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Disney Unveils New ‘Festival of Fantasy’ Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

For many guests, a visit to a Disney theme park wouldn’t be complete without catching a parade. Whether it’s the thrill of seeing which Disney character comes up next, or that moment when your favorite character waves right at you, there’s just something magical about a Disney parade.

new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

Disney is happy to share that a new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring a celebration of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a parade theme song.

new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

This parade will specifically highlight the stories of “The Little Mermaid,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Dumbo,” “Pinocchio,”“Peter Pan,” “Tangled” and the Disney●Pixar film “Brave” among others. (Check out a sneak peek of the “Tangled”-themed float above).

What do you think of the new parade coming to Magic Kingdom?

A Night at Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland Park

If you’ve never been to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park, I’m here to tell you – you’re missing out on a good time. Spooky surprises await around every corner, in addition to exclusive entertainment like “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular and Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade – which you can see below as it makes its way into Town Square.

Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

The whole park is under a Halloween spell, from “it’s a small world” …

"it's a small world" during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

… to Sleeping Beauty Castle!

Sleeping Beauty Castle during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

If you go, keep an eye out for eerie entertainers, like Mr. Key Daver performing in the Golden Horseshoe …

Mr. Key Daver performing in the Golden Horseshoe during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

… and my personal favorite, the Cadaver Dans, performing from their bewitched barge along the Rivers of America.

the Cadaver Dans, performing from their bewitched barge along the Rivers of America

But of course, no visit to Mickey’s Halloween Party is complete without a trip through a few treat trails! Any party veteran can tell you about the bag full of sweet and good-for-you treats that you’ll be going home with at the end of the night.

A Night at Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland Park
Have you been to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park? What is your favorite thing to do or see at the party? Let us know in the comments!

New Park Icon Sketch Collection Debuts at Disneyland Park

I think it’s safe to say that somewhere deep down, each one of us has a favorite Disney moment, park attraction (or two) or character that we love. My favorites? Well, as far as attractions go – it’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and for characters, definitely Chip n’ Dale. But if you asked me to define a particular moment, there are simply too many!

New Park Icon Sketch Collection Debuts at Disneyland Park

I know that many of you Disney fans out there wish you could fit Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Matterhorn Bobsleds or a cast of characters into your home. While these particular attractions might not fit inside your living room, let alone your house, what if I told you about a way that they could? The key to making this happen … the Artist Sketch Program.

This fan favorite, yet slightly undiscovered treasure, allows you to select your favorite character(s) and watch as our artists bring them to life before your very eyes. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to stop by any of the locations recently, then you should know that we have recently released new images, including Carl and Ellie from “Up” as well as Phineas and Ferb, among others.

Special Tip: Each month, Off the Page releases a special limited-edition framed piece, so be sure to keep an eye out for that. If you are looking for a character with a bit more edge, then I would recommend WonderGround Gallery.

But it was while I was visiting The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A., manager Brian Hughes clued me in on some new developments from the Artist Sketch program. Brian updated me on the addition of the Park Icon Collection which pays tribute to beloved attractions and icons throughout Disneyland Resort, and I knew in that instant I had to share the news with you.

“We are often asked for art that reflects the many iconic attractions and facades at Disneyland park,” said Brian. “As a result, we came up with a concept to utilize our talented team of artists to bring those icons to life. We all have that one character that makes us smile and that one attraction or place in the park that’s on our ‘must do’ list, each and every time. These places, attractions, etc … offer so much more than just a fun experience – they create memories that last a lifetime. Our hope is that these new Park Icon sketches will give guests yet another way to cherish those memories.”

So how does it work? It’s similar to choosing a character in one of our other artist sketch locations, but this time you select a favorite attraction or icon to be included in the sketch. Here are a few examples:

New Park Icon Sketch Collection Debuts at Disneyland Park

 

New Park Icon Sketch Collection Debuts at Disneyland Park

 

New Park Icon Sketch Collection Debuts at Disneyland Park

Viola! Before you know it, our artists will have recreated these images for you to add to your home – on the wall or on a table, of course!

Reminder: The Park Icon Collection is only available at The Disney Gallery.

So if you’re planning to visit the Disneyland Resort in the coming months, make a few stops at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park, the Disneyana Shop or The Disney Gallery in Disneyland park, WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District or various locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, including Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace and Epcot, Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park, among other locations.

Animating the Disney Parks: Herb Ryman

Disney Legend Herb Ryman

Last week, I told you about a presentation I attended during the recent D23’s Destination D – “Animating the Disney Parks.” We’ve already learned about Claude Coats and how he brought his talents as a Disney artist to designing Disneyland. Today we’ll take a look at Disney Legend Herb Ryman, as remembered by former Imagineer Eddie Sotto at D23’s Destination D event.

original concept drawings for Disneyland

An art director and designer, Ryman was hired by Walt Disney in 1954 to create the original concept drawings for Disneyland. Walt needed something for his brother, Roy Disney, to show to investors during his initial pitches for the new park.

“Herb was a place master,” remembered Sotto. He understood production design and used historical context to bring real meaning to the places he created at Disneyland. When designing Sleeping Beauty Castle, he visited the famous Neuschwanstein castle in Germany; his visits to New Orleans during the development of New Orleans Square brought a realism to the area.

New Orleans Square

Ryman’s work was “placemaking of the highest order,” according to Sotto, who went on to say that it was his understanding of soul and emotion that made the places he created believable. Ryman knew that life is what informs action – “It’s not just places; it’s what we do in the places” that matters, Sotto said.

Sotto remembered that Ryman was known for this piece of advice: “Be specifically vague.” He meant that designers should create something that anyone could relate to. “He allowed us to see ourselves there,” recalled Sotto.

Walt’s Inspirations Disney DVD Contest

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Disney DVDsDisney wants to give you some DVD Love!  The Walt’s Inspirations Contest is your chance to relive Disney movie magic!

Lovers of the art and magic of Disney are in for a treat since “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story,” “Waking Sleeping Beauty” and “Walt & El Grupo” all debuted on DVD. Fans can recapture Disney history with rare glimpses of Walt and the Studio in three amazing documentaries that showcase some of Walt Disney’s spectacular movies and music and give us a peak behind the magic.

Now you can bring home all this Disney lore for your every own! Just submit a 500-750-word story outlining how Walt Disney’s movies or songs have inspired you (see official rules for full details) no later than April 10th, 2011. One winner will be chosen to receive all three signed DVDs from the titles mentioned above. No more than one (1) essay may be submitted by each Guest. Work will be judged by a panel of Disney Cast Members.

Story Submission Prize package includes:
(1) Signed copy of “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story” by Richard, Gregg and Jeff Sherman.
(1) Signed copy of “Waking Sleeping Beauty” by Don Hahn.
(1) Signed copy of “Walt & El Grupo” by Ted Thomas.

SUBMIT YOUR STORY BY CLICKING HERE

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