It’s easy to feel small in “a bug’s land” at Disney California Adventure park – especially after dark. The huge clovers rise up around you, illuminated from below. The Hollywood Tower Hotel looms in the distance, giving you the feeling that you’re just a little bug crawling through its front lawn. The lightning bugs lend a hand – or rather, a tail – lighting your path. Nighttime is an enchanting time in “a bug’s land,” but be careful. It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess.
posted on April 18th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Manager, Social Media and Print, Disneyland Resort
posted on April 16th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
H2O, agua, eau – no matter how you say it, water plays a big role here at Disneyland Resort – and so do the many waterfalls.
I took these first two photos of Frog Jump Falls at Grizzly River Run in Disney California Adventure park from the bridge on the Grizzly Trail.
I took this photo at about 500 feet above Grizzly River Run, from a helicopter.
Do you have a favorite waterfall at the Disneyland Resort? Let me know which is your favorite in the comments, and it may show up in the next post in this series.
posted on April 11th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Manager, Social Media and Print, Disneyland Resort
Ten years ago today, Playhouse Disney: Live on Stage! opened at Disney California Adventure park, bringing some of our favorite Playhouse Disney friends to life each day. Then, in 2011, the show became Disney Junior – Live on Stage! with the addition of new characters and stories. Last month, the show received another update with all-new segments featuring characters and stories from hit Disney Junior shows “Doc McStuffins” and “Sofia the First.”
In the video below, you’ll hear about these new additions from Scott Silson, puppet master here at the Disneyland Resort. Together with his twin brother, James – who is puppet master at the Walt Disney World Resort as well as show director – they worked to blend the new characters into the existing show.
I first met James and Scott when we were all puppeteers at Legend of the Lion King at Magic Kingdom Park way back in 1998. But performing was in their blood long before that. Before working at Disney Parks, Scott and James traveled the country performing with their parents and their three younger siblings. Since being cast for the “Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends” show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, they have both gone on to perform numerous puppeteering roles and are now training others as puppet masters.
posted on April 5th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
James Franco, star of Disney’s “Oz The Great and Powerful,” visited the Disneyland Resort last week and there was one thing he wanted to do that he’s never done before during his visits: get to know Walt Disney.
When I met up with him on Buena Vista Street he said he was really looking forward to his “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Tour that day. James said he was inspired to learn more about Walt for a film production class he is teaching at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.
What better place to start learning about one of the world’s greatest storytellers than right here?
posted on April 3rd, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
Newly-engaged couple Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis visited the Disneyland Resort recently and while Jason told me he hadn’t been here in many years, it turned out that this was actually Olivia’s very first visit to any Disney Parks.
Before they made their way to their first attraction of the day, and Olivia’s first one ever, Olivia thought she could remove the sword from the The Sword in the Stone in Fantasyland (did I mention this was her first visit?).
With Jason’s encouragement, she really did try, but alas, it seemed she was not the “ruler of the realm” after all. But have no fear, this happy couple was still able to spend the rest of the day playing at Disneyland park before enjoying their evening at Disney California Adventure park. Not too bad for a first-timer.
In case you were wondering what Olivia’s first-ever Disney attraction was that day … It was Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!
posted on April 3rd, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Merchandise Marketing & Communications Project Manager, Disneyland Resort
Good friends are hard to come by … when you’re lucky enough to find them, hang on tight. No one knows that better than some of the friends you’ll spot on a new collection of ladies character sketch tees that are available now at Disney Parks. This colorful new collection of tees feature such fan favorites and good friends as Dumbo, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Jiminy Cricket and Piglet and are currently available to purchase at Disney Clothiers in Disneyland park, Gone Hollywood in Disney California Adventure park, and World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Look for them at Tren-D in Downtown Disney Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort in April. Available for only $32.95 each.
This next collection featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse is set to debut at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort and Tren-D in the Downtown Disney Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort in June 2013. With foil embellishments accenting the art, you’ll not only feel cool wearing it, but you’ll look cool too. Available in June for only $32.95 each.
Now, I personally have gone nuts for the Chip ‘n’ Dale tee, because you don’t see them too often. But if my conscience were to be my guide, I probably would choose Jiminy Cricket.
Who’s your favorite?
posted on April 2nd, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Spring is here and it’s warming up a bit, so we’re on the lookout for the most refreshing Disneyland Resort libations (that don’t involve alcohol). After we got a taste of the creative PB&J soda at Carnation Cafe, we figured that sips have moved far beyond plain sodas.
Here are our Top 10 favorites. Do you have one to add to the list?
- PB&J Soda, Carnation Cafe, Disneyland park – A tall, fizzy concoction that looks like a grape soda but has a delicious backbeat of peanut butter. We didn’t think we’d like it, but one sip and we wanted more. And more.
- Boysen Apple Freeze, Fantasy Faire, Disneyland park – The newest treat, and we said “Boysen apple,” not “poison apple,” Snow White! Icy and apple-juice sweet with a hint of wild berry and passion fruit foam topping.
- Dole Whip Float, Tiki Juice Bar, Disneyland park – The classic; it’s a must-have every time we visit. If we’re super thirsty, we start with a tall glass of straight pineapple juice so we can savor the float.
- Root Beer Float, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Disneyland park – When it’s parade time, you’ll find us curbside with this treat. And trust us, you won’t find root beer just anywhere.
- Caramel Macchiato, Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, Disneyland park – When we need a picker-upper, this sweet jolt of caffeine does the trick.
- Rose Petal Soda, Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, Disney California Adventure park – Completely different, this artisan drink features locally sourced, purified sparkling water flavored with delicate rose essence and garnished with an edible, sugar-glazed organic rose petal. Very chi-chi for sipping.
- Ramone’s Pear of Dice Soda, Cozy Cone Motel, Disney California Adventure park – Start with Sprite, add a hint of desert pear and Mojito gourmet flavor, lots of ice and stir. Like biting into a juicy pear.
- Mango Madness, Schmoozies, Disney California Adventure park – This is a meal in a cup: mangoes, peaches, bananas and low-fat yogurt blended with orange, pineapple, guava and passion fruit juices. Sweet and satisfying.
- Quake Shake, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, Disney California Adventure park – Throw caution (and calories) to the wind when you order this; it’s worth every sip! Our preferred version of this shake involves one full chocolate bar blended with peanut butter and vanilla ice cream. There are six different versions to choose from if peanut butter isn’t your choice!
- Twisted Cheshire Concoctions, Mad T Party, Disney California Adventure park – There are lots of drink choices at the party, but our preference is the Hatter’s Mandarin Fury, a frozen slurry flavored with mandarin oranges. Sip slowly or it’s brain freeze!
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!”
Check out these posts for more “Every Role a Starring Role”:
posted on March 28th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
After the sun sets at Disney California Adventure park, the night is filled with “World of Color” – the spectacular show of light, fire, color and water … lots of water. I have photographed “World of Color” numerous times and always enjoy it as much as the first time. I selected this first photo because of the reflection of Mickey’s Fun Wheel; I thought it was a little different than most of the other photos I’ve taken of the show.
I chose the two photos below because I love abstract photography, and I feel they fit into the category pretty well.
If you have not seen “World of Color,” you really should. If you haven’t photographed it, do so and let your imagination run wild. You may be surprised at the results.
posted on March 27th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Manager, Social Media and Print, Disneyland Resort
As Thomas Smith told us last week, “Limited Time Magic” has put a little spring in our step this week with special Easter celebrations at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, through March 31. Today, I’m hopping to share some of the fun we’ve been having here at the Disneyland Resort with you. Take a look at the video below to see the adorable Bunny Hop (taking place daily on Main Street, U.S.A.) and the Wilderness Explorer Egg Hunt (all week at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail). Be sure to keep an eye out for some rarely seen long-eared friends!