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Happy 65th Anniversary Cinderella!
DisneyDan  Sunday, February 15, 2015 10:57:33 AM
Today is the 65th anniversary of Walt Disney's masterpiece, Cinderella. Premiering in Boston in 1950, Cinderella is a classic fairytale of a girl with a dream, a Fairy Godmother, and a prince.

In our usual style, here are some photos of our adventures with Cinderella's family and friends at the Disney parks around the world.

Happy 65th Anniversary Cinderella!

Dreams of Fantasy

Anastasi and Drizella cause havoc in Fantasyland

DLP April 2012 - Having Lunch at Auberge de Cendrillon

DCL Feb 2012 - Twice Charmed - An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story

Lady Tremaine

Disney Magic on Parade

Happy 14th Anniversary Disney California Adventure!
DisneyDan  Sunday, February 8, 2015 3:34:36 PM
Hello everyone,

Fourteen years ago today, the then-named Disney's California Adventure Park opened its doors for the first time. Since then, the park has undergone huge changes, eliminating entire lands and building new ones from scratch. It has probably undergone the largest transformation in the past 5 years alone than most parks have in their entire lifespans. Disney California Adventure, as it is today, is a tribute to the unending dream of Walt Disney, to keep moving forward and to continue to bring joy to people all around the world.

Let's take a look back at some of our favourite moments from the park over the years.

Disneyland Summer 2013 - Wandering through Condor Flats

Wandering thru Cars Land

Wandering thru Hollywood Land

Enjoying morning EMH in Cars Land before the masses arrive!

PIXAR Play Parade

World of Color

Meeting Olaf

Disneyland July 2012 - Cars Land at Night

Disneyland July 2012 - Wandering through Paradise Pier

Fun at DCA

Wandering thru Bugs Land

Christmas in Cars Land

Operation: Playtime!

Taking a trip on the Monorail

Disney California Adventure main entrance

Enjoying morning EMH in Cars Land before the masses arrive!

Mad T Party

The Esplanade early on a Sunday morning

DL Jan 2015 - Morning on Buena Vista St

DDE May 2013 - Aladdin A Musical Spectacular

DDE May 2013 - Radiator Springs Racers

End of Summer Party at the Pier

Wandering thru Bugs Land

Meeting Elsa and Anna

Wandering around Paradise Pier

Disneyland July 2012 - Heading back to DCA

Disneyland Summer 2013 - Wandering through Grizzly Peak Recreation Area

Disneyland Dec 2012 - World of Color

Disneyland Dec 2012 - The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure

Disneyland July 2012 - Carthay Circle at Night

Disneyland July 2012 - Cars Land at Night

Disneyland July 2012 - Monsters Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue!

Disneyland July 2012 - Wandering through Paradise Pier

Disneyland July 2012 - Cars Land first thing in the morning

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Sunshine Plaza

Disneyland July 2012 - Cars Land at Night

Disneyland July 2012 - Wandering through Paradise Pier

Meeting Oswald

Disneyland July 2012 - Wandering through Cars Land

Happy 14th anniversary Disney California Adventure!

Happy 62nd Anniversary Peter Pan!
DisneyDan  Thursday, February 5, 2015 1:30:57 PM
Today, 5th February, is the 62nd anniversary of the release of Walt Disney's classic, Peter Pan.

In our usual Character Central style, let's take a look at some of our favourite Peter Pan moments from the Disney Parks and resorts around the world, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris and Florida!

Happy 62nd anniversary Peter, Wendy, John, Hook, Smee and all their friends!

WDW Dec 2009 - 2nd SpectroMagic Parade

One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Meeting Tinker Bell

Tokyo Aug 2010 - One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

WDW April 2009 - Dream Along With Mickey

Tokyo Aug 2010 - Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights

Tokyo Aug 2010 - One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Step into a Storybook event

Tokyo Aug 2010 - Adventures with Peter Pan

WDW April 2011 - Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade

WDW April 2009 - Meeting Dream Along Peter and Wendy

WDW April 2011 - Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade

Tokyo Aug 2010 - Jubilation!

DLP June 2011 - A character filled end to a Magical Night in Parc Disneyland

WDW Dec 2014 - Meeting Peter Pan

WDW Sept 2012 - The Main Street Electrical Parade

Character fun in Adventureland

WDW Dec 2009 - 2nd SpectroMagic Parade

Happy 54th Anniversary 101 Dalmatians!
DisneyDan  Sunday, January 25, 2015 3:54:48 PM
Today, 25th January, is the 54th anniversary of the release of Walt Disney's classic, 101 Dalmatians.

Not too many characters from the film have ever appeared at the Disney parks around the world, and sadly of the few that have appeared, we have only met Cruella de Vil. So, here's Cruella on one of the many occasions we've met here, this time at Tokyo DisneySea's American Waterfront.

Happy 54th Anniversary Cruella!

Cruella de Vil

Happy 78th Birthday Daisy Duck!
DisneyDan  Friday, January 9, 2015 2:32:32 PM
Hello everyone,

Today, 9th January, is Daisy Duck’s 78th birthday! Daisy fist appeared in the 1937 Donald Duck short, Don Donald. Let’s celebrate with a cavalcade of pictures from our adventures with Daisy at the Disney Parks around the world!

Happy Birthday Daisy Duck!

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Disney's Spring Promenade

Easter Pre-Parade

Character fun at Pete's Silly Sideshow

A Table is Waiting

Surf's Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends

Happy 113th Birthday Walt Disney!
DisneyDan  Friday, December 5, 2014 8:14:02 AM
Today is 5th December, which would have been Walt Disney's 113th birthday.

Born in Chicago on 5th December 1901 to Canadian father Elias and American mother Flora, Walt found himself growing up in a rapidly changing world. The automobile, electricity and telephones were amongst the new technologies that were gradually altering the way people went about their everyday lives.

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Soon came World War I, and Walt found himself too young to enlist - but he did anyway!
While away he discovered his talent for drawing, and became known for decorating the helmets his comrades had found, with illustrations.

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

From there Walt developed his talents further, and found himself creating characters and shorts such as the Alice comedies and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Meeting Oswald

Sadly Oswald wasn't too lucky for Walt, but it did spur him onwards to develop a new character in 1928 - Mickey Mouse.
Mickey was Walt, and Walt was Mickey. 

Walt's - An American Restaurant

Exploring Walt Disney Studios Store

Walt Disney was a creative genius, who was far ahead of his time. Bringing a whole new definition to the world of film and television, Walt pioneered many new concepts and technologies.
Walt won more Oscars during his lifetime than any other person, a record that he still holds.

Exploring Walt Disney Studios Store

Wandering thru the Studios

With his studio now one of the best in the world, Walt turned to other things. Bigger things.
Walt's ultimate dream was of course Disneyland; a place where anyone can come and have fun, away from reality.
In July 1955 Disneyland opened and has since become probably the most famous theme park in the world. Capturing Walt's very essence, and offering a true escape from the outside world, Disneyland was, and continues to be, the Happiest Place on Earth.

Nighttime on Main Street

Disneyland Fire Dept

Of course, Walt's dream grew and grew, and so did Disneyland, to the point where Walt dreamt even bigger!
Florida was to be the home of Walt's final dream, one which sadly he did not get to see through to completion (having passed away in 1966). Walt dreamt of a huge community where people not only lived and worked, but where they played an vacationed; known as EPCOT. A complete city built from the mind of this brilliant man.
Walt Disney World opened in October 1971 by his surviving brother and business partner, Roy, and was dedicated to Walt having changed the name from simply Disney World to Walt Disney World.

WDW Sept 2008 - Heading towards the castle

Walt Disney's Window

Although Walt's vision of EPCOT never came to fruition as he saw it, it certainly has come true. Walt Disney World has given Central Florida a different identity to what it had 50 years ago. From swamps to a metropolis filled with hotels, malls, other theme parks and indeed entire communities of people who live and work there. Walt Disney World itself has thousands of Cast Members who live and work at the resort, who come from all over the world, ensuring that Walt's final vision is forever captured in an amazing and colourful reality.

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Over a century after his birth, we are on the brink of the 12th Disney Park opening (Shanghai, 2015/16), have a world filled with hundreds more movies, TV shows and even stores, a cruise line and much, much more.
All the parks have their own little nod to Walt and his dreams, remembering the man who started it all.

Walt's Window in World Bazaar

Wandering down Main Street USA

Wandering down Main Street

Christmas at the Partners Statue

Wandering up Main Street USA

Photos of Walt and Lilly in Lilly's Boutique

Hall of Fame

Salon Mickey

Walt Disney lived to entertain, and entertained for a living. He gave the world a slice of imagination and inspiration that is unrivalled, and that will continue for many more decades.

Happy 113th Birthday, Walt Disney. We thank you for your dedication to your dreams.

Wandering up Main Street USA

Salon Mickey

Salon Mickey

Partners Statue and Cinderella Castle

Happy 86th Birthday Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, November 18, 2014 10:52:21 AM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 86th birthday of the two most famous mice in the world, Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

On 18th November 1928, Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie debuted to the public, and stars were born.

Without Mickey and Minnie, we wouldn't have the Disney company that we have today. For that we are eternally grateful to Walt Disney, and of course Mickey and Minnie, and look forward to many more decades of fun and laughter with them.

Happy 86th Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

In our usual style, here's a photo cavalcade of some of the magical adventures we've had with Mickey and Minnie at the Disney Parks and Resorts over the years.

Disney's Hotel New York New Year's Eve Character Dinner

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

End of Summer Party at the Pier

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Mickey and Minnie's Polynesian Paradise

Mickey and Company at the Diamond Horseshoe

Springtime Surprise

Valentine's Magical Moment

Valentine's Day Magical Moment

Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

Happy 43rd Birthday Walt Disney World Resort!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:53:28 AM
Today is the 43rd anniversary of the grand opening of the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and the 32nd anniversary of EPCOT!

For 43 years Walt Disney World has enchanted millions of guests from all over the world with its incredible attractions, amazing entertainment and excellent service and facilities.

In our usual style, here's a cavalcade of photos of our magical experiences at Walt Disney World over the years. I have deliberately left out character images for today, since I really wanted to celebrate the beauty of the parks, and the work of the dreamers who believed they could build this magical place.

Happy 43rd birthday Walt Disney World, here's to many, many more!

Wandering around EPCOT

Wandering thru Italy

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Taking the boat to Fort Wilderness

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Cinderella Castle

Checking out the new Tangled bathrooms area

Chilling at the Polynesian

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Wandering around the Studios

Wandering around Dinoland USA

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Exploring Mexico

Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Kilimanjaro Safaris

On the Wild Side event

Exploring Fantasyland


Wandering around Future World

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Taking the boat to Fort Wilderness

Tower of Terror

Expedition Everest

Wandering around World Showcase

The Dapper Dans

Rivers of America

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Wandering around Discovery Island

Wandering around World Showcase

The Crystal Palace

Exploring Fantasyland

Wandering thru the new Storybook Circus area

Kilimanjaro Safaris

WDW April 2009 - Roy And Minnie

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

WDW Sept 2008 - Heading towards the castle

Happy 27th Birthday DuckTales and Rescue Rangers!
DisneyDan  Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:19:03 PM
Hello everyone,

On this day, 18th September, in 1987 Disney premiered two of its most popular television shows of all time - DuckTales and Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers.

Let's celebrate in our usual Character Central style with some of our favourite DuckTakes and Rescue Rangers character photos from the Disney Parks!

Happy Birthday Gadget, Launchpad and all the other stars that debuted that day!


DLP Dec 2010 - Meeting Gadget!

Launchpad McQuack

Scrooge McDuck

Walt Disney World Disney Dreamers Everywhere Closing Ceremony

DDE May 2013 - Disneyland Opening Event
Happy 84th Birthday Pluto!
DisneyDan  Friday, September 5, 2014 11:26:03 AM
Hello everyone,

Today, 5th September, is Pluto's 84th birthday! First appearing in the Mickey Mouse short "The Chain Gang" in 1930, Pluto was first seen tracking Mickey down after he escaped from prison! Since then though, Pluto has become Mickey's faithful companion and one of his best friends.

Let's celebrate in our usual Character Central way, with a cavalcade of photos from our adventures with Pluto over the years at the Disney Parks!

Happy 84th Birthday Pluto!


In case you missed it earlier, today is also Oswald the Lucky Rabbit's birthday! You can check out my dedicated Oswald post, here.

DDE May 2013 - Disneyland Closing Event

DLP Aug 2014 - Magic Brunch


Valentine's Day dinner at California Grill

DDE May 2013 - Breakfast in the Castle Lounge

Fun at the Christmas Brunch

HKDL July 2011 - Meeting Pluto
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