Here’s your first look at merchandise events, product releases and signings taking place in January 2014, as we kick off a new year at Disneyland Resort.
January 4 – 5: Stop by WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 1 – 4 p.m. to check out the latest releases from artist Erin Leong. Learn more here.
January 11 – 12: Join us as we welcome artist Leilani Joy! Make sure you take a moment to swing by WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 1 – 4 p.m. as we showcase some of Leilani’s new releases. Learn more here.
January 16 – 19: Are you signed up for the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon? I’ll be sharing all of the details on this year’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon merchandise in the coming weeks. So get ready, because there are quite a few things that I’m pretty sure you’re going to run in for.
January 17 – 18: Get ready for an Art Attack! Artists J. Scott Campbell, John Coulter and Noah are taking over WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District with live art performances, artist signings and more taking place between 5 – 9 p.m. Who will you be rooting for? Learn more here.
January 25 – 26: Rounding out our artist showcases at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District is M. Andonia who will appear from 1 – 4 p.m. each day. Learn more here.
January 25 – 26: Meet artist Bob Elias from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park, as he signs some of the newest pieces in his collection. Learn more here.
If you think some of these are cool. Wait until you see what we have planned for February.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Disney’s involvement in the community, no matter where we are in the world, is one of the most special things we do. You can find Disney VoluntEARS, giving their time and talent, and doing their part to improve and enrich the lives of kids and families in the communities where they live and work. And we continue this legacy, in the Shanghai community where our new resort destination, Shanghai Disney Resort, is under construction.
Just last week, Disney VoluntEARS from the resort celebrated International Volunteers Day with a special visit to the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs joined cast members and Imagineers in making holiday decorations with the children in a Disney-themed activity center. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse even made a surprise appearance, delivering gifts and bringing smiles and happiness to the children.
“I am very proud of what our Shanghai Cast and Imagineers have done here to continue the Disney commitment to giving back to the community,” said Staggs. “Over the past three decades, Disney VoluntEARS have worked on many meaningful projects, and now we are bringing this legacy to our new resort destination in Shanghai. Events like this provide us with opportunities to bring Disney happiness and magic to children around the world.”
Last summer, more than 100 Disney VoluntEARS from Shanghai Disney Resort and their families painted and furnished the colorful activity room at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. The room was inspired by the “it’s a small world” attraction at Disney’s theme parks, and Disney VoluntEARS installed 30 different paintings of “it’s a small world” dolls.
The volunteer efforts at the Children’s Medical Center are just one of the many ways that Disney VoluntEARS are giving back in the Shanghai community this holiday season.
Happy Holidays from aboard the re-imagined Disney Magic! I’m Cruise Director Brent, writing to you from Disney Cruise Line’s flagship vessel as she experiences her first holiday at sea after her extensive transformation.
Anyone who knows me knows I have my dream job, with my love of the ocean, travel and entertainment. I’ve been with Disney Cruise Line since 1999, the year the Disney Wonder entered service, so I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the company’s significant growth and success the past 14 years. The launch of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are two of my career highlights, and now I have another milestone to add to my list: the relaunch of the Disney Magic.
I embarked as Cruise Director during our last Mediterranean voyage and was lucky enough to be a part of the amazing team in Cadiz for the Disney Magic’s massive makeover. Then, last month, I witnessed a second makeover for our Very Merrytime Cruises. Of all the holiday decor, the extra sparkle in the atrium lobby is definitely my favorite. Take a look at some of what guests are enjoying in this elegantly redesigned space:
A beautifully lit tree spanning two decks…
A cheerful tree lighting ceremony with Disney friends…
The perfect background for princess gatherings…
And a larger-than-life (and delicious smelling) gingerbread house!
If you’re sailing on the Disney Magic this holiday season, be sure to share your photos on Twitter with @DisneyCruise and #DCLHolidays. Hope to see you onboard soon!
As John McClintock recently reported, the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has transformed into a winter wonderland with Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink. Although it was a warm, sunny day in November when we shot the video below, it felt like we were in a snowy village as guests of all ages made their way, some faster than others, around the Christmas tree in the center of the ice.
Have you taken a trip aboard the Jingle Cruise yet? Disney photographer Kent Phillips recently stopped by the temporarily transformed attraction for a look at the fun. Check out his gallery of images below.
Just in time for the holidays, here’s a decadent sweet ending that you can make with just four ingredients (plus water). This Chocolate Pudding Cake is on the menu at California Grill, and they serve a fancy version you can check out in the video that’s adorned with Nutella, silky ganache, mint whipped cream, and mini house-made marshmallows and chocolate meringue kisses. Watch Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes work his magic!
OK, so we stumped a few of you with the first of our holiday mystery puzzlers. This week’s image is just as tough – but easy to spot if you know where to look. This Christmas tree can be found somewhere at Disney Parks. Any guesses?
Like elves from the North Pole, Walt Disney World Resort cast members were busy this past month supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots annual drive.
From a New Year’s Cupcake at Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland park to the Napa Rose New Year’s Eve Bash, the Disneyland Resort will ring in 2014 with something fun for everyone.
Starting tonight (Monday, December 9) it’s Disney Cruise Line Week on “Wheel of Fortune”… and we hope you’ll tune in, because there’s a lot of hijinks on the High Seas ahead!