Co-Composer of Main Street Electrical Parade Music Dies

Jean-Jacques Perrey, co-composer of the “Baroque Hoedown,” which was made famous when it was used for Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade, died Friday, a music website reported.

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The French native died in Switzerland from complications related to lung cancer. He was 87.

Perrey was an early pioneer of electronic music as one of the first musicians to use the Moog Synthesiser. He and Gershon Kingsley co-wrote the music and recorded it for a 1967 album called “Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Electronic Pop Music From Way Out.” It had a sound like an electronic harpsichord.

In 1972, it was picked as the kind of music needed for the famous Disneyland parade.

When the parade returned in 1977, after a two-year hiatus for America on Parade, the parade returned and then-musical director Don Dorsey made sure to bring it back.

“His music was visionary,” Dorsey said. “‘Baroque Hoedown’ is only one tune from his catalog, but brought happiness to millions and millions of people all around the world through Disney’s parade.”

The music has been used for versions of the parade at Disney parks around the world, and it can be heard in parts of the music for Disneyland’s “Paint the Night” parade as well. At Walt Disney World, the music was initially used for the Electrical Boat Pageant, but when the parade moved to Florida, it resurfaced on Main Street U.S.A. at that resort’s Magic Kingdom as well.

It is expected that “Baroque Hoedown” will once again be heard when the “Main Street Electrical Parade” returns to Disneyland in 2017.

Originally posted by Mark Eades in the Orange County Register

Disneyland Resort Moves Security Checkpoint for Downtown Disney

Disney is moving one of its security checkpoints so that Downtown Disney is pulled inside its secured area.

The move was expected to be completed by year’s end.

“We are moving the location of our bag-check and metal detectors to the point where guests enter our property through Downtown Disney and the Mickey & Friends parking structure,” a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman said.

Guests would be checked as soon as they left the Mickey & Friends parking structure before boarding the tram toward Downtown Disney.

Two other checkpoints are set to be added: one of them will be between ESPN Zone and Rainforest Cafe and the other between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich restaurant. Officials said these would likely service guests coming from the hotels.

Officials hope the change will make it easier for guests: They could leave Disneyland or Disney California Adventure for Downtown Disney, a shopping and restaurant district, and return to one of the parks without going through a checkpoint for a second time.

Guests can already pass from one park to the other without going through a checkpoint.

The checkpoint on the east side of the parks, near the Harbor Boulevard entrance, is not moving for now.

Originally posted by Alma Fausto in the Orange County Register

Cubs Players to be in Walt Disney World for Celebration Parade

Several Cubs players will be in Orlando today to celebrate their World Series win.

Players present will be World Series MVP Ben Zobrist along with teammates Addison Russell and Javier Baez.  They will take part in the champions’ parade at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom after their epic win, which broke an 108-year championship drought for the team.

The parade, which will start at 4:30 PM and will begin at Liberty Square and head down Main Street toward Cinderella’s Castle.

The event is open to the public.

AristoCrêpes Moves to Seasonal Offerings…Will No Longer be Serving Crepes

Aristocrepes, which is located on the Marketplace causeway bridge at Disney Springs, will no longer be serving its signature crepes.

Instead, the kiosk which opened in May of 2016, will be selling snacks including popcorn, Mickey-shaped pretzel, and beverages. Later this month it will be serving holiday items, including hot chocolate and cocktails.

If you are still looking for crepes, you’ll have to head to Amorette’s in the Town Center.

FAA Approves Disney’s Request for Drone Flights Over US Theme Parks

The Federal Aviation Administration has accepted Disney’s application for drone flights.  This clears the way for their use in nighttime spectaculars at the theme parks.

Disney has been working on drone technology for use in the parks for the last couple of years, and although the technology itself is now ready, a number of FAA rules and restrictions had stood in the way.

An application for the FAA waiver was filed back in October of 2015 which has now been granted.

Specifically, Disney can operate drones during nighttime, in multiples, and over Special Security Notice Flight Restriction Areas and Class G airspace. The waiver is effective from November 1 2016 to November 30 2020.

Although Disney has not made any announcements about drone use in the parks, all of the existing nighttime shows could be enhanced with their inclusion. And of course, entirely new shows could be developed with the technology, perhaps bringing night shows to locations that were previously unsuitable.

Disney Announces Details on Disney Parks Holiday TV Specials

Julianne Hough (“Grease: Live”) and Derek Hough (“Hairspray Live”) are set to host two specials on ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST), and “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” on Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25 (9:00–11:00 a.m. EST; airtimes vary, check local listings). Julianne, who will also act as executive producer on the Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, and Derek are longtime “Dancing With the Stars” fan favorites with multiple Emmy Awards and mirror ball trophies between them.

Stars of “Descendants 2,” the highly anticipated sequel to the global smash hit “Descendants,” will host and perform holiday songs in “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” on Disney Channel on Friday, Nov. 25 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST). Hollywood Records recording artists Forever In Your Mind and Sofia Carson will also perform holiday songs.

Filming will take place from November 9 – 13 2016 at all four Walt Disney World theme parks.

Thanksgiving – Thursday November 24th

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres on the ABC Television Network (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST) and on the ABC app. Join Emmy Award-winners Julianne and Derek Hough as they host the magical two-hour special from the Walt Disney World Resort. They join “Descendants 2” star Sofia Carson to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing extraordinary music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments.

Musical performances include:

  • Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
  • Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree”.
  • Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

November 25th

“Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres on Disney Channel (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST) and on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD, beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST. The special will be available on-demand and will be featured in encore presentations on Disney Channel through Tuesday, December 20.

Musical performances include:

  • “Jolly to the Core,” performed by Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart.
  • “Descendants 2” star China Anne McClain performing “This Christmas.”
  • “Silent Night,” performed by Hollywood Records and Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson.
  • Forever In Your Mind performing “Celebrate.”
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform a holiday duet from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
  • Kelly Clarkson will also be performing a song.ABC stars and Disney Channel stars Jenna Ortega and Isaak Presley, of “Stuck in the Middle,” and “Bizaardvark” stars Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu will join Carson and Boyce in surprising families from around the country, who are dedicated to various philanthropic efforts, with once-in-a-lifetime experiences throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Christmas Day – December 25th

“The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” will air on the ABC Television Network (9:00–11:00 a.m. EST; airtimes vary, check listings) and on the ABC and Disney Channel apps. This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the holiday season, as hosts Julianne and Derek Hough take viewers on a magical ride down Main Street and beyond. The Christmas Day celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Musical performances include:

  • Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
  • Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree.”
  • Sofia Carson performs “Silent Night,” featuring an alternate musical arrangement from her performance on Disney Channel, and also hosts from backstage.
  • “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire)” performed by Jordan Fisher, who will also make his Broadway debut “Hamilton” on November 22.
  • Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.
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