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Making Music for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on April 25th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


We’re just one month away from the May 25 opening of the new live show spectacular, “Mickey and the Magical Map,” in the Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park! I’ve mentioned before that “Mickey and the Magical Map” is a musical extravaganza, and today I’m thrilled to offer you a little taste of what you’ll hear in the show.

Creative Entertainment Executive Producer Doug McIntyre and Music Director Bruce Healey recently oversaw the recording of the show’s soundtrack, with a full orchestra on a Hollywood scoring stage. Have a listen!

In addition to a sumptuous, motion picture-quality score and classic Disney tunes, I can also tell you “Mickey and the Magical Map” will feature an original song written just for this show. The song, entitled “Journey to Imagination,” is inspired by Mickey’s journey in the show. It’s about letting go and believing in the world of dreams and imagination.

Composers Adam Watts and Andy Dodd, whose credits include everything from Disney productions like “High School Musical” to writing for artists like Kelly Clarkson and Jesse McCartney, wrote the music and lyrics for “Journey to Imagination,” with orchestration by Timothy Williams.

“We’ve written numerous songs for various Disney TV and film projects,” said Adam and Andy. “’Journey To Imagination’ was particularly unique and special in that it was an opportunity to work on a song specifically for a feature at the park that includes so many classic songs and characters. Being Southern-California natives, we grew up loving Disneyland, and to be a part of it on the creative side is truly an honor. It’s exciting to know that people from all over the world will hear our song in the show every single day. We thoroughly enjoyed the process, as well as working with such a talented team.”

I can’t wait to hear the song performed live and see all the magical things that happen onstage! What are you most excited for in “Mickey and the Magical Map”? Let us know in the comments!

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Behind-the-Scenes Look at Creating Vinylmation-Inspired ‘Ardy’ for Radio Disney Music Awards

posted on April 10th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


A few weeks ago I shared a first look at the Vinylmation-inspired award for the upcoming Radio Disney Music Awards show on April 27 in Los Angeles, California. The event will feature live performances from some of Radio Disney’s biggest stars, and will include awards as voted by Radio Disney fans. That evening, fan-selected stars will receive “Ardy,” the award name chosen by fans on Radio Disney’s official Facebook page. I recently visited artist Lin Shih at Disney Design Group in Florida to learn how he designed this iconic award.

Fans can continue voting for their favorite Radio Disney stars through April 14 on RadioDisney.com/MusicAwards.

If Lin’s work inspired you, try your hand at designing Vinylmation (including creating your own custom “Ardy”) in the Disney Create portal on Disney.com.

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Get a Sneak Peek at A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 8th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you ready to experience a whole new pirate adventure?

Walt Disney Imagineering just shared a sneak peek at the new interactive quest, A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas, which will debut at Magic Kingdom Park this summer.

In the game, the fate of piracy in the Caribbean rests in the hands of new pirate recruits, who, armed with magic talismans and treasure maps, embark on five different pirate raids throughout Adventureland to collect valuable treasures, while Captain Jack Sparrow’s magic compass guides them.

Here, Imagineers Jonathan Ackley and Matt Beiler offer up a look at a few of the quest’s cool special effects.

A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas will be included with Magic Kingdom Park admission and is open to guests of all ages.

Now, which of you are ready to join the ranks of a new recruit?

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Every Role a Starring Role – Radiator Springs Racers Electrician at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 29th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Radiator Springs Racers recently embarked on its millionth trip through Radiator Springs, thanks in part to cast members like Joe Shanahan, who helps maintain the ride vehicles. Hear from Joe about his role as an electrician for the attraction in this installment of “Every Role a Starring Role!

Check out these posts for more “Every Role a Starring Role”:

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Behind the Scenes with Zach Braff at ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ Exclusive 4D Sneak Peek

posted on March 8th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s finally here – we’ve followed the Yellow Brick Road all the way to opening day for “Oz The Great and Powerful.” For a few weeks, Disney California Adventure park guests have had the chance to view an Exclusive 4D Sneak Peek of the new film, hosted by star Zach Braff who plays both Frank (in the “real world” of Kansas) and Finley (in the wonderful land of Oz).
Behind the Scenes with Zach Braff at ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ Exclusive 4D Sneak Peek
In the photo above, you can see Braff at Walt Disney Imagineering recording the introduction for the ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ Exclusive 4D Sneak Peek, showing now through March 31 at Disney California Adventure park. Check it out on your next visit and see the film – it opens today!

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Behind the Scenes at Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 7th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Behind the Scenes at Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park

We love the aroma of freshly baked bread, especially the distinctive tang of Boudin sourdough. Guests at Disney California Adventure park get an inside look at how bakers take the ingredients from dough to delicious on The Bakery Tour – Hosted by Boudin Bakery, but these photos offer a peek at the big bakery where 10,000 to 15,000 loaves are baked daily for the Disneyland Resort.

Guests at Pacific Wharf Café are there for the freshly baked bread “bowls” filled with soups and salads. But up one flight of stairs, a bustling bakery is kneading, proofing and baking even more of that delectable sourdough that Boudin is so famous for.

Behind the Scenes at Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park

“Our ‘mother dough’ base comes from the original dough that was produced back in 1849 in San Francisco,” says Chef Juan Mendoza. The Boudin family found that the wild yeasts in the San Francisco air imparted a tang to their traditional French bread, creating the unique “San Francisco sourdough.”

Behind the Scenes at Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park

“We use about 1.5 million pounds of flour a year,” says Mendoza. “And it’s a combination of ingredients: well-balanced flour, water at the right pH, temperature, moisture, mixing, and fermenting for 16 to 20 hours – plus a touch of passion to make every loaf perfect.”

The Disney bakers don’t just settle for ordinary loaves. They have lots of fun creating special designs that guests love to buy ($7.50 a loaf) and carry home: a snake for Lunar New Year; the face of Mickey Mouse; holiday pumpkins, shamrocks and bunnies – even a Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen from “Cars” are just a handful of their doughy ideas.

Behind the Scenes at Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park

Any time you get a taste of the tangy, chewy sourdough at Disneyland Resort, you can bet the loaf came from the Pacific Wharf bakery, says Mendoza. Restaurants in both Disney California Adventure and Disneyland parks, and in all three hotels place orders daily with Mendoza’s team.

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Sneak Peek: Take A Look Inside The Kinsey Collection, Coming March 8 to Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 4th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Although the new “Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” exhibit doesn’t open at Epcot until March 8, we have a sneak peek to share with you today.

The exhibit will include 40 artifacts that represent more than 400 years of African-American achievement and contribution, and will feature art, documents and other treasures collected by philanthropists Bernard and Shirley Kinsey.

Check out this behind-the-scenes look with Khalil Kinsey (son of Bernard and Shirley).

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Behind the Scenes: Horticulture Preps 100 Topiaries for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on March 3rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Although the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival doesn’t begin until March 6, preparations have been underway for weeks – especially to ready the festival’s more than 100 topiaries.

Eric Darden, manager of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, recently gave us a sneak peek at some of the work that’s been going on backstage. Take a look.

Visit the Disney Parks Blog next week for more on this year’s festival.

For more from the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, read the posts below:

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Clopin, Figaro and Tangled Tower Take Their Places in Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

posted on February 27th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Yesterday, I gave you a sneak peek at Clopin’s Music Box, an interactive element coming to Fantasy Faire when it opens March 12 at Disneyland park. Today, I’m excited to share a video of the installation of this piece, along with two other charming details: Tangled Tower, which is located in the center of Fantasy Faire, and – my favorite element of this new area – Figaro the cat from “Pinocchio.” Watch as Michel Den Dulk, Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, tells us more about these magical features.

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First Look: An Imagineer Tour Through the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Interactive Queue at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 21st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today we have an exciting update on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park to share with you: Walt Disney Imagineering just sent us a “first look” inside the new interactive queue that’s currently being added to the Frontierland attraction.

In the video, Project Manager Wyatt Winter and Creative Designer Pete Carsillo offer up a behind-the-scenes tour of the new queue, which builds on the attraction’s backstory of Barnabas T. Bullion, founder and president of Big Thunder Mining Company. The storyline of the new area builds the attraction into something that takes guests deeper into the mining days of the Wild West. When the finished queue debuts in a few weeks, guests will be able to explore the mountain’s Mining Office, the Explosives Magazine Room, and maybe even get a little hands-on by doing some of the miners’ activities.

What do you think? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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