Posts Tagged ‘Disneyland’

Limited Time Magic for November 4 – 8

by on November 1, 2013

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Looks like it’s time for more Limited Time Magic tours, as both coasts will have exclusive experiences available next week.

At Walt Disney World, guests will get to take a backstage tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. While here, they will get to experience the grounds through either a zookeeper or veterinarian’s eyes. The tour will get to visit the Animal Programs area to see where the animals actually live. They will also get to see the Animal Health area, where they will visit the fantastic medical center.

Tours start at 1 p.m., with one tour each day. Twenty five guests will be able to participate. Guests will have until 2:59 p.m Eastern Time today to sign up and may do so via the Disney Parks Blog.

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Over at Disneyland, guests are invited to take a tour of the Disneyland Dream Suite. Here, you will be invited to explore the suite found directly above Pirates of the Caribbean. This area was originally planned for Walt Disney, himself, until his untimely passing in 1966. It was finally brought to life in 2008.

Update: One tour will take place daily with 25 participants chosen. Guests may sign up at the Disney Parks Blog. Entries for this tour must be received by 2:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Disneyland Annual Passholder Event with Dave Bossert on Oct 24

by on October 19, 2013

Disney animation producer Dave Bossert

The Walt Disney feature animators who originally occupied the Magic of Disney Animation attraction at WDW’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios park were furloughed well over a decade ago. But, for one next week at least, a member of Disney’s animation team will appear at the sister attraction across the country.

On Thursday, October 24, Annual Passholders can attend a free session with Dave Bossert, Producer, Creative Director and Head of Special Projects for for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Bossert will tell behind-the-scenes tales and give “a close-up look at the new Disney Animated app.”

The 45-minute presentations will be held at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm at the Disney Animation attraction in Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land. Required registration must be done in person at the attraction on the day of the event, staring at park open. As always, a valid annual pass is required, and space is limited.

 

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Disneyland’s Tomorrowland: A Whale of a Tale

by on October 17, 2013

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The Disneyland Story

From the publisher of The Unofficial Guide books comes The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream by Sam Gennawey, the story of how Walt Disney’s greatest creation was conceived, nurtured, and how it grew into a source of joy and inspiration for generations of visitors. Here is a brief excerpt:

Walt was desperately trying to fill space in Tomorrowland, and an employee suggested that he bring some of the sets and props from the popular 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea down to the park. Ken Anderson was pulled away from his work in Fantasyland in the last two weeks before the park opening to work on the show. He said, “I was up all night with two other studio artists just before opening day painting the giant squid. Walt was supposed to be at a party his wife, Lillian, was giving for some VIPs at the park, but he was too nervous about everything being ready on time to stay there. He went around from ride to ride and exhibit to exhibit, checking work, helping out. He even came into where we were painting the squid, put on a mask, and did a little painting himself.” John Hench also joined in.

The walk-through display opened on August 5, 1955. Guests entered the exhibit through a 40-foot mural of the Nautilus and the giant squid. Originally, costumed guides would have provided a tour but that idea was scrapped in favor of a prerecorded narration track voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft (possibly best-known for Tony the Tiger’s, “They’re grrrreat!” for Frosted Flakes). As the guests entered the exhibit, the movie’s theme song, “Whale of a Tale” played in the background while they peered through portholes to see a model of the Nautilus in its final resting place. The guest’s point of view was from the stern window of a sunken ship with treasure chests spilled out in the sand in the foreground and the upper deck of the submarine in the distance.

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Disneyland’s Fantasyland: Drama, Humor and Beauty

by on October 13, 2013

The Disneyland Story - The Unofficial Guide to the Building of Disneyland

Sam’s new book is available for pre-order.

From the publisher of The Unofficial Guide books comes The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream by Sam Gennawey, the story of how Walt Disney’s greatest creation was conceived, nurtured, and how it grew into a source of joy and inspiration for generations of visitors. Here is a brief excerpt:

More than virtually any other attraction in the park, it was Fantasyland’s dark rides that set Disneyland apart from other parks. Before Disneyland, the typical dark ride would be something like the Tunnel of Love, where boats followed each other through a canal. Coats felt “the big improvement we made over what had been done before was the way we left people with a little two-minute experience within a certain story that they had known from our animated films. Now they got to see it in a more dimensional way, and these were interesting ways of doing it.” Walt wanted each ride to represent a different emotional experience. He wanted drama, humor, and beauty.

The process started with the source material, the animated films. The Imagineers used the original 4-by-8-inch storyboards and concept sketches. Claude Coats credits Ken Anderson with finding a way to make it work. Anderson drafted storyboards that highlighted key elements of the story but focused more on creating the right mood. Then Ken Anderson and Claude Coats designed the interior sets. Fortunately, both Anderson and Coats worked on the films and knew the material well. Once they finished, Bill Martin would make modifications to fit the shows inside the buildings.

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Viva Navidad Holiday Celebration Starts Nov 15 at Disney California Adventure

by on October 11, 2013

In an effort to appeal to Southern California’s sizeable Hispanic population, Disneyland Resort announced yesterday that it is expanding its popular Holiday offerings with a new “Viva Navidad” celebration at Disney California Adventure’s Paradise Gardens.

The festivities, which will occur several times daily beginning on November 15, will feature the Three Caballeros (Panchito Pistoles, Jose Carioca, and Donald Duck) along with Mickey and Minnie. Also keep am eye out for Mr. and Mrs. Claus, plus some 12-foot-tall “mojiganga” puppets. In addition to the entertainment and kids activities, which are included with admission, ethnic food will be available for purchase.

Viva Navidad will continue daily through January 6, 2014, and will be joined by a Three Kings Day observance at Disneyland Park on January 3-6. Feliz Navidad!

 

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“We Might Need Racing Boats” – Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise

by on October 11, 2013

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The Disneyland Story

From the publisher of The Unofficial Guide books comes The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream by Sam Gennawey, the story of how Walt Disney’s greatest creation was conceived, nurtured, and how it grew into a source of joy and inspiration for generations of visitors. Here is a brief excerpt:

According to Disney historian David Mumford, one of Walt’s early ride concepts was the River of Romance, “a tribute to Americana and the original had guests gliding through the Everglades and down the Suwannee. By 1953, the boat ride design had become a jungle excursion.” The initial site plan had a big lake with an island in the middle filled with tropical trees and foliage. Motorboats would leave a dock and circumnavigate the island. Harper Goff decided that the concept would not work. He told Walt, “What you’ve got is everybody on that boat, if you go counterclockwise around the island, having to look to the left. The boat isn’t going to go sideways, so half the people will have to look over the shoulders of people beside them.”

Goff’s next suggestion was to have the boats enter a river on the island, with sights for people to look at from both sides. Walt agreed. As the plan continued to evolve, Goff also learned that Walt wanted the attraction to last a certain length of time. So Goff drafted a plan with a lake with an island at the center. The boats would cross the lake and then could enter the river on the island. Walt looked at the plan and asked how long it would take to get across the lake and how fast would the boats get back to pick up another load. Goff had no idea. He did not know how fast the boats could go. Walt was becoming increasingly frustrated and kept asking about the time estimates. Goff then suggested that they could build a smaller ride but Walt would have none of that. This was going to be a marquee attraction.

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Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Refurb Officially Extended Until 2014

by on October 7, 2013

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File this piece under “the least surprising news in the wilderness”:

After months of officially insisting that Disneyland’s iconic Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride in California would return from its multi-month refurbishment in time for fall 2013 holiday season — despite rampant rumors that there was still extensive work to be done — Mickey has finally admitted that you won’t be taking any rides past the newly-rebuilt town of Rainbow Ridge until early next year.

The announcement only provides a vague reopening time period of “Winter [early] 2014,” but we’ve updated our attraction closures webpage with a tentative return date of February 15, 2014.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

 

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Free “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” Screening for Disneyland Annual Passholders on 10/3/13

by on October 1, 2013

Sleepy Hollow may be a hot new television series from FOX, but Disney told Washington Irving’s tale of the Headless Horseman long before Kurtzman & Orci got in on the act. If you are an Anaheim Annual Passholder, you can relive the 1949 animated anthology The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad this Thursday inside Disneyland’s Main Street Opera House.

Screenings are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on October 3. A valid Disneyland AP is required, and space is limited, so you must register in person and retrieve a wristband beginning at noon. See here for full details on this “Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic” event.

 

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What’s New and Updated in the 2014 Unofficial Guide to Disneyland

by on September 25, 2013

Just like the Walt Disney World version, the 2014 edition of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland is now shipping! It's available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle e-books.

Disneyland Resort didn't experience the same explosive growth in the past year that it enjoyed in 2012, but that certainly doesn't mean Walt's original Magic Kingdom has stood still — and neither has the Unoffical Guide! From the newly-constructed Fantasy Faire to the latest food options around Anaheim, we've made over 200 updates and improvements to this 375-page volume.

Below is a quick look at many of the important changes included in the new book.

 

Introduction

  • A brand-new “Importance of Being Goofy” satirical essay.
  • Updated Critical Comparison of attractions found at both Disneyland Park and WDW's Magic Kingdom.
  • Updated list of attractions found only at Disneyland Park.

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Disneyland Resort Begins Accepting Online Dining Reservations Starting October 3

by on September 25, 2013

Walt Disney World visitors have grown accustomed to booking their dining reservations online using an automated system, but Disneyland diners have been stuck using old-fashioned phone or email options. Yesterday it was announced that, as of October 3, 2013, all Disneyland Resort dining arrangements can be made through this new website.

This upgrade means that the dine@disneyland.com email reservation system will be discontinued, though phone bookings will still be accepted via 714-781-DINE. In addition, Disneyland will now begin requiring a credit card at the time of reservation; a $10 per person penalty will be charged if you miss your reservation without canceling or rescheduling (which can also be done online) a day in advance. This policy applies to all table service restaurants on property, both Disney-operated and franchises.

 

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