The Red Car Trolley on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

All in the Details: The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Cottage Close Up at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s look at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland offers a close look at the Dwarfs’ cottage. According to our friends at Imagineering, guests aboard the Mine Train will whisk past the cottage just after the first big drop out of the mine scene.
AID111222SMALL

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Cottage Close Up at Magic Kingdom Park The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Cottage Close Up at Magic Kingdom Park The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Cottage Close Up at Magic Kingdom Park

The look of the cottage was inspired by the Dwarfs’ dwelling in the film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” As you can see, it has a thatched roof, thick beams, and charming carved details that serve as nods to the many forest friends Snow White and the Dwarfs have in the forest.

Be sure to check back this Thursday for another look at the details on this attraction.


For more on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, check out the following Disney Parks Blog stories:

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

“it’s a small world” Around The World: Tokyo Disneyland

posted on March 31st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Our look inside “it’s a small world” around the world continues today with a peek inside the Tokyo Disneyland attraction.

iat399921

'it’s a small world' Around The World: Tokyo Disneyland 'it’s a small world' Around The World: Tokyo Disneyland
'it’s a small world' Around The World: Tokyo Disneyland 'it’s a small world' Around The World: Tokyo Disneyland

Did you know that this version of the attraction features the largest Japan section of any other “it’s a small world” attraction? The design of the attraction’s exterior was inspired by the look of “it’s a small world” at Disneyland park, but offers a wider variety of colors. The boarding area for the attraction is on the inside, similar to that of the attraction at Magic Kingdom Park, and features a 360-degree mural of world landmarks.

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Tokyo Disneyland

Step in Time: A Look Back at the ‘Remember the Magic’ Parade at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 31st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Just the title of this blog post has this parade’s theme song running through my head, how about you?
A Look Back at the ‘Remember the Magic’ Parade at Magic Kingdom Park

The year 1996 was a memorable one at Disney. It was the 25th anniversary of Magic Kingdom Park, an occasion that turned Cinderella Castle into a giant pink birthday cake, and the “Remember the Magic” parade debuted.

In this procession, Sorcerer Mickey led the way on a special Cinderella Castle-inspired float filled with Disney characters. Ariel and other characters from “The Little Mermaid” appeared in an impressive seashell float, surrounded by dancing fish friends, who would periodically pause and encourage guests to celebrate by dancing along. “The Lion King” also had its own float, which featured Simba, Pumbaa and other characters from the film. Rafiki also walked along the parade path and encouraged young guests to participate in the fun by beating drums.

Do you remember this parade (and its theme song)? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Disney History, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

This Week in Disney Parks Photos: A Celebration Of ‘it’s a small world’ Continues

posted on March 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, our celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the “it’s a small world” attraction kicked into high gear with multiple posts talking about the history and the significance of this attraction.

Kicking off the week, Greg Ehrbar shared some historic photos of Walt Disney during the attraction’s creative process with now Disney Legends Mary Blair, and brothers Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman.

WAM963447THUMB WAM963444THUMB

Erin Glover gave us a detailed look inside the “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland park, the first attraction of its kind to debut at a Disney theme park.

IASW797979LARGE

DLW976331THUMB DLW976334THUMB DLW976336thumb

I also shared a look inside the “it’s a small world” attraction here at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort – the second “small world” attraction ever built.

SWL753539

Follow the Disney Parks Blog next week as the celebration of #SmallWorld50 continues. You can also join the celebration by creating your own “it’s a small world” doll or singalong video at SmallWorld50.com.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , , , ,

Filed: Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

A Steelpan Performance Of Disney’s ‘it’s a small world’

posted on March 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today’s performance of “it’s a small world” comes to us from musician Michael Antoine. Michael was born in Trinidad, where his father taught him how to play the instrument, and now resides in Florida. Enjoy!

Is this your favorite performance of “it’s a small world (after all)” yet? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

Check back next week for more videos celebrating “it’s a small world.” Join the celebration by creating your own “it’s a small world” doll at SmallWorld50.com.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Parks After Dark: Miss Tilly at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

posted on March 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon has definitely not been one of the sights we’ve featured in this series before. Our water parks close before sundown, which is what makes this photograph so intriguing to me. It’s of Miss Tilly, the shipwrecked boat that serves as the icon at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Doesn’t it look amazing as the sunsets?

MTS936332

  • Share: 

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Walt Disney World Resort

Xin Yin Children’s Choir Celebrates Disney’s ‘it’s a small world’

posted on March 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Our celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world” continues today with a video performance from the children’s choir, Xin Yin, which is based in Shanghai.

The performance, which took place in the Shanghai Cultural Center, included the group singing the song “it’s a small world (after all)” in English and Mandarin Chinese.

You can join the attraction’s celebration by singing along and creating your own “it’s a small world” doll. Learn more at SmallWorld50.com.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , , ,

Filed: Disneyland Resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

‘it’s a small world’ Around the World: Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The world’s second “it’s a small world” attraction debuted at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on the park’s opening day, October 1, 1971.

SWL753539

The attraction’s queue features a white and gold facade structure, inspired by the original exterior of the attraction at Disneyland park. The interior of the Magic Kingdom Park attraction features a total of 289 dolls, 147 toys and 36 animated props. Guests who embark on a trip through “it’s a small world” will travel through six scenes, including Europe, Asia, Africa, Central/South America, South Pacific Islands, and a Finale scene. The attraction’s theme song can be heard in a total of five different languages – English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish – throughout the attraction.

Check back this afternoon for another sing-along video celebrating “it’s a small world.” Join the celebration by creating your own “it’s a small world” doll at SmallWorld50.com.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

All in the Details: The Changing Terrain of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Walking through New Fantasyland and watching the evolution of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been fascinating, seeing such a large attraction rise up from scaffolding and into a beautiful mountain covered with lush trees and colorful wildflowers. Let’s take a quick photo walk around it today with these shots.

vul827881

Earlier this year, Walt Disney Imagineering shared that two props from the former Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction had been placed in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as a nod to the previous attraction. Those vultures can now be seen at the top of the first big “climb” in the attraction, surrounded by stacks of crates – containing newly mined jewels, perhaps?

vul278222

Nearby, a Mine Train cart peeks out and is propped with mining tools and crumbling rock.
All in the Details: The Changing Terrain of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Overall, nearly the entire mountain has been covered with thick pine trees, poppy flowers and colorful shrubs.

For more on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, check out the following Disney Parks Blog stories:

Tagged: , , , ,

Filed: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

Bringing Maleficent to Life for ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 26th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of the highlights of the new “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom Park is seeing Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” loom overhead in the form of an enormous, fire-breathing dragon.

FBD986322

We recently sat down with Parade Designer Richard Improta from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment, along with Tony Award-winning Production Designer Michael Curry, to discuss the inspiration behind this show-stopping float and their collaboration that brought Maleficent to epic life on the street.

Have you seen the new parade yet? Tell us what you think of it in the “Comments” section below!

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort