Archive for the ‘DL Resort’ Category

$$$$ for California!

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

The Walt Disney Company announced last week that $1 billion would be made available to add and improve infrastructure at Disney's California Adventure (sometimes referred to as "The Park that Guests Forgot"). The enormous size of this sum was, in part, due to Disney's desire to gain public support by refunding the money of anyone who purchased a full-price, one-day, one-park California Adventure ticket at any time since the park opened. Further research revealed that this would cost the company only some $40,000 (including the cost of hunting down the guests qualifying for refunds, most of whom are in foreign countries or institutions of some type). This leaves much more money available for park improvements than originally anticipated.

Improvements planned for California Adventure include a newly themed entrance, a more kinetic environment, new "e-ticket" attractions, and a systematic tearing down and rebuilding of the entire park one section at a time to make it the kind of place it should have been on opening day.

After hearing that the board had approved the $1 billion budget, John Lassiter — Poobah of Disney Imagineering — was heard to say, "That's all?"

Magical ashes

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Reader J.G. writes, “I think everyone should know that when people buy a brick in the plaza between DCA and DL, they can choose to have their ashes buried underneath it when they pass away.”

Unfortunately, J.G. has his facts slightly wrong. What guests can do is have a loved one’s ashes mixed with the cement used to create a commemorative brick. Disney doesn’t want to be in the business of prying up bricks and putting ashes under them every time a fanatical fan passes away — that’s just too labor intensive.

Disney is also unlikely to ever promise “post death” services again. They surely learned their lesson after the 2000-2001 “Cooler Heads” promotion in which annual passholders could purchase a slot in the cryogenic vault beneath Space Mountain for their head when the time comes. It was a paperwork disaster, and far too many guests showed up at the main gate with the upper part of a decapitated loved one in an ice chest, wanting to know where to put it.

Disney’s Olympic Spirit

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Yesterday, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s evaluation committee began their two-day visit to investiage whether the Disneyland Resort will be the U.S. candidate to host the 2016 Summer Games. This would be the first time in the history of the Olympics that a private corporation — as opposed to a city — hosted the games.

Said Claudia Fabulosa, Disney Olympic press liason, “We have high hopes for a positive result from the evaluation committee’s visit. The Disneyland Resort is a wonderful, magical place, and by combining our magic with the magic of the Olympic games would truly create an ultra-magical synergy.”

Disneyland Resort boasts facilities that could easily be repurposed for the Summer Games. There are copious accommodations, plenty of dining establishments, numerous bodies of water for use in swimming competitions, and Disney’s California Adventure, which can be used to absorb crowds of people when other venues are full. A track and field stadium would need to be built, but Disney has already petitioned the city for permission to build such a stadium on land formerly earmarked for the building of low-income housing.

“We’re very serious about this,” said Fabulosa. “This isn’t something that Disney is taking lightly and we aren’t going to make fun of our Olympic heritage. There will be no discus throwing on Main Street, no marathons run on the PeopleMover track, and no fencing competitions in Pirates of the Caribbean. Well, maybe a little, but just for fun, not for medal contention.”

Mothers’ and Easter’s Eatings

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

You can now make reservations for special Easter and Mother’s Day brunches at the Disneyland Resort. Opportunities include:

  • Disney’s Royal Buffet for Mother’s Day in the Disneyland Baby Care Center
  • Cinderella’s Mother’s Day of Forgiveness at the Disneyland Hotel
  • Chicken Little’s Easter Disaster at the Paradise Pier Hotel
  • Pocahontas’ Easter Sunrise Breakfast at Big Thunder Ranch