Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Inside The Mouse Castle 05-25-2015 - Disneyland's 24-Hour Diamond Celebration Kickoff Party

By Tim Callaway

Anthony and I pulled an all-nighter at Disneyland last weekend. Okay, so I did. Sadly, Anthony had to call it an early night Friday to catch a flight home. He was with me in spirit, though, and we have now sufficiently recovered to discuss it on Inside The Mouse Castle

Disneyland's 24-hour party to celebrate it's diamond anniversary was an event full of massive crowds and some pretty impressive new entertainment. The Paint the Night parade is a visual delight and the Disneyland Forever fireworks, while not quite as perfect as the Remember...Dreams Come True fireworks during Disneyland's 50th, is still a treat, especially with all the new projection effects on Sleeping Beauty Castle, Main Street and the Matterhorn.

Ariel goes under the sea in Paint the Night.
I was there with all my fellow sardines to catch the inaugural 60th anniversary fireworks on a packed Main Street. Here's what it looked like:

One new thing Anthony and I did experience together was seeing the refurbished Matterhorn with its amazing new Harold animatronics. This front seat video doesn't quite do them justice, but it's still a great ride:

But the past week wasn't just about fireworks, crowd control and selfie sticks. We've got a few other things to talk about in today's episode. You know, important stuff like Anthony really wants a pair of Heelys.

And this:
  • The world's biggest Disney Store opened in Shanghai last Wednesday, the first of its kind in China. People lined up as far away as one mile to get a look at princess dresses and plushes. 
George Clooney in Tomorrowland.
  • Tomorrowland premiered in theaters over Memorial Day weekend and won the box office. That's the good news. The bad news is it only took in $41 million domestically, far below the $50 million opening weekend it aspired to. 
  • Reese Witherspoon is attached to produce and star in Tink, a live action take on Disney's favorite pixie.  Just let that sink in for a while.
  • Asa Butterfield has officially been cast--or has not been cast--as the new Spider-Man. Whichever side you choose, you're probably right.

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