Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park

Finish That Disney Parks Sign: New Orleans Square Station at Disneyland Park

posted on June 27th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Railroad. In case I haven’t been obvious enough about it, this is one of my favorite attractions in Disneyland park. It’s got something for everyone – relaxation, education, adventure – and is fun for everyone in the family. If, like me, you’ve spent your fair share of time standing on the platform at the New Orleans Square Station, then you may be able to finish this Disney Parks sign.

Can You Finish This Disney Parks Sign from New Orleans Square Station at Disneyland Park?

So what exactly is the elevation of New Orleans Square? Leave your guesses in the comments and I’ll be back later today with the answer.

Finish That Disney Parks Sign: New Orleans Square Station at Disneyland Park

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‘The Lone Ranger’ Merchandise Rides into Locations at Disney Parks

posted on June 27th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


‘The Lone Ranger’ Merchandise Rides into Locations at Disney Parks

With the upcoming release of Disney’s “The Lone Ranger,” in theaters on July 3, I rode out to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in search of new merchandise. I visited the AFI Showcase Shop located at the exit of the Studio Backlot Tour where I found a handful of items. Similar to other major film releases like “Monsters University” or “Wreck-It Ralph,” the Disney Theme Park Merchandise team partnered with the Disney Store to introduce things from the national market (you can find some of those items available on DisneyStore.com). There were some merchandise, however, created especially for Disney Parks.
‘The Lone Ranger’ Merchandise Rides into Locations at Disney Parks

One item that caught my eye was the Texas Rangers replica badge shown at the top of this article. This iconic badge was developed by our souvenirs team at Disney Theme Park Merchandise. The Disney Parks team also created a youth T-shirt featuring the two lead characters from the motion picture.

‘The Lone Ranger’ Merchandise Rides into Locations at Disney Parks

Other items include toys like action figures of the Lone Ranger, Tonto, and my favorite, Silver the horse. There are also a variety of LEGO playsets featuring scenes and characters from the film.
‘The Lone Ranger’ Merchandise Rides into Locations at Disney Parks

Finally, there was a new two-figure Vinylmation set that was released at the D-Street locations in both Florida and California and a limited release pin that has a spinner element.

I’m looking forward to seeing the film in theaters on July 3. From the extended previews I’ve seen, it looks to be filled with some great action and wonderful humor.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: How Cool Is Mickey?

posted on June 27th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Bust our your shades, Disney Parks Blog fans, it’s National Sunglasses Day. And look who’s all ready to celebrate. Mickey is looking quite stylish back in 1988 with his yellow shades. Those shades are a perfect complement to those famous yellow shoes.
It’s National Sunglasses Day and Mickey Mouse is Ready to Celebrate

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Silver Makes Special Appearance at World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 26th, 2013 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


When I heard that “The Lone Ranger” world premiere at Disney California Adventure park would include a live appearance from the equine star, Silver, I knew I had to seize the opportunity to meet the handsome steed and his veteran trainer. In this video, trainer Bobby Lovgren, whose impressive credits include “War Horse,” “The Legend of Zorro” and “Seabiscuit,” tells us what it takes to get a great performance from a four-legged thespian. And you’ll want to take a look at Silver’s (that’s his real name!) red carpet style … no, not stilettos, but the calm presence of a true professional.

Note: Trainer Bobby Lovgren was assisted at the premiere by his son, Tanner.

 
Read these posts for more about the world premiere of “The Lone Ranger” at Disney California Adventure park:

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Check Out the ‘Hottest’ New Addition to Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 26th, 2013 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


The brand-new Lava Lounge at Rainforest Café opened just two weeks ago, and already the place is on fire – literally. (Stay tuned, I’ll get to that.)

I visited earlier this week and had the chance to chat with General Manager Jeff Kruger. He clued me in to some of their most popular items, including the Sparkling Volcano and Jungle Runner, pictured below, and I figured out a few things on my own. Keep reading, because I’m sharing all my insights.
The New Lava Lounge at Rainforest Cafe, in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

Wait time: There was a wait to dine inside at Rainforest Café, but at the Lava Lounge, seating is first-come, first-served. When I arrived at 5:45 p.m., there were still plenty of open tables and a few seats at the bar. My wait time? Zero minutes.

Food: I assumed there would be a limited menu offered at the Lava Lounge. You know what they say about making assumptions, right? Not only can you order from the full Rainforest Café menu, but there’s also a special menu featuring items created just for the Lava Lounge. That’s right, there are even more choices, so chances are there’s something everyone in your party will enjoy. If I had room, I would’ve tried the Volcanic Sliders or the Tectonic Tacos – they both sounded delish!

Ambience: If you like waterfront views, want to be part of a “volcano” experience and prefer talking to shouting, then the Lava Lounge is for you. The setting is a friendly laid-back bar that feels casual and welcoming; it’s just the kind of place you’d want to end up after a long day in Disney Parks. (And I saw a great mix of adults and families, so don’t let the “Lounge” title throw you off; it’s a space for all kinds of groups.)

Wow Factor: The food and service alone may dazzle you (you did see that Sparkling Volcano dessert, didn’t you?), but if you need more to get you fired up, the Rainforest Café Volcano should do the trick. “Erupting” multiple times each evening, it’s a sizzling display of flame spires, fireballs, steam bursts and fog that erupts in sync with a light and sound show. It’s the sort of spectacle you’d only expect to see at a Disney theme park. Or maybe Las Vegas. Either way, it’s truly impressive, and you can see, hear and even feel it from inside the Lava Lounge.
The New Lava Lounge at Rainforest Cafe, in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

The only thing that disappointed me? The fact I waited so long to stop in! If you’ve been, I’d love to know what you liked best in the comments below. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Check it out during your next Downtown Disney visit. (Oh, and be sure to tell Nile the Crocodile I said “hi” – you can’t miss him!)


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Disney Style Snapshots: Main Street Style

posted on June 26th, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


Every time I visit a new city, I love to check out what people are wearing as they walk down the street. It not only gives me a feel for the place, but also inspires my fashion choices. And apparently, I’m not the only one among the fashion-obsessed who has adopted this practice. Many bloggers document “street style” around the world in endless photo galleries online.

This Look is Spot on Minnie Head to Toe, the Dress and Shoes Were Bought at Disney Parks A Graphic Take in Black and White, we Love How the Accessories Pop From the Pink Minnie Bow and Cell Phone Cover to the White Sunnies and Silver Flats Coordinating Your Outfit With a Friend Can be Twice as Fun, the Tank Top and Denim Shorts are Perfect for a Day in the Park and the Red Shoes are Nice Finishing Touch

Since we have the “world” – Walt Disney World Resort that is – in our backyard, we decided to take to the streets to find out what characters or attractions inspire guest fashions in our new feature, “Main Street Style.” We discovered one of Disney’s most iconic fashionistas made a big statement at Magic Kingdom Park. Minnie Mouse-inspired outfits were by far the most visible during our visit.



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Imagineer Rolly Crump Looks Back on Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room on Its 50th Anniversary

posted on June 26th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


Disney Legend Rolly Crump remembers the day Walt Disney asked him and fellow Imagineers to create a restaurant with a Tahitian décor. Rolly sculpted Tiki gods, while other Imagineers created birds that chatted. That was the birth of the new Audio-Animatronic technology. Their hard work and creativity was so over-the-top entertaining that instead of a restaurant, Walt made it an attraction – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room! We were fortunate enough to visit Rolly at his home recently, where he took us on a trip down memory lane, back to 1963 — back to the drawing board with Walt Disney. Enjoy!

 
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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…

posted on June 26th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


“Where

If you’ve noticed this colorful “82” inside a Disney park, then you’re in luck – it’s this week’s mystery image. But I’m guessing few can solve our latest summer puzzler. The number can be found somewhere at Disney Parks, but where?

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Wildlife Wednesdays: Fun Abounds When Kids, Disney Parks Cast Members and Animals Connect During Hospital Visits

posted on June 26th, 2013 by Allyson Atkins, Education Manager, Disney's Animals, Science and Environment


It’s fantastic being a Disney cast member, and no days are better than when a group of us get to take some of the animals from Disney’s Animal Kingdom to visit with the kids at three local Florida hospitals (the third was just added this year).

Fun Abounds When Kids, Cast Members and Animals Connect During Hospital Visits

Each month, with the support of Walt Disney World Resort Community Relations, Disney’s Animal Programs and Entertainment cast members partner to bring some wonderful programs to kids, ranging from toddlers to teenagers. The programs include educational presentations, interactive activities, animal encounters and special appearances by Disney characters. And for kids who are unable to leave their rooms to attend a program, we make individual room visits to bring the fun to the kids.

The kids really get into trying to figure out which animal is the fastest, strongest, largest, etc., during our “Awesome Animals” program. And they are amazed at what animals can be found right in their own backyards during our “Backyard Buddies” program. Another favorite is the “Caring for Animals” program – there are nods of understanding all around when kids learn that our animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom undergo many of the same procedures when they are cared for by our veterinary team as the kids do when they receive care from the hospital medical team.

Fun Abounds When Kids, Cast Members and Animals Connect During Hospital Visits

During these visits, it’s hard to say who has the better time, us or the kids!

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D23 Expo 2013 Pins Coming to the Dream Store

posted on June 25th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


For those of you attending the D23 Expo 2013, the ultimate Disney event for fans and families from August 9–11, at the Anaheim Convention Center, here’s a look at a few more items you might just need to add to that ever-growing Dream Store list. First up, D23 Expo 2013 open and limited edition pins!

You’ll find Sorcerer Mickey, Goofy, Donald Duck and Chip ‘n’ Dale on designs that are reminiscent of a stained glass.

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Of course, the Disney Legends and Piece of Disney History – 2009 Expo Banner pins.

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A D23 Member Exclusive pin.
Remember a D23 Membership I.D. card must be presented to purchase this one.
“D23

Mystery Collection Pin Sets themed to the D23 Expo and Disney•Pixar.

D23 Expo 2013 Pins Coming to the Dream Store D23 Expo 2013 Pins Coming to the Dream Store

I know that some of you in the Sorcerer Level package have already seen other collectible items, Vinylmation, logo merchandise, etc … I promise you Disney fans, I’ll be sharing it all with you soon, right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

To find out details on D23 Expo 2013, visit D23Expo.com.

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