The Orange Bird has landed back at the Magic Kingdom! We signed up for the D23 event, where the unveiling of the Orange Bird was met with enthusiasm. There are new posters under the Main Street Train Station featuring the Sunshine Tree Terrace (below, left). The Orange Bird is now visible above the sign at the Terrace as well (below, right).
* Now Updated With The Night Version Videos Below!
This latest addition to Walt Disney Imagineering’sLiving Character Initiative, Luxo Jr. appears on an elevated platform at the Lighting building (above) in Pixar Place, across from the Toy Story Mania attraction.
Luxo Jr. entertains guests on the quarter of the hour all day (12:00, 12:15, 12:45 1:00 etc) with a three minute routine (photos above plus see full video below). We are told he does two different performances, “Medley” during the day and “Conductor” after dark featuring fiber-optic lights in the trees and along the Toy Story Mania show building.
(photos below of Luxo Jr. at night)
This is not the first of WDI’s Living Character Initiative we have covered this year. Remy (below) from the Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille is now appearing at Epcot’sLes Chefs de France restaurant, fresh from his previous engagement at Rendez-Vous des Stars Restaurant in Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Resort Paris (please click HERE for photos and videos of the Chef Remy character)!
The Muppet Mobile Lab appeared at Epcot a few years back and was also part of WDI’s Living Character Initiative (some great photos are HERE)!
For many more great Luxo Jr. photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE! Check back later tonight for more coverage of this great new addition to Pixar Place!
Luxo Jr. Audio-Animatronic Debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Exclusive Video Recorded Today 6/22/09.
Luxo Jr. Debuts at Pixar Place, Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Luxo Jr. debuted (unofficially) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today, June 22nd, 2009.
Luxo Jr. Debuts at Pixar Place, Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Night Version – Luxo Jr. made his debut on June 22nd, 2009. He had a lot of glitches, but we were still able to capture some video of Luxo Jr. in the evening (he has a different show at night than during the day).
Luxo Jr. Debuts at Pixar Place, Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Day Version After Dark – This is the day version performed at night during the first night of operation!
Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.
Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!
Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:
Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad (1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993), Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) and Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!
Running Time: 66 Min
For more information or to purchase this item, please click HERE.
ANAHEIM, Calif., October 15, 2008 – Nestled in the Golden Vine Winery at the base of Grizzly Peak in Disney’s California Adventure Park, the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar is a place where Guests will get an exclusive sneak preview of what is new and what is in store for the expansion of the Disneyland Resort. Beginning October 20, Guests will view working models as well as dozens of concepts and sketches from Disney Imagineers, the creative minds behind the design and construction of Disney theme parks and attractions.
With Blue Sky Cellar, Guests will be invited for the first time to preview works in progress at Disneyland Resort by immersing themselves in a facsimile of an Imagineering workspace. Based on the belief that idea gathering is best when “the sky’s the limit,” the Blue Sky Cellar is designed to resemble an Imagineering “charette,” an extended creative idea development meeting. Guests receive an inside-look at how Imagineers take “blue sky” ideas and refine them into the classic storytelling that characterizes Disney Theme Park attractions and adventures.
In this whimsical immersive setting, Imagineers have taken over a former wine cellar and set up shop. Wine barrels have turned into work stations and the former wine tasting room has become a screening room where videos showcase the behind-the-scenes magic that goes into the creation of new and upcoming attractions for Disney’s California Adventure.
Guests will view several new attraction models, including the newly envisioned Paradise Pier area with its turn-of-the-20th-Century look, ride vehicle maquettes from Toy Story Mania!; and the new character overlays to the Games of the Boardwalk. Special features include updates and character additions to attractions such as Mickey’s Fun Wheel (an enhancement of the current Sun Wheel) and Silly Symphony Swings (a refreshed and rethemed Orange Stinger).
Brand new sketches and artwork line the walls including images of the new entrance area, soon to be known as Buena Vista Street, which will bring to life a nostalgic look at Los Angeles from the 1920s and 30s when Walt Disney first arrived in California; a Red Car trolley, reminiscent of the Pacific Electric Railway; and a new central plaza area including a replica of the Carthay Circle Theatre, where Walt premiered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The “coming soon” area features images of Disney’s World of Color and The Little Mermaid attraction, and looks even further ahead to Cars Land, a 12-acre expansion of the Park which will bring to life the town of Radiator Springs from the Disney?Pixar animated film Cars, complete with three new attractions for the whole family. Additionally, Guests in Blue Sky Cellar will have fun testing their knowledge of Disney trivia at one of the interactive workstations.
The screening room features Imagineers describing the approach and vision of the Disney California Adventure expansion. Guests will see footage of model-making, sculpting, blue sky meetings and all the aspects of bringing a Disney concept to life.
Included in the original announcement of the multi-year expansion of the Disneyland Resort in Fall 2007, the Blue Sky Cellar is part of the overall commitment to keep the community and Disneyland Resort Guests informed of the exciting new and upcoming plans for the Resort. Future updates will focus on other new areas and attractions, and Guests are invited to return periodically for additional exciting information.
About Walt Disney Imagineering
Walt Disney Imagineering is the unique innovative organization that creates – from concept through construction – all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments, and regional entertainment venues worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from the teamwork and syntheses of creative and technical professionals representing more than 140 diverse disciplines.
About the Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney’s California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised 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.
I have finally returned from two crazy but fun weeks in California. The trip was very productive, producing over 10 hrs of video footage and over 3000 photo images! I was able to celebrate Disneyland’s 53rd birthday on July 17th and visit the following: The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Imagineering, The Disney Dream Suite, Club 33, The El Capitan Theatre and more. I will also feature a report from the 2008 NFFC Convention and Comic-Con!
Please check back tomorrow for the beginning of my 2008 recap!
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.