A few months ago, I had a special opportunity to photograph Walt Disney’s apartment located above the Main Street Fire Station for the Disneyland archive. I know many guests have stood on Main Street, U.S.A., and looked up at the apartment window to see that the lamp has been left on in Walt’s memory. Today, in honor of Walt’s birthday, I’d like to share one of my favorite photos taken that day – showing the view as he would have seen it, looking out that very window.
posted on December 5th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
posted on December 4th, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director
One of the things I love most about fashion is its ability to transform a person’s look, mood and personality. Some style mavens make such a statement, it can even transport those around them to another place and time.
That’s exactly what happened to me on a recent trip to Disneyland, where I encountered some guests with standout style. They harkened back to the days when Walt Disney strolled down Main Street U.S.A., and for a moment I felt I was seeing the world through the eyes of the man with a dream.
Tomorrow would be Walt’s 112th birthday. We’re celebrating the dreamer and all of those he has inspired.
Minnie made this look famous, but our guess is this red and white polka dot dress was favored by many women in 1955.
More polka dots, but this time in aqua blue – a color trend of the 50′s. The plaid circle skirt is a fun and flirty statement complete with a crinoline.
Who says you can’t mix plaids and stripes? This plaid shirt is reminiscent of the vests and skirts sported by our VIP tour guides. The bow tie is a fashion forward touch. The multi-directional stripes in the dress are a playful take on a classic.
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posted on December 2nd, 2013 by Jon Storbeck, Vice President, Disneyland Park
On a Saturday morning in September 1953, Walt Disney stood over the shoulder of artist Herb Ryman as he sketched an idea for an amusement project that would appeal to both children and adults. Walt’s brother Roy was going to New York that Monday to line up financing for Disneyland and he wanted Roy to “show” them what he planned to build.
Over a single weekend, which became known as the “lost weekend,” Herb used a small carbon pencil to illustrate Walt’s dreams on paper. Within two years, those dreams were transformed into reality and Disneyland became the first theme park of its kind in the world.
Herbie, as he was called by friends and co-workers, had an uncanny ability to interpret Walt’s ideas into drawings. Marty Sklar, former vice chairman and principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), once said, “Herbie was like our own little Tinker Bell at WDI. He was always sprinkling pixie dust on everyone and he never grew up. He had a tremendous curiosity for everything and everybody.”
Herb first met Walt Disney in Los Angeles at a gallery exhibit of his work. Walt was so impressed with the paintings on display that he invited Herb to join the Walt Disney Studio. While Herb went on to serve as an art director for such feature-length animated classics as “Fantasia” and “Dumbo,” Disneyland became the centerpiece of his Disney career. Among his contributions were designs for Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle and New Orleans Square. Herb also contributed concepts for the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and for attractions featured at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, including Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
Herb retired in 1971 only to return a few years later as a full-time consultant, sketching numerous conceptual drawings for Epcot Center. His work for that park included detailed park renderings as well as inspirational paintings for The American Adventure and the China Pavilion, among others. He also developed the popular Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World Resort and the Meet the World attraction at Tokyo Disneyland.
Herb shares a window with two other talented Disney artists, John Hench and Peter Ellenshaw. Their window, which simply states, “Plaza School of Art – Instructors,” is actually located on Plaza Street (adjacent to Main Street, U.S.A.) above Main Street Photo Supply Co.
posted on November 27th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
December 1: Miss Mindy (Melinda O’Brien) has a special holiday treat in store for you! Stop by WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to check out Miss Mindy’s frosty holiday custom Vinylmation collection. Learn more here.
December 6-8: The holidays are here, and so is Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick! Meet Linda from 12 – 10 p.m., each day at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of her new holiday collection. Not able to make it? Look for Linda to appear again December 20 – 22! Learn more here.
December 7-8: Join us as we welcome back Disney Traditions artisan Jim Shore! Jim will be on hand to sign some of the newest pieces from his collection, December 7 from 9 – 11 a.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park and December 8 from 1 – 3 p.m. at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.
December 7-8: Meet local artist Katie Kelly from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park, as she signs some of her newest pieces including Tale As Old As Time. Learn more here.
December 7-8: Artist Michelle Romo will be signing pieces from her Crowded Teeth collection from 1 – 4 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.
December 14-15: Check out the latest works from artist Jackie Huang at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Meet Jackie from 1 – 4 p.m. each day. Learn more here.
December 14-15: If you have been waiting for the perfect time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques or purchase other pieces in his collection, then you’re in luck! There’s no time like the present. Dave will be appearing Dec. 14 from 2 – 8p.m. and December 15 from 11a.m. -7p.m. at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. inside Disneyland park. Learn more here.
Finally, rounding out the month is artist Noah, who will be appearing from Dec. 6, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 from 7 – 10p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as this months’ artist in residence. Be sure to stop by and check out his newest work, The Kid in Me. Learn more here.
posted on November 25th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Remember that when the Disneyland Monorail opened in 1959, it was intended as a sightseeing experience rather than a mode of transportation. Then in June 1961, the Disneyland Monorail became the transportation link that we know and love today. The track was extended to cover a total of 2.5 miles, linking the Disneyland Hotel to Tomorrowland in Disneyland park. Not only was the track extended, but a new fleet of Mark II monorails was introduced, featuring four cars each, instead of three found on the Mark I. Also, the gold monorail joined the red and blue monorails in the family. With the Mark II, the iconic bubble dome on the top of the front car was enlarged.
With the addition of the Disneyland Hotel station, guests had the option to purchase two different types of tickets. They could purchase the traditional ticket to Disneyland park and disembark in Tomorrowland or they could stay on for a round trip!
The Mark II monorails transported guests for several years until a whole new fleet arrived in 1969! But that story is for the next installment in our series.
What are some of your favorite Disneyland Monorail memories?
posted on November 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
While Disney’s “Frozen” doesn’t arrive in theaters until November 27, character greetings and other offerings inspired by this film have already made their way into Disneyland park, Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and even Disneyland Park (Paris).
Guests can now greet two characters from the film, Anna and Elsa, in Fantasyland at Disneyland park and (when the sisters travel east to Walt Disney World Resort) they appear at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.
At Magic Kingdom Park, guests can enjoy a new “Frozen” segment in the nightly “Celebrate the Magic” castle projection show.
“World of Color – Winter Dreams” opened November 15 at Disney California Adventure park and runs through January 6. This all-new nighttime spectacular is hosted by lovable snowman Olaf, and features songs from Disney’s “Frozen,” including the show-stopping “Let it Go.”
At Disneyland Paris, “Frozen” has inspired a slew of new holiday offerings, including snowman Olaf leading the park’s nightly “Disney Dreams! of Christmas” show, and more.
Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog next week for more on new “Frozen”-inspired guest offerings.
posted on November 22nd, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
For years, Disney’s Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney Marketplace and Ye Old Christmas Shoppe in Magic Kingdom Park have delighted Disney fans with the personalization of holiday ornaments, and this year is no exception. So if you have a tradition of having an ornament personalized to commemorate your trip, make plans again this year!
This year, for those of you visiting the Disneyland Resort now through January 4, 2014, China Closet in Disneyland park and Julius Katz & Sons in Disney California Adventure park will offer you the opportunity to add a personal touch to your holiday ornaments as well!
I wanted to make sure I had every last detail for you, so I asked Store Operations Guest Service Manager Megan Corey just how it would work and here’s what she had to share. “It’s simple! Choose from a selection of holiday ornaments, for example Mickey Mouse head shaped ornaments or glass ball ornaments, and for a nominal fee our artist will handwrite your name or the date on it, in your choice of color, of course.”
Here are a couple of other quick personalization tips for you.
If you choose to have your ornament personalized, and wish you could add just a little extra holiday magic to it, ask the artist about special designs that can be added as accents to your personalization choice.
Last but not least, embroidered personalization is available on hats, stockings, apparel, fleece blankets and more at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. Special Tip: Consider having your family’s name embroidered for a nominal fee on our new Snowy Car fleece blanket, which can be found at Radiator Springs Curios in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.
For those of you who are fragrance fanatics or know someone who is, I highly recommend stopping by Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie to inquire about special bottle painting with the purchase of a fragrance during the holidays.
So make your list, check it twice and add a personal touch to your holidays this year.
posted on November 22nd, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Let’s say you don’t want to sit down for a big Thanksgiving feast but prefer noshing as you play in the Disney theme parks. Here’s a tip sheet to help you navigate the “Limited Time Magic” treats available November 24 – December 1:
- Tony’s Town Square – pumpkin soup with cinnamon crème fraîche, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin gelato, pumpkin cheesecake
- Sleepy Hollow – spiced pumpkin waffle sundae
- Main Street Bakery – seasonal Starbucks selections
- Pumpkin cupcake in most quick-service locations, and specialty drinks at bars and lounges
- Sunshine Seasons – Pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffin and gingerbread and pumpkin mousse (Thanksgiving day only)
- Garden Grill – Sweet potato pie with maple whipped cream (Thanksgiving day only)
- Kusafiri Bakery and Isle of Java – pumpkin muffin
- Anandapur Tea Company and coffee kiosk at park entrance – pumpkin latte, maple-spiced raspberry latte and pumpkin muffins
- For Thanksgiving Day, November 28, Tusker House is featuring an “all-you-care-to-eat Thanksgiving dinner” for lunch and dinner
- Jolly Holiday Bakery, Mint Julep Bar and Royal Street Veranda – pumpkin spice latte
- Jolly Holiday Bakery, Main Street Cappo Cart, Schmoozies, The Coffee House, Surfside Lounge – caramel apple muffin
- Jolly Holiday Bakery, French Market, Royal Street Veranda – pumpkin pie hot chocolate with whipped cream
- Tomorrowland Terrace – sweet potato pie
- Harbour Galley – pumpkin cheesecake
- Plaza Inn – fall time yule log (spice cake with pumpkin mousse and lingonberry marmalade filling and cream cheese with chocolate ganache frosting)
- Royal Street Veranda — pumpkin fritters
posted on November 22nd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
As regular Disney Parks Blog readers know, the Jungle Cruise attraction at both Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park has been transformed into “Jingle Cruise” for the holidays. And beginning today, as part of “Limited Time Magic,” you can celebrate the holiday enhancement by taking home a commemorative “Jingle Cruise” mini-poster, while supplies last.
Beginning November 22, the special posters will be available while supplies last at the Oasis Courtyard outside of the exit of the attraction in Disneyland park and outside the exit of the attraction at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World Resort.
If you haven’t experienced the new “Jingle Cruise” at Disney Parks, here’s a look from Disneyland park that we shared earlier this month.
posted on November 21st, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
“Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” is a new Disney Junior series starring Mandy Moore as the voice of a heroic kitty cat sheriff. So when Mandy visited Disneyland park last week, Frontierland seemed like the perfect place to catch up with her, since in the show, she’s the sheriff of an Old West-themed town called Nice and Friendly Corners.
This show is the first western for preschoolers and premieres this Sunday, November 24, on WATCHDisneyJunior.com and the WATCH Disney Junior app for smartphones and tablets, and it debuts on Disney Channel and Disney Junior in early 2014. “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” was developed by the same team that created “Higglytown Heroes” – a favorite in my house for many years.