Nothing says “summer” like a little beach volleyball. But if you can’t make it to the beach this weekend, the Disneyland Resort is bringing the beach to Anaheim. Now through Sunday, August 4, Downtown Disney is hosting the “Summer Celebration” Sand Volleyball Tournament and Pro Exhibition in a championship-sized sand court constructed near the AMC Theaters and Earl of Sandwich.
On Friday and Saturday (8/2 & 8/3) VolleyOC will play the final championship games of their tournament at Downtown Disney. On Sunday (8/4), Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) players (including Ed Ratledge, Pedro Brazao, Mark Williams and Matt Olson) and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rich Lambourne will sign autographs and play a pro exhibition.
Admission to Downtown Disney is free; regular parking rates apply.
All of the above appearances are from 1pm to 4pm. In addition, the monthly Pop Fusion event (August 24, 11am to 1pm) will feature Sean D’Anconia, John Coulter, Sam Carter and Noah. The WonderGround Gallery is always free and open to the public.
If you are a Disneyland Annual Passholder who just can’t get enough of Radiator Springs Racers over at Disney California Adventure, head across the Esplanade this Wednesday night (7/31/2013) for a free screening of Pixar’s original Cars film. In addition to a full-length presentation of the original film, attendees at Disneyland’s Main Street Opera House will also enjoy a short preview of the upcoming Planes spinoff.
Screenings are at 5pm and 8pm, and wristbands for the limited seats will be distributed on a first-come/first-served basis beginning at noon. A valid annual pass is required; read here for more details.
If you will be at Disneyland and aren’t interested in the screening, be aware that Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln will close early on Wednesday for the event.
In keeping with Disney’s current “Christmas in July” Limited Time Magic promotion, Disneyland Resort made a surprise announcement today and revealed an all-new “Winter Dreams” version of the uber-popular World of Color nighttime show, coming exclusively to Disney California Adventure this holiday season.
The revamped show will debut on November 15, 2013, and is expected to run nightly through New Year’s 2014. The new show will be hosted by Olaf, a snowman character from the upcoming CGI animated film Frozen, and also feature winter-inspired elements from classic films like Bambi and Toy Story.
All attendees age 3 and older must have a valid Disneyland annual pass, and entry wristbands will be distributed on a first come-first served basis starting at 3pm outside the theater. The screening begins at 8pm, and lasts about 90 minutes. Space is limited, and late arrivals will be denied entry. Season's greeting!
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”).
Director Clay Price leading the choir in rehearsals
Disney cast members are currently busy in preparation to put on Encore’s 11th annual concert, this year entitled “The Art of the Possible”, premiering in two weeks. The concert will feature the music of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote such hits as Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and Evita.
Encore! Cast Performing Arts is a completely volunteer-based entertainment powerhouse that incorporates choir, orchestra, acting, dancing and color guard into an evening of magic that is sure to move you. The group was founded in 2002 by only a handful of cast members but has since expanded to more than 500 members, earning collectively over $175,000 to date for charity. All the proceeds of each concert goes to benefits a cause chosen by its members, and this year’s charity is A Gift for Music. This program offers exposure to stringed instrument instruction to underprivileged elementary students.
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.
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
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.