This week’s “All in the Details” photos were shot in Prince Eric’s Village, a small area that lies just opposite Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction in New Fantasyland. One feature of the cartographer’s shop is a large seafarer’s map on the back wall that features plenty of intricate detail.
You may recognize some familiar faces in the map’s detail – including Ursula and King Triton. But what about the sea monster and winged beast that are attacking the ships? Have you seen those creatures somewhere before? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
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Just minutes ago, Walt Disney Imagineering released a new video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train during our live chat with Imagineer Dave Minichiello – and we wanted to be sure you didn’t miss it.
In the video, we compare onboard footage of the attraction side-by-side with an original CGI onboard that was created early on in the attraction’s development.
Stay tuned for more updates on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
Imagineer Dave Minichiello will join us here on the Disney Parks Blog beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST, to answer some of your questions about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. We’ve received many questions so far, but please keep them coming!
This will be a text chat with a video element later on that will auto-play on most computers. You may wish to adjust your speakers now.
A new parade debuted at Magic Kingdom Park on October 1, 1989 – the Disney Character Hit Parade (also known as the “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Parade”).
Mickey Mouse, outfitted in white ship captain’s attire, led the procession atop a gleaming steamboat. Following along were the Country Bears, as well as Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear. The Mad Hatter from “Alice In Wonderland” rode along the parade route in a gazebo, while Cinderella appeared in her pumpkin coach. Another fun aspect of this parade was a team of rollerskaters, who whirled along the parade route.
Another notable fact was that this was the first parade to feature an appearance by the cast of “The Little Mermaid,” which was released earlier that year. Check out their first float above, which featured Ariel, Ursula, Prince Eric and Sebastian.
It’s almost parade time!
Today, we’re excited to share with you that the incredible, new daytime spectacular, “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” will make its grand debut at Magic Kingdom Park on Sunday, March 9.
All the enormous, colorful floats have been constructed. Costumes have been designed and created. The original musical score has been recorded, and now the Cast of the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” is busy rehearsing for the premiere performance!
Before rehearsals could begin, Show Director Randy Wojcik and Choreographer Stephen Di Schiavi held a choreography workshop to further develop their initial ideas about staging and movement. They recently gave us a peek into that workshop, for a taste of what we can expect to see when the performers bring the stories of “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” to life on the parade route.
So who else is ready to join the celebration, once the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” debuts March 9?
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We’re continuing our series of New Fantasyland live chats next week with perhaps our most popular topic – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. On February 24 at 2:30 p.m. EST, Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Dave Minichiello will join us here on the Disney Parks Blog to talk about the attraction and answer your questions.
During the chat, we’ll be sharing an exclusive Walt Disney Imagineering video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train where you’ll get a sneak peek of the experience inside the attraction. We’ll also be answering questions you may have about the attraction and talking about the completion of New Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Be sure and join us here on Monday, February 24. The live chat featuring Imagineer Dave Minichiello will begin at 2:30 p.m. See you then.
Every Disney parade has it’s own unique sound, and the new “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” opening at Magic Kingdom Park next month is no different. This daytime spectacular will feature an original theme song and score by Composer Mark Hammond, who previously worked on “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park and the “Flights of Fantasy” parade at Hong Kong Disneyland.
During a recent orchestra recording session, Mark and Senior Music Producer Dan Stamper shared some thoughts about the parade’s soundtrack.
This week’s look inside New Fantasyland focuses on some of the charming details that can be found on the Dwarfs’ cottage at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in New Fantasyland.
These photos, supplied by Walt Disney Imagineering, show smaller details on the Dwarfs’ cottage, which will serve as a charming and scenic exterior that can be spotted when you walk past (or ride a Mine Train through) the attraction. When designing the cottage, Imagineers referenced the film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in order to plan details as intricate as the color combination of roof shingles, the slope of the roof’s eaves, the shape of a lanterns, and especially the etched woodland creatures that decorate the house.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set to open in spring 2014. Will you visit? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
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As Walt Disney World Resort’s 15th anniversary celebration came to a close in fall 1987, a new parade replaced the “15 Years of Magic.” “We the People All-America Parade” stepped off September 20, 1987.
The procession featured Mickey and Minnie in colonial attire riding atop an oversized Constitution float, surrounded by a marching band. There was a float for country bears with a country band, floats based on “American” sights, including a lighthouse, steamboat and a barn, among others. Disney characters appeared in attire themed to their floats, such as Goofy dressed in cowboy gear.
As we continue our popular series on the history of the monorails at Disney Parks, Erin Glover asked me to step in and tell you the stories of the Mark IV and VI monorails at the Walt Disney World Resort. When Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971, it also brought with it a new era in monorail trains, the Mark IV. The nearly 3-mile monorail track provided a means of transportation for guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park.
The Imagineers wanted to uphold Walt Disney’s vision of an immersive experience when developing the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, ensuring that guests left the real world behind. The Seven Seas Lagoon separated guest parking from the entrance to Magic Kingdom Park, making the monorail an integral part of transporting guests into a truly far-away land.
Imagineer Bob Gurr based the design of the Walt Disney World Monorail System on the original monorails at Disneyland Resort while giving it an updated look.
On opening day, there were ten trains built with five cars each on two monorail tracks (express and Disney Resort hotels) for guests to make their way to experience the magic.