-troubles-christmas-crush-cast-member-cheap-out/

If you have access to Apple Music, you can get the soundtrack to the Festival of the Holidays playlist! The easiest way to find it is to launch the Play Disney Parks app and tap on the link, or you can search for “Festival of the Holiday’s” in Apple Music. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/11/15/hear-those-sleigh-bells-jingling-with-the-festival-of-holidays-playlist-in-disneyland/#more-288822

The Disneyland Annual Passholder Twitter account teased an update coming to the Play Disney Parks app for the Indiana Jones Adventure! The app will give guests access to games and puzzles while waiting to explore the temple of the forbidden eye. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/11/17/indy-might-hate-snakes-but-youll-love-the-new-play-disney-parks-game-in-disneyland/

If Disney won’t add some live entertainment to Galaxy’s Edge, the guests will! On November 17th guests gathered in the land to celebrate “Life Day.” Life Day was introduced to the Star Wars Universe with the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978. Carols, a procession, plenty of guests in costumes, and more made up the celebration. – https://www.micechat.com/242866-disneyland-update-holiday-presto-chango-everything-new-is-old-again/

Discussion Topic:

The Partners Statue

https://www.mouseplanet.com/9766/The_History_of_the_Partners_Statue_Part_One

https://www.mouseplanet.com/9773/The_History_of_the_Partners_Statue_Part_Two

https://d23.com/a-to-z/partners/

https://d23.com/walt-disney-legend/blaine-gibson/