Saturday, May 23, 2015

Disney Facts: A brief history of fireworks at Disneyland

The new Disneyland Forever fireworks, which debuted May 22, 2015 for the park's Diamond Celebration, is the latest iteration of in a long line of fireworks shows.
Disney publicity photo
New projections down Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland which coincides
with the new fireworks.

It should be noted that fireworks shows did not begin with the park opened on July 15, 1955, but started in 1956 with a display called “Fantasy In the Sky.” The show was timed to coincide with a musical soundtrack played throughout Disneyland.

The "Fantasy In The Sky" started regularly in 1958 until October 1999. It wasn't until 1961 that Tinker Bell joined the show, flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle, according to Disney.

The millennium brought a change to the show with “Believe … There’s Magic in the Stars,” which incorporated forms of narrative storytelling with enhanced choreography of the fireworks. This lasted until 2004.

From 2004 to 2005, "A Fantasy in the Sky" show took place.

From 2005 to 2010, "Remember... Dreams Come True" show as introduced.

In addition to the daily shows, Disneyland introduced special holiday shows, including "Halloween Screams" for Halloween and "Believe... In Holiday Magic," for Christmas.

The latest show includes fog, lasers, computerized laser-mapping, inflatables and spotlights. Disneyland uses 17 projectors to immerse audiences into surroundings on Main Street, U.S.A. More than 25 video projectors are used parkwide.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Disney Cruise Line has added sailings from New York in the fall of 2016

The Disney Cruise Line is adding sailings from New York in the fall of the Bahama that include a story at Disney World. 

It also announced a new 7-night Caribbean cruise from Miami,
Disney publicity photo

Here are the specifics, according to Disney:

Oct. 7, 2016: The Disney Magic will sail from New York on an 8-night Bahamian cruise that includes stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas; and Port Canaveral, Florida, which is located just one hour from the Walt Disney World Resort.

Oct. 15, 22 and 29, 2016: The Disney Magic will sail from New York on 7--night cruises that stop at Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral.

Each of the cruises has an option to visit Disney World. 

Oct. 2, 2016:  The Disney Magic will sail from New York on a 5-night cruise to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. 

The new Miami cruises include:

Nov. 20 and Dec. 4, 2016: The Disney Magic will sail from Miami to the Western Caribbean including Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay.

Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, 2016: The Disney Magic will sail to the Eastern Caribbean including Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. On Dec. 23, the Disney Magic will sail to Tortola, San Juan and Castaway Cay.
Nov. 16, 2016: A 4-night Bahama cruise.

Dec. 18, 2016: A 5-night Bahama cruise.

Dec. 30, 2016: A six-night Western Caribbean cruise.

The Galveston cruises include:

Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec. 9, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, 2016: The Disney Wonder will sail on a seven-night Bahamian itinerary from Galveston to Key West, Castaway Cay and Nassau.

Dec. 2, 2016: The Disney Wonder will sail on a 7-night Caribbean itinerary from Galveston to Falmouth, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. 

Dec. 16, 2016: The Disney Wonder will sail from Galveston on a 7-night cruise to Cozumel, Costa Maya and Grand Cayman. 

Nov. 10 and Nov. 14, 2016: Two four-night sailings to Cozumel on.

Video: Darth Vader places a Stormtrooper in Carbonite

Stormtroopers have a reputation of being the "comic relief" in the Star Wars Universe. I mean, they can't shoot. They are forever missing their targets.

During a pre-show at Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios in Disney World, the Stormtroopers take front and center. In this great little comedy skit, they argue over the proper pronunciation of Han Solo. Is it Han? Hans? or Hanz? In addition, there is one part of the show in which Darth Vader places one of the troopers in Carbonite. See what happens.

2 special Vinylmations being released May 22 at Disneyland and Disney World

Two special Vinylmations are scheduled to be released at Disneyland and Disney World on May 22.

Disneyland will kick off its Diamond Celebration with releasing a special Limited Edition 60th Crystal Vinylmation

A Disney World, there will be a special Star Wars Weekends 2015: Luke and Han Solo Vinylmation available at Galactic Gathering at Hollywood Studios.

D23 releases first look at special merchandise for D23 EXPO 2015

D23 released its first look at the D23 EXPO 2015 themed official merchandise and specialty items.

The special merchandise include: t-shirts, baseball caps, hats, D-Tech, jewelry, drinkware, souvenirs, accessories, pins, and Vinylmation and an “R4-D23” droid.

Special Disney Theme Park Merchandise available includes special offerings from: ACME Archives Limited, ALEX AND ANI, Steve Adams, Dave Avanzino, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, David Bird, Britni Brault, Stephen Cargile, Bob Elias, Collector’s Choice, Disney Design Group, Disney Dream Collection, Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions, Disney Parks│PANDORA, Dooney & Bourke, HARVEYS, Ink & Paint Artists, Rob Kaz, Jerrod Maruyama, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, James Mulligan, Rick O’Brien, Robert Olszewski, Maggie Parr, Mike Peraza, Larry Nikolai, Precious Moments, Linda Rick, Tim Rogerson, Javier Soto, George Scribner, Sketch Artists Michelle St. Lauren and Yakovetic.

In addition, there will be special Dream Store autograph sessions and at the event.

Now through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children D23 Members and general admission can be purchased at

Special D23 t-shirt

Special “R4-D23” droid

Regal releasing special Tomorrowland pin with new movie on May 22

Pins are a hug part of Disney culture and now it will be part of Disney movie culture.

Regal Entertainment Group will will have an exclusive "Tomorrowland" limited pin giveaway starting May 22.

Those who use their Regal Crown Club card will receive one pin per transaction while supplies last.

"Collecting and trading pins has been a longstanding Disney tradition," Ken Foreman, vice president of film marketing at Regal Entertainment Group said in a news release. "Through our partnership with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, we are proud to continue the tradition with this limited edition Tomorrowland pin available only to our loyal Regal Crown Club members."

"Tomorrowland" stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson. "Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland. What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever," according to the official description.