Jawohl! “Limited Time Magic” is bringing special limited-time offerings to Bayside Brews at Disney California Adventure park to celebrate Oktoberfest! From October 14-31, guests can enjoy the following treats in addition to the regular menu:
Bratwurst sausage in a Boursin-garlic brioche with hickory-smoked bacon sauerkraut and potato chips or apple slices
Last night, 200 Disney Parks Blog readers joined us for a special circle tour of Disneyland park aboard the Halloween Time Express Meet-Up! This mobile meet-up was our first-ever, and included spooky surprises at every stop.
Guests arrived in a variety of costumes, ready to board one of two Disneyland Railroad trains which would take them on their adventure.
Next, an unexpected stop just outside Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree featured Billy Hill and the Haunted Hillbillies along with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their Halloween costumes!
When the Halloween Time Express reached Tomorrowland Station, Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers were waiting to board the train, but were thwarted by Jedi Knights.
And did I mention ghost hosts? Each train was boarded by a resident of the Haunted Mansion – both looking for something to haunt while Jack Skellington has taken over for the season.
Waiting for our passengers as they disembarked from the train at Main Street Train Station were Maleficent, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella.
The night ended on a sweet note, with a private treat trail just for Disney Parks Blog Halloween Time Express Meet-Up guests! Did you ride the Halloween Time Express last night? Let us know in the comments!
During the development of Disneyland, a monorail system was planned to be part of the opening of Tomorrowland. Unfortunately, Walt Disney and his team of Imagineers could not find a suitable version to make this dream a reality. It wasn’t until 1958 when two of his Imagineers introduced Walt to a monorail created by the Alweg Corporation in Germany did he see the potential of bringing this system to his original Magic Kingdom. Rather than the traditional suspended-track design, the Alweg Corporation had created a unique straddle-beam track. The benefit of this slender design allowed the beam to blend perfectly with the surrounding landscape in Walt’s world of “tomorrow.” Walt also loved the combination of electric propulsion and rubber wheels on the beam that produced an almost noiseless operation – preventing distraction for guests on the attraction or near it.
Walt Disney asked Alweg to design the original 8/10-mile beamway around Tomorrowland and enlisted a young designer, Bob Gurr, to design the train. With this collaboration, the Disneyland Alweg Monorail System opened on June 14, 1959, as the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere. This “Highway in Sky” featured two trains, each with 3 cabins and the now-iconic bubble top in front. Walt Disney’s hope was not only to provide a scenic journey above Disneyland, but to create a solution for mass transportation needs all around the world. However, the Disneyland Alweg Monorail System was purely an entertainment attraction when it opened and didn’t function as transportation for guests until 1961 … but we’ll save that story for the next installment!
Now for a bit of trivia … Where can you find a tribute to the Mark I Monorail at the Disneyland Resort today? Leave your answer in the comments!
We’re celebrating the 13th season of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park, and the residents of Halloweentown are adding a sprinkling of “Limited Time Magic” to the fiendish festivities! Jack Skellington has placed 13 surprise items in each room – from foyer to attic – and in the ghostly graveyard below. What treats will each turn reveal? Visit Haunted Mansion Holiday and find out for yourself.
There’s so much to capture in photographs at a Disney park – the Disney characters, the attractions, and (let’s be honest) the food. But how do you share these images in a way that is more fun and interactive than uploading them to an album? Try Story, a digital storytelling app for iPhone and iPod touch, that turn your photos and videos into compelling personal narratives. The app provides an easy-to-use experience that automatically assembles photos and videos into shareable narratives based on time and location. Available for free from the App Store, Story has just been updated with even more amazing features, including:
Premium Animated Disney Themes: Exclusive to the Story app, now you can customize your stories with collectable animated Disney Themes – including a Disneyland Resort theme – available for in-app purchase. Other new Disney Themes include “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” Mickey Mouse in “Croissant de Triomphe,” and ESPN SportsCenter.
Music: Add a soundtrack to your Story with songs from our Story music library, including Disney music classics from “Toy Story,” “Up,” “Finding Nemo,” “Cinderella” and more.
More Immersive Viewing Experience: New video slideshow brings your storytelling to life with updated transitions dynamically tailored to your moments. And now, shared stories can be viewed directly in the Story app.
Enhanced Sharing: Share your storytelling with our simple in-app tools that support social networks like Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter … as well as a streamlined email service for sharing directly with friends and family.
Better Facebook Compatibility: New Facebook integration lets you to tag photos, allow comments and invite others to download Story to join in the fun.
Check out this sample story below:
So download Story from the App Store for free today and get started with your next Disney Parks visit. Story will be updated with new themes regularly, so let us know in the comments if there are any themes you’d like to see in the future!
One of my favorite things about “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series is learning something new about some of my favorite Disneyland Resort attractions and lands. Soarin’ Over California is at the top of my must-do list, and I’ve always been intrigued by the tributes to aviation placed throughout the area. So, please make sure your tray-table is locked and your seat is in the upright position … we are clear for take-off on this journey into the story of Condor Flats!
According to legend, Condor Flats was once a destination for pilots and aeronautical innovators. Airmen traveled from across the country to Southern California for the wide-open spaces and good thermal winds found in this arid high desert. From the beginnings of the Age of Aviation and into the Space Age, Condor Flats was the stage for the Golden State’s aerospace industry . The fading exteriors of the hangars in the area stand as a testament to this exciting and innovative period in aviation.
The original hangar in Condor Flats was a key workshop for early California aviators and designers. Then from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s, Condor Flats became the hub of rocket research and jet testing. “Higher, Faster, Further” was the motto of this time period, and technology was skyrocketing, quite literally. The engineers and aviators needed to move to more sophisticated headquarters in order to further their rocket and radar research, but they kept the old hangar as a symbol of their high-flying dreams while a new hangar was built just a little further down the runway.
Today, one of the retired test pilots has returned to this iconic flying destination to set up Condor Flats Scenic Air Tours in the original hangar; you can find their logo standing out among the other faded images left from previous years. Walking through Condor Flats today, you’ll notice the original hangar is now the Fly ‘n’ Buy, a souvenir shop, while the rocket test center is Taste Pilots’ Grill.
Next time you are in Condor Flats, look for the Condor Flats Scenic Air Tours logo, or take a look inside Fly ‘n’ Buy or Taste Pilots’ Grill for these special nods to the Age of Aviation!
Read on for more posts about “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling”:
“So come along and sing a song and join the jamboree, M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!”
Everytime I hear that tune, I can’t help singing along. From the opening drum line all the way to the Mary Poppins-inspired finale (my favorite part), “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” brings an infectious energy to Disneyland park. There are so many practically perfect places to watch this daily parade, so I want to give you some tips to make sure you and your family have the best experience possible.
Enjoy the show from an elevated location – Either across from “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland or above Main Street, U.S.A., at the Main Street Train Station, you can get fantastic views of the parade with unique vantage points – especially for watching the Disney characters on top of the giant drums!
Making sure you are inside the viewing area – Make sure you are inside the white ropes that line the parade route, which are the only locations where you can stop and watch the show on the ground level.
Find shade for the parade – For most of the year, “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” takes place during the day and shade can be in high demand. Try to arrive at least 45 minutes before the parade begins to snag one of the shaded locations along the parade route. If you do end up in the sun, be sure to put on sunscreen and wear a hat!
Waiting for the arrival of “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” – The parade either starts in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., or near “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland. It may take several minutes for Mickey and the gang to reach your viewing location, but as soon as you hear the music start, know the parade is just minutes away!
Navigating Disneyland park during the parade – It sounds crazy, I know, but sometimes you may not be in a parade mood. It’s ok! If you need to cross the parade route to get to another destination, just ask one of the cast members carrying an orange baton where to find the nearest crossing, and they will point you in the right direction.
I hope you enjoy this “music celebration” on your next visit to Disneyland park and be sure wave hello to my boss, Mickey Mouse – you can’t miss him playing his drums at the beginning of the parade.
Now it’s your turn – what are your tips for viewing “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade”? Whoa whoa – hey hey hey!
I’ve got an exciting photo to share with you today from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park. Paul Hiffmeyer, our chief photographer, was recently able to witness a major milestone in the attraction’s refurbishment – the first new train testing the brand-new track that was just installed at the attraction! Check out this photo he brought back for me to share here on the Disney Parks Blog:
And there’s another Big Thunder Mountain Railroad update to share with you today: the wildest ride in the wilderness is now scheduled to reopen in Winter 2014. So hold onto your hats and glasses until then, and keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more sneak peeks and refurbishment details.
For more about the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment, click the links below: