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Disney Days of Past: Snow on Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland

posted on January 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Ah, there’s nothing like the freshly fallen snow. When you live in a place where it doesn’t snow, it is always pretty to look at. (Let’s be honest. I don’t miss the cold and snow from my hometown.) Here’s a look at a snow-covered Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland in 1984. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t Cinderella Castle in Florida!

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Video Rewind: Caring for Classic Disneyland Park Attractions

posted on January 19th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Here at Disney Parks, we’re always looking for new, innovative ways to immerse our guests in Disney stories. That’s something we’ve been doing from the very beginning, which is why it is just as important to care for our classic attractions, each of which were innovations in their own time – and continue to inspire us today. Let’s take a look back at some behind-the-scenes videos we showed you in years past here on the Disney Parks Blog to see how we care for our classic Disneyland park attractions.

In 2009, Heather Hust Rivera showed us how the (at that time) soon-to-reopen “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was using new advancements in Audio-Animatronics technology.

Then in 2010, Heather took us behind the scenes to see how the antique horses on King Arthur Carrousel are meticulously maintained.

And in 2011, I shared one of my favorite videos ever – showing how elephants are transported from the Jungle Cruise to be given a seven-week “check-up” approximately every ten years.

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Disney Parks After Dark: The Mystery of the Chandelier Clock at Disneyland Park

posted on January 15th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Have you ever walked through Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park and looked up to see the stunning chandelier clock? If not, you are missing a real treat. Installed in 1996, the chandelier clock has never actually worked. Despite the theories and rumors, the numerous times that have been set on the clock have had no significance. Over the years, I have photographed the clock many times during the day. This time, I wanted to see how the clock would photograph at night. I think the beauty of the clock is more evident at night than during the day.

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Disney Days of Past: Space Mountain with Goofy & Mickey Mouse

posted on January 15th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, back in 1975, Space Mountain opened in Magic Kingdom Park blasting guests off into the galaxy. But guests weren’t the only ones having fun back in 1975. Here’s Goofy and Mickey Mouse all suited up for their trip to space during the opening. Looks like they were having a blast.

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Space Mountain Marks Milestone Anniversary at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today we’re celebrating another attraction milestone on the Disney Parks Blog. It’s Space Mountain’s 40th anniversary here at Magic Kingdom Park!

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The idea for Space Mountain originated back in the 1960s when the dream of space travel became a very real reality. After a few years of planning and two years of construction, it opened in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park on January 15, 1975. The attraction debuted as a unique offering at the park, as it was the second attraction built specifically for the park in Florida (the first was Country Bear Jamboree).

Space Mountain attractions have since opened at Disneyland park in 1977, at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, at Disneyland Paris in 1995, and at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog today for more on this attraction milestone!

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Building The Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – A Unique View of Town Square

posted on January 14th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


In my last “construction update” I pointed out that the clock tower on Main Street Station at Disneyland park was still without a clock. Now I can show you why that was a good thing.

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As you can see in this rare image, a camera was placed inside the clock tower to create one of the most unique photos of the construction of Disneyland park you will ever see.

Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

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Today in Disney History: Mickey’s Comic Debut

posted on January 13th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Because Mickey Mouse is such a huge presence in Disney Parks around the world, we just had to share this special “mouse” moment in Disney history with you. We’re sure many of you are well aware that Mickey Mouse made his big screen debut in 1928 in the short “Steamboat Willie.” But just over a year later marked another milestone for our favorite mouse — he began a longtime run in newspapers across the country in his very own comic strip.

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After his auspicious debut, the country—and the world—fell in love with Mickey, so it didn’t take long for the little mouse to become a big cheese. There were more Mickey shorts, character merchandise, local Mickey Mouse Clubs and—on January 13, 1930—a comic strip, which celebrates its 85th anniversary today. Written by Walt Disney himself and drawn by Ub Iwerks, the earliest comics would follow Mickey’s adventures far and wide, starting with his attempt to build his own airplane. What could go wrong with that?

By the summer of 1930, the comic strip appeared in up to 40 newspapers across nearly two-dozen countries, helping to usher in Mickey’s golden age and establish the mouse as the foundation and universally recognized symbol of the Disney organization.

Here on the Disney Parks Blog we have the very first Mickey comic strip for you to see. And if you’d like to see more, head over to D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, where Steven Vagnini has pulled together the entire first week of Mickey comics! Trust us, you’ll want to see how this turns out!

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VIDEO: Walt Disney Talks Creating Carousel of Progress

posted on January 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As Nate shared earlier this morning, this week marks the 40th anniversary of the Carousel of Progress here at Walt Disney World Resort – a now we have a special treat to share with you. What better way to celebrate this classic attraction’s anniversary than by giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the carousel led by Walt Disney himself.

This video clip was originally featured in “Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair,” which aired on television on May 17, 1964. In it, Walt gives viewers behind-the-scenes looks at the Carousel of Progress, one of a handful of attractions he and his team of WED engineers were creating for the then-upcoming 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. In it, Walt proudly shows off the carousel’s model, tours the sets as they’re being built, shows off the latest Audio-Animatronics technology, and offers up the first listen to the attraction’s theme song, “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.”

It’s clear that Walt put a lot of heart and imagination into this attraction. Check it out below.

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Disney Days of Past: Carousel of Progress Marks 40 Years at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 12th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Forty years ago this week, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress opened at Magic Kingdom Park and this classic attraction has entertained guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort for generations. Here’s a look at the Carousel of Progress being built in 1974.

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Sponsored by General Electric when the attraction first opened, the Carousel of Progress theme song was changed to “The Best Time of Your Life” mirroring GE’s philosophy when opening in Florida. After going through a rehab in 1993, the song “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” returned along with the Carousel’s family celebrating four holidays – Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas. Below is a look at the original final scene from 1975 version.

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The Carousel of Progress is still a “must do” on our list of attractions to visit every time my family visits Magic Kingdom Park – a true, classic Walt Disney original.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: National Bubble Bath Day

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


According to the Internet, National Bubble Bath Day is celebrated today. Whenever I think of baths, I think of the “perennial houseguest” Uncle Orville over at Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park who is seen here, prior to the attraction officially opening, bathing sans bubbles in 1974.

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Here’s to a day of pampering and relaxation … and hopefully a little privacy too. (Poor Uncle Orville never seemed to get any.)

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