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Ghosts, Pumpkins and Candy Corn at Disneyland Resort, Oh My!

posted on October 5th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


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.

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‘Frankenweenie’ Director Tim Burton Visits the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 26th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


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!

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Treats Guests to ‘Ferry Flight’ Over the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 21st, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


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.

You can also see Endeavour flying over Walt Disney World and the Disney Studios.

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‘Glow with the Show’ Now Glowing at Disneyland Park

posted on August 30th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


You probably noticed that Disney California Adventure park has a certain “glow” this summer. As Erin Glover showed you  in July, special Mickey Ear hats that light up the night can be seen throughout the park at various spots in Cars Land, Mad T Party and “World of Color.” They’re called “Glow with the Show” ears and they use the latest, infrared trigger technology that allows guests to become part of the “Disney magic,” as their hats sync up to the colors in the shows and beat of the music.

Now these special ears glow at Disneyland park. More than 3,000 Annual Passholders recently gathered to glow with the classic guest favorite, “Fantasmic!” The sea of colorful ears was a spectacular sight. Check it out for yourself and then come to the Disneyland Resort and get your glow on!

You can get your own pair of “Glow with the Show” ears at select merchandise locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks or at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney.

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Buena Vista Street Interiors Come Alive with Art Deco Glamour at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on August 14th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


There is a lot of planning, thought and – yes, magic – that goes into every detail here at the Disneyland Resort. The new Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park is no exception. Elias & Co. is a nod to the department stores of the 1920s and ‘30s. Take a closer look as you walk through the jewelry shop inside Elias & Co. Look familiar? The design was inspired by a round, velvet jewelry box. As you stroll through the women’s department, notice that it’s modeled after the cosmetic departments in those grand department stores of yesteryear. Check out the video and get a better idea of our “art deco glamour” on Buena Vista Street. Enjoy!

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USA Volleyball Teams Celebrated in Magical Send-Off at Disneyland Resort

posted on July 18th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


The place “where dreams come true” proved to be the perfect backdrop for the Anaheim-based men’s and women’s USA Volleyball teams, as they set out to make their dreams come true in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Showered in red, white and blue confetti, the athletes and coaches traveled down Main Street, U.S.A., in a cavalcade with Mickey and his pals. Park guests and Disneyland cast members cheered as the Disneyland Resort All-American College Band played “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”

We wish you luck, USA Volleyball, as you go for gold!

Read more about how we are getting into the Olympic spirit in the posts below:

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The Red Car Trolleys of Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 9th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


I love walking through the gate at Disney California Adventure park. You truly go back in time to Los Angeles in the 1920s and ‘30s. Your journey begins when you hop into one of two Red Car Trolleys that traverse back and forth from Buena Vista Street, past Carthay Circle Theatre, through Hollywood Land and to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Inside and out, the trolleys reflect the time period, including vintage advertising above the seats.

Of course it wouldn’t be our style here at the Disneyland Resort if these cars didn’t come with a show. So, a few times a day, the trolleys showcase the Red Car Trolley News Boys, a show inspired by Disney’s “Newsies.” A certain famous mouse also makes an appearance.

Fun fact: Make sure to check out the numbers on each trolley, #623 and #717. Those numbers weren’t just randomly chosen. Enjoy!

Read more about Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park in the posts below:

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Check Out our New Set of Wheels on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 19th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


When you walk through the new turnstiles at Disney California Adventure park, one of your first visual cues that you have gone back in time is a 1937 Packard Coupe. It’s parked at Oswald’s, and it is a beautiful piece of machinery. This car was a high-end set of wheels back in “the day.” (By the way, this model debuted to the public the same year “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” debuted at Carthay Circle Theatre.) It arrived just before the June 15 opening, and Imagineers had some fun pushing it down Buena Vista Street to its permanent parking spot at Oswald’s, as you’ll see in this video. Make sure to check out the Packard up close and find the hidden treasures inside on your next visit to Disney California Adventure park.

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From the Ground Up at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 12th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


It’s been nearly three years since the groundbreaking of Cars Land on that hot July day back in 2009. This video shows a time-lapse of Cars Land from the ground to nearly finished. It’s a reminder of how far we’ve come and how close we are to opening! Enjoy!

Tune in to the Disney Parks Blog Wednesday, June 13, at 8 p.m. PT for a LIVE webcast of the Cars Land Media Event! And keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney California Adventure park on Facebook, and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for complete coverage of all events this week at 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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From ‘Cars’ to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 12th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


I highly recommend watching the Disney•Pixar film “Cars” before you visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. It will refresh your memory of all the charming details of Radiator Springs, from the blinking light in the middle of town to Luigi’s Leaning Tower of Tires outside his shop. Watching it in 2D will do two things: 1) remind you of how lifelike Pixar animators made Radiator Springs look through animation, and 2) enhance your appreciation of how Imagineers made Radiator Springs a reality. Watch this video and you’ll see what I mean.

Tune in to the Disney Parks Blog Wednesday, June 13, at 8 p.m. PT for a LIVE webcast of the Cars Land Media Event! And keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney California Adventure park on Facebook, and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for complete coverage of all events this week at 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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