Disneyland Resort cast member Adeena Welle oversees the daily operation of “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park as its stage manager. Part of the show’s original programming team, Adeena has one foot in the creation of the show and one foot in the operation – getting to run it and maintain it for our guests. In this “Every Role a Starring Role,” Adeena explains her responsibilities and gives us a peek into the wonderful world of stage management!
posted on November 27th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
posted on November 27th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park is one of my favorite areas in all of Walt Disney World Resort. I love the turn-of-the-century charm that exists in the architecture, the streetmosphere characters – and especially the live music.
One of the individuals who helps take Main Street, U.S.A., back to the good ol’days is Piano Player Jim Omohundro, who has been playing the piano at the park for 30 years! (Today is actually his 30th anniversary!).
Check out the video below to hear his thoughts on spending 30 years on Main Street, U.S.A.
posted on November 26th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Each year, the elaborate gingerbread creations get bigger and better at Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. From a 3-foot-tall replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall in Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom Park to the life-sized gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, it takes a multitude of dedicated pastry chefs to build each design.
Check out the video that showcases this year’s new creation at Disney’s BoardWalk, a sweet replica of a Jersey Shore Boardwalk concession stand. By the numbers, it’s 674 gingerbread shingles, 420 marshmallows for marquee lights and 90 pounds of saltwater taffy for the wreaths.
(And if you’re a pin collector, the last pin signing for the BoardWalk gingerbread is 1-5 p.m. Friday.)
The handiwork starts with a concept and scale drawing, then it takes some serious teamwork to construct the gingerbread designs on stage in front of guests.
Most of the displays have delicious sweets for sale, and activities like gingerbread decorating. Here’s where you’ll find other fab holiday treats through January 2, 2014:
- A 17-foot gingerbread holiday tree in the Grand Canyon Concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, made with 136 pounds of honey, 211 pounds of flour, 101 eggs and 151 pounds of chocolate!
- A life-size, spinning carousel in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort has ponies made of chocolate fondant and hand-painted chocolate Disney characters – made with 50 pounds of dark chocolate, 100 pounds of confectioners’ sugar and 10 quarts of simple syrup. The lobby at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort features a holiday village with a miniature train surrounded with a sugar rock mountains.
- At Epcot, the promenade at The American Adventure is home to Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop with freshly baked gingerbread, sugar and chocolate cookies, peppermint bark, hot cocoa and ciders.
- Also at Epcot, The Land Pavilion showcases gingerbread creations representing icons from Disney parks and resorts around the world.
posted on November 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Mickey Mouse makes magical moments for guests every day, but for the young Liddell brothers – Jacob (12), Joshua (9), and Jackson (5) – their recent trip to Magic Kingdom Park will be one they’ll never forget, as Mickey helped reunite them with their father, Lt. Colonel Jason Liddell.
For the past 14 months, Jason had been away from his family for training and deployment in Afghanistan. When he found out he was to return to the United States for a few weeks of mid-tour leave, he and his wife Deborah devised a plan to surprise their boys with some much-needed family time.
Watch their surprise reunion below.
posted on November 25th, 2013 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group
Have you ever wondered what makes Mickey’s Christmas Party “very merry” and not just normal merry? Well, for the first time ever, the creative team here at Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group found the answer.
The idea behind this year’s holiday campaign revolves all around the name of Mickey’s Christmas Party – which you can see in a new VERY merry logo and over-the-top merry scenes. Since the party is a classic Christmas party at Magic Kingdom Park, the style and tone of the campaign – from the hand-drawn logo to a traditional animated short – was inspired by the classic Disney shorts and vintage holiday greeting cards.
One of the most exciting pieces to work on was an original 30-second animation featuring Mickey and the gang getting ready for the very-est, merriest party of the year. The commercial was traditionally animated in the style of the Disney classic cartoons of the late 1930s and 1940s. The sound design was really fun, too. We love the narrator’s ‘Goofy How-To’ vibe and the character voices throughout. The soundtrack, a jazzy rendition of Jingle Bells, was also inspired by a 1940s big band and recorded by a live orchestra.
The entire campaign was sparked by a fun Christmas story that explains the origins of Mickey’s first Very Merry Christmas Party. The story is a great way to get your kids excited for the Christmas Party. And, even if you’re not going this year, it’s just really fun to ad-lib Donald Duck’s not-so-merry outbursts. You can download the full story by clicking the image below.
You can also expect to see very merry billboards, banner ads, and hear radio spots leading up to the party, which is happening select nights now through December 20. (Tickets are on sale now at mickeyschristmasparty.com.)
Have a VERY merry Christmas!
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 20th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Chef Christina shows how the Disney pastry chefs make the fancy Strawberry Twists with almond paste, fresh strawberry jam and puff pastry.
Here’s an easier home version of the recipe – we skipped the almond paste (but you could buy your favorite brand and slather the puff pastry before adding the jam). This uncomplicated recipe uses store-bought puff pastry and fresh berries – but you could always substitute your favorite jam, too. The twists are delicious just out of the oven.
- 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 (17.3-ounce) box (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, thawed
- Powdered sugar, for garnish
- Combine strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mash mixture with a potato masher until the berries are softened and sugar is dissolved.
- Increase heat to high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil, stirring often to prevent mixture from sticking to pan, until thick, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
- Place one sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured, movable, flat surface, such as a lightweight cutting board. Lightly dust surface of pastry with flour and roll to smooth creases.
- Spread pastry sheet with 1/3 cup of the strawberry mixture. (Refrigerate any remaining strawberry mixture for up to 5 days.)
- Roll the second sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to smooth creases; place on top of first sheet and press down gently.
- Place filled puff pastry in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick silicone mat.
- Using a ruler as a guide, cut into pastry into 1 1/2-inch strips. Carefully pick up strips and place on baking sheets, twisting 3 times before laying down.
- Bake 20 to 22 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Cool 10 minutes and finish with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Cook’s Note: You may substitute 1/3 cup store-bought strawberry jam.
posted on November 20th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
Families are being treated like royalty in a whole new way aboard the Disney Fantasy! One of our newest family-friendly experiences is Royal Court Royal Tea, an exclusive event that gives you and your little ones a chance to interact with Disney princesses like never before.
This royal tea party takes place in the Royal Court Restaurant, which is inspired by the classic Disney films “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Adorned with sparkling chandeliers and fanciful icons like glass slippers, apples, roses and tiaras, the elegant dining room is the perfect setting for this fairy tale experience.
Other Disney friends join the party, too, including Lady Chamomile and Chef Brule who host the event as the Royal Tea Hostess and Royal Pastry Chef. They prove to be welcoming and entertaining hosts — telling stories, dancing and singing renditions of classic Disney tunes — making this a fun and interactive experience by encouraging kids to participate.
Take a look at this video with Cruise Director Lesley as she gives us a special glimpse at this magical teatime, and let us know in the comments if Royal Court Royal Tea is something you’re adding to your family’s bucket list.
posted on November 19th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
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 Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney
At runDisney we are constantly looking for ways to provide exciting opportunities for our runners and this past weekend we think we hit a home run at Turner Field. On Saturday, runDisney hosted its first meet-up on the road in Atlanta. It was an opportunity to take Mickey, Minnie and some runDisney magic directly to our fans.
More than 100 participants hit the streets for a fun run that took us under the Olympic rings, circled the Capital building and then back to Turner Field for a run inside the stadium and around the warning track. Following the run, guests were treated to a speaker series that included runDisney training consultant and Atlanta’s own Jeff Galloway, runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus and Runner’s World editor Warren Green. Our partners from New Balance used the meet-up to announce that the 2014 New Balance runDisney 860 running shoe will feature Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie. They also revealed the same 860 Mickey and Minnie shoe will be available in kid’s sizes.
On behalf of the entire runDisney team, I want to thank our Atlanta meet-up participants and all our runDisney fans for their continued support. If you want to follow along or join the conversation from Atlanta, please use #ontheroadtodisneyparks. And, as always, we invite you to follow us on runDisney Facebook, Twitter @runDisney and on runDisney Instagram for exciting news and future opportunities.