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June 10, 2018

Pirates of the Caribbean Refreshed at Disneyland


Guests Discover Swashbuckling Fun and Adventure on this Beloved Attraction

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 8, 2018) – The original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, which debuted at Disneyland Park in California in 1967, inspired a global phenomenon and launched a highly popular film franchise. The attraction has added new magic in 2018 as guests discover a swashbuckler caught in a booby-trap. Fans of the attraction’s early days may also recognize a familiar voice as a pirate shares the cautionary tale of a cursed treasure. And the familiar redheaded figure among the townspeople has switched sides to become a pirate known as Redd, who pillages the town’s rum supply.


The character Redd, as pictured above, began making appearances around New Orleans Square on June 8, 2018.

Since its debut at Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean adventure has thrilled hundreds of millions of guests from around the world. An immersive and engaging entertainment experience, it’s steeped in detail and rollicking pirate fun. It debuted as a technological marvel and storytelling masterpiece and, for decades, this award-winning attraction has been considered one of the pinnacles of theme park experiences worldwide.

Today, guests enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at five Disney theme parks around the world: Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort; Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort; Tokyo Disneyland Park at Tokyo Disney Resort; Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris; and Shanghai Disneyland at Shanghai Disney Resort.

Here are some of the fun facts, trivia and milestones associated with one of Walt Disney’s greatest entertainment achievements.


Pirates of the Caribbean was the last Disneyland attraction personally supervised by Walt Disney. It was designed by WED Enterprises (now called Walt Disney Imagineering).
The attraction originally was envisioned as a New Orleans-themed Blue Bayou Mart featuring a Pirate Wax Museum, housed in a 70-foot deep basement. The basement now serves as the grotto section of the attraction.
Pirates of the Caribbean was loosely inspired by such Hollywood films as “Captain Blood,”
“The Sea Hawk” and “The Buccaneer,” plus Disney’s “Treasure Island,” “Kidnapped” and “Swiss Family Robinson.”
It cost $15 million to build New Orleans Square, the home for Pirates of the Caribbean. This is equal to the amount the United States paid for the real New Orleans in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
The attraction façade was partly inspired by the Cabildo building in Jackson Square in New Orleans that served as the seat of the Spanish colonial government in 1799. It is also noted for being the site where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.
Guests ride through the attraction in a 1,838-foot canal.
Approximately 120 animated characters (human characters plus nine different types of animated animals) appear in the Audio-Animatronics cast of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Several original designers and Imagineers for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction have since become Disney Legends, an honorary title bestowed on individuals by The Walt Disney Company.
Disney Imagineer X Atencio, who wrote the attraction’s memorable tune, “Yo-Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” is the voice of the Jolly Roger skull and crossbones, seen just before guests plunge down the waterfalls.
In the lyrics of the song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” the phrase “Yo Ho” is uttered 18 times.
Guests ride through the attraction for approximately 15 minutes, on one of the longest rides at Disneyland Resort.
Approximately 400 million guests have ridden Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park since its opening in 1967.
In 1997, Pirates of the Caribbean won the Thea Classic Award from the Themed Entertainment Association. The Thea Classic Award is given to an outstanding “compelling place and experience” which has been in operation for a minimum of 20 years.
The Blue Bayou restaurant in New Orleans Square allows diners to observe passing boats traveling through a bayou, which is the first scene of the attraction. This table service restaurant continues to be the only dining establishment that looks into a dark ride attraction at Disneyland Resort.
The concept of Pirates of the Caribbean has come full circle with the attraction initially inspiring the successful film franchise and then the films (starting with the release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in 2003) inspiring exciting additions to the attraction.
Both Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa from the blockbuster films appear in the attraction.
Guests can spot Captain Jack Sparrow at three different points during their journey.
Approximately 400,000 pieces of gold coins and set pieces were added to the attraction during a lengthy refurbishment in 2006 when some of the film characters were added to the story.
The Aztec pirate chest used in the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” appears in the Treasure Room as the last thing guests see in that scene.

January 3, 1965 Walt Disney talks about models for the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean attraction on an episode of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” called “Disneyland 10th Anniversary.”
March 18, 1967 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction has a soft opening for guests of Disneyland.
April 19, 1967 Official Grand Opening ceremony of Pirates of the Caribbean attraction takes place at Disneyland.
December 15, 1973 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Magic Kingdom Park, Florida.
April 15, 1983 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Tokyo Disneyland Park.
April 12, 1992 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Disneyland Paris.
June 28, 2003 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” the first in a series of highly popular films inspired by the attraction.
July 9, 2003 “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” opens in theaters.
June 24, 2006 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Additionally, Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland Park re-opens after a lengthy refurbishment in which characters from the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” films were added into the attraction.
July 7, 2006 “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” opens in theaters.
Also, “Pirates of the Caribbean” film characters added to the Magic Kingdom Park attraction.
May 19, 2007 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” the third film in the series.
May 25, 2007 “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” opens in theaters.
Additionally, Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island re-opened as Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island with the addition of themed elements related to the film franchise.
May 7, 2011 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth film in the series.
May 20, 2011 “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” opens in theaters.
June 16, 2016 Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure attraction and Treasure Cove themed land open at Shanghai Disney Resort.
May 26, 2017 “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth film in the series, opens in theaters.
June 8, 2018 Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park returns with new storytelling magic in two new scenes.


In addition to four Pirates of the Caribbean films, with the fifth – “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” releasing in May 2017 – the legacy of Pirates of the Caribbean continues to expand across the globe.

Characters from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise continue to be celebrated throughout Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – in Entertainment shows, interactive experiences, character greetings, themed hotel rooms, and activities and events aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.

In 2016, Treasure Cove opened at Shanghai Disney Resort, marking the first land at any Disney theme park inspired by the adventure and swashbuckling fun of pirates. The anchor of that land is the latest iteration of the classic attraction, known there by the name Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure. It has won industry awards including Outstanding Achievement – Attraction from the Themed Entertainment Association and a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project. Additionally, an original story about Captain Jack Sparrow opened as “Eye of the Storm – Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular,” also in Treasure Cove.

May 8, 2018

Redd Sailing into Disneyland Park This Summer


This summer at Disneyland Park will see the arrival of a fierce and independent pirate known as Redd.

A bit mysterious by nature, Redd travels to various ports throughout the Caribbean -- selling rum and collecting coin.

Watch for Redd this summer strolling around New Orleans Square. No official start date has been announced.

April 24, 2018

Disneyland After Dark Announces Second Star Wars-Themed Celebration on May 9


Exciting news Star Wars fans! Due to unprecedented demand for the Disneyland After Dark – Star Wars Nite event, I’m pleased to share that we have added a second celebration of Star Wars on May 9!

Guests at this after-hours event will once again have special access to Disneyland park to celebrate a galaxy far, far away. You’re also encouraged to come dressed in favorite Star Wars attire!

This next Star Wars-themed celebration will give you a chance to experience many of the same offerings from our first Star Wars Nite event, including:

After-hours access to Disneyland park, with mix-in access beginning at 6 p.m.

Special entertainment, including a galactic dance party and character encounters!

Themed décor and immersive Star Wars-themed photo opportunities.

Specialty food and beverage offerings.

Commemorative lanyard, event credential and unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the event.

Additionally, we will be adding new experiences for this second celebration of Star Wars, which will include:

Opportunity to be among the first to purchase Solo: A Star Wars Story pins (quantities are limited).

An additional Star Wars-themed photo opportunity.

Acme Archives Limited artist showcase and signing.

Book signing for “It’s Your Universe” (quantities are limited).

A limited quantity of tickets will be available starting May 1, so be sure to visit for pricing and details.

As a reminder, beginning May 4, all Disneyland park guests will be able to enjoy these new and returning Star Wars experiences:

March of First Order” – Captain Phasma guides a squad of First Order stormtroopers through Tomorrowland in a dramatic show of force.

Encounter Rey – Meet the Resistance’s newest hero at Star Wars Launch Bay.

Hyperspace Mountain – This popular transformation of Space Mountain returns!

Lastly, don’t’ miss Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters May 25.

Event elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, experiences, entertainment, characters, menu items, merchandise, souvenirs, special offerings and services are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice. No refunds given for any such changes or cancellations. Disney PhotoPass is subject to the Disney PhotoPass terms and conditions. Online registration required.

April 18, 2018

All-New Play Disney Parks App Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland This Summer

All-New Play Disney Parks App Coming to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort This Summer

Guests can soon explore Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in a whole new way using the all-new Play Disney Parks app! Coming this summer on iOS and Android, guests can play in the parks like never before using this soon-to-launch mobile app to access exclusive experiences at both locations through activities that interact with the surrounding environment. The app will be free to download.

With the touch of a button, wait time turns into play time with family and friends at certain locations. And the more you explore in Disney parks, the more there is to discover on the app.

Since the launch of My Disney Experience at Walt Disney World Resort in 2013, Disney continues to reinvent digital offerings at its parks around the world. The My Disney Experience app, guests’ go-to vacation companion, has continued to evolve – including the Get Directions feature, Online Check-In and the recently launched Digital Key. Guests are also loving the Disneyland App, Disney MaxPass and soon mobile order at Disneyland Resort – currently available at Walt Disney World.

Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first. Apple, the Apple logo and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

April 5, 2018

Mobile Ordering Service Coming Soon to Disneyland Resort


(Disney Parks Blog 4/5/18) A new mobile ordering service will soon be available at the Disneyland Resort.  Mobile ordering is just one more option for guests to further customize their Disney visits, allowing them to conveniently place orders at select fast casual and quick-service restaurants using the Disneyland App from anywhere across the resort.

Using the new mobile ordering service, guests will be able to easily search for a participating location, select an arrival time window for pickup, choose items from the menu and place their order. As an added convenience, Annual Passholders will be able to apply their discount to meal purchases using the app. Guests will notify the restaurant of their arrival on the app and within minutes, an app notification will indicate the meal is ready to pick up at a designated window - with no time spent waiting in line to order and pay.

The mobile ordering functionality is part of the continued effort to enhance the guest experience. Combined with the recently launched Disney MaxPass, also part of the Disneyland App, guests will spend more time with family and friends enjoying everything the Disneyland Resort has to offer - including the first-ever Pixar Fest, a limited-time celebration throughout the resort, April 13-Sept. 3, 2018.

March 13, 2018

First Look: 'Together Forever - A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular', Coming to Disneyland Park April 13 with Pixar Fest

Miguel from Coco Sleeping Beauty Castle

(Disney Parks Blog, 3/12/18) - “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” will light up Disneyland park throughout Pixar Fest, beginning April 13. This all-new nighttime spectacular will celebrate friendship through dazzling pyrotechnics and memorable music.

house from Up Sleeping Beauty Castle

The stories of “Together Forever” will come to life through projections on iconic park locations: Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. This nighttime spectacular will even feature Buzz Lightyear and the house from “Up” flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Sneak Peek at Food for Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort April 13

The first-ever Pixar Fest, the biggest Pixar celebration ever to come to Disney Parks, is coming to the Disneyland Resort April 13 through Sept. 3, 2018. Pixar Fest will celebrate friendship and beyond with a new fireworks show, "Together Forever-A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular," the return of two favorite parades with all-new Pixar surprises in "Paint the Night" Parade and "Pixar Play Parade," new décor, atmosphere entertainment, merchandise and, of course, Pixar-themed food and beverage offerings.

Favorite Pixar pals and stories such as "Up," "Toy Story," "Coco," "Ratatouille," and "Monsters, Inc." are inspiring delicious treats during the limited-time Pixar Fest celebration. Many creatively-themed offerings will be available for guests to enjoy during Pixar Fest.

Pixar Fest Celebration Cake, inspired by the familiar yellow Pixar Ball, will be served at Plaza Inn at Disneyland and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta at Disney California Adventure.

Pixar Fest Celebration Cake

Lots-o'-Straw-"Bear"-y Funnel Cake - Disneyland's Hungry Bear Restaurant.

Pixar Fest Lotso Funnel Cake

Lots-o'-Straw-"Bear"-y Churro - churro cart in Tomorrowland.

Pixar Fest Lotso Churro

Jessie's Berry Jubilee Funnel Cake - Golden Horseshoe, Disneyland

Pixar Fest Jessie Funnel Cake

Boot Root Beer Float - Served in a souvenir Woody's Boot at Golden Horseshoe, Disneyland

Pixar Fest Boot Root Beer Float

Green Pesto Pasta - Redd Rockett's Pizza Port, Disneyland

Pixar Fest Green Pesto Pasta

Alien Macaron - Redd Rockett's Pizza Port, Disneyland

Pixar Fest Little Green Men Macaron

Coco Churro - Frontierland churro cart

Pixar Fest Coco Churro

Fredricksen TV Dinner - Carnation Cafe, Disneyland

Carnation Cafe TV Dinner

Fried-ricksen Bologna Sandwich - Carnation Cafe, Disneyland

Pixar Fest Fried-ricksen Bologna Sandwich

Tuna Poke - Cove Bar, Disney California Adventure, March 16 to end of May. Lamplight Lounge, starting June 23.

Pixar Fest Cove Bar Poke Bowl

Deviled Eggs and Toast - Cove Bar, Disney California Adventure, March 16 to end of May. Lamplight Lounge, starting June 23.

Pixar Fest Cove Bar Deviled Eggs

Shrimp Ratatouille Byali - Cafe Orleans, Disneyland

Pixar Fest Cafe Orleans Ratatouille

Charcuterie Specialty Cheese Flight - Cafe Orleans, Disneyland

Pixar Fest Cafe Orleans Cheese Platter

December 5, 2017

Memorable New Story Elements Add to the Fun at the Pixar Play Parade During Pixar Fest Celebration


(Disney Parks Blog, December 5, 2017) - Pixar Play Parade returns April 13 to the Disneyland Resort – this time, at Disneyland park! Part of the limited-time Pixar Fest celebration, this delightful parade will bring even more of your favorite Pixar stories to life with the addition of three new story elements.

The parade will begin as all Pixar films have, with an appearance by the iconic and adorable Pixar Lamp. Rolling ahead of the famous lamp will be the familiar yellow Pixar Ball, making a cameo in Pixar Play Parade, as it has in many Pixar films.

Also joining the parade are characters from the beloved film, “Up.” Wilderness Explorer Russell will appear astride the colorful flightless bird, Kevin, with Carl Fredricksen and Dug following behind amid green foliage and snipe chicks, with Carl’s tethered house floating above.

Another popular Pixar story coming to Pixar Play Parade is “Inside Out.” Perched atop colorful memory orbs, Joy and Sadness take flight aboard Bing Bong’s rocket wagon, with Bing Bong himself cheering them on!

Don’t miss these new story elements and the return of Pixar Play Parade, beginning April 13 at Disneyland park.

November 14, 2017

New Disneyland After Dark Event Series Kicks Off January 18 with Celebration of Vintage Disneyland


(Disney Parks Blog, November 13, 2017) When night falls, the Disneyland Resort lights up with even more magic – and beginning next year, you will be able to experience this enchanting time with a new series of events. Disneyland After Dark kicks off January 18 with its first after-hours event – Throwback Nite!

Step back in time to the ‘50s and ‘60s for a taste of the classic after-dark experience at Disneyland. Come dressed in your best to enjoy the Happiest Place on Earth under a million twinkling lights, swinging to the tune of the bands and enjoying your favorite rides in the cool moonlight ‘till the clock strikes 1 a.m.!

Original attraction posters of Disneyland experiences from yesteryear welcome you as you commemorate the evening with special photo locations – and unlimited digital downloads are included with your event admission! Live music and dancing bring the bygone era to life throughout the park, and the sky lights up with an exclusive showing of “Fantasy in The Sky” fireworks. Guests will receive a commemorative lanyard and a vintage-inspired park map that will highlight the special experiences taking place throughout the evening.

This trip down memory lane will truly be one for the ages! Tickets for Throwback Nite will be available on for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders beginning Nov. 30 and for general public beginning Dec. 7.

And this is just the first in an ongoing series of unique events! Each Disneyland After Dark “nite” will be a can’t-miss experience featuring specialty entertainment, themed food, collectible merchandise and more.

September 5, 2017

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Returns November 10 through January 7

The Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier once again when Holidays at the Disneyland Resort returns November 10 through January 7!

This festive season will bring back favorite experiences throughout the entire resort. At Disney California Adventure park, Festival of Holidays will again bring the spirit of the season to life through delicious food and special entertainment, including the return of Disney Viva Navidad! For its second year, the celebration will feature a new take on the popular Festive Foods Marketplace, presenting a side-by-side mix of holiday comfort dishes that bridge many diverse cultures and family traditions.


And at night, “World of Color – Season of Light” will illuminate Paradise Bay with a sparkling winter fantasy combining classic holiday songs with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films.


At Disneyland park, seasonal fan favorites return, including Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks, “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday (which begins September 15).

June 15, 2017

Classics Come Back to Disneyland Park this Summer

Classics Come Back to Disneyland Park this Summer with the Return of ‘Fantasmic!,’ Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad

This summer, iconic Disneyland park attractions make their return with the reopening of “Fantasmic!,” the Rivers of America attractions and the Disneyland Railroad. We know these classic attractions – many of which have delighted guests since the park’s opening day – are very special to Disneyland park fans, and we are excited to celebrate their return.

For 25 years, “Fantasmic!” has taken Disneyland park guests on a journey into Mickey Mouse’s imagination, and its return on July 17 – in celebration of the park’s 62nd anniversary – will bring new magic to this beloved nighttime spectacular! The treasured Disneyland park experience guests have loved for years, complete with its original fanfare and theme song, will be taken to brilliant new heights. New mist screens will combine with innovative, state-of-the-art projection technology for brighter and more vibrant visuals than ever before, and the show will feature new scenes inspired by Disney animated classics such as “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.”

Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park

Also this summer, the classic Rivers of America attractions will reopen, starting with Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island this Friday, June 16, followed by Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes on July 29. For decades, guests have traveled the landscapes inspired by four of America’s majestic rivers: the Mississippi, the Columbia, the Missouri and the Rio Grande; each carefully recreated, complete with indigenous rock formations, natural forests and wildlife. The return of these watercraft will bring even more breathtaking views for guests to discover, including an enhanced adventure featuring the new Columbia Gorge section, highlighted by five picturesque waterfalls. Last year, we shared the artist’s rendering above, courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering, showing the gorgeous new north bank of the Rivers of America, which will feature a beautiful new waterfront.

Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park

This new waterfront will also include several elevated trestles over which the Disneyland Railroad will travel when it reopens along with the Rivers of America attractions on July 29. An icon for more than 60 years, the Disneyland Railroad holds a special place in the hearts of our guests, and we are excited to take them on the grand circle tour of Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom once again. This classic experience will also feature new and enhanced adventures! For the very first time, the Disneyland Railroad will make a left-hand turn to continue around Disneyland park, and I’m excited to tell you that Walt Disney’s legendary dioramas of the Grand Canyon and Primeval World have been carefully restored to their original splendor, with a bit of new magic added to both!

April 24, 2017

Classic Space Mountain Returns to Disneyland Park This Summer


April 20, 2017 - Get ready to initiate power transfer in 3…2…1… when the classic Space Mountain returns to Disneyland park June 1! Just days after the 40th anniversary of this Tomorrowland favorite, space travelers will blast off once again for their intergalactic adventure.

A variation of a concept Walt Disney developed in the 1960s, Space Mountain first opened at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in 1975, and construction on Space Mountain at Disneyland park began soon after. The attraction went on to become a guest favorite, seeing special themed versions such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Hyperspace Mountain.

March 14, 2017

Disneyland Park Salutes Pirates of the Caribbean with Limited-Time Entertainment and Special Offerings for the Attraction’s 50th Anniversary


ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 13, 2017) – Nearly 400 million guests have embarked on this swashbuckling adventure at Disneyland Park. It has inspired a highly popular film franchise, and the lyrics to its theme song–“Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)”– are recognized around the world. It’s Pirates of the Caribbean, of course, an attraction that celebrates its 50th anniversary on March 18, 2017.

To celebrate this special occasion, guests are invited to enjoy pirate-themed entertainment, merchandise exclusives and special food and beverage offerings beginning March 16. Disneyland is sure to be filled with pirate-talking mates for this limited-time, rollicking fun.

  • Beginning Thursday, March 16: Guests may feast upon special, pirate-themed food at French Market Restaurant, Mint Julep Bar, Harbour Galley, Royal Street Veranda, Cafe Orleans and Blue Bayou Restaurant. Blue Bayou also celebrates its 50th anniversary on March 18. Food items vary by location and will include:
    • Buccaneer Pulled Pork Sandwich: Jerk-spiced Pork, Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce, Pineapple Caribbean-style Slaw and Fried Yucca
    • Lost Treasure Beignets: Lemon-flavored Beignets with gold shimmer dust
    • Jolly Roger Punch: Spiced Tropical Juices with hints of Pineapple, Orange and Mango
    • Calypso’s Caribbean Chicken Stew: Caribbean-seasoned Chicken stewed with Onions, Carrots, Celery, Tomatoes, Potatoes and Yucca
    • Golden Churro: Gold-dusted Churro
  • On Friday, March 17: Pirate-themed entertainment comes alive throughout New Orleans Square, including performances by the Bootstrappers and Lucky the Pirate.
  • Saturday, March 18: Even more entertainment will be added on the attraction’s official anniversary, including appearances by the legendary pirate himself, Captain Jack Sparrow. Guests may purchase limited-edition, anniversary merchandise in New Orleans Square, while supplies last. Pirate Speak! collectible cards will be available for guests who wish to talk like a pirate.

Guests may discover additional special surprises on March 18.

The original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction set the bar for future theme park attractions with masterful storytelling and technology that introduced approximately 120 Audio-Animatronics characters. The popular attraction has inspired five films and the fifth, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” is set to open in theaters May 26, 2017.

January 20, 2017

The Main Street Electrical Parade Returns Jan. 20, Lighting Up the Nighttime at Disneyland!


ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2017) –The Main Street Electrical Parade, one of the most popular of all Disney parades, has returned to Disneyland Park with all the lights, sounds, music and fun that have made it a beloved icon. With nightly parades scheduled through Sunday, June 18, guests will have a limited time to enjoy the parade’s encore performance.

The dazzling and colorful after-dark parade premiered in Disneyland in 1972 and has been seen at Disney Parks around the world. Although its last Disneyland Park performance was in November 1996, and at Disney California Adventure Park in 2010, it has continued to shine brightly in the memories of millions of guests.

Accompanied by treasured Disney tunes interwoven with the distinctive “Baroque Hoedown” synthesizer soundtrack, the Main Street Electrical Parade brings a variety of beloved Disney stories to life in parade floats covered in approximately half a million twinkling lights. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy lead the way and Cinderella, Peter Pan, Snow White, Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland are among the characters whose stories unfold along the parade route. Tinker Bell now appears with other fairies on the Peter Pan float.

The parade’s return to Disneyland for the first time since 1996 also marks the return of the original Main Street Electrical Parade opening float. The whimsical train pulls a giant drum unit that proclaims “Disneyland Presents … Main Street Electrical Parade” in bright lights.

Some of the parade’s most impressive scenes are the 18½-foot-tall Clock Tower looming over Cinderella’s Ball, attended by elegant ballroom dancers in costumes covered with lights; and the 118-foot-long finale unit, a red-white-and-blue tribute to America. Elliot, the smoke-breathing, tail-wagging “Pete’s Dragon,” weighs more than 5,600 pounds and is 16 feet tall, more than 10 feet wide and 38 feet long. Guests will need to keep an eye out for Elliot, who disappears from time to time along the route.

The Main Street Electrical Parade was performed more than 3,600 times for more than 75 million guests during its original run in Disneyland Park. The enduring popularity of the parade led to creation of Electrical Parades at Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Main Street Electrical Parade returned to the Disneyland Resort with an engagement in Disney California Adventure Park from 2001 to 2010.

Main Street Electrical Parade Dining Packages, including reserved viewing of the parade are available. For information, visit

January 4, 2017

2017 at Disneyland Resort: Guests Will Encounter New Super Heroes at Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Main Street Electrical Parade Returns for a Limited Time


The Magic of Star Wars Season of the Force, Lunar New Year Celebration and New Character Encounters Add More Thrills in 2017

ANAHEIM, Calif. —The debut of a new, high-energy adventure with outrageous and irreverent characters from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” film, plus the return of the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade are part of the magic awaiting guests in 2017 at the Disneyland Resort.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an epic new adventure combining a breathtaking free-fall sensation with all-new visual and audio effects, including music inspired by the popular “Guardians of the Galaxy” film soundtrack. Guests will experience a variety of randomized ride experiences, building anticipation each time for what they will see.

In addition, guests will blast into thrilling Star Wars adventures at Season of the Force, join in the cultural festivities of Lunar New Year, encounter familiar and new character friends–and much more.

At Disney California Adventure Park:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Opening for summer 2017 at Disney California Adventure Park, this thrilling attraction brings more Super Heroes to the park with a captivating new story:
    • Guests at Disney California Adventure will join in a daring confrontation with one of the most unusual characters in the park’s history: Tanaleer Tivan, the Collector from the blockbuster film “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He has opened his unique collection of fauna, relics and species to guests for a special tour culminating with his prized possessions: the Guardians of the Galaxy themselves! Fortunately, Rocket, the fearless, genetically modified raccoon from the film, has a plan to free his friends–and that plan includes recruiting Disneyland Resort guests in a sensational rescue effort.
    • A comically cosmic, rocking adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!will drop guests directly into the story alongside characters from the comic books and the blockbuster films. Anchoring a broader universe of Super Heroes that will grow over time in Disney California Adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will transform the structure currently housing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.™ Guests will experience multiple, random and unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift rocks to the beat of music inspired by the film’s popular soundtrack.
  • Lunar New Year: Disney California Adventure presents a bigger-than-ever Lunar New Year Celebration from Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 2017. For 17 days, guests will enjoy live performances, fun-filled activities, Disney characters in their Lunar New Year costumes, and foods inspired by Asian cultures. Among the new entertainment offerings is “Hurry Home,” a special six-minute water and projection show on Paradise Bay that follows the journey of Little Lantern on its way home for the annual celebration of good luck and fortune. The story features a score highlighted by an original arrangement of the music created for Shanghai Disney Resort, by Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). “Hurry Home,” precedes the nightly “World of Color” water, music and film spectacular on Paradise Bay.
  • Princess Elena and Super Heroes: In 2017, guests will find more delightful characters than ever before at the Disneyland Resort. These new additions are sure to offer guests many opportunities to create magical memories:

    • Princess Elena – From toddlers to teens, guests are greeting the brave and adventurous teenager from the Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor.” Princess Elena is the first Disney Princess inspired by diverse Latin American cultures.
    • Super Heroes in Hollywood Land – In summer 2017, Disney California Adventure welcomes the Guardians of the Galaxy to join other Super Heroes such as Spiderman and Captain America who will be greeting guests throughout 2017 at the Hollywood Backlot.

At Disneyland Park:

  • Main Street Electrical Parade: Guests will be dazzled as this beloved and iconic parade returns to its original home, Disneyland Park, for a limited time, from Jan. 20-June 18, 2017. The legendary parade, which premiered in 1972, will once again light up the night, sparking magic, wonder and, for some, a sense of nostalgia with thousands of twinkling lights, the synthesized music of “Baroque Hoedown” and treasured characters from heartwarming Disney stories. Appearing in Disneyland Park for the first time in more than 20 years, the parade will be led by the familiar whimsical train pulling a giant drum unit proudly proclaiming “Disneyland Presents… Main Street Electrical Parade.”
  • Season of the Force: Star Wars and Disney fans will enjoy out-of-this-galaxy experiences during Season of the Force in Tomorrowland. At Hyperspace Mountain, guests climb aboard the re-imagined Space Mountain attraction and join in an X-wing Starfighter battle as they race through the darkness. Inside Star Wars Launch Bay, guests explore replicas of movie props and models from the new film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and have the opportunity to meet favorite characters like Chewbacca. Young Padawans discover whether they have the makings of a true Jedi at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, an interactive experience where they may face villains such as the ominous Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister from the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.
  • Moana: Having sailed among the islands of Oceania on her quest with the demigod Maui, Moana now has come ashore to visit with guests in Adventureland. The daring teenage heroine stars in “Moana,” the new blockbuster film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Seasonal Delights:

For many guests, the Halloween and Holidays seasons are made complete with a visit to the Disneyland Resort.

  • Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort – From mid-September through October, guests will celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort with ghoulish delight, reveling in the spooky décor, creepy treats, and chilling seasonal overlays of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Guests of the separate-ticket Mickey’s Halloween Party will go trick-or-treating throughout Disneyland and enjoy an exclusive Mickey’s Halloween Party parade and fireworks.
  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – From November through early January, Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is in festive full swing. Many guests make it a tradition to come for the Holidays and visit the parks for Disney-themed treats, snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., glistening décor and holiday entertainment. Special holiday attractions include “it’s a small world” Holiday, Jingle Cruise, and Haunted Mansion Holiday, celebrating the collision of Halloween and Christmas.

January 2, 2017

'Remember... Dreams Come True' Returns to Disneyland February 3


With the classic Main Street Electrical Parade coming home to Disneyland park on Jan. 20, spring 2017 is already shaping up to be a great blast to the past for Disneyland fans. Now there’s even more excitement in the air with the return of the beloved fireworks spectacular “Remember… Dreams Come True.”

Initially presented as the evening highlight of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland Resort in 2005, “Remember… Dreams Come True” features Tinker Bell’s flight, brilliant fireworks, soaring music, dazzling special effects and an amazing journey through the various lands of Disneyland with archival audio tracks, favorite songs and familiar phrases from some of the park’s most popular attractions, past and present. I’m partial to seeing flame effects erupt from Sleeping Beauty Castle during the Indiana Jones Adventure sequence and the feeling of being in a virtual stretching room as fireworks launch straight into the sky to welcome the Haunted Mansion’s “Grim, Grinning Ghosts.”

December 6, 2016

The Main Street Electrical Parade Returns Jan. 20, Lighting Up the Nighttime at Disneyland!


Separate-Ticket Premiere Welcomes Main Street Electrical
Parade Back to Disneyland Park on Thursday, Jan. 19

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2016) –The Main Street Electrical Parade, one of the most popular of all Disney parades, returns to Disneyland Park Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, with all the lights, sounds, music and fun that have made it a beloved icon. With nightly performances through Sunday, June 18, guests will have a limited time to enjoy the parade’s encore performance.

The dazzling and colorful after-dark parade premiered in Disneyland in 1972 and has been seen at Disney Parks around the world. Although its last Disneyland Park performance was in November 1996, and at Disney California Adventure Park in 2010, it has continued to shine brightly in the memories of thousands of guests.

Guests who wish to be among the first to welcome the parade back to Disneyland may purchase a special, separate ticket for an after-hours premiere on Thursday evening, Jan.19. After the park closes, premiere ticket holders will enjoy a night of exclusive access to select Disneyland attractions and select restaurants from 7:30 to midnight, along with an exciting performance of the Main Street Electrical Parade before its official return on Jan. 20. Tickets to the premiere go on sale for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and to the general public on Tuesday, Dec. 13. They may be purchased at any Disneyland Resort ticket booth or by calling 714-781-INFO (714-781-4636).

Accompanied by treasured Disney tunes interwoven with the distinctive “Baroque Hoedown” synthesized soundtrack, the Main Street Electrical Parade brings a variety of beloved Disney stories to life in parade floats covered in approximately half a million twinkling lights. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy lead the way and Cinderella, Peter Pan, Snow White, Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland are among the characters whose stories unfold along the parade route. Tinker Bell now appears with other fairies on the Peter Pan float.

The parade’s return to Disneyland for the first time since 1996 also marks the return of the original Main Street Electrical Parade opening float. A whimsical train pulls a giant drum unit that proclaims “Disneyland Presents ... Main Street Electrical Parade” in bright lights.

Some of the parade’s most impressive scenes are the 23-foot-tall Clock Tower looming over Cinderella’s Ball, attended by elegant ballroom dancers in costumes covered with lights; and the 108-foot-long finale unit, a red-white-and-blue tribute to America. Elliot, the smoke-breathing, tail-wagging “Pete’s Dragon,” weighs more than 5,600 pounds and is 16 feet tall, more than 10 feet wide and 38 feet long. Guests will need to keep an eye out for Elliot, who disappears from time to time along the route.

The Main Street Electrical Parade was performed more than 3,600 times for more than 75 million guests during its original run in Disneyland Park. The enduring popularity of the parade led to Electrical Parades at Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The parade returned to the Disneyland Resort with an engagement in Disney California Adventure Park from 2001 to 2010.

A specially decorated Main Street Electrical Parade boat will appear in the 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, Dec. 14 through 18 in Newport Harbor. Mickey Mouse will serve as Grand Marshal for the popular boat parade on opening night, Wednesday, Dec. 14, accompanied by Disney Ambassador Allie Kawamoto.

Information about the Main Street Electrical Parade premiere party, happening after hours on Jan. 19, will be available on beginning Tuesday, Dec. 6.

August 29, 2016

All-New 'Frightfully Fun Parade' to Debut During Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park


The all-new "Frightfully Fun Parade" is set to debut this fall during Mickey's Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event hosted at Disneyland Park over 17 nights, from September 23 to October 31, 2016.

The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow sets the mood as he arrives on his ghostly black steed just ahead of the parade itself, carrying a flickering jack-o-lantern as a warning to everyone along the parade route.

From “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King brings greetings from Halloweentown, as residents arrive to celebrate their favorite time of year. Grim, grinning ghosts come out to socialize when Disney’s iconic Haunted Mansion attraction comes to “afterlife,” with swirling ballroom dancers, ominous gravediggers and a trio of hitchhiking ghosts. Inspired by Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” Dr. Facilier calls on mystical powers, summoning his Shadow Men from the bayou to loom large over his strange and twisted Voodoo parlor, and the mischievous Disney Villains appear out of the darkness, ready to stir up some trouble. A dark and dungeon-like lair takes over the parade route, bringing with it a wicked gathering of villainy from Hades and the Evil Queen to Jafar, Cruella and more!

Tickets for Mickey's Halloween Party start at $79 per person and are available online HERE.
Note: Parking is not included in the ticket price and parking fees will apply.

August 2, 2016

Disneyland Entertainment Changes this Fall


With the dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration coming to a close on September 5, we’re pleased to announce that this fall will see the return of two favorite nighttime spectaculars.

At Disney California Adventure park, the original version of “World of Color” will be presented, beginning September 6, with all the great sequences of Disney animation and music you remember, from WALL-E and Eve zipping through the cosmos to Pocahontas exploring just around the riverbend.

Across the Esplanade at Disneyland park, you’ll once again be able to enjoy the timeless soundtrack of Disney’s “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks spectacular when it lights up the sky over Sleeping Beauty Castle Friday through Sunday evenings starting September 9. Versions of “Fantasy in the Sky” date back to 1958, when Walt Disney envisioned the show as a spectacular “kiss goodnight” for his Disneyland guests.

“World of Color” and “Fantasy in the Sky” will each be presented through the early November kickoff of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. So go ahead and plan your visit, and get your nostalgia on!

From the Disney Parks Blog

July 12, 2016

Artist Rendering of Star Wars-Themed Land At The Disneyland Resort

Star Wars Land artist rendering

STAR WARS-THEMED LAND AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT — Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has released new artwork for the Star Wars-themed land being constructed at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. The new artist rendering shows the intriguing spaceport on a never-before-seen planet in the Star Wars galaxy. The 14-acre land will be the largest-ever single-themed land expansion at the Disneyland Resort.

January 14, 2016

Tangled Returns to Disneyland's Royal Theatre


On the stage of the Royal Theatre in Fantasy Faire, the hair-raising tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider will once again come to life through the inimitable storytelling talents of resident Renaissance men, Messieurs Smythe and Jones. With the assistance of some fellow villagers and a little help from the audience, these lovers of legend and lore weave their version of “Tangled” with equal doses of music, whimsy, humor and heart.

Winner of an IAAPA Brass Ring Award in 2013, “The Royal Theatre Presents ‘Tangled’” will play in repertory with Smythe and Jones’s adaptation of “Frozen,” each performed several times daily starting January 15.

January 12, 2016

First Look New Rivers of America Waterfront and Railroad


The Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland park in Southern California have closed temporarily as we prepare to bring an all-new Star Wars-themed land to the park. When these areas reopen, the north bank of the Rivers of America will have a beautiful new waterfront.

As you can see from this artist’s rendering, courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering, this gorgeous new riverbank will also feature an elevated trestle over which the iconic Disneyland Railroad will travel.

January 7, 2016

New Guest Experiences in Disneyland in 2016

Guests will have special limited-time opportunities to experience attractions in 2016

While the Disneyland Railroad is temporarily closed this year, guests at the Main Street and New Orleans Square Train Stations will be able to get up-close with the historic steam engines that have circled Disneyland park for decades, learn about these amazing machines firsthand from our own train engineers and even take a picture with an engine! Each engine will be accompanied by knowledgeable train engineers, who will share fun facts, details on how the engines operate, stories from the history of the Disneyland Railroad and more.

While the world-famous Jungle Cruise undergoes refurbishment early this year, the skippers will still share their stories, adventures and humor with Disneyland park guests in front of the attraction. Join them as they recount tales from their travels while the Jungle Navigation Company headquarters readies for reopening later this year.

Look for these special opportunities and more – including new, limited-time experiences aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia – throughout the year at Disneyland park!

November 24, 2015

Paint the Night Dining Packages Begin January 11, 2016


Paint the Night is the amazing night parade that debuted earlier this year as part of Disneyland's 60th Anniversary.

Soon you will be able to book dining packages with a reserved viewing area for shows beginning January 11, 2016.

At Blue Bayou Restaurant, the dining package includes a three-course meal. Viewing for the Blue Bayou Restaurant “Paint The Night” parade dining package will be located on Main Street, U.S.A.

With a choice of three entrees, Aladdin’s Oasis dining package will give guests the option of taking their meal to-go or enjoying it in the Aladdin’s Oasis seating area. Parade viewing for Aladdin’s Oasis “Paint The Night” parade dining package will be located near “it’s a small world.”

July 18, 2015

Disneyland Resort Celebrates 60th Anniversary;Announces Million Dollar Philanthropic Program Benefitting Local Nonprofits During Diamond Celebration


Mickey Mouse and Friends Mark Anniversary with Guests Dressed ‘50s-Style, Celebration Cupcakes; Diamond Celebration Sparkles All Year with Dazzling New Nighttime Entertainment

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 17, 2015) – Sixty years ago today, Walt Disney dedicated his dream project: Disneyland – a land beyond the boundaries of the motion pictures with which he’d made his reputation, a park where families and guests of all ages could be immersed in worlds of fantasy and adventure.

Today, as part of its Diamond Celebration, the Disneyland Resort honored 60 years of that dream by announcing “Million Dollar Dazzle” at a ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle. Each month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the Million Dollar Dazzle Crew will surprise one or more local nonprofits that exemplify Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ Better Together philosophy with a $60,000 gift, totaling more than $1 million. Girl Scouts of Orange County was surprised with the first gift earlier today. The funds will support the organization’s Comadres outreach program that helps the Girl Scout experience transcend language and cultural barriers for girls in low-income neighborhoods.

“What makes our Diamond Celebration so special is the opportunity to share even more Disney magic with our guests in the parks, and our neighbors in the community,” said Michael Colglazier, president of the Disneyland Resort. “Our ‘Million Dollar Dazzle’ program proudly supports local organizations that enrich the lives of children and families.”

The ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle also included the tradition of playing the recording of Walt Disney’s July 17, 1955 welcome to the first Disneyland guests. Mickey Mouse and all his friends were in attendance, and Disney Legend and Academy Award-winning composer Richard M. Sherman (“Mary Poppins”) was joined by actress and singer Ashley Brown (star of “Mary Poppins” on Broadway) singing “Feed the Birds” and leading Disneyland park guests in singing “Happy Birthday.”

Later in the day, a cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A., featured current Disneyland Resort cast members along with those who worked at Disneyland in 1955. Guests were invited to show their 1955 Disney side by dressing up ‘50s-style in the elegant manner of the guests on Disneyland opening day, and to enjoy special anniversary photo locations and ‘50s-inspired entertainment. Large video screens in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks and the Downtown Disney District displayed anniversary moments of the day. In addition, all guests were treated to special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration cupcakes. More than 100,000 were prepared for the occasion.

For six decades, Disneyland Resort has explored the frontiers of interactive storytelling and entertainment technology, bringing exciting attractions and inventive entertainment to life for guests from around the world. The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is highlighted by three new nighttime spectaculars that, once again, raise the bar on creativity and entertainment technology to keep the resort and its guests forever young.

Disneyland Lights Up the Night for Diamond Celebration

“Paint the Night – All-New Electrical Parade” – When the lights go down in Disneyland, the Diamond Celebration illuminates the park with a brilliant, new parade. The luminescent parade creates a river of color flowing down Main Street, U.S.A., with an array of Disney characters and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights that flash and glow as Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to “Paint the Night.” With dazzling special effects, unforgettable music, energetic performances, fun surprises and spectacular floats, “Paint the Night” is more vibrant than any parade in 60 years at the Disneyland Resort.
“Disneyland Forever,” presented by Honda – The dazzling new fireworks spectacular “Disneyland Forever” is a street-to-sky, immersive experience like nothing seen before at the Disneyland Resort. Guests are surrounded by the worlds of timeless Disney tales, from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, thanks to the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects. The “stage” for “Disneyland Forever” fireworks will extend from the sky above to the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A., the façade of “it’s a small world,” the Matterhorn and mist screens along the Rivers of America, with specially designed digital projections offering guests new experiences at each location.
“World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” – Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris joins Mickey Mouse on a magical water canvas to entertain guests in this fun-filled new presentation of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular in Disney California Adventure. Both epic and intimate in scope, “World of Color – Celebrate!” brings to life the remarkable story of Walt and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score.

All three of these electrifying new shows are presented nightly, making Disneyland Resort sparkle as never before during its Diamond Celebration.

October 17, 2014

Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6 Coming to Disney Parks


The DisneyParksBlog announced in August that Big Hero 6 characters would be coming to Disney Parks in the US this fall.

Although the start date has not been announced (mid-November is all we know right now), the locations of the Meet and Greet have. In Disney's Hollywood Studios, look for Hiro and Baymax inside the Magic of Disney Animation attraction. The themeing of the area will be the lab from the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and then you'll find the characters inside Hiro's garage workshop.

The current Meet and Greet for Wreck-it-Ralph will close on October 24th to prepare for Big Hero 6!

In Disneyland, Hiro's robotic workshop will be located near the Starcade in Tomorrowland. Also right now in Disneyland you can see a preview of the new film in Tomorrowland's Magic Eye Theatre.

July 19, 2014

Disneyland Resort Marks 59 Years of Fun and Innovation

Diamond Celebration Logo Unveiled and Contest Announced for Guests to Share Favorite Memories from Six Decades

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 17, 2014) - When Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, it had 18 attractions, no Disney hotels and little but orange groves surrounding it. Today, as the Disneyland Resort celebrates its 59th anniversary, the original theme park has expanded to become a world-class family resort destination with two renowned Disney parks, nearly 100 attractions, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. And in the spring of 2015, the resort will launch a dazzling yearlong Diamond Celebration that salutes 60 years of magic.

"It's an incredible time at the Disneyland Resort as we prepare for next year's Diamond Celebration," said Michael Colglazier, president, Disneyland Resort. "We're excited to honor our rich history, to celebrate the incredible magic that fills our resort today, and to create unforgettable memories with our guests for many years to come."

As part of today's festivities, Disney invited the generations of families and friends who have visited the resort to share their favorite memories through photos taken at the Disneyland Resort. Readers of the DisneyParksBlog will vote for the top photos and one lucky guest will have a chance to win a trip to the Disneyland Resort for the start of the 60th anniversary celebration in Spring 2015.* Starting today, guests are invited to submit photos that represent their memories from the Disneyland Decades - 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present. Using hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, guests may share their photos via Twitter or Instagram by August 27, 2014. For complete rules, go to

Also today, the Diamond Celebration logo was unveiled as part of the annual July 17 anniversary celebration at Disneyland Park. Guests joined 59 Disney characters on Main Street, U.S.A., to hear a recording of Walt Disney's opening day "welcome" speech and sing "Happy Birthday" in a festive marking of the 59th anniversary.


The popularity of Disneyland through the past 59 years celebrates Walt Disney's dream of a place where family members of all ages can have fun together in a safe, clean atmosphere that emphasizes imagination and extraordinary guest service. Since 1955, dignitaries, heads of state, celebrities and more than 700 million guests have passed through the gates of a place that Walt imagined as "a source of joy and inspiration to the world."

Disneyland transformed the amusement industry with an entirely new concept in family entertainment: a "theme park" where rides, shows and characters become part of a total storytelling environment. In the nearly six decades since it opened, the Disneyland Resort has continued to use creativity, technology and innovation to bring stories to life, while fulfilling Walt's promise that "Disneyland will never be completed " as long as there is imagination left in the world."

March 23, 2014

Eggs-istencial Event Returns to Disneyland Resort

April 10 - 20th at Disney California Adventure and Disneyland!

Have fun exploring the parks hunting for 'eggs' that portray Disney characters! Record your discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially themed Egg-stravaganza map to represent that location. Maps and stickers can be purchased for $4.95, plus tax at:

Disney California Adventure park - Elias & Co., Oswald's, Radiator Springs Curios, Rushin' River Outfitters, Studio Store and Treasures in Paradise.


Disneyland park - Disney Showcase, Fairy Tale Treasures, Gag Factory, Pieces of Eight and Pooh Corner


There are a dozen reasons for you to love the event this year! I know what new characters have been added, but it's up to you to find them. Don't crack under the pressure! Whether you choose to hunt for eggs or not, return your map to a redemption location: Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park or Disney Showcase in Disneyland park and participate in an 'egg-scramble' to pick up your surprise.

Purchase as many maps as you'd like-while supplies last-and play again and again! No discounts apply. You should also know that separate admission is required to enter Disney Theme Parks and the experience is subject to restrictions and change without notice.

October 7, 2013

Frozen Coming to the Disney Parks this Fall

The Disney Parks Blog has announced that Frozen (arriving in theatres November 27, 2013) will have a presence at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort.


Anna and her sister Elsa, will appear in the Norway pavillion at Epcot for meet and greets. Also in Norway, the current exhibit in the Stave Church will be transformed to show how Norway inspired the filmmakers to create Frozen.

At Disneyland, you will find Olaf in Fantasyland and as previously announced in Disney California Adventure, Olaf will host the new World of Color version called "World of Color - Winter Dreams"

February 1, 2013

A New Place to Meet the Disney Princesses! Fantasy Faire Makes Regal Debut at Disneyland Park March 12

Enchanted Village Features Royal Hall for Princess Greetings,
Royal Theatre for Interactive Storytelling
'Mickey and the Magical Map' Live Show Also Opens in 2013;
Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins Join 'Disney Junior - Live on Stage!'

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2013) - For many guests at Disneyland Park, the encounter with a Disney Princess and her story is an essential part of any visit. Beginning March 12, 2013, Disney Princesses will await these guests at the new Fantasy Faire, a storybook world that extends Fantasyland and brings its timeless tales to life in fun and surprising ways.

Fantasy Faire creates an enchanting, immersive environment for guests who treasure magical fairy tales. Designed in the charming, old world style familiar to lovers of Fantasyland, this regal village fair is located on the west side of the "Hub" or Central Plaza, expanding Fantasyland beyond its current boundaries and into a location (the former Carnation Plaza Gardens) near the forecourt of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Visitors will walk a beautiful pathway leading into the corridors of the Royal Hall, where Princesses await them. Along the way, they will encounter whimsical design touches, including Geppetto's cat Figaro dozing (and occasionally waking) on a window sill, and "Clopin's Music Box," a fascinating, interactive mechanical toy representing the Feast of Fools from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

Guests may also explore a charming village square highlighted by Tangled Tower, a magical sculpture inspired by the story of Rapunzel. After dark, Rapunzel's hair, twisting around the tower sculpture, comes to life with twinkling lights.
A highlight of the Fantasy Faire experience is the Royal Theatre, where guests will be treated to two different shows: the tales of Rapunzel ("Tangled") and Belle ("Beauty and the Beast") as presented by Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, a pair of vaudeville-style Renaissance storytellers. The princess heroine, Rapunzel or Belle, will join in the fun and remain with the audience to greet guests following the conclusion of the story.

Fairytale Treasures, a shop found inside Fantasy Faire, offers all kinds of Princess dresses, accessories and gifts. For guest refreshment, Maurice, Belle's inventor father, has transformed an old gypsy wagon into a colorful food cart, Maurice's Treats, serving bread twists - cheddar cheese garlic and strawberry almond cream flavors - along with a signature beverage, the Boysen Apple Freeze.

The addition of Fantasy Faire will be one of the highlights of the guest experience for Spring-Summer 2013 at the Disneyland Resort. Also coming to Disneyland in time for summer is "Mickey and the Magical Map," a new, live show presented in the Fantasyland Theatre. And at Disney California Adventure Park, new characters Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins join the show "Disney Junior - Live on Stage!" beginning March 22.

New 'Mickey and the Magical Map'
"Mickey and the Magical Map" presents Mickey Mouse in his timeless role as the sorcerer's apprentice. Sorcerer Yen Sid sets his Mapmakers to work and this ensemble cast of male and female performers paints a wondrous map - capable of taking dreamers to any place imaginable and so large it spans the entire stage of Fantasyland Theatre.

Apprentice Mickey lets his curiosity get the better of him and stumbles upon the map's magical powers. Mickey's youthful mischief takes him, along with the audience, on a fantastic journey of imagination in the company of the Mapmakers, who help bring his adventures to life.

The journey, presented through amazing theatrical wizardry, colorful visuals and wonderful music, includes encounters with such classic Disney characters as Pocahontas, Mulan, King Louie from "The Jungle Book," Tiana from "The Princess and the Frog" and others. "Mickey and the Magical Map" is designed for Disneyland guests of all ages and represents Disney storytelling at its most thrilling.

Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins Join 'Disney Junior - Live on Stage!'
Fans of the Disney Junior television hits "Sofia the First" and "Doc McStuffins" will enjoy interacting with these characters at "Disney Junior - Live on Stage!" They join the gang from "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" in a show that invites preschoolers to sing, dance and play with enchanting puppets, fanciful scenery and lively music.

Sofia the First, Disney's first little girl princess, and other characters in the show share ideas with guests, encouraging them to become part of the stories. Sofia is known for showing every little princess-in-training how to sparkle - inside and out. Doc McStuffins cares for and nurtures toys in need. When the Doc is in, she really knows her stuff, consulting her Big Book of Boo Boos to help diagnose and mend her toy friends.

"Disney Junior - Live on Stage!" is presented several times a day at Disney California Adventure Park.

Fantasy Faire, "Mickey and the Magical Map" and the new stories at "Disney Junior - Live on Stage!" add to the excitement at the Disneyland Resort, a world-class, family vacation destination where guests continue to enjoy Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at the newly expanded Disney California Adventure.

January 8, 2013

Mickey and the Magical Map Coming this Summer to Disneyland

Mickey and the Magical Map is a new show heading to DIsneyland this summer!

Shawn Slater of the Disney Parks Blog explains: "The wise sorcerer Yen Sid tells of a wondrous map - one unlike any other - with the power to take dreamers to any place imaginable. But when young apprentice Mickey Mouse attempts to paint the map's one unfinished spot, he stumbles into a fantastic adventure through worlds of music, color and beloved characters, as he discovers the mystery of the map's magic!"

Based on the conceptual renderings, characters from the Jungle Book, Pocahontas, Tangled, and Mulan will be part of the new show!



December 20, 2012

3 Kings Day Celebration Returns to Disneyland


Disneyland's Día de los Reyes Magos celebration last year featured special décor, entertainment, food and activities showcasing Western and Mexican heritage.

This year, the same celebration will move to a new space - Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland - and will run January 4-6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Three Kings Day entertainment will include folklorico dancing and Mariachi musical performers, Disney characters in festive, colorful costumes and holiday photo opportunities. Younger guests can participate in crafts like face painting, crown making and coloring.


Here's a look at the performers scheduled to appear at our Three Kings Day celebration:

January 4
10 a.m. - Baile Folklorico Teyacapan (Ballet Folklorico)
12:30 p.m. - Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando (Youth Mariachi)
2 p.m. - Paramount Dance Company (Ballet Folklorico)
5:30 p.m. - Resurrreccion Mexican Folk (Ballet Folklorico)

January 5
10 a.m. - Garey High School Latin Jazz Ensemble (Latin Jazz Musicians)
12:30 p.m. - Sabor de Mexico (Ballet Folklorico)
2 p.m. - Ballet Folklorico Jalisciense (Ballet Folklorico)
5:30 p.m. - Ballet Folklorico Orgullo Mestizo (Ballet Folklorico)

January 6
10 a.m. - Grupo Folklorico Tierra del Sol (Ballet Folklorico)
12:30 p.m. - Ballet Folklorico Mixteco Juvenil (Ballet Folklorico)
2 p.m. - Ballet Folklorico Mixteco East Los Angeles (Ballet Folklorico)
5:30 p.m. - Ballet Folklorico de Riverside (Ballet Folklorico)

September 17, 2012

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday

It's officially Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, and once again Jack Skellington has taken over the Haunted Mansion to create Haunted Mansion Holiday.


The holiday overlay at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion is a must see! Each year the attraction closes down in late August/early September for 2-3 weeks, while the mansion is transformed into Jack Skellington and the Nightmare Before Christmas. And as a special treat, Jack and Sally have Meet and Greet appearances throughout the day!



You do not have to have seen the movie to love the decorated mansion!

Here are some fun facts Joe told me about Haunted Mansion Holiday:

More than 400 flickering candles create the Mansion's eerie nighttime glow
More than 100 jack-o-lanterns illuminate the exterior
7,500 feet of fresh snow is used each year
At night, several guests have been able to spot Zero protecting the Mansion

Technical director Joe Peters shares some of the preparation details

August 29, 2012

Disneyland Resort Guided Tours: Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour

Your Tour Guides - Disney's Happiest Haunts Tour!

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is lurking around the corner, and today you can book an experience that is unique to this spooky time of year. Disney's Happiest Haunts Guided Tour takes you on a journey throughout the Disneyland Resort for a night of chilling tales, eerie sights and Halloween treats! Your mysterious "Ghost Host" will take you on an adventure as you track the mischievous Disney Villains, experience thrilling attractions and discover that the fate of the Disneyland Resort in your hands!

Here are some things you should know about the Disney's Happiest Haunts Guided Tour:

* Tour is offered each night from September 14 through October 31.

* The tour is approximately three hours long.

* Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.

* Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Some tour attractions have a 42-inch height requirement and physical considerations.

* Each tour guest will receive a collectible souvenir pin and a tasty treat.

For even more Halloween fun, be sure to ask about the "Ultimate Experience"! On select nights, you can combine Disney's Happiest Haunts Tour with the trick-or-treating fun of Mickey's Halloween Party. The "Ultimate Experience" is available on September 28 and October 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29 and 31.

For pricing and booking information (and to find out about a special discount for Disney Rewards Visa and AAA card holders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passport holders) call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at

August 15, 2012

2012 Candlelight Ceremony and Processional at Disneyland

Disneyland will enjoy 20 nights of the Candlelight Processional in 2012

The Candlelight Ceremony and Processional has been a Disneyland Resort tradition since 1958, bringing holiday magic to Main Street, U.S.A., with the help of celebrities like Cary Grant, John Wayne, Dick Van Dyke and, in 2011, Gary Sinise.

This holiday season - for the first time in its history - the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional is being extended to a total of 20 nights at Disneyland park, with two performances each night. The first two nights, December 1-2, will be invitation-only events; however, performances from December 3-20 will be open to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders and guests booking special, to-be-announced dining packages for the 2012 holiday season.

The Candlelight Ceremony and Processional is a beautiful evening performance of beloved holiday music and the telling of the first Christmas Story in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. The first performance was in 1958 and has continued every year since. These classic performances touched off another tradition at the Walt Disney World Resort - the popular Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

These are all the details we have at this time, but stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more information on registration for Annual Passholders and booking for the new dining packages. We'll share more details on the 2012 Candlelight Ceremony and Processional at Disneyland park as they become available.

August 14, 2012

Disneyland Resort APs: Register Now for Your Chance to ‘Glow With the Show’ at ‘Fantasmic!’ on August 28

Attention Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders!
Registration is open right now for a special opportunity for Annual Passholders to "Glow With the Show" at a private viewing of "Fantasmic!" on August 28.

Bring your "Glow with the Show" Ears and be among the first to see this magical new experience! That's right - the premiere showing of this special technology during "Fantasmic!" will be a private viewing exclusively for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders. Register now to attend, because space is limited and based on availability!

Here are the details:

One night only - Tuesday, August 28
10 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Private viewing of "Fantasmic!" will begin at 11:30 p.m.

Select attractions, shops and food offerings will be open for event guests until 12 a.m.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own "Glow with the Show" Ears. Hats are not required for event attendance, but strongly encouraged for optimal viewing experience.

And here's how you register:

Registration applies to Annual Passholder and up to 3 Annual Passholder guests

Visit any open ticket booth in the Disneyland Resort Main Entrance Esplanade

Present your active Annual Passport and a valid, government-issued photo I.D., as verification of your eligibility to register for the event

Based on availability, cast member will complete your registration and give you a voucher, required for admission to the event. Limit one (1) voucher per eligible Annual Passholder; multiple vouchers will not be honored

Important additional information:

Annual Passholders must be at least 18 years old to RSVP for this event, but their guests (up to 3 additional Annual Passholders) may be younger than 18.

Registration will close at 10 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, August 23, 2012, or as soon as capacity for the event is reached.

Registration must occur in person at a Disneyland Resort Main Entrance Ticket Booth.

Each eligible Annual Passholder is limited to one (1) registration voucher, and voucher does not guarantee admission.

Registered Passholders and each of their guests must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event and must use their Passports for park entry.

Valid Photo I.D. may be required at check-in.

"Glow with the Show" Ears are not provided for event participation.

The event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

June 26, 2012

Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party Dates at Disneyland Announced

Dates Announced for this year's Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party in Disneyland.

Halloween Time will run from September 14 through October 31st.

Disneyland park will host Mickey's Halloween Party on the following dates:

Friday, September 28 - 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Tuesday, October 2 - 6 to 11 p.m.
Friday, October 5 - 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Tuesday, October 9 - 6 to 11 p.m.
Friday, October 12 - 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Monday, October 15 - 6 to 11 p.m.
Friday, October 19 - 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Tuesday, October 23 - 6 to 11 p.m.
Friday, October 26 - 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Monday, October 29 - 6 to 11 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31 - 6 to 11 p.m.

Mickey's Halloween Party features:

++ Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular, exclusively for Mickey's Halloween Party guests

++ Admission to the Disneyland park up to 3 hours prior to the event's start time

++ Meet-and-greets with your Disney and Pixar pals and Disney Villains

++ Special treat stations offering both yummy candy and healthy goodies

++ Mickey's Costume Party Cavalcade

++ Special dance parties

++ Access to nearly all attractions, including all the Halloween-themed attractions such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday

Tickets for Mickey's Halloween Party go on sale for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders on July 9 and for the general public on July 16.

Each ticket is valid for admission to the event and parking for one (1) vehicle (larger vehicles may require an additional fee) on the specified event date.

May 8, 2012

The Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland have Fresh Fallen Snow

Since the beginning of this year, the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland park have been closed due to an extensive refurbishment - not only of the attraction, but of the entire mountain itself. In this video, go behind the scenes with Walt Disney Imagineering to learn how they created the new "snowfall" that will cover the mountain when it reopens in June.

April 21, 2012

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland Park

Starting May 3, we'll be rounding up some good times and bringing a whole new energy to Frontierland at Disneyland park with the opening of the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.


Encompassing the former Festival Arena site, the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will feature music, dancing, crafts, pin trading and plenty of Disney characters in their finest Western wear. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we'll be throwing a good, old fashioned Hoedown, where you can kick up your heels with the likes of Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Chip 'n Dale. From time to time, classic favorites like Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, Clara Cluck or those silly Country Bears might even stop by!

What's more, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree is also going to be the newest spot to catch visiting performing ensembles as part of Disney Performing Arts. Disney Performing Arts provides an opportunity for middle and high school students and community groups from across the country to perform in Disney Parks as well as take workshops taught by entertainment professionals to improve their performance skills. You'll be able to enjoy some of these young instrumentalists, singers and dancers as they put on the performance of a lifetime onstage at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

From Shawn Slater at the Disney Parks Blog.

January 19, 2012

Happy Lunar New Year! Celebration at Disneyland Park: Fact Sheet

With good wishes for 2012, the Disneyland Resort invites guests to celebrate the Lunar New Year season at Disneyland park from Jan. 20-29. The Happy Lunar New Year Celebration! at Disneyland is a joyous tribute to coincide with the traditional Lunar New Year, and it recognizes time-honored traditions of the season with exciting, live performances, fun activities and special food offerings.

  • Guests will enjoy the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration! from 10 am to 5 pm Jan, 20-29 at Small World Mall with special character appearances and family entertainment. Exhilarating live performances will be held Jan. 20-23, Jan. 25 and Jan. 27-29 (weather permitting).
  • Lunar New Year is a time when families and friends gather to wish each other good fortune and good health for the coming year. The Happy Lunar New Year Celebration! at Disneyland Resort pays tribute to the time-honored traditions and family celebrations that are observed within the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures.
  • Throughout the day, cultural groups perform in colorful attire along Small World Mall. These may include a Chinese Dragon dance troupe, lion dancers, ribbon wand dancers, Korean drummers, Vietnamese musicians and dancers, and martial artists.
  • In Mulan's Chinese New Year Procession, seen at selected times throughout the day, Mulan and Mushu proceed in colorful costumes to the photo location area. There, guests will greet Mulan and Mushu, along with Chip 'n' Dale dressed in festive, Asian-inspired attire.
  • Small World Mall is decorated for the celebration with Chinese Zodiac symbols, ornamental lanterns, "Happy Lunar New Year" banners and more.
  • Signs explaining the meaning and traditions of various Lunar New Year celebrations are presented in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.
  • The Lunar New Year begins at a different time each year according to the movements of the sun and moon, usually beginning in late January. It's fitting to have the Disneyland celebration at Small World Mall, where "just one moon and one golden sun" are shared by children from around the globe in the "it's a small world" attraction.
  • A colorful, photo location invites families to pose in front of themed backdrops, which include a variety of Disney characters and family photos. Disney's PhotoPass Service will be on hand to help guests capture their magical experiences and share their memories.
  • Food carts at Small World Mall will serve special treats, including chocolate churros, eggrolls, edamame and almond cookies.
  • Southern California residents can join the Happy New Year Celebration! on two different days when they purchase a 2-day ticket for just $99. With the 2-day ticket, guests get their choice of one park per day, making memories with family and friends any two days through June 9, 2012.

September 1, 2011

Fantasy Faire - Disneyland

Announced at the Parks and Resorts Presentation at the D23 Expo (August 2011), Disneyland will be transforming the Carnation Plaza Gardens into Fantasy Faire.


Fantasy Faire will be a storybook village square where guests of all ages step into a fairytale realm to meet the heroes and heroines of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel. Concept art only, subject to change.


Families can take part in the Royal Ribbon Festival with Belle, Rapunzel and other royal court attendants for dancing and celebration. Favorite stories and characters come to life in exciting new ways in this highly-themed, magical land.

July 1, 2011

Disneyland Park Unveils Enhanced Outdoor Audio Description Technology for Guests with Visual Disabilities

ANAHEIM, Calif - June 30, 2011 -- Beginning July 6, guests with visual disabilities will be able to explore Disneyland Park in a whole new way through an enhanced Disney-designed device that provides detailed audio description of outdoor areas and fits in the palm of a guest's hand.

Disney Parks have long been at the forefront of providing accessibility for guests with disabilities. This additional feature compliments the existing audio description inside approximately 20 Disneyland Park attractions and theaters that was launched just over a year ago.

June 3, 2011

Star Tours the Adventures Continue Grand Opening Disneyland






Photos from the live broadcast from the Disney Parks Blog

May 27, 2011

‘Mickey’s Soundsational Parade’ Celebrates Music in Motion at Disneyland Park

Disney Music Comes Alive in a New Extravaganza;
Each Float Tells Its Own Musical Story

ANAHEIM, Calif., May 27, 2011 - Rhythm is king when the magic of Disney music takes to the streets in the new "Mickey's Soundsational Parade," debuting May 27 in Disneyland park. A bevy of favorite Disney characters including Aladdin, Ariel, Cinderella, and Peter Pan will follow "the leader of the club," Mickey Mouse, as they lead guests on a journey of sound and story.

"Mickey's Soundsational Parade" comes alive with Disney characters, performers and nine new parade floats, each designed in the style of a children's "pop-up" story book with eye-catching visuals and whimsical elements. Each parade unit is brought to life through the fun and lively rhythms of drumlines, percussion teams and jazz horns. Images of musical instruments and oversized drums decorate the parade lineup.

Mickey Mouse leads all the performers onto the Disneyland parade route and demonstrates his own rhythmic prowess sitting atop the first float and playing an acoustic drum set. Just ahead of Mickey's float are six live drumline musicians who drive the beat and set the tone for the entire parade. The drumline performers playfully interact with guests as they make their way down the parade route. Also included in this classic character unit are Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip 'n' Dale, and Goofy.

Next, the Genie from "Aladdin" takes over the street, brandishing a drum major's baton and leading six Cymbal Dancers who set a new rhythm. Aladdin himself commands the top of this float as he strikes a large gong and greets guests. Bringing up the rear is an animated version of Aladdin's pet monkey, Abu, who claps and plays cymbals of his own.

From there, "Mickey's Soundsational Parade" takes guests "Under the Sea," accompanied by a distinctively Caribbean sound including steel drums and marimbas. The world's favorite mermaid, Ariel, "floats" above this whimsical parade unit while a humorous octopus shows off a multi-armed talent for music making.

The next unit looks to land south of the border as The Three Caballeros introduce the spirited sounds of Latin America. Flower dancers and piñata dancers complete the scene around this rhythmic parade unit where Donald Duck dangles a piñata overhead for Jose and Panchito, Donald's friends from the 1944 classic film, "The Three Caballeros."

Disney's newest heroine, Rapunzel, leads a royal procession including Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White on a float dominated by Rapunzel's tower. This "Heroines" unit also features graceful court dancers in a lyrical tribute to the timeless tales of Disney princesses.

Jungle drums sound the arrival of Disney jungle inhabitants, including Simba perched majestically atop Pride Rock. The unit's music includes nods to such Disney melodies as "I Wanna Be Like You," "Trashin' The Camp" and the score from "The Lion King."

The parade next transports guests to New Orleans and the world of Princess Tiana, with jazz rhythms bursting from a classic Mississippi riverboat as it rolls down the parade route. Mardi Gras dancers beat tambourines in celebration as they surround Tiana's riverboat.

Adventure waits in Neverland as Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and some bumbling pirates appear with the next float, locked in a comical battle. Above them, Tinker Bell plays on mushrooms as if they were drums and three butterflies flutter below her.

Mary Poppins and her friend Bert bring "Mickey's Soundsational Parade" to a close riding astride two carousel horses that appear to have just leaped from their perches in search of a musical adventure. This grand finale unit includes a moving, musical carousel and a "rooftop unit," meant to suggest the rooftops of London. Eleven chimney sweeps complete the parade with a high-energy broom dance.

"Mickey's Soundsational Parade" will be presented daily beginning May 27 along the Disneyland parade route between Main Street, U.S.A., and "it's a small world" in Fantasyland.

February 23, 2010

‘Captain EO’ Returns to Disneyland Park, Classic Attraction Featuring Michael Jackson Now Open


ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2010) - "Captain EO," the classic musical spectacular that thrilled Disneyland park guests from 1986-1997, is now open at Disneyland. The attraction's return to Tomorrowland provides new audiences the opportunity to experience the original 3D production for the very first time, as well as a nostalgic look back for longtime fans wanting to see "The King of Pop" in a rare performance created for the big-screen.

Twenty-three years ago, at the height of his phenomenal entertainment career, Michael Jackson joined forces with Disney, producer George Lucas and director Francis Ford Coppola to create a groundbreaking 17-minute 3D film experience starring Jackson as Captain EO performing two original songs, and featuring Academy Award®-winning actress Anjelica Huston, and a cast of merry, mythical space characters with dual personalities who undergo magical transformations to become Jackson's electronic band in conquering the forces of darkness.


The colorful Disney-created characters include: Hooter, the little green elephant-like creature who sneezes wild musical notes through his flute-like trunk; Fuzzball, the orange-haired space monkey with butterfly wings; the Geex, a golden-haired, two-faced personality with two left feet, one right foot and two shaggy heads named Idy and Ody; Major Domo, whose mirrored silver costume becomes a complete set of drums, and Minor Domo with his sparkling purple torso that turns into an electronic synthesizer played by Hooter.

For all its technology, "Captain EO" is first and foremost a musical spectacular and a thrilling space-fantasy adventure. The realism of the 3D process will once again make it seem that Jackson dances right out of the screen into the theater. While it's not possible to replicate some of the special effects elements from the original presentation, it will boast a new 70mm print of the film and sound better than ever thanks to acoustical enhancements made to the theater since the film last played there. The total effect is one of motion, color and high energy filled with Jackson's musical brilliance and various illusions to create an exciting and realistic journey in space for the audience.


During the journey, Captain EO and his merry crew discover a colorless planet where they are confronted by the Supreme Leader (Huston) and her forces of darkness. Using the power of music, dance and light to fill the planet and the theater with all the shades of the rainbow, the EO crew turns the black and white land into a magical world of color and happiness.


"Captain EO" makes use of more famous-name talents than any other film of its length ever produced. The production called on Hollywood's finest choreographers, set designers, costume creators and special effects artists - all of them excited by the challenge of shooting this kind of imaginative film in three dimensions.

"Captain EO" is presented multiple times daily at Disneyland.

December 20, 2009

Classic Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln Returns to Disneyland, Utilizing Advanced Technology to Present Lincoln’s Inspiring Words


ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2009) - President Abraham Lincoln returns to the Main Street Opera House in Disneyland with stunning new Audio-Animatronics technology that makes this the most lifelike and expressive Lincoln figure yet.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, a beloved Disneyland attraction for nearly 45 years and a historic landmark in the development of Audio-Animatronics technology, reopens Dec. 18 on Main Street, U.S.A. with the new Lincoln figure and an enriched presentation that combines the best elements of the park's original 1965 show and the most advanced technical enhancements. (The show first opened at the 1964 New York World's Fair.)

The new Abraham Lincoln figure represents several major milestones for Audio-Animatronics figures. The fully electric head - a first for human Disney Audio-Animatronics figures, which are traditionally hydraulically operated - is based on an all-new sculpt that is more lifelike than in previous versions of the show. With an expanded range of facial movement, Lincoln is more expressive than ever. He can purse his lips, form an "O" with his lips, smile, grimace and use his eyebrows to enhance his emotions.


The state-of-the-art figure of the 16th president of the United States will take the stage of the Main Street Opera House to deliver a speech composed of highlights from speeches made by Lincoln during his lifetime. (Walt Disney himself selected the highlights first included in the attraction.) The original readings by the late actor Royal Dano, recorded in the early 1960s, have been preserved and made sharper using digital technology, as has the original host narration by Paul Frees (a talented voice actor who also can be heard in the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean attractions).

Frees' narration includes passages never heard in past Great Moments with Mr. Lincolnpresentations. Thanks to the latest Audio-Animatronics technology, Lincoln also will appear more lifelike than ever before as he rises from his chair and speaks.

Upon entering the Main Street Opera House, guests encounter a redesigned lobby, including both The Disneyland Story - an entertaining display of the past, present and future of Disneyland - and a separate presentation of items relating to Abraham Lincoln's life and work. In the auditorium, guests will first view an onscreen program about Lincoln and the Civil War that features digitally enhanced versions of pictures and sound created for past versions of the show along with new material. Next, Lincoln takes the stage to deliver his speech. When the 15-minute show concludes, guests exit through a gallery depicting notable Americans who have followed in Lincoln's footsteps and continue to inspire others in areas such as perseverance, innovation and imagination.


March 20, 2009

Disneyland Resort Celebrates Third Shift Cast at Annual Breakfast

On March 18, about 1,400 third shift Cast Members from around the Disneyland Resort were celebrated during a sports-themed breakfast in the early hours of the morning. These Cast Members are instrumental in gearing up the Resort for its guests - doing everything from pruning trees to cleaning streets and keeping the hotels moving throughout the night. This group normally works behind the scenes while most people are sleeping, however their efforts are clearly visible and highly important to the Resort's daily operation. During the breakfast, the Cast Members were acknowledged and thanked by their leaders and Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier. Grier and other executives were on-hand to assist with the event to show their appreciation for the work that is done by these dedicated Cast Members in the early hours of the day. They enjoyed a hearty breakfast, fun games, an opportunity prize drawing and a thank you gift.


Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier and Cast Member Genie Levert, of the Disney's California Adventure night custodial team, play a game of Nintendo Wii Bowling during a sports-themed breakfast in honor of third shift Cast Members. Photo ©Disney

February 25, 2009

Updated ‘Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln’ Will Return to Disneyland Later This Year

Photo © Disney

Disney Gallery Will Find a New Home
In the Current 'Bank of Main Street'

Hiatus for 'Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years'
Begins March 16 as Main Street Opera House Prepares
For 'Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln' Homecoming

ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 25, 2009) - A longtime favorite of Disneyland guests will return as "The Disneyland Story, featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln," an enhanced version of the show which appeared, in various forms, in the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland park from 1966 through 2004 . The attraction will reopen later this year in celebration of the 200th anniversary year of Abraham Lincoln's birth.

The current Opera House presentation, "Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years," will go on hiatus beginning Monday, March 16, in preparation for the new "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" show. When the updated "Disneyland Story, featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" opens later this year, "Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years" will be presented as part of the "Disneyland Story" display of art, models and mementos in the Opera House lobby.

Also planned for fall 2009 is a prominent new home on Main Street, U.S.A., for The Disney Gallery. Formerly located above Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square, The Disney Gallery houses treasured Disney artwork and collectibles representing creative efforts from throughout The Walt Disney Company. A frequently changing exhibit area often includes never-before-displayed art. The Disney Gallery's new home will be in the Bank of Main Street building, located next door to the Main Street Opera House and currently serving as the headquarters for Disneyland Resort Annual Passport processing. The Bank will continue to operate as an Annual Passport center until mid-summer 2009. After that, Annual Passport processing will move to the Plaza Pavilion, near the entrance to Adventureland.

The original "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" was created by Walt Disney and his Imagineers for the State of Illinois Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair and featured the world's first fully animated human Audio-Animatronics figure, built by Walt Disney Imagineering. The show, made its Disneyland debut in the Main Street Opera House on July 18, 1965.

Two Disneyland Resort Jungle Cruise Skippers 'Spiel' Their Way to Tokyo Disney Resort

ANAHEIM, CALIF., February 16, 2009 - Earlier this year, Jungle Cruise skippers all around the world were preparing their funniest material for a chance at representing their respective Disney Parks in Tokyo this month. Since the attraction debuted at Disneyland in 1955, the skipper role has always been one of interaction and fun, telling the story of the Jungle Cruise through silly jokes.

As part of Tokyo Disney Resort's 25th Anniversary Celebration, a total of eight Jungle Cruise skippers from Disneyland Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort have been chosen to represent their resorts during a nine-day excursion to Tokyo Disney where they will participate in a unique dream opportunity.

In conjunction with the milestone anniversary, the Oriental Land Company, the Japanese company that owns and operates the resort, made 25 dreams come true for Cast Members. The Jungle Cruise skipper dream is one of the most unique being fulfilled. The request came from Kenichi Ito, a supervisor for Jungle Cruise, who dreamt to have Jungle Cruise skippers worldwide gather at Tokyo Disneyland and create an occasion where they could exchange best practices and, of course, best jokes!

In Anaheim, Jungle Cruise skippers Kevin Lively and Mickey Wright were chosen as representatives of the original attraction.

At the Disneyland Resort, the competition began in January with 60 skippers. On Feb. 6, six finalists took to the jungle delivering their finest skipper antics to a panel of surprise celebrity judges including - Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios John Lasseter and his wife, Nancy, Executive Vice President and Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar, Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering Tony Baxter, and Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Director and Concept Writer Kevin Rafferty.

Each finalist had one shot to deliver his or her spiel to the judges. Rain poured down throughout the skippers' spiels making for a well-themed trip through the rainforest. Although conditions were soggy, the skippers were cool, calm and collected while delivering punch line after punch line.

"All the skippers were terrific, every single one," said Sklar. "They were all able to use their own unique style during their performances to make the jokes funny every time. We had a tough time deciding the winners."

The excursion takes place Feb. 27 through Mar. 6, and will include a two-day tour of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, Jungle Cruise skipper training on the Tokyo attraction, and the opportunity to present their personal spiel's to the group.

January 13, 2009

Disneyland's "it's a small world" Preview

There is a special preview for Annual Passholders to see the newly enhanced "it's a small world" at Disneyland before the official reopening.

Dubbed "the happiest cruise that ever sailed the world" at the New York World's Fair 45 years ago, "it's a small world" takes you on a joyful boat ride as memorable as the delightful song that serenades you on your journey.

This classic attraction has been renovated, adding new places as well as familiar faces. Be sure to look for some of the "it's a small world" dolls dressed up as some of your favorite Disney characters in the countries where those stories take place!

Annual Passholder special preview:

+ Thursday, February 5, 2009
+ 10:00am - 8:00pm

Just show your Annual Pass to the Cast Member at the attraction entrance to be permitted entry during this special time.

The attraction opens to the public on Friday, February 6, 2009.

Previews are on a first-come, first-serve basis and may involve long wait times. Each Guest must show a valid Annual Passport to be permitted entry during this specific preview time. Valid Theme Park admission is required. Event subject to change without notice.

November 27, 2008

Walkthrough Attraction In Sleeping Beauty Castle Reopens In Time For Thanksgiving Holiday At Disneyland


The interior of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, long closed to guests, will "reawaken" in time for Thanksgiving. A vibrant new version of the classic walkthrough attraction features colorful scenes of Aurora, her gallant prince, the evil Maleficent and other characters from the beloved fairy tale film.

The attraction is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Wednesday, kicking off the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

This revived Sleeping Beauty Castle "show" differs from the window-display dioramas which could be seen in the castle during the 1980s and '90s. It takes its inspiration from the unique style of the original Disneyland castle walkthrough attraction of 1957, co-designed by animation art director and color stylist Eyvind Earle, who was credited with giving the motion picture "Sleeping Beauty" its distinctive and colorful look of storybook illustrations in medieval style.

Enhanced with new scenes and special-effects magic, the re-Imagineered attraction employs technology not available in the 1950s to tell the story of Sleeping Beauty, including the magic of good fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, and the more sinister spells of the evil Maleficent.

For the first time, guests who are unable to climb stairs or navigate the passageways of the Castle will be able to experience the walkthrough "virtually" in a special room on the ground floor of the Castle.

National Thanksgiving Turkey "Going to Disneyland!" To Celebrate Presidential Pardon

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2008) - The National Thanksgiving Turkey will really have something to celebrate following today's traditional Presidential pardon ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. "Pumpkin" and his alternate "Pecan" are going to Disneyland! It starts with a police escort to Dulles International Airport. Then the birds will "fly" First-Class on United Airlines Flight Turkey-1 to their new home at Disneyland Resort in Southern California.

The turkey's special Thanksgiving Day celebration is a preview of things to come in 2009, as Disney Parks asks guests, "What Will You Celebrate?" and invites them to mark life's special moments with a Disney visit.

The trip from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles will mark the fourth consecutive year that the National Thanksgiving Turkey has celebrated his pardon at a Disney Resort. Accompanied by National Turkey Federation Chairman Paul Hill of Ellsworth, Iowa, Pumpkin, a 20-week-old, 45-pound tom turkey, will be the grand marshal in a special Thanksgiving Day parade down Main Street U.S.A. Following the parade, Pumpkin and his alternate Pecan will find a home at Santa's Reindeer Round-Up at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, where they'll remain throughout the holidays and the rest of their lives.

Americans nationwide will be able to share the celebration as the turkey enjoys his new Disneyland home. See photos of the National Thanksgiving Turkey and watch video of this year's White House pardon at on Nov. 26 and 27. And, for the first time, watch the turkey LIVE from Disneyland on Thanksgiving Day from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. PST (3 p.m.-7 p.m. EST). Go to, listen for the turkey's gobble, and then click on the turkey face to access "Turkey Cam" LIVE from Disneyland.

"My family and I celebrate the honor of presenting the National Thanksgiving Turkey to the President of the United States," said Chairman Hill of the turkey federation. "We'll also be celebrating the special privilege of flying to Disneyland where the turkey will be the grand marshal in the Disneyland Thanksgiving Day parade."

Added Captain Vince Kramer of United Turkey-1 and Assistant Chief Pilot for United's Airbus 320 Fleet, "United is proud to fly our special, feathered guests and to help them achieve every turkey's dream of flight. It is a rare treat for turkeys to reach 30,000 feet, and we look forward to getting them to Los Angeles and landing safely and on-time."

U.S. President Harry S Truman was the first Commander-in-Chief to be presented with a Thanksgiving turkey (in 1947) by the National Turkey Federation. This year's presentation marks the 61st anniversary of a tradition that has continued through 10 successive White House administrations. The 2008 National Thanksgiving Turkey was raised under Chairman Hill's supervision on a farm in West Liberty, Iowa.

The National Turkey Federation is the advocate for all segments of the U.S. turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities which increase demand for its members' products, as well as enhance the ability to effectively and profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious turkey products.

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