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