Disneyland Turns 60: Ranking Its Attractions by Land!

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Disneyland Kicks Off 24-Hour Celebration For 60th Anniversary.

Disneyland Park opened in Anaheim, Calif., on July 17, 1955, and ever since, it has entertained millions of guests from all over the world. The new “Disneyland Forever” is a 14-minute firework spectacular that ends with a new song, “Kiss Goodnight,” by legendary songwriter Richard Sherman.ANAHEIM – For John Valerio, the upcoming marathon visit to Disneyland started with sleeping until noon, followed by a few naps while sitting in a lawn chair near the main gate late Thursday night.Disneyland’s new 1.5 million-light show Paint the Night recalls the upbeat and offbeat nature of the Main Street Electrical Parade and is a worthy successor to the beloved nighttime parade that left the Anaheim theme park nearly two decades ago.ANAHEIM – In the distance, the sound of Owl City’s “When Can I See You Again?” – the theme from Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” – can be heard.

Soon, fairy dancers in glowing yellow, green and white costumes appear, whipping lassos in circles and dancing in front of a float featuring Tinker Bell. I’m sure after a few more viewings of the all-encompassing fireworks show I’ll figure out where to look and when, but the new 60th anniversary nighttime spectacular could prove vexing for the average tourist on a day trip to Disneyland. Peter Pan sits on top of a big drum, and the float radiates with bright colors while Tinker Bell floats in the air with a wand, sprinkling fairy dust onto the crowd. Disneyland’s fireworks play above Sleeping Beauty Castle, as always, but this time they are accompanied by 100 searchlights shooting up from behind the castle and along the rooftops of the buildings on Main Street.

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure wouldn’t open for another 12 hours. “To me, this event is living proof that Disneyland will never stop growing,” said Serrano, who kept warm with blue, four-fingered gloves resembling Stitch’s extraterrestrial claws from the movie “Lilo and Stitch.” “It keeps the same magic I grew up with,” Serrano said. “To come back and see the new shows they’ll have tomorrow fuels my passion for this place.” Lawn chairs, tents, and other bulky items would have to disappear by 2 a.m. It may be symptomatic of our constantly distracted age that Disneyland felt the audience needed to be stimulated in more ways than one to keep their attention. The new parade features 1.5 million LED lights, 500 strobes and an intricate computerized system so 80 performers’ costumes change colors with the floats. “My goal was to bring (the ‘Main Street Electrical Parade’) back to Disneyland,” said Steve Davison, vice president of parades and spectaculars at Disney. “This is a cross-generational parade that appeals to everyone. Friday, when guests will move through security checkpoints, receive a “commemorative keepsake” and then … wait some more just outside the parks’ gates. It’s a nod to the past and a push into the future.” Hong Kong Disneyland has a similar parade, but Disneyland’s version is unique, he said, because it has the big drum that viewers of the old parade will remember, and a “Frozen” float.

Inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Mo., Main Street, U.S.A. was designed to resemble the center of a turn-of-the-20th-century American town. Queen Elsa’s ice palace is 30 feet high, while Mack, the trailer in “Cars,” has the longest vehicle, a 54-foot-long float with a 3D display and 2,000 LED neon lights. The “Monster’s Inc.” and “Beauty and the Beast” floats incorporate animated video that could have been overused but was thankfully restrained.

Mickey, dressed as the sorcerer’s apprentice, ends the show conducting the finale on a 31-foot-long vehicle with 10,000 points of light beaming a kaleidoscope of colors. As usual, Mickey Mouse rides the finale float featuring a spellbinding, spinning kinetic sculpture that looks like a kitschy modern take on a 1970s disco ball. The searchlights criss-cross, creating diamond-shaped lights. “He’s the one who came up with the idea of having fireworks at the end of the night,” Sherman said in an interview. “He wanted to give the folks who were leaving after a day at the park a little extra gift from him, and that was why he called it ‘a little kiss goodnight.’”

The Carz Crew typifies the between-float performances with a choreographed routine that emphasizes their dance moves while also highlighting the high-tech capabilities of their LED-lighted costumes, which amazingly blink, pulse and glow in time to the music. Kids love The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride, and families can paddle their way around Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island in search of adventure using Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes. The back story of “Disneyland Forever” takes us to a series of environments — cloud clusters, jungle forests, ocean depths, frozen tundras and enchanted places.

From a production standpoint, most if not all the lights on the costumes need to be brighter, which hopefully can be achieved with a few adjustments to the massive computer software program running the show. From a storytelling standpoint, I appreciate that the show’s producers made as many obvious choices (“Peter Pan,” “Lion King,” “Frozen”) as they did unconventional ones (“Winnie the Pooh,” “Mary Poppins,” “Jungle Book”). The original Electrical Parade left Disneyland in 1996 after a nearly quarter-century-long run with a farewell that promised the parade would “glow away forever.” The beloved parade was briefly replaced in 1997 by Light Magic, a mercilessly panned production that barely lasted the summer. Several of the building animations are visually stunning — from the “Mary Poppins” chimney sweeps dancing on rooftops to “Step in Time” to the wild animals from the “Lion King” marching to “Circle of Life.” My favorite scene involved the elephant-like heffalumps and honey-thieving woozles from Winnie the Pooh’s imagination dancing against a wildly psychedelic backdrop.

In addition to inspiring movies (starring Eddie Murphy and Johnny Depp, respectively), one film inspired the land: The Princess and the Frog comes to life via Tiana’s Mardi Gras Celebration. While I loved the parade, I often marveled at how much the creaky, old floats looked like elaborate Christmas light displays and often imagined that the whole production was being held together by bailing wire and duct tape. Instead, they opt to convey a single big idea, in this case, “Let’s light up the night.” This strategy inevitably leads to a long cavalcade of familiar characters without much in the way of a back story.

I understand that it’s a lot to ask of a parade, but Disney puts a premium on storytelling and has successfully weaved tales into its other nighttime spectaculars. The show concluded with the same diamond array of spotlights as the music continued to play and the castle glowed after the last of the fireworks faded from sight.

I would prefer to see Disneyland take one hot property like “Frozen” or even a tried-and-true theme like Heroes and Villains and build a cohesive story around a parade that has a beginning, middle and end with a cast of characters that has some relevance to the overall plot. Its current attractions include Astro Orbiter Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Monorail, Space Mountain and Star Tours – The Adventure Continues, among others. More than any other land, Fantasyland makes people feel like kids again, thanks to attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world,” King Arthur Carousel, Mad Tea Party, Mr. We’re calling this one justified, because we’ve been stuck in an airport with a delayed flight surrounded by mouth breathers with some airline official calling us “miss” for the 78th time and all we want to do is scream and run around while knocking other people’s luggage over.

A US Airways flight to Jamaica airline passenger reportedly stripped completely naked right in the middle of Charlotte Douglas International Airport Wednesday morning. Until this guy decided that perhaps his clothes were constricting his anger and he really needed to set his emotions free. “He stood there for a moment and then started talking off his clothes.

I ain’t never seen nothing [like that] in my life,” she said. “And that’s when I got out my phone and started taking pictures.” Police confirmed with WBTV that they responded to “a disturbance call where a male was suffering from a medical issue.” The passenger was given treatment and will not be facing any charges.

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