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DLW 156: 1997 Disneyland Ambassador Robyn

This week, the Disney Horses horse around for Halloween, churro toffee recipes, a change to the Disneyland mobile app, some new merch has come to Downtown Disney, a new Imagineering invention, we talk to former Disneyland Ambassador Robyn, and more!

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The horses from Disneyland have been enjoying their extended “vacation” at the Circle-D Ranch, but they got into the spirit with their own costumes for Halloween. Horses Chief and Chad were decked with flowers representing traditional carousel horses, Jack dressed as an African okapi, Maximus was dressed as – get ready for this – a baked potato! Val dressed for the upcoming holiday with red, green, and ribbons, Finn dressed as Flynn Rider, and Gracie dressed as a bee! To see all these costumes, make sure to check out the link in our show notes! – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/10/photos-horses-of-circle-d-ranch-at-disneyland-resort-dress-up-for-halloween/

Listeners of the show know that we love the churro toffee from the parks. Pumpkin Spice has come to the popular treat! This version was available at the California Churro Co. cart in Downtown Disney until Halloween. On the white chocolate outside, pumpkin spice and orange colored sugar has been added for this fall treat. We hope that they bring this back in the future! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/29/review-the-limited-time-pumpkin-spiced-toffee-is-available-now-in-downtown-disney/

You might have missed the pumpkin spice churro toffee at the resort, but you can make your own regular churro toffee at home! MiceChat has posted a recipe that is only 5 ingredients, along with a video showing how to do it! Visit the link in the show notes to try it yourself. – https://www.micechat.com/274134-dia-de-los-muertos-treat-copycat-disneyland-churro-toffee-recipe/

The Disneyland Mobile app has added a chat feature, a “Know Before You Go” section, and retired updates through the Disneyland Today Twitter profile. Guests have to be logged into a Disney account to use the chat feature. The Know Before You Go section is split into Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/31/news-cast-member-chat-and-downtown-disney-operational-updates-added-to-disneyland-app/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/10/disneyland-app-adds-chat-feature-know-before-you-go-information-ahead-of-buena-vista-street-reopening/

An interactive talking Groot has come to World of Disney for just $59.99. Groot responds to 20 spoken phrases with sounds, music, and movement. The list of phrases is included with the purchase. Groot can also attach to guest’s shoulders. A seperate bluetooth speaker is also available for $39.99. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/photos-new-interactive-talking-groot-and-bluetooth-speaker-bring-guardians-of-the-galaxy-to-life-at-disneyland-resort/

The Dress Shop in Downtown Disney has a new Sleeping Beauty Castle Snowflake dress for sale. The dress is cream colored and has embroidered snowflake details on the belt and collar, with Sleeping Beauty Castle on the left side of the dress. The dress also features pockets, which is a great addition to any dress. The dress costs $128. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/photos-new-sleeping-beauty-castle-snowflake-dress-by-the-dress-shop-arrives-at-the-disneyland-resort/

Guests visiting Downtown Disney will notice that mobile ordering and queueing has expanded for the shopping district. For waiting for access to the popular stores, guests can now just scan a QR code on a sign to get on the waiting list and not have to talk directly with a cast member. Third party dining establishments have added mobile ordering through scanning a QR code and placing an order. – https://www.micechat.com/274153-disneyland-update-closures-christmas-reopening/

Some new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge merchandise has come to the the Trading Post in Downtown Disney. A new Annual Passholder t-shirt for $36.99, and an Oga’s Cantina Coasters t-shirt for $36.99. Along with Star Wars, holiday merchandise has shown up around the shopping district. Items include a wide range of clothing, accessories, and more. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/10/30/whats-new-at-downtown-disney-christmas-merchandise-fall-snacks-and-buena-vista-street-prepares-to-reopen/ and https://www.micechat.com/273974-disneyland-merchandise-update-holidays-in-galaxies-far-far-away/

The Orange County Register reported that the changes that have taken place for the virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance out in Hollywood Studios could come to Disneyland. The boarding groups changed to allow guests to reserve a space without being in the parks for the morning time frame. The afternoon time frame is still limited to guests in the parks. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/10/31/how-rise-of-the-resistance-virtual-queue-could-change-when-disneyland-reopens/

A quick warning if you go and look for an image from this story: it is a little creepy. Walt Disney Imagineering is working on a next-generation animatronic that breathes and stares at you. This new technology allows for subtle eye and head movements, allowing the animatronic to interact more realistically with guests. The video that we have linked in the show notes is amazing, and a little creepy, to watch. – https://t.co/KcbdTw8dSQ

The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Special and Disney Holiday Singalong is coming to ABC this holiday season, but will be “reimagined” with the ongoing pandemic. Some of the changes probably include highlights from previous years. November 30th is the first special, The Disney Holiday Singalong, with the Christmas Day Celebration airing on Christmas Day. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/10/reimagined-disney-parks-magical-christmas-day-special-and-disney-holiday-singalong-coming-to-abc/

The Themed Entertainment Association announced the TEA masters honorees for 2020. The Masters program celebrates the masters of their craft in the global visitor attractions industry. Linda Alcorn worked for Disney for over 40 years in Show Control Engineering, Tracy Eck worked over 30 years in Art Direction, Design and Show Quality, working on Disneyland Paris, and Lanny Smoot, working in Theatrical Technology for over 40 years and worked on the Haunted Mansion and the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. – https://www.teaconnect.org/Blog/TEA-Blog/index.cfm?ID=8669&redirect=y

Disney World Ride vehicle toys are coming to a Happy Meal near you! Starting on November 17th, the day before Mickey and Minnie’s birthday, you can head to a local McDonald’s and pick up some of the collection. The collection can be connected to form a 10 car train. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/photo-walt-disney-world-ride-vehicle-toys-reportedly-coming-to-mcdonalds-this-month/

Mayors from Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Diego and more have sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom calling to reopen Disneyland, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and other large theme parks. They want the parks to be able to open in tier 3, instead of teir 4. They do end the letter asking to better understand the data to be supportive of the health measures from the state. – https://t.co/QsCgvEXjbB and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/11/02/news-california-mayors-ask-governor-newsom-to-allow-theme-parks-to-reopen-in-tier-3/

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