Disney California Adventure will launch a food and beverage experience that is expected to kick off in mid-March during the spring season when the Anaheim theme park typically runs an annual food and wine festival.
“Currently planned to begin mid-March, we will debut an all-new, limited-time ticketed experience, focused on our world-famous food and beverage offerings from around the resort, the latest merchandise and unique, carefully crafted entertainment experiences,” Disneyland president Ken Potrock said in a letter to cast members.
The limited time food and beverage event will bring more than 700 Disney cast members back to work in addition to the 230 employees that have already returned to work along Buena Vista Street, according to theme park officials.
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“Teams are working as we speak to start recalling identified cast in the coming weeks,” Potrock said in the letter.
Disney California Adventure and Disneyland closed in March 2020 and are unlikely to return to full operation until spring or summer under COVID-19 health and safety reopening guidelines issued by the state. DCA’s Buena Vista Street returned for shopping and dining in November.
The new ticketed event is targeted to launch in mid-March, take place multiple days per week and include some entertainment but no parades or attractions.
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Many of the details of the new DCA food and beverage event have yet to be announced.
There isn’t a name for the event, a description of what it will involve, how much of DCA will be involved, when it will start or how long it will run.
The event will be ticketed but a price has not been announced and it remains to be seen if the free Buena Vista Street experience will continue or not.
One thing is clear: The new Avengers Campus will not be part of the new event. Additional details on what may be offered to legacy annual passholders will be announced at a later date.
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The new limited time food and beverage event will run during what is typically the Disney California Adventure Food Wine Festival season that runs from late February through April. Knott’s Berry Farm has been running a series of themed food and wine events without rides or attractions during the pandemic.