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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on February 1st, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week at Disneyland park, Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration marking the resort’s 60th anniversary, will begin Friday, May 22.

Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park Will Receive a Diamond Medallion Featuring the Letter 'D' for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Carthay Circle Theatre in Disneyland California Adventure Park Will Receive a Diamond Medallion Featuring the Letter 'D' for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

Erin shared that the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure park will glisten and gleam, each with its own diamond medallion featuring the letter “D” for the celebration. Disney California Adventure park will present a special edition of the popular “World of Color” show and a new “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular will be featured at Disneyland park.

Check out Erin’s original story for more details and images, as well as a special video.

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Also this week at the Walt Disney World Resort, we celebrated a significant milestone for MagicBands – 10 million distributed. Since our original announcement, MagicBands have become a favorite way for guests to make their visit easier, more personal and magical.

Recently, MagicBand was named one of Fortune Magazine’s “26 Coolest Gadgets of 2014.” MyMagic+ was also honored with an “Innovation by Design” award by the popular magazine and website, Fast Company. Visit our original story to read more.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Exciting Ways to Explore Italy with Adventures by Disney – Planning a visit to Italy? Here’s a snippet about what each Adventures by Disney Italy vacation offers to get you started.

Wildlife Wednesday: 11 Facts That Show There’s Something for Everyone on the ‘Treks & Trails’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! – Check out some of the sights from Maharajah Jungle Trek in Asia, Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Africa and last, but certainly not least, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, all at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic Merchandise Drops Into Disney Parks on February 13, 2015 – Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller reveals new Hollywood Tower Hotel apparel, glassware, pins and other souvenirs coming to Disney Parks on Friday, February 13.

Governor Awards Disneyland Resort California’s Highest Environmental Honor – The Disneyland Resort was recently honored with a Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for waste reduction efforts. Click through to learn more!

Get a Sneak Preview of ‘Cinderella’ at Disney California Adventure Park – Find out how you can get an extended preview at Disney California Adventure Park of Disney’s all-new live-action feature, “Cinderella,” arriving in theaters March 13.

Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Topiary Engineer – Watch Topiary Engineer Sarah Day at work and learn where you can spot all the animal topiaries at Disneyland Resort.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on January 31st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This was a big week at the Disneyland Resort, with the unveiling of our upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

Event Guests Get Sneek Peek at Projections for New 'Disneyland Forever' Fireworks Spectacular Coming to Disneyland Park for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

During a special after-hours presentation at Disneyland park, Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will begin Friday, May 22, and will include an amazing new fireworks spectacular, “Disneyland Forever”. Event guests got a sneak peek at the new projection technology that will be featured in the show.

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Also at Disneyland park, the “Paint the Night” parade will electrify the streets with innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects and unforgettable music.

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And Rachel shared a peek at the colorful new popcorn buckets, coming this May for the celebration. There’s still more to come! Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to unveil more of what’s to come for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

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Chilling Challenge: What’s Hiding Inside the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park?

posted on January 30th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Now that Jack Skellington has given the Haunted Mansion back to its 999 happy haunts, the classic attraction is open once again for Disneyland park guests. And those with a keen eye will notice something strange when they leave the mansion and enter its spooky cemetery on their Doom Buggies … but what disquieting metamorphosis is happening in this space? Leave your guesses in the comments and I’ll tell you as soon as this specter receives your sympathetic vibrations and is ready to materialize!

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10 Million & Counting: MagicBands a Hit with Walt Disney World Resort Guests

posted on January 30th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you enjoy MagicBands and all they can do as much as my family does at Walt Disney World Resort then you’re probably not surprised that we’re already celebrating a significant milestone – 10 million MagicBands distributed.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise Art Revealed

posted on January 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The countdown to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is under way! I have the scoop on all of the merchandise hitting stores in May 2015 at the Disneyland Resort. Here’s your first look at the dazzling new art that will appear on three celebration collections and more than 500 merchandise items, including apparel, accessories, headwear, home décor, souvenirs, toys, pins, D-Tech, collectibles and more.

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Trend Spotting: Our Favorite Walt Disney World Resort Restaurants for Charcuterie

posted on January 30th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Charcuterie, the fancy French term for preserved meats, is an age-old food preparation that’s popping up on lots of Walt Disney World Resort menus. The newest at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk made us want to try them all.

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The Ultimate Disney Cruise Line Packing Checklist

posted on January 30th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


First-time Disney cruisers often ask what to pack when planning their vacation with us. Packing for a Disney cruise isn’t the same as packing for any other vacation since there’s so much fun you may not even expect, like our swashbuckling Pirate Night! We put together this ultimate packing checklist for first-time Disney cruisers, and my guess is that even some of you who have already sailed with us will find it helpful! Let me know in the comments what other items are on your ultimate Disney cruise packing list.

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – February 2015

posted on January 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


This February, fall in love with some of the latest releases debuting at the Walt Disney World Resort!

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Delicious Shot of Ratatouille

posted on January 29th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” image is of the lovely La Place de Rémy area at Walt Disney Studios Park (at Disneyland Park Paris). This quiet square houses the Ratatouille, l’Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remy attraction, which whisks guests into a crazy, culinary adventure inside Chez Gusteau.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration to Begin May 22 with New Nighttime Spectaculars and More

posted on January 29th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last night, during a special after-hours presentation at Disneyland park, Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will begin Friday, May 22, featuring a glittering parade, street-to-sky fireworks and an all-new “World of Color.”

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