While here, they both took time to pose with a few of our favorite furry friends. Holmes met Minnie Mouse on the Streets of America, and complimented Minnie on her special dress which was adorned with hearts. Fey visited Muppet*Vision 3D and posed with one of her “Muppets Most Wanted” co-stars, Sweetums. “Muppets Most Wanted” opens in theaters on Friday.
posted on March 19th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor
posted on March 17th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
The great singer Nat King Cole was born on this day in 1919, and today we look back at a visit he made to Disneyland park more than 50 years ago.
Pictured with his son, Nat Kelly Cole, the legendary voice behind such timeless hits as “Mona Lisa,” “Stardust,” and “Unforgettable” was photographed in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in June of 1963.
Do you have a favorite Nat King Cole song? My personal favorite also has the distinction of being featured in a Disney film. Can you guess which one?
posted on March 14th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
Legendary entertainer and humanitarian Jerry Lewis celebrates his birthday this weekend, so today we’re looking back at a visit Jerry made to Disneyland park in August 1955, just a few weeks after we first opened our gates.
This first photo is a triple treat for Disney fans. Television star Milton Berle, aka “Uncle Miltie,” joined Jerry outside the Main Entrance, along with future Disney Legend, Tom Nabbe, who was holding a custom edition of The Disneyland News with a headline that read, “Welcome Miltie & Jerry To Disneyland.”
Then it was over to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, where Jerry was joined by his son (and future musician), Gary Lewis. When I see this photo, I think can actually hear that iconic voice going through Toad Hall!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Lewis!
Strike Up the Bands, Cue the Choirs: Music In Our Schools Tour Makes Surprise Appearance at Festival Disney’s 10th Anniversary
posted on March 11th, 2014 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs
This past weekend, we kicked off the 10th anniversary of Festival Disney in a big way – with a surprise performance by Danielle Bradbery, the 17-year-old country music sensation and winner of The Voice. Her Saturday-night appearance was a highlight of the awards ceremony for the annual music festival that we host for school bands, orchestras, choirs and other ensembles.
It was also Danielle’s final stop on the Music In Our Schools national bus tour that kicked off at Disneyland Resort on March 2. Sponsored by Disney Performing Arts, the week-long tour was a collaboration with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and Big Machine Label Group.
Singing songs from her self-titled debut album, including the current “Top 15” single “The Heart of Dixie,” Bradbery gave an unforgettable Festival Disney performance that had our 3,000 participants on their feet, dancing and singing along.
Festival Disney was the perfect place to close out the Music In Our Schools tour. As we wrote about in last week’s post, Bradbery traveled across the country visiting high schools to inspire and encourage students and to create awareness about the importance of music education.
Each of the five schools she visited received a grant from NAfME’s Give a Note Foundation and a Disney “Mousecar” Award. Another highlight of each stop was a performance by Danielle.
Check out this video of tour highlights:
Being involved in the Music In Our Schools tour was an honor for our Disney Performing Arts team because we believe there’s nothing more important than inspiring young people to follow their passions, fulfill their dreams and celebrate their accomplishments. Together with NAfME and Danielle, we hope we inspired students and encouraged them to recognize how music education can help them learn, achieve and succeed.
If you’d like to learn more about Disney Performing Arts, check out our Facebook page.
posted on March 3rd, 2014 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs
The Music In Our Schools national tour launched at the Disneyland Resort yesterday, with 17-year-old country-music sensation Danielle Bradbery off to visit high schools in five cities – Albuquerque, Houston, Oklahoma City, Nashville and Charlotte – before the tour wraps up at Walt Disney World Resort on March 8. Our Disney Performing Arts team is thrilled to sponsor this week-long event that celebrates the importance of music education and the benefits music teachers bring to their students and school communities.
Danielle is a great tour spokesperson, since she’s living the dream of so many participants in our Disney Performing Arts programs by performing live in front of thousands of people. Originally gaining fame as winner of The Voice, season four, Danielle added to that success with the release of her first self-titled album and her single “My Day,” which was a signature song leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics.
At each high school Danielle will talk about her personal journey, participate in a question-and-answer session and perform songs from her new album. One of our Disney Ambassadors will also be at each high-school event, serving as co-host and emcee.
The Music In Our Schools tour is a collaboration with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and Big Machine Label Group. Our team chose to be involved because Disney Parks has had special affinity for music education since 1955. That’s when Walt Disney personally invited California high schools to perform at the grand opening of Disneyland park.
What Walt knew then is still true today – the company he founded relies on the talents of musicians, composers and other artists across its many businesses every day. And it wouldn’t surprise me if future Disney musicians say they got their career inspirations from the Music In Our Schools tour.
Be sure to check the Disney Performing Arts Facebook page for all the latest tour happenings.
posted on February 27th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
“David Wise, you’ve just won the first-ever gold medal in ski halfpipe, what are you going to do next?” Well, you know the rest, right?
On Tuesday, we caught up with the Wise family on Matterhorn Way, where Mickey Mouse stopped by to say hello.
Just one week earlier, David made headlines around the world when he took home the first gold medal for halfpipe skiing. David’s wife, Lexi, made the trip to Sochi, but they were only reunited with their two year-old, Nayeli, the day before their Disneyland trip. How much more could there be to celebrate? Well, it also happened to be David and Lexi’s wedding anniversary!
This was Nayeli’s first visit to the Disneyland Resort, and David said he hadn’t been here since he was her age, so it felt like the first time for him too. Their first Disneyland park attraction as a family? Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Nayeli’s favorite). Later, the family wrapped up their daylong celebration with “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park.
If I had to sum up the reaction of Disneyland Resort guests as they encountered us taking this picture of David at Sleeping Beauty Castle, I would say, as so many of them did, “Congratulations, David – way to go!”
posted on February 26th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
This picture of Mr. Cash in the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain Riverboat was taken in the summer of 1961.
He really seems to fit the part, don’t you think?
posted on February 24th, 2014 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Earlier this month, Disneyland Resort cast members cheered the arrival of dozens of military heroes — accompanied by film star Gary Sinise — to the Disneyland Resort as part of a week of surprises arranged by the actor’s foundation in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the film, “Forrest Gump.”
The servicemen and women, who arrived from Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir and Naval Medical Center San Diego, visited several Southern California landmarks. They were honored at the Disneyland Resort during a special flag retreat ceremony, which you can see footage of in this video.
Parts of their trip will be aired on ABC during a “Countdown to the Oscars” special Feb. 27. The special will offer viewers a backstage pass to this year’s 86th annual Academy Awards celebrating movie heroes and include interviews with this year’s nominees. Tune in to see what other surprises were in store for this group of heroic Americans!
posted on February 20th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
On this date in 1902, photographer and conservationist Ansel Adams was born in California. His photography of the American West, particularly of Yosemite National Park, is among the most iconic imagery of the 20th century.
In 1980, Mr. Adams received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor. His citation reads: “At one with the power of the American landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been visionary in his efforts to preserve this country’s wild and scenic areas, both in film and on Earth. Drawn to the beauty of nature’s monuments, he is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a national institution. It is through his foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans.”
This rarely seen photo from our archives, taken around the time of his 79th birthday in February 1981, shows Mr. Adams being greeted outside City Hall at Disneyland park by Mickey Mouse.
posted on February 19th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
Television star Kaley Cuoco and professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting were married on New Year’s Eve, so Valentine’s Day weekend was the perfect time for Kaley to bring her husband to the Disneyland Resort for his very first visit.
What better place for Ryan to start than on Mad Tea Party?
Congratulations and best wishes to this fun-loving couple!