Category Archives: Disney

Shanghai Disney Resort Big Reveal

Today the Walt Disney Company took the wraps on the exciting details of the forthcoming Shanghai Disney Resort! There were lots of media reports and footage of the Resort from the big press event.

ABC News online report

ABC US News | World News

Among other items were some great B-Roll footage of the various lands of the park that was taken during a preview of the Resort Media event that I was able to attend.

Look carefully at :23 in this video!

I’m so excited for this project to come to life and I can’t wait to see it when it opens as Bob say “Spring 2016”.

Disneyland’s 50th Celebration – Ten Years Later

I can’t believe that it has been 10 years since the 50th Anniversary celebration kicked off at Disneyland. It was such a monumental experience in my career that it seems surreal that so much time has passed. I remember the 5 months prior being such a hectic time as we got the park ready to welcome millions of people to visit. I also remember when I first started I was like – Oh! I hope I make it to the 50th, it is so far away. Even more amazing is that I had only been at the park for 4 years when it started.

So much more has happened since then as well! I’ve been really fortunate and happy that so many opportunities have been available to me and that I have done my best to achieve my goals.

This month, the Resort gets ready to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the original Magic Kingdom, the only place that Walt Disney enjoyed himself. I still get teary eyed when I look at the lamp in the window and what it symbolizes. Just today I was walking through the park and was thinking what would Walt think of how his park looks today. Buildings still looking better than ever, and all those trees he planted or saved back in 1955 have all grown up and in some cases removed, and their replacements or replacements replacement have grown up to create the lush park that we all enjoy so much.

I have never been more proud to work at Disneyland and am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to add to Walt’s Legacy and in some small way to the enjoyment of Guests from all over the world.

Back in 2005, I had a dream to do something that a friend of mine was doing that year. I received lots of advice about how to achieve my dream and worked hard through many high highs and many shall we say learning experiences. As we get ready to dazzle Guests with the 60th, I am proud to say that my dream is coming true very, very soon. I will be doing something amazing and I thank everyone who has helped in whatever way they did to get me to this point.

Oh, and it’s Cinco de Mayo! Let’s raise a glass and salute the future which begins in a few short weeks….

Disney California Adventure turns 14!

Today is the 14th anniversary of the opening of Disney California Adventure (nee Disney’s). I’ve loved this park from the very start, and part of me can’t believe it has already been 14 years. Umm, seems like yesterday I was pining on this blog for it to open!

To celebrate I’ve uploaded a few classic photos from February 3, 2001 – during the Annual Passholder preview for the park.

Sunshine Plaza during the AP preview. You can almost smell the burnt coffee grinds and hear Randy Newman singing "I Love LA"

Sunshine Plaza during the AP preview. You can almost smell the burnt coffee grinds and hear Randy Newman singing “I Love LA”

Grizzly Peak and Condor Flats from Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. If it wasn't closed for refurbishment, I'd take the same photo and you would notice how much taller the trees are.

Grizzly Peak and Condor Flats from Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. If it wasn’t closed for refurbishment, I’d take the same photo and you would notice how much taller the trees are.

The second photo really shows how much has changed, I keep thinking those trees are tiny!

circa 2001 Paradise Pier view. As much as I love this view, it is so much better today!!

circa 2001 Paradise Pier view. As much as I love this view, it is so much better today!!

Great Insights on a Monumental Day in Disneyland History

Mrs. Mildred Nelson, wife of Chief Machinist Mate Stewart N. H. Nelson on the the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, christens the “Nautilus.” With her is Walt Disney and that is her husband Stewart trying to wrangle their kids. Fun fact? After 55 years only the Nautilus has carried the same name, the rest of the subs have changed names over the years. Photo (c) Disney

Mrs. Mildred Nelson, wife of Chief Machinist Mate Stewart N. H. Nelson on the the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, christens the “Nautilus.” With her is Walt Disney and that is her husband Stewart trying to wrangle their kids. Fun fact? After 55 years only the Nautilus has carried the same name, the rest of the subs have changed names over the years. Photo (c) Disney

In anticipation of tomorrow’s 55th anniversary of a Monumental Day in Disneyland History, one of the best Disney Parks Blog posts I have seen since it launched was posted today. In the post, George Savvas of the Public Relations Department posted an insightful article on what happened on June 14, 1959 – a day many consider the second opening of Disneyland. The Disneyland-Alweg Monorail, The Submarine Voyage presented by General Dynamics, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and three other attractions (The Skyway’s Glacier Grotto, Fantasyland Autopia, and the Motor Boat Cruise) all had there Grand Openings on this day (although some like the Subs which opened on June 6 were already up and running).

What I like about the article is it uses artifacts like official correspondences and itineraries to piece together some answers to longtime mysteries (like why are the Nixon’s wearing different outfits in the Monorail dedication photos). Even as a Cast Member, I learned something new! Loving that the Disney Parks blog continues to give us great insights into historical items in the park (like the Windows on Main Street, etc.) as well as what the latest and greatest things are going on around the world in Disney Parks. The classic articles always remind me of Vault Disney show that used to be on the Disney Channel which would feature old Disneyland TV shows. I love Disneyland history and can’t get enough!

Happy Birthday Nemo!

Today marks 7 years since the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage premiered at Disneyland Park. Where has the time gone?? Nemo and I have a long history and I am glad to help write the newest chapter for the attraction. It’s currently under refurbishment and the Disney Parks Blog announced today that it returns on September 27. While you are waiting for it to come back, enjoy the following videos:

Behind the Scenes with the Imagineers:

Full attraction ride through:
There are so many ride-throughs posted on YouTube, but I wanted to link to the oldest, best quality to reflect before the show started to age. Trouble is as Daniel pointed out is that smartphone cameras just didn’t exist in high quality then. So the best I could come up with is one that’s in two parts from 2008:

Personally, I can’t wait to ride in the submarines again – I’ve missed them.

Main Street Station 2014

Main Street Station 2014

Had a great day at Disneyland today with Daniel, Kevin, and Cathy. Got there at park opening and lasted until almost 2pm! Probably the longest I’ve been at a Disney Park as a Guest in a long time. Well maybe except New Years Eve. I was able to experience 9 attractions in 5 hours so not too shabby. I just wish my iPhone camera wasn’t full of spots. I can still see them in this photo even though I ran it through Photoshop Express. Seems like all the photo apps give you so much control now it gets a bit overwhelming. Maybe if it wasn’t so late I’d play around with them more, but sometimes I just want to pick between a few pre-sets.