Another year, another 52 blog posts (give or take a few). It is difficult to choose my Top 5 (they’re like children … do you really ever have a favorite?). Who am I kidding? One was my favorite; let’s count them down.
#5: A Huey, Dewey, and Louie Milestone. I love when I learn something new. Even after working here for over 12 years, I had no idea that until Ducktales starting airing, Donald’s nephews didn’t always wear the same color shirt. Cool Disney fun fact!
#3: Pooh’s Hip, Hip Pooh-Ray! This year’s presidential race seemed to last forever. If only Winnie the Pooh was running, it would have been a lot more fun. That’s one campaign trail I would have liked to follow!
Prior to their January 1 face-off, 2013 Rose Bowl rivals Wisconsin Badgers and Stanford Cardinal took a break to celebrate their achievement here at Disneyland park. A tradition since 1959, Disneyland has welcomed the Rose Bowl teams each year for a special ceremony in the park.
The teams were welcomed by Mickey Mouse, Disneyland park Vice President Jon Storbeck and the Disneyland Band. Coach Barry Alvarez and players from the Wisconsin Badgers joined Coach David Shaw and players from the Stanford Cardinal in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle for the ceremony.
New Members of the Disney Character Family – Throughout the year, new storytelling environments debuted across Disney Parks, providing the perfect settings for visits from the newest Disney characters. Merida rode in from the Scottish Highlands of “Brave.” Periwinkle joined her sister Tinker Bell for “Secret of the Wings,” and Ralph and Vanellope invited us into the video game world of “Wreck-It Ralph.”
So I guess that’s more than five, but the team isn’t stopping there! They are already hard at work, preparing to bring you even more fantastic entertainment in 2013. Just wait until you see what they have in store for Tokyo Disneyland’s 30th anniversary, Limited Time Magic, Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park and… well, I wouldn’t want to give everything away!
Throughout the year, we’re very proud to share on the Disney Parks Blog stories about our conservation efforts and how we’re connecting families with animals and nature. Some of these stories are now featured in a new film that Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests can see when they visit Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
The film, which is hosted by Disney’s Animal Programs Conservation Director Dr. Anne Savage, has four segments. The segment shown here focuses on conservation projects to protect coral reefs in The Bahamas (in partnership with Disney Cruise Line) and two endangered species: Puerto Rican crested toads and sea turtles.
The next time you visit Rafiki’s Planet Watch, be sure to stop by and view some of the other segments, which feature animals that live on the land and those that make their home in the sea, including gorillas, elephants, manatees, cotton-top tamarins and tigers. Here’s to a new year filled with nature’s magic!
Some of today’s top stars join the party, with dozens of sparkling floats and a sleigh-full of Disney and Disney•Pixar characters bringing good tidings to you and your family.
Tune-in times are as follows, on the ABC Television Network (check local listings):
Eastern Standard Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Central, Mountain, Pacific Standard Time: 9-11 a.m.
The show also will air in Canada on CBC Network, and across the globe on the American Forces Network.
Viewers can visit disney.go.com/christmasparade to view some online video features about the show, and join the social media conversation before and during the telecast using the hashtag #DisneyParade.
Also, take a look at these recent Disney Parks Blog posts with celebrity photos, videos and more information about this year’s holiday TV special:
Let us be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas. All of us at the Disney Parks Blog hope your day is filled with happiness and joy. And this year, we have a special treat to share. Enjoy “Joy to the World” performed by the Voices of Liberty.
We’ll have more holiday stories to share later today, including something special from the Disneyland Resort. Merry Christmas!