I was lucky enough to see the musical “Newsies” on Broadway in New York last year, and I have to say that I’m thrilled the cast will perform a number that’s never been seen before on TV in this year’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, which will air Christmas morning on ABC on December 25.
While they were here, some of the cast participated in this behind-the-scenes video of their experience. Follow Newsies’ Corey Cott (Jack Kelly), Ryan Steele (Specs) and Jess LeProtto (Buttons) as they travel from their homebase at the Nederlander Theatre in New York, NY, here to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort to prepare for the taping. Once here, the “Newsies” cast learned an adapted routine to the show’s signature song, “Carrying the Banner,” which they performed on Main Street, U.S.A., inside the park. From the sneak peeks offered up in this video, it looks like their performance Christmas morning will be an absolute blast!
The “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” will air December 25 on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.
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As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Cars Land is being built again, but this time on a smaller scale for the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. In the video below, we take you behind the scenes of the Cars Land Rose Parade float construction in Azusa, Calif. It takes a lot of people and a lot of metal to re-create Radiator Springs, the fictional Route 66 town from Disney•Pixar “Cars” – a place you can now experience for yourself at Disney California Adventure park here at the Disneyland Resort.
I can’t wait for the float to be covered in flowers! All your favorite “Cars” characters will be represented on the float: Mater, Lightning McQueen, Sally, Luigi and Guido. Get ready to be floored when our Cars Land float drives down the parade route in the 124th Rose Parade on January 1, 2013, on ABC-TV – or you could see it up close in Pasadena!
Disneyland Resort entertainment host Alex Nguyen accompanies Disney characters while they interact with guests, making her one lucky cast member! In this installment of Every Role a Starring Role, Alex will explain the responsibilities of her role as an entertainment host, and what it’s like spending so much time with Mickey and his pals.
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The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow is a walk-through attraction that will allow guests to follow in the footsteps of Jack Sparrow to see if they have what it takes to join his rowdy and daring pirate crew.
Walt Disney Imagineering just shared this amazing video with us, in which Imagineers Jason Surrell, Laura Mitchell, Charita Carter and Jason Roberts take us behind the scenes of the making of this new experience. According to them, creating an entirely new attraction based on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise was a dream come true, as was working with the film’s lead actor, Johnny Depp, who reprised his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the attraction’s film elements.
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This is the exact premise of Cinderella’s Holiday Wish and the Castle Dream Lights, a nightly holiday show and spectacle that lights up Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park with thousands of lights.
It’s also one of my all-time favorite holiday offerings here at Walt Disney World Resort. Earlier this month, we decided to go behind-the-scenes with Creative Director Reed Jones to learn just what it takes to bring this show to life. Take a look!
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Happy Halloween, Disney Parks Blog! On a stormy Halloween night in 1939, a bellhop and four others stepped aboard a Hollywood Tower Hotel elevator and into the fifth dimension. To mark the anniversary of their disappearance, Disneyland Resort cast member Bryan Higashi will tell you about his role hosting guests at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, whenever they drop in!
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If you’ve seen Haunted Mansion Holiday this year, you know how impressive the 9-foot-tall gingerbread house, which Pam first told you about in August, has turned out – and if you haven’t, you still have until January 6 to check it out! Today we’re taking you behind the scenes of the creation of Jack’s gingerbread house with Brian “The Pumpkin King” Sandahl, Senior Designer for Disney Entertainment Creative Development. See how his team of talented designers and bakers brought one of our tallest gingerbread houses to life for the Halloween and Holiday seasons.