Monday, January 14, 2013

Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: January 2010

Reaching into the “way back” file again, let’s jump back three years – when the Disney Parks Blog had just been around for a few months and we were already busy with big announcements, fun photos and nostalgic looks back at Disney history.

Disney Parks Launches ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’
On New Year’s Day 2010, Disney Parks launched “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” during which participants could perform a day of volunteer service and receive a free, one-day admission ticket to a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park.

New Retro-Style Merchandise Unveiled for 55th Anniversary
As we were getting ready for the upcoming 55th anniversary of Disneyland, Michelle Harker shared a peek at some of the retro-style merchandise that would be available as part of the celebration.

Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – Morning To Night
Thomas Smith showed us this amazing look at holiday decorations on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park.

New Chairman Tom Staggs Visits Walt Disney World
In January 2010, Tom Staggs was the new chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and he made a special visit to the Walt Disney World Resort to “spend time with the cast and benefit from their knowledge.”


World of Color — Behind the H2O — The Journey Begins
Imagineer Steve Davison gave us the first of a series of behind-the-scenes looks at the upcoming “World of Color” show at Disney California Adventure park, beginning with a video from the initial testing of the fire effects system used in the show.

All Aboard for Disneyland Photos
In January 2010, Disney Parks Blog readers met Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer, who continues to bring us amazing photos from the Disneyland Resort.
Your Favorite Disney Princess is…
We asked, and you answered! Who is your favorite Disney princess?
Aloha Aulani! Disney’s New Destination Resort in Hawai`i
In January 2010, we learned the name of the new Disney resort coming to Hawai`i – Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

How Walt Saw It
Heather Hust Rivera gave us a rare glimpse inside Walt Disney’s Main Street, U.S.A., apartment at Disneyland park.
Authentic Pizzeria to Open at Epcot’s Italy Pavilion
Thomas Smith first told us about a new pizzeria coming to the Italy Pavilion at Epcot – which would later come to be known as the popular Via Napoli.

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