As we gear up for the debut of “Mickey and the Magical Map,” the latest and greatest new show at Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland park, it triggered memories from my colleagues about what’s been featured in this popular theatre in years past. Many of them grew up in Southern California. They danced at Videopolis, had a front-row seat to “Animazement” and celebrated the holidays watching “Mickey’s Nutcracker.” Those are only a few of the fun shows, so check out this video and take a trip down memory lane. Enjoy!
posted on May 17th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
posted on May 17th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Of course the Disney chefs had to get in on the Memorial Day weekend fun to kick off a Monstrous Summer at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24, to 6 a.m. May 25, – which gives us 24 hours to nosh our way through the delightful bites.
We won’t give away all the ideas the chefs have planned, but here are a few:
The cupcake craze gets a nod at Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park, with a chocolate cupcake topped with tasty “Monsters University” sweets. And we can’t resist the “Eye Scream Sundae” at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and Plaza Restaurant in two flavors – mint chocolate chip or strawberry.
The Launching Pad in Tomorrowland will have two theme drinks, Randall’s Suds and Mike’s Punch.
At the Disneyland Resort, tasty treats are everywhere. From a steak and eggs breakfast at Carnation Café in Disneyland park to a Monster Nacho Dog at Award Weiners at Disney California Adventure park, there are dozens of creations added to menus. We expect lots of guests will be looking for early-morning eats, like the breakfast pizza at Redd’s Pizza Port with eggs, chorizo, roasted tomatillos, mozzarella and pico de gallo. Blue Bayou is adding roasted bourbon shrimp stuffed with Dungeness crab mousse served with spinach, pasta and smoked tomato-habanero-artichoke sauce. Café Orleans has decadent bananas Foster French toast, or, if you must behave, fresh fruit with yogurt and granola.
For breakfast goodies at Disney California Adventure park, Golden Vine Winery Trattoria has a Wine Country breakfast with scrambled eggs, herbed potatoes, biscuit, bacon or sausage and fruit; or spinach frittata made with egg whites. For around-the-clock eating, the potstickers are back at Lucky Fortune Cookery, or head to Pacific Wharf Café for a hearty loaded baked potato soup in a fresh sourdough bread bowl.
Oh, there’s so much more, like the mac-and-cheese flatbread pizza with sun-dried tomato pesto at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, or the Monstrous Open-Face Turkey Sandwich at Flo’s V-8 Café (brioche piled high with turkey and topped with gravy, cranberry marmalade on the side).
Come hungry, and you can bet there are plenty of delicious eats to keep you going around the clock.
posted on May 17th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
I can’t wait for the upcoming all-night party that will kick off a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks on May 24, 2013. I had a blast at last year’s 24-hour party with my fiancée, so I imagine this one will be even more “eye-mazing!” As part of Limited Time Magic, Disney Theme Park Merchandise has created some commemorative items featuring Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, stars of Disney•Pixar’s upcoming film “Monsters University.” Here are some things you can expect starting May 24.
We will have a new logo shirt featuring Mike, created just for the 24 hour party. The shirts will be similar on each coast except for a small logo change on the sleeve (either “Magic Kingdom” for guests in Florida or “Disneyland Resort” for guests in California). This shirt will also be offered on our Disney Parks online store from May 24-27 at http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. (Please note that items will be shipped in 6-8 weeks from time of order.)
My favorite items are the Sulley-inspired Disney ear hat (it’s furry!) and Mike’s one-eyed novelty sunglasses. We will also be offering an embroidered Disney ear hat with a “Monstrous Summer” logo that day.
The apparel, ear hats and sunglasses will be released at the Emporium and select locations in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. At Disneyland Resort, look for these items in Emporium at Disneyland park and Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park, among other select locations. Please note we will have a purchase limit for the Mike Wazowski sunglasses and the Sulley ear hat; Guests may purchase a maximum of two of each item.
The Consumables team will offer some treats inspired by Mike and Sulley, including blue and green cotton candy, cake pops, and decorative candy apples. My favorite (mostly because they gave me a sample to try) is the delicious cupcake complete with green icing and a chocolate logo square. Look for select goodies in locations like the Main Street Confectionery in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, Candy Palace at Disneyland park or Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure park.
All of these items will be available for a “limited time” only beginning May 24, while supplies last.
Finally, I invite you to follow the Disney Parks Blog on May 24, as I will be traveling coast-to-coast to party in three Disney Parks that day. I look forward to seeing friends on both the east and west coasts! If you are in the parks, please say hello!
Check out these posts to learn more about our Monstrous Summer All-Night Party on May 24:
posted on May 17th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
We’re just one week away from our next Limited Time Magic event, the huge Disney Parks Monstrous Summer All-Nighter on May 24! Pam Brandon and Steven Miller will be along later to share details about some of the great food and merchandise you can expect to find, but first I’d like to tell you more about the special entertainment we have in store.
Everything kicks-off with special opening moments in front of the parks, leading up to 6 a.m., and then you’re off and running for 24 hours of fun!* Many of your usual favorite characters and shows will be happening throughout the day, but we also have some extra things planned just for this event.
At Magic Kingdom Park, Mike and Sulley from this summer’s new Disney•Pixar film “Monsters University” will pop in to “scare up” some excitement at the “Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It!” Street Party, and serve as Grand Marshals during a special pre-parade, complete with a cheer squad, flag corps and a marching band playing the MU Fight Song! You can catch this procession just ahead of each of that day’s two performances of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” Parade. In Tomorrowland, the Rockettower Plaza Stage plays host to a “Monster Mania” DJ Dance Party from 4 – 9 p.m. and “Monsters University Movie Night” from 11 p.m. – 5 a.m., featuring back-to-back showings of the original “Monsters, Inc.” and an opportunity to meet Mike and Sulley! Finally, you can dance the night away at Disney’s Up All Night Dance Party at Cinderella Castle, keeping things lively from 2 – 5:45 a.m.
At Disneyland Resort, the fun spreads out across two Disney Parks! Disney California Adventure park is having a Hollywood Viewing Party, screening “Monsters, Inc.” inside Muppets Theater and hosting Mad T Party outside in Hollywood Land. Both start at 9 p.m. and continue through the night. Elsewhere, the “Monsters University” gang will be out and about with the new MU float from the Pixar Play Parade, happy to pose for pictures with you.
Disneyland park celebrates with a Disney Character Pajama Party, starting after midnight in Mickey’s Toontown with classic Disney cartoons, a Mickey Mouse Party Zone with DJ and activities for kids, plus goodies available for purchase, like hot chocolate, milk and cookies and other treats. Over in Tomorrowland, there will be Star Wars characters to meet and the TLT “Monstrous” Dance Club at Tomorrowland Terrace, where you can keep the party going from midnight to 5:30 a.m.
During the All-Nighter, the Royal Theatre at Fantasy Faire hosts a Royal Swing Ball, with a live band from 10 p.m. – 1:40 a.m., and beginning June 15 the “Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party” will return to the Royal Theatre for select nights during the summer. Keep an eye on the calendar page on Disneyland.com for dates and information.
So whether you’re heading to Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort for the Disney Parks Monstrous Summer All-Nighter, you’re in for a monster-sized good time!
*Hours of operation 6:00 a.m. on 5/24/13 to 6:00 a.m. on 5/25/13; subject to capacity restrictions. Only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available. Valid theme park admission required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.
posted on May 16th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
What do these three photos have in common, besides being taken at Disney California Adventure park? To me, they all show how wind can affect a photo. The wind was blowing really hard when I set out to take photos for this “Disney Parks After Dark” post. This changed what I had hoped to capture – I think for the better.
The spinning windmill at Fillmore’s Taste-In at Cars Land immediately caught my attention. I don’t remember ever seeing it spin that fast before!
My favorite of the three is the view of Paradise Bay with Mickey’s Fun Wheel in the background. With a 13-second exposure, the water should be fairly smooth – but if you look closely, you can see what appears to be small waves being pushed by the wind.
See the posts below for more recipes from around Disney Parks:
posted on May 15th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Merchandise Marketing & Communications Project Manager, Disneyland Resort
Summer is just around the corner, and we have a lot of great events planned for you. Here’s a look at what’s coming your way this June at the Disneyland Resort.
June 1: ACME Artists Gris Grimly and Ragnar will be appearing at D Street in the Downtown Disney District from 2-7 p.m. as we debut some of the newest releases in their Screen Print art collection. Learn more here.
June 1: Look for the latest art releases and prints from Sick for Cute, whose work will be showcased throughout the month of June at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Sick for Cute will be on hand from 1–4 p.m. and will return again later in the month on June 29-30. Learn more here.
June 8: If you are a fan of HARVEYS, then race over to Elias & Co., because HARVEYS director and representative Paul Jaurequi will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon to show you some of the newest collections and, of course, convince you to drive off with a new Seatbeltbag. For the record, I need no convincing, I’m so there! Learn more here.
June 8: Meet artist Noah at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 2-4 p.m. as we celebrate the release of his latest piece, The Great Flood, inspired by the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from the Disney animated film, “Fantasia.” Learn more here.
June 15: It’s been almost one year since the opening of WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, so what’s next? Witness the perfect fusion of Disney and pop culture with the next exhibit to make the scene, Pop Fusion. The exhibit will showcase original and limited edition artwork, as well as merchandise inspired by these pieces. As part of the launch, artists Liana Hee, Dave Quiggle and Michelle Romo, as well as Imagineer Danny Handke, will be on hand for a special appearance and signing. Meet them from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn more here.
Artist in Residence: Rounding out the month is Jackie Huang, who will be appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as the Artist in Residence. See Jackie June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 5–9 p.m. Learn more here.
So start your summer off right! Make plans to visit the Disneyland Resort for what is going to be a Monstrous Summer and scare up some fun! For details on these events and more visit www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.
posted on May 15th, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director
Get whistles while you work or play sporting this “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs“-inspired outfit. Red jeans are the foundation for the tee, featuring a lovely portrait of Snow White. Then it’s off to work for the dwarfs as they come together to tote your things in the canvas carryall. The bag is large enough to hold all of your essentials, including some Beautifully Disney cosmetics and compact mirror (just in case you need to double check who is the fairest of them all). Snow White also graces the face of the stylish timepiece, with black caviar beading around the bezel and a patent leather strap to complete the look.
Check out more “Disney Style Snapshots” in these posts:
posted on May 14th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Manager, Social Media and Print, Disneyland Resort
It’s a beautiful, if a bit warm, afternoon here at Disneyland park – a great day to find a shady spot and enjoy the sights and sounds all around you. I like the little spot next to the Mad Tea Party, where this guy is hanging out. It’s cool, a little tucked away, and the perfect vantage point for all the action that happens in this corner of Fantasyland.
What is your favorite spot to relax and cool off at the Disneyland Resort? Let me know in the comments.
posted on May 14th, 2013 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports
How many of you are like me – running, leading a healthy, active lifestyle, but falling short when it comes to diet and nutrition? It’s no secret proper nutrition is the key to fueling your exercise and helping your body recover and prevent injury. Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming runDisney event, or just getting off the couch to start your journey to a healthier lifestyle, you aren’t alone: the runDisney team is with you every step of the way.
If you haven’t done so yet, I invite you to check out runDisney.com. There, you will find training programs from our official training consultant Jeff Galloway. Jeff’s run/walk/run program will get you off the couch and moving down the road safely and with little risk for injury.
Recently, we were excited to welcome Tara Gidus as the official nutritionist for runDisney. Her tips are helping runners fuel their training programs and races, and they will help you achieve your goal of a healthy lifestyle.
Tara recently teamed up with Disney Chef Gary Jones to prepare a couple healthy dishes that are easy to make and delicious to eat. The first of three recipes and nutrition tips start today on runDisney.com.
Check out these posts for more of the latest runDisney news:
posted on May 13th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Have you tried the Disney Memories HD App yet?
This app offers a few great ways to add a Disney touch to your photos, whether it’s through posing (virtually) with a Disney character, or choosing from a selection of more than 100 “decoration items” to add to your photos, including photo stickers, Disney Parks and attraction-themed filters, frames and more.
You can also use the app to view a “Photo of the Day,” as well as set character audio and video alarms.
What do you think of the app? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.