Muppet*Vision 3D at Disney California Adventure Park

Eggs-traordinary Art at the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park

posted on April 14th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


There are dozens of reasons to visit the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland park, but seeing egg artisan Ray Brown in action is definitely a fan favorite. Ray is part of an elite team who create ‘eggs’-tra special works of art each day by designing, painting and sculpting the oval shapes into one-of-a-kind Disney characters. Recently Ray shared some of his top tips for creating the perfect egg with us:

Come visit the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree through April 20!

  • Share: 

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort

Finding Special Friends at Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, Shannon gave us a peek inside the Springtime Roundup, going on right now in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland park. Springtime Roundup features singing, dancing, egg decoration in addition to opportunities to meet special Disney friends.

mmm839991

I love Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their springtime outfits – don’t you?

mmm839922

And of course Mr. Easter Bunny is there!

mmm333333

Along with Mr. Easter Bunny, guests can meet some of their favorite Disney bunnies, like Br’er Rabbit.

Even Roger Rabbit is making special surprise appearances!

mmm899444

My favorite Disney bunny, though, is Thumper. How sweet is he?

Come join us during Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree now through April 20.

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort

Disney Parks Celebrates ‘it’s a small world’ Live On ‘Good Morning America’

posted on April 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, Disney theme parks around the world joined in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “it’s a small world” attraction, part of which was featured live on “Good Morning America.”

fir849111

The broadcast began with a chorus of kids singing live in Times Square, cast members and children singing in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, a children’s chorus and dancing dragons at Hong Kong Disneyland, cast members at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris), and ended with Disney cast members singing in front of the first “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland Park, punctuated with a finale of fireworks.

Check out the video below to see the celebration for yourself.

Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Filed: Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort

Download Our Disney Parks ‘it’s a small world’ Wallpaper

posted on April 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today our celebration of the “it’s a small world” attraction continues with a new downloadable wallpaper from Disney artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett. The graphic was inspired by the original “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland park. The sign that’s featured in the middle was added during the attraction’s 25th anniversary celebration.

'it's a small world' Wallpaper

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

Global Celebrations Mark 50th Anniversary of ‘it’s a small world’ at Disney Parks

posted on April 9th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We have an exciting day planned Thursday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disney’s “it’s a small world” attraction, including online and in-park sing-alongs, musical performances and even a special Google Hangout with Disney Legend Richard Sherman.
its-a-small-world-paris-002

We’re kicking off the global celebration early on Thursday with a live sing-along with ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” in Times Square in New York City. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out. In addition to Times Square, GMA will feature choirs singing live at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, plus a choir at the Unisphere in New York at the original location of the 1964 World’s Fair, where “it’s a small world” debuted.

During the day, you’re also invited to join guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the globe for a historic “it’s a small world” sing-along at our global online hub, SmallWorld50.com. And as Erin shared last week, you can also join us for our Google Hangout event with Disney Legend Richard Sherman, live at 1 p.m. PDT from Disneyland park. The event can be seen live here and in the “Gallery” section of SmallWorld50.com.

Throughout the day, guests at Disney Parks will be participating in the celebration at all five resorts around the world. Here are the details for each park:

  • At the Walt Disney World Resort, hundreds of Magic Kingdom Park guests are joining in the song during a special “pre-parade” before the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.”

    Throughout the day, in-park performers – the Dapper Dans, Coke Corner Pianist, Notorious Banjo Brothers, Royal Majesty Maker Musicians and Main Street Philharmonic – are scheduled to include “it’s a small world” in their appearances.

  • At the Disneyland Resort, songwriter Richard Sherman is scheduled to appear in a sing-along cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A., conducting hundreds of Disneyland guests in their “it’s a small world” sing-along.
  • At Hong Kong Disneyland, cast members and students from Hong Kong Children’s Choir are singing “it’s a small world” in Cantonese.
  • At Tokyo Disneyland, cast members and guests are gathering to sing in Japanese at Tokyo Disneyland.
  • At Disneyland Paris, a “blue carpet” event featuring international cast members is planned for on Main Street, U.S.A., with students from the European International School, singing a multi-language version of the iconic anthem in front of “it’s a small world.”
  • Share: 

Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Filed: Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort

Meet the Horses of the Disneyland Resort: Danny and Lucky

posted on April 8th, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Hello horse fans! It’s time for another inside look at some of our four-legged cast members at Circle D Ranch at the Disneyland Resort.

This is Danny.

12_CI_4515_Brand_PSTR_V5_TM_flat

Danny is a Clydesdale draft horse. He is 9 years old, weighs 1700 lbs and stands 17.3 hands or almost 5’8”. He came to the Disneyland Resort from Somewhere Farms in San Diego, Calif.

Fun fact: Danny is very affectionate with his Circle D pals when they are turned out in the corral. He uses his face to scratch and groom his friends and loves it when they reciprocate!

This is Lucky.

12_CI_4515_Brand_PSTR_V5_TM_flat

Lucky is also a Clydesdale draft horse. He is 11 years old, weighs 1640 lbs, and is the same height as Danny at 17.3 hands. And like Danny, he came from Somewhere Farms. Lucky shares Danny’s enthusiasm for playtime in the corral and has been known to cause quite the commotion! Lucky works on Main Street, U.S.A., and at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm, where he enjoys an occasional nap when not meeting our Disneyland park guests. Disney Parks Blog readers will also recognize Lucky from his recent gig as the Valentine’s Day carriage horse in the Downtown Disney District.

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort

Preparing ‘it’s a small world’ Dolls for Voyage from Disneyland Park to Good Morning America

posted on April 8th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As we learned yesterday, “it’s a small world” has journeyed from California to New York and back again, and now some of its iconic dolls are making the voyage once again. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the attraction’s opening at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, these dolls will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America, where they will be featured as part of the show’s coverage of our global sing-along event. In the video below, we see how the dolls are cared for here at Disneyland park and how they were prepared for their trip.

And don’t forget – you’ve still got time to join the celebration at SmallWorld50.com!

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort

‘Egg’-citement Awaits at the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park

posted on April 4th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Mr. Easter Bunny has been spotted and he’s at the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland park! Other rare hare sightings include Br’er Rabbit, White Rabbit, Thumper and more. So bunny hop your way down and check the furry fun now now through April 20.

Splash Mountain is my favorite attraction at the Disneyland Resort, so seeing Br’er Rabbit was the best for me! Who is your favorite Disney rabbit?

  • Share: 

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Celebrates Five Magical Years at Disneyland Park

posted on April 4th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened in Fantasyland at Disneyland park. I can still remember standing outside the location on a chilly April day, before the doors opened, watching the ribbon cutting ceremony and I knew then, that we were about to create more magic for our Disney fans than we could have ever possibly imagined.

BBA986344

Over the years, so many truly amazing and inspiring stories have been shared with us from our Fairy-Godmothers-In-Training regarding transformation experiences with you, our Disney fans. It’s some of those magical stories that I want to share with you today.

One of our United States Military Soldiers was homeward bound and wanted to surprise his three year-old daughter and wife. During his daughter’s transformation experience at Bibibidi Bobbidi Boutique, the ‘King’ as we called him, snuck into the photo studio in the location. After receiving the royal treatment, the ‘princess’ was escorted into the photo studio. Upon saying the magic words, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, the lights in the studio magically turned on and there stood her dad. The little girl instantly screamed Daddy, to which he replied ‘Hi Princess!’

A family with two ‘princesses’ visited Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique during the first year it was open, with each princess taking part in a Castle transformation experience. Upon making their royal debut, the family offered to pay it forward by adding an additional transformation experience on to their bill and allowing the Fairy-Godmothers-in-Training to work their magic. It didn’t take long before they found a little girl whose dream was to become Belle. As it turns out, the ‘princess’ had been living at an orphanage since she was just a couple months old, and her ‘family’ who had found her in the orphanage surprised her with her first trip to Disneyland park. Not only did the ‘princess’ receive the royal treatment, but unbeknownst to her when she and her family returned home, the ‘princess’ was going to be further surprised with the news that she would be adopted and joining her family for a ‘happily ever after.’

What amazes to this day, is that Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is something that can be experienced at almost all of our Disney Parks worldwide, aboard the Disney Fantasy in the Disney Cruise Line fleet and even at Harrods in London, England.

So I invite you to help us celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opening at Disneyland park, as well as celebrating our locations around the world! How? Share your stories and photos with us on the Disney Parks Blog and across our other social channels. Tag your Instagram photos using #BibbidiBobbidi and we may just share them on our @Disneyland Instagram feed.

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Frank Wells

posted on April 3rd, 2014 by Jon Storbeck, Vice President, Disneyland Park


Frank Wells joined The Walt Disney Company as president and chief operating officer in September 1984. He was known throughout the company as a friendly, kind soul who was always approachable and open to ideas. He and Michael Eisner, chairman and chief executive at the time, were a great team. Their working relationship is often likened to that of Walt and Roy Disney; Frank handling the details and Michael in the public eye. It was a true partnership.

sss938992

During Frank’s 10-year tenure with Disney, the company experienced unprecedented growth and revitalization. Annual revenues rose from $1.5 billion to $8.5 billion. Disney stock prices increased by 1,500 percent, and the theme park and resort revenues tripled. Disney Consumer Products revenues rose 13-fold and Disney film entertainment revenues jumped 15-fold. Michael and Frank, along with studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg, helped make Disney one of the most successful film studios in the world and re-established its dominance in animated feature films with a series of hits that included “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.”

As a key supporter of Disneyland Paris, Frank expanded the company’s international presence. In 1994, Michael Eisner said, “Fortunately for all of us at Disney, Frank was a buccaneer in the office. He was smart, prudent, a dealmaker and a great closer. He was always supportive of a great idea, whether it was swans on the outside of a building or ‘ducks’ for the name of a hockey team.”

Frank was born on March 4, 1932, in Coronado, California. He was the son of a naval officer and spent his childhood on Navy bases in California and on the East Coast. He graduated from Pomona College and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in jurisprudence. He then served two years in the United States Army, attaining the rank of first lieutenant, before attending Stanford Law School.

Frank worked hard and played hard. He was an environmental enthusiast and an avid mountain climber. In 1983, he set out to climb the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents within a single year. He scaled six, but weather forced him to turn back near the top of Mount Everest. His mountaineering exploits are chronicled in his book, “Seven Summits,” published in 1986. There is a tribute to Frank and his love of mountain climbing in the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction at Disneyland park, where mountain climbing equipment bearing the name “Wells Expedition” can be seen.

On April 3, 1994, Frank Wells died in a helicopter accident in Nevada; he was 62 years old. A building at The Walt Disney Studios was later dedicated in his memory. The Frank G. Wells building opened in 1998, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting by his wife Luanne and Michael Eisner. Beside the building’s entrance, a plaque contains a quote that Frank carried on a slip of paper inside his pocket for thirty years: “Humility is the final achievement.”

Frank was named a Disney Legend in 1994. He was also honored with a window on Main Street, U.S.A., above Disneyana. His window, dedicated in 1996, pays homage to his love of adventure: Seven Summits Expeditions, Frank G. Wells, President, “For Those Who Want To Do It All.”

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Disney History, Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort