posted on October 7th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager
posted on October 7th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
Each month, Disney Theme Park Merchandise releases new items at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. With the start of October, I selected a handful of my favorite new things that guests will soon find either at Disney Parks or on our Disney Parks online store. Select items may also be available using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app (see this video for details about using the app).
Retail MagicBands for Haunted Mansion and Disney Villains
Two new retail MagicBands are coming to Walt Disney World Resort on October 9. The Disney Villains MagicBand is open edition while the Haunted Mansion-themed MagicBand is limited release. You may notice that both MagicBands are printed on a much requested purple-colored MagicBand.
Jungle Cruise-Themed Companion T-Shirts
From October 7-13, we are continuing our monthly series of companion T-shirts featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. This time, they are dressed as characters from the world famous Jungle Cruise attraction in Adventureland. Guests can only find these limited release shirts online at http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Carrie and Nellie Join Disney Attractionistas Collection
Speaking of attractions, two new Disney Attractionistas are due to arrive in October at Disney Parks. You may recall reading about these Disney Parks-inspired dolls a few months ago on the Disney Parks Blog. This month, guests will find Carrie, who was inspired by King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland Resort and Prince Charming Regal Carousel at Walt Disney World Resort; and Nellie whose looks were inspired by the world famous Jungle Cruise.
Vinylmation – Haunted Mansion Series 2
The second series in the Vinylmation – Haunted Mansion collection will be released D-Street locations on October 30. The first series in this collection was originally released in 2012. This time, the limited release series contains seven known figures and one mystery chaser figure. There are also a few variant figures and the last of the three Hitchhiking Ghost figures.
Disney Parks | PANDORA Jewelry Collection
New Holiday charms from the Disney Parks | PANDORA Jewelry Collection are debuting on October 29-31 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. Don’t miss the chance to check these Disney-inspired charms off your shopping list to make the perfect holiday gifts.
Imagineers Team Up with CAL FIRE to Create Story of Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure Park
posted on October 7th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Grizzly Peak Airfield takes Disney California Adventure park guests into California’s High Sierras and tells the story of the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests. To create the story of Grizzly Peak Airfield, Walt Disney Imagineering turned to the experts at CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), even visiting Hemet-Ryan Airfield in California for research. Since this is Fire Prevention Week, I thought this would be the perfect time to share this story with you here on the Disney Parks Blog.
Soon after Grizzly Peak Airfield opened, two of the CAL FIRE officers who worked closely with Imagineers on the project – Captain Richard Cordova and Captain Lucas Spelman – visited the land with the Walt Disney Imagineering team they had inspired. They are pictured in the photo above with Ray Spencer, Brian Scholz and Carolyn Gardner – part of the creative team responsible for bringing the area to life.
I recently had the chance to ask Captain Cordova and Captain Spelman about the experience of helping create a land at Disney California Adventure park.
What role did you play in helping Walt Disney Imagineering create the story of Grizzly Peak Airfield?
Captain Cordova: I shared my knowledge of the fire service from the 1950s-1960s – both ground attack and air attack. We gave them period-specific articles to display throughout the area, donated by our CAL FIRE museum, including old pictures and manuals from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Our biggest contribution has been the continued knowledge of CAL FIRE, United States Forest Service and other fire departments.
Captain Spelman: My role was to bring to life our knowledge and love for our career, bring forth our rich history and to evaluate Grizzly Peak Airfield as it related to our profession. Let me just say that this was an experience that truly was incredible.
What did you show the Imagineers on their research visit to Hemet-Ryan Airfield that made its way into the new land?
Captain Cordova: We gave them a tour of the airbase, sharing with them the history and showing them our aircraft: Airtankers S2-T, Airattack OV-10 Bronco and the Super Huey Helicopter. During the tour we got a fire dispatch, so they got to see the aircraft in action. We also had lunch at Bambi’s Café down the street, which is where the Imagineers got a lot of their ideas for Smokejumpers Grill.
Captain Spelman: I enjoy the Mt. Muir Lookout at Grizzly Peak Airfield. This was based on our traffic control tower, which was also a lookout tower before it was placed into service at CAL FIRE Ryan Air Attack Base. I also loved the gear lockers that were placed between Humphrey’s and the restrooms. This is where some of the items from our CAL FIRE museum were placed. I was just taken aback by the time put into every last item placed throughout the this beautiful area.
What is your favorite detail in Grizzly Peak Airfield?
Captain Cordova: Wow, that’s a hard question – it’s all amazing. It’s great how the Imagineers can take some information from a tour and from us and turn it into a land.
Captain Spelman: My favorite detail of this area has to be the flow from Grizzly River Run to Grizzly Peak Airfield, with Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in the background. It brings me back to my childhood, when my family would travel to parks throughout the state. The trees, the park signs, the lighting all come together to really bring the experience back to me.
Which of your own personal items are inside the lockers at Grizzly Peak Airfield? How were they chosen?
Captain Cordova: The old fire equipment, axes, nozzles and Nomex. The best part is having my name in the locker.
Captain Spelman: The lockers will always have a special place in my heart. There are two brass firefighting nozzles that I had picked up from a local garage sale. One was what we call a “combination nozzle” and the other a “straight stream nozzle.” I was never sure what I was going to use them for, but I could tell they had done some firefighting and needed a good home. Well, when the Imagineers said they would like additional items from the fire department, I knew just the pieces to be considered for Grizzly Peak Airfield. Although there are many items from our CAL FIRE museum in these lockers, the two nozzles will always be personal for me.
As Annual Passholders, what does the park mean to you and what does this land in particular mean to you with its new theming?
Captain Cordova: I can’t tell how much I love going to the parks with my family. It’s my getaway from everyday life. Now having a little part in Grizzly Peak makes it even more special for me. It’s nice that Disney has showcased our State Parks and the men and women of the fire service. It was an honor for me to work with the Imagineers.
Captain Spelman: My family and I have been Annual Passholders since 2003 and just love the Disney experience. Being involved with this project is a Disney fan’s dream come true. Grizzly Peak Airfield will always be a special place for me.
posted on October 7th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is on at Magic Kingdom Park, and with it, the new stage show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!” It’s been 22 years since the wicked Sanderson Sisters materialized in the 1993 film “Hocus Pocus.” Now they’re back to throw one heck of a Halloween party.
Meet Barbara Bradley Baekgaard During Vera Bradley Event at Marketplace Co-Op at Walt Disney World Resort on October 9
posted on October 7th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
I have exciting new for Vera Bradley fans at Walt Disney World Resort. We will be holding a special release party on October 9 at Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace.
Wildlife Wednesday: A Shining Star for Disney’s Sea Turtles – Tinker Bell and Marina’s Hatchlings Are on Their Way
posted on October 7th, 2015 by Anne Savage, Ph.D., Conservation Director, Disney’s Animal Programs
Tinker Bell and Marina, our sea turtles who crawled out of the ocean to nest with only the starry skies to light their way, are now the proud moms of 137 hatchlings that just emerged from the sand near Disney’s Vero Beach Resort!
posted on October 7th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager
For Vanessa Rosas, an engineer and former Walt Disney World Resort Ambassador, each day begins with a smile. And that smile, along with her work, helps to bring our international guests together to enjoy their magical vacations.
posted on October 6th, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
My favorite character from Alice in Wonderland is the Mad Hatter because, frankly, he’s so delightfully wacky. Today is the best day for fans of this crackpot character … it’s 10/6 … Mad Hatter Day!
posted on October 6th, 2015 by Russ J. Stacey, Writer, Yellow Shoes Creative Group
Now that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing (running through November 16), why not make it an extra-special event with the Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?
Readers Get Into the Spooky Spirit at Disney Parks Blog Mickey’s Halloween Party Meet-Up at Disneyland Park
posted on October 6th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Last night, we hosted 200 fans at the Disney Parks Blog Mickey’s Halloween Party Meet-Up at Disneyland park. The evening kicked off with a special reception at Aladdin’s Oasis in Adventureland.