During its nationwide journey to celebrate the March 8 release of “Oz The Great and Powerful,” the “Journey to Oz Balloon Tour” made a stop at the Disneyland Resort here in Southern California last weekend. The enormous bright blue balloon, trimmed in red fringe, inflated in the Esplanade and delighted guests as it hovered overhead. I had the privilege of being at this event with our Disney Parks Blog video crew. We captured all the fun and even had a chance to chat with the pilots, Scott and Laurie Spencer. They have a long history of piloting Disney balloons, and we always enjoy working with them. The “Journey to Oz Balloon Tour” will stop next at the Daytona 500 in Florida and at Central Park in New York City, where you’ll see it on “Good Morning America” on ABC.
Check out these posts for more about “Oz The Great and Powerful” at Disney Parks:
Did you see our float, “Destination: Cars Land” in the 124th Rose Parade from Pasadena, Calif., yesterday? If not, you’re in luck because we have a video recap for you! The 125-foot-long float was a floral replica of Cars Land, the new land at Disney California Adventure park here at the Disneyland Resort, and it floated down Colorado Boulevard to the classic tune, “Get Your Kicks On Route 66.” From the thousands of volunteers to the thousands of flowers, seeds and foliage, everything seemed to go off without a hitch — until it broke down! Check it out.
Tomorrow is the big day! Our amazing float, “Destination: Cars Land,” is almost ready for the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The floral replica of Cars Land, our new land at Disney California Adventure park, is 125 feet long and 35 feet high! More than 2,000 volunteers helped decorate the float with more than a hundred different kinds of flowers, seeds, foliage and cactus. Lightning McQueen alone is made of more than 2,000 red carnations!
The “Destination: Cars Land” float is truly a work of art that began two and half months ago. The decorating took two weeks, and in this video you can see the final touches being added at the warehouse in Azusa, Calif. Make sure to tune in to your local ABC station in the morning and see it roll down Colorado Boulevard. And as we like to say around here, get ready to be floored!
I am floored by our Cars Land float for the 124th Rose Parade! It even has a cool name, “Destination: Cars Land.” In this video, we take you behind the scenes one more time to the warehouse in Azusa, Calif., in a follow-up to the first video we showed you a few weeks back, when the float was only a metal frame. But wait until you see it now! Click play, check it out and make sure to check the Disney Parks Blog next week, as we take you behind the scenes again as hundreds of flowers are added to the float.
I love to visit the Disneyland Resort during the holidays – where it snows, the Christmas trees glow and icicles hang in rows. You wouldn’t think I’d be describing a magical place in sunny Southern California, but that’s the power of Disney magic! Our talented teams transform the Disneyland Resort into a winter wonderland during the holidays. This video captures highlights of the holiday décor at night. It includes Disney California Adventure park, where you can find snowflakes made of wrenches at the new Cars Land. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Enjoy!
Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the holiday season at Disney Parks, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.
As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Cars Land is being built again, but this time on a smaller scale for the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. In the video below, we take you behind the scenes of the Cars Land Rose Parade float construction in Azusa, Calif. It takes a lot of people and a lot of metal to re-create Radiator Springs, the fictional Route 66 town from Disney•Pixar “Cars” – a place you can now experience for yourself at Disney California Adventure park here at the Disneyland Resort.
I can’t wait for the float to be covered in flowers! All your favorite “Cars” characters will be represented on the float: Mater, Lightning McQueen, Sally, Luigi and Guido. Get ready to be floored when our Cars Land float drives down the parade route in the 124th Rose Parade on January 1, 2013, on ABC-TV – or you could see it up close in Pasadena!
It takes great effort for me to cut out the eyes – or triangles – on a pumpkin, let alone a gaping mouth with a missing tooth or two. Even then, it’s usually a crooked face at best. I’m sure some of you reading this can relate. That’s probably why the pumpkins at the Halloween Carnival at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree fascinate me. They are works of art created by our pumpkin sculptors. Yes – they are pumpkin sculptors, not pumpkin carvers. This video shows their considerable talent as they transform pumpkins into popular Disney characters. Enjoy!
The Disneyland Resort is all decked out for “Halloween Time” and it’s so much fun! The warm colors of fall are everywhere and Main Street, U.S.A., alone has more than 300 pumpkins! David Caranci, a manager of Resort Enhancement, is one of the cast members who transforms the Happiest Place on Earth into the Spookiest Place on Earth. He’s a expert when it comes to décor and in this video he gives some creative, easy and inexpensive tips on how to create some spooky ghosts, bright pumpkins and yes, candy corn. Happy Halloween!
You can find fun Disney character pumpkin carving templates here and here.
Recently, I had the honor of interviewing director Tim Burton. We talked about his connection to the Walt Disney Company and the Disneyland Resort, starting with visiting the park as a child (he grew up in Burbank, Calif.), to his career as a young animator with Disney animation, to seeing his blockbuster movie, “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” become a holiday tradition at the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland park, to now, the first animated film he’s directed for Disney, “Frankenweenie” – a movie inspired by his California childhood – bringing it all full-circle.
Now, guests at Disney California Adventure park can get up-close to the movie’s stop-motion puppets at “The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition.” They are truly magnificent pieces of art and are on display at the Disney Animation Building, which is where I chatted with Mr. Burton about “Frankenweenie.” The exhibition runs through November 5. Enjoy!
The Disneyland Resort is the perfect place to spot a fairy flying in the sky, but today “fairy flight” took on new meaning. The space shuttle Endeavour, atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), flew over the Disneyland Resort, treating park guests and cast members to a glimpse of the shuttle’s “ferry flight,” as it travels to its permanent home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The Endeavour’s final mission began at Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral, Fla., on Wednesday, where shortly after takeoff it buzzed by the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
Today’s fly over was an amazing moment of history and bittersweet as the space shuttle program comes to an end. Thank you, NASA – today you were the ones who made dreams come true here at the Happiest Place on Earth.