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.

Sneak Peek of “Cinderella” Movie at Disney California Adventure

As a Disney fan from childhood, Walt Disney’s Cinderella film from 1950 was one of my favorites.  Of course, as a boy, I would never admit to this fact.  But as an adult, I feel perfectly comfortable in expressing my love for this classic tale.  Who could forget the memorable quotes and songs like “A dream is a wish your heart makes?” Plus the bounty of iconic Disney characters such as Prince Charming, the Fairy God Mother and Gus Gus.  They are all ingrained into the imagination of every child who has ever watched it.

On January 30, 2015, the Bug’s Life Theater in Disney California Adventure began running a sneak peek at the upcoming live action Cinderella movie.  Although the film will not be released officially until March 15th, this extended preview gives audience members a better idea of the full feature.  If what I saw on screen is any indication, I believe Disney will achieve better box office results than their previous live action fairy tale movies.

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The sign outside the theater is really nice.  It’s not simply paint on a rectangular-shaped wood board, there was thought put into its construction.  Bits and pieces around the display provides the feeling that there is something special to see inside.  A cast member awaits to direct you to the interior of the theater.  Since the preview runs about 10-minutes in length, the line is not long.

Nothing has really changed inside the Bug’s Life Theater queue area.  No special decor was added to indicate that you will be seeing Cinderella.  Nevertheless, I love the queue personally and didn’t mind that they ignored displaying any type of enhancements specific to the movie.

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Once inside the actual theater, I felt a bit of magic in the air.  The blue glowing light washing over the walls and seats with the title of the film on screen was visually delightful.  Unlike It’s Tough to be a Bug movie, this preview was not shown in 3-D so no special glasses were required.   Be that as it may, there were some special effects incorporated with the presentation such as blowing wind and seat movements.

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I will not go into detailed about the potential of Cinderella from a movie buff’s perspective.  I’m not qualified nor interested in gauging how well this will be received by critics.  I can tell you that this film seems to stay true to the classic animated tale that Walt Disney produced in 1950.  Personally, this makes me very happy.  My hope is that it will be well-received by the general audience and that Disney will continue using this formula instead of trying to reinvent story lines which deviate from the older animated features.

So, is it worth going to see this sneak peek?  Absolutely.  The wait time is minimal, the presentation is only 10-minutes long, and you get to learn more about a film that will be, in my humble estimation, a really good movie.

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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!

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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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…]

Episode 93 – Frozen Fantasmic Fun!

In this episode Jae reviews his experience with the new Fantasmic! Dining package. We also talk about the new Frozen Fun and Freeze the Night Away dance party that replaced Mad T Party. Plus all of the latest news and rumors.

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