This little gal sure looks excited! What’s on her mind? You tell us – go ahead and “Caption This!” in the “Comments” section below!
posted on December 9th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
posted on December 9th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Four years ago this month, we were celebrating our first holiday season here on the Disney Parks Blog. We also honored Walt Disney’s birthday, continued one of our most popular video series and more!
A Model Day at Epcot — Exclusive Disney Parks Tilt-Shift Video
The second in our popular tilt-shift video series was released on December 3, 2009, and featured one of my favorite Disney parks, Epcot!
Honoring the King of Disneyland
On December 5, 2009, we celebrated Walt Disney’s birthday with this fantastic photo of him aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat. To quote Walt, “Why be a governor or senator when you can be king of Disneyland?”
Snow-Capped Mountains Behind Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
In December 2009, Heather Hust Rivera shared one of my favorite Disney Parks Blog photos, showing Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle backed by the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains.
Roy E. Disney, Key Figure in Revitalizing The Walt Disney Company, Disney’s Animation Legacy, Dies at Age 79
On December 16, 2009, we mourned the passing of Roy E. Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney.
Disney Characters Decorate Disneyland Park Through the Years
In the days leading up to Christmas, we shared a look back at holiday decorations at Disneyland park from the 1960s through the 1980s.
posted on December 9th, 2013 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group
Even as it begins to add its magic to your neighborhood theater, Disney’s new animated feature “Frozen” is already getting critical raves and Oscar buzz, particularly for its marvelous new songs.
You’ll be delighted to learn “Frozen’s” songwriters, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, are not only among today’s top Broadway (and now Hollywood) composers, they’re also a doting mom and dad — and huge Disney Parks fans. In addition to “Frozen,” they wrote the songs for the 2011 Disney animated feature, “Winnie the Pooh,” “Finding Nemo—The Musical” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot!
We caught up with Kristen and Bobby just as they were on their way to take their young daughters Anna and Katie (both of whom also can be heard in Frozen) to Disney California Adventure park to see “World of Color — Winter Dreams,” the new holiday edition of the nighttime water spectacular hosted by none other than Olaf, the lovable snowman from “Frozen.”
Greg Ehrbar: “As Disney fans yourselves, it must be surreal to hear your songs on Disney Parks attractions, films and now ‘Frozen.’”
Kristen: What’s funny, and I think helpful, is that we consume more Disney stuff than we create. Bobby keeps buying “Frozen” merchandise and filling our entire studio with all-things “Frozen.” Every day I ask, “Okay, what did you buy today?” and he says something like, “I got the two crowns!”
GREG: “’Finding Nemo—The Musical’ has such great songs. I love listening to the sound track album [available on iTunes]. The songs you both write so well have strong, memorable melodies. They’re very hummable and like the Sherman Brothers’ songs—and I mean this in the best possible way—they’re what folks call earworms, those tunes you can’t get out of your head.”
Robert: “Well, as a songwriter, one of your dreams is that people would be forced to listen to your song for a constant loop all day long! That’s basically what it means to get a song into an attraction, right?” (laughs)
GREG: “I recall that Walt Disney said something to the effect that ‘songs were the things that the people took with them after they left the theater.’”
Kristen: “Chris Montan [President of Walt Disney Music], who’s been doing this kind of thing very successfully for a very long time, was the person we looked to as our guide, both melodically and structurally. We called him ‘Gandalf’ because this was an epic journey. We really had to get that ring of Mordor and we had a very small window of time. Neither of us had ever done this kind of thing before, so we would turn to Chris.”
Robert: “And like Gandalf, he had a number of projects that he was doing at once so we didn’t always have him.”
Kristen: “Right. It was as if he’d have some sort of ‘Balrog’ thing to take care of and would have to be away … but upon his return, he would be ever so much stronger.”
(They both laugh.)
Kristen: “…and so then, we finished the film!”
GREG: “You seem to have very eclectic tastes. The variety of styles in your songs for ‘Frozen’ reflect that.”
Kristen: “Definitely. I would say I have a little more of a foot in the top-40 world than Bobby, but he loves some of the classic pop hits and he’s a huge Billy Joel fan. That’s how he gets the girls. That’s how he got me.”
Kristen: “Well, the Finding Nemo ones, of course!”
Robert: “That was the one that really established us as a family of Disney Park goers. When our daughter was between the ages one-and-a-half to two, she spent pretty much that time at Disney. So we were a tried-and-true Disney family by the end of that. We always try to go to Expedition Everest in Florida, that’s our favorite coaster-type ride.”
Kristen: “Star Tours.”
Robert: “Oh, definitely every time, Star Tours.”
Kristen: “And there’s so much great music at Epcot.”
Kristen: “Soarin’ is amazing. And I love the Spaceship Earth music as you head up into space.”
Robert: “We go to ‘it’s a small world’ every time. That’s a song that rings true with us. As songwriters we see it as the happiest song ever, but when you hear Richard Sherman play it softly and soulfully…”
Kristen: “…it’s a prayerful piece.”
Robert: “Yeah, how deep it is. The whole thing is a beautiful experience.”
Kristen: “I was a huge fan of the original Journey Into Imagination song, too.”
Kristen: “Oh, and let me tell you something else, Greg. Just for fun I have an app on my phone that shows the Disneyland ride waiting times. Every once in awhile I’ll be in a meeting or something, and I’ll just go on the app and see that it’s 90 minutes to get on to Radiator Springs Racers, or it’s five minutes for Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train, or – ”
Robert: “– and I’m married to her.”
Kristen: “It does sound corny but it’s true—we remind ourselves everyday to be mindful of being grateful to be in this position.”
posted on December 9th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney
For the past few weeks we have shared details of the new 2014 New Balance runDisney shoes. We revealed that Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie will anchor the 2014 New Balance runDisney 860 V4 running shoe. There was a lot of excitement when we announced the same shoe will be available in kids sizes in 2014. It was also reveled that runners will have the opportunity to purchase kits with race specific shoe liners and shoe lace charms to personalize their race experience.
posted on December 9th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
In honor of the 40th anniversary of “Pinocchio” in 1980, the little wooden puppet was celebrated with his own parade at Magic Kingdom Park.
posted on December 8th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
This week, we celebrated Walt Disney’s birthday on the Disney Parks Blog with special headers, images and stories.
This Week In Disney Parks Photos: Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade Shines at Magic Kingdom Park
posted on December 7th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared a great new gallery of photos snapped during Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. These shots are so full of holiday cheer that I just had to share them with you again as some of our top photos of the week.
posted on December 6th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
For a gal who studied Communications and Film throughout my college years, you can probably imagine that nothing thrills me more than to share the following news with all of you. Multi-award winning producer Jerry Bruckheimer will be joining us on December 14 at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., for a special signing from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. of Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes | Four Decades of Filmmaking, authored by Michael Singer.
Sign Up for a ‘Limited Time Magic’ Chance to Take a Walk with an Imagineer on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park
posted on December 6th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Next week, as part of “Limited Time Magic,” a select number of guests will have the rare opportunity to tour Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park, with an Imagineer! On the tour, you will learn about many of the area’s details – like the architecture, interior design, background music,the Red Car Trolley – which all help to bring the story of Walt Disney’s early years in Los Angeles to life.
posted on December 6th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Happy one-year anniversary to New Fantasyland! The area, which is the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history, enjoyed its grand opening ceremony exactly one year ago today.