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Contemporary and Grand Floridian Resort Gingerbread Displays, Osborne Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Holiday Treat 09 DVD Preview!

Hi everyone!

Christmas is arriving at Walt Disney World, and everything should be up and decorated in the next week. The Contemporary Resort decorated just a couple of days back, with it’s tree out front (below, left) and a new Mary Blair inspired gingerbread display! (below, right)

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Continue reading Contemporary and Grand Floridian Resort Gingerbread Displays, Osborne Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Holiday Treat 09 DVD Preview!

Independence Day at the Magic Kingdom Plus "DIANA – The Peoples Princess" Exhibit at Downtown Disney Opens

Hi everyone!

Denise Preskitt from partner site Mousesteps.com visited Walt Disney World for July 3rd and has photos to share!

The Magic Kingdom was draped in the stars and stripes for July 4th. The train station is a backdrop to the growing crowds (below left) and the moon shines behind the American flag (below, right).

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Continue reading Independence Day at the Magic Kingdom Plus "DIANA – The Peoples Princess" Exhibit at Downtown Disney Opens

Disney's Hollywood Studios Club Penguin Meet & Greet, Magic Kingdom Construction, Virgin Megastore, Latest Contemporary Bay Lake Tower – Photos & Video

Hi everyone!

I am currently working on a very special DVD project featuring some recently discovered vintage Walt Disney World footage circa 1986! I am enjoying working on this very much and being able to rediscover some things I never thought I would get to enjoy again. Just a few highlights are the original Disney Shopping Village, The Contemporary and Polynesian Village before the Grand Floridian was built (although you see the land being cleared), Discovery Island, classic Epcot Center, Magic Kingdom and much more. Watch this site for more details on this  exciting project! Also, go to Mousesteps for a new contest for an Epcot Flower and Garden Screensaver, the contest ends June 3rd.

Today we feature the latest happenings around Walt Disney World, starting with the test of the Club Penguin meet and greet at  Disney’s Hollywood Studios (below)! The two-week test ended yesterday, and there is no word yet on whether the meet and greet will be brought back. Look for characters soon from Pixar’s UP!

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Walt Disney World’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” – More Vintage Photos, Plus A Look Back At “The Hercules Electrical Parade” in NYC

Hi everyone!

There has been continued interest in my vintage Main Street Electrical Parade Photos, and I’ve found more images that I will be sharing with you today! I hope you enjoy these photos taken either by myself or my father, Walter Lange – a Disney fan who shared the love of the parks with his family and got me started on all this.

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Florida’s Main Street Electrical Parade opening unit (above left) announces the parade. “WDW’s 15th Float” (above right and below) was a special float to honor Walt Disney World’s 15th Anniversary. That float was only used for one season!

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Note the one dimensional design of these early floats (above right).

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The elusive “Pinocchio Underwater Unit” featured Monstro the whale (above left). A mystery (to me) has been resolved as many readers have identified the cars as from The Fox and the Hound – “Widow Tweed’s Car” (above right).

Continue reading Walt Disney World’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” – More Vintage Photos, Plus A Look Back At “The Hercules Electrical Parade” in NYC

Something New to Celebrate! 'it’s a small world' Returns to Disneyland With New Magic

05 February 2009A beloved Disneyland attraction returns to Fantasyland on Friday, Feb. 6, when “it’s a small world” opens with some new storytelling magic. With the premiere of a new “Spirit of America” scene, new musical enhancements, and a new look for some of the attraction’s familiar child dolls, “it’s a small world” will once again take guests of all ages on “the happiest cruise that ever sailed.”

(all photos copyright Disney)

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This classic attraction has been renovated and enhanced while retaining the world-renowned charm that holds such a special place in the hearts of Disneyland guests. The “it’s a small world” journey continues to celebrate children of the world and their message of harmony and friendship. And now, for the first time, guests will be able to find some of the child dolls dressed as their favorite Disney characters, in the countries where their stories take place. For example, dolls dressed in Aladdin and Jasmine costumes play in the Middle East scene, and a doll dressed as Alice from “Alice in Wonderland” appears in the Great Britain scene.
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Guests will enjoy riding “it’s a small world” again and again as they search for the 29 Disney and Disney•Pixar characters now represented in the attraction. Some appear as child dolls and some are playful-looking toys, such as the White Rabbit who accompanies Alice. The new doll costumes and toys are fashioned in the same artistic style that has made “it’s a small world” an icon around the globe. That style was created by art director, color stylist and Disney Legend Mary Blair, whose sense of design shaped “it’s a small world” from the very beginning.
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“We know that many people have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to relive their ‘it’s a small world’ memories and to create new ones with children, grandchildren and friends,” said Disney Imagineer art director Kim Irvine. “It’s a pleasure to once again offer this beloved attraction to Disneyland guests, now with some special Disney enhancements.”
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Among the enhancements is a new “Spirit of America” scene based on original concept art by Disney Legend Mary Blair, in keeping with the “it’s a small world” theme that friendship crosses all nations, including the United States.
Child dolls that are costumed as stylized representations of their favorite Disney characters can be spotted in several scenes.

  • The children in many “it’s a small world” scenes will have a variety of new stylized toys to play with, inspired by Disney and Disney•Pixar characters: Woody and Jessie for “Spirit of America,” a Mushu dragon kite for China, “The Three Caballeros” marionettes for Latin America, and others.
  • Additional fresh touches will be heard in the augmented “it’s a small world” soundtrack. The renowned “it’s a small world” song, written by Academy Award®-winning composers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman (“Mary Poppins“), will still play throughout the attraction. Now, however, some subtle film music is woven into the song as counterpoint melodies, fitting the characters and scenes.
  • All of the boats in “it’s a small world” are new and designed to evoke the look and feel of boats that children of the world might play with anywhere.

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See “it’s a small world” with the “Southern California 2fer Ticket”*

Southern California residents, many of whom have grown up with “it’s a small world” and taken their own children on the voyage, have a special value opportunity to enjoy the enhanced attraction as Disneyland Resort asks “What Will you Celebrate?” The “Southern California 2fer Ticket,” which can be purchased now through June 3 for the price of a one-day one-park ticket ($69 for age 10 and up; $59 for age 3-9), lets guests experience Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure on one day, and then come back on another day to play at the other park for free. For information, visit www.disneyland.com or call (714) 781-7290.

Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney’s California Adventure park – plus the downtown Disney District composed of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s three guest-welcoming hotels are the luxurious 745-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 988-room Disneyland Hotel and the “day-at-the-beach” fun of the 489-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. For further information on attractions, events and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com, call (866) 60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

Main Street Electrical Parade Vintage Photos, Contest Update and DVD Check-off Sheet

Hi everyone!

During production of my recently released Main Street Electrical Parade DVD, I came across some interesting images of long retired floats and parade elements. I am presenting them here for all to enjoy!

Below is the Florida opening unit of the Main Street Electrical Parade, followed by Toy Soldiers from Babes in Toyland. As a kid, I thought this was a special Christmas bonus as we often traveled to Walt Disney World for the holidays. I remember seeing them one July and realizing they were always part of the parade.

Next we have the “It’s A Small World” section that ran from 1977 – 1991. This was unique as it was the only float that was based on a park attraction.

This next series of photos is very rare. These photos were taken by my father in 1976 (when “America on Parade” was being performed). I don’t recall ever seeing a Pinocchio Monstro float in the Main Street Electrical parade. Look carefully and you will see the large headed America on Parade characters driving the vehicles. Was this a nighttime version of America on Parade?

If anyone has more information about these parade units please email me at Jeff@JeffLangeDVD.com and I will post the information on the site.

Available now:

jwl-media-main-street-electrical-paradeJeff Lange Remembers: The Main Street Electrical Parade!

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience the evolution of Disney’s beloved nighttime classic, “The Main Street Electrical Parade”.

Features: Disneyland: Main Street Electrical Parade (1993), Walt Disney World: Main Street Electrical Parade (1991), California Adventure: Disney’s Electrical Parade (2007) and Walt Disney World: Electrical Water Pageant (1992)

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Jeff Lange Remembers: The Hercules Electrical Parade in New York City

Jeff Lange takes you back to June 14th, 1997 to see this one time only extravaganza make it’s way thru Times Square.

All the classic floats are here with the addition of the special Hercules units and fanfare. You have never seen the Parade like this!

Also included:

The Main Street Electrical Parade recorded in 1999 during it’s short return engagement at The Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

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The Gumball Rally:

MiceChat’s Dustysage is inviting everyone to a huge upcoming event at Disney World:

Disney fans everywhere are invited to attend a fun four park event this October 18th. The MiceChat Gumball Rally is an event which challenges you to ride a set of attractions in all four parks in just one day! The event is designed to see who can make best use of their time and transportation skills to complete the assigned attractions in the least amount of time possible. It promises to be a fun and unique way to visit the parks – all of them! Since the first Gumball Rally at Disneyland nearly 3 years ago, there have been constant requests to “Bring the Rally to Disney World,” and that is just what we are going to do! Whether this is your first visit to WDW or your hundredth, this event was designed for you to have a great time. We hope you’ll all join us. For more information and to sign up, please visit this link on micechat.com Gumball Rally Information.

Contest Winner:

Thank you for another great response to my latest contest with partner site Mousesteps! The winner was Eric Hoffman of Georgia and he will receive a free Disneyland Anniversary DVD of his choice!

DVD Check-off Sheet:

The most frequent request at my NFFC show and sale booth last month was a check-off sheet for my customers to keep track of their JeffLangeDVD.com titles. We now have the check-off sheet available HERE, sorted by release date, park, and series.

As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.

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All New Release – Jeff Lange Remembers: The Main Street Electrical Parade DVD

Jeff Lange Remembers: The Main Street Electrical Parade DVD

8 August 2008

Jeff Lange Remembers: The Main Street Electrical Parade DVD – Released Today.

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Windsor, Conn. (August 8th, 2008) -Today, JeffLangeDVD has released their latest title, Jeff Lange Remembers: The Main Street Electrical Parade.

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience the evolution of Disney’s beloved nighttime classic, “The Main Street Electrical Parade”.

Disneyland: Main Street Electrical Parade (1993)

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… Disneyland proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination in thousands of sparkling lights and electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds…The Main Street Electrical Parade!” This is where it all started, recorded live from Disneyland’s Main Street USA! The Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade ran from 1972-1996.

Walt Disney World: Main Street Electrical Parade (1991)

This is the original Walt Disney World version of the Main Street Electrical Parade that ran from 1977 to 1991. All of your parade favorites are here, including the toy soldiers from “Babes in Toyland” and “It’s A Small World”.

California Adventure: Disney’s Electrical Parade (2007)

This current version of the parade, recorded with the beautiful Paradise Pier nighttime lights as a backdrop, opened in 2001 and includes all the classic floats.

Walt Disney World: Electrical Water Pageant (1992)

A predecessor to the Main Street Electrical Parade, this incarnation of the popular nighttime show took place on Walt Disney World’s Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. This original version premiered in 1971, and features colorful, lighted floats depicting King Triton and an assembly of sea creatures – concluding with a patriotic finale!

Relive these classic Disney nighttime memories year after year or experience the magic for the first time by purchasing a copy of “Jeff Lange Remembers: The Main Street Electrical Parade”.

Running Time: 66 Min

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