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Behind the Scenes: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Car Completes Drop Test at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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Earlier today, Imagineers and Design & Engineering marked a milestone in the construction of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Last week, the team completed the car’s first push/pull test, and today marked the first time the train ran under its own gravity and completed its first drop out of the station.

As a reminder, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set to debut in 2014.

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Creating the Magic of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

posted on September 18th, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


In celebration of the 13th season of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park, I set out to talk to some cast members whose jobs are to help Jack Skellington and his buddies take over the Haunted Mansion each year. Edward, Richard and Lindsey have worked a combined 32 spooktakular seasons creating the magic, and as you’ll see in this video, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

 
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Celebrating 13 Frightfully Fun Seasons of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

posted on September 13th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


What’s This? The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park reopens today as Haunted Mansion Holiday, with the classic attraction taken over by the citizens of Halloween Town for the 13th year in a row.

This year, in honor of that unluckiest of anniversaries, several new surprises have been added to the mix. Of course, Jack Skellington and company couldn’t do it all alone. They got some help from the Creative Entertainment team, including Creative Director Steven Davison and Senior Designer Brian Sandahl.

Brian recently took us behind the scenes at Haunted Mansion Holiday to share how they’ve brought the attraction to life for 13 seasons.

So head on over to Haunted Mansion Holiday to see what’s new for this year, and be sure to check back on the Disney Parks Blog later this month, when we reveal additional surprises coming as part of “Limited Time Magic!”


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Behind the Scenes: New Custom Animation for ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on September 11th, 2013 by Steven Davison, Imagineer, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment


Happy Holidays! ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ is coming up faster than you can imagine. This new holiday water spectacular is going to be visually breathtaking!

As part of show, we are working closely with our partners at Walt Disney Animation Studios. This outstanding group of artists is going out of their way to bring new and amazing animation to the show. From classics like “Bambi,” to new characters like Olaf from the upcoming animated feature “Frozen,” all are being customized for the “World of Color” fountain/projection stage.

To tell you a little bit more about it and give you a look behind the scenes, here’s a video with Dave Bossert, Producer and Creative Director of Special Projects for Walt Disney Animation Studios. He’s going to chat about about the custom work they are doing for the all-new show.

Season’s Greetings!

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VIDEO: Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz – Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Hudson as Tiana

posted on August 23rd, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Yesterday we revealed the newest Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks featuring the amazing Jennifer Hudson as Tiana. Today we’re going behind the scenes to the town of Patterson, NY, where last May, Annie Leibovitz and her skilled team of artists and technical wizards created a photo set in the middle of an actual swamp. This beautiful location, known as the Great Swamp, was just perfect for a shoot featuring characters from “The Princess and the Frog.”

This video really captures the fun atmosphere on the set and Jennifer’s deep connection to Disney Parks. You’ll hear her discuss what this “full circle moment” means to her as a mother and as a former cast member aboard the Disney Wonder. Pay particular attention to her skill at giving directions. Once a Disney girl, always a Disney girl!

Having her son, David, on the set for this special shoot was very meaningful to Jennifer and I don’t think either of them will soon forget it.

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Jennifer, who is also the Godmother of the Disney Dream, loves to visit our parks with her family and she told me that her favorite place to visit at any Disney park is the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She also mentioned that her favorite song happens to be a Disney song. Can you guess which one?

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Behind the Walls: Video from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

posted on August 5th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last month, we gave you the first glimpse inside the major refurbishment of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park. Today, I’m excited to show you our first video from behind the walls that surround the attraction. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopens this fall with a new track – which you can see being installed in the video below.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment here on the Disney Parks Blog!

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Highlighting Disneyland Park Horticulture: Jungle Cruise

posted on August 2nd, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


It’s a jungle out there, so why not explore it? In the video below, Jungle Cruise Skipper Kelly Small guides us on a very special tour highlighting the horticulture of the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland park. I hope you enjoy this video of the Jungle Cruise. If you don’t, Kelly will send you a refund and my name is Erin.

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Behind the Scenes: Stunt Driving at Lights, Motors, Action! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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.

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Behind the Scenes: Designing a Disney Fireworks Show

posted on July 1st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Designing a fireworks show for a Disney Park involves selecting music, playing with color, and choosing individual fireworks as carefully as if you’re choosing actors for a play – all to create one amazing story in the sky.

A Disney Parks Fireworks Show

Many of those “stories” will play out at Disney Parks this week, with Fourth of July fireworks spectaculars happening at both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort.

Check out this video, in which Steven Davison, vice president of Parades & Spectaculars, gives us a behind-the-scenes look.

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By the Numbers: ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on June 18th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


By the Numbers: ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

Mickey and the Magical Map” is now open in the Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park, and thousands of guests have already fallen under its spell. The new show features live performers, beloved Disney characters and a huge magical map – all interacting with each other to bring to life the story of Mickey Mouse’s journey to become one of Yen Sid’s mapmakers. Almost as magical are the stories of what has happened behind the scenes to create this amazing show. Here are some of my favorite highlights:

  • More than 900 hopefuls auditioned for the show, and the final company includes more than 50 dancers and singers.
  • The magical map is created by nearly 1 million pixels and more than 35,000 square inches of LED screen surface.
  • The six sections of the map are moved on wagons that weigh more than 9,000 pounds each.
  • The total weight of the scenery for the show is approximately 71,000 pounds.
  • Tiana’s showboat in the finale scene reaches 18 feet tall, stretches 11 feet wide and weighs nearly 1,200 pounds.
  • More than six miles of cable run between the lighting, show control, audio and video systems.
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