By far one of the happiest holiday sights I enjoy here at Walt Disney World Resort each year is “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade,” which steps off during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
This year, Disney photographer Charlie Champagne went out and captured dozens of new photos of the parade that you just can’t miss. Be sure to check out the gallery above for dancing gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers, our friends from “Frozen,” Santa Claus and much more.
In the spirit of the season, I am proud to share with you the top 10 ways the Disneyland Resort and its cast have given back to the community this year. This list speaks to how we continue Walt Disney’s legacy of giving. Of a total $17 million donated in 2014, these 10 efforts top the charts! As we approach 2015 and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we will continue to nurture, inspire and empower families in making lasting and positive change in the world. Happy Holidays!
- The Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball and the Anaheim Ducks committed $3 million (to be allocated over three years) to Accelerate Change Together (ACT) for Anaheim.
- The 24th annual CHOC Walk in the Park at the Disneyland Resort raised more than $2 million to support CHOC Children’s.
- Eighty-five Southern California nonprofit organizations benefited from the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund – to the tune of $415,000 in grants.
- 120,000 pounds of gently used costumes, shoes, mattresses and box springs were donated to Goodwill in an effort to reduce waste to landfills.
- 13,000 military care packages were sent to U.S. servicemen and women overseas.
- Two KaBOOM! playgrounds were built in 2014, bringing the total number of playgrounds built in Orange County to seven and giving nearly 11,000 children a place to play.
- 709 Disney Wishes were granted at the Disneyland Resort through Make-A-Wish.
- 249 Orange County arts and music projects received Disneyland Resort CREATE grants.
- A total of $75,000 in scholarships were given to ten Orange County high school seniors.
- Nearly 8,000 toys collected at the Disneyland Resort were donated to Toys for Tots.
You may remember that just a few weeks ago, Shawn Slater shared the details for the all-new “Frozen Fun” opening at Disney California Adventure park on January 7. Beginning tomorrow, guests will begin to see a sneak peek of many of these exciting new experiences, including “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party,” with more to follow over the next week.
Also beginning tomorrow, Anna and Elsa will move across the Esplanade to greet guests daily inside the Animation Building at Disney California Adventure park. So if you’re looking for these famous sisters, you will find them there.
If you can’t make it to the sneak peek, don’t worry! “Frozen Fun” officially kicks off January 7, 2015.
I’m a huge fan of craft beers, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out several seasonal craft brews are offered at Walt Disney World Resort.
Guests visiting Disneyland park will now be able to visit a miniature version of Arendelle from the hit Disney animated feature, “Frozen,” when Storybook Land Canal Boats reopens this weekend. Our chief photographer, Paul Hiffmeyer, got a special preview of this new featurette this morning, and brought back these photos for Disney Parks Blog readers!
This week, we’re wrapping up our look at how Disney Parks around the world are celebrating this holiday season with a look inside the fun at Tokyo Disneyland Resort.
As a special holiday offering, guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park will have the opportunity to see the actual coach featured in the upcoming live-action Disney film, “Cinderella.” A team of white horses will pull the dreamlike carriage in special pre-parade appearances through the park and down Main Street, U.S.A.
I know where I will be almost one year from now – sitting in a movie theater with my son as the opening credits roll for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Being a long-time fan of all things Star Wars, it will be the perfect holiday gift to myself next year. I remember receiving many Star Wars-themed gifts growing up in the late 1970s (the Death Star Space Station playset was one of my favorites!). If you are looking for Star Wars holiday gifts this season, I have a few suggestions of items created especially for Disney Parks.
Did you ever wonder what happens to the coins that get tossed into the wishing wells and fountains around Walt Disney World Resort? I’ve asked this question myself and found out that it really does help make wishes come true.
Now that I’ve shared recipes for two of our guest-favorite holiday cocktails, our Poinse-tini and Christmas Cookie, I want to give you a taste of the specialty coffees we are serving during our Very Merrytime Cruises. Whether you’re hosting breakfast, dinner or a gathering anytime in between, these coffees are sure to be a hit at your holiday party. Once you’ve tasted them all, let me know your favorite in the comments.