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VIDEO: Join the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park this Weekend

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Happy Lunar New Year Celebration is going on now at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure park, through February 8. The event celebrates time-honored traditions of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, inviting citizens of all backgrounds to enjoy the festivities. Join Mulan and Mushu, along with friends Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Chip n’ Dale to celebrate the Year of the Monkey! Take a look at all the fun in the video below.

Join us for the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, February 5-8, from 11 am – 5 pm each day!

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Enter Now for Chance to Win Dazzling ‘Sleeping Beauty’-Inspired Crown in Disneyland Diamond Days

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, has been giving guests the chance to win dazzling prizes – and this week’s prize is one of the most dazzling! Enter right now to win this gorgeous, bejeweled crown inspired by the Disney film, “Sleeping Beauty.”*

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The recipient of this beautiful crown will also rub elbows with royalty, as they will have the opportunity to meet Princess Aurora and Prince Philip during a Disneyland Resort vacation! The prize package includes three days and two nights at a Disneyland Resort hotel for the winner and up to three guests.

What’s the next Disney icon to be awarded during Disneyland Diamond Days? Today, I’m excited to give you a peek at these dazzling Mickey Mouse ears, covered in crystals, that one lucky winner will receive along with a Disneyland Resort vacation package!

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These crystal-encrusted ears feature a white gold-plated Disneyland emblem covered in pave diamonds, surrounding a blue topaz. Your chance to win this amazing ear hat is coming up as Disneyland Diamond Days continues!**

Enter today and don’t miss out on your chance to win. For details, Official Rules, a full list of prizes, odds of winning and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 2/5/16. Each weekly drawing starts Friday at 7:00AM PT and ends at 6:59 AM PT the following Friday. Each eligible weekly entry automatically entered into final drawing but not into any daily drawings. Limit one (1) entry per person per day, regardless of method of entry. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

* Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 2/5/16.

** Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C. and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes starts 7:00 AM PT on 2/5/16 and ends 6:59 AM PT on 9/9/16.

Sponsor: Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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Tips for a Rainy Day at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Here at the Disneyland Resort, wet weather does not put a damper on day of fun. Umbrella in hand, it’s one of my favorite times to take in the sights and sounds of the parks. Try out these activities to sprinkle extra excitement on your rainy day visit:

Gear up for the weather
If the precipitation catches you by surprise, our Disneyland Resort merchandise locations have you covered … literally! You can purchase ponchos and umbrellas in shops throughout both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. If you don’t see them on the shelves, just ask a cast member.

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Experience favorite indoor attractions
Galactic explorers may escape to Star Wars Launch Bay or Hyperspace Mountain in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. For a more relaxing respite from the rain, take a taxi through Monstropolis at Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! at Disney California Adventure park.

Ride your favorite attractions … again and again
Rainy days can mean more opportunities to ride your favorite attractions!

Take advantage of the unique photo opportunities
Sleeping Beauty Castle and Mickey’s Fun Wheel look lovely as ever when the skies are gray, and there are some great snapshots you can only take when it’s raining! For example, try capturing a creative shot of Flo’s V8 Café neon sign reflected on the puddles in Cars Land.

For inspiration, check out these rainy day reflection photos from Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer.

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Sing along to a show
Even in drizzly weather, the show will go on for some of our Disneyland Resort entertainment offerings! Kick back and dry off as The Laughing Stock Co. cracks jokes inside The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland. At Disney California Adventure park, catch up with Mickey Mouse and friends in “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” Be sure to check our daily entertainment guide for show times.

Discover the details in the parks
This is a great time to hunt for a hidden Mickey or enjoy the small delights scattered throughout the parks. Have you picked up one of the party line telephones and listened in on a conversation inside the Market House at Disneyland park? While exploring the Sorcerer’s Workshop at Disney California Adventure park, you will notice the portrait and rose inside the Beast’s Library mysteriously begin to change. Take a little extra time to discover some of the parks’ hidden delights.

What are your favorite ways to spend a rainy day at the Disneyland Resort?

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Video Rewind: Audio-Animatronics Magic at Disney Parks

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


One of the most iconic innovations to come out of Disney Parks is audio-animatronics technology. Walt Disney was driven to bring what he saw as three-dimensional animation to Disneyland, and on June 23, 1963, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opened. The first attraction to feature audio-animatronics figures was home to more than 200 singing birds, flowers and tikis. Let’s take a look back on some of the audio-animatronics advancements we’ve shown you here on the Disney Parks Blog.

All the way back in 2009, we took you behind the scenes as Walt Disney Imagineering programmed the most advanced audio-animatronics figure at the time, Abraham Lincoln, at Disneyland park.

Jump ahead five years, and imagineers continued to develop amazing audio-animatronics innovations, this time working with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park.

And of course, the story of audio-animatronics technology begins with Walt Disney himself. Take a look back at this video, which we shared last year for the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Disneyland Diamond Days Winner Enjoys Private Breakfast in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

posted on January 21st, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Recently, Disneyland Diamond Days winner Simon Dawson from Thousand Oaks, Calif., and his family enjoyed a private breakfast in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park, along with a ride on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. The morning got even more magical when Roger Rabbit himself joined them for a visit!

In addition to their private breakfast, Simon and his family also enjoyed a three day, two night Disneyland Resort vacation package.

This week, don’t miss out on your chance to win your own private breakfast in Mickey’s Toontown during Disneyland Diamond Days! For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 2/5/16. Each weekly drawing starts Friday at 7:00AM PT and ends at 6:59 AM PT the following Friday. Each eligible weekly entry automatically entered into final drawing but not into any daily drawings. Limit one (1) entry per person per day, regardless of method of entry. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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How to Plan an Unforgettable Girlfriends’ Getaway at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 18th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to dazzle, 2016 is a great time for you and your girls to channel your inner princesses at the Disneyland Resort. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply spending quality girl time at the Happiest Place on Earth, try out these fun activities for a magical girlfriends’ getaway!

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Show off matching Mickey Ears, hats or t-shirts
Stepping out in matching Disney style is the perfect way to celebrate your friendship! Minnie ears from The Mad Hatter at Disneyland park, Disney t-shirts from Gone Hollywood at Disney California Adventure park or cute accessories from the World of Disney store in the Downtown Disney District make great photo props.

Capture your memories with Disney’s PhotoPass Service
Disney’s PhotoPass Service ensures that all the girls can get in the group photo. Friendly PhotoPass photographers will pose you in front of iconic locations in the parks, capture Disney Character greetings and even snap a photo with your personal cameras.

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Rejuvenate at Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
A getaway is not complete without pampering fit for a princess! The Balinese-themed Mandara Spa inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa provides an escape to paradise with relaxing massages, manicures, facials and more. Reservations are recommended.

Enjoy dinner in the park at Carthay Circle Restaurant
With an exquisite menu and décor inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, you and your best friends will dine like stars at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure park.

End a spectacular night with the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular
The recipe for a memorable night includes grabbing a cup of hot cocoa, cozying up near “it’s a small world” and spending quality time together as the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks sparkle in the skies above Disneyland park. This spot has a great view of the beautiful animated projections on the exterior of “it’s a small world,” too.

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Grab drinks at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
Located at the Disneyland Hotel, the torch-lit terrace of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is a relaxing spot to unwind and continue the fun after a day in the parks. This tropical-themed lounge evokes the feeling of a mystical oasis, and some colorful cocktails may conjure up magical surprises!

How do you have fun with your best friends at the Disneyland Resort?

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The Force is with Nick Arciniaga Again in Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 17th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Nick Arciniaga Wins Star Wars Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

Fountain Valley, Calif., native Nick Arciniaga just won his second consecutive Star Wars Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort today! After winning the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon in 2015, he followed up with second straight victory in a record-setting time of 1:05:49.

Arciniaga, 32, who now lives in Flagstaff, Ariz., blasted past First Order stormtroopers to break the tape at the finish line. Adam Roach of Pebble Beach, Calif., was second (1:12:29) and Hunter Sapienza of Seattle, Wash., was third (1:12:38).

“This is a race that means a lot to me,” Arciniaga said of the victory. “I’ve been a Star Wars fan ever since I can remember.” Arciniaga goes on to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in the upcoming weeks.

Annie Bersagel is First Female Finisher in Star Wars Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

Annie Bersagel, 32, of Colorado, also flew at lightspeed across the finish line Sunday as the female winner with a time of 1:15:09. Bersagel is also set to compete in the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon. Second-place female finisher was 2015 Star Wars Half Marathon female winner, Jennifer Berry, of Denver, Colo. (1:21:11) and third-place finisher was Kendal Sager of Los Altos, Calif. (1:25:05).

“I was the fastest stormtrooper out here today,’’ Bersagel joked after her win, clad in Star Wars-inspired running gear. “So that’s all you can really ask for, right?”

Star Wars Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

Arciniaga and Bersagel jumped to hyperspace to outrun more than 13,000 athletes in the 13.1-mile intergalactic journey through Disneyland Resort and Anaheim area streets, where a variety of Disney entertainment, including Star Wars characters, cheered on runners at every mile.

The Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend included several family-friendly events, including a three-day Health and Fitness Expo with the latest in fitness apparel, running gear and high tech gadgets. It was the second runDisney race weekend of 2016 and the first this year at Disneyland Resort. The event offered athletes a variety of race experiences for all levels, from Padawans to Jedi Masters – the runDisney Kids Races, the Star Wars 5K, the Star Wars 10K and the Star Wars Half Marathon. The ultimate test for Star Wars rebels was the Star Wars Rebel Challenge – a two-race challenge that combined the Star Wars 10K on Saturday with the Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday. Jedi runners who finished the 19.3-mile challenge earned a special Star Wars Rebel Challenge finisher medal in addition to medals for the 10K and half marathon.

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Sun and Moon Over Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

posted on January 15th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Many Disney Parks Blog readers are familiar with the photography of our Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer. I recently came across two shots of his from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park, showing the sun and moon hovering over the attraction.

I love this first image, with the mountain in silhouette as the Southern California sun peeks out from the other side.

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Paul captures the spookiness of the mountain perfectly in this second photo, with the tree in the foreground and the moon up above the peak.

Come visit the wildest ride in the wilderness on your next visit to Disneyland park!

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Happy Lunar New Year Celebration Returns to Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 12th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


This year, the Year of the Monkey, brings the return of the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure park, February 5-8! The event will celebrate time-honored traditions of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures while inviting guests of all backgrounds to enjoy the festivities. For those who celebrate, it is the customary time to reflect on the past and step into a new life of hope, prosperity and happiness.

Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

Mulan and Mushu will join friends Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Chip n’ Dale during the festivities, celebrating the Year of the Monkey. Special merchandise and authentic food offerings will be available, and colorful live performers, musicians and local artisans will enrich the celebration. Local community groups will perform throughout the day at the Paradise Garden Stage and on the performance corridor outside Paradise Gardens.

Join us for the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration February 5-8, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day!

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First Look at New Rivers of America Waterfront and Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park in California

posted on January 11th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


The Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland park in Southern California have closed temporarily as we prepare to bring an all-new Star Wars-themed land to the park. When these areas reopen, the north bank of the Rivers of America will have a beautiful new waterfront, which I’m excited to give you a sneak peek at today.

Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park

As you can see from this artist’s rendering, courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering, this gorgeous new riverbank will also feature an elevated trestle over which the iconic Disneyland Railroad will travel.

Keep an eye on Disney Parks Blog, as we continue to bring you updates from the ongoing expansion of Disneyland park in California.

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