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Icing on the Cake: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Disneyland Park in 1965

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

While looking through some historical footage recently, I came across this sweet treat. I can’t help but think that 50 years ago these dancing candles were delighted in the fact they were taking part in history during the 10th anniversary celebration of Disneyland park. Enjoy this calorie-free video!

And keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow as we celebrate the official 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort! You can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram with @Disneyland and on Don’t forget the hashtag #Disneyland60!

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Rivers of America at Disneyland Park

posted on July 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

On this day sixty years ago, Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a special party aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat at the soon-to-open Disneyland park. In the sixty years since, thousands of Disneyland park guests have made the journey around the Rivers of America aboard the sternwheel steamboat and its sister ship, the Sailing Ship Columbia, touring four very different iconic American rivers along the way.


There are four sections to the Rivers of America, each featuring trees, plants and wildlife indigenous to a different American river. The first section that guests experience on their tour is the Mississippi River, which stretches from the riverboat landing past New Orleans Square, to Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country. Like the Mississippi, this section features hanging vegetation in grays and greens, such as willows and bald cypress.


The ship then enters the second section: the Columbia River, located in the Pacific Northwest. This section features firs, pines and redwoods as well as a rich ground cover of violets and ferns, and elk can be spotted along the banks of the river.


Once guests pass Mike Fink’s cabin, you enter the Potomac River – the great waterway of the mid-Atlantic. Here, the trees are birches and other deciduous varieties, and deer are seen drinking from a creek. After the Indian Village, guests can spot eagles, beavers, moose, raccoons and a skunk.

Signs of civilization begin to reappear as the ship rounds a bend and Frontier Landing comes into view; at this point guests enter the Rio Grande, where a family of mountain lions can be seen in the low grass next to the river. With Big Thunder Mountain as the backdrop, the landscape takes on the character of a high desert with fiery colored rocks, boulders and outcroppings, and a landscape of grasses and manzanita.

Next time you take a journey around the Rivers of America at Disneyland park, keep a sharp eye out and see if you can spot the point where you’ve left one river system for another!

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A Look Back at ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park

It’s been more than 30 years since Walt Disney Pictures released “TRON,” but it wasn’t that long ago that Disney California Adventure park guests stepped into the Grid themselves during the nighttime dance party, ElecTRONica. Let’s take a look back at this guest favorite.

ElecTRONica Event at Disney California Adventure Park

Video, projections and lasers welcomed Programs (or guests, if you’re not familiar with Grid lingo) through the portal and into the world of “TRON: LEGACY.”


Remember LASERMAN? He was there, with his stunning performance that combined music, lights and lasers.

End of Line Club

End of Line Club was a popular spot for Programs to recharge, serving a variety of themed beverages.

Flynn's Arcade at Disney California Adventure Park

And of course there was my favorite part of ElecTRONica, Flynn’s Arcade, which featured classic ‘80s arcade games.

What was your favorite part of ElecTRONica? Rez in and share yours in the comments.

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Disney Days of Past: Christmas in July at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 9th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Season’s Greetings! We’re celebrating Christmas in July today at Disney Days of Past with a visit from Santa Goofy at Magic Kingdom Park in 1995.


There are only 170 shopping days until Christmas. But who’s counting?

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Mouseketeer Cheer at D23 EXPO

posted on July 8th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing

Did you know the original Mouseketeers first appeared at Disneyland Resort before they started their beloved television run? It’s true! They were there on opening day, July 17, 1955, before the first incarnation of Mickey Mouse Club aired on ABC starting in October of 1955. That means the iconic show is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, D23 EXPO 2015 will hold Celebrating Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club — 60 Magical yEARS on Sunday, August 16, at 5 p.m. in Stage 23. Author Lorraine Santoli will host the panel of original Mouseketeers including Sherry Alberoni, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Darlene Gillespie, Cubby O’Brien, and Doreen Tracey, along with “Spin and Marty” actors Tim Considine and David Stollery!


Plus, the Disney Dream Store will offer a small collection of 60th anniversary Mickey Mouse Club items, which several of the Mouseketeers will be on-hand to sign that day.

For more details about the event—and a host of other panels just announced, including A Goofy Movie 20th Anniversary Reunion!—click here.

D23 EXPO 2015 runs August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, just across the street from Disneyland.

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Disney Days of Past: Fourth of July

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Fireworks are a daily spectacular at Walt Disney World Resort. In July 1992, Donald and Mickey joined in the fireworks fun for an All-American Salute.


Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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Celebrate the Official 60th Anniversary of Disneyland by Showing Your 1955 Disney Side

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Are you planning to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland on July 17? If so, get your best duds ready and come dressed in your finest suits and circle skirts . . . we’re inviting you to show your 1955 Disney Side!


When Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, guests arrived in their fanciest attire . . . even children were dressed to the nines. Fast forward sixty years and many of our guests still enjoy visiting the Disneyland Resort in their three-piece suits and hats, cat-eye sunglasses and pearls. So in honor of our historic opening day, Disneyland Resort guests are encouraged to help us travel back in time by wearing their favorite 1955-inspired ensembles.

Throughout the day, you will have opportunities to show your 1955 Disney Side with special photo locations and themed entertainment. So curl your hair, dust off that fedora and take your Disney Side back in time to celebrate 60 years of Disneyland!

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Today in Disney History: ‘The Lion King’ Steps Into Theaters

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Today in 1994, “The Lion King” was released in theaters. This coming-of-age story of Simba, the future king of the Pridelands, is still a hugely popular film with Disney fans both young and old. I don’t know about you, but I’m still trying to get over Mufasa’s death 21 years later.


The memorable music from “The Lion King” is highlighted in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom show Festival of the Lion King preformed daily at Harambe Theater. This energizing show features classic characters from the movie with live action performers – most notably the tumble monkeys.

Simba can also be spotted in Mickey’s Soundsational Parade atop a drum while Zazu flies near by at Disneyland park in California.

“The Lion King” won two Academy Awards for best song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and best score. The musical version is still on Broadway in New York City where it will celebrate it’s 18th year this November.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Pocahontas Marks 20 Years

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Today in Disney History, Pocahontas made her debut.


In the film, Pocahontas meets explorer John Smith and teaches him the wonders of earth and true value of its many riches. Despite an agreement to marry Kocoum, Pocahontas falls in love with John Smith, which leads to Chief Powhatan declaring war on the team of explorers. Pocahontas later saves John Smith from execution. When the gold-obsessed Governor Ratcliffe attempts to shoot Chief Powhatan, John Smith dives in front of the bullet, saving Pocahontas’s father.

Thanks to Photographer Ryan Wender for these great shots.

For more from our Princess Photo series, visit the post below:

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Disney Days of Past: ‘Pocahontas’ Marks 20 Years

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Walt Disney Pictures “Pocahontas” celebrates its 20th anniversary this June. Pocahontas and her friends have had a presence in Disney Parks throughout the years.

Today, guests can still enjoy the magic of Pocahontas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios nightly at “Fantastmic!” Here’s a great action shot of John Smith swinging into the action.


Pocahontas’ sense of adventure around any river bend still endures twenty years later.

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