Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Behind the Scenes at "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh".

Construction of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at Magic Kingdom

After the last guest left Magic Kingdom Park one night last week, Walt Disney Imagineers unveiled some magic. While you slept, they removed construction walls surrounding The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and gave a first look at their amazing work.

The queue and exterior fa├žade for the classic Fantasyland attraction have been completely re-imagined. You can now enjoy a fully immersive interactive adventure through the Hundred Acre Wood that includes visits to Tigger’s Bouncy Place, Rabbit’s Garden, Eeyore’s Gloomy Place and Pooh’s Hunny Hives. Here’s a peek at the work that took place. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

What makes family vacations memorable?

A recent Disney survey asks, "What makes family vacations memorable?" Read more at the Disney Parks Blog:http://bit.ly/aHTqI3

Thea Awards Announced for ‘World of Color’ and Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine

Today, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced that this year’s Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement-Nighttime Spectacular goes to “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park. “World of Color” is recognized by TEA as “a visual and technical marvel,” that combines stunning Disney and Pixar animation with music, lights, fog, lasers, fire and nearly 1,200 programmable fountains spanning an area that is bigger than a football field. Please join me in congratulating the hundreds of talented people from around the world who worked on this project for the past five years!

'World of Color'

And that’s not all. Longtime Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine was recognized for a lifetime of distinguished achievements with The Buzz Price Award. Kim began her career at Walt Disney Imagineering in 1970, where she worked alongside many of the Walt Disney Imagineering legends such as John Hench, Mary Blair, Marc Davis and Claude Coats. She worked on many attractions for both Magic Kingdom and Epcot at Walt Disney Worldbefore joining Imagineering’s Disneyland Design Studio team in 1980.

Longtime Walt Disney Imagineer, Kim Irvine

Kim has long been the Art Director for Disneyland park and was responsible for projects such as Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration, including a new look for the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle. Recent projects include adding ‘new magic’ to classic attractions such as ‘it’s a small world’ and in locations like the Rivers of America. Kim also created designs for the new Disney Gallery and interiors for the new The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction on Main Street, U.S.A.

TEA announced the 17th Annual Thea Award recipients during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attraction’s (IAAPA) annual conference. The Thea Awards recognize achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. To date, Walt Disney Imagineering has received a total of 34 awards throughout the Thea Awards’ 17-year history.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Disneyland Resort Tips!

Disney's Cuddliest Christmas Tree

US Marine

It’s not everyday that you see a US Marine on a special mission with a cuddly teddy bear in tow. Such was the sight at Epcot this morning and I’m still smiling from getting a glimpse of it.

Walt Disney World Resort kicked off its annual toy collection drive for Toys for Tots today with a little help from members of the US Marine Corps, Duffy the Disney Bear and his pals Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Disney VoluntEARS, Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Duffy the Disney Bear, and US Marine Corps

Disney VoluntEARS created the “Cuddliest Christmas Tree,” a 20-foot-high, 10-foot-wide Christmas tree made of 1,200 stuffed Duffy bears, all of which will be donated to Central Florida Toys for Tots.

Each year, Disney VoluntEARS make the holidays brighter for deserving local children by donating tens of thousands of toys to Toys for Tots.

From now until Dec. 10, Walt Disney World Resort cast members will collect new toys for the Central Florida Toys for Tots drive. Organizers tell me they are seeing a record level of families are registering this year so these donations will make a big difference at time when it’s needed most.

On a side note…did you know that Disney’s involvement with Toys for Tots began more than 60 years ago? In fact, Walt Disney and his animators designed the original Toys for Tots logo that is still used today.

US Marine

The US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation has drop-off sites set up nationwide for the next few weeks to accept toy donations. To find a location near you, visit http://toysfortots.org.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Sorcerer Mickey Takes His Place on the Disney Dream

The Disneyland Paris application for iPhone

Disneyland Paris is launching an unprecedented iPhone application, a first for Disney Theme Parks. Designed as a truly interactive guide, it will help the many visitors to Europe's leading tourist destination enjoy greater comfort when preparing their visit, and when experiencing it too.

‘World of Color TRON: Legacy Encore’

The “World of Color TRON: Legacy Encore” celebrates the mysterious cyber realm and the bold adventure of “TRON: Legacy,” Disney’s newest 3D film, which will be released Dec. 17. While The Grid has already come alive for guests during ElecTRONica in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, The Grid roars to life in a new way at “World of Color” with light cycles, digital thunderstorms, cyber world gladiators, and the ominous soundtrack from “TRON: Legacy.”

There are also new surprises and creative effects that are projected onto the circular loop of California Screamin’. A completely new laser system has also been added to transform the coaster during the encore.

Take a peek and let us know what you think.

Epic Mickey at Festival of the Masters.

Good news for those of you wanting to experience one of the year’s most anticipated Wii games.

Epic Mickey

Come to Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney beginning next week and you’ll be able to see and play Disney Epic Mickey. The action-adventure game for the Wii console sends Mickey Mouse on an epic journey of creativity and discovery. As Mickey, you’re propelled into Wasteland, an alternate world made up of Disney’s forgotten creative efforts, and are given the power to wield paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world while determining Mickey’s path to becoming an epic Hero

One Mans Dream Refurbished and added Magic!!

Before we jump into the weekend, great news to share. Disney have reopened our one-of-a-kind showcase of the history of Walt Disney and The Walt Disney CompanyWalt Disney: One Man’s Dream. The gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios retains its original focus, but has a new look and feel. The corridors feature an elegant color palette that brings new focus to beloved favorites, and helps to highlight some new additions.

Audio-Animatronics Abraham Lincoln Figure

A favorite of the project team Imagineers is the brand new look at a historic “WED Imagineering Workshop,” featuring sections of the original model for “it’s a small world”at Disneyland Park, and the actual Audio-Animatronics Abraham Lincoln figure that made its debut in the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair. Regular guests will spot historic costumes, props and models that are new to the show, along with a glimpse of exciting new projects and a sneak peek into future adventures.

A new area entitled “The Legacy Continues” will focus on The Walt Disney Company highlights from the 1970s through today, and will debut next month. The heartwarming film tribute One Man’s Dream, hosted by Julie Andrews, remains as the finale.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Holiday Commercials at Disney Parks

In just a few days the Halloween celebrations will of course be coming down and replaced with the most extravagant Christmas decorations on earth. So Disney Parks have released two commercials, one for Disneyland Resort and the other for Walt Disney World. Its so magical.....ahhhh

Disney Dream Entertainment: Spectacle at Sea

Discover the lineup of dazzling entertainment awaiting guests aboard the Disney Dream, premiering in Jan. 2011.

Mickey's Magical Fireworks and Bonfire at Disneyland Paris

On november 3rd, 5th and 8th starting at 8.30 pm, everyone in the family will want to catch this amazing extravanza. Watch in wonder as the night sky above Lake Disney® lights up in an eye-popping explosion of special effects, music lights and fireworks. Add to all this drama an excitement, a spectacular bonfire and a special appearance by Mickey Mouse himself.

Air Force Thunderbirds Fly Over Walt Disney World

Thunderbirds Fly Over Magic Kingdom Park

Now there’s something you don’t see every day at Walt Disney World Resort. That’s the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying over Main Street U.S.A. and Cinderella Castle to commemorate the start of “Air Force Week” in Central Florida. The Air Force’s official fighter demonstration team made the special flight over Magic Kingdom Park during a celebration of “Hometown Heroes” that included honoring dignitaries at our Celebrate a Dream Come True parade. Today, we’re sharing highlights:

The Citizens of Hollywood – ‘Speed Trap’

Gene Duncan, a photographer at Walt Disney World caputured some great snaps of a couple of colourful characters in Disneys Hollywood Studios! He also writes about his encounter!

Officer Percival Peabody and Officer First Class William Club of The Citizens of Hollywood

Officer Percival Peabody stretches his arm out of his “car window” and loudly announces his intentions – “LEFT TURN!” “LEFT TURN!” He slowly does a complete left turn – by complete, I mean 360 degrees – no, make that 720 degrees. His partner, Officer First Class William Club maintains a steady vigil for any careless pedestrians along Hollywood Boulevard. What are they doing, you ask? Why, they begin camouflaging their “patrol car” with faux trees and vines, and carefully measure out white tape and lay it out on the pavement…They are not so secretly setting a “speed trap” for the well-being of those traveling the boulevard. They even produce a sign that verifies this.

Officer Percival Peabody and Officer First Class William Club of The Citizens of Hollywood

I watch as they chase down a speeding mother and child, handheld siren blaring. What fun to observe this duo of comedic cops hard at work- surely, experts in the field of “laugh enforcement!”

Monday, 25 October 2010

Disney Dance Crew in Disneyland Resort!

The Disney Dance Crew will shake things up at the Hollywood Backlot Stage in Disney California Adventure park.

Disney Dance Crew is a live, 10-minute performance for the entire family that features contemporary remixes and mash-ups of popular Disney songs, and dancers performing hip, edgy dance moves. The show also includes an appearance from Mickey Mouse like you've never seen him before. Mickey shows off slick new threads and some crazy moves.

After each performance of Disney Dance Crew, Mickey Mouse will greet guests and pose for photos.

Disney Dance Crew will be performed several times a day, Wednesday through Sunday, until November 26. ROCK ON!!

Dedicated to Disneyland Paris

My Disney friend Steve Riley has a great blog that I highly recommend for a different look at Disney. Its known as Dedicated to Disneyland Paris and it is a blog about the happiest place on earth - Disneyland Paris. It's also home to Disneyland Paris Photo of the Day - bringing you a daily dose of magic.

I love the photos on the blog and its a great way to get your DLP fix. If you are obsessed like me.

"it's a small world" Celebration at Disneyland Paris

From the 7th of November 2010 until the 9th of January 2011 "Its a Small World" will be dressed up for Christmas, with a special Christmas soundtrack. I have seen it in person and its quite simply beatiful. If you are in Disneyland Park in DLRP please check it out!

Jack O Lanterns at The Magic Kingdom

This neat little video shows of the variety of creative JackOLanterns to be found around the Magic Kingdom this Halloween!

Halloween Decor Dazzles at Disneyland Resort!

Halloween Decor at Tower Hotel Gifts at Disneyland Resort

October is one of the best times of the year to visit Disneyland Resort, as Disney's talented ghouls and goblins – otherwise known as our Visual Presentation teams and Resort Enhancement teams – go above and beyond in creating immersive experiences in some of the key store locations.

Halloween Decor at Disney's Showcase at Disneyland Resort

Each year, Disney partner with the Resort Enhancement teams who seamlessly take overdressing the Resort to a whole new level. They create spaces that will get people excited and into the spirit of the season. The two groups are able to continue telling the story of Halloween from our streets to our stores. I hope that the Guests visiting the Resort take a minute to look at the overdressed window displays and the stores.

Halloween Decor at Fortuosity Shop at Disneyland Resort

Here are just a few of the locations and window displays to check out if you are visiting the Disneyland Resort this week.

  1. Disney Showcase
  2. Fortuosity Shop (This store will surely give you something to “crow” about)
  3. Treasures in Paradise
  4. Tower Hotel Gifts
  5. World of Disney