Disneyland is getting ready to debut another new interactive game later this week as the ongoing Legends of Frontierland game continues to draw a big following from enthusiastic park guests. The new Adventure Trading Company will be a pay-per-play experience, sending players on quests in Adventureland to collect special pieces of “Juju.” We’ll fill you in on what this new game will entail in today’s blog and also update you on some finishing touches in New Orleans Square and some on-going projects and refurbishments around the park.
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|Welcome to Disneyland!|
The All-American College Band is performing six days a week at the parks now for their summer run and are, as always, not to be missed!
No big news at Disney California Adventure as that park enjoys another successful summer, post-reimagining.
|Let the Juju Begin!|
The new Adventure Trading Co. interactive game will set up shop in Adventureland starting Friday.
The new game is a pay-per-play experience that sends players on one of nine “expeditions”, each one with a special “Juju” that is awarded upon completing the expedition. Jujus are “hand-carved artifacts” that represent the different traditions or qualities of Adventureland’s people. Expeditions require players to buy an item and then complete a task, such as buying Adventureland’s newspaper (“The Daily Gnus”) and tracking clues in the newspaper to earn an elephant-shaped Juju.
- Piranhahaha (Humor)
Tell a Jungle Cruise-style joke
- Snake (Courage)
Drink a “Venomade,” a new boba drink available at Bengal Barbecue
- Treehouse (Discovery)
Discover magic by placing the Juju in petroglyph rocks at Tarzan’s Treehouse
- Elephant (Tracking)
Follow clues in “The Daily Gnus” newspaper
- Pineapple (Goodwill)
Buy a “This Side Up” Pineapple Parfait and recognize fellow explorers for their adventurous traits
- Tiki Bird (Observation)
Photograph five birds.
- Eye of Mara (Knowledge)
Complete a special “trial of knowledge”
- Crocodile Tooth (Storytelling)
- Tiki Mask (Friendship)
Buy a postcard and find the missing ingredients for Juju Juice at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.
Juju will also be able to be traded between Guests and Cast Members, much like Disney Trading Pins. Guests wanting to trade Juju with a Cast Member will have to go one step further and respond to a “hook” from the Cast Member, such as sharing the story of how the Guest earned the Juju they’re trading.
The new game, which was play tested at the 2013 D23 Expo, will begin its month-long engagement at Disneyland starting Friday. Unlike the free Legends of Frontierland game currently underway in Frontierland, the new Adventure Trading Company will require guests buying into the game in order to play. Are you willing to pay to play in return for a piece of Juju?
|Magic Kingdom Makeovers|
Back on Main Street, no noticeable movement to see on the new Guest Flow Corridors behind Main Street. Below, work underway at the old American Egg House facade, where the new eastern Guest Flow Corridor will empty into Town Square.
Back in Adventureland, the stairs to nowhere between the Adventureland Bazaar and South Seas Traders are behind walls.
Back in New Orleans Square, the finishing touches on the big Club 33-related New Orleans Square changes continue, with ironwork getting fixed up as props go back up on the balconies.
The giant new windows along the main Club 33 hallway still break the forced perspective in this part of New Orleans Square. The faux balconies/wrought iron help blending in the questionable new facade design.
Up on the rooftops of New Orleans Square, it looks like the new fall safety additions are also finished. Lots of new faux walls and wrought iron railings have been added for maintenance employee safety.
I took a walk through New Orleans Square Saturday evening to see how the Club 33-related changes look after dark. Below, the original Club 33 door on the left, with Le Bat en Rouge on the right… up above, some of what was the old Trophy Room and original upstairs entrance to the Club.
The new off-centered window above Cafe Orleans. This window replaced some faux windows and balconies on the outside and a fireplace on the inside of the Club’s main dining room. This window is actually visually centered from inside the club. It’s rather bright at night, drawing attention to itself in a way the original Club 33 never did.
Looking down Orleans Street at the new bridge connecting the Club’s main dining room and the new jazz lounge.
Over in Tomorrowland, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage refurbishment continues…
The Port Royal shop in New Orleans Square has received the first items from the massive new Haunted Mansion merchandise collection that Disney is releasing in celebration of the ride’s 45th Anniversary.
|Drink up me hearties (for a good cause)!|
As you may know, the Disneyana Fan Club hosts their annual convention over Disneyland’s anniversary weekend every year. As part of this year’s show, the Walt Disney Birthplace was on hand to raise money for the restoration of Walt Disney’s birth home in Chicago. As part of the Walt Disney Birthplace Foundation’s fundraising efforts they’ve revived the O-Zell Soda Company, the failed company that Elias Disney, Walt’s father, had once invested in.
In 2013, Dina Benadon and Brent Young purchased the home where Walt Disney was born (as well as older brother Roy and younger sister Ruth), in order to restore and preserve it as a historical site, museum, and community resource. The house was originally designed and built in 1893 by Flora and Elias Disney, Walt’s parents.
To support the fundraising effort for the restoration project, Benadon and Young have revived The O-Zell Soda Company. O-Zell was first introduced in the early 20th Century with major investors including Elias and Flora Disney. Young said, “Dina and I were fascinated to learn about the Disney family connection to O-Zell. When we discovered that O-Zell planned to create a line of sodas, but never did, the wheels started turning. We soon realized that this was a perfect tie-in to raising funds to help restore the Disney Family Birthplace.”
Benadon added, “We worked with an amazing team and developed delicious premium craft sodas with 100% all natural ingredients, including Hawaiian pure cane sugar and NO high fructose corn syrup.”
I was excited for the opportunity to buy some of the new O-Zell sodas when I saw them for sale at the Disneyana show, seeing it as a chance to support a good cause relevant to my interest in Disney history.
The sodas are currently available in two flavors: Vanilla Dream and Blue Ribbon Root Beer. I picked up a four pack of the Blue Ribbon Root Beer, a $15 donation at the show ($25 for a 12-pack online). They may seem pricey but the sodas are very, very good and all proceeds go toward preserving a big piece of Disney history, so it’s really a win-win.
The good folks working on the Walt Disney Birthplace project (including MiceChat’s very own Dustysage) have big plans for the house that Walt’s dad built and what the house will mean for the surrounding community in Chicago.
Work is now underway to restore the house Walt Disney was born in to its original state, eventually becoming a community hub for a new early childhood development and creativity program in Chicago. Below, a rendering of Walt Disney’s birth home as it will appear once its fully restored.
The folks at O-Zell are currently giving away a two-pack sampler of their new sodas and you can enter-to-win it below!
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If you’d like to contribute to a good cause by buying some O-Zell soda, head on over to O-Zell.com now! For more information on the Walt Disney Birthplace project and to learn how you can contribute, visit TheWaltDisneyBirthplace.org.
|This and That|
And finally, don’t miss the latest episode of the MiceChat Podcast, where the crew talks about their favorite new theme park additions of the summer!
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
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|Alright, that wraps up this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland. Are you excited to play the new Adventure Trading Company game or will you be saving your money for new Haunted Mansion souvenirs instead? What do you think of the New Orleans Square changes at night? Let us know in the comments section below!
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