This Day in Disney History January 2
1980: The First ‘Pinocchio Parade’ Steps Off at Magic Kingdom Park
From Disney Parks Blog:
The parade, which stepped off January 2, 1980, brought the story of “Pinocchio” to life through a chain of floats that represented scenes from the movie. On one, Gepetto played with a tiny Pinocchio puppet. Another featured dancing marionette puppets. Stromboli watched the crowd from yet another float. Jiminy Cricket made an appearance riding atop a large conscience medal float, and the Blue Fairy was also represented in an oversized window float. Pinocchio, of course, appears atop a float with friends Figaro and Cleo the goldfish in her bowl.The parade ran through June 13, 1980.
2001: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa welcomes its first guests
Bask in the magic of the late 19th-century Arts and Crafts movement at this premium hotel. Savor award-winning food, indulge your senses at the world-class spa, or lounge the day away in a posh poolside cabana. Boasting a stunning 6-story lobby constructed of stone and wood plus stately American Craftsman-style décor in all rooms, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa celebrates the grandeur of the great outdoors.
On this day in 2001, the lavish resort hotel opened its golden gates for the first time, allowing guests to stay within Disney’s California Adventure park. The hotel celebrates California’s turn-of-the-century Craftsman movement, capturing the artistic exploration of California’s coastline, its Monterey pines and redwood forests, the daring spirit of the state’s first settlers.
[read more] – you need to log into a D23.com account to access article (D23 General Membership is free)…
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is a hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Added as part of a major expansion of the Disneyland Resort in 2001, it is the resort’s flagship hotel and is the first and only hotel there to have been originally built and operated since inception by The Walt Disney Company. This luxury hotel is designed to celebrate the early 20th Century Arts and Crafts era, showcasing the architectural style of Northern California. It also features a Disney Vacation Club wing that opened in September 2009.