Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Interview with Imagineer Lisa Girolami Aboard Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

posted on September 2nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland park guests have been wowed by the updates to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ever since it re-opened this spring. I recently took a ride on the attraction with Imagineer Lisa Girolami, who oversaw its extensive refurbishment. The wildest ride in the wilderness might not be the best place for an in-depth interview, but it sure is the most fun!

What do you like best about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park? Tell us in the comments!


See the posts below for more on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:

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‘Legends of Frontierland’ Extended at Disneyland Park

posted on August 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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I’ve got great news for you residents of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge … “Legends of Frontierland” has been extended at Disneyland park! Originally scheduled to ride off into the sunset on September 1, this guest favorite will be around a bit longer – so if you haven’t chosen sides in the struggle for Frontierland, now is the time!

New to the story? Gather ‘round the campfire and catch up with these past Disney Parks Blog posts:

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New and Returning Frightful Favorites During Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park

posted on August 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Halloween Time is just around the corner here at the Disneyland Resort, and already our guests have been purchasing tickets for the popular Mickey’s Halloween Party. Don’t have yours yet? Get them now right here!

New this year, the stars of “Frozen” – Elsa, Anna and Olaf – will appear in their special pre-parade prior to “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade.

Not to be outdone, the Disney villains have plenty of bad-apple fun planned for “Villains Square.” Throughout the evening, Disney villains such as Cruella De Vil, the Queen of Hearts, Judge Frollo and Lady Tremaine will arrive in Town Square on a black horse-drawn carriage, inviting guests to party like a Villain!

Of course, there’s so much more to enjoy at Mickey’s Halloween Party, including:

  • The opportunity to play in Disneyland park three hours before the party starts
  • Trick or Treating for candy and healthy treats ­in the ultimate Disney neighborhood
  • “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular (presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party, weather permitting)
  • “Monsters U Dance Party” at Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Cadaver Dans, a ghoulish quartet performing Halloween-themed tunes aboard a drifting graveyard-themed raft on the Rivers of America
  • Access to your favorite Disneyland park attractions, including Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

So get your tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party here and join us for all the spooky fun!

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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. This complete planning tool is accessible through your device’s web browser; there are no apps to download.

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Let’s start with planning. The new Disneyland.com mobile site allows you to book hotel rooms, make dining reservations, and purchase park tickets right on your mobile device. You can even add options like transportation and other area attractions. Driving to the Disneyland Resort? You can also purchase pre-paid parking vouchers to make your arrival even easier.

Once your travel dates are selected, you can research park hours, entertainment schedules and even find height requirements and information on your favorite Disneyland Resort attractions.

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And here’s the best part. Once your tickets are purchased and you’re ready to begin your Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park visit, you simply scan your Disney eTicket directly from your mobile device right at the park turnstile. No need to print anything or visit the ticket booth!

So get started planning your next Disneyland Resort visit on your mobile device today!

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Last Week to Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories with #Disneyland60Contest

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This is it! It’s the last week to share your Disneyland Resort memories for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015! So tweet or Instagram your memories now! You only have until midnight on Wednesday, August 27, to enter.

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This week, in addition to your memories from the past 60 years, we’re looking for your memories from 2000 to the present. What memories have you made with us in the last 14 years? I asked fellow Disney Parks Blog author, George Savvas, for his favorite memory and he shared this adorable photo of his son, taken during the Disneyland Resort 50th anniversary celebration. Show us your 2000s memories with the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, and be sure to include the decade in your entry description!

To enter, post your photos on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest by August 27, 2014, and make sure to let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet.

Tip: Make sure your entry is official! To be considered an official entry, your photo must be shared as a new Instagram post with the contest hashtag and the decade in which the photo was taken in the description. Hashtagging an old Instagram photo post will not be considered an official entry. Feel free to screen grab it and re-upload it to Instagram to enter if you have a photo already posted on the channel.

When the submission period is complete, we’ll select the top five photos from each decade, and Disney Parks Blog readers will vote for the top photo from each of the Disneyland Decades. Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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What is Your Summertime Favorite at the Disneyland Resort?

posted on August 18th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Summer is slipping by, but there’s still time to experience all your summertime favorites here at the Disneyland Resort. We recently asked some of you, our Disney Parks Blog readers, to tell us about your favorite things to do at the Disneyland Resort during the summer … take a look!

What do you love the most about summertime at the Disneyland Resort? Let us know in the comments!

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Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1990s

posted on August 14th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re getting close to the end of the submission period in our search for your memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort; there are just two weeks left! This week, we’re looking for your memories from the 1990s. Share now for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

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You don’t have to go too far back for this one … just about two decades ago, Disneyland park guests dancing in the streets with the Party Gras parade, meeting their favorite stars at Disney Afternoon Avenue and celebrating the opening of “Fantasmic!” Show us your 1990s memories with the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, and be sure to include the decade in your entry description!

How to enter:

  • Each week, we’ll be asking for your special photo memories from a specific decade. (Regardless of the weekly decade inspiration, you can share a favorite photo from any of the decade periods between now and August 27, 2014.)
  • Post your photos on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest by August 27, 2014, and make sure to let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet.

Tip: Make sure your entry is official! To be considered an official entry, your photo must be shared as a new Instagram post with the contest hashtag and the decade in which the photo was taken in the description. Hashtagging an old Instagram photo post will not be considered an official entry. Feel free to screen grab it and re-upload it to Instagram to enter if you have a photo already posted on the channel.

When the submission period is complete, we’ll select the top five photos from each decade, and Disney Parks Blog readers will vote for the top photo from each of the Disneyland Decades. Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

For more on the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, visit the links below:

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Meet the Townsfolk of ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on August 11th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


If you’ve moseyed down to Frontierland at Disneyland park this summer, you’ve probably met some of the colorful townsfolk of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge during “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” You’ve probably even joined in and claimed one of the towns as your own. If you haven’t yet, I wanted to introduce you to some of the folks you might meet if you join this experience before it ends its test run on September 1.

Frontierland or Rainbow Ridge – where does your loyalty lie? Tell us in the comments!

For more about “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” fun at Disneyland park, visit the links below:

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Celebrating 45 Years of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on August 9th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re doing something a bit different for this week’s post to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. You might have noticed the rotating banners we have at the top of the page this weekend, many of which are unique angles on the exterior of the classic attraction. I loved these photos so much, I wanted to show them to you (to borrow a phrase) as they appeared in their original, uncropped state …

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I love this imposing view of the entrance, with the mansion looming behind, framed perfectly between the iron gates.

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Continuing through the gates, we get this ominous view of the mansion, with the pet cemetery to our left and the ghost-horse driven hearse on our right.

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Drawing closer, we can see the gorgeous iron of the mansion’s wrap-around porches (a must for any southern estate, you know).

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One of my favorite areas of the Haunted Mansion is the pet cemetery guests wander past on their way through the queue. I particularly love Rosie, who – sadly – “bought the farm.”

I hope you have enjoyed our celebration of 45 years of grim, grinning ghosts at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. What are your favorite memories of this iconic Disney Parks attraction? Tell us in the comments!

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Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1980s

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Fans have shared so many fun memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort, we can’t wait to see what you share from the 1980s! Share now for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015.

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The 1980s were a unique time – especially here at Disneyland. Did you dance the night away at Videopolis? Get lost in your own imagination with the opening of the New Fantasyland in 1983? Show us your 1980s memories with the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, and be sure to include the decade in your entry description!

How to enter:

  • Each week, we’ll be asking for your special photo memories from a specific decade. (Regardless of the weekly decade inspiration, you can share a favorite photo from any of the decade periods between now and August 27, 2014.)
  • Post your photos on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest by August 27, 2014, and make sure to let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet.

Tip: Make sure your entry is official! To be considered an official entry, your photo must be shared as a new Instagram post with the contest hashtag and the decade in which the photo was taken in the description. Hashtagging an old Instagram photo post will not be considered an official entry. Feel free to screen grab it and re-upload it to Instagram to enter if you have a photo already posted on the channel.

When the submission period is complete, we’ll select the top five photos from each decade, and Disney Parks Blog readers will vote for the top photo from each of the Disneyland Decades. Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details. http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/disneyland-60-rules/

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