Did you know that the Disneyland Kennel Club opened as the Ken-L Land Pet Motel on January 18, 1958? Participating in the opening ceremonies were Old Yeller’s son, Duke, and Kevin Corcoran, the youthful star of the film who would become a Disney Legend. If you’ve ever boarded your pets at the Disneyland Kennel Club while visiting the Disneyland Resort, you may remember Ginny Bullock, who will tell you about her role as a Disneyland Kennel Club attendant in this installment of Every Role a Starring Role!
posted on December 27th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
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!
posted on December 4th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort entertainment host Alex Nguyen accompanies Disney characters while they interact with guests, making her one lucky cast member! In this installment of Every Role a Starring Role, Alex will explain the responsibilities of her role as an entertainment host, and what it’s like spending so much time with Mickey and his pals.
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Imagineers Talk Working with Johnny Depp on The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
posted on November 27th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
I absolutely love the “Pirates of Caribbean” film franchise, which is why I’m super excited to experience The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction, which will grand open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 6.
The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow is a walk-through attraction that will allow guests to follow in the footsteps of Jack Sparrow to see if they have what it takes to join his rowdy and daring pirate crew.
Walt Disney Imagineering just shared this amazing video with us, in which Imagineers Jason Surrell, Laura Mitchell, Charita Carter and Jason Roberts take us behind the scenes of the making of this new experience. According to them, creating an entirely new attraction based on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise was a dream come true, as was working with the film’s lead actor, Johnny Depp, who reprised his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the attraction’s film elements.
See what else they had to say:
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posted on November 19th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
What does it take to be a marching toy soldier in Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade?
Check out how one hopeful soldier aims to make his dream of performing in the parade come true with a lot of hard work, practice, and a wish or two.
Read on for more posts about holiday magic at Walt Disney World Resort:
posted on November 14th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
If you could decorate Cinderella Castle for the holidays, how would you decorate it?
This is the exact premise of Cinderella’s Holiday Wish and the Castle Dream Lights, a nightly holiday show and spectacle that lights up Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park with thousands of lights.
It’s also one of my all-time favorite holiday offerings here at Walt Disney World Resort. Earlier this month, we decided to go behind-the-scenes with Creative Director Reed Jones to learn just what it takes to bring this show to life. Take a look!
Join our discussion on holiday events at Disney Parks on Twitter by using the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.
posted on November 9th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Earlier this week, Will Gay shared an exclusive wallpaper of one of the many works of art you’ll see at this year’s Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels at Downtown Disney. Today, Will is giving a special behind-the-scenes peek at how he created a few others, including one of my favorites – Mickey’s Joy Ride.
The Festival begins today and runs through Sunday. To help you, we’ve posted artist appearance times and a few other details you need to know before heading out. Hope to see you there.
Read these posts for more about the Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney:
- ‘Flock of Sheep’ Sculptures to be Unveiled at Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort
- Festival of the Masters Returns to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort This Weekend
- Fantastic Art Featured at 37th Festival of the Masters from November 9-11 at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort
posted on October 31st, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Happy Halloween, Disney Parks Blog! On a stormy Halloween night in 1939, a bellhop and four others stepped aboard a Hollywood Tower Hotel elevator and into the fifth dimension. To mark the anniversary of their disappearance, Disneyland Resort cast member Bryan Higashi will tell you about his role hosting guests at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, whenever they drop in!
Read on for more from our “Every Role a Starring Role” series:
posted on October 23rd, 2012 by Erin Glover, Manager, Social Media and Print, Disneyland Resort
If you’ve seen Haunted Mansion Holiday this year, you know how impressive the 9-foot-tall gingerbread house, which Pam first told you about in August, has turned out – and if you haven’t, you still have until January 6 to check it out! Today we’re taking you behind the scenes of the creation of Jack’s gingerbread house with Brian “The Pumpkin King” Sandahl, Senior Designer for Disney Entertainment Creative Development. See how his team of talented designers and bakers brought one of our tallest gingerbread houses to life for the Halloween and Holiday seasons.
posted on October 17th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
To make the castle and other ice structures appear in the middle of Times Square overnight, it took tons of planning and talent. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how we did it.
Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more details on “Limited Time Magic” as we move into 2013. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic.