I just wanted to post a few small news items in a sort of weekend round-up post for you all:
- Taylor Morrison, one of the sponsors of the Innoventions Dream Home, is once again holding a Dream Home Giveaway, giving people a chance to not only win a dream home provided by Taylor Morrison, but also a visit to the Disneyland Resort. For more information and to enter the contest, click HERE.
- Robert Olszewski will once again be holding a product release and signing at the Disneyana Shop on Main Street:
Robert Olszewski Product Release & Signing
Special Guest: Robert Olszewski
Date: May 9, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: Disneyana Shop, Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland® park
Join us as we welcome Miniaturist, Robert Olszewski who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest creations, including the second sculpture set from the Main Street Electrical Parade and a Splash Mountain Gallery of Light piece.
Main Street Electrical Parade – Set #2
Robert has once again captured in minute detail, some of the most famous scenes from one of the Disneyland® Resorts most beloved parades, the Main Street Electrical Parade, which first appeared in Disneyland® park. This is the second set in a series of five sets representing the parade.
-This set features the Alice In Wonderland section including the three main Mushrooms, butterfly and ladybug, Alice, the Cheshire Cat and the Caterpillar with the Frog. Also included in this set is the Turtle with hat and the Snail.
-When lit, multi-color changing lights illuminate these floats similar to the way the actual floats light up in the parade.
-The second sculpture set from Main Street Electrical Parade comes complete with a certificate of verification and a premiere plaque. This piece will be available for $125, plus tax. Dimensions: 11″L x 2 3/4″T x 2 3/4″D.
Please Note: The on/off switch will be the trash can. Also for those who have collected the entire set, a special feature for this design is that you are able to take it off its base so it can be placed along Main Street, U.S.A.
Online Ordering Opportunity:
The Main Street Electrical Parade – Set 2 will be available to purchase via ArtofDisneyParks.com beginning Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Shipping and handling fee, plus applicable tax will apply.
To Order, Please Click Here.
Gallery of Light – Splash Mountain
This Gallery of Light piece features Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear from the classic film Song of the South and the beloved Disney attraction, Splash Mountain. This Gallery of Light piece can only be found at Disney Theme Parks and will be available for $85, plus tax. Dimensions: 3 7/8″ W x 4 1/2″T x 3 1/2″D. Batteries not included.
For information on these pieces and more, please click here.
Merchandise available while supplies last. We ask that only two (2) items be signed per Guest. We ask that you bring no personal items to be signed. Event merchandise must be purchased on the day of release at the event location. Valid Disneyland® Resort receipt may be required. Artist signing is subject to space and time availability and is not guaranteed. Artist will only sign their respective merchandise purchased on the day of the event only. Event information subject to change without notice. Separate admission is required to enter Disneyland® Resort theme parks.
All of Innoventions, including the new Innoventions Dream Home, is now finally open!
Would you believe that Innoventions actually has a line!?
Tom Morrow still greets guests on video & as an animatronic…
… Not sure how this will work with all the new stuff
From Tom, you apparently go on to a mini-game show about ABC TV shows (no prizes awarded, of course)
The inner walls are lined with various murals featuring past & present Tomorrowland icons
From there you finally enter the Innoventions Dream Home! Check the Dateline Disneyland article for a full photo guide of the new Dream home (way too many pictures to share here). The link is at the top of this post
You exit the Dream Home through the Elias Family Party Tent…
… And then you go up the stairs that take you to the Segway Experience on the 2nd floor
Here’s a look at the placing of the new Wall-E meet ‘n greet in Hollywood Pictures Backlot
These sponsor themed ads are apparently new
Be sure to check the Dateline Disneyland article for, as I said, many more pictures of the Innoventions Dream Home, as well as a look at Toy Story Midway Mania, the Grand Californian Expansion, & new posters inside the Disneyland Hotel! The link is at the top of the post.
From the OC Register:
The Innoventions Dream Home is open to the public starting today, according to Disney Spokesman John McClintock.
On June 17 Disney pulled back the curtain on the new Innoventions Dream Home, but the attraction was only open for limited hours and only to annual passholders. McClintock said the home was open to regular guests for some time over the weekend as a soft opening.
Last week the attraction was only open for limited hours as Disney workers made sure all the home’s technology worked properly.
The Innoventions Dream Home is still closed and will possibly open to the public next week, according to Disney Spokesman John McClintock.
Last week Disney pulled back the curtain on the new Innoventions Dream Home, but the attraction was only open for limited hours and only to annual passholders.
McClintock said today that Disney workers are “making sure that all the technology in the home is working perfectly” before opening the Dream Home to the public. He said that the goal is to open the home to the public next week.
Currently, the second floor of the Innoventions building is open. Just the first floor, the Dream Home level, is closed.
We’ll keep everyone updated on this blog about when the Dream Home will open to the public.
Disney’s Wall-E character debuted in theaters yesterday, but don’t expect the little robot in the Disneyland Resort any time soon.
A Disney Backstage Pass newsletter mailed to Disneyland Annual Passholders a few weeks ago included thata three-foot-tall Audio-Animatronic model of Wall-E would be visiting people in Disney’s California Adventure this summer
But, Disney Spokesman John McClintock said the robot is not expected to be in the park for a few months.
“We don’t expect Wall-E to be in the Disneyland Resort any time soon, especially during the summer,” McClintock said.
Update: New photo on the left sent in by someone who was in the park when the tree branch fell. Right click and click view image on either photo to see an enlarged image.
A tree branch broke and fell onto a pathway last night near the French Market restaurant in the New Orleans Square area of Disneyland.
A Disney spokeswoman said it was one branch and that it did not fall directly on anybody. She said that no more than five people were near the branch when it fell. She said those people had minor scrapes.
Irvine resident Vicki Munsell was at the park yesterday when the branch fell. She was there with her family celebrating her and her husband’s 14th wedding anniversary.
Munsell and her family were eating at the Cafe Orleans restaurant when they heard someone shout and she turned around in time to hear the branch cracking and see it fall on a pathway.
She said people ran over right away to help. While Disney said the tree did not fall on anyone, Munsell said people were pulled out from underneath the tree. Still, Munsell agreed that she did not see anyone injured with more than a few scratches.
Munsell took the photo that you see at right with her camera phone, and she sent it to The Orange County Register. After the branch fell, she said the area was blocked off by Disney cast members who removed the branch and checked on people nearby.
This is not the first time trees have fallen on people in theme parks. On Aug. 1, 1997, a large tree limb at Knott’s Berry Farm broke and fell onto four visitors near the Montezooma’s Revenge ride, causing minor injuries to three and leaving the fourth hospitalized. And on May 5, 2001, Jeanne Gill, 73 suffered a broken hip, and 27 others are injured when a 20-foot oak tree falls in Frontierland at Disneyland.
Taylor Morrison Inc. is giving away a home inspired by the recently unveiled Innoventions Dream Home at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland.
The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based home builder has launched an online contest that runs through Aug. 20 with the winner able to choose a home in one of Taylor Morrison’s communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Texas. The home will include a custom technology package and furnishings. A vacation for four to the Disneyland Resort in California also is part of the package.
Participants can visit the entry Web site, www.tmdreamhomegiveaway.com, once a day to register. They also may visit any Taylor Morrison community and receive a special code that offers the maximum number of chances available to enter the contest.
The Innoventions Dream Home debuted June 16 and features what Walt Disney Co. calls a “high-tech, high-touch” experience within a 5,000-square-foot home. Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Life|ware and Taylor Morrison were also involved in the Dream Home project.
The home showcases the latest in mobile devices, computers, digital music, entertainment and gaming technology in a connected environment that adjusts to the preferences of its occupants.
An interactive racing game
One of the new rotating stages (where Tom Morrow previously was)… This is the only one finished as far as I know
One of the many HP computers running Windows
The Girl’s Room
From this screen, you can adjust things such as music, lighting, blinds, etc.
A camera or mirror (not sure what its use is yet)
The Pirates Room for boys
Cast Members tell the story of Peter Pan, which is projected on the wall
Modern appliances in the Kitchen
The office in the back of the Living Room
The Tree of Tomorrow is still there
MouseTimes also has up full video coverage of the opening ceremony for Toy Story Midway Mania, which is available for download here!
The latest map covers, promoting the Summer of Hidden Mysteries & Toy Story Midway Mania
The latest attractions at the Resort are promoted in the inside flap
Adventure Roadmaps are given to guests at the parking lot toll booths, as part of the TSMM/Honda Pilot cross promotion
Really easy trivia questions to answer as you make your way around DCA, & then send it in for the sweepstakes
Toy Story Midway Mania now being promoted at the Mickey & Friends Tram Station
As mentioned yesterday, the Green Army Men are in the Esplanade letting guests know that Toy Story Midway Mania is in fact in DCA, & not Disneyland
Guests can climb into this Honda Pilot & check it out, much like with the post-show at Test Track in Epcot… “DCA or Bust!”
Toy Story **cough Midway cough*** Mania ad in the Esplanade
This toy Spring Action Shooters, that a certain Staff Member of DLNT badly wants, are now available in the Midway Mercantile
Even though the Innoventions Dream Home is now proclaimed open, regular guests can not enter it. I presume all guests must still enter through the exit of Innoventions. Be sure to check out this Dateline Disneyland update (linked at the beginning of this post) for many “up above” pictures!
The Tomorrowland/Fantasyland smoking area has finally been moved from by the Tomorrowland Train Station…
… It’s now the back half of Fantasia Gardens
Work is finally going on at the old Seasons of the Vine theater
Signs were up through-out Tomorrowland directing guests to the attractions while the Innoventions Dream Home opening ceremony was taking place
A couple of attractions were closed as well
I presume the train was still operating, but just went straight pass the Tomorrowland Train Station
Moving over to Toy Story Midway Mania’s opening ceremony preparations
I think this is where the ceremony stage went up
A second stage was also up right by the attraction
Filming by Mr. Potato Head
And now a couple of non-ceremony related pictures:
The temporary stage in Pacific Wharf is gone
The It’s a Small World sign is now behind tarps too
Visions Fantastic has coverage of the opening of the Innoventions Dream Home & Toy Story Midway Mania. Included are the opening ceremonies of both attractions. They also have a video of the attraction. Keep checking their coverage for more pictures.
Both Toy Story Midway Mania & the Innoventions Dream Home officially opened for business today! Here’s some pictures & a press release from Disney:
John Lasseter & Roger Gould riding Toy Story Midway Mania
Left to Right: Ed Grier, Jay Rasulo, Bob Iger, John Lasseter
During the opening ceremony, Green Army Men parachuted down into the Paradise Pier lagoon
Various executives at the opening of the Innoventions Dream Home
The Family Room at the Dream Home
TOY STORY MANIA! LAUNCHES WITH FOUR DIMENSIONS OF FUN AND A BIG BOOST FROM BUZZ AT DISNEYLAND RESORT
ANAHEIM, Calif. – June 17, 2008 – In a spectacular ceremony featuring sky divers, fireworks and Disney executives, along with NASA Astronauts and Buzz Lightyear on board the International Space Station, the new Toy Story Mania! attraction premiered today in Disney’s California Adventure as part of Disney’s “Year of a Million Dreams.”
Inspired by the Disney•Pixar films “Toy Story” and “Toy Story II,” Toy Story Mania! raises the bar for interactive ride-game attractions. It’s a high-energy, immersive adventure in which guests don 3-D glasses and enter a wild 4-D world of game play with Woody, Buzz and other favorite “Toy Story” characters. Special effects add a fourth dimension of fun.
“Through the years, millions of people around the world have enjoyed the humor, excitement and wonder of ‘Toy Story’ and its unforgettable cast of characters,” said Bob Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company. “With the opening of Toy Story Mania!, we celebrate the enduring popularity of Woody, Buzz and their friends as our Disneyland Resort guests become a part of their adventures through this new and imaginative theme-park experience.”
Joining Iger in the opening festivities for Toy Story Mania! were Jay Rasulo, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Ed Grier, President of the Disneyland Resort, and John Lasseter, director of the original “Toy Story” and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Buzz Lightyear and NASA astronauts sent greetings to Disney•Pixar fans from “infinity and beyond” – aboard the International Space Station.
In the timeless tradition of Disney storytelling, Toy Story Mania! takes its inspiration from the fact that Andy’s toys spring to life whenever he is away. Soon after Andy received a “Midway Games Play Set” for his birthday, the toys opened the box and set up the game booths and carnival trams so everyone could ride and play.
Upon entering the attraction, guests are welcomed by Mr. Potato Head, more than five feet tall and looking like he stepped right down from the movie screen. The state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics Mr. Potato Head makes a perfect carnival barker, capable of engaging guests in two-way conversation and encouraging them to “step right up” for the immersive Toy Story Mania! experience.
“Toy Story Mania! merges interactive gaming with classic storytelling as only Disney can do,” Rasulo said. “We consider it to be one of our most energetic, immersive experiences yet, and it took a remarkable collaboration between Pixar and Disney to bring it to life in 4-D.”
Everyone gets a front row seat when guests put on their 3-D glasses, “shrink” to the size of a toy and board the Toy Story Mania! carnival tram ride vehicles, which add a huge amount of fun to the interactive experience. The innovative design includes features that also make the fun accessible to guests with disabilities. No matter how many times guests return to ride and play Toy Story Mania!, they can be sure every ride-through will seem like a new experience.
Toy Story Mania is just the latest highlight of the Year of a Million Dreams celebration at Disney Parks. Also premiering at Disneyland Resort today is the new Innoventions Dream Home, in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park.
Innoventions Dream Home is both a show and a showcase, offering guests of all ages a hands-on experience with the newest in-home technologies as they interact with members of the fictional Elias family in a fun, home environment. Microsoft, HP, Life|ware and homebuilder Taylor Morrison have joined with Disneyland Resort to create entertaining, story-based demonstrations of the connected digital lifestyle, which can simplify and enhance daily family life.
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