I can now say I have the #1 highlight of my Disney career: interviewing Disney Legend Richard Sherman. What an amazing day! I met him at the Walt Disney Archives in Burbank, Calif., where he sat at Walt Disney’s piano and played “it’s a small world,” the iconic song he wrote and composed with his late brother, Robert. He’s very proud of the song’s meaning and very serious about its impact on the world. He talks more about it in the video below. As you would imagine, he was a pure delight. He was kind and funny, and after the interview he played more of his classics for the room. I hope this video captures that unforgettable day. Enjoy!
posted on April 9th, 2014 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
posted on April 8th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Since launching our global online hub SmallWorld50.com, thousands of you have participated in the historic celebration of the classic Disney Parks attraction and recorded and shared online video of yourself singing “it’s a small world.”
We’ve enjoyed watching (and hearing) each submitted sing-along on SmallWorld50.com but a few of your renditions of “it’s a small world” have stood out to us. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.
Now, it’s your turn. Go share your online video at SmallWorld50.com and be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog early on April 10 to learn more about our celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world.”
posted on April 8th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
As we learned yesterday, “it’s a small world” has journeyed from California to New York and back again, and now some of its iconic dolls are making the voyage once again. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the attraction’s opening at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, these dolls will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America, where they will be featured as part of the show’s coverage of our global sing-along event. In the video below, we see how the dolls are cared for here at Disneyland park and how they were prepared for their trip.
And don’t forget – you’ve still got time to join the celebration at SmallWorld50.com!
posted on April 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
This week’s look inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train comes to us from Yellow Shoes Creative Group, a team that is currently working on some of the advertising for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
This week, the team sent us a full version of a CGI video that takes you on a colorful ride through part of the attraction. A portion of this was shared during “The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” broadcast back in December – check out the full version below.
Is it just me, or do you suddenly have a very strong interest in gemstones?
For more on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, read the posts below:
Disney Parks March Magic Challenge Concludes With a ‘Pirates’ vs. ‘Hitchhikers’ Showdown at Disney Parks
posted on April 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Have you been participating in our March Magic Challenge on Facebook? It’s a coast-to-coast competition in which 32 Disney attractions have been going head to head to be named as the best Disney attraction.
Today is the big game, with only two attractions left for fans to vote on – the Caribbean Pirates (at Disneyland Resort) and the Gracey Manor Hitchhikers (at Walt Disney World Resort). Simply head to our official Disneyland or Walt Disney World Facebook page and vote for the attraction you prefer in the “Comments” section.
Which will you choose?
Head Inside Creative Costuming To See How ‘it’s a small world’ Doll Costumes Are Created for Disney Parks
posted on April 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Did you ever wonder how those charming little outfits are created for the dolls in our “it’s a small world” attraction? Here at Walt Disney World Resort, costumes are produced in our Creative Costuming department at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Would you believe that the costumes that appear in the attraction today are careful recreations of the designs worn nearly 50 years ago in the original attraction?
Check out the video below for more behind-the-scenes facts.
posted on April 4th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
Mr. Easter Bunny has been spotted and he’s at the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland park! Other rare hare sightings include Br’er Rabbit, White Rabbit, Thumper and more. So bunny hop your way down and check the furry fun now now through April 20.
posted on April 4th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
What are some of the ways your family likes to have fun together? There’s a pretty high chance whatever you name is already offered on a Disney cruise. And the best part is that it’s all included!
Last week, I shared a video about date night on the high seas with ideas for how adults can spend their time while the kids are having fun in the youth clubs. But today, I want to bring it back to ways the entire family can have fun together.
In this video, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel gives you a glimpse of our family entertainment, like live stage shows, high-energy deck parties and of course, fireworks at sea. She couldn’t cover everything in such a short video, so check it out and let us know some of the other ways your family has fun onboard.
posted on April 4th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
We’re continuing our series of different firsts to experience at Disney Parks with one of those “must-haves” – a first Disney ear hat. Our ear hats are such identifiable icons that many families use them to mark their visit.
Parents share their ear hats with their children and also pass down the tradition of selecting one. It’s another one of those “firsts” at Disney Parks that I’m sure many readers have in common.
We’re just getting going with this new series so let us know about a special, memorable or even life changing first trip to Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort in the comments below and then check back for our new #DisneyKids series.
posted on April 3rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager