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Lunar New Year Celebration Expands to 17 Days at Disney California Adventure Park

The biggest Lunar New Year Celebration yet at Disney California Adventure park is coming soon! Expanding to 17 days this year – Friday, Jan. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 5 – the festivities will feature delicious food, colorful live performances, fun-filled activities, beautiful decor, special limited-time merchandise, Disney characters in their Lunar New Year best and more.

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Each night, before “World of Color,” the Lunar New Year Celebration will culminate in a new six-minute pre-show called “Hurry Home,” presented in water, animation and special effects on Paradise Bay. This charming story of a Little Lantern on its journey home to join its Lantern family in celebrating Lunar New Year features animated appearances by Mulan and Mushu in “dream sequences” inspired by traditional Chinese paper cut-out style animation and a score highlighted by an original arrangement of the music created for the Grand Opening of Shanghai Disney Resort by Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).

Lunar New Year, traditionally celebrated within Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, commemorates the moment when both the sun and the moon begin their journey for another year. Highlights of the celebration at Disney California Adventure park include

  • Three new Asian marketplaces offering foods inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures.
  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Mulan and Mushu, dressed in their best to celebrate Lunar New Year.
  • Incredible entertainment throughout the Paradise Garden area, including a troupe of Chinese acrobats and a variety of authentic musicians and performers.

Celebrate the tradition, sights, sounds and tastes of Lunar New Year with a touch of Disney magic, only at Disney California Adventure park from Jan. 20 through Feb. 5!

Neil Patrick Harris To Host All New “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney”

Neil Patrick Harris will join Mickey Mouse as host of the all new “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” opening May 22, 2015 at Disney California Adventure Park as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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Fulfilling their hosting duties through video footage, Mickey Mouse and Neil take you on a fun-filled and inspirational journey – from Walt’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments to his dream of Disneyland Park. Plus, the show culminates in a madcap musical tour of Disneyland Resort attractions as never seen before!

This unforgettable show features animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score, all on the magical water canvas of “World of Color.”

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The all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” is just one part of the dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which kicks off May 22, 2015 along with the new “Paint the Night” parade and the fully-immersive new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular.

Stay tuned for more details regarding the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!


Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Begins May 22 with New Nighttime Spectaculars and More

During a special after-hours presentation at Disneyland park, Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will begin Friday, May 22, featuring a glittering parade, street-to-sky fireworks and an all-new “World of Color.”

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The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure park will glisten and gleam, each with its own diamond medallion featuring the letter “D.” The entire resort will sparkle with Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue.

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Disney California Adventure park will present a special edition of the popular “World of Color” show. In “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney,” Mickey Mouse will take guests on a fun-filled and inspirational journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland park.

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At Disneyland park, the new “Paint the Night” parade will bring some of the most innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and energetic performances ever presented at the Disneyland Resort.

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This new, state-of-the-art nighttime parade floods Main Street, U.S.A., with stunning color, fun surprises and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights.

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Also at Disneyland park, the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular will be a sky-high celebration featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and other effects that transform Disneyland park right before your eyes. “Disneyland Forever” envelops you in an enthralling, breathtaking journey like never before, leveraging the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects. The new show will feature two original songs, the theme “Live the Magic” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman.

Guests at the special presentation last night got a sneak peek at the projections now in development for this all-new nighttime spectacular. Take a look at the video below to see what else happened!


Traveling With Kids to the Disneyland Resort

Your kids are only young for a few years and there is no better place to spend time as a family than at the original magical kingdom, Disneyland!

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Here are some of the magical travel tips that can help you plan your next visit. It’s easy for the whole family to get involved thanks a free iPhone and iPad app that lets you explore exciting things to see and do at the resort.

Another great tool is m.disneyland.com — you can access it through your mobile device and bring it with you to the theme parks! It has attraction locations, park hours, show times and lots of helpful information.

Disneyland Resort has really grown in the past few years.  Now there are even more unforgettable adventures and timeless favorites to enjoy from day to night.

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For kids five to thirteen, there is Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree in Disney California Adventure Park. You’ll want to arrive early for this popular attraction in Cars Land.   There’s also Fantasy Faire, an enchanting storybook world in the Disneyland Park where little ones can meet Disney princesses. And, of course, there’s the classic must-do attraction Matterhorn Bobsleds.

After dark, the entire family can enjoy two nighttime spectaculars — Fantasmic! in Disneyland Park and World of Color in Disney California Adventure Park. World of Color is one of the experiences where you can use Disney FASTPASS Service on select attractions — it’s included with valid theme park admission and allows you to enjoy Disneyland Resort while your place in line is saved.

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Another great service is Disney’s PhotoPass Service — imagine getting everyone into the photo at the same time!

It’s comforting to know that Disneland also has First Aid facilities in easy-to-find locations at both theme parks. And there’s also a place to retrieve Lost and Found items just outside the main entrance to Disneyland Park.

We hope your next visit is as memorable and remember, your kids are only young once so make the most of your time together at the Disneyland Resort.


‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ Brings Pixar’s ‘Toy Story Nutcracker’ to Disney California Adventure Park

To put together a show like “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” it takes an army, or in our case “Green Army Men”! For this new, full-length original show we have enlisted the help of  PIXAR Animation Studios. Imagineers went to them with a wild idea: what if “Toy Story” characters decided to perform Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”?

‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ Brings Pixar's 'Toy Story Nutcracker' to Disney California Adventure Park

In the original ballet, Clara’s Christmas tree grows and the audience shrinks to this size of a toy beneath the tree. This became the inspiration. The “World of Color” technology was perfect for this effect, because the animators can make the tree grow in front of guests eyes.

Then, below the tree is where the magic really happens. Beneath the tree quests will find Woody, the show’s director. Over the summer he has put together the toys’ version of the ballet. Of course, they have their own special spin on it. Each musical piece animators used – Miniature Overture, Trepak (Russian Dance), Tea (Chinese Dance) and Waltz of the Flowers – took on a life of its own. Pixar gave them all special arrangements to match the characters; for instance, the Trepak dance became western to fit Woody and Jessie’s duet.

Another great example of putting a new spin on the classic is Tea (Chinese Dance). Pixar animators took inspiration from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” and the Mushroom scene. They replaced the Mushrooms with Little Green Men and the baby Mushroom with Rex in a tutu. The result is pure magic!

It’s wonderful when Disney Imagineers can synergize and partner with great artists like PIXAR and let everyone’s creative energy flow together into the idea. It grows and grows like Clara’s Christmas tree, becoming an exciting new work of art with each pass. And in the end, Disney audiences get to see the magic that great partnerships can make.

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NEW VIDEO: Taking it Slow: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort

In celebration of the three-year anniversary of “World of Color” this month, Disney tried out the slow-motion camera and had their crew tape some highlights from the ever-changing show. Nothing compares to seeing this spectacular in person; however, the video below gives a glimpse of the show from a whole new, multi-colored perspective.

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

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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.

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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.

VIDEO: Come ‘Glow With the Show’ at Disney California Adventure Park

We gave you a peek at the new “Glow With the Show” Ears just after they debuted at Disney California Adventure park on June 15, and today we’re back with more details on these new, magical ears. You already know guests can “Glow With the Show” at “World of Color” – did you also know they will activate at Mad T Party and inside Cars Land? Come take a look with me and Disney California Adventure park Vice President Mary Niven in the video below.

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