Disney U.S. Parks to Consolidate Some Operations

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co said on Wednesday it will streamline some behind-the-scenes operations, including menu planning and ride design, at its two U.S. theme parks to try to offset the effects of the global economic downturn. (more…)

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Largest-Ever Gathering of ‘American Idol’ Winners Joins in Premiere of Attraction at Walt Disney World

American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest Appears with Goofy, Mickey and Minnie

American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest Appears with Goofy, Mickey and Minnie (c) Copyright Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2009) – With the largest-ever gathering of “American Idol” winners joining in the celebration, Walt Disney World Resort Thursday night raised the curtain on “The American Idol Experience,” a new attraction capturing the energy and excitement of the hit TV show.

Thursday’s grand premiere, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, was attended by all seven winners of the series, from season-one winner Kelly Clarkson to season-seven champion David Cook. Joining Cook and Clarkson were Jordin Sparks (season six), Taylor Hicks (five), Carrie Underwood (four), Fantasia Barrino (three) and Ruben Studdard (two). (more…)

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Something New to Celebrate! ‘it’s a small world’ Returns to Disneyland With New Magic – Video Included!

it's a small worldA beloved Disneyland attraction returns to Fantasyland on Friday, Feb. 6, when “it’s a small world” opens with some new storytelling magic. With the premiere of a new “Spirit of America” scene, new musical enhancements, and a new look for some of the attraction’s familiar child dolls, “it’s a small world” will once again take guests of all ages on “the happiest cruise that ever sailed.” (more…)

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Video Preview of Disneyland’s Small World Changes

Above is a video the LA Times which talks about the history of the attraction and what went into making the recent changes that sparked huge debates amongst Disney fans as well as some of the additions themselves. The accompanying article can be found here.

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New Music for Disneyland’s Small World

The addition of Disney characters and the rainforest scene isn’t all that guests will encounter when they re-acquaint themselves with the Disney theme park classic “it’s a small world.” The LA Times Travel Blog discusses how one of the world’s most famous theme songs is getting a makeover as well – including the fusion of music from several classic Disney films.

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Disneyland Feeds Boat, Trams & Trains With Leftovers

ANAHEIM, Calif., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment, Disneyland Resort announced two innovative environmental initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The Resort has begun using compressed natural gas to fuel its guest trams and recycled cooking oil to power its Disneyland Railroad steam trains and Mark Twain riverboat. (more…)

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it’s a stitch world afterall

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No, Disney hasn’t begun employing elephants in the art department, that’s an actual pin from a new set featuring Disney characters as they’ll be appearing in Disneyland’s ‘it’s a small world’ when it re-opens in February. Following suit from the attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland which features 38 Disney characters in all, the new additions to the Disneyland attraction are featured in a new limited edition pin set to be released on January 30. Originally reported by Screamscape, this article from the LA Times cover the reported so-called blunder and relives the controversy that arose when the proposed changes were first talked about.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to open Disneyland Annex

It’s hard to say who was most disappointed when Club Libby Lu announced its closure of all 98 locations, including the Downtown Disney Anaheim location: all of the adults who enjoyed spending money to cover their toddler in glitter and make-up or all of the adults who enjoyed complaining about it. While the now defunct Princess Fantasy Faire did its best to fill the greasy void, solid help is finally on the way with the debut of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique set to open mid-April. The boutique will be located in Fantasyland at the former location of Once Upon a Time… A Princess Shoppe.

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