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November 25, 1992, Aladdin took us on a magic carpet ride and showed us a whole new world. The story, if you haven’t heard goes like this: A poor street rat named Aladdin spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. The adventure begins when he meets a girl who happens to be a princess running from her father trying to marry her to an acceptable suitor. Aladdin’s luck changes when he finds a magic lamp in the cave of wonders, but like any good story, there’s a twist when the Sultans sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp.

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Scott Weinger (Aladdin), Robin Williams (Genie/Peddler), Lina Larkin (Princess Jasmine), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), Frank Welker (Abu?Cave of wonders/Raja), Gilbert Gottfried (Iago) and so much more magical actors and actresses who bring our favorite and loveable  character to life along with the help of the directors Ron Clements and Jon Musker. Disney made two more movies about Aladdin, the sequel being Aladdin The Return of Jafar which came out May 20, 1994, and the third and final movie Aladdin and The King of Thieves came out August 13, 1996.

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During the course of recording the voices, Robin Williams improvised so much they had almost sixteen hours of material. Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the scripts were rejected for the best Adoption Screenplay Academy Award nomination. Originally, Jafar was more hot-tempered, while  Iago was a cool haughty British-type. The filmmakers felt having Jafar losing his temper too much made him less menacing so the personalities of the two characters were switched. The film became the 14th (and the first animated) movie to gross more than 200 million dollars. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken originally conceived the opening song “Arabian Nights” to be recurrent throughout the film, acting as narration. The idea was dropped when the visual and storytelling proved strong enough in their own right.

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On Jan 17, 2003, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular became a Broadway-style show that was performed at the Hyperion Theatre in Dinsey California Adventure which sadly ended 13 years later on Jan 10, 2016. It ran approximately 45 minutes seating 2,011, guests. There were 250 costume changes per show, 48 custom scenery change, and about 36 cast members. This was my all-time favorite show because it was truly a spectacular Broadway show that brought extra magic to the park.

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Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar, ended up playing the live-action version in the Broadway musical. Aladdin premiered at the 5th avenue theater in Seattle in 2011. In 2012 after several regional and international productions. The musical was given a Toronto tryout in 2013 it opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam theater on March 20, 2014. There are 337 costumes in the show, over two million Swarovski crystals were used in the costuming. One pair of gold trousers used in “A Friend Like Me” uses 1,428 crystals alone.The cave of wonders where Aladdin first meets the Genie was built for the stage using the same golden material that was used for C-3PO in the Star Wars films. ‘Friend Like Me’ in the 1992 film was two minutes, but on the stage production, it became an eight-minute extravaganza. It takes 75 people to deliver each performance of Aladdin on tour.

Happy Birthday, Aladdin thank you so much for the adventure of love and laughter you bring to me everytime I watch your movie, show or listen to your soundtrack. Whatever way I watch or listen I always feel like I’m on a magic carpet ride.

-Dezi

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Spare of the moment!

Don’t ask me what happened but I was given free tickets to Aladdin! I freaked out when my co-worker handed them to me! Yes, free tickets to go see Aladdin at the SHN theater, a dream come true. I was only 6 rows back from the stage and WOW! My mind was blown, the show had so much magic and greatness and to be honest, I cannot wait to see it again on the 24th. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have this opportunity.

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Have you seen Aladdin on Broadway? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

Disneyland After Dark!

Jan 18, 2018, kicks off the first ever Disneyland After Dark starting with a throwback to the ’50’s and ’60’s event, so dress your best to the resort and experience millions of twinkling lights, swinging tunes from the band and of course, riding your favorite attractions until 1am!

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There will be original attraction posters, commemorative special photo locations as well as a commemorative lanyard and to top it off a vintage park map that will highlight special experiences around the park!

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Tickets for throwback nite will be available on the Disneyland website beginning Nov. 30 for AP Holders and Dec. 7 for the general public! I don’t know about you, but this is a must go event for me which is why I bought my plane tickets already! Will you join the first ever Disneyland After Dark event? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

Unwrap the Holiday Magic!

This Holiday season Disney Parks around the world will be bringing Holiday magic to the living room. There will be specials on Disney Channel, ABC and Freeform!

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Disney Channel:

From the new Disney Channel series ‘Ravens Home’ Raven Symone and Issac Brown will kick things off with the ‘Disney Parks Presents Disney Channel Holiday Celebration’ beginning Friday Nov. 24 in the DisneyNOW app, can experience the show before it officially appears December 1 8:30-9:30 on the Disney Channel.

There will be performances by Descendants 2 stars Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, along with Andi Mack star Asher Angel and stars from the upcoming DCOM “Zombies” Milo Manheim and Meg Donnelly. While Booboo Stewart will give an exclusive tour of Toy Story Land opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios next summer.

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ABC:

Premiering Thursday, November 30th at 9-11pm ET ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration’. Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey will be hosting this years two hour special from Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

Co Host Jesse Palmer will kick off the holiday season in Disney Magic b showcasing incredible performances by: Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Hanson, In Real Life, Jason Derulo, Lea Michele and More! While Disney Parks Christmas Celebrations will have performances by those artists, 98º, Telly Leung, and Arielle Jacobs from Broadway’s Aladdin.

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Freeform:

Disney Fairytale Weddings: Holiday Magic which will be premiering Dec. 11 at 8pm ET, the hour long special where we can go behind the scenes with the most magical weddings and engagements from a Frozen-inspired wedding at WDW to a surprise engagement at Aulani. Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic will premier December 18 at 8pm ET where we can take a glance at how Disney Parks and Hotels transform for the holiday season.

I am so excited about the holiday season, one of my traditions is watching the Wonderful World of Disney: Holiday Celebration! I get up make some tea, grab the pups and sit and watch! Its my favorite holiday tradition! What are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

On This Day: Robin Hood

This Disney classic made its debut Nov. 8, 1973. Alan-a-dale (Roger Miller) an amiable rooster tells stories and sings songs of the heroic Robin hood (Brian Bedford) and his sidekick, Little John (Phil Harris). The animated animal-themed adaption of the legendary story. So here are some fun facts:

Originally friar truck was to be a pig, but changed to a badger to avoid insulting religeous sensibilities.

Terry-Thomas famous gap was incorporated into the design of the character he voiced, Sir Hiss.

Robin Hood was the second Disney Animated feature film with no human characters at all. The being Bambi (1942).

The University of Southern California ‘Fight On’ is played during the chase scene after the archery contest. “On Wisconsin” the fight song of the University of Wisconsin, is also used during the “football” sequence of this scene.

J. Pat O’Malley’s last Disney film, prior to his death 12 years later.

Maid Marian only appears in the film for 30 minutes despite being the main love interest.

It is the first Disney animated feature film to be over 80 minutes since Fantasia (1940).

In honor of Robin Hood being another one of my favorites, I have a tattoo of Robin Hoods arrow. What is your favorite thing about this amazing Disney classic?

-Dezi

Disneyland Candy Canes 2017!

The famous Disneyland Candy Canes are coming back, if you don’t know why they are so famous and hard to get clock Did You Know: Disneyland Candy Canes! to find out why! If you are interested in getting one of these magical treats here are the dates and places:

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Candy Palace (Disneyland):

  • November: 24, 29
  • December: 1,4,6,8,11,13,15,18,20,24

 

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Trolley Treats (DCA):

  • November: 25, 28
  • December: 2,5,7,9,12,14,16,19,21,25

I suggest getting to the parks early! The better chance to get a wristband and an earlier return time to pick up your candy cane. There is only one wristband per person, two candy canes per guest and your return time will be written on the band. If you do not return at the designated time there is a chance that your candy cane will be up for grabs!

The candy makers only make 3 batches of 40-45 candy canes a day so they will only be available while supplies last! Be sure to check out the history of the candy canes here or in the link above to find out what makes them so magical!

-Dezi

 

 

Disney Updates 2017!

Festival of the Holidays, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Candy Canes and runDisney events…oh my!

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Festival of the Holidays starts Nov. 10-Jan 7, 2018! There will be 12 market kiosks offering amazing holiday dishes from different cultures. There will also be live music, dance and holiday inspired performances like iViva Navida! and Princess Elena’s musical Grand Arrival. Over at Redwood Creek Challenge you can meet the one and only Santa Claus. Also returning is ‘Its a Small World’ Holiday, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, ‘Believe in the Holiday Magic’ Fireworks and World of Color-Season of Light which you can watch while eating some magical holiday treats!

festival-of-holidays-food-and-wine-33If you are an AP holder check out some of the special AP events like; Festival of Holiday Sip and Savor Pass and Specialty Photos at Sonoma Terrace. Along with the Holiday Season come the ever so famous and magical hand pulled Disneyland Candy Canes! They will be returning to Disneyland’s Candy Palace Nov. 24 and DCA’s Trolley Treats Nov. 25 click here for more info!

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Starting Nov. 9-Dec. 22, 2017 at the MK, is the one and only Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! My all time favorite event to attend at WDW. Guests can meet characters decked out for the holiday season. You can watch Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration on the main stage, A Frozen Holiday Wish, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, attend the Holiday Wishes Dessert Packages or fill up on the complimentary Holiday treats like: Snowman soft pretzel, sno-cone, ginger molasses cookie, eggnog, DOVE chocolate, sparkling apple cider, peppermint crunch cookie, Nestle Nesquik, snickerdoodle cookie, hot chocolate and a Santa Claus Cookie!

 

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So many options to choose from from this holiday season and I LOVE it! ON a different note the Superhero Half Marathon Weekend is approaching quickly! Nov. 9-12, 2017 to be exact, and if you have been following the blog you know that this is the last event for a while, during all the construction that is happening and will be happening for Disneyland and DCA. What are you most looking forward to this holiday season and are you participating in the last Disneyland runDisney event? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

Happy Birthday Elliot!! 

Petes Dragon is my all time favorite Disney movie, no not the remake even though I do love that one as well, I love the 1977 classic even more. Elliot is my actual favorite Disney Character EVER! So in honor of the films anniversary here are some fun facts.

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Originally, Elliott, the dragon was not to be seen at all in the film and remain invisible throughout. However, members of the studio animation department gradually lobbied studio heads to increase the amount of visual screen time. At first, it was decided he would only be seen at the end of the film, but ultimately the characters screen time was increased to 22 minutes.

This was the first film to be recorded in the then new Dolby stereo system.

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The studio needed special permission from the coast guard use the authentic lighthouse seen in the film. The lighthouse was supposed to be moved to Disneyland. Unfortunately, the building deteriorated before this happened.

This was Ken Anderson’s final film for Disney. Having spent much of his life in East Asia, he based Elliott on the Chinese Dragons trope; the ancient Chinese consider dragons good while western cultures consider them evil.

Happy Birthday, Petes Dragon!

-Dezi

 

25 Days of Christmas!

I know its Nov. 1 and I’m already thinking of Christmas. In my defense, it’s my all-time favorite holiday! Plus all my favorite Christmas movies are on freeform (aka ABC Family) announced they were making some changes. So let’s get talking!

Freeform will not be the only channel hosting ’25 days of Christmas this year. Due to the popularity of the annual program, freeform, ABC, Disney Channel, Disney XD’ and Disney Jr. Freeform will air some holiday faves like Elf, The Santa Clause along with several original Christmas movies and a few Disney specials like The Wonderful World of Disney: Holiday Magic, a holiday special that shows viewers how Disney Destinations bring the holiday to life across the resorts!

ABC will debut a new reality competition show that will, of course, be tied to the holidays like The Great Christmas Light FIght where families will compete to transform their homes into the ultimate winter wonderland and of course the Great American Baking show. Dinsey XD, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Radio Disney will air holiday episodes of their popular shows. Disney Channel will celebrate with a holiday telecast from the Disney Parks and will debut a new Lion King film, titled The Lion Guard: Timon and Pumbas Christmas which means things will get messy with those two.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, is when the countdown to 25 Days of Christmas begins! You can find the schedule here!

-Dezi

 

 

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