Saturday, December 21, 2013
Disneyland goes back in time for Saving Mr. Banks:
In addition to Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, the stars of the soon-to-be released "Saving Mr. Banks," there's a supporting role that shares the film's spotlight- Disneyland.
The movie about Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) and his mission to persuade "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson) to allow him to turn his daughters' favorite book into a movie includes scenes filmed at Disneyland over two days in early November 2012. But it was no easy task to transform modern-day Disneyland into the young park of the early 1960s for the Walt Disney Studios' film. Cast and Imagineers recreated costumes, poster art, balloons-even the Floral Mickey-to ensure the movie would capture the period detail of 1961 Disneyland.
Resort Enhancement played a critical part in recreating window displays that were representative of 1961 Disneyland. Even attraction posters were recreated like those that lined the fence in front of the floral Mickey in 1961.
Resort Enhancement played a critical part in recreating window displays that were representative of 1961 Disneyland. In the 1960s, the Emporium was a lease shop and a bronze castle hung under the Elias Disney window on Main street, U.S.A., and Resort Enhancement had the task of sourcing historically accurate props to use in the window displays.
Cast Members were among the hundreds of extras who came out during filming at Disneyland,portraying both Cast Members and Guests. The making of Mary Poppins, which was released in 1964 and won five of its 13 Academy Awards nominations-an unsurpassed record for the Walt Disney Studios.It was amazing to see-to actually think that Tom Hanks,who remained in character,even between takes and looked and spoke just like Walt Disney to all those involved, will be a day remembered for decades.
Let's go to the movies...popcorn...Dr Lee
Inspired by real events:
When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book. P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise- one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his guest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly,uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. When Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles, Walt pulls out all the stops, including imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman Brothers. But the prickly author doesn't budge-until Walt reaches into his own childhood and discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers. Together, they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Chill with the penquins:
From December 16-22, Guests have the opportunity to meet Mary Poppins, Bert and chill with some penquins in front of Disney Animation at Disney California Adventure Park. As Guests exit the location, they will receive a "Saving Mr. Banks" movie poster.
Did You Know:
P.L. Travers' father was the inspiration for the story's patriarch, Mr. Banks.
P.L.Travers visited Disneyland with Disney story department head Bill Dover on Easter Sunday, 1961, just before the "Mary Poppins" story meetings. They had access to Walt's apartment and made use of Walt's special electric car at the park.
"Mary Poppins" won Oscars for Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Effects, Best Film Editing, Original Score and Original Song ("Chim-Chim-Cher-ee" by Richard and Robert Sherman).