Yesterday, the official Disney Parks blog offered some new details on the Disneyland location of Starbucks, as the Market House is slated to close next month to begin the conversion for the parks’ Starbucks location, opening this fall — an exact closure date has not yet been announced. This will finalize plans for the Disneyland Resort where the first location has already been thriving at Disney California Adventure at the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café.
On the east coast, we’ve been keeping tabs on the development as plans for the Magic Kingdom and Epcot have already been announced and — in the case of the former — are well underway.
The most recent date we have for a scheduled opening for Starbucks at the Magic Kingdom is June 19, 2013.
Today we also received additional information for the Epcot location which will be at the current Fountainview Ice Cream Shop. While preliminary reports had the location closing this month for the conversion with a re-opening for summer, we have learned that the current plans have the location closing on April 8, 2013 with a re-opening slated for fall. A new ice cream shop in France, where the bakery previously was, will open in June.
Locations for Disney’s Hollywood studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom have yet to be confirmed.
The Disneyland Resort has announced that Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus, Walt Disney Archives, Dave Smith will offer two special sessions for annual passholders at the the Disneyland theme park on March 22, 2013, titled ‘Disneyland: The Way We Were.”
The event promises to take guests on a ‘photographic journey through the attractions, shops, restaurants and other pieces of Disneyland history.’
The events will take place at 5 and 7 pm at the Main Street USA Opera House. Wristband distribution will begin at 11:30 am on March 22 at the Opera House.
For more information, visit the official event page.
The Disneyland Resort has announced it will be offering its annual passholders the opportunity to attend a free behind-the-scenes look at the creation of its newest attraction, the Fantasy Faire. The event will include a presentation and Q&A session with Show Director Christopher Utley and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Director Michel den Dulk.
The event will take place on Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 pm in the Main Street USA Opera House. Required wristbands will be distributed at the Opera House beginning at 11:30 am that day. All attendees must be a current passholder at the time of the event.
For the event itself, the Opera House will open 15 minutes prior to the start time (5:45 pm). Seating is not guaranteed. The theater will remain open until the event time or until the theater has reached capacity, whichever occurs first. Late arrivals will not be accommodated.
For more information, visit the official event page.
The Disneyland Resort has announced that it will be offering a passholder-only preview for the new Fantasy Faire at Disneyland prior to its official opening on March 12, 2013.
The AP preview will take place between March 7 and March 9, from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Each passholder is allotted two hours within that period to experience the Fantasy Faire.
To obtain wristbands, passholders may begin registering inside the entrance to Frontierland starting at 10:30 am on the day of the event. All participating Guests (ages 3 and older) must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event and must register in person. It is recommended that all members of the party register at the same time.
Once a passholder has presented their pass and event availability has been confirmed, they will receive a color-coded event wristband for the assigned entry time period.
For more information, visit the passholder event page.
Disney Parks has updated its official Limited Time Magic schedule to include two upcoming events at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.
At Walt Disney World’s Epcot, the Canadian pavilion will play host to a ‘magical Winter Wonderland’ where guests are invited to play in ‘snow.’ The Limited Time Magic experience will also provide an opportunity to mix and mingle with some unspecified Disney Characters, though Canada has famously played host to Koda and Kenai from Disney’s Brother Bear in the past. The special event runs from January 14, 2013 through January 20.
Meanwhile at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, the Bayou Bash and Mardi Gras returns to New Orleans Square. Princess Tiana is joined by Louis the Alligator in this tribute to the Big Easy’s infamous annual celebration. For 4 weekends (January 18 – 21, January 25 – 27, February 1 – February 3 and February 8 – 12), the streets of New Orleans Square will be filled with jazz music, street performances and Cajun cuisine.
With the recently announced ‘A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue’ show at the Disneyland theme park as part of the Limited Time Magic campaign, Disneyland is offering annual passholders the opportunity to partake in an exclusive dinner show edition of the performance. Available on select days during the show’s run (Thursdays through Mondays, January 10 through February 4, 2013), the dinner will take place during the 6:30 performance and include a meal inspired by the original show’s menu. In addition, each attending passholder will receive a commemorative musical keepsake and souvenir Golden Horseshoe boot mug.
The cost to attend the dinner show is $35 per passholder (ages 3 and older) and reservations may be made by contacting (714) 781-PASS (up to 8 passholders per reservation). If needed, a Blockout Day ticket must also be purchased and presented the day of the event.
The menu is as follows:
Starter: Corn chips in a souvenir Golden Horseshoe boot mug
Entrees: Black forest ham and roast beef sandwiches
Sides: Golden raisin and carrot salad, Yukon golden potato salad, Very Berry fruit salad
Children’s Menu (available upon request): 2 PB&J sandwiches with sides
Vegetarian Option (available upon request): Vegetable and cheese sandwiches with sides
Beverages: Mint Julep, water, coffee
Dessert: Walt & Lilly’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Cake
As promised, Disney Parks made its first official schedule announcement for the upcoming ‘Limited Time Magic’ campaign in 2013 via the special LIMITEDTIMEMAGIC.COM website.
Walt Disney World will feature a nightly New Year’s Eve celebration dance party in Tomorrowland beginning December 30 and running through January 5 at the Magic Kingdom theme park. The parties will feature interaction with Disney characters as well as an hourly countdown for those little (and not-so-little) ones who struggle to make it to midnight.
Over at Disneyland Resort, two events have been announced: the Three Kings Celebration and the Salute to Golden Horseshoe Revue. From January 4 through January 6 at the Disneyland theme park, guests are invited to celebrate the end of the holiday season at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree with music, activities and cuisine that pays tribute to Southern California’s Mexican Culture.
Finally, from Thursday through Monday, January 10 through February 4, Miss Lilly and her Saloon Girls make a triumphant return to Frontierland as Disneyland will proudly present its salute to the classic theme park entertainment which opened with the park in 1955 and ran through 1986.
As we reported earlier today, we also anticipate Disney Parks announcing another campaign of sorts, titled ‘Disney Time,’ during the ABC broadcast of ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.’
There’s a definite odd-man-out in this trio of mentions, but as they all came up in one of our routine product reviews, all have the same release date and should all be on most everyone’s wish list this holiday season, here they are all presented as one beautiful-sounding package.
First up is a recent Disney Parks release, ‘The Circle Sessions: The Music of Carthay Circle,’ which was released as a CD not all that long ago exclusively at Disney California Adventure. Already heralded as a must have, the digital album features twelve Disney classics with an all-new jazzy spin as heard at the Carthay Circle Restaurant on Buena Vista Street at the Disneyland Resort theme park.
‘The Haunted Mansion‘ is another Disney Parks release based off of a physical CD previously exclusive to the parks. This beloved title features seven haunting tracks taken from the Disneyland classic attraction including the audio of the full ride-through.
Last, and certainly not least, is Cristophe Beck’s Paperman from Walt Disney Animation Studios, as seen playing before Wreck-It Ralph earlier this year.
All three titles will be available for digital download from Amazon.com beginning December 18, 2012. Previews for the first two titles are currently available on their respective product pages.
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Matterhorn Bobsled Vehicles, CA Screamin’ Sign Donated to National Roller Coaster Museum by Disneyland
More than 53 years after opening the world’s first tubular steel roller coaster, Disneyland is donating two vehicles from the iconic Matterhorn Bobsled ride at Disneyland to the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives. First open in 1959, the 1/100th replica of the real Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland, was a dream of Disneyland founder Walt Disney.
‘This is the “holy grail” of artifacts for the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archive (NRCMA),’ NRCMA Chairman Gary Slade said. ‘The Matterhorn started the modern era of roller coaster design and launched the themed ride industry.’
Tame by today’s standards, the Arrow Dynamics/Disney Imagineering designed Matterhorn remains a thrilling ride for young riders and a memory-maker for families. Described as a roller coaster ride to an icy encounter with the Abominable Snowman, the Matterhorn speeds two-car sleds 18 miles-per-hour along its nearly 2,100 foot track.
‘We’re delighted to provide these pieces of Disneyland Resort history to the National Roller Coaster Museum, an organization that celebrates our industry,’ said George A. Kalogridis, president of the Disneyland Resort. ‘The Matterhorn Bobsleds vehicles and California Screamin’ signage represent two of our most beloved attractions, from the first tubular steel-tracked roller coaster in the world to one of the longest and most thrilling.’
The Matterhorn Bobsleds was a marvel of engineering when it opened at Disneyland. The 14- story ‘mountain’ was built like a skyscraper with multiple floors and cooling units. In addition to the bobsled cars, Disney graciously donated signage from the California Screamin’ roller coaster from Disney’s California Adventure. California Screamin’, built by Disney Imagineering and Intamin, is the second longest steel roller coaster in North America. It features a musical soundtrack and the only outdoor inversions at any Disney park in the U.S.
The official presentation of the donation was made at the Golden Ticket Awards at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. on Sept. 8, 2012.
In honor of the park’s 50th anniversary, Disneyland has previously donated vehicles from both Mad Tea Party and Dumbo to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
First Look: Tinker Bell and Periwinkle Characters from Disney Parks; New ‘Secret of the Wings’ Clips
The official Disney Parks blog today shared this first image of Tinker Bell and Periwinkle /aka/ Peri /aka/ Tink’s sister as they will appear at both Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland in mid-September (September 17 in Orlando according to this site, to be precise).
Peri will be joining Tink in Pixie Hollow in honor of their upcoming 3D Blu-ray release, Secret of the Wings, available to own on October 23, 2012. For Tinker Bell and the other warm season fairies, the Winter Woods remains a mysterious and forbidden place. Secret of the Wings takes audiences on an amazing journey of discovery with Tink, into this forbidden world where she discovers a magical secret that changes her life forever.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios New Zealand, we also have a couple of new clips to share. In the first clip, titled ‘Sisters,’ Tink and Peri learn that they are ‘two fairies born of the same laugh’ in a way that only Pixie Hollow could announce the news:
The next clip, titled ‘Exactly Alike,’ overlaps a bit with a previously released clip and introduces Gliss and Spike as Peri shows her newly-discovered sibling around the Winter Woods: