Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mickey Mouse and the Red Car News Boys Perform "A Suitcase and a Dream"

Friday, June 22, 2012

Largest themed area in expansion plan, Grizzly Gulch, debuts at Hong Kong Disneyland on July 14, 2012

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort continues to grow, with Grizzly Gulch, the largest themed area in its expansion plan, opening on July 14, 2012. Based on an original story created exclusively for Hong Kong Disneyland, Grizzly Gulch will provide Guests with an unexpected runaway adventure. The unique multidirectional terrain-style coaster Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars takes Guests on a holistic adventure as it crisscrosses the entire themed area. In preparing to tell the rich story of Grizzly Gulch, the Resort has been working even harder, inside and outside the Park, putting their imagination into action to create an immersive Wild West experience for Guests.

"Hong Kong Disneyland is continually evolving and expanding. Last year, the opening of Toy Story Land successfully broadened the age range of Guests the Park appeals to. This summer, the Park will achieve yet another milestone with the opening of Grizzly Gulch," said Andrew Kam, Managing Director, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. "Our Imagineers and Cast Members have truly put their imagination into action. Guests will be introduced to the unique multidirectional terrain-coaster Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, which hurtles through the entire themed area, and seven other must-visit Wild West attractions. In addition, the long-awaited themed area Mystic Point is also set to open in 2013, allowing Hong Kong Disneyland to attract even more young, fun-seeking Guests."

A unique and innovative runaway adventure
Grizzly Gulch’s brand-new, storytelling-driven multidirectional terrain coaster, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, which has a capacity of 24 persons per ride, will take Guests on a runaway adventure. The three major highlights of the ride are: the mine cars will dash forward, race backwards for one-third of the journey and make rapid turns due to the mischief of the resident grizzly bears; the terrain-style coaster will run through the entire themed area, including Big Grizzly Mountain, the town and Geyser Gulch; with multiple mine cars crisscrossing throughout Grizzly Gulch simultaneously, Guests will be able to see up to three mine cars dashing across the themed area at the same time.

Seven must-visit Wild West attractions in the themed area
The immersive Wild West setting of Grizzly Gulch transports Guests to a quintessential, bustling western Gold Rush township. There, Guests should be sure to visit all seven Wild West attractions for a complete experience. The seven must-visit Wild West attractions comprise: the "Must play" Geyser Gulch area, where Guests of all ages are sure to have a blast with the numerous water-based activities and sudden eruptions of the colorful Mother Geyser; the "Must see" Grizzly Gulch Welcome Wagon Show; the "Must take" Wild West photo opportunities which abound throughout the town; the "Must touch" big lucky gold nugget; the "Must greet" Disney friends – Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale – dressed in their new outfits, and Koda and Kenai, Disney’s grizzly bears; the "Must buy" Grizzly Gulch-inspired gifts from Bear Necessities; and the "Must eat" hearty fare such as crispy battered fish fillets or shrimps and chips at the Lucky Nugget Saloon.

Getting ready to put imagination into action, inside and outside the Park
Huge efforts have been made both inside and outside the Park to encourage Cast Members, industry partners and Guests to put their imagination in action and become immersed in the story of Grizzly Gulch. To help Cast Members familiarize themselves with the new story, three months of effort have been put into producing a CGI video for Grizzly Gulch. This video was broadcast in various locations in the workplace and on the intranet. A specially-made Grizzly Gulch board game was also designed and shared via internal "RACE" recreational activities to strengthen Cast Members’ knowledge of Grizzly Gulch in an engaging and fun manner.

For the first time, Hong Kong Disneyland has organized a series of webinars for trade partners to learn about the story and product offerings of Grizzly Gulch. These sessions, together with trade briefings and travel trade preview days, will deliver first hand information about Grizzly Gulch to over 5,000 travel trade partners from close to 20 markets across Mainland China and Asia.

Hot social media viral videos to kick off the promotional campaign
With Grizzly Gulch entering its one-month countdown period, the Park is offering opportunities to Guests to learn more about the story behind this Gold Rush town even before they experience in person. The first promotional push is a funny social media viral video campaign introducing three highlights of Grizzly Gulch, featuring travel guru Tony Hung and viral video expert Ming Jai. From June 14 to 28, 2012, Guests who correctly answer a question after watching the videos on Hong Kong Disneyland’s Facebook page or have a chance of winning a number of fantastic Grizzly Gulch-themed souvenirs or, by also submitting a short advertising tagline for Grizzly Gulch, a complimentary "one-night stay at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel for two."

Saturday, June 2, 2012

New Disney•Pixar Stamps Celebrated at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Welcome to New York, Disney Magic!

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Carbon-Freeze Me Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Animation Hall at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Grand Opening of Disney's Art of Animation Resort

The Big Blue Pool at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Tokyo DisneySea® New Attraction Toy Story Mania! Grand Opening on July 9, 2012

URAYASU, CHIBA— Tokyo DisneySea® Park will welcome the grand opening of the new attraction Toy Story Mania! on July 9, 2012 in the themed port of American Waterfront. Inspired by the Disney•Pixar Toy Story films, this is the first attraction at Tokyo Disney Resort® to incorporate 3-D visuals into the ride. Please see below for details on the attraction and its surroundings, as well as programs to be offered.

Toy Story Mania!

Toy Story Mania! is located in Toyville Trolley Park, an old-fashioned amusement park in New York with a giant, eye-catching landmark: an 8-meter-tall sculpture of Woody’s face. Entering the attraction through Woody’s wide open mouth, guests will find themselves in Andy’s1 room, which is strewn with board games, puzzles and other toys. But everything looks gigantic because the guests have “shrunk” to the size of a toy.

Guests board a tram2, put on 3-D glasses and roll under Andy's bed where the toys have set up a carnival playset. Joining in the fun, guests play the carnival games with all their Toy Story friends—Woody, Buzz, Hamm, Rex and others. From their trams, guests toss eggs, pop balloons, throw rings and play other games projected in 3-D in the ride-through shooting gallery. Each tram displays the guest’s score, adding some competitive fun to this interactive attraction. The game rules are simple so that the entire family can have lots of fun playing in the ever popular Toy Story world.

1The boy who owns Woody, Buzz and the other toys.
2The trams are 2-car, ride vehicles.
Attraction Facts
Duration: About 5 minutes
Tram capacity: 8 persons
Investment: About 11.5 billion yen
Peripheral facility: Slinky Dog’s Gift Trolley
(merchandise shop)

Every Role a Starring Role - Disneyland Resort Stage Technician

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Opens at Walt Disney World Resort