From a 24 - hour Leap Day celebration to a land that brings the world of "Cars" to life, the opportunities to create lasting memories at the Disneyland Resort will be seemingly endless in 2012. Here's a glimpse of some of the most exciting events, openings and enhancements to look forward to over the next 12 months.
One More Disney Day.
To celebrate the second year of "Let the Memories Begin," Guests will get One More Disney Day to make memories on Leap Day. The bicoastal celebration will have Disneyland Park in Anahiem and Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando,Fla., staying open 24 hours, from 6a.m.,Feb.29,to 6a.m.,March 1.
"Minnie's Fly Girls"
In February, look for the debut of "Minnie's Fly Girls" in Disney California Adventure Park. This musical salute to air travel features a trio of smart and ssassy flight attendents and,of course, Minnie Mouse.
Pixar Play Parade
Get ready to have some fun with your favorite Pixar characters in late spring, when Pixar Play Parade returns to Disney California Adventure Park.
Have a sweet tooth? Get your fix this spring when Ghirardelli opens up in the Pacific Wharf at Disney California Adventure Park, bringing some of the sweet treats from the original San Francisco chocolate shop to Southern California.
Now that Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe is open,the enhancements continue at Disneyland Park with the expansion of Carnation Cafe and updates to Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and Refreshment Corner.
Mad T Party
Don't be late for a very important date at the Mad T Party, inspired by Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland." In Summer 2012,Guests at Disney Califorina Adventure Park will travel "down the rabbit hole" and into wild, psychedlic world filled with surprises. A hip live band, fun-filled games, dancing,signature food and drink and must-have merchandise await our Guests at this wonderfully off-kilter celebration.
When the light turns green at Disney California Adventure Park this summer, the world of "Cars" will come to life in the 12 - acre CarsLand as Lighting McQueen and Mater cruise Route 66 and meet with Guests in Radiator Springs.
Entering the land, you will hear Mater singing one of the seven original songs recorded for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, where baby tractors help "whip"Mater's junkyard into shape. Futher on down the highway, take a spin on Luigi"s Flying Tires, inspired by the 1960s Disneyland Park attraction, Flying Saucers. Get ready for the race of your life at the six-acre Radiator Springs Racers, the largest attraction at the Disneyland Resort. The four-minute journey begins in Stanley's Oasis, named for the town's founder, and continues as you meet many of the towns's residents before you race.
Dining locations include Cozy Cone Motel, Fillmore's Taste - In and Flo's V8 Cafe, the most popular restaurant in Carburetor County. Specialty merchandise will be sold at Radiator Springs Curios, Sarge's Surplus Hut and Ramone's House of Body Art.
Buena Vista Street
As you enter Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park this summer, prepare to be transported to the 1920s and 1930s, during the era of Walt Disney's arrival to California. First stop: Oswald's-where Guests can load up on all of their memory-making essentials, including autograph books,hats,bags,and key chains before hopping on the Red Car Trolley. Next, you'll see Los Feliz Five & Dime, Big Top Toys and, for fashion and accessories, Elias & Co. Also keep an eye out for Kingswell Camera Shop, Atwater Ink and Paint,Trolley Treats and Julius Katz & Sons,which will sell home decor and seasonal merchandise. Food and beverage locations include Mortimer's Market, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe and Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, designed in Neapolitan ice cream colors.
The Hollywood of the 1930s will come to life at the Carthay Circle Theatre, a replica of the Los Angeles theater that hosted the premiere of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1937. Inside, "theater - goers" will discover the resort's newest fine dining experience.
Near the center of the street,look for "Storytellers-a new statue featuring a young Walt Disney ready to make his dreams come true with the mouse who, as he said, "started it all."
See you at the Disneyland Resort in 2012...Dr Lee