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Students Awarded $50,000 in Disneyland Resort Scholarships for Philanthropy Work

posted on May 25th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


It’s the season of caps and gowns and “Pomp and Circumstance” and the time of year when we at the Disneyland Resort have the honor of recognizing 10 exceptional Orange County graduates for the passion and commitment they have shown to their communities and academia.

In six years, the Disneyland Resort has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships. The caliber of students exceeds expectations each year – and this year is no exception. Meet Jordyn Berk of Capistrano Valley High School.

Jordyn Berk of Capistrano Valley High School and Recipient of Disneyland Resort Scholarship

Berk learned about diabetes at an early age by watching her grandfather’s struggle with the disease and decided to take action. She combined her passion for karate with her hope of finding a cure and founded the annual Chop for Charity fundraiser in benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and CHOC Children’s. The event raises money by showcasing board-breaking demonstrations and allowing individuals a try at their own karate chop at a wooden board. This year alone, Berk, who also volunteers at Boys Town, the American Red Cross and Second Harvest (just to name a few), has already raised more than $50,000.

We are proud of all of our scholarship recipients and wish them continued success as they embark on their college experience.

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The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to Perform at Disneyland Resort May 15

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


On May 15, the Disneyland Resort is honored to host “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army,” The U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus from Washington D.C. The group will perform at 11 a.m. on the Palisades Stage in Disney California Adventure park. Later that day, the Soldiers’ Chorus will perform at 4:30 p.m. in our traditional flag retreat ceremony held at Disneyland park in Town Square.

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to Perform at Disneyland Resort May 15

The U.S. Army Field Band has been performing for more than six decades, appearing in all 50 states and more than 30 countries. Performance highlights include the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty and presidential inaugural parades. The 29-member mixed choral ensemble Soldiers’ Chorus is the vocal component of The U.S. Army Field Band and performs both with the Band and separately.

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to Perform at Disneyland Resort May 15

We are proud to host this internationally acclaimed musical group and invite you to join us on Sunday, May 15.

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Disney’s Planet Challenge Winners Celebrate at Disneyland Resort

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


Last month, we shared the excitement of 30 young students from Zachary, La., who won a trip to the Disneyland Resort as the national elementary school grand prize winners in Disney’s Planet Challenge, the in-school program for Disney’s Friends for Change.

Disney's Planet Challenge Winners Celebrate at Disneyland Resort

On Friday, we welcomed them with a special ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle and a parade down Main Street, U.S.A.

Disney's Planet Challenge Winners Celebrate at Disneyland Resort

Ms. Rainey’s and Mrs. Gilpin’s second- and third-grade combination class was recognized for growing and replanting hundreds of plants to protect the wetlands ecosystem along the Grand Isle coast of Louisiana, an area that was affected by Hurricane Katrina and other recent storms. The class also wrote and published educational books to raise money for wetlands preservation and even created its own podcast.

The annual competition encourages third through eighth grade students to explore science and conservation while empowering them to make a positive impact on their communities. Over the program’s 16-year history, hundreds of students have created meaningful projects that protect our environment.

At this year’s recognition ceremony, Louisiana native Princess Tiana and other friends from Disney’s animated feature “The Princess and the Frog,” celebrated with the students.

To learn more about this year’s winning projects and how you can get involved with Disney’s Planet Challenge and Friends For Change, please visit disney.go.com/planetchallenge and disney.go.com/projectgreen.

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Boys & Girls Clubs Celebrate Earth Month at Disneyland Resort

posted on April 27th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort became an educational playground for more than 140 Boys & Girls Club children this past weekend as they learned about the environment in celebration of Earth Month.

During the adventure, the students participated in special, environmentally-focused Disney Youth Education Series programs led by local “Rangers” on the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure park. They learned about California’s great outdoors as well as the importance of protecting nature and conserving water.

Boys & Girls Clubs Celebrate Earth Month

The children then got an up-close-and-personal look at animals and the significance of ecosystems. They got the opportunity to interact with and learn about local species of wildlife, including gopher snakes, tarantulas, sea stars and hermit crabs, shared by local nonprofits Inside the Outdoors and the Ocean Institute.

Boys & Girls Clubs Celebrate Earth Month

Throughout the day, the students were reminded about simple changes they could make that have a lasting impact on the environment - such as turning off lights when they leave a room and taking shorter showers.

Preserving the environment starts with each one of us and we are happy to have the opportunity to teach our local children about how they can be a part of the bigger picture.

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Did You Know? Fast Facts from the Disneyland Resort, Part Seven

posted on April 26th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


In celebration of Earth Month, we’ve been featuring environmental facts about the Disneyland Resort through our “Did You Know?” video series. In this series, cast members share information about various aspects of the Disneyland Resort. Today, you will learn about some of the changes we’ve made to reduce energy consumption. Check it out.

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Delicious Gluten-Free Choices Available at Disneyland Resort

posted on April 20th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


Imagine a pizza party complete with cake and ice cream, all gluten-free, for a group of kids who can’t typically eat those things. That’s very special, and it’s possible at the Disneyland Resort. At Disneyland Resort, our chefs go above and beyond to ensure that every guest has the best experience possible – and we all know that the Disneyland Resort experience includes delicious food!

Gluten-Free Waffle Available at Disneyland Resort

From pizza to pancakes, waffles to pasta and burger buns to tacos, there are numerous choices for guests with a gluten-free diet. For those of you who might not know, a gluten-free diet is designed for people who cannot eat foods that contain wheat, barley, rye or oats. These grains are found in many foods – making it tough to find suitable choices when dining out. But our chefs have been making favorite foods gluten-free for more than 10 years. Nearly all our food locations offer a gluten-free item or substitution.

So, what should you do if you have a special dietary need and you plan to visit the Resort? Here are some easy steps that will make eating at our parks and hotels that much simpler:

  • Plan ahead! Take a look at this page for some tips and mention your special dietary needs when you book your dining reservation at 714-781-DINE.
  • Speak with the manager or chef of the dining location when you arrive, and he or she will help you in selecting the best choice.
  • You can also visit City Hall at Disneyland park for an updated list of all available gluten-free items.



To find out more about dining at the Disneyland Resort, see these posts:

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Celebrate Earth Day at Downtown Disney

posted on April 19th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


Downtown Disney is in full “green” mode in celebration of Earth Day, April 22.

Here’s a rundown of the “earthy” activities:

  • Catch the latest Disneynature film – “African Cats” – premiering at the AMC 12 Theaters.
  • Celebrate Earth Day at Downtown Disney

  • Check out Archisand who will sculpt a “larger than life” replica of a lioness and her cubs (located between AMC 12 Theaters and Kitson Kids).
  • Get your FREE Earth Day Face Painting (African Cats-themed) from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Kaman’s Art Shoppe kiosk.
  • Watch as Splash! Animals paints beautiful portraits of endangered animals with only their hands and some environmentally friendly paint! Shows run from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. April 22, and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. April 23.
  • Build a special Earth Day Soy Bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop (Yew Yew the Greenzys Panda).
  • Take a picture with Cha Cha the frog at Rainforest Café.

Take a look back at some of the exciting art created by Splash! Animals at previous Downtown Disney appearances.

Hope to see you there!

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Did You Know? Fast Facts from the Disneyland Resort, Part Five

posted on April 5th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


Back by popular demand, here is the fifth video in our “Did You Know?” series – wherein cast members share “fast facts” about various aspects of the Disneyland Resort. Take a look back at our last “Did You Know?” video. This month, we’re celebrating Earth Month and teaching you about our use of compressed natural gas. Be in the know! Check it out.



Check out more fast facts from the Disneyland Resort:

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Happy Earth Month!

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


At the Disneyland Resort, being environmentally aware is part of our heritage and we make that commitment every day (not just on Earth Day) through simple acts such as recycling, and larger initiatives such as the way we “banked” the water in Paradise Bay in preparation for “World of Color.” Walt Disney expressed his commitment to the conservation of natural resources more than 60 years ago and we continuously look at ways to make our business practices more environmentally friendly. I am proud to work for a company that values the environment.

Check out the video below to see some of the ways in which we “go green!”

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Tangaroa Terrace, Trader Sam’s to Join Disneyland Hotel This Spring

posted on February 24th, 2011 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort


Many of you may remember our announcement last spring about the ongoing Disneyland Hotel renovation. This exciting project gives the hotel a retro theme with a contemporary twist and adds historic and nostalgic elements of Disneyland park, circa the 1950s.

In keeping with that spirit, we are excited to announce that this spring Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam’s will open. The tiki-inspired design and storyline for this restaurant and bar were a perfect fit, as they tie in thematically with the mid-century modern architecture of the Disneyland Hotel and the adjacent Dream Tower, soon to be renamed Adventure Tower.

Artist Rendering of Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel

Inspired by Adventurelands from Disney Parks worldwide and the nostalgic Tahitian Terrace restaurant, located in Adventureland from 1962-1993, Tangaroa Terrace will immerse guests in a tropical setting with tiki torches and themed music. The name of the restaurant was borrowed from one of the tiki gods at the Enchanted Tiki Room. The fast-casual dining experience will include island-inspired food and beverages. The new bar, named after Trader Sam, the infamous Jungle Cruise “head” salesman, will open adjacent to Tangaroa Terrace. Trader Sam’s unique lounge experience will include interactive experiences with a bit of Disney magic you won’t want to miss.

These new locations are in addition to the new in-room décor and exterior of the hotel, as well as the new pool, immersive water play area and redesign of the Never Land Pool that will be completed later this year. Check back soon for more details on the Disneyland Hotel renovation project!

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