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Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas from Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland Park

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:

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Getting the Day Started at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure 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:

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Disneyland Resort Park Announcers Bill and Camille

posted on September 24th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – in this video you will meet the faces behind the voices heard at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. During a recent recording session, Bill Rogers and his wife Camille Dixon showed us how they create these very special Disneyland Resort announcements.

Read these posts to see more from behind the scenes at the Disneyland Resort:

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Magical Makeover for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on September 14th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Starting today, it’s officially Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, and once again Jack Skellington has taken over the Haunted Mansion to create Haunted Mansion Holiday. Earlier this week, technical director Joe Peters gave us a tour as his crew completed the final touches on the 18-day transformation.

Here are some fun facts Joe told me about Haunted Mansion Holiday:

  • More than 400 flickering candles create the Mansion’s eerie nighttime glow
  • More than 100 jack-o-lanterns illuminate the exterior
  • 7,500 feet of fresh snow is used each year
  • At night, several guests have been able to spot Zero protecting the Mansion
  • All the iconic black ravens that appear throughout the original Haunted Mansion experience have been replaced by Vampire Teddies except for one – do you know which?

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A Unique Point of View: Red Car Trolley at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on September 6th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


When I first saw the Red Car Trolley in Disney California Adventure park I knew it would be a great fit for this series. Our Broadcast Services team did an amazing job mounting four cameras in six different positions throughout the trolley as it traveled down Hollywood Blvd to Buena Vista Street and back again. The diagram below shows where each camera was placed to create this truly unique point-of-view video. Enjoy!

Diagram Showing Camera Locations for a Unique Point-of-View Video of Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

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Finding the Perfect Prop for Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park: Part Two

posted on September 3rd, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Recently I posted part one of this video series with Brandon Kleyla, set decorator for Walt Disney Imagineering, revealing some of the ways he created the window displays on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park. In part two we go inside the shops to learn more about the backstories of the shop owners. Brandon told me he and his team spent a year shopping, wheeling and dealing to find just the right items to bring these stories to life. He also told me to keep coming back because guests often discover new treasures with each visit to Buena Vista Street.

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Finding the Perfect Prop for Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park: Part One

posted on August 24th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


What would it be like to shop for a living? Just ask Brandon Kleyla, set decorator for Walt Disney Imagineering! Each shop on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park has a story, and it was Brandon’s task to help tell it. It all starts with what Brandon refers to as Phase One, researching at the Walt Disney Imagineering Information Resource Center to understand the time period. Phase Two is setting out to purchase those items online that you know you’re looking for, with Phase Three being endless hours at flea markets and antique malls to find one-of-a-kind, vintage treasures for each shop owner.

In part one of this Disney Parks Blog mini-series, we take a look at the window displays on Buena Vista Street, which include merchandise provided by the Resort Enhancement team at Disneyland Resort as well as props found by Brandon and his team at Walt Disney Imagineering. Stay tuned for part two to find out about the props inside the shops.

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A Tasty Tour: Inside the Candy Kitchen on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park

posted on August 16th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


After working in the Candy Palace for 38 years, Disneyland park candy maker Rob McHargue truly knows his way around a kitchen. In the video below, Rob gives us a tour of his “office” in the newly remodeled Candy Palace.

The updated Candy Kitchen has double the square footage as before, providing more viewing space – a bigger window of opportunity to see the candy makers at work. A pass-through window, more counter space, a kitchen stock room and a second copper kettle were also added. The kitchen produces approximately 63 different items year-round. Lucky for me, they happened to be making my favorite toffee treats during my visit. What’s your favorite confection from the Candy Palace?

Check out these posts to read more about sweet treats available at Disneyland park:

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Behind-the-Scenes: Stop, Look & Listen to the Old-Time Radio Show at Oswald’s in Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 19th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


A few months ago I had the opportunity to check out the making of an original, old-time radio show written and produced by Walt Disney Imagineering. The skit in the video below is just one of the shows guests will hear playing on the vintage radio inside of Oswald’s in Disney California Adventure park. There are so many detailed surprises on Buena Vista Street – make sure to stop, look and listen so you don’t miss them!



For more on Buena Vista Street, see the posts below:

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Crashing the Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 30th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Last week I took the video crew out for a sneak peek through the looking-glass at the new Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure park. I spoke with fellow Disney Parks Blog author Robin Trowbridge about the eclectic entertainment that will soon be offered nightly in Hollywood Land.

Come join the fun when Mad T Party officially opens June 15.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for the latest on the expansion of Disney California Adventure park. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtags #CarsLand, #BuenaVistaStreet, #MadTParty and #JustGotHappier.

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