As Nate shared earlier this morning, this week marks the 40th anniversary of the Carousel of Progress here at Walt Disney World Resort – a now we have a special treat to share with you. What better way to celebrate this classic attraction’s anniversary than by giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the carousel led by Walt Disney himself.
This video clip was originally featured in “Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair,” which aired on television on May 17, 1964. In it, Walt gives viewers behind-the-scenes looks at the Carousel of Progress, one of a handful of attractions he and his team of WED engineers were creating for the then-upcoming 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. In it, Walt proudly shows off the carousel’s model, tours the sets as they’re being built, shows off the latest Audio-Animatronics technology, and offers up the first listen to the attraction’s theme song, “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.”
It’s clear that Walt put a lot of heart and imagination into this attraction. Check it out below.
This week’s “After Dark” image was taken at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot during “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” What’s your favorite activity to do in this part of the park after the sun goes down? Watching fireworks? Devouring the pavilion’s terrific pizza? Ending the night with a yummy chocolate cannoli?
I have to say that of the “Fab Five” Disney characters (Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy), my favorite sidekick for Mickey Mouse of these has always been Pluto. This week, our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw one of Mickey’s best friends.
For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney characters, check out the list below:
Actor and comedian Tim Allen, who voiced Buzz Lightyear in the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” series of animated films, recently stopped by Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a visit with his animated counterpart.
Tim, who also starred on the hit TV series “Home Improvement” and in films like “The Santa Clause,” met Buzz on his recent New Year’s Eve trip to Walt Disney World Resort.
Have you spotted this sign in the Main Street Confectionery lately?
According to this sign, the Confectionery’s cotton candy is pretty soft – but what’s the missing word? Do you remember? Tell us in the comments section below.
Read the rest of this entry »
Considering a vacation at Walt Disney World Resort this spring or early in the summer? If so, now is the perfect time to book, as guests can save up to 30% off on stays at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels with our latest offer.
Springtime at Walt Disney World Resort means the return of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and so much more.
Vacations must be booked by March 28, and the trip must take place between March 2-June 15, 2015. Get more details on this offer – and learn how you can also upgrade to a package with a (minimum) 4-day park ticket and receive an additional ticket day free – by clicking here.
For more about visiting Walt Disney World Resort in 2015, visit the posts below:
This week we celebrated the end of 2014 and the beginning of a new year. Take one final flip through the gallery below for some of the highlights of 2014 at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, including openings, celebrations, Disney Parks Blog meet-ups, and much more.
Last year, we introduced the “Direct Your Disney Side” project, in which our Yellow Shoes Creative Group (partnered with McGarry Bowen and Adolescent Films) worked with three tween filmmakers to bring their #DisneySide-inspired short films to life.
The final short in the series, “Soar,” will appear in theaters nationwide starting today, as a part of the NCM First Look pre-show content (which will run before film previews begin). “Soar,” by 15-year-old Claire Jantzen, tells the story of a female heroine who braves many dangers and villains to rescue a boy and fly off to a happily ever after.
Watch the other shorts in this series here:
Is a trip to a Disney Park on your list of goals for the new year? This photo may just inspire you to dream of a 2015 vacation at Tokyo DisneySea – this image, shot by Tom Bricker, shows the park’s Mysterious Island.
This part of the park is home to Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attractions, and is topped off with the mysterious Mount Prometheus volcano.
What Disney Park do you hope to visit in 2015?
In 2014, we shared more artwork than ever designed just for Disney Parks Blog readers in our Desktop/Mobile wallpaper series.
We’re happy to continue the tradition in the new year, and we’re happy to share this original design by artist Jeff Maurer.
Check out our complete gallery of wallpapers here.