If you love Disney Infinity and Disney Parks, then this week’s Toy Box Thursday is for you! Disney Infinity invites players to submit their own Toy Boxes in a different challenge each week, and this week’s challenge is all about Disney Parks. My friends at Disney Interactive have given us at the Disney Parks Blog the chance to unveil this week’s winners!
So here they are, the winners of the Disney Infinity “Disney Parks” Toy Box challenge:
Indiana Jones - Foolish mortals! You looked into my eyes! Escape Mara’s wrath in the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. Created by crazybynick.
Tower of Terror - One stormy night long ago, an elevator door opened into a nightmare. That door has now opened again for you! Created by crazybynick.
Today marks 55 years since the release of the Disney animated classic, “Sleeping Beauty.” The timeless tale of Princess Aurora has been immortalized here at Disneyland park in the form of the park’s icon, Sleeping Beauty Castle. Designed by Disney Legend Herb Ryman, it was inspired by a number of medieval European castles – most notably, Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria.
Sleeping Beauty Castle made its first appearance five years before the animated feature itself premiered to the public – as part of the opening titles for the “Disneyland” television series in 1954. The castle was intended to be the central icon of Walt Disney’s new, ground-breaking theme park enterprise, and set the standard for the tradition of castle icons seen in Disney Parks around the world today.
Today, in honor of the 55th anniversary of “Sleeping Beauty,” I’d like to share some unique perspectives on Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park, provided by Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer.
So the next time you’re waiting to watch “World of Color,” just join the PierGames Wi-Fi network from your mobile device, play the game within your device’s web browser – there are no apps to download. This special Wi-Fi network is available 45 minutes before the start of the first “World of Color” show each evening.
Have you played (or won) the Fun Wheel Challenge? Tell us about it in the comments!
On Friday, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, welcomed NFL players preparing to compete in today’s Pro Bowl game. Players were invited to bring their families to enjoy an afternoon of Disney magic, with special guests Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, of the Kansas City Chiefs, was the first to visit with Mickey Mouse upon arriving at the event.
Tight end Jason Witten, of the Dallas Cowboys, visited with event hostess Minnie Mouse.
And Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy, of the Philadelphia Eagles, stopped to shake a shaka with Mickey Mouse on his way into the event.
Please join me in wishing all the Pro Bowl players luck in today’s game!
Come celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Horse during the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, January 31 – February 2, at Disney California Adventure park! Each day, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Paradise Gardens comes to life with this joyous tribute to the traditions and family celebrations of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures.
Throughout the celebration, a Chinese dragon dance troupe, lion dancers and Vietnamese and Korean dance groups will join Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Mulan and Mushu in Paradise Garden for the celebration. Guests will also have the chance to make their own paper lanterns, discover their Zodiac animals and more. And new this year will be the opportunity to take part in the tradition of writing wishes of good fortune and happiness to friends and family.
Available this year is a new, commemorative Happy Lunar New Year Celebration t-shirt, featuring the artwork above. Guests may also purchase red envelopes featuring this artwork, that can be used for the Lunar New Year gift-giving tradition.
I love the beach – especially in the summertime – and the first time I visited Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure park, I was captivated by the feeling of being near the shore. When I set out to research this installment of “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling,” I wanted to learn more about how that feeling of warmth and summer that is felt year-round here at the Disneyland Resort (most of which is probably due to the beautiful Southern California weather.) So grab your sunscreen, and let’s have some “Fun In The Sun For Everyone!”
The design and allure of Paradise Pier pays tribute to the classic California coastal amusement parks that populated beaches from Santa Cruz to San Diego from the turn of the 20th century to the 1940s. This “pleasure-filled promenade” recreates the excitement and innocence of those bygone parks of yesteryear. When Disney California Adventure park guests visit Paradise Pier today, the setting is sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s – right around the same time Walt Disney arrived in California. Even though he never built a seaside theme park, the design of Paradise Pier pays tribute to the details Walt would have appreciated had he visited one in its heyday.
Paradise Pier is divided into three distinct neighborhoods: the Boardwalk, Paradise Gardens and Paradise Park. The Boardwalk begins at the entrance to Ariel’s Grotto and continues all the way to Mickey’s Fun Wheel. The defining characteristic of this area is the actual boardwalk beneath your feet. The land then transitions to Paradise Gardens, beginning at Silly Symphony Swings and continuing to Seaside Souvenirs. Legend tells a unique story for both Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill, the two restaurants found in Paradise Gardens. The story goes that they were both built by an enterprising family of Italian immigrants. To provide patrons a cool and shaded dining area, they began planting trees and building shaded structures just off the Boardwalk. Next along the path is Paradise Park – a large expanse of grassy knolls, pathways and shaded areas stretch to The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. A common feature of many seaside areas is a greenbelt park space where people can enjoy the fun of the beach without all the sand, and for Paradise Pier this area is Paradise Park. Continuing the look and feel of the 1920s, the architecture of the beautiful building that houses The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is inspired, in part, by the “Dragon Gorge” – a scenic railway coaster in Ocean Park, Calif.
We’ve visited many Disneyland Resort lands and attractions so far in this series, so now I want to hear from you! What land or attraction do you want to learn more about? Leave your answer in the comments and I’ll see what I can find out for you.
If you’re looking for a place to have a rootin’ tootin’ good time with some of your favorite Disney friends – then listen up, partner! Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Character Roundup in Frontierland at Disneyland park is the place to find Disney characters and more!
You can even watch trick ropers and meet some of our famous Disneyland Resort horses. Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Character Roundup is open Fridays through Sundays, so stop on by!
I hope you have been enjoying our series on the history of the Disneyland Monorail. I can’t decide whether I’m having more fun searching for these fantastic vintage photos or learning about each of the different models of this iconic attraction. Today the series continues with a look back at the Mark III and its nearly twenty-year run on the rails above Disneyland park.
By 1969, the Disneyland Monorail had become not only an incredibly popular mode of transportation for guests traveling from the Disneyland Hotel, but also quite the E-ticket round-trip attraction. When Walt Disney Imagineering built the Mark III, they knew they needed to increase the capacity of the trains to support their popularity. So the trains increased from the 4-car models introduced in the Mark II to new 5-car trains, reaching a length of 137 feet. Maintaining the traditional colors of past trains, the Mark III featured red, blue and gold monorails, with a fourth color – green – added to the fleet.
The Mark IV Monorail premiered in 1971, but not at Disneyland park. I’m sure you can guess where – leave your answer in the comments!