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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: April 2012

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

We were gearing up for some exciting things at Disney Parks one year ago. New Fantasyland, Cars Land … it seemed like there was a new sneak peek around each corner. Let’s take a look back to April 2012 and see what we were up to here on the Disney Parks Blog.

An Entertaining Cast of Characters for Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park
Back in April 2012, we first met the Citizens of Buena Vista Street, who made their debut at the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure park last summer.

Magic Kingdom Park Cast Member Moves, Shakes and Celebrates; Main Street, U.S.A., Hostess Makes Guests Smile and Loses 60 Pounds in the Process
On April 5, 2012, Gary introduced us to Barbara, a Main Street, U.S.A., hostess, who brings a little extra magic to her role at Magic Kingdom Park.

New Disney Dining Email System to Serve Disneyland Resort Guests
One year ago, the Disneyland Resort launched a new way to make dining reservations: via email. Have you tried this convenient service?

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Historic Orange Bird Returns to Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park
On April 17, 2012, Orange Bird returned to Magic Kingdom Park!

Starbucks Coming to Disney Parks
It was only one year ago this month that we first learned about Starbucks coming to Disney Parks. Since then, a location has opened at Disney California Adventure park and three more locations have been announced at Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and Disneyland park.


Opening Dates Announced for Beast’s Castle, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train & More
In April 2012, anticipation was building for New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom park with the announcement of major opening dates.

New Renderings Depict a Reimagined Test Track at Epcot
One year ago, we got a sneak peek at the reimagined Test Track, which recently reopened at Epcot. Have you experienced the reimagined Test Track yet?


Cars Land at Night Through a Photographer’s Lens at Disney California Adventure Park
Paul gave us a sneak peek of the magic of Cars Land at night, months before the new land opened for guests at Disney California Adventure park.


  • I love Barbara’s story! Thanks for the reminder – so worth it!
    But where is Gary?? feels like forever since I’ve seen him. Is he coming back? (I love Gary too)

  • Our family has had the opportunity to open the Magic Kingdom with Barbara. She is truly a special cast member. She was also recently recognized with the special Disney Legacy Award. Congratulations Barbara, hope to see you in February 2014.

  • We have seen Barbara at The Magic Kingdom and she is wonderful. Nice to see some one high lighted from Orlando Fl. Even tho it is a repeat. Thank you!

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