Monday, June 20, 2011

In Disney News...

...Disney has announced the 2011 list of honorees as Disney Legends.

The group will include the late actor Guy Williams, who was Disney's ZORRO, and Jack and Bonita Granville Wrather, who built the Disneyland Hotel. The hotel's now-defunct Bonita Tower and Granville's Steakhouse were both named for actress Granville.

The actresses who voiced several relatively recent Disney princesses will also be honored, including Jodi Benson (THE LITTLE MERMAID) and Paige O'Hara (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST).

The induction ceremony will be held at the D23 Expo in Anaheim on Friday, August 19th.

...Matt Ouimet, the beloved Disneyland President who left the company in 2006, has been named President of Cedar Fair, which owns a number of amusement parks including Knott's Berry Farm.

This move is seen by some as potentially great news for Knott's Berry Farm, which could use an infusion of both cash and enthusiasm to help it maintain its unique identity as the other important Orange County theme park founded by a man named Walter.

...The official Disney Parks Blog has a feature on the mural at the new Little Mermaid ride.

The mural, which immediately calls to mind other classic Disney dark rides such as Peter Pan's Flight and Snow White's Scary Adventure, is one of my favorite things about the ride.

...The D23 website recently published an interesting article on THE PARENT TRAP (1961). It was written by Jim Fanning, who does excellent pieces on the history behind Disney movies.

...Last weekend the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica hosted a 50th Anniversary double bill of THE PARENT TRAP (1961) and THE ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR (1961), with Fred MacMurray and June Haver's daughter Laurie there to introduce the movies. I would have loved to be able to attend!

...Just over a week ago Disneyland raised its prices for tickets and annual passes. Not unexpected but never pleasant news to hear...

...There were cast member previews yesterday for Goofy's Sky School, which is scheduled to open at Disney's California Adventure on July 1st.

...CARS 2 (2011) will be released next Friday, June 24th.


Blogger Tom said...

Nice to hear about the new Disney Legends!

Are they still showing Captain E0 at Disneyland?

7:32 PM  
Blogger DKoren said...

They raised their prices, eh? Sigh. I'm starting to feel really old, because I remember e-tickets, and I remember even after those went away when my whole family could get in for under $100. Now it's practically that per person, particularly if you add in food. I think those annual passes must be the way to go, provided you can get over there often enough to make it worthwhile! You are lucky! I think I will have to enjoy Disneyland vicariously through your reports and pictures!

10:12 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Tom,

Didn't have time to answer comments earlier in the week -- yes, Captain Eo is still playing at Disneyland. (I've never seen it, and never will, LOL.)

Yeah, it's a bummer, Deb! The annual pass is really the only purchase that makes economic sense for Southern Californians, as long as it can be used a few times. :) I can remember "back in the day" when it was around $14 to get in!

Best wishes,

6:33 PM  

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