Hatbox Ghost Behind The Scene

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Disney Imagineers have released a video with a behind the scene look of the Hatbox Ghost they just added in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.

Fun Fact from the Past: Temple of Doom Sound Effects?

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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Who doesn’t love a good Indiana Jones movie (OK, let’s not talk about the forth one)? We all do. Did you know that many sound effects in the movies are added later. No difference with the 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom movie.

One of the epic scenes in this movie is the mine cart chase. The sounds from the carts you hear there have also been added afterwards. These sound effects have been taped in Disneyland. More specifically, these effects come from the attraction Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster.

How is that for a fun fact from the past?

New Lands for Tokyo Disneyland

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

TokyoAlice280415The Oriental Land Company has released new artwork for Tokyo Disneyland’s Fantasyland project.

On the first piece of artwork an area is showing off an Alice in Wonderland theme, while a second picturesshows the entrance of the Beauty & The Beast “Be Out Guest” area. Looks like Tokyo will be getting their own version of this popular Walt Disney World restaurant.

TokyoBeOurGuestThese new lands are part of a huge redevelopment of Fantasyland and more new or different themes might find their way into the park. There is no fixed information when to expect the new Fantasyland to open, but we can expect it to open in phases as it will be a big undertaking. Opening of the first phase can be expected somewhere in 2017.

A third piece of artwork the Oriental Land Company has released is for DisneySea. A new port will be build inside this beautiful park carrying a Scandinavia theme. Part of the area will be themed after the Disney hit Frozen. The Arendelle castle is clearly recognisable on the artwork. It looks as if there is enough room for a Frozen attraction inside the mountains. Again, no info on opening dates except to expect it somewhere in 2017.

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There you have it, another reason to plan a trip to Tokyo Disneyland. As if one needs another reason!

Pictures courtesy of the Oriental Land Company

Disney… I miss you

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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Hello to all Disney fans around the globe. It has been a while, but as you can see on the title… I missed it. Am I back? I hope so as I do miss talking about Disney, especially the parks. With one, maybe even two, trips in to Walt Disney World the planning I thought it would be a good time to try and revive this blog. It might take a while… it will take a while, but I am sure with your help and support we could return to our former self.

Castle15So, where have I been all this time? I wish I could say at a Disney park, but most of the time that is not so. Although, during my absence from the blog, I did visit Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris. Even so, I still miss Disney at this time. And I am sure I will not be the only one. So let’s talk Disney shall we.

See you on the blog and make sure to like us on facebook and follow us on twitter too.

Amazing Image of the Shanghai Disney Project

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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Walt Disney Chairman CEO Robert Igor showed a first piece of artwork from the new Shanghai Disneyland project during today’s Shareholder meeting. The park is planned to open its gates in 2015 to the first visitors. Still a little time to go, but until then Disney fans can already gaze upon what might become an amazing Kingdom.

“We believe this will be one of the most spectacular Disney experiences yet – and an important part of our future. We look forward to opening the gates at the end of 2015 and welcoming the first of the millions of guests who will enjoy Shanghai Disneyland for generations to come.” R. Iger.

The image shows the center of the Disneyland park, including the Enchanted Storybook Castle, a very green central plaza, a carousel and (what looks like) the Walt and Mickey storytellers statue from Disney California Adventure. This will be an amazing project to follow, but will be even more amazing once finished.

Picture copyrights Disney.

Tony Baxter Leaving Imagineering

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

TonyBmaster3It is something that would have to happen at some stage, but I don’t think anybody really was prepared for it to happen at this time or any time. Tony Baxter is leaving his Senior Vice President position within the Imagineers department at Disney. He might not leave completely as he will take a role as a part time advisor.

Tony has been part of the Disney family for more then 30 years. He started in Disneyland as an ice cream vendor when he was 17 years young. Over 30 years later he became a well love Disney Imagineer that brought some incredible magic to Disney. Some of his greatest works include Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones, Re-designing complete lands like Disneyland’s Tomorrowland (in 1998) and Disneyland’s Fantasyland (in 1983). He is also the man that created a big part of our beloved Disneyland  Paris.

I was privileged and lucky enough to have been able to meet this Disney icon in person. Not only was I able to hear his stories about the creation of Disneyland Paris (a full transcript can be found here), but I was able to give him a copy of Brits Guide to Disneyland I was the main researched for, but he also signed a copy, congratulated and thanked me for the work on the book. To me, as a Disney enthusiast, that meant a lot. Thank you Tony for all the things you’ve done.

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Disneyland… every Day

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Would it not be fun to visit Disneyland on a daily basis? Both Jeff Reitz and Tonya Mickesh where thinking the same thing. The couple had lost their jobs but where given each an annual pass for Disneyland by a friend. While searching for new jobs they decided to also visit the park on a daily basis during 2012. Once they would find jobs to visits would be less. So they said, but once they did get a job both still went every day. Not an easy task as the worked during different times and sometimes had to go alone. One day even almost didn’t make it in time to set their record.

During their time at Disneyland the became know as the Daily couple and befriended with a lot of the Cast Members. After the year they also became honorary citizens of Disneyland. What a great and fun achievement. I wouldn’t mind visiting a Disney park a day. If only I lived a little closer.

Visit the link to see some great pictures from their trips.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Joyeuses Fêtes!

Felices Fiestas!

Trevlig Helg!

Boas Festas!

Sarbatori Fericite!

Jie Ri Yu Kuai!

Bones Festes!

Tanoshii kurisumasu wo!

Buone Feste!

Forhe Feiertage!

Prettige feestdagen!

Hau’oli Lanui!

Beannachtaí na Féile!

Vesele Praznike!

Sretni praznici!

The Last Train

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain last train will ride out on the 6th of January. Any travelers after that date will be stranded as the attraction will close for a big refurbishment. While missing a train at Disneyland isn’t the worst thing in the world, it will be a long wait before the next one will come in town. The attraction’s overhaul will take a while as a lot is planned for it. New trains, with the old look. A new track, but on the same track layout. And a repaint for the rock work.

While no official date for the re-opening has been announced, guest can expect the new trains to ride somewhere in the fall of 2013.

We Are Back

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

It has been a while since you’ve seen an update here but as you can see we are back in action.

So what happened? Why where we gone?

Well, we had to fight some technical difficulties on the blog that had forced it into a complete black-out.

It took a while to find the error, but as you can see the Mousekingdom blog is back on-line. Unfortunately we did loose some date, but that will not stop us from adding new stuff.

So if you like Walt Disney, Disney Parks, Disney movies and anything else related to the world of Disney (and more), brace yourself as we are ready for GO!…

Disney Parks InsidEARS

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Are you a Disney fan and can’t stop talking about the parks? Always sharing everything you know to those that want to listen? Are you, day in and day out, sharing your love for the park to everyone? But it’s still not enough and you want to share even more. Well, then you should have a look at the new Disney program where Disney fans can share their knowledge with the rest of the world as a member of the Disney parks InsidEARS project.

Disney fans like you and me can become part of the program to help Disney park visitors from all over to create their perfect trip. What better place to get your tips from then from those enthusiasts that visit the parks again and again.

The program has just been launched and is still in testing phase, but with a new site up it will not be long before the first Disney Parks InsidEARS will start helping spreading the magic.  To be able to become part of this program you will have to visit their website regularly for updates to find out on how to become part of this. Sounds like fun, something most of us Disney fans would love (and already do a lot). We never get tired of talking about the parks, don’t you agree?

More info on the Disney Parks InsidEARS website.

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Remy Moving to Paris…

Monday, January 16th, 2012

… or, as he already comes from Paris, re-locating to a new home at the Walt Disney Studios as it looks like the Ratatouille dark ride attractions is ready to get build.

Disney did not announce anything official but a building permit is up and it looks like nothing can stop the rat now!

For more in dept information visit DLP.Info news section, where we will follow up on the construction in the coming months and years.

Hello Mousekingdom Blog Visitors

Monday, September 19th, 2011

It has been a while since we spread some Disney magic but it time for a return. After a couple of hectic weeks I am ready again to fill these pages.

So please make sure to visit us again and spread the word.

Also check out our twitter page, Facebook page and our sister website DLP.info.

And now, let’s get on with the show….

Sand Everywhere

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

You’ve seen the report on the blog and many people have seen the art for themselves. We are talking about the sand sculptures of Disneyland Paris in Belgium. The result was astonishing and the success amazing. With 200.000 visitors at the event this year, it’s a clear success, a success looking for a redo in 2012. Craig Dezern, representative from Walt Disney World, visited the sculptures and was so impressed and asked the artist to come over to WDW to create another Disney sand sculpture event in the USA. The Belgium sand sculpture team, Francis Vandendorpe and Alexander Deman, is talking with WDW and once the project is green lighted will be looking for the sand they need to build those sculptures in the USA. The rest of the logistic materials will be shipped to the USA to support the 30 sculptures and 10 technicians that are needed to build the sculpture event.

But that’s not all. Not only was the WDW department impressed. There were some other Disney visitors that loved the event. Find out what other Disney location might be looking at their own event in 2012 on our sister DLP.Info blog news site. (although that might have given it away)

Congratulations to the sand Sculpture team. Not only for this year’s success, but for securing two futures projects with Disney.

Disneyland Paris Trip Report: Pin Trading is Alive!!!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

This weekend I was at Disneyland Paris and got to see a great pin trading event. Disneyland Paris organized an event inside the park where fans could gather to trade and buy new pins. The event was well organized with a good first come first serve policy. Those fans that where at the gate first got a green ticket entitling them to buy 2 of the limited pins. Those that came later had another color that would give them the right to buy one of the limited pins and those that came late still had the chance to win the right to buy one pin with the yellow raffle tickets. 300 die hard collectors turned up trying to get some of these pins and many of the collectors brought their collection to show and trade.

The event took place in Frontierland in front of the Pablo Trading Post shop that was not only open for the event but was filled with pins and vinylmations. In front of the shop collectors had enough room to share their collection. Some of these collections where well over a thousand pins and I heard of people being there showing of collections of 4000+ pins.

I used to collect myself but stopped a couple of years ago. Although I do have some pins left (Halloween stuff), I did sell many of them. There was just to much coming out and I had to make some choices. My Comic collection won it over the pins, but I must admit when I saw this happening, I did miss it.

It was also nice to see that the Vinylmation is getting some love too. Some tables where filled with these cute vinyls. It looks like a lot of the pin traders also like to collect these little figure. And who can blame them, they are to nice to leave behind on the shelves.

This event shows that pin trading is far from dead. There where a lot of people, some of them I recognized being there from the beginning, but also a lot of young fans that are fairly new to the hobby. Although I was tempted to get some pins for myself, I was able to withstand them. I wasn’t that lucky with the Vinylmations as I could not resist on picking up a couple of the new Pirates vinyls. Happy collecting everybody.