It’s hard to believe it has been five years since the new dolls were added to “it’s a small world” at Disneyland park. I had the privilege to sit down with Imagineer Kim Irvine and several of the attraction’s magic-makers before “the happiest cruise that ever sailed ‘round the world” re-opened to guests back in 2009. As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” I thought it would be fun to revisit this video and share it with you.
I have to say, the North America scene with the Woody, Jessie and Bullseye toys is still my favorite addition. What’s yours?
Join in the 50th anniversary celebration of “it’s a small world” at SmallWorld50.com.
Engineers control 209 full-range parade speakers and 114 subwoofers along the parade route, while controlling more than 250 background music zones in restrooms, restaurants, stores, attraction queues and more.
Engineers monitor 43 different cameras: 21 along the parade route, 17 for “World of Color” and 5 at additional entertainment locations.
When I think of the Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park, I can virtually smell the fried chicken … yum! However, there’s so much more to this iconic restaurant if you take the time to look around when you stop in. The video below features Steve Valkenburg, who has had the pleasure of working there for more than 30 years, along with historical footage of Walt Disney describing what would eventually become one of his favorite restaurants in Disneyland.
After reading Erin Glover’s interesting series on the history of the Disneyland Monorail, I was reminded of an interview I did with former Imagineer and Disney Legend Bob Gurr for the attraction’s 45th anniversary and rededication.
I can’t believe it’s been nearly 10 years since I had the pleasure of meeting Bob, but after watching the interview again I wanted to create this video to share his stories with you. Enjoy!
Next time you visit the Disneyland Monorail, be sure to look for the plaque from the June 14, 2004, rededication.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new “it’s a small world”Holiday Clock Show in Disneyland park, now is the time. I spoke with co-designer and animator Lisa Bradley before the show debuted and she gave me a glimpse at just how intricate the details are for the virtual décor that can be seen every fifteen minutes after dark.
“it’s a small world” Holiday Clock Show Fun Facts:
There are 980 pieces of candy in the gingerbread scene.
The train in the toy section is placed in the same location the actual Disneyland Railroad trains cross as they pass by the attraction.
There are 232 gears in the clock section.
The blocks in the toy factory scene represent Disneyland Resort cast members who worked on the show.
Christmas came early for me last month, when I received a sneak peek of the new Jingle Cruise in Disneyland park during a private tour. Former Jungle Cruise skipper Kevin Lively, who was a consultant on the Jingle Cruise, gave the tour while Imagineer and former Jungle Cruise skipper Wyatt Winter told me about the decorative details. Of course, in the spirit of the holidays, I brought the camera crew so I could share it all with you. You’re welcome!
Tour the Jingle Cruise for yourself this holiday season at both Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park.
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park, so I thought I’d take the video crew and see what’s new. The Monsters U Dance Party at Tomorrowland Terrace and the tricked-out Treat Trails were some of the highlights, but I have to say seeing all the guests’ creative costumes was the real treat for me.
There is still time to join the party! For ticket information, click here. What will you be wearing to Mickey’s Halloween Party this year?
In celebration of the 13th season of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park, I set out to talk to some cast members whose jobs are to help Jack Skellington and his buddies take over the Haunted Mansion each year. Edward, Richard and Lindsey have worked a combined 32 spooktakular seasons creating the magic, and as you’ll see in this video, they wouldn’t have it any other way.