Monday, June 29, 2015
A Millennium Falcon attraction? Going for a spin in an Iron Man suit? Disney executives have announced plans to spend $1 billion on new attractions in Disneyland and/or Disney California Adventure Park. Here are some options.
Mapping out possibilities....
Disney's mum on what exactly it would do with a $1 billion investment at the Disneyland Resort, but Disney Chairman Bob Iger told shareholders earlier this year that the company's Imagineers already are working on new "Star Wars" attractions for it's theme parks. And Disney experts said it's a "slam dunk" that a new land based on a galaxy far, far away is coming to Anaheim. But where??? Here are some possibilities.
Big Thunder Ranch- less likely...Mostly used for holiday events and private parties, the area includes a petting zoo and barbecue restaurant. The area is a money maker for the resort, mostly because of these private parties.
Mickey's Toontown- Less likely..."Star Wars" land has long been rumored to be going here, but because of the popularity of this area for families with children, and it's closure each night for the fireworks show, it's unlikely Disney would build a popular land here.
Tomorrowland- More likely...The area covered by Autopia and innoventions is a big footprint, making it prime real estate for any new land. It also includes the area covering the old Motorboat Cruise.
Hollywood Land- More likely...The area encompassing Muppet" vision 3D, Stage 17, Monsters, Inc. , Mad Tea Party and another structure is currently underutilized. There is a lot of room in this area for attractions based on any of Disney's intellectual properties, though more likely thet would be either "Frozen" or Pixar related.
Behind Cars Land-More likely...This used to be a parking lot for Guests, and still is for Cast Members-making it the easiest area to develop into a new land. As to whether it is Pixar related, "Star Wars," Marvel or something else- who knows.
Behind California Screamin` rollercoaster- Less likely... There's enough land here to support an attraction as large as Pirates of the Caribbean and new Orleans Square. But there are key backstage support buildings for things like the daily parades. This would be good for something based on the "Toy Story" movies.
only the future will tell....Dr Lee
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Did you Know:
1...The Guest Research team conducts between 2,000 and 4,000 interviews a day.
2...Knowledge of world geography is essential for Guest Research Cast Members (so they can talk knowledgeably with Guests about where they are from.)
3...For new offerings, such as Frozen Fun or the upcoming Diamond Celebration, Guest Research is brought in to get feedback from Guests.
4...When you are visiting the Resort as a Guest, if you are approached by Guest Research team, take a moment and answer their questions. They want to hear what you think.
5...The feedback these Cast Members get from Guests influences major decisions that affect resort development.
" A vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man's achievements... a step into the future, with predictions of constructive things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure and ideals: the Atomic Age...the challenge of outer space ...and the hope for a peaceful and unified world."
-Walt Disney, July 17,1955
With these words, Walt dedicated Tomorrowland-one of the original five themed lands of Disneyland. Inspired by his vision of the future, the original Tomorrowland represented the year 1986 and included such attractions as the Monsanto Hall of Chemistry, Autopia, the clock of the world and Rocket to the Moon-years before the first manned space flight. Several attractions would soon follow, including Submarine Voyage, Disneyland Monorail and Matterhorn Bobsleds (which would later become part of Fantasyland).
The 1967 version of the land, dubbed New Tomorrowland, introduced The Carousel of Progress, Adventure Thru Inner Space, Flight to the Moon and the PeopleMover. Later, America Sings, Mission to Mars and Space Mountain would help refresh the land and emphasize the theme of progress.
The third iteration, Tomorrowland: Imagination and Beyond, debuted in 1998 and included (the recently closed) Innoventions, the new Autopia, Rocket Rods and the relocated Astro Blasters opened and in 2011, Star Tours -The Adventures Continue refreshed the nearly 25-year-old attraction.
Nearly 60 years after it debuted, Tomorrowland continues to evolve, fueled by dreams of a better tomorrow.
60 years old,wow...Dr Lee
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
March... Six years after the first man walked on the moon, Flight to the Moon in Tomorrowland becomes Mission to Mars, sending Guests on a trilling expedition to the next frontiuer.
June..."America on Parade," part of a 15-month salute to the United States Bicentennial and the 20th anniversary of Disneyland, premiers with 50 floats and 150 performers. "Fantasy in the Sky" lights up the sky with red, white and blue fireworks.
"Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" returns the Main Street Opera House, becoming a featured element in The Walt Disney Story.
January...The Mickey Mouse Club Reunion brings together the original Mouseketeers to celebrate the club's 20th anniversary with a parade and TV show in Fantasyland Theater.
December...The Jungle Cruise adds seven new scenes and 31 new Audio-Animatronics figures.
May... Four Mercury Program astronauts take part in the official opening ceremonies of Space Mountain, a high-speed race through spave in Tomorrowland.
The SuperSpeed Tunnel is added to the PeopleMover, while Starcade provides fyturistic arcade fun. New entertainment and dining options include the Space Stage and The Space Place restayrant.
December...The new "Very Merry Christmas Parade" brings holiday cheer, featuring traditional Christmas themes and Disney characters.
June...Updates to the Matterhorn Bobsleds add more show scenes, including and ice cavern, glowing ice crystals and the Abominable Snowman, along with a new ride system featuring tandem bobsleds.
July... The Disneyland Hotel unveils the 13-story Bonita Tower, Anaheim's tallest structure and the first hotel in the U.S. with solar heating system.
November...Disneyland is the focal point for Mickey Mouse's 50th Birthday Celebration with special shows, parades and a party with Mouseketeers from the original Mickey mouse Club TV show.
September...The wildest ride in the wilderness Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, debuts, sending Guests aboard a runaway mine train through exhilarating scenes of dark caverns, a spooky abandoned mine shaft, and so many twists and turns that Guests are advised to "hold on to your hats and glasses."
January...Disneyland begins a yearlong Silver Anniversary celebration with a pre-parade show at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses on New Year's Day, followed by a 25-hour party at Disneyland from midnight July 17 to 1a.m. July 18. New entertainment offerings include "Disneyland is Your Land," a show featuring Disney characters, and the "Disneyland 25th Birthday Parade" with more than 250 performers.
Other special events this year include; Contempo `80, Honor America Weekend, Festival Canada, Nite of Joy, Make believe Ballroom, Country Jubilee, Senior Fun Days, Cowboy Fever Weekend, Mouseedays, Bluegrass & Folk Festival, Top 40 Night and Celebrate the Lands weekends.
June...Updates are made to the Storybook Land Canal Boats; many of the original 1956 miniature buildings and scenery details are replaced with more durable replicas.
12-12-81 was my first day as a new Cast member, Mark Twain was my first attraction.
April...Children are invited to follow clues to find Easter Eggs with hidden prizes during the inaugural Thumper's Easter Egg Hunt.
June...A single passport allowing admission to all attractions and performances replaces the A, B, C, D, and E attraction coupons.
November...Mickey's Month introduced as an annual celebration of Micky Mouse's birthday, complete with free gifts for Guests and special events like a Mouseketeer Reunion and "Micky's Birthday Parade."
May...After 20 months of renovations, a new version of Fantasyland debuts with attraction facades themed to the locale and era of the films represented in the area, instead of previous medieval tournament tents. Classics like Snow White's Scary Adventures and Peter Pan's Flight remain, and a new adventure, Pinocchio's Daring Journey, is added. Village Inn Restaurant, themed after, "Pinocchio," opens and is later renamed Village Haus Restaurant.
June...In the summertime "Flights of Fantasy Parade," colorful air-filled figures bring to life scenes from beloved animated films above rolling stages, dancers and Disney characters.
1984... January 25...My first Daughter, Kimberly is born. Would later go on to be an attraction hostess for "it's a small world" (trainer), Matterhorn Bobsleds and parades.
February / March...Olympic Night at Disneyland raises $600,000 for U.S. Olympic Team for Summer Olympics in Los Angeles , and includes a patriotic parade and an enormous Olympic logo-with fireworks-suspended from a helicopter. During the games, the park hosts thousands of athletes, dignitaries and news media from 140 nations.
April...The final addition to an updated Fantasyland, a newly remodeled Alice in Wonderland pulls Guests down the rabbit hole once again. Kathryn Beaumont, who provided the voice of Alice in the 1951 film, narrates tracks for the attraction.
June...Magic Journeys makes its West Coast premiere at the Space Stage in Tomorrowland. The popular film showcases a fanciful 3-D adventure through a child's imagination, including a moonscape and a high-flying circus act.
Disneyland celebrates Donald Duck's 50th birthday with a parade, bands, singers and dancers in Town Square, the grand culmination of a 15-city tour across the country.
November...Country Bear Christmas Special debuts in Bear Country at Disneyland. The new show features the original cast of the Country Bear Jamboree in a holiday romp of favorite Yuletide songs. This is the first time an Audio-Animatronics attraction is reprogrammed to create a completely new experience.
so cool...Dr Lee
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
It's been five years since the final dazzling performance of Disney's Electrical Parade at Disney California Adventure Park on April 18, 2010.
The following June, the parade-which originated as the Main Street Electrical Parade in 1972-began appearing at Walt Disney World Resort, were it continues today.
The original parade, which ran at Disneyland Park through 1996, is Disney's longest-running and most traveled parade. Although it was first sent to the Walt Disney World Resort in 1996, it also made a one-night-only appearance in New York City in 1997 to herald the opening of "Hercules." It returned to California in 2001, when it began its nightly run at Disney California Adventure Park until 2010.
The spirit of the parade- with its floats and live performers covered in thousands of lights synchronized to the catchy "Baroque Hoedown"-will live on in the new "Paint the Night" parade debuting May 22 for the launch of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.
Love this parade....Dr Lee
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
From the 19,000 pairs of shoes donated to Goodwill to the original "Fantasmic!" dragon sent to the Walt Disney Archives, the Property Control team is leading the change towards our goal of zero waste at the Disneyland Resort.
Property Control repurposes items in a variety of ways; reissuing supplies to other departments, sending historical items to be archived, donating items to nonprofits, hosting merchandise sales, auctions and more. cast Members can visit the Property Control cage at Company D for sales on Disney theatrical costumes, furniture and other unique merchandise, or snag one-of-a-kind items through CastAuction.com, through which a portion of the proceeds are donated to local charities.
For years, Guests staying at our Disneyland Resort Hotels were greeted by a newspaper each morning. While this practice provided the world-class service our guests expected, many unread newspapers were discarded and recycled daily as a result. And while recycling newspapers is great, it's even better not to waste the paper in the first place. Today, instead of delivering a newspaper to every Guest room, small stacks of newspapers are placed in each elevator area for Guests to take as they please, translating into 250,000 fewer newspapers being printed- and then wasted-over the course of a year.
one more item...
saving used once crayons, about 4 pounds weekly are saved and donated to Goodwill of Orange County...
very cool...Dr Lee
Saturday, April 11, 2015
In January 2014, 30 electric vehicle charging ports were introduced to Guests in the Mickey and friends parking structure and to Cast Members in the TDA parking structure. The response has been overwhelming positive., with Guests and Cast alike requesting additional locations around the resort to charge their vehicles. By next fall, the number of Cast electric vehicle charging ports will double to more than 25 spread across three different Cast parking lots (Simba, the new Harbor lot,and the existing ports in the TDA parking structure). Additional work to expand Guest charging stations will grow the program to more than 100 ports (all in the ChargePoint network) across property in the coming years.
very cool, not using fossil fuels , a greener future...Dr Lee
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
5 fun facts about the Jungle Cruise;
1...The original script in 1955 was purely educational, based on "True-Life Adventures," a collection of documentary films produced by Walt Disney Productions. Thanks to Imagineer Marc Davis, jokes were incorporated in the early 1960's.
2...Jungle Cruise Skippers can submit jokes annually to WDI for approval into the official script. This means the script has been compiled over time by the skippers.
3...In 1955, the "jungle' wasn't fully grown, so to make it look more lush, orange trees were planted upside down with the roots sticking out.
4...The Jungle Cruise waterway originally reached all the way to Rivers of America. It was shortened first for the building of New Orleans Square and then for the Indiana Jones Adventure.
5...The guns on board the boats are real!!! They are licensed to the Disneyland Resort, making it the only Disney site with real guns.
5 1/2...As a new Cast Member , one of the attractions I was trained on was Jungle Cruise. I do believe after all these years I still can say most of my spiel...
very cool...Dr Lee
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
As we approach the launch of the Diamond Celebration on May 22, let's continue our six-part series remembering each of the past six decades of the Disneyland Resort. Here, we take a look back at the magical years of 1965-74, the second decade of Disneyland.
1965... The yearlong "Tencennial" celebrates the 10th anniversary of Disneyland, complete with special de`cor,events and a new parade.
Julie Reihm is selected as Miss Disneyland Tencennial, beginning the Disneyland Ambassador Program- a tradition that continues today.
"Great moments with Mr. Lincoln" opens at the Opera House at Town Square , Main Street, U.S.A., after debuting at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. The attraction features an Audio-Animatronics figure of Abraham Lincoln that's so life-like, "National Geographic " magazine called it "alarming" in its realism.
Plaza Inn opens along Main street, U.S.A., replacing the Red Wagon Inn and bringing Victorian-style surroundings to Guests looking for a memorable dining experience.
The new Christmas spectacular "Fantasy on Parade" includes extraordinary new floats and more than 350 performers.
After debuting at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, "it's a small world" opens at Disneyland. Waters from all seven continents are poured into its Rivers of the World at the attraction, with its almost 300 Audio-Animatronics children, represents over 100 regions of the world. And then there's that unforgettable song written by the Sherman Brothers.
The Disneyland Hotel adds the Sierra Tower Annex with 150 additional rooms. The Plaza Building shopping center is completed a few months later, and the Marina Tower is added in 1970 with the popular "Dancing Waters" show amphitheater.
Primeval World Diorama brings the world of the dinosaurs to life for Guests riding the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad. The giant dinosaurs, including a colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex, were first displayed at the Ford Magic Skyway in the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.
Walt Disney and New Orleans Mayor Victor Schiro preside over the dedication of New Orleans Square, a new area along the banks of the Rivers of America that would go on to house several popular shops, eateries and attractions.
One of the most elaborate uses of Audio-Animatronics in Disney history, Pirates of the Caribbean takes guests by boat through scenes of vast treasures , cursed skeletons and plundering pirates. The Blue Bayou Restaurant gives Guests a themed dining experience by seating them inside the building that houses the attraction.
After being closes for a year, Tomorrowland reopens with seven new attractions,including:
PeopleMover, which takes Guests on a tour of Tomorrowland from above in a perpetual-motion transportation system.
General Electric Carousel of Progress, highlighting electricity's significance to the past and the future on multiple sets, which the audience rotates around.
Adventure Thru Inner Space, where Guests travel on an "Atomoblie" through a massive microscope to see atoms from the inside.
Flight to the Moon, a simulation of a flight into space, including a view of Mission Control.
America the Beautiful, an update to the film journey across the U.S., this time in Circle-Vision 360.
Rocket Jets, where Guests control the height of their rocket as it flies through the air above Tomorrowland.
Tomorrowland Terrace, a new quick service restaurant and performance stage.
Club 33, a private membership dining establishment, opens in New Orleans Square.
(side note, Dr Lee was 15 years old....future Bartender,Club 33)
The inaugural St. Patrick's Day Parade and Cinco de Mayo Fiesta events celebrate the seasons at Disneyland.
On Love Bug Day at Disneyland, 101 decorated Volkswagen Beetles form a parade down Main street, U.S.A., to celebrate the release of the film "The Love Bug."
After more than a decade of development, the Haunted Mansion opens its doors (and its crypts) to Guests and ghosts alike. Originally conceived as walk-through attraction, the mansion was built in 1962-63 but sat vacant for six years as Guests speculated about what lurked inside.
The Legacy of Walt Disney opens on Main Street, U.S.A., highlighting Walt's achievements with a display of his awards and memorabilia and an exhibit about the California Institute of the Arts.
Show Me America, a humorous musical revue with more than 120 costumes and highly detailed sets, premieres at Tomorrowland Stage.
Dr Lee graduation from Riverside Poly High School, Riverside, California and turns 18 on the 20th.
The inaugural Cinderella Festival includes fashion shows, garden tours and special dining options.
The Indian War Canoes become Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes, giving Guests a unique view of the Rivers of America as they paddle around Tom Sawyer Island.
Disneyland greets its 100 millionth Guest, kicking off a summer celebration called "Year of 100 Million Smiles."
The All-American Collegiate Marching Band (now the All-American College Band) Program debuts, inviting top musicians from colleges across the U.S. to perform at Disneyland during the summer.
A seventh land called Bear Country opens as a home for the Country Bear Jamboree, a country music show with 18 Audio-Animatronics bears. The land also features Teddi Barra's Swingin1 Arcade, named after one of the stars of the Jamboree, and the Hungry Bear Restaurant.
The Main Street Electrical Parade debuts, lighting up Main street, U.S.A., with half a million dazzling lights twinkling to an electronic version of "Baroque Hoedown," interwoven with themes from Disney songs.
Winnie the Pooh gets "pooh-litical" during Winnie the Pooh for Persident Days at Disneyland, which includes a daily tickertape parade, posters and campaign buttons.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney Productions, The Walt Disney Story opens in the Opera house as a tribute to the legacy of the Walt Disney Company and the Disney family. Lillian Disney attends the ceremony.
America Sings opens in the bottom level of the Carousel Theater with a comical cast of over 100 Audio-Animatronics animals singing the history of America music, all coordinated by their leader, Sam the Eagle.
to be continued.....
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Disneyland Roundhouse right on track:
When Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, it had two steam locomotives- thr E.P. Ripley and the C.K. Holliday- which were serviced in a dual-track roundhouse facility on the west side of the park, just north of Splash Mountain.
With the addition of two more steam engines and two trains in the late 1950's and 60's, the railroad outgrew the facility and a new roundhouse was built on the east side of Disneyland to service both the railroad and the "highway in the sky"- the monorails. Today, the roundhouse houses five steam engines, four trains and three monorails. (The original building sits across from the backstage service garage and is now used as a ride vehicle refurbishment facility.)
Did you know????
Although the Disneyland Roundhouse is a rectangular-shaped building, its traditional name dates back to the glory days of railroading. At the time, circular buildings were built to house giant turntables on them, where steam engines-which could operate in only one direction- could be rotated.
Earth month fact:
In 2009,the roundhouse converted the steam engines to operate on biodiesel made from used cooking oil from resort kitchens. This saves as much as 150,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year, while potentially reducing carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80 percent.
Love those trains and monorails...Dr Lee
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Grizzly Peak Airfield is preparing for takeoff.
The first phase of the expansion of Grizzly Peak into the former Condor Flats area in Disney California Adventure Park will be unveiled March 20, when the new Smokejumpers Grill opens. This quick-service dining location, which will be in the former Taste Pilots` grill location, takes inspiration from the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests. In addition to a whole new look, the location will feature an updated menu with burgers and sandwiches.
The Grizzly Peak expansion will also bring new building exteriors and landscape features, including pine trees that will bring more shade and make Guests feel like they've been transported to California High Sierras.
When the rest of the area opens later this spring, Soarin` Over California will also reopen with updates to its screen and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience.
Like Soarin`....Dr Lee
Monday, March 23, 2015
The Disneyland Resort will kick off its Diamond Celebration with a 24-hour party May 22-23 as three new nighttime spectaculars premiere: the glittering "Paint the Night" parade and the groundbreaking "Disneyland Forever" fireworks show at Disneyland Park, plus the new "World of Color-Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney" at Disney California Adventure Park.
The 24-hour party, which will run from 6 a.m. May 22 to 6 a.m. May 23, will include dancing and special character encounters in both parks.
In Florida, Magic Kingdom Park will also have a 24-hour event on the same dates as the Walt Disney World Resort launches its "Coolest Summer Ever."
Get ready to have fun on no sleep....Dr Lee