Disneyland will kick off its 2013 summer season with a 24-hour “all-nighter” this Memorial Day holiday weekend. The 24-hour party will launch the Disney Parks “Monstrous Summer” marketing campaign, based on Disney-Pixar‘s upcoming animated film Monsters University which will bring some Monsters University-themed offerings to the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World in Florida. Also launching this Memorial Day weekend is Disneyland’s new Mickey and the Magical Map musical stage show. The show marks the return of the a full stage production to the Fantasyland Theatre in years and promises to be a great addition to the park. Meanwhile, Starbucks continues to move in on Main Street and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad‘s major refurbishment project presses on.
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The big news last week was Disney’s announcement of the much-rumored 24-hour party over the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. The 24-hour party, drawing off the unprecedented popularity of last year’s “One More Disney Day” 24-hour Leap Day event, will mark the launch of Disney’s “Monstrous Summer” promotion.
The “Monstrous Summer All-Nighter” was announced at a Walt Disney World media event on Thursday night. Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis made the announcement with the help of “Monsters University” character Mike Wazowski, projected on Epcot’s iconic Spaceship Earth.
Below, a video of the announcement:
Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will kick off a Monstrous Summer by keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours nonstop on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season.
The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time marking the beginning of a summer of fun inspired by the upcoming Disney‚Ä¢Pixar comedy adventure Monsters University.
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Mike and Sulley will take a break from collegiate life and their Scare studies at Monsters University to host the All-Nighter, dropping in to scare up some school spirit. Guests will scream and giggle with delight at the lineup of thrills and entertainment that promises to make this a day and night to be remembered for a lifetime.
In Florida, the Magic Kingdom will feature a Monsters University theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the ‚ÄúCelebrate a Dream Come True‚Äù day parade ‚Äì complete with pomp and circumstance ‚Äì and make appearances in Tomorrowland. Guests also will find extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.
In California, guests can party the night away at both parks with special entertainment, including a Monsters University ‚ÄúTLT Monstrous‚Äù Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland, and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey‚Äôs Toontown at Disneyland. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing, and guests of Disney California Adventure will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new Monsters University ‚ÄúDorms‚Äù in Hollywood Land and a new Monsters University float leading the Pixar Play Parade.
All three parks will feature limited-edition specialty merchandise and food and beverage offerings plus other surprises throughout the entire day.
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In Tomorrowland, Space Mountain is still closed indefinitely following its recent DOSH citation-related closure.
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Disneyland’s new musical stage production, “Mickey and the Magical Map” will debut Memorial Day weekend, but last week Disney gave a sneak peek behind the construction walls at the new stage for the show.
The impressive, newly refurbished stage features a huge “living map” made from a multi-tiered LED screen covering over 35,000 square inches with nearly 1 million pixels.
Below, excerpts from the latest press release detailing the new show:
Mickey Mouse and a cast of beloved Disney characters will embark on a series of musical adventures through the magical powers of a sorcerer’s map in “Mickey and the Magical Map,” the all-new live show coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park May 25.
Created by Disney Creative Entertainment, “Mickey and the Magical Map” was conceived for children of all ages and represents the return of Disney storytelling to the newly refurbished Fantasyland Theatre, a venue that merges the tradition of live outdoor performances with theatrical technology.
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“Mickey and the Magical Map” presents Mickey in his timeless role as the sorcerer’s apprentice. Wise sorcerer Yen Sid directs his Mapmakers, a singing-dancing ensemble cast that paints a wondrous map – capable of taking dreamers to any place imaginable and so large it spans the entire stage of the outdoor Fantasyland Theatre.
Apprentice Mickey lets his curiosity get the better of him and he stumbles upon the map’s magical powers, which take him, along with the audience, on a fantastic journey of imagination in the company of the Mapmakers. The journey, presented through theatrical stage wizardry, unveils wonderful worlds of music, color, adventure and beloved characters with each new direction, all set to an original song, “Journey of the Imagination,” and music from classic Disney films.
The show, scheduled for five daily performances this summer, comes alive with appearances and songs by King Louie from “The Jungle Book,” (“I Wanna Be Like You”), Pocahontas (“Just Around the Riverbend”), Mulan (“Reflection”), Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from “Tangled,” (“I See The Light”) Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog” (“Dig a Little Deeper”), and Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid” (“Under the Sea”). Also included is the song “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” from “Lilo and Stitch.”
The show also sends Mickey Mouse on a theatrical adventure and takes the audience to India, China, Virginia, New Orleans, Hawaii, and “Under the Sea.”
Disney also gave a sneak peek at the making of the music for the new show last week. Looks like a great addition to the park.
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May 4, 2013
Disney’s next “Limited Time Magic” offering is a half-hearted Star Wars-themed merchandise event on May the 4th. Limited magic, indeed. Here’s how Disney describes the Limited Time Magic:
The force is strong with Limited Time Magic! In honor of Star Wars day, Disneyland Resort is selling special edition Star Wars-themed pins and tees. With messages like “May the Fourth Be with You” and “Revenge of the Fifth”, you can wear all the hyperspace hilarity on your sleeve! So do, or do not‚Ä¶ but if you do, do so while supplies last at Disney Pin Traders in Downtown Disney District or Little Green Men Store Command in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park. Only a Sith would miss this magic event!
|This and That|
Back in Disneyland, the Blue Bayou Restaurant recently got a menu refresh with some dishes updated and some new options added, focusing on adding lighter, fresher options.
Back in Fantasyland, the old Kodak film booth (a repurposed Fantasyland ticket booth) remains empty and unused, but don’t worry, Disneyland continues to park ice cream and drink carts in front of it as if it’ll hide the empty structure. The best part of this is the popcorn cart just steps (which also sells drinks) is usually open and serving guests, but I rarely see the carts parked in front of the ticket booth being used.
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