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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park

#coolestsummer: Hollywood Cool

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Disney’s Hollywood Studios seems to be getting more and more cool and exciting, thanks in no small part to its starry “Frozen-ality”. All of these are oh-so-very cool:

For The First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing Along Celebration. Choose a row and move all the way down to the last available comfy, cushioned seat in the Hyperion Theater and watch the story highlights of Disney’s “Frozen” unfold through songs by Oscar winners Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. (The words appear on the screen so everyone can sing). Princess Anna opens the show, presenting the Royal Historians of Arendelle, Eric and Arianna (perhaps the funniest comedy duo since Stiller and Meara). Kristoff also takes the stage, as well as a certain frost-wielding Queen, bringing her own magical “snow” for your marveling pleasure.

Frozen Fever. During Frozen Summer Fun, you see this charming animated short “sequelette” to Disney’s “Frozen” on a big movie screen, and also get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this gem, and a glimpse at the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection. The upcoming Blu-ray release features twelve acclaimed animated masterpieces. Some of these shorts, like “Paperman,” “Get a Horse!” and “Tangled Ever After,” preceded Disney movies in theaters, plus a few that you might be seeing for the first time, like “Lorenzo” and “Tick Tock Tale.”

Voyage of The Little Mermaid. How perfect is this for getting out of the warmish and into the coolish? It’s as if the entire ocean enfolds the theater as a live-action version of highlights from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” tell the story along with animation, lasers, special effects and that magnificent Alan Menken/Howard Ashman music. You’ll even see Ariel go from finned to footed before your eyes!

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. This all-time great thrill attraction always lets you down, but in a fun, screamie way. But it’s also extremely cool because of its meticulously detailed setting of a classic old-Hollywood luxury hotel, now faded and creeped out. My favorite thing to do is to explore the library and pick out the items representing “Twilight Zone” TV episodes (the book, “To Serve Man”, the fortune telling machine, an envelope filled with recording tape with Rod Serling’s name on it, etc). You don’t have to go down the falling elevator to see the library; just ask a cast member how to use the detour in the boiler room.

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Fantasmic! Mickey is the mighty hero of this nighttime superspectacular that takes place on a massive, mountainous stage surrounded by a river. The non-stop action, fantasy fountains and furious firebursts combine and build to an electrifying finale under the stars. There’s a lot of music, too – a boatload of great Disney tunes and lots of Disney Characters! Tip: Get a reserved VIP spot for Fantasmic! with this keen dining package.

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Cast Members Enjoy Exclusive Surprises During Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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We’ve been dazzling guests with surprises since the launch of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – and as part of “60 Days of Dazzle,” our cast members are being surprised, too! Exclusive opportunities for us are one of my favorite parts of working at the Disneyland Resort. Here’s a look at how we are being dazzled during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration:

  • Through August 15, the Diamond Mine Cart, a specially wrapped van covered in magnets, is traveling around backstage areas for cast members to pull a magnet and discover giveaways including games and movie tickets.
  • Cast members are experiencing “Random Acts of Magic” by having their lunch and coffee tabs picked up at cast dining locations periodically. Often, this is done for 60 cast members at a time.
  • Fun photo opportunities, daily treats and commemorative items rounded out “cast appreciation week” for the 60th anniversary.
  • Nearly 3,000 cast members were picked up from their parking location in a Cast Cab, presented by Alamo, and driven to work while being treated to snacks along the way. Their drivers were Disneyland Resort leaders dressed in chauffeur attire!

“Our cast members create happiness every day for our guests,” said John Van Winkle, cast activities programs and operations manager. “This is our way of creating some magic for them during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and letting them know how much they are truly appreciated for all they do.”

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Casey Jr. Circus Train

posted on July 31st, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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Shortly after Disneyland park opened its gates, Casey Jr. Circus Train “came down the track” for the first time on July 31, 1955.

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The Fantasyland attraction, based on the classic Disney animated film “Dumbo,” features animal cages and ornate sleighs which take guests full steam ahead on fanciful train ride.

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As you can see, a simple scenery surrounded the attraction until the miniature scenes of Storybook Land were added with the opening of the Storybook Land Canal Boats in 1956.

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Casey Jr. Circus Train continues to delight guests (monkeys and wild animals too!) from around the world. “All aboard! Let’s go!”

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Musical Performances – All Kinds! – Take the Stage Throughout August in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 31st, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, adults and children visiting the Downtown Disney District will be entertained nightly, beginning this Saturday, by a special lineup of guest music groups, including some Downtown Disney District favorites, on the Westside Stage near ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – August 2015

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort? Be sure to check out these special artist appearances and signings taking place in August 2015!

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Get Ready to Show Your Disney Side During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Guys and ghouls, Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is creeping up. It’s never too early to start planning Halloween costumes, especially if you plan to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Looking for inspiration? Why not your favorite Disney characters?

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Disney Cruise Line’s Summertime Freeze Recipe: Frozen Heart

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


It’s no surprise Summertime Freeze is a new guest-favorite at Castaway Cay with its “Frozen”-themed drinks and keepsake Olaf cups. So far I’ve given you the recipes for two of our delicious beverages, Warm Hugs and Worth Melting For, which were both inspired by the lovable Olaf.

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#DisneyKids: Little Ones & Water Parks at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


The two water parks at Walt Disney World Resort are well-known for their exhilarating attractions like towering water slides and an exciting surf pool, but did you know that Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are also amazing places to take preschoolers? With summer heat in full swing, the water parks are a great option for keeping cool with even the littlest kids. And don’t worry, there is plenty for you to experience together, even if they can’t quite swim yet.

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Disney Parks After Dark: The BOATHOUSE Shines at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you had a chance to try out The BOATHOUSE Restaurant in The Landing area of Downtown Disney yet? The restaurant, which opened just a few months ago, offers diners delicious food, great views of the water, and the chance to experience some floating fun aboard an AquaCar and other watercrafts.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration August Pin Releases

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


Disney pin fans, if you have been collecting the Diamond Decades pins at the Disneyland Resort, be sure to mark your calendars for these next releases. On August 6, add to your collection with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Haunted Mansion and “it’s a small world.”

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