Wednesday, May 20, 2015

‘Frozen’ Added to Paint the Night Parade

Hong Kong Disneyland’s new nighttime parade Paint the Night is coming to Disneyland for its 60th anniversary, with a few new additions, among them being a brand-new Frozen float.

Image via magicalfanaticism.tumblr.com

Disney released this video of the behind the scenes progress on the float, which is largely based off Elsa’s ice castle.



To get an idea of the parade as a whole, here’s a video of the entire parade.The LED lights are simply incredible – I’m sure the recording doesn’t do them justice!



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Abominable Snowman Effects, Animatronic on Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds

For Disneyland's Diamond Anniversary (just three days away!), several rides have been getting updated. Even the Matterhorn Bobsleds.

Mainly, a few new Abominable Snowman effects and a whole new animatronic.

Image via seeyoulatertrashcans.tumblr.com



This is a vast improvement from the original animatronic (nicknamed "Harold"), which was mainly stationary and extremely robotic in motion.

Image via randar.com



Now, if only the Yeti at Expedition Everest could get a reboot....

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***UPDATE***

Inside the Magic has provided great videos of both sides of the full ride with the new effects and animatronic. I'm not an expert on the Matterhorn, but I do believe this is a good improvement!





Some Matterhorn enthusiasts have complained about the lack of Harold's signature yells -- which you can hear quite clearly in the above interview video. However, if you play very close attention to any of the videos featuring the new animatronic, you can faintly hear his signature scream. Honestly, it should be amplified, to make it much more frightening than the current halfhearted growl.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary Offer!

With Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary right around the corner, Destinations in Florida has a great offer for those wanting to visit Walt’s Magic Kingdom during the festivities!

Book a 2-Night/3-Day Disneyland Resort Vacation Package at a conveniently located Good Neighbor Hotel starting at $99 per person per day for a family of 4. This package includes 3-Day, 1 Park per Day Disneyland Resort tickets and is valid for arrivals most nights Aug. 30-Oct. 1, 2015 and Nov. 1-23, 2015. Book by Nov. 20, 2015.

Click to book!

I wish I could be at Disneyland for the celebration, so please go in my place!

See ya all real soon!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Disney Releases Photo, Video of Hatbox Ghost

Disney released a backstage look at how Imagineers brought the Hatbox Ghost back to life after a nearly 50 year absence from Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.

Image via Disney Parks Blog.

You can kind of get an idea of how what improved technology resurrected this happy haunt, and while I personally think it’s slightly lazy, it’s still very impressive.



The Hatbox Ghost (or “Hatty,” as he’s called by his cult following) was added to the Haunted Mansion just in time for Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration. No official word yet on whether or not he’ll be added to Walt Disney’s version of the ride as well.

See ya all real soon!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Today: Hatbox Ghost and his Triumphant Return!

After almost 50 years, the wait is over.

Concept art via the Disney Parks Blog.

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Hatbox Ghost? He appeared in the Disneyland Haunted Mansion when it first opened in 1969, but due to the guests being able to figure out the effect, he was removed almost immediately.

But he’s back! Just in time for Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary.

And we’ve got the video to prove it. Take a look.





Originally, the effect was that the Hatbox Ghost had two heads—one in his box, the other attached to his body. Different lights would go on and off. But guests were close enough to decipher how the effect worked, so he was removed and never brought back.

Despite this, he’s remained a huge fan favorite, so it was no surprise that Imagineers perfected how to raise him from the dead…well, not literally: he’s still a ghost, ya know.

If you’re not sure how they’re doing the trick now, I think I know, but I’ll only tell you if you ask.

Otherwise, enjoy the magical resurrection of the Hatbox Ghost!

A photo posted by Bridget McCarty ���� (@bridgetmccartyart) on


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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rumor: Is Dream Along with Mickey Closing?

Dream Along with Mickey, the stage show in front of Cinderella Castle is closing for refurbishments July 19-August 22, due to renovation and expansion of the hub.

However, the new rumor is that the show may not open after that August date--instead, that the show may be replaced.

I doubt they'd be this enthusiastic over the news.

I don't necessarily disagree with this rumor: the show is nearly 10 years old, having debuted back in 2006.



It could be time for a change.

But, I also don't think the show is dated. If it does indeed reopen, I wouldn't be disappointed. It's still a fun and entertaining story to this day, with plenty of beloved characters, despite the songs getting stuck in your head quite annoyingly easy.



I'll keep you posted on this rumor as it develops. Nevertheless, I promised Young Disney Freak I'd Skype her the show during my DCP--it's her favorite--so I better make sure to do that before July! (Also, I'll try and videograph the potentially final performance.)

However, there is a stage show confirmed to be closing for good.

Villains Mix and Mingle is performed at night during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Honestly, as much as I love all the Halloween-themed events and music at Walt Disney World, Villains Mix and Mingle may be my favorite.

So when I read that it wouldn't be performed this September and October, my heart dropped. I think the show is a fun, slightly racy way to bring out the villains--or rather, the more adult, darker side of Disney. Whatever show replaces it better incorporated the villains.

After all, it's their night.

What do you think of these rumors and changes? Comment below!

See ya all real soon...and by the way: long time no see!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Hoppity Easter!

Happy hoppity Easter!

Do you dye eggs for Easter egg hunts? Or maybe just for decoration?

Last year, Bestie decorated a few eggs with a Disney twist.

L-R: Mickey, EVE and Olaf.
Do you decorate your eggs, Disney-style?
Photo courtesy of Summer Rajavouri and used with permission.

This year, like every year, my younger siblings and I dyed our Easter eggs for the Easter bunny to hide in the morning.



From my family to yours, we hope you have a loverly Easter Sunday!