Disneyland Park, Haunted Mansion

UPDATE: SIGNin’ in the Street at the Downtown Disney District and Your Chance to Attend ‘Switched at Birth’ Finale Preview

posted on March 9th, 2012 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: All of the Disney Parks Blog special invitations to the “Switched at Birth” finale preview have been taken! Selected entries will be confirmed via email. Remember – you still have another chance to grab a ticket! Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, guests may line up at AMC Theatres for tickets to the event, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30 a.m.

Just a couple of weeks ago I told you about a great event coming to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort next weekend – SIGNin’ in the Street, a celebration of creativity in the deaf community. We want to welcome all of you to join us at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, for a fun kick-off moment and throughout the weekend for all the fantastic offerings and performances.

Sean Berdy from ABC Family’s Hit Series ‘Switched at Birth’

We are excited to announce that both event days will conclude with a special performance by Sean Berdy, from ABC Family’s hit series “Switched at Birth,” who will sign the song, “Hero.” Berdy, who played a young deaf actor in “The Sandlot 2,” has toured the country performing renditions of popular songs entirely in American Sign Language.

Cast of ABC Family’s Hit Series ‘Switched at Birth’

I mentioned in my last post to check back for details on how to grab a seat to the sneak preview of the spring finale of “Switched at Birth,” well – I am excited to announce that the Disney Parks Blog has been given the opportunity to invite a limited number of readers to this special event on Saturday, March 17. The screening will take place at AMC Theatres from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Space for the event is limited and you must RSVP to meetups@disney.go.com, following these directions carefully:

  • Valid RSVPs must include: 1) “Switched at Birth Sneak Preview” in the subject line and 2) your name, email address and phone number in the body of the email. All confirmed RSVPs will be for the person who responds, plus one guest. Incomplete RSVPs will not be accepted.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required to pick up tickets.

Guests whose valid RSVPs are received before we reach capacity will be sent an email to confirm their attendance for the event on Saturday, March 17, along with instructions for picking up tickets. I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

If your RSVP is not received before we reach capacity, you’ll have another chance to grab a ticket. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, guests may line up at AMC Theatres for tickets to the event, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30 a.m.

Admission to the Downtown Disney District, as always, is complimentary. The Downtown Disney District parking lot is conveniently located next to the action and offers free parking up to 3 hours – or up to 5 hours with validation from AMC Theatres or other participating locations.

Please visit http://disneyland.disney.go.com/events/signin-in-the-street/ for more details.

We hope to see you there!

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Disneyland Resort, Downtown Disney District

Disneyland Resort Celebrates Creativity in Deaf Community

posted on February 22nd, 2012 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


I am excited to announce a very special event coming to Disneyland Resort. On the weekend of March 17 and 18, Downtown Disney District will host a celebration of creativity in the deaf community – SIGNin’ in the Street.

Katie Leclerc and Vanessa Marano of ‘Switched at Birth’

The event will spotlight top performers, interactive workshops, film screenings and appearances by the stars of ABC Family’s hit series, “Switched at Birth”: Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Constance Marie, Lea Thompson, D.W. Moffett, Lucas Grabeel, Sean Berdy and Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin.

In addition, two episodes of the show, including an exclusive sneak preview of the spring finale, will be screened at AMC Theatres on Saturday, March 17. Tickets to the screenings will be limited, so make sure to check back here to find out how you might grab one!

The “Switched at Birth” cast will be on hand earlier in the day for panel question and answer sessions, as well as autograph signings.

‘The Hammer’ Playing at the AMC Theatres in Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort

Throughout the weekend, AMC Theatres will show two feature films, “The Hammer,” based on the life of triple NCAA champ and professional mixed martial artist Matt Hamill, and the award-winning documentary “See What I’m Saying.” Stars from the films will host question and answer sessions, sign autographs and perform live.

‘See What I’m Saying’ Playing at AMC Theatres in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

Other highlights of this fun, interactive weekend include:

  • Musical performances by Tony Award-winning Deaf West Theatre, including a sneak preview of the group’s upcoming world premiere, and workshops for guests interested in learning American Sign Language and acting.
  • Drum Café, the internationally acclaimed drumming crew, will super-charge the audience through interactive performances and workshops.
  • Nighttime concerts by popular deaf performers including singer-signer TL Forsberg, rock band Beethoven’s Nightmare, and comic CJ Jones.
  • Specially created Disney merchandise featuring American Sign Language.

The high-energy entertainment kicks off at 1 p.m. both days and continues until 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday.

Please check back here in the next week or so for a full schedule of events and how you might grab a seat to the sneak preview of the spring finale of “Switched at Birth”!

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Disneyland Resort, Downtown Disney District

VIDEO: Disneyland Resort Donates $5 Million to CHOC Children’s

posted on February 7th, 2012 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


Yesterday, Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis announced a $5 million donation to CHOC Children’s. Check out this video of the event – it was a special day for CHOC and the Disneyland Resort.

Moments like these make me especially proud to be a Disneyland Resort cast member.

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Community Outreach, Disneyland Resort

Reimagined Disneyland Hotel Evokes History, Nostalgia

posted on January 20th, 2012 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


A landmark since 1955, the Disneyland Hotel has been a place where celebrities and dignitaries have flocked, and today we celebrate the completion of its largest renovation.

Cast Members at the Disneyland Hotel

This morning, cast members gathered to celebrate yet another milestone in this exciting time of expansion and growth for Disneyland Resort.

Pool at the Disneyland Hotel

For more than two years, Imagineers and cast members have worked to reinvigorate the hotel with Disneyland history and heritage. From the pool to the restaurant and bar, the rooms and the exterior, and the re-theming of each tower, the reimagined hotel makes for a unique family experience.

Geyser at the Disneyland Hotel

The Fantasy Tower lobby now showcases Mary Blair artwork, creating an instant connection to “it’s a small world.” In addition to the scale model of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad adorning the lobby, the Frontier Tower comes alive with a geyser and waterfall that pay tribute to the Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland, a 1960s Disneyland park attraction. At the Adventure Tower, guests can now see the Jungle Cruise characters incorporated into the design, and the exterior of all three towers features an energy efficient, sky blue reflective glass.

Check out my post about Trader Sam’s – Enchanted Tiki Bar and Tangaroa Terrace, two delicious eateries you’ll want try and Erin’s post about the new pool, a fun tropical hideaway right here in Anaheim.

Hope to see you at the Disneyland Hotel soon!

  • Share: 

Tagged:

Filed: Disney History, Disneyland Resort, Hotels & Resorts

Giving in Celebration of Three Kings Day at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 10th, 2012 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


“Disneyland

As Erin mentioned a few weeks ago, last weekend we celebrated Three Kings Day at the Disneyland Resort. Not only was it a fun-filled event for our guests, it also was an opportunity for us to give back to the local community.

In keeping with the tradition of gift-giving in celebration of Three Kings Day, the Disneyland Resort donated hundreds of books, DVDs and toys to Latino Health Access, a nonprofit organization in Orange County dedicated toward improving the lives of children and families.

We are proud to support the wonderful outreach Latino Health Access provides local families by educating them about living a healthy lifestyle – whether through their diabetes management or healthy eating programs – they are truly making a difference one family at a time.

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Community Outreach, Disneyland Resort

Oscar Martinez Celebrates 55 Years at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 4th, 2012 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


“Oscar

On December 29, Disneyland Resort cast member Oscar Martinez celebrated his 55th anniversary with the resort. Martinez, a cook at Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A, began his career at Disneyland park as a busboy at Fantasyland I and II. Over the last half-century, he has trained thousands of cast members and has become a favorite of many guests who visit him year after year. Martinez is the first Walt Disney Parks & Resorts cast member to achieve this 55-year milestone and the first to receive the newly created 55-year Snow White-themed service award.

“Oscar

Please join us in congratulating Oscar Martinez!

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort

Disney VoluntEARS Serve Tamales for Good Cause

posted on December 14th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


Disney VoluntEARS Take Part at the Latino Health Access (LHA) Tamalada

It’s not the holiday season until the smell of tamales fills my parents’ home. It’s a tradition I share with many, and one that Disney VoluntEARS took part in at the Latino Health Access (LHA) Tamalada just last week. The event, which gave its start to LHA, has been driven for the last 18 years by this saying: “We will have a healthier community, even if we have to sell tamales.” And that they have!

LHA sold 3,500 healthy tamales to benefit its diabetes management program and related eye surgeries, which can be life saving. The tamales sold do not contain lard and are made with reduced fat and sodium. This year, Disney donated $10,000 to LHA in support of those efforts and many others dedicated toward improving the lives of children and families in our community. To find out how you can help, visit www.latinohealthaccess.org.

See my blog post about our participation in this event last year.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Community Outreach, Disneyland Resort

Downtown Disney Holiday Trees to be Donated to Local Military Families

posted on December 6th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


In less than two weeks, the joy of the holiday season will come in the form of a fully decorated tree to 17 local military families from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit!

If you happened to visit Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort this weekend, you were likely greeted by the unique and beautifully decorated trees near ESPN Zone. These fun trees were created by the employees in various locations including Build-a-Bear-Workshop and RIDEMAKERZ, which are shown below, World of Disney, Rainforest Café, La Brea Bakery and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Each is themed to its respective location and includes everything from ornaments to toys and even gift cards.

Holiday Tree Decorated by Employees at Build-a-Bear- Workshop in Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort Holiday Tree Decorated by Employees at RIDEMAKERZ in Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort

If you haven’t seen the trees, stop by and check them out! They are available for your viewing pleasure during the week from 3-10 p.m. and on the weekend from 1-10 p.m.

You can even vote for your favorite tree by texting to DPARK (see the tree of your choice for instructions on what to text).

Happy Holidays!

  • Share: 

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Community Outreach, Disneyland Resort, Downtown Disney District

Disneyland Resort Diversity Resource Group Welcomes ABC News Correspondent John Quiñones

posted on November 18th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort Diversity Resource Group Welcomes ABC News Correspondent John Quiñones

Earlier this week, ABC News Correspondent John Quiñones shared his compelling story about the road from growing up in a San Antonio barrio to becoming an award-winning journalist with members from a Disneyland Resort diversity resource group, HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leadership Advancement).

Quiñones, who grew up picking tomatoes and cherries with his family, told the audience to do whatever it takes to take hold of their dreams. It may have seemed unlikely that he would become a co-anchor for ABC’s “Primetime,” but it was his perseverance and drive that made him succeed.

His storytelling includes political and economic turmoil in Argentina and civil war in El Salvador. One anecdote that stood out for many in the audience was that he aims to shine a light where there is darkness by speaking to the “moved and shaken” rather than the “movers and shakers.”

Quiñones refers to his latest project, the “Primetime” series “What Would You Do?,” as a candid-camera of ethics, capturing people’s reactions when confronted with real-life dilemmas including topics such as racial profiling and elderly abuse.

Quiñones had a great story to tell and I believe we all took away something important from hearing his life story. It’s events like these that make our diversity resource groups exactly that – a resource to the company and to our cast so that we may teach each other what it truly means to understand the impact of valuing diversity.

  • Share: 

Tagged:

Filed: Disneyland Resort

Military Family Officially Kicks Off Holidays at the Disneyland Resort in Lighting Ceremony Presented by SYLVANIA

posted on November 15th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


Last night, Gunnery Sgt. Derrick Poteat, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s S-6 communication platoon, and his family “flipped the switch” on more than 300,000 lights blanketing “it’s a small world” Holiday, transforming the popular attraction into a visual wonderland and officially launching the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort.

The festive ceremony, presented by the attraction’s sponsor, SYLVANIA, honored Poteat and his family for the contributions they have made to our country. Poteat, who enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1996, has completed three tours and recently returned from the latest, a seven-month deployment in the Middle East. He was joined by his three children, nephew, niece and wife, Clarice, an advisor to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unity’s family readiness team, for a day of play at the Disneyland Resort followed by this special honor.

Tune in to the video below to see how the holidays were made especially bright for the Poteat family.

Warm holiday greetings from the Disneyland Resort to you and all our brave servicemen and servicewomen!

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Community Outreach, Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort