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Get in the Game with ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ at Disneyland Park

posted on November 27th, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Have you seen “Wreck-It Ralph” yet? My little boys loved the movie…and so did I! I’ve been twice already and can’t get enough. Of course, you can also get your “Wreck-It Ralph” fix, beyond repeated screenings in theaters in 3D, with a visit to Disneyland park. At the Starcade in Tomorrowland, you’ll find Ralph’s “classic” arcade game “Fix-It Felix, Jr.” on free play, and you can even meet Ralph and Vanellope! Here’s a look at the fun:

 
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Find New Fantasyland Pins at Disney’s Coronado Springs Convention Center on Dec. 6, 2012

posted on November 27th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I recently shared with you a look at some of the commemorative items that will be released at Magic Kingdom Park on December 6. One thing that won’t be found at Magic Kingdom Park that day will be the limited edition pins created for New Fantasyland. Instead, we will be holding a special release party for the grand opening pin collection that evening at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This release party will take place in Room J at the Convention Center from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We will also be offering space for guests to trade pins (or Vinylmation if desired) during that time. We thought this would be a great way for guests to enjoy the magical grand opening of New Fantasyland in the morning then continue the celebration at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in the evening. I spoke with the Disney trading and merchandise events teams to learn what items will be released that night.

Celebrate the Grand Opening of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park with New Limited Edition Pins

During this event, we will be releasing six individual limited edition pins, including the “I Was There!” pin. We will also be releasing a super jumbo-sized pin; a boxed pin set inspired by Casey, Jr.; and individual pins plus the complete boxed set inspired by Walt Disney’s animated classic “Dumbo.”

Celebrate the Grand Opening of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park with New Limited Edition Pins

For Passholders, we will have three individual limited edition pins celebrating Be Our Guest Restaurant, Storybook Circus and Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. Passholders will also find a limited edition sling bag (edition size 600) and a 24kt coin card (edition size 1,000). A valid Passholder ID must be presented in order to purchase these items.

Celebrate the Grand Opening of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park with New Limited Edition Pins

The most important thing I learned is none of these items will be found in Magic Kingdom Park on December 6 as all quantities will be released at this event. If you plan on attending, guests may start lining up at the Convention Center beginning at 4:00 p.m. (the Resort will not allow guests to line up any earlier).

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Finish That Disney Parks Sign: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

posted on November 27th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


If you’ve visited Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park, you know that pretty much anything goes in this wacky neighborhood. Up is down, left is right, and even the street signs give unexpected directions. So, you Toontown regulars, here’s your challenge: do you know what this Toontown street sign says?

Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park
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All in the Details: 10 Reasons You’ll Love New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 27th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The grand opening of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park is now just 10 days away, and in honor of the upcoming milestone, here are my Top Ten Reasons you’ll love New Fantasyland – no matter what age you are.
Maurice's Cottage in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

  1. It’s so darn photogenic – No matter how many times you’ve been to Magic Kingdom Park, New Fantasyland is so scenic and beautiful, it’s sure to be a favorite stop for photographers.
  2. The area adds not one, but two new castles – Magic Kingdom Park is now the Disney Park with the most royal residences, thanks to the addition of Beast’s Castle and Prince Eric’s Castle. Add in Cinderella Castle and that makes three.
  3. The level of detail is amazing – As we’ve shown here for the past year, Imagineers have laced the area with an incredible amount of detail, from hoof prints in the ground in Belle’s Village to aged shipwrecks at Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid.
  4. The West Wing of Beast’s Castle – One of three dining rooms in Be Our Guest Restaurant, the West Wing from “Beauty and The Beast” is recreated here as ominous and foreboding. I love that our Imagineers included this room, as it played such a major part in the film.

Enchanted Tales with Belle in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

  1. Playing a part at Enchanted Tales with Belle – Forget everything you know about a character greeting. No matter what your age, you can easily get swept up in playing your part in the retelling of Belle and Beast’s love story.
  2. The interior of Gaston’s Tavern – This just might be a hidden gem of New Fantasyland. Just like the song says, there are antlers in all of Gaston’s decorating. Don’t miss the room here to the far right, which features Gaston’s personal chair – built to suit the man himself – that makes a great photo op.
  3. The Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid queue – There are so many things to explore in this seaside-themed queue, and lapping tides and rushing waterfalls really make you feel as if you’re heading “under the sea.”
  4. Storybook Circus – This area is so impressive. Instead of merely relocating Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Imagineers built an entire 1940s-inspired circus into the park. The attractions and new character greetings are a blast, and the theming of the area is simply charming.

Cupcakes from Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

  1. Cupcakes from Be Our Guest Restaurant – Available in three flavors – Strawberry Cream Cheese, Triple Chocolate and Lemon Meringue – these treats are plucked from an impressively stocked pastry cart and finished tableside for you. Delicious and amazing!
  2. The expansion continues – Two more attractions, Princess Fairytale Hall and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, will open in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Considering the amount of detail and imagination our Imagineers have put into New Fantasyland so far, we have a lot to look forward to.

What part of New Fantasyland is your favorite? Let us know in the “Comments” section below.

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California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Sushi Chef Yoshie Says Farewell

posted on November 27th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Yoshie Cabral is a fixture at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort – most nights guests see her deftly creating more than 2,000 pieces of sushi on a busy night.
Chef Yoshie Cabral Says Farewell to California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

When California Grill closes in late January for renovations, Yoshie has decided it’s time to take a break – the job of sushi chef involves many long hours of standing, and Yoshie says she’s ready to sit for a while.

She started at the California Grill back in 1995 when she convinced the chef to add sushi to the menu. And at the time, Yoshie was one of a handful of female sushi chefs in the U.S. “They said the temperature of a woman’s hands is too high to handle fresh fish,” says Yoshie with a shrug. But Yoshie proved the critics wrong as she created delectable sushi for a legion of fans.

Though we’ll miss Yoshie, sushi will stay on the menu, says Chef Brian Piasecki, with Yoshie’s protégés carrying on her work.

5 Questions With Yoshie

  1. What is your favorite sushi to make?
    My favorite sushi to make is actually a roll that is on the menu right now – it’s called the Dragon Roll and consists of two types of tuna, tempura shrimp, cucumber and red peppers topped with tobiko (flying fish roe). It is one of my favorites because it looks so beautiful and is truly an artful presentation.
  2. Do you have a favorite moment from all your years at California Grill?
    There have been so many over the past 17 years! One that stands out was just a few years ago when a woman came to the California Grill with her family and she was celebrating her 78th birthday. She was fascinated by what I was doing and came over and visited me. I asked her what her favorite type of sushi was and she said that she has never eaten sushi before! That was the perfect cue for me to make her something special to enjoy for her birthday. She was absolutely thrilled and couldn’t believe that she had gone her entire 78 years without enjoying this amazing culinary treat. It was very special to see her reaction and to have her experience this for the first time here at the California Grill.
  3. A funny moment from your years at California Grill?
    Probably one of the funniest stories was when I was serving a California roll to a guest and the gentleman actually though that the green wasabi (Japanese horseradish) on his plate was guacamole. Boy, was he surprised, but it was too late because he put the whole green ball in his mouth. He was okay, thank goodness, and we both got a great laugh afterwards.
  4. What’s your favorite meal to cook at home?
    I love having the whole family at home for a meal, and one of my favorite dishes to cook is a large pork roast that I can hand-shred for the whole family – along with homemade eggrolls.
  5. What’s next?
    I just want to be able to relax and enjoy spending time with my family, my husband, three children and all 10 grandchildren.
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Imagineers Talk Working with Johnny Depp on The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 27th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


I absolutely love the “Pirates of Caribbean” film franchise, which is why I’m super excited to experience The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction, which will grand open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 6.

The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow is a walk-through attraction that will allow guests to follow in the footsteps of Jack Sparrow to see if they have what it takes to join his rowdy and daring pirate crew.

Walt Disney Imagineering just shared this amazing video with us, in which Imagineers Jason Surrell, Laura Mitchell, Charita Carter and Jason Roberts take us behind the scenes of the making of this new experience. According to them, creating an entirely new attraction based on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise was a dream come true, as was working with the film’s lead actor, Johnny Depp, who reprised his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the attraction’s film elements.

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Three New Gingerbread Creations Debut at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 26th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The Disney chefs’ amazing gingerbread creations are one of the winter holiday highlights, and there are three cool new creations throughout Disney California Adventure park that took lots of patience and culinary skill.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Gingerbread Cottage in Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park

At Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, the gingerbread is artfully appropriate – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Gingerbread Cottage, a nod to the classic animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” which premiered at the original Carthay Theatre in Los Angeles in 1937. Perfect for the 75th anniversary of the film’s debut.

The intricate gingerbread cottage, created by Pastry Chef Jorge Sotelo and his team at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, is just 24” X 24” X 24”, and is on display this week through January 6, 2013, in the lower lobby by the Disney Family Museum Snow White Cell Collection.

The thatched roof is cleverly crafted with shredded phyllo and shredded wheat cereal. Gingerbread walls and shutters are secured with royal icing, and chocolate in the shapes of rocks is used for the rustic chimney. Grass is made of shredded coconut, with delicate sugar flowers.
Gingerbread Mater in Flo’s V-8 Café at Disney California Adventure Park

Over in Cars Land, tip-“towing” his way into Flo’s V-8 Café is Mater, made en-“tire”-ly of gingerbread, proudly parked in the restaurant lobby atop a specially seasoned white wall tire. This piece was created by Executive Pastry Chef Jean Marc Viallet and his team of chefs at the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery (the same team that creates the gingerbread house in Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park).

And commemorating Buena Vista Street’s first-ever winter holidays is a specially designed gingerbread house reminiscent of Walt Disney’s first home when he arrived in Hollywood in 1923. Another creation of the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery Team, look for it out at Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café.

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Take a Tour of Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland Park with Imagineer Kim Irvine

posted on November 26th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Earlier this year, one quarter of Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park reopened with a new look and new spaces. From the delicious decor in the Candy Palace to the new display in The Disney Gallery, the magic truly is in the details. Discover these details in the video tour below from Walt Disney Imagineering, hosted by Imagineer Kim Irvine, then stop by Main Street, U.S.A., to see them for yourself!

(And look for a special cameo at the end of the video from someone you Carnation Café fans might recognize!)

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Agent P Expands His Mission Through World Showcase at Epcot

posted on November 26th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you joined forces with Agent P at Epcot yet?

The interactive game, Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, debuted earlier this summer but today we’re happy to announce that in the next few weeks, Agent P will be adding new elements to his adventures in the United Kingdom, Mexico and Japan Pavilions.
Help Thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz with Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot

The game is based on the wily secret-agent alter-ego of Perry the Platypus, a faithful pet to the title characters from Disney’s animated series “Phineas & Ferb.” Although just a simple pet to Phineas and Ferb, Perry turns into Agent P in each episode to help stop the misguided plans of his nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Here at Epcot, guests transform into secret agents to help Agent P thwart some of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s most daring plots. Agents use a high tech detection device called a “F.O.N.E.” (Field Operative Notification Equipment) to receive clues for each case.

Help Thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz with Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot Help Thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz with Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot

 
While we don’t want to give away any of the clues ahead of time, here are two landmarks that just debuted as a part of Agent P’s enhanced missions.


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Commemorative Grand Reveal Merchandise for New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park on December 6

posted on November 26th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m looking forward to the grand reveal of New Fantasyland on December 6. We have created a small assortment of commemorative items to celebrate the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom Park. We will also be holding a New Fantasyland pin release party at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort on December 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This free activity will see the release of the limited edition pins and sets that I first discussed in September. I will be sharing details of that event soon on the Disney Parks Blog. While no pins will be at Magic Kingdom Park on December 6, here is a look at the other items we will be releasing that day.
Shirts Commemorating the Grand Opening of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park on December 6

The grand reveal day has been captured in three new shirts that will be offered all day at Magic Kingdom Park on December 6. For men, shirts will be offered in sizes ranging from small to 3-extra large, while ladies’ shirts will have sizes ranging from extra-small to 2-extra large. For youth, the shirts will be offered in extra small to extra large.
'Cover Your Ears' Commemorating the Grand Opening of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park on December 6

We will introduce a new “Cover Your Ears” featuring a beautiful aerial view of New Fantasyland. We first introduced this new kind of cover for a standard Disney ear hat during the 30th anniversary of Epcot. The “Cover Your Ears” for New Fantasyland has an edition size of 1,000.
D-Tech On Demand Cases Commemorating the Grand Opening of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park on December 6

Speaking of covers, we will be offering six new D-Tech On Demand cases for both the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5. The three New Fantasyland cases use the amazing signature images released in August 2012, and will have an edition size of 300 each. The Disney Princess cases featuring Belle, Ariel and Snow White will be limited release.
Prints Commemorating the Grand Opening of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park on December 6

Finally, we will release two deluxe prints, again featuring those signature images of Maurice’s Cottage and Prince Eric’s Castle. Each print has an edition size of 500.

On December 6, you can find commemorative merchandise in the following Magic Kingdom Park locations:

  • Emporium – Main Street, U.S.A. – Will have tees, Cover Your Ears and D-Tech On Demand cases.
  • Main Street Cinema – Main Street, U.S.A. – Will have deluxe prints only.
  • Big Top Souvenirs – Fantasyland – Will have tees only.
  • Mickey’s Star Traders – Tomorrowland – Will have tees only.
  • Pirates Bazaar – Adventureland – Will have tees only.

The event tees and the D-Tech On Demand cases with Disney Princesses for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5 will also be sold via the Disney Parks online store from December 6-9, 2012 (please allow 8 to 10 weeks for delivery). To find these items online starting December 6, visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/NewFantasyland.

I hope to see you at New Fantasyland for what will be an exciting day!


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