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 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?
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.
Proving that real men wear ear hats, Salvador, Ivan and John (from left) showed their true colors just before the start of the show.
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.
Check out these posts to read about past Disney Parks Blog meet-ups:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
Read on for more posts in the “All in the Details” series from Walt Disney Imagineering:
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.
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.
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.
Read more about how Disney Parks are getting in the spirit of the summer games in the posts below:
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.
Approximately 300 volunteers + six hours = one shiny, new playground!
More than 150 Disney Cruise LineVoluntEARS 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.
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.
Check out these past posts about our Disney VoluntEARS:
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.
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:
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!
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!
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!
Read more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages to Hawai’i in the posts below:
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.
“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.”
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.
Check out these posts for more news about Disney pins: