To begin Tuesday, I’m hoping some eagle-eyed Disney Parks Blog readers can shed light on this week’s mystery puzzler. This specific big orange bulb can be found shining somewhere at Disney Parks if you know where to look. Have you seen it before? Remember where? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.
posted on August 20th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Guests Ages 6-13 Can Take Center Stage During ‘American Idol Experience Juniors Edition’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
posted on August 9th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor
“The American Idol Experience Juniors Edition,” the next “Limited Time Magic” offering, hits the stage August 12-18, 2013, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Auditions for kids ages 6-13 will take place from park open to 4 p.m. each day, with the Juniors Show held at 6 p.m. each evening. No “Dream Tickets” will be provided, but young guests will have the opportunity to get a taste of showbiz beginning with an audition in front of a Disney producer. If selected for the Juniors Show, they will get a Hollywood-style showbiz treatment including cosmetology, a vocal training session and walk-through rehearsal before taking the stage in front of the live audience. A list of songs has been chosen specifically for the Juniors Show.
For more information and the song list for “The American Idol Experience Juniors Edition,” guests may go to LimitedTimeMagic.com.
posted on August 8th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
You know how much I love the hand-painted Ink & Paint cel program, so it should be no surprise to you that I find this newest release a stroke of evil genius, as it captures a true moment of “reflection” (in a sense) by one of Disney’s most beloved Villains.
Don’t take it to heart, the newest limited edition 1000 piece is aptly titled Reflection of Evil and will release on September 28 at Studios Animation Gallery. It features a delicately and precisely hand-painted Evil Queen as she sees her true self and reflection of what she is to become in the Magic Mirror.
Reflection of Evil will be available in the following formats, including framing options and retails:
Unframed Cel – $125
Black Frame and Cel – $215
Black Frame with Pin and Cel – $245
Black Frame with Pin, Postcard and Cel – $255
Gold Frame and Cel – $285
Here’s a quick peek at the pin that accompanies the cel in a couple of the framed formats.
For those of you in the area, several of the Ink & Paint artists associated with this piece will actually be on hand for a special appearance and signing September 28 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Studios Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
If you find yourself unable to join us or you’re out of town, don’t worry, Disney Event Services is currently taking pre-orders for the Reflection of Evil cel. Visit www.disneyurl.com/CelPreOrder to place an order. But keep in mind, all orders must be placed no later than Friday, September 27, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. EST. For more information, visit www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.
Have you missed out on any of the other hand-painted Ink & Paint cels carried over the years? There’s still time to pick them up and add them to your collection, before they disappear forever. Be sure to ask the talented team at Disney Hollywood Studios Animation Gallery about the following, in case some of them are still on your list: Muppets, Tailor Made, Mickey Mouse on Tour, Hop In Jessica, Waltz in the Park, Hollywood & Dine and Dumbo. Don’t miss out!
posted on August 5th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Do you plan on visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios on your next trip to Walt Disney World Resort? If so, this park-themed BINGO card, made specifically for our official Pinterest page, may be for you.
This BINGO card challenges guests to visit some of the park’s attractions and Disney characters in specific orders. You can use it to mix up your family’s traditional park plan, or split up into teams and challenge one another.
Would you try something like this on your next visit? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
posted on July 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
The stunt driving in Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show is simply amazing, with drivers executing a show full of choreographed 180- and 360-degree spins, two wheels and jumps – often in the midst of controlled explosions that guests can feel in their seats.
We love taking you behind-the-scenes at our attractions and this video was an absolute blast to create. In it, stunt drivers Eduardo Marques, Jr., Mike Sawyer and Kial Butler tell us what they love about performing in the show and even take us for a spin inside the car. Check it out!
Is the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show a must-see for you? Tell us what you love about the show in the “Comments” section below.
*Note: There is no ride-along experience offered at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.
posted on July 22nd, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction celebrates an anniversary on July 22, 2013. This classic Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction opened at the end of Sunset Boulevard in 1994. Like my fellow author Jennifer Fickley-Baker, I love this attraction! I grew up watching the television show, and recently have been re-watching several key episodes with my son (I have the complete series on Blu-ray because I’m a super fan!). I still recall riding it for the first time with my sister in December 1994 (at the time there was only one drop, yet it still rocked my world). To commemorate this year’s anniversary, I “dropped” by Tower Hotel Gifts at the exit of the attraction for a look at the merchandise offered.
One thing I noticed during my visit is that many guests (including myself) love ringing the bells pictured at the top of this article. The bells have been a part of the shop for years (I recall my sister telling me about them when she worked there in 1999 as part of the Walt Disney World College Program). Their white, clean design complements a line of bathrobes, towels and other items you would expect to find in a hotel gift shop.
This location also offers shirts featuring the attraction with nods to the original television series. I particularly liked the bellhop shirt complete with a nametag, which pairs well with the bellhop hat with mouse ears.
There is also a line of character merchandise that features Mickey Mouse and friends experiencing the attraction. I thought the frame with Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Goofy was fun and, of course, I noticed the coffee mugs. The location also carries some action figures based on characters from the television series.
In May 2013, we introduced the second series for Vinylmation – Park Starz that prominently features a stylized bellhop inspired by the attraction. When the Vinylmation team heard I was writing this article, they wanted me to give you a sneak preview of a different bellhop figure from the upcoming Vinylmation Park 13 (coming to Disney Parks at a future date).
Please enjoy a few other photos from my visit.
posted on July 18th, 2013 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
Although it’s not the weekend yet, I’m already excited about the special performance I’ll get to see at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Produced by Encore! Cast Performing Arts, “The Art of the Possible – The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” is a show like no other as it represents the commitment of more than 500 Walt Disney World Resort cast members who once a year produce a benefit performance for a charitable organization.
This year’s show will benefit A Gift For Music, a Central Florida nonprofit organization that provides free, stringed instruments and professional instruction for students in several public schools. Since 2002, Encore’s productions have donated more than $200,000 for charity!
The troupe is still in rehearsal until opening night this Friday, but they clearly have turned their common passion for music, into a passion for giving back. The talents of the Encore! Performing Arts group are certainly diverse. The group of volunteer singers, instrumentalists, dancers, actors, flag performers and support staff donate more than 50,000 hours annually to create, rehearse and produce each Encore! show, which is an incredible commitment.
Performances of “The Art of the Possible,” scheduled for July 19-20 & 25-28 at the Premiere Theater inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios, are open to the public. Tickets are available at www.encorecentral.org.
See you at the show!
posted on July 16th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
OK, so we stumped a few of you with numbers last week. Now, you’ll need to know your ABCs to solve our latest mystery puzzler. These blue letters can be seen somewhere at Disney Parks – and they’re not too difficult to spot. Any guesses? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.
posted on July 16th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
In it, Mr. Potato Head and Hamm steady their aim for the games that lay ahead. But where do they recommend you look for targets? Tell us in the “Comments” section below. We’ll update the post with the correct answer later.
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posted on July 13th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
This week at Disney Parks, some of our most compelling images came from the Disneyland Resort.
First up, how cool is this? The the “C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A” letters that used to welcome guests to the entrance of Disney California Adventure park just made their debut at the California State Fair.
Speaking of Disney California Adventure park, look who stopped by for a photo this week – New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, his wife, model Gisele Bundchen and their family.