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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Street, U.S.A.

posted on March 31st, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Today we’re looking down Main Street, U.S.A., as work continues on bringing Walt’s dream of Disneyland to life.

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I’ve always had such admiration for the people who literally put hammer to nail to build the park. Looking at these photos, I can’t help but wonder what their stories were and what pride they must have had in their unique place in Disney history.

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A Look Back: Launching Mission to Mars at Disneyland Park

posted on March 20th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On March 21, 1975, six years after man first set foot on the moon, the Flight to the Moon attraction at Disneyland park was relaunched with a new destination.

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The new Mission to Mars attraction still featured a visit to Mission Control. I can still remember thinking what a cool job Mr. Johnson had.

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According to NASA, robotic missions to Mars currently take approximately eight months to travel to the red planet. So, when Mission to Mars completed its final journey on November 2, 1992, it would only have had time for 13 roundtrips from Earth were it not for a little Disney magic powered by imagination.

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A Look Back: Sneak Peek Celebration of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Disneyland Resort

posted on March 17th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On March 17, 2005, students from Green Elementary School joined Green Army Men and Buzz Lightyear for a special sneak peek of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Did I mention it was St. Patrick’s Day?

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Following a cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A., Buzz led the kids to the Tomorrowland entrance of his new attraction where they were among the first to enter the Gamma Quadrant to battle Evil Emperor Zurg.

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Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters would not officially open for another few weeks, on the eve of our 50th Anniversary Celebration, with Tim Allen on hand for the opening ceremony.

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Mariska Hargitay Enjoys Some ‘Frozen Fun’ at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 4th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Mariska Hargitay experienced some “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park recently.

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When we caught up with her at “Olaf’s Snow Fest,” Mariska and her family were having a great time with everyone’s favorite warm hug-loving snowman, Olaf!

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Street Trolley Tracks

posted on March 3rd, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Construction is coming along nicely in Town Square as we make our way to Main Street, U.S.A., and the installation of the tracks that horse-drawn streetcars will travel for decades to come.

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Two things caught my eye while looking at this photo. First is the clocktower, which you may recall from a previous post, is still without its clock, and in the background I see something that sure looks like the fabled base of the Town Square flagpole resting on the stairs of Main Street Station.

Check back soon for more construction updates!

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – City Hall

posted on February 19th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Located in the heart of Town Square, City Hall – home to Guest Relations – is one of the first things guests see upon entering Disneyland park. Today, we’re looking back at the building of this iconic location.

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This first photo was taken from the approximate location of the stairs of Main Street Train Station and shows several construction workers hard at work building the City Hall complex. On the right, you’ll notice the Fire Department – and above it, Walt’s apartment – taking shape.

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Here you can see a crane lifting the large metal cresting that rests atop City Hall to this day.

One of the things I like most about these photos is how clearly you can see the eucalyptus trees behind the building. These tall trees are original occupants of the acreage that became Disneyland park and they served as a much-needed natural barrier between the Jungle Cruise and Main Street, U.S.A., in our early years.


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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – A Unique View of Town Square

posted on January 14th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


In my last “construction update” I pointed out that the clock tower on Main Street Station at Disneyland park was still without a clock. Now I can show you why that was a good thing.

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As you can see in this rare image, a camera was placed inside the clock tower to create one of the most unique photos of the construction of Disneyland park you will ever see.

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Behind the Scenes at Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration

posted on December 18th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Robin Roberts and Tim Tebow Tape the 2014 Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

Christmas Day is still a week away, but today you’re going behind the scenes with some of the stars taking part in “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” as they share their holiday wishes and talk about what it means to be a part of this Disney holiday tradition. This year our star-studded annual Christmas Day telecast on ABC originates from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in Southern California and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii.

The “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” airs December 25, 2014 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. in most other time zones. Be sure to check your local listings and join the conversation online using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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The ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ Connection to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on December 17th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park holds many hidden secrets, but it turns out that one of these secrets is hiding in plain sight …

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Walt Disney’s landmark live-action film adaptation of Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” debuted sixty years ago this month. The film, which went on to win two Academy Awards®, was also the first Disney feature filmed in CinemaScope. The success of the movie gave Walt the idea to put some of its sets on display in an exhibit using available space at Disneyland in the summer of 1955.

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The Nautilus Salon set created for the film was set up in Tomorrowland as a temporary exhibit, but it became so popular that it remained on display for 11 years.

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Having heard rumors for years about what happened to those original set pieces, I reached out to our friends at the Walt Disney Archives who confirmed that when the sets were disassembled in 1966, the pipe organ (without its fanned piping) was set aside for use inside the Haunted Mansion, which would open three years later.

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Yes, the pipe organ in the ballroom scene of the Haunted Mansion is the very same one that James Mason, as Captain Nemo, played in the film. I was pleased to also learn that the Walt Disney Archives still has many of the original furniture pieces from the Nautilus Salon, including the recently discovered organ bench shown in this production photo.

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First Look: Robin Roberts, Ariana Grande, Tim Tebow, Lexi Walker, Prince Royce and More at the Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration on ABC

posted on December 12th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Earlier this week, the stars came out at the Walt Disney World Resort as production continued on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration on ABC.

“Good Morning America” Anchor Robin Roberts Hosts the 2014 Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts was joined by Anna and Elsa while hosting from Magic Kingdom Park.

Ariana Grande Tapes Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

Singing superstar Ariana Grande caught up with Mickey Mouse after her performance of “Last Christmas” and her newest holiday hit, “Santa Tell Me.”

Prince Royce Tapes Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

Singer-songwriter Prince Royce took to the stage to sing “Feliz Navidad.”

Tim Tebow Tapes Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

ESPN and SEC Network personality Tim Tebow met up with Louis the alligator from “The Princess and the Frog” during the taping.

YouTube Sensation Lexi Walker Tapes Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

YouTube sensation Lexi Walker delighted the audience with her performance of “Let it Go.”

Don’t forget to tune in to ABC on Thursday, Dec. 25:

  • Eastern Time Zone: 10 a.m.
  • Central Time Zone: 9 a.m.
  • Mountain Time Zone: 9 a.m.
  • Pacific Time Zone: 9 a.m.

You can also join the conversation by using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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