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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton – 1956

posted on October 28th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On this date in 1902, actress Elsa Lanchester was born in London. Disney aficionados will recognize her as the comically exasperated, and accidental, “Sister Suffragette,” Katie Nanna from “Mary Poppins,” as well as for her appearances in Disney’s “That Darn Cat!” and “Blackbeard’s Ghost.” But it is her iconic 1935 film role as “The Bride of Frankenstein” opposite Boris Karloff that makes this seem like the perfect time to look back at her 1956 visit to Disneyland park with husband, Academy Award-winning actor, Charles Laughton.
Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton Visit Disneyland Park - 1956

I don’t think there’s a more perfect place to photograph this silver-screen couple than the Main Street Cinema. “I’ve said my say and that’s all I’ll say!”

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Steve Carell Celebrates Halloween Time with Donald Duck at Disneyland Park

posted on October 7th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Recently, actor Steve Carell visited Disneyland park and Donald Duck stopped by to show off his Halloween Time costume.

It was Steve’s first visit to the park during this special seasonal celebration and based on this photo, I think it’s fair to say he got into the spirit of things!

Steve Carell Celebrates Halloween Time at Disneyland Park

Is it just me, or are these two quacking you up, too?

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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Groucho Marx – 1955

posted on October 2nd, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On this day in 1890, a legendary Hollywood icon, Groucho Marx, was born. In a show business career that spanned vaudeville, motion pictures and television, Groucho is widely recognized as one of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century. To this day, novelty “Groucho glasses,” including iconic eyebrows, nose and mustache, remain an instantly recognizable tribute to this entertainment giant.

Pictured here with his daughter, Melinda, on the dock of the Mark Twain Riverboat in the fall of 1955, we believe it is the only time Groucho visited Disneyland park.

I reached out to Melinda about her memories of that day, and she was very happy to see this photo after all these years. She was nine years old when it was taken and she remembers being “obsessed” with Peter Pan at the time – even pretending to be Wendy!
A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Groucho Marx - 1955

 
Read on for more posts in the “Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests” series:

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International Pop Star Olly Murs Thrills Fans with Special Performance at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 23rd, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Olly Murs was in the “Right Place Right Time” for hundreds of excited fans who won the opportunity to see the pop sensation in an exclusive performance at the Disneyland Resort yesterday.

International Pop Star Olly Murs and Goofy at Sleeping Beauty Castle

Before he took the stage, Olly met up with Goofy over at Sleeping Beauty Castle to celebrate his visit to the Disneyland Resort.

International Pop Star Olly Murs Thrills Fans with Special Performance at the Disneyland Resort International Pop Star Olly Murs Thrills Fans with Special Performance at the Disneyland Resort

Then it was over to Disney California Adventure park where Olly’s fans were treated to a special acoustic performance featuring many songs from his debut North American album, “Right Place Right Time.” The lucky audience for this exclusive event was limited to contest winners from all over the country, but now you can watch this amazing show yourself:

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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Sophia Loren – 1963

posted on September 20th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Today we continue our look back at some of the world’s most famous Disneyland Resort guests, and for me, one documented celebrity visit in our photo archive stands out.

The photographs taken on one spring day in 1963 beautifully capture the timeless style and elegance of film icon Sophia Loren enjoying her day at the equally timeless Happiest Place on Earth in a way that inspires us to this day. Speaking of “this day,” today happens to be the screen legend’s birthday!

Sophia Loren on the Disneyland Railroad Aboard the C.K. Holliday

Pictured on the Disneyland Railroad aboard the C.K. Holliday and on the Jungle Cruise, I hope you agree that the photos are simply stunning.

Sophia Loren Enjoying the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Resort

Recently, I asked Ms. Loren about this visit. “It was my first visit to Disneyland,” she said. “It was such a great joy to be with my family, all together and having an unforgettable time.” As for what she thought of Walt’s Magic Kingdom all those years ago, she said, “It’s a dream world.”

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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Bob Newhart – 1974

posted on September 5th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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.

Bob Newhart and Mickey Mouse at Disneyland Resort in 1974

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!

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Walt Disney and the Disney Characters at Disneyland Park

posted on September 4th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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!
“Walt

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun photographs – we’ll keep an eye out for more!

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VIDEO: Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz – Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Hudson as Tiana

posted on August 23rd, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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.

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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:

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Exclusive First Look: New Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Featuring Jennifer Hudson as Tiana

posted on August 22nd, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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.”

New Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Featuring Jennifer Hudson as Tiana

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.

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New Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz to Debut Thursday on Disney Parks Blog

posted on August 21st, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Tomorrow morning, exclusively on the Disney Parks Blog, we’ll reveal the latest Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks.

New Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz to Debut Thursday on Disney Parks Blog

Until then, here’s a photo of exactly what I saw when I first arrived on the set. Any ideas?

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