Three weeks before Holidays at the Disneyland Resort officially kicked off, we continuously documented the talented elves of Disneyland Resort Entertainment as they decked the walls of “it’s a small world” Holiday.
Here’s some fun facts about what it took to give “it’s a small world” Holiday its festive look:
- Eleven Technical Services cast members worked five nights a week for eight weeks to do decorate the attraction’s façade, topiaries, trees and more.
- The attraction’s façade has 50,000 C7 size lights in seven different colors: red, blue, green, amber, fuchsia, purple, and white. This adds up to almost five miles of light strings on the façade.
- There are an additional 10,000 C7 lights on the “it’s a small world” Toy Shoppe and the three towers along the “it’s a small world” Mall.
- The same crane that installs the Disneyland park Christmas tree is used to install the Santa hat on the clock.
Not sure what to do with your leftovers from Thanksgiving? In our final turkey-day tip, Lenny DeGeorge, Executive Chef, Concept Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shows us how to make the perfect holiday panini. Watch below!
Want to wow your guests with a side that’s just as special as the turkey? Watch below as Lenny DeGeorge, executive Chef, Concept Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shows us a simple way to jazz up your cranberry sauce – they’ll never believe the cranberries came out of a can!
When our new nighttime experience “Rivers of Light” opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, it’ll be one of the most memorable and emotionally stirring shows in the park’s history. And today we’re sharing a sneak peek at some of the amazing sights the show will offer when it debuts in spring 2016.
The show will take place on Discovery River between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest – take a close look and you can you see the Tree of Life in the background. In “Rivers of Light,” a pair of mystical hosts come to the river bearing gifts of light. During the show, the hosts set out from the shore on elaborate lantern vessels for a dramatic dance of water and light to summon animal spirits. With the storytellers as your guides, the wonders of “Rivers of Light” builds to a stunning crescendo.
In addition to the show, you’ll also notice the park’s iconic Tree of Life will undergo an amazing awakening as the animal spirits of the tree are brought to “light” by magical fireflies, revealing moments of wonder and enchantment.
To create “Rivers of Light,” Imagineers and Creative Entertainment partnered with the talents of master puppet designer Michael Curry, composer Mark Mancina and the filmmakers at Disneynature. According to Imagineer Joe Rohde, in an interview excerpt from the latest Disney Vacation Planning DVD, the addition of “Rivers of Light” to the park’s offerings will serve as that huge “wow” moment that ends a guest’s visit to the park.
We look forward to sharing even more about the new nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the coming months, right here on Disney Parks Blog.
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Aboard the recently enhanced Disney Dream, there’s new fun in store for cruisers of all ages with elaborately themed play areas in the kids’ club, a whimsical sweet shop specializing in handmade gelato and ice cream, a relaxing water feature just for adults, and more. Take a look at this video to hear more about these exciting new experiences from Cruise Director Christiaan, and stay tuned for more inside looks at the ship’s enhancements.
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If you’ve attended one of our Disney Parks Blog meet-ups at Walt Disney World Resort, chances are you’ve seen fan-favorite Disney character – the Florida Orange Bird. Our favorite meet-up mascot is today’s featured character in our how-to video series on creating different Disney-inspired bento box works of art.
Carrots, snap peas and radishes are used along with orange and yellow rice to make this beautiful meal. Try it and let us know how your Orange Bird bento box comes out.
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In our last video, Lenny DeGeorge, Executive Chef, Concept Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, showed us how to expertly carve your holiday turkey. Today, we’re learning about the “secret turkey tidbit,” one of Chef Lenny’s favorite cuts of turkey that many people overlook. Where can you find this delicious bite? Watch below to find out!
Day or night, old, young or in between, Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has something for everyone, and there’s no better time to visit than right now, while the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is in full swing.
Experience the beauty and scope of Downtown Disney District in this fun Hyperlapse video, a high-energy visual map of what the district has to offer guests of all ages: entertainment, shopping and dining. It’s all just steps away from Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.
In the first video in our series of turkey-day tips, Lenny DeGeorge, Executive Chef, Concept Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shares expert tips to make your Thanksgiving even more magical. Watch below as Chef Lenny shows you how to safely and easily carve your holiday turkey.
As we celebrate the birthday of Mickey Mouse today, we’re reminded of how much magic he brings to Disney cruisers all year long.
Wishing one of our favorite captains on the high seas the happiest of birthdays!