Yo ho yo ho, an ice cream sundae for me! That’s right – the Caribbean Pirates have claimed the first-ever March Magic victory on Facebook, making Disneyland the winning resort. You may remember that I made a little wager with my fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Gary Buchanan … If Walt Disney World won, he’d be doused by the world’s biggest Dole Whip (“big game” style) and if Disneyland won, he’d have to buy me the biggest ice cream sundae that Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor can make. Well, yesterday the time came for him to pay up!
As fate would have it, Gary was visiting here at Disneyland this week so he was able to make good on our wager in person. Yes, I shared with him – after all, he’s a world-class sundae champion. And there was even enough for Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer, who joined us and grabbed this photo.
Congrats to the Caribbean Pirates on their victory!
Happy anniversary to “it’s a small world“! In honor of today’s festivities, check out the graphic below, in which some of your park favorites have received a “small world” makeover of their own. Which character sports the best “it’s a small world” look? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
Our look at how you can show your “Disney Side” continues this week with a special suggestion for Haunted Mansion lovers. Check out the cute nail tutorial below that’s sure to bring out your “spooky” side.
Will you join our 24-hour event at Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park on May 23? If so, how will you show your “Disney Side”? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
Join the conversation online with the hashtag #DisneySide.
Look who just stopped by New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park to check on the progress of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction – it’s Dopey!
Today our celebration of the “it’s a small world” attraction continues with a new downloadable wallpaper from Disney artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett. The graphic was inspired by the original “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland park. The plaque that’s featured in the middle was added during the attraction’s 25th anniversary celebration.
If you’re looking for a quiet, tranquil place to unwind, check out the torch-lit terrace at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. However, if you want to party like the tiki gods, I dare you to go inside! Sam, head salesman of the jungle, has a space at the bar for even the most adventurous tourist.
I can now say I have the #1 highlight of my Disney career: interviewing Disney Legend Richard Sherman. What an amazing day! I met him at the Walt Disney Archives in Burbank, Calif., where he sat at Walt Disney’s piano and played “it’s a small world,” the iconic song he wrote and composed with his late brother, Robert. He’s very proud of the song’s meaning and very serious about its impact on the world. He talks more about it in the video below. As you would imagine, he was a pure delight. He was kind and funny, and after the interview he played more of his classics for the room. I hope this video captures that unforgettable day. Enjoy!
I recently shared with you a first look at new merchandise coming to Star Wars Weekends 2014 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning May 16. Today, I’m thrilled to announce that the Star Wars – D-Tech Me experience will return this year with a few new options for Guests. This year, the experience will be located inside Darth’s Mall, located in Soundstage 1 between Studio Backlot Tour and Toy Story Midway Mania.
We have an exciting day of celebrations planned for Thursday’s 50th anniversary of Disney’s “it’s a small world” attraction, including online and in-park sing-alongs, musical performances and even a special Google Hangout with Disney Legend Richard Sherman.
In what has become a beloved annual tradition, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is hosting a Party for the Planet in celebration of Earth Day (April 22). Guests can find out what they can do to make their backyards wildlife-friendly and discover other ways to connect with, and conserve, wildlife and nature. They also can learn about some very special wildlife—brown bears in Alaska—in celebration of the release of “Bears,” http://nature.disney.com/bears Disneynature’s newest theatrical release.