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DLW 169: DCA Outdoor Vending with Former Cast Member Daniel

This week, dining returns to Downtown Disney, with Buena Vista Street locations coming soon, an update to the mask policy, annual passholders get some perks, information about the new membership program launch, we talk to former DCA cast member Daniel, and more!

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News:

A few of the Downtown Disney dining locations that closed due to the stay at home order have now reopened. UVA Bat and Cafe reopened on January 30th, along with Tortilla Jo’s, and Naples Ristorante e Bar. Reservations can be made for these locations on the Disneyland Dining reservations page. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/01/28/two-downtown-disney-restaurants-share-reopening-dates/

With the return of dining, food carts and extended seating areas have returned to Buena Vista Street. Water, soft drinks, and even cotton candy have returned to the carts. A lot of the expanded eating areas that were setup previously have also returned in a similar fashion. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/01/photos-food-carts-return-and-seating-areas-extended-at-disney-california-adventure/

Friday, February 5th is the date when Award Wieners, Carthay Circle Lounge, and Smokejumpers Grill will reopen for guests. The three locations should return to the same level of service and menus as they had before the stay at home order caused them to close down. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/01/carthay-circle-award-wieners-and-more-get-reopening-dates-in-downtown-disney/

Disneyland has updated their mask policy while on property to include reference to the COVID-19 vaccinations that are ongoing around the world. The first policy that they updated was the requirement for everyone, even those vaccinated against the virus to wear a mask while on property. The other policy is that of clear face masks. Clear face masks must be attached to fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching. The clear face masks are designed to help those guests who need to read lips, or are deaf. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/02/01/downtown-disney-and-buena-vista-street-visitors-face-2-new-mask-rules/

Disneyland wants to make sure that former annual passholders feel the love. Passholders as of March 14, 2020 are now labeled as Disneyland Resort Legacy Passholders. This new title brings with it some new extras like 30% off select merchandise at some Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street locations on Monday through Thursdays through February 25th. Also, a WandaVision inspired retro photo op the weekend of February 6th. There is another perk, which we will touch on later. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/news/legacy-passholder-program/ and https://www.micechat.com/281168-disneyland-update-survey-says-jungle-news/

Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock hopes that the new membership program will be ready when they are allowed to reopen, which currently looks to be spring at the earliest. He said they are working all hands on deck to develop the program as quickly as possible. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/01/disneyland-hopeful-of-launching-new-annual-pass-membership-program-when-allowed-to-open/

Hard to believe, but it has almost been 20 years since Disney California Adventure opened! Starting February 8th, World of Disney and Elias & Co. are releasing a limited assortment of merchandise celebrating the milestone. The items will include the 20th anniversary logo, which features Mickey and Minnie riding the Trolley, with the Pixar Pal Around as the 0 in Celebrating 20 years. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/01/20th-anniversary-disney-california-adventure-merch-is-being-released-soon/

Progress is being made on the exterior of the old Rainforest Cafe location to convert it to the new home of the Star Wars Trading Post. Control panels, satellite dishes, and more Star Wars touches have been made to the exterior. The new sign for the location also appears to be hung up, but covered for the time being. Legacy Passholders will get early access to the location starting on February 16th through the 18th, before the opening to the public on February 19th. – https://www.micechat.com/281168-disneyland-update-survey-says-jungle-news/

A new Beauty and the Beast collection has appeared on Buena Vista Street at the Kingswell Camera Shop. The new items spread across kitchen and household items like a Chip Succulent that has Chip blowing bubbles, with a succulent growing out the top as well. A Madame de La Grande Bouch jewelry box, Lumiere light-up figure, and more are in the collection. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/01/disneylands-new-beauty-and-the-beast-collection-has-loads-of-personality/

Some new mugs have come to Downtown Disney this week. A Valentine’s Day mug with Mickey and Minnie, with the handle in the shape of a heart is available, as well as an Alice in Wonderland tea party mug, which looks like three tea cups stacked on top of each other, a “mountains mug”, which features Big Thunder, Space, and Splash mountains, and more. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/01/disney-just-released-6-new-mugs/

The Walt Disney Company has been ranked number 4 on Fortune’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies”. In addition, the company has ranked #1 again for the 18th consecutive year in the entertainment industry. The top marks included the quality of their products and services, global competitiveness, people management, social responsibility, and long-term investment value. Only Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft scored higher on the list. – https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/disney-ranks-high-on-fortunes-2021-list-of-worlds-most-admired-companies/

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Daniel with ODV (Outdoor Vending) at DCA

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