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Perfecting Projections for the Immersive New ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Spectacular

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Coming May 22 as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular will be a sky-high extravaganza featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and surprising special effects that transform Disneyland park right before your eyes. “Disneyland Forever” envelops you in an enthralling, breathtaking journey like never before, leveraging the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park.

Today, we’re taking you behind the scenes for a look at what goes on at night after the park closes, as our Creative Entertainment team is hard at work getting all those amazing projection effects ready for “Disneyland Forever.”

We’re just days away from the grand debut of “Disneyland Forever,” when this incredible new fireworks spectacular will join the “Paint the Night” parade and the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” as the sparkling crown jewels of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

We’ll have even more sneak peeks for you soon here on Disney Parks Blog, and you can keep the conversation going on social media with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

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Sixty Years of Innovation: ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Jumping ahead to the 1990s in our retrospective of innovations at the Disneyland Resort, let’s look back at the year 1992 and the introduction of a new kind of nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!

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First of its kind, “Fantasmic!” featured projections on reflective mists and huge figures that seemed to rise magically out of Mickey Mouse’s imagination. To prepare for the show, the Rivers of America were drained to enable installation of new equipment and mechanisms, and a new stage was built on the south end of Tom Sawyer Island. The show combined the new mist screens with Disneyland park favorites – the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia – as well as rafts, mechanical figures, fire effects and more than 50 Disneyland cast members to bring the story to life.

“'Fantasmic!'

As Disney Parks Blog reader Dustin shared recently, “This nighttime show was innovative in its blending of fireworks, waterworks, animation and live action, so innovative in fact that it’s still running (and very popular) today!”

He went on to say that “Fantasmic!” was the forerunner for the many successful nighttime spectaculars at Disney Parks around the world – and he’s right! From “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, to “Disney Dreams!” at Disneyland Paris, the tradition of innovative nighttime spectaculars continues today.

And that evolution goes on when the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” opens for guests at Disney California Adventure park this Friday, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

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Prepare to be Dazzled for 24 Hours this Friday at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is almost here! The party kicks off Friday, May 22, at 6 a.m. and continues for 24 hours, through 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23, with multi-faceted entertainment experiences at both Disneyland Resort theme parks and the official debut of the three new spectaculars created just for the celebration.

In addition to the already stellar entertainment lineup at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, here are some of the other highlights planned for Friday:

  • The parks open at 6 a.m. with countdown moments featuring some of your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey and the gang in their sparkly new Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration outfits.
  • Throughout the parks, you can mark the hours at special celebration photo spots.
  • Beginning at 6 p.m., join us in the Main Street Opera House for a sing-along screening of Walt Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins.” If you miss it then (or just can’t get enough), the “Mary Poppins” sing-along will be presented again at 10 p.m., 12:45 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.
  • Over at Tomorrowland Theater, you can catch the sneak peek of scenes from the “Tomorrowland” movie during the day, and then return at 10 p.m. or 3 a.m. for a full-length screening of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” We’ll also be showing “The Avengers” in the Tomorrowland Theater at 12:15 a.m.
  • If live music is your thing, we’ll have a band playing retro hits on the Tomorrowland Terrace stage beginning at 7 p.m. and the Royal Swing Big Band Ball in Fantasy Faire, with four sets starting at 10:30 p.m.

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  • The “Paint the Night” parade will be presented twice for its opening night, at 8:50 p.m. and 1 a.m., with the premiere of “Disneyland Forever” fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • After all that, you can hit the dance floor to the DJ mix at TLT Dance CLUB in Tomorrowland from 12:30 a.m. – 5 a.m., or head over to Mickey’s Toontown for a Pajama Party with your pals, starting at midnight and continuing into the wee hours of the morning.
  • At Disney California Adventure park, the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” will have three showings at 9 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and 3 a.m.
  • Over at Pacific Wharf, a DJ spices things up with a Latin dance party from 10:45 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Join the Mad T Party Band for the new Diamond Mad T Party in Hollywood Land from 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m., and stick around as the White Rabbit DJ keeps things hopping ‘til morning.

Of course, Disney Parks Blog will be bringing you all the action as it happens that day, with updates and live streams from across the Disneyland Resort, so be sure to join us!

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Watch Premiere Performances of ‘Paint the Night’ Parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks and Disneyland Resort 24-Hour Event LIVE on Disney Parks Blog

posted on May 19th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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If you’re not one of the lucky Disney Parks Blog readers to join us for the premiere performances of “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks at Disneyland park on May 21, don’t worry! We will webcast both performances LIVE here on the Disney Parks Blog that evening.

You will be able to choose between four different views – two overlooking Sleeping Beauty Castle and two on Main Street, U.S.A. – all complete with sound! Check back here at approximately 8:30 p.m. PDT to watch “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks live from Disneyland park.

And come back bright and early the next morning for our live webcasts from the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-hour event! In addition to the four views from inside Disneyland park, we will be adding two more inside Disney California Adventure park: from Cars Land and Paradise Pier. Follow along with all the fun from at home!

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Honoring Disney’s Electrical Parade Heritage in the All-New ‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

posted on May 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


When the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kicks off May 22, one of the brightest gems promises to be the new, state-of-the-art “Paint the Night” parade. This dazzling nighttime procession is led by Tinker Bell flying in a magical, musical overture, spreading pixie dust along the Disneyland parade route. Right on her tail (but never growing up!) is Peter Pan, perched high atop an enormous drum inspired by a float from the classic “Main Street Electrical Parade.”

And that’s not the only nod to Disneyland parade heritage. If you look closely, you may just spot a rosette taken from a light on one of the original Main Street Electrical Parade floats, hand-placed on the tip of Tinker Bell’s wand!

Of course, “Paint the Night” is just one facet of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which is also bringing the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular, all starting May 22.

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Richard M. Sherman’s Tribute to Walt Disney in ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park

posted on May 19th, 2015 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


I had the pleasure of interviewing Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman again recently, this time for his work on the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, new for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. It’s such an honor every time I get a chance to chat with him. He’s as nice as you would imagine! This time I joined him and Broadway star Ashely Brown in a recording studio in Hollywood, Calif. Ashley had just flown in from New York to record Mr. Sherman’s latest masterpiece, “A Kiss Goodnight.” He wrote it for the new fireworks show, set to debut to guests on Friday, May 22, at Disneyland park. It’s a beautiful song, and Ashley has such a beautiful voice. I also learned that there’s a special reason why Richard chose the words, “A Kiss Goodnight,” and he explains in the video. Enjoy!

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Favorite Musical Groups Sing New Tunes for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Beginning May 22, three of our most popular musical groups will be joining in the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, with the addition of some delightful, celebration-inspired enhancements in their performances.

On Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, the Dapper Dans will be expanding their repertoire of barbershop favorites with a festive new tune – actually a little-known, classic song by Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman, made new for the park’s 60th anniversary.

The Red Car Trolley News Boys with Mickey Mouse on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

At Disney California Adventure park, Mickey Mouse arrives on Buena Vista Street with the Red Car Trolley News Boys, sharing an original song that invites us to step inside Mickey’s vivid imagination and pay tribute to Walt Disney, the world’s greatest dreamer.

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And when Five & Dime swing into the party at the newly sparkling Carthay Circle, they’ll bring along three new songs that’ll keep toes tapping and put a smile on every face!

It’s shaping up to be a great summer filled with music and memories! Keep reading Disney Parks Blog over the next week, as we bring you more updates from the big kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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Shopper’s Guide to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Beginning May 20 – 22, several locations will begin to sparkle with dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration merchandise. Rest assured that as time goes on, more and more locations will join in the excitement. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know before you go shopping at the Disneyland Resort.

May 20

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise

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Disney Parks │ PANDORA Jewelry Collection (limit three (3) of each per guest, per item)

  • Disneyland park – La Mascarade d’Orleans (opens 9 a.m.), New Century Jewelry
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

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  • Disneyland park – New Century Jewelry
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Downtown Disney District – Disney Vault 28, World of Disney Store

May 21

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May 22

Art & Collectibles

  • Disneyland park – Disneyana
  • Disney California Adventure park – Off the Page
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

Dooney & Bourke and HARVEYS

  • Disney Vault 28 (opens 8 a.m.)

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Limited Edition Pinocchio Plush (First in a Series of Four)

  • Disneyland park – Emporium
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

Limited Edition Pins

Vinylmation

  • Downtown Disney District – D Street (opens at 8 a.m.)

I recently shared details on the “Up All Night Makes Me Dopey” merchandise and cupcake for the 24-hour event, so be sure to add that to your list of things to pick up!

Here are a few other things to know before you go …

Purchasing limits will apply to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise. If you’re curious as to what that entails, items considered limited edition will be limited to two (2) per guest, per day, per item. Open edition items, will be limited to five (5) per guest, per day, per item.

Let us know which shops you plan to visit in the comments below!

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Creating the ‘Frozen’ Float for ‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


In “Paint the Night,” the innovative new nighttime parade coming May 22 as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to harness the power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust and bring to light beloved characters and stories from “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story” and more.

From the world of “Frozen” comes the tallest float in the entire parade, inspired by Elsa’s shimmering palace of ice. Anna and Elsa will grace the float, accompanied by Olaf and a group of dancing frozen fractals, as they glide through Disneyland park. In this video, our team members take you behind the scenes for a look at the “Frozen” float under construction.

What part of “Paint the Night” are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check back – we’ll have more glimpses of this spectacular new parade for you soon.

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Here’s What You Need to Know to Line Up for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Event

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Mickey Mouse and his Friends in their Pajamas in Front of the Main Street Train Station at Disneyland Park

The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kicks off this week with a 24-hour event on May 22-23 at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks! Some of you may be planning to arrive early in the hopes of being among the first to celebrate with us. If so, I’ve got some important information to share with you.

Parking

  • Pumbaa lot will open for early arrivals at 10 p.m. the evening of May 21.
  • Mickey & Friends Parking Structure will open at 4 a.m. and Toy Story Lot will open at 5 a.m. on May 22.

Pre-Opening Queue

  • Guests may bring games, blankets, chairs, tents and sleeping bags, but guests must return these items to their cars or hotel rooms and return to the line by 2 a.m.
  • At 2 a.m., all guests in line will be moved through Security checkpoints to the Disneyland Resort Esplanade, where they will receive a commemorative keepsake while supplies last.
  • No smoking, fighting or loud music will be allowed in line.
  • All guests in line will be able to temporarily leave the line to use the restroom, purchase food or beverages, and return or retrieve items from their vehicles/hotel rooms.

Opening Celebration

  • At 4 a.m., guests who choose to begin their day at Disneyland park will be escorted onto Main Street, U.S.A., to prepare for the opening celebration moment, which will take place at approximately 6 a.m. inside Disneyland park.
  • Guests who choose to begin their day at Disney California Adventure park will be escorted onto Buena Vista Street at 5:30 a.m.

Costumes and Prohibited Items

  • Costumes for adults are not allowed for this event. Please refer to the guidelines listed here.
  • Be sure to check the list of prohibited items here.
  • Lockers in the Disneyland Resort Esplanade and inside Disneyland park will be available at 4 a.m. Disney California Adventure park lockers will be available at 5:30 a.m.

Tickets

  • Regular park admission used on May 22 is valid for the entire 24-hour period (6 a.m. on May 22 through 6 a.m. on May 23). A special ticket is not required for this event.
  • Disneyland Resort ticket booths will open at 2 a.m. on May 22.
  • SoCal and SoCal Select Annual Passports will not be valid for admission on May 22.
  • Premium, Deluxe and Premier Annual Passports will be valid for admission during the entire 24-hour period.

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