A few months ago, I had a special opportunity to photograph Walt Disney’s apartment located above the Main Street Fire Station for the Disneyland archive. I know many guests have stood on Main Street, U.S.A., and looked up at the apartment window to see that the lamp has been left on in Walt’s memory. Today, in honor of Walt’s birthday, I’d like to share one of my favorite photos taken that day – showing the view as he would have seen it, looking out that very window.
posted on December 5th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
posted on December 5th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please CLICK HERE to view a list of the accepted event attendees. If you are on the list and do not receive a confirmation email by 5 p.m. EST today, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.
What better day than Walt’s birthday to share an opportunity to join us for a special meet-up featuring a Practically Perfect preview screening of Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before it opens in U.S. theatres on December 20.
Our Disney Parks Blog meet-up begins at 9 p.m. EST (doors open 8 p.m. EST) on Friday, December 13, 2013. At the event, you’ll be able to see “Saving Mr. Banks” at the Premiere Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Two-time ®Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar® winner Tom Hanks are featured in the film that’s inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.
RSVP now by sending us an email with your name, address and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com. Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees will be selected for the event, so be one of the first to sign up.
Also, there are a few things you should know:
- All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
- Limit one guest per registrant.
- We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
- If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in at the front entrance of Disney’s Hollywood Studios for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
- Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
- “Saving Mr. Banks” is rated PG-13
- Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
- Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
- If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
- The event is subject to change or cancellation.
This post will be updated after capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Hope to see you there.
Imagineers Add a Piece of Snow White’s Scary Adventures to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park
posted on December 5th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Who’s ready for a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train update?
Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering recently reached another milestone in the construction of the attraction with the overnight addition of a few scenic elements guests will encounter at the top of the mine train’s first lift. When mine cars pull out of the load area, they’ll travel up the track to the top of the mountain, where a jib crane sits topped by two ominous vultures, the latter of which originally appeared in the park’s original Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction. This is the last stop before the mine train’s cars plunge into a mine shaft.
Check out the photos of the recent overnight install below.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set to debut in 2014 in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. Got questions? Be sure to check out our previous blog posts on the attraction.
To learn more about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, check out these posts below:
- Behind the Scenes: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Car Completes Drop Test at Magic Kingdom Park
- This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Princess Fairytale Hall Opens Its Doors, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Marks A Milestone
- Live Chat: Talk Princess Fairytale Hall & Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at 2:15 p.m.
- A Magical Delivery: Project Team Members Receive Key Piece of a New Disney Parks Attraction
posted on December 5th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Today, we celebrate the man who started it all, Walt Disney. Back in 2001, Walt Disney World Resort celebrated what would have been Walt’s 100th birthday during the yearlong 100 Years of Magic Celebration.
posted on December 4th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
Are your bags packed? Because this latest window shopping post is all about discovering the magic of the holidays around the world.
posted on December 4th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
Ever since my first visit, Castaway Cay has been one of my absolute favorite travel destinations. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the island many times, including anovernight stay and a day there with only Disney friends for special projects. Along the way, I’ve discovered several ways to make a day at this paradise island even more magical.
posted on December 4th, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director
One of the things I love most about fashion is its ability to transform a person’s look, mood and personality. Some style mavens make such a statement, it can even transport those around them to another place and time.
posted on December 4th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Last year, we introduced a new way to send holiday greetings from the Disneyland Resort to your friends and family: The Merrier Card Maker! The customizable, interactive greeting returns this year, bringing holiday cheer with the help of Mickey Mouse and his friends. The site is so easy and fun, I couldn’t resist sending a special message to my favorite co-worker, Michelle Harker. Check it out!
posted on December 4th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
World Showcase in Epcot is one of my favorite places to shop at Walt Disney World Resort. With Holidays Around the World returning to Epcot, I recently spent some time strolling through the 11 World Showcase pavilions looking for great gift ideas. Here are a few highlights from my travels.
posted on December 4th, 2013 by Anne Savage, Ph.D., Conservation Director, Disney’s Animal Programs
The 2013 sea turtle nesting season is over, and the results are in. This year, we had a record number of sea turtle nests on the beach near Disney’s Vero Beach Resort!