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Class of 2011 Disney Scholars Announced

posted on November 4th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


The Walt Disney Company recently announced this year’s Disney Scholars – 50 recipients of tuition scholarships, up to $20,000 per student. The scholarships, applied over four years, were awarded to children of cast members and employees of The Walt Disney Company from around the world, including eight Disneyland Resort cast members.

Nicholas and Susan Moores Celebrate School Spirit at Stanford University

Nicholas Moores, son of Susan Moores, an administrative assistant in Entertainment Operations, is one of the proud recipients. He is attending Stanford University this fall.

“I can’t think of any other employer that is able to provide this generous of a scholarship opportunity to children of its employees. My son is incredibly fortunate to have been selected as a recipient,” said Moores, a 25-year cast member.

Scholarships were awarded based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community service and demonstrated leadership.

Congratulations to all our Disney Scholars!

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SEA the Difference a CAN Makes? Disney VoluntEARS Participate in CANstruction Competition

posted on October 12th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


Disney VoluntEARS Participate in CANstruction Competition

Disney VoluntEARS recently participated in the 4th annual CANstruction Orange County competition.

The team used nearly 5,400 cans of food to create “SEA the Difference a CAN Makes,” which featured Flounder and Sebastian from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Nearly 4,200 pounds of food including canned corn, black beans and juice pouches went into completing the structure.

CANstruction, a charity committed to ending world hunger, holds competitions around the nation in which teams compete by designing and building structures made entirely out of canned foods. Those canned goods are then donated to local charities – in this case, to the Orange County Food Bank.

Each year, CANstruction Orange County arranges for organizations to gather at South Coast Plaza and build several sculptures in conjunction with the Festival of Children. This year’s 14 participating teams donated nearly 70,000 canned items. To learn more visit www.canstructionoc.org.



Take a look at more ways Disney VoluntEARS have reached out to the local communities:

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The U.S. Air National Guard Band’s Fuego Azul Ensemble to Perform at Disneyland Resort Sept. 9

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


The U.S. Air National Guard Band’s Fuego Azul Ensemble

We’d like to invite you to dust off your dancing shoes and join us as the U.S. Air National Guard Band ensemble, Fuego Azul, performs at Disneyland Resort Sept. 9. The band will perform from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the Carnation Plaza Gardens Stage in Disneyland park.

We are honored to host the Latin ensemble as they bring our guests out onto the dance floor through the sounds of salsa, cumbia, mambo and Latin rock.

The U.S. Air National Guard Band fosters patriotism and provides musical services for the military community and the general public by performing for audiences all over the world.

C’mon out and bring your best salsa moves!

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Disneyland Resort Donates California Zephyr to Western Pacific Railroad Museum

posted on August 9th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


California Zephyr Train Cab from Disney California Adventure Park

I’m excited to share with you a very special donation that we recently made to Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, California.

As part of the expansion of Disney California Adventure park, the main entrance is changing and the cab of the California Zephyr train that most recently served as the location for Bur-r-Bank Ice Cream and Baker’s Field Bakery has been donated to the museum.

California Zephyr Train Cab from Disney California Adventure Park

The train and related artifacts arrived at their new home August 6 and will become part of the museum’s Zephyr Project collection. Plans for a gallery dedicated to sharing the legacy of the California Zephyr are underway.

Visitors to the museum will learn about the history of the famous 1950s passenger train through the donated artifacts, while the recreated locomotive will offer the chance to experience what it was like for engineers to guide the stainless steel Zephyr trains through California’s Feather River canyon.

Fun Facts:

  • The cab once operated as a real locomotive.
  • It is an authentic rendition of the Western Pacific Railroad – one of the three railroads that operated the California Zephyr between Chicago and San Francisco from 1949 to 1970.
  • It wears the same number as the last locomotive to lead a westbound California Zephyr into Oakland, Calif. on March 20, 1970.
  • The California Zephyr is one of the most celebrated “name trains” of the 1950s and 60s.

Check out the video below to watch as the Zephyr begins to make its way to its new home.

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It’s Christmas in July at the Disneyland Resort!

posted on July 22nd, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


The hot days of summer are here and though we love basking in our glorious California sun, our cast members already have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads!

That’s right, with 157 days left, holiday preparations have begun at Disneyland Resort. We recently checked in on the talented artists from the Resort Enhancement team who have started working on the detailed decorations that will create a winter wonderland for guests later this year.

Check out this video to meet Dave Caranci and see how the Resort Enhancement team is getting ready for our merriest time of year!

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The U.S. Coast Guard Band to Perform at Disneyland Resort July 14

posted on July 11th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


On July 14, the U.S. Coast Guard Band will perform at 4 p.m. on the Palisades Stage in Disney California Adventure park. We are honored to host the premiere band representing the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.

The U.S. Coast Guard Band to Perform at Disneyland Resort July 14

The 55-member ensemble has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the nation, including Carnegie Hall. In 2008, the band became the first American military band to perform a concert tour of Japan.

We hope to see you there!

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New Audio Description Technology Describes Outdoor Locations for Disneyland Park Guests with Visual Disabilities

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


Since November 2009, Disneyland Resort guests with visual disabilities have had access to an audio description service available on Disney’s Handheld Device that describes visual elements of more than 20 attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks – more fully immersing them into our attractions and storytelling.

Today, we are pleased to announce that we are now enhancing that service to include descriptions of outdoor locations in Disneyland park. (Due to our ongoing expansion, the enhanced service will be available at Disney California Adventure park beginning in 2012).

New Audio Description Technology Describes Outdoor Locations for Disneyland Park Guests with Visual Disabilities

The 7.2-ounce device, which was created by Disney engineers, utilizes wireless technology to pinpoint its location and features an interactive audio menu that allows guests to choose the type and amount of information they would like to receive from a list of options, ranging from a description of their surroundings to details about nearby attractions, restaurants and entertainment.

In addition to the enhanced audio description service, the device continues to offer services to guests with hearing disabilities including Handheld Captioning, which displays text in specific attractions and areas, and Assisted Listening, which provides amplified audio at several attractions.

If you would like to take advantage of these services, visit Guest Relations at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park. There is no cost (a fully refundable $25 daily deposit is required) and it is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information about services for guests with disabilities, visit www.disneyland.com or contact Disneyland Information at 714-781-7290.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Maintaining Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Resort

posted on June 29th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


Ahoy! Every good pirate needs a sturdy ship and at the Disneyland Resort, a team of talented, highly-trained maintenance professionals helps ensure that Pirates of the Caribbean, a world-renowned attraction, is ready to welcome guests aboard each day at Disneyland park.

These cast members are part of a team whose work begins when the lights go down and all is quiet along the bayou. They are dedicated to inspecting and maintaining all elements of the attraction, down to the smallest detail.

Watch the video below to meet Dave and the attraction’s third-shift maintenance crew from Pirates of the Caribbean!

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Disneyland Grad Nite – New Twists on a 50-Year Tradition Coming in 2012 and 2013

posted on June 22nd, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


As our 50th Grad Nite season comes to an end, we are excited to announce new twists and enhancements coming in 2012 and 2013 to this traditional rite of passage so many of us experienced as high school graduates.

In 2012, Grads will have more time, more flexibility and more room for their celebration at the Disneyland Resort including the opportunity to enter Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park at any time during their Grad Nite visit. Students will receive a park hopper ticket allowing them a full day to experience both parks!

In addition, 2012 Grads will now receive a special FASTPASS option to use during their visit and a private showing of “Fantasmic!” to kick off the exclusive private party that begins when Disneyland park closes.

Beginning in 2013, the private party will move to Disney California Adventure park where Grads will enjoy all the newest offerings including an exclusive “World of Color” viewing and the new Cars Land.

Disneyland Resort Grad Nite, 1966 Disneyland Resort Grad Nite

As these pictures show, our Grad Nites have become an important milestone for millions of graduating seniors in the last five decades, and we are excited to share new experiences as Grad Nites evolve just like the Disneyland Resort continues to evolve each year. We look forward to celebrating many future classes to come!

For more details, please visit www.disneylandgradnite.com.

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Designed by Kids, Built by Disney VoluntEARS!

posted on June 16th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


This Saturday, nearly 300 volunteers from the local community, Disney, the city of Anaheim, Thomas Edison Elementary School and Anaheim Family YMCA will kick-off the building of a new KaBOOM! playground at Edison Park in Anaheim and plant a new learning garden at nearby Thomas Edison Elementary School.

The new playground, which will be built over the course of two days, was designed based on drawings created by the children it will serve. After the drawings were submitted, KaBOOM! created three design concepts and allowed the children to vote on which playground they wanted for their park.

Children Voting for Their KaBOOM! Playground in Anaheim

This new playground will provide more than 1,200 children in a local Anaheim community a safe place to play, while the learning garden at nearby Thomas Edison Elementary School will teach them how to grow vegetables – furthering their knowledge about healthy food and nutrition.

In 2011, Disney is contributing more than $1 million to help KaBOOM! build playgrounds and learning gardens in 13 communities across the U.S. We are proud to work alongside our communities and give our kids the opportunity to play, be active, enjoy time with family and learn ways to be healthy at an early age.

Our final build day is June 22, so check back in a couple of weeks to watch how the project came to life!

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