From the worlds of sports, entertainment, government and politics, the Disneyland Resort has welcomed some of the world’s most famous guests since the day Walt first opened our gates.
Today we’re beginning a new photo series, looking back at some of these most celebrated guests and their Disneyland Resort visits, on the occasion of their birthday.
Today is television legend Bob Newhart’s birthday, and this 1974 photo of Bob and Mickey Mouse in Tomorrowland is our first classic photo in this series.
Like millions of his fans, I still enjoy Bob’s many award-winning comedy albums and his two long-running television series, but I have a special place in my heart for his performances as Bernard in “The Rescuers” films.
I recently had an opportunity to share this photo with Bob and ask what he’d like Disney Parks Blog readers to know about it. In classic Newhart style, Bob replied simply, “I have been looking for this hat for 20 years and still haven’t found it.”
Happy Birthday, Bob, and we hope you find that spiffy hat someday!
Today we’re wrapping up our look at rare photos of Walt Disney with the Disney characters at Disneyland park, and this one is a real treat. Taken in 1961 on the stage of the large, tented picnic area inside what was known as Holidayland (an area just outside the park’s berm that was available for large private events), Walt is pictured with 20 Disney characters!
We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun photographs – we’ll keep an eye out for more!
Yesterday we revealed the newest Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks featuring the amazing Jennifer Hudson as Tiana. Today we’re going behind the scenes to the town of Patterson, NY, where last May, Annie Leibovitz and her skilled team of artists and technical wizards created a photo set in the middle of an actual swamp. This beautiful location, known as the Great Swamp, was just perfect for a shoot featuring characters from “The Princess and the Frog.”
This video really captures the fun atmosphere on the set and Jennifer’s deep connection to Disney Parks. You’ll hear her discuss what this “full circle moment” means to her as a mother and as a former cast member aboard the Disney Wonder. Pay particular attention to her skill at giving directions. Once a Disney girl, always a Disney girl!
Having her son, David, on the set for this special shoot was very meaningful to Jennifer and I don’t think either of them will soon forget it.
Jennifer, who is also the Godmother of the Disney Dream, loves to visit our parks with her family and she told me that her favorite place to visit at any Disney park is the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She also mentioned that her favorite song happens to be a Disney song. Can you guess which one?
Go behind the scenes of other recent Disney Dream Portraits in the stories below:
Today we’re going to “dig a little deeper” to show you a stunning new addition to Disney Parks‘ Disney Dream Portrait series. Created by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz and featuring Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson as Tiana, our latest portrait is entitled, “Where you always follow your heart.”
This gorgeous image can be seen in upcoming issues of Vanity Fair, O – The Oprah Magazine, and People.
Check back here tomorrow and I’ll take you behind-the-scenes of this “ribbiting” photo shoot!
To see other recent Disney Dream Portraits, click here.
Tomorrow morning, exclusively on the Disney Parks Blog, we’ll reveal the latest Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks.
Until then, here’s a photo of exactly what I saw when I first arrived on the set. Any ideas?
Continuing our look at rare photos of Walt Disney with the Disney characters at Disneyland park, today’s picture appears to be a “behind the scenes” outtake of Walt taken during a 1965 photo shoot at Sleeping Beauty Castle.
This picture is so fun and colorful, it’s hard to believe it was taken nearly a half century ago.
Check back soon for more photography of Walt and the Disney characters!
Taking a picture with the Disney characters at Disneyland park is a popular activity for many guests. For Walt Disney, taking a picture with the Disney characters must have felt a little like a family reunion.
By the time Disneyland park opened in 1955, Walt Disney had released more than a dozen animated features and scores of animated shorts, introducing enduring Disney characters to the world. We recently came across photos of some of these beloved personalities standing with the man who brought them to life.
This first photo we’re happy to share was taken in the fall of 1965 at Sleeping Beauty Castle. I count at least 15 characters in this picture. Do you have a favorite?
Check back soon for more pictures of Walt and the Disney characters!
A few minutes before a performance of “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland park last week, the star of the show got a special visit from another well-known star, Academy Award-winning actress, Halle Berry.
These two pals could’ve spent the whole afternoon catching up, but it was showtime before too long, so a quick kiss for good luck, and then “on with the show!”
There was something for everyone when New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, visited Disney California Adventure park with family recently.
Cars Land and meeting Red the Fire Truck were a big hit with this family.
Earlier that day, fashion royalty met Disney royalty when Gisele and Princess Sofia posed for this fun photo in Hollywood Land.
This was just the beginning of this fun family’s first visit, which also included Soarin’ Over California and Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
Have you had a chance to meet Sofia yet? What about Red?
Thousands turned out on Saturday to see the stars arrive for Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger” at Disney California Adventure park. It seems only fitting that the park played host to the world premiere of one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters since Buena Vista Street, Carthay Circle and Hollywood Land celebrate the magic and excitement of Hollywood’s earliest days and the golden age that first beckoned Walt Disney to travel west with a just suitcase and a dream.
The film’s stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer were joined by dozens of famous guests for this one-of-a-kind event.
Once the red carpet arrivals concluded, the cast was introduced in front of one of the two enormous trains used in the making of the movie, followed by a confetti blast of ranger badges!
Meanwhile, inside the Hyperion Theater and at the Muppet*Vision 3D theater, premiere guests watched everything unfold on the big screen from a live feed. Then it was showtime!
“The Lone Ranger” opens nationwide on July 3.