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Crowning Achievements – Creating Castles for Magical Kingdoms at Disneyland Park

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I asked the talented team from Walt Disney Imagineering what in’spire’d the new exhibit for The Disney Gallery, opening June 30 at Disneyland park. Here’s what they had to share, and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

As evidenced in Walt Disney’s classic feature films, every great story begins with a call to adventure, an invitation to embark on a momentous journey that can take you away from an old world of familiarity and thrust you into a new world of excitement. For most Disney Parks, castles have taken on the role of trumpeting that call. Walt built Sleeping Beauty Castle, here in Disneyland park, to serve as an iconic source of inspiration, meant to enchant guests into continuing onward, beyond the lively, small-town comfort of Main Street, U.S.A., toward wondrous gateways leading to imaginative new frontiers. Every other Disney castle, from Florida to Hong Kong, successfully followed in their predecessor’s regal footsteps.

“Frank

Just as Walt encouraged audiences to wish upon a star, the crowning achievements of the Disney kingdoms have become towering symbols of a dream come true, compelling guests around the world to follow their own dreams, both inside and outside the parks. Now, The Disney Gallery lowers its drawbridges to this royal retrospective on the art of the Disney castles so you can discover the inspiration and charm that helped bring these fantastic icons to life.

This new exhibit, in all of its majestic grandeur, will also be home to an array of Disney-inspired artists, whose works certainly have the royal touch. Here’s your first look at some of these timeless pieces! Event Tip: Visit www.ArtofDisneyParks.com for a complete list of artists scheduled to appear on June 30, from 9-11 a.m.

“Larry “Brian “Jeff

Fit for a king and queen, this new exhibit is sure to dazzle you.



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First Look: Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop at Disney California Adventure Park

Last week, we told you about the unveiling of Carthay Circle Theatre and the fountain in Carthay Circle. And today, just around the corner, the new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop has emerged in the Pacific Wharf area at Disney California Adventure park. In these photos by Paul Hiffmeyer, you can see the new location – but you’ll have to wait until the shop opens on June 7 to taste the delicious chocolates and sundaes that will be served here!

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New Photos: Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park, Day and Night

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Usually only the birds get this great view of Cars Land, but recently, I had a chance to get above it all in Radiator Springs.

The result is these photos taken just a few hours apart.
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Whether in all its daytime glory, or glowing against the backdrop of a twilight sky, Cars Land is definitely ready for its close-up!

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Rounding Up Some Fun at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland Park

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


A few weeks back, we told you about the all-new Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree happening in Frontierland at Disneyland park. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, here’s a look at some of the festivities.

Right now, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but starting June 18, you’ll be able to say “Howdy!” to your favorite characters here seven days a week all summer long. Adding to the fun, that famous fiddlin’ foursome Billy Hill and the Hillbillies will be performing at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree this summer, too, so y’all come on down!

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Disney Parks Blog Live Chat with Imagineer Jonathan Ackley Set for June 7

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This year, we’ve shared many inside looks at our new Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom role-playing game and our interactive experience Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure here on the Disney Parks Blog. But on June 7 at 1:15 p.m. Orlando time, you’ll have access like never before. We’re thrilled to announce that we’re partnering with Walt Disney Imagineering to bring you a live chat with Imagineer Jonathan Ackley.

If you don’t know Jonathan, you should. He’s a senior project producer and creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering who focuses on interactive shows at Disney Parks. His work includes helping create the animation you encounter on a Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom adventure. He also designed the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure at Epcot and most recently worked on Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure.

Get to know Jonathan and take a look at what he shared earlier this year.

You can share any early questions for Jonathan today in the comments below. See you back here for the live chat next week.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Stage Technician

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort stage technicians have been bringing “Fantasmic!” to life for 20 years. As we celebrate the milestone anniversary this month, join stage technician James Adling for a peek inside the iconic show – and Mickey’s imagination!

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A Colorful Debut for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is open for business!

Earlier this morning, Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. & France, officially dedicated this new resort while surrounded by a cast of colorful characters from the films that inspired the resort’s animation theme.

For anyone who ever dreamed of being a Disney animator – myself included – this place is a dream come true. Let’s take a tour:
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Starting at Animation Hall, the resort’s lobby boasts decor that reflects animation in various stages, from pencil sketch to final product.
“The

To the left are the Ink & Paint Shop and Landscape of Flavors food court. Check out this fun light fixture, which includes pencil sketches of “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” and more. If you visit, be sure to search for the John Lasseter signature on one of the “Cars” sketches.

“The

Just through the doors, guests are swept into the story of “Finding Nemo,” and are reduced to the size of a fish at The Big Blue Pool. Here, they can splash alongside Nemo, Crush, the jellyfish, and other ocean friends. Walt Disney Imagineering really thought of everything in planning this under-the-sea adventure – they even have audio from the film piped into the pool that guests can hear when they’re under the water.

Here are some additional sights you can see around this Big Blue World:

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Vintage Walt Disney World: The Orange Bird Then and Now

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


I don’t remember a bird causing this much excitement in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park since Zazu and Iago announced their departure from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room a while back. I am, of course, speaking of the return of Orange Bird and the Citrus Swirl to Sunshine Tree Terrace.
“Orange

Above is a look at Orange Bird hanging out in Adventureland back in July 1974. I’m sure he’s dreaming about getting his hands on a delicious Citrus Swirl, and I can’t say I blame him. I even headed out into the park with my friend Flossie to try some of that Citrus Swirl deliciousness for myself last week. (I’m always looking for an excuse to go out into the parks on a “work assignment”).
“Nate

It really is the perfect treat while in Magic Kingdom Park on a warm summer day.

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Sixty-Six Readers Take a Spin at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up

posted on May 30th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Sixty-Six Readers Take a Spin at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up

Yesterday, 66 Disney Parks Blog readers got to go “behind the wall” at our Cars Land Meet-Up! Before starting their cruise down Route 66, they paused with Imagineers Kathy Mangum and Kevin Rafferty, Sr., for a group photo. The photo is available for download right now on the Disney Parks Blog Facebook page!

Sixty-Six Readers Take a Spin at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up

From the overlook at Radiator Springs Racers, the group started their engines for tours hosted by Kathy and Kevin. The tours took them to Luigi’s Flying Tires, Ramone’s House of Body Art, Sarge’s Surplus Hut, Fillmore’s Taste-In and more.

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The group had the chance to go inside Flo’s V8 Cafe to check out this new dining location. They were treated to all the details from Kathy and Kevin, learning more about Flo’s delectable diner and the Motorama Girl herself.

Sixty-Six Readers Take a Spin at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up

Finally, the tour ended with a special treat – a “dance” on Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree! With Mater calling the moves, fans spun and twisted to the music.

If you didn’t get to join us at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up, check out Cars Land for yourself when it opens June 15 at Disney California Adventure park! And keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more meet-ups to come.

Ka-Chow!

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Crashing the Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 30th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Last week I took the video crew out for a sneak peek through the looking-glass at the new Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure park. I spoke with fellow Disney Parks Blog author Robin Trowbridge about the eclectic entertainment that will soon be offered nightly in Hollywood Land.

Come join the fun when Mad T Party officially opens June 15.

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