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King Louie Joins Rehearsal for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on May 1st, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s May, and that means “Mickey and the Magical Map” opens later this month at Disneyland park! Our Entertainment cast and crew are working hard behind the scenes to create a dazzling musical spectacular for the newly refurbished Fantasyland Theatre. Here’s a sneak peek from a recent rehearsal, when King Louie joined the ensemble for a run-through of the “I Wanna be Like You” number from “The Jungle Book.”

I really like this new arrangement of the classic song and can’t wait to see it onstage when “Mickey and the Magical Map” debuts May 25!


Learn more about “Mickey and the Magical Map” in the posts below:

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Video: Spaceship Earth Transforms from Disney Parks Icon to Disney●Pixar ‘Eye-Con’

posted on April 26th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Last night, a giant Mike Wazowski from the upcoming Disney●Pixar film “Monsters University” helped announce our first-ever three-park, all-night party at Disney Parks on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season. Eight projectors were used to transform the huge sphere of Spaceship Earth into the beloved character for the show at Epcot. Today, we have a behind-the-scenes look at how the teams made it happen.

 
The same artists who created Mike Wazowski for the upcoming Disney●Pixar film also created the animation for our Monstrous Summer announcement at Epcot. “You have all of these great partners working together for this one moment and it’s never happened before,” said Mike Roddy, senior show writer and director for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. “What you’re seeing is really the first time we’ve done something like this.”

 
If you missed the announcement, the three-park all-night party is happening at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California. The parks will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time.

  • In Florida, Magic Kingdom Park will feature a “Monsters University” theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade and make appearances in Tomorrowland. There will be extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.
  • In California, you’ll be able to party the night away at both parks with special entertainment including: a “Monsters University” “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland park will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing; and guests at Disney California Adventure park will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new “Monsters University” “dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new “Monsters University” float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

All three parks will feature limited-edition specialty merchandise and food and beverage offerings, plus other surprises throughout the entire day. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and the Monstrous Summer site for more details in coming weeks.

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Making Music for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on April 25th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


We’re just one month away from the May 25 opening of the new live show spectacular, “Mickey and the Magical Map,” in the Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park! I’ve mentioned before that “Mickey and the Magical Map” is a musical extravaganza, and today I’m thrilled to offer you a little taste of what you’ll hear in the show.

Creative Entertainment Executive Producer Doug McIntyre and Music Director Bruce Healey recently oversaw the recording of the show’s soundtrack, with a full orchestra on a Hollywood scoring stage. Have a listen!

In addition to a sumptuous, motion picture-quality score and classic Disney tunes, I can also tell you “Mickey and the Magical Map” will feature an original song written just for this show. The song, entitled “Journey to Imagination,” is inspired by Mickey’s journey in the show. It’s about letting go and believing in the world of dreams and imagination.

Composers Adam Watts and Andy Dodd, whose credits include everything from Disney productions like “High School Musical” to writing for artists like Kelly Clarkson and Jesse McCartney, wrote the music and lyrics for “Journey to Imagination,” with orchestration by Timothy Williams.

“We’ve written numerous songs for various Disney TV and film projects,” said Adam and Andy. “’Journey To Imagination’ was particularly unique and special in that it was an opportunity to work on a song specifically for a feature at the park that includes so many classic songs and characters. Being Southern-California natives, we grew up loving Disneyland, and to be a part of it on the creative side is truly an honor. It’s exciting to know that people from all over the world will hear our song in the show every single day. We thoroughly enjoyed the process, as well as working with such a talented team.”

I can’t wait to hear the song performed live and see all the magical things that happen onstage! What are you most excited for in “Mickey and the Magical Map”? Let us know in the comments!

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Behind-the-Scenes Look at Creating Vinylmation-Inspired ‘Ardy’ for Radio Disney Music Awards

posted on April 10th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


A few weeks ago I shared a first look at the Vinylmation-inspired award for the upcoming Radio Disney Music Awards show on April 27 in Los Angeles, California. The event will feature live performances from some of Radio Disney’s biggest stars, and will include awards as voted by Radio Disney fans. That evening, fan-selected stars will receive “Ardy,” the award name chosen by fans on Radio Disney’s official Facebook page. I recently visited artist Lin Shih at Disney Design Group in Florida to learn how he designed this iconic award.

Fans can continue voting for their favorite Radio Disney stars through April 14 on RadioDisney.com/MusicAwards.

If Lin’s work inspired you, try your hand at designing Vinylmation (including creating your own custom “Ardy”) in the Disney Create portal on Disney.com.

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Get a Sneak Peek at A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 8th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you ready to experience a whole new pirate adventure?

Walt Disney Imagineering just shared a sneak peek at the new interactive quest, A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas, which will debut at Magic Kingdom Park this summer.

In the game, the fate of piracy in the Caribbean rests in the hands of new pirate recruits, who, armed with magic talismans and treasure maps, embark on five different pirate raids throughout Adventureland to collect valuable treasures, while Captain Jack Sparrow’s magic compass guides them.

Here, Imagineers Jonathan Ackley and Matt Beiler offer up a look at a few of the quest’s cool special effects.

A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas will be included with Magic Kingdom Park admission and is open to guests of all ages.

Now, which of you are ready to join the ranks of a new recruit?

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Every Role a Starring Role – Radiator Springs Racers Electrician at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 29th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Radiator Springs Racers recently embarked on its millionth trip through Radiator Springs, thanks in part to cast members like Joe Shanahan, who helps maintain the ride vehicles. Hear from Joe about his role as an electrician for the attraction in this installment of “Every Role a Starring Role!

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Behind the Scenes at Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 7th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Behind the Scenes at Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park

We love the aroma of freshly baked bread, especially the distinctive tang of Boudin sourdough. Guests at Disney California Adventure park get an inside look at how bakers take the ingredients from dough to delicious on The Bakery Tour – Hosted by Boudin Bakery, but these photos offer a peek at the big bakery where 10,000 to 15,000 loaves are baked daily for the Disneyland Resort.

Guests at Pacific Wharf Café are there for the freshly baked bread “bowls” filled with soups and salads. But up one flight of stairs, a bustling bakery is kneading, proofing and baking even more of that delectable sourdough that Boudin is so famous for.

Behind the Scenes at Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park

“Our ‘mother dough’ base comes from the original dough that was produced back in 1849 in San Francisco,” says Chef Juan Mendoza. The Boudin family found that the wild yeasts in the San Francisco air imparted a tang to their traditional French bread, creating the unique “San Francisco sourdough.”

Behind the Scenes at Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park

“We use about 1.5 million pounds of flour a year,” says Mendoza. “And it’s a combination of ingredients: well-balanced flour, water at the right pH, temperature, moisture, mixing, and fermenting for 16 to 20 hours – plus a touch of passion to make every loaf perfect.”

The Disney bakers don’t just settle for ordinary loaves. They have lots of fun creating special designs that guests love to buy ($7.50 a loaf) and carry home: a snake for Lunar New Year; the face of Mickey Mouse; holiday pumpkins, shamrocks and bunnies – even a Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen from “Cars” are just a handful of their doughy ideas.

Behind the Scenes at Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park

Any time you get a taste of the tangy, chewy sourdough at Disneyland Resort, you can bet the loaf came from the Pacific Wharf bakery, says Mendoza. Restaurants in both Disney California Adventure and Disneyland parks, and in all three hotels place orders daily with Mendoza’s team.

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Sneak Peek: Take A Look Inside The Kinsey Collection, Coming March 8 to Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 4th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Although the new “Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” exhibit doesn’t open at Epcot until March 8, we have a sneak peek to share with you today.

The exhibit will include 40 artifacts that represent more than 400 years of African-American achievement and contribution, and will feature art, documents and other treasures collected by philanthropists Bernard and Shirley Kinsey.

Check out this behind-the-scenes look with Khalil Kinsey (son of Bernard and Shirley).

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Behind the Scenes: Horticulture Preps 100 Topiaries for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on March 3rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Although the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival doesn’t begin until March 6, preparations have been underway for weeks – especially to ready the festival’s more than 100 topiaries.

Eric Darden, manager of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, recently gave us a sneak peek at some of the work that’s been going on backstage. Take a look.

Visit the Disney Parks Blog next week for more on this year’s festival.

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Clopin, Figaro and Tangled Tower Take Their Places in Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

posted on February 27th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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.

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