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Flashback Friday: Disney in the Rose Parade

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Dec 28, 2012 9:00 AM

Pasadena, California is home to two of our favorite things: Disney Store home base, and the annual Rose Parade! This Flashback Friday, we're putting the two together and telling you all about Disney's history with the Rose Parade.

The Rose Parade has been inspiring creativity with its all-flower floats since 1890, but Disney's involvement with this Southern California tradition blossomed on New Year's Day of 1938. Can you guess why this particular year was chosen?

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
On December 21, 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in Los Angeles, so a Rose Parade float was the perfect way to introduce the characters and the film to the nation.

Walt Disney
In 1966, Walt Disney had the honor of acting as the Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade. Sadly, it was his last New Year's, as he passed away on December 15, 1966. Since then, Walt's nephew Roy E. Disney, and Mickey Mouse have both served as Grand Marshal.

Tower of Terror
Disney has held a few records during its history with the Rose Parade. In 2004, our float celebrating the new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure became the tallest in Rose Parade history, at 110 feet. It captured the thrill of the attraction by including live performers trapped in an elevator dangling from the top. Our 2006 float celebrating Disneyland's 50th Anniversary also took the record for the longest float at the time it debuted.

This year, the theme of the Rose Parade is "Oh, the Places You'll Go," and Disney is going to Cars Land! Tune in to the 124th Rose Parade on January 1 on ABC to see Radiator Springs turn flower-power into racing horsepower like never before, or better yet, come visit us in Pasadena and watch the parade live.

Lightning McQueen, Sally, Guido, and all the rest of the gang from Cars will be zooming down the parade route sooner than you can say "ka-chow!"

Flashback Friday: Pluto's Christmas Tree

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Dec 07, 2012 9:37 AM

Disney Store fans have probably noticed that, our Magical Friday ads, and many of our other holiday communications have featured a lot of Chip, Dale and Pluto this year. This Flashback Friday, we're sharing the inspiration behind our holiday campaign: Pluto's Christmas Tree.

Pluto's Christmas Tree

Pluto's Christmas Tree is an animated short first released in 1952.

Chip and Dale
In the short, Mickey and Pluto bring home their first Christmas tree, but end up with two extra special surprises: Chip and Dale have tagged along!

Once the tree arrives at Mickey's house, Chip and Dale play all sorts of tricks on Pluto.

Merry Christmas
At the end, Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale embrace the Christmas spirit, and enjoy the holidays together. 

Now you know the story behind of all of our Disney Store holiday cheer.

Do you remember watching Pluto's Christmas Tree as a child? Tell us about your favorite Disney holiday memories.


Flashback Friday: Disney and the Muppets

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Nov 30, 2012 12:32 PM

Our post earlier this week about the Muppets stopping by Disney Store Times Square put us in a very Muppet-ational mood, so today we're taking you on a Kermit the Frog-filled journey through the Muppets' and Disney.

MuppetVision 3D
The partership between Disney and the Muppets began with Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The attraction opened in 1991, and was the last Muppet project produced by Jim Henson (he passed away before it opened). Today guests can also experience MuppetVision at Disney California Adventure.

Muppet Christmas Carol
The first Muppet film distributed by Disney was The Muppet Christmas Carol in 1992. It was also the first feature-length production in which Jim Henson did not perform as Kermit the Frog.

Muppets Wizard of Oz

In 2005, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz aired on ABC. It starred singer Ashanti as Dorothy Gale, but do you remember which Muppets played her helpers in Oz? Kermit the Frog was the Scarecrow, Gonzo was the Tin "Thing," and Fozzie was the Cowardly Lion.

The Muppets

Most recently, the Muppets starred in a new self-titled film with Amy Adams and Jason Segel. The end of the film features celebrities who made cameos in the film singing "Mahna Mahna," a well known song that the Muppets sang on the Ed Sullivan show and in the first season of "The Muppet Show." The pink creatures that sing background are called "snowths."

Hopefully our Muppet trivia made your Friday a little more inspirational and celebrational. 

Happy Friday, Buzz readers!

Flashback Friday: Steamboat Willie

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Nov 16, 2012 3:18 PM

November 18, 1928, Steamboat Willie premiered at the Colony Theater in New York City, so naturally this Flashback Friday we're celebrating the anniversary of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse being introduced to the world!

Here's what Mickey and Minnie looked like in Steamboat Willie...

Steamboat Willie

... And here's how they look today!

                    Mickey Mouse Minnie Mouse

Mickey and Minnie have stood the test of time, and they're always a classic choice for your home, wardrobe, or toy box. Just take a look at all the great Mickey and Minnie products on!

                    Best of Mickey Mouse Cookie Jar Minnie Mouse Hairclips Mickey Mouse Plush Minnie Mouse Tee for Women

To close out this Flashback Friday, here's some cool trivia to impress your friends with: what were the first words ever spoken by Mickey Mouse? "Hot dogs!"

Flashback Friday: Aladdin

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Nov 09, 2012 5:25 PM

This weekend marks twenty years since Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Abu, and the magic carpet introduced us all to a whole new world. Aladdin had its world premiere on November 11, 1992, so this Flashback Friday, we're celebrating Agrabah's most lovable street rat.

Genie and AladdinDisney animator Eric Goldberg drew the Genie, and was inspired by the caricatures of artist Al Hirschfeld. Robin Williams provided the voice, and improvised many of his lines.

The Cave of WondersThe interior and exterior scenes featuring the Cave of Wonders in Aladdin were among the first uses of computer-generated imagery, or CDI, in Disney animation.

A Whole New WorldProlific Disney songwriters Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice wrote the music for the film. Alan Menken has won eight Academy Awards for his Disney composing!

If you're a serious trivia buff, see if you can spot a few other Disney characters hiding in Aladdin. Here are your hints: when Aladdin and Genie are beached after escaping the Cave of Wonders, look for Pinocchio and Sebastian. If you have a super-keen eye (and a pause button on your remote), look for the Beast when the Sultan is stacking his toys.

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Happy Friday, Buzz readers!



Peter Pan Blu-ray Combo Pack Pre-sale Starts Today

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Nov 02, 2012 4:39 PM

When you think of the happiest things, does it include having the latest and greatest copy of Disney's animated classic, Peter Pan?

Peter Pan Diamond Edition
If so, you're luckier than a crocodile catching up to Captain Hook, because our online pre-sale of the new Peter Pan Diamond Edition Blu-ray combo pack starts today. By pre-ordering Peter Pan Diamond edition, you'll be one of the first to receive it when it's released on February 5, 2013.

To add a little extra pixie dust to the deal, when you pre-order, you'll also receive a special edition set of four animated lithographs when your Blu-ray combo pack arrives.

                Hook and Peter Peter's Shadow

                Flying Over London  Wendy and the Lost Boys
If you can't pre-purchase online, you can head to your local Disney Store when in-store pre-sale begins on December 17.

 For those of you wondering where Flashback Friday is, it will return next week. If you just can't wait, here's an extra special piece of Peter Pan trivia for you: does the voice of Wendy Darling remind you of any other classic Disney character?

Peter, Wendy, and Tink
Wendy and Alice, from Alice in Wonderland, are both voiced by actress Kathryn Beaumont.

Fly like Peter over to to pre-order your copy of Peter Pan Diamond Edition today!