It’s an exciting week here at the Disneyland Resort! The ladies of ABC’s “The View” are hosting shows in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters after one of the shows. They shared what it’s like to be working here at the Happiest Place on Earth and which Disney character best describes their Disney Side. Who said Goofy? You’ll need to watch the video to find out! On a personal note, being a former TV journalist, interviewing the legendary Barbara Walters was a dream come true for me. Truly a memory I’ll always cherish. Enjoy!
posted on November 19th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
posted on November 14th, 2013 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
As an animal lover and cat owner, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to produce a video with Grumpy Cat showing her Disney Side. You may have heard the warning about working with animals, but Grumpy Cat (despite her name) was delightful. With the help of ace cameraman, Mike Uribe, and our other top-notch crew members, we were able to tell the story of Grumpy Cat’s visit to Disneyland park.
When Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce) met Grumpy for the first time, the visuals were so magical, we had a hunch that the video might be popular. But we never imagined how much. To date, “Grumpy Cat Finds Her Disney Side” has more than 1.2 million views, and it rose to the top 10 all-time videos on the DisneyParks YouTube channel in less than a week.
I guess you can’t underestimate the power of a frowning feline to make people smile.
posted on November 8th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
On Tuesday, we hosted a special gathering of some of your favorite Internet stars during the Social Media All-Stars #DisneySide World Premiere at Disneyland park. They all came together to premiere the videos and photos they had each developed to show off their Disney Sides. From the world’s grumpiest cat to amazing a capella performances, each was a unique and magical creation. You can see them all here!
Our video team was on hand to bring back a little taste of all the fun and excitement of the day. Check it out:
And there’s much more to see from the event in the photo gallery below!
Which was your favorite Social Media All-Stars #DisneySide video or photo? Let us know in the comments.
posted on November 4th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Does your family have any traditions you follow on each Disney Parks vacation? A regular photo in front of Cinderella Castle, or an annual trip to the Candlelight Processional at Epcot to celebrate the holidays, perhaps?
For the Schearer family, their Disney tradition is commemorating each child’s first trip to Walt Disney World Resort by stopping at The Chapeau and getting a pair of Mickey Mouse ears embroidered with his or her name – and taking a photo of their child’s reaction to the new hat in the shop’s mirror. Check out the video below to see the reaction of their newest child.
How do you show your Disney Side when visiting a Disney theme park? Does your family have any theme park traditions? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
posted on November 1st, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Just over a month ago, we began inviting Disney Parks guests and fans to “Show Your Disney Side” at DisneySide.com and on Vine, and soon some of your favorite Internet personalities will join the fun. On Tuesday, November 5, these personalities will show their Disney Side at the Social Media All-Stars #DisneySide World Premiere at Disneyland park!
These special stars will debut their YouTube and Vine videos, Instagram photos and more to a select group of invited guests during the premiere at Fantasyland Theatre and then meet their invited fans face-to-face at a special session following the show. Who will be there?
Social media all-stars in attendance will include YouTube sensations Mike Tompkins, Tiffany Alvord, RealityChangers and Mindy McKnight of CuteGirlsHairstyles.com, as well as familiar faces like Ridiculously Photogenic Guy and of course the world’s grumpiest cat … Grumpy Cat.
Be sure to check here on the Disney Parks Blog the morning of November 5, where we will post all the links to this magical, hilarious and amazing content as we invite these social media all-stars to “Show Your Disney Side”!
posted on October 31st, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Today, we invited well-known Internet personalities to “Show Your Disney Side” at the Social Media All-Stars #DisneySide World Premiere at Disneyland park. From YouTube stars to Vine virtuosos, we’ve got lots of amazing content to share. Here we go!
Grumpy Cat has been an Internet celebrity ever since her iconic frown first appeared online.
Grumpy meets Grumpy – a match only possible at the Happiest Place on Earth. Or does that make it the grumpiest place on Earth?
Comedian and filmmaker Mark Malkoff has lived in an IKEA store and stayed on an airplane for an entire month to get over his fear of flying.
The handsome runner, later identified as Zeddie Little, ran off the Internet and into our hearts when Ridiculously Photogenic Guy became a meme after posting on Reddit.
Producer and artist Mike Tompkins redefines acapella music in his infectious and innovative YouTube videos. He has collaborated with top artists such as Timbaland and Bonnie McKee, joined musical tours with the Jonas Brothers and Karmin, and was the headlining performer at Playlist Live 2013.
At just 20 years old, Tiffany Alvord already has more than 1.6 million YouTube subscribers and more than 340 million video views. She has even performed on New Year’s Eve in Times Square for 2 million people.
And there are even more amazing “Show Your Disney Side” YouTube videos to see at YouTube.com/DisneyParks, including:
We also invited some popular Instagram photographers to “Show Your Disney Side” – check out their images here:
Pinterest is another site where users are showing their Disney Side, and the following Pinterest all-stars are showing theirs today:
And not to be missed are these amazing 6-second creations by the following Vine all-stars. Check them out on your Vine app:
- Rob Johnston
- Ian Padgham
- Josh Darnit
And check out these well-known bloggers showing their Disney Sides:
Wow! That’s a lot of Disney Sides! Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
posted on October 29th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Today, we’re sharing a first peek at a series of Disney Side images that just may make you do a double take.
It’s a new photo series of lookalikes created for our DisneySide.com site featuring someone showing their Disney side with their Disney character doppelganger.
Photographer Tony D’Orio captured each person’s Disney side and will be adding more images to DisneySide.com before the end of the year. The series follows our first-look blog post and video about the idea of showing your Disney side – the side of you that says “yes” more often, laughs louder and lives life to the fullest.
posted on October 24th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
With Halloween only a few days away, I’m still deciding how I want to dress up this year. I already dressed up as a space cowboy during the Disney Parks Blog meet up in September (that event was filled with some wonderful costume ideas). But I’m considering some other options including my awesome “TRON: Legacy” costume that I would wear everyday if I could. Here are a few costume ideas for showing off your Disney Side during Halloween at Disney Parks.
The image above features a Sheriff Woody zip-up sweatshirt that would be perfect with a cowboy hat, jeans and boots. The Buzz Lightyear t-shirt could be paired with Buzz Lightyear gloves that we also carry at Disney Parks.
I snapped a candid image around our offices of the new hooded sweatshirts featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I would add some Mickey Mouse gloves and yellow slippers for a simple nod to these classic Disney characters.
We have a variety of Disney Princess costumes, which are a perfect addition to an ultimate makeover experience for guests ages 3-12 at the Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique in Downtown Disney Marketplace or in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, or at the Disneyland Resort.
We also have two new costumes (with matching accessories) inspired by Anna and Elsa from the upcoming Disney animated feature “Frozen”. I can’t wait for this film!
While we do not carry adult-sized costumes at Disney Parks, the softlines team updated two popular costume t-shirts from last year featuring Minnie Mouse and Snow White.
Other new costume t-shirts include one inspired by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Finally, I liked the new Star Wars-inspired costume t-shirts featuring a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (the latter would look great with a new Mouse ear helmet).
posted on October 18th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
I recently shared with you a look at some new apparel for women to show off their Disney Side this fall at Disney Parks. After that article was published, I spoke with John Smith and Kaleigh Wright from the graphic apparel team to get a look at some new items they have developed. This year, they’ve added more splashes of humor to the tees being released at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. There is one shirt, however, that caught my eye as it features one of my favorite treats ever – the Dole Whip!
You may recall that we first introduced a Dole Whip shirt in early 2012. It was followed by a similar shirt for women in the summer of that year. This new shirt was designed by Disney Design Group artists Casey Jones and Tim Whalen, and features Rongo, the god of agriculture from the Enchanted Tiki Garden at Disneyland park. There will also be a version with the Walt Disney World Resort logo (as I’ve also spotted Rongo at Disney’s Polynesian Resort).
I asked John about the humor behind these T-shirts.
“I don’t take myself too seriously,” laughed John. “I think laughter is one of the best things, especially for someone on vacation. These T-shirts were inspired by similar playful T-shirts we released in recent years that were a big hit with our guests.”
I was particularly happy to see a new Hercules shirt as I love seeing merchandise from one of my favorite animated features! With the amount of time that I spend on Twitter, the Donald Duck shirt made me laugh (out loud, of course).
posted on October 14th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
A couple of weeks ago, fellow author Thomas Smith shared details about showing your Disney side right here on the Disney Parks Blog. Everyone has a Disney side – the side of you that says “yes” more often, laughs louder, lives life to the fullest, embraces fun and comes out to play the moment you step through the gates at Disney Parks.
A huge thanks to all of you who have shown us “your” Disney side and joined Jack’s crew, become a member of royalty, and stepped into the spotlight! Over the past several weeks, we have had the chance to capture magical moments and transformations at The Pirates League, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Studio Disney 365 to share with all of you. Here are a few of my favorites. Take a look!
Now I invite you to share your photos of your experiences at The Pirates League, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Studio Disney 365 with us. Use hashtag #DisneySide across our social channels, including Twitter, Vine, Google+ and Facebook, and if you tag your Instagram photos using #DisneySide, we may just share them on our @Disneyland Instagram feed.