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Disney Days of Past: ‘Cinderella’ Makes History

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


A girl who sports glass slippers needs to live in a spectacular castle, don’t you think? Sixty-five years ago the film “Cinderella” debuted in theaters. Twenty-one years later, Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park opened to welcome guests from all over the world.

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According to the “Disney A to Z,” designers at WED Enterprises did find some inspiration from original designs for the 1950 “Cinderella” film along with other famous European palaces and castles. Below is a look at Cinderella Castle still under construction in February 1971.

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With a home as royal as this, maybe the stepsisters should have though twice about being so cruel to “Cinderella.”

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Disney Days of Past: Donald & Daisy Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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


Ah, love is in the air this week with Valentine’s Day on Saturday. I don’t know two ducks who fancy each other more than Daisy and Donald. Below is a look at them in topiary form traveling through a floral tunnel of love at the 2006 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

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Sure hope Donald remembers to buy Daisy some flowers for Saturday!

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Disney Days of Past: A Peek at the Polynesian

posted on February 5th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Winter got you down? Here’s to dreaming of the warm summer months ahead with a little help from some Disney friends at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in 1985.

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I’m especially a big fan of Goofy’s sunglasses. Aloha from Florida!

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – 60 Years of Popcorn

posted on January 29th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Reflecting on the last 60 years of classic Disneyland foods, popcorn has been a beloved snacking staple of Disneyland park since opening day on July 17, 1955. Walt Disney himself enjoyed piping hot popcorn on Main Street, U.S.A. Now, Disneyland Resort guests enjoy more than 185,000 pounds of this salty treat every year.

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While our love for popcorn remains, designs and containers have evolved over the years – check out 60 years of popcorn progression at Disneyland resort in the gallery below!

Today, I have a sneak peek of the premium popcorn bucket which celebrates the iconic Mickey balloon, set to debut this May as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park. Available in red, purple and blue – this bucket is perfect to hold your keepsakes long after your visit during the resort’s 60th anniversary celebration.

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Over the coming months, look for even more collectible souvenir fun and all-new art work on everything from popcorn buckets to hot mugs – as well as special limited-time treats and food and beverage offerings exclusive to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration to be revealed.

Who else is craving popcorn right now?

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Disney Days of Past: A Snowball Fight with Donald Duck

posted on January 29th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


All that snowfall from Winter Storm Juno this week makes me want to have a snowball fight. If I were picking teams, I’d want Donald on my side. Here’s Donald perfecting his throw in Juneau, Alaska from 2009. See what I did there?

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Don’t be fooled, I don’t miss a snowball fight enough to move back up to the North.

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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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