I am constantly in awe of the documentation I come across in the Walt Disney Company‘s archival footage. If you have seen the live telecast of opening day at Disneyland park, which originally aired on ABC on July, 17 1955, you may have thought – like me – “How did they do that?” This video shows highlights from “Operation Disneyland,” a 14-minute documentary produced for ABC closed-circuit television, which looks at the technical challenges behind broadcasting the opening ceremonies of Disneyland park.
posted on July 17th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
posted on July 16th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
While looking through some historical footage recently, I came across this sweet treat. I can’t help but think that 50 years ago these dancing candles were delighted in the fact they were taking part in history during the 10th anniversary celebration of Disneyland park. Enjoy this calorie-free video!
And keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow as we celebrate the official 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort! You can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram with @Disneyland and on Facebook.com/Disneyland. Don’t forget the hashtag #Disneyland60!
posted on July 15th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Disneyland Resort this Friday, take a look and listen to the sounds of the New Orleans Square train station. The second stop on the Disneyland Railroad is home to the telegraph cable office, where a paraphrased portion of Walt Disney’s opening-day speech from July 17, 1955, can be heard in Morse code. The telegraph message is just over a minute long and decoded it says: “To all who come to Disneyland, welcome. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.”
posted on April 9th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
When I found out there are going to be several new coin presses dedicated to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, I thought it would be fun to explore this charming collectible a bit more. I met up with Rob Johnson who has been making and maintaining coin presses at the Disneyland Resort Electromechanical Shop for 25 years.
For more information on Disneyland Resort coin presses, including machine locations, click here. The keen collector may also want to pick up a collector’s book which can be found at most coin press locations.
Behind the Scenes: Making Sleeping Beauty Castle Sparkle for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration
posted on April 7th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park now dazzles in diamonds, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration officially kicking off on Friday, May 22. A few months ago, we went behind the scenes for a glimpse at what it took to create this sparkling look with Imagineer David Caranci. In the video below, we visit the warehouse where a talented team of artisans molded, shaped, painted and placed each diamond by hand.
Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more on the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60.
posted on February 27th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland park is full of tiny treasures – if you blink you might just miss one. The cruise lasts 6 minutes; however, here you can take a “mini” tour highlighting some of the attraction’s delightful details.
I was blown away by the new land of Arendelle. What’s your favorite scene?
posted on January 26th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
As you probably already know, January is National Hot Tea Month! To celebrate this very merry “unholiday” we sat down with Alice and the Mad Hatter for a game of musical chairs at Disneyland park.
Take a seat for yourself next time you see Alice and the Mad Hatter at Refreshment Corner on Main Street, U.S.A.!
posted on December 24th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
Having sailed on several Disney cruises, one comes to expect a certain sense of style – and the Jingle Cruise in Disneyland park doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re into ugly sweaters or you’re more of a fruit cake, you’ll be “sleighed” by the hilarious, holiday highlights during this yuletide ride along the river.
Don’t miss the boat! The Jingle Cruise is sailing now through January 6.
posted on December 8th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort