Time-Lapse Video of Disneyland Park Construction

24 Mar

The Disney Parks Blog just released this amazing time-lapse video of Disneyland Park construction. This is the stuff I love!

As we prepare to celebrate 60 years of memories and magic during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we’ve been looking back at key moments in our history – times when Disneyland pushed the limits of what was possible and created new, innovative experiences for our guests. Searching our archives, we came across this amazing time lapse footage of Disneyland construction.

Read more here

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Soar Above Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort

19 Mar U.S. Navy Blue Angels Soar Above Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney WorldÊResort
© Disney (Mariah Wild, photographer)

© Disney (Mariah Wild, photographer)

From Walt Disney World News:

In a special moment for Magic Kingdom guests, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, streaked across the skies above Cinderella Castle March 19, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The flyover featured the Blue Angels’ six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation making two dramatic passes above the Magic Kingdom, with Cinderella Castle as a focal point, en route to an air show in Florida.

© Disney (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

© Disney (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

© Disney (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

© Disney (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

See more at: http://wdwnews.com/galleries/2015/03/19/u-s-navy-blue-angels-soar-above-cinderella-castle-at-walt-disney-world-resort/#sthash.fsLB7lty.dpuf

Moms Panel Monday: Moms’ Views on your first visit to Magic Kingdom Park

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One of my favorite ways to helps Guests on the Disney Parks Moms Panel is by answering the Moms’ Views Questions. Moms’ Views Questions allow Disney Parks Moms Panelists to collectively answer a question from a Guest. It’s fun to read tips and opinions from my fellow Panelists as I answer, and it allows us to share a lot of great information with our Guests.

The most recent Moms’ Views that I answered was from a Guest planning a first visit to Magic Kingdom Park this spring. I love the Magic Kingdom, so this question was one I was very excited to answer.

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Click the photo above to hear what the Moms Panel had to say, or read more here.

Have a question about Walt Disney World Resort? Stop by the Moms Panel and ask me!

Fact Check Friday: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

13 Mar DreamIt

With so much information on the Internet about Disney, I have decided to debut another new series (the second one this week!): Fact Check Friday

Today’s fact check is about one of the most misattributed Walt Disney quotes:

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

I myself am guilty of attributing this to Uncle Walt. It was from one of my favorite (now extinct) rides at EPCOT Center, Horizons.

Horizons at Epcot, 1998-1999. Photos by Steven Miller.

Horizons at Epcot, 1998-1999. Photos by Steven Miller.

When it comes to Disney history, Disney Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith, is who I trust for accurate information.

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The following Q&A originally appeared on the February 27 – March 12, 2013 “Ask Dave” column of the D23’s Walt Disney Archives:

Q: I heard that Walt Disney did not, in fact, ever say the famous quote, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Is that true? If so, who did say it?
Krystina, Avondale, Arizona

A: He never said this quote. If you check my book, Disney Trivia from the Vault, you can find the true story: “Despite its frequent publication, that is not a Walt Disney quote. We checked with Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald for the definitive answer: ‘I am very familiar with that line because I wrote it! It was written specifically for the Horizons attraction at Epcot and used in numerous ways, from dialogue in the ride to graphics. I find it amusing that the Science of Imagineering DVD series attributes it to Walt Disney, but I guess I should be flattered.'”

So, the next time you see “If you can dream it, you can do it,” remember Tom Fitzgerald. If you share the quote, be sure to credit him.

Stay tuned for another Fact Check Friday soon!

Sand Castle in the Snow Announces 24-Hour Event To Kick Off ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ at Walt Disney World Resort

11 Mar Sand Castle in the Snow Announces 24-Hour Event to Kick Off ÔCoolest Summer EverÕ at Walt Disney World Resort

Inspired by the summer-loving snowman Olaf, Disney brought to life a warm summer scene complete with a Cinderella Castle made of sand in the middle of winter-weary Boston, Mass. on March 11, 2015 to announce the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort – starting with a 24-hour kickoff event at the Magic Kingdom. 

Sand Castle in the Snow Announces 24-Hour Event to Kick Off ÔCoolest Summer EverÕ at Walt Disney World Resort

Olaf’s ‘Frozen’ Summer Dream Comes True

BOSTON, Mass. and LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 11, 2015) – Walt Disney World Resort will kick off the “Coolest Summer Ever” with 24 hours of nonstop fun during a special event May 22-23 at the Magic Kingdom, hosted by Olaf, the summer-loving snowman from Disney’s blockbuster animated hit “Frozen.”

To announce the 24-hour event and the cool summer season, Disney today brought to life a warm summer scene inspired by Olaf’s dream, creating a 20-foot-wide beach complete with a Cinderella Castle made of sand in the middle of winter-weary Boston.

Surprised pedestrians near historic Faneuil Hall were greeted by Olaf and joined by playful beach-goers in summer attire with beach chairs and beach balls – all reminders of an exciting season of fun ahead at Walt Disney World Resort and a welcome relief from the city’s near-record snowfall approaching nine feet.

24-Hour Kickoff to Summer Travel

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of family vacation time, and Walt Disney World Resort will launch into the season full force. The Magic Kingdom will be open 24 hours to guests from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m., Friday May 22 to Saturday, May 23*. Guests will be invited to come in costume** to show their Disney Side while a selection of favorite attractions, entertainment, special event merchandise, plus food and beverage are on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort.

The around-the-clock celebration features Disney character greetings, dance parties and surprises into the wee hours of the night.

‘Coolest Summer Ever’ Brings Excitement Throughout Walt Disney World Resort

During the “Coolest Summer Ever,” with Olaf as the official host, Walt Disney World guests can get their cool on all summer long at four theme parks and two water parks.

Among the highlights:

Frozen Fun – “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE will bring together Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf with citizens of Arendelle, all appearing daily in shows and experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, June 17-Sept. 7. Guests will find cool thrills this summer including a royal processional, a sing-along show, Frozen-themed treats and merchandise, plus a Frozen fireworks display above Hollywood Blvd.

Cool Thrill Rides – Guests will find thrills from mild to wild to out of this world in all four Walt Disney World theme parks. Don’t-miss attractions include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom; Test Track presented by Chevrolet and Soarin’ at Epcot; Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars Weekends – Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will find stars from another galaxy during Star Wars Weekends May 15-June 14.

New Restaurants and Shopping – Throughout the summer, new waterfront dining and boutique shops flow into the Downtown Disney shopping/dining/entertainment district as its transformation into Disney Springs continues.

Epcot Entertainment – New entertainment acts will appear throughout Epcot World Showcase, which also brings a fresh summery twist on a fan favorite, Voices of Liberty.

A Splash at Water Parks – A cool new deal doubles the fun at Disney’s two iconic water parks – Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. Purchase a one-day water park ticket and park-hop between the two water parks in the same day that both are open.

For more information, visit Disneyworld.com/CoolestSummerEver.

24 Hours of Fun as Disneyland Resort in California Kicks Off Diamond Celebration of the 60th Anniversary

On the West Coast, Disneyland Resort will kick off the summer with a dynamic 24-hour event of its own, May 22-23, to launch the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Marking the 60th anniversary of the resort, the Diamond Celebration includes the premieres of three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “Paint the Night” parade and “World of Color – Celebrate!”

The all-day/all-night revelry of the 24-hour party will include dancing and special character encounters at locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, along with enchanting Diamond décor throughout the resort and the exciting shows and attractions that bring guests back year after year. The Disneyland Resort invites guests of all ages to kick off the summer travel season in Southern California, celebrating 60 years of magic at a resort that remains forever young.

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*Hours of operation: 6 a.m. on 5/22/15 to 6 a.m. on 5/23/15, subject to capacity restrictions. Only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available. Valid theme park admission required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

**Disney characters will be in the parks throughout the day and all night, inviting guests to dress up for the occasion, too. Guests may join the party dressed in costume. Costumes should be child-friendly and adhere to any guidelines determined by Disney.

- See more at: http://wdwnews.com/releases/2015/03/11/sand-castle-in-the-snow-announces-24-hour-event-to-kick-off-coolest-summer-ever-at-walt-disney-world-resort/#sthash.JhGUVyUq.dpuf

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