Why Isn’t Disneyland Doing More?

This is the question on the mind of many a Disneylander. If Knott’s can do it, why can’t Disneyland? Are they holding out until they can open the complete parks. Or should I say “have” they been holding out, because it doesn’t look like this is going to happen this year at all. They’ve missed holding a Halloween event like Knott’s Berry Farm’s “Fall o’Ween,” complete with treat trail. Will Disneyland do something special for Christmas? A Holiday Food & Wine Event in DCA, perhaps?

That also doesn’t seem likely when you look at how they’re doing Downtown Disney – Halloween merch and treats but no decorations As a Disneyland fan, I feel really let down by Disney. There’s so much more they could be doing. Isn’t there? Isn’t this a time they should be reaching out to their fans, providing that extra Disney magic where possible? (We could all use some Disney magic about now.)

Or are we not privvy to what might be preventing them from doing what Knotts is doing? Or are they only interested in selling us more merch without offering any atmosphere to go with it? More money, less effort. Take, for example, the newly-opened Stage 17, a dark warehouse full of Disneyland merch, located just inside DCA, but you’d never know it.

We don’t need more Disney stores, more merch, more treats designed for Instagram with vloggers trolling the place – lol. Where’s the atmosphere that Disney is famous for – that’s why we go – much more than for the rides. I’ve had my own roller coaster ride with the closing of Disneyland for 7 months and counting, but before it opens again, we need some serious changes.

The biggest change for us is veering away from the “Two4Disney” identity – we’re so much more than that. It’s just something we chose for the online “Passporter” community back in 2002 and it stuck, especially when we first moved to Florida and were going to Disney World so often. As you can see in the header, it’s still there but just not front and center. 🙂

Disneyland Fights Back

Okay, after yesterday’s news that Newsom stated that there’s no hurry to open Disneyland any time soon (contradicting his smarmy tease earlier) confirming what we’d already suspected (why else “leak” guidelines that make it impossible), I thought this blog would go dark as my protest.

But today Disney Parks released this “true, scientific, and data-filled” statement, which I appaud (click on pic to enlarge):

It’s such an injustice and if ever there was a cause besides religious freedom that I would be willing to join forces in protest, it would be this one (at least in my head – lol!)

This is getting as crazy as this year’s presidential race! Enough already!

Disneyland Opening Stage 17 in DCA

I have mixed feelings about the opening of Stage 17 on the edge of DCA as a gift shop. Yes, something actually inside DCA is opening but you can only enter it from the esplanade so you’re not actually entering or seeing inside DCA.

Yes, perhaps, it’s the first step in a big domino effect – or is it? That we do not know. What I do know is that the longer Disneyland is closed, the more upset I am. I didn’t move all the way back from Florida to be locked out of Disneyland, the place I’ve been going to since I was a small child, the place that feels like home and family to me. And the place I miss the most when we’re in Florida. Disneyland is not just a theme park.

To learn more and watch the discussion, check out FreshBaked’s video on YouTube (if I can find the link button on the new WordPress interface, which I still hate). Just discovered how to revert to the Classic Editor – yay!!!

But I’d be so very happy if they’d open the Grand Californian, Napa Rose, and other restaurants inside the GC. Now that would be making progress!

One year ago, we were having dinner at Napa Rose, enjoying some of the Halloween treats on display in the Grand Californian lobby.

Trump Trumps Disneyland Reopening?

The latest Disneyland drama is that Disneyland asked the state of California to delay publishing those super restrictive guidelines until after they’ve had a chance to present their case. Now why wasn’t that happening anyway? The governor made comments like they were working together, when, in fact, it seems not, since he was willing to publish those guidelines that pretty much prohibited Disneyland to re-open until this whole “Bob” thing was over. And since they weren’t published last Friday, as expected, we’re assuming talks are under way.

And, then, of course, you’ve probably heard about Bob Igor leaving the Governor’s “Economic Recovery Task Force,” which must be practically nonexistence since California is being so strict.

But will the news that Trump has “the Bob” affect Disneyland’s reopening? How will people react? Hide under their beds? I know I feel like being even more cautious, although I think things should open up safely to allow people to make their own decisions about whether to participate in something.

Trump has been really stupid, no doubt about it, but that’s the classic Narcissist for you. The rules don’t apply to them. They’re above it all. And when you question them, you get Lies, lies, lies, and more lies. You can’t call them on it so you use the word “confusion” a lot, which is the word the coverage regarding his health is using quite a bit.

Having had a close, lifelong relationship with a Narcissistic family member, I know how this goes. Only I didn’t know what was going on for so long because I didn’t understand Narcissism. Everything was confusion. Until I knew. And then it all made sense. But making sense of it or not, it still makes me sick. I’ve had enough of lies.

I pray for President Trump’s recovery, and for the world’s recovery, physically, economically, and spiritually.

PS – This is the first I was forced to use the new block editor in WordPress and I hate it. Will I get used to it, move this blog or will this be the end of blogging for me? Not sure yet.

Disneyland Reopening Guidelines Leaked or… How to Look Good as a Politician

We were just saying last night how the Disneyland drama is making California Governor Newsom look bad and what was he going to do about that?

How about release the guidelines to open theme parks? But… what about when the guidelines are so strict, you can’t imagine them opening any time soon. Win, win, right? Not if you’re in the theme park business or employee or fan.

Why provide opening guidelines so much stricter than theme parks in other states (Florida) and/or other countries? Locals only? Yellow tier? I could see orange tier (the OC isn’t even there yet), but yellow? This “thing” will be over by then.

I’d say Governor Newson won this one. What will be Disneyland’s response? Or, perhaps, this is just the beginning of negotiations.

Anyway, check out the details and what David of FreshBakedDisney (YouTube) has to say here.

Is Disney Playing Hardball?

In spite of the haters on YouTube who like to come at me for saying so, there are two (guilty) players to this whole Disneyland drama: the State of California and Disney itself. I’ve worked behind-the-scenes in IT at Team Disney, as I mentioned in this post, and I have an inkling of what goes on.

From now on, I will be keeping my comments right here on this blog.

And I say this:

  1. The CMs are pawns
  2. The guests are not being treated with respect
  3. And the people of California are suffering, whether they realize it or not

Looks like David has suspicions as well. Check out today’s video:

 

 

Good News, Bad News, and Whatever You Make of It News

The Bad News:

Click on graphic to read the letter from Josh about the Disney layoffs:

The Good News:

Nevada has lifted some of their restrictions, including church gatherings that can now hold (from 50) up to 250 per venue. This also includes live entertainment so that should help some of our neighbors in the entertainment business. You can read the details here.

The Whatever You Make of It News:

The Debate. I didn’t watch last night – too late to get all rile up before bed – lol! Besides, I didn’t need to see the Lunatic President throwing tantrums. But I did peek in this morning. And from the first moment I saw Biden’s smarmy political smile, I knew there was no way I want him for president.

Trump may be a pathological lying Narcissist, but Biden is another kind of dishonest clown. A bit of an ass, really. I would actually give the first round to Trump, which totally surprised me. Trump is totally right about many things, including Obamacare sucking and that the Individual Mandate was its main problem. The problem is, where is its replacement? The thing is, I don’t like Trump’s methods, and I don’t always agree with him, he often blows smoke, but I often do agree with Trump’s policies. There, I said it.

The thing is, if Biden loses, I’d hate to see the riots in the streets. The Democrats didn’t taking losing very well last time. I almost want them to win just to calm them down. Give the children some candy so they’ll stop screaming.

Napa Rose, City Leaders, and 18 California State Legislators

A few weeks back, we had to get this Napa Rose wall hanging for our kitchen just to have a piece of Napa Rose at home.

Napa Rose is our favorite Disney restaurant and our go-to place for holidays and celebrations. And that’s probably what we miss most. When indoor dining was banned, we realized Napa Rose wasn’t going to open. But now that indoor dining is allowed in Orange County, why aren’t Napa Rose, the Grand Californian and other Disneyland hotels/restaurants opening?

It’s very difficult to understand what is happening in California, especially when very few are privvy to the insider stuff. But  we saw this video about the 3-city coalition in Orange County pleading with the governor to open theme parks and even 18 California State Legislators are pleading for the Governor to open the theme parks. What is the hold-up?

Obviously, it’s not just Disneyland so (1) Why aren’t the theme parks being given guidance (2) Why isn’t Disneyland opening the hotels like WDW did and/or (3) Why isn’t Disneyland offering special events inside the theme parks like Knott’s Berry Farm?

This is why we Disney fans are so flummoxed. I’m trying to let it go and focus what we can do on our upcoming Knott’s trip. But, still, the California theme park drama is infuriating, frustrating, bewildering, and a bit crazy-making!

#Disneyland and the #Cruise Industry: Let’s Get This Party Started!

Disneyland and the cruise industry seem to have one thing in common (besides the fact that both are our favorite recreational choices): lots of talk about what they’re doing to restart but without any real dates. Both tried last summer and both were shot down.

The latest video I saw, uploaded by Sharon at Sea, was called “Carnival Cruise Line: Gearing up to Cruise Again.”

It looks awesome to me, and Florida and Europe have actually pulled it off, proving that what they are doing works. But restarting cruising in North America and Disneyland out west is still just talk. I’m starting to think by the time cruising and Disneyland actually get back to business, this whole situation will be over. And maybe that’s what Governor Newsom and the CDC are hoping for.

Enough delays. Give us some real dates. Give us something to start feeling!

If you’re feeling it, check out these videos (music created/produced by me during 50/90):

Cruising: Can You Feel It?

Disneyland Reopening: Can You Feel It?

Disneyland Update

While my favorite Disneyland vloggers are covering the Knott’s Berry Farm “Fall O’Ween” event, ever-faithful David of Fresh-Baked continues to cover Disneyland updates in a positive, upbeat way, meaning there really isn’t much to update, except for Galaxy’s Edge merch now available at Downtown Disney.

Still, his footage of Main Street uncovers my emotion and devotion to Disneyland and my own positive hopes that it will open up in some way soon.

As the old Mervyn’s commercials used to say, “Open, open, open…”

Yay Knotts Berry Farm, Boo Disneyland

Watching “The Royal Dorks” (aka “FreshBaked Disney) and “Best Life and Beyond” (BLAB) on YouTube, we did some serious Trader Joe’s Fall haul ourselves. Rich made us the Pumpkin pancakes this morning with the Trader Joe’s cinnamon swirl topping to go with the pumpkin coffee. The pancakes with the swirl tasted like pumpkin pie. Yum for me, not so much for Rich.

The “Taste of Fall-o-ween” at Knott’s Berry Farm started on Friday and will go through Nov. 1. We have tickets for late October. The first video we saw posted was by “Ordinary Adventures” yesterday (these vloggers are super nice and actually respond to your comments, which seems to be rare in the Disney community), and this morning we saw Adam the Woo with several vlogger guests. No doubt more videos will be posted soon. “BLAB” just posted theirs, and I’ll update this post and more videos that we watch are available.

We give kudos to Knott’s for doing such an awesome job opening under these conditions and giving their fans something wonderful. Giving us a real Halloween! Something Disneyland could do, right? Really taking offense that they are not.

They’re definitely earning our business and we’re more likely to buy a Knott’s AP next year rather than one for Disneyland.

“Disneyland Reopening in Limbo” – What is Disneyland *Not* Telling Us?

Like the Disney vloggers, I got pretty excited with all the talk of Disneyland reopening being “imminent” to quote Governor Newsom. I even put together this video, a montage of Disneyland scenes with my song, “Can You Feel it?” But since then, nothing. Not only that, but check out the link to the article I found on the Disney Food Blog, “Disneyland Reopening in Limbo,” according to Disneyland President.

As lame as Governor Newsom is, what isn’t Disneyland telling us? To be frank, it’s obvious, that they haven’t really been all that communicative throughout this situation. The cruise industry has been much more vocal with each step of the process. I also put together a cruise video with my song, “Can You Feel it”? but apparently cruisers aren’t interested because I’ve had very few views, compared to the Disneyland version of “Can You Feel it?” Perhaps they have other sources, like the cruise industry themselves. Disneyland fans are so hungry for any news, that they’re more likely to click on the Disneyland video.

I find it quite hard to believe Disneyland is as innocent as they are trying to portray. I feel like they are letting down their fans. Why aren’t they doing what other theme parks in California are doing, especially Knott’s Berry Farm, opening it up with a separate admission ticket with food and wine and shopping? What isn’t Disney telling us about Disneyland?

Having worked on the inside at Team Disney in Florida, I know the bullying tactics Disney executives use. They certainly don’t want to reveal that. But what are they doing? Really? What is going on behind the scenes? They’re not as innocent as they want to portray. Are they bullying the governor, making it more difficult for any kind of negotiation? Or is Newsom the biggest jack*** just totally ignoring the industry? These days it’s hard to know who to believe. We’re not being the whole story about so many things.

A travel agent on twitter told me not to count on Disneyland opening this year and to book a trip to Florida instead. A trip to Florida is definitely in the planning stages, no doubt about that. And I’m just not sure we’ll stop in at Downtown Disney on our next SoCal trip. I’m so done with that. In fact, I’m pretty done with California.

Or maybe not…