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Happier Hour Helps Disneyland Park Guests #GetHappier

posted on July 8th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Summer is in full swing, and we’ve been making some Mondays happier for Disneyland Resort guests for the past few weeks, with special appearances by the Seven Dwarfs, Mickey ear hat giveaways and more. Last night, we devoted a whole hour to getting happier with a surprise Happier Hour at Disneyland park!

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From midnight to 1 a.m., select attractions in Frontierland, Adventureland and New Orleans Square were open to 1,500 lucky – dare I say happy? – Disneyland park guests for an hour after the park closed.

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Some favorite Disney friends even stayed up late to #GetHappier themselves, like Goofy and Donald Duck, seen here in their jungle best.

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Happier Hour was a success, bringing smiles and thumbs-up all around! Well, for those who were still awake, at least …

We’re getting happier all summer long at the Disneyland Resort! Follow along with Disneyland Today on Facebook and Twitter, Disneyland on Facebook and Twitter, and also keep an eye out here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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‘The Music of: Nashville,’ Inspired by the Hit ABC Show, Begins July 18 at Disneyland Park

posted on July 8th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Fans of country music and the ABC hit show, “Nashville,” will want to get their boots polished up for an all-new entertainment experience, coming this summer to Disneyland park. Beginning July 18, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will be home to “The Music of: Nashville” every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer.

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Popular local country band, The Kelly Rae Band, will headline this concert experience, performing original tunes from the television show along with some of your favorites from the country music charts. Fans of “Nashville” will be treated to trivia and behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of the show’s music.

So head on over to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer and don’t miss the return of all-new episodes of “Nashville,” Wednesdays this fall 10|9c on ABC!

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Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Returns September 12 – October 31 With 14 Nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party

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


UPDATE 7/16/14: Tickets are now on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members here.

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The Happiest Place on Earth is about to get spookier again, when Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort returns September 12 through October 31. And there will be even more thrills and chills with 14 nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park!

Halloween Time features the popular seasonal attractions, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, along with some famous Disney Villains, Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes, the Dia de los Muertos celebration and the special after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party (a separate, ticketed event).

You can purchase your Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets early – and on your mobile device – here. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • July 16: Tickets on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members
  • July 30: Tickets on sale to general public
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party 2014 dates: Friday, September 26; Tuesday, September 30; Friday, October 3; Monday, October 6, Wednesday, October 8; Friday, October 10; Tuesday, October 14; Friday, October 17; Monday, October 20; Wednesday, October 22; Friday, October 24; Monday, October 27; Wednesday, October 29; and Friday, October 31.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog and Disneyland.com/Halloween for more updates on Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort and Mickey’s Halloween Party, and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #HalloweenTime.

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Summertime Fun at Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

posted on June 30th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Disney Parks Blog readers had the chance to kick off summer in a big way at the Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meet-Up at Disneyland park on Friday!

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were there, greeting guests in “Yee-Haw!” style.

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Guests were treated to live music by Fiddlin’ Duane, Miss Chris and more!

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Talented artists were on hand to sketch guest caricatures, Disney characters, name art and even temporary tattoos.

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Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and even Horace Horsecollar joined guests for a boot-scootin’ line dance! Take a look at all the fun in the video below.

Y’all keep an eye on Disney Parks Blog for future events, ya hear!

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Disneyland Park Guests to Create the Story of ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’

posted on June 25th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


What if you could bring the Wild West to life in Frontierland? What if you could be anyone you want to be – a peacekeeper, an outlaw, a merchant, a miner, an heiress – the possibilities are endless! If you’ve ever imagined what life in Frontierland at Disneyland park would be like, you’re about to have the chance to write the first chapter of the story when “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” opens July 9.

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Here’s the setting:

Frontierland and its neighbor, Rainbow Ridge, are in the midst of a good, ol’ fashioned land feud. Rainbow Ridge – a once-booming mining town – has dried up, and they have their eyes set on Frontierland. The steady, hardworking folk in Frontierland want to keep the town safe and free of rougharound-the-edges, opportunistic types. Rumors are spreading that gold has been discovered in mines belonging to Frontierland, and there is even a rumor that Frontierland itself sits on the motherlode! Whether or not the rumors are true, the folk in Rainbow Ridge have one thing on their minds: take over Frontierland! Thus, the struggle begins …

“Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” will be a whole new way to experience a land in a Disney theme park. Instead of watching the story unfold, guests will be part of the story themselves – naming, creating and developing their own characters and influencing the direction and action of the story’s first chapter. The story will involve entertainment, merchandise, food and more – throughout Frontierland.

Show your Disney Side and choose your alliance when the fight for Frontierland begins July 9! Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more details and updates as the story unfolds, and choose your side with the hashtags #MyFrontierland and #MyRainbowRidge.

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Invited to Sneak Peek of Disneyland Resort 60th Anniversary Celebration – Register Now

posted on June 24th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: This event has reached capacity and confirmation emails have been sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events!

Big news, Disneyland fans! On July 17, 2014, in addition to celebrating the 59th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, we will also give some of our most engaged fans a sneak peek at some of what’s in store for the resort’s 60th anniversary celebration next year.

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We’re inviting a limited number of Disney Parks Blog readers to join us the morning of Thursday, July 17, 2014, to be among the first to get a glimpse of what we have coming for the 60th anniversary celebration of the Disneyland Resort in 2015. Registration information for the event is listed below. Hurry – I’m sure this will fill up quickly!

Can’t make it to the event? Not to worry! We’ll be posting all the details here on the Disney Parks Blog as they are revealed, beginning at 10 a.m. PDT. You can also follow along with @Disneyland on Twitter and the hashtag #Disneyland60.

Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Event confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Disneyland Resort park admission will be provided beginning at 8:45 a.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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Discover Disney California Adventure Park with the Disney California Story Guided Tour

posted on June 23rd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


When it opened two years ago, Buena Vista Street gave Disney California Adventure park guests their first opportunity to step back into the Los Angeles of the 1920s and ‘30s as Walt Disney might have seen it. But the California influence doesn’t end once you pass Carthay Circle. Beginning July 17, guests can discover the stories behind the icons, attractions and landmarks of Disney California Adventure park with our newest guided tour, Disney California Story.

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The tour includes an exclusive look into the members-only 1901 lounge*, two popular Disney California Adventure park attractions*, a special experience at Animation Academy*, plus private lunch and a collectible pin.

Here are some things you should know about the Disney California Story Guided Tour:

  • Tour is offered daily at 10 a.m. and is approximately three hours long.
  • Theme park admission for Disney California Adventure park is required to attend the tour.
  • Check-in is located at the Chamber of Commerce, just inside the entrance to Disney California Adventure park.
  • Attractions and entertainment are subject to availability and may change without notice.

For pricing and booking information (and to find out about a special discount for Disney Rewards Visa and AAA card holders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passport holders) call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at Disneyland.com/Tours.

*Subject to availability and may change without notice.

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Summertime at the Disneyland Resort Keeps Getting Happier

posted on June 20th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Summer is almost officially here! There’s so much to do at the Disneyland Resort this summer – from experiencing the newly reopened Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to meeting Captain America at Innoventions … it’s hard to name it all. That’s why we put it all together in a video for you!

What are you looking forward to this summer at the Disneyland Resort?

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Show Your Disney Sidewalk Continues on Disneyland and Walt Disney World Instagram

posted on June 16th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Have you showed your Disney Sidewalk on Instagram yet? Hundreds of Disney Parks fans have shared photos of their Disney Side-inspired sidewalk art for a chance to be featured on the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Instagram accounts. It’s easy! Take a photo of your chalk art creation, upload it to your Instagram account and tag it with #DisneySidewalk.

We asked featured artist Noah to show us his Disney Sidewalk … take a look at one of his creations, inspired by “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland park!

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World’s First Production of Disney’s THE LION KING in Mandarin to be Presented at Shanghai Disney Resort

posted on June 13th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


From Treasure Cove to Enchanted Storybook Castle, we’ve been showing you updates on the progress of Shanghai Disney Resort, and today I’m excited to tell you about another one-of-a-kind experience in development for the newest addition to our worldwide family of Disney Parks.

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Disney’s musical event, THE LION KING – the landmark Julie Taymor production, exactly as seen on Broadway and in productions around the world – will be presented at Shanghai Disney Resort in partnership with Disney Theatrical Productions. The world’s first production of Disney’s THE LION KING in Mandarin, this groundbreaking show will be performed in a new, world-class, 1,200-seat Broadway-style theater, located in the retail, dining and entertainment area currently under construction adjacent to Shanghai Disneyland park.

“We are thrilled to bring Disney’s THE LION KING to Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Mike Crawford, General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort. “Working with our partners at Disney Theatrical Productions to have the world’s most successful and popular stage musical in Mandarin for the first time, here at our ‘must-visit’ entertainment district, will provide a great centerpiece for the area and an amazing opportunity for the people living in and traveling to Shanghai.”

“It is especially exciting for us to premiere THE LION KING at this brand new theatre at Shanghai Disney Resort, marking our first collaboration with our partners at Disney Parks and Resorts,” said Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. “This uniquely Chinese production will be our most ambitious yet, featuring the very best of local talent, who will perform the show for the first time in Mandarin as they bring Julie Taymor’s singular theatrical vision to life.”

At the time of its opening, the Mandarin production will mark the 10th concurrent worldwide production of Disney’s THE LION KING – the highest number of productions running at any one time in the show’s history. To date, Disney’s THE LION KING has played 18 countries on every continent except Antarctica.

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