A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition – Enjoying a Day at Disneyland

By Daisy Sparks

On July 17th, 2015, I went to Disneyland to join the birthday party for the Diamond Celebration. I went with several of my close Disney friends. Disney Parks Blog had encouraged everyone to show off their #DisneySide by showing up in their 1955 themed outfits. It was fun to see what everyone was wearing. A lot of people got into wearing their Disneyland 1955-themed outfits. Let’s enjoy a day at Disneyland in this week’s Walk in the Park article…

 
 
 
 
 
 
When we entered Disneyland we each received a commemorative newspaper (Orange County Register), a birthday button, and special issue Disneyland Park Map. You can actually purchase the special newspaper issue online here. 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
The map itself was really cool because when you opened it up, you can see how Disneyland was laid out on Opening Day, 1955. It was fun to read about the names of the restaurants, too.
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
Throughout the day, there were birthday cupcake stations scattered around the Park. They were vanilla cupcakes with cream frosting topped with the Diamond Celebration “D”. 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
There were also special photo locations just for the birthday. They were comprised of retired attractions that are part of Disneyland history. It was fun to pose in our 1955 themed outfits with these vintage enlarged photos. 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
There was a special rededication ceremony in the morning that included a song from Disney Legend, Richard Sherman and sung by Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins). There were many VIP guests in attendance including Dick Van Dyke and Ron Miller (Walt Disney’s son-in-law who was married to Diane Disney Miller). 
 
 
 
 
 
Finally, as a special afternoon parade that included former Imagineers and Disneyland Cast Members who were there on Opening Day. It was fun to also see a variety of current Cast Members participate and march in this celebratory parade.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other than birthday cupcakes, special photo locations, commemorative maps and buttons, there was an extra showing of Paint the Night parade. All the evening entertainment that premiered back in May (Paint the Night, World of Color, Forever Disneyland fireworks) remain extremely popular and there are always crowds saving prime viewing spots hours before start time. They are all worth your time and are packed with pixie dust to make any Disneyland fan grateful for a day spent at “the Happiest Place on Earth.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

See you at Disneyland!

– Daisy
 
 
 
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Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her “college job” led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 
Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy’s Duck’s help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland’s Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it “the happiest place on earth.”
You can read more about Daisy’s Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

You can find all of Daisy’s articles here.




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A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition – Summertime at Disneyland

By Daisy Sparks

Hello, Disney Avenue! Summer is here, people are on vacation, and they all seem to be at Disneyland. I have a little bit of everything to share with you this week for our “Walk in the Park” so we better not waste a single second. Continue after the page break and let’s go enjoy the magic of Disneyland…

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A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition – Enchanted Windows

By Daisy Sparks

Hello, Disney Avenue readers! It’s time to visit Disneyland again. It’s pretty exciting when places or things that have been around at Disneyland for a long time can be re-imagined. An example of this is the beginning of the new “Enchanted Windows” series along Main St. USA.

Let’s take a look at these magical Disneyland windows along Main Street in this week’s Walk in the Park article…

The windows along the Emporium used to showcase classic Disney movies from Snow White, to Little Mermaid to Ratatouille. They started as elaborate dioramas to having more recent window displays with animated figures. You can visit Daveland to see some photos of how the Emporium display windows have evolved.

Back in May, the Disney Parks Blog announced that new “Enchanted Window” displays would be in place for the Diamond Celebration. You can refer to this post for more photos about these new Main Street USA window enhancements.

Since then, there have been two Enchanted Windows that have been revealed: Peter Pan and Cinderella. Take a look at this video I shot just for you:

Here are some photos from the new Peter Pan Enchanted Window. It debuted late May to coincide with the official start of Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration.

Several weeks ago, the Cinderella Enchanted Window was quietly revealed with the following scene.

I am glad that they were not revealed all at once. It’s fun to continue to get some Disney magic every now and then. I can’t wait to see the others and to share it with Disney Avenue.

See you in the parks…

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Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her “college job” led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 
Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy’s Duck’s help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland’s Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it “the happiest place on earth.”
You can read more about Daisy’s Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

You can find all of Daisy’s articles here.

 
 
 



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A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition – Disneyland 60th Celebration is Here!

By Daisy Sparks

After a much anticipated and very well attended 24-hour party, the Disneyland Diamond Celebration is here. Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are now fully decked out in the blue, white, silver, and diamonds. Sleeping Beauty Castle and The Carthay Circle are now adorned with their diamond medallions. Let’s take a look at all the beautiful 60th decorations in this week’s Walk in the Park article…

This Diamond Celebration is a big deal. Here are some highlights. Let’s start with the Disneyland Diamond Days. This is their daily big sweepstakes. 

You need the daily word to enter. These signs are posted as you enter through the security. 

You can enter to win this diamond shoe that is on display at the Disneyana store.

DIAMOND DECOR EVERYWHERE

As you walk down Main Street USA, you get the feeling that there is a big party underway. The buildings have the festive bunting and the light posts have the diamond D badges. If you go inside the store, they have all kinds of celebration décor, too.

Here is a fun throwback. You may have seen vintage Disneyland photos at this location with flowers. Such a treat to see these floral carts back on Main Street. 

DIAMOND MERCHANDISE

You will be overwhelmed at the amount of Disneyland Diamond Celebration merchandise. There is something for every age, every kind of taste, and all kinds of price range. Visit THIS PAGE to get a good idea of the merchandise offerings and collections. Here are some photos to give you a very small sampling. 

DIAMOND PHOTO LOCATIONS

According to a recent Disneyland press release, there are special photo locations to commemorate the Celebration.

“Imagine posing for a photo as if you were scaling up the Matterhorn, standing in the mouth of Grizzly Peak, or holding on to your hats and glasses on the wildest ride in the wilderness. Now imagine that this photo looks like a vintage Disneyland postcard…with a magical twist. Each Diamond Celebration Photo Spot features a new take on forced perspective, and when you capture the moment with Disney PhotoPass service you will soon be able to download amazing bonus content – including animated elements that appear alongside you, adding to your story.”

“Four Diamond Celebration Photo Spots are in place for you to discover within both parks, inspired by the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, California Screaming’ and Grizzly Peak. Two more will arrive in time for Disneyland’s anniversary date. Capture dazzling moments in the Happiest Place on Earth that will be treasured for years to come. ” My husband and daughter were good sports to join me at the Matterhorn photo op.

Speaking of the Matterhorn, the new show elements are a great addition to this classic Disneyland attraction. Harold, the resident Abominable Snowman, has returned with a new look and fierce roar. He’s pretty awesome!



DIAMOND FOOD OFFERINGS

There are all kinds of sweet and slushy food offerings. Cupcakes, cookies, and candies are all options with special diamond decorations on them. 

Beverage offerings can be found in concoctions like the Pomegranate Silver Sparkler or a Monstro Blue Lemonade. There are even specialty cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks at certain locations where they have glowing collectible “diamonds” in your drinks.  The most popular of all special food offerings seems to be these much talked about popcorn buckets. They are very popular and much in demand.

DIAMOND ENTERTAINMENT

Finally, I think what is really bringing people to Disneyland are the 3 new nighttime shows that debuted on May 22nd. I am not going to give it away with photos. It’s also hard to capture nighttime magic. You’ll have to come to Disneyland to experience these new shows. 

Over at Disney California Adventure, “The World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” is a tribute to Walt Disney and his dreams. It’s a fabulous night show complete with music, lights, and more projected onto huge water screens. This new show celebrates Walt’s beginnings with Mickey Mouse and the Disneyland story. It’s a must-see if you are a Disney Avenue fan. 

At Disneyland a brand new nighttime parade and fireworks show is finally here. They are both spectacular. The LED technology, new floats, and music are combined perfectly in this new parade. “Paint the Night” is cheerful and the music incorporates the famous Electrical Parade sound. The new fireworks show, “Disneyland Forever” dazzles in the sky and on the ground. With screen projections in targeted places, you’ll sometimes feel that your surroundings become part of the fireworks show. Again, you’ll just have to come experience it for yourself.

No announcement has been made about how long the Diamond Celebration offerings and shows will last but it seems everyone has heard about it and wants to experience it. It’s been super busy everyday since the Celebration kick-off and I think it will be this way until after the winter holidays. Rumor is that it should be around for at least a year or more. Disneyland’s 60th anniversary date is July 17th so who knows what else will be added to the Celebration.  There is more Disneyland Diamond Celebration happenings that I didn’t get a chance to show you. I’ll be sharing more Celebration stuff leading up to the actual anniversary. You can feel the excitement and energy at Disneyland these days. It’s 60 years strong and still delivering magical experiences for all ages.

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Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her “college job” led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 

Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy’s Duck’s help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland’s Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it “the happiest place on earth.”
You can read more about Daisy’s Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

You can find all of Daisy’s articles here.

 
 
 
 

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A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition – Disneyland gets ready to Party

By Daisy Sparks

It’s getting pretty exciting here in Southern California with most people taking about whether they are going to Disneyland for this long weekend. The local papers and news channels can’t get enough of it. As you read this post, there are tons of media outlets broadcasting live from Disneyland as tomorrow is the official day of the start of the Disneyland Diamond Celebration. For this week’s Walk in the Park article we’ll have a look at some Disneyland Park happenings in anticipation of the big 60th party…. 

In front of the main parking structure, Mickey & Friends, there are these welcoming columns that have all been dressed up in 60th Celebration colors.

The ticket booths and Main Entrance have all been adorned with 60th bunting and diamonds, too. 

As you walk through the Main Entrance, you are greeted with the Train Station all decked out. Notice the diamond signs up above the entrance plaque, too.

This past weekend, they were staging for the Kelly and Michael Show. They actually filmed this past Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Only some of the shows were actually broadcast LIVE due to the time difference. Here are some photos to clue Guests in on the TV taping.

Over at Disney California Adventure, signs of a party finally started to appear. 

The new Grizzly Peak Airfield, formerly Condor Flats, was officially unveiled. The new theme blends really well in the area, especially with the Grand California just a few feet away. The area has a rustic feel that is evident in these next set photos. 

Soarin’ Over California received a makeover, too. 

The attraction itself did not change except for the installation of new digital projectors that replaced the IMAX film projectors. There is a lot of color correction that some people either like or think is a little overdone. Either way, it is a great attraction and I am happy that it’s back. Across the way from Soarin’ is a store that has a new name and theme. Do you remember the Disney character, Humphrey the Bear? In addition to some great themed merchandise, there are a lot of details in the store. 

I think I had more fun looking at all the decorative elements than checking out all the new merchandise offerings. Here is another set of photos to show you more of the decorative pieces in the area. 

It looks like Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Hotel finally received their Diamond Celebration treatment.

The Disney Parks Blog announced that they will be broadcasting the premiere performances of ‘Paint the Night’ parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ fireworks show. So you can all watch them with me as I plan on being there for the Disneyland 24-hour event this week. Oh, and check out these new cast member name tags for the 60th…

That about does it for this week’s Walk in the Park article. I’ll see you in the Parks…

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Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her “college job” led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 
Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy’s Duck’s help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland’s Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it “the happiest place on earth.”
You can read more about Daisy’s Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

You can find all of Daisy’s articles here.

 
 
 



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A Walk in the Park: WDW Edition – A Stroll Around Epcot

By Krista Joy

This week let’s take a stroll around Epcot! I hear the incredible sounds of Jon Secada and the Garden Rocks Concert Series, we should probably go investigate that. Have you heard about the amazing frozen drinks you can find near the Morocco Pavilion? Let’s go try some of those! Finally we can wrap it up by visiting a brand new exhibit at the Flower and Garden Festival this year. We’ll see all this in more in this edition of A Walk in the Park: WDW

Hey it’s a good thing we got this room with a beautiful view at Wilderness Lodge! The new kiddie splash pad is looking great, isn’t it?

We can’t do all this cruising around Epcot on an empty stomach.  Let’s head downstairs and kick off our walk with a delicious lunch at Whispering Canyon Café. Our server highly recommends the open faced tuna sandwich – and she was right!! It is delicious!

No visit to Whispering Canyon is complete without a bottomless milkshake.  All you can drink in your choice of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or caramel flavors? Count me in. I think I am in a caramel mood today. Mmmm…

All fueled up and ready to go? Let’s head over to Epcot. We will begin with a quick stop in the Art of Disney Store, near the entrance. I love seeing what’s new from one of my favorite Disney Master Artists, Kevin-John. Here are prints of a gentleman and a dog that you might recognize. Beautiful job Kev!

Do you hear that? The Garden Rocks Concert Series is in full swing! Let’s head over to the America Pavilion to check it out.

We are in for a real treat because today’s artist is none other than the amazing Jon Secada. I hear him sing and it’s like I am back in high school again. So fun!

There are some amazing slushies that are now available near the Morocco Pavilion. It’s a warm day and I bet they will really hit the spot about now! Here is the full menu – which one would you choose?

The Sultan’s Colada is delicious. It tastes much like a Pina Colada with just a hint of Almond Liquor added to give it a special touch.

The Habibi Daiquiri – with its rum, Strawberry and Orange Blossom Water is really fruity and refreshing!

Let’s go ahead and sample the Moroccarita as well. The crisp taste of Vodka, Lemon, Lime Juice and Triple Sec is just a terrific combination.

Next up, is something I have always wanted to try ever since we heard it was coming to Flower and Garden. Are you ready for this? It’s a push pop…for adults.  It’s available at the Fleur de Lys booth.

How can you go wrong with Grand Marnier Peach Raspberry, Vodka, and Iced Tea? I’m here to tell you – you just can’t.

Yes this has to be one of my all-time favorite treats from the Flower and Garden Festival. Can you tell I’m enjoying it a little? It is sticky and will drip down your arm in the heat so be sure to grab some napkins!

Today is the first day they are running previews of the Tomorrowland movie over at the Imagination Pavilion. Let’s go check that out next!

This is an actual suit worn by George Clooney in the movie. It is so cool to see it up close in the preview area before we enter the theater.

This movie is going to be absolutely incredible!! Speaking of movies, Inside Out is coming to theaters this summer.  Epcot really did a brilliant job with tying it into the festival by placing a beautiful garden nearby that features plants that inspire your emotions.

I am particularly fond of this one for some reason.

The sad plants come in shades of blue.

Fearful plants aren’t really all that scary.

Disgusting Plants are stinky but still quite beautiful if you ask me!

This one made me laugh because it reminded me of someone I used to know. What a hothead! These plants will burn your mouth and nose.

Finally we end with a beautiful mix of all of these emotional plants.

I love the beauty of Epcot this time of year…

 
 
 
 
See you next time Spaceship Earth! What a great day we had at Epcot!
 
 
 
 

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Krista Joy is a former Disney cast member, current head author at Disneyways.com and a co-host for the Disney Parks Podcast. She was born, raised, and has never lived any where else but in the heart of Orlando Florida. Not knowing what it’s like to be away from Walt Disney World for very long – the magic has truly become a part of who she is. Krista’s Disney dream is to bring magic and fun to the every day lives of her fellow Disney fans – while sharing some laughs along the way. She is very grateful to Keith and the team at DisneyAvenue.com for helping her to make this dream a reality! You can read more about Krista at http://disneyways.com/connect/

You can find all of Krista’s articles here.

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A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition – Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Update

By Daisy Sparks

The Disneyland 60th Celebration officially begins on May 22nd. With only a few weeks left, there are more signs that the big party is almost here. Looks like there is still work to be done while festive décor starts to appear at Disneyland. Let’s take a look at all the Disneyland Diamond Celebration preparations and refurbishments in the week’s Walk in the Park article…

As you enter through the turnstiles, you can see the blue, silver, and white bunting on the Train Station. I suspect that Floral Mickey will have some kind of diamond décor soon. 

After you go through the tunnels, you can see more Diamond Celebration bunting on the various buildings on Main Street USA.

A couple days ago, Disney Parks Blogs made the announcement about the Main Street Enchanted Windows. Even under wraps, these windows attract attention. The signs in the windows are a clue to what the window décor theme will be behind the regal curtains.

Here is the video from Disney Parks Blogs that preview the new ideas and technology that will make up the Main Street Enchanted Windows.


This week, the Haunted Mansion was closed and reopen this  past weekend with the addition of the legendary, Hatbox Ghost. You can see more of Hattie here.






There are still several Disneyland attractions that are still under refurbishment. The Matterhorn has been down since mid-January. It is scheduled to reopen on May 22nd with brand new effects.





There is still work being done throughout Fantasyland.


The big news came down that the much anticipated refurbishment of the popular Peter Pan attraction is going to take longer than expected. It is now scheduled to re-open in July.  Meanwhile, “it’s a small world” looks shiny and bright. Just in time as it is featured in the upcoming movie, Tomorrowland. 

Snow White’s Grotto is still silent. The waterfall is still not working nor is there music. You can usually hear Snow White singing “I’m Wishing” in this area.





Finally, here a couple more pictures to show some spring floral in The Hub area.






Looks like the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is just about to begin. Counting down to May 22nd.


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Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her “college job” led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 

Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy’s Duck’s help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland’s Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it “the happiest place on earth.”
You can read more about Daisy’s Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

You can find all of Daisy’s articles here.

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A Walk in the Park: Tomorrowland Movie Preview at Disneyland

By Daisy Sparks

Last weekend, an exclusive and extended preview of the upcoming movie, Tomorrowland , began its run at the Tomorrowland Theater (also known as the Magic Eye Theater). The theater previously hosted previews for Big Hero 6 and Guardians of the Galaxy. This movie really ties into the area so it makes perfect sense that a special preview is being shown in this particular venue. Let’s have a look at what’s being done at the Tomorrowland Theater for the Tomorrowland movie in this week’s Walk in the Park article…

There are no 3D glasses handed out as it is not a 3D movie. There was this sign to put people on notice with the following warnings.

As you walk in the queue, you can see how they made some cosmetic changes. There is also this cool banner to set the tone of what you might see.

This placard was very helpful to understand the next set of photos. Of course the director, Brad Bird, and his team would take extra care with attention to details.

After I viewed the preview, I could appreciate their work in creating the scenes. These signs give great detail to not only how the production took great pains to re-create the look and feel of the 1964 World’s Fair, but to make them come alive on screen.

I remembered that back in January, “it’s a small world” had been closed for several more days to allow for filming of this movie. The preview I viewed showed some of these scenes shot in the attraction. It was cool knowing I was viewing film footage that was shot not too far from where I was sitting. It really ties in how the 1964 World’s Fair and this particular attraction plays into the story of this movie.

Here are the rest of the signs that were highlighted in the queue area of the Tomorrowland Theater.

My family and I were able to see the preview last Friday. The movie preview employed the mechanics and lighting of the theater to enhance certain scenes.

In addition to the extended movie preview, around the corner from the theater exit is the Tomorrowland Movie Exhibit. There is artwork to view as well as props from the movie.

Around the theater area, the trashcans have also been themed to support the movie preview.

After viewing the preview, we are very excited to see it. It looks like an action-packed movie, too. Don’t forget that director, Brad Bird, was also responsible for The Incredibles. The music is by Michael Giacchino who won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for Up. The references to Walt Disney and some Disneyland attractions also makes it worthy to watch. Tomorrowland opens in theaters May 22nd.

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Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her “college job” led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 
Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy’s Duck’s help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland’s Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it “the happiest place on earth.”
You can read more about Daisy’s Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

You can find all of Daisy’s articles here.

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A Walk in the Park: WDW Edition – Disney Springs

By Krista Joy

Let’s take a walk around Disney Springs to check out some of the new storefronts, Goofy’s Candy Company, the awesome new amphicars at The Boathouse, and top it all off with a flight in the largest helium balloon in the world! We’ll see all this and more in this week’s Walk in the Park article…

Our first stop, Starbucks! For right around $3.50 let’s get a warm ham and cheese “square.” It smells a lot like pizza – which is not a bad thing in my book. In fact I got so excited I took a bite before I remembered to snap a picture. Delicious!

It’s a little early, so nothing is open yet, but we can still get a look at some of the beautiful new storefronts.

Very soon, The Boathouse will offer fine dining, a bar and lounge, live entertainment, retail space and some pretty unique boating experiences. You will be able to have a tour of the Village Lake in an amphicar for $100. This 20 minute cruise will have seating for you, 2 friends, and boat captain. Yes, for that kind of money, you get a personal driver. Here are all the captains grouped together, chatting about opening day no doubt.

These amphicars can drive on land – and cruise through the water like a boat. Lately we have been getting sneak peeks of the vehicles as they are being tested.

Here is a portion of the beautiful new bridge.

We are already seeing signs of things to come.

The smell coming from Goofy’s Candy Company is amazing. As we take a few steps inside, we find the seasonal bunny apples and cake pops are on display.

There are suggestions of the new live-action Cinderella movie everywhere.

Of course the classic apples are here to! They never go out of style.

This Baymax apple is just too adorable!!

Here are the happiest chocolate covered apples ever! Oh to swim in a sea of mini M&M’s!

Haunted Mansion popcorn anyone?

Around the corner are cereal treats of all shapes and sizes!

Just outside is a gorgeous new Frozen Fever mural! I love the spring colors, don’t you?

Characters in Flight…Operated by Aerophile, ascends 400 feet in the air at its highest altitude. There is no better way to get a view of the construction going on around Disney Springs!

Here is our view looking out from the basket before takeoff.

During takeoff…

And from the highest altitude!

After about 8-10 minutes, we land back on the ground!

I hope you enjoyed this walk with me through Disney Springs (in the spring)! It is so exciting to look forward to all the fun things that are already in place, and dream about the things to come! See you next time…

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Krista Joy is a former Disney cast member, current head author at Disneyways.com and a co-host for the Disney Parks Podcast. She was born, raised, and has never lived any where else but in the heart of Orlando Florida. Not knowing what it’s like to be away from Walt Disney World for very long – the magic has truly become a part of who she is. Krista’s Disney dream is to bring magic and fun to the every day lives of her fellow Disney fans – while sharing some laughs along the way. She is very grateful to Keith and the team at DisneyAvenue.com for helping her to make this dream a reality! You can read more about Krista at http://disneyways.com/connect/

You can find all of Krista’s articles here.

 
 
 



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A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition – Sleeping Beauty Castle 60th Celebration

By Daisy Sparks

The Disneyland castle, Sleeping Beauty Castle has been very busy preparing for its big 60th birthday. Sleeping Beauty Castle might only stand at 77 feet in height but she is the grand dame of all the Disney Park castles. This particular castle is the only one that Walt Disney ever walked through. It was one of the first structures to be completed in 1955 so that it could be a symbol of hopes and dreams for the people working feverishly to meet the opening day deadline. Let’s have a look at all the new additions to the Castle as it prepares for the 60th celebration in this week’s Walk in the Park article…

Here is what Sleeping Beauty Castle looked like back in 1955.

Since January, there has been a lot of work on Sleeping Beauty Castle. Here is the artist rendition of what the castle is to look like for its birthday celebration.

When the work first started in late January, there were these themed wood walls that had some castle history and information to read.

Beginning in March, the plain brown canvas was replaced with this really cool scrim that had the artist rendering (Disney Legend Herb Ryman) of the castle. It was only there a couple weeks but made for some great photos. At least Guests could still take a souvenir photo even if it was just a really pretty, and classic artist rendering of the Disneyland castle.

All the deep cleaning work was completed and scrim was removed. The castle looks pretty, bright and regal. This photo was taken on March 10, 2015.

Every week seems to bring something new. First, there were the sparkly shingles and the silver bands. The blue and silver bunting on the castle walls appeared, too.

By the last week of March, more bunting and new Disneyland flags were placed around the area. These “castle caps” were placed over some of the turrets. I am sure will look pretty cool when lit up. Sometimes if the sun hits certain areas, you can get a shiny ping in your photos.

In the last two weeks, Sleeping Beauty Castle has literally gotten the bling treatment. Different diamond sizes and shapes have been placed on certain parts of the castles. It’s like the castle received some custom diamond tennis bracelets placed around the turrets.

 

 

Here is what it looked like the other night. My friend and I imagine and hope that there might some really great lighting effects to come through these “castle caps” for the fireworks or nighttime lights when the celebration begins.

On a side note, the local paper had this post the other day. Apparently, there was a Disneyland fan on the freeway recently that spotted something that might be one more final decorative piece that belongs to Sleeping Beauty Castle for its 60th Celebration. I’ll be on the lookout for that piece when it gets placed.

A couple days ago, Disney Parks released this video with some great behind the scene footage of how they created some of the Disneyland 60th Celebration decorative overlay that you see on the photos.

As petite as the Disneyland castle may be, it is mighty in the Disney heritage. It is such an icon that it has been the basis for many Disney company logos including Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Television. A lot of people are taken back at how small the Disneyland castle is when they see it for the first time. For many, Sleeping Beauty Castle still represents hopes, dreams, and pixie dust, too.

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Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her “college job” led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 
Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy’s Duck’s help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland’s Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it “the happiest place on earth.”
You can read more about Daisy’s Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

You can find all of Daisy’s articles here.

 
 
 



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