Earlier today, we posted photos from the opening of Disneyland park for One More Disney Day. We’re back now with video! Take a look below to see the fun for yourself, and meet some of the guests who are spending Leap Day at Disneyland park.
posted on February 29th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
posted on February 29th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Guests were lining up in the wee hours of the morning (and some even into the previous night) for the chance to be among the first to enter Disneyland park for One More Disney Day. Two thousand even got their hands on special commemorative ear hats marking the occasion.
Mickey Mouse himself led the Disneyland Band in a rousing park-open moment, and was joined by pals Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Donald and Daisy.
Disneyland park cast members lined Main Street, U.S.A., to welcome the first guests into the park and to kick off 24 hours of magic for One More Disney Day.
Now that we’re a few hours into the celebration, guests have already begun enjoying their day at Disneyland park – enjoying breakfast, grabbing exclusive merchandise and being among the first of the day to experience their favorite attractions.
Will we be seeing you during One More Disney Day?
posted on February 29th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
This was the welcome that the Mayor of Main Street, U.S.A., gave to the crowd of excited guests who gathered at the front of the park at 6 a.m. today to kick off the One More Disney Day 24-hour celebration.
Just minutes later, thousands of guests poured into the park to begin their full day of fun. So far, we’ve seen Mickey and Minnie in pajamas, guests celebrating special Leap Year birthdays, a couple who will attempt to visit both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in the next 24 hours!
Check out the photo gallery below for a look at today’s festivities.
Keep checking back, as we’ll update this post with new photos later today!
Wildlife Wednesdays: How Do You Get a Giraffe Into the Veterinary Hospital at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?
posted on February 29th, 2012 by Scott Terrell, DVM, DACVP, Animal Operations Director, Disney’s Animal Programs
Many of you are aware that a visit to Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom provides an opportunity to get a “behind the scenes” look at our animal care program. One of the highlights of that area is the on-show veterinary hospital window. The veterinary hospital window allows a direct view into our on-show treatment room, radiology (X-ray) room and clinical laboratory. On any given day (usually between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon), veterinarians may be performing routine wellness exams, surgery, or other medical procedures on a variety of animals for all of our guests to see. Every afternoon, members of the hospital team are available outside the window for personal interactions with guests.
One of the most common guest questions we get at the hospital window is, “How do you get a giraffe into the hospital?” The guest might be joking as they watch us work in a treatment room that could never hold a giraffe, but there is a real question there… how do you bring a giraffe to the hospital? The answer is simple: we don’t, we bring the hospital to the giraffe. No matter the size of the animal, we must be able to provide excellence in animal health care to our animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and The Seas with Nemo & Friends.
Advanced portable medical equipment and good old-fashioned hard work allows us to pack up a huge variety of equipment and travel to our backstage animal barns for wellness exams and diagnostic medical procedures. Our mobile veterinary truck and hospital van may carry an anesthesia machine, oxygen tanks, a portable X-ray unit, an ultrasound machine, a surgical laser, dart gun equipment, anesthetic and emergency drugs, monitoring equipment, bandage material, dental tools, surgical supplies, and much, much more. We literally bring the hospital to the patient. Those patients may include giraffes, elephants, rhinos, hippos, manatees, dolphins, and any other large animal not quite suited for the hospital.
So, the next time you visit Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, be sure to stop by the on-show veterinary hospital window. As you watch us work on our patients in the hospital or talk with our hospital team, remember that behind the scenes we might be packing up the hospital for another “house call” to a giraffe.
posted on February 29th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
As you may have heard, we’re in New York City this week for the christening of our newest cruise ship, the Disney Fantasy. And if you’re as excited as I am to jump aboard, today’s your lucky day. You now have an opportunity to be one of the first to sail on the Fantasy next month.
Our friends at “Good Morning America” are offering the chance to be a guest on a special preview voyage to the Bahamas on March 26 – 29. It’s easy to enter. Just visit the “Good Morning America” website and look for “Sail Away with GMA.” Good luck and can’t wait to see everyone on the high seas.
posted on February 29th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Today, for the first time ever, both Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland park are staying open for 24 hours for an extra day of magic called “One More Disney Day.” And to kick things off, we’ve created a special splitscreen video for Disney Parks Blog readers called, “A Tale of Two Parks.” It’s 24 hours of memories at both parks for Leap Day.
Watch it and then let us know what you’d do with “One More Disney Day” in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag #disney24.
posted on February 28th, 2012 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club
After traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic from Germany, the Disney Fantasy made her grand arrival to America today. I can’t think of anyone better to welcome this new ship to the United States than Lady Liberty herself.
While in New York City, the Disney Fantasy will be christened before sailing to her home in Port Canaveral, Fla., for a March 31 maiden voyage.
The Disney Fantasy is the first Disney Cruise Line ship to visit New York City, making her arrival today even more magical. But the excitement in the Big Apple doesn’t stop here. In May, the Disney Magic arrives for a season of summer cruises from Manhattan.
Here’s a glimpse of the Disney Fantasy sailing down the Hudson River as New Yorkers welcome her with open arms. It’s a sight I’ll remember forever!
posted on February 28th, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
Cruisin’ in style. Last week, I was able to give you a glimpse into what you can expect to find in some of our Cars Land locations. Well, wait no more, because I have your sneak peek at the actual product, hitting store shelves at Ramone’s House of Body Art this summer.
You’ll find Low & Slow Car Club the logo and variations of it on an array of items, including shirts for work or play, hats and accessories.
Now, I can almost guarantee that you’ll hear the engines roar for this next collection, Champion’s Custom Speed Shop. This championship-winning line of merchandise depicts the classic car culture lifestyle. With its array of graphic tees for men and women, trucker and cabby hats, vintage Eisenhower-inspired coats and leather racing jackets, as well as custom tool-inspired drink ware, car plaques, and metal pin-stripe sculptures, this collection will have others saying Va-Va-Va-Vroom!
Are you geared up for either of these collections?
posted on February 28th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
A presidential election. The Summer Olympics. Leap Day. These three things are very different, but they all share one thing in common: they happen in the same calendar year. And this Leap Day is extra special at Disney Parks, as Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort will be open for 24 hours starting tomorrow, Feb. 29, at 6 a.m.
I’m known as the guy who brings you Vintage Walt Disney World every Thursday here on the Disney Parks Blog, but tomorrow I’ll be on special assignment. I will be attempting to make 24 memories in my 24 hours at the park while I film it to share with you here on the blog later this week.
So while I head home and get a good night’s sleep, I have a question for you. What would you do first with 24 hours of fun inside Magic Kingdom Park?
posted on February 28th, 2012 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service
Being part of a team that snaps an average of 300,000 photos a day, you would think there isn’t any time left to actually be a part of those memories – but that’s not the case for Disney PhotoPass photographers. Doug Fey, guest service manager for Disney PhotoPass, was recently reminded that taking photos is just a small part of the magic created by photographers every day.
While waiting in line to pay for his groceries, Doug was approached by a gentleman who asked, “Do you work with PhotoPass?” Doug remembered taking a photo with their camera and explaining PhotoPass, pointing to the next photographer up Main Street, U.S.A. and proclaiming, “That’s the best photographer at Walt Disney World Resort right there!” The gentleman, whose son has Down syndrome, quickly began telling Doug about all the poses the photographers had his son make while his son was in the background proudly recreating them. Doug started explaining that photographers are trained to do this, but he was cut off by the father who said, “You don’t understand, my son is not like that. He’s an introvert. It takes a week to get him to be comfortable with a relative and your photographers drew him out, making him feel so special that all he wanted to do was pose for the camera all day.”
Doug was touched by this encounter and the following morning thanked his team of photographers. I would like to thank Disney PhotoPass photographers too for making memories like this happen.