Neil Patrick Harris will Host the All-New “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

Neil Patrick Harris will be host to the new “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” set to debut May 22 as part of the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort.

As a fan of the parks NPH will bring his unique style of humor and charm for this version of World of Color at Disney California Adventure.

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Per the Disney Parks Blog, The all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” is just one part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which also includes “Paint the Night” parade and the fully-immersive new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular.

Mad T. Party WILL return to Disney California Adventure

Oh man, it’s too early in the year to get a BONK in my predictions! The evidence was there. Auctioning off the arcade machines, the teapot sets trucked out of the park, and of course, the power of Frozen. I still think shows like this just contribute to the overcrowding of the parks. Mad T Party stopped becoming a party and became a hangout for social clubs.

But to be honest.. Mad T Party kinda has a special place in my heart. So there IS a part of me that’s kinda happy it coming back. I think mostly because my daughter LOVES it. And I want her to be happy. I can’t wait to tell her the news! Sometimes being wrong is ok. That crow looks mighty tasty.

Anyways here is the official news from Disney. Mad T Party will be BACK!

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Big news coming out of the Rabbit Hole today. Mad T Party is returning to Disney California Adventure park! When the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22, Mad T Party will makes its return – and this time, it will be a new, dazzling experience, marking the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort in its own splendiferous way.

Mad T Party joins other sparkling nighttime entertainment coming as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, including “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” Keep up with the latest news on the celebration here on the Disney Parks Blog, and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

We’ll see you when the Rabbit Hole opens once again on May 22!

ScareLA Convention Announces 2015 Expansion Plans

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We are excited to share ScareLA’s 2015 expansion plans.  This year, ScareLA will be bigger and badder than ever before.   Last year they had a fantastic panel called, “When Hinges Creak.” Celebrating the Haunted Mansion’s 45th Anniversary. The panel features Bob Gurr, Alice Davis, and Jeff Baham from Doombuggies.com.  And

The DisGeek Podcast was there to record it all!

Check out Episode 86 and listen to the awesomeness that was this panel.

 

Here is the official press release from ScareLA:

ScareLA Convention Announces 2015 Expansion Plans

The Los Angeles Fan Favorite Con Set to Launch Tickets Pre-Sale; Relocates to the Pasadena Convention Center Opening to a National Audience; Adds Bigger Show Floor, Entertainment and More; Celebrates the Love for Horror this Valentine’s Weekend

LOS ANGELES (Friday, February 13, 2013)ScareLA, the Southern California Halloween convention, is excited to announce its expansion to a new venue, the Pasadena Convention Center for the event’s 2015 edition on August 8 and 9, 2015. The move will increase the con’s show floor to over 100,000 sq. ft. to accommodate a growing list of vendors, attractions, and entertainment. Tickets presale is scheduled to launch within the following week with aggressive discounts for fans and e-mail list subscribers.

“ScareLA 2015 is off to a great start with our expansion into the Pasadena Convention Center,” said Lora Ivanova, ScareLA Executive Producer and Co-founder. “What that means for our fans is: more spooky vendors, easier access to classes and stage content, bigger interactive haunt exhibits and hotels within walking distance for anyone coming from out of town or wishing to make this a true mid-summer Halloween staycation. Our team is busy curating our 2015 programming and cannot wait to share our scary passion with Los Angeles this August!”

Debuting in 2013, ScareLA was created to celebrate the rich Southern California Halloween industry and community, from its iconic seasonal theme park events, to stand-alone haunted attractions and even home haunts. The event has become a mecca for horror lovers on the West Coast and beyond extending the Halloween season through the summer. Attracting nearly 4,000 guests in 2013, and more than 6,000 in 2014, ScareLA has become one of the fastest growing independent conventions in the U.S. to-date.

“We’re very excited by ScareLA’s rapid growth, and the Pasadena Convention Center allows us to provide room for more guests, more exhibitors, larger displays, and bigger monsters,” says ScareLA Executive Producer and Co-Founder David Markland.

Featuring multiple parking lots, hotels, convenient public transportation, and fantastic dining options all within walking distance, the Pasadena Convention Center makes attending ScareLA easier than ever before.

The 2015 ScareLA program will take advantage of the new venue’s larger stages to host exclusive presentations from fan favorites such as Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest and more!

Guests returning to ScareLA will find a larger show floor with more Halloween/horror vendors, expanded classroom and workshop spaces, and a wide variety of live entertainment and immersive “mini haunt” experiences.

For more information and to sign up for ScareLA’s email list, visit www.scarela.com. Like ScareLA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ScareLAcon, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @ScareLosAngeles. Join the conversation on social media using #ScareLA.

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About ScareLA

ScareLA is the Southern California convention dedicated to Halloween. It celebrates the unique spirit of the American scare season traditions and the deep local heritage of the Greater Los Angeles region. Founded by Lora Ivanova and David Markland in 2013, ScareLA is produced in partnership with Theme Park Adventure. Featuring more than 150 specialty vendors, hands-on workshops, world-class industry panels and presentations, ScareLA is a large-scale summer festival of all things Halloween, a $10 billion industry worldwide.

Episode 96 – Amateur Hour

In this episode we talk about Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Plans. We also visit the Main Street Newsstand and Tip of the Week returns! [Read more…]

Luigi’s Flying Tires to Close February 16, 2015 and will Return as an All New Attraction

On February 16, 2015 Luigi’s Flying Tires will close for good. But the good news is that in early 2016 Luigi will return and open as a brand new attraction.

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According to the Disney Parks Blog, this new attraction will feature a new ride system and ride vehicles. Disney didn’t release any information about what new technology will be used but rumors say that it will be a trackless system similar what they use in attractions overseas.

Disney promises to keep us all updated.

Disneyland Resort Announces New Nighttime Shows for 60th Diamond Celabration

Three all new nighttime spectaculars will entertain guests during the 60th Diamond anniversary beginning in May 22nd.

The electrifying new shows will take guests into the worlds of Disney stories like never before, celebrating 60 years of magic with a nighttime parade that shines with more than 1.5 million individually controlled lights – the first all-LED parade at the resort; a reinvention of the classic fireworks that adds projections to transform the park experience; and a moving, new version of “World of Color” that celebrates Walt Disney’s dream for Disneyland.

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In addition, the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure will glisten and gleam for the celebration, each with its own diamond medallion. The Disneyland Resort and surrounding streets will sparkle with Diamond Celebration décor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue. Also bearing the diamond anniversary theme, creative merchandise and food items will be designed to complement the celebration.

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When Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, he inaugurated a tradition of innovative, immersive storytelling that inspired classic theme park attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Star Tours, Soarin’ Over California, Toy Story Midway Mania and Radiator Springs Racers. The Diamond Celebration will continue this tradition with three fantastic new shows that expand the boundaries of after-dark entertainment – Disney’s signature “kiss goodnight.”

  • “Paint the Night” parade – New technology and unleashed imagination permeate this after-dark parade, flooding Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland with vibrant color and more than 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights that flash and glow as they bring Disney stories to life. The luminescent parade introduces a new era of magical entertainment, as Mickey Mouse uses his imagination to harness the power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust and “Paint the Night” in dazzling Disney dreams. Those dreams include special appearances by Mickey’s pals and beloved characters from tales such as “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.” The parade features special effects, unforgettable music, energetic performances, fun surprises and spectacular floats, with Mickey leading the grand finale.
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  • “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular – The Disneyland Resort tradition of creating big, dazzling fireworks shows will soar to new levels as “Disneyland Forever” immerses guests in stories from the tips of their toes to the sky high above. Thanks to the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects, guests will find themselves transported into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar films, including a dance with King Louie from the “The Jungle Book” and a flight over London with characters from “Peter Pan.” Showing just how magical the Magic Kingdom can be, the fireworks “stage” will extend to Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world,” Rivers of America and the Matterhorn as projections transform familiar park icons into stunning story scenes. Two original songs also will be featured, the theme “Live the Magic,” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman. “Disneyland Forever” will be visible from Main Street, U.S.A., and several Disneyland locations.
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  • “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” – Mickey Mouse will entertain guests as mischievous host of this fun-filled new presentation of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular in Disney California Adventure. Illuminating the night in a contemporary and moving celebration of Walt Disney and his dream of Disneyland, Mickey Mouse will take guests on an inspirational journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland Park. Both epic and intimate in scope, “World of Color – Celebrate!” brings to life the remarkable story of Walt and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score, all on the magical water canvas of “World of Color.”
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The popularity of Disneyland through nearly 60 years celebrates Walt Disney’s dream of a place where family members of all ages can have fun together in an atmosphere that emphasizes imagination, fantastic storytelling and extraordinary guest service. Since 1955, dignitaries, heads of state, celebrities and more than 700 million guests have passed through the gates of a place that Walt imagined as “a source of joy and inspiration to the world.”

Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration begins on May 22

 

Episode 95 – 2015 Predictions

Our annual prediction episode is here! Enjoy predictions for Disney Parks from fellow podcasters and listeners.

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Episode 94 – 2014 Prediction Results

In this episode we present our annual prediction results show for 2014.

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‘Fantasy in the Sky’ Fireworks Show Returns to Disneyland

If you recall in episode 93 we talked about the rumor of ‘Fantasy in the Sky’ Fireworks show returning to Disneyland. Today, the Disney Parks Blog confirmed this news. Even better news is that it starts tomorrow! However the show is only going to run for a limited time. Most likely this is just a temporary show until they replace it with the new fireworks show for the 60th Diamond celebration. Here are the full details below:

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Beginning tomorrow, Disneyland park guests will have the chance to stroll down memory lane when “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks returns. This classic Disney Parks nighttime spectacular began lighting up the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle in 1958, and was last seen in regular performances 2004 – later to be seen in special showings on New Year’s Eve. It has also been featured at Disneyland Paris and Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

“Fantasy in the Sky” returns tomorrow night with its familiar soundtrack, featuring classic Disney tunes, and an all-new fireworks program. Come see this Disney Parks favorite soon, because it will only be presented for a limited time. We’re very excited about everything to come in 2015… stay tuned for more updates!

Frozen Fun Opens with Special Ticket Offer for So Cal Residents at the Disneyland Resort

Today, Frozen Fun opens up for a “limited time” at Disney California Adventure. Frozen Fun includes “Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome,” and “Do you want to Build a Snowman” both inside the Animation building.

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“For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” takes over Muppet*Vision 3D while stage 17 hosts, “Olaf’s Snow Fest.” Over at Disneyland the story of Frozen will be told over at the Royal Theatre at the Fantasy Faire. Let’s not forget the new Arendelle models for Storybook Land. [Read more…]