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Disneyland Resort Marks 60th Anniversary of Opening Day With Special Celebrations

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


On Friday, we marked 60 years of happiness at the Disneyland Resort with a day full of celebrations. From thousands of cupcakes to special photo locations, guests joined in to help us commemorate the anniversary of Disneyland opening day – July 17, 1955. Take a look back!

Did you celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland opening day with us on Friday? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 19th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier was joined by Mickey Mouse and special guests at Sleeping Beauty Castle to commemorate the Resort’s official 60th anniversary.

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As part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, it was announced that we will honor 60 years of Walt’s dream with the “Million Dollar Dazzle” program. Each month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the Million Dollar Dazzle Crew will surprise one or more Southern California nonprofits with a $60,000 gift, totaling more than $1 million.

Check out Erin’s story for more information. And check back on Monday for new video from the celebration.

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Disney chairman and CEO, Bob Iger also unveiled new, exciting details on Shanghai Disney Resort, the area’s first Disney destination, and the six themed lands planned for the Shanghai Disneyland theme park.

During a special event that included Disney COO Tom Staggs and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek, Bob Iger shared a peek at what the Resort will look like with the unveiling of a spectacular scale model showcasing its two hotels, Disneytown – its international shopping, dining and entertainment district, Wishing Star Park’s beautiful gardens and six themed lands of mainland China’s first Disney theme park – Shanghai Disneyland. Check out video from the event.

Our original story has more details on each of the themed lands, including Tomorrowland, where guests will be able to experience the TRON Lightcycle Power Run and more.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Icing on the Cake: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Disneyland Park in 1965 – Fifty years ago these dancing candles were delighted in the fact they were taking part in history during the 10th anniversary celebration of Disneyland park. Enjoy this calorie-free video!

Mickey’s Halloween Party Expands to 17 Nights with Return of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, September 11 – November 1 – The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues into Halloween Time when the season begins again September 11, with the addition of the new “Paint the Night” parade during the expanded 17 nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park!

D23 EXPO 2015 Brings New Collections from ALEX AND ANI – If you’re a fan of ALEX AND ANI and you’re attending D23 EXPO 2015, August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Disney Dream Store is the place to be.

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Rivers of America at Disneyland Park – Sixty years ago, Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a special party aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat at the soon-to-open Disneyland park.

Today in Disney History: ‘Hocus Pocus’ Casts a Spell in Theaters – On July 16, 1993, Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” opened in theaters, and the world was introduced to those wacky and wicked Sanderson sisters: Mary (Kathy Najimy), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Winifred (Bette Midler).

Bookings Begin July 30 for Premium Events for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – There are more ways than ever to celebrate at the 20th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival September 25-November 16 – and while plenty of events are included with park admission, we look forward each fall to the over-the-top “premium events.”

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‘Ant-Man’ Is a Hit With Disney Parks Blog Readers at Special Advanced Screening at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 18th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last weekend, 500 Disney Parks Blog readers enjoyed a special advanced screening of “Ant-Man” here at AMC Downtown Disney 12 at the Disneyland Resort. Many guests even showed their super hero side and attend in costume. Hear what they had to say about the film!

“Ant-Man,” directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, introduces us to a hero armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. Master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Be sure to catch “Ant-Man” now in theaters!

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Special Ceremony Commemorates Official 60th Anniversary of the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 17th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This morning, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier was joined by Mickey Mouse and special guests at Sleeping Beauty Castle to commemorate the Resort’s official 60th anniversary. On this day in 1955, Walt Disney first welcomed guests to “this happy place,” and today we honored that historic day with a special ceremony.

The ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle also included the tradition of playing the recording of Walt Disney’s July 17, 1955, welcome to the first Disneyland guests. Mickey Mouse and all his friends were in attendance, and Disney Legend and Academy Award-winning composer Richard M. Sherman (“Mary Poppins”) was joined by actress and singer Ashley Brown (star of “Mary Poppins” on Broadway) singing “Feed the Birds” and leading Disneyland park guests in singing “Happy Birthday.”

Take a look back in the video below.

Be sure to check back on Monday, and we’ll have another video showing even more of the fun from this magical day.

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Behind the Scenes: ‘Operation Disneyland’ Shows How ABC Made TV History

posted on July 17th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


I am constantly in awe of the documentation I come across in the Walt Disney Company‘s archival footage. If you have seen the live telecast of opening day at Disneyland park, which originally aired on ABC on July, 17 1955, you may have thought – like me – “How did they do that?” This video shows highlights from “Operation Disneyland,” a 14-minute documentary produced for ABC closed-circuit television, which looks at the technical challenges behind broadcasting the opening ceremonies of Disneyland park.

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Icing on the Cake: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Disneyland Park in 1965

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


While looking through some historical footage recently, I came across this sweet treat. I can’t help but think that 50 years ago these dancing candles were delighted in the fact they were taking part in history during the 10th anniversary celebration of Disneyland park. Enjoy this calorie-free video!

And keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow as we celebrate the official 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort! You can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram with @Disneyland and on Facebook.com/Disneyland. Don’t forget the hashtag #Disneyland60!

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Video: Shanghai Disneyland Details Unveiled

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you joined us for this week’s Shanghai Disney Resort update, you know about some of the amazing experiences coming to our first theme park in mainland China – Shanghai Disneyland. Disney Chairman and CEO, Bob Iger shared a first look at what’s planned for Shanghai Disneyland during a special presentation that included details on its six themed lands with live stage productions, world premieres and thrilling attractions as well as a spectacular scale model of the world-class park. Check out new video from the presentation.

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Sounding Off at the New Orleans Square Train Station Telegraph Cable Office at Disneyland Park

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Disneyland Resort this Friday, take a look and listen to the sounds of the New Orleans Square train station. The second stop on the Disneyland Railroad is home to the telegraph cable office, where a paraphrased portion of Walt Disney’s opening-day speech from July 17, 1955, can be heard in Morse code. The telegraph message is just over a minute long and decoded it says: “To all who come to Disneyland, welcome. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.”

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#DisneyFamilia: Juntos (Together) in Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


Hola (Hello)! I’m Sarah Domenech, Public Relations manager for the Hispanic and Latin American markets. I want to welcome you to our latest series.

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Walt Disney World Resort is the perfect place to bring your whole family for the vacation of a lifetime! And Latinos surely know how to make the most of their time off together. However, traveling to our parks with the whole familia (family) can be a little bit overwhelming. We know it takes a lot of time and effort to plan the perfect vacation para todos (for all).

Travel expert Sonia Gil, also known as the “Hada Madrina (Fairy Godmother) of Travel,” offers you valuable tips to plan that perfect Walt Disney World Resort vacation in a new video series called “Sonia’s Best of Walt Disney World.”

From where to stay, shop and eat to her favorite things to do, Sonia will show you how easy it is to plan an amazing vacation.

Be sure to visit Disneyworld.com and select your preferred language to get more information.

Do you have other tips for spending quality family time juntos (together) at Walt Disney World Resort? I would love to hear from you!

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Shanghai Disneyland Themed Lands to Include New Attractions, Live Shows

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Just a few minutes ago in China, Disney chairman and CEO, Bob Iger unveiled new, exciting details on Shanghai Disney Resort, the area’s first Disney destination, and the six themed lands planned for the Shanghai Disneyland theme park.

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Shanghai Disney Resort will be a world-class family entertainment destination that blends the magic of Disney and the cultural spirit and beauty of China. And during a special event that included Disney COO Tom Staggs and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek, Bob Iger shared a peek at what the Resort will look like with the unveiling of a spectacular scale model showcasing its two hotels, Disneytown – its international shopping, dining and entertainment district, Wishing Star Park’s beautiful gardens and six themed lands of mainland China’s first Disney theme park – Shanghai Disneyland.

“We are building something truly special here in Shanghai that not only showcases the best of Disney’s storytelling but also celebrates and incorporates China’s incredibly rich heritage to create a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight and entertain the people of China for generations to come,” said Iger speaking to media during today’s presentation at the Shanghai Expo Centre. “We are taking everything we’ve learned from our six decades of exceeding expectations – along with our relentless innovation and famous creativity to create a truly magical place that is both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese.”

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At Shanghai Disneyland, Disney stories will come to life at the tallest, largest and most interactive castle at any Disney theme park. The themed lands will offer something for everyone with live stage productions, world premieres and thrilling attractions ­­– many never seen before – that will appeal to guests of all generations. Guests also will be able to experience Disney characters in each land, including Mickey and his pals on Mickey Avenue and in Gardens of Imagination.

In Tomorrowland, one of the six themed lands, guests will be able to experience the TRON Lightcycle Power Run, a new coaster-style attraction where riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles for one of the most thrilling adventures at any Disney park.

Along with Tomorrowland, we have a more detailed look at the lands coming to Shanghai Disneyland:

Fantasyland will be the largest land and home to the majestic Enchanted Storybook Castle that we’ve already featured here on the Blog. In this fairy-tale paradise, guests will float through familiar Disney stories on Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, hitch a rollicking ride on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and take flight over the skies of London on Peter Pan’s Flight. They may also explore the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh or follow Alice through a dazzling Wonderland maze.

Treasure Cove – will be the first pirate-themed land in a Disney park. As guests explore this pirate world, they will enter Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure, an attraction that transforms a boat ride into a thrilling journey with cutting-edge innovations in robotics, animation, set design and multimedia. Adventurous spirits will be tempted to board a pirate ship, paddle through the scenic cove on Explorer Canoes and dine at Barbossa’s Bounty.

Adventure Isle will immerse guests in a newly discovered lost world, filled with hidden treasures and a chance to explore its mysteries. The mighty Roaring Mountain will tower over guests and beckon them on their journey. Guests can blaze their own trails at Camp Discovery, travel around the world on Soaring over the Horizon, or embark on the thrilling rafting adventure Roaring Rapids, straight through the heart of Adventure Isle. There they discover the underworld realm of a mysterious, fearsome creature.

Tomorrowland will not only include the TRON Lightcycle Power Run but also offer the chance for guests to go to infinity and beyond on Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, a new space ranger adventure, or break the bonds of gravity on Jet Packs. The land will feature a massive, color-shifting canopy near the TRON Lightcycle Power Run.

Mickey Avenue will be the first main entry at a Disney park inspired by the colorful personalities of Mickey Mouse and his pals. In the neighborhoods of this welcoming, whimsical avenue, guests will share a hug and get a photo with some all-time favorite Disney characters. Avenue M Arcade, one of the many shops along the avenue, will feature the largest selection of gifts and collectibles inside the theme park.

Gardens of Imagination will celebrate the wonders of nature and the joy of imagination, as guests leave everyday life behind to enjoy the seven whimsical gardens. Guests will take a spin on the Fantasia Carousel, soar on the back of Dumbo the Flying Elephant and enjoy the area’s iconic Disney entertainment, including Castle stage shows and “Ignite the Dream, a Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light.” From several places in this land, guests will enjoy “Mickey’s Storybook Express,” an exciting parade with its own musical soundtrack and colorful performers on the longest parade route in a Disney park.

Since breaking ground in 2011, Disney and Shanghai Shendi Group announced that they were expanding the park by adding additional attractions and entertainment to allow more guests to have a spectacular Disney experience at Grand Opening in spring of 2016. Stay tuned for more updates on Shanghai Disney Resort.

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