In part two of our series on Duke’s training for Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, Lead Equine Trainer Jennifer Gable describes the next steps in Duke’s preparations to become a Main Street horse. You’ll see Jennifer and Equine Trainer Cindy Moser helping Duke gain the confidence and calm demeanor instrumental to onstage success. Don’t miss this next step of Duke’s journey!
Training the Horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park: Duke Prepares for His Debut – Part Two
posted on February 20th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
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.
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.
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:
- Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – A Unique View of Town Square
- Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Street Station
- Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Floral Mickey
- Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Entrance
- Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park
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.
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.
posted on February 15th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
With the 65th Anniversary of Walt Disney’s “Cinderella,” I’m reminded of my younger sister who loved Cinderella. I remember her listening to a 33 ½ long playing record that had scenes from the animated film printed on both sides of the album. Today, her childhood bedroom in Ohio still has reminders of Cinderella with small figurines and framed prints. She found many of those items during visits to Walt Disney World Resort in the 1980s and 1990s. I thought today was a good day to share some of my favorite Cinderella-themed items currently found Disney Parks.
Costume dresses and accessories are some of the most popular Cinderella items at Disney Parks. Little ones ages 3-12 can also be magically transformed into Cinderella at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at Disneyland park, Magic Kingdom Park, and Downtown Disney Marketplace. I bet my sister wishes she had these options when she was a child!
Speaking of Downtown Disney Marketplace, I stopped by Arribas Brothers to view an amazing Cinderella Castle Sculpture. The limited sculpture is detailed in hand-enameled metal and is set with 28,255 Swarovski crystals. The retail for this item is $37,500 and it can be found online.
Finally, I have a sneak preview of a graphic MagicBand that is coming this spring. This Cinderella-themed retail MagicBand is similar to the Belle and Ariel MagicBands we released in January. While I don’t have a confirmed release date for this open edition item, the MagicBand development team thought it was the perfect thing for this Cinderella story.
posted on February 14th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Happy Valentine’s Day! As you can see, the Disney Parks Blog has been transformed to celebrate the day of love and romance. Here’s a roundup of some of our best Valentine’s Day content from earlier in the week.
Earlier this week, we shared four new Disney Parks Blog wallpapers themed for Valentine’s Day, including one featuring Pluto, WALL-E and Eve, Simba and Nala, and Donald and Daisy. Which is your favorite? (Check out a complete gallery of wallpapers here on this special page).
Will your Valentine’s Day celebration include a special Disney touch? Tell us in the comments section below.
posted on February 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Everyone has their own special memories of the Disneyland Resort – for some, it’s a first visit or a favorite show, and for many, it’s celebrating the beginning of an exciting journey with a loved one. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m excited to share stories of three memorable proposals stories recalled by cast members from some of our most romantic restaurants – who were able to make these special moments even more magical.
When this guest took his girlfriend to the Disneyland Resort for the first time, he decided to propose to her in front of the wishing well at Snow White Grotto. He even presented the engagement ring in a glass slipper! Later that night, the couple celebrated their engagement in a private dining room at Carthay Circle Restaurant, where the cast members had “his & hers” ear hats waiting for them. The bride-to-be was in tears, and so were the cast members at Carthay Circle Restaurant!
Cast members at Blue Bayou Restaurant were able to make a sweet moment even sweeter for one newly engaged couple. After the groom-to-be proposed (to applause from the entire restaurant), Blue Bayou Restaurant cast members presented the couple with special treats and sparkling cider flutes to celebrate.
The Napa Rose team was very excited to help with this unique proposal! One prince charming created a View-Master-like disc for his girlfriend, with slides showing moments throughout their relationship, ending with a very important question on the last slide: “Will you marry me?” Cast member, Wendy, delivered chocolate truffles to celebrate the moment. Other guests even joined in the celebration … the couple sitting next to the newly engaged guests was so touched by the surprising event, they paid for the couple’s dinner.
Where would you pop the question at the Disneyland Resort? Do you have a Disneyland Resort proposal story of your own? Share with us below! And happy Valentine’s Day!
Training the Horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park: Duke Prepares for His Debut – Part One
posted on February 12th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
Now I’m happy to share with you the first of a three-part series showing Duke’s preparations to pull the street car on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. In this segment, Equine Trainer Cindy Moser explains the foundation for Main Street training, and you’ll see Duke experience his new working environment for the first time.
posted on February 11th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
In recognition of Black History Month, 16 guest choirs representing nine Southern California cities will lift their voices at the sixth annual Celebrate Gospel at the Disneyland Resort.
Participating choirs have a rich history within the community and several have been featured as talent in national television shows and recording projects. Come share their passion for gospel music!
Date: Saturday, February 21
Location: Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, Disneyland park
Noon – 3:30 p.m.
- Moreno Valley College Gospel Singers (Moreno Valley)
- Rock Boy Fresh (Rancho Cucamonga)
- Ty Snow & Xtreme Purpose (Pasadena)
- Amazing Gospel Choir (Los Angeles)
- Angelic Choir (Hawthorne)
- New Generation Choir (Tustin)
- Voices of the Word (Moreno Valley)
- Spiritual Truth (Tustin)
4:10 – 7:40 p.m.
- LA Inner City Mass Choir (Inglewood)
- Project Purpose (Los Angeles)
- Christian Community Center (Los Angeles)
- Divine Deliverance Ministries Mass Choir (Los Angeles)
- Lorenzo Johnson & Prazium (Los Angeles)
- Greater LA Cathedral Choir (Long Beach)
- Friendship Mass Choir (Yorba Linda)
- Destiny 24 (Los Angeles)
Schedule subject to change.
posted on February 10th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
Our candy makers’ top pick is an apple dipped in caramel, enrobed in milk chocolate, decorated with pink sanding sugar, candy-coated chocolate polka dots and adorned with a pink bow. What a treat for any Valentine.
Of course, you can’t go wrong with our gourmet apple of the month, Black Forest. Sinfully delicious, the apple has been dipped in creamy caramel and dark chocolate, adorned in almonds and sweet cherries and drizzled on top with milk chocolate.
Looking for something a bit sweeter? Other sweet selections for you to choose from include white, milk and dark chocolate-dipped strawberries, a marshmallow wand and krispy treat.
Find all of these delicious sweets now at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.
What are you getting your Valentine?
posted on February 9th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
Although Disney Parks Blog readers may be most familiar with my posts focusing on our horses at the Disneyland Resort, we have other types of animals here as well. Specifically, I’m talking sheep! In today’s video you’ll meet Jacquie Keane, a Circle D Barn Lead, who’s been working with animals, and shearing sheep, since she was nine years old. Please take a look as Jacquie demonstrates the art of the clippers – sheep style!