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Swashbuckling Fun Comes Ashore in September at Disneyland Park with The Pirates League

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


The Pirates League is Coming to Disneyland Park

A roll of the dice can change your face, your fate or even your name. A new wave of swashbuckling fun is set to hit land (Court of Angels in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park, to be exact) September 1, as The Pirates League plants its flag in the sands of the western shores.

Captain Jack and his trusted mates have searched across the land to find treasures and new recruits to join their crew. In The Pirates League, savvy pirates will transform guests, giving them their own pirate look and name, training them to swashbuckle and teaching them the official Pirate League Oath! The Pirates League is an interactive pirate experience you won’t want to miss.

The Pirates League is the ultimate pirate transformation available to guests ages three and up that lets you live your pirate dreams and learn the ways of the seven seas from veteran pirates straight from Captain Jack’s crew!
The Pirates League is Coming to Disneyland Park

The Pirates League will offer three different packages for guests to choose from: Jake and the Never Land Pirates, First Mate, and Empress (created especially for all the pirate princesses!). Packages range from $29.95 – $34.95. Which will you choose to fulfill your pirate destiny?

This treasured experience, which launched in May 2009 in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, also launched this year aboard the Disney Fantasy! This special experience will be available at the Disneyland Resort, for a limited time only, this fall.

Special Tip: Landlubbers Beware! Reservations on Mickey’s Halloween Party nights will book up quickly, so be sure to call 714-781-STYLE beginning August 7, before I make you walk the plank!

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Disney Parks Blog Readers ‘Glow With the Show’ at Disney California Adventure Park

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


Disney Parks Blog Readers at the ‘Glow With the Show’ Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park

Last night, we invited 1,000 Disney Parks Blog readers and guests to our “Glow With the Show” Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure park. Each received a shiny new pair of “Glow With the Show” Ears and reserved viewing for the 9 p.m. showing of “World of Color.”
Hats for the ‘Glow With the Show’ Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park

Meet-up guests were led down the new Buena Vista Street to Paradise Pier, where a mountain of glowing hats awaited them.
Disney Parks Blog Readers at the ‘Glow With the Show’ Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney Parks Blog regular reader Kevin (far right) persuaded his family to enter and join him for the meet-up – so it was a family affair with (from left) parents Karen and Brendan, brother Patrick, sister Megan and family friend Hailey.
Disney Parks Blog Readers at the ‘Glow With the Show’ Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park

Proving that real men wear ear hats, Salvador, Ivan and John (from left) showed their true colors just before the start of the show.
Disney Parks Blog Readers at the ‘Glow With the Show’ Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park

These fans worked a little magic on their “Glow With the Show” hats, trying out one of my favorite features – making their ear hats sync up.

Did you join us for the “Glow With the Show” Meet-Up last night? Tell us about it in the comments! And be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog Facebook page later today for more photos from the event.

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Lucky Dog! Mickey Meets His Biggest Four-Legged Fan

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


Let me share with you something about the Disney Parks Blog team – we’re huge dog lovers, which is why we couldn’t wait to introduce you to Lily, a Labrador-Catahoula pup who lives here in Central Florida.
Lucky Dog! Meet Lily, a Labrador-Catahoula Pup With a Perfect Mickey Mouse-Shaped Spot on Her Lower Back

When husband-and-wife Disney cast members Francisco and Mejay Aguerre, and their daughter Nicole (also a cast member), lost their beloved Pekingese-poodle mix, Scooby, a few months ago, their house just didn’t feel like a home without a dog to love. Last month, when they began to look online for another pup, they came across a listing for a litter of Labrador-Catahoula mixes. When the listing noted that one of the female pups in the litter was born with “unusual” markings, the family couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw the dog’s perfect Mickey Mouse-shaped spot on her lower back.
Lucky Dog! Mickey Meets His Biggest Four-Legged Fan

The Aguerres adopted the pup and chose to name her Lily (after Lillian Disney, Walt Disney’s wife). They recently brought Lily by our photo studio for a rare (and unforgettable) meet-and-greet with the Mouse himself.

According to Mejay, little Lily, who is now nearing three months old, is a perfect fit for their Disney family.

“She’s our baby now; she’s absolutely our baby!”

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Exclusive Preview: New Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz to Debut Wednesday

posted on July 31st, 2012 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Tomorrow we will unveil two spectacular new images from Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks. Until then, the only clue I can offer is from the cover of the special magazine insert to feature the images in select magazines this fall: “Where wickedly good times await.”
A Preview of the New Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz That Will Debut Wednesday

Be sure to check back on Wednesday!

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All in the Details: Creating a Cozy Cottage for Maurice & Belle in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

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


This week’s photos, supplied by Walt Disney Imagineering, will focus on some of the charming details that can be found on the exterior of Maurice’s Cottage in New Fantasyland.
Maurice's Cottage in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The home of Maurice, Belle’s father, has a tinkerer’s touch both inside and out. The roof sports mismatched chimneys and this creative weather vane.

On the ground level, the house is highlighted with heart shutters and support beams that are designed to look aged and weathered.
The Fence around Maurice's Cottage in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

A wishing well and wooden fence, which has been repaired by the handy Maurice using extra wood found around the house, outline the property.

Maurice’s tinkering handiwork also extends inside the house, which you can check out in this previous blog post. Guests will be able to see it all themselves when the Enchanted Tales with Belle character interaction experience officially opens this holiday season.

Speaking of Enchanted Tales with Belle, we’ll have a few updates on this new experience coming up in August right here on the Disney Parks Blog. It will be much more than your average character meet and greet. Keep watching!

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Vintage Walt Disney World: What Does Disney History Have in Common with the Summer Games?

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


Have you caught it yet? Sports fever is sweeping the world, and we’re only a week into the 2012 London games. With every game, the host city introduces the world to their very own mascot, and London is no different. Have you caught a glimpse of Wenlock and Mandeville? (I think there’s something oddly familiar about them…)

For the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles, Disney Legend and publicity artist Bob Moore created Sam the Eagle, the mascot for the games.
Sam the Eagle, the Mascot for the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Created by Disney Legend Bob Moore

Introduced after the end of the 1980 games in Moscow, Sam the Eagle was extremely popular and appeared on merchandise like PVC figures, plush animals, plates, pins, trophies, mugs, key chains, statuettes, stickers, t-shirts and even Frisbees.
Sam the Eagle, the Mascot for the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Created by Disney Legend Bob Moore

I think Sam the Eagle and Sam Eagle should get together to produce an even more amazing “salute to all nations but mostly America” over at Muppet*Vision 3-D. It would be one very spirited collaboration.

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Eight Ways to Enjoy Disney California Adventure Park: Show Time

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


This is the second in our eight-part series about fun ways to enjoy the new Disney California Adventure park. With the park’s grand reopening in June, there’s even more to explore day and night, from Cars Land to the music and games at Mad T Party in Hollywood Land. With so much to do, we came up with some specialized itineraries to help you plan your next visit.
The Red Car News Boys Perform with Mickey Mouse on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

Today’s list is for guests who enjoy immersive and interactive entertainment that’s fun for all ages. You can relax inside a cool theater on a warm afternoon, cheer some of your favorite Pixar pals, or head down the Rabbit Hole at night. Be sure to check the park guide for show times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Mad T Party (new at Hollywood Land, every night this summer)

 

    • “Phineas & Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party”

 

 

Remember to pick up Disney’s FASTPASS when you arrive to get reserved viewing for “World of Color,” or try one of the dining packages that include reserved viewing.

What are your favorite shows, and which ones are you planning to see this summer at Disney California Adventure park?

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Disney Cruise Line Builds a Nautical Playground in One Day!

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


Approximately 300 volunteers + six hours = one shiny, new playground!

More than 150 Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS joined an additional 150 volunteers from the City of Rockledge to construct a playground in Rockledge, Florida, this past weekend.

In cooperation with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to preserving play for children, the group labored in the heat and humidity, transforming an empty 40-by-60-foot piece of property into a children’s wonderland of slides, climbing walls and zip lines.

 Volunteers mixed and poured 285 bags of concrete, shoveled 135 cubic yards of mulch and planted fruit trees for a custom-designed community garden.  The end result was a space for children and families to come together and enjoy the outdoors.

Crew Members from the Disney Fantasy joined in the effort, coming off of the ship in nearby Port Canaveral to roll up their sleeves while the ship was in port.

Disney is a KaBOOM! National Partner, supporting its vision of safe play places within walking distance of every child in America. Since 2011, Disney has pledged more than $3.5 million to help build playgrounds and gardens across the country with the participation of thousands of Disney VoluntEARS. By the end of the year, Disney will have helped KaBOOM! build nearly 30 playgrounds nationwide!

Although the heat was sweltering and our Disney VoluntEARS shirts got a bit “grimier” than we’ve ever seen them before, we were proud to contribute to something that will bring joy and happiness to families for many years to come.



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Tropical Adventures with Disney Cruise Line in Hawai’i

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


When the Disney Wonder sails to Hawai’i in October for a second time this year, guests will have plenty of fun ways to experience the breathtaking beauty of the islands.
The Disney Wonder in Hawai'i

We developed tons of fantastic Port Adventures so that Disney cruisers can get the most from this tropical paradise vacation. Here are a few of my favorites:
Visit Kualoa Ranch in Honolulu on a Disney Cruise to Hawai'i

Kualoa Ali‘i (Royal) Experience (Honolulu, Oahu) – Explore Kualoa Ranch, the site of many feature movies and TV shows such as “Jurassic Park” and “Lost,” and follow it up with a private picnic-style lunch. It’s the perfect match of breathtaking vistas and dramatic cliffs paired with the delicious flavors of the islands!
Go on the Colors of the Sunset Haleakalā Adventure on a Disney Cruise to Hawai'i

Colors of the Sunset Haleakalā Adventure (Kahului, Maui) – A brilliant sunset tour to famous Haleakalā Crater and upcountry Maui, featuring a dairy goat farm tour, lavender garden tour, wine tasting and a 3-course dinner. If you’re looking for a luxurious intimate experience, this is the tour to choose!
Visit Haleakalā Crater by Horseback on a Disney Cruise to Hawai'i

Haleakalā Crater by Horseback (Kahului, Maui) – Ride the Sliding Sands Trail into the world famous Haleakalā Crater, descending 2,500 feet to the crater floor below, where you’ll enjoy a well-deserved picnic lunch. This is an incredible way to see the crater!

If you’re saying “aloha” to Hawai’i with Disney Cruise Line this fall, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Chip Foose-Inspired Pin Set Rolls into Disney California Adventure Park on August 2

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


New Chip Foose-Inspired Pin Set Coming to Disney California Adventure Park on August 2

In June, I visited Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park during a short vacation to the Golden State. Wow! I was beyond impressed with this new land (and equally as impressed with Buena Vista Street, where I enjoyed dancing to the music of Five & Dime!). One thing I loved in Cars Land was the details, such as the car hoods found at Ramone’s House of Body Art. The hoods were designed by legendary custom car builder and designer Chip Foose. He enlisted the help of Swedish artist Ray Hill to create the 11 hoods (which, according to Chip, each have a hidden Mickey in their designs). You may recall my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Kathy Mangum discussed the work that Chip and his team did for Cars Land. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one impressed with his work. Julie Young, Product Developer for pins, told me that one car hood in particular served as inspiration for a new limited edition pin set arriving August 2.
One of the Chip Foose-Designed Car Hoods on Display at Ramone’s House of Body Art

“I first saw an image of the ‘Ramone’s’ car hood during a meeting about Cars Land construction,” explained Julie. “As soon as I saw the image, I thought it would make a great pin. For many pins I develop, I like adding characters to the artwork. These 11 car hoods, however, don’t feature characters, as I think they are iconic enough to be their own characters.”
New Chip Foose-Inspired Pin Set Coming to Disney California Adventure Park on August 2

Julie worked with artist John Henselmeier to create the pin artwork inspired by car hoods. You may recall John from recent discussions about the merchandise he designed for the 30th Anniversary of Epcot. I think my favorite hood is the one pictured in the top row, third from the left. The colors used for that one are beautiful!

The set will be released at Ramone’s House of Body Art, Radiator Springs Curios and Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park, and at Disney’s Pin Traders in the Downtown Disney District. The set has an edition size of 500 and a retail of $165.00.

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