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DLW 187: Disney Media Finance Cast Member Devin Part 2

This week, the Avengers have landed in Disney California Adventure, we talk about all the new experiences, a new Disney Paper Parks creation, Cast members are training on a classic attraction that could return soon, we finish our discussion with Devin from Disney Media Finance, and more!

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News:

Avengers Campus finally opened to the public on Friday. The new area features Pym Test Kitchen, a unique take on different sized meals, Pym Testing Lab, a great place to get a cool beverage, Shwarma Palace, featuring the Avenger’s favorite wraps, Terran Treats, with some sweet concoctions, two stores, WEB Suplliers, and Campus Supply Pod, a lot of area meet and greets, and two attractions, the existing Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, and the new WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Attraction. We will talk more in-depth about this experiences as we go through the news. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/now-open-first-recruits-assemble-at-avengers-campus-at-disney-california-adventure-park/ and https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/cast-and-community-members-among-first-recruits-in-avengers-campus-at-disney-california-adventure-park/

Of course the hot ticket on Campus is the new WEB Slingers attraction. This is virtual queue only at the moment, with slots available at 7am and noon each day. There is no standby. Guests that were able to snag a place in the queue can bypass the line to enter Avengers Campus and head in to board the attraction. Reviews are mixed and described the ride as a different version of Toy Story: Midway Mania. Riders use their hands to “shoot webs” at the different objects in the attraction to get a score and help Spider-Man save the Campus from the Spider-Bots, which have gone out of control. – https://www.micechat.com/292046-how-to-score-a-boarding-group-for-web-slingers-a-spider-man-adventure/

Pym’s Test Kitchen has been pretty well reviewed. Mobile ordering is the primary way to get food at this, and all the other dining locations in Avengers Campus, and has been less than ideal. On opening day, guests could order food when not in the land and could sometimes be allowed in to get their food, while other times being denied access. Over the weekend, they changed the notification so guests had to order in the land only, in addition to adding the order windows throughout the day, instead of only in the morning. The food itself is getting good reviews. The Pym-ini sandwich is reported to taste like a meat-lovers pizza in a sandwich. The Not So Little Chicken Sandwich also got good reviews. For a complete review, check out our link in the show notes. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/04/full-review-lunch-at-pym-test-kitchen-in-disneys-avengers-campus/

Over at Terran Treats, the two new items are on the menu. The Sweet Spiral Ration, which is a pineapple churro, wrapped into a swirl, and the Cosmic Cream Orb, which is a chocolate cream puff, filled with whipped raspberry cheesecake. The Ration tastes like a Dole Whip mixed with a Churro. The Orb tastes mostly of cheesecake, with a hint of raspberry. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/04/full-review-terran-treats-at-disneys-avengers-campus/

The Shawarma Palace features breakfast and daytime menus. For breakfast, there is the Impossible Breakfast Sha-warm-up, which features plant based breakfast sausage and egg omelet wrap, with a dairy free American cheese and crispy potato bites, served with maple syrup. The daytime options include the New York’s Tastiest, which is a chicken shawarma wrap, with garlic spread, and a coconut yogurt-tahini sauce and pickled vegetables, and then there is the Impossible Victory Falafel, which is a plant based falafel and cauliflower wrap, garlic spread, hummus, and coconut yogurt-tahini sauce, with pickled vegetables. The Disney Food Blog said the Falafel was a little bland, but the Chicken Wrap was great. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/04/full-review-shawarma-palace-in-disneys-avengers-campus/

Pym Test Kitchen also serves breakfast from opening until 10:45am. Options include Calculated Breakfast, the Ever-expanding Cinna-Pym Toast, the Impossible Quantum Garden Breakfast, and the Spoonful of Cereal. Sides include smoked bacon, turkey bacon, potato bites, or a Cuties mandarin. The Cinna-Pym toast was reviewed well, but the other items were hit and miss. Check out the link in our show notes for the complete review. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/04/breakfast-review-pym-test-kitchen-at-disneys-avengers-campus/

More dining locations will be open for guests to enjoy! Disney announced that on June 17th, Oga’s Cantina, Docking Bay 7, Rancho del Zocalo, The Tiki Juice Bar, and Alien Pizza Planet would be serving guests. Reservations will be available starting on June 14th for Oga’s, Lamplight Lounge and Wine Country Trattoria. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/disneys-parks-foodie-news-announcing-new-openings-and-offerings-sebastians-bistro-ohana-wine-country-trattoria-lamplight-lounge-brunch-and-more/

Unlike Star Wars: Galaxys Edge, which was criticized for not having enough atmosphere when it came to sound or interactions in the land, Avengers Campus excels in this regard. Members of the Avengers are out performing around the campus in stunt shows, a practice session, some acrobatic maneuvers, and in a short Dr. Strange show in the Ancient Sanctum. Music from the series is also played throughout the area. – https://www.micechat.com/292046-how-to-score-a-boarding-group-for-web-slingers-a-spider-man-adventure/

For those of you who can’t make it to the parks to visit Avengers Campus just yet, Walt Disney Imagineers have a solution! In their latest Disney Paper Parks release you can build all of Avengers Campus! The set also includes 13 Marvel characters to decorate the creation. Visit the link in our show notes to download. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/assemble-your-paper-disney-paper-parks-celebrates-the-grand-opening-of-avengers-campus-at-disney-california-adventure-park/

Great news for fans of the Disneyland Railroad! The trains are now running from opening to close at Disneyland, and are boarding at all the stations. For the first few weeks that Disneyland was open, staffing shortages resulted in the train only running until 2:30 in the afternoon, and loading at ToonTown station only. – https://www.micechat.com/293761-disneyland-update-happy-holidays-ahead/

In other attractions news, Cast Members for the Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes have been spotted training. This means that this attraction will return to operation soon. No date has been announced by Disney. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/06/photos-cast-members-training-for-reopening-of-davy-crocketts-explorer-canoes-at-disneyland/

As we mentioned previously, there has been a snack shortage at Disneyland in the last couple of weeks, resulting in churros, Mickey pretzels, and chimichangas being unavailable on some days. The good news is that the parks have started receiving orders again, and items are back in stock around the resort. The bread bowls that are famous at the resort have not returned yet, but are expected to as staffing ramps up and more locations reopen for guests. – https://www.micechat.com/293761-disneyland-update-happy-holidays-ahead/

MiceChat had a follow up on the Red Car Trolley charging location at the front of Disney California Adventure. With Avengers Campus at the end of the line, along with the barn for the trolleys, the current route has been modified. The trolley now only runs from the entrance to the park on Buena Vista Street to Hollywood Land and back, resulting in the need for the charging pad at the entrance station. – https://www.micechat.com/293761-disneyland-update-happy-holidays-ahead/

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen has come up with another new beignet creation. This time, they are covered in Fruity Pebbles, with a blueberry lemon icing. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/06/03/fruity-pebble-beignets-at-disneyland-sign-us-up/

For those Weeeklyteers that liked The Imagineering Story on Disney+, a new series is coming in July that might interest you. Behind the Attraction will premiere on July 16th (the day that we arrive in Anaheim for our trip), and will have 10 parts. Each episode will cover the behind the scenes of creating an iconic Disney attraction. Topics include the Castles at the parks, the Jungle Cruise, “it’s a small world”, the Haunted Mansion, and more. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/06/go-behind-the-attraction-in-a-new-original-series-coming-to-disney-on-july-16/

Trivia:

Question Submitter Answer Tage Teresa Other
What did Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree replace? Om D. According to Yesterland, Bountiful Valley Farm. (Literally a farm with some construction equipment sponsored by Caterpillar)

What company sponsored the Indiana Jones ride? Donna S. AT&T

“According to Landmark 3 1/2 in Toontown, what is the Mickey’s Toontown Hysterical Society’s Motto? Ace Laughter is Sunshine You Can Hear

What are the names of the two Fortune Tellers at Disneyland Park? Bonus: Where are they? Matthew J, Esmerelda (Main Street USA) Fortune Red (New Orleans Square)

The Haunted Mansion stretching room includes four pieces of art. One has three men in quicksand. The others feature named characters. Can you tell me who they are? Producer Vern Constance Hatchaway sitting on her fifth husband George Hightower, Alexsander Nitrokoff, the man standing on a keg in his boxers, Tightrope Walker (aliases: Lillian Gracey, Ally Gal, Sarah “”Sally”” Slater, Daisy De La Cruz, and Lillian O’Malley

Discussion Topic:

Devin from Disney Media Finance

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