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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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Time Lapse: Scaffolding Rises Around the Matterhorn at Disneyland Park

posted on May 15th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


For this time lapse video, we used two cameras on opposite sides of the Matterhorn in Disneyland park. One camera was placed on top of Tomorrowland Terrace and the other was placed on top of Pinocchio’s Daring Journey in Fantasyland.

The scaffolding was 20 levels high and, once installed, the top level was the highest point in the park. Netting around the perimeter was specifically chosen as a medium gray color by Imagineer Kim Irvine so the mountain would look more like it was shrouded in a fog bank or cloud.

The whole rig went up in 15 work days and came down progressively as the paint work was completed. Check out the entire process here in just 47 seconds!

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A Unique Point of View: Radiator Springs Racers at Cars Land

posted on March 20th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


For this point-of-view video, a camera was mounted on the driver’s side of a Radiator Springs Racers car during a recent test run in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. Vehicles are being tested seven days a week, mostly at night. By the time each vehicle is commissioned, it will travel approximately 36,000 miles per year!

The video also shows a quick sneak peek of what to expect inside the mountain range. Guests will get to see the entire track for themselves when the attraction opens on June 15.

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Behind the Wall: Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park

posted on February 28th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


In my family, special bragging rights went to the first person who spotted Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland park from the I-5 freeway. Currently, the view of the snow-capped mountain is a bit obstructed. For the first time, the entire attraction was covered in scaffolding for a 6-month-long, detailed face-lift.

Check out the video below to see what’s been going on inside and out!

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Early Morning for Three Kings Day Celebration at Disneyland Park

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


Mariachis, media and Mickey were all up early this morning to help kick off the first official Three Kings Day celebration at Disneyland park. More than 20 crew members started setting up late last night for local stations to broadcast live from Zocalo Park in Frontierland.

The video below shows a little bit of how we made it happen and what guests can expect this weekend during the unique, three-day event.

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A Unique Point of View: Santa at Disneyland Park

posted on December 23rd, 2011 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Do you see what he sees? Well now you can when you take a look at this video of Santa in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade at Disneyland park. Four cameras were used to capture every angle of Santa’s journey starting just backstage at ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday and continuing all the way down Main Street, U.S.A.

Santa’s Sleigh is the last float in the parade and one of the largest, measuring 30’ long x 11’ wide x 18’ high and weighing 16,600 pounds … without Santa!

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