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Experience Thor: Treasures of Asgard at Disneyland Park

posted on November 7th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Thor: Treasures of Asgard is now open in Innoventions at Disneyland park in Anaheim! Here you can explore an epic collection of objects brought to Earth straight from Asgard, and then travel across the Bifrost to Asgard itself for an audience with the Mighty Avenger, Thor.

Have a look:

You can visit Thor: Treasures of Asgard now through the holiday season, and catch the epic adventure, “Thor: The Dark World,” in theaters tomorrow!

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New Surprises in Store for ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday at Disneyland Park

posted on October 29th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Holidays at Disneyland Resort just got merrier… and they’re about to get a little brighter, too!

Evenings beginning November 12, the smiling clock at the front of “it’s a small world” Holiday will mark every quarter hour in a surprising new way. Using advanced 3D projection technology, the façade of the entire attraction will be transformed into an enormous, clockwork mechanism.

Gingerbread House Projection at 'it's a small world' Holiday Toy Factory Projection at 'it's a small world' Holiday

The gears and springs pull back to reveal a world of holiday wonders hidden behind the clock, from an incredible toy factory to a scrumptious gingerbread house that builds itself!

Show Director John Addis gave us a sneak peek:

Discover the fun inside “it’s a small world” Holiday, this holiday season at Disneyland park.

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First Look: Thor Appearing in Thor: Treasures of Asgard at Disneyland Park

posted on October 25th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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Today, I’m pleased to share with you the very first look at the Mighty Avenger, Thor, who will be appearing as part of Thor: Treasures of Asgard at Disneyland park.
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Thor: Treasures of Asgard, coming soon to Innoventions in Tomorrowland, will present an epic collection of objects brought to Earth straight from Thor’s home world of Asgard. You’ll also be able to travel across the Bifrost, a cosmic bridge transporting you to Asgard for an audience with Thor himself!

Look for Thor: Treasures of Asgard to open November 1 at Disneyland park, and see “Thor: The Dark World” when the big screen epic adventure hits theaters November 8.

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Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Brings a Festive Celebration to Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 10th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Okay so it’s still Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, but behind the scenes, the Creative Entertainment team is already hard at work getting ready to deck the halls for the holidays. And this year, they’re bringing something new to Disney California Adventure park that’s sure to be fantástico – Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Brings a Festive Celebration to Disney California Adventure Park

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! will bring the Paradise Gardens area of the park to life with festive music, vibrant colors, jubilant dancing, character appearances, delicious food and fun activities for the whole family.

Several times each day, a high-energy street party takes over Paradise Gardens, led by the “Three Caballeros” – Donald Duck and his life-long amigos Panchito from Mexico and Jose Carioca from Brazil. The infectious mix of Mariachi and Samba musicians, folklórico and carnaval dancers, 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets and those ambassadors of holiday cheer, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, will really get the crowd going, as Santa and Mrs. Claus join in to cheer and celebrate “¡Viva Navidad!

You won’t want to miss it! Disney ¡Viva Navidad! becomes part of the Holidays at Disneyland Resort on November 15 and continues through January 6, 2014, with additional Three Kings Day celebrations January 3-6.

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Disney Parks Will Be Getting ‘Frozen’ This November

posted on October 7th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


I’m really looking forward to “Frozen,” Disney’s latest animated comedy adventure from the creators of “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph.” I think audiences are going to really fall for fearless and optimistic heroine Anna, feel for her sister with a secret, Elsa, and laugh out loud with hysterical snowman Olaf. And the songs from “Frozen” are especially wonderful! I haven’t been able to get Elsa’s song, “Let It Go,” out of my head since I heard Idina Menzel perform it live at the D23 Expo in August.

Anna and Else from 'Frozen'

This November, the enchanting story and characters from “Frozen” will be brought to magical life with new experiences coming to Disney Parks. At Disneyland park, Olaf is preparing a special, snow-capped spot in Fantasyland, where you can spend time visiting with Anna and Elsa. When the royal sisters travel east to Walt Disney World Resort, they’ll be appearing at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot, where you’ll also find a new gallery exhibit exploring how the culture and beauty of Norway-inspired the filmmakers in the creation of “Frozen.”

And in the evenings this holiday season, a sequence celebrating “Frozen” will join “Celebrate the Magic,” the nighttime projection show that transforms Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park. Olaf will also play host for the wondrous all-new nighttime experience, “World of Color – Winter Dreams” at Disney California Adventure park.

You can almost feel a chill in the air already! What are you most excited about? Meeting Anna and Elsa, experiencing new elements in our nighttime spectaculars or seeing the movie when “Frozen” arrives in theaters in 3D November 27 – How about all of the above? Let us know in the comments!

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Thor: Treasures of Asgard Coming to Disneyland Park November 1 in Honor of ‘Thor: The Dark World’

posted on September 17th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Last month, we gave you the news that Thor – from “The Avengers” and the upcoming movie “Thor: The Dark World” – would be coming to Disneyland park this fall. Today, I’m happy to share even more about this exciting new experience, opening November 1.

Astrophysicist Jane Foster, who established a special relationship with Thor, has been studying the “Bifrost,” a cosmic bridge that allows Thor to travel between the Nine Realms, including Earth. She has determined that the Bifrost is set to open again in Southern California and pinpointed the precise location as Innoventions at Disneyland park.

Inside Innoventions, Foster and her team are preparing for the opening of the Bifrost with the installation of Thor: Treasures of Asgard, a collection of objects brought to Earth straight from Asgard. After viewing the exhibit, you’ll be invited to enter a chamber where the Bifrost will transport you to Asgard for an audience with Thor himself!

I’m certainly looking forward to meeting Thor at Disneyland park, starting November 1. What about you? Let us know in the comments.

And here’s the latest look at “Thor: The Dark World,” coming to theaters November 8.

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Celebrating 13 Frightfully Fun Seasons of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

posted on September 13th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


What’s This? The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park reopens today as Haunted Mansion Holiday, with the classic attraction taken over by the citizens of Halloween Town for the 13th year in a row.

This year, in honor of that unluckiest of anniversaries, several new surprises have been added to the mix. Of course, Jack Skellington and company couldn’t do it all alone. They got some help from the Creative Entertainment team, including Creative Director Steven Davison and Senior Designer Brian Sandahl.

Brian recently took us behind the scenes at Haunted Mansion Holiday to share how they’ve brought the attraction to life for 13 seasons.

So head on over to Haunted Mansion Holiday to see what’s new for this year, and be sure to check back on the Disney Parks Blog later this month, when we reveal additional surprises coming as part of “Limited Time Magic!”


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Disney Villains Invade ‘Celebrate the Magic’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 29th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


I can hardly believe it’s been a year since we shared with you the first details about “Celebrate the Magic,” the spectacular nighttime projection show at Magic Kingdom Park that transforms Cinderella Castle with unforgettable moments of Disney imagination and storytelling. Since that time, the show has been enhanced with the inclusion of special sequences celebrating winter holidays and summer vacations. Today, I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek at the next seasonal update for “Celebrate the Magic,” just in time for Halloween.

Ursula from 'The Little Mermaid' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park Chernabog from Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park

 
This new segment of “Celebrate the Magic” places the Disney villains center stage. From the sea witch Ursula, lording over the poor unfortunate souls trapped in her underwater lair, to the demon Chernabog from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia,” spreading his wings across the face of Cinderella Castle, it promises to be a particularly dark and foreboding chapter.
Maleficent from 'Sleeping Beauty' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park

Things heat up as Maleficent casts a forest of thorns around the base of the castle, and then transforms into a wicked, fire-breathing dragon who threatens to destroy the very magic we’ve come to celebrate. Fear not, though. As with all great Disney stories, this one is sure to have a happy ending.

The new Disney villains sequence makes its debut this Sunday night, September 1, during performances of “Celebrate the Magic,” and will be part of the show for a limited time, through November 1, 2013.


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Encounter Thor from ‘Thor: The Dark World’ This Fall at Disneyland Park

posted on August 20th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


In celebration of “Thor: The Dark World” coming to theaters November 8, guests at Disneyland park will be able to visit Asgard this fall and come face-to-face with the Mighty Avenger, Thor.

Encounter Thor from ‘Thor: The Dark World’ This Fall at Disneyland Park

This summer at Disneyland park, Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries has given us a close-up look at Tony Stark’s Hall of Armor and an opportunity to virtually “suit up” in the Mark 42 armor featured in the blockbuster film, “Iron Man 3.” And we’ve recently learned Captain America will be appearing at Avengers Academy on the reimagined Disney Magic. Soon, we’ll have a chance to meet yet another super hero.

Be sure to check back here on the Disney Parks Blog next month, as we share more details about how you’ll be able to visit with Thor at Disneyland park.

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Meeting Marvel’s Captain America at the D23 Expo

posted on August 10th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


As a big fan of the Marvel Universe, I couldn’t be more thrilled to see the amazing characters and stories of Marvel come to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

When the transformed Disney Magic is re-launched this October, one of the most exciting new spaces on the ship is sure to be Marvel’s Avengers Academy, where young “recruits” will learn to unleash their inner Super Heroes. As part of their experience at Marvel’s Avengers Academy, participants will have the opportunity to meet a true Avenger in person, when Captain America checks in on the progress being made by these future heroes.
Meet Marvel’s Captain America at the D23 Expo

To celebrate, this weekend at the D23 Expo, the Ultimate Disney Fan Event at the Anaheim Convention Center, just across the street from Disneyland Resort, attendees have enjoyed their first chance to meet Marvel’s Captain America. Steve Rogers, on a short break from his duties with S.H.I.E.L.D., is appearing within the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Pavilion each day through Sunday, August 11.

If you’re planning to be at the D23 Expo this weekend, be sure to come by and shake hands with the First Avenger, Marvel’s Captain America!

Tickets to the D23 Expo are sold out for Saturday, but still available for Sunday. To get tickets and complete details, visit D23Expo.com.

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