Experience the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration at home this summer with the new Disneyland 60th Anniversary Summer Sounds station on Pandora! Now through August 31, this special station will feature music inspired by the celebration now underway. Check it out here!
posted on June 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Last month, we told you about the new Main Street Enchanted Windows, set to debut during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Two of the six windows have opened, and today I’ve got some up-close photos to share with you.
Along with new technology and effects, what is remarkable about these windows is the detail. Take a look at the tiny objects sitting on the furniture in the photo above!
These windows, featuring the stories of “Peter Pan” and “Cinderella,” truly are enchanting. Keep an eye out, as more windows featuring the stories of “Frozen,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Toy Story” and “Aladdin” are set to debut later this summer.
Today in Disney History: ‘World of Color’ and Silly Symphony Swings Open at Disney California Adventure Park
posted on June 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Also on June 11, 2010, Silly Symphony Swings opened – take a look back at the construction of this attraction in the video below.
Have you seen the new “World of Color: Celebrate!” yet? Tell us about it in the comments!
posted on June 10th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Grizzly Peak Airfield is now open at Disney California Adventure park, and it’s already a hit with guests. This expansion of Grizzly Peak takes guests into California’s High Sierras for a taste of what life was like for the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests in the middle part of the last century. One popular destination in this newly reimagined area is Smokejumpers Grill … which has quite a story of its own.
As the story goes, the grill was established by a local Sierra Nevada couple Herb and Millie Madera. A former WWII pilot and parachutist, Herb helped recruit and train the Bearpaw Basin Smokejumpers when the crew was first getting established. His wife, Millie, supplied delicious meals to the men after their long, exhausting days. But one summer day, Millie and her neighbors found themselves and their homes threatened by a raging forest fire. Herb and his smokejumpers sprang into action, rescuing their friends and worked into the night to suppress the rest of the blaze.
The heroism of the Bearpaw Basin Smokejumpers moved Herb and Millie to do something special to repay them. They converted the old hangar at the edge of Grizzly Peak Airfield into Smokejumpers Grill, and soon pilots and firefighters from miles away were flying in to enjoy this new Bearpaw Basin tradition.
Visitors inside the restaurant today can find relics of the grill’s history, through the mementos and photographs that cover the walls like children’s letters to the courageous smokejumpers, handwritten postcards to the grill’s owners and insignia patches from other firefighting units.
So the next time you “drop in” for one of those delicious Smokejumpers Grill burgers, take a look around and discover the restaurant’s story for yourself!
posted on June 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Have you had a chance to see the new “Paint the Night” parade at Disneyland park? This after-dark parade is a state-of-the-art, vibrant wonder that immerses guests in eight different Disney and Disney•Pixar stories, each story represented by multiple floats, props and performers.
Test your knowledge of this new nighttime spectacular below!
How Well Do You Know ‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park?
Team Disney VoluntEARS Raises More than $30,000 for Cancer Research and Runs Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort
posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Over the past few months, I’ve had the honor to join a group of Disneyland Resort cast members who have come together to accomplish a healthy goal while supporting a great cause. While training together for the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Team Disney VoluntEARS raised more than $30,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the organization’s Team in Training program.
Team in Training is an endurance sports training program that has raised more than $1.4 billion for blood cancer research since it began in 1988. This season marked the first corporate team at the Disneyland Resort to support this organization, and Team Disney VoluntEARS already has plans to continue its fundraising efforts while training for the upcoming 2015 Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon!
Please join me in congratulating my amazing team and in wishing them the best as they continue their training and fundraising. Go Team!
posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Matterhorn Bobsleds recently reopened at Disneyland park, following a refurbishment that brought many new creative elements to this classic attraction – including a whole new look for its most famous resident, the Abominable Snowman. In the video below, Walt Disney Imagineering takes us for a behind-the-scenes look at how this new look was created.
Have you seen the Abominable Snowman’s new look for yourself? Tell us about it in the comments!
posted on May 29th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Let’s wrap up our look back at “Sixty Years of Innovation” at the Disneyland Resort with a nighttime spectacular that, in just five short years, has become an instant classic. “World of Color” opened at Disney California Adventure park in June 2010 and was immediately a fan favorite. Since its premiere, “World of Color” has been performed more than 2,600 times and experienced by more than ten million guests. Blending technology with classic storytelling, the show continues to change – with new Disney films, the holiday season, and now with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.
Five years from planning to opening, “World of Color” was envisioned to be a “living ‘Fantasia,’” using music, animation, color, light and water to immerse the audience in a storytelling journey. The scale of the show is massive, and the “dancing” fountains needed to bring it to life required innovations that the creative team was told were impossible. When they were told they couldn’t have fountains with multiple heads or moving heads, they created them. When they were told they couldn’t create color and light in the fountains, they found ways. Every piece of the show involved a new innovation.
The “stage” for “World of Color” was another innovation in itself: a platform composed of nearly 1 full acre of engineered superstructure, longer than a football field and capable of settling on three levels – one for the performance, one under the water surface and one for maintenance. The show features nearly 1,200 powerful and programmable fountains, and a vast underwater grid with more than 18,000 points of control. Each fountain has multiple points of control for lighting, color intensity, water angle, height and more.
And now, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, “World of Color – Celebrate!” is hosted by award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris and the one-and-only Mickey Mouse, taking guests on a journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney to see how his extraordinary dreams came true.
posted on May 27th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Anyone who has strolled through Fantasyland at Disneyland park knows the familiar double-honk from the Disneyland Monorail as it begins to make its way around the Matterhorn. Its course takes it past some of our classic attractions, and thanks to some clever maneuvering, Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer was able to catch these shots of the Disneyland Monorail as it passed “it’s a small world” and Alice in Wonderland.
Which Disneyland Resort attractions are your favorite to spy from aboard the Disneyland Monorail?
Disney Infinity Community Builds Disneyland Toy Box in Honor of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration
posted on May 25th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Want to explore the Disneyland Resort in a whole new way? Leap into the world of Disney Infinity and play with the new Disneyland Toy Box! Just launched along with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the Disneyland Toy Box was created by the Disney Infinity community. Players have been designing attractions for the game over the past few months, and many even teamed up to create the best attractions possible. Now the winning designs are available to download!
Take a look!
The complete Disneyland Toy Box includes:
- Main Street, U.S.A.
- Fantasyland: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, “it’s a small world,” Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Adventureland: Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones Adventure
- Tomorrowland: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Star Tours, Space Mountain, Autopia, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
The Disneyland Toy Box has given fans a chance to show their love for the Disneyland Resort across the globe, and it gives you a chance to extend your Disneyland experience into your home. You can download the complete toy box here.