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Vanessa Williams Meets Merida at Disneyland Park

posted on May 29th, 2012 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


To celebrate her daughter’s twelfth birthday, Vanessa Williams brought her and some friends to Disneyland park. It happened to be the very first day that Merida, the adventurous heroine from the upcoming Disney•Pixar film “Brave,” was greeting guests in Fantasyland. While her daughter was practicing archery at this delightful new location near “it’s a small world,” Vanessa posed with Merida for this fun photo.
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Can you remember Vanessa’s connection to another Disney film featuring a brave heroine?

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Celebrating 35 Years of Space Mountain at Disneyland Park

posted on May 27th, 2012 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Today marks the 35th anniversary of the landmark Tomorrowland attraction that became an instant classic when it opened on May 27, 1977.

Space Mountain

A variation of a concept Walt Disney developed in the 1960s, Space Mountain first opened at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in 1975. Construction on Space Mountain at Disneyland park began soon after.

Construction on Space Mountain at Disneyland Park in 1976

In this rare photo, construction continues on Space Mountain in 1976.

I remember riding Space Mountain the week it opened. That day, and in the years that followed, I was fascinated by the “com chat” in the queue. What’s your favorite memory from Space Mountain?

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on May 27th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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Walt Disney World Resort photographer Matt Stroshane captured one of my favorite images of the month early this week. That’s the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soaring to the International Space Station over Mission: SPACE at Epcot. The red streak in the sky is the flame from the rocket engines over a 64-second exposure as it arced into orbit.
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And as regular readers know, we have several ongoing stories that run each week on the Disney Parks Blog. Our newest series is called “All in the Details” and it features images of some of the special touches Walt Disney Imagineering has been adding to New Fantasyland attractions at Magic Kingdom Park. This week’s photo shows the first glimpse of Belle’s dream library that’s a part of the new Enchanted Tales with Belle attraction. Be sure to check the blog on Tuesdays for more.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

All in the Details: A Peek Inside Belle’s Library in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park – Catch a first glimpse of Belle’s dream library that’s a part of the new Enchanted Tales with Belle attraction.

Check Out New Souvenir Cocktail Glasses at Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel – Take a look at the new Barrel Mug and Uh Oa bowl, now available at Trader Sam’s – Enchanted Tiki Bar.

Snow White’s Scary Adventures Will Become Part of Magic Kingdom Park History May 31 – As Snow White’s Scary Adventures closes May 31, the Magic Kingdom will make way for the Princess Fairytale Hall, the new home for visiting royalty.

More of Cars Land at Night Through a Photographer’s Lens at Disney California Adventure Park – Paul Hiffmeyer shared some of the first photos of Cars Land as it will be seen once the sun sets.

First Look: Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California Adventure Park – Finally, the walls that have surrounded Carthay Circle Theatre have come down! Take a sneak peek in Erin’s post.

SpaceX Rocket Soars Over Mission: SPACE at Epcot – Check out this must-see photo that captured the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching to the International Space Station in front of Mission: SPACE at Epcot.

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Take 5: Honoring the Stars and Stripes at Disney Parks

posted on May 26th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


American Traditions at Disney Parks

Disney Parks loves celebrating American traditions, and honoring those who keep our loved ones and us safe is no exception. We’d like to take a moment to show our appreciation to those who make such great sacrifices for our country by sharing these Disney Parks Blog posts below.

Take 5: Honoring the Stars and Stripes at Disney Parks

  1. Disney Announces ‘Heroes Work Here’ – The Walt Disney Company recently announced a company-wide initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans called Heroes Work Here. Check out the details in this post.

  2. A Disney Pin Salute… Looking Back at Memorial Day – Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller dug deep in the Disney Pin Vault to look back at some of the pins we’ve created around this patriotic holiday.

  3. Create a Memorable Moment: Thank a Soldier – Disney Floral & Gifts allows us to honor the soldiers in our lives – and the soldiers we don’t know who keep us safe – in this post.

  4. ‘Heroes Work Here’ Update – Check out the progress being made in our goal to provide jobs and career opportunities to at least 1,000 military vets over the next three years!

  5. The Liberty Tree’s Patriotic Roots – Read the story behind this special tree at Magic Kingdom Park, modeled after a real symbol of American history.

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Carthay Circle Fountain Revealed at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 25th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Yesterday, Disney California Adventure park guests were able to see the entire exterior of Carthay Circle Theatre for the first time, and today another beautiful park landmark has been revealed. Carthay Circle Fountain is now visible, and as you can see in these brand-new images from Paul Hiffmeyer, it was worth the wait!
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In the video below (filmed before the construction walls came down), Imagineer Lisa Girolami gives some insight into the inspiration for this fountain and how it helps tell the story of the Los Angeles that Walt Disney may have discovered when he first arrived.

Come see Carthay Circle for yourself when Buena Vista Street opens on June 15!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for the latest on the expansion of Disney California Adventure park. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtags #CarsLand, #BuenaVistaStreet, #MadTParty and #JustGotHappier.

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Cruising at Night with Lightning McQueen and Mater in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 25th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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As night fell in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, I followed Mater and Lightning McQueen back to the center of town to check out the neon lighting up Route 66.
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Before we wrapped up our little road trip, you know we had to get a shot over at Flo’s V8 Café. I really like the way the neon over at Flo’s reflects off McQueen’s hood.

What a great time I had spending the day with these two. Don’t forget, beginning June 15, you can meet Lightning and Mater over at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for the latest on the expansion of Disney California Adventure park. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtags #CarsLand, #BuenaVistaStreet, #MadTParty and #JustGotHappier.

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Master Build Event to Celebrate the Grand Reopening of the LEGO Store at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 25th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


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Earlier this year, I told you that a brand-new and completely remodeled LEGO Store is coming this spring to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. The construction is complete and the beautifully remodeled LEGO Store is open for business! This store offers a vast assortment of the latest LEGO products that enable guests of all ages to design and build. The newly added outdoor space has been created with an interactive LEGO play area, and inside the addition of a beautiful new glass-enclosed mezzanine is featured prominently in the center of the store. LEGO fans both young and old will enjoy the wide variety of LEGO boxed sets as well as the massive “pick a brick” wall which will allow guests to customize their LEGO selection.

To celebrate the grand reopening of the location, LEGO will host a Master Build Event to take place Friday, May 25, through Sunday, May 27, from 12–8 pm each day. Guests will have the opportunity to assemble small sections of Brickley the Sea Serpent, and the small sections will be assembled into larger sections by the LEGO Master Builder. Each day, one of three big sections will be assembled, head, hump & tail, until a fully formed Brickley the Sea Serpent is created! Following the Master Build Event, Brickley the Sea Serpent will submerge until his next event.

I invite you to join us at this terrific event at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort, either as a spectator or a participant!

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Beginning June 18, Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests Get More Time to Play

posted on May 25th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disney California Adventure Park

The Happiest Place on Earth is about to get happier – and beginning with arrivals on June 18, 2012, guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel can take advantage of Extra Magic Hour* – early admission to either Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park – every day of their stay (with valid theme park admission and active hotel room key card).

Extra Magic Hour will allow registered Disneyland Resort hotel guests admission into select attractions at Disneyland park on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Disney California Adventure park on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, before that park opens to the general public.

This is just one of the many benefits of staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel. Explore the others here, and book your stay now here, and see for yourself why the “Happiest Place on Earth Just Got Happier!”

*Check disneyland.com for schedule of when each park offers Extra Magic Hour. Each registered hotel guest (ages 3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card. To enhance the Extra Magic Hour experience, it is strongly recommended that guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to regular park opening. Applicable Theme Park, days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores, restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity, cancellation and other restrictions.

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Disney California Adventure Park Will Have Plenty of Character This Summer

posted on May 25th, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


When it’s officially reopened on June 15, Disney California Adventure park will feature even more Disney than ever before, with our famous cast of characters making special appearances in delightful new entertainment offerings.

Disney California Adventure Park Has Plenty of Character this Summer

Down on Buena Vista Street, it’s the 1920s and 1930s, and you may run into those young upstarts, Chip ‘n’ Dale, who are looking pretty snazzy in spiffy period outfits. Goofy’s got a plaid suit that’s the “cat’s pajamas,” while a new fella named Mickey Mouse has just arrived in town, hoping to make his dreams come true just like his pal, Walt Disney. He might even join the Red Car Trolley News Boys for a song and get discovered in the process.

In Hollywood Land, you can kick it Disney-style as “Dancin’ with Disney” takes over Stage 17, inviting you to join some of your favorite characters in a fun-filled, interactive party. From 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. each day this summer, you can step inside for music videos, trivia and surprise character appearances. You never know who might show up!

Over at Paradise Park, the inimitable Goofy becomes maestro extraordinaire, as he dons his topcoat and tails to lead an invisible orchestra during several daily mini-concerts. As he conducts, the fountains of Paradise Bay begin to “dance” to the music, providing dramatic – and often comic – interpretations of the compositions.

Disney California Adventure Park Has Plenty of Character this Summer

Of course, on a visit to the all-new Cars Land, you may just cross paths with two of Radiator Springs’ most famous residents, Lightning McQueen and Mater. Throughout the day, these best pals will be driving through town to the Cozy Cone Motel to make a few new friends.

With all this, plus the return of the Pixar Play Parade and continuing favorites like “Phineas & Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party,” “Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline” and Wilderness Explorers Dug and Russell at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, Disney California Adventure park is shaping up to be a Disney character fan’s paradise!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for the latest on the expansion of Disney California Adventure park. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtags #CarsLand, #BuenaVistaStreet, #MadTParty and #JustGotHappier.

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Disney Resorts Soaps and Shampoos Help Clean the World

posted on May 25th, 2012 by Kathleen Prihoda, Manager of Media Relations, Walt Disney World Resort


Here’s a story that been bubbling for a while… soaps and shampoos from Disney Resorts are getting a second life after their initial use through a partnership with Clean the World.

When we first shared this story in 2010, all Walt Disney World Resort hotels were participating in the program to collect, sanitize and repackage discarded bath amenities, which in turn are distributed to impoverished areas worldwide. Besides improving personal hygiene, the products help prevent illness and disease in children.

Disney Resorts Soaps and Shampoos Help Clean the World

Clean the World efforts recently expanded to include Disney resorts and hotels in California and Hawaii, and the contributions are impressive. In just two years time, Disney has collected a whopping 53 tons of soap, which breaks down into 565,509 bars. Additionally, more than 33 tons of bottled amenities, such as shampoo and lotion, have been given to the cause.

The Disney soaps go global (from Haiti to India) and local, where they are put to use in homeless and domestic abuse shelters.

In addition to its preventive health benefits, this innovative recycling effort literally is making the world a cleaner place by reducing waste. Since participating in Clean the World, Disney has diverted nearly 87 tons of hotel waste from landfills.

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