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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: March 2012

posted on March 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Two years ago this month, we were looking ahead to big expansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Let’s take a look back at March 2012 in this “Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule.”

Video: Godmother Mariah Carey Christens the Disney Fantasy in New York City
March 2012 started with a bang as Mariah Carey christened the new Disney Fantasy.

Disney President and CEO Bob Iger and Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs Behind the Construction Walls at Disney California Adventure Park for a Hard-hat Tour of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land

Taking a Tour of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle Theatre – Opening June 15 at Disney California Adventure Park
Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, recalled his hard-hat tour of Cars Land, which was then speeding toward its summer 2012 opening at Disney California Adventure park.

First Look: Walt Disney Imagineers Offer a Taste of the Be Our Guest Restaurant
Walt Disney Imagineering gave us the first look inside Be Our Guest Restaurant, which would open later that year.

New Story Rooms Open Today at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World Resort – With a Regal Twist
Royal Guest Rooms officially opened on March 9, 2012, at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside at Walt Disney World Resort, and Michelle Baumann brought us this peek inside.

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Caption This: The Hungry Pirate at Disneyland Park
We marked the 45th anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland park with this special “Caption This!”

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Red Car Trolley Tests the Track at Disney California Adventure Park
On March 28, 2012, we brought Disney Parks Blog readers the first look at the new Red Car Trolley traveling down the track at Disney California Adventure park.

Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’-Themed Monorail to Debut This Spring at Walt Disney World Resort
Two years ago this month, we were all anticipating the upcoming release of Marvel’s “The Avengers,” and Walt Disney World Resort guests were getting ready to welcome “The Avengers”-themed Monorail.

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park

posted on March 3rd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Indiana Jones Adventure: The Temple of the Forbidden Eye opened on March 3, 1995, at Disneyland park and became an instant classic. The detail and storytelling in the attraction puts it at the top of my list whenever I visit the Disneyland Resort. So let’s continue one of my favorite Disney Parks Blog series with the story behind this adventurous attraction.
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Indiana Jones Adventure takes guests back to the year 1935 with famed archeologist Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, who has uncovered the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. This mysterious temple was built long ago by a lost civilization in honor of the ancient deity, Mara. Lore says that Mara has the power to look into one’s soul and grant one of three gifts: earthly riches, eternal youth or knowledge of the future. But it was soon discovered that those who look into the eyes of Mara are doomed to suffer the deity’s vengeful wrath! But that hasn’t kept away the tourists, celebrities and fortune hunters who have flocked to the temple, lured by the promise of Mara’s gifts.

Fortunately for us, Dr. Jones has temporarily disabled the lethal booby traps along the path leading into the temple, allowing us to safely reach the boarding area, where his friend Sallah has commandeered a small fleet of transports to take us on a tour of the temple. Let’s take a look inside some of the key areas of the temple:

Chamber of Destiny: This the first stop on the tour. Here, Mara peers into our souls to see which of the three gifts we truly desire. Unfortunately, one of the passengers in our transport (never me, I swear) inevitably gazes into Mara’s eye, unleashing his fury.

Tunnel of Torment: The once-pristine architecture starts to decay and crumble as the power of Mara lifts the vehicle from its path and carries it through the air. Everything in the tunnel seems to move with us as our transport strains against the evil force that propels it forward.

Gates of Doom: “You had to look, didn’t you?” Dr. Jones exclaims as he tries to hold back the evil forces at the gates, breaking the curse just long enough for our transport to drop back down to the temple floor, allowing us to pass.
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Cavern of Bubbling Death: But the way out isn’t so easy. Here we make our way through this massive subterranean chamber. As we enter the cavern, the 45-foot-tall decaying statue of Mara fires a beam at the vehicle, causing the ceiling to crumble and fall into the flaming gorge, sending us to escape through a side chamber.

Of course, from there the adventure continues … for those who have not yet journeyed into the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, I will not give away what happens next.

For the first several years the attraction was open, riders received a decoder card for the Maraglyphics found inside the temple. Thanks to my friends at the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library, I’ve got the decoder card for you below – try to decode some messages yourself the next time you visit!
Decoder for Maraglyphics in Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library

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Alice in Wonderland and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disneyland Resort to Close Temporarily Beginning in March

posted on February 25th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


I’ve got some updates to share from out of the rabbit hole and under the sea today about two temporary attraction closures coming up next month at Disneyland Resort. First, Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland park will close at the end of the operating day on March 9 for an extended refurbishment. In addition to routine maintenance, minor changes will be made to the exterior of the attraction. Alice in Wonderland is scheduled to reopen summer 2014.

The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure

At Disney California Adventure park, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will close at the end of the operating day on March 19 for maintenance, and is scheduled to reopen in late spring.

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park

posted on February 18th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Come with me into the wild jungles of Disneyland park for a tour of the world-famous Jungle Cruise! First I’d like to thank you, Disney Parks Blog readers, for contributing your ideas in the comments of the Paradise Pier edition of this series. Ian thought that this classic Disneyland park attraction would be the perfect place to “beheaded” and I agree! So … hello! My name is Erin and I will be your Disney Parks Blog skipper for the next several minutes as we explore the story behind this opening-day Disneyland attraction.

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History tells that a Victorian house was built in this remote area of the jungle in 1911 to serve as the last outpost of civilization for explorers venturing into the jungle. The owner of the building saw the potential for a successful business and created the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. – a place for locals to post and receive mail, enjoy a civilized pot of tea and read the (usually three-week-old) newspaper.

Unfortunately, in the late 1920s the owner had to leave due to illness and the building remained vacant for several years. Then one day, a group of enterprising adventurers purchased the house to use as a base for their new jungle transportation company. The business did well enough that they were able to add on a second story and invest in the latest technologies, like shortwave radio.

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But the Great Depression significantly impacted their business and they were barely able to stay … afloat. While other businesses throughout the jungle packed it in, these adventurers remained, delivering mail and freight to the few remaining outposts. Their luck soon turned around when a well-known Hollywood film director found their outpost and asked them to escort him down the river while he filmed the local wildlife. After he paid generous wage for their services, the owners realized they had a profitable tourism business on their hands – or rather, their docks. New skippers were hired, and new steamers purchased, to lead well-to-do travelers who would enjoy (and hopefully survive) these tours departing daily into the jungle.

Today the Jungle Cruise still welcomes tourists who are daring enough to brave the piranha-infested waters, head-hunting natives, twelve-inch (in some cases even one-foot) butterflies and (if they’re lucky) the backside of water. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour into the story of the Jungle Cruise. If you did, my name is Erin … if you didn’t, my name is Tyler.

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Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on February 17th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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To me, one of the most magical experiences at Disneyland park is watching the Rivers of America come to life during the nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!” You can’t help getting swept away watching Mickey Mouse as he commands water, lasers and fireworks in the epic finale. To make the most of this experience, I’ve got a few tips to share with you today:

  • Arrive early – “Fantasmic!” is one of the most popular shows at the Disneyland Resort. Unlike the “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, the viewing area along the Rivers of America does not require a FASTPASS. But you should plan to get there early to make sure to snag the spot of your choice.
  • Enjoying the fireworks from Frontierland – On select nights throughout the year, our fireworks spectaculars light up the night sky following “Fantasmic!” If you are in the “Fantasmic!” viewing location in Frontierland and want to enjoy the fireworks as well, don’t leave your spot – you’ll be able to fully experience the show right where you are!
  • Finding the best spot to enjoy the show – The most popular viewing location for “Fantasmic!” is directly in the center; however, the show was designed to be viewed from all around the Rivers of America! Near the Haunted Mansion offers a little more space on most nights, so if you can’t find a spot, head over there. Also, if there are two shows on the evening you’ve selected, consider catching the second show. It often has more space available than the first performance.
  • Adding some extra “magic” – If you have seen the show several times and are looking for a different way to journey along with Mickey’s imagination, this tip is for you. Become part of the show with your own “Glow with the Show” Ear hat, available at merchandise locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. These special ears interact with the show itself, flashing and changing colors in response to the various scenes – I especially like watching the ears interact with the battle between Mickey and Maleficent. Also, you can enjoy a reserved seat and a delicious dessert platter during the show with the Premium Viewing option. Call 714-781-SHOW (7469) for more information and booking.
  • Navigating Disneyland park during “Fantasmic!” – If you’re not trying to catch the show and need to navigate New Orleans Square or Frontierland to get to another destination, just ask one of the cast members wearing a neon yellow shirt or jacket and holding a light-up baton. They will point you in the right direction.

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Find Your Romantic ‘Disney Side’ at Disney Parks

posted on February 14th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Everyone has a “Disney Side,” but sometimes it can be hard to find in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The romance and fantasy here at the Disneyland Resort – and in all our Disney Parks around the world – make it easier to find that special spark again, especially on Valentine’s Day …

What is your romantic “Disney Side”? Share with us in the comments below, on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #DisneySide and at DisneySide.com!

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Share Some Magic With Disney Parks Valentines

posted on February 14th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This morning, we shared some Disney Villaintines, and now we’ve got another way to spread the love today – Disney Parks Valentines! Check them out below and let us know which is your favorite.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Disney Parks Blog!

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Cast Member Romance at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 13th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The magic and beauty of the Disneyland Resort is always sure to create romance for our guests, and those who work here are just as susceptible to its power. Indeed, many of our Disneyland Resort cast members have found “the one” working right here alongside them. Today, as we count down the hours to Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share one of these sweetheart stories with you!

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Disneyland Resort Ambassador Sachiko White met her Prince Charming – Imagineer Danny Handke – during her Global Ambassador Training in 2012. On a tour of Walt Disney Imagineering, Danny led the group in a presentation on Mystic Point at Hong Kong Disneyland. Some time later, the two met for lunch to discuss Danny’s involvement as a guest presenter for The Ambassador Program Presents – a special event series for Disneyland Resort cast members.

“We got along like peas and carrots,” Sachiko told me, “and a few days later had an epic, 12-hour date here at Disneyland; we’ve been together ever since.”

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Danny knew that he wanted to propose to Sachiko here at the Disneyland Resort – not only because they are both cast members and it was where they had their first date – but also because Danny is a huge Disney fan and always wanted to get engaged at Disneyland. So he planned a surprise for Sachiko, enlisting her fellow Disneyland Resort Ambassador Megan Navarette. They convinced Sachiko to attend what she thought was a work-related event in Fantasy Faire. Dressed as a king, he presented a dozen roses to Sachiko when she arrived, asking, “Are you the princess I’ve been looking for?”

The two plan to be married next month – March 21, the first day of spring. “To us, the new season means new beginnings, new growth and the beginning of a new chapter in our lives,” Sachiko said.

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Interactive Fun Awaits in the ESPN Zone Sports Arena at the Downtown Disney District

posted on February 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Come with us inside the ESPN Zone Sports Arena in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – we found lots of fun, interactive sports games, video games and much more. Next time you’re looking to add a little sports fun to your Disneyland Resort visit, stop by the Sports Arena. It’s on the second floor of the ESPN Zone, and it’s got something for everyone. Check it out!

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Showing Our ‘Disney Side’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Tomorrow marks the 13th anniversary of Disney California Adventure park! To mark the occasion, I asked some of our California-based Disney Parks Blog authors to tell me how they show their “Disney Side” at Disney California Adventure park.

John McClintock: My “Disney Side” at Disney California Adventure park consists of game attempts to keep up with my granddaughter as she romps through Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

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Donna Fisk: Because I am a fan of “times gone by,” I show my “Disney Side” by appreciating the nostalgia of Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park. I love gazing at the period architecture, shopping for treasures at Elias & Co. and enjoying a true Hollywood dining experience at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.

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Michelle Harker: When I’m at Disney California Adventure park, I love going on Grizzly River Run, watching our amazing nighttime spectacular “World of Color” and just soaking up the surroundings. My “Disney Side” is all about making a splash!

Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park

Kevin Rafferty, Jr.: I grew up locally so my friends and I spent a lot of time at Disney California Adventure park. I remember being there for its opening day! Through the years, and the five-year expansion, my favorite activities have changed, but one favorite remains the same – soups served in Boudin sourdough bowls!

Shannon Swanson: My favorite way to show my “Disney Side” is at the Animation Academy in Hollywood Land. First I visit The Beast’s Library, where I discover which Disney character I am most like (recently I was most like Mulan), then I go to Ursula’s Grotto to sing like Ariel (don’t worry, she gets her voice back eventually) and finally I learn secrets of animation from a real Disney artist – they teach guests how to draw different characters each class, and you get a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home!

Valarie Sukovaty: How do I show my “Disney Side” at Disney California Adventure park? I love buying a glass of wine and a cheese & fruit plate at the Golden Vine Winery. It’s so easy to get caught up in rushing from attraction to attraction, but this area provides a welcome break for tired feet and the day’s to-do list.

Wine Country Trattoria at Disney California Adventure Park

Michele Himmelberg: There’s something about all the wonderful flavors at Disney California Adventure park that bring out my “Disney Side.” While popcorn is my go-to treat when playing in the parks, at Disney California Adventure park I crave these three specialties: chicken skewers with tandoori-spiced yogurt and tzatziki at Paradise Garden Grill, the shrimp on polenta cake with lemon-caper butter sauce at Wine Country Trattoria and, for evening fun, a Carthay Manhattan at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.

Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park

As for me, I love thrill rides, so when I’m at Disney California Adventure park, I’ve got my three must-do’s: California Screamin’, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Radiator Springs Racers. My “Disney Side” is made of high speeds, dips and drops!

What about you? How do you “Show Your Disney Side” at Disney California Adventure park?

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