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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Disney Parks Blog!

posted on March 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Disney Parks Blog team!

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This photo, snapped in 1978 at Magic Kingdom Park, shows Mickey Mouse getting into the spirit of the holiday. Will you celebrate the day at a Disney park? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Disney Days of Past: Marching on Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

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


It’s March. Feels like a great month to share a photograph of one of the best marching bands to march in Florida (see what I did there?) – The World Band! (Seen here with the Kids of the Kingdom.) Here they are marching down Main Street, U.S.A. in January 1983 with Bandleader Mickey leading the way.

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Who do you look forward to seeing perform when you visit Magic Kingdom Park? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Caption This: Scuba Mickey Mischief at Epcot

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s image was shot at The Seas With Nemo & Friends years ago, back when it was known as The Living Seas.

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Looks like Mickey has caused a surprise in the pavilion’s Sea Base Alpha. What’s their reaction? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” photo!

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Today in Disney History: Indiana Jones Adventure Opens at Disneyland Park, 1995

posted on March 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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On March 3, 1995, Disneyland park guests began exploring the Temple of the Forbidden Eye at Indiana Jones Adventure. Now a classic, this thrill ride takes intrepid explorers on a journey to discover the mysteries of the temple alongside world-famous archeologist, Indiana Jones. To celebrate this anniversary, let’s do a little Disney Parks Blog archeology and look back at some of the stories we’ve shared from this favorite attraction.

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John Rhys-Davies Returns to Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park
John Rhys-Davies, who portrayed Indy’s faithful friend, Sallah, in two Indiana Jones films, visited the Disneyland Resort last year, and together with his family and friends, rode Indiana Jones Adventure for the first time.

Decoder for Maraglyphics in Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park
Learn the story behind the adventure of this attraction.

On This Day in History: Indiana Jones Adventure Opening Ceremony 1995
Take a look back at the opening ceremony in Adventureland, featuring George Lucas, creator of the blockbuster films.

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Street Trolley Tracks

posted on March 3rd, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Construction is coming along nicely in Town Square as we make our way to Main Street, U.S.A., and the installation of the tracks that horse-drawn streetcars will travel for decades to come.

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Two things caught my eye while looking at this photo. First is the clocktower, which you may recall from a previous post, is still without its clock, and in the background I see something that sure looks like the fabled base of the Town Square flagpole resting on the stairs of Main Street Station.

Check back soon for more construction updates!

Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

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Disney Days of Past: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 26th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


I thought it would be fun to take a look at one of my favorite attractions from a vantage point rarely seen – above. Take a gander at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad photographed in 1991 from the sky.

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No matter the vantage point, it will always be the wildest ride in the wilderness!

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Today in Disney History: ‘The Band Concert’ is Released, 1935

posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


On February 23, 1935, “The Band Concert” made its debut as the very first Mickey Mouse cartoon in color. Today, it serves as the inspiration a favorite Disney California Adventure park attraction, Silly Symphony Swings. To mark this historic animated short’s anniversary, I asked Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer to share a few of his favorite photos of the attraction it inspired with us.

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This classic swing ride features chairs suspended from a round, overhead canopy while the central tower telescopes up and down to take riders on a smooth and spiraling experience, as if they are caught inside the cartoon’s swirling cyclone.

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Standing atop the canopy is Maestro Mickey Mouse himself, just as he appeared in “The Band Concert” – with a conductor’s baton in hand and dressed in his red bandleader’s uniform.

Next time you visit Disney California Adventure park, get caught up in the swirl of music and mayhem yourself on Silly Symphony Swings!

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – City Hall

posted on February 19th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Located in the heart of Town Square, City Hall – home to Guest Relations – is one of the first things guests see upon entering Disneyland park. Today, we’re looking back at the building of this iconic location.

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This first photo was taken from the approximate location of the stairs of Main Street Train Station and shows several construction workers hard at work building the City Hall complex. On the right, you’ll notice the Fire Department – and above it, Walt’s apartment – taking shape.

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Here you can see a crane lifting the large metal cresting that rests atop City Hall to this day.

One of the things I like most about these photos is how clearly you can see the eucalyptus trees behind the building. These tall trees are original occupants of the acreage that became Disneyland park and they served as a much-needed natural barrier between the Jungle Cruise and Main Street, U.S.A., in our early years.


Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

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Disney Days of Past: A Look Back at ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’

posted on February 19th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


According to the Chinese zodiac, goats are believed to be gentle mind-mannered, shy, sympathetic, and amicable with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice.

Sounds a lot like Djali, Esmeralda’s faithful sidekick goat, from Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Djali made an appearance (albeit in marionette form) in “Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame-A Musical Adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios” from 1996 through 2002.

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So here’s to the goats in this world – fictional, animal and human. Happy Chinese New Year!

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: February 2010

posted on February 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s been a while since we took a look back at some of our favorite stories from years past, so I thought I’d go to the way-back file for this “Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule.” Come with me to February 2010 to see the stories we were working on.

Magic: A 24 Hour Operation
Valarie Sukovaty shared this amazing behind-the-scenes look at what happens after Disneyland park closes for the night, in a video she first produced back in 2006.

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A Unique Anniversary Party
Heather Hust Rivera took us back to 1955 with a special look at Walt and Lillian Disney’s 30th anniversary party here at Disneyland.

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Photo Captures a Rare Sight: Four Steam Locomotives at Disneyland Park
Here’s something you don’t see every day … all four Disneyland Railroad locomotives in front of the Main Street Train Station at Disneyland park.

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A Foggy Morning on the Rivers of America
Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer shared this beautiful, rarely seen moment from Disneyland park.

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