Sunday, September 14, 2014

#Disneyland60....Today In Disneyland History....September 14, 2012

Mickey’s Halloween Party Kicks Off
September 14, 2012

On September 14, 2012 Halloween Time officially began at the Disneyland Resort. This year, Park guests can took part in such spooky events as The Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland, Disney’s Happiest Haunts Guided Tour, "The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition" and The Pirates League. With Mickey’s Halloween Party came a wide variety of spooktacular activities perfect for this Bootiful time of year at Disneyland.  Disneyland was transformed into the ultimate “neighborhood” for Trick-or-Treating during Mickey’s Halloween Party.

This separate ticketed event included such perennial favorites as:
·         Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular, exclusively for Mickey’s Halloween Party guests
·        Admission to the Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time
·        Meet-and-greets with your Disney and Pixar pals and Disney Villains
·        Special treat stations offering both yummy candy and healthy goodies
·        Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade
·        Special dance parties

In addition, access to nearly all attractions, including all the Halloween-themed attractions such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday were ready to take you to another world. 

Continuing the tradition, tickets are now on sale for this year’s Mickey’s Halloween Party. Each ticket includes:

Admission to Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event's start time.
Complimentary parking for one standard-size vehicle. Larger vehicles may require an additional fee.

Ticket and Event Information:
  • May not be combined with other discounts.
  • No ticket is required for Guests 2 and under.
  • Space is limited and tickets are available while supplies last. Subject to capacity and other restrictions.
  • Tickets are valid for admission to the designated party and to the theme park beginning at a specified time prior to party commencement.
  • Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be sold or transferred for commercial use.
  • Days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, services, stores and restaurants, appearances of Disney Characters and applicable theme park may vary and are subject to change without notice.

Mickey’s Halloween Party starts September 26 and runs on select dates through October 31.  To purchase tickets, head on over to Mickey's Halloween Party but don’t be left with an empty Trick or Treat bag-this event sells out every year.  Boo to you! That’s what happened today in Disneyland history.  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

#Disneyland60....Today In Disneyland History....September 13, 2010

Minnie’s Moonlit Madness Competition
September 13, 2010

On September 13, 2010, was a night of clues and trivia as 350 teams of cast members, family and friends scavenger-hunted their way through Disneyland Park looking to be the “big cheese” during the 2010 Minnie’s Moonlit Madness. During the event, Cast Members got to show how much “Disney” they knew in the form of a special trivia-based Q&A session followed by a two-hour scavenger hunt. This epic adventure, is an annual event hosted at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Employees from around the company  assembled a group of four co-workers, family or friends for a night filled with clues, mysteries, math, puzzles and, of course, madness! And similar to any traditional challenge, there’s also a time limit and a special catch: Each team must attempt to complete 10 assignments (one at a time) by midnight… while tied together by rope!
From answering mind boggling multiple-choice questions to solving riddles throughout the scavenger hunt, or even learning a brand new dance routine to get the next assignment, Minnie’s Moonlit Madness has become a must-attend employee event for the past 28 years. It is the one time each year that the cast can get together for not only a fun night of charity but show off their knowledge of all things Disney – even the teeny, tiny details such as how many pairs of snowshoes are there in Frontierland are a part of the clues. The 2010 winning team was led by Stephanie Mandelsberg who worked in Fantasyland attractions. The top three teams received medals and bragging rights!

Each year a local nonprofit organization is chosen to receive the proceeds from the event. During the 2010 event, Mercy House received $5,500 to help them in their quest to provide supportive services to homeless families in Orange County and the city of Ontario. Minnie’s Moonlit Madness is one on one of the most anticipated employee events at The Walt Disney Company.  Although the end-goal is to win the competition and medal, employees also give back to a nonprofit organization with their Minnie’s Moonlit Madness entry fee. Next time you visit Disneyland, see if you can figure out just how many pair of horseshoes there are in Frontierland.  And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

#Disneyland60....Today In Disneyland History....September 12, 2009

First D23 Expo in Anaheim
September 12, 2009

On September 12, 2009, the first annual D23 Expo continued for its third day at the Anaheim Convention Center near the Disneyland Resort. The third day's schedule of more than 15 events included "So You Want to Be an Imagineer" with Marty Sklar, a behind the scenes look at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts with Chairman Jay Rasulo, a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs panel discussion with Don Hahn, and a D23 Expo live auction.  During this first D23 Expo, also known as the Ultimate Fan Experience, the Anaheim Convention Center hosted Disney fans from all over the world from September 10–13, 2009. It featured pavilions from Walt Disney Imagineering, showcasing models and tests for future attractions, Corporate Responsibility, which feature a photo op, as well as projects for overseas troops and homeless shelters, Disney Consumer Products, showing the many products being sold by Disney within the next few years, a Disney Dream Store, costumes and props from the Walt Disney Archives, a Collectors Forum, where people from all over the country showcased and sold memorabilia.

Events were held in the D23 Arena, Stage 23, Storytellers Theatre, and Walt Disney Studios Theatre. Many future projects were announced, including an expansion of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, an extensive re-hauling of Star Tours for Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios, a film based on the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, a fourth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, a new Muppet film, as well as clips and sneak previews promoting projects such as Prep & Landing, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast in 3-D, a set of viral Muppet videos, and a film series with Guillermo del Toro.

Celebrity appearances included John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Patricia Heaton, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Burton, Selena Gomez, Donny Osmond, Tom Bergeron, Kym Johnson, Betty White, Robin Williams, Joseph Fiennes, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, as well as live performances by Miley Cyrus, Honor Society, and the Muppets.

As announced at the annual shareholders meeting in 2010, the D23 Expo did not return in 2010, but appeared to the Anaheim Convention Center through August 19–21, 2011. A then-new event called "Destination D" was held at the Disneyland Hotel ballroom in Anaheim, California on September 24–25, 2010. 

Each year Destination D would have a new theme, with the 2010 event's theme being "Disneyland '55."  These events now alternate each year with this year’s Destination D “Attractions Rewind” being held at Walt Disney World on November 22 & 23. Tickets are currently on sale for D23 2015 to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14- 16.  You won’t want to miss out on the largest Disney fan event in the world, the D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of Disney entertainment, uniting all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof.  And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

#DIsneyland60....Today In Disneyland History....September 11, 2001

The Day That Would Change The WorldSeptember 11, 2001

September 11, 2001 will forever be a somber reminder in not just Disneyland history but in the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere and permanently etched in our and proof that from the ashes, remarkable things can arise.   That fateful morning of September 11, 2001 brought about the morning terrorist attacks on The Pentagon, New York City's World Trade Center, and in the air over Pennsylvania, The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and The Disneyland Resort in California, closed without incident.  The closures marked only the second time Disneyland has locked its gates in its then 56-year history due to a national tragedy. The first time followed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963. All resort hotels remain opened and provides accommodations to guests who were unable to leave. Phone charges were suspended so that guests could reach family. 

 At Disney World, Cast Members in all 4 parks are instructed to hold hands and form a human wall and gently, without touching guests, walk towards the hub of each park and eventually towards the exit. The result calmly aided all guests in leaving the Parks. Security followed each human wall to make sure no guest was able to get past.

At Disneyland Resort, which had not yet opened when the attacks occurred and thus were able to remain closed for the day, the food and beverage stations remained open at no charge for guests who were on property. AMC Theaters at Downtown Disney showed free Disney films for stranded Resort guests.  Across the county, The Disney Stores also closed for the day as did Disney's Broadway shows in New York and on the road. Like hundreds of other families around the world, Disney also lost one of its own when John Beug, a former vice president at Walt Disney Records, lost his life as a passenger on the plane that struck 1 World Trade Center.

Michael Eisner released a statement to Cast Members explaining the Disney closings. In closing, he ended his note with these words:

"Finally let me say our company around the world will continue to operate in this sometimes violent world in which we live, offering products that reach to the higher and more positive side of the human equation."

Each year, to commemorate Patriot’s Day, a special Flag Retreat ceremony is held on Main Street.  No one will ever forget how the world was changed this day in history but the resilience and spirit of people everywhere showed we can and will go on.  And that's what happened today in our history. 

"Tomorrow will be better as long as America keeps alive the

ideals of freedom and a better life ..." - Walt Disney

Monday, September 8, 2014

#Disneyland60....Today In Disneyland History....September 8, 1998

Disneyland Submarine Takes Last Voyage
September 8, 1998

On September 8, 1998, Disneyland's Submarine Voyage attraction closed its hatch with a 7 a.m. ceremony officiated by U.S. Navy Commander Robert Thomas. Started in June 1959, the Nautilus and seven sister submarines - the Triton, Sea Wolf, Skate, Skipjack, George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Ethan Allen - had allowed 38 Disneyland guests at a time to take their own voyage with a major portion of the  simulated  voyage taking place under the Arctic Ocean's polar ice cap. 

 The attraction, which featured ride vehicles designed to look like Navy nuclear submarines, opened on June 14, 1959 as the Submarine Voyage and was one of the first rides to require an E ticket. The Submarine Voyage was part of a major expansion of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, which also included the Matterhorn Bobsleds roller coaster, an expanded version of Autopia, the Disneyland Monorail, and the Motor Boat Cruise with the attraction originally planned to feature glass-bottom boats and when initially conceived, the Submarine Voyage was to feature real fish and other sea creatures, though the idea proved to be unfeasible. 

 It closed on September 9, 1998, at that time, it was reported that the attraction would reopen with a new theme by 2003, but that did not come to pass. The attraction ultimately reopened in June 2007 themed to Disney·Pixar's Finding Nemo, and now operates as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

 Currently, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is also undergoing reimagining but it is tentatively planned to reopen this fall.  Whether it is to the North Pole, or to Australia, the Submarines at Disneyland remain one of its iconic attractions.  And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history.  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

#Disneyland60....Today In Disneyland History....September 7, 2011

Finishing Touches Put on Carthay Circle
September 7, 2011

On September 7, 2011, Walt Disney Imagineering put the finishing touches on the new Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure Park with its crowning feature – a cupola modeled after the one which sat atop the real theatre which was the site of the 1937 world premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  

In June 2012, a fanciful larger-scale replica of the theater building was finally opened in the Buena Vista Street section of Disney California Adventure Park. Although this replica is larger than a version that opened as the "Once Upon a Time" gift shop on the Sunset Boulevard section in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, it is still slightly smaller than the 1926 original, and has a modified exterior footprint and interior floor plan. While there is no actual theatre inside, the building houses the "Carthay Circle Lounge" on the first floor, and both the "Carthay Circle Restaurant" and the members-only "Club 1901" on the second floor. The restaurant is located on a circular plaza known as Carthay Circle on the new Buena Vista Street giving the impression that the theater is named for its location on a circular plaza. Also, the original's signature circular floor plan is absent from the replica building, and the circular parapet is squared off from the outside. Carthay Circle Restaurant occupies the second floor of a detailed reproduction of the iconic Carthay Circle Theatre. 

The decor reflects the romance and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age, including references to the accomplishments of Walt Disney and his original animators. See Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Courvoisier cels—the only animated art ever to hang in Walt Disney’s home—and charming pastoral scenes from the movie painted on the vaulted ceiling of the main dining room. Advance reservations for dining at Carthay Circle Restaurant are highly recommended. For booking, please check availability and make your reservations online, or call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463 up to 60 days prior to your visit. Reservations can also be made in person on a limited basis, subject to availability.  Better yet, take advantage of the World of Color Dining Package which includes a 3 course prix fix meal as well as seats in the preferred viewing area for the nightly spectacular World of Color.  Whether stopping in for a relaxing break in the Lounge, or enjoying one of the best meals Disneyland has to offer, don’t miss Carthay Circle Restaurant.  And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history.  

Saturday, September 6, 2014

#Disneyland60....Today In Disneyland History....September 6, 2010

Maliboomer Takes Last Blast
September 6, 2010

On September 6, 2010, Visitors took their final “blast” in Disney California Adventure Park’s the Maliboomer attraction. Plans were to begin removing the ride which Disney has long planned to demolish the following day. It was decided that the thrill ride, with the tag line “It’s A Blast” shot riders up 180 feet, would no longer fit with the theme of the Paradise Pier area, which would soon take on an early 1900s feel as part of a massive redesign of Disney California Adventure Park

One of the opening day attractions of the Park, The Maliboomer was an  an S&S Power "Space Shot" attraction, which meant that it launched guests from the bottom of the tower instead of slowly lifting them to the top and dropping them from there. The ride was pneumatically powered, with three connected towers, each with its own independent ride system. It also contained "Scream Shields", used to block the screams from reaching residents near the ride.

The concept of the Maliboomer came from a space-themed version of the popular "high striker" attraction on many boardwalks and carnivals. The concept was that men test their strength by hitting a mallet and ringing the bell, impressing their dates and winning them large stuffed animals. The attraction's name also hinted at this theme, since it alludes to the beach town of Malibu, California.

As part of the park's multi-year, $1.1 billion expansion, the Maliboomer was originally planned to be remodeled, but it was later announced that the ride would not survive the park's expansion. The ride's last operating day was September 6, 2010 and the dismantling of the attraction began shortly afterwards.  And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history.

Friday, September 5, 2014

#Disneyland60...Today In Disneyland History.....September 5, 2001

Rocket Rods Close
September 5, 2001

On September 5, 2001 Rocket Rods, a high-speed Tomorrowland attraction closed. The Rocket Rod took riders through the building housing Star Tours, Star Trader and the Starcade, offering views of all three through a glass tunnel.  The ride, meant to evoke a futuristic rapid transit system.  Opening on May 22, 1998 as part of the New Tomorrowland, this high-speed attraction ran on a renovated PeopleMover track. Riders entered the attraction through the former Circle-Vision 360° building at the front of Tomorrowland.

Guests boarded an unusual 5-seat Rocket Rod before moving forward to a staging area similar to one used for drag racing. Anticipation was built by the lights changing from red, to yellow, to green, and then having the vehicle zoom down a straightaway toward the entrance of Tomorrowland, before quickly decelerating at the curve in the track. During the development phase, Disney was unable to obtain sponsors to aid in the funding of the attraction; thus, the turns remained without any super elevation, requiring the sudden acceleration/deceleration. When the attraction was open, this straightaway was used for a small wheelie as well. Segments of the tunnel were entirely opaque, and one turn created the effect of nearly colliding with an oncoming Rocket Rod. In reality, this was only the vehicle's reflection in a mirror. 

Afterwards, the Rocket Rod took guests into Space Mountain, during which the riders could catch a very brief glimpse of the ride. The vehicle then took riders back outside again before entering the Carousel Theater, home of Innoventions. Due to the long, slightly curved nature of this stretch of track, the Rocket Rods were able to accelerate to a comparatively high speed here. After leaving the other side of Innoventions, the Rocket Rod took riders through a series of turns and dips above Autopia and the Submarine Voyage, which closed only a few months after the opening of Rocket Rods.
Finally, the Rod passed next to the Disneyland Monorail station before entering the Rocket Rods queue building, where the riders were surprised by a strobe light and blast of air. The vehicle then traveled along the straightaway from the first leg of the ride back to the station.

Rocket Rods was the first Disneyland attraction to house a Single Rider line due to its long lines and limited capacity.  Throughout the years, rumors continue to surface about new uses for the still remaining tracks, but the thrill of riding the Rocket Rods will live on in the memories of those lucky enough to blast off.  And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

#Disneyland60.....Today In Disneyland History....September 4, 2001

Disneyana Convention Held
September 4, 2001

On September 4, 2001 The Official Disneyana Convention took place at the Disneyland Resort. This 5-day event is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire unusual Disney collectibles and meet legendary Disney personalities.  The first Disneyana Convention actually took place in 1992 at Walt Disney World in Orlando.  The original event was created in response to the ever-growing sector of Disneyana collectors.  

The convention became an annual event through 2002, including the one held at the Disneyland Resort and regularly drew thousands of Disney collectors.  The highlight of each event was the unique themed buttons and badges that were given out to each attendee in their welcome kit.  Each convention also featured a limited edition resin figure that was sold through a lottery system.  The limited production and distribution of these pieces made them instant treasures.

2003 marked the end of the Disneyana convention being hosted by the Walt Disney Company. Disneyana is a term for a wide variety of collectible toys, books, animation cels, theme-park souvenirs, ephemera and other items produced by The Walt Disney Company. Examples range from products featuring virtually every Disney character—such as Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell and others—to vintage stock certificates and company checks bearing the signature of Walt Disney.  

The Art Corner was a retail store that operated at Disneyland from 1955 until 1966 which sold souvenirs and Disneyana items. The Walt Disney Company subsequently opened "Disneyana Shops" on Main Street, U.S.A. at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. High end collectible paintings, prints and figurines can now be found at The Disney Gallery and "Art of Disney Parks" stores.

The ranks of Disneyana enthusiasts grew exponentially throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Today collectors can find Disneyana items for sale through a variety of online auction sites, at regional and international comic shows and other collector events. The "Official Disneyana Convention" and Disney D23 Expo are examples of events produced by the Disney Company that prominently feature collectible items. The company produces many other specialty themed events at their parks and resorts that cater to Disneyana collectors. 

 On August 14, 2015, D23 Expo will make its return to the Anaheim Convention Center near the Disneyland Resort.  The largest Disney fan event in the world, the D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of Disney entertainment, uniting all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof.  Be sure to get your tickets early for the always sold out D23 Expo. And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#Disneyland60...Today in Disneyland History....September 3, 2007

2nd Annual Disneyland Half Marathon
September 3, 2007

On September 3, 2007, Disneyland's 2nd Annual Half Marathon ("The Happiest Race on Earth") took place with more than 13,000 runners. The runner with the fastest time that year was Carlos Carballo, 24 of Cathedral City, California, with a posted time of 1:10:07 but as with all runDisney events, everyone runner is a winner.  Today the Disneyland Half Marathon has grown into one of the premiere events of its kind.  It's the place where runners' dreams come true and all held at the Happiest Place on Earth, the Disneyland Resort. When you participate in one of these magical events, you are literally putting yourself in the middle of all the excitement with spectacular runs on magical courses, special events, rundisney Kids Races, Disneyland 10K and the Dumbo Double Dare. Come join the Happiest Race on Earth!

For that ultimate challenge, there is the Dumbo Double Dare. If you think that a half marathon is just a walk in the park, you are invited to put your endurance to the test with this a 19.3-mile adventure held over two days. Participants in the Dumbo Double Dare run the Disneyland 10K on Saturday, followed by the Disneyland Half Marathon on Sunday. If you finish both races within the pacing requirements, you will be awarded the Dumbo Double Dare medal in addition to your Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.

Think you have what it takes to do it Coast to Coast? Then this is for you. Do you want the ultimate test in endurance with a Disney twist? Then join the runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge! If you complete a runDisney half marathon or marathon at the Walt Disney World Resort and a half marathon at the Disneyland Resort in the same calendar year, then you will receive a Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal commemorating your achievement!

Special in 2015, a pink edition of the Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal can be earned by running the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May and the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon in February. Those who complete this combo of races will receive this newly created medal only at the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon.

Also in 2015, participants who complete the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Disney Princess Half Marathon, and another eligible pair of Disneyland Resort & Walt Disney World Resort races will be eligible to receive the original Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal in addition to the pink version of the Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal.

First, second, or second from last, every runner in every race – from Disneyland Half Marathon and Dumbo Double Dare to Disneyland 10K, 5K and runDisney Kid Races - felt the exhilaration and excitement of having run their best race, and brought home magical memories to last a lifetime.  Be sure to check out runDisney for all the latest in race events and you too can “Run like the wind Bullseye”. And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

#Disneyland60....Today in Disneyland History.......September 2, 1979

The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Opens
September 2, 1979

On September 2, 1979, The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction opened in Disneyland's Frontierland. The "wildest ride in the wilderness" takes guests careening through dark caverns and abandoned mines. Imagineer Tony Baxter modeled the attraction after the scenery of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The exciting Big Thunder Mountain replaced the more sedate Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland.  Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was designed by Imagineer Tony Baxter and ride design engineer Bill Watkins. The concept came from Baxter's work on fellow Imagineer Marc Davis's concept for the Western River Expedition, a western-themed pavilion at the Magic Kingdom, designed to look like an enormous plateau and contain many rides, including a runaway mine train roller coaster. However, because the pavilion as a whole, was deemed too expensive in light of the 1973 construction and opening of Pirates of the Caribbean, Baxter proposed severing the mine train and building it as a separate attraction. The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad project was put on hold again in 1974 as resources and personnel were being diverted to work on constructing Space Mountain over in Tomorrowland, but this delay may have ultimately produced a smoother ride as the use of computers in attraction design was just beginning when the project was resumed.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was one of the first Disney rides to utilize computer-aided design.  Several tributes to the Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland are present at the Disneyland version. A scaled-down western town sits adjacent to the queuing lines and tracks returning to station. A Western saloon, hotel, assayer's office and mercantile appear among the buildings. This is the village of Rainbow Ridge, which used to overlook the loading platform of the sedate Mine Train through Nature's Wonderland. Disneyland's version of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was built on the land the Mine Train used to occupy. Many of the animal animatronics throughout the attraction are animatronic animals from the previous attraction. Other allusions to the Mine Train through Nature's Wonderland include:
·        The Rainbow Caverns (glowing pools of water by the first lift hill)
·        Precariously balanced rocks in the third lift hill
·        The name of the ride itself, "Big Thunder", was originally the name of an enormous waterfall the train passed on the tour. "Little Thunder" was located nearby.

On January 7, 2013, Disneyland closed the ride for an extensive refurbishment that included a new track, trains, scenery, and new ending featuring special effects such as projection mapping and smoke effects. The attraction reopened on March 17, 2014. The new track was fabricated by Dynamic Structures, the company that had previously revalued the coaster track in Space Mountain.  Today, the only question that remains is “Are you ready for the wildest, ride in the wilderness?”   And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history. 

Disney Parks Moms Panel Applications Now Open!

The Journey of a Lifetime Begins

Today begins the first step in the journey that will change the lives of pixie dusted moms, dads, and grandparents from all over the world as applications open for the 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel.  The search is now underway for this year’s new panelists that fill share their passion, trip planning knowledge, and love for Disney with people from all over.  Does this sound like it could be you?  Here’s a look at what Parks Blog and the Disney Parks Moms Panel site posted just a few short minutes ago to kick off the process.

Become Part of the Magic: How to Apply for Our Moms Panel
Do you love going on Disney Parks vacations and sharing that love with others? Are you the go-to person for your family and friends when they want to plan a magical Disney vacation? Can you successfully communicate these tips to others in clear and concise answers? Are you a stickler when it comes to grammar, spelling and punctuation? If you answered yes to these questions, we want to hear from you!
In 2008, the Walt Disney World® Moms Panel was created to serve as a forum of everyday people who used their personal knowledge of Walt Disney World® vacation experiences to offer advice to others.
Since then, the panel has become a valuable resource for thousands of Disney Parks guests. It's also grown since its initial launch to become the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Now, Disney Parks Moms Panelists not only help plan vacations for guests heading to Walt Disney World® Resort, but also answer guest questions about Disneyland® Resort, Disney Cruise Line®, Disney Vacation Club®, runDisney® and ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex.

What's It All About
Even though there are plenty of planning tools to help navigate through your Disney Parks vacation, it's still no easy task to plan a family vacation. With many theme parks, dozens of resort hotels, water parks, luxury cruise ships, shopping, dining, recreation, special events, entertainment and more, planning a Disney Parks vacation can leave some guests feeling a bit overwhelmed even before they arrive. That's where we like to help.
The Disney Parks Moms Panel is an online forum of everyday people who
answer questions and offer advice based on their own experiences and opinions. By visiting, guests can ask real Moms and Dads their tips for getting the most out of a Disney vacation. And, with an archive of questions that could fill Spaceship Earth, guests visiting the Moms Panel website also can search volumes of information provided in previously asked questions.
By sharing their own opinions and experiences, Disney Parks Moms Panelists help plan magical visits for guests vacationing at Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort, Disney Cruise Line® and Disney Vacation Club®. They also help guests participating in runDisney® events and accompanying youth sports teams to the ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex.
And that's where you come in.
Are you so passionate about Disney Parks vacations that you plan them for your family and friends in your social networks? Are you a stickler for grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure? If so, we'd like you to consider applying for the 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel and helping guests around the world who visit
Note: this year, we will not be accepting applications for Moms Panelists in the following areas: ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex, and runDisney®.
We will accept applications for the 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel beginning 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The deadline for applications to be submitted is noon ET on Friday, September 5, 2014.
All Panelists must:
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have access to a computer and an Internet connection.
  • Have visited either Walt Disney World® Resort or Disneyland® Resort at least once in the last 12 months. If applying to be a Disney Cruise Line® or Disney Vacation Club® Panelist, you must have experienced that vacation within the last 24 months.
  • Be able to complete at least approximately 10-20 written responses per week.
  • Provide their own opinions and feedback on Disney vacations.
  • Submit an autobiography and personal photo and/or video to be posted online.
  • Be available to travel to Walt Disney World® Resort during dates between December 8-15, 2014 for Training sessions. Panelists cannot bring family members or friends on the Training visit (detailed dates will be confirmed with Panelists following the search & selection).
  • Not be current employees/Cast Members of The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates or of any operating participant located at the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts, must not be immediate family members of a current employee/Cast Member of The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates or of any operating participant located at the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts, and must not currently reside with a current employee/Cast Member of The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates or of any operating participant located at the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts. In addition, participants must not be employees, contractors, advisors or consultants for, must not hold more than a de minimis ownership interest in, and must not serve on the Board of Directors of, any entity of The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates or of any entity which owns or operates any hotel, resort or theme park located in Orange, Osceola, Lake, Polk or Seminole Counties, Florida or Orange County, California.
  • Not be currently employed in the travel, hotel or theme park industries (including being a travel agent or consultant); and not be an immediate family member of, or currently reside with, people currently employed in the travel, hotel or theme park industries (including being an immediate family member of, or currently residing with a travel agent or consultant).
Persons who are selected as panelists will receive compensation based on their service and the product line that they represent. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law.
Do You Believe in Magic?

Clap your hands if you believe and then head over to  The DIsney Parks Moms Panel and let the journey of a lifetime begin.  All it takes is a little bit of Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust!

Monday, September 1, 2014

#Disneyland60...... Today In Disneyland History...........September 1, 2009

Dragon Debuts In Fantasmic
September 1, 2009

On September 1, 2009, Fantasmic’s animatronic dragon debuted during the nighttime extravaganza on the Rivers of America after facing technical trouble all summer.  This extravagant musical, pyrotechnic spectacular tells the story of the forces of good and evil as they battle in Mickey’s dream during this 22 minute show. Fantasmic combines fireworks, live actors, water effects, pyrotechnics, music, boats, rafts and projections onto large mist screens featuring reworked Disney animation. The show originated at Disneyland in 1992 after Disneyland's entertainment department was asked to create a nighttime spectacular involving water and fireworks to invigorate the space in front of the Rivers of America. Disneyland Entertainment employed the resources of Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering. Much of the area around the Rivers of America needed to be reworked, including terracing the walkways to accommodate viewing and modifying part of Tom Sawyer Island so that it could act as a stage for much of the show's live action.  Now more than 22 years, thousands of guests have gathered around the banks of the Rivers of America to see if Mickey will be able summon the forces of good to stop the evil for taking over. 

What’s the best way to view Fantasmic? From the comfort of your own reserved seat of course. The Fantasmic! Premium Viewing Dessert Package allows you to take in the show from a preferred perspective near the French Market Restaurant and CafĂ© Orleans. This premium viewing option includes a sweet dessert sampler. Guests can reserve your seat up to 30 days before the show by calling (714) 781-SHOW (7469) for ticket prices and to reserve your seat in this elevated section in New Orleans Square. Reserved seating is first come, first served, so get there early!  All guests can become a part of Fantasmic as well as Disneyland Fireworks, World of Color and Mad T Party with your very own Become part of Disneyland Resort nighttime spectaculars with Ear Hats that change colors to correspond with various shows. These technologically advanced Mickey Ears light up to match the colors and flash to the beat of each of the nighttime spectaculars.  When you're not watching the coordinating shows, switch to demo mode and enjoy your own light show.

Glow with the Show Ear Hats are $25, including tax, and are available at World of Disney store in Downtown Disney District and at select Disneyland Park locations, including: Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. ,Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., Pooh Corner in Critter Country, The Star Trader in Tomorrowland, Gag Factory in Mickey's Toontown as well as many merchandise carts.  Be sure to put Fantasmic at the very top of your “must do” list when visiting the Disneyland Resort! “Some imagination, huh?” And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history.  


Ahoy, me hearties! - Looking for an adventure on you next trip for those swashbuckling buccaneers?  Look no further - The Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage is just what you need!

We planned this event for the last night of our vacation this summer.  It runs Friday through Monday nights out of the Contemporary Resort.  Book early as it is limited space, I was able to book at 180 days before with my dining reservations so wake up early that day to call!   At the time the prices for this adventure were adults $59.00 and kids (3-9) $34.00.  Why did my son have to be 10 on this trip?  You also will pay when you book this but don't worry you will be able to cancel if you need to.  This was a surprise for my first mate and buccaneer boys so I made the card above and then had t-shirts made from Etsy (no names as I am an overprotective/crazy MOM). 

My last blog entry was entitled "The Power of the Poncho".  I know traveling in July there is always that chance for a rainstorm late afternoon each day but usually it cools things off and we carry on.  Well this past vacation those afternoon rainstorms came at about 2pm daily and never stopped until the wee hours of the night.  So of course the day our Pirate adventure was planned - it rained, no it poured with thunder and lightning to top it off!  By this time the Giardi family is not only well equipped with ponchos but umbrellas as well purchased in China at Epcot!  By day 9 we are just used to the rain and we carry on! ARRRR!

We arrive at the Contemporary by 8:30 soggy and tired but hopeful our adventure is still on for the evening!  We sign in and receive a ticket to enter and a cool bandana to wear.  We were told if the voyage is cancelled (due to lightning nearby not due to rain) they will still have the before activities and then we will head up to the top floor to watch the fireworks.  They tell us we will have a full refund if the boats don't go out.  A win-win situation.   There is a scavenger hunt around the resort and coloring pages but we just find a spot next to a quiet bystander to wait (and perhaps dry off a bit).

We are led into the ballroom by two pirates by the names of "Patch" and "Patch" and that's where it all begins.  There is a bounty of food to pillage!   Blimey!  There's popcorn, cotton candy, cookies, granola bars (okay like who's choosing those?) popcorn, a HUGE cake and treasure chest full of chocolate pieces of eight (gold coins).  Heave Ho! I must fill me pockets!  There are drinks, tea, and a freezer full of ice cream delights including some shaped like our favorite mouse.  Blow me down!  In walks none other than Captain Hook and Mr. Smee for a photo session.  Don't worry mates all will have a chance!

We were then told that although it was still raining, the lightning had passed and the voyage was on!  We gathered our booty and headed out of the doors!  Half of the crowd went with Captain Hook and luckily our half followed Mr. Smee (Captain Hook= one scary dude)!  If I didn't LOVE Disney World enough that day I was about to even more.  As we were led to boats docked behind the Contemporary we were greeted by the lifeguards with heated towels!  I thought I had died, went to heaven and took two!  

Captain Hook and Mr. Smee left us and Patch was now in charge. Patch was fantastic and led us off into the rainy Seven Seas lagoon with a pirate sing along!  There was dancing, yes dancing!  There were jokes!  What's a pirates favorite letter? "ARRRRR" and even trivia (mostly surrounding the movie Peter Pan so I was glad we rewatched it before our trip).  The boat dropped its anchor in time for the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.  We were in perfect view for Wishes and they had the audio piped in throughout the boat.  I had heard this was a perfect way to view the fireworks if you had a child sensitive to loud noises! Perfect! 

After the fireworks we headed back to the resort (note; on a clear day you would also see the Electrical Water Pageant).   More songs and trivia and my kids won more weapons (a knife and sword) to add to their lightsabers previously bought.  TSA is going to love us.  Arriving back at the docks we walked to plank, returned our heated towels - NOOO! and headed into the resort only to be greeted by Peter Pan himself! (Note: he is usually outside waiting.) He signed autographs and posed for pictures!

It's a pricy adventure especially with those 10 year old "adults" but even in the rain, it was worth the doubloons (pirate money - like I'm not saving that one for Jeopardy?). 

So... As for the booking the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage on your next Walt Disney World vacationI'm totally "HOOKED".