On July 17, 1989, a new attraction opened to guests in Critter Country at Disneyland park — one that made a big splash. That attraction was Splash Mountain, a log ride that remains a guest favorite today. It stands 87 feet tall and drops guests five stories at a 45-degree angle. The attraction is a journey through scenes, featuring the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear, and ends with a thrilling splashdown. That’s the best part! No worries if you shut your eyes. A photo snaps a shot of guests reacting the moment they drop. If you don’t have a photo from splashdown with your face frozen in sheer elation, then it’s time to visit the Disneyland Resort. Trust me, it’s an experience you’ll always remember. Here’s a look back at opening day. Enjoy!
posted on July 18th, 2014 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
posted on July 17th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
This “Disney Parks After Dark” post is in celebration of 25 “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” years of Splash Mountain at Disneyland park. Splash Mountain opened on July 17, 1989, in Critter Country and features the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear. Most Disneyland park guests ride Splash Mountain to cool off on a hot summer day, but I enjoy riding it after dark because it makes the five-story splashdown that much more thrilling.
Can you name the other Disney Parks that have Splash Mountain and the name of the lands they are in?
posted on July 16th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
My friend and Disney Parks Blog author Shawn Slater was the first to give you the inside scoop on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” sneak peek taking place now at Disney Parks. How many of you have already seen it? If you haven’t, I’m not going to spoil it for you, but I would definitely recommend checking out this intergalactic 3D cosmic adventure the next time you visit the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park or ABC Sound Studio at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you are planning to set your course for space adventure and join the quartet of ragtag rivals along with Peter Quill to help save the universe, then we better make sure you are prepared for battle. Here’s your first look at some of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” merchandise you can expect to find at Disney Parks.
Fans of the entire “Guardians of the Galaxy” crew or Rocket, in particular, will be happy to find these film-inspired T-shrits.
As for toys, we have those too! You’ll find the Rapid Fire Rocket, Star-Lord Blaster, a Hero Ship and Pursuit Spacecraft play sets, as well as Galactic Battler, Titan Hero figures and more.
A few other things to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks is the “Guardians of the Galaxy” book and CD, as well as a specially designed D-Tech iPhone case and more. One final pick for me, is the “Guardians of the Galaxy” limited edition pin. Take a look!
Here’s quick list of where you can find all of the merchandise I’ve shown you for your very own super heroes:
- Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort – Donald’s Double Feature
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Fantasia Market
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Superstar Shop
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside – Fulton’s General Store
- Downtown Disney Marketplace – Once Upon A Toy
- Downtown Disney West Side – D-Street
- Epcot – Mission Space
- Magic Kingdom Park – Fantasy Faire, Merchant of Venus
- Sneak Preview
- Music plays a major role in the movie as the 1970s songs featured in the film are a unique part of the storyline. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” deluxe soundtrack features songs and music from the film, while “Guardians of the Galaxy” Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is a collection of 12 classic 70’s songs. Learn more and look for it beginning July 29.
As you can see even our extremely popular 15” Rocket plush couldn’t help but get in on the action for the sneak preview of this adventurous and amazing new film.
Here are a few other “Guardians of the Galaxy” things you don’t want to miss!
“Guardians of the Galaxy” opens in theaters nationwide, August 1. I know where I’ll be. Will you?
posted on July 16th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator
Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of Splash Mountain at Disneyland park. When the attraction opened on July 17, 1989, the surrounding area transformed into Critter Country, the woodland home of many favorite critters. Today, we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of this land with five fun details you may have missed while exploring this shaded corner of Disneyland park.
1. Fowler’s Harbor -
Near the entrance of Critter Country, you’ll find Fowler’s Harbor – named for Admiral Joe Fowler, who oversaw the construction of Disneyland park in the 1950s. This small harbor is home to the Sailing Ship Columbia or the Mark Twain Riverboat when they are not cruising the Rivers of America.
2. Max, Buff & Melvin from Country Bear Jamboree - Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood, you can find a tribute to former Disneyland park attraction, Country Bear Jamboree. I don’t want to give it away completely, but Max, Buff & Melvin, the three talking trophy heads from the show, have taken up residence inside The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Look for these beloved characters in the scene where Winnie the Pooh enjoys his favorite treat, honey.
3. Pooh Corner – As you exit The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, follow the pathway straight into Pooh Corner. Here you’ll see the story of the attraction continues into the shops of Critter Country! Banners celebrating Pooh’s birthday are hung from the ceiling, and other elements from his fantasy decorate the location. Don’t forget a Tigger Tail on your way out!
4. Rufus the bear in Bear Country - Before Critter Country opened, this area of Disneyland park was known as Bear Country (and before that, it was part of Frontierland). Near the entrance, you could hear Rufus the bear snoring inside a cliffside cave just past the Haunted Mansion. When Splash Mountain opened in 1989, there was a small nod to this sleeping bear inside the attraction, right before the first waterfall. Today, listen for Brer Bear snoring in the same spot and it might sound vaguely familiar …
5. America Sings cast at Splash Mountain -
Some of the characters from the former America Sings attraction have been re-cast to play supporting roles in Splash Mountain! Look for some of the characters welcoming Brer Rabbit home and singing about a “zip-a-dee-do-dah” day.
What is your favorite detail in Critter Country? Leave you answer in the comments below!
posted on July 14th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
Want to add some character to your dinner table? I have a couple of ideas and easy ways for you to do just that.
Here are a few key items I couldn’t resist from one of the most recent vintage-inspired collections to hit store shelves. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that everything old is new again. Our merchandisers and artists took that thought one step further and added a Disney twist, creating artwork based on our consumable programs as they would have appeared during the 1970s.
The character plates are the perfect size for any appetizer, snack, small meal or dessert.
Whether your glass appears half empty or half full, you will no doubt be the toast of the town with this collection.
If those glasses aren’t quite your cup of tea, try one of these!
Find this collection and more at select locations, including the Emporium in Disneyland park and Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park, as well as Centerpiece in Downtown Disney Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Will you bring this set home with you?
posted on July 9th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
A few weeks ago, we told you about a new experience coming to Disneyland park, in which guests will not only watch the story unfold, they will be able to create the story themselves. “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” begins unfolding today! Here’s what you need to know to jump right into the story on your next visit.
Create Your Character: You can be whoever you want to be in the Wild West of Frontierland. You can be a peacekeeper, an outlaw, a miner … it’s all up to you! You will even be able to create a new name for your character. Whenever you enter Frontierland, that’s who you will be!
Choose a Side: Rumors of gold have led to a struggle for land. Which side will you take … joining the peaceful Frontierland citizens or the opportunistic Rainbow Ridge townsfolk?
Learn the Lay of the Land: There are new Frontierland locations in play now with “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” and each serves a unique purpose in the story.
- Trading Post – This is the meeting place and first stop for new Frontierland citizens. This is also where citizens can keep up with the latest Frontierland news and swap plans for fending off those Rainbow Ridge ruffians.
- Hideout – Like the Trading Post, the Hideout is the first stop and central meeting place for citizens of Rainbow Ridge.
- Telegraph Station – The information hub of Frontierland, this is the place to send and receive important messages.
- Sheriff’s Office and Jail – This is where outlaws are brought to justice and where lawmakers work to keep the peace.
- Talent Agency – Based in the Golden Horseshoe, this is where new talent is discovered and showcased in Frontierland.
- Card Table – Also located in the Golden Horseshoe, this ongoing card game plays host to outlaws and heroes alike. Be careful what you say here! You never know who may be listening.
Get to Know Your Fellow Citizens: You can find your fellow citizens throughout Frontierland. Just look for your town’s color to find out what’s new in town.
Earn “Bits”: “Bits” are the currency of the Western Territories. You can earn “bits” by participating in tasks throughout the land and spend them on land purchases, to get information and for other worthy causes.
It’s time to choose your alliance in the fight for Frontierland! We’ll have more details as they develop here on the Disney Parks Blog. And be sure to support your townsfolk with the hashtags #MyFrontierland and #MyRainbowRidge!
posted on July 8th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Summer is in full swing, and we’ve been making some Mondays happier for Disneyland Resort guests for the past few weeks, with special appearances by the Seven Dwarfs, Mickey ear hat giveaways and more. Last night, we devoted a whole hour to getting happier with a surprise Happier Hour at Disneyland park!
From midnight to 1 a.m., select attractions in Frontierland, Adventureland and New Orleans Square were open to 1,500 lucky – dare I say happy? – Disneyland park guests for an hour after the park closed.
Some favorite Disney friends even stayed up late to #GetHappier themselves, like Goofy and Donald Duck, seen here in their jungle best.
Happier Hour was a success, bringing smiles and thumbs-up all around! Well, for those who were still awake, at least …
We’re getting happier all summer long at the Disneyland Resort! Follow along with Disneyland Today on Facebook and Twitter, Disneyland on Facebook and Twitter, and also keep an eye out here on the Disney Parks Blog.
posted on July 8th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Fans of country music and the ABC hit show, “Nashville,” will want to get their boots polished up for an all-new entertainment experience, coming this summer to Disneyland park. Beginning July 18, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will be home to “The Music of: Nashville” every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer.
Popular local country band, The Kelly Rae Band, will headline this concert experience, performing original tunes from the television show along with some of your favorites from the country music charts. Fans of “Nashville” will be treated to trivia and behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of the show’s music.
So head on over to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer and don’t miss the return of all-new episodes of “Nashville,” Wednesdays this fall 10|9c on ABC!
posted on July 8th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
It’s time to show us your Disney Side with your “charmed arms” from Alex and Ani! Not only do we want to see which Alex and Ani bangles from our Disney collection have made it onto your arms, but we also want to see them in front of some of your favorite characters, attractions and icons at Disney Parks.
I know that many of you were eager to know if Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” would be making a splash at Disney Parks, and I’m here to tell you, she is, along with Rapunzel from “Tangled.” Here’s your first look!
Joining them will be a few of everyone’s favorite Disney pals, Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck.
Look for these bangles to debut July 14 at the following Disney Parks & Resorts locations and Online.
- Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
- Disneyland park – New Century Jewelry
- Downtown Disney District – Disney Vault 28 and World of Disney Store
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Disney Outfitters
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Bayview Gifts
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Once Upon a Time
- Downtown Disney Marketplace – Tren-D and World of Disney Store
- Epcot – Heritage Manor Gifts and Mouse Gear
- Magic Kingdom Park – Uptown Jewelers
Online – Shop Now!
What’s next? I can tell you this much, you will either find it a nightmare or you will consider it really cool.
Now I invite you to share your Disney ‘charmed arms’ with us! Use #DisneySide and #charmedarms across our social channels, including Twitter, Vine, Google+, Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest. If you tag your Instagram photos using #DisneySide #charmedarms we may just feature it on the @Disneyland, @WaltDisneyWorld or @AlexandAni Instagram feeds.
Will you add any of these new Alex and Ani Disney Collection bangles to your wrist?
posted on July 7th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator
Last week, I kicked off the “Disneyland Resort Summer Tips” series with the best ways to soak up some fun at the Disneyland Resort hotel pools. Today I’m going to pass along some tips for staying cool while playing at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. From cooling off indoors to getting soaked on world-class water attractions and enjoying delicious frozen and cool treats, summer is meant to be spent at the Disneyland Resort!
- Take a break from the heat – Indoor attractions can sometimes be the best-kept secrets for staying cool at the Disneyland Resort. At Disneyland park, stop by Innoventions to meet Captain America at Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage and Thor at Thor: Treasures of Asgard and then take some time to explore The Innoventions Dream Home. Also, classic indoor attractions like “it’s a small world” and Pirates of the Caribbean are perfect for a rejuvenating break. If you are visiting Disney California Adventure park, attractions like “It’s Tough to be a Bug!” and Muppet*Vision 3D are fantastic indoor shows. One of my favorite ways to escape the heat is The Disney Animation Building. Here, you can learn how to draw a classic Disney character at the Animation Academy or even find out what Disney character you are most like at the Beast’s Library!
- Get set to get wet – There is nothing like cooling off on Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run at the Disneyland Resort. One of my favorite things about both of these attractions is that your entire family can experience the attraction together! Ask any of my siblings and they’ll tell you, I often volunteer for the front row of Splash Mountain because I enjoy getting soaked during the summer. However, you never can tell who will get the most wet on Grizzly River Run so be advised – you will get wet, and you may get soaked! My fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Shannon Swanson, previously produced this fantastic video highlighting these two attractions that I wanted to include today. Enjoy!
- Enjoy frozen sweets and drinks – A frozen sweet or drink can also be the perfect remedy for a warm day at the Disneyland Resort. I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious Dole Whip Float (that is vegan, gluten-free and kosher, I must add)? Other favorite frozen treats include: Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar, soft serve ice cream from Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company and Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae. You can also pick up a healthy Mango Madness smoothie from Schmoozies at Disney California Adventure park or a Fanta Orange Float from Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor at Disneyland park if you’re looking for a refreshing drink!
What is your favorite way to cool off during the summer at the Disneyland Resort? Leave your answer in the comments below!