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Singer Chris Daughtry Visits Minnie Mouse at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 13th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Singer/songwriter Chris Daughtry, lead singer of the band “Daughtry,” visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios this morning and stopped by the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith attraction. While there, he posed for this photo with Minnie Mouse. Ever fashionable, Minnie was decked out in her best rock and roll attire. Daughtry and the band are busy these days and are currently preparing for the November 19 release of the newest album.
Singer Chris Daughtry Visits Minnie Mouse at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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First Look: Nick Cannon, Mary J. Blige, Demi Lovato, ‘Teen Beach Movie’ Cast and More at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

posted on November 12th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Last weekend, we taped some segments for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, and we’ve got an exciting first look at all the merriment you can look forward to when the broadcast airs Christmas Day on ABC.
Nick Cannon at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Nick Cannon returns to the Disneyland Resort this year, and we caught up with him and Pluto during a break in taping.
Mary J. Blige at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Mary J. Blige makes her first appearance on the show this year, accompanied by music legend, David Foster.
Demi Lovato at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Demi Lovato performs a song from our upcoming animated feature, “Frozen,” that you won’t want to miss! Minnie even stopped by after Demi’s performance to say hello.
Dove Cameron at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Dove Cameron, star of Disney Channel’s hit show, “Liv and Maddie,” makes a little Christmas Day Parade history by performing a song for the very first time in front of the Matterhorn.
Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo take to the stage to perform a classic holiday duet.
Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell and the cast of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie, 'Teen Beach Movie' at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

The cast of the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Teen Beach Movie,” reunite for a special medley that fans are going to love!

Check back for updates on the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, and remember to tune in to ABC on Wednesday, December 25 at 10 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. CT/PT (check local listings) for all the music and magic!

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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Vivien Leigh and John Gielgud – 1964

posted on November 4th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


One hundred years ago tomorrow, legendary actress Vivien Leigh was born. Today we look back at her visit to Disneyland park with longtime friend, and fellow Academy Award-winning actor, John Gielgud.

We located two rarely seen photographs of this visit from the summer of 1964.

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The first is aboard the Jungle Cruise and I can’t help but wonder about the reaction of these two masters of the stage to the, shall we say, “unique” humor, of this beloved attraction.

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The second photo shows the two famous Brits exploring the wilderness of North America aboard the Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland. They really seem to be having a great time, don’t they?

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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton – 1956

posted on October 28th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On this date in 1902, actress Elsa Lanchester was born in London. Disney aficionados will recognize her as the comically exasperated, and accidental, “Sister Suffragette,” Katie Nanna from “Mary Poppins,” as well as for her appearances in Disney’s “That Darn Cat!” and “Blackbeard’s Ghost.” But it is her iconic 1935 film role as “The Bride of Frankenstein” opposite Boris Karloff that makes this seem like the perfect time to look back at her 1956 visit to Disneyland park with husband, Academy Award-winning actor, Charles Laughton.
Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton Visit Disneyland Park - 1956

I don’t think there’s a more perfect place to photograph this silver-screen couple than the Main Street Cinema. “I’ve said my say and that’s all I’ll say!”

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Steve Carell Celebrates Halloween Time with Donald Duck at Disneyland Park

posted on October 7th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Recently, actor Steve Carell visited Disneyland park and Donald Duck stopped by to show off his Halloween Time costume.

It was Steve’s first visit to the park during this special seasonal celebration and based on this photo, I think it’s fair to say he got into the spirit of things!

Steve Carell Celebrates Halloween Time at Disneyland Park

Is it just me, or are these two quacking you up, too?

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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Groucho Marx – 1955

posted on October 2nd, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On this day in 1890, a legendary Hollywood icon, Groucho Marx, was born. In a show business career that spanned vaudeville, motion pictures and television, Groucho is widely recognized as one of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century. To this day, novelty “Groucho glasses,” including iconic eyebrows, nose and mustache, remain an instantly recognizable tribute to this entertainment giant.

Pictured here with his daughter, Melinda, on the dock of the Mark Twain Riverboat in the fall of 1955, we believe it is the only time Groucho visited Disneyland park.

I reached out to Melinda about her memories of that day, and she was very happy to see this photo after all these years. She was nine years old when it was taken and she remembers being “obsessed” with Peter Pan at the time – even pretending to be Wendy!
A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Groucho Marx - 1955

 
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International Pop Star Olly Murs Thrills Fans with Special Performance at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 23rd, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Olly Murs was in the “Right Place Right Time” for hundreds of excited fans who won the opportunity to see the pop sensation in an exclusive performance at the Disneyland Resort yesterday.

International Pop Star Olly Murs and Goofy at Sleeping Beauty Castle

Before he took the stage, Olly met up with Goofy over at Sleeping Beauty Castle to celebrate his visit to the Disneyland Resort.

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Then it was over to Disney California Adventure park where Olly’s fans were treated to a special acoustic performance featuring many songs from his debut North American album, “Right Place Right Time.” The lucky audience for this exclusive event was limited to contest winners from all over the country, but now you can watch this amazing show yourself:

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Take 5: Disney Mouseketeers Love to Visit Disney Parks

posted on August 17th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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.

  1. Remembering Annette Funicello at Disneyland Park – Annette Funicello, who was discovered at the age of 13 by Walt Disney himself, made many appearances throughout her lifetime after starring in Disney’s original Mickey Mouse Club.
  2. A Mouseketeer Homecoming Lets ‘New Mickey Mouse Club’ Member Share New Memories with Her Family at Walt Disney World Resort – Julie Pierkarski, another Mousketeer from the 70′s revival, vacationed with her family last year at Walt Disney World Resort and took the time to reminisce with Disney Parks Blog author Gary Buchanan.
  3. Christina Aguilera Making Memories at the Disneyland Resort – Christina Aguilera has called the Disney Parks home since she was a member of the 90′s Mickey Mouse Club cast. See here how many visits she’s made in the past decade.
  4. Sights & Sounds of Disney Parks: A Mouseketeer’s Visit – Sherry Van Meter was a member of the original Mickey Mouse Club and visited Walt Disney World Resort with her granddaughter back in 2011. See what she thought of her first visit to the Magic Kingdom!
  5. Interview with the Mouseketeers at Disneyland Resort – Eight of the original Mouseketeers are featured in this interview from the 55th Anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Club at Disneyland Resort.
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Take 5: ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on August 3rd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Halle Berry Meets Mickey Mouse at 'Mickey and the Magical Map' at Disneyland Park

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

  1. By the Numbers: ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park – From 35,000 square inches of LED screen to 71,000 pounds of scenery, a lot goes into bringing the show to life.
  2. Fantasyland Theatre Through the Years at Disneyland Park – Take a walk down memory lane with this video highlighting the best shows at Fantasyland Theatre.
  3. First Look: Setting the Stage for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park – This is a behind-the-scenes look at the first round of staging in the new refurbished Fantasyland Theatre.
  4. Creating Costumes for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park – Go behind the scenes in the creation of costumes for the show.
  5. Disneyland Park Guests Share Their Favorite ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ Moments – During the first week of the show, audience members share what they liked best about the performance.
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Halle Berry Meets Mickey Mouse at ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on July 30th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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.

Halle Berry Meets Mickey Mouse at ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

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!”

Halle Berry Meets Mickey Mouse at ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

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