A Peek Inside the Disney Archives and On the Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean Ride #PiratesLifeEvent

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20170519_093049When I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago for the Pirates of the Caribbean premiere, we also had the amazing opportunity to check out the Walt Disney Archives. Talk about a blast from the past! There was so much memorabilia and one of a kind items that you can’t see anywhere else. Everything from items once sold at Epcot, tons of Disney books, props from movies, and even the very first ticket sold for Disneyland. Yes ticket #1 was purchased by Roy Disney and is now in the archives.

disney collageYou could really play a cool game of I-spy looking at everything in the display cases:
archives collage 2I loved seeing so many of the Disney books from my childhood. There was just so much to see and it was such an honor to be able to check it all out.
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IMG_ykb0riMe and the man behind it all, Walt Disney 😉
IMG_20170519_110912_465Here I am holding the actual Oscar that Walt Disney won. I was surprised how heavy it was- over 8 pounds! No wonder why the stars use 2 hands to hold it.

20170519_094617We even got to see old Disneyland maps. One even depicted how Pirates of the Caribbean was originally planned to be a wax museum! I am so glad they made it into a ride as it’s one of my favorites.

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Photo Credit: Disneyland

Walt Disney posing with sculpted models that were used to create Audio-Animatronics figures for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. This was the last Disneyland attraction Walt personally supervised. Pirates of the Caribbean celebrated its 50th anniversary on March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in California.

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Photo Credit: Disneyland

A trip to Los Angeles for the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to Disneyland, to ride what else but Pirates of the Caribbean, of course! The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are based on this fun Disney ride so I was excited to get to experience it again. I have been on it many times in Walt Disney World in Florida where I live and I went on it once a few years ago at Disneyland. It is one of my favorite rides so I was excited when I found out it would be part of our trip.

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Arrrrrr, gimme all your gold and treasure!

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This iconic scene with the pirates trying to get the key from the dog is one of my favorites. In one of the stores at Disneyland I saw a sculpture for sale depicting the scene. If only I had room in my suitcase for it:

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I’m glad I wasn’t alive during the times that men could buy a “Wench for a Bride” in an auction!20170519_125551This is another favorite scene of mine where the pirate is being drown in the well. That sounds horrible of me to like that scene, doesn’t it? LOL

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20170519_220331If you go to Disneyland make sure to stay to see the Colors of the World show at night. It features so many favorite characters. I expected princesses but I was so pleasantly surprised and excited to see clips from favorites like Toy Story, Up, and even Pirates of the Caribbean. My beloved Captain Jack Sparrow has a part in the show. Swoon!

Speaking of Disneyland, just in time for summer Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure Park is launching it’s Summer of Heroes starting Saturday, May 27th. Heroes from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” film, some appearing for the first time in a Disney park, also come alongside the Avengers for all-new, epic adventures during Summer of Heroes. Beginning May 27, guests will live these exciting stories as they encounter some favorite Super Heroes together for the first time. Here are some highlights:

In Disney California Adventure:

Guests will enjoy some of the Super Hero experiences year-round:

  • Super Hero Encounters: For the first time, citizens of Terra (Earth) will come face-to- face with Groot.  They also may encounter the First Avenger, Captain America, and everyone’s favorite web slinger, the friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man.
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!”: Star-Lord fires up his old-school boom box to get a party started.  Everyone, including tree-of-few-words Groot, is bound to get in the groove and show off their moves during this awesome rock ‘n’ roll bash.

Summer of Heroes:

  • “Avengers Training Initiative”: Black Widow and Hawkeye assemble young recruits for a series of tests to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the Avengers.
  • Heroic Encounter: Black Widow: Black Widow arrives on the scene several times throughout the day in an armored Avengers vehicle for her heroic encounter with park guests.
  • Grab a Piece (or Bite) of the Action: Special themed merchandise, plus food and beverage items, will be available throughout Hollywood Land.

In addition, the popular “Pixar Play Parade,” presenting the colorful and exciting worlds of the Disney•Pixar pals from “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” “Finding Nemo,” “Cars” and others, has returned to Disney California Adventure with daily performances full of fun and surprising movement and effects.

And Princess Elena, the adventurous heroine of the Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor” and the first Disney Princess inspired by diverse Latin American cultures will greet her fans in the patio of Paradise Garden Grill.

In Disneyland:

Along with the Main Street Electrical Parade, some classic guest favorites have been enhanced and are set to return in Summer 2017. Dates will be available soon at Disneyland.com.

  • The summer months offer a last chance to view the lights, music and fun of the beloved Main Street Electrical Nightly performances through Aug. 20 feature favorites like Cinderella’s ball, Elliot, the smoke-breathing, tail-waggin “Pete’s Dragon” and the glittering “To Honor America” finale.
  • The popular nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” is set to re-open this summer on the Rivers of America, enhanced with new scenes and Guests will find Mickey Mouse in more scenes than ever before, and they’ll discover new roles for Genie from “Aladdin” along with characters from “Tangled,” “The Lion King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
  • As work continues on a new Star Wars-themed land, set to open in 2019, the iconic Disneyland Railroad is preparing to return this summer to take guests on a tour of the They’ll enjoy a new look along the Rivers of America, with a spectacular new vista of a waterfall, rocky cliffs and a dramatic gorge below.

  • Also returning this summer are the Rivers of America attractions: the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.

  • In Tomorrowland, Star Wars and Disney fans will step into out-of-this-galaxy experiences at Star Wars Launch Bay, meeting some Star Wars characters and getting an up-close look at replica props and models from Star Wars movies, including the latest “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  

POTC PosterLike Pirates of the Caribbean? Make sure to check out these fun Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales activity pages!

Go see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in theaters now.

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is now in theaters everywhere!

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Yo Ho Ho, It’s A Pirates of the Caribbean Life For Me #PiratesLifeEvent May 17th-20th

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Yo, Ho, Ho! It’s a Pirates Life For Me! I am so excited to announce that I’m going back to Los Angeles for an exciting Disney press trip with 24 other bloggers for the #PiratesLifeEvent. Our trip will begin with a dinner at Dave and Busters in support of the new game “Disney Crossy Road: Pirates of the Caribbean”. I love Dave and Busters and have been to one in FL and NY so I’m excited to be checking one out in L.A., too. Follow along at #DaveAndBusters.
BambiDid you know that it is the 75th Anniversary of the beloved classic Disney movie, Bambi?  The Walt Disney Signature collection is releasing Bambi on Digital HD May 23rd and Blu-ray June 6th. 

During the event to help celebrate this Disney Classic’s 75th anniversary we will get to sit down with two members of the original voice cast, Donnie Dunagan (“Bambi”) and Peter Behn (“Thumper”)! I bet they’ll have some great stories to tell. While at Disney Animation Studios we will also get a tour of Walt Disney’s office by Disney Archivist Keven Kern. I can’t wait! Make sure to follow along with #BambiBluray.

interview collageWhile in Los Angeles we will be interviewing Javier Bardem (“Captain Salazar”), Geoffrey Rush (“Barbossa”), Brenton Thwaites (“Henry”), Kaya Scodelario (“Carina Smyth”).  We will also be interviewing Directors Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg and (OMG!!!) Producer Jerry Bruckheimer!! Have you seen the list of movies and shows that he’s worked on? Have any questions you want me to ask any of them? Let me know!
dolbyOne of the highlights of our trip will be walking the red carpet at The Dolby Theatre for the Pirates of the Caribbean premiere and then of course getting to see the movie. This is my first red carpet event since I lost 80 pounds so I am excited to show off my new body in a beautiful new dress. If you didn’t know The Dolby Theatre is where the Oscars take place. I’ve been on the steps of The Dolby Theatre before but this is my first time actually inside. We’ll be rubbing elbows with stars. I wonder who we’ll see. Johnny Depp perhaps? SWOON!!! I recently found out that Paul McCartney has a part in the movie, too. I would probably faint if I met him. Make sure to follow #PiratesLifeEvent for all the up to the minute details and pictures. I’ll be sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs,  Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

No trip to Los Angeles would be complete without a trip to DISNEYLAND!!! Growing up in Florida I have been to Walt Disney World many times but I have only been to Disneyland one other time, 2 years ago on another Disney press trip. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling well that day so I really didn’t get to enjoy the park and I didn’t even make it over to California Adventure at all. So I am really looking forward to going back. We’ll be riding the Pirates of the Caribbean ride of course.

Pirates of the Caribbean is considered by many to be one of the most spectacular attractions ever created for a theme park. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the adventures continue in Southern California! The attraction was originally conceived as a wax museum and a walk-through exhibit. But following the success of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Walt Disney and his team of Imagineers decided that Audio-Animatronics—Walt’s latest animation technology—was the most imaginative way to tell a rousing pirate story. On March 18, 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland Park. Thanks to the many highly detailed scenes, lavish special effects and memorable characters, the attraction earned rave reviews and has remained a beloved classic, even spawning its own blockbuster film series!

We’ll also be checking out PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES sneak peek. This is a 14-minute, 4D preview of the film with costumes and props on display located in the Sunset Showcase Theatre in Hollywood Land in Disney’s California Adventure park. And I never miss my favorite ride, The Haunted Mansion. We’ll finish our magical day watching World of Color nighttime water spectacular. I can’t wait! So what other rides and attractions do you suggest?

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES opens in theaters everywhere May 26th!

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Disneyland Resort is Celebrating 60 Years of Disney Magic with Their Diamond Celebration

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disneyland bannerDisclosure- I went on an all expense paid trip on behalf of Disney to cover the Blu-ray release of Tomorrowland and Aladdin as well as Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary.  All opinions are my own.diamond castle

Being a Florida girl I have gone to Walt Disney World MANY times over the years starting at the age of 5 when we moved down from NY. On my trips to WDW I would see all the people with the “1st Visit” buttons and I would be a little secretly jealous because my first time at WDW was so long ago and I never got one of those buttons. That all changed last week when I earned my “1st Visit” button at Disneyland Resort!!!  Yes, in my 41 years and all my trips to California, I had never been to Disneyland. At the park I found out that all you need to do to get one of these awesome buttons FOR FREE is to ask at guest services or any of the shops. They also have ones for those celebrating other things like birthdays and anniversaries and most of the shops have all of the different button types behind the counter so make sure to ask for one if you’re celebrating or if it is your first time at the park.

When you go to Disneyland or Walt Disney World make sure to grab a FREE button if you’re celebrating!

first visit pinGoing to Disneyland Resort right now is the perfect time because they are celebrating their 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. Can you believe that this magical place has been around for 60 years?!?!  disneyland 60 frameThere are lots of  diamonds all around the park in celebration of the Diamond Anniversary Celebration.  When you first enter the park there is an entire store dedicated to the celebration so you’ll be sure to find something you’ll like. There is truly something for everyone.

Throughout the park there are over 500 special merchandise items that have been created just for the Diamond Celebration including apparel, accessories, art, collectibles, headwear, jewelry, and so much more.

disneyland 60 storeI was excited to grab this shirt for myself.  Isn’t it pretty?
D60 shirtAnd for my girls who collect Disney pins I bought these beauties. I bought one for myself, too, because they were so pretty.
D60 pinDisney sent us home with these beautiful mugs, too, as part of our blogger trip!disneyland mugAs part of our blogger trip we were treated to a lunch and photo opp with the big mouse himself and his first lady, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse! They were all decked out in their special Diamond Celebration attire.  So cute!

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It’s Mickey and Minnie!

Leave it to Disney to have everything themed down to the containers for our special lunch. These containers were shaped like, what else, DIAMONDS!  The bottom compartment had our lunch and there was a neatly wrapped cookie on top.  How adorable!!!diamond lunch

There is so much excitement around Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary celebration including Disneyland Diamond Days including a text-in-for-a-chance-to-win sweepstakes with daily and weekly prizes including a one-carat diamond, a stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite, and lots more!  For more details go to http://Disneyland.com/DiamondDays. In addition Mickey Mouse and some of his friends have dressed up for the celebration in sparkling new Diamond Celebration costumes that you will only see during the celebration. There are also lots of beautiful displays all over the park. In Disney California Adventure there is also an after-dark “Diamond Mad T Party” featuring sparkling new decor, interactive fun, dancing, as well as food and drinks.

Right now at Disneyland there is a new beautiful Paint the Night electrical parade, new Disneyland Forever fireworks spectacular show, and an all-new “World of Color” show which all combine creativity, beauty, and technology. The Paint the Night parade is 3 years in the making. It is the first ever almost entirely lit by LED lights.

Including video screens, the Paint the Night Parade contains more than 1.5 mllion sources of light with more than 500 strobes!

Here are just a few pictures from the Paint the Night parade:

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12022354_10207095161804870_5889028763922342275_oHere are just a few pictures of the amazing fireworks show. If you get the chance to see this show make sure to look up in the sky next to the castle to see a special surprise swim around.  (HINT- see if you can FIND this orange and white clownfish.)
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20150921_213031I had an amazing time at Disneyland. A few months ago I went to Walt Disney World with a blogger friend from California. She had never been to WDW and she kept on saying how different but the same it was to what she was used to, Disneyland. She was saying how things felt like they had been moved around from what she was used to. I didn’t totally understand what she meant until last week. Main Street in Disneyland had the same feel as Main Street in WDW but it wasn’t the same. Things were familiar but different. Many of the rides in Disneyland were familiar but different. It was sort of an out of body experience. Here’s just a glimpse of some of the things I saw at Disneyland.

20150921_165041 (1024x576)I went on a submarine to find Nemo!
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20150921_165425I found Nemo and Squirt!!!


And churros!!!  20150921_192148I love this time of year!!!
20150921_141443 (576x1024)Yes, the “song” was in my head for days after I got of this iconic ride!
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20150921_175407 (576x1024)I kicked some alien butt on this one!!!

The most different of all was my favorite Disney ride of all time, the Haunted Mansion. Every time I go to WDW I make sure to go to the Haunted Mansion so of course it was one of the first things I did at Disneyland. The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland is SOOO different than the one in WDW though. It is a mix of Halloween and Christmas and has a Nightmare Before Christmas theme. I loved every minute of it. It still had some familiar parts to it but I loved all the differences.

My Favorite Disney Ride- The Haunted Mansion

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I can’t wait for the day that I go back to Disneyland and bring my family so they an experience it all, too! I highly recommend going to both parks yourself and seeing how it is so much the same yet so different.

Here are some fun facts we learned during our trip to Disneyland:

  • Disney brought in a NASA astronaut into Space Mountain to consult and help make it feel realistic.
  • There are over 300 animated children in It’s a Small World.
  • The outside of It’s a Small World represents places around the world joining together.
  • There are 10 Disney Ambassadors around the world.
  • Disneyland will never be complete as long as there is imagination.


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I’m Going to Back to Cali to Learn About Tomorrowland, Aladdin, and Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary!

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#AladdinBloggers #TomorrowlandBloggers #Disneyland60I am so excited to announce that this Sunday I will be flying to Los Angeles for a special event filled with Disney magic.  We will start our adventure at the Disneyland Resort where we will have the honor of interviewing some of the amazing people behind the movie Tomorrowland.  If you have any questions you’d like me to ask these talented individuals, tweet me @ThisIsCori and I’ll get you the inside info!
TomorowlandBlurayComboArt[3][1]Here’s who we are interviewing:

  • Tomorrowland Director, Brad Bird
  • Tomorrowland talent, Thomas Robinson (Young Frank) & Raffey Cassidy (Athena)
  • Disney Dreamer and Entrepreneur, Mike Goslin (VP of Production and Content at Disney Consumer Products)
  • Disney Dreamer, Charita Carter (Producer at Disney Imagineering)

SYNOPSIS: Dreamers Wanted…Disney invites you to an incredible world of epic imagination where anything is possible. Buckle your seat belt, as the director of The Incredibles takes your family on an action-packed thrill ride.

Join former boy genius Frank (George Clooney), optimistic, science-minded teen Casey (Britt Robertson), mysterious Athena (Raffey Cassidy) and the brilliant David Nix (Hugh Laurie) in a world of pure Disney imagination. Tomorrowland transports you on an inspiring and magical journey of wonder and adventure to a place where if you can dream it, you can do it.

CAST: George Clooney as Frank Walker (“Gravity,” “Up in the Air”), Britt Robertson as Casey Newton (“The First Time,” “The Longest Ride”), Raffey Cassidy as Athena (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Dark Shadows”), Hugh Laurie as Nix (“Monsters vs. Aliens,” TV’s “House M.D.”), Tim McGraw as Eddie Newton (“The Blind Side”)

image003 We will then be treated to a special Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary lunch hosted by an award winner Disney chef.  YES PLEASE!!!!  And the most exciting part of this trip for this Florida girl is having free time IN DISNEYLAND!!!!  I have been to Walt Disney World tons of times since I have lived only a few hours away most of my life but in my 41 years I have never been to Disneyland.  I can finally cross this off my bucket list AND I am excited to be able to get one of those “1st Time” buttons that I always see everyone wearing.  Bring on the Haunted Mansion (my favorite ride at WDW so I can’t wait to compare), Dole Whips, and all the other Disney fun!  I’ll be sure to tell you about all the excitement with Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Celebration.  We even get to watch the fireworks before we head back to our hotel.


For our second day we get to go on the Disney lot to speak with Aladdin Genie animator Eric Goldberg.  Aladdin is one of my favorite movies so I am so excited that it is coming out of the Disney Vault on Blu-ray and we get to speak with someone who had a huge part in bringing it to life.

Synopsis: Climb aboard for a magical carpet ride with nonstop laughs, action-packed adventure and Academy Award®–winning music that will make your heart soar (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World,” Original Score). Now for the first time ever, a whole new world of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Aladdin is revealed in a whole new way on Blu-ray and Digital HD—with never-before-seen bonus!

With the help of a hysterically funny, shape-shifting, 10,000-year-old Genie, street-smart commoner Aladdin and clever, confident Princess Jasmine join forces against the evil sorcerer Jafar to put an end to his plans to take over the kingdom!

Voice Cast: Robin Williams (Jumanji, Night at the Museum) as The Genie, Scott Weinger (TV’s “Full House”) as Aladdin, Linda Larkin as Jasmine, Gilbert Gottfried (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”) as Iago, Jonathan Freeman (Aladdin: the Musical on Broadway) as Jafar, Douglas Seale (Rescuers Down Under, For Love or Money) as Sultan and Frank Welker (Mulan, The Smurfs 2) as Abu.

We will also be attending a special Disney Movies Anywhere demonstration with Eddie Drake, VP Product Development.  If you haven’t heard about it yet, Disney Movies Anywhere is an app that let’s you search, purchase, and watch your favorite Disney movies.  What Disney fan wouldn’t want that!?!?  We’ll be ending our adventure with lunch on the Disney Lot.  I’m sure there will be more surprises along the way so make sure to follow along!!

Follow our adventures with the hashtags #TomorrowlandBloggers #AladdinBloggers and #Disneyland60 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  You can follow me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for up to the minute details!

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