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‘Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy’ Coming to Tokyo Disneyland Resort

posted on August 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Some of the most popular stories on the Disney Parks Blog this summer have been about the many offerings at our “Frozen Summer Fun” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the “Frozen” fun is continuing this winter at Tokyo Disneyland Resort with a new special event called “Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy.”

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“Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy” will run from January 13 through March 20, 2015 at Tokyo Disneyland Park. The event will be themed to the hit film “Frozen” and offer opportunities to experience the world of ice and snow created by Elsa’s magical power.

During the event, the nighttime entertainment “Once Upon a Time” will be presented in a special version that features new scenes based on Disney’s “Frozen.” And during the day, Anna and Elsa will make appearances and greet guests along the parade route to the music of “Let It Go,” the theme song from the film.

This special winter event will be presented only at Tokyo Disneyland Park.

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September 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 27th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Just wait until you see what merchandise events we have headed your way this September at the Disneyland Resort!

September 6 – 7: Meet artist Gabriela Ruiz (Serpenthes) who will be setting up shop inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District for the month of September. Meet Gabriela from 2 – 5 p.m. on September 6, 7, 13, 14, 27 and 28. Learn more.

September 12: Artist Jerrod Maruyama will appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 5 – 7 p.m. as we debut his latest piece titled Date Night. Learn more.
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September 13: Join us as we welcome back Miniaturist and Sculptor Bob Olszewski who will be on hand to sign his newest Gallery of Light, featuring Madame Leota. Bob will appear from 9 – 11 a.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Not able to make it to the event? A limited number of pieces will be available to purchase via DisneyParksMerchandise.com. Learn more.

September 13: Continuing the celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Haunted Mansion comes this new piece, titled Evening Constitutional by artist Tony Harris. Available September 13 at Disneyana in Disneyland park.

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September 13: Artists John Coulter, Liana Hee, Noah and Dave Quiggle will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more.

September 20 – 21: If you have been waiting for just the right time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques, you’re in luck! Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., each day at Disneyana inside Disneyland park. Learn more.

September 27: Join us as we celebrate everything “Maleficent and Other Fairies.” Artists Dave Avanzino, Britni Brault, Bruce Boyer, Bob Elias, Brian Kesinger, Daniel Killen, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, Larry Nikolai and Yakovetic will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 1 – 3 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park.

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Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist David Lozeau. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: September 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 26 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

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The Great Outdoors, Norway Style, with Adventures by Disney

posted on August 27th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Adventures by Disney


The sun never sets during the Norwegian summer. Okay, I exaggerate, but only a little. In fact, on the seven nights of my Adventures by Disney trip through Norway, the sun dipped down into a dusk-like state for approximately four hours each evening (and wreaked havoc on my internal alarm clock). All this summer daylight makes Norway an outdoor lover’s paradise.
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And our Adventures by Disney travels certainly took advantage of all the outdoor adventure that Norway has to offer. We rafted through glacier-fed rivers in Voss. I even jumped in to feel the refreshing coolness against my skin (and immediately shot out of the water shivering “cold, cold, cold” while channeling my inner Anna from “Frozen”). And then, because apparently the glacial waters gave me short-term memory loss, I did it a second time (channeling my inner Dory from “Finding Nemo”).
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We also got up close to a few glaciers by foot and by raft. Clearly Elsa beat us here!

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And we canoed, row boated and fished for trout in the most turquoise waters I’ve ever seen (and yes, I’ve been to the Caribbean) at Lake Loen.
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But of all the outdoor activities I enjoyed on this Adventures by Disney journey, the most memorable one was spending a day down on the farm. Or, more accurately, “up” on the farm. Norwegians have a rich farming history and, let me tell you, farming in the fjords is no easy task. Farmers face steep climbs and treacherous mountainous terrain as they work from sun up to sun down (which, if you remember what I said earlier, is a really long time) throughout the summer. Here I got to try my hand at sowing and reaping. And pet some sheep, llamas and goats. Behold the cuteness (the animals, not me. Clearly I’m soaked)!

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Ah yes, the rain. Norway is known for it, with some regions of the country getting upwards of 250 rainy days each year (the upside is all that gorgeous greenness I referenced in my first post). On this trip, we experienced mostly days full of sunshine and blue skies, but our rainy visit to the farm provided us with an authentic picture of Norwegian farming culture – rain or shine. And it gave me a chance to look like the grim reaper.
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From the storybook village of Bergen to fjording), rafting, farming and so much more, my Adventures by Disney Norway trip was truly a remarkable experience I’ll never forget. I hope you enjoyed sharing in this journey with me!


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Wildlife Wednesday: Update on the Wallaby Joey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom– ‘It’s a boy!’

posted on August 27th, 2014 by Andre Daneault, Animal Operations Manager


Earlier this year, we shared with you the exciting news of a wallaby joey that could be seen at the Oasis
at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Now that the joey has grown a bit, we can share that “It’s a boy!” and
his name is Ozzie. His first time coming out of his mom’s pouch was in April. He gradually spent more
and more time out of the pouch and is now pretty independent. He is eating solid foods and currently
weighs in at 2.3kg! (The weight range for adults is 4-9kg.)

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Competition, Fun and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Difference Has Boston Team Hitting the Road to Disney

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


This Labor Day weekend more than 700 athletes and coaches representing nine states, 5 countries from as far away as Japan, will hit the diamonds at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Turn Back the Clock Weekend. For the 18th straight year teams will enjoy international competition on the field and fun off the field in the Parks and at a private water park party at Typhoon Lagoon.

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New Disneyland Resort Mobile Site Makes the Magic Easy with Disney eTicket and More

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Have you checked out the new Disneyland.com on your mobile phone? This all-new mobile experience puts your entire Disneyland Resort visit right in the palm of your hand with features like dining reservations, attraction information and – my favorite new features – the new Disney eTicket and even prepaid parking. And the best part … this complete planning tool is accessible through your device’s web browser; there are no apps to download.

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VIDEO: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hosts Villains Unleashed

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Over the weekend, Disney’s Hollywood Studios played host to Villains Unleashed, a special event in which 50 Disney villains (and many Disney fans) packed the park for some nighttime fun and special entertainment. The event kicked off at Hades Hangout, where several Disney villains were welcomed to the stage – including Shan Yu, Bowler Hat Guy, Captain Gantu, Oogie Boogie and many others. One fan favorite was Dr. Hämsterviel, who made his debut appearance at Walt Disney World Resort during this event!

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VIDEO – Halloween Merchandise Returns to Disney Parks

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


The Halloween season returns to Disney Parks in just a few days. I recently took a break from making my next homemade costume to visit Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. There, I stopped by the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. to make this short video highlighting my favorite Halloween merchandise items created especially for Disney Parks.

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Dateline Adventureland: Adventure Trading Company Bids Farewell to Disneyland Park

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent


Well, adventurers, the end of Adventure Trading Company’s limited-time engagement at Disneyland park has come.

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A Different Way to Do Disney

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Recently we shared with you a mom’s take on cruising with us, hearing from one of our Disney Parks Moms Panelists, Diane, about her family’s experiences over the years. Today, we’re hearing from another panelist, Dolly, whose family has joined us on voyages all around the world.

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