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Perfecting Projections for the Immersive New ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Spectacular

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Coming May 22 as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular will be a sky-high extravaganza featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and surprising special effects that transform Disneyland park right before your eyes. “Disneyland Forever” envelops you in an enthralling, breathtaking journey like never before, leveraging the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park.

Today, we’re taking you behind the scenes for a look at what goes on at night after the park closes, as our Creative Entertainment team is hard at work getting all those amazing projection effects ready for “Disneyland Forever.”

We’re just days away from the grand debut of “Disneyland Forever,” when this incredible new fireworks spectacular will join the “Paint the Night” parade and the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” as the sparkling crown jewels of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

We’ll have even more sneak peeks for you soon here on Disney Parks Blog, and you can keep the conversation going on social media with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

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Behind the Scenes: Building Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


Harambe Market, a new area that will serve-up African-inspired street food, is set to open May 23 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Today, we’re excited to share with you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at just how the team is currently working together to bring this new area to life.

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Check out the video below to hear how members of the project team traveled to Lamu, Kenya to study architecture, learn how African foods and spices inspired parts of the area’s storyline, and much more.

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Honoring Disney’s Electrical Parade Heritage in the All-New ‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

posted on May 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


When the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kicks off May 22, one of the brightest gems promises to be the new, state-of-the-art “Paint the Night” parade. This dazzling nighttime procession is led by Tinker Bell flying in a magical, musical overture, spreading pixie dust along the Disneyland parade route. Right on her tail (but never growing up!) is Peter Pan, perched high atop an enormous drum inspired by a float from the classic “Main Street Electrical Parade.”

And that’s not the only nod to Disneyland parade heritage. If you look closely, you may just spot a rosette taken from a light on one of the original Main Street Electrical Parade floats, hand-placed on the tip of Tinker Bell’s wand!

Of course, “Paint the Night” is just one facet of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which is also bringing the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular, all starting May 22.

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Richard M. Sherman’s Tribute to Walt Disney in ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park

posted on May 19th, 2015 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


I had the pleasure of interviewing Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman again recently, this time for his work on the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, new for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. It’s such an honor every time I get a chance to chat with him. He’s as nice as you would imagine! This time I joined him and Broadway star Ashely Brown in a recording studio in Hollywood, Calif. Ashley had just flown in from New York to record Mr. Sherman’s latest masterpiece, “A Kiss Goodnight.” He wrote it for the new fireworks show, set to debut to guests on Friday, May 22, at Disneyland park. It’s a beautiful song, and Ashley has such a beautiful voice. I also learned that there’s a special reason why Richard chose the words, “A Kiss Goodnight,” and he explains in the video. Enjoy!

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Creating the ‘Frozen’ Float for ‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


In “Paint the Night,” the innovative new nighttime parade coming May 22 as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to harness the power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust and bring to light beloved characters and stories from “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story” and more.

From the world of “Frozen” comes the tallest float in the entire parade, inspired by Elsa’s shimmering palace of ice. Anna and Elsa will grace the float, accompanied by Olaf and a group of dancing frozen fractals, as they glide through Disneyland park. In this video, our team members take you behind the scenes for a look at the “Frozen” float under construction.

What part of “Paint the Night” are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check back – we’ll have more glimpses of this spectacular new parade for you soon.

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Disney Cruise Line Announces New Sailings from the Big Apple in 2016

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The Disney Magic’s arrival to New York City today sparked a grand announcement: We’re returning to the Big Apple in 2016 for sailings to both the Bahamas and Canada!

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And that’s not all … We also revealed that we’re sailing again from Miami and Galveston, Texas with new options from these popular homeports. Cruise Director Ray tells you all about it in this video. Check it out …

Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store for the fall of 2016 from New York, Miami and Galveston:

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  • For the first time, we’re offering seven-night voyages from Miami to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, in addition to shorter options. All sailings from Miami include a stop at Castaway Cay.

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  • A variety of seven-night cruises are departing from Galveston, including Bahamian sailings and Western Caribbean sailings. Plus, for a quick getaway, we’re offering two four-night sailings to Cozumel.

Bookings for the new itineraries open to the public on May 20, 2015. More details can be found on the Itineraries and Ports for 2016 page of disneycruise.com.

Sailings from New York, Miami and Galveston are in addition to our ever-popular cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida. Which homeport do you plan to sail from in 2016?

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ABC’s ‘AFV’ Season Finale Says Farewell to Tom Bergeron and Crowns Grand Prize Winner from the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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On the season finale of ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” tomorrow, May 17, the show says farewell to beloved host Tom Bergeron in its broadcast from the Disneyland Resort. Also on the show, the season’s two $100,000 winners battle it out for a grand prize vacation for 60 people to the Disneyland Resort, including a visit to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks in honor of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

Don’t miss the season finale of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” tomorrow at 7|6c on ABC.

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Grizzly Peak Airfield Now Open at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We gave you a first look at Grizzly Peak Airfield, the expansion of Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure park, back in March. Today I’m excited to report that this newly reimagined area is now open!

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Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer ventured out in the rain yesterday to bring us these first looks at Grizzly Peak Airfield. Check out more in the gallery below.

Now let’s go behind-the-scenes of the development of this area with Walt Disney Imagineering!

Grizzly Peak Airfield, including Soarin’ Over California, is now open at Disney California Adventure park.

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84-Year-Old Great Grandmother Celebrates Mother’s Day Running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


How did you celebrate Mother’s Day? Did you go out for brunch, enjoy a nice family walk, send your mom flowers and candy, or did you run 13.1 miles through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the city of Anaheim? Well, last Sunday several moms, daughters, grandmothers and great grandmothers did just that – ran 13.1 miles at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry.

If you follow my runDisney blog posts, you know I enjoy standing at the finish line watching runners celebrate their accomplishments. Among the thousands of Tinker Bells and fairy wings, various colors and styles of tutus, and pixie dust blowing in the air, it was exciting to see all the moms celebrating this special day with their daughters. Holding hands, hugging and occasionally leaping across the finish, they celebrated their run, the time together and that special mother/daughter bond. It was the start of what could be a wonderful tradition.

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One runner catching everyone’s attention was Viola “Mae” Douglass of Sequin, Tex. Decked out in blue fairy wings, a blue tutu and a matching decorated blue visor, Mae wore several hats this day: great grandmother, grandmother, mom and oldest runner. That’s right – “oldest runner.” At the young age of 84 she was the oldest runner for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and celebrated Mother’s Day by running with her two daughters.

Our video cameras were there when Mae finished her journey and I am excited to share that moment with you.

Just before getting her Tinker Bell finisher medal, Mae said, “Greatest Mother’s Day ever. . . it’s a beautiful sunshiny day and Disney is wonderful, we love Disney.”

Happy Mother’s Day to Mae and all our Tinker Bell Half Marathon moms. We hope you celebrate with us again in May 2016.

For more information on the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and other runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

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Get Ready for the Next Castaway Cay Challenge with Disney Cruise Line

posted on May 14th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


After this year’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, I had the awesome experience of cheering on Disney cruisers competing in our inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge. I had a blast chatting with the runners before and after the race, hearing their stories about how far they’d traveled to be there, how many runDisney medals they had collected over the years and what inspired them to be a part of this first-ever challenge.

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For many, it was their first Disney cruise vacation, and they couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful it was to relax onboard the Disney Dream after their action-packed Marathon Weekend. Those few days of rest recharged them for their run through paradise, where they returned to lounging on the warm sand of Castaway Cay after the race.

I also caught up with Cruise Director Christiaan later that day, who told me more about what runners were enjoying during the voyage. Take a look at this video, and let me know in the comments if I can expect to “run” into you at our next Castaway Cay Challenge!

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