This week, the current annual passholder program is going away, Spider-Man gives us a look inside the upcoming attraction, Wonderground gallery is coming back, another Imagineer is retiring, we talk to Michael and Jamie about being a college program family, and more!
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The Disneyland Annual Pass Program in it’s current form was cancelled by Disneyland last week. If you are interested in hearing our opinions of this breaking news from the day that it was announced, please check out our breaking news episode that we posted last week. In addition to our opinions on the matter, a couple of our supporters were on the call when we recorded the news and had some thoughts on connected topics. – https://www.micechat.com/280078-disneyland-update-all-good-things-must-come-to-an-end/
Some new information has been presented as a behind the scenes look at the new Web Slingers attraction coming to Avenger’s Campus. Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, presents the behind the scenes footage and talks about what the attraction is going to be. Footage of the ride vehicles, filming of the safety and instruction videos, and more are seen in this 1 minute video. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/01/first-look-at-actor-tom-holland-as-peter-parker-in-web-slingers-a-spider-man-adventure-coming-to-avengers-campus-at-disneyland-resort/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/01/photos-first-look-at-3d-glasses-pre-show-video-and-web-shooting-on-web-slingers-a-spider-man-adventure-ride-for-avengers-campus-at-disneyland-resort-and-disneyland-paris/
Some great news for those of you who miss the Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney, it is returning! Star Wars fans, don’t be too upset, because the Star Wars Trading Post is moving to the old Rainforest Cafe location. The temple look of the location will be re-themed to a hidden jungle Resistance Base, with Rey’s speeder parked at the entrance. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/01/new-year-new-tips-for-downtown-disney-district-at-disneyland-resort-come-now-for-fun-finds-come-again-soon-for-star-wars-trading-post-in-a-new-location/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/01/17/news-star-wars-trading-post-at-disneyland-resort-will-get-a-new-location-designed-by-imagineers/ and https://www.micechat.com/280078-disneyland-update-all-good-things-must-come-to-an-end/
The Black Panther mural that we talked about previously will be “glowing away forever” on February 28th. The mural was created after the untimely passing of Chadwick Boseman to commemorate his life and legacy. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/01/new-year-new-tips-for-downtown-disney-district-at-disneyland-resort-come-now-for-fun-finds-come-again-soon-for-star-wars-trading-post-in-a-new-location/
Calling all Annual Passholders! If you will be getting your expanded discount while shopping at Disneyland, make sure to ask for your free 65th anniversary AP magnet! The magnet is free to passholders who make any purchase at Downtown Disney. We would recommend acting fast, as these are sure to go quick! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/01/18/pics-free-annual-passholder-magnet-now-available-with-any-purchase-at-disneyland-resort/
For those of you who collect Starbucks Disneyland tumblers, there is a new design available! This version features fireworks, Sleeping Beauty Castle, “it’s a small world”, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and more! The tumbler is available at Downtown Disney for $24.99, plus tax. Also available are some new sweatshirts that feature characters from Disney classics. Lady and the Tramp, Fox and the Hound, The Lion King and more are some of the options. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/01/18/starbucks-just-released-a-new-disneyland-themed-tumbler/ and https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/01/18/pics-new-character-sweatshirts-feature-classic-disney-duos/
Imagineer Kevin Rafferty, best known for attractions such as Toy Story Midway Mania, Tower of Terror, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, and, most recently, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway announced his retirement from Imagineering after 42 years, effective April 1st. No, this isn’t some form of April fools joke he says. Kevin started working for Disney washing dishes at the Plaza Inn at Disneyland. D23 had a great interview with him that we will have linked in the show notes. – https://d23.com/imagineer-kevin-rafferty-retiring-after-42-magical-years-read-his-exclusive-interview/
Another Disney great was lost to us this past week when Dale Baer passed away. Dale was an animator that worked on Robin Hood, The Lion King, Treasure Planet and more. He was also the supervising animator for one of our favortie characters Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove. He was 70 years old and had worked in animation for over 40 years. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/01/dale-baer-disney-animator-for-the-emperors-new-groove-winnie-the-pooh-and-the-lion-king-has-passed-away-at-70/
The mass vaccination site is operating at Disneyland, but has had some growing pains this week. Pre-registration is required to get a vaccine there and is currently only available to front line workers and those 65 and older. In addition to the registration issues, the site was also closed on Tuesday of this week because of high winds in the area. – https://www.micechat.com/280078-disneyland-update-all-good-things-must-come-to-an-end/