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Watch Live: Disney Infinity 2015 Toy Box Summit at the Disneyland Resort, August 12 – 13

posted on August 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Tomorrow, August 12, and Thursday, August 13, Disney Interactive is hosting this year’s Disney Infinity Toy Box Summit, at the Disneyland Resort. Top Toy Box Artists from around the world will gather for an in-depth, hands-on look at the newly enhanced Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Toy Box mode, meet the developers from Avalanche Software – the team behind the successful “toys-to-life” franchise – and compete in a Toy Box building competition.

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The Toy Box Summit events will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PDT on August 12 and 13, and you can follow along with the livestream at twitch.tv/disney.

At the conclusion of Wednesday’s panels, Toy Box Artists will be teamed up with a Toy Box Mentor to compete in the first-ever Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition building competition. They will have all afternoon and evening to build the best Toy Boxes possible. Though this portion of the day will not be livestreamed on Twitch, the live event coverage will continue on Periscope and Twitter at @DisneyInfinity.

A panel of judges will decide the Toy Box 3.0 Competition winner based on theme, design, gameplay and creativity. In addition, the community will be invited to vote for its favorite, which will be announced next week.

Here is the full schedule of activities, which you can see at twitch.tv/disney:

Wednesday, August 12 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

  • Toy Box Summit Keynote featuring John Blackburn, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Avalanche Software; John Vignocchi, Vice President, Production, Disney Infinity; and Allison Petrek, Lead Community Manager, Disney Infinity.
  • Toy Box Showdown featuring a talented mix of Toy Box community and team members as they take audience suggestions on what to build in the game’s signature mode.
  • Toy Box 3.0 Panels:
    • The Walt Disney Company Creative Minds – Led by Jeff Bunker, VP, Art Development, Avalanche Software.
    • Spotlight on Toy Box 3.0 – Featuring Disney Infinity Game Director Bob Lowe and community mentors Troy Johnson and Patrick Efird who will detail all of the new features available in Toy Box 3.0.
    • Becoming a Toy Box Artist – Featuring Avalanche Software community mentors detailing their journey to joining the Disney Infinity family and giving advice to other budding Toy Box Artists.
    • Joining Forces for 3.0 – Disney Infinity joined forces with development studios to create Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition. Learn how Ninja Theory, Studio Gobo and Sumo Digital’s expertise played a unique role in the development of the upcoming Play Sets and Toy Box Expansion Games.
    • Starting Your Own Channel – Panel showcasing top personalities from Twitch, YouTube and the Disney Infinity community team who will discuss how they first got started and share tips for creating exceptional gaming content on each platform.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

  • Toy Box 3.0 Competition Showcase – The livestream begins again as Toy Box building teams show off their creations by playing in their Toy Boxes.

For more information on Disney Infinity, please visit www.disney.com/infinity and www.youtube.com/disneyinfinity, join the Disney Infinity Facebook community and Google+ community, and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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Official Disneyland App Now Available for Download

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The official Disneyland App is available for download now from the App Store and on Google Play. This new app provides useful info, special features and more right at your fingertips.

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Find the fun faster with maps of attractions, restaurants and shops. Check attraction wait times, Character appearance schedules and entertainment show times. You can even purchase park tickets instantly from your phone or mobile device!* Simply show the barcode at the gate for admission when you first arrive — no ticket booth lines to stand in or e-tickets to print out.

Annual Passholders can also link their Annual Passports to the Disneyland App to check Blockout Dates and use the app’s virtual Pass feature to enter the parks (actual Annual Passport must be presented to obtain Disney FASTPASS tickets or to receive Passholder discounts).

Download the official Disneyland App now at disneyland.com/magic and make every Disneyland Resort visit even more magical!

*Mobile app ticket sales are available for U.S. and Japan Residents only.

Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google, Inc. Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

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A Unique Point of View: Monstro Looms Over Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite features of Fantasyland at Disneyland park is Monstro the whale. Looming over Storybook Land Canal Boats, Monstro can also appear to be chomping down on other parts of Fantasyland, depending on your point of view.

Here he is, huge teeth reflected in the canal as you begin your voyage into Storybook Land.

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Seen from Mad Tea Party, Monstro looks like he is munching on some of the oversized foliage surrounding his neighboring attraction.

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Back at Storybook Land Canal Boats, he appears to be taking a bite out of the manicured hedges at the beginning of the attraction.

What is your favorite feature in Fantasyland?

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Video Rewind: Point-of-View Videos from Disneyland Resort Attractions

posted on August 4th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Need to fill that time between your last ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the next? Miss that view from the front of the Disneyland Resort Monorail? Good news – Shannon, one of our fabulous video pros, has you covered! Take a rewind back to some of the “Point of View” videos she has shared with us over the years here on the Disney Parks Blog.

We captured memorable moments from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain and Space Mountain, and mashed them into one video.

A camera was mounted on the driver’s side of a Radiator Springs Racers car during a test run prior to the 2012 opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park for this special sneak peek of the attraction.

A round-trip ride on the Disneyland Monorail lasts about 15 minutes, but if you’re short on time, this video highlights the highway in the sky with a point of view only visible by a few.

Five cameras traveled aboard the Omnibus to tape the entire trip from the Main Street Train Station to Sleeping Beauty Castle and back again.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park?

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” transports guests into the world and works of Walt Disney, including his dreams of Disneyland. This new presentation of “World of Color” is a part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

How well do you know the new nighttime spectacular in Disney California Adventure park? Take our quiz and find out!



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How Well Do You Know ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park?

“World of Color” has become a favorite among Disneyland Resort guests. How many times has this nighttime spectacular been performed?
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“World of Color – Celebrate!” features which two charming co-hosts?
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How many fountains bring “World of Color – Celebrate!” to life?
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Where can you obtain Disney FASTPASS for priority viewing of “World of Color – Celebrate!”?
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A Unique Point of View: ‘Storytellers’ Statue at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 29th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


I love the “Storytellers” statue on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park. You can walk right up and stand beside a young Walt Disney and his pal, Mickey Mouse, as if they’re just two more dreamers making their way around 1920s Los Angeles.

This point of view is so great – it’s like you’re listening over their shoulder as they make plans for their future together. What do you think these new friends might be saying to each other?

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First Look: Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As we first told you back in February, Luigi – the most famous tire salesman in Cars Land – has temporarily closed his Casa della Tires to visit family in Italy. Today, I’m excited to tell you that he is returning with some special guests!

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

Luigi has invited all of his cugini (cousins) from his hometown of Carsoli, Italy, to visit his Casa della Tires. To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, they will demonstrate the dances of their village with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates as our special guests continue to settle in at Disney California Adventure park!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park?

posted on July 24th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Forever” is an all-new kind of fireworks spectacular that uses sparkling pyrotechnics and larger-than-life projections to immerse you right in the middle of your favorite Disney and Disney•Pixar stories. How well do you know this brand-new fireworks spectacular? Test your knowledge in our quiz below!

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How Well Do You Know ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park?

“Disneyland Forever” features which of the following Disney/Disney•Pixar films?
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Tinker Bell has flown above Sleeping Beauty Castle countless times throughout the history of Disneyland park. Taking a cue from Tinker Bell, which character takes a swim to the Matterhorn for the first time in “Disneyland Forever” fireworks?
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“Disneyland Forever” features fantastic music from Disney and Disney•Pixar films and brand-new songs, including “Live the Magic” and “A Kiss Goodnight.” Which Disney Legend composed the song “A Kiss Goodnight,” which plays after the conclusion of “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular?
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Guests can see “Disneyland Forever” from many locations around the park. Which locations provide the best viewing of the new fireworks spectacular?
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South Carolina Honeymooners Win Disneyland Diamond Days Prize on Anniversary of Disneyland Resort

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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July 17 was a special day for us here at the Disneyland Resort – the 60th anniversary of opening day. It was also a special day for honeymooners Matthew and Claire Foote from Spartanburg, South Carolina, because they were our Disneyland Diamond Days winners for the day! It was their first visit to the Disneyland Resort, so the prize package, which included Disney VIP Tour Guide service, reserved viewing for “Fantasmic!” and exclusive visits with Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters – made this momentous occasion even more magical for them.

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 9/11/15. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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VIDEO: Antique Disneyland Souvenirs from the Walt Disney Archives

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we marked the 60th anniversary of Disneyland opening day, and the festivities continue with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. In the video below, Justin from the Walt Disney Archives shares a look at some rare antique Disneyland souvenirs from their collection, including items from July 17, 1955. Take a look!

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