'Mickey and the Magical Map' at Disneyland Resort

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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Walt Disney and the Disney Characters at Disneyland Park

posted on August 13th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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.
Walt Disney at Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in 1965

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!

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Walt Disney and the Disney Characters at Disneyland Park

posted on August 8th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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?

Walt Disney Takes a Photo with Disney Characters in Front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in 1965

Check back soon for more pictures of Walt and the Disney characters!

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Halle Berry Meets Mickey Mouse at ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on July 30th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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.

Halle Berry Meets Mickey Mouse at ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

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!”

Halle Berry Meets Mickey Mouse at ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

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Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen and Family Visit Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 11th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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.
Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen and Family Visit Disney California Adventure Park

Cars Land and meeting Red the Fire Truck were a big hit with this family.
Gisele Bundchen and Princess Sofia at Disney California Adventure Park

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?

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Stars Shine Bright at Disney California Adventure Park for World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’

posted on June 24th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Stars Shine Bright at Disney California Adventure Park for World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’

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.

Johnny Depp at Disney California Adventure Park for World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ Armie Hammer and Mickey Mouse at Disney California Adventure Park for World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’

The film’s stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer were joined by dozens of famous guests for this one-of-a-kind event.

Johnny Depp at Disney California Adventure Park for World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ The Cast of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ at Disney California Adventure Park for World Premiere Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Ruth Wilson at Disney California Adventure Park for World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’

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!

World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ Inside the Hyperion Theater

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.

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A Look Back: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Debuts 50 Years Ago This Week at Disneyland Park

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


When Walt Disney debuted his Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland park in 1963, it was a major milestone in the development of Audio-Animatronic technology. Some time earlier, Walt discovered a 19th century mechanical singing bird in a New Orleans shop while traveling on vacation. He began to think about animation, not just as a film medium, but as a way to bring characters to life at the Disneyland Resort.

As we now know, the singing birds and flowers were just the beginning – but what a beginning it was.
Iconic Photos of Walt Disney in the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Park
These pictures of Walt with Jose are well-recognized from that day and the color photo has actually become one of the most enduring images of Walt Disney.
Walt Disney with Jose and Friends in the Tiki Room
Then there are the hidden treasures we occasionally come across, like this one – taken the same day as the others, yet seemingly forgotten, until now.

Inside the Tiki Room today, it’s easy to imagine Walt standing there, maybe even singing along (so low we can’t hear him), enjoying his timeless show. In all of these photos, Walt’s pride and happiness comes shining through, instantly bridging the 50 years since that landmark day.

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A Look Back: Sailing Ship Columbia Debuts at Disneyland Park 55 Years Ago This Week

posted on June 13th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland Park

Tomorrow, June 14, marks 55 years since the Sailing Ship Columbia first began sailing the Rivers of America at Disneyland park. The ship is an exact replica of the 18th century merchant vessel, Columbia Rediviva, the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe, and the namesake of Oregon’s Columbia River.

Sailing Ship Columbia Alongside the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland Park in 1958

One of the earliest photos of the Columbia we have on file was taken in May 1958, alongside the Mark Twain Riverboat. If the Columbia appears to be incomplete in this photo, it is likely because portions of the 110-foot ship were pre-built in San Pedro, Calif., and then delivered to the dry dock harbor on the Rivers of America for assembly.

Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland Park

Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland Park

These rare color images show the Columbia during some of its earliest Disneyland sailings.

Disneyland park guests don’t sail around the globe aboard the Columbia, but the 12-minute journey along the Rivers of America remains as beautiful and tranquil as it has been for 55 years.

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Then and Now: Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

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


As we approach the 30th anniversary of “The New Fantasyland” at Disneyland park, I thought it would be fun to compare what Fantasyland looked like when it opened in 1955 to the Fantasyland we know today, which has remained mostly unchanged in its fairytale village style since it reopened on May 25, 1983.

We started with a vintage black and white photo taken somewhere inside Fantasyland and tried to recreate it. King Arthur Carrousel and the Mad Tea Party were moved from their original locations in 1983, so it was Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Sleeping Beauty Castle that helped us establish the location perfectly.

 

Whether you first experienced Fantasyland in the last 30 years, or you remember it during its “medieval faire” years, it has been and always will be as Walt described it on opening day: a timeless land of enchantment.


Read on for more posts about the history of Disneyland park:

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Lady Antebellum Celebrates Upcoming Album Release with ‘Golden’ Performance at the Disneyland Resort

posted on April 29th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Lady Antebellum Celebrates Upcoming Album Release with ‘Golden’ Performance at the Disneyland Resort

Yesterday, seven-time Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum gave a special performance at Disneyland park to celebrate the May 7 release of their upcoming album, “Golden.” Appropriately enough, this special performance occurred on the stage of the legendary Golden Horseshoe Saloon.
Lady Antebellum Celebrates Upcoming Album Release with ‘Golden’ Performance at the Disneyland Resort

From the stage of the Golden Horseshoe, the band mentioned how exciting it was to be here at Disneyland, and then, Hillary Scott, who is expecting her first baby in July, joked that she and her husband, drummer Chris Tyrrell, have just taken their daughter to Disneyland for the first time! “We’ll be back, of course,” she said.

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, here.
Lady Antebellum Celebrates Upcoming Album Release with ‘Golden’ Performance at the Disneyland Resort

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