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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: November 2011

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

We’re counting down the days until New Fantasyland officially opens at Magic Kingdom Park, so it’s the perfect time to step back to one year ago, when Jennifer Fickley-Baker was already giving Disney Parks Blog readers exclusive first looks at the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history. Let’s take a look at that, and what else we were working on back in November 2011.

Elliot from ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Makes His Debut at the Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World

Vintage Walt Disney World: A Dragon Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park
To celebrate the 34th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Pete’s Dragon,” Nate showed us Eliot, the star of the film, making his way to the Magic Kingdom Park in 1999 for Main Street Electrical Parade.

Chat Live with Walt Disney Imagineer Chris Beatty
We got the excitement going for New Fantasyland with our Disney Parks Blog live chat with Imagineer Chris Beatty on November 9.

James Cameron (Left) and Tom Staggs (Right) Tour Cars Land with Imagineer Kathy Mangum (Center)

James Cameron Gets Further Inspiration at Disneyland Resort
On November 11, 2011, director James Cameron toured the Cars Land expansion site at Disney California Adventure park, with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs.

Walt Disney Imagineers Receive a Piece of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Special Delivery: Walt Disney Imagineers Receive a Piece of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park
Imagineers received a mystery package at Walt Disney World Resort, which turned out to be a key piece of New Fantasyland – did you guess what it was?

Disneyland Resort Cast Member Nate Lord

A Conversation with Disneyland Resort Cast Member Nate Lord – Grandson of Disney Legend Ward Kimball
In November 2011, Kevin Rafferty, Jr., introduced us to Nate Lord, Disneyland Railroad steam train engineer and grandson of Disney Legend and one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” Ward Kimball.

Video: Mickey Mouse Brings Disney Magic to Times Square
On November 17, 2011, Disney Parks used augmented reality technology to create magical moments with guests in Times Square in which they virtually interacted with the Disney theme park characters.


  • The return of the Main Street Electrical Parade was sad day for me. I didn’t want Spectromagic to go. I’m not a fan of Main Street Electrical Parade, and I hope Spectromagic returns someday.

  • @Michael, Yes we at Disneyland are ready for the Main Street Electrical Parade to return to be our nighttime parade instead of having just 2 afternoon parades. Maybe there can be a parade around noon, the return at 4pm and Main Street Electrical at 8 and on Summer nights its return at 10. 🙂 Just saying…please send it back!

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