Main Street, U.S.A. was buzzing this past week with the tune of several familiar songs as Richard and Robert Sherman were honored with their own window. The window dedicated to the Sherman Brothers reads “Two Brothers Tunemakers,” with their names inscribed underneath. A window dedication is the highest honor a cast member can receive at Disneyland Park.
Bob Iger recently announced at the Walt Disney Company shareholder’s meeting that the D23 Expo will return in 2011, but to add to the excitement for D23 members this year, the official Disney fan club is introducing a brand-new event called “Destination D” which will be held this September in Anaheim, illuminating Disney’s fascinating and rich history.
Full information is included in the official press release.
Every since Disney Parks first announced the return of “Captain EO,” the 3-D film starring Michael Jackson and directed by Francis Ford Coppola that was shown at Disney theme parks in the 1980s and 1990s, there has been an incredible response from fans with many wondering exactly when the classic attraction would reopen.
Well wait no longer as “Captain EO” is scheduled to re-open tomorrow, February 23 at Tomorrowland’s Magic Eye Theater.
A group of fans of the ABC show “Lost” have started a petition to persuade Disney to create a “Lost” island at Disneyland. The “Lost” attraction would replace “Tom Sawyer Island”, which is seen as being outdated.
While I consider myself to be a hardcore fan of “Lost” as well, this is a bad idea in so many ways.
After a nearly 5 year hiatus, “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln” reopened last Friday at Disneyland. While the 2009 version of the show is a slightly revised, the real attraction is the brand-new Mr. Lincoln animatronic which features a fully electric head—a first for an audio-animatronic figure.
Rumors have been swirling since Michael Jackson’s death that Captain EO, the groundbreaking 17-minute 3D film experience that thrilled Disneyland park guests from 1986 – 1997, would return to to Disnleyland. However, none of those rumors have been confirmed… that is until today.
“Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’s” long run at the Hyperion Theatre in Disney’s California Adventure will come to a close on August 15, 2010 to make way for “Toy Story – The Musical” which is scheduled to debut in 2011. The Toy Story characters and playful plot will come to life before your eyes in a dazzling, musical stage spectacular where viewers will be treated to a unique “toys’ eye view” of life in Andy’s room.
Disneyland Resort’s holiday season officially kicked off last Friday and runs through January 3, 2010, though some of the attraction overlays and decorations may linger a bit beyond that. Not only are the two parks sporting festive attire and decor for the season, the resort has put together a list of seasonal events that guests can look forward to as well.
Read on for a list of specific events as well as their dates and times.
A new iPhone app is now available that not only provides wait times for Disneyland resort attractions but integrates with Facebook, Twitter, and FriendFeed.
MouseWait is a free iPhone app that gives Disneyland fans accurate wait times and the chance to bring their social media friends into the app to create a true social Disneyland experience.
The Walt Disney Company revealed a new program today on Good Morning America that allows individuals to volunteer one day of service to a participating organization in exchange for one day of free admission to a Disney Park. It’s a first-of-its-kind program Disney is calling “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day.”
The free one-day admission ticket will be made available to as many as 1 million people who volunteer through HandsOn Network, a giant volunteer organization and will be honored at one of Disney’s Anaheim and Florida parks.
Each year it seems as though the Disneyland Resort gets more into the Halloween holiday. This season is no different with an all-new Halloween overlay to be added to Space Mountain along with other additions and activities.
Disney has even put together a commercial done in classic animation inviting guest to visit the parks during the Halloween season.
Walt Disney Studios is jumping on the D23 Expo bandwagon by adding four days of exciting programming that includes major overviews of upcoming films by Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook and Disney-Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, plus a full schedule of events spotlighting new releases and newly restored digital versions of classic favorites. This adds to the already exciting line-up of evens occurring at the expo.
Disney went before the Anaheim Planning Commission last week in order to pitch a plan to build an additional parking structure on land that they purchased eleven years ago. The site which used to be a strawberry field and located at 1946 S. Harbor Blvd., was purchased by Disney for a possible third theme park. The commission approved Disney’s plan today.
“Welcome foolish mortals…” These are the words that guests to Disneyland’s Haunted mansion have been greeted with for 40 years now. The Haunted Mansion, which was originally planned as a walk-thru attraction but eventually became what it is today, celebrated her fortieth birthday on Sunday.
I thought it might be a good time to take a look at how the Haunted mansion came to be along with some of the “behind the scenes” magic.