The Disneyland Resort has announced it will be casting both male and female ‘hand-and-rod puppeteers’ for a ‘new exciting and high-energy parade that winds its way through the heart of the Disneyland Park.’ While it has already been announced that Disneyland will be getting its own signature version of Hong Kong Disneyland’s ‘Paint the Night’ parade for the 60th Anniversary, that parade does not make use of hand-and-rod puppets, which are the type of puppets most associated with ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘The Muppets.’
It’s not much to go on and we have admittedly jumped the gun before, but an announcement by Disney Publishing Worldwide has renewed our speculation that Duffy’s gal pal, Shellie May, may finally be coming stateside to join the original Disney bear. Since our original speculation — based on trademarks — she has in fact shown up in the United States in the form of merchandise sold at the Aulani resort in Hawaii. Oddly enough, Duffy has found an additional new friend at the Tokyo Disney Resort in the form of an art-loving cat by the name of Gelatoni.
Shortly after the holiday pixie dust settles and Main Street, USA sparkles from being thoroughly cleaned by
soap snow, the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California will begin prepping for a brand new night-time parade to begin during its 60th anniversary year.
The confirmed news comes way of two recently posted casting calls for both male and female dancers with auditions taking place the second week of January, 2015 (a start date for the parade itself was not provided). Although vague on details, the notices are looking to find ‘performers with strong dancing skills for an exciting and high-energy nighttime parade that winds its way through the heart of Disneyland Park.’ ‘Strong movement and dance skills’ are required.
The official Disney Parks blog today confirmed an earlier report by us speculating that virtual choir maestro Eric Whitacre would be teaming up with the Disneyland Resort to produce a special presentation of his composition ‘Glow’ written for the seasonal ‘World of Color – Holiday Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure.
Submissions are now being accepted, from which 500 performers will be selected and added into the show. Deadline for auditions are set for Sunday, October 6 at midnight Pacific time. A website with more information as well as a forum to answer questions and offer guidance has been set up at WorldOfColorHonorChoir.com.
We are officially filing this in the ‘not in anyone-you-know’s-lifetime’ file, but on the heels of official confirmation that Disneyland’s exclusive Club 33 will be expanding at the Disneyland Resort beginning next year, Disney has preemptively registered domain names CLUB33DISNEYWORLD.COM and CLUB33WALTDISNEYWORLD.COM, suggesting that the expansion may take up just a tad more space than New Orleans Square’s Court des Anges.
After introducing several older (and current) theme park-only albums to the digital download sector this year, Walt Disney Music continues the trend with the soundtracks to two of the Disneyland Resort’s traditions — ‘Haunted Mansion Holiday‘ and ‘“it’s a small world” Holiday.’ Both soundtracks will be available beginning September 10, 2013 and are currently listed on Amazon.
Initially released in 2003, ‘Haunted Mansion Holiday‘ features the vocal talents of Corey Burton. Jack Skellington of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas fame, who temporarily takes up residence in the parks’ classic Haunted Mansion attraction, pays tribute to several classic Christmas carols with a nightmarish twist. The album also features a recorded ride-through of the holiday overlay.
As we previously reported, beginning November 15, 2013, Disney California Adventure will present a new holiday version of its ‘World of Color’ nighttime show, dubbed ‘World of Color — Winter Dreams.’ The show — which will be hosted by Olaf from Disney’s Frozen — will introduce new special effects along to a brand new cut of the show which will feature animation from Frozen as well as winter scenes from beloved Disney animated classics such as Bambi, Fantasia and Toy Story.
The Disney Parks official blog today confirmed earlier speculation by Stitch Kingdom that the Disneyland Resort will soon be introducing its first official Marvel meet and greet this year, that of Thor.
Earlier this month, we noted that the Disneyland Resort had issued a casting call for a mysterious, unnamed meet and greet to take place in an immersive environment. Specifically the role called for a ‘6’0” – 6’2” male to play 20 – 30 years old. Look is handsome, athletic, muscular build with broad shoulders. Be able to portray a hero type with a commanding presence. Acting experience is a plus.’
AT&T* and Disney Parks today announced an agreement that makes AT&T the official wireless provider for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
Through the agreement, AT&T will have various marketing and branding opportunities, including sponsoring Disney-created soccer and runDisney events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. In addition, Disney will join AT&T to educate Cast Members and guests about “It Can Wait®,” AT&T’s groundbreaking initiative to educate consumers about the dangers of texting while driving. AT&T and Disney will also collaborate to enhance the experience for the growing number of Disney guests using smartphones and tablets during their visit. Furthermore, Cast Members will use new mobile devices on AT&T’s network to help deliver Disney’s legendary guest service.
Last evening, Walt Disney Studios held the world premiere of Jerry Bruckheimer’s The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, at the Disney California Adventure theme park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. We were fortunate enough to be invited to join the festivities along the star-studded red carpet and are pleased to share some of our photos from the event below.
Our gallery of photos from the red carpet and its festivities are below. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version: