Can you remember what happened to Old Flybait?
posted on October 30th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Today in Disney History: Walt Disney Pictures Releases Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
posted on October 29th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Twenty years ago today, two distinct holidays came together in a new, annual Disney tradition. “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” brought Halloween and Christmas together in a spooky spectacular which brought us new classic Disney characters like Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie. A few years later, Jack and his creepy crew began another Disney tradition: Haunted Mansion Holiday here at Disneyland park.
The attraction takes on a whole new life (or afterlife?) as the usual residents vacate the mansion while Jack Skellington brings the world of Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas” to life each year.
Like many guests, my favorite scene in Haunted Mansion Holiday is the “graveyard that’s covered in ghostly white snow,” featuring singing jack-o’-lanterns and giant ice angels.
What is your favorite part of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park?
posted on October 29th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
Holidays at Disneyland Resort just got merrier… and they’re about to get a little brighter, too!
Evenings beginning November 12, the smiling clock at the front of “it’s a small world” Holiday will mark every quarter hour in a surprising new way. Using advanced 3D projection technology, the façade of the entire attraction will be transformed into an enormous, clockwork mechanism.
The gears and springs pull back to reveal a world of holiday wonders hidden behind the clock, from an incredible toy factory to a scrumptious gingerbread house that builds itself!
Show Director John Addis gave us a sneak peek:
Discover the fun inside “it’s a small world” Holiday, this holiday season at Disneyland park.
posted on October 28th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
On this date in 1902, actress Elsa Lanchester was born in London. Disney aficionados will recognize her as the comically exasperated, and accidental, “Sister Suffragette,” Katie Nanna from “Mary Poppins,” as well as for her appearances in Disney’s “That Darn Cat!” and “Blackbeard’s Ghost.” But it is her iconic 1935 film role as “The Bride of Frankenstein” opposite Boris Karloff that makes this seem like the perfect time to look back at her 1956 visit to Disneyland park with husband, Academy Award-winning actor, Charles Laughton.
I don’t think there’s a more perfect place to photograph this silver-screen couple than the Main Street Cinema. “I’ve said my say and that’s all I’ll say!”
posted on October 25th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
Thor: Treasures of Asgard, coming soon to Innoventions in Tomorrowland, will present an epic collection of objects brought to Earth straight from Thor’s home world of Asgard. You’ll also be able to travel across the Bifrost, a cosmic bridge transporting you to Asgard for an audience with Thor himself!
Look for Thor: Treasures of Asgard to open November 1 at Disneyland park, and see “Thor: The Dark World” when the big screen epic adventure hits theaters November 8.
posted on October 25th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
One of my favorite parts of Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park is watching the Cadaver Dans perform along the Rivers of America. They emerge from a fog aboard their raft, singing Halloween-inspired songs. This year, as part of “Limited Time Magic,” this barbershop quartet from beyond the grave will entertain grim, grinning ghosts and guests alike from the balcony of the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square during regular park hours. This is your chance to catch them outside of Mickey’s Halloween Party! They’re appearing in the daylight for a limited time only, October 28 – November 3.
Check out the video below for a peek at one of their performances during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park.
posted on October 24th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
Did you know that there are 300 jack-o’-lanterns decorating Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, and there are no two alike? The biggest one, of course, is the 16-foot Mickey Mouse Pumpkin at “Pumpkin Point.”
I liked this next photo because of how the balloons are lit up; and the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin stands out so well.
After a day of fun-filled attractions, great food and of course, that special souvenir, there is the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin giving every guest a great big wink – as if he was saying, “Thanks for coming by and Happy Halloween!”
posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Jon Storbeck, Vice President, Disneyland Park
“Life is a journey, not a destination,” said Hideo Amemiya, a thirty-year Disneyland Resort cast member, and one of its most distinguished and beloved senior leaders.
Hideo joined The Walt Disney Company in 1971 at the Polynesian Village at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. With a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Hideo successfully integrated the Disney service philosophies with practical hotel management. “When Walt Disney World opened, the Magic Kingdom Park and its operational standards were modeled after the original Disneyland in California,” Hideo recalled. “However, it took some time for true Disney philosophy to become integrated into a hotel operation.”
Hideo was director of resort operations at Walt Disney World Resort prior to joining the opening team for Tokyo Disneyland. “I assisted Disney and the Oriental Land Company, owner and operator of Tokyo Disneyland, during the negotiations to ensure that there was a clear understanding on both sides. I also assisted Walt Disney Imagineering in discussions with our artists and designers for a clearer understanding of the Japanese culture so that the portrayals of the culture could be properly produced.”
Hideo held several executive positions at Tokyo Disneyland, before coming to Anaheim where he was vice president and general manager of the Disneyland Resort hotels. In 2000, he was promoted to senior vice president of Disneyland Resort hotels and was responsible for the overall operations and the 7,000 cast members at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, the Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.
Hideo was a man of wit, energy and vision whose enthusiasm for Disney projects never flagged. His zeal was contagious; he never had trouble getting people on board with his projects. An active community member, Hideo was involved with many business and civic organizations, serving on the board of directors of the Anaheim Visitor and Convention Bureau and the Anaheim Hotel-Motel Association.
Hideo passed away in February 2001. That same year, he was honored with a window on Main Street, U.S.A., above Disney Showcase in Town Square. His window aptly reads: Happiest Dreams on Earth, International School of Hospitality, Hideo Amemiya, Headmaster, “We put people first”
In 2005, Hideo was named a Disney Legend for his many contributions to The Walt Disney Company.
For more about the windows on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland Resort, click the links below:
posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
We just got word from our friends in Walt Disney Imagineering that an Adventureland attraction will receive its first-ever holiday makeover this year. Beginning in early November, Jungle Cruise at both Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park will temporarily transform into “Jingle Cruise” for the holiday season!
In this new seasonal storyline of the attraction, the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they’ve added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they’ve created themselves). The Skippers have also added a slew of new jokes to their tours that are the perfect way to get guests in the holiday spirit. Additionally, Jungle Cruise boats have been renamed with the holidays in mind, and if guests listen carefully, they may hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background.
Jingle Cruise will debut on November 12 at Disneyland park. Be sure to keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates!
What do you think? Will you board the Jingle Cruise this holiday season? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
posted on October 22nd, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
November brings a sweet surprise from our Disneyland Resort candy makers… a Rocky Road Caramel Apple. This month our creamy caramel apple is topped with smooth milk chocolate, then covered in one of my favorite treats, marshmallows, and topped off with crunchy roasted almonds. Add a few more drizzles of milk chocolate all over and voila!
My grandma is a huge fan of “Rocky Road”, so I know this treat will hit the spot for her! You can’t go wrong when you pair it with our caramel apple. Wondering where can you find it? Look for it beginning November 1 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.
The ‘road’ to sweetness may sometimes be a bit ‘rocky’ but this is definitely one treat you won’t want to miss. Do you think it will be a favorite of yours to?