This week, Disneyland celebrates 65 years, what they did to celebrate, some neat historic artifacts, a chance to get some D23 exclusive merch, more recipes released, a huge Disneyland auction, attendace numbers from 2019, we discuss our favorite merchandise, and more!

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Last week was Disneyland’s 65th Anniversary, but with the parks closed, there wasn’t a good way to celebrate so the Disney Parks Blog had a virtual celebration. This included a “Test your Disneyland” knowledge test on the blog, which we will have linked in the show notes. It is a good selection of easy to hard questions. (Tage got a 8/8). – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/07/quiz-test-your-disneyland-knowledge-65th-anniversary-edition/

shopDisney is celebrating the 65th anniversary of Disneyland with some merchandise for the event. Items include a Mickey 65th plush, a Mickey and Minnie Loungefly backpack, t-shirts, spirit jerseys, and more. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/shop-disneyland-65th-anniversary-merchandise-arrives-on-shopdisney/

Walt Disney World News Today shared some documents to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Disneyland this week. Documents include “Adventure in Disneyland”, which was released before Disneyland opened, to a “Disneyland Holiday” magazine with legends like Jack Lindquist and Marty Sklar. If you love Disneyland history, these documents are worth a look. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/celebrate-disneyland-through-the-decades-with-these-vintage-park-documents/

If you are a D23, or D23 Gold Member, there were some events that included some pins. Since these events were cancelled, the pins are now available on shopDisney for D23 members. To purchase the sets, you must be logged into shopDisney with the email address of the account that is linked to your D23 account. Pin sets include the “A Goofy Movie” 25th anniversary set, and the “D23 Fantastic Worlds” set. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/shop-d23-gold-gold-family-member-exclusive-pins-from-cancelled-and-postponed-events-now-available-on-shopdisney/

More historical artifacts from the resort will be on sale in yet another Van Eaton Galleries auction! On August 15th and 16th, “Disneyland: The First 65 Years” auction will take place, offering up items such as attraction posters, a Disneyland Main Street mailbox, and more. If a buy it now strategy is more your style, there are also dozens of items on their “Buy it now” section, with items as low as $25! (Quite a bit of HM stuff on 184-205) (ALSO: Check out the second link for the most expensive items) – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/photos-van-eaton-galleries-to-offer-disneyland-the-first-65-years-online-auction-featuring-rare-props-costumes-attraction-posters-and-more-on-august-15-16/ and https://www.ocregister.com/2020/07/21/10-most-expensive-disneyland-items-in-auction-featuring-1100-theme-park-collectibles/

For Weeklyteeers who love the fried pickles at Disneyland, they can now be tried at home! DisneyMagicMoments has released the recipe from the Carnation Cafe on Main Street. The recipe even includes the instructions for the zesty dipping sauce that is served with it. Ava, a 13 year old daughter of a Disney photographer, even made a video showing the steps. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/07/disneymagicmoments-cooking-up-the-magic-recipe-for-fried-pickles-from-carnation-cafe-at-disneyland-park-need-we-say-more/

Fans of the “World Famous Jungle Cruise” can pick up a new addition for their kitchens. The Jungle Cruise cookie jar is now avaiable and features a Jungle Cruise skipper in a caracature-style design inside of a Jungle Cruise boat that makes up the jar itself. This fun item can be purchased for $55 at Disney Home in Downtown Disney. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/07/16/disneys-new-jungle-cruise-cookie-jar-will-make-your-kitchen-the-eighth-wonder-of-the-world/

Coming from a Galaxy Far, Far away to your local Target on August 30th is some exclusive Galaxy’s Edge merch! Some of the items that you can pick up include Pop! Vinyl figures like R5, a vintage collection Millennium Falcon based on Galaxy’s Edge, Black Series action figures, a Black Series DJ-R3X, the Lego I-TS Transport ship and more. Pre-orders are open for these items, so head to the link in our show notes to get yours today! – https://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-galaxys-edge-target

More detailed blueprints for the new 12-story DVC tower coming to the Disneyland Hotel were released this week. The new concept art and blueprints give a glimpse into the layout of the area, and design of some of the guest areas, like the new Mickey “Ink and Paint” pool and interactive water feature. The lobby will be two stories tall and feature an open-air floor plan. The new tower is expected to take 4 years to complete, with opening as soon as 2023. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/new-artwork-and-blueprints-released-for-upcoming-12-story-disney-vacation-club-tower-at-disneyland-hotel-including-first-look-at-mickey-ink-paint-interactive-water-feature/

The Themed Entertainment Association released theme park attendance estimates for 2019 and it showed that theme park attendance at Disneyland and Walt Disney World is flat, despite the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The TEA doesn’t think that this is anything to be worried about as Disney shifts to providing a better experience to the guests attending and increasing their spending. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/disney-parks-attendance-flat-in-newly-released-2019-tea-aecom-theme-index/

When Disneyland does reopen and the Cast Members are welcomed back to the parks, the backstage areas will be 100% smoke-free. Smoking was removed from the guest sections of the parks last May, but this backstage removal is to help maintain social distancing in the sometimes cramped areas of backstage. Disney has also provided resources for Cast Members to stop smoking, if needed. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/disneyland-resort-announces-fully-smoke-free-backstage-areas-for-cast-members-ahead-of-reopening/

With the opening of Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando, Florida, Disney has been able to see what works and what doesn’t in the parks in terms of safety measures required of guests. Some guests were finding loop holes in the policies, like walking around eating and drinking so they wouldn’t have to wear a mask, since that is allowed. They have closed that loop hole and now guests must eat and drink in place, while being socially distant. They have also tightened the types of masks that they accept. No bandanas or neck gaiters are allowed. PhotoPass photos taken with guests not wearing a mask are not available. – https://www.micechat.com/264693-disneyland-update-its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-progress/

All active Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders who have paid for their Passports in full will automatically have their Passport expiration date extended due to theme park closures to provide additional access opportunities at the end of the Passport term. The new expiration date will be reflected on the Annual Passholder’s Passport account prior to the reopening of the theme parks. As an alternative, and in lieu of an extension of their Passports, Passholders who have paid in full may choose to receive a partial refund for the theme park closure period. To request this alternative option, we ask that you contact Annual Passport Member Services at (714) 781-4567. We do anticipate heavy call volume and appreciate your patience as we answer all inquiries. Your Annual Passport should show a new date once the extension period has been determined. Please keep checking our updates as we will have more information to share soon.

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