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!
It takes great effort for me to cut out the eyes – or triangles – on a pumpkin, let alone a gaping mouth with a missing tooth or two. Even then, it’s usually a crooked face at best. I’m sure some of you reading this can relate. That’s probably why the pumpkins at the Halloween Carnival at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree fascinate me. They are works of art created by our pumpkin sculptors. Yes – they are pumpkin sculptors, not pumpkin carvers. This video shows their considerable talent as they transform pumpkins into popular Disney characters. Enjoy!
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
Read more about Buena Vista Street in the posts below:
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:
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:
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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