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Return of the Classics

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SAILING SHIP COLUMBIA (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – The Sailing Ship Columbia explores the Rivers of America at Disneyland park. The 110-foot-long, fully rigged ship recreates the grand pioneering adventures of the famous vessel that discovered the Columbia River and became the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe. Guests enjoy marveling at the towering 84-foot mainmast and inspecting the merchant ship’s 10 cannons and two deck-mounted swivel guns, used to thwart the attacks of pirates. (Paul Hiffmeyer/ Disneyland Resort ) FRONTIERLAND – The Mark Twain Riverboat and Big Thunder Mountain are reflected in the Rivers of America in Frontierland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Frontierland brings to life the natural beauty, excitement and promise of the American West in the 1800s. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) While visiting Frontierland, Disneyland park guests can cruise back in time on a 14-minute sightseeing voyage aboard a recreation of the glorious 19th-century steam-powered paddlewheel riverboats that carried people and cargo up and down the mighty Mississippi. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) One of Disneyland’s original attractions from opening day and arguably Walt Disney’s personal favorite, the trains of the Disneyland Railroad have “covered enough track” in 50 years to circle the earth more than 200 times. The trains provide guests an overall view of the park as well as the Grand Canyon and Primeval World dioramas. With its turn-of-the-century architecture and lush gardens, the Main Street station offers the first point of entry for those who wish to soak up the scenery on a grand circuit tour of Disneyland park aboard one of the trains of the Disneyland Railroad which run on bio-diesel fuel created from recycled cooking oil used throughout the Resort. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland) ‘FANTASMIC!’ RETURNS TO DISNEYLAND PARK – “Fantasmic!,” Disney’s longest-running and most popular nighttime spectacular, returns to the Rivers of America in Disneyland Park in July with enhanced effects, innovative state-of-the-art projection technology, and new storytelling elements. Guests will journey into Mickey Mouse’s imagination as they are immersed in this magical classic, a fan favorite for 25 years. The return of “Fantasmic!” coincides with the reopening of The Disneyland Railroad, Pirates’ Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, and the water crafts – Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes – that sail around the Rivers of America in Frontierland. (Artist Rendering/Disneyland Resort) “FANTASMIC!” (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Mickey proves just how powerful his imagination can be as he defends his dreams against evil Disney villains in the nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland park. Along the Rivers of America, guests can watch high-definition digital animation projected onto water screens, wave to familiar Disney characters, and witness Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” transform into a 40-foot-tall fire-breathing dragon. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) “FANTASMIC!” (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Mickey proves just how powerful his imagination can be as he defends his dreams against evil Disney villains in the nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland park. Along the Rivers of America, guests can watch high-definition digital animation projected onto water screens, wave to familiar Disney characters, and witness Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” transform into a 40-foot-tall fire-breathing dragon. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) MORE ‘FANTASMIC!’ THAN EVER — Guests will enjoy magical thrills in the popular “Fantasmic!” spectacular on the Rivers of America in Frontierland. Recent enhancements include the climactic transformation of the evil Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” into a fully animated 40-foot-tall dragon. The show has also added cutting-edge digital video technology and an appearance by Flotsam and Jetsam, the slithering eels who serve Ursula the Sea Witch in “The Little Mermaid.” (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

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