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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Jul. 21, 2013

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

This week, we celebrated the 58th anniversary of Disneyland Resort opening day – July 17, 1955. And in honor of the anniversary, the Disney Parks Blog shared some unique posts, including a slow- and fast-motion video of a Disneyland favorite – the “Magical” fireworks spectacular.

Kevin also wrapped up his three-part “Then and Now” blog series celebrating the 58th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort with another cool image that blends historical images of our cast with photos of those who carry on Walt’s legacy today.


Check out all of the “Then and Now” photos here and here.


And Disney Cruise Line unveiled some new celebrations for the fall and winter holidays, with enhanced Halloween experiences and more winter holiday sailings. New for 2013 is Halloween on the High Seas on the Disney Dream. The event includes tons of spooky fun, like mask-making, pumpkin-carving and a Disney villain takeover of the ship’s announcements. Jonathan has much more to share in his original Disney cruise story.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Get Up Close and Personal With New Character Shirts Coming to Disney Parks – Steven Miller shares a first look at the new, big face character shirts that are arriving in late summer at Disney Parks.

Woody’s All-American Roundup Brings Frontier Fun to Disneyland Park – Take a look at some of the fun at Woody’s All-American Roundup at Disneyland park, including guest favorite Billy Hill & The Hillbillies.

The Disney Gallery Presents Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms – Celebrating 50 Years of Enchantment – Here’s a look at some of the images from the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library that you can expect to see on display in the new Disney Gallery exhibit titled Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms, Celebrating 50 years of Enchantment.

New Dining Experiences Coming to the Disney Magic – Get a sneak peek at some of the ways dining is getting a magical makeover on the Disney Magic in this video with Walt Disney Imagineer Lysa Migliorati.

Disney Parks After Dark: Sailing Ship Columbia at Fowler’s Harbor at Disneyland Park – See Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland park in a way you’ve never seen before in the latest edition of “Disney Parks After Dark.”

New Sweet Endings for Re-Imagined California Grill at Walt Disney World – Pam Brandon offers a peek at what Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes and his artistic team have been creating at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.