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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!

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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!

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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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Travel Back in Time with Mater – ‘Time Travel Mater’ to Premiere June 15 at Disney California Adventure Park and June 16 on ABC

posted on June 6th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


The movie “Cars” took us on an unforgettable road trip down Route 66 and dropped us off in Radiator Springs, the quaint little town that’s located on the famous Mother Road. But how did Radiator Springs come to be? Who rolled down an empty road and parked himself on that very spot, creating the place that would change Lightning McQueen forever? Mater knows. Check out this exclusive clip from “Time Travel Mater” and travel back in time with Mater to the beginning of Radiator Springs. Then tune into ABC for “Cars” on June 16 from 8-11 p.m./7-10 p.m. Central to see “Time Travel Mater” in its entirety. You’ll also be treated to a special tour of Cars Land by Larry the Cable Guy throughout the film. “Time Travel Mater” will debut here at the Disneyland Resort in Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure park beginning June 15. Enjoy!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for the latest on the expansion of 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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Cue the Dining Music at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 17th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


Nothing sets the mood over a tasty meal like just the right music. In this video, we take you behind the scenes and into the recording studio with Bill Cantos. Cantos is the music arranger of all the tunes that you’ll hear in the new Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure park. His task was to arrange classic Disney music and give it a timeless sound that blends into the atmosphere of the restaurant. Enjoy!

Reservations for Carthay Circle Restaurant may be made by calling the Disney Dine Line (714-781-DINE) or emailing dining reservation requests to dine@disneyland.com.

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The New Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park is a Blast to the Past

posted on April 17th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


Imagineers are busy putting the final touches on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park. This busy California street will take you back to 1923, when Walt Disney first arrived in California.

Part of the décor includes colorful murals made of tiles that create a story, while also reflecting the architecture and the Spanish influence in California during the 1920s. The video below goes behind the scenes with Imagineers as they work with a vendor in Los Angeles to create each tile. Make sure you take time to see these beautiful murals this summer at Disney California Adventure park when Buena Vista Street, Carthay Circle Theatre and Cars Land open on June 15.

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What’s ‘The Dish’ at Walt Disney Imagineering?

posted on April 16th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


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.

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A Fun ‘Time’ at Flo’s V8 Café in Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 23rd, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


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.

You’ll be able to see the sign, and all of the amazing neon, when Cars Land opens June 15 at Disney California Adventure park!

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