It’s an exciting week here at the Disneyland Resort! The ladies of ABC’s “The View” are hosting shows in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters after one of the shows. They shared what it’s like to be working here at the Happiest Place on Earth and which Disney character best describes their Disney Side. Who said Goofy? You’ll need to watch the video to find out! On a personal note, being a former TV journalist, interviewing the legendary Barbara Walters was a dream come true for me. Truly a memory I’ll always cherish. Enjoy!
posted on November 19th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
posted on August 28th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
Today marks the day a 5-year-old dinosaur named Lucky made his debut. He was the first Audio-Animatronics figure to walk independently! Imagineers were inspired by technology that began with Audio-Animatronics figures in Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room back in 1963. Those figures, and the ones that followed at “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” and Pirates of the Caribbean could sing, talk, move and duel with swords, but they could not walk on their own. Lucky could walk and interact with guests and even give an autograph.
His first appearance was at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles on August 28, 2003. A few days later he visited Disney California Adventure park. Since Lucky was only playtesting, he returned to his home at Walt Disney Imagineering and eventually made appearances in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Today, he’s back home at Walt Disney Imagineering and makes occasional appearances for Adventures by Disney guests.
posted on August 16th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
You see it on Main Street, U.S.A., every day at Disneyland park – the Fire Engine. It was added to the fleet of Main Street Vehicles 55 years ago today, on August 16, 1958. A replica of a 1916 fire engine, it is a reminder of simpler times at the turn of the century. It’s also a reminder of Walt Disney and how much he loved to drive it around Disneyland in the mornings before the park opened. So take a trip with us down the memory lane we call Main Street, U.S.A., today on the 55th anniversary of the Main Street Fire Engine. You’ll be glad you did.
posted on June 26th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
Disney Legend Rolly Crump remembers the day Walt Disney asked him and fellow Imagineers to create a restaurant with a Tahitian décor. Rolly sculpted Tiki gods, while other Imagineers created birds that chatted. That was the birth of the new Audio-Animatronic technology. Their hard work and creativity was so over-the-top entertaining that instead of a restaurant, Walt made it an attraction – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room! We were fortunate enough to visit Rolly at his home recently, where he took us on a trip down memory lane, back to 1963 — back to the drawing board with Walt Disney. Enjoy!
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On the Red Carpet for World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ at Disney California Adventure Park
posted on June 24th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
You’ve seen the photos, now check out the video of Saturday’s star-studded red carpet at Disney California Adventure park. It was an exciting evening as Hollywood visited Hollywood Land for the premiere of “Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp as the infamous sidekick, Tonto, and Armie Hammer as the masked man himself. The Disney Parks Blog had a spot on the red carpet and we chatted with the stars of the film and some famous guests. Enjoy!
posted on June 17th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
I know people use the phrase “seems like yesterday” far too much, but really, was it five years ago we opened Toy Story Midway Mania!? It really does seem like yesterday. This attraction took carnival games to a high-tech level with Buzz, Woody and the “Toy Story” world. It continues to be a guest favorite at Disney California Adventure park. This video is a look back at our video podcast, originally produced in 2008. Enjoy!
posted on May 23rd, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
This Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of an important celebration. The year was 1983, the day was May 25, and a new, redesigned Fantasyland was unveiled at Disneyland park. Of course in true Disneyland fashion, there was a grand opening, including the lowering of the drawbridge at Sleeping Beauty Castle. That hadn’t happened since the park opened in 1955! Creative Advisor to Walt Disney Imagineering, Tony Baxter, was one of the Imagineers on the redesign team. Disney Parks Blog spoke with him about that opening day and what other attraction they used as inspiration. Enjoy!
posted on May 17th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
As we gear up for the debut of “Mickey and the Magical Map,” the latest and greatest new show at Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland park, it triggered memories from my colleagues about what’s been featured in this popular theatre in years past. Many of them grew up in Southern California. They danced at Videopolis, had a front-row seat to “Animazement” and celebrated the holidays watching “Mickey’s Nutcracker.” Those are only a few of the fun shows, so check out this video and take a trip down memory lane. Enjoy!
posted on April 4th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
You can’t miss it … Floral Mickey. He greets you in all his colorful splendor as soon as you enter Disneyland park. For many guests, he is often the first photo of their magical day, making it one of the most-photographed locations in Disneyland park. The flowers that make up Mickey’s face vary depending on the season. During the cooler seasons, Violas are often used; during the warmer seasons, the outstanding Disney Horticulture team plants alyssums. These are specifically chosen because they give Mickey that “black and white” look in a photograph or from a distance. I know what you are wondering … How many flowers are used to create Floral Mickey? If you include the scrolls on the side, it’s 7,000 plants total — 4,500 on Mickey alone. Check out the video below to see how Floral Mickey has changed through the years. Enjoy!
posted on February 22nd, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
Anyone who knows me knows I love Peter Pan. He was one of the first Disney characters I remember as a little girl. Who didn’t want to fly to Never Land and hang out with Peter, the Lost Boys and Tinker Bell? It’s hard to believe this timeless classic celebrated its 60th anniversary this month – a milestone that is being marked with the release of the “Peter Pan” Diamond Edition on Disney Blu-Ray and HD digital.
Here at the Disneyland Resort, you can board a pirate ship and fly through Never Land on Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland. You can also experience the magic of “Peter Pan” inside the Younger Son’s Room at the Innoventions Dream Home in Tomorrowland. The bed is shaped like a pirate ship and the cannon attached shoots virtual cannon balls through virtual clouds, just like the cannon on Captain Hook’s ship. The sail also shows clips from the film, “Peter Pan.” And keep your eyes open, because you may even spot Tinker Bell! Come see this magical room for yourself and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Disney’s “Peter Pan” with us this weekend, here at Disneyland park.