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John aka Big Fat Panda talks to Disney merchandise guru Steven Miller about upcoming Walt Disney World products for 2015 including a Polynesian statue, Orange Bird plush, new MagicBand and pin designs, artisan nutcrackers, Pirates of the Caribbean authentic items, Dooney & Bourke bags, and a new Tower of Terror line.
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At a special after-hours event tonight, Disneyland revealed its plans for their upcoming 60th anniversary. The diamond-infused celebration will begin May 22, 2015 with no announced end date.
Shawn Marshall of Parks and Cons was there for Inside the Magic to cover the announcements.
The most exciting additions to Disneyland for the 60th anniversary will be a new parade and new fireworks show, using modern technology to light up the nights in the park.
Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and Steve Davison, executive for parades and spectaculars with Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, were on hand for the announcements.
â€śDisneyland Foreverâ€ť will be a high-tech new fireworks show like no other, featuring immersive projections and more special effects all up and down Main Street USA and throughout the park, including on It’s a Small World, the Matterhorn, along the Rivers of America using Fantasmic fountains, and more.
Included will be sequences from â€śPeter Pan,” â€śThe Jungle Book,” and “Tangled,” among others. The show will feature two original songs, â€śLive the Magicâ€ť and â€śKiss Goodnight,â€ť written by Richard Sherman.
As part of the announcement, Disneyland demonstrated what the Main Street projections will look like, including “Tangled” lanterns.
Video: Disneyland Forever fireworks announced with projection preview for 60th anniversary
The dazzling “Paint the Night” parade from Hong Kong Disneyland is also coming to Disneyland in California for the 60th anniversary. This new nighttime parade has floats and costumes that light up with more than 1.5 million LED lights. It will be similar but not identical to the Hong Kong version of the parade, featuring just under 80 performers. “Frozen” will be part of this parade, including appearances by Anna and Elsa.
Video: Paint the Night parade announced for Disneyland 60th anniversary
Today we take a quick stroll thru the kingdoms of all kingdoms, the Magic Kingdom. It has been a while since I have been in this park, since Christmas actually, and it was nice to see spring in the air and in the flowers.
Spring is in bloom
Walking under the train station into Main Street is supposed to feel like entering a stage or a movie theater and with all these wonderful Disney posters adorning the walls it’s easy to feel that. The Wishes poster is a new addition to the collection and it is splendid and even features a pair of Oswald ears.
Wishes is now presented by the jewelry company Pandora
It may be January but you can still spot the Jingle Cruise poster up
Atop the train station Mary Poppins was holding court and even showed off her umbrella, Polly, to these two delightful guests. The train station is the perfect spot to find a surprise character or two.
Polly Parrot made a surprise visit
Mary Poppins gave me the tip that I just had to visit London on this day
Three months ago, Walt Disney World opened a new area of Peter Pan’s Flight, taking guests waiting in line through the bedrooms of Wendy, John, and Michael. While fun to pass through, these new queue rooms were destined for much more Disney magic, as revealed this week.
The Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland attraction has gotten a sprinkling of plenty of new pixie dust as guests can interact with impressive new effects.
Following Peter Pan’s lead, guests’ shadows appear on one wall, enhanced with fluttering butterflies that will perch on fingertips, dangling bells that can be run, and even character costumes that can be “worn,” including that of Captain Hook.
Guests can also release Tinker Bell from being trapped in a lantern, sending her flying around the room, making props come alive, moving, shaking, and lighting up as she passes through.
There’s so much variety in these effects that guests could easily stand there entertained for at least half an hour, a fantastic new way to pass the time while in one of the most consistently long lines in the park. Highlights of these interactions and effects can be seen in the video below.
Video: Interactive Peter Pan’s Flight queue with Tinker Bell, shadow effects at Walt Disney World
Knott’s Berry Farm has announced their highly anticipated Voyage to the Iron Reef interactive 4-D ride will open May 15, 2015.
The family-friendly ride will put park guests in a position to help save Knottâ€™s from mysterious creatures emerging from the seas beneath the Boardwalk via high definition 3-D animation. A new promo video offers a tease of the upcoming attraction:
The interactive voyage features a different experience every time and reacts to the actions and accuracy of the guests onboard. Riders will aim their freeze rays at ballooning mechanical puffer fish, an iron clad octopus and other 3D creatures as they compete against friends and family to blast the most sea life.
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