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Disneyland Article
Redlands Forum Focuses On Disneyland Celebration

ID:TMS-3119
Source:Redlands Daily
Author:Kristina Hernandez
Dateline:September 16, 2015
Posted:September 22, 2015
 
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Marilyn Magness Carroll, executive director of creative entertainment for Disney Parks and Resorts, brought a bit of Disney pixie dust to Wednesday's Redlands Forum at Esri, offering a behind-the-scenes look at Disneyland's Diamond Celebration going on now.

The idea of the Anaheim theme park came to Walt Disney while sitting on a park bench at Griffith Park watching his daughters play. "And he thought to himself, "I thought there should be some place where children and adults could have fun together,' " Carroll said.

Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Disney had invested much of his fortune into making it a reality.

"We are guided to present entertainment that's not just for children and just for adults, but for everybody," Carroll said.

Carroll spoke for more than an hour.

"I started working with Disney right out of college," she said, adding she discovered the job opportunity from a listing hung in the music department at the University of Redlands, from which she graduated in 1975.

"I couldn't sing or act and thought it would be perfect," she said with a large grin.

One of her first jobs was fetching coffee for Disney choreographers and, later, with the park's Christmas parade. The parade is still running today.

Carroll has worked at every Disney theme park.

"Disneyland has spawned a lot of theme parks all over the world, and its has been a joy to work in all of them," she said.

Carroll talked briefly about each park, before circling back to the reason why she was invited to speak: What's next for Disneyland? The answer: a lot.

The park has launched a new "World of Color" show highlighting Walt Disney's life, and the "Paint the Night Parade," which uses LED lighting to tell the park's 60-year history. Upcoming attractions include a new "Frozen"-based production set to open later this year, taking over the Hyperion Theater in California Adventure now occupied by "Aladdin"; and the highly anticipated "Star Wars Land."

"Where is it? No one will reveal. I don't even know. But what I do know is it is a huge land with a lot of characters," she said.

Carroll pulled one last surprise out of her "mouse ears" - a visit by Cubby O'Brien, an original "Mickey Mouse Club" Mouseketeer.

"The "Mickey Mouse Club' had something for everybody," he said. "It was very special."
 

 
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