Thor is joining Tony Stark in Tomorrowland as a new meet-and-greet and movie prop exhibit moves into an underutilized portion of the huge Innoventions builing. The meet-and-greet will open in November to promote the upcoming Thor: The Dark World movie, which hits theaters November 8. Meanwhile, the finishing touches are going in on Main Street, U.S.A.‘s newly-expanded and remodeled Market House as the new Starbucks Coffee location gets ready to open this week. Cast Members have been getting the first look at the new space during previews over the weekend. Meanwhile, Disneyland‘s popular Halloween Time season continues with a variety of special menu items, desserts and treats available to enjoy throughout both theme parks.
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Moving this sign makes sense – while the Carnation Cafe serves coffee and espresso drinks, the sit-down restaurant isn’t as accessible to guests as the Blue Ribbon Bakery was and the new Starbucks location will be.
Correction, 09/23/13 1:50 p.m.: This new beige wall/box on top of Snow White Scary Adventures is not related to the fall safety additions currently being added in Fantasyland. This wall is part of the set-up for the “Halloween Screams” fireworks show. – Andy
Innoventions became home to “Iron Man Tech” earlier this spring, in support of the theatrical release of “Iron Man 3.” The Iron Man exhibit, which took over an empty corner of Innoventions’ upstairs area, was slated to close in this month but has now been extended indefinitely.
The Iron Man exhibit has helped breathe a bit of new life into the massive Innoventions building, with actual queues forming for Innoventions for the first time in years when the exhibit first opened in April. The hype has since died down, but Iron Man Tech remains a popular feature of Innoventions as there isn’t much else in the building that holds guest interest for very long.
With the success of the Iron Man Tech exhibit, it was little surprise in August when Disney announced the park would receive a new Thor meet-and-greet, in support of the upcoming “Thor: The Dark World” movie. Most fans assumed the Thor meet-and-greet would also call Innoventions home, and Disney confirmed last week that Thor will meet guests in Innoventions starting November 1, a week before the new movie hits theaters. The meet-and-greet will include “Thor: Treasures of Asgard,” an exhibit of movie props.
Walls are now up next to Iron Man Tech, around the old St. Joseph Hospital exhibit, which had been a part of Innoventions since 2000. For years now, half-functional late 90s-era medical technology displays, video clips and set design have been horribly out-of-date.
Below, Disney’s description of the new Thor meet-and-greet:
Astrophysicist Jane Foster, who established a special relationship with Thor, has been studying the “Bifrost,” a cosmic bridge that allows Thor to travel between the Nine Realms, including Earth. She has determined that the Bifrost is set to open again in Southern California and pinpointed the precise location as Innoventions at Disneyland park. Inside Innoventions, Foster and her team are preparing for the opening of the Bifrost with the installation of Thor: Treasures of Asgard, a collection of objects brought to Earth straight from Asgard. After viewing the exhibit, you’ll be invited to enter a chamber where the Bifrost will transport you to Asgard for an audience with Thor himself!
While it’ll be nice to see something move in here, it’s kind of disappointing to see Disney’s big Marvel acquisition so-far translate to cheap photo-ops in Disneyland and Monorail wraps at Walt Disney World.
Meanwhile, Halloween Time is well underway and Disneyland is offering a nice variety of special Halloween Time-exclusive special menu items, snacks and desserts. The candy shops on Main Street, Buena Vista Street and in Critter County and Downtown Disney are well stocked with a variety of Halloween Time confections. Below, Cake Pops
At Plaza Inn, the Pumpkin Minnie Demitasse, in a souvenir mug with flourless chocolate cake, pumpkin and chocolate mousse, candy corn and chocolate shavings. This is also available at the Jolly Holiday Bakery.
Halloween Wicked Grilled Chicken with roasted mushrooms, Swiss cheese, arugula and spicy roasted red pepper aioli. The sandwich sounds great but I was a little disappointed with it when we tried it on Saturday – it was pretty bland, overall.
Other offerings in the parks include:
- Pepper Jack Skellington Burger at Carnation Cafe, on grilled sourdough with white cheddar, pepper jack, red onions and spicy burger sauce
- Coq au vin (chicken braised with wine, bacon, mushrooms and garlic) and pumpkin beignets at Cafe Orleans
- Roasted pork tenderloin Wellington (with scotch bonnet pepper harissa sauce!) at Blue Bayou Restaurant
…as well as other offerings available only during the special-ticket Mickey’s Halloween Party.
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[center]Celebrate Pirates Week
at Disneyland Park
September 23-29, 2013[/center]
Disneyland is celebrating “Pirates Week” this week with the return of pirate-themed entertainment in New Orleans Square and on Tom Sawyer Island including The Bootstappers and Captain Jack Sparrow. Below is Disney’s official blurb on the offering.
Avast! Make way to Disneyland Park for a full week of Limited Time Magic inspired by “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” Be ye regaled in New Orleans Square by The Bootstrappers pirate band while a scurvy bunch of bilge rats looking for new recruits takes over the Sailing Ship Columbia. Set sail, or follow destiny to the Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer’s Island, where ye may encounter a scallywag with a comical parrot sidekick or perhaps make the acquaintance of Captain Jack Sparrow himself! And don’t forget The Pirates League‚Äîavailable for both kids and adults from September 20 to October 31, 2013‚Äîlocated at Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Sign up now to collect a set of complimentary pirate teeth, available while supplies last!
[center]Collect an “Iron Man 3”
and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Poster
at Disneyland Park
Now, while supplies last[/center]
You can get a free double-sided poster promoting Iron Man 3 on Blu-ray and the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show for free at Innoventions, while supplies last. Below is Disney’s official information on it.
Experience the latest Iron Man technology firsthand at Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries, an interactive exhibit at Innoventions in Disneyland Park. This is your chance to virtually “suit up” and test out Iron Man’s Mark 42! Plus, as part of Limited Time Magic, you can take home a special poster celebrating the release of Iron Man 3 on Blu-ray as well as ABC’s new TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‚Äîboth debuting September 24th! Enjoy all the action as you go behind the mask with Tony Stark on his latest adventure, and don’t miss the premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM / 7:00 PM Central on ABC.
[center]Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl Screening
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disneyland Park
September 19, 2013[/center]
Passholders can attend a screening of the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” film at the Main Street Opera House this week.
- Disney California Adventure Park After-Hours Event for Annual Passholders
- Registration and wristband distribution for the event will begin at 12:00 PM (noon) on the day of the event at the Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House in Disneyland Park.
- All participating Annual Passholders must present their active Annual Passports to the event Cast Member to check event availability and to register and receive an event wristband. Photo ID may be required.
- Registration must be completed in person at the Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House in Disneyland Park on the day of the event only; no phone reservations or other registration will be accepted.
- This is an all-ages event. However, all participating Guests ages 3 and older must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event. Children under 3 may attend the event as long as there is space available and they receive an event wristband during the registration process.
- It is recommended that all members of your party register together to help ensure that everyone receives an event wristband.
- For assistance, you may contact the Annual Passport Member Services team at (714) 781-PASS (7277).
In celebration of Pirates Week at the Disneyland Resort, Annual Passholders can attend a screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl at the Main Street Opera House in Disneyland Park.
Dates & Time
Monday, September 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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Our friends at DisneyGeek.com have these videos of the “This Is Halloween” cover the band has been performing at the end of their 8 p.m. set.
And at the end of their 9 p.m. set, the band has been performing “The Time Warp” from the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”
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