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Sixty Years of Innovation: ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Jumping ahead to the 1990s in our retrospective of innovations at the Disneyland Resort, let’s look back at the year 1992 and the introduction of a new kind of nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!

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First of its kind, “Fantasmic!” featured projections on reflective mists and huge figures that seemed to rise magically out of Mickey Mouse’s imagination. To prepare for the show, the Rivers of America were drained to enable installation of new equipment and mechanisms, and a new stage was built on the south end of Tom Sawyer Island. The show combined the new mist screens with Disneyland park favorites – the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia – as well as rafts, mechanical figures, fire effects and more than 50 Disneyland cast members to bring the story to life.

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As Disney Parks Blog reader Dustin shared recently, “This nighttime show was innovative in its blending of fireworks, waterworks, animation and live action, so innovative in fact that it’s still running (and very popular) today!”

He went on to say that “Fantasmic!” was the forerunner for the many successful nighttime spectaculars at Disney Parks around the world – and he’s right! From “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, to “Disney Dreams!” at Disneyland Paris, the tradition of innovative nighttime spectaculars continues today.

And that evolution goes on when the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” opens for guests at Disney California Adventure park this Friday, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

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Disneyland Diamond Days Begins May 22 – First Weekly Prize is 2-Carat Blue Disney Diamond and Vacation Package

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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As we first told you last month, Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins this Friday, May 22, 2015! This text-in for a chance to win sweepstakes will award daily prizes to some Disneyland Resort visitors. Each daily prize package for that day includes an individualized tour of the parks with preferred access to select attractions, dining and VIP viewing at some of the dazzling nighttime spectaculars new for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Daily prize winners must be present on the Disneyland Resort premises at the time of entry and at the time of prize redemption in order to be able to enjoy these special experiences, and theme park admission is not necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes.*

Disneyland Diamond Days will also offer guests a weekly opportunity to win Disneyland Resort prizes and experiences, including authentic diamonds, custom-engraved for Disney! One- and two-carat Disney Diamonds will be awarded as part of the celebration, beginning with the first week – 5:00 am PT, May 22 to 6:59 am PT, May 29 – and the first weekly prize of a 2-carat blue Disney Diamond and a Disneyland Resort vacation package.

You can enter to win the weekly prize at Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes starts 5:00 AM PT on 5/22/15 and ends 6:59 AM PT on 9/11/15. Each day, daily sweepstakes starts at 7:00 AM PT (5:00 AM PT on 5/22/15) and ends at 10:59 AM (PT). Each week, weekly sweepstakes starts Friday at 7:00AM PT and ends at 6:59 AM PT the following Friday. Each eligible daily entry automatically entered into applicable weekly sweepstakes and final prize sweepstakes. Limit one (1) sweepstakes entry per person per day, regardless of method of entry.

Enter daily sweepstakes by correctly texting word of the day to short code 347639 (Disney) or by using sponsor tablet (available only at the Disneyland® Resort (“Resort”)). Word of the day can be found in ungated areas of the Resort (areas of Resort that do not require paid admission) or at http://www.Disneyland.com/DiamondDays (the “Sweeps Site”). Entrant must be physically present at the Resort premises (which includes ungated areas) at the time of entry into daily sweepstakes. Potential daily sweepstakes winners will be notified (via text or phone) at approx. 11:00 AM PT each day and must contact Sponsor within 60 minutes of notification or prize will be forfeited. Daily prize can only be claimed on Resort premises and only on the same day as entry. Entrants may enter the weekly sweepstakes via text, sponsor tablet or online (at the Sweeps Site). Only certain prizes determined by the Sponsor will be awarded in any given week; specific prizes to be awarded in the weekly sweepstakes will be announced online at the Sweeps Site the preceding week. Correct word of the day must be included in all eligible entries.

Msg. & data rates may apply. One response text confirming receipt will be sent upon text entry and potential winner may receive a notification text. Text entries from Mexican phone carriers may not be possible in the U.S. For Official Rules including full details on how to enter, free alternate methods of entry, full list of prizes, privacy policy and notification, visit http://www.Disneyland.com/DiamondDays beginning May 22, 2015. For help, reply HELP to short code 347639. Sponsor: Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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Watch Premiere Performances of ‘Paint the Night’ Parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks and Disneyland Resort 24-Hour Event LIVE on Disney Parks Blog

posted on May 19th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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If you’re not one of the lucky Disney Parks Blog readers to join us for the premiere performances of “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks at Disneyland park on May 21, don’t worry! We will webcast both performances LIVE here on the Disney Parks Blog that evening.

You will be able to choose between four different views – two overlooking Sleeping Beauty Castle and two on Main Street, U.S.A. – all complete with sound! Check back here at approximately 8:30 p.m. PDT to watch “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks live from Disneyland park.

And come back bright and early the next morning for our live webcasts from the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-hour event! In addition to the four views from inside Disneyland park, we will be adding two more inside Disney California Adventure park: from Cars Land and Paradise Pier. Follow along with all the fun from at home!

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Here’s What You Need to Know to Line Up for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Event

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kicks off this week with a 24-hour event on May 22-23 at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks! Some of you may be planning to arrive early in the hopes of being among the first to celebrate with us. If so, I’ve got some important information to share with you.

Parking

  • Pumbaa lot will open for early arrivals at 10 p.m. the evening of May 21.
  • Mickey & Friends Parking Structure will open at 4 a.m. and Toy Story Lot will open at 5 a.m. on May 22.

Pre-Opening Queue

  • Guests may bring games, blankets, chairs, tents and sleeping bags, but guests must return these items to their cars or hotel rooms and return to the line by 2 a.m.
  • At 2 a.m., all guests in line will be moved through Security checkpoints to the Disneyland Resort Esplanade, where they will receive a commemorative keepsake while supplies last.
  • No smoking, fighting or loud music will be allowed in line.
  • All guests in line will be able to temporarily leave the line to use the restroom, purchase food or beverages, and return or retrieve items from their vehicles/hotel rooms.

Opening Celebration

  • At 4 a.m., guests who choose to begin their day at Disneyland park will be escorted onto Main Street, U.S.A., to prepare for the opening celebration moment, which will take place at approximately 6 a.m. inside Disneyland park.
  • Guests who choose to begin their day at Disney California Adventure park will be escorted onto Buena Vista Street at 5:30 a.m.

Costumes and Prohibited Items

  • Costumes for adults are not allowed for this event. Please refer to the guidelines listed here.
  • Be sure to check the list of prohibited items here.
  • Lockers in the Disneyland Resort Esplanade and inside Disneyland park will be available at 4 a.m. Disney California Adventure park lockers will be available at 5:30 a.m.

Tickets

  • Regular park admission used on May 22 is valid for the entire 24-hour period (6 a.m. on May 22 through 6 a.m. on May 23). A special ticket is not required for this event.
  • Disneyland Resort ticket booths will open at 2 a.m. on May 22.
  • SoCal and SoCal Select Annual Passports will not be valid for admission on May 22.
  • Premium, Deluxe and Premier Annual Passports will be valid for admission during the entire 24-hour period.
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ABC’s ‘AFV’ Season Finale Says Farewell to Tom Bergeron and Crowns Grand Prize Winner from the Disneyland Resort

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


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On the season finale of ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” tomorrow, May 17, the show says farewell to beloved host Tom Bergeron in its broadcast from the Disneyland Resort. Also on the show, the season’s two $100,000 winners battle it out for a grand prize vacation for 60 people to the Disneyland Resort, including a visit to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks in honor of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

Don’t miss the season finale of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” tomorrow at 7|6c on ABC.

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Grizzly Peak Airfield Now Open at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We gave you a first look at Grizzly Peak Airfield, the expansion of Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure park, back in March. Today I’m excited to report that this newly reimagined area is now open!

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Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer ventured out in the rain yesterday to bring us these first looks at Grizzly Peak Airfield. Check out more in the gallery below.

Now let’s go behind-the-scenes of the development of this area with Walt Disney Imagineering!

Grizzly Peak Airfield, including Soarin’ Over California, is now open at Disney California Adventure park.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Mad Tea Party at Disneyland Park

posted on May 14th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Mad Tea Party is one of my favorite Disneyland park attractions, and I love it even more after dark. The colors of the lanterns hanging overhead combined with the swirling tea cups below truly makes for a truly mad experience. Clean cup, clean cup! Move down! Move down! Move down!

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Sixty Years of Innovation: New Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

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


Disney Parks are more than exciting attractions and dazzling spectaculars. Walking into a place like Fantasyland, for example, is like walking into another world. As each of our guests are reminded, “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” Let’s go back to the year 1983 to discover how the fantasy of Fantasyland was enriched here at Disneyland park.

Walt Disney’s favorite land, Fantasyland was envisioned as a fairy tale village beyond the walls of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Unfortunately, as the opening of Disneyland drew near, unforeseen budget overages caused the team to scale back on the design of Fantasyland. So the land became a medieval fair, with banners and flags decorating the entrances to Snow White’s Adventures, Peter Pan’s Flight and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

 

Nearly thirty years later, the time had finally come to transform Fantasyland into that timeless land of enchantment that Walt had dreamed of. “The New Fantasyland” opened at Disneyland on May 25, 1983. The architecture and facade of each attraction became an extension of the stories that lie within. Guests now enter Peter Pan’s Flight through a medieval English clock tower or visit a country manor called Toad Hall, home to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. On the west side of Fantasyland, you have the feeling of being immersed in a Bavarian or Alpine village, bringing you into the worlds of Snow White and Pinocchio. Next door at Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, the attraction’s facade features half-timbered architecture and carved wood balconies, resembling the house in which Pinocchio, the wooden puppet made of pine, became a real boy.

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“The New Fantasyland” elevated the storytelling of the entire area, combining architecture, horticulture and other details to create an immersive, fairy tale environment and became an example of what Walt Disney Imagineering often refers to as “place making” – the design and creation of a land that transports the guest to a different place and time, truly immersing them in the story and fantasy of the land.

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And nearly 30 years after “The New Fantasyland” at Disneyland park, this immersive storytelling was brought to another level with New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park. The largest expansion in the park’s history, New Fantasyland welcomes guests to step into the stories of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Dumbo.” It is a shining example of how Disney Parks continue the legacy of innovative, immersive storytelling that was established with the opening of Disneyland park in 1955 and carried on with “The New Fantasyland” in 1983 and beyond.

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Invited to Premiere Performances of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Nighttime Spectaculars, May 20-21

posted on May 12th, 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!

Disney Parks Blog readers have been anxiously following the details we’ve shared about the three nighttime spectaculars coming for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” Today, I’m excited to invite you to attend a premiere performance.

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The premiere performances of these shows will be held on two separate nights and are two separate events. First, on May 20, we invite you to join us at Disney California Adventure park for the premiere of “World of Color – Celebrate!” The following evening, on May 21, readers are invited to join the premiere of both “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks. Each night requires a separate registration. You may register for both events as space permits.

Please read carefully. Below are two different registration links for the two different dates:

  • May 20, 2015: Sign up here for the premiere of “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” at Disney California park. Check-in begins at 7 p.m.
  • May 21, 2015: Sign up here for the premiere of “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks at Disneyland park. Check-in begins at 8 p.m.

Space for both events is limited. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for an 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.
  • Participants will be responsible for any parking fees.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached for one or both events. Please note the events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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Feel the Magic of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in New ‘Forever Young’ Television Spot

posted on May 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re just weeks away from the beginning of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration on May 22, and now the magic of the celebration is being shared with our new “Forever Young” television spot. Featuring a heartstring-tugging rendition of the classic song, “Forever Young,” performed by talented singer/songwriter Christina Perri, it tells the story of generations who have traveled to “a place that is always growing but never grows old.” Take a look!

Come see what’s in store for our celebration of sixty years when the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22.

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