Today in 1998, Walt Disney Pictures “Mulan” was released in theaters. Based on an old Chinese folktale, Mulan tells the story of the spirited-young girl who secretly joins the Chinese army in her father’s place and helps defeat the Huns, while saving the Emperor.
Fans of Disney Parks know that Mulan can be found greeting guests at Epcot at the China Pavilion where she greets guests regularly.
“Mulan” can also be seen in Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland park in California. Singing “Reflection,” Mulan is joined on stage by both Pocahontas and Rapunzel each singing songs from their respective films.
“Mulan” was the first feature-animated movie primarily produced at Disney Feature Animation at Walt Disney World Resort.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is a guest favorite at the Disneyland Resort, and of course one of mine too. Not only do I like riding the attraction, I also think the exterior of the building is a great subject to photograph. I like the photos for their unique perspective and futuristic appeal.
Hey Disney fans! Over the past couple weeks I have seen many of you dazzling in Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration product. It’s been amazing! So what’s next? You may want to put on your sunglasses, because if you are looking for some serious sparkle, check out the black and white embedded ear hat!
If you’re curious as to how much this would be to add to your collection, hold on to your wallet … this specially created Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration ear hat is a limited edition of twenty-four (24) and is $2,000. Whether you want a peek at the ear hat or decide to buy, you’ll find it in Disneyana and Disney Showcase in Disneyland park and World of Disney in Downtown Disney District.
If you’re looking for something else that “sounds” good, then I have just the item for you. Some of you may have had the opportunity to get the first edition of the limited-edition crystal embedded headphones in May. SMS Audio is the official headphones of the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort and the sound quality is impeccable. The second edition of the headphones will be releasing soon and will be an edition size of 60. One of the main differences you’ll notice is the much darker blue stones. Here’s your first look!
I know that many of you have been curious on availability of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration product through Merchandise Guest Services. Please keep in mind that a VERY limited assortment will be available through the Merchandise Guest Services team beginning June 22 and an even more limited assortment will be available online in August.
Which Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration souvenirs have you picked up?
To kick off the summer season at Disney Parks, we are releasing a few tee-shirts on our Disney Parks online store that I think fans will love. These limited release tees will only be offered online at DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. All shirts will be offered for adults, women and youth. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland Resort, we are launching a series of online tees that salute original Disneyland park attractions. The first tee celebrates the world famous Jungle Cruise attraction. In addition to the shirt, poster artwork will also be available during this sale.
I’m particularly excited for the Triple R Ranch tee shirt, which was inspired by “The Adventures of Spin and Marty” from the 1955-56 season of the “Mickey Mouse Club.” Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones worked with the Walt Disney Archives to get photo reference of the summer camp shirts used in the show. You may also recognize the shirt as something Andy wore in Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story 2” (I tried recreating a shot from that animated feature above).
June 29-July 5
The final shirt for June features the Harmony Barber Shop from Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park. This location opened in 1975 and is a great place to get a first haircut as seen in this video article. This shirt will be online from June 29 through July 5.
Last month, we told you about the new Main Street Enchanted Windows, set to debut during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Two of the six windows have opened, and today I’ve got some up-close photos to share with you.
Along with new technology and effects, what is remarkable about these windows is the detail. Take a look at the tiny objects sitting on the furniture in the photo above!
These windows, featuring the stories of “Peter Pan” and “Cinderella,” truly are enchanting. Keep an eye out, as more windows featuring the stories of “Frozen,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Toy Story” and “Aladdin” are set to debut later this summer.
In my last post, Sleeping Beauty Castle was well under construction in the spring of 1955. Today, we’re even closer to opening day as construction enters the final phase in these rare images.
These photos were taken only two months before opening.
In this final construction image of Sleeping Beauty Castle, it appears to be very nearly complete. Look closely on the drawbridge and you’ll see the portcullis, set upside down, presumably awaiting installation.
Six decades after these photos were taken, Sleeping Beauty Castle debuted special diamond enhancements for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, including more than 100,000 glass crystals that shimmer on the rooftops.
Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:
Today we mark the 55th anniversary of a Disneyland attraction very close to my heart. On June 10, 1960, Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland opened in Frontierland. As a child growing up in Anaheim, my family would visit Disneyland several times a year. I always asked to go on the mules first. I was excited even standing in the queue, on the wooden planks laid next to the trail, just to be close to these four-legged transports. Once in the saddle, I was transformed, dreaming my own wild west dreams, as the mules carried us over the Frontierland terrain and into the town of Rainbow Ridge. It’s not unrealistic to think that the love I have for horses was born in those moments.
For readers not old enough to have enjoyed the Disneyland mule attraction in one of its three iterations, (Mule Pack from 1955-1959, Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules, and Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland from 1960-1973) you can still share some of the nostalgia when riding on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The town of Rainbow Ridge, once home to the mules carrying would-be cowboys and cowgirls like myself, still stands in the shadow of the mountain.
Have you had a chance to see the new “Paint the Night” parade at Disneyland park? This after-dark parade is a state-of-the-art, vibrant wonder that immerses guests in eight different Disney and Disney•Pixar stories, each story represented by multiple floats, props and performers.
Test your knowledge of this new nighttime spectacular below!
How Well Do You Know ‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park?
“Paint the Night” is the brightest parade ever to light up Disneyland park. How many sources of light are used in this after-dark spectacle?
Mack Truck from Disney•Pixar “Cars” is the longest unit in “Paint the Night” parade. Just how long is he?
It wouldn’t be a parade without a procession of princesses! Which leading ladies are featured in the Disney Princesses story?
There are so many beloved characters in “Paint the Night”! Which Disney or Disney•Pixar characters are featured in the grand finale of “Paint the Night” parade?
Bengal Barbecue has been serving hungry adventurers in Disneyland park for 25 years.
Fuel the next leg of your Disneyland expedition with a hot and spicy Banyan Beef Skewer, the Outback Vegetable Skewer or the popular Safari Skewer featuring bacon-wrapped asparagus. For those looking for extra provisions, Bengal Barbecue also offers Mickey-shaped pretzels, Tiger Tails (breadsticks), fruit cups and more.
Quench your thirst for adventure with the Pomegranate Piranha Lemonade, offered as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. This refreshing drink features all-natural Odwalla lemonade with flavors of mango and pineapple, pomegranate pearls and topped with passion fruit-mango fruit foam.
Which Bengal Barbecue snack satisfies your “roaring” hunger?
You may have seen our recent post about “Disneyland Day” being proclaimed by the California State Senate and Assembly on June 1, 2015, in celebration of our 60th anniversary. Check out this fun video that shows our trip to Sacramento!