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Disney California Adventure hosted a big Hollywood premiere this past weekend as celebrities descended to Anaheim for The Lone Ranger premiere. Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Jerry Bruckheimer were all spotted on the massive red carpet which stretched the length of Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Blvd. Guests were given the opportunities to either line the red carpet beginning at park opening or purchase admission to the premiere. The $1,000 per person admission benefited the American Indian College Fund and provided guests with access to walk the red carpet, and attend the movie premiere and the after hours party in Cars Land.
Also this week, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room celebrated it’s 50th anniversary, the 2013 All-American College Band made it’s debut, the icy peaks of Matterhorn Mountain are being scaled once again and we take a quick look at the installation of a new Disney Gallery Exhibit.
The Lone Ranger Rides into California Adventure
To say The Lone Ranger movie premiere set up was massive is a bit of an understatement. The red carpet extended from the main gate, down Buena Vista Street, around Carthay Circle, and all the way down Hollywood Blvd. to the Hyperion Theater. Press interview and photo spots lined the carpet along with designated seating areas and small risers which provided guests with some seating to view the evening’s celebrity arrivals. The towering train locomotive used in the movie was on display as well as a corral area where guests could view the Lone Ranger’s white horse.
The morning of the premiere saw the installation of the massively long red carpet.
50 Years of Enchantment
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this past Sunday. I spent several hours visiting the Tiki Room this past weekend. Photographing the garden area and the show and just really taking in the exquisite theming, music and classic 1960’s Walt Disney nostalgia that this attraction holds. There are a few areas inside Disneyland where a guest can really get a feel for the special touches that Walt Disney influenced, and the Enchanted Tiki Room is one of them. The show is virtually unchanged, save for some technology upgrades. It is a true Disneyland treasure.
2013 All-American College Band
The All-American College Band made its traditional return this past weekend with performances at both Disney California Adventure and Disneyland parks.The band is made up of 21 college students from across the country, hand picked and directed by Dr. Ron McCurdy, a professor at the USC Thornton School of Music. Returning to Disneyland each summer since 1971, the students take part in the three month internship which includes performances inside Disneyland park as well as instruction in music theory.
The Disneyland All-American College Band plays music inspired by Disney movies and theme park attractions. But what makes their performances even more special and entertaining is their interpretation of the music, mixing several styles and even scores together so flawlessly that it creates a challenge to point out some of the tunes, even if they sound familiar. The Disneyland All-American College Band also keeps the crowd entertained with physical performances of scenes from their musical inspirations, all without missing a beat!
The band performs under the direction of Dr. Ron McCurdy.
Scaling the Icy Peaks of Matterhorn Mountain
The long standing summer tradition of the Disneyland Matterhorn Mountain Climbers has returned. Swiss mountain climbers scale the mountain from top to bottom stopping to yodel at different elevations. The sight is definitely a crowd pleaser which tends to catch guests off guard as they attempt to locate the source of the yodel. The Matterhorn Mountain Climbers are one of the great atmosphere traditions which truly sets Disneyland apart from other theme parks.
As we wrap up this week’s Disneyland Photo Report, we take a quick trip to the Disney Gallery on Main Street.
The current exhibit, “Realms of Fantasy” is closed as Disney installs a new exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. The new exhibit will not only fill the back room of the Disney Gallery, but will also take up some space in the Main Street Opera House.
The new Disney Gallery Exhibit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opens on July 1.
That’s going to do it for this week’s update. You can see the past updates here.
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