This week, we discuss Rise of the Resistance opening this week, good ticket deals for 2020, 80’s night details, a lot of new food options, a Disney item auction, we talk about tips for experiencing Rise of the Resistance, and more!

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This Friday, January 17th is the official opening of Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland! We will cover this in more detail later in our discussion topic, but some quick tips: Make sure to download the Disneyland app to get a boarding pass for the attraction, and open the app and join a group as soon as you are through the turnstile. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/01/get-resistance-ready-for-star-wars-rise-of-the-resistance-launching-jan-17-at-disneyland-park/

Disney announced this week that R2-D2 will be a permanent fixture rolling around Batuu at Disneyland. We reported previously that R2 was being tested in the land, and testing must have gone well. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/01/r2-d2-now-gliding-around-star-wars-galaxys-edge-at-disneyland-park/

For guests living in Southern California, or kids anywhere, there are some good ticket deals for 2020. Now through May 18th, Southern California residents can purchase a three day, one park per day ticket for $67 per day, or $201 per ticket. Tickets are limited to 5 per person, per day and are the same for children or adults. For families outside of Southern California, children ages 3-9 can get the same $67 per day, three day, one park per day ticket. Both ticket offers include one Magic Morning. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/01/disneyland-resort-announces-limited-time-offers-for-2020-kids-everywhere-and-southern-california-residents-can-play-for-67-per-person-per-day-with-3-day-1-park-per-day-tickets/

Tickets are still available for 80s night at Disneyland After Dark on January 29th. The party goes from 9pm to 1am, with early park access starting at 6pm. The evening includes specialty food like the Sloppy Joe Burger at Red Rose Tavern, photo opportunities with themes like “Tron,” Mousercise,” “The Little Mermaid,” and more. The Fantasyland Theatre will return to Videopolis with a VJ playing music videos from the 80s. A special fireworks show “Awesome After Dark – Fireworks to the Max” will also premiere. Of course merchandise and more will also be available. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/01/10/totally-rad-food-and-merchandise-details-shared-for-80s-nite-in-disneyland/#more-304548

The Disney Parks Blog has released the Foodie Guide to Lunar New Year 2020 at DCA. Some of the notable or interesting items include a black sesame mochi donut, and a Vietnamese cold brew with coconut milk at Longevity Noodle Company, a Mandarin Orange and Green Tea tart at Lucky 8 Lantern, Shrimp & Ginger Dumplings with Soy Reduction and Sriracha Mayo, and of course Tage’s mention the Purple Yam Macaron with Crème Fraîche at Red Dragon Spice Traders. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/01/08/news-disney-california-adventure-has-just-released-its-2020-lunar-new-year-menus/#more-304072

New details have been announced for the upcoming Food and Wine Festival. The festival will take place February 28 through April 21 over in DCA. Signature events that were announced include-
Winemaker Reception with Skywalker Vineyards at Carthay Circle Restaurant on March 20th
Winemaker Reception with Fess Parker Winery at Carthay Circle Restaurant on March 27th
Winemaker Reception with Silverado Vineyards at Carthay Circle Restaurant on April 10th
Winemaker Dinner with Silver Oak | Twomey at Steakhouse 55 on March 18th
Beverage education and tasting seminars on beer, wine and mixology at Sonoma Terrace and Golden Vine Winery (no dates listed yet)
Something new this year is that select Downtown Disney locations will be getting in on the Food and Wine fun too. The locations will be offering festival-inspired food and beverage options along with their usual menus. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/01/09/ticketed-event-dates-announced-for-the-2020-food-and-wine-festival-in-disney-california-adventure/#more-304252

Potter & Potter Auctions is holding an auction that will feature Disney collectibles gathered from theme parks around the world, with an emphasis on the Haunted Mansion and Adventureland items, theme park props and cast member souvenirs. There are over 750 items, including posters, costumes & uniforms, signage, original drawings, blueprints, animation art, park maps & memorabilia, and much more. The auction takes place on February 8, but prospective buyers may place online and absentee bids in advance of the sale. Check out the link in our show notes to see all the items. – https://auctions.potterauctions.com/Catalog.aspx?auctionid=94

The newest popcorn bucket that has “landed” at the resort is so cool! The new Millennium Falcon popcorn bucket can be filled with popcorn OR fries! To get the bucket filled with fries, guests must order it through mobile ordering at the Galactic Grill. Not only does it look cool and hold a couple of different food options, the engines also light up! The bucket is one of the largest offered to date. Guests can pick one up today for $24.99 while supplies last at Galactic Grill or popcorn stands in Tomorrowland. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/01/08/youve-gotta-see-disneys-massive-millennium-falcon-fry-filled-popcorn-bucket/

In a move that should surprise nobody, there is another new churro flavor! This time it is the new Fluffernutter churro! This new treat is available at Willie’s Churros on Buena Vista Boulevard and is a classic churro covered in a peanut butter drizzle, marshmallow drizzle, and chocolate chips! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/01/13/oh-happy-day-theres-a-new-churro-covered-in-peanut-butter-and-marshmallows-at-disneyland-resort/

For those of you that like Pop Tarts, there is a new item at the Jolly Holiday Bakery on Main Street. The Strawberry Hand Pie (apparently that is what they are called) has a flaky, soft crust and filled with strawberry, covered in purple icing, themed sugar sprinkles, and white chocolate snowflakes. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/01/12/review-get-a-look-at-the-ah-mazing-wintery-strawberry-hand-pie-in-disneyland/

A treat from last Summer has returned to the resort this season. The sour cherry beignets are available at the Mint Julep bar for $5.49 for 3, or 6 for $8.99. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/01/10/pucker-up-sour-cherry-beignets-are-back-in-disneyland/

Award Wieners in DCA also has a new treat! The Asada Fries are the thick cut filmstrip fries covered in marinated Carne Asada, cheddar cheese, cilantro, onions, guacamole, and salsa de arbol. Basically they are nachos with fries instead of chips! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/01/09/and-the-award-goes-to-the-new-asada-fries-at-disney-california-adventure/

Continuing the rollout of buttons available to annual passholders for mobile ordering, Docking Bay 7, Ronto Roasters, and the Milk Stand in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in the lineup. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/01/photos-new-docking-bay-7-ronto-roasters-and-milk-stand-collectible-mobile-order-buttons-rolled-out-for-annual-passholders-at-disneyland-resort/

We wanted to remind listeners that “it’s a small world” is closed this week and reopens on January 17th, the Mark Twain is closed until January 31st, Snow White’s Scary Adventure is closed with no reopening date as of yet, the Haunted Mansion goes down on January 21st until sometime later in the Spring, and finally King Arthur Carrousel is closed starting January 21st with no reopening date. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/01/13/check-out-which-classic-disneyland-attraction-has-closed-temporarily/#more-305198