The Electrical Water Pageant is something that you won’t likely find on a theme park times guide. Instead, it’s the way that many Guests end their days at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The Electrical Water Pageant is a sort of “surprise” show on the Seven Seas Lagoon which can be seen while waiting for a monorail or ferryboat at the end of a long day of theme park fun.

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Magical is the new fireworks show at Disneyland in California. It is being released for a limited engagement as part of the “Summer Nightastic!” event which includes a plethora of other nighttime excitement.

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Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: Dreamlights is an updated version of the Main Street Electrical Parade shown at Tokyo Disneyland Park.

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Fantasmic! is presented at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. My prior post discussed the differences between the two shows.

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I have discussed the new Disney resort at the National Harbor complex in Maryland with friends, and we all have had the same question – what will make Disney’s resort any different from the others that are a part of the development? Some would suggest that Disney’s signature quality of Guest service would make it different from these other hotels and resorts. However, the other companies – Gaylord, Hampton Inn, Westin, Wyndham – also have a great reputation.

Here are my seven ideas for things that could make Disney’s resort distinctly different:

  • an indoor water park, along the lines of the Great Wolf Lodge chain. These would greatly appeal to families with children, as evidenced by Great Wolf’s recent advertising on Radio Disney.
  • connection with Adventures by Disney. Some media reports have already suggested that having a “home base” for Adventures by Disney trips in the capital region is a possibility. This would help build the Adventures by Disney business.
  • live entertainment. Disney Live! (produced by Feld Entertainment) is a fairly well-known endeavor, and a permanent show could work well in a facility like this. The Broadway version of The Lion King has recently opened at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Having a show could make the National Harbor project into a great destination for a family’s long weekend.
  • including a sports-themed area. The ESPN Zone is run by Disney Regional Entertainment, making use of the strong ESPN brand which is owned by Disney. There is already a location at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, so it might not be the most likely option.
  • making it a “Disney Mecca.” Based on the expiration of its lease, it looks unlikely that the World of Disney store in New York City will be there much longer. Entertainment components at the store (character meet and greets) have already ended. Creating an area in the Washington, DC area with a strong Disney theme in a similar idea could make it a stop not just for those who are Guests at the resort, but for Disney fans throughout the area.
  • creating an even more upscale experience for Disney Vacation Club Members. The existing Disney Vacation Club resorts are already an excellent experience for Guests. In fact, they are already called “Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts” for Guests who are not Vacation Club members. However, there is a high-end customer who would prefer to stay at a Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton, and their needs are not met by Disney’s existing products.
  • unique dining experiences. Disney theme parks and Disney Cruise Line have already created great themed dining options. Bringing something like Animator’s Palate or or Whispering Canyon Cafe to a location apart from an existing Disney destination resort could make it a spot where even locals would want to stop!

What are your ideas as to what could be included?

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SpectroMagic is the current nighttime parade at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It is presented in a style reminiscent of the Main Street Electrical Parade.

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Disneyland Paris ad
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At a glance, this classic ‘thumbs up’ sign emulates the effect that Disneyland Paris has on children worldwide. However, on closer inspection, the hand in this visual only has three fingers – just like Mickey Mouse. By offering a potentially human element to Mickey Mouse this campaign radically challenges children’s perception of Disneyland and is a further incite to visit.Print ad from BETC Euro RSCG, Paris

– description from

It appears as if this is a real advertisement from Disneyland Resort Paris, since we even have information about the advertising agency responsible for this ad. It definitely connects strongly to the image of Mickey Mouse (the four-finger connection), with corresponds to the current celebration at Disneyland Paris, Mickey’s Magical Party. What I don’t see, however, is any sort of call to action (eg. Book now), which is uncommon for the Disney Parks ads I have seen.

After watching some of the awesome videos of the international Disney theme parks, I’m sure many of you would love to get the music from the parades and fireworks shows outside of the United States. I did a bit of research and found a way to purchase music from the iTunes Store in other countries, most notably Japan.

Purchase an iTunes Japan gift card from a vendor like or a seller on eBay. You can then follow the instructions provided by to create an iTunes Japan account.

You will then be able to download such music as:

You’ll have to pay a bit of a premium to get the gift cards from another country. Trust me, though, it’s well worth it – this is material you can’t get anywhere else!

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Disney’s Electrical Parade (formerly known as the Main Street Electrical Parade) is now found at Disney’s California Adventure in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. This parade was the inspiration for several other parades, including Spectromagic at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, as well as a variant at Tokyo Disneyland called Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights.

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Ever want to meet Bob Iger or John Lasseter? How about being present at the annual Disney Legends induction ceremony? Does the idea of a sneak peek at upcoming Disney projects sound appealing? The D23 Expo is just the event for you!

Here is the press release with the official details:


Four Extraordinary Days of Live Events, Interactive Pavilions and One-of-a-Kind Entertainment Celebrate the Past, Present and Future of Disney

ANAHEIM and BURBANK, Calif. – June 3, 2009 – Disney fans will be given unprecedented access to never-before-seen movies, TV shows, park experiences, collectibles and more from Sept. 10 to Sept. 13 at the Anaheim Convention Center when Disney and D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans present the first-ever D23 EXPO.

Tickets to the D23 EXPO are available beginning today at Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 EXPO and can be purchased for single days or for the full four days of festivities. Admission is discounted for members of D23.

“We hope this will be the ultimate event for the multitude of fans who have been so instrumental in Disney’s success,” said Disney President and CEO Bob Iger. “The D23 Expo represents the finest in Disney entertainment from across our great company and will offer a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience for people of all ages to enjoy.”

Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle added, “The upcoming D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center will serve as an exciting opportunity to present Anaheim to the millions of Disney enthusiasts around the world. For the thousands of inaugural-year D23 Expo attendees who will visit our city in September, this will be a special and a memorable time in the birthplace of Walt Disney’s original theme park. It is a great honor for Anaheim and the Anaheim Convention Center to host this event.”

Among the centerpiece events of the D23 EXPO will be an extraordinary, exclusive opportunity to get early glimpses of several all-new Disney feature films. Only at the D23 EXPO will guests preview a wide range of upcoming movie events, including The Princess and the Frog, Rapunzel, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, TRON, Toy Story 3, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Walt Disney Pictures will present these special sneak peeks in a state-of-the-art cinema built especially for the D23 EXPO.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will take D23 EXPO guests behind the scenes to explore the rich legacy and exciting future of Disney’s theme parks and vacation destinations worldwide. Highlights will include a special look at what’s being imagineered for the future of Disney’s California Adventure, a peek behind closed doors at the amazing new technologies defining today’s and tomorrow’s Disney theme park experience, and the opportunity to meet and hear from the Imagineers, Cast Members and key Disney Parks and Resorts executives who create lasting memories for millions every year.

In many different ways, the D23 EXPO will explore the history and heritage of Walt Disney and the company he founded more than 80 years ago. The D23 EXPO will be home to the 2009 Disney Legends Awards – a 22-year tradition that pays tribute to the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to Disney entertainment. This year’s recipients will be honored at a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 12, marking the first time the prestigious event has been held off Disney property.

In an extraordinary exhibition designed specifically for the D23 EXPO, an incredible collection of classic and contemporary Disney props, artifacts and costumes will be accessible to the public for the first time ever. “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” brings together such amazing pieces as the fully restored, 11-foot model of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; the stunning, jewel-encrusted book used in the opening moments of Sleeping Beauty; and other rare surprises from throughout Disney’s history. Ranging from the original Mickey Mouse Club and the musical classic Mary Poppins to recent hits like Pirates of the Caribbean and High School Musical, the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” is a never-before-experienced exhibit that’s a D23 EXPO exclusive.

The D23 EXPO spotlight will also shine on Disney Channel’s brightest stars in a can’t miss-special event. There will also be an ESPN Sports Lounge, live broadcasts from Radio Disney, and a preview of ABC’s new fall primetime shows, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks at

For Disney fans who want to take home part of the magic, Disney Consumer Products will offer myriad opportunities to do just that. Only at the D23 EXPO will guests be able to walk through the eight-room “Disney Dream Home,” celebrate the holidays Disney-style, see fine art created before their eyes, learn about Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, experience Disney couture fashion shows, meet and hear from the authors of a dazzling array of Disney books, prepare for trick-or-treating with the latest Disney Store Halloween costumes, and more … all under one roof.

The D23 EXPO also will be home to the “Disney Dream Store,” where guests will find exclusive D23 EXPO merchandise and collectibles; the Disney pin-trading headquarters; and much more, including the chance to build your own Mouse ears.

Showcasing Disney’s appeal to fans of every generation, the D23 EXPO has created a multi-layered experience: Avid Disney enthusiasts can attend dozens of specially created panels and celebrity-speaker events, details of which will be announced over the next several weeks. Younger Disney fans, meanwhile, will be able to experience special interactive play areas, meet their favorite Radio Disney DJs broadcasting live, watch “Princess makeover” demonstrations from the Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique, and have fun in the Baby Einstein play area. Together, families can enjoy the Disney Crafts Center and learn about Disney-themed scrapbooking.

The D23 Collectors’ Forum will present a wide range of options for collectors to show and sell their Disney memorabilia, and those interested in exhibiting can for more information.

Fans also will be able to view and even take part in the first-ever Disney Fan Art Gallery, which will include the finalists in the Donald Duck 75th Anniversary Portrait Contest, as well as a one-of-a-kind fan art show. Full details and contest rules can be found at or

All activities at the D23 EXPO are included in single- and four-day admissions, including the “50 and Fabulous Film Festival,” which honors three classic Disney movies that are celebrating their golden anniversaries this year. Sleeping Beauty, The Shaggy Dog and Darby O’Gill and the Little People, all originally released in 1959, will be presented on the big screen, one movie each evening, for Disney fans of all ages to enjoy together. Also featured at the D23 EXPO will be a special screening of Walt Disney Pictures’ upcoming Tinker Bell: Lost Treasure, along with an in-depth exploration of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition, which will be released this fall by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Tickets to the D23 EXPO, which go on sale today, are $37 for a one-day adult admission and $27 for children 3-12. To experience every bit of entertainment and excitement at the D23 EXPO, four-day passes are also available at $111 for adults and $81 for children. Members of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans will receive a discount on up to four same-day admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 EXPO for themselves and their guests.

Special vacation packages are available at the D23 EXPO website, from both the Walt Disney Travel Company (including Disneyland Resort hotel accommodations, D23 EXPO tickets and theme park admission), and the Anaheim Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, which is offering a limited number of area hotel rooms at special rates to those attending the D23 EXPO.

Many more details about the entertainment, events and special guests that will be part of the first-ever D23 EXPO will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can keep up with all of the announcements by visiting, as well as by following “Disney D23” at Twitter and on Facebook.

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