Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

Starting fall 2018, the Disney Magic will sail between New York and Quebec City, Canada, a new port for Disney Cruise Line. These two seven-night Disney Magic cruises will include stops at breathtaking Canadian ports Saguenay and Baie-Comeau. (Todd Anderson, photographer) NEW YORK (May 18, 2015) – Today, the Disney Magic arrived in New York City as part of a transatlantic crossing to kick off a summer season in Norway and Europe. Disney Cruise Line was in New York City to announce the Disney Magic will return to New York in fall 2016, with sailings visiting the Bahamas, Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and stops at Port Canaveral that include a visit to Walt Disney World. (Chloe Rice, photographer) For the first time, the Disney Magic will sail to the island of Bermuda from New York in fall 2018. The Disney Magic will also sail cruises to Walt Disney World and on special voyages between New York and Quebec City, Canada. The Disney Magic embodies the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create a stylish and spectacular cruise ship. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) Starting fall 2018, the Disney Wonder will set sail from San Diego, California, offering Disney Cruise Line guests the opportunity to visit exciting ports of call in Baja and the Mexican Riviera. In November and December 2018, the Disney Wonder returns to Galveston, Texas, with a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries, including visits to Disney’s private island– Castaway Cay. (Todd Anderson, photographer) In fall 2018, Disney Cruise Line returns to Galveston with a variety of sailings to the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Guests sailing to the Bahamas will experience tropical beauty with a stop at Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) As part of Disney Cruise Line’s fall 2018 itineraries, the Disney Wonder will sail from San Diego to Baja and the Mexican Riviera with visits to Cabo San Lucas, a Mexican destination famous for its dramatic rock formations, white-sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters. (Diana Zalucky, photographer) As part of Disney Cruise Line’s fall 2018 itineraries, the Disney Wonder will sail from San Diego to Baja and the Mexican Riviera with visits to Cabo San Lucas, a Mexican destination famous for its dramatic rock formations, white-sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) Guests sailing during select 2018 voyages from Galveston, Texas, and New York will enjoy a visit to Disney’s private island in the Bahamas – Castaway Cay. In a setting of crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and lush landscapes, the island offers activities for every member of the family. (David Roark, photographer)

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As part of the Summer of Heroes celebration at Disney California Adventure Park, guests will find Super Hero-inspired food and beverages at six different locations in the Hollywood Land area of the park, including Schmoozies, Award Wieners and Market Place. New locations include the Cosmic Canteen and Knowhere Eats.

  • Dishes and drinks in lively colors of green, purple, red, blue and orange reflect the bold personalities of some favorite Super Heroes.
  • One of the fun new desserts is inspired by baby Groot. The Angry Little Pudding Cup features chocolate pudding with crumbled chocolate sandwich cookie, whipped cream and funnel cake fries.
  • Guests who enjoy the Mickey-shaped sourdough bread available in Disney California Adventure will want to check out the fun, new Groot-shaped breads, in  sourdough and jalapeno-cheddar flavors.
  • The Most Dangerous Tacos in the Galaxy, a must-try, are inspired by the fiery personality of Gamora, featuring barbacoa, green onion slaw and habanero salsa.
  • In addition, guests can try the Savory Strength Falafel Pita, Super Size Subs, Space Outpost Tacos, Gamma-Sized Donuts and Bifrosties (shave ice with fun themed flavors).

2016 was a big year for the running stormtrooper, a.k.a. Royal Air Force officer Jez Allinson. Not only did he run the London Marathon on May 24, 2016, raising £5,355.92 for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and their Make a Star Wars Wish initiative, but he also put himself on the radar of Star Wars fandom in the UK and abroad.

It was a superb effort, which StarWars.com featured, but for Jez that was far from the end of the story. Spurred on by the great reaction to his London Marathon run and going over 200% beyond his target of £2,000, he made plans to not only match but exceed his 2016 efforts. Jez would compete in three separate runs — and StarWars.com spoke to Jez about his mission, just in time for today’s celebration of Global Running Day.

Part one of his mission took him across the Atlantic to Orlando and Star Wars Celebration, where he raised money by running on a treadmill.

StarWars.com: You did a magnificent job last year of raising money and awareness. So what inspired you to do it all again in 2017?

Jez Allinson: It was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of Make-A-Wish and the Make-A Star Wars Wish project. I’m extremely grateful to Lucasfilm for taking a chance on me and allowing me this opportunity.

StarWars.com: When did this idea first germinate?

Jez Allinson: I had been planning for this ever since the first e-mail from Pete Vilmur explaining that I would be at Celebration Orlando. I spent seven weeks trying to convince people to lend me a treadmill, and finally at the 11th hour I was able to borrow one from the Orlando PD. I have to thank to the 501st for helping make this happen. I didn’t know until landing at Orlando airport that it had been delivered!

StarWars.com: So how did Celebration Orlando go?

Jez Allinson: I was manning booth 1953 for four days. It was in a prime location and, as promised, I ran a half marathon each day on the treadmill.  The booth was decked out with banners, balloons, posters and information about Make-A-Wish.  I had vinyl Make A Star Wars Wish wristbands made to give out for a small [voluntary] donation, free photo ops, stickers, and balloons for the kids. I found that when I was running the donations came in thick and fast, but when I wasn’t running it dried up. Because of that I spread my running out during the day. I’d run for 10 minutes, then stop for 20 minutes, then run another mile and then stop for 20. This meant I was able to spread the distance over several hours, which maximized my charity fundraising opportunities. With the exception on the first day I raised over $1,200 every day and raised a total of $5,228 over the four days of the convention.

StarWars.com: You were very visible on the convention floor and you also managed to get seen on the live stream.

Jez Allinson: Yes, I was over the moon when I was contacted by The Star Wars Show asking me if they could do a field interview. I also found out that Nathan Hamill had put a video of me running on his Instagram and I was told that Riz Ahmed walked past my booth and took a snap, which is very cool.

Celebration was a big success. Jez travelled back across the Whale Pond to the UK for the second leg of his fund-raising venture, revisiting the London Marathon.

StarWars.com: Running so many miles at Celebration, in the heat and in armor is tough enough, and then you took on the London Marathon. How did you get ready for that mammoth task?

Jez Allinson: True, Celebration was hardly the best preparation for the London Marathon. My legs were tired, my body was low on carbs, I was jet-lagged, and I was generally fatigued. If I could have chosen the dates I wouldn’t have put them so close together, but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to go to Orlando. I arrived back in the UK on Wednesday morning and 72 hours later I was in London registering for the marathon.

StarWars.com: Mentally, that must have been draining.

Jez Allinson: I began the race full of self-doubt because I was so tired. I knew I had to run as hard and fast as I could in the suit if I wanted to set a new world record. Guinness had set a qualification time of four hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. Last year I ran it fresh, prepared, body-fueled, and at the peak of my fitness, and it took me just over five hours. I knew that the odds were stacked against me, but as Han says, “Never tell me the odds.”

StarWars.com: Runners often say the crowds can pull you the last few miles home. Did they play a part in getting you across the finishing line?

Jez Allinson: The support of the crowd was awesome. So many great banners, so much fun. However, I must have been called Darth or Darth Vader at least 30 times! Very strange. There were lots of “Aren’t you a little short…,” “This isn’t the run you are looking for,” and “May the Force be with you.”

StarWars.com: Did you “hit the wall” at any point?

Jez Allinson: At 18 miles, it hit me. For the first time ever, I hit the wall! My legs turned to lead, I had nothing left in the tank, and my hopes of taking the record were fading fast. From then on in it was even more of a mind game. I was having to stop to smash my legs down to get the blood flowing in my muscles and I was really conscious of people falling down around me every once in a while with cramp. It wasn’t nice. I had to keep my helmet on for every step of my run, which is a Guinness World Record rule. That meant that I had to stop to eat and drink as opposed to drinking and taking on water as I ran. I ended up stopping a lot towards the end of the run and taking on whatever sweets, chocolate, and fruit I could get my hands on.

StarWars.com: When did it dawn on you that you were going to break the record?

Jez Allinson: When I got to the 23-mile point, I knew I had it in me to finish, but I could see the clock counting down fast. When I rounded the final corner at Buckingham Palace and had 200 meters to go, I could see the clock. It really was going to be close. When I passed the line I didn’t know what to think, the emotions became all too much. I was very quickly grabbed by a smart man in a blazer and trousers from Guinness who congratulated me and told me I’d done it. I’d set the record with just 47 seconds to spare! I was made to pose for a few photos and then left to get my finishers goodie bag. I kept my helmet on as I could feel myself totally getting teary. I was drained of all energy and I was emotionally done in. I removed my helmet and thought, “Well, if someone ever wanted to see a crying stormtrooper, now’s the chance.” I wasn’t ashamed, I just simply had no energy left to care.

StarWars.com: It sounds like this really took everything you had to get it done.

Jez Allinson: I’ve never felt so tired in my life. I’ve run marathons before, I’ve run longer distances, but I’ve never had to run so hard in my life.

Jez then turned his attention to the third and final part of the challenge. Forty miles around Black Park, near Pinewood Studios.

StarWars.com: So, you’d run at Celebration, then less than a week later, ran the London Marathon for the second year, and finally you prepared to tackle what was arguably the biggest challenge of all, 40 miles around Black Park near Pinewood Studios. Were you mentally prepared for this?

Jez Allinson: Even though this was a much longer run I felt much more confident. I was more prepared, better rested, and had fueled up on pasta all week. The day of the run came and I drove to Black Park with my good friend and fellow Vintage Rebellion podcaster Grant Criddle. We were joined by several members of Star Wars Forum UK, Stu Skinner, Stephen Savory, Marc Hockley, Darren Petford, and Peter Lee. We were even joined by Brian Muir, the man who sculpted the original Darth Vader helmet, and his wife Lindsey.

StarWars.com: What time did the run begin?

Jez Allinson: I began running at 7:45 a.m. and soon started building up the miles. Everything was going okay until I had one fairly big fall at the 8-mile point, but apart from that I was fine. Stephen Savory was very good at nagging me to drink and eat at every opportunity, and he even applied a dressing to a rather large blister at the 20-mile point. Some of the members of the support crew took turns to join me and keep me company for a few miles. After three unscheduled stops for live radio interviews I found myself about 30 minutes behind my target, but after a 10-hour day that’s not too bad!

StarWars.com: And then the final mile at Pinewood Studios.

Jez Allinson: Yes, at the 39-mile point I was escorted from Black Park through a side gate to Pinewood Studios, where I was joined by a small team of Pinewood staff and some of my support crew. We enjoyed a lap of the studio, soaking up as much atmosphere as possible, until we rounded the last corner, where I was joined by my wife and children and Oliver Ball, a young Make-A-Wish recipient who was dressed in his very own Biker Scout outfit. We all ran the last 100 meters together and crossed the finishing line to cheers and a huge confetti cannon.

I had invited Oliver as I was really moved by his story and wanted to give him a second wish. The community really rallied around [him] and, prior to the day, they all contributed to a huge toy chest full of Star Wars toys to spoil him.

Oliver was given the VIP treatment around Pinewood Studios and got to see a few things, plus he had a quick photo with a very special Star Wars hero.

StarWars.com: You’re a famously modest guy, but looking back, how do you feel about your accomplishments?

Jez Allinson: I was absolutely delighted that I had smashed my target of £10,000 and so happy that Oliver had had a great day. I’d like to thank Lucasfilm, Kathryn Donovan at Pinewood Studios, my support crew, and my biggest supporter — my wife Jules.

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Mark is the owner of Jedi News, has written for Star Wars Insider and Build The Millennium Falcon partwork, and co-hosts RADIO 1138 and Take Cover on the Jedi News Network. He’s an honorary member of both the 501st and the Rebel Legion and when he’s not talking, tweeting, or writing about Star Wars, he can usually be found sleeping, where he’ll most likely be dreaming about Star Wars.

The Freemakers will soon strike back! As announced today on The Star Wars ShowLEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures returns on Saturday, June 17, (11:00 a.m. ET/PT) with a sneak peek of the first episode of season two, “Trouble on Tibalt.”

Then, season two will kick off on Monday, July 31, (7:00 a.m. ET/PT) with new episodes every Monday through Thursday at 7:00 a.m. ET/PT thereafter until Wednesday, August 16. You can watch today’s bricktastic installment of The Star Wars Show below, featuring an appearance by LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures executive producers Bill Motz and Bob Roth, and an in-depth interview with Eugene Byrd, voice of Zander.

For more on season two, read StarWars.com’s report on 5 things we learned at Star Wars Celebration Orlando — including details on Hera’s appearance! — and check out a special preview gallery below. May the bricks be with you.


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A Closer Look: New Pool Deck at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

 

A few weeks ago, we shared details about the new guest rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort. The resort is currently undergoing an exciting hotel-wide renovation—the most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening. Guests have already been enjoying some of the updates—with many new guest rooms already available and the redesigned pool area now open for summer fun! Let’s take a look at some of the details found at our refreshed pool deck.

Each pool area was designed with a variety of natural stones and brick to not only create a warm and welcoming environment, but also define three distinct pool settings. In keeping with the Arts and Crafts style of the hotel, the stone work was hand-laid by master stone masons.

A Closer Look: New Pool Deck at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

The Redwood Pool, with its irregular shape, features earthy, organic-feeling materials, including rustic brown flagstone and multicolored brick bands and slide accents. Situated just behind the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney California Adventure park, the 90-foot-long waterslide curves around a giant Redwood tree stump!

A Closer Look: New Pool Deck at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Golden flagstone is used throughout the Fountain Pool. The new urn-shaped fountain serves as the pool area’s centerpiece. Our original turtle fountain can now been seen nestled in the garden as a fun addition to the Craftsman-inspired landscape.

A Closer Look: New Pool Deck at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

The quiet Mariposa Pool features serene bluestone laid in an ashlar (or rectangular) pattern creating a sleek look. For guests who wish to stretch out and relax, private cabanas line the edge and are available for half-day or full-day rentals.

Which pool would you like to enjoy?

 

Source: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/06/a-closer-look-new-pool-deck-at-disneys-grand-californian-hotel-spa/

Michael Ramirez by , Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

LILO & STITCH — Guests will enjoy riding “it’s a small world” again and again at Disneyland as they search for the 29 Disney and Disney•Pixar characters now represented in the attraction, including Lilo and Stitch. The new doll costumes and playful toy decorations are fashioned in the same artistic style that was created by art director, color stylist, Disney Legend and Imagineer Mary Blair, whose sense of design shaped “it’s a small world” from the very beginning. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) FANTASY FAIRE – Disney Princesses await Disneyland park guests at Fantasy Faire, an enchanting, immersive storybook world that extends Fantasyland and brings its timeless tales to life in fun and surprising ways at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. In addition, guests will be treated to an interactive storytelling experience with vaudeville-style Renaissance storytellers at the Royal Theatre. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) CINDERELLA AT FANTASY FAIRE – Disney Princesses await Disneyland park guests at Fantasy Faire, an enchanting, immersive storybook world that extends Fantasyland and brings its timeless tales to life in fun and surprising ways at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. In addition, guests will be treated to an interactive storytelling experience with vaudeville-style Renaissance storytellers at the Royal Theatre. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) “a bug’s land” – Guests boogie at Francis’ Ladybug Boogie, part of Flik’s Fun Fair. Guests shrink down to the size of Flik and his insect friends from Disney•Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life” at “a bug’s land” at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Glen Miller/Disneyland) LUIGI’S ROLLICKIN’ ROADSTERS – Opening March 7, 2016, at Disney California Adventure park, this all-new attraction at Casa Della Tires in Cars Land features miniature Italian roadsters (Luigi’s cousins) moving to upbeat music as they perform the traditional dances of their hometown village. Guests are able to ride along with Luigi’s cousins as they glide and spin. Each dancing car has its own high-spirited personality and signature dance moves so guests enjoy a different ride experience depending on which car they board. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) LUIGI’S ROLLICKIN’ ROADSTERS – Opening March 7, 2016, at Disney California Adventure park, this all-new attraction at Casa Della Tires in Cars Land features miniature Italian roadsters (Luigi’s cousins) moving to upbeat music as they perform the traditional dances of their hometown village. Guests are able to ride along with Luigi’s cousins as they glide and spin. Each dancing car has its own high-spirited personality and signature dance moves so guests enjoy a different ride experience depending on which car they board. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) Cars Land features three immersive family attractions showcasing characters and settings from the Disney•Pixar film, “Cars,” including one of the largest and most elaborate themed environments ever created for a Disney park. McQueen and Mater will be greeting park guests daily outside the Cozy Cone Motel on Route 66. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) Mickey Mouse and a cast of beloved Disney characters embark on a series of musical adventures through the magical powers of a sorcerer’s map in “Mickey and the Magical Map,” the live show at the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif.
(Paul Auyeung/Disneyland Resort) Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., is the centerpiece of Fantasyland and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Surrounded by placid water, beautiful flowers and whimsical topiary, the Disneyland landmark beckons park visitors to explore the different realms of the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) TROPICAL HIDEAWAY – The first attraction to feature sophisticated Audio-Animatronics figures features more than 200 birds, tikis and flowers. Guests have been entertained by the singing selections of the Enchanted Tiki Room for more than 50 years. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) MAD TEA PARTY – Inspired by the classic Disney animated movie, “Alice in Wonderland,” the Mad Tea Party attraction at Disneyland Park recreates the film’s madcap “unbirthday” sequence featuring the Mad Hatter and March Hare’s chaotic tea party. The Mad Tea Party is located in Fantasyland in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) A VERY MERRY UNBIRTHDAY – Alice and the Mad Hatter from the classic Walt Disney animated feature “Alice in Wonderland”, pose at the Mad Tea Party at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Disneyland guests riding the classic Fantasyland attraction spin across a giant turntable in oversized tea cups. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland) AROUND AND AROUND – The King Arthur Carrousel attracts guests of all ages to take a spin in the heart of Disneyland Park. Located in Fantasyland, the carrousel has 85 beautiful, antique horses that are carefully maintained year-round. The wooden steeds on this timeless attraction are hand-carved. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) ANNA AND ELSA IN ‘FROZEN – LIVE AT THE HYPERION’ — A new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, Frozen is now playing at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park. The show immerses audiences in the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa with all of the excitement of live theater, including elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects and show-stopping production numbers. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort) Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome – Guests can get warm hugs from the “Frozen” sisters at Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome, an elegant location in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) GREETINGS FROM MICKEY’S TOONTOWN (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Goofy welcomes guests to Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park, a cartoon-inspired land with whimsical architecture, interactive surprises and family attractions such as Gadget’s Go Coaster and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
THE FINALE SCENE — Guests will enjoy riding “it’s a small world” again and again at Disneyland as they search for the Disney and Disney•Pixar characters now represented in the attraction as well as a restored “finale scene.” (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) LILO & STITCH — Guests will enjoy riding “it’s a small world” again and again at Disneyland as they search for the 29 Disney and Disney•Pixar characters now represented in the attraction, including Lilo and Stitch. The new doll costumes and playful toy decorations are fashioned in the same artistic style that was created by art director, color stylist, Disney Legend and Imagineer Mary Blair, whose sense of design shaped “it’s a small world” from the very beginning. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) SUNNY SMALL WORLD (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – An iconic attraction in Disneyland park, “it’s a small world” transports guests through a celebration around the world. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) JUNGLE CRUISE – Disneyland park guests board a trusty tramp steamer for a 7-minute guided tour of jungles from around the world, brimming with exotic animals and lush tropical foliage. (Disneyland Resort) MICKEY’S TOONTOWN – Guests zoom along the winding track of Gadget’s Go Coaster, a colorful and zany roller coaster inspired by “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers” in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, where magical storybooks come alive, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome visitors from all over the world. Combining classic favorites and exciting additions, Disneyland park is an essential part of a Southern California vacation. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) HEADING FOR THE DOOR — Sulley, the gentle monster hero of “Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!” struggles to return the child Boo to her own bedroom closet door. Inspired by the hit Walt Disney Pictures presentation of the Pixar Animation Studios film “Monsters, Inc.,” this monster attraction is located in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot section of Disney’s California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort. Riders board “Monstropolis Cab Company” vehicles and follow Mike and Sulley’s attempts to rescue the child Boo and return her to her bedroom. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) NOT JUST ANOTHER PRETTY FACE — The no-nonsense, ever-watchful factory dispatcher Roz interacts with passing guests aboard “Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!” Inspired by the hit Walt Disney Pictures presentation of the Pixar Animation Studios film “Monsters, Inc.,” the attraction is located in Hollywood Land of Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort. Riders board “Monstropolis Cab Company” vehicles and follow Mike and Sulley’s attempts to rescue the child Boo and return her to her bedroom. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) BEGINNING THE ADVENTURE — Guests board their own clamshell vehicles as they embark on The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, in which Ariel’s story unfolds in colorful scenes filled with Audio-Animatronics characters and memorable music from the hit Disney animated motion picture, “The Little Mermaid.” The Disney California Adventure park attraction brings the popular motion picture to life in magnificent scenes where guests can sing along with Sebastian and friends, keep an eye out for the evil Ursula, and experience the romance of Ariel and Eric. Special effects transport guests “under the sea,” taking them into Ariel’s world in ways never before seen. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

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MEET ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ CHARACTERS – Guests can meet beloved characters, including Belle and Gaston, in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park. For a limited time, Fantasyland will bring to life the tale of “Beauty and the Beast” with special experiences that celebrate the classic Disney animated feature. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) RED ROSE TAVERNE – Guests will experience the lively Red Rose Taverne in Disneyland Park, complete with beautiful décor and a new menu inspired by the tale as old as time. For a limited time, Fantasyland will bring to life the tale of “Beauty and the Beast” with special experiences that celebrate the classic Disney animated feature. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland) ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ AT THE ROYAL THEATRE – Guests will immerse themselves in the magic of the daily show “Beauty and the Beast” at the Royal Theatre in Fantasy Faire. For a limited time, Fantasyland at Disneyland Park will bring to life the tale of “Beauty and the Beast” with special experiences that celebrate the classic Disney animated feature. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) RED ROSE TAVERNE – Guests will experience the lively Red Rose Taverne in Disneyland Park, complete with beautiful décor and a new menu inspired by the tale as old as time. For a limited time, Fantasyland will bring to life the tale of “Beauty and the Beast” with special experiences that celebrate the classic Disney animated feature. (Debi Harbin/Disneyland Resort) RED ROSE TAVERNE – Guests will experience the lively Red Rose Taverne in Disneyland Park, complete with beautiful décor and a new menu inspired by the tale as old as time. For a limited time, Fantasyland will bring to life the tale of “Beauty and the Beast” with special experiences that celebrate the classic Disney animated feature. (Debi Harbin/Disneyland Resort)

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REIMAGINED LUXURY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – New magic will enhance Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa with completely redesigned guest rooms, a refreshed lobby, pool areas and the concierge-level Craftsman Club. The most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening will elevate the guest experience and bring a contemporary approach to the Arts & Crafts design style of this AAA Four Diamond hotel. The multi-phase roll-out is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. (Disneyland Resort) REIMAGINED LUXURY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – New magic will enhance Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa with completely redesigned guest rooms, a refreshed lobby, pool areas and the concierge-level Craftsman Club. The most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening will elevate the guest experience and bring a contemporary approach to the Arts & Crafts design style of this AAA Four Diamond hotel. The multi-phase roll-out is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. (Disneyland Resort) REIMAGINED LUXURY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – New magic will enhance Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa with completely redesigned guest rooms, a refreshed lobby, pool areas and the concierge-level Craftsman Club. The most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening will elevate the guest experience and bring a contemporary approach to the Arts & Crafts design style of this AAA Four Diamond hotel. The multi-phase roll-out is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. (Disneyland Resort) REIMAGINED LUXURY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – New magic will enhance Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa with completely redesigned guest rooms, a refreshed lobby, pool areas and the concierge-level Craftsman Club. The most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening will elevate the guest experience and bring a contemporary approach to the Arts & Crafts design style of this AAA Four Diamond hotel. The multi-phase roll-out is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. (Disneyland Resort)

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY (March 13, 2017) – Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Exciting festivities honoring its 50-year legacy begin Thursday, March 16 and include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. Opened in 1967, the iconic attraction has inspired versions at five Disney Parks worldwide and five film adaptations from the successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY (March 13, 2017) – Guests will experience magical dining at the Blue Bayou Restaurant as they overlook passing boats in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Exciting festivities honoring its 50-year legacy begin Thursday, March 16 and include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY (March 13, 2017) – Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Exciting festivities honoring its 50-year legacy begin Thursday, March 16 and include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. Opened in 1967, the iconic attraction has inspired versions at five Disney Parks worldwide and five film adaptations from the successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY (March 13, 2017) – Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Exciting festivities honoring its 50-year legacy begin Thursday, March 16 and include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. Opened in 1967, the iconic attraction has inspired versions at five Disney Parks worldwide and five film adaptations from the successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY (March 13, 2017) – Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Exciting festivities honoring its 50-year legacy begin Thursday, March 16 and include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. Opened in 1967, the iconic attraction has inspired versions at five Disney Parks worldwide and five film adaptations from the successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY (March 13, 2017) – Walt Disney poses with sculpted models that were used to create Audio-Animatronics figures for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, the last Disneyland attraction he personally supervised. Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Exciting festivities honoring its 50-year legacy begin Thursday, March 16 and include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. (Disneyland Resort) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY (March 13, 2017) – Walt Disney and Marc Davis, a Disney Legend, animator and artist, have some fun developing the Audio-Animatronics figures for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. This was the last Disneyland attraction Walt Disney personally supervised. Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Exciting festivities honoring its 50-year legacy begin Thursday, March 16 and include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. (Disneyland Resort) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY (March 13, 2017) – Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Exciting festivities honoring its 50-year legacy begin Thursday, March 16 and include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. Opened in 1967, the iconic attraction has inspired versions at five Disney Parks worldwide and five film adaptations from the successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise. (Disneyland Resort) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY (March 13, 2017) – Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Exciting festivities honoring its 50-year legacy begin Thursday, March 16 and include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. Opened in 1967, the iconic attraction has inspired versions at five Disney Parks worldwide and five film adaptations from the successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise. (Disneyland Resort)

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Friday, 24 March 2017 18:40

Autopia Enhancements

AUTOPIA ENHANCEMENTS (March 24, 2017) – New character additions and storytelling enhance the classic attraction Autopia at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Honda’s ASIMO humanoid robot and its robotic friend, Bird, will now join guests embarking on the ultimate road trip. The new look for Autopia recently debuted in spring 2016 with cars repainted in Honda colors, and new fuel-efficient Honda engines, badges and tires. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort) AUTOPIA ENHANCEMENTS (March 24, 2017) – New character additions and storytelling enhance the classic attraction Autopia at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Honda’s ASIMO humanoid robot and its robotic friend, Bird, will now join guests embarking on the ultimate road trip. The new look for Autopia recently debuted in spring 2016 with cars repainted in Honda colors, and new fuel-efficient Honda engines, badges and tires. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort) AUTOPIA ENHANCEMENTS (March 24, 2017) – New character additions and storytelling enhance the classic attraction Autopia at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Honda’s ASIMO humanoid robot and its robotic friend, Bird, will now join guests embarking on the ultimate road trip. The new look for Autopia recently debuted in spring 2016 with cars repainted in Honda colors, and new fuel-efficient Honda engines, badges and tires. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort) AUTOPIA ENHANCEMENTS (March 24, 2017) – New character additions and storytelling enhance the classic attraction Autopia at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Honda’s ASIMO humanoid robot and its robotic friend, Bird, will now join guests embarking on the ultimate road trip. The new look for Autopia recently debuted in spring 2016 with cars repainted in Honda colors, and new fuel-efficient Honda engines, badges and tires. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort) AUTOPIA ENHANCEMENTS (March 24, 2017) – New character additions and storytelling enhance the classic attraction Autopia at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Honda’s ASIMO humanoid robot and its robotic friend, Bird, will now join guests embarking on the ultimate road trip. The new look for Autopia recently debuted in spring 2016 with cars repainted in Honda colors, and new fuel-efficient Honda engines, badges and tires. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort)

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