For the last 10 years, cast member Jennifer Pitoniak has been serving up delicious Dole Whips at the Tiki Juice Bar in Disneyland park. The popular, sweet treat is fat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and around 100 calories, which makes it, in my opinion, the perfect park food. Last year, Jenn helped the Tiki Juice Bar serve up 650,000 Dole Whips and Dole Whip Floats, for a combined 1.4 million consumed at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disneyland park. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, she gave us a glimpse of life in the Tiki Juice Bar – our camera gets so close you can almost taste it!
posted on June 20th, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
posted on June 10th, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
You may have seen the newest addition to the Pixar Play Parade from Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” in Disney California Adventure park, but you haven’t seen it like this! For my new series, “Taking it Slow,” we are using a special slow-motion camera to view some of our favorite attractions in a whole new way. In this video we mixed slow-motion, fast-motion and real-time video together to highlight a few fun moments from the “world of play.”
posted on May 31st, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
posted on May 25th, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
“Fantasyland is dedicated to the young-in-heart, to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” – Walt Disney
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the reimagined Fantasyland at Disneyland park I spent the day at Sleeping Beauty Castle and asked guests what they most love about Walt Disney’s favorite land.
Personally, I get a kick out of Casey Junior … “I think I can, I think I can.” What’s your favorite?
posted on April 29th, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
Although I don’t have a green thumb, there is a guided tour at Disneyland park that really grew on me. It’s called “Cultivating the Magic.” During the two-hour tour, guests learn how the Disneyland Resort horticulture team uses flowers, plants and trees to help create the stories of each land. Tour guides also tell tidbits about Imagineer Bill Evans, the original creator of Disneyland’s landscape.
I brought the camera crew on the tour with me and spoke with one of the tour’s developers, cast member Tyler Slater, to give you a glimpse.
To experience the tour for yourself, call 714-781-TOUR(8687) or visit Disneyland Guest Relations. Tickets are available up to one month in advance and the tour begins Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. and Mondays at 10 a.m.
posted on February 8th, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
Since Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park opened last summer, it has been bustling with action, so I thought it was time to slow things down a bit and take a look at this new land before the day begins. Seeing the sun rise over the Cadillac Mountain Range was a highlight of the morning and a local resident rolled into town just in time to “git-r-done”!
For more from the Disneyland Resort at Dawn series, check out the posts below:
posted on January 29th, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
I’ve heard it’s tough to be a bug, but it looks like a lot of fun from this point of view of “a bug’s land” at Disney California Adventure park. For this video we took a spin on Francis’ Ladybug Boogie, Flik’s Flyers, Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies and Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train. Check it out and see what the buzz is all about!
Look below for more posts from our “A Unique Point of View” series:
posted on December 28th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
It took 12 months and 10 dolls on seven carts to create this year-in-review video of the Popcorn Animation Dolls at Disneyland park.
Early photos reveal “popcorn people” existed at Disneyland as far back as 1955. The popcorn wagons were labeled “The Cretors” named after C. Cretors & Co., founded in 1855, the company that originally produced the carts and their clown dolls. Eventually the clowns were transformed to match the land in which they performed.
Trivia Question: Can you name the dolls in the video and the areas they represent? Click below the video for the answer.
posted on October 31st, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
Happy Halloween! If you’re like me and wait until tonight to carve your pumpkin, then check out this video below for some added inspiration. All of these frightfully fun faces can be spotted on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park. Want more spooktacular ideas? Take a look at the Disney-inspired templates here and here.
Read the posts below for more Halloween fun at Disney Parks:
posted on October 22nd, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
I’m not much of an early bird, but some things are worth setting the alarm for, and a Disney Parks morning open moment is definitely one of them. In Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, you can feel the energy as guests anxiously wait for the opening announcements from Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon – the husband-and-wife team we previously featured here on the Disney Parks Blog. There is a common bond you feel with fellow guests, knowing you’ll be among the first to walk (not run!) to your favorite attraction.
If you’ve hit the snooze button one too many times, check out the video below to see what you have been missing.
Have you ever experienced a Disney Parks morning open moment, and if so, what attraction did you go to first?
Watch more videos from the Disneyland Resort in the posts below: