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Today in Disney History: Indiana Jones Adventure Opens at Disneyland Park, 1995

posted on March 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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On March 3, 1995, Disneyland park guests began exploring the Temple of the Forbidden Eye at Indiana Jones Adventure. Now a classic, this thrill ride takes intrepid explorers on a journey to discover the mysteries of the temple alongside world-famous archeologist, Indiana Jones. To celebrate this anniversary, let’s do a little Disney Parks Blog archeology and look back at some of the stories we’ve shared from this favorite attraction.

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John Rhys-Davies Returns to Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park
John Rhys-Davies, who portrayed Indy’s faithful friend, Sallah, in two Indiana Jones films, visited the Disneyland Resort last year, and together with his family and friends, rode Indiana Jones Adventure for the first time.

Decoder for Maraglyphics in Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park
Learn the story behind the adventure of this attraction.

On This Day in History: Indiana Jones Adventure Opening Ceremony 1995
Take a look back at the opening ceremony in Adventureland, featuring George Lucas, creator of the blockbuster films.

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Good Morning from Rivers of America at Disneyland Park

posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Disneyland park just opened for the day, and one of the best things about being among the first in the park is the quiet and stillness you will find. There’s something about that feeling of having the park (almost) to yourself, seeing sights like a still and quiet Rivers of America. What is your favorite thing about being in Disneyland park when it first opens? Tell us in the comments!

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Invited to Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ Royal Celebration at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 25th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: This event has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future opportunities!

Hear ye, lords and ladies! By royal decree, Disney Parks Blog readers are invited to attend a grand celebration of Disney’s new live-action film, “Cinderella”! Your presence is requested the evening of Wednesday, March 4, for Disney’s “Cinderella” Royal Celebration at the Disneyland Resort.

Guests at this gala event will be among the first to see the new film, in a special screening ahead of the March 13 release of “Cinderella.” Then, you are invited to join us at a grand reception, complete with music, delicious treats and special surprises! We encourage you to come in your finest royal attire, and ones young should come dressed as their favorite prince or princess – it will surely be an evening fit for royalty!

And not to worry, our East-coast friends! We will have details to share about a special “Cinderella” screening at the Walt Disney World Resort soon.

“Cinderella” is inspired by Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Kenneth Branagh, the film stars Lily James in the title role, Richard Madden as the Prince, Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett as the infamous wicked stepmother, and Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother.

Join us the evening of Wednesday, March 4 here at the Disneyland Resort! Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Event confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Event check-in begins at 3:30 p.m.
  • Downtown Disney parking validation will be provided.
  • The movie is rated PG.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Please arrive early. Seating is first come, first seated. No one will be admitted late. The screening may be overbooked and seating is not guaranteed. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (WDSMP), its affiliates and the theatre are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time. NO RECORDING. The screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any video or audio recording devices (including, without limitation, cameras and phones) into the venue and you consent to a physical search of your belongings and person for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device during this screening, you consent to your immediate removal from the venue and forfeiture of your recording device and its contents. Any attempted unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability. We reserve the right to pursue any and all available remedies at law and in equity for any unauthorized recording and/or copyright infringement, including without limitation statutory damages of up to $150,000 per violation, and nothing contained in this notice shall be construed to limit our available remedies and/or legal recourse. You assume all risks of personal injury arising from or incidental to attending the screening, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. Further, by attending you grant permission to WDSMP, its licensees, licensors, affiliates and agents, to record and utilize your name, voice and likeness to publicize the screening and promote the movie.

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Today in Disney History: ‘The Band Concert’ is Released, 1935

posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


On February 23, 1935, “The Band Concert” made its debut as the very first Mickey Mouse cartoon in color. Today, it serves as the inspiration a favorite Disney California Adventure park attraction, Silly Symphony Swings. To mark this historic animated short’s anniversary, I asked Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer to share a few of his favorite photos of the attraction it inspired with us.

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This classic swing ride features chairs suspended from a round, overhead canopy while the central tower telescopes up and down to take riders on a smooth and spiraling experience, as if they are caught inside the cartoon’s swirling cyclone.

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Standing atop the canopy is Maestro Mickey Mouse himself, just as he appeared in “The Band Concert” – with a conductor’s baton in hand and dressed in his red bandleader’s uniform.

Next time you visit Disney California Adventure park, get caught up in the swirl of music and mayhem yourself on Silly Symphony Swings!

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: February 2010

posted on February 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s been a while since we took a look back at some of our favorite stories from years past, so I thought I’d go to the way-back file for this “Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule.” Come with me to February 2010 to see the stories we were working on.

Magic: A 24 Hour Operation
Valarie Sukovaty shared this amazing behind-the-scenes look at what happens after Disneyland park closes for the night, in a video she first produced back in 2006.

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A Unique Anniversary Party
Heather Hust Rivera took us back to 1955 with a special look at Walt and Lillian Disney’s 30th anniversary party here at Disneyland.

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Photo Captures a Rare Sight: Four Steam Locomotives at Disneyland Park
Here’s something you don’t see every day … all four Disneyland Railroad locomotives in front of the Main Street Train Station at Disneyland park.

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A Foggy Morning on the Rivers of America
Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer shared this beautiful, rarely seen moment from Disneyland park.

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‘I Do!’ Memorable Proposals at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Everyone has their own special memories of the Disneyland Resort – for some, it’s a first visit or a favorite show, and for many, it’s celebrating the beginning of an exciting journey with a loved one. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m excited to share stories of three memorable proposals stories recalled by cast members from some of our most romantic restaurants – who were able to make these special moments even more magical.

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When this guest took his girlfriend to the Disneyland Resort for the first time, he decided to propose to her in front of the wishing well at Snow White Grotto. He even presented the engagement ring in a glass slipper! Later that night, the couple celebrated their engagement in a private dining room at Carthay Circle Restaurant, where the cast members had “his & hers” ear hats waiting for them. The bride-to-be was in tears, and so were the cast members at Carthay Circle Restaurant!

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Cast members at Blue Bayou Restaurant were able to make a sweet moment even sweeter for one newly engaged couple. After the groom-to-be proposed (to applause from the entire restaurant), Blue Bayou Restaurant cast members presented the couple with special treats and sparkling cider flutes to celebrate.

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Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa

The Napa Rose team was very excited to help with this unique proposal! One prince charming created a View-Master-like disc for his girlfriend, with slides showing moments throughout their relationship, ending with a very important question on the last slide: “Will you marry me?” Cast member, Wendy, delivered chocolate truffles to celebrate the moment. Other guests even joined in the celebration … the couple sitting next to the newly engaged guests was so touched by the surprising event, they paid for the couple’s dinner.

Where would you pop the question at the Disneyland Resort? Do you have a Disneyland Resort proposal story of your own? Share with us below! And happy Valentine’s Day!

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


With a new year comes new beginnings, and I’d like to begin 2015 by reviving one of my favorite Disney Parks Blog series, “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling,” with one of my favorite snack-time spots, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe at Disney California Adventure park.

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This 1930s-era eatery was established by Dolly, Dottie and Ethel Bounds, known professionally as Fiddler, Fifer & Practical (aka the Silver Lake Sisters). They spent a good part of their lives performing the vaudeville circuit, entertaining the troops in World War I and becoming minor celebrities in nightclubs along the then‐emerging Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

After 20 years of singing, dancing and playing their instruments (Dolly on violin, Dottie on flute, Ethel on piano), the sisters decided to put down roots on Buena Vista Street. The idea came from Ethel, the practical one. She had always handled the trio’s business affairs and was constantly urging her sisters to settle down and open a legitimate business. They finally agreed, joining together to open Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café, with its name an homage to their act.

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A wall inside the restaurant features photos, posters and memorabilia from the days when Dolly, Dottie and Ethel performed as Fiddler, Fifer & Practical – the Silver Lake Sisters. You can see them in publicity shots and in photos showing them performing on stage and relaxing or prepping backstage in their dressing rooms. A map of California shows the various places they’ve performed throughout the Golden State, and above the front window, marquee letters, spell out “Silver Lake Sisters.”

So the next time you’re getting a great deal on a square meal at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café, take a look around and discover the story of these talented ladies for yourself.


For more from “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series, visit the links below:

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Take a Tour of ‘Frozen Fun’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 6th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Frozen Fun” has become a huge hit with Disney California Adventure park guests, because there’s so much to do! Join me on a tour through it all in the video below.

What is your favorite part of “Frozen Fun”?

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Luigi’s Flying Tires to Become All-New Experience at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 6th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Ever since Cars Land opened at Disney California Adventure park in 2012, it has been a huge success. This new land immerses guests in the world of “Cars” and makes them feel like they are standing in the town of Radiator Springs. We’ve heard from our guests that the cars themselves are one of the things they really love about Cars Land – and today I’m excited to tell you about a project that will bring even more four-wheeled fun.

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At the end of the operating day on February 16, 2015, Luigi’s Flying Tires will close as our favorite Fiat departs for a vacation to his home country of Italy to visit with family. When he returns, his Casa della Tires will reopen as a completely new attraction in early 2016. The attraction will feature a new ride system and ride vehicles. We are excited to tell you more about this ride technology, so stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for updates as work progresses.

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New England Patriots Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler Celebrate Super Bowl Win at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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New England Patriots fans lined Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park today to celebrate with Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler, stars of yesterday’s Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Amid a cloud of confetti and accompanied by Mickey Mouse himself, Edelman and Butler made good on their exclamation, “We’re Going to Disneyland!” following the game. Check them out in the latest in a series of the iconic Disney Parks advertisements here.

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Wide receiver Edelman and cornerback Butler enjoyed a well-deserved, sunny day of celebration at Disneyland park. Take a behind-the-scenes look at their visit below!

Congratulations to Edelman, Butler and the New England Patriots!

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