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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: July 2010

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

We’re coming up on the third anniversary of the Disney Parks Blog this fall, so I thought it was time to take a look back on some of the stories we’ve brought you during the last few years. Let’s start by looking back to July 2010 and see what we were up to that month.

‘Captain EO’ Returns to Walt Disney World

On July 2, 2010, “Captain EO” made its return to Epcot. Were you there?
Mickey Balloon by Sleeping Beauty Castle

We See You, Mickey!

Disneyland Resort photographer Paul Hiffmeyer shared two photos of the “Happiest Balloon on Earth” on the Disney Parks Blog in July 2010. This one, with the balloon peeking over Sleeping Beauty Castle, was my favorite.

Via Napoli Opens Next Month at Epcot

Disney Parks Food Writer Pam Brandon gave Disney Parks Blog readers a sneak peek at the new Via Napoli, which was to open the following month at Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort. Have you had one of their delicious pizzas yet?

Disney’s Wedding Pavilion Marks Crystal Celebration

On July 15, 2010, Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding Pavilion celebrated 15 years of creating happily-ever-after moments.
Construction of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i

An Early Peek at Aulani

On July 22, 2010, Disney Parks Blog readers met John McClintock, who gave the first in a series of updates on the progress of Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawai`i.

Meet the ‘Club 55ers’

As we celebrated the 56th anniversary of Disneyland, we took a moment on the Disney Parks Blog to recognize the “Club 55ers” – those who were working at the park on opening day in 1955.

Beverly Taste Tests at Epcot

Do you remember your first taste of Beverly at Club Cool in Epcot? In July 2010, we showed you some reactions from Beverly first-timers.

Must See: A Breathtaking Look at ‘World of Color’ from 1,800 Feet Up

One month following the June 2010 premiere of “World of Color,” Disney Parks Blog readers got a look at the show from a whole new perspective: from 1,800 feet in the air.

First Look: Artwork for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade Coming to Disneyland Park in 2011

In July 2010, readers got a first look at the new parade coming the following summer to Disneyland park. (“Hey! Hey! Hey!”)

Starting the Disney Dream Engines

The Disney Dream reached a major milestone in July 2010, when its engines were started for the first time.


  • I check this blog every single day! It’s my way of getting my “fix” until I can return to my “home” 🙂

  • I recall seeing Captain EO back when it originally came to EPCOT. I was working at Animation Gallery at what was then MGM Studios. I recall the swan and dolphin hotels being built, it was an exciting time there at Disney. We are now season ticket holders and enjoy Visiting captain EO every other visit. I am embarrassed to say we have not visited Via Napoli. There is so much to do at Disney World and its really nice to see the faces of grand kids when they experience a Disney moment for the first time and the Disney Kiss goodnight!

  • I really want to try some Beverly now just to see if I’m one of those odd people who actually like it.

    • I have to admit, I’m not a fan. But you never know – you might like it!

  • Wow! World of Color is amazing from the ground but that is simply … Wow!

    • I know – it’s incredible from that view!

  • Thank you for sharing all of these events! I just started following the Blog this year! I love all you bring to life and light! Thank you for keeping the magic alive for my family and I when we are away from our true home Disney World! I love learning about the other parks through the blog. I have only ever been to Disneyland for a convention a few years ago so I didn’t get to see much. 🙂 Have a magical day!

    • Welcome, Lauren! Be sure to dig back into our past stories – there’s so much to find. You can use the “Select a Month” drop-down in the “Categories & Archives” box on the right of the page to explore some more.

  • Just wanted to say that I LOVE Disney Parks blog! Its a great way to see what is new, sneak peeks, fun, and tasty new things Especially when I cannot get to a park! Its a great source of showing not only new but to get a great blast from the past! I am constantly on the blog! LOL I wouldn’t want it any other way! Thanks for all of the great information on all aspects of the wonderful world of Disney! Keep up the awesome work! Hopefully I will be able to get to a Disney park soon!

    • Thank you, Nicole! I’m glad you enjoy reading the stories as much as we enjoy writing them!

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