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Sixty Years of Innovation: ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Jumping ahead to the 1990s in our retrospective of innovations at the Disneyland Resort, let’s look back at the year 1992 and the introduction of a new kind of nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!

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First of its kind, “Fantasmic!” featured projections on reflective mists and huge figures that seemed to rise magically out of Mickey Mouse’s imagination. To prepare for the show, the Rivers of America were drained to enable installation of new equipment and mechanisms, and a new stage was built on the south end of Tom Sawyer Island. The show combined the new mist screens with Disneyland park favorites – the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia – as well as rafts, mechanical figures, fire effects and more than 50 Disneyland cast members to bring the story to life.

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As Disney Parks Blog reader Dustin shared recently, “This nighttime show was innovative in its blending of fireworks, waterworks, animation and live action, so innovative in fact that it’s still running (and very popular) today!”

He went on to say that “Fantasmic!” was the forerunner for the many successful nighttime spectaculars at Disney Parks around the world – and he’s right! From “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, to “Disney Dreams!” at Disneyland Paris, the tradition of innovative nighttime spectaculars continues today.

And that evolution goes on when the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” opens for guests at Disney California Adventure park this Friday, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

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Sixty Years of Innovation: Main Street Electrical Parade Lights Up the Night at Disneyland Park

posted on May 7th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’ve been exploring some of the innovations that Disneyland has seen through its sixty-year history, from the idea of the park itself to the invention of Audio-Animatronics technology. Today, let’s jump ahead to the 1970s and the introduction of what would become one of the most beloved parades in the history of Disney Parks.
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The Main Street Electrical Parade was unlike any parade that had come before it, with “thousands of sparkling lights and electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds.” Actually, the parade featured more than half a million sparkling lights, with more than 500 miles of wiring, and used an electronic synthesizer, giving it a unique and distinctly recognizable sound. Even to this day, anyone familiar with the parade gets a rush of nostalgia with just a few notes of the iconic “Baroque Hoedown.”

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The parade made its debut on June 17, 1972, and went on to evolve and grow throughout its decades-long run, with new floats like the 108-foot-long “Honor America” finale, added in 1979, and a reproduction of Sleeping Beauty Castle to celebrate of the 25th anniversary of Disneyland. It has delighted guests around the world at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade Starts May 22 as Part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

The evolution of nighttime parades continues at Disneyland park with the debut of “Paint the Night” on May 22. This next iteration of the iconic electrical parade takes the innovation even further, with with more than 1.5 million individually controlled lights, nearly all of which will be energy-efficient LED lights.

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Celebrate Earth Day Around the Globe

posted on April 22nd, 2015 by Molly McGranahan, Communications Specialist, WDPR


Happy Earth Day!

Here at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we celebrate Earth Day every day. Across the globe, our cast members work together toward one unified goal: protecting our planet to promise a better tomorrow.

We invite you to take a unique look at what some of our environmental friends across Parks and Resorts are up to in support of planet earth:

Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort took home three top prestigious environmental honors:

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Disneyland Paris
Protection of domestic bees is key at Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch at Disneyland Paris. The bees are essential in continuing the quality of the resort’s flowers, trees and meadows, and the park’s landscaping provides what the bees need to produce top-quality honey. The mixed-flower honey that is produced finds its way to the breakfast table of guests at the Disneyland Hotel. How’s that for some Earth Day buzz?

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Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
At Hong Kong Disneyland, all plastic shopping bags from merchandise locations are made from post-consumer recycled plastics. Since launching in 2012, more than three million plastic bags generated from the resort’s daily operation have been diverted from landfill and reused for the production of merchandise bags.

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Shanghai Disney
As development for Shanghai Disney Resort progresses, a common thread throughout the resort’s growth is its commitment to sustainable building design. Various administrative buildings are being built with gearless elevators, automatic heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and exterior stairwells to help minimize the impact of the resort operations on the environment.

Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea utilize multi-waste waste containers. Unlike the standard waste bin, these multi-functional containers are made of several different deposit stations that separate solid from liquid waste and encourage recycling. A single container features combustible trash, plastic silverware, paper cups, beverage carriers and liquid waste stations. The bussing carts for Quick Service Food & Beverage cast members are set up in the same manner, further aligning the cast and guest environmental experience.

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Walt Disney World Resort
Each of the 25 Disney-owned and operated Walt Disney World Resort hotels participate in the Florida Green Lodging program. From distributing in-room materials printed on recycled paper to maintaining the HVAC in unoccupied guest rooms, our resort teams ensure their commitment to the environment comes through in their day-to-day actions.

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Stay tuned for more great environmental stories from Disney Parks and Resorts as we continue to celebrate our planet throughout the year.

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Good Morning From Pirates’ Beach & Skull Rock at Disneyland Park Paris

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Looks like it’s a lovely morning in Adventureland at Disneyland Park (Paris). Photographer Tom Bricker recently stopped through the park and got us this great shot just as the Disney Pirate Galleon, Pirates’ Beach and Skull Rock were just opening for the day. Here young guests can explore the caverns of Davy Jones’ Locker and two pirate playgrounds where they can even walk a plank. Gorgeous skies make for great treasure hunting – isn’t that what they say?

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Daylight Strikes Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Haunted Mansion, and the different versions of it at Disney Parks around the globe, are among my favorite to write about because they have such great storylines – and stories – to tell.

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In today’s sunrise shot, which was snapped by photographer Tom Bricker, you can see the sun rising over Phantom Manor at Disneyland Park (in Paris). Not only is it a lovely shot, but this photo actually illustrates a cool fun fact about the attraction: Unlike other Disney Parks around the world, this Haunted Mansion-type of attraction actually appears in Frontierland. (At Walt Disney World Resort, you can find it in Liberty Square, at the Disneyland Resort in California it’s located in New Orleans Square and at Tokyo Disneyland, it’s in Fantasyland).

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All Aboard For A Morning Train Ride at Disneyland Resort Paris

posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Is a train ride around a Disney Park a must-do for you? In this photo, the sun is just rising on the Disneyland Railroad at its Main Street Station (inside Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort Paris). The train offers a 20-minute journey through the park, with stops in Frontierland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland.

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Where will your day take you?

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Ratatouille Attraction at Disneyland Paris Awarded for Outstanding Visual Effects

posted on February 11th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We’ve shared several updates on our first-of-its-kind attraction at Disneyland Paris called Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. It’s an amazing attraction that is now “award-winning.”

Disneyland Paris opens new attraction, La Place de Rémy dedicated to the Disney•Pixar movie “Ratatouille.”

The Visual Effects Society recently presented its 13th annual VES Awards and Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy received the award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project.

The attraction, which debuted last summer as part of an expansion at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, uses forced perspective and other techniques to “shrink” guests to the size of a rat as they join Rémy on a whirlwind adventure through Chef Gusteau’s restaurant. We shared a special behind the scenes look last year.

Congratulations to the Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney•Pixar teams who worked years on making this spectacular attraction. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future Disneyland Paris stories.

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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: See What’s in Store!

posted on February 11th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Who doesn’t enjoy a little retail therapy? This particular ‘window’ shopping trip shouldn’t cost you a thing – unless, of course, you are planning a visit to one of our many parks or resorts around the world. Take a look at some of the exciting new offerings and what our resident experts had to share.

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Traveling to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? Keep an eye out for the Dated 2015 collection at Kalepa’s Store. This year’s playful art featuring signature characters and icons lends itself to an array of items including adult and kid’s tees, souvenirs, mugs and ornaments that are easy to pack. Travelers Tip: If your trip is booked for later this spring, keep watching the Disney Parks Blog. I will be releasing details on several new collections set to debut this April which are guaranteed to make a splash! Now, off to Hong Kong Disneyland!

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“We invite you to spread cheer and happiness this year,” said Fion Lai, “and celebrate Chinese New Year with us at Hong Kong Disneyland.” You’ll find special themed merchandise including apparel, plush (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Duffy the Disney Bear and ShellieMay), festive candy boxes and biscuits as well as Disney-themed Lai See red packets and Fai Chun. Let’s keep traveling – next stop: Tokyo Disney Resort!

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Our family and friends at Tokyo Disney Resort have cooked up something special as they celebrate a Sweet Duffy event through March 20, 2015. “This unique celebration is a recipe for success, says Director of Merchandise,” Gary LaTouche. “Our Disney fans love Duffy the Disney Bear, ShellieMay and Gelatoni, we have found that they can ‘bear’ly contain their excitement for some of the new offerings including plush, accessories, cooking essentials and sweet treats.” Where to next? How about Disneyland Paris?

Disneyland Paris Product Developer Regis Alart shared details with us about several new collections that have been added to Art on Demand at Disneyland Paris. “Some of my favorites include the Theatrical Mickey Mouse posters, reminiscent of the Fantasyland attraction, Meet Mickey Mouse,” Regis explains, “as well as the Circus inspired pieces designed for the Disney & Co. boutique on Main Street, U.S.A.; ‘Frozen’ and Disneyland Paris character art, designed by members of our merchandise art department.”

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How does Art on Demand work? It’s easy! Simply find a kiosk (available at select art/collectible locations) and peruse the selections until you find what you’re looking for. Categories include characters, attractions, concept drawings and pieces by various Disney and Disney-inspired artists. Next, select the size and medium (canvas or paper), make your payment and within two to three weeks it will be delivered straight to your home.

Art on Demand is currently available at Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort. Tip: Fans of Marc Davis and “Frozen,” you’ll be glad to know … selections from Snow Queens – Art of Ice exhibit (currently on display in The Disney Gallery) are now available at the Disneyland Resort!

Where would you travel to?

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Delicious Shot of Ratatouille

posted on January 29th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” image is of the lovely La Place de Rémy area at Walt Disney Studios Park (at Disneyland Paris). This quiet square houses the Ratatouille, l’Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remy attraction, which whisks guests into a crazy, culinary adventure inside Chez Gusteau. Guests begin their adventure on the rooftops of Paris before boarding ratmobiles to scurry through the restaurant.

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Space Mountain Marks Milestone Anniversary at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today we’re celebrating another attraction milestone on the Disney Parks Blog. It’s Space Mountain’s 40th anniversary here at Magic Kingdom Park!

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The idea for Space Mountain originated back in the 1960s when the dream of space travel became a very real reality. After a few years of planning and two years of construction, it opened in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park on January 15, 1975. The attraction debuted as a unique offering at the park, as it was the second attraction built specifically for the park in Florida (the first was Country Bear Jamboree).

Space Mountain attractions have since opened at Disneyland park in 1977, at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, at Disneyland Paris in 1995, and at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog today for more on this attraction milestone!

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