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New Pool Area Opening This Weekend at the Disneyland Hotel

posted on May 27th, 2011 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The enhancements at the Disneyland Hotel continue to take shape, and on Sunday, May 29, a new, immersive water play area will join Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam’s – Enchanted Tiki Bar, which opened earlier this week.

New Pool Area at the Disneyland Hotel

As we first told you about last year, the centerpiece of the new pool area will call to mind past Disneyland park iconography. Classic Disneyland block signage will combine with replica Monorail trains to create an experience that is both fun and nostalgic.

Also coming to the Disneyland Hotel pool area will be a new D-Ticket themed pool. Guests will have fun finding the subtle D-Tickets in the pool, which are reminiscent of the ticket books that were used in the early days of Disneyland. This will be followed in late 2011 by an E-Ticket themed pool, in the area which previously featured the Never Land pool.

The new pool space will also include Mickey and Minnie themed spas located at opposite ends of the pool area. Also, when the pool area is completed, six new cabanas will be available, featuring flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, safes, phones and ceiling fans.

Of course, these are just some of the changes happening at the Disneyland Hotel. Check out the video below to find out more from Tony Bruno, Vice President, Resorts & Downtown Disney, about the pool area, dining locations, and of course the new Fairy Tale and Big Thunder suites, which recently joined the Mickey Mouse Penthouse and Pirates of the Caribbean suites.

Which changes at the Disneyland Hotel are you most looking forward to?

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The New ‘Mickey’s Soundsational Parade’ Officially Starts Today at Disneyland Park

posted on May 27th, 2011 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


Starting today, guests can jam with Mickey Mouse as he leads “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” down Main Street, U.S.A, at Disneyland park. The new parade runs daily and includes a syncopated drum line, nine whimsical floats and an array of musicians and favorite Disney characters. We give you a front row seat in the video below. Enjoy!

(“Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” is part of “Disney Soundsational Summer,” an exciting summer of offerings that kicks off June 3 and includes the premiere of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure park, the debut of “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” at Disneyland park and an unveiling of new enhancements to the Disneyland Hotel.)

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Celebrating 45 Years of Laughter and Hope at Disneyland Park

posted on May 27th, 2011 by Jim Ames, Manager, Food and Wine Events, Disneyland Resort


Saturday, May 28, marks the anniversary of one of the most endearing attractions to ever open at a Disney park when “it’s a small world” celebrates 45 happy years at Disneyland park.

Celebrating 45 Years of Laughter and Hope at Disneyland Park

When he originally imagined this attraction for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Walt Disney tasked a talented team of Imagineers, including artist and Disney Legend Mary Blair, to bring his vision of brotherhood and friendship to life. Mary’s concept was that of a “pop-up book” that looked like the children within the story had designed their worlds themselves.

Celebrating 45 Years of Laughter and Hope at Disneyland Park

Mary Blair also designed the iconic facade when the attraction was moved to its new home at Disneyland park. With whimsical representations of the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Big Ben and the Taj Mahal, the exterior is no less impressive than the ride itself.

Of course it is the playful music, by legendary songwriting team Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman that keeps us humming long after we have exited the attraction. Walt asked the duo to write a simple piece that could be repeated and sung in different languages. The Sherman Brothers succeeded creating quite possibly the catchiest Disney attraction theme song of all time.

In 1966, Walt Disney presided over the opening ceremonies of the attraction in its new home at Disneyland park. Children representing countries from around the world came together to pour water from all seven continents into the “Rivers of the World.”

Since that moment, more than 233 million Disneyland park guests have joined “the happiest cruise that ever sailed” – enough to circumnavigate the Earth more than 190 times. “it’s a small world” has opened in the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disneyland park, Disneyland Resort Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, proving that “though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide, it’s a small world after all.”

Celebrating 45 Years of Laughter and Hope at Disneyland Park

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Create a Memorable Moment: Thank a Soldier

posted on May 27th, 2011 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Memorial Day at Walt Disney World

Memorial Day is a great time to honor the soldiers in our lives – even the soldiers we don’t know who make great sacrifices to keep us and our families safe. This Memorial Day weekend, when you see a flag flying or hear the national anthem, think of our soldiers.

Most of us prefer to read a blog than to post a comment, but if there ever was a time to do something to recognize a soldier, this would be one of those special moments in time. At Disney Floral & Gifts we want to help create an opportunity here and now to post your salute as a comment below and forward it to your loved one. Lets create a ground swell of thanks that they have never seen before.

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New ‘American Idol’ Scotty McCreery Set to be Honored Monday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 27th, 2011 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


We have exciting news to announce! We can confirm that the new “American Idol,” Scotty McCreery, is scheduled to be honored at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in a gala motorcade on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m.

While details are still coming in, we’ve learned that the 17-year-old country crooner from Garner, N.C., will join Mickey Mouse in a sports car near the park’s entrance and take a celebratory ride down Hollywood Blvd. toward the Sorcerer Mickey Hat icon. The car will turn left and head toward “The American Idol Experience” attraction, where Scotty and Mickey will stop near a specially constructed stage. There, Scotty will pose for some souvenir pictures with Mickey and Minnie, and have the chance to talk about the dream-come-true moment when he was crowned the newest “American Idol.”

Prime viewing and photo opportunities will be along Hollywood Blvd., as Scotty and Mickey will share the spotlight in the car while they parade down the famous theme park street.

Of course, these plans are subject to change because of travel schedules or inclement weather, but stay in touch with @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter and we will post any late-breaking updates or schedule changes involving the planned festivities. And, be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog later in the day for a recap of Scotty’s big day.

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Today in Disney History: Casey’s Corner Steps to the Plate

posted on May 27th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


“Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog!”

Okay, maybe I’ve watched too much “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” with my son lately, but that tune instantly popped into my mind when I started writing about what is easily one of our guests’ favorite quick-service eateries on all of Walt Disney World property – Casey’s Corner.

Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Park

This baseball-themed hotdog shop opened at Magic Kingdom Park on May 27, 1995. Its name is a nod to the famous baseball poem, “Casey at the Bat,” which was penned by Ernest Thayer in 1888 (a tiny reference to this date was incorporated into the shop’s signage, as seen in the photo above).

Casey’s Corner currently sells traditional hot dogs, as well as a selection of “designer dogs” – chili dogs, Chicago-style dogs, and BBQ pork slaw dogs. Other menu items include corn dog nuggets, and ballpark nachos with chili and cheese.

The restaurant offers a small in-door seating area where guests can down a dog on bleacher seats, while watching baseball-themed Disney short films.

Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Park

It also offers outdoor seating that lets families dine while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Magic Kingdom Park, including ragtime music from a live pianist, as well as views of passing parades and nighttime fireworks.

Is Casey’s Corner a home run for you?

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‘Mickey’s Soundsational Parade’ Debuts Tomorrow

posted on May 26th, 2011 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Mickey’s Soundsational Parade

Music will fill Disneyland park tomorrow, when “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” makes its debut. The parade will kick off Disney Soundsational Summer, which will also include the openings of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and Star Tours, along with new experiences at the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier.

“Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” will feature favorite Disney characters, including Aladdin, Ariel, Peter Pan and more, all led by Mickey Mouse. With unique rhythms and instruments, they will tell the story of Disney music as drumlines, percussion teams and jazz horns bring a new energy to each storyline.

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade

Nine newly designed float units, each telling its own musical story, will travel from Main Street, U.S.A., to “it’s a small world.” Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip ‘n’ Dale and Goofy get the party started with a six-member drumline, followed by characters from Disney’s classic film, “Aladdin,” including Genie as Drum Major and six cymbal dancers.

From there, the parade goes “Under the Sea” with a distinctly Caribbean-style sound including steel drums and marimbas, and on to the spicy sounds of Latin America with The Three Caballeros.

Next, a grand procession of Disney Princesses, including Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White, is followed by Rapunzel’s tower rising overhead. Then, jungle drums sound the arrival of Simba, who is perched majestically atop Pride Rock.

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade

Princess Tiana glides past next on a classic riverboat surrounded by Mardi Gras dancers beating tambourines in time to a New Orleans jazz beat.

Adventure is waiting in Neverland as Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee are joined by Tinker Bell, who is playing a rhythm on mushrooms instead of drums. Finally, Mary Poppins and Bert bring “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” to a close, along with chimney sweeps performing a broom dance amid the rooftops of London.

“Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” begins tomorrow at Disneyland park! Please be sure to check the Disneyland park entertainment schedule for parade times.

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‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ Will Take the Stage on the Disney Fantasy

posted on May 26th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


We hope you’ve been enjoying our updates about the exciting new elements you’ll find on the Disney Fantasy.

Today, I want to share some details that are sure to make you sing and dance with excitement…a new Broadway-style production will take the stage in the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Fantasy. This show brings to life the story from a classic animated Disney film – “Aladdin.” New to Disney Cruise Line, “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” is a fast-paced musical comedy where Aladdin, the “street rat” of Agrabah, meets a wise-cracking Genie who grants him three wishes.

'Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular' on the Disney Fantasy

Along the way, Aladdin battles the evil Jafar and falls in love with Princess Jasmine, who by the way is my daughter’s favorite Disney character. Kids and adults alike are all going to love this entertaining show!

If you’re hoping there will be a flying magic carpet scene, your wish is coming true. With the help of mechanical wizardry and state-of-the-art projections, Aladdin and Jasmine will perform “Whole New World” as they soar on a romantic magic carpet ride.

'Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular' on the Disney Fantasy

If only I could rub a magic lamp and have a Genie pop out – I would wish to be on a Disney cruise right now! Who’s with me?

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Behind the Scenes at Paradise Pier with Walt Disney Imagineering

posted on May 26th, 2011 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Earlier this month we reported that the transformation of Paradise Pier will be complete on July 1. Today, we’ve got a special behind-the-scenes tour of Paradise Pier with Imagineer Larry Nikolai. In the video below, you’ll go “behind the wall” to see the work being done on Goofy’s Sky School and the new Paradise Pier dining locations.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to bring you updates on all the new experiences coming to the Disneyland Resort.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: ‘Chipmunks, Start Your Engines!’

posted on May 26th, 2011 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Growing up in Indiana, Memorial Day Weekend was synonymous with four words that signaled the start of the Indianapolis 500 – “Gentlemen, start your engines!”

While professional racecar drivers have been racing at Indianapolis for 100 years, guests have been enjoying races of their own at the Tomorrowland Speedway since Magic Kingdom Park opened in 1971.

Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park During the 1971 Christmas Parade

But guests aren’t the only ones who like to go out for a spin at Magic Kingdom Park. Take a look at this photograph from the 1971 Christmas Parade when everyone’s favorite chipmunks had their own matching Herbie the Love Bug cars to greet guests on the parade route. Here, Chip ‘n Dale, (look closely in the back left-hand corner, you’ll see Dale driving into the photograph) are making their way through Liberty Square. Aren’t their mini Love Bug cars awesome? I’m pretty sure if we had audio to go along with this picture we’d be hearing “Chipmunks, start your engines!” all the way from the grandstands over in Tomorrowland.

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