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Shop One, Shop All at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 30th, 2011 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Welcome back shoppers! How many of you took advantage of those Black Friday sales? You all know I did. Say it with me… Shop-a-holic! Now, how many of you are done holiday shopping? I still have a handful of friends and family to shop for, but I’m close. So here are some tips on what you’ll find this weekend in the Downtown Disney District including some special limited-time-only offers, events and promotions.


Disney Vault 28 is where it’s at on December 3! As I mentioned a few weeks ago, designer TARINA TARANTINO will be on hand for a special appearance for the launch of her new Princess Tarina Collection. If you’re looking for classic Tarina pieces, look no further – I’m told many of the infamous designs from her Iconic collection will be available, too.

Special Holiday Shopping Tip: Did you know that with every purchase of $150 or more in Tarina Tarantino merchandise on December 3, you will receive a special-edition holiday ring from Tarina’s elusive Hey Santa! collection? What girl doesn’t love jewelry? This is a must have!


Also launching on December 3 at Disney Vault 28, is Superdry. This casual wear infused with design influences from Japanese graphics and vintage Americana, all with the values of British tailoring, is in my opinion a don’t-miss!

Special Holiday Shopping Tip: With the purchase of any Superdry merchandise at Disney Vault 28 on December 3, you’ll receive a pair of Superdry flip flops.


A few other items to pick up along the way … definitely some of the trendy tees for men and women, Goorin hats, or accessories, if that’s more your style.

Special Holiday Shopping Tip: Spend $50 or more at Disney Vault 28 and receive a Disney Vault 28 tote bag.

No trip to Downtown Disney District is complete without a stop at some of the other popular locations including Marceline’s Confectionery (Yum!), D Street (Cool), World of Disney (Everything!), LEGO (Limitless), RIDEMAKERZ (Vroom!) and more. Consider it your one-stop shop, especially if you are short on time, in need of the perfect gift and in the neighborhood.

It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it. I’ll make sure to give you more scoop on places around Disneyland Resort where you can find gifts – at the right price, that is.

Until next time, when my holiday shopping adventure continues…

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Save Up to 30 Percent on Select Walt Disney World Resort Stays This Spring

posted on November 30th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Are you considering taking a trip to Walt Disney World Resort for Spring Break or in the early summer timeframe? Then today may be your lucky day.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World Resort

For a limited time, guests booking new resort stays at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can save up to 30% at select resorts. In case you’ve never stayed at a Disney resort before, doing so offers complimentary transportation all over Walt Disney World Resort property and much more

To get this offer, you must book by Jan. 22, 2012, for vacations taking place between Feb. 21-March 31, 2012. Guests who wish to stay between the dates of April 13-June 14, 2012, must book by Feb. 28, 2012.

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Have You Seen Toy Soldiers Drumming Up Cheer at Disneyland Park?

posted on November 30th, 2011 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Reports are coming in from across Disneyland park that a band of toy soldiers have been spotted showing off some impressive drumming skills! Keep an eye out for these talented toys throughout the holiday season.

The soldiers drum up an impromptu, mini street party with classic holiday tunes and infectious, high-energy spirit. I recently spotted them just outside “it’s a small world” but keep your eyes peeled because you never know when they will be appearing. Catch them quick, before they’re called back to Santa’s Toy Shoppe!

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Decorating Disney Style for the Holidays

posted on November 30th, 2011 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

Decorating Disney Style for the Holidays

As a child, my family had two Christmas trees to decorate for the holidays. One tree was decorated with all kinds of ornaments, while the other tree – found in the front window of our home – was filled with only Disney ornaments. I looked forward to decorating the Disney tree first each year (I guess I always knew I’d work here someday). With the holiday season in full swing, I recently visited the Disney Days of Christmas shop at Downtown Disney Marketplace and MouseGear at Epcot to photograph a few favorite holiday decorations.

Mickey Mouse Nutcracker, Mickey and Minnie Mouse Riding a Reindeer and More Disney Ornaments

In a previous Disney Parks Blog post about new holiday Disney Gift Cards, I mentioned that nutcrackers were a favorite holiday decoration. There is a new Mickey Mouse nutcracker introduced this year that inspired the pins featured on those gift cards. He looks great and Aaron Babcock, product developer for seasonal merchandise, told me that additional styles are coming next year.

Aaron also told me that one of the more popular ornaments this year features Mickey and Minnie Mouse riding a reindeer.

“The ornament with Mickey and Minnie on the reindeer is from the new red and white program,” explained Aaron. “Those colors are popular for the holidays so we built an entire assortment using them. The horse doesn’t have a name nor is he found in any animated shorts. He was specifically drawn by Costa Alavezos from Disney Design Group.”

Decorating Disney Style for the Holidays

Besides the red and white program, the Victorian program returned along with a Bohemian style which Aaron said uses non-traditional holiday colors and is perfect for year-round decorating.

Along with the new Disney Ear Hat ornaments I first told you about in July, Aaron introduced a variety of new three-dimensional character ornaments. These resin ornaments include Pixar characters like my favorites Wall-E and Eve and other classic Disney characters like Cheshire Cat, Jiminy Cricket and Dumbo.

Pixar and Disney Character Ornaments from Disney Parks

But the ornament that I really want won’t be here until fall 2012 – Mickey Mouse as a butler from The Haunted Mansion. Is it too early to start thinking about next year’s holiday decorations?

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Wildlife Wednesdays: Sable Antelope Calves Join Savanna Herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on November 30th, 2011 by Matt Hohne, Animal Operations Director, Disney’s Animal Programs

Sable Antelope Calves Join Savanna Herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

After spending about two months in their backstage habitat bonding with other members of their herd, three sable antelope calves, born this summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, have joined the herd on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna. The calves – two males and one female – were cared for in their backstage home because sable moms typically will “tuck” their calves in high grass to protect them from the predators they might encounter in the wild and return to them periodically for feeding. This behavior could prevent our animal care team from being able to monitor the calves properly. The calves are now old enough to be out of the “tucking” phase and are spending the day traveling with the rest of the sable antelope herd, as seen in this photo by Gene Duncan.

At birth, the calves weighed between 35 and 40 pounds. When they reach adulthood, the female will weigh nearly 400 pounds, and the males will be about 50 pounds heavier. In their native habitat in southern Africa, the sable’s natural predator is the lion and other carnivores. Like many African species, sable antelopes compete for living space with humans.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests can see the sables when they ride the Kilimanjaro Safaris. Another great way to see the sable antelope – and a host of other African wildlife – is by experiencing the Wild Africa Trek, a special adventure that includes a VIP safari and a visit to an exclusive safari camp with fantastic views of the wildlife on the savanna.

Sable antelope fun facts:

  • The sable has a short glossy coat, which ranges in color from a yellow- or reddish-brown to a rich chestnut found in females and their young.
  • When fighting, they go down on their knees, displaying their long curving horns, which measure 20 to 61 inches.
  • They have a high-pitched squeal and produce a horse-like snort when alarmed.
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Walt Disney World Moms Panel: It Wasn’t the Dog This Time

posted on November 30th, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

“Yes! Walt Disney World Resort was educational!” Thousands of children return from trips to Disney Parks each year and many say this to their teachers. I’m imagining the faces of those teachers looking much like they do when they hear the words, “dog” and “homework.” But in reality, those children are telling the truth! At Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, kids can have fun and receive a top notch educational program.

'Leadership Excellence' Youth Education Series Program at Epcot

Earlier this year, one of our Walt Disney World Moms Panelists, Jill Cooper, experienced two of Walt Disney World Resort’s Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) programs. As a teacher of American history from New Jersey, Jill and a group of high school seniors enjoyed the programs “American Story” at Magic Kingdom Park and “Leadership Excellence” at Epcot during their stay. Jill shares part of their adventure with us.

'American Story' Youth Education Series Program at Magic Kingdom Park

“As a teacher of American history, I loved the prospect of exploring the myriad of ways in which Walt Disney Imagineers incorporated the story of our nation’s past into Magic Kingdom Park through the “American Story” Y.E.S. program. This program was a lovely complement to the student’s recent courses in U.S. history and American Government.

After having experienced the Disney Y.E.S. programs, I couldn’t wait to share with fellow educators how valuable these experiences can be for their students. I am always delighted when a fellow parent or educator asks me about these programs on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel site.”

Disney Youth Education Series uses the fun and excitement of Disney Parks to engage participants and immerse them in subjects related to science, reading, history and the performing arts. For more information regarding Disney Youth Programs, visit or call 877-939-6884.

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Holiday Shopping at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 29th, 2011 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Forget Black Friday and forget Cyber Monday – Disneyland Resort is the place to do the holiday shopping for the Disney fan in your life. But with so many gifts to buy, where’s a girl to start? That’s why I enlisted the help of our Disney shopping expert, Michelle Harker, who showed me the best places to find new and unique merchandise throughout the Disneyland Resort. Come along with us!

For those who want to follow along, here’s our shopping list:

Disneyland park

Downtown Disney District

Disney California Adventure park

What are your favorite Disneyland Resort shopping spots?

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‘Dancing Lights’ Shine Bright at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 29th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Each year, the cast and crew who maintain The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – Presented by SYLVANIA at Disney’s Hollywood Studios work to make the holiday display bigger and better. For 2011, the display includes several technological advances as well as tributes to Jennings Osborne, the creator of this holiday spectacle, who passed away in July.

Something new to look for this year is the canopy of lights that hangs over part of the Streets of America. New RGB (red, blue, green) LEDs mean the canopy can now project millions of different color combinations.

Jennings Osborne was a big Elvis Presley fan, so in tribute, the King’s “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)” is now one of the songs that makes those five million lights dance. To see another tribute, watch this video from Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights show director John Phelan.

Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for another video about the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, including the lowdown on Hidden Mickeys in the display – and one other hidden figure who secretly moves from place to place each year.

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Capturing Motion at Disneyland Park

posted on November 29th, 2011 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

I usually take a couple of filters with me when I’m out shooting, one of them being a neutral density (ND) filter. There are a variety of ND filters, but the one I used for this photograph was a ND 400. It was a bright, sunny day at Disneyland park so the 9 f-stop reduction helped me to set the camera for a 30-second exposure and get the effect I was looking for – motion.

Capturing Motion at Disneyland Park

Can you think of any other reasons to use this type of filter?

See the posts below for more unique captures from around Disneyland Resort:

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DisneyQuest Celebrates New Year’s with Interactive Fun at Downtown Disney

posted on November 29th, 2011 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations

DisneyQuest Celebrates New Year’s with Interactive Fun at Downtown Disney

If you’re looking for a cool family-friendly event to ring in the new year, you might want to check out the cyber celebration at DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney. The event was very popular last year so they brought it back for another go-around. From 8 p.m.-1 a.m. kids are entertained with a DJ and dance party, plus unlimited access to all the games and DisneyQuest attractions including Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters, Virtual Jungle Cruise and CyberSpace Mountain. For those who can stay awake till the clock strikes midnight, there’s a confetti drop and festive party favors. Partygoers also get a coupon for a pizza, hot dog, chicken casesar wrap or hamburger, plus chips and soda. If you purchase tickets ahead of time you can save $10 – $45 advance purchase – or day of $55, including tax. Call 407-934-7639 to reserve tickets.

Here’s a look back at past New Year’s celebrations around Disney Parks:

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