Category Archives: Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Forever fireworks and projection show

"Disney Forever" fireworks coming to Disneyland for the 60th anniversary celebration.
“Disney Forever” fireworks coming to Disneyland for the 60th anniversary celebration.

Celebrating 60 years of magic, ‘Disneyland Forever’ is one of three new nighttime spectaculars which will immerse guests in the worlds of Disney stories like never before.

This photo depicts a demonstration of new projection technology planned for the upcoming fireworks spectacular, which will transport Guests into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney-Pixar films through traditional pyrotechnics, innovative projection mapping technology and surprising special effects.

The Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort begins Friday, May 22, 2015.

Paint the Night parade at Disneyland

‘Paint the Night’ is one of three new nighttime spectaculars which will immerse guests in the worlds of Disney stories like never before to help celebrate Disneyland’s 60 years of magic! The Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort begins Friday, May 22, 2015.

The Paint the Night parade is coming to Disneyland for this year's Diamond Celebration, kicking off on Friday, May 22, 2015.
Mack from the Disney●Pixar ‘Cars’ films is one of the characters featured in the all-new after-dark spectacular Paint the Night parade, coming to Disneyland for this year’s Diamond Celebration, kicking off on Friday, May 22, 2015.
The Paint the Night parade is coming to Disneyland for this year's Diamond Celebration, kicking off on Friday, May 22, 2015.
Tinker Bell gathers all of her pixie dust to paint the night in the new nighttime spectacular Paint the Night parade, coming to Disneyland for this year’s Diamond Celebration, kicking off on Friday, May 22, 2015.

“My Last Two Days as a Disney Cast Member” by Jeff Hoffman

My Last Two Days as a Disney Cast Member
By Jeff Hoffman
February 2010

Jeff Hoffman
Jeff Hoffman

For an amazing 31 years, I was part of the Magic of The Walt Disney Company. Growing up near Disneyland, a job at the Magic Kingdom was always in my plan. I loved Disneyland, the movies and watching the Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights with my parents. In December of 1978, while a freshman in college, my dream was realized as I was hired to play a role as a Merchandise Host in Adventureland and Frontierland. I felt so proud walking through the doors of
The Disney University for orientation. Little did I know eventually I would be part of The Disney University at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank for 16 years of my career. In my 31 years, I spent six years at Disneyland in Theme Park Operations, my time at the University and ultimately my last nine years in Disney Worldwide Outreach. I was given an incredible opportunity to build upon my skills of selling rubber snakes and shrunken heads next to the Jungle Cruise on a journey that would ultimately lead me to having global responsibility for Disney’s Philanthropy, Community Relations, Volunteerism and Cause Marketing.

Jeff Hoffman
Jeff working in Disneyland

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Interview: Rikki Lugo (Disneyland/Disney movies dancer and choreographer)

Rikki with the Golden Horseshoe Revue cast (left - far right in photo); Rikki in the movie "Babes in Toyland" (right)
Rikki with the Golden Horseshoe Revue cast (left – far right in photo); Rikki in the movie “Babes in Toyland” (right)

I just posted my interview with Rikki Lugo on my Mouse Clubhouse website.  In this conversation, Rikki discusses her times as a dancer in the early days of the Golden Horseshoe Revue, her role in Babes in Toyland, swimming as a mermaid at Disneyland.  CLICK HERE for the interview

Interview: Harriet Burns (Chinatown in Disneyland; Mister Lincoln)

Harriet Burns at the Walt Disney Studios (left); Concept artwork for the proposed Chinatown in Disneyland (right)
Harriet Burns at the Walt Disney Studios (left); Concept artwork for the proposed Chinatown in Disneyland (right)

I just posted my interview with Harriet Burns on my Mouse Clubhouse website.  In this conversation, Harriet, who was a scenic designer/model maker working on projects such as the Mickey Mouse Club television show, Disneyland and Walt Disney World, discusses the proposed Chinatown for Disneyland and why it never happened, and Great Moments with Mister Lincoln.  CLICK HERE for the interview

 

Interview: Gina Rock (Disneyland’s Tinker Bell)

Gina, getting ready for her flight as Tinker Bell; the mattress Gina will crash into after flying over Disneyland

Gina, getting ready for her flight as Tinker Bell; The mattress Gina will crash into after flying over Disneyland

I just posted my interview with Gina Rock on my Mouse Clubhouse website.  In this conversation, Gina discusses her days flying across the skies of Disneyland as Tinker Bell to light the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks for two decades.  CLICK HERE for the interview

 

Interview: Ray Templin (Providing voices for Fantasyland attractions in Disneyland)

Ray Templin with Mickey Mouse
Ray Templin with Mickey Mouse

I just posted my interview with Ray Templin on my Mouse Clubhouse website.  In this conversation, Ray, who spent more than 20 years performing in Disneyland,  discusses his voice work for the Casey Jr. Railroad attraction and other Fantasyland attractions in Disneyland.  CLICK HERE for the interview

 

Interview: Chuck Corson (Dapper Dans; the Osmonds; Walt Disney World entertainment)

Chuck Corson (left), Chuck's window tribute at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
Chuck Corson (left), Chuck’s window tribute at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

I just posted my interview with Chuck Corson on my Mouse Clubhouse website.  In this conversation, Chuck discusses the beginnings of the Dapper Dans at Disneyland, the Osmond’s Disneyland roots, and Walt Disney World entertainment.  CLICK HERE for the interview