The DisGeek Podcast - Your Guide to the Disneyland Resort

In our final episode of 2011 we look back at all the cool events that happened at the Disneyland Resort this past year.


Beware! Parks may hit capacity this weekend

Disneyland We will start seeing some wall pop up on Main Street. The Carnation Cafe will reclaim the space currently occupied by the Blue Ribbon Bakery and once again offer indoor dining in addition to its open-air patio.

The Blue Ribbon will disappear completely starting January 5, with the new Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at the end of Main Street taking over the bakery duties. Next door, the Gibson Girl will also close to receive a remodel that will address the crowd-flow issues that this popular location deals with. With the Blue Ribbon Bakery closing and becoming space for sit-down dining, the Gibson Girl's overflow queue can no longer extend into the Blue Ribbon's space.

Meanwhile at the end of Main Street, the former Plaza Pavilion is just about ready to reopen as the new Mary Poppins-themed Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. The new location will offer the line-up of baked goods and coffee drinks currently available at the Blue Ribbon Bakery along with new signature entrees including hot sandwiches and fresh salads. The new Jolly Holiday marquee went up last week and looks quite similar to the old Plaza Pavilion signage.

DCA Carlsand looks fantastic. Over at the Fly and Buy retail location in Condor Flats, the gas pumps were remove and replace with new ones. The old ones had a dirty abandoned look to them where as the new pumps have a clean and 1930’s style look to them. Feature - A look back (from our perspective)

  • Disney Chanel Rocks!
  • CALIFORNIA letters in front of DCA GONE
  • We Reviewed TRON Legacy
  • "Family Fun Weekends" at Disneyland January 14 to March 6
  • Fiesta Disneyland, Kickin' Country Weekend, Character Fan Days, Lunar New Year Festival, and Mardi Gras!
  • The Magic, The Memories, and You opens
  • World of Color Celebrates 500 performances
  • Disney Wonder Arrives in LA
  • Disney Jr. Opens on March 25th at DCA
  • elecTRONica extended through Labor Day
  • DCA Turns 10!
  • Disney guests trade Gowalla coins for real ones
  • Disney Teaming Toy Story Stars Tom Hanks And Tim Allen For 'Jungle Cruise'
  • Talking Mickey Tests Continue at ToonTown
  • DCA Animation Building screens reopen.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides Preview opens
  • World of Color added an expanded Pirates of the Caribbean scene
  • BlackBeard now appears in Pirates
  • Maliboomer Park opens
  • Mary Blair Tribute at Disney Gallery opens
  • Disneyland’s Wally Boag Dies at Age 90
  • Disneyland’s Betty Taylor at Age 91
  • NewPool area, Tangarora Terrace, and Trader Sams now open
  • Mission Tortilla is Officially Closed
  • Star Tours, Little Mermaid, and Mickey Soundsational Parade
  • Matt Ouimet Named President of Cedar Fair
  • ElecTRONica Extends to Spring 2012
  • All New LaserMan Show (LASERMAN: R3CONF1GUR3D!)
  • Meg Crofton named President of operations in the U.S. and France.
  • Corn Dog Castle Reopens
  • Goofys Sky School opens
  • Paradise Garden Dining area opens with Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and Paradise Garden and Grill.
  • Pan Pacific DCA Gates open
  • The AP Processing Centers in DL (Plaza Pavilion) and DCA (Greetings) have closed. Rumors of some Mary Poppins bakery! Crazy!
  • D23 Expo!
  • Disneyland to create Fantasy Faire at Carnation Plaza Gardens
  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom has been announced
  • Plaza Pavilion is now behind walls to begin it’s transformation in Jolly Holiday Bakery
  • Halloween Time and Mickey’s Halloween Party
  • Pirates is closed for a lengthy referb. (Reminds me, it’s open again!)
  • The Top CUPOLA Topper has been attached to the Carthay Circle Theatre
  • Carthy Circle Signage appears on “Pump House”.
  • Steve Jobs Passes away
  • The Magic, Memories, and You now features a Holiday Version.
  • The Harbor Blvd. Archway is GONE
  • "All Aboard... A Grand Circle Tour of the Trains of Disney." Is now open at the Disney Gallery
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to Hollywood!
  • Kinect Disneyland Adventures is now available
  • The Ghirardelli Chocolate shop and soda fountain is officially coming to DCA.

And that pretty much covers it. Tip of the Week w/ TommyPix Special Unofficial Days at Disneyland

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We celebrate our 1 year anniversary and Paul can't get a candy cane.


Universal Studios
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to Hollywood!  BUT with such great news comes disappointment.  They will be closing JAWS in Orlando to make way for a unannounced new attraction.  Probably Transformers.


Happy Birthday Walt! Yesterday 110 Years Old!

Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland Last Weekend

Kinect Disneyland Adventures is now available

Metacritic Review - 75

Mickey Mouse Turns 83

Star Tours will be updated in Disneyland Tokyo

Hong Kong’s Disneyland opens Toy Story Land


The Ghirardelli Chocolate shop and soda fountain is officially coming to DCA in place of the old mission tortilla factory. And from what I hear, there will be free samples.

World of Color now features a pre-show featuring Wane and Lanny two elves from ABC's hit animated holiday special "Prep & Landing."

New shade awnings were installed last week on the ends of the new Pan Pacific Auditorium-themed entrance turnstiles.

Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates is now a walk around character.

Feature - Our One Year Anniversary!


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Following our interview on WDW Tiki Room, Daniel and Paul keep the Disneyland Vs. Walt Disney World debate going!  Plus Main Street Newsstand and Tip of the Week that is sweet!

Christmas is HERE. Christmas has officially started. So now is the time to see It’s a small world Holiday, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, and the return of Believe In Holiday Magic Fireworks spectacular.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining

Toon Town Christmas Trees look like crap! WTF? (Disney actually released a PRESS RELEASE about these trees!!)




Pics from MiceChat.

The Magic, Memories, and You now features a Holiday Version. So Check that out.

The Harbor Blvd. Archway is GONE

"All Aboard... A Grand Circle Tour of the Trains of Disney." Is now open at the Disney Gallery

The new Carthay Circle Redline "Stop" and info center was unveiled this week. This is also known as the PUMP HOUSE! I found out what this is. It’s just a small little building to hide the pump to the fountain that will be in the center of Buena Vista Street. There is a little info booth there as well.

James Cameron was snooping around DLR.

Phineas and Ferb Dance party show gets a little christmas makeover.

Feature - A fun article to talk about
5 Things Disneyland has over Disneyworld

Tip of the Week
Candy cane time again

If your holiday tradition includes a trip to Disneyland for one of its famous fresh-made candy canes, here are the dates and details you'll need to start making plans for 2011. The first batch of fresh candy canes will be made at the Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. on November 30. The candy cane schedule usually begins the day after Thanksgiving, but with an early holiday this year the park seems to be waiting a week, but adding an extra day in December. The full schedule is:
Wednesday, November 30
Friday, December 2
Tuesday, December 6
Friday, December 9
Monday, December 12
Friday, December 16
Wednesday, December 21

Last year the candy canes cost $9.95 each, and were limited to two per person. We expect pricing and limits to be similar this year. Disneyland usually makes two—sometimes three—batches a day, but the number of candy canes in each batch can vary based in temperature and humidity. The typical batch yields fewer than 90 canes. If Disneyland follows the normal operating pattern, tickets will be distributed at the Candy Palace at park opening each day, with the first batch of candy canes usually available to purchase about one hour after the official park opening time. The second and third batches are usually ready 90-minutes to two hours apart.


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This episode Daniel reviews, "In Service to the Mouse" by Jack Lindquist.  Daniel and Paul also discuss the latest happenings at the Disneyland Resort plus Tommy has our Tip of the Week!


New Ticket and Hotel Deals at the Disneyland Resort

Talking Mickey testing at WDW

An INSDIE look at Buena Vista Street

Wall-E Perfect replacement for Captin Eo

John Lasseter Gets a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Google Doodle Honors 100th Birthday of Mary Blair,2817,2395079,00.asp#fbid=mmz-g5LhBgz

LEAD in Disneyland?

Cars Ride Testing

Xmas Decorations already going up at disneyland - Castle has snow on it. Netting for xmas lights on tress around the hub area, lights are being installed on IASW, ornaments and other decorations appearing at NOS.


Disneyland Park

Disneyland Monorail: Running on a shortened schedule due to Buena Vista Street construction. Monorail opens late at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Monorail operates normally Saturday and Sunday.

"it's a small world": Closed through November 10 to install holiday overlay.

Pirates of the Caribbean and Blue Bayou Restaurant: Closed through November 23 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

It's Tough to be a Bug! Closed through November 11 for refurbishment.

Toy Story Midway Mania! Closed November 15 — 17 for refurbishment.

Buena Vista Street: Re-themed main entrance including new Red Car Trolley attraction are under construction through summer 2012.

Feature: Book Review - In Service to the Mouse by Jack Lindquist





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Daniel and Paul takes a look at what on the Drawing Board and talk Buena Vista Street.  Plus a visit to the Main Street Newsstand and we have our Tip of the Week.  Finally Paul rants on about Cinderella.

News Turkey Day Reservations Open at Disneyland Resort

CHOC Walk draws 14,000 to Disneyland


  • Main Street Photos Refurb is complete
  • Walls are up at Plaza Pavilion to transform it into Jolly Holiday Bakery
  • Walls are down at the Adventure Land Restrooms right across form Tiki Room. Rock are now a dark green color.
  • Pirates Referb continues. Tarps are up in front of what used to be the Disney Gallery. Pirates is set to reopen Nov 23rd.
  • It’s a Small World closed OCT 24 for set ip of the holiday version. Reopens NOV 10

Special Passholder Event at Disneyland (Event Happened)
Al Lutzs mentions this...About how Disney is trying to get passholders who don’t visit very often to come to events where Disney can test spending habits

Disney Collection mimics Halloween’s Haunted Mansion

Carthy Circle Signage appears on “Pump House”.
Parade Lighting fixtures and speakers are popping up near the Carthy Circle Theatre area.
Flying Carpet Flips During Aladdin Show at DCA
California Screaming has reopened with a new loop installed. It’s actually shaped a little different. Supposedly the old loop caused lots of stress on the ride and needed tons of upkeep. The new loop fixes this issue.

Blue Sky Cellar Reopened. They focus now on Buena Vista Street. This re-opening is what prompted me to do our on the drawing board feature. This exhibit shows off all of the concept art of the buildings, has these cool posters for the Red Car Trolley, Sorin’ over California, and Tower of Terror. So check it out next time you are in DCA.

Ryan Gosling on Conan Flashmob marriage proposal at Downtown Disney Steve Jobs passes away

Feature - On The Drawing Board - Buena Vista Street Tip of the Week - Wi-Fi at DLR Hotels

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Daniel and Paul explore the 5 senses of New Orleans Square with our 5 Senses of Disneyland segment. We also visit the Main Street Newsstand and as always we have our Tip of the Week.


Halloween Time and Mickey’s Halloween Party (all decorations are UP)

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy is now up

Haunted Mansion Holiday is now UP

Pirates is closed for a lengthy referb. Due to return November 23rd.

Disneyland Railroad - The Final Dino Scene has returned and the Steg and T-Rex look better than ever!

The Top CUPOLA Topper has been attached to the Carthay Circle Theatre and it is STUNNING.

California Screaming closed for referb. They REMOVED the loop and replaced it with a new one.

5 Senses of Disneyland - New Orleans Square

Tip of the Week w/ TommyPix

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In this episode Paul makes his triumphant return and we pay our respects to the Disneyland version of Carrousel of Progress. We also have the latest stories and Tommy's Tip of the Week.


Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom has been announced

Disneyland’s Half Marathon was this last weekend

WonderCon moving to Anahiem - March 16 – 18, 2012

Matterhorn and Trazan’s Tree House has reopened.

Haunted Mansion is now closed to install Haunted Mansion Holiday. Should open Sept 15th.

ElecTRONica on Hiatus Until September 30th

Plaza Pavilion is now behind walls to begin it’s transformation in Jolly Holiday Bakery


Graveyard - Carousel of Progress


Tommy’s Tip of the Week
Take a ride on the Lilly Belle
Paul’s Touch of Disneyness

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Daniel and Tommy visit the D23 Expo and share their experiences.

NEWS Side opening at DCA opened today
New Matterhorn Bobsleds vehicles offer lap bars, individual seats at Disneyland
Main Street USA Restaurants to Expand at Disneyland

Parks and Resorts Panel - They talked about, New FantasyLand in WDW, Carsland, Shanghai, Aulani, Disney Crusie Line But as far as disneyland changes go:
Disneyland to create Fantasy Faire at Carnation Plaza Gardens

The Stage that Walt Built

Carousel of Projects

A model of New Fantasyland and Storybook Circus is on display,

The model shows off the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster, The Little Mermaid ride, Beast’s castle, and lots of Trees. Cars Land, with full size animated Cars characters and ride vehicles on display, including Radiator Springs Racers and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.

A model of Buena Vista St and the Carthay Circle Theater are also on display for the ongoing makeover of Disney California Adventure.

The Great Destini, an interactive Audio-Animatronics figure that runs completely on its own. Destini converses with guests, recognizing their words and facial patterns.

A VERY small model of Shaghi that didn’t really show much

Talking Mickey

Adventures by Disney, Aulani, DVC, Disney Cruise Lines represented as well.

Other Panels.. CarLand, Beuna Vista St, Voices of the Parks, Imagneers

Tip of the Week

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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.

See vintage film footage, featuring Walt, the Mouseketeers, Annette Funicello, and more!
Stage 28

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m
Imagineers Lisa Girolami, Larry Nikolai, and Chris Crump take you behind the scenes.
Stage 28

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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
Sneak a peek at the new entrance to Disney California Adventure with Imagineers.
Stage 28

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Disney Legend Marty Sklar will lead a celebration of Imagineering careers and accomplishments. Stage 28

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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.
Pixar's John Lasseter and Roger Gould join Imagineers for a sneak peek look at Cars Land.
Stage 23

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Find out how Imagineers updated the attraction, hosted by Imagineering's Tom Fitzgerald.
Stage 23

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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

Tip of the Week w/Tommy
White River Snacks at Grand Californian Hotel


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In this episode Daniel and Paul visit the graveyard and pay respects to Flight to the Moon / Mission to Mars. Plus a visit to the Main Street Newsstand and our Tip of the Week.


Rene Zelwiger and John Stamos were spotted visiting disneyland together.

Disneyland Celebrated it’s 56th anniversary this past weekend.

Pan Pacific DCA Gates are now open

According to the Disney parks Blog the Golden Gate Bridge on the monorail track is starting the process of being removed. In it’s place will be a replica of Glendale-Hyperion bridge. Shops and dining around sunshine plaza are set to close Aug 1st. So say goodbye to Engine Ears Toys, Bakers Field Bakery, and Bur-r-r bank Ice Cream. The entrance to these shops have a train facade (The California Zephyr). The shops on the other side of sunshine plaza, including Greetings from California and the candy shop also close in Aug.

Feature: Garveyard

Flight to the Moon / Mission to Mars

Tip of the Week

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