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The New Adventurers Outpost Opens Today at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on May 15th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have a new home base at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Adventurers Outpost opens today on Discovery Island, and it’s the exploration headquarters for everyone’s favorite globetrotting duo, where they get together with friends old and new.

The New Adventurers Outpost at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Step inside Adventurers Outpost, and you’ll find mementos from Mickey and Minnie’s expeditions around the world, including stunning photographs from their trips to destinations as varied as the mountains of Nepal and the savannas of Africa.

Of course, some of the best memories of all come when you get your chance to meet Mickey and Minnie, share stories of your own travels and capture that postcard-perfect photo with your Disney pals, before heading out to continue your adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Don’t Miss Woody’s All-American Roundup This Summer at Disneyland Park

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


Ever since Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree opened last year at Disneyland park, this corner of Frontierland has been the place to go for fun times, from the Halloween Carnival and Santa’s Jingle Jangle Jamboree to a “Limited Time Magic” reunion with some “long lost” Disney friends. Well, this summer the Jamboree is introducing something new in the form of Woody’s All-American Roundup, a flag-wavin’ patriotic celebration of the Old West!
Don’t Miss Woody’s All-American Roundup This Summer at Disneyland Park
Sheriff Woody is bringing his Talent Roundup to the stage of the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. You’ll delight at the sight of Jessie’s slingshot tricks and Woody’s skill with a lasso. There will even be plenty of dancin’, strummin’ and singin’, thanks to guitar-playin’ cowboy Buckaroo Bob.

Between Talent Roundup shows, everyone’s favorite Billy Hill and the Hillbillies will take the stage in “Red, White and Bluegrass!” You’ll even have a chance to meet Woody, Jessie and Mickey and Minnie Mouse, dressed in their finest cowboy (and cowgirl) duds!

And that’s not all! Woody’s All-American Roundup will feature Rodeo Games, crafts and activities for the whole family and a selection of merchandise and yummy food.

So mosey on down to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree for Woody’s All-American Roundup, starting June 14. It’s gonna be loads of rootin’, tootin’ fun!

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King Louie Joins Rehearsal for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on May 1st, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s May, and that means “Mickey and the Magical Map” opens later this month at Disneyland park! Our Entertainment cast and crew are working hard behind the scenes to create a dazzling musical spectacular for the newly refurbished Fantasyland Theatre. Here’s a sneak peek from a recent rehearsal, when King Louie joined the ensemble for a run-through of the “I Wanna be Like You” number from “The Jungle Book.”

I really like this new arrangement of the classic song and can’t wait to see it onstage when “Mickey and the Magical Map” debuts May 25!


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Attend Monsters University at Disney Parks This Summer

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


It’s shaping up to be a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks, with a colossal lineup of unforgettable experiences, including entertainment enhancements celebrating the newest Disney•Pixar animated feature, “Monsters University.”

Meeting Mike and Sulley at Disney's Hollywood Studios Meeting Mike and Sulley at Disney California Adventure Park

 
Mike and Sulley are dropping in from MU to scare up fun all summer long. Some of the monstrous surprises in store include all-new, collegiate settings in which to meet your favorite aspiring scarers. On the Backlot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find the Monsters University Student Union, complete with a view of the campus. Meanwhile, when Sulley and Mike step through the door to Disney California Adventure park, you’ll find them right outside the university dorms, recreated in Hollywood Land.

Also at Disney California Adventure park, Mike and Sulley show their MU spirit as they lead daily performances of the Pixar Play Parade, and at Magic Kingdom Park, you’ll chuckle along with the gang at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, where they’ve been studying new jokes and are ready to graduate to new comedic bits in honor of their alma mater.

It may be summer vacation, but Monsters University will be in session all season at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts! The fun starts on May 24th!

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Making Music for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

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


We’re just one month away from the May 25 opening of the new live show spectacular, “Mickey and the Magical Map,” in the Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park! I’ve mentioned before that “Mickey and the Magical Map” is a musical extravaganza, and today I’m thrilled to offer you a little taste of what you’ll hear in the show.

Creative Entertainment Executive Producer Doug McIntyre and Music Director Bruce Healey recently oversaw the recording of the show’s soundtrack, with a full orchestra on a Hollywood scoring stage. Have a listen!

In addition to a sumptuous, motion picture-quality score and classic Disney tunes, I can also tell you “Mickey and the Magical Map” will feature an original song written just for this show. The song, entitled “Journey to Imagination,” is inspired by Mickey’s journey in the show. It’s about letting go and believing in the world of dreams and imagination.

Composers Adam Watts and Andy Dodd, whose credits include everything from Disney productions like “High School Musical” to writing for artists like Kelly Clarkson and Jesse McCartney, wrote the music and lyrics for “Journey to Imagination,” with orchestration by Timothy Williams.

“We’ve written numerous songs for various Disney TV and film projects,” said Adam and Andy. “’Journey To Imagination’ was particularly unique and special in that it was an opportunity to work on a song specifically for a feature at the park that includes so many classic songs and characters. Being Southern-California natives, we grew up loving Disneyland, and to be a part of it on the creative side is truly an honor. It’s exciting to know that people from all over the world will hear our song in the show every single day. We thoroughly enjoyed the process, as well as working with such a talented team.”

I can’t wait to hear the song performed live and see all the magical things that happen onstage! What are you most excited for in “Mickey and the Magical Map”? Let us know in the comments!

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Bringing New Disney Dreams to Disneyland Paris

posted on April 12th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s April 12, the 21st anniversary of the opening of Disneyland Paris, and the resort is celebrating by extending their incredibly popular 20th Anniversary Celebration through September 30, 2013. One of the biggest hits of the past year has been the new nighttime spectacular, Disney Dreams!, in which Peter Pan’s shadow takes us on a journey into great moments from Disney animation.
Bringing New Disney Dreams to Disneyland Paris

Not content to rest on their laurels, the Creative Entertainment team has introduced some enhancements to the show, just in time for the extended celebration.

“Following the outstanding success of the show, Peter’s mischievous shadow will be taking us on new adventures into the worlds of ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Brave,’” said Show Director Katy Harris. “These two new scenes were chosen by our fans, and it’s our way of saying thank you for celebrating our 20th anniversary with us.”

According to the Vice President of Parades and Spectaculars, Steven Davison, “The two new pieces fit into the ‘Free to Dream’ segment of the show. Both Simba and Merida are trying to find their place in the world. Like the original show, the shadow stumbles in on these moments.”
Bringing New Disney Dreams to Disneyland Paris

Audiences enjoying Disney Dreams! will soon become part of those moments themselves with this summer’s introduction of Disney Light’Ears, interactive Mickey Mouse ear hats similar to the “Glow with the Show” ears available now at the Disneyland Resort. Each guest wearing a pair of Disney Light’Ears will become an ever-changing pixel of color, synchronizing in real time with the show and adding another layer of fun to the spectacle.

“It’s great to see the audience react so positively toward the show. It makes all the hard work worth the effort,” adds Steven. “Dreams will be like the movie ‘Fantasia.’ It will always be refreshed and changing, bringing new dreams for years to come.”

Take a look at these amazing photos from a recent preview of the new Disney Dreams! with Disney Light’Ears. It makes me want to book a flight to Paris this summer!

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New Friends Join Disney Junior – Live on Stage! at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 18th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Disney Junior – Live on Stage!, presented in the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure park, reopens this week with all-new segments featuring characters and stories from hit Disney Junior shows “Doc McStuffins” and “Sofia the First.”
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Sofia enlists the help of sorcerer Mr. Cedric in casting a spell to make her stepfather the king’s royal ball a sparkling success. Later, when her friend Lambie comes down with a case of “the rippies,” Doc McStuffins knows just what to do to help her feel “so much better.” The new sequences join returning stories from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” for a live show sure to captivate young fans and their families.
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The new Disney Junior – Live on Stage! opens Friday, March 22, at Disney California Adventure park and is now playing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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The American Idol Experience Habla Español at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


On the current season of “American Idol” on television, Idol hopeful Devin Velez has propelled himself into the Top 10, singing in both English and Spanish. Now, guests auditioning at The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have the opportunity to perform songs in Spanish, too!
The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Taking their cue from guest requests, the team at The American Idol Experience has added nine new Spanish language songs to the mix, including hits made popular by Latin artists and Spanish translations of some of the most frequently performed Disney songs. Selections include:

  • “Y Yo Sigo Aqui” by Paulina Rubio
  • “La Camisa Negra” by Juanes
  • “Oye” by Beyonce
  • “Lo Que Soy (This Is Me)” by Demi Lovato
  • “Una Noche Mas” by Jennifer Lopez
  • “Ciclo Sin Fin” (“Circle of Life”) from “The Lion King
  • “No Importa La Distancia” (“Go the Distance”) from “Hercules
  • “Mi Reflejo” (“Reflection”) from “Mulan
  • “En Mi Corazon Viviras” (“You’ll Be in My Heart”) from “Tarzan

Now, even more of our guests can pursue their dreams of performing onstage at The American Idol Experience! And who knows? One of them may just make it to stardom!


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Explore the Musical Worlds of Disney When ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ Opens at Disneyland Park May 25

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


Explore the Musical Worlds of Disney When ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ Opens at Disneyland Park May 25
With Fantasy Faire now delighting guests daily at Disneyland park, I’m pleased to be able to announce the opening date of our next fantastic entertainment experience. The all-new live show “Mickey and the Magical Map” will open at the Fantasyland Theatre on May 25.

Through theatrical wizardry, wonderful songs and inspired visuals, audiences will take part in Mickey Mouse’s surprising adventure as an enormous sorcerer’s map takes us on a journey to imagination. Each new direction of the compass reveals fantastic worlds of music, color, excitement and beloved characters.

Heading east leads to a swinging adventure with the coolest of jungle beasts, King Louie. Looking to the west, our hearts are inspired by the dreams of brave storybook heroines Pocahontas, Mulan and Rapunzel. North leads to a celebration of life “Under the Sea,” and a trip south takes us on a “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride.”

As we arrive at each imaginative destination, all the colors of that place come alive in an homage to the characters and stories we love so much. Our journey is full of surprises as we discover along with Mickey the mysteries within this extraordinary, magical map!

Look for more about “Mickey and the Magical Map” soon, here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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Meet Mickey and Minnie at the New Adventurers Outpost in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


Are you ready for an adventure?
Meet Mickey and Minnie at the New Adventurers Outpost in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Starting this spring, Mickey and Minnie Mouse will invite you into their very own exploration headquarters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The all-new Adventurers Outpost on Discovery Island is home base for your globetrotting Disney pals, where they meet friends old and new, as they get ready to set off on their next adventure.

Adventurers Outpost is a gathering place, where explorers might come together to share tales from their expeditions around the world. This new, indoor retreat is the perfect spot for meeting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Meanwhile, over at Camp Minnie-Mickey, you’ll still be able to run into other Disney friends and catch a performance of the incomparable Festival of the Lion King!

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