Today is the day, Disneyland celebrates its 60th birthday. We’ve all seen video of Disneyland’s grand opening from July 17th 1965, but have you ever wondered what happened to the first children to enter the latest of Walt Disney‘s first theme park? The story is pretty interesting — they weren’t even supposed to be at the park’s opening and were given lifetime passes by Walt Disney himself. The image of the two kids being greeted by Walt Disney can still be seen on Disney California Adventure’s latest edition of their spectacular “World Of Color” water show. Hit the jump and find out.
Video: Imagineers Take Us On A Tour Of The Updated Magical Effects In Disneyland’s Peter Pan’s Flight
Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Disney has been very busy refurbishing some of their older attractions. Last year Disney added new effects to Big Thunder Mountain, Alice in Wonderland and the Indiana Jones Adventure. This year already Disney has revamped a bunch of attractions, adding the Hatbox Ghost to the Haunted Mansion as well as adding new effects and an awesome new animatronic Yeti to Matterhorn (too bad the new vehicles kill your butt).
And the newest attraction to get refurbishment is Peter Pan’s Flight, one of my favorite rides in classic Fantasyland — I just love suspended dark ride vehicles, which is one of the reasons I love the Universal Studios’ ET Adventure ride. Walt Disney Imagineering has released a video showcasing the new additions to the attraction, giving us a behind the scenes peek into the thought and work that went into the new effects. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
The Walt Disney Company has publicly announced they are considering a $1 billion-plus expansion of the Disneyland Resort, which would bring unknown new attractions, a new parking structure with at least 5,000 parking spots and other improvements to the Southern California-based theme parks. Could this mean new Marvel and Star Wars rides and lands are just on the horizon? Find out the details of the proposed Disneyland Expansion after the jump.
Disneyland 60th Anniversary Videos: Matterhorn, Paint the Night Parade, Disneyland Forever Fireworks [UPDATED]
Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 by Germain Lussier
This weekend the Disneyland 60th anniversary celebration begins. Some big changes are in store for Disney fans and while a few (like the Hatbox Ghost) have gone live already, others will debut this weekend. Some examples are a brand-new Disneyland parade called “Paint the Night,” a new “World of Color” at California Adventure, a new Yeti on the Matterhorn and a new fireworks celebration called “Disneyland Forever.” Below, you can find videos from many of those updates. Check them out.
UPDATE: We’ve added the full videos of several of these new attractions. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by Germain Lussier
The 60th Anniversary of Disneyland kicks off this weekend with a ton of great events. We covered a bunch of them here, but one we didn’t was the updated World of Color. World of Color is an elaborate show that takes place at Disney’s California Adventure, and combines music and effects with projections displayed on a wall of water. It’s probably the most impressive nighttime event Disney does at any of their parks on either coast. For the 60th anniversary, they’ve updated the show with more of the history and future of Disney which, of course, includes Star Wars.
In including Star Wars in the new World of Color, Disney has gone one step further and included footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the show. There’s nothing new, but if seeing footage from the first two trailers projected on water with music and live physical effects sounds cool, you’re going to want to click below. There, fans who can’t make it to Disneyland to see a video of the Star Wars World of Color Segment. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
When Disney bought Marvel and Lucasfilm, they did it for more than movies. They did it for TV shows. They did it for merchandise and they did it for licensing. Also, they spent those billions to integrate both those properties into their theme parks. That has yet to happen in a major way, but it hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from spinning. The latest possibility says Star Wars won’t take over Disneyland‘s Tomorrowland as originally though. Instead, they might take over Toontown and a large section of the Big Thunder Ranch.
Also, a Marvel themed roller coaster is rumored to be under consideration for Disney’s California Adventure, in a parking lot area, plus Frozen will take over a section of the park this holiday season and The Muppets could get a new movie. Read about all these latest Marvel and Star Wars Disneyland rumors below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Years have passed since Disney purchased Lucasfilm but it seems like 2015 is really going to be when things start paying off. Not only will 2015 bring the release of the first new Star Wars movie in a decade, it’ll bring the first official news of Star Wars integration into Disney theme parks. Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t elaborate much, but said in a recent shareholder’s call that plans have begun and will be officially announced next year. Read More »
LOL: ‘Star Wars’ Spin Off Writer Gary Whitta Goes On Hilarious Rant About Disney’s Jedi Training Academy
Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Long before Disney bought Star Wars or Gary Whitta was writing a Star Wars movie, the two things came together in a very odd way. On YouTube, there’s a clip of Whitta, who wrote The Book of Eli and After Earth, on the Tested.com “this is only a test” Podcast back in 2011 geeking out about Star Wars. He talks about how he would love to do Disney’s Jedi Training Academy (above), but gets mad that it’s only for kids. It’s a super funny clip and extremely timely considering Thursdays massive news regarding he and Gareth Edwards making a Star Wars stand alone movie. Check it out below. Read More »
Theme Park Bits: ‘Back to the Future,’ ‘Finding Nemo,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Warcraft’
Posted on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Super packed edition of Theme Park Bits featuring lots of closings. Below, read about the following:
- The Back to the Future themed restaurant Doc Brown’s Chicken at Universal Hollywood is closing in January.
- The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland is closing for refurbishment.
- Universal Studios Japan gets $250 million investment to build a Harry Potter park.
- A Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Shanghai Disneyland might use new technology.
- Check out an image of where Harry Potter land will be in California.
- Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors can enjoy some Mary Poppins exclusives starting this week.
- See photo and video from the new Raving Rabbids, The Time Machine ride at Futuroscope in France.
- Rumor has it there might be a Warcraft presence at Universal Orlando in the future.
- Listen to some of the original sounds and music from the Haunted Mansion.
Posted on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
It’s a Walt Disney movie, set at Disney, about Walt Disney. There’s all kinds of meta going on in John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks, a dramatization of the events that lead the film Mary Poppins to the big screen. Golden Globe nominee Emma Thompson plays author PL Travers and Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney, who courted Travers for the rights to the character for years. To up the film’s authenticity, much of it was shot on location where the events actually happened, including Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
Below, watch a video of how the film recreated Disneyland of 1961 at Disneyland of 2013. Plus, you can see featurettes on the story, music and Hanks himself. Read More »