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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Apr. 2, 2012

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We’re back to regular publishing around here after a first-ever April Fool’s Day Menehune takeover of the site. Thank you to all of the loyal Disney Parks Blog readers who took part in the fun. And if you received a Menehune-inspired Vinylmation, congratulations!


Last week, we shared some of the first images of the Red Car Trolley during some test runs through Hollywood Pictures Backlot (soon to be called Hollywood Land) at Disney California Adventure park. There are more images from Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer in Erin’s original post – check it out.


And did you see? “Marvel’s The Avengers”-themed monorail will debut this spring at the Walt Disney World Resort. It’ll be similar to the “Tron”-themed wrap we’ve shared before. Keep checking the blog for more details.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on:

Merida from ‘Brave’ is Coming to Disney Parks – Merida, the headstrong teenager from the upcoming Disney•Pixar movie “Brave,” will appear in Fairytale Garden at Magic Kingdom Park this summer for mischief and fun.

Q&A with Imagineer Joe Rohde, Recipient of the Buzz Price Thea Award Recognizing a Career of Distinguished Achievements – We had the opportunity to chat with Joe about his recent award and his career at Walt Disney Imagineering – check out the full interview in this post.

The Adventurous Tale of the Great Goofini at Magic Kingdom Park – Check out the new backstory of Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini, seen in circus posters found throughout Storybook Circus.

Name That Disneyland Resort Costume – See what costume Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover wore in this week’s ‘Name That Disneyland Resort Costume’!

First Look: Park-Inspired Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers Game – The very first social game inspired by Disney’s Animal Kingdom is coming to Facebook! Be on the lookout for Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers, coming soon.

Things You Might Not Know About Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park – To celebrate it’s 45th anniversary at Disneyland park, check out these little-known facts about Pirates of the Caribbean.


  • Any official word on Test Track?

  • I would be interested in booking a stay during the star wars weekends. Where coulld I find a list of the celebrities who will be attending? Also, could you tell me where to find the current prices for Chef Miceky’s, ‘Ohana, and Cape May Cafe – or the projected prices during the last week of May.first week of June? They seem to change so rapidly i wanted to inquire for our upcoming trip. Thank you so much.

  • Wow.. how come there is no news on the official Disney blog on the premiere of the Dreams show in Disneyland Paris? They just reset the bar for a late evening park show and rocked Europe.. everybody is talking about it.. but I have to search for unnofficial blogs to read the news about it.. I hope you’ll come around and start working on some articles on Disneyland PAris soon.. there is so much going on out there!

  • Hi! I have some news from Europe!

    I’ve just seen the incredible Disney Dreams show that Steve Davison, creator of World of Color, made for Disneyland Paris! It’s amazing and great! I want to congratulate him and his team!

    The Red Cars Trolleys at Disney California Adventure are looking nice, I’m looking forward to riding them!

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