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When Will ‘Star Wars Land’ Open At Disneyland?

When Will 'Star Wars Land' Open At Disneyland


When can I book my Star Wars vacation? That’s the big question on the lips of every Disney fan.

We’ve taken a look at where ‘Star Wars Land’ will be built and what it may look like. In this post, we’ll try to figure out when we’ll finally see the new area debut at Disneyland.

Let’s start with what we do know and move on from there.

Keep on reading!

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What You Need To Know About ‘Star Wars Land’

Current Disneyland Boundary With Projected Star Wars Land Outline

A long time ago in theme park really, really close…

… Disney CEO Bob Iger unveiled a new ‘Star Wars Land’ for Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In this post, I’ll dive into everything we know about this new Disney ‘Land’ here in California, including a few educated guesses on how it might look.

Keep on reading!

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Where Will ‘Star Wars Land’ Be Built At Disneyland?

Backstage Areas Being Removed For Star Wars Land?

The world of Star Wars is heading to Disneyland, starting next year.

Let’s take a look at it’s likely location and what will need to go in order for us to visit a galaxy far, far away.

What Will Be Removed For ‘Star Wars Land’?

Disney has already announced the removal or relocation of several developed areas. The following locations will definitely be going away: Keep on reading!

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Are Kim & Kanye Taking Over Disneyland?

Sleeping Beauty Castle with Walt Disney

Disneyland fans may be alarmed to hear that on Monday, June 15th, the entire park will be closed. The rumor is that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have rented out the entire park for the day to celebrate their daughter North West’s second birthday.

Let me put your fears at rest. I can report, as confirmed by Disney, that these rumors are false. Disneyland will be open during regular park hours to all ticket guests and Annual Passholders. Keep on reading!

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At Least 7 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Real Sailing Ship Columbia

The Sailing Ship Columbia, Disneyland, CA

The Sailing Ship Columbia had been a Disneyland staple since it first opened in 1958. For this Memorial Day, I’ll look a little deeper into the history of the real ship this classic attraction is based on and give you some food for thought on your next voyage around the Rivers of America. Keep on reading!

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Ham & Cheese Quiche from Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe | Food Friday

The savory and moist Ham and Cheese Quiche from Jolly Holiday Cafe in Disneyland.

The savory and moist Ham and Cheese Quiche from Jolly Holiday Cafe in Disneyland.
The savory and moist Ham and Cheese Quiche from Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in Disneyland.

The Ham & Cheese Quiche is a savory favorite that makes for a great lunch or a light dinner. Enjoy the quaint atmosphere of Main Street, USA while you dig in to this Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe treat!

Food Facts

  • Dish: Ham & Cheese Quiche
  • Location: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, Main Street USA, Disneyland, California
  • Price: $7.79 USD
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Seasonality: Year-round
  • Ease of Eating: Sit-down, Knife-and-Fork
  • Allergy Considerations: Quiche: Milk, Eggs House Salad: Nuts, Milk, Cranberries
  • Jamie’s Opinion: Tasty quiche with an outstanding crust
  • Mom-in-Chief Scale: 3.3 out of 5
  • Envaluator Scale: 5 out of 5

What’s It Taste Like?

The Ham and Cheese Quiche tastes exactly as its described. You bite in and your mouth fills with the salty, savory taste of ham. The eggs are moist and fluffy, and the cheese has that nice cheddar tang to it.

The pastry is absolutely delicious. Living up to their name, the Jolly Holiday Bakery does not disappoint. I’m not usually big on the pastry part of a quiche or pot pie, but in this case I think it’s the best part of the dish. It is light, flaky, and delightfully buttery.

Is It Easy To Eat?

In my opinion this is a fork and knife dish, but, if you have the skills, you might be able to walk while taking bites. I’d save yourself the effort and enjoy a nice sit down. We had the same wax paper problem here as with the Harbour Galley baked potatoes and Breakfast Burritos from Tomorrowland Terrace, so I recommend removing the paper and eating off the plate to save yourself from the chunks of paper that may end up in your forkfuls.

The Ham & Cheese Quiche does break down into nicely bite-able chunks, so it’s a quick easy meal. Along with the side salad, you can get by forking away, or picking up little pieces with your fingers, but keep some napkins handy.

Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion

The house salad, a side dish option of the quiche, comes with pecans, cranberries, tomatoes, and goat cheese.
The house salad, a side dish option of the quiche, comes with pecans, cranberries, tomatoes, and goat cheese.

If you have your little one seated securely, the Ham & Cheese Quiche can be a very good option for mealtime. The ingredients are a hit, with the always popular egg and pastry crust. The cheese and ham are also usually well received so all-in-all we’ve got a winner.

Breaking the quiche down into bite-able chunks is easy to do with a fork and then you can spoon-feed or offer bits to your toddler, or let them feed themselves without too much mess. There will be more crumbling so keep that in mind, but in general this messiness quotient is controllable.

The appeal of the salad will depend on your little one’s tastes. If they like cranberries, there are some on the top, and the cherry tomatoes are actually quite sweet, if your kid goes for veggies.

Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion

Like the Caprese on Focaccia Bread, the quiche perfectly fits the theme of both Main Street USA and the world of Mary Poppins around the Jolly Holiday. You can see the Banks family politely consuming this savory dish and making indifferent, disinterested conversation.

The value of this dish is great too. Compared to the Jolly Holiday Combo, another simple meal served at the same restaurant, the quiche is almost two dollars cheaper for almost the same amount of food! If you’re looking to fill up on warm, savory comfort food, this is the perfect entree.

Conclusion

The Ham & Cheese Quiche is a light, enjoyable meal, served in an ideal location to enjoy a pleasant moment of rest while you can still feel connected to the hum and buzz of the park.

Have you tried the Ham & Cheese Quiche at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe? Let me know what you think in the comments below and sign up for our free weekly newsletter so you won’t miss future Food Friday posts (or any of our other great content). See ya’ real soon!

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Caprese on Focaccia Bread from Jolly Holiday Cafe | Food Friday

Caprese on Focaccia Bread from Jolly Holiday Cafe at Disneyland.

Caprese on Focaccia Bread from Jolly Holiday Cafe at Disneyland.
Caprese on Focaccia Bread from Jolly Holiday Cafe at Disneyland.

Enjoy the humming activity of Main Street USA while you savor the fresh flavors and tasty pastries of the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. On this Food Friday, we’ll take a closer look at their Caprese on Focaccia Bread, made up of sliced yellow tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and lettuce. The sandwich is seasoned with a creamy citrus aioli dressing, basil vinaigrette and balsamic glaze, and served with homemade potato chips.

Food Facts

  • Dish: Caprese on Focaccia Bread
  • Location: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, Main Street USA, Disneyland, California
  • Price: $9.29 USD
  • Cuisine: Italian/American
  • Seasonality: Year-round
  • Ease of Eating: Sit-down
  • Allergy Considerations: Milk, Eggs, Wheat
  • Jamie’s Opinion: Great, fresh flavors, but really difficult to eat
  • Mom-in-Chief Scale: 2.2 out of 5
  • Envaluator Scale: 2.3 out of 5

What’s It Taste Like?

Hold on tight to the Caprese on Focaccia Bread sandwich or you'll lose the insides.
Hold on tight to the Caprese on Focaccia Bread sandwich or you’ll lose the insides.

The inside of this sandwich is very tasty. There are generous portions of fresh mozzarella, all springy and savory. The slices of yellow tomato are juicy and the fresh basil is woodsy and complimentary. Having pesto in the aioli is a nice addition, as it really brings out the flavors of the cheese and tomatoes.

Delicious balsamic dressing and vinaigrette round out the palate, completing a great caprese salad inside two pieces of overly large, dry, crumbly focaccia. The bread is the only disappointing part and aside from trying to fit the whole sandwich into my mouth a couple of times, I had to give up on the bread completely and just enjoy the contents.

The chips don’t have a huge amount of flavor, but are crunchy and very potato-y, which is just how a chip should be. They aren’t too greasy or soft and they don’t have the ‘fryer-smell’ so typical of homemade chips.

Is It Easy To Eat?

The yellow tomato in the Caprese in Focaccia Bread sandwich is very slippery
The yellow tomato in the Caprese in Focaccia Bread sandwich is very slippery.

The Caprese on Focaccia Bread sandwich is huge! It’s too tall and not very mouth-size appropriate. At first I tried to cut it into pieces, but the bread just crumbled apart. I then tried squashing the bread so that it would fit into my mouth better, but it was too springy.

I’m not sure if this is how anyone else feels, but this is a recurring problem I have with focaccia. It’s not personal, it’s just too much bread for me. Focaccia looks really fancy, but it makes for a very messy sandwich.

Leftover slabs of thick focaccia on the Jolly Holiday Caprese sandwich
Leftover slabs of thick focaccia on the Jolly Holiday Caprese sandwich.

During my first bite, the mozzarella squeezed out and the creamy dressing dripped all over my hands. It was way easier just to deconstruct the sandwich and eat the middle bits.

Be careful with the wax paper when you ‘fork and knife’ the contents though, because is shreds just like with the baked potato at the Harbor Galley. It’s better just to take the paper off your plate before you get started.

Unlike the ‘wicker’ plastic bowls that you get with the baked potato, the Jolly Holiday has nice solid plates like the ones you get at the Plaza Inn. You can even ask for a plastic lid if you wanted to take your plate to-go.

Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion

A juicy slice of ripe yellow tomato in the Caprese on Focaccia Bread sandwich.
A juicy slice of ripe yellow tomato in the Caprese on Focaccia Bread sandwich.

The sandwich as a whole is not appealing for a kid, mainly due to the size. However, I have given it a higher rating due to the contents. Once you tear it into bite size pieces, you’ve got bread that you can give your toddler to munch on, though you might need to cut off the parts that have dressing on them.

The inside of the sandwich has cheese, always a kid favorite, and for your more veggie friendly tots, the yellow tomato slices are mild and tasty. My son Jack really liked the chips. The simple salty potato flavor had him hooked and he happily chomped away with his new little teeth.

You can eat the chips on the go, but given the messiness quotient of this sandwich, and the effort that it requires to deconstruct it, I would recommend that you grab a table and secure your little one in a high chair before you get started. They could probably manage the pieces that you cut up for them on their own without too much of a disaster, but I wouldn’t recommend letting them go at it on their own.

Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion

A moist, savory slab of mozzarella cheese in the Caprese in Focaccia Bread sandwich.
A moist, savory slab of mozzarella cheese in the Caprese in Focaccia Bread sandwich.

Let’s be honest: the Caprese on Focaccia Bread is overpriced. Some cheese and lettuce on bread with a slice of tomato isn’t worth $9.29. A simple assembly of pre-made ingredients is the only effort required to produce this item. Also, considering that the focaccia bread makes the sandwich as a whole inedible, the value of this dish lowers even further.

I kind of felt taken for a ride after eating this sandwich. If it were served as a generous caprese salad with a side piece of bread, things might be different. That would also be a cooler and more refreshing way to serve the dish on hot summer afternoons.

The sandwich ranks a little better on theme though, because it kind of reminds me of a Mary Poppins type of dish. Though she didn’t cook in the film, it feels like something the cook would have cut up and served as finger food on little trays to Jane and Michael in the nursery (which is another idea for Disney to ‘plus’ this offering).

Conclusion

Once you take away the focaccia, the rest of the sandwich is refreshing and delightful. A cool, savory meal on a warm day, or a light, health-conscious choice to ease your conscious on an indulgent holiday. However…is a sandwich still a sandwich if there is no bread? You tell me! 🙂

Have you tried the Caprese on Focaccia Bread at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe? Let me know what you think in the comments below and sign up for our free weekly newsletter so you won’t miss future Food Friday posts (or any of our other great content). See ya’ real soon!

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Review of Admiral Joe Fowler: The Lost Interview

Admiral Joe Fowler and Walt Disney aboard the Columbia at Disneyland.

More than any other person, except for Walt and Roy Disney, we have Admiral Joseph William Fowler to thank for creating Disneyland and Walt Disney World. He was an amazing man with a singular view on how both resorts came to be, as well as tons of insight about Walt Disney Company operations from the 50’s on.

Luckily, due to the generosity of some die-hard Disney fans, we’re all able to get a taste of what it was like to actually build The Happiest Place On Earth©, not to mention work with some of the most creative minds this country has seen, in an audio file called Admiral Joe Fowler: The Lost Interview. Keep on reading!

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Finding Nemo Submarines Still Running Dry at Disneyland

Finding Nemo Submarines with Space Mountain in the background at Disneyland.

Finding Nemo Submarines with Space Mountain in the background at Disneyland.
Finding Nemo Submarines with Space Mountain in the background at Disneyland.

The once mighty subs of ‘Liquid Space‘ still sit docked and dry at the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. While it stinks that we can’t go on the ride, it does give us an opportunity to see what really lies beneath the waters of the old mermaid hangout.

Let’s dive in and take a look.

Nemo Submarines Are Boxes Underwater

The Neptune and Mariner subs sit in dry dock in the Disneyland submarine lagoon.
The Neptune and Mariner subs sit in dry dock in the Disneyland submarine lagoon.

One interesting thing you can see in these construction pictures is the real shape of the submarines themselves. I always pictured the subs having a completely rounded vessel for a body, like a traditional sub has.

Side-view diagram of real submarine. Notice the rounded, tube-like shape of the entire body, allowing the vessel to slip through the water.
Side-view diagram of a real submarine. Notice the rounded, tube-like shape of the entire body, allowing the vessel to slip through the water.

But right below the waterline, you can see that the smooth curve changes to an angular box, which is what you actually sit in during the ride. Score one for the Imagineers who designed the subs. They really drew me into the story.

Construction bridges cross the dock of the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
Construction bridges cross the dock of the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

The boxy underside of the Finding Nemo Subs is revealed below the water line.
The boxy underside of the Finding Nemo Subs revealed below the water line.

Maintenance walkways lock the Finding Nemo Subs into their dry dock.
Maintenance walkways lock the Finding Nemo Subs into their dry dock.

Subs Are More Like A Trains Than Boats

The track and switching mechanism for the Finding Nemo Subs at Disneyland.
The track and switching mechanism for the Finding Nemo Subs at Disneyland.

Not only are the subs not shaped like the real thing, they don’t move like it either. You can see the track system hat guides each sub on its voyage to the ‘briny depths’. You can also see the switching mechanism that shunts the vehicles between the main and standby tracks.

Colorful strands of plastic seaweed sits on the dry floor of the Disneyland submarine lagoon.
Colorful strands of plastic seaweed sits on the dry floor of the Disneyland submarine lagoon.

Even though I know the subs are on a track, like the Mark Twain and Columbia, I still like to pretend that they’re floating free and independent; masters of their own destiny that will take me on great new adventures.

Dry lagoon and ride tracks for the Finding Nemo Subs.
Dry lagoon and ride tracks for the Finding Nemo Subs.

All of the exterior ride animatronics, like the seagulls, crabs, and scuba divers have been removed and are probably being refurbished backstage. The seaweed is still in place though, looking very much like clumps of plastic party leis strewn across the rocks.

The Finding Nemo Submarine track winds through rocks and seaweed.
The Finding Nemo Submarine track winds through rocks and seaweed.

You can see some black plastic garbage bags full of yellow kelp, presumably waiting to be installed.

A dry submarine lagoon in Disneyland.
A dry submarine lagoon in Disneyland.

Bags of neon colored seaweed and a popup tent sit in a dry submarine lagoon.
Bags of neon colored seaweed and a pop up tent sit in a dry submarine lagoon.

Conclusion

A sign on the construction wall of the Finding Nemo Subs.
A sign on the construction wall of the Finding Nemo Subs.

The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is scheduled to reopen September 27, 2014. It will have been closed for almost ten months, starting January 6th.

There have been a lot of rumors about the fate of Submarine Voyage, the most popular of which had it being re-themed to a Star Wars themed ride. How would you like a Jar-Jar-Binks styled Gungan ride through the oceans of Naboo? Count me out.

As you can see from the images above, the Star Wars rumor is definitely false, at least for now. All of the tiki statues and multi-colored kelp patches are still very much in place. I say let’s bring back Nemo and friends, but this time add something other than LCD screens and static models with flashing lights. Hopefully the Imagineers will pull a out a few exciting tricks that capture the magic the original ride had.

The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage still sits behind construction walls.
The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage still sits behind construction walls.

It took two days to drain the 5 million gallon submarine lagoon last January, so if the reverse is true you can expect to see it filling back up around September 25th. Even with the weakly themed Nemo parts of the ride, this attraction is still pretty awesome and I look forward to seeing what the next version has to offer.

Thanks for reading and we’ll see ya’ real soon!

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