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“Mickey and the Magical Map” Coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park This May

Beginning Saturday, May 25, Mickey Mouse will embark on a series of amazing adventures through the magical powers of a sorcerer’s map in “Mickey and the Magical Map,” the all-new live show coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park.

“Mickey and the Magical Map,” the all-new live show coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park beginning Saturday, May 25

“Mickey and the Magical Map” is designed for Disneyland guests of all ages and represents Disney storytelling at its most thrilling.

The show presents Mickey in his timeless role as the sorcerer’s apprentice. Sorcerer Yen Sid sets his Mapmakers to work and the 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.

“Mickey and the Magical Map,” the all-new live show coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park beginning Saturday, May 25

Apprentice Mickey lets his curiosity get the better of him and he stumbles upon the map’s magical powers which take him, along with the audience, on a fantastic journey of imagination in the company of the Mapmakers. The journey, presented through stunning theatrical wizardry, reveals fantastic worlds of music, color, adventure and beloved characters with each new direction.

Heading east leads Mickey and the audience to a swinging adventure with the coolest of jungle beasts, King Louie. Looking to the west, audiences will be inspired by the dreams of brave storybook heroines Pocahontas, Mulan and Rapunzel. The journey north leads to a celebration of life “Under the Sea,” and a trip south takes the audience on a “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride.”

“Mickey and the Magical Map,” the all-new live show coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park beginning Saturday, May 25

“Mickey and the Magical Map” will be a highlight of 2013 at the Disneyland Resort, which also features such recent additions as princess encounters in the new Fantasy Faire in Disneyland, and the spectacular new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street areas in the expanded Disney California Adventure Park.

The Disney Parks Experience is Always Evolving Just Like Walt Disney Wanted

Magic Bands at Walt Disney Parks

(Kent Phillips, photographer)

If you have visited any of the amazing Disney Theme Parks over the last few years, you would have noticed that they always seem to be in a state of change.  Here is just a partial list of recent changes to the Disney Parks:

And the list could easily go on.

For some, all this change brings anxiety and to others it brings excitement.  Many people don’t ever want the parks to change while at the same time, many want the parks to always be bringing new experiences to Disney Guests.

But if we go back to the beginning with Walt and Disneyland, he always wanted the parks to be adding new experiences.  He felt that the parks HAD to use new technologies to create even more magic.

Walt Disney said Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

Disney Fans can always debate the pros and cons of the loss of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Walt Disney World (a loss that I still feel to this day) but in light of Walt’s desire for the parks to always change, fans have to understand the need to keep moving forward.

That change has brought us amazing experiences like Space Mountain, The Tower of Terror, and Disney’s California Adventure Park.  The theme park experience is constantly evolving.  Disney is always looking to make the Park Guest experience even better by adding Magic Bands at Walt Disney World or the My Disney Mobile App at Disneyland, Imagineers are always looking to leverage technology to help create even more magic for all of us!

And that’s what makes the Disney Park Experience so special; it’s never the same way twice!   DisneyMagic must change and can never be the same way twice.  As much as we all love the attractions and experiences from the past, we must continue to follow Uncle Walt and keep moving to that “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow!”

The My Disney Experience mobile app delivers pertinent parks information, maps and simple navigation to guests on the fly - via their smart phone or other portable device.

(Kent Phillips, photographer)

I would love to know what you think.  Leave me a comment and let us know how you feel about all the changes happening at the Disney Parks.

Creating Holiday Traditions on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

Buena Vista Street is filled with dreams of a bright future for all, and this Yuletide season promises to be even brighter as this happy, bustling community celebrates its first Christmas with joyous new traditions.

Shopkeepers up and down the street have decorated for the holidays, but inside the lavish Elias & Co. department store, they’ve gone all out to create a winter wonderland for the arrival of Santa Claus. Here, wide-eyed children may take a seat alongside the jolly old elf to share with him their fondest wishes for Christmas morning.

Another new idea really struck a chord after a holiday committee meeting of the Buena Vista Street Chamber of Commerce. Wishing to serve their community, eight individuals decided to form a volunteer holiday troupe, calling themselves the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers. Acting as a spirited, traveling “welcome wagon” to anyone visiting this friendly neighborhood, the Bell Ringers take their festive cheer to the street, encouraging others to join in spontaneous ring-along sing-alongs of familiar holiday tunes.

Creating Holiday Traditions on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

As dusk falls each evening, the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers will gather in Carthay Circle with their fellow Citizens of Buena Vista Street. The sound of bells rings out, and everyone is invited to join together in the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree, wishing goodwill and joy to one and all!

You’re all invited to come join in the merriment, November 12 through January 6, at Disney California Adventure park.

Dylan McDermott Visits Disney California Adventure Park

Dylan McDermott Visits Disney California Adventure Park

Last Friday, Dylan McDermott visited Disney California Adventure park with his daughters Charlotte and Collette, to celebrate Charlotte’s seventh birthday. He made a quick stop on Buena Vista Street to check out the new Red Car Trolley, and made quite a fashion statement in his Conductor Mickey hat.

“We’ve been coming [to Disneyland Resort] for years – the girls get so excited,” he told me. “They know it’s the happiest place on Earth.”

 

New Oswald The Lucky Rabbit Merchandise Coming to Disney Parks

New Oswald The Lucky Rabbit Merchandise Coming to Disney Parks

As my fellow author Jennifer Fickley-Baker recently shared, this week marks the debut of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. At Disney Theme Park Merchandise, we’ve introduced a variety of Oswald merchandise this past year in honor of his 85th anniversary. Being a fan of Walt Disney Company history, I find it wonderful to see so many new items featuring this classic character. Here is a quick look at some of the Oswald merchandise.

One of the more celebrated (and highly desired) items created this year was an Oswald hat. The hat was created for our partners with Disney Interactive Studios to celebrate the upcoming release of Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two on November 18. The hats were distributed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo and at San Diego Comic Con this past summer. I’m happy to report a Disney Parks version will be released in late October/early November. The hat features a different Oswald logo than the previous hat but is still just as awesome (I intend to wear it while playing the game).

New Oswald The Lucky Rabbit Merchandise Coming to Disney

This past summer also saw the opening of Oswald’s on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park. This new location contains a variety of “road trip essentials” including autograph books, hats, bag and more. During a recent visit to the park, I spotted the amazing vintage-inspired knitted Oswald plush. Denise Edelmaier, product developer for plush, said that the knitted plush was in development for about three years as they finally found a way to make the plush extra soft (early versions were too coarse).

Oswald also found his way onto a popular men’s tee-shirt and a collectible big figurine (or “big fig” as we sometimes call it) designed by Disney Design Group artist Randy Noble.

Disney pins started celebrating Oswald

Disney pins started celebrating Oswald in January by releasing an 85th anniversary pin. We also released an open-edition pin, a limited-edition pin and a Hidden Mickey pin for Disneyland Resort. Look for another open-edition pin next spring.

3-inch Vinylmation figure from the Classic Collection series

But one of my favorite items (besides the hat) will be a new 3-inch Vinylmation figure from the Classic Collection series designed by Disney artist Eric Caszatt. Planned for release in early November, Oswald will be the mystery chaser figure. I know, it’s a spoiler but I couldn’t resist – the figure looks great!

A Unique Point of View: Red Car Trolley at Disney California Adventure Park

When I first saw the Red Car Trolley in Disney California Adventure park I knew it would be a great fit for this series. Our Broadcast Services team did an amazing job mounting four cameras in six different positions throughout the trolley as it traveled down Hollywood Blvd to Buena Vista Street and back again. The diagram below shows where each camera was placed to create this truly unique point-of-view video. Enjoy!

where each camera was placed to create this truly unique point-of-view video

 

Finding the Perfect Prop for Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park: Part Two

Recently I posted part one of this video series with Brandon Kleyla, set decorator for Walt Disney Imagineering, revealing some of the ways he created the window displays on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park. In part two we go inside the shops to learn more about the backstories of the shop owners. Brandon told me he and his team spent a year shopping, wheeling and dealing to find just the right items to bring these stories to life. He also told me to keep coming back because guests often discover new treasures with each visit to Buena Vista Street.

 

Meet Donna the Dog Lady at Disney California Adventure Park

We recently introduced you to Officer Calvin Blue, one of the friendly citizens who lives on Buena Vista Street, the new entryway to Disney California Adventure park, inspired by Los Angeles of the 1920s and ‘30s. Today, we’d like you to meet Donna and her adorable dog, Lady. Donna is very fond of her pet…and everyone else she meets along this boulevard of dreams!

 

Meet Officer Calvin Blue at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort

Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park is a boulevard of dreams and dreamers, bringing to life a bit of the 1920s-era Los Angeles a young Walt Disney might have experienced when he first arrived in town. Just like Walt, guests visiting Buena Vista Street are sure to encounter some of the friendliest citizens around, like Officer Calvin Blue, a beat cop with a particularly rosy disposition.

 

This is the first in a series here on the Disney Parks Blog, introducing you to some of the Citizens of Buena Vista Street. Check back next time, when we’ll meet Donna, a lovely lady who doesn’t go anywhere without her pet pooch.

Finding the Perfect Prop for Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park: Part One

What would it be like to shop for a living? Just ask Brandon Kleyla, set decorator for Walt Disney Imagineering! Each shop on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park has a story, and it was Brandon’s task to help tell it. It all starts with what Brandon refers to as Phase One, researching at the Walt Disney Imagineering Information Resource Center to understand the time period. Phase Two is setting out to purchase those items online that you know you’re looking for, with Phase Three being endless hours at flea markets and antique malls to find one-of-a-kind, vintage treasures for each shop owner.

In part one of this Disney Parks Blog mini-series, we take a look at the window displays on Buena Vista Street, which include merchandise provided by the Resort Enhancement team at Disneyland Resort as well as props found by Brandon and his team at Walt Disney Imagineering. Stay tuned for part two to find out about the props inside the shops.

 

VIDEO: Meet Officer Calvin Blue at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort

Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park is a boulevard of dreams and dreamers, bringing to life a bit of the 1920s-era Los Angeles a young Walt Disney might have experienced when he first arrived in town. Just like Walt, guests visiting Buena Vista Street are sure to encounter some of the friendliest citizens around, like Officer Calvin Blue, a beat cop with a particularly rosy disposition.

This is the first in a series introducing you to some of the Citizens of Buena Vista Street. Check back next time, when we’ll meet Donna, a lovely lady who doesn’t go anywhere without her pet pooch.

Buena Vista Street Interiors Come Alive with Art Deco Glamour at Disney California Adventure Park

There is a lot of planning, thought and – yes, magic – that goes into every detail here at the Disneyland Resort. The new Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park is no exception. Elias & Co. is a nod to the department stores of the 1920s and ‘30s. Take a closer look as you walk through the jewelry shop inside Elias & Co. Look familiar? The design was inspired by a round, velvet jewelry box. As you stroll through the women’s department, notice that it’s modeled after the cosmetic departments in those grand department stores of yesteryear. Check out the video and get a better idea of our “art deco glamour” on Buena Vista Street. Enjoy!

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  • Imagineer Q&A: Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure ParkThis week, we’ll hear about the new Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park from three of the Imagineers who led the effort to bring this new area to life.

    Lisa Girolami – Director, Senior Show Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering

    How have you created an emotional connection for guests on Buena Vista Street?

    Lisa: Every piece has to be there when you walk into a story, to know where you are, what time it is, what’s happening and to really be able to take in the music, the colors and the ornamentation on the architecture. The whole street coming alive is meant to put you right there in the steps of Walt when he first stepped off the train in California and all the optimism and opportunity he felt was there for him at the time.
    The sense of optimism will be very obvious on Buena Vista Street, and that story is told at the highest level of detail. Then there are many more levels of details, which our Disney fans will recognize and discover. I think we accommodate everybody as deep as they want to go, and the more you want to know, the more you’ll get out of it. I think we’ve covered it, too, for people who may be visiting a Disney park for the first time.

    What are some of your favorite aspects of Buena Vista Street?

    Lisa: I love Los Angeles and there are so many details I could say are my favorites…I think it’s going to be the feel of that street and how different it’s going to appear to everyone as they just enjoy being in the moment.

    Ray Spencer – Creative Director, Buena Vista Street, Walt Disney Imagineering

    What’s the Disney history behind the shop names and other items along Buena Vista Street?

    Ray: At the front of the park, we have the gas station, which is called Oswald’s, and Oswald was an early Disney character… Then we have Los Feliz Five & Dime, a merchandise store that features everyday consumer products. The names of the shops, and the names of the restaurants, are all based on Disney history — and especially the history that surrounded Walt Disney and the Disney brothers’ arrival in the 1920s. We have Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, which is named after the Three Little Pigs from the Academy Award-winning animated short. We also have a merchandise location called Atwater Ink & Paint. It refers to the Atwater Village district of Los Angeles where Disney and the animators from Disney Studios spent a lot of time.
    We have a new Walt and Mickey statue, called ‘Storytellers.’ We made a conscious decision to put the statue down on street level with the rest of our guests, rather than up on a monumental planter, like at Disneyland park. Set in this time period, Walt Disney could have been you or I, or anybody at that time, out on the street. It’s part of the story of the street, a story of humble beginnings. It’s a story of a wonderful, inspirational time period with a wonderful, inspirational, gifted man who created what we can now enjoy as The Walt Disney Company.

    Coulter Winn – Principal Concept Architect, Director, Walt Disney Imagineering

    Will this be just like a street in Los Angeles?

    Coulter: You can’t go to Los Angeles and see a building that exists like you’re going to see on Buena Vista Street. The buildings that we referenced have been torn down, so we found them through historical photographs and began to design from there. Transporting our guests to another place and time like this, in the traditional Disney storytelling way, gives Disney California Adventure park a much more enriched environment to start the day for our guests.

Way-Out & Mad T-Cups at Mad T Party in Disney California Adventure Park

We recently journeyed down the Rabbit Hole to the Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure park, an energetic wonderland where we danced (most of) the night away, with the Mad Hatter and Alice on vocals. Eye candy abounds in this outdoor entertainment zone, with crazy costumes, dancing flamingos, hot-pink plastic chairs and lots of neon.

But we must admit, we thoroughly enjoyed just watching the crowd, especially the Hottest Deck in Town dancers, while we sipped a Croquetini (their version of a lemon drop martini) and a Long Island Iced T Party in the adjacent House of Cards Lounge.

 light-up souvenir cups

The light-up souvenir cups for non-alcoholic drinks are a blast – from a 16-ounce Mad Hatter Hat ($7.19) to a 32-ounce Wiggly Yard ($7.59) and a 32-ounce Mad T Party Sipper ($7.59). And the flavors are as vibrant as the backdrop, like Hatter’s Mandarin Fury (mandarin orange), Tweedle Blue (cotton candy), Jabberwocky Juice (Granny Smith apple) and Cheshire Chiller (desert pear).

The Mad T Party begins about sunset and continues until the park closes each evening. Check the park entertainment schedule for the latest schedule information.

Do you have a favorite drink at the Mad T Party?

Spend Some Time with Five & Dime at Disney California Adventure Park

Hey all you Hep Kats! Have you heard about Five & Dime, that innovative sextet of maverick musicologists performing every day down on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park? This group of working-class buddies hails from “Chi-town” – Chicago – and decided to hit the “Mother Road” – Route 66, that is – in search of their big break, just like that other fella from the midwest, Walt Disney.

Five & Dime at Disney California Adventure Park

The young musicians arrived on Buena Vista Street, playing songs for anyone who would listen. That’s where they met Dime, singing at the Five and Ten and dreaming of being a star, and invited her to join the band. T-Bone, the guitar player, is the leader of the club and quite the ladies’ man. That’s Clyde on trumpet, Zoot on the saxophone and Baby hitting the drums. Finishing out the ensemble is Slam, the “Ace of Bass” himself.

Thanks to their sociable style and zany humor, Five & Dime have made plenty of new friends and are entertaining everyone from youngsters to grandparents. Be sure to catch them next time you’re down on the sunny side of Buena Vista Street. With an act like theirs, it’s bound to be nothing but blue skies from now on!

Disney 365 Reports from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Cars Land is now open at Disney California Adventure park, and Disney 365 is bringing you an inside look at all the new attractions and experiences – with the help of Disney Channel star Jake Short from “A.N.T. Farm” and Disney XD star Alex Christian Jones from “Kickin’ It.” What did they like best about Cars Land? Find out in the video below!

And keep an eye on Disney 365 on Disney Channel for more news on all things Disney!

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