Walt Disney Imagineers are just as creative today as they were back when the Disneyland Resort opened in 1955, but today’s Imagineers are luckier. They have technology at their fingertips that helps tremendously when creating a new attraction or a new land like Cars Land, opening June 15 at Disney California Adventure park. In this video we take you behind the scenes at WDI in Glendale, Calif., where Imagineers are using a tool called the Digital Immersive Showroom or “The Dish.” This virtual-reality technology assists Imagineers in spotting potential design issues before construction. It also helps them to figure out timing, audio cues and special effects. It’s actually quite amazing. Take a look.
For more updates on Cars Land, opening June 15 at Disney California Adventure park, check out the posts below:
We love time-lapse cameras here at the Disneyland Resort. We have one in Cars Land that captured the installation of the neon sign at Flo’s V8 Café back in January. There are actually three large neon signs at Flo’s V8 Café. This time lapse captured the installation of the freestanding sign, which stands 27 feet tall. Imagineers say all the neon signs are built using traditional fabrication techniques, which means glass is used instead of plastic, just like the original neon signs of the past. The sign in this video took 14 hours to install. Watch it transform from day to night and make sure to hang around until the end of the video. The payoff is worth it.
The music you hear as you stroll around the Disneyland Resort or ride your favorite attraction is such an integral part of the Disney magic. Today we take you “behind the music” in North Hollywood with song writer and composer Bruno Coon and the band, “Billy Hill and the Hillbillies.” (Billy Hill and the Hillbillies have been entertaining at Disneyland park since the early 1990s.) In this recording session they performed the instrumental tracks for the songs heard on Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. We have previously shown you a sneak peak of Larry the Cable Guy recording the vocals for these songs. In this video, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies are recording a variation of one of these songs – one that will be heard as background music throughout the town of Radiator Springs. Guests will be able to enjoy this in person as they explore the exciting new Cars Land when it opens June 15.
From food to fun, here’s a look back at just some of what you can expect when Cars Land opens this summer:
When Cars Land opens this summer and you enter Radiator Springs, the first attraction you’ll see is Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. This attraction is going to be a blast! You’ll hop onto a baby tractor where you’re then pulled around in a series of figure eights to some of Mater’s favorite songs.
I had the pleasure of flying to Omaha, Nebraska, to go behind the scenes for the Disney Parks Blog and shoot a voice-over session with Walt Disney Imagineers and Larry the Cable Guy. He was singing seven original songs for the new attraction. It was an entertaining two days! The famous comedian and voice of “Mater” is a very down-to-earth guy who made the long sessions a lot of fun. And if you’re wondering why we were all in Nebraska, that’s Larry the Cable Guy’s home turf. It’s still show business, but far away from the Hollywood hills. Enjoy!
If you want to jam out to some holiday sounds, go to the area outside “it’s a small world” known as “small world mall” at Disneyland park for a front row seat to the new street show, “Toy Soldier Holiday Jam.” This show stars some very talented drummers who get up-close with guests, showcasing their expert precision drumming to the sounds of the holidays. The show runs seven days a week through January 8, 2012. For a sample of this fun show, watch the video below. Enjoy!
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” I can hear the classic holiday tune in my head as I watch the video below. The Christmas tree at Disneyland park is now up at Christmas Tree point. An amazing team of people made it happen and we were there with our Disney Parks Blog camera. It’s not an easy task. The artificial evergreen is 60 feet tall and decked out with more than 1,800 ornaments and glistens with 70,000 lights. Now that it’s up, we invite our guests to help “light” the tree every evening (one year, the legendary Bob Hope was invited to swing a golf club to “tee off” the lights). It’s another magical Disneyland park moment that you want to make sure to see when you visit during the holiday season.
It’s time to pull out your boxes from the attic and dig out your holiday decorations. We do that here at the Disneyland Resort, too. Only our attic is a warehouse in Anaheim and we have hundreds of boxes full of colorful bulbs, wreaths and ornaments. I should actually clarify when I say, “we.” I mean David Caranci, manager of resort enhancement for the Disneyland Resort, and his amazing team. In this video, I take you to the warehouse where these busy little “elves” are creating lots of holiday magic for all of us to enjoy inside the park.
He’s baaack! Last May, one of our African bull elephants from the Jungle Cruise needed a “check-up.” (This happens once every 7-10 years.) Our special elephant, however, can’t be removed by boat or car. This is Disneyland Resort, where elephants fly! So our popular pachyderm was hoisted into the air by a helicopter and flown backstage, where a team waited to refurbish him. Now he’s gone back to the jungle.
Recently, he “flew” over Disneyland park back to his spot on the classic attraction. He wasn’t, however, the only elephant to fly that day. Take a look at this fun video. Enjoy!
Grab your hot glue gun and put on your creative cap! David Caranci, manager of Resort Enhancement here at the Disneyland Resort, is going to give you some simple decorating tips you can use in your home. For example, I bet you haven’t heard of a pumpkin bat. David will show you! He’ll also demonstrate how you can use the Disney Halloween pumpkin templates – found right here on the Disney Parks Blog to transform your pumpkins into your favorite Disney characters.
“The Disneyland Resort All-American College Band Presented by Yamaha” has been a summer tradition at the park since 1971. The 11-week program gives students, who are selected from auditions from around the country, an opportunity to perform in the park and attend daily clinics. A recent guest musician at one of these clinics was jazz legend Arturo Sandoval. It was an exciting day for these talented college kids as they learned from one of the best. Check it out in the video below. Enjoy!