First Look: The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Goofy’s Flying School and More

After a recent update, the Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure re-opened today and we got a first look before the park opened at some of the new and exciting attractions coming to the Disneyland Resort within the next couple of years and here’s what we have learned of the upcoming additions:

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Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – This attraction, which is slated to open in 2011 is also coming to the Magic Kingdom in 2012. Boarding what looks at first to be a clammobile from the Nemo & Friends attraction at Epcot (the vehicles here are simply called clamshells), guests actually enter the doorless vehicles from the sides (as the vehicle will be perpendicular to the guest at loading). A vehicle identified as Triton’s Chariot will be able to directly support a wheelchair. In the loading area will be a mural telling the story of The Little Mermaid and measuring in at an amazing 86 foot length and 12 foot height.

On display is a layout of the attraction at 1:96 scale and maps out all of the defined areas of the attraction. After boarding the vehicle (Scene 1): the guest will travel to see Scuttle and Sebastion (Scene 2); descend (Scene 3) into Ariel’s Grotto (Scene 4) where the guest will encounter an audio animatronic of Ariel holding a chest in her lap and a figure of a dancing couple as she sings ‘Part of Your World.’ According to the plans on display, Ariel will be capable of almost 30 separate functions including full control of her pupils (as well as blinking) and full mouth movement. Guests will then continue on to journey under the sea which includes new effects to enhance the sensation (Scene 5); Travel to Ursula’s Lair (Scene 6); ascend (Scene 7) to the ‘Kiss the Girl’ scene (Scene 8); journey on to Love’s First Kiss (Scene 9); and finally live Happily Ever After (Scene 10) before unloading (Scene 11).

Interestingly enough, the attraction’s ride system and vehicles are being constructed in Japan.

Goofy’s Sky School – A redo of Mulholland Madness and also expected to open in 2011, Goofy’s Sky School is based on the classic ‘how to’ cartoons featuring every one’s favorite talking dog. Although it looks like the billboards will remain (but re-themed), the facades will all be lowered to ground level, opening the attraction up. Guests will enter the queue through a ‘control tower’ designed to fit in with the early seaside attraction theming of Paradise Pier. The vehicles will also remain the same but will receive a paint and decal makeover as well as a hood ornament of sorts.

Red Car Trolley – Probably one of the more highly anticipated new attractions of the park makeover is the addition of the Red Car vehicle system for moving around the park. At a height of  10’4″ and approximate length of 26′, the ‘butterfly-wing’ grilled cars are reminiscent of their inspiration from the 1920s and 30s. They are battery powered despite the presence of overhead wires which exist only for show. As they are shown, the cars will seat 20 guests as well as one guest with a wheelchair/ECV in addition to the vehicle operator. There are four stops connecting Buena Vista Street with Hollywood (where tracks have already been embedded into the streets). A map shows proposed wig wag locations for the system: Buena Vista, Carthay Circle and Tower/Bugs. As a sidebar, concept art reveals that the vehicles (or perhaps specially designed ones) can serve as entertainment vehicles as the Omnibus has at Magic Kingdom for example.

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D23 to Offer Members Free Sneak Peek Event for DVC’s Aulani Resort

On June 30, D23 members will have the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the Aulani Disney Vacation Club Villas in Ko Olina, Hawaii at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets, which will be available on June 23, are free but carry a $5 processing fee charge.

D23 will also offer a ‘Disney’s Hawaiian  History’ exhibit as guests mingle to deejay provided entertainment, Hawaiian refreshments and a special photo-op with a Disney character. As tradition with the D23 events, guests will receive a complimentary gift, this time co-branded with DVC.

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Photo Gallery: ‘World of Color’ Blue Carpet Premiere and Show at Disneyland Resort

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In an event fitting only for a spectacle such as the new World of Color at Disney California Adventure, Disneyland pulled out all the stops, inviting celebrities, media and lucky members of the viewing public to dine at a visual feast. On the scene to report for us was Kelly Noble, a first-time contributor for Stitch Kingdom.

A-Listers such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy came out to show their support along with their contemporaries which included comedic actor Jason Segel (who write and starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and is currently doing the same for The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever),Twilight star Peter Facinelli, Vanessa Hudgens, the kids from ABC’s Modern Family (along with Rico’s sister, actress Raini Rodriguez), Jamie Lee Curtis, John Stamos, Wayne Brady, Jodi Benson (known for being the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Barbie in Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3), Geena Davis and Teri Hatcher, just to name but a few. Even former Bachelor Jake Pavelka walked the blue carpet with Vienna Girardi in tow.

Disney legends and celebrities strolled the great blue way too. On hand to celebrate was prolific composer and Disney legend Richard Sherman, Disney CEO and President Robert Iger and Disney Parks and Resorts President Tom Staggs.

After the jump is our extensive photo gallery of the preparation of the event as well as the blue carpet experience. We do recommend you use the PicLens link to view it as a complete slideshow, but feel free to browse the photos individually

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Disney Fine Artist Noah to Present Custom 5 Foot Tall Vinylmation for ‘World of Color’

A portion of the 5' Tall World of Color Vinylmation by NoahYesterday, the official Vinylmation blog offered a tease in the way of a photo of a portion of what is unquestionably a vinylmation figure (left). Also unquestionable is the airbrushed artistic flair of a Disney artist I’ve come to know and love ever since we met at the D23 Expo, Noah.

A portion of the 5' 'World of Color' Vinylmation by NoahWe reached out to Noah, who is also the resident artist of Disneyland’s D Street, for a comment but he was feeling a bit coy and wouldn’t quite give up the goods. He did, however, eventually tweet out this cryptic message along with a photo (right) which suspiciously looks like the front of a giant painted Mickey Mouse form. In fact, we even spotted what looks like it could very well be Noah’s signature right where Mickey’s nose would be.

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Big Sale for Annual Passholders and DVC Members at Disney Parks July 24

On July 24, 2010, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. local times, Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can enjoy an early shopping opportunity with incredible discounts of up to 50% off select merchandise items, special doorbusters, surprise markdowns and more at the World of Disney® Store in the Downtown Disney® District.  The first 1000 Annual Passholders or Disney Vacation Club Members at the World of Disney® Store on July 24, 2010, will receive a complimentary gift.

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Disneyland Website Creates Personalized ‘Summer Nightastic’ Videos

Personalized video from Disneyland's MySummerNightastic.comThe Disneyland Resort has been consistently knocking them out of the park lately with its web sites and mini-sites offering fun interactivity in all new ways.

Following the bleeding edge World Of Color Creator, with which we were the first to share the news (although perhaps a bit early), the Disneyland Resort now goes slightly more event generic with the Summer Nightastic personalized video creator at MySummerNightastic.com.

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Video: Disney Characters Perform Diski Dance in Honor of the 2010 World Cup

In honor of the 2010 World Cup coming up in just a couple of days, our beloved Disney friends (mostly at the lead of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command) boogie down to the diski dance, the South African tradition that gets the world moving. Composed of moves with names that include the juggle, header, the bridge and table mountain, diski (which is slang for soccer) is based loosely on the moves young South Africans perform when practising the sport.

Video comes courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Netherlands

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First Look: Disneyland Annual Passholder Exclusive Trading Pin

'World of Color' Pin Annual Passholder ExclusiveThe Disneyland Resort has offered up this first look at the annual passholder exclusive pin honoring the opening season for its World of Color water show spectacular at Disney California Adventure.

The limited release pin is available only at select retail locations within the Disney California Adventure park including P.T. Flea Market and retails for $7.95. Annual Pass must be presented during time of purchase.

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Video: Disney Magic Unites Couple at Magic Kingdom Decades Before They Met

Local NBC affiliates have been running this story about Alex and Donna Voutsinas, a couple whose paths crossed in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom when they were both children, only to meet and eventually marry years later. When sifting through family photos for their wedding photos, a particular picture of young Donna caught her fiance’s eye when he spotted his father (and himself) in the photo’s background.

WPTV of West Palm Beach, FL’s coverage is below:

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Vinylmation Offers First Look at Glow-in-the-Dark 3″ and 9″ Blank; Sets Date for Vinylmation, Jr. #2

Vinylmation 3" Glow in the Dark BlankThe official Disney Vinylmation blog today features a first look at the 9″ and 3″ versions of the glow-in-the-dark Vinylmation ‘Create Your Own’ blank figures which it will be offering as a limited release at the Disneyland Resort later this week. No release dates have been set for the Walt Disney World Resort or DisneyStore.com yet.

The blog also lists a Disneyland Resort debut of June 18 for Vinylmation, Jr. Series #2.

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