This week, Cast Members make a huge difference in Orange County, guests can get Food and Wine Fest refunds, some more Legacy Passholder perks, Wonderground returns, we talk to former Entertainment Performer Madison, and more!
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Disneyland Resort Cast Members that are part of the VoluntEARS program recently helped the Community Action Partnership of Orange County, along with MOMS Orange County to deliver essential items to those in need. More than 300 families received diapers, wipes, and other baby items at a drive-thru distribution event. Disneyland donated plush toys to the event, with the help of 50 VoluntEARS. Since COVID-19 started, more than $5 million dollars worth of merchandise and 500,000 pounds of food have been donated by Disneyland to local nonprofits. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/02/disneyland-resort-helps-get-essential-items-to-those-in-need-with-the-help-of-local-nonprofits/ and https://t.co/4DJKngIauP
The reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish attraction is sure to be an excellent upgrade from the old “Scary Adventures” version. What makes this feat even more amazing is that it was accomplished by some Imagineers working from home! Special effects, lighting, paint work, and more were created for the refreshed attraction at Imagineer’s homes during the pandemic. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/02/creating-magic-at-home-snow-whites-enchanted-wish-at-disneyland-park/
In an unexpected move, Disneyland is offering refunds for unused Food and Wine Festival passes. Attendees can receive the refund by calling Disney, or contacting the resort online. $7 will be refunded for each unused tab still attached to a Sip and Savor pass for the 2020 festival. Detached tabs are not eligible. Refunds will be issues via a Disney gift card. – https://t.co/SrReiUECdY
Just a friendly reminder that you should also keep track of tickets that you have not yet used and will be able to get refunded or alternative use for in the future. Tickets include Star Wars Nite, which was originally scheduled for August 27th, and Villains Nite, originally scheduled for April 30th. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/22/if-you-had-tickets-for-these-3-disneyland-events-be-sure-to-check-for-your-refund/
Once again we have a reopening date for the DVC Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian. As of this podcast recording, the reopening date is set for May 2, 2021. The rest of the hotel will not be open, just the villas for DVC members. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/23/news-new-opening-date-announced-for-disneylands-grand-californian/
Disney has announced that Legacy Passholders who attend the upcoming limited-time ticketed experience at DCA will “have access to a special opportunity” at the event. No further information has been announced, and we still have no ticket – or any details – on this event at DCA. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/23/legacy-passholders-to-have-a-special-opportunity-at-the-upcoming-disney-california-adventure-event/
Ron Moore, who some of you may know from Battlestar Galactica, Outlander, For All Mankind, and the Star Trek universe, is working with Disney+ on a new universe model based around Disney Parks and classic Disney films. This project is called the Magic Kingdom Universe, and could explore characters like a sea boat captain from the Jungle Cruise, the prospector from Big Thunder Mountain, and more. The first project is based on the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/02/23/magic-kingdom-universe-to-connect-disney-theme-parks-with-disney-shows/
Star Wars Trading Post opened to the general public on Friday and it was popular! There were waits of up to 3+ hours to get into Downtown Disney, and then lines to get into the location. Some of the merchandise was on display outside of guests to look at before entering the new location. – https://www.micechat.com/283144-disneyland-news-update-food-wine-star-wars-and-wonder/
Now that Star Wars Trading Post has opened in Downtown Disney, the Wonderground Gallery could also return! Some new items have appeared in the location including the “Kingdom of Cute” home collection. The collection is from designer Jerrod Maruyama, who is known for his cure Disney park icons designs. Some of the items that you can pick up include a limited edition canvas, a ceramic plate set, serving tray, and more. Check out the link in our show notes for all the options. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/02/photos-jerrod-maruyama-x-disney-kingdom-of-cute-home-collection-arrives-at-the-downtown-disney-district/
With the longer waits to get into Downtown Disney recently, guests are being surveyed on if they’d like to see a reservation system for shopping visits in advance of showing up at the resort. Nothing is certain, just Disney testing the waters. – https://www.micechat.com/283144-disneyland-news-update-food-wine-star-wars-and-wonder/
From now until March 1st, Chewbacca – in Lego form – will be on display at the LEGO store. According to Disney, he stands 7 and a half feet tall, and is made up of 36,540 bricks, and took 275 hours to construct. – https://www.micechat.com/283144-disneyland-news-update-food-wine-star-wars-and-wonder/
Disneyland Legacy Passholders now have until March 11th to save 30% off their purchases Mondays through Thursdays at select Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street locations. This extended discount was originally scheduled to end on February 25th. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/22/disneyland-legacy-passholder-merchandise-discount-extended/
MiceChat again has posted a Disneyland recreation recipe for the vegetarian gumbo that is served at the Royal Street Veranda. Make sure to follow the directions carefully and allow the roux to cook to a longer time to get the color and flavoring correct. We made a different gumbo recipe this weekend and had issues with this step. Otherwise, this looks delicious! – https://www.micechat.com/282512-disneyland-royal-street-veranda-vegetarian-gumbo-recipe/
For those listeners out there who are in the Southern California area, you may want to check out B Sweet, a local LA area bakery. This place is churning out sweet treats inspired by Disneyland classics. A set of two churros for $6, a Dole Whip cheesecake for $8, the Grey Stuff cake for $7, and more! For those wanting a slightly different take on the classics, this is a great option! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/21/review-did-an-l-a-bakery-beat-disneyland-at-its-own-snack-game/
A new form of beignet has shown up at Jazz Kitchen Express. This new variation is a Snickerdoodle Beignet, which is a regular beignet topped with cookie butter glaze, then dusted with cinnamon sugar. The cinnamon flavoring almost makes these taste like churro beignets! A 4 pack will set you back $11.49. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/02/23/review-thank-you-for-snickerdoodle-beignets-disney/
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