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Re: Disneyland Resort (DL, DLR, DCA) Discussion Thread

Postby Brisk » Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:47 am

Man, they are dropping some big cash on this promotion. Wonder who they got to work on the diamonds for them, and I'm curious how much those are going to go for on Ebay, given someone might sell one.

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Postby DJeXeL » Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:49 am

^^Thank you for that. I love that they had to adjust the stop lights to accommodate the height of the float.
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Re: Disneyland Resort (DL, DLR, DCA) Discussion Thread

Postby COASTER FREAK 11 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:06 pm

Here comes more! Disney Parks Blog

Mickey Mouse and Friends to Wear Sparkling New Ensembles for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration
posted on April 14th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

We’ve already shared some of the sparkling new decor, entertainment and merchandise coming for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration beginning May 22. Today, I’m excited to tell you that some of our biggest stars will also sparkle for the celebration!

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Disneyland park guests will have the chance to see Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Chip and Dale in these dazzling new duds in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., throughout the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. We’ll have more about the celebration to share with you soon, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60!







Also, on a separate note, here is a link to more detailed giveaway info Clicky!

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Re: Disneyland Resort (DL, DLR, DCA) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:52 pm

The Disneyland Resort has sent us a huge press release detailing a ton of incredible entertainment, decor and more in celebration of the resort's 60th anniversary!

The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins Friday, May 22, 2015, celebrating 60 years of Disney magic with three new nighttime spectaculars, dazzling decor and an exciting sweepstakes that will award authentic diamonds and one-of-a-kind prizes to some lucky guests.

Nighttime will glitter as never before with three, sensational shows that expand the 60-year tradition of innovative and immersive storytelling: the brilliant, high-energy “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular at Disneyland Park, and the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” at Disney California Adventure Park. In “World of Color – Celebrate!,” Mickey Mouse and award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris will tell the story of Walt Disney and the Happiest Place on Earth with film, animation, music and spectacular fountains.

The electrifying new shows will premiere during a 24-hour party that inaugurates the Diamond Celebration, from 6 a.m. Friday, May 22, until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, local time.*

Disneyland Diamond Days** – an exciting sweepstakes – will award daily and weekly prizes as part of the Diamond Celebration. Weekly prizes include a one-carat, authentic diamond, custom engraved for Disney, paired with a stay in the Disneyland Dream suite; a clear, crystal Cinderella slipper, with a diamond-and-topaz pendant, and private experiences in the park such as a party in Fantasyland or a romantic cruise aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat. The available prize will vary each week. Daily prizes also will be awarded during the Diamond Celebration, and each daily prize package for that day includes an individualized tour of the parks with dining, preferred access to select attractions, and VIP viewing at some of the dazzling, new nighttime spectaculars. Daily prize winners must be present on the Disneyland Resort premises at the time of entry and at the time of prize redemption in order to be able to enjoy these special experiences and theme park admission is not necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes.

In addition, Mickey Mouse and some of his friends will dress up for the celebration in sparkling, new Diamond Celebration costumes, and the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure will glisten with gleaming veneer and diamond medallions. To add to the fun, Disneyland attractions undergoing regular refurbishments – Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight and Matterhorn Bobsleds – will reopen with new magic added to the classic experiences.

Innovation Inspires Exciting Future

  • Walt Disney observed that Disneyland will never be complete so long as there is imagination left in the world, and since Opening Day, July 17, 1955, the Disneyland Resort tradition of innovation has continued, inspiring classic theme park attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Star Tours, Soarin’ Over California, Toy Story Midway Mania and Radiator Springs Racers. The Diamond Celebration continues this tradition with three fantastic new shows that expand the boundaries of after-dark entertainment – Disney’s signature “kiss goodnight.”
  • “Paint the Night” parade – When the lights go down in Disneyland, the Diamond Celebration illuminates the park with a brilliant, new parade. The luminescent parade creates a river of color flowing down Main Street, U.S.A., with an array of Disney characters and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights that flash and glow as Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to “Paint the Night.” With dazzling special effects, unforgettable music, energetic performances, fun surprises and spectacular floats, “Paint the Night” is more vibrant than any parade in 60 years at the Disneyland Resort. Even the choreography glows, as parade performers light up with their props and costumes. Tinker Bell leads the procession in a magical, musical overture, closely followed by a float reminiscent of the giant bass drum that led the “Main Street Electrical Parade.” Lightning McQueen races in with his buddy Mack Truck, who makes a hefty impression at 54-feet long, covered from headlights to tail pipe in gleaming light. Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” glide through the night in a shimmering palace of ice and snow. Guests also will be delighted to see Cinderella, Rapunzel and beloved characters from tales such as “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Toy Story,” with Mickey and his pals creating a breathtaking grand finale.
  • “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular – The dazzling new fireworks show, “Disneyland Forever,” is a street-to-sky, immersive experience like nothing seen before at the Disneyland Resort. Guests will be surrounded by the worlds of timeless Disney tales, from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, thanks to the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects. One minute they will be standing on Main Street, U.S.A., and the next they could be stampeding across Simba’s Pride Lands, dancing with King Louie from “The Jungle Book,” traveling “Under the Sea” with the Little Mermaid, flying over London with Peter Pan, dripping in honey with Pooh in a whimsical dream of heffalumps and woozles, or quivering as Queen Elsa brings a glimmering blanket of snow over Disneyland.
  • For the first time in Disneyland fireworks history, Nemo from the Disney●Pixar animated film “Finding Nemo,” will “just keep swimming” in the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle, as the Matterhorn is transformed into the fiery peak of Mt. Wannahockaloogie, a special monument from that film. Two original songs enrich the show: the “Disneyland Forever” theme “Live the Magic,” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by another Disney Legend, Richard M. Sherman, and sung by Ashley Brown, star of the Broadway production of “Mary Poppins.” The “stage” for “Disneyland Forever” fireworks will extend from the sky above to Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world,” the Matterhorn and mist screens along the Rivers of America, offering guests a new experience from each location.
  • “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” – Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris will join Mickey Mouse on a magical water canvas to entertain guests in this fun-filled new presentation of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular in Disney California Adventure. Both epic and intimate in scope, “World of Color – Celebrate!” brings to life the remarkable story of Walt and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score. Guests will take an inspirational journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments around the world and the dream of Disneyland Park. “World of Color – Celebrate!” reminds guests that, if they never give up on their dreams, anything is possible.

Entertainment, Dining and Shopping Experiences Add to the Celebration

  • Live music has been a key component of the Disneyland Resort experience since the first performance of the Disneyland Band on July 17, 1955. During the Diamond Celebration, guests will be invited to become part of the musical magic, singing, dancing and marching along with resort performers such as the Disneyland Band, Dapper Dans, Red Car News Boys, Straw Hatters and Five & Dime. The after-dark “Mad T Party” will return to Disney California Adventure as a dazzling new “Diamond Mad T Party,” featuring sparkling new decor, interactive fun, dancing and delectable food and drink.
  • Restaurants and food carts in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will offer new drinks and cupcakes specially created for the Diamond Celebration. Later this summer, drinks will be available in “Made with Magic” sippers which light up to accompany the new after-dark shows. Additional “Made with Magic” merchandise items – newly designed ear hats, wands and paint brushes – also will be available for the celebration.
  • More than 500 special merchandise items have been created for the Diamond Celebration, including apparel, accessories, art, collectibles, headwear, home décor, jewelry, pins, souvenirs, toys and more. They will be available at shops throughout Disneyland Resort, including Disney Showcase and Main Street Emporium in Disneyland, Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure, World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District and more.

Additional information about the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will be shared in the coming months at http://www.Disneyland.com and http://www.DisneyParksBlog.com, and full official rules for Disneyland Diamond Days will be available at http://www.Disneyland.com/DiamondDays on May 22, 2015.

* Hours of operation: 6 a.m. on 5/22/15 to 6 a.m. on 5/23/15, local time, subject to capacity restrictions. Only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available. Valid theme park admission required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

** NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Specific prizes to be awarded in the weekly sweepstakes will be announced online at Disneyland.com/DiamondDays the preceding week. Sponsor: Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.
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In this digital illustration, “Disneyland Forever,” a new fireworks spectacular at the Disneyland Resort, illuminates the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle. “Disneyland Forever” will transport guests into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar films through traditional pyrotechnics, innovative projection mapping technology and surprising special effects when it debuts on May 22, 2015, as part of the Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort.
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Mickey Mouse appears in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in his sparkling new suit, created especially for the Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort. Mickey and his friends will debut their new costumes when the Diamond Celebration begins on May 22, 2015. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
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A Cinderella slipper, in clear crystal and adorned with a topaz pendant and a specialty diamond, is one of the prizes available to win in the Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes. Celebrating the 60th anniversary, Disneyland Diamond Days is an exciting sweepstakes in which guests can win daily and weekly prizes as part of the Diamond Celebration, which begins on May 22, 2015. (Disneyland Resort)
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An overnight stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite is a money-canÕt-buy experience that will be enjoyed by select prize winners of the Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes. Celebrating the 60th anniversary, Disneyland Diamond Days is an exciting sweepstakes in which guests can win daily and weekly prizes as part of the Diamond Celebration, which begins on May 22, 2015. (Disneyland Resort)
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The classic Disneyland park attraction will reveal one more happy haunt in late May when the legendary Hatbox Ghost reappears in the Haunted Mansion in May 2015. The Hatbox Ghost briefly materialized in the Haunted Mansion around its opening in 1969 and will reappear to haunt guests in May 2015. (Disneyland Resort)
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This artist's rendering depicts the Hatbox Ghost, a legendary figure in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. The Hatbox Ghost briefly materialized in the Haunted Mansion around its opening in 1969 and will reappear to haunt guests in May 2015. (Artist's Rendering/Walt Disney Imagineering)
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The Matterhorn Bobsleds will reopen in May 2015 with new special effects and a new look for the mountain's Abominable Snowman. This classic attraction opened at Disneyland park in 1959 and is one of several attractions receiving "new magic" in 2015. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
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This artist's rendering depicts the Abominable Snowman as he will appear when the Matterhorn Bobsleds reopen in May 2015. The classic Disneyland park attraction will also feature new special effects to enhance the attraction experience. (Artist's Rendering/Walt Disney Imagineering)
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This artist's rendering shows Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park draped in dazzling diamonds to commemorate the upcoming Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort. From Sleeping Beauty Castle to Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California Adventure park, the Disneyland Resort and surrounding streets of the Anaheim Resort district will sparkle with Diamond Celebration décor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue. Celebrating 60 years of magic, three new nighttime spectaculars will immerse guests in the worlds of Disney stories like never before with the first all-LED parade at the resort; a reinvention of the classic fireworks that adds projections to pyrotechnics to transform the park experience; and a moving, new version of 'World of Color' that celebrates Walt Disney’s dream for Disneyland. The Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort begins Friday, May 22, 2015. (Disneyland Resort)
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In this artist's rendering, Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California Adventure park is adorned in diamonds to commemorate the Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort. From Sleeping Beauty Castle to Carthay Circle Theatre, the Disneyland Resort and surrounding streets of the Anaheim Resort district will sparkle with Diamond Celebration dŽcor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue. Celebrating 60 years of magic, three new nighttime spectaculars will immerse guests in the worlds of Disney stories like never before with the first all-LED parade at the resort; a reinvention of the classic fireworks show that adds projections to transform the park experience; and a moving, new version of 'World of Color' that celebrates Walt Disney's dream for Disneyland. The Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort begins Friday, May 22, 2015.
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In this artist's rendering, 'new magic' brings a reimagined nursery scene to life in Peter Pan's Flight. The classic Disneyland park attraction also will feature new special effects when it reopens in May 2015. (Artists Rendering/Walt Disney Imagineering)
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In this artist's rendering, Ariel and her underwater friends from 'The Little Mermaid' bring Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park 'under the sea' with projections and pyrotechnics in 'Disneyland Forever,' a new fireworks spectacular transporting guests into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar films through traditional pyrotechnics, innovative projection mapping technology and surprising special effects. Celebrating 60 years of magic, 'Disneyland Forever' is one of three new nighttime spectaculars which will immerse guests in the worlds of Disney stories like never before. The Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort begins Friday, May 22, 2015. (Disneyland Resort)
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Mack from the Disney●Pixar 'Cars' films is one of the characters featured in this all-new new after-dark spectacular at Disneyland park inspired by the iconic 'Main Street Electrical Parade.' 'Paint the Night' is full of vibrant color and more than 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights and features special effects, unforgettable music, and energetic performances that bring beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar stories to life. Celebrating 60 years of magic, 'Paint the Night' is one of three new nighttime spectaculars which will immerse guests in the worlds of Disney stories like never before. The Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort begins Friday, May 22, 2015. (Photo Rendering/Disneyland Resort)
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Sulley from 'Monsters, Inc.' brings guests into the world of Monstropolis in this all-new new after-dark spectacular at Disneyland park inspired by the iconic 'Main Street Electrical Parade.' 'Paint the Night' is full of vibrant color and more than 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights and features special effects, unforgettable music, and energetic performances that bring beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar stories to life. Celebrating 60 years of magic, 'Paint the Night' is one of three new nighttime spectaculars which will immerse guests in the worlds of Disney stories like never before. The Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort begins Friday, May 22, 2015. (Disneyland Resort)
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Tinker Bell gathers all of her pixie dust to paint the night in dazzling Disney dreams in this all-new new after-dark spectacular at Disneyland park inspired by the iconic 'Main Street Electrical Parade.' 'Paint the Night' is full of vibrant color and more than 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights and features special effects, unforgettable music, and energetic performances that bring beloved Disney stories to life. Celebrating 60 years of magic, 'Paint the Night' is one of three new nighttime spectaculars which will immerse guests in the worlds of Disney stories like never before. The Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort begins Friday, May 22, 2015. (Disneyland Resort)
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The popular, nighttime spectacular 'World of Color' at Disney California Adventure park continues with the new 'World of Color: Celebrate!' This fun-filled presentation will take guests on an inspirational journey celebrating Walt Disney and his dream of Disneyland park. This story will be brought to life with fountains, animation and live-action film, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score. Celebrating 60 years of magic, 'World of Color Ð Celebrate!' is one of three new, nighttime spectaculars that will immerse guests in the worlds of Disney stories like never before. The Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort begins Friday, May 22, 2015. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort)
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Re: Disneyland Resort (DL, DLR, DCA) Discussion Thread

Postby DBJ » Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:06 am

The prizes are pretty great looking!

However, with the Matterhorn, the only magic I was really hoping for was more comfortable seats. Also, it is a missed opportunity I think during these long refurbs, to not look at having one side go backwards. Imo, that would deliver a fresher ride experience than say a projection mapped effect.

Navigating the crowds between the night events will be quite interesting.

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Re: Disneyland Resort (DL, DLR, DCA) Discussion Thread

Postby COASTER FREAK 11 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:26 am

Here's the thing, turning a Matterhorn car backwards would likely result in injuries and lawsuits. Its not always as simple as turning a train around. With modern rides, like Batman, its easy cause its designed to be super smooth. But the Matterhorn has extremely jerky transitions and tons of fast tight turns; its not a smooth ride. And not being able to see where your'e going on this ride would likely result in injuries to peoples necks.

Disney tried this with their Indy coaster in Paris, and had to redesign several of the turns to accommodate the new trains going backwards. So I don't see this ever happening at Matterhorn.

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Re: Disneyland Resort (DL, DLR, DCA) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:49 am

COASTER FREAK 11 wrote:...Disney tried this with their Indy coaster in Paris, and had to redesign several of the turns to accommodate the new trains going backwards.


And it still ran like crap when we went on it, back then. My neck always stiffened (actually my whole body stiffened) when I knew a turn or a drop was coming up. Very unpleasant ride.

So I agree, putting the Matterhorn cars backwards won't give riders any new 'sensations' except pain and frustration. It just wouldn't work with this one.
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Re: Disneyland Resort (DL, DLR, DCA) Discussion Thread

Postby DBJ » Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:25 am

Ah very true. I would find it fascinating to see a water dummy go through the course of Matterhorn and see the end results. It is a bit on the rough side just normally.

Oddly enough, didn't see the SOC upgrade announcement in the blog post. Maybe they are saving any kind of attraction upgrade announcement to if/when the film changes to soaring over the world. I am looking forward to seeing the CA version in higher resolution in the meantime.

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Re: Disneyland Resort (DL, DLR, DCA) Discussion Thread

Postby COASTER FREAK 11 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:53 am

The announcement was tucked into the larger Grizzly Peak Airfield post here, it's the last two paragraphs. But they say there will be an update eventually.

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Re: Disneyland Resort (DL, DLR, DCA) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:56 am

Nrthwnd wrote:
COASTER FREAK 11 wrote:...Disney tried this with their Indy coaster in Paris, and had to redesign several of the turns to accommodate the new trains going backwards.


And it still ran like crap when we went on it, back then. My neck always stiffened (actually my whole body stiffened) when I knew a turn or a drop was coming up. Very unpleasant ride.


Tokyo DisneySea had to completely rebuild their version (Raging Spirits) to make it rideable.
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