Join Daniel and guest host Tommy for a look at the Walt Disney Studios. We also talk D23 Expo and the latest news out of the Disneyland Resort.
The Matterhorn is still closed due to some referbs. Scheduled to reopen Sept 1st
The Finale of the Primeval World is Hidden by curtains as T-Rex is getting a referb
The AP Processing Centers in DL (Plaza Pavilion) and DCA (Greetings) have closed. Guests who purchase an AP now receive their AP right at the ticket gate and have the option of having their picture taken by photopass photographer in the parks or upload a photo from home.
It’s rumoured that the Plaza Pavilion will be the new home of the Blue Ribbon Bakery. It is said it will have a Mary Poppins Theme. (It will be funny to see if they have a Do Not Feed The Birds sign) It is also said that the current Blue Ribbon Bakery will be used as an indoor seating area for Carnation Cafe.
Golden Gate Bridge in DCA is pretty much gone now. Walls are up around the base.
Walls are up around the California Zephyer. The engine car of the train has been completely removed. Disney has donated the authentic train engine, along with other unique historical artifacts that were on display in the California Zephyr storefronts, to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.
Condor Flats sign works! Used to spin, didn’t for awhile, not it spins again!
California Screaming Volleyed. It was due to a backpack falling off the when the the train hit the loop.
DLR Special Offers
Through September 24, you can enjoy these great offers for Disneyland Resort hotel stays:
Save up to 30% for most Sunday – Thursday nights at a Disneyland Resort Hotel (for hotel stays from 8/14 – 10/01)*, or
Save up to $450 on a 4-night/3-day Disneyland Resort Vacation Package and receive one free Character Dining meal for each person in your party (for hotel stays from 8/14 – 9/28).*
See all of the details on these offers here.
D23 Expo Disneyland Related events
Friday Aug 19
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
HISTORY OF THE DISNEYLAND HOTEL
See vintage film footage, featuring Walt, the Mouseketeers, Annette Funicello, and more!
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m
THE MAKING OF THE LITTLE MERMAID — ARIEL’S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE
Imagineers Lisa Girolami, Larry Nikolai, and Chris Crump take you behind the scenes.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS
Glimpse into some of the exciting projects currently underway at Disney’s parks and resorts. Arena
Saturday Aug 20
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m
A GOOD LOOK AT BUENA VISTA STREET
Sneak a peek at the new entrance to Disney California Adventure with Imagineers.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
LEGENDS OF WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING
Disney Legend Marty Sklar will lead a celebration of Imagineering careers and accomplishments. Stage 28
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
IMAGINEERING’S GUIDE TO CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
A panel of Imagineers discuss how they use storytelling and technology to make Disney magic. Stage 28
Sunday Aug 21
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
RADIATOR SPRINGS REALITY
Pixar’s John Lasseter and Roger Gould join Imagineers for a sneak peek look at Cars Land.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
THE MAKING OF STAR TOURS — THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE
Find out how Imagineers updated the attraction, hosted by Imagineering’s Tom Fitzgerald.
And on the Floor – WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will be showcasing its “great big beautiful tomorrow” with a sneak peek at imaginative new experiences in the works for Disney parks around the world, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney and Disney Vacation Club.
Tommy’s Video of the D23 Expo from 2009
Daniel’s Trip to the Walt Disney Studios
EDIT: I recently added a PHOTO GALLERY of my visit.
Tip of the Week w/Tommy
White River Snacks at Grand Californian Hotel
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