This week we dive back into the history of the Disneyland parades. Inside this episode you will find rare audio and historical facts that will take you back to earlier times you spent enjoying the Disneyland parades along Main Street.
During this second of three episodes, we bring you the parades from the Main Street Electrical parade through the 80’s Minnie Mouse Parade.
For the part one of this three part series, click here.
This week’s Disneyland secret features Fowlers Harbor in New Orleans Square located on the riverfront of the Rivers of America.
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Disney Legend Admiral Joe Fowler was the head supervisor of all West Coast shipyards during WWII. Admiral Fowler served in both World Wars and retired from the US Navy in 1948.
Walt Disney met Fowler through a friend and hired him to direct the construction of Disneyland’s Mark Twain and the Rivers of America area. Admiral Fowler believed that a dry dock harbor area was necessary for the operation of the ships, but Walt thought it was a waste of space and money. After the space was built, Walt referred to it as Joes’ Hole.
But, after a few months of operating, Walt realized just how important the dry dock was when the ships first needed to be repaired. Admiral Fowler went on to direct the construction of Walt Disney World in Florida.
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Disney California Adventure’s newest evening show has been labeled many things including “Amazing” and “Disney’s best show, yet.” Most importantly, it has been considered “not to be missed.” Today we’re going to take an in-depth look at the history of the show, the show itself, and how to obtain the best seating possible.
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color ran from the late 50’s into the late 60’s and became the high point for many Australian families week after week – beginning with Walt himself singing “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
Looking back, it was very much a barefaced advertisement for Disneyland as each week they concentrated on one of the park’s various “lands.” The IMDB profile provides great information on the show and the various episodes that were released.
It seems fitting, therefore, that the newest night time spectacular be named after what is known as one of the longest-running weekly prime time network shows in the history of television.
Disney’s California Adventure Park – in trouble.
When Disney California Adventure opened the newest park on February 8, 2001, it wasn’t as successful as hoped. They had planned for tens of thousands to visit for the opening day, but only a few hundred arrived.
Due to a soft opening for annual pass holders, word spread online through a variety of Disney and theme park discussion forums. They said less than becoming things of the park for weak theming, unexceptional finishes, and common rides, causing the ultimately depressing attendance once the park opened officially.
Disney management tried some smaller fixes to the park before 2007, when new Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a $1.1 billion makeover and expansion of the park including the opening of a new park entrance plaza, Cars Land, and the World of Color water spectacular.
Creating the World of Color show in Paradise Bay
Brought about by Vice President of Parades and Spectaculars, Steve Davison, and outlined by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, the show has almost 1,200 fountains and incorporates lights, water, fire, haze, and lasers, with high-definition projections on mist screens. Mark Hammond and Dave Hamilton masterminded the music, which was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and The Nashville Choir.
The entire show cost US $75,000,000 to design, manufacture and build. The process of bringing together, set up, and testing the show’s numerous components and equipment in Paradise Bay spanned a period of approximately 15 months. It premiered on June 11, 2010 as part of “Summer Nightastic!”
Video of World of Color
Here is a video of the show from YouTube, dated May 2, 2013. Please note the actual live show is always being changed and updated and may not match this video.
World of Color Show – Viewing Options
During busy seasons of the year, Disney typically has scheduled two shows each evening, with the first show at 9:00pm. Disney may also decide to hold a third show on some evenings, especially if the park is extremely busy. During less-busy seasons of the year, Disney may only hold one show each evening.
There are a few ways to see the show. We review one that is free with admission, while the other charges a premium for reserved seats.
The show’s viewing area is located in Paradise Park: the tiered garden area directly in front of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.
You WILL get wet viewing the show from the front deck. Bring along a poncho if this is a concern. (Unless the wind is blowing strongly in your direction, you shouldn’t get “Grizzly River Run wet,” but you might get more than “Splash Mountain wet,” so a poncho is a good idea!) Again, the view is so much better from the front deck that we believe the improved view is well worth the inconvenience of the poncho! (Inexpensive ponchos are available at the Target store south of the park on Harbor Blvd, if you didn’t happen to purchase these before your trip.)
Unless you want to arrive late in the day, you don’t have to buy one of the dining alternatives to view the show, unless you wish to dine at one of these restaurants regardless of the show. The viewing of the show is no better with the “dinner combination” than with the Fastpass alternative, which is free.
Plan ahead to save a spot inside Paradise Park at Disney California Adventure park to watch “World of Color.” Passes are accessible on a first-come, first-served served basis. The FASTPASS kiosks are located outside Grizzly River Run in the Golden State area of the park. Keep in mind that each part of your group must enter Disney California Adventure Park and present their tickets at the FASTPASS station to accept a FASTPASS.
Bonus tip: Guests staying at Disneyland Resort Hotels can use Extra Magic Hour on select days, throughout which time you may enter Disney California Adventure park one hour prior to when it opens to visitors. Take advantage of this additional time by grabbing your “World of Color” FASTPASS
There are two different color-coded FASTPASSes that are issued for World of Color, Blue and Yellow. Each one relates to an alternate viewing area for the show, keeping in mind the Yellow viewing area gives you access to the front and center view. Yellow FASTPASSes are given out AFTER all of the Blue FASTPASSes have been issued for the day.
In the event that you wish to acquire a Yellow FASTPASS for the early show, on a typical summer day it is recommended that you acquire your FASTPASS around 12:30pm or 1:00pm, or between four and a half and five hours after the park has opened for the day. (You’d need to check sooner than this throughout the busy season of the year, for example, throughout the Christmas season, spring break, or Fourth of July week, and later throughout less-occupied seasons.) The trick is that you need to hold up long enough after the park has been open that the blue FASTPASSes have all been issued, yet not all that long that the majority of the Yellow FASTPASSes are distributed for the day. In the event that you touch base at the FP machines and observe that they’re still issuing Blue FASTPASSes, we propose returning later after they’ve switched to Yellow before acquiring yours. Once more, the Yellow FASTPASSes should provide for you get to the up-front and center view range.
Regarding FASTPASS specifically, it’s important to note that obtaining a FASTPASS for World of Color will not impact your ability to obtain a FASTPASS elsewhere in the park. So whether you obtain a FASTPASS for the show or not, it shouldn’t affect the other FASTPASS attractions in your plan.
World of Color Dining Package Viewing:
Not a morning person? Love excellent food? This is the alternative for you. Notwithstanding enjoying an amazing meal, you additionally get access to a reserved viewing in Paradise Park to delight in “World of Color!”
The experience beings with dining at one of three locations and continues into the preferred viewing area for the popular show.
Included in Each World of Color Dining Package:
• Full-service, 3-course (starter, entrée and dessert) meal from a prix-fixe menu during lunch and/or dinner (depending on the location) from one of 3 participating restaurants
• A non-alcoholic beverage
• One voucher that reserves, in advance, your spot in the Paradise Park preferred World of Color viewing area
You should know: dining packages do not include park admission, tax, gratuity or alcohol. Also, the preferred World of Color viewing area is in Paradise Park, separate from the dining location.
Approximate Prices for the Dining Package: (From the Disneyland official website)
Ariel’s Grotto(Located on Paradise Pier. Dinner only, no character dining.)
Children ages 3 to 9: $23.75
Wine Country Trattoria(Located across from Cars Land):
Children ages 3 to 9: $20.50
Children ages 3 to 9: $23.75
Carthay Circle Restaurant(Located on Buena Vista Street):
Children ages 3 to 9: $19.44
Children ages 3 to 9: $21.60
See our review of the Carthay Circle Restaurant World of Color package here.
Reserve your spot early by calling 714-781-DINE to enjoy lunch or dinner at Wine Country Trattoria or Carthay Circle Restaurant, or dinner at Ariel’s Grotto on select nights all through the summer season, followed by reserved seating for “World of Color.”
The only Paradise Pier attractions that remain open during World of Color are: Toy Story Midway Mania, Goofy’s Sky School, and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. California Screamin’ is closed during World of Color.
Pro Tip: This is a good time to ride Toy Story Midway Mania, because most times the line will be much shorter during this time.
Make sure you are not standing behind people with little kids– they may prop the kids onto their shoulders, blocking your view (or at least make sure you are high enough above them.
Also available: “Glow With the Show” Ears are available in areas all through the Disneyland Resort. These unique ears collaborate with the show itself, blazing and changing colors with the different scenes. Also make certain to keep your “Glow With the Show” Ears after the show, in light of the fact that they also associate with numerous different shows and zones in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.
For an alternate view of the World of Color show, you might be able to catch a distinctive glimpse while riding Goofy’s Sky School. It’s a fun and unique way to see a small bit of Paradise Bay lighting up in amazing colors and effects.
Next week, guests can get their hands on some new funky and fresh hats as part of Limited Time Magic!
Starting April 1st, guests visiting Sarge’s Surplus Hut in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure can pick up their own Cozy Cone Hats. These hats, much like the popular Tire Hats sold in Cars Land, are inspired by Radiator Springs. Designed after the iconic orange cones and neon sign of Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel, these hats are sure to draw attention.
At Walt Disney World, guests visiting the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot can ‘pick’ up a Strawberry Ear Hat. These hats take the iconic mouse ear shape and add a delightful strawberry pattern and stem. What a great way to enjoy the fresh fruit-filled festival! These hats will be available in the Festival Center between Mission Space and the Universe of Energy (previously known as the Wonders of Life pavilion).
I think California is getting the better merchandise this round. Not only are the Cozy Cone Hats much more unique and original, the strawberry ear hats are not part of Limited Time Magic, but rather as part of the Flower and Garden Festival. Contrary to what the article on the Parks Blog says, these ear hats have been on sale since the beginning of the Festival. I saw them a few weeks ago, sitting alone in a corner. Because no one goes into the Festival Center, no one has seen or bought them. I think that branding them as Limited Time Magic is a way to sell them. They’ve been on sale before the Limited Time Magic event was announced, and they’ll stay on sale long after it ends. Not only is that cheap in and of itself, compared to the originality of DCA’s new hat, these ear hats are nothing special.
Overall, this week’s entire ‘event’ is rather cheap. I have no doubt that these hats would have been launched some time in the near future anyway. So instead of a new fun event or meet and greet….we get hats. And it isn’t the first time they’ve done this, either. ‘Hats Go On Sale Week” isn’t the kind of thing we had in mind when Disney first announced the Limited Time Magic Promotion. I understand every week can’t be something huge, but we could at least do better than this.
Spring is in the air on Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom! The citizens of Main Street will celebrate the season with bright pastels, bunches of flowers, and even some new songs to sing!
You’ll be able to catch the festive residents as they perform in the Trolley Show each day on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World from March 3rd all the way to May 12th (that’s nearly 3 months)!
Personally, I’m happy about this celebration. I’ve previously stated my desire for the resort to acknowledge and celebrate Easter/the Spring Season. Main Street just lends itself to such festivities.
Next week’s Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic event has been announced. Next week will see an event many have been anxiously waiting for: Long-Lost Disney Friends Return.
Get ready to travel back to 1971 when you meet up with classic characters like Robin Hood and Friar Tuck, and The Three Little Pigs. Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar are also scheduled to make appearances throughout the week.
This Limited Time Event is scheduled to take place January 21 to January 27 in the Magic Kingdom. Character meeting times are 9 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. daily.
From the moment this event was announced, many Disney Fans threw up their hats in celebration. It’s always a treat to see the beloved characters we grew up with seeing in film and in the parks. I anticipate this event to be popular with the locals and big fans more so than with families on vacation.
Fall is almost here. Kids go back to school shortly and soon we will have to say good bye to summer. It does not have to be a dreaded time of year because Disney World has numerous events coming up to fill the time and the pain of leaving another summer behind. Here are some of the upcoming Fall and Winter events that you can see in Disney World (and Orlando) and on Disney Dose.
Check out these events when you visit Disney World or you can simply read about them online, here at Disney Dose. I am already putting some of these events on the calendar so I can attend and then report back to you with all the exciting findings. I am really looking forward to Star Wars Celebration, the Fantasyland Expansion, the PGA Tour, Festival of the Masters, and the Food & Wine Festival. Mark your calendars and see you there!
Disney has announced that Phineas and Ferb will be hosting the new version of the Magic, Memories, and You. I am so happy that Disney is adding Phineas and Ferb as the hosts, because then it will bring in story to the show, something that it desperately needs. The Disney Channel stars Phineas and Ferb will help park guests kick off a rockin’ summer celebration that visits the beach, the jungle and under the sea with favorite Disney characters and cherished Disney music.
With this new addition to the Magic, Memories, and You, the show may slightly turn to become similar to “Disney Dreams,” witch would be a good thing. It seems that Phineas an Ferb are popping up everywhere. What do you think?
During Cinema Con a conference in Las Vegas, Disney released news about three new movies, a sequel, and more information on projects that were already announced.
While Disney did talk about “Monsters, Inc.” called “Monsters University,” “Frankenweenie” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” along with in person presentations by their director, the real excitement came later.
Recently Disney confirmed that a sequel was in the works for the Muppets, simply titled the “Muppets 2.” A title poster was revealed on stage, and Kermit and Ms. Piggy came on to make the announcement.
After the Muppets announcement Disney continued on to talk about the Pixar world. The biggest announcement was that Pixar director Lee Unkrich would be working on a film celebrating Dia de Los Muertos. I personally think that it will be very interesting to see Pixar animate a day of the dead film.
Disney also named the nameless dinosaur movie that was first announced at the D23 Expo. The name of the new movie is “The Good Dinosaur,” and Disney released the following synopsis.
What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? This hilarious, heartfelt and original tale is directed by Bob Peterson (co-director/writer, “Up;” writer, “Finding Nemo”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “The Iron Giant”).
Disney also elaborated more on the movie about the journey into the mind, releasing the below synopsis.
Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.
Disney also announced that Jack White of the band the White Stripes, would be writing the score for the new movie the Lone Ranger. This new movie will be his first film score.
What do you think of these new movies? Which do you want to see the most?
The first entertainment offering is a show starring Red, the fire engine. He will be accompanied by a “Volunteer Firefighter” and they will have the task of watering all the plants in the area. *If you attend this show expect to get wet.*
The second street entertainment in Carsland is “DJ’s Dance & Drive” where DJ( a character from Cars) is a “party car,” that puts on a show, and blasts party tunes, acompanieing DJ will be Spinner, the human host of the show. During the show guests will be able to join DJ and learn car-themed dance moves including the “Overdrive,” “Reverse” and “Hairpin Turn.
What do you think about these new shows? Will you attend? I can’t wait.
D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, which encompasses more than 500 historic artifacts from nearly nine decades of Disney history, opens at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum on July 6, continuing through April 2013.
Presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, ‘D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives’ is the largest exhibition ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives, at 12,000 square feet. From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain America, the exhibition features more than 500 artifacts, at least half of which have never been seen by the public – including models, props, costumes, set pieces, and artwork from throughout Disney history.
“Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney were longtime friends, two optimists who shared an unwavering belief in the essential goodness of the American way of life,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “We’re proud to partner with the Reagan Library and the National Archives to showcase Disney’s rich entertainment legacy. This extraordinary exhibit will offer visitors an unprecedented look into Disney’s history and celebrate the connection between these two American originals.”
Among the extraordinary items to be featured are:
The original script, written by Walt Disney, for Mickey Mouse’s film debut in 1928’s Steamboat Willie
A faithful recreation of Walt’s formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., including original furnishings and many of his personal items
Hand-drawn artwork and hand-sculpted models used in the production of some of the most beloved Disney animated film classics ever created, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi and Sleeping Beauty
Props from classic Disney live-action productions, including Mary Poppins, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Shaggy Dog, Babes in Toyland Bedknobs and Broomsticks and more
Breathtaking props, costumes, and set pieces from recent Disney classics, including the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, TRON: Legacy, National Treasure and Captain America
Intricately sculptured busts of all 44 U.S. Presidents that were created for Audio-Animatronics® figures seen in the The Hall of Presidents attraction at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort
A salute to Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, showcasing theme park artwork, Audio-Animatronics® characters, memorabilia and authentic attraction vehicles
The exhibition also pays tribute to the long personal friendship and professional collaboration between Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan, which began many years before President Reagan’s political career.
On July 17, 1955, Ronald Reagan was one of the co-hosts of ABC Network’s live coverage of the opening of Disneyland, and as governor of California, he frequently visited Disney’s first theme park. After leaving the Oval Office, one of his first public events was a return to Disneyland, where he officiated at the park’s January 1990 35th-anniversary celebration, proclaiming it “one of America’s national treasures.”
“Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan shared a passion for America, a belief in the human spirit, and an innate optimism that, in both men, galvanized the public,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “President Reagan was a great admirer of Walt Disney, and we are tremendously proud to host this wonderful exhibition of Disney treasures, and to honor the bond between Walt and President Reagan.”
For exhibit hours and additional information, visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum online at www.reaganlibrary.com, or www.Disney.com/D23. Admission to the exhibition is included with the purchase of admission to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. Through April 2013, when the exhibition is scheduled to end, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club also save $2 on every adult admission.
“At 12,000 square feet, this is the largest special exhibit the Reagan Library has ever put on,” said Duke Blackwood, director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “It is a testament to the relationship between Walt Disney and our nation’s presidents, as well as the story of Disney, itself. The Reagan Library and National Archives are honored to host this extraordinary exhibit.”
The Ronald Reagan Library & Museum is located in Simi Valley, Calif., about 60 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles and approximately two hours north of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
A treasured piece of Disneyana will disappear from Disneyland on April 30th at the end of this month. Disney will be closing Carnation Garden’s the location that is filled with music of all sorts, and is considered the bandstand of Disneyland.
The colorful outdoor area right next to Sleeping Beauty Castle has had swing dancing parties call it home since the time that Walt ran the park, in fact the area was one of Walt’s favorite in the park.
But that will all change soon because Disney has annonced the new Fantasy Faire “an enchanting village square that will immerse guests in the stories of their favorite princesses.” The new area is an update to the existing princess area located to the left of “it’s a Small World.”
When the Fanstasy Faire built next to “it’s a Small World” opened it contained not only a great place to for park guests to meet princesses but also a large theater that hosted a live show. The show was similar to “Beauty and Beast-Live on Stage” telling the tale of Snow White, but was much better.
Once the Snow White show was closed, the Fantasy Faire became a place that was only fun for the girls, and took hours to meet the princesses. With the new are Disney will try to avoid the issue of waiting in line for upwards of an hour.
Disney has released some concept art showing off the new area, and it’s amenities.
While Disney is taking away the classic look and feel of Carnation Garden’s there is one tradition that Walt Disney Imagineering knew they couldn’t break, and that is night time dancing. But during the day it still must tie in somehow so it is “where the tales of Disney’s fairy tale heroes and heroines will be brought to life each day.”
In Tangled Tower and Royal Princess Hall guests will have plenty of “ample” time to greet the Disney princesses.
Many Disney fans have been sending around the picture below, and others like it showing Walt Disney, and early park guests enjoying Carnation Gardens.
Disney has also announced the final dates of the popular series hosted in Carnation Gardens, Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party.
The Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party will continue to go on in Carnation Gardens until the closing of the area on April 30th.
April 14 – featuring Doc Anello & the Swing Machine
April 21 – featuring Stompy Jones
April 28 – featuring Swingtown
While the party is ending at Carnation Gardens, Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party will continue to go on over at the Westside Stage in Downtown Disney.
Make sure to head to Carnation Gardens one last time to get your picture taken infront of the iconic sign, or just to dance the night away one last time.
What do you think of the new experience? Will you miss Carnation Gardens? Did you ever attend the night time shows? What will happen to Disney Performing Arts, the school bands that performed there? Did Disneyland lose one of it’s most iconic lands?
Some called him the painter of light, others just called him a good painter. Artist Thomas Kinkade passed away at 54 in his home in California. His works include many Disney and Disney Parks related works. His family says that he died of natural causes.
“Thom provided a wonderful life for his family,” his wife, Nanette, said in a statement. “We are shocked and saddened by his death.”
Some of his work for Disney.
During a press conference about Disneyland Paris’ 20th anniversary entertainment offerings Steve Davsion talked about the new show “Disney Dreams” and how it is similar to California Adventure’s “World of Color.” Steve Davison talked about how he really likes the technology behind both shows because of the ability to change sequences often.
When he was talking about “Disney Dreams” he mentioned that it was easy to change sequences and in fact they would be changing sequences in “World of Color” this summer.
Disney hasn’t said anything about this slip, so we can only guess what the addition will be.
My thought is that the new sequence will replace “Pirates of the Caribbean” and will represent “Brave.” The new sequence will probably open June 15th with the rest of California Adventure. Brave comes out June 22 meaning that when the new sequence comes out it will promote Brave for about a month, and then be relevant, because “Brave” will then be a classic.
What do you think the new segment will be? When I first heard about the new sequence I thought about “The Avengers” but then I realized that some of the theme park rights for the characters from the movie were given to Universal. That’s the same predicament that Disney faced when they added the Avengers monorail, see our post about that here.
The two hosts for this years Star Wars weekends have been announced.
Ashley Eckstein and James Arnold Taylor both voice actors in Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be hosting this years star wars weekends.
James Taylor will be the official celebrity host of Star Wars Weekends 2012, and Ashley Taylor will be the celebrity host for “Behind the Force,” a show that gives fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
James Taylor has given a voice to other famous character to other famous characters like Fred Flinestone, and Johnny Test. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars he voices Obi Wan Kenobi.
Ashley has grown up going to the Disney Parks as her father was a worker their, and gives voice to Ahsoka Tano. She also started a fashion company “Her Universe,” that specializes in merchandise and apparel specifically for female sci-fi fans. Some of their merchandise will be available at Look Star Wars Weekends.
Do you like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, or is it to baby-ish? Do you like having only Clone Wars actors at the Star Wars weekends? Do you think that it is a bad move as none of the adults attending Star Wars weekends connect with The Clone Wars?
Disney is promising a day “chalk full of excitement and fun” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Disney Store. Disney stores all over the nation are hosting a day of family fun.
When the store opens Disney will be giving away silver Mickey Mouse ears to the first 250 people to enter the stores for the day.
Every person purchasing an item in store or online at disneystore.com will receive 25% Tomorrow.
Disney will also be selling special Vinylmations to honor the event.
No two Vinylmations are alike.
“Disney Store’s 25th anniversary is about celebrating our guests, our products, and the memorable experiences we create for families every day,” said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Store worldwide, “We take great pride in delivering on the Disney promise of excellence, and look forward to bringing the magic of Disney to our guests around the world for many years to come.”
Starting June 15th guests to Disney’s California Adventure will be able to fall down to rabbit hole to enter the Mad T Party, the all-new fantastical world filled with music, games, dancing and fun for whole family! Mad T Party will take the place of ElecTRONica the popular dance party that occupies the backlot of Disney’s Hollywoodland.
During the Mad T Party guests will be able to rock out to music and party the night away with a wonderful cast of characters. Meet the new version of the Alice and Wonderland cast of characters.
Here’s our lineup:
Mad Hatter – the host with a hat … and a voice to “TOP” it all off!
March Hare – pumpin’ up the bass!
Dormouse – rockin’ out on lead guitar!
Caterpillar – jammin’ on the keys!
Cheshire Cat – smiling and keepin’ a beat on the drums!
And, what would a Mad T Party be without Alice herself? Lucky for us, she “drops in” for her own special moment in the spotlight!
Our DJ White Rabbit DJ will keep the tunes going, and the party rocking as you dance the night away.
To launch the night of fun Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will open the rabbit hole and start the party.
The cards court will take over to lead the guests in dances and keep the party going.
The Hatters will host, and help keep the party MAD the entire night, as they try to keep as much order as their mind allows. Get ready to jam the night away with the gang of the MAD T PARTY!!!
The infamous band of misfits that is led by Kermit the Frog is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame. It just so happens that they will be receiving the star the day that the new Muppet Movie will be released on DVD what a coincidence, I think not. Disney and their amazing Muppet marketers strike again.
The Muppets will receive their star on March 20, 2012 at The El Capitan Theatre, beginning at 11:30a.m.
The Muppets will receive this long deserved star because of their special type of comedy, that only the Muppets can pull off. Disney Studios head Rich Ross and Jim Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson will be intendance.
What began with Kermit’s first TV appearance in 1955, has lead to a global phenomenon that is still going strong more than 50 years later. Since “The Muppet Show” began in 1976, audiences worldwide have embraced the Muppets, including Kermit, Fozzie, Animal, Gonzo, Swedish Chef, the newest addition Walter and of course Miss Piggy!
With the success of “The Muppet Show,” the Muppets branched out to the big screen, releasing their first feature film, “The Muppet Movie,” in 1979. The film starred a myriad of actors, including Bob Hope, Cloris Leachman, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor and Paul Williams. This impressive list of celebrity cast and cameos became the hallmark of all Muppet films, six of which followed, including “The Great Muppet Caper” (1981), “The Muppets Take Manhattan” (1984), “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992), “Muppet Treasure Island” (1996) and “Muppets from Space” (1999).
The latest film, “The Muppets” (2011) follows Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), from Smalltown, USA, as they head to Los Angeles for vacation and discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze Muppet Studios and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds.
All seven films have signature soundtracks that received countless awards, including an Academy Award®nomination for Best Song for “Rainbow Connection,” Best Original Score for “The Muppet Movie” and the 2012 “Best Original Song” Academy Award® for “Man or Muppet,” from the “The Muppets” (2011).
In addition to feature films, Muppet mania continued long after “The Muppet Show” ended its run. Many television specials and documentaries featuring the classic Muppet characters have been produced. Muppet Magazine was published from 1983-1988 and “The Muppets” comic strip was syndicated in U.S. newspapers from the early to mid 1980s. Museum exhibits (“The Art of The Muppets,” “The World of Jim Henson: Muppets, Monsters & Magic,” “The Vision of Jim Henson” and others) featuring Muppet characters toured domestically and internationally from 1980-2001.
Multiple record albums for “The Muppet Show,” “Muppet Babies” and all of the Muppet movies have been released worldwide. Hundreds of Muppet books have also been published around the world since 1976.
Throughout the years the Muppets have also produced numerous public service announcements and have acted as spokespeople for many causes both domestically and internationally, ranging from The National Wildlife Federation, UNICEF and the American Film Institute, to the University of Maryland, the American Library Association and the Better World Society. Kermit regularly appears as a giant balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.
“Heroes Work Here. Employ excellence. Hire veterans.”
KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 13, 2012 ? Today at The Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE: DIS) Annual Shareholder meeting in Kansas City, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger announced Heroes Work Here, a new company-wide initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans. The new program continues Disney’s long history of respect and appreciation for the U.S. Armed Forces by expanding the company’s commitment to recognize and honor the sacrifice and service of these men and women.
As part of the initiative, Disney will provide at least 1,000 jobs and career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans over the next three years, support military families and veterans during their transition into civilian life, and launch a national public awareness campaign to encourage all employers across the U.S. to hire veterans.
In addition to providing career opportunities for veterans, Disney will also invest in select non-profit organizations that provide training and other support services. Through the Disney VoluntEARS program, employees will also engage in service projects with veterans’ organizations in communities around the country. The public awareness campaign, featuring veterans currently employed in various businesses across The Walt Disney Company, will highlight their value, encourage companies to hire these highly skilled men and women, and direct them to the Joining Forces initiative for more information.
Mr. Iger debuted the first spot at the conference, which can be viewed here:
“As a new generation of America’s military men and women transition into civilian life, we are increasing our commitment and support for these modern day heroes,” said Mr. Iger. “It’s a measure of our respect for how much they have sacrificed on our behalf, and our sincere gratitude for their extraordinary contributions to this country.”
He added, “The military values of honor, integrity, commitment, and courage, along with the skills and experience they’ve gained through their service, make veterans incredibly valuable employees for any company.”
Heroes Work Here includes recruitment efforts across all segments of The Walt Disney Company, including ESPN, the Disney-ABC Television Group, Disney Consumer Products, The Walt Disney Studios, and Disney Parks and Resorts. The company will host career fairs and participate in events designed to showcase opportunities for returning military personnel.
Information about Heroes Work Here and available positions for veterans can be found at a dedicated section of the Disney Careers Website.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden created Joining Forces to bring Americans together to recognize, honor and take action to support veterans and military families as they serve our country and throughout their lives. The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure veterans and military families have the support they have earned. The initiative focuses on key priority areas – employment, education, and wellness while raising awareness about the service, sacrifice, and needs of America’s veterans and military families.