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The Disney Gallery Unveils New Exhibit for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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May 22 is finally here, and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is underway! While there’s so much to see and do, one place I couldn’t resist visiting on one of my shopping adventures was The Disney Gallery located in the lobby of The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. A new exhibit was unveiled just this morning — Drawing Disneyland: The Early Years – Imagineers Who Helped Bring Walt’s Dream To Life.

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I had the chance to get the back-story about this exciting new exhibit which of course, I wanted to share with all of you:

Walt Disney had an idea for “a family park, where parents and children could have fun together.” Problem is, he didn’t know how to design and build it. Unfortunately, neither did the architecture and engineering firm he hired. That’s when Walt’s longtime friend, architect Welton Becket, told him the best people to design the park were his own animators and art directors. These were the people who best understood Walt and what he wanted to do.

So in 1952 Walt formed WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) and recruited members of his own staff from the Disney Studio, as well as designers and artists from other studios, to help him develop this new kind of park he was calling Disneyland. Though none of them had ever designed theme parks (Who had at that time?), they did know, with their film backgrounds and set-designing skills, how to turn Walt’s ideas into concept sketches and detailed renderings.

Drawing Disneyland celebrates five of those artists, all with experience in live-action and animated films, each of whom played a key role in the development of one of the original lands of Disneyland – and ultimately proved Welton Becket right. Who are they? I won’t leave you in suspense any further.

Harper Goff – Adventureland
John Hench – Tomorrowland
Harry Johnson – Main Street, U.S.A.
Bill Martin – Fantasyland
Sam McKim – Frontierland

I hope during your next visit you’ll enjoy this historical retrospective, which showcases the rich heritage and history of the Disneyland Resort — from how far we’ve come to where we’re headed.

Special Tip: If you find a favorite piece of art on display in the new exhibit, stop next store at Disneyana Gifts to inquire whether it is available to purchase via Art on Demand, and bring the magic of Disney, home.

What places are on your list to visit today?

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VIDEO: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Begins

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Early this morning, fans filled Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park for the official start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Wearing their limited-edition commemorative ear hats, thousands of fans counted down to 6 a.m. and the beginning of our 24-hour event. Take a look!

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Download Our ‘Tomorrowland’ Wallpaper To Celebrate Film’s Release

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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The new film “Tomorrowland” hits theaters today! Our team was lucky enough to see the film earlier this morning with a group of Disney Parks Blog readers, and I have to say that Tomorrowland fans won’t be disappointed!

In celebration of the film’s release, we hope you enjoy our latest Disney Parks Blog wallpaper, which was designed by artist Jeff Maurer. To download to your desktop or mobile device, simply click on the image below.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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New Pressed Coins Debut for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Last month, my fellow Disney Parks Blog author and friend, Shannon Swanson, got a “Penny For Your Thoughts” as she took you inside the Electromechanical Shop and behind-the-scenes of the making of coin presses at the Disneyland Resort. Shannon mentioned that I would have exciting news to share, and I do ─ as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we are introducing sixty (60) new pressed coins themed to favorite attractions, icons and characters!

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It’s Lunchtime at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


It’s lunchtime and I have a hankerin’ for a turkey leg. Don’t mind if I do! I even traveled to Frontierland just so I could snap a shot with my turkey leg while wearing a coonskin cap. It seemed so apropos.

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Challenge Accepted – Conquering the Mountains of Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


A few weeks ago, my fellow author Jennifer Fickley-Baker shared some ideas for spending 24-hours at Magic Kingdom Park. I was inspired by her article to do a couple of challenges today while kicking off the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Special Menu Items Available at The Lunching Pad at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Are you having fun kicking off the Coolest Summer Ever at Magic Kingdom Park? Why not take a break to refuel at The Lunching Pad. What’s on the menu? A specialty hot dog topped with pulled pork and slaw, refreshing watermelon lemonade and a crisped rice treat adorably shaped like a flip-flop. Hurry, these items are only available until 9 p.m. when the beach party ends!

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Has Officially Begun

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s here! A celebration 60 years in the making is now underway. This morning, thousands of guests helped us kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and our 24-hour event.

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Enjoying 24 Hours of Snacks at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


When they asked me to spend the day snacking my way around Magic Kingdom Park to kick off the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort, I was honored. It is not every day you find yourself getting paid to eat delicious treats. I kicked off my morning with a trip to Starbucks on Main Street, U.S.A.

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Watch the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Event LIVE on Disney Parks Blog

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re just about to kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with a 24-hour event! If you can’t be here to celebrate with us, don’t worry! You can follow all the fun from home with our six live web cameras, positioned throughout the Disneyland Resort.

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