Parades are a staple of the Disney Parks. Kids and adults, alike, are drawn to the parades for a number of reasons. You are exposed to a barrage of famed Disney characters – you will see more in the span of 15 minutes than anywhere else. The characters also frequently ride in on large, creative floats. Then, there is the music that accompanies the parade, a main theme playing alongside music associated with each set of characters. Parades appeal to our inner child (and/or our nostalgic side), reminding us of the sense of wonder we experienced when we first watched these characters on screen. For Pixar Fest, the Pixar Play Parade made its triumphant return to Disneyland, and it came with lovely new additions. [Read more…]
I love the theming of Disneyland – it is the aspect of the park that I admire most, that brings me back again and again, to see all the little details that I only see upon close examination. One way that I get transported to the different lands and areas of the park is the presence of the various foods and snacks that add to the theming. For the next few months, Disneyland is celebrating Pixar Fest, which has Pixar taking over so many corners of the two theme parks (and downtown area) on the resort’s property. I had the chance to take a peek at many of the food items that visitors to the Parks will see – watch the video after the break. [Read more…]
Yesterday, I wrote in-depth about the centerpiece of Pixar Fest, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular.” My experience watching the show was an incredible one, from the opening of the show where Buzz Lightyear flies over Sleeping Beauty Castle, to the sequence where Coco music, much like for the film, almost made me cry in front of strangers. There is a lot of thought that goes into developing a show with so many lovely details. On the eve of the opening of Pixar Fest, I had the opportunity to participate in a video interview where I was able to dive deep into what makes the show so special. [Read more…]
When you think of Disneyland, there are a few things that come to mind – among them are attractions, parades, great snack selection, and fireworks. Pixar Fest, which is the limited-time celebration of Pixar and its characters, is now officially underway at the Disneyland Resort – given that it’s a special event, there are plenty of entertainment options, but the crown jewel is “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular.” It is one of the most technologically advanced fireworks shows that Disneyland has developed and it shows. I had the opportunity to watch the show on the eve of the start of Pixar Fest and, in my view, it is a serious spectacle. [Read more…]
Hundreds of thousands of runners take part in various races around Disney’s theme park properties every year, making runDisney one of the most popular avenues for competitors in the world. There is already a huge community of running enthusiasts – add in Disney to the equation and you can understand what the draw is for people to want to run one of these races. We have just learned that one series of races in 2017 will be entirely themed around Pixar’s films. Find more details after the break. [Read more…]
The grand redesign of the Disney California Adventure theme park, which was completed in 2012, featured two major changes – Buena Vista Street would provide the park with its own version of Main Street, U.S.A, and Cars Land would be the first “land” in a Disney park fully recreating a film setting. Both additions have been meet with universally rave reviews, but that does not mean everything was perfect. Disney has announced a completely new version of the Luigi’s Flying Tires attraction will soon be installed. Find more details after the break! [Read more…]
A fairly common trend over the last few years has been a growing frustration among some people at the idea that the Christmas season is beginning earlier and earlier. Holiday music starts playing well before Thanksgiving, decorations go up near the beginning of November, and so on. In the world of film, the closest parallel is that of awards season (or the ever-expanding length of the summer movie season). There was a time when the Oscars were presented near the end of March. These days, it seems more likely that the Oscars ceremony might soon come near the beginning of February or beforehand. That, of course, has a ripple effect: every other awards body announces its victors before the Oscars, with some organizations starting, this year, as early as two weeks from now. But even the Oscars are jumping the gun, at least in terms of announcing some features and shorts that have made it onto their shortlists and longlists. Those lists include potential nominees for Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short. For Pixar, there’s good and bad news within those lists.
Quoting the late Walt Disney is fairly commonplace in the world of the Disney theme parks. Anywhere you walk in Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you’ll see a quote attributed to Disney, whether or not the quote is totally accurate. (He may not have said, in so many words, “If you dream it, you can do it,” for example.) One quote that is prevalent and does belong to him can be spotted in a plaque at the gateway between the entrance plaza to the Magic Kingdom (or Disneyland Park) and Main Street, U.S.A.: “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” In short, if you allow yourself to submit to the cloistered theme-park worlds within, you are essentially engaging in a potent, immediate form of escapism.
With a test video of Mike Wazowski taking over Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park leaking out yesterday, we were left wondering just what the spectacle was tied to. With Epcot closed for the night except to the press, a huge Mike projection was shined upon the iconic Epcot structure, to share the announcement that the Magic Kingdom park at Disney World and the Disneyland and California Adventure parks in California would all remain open for a 24-hour stretch at the start of Memorial Day weekend. Watch the gigantic Mike Wazowski make the announcement after the break!
Pixar’s parent company, Disney, has more resources to promote its upcoming films than rival studios. The Disney Parks and various Disney channels allow the company to extend its arm beyond the promotion that we see most often, such as trailers and commercials. In addition to organizing “meet and greets” with film characters at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the company has recently started to theme its park monorails in a creative fashion. Earlier today, Disney World debuted a monorail that is covered with Monsters University characters. Take a look after the break!