New Pirates of the Caribbean Ride at Shanghai Disneyland

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Argh matey! There be tales to be told. Aye and that tale is the new Pirates of Caribbean ride at Shanghai Disneyland. Check out the video below:

Shaghai Disneyland will be the first Disney park with a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed land.

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According to The Verge, “Disneyland Shanghai isn’t scheduled to open until mid-June”, but the bar has been raised for other parks to start incorporating digital effects.

Will this themed park make you want to visit Shanghai Disneyland? How would you like to go on this ride?

 

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Parks Chief Thomas Staggs is Promoted! Will He Become the Next CEO?

No way! no way! no way!!! In a good way.

According to Reuters, Walt Disney Company named Thomas Staggs, the head of its theme parks and resorts unit, as chief operating officer of the company on Thursday.

He is in the lead to succeed Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger in 2018.The 63-year-old Iger, who has led Disney to record profits, recently extended his contract for a second time through June 2018.

Staggs is 54 years old and is a 25-year veteran of Disney and previously served as CFO. He expanded Disney’s California Adventure and oversees the Shanghai theme park that will open next year. He also introduced the well-known technology, MyMagic+ wireless wristbands, helping guests plan their visit, act as their pass, and pay for Disney merchandise easier and more efficiently.

There was no comment on Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo’s future, who is another candidate to become CEO.

Rock Your Disney Side for 24 Hours at Disneyland or WDW!

Mark you calendars because on Friday, May 23rd at 6am to Saturday, May 24th at 6am, Disney is hosting the “Rock Your Disney Side Party” a 24 hour day for both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

The ’round the clock event invites guests to dress up to celebrate the occasion!

General Event Details:
• Hours of operation for the event will take place from 6:00 AM, May 23, 2014 to 6:00 AM, May 24, 2014.
• Only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available.
• Valid theme park admission is required.
• Event is subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Costume Details:
• Costumes should be child-friendly and adhere to any guidelines determined by Disney.
• Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent; drag on the ground; contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest; contain any weapons or objects which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
• Masks may be worn, but they must not obstruct vision, and eyes must be visible at all times.
• Guests who dress like Disney characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs.
• Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused admission.

General event details and costume details from the official Disney website at disneyparks.disney.go.com/24-hour-event/

Christmas at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

The excitement of Christmas time is just around the corner. The smell of refreshing winter air, the snow falling down, the hot chocolate, and the spectacular Christmas lights hung from one corner to another.

Disney California Adventure

This year 2012, for the first time Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street will be decked out for the holidays. There’s going to be vintage decorations with window displays that take on the form of the 1920’s and 1930’s.

  • Carthay Circle Theater along the outside will have an old fashioned 50 ft. Christmas tree with all the bells and whistles, even underneath the tree will be adorned with retro toys and a working model train.

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  • Elias & Co. department store will have their own Santa to take pictures with the kids.. and adults. There’s even a tree-lighting ceremony with the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers, and performances by the Citizens of Buena Vista Street.
  • Cars Land will also be decorated with festive lights, and some cute snow character cars will also be driving around for some photo ops.
  • Kick off some fun at night with a wintertime “Mad T Party” with Alice and the Mad Hatter adding some holiday cheer in Hollywood Land.

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  • You can’t miss the “World of Color” holiday overlay over at Paradise Pier where elves from “Prep & Landing” might drop in. The pier’s boardwalk will be adorned with Christmas decorations and a holiday street show, “Phineas and Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party” will entertain you with a holiday outfits and tunes.
  • Feel like seeing what bugs see? Check out the Bug’s Land and see the decorations there, it’ll really put things in perspective… as a bug that is.

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Disneyland

Disneyland celebrates the holiday season from November 12, 2012 to January 6, 2013. Unlike Walt Disney World, where they have a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with lots of hot cocoa. Disneyland offers the holiday overlay with admission.

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  • The enjoyment of the Holiday overlay decorations in the parks where Sleeping Beauty’s castle is turned into a winter castle.
  • A Christmas Fantasy parade with Santa Clause joining with Mickey and his friends.
  • In Fantasyland, “It’s a Small World” ride attraction has their holiday overlay too.
  • Check out New Orleans Square and you’ll notice the “Haunted Mansion” has transformed and Jack Skellington and his pet, Zero, have taken over Christmas.
  •  Go to Big Thunder Ranch and there’s Jingle Jangle Jamboree which is a meet-n-greet area with Santa and Mrs. Claus, classic Disney characters dressed in the holiday spirit. There’s also tasty treats and specialty drinks that Mrs. Claus has cooked up, games, and craft-making too.
  • End the night with “Believe… In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular”, an absolute must see. Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle is lit up with over 80,000 twinkling lights and lit up icicles along the castle, the fireworks add that extra specialness that just leaves you breathless.

I almost forgot: at Downtown Disney there is also Disney’s “Secret of the Wings” Ice Skating Rink available!

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Located between the AMC 12 Theatres and ESPN Zone

Date: Open through January 6, 2013
Operating Hours:

Sunday through Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Cost:
$15 general admission
$3 skate rental
$12 toddler admission with skate rental (size 8T–13T double-bladed skates available)It is surrounded by a charming holiday village with festive assortment of seasonal eats and treats. “Snow”-covered pine trees, holiday lights and garlands. There’s also an interactive children’s art experience too!