Last week, Lisa Whelchel, a former Disney Mouseketeer from the 70s, celebrated her 50th birthday at Walt Disney World Resort. Whelchel cherishes her childhood memories as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club and loves to bring her family to Disney Parks for special occasions. Of course, she isn’t the first Mouseketeer to come back to Disney and visit. Let’s take a look and see how other retired Mickey Mouse Club members have kept Disney in their lives.
Earlier this week, Mickey snagged a kiss from Academy Award-winning actress, Halle Berry before his performance of “Mickey and the Magical Map”! Mickey began his starring role in this production just this past May, but his success thus far is the result of months, and even years, of hard work at the Fantasyland Theatre. Let’s take a look back at the preparation that got “Mickey and the Magical Map” to where it is today.
Take 5: ‘Mickey and The Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park
A few minutes before a performance of “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland park last week, the star of the show got a special visit from another well-known star, Academy Award-winning actress, Halle Berry.
These two pals could’ve spent the whole afternoon catching up, but it was showtime before too long, so a quick kiss for good luck, and then “on with the show!”
Mickey Mouse, clad in his favorite soccer uniform, joined in the fitness fun as Gilles demonstrated some of his soccer skills for our cameras and the impromptu crowd that gathered. A big fan of the sport, Gilles has played amateur soccer in California while continuing his successful acting career.
Born in France, Gilles began his show business career in modeling after serving in the French Army. After a photographer discovered him, Gilles moved to the U.S. following the fulfillment of his military duties. While modeling, he began his acting career and has starred on TV shows, including “Brothers & Sisters” on ABC. He became a fan favorite for his dancing skills on the hit competition series “Dancing with the Stars,” and currently appears on the ABC Family series “Switched at Birth.”
After today’s photo shoot with Mickey, Gilles stayed and took photos with several amateur teams who were arriving to compete in the 2013 Champion ESPN Games.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 300 events a year, is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the United States, accommodating 70 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries.
While at Disney’s world-class sports facility, Kaká gave a quick soccer lesson to Mickey and a couple of his youth soccer friends, demonstrating proper techniques for a penalty kick and corner kick.
In its 14th year at ESPN Wide World of Sports, the upcoming Disney Cup International presented by AS Roma, will be held July 15-20 and has attracted more than 200 teams from 19 countries.
Off the field, Kaká boasts a monstrous social media presence. He was the first athlete to surpass 10 million followers on Twitter – now at more than 15 million – along with millions more fans on Facebook and Instagram.
After winning his fourth straight and record eighth French Open on Sunday, tennis star Rafael Nadal is off to a “monstrous” start to the summer tennis season, so it’s fitting that he celebrated today at Disneyland Paris with Sulley from the soon-to-be-released Disney•Pixar blockbuster “Monsters University.”
Nadal spent Monday with his family at Disneyland Paris enjoying the attractions and interacting with various Disney characters, as well as posing with his trophy. He probably knew his way around the resort pretty well. After all, “Rafa” celebrated his French Open wins in 2011 and 2010 there, which are part of a streak of four straight French Opens victories for him.
So if he wins his fifth straight next year will he celebrate again at Disneyland Paris?
With the additional memories he created Monday with his family at Disneyland Paris, Nadal said before leaving the resort that he isn’t thinking about next year’s French Open at the moment, but rather is already turning his focus toward tennis’ next major event – Wimbledon, which starts in a couple of weeks. If he wins that one, too, this really will be a monstrous summer for him.
“Getting ready to have some fun at Disney!” Candice (@CandiceGlover) tweeted upon her arrival. While here, she recorded video segments that will soon be part of “The American Idol Experience.” She also took time to make a walk-on appearance at the attraction, surprising guests on-stage and in the audience.
Candice’s first single, “I Am Beautiful,” is currently available on iTunes and her upcoming album, “Music Speaks,” is available for pre-order, for a limited time.
Check out this behind-the-scenes video to hear from Lana, as well as cast and crew on what it was like the day the Evil Queen made her appearance in the Happiest Place on Earth. And don’t forget to watch ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” this Sunday, May 5, at 8 p.m. to see the final promo.