The clocks just struck midnight at Disneyland Paris and they’re bringing in a bright and beautiful New Year with some amazing fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle. This year, our friends are hosting an “unforgettable” party at the parks as well. Stay tuned, Walt Disney World is next.
posted on December 31st, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
posted on December 31st, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
That’s right, the first Disney Park is celebrating the New Year. Our friends in Tokyo Disneyland just started 2011 and soon we will too. And as our parks begin the new year, we’ll be sharing special wishes for a joyful new year from each location – ending with Disneyland Resort. Be sure and check back tonight.
posted on December 30th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company
I was curious to see which videos received the most views, and I wanted to share the results with you. Here they are, in order of popularity, with the number one post receiving the most views:
- Hidden Mickeys – This video shows various Mickey Mouse shapes that Walt Disney Imagineers have strategically placed throughout the Disneyland Resort. We call these “hidden” shapes “Hidden Mickeys.”
- Sneak Peek at the New Star Tours – At the Star Wars Celebration V fan event, fans caught a first glimpse of a new video that will appear in the queue area of the re-imagined Star Tours attraction in 2011.
- Mickey Talks! – Some guests at Disneyland park were treated to a unique experience with Mickey Mouse during “playtesting” at Mickey’s house in Toontown. Mickey, who usually saves his voice for shows and parades, talked with guests and interacted with them in never-before-seen ways.
- “World of Color” Aerial – This rare footage was shot from a fixed-wing aircraft at approximately 1,800 feet above Disney California Adventure park. This is my favorite video of the year, so I’m sharing the video with you again today.
- Radiator Springs Racers – This behind-the-scenes video showed the first early ride system tests for Radiator Springs Racers, the E-ticket attraction coming to Cars Land in 2012.
Which of these five videos is your personal favorite?
posted on December 30th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Wow, what a wonderful year we’ve had on the blog. It’s been a blast making the rounds around the parks and sharing first looks, behind-the-scenes peeks and updates on topics that mean the most to you. Before we move on to a new year of content and conversations, here’s a look at some of your favorite posts of 2010.
posted on December 29th, 2010 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
I’m always looking for a different angle, view or time of day to photograph Sleeping Beauty Castle. The Castle is the most photographed icon here at the Disneyland Resort, so it’s no easy task to find something new.
This one was taken just before sunrise so I used a slower shutter speed to get a little more blue color in the photo and a larger aperture to get some stars effects off the lights in the foreground.
posted on December 29th, 2010 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort
How many costumes have you seen at Disneyland Resort? Ok, stop counting! The answer is that we have more than 800 costumes and a fabulous team that is charged with keeping them in perfect shape. Our many costumes are a part of what brings each land to life – they are an important piece of telling each and every story. Today we’re introducing you to our costuming cast members and taking a behind-the-scenes peek at the work they do – from sorting to stitching and more. Check out the video below to hear from Debi Ashley, a cast member and costuming lead with more than 19 years of experience.
posted on December 29th, 2010 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager
With 2011 right around the corner, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at some of the talent confirmed for next year’s Night of Joy.
For our 29th year, Grammy-nominated, GMA Dove Award-winning bands mercyme (who were recently named America’s Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist at the 2010 American Music Awards), Skillet and newboys, along with Grammy-winners Jars of Clay return to kick off two exciting nights of Contemporary Christian Music, Sept. 9-10, 2011 at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World.
In addition to the spectacular bands, Christian superstars TobyMac, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West and Kutless also will light up Magic Kingdom stages at this year’s event. 2010 GMA Dove Award Female Vocalist of the Year Francesca Battistelli, 2010 GMA Dove Award New Artist of the Year Sidewalk Prophets and Group 1 Crew, who’s song “Movin” won the 2010 GMA Dove Award for Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year, round out the returning artists.
New to the event this year are Christian rockers Sanctus Real (they were here in 2007) and Disciple and singer/songwriter Chris August. Here’s how the two nights shake out:
- Friday, Sept. 9, 2011: Skillet, newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, Francesca Battestelli, Group 1 Crew, Sidewalk Prophets and Disciple
- Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011: mercyme, Tobymac, Jars of Clay, Sanctus Real, Kutless and Chris August.
There are still a couple of slots we haven’t confirmed yet, but as we do, we’ll let you know. For more information, check out http://www.nightofjoy.com
posted on December 29th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
During the holidays, our storytellers share customs and lore from their heritage throughout World Showcase at Epcot. A stroll around the promenade during the Holidays Around the World celebration may put you face-to-face with the good-hearted witch La Befana, known in Italy for filling children’s shoes with treats, or the jolly gift-bearer Father Christmas in the United Kingdom Pavilion. There are meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus in theAmerican Adventure Pavilion, plus other legendary icons who share messages of goodwill. And celebrations of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah are showcased as well.
Los Tres Reyes Magos (or The Three Wise Men) tell guests about Christmas season traditions in Mexico. Here’s one of their holiday stories.
On January 6, Three Kings Day (or Epiphany) is celebrated – the day that Los Tres Reyes Magos arrived at the stable where Jesus was born. The night before, children leave out shoes in hopes the three kings wil leave them toys and presents as they pass in the night.
Do you have a favorite storyteller at Epcot?
posted on December 29th, 2010 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
Hello from aboard the Disney Dream somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean…
The ship’s making steady progress on her way to Florida’s Port Canaveral and the mood among the cast and crew on board is jubilant. We can’t wait to bring her home and finally share her with the many Disney Cruise Line fans who’ve followed the Disney Dream over nearly two years of construction and preparation.
With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, we have so much to toast and celebrate. The ship will arrive next week and on January 26th she’ll depart on her maiden voyage to the Bahamas. What better place to welcome the new year than Pink, the ship’s chic, champagne-inspired lounge?
Here’s what will greet guests entering the nighttime entertainment zone exclusively for adults at the aft end of Deck 4. On the right is the entrance to Pink, one of five interconnected lounges within The District.
Inside, the cozy cocktail bar is designed in the French art nouveau style with much of its inspiration drawn from the characteristics and culture of champagne. Back-lit glass “bubbles” dot the walls, with playful pink elephants from Disney’s animated classic “Dumbo” appearing within. Behind the bar, glass droplets in pink and gold (not shown in these pictures) will suggest bottles bursting with bubbly.
“This space is all about romance,” Imagineer Michael Davie said in a recent blog video and it’s easy to see why. Accented with luxurious velvet, marble and wood finishes, it’ll be the perfect spot for an after-dinner cocktail or a champagne toast.
Here’s a peek at Pink as the club looked a few weeks ago, with several pieces of furniture and décor yet to be installed.
I’m not entirely sure what time zone I’m in, so I’ll wish you an early Happy New Year from all of us aboard the Disney Dream. Here’s to a prosperous 2011 at sea and on land.