Disneyland’s New Luxury Hotel- Coming Soon

Last year, Anaheim adopted a tax incentive to encourage development of luxury hotels by allowing 70% of the Transient Occupancy Tax paid by guests for the next 20 years, well you can guess, Disney is taking advantage of it. Smart move!

Here are two concept arts on what the hotel would look like:

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The hotel would be part of the Disney-owned hotels at Disneyland with Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel and Grand Californian Hotel.

This “flagship” hotel is a 700-room four-diamond hotel on 10 acres at 1401 Disney Drive which is at the north end of the Downtown Disney parking lot. Construction will begin in 2018 and is expected to open in 2021.

I better start saving. Is planning a trip in 2021 to far away? LOL

 

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Finding Dory Raises Questions

In excitement for watching “Finding Dory”, I watched “Finding Nemo” with my 8 month old son. After watching Crush and Squirt (sea turtles) talk with Marlin and Dory, I began to wonder if sea turtles really do swim in the East Australian Current.

I had the privilege to ask Dr. Stephen Dunbar, a professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine department of earth and biological sciences, about this topic for an article piece called “Finding sea turtles: a green sea turtle’s view“. I found out, yes, there is such a thing as the EAC, although it’s not like a vacuum tunnel as portrayed in the movie. The current is moved by trade winds that occur in the Pacific westerly and easterly plus the Coriolis Effect due to earth’s rotation.

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Sadly, in reality, baby sea turtles don’t have a family to be with, instead they find their way back to the ocean by themselves. Baby sea turtles are immediately self-sufficient with no parental care and they don’t go with their siblings.

In the movie, the sea turtles are swimming together in hundreds, however, they do not do this in real life. They are individualistic creatures.

I also found out that turtles like Crush and Squirt are green sea turtles and they eat sea grass sometimes even injured lobsters, so Marlin and Dory were definitely lucky they didn’t eat them after they were injured by the jellies. Surprisingly enough, sea turtles can protect themselves from other preys by turning sideways and making themselves look bigger.

The most important question is…

Do sea turtles live to be 100 or 150 years old?

The answer is unknown because there is no possible way to find out.

So, go to Disneyland’s Turtle Talk with Crush and make sure you ask Crush questions about his sea life! It is just Toooootalllyyyyy Sweeeeeeet!

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Valentine’s Day at Disneyland

How sweet is too sweet?

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New apples covered in caramel and dark chocolate, chopped roasted almonds, garnished with cherries, drizzled milk chocolate and chopped almonds. Now, this is nuts!!!

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Chocolate barks with cherries can be found this month at Disneyland.

Sweets at Disneyland for your sweetheart.

The best Valentine’s Day gift is definitely a trip to Disneyland or better yet a stay at Disneyland too!! There’s a in-room celebration too for a “Romantic” side.

Check behind the doors for what Disney has to offer.

 

 

 

 

2015 Halloween Time at Disneyland

The main question for this year’s Halloween time at Disneyland, is the Hatbox Ghost going to be there? The answer— YES!

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I don’t want to show any pictures of the Hatbox Ghost because it is just a surprising feature that you have to see for yourself, but great job Disney and that’s all I can say. Of course, when it comes to Disney are there any doubts, none at all.

What else?

Beginning September 15, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has become Bibbidi Bobbidi “Boo-tique” with a Minnie Mouse “witch”-inspired look, for children ages 3-12 years old.

Call 714-781-STYLE (714-781-7895) for Disneyland Resort or 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895) for Walt Disney World Resort.

Starting September 25, there is a new special dining package, “Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou” for a Halloween dining experience hosted by Dr. Facilier. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. and according to Disney Parks Blog article, it is “an intimate, spooky dining experience with a themed three-course menu”.

Click here for more on Disneyland’s Halloween Time!

Disney Ends 60 Years of Coca-Cola Partnership and Works with Pepsi

It has been 60 years since Coca-Cola started working with Disney… since the opening day back in July 17, 1955 and now, it’s over.

Disney will be partnering up with Pepsi starting July 4, 2015 which is also Pepsi’s 50th birthday. Frito-Lay has been available to all Disney theme parks and extending their contract to include soft drinks was the idea.

Disneyland’s Refreshment Corner will have Pepsi fountain drinks and be changed to be called Club Cold sponsored by Pepsi.

Photo from Flickr

At World Disney World, the famous Club Cool which featured coke flavors from around the world will be changed to Mountain Dew’s Refreshment Corner, and will feature Mountain Dew drinks like Code Red, Voltage, Throwback, White Out, Live Wire, Johnson City Gold, Game Fuel Citrus Cherry, Game Fuel Lemonade, Baja Blast, and Solar Flare.

Photo from flickr

I think the switch will definitely be a change, I’m used to opening a bottle of coca-cola and imagining Walt Disney doing the same… I’m not too sure how it’s going to be. What do you think of the switch?

News came from Chipandco.com!!!! 😉

Disneyland Prices Increases and Suspends SoCal Annual Passes

Disney has raised prices of the single day tickets from $92 to $96 and the cost of a Disneyland/Disney California Adventure Park-Hopper shooting up to $150 from $137 for adults.

Disney also bumped up prices for SoCal Select by $10 to $289, Deluxe by $20 to $519, Premium by $30 to $699, and Premier by $50 to $1,029

The price for parking also rose from $16 to $17.

Disney has also suspended any new sales of its SoCal Annual Passport, however, those who currently hold a SoCal pass and those whose passes expired in the last three months may still renew.

Media Relations Director Suzi Brown says, “Like any business, we periodically evaluate our pricing and make adjustments based on a variety of factors,” and “A ticket to our theme parks represents a great value, particularly when you look at the breadth and quality of attractions and entertainment we offer and the special moments guests experience with our cast…Due to the popularity of our Annual Pass Program — and to preserve the Guest experience for our Annual Passholders and all Guests — future sales of all Annual Passes will be subject to availability.”

This reminds me that in a few days, Disney will have their 24 Hour Event from 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM, May 23 to May 24, 2014, the celebration of “Rock Your Disney Side” will take place. Which means lots of $$$$$$$$$$ for Disney whether through ticket sales or through the price of parking.

What do you think of the increase? Does this affect you?

 

Rock Your Disney Side for 24 Hours at Disneyland or WDW!

Mark you calendars because on Friday, May 23rd at 6am to Saturday, May 24th at 6am, Disney is hosting the “Rock Your Disney Side Party” a 24 hour day for both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

The ’round the clock event invites guests to dress up to celebrate the occasion!

General Event Details:
• Hours of operation for the event will take place from 6:00 AM, May 23, 2014 to 6:00 AM, May 24, 2014.
• Only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available.
• Valid theme park admission is required.
• Event is subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Costume Details:
• Costumes should be child-friendly and adhere to any guidelines determined by Disney.
• Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent; drag on the ground; contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest; contain any weapons or objects which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
• Masks may be worn, but they must not obstruct vision, and eyes must be visible at all times.
• Guests who dress like Disney characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs.
• Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused admission.

General event details and costume details from the official Disney website at disneyparks.disney.go.com/24-hour-event/