Posts Tagged ‘Disneyland’

Disneyland’s Splash Mountain Turns 24 Today

by on July 17, 2013

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Every serious Disney fan knows that Walt's original Disneyland park celebrates its 58th birthday today (July 17, 2013). But did you know that one of the resort's iconic E-tickets is also marking an anniversary today?

According to Disney historian Jim Korkis, Splash Mountain opened at Disneyland on today's date in 1989, while the Walt Disney World version debuted on this same date, 3 years later. (The official dedication for WDW's version was on October 2, 1989, but today's date marked the start of its “soft opening”).

For more information about Splash Mountain and the controversial film that inspired it, read Korkis' book Who's Afraid of the Song of the South?, or (if you happen to be in the Orlando area) stop by the Winter Park Library on Sunday for an informative free lecture from the author.

Whichever coast you are on, be sure to swing by your Laughing Place today, and have a Zip-a-dee-doo-dah day!

 

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Celebrate Disneyland’s 58th Birthday with Vintage Video (plus Jungle Cruise News)

by on July 15, 2013

This Wednesday (July 17, 2013), the Disneyland Park celebrates its 58th birthday. If you are an Annual Passholder in the Anaheim area, you can mark the occasion on Tuesday at the final of three free presentations detailing the resort’s early years.

Even if you can’t make it out to wish the park a happy birthday in person, you can still honor the occasion at home by watching this recently released compilation of color footage from Disneyland’s opening months, provided courtesy of the Disney History Institute. Check out the rare views of short-lived attractions like the Phantom motorboats, Storybook-less canal boats, and Main Street’s performing monkey.

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First Look at Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks” Trailer

by on July 12, 2013

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Until now, no actor (or animatronic, for that matter) has ever attempted to impersonate Walt Disney in a feature film. That’s all changed, as Disneyland fans can now glimpse the company’s faux founder (in the form of Oscar-winner Tom Hanks) as featured in the newly-released trailer for Saving Mr. Banks.

The Disney-produced film tells the lightly-fictionalization of Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson) and her early-60s visit to Los Angeles, when Walt convinced her to grant the movie rights to her “practically perfect” nanny. In the film (as in reality) Travers is demanding enough about the use of her creations to give J.K. Rowling a run for her money, which proves stressful for Walt and his creative crew (including the songwriting Sherman Brothers, played by Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak).

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Annual Passholder Tickets Now On Sale for 2013 Disneyland Halloween Parties

by on July 9, 2013

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Starting yesterday (Monday, July 8) tickets are available online for Disneyland Annual Passholders for the 2013 Mickey’s Halloween Parties. Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort runs from September 13 to October 31 this year, and the popular after-hour parties in Disneyland Park have expanded to 13 nights, beginning on September 27.

Annual Passholders can visit this site starting today to order discounted advance tickets to the parties, starting at $51 (normally $67-$74 at the gate). Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 13, starting at $59; pricing varies with the event date.

Here’s a Touring Plans hint for selecting which night to go: the first Tuesday (October 1) should be the least-crowded evening to attend.

 

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What You May Have Missed Last Week on the TouringPlans.com Podcast Network

by on July 8, 2013

NetworkLogoSmallLast week was a big week for our Podcast Network…a huge week…a monumental week…okay, it was the first week. We at Touring Plans along with a group of ultra-talented partner podcasts launched a brand new network. If you’re just catching up with it now, the network is easy to understand: There is one podcast feed that delivers you daily doses of theme park discussion.

That wonderful podcast feed can be found at a multitude of places. It originates at podcast.touringplans.com, where you can direct download or listen on-site to any of our podcasts. The feed is also on iTunes, Stitcher, Blubrry, and Windows Marketplace and searching for TouringPlans.com Podcast Network will get you to it. Remember to subscribe so you get all of the amazing content as soon as it’s posted!

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Annual Passholder Anniversary Presentations at Disneyland This Month

by on July 1, 2013

Disneyland's grand opening (1955)

It may not be the kind of round-number milestone that attracts massive media attention, but this month's 58th anniversary of Disneyland is well worth celebrating — and hey, the park doesn't look a day over 50! Starting today, Annual Passholders visiting the Anaheim resort on the next few Tuesdays have an opportunity to attend special presentations saluting the five lands that debuted at Walt's original Magic Kingdom.

Passholders attending Disneyland Park tomorrow (7/2), next Tuesday (7/9), or the following Tuesday (7/16) can register for either of two daily sessions (5:30pm or 7:30pm) held inside the Main Street USA Opera House. Disney artist Stacia Martin will be on hand to show off historical snapshots and videos from the park's formative years. Each week different original lands from the park are highlighted; the schedule of topics is as follows:

  • July 2, 2013: Adventureland & Frontierland
  • July 9, 2013: Fantasyland & Tomorrowland
  • July 16, 2013: Main Street, U.S.A. & Disneyland in 1955

The presentations or free for all with valid annual passes, but space is limited so same-day registration is required. See all the details on the Limited Time Magic event here on Disneyland's website.

 

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Celebrate the Tiki Room’s 50th Anniversary This Week at Disneyland

by on June 23, 2013

Happy birthday Jose, Fritz, Pierre, and Michael! Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, known as the first Audio-Animatronic theme park attraction, opened its doors 50 years ago this week in 1963. This spectacle of singing flowers, wisecracking birds, and chanting idols has gone through a few changes over the decades, but the playful Polynesian spirt Walt intended is still fully intact, at least in the Anaheim installation.

If you are visiting Disneyland this week, grab a Dole Whip and stop in for an air-conditioned show or two, not forgetting to arrive early enough for the outdoor preshow. Better yet, it you have the spare bucks, swing by the Disneyland Hotel on 6/28-29 for the Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Merchandise Event. The weekend features the opportunity to buy exclusive Vinylmation figures, posters, and other artwork, along with encounters with Disney Legends Rolly Crump and Bob Gurr, and artist SHAG.

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Free Passholder “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” Event Tonight at Disneyland AMC Theater

by on June 18, 2013

Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Oscar-winning 1988 animated/live-action film that inspired Disneyland's Toontown attractions, is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. A special screening is being held in the movie's honor tonight at Disneyland's Downtown Disney AMC 12 theater, and all Annual Passholders are invited to attend for free.

Wristbands are being distributed on a first come/first served basis at the theater beginning at 12 noon today for tonight's 7pm presentation. The evening will begin with a screening for the film, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Don Hahn (Associate Producer of Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and scheduled to include Dave Bossert (Visual Effects Animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and Charles Fleischer (voice of “Roger Rabbit”).

All attendees must recieve their own wristband, and a valid Annual Pass (any level, blackouts do not apply) is required for everyone age 3 and over. See Disneyland's website here for all the details.

 

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Pork Shank Available All Summer at Disneyland

by on June 13, 2013

Ever since Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter proved by Butterbeer sales how insanely profitable themed snacks can be, Disney has been introducing its own specialty foods tied to different park areas. Many of these new offerings have met with mixed responses, with frozen fruit slushies topped by flavored foam proving less universally popular than their Potter equivalents.

But one snack that has gained some traction is the ginormous roasted pork shank served at Gaston’s Tavern in Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland. This double-fisted chunk of pig leg is now coming to Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree┬áin a tangy new form for the summer as a showcased snack at Woody’s All-American Roundup.

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Photo Gallery: Feathered Friends of Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island

by on June 8, 2013

Photos by Seth Kubersky

Ask the average tourist which top attractions they are planning their Disneyland Resort visit around, and she’ll probably name-check modern marvels like Radiator Springs Racers or vintage E-tickets like Space Mountain. Tom Sawyer Island, on the other hand, isn’t the kind of headliner anyone heads towards at rope drop. Yet Frontierland’s immersive playground environment is essential enough to the Disney theme park formula that a version appears in each of the first three Magic Kingdom parks (Anaheim, Orlando, and Tokyo), with Adventureland-based close cousins constructed in Paris and Hong Kong.

Lately, two of the Islands have been the subject of intense Internet scrutiny. The “escape tunnel” leading from the fort on Walt Disney World’s TSI was recently unceremoniously sealed off, leading to speculation that this popular feature might be permanently off-limits. And rumors are circulating that Tokyo Disneyland’s entire Rivers of America region, including Tom Sawyer Island, could be replaced with a copy of DCA’s Cars Land.

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