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 23rd, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
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.
posted on February 20th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
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:
posted on January 2nd, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
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.
posted on December 31st, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
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!
posted on December 28th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
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.
posted on December 18th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
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!
Get Ready to Be Floored: Behind the Scenes of Cars Land Float Construction for the 124th Rose Parade
posted on December 7th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
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!