Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: February 2011

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


Love was in the air and changes were underway three years ago this month at Disney Parks. Here at Disneyland Resort, we were getting ready for a Soundsational Summer! Let’s take a look back at some of the stories we featured here on the Disney Parks Blog in February 2011.

George Lucas visits Star Tours at Disneyland Park

George Lucas Visits Star Tours at Disneyland Park
As we were preparing to venture once again to a galaxy far, far away with the 2011 opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, George Lucas paid a special visit to check on the attraction’s development at Disneyland park.

President of Disney Cruise Line, Karl Holz, Minnie Mouse and Meyer Werft Shipyard Managing Partner, Bernard Meyer celebrate at the Disney Fantasy keel laying ceremony.

Keel Laying Ceremony Marks a Milestone for the Disney Fantasy Today
On February 11, 2011, the Disney Fantasy marked a milestone in its construction as it celebrated the keel laying during a special ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard.

Who's Your Favorite Disney Couple?

Your Favorite Disney Character Couple is…
On Valentine’s Day 2011, we asked Disney Parks Blog readers who their favorite Disney Character couples were. See their answers in the comments!

Tangaroa Terrace, Trader Sam’s to Join Disneyland Hotel This Spring
On February 24, 2011, we announced the addition of two of my favorite locations at the Disneyland Resort – Tangaroa Terrace and (of course) Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

More Than Meets the Eye at Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World Resort photographer Kent Phillips shared these amazingly surreal photos from Magic Kingdom Park.

From Under the Sea to Galaxies Far, Far Away…Opening Dates Are Set For A Soundsational Summer at Disneyland Resort
Three years ago this month, we were getting ready for a Soundsational Summer here at the Disneyland Resort, with the openings of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.

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Disney Infinity Players Recreate Favorite Disney Parks Experiences for Toy Box Thursday

posted on January 30th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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.
  • Fantasyland - Ride the fun attractions of Fantasyland, including King Arthur Carrousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Mad Tea Party! Created by Kevin B.
  • Space Mountain - Blast off on a high-speed rocket through the darkest reaches of outer space. Created by James F.
  • Ride the Typhoon - Head down to Typhoon Lagoon to battle with sharks, ride the waves, race down the rapids and drift along the lazy river. Created by aceobssession.
  • Fantasmic! - Save Mickey Mouse’s imagination from the Disney Villains by rescuing all of the Hidden Mickeys. Created by Steve B.

I think my favorite has to be the Toy Box inspired by Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland park. Check it out!

Learn more about Toy Box Thursday – including how to download the winning Toy Boxes – by following Disney Interactive on Tumblr!

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A Unique Point of View: Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park

posted on January 29th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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.

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VIDEO: How to Play the Fun Wheel Challenge at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


A few months ago, we told you about a new, interactive game for Disney California Adventure park guests. Each night, before “World of Color,” guests can log on to play the Fun Wheel Challenge on their mobile devices. Competing against other park guests to match the color patterns, the winner gets to control the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel! We recently spent the evening on Paradise Pier to check it out for ourselves. Come along with us!

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!

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Pro Bowl Players Get in the Aloha Spirit at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on January 26th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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.

NFL Pro Bowl Running Back Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs with Mickey Mouse at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, of the Kansas City Chiefs, was the first to visit with Mickey Mouse upon arriving at the event.

NFL Pro Bowl Tight End Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys with Minnie Mouse at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Tight end Jason Witten, of the Dallas Cowboys, visited with event hostess Minnie Mouse.

NFL Pro Bowl Running Back LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles with Mickey Mouse at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

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!

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Happy Lunar New Year Celebration Returns to Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 16th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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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.

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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.

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 15th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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!”

Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure Park

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.

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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.

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Join the Fun at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Character Roundup at Disneyland Park

posted on January 15th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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!

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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!

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The History of the Disneyland Monorail: Mark III, 1969-1987

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


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.

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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!

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: January 2011

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


Back in January 2011, we were kicking off the new year with a look at exciting things to come. Between the arrival of the Disney Dream and first looks at New Fantasyland and the expansion of Disney California Adventure park, we had a lot to look forward to in 2011!
The Disney Dream Arrives at Florida's Port Canaveral

Welcome Home, Disney Dream!
Early the morning of January 4, 2011, the Disney Dream arrived at its new home in Florida’s Port Canaveral.

Vinylmation – Star Wars Series #1

The Force is Strong with Vinylmation
On January 12, 2011, Steven Miller gave us the first peak at the highly anticipated Vinylmation – Star Wars Series #1; including the two little guys above, who are still sitting right here on my desk.

Update on New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park
The largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history was underway in early 2011, and Tom Smith gave us this exciting update on what was to come when New Fantasyland would open the following year.

Exclusive First Look Behind the Scenes of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
Over at the Disneyland Resort, we were counting down the days the opening of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure park. Valarie Sukovaty gave us this exclusive behind-the-scenes look in late January 2011.

Your Favorite Disney Character is…
We asked Walt Disney World Resort guests who their favorite characters were in this popular post and video. Who is yours?

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