Yesterday, I gave you a sneak peek at Clopin’s Music Box, an interactive element coming to Fantasy Faire when it opens March 12 at Disneyland park. Today, I’m excited to share a video of the installation of this piece, along with two other charming details: Tangled Tower, which is located in the center of Fantasy Faire, and – my favorite element of this new area – Figaro the cat from “Pinocchio.” Watch as Michel Den Dulk, Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, tells us more about these magical features.
posted on February 27th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
First Look: An Imagineer Tour Through the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Interactive Queue at Magic Kingdom Park
posted on February 21st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Today we have an exciting update on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park to share with you: Walt Disney Imagineering just sent us a “first look” inside the new interactive queue that’s currently being added to the Frontierland attraction.
In the video, Project Manager Wyatt Winter and Creative Designer Pete Carsillo offer up a behind-the-scenes tour of the new queue, which builds on the attraction’s backstory of Barnabas T. Bullion, founder and president of Big Thunder Mining Company. The storyline of the new area builds the attraction into something that takes guests deeper into the mining days of the Wild West. When the finished queue debuts in a few weeks, guests will be able to explore the mountain’s Mining Office, the Explosives Magazine Room, and maybe even get a little hands-on by doing some of the miners’ activities.
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posted on February 19th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
The builders, painters and Imagineers are hard at work here in Disneyland park, getting ready for the March 12 opening of the all-new Fantasy Faire. We’ve already told you about the fairy tale setting, magical storytelling and delicious food coming to this area, so today it’s time to take you behind the wall for your first look at Fantasy Faire.
posted on January 28th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
As a Senior Show Director, Randy Wojcik gets to dream up Disneyland Resort entertainment experiences, such as “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue,” and the “Destination: Cars Land” float recently featured in the 124th Rose Parade. In this installment of “Every Role a Starring Role,” Randy will talk about directing both, admitting there’s never a dull moment in his role. See why in this video!
Check out these posts for more “Every Role a Starring Role”:
posted on January 25th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
Last June, just a few days after the grand opening celebration for Cars Land, I found myself in Culver City, Calif., on a small soundstage right next door to where they shot “Gone With the Wind.” A large tower had been constructed on one side of the soundstage and a set of the interior of the tower on the other. Annie Leibovitz and her team of artists and technical wizards had created these magical settings for our latest Disney Dream Portrait.
Soon, Taylor Swift arrived and the real magic began as these two artists began experimenting with different poses and props to bring this moment of Disney fantasy to life. In the end, the interior set was not used for the final image, but as with the character who inspired this portrait shoot, exploring the world of possibilities was the theme of the day.
In this video, come behind the scenes, see the creative process unfold, and hear from Taylor herself what it means to be a part of this iconic series.
Take a look back at previous behind-the-scenes stories from the Disney Dream Portrait series:
- Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz: Behind the Scenes with Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as the Hitchhiking Ghosts
- Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz: Behind the Scenes with Russell Brand as Captain Hook
- Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz: Behind The Scenes With Queen Latifah as Ursula
posted on December 31st, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
Tomorrow is the big day! Our amazing float, “Destination: Cars Land,” is almost ready for the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The floral replica of Cars Land, our new land at Disney California Adventure park, is 125 feet long and 35 feet high! More than 2,000 volunteers helped decorate the float with more than a hundred different kinds of flowers, seeds, foliage and cactus. Lightning McQueen alone is made of more than 2,000 red carnations!
The “Destination: Cars Land” float is truly a work of art that began two and half months ago. The decorating took two weeks, and in this video you can see the final touches being added at the warehouse in Azusa, Calif. Make sure to tune in to your local ABC station in the morning and see it roll down Colorado Boulevard. And as we like to say around here, get ready to be floored!
posted on December 28th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
I am floored by our Cars Land float for the 124th Rose Parade! It even has a cool name, “Destination: Cars Land.” In this video, we take you behind the scenes one more time to the warehouse in Azusa, Calif., in a follow-up to the first video we showed you a few weeks back, when the float was only a metal frame. But wait until you see it now! Click play, check it out and make sure to check the Disney Parks Blog next week, as we take you behind the scenes again as hundreds of flowers are added to the float.
posted on December 27th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Did you know that the Disneyland Kennel Club opened as the Ken-L Land Pet Motel on January 18, 1958? Participating in the opening ceremonies were Old Yeller’s son, Duke, and Kevin Corcoran, the youthful star of the film who would become a Disney Legend. If you’ve ever boarded your pets at the Disneyland Kennel Club while visiting the Disneyland Resort, you may remember Ginny Bullock, who will tell you about her role as a Disneyland Kennel Club attendant in this installment of Every Role a Starring Role!
Let Broadway’s ‘Newsies’ Take You Behind the Scenes at the ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ Taping
posted on December 18th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
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.
Can’t wait to see this year’s “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade”? Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtags #DisneyParade and #DisneyHolidays.
Get Ready to Be Floored: Behind the Scenes of Cars Land Float Construction for the 124th Rose Parade
posted on December 7th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
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!