Disney Dream Job

Friday, January 26th, 2007

careerbuilders.jpgIn a survey done by Careerbuilder.com 57% of the people said “it would be fun to work in Walt Disney World”. To give these people a chance they added a little “Disney Dream Job” contest.

If you would like to have a dream job as “Disney Pirate, Princess-in-Waiting, Jungle Cruise Skipper, Haunted Mansion Butler or Maid, or a Parade Performer” then you should visit the Careerbuilder website and send in your application.

Good luck, future Cast Members!

Disneyland Resort Paris New Years Trip: Highlights Day 1

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

dlrpnytrip07-earlymorningcastle1.jpgThis will be the first entry of our (My 7 year old son Jarod, my Wife Gilly and myself) New Years Trip Report to Disneyland Resort Paris. Just like my previous (and hopefully many future) reports I will keep them short and fun. Highlights of what happened, what we’ve done and what we’ve experienced on this trip. So, let’s get on with it!

It was 1 day before New Years Eve and we entered the park very, very early, somewhere around 08:15 when we entered with our Dream passes, a good 45 minutes before regular opening time. Straight to Fantasyland where we had to wait a little while before we could ride Dumbo and Peter Pan without any queue lines. I can’t say it enough; Staying 3 days or longer, then the annual Dream pass is a must have.

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Main Street Electrical Parade’s next location

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Jean-Jacques Perrey the composer of the original Baroque Hoedown, that has been masterly re-arranged by Don Dorsey to be used as the music for the most beloved Main Street Electrical Parade, has said in the official Disneyland Podcast that the next location for the parade will be in Hong Kong Disneyland.

Nothing official yet, but this being an official podcast there is a lot of credibility in this, let’s say for now, rumor.

DLRP Paris Trip Report: Day 4… wet, wet, wet… (Highlights)

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

AnotherEarlyEntry1small.jpgOn the 4th day of the trip I opted for yet another early entry. This time with another visit to Peter Pan, but once regular opening hours kicked in I went to Frontierland so I could ride my favorite attractions; Phantom Manor. Lucky enough numbers where not to high on this day, and would not be for most of the day because of the very wet weather, so I could ride it a couple of times. It was funny to see that, being so early in the morning, some people thought the attraction was closed when the stood at the top in front of the queue line. I had to convince several people to follow me into the house.

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Disneyland Resort Paris trip report; my 15 minutes of fame

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

fan.jpgDisneyland Resort Paris has a new DVD released of the park. A little sad for me as I was shown on the previous DVD in the special called: “From one light bulb to another” (from MediaDreams). It was real fun to be part of this project as I got some real nice threats during the taping of it (I should tell that story one time). On this trip I got recognized by some Disney fans and they asked to be in a picture with them. I felt so special, like my own 15 minutes of fame….  (well, OK… 3 minutes)

If you haven’t been able to see this special try to find it. You’ll get some great info on the Main Street Electrical Light Parade and Fantillusion. At this time it is only to be found on the previous DVD of Disneyland Resort Paris, but it is worth finding a copy. And no, it is not because I am in it that I try to sell it here.

To be continued…
{Next: DLRP Paris Trip Report: Day 4… wet, wet, wet… (Highlights)}

Did you know?

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

MichelleP.jpg…that Michelle Pfeiffer’s first job as a performer was…

…Alice from Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland in the Main Street Electrical Parade in the mid 1970’s? :-)

More Dreams

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

CastleWDWcm1.jpgWith the press event in New York behind us related to the new Campaign “Year of a Million Dreams” we can find some extra information on the web. Including some more info on the “dreams” Disney fans and visitors could get. Sleeping in the Cinderella Castle might be the top price for many Disney fans but other prices like traveling to each Disney resort around the world to serve as grand marshal in a Disney parade, a variety of unique Disney vacation experiences, admission to special parties and other extraordinary experiences in the Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks or private meetings with favorite Disney characters, are all great too.

You can read more about the press event on Mousesavers.com

Other articles can be found on Orlando Sentinel; Disney set for ‘Year of Million Dreams’ and Florida Today; Disney unveils Dreams effort

Magic at Night

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

TOKYO-DisneyResortNightview1.jpgAlthough I do try to get to the parks when they open, I am not a morning person. Just like this photographer of this website; Night Windows TOKYO Night View, I like the nights. Browse around the site to see some amazing night view shots of the Tokyo Disneyland park, DisneySea, the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights and the Halloween celebration at the Disneyland Park.

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Disney on Ice: ‘Pixar’s The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure’

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

The Incredibles on IceNot really an Ice Skating fan, I must admit. But the new show of Disney on Ice does look like fun. The Incredibles on ice in a story where they visit the Magic Kingdom and end up meeting Mickey? Sounds like a great time to me. The Incredibles are great characters, ad them to the concept of bringing the Magic Kingdom on the Ice tour and I think they have a winner. The show is currently on stage in the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit.

Disney on Ice skated into The Palace of Auburn Hills Wednesday with its first show to have an original story line.

“Pixar’s The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure,” on the ice through the weekend, takes the Incredibles on a vacation designed to help the audience re-live their favorite Disney theme park memories. The family of superheroes experience an electric light parade down Mainstreet, U.S.A., explore a haunted mansion, ride a jungle cruise and bump into Mickey, Minnie and their gang along the way.

You can see the full story about the Icy adventures on Detnews
And here is the Disney on Ice website

First you watch a parade, and then you buy PIXAR

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Robert IgerWell, it might not have gone exactly like that, but it is the story of Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger who, while watching the Parade during the opening from the Theme Park in Hong Kong, made the decision to buy PIXAR.
Watching the Parade he noticed that most of the characters passing by are from PIXAR movies.

“Disney, home of Mickey Mouse, Snow White and Cinderella, hadn’t created any recognizable animated characters in the past decade”, Iger said. The recent animated characters in the parade were from Pixar, Steve Jobs’ animation studio, which Iger agreed to buy for $7.4 billion.

“It really hit me hard that we had had 10 years of real failure, keeping animation strong is incredibly vital.” Iger said. “Animation creates more of a ripple effect than any other business at Disney, the world’s second-largest media company”

You see, all you have to do for a good business idea is watch a magical Disney Parade. Not sure if I can use that excuse for a next visit.

You can find the full story on the Orlando Sentinel website.

Two new “Cars” for MGM Studios

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Disney/Pixar movie CarsOn DLP.Info we informed the Disney fans about the Cars parade, currently running in the MGM studios would “drive” its way into the Walt Disney Studios. Now rumors appeared that MGM would get a new parade as of 2007, making the rumors for Disneyland Resort Paris even more believable. Doesn’t mean they will not see anything new at the MGM studios as Screamscape reports that two new cars from the upcoming Disney/Pixar movie Cars will be added. The cars would start to run their engines during spring time. In that case the new cars would only run for 1 year over at Walt Disney World.

Mr Entertainment leaves Disney…

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Sortie...After starting in Festival Disney (aka Disney Village) in 1992, I have finally decided to move back to my home country after 14 years of working for the Mouse.

Disney has been a learning experience for me, and one that I will always remember with mainly fond and happy memories.

Having recieved many job offers in the UK, which were ALL better paid than Disney (no surprise there…), I made the decision to leave the Entertainment Department, and Disney at the end of January 2006.

In an internal survey, published in 1999/2000, 80% of DLRP Cast Members stated that their main reason for leaving the company was the pay. I was included in that 80%, but did not leave. I had always hoped that the situation of DLRP would get better, both for the company, and for the workers. I had hope for the future, in spite of all the bad press that the company was getting.

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