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Help Decide the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the Past (Almost) 60 Years

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


The time has finally arrived to choose the top Disneyland Resort memory from the past 60 years! For the last few months, you have submitted your memories and voted on the top selections from each of the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present – all to decide who will win the grand prize: a trip to Disneyland Resort to kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Well, today is the day to choose, and we’re putting the power in your hands!

Here are the finalists – the top photos from each decade:

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From the 1950s – @RizzosCookies: 1955 Disneyland opening week. Cousins w/ Mr. Walt Disney @Disneyland fire station

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From the 1960s – @KrazyKevinWolff: My dad, uncles, & grammy at the ‪@Disneyland ‪#Matterhorn Bobsleds in the late ’60s.

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From the 1970s – @eilonwey28: 1970′s Disneyland. Me and Pluto on Main St. – taken by my Dad in Mar. 1977, on my 2nd birthday.

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From the 1980s – @kerinjmb: Throwback Thursday to Disneyland circa 1988

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From the 1990s – @mssmith702: This was in 1999 and was Dominic’s first visit to Disney. I always thought this pic should be a postcard. I miss these days! This pic makes me #happy

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From the 2000s – @carlajh: <3 Thank you Walt <3 And to think, it all started because of a mouse! 2014

Vote now!

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29. We will announce the grand prize winner soon after, so stay tuned!

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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The Halloween Tree at Disneyland Park

posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


If you walk through Frontierland during Halloween Time at Disneyland park, you can’t miss the beautifully decorated oak tree near the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, with glowing orange lights and hand-painted jack-o’-lanterns hanging from its branches. The tree, which is inspired by Ray Bradbury’s 1972 fantasy novel “The Halloween Tree,” was dedicated to the author on Halloween night in 2007.

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Bradbury, a lifetime Disney fan and the author of classic American novels such as “Fahrenheit 451,” met Walt Disney in 1964. In the years that followed, Bradbury helped develop many attractions at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, most notably Spaceship Earth at Epcot. He also penned the screenplays for two Disney films, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983) and “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” (1999).

Bradbury’s novel “The Halloween Tree” tells the story of a group of trick-or-treaters who learn about the origins of Halloween while on an adventure to find their missing friend. Bradbury dreamed of having a Halloween Tree at Disneyland, and on the 35th anniversary of the novel, his dream was brought to life. “I belong here in Disneyland, ever since I came here 50 years ago. I’m glad I’m going to be a permanent part of the spirit of Halloween at Disneyland,” the author said at the tree’s dedication. Bradbury would visit the tree before he passed away in 2012.

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Today, the Halloween Tree delights guests of all ages and honors Bradbury’s many contributions to The Walt Disney Company. A plaque at the base of the tree commemorates the night of its dedication: “On the night of Halloween 2007, this stately oak officially became ‘The Halloween Tree,’ realizing famed author Ray Bradbury’s dream of having his symbol for the holiday become a part of Disneyland.”

Bradbury’s icon continues to be part of Disney Halloween magic even outside of Disneyland park. If you’re celebrating the Halloween season aboard one of the four ships of the Disney Cruise Line this year, don’t miss the Pumpkin Tree in the lobby that is inspired by “The Halloween Tree.”

Have you visited the Halloween Tree during Halloween Time this year?

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#GetHappierContest Winner Shares Happy Memories from Disneyland Park

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


This summer, we asked you to share what makes you happiest at the Disneyland Resort in our #GetHappier Instagram contest. Well, the winner has been chosen, and it’s Mary Powell from Nevada! As our grand prize winner, Mary will receive a trip for four to the Disneyland Resort – sure to make anyone get happier! I recently asked Mary for the story behind this adorable winning photo.

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She seems to be very excited to meet Mickey Mouse! Has she seen him again since this photo was taken?
She was very happy to meet Mickey. She has seen him again since this picture and still loves him, although multiple princesses are making their way up her list of favorites.

What happened right after this photo was taken?
It was a pretty magical moment for everyone in the room. We really didn’t want to leave, Lydia (our daughter) included. Thankfully we were there with lots of family and there were other kids in our family that we got to meet Mickey.

We can see what makes her happy at Disneyland … what makes you happy here?
That moment is one of many that makes us love Disneyland. It is those magical moments that seem to come around every corner that sets Disneyland apart. We have gone as single people, a married couple without children, and now are passing our Disney love to the next generation. Each stage is a unique experience at Disneyland but it is always a happy and memorable experience. I love that there is something for everyone and even with a 5-month-old we were able to enjoy plenty of attractions, shows and experiences.

What is the first thing you’re going to do when you arrive on your grand prize trip to the Disneyland Resort?
The first thing we always look forward to is coming out from under the bridge at the entrance of Disneyland and getting that first glimpse of Main Street and the castle. Both my parents grew up going to Disneyland. They actually were both there the first week that Disneyland opened at 5 and 7 years old. It is an experience we have all shared over the years.

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Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 2000s

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


For the past few weeks, we’ve been asking you to vote for your favorite Disneyland memories from each decade of the past 60 years, and today we’ve finally made it to the 2000s! We asked for your photos from 2000 all the way to today, and we’ve narrowed down the submissions to the photos below. Help us get ready for next year’s Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and decide which will win!

Here are the top Disneyland Resort memories we received from the 2000s:

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From @juliamarino11: Heel clicking with tigger :) summer 2014!

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From @AdamXMedina: 2012, What better way to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary than with a diamond?

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From @carlajh: <3 Thank you Walt <3 And to think, it all started because of a mouse! 2014

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From @stayceyoung: ‪@disneyland 2000′s – The inaugural Disneyland 10k was so much fun!

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From @ecamagna: Jessie’s biggest fan! February 2014

So, which is your favorite? Vote now!

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22. Then, on Thursday, Oct. 23, we will show you the winners from each decade, which you have voted for over the past few weeks! Starting next Thursday, you will have the chance to vote for the 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. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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Fortune Teller Ivana Mystic Predicts Fun for Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 15th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Halloween Time is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort, and it seems that predictions about all the fun and spookiness have been true … namely those made by famous fortune teller, Ivana Mystic. Ivana has been appearing at the Halloween Carnival in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree area of Disneyland park, and I stopped by earlier in the season to find out what she predicted to be in store this year.

Was she correct in her predictions for Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort? Come see for yourself, now through October 31!

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It’s Halloween Time at Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park

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


What’s in the tea that makes Mad T Party so … well, mad … during Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure park? We talked to the show’s choreographer to find out!

Be sure to travel down the Rabbit Hole for yourself before Halloween Time ends on October 31 to see all the special Halloween-edition madness for yourself!

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‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Celebrates 25th Anniversary by Joining the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on October 10th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


America’s Funniest Home Videos,” the longest running prime time entertainment show in ABC history, celebrates its 25th anniversary season this year! To mark this occasion, the show is joining in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – our 60th anniversary celebration – with a special prize. Here’s Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron with a hint for Disney Parks Blog readers!

So don’t miss this celebratory season of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” premiering this Sunday, Oct. 12, at 7|6c.

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Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 1990s

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


Don’t put away those neon T-shirts and that hairspray just yet – it’s time to vote for your favorite Disneyland Resort memory from the 1990s! As we look forward to next year’s Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we’re continuing the voting for the top memory from each decade of the past 60 years. We asked you to submit your most magical Disneyland Resort memories, and now we’re narrowing down the submissions to decide which will win!

Here are the top Disneyland Resort memories we received from the 1990s:

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From @StarrFae: me and my favorite coaster growing up in the 90′s

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From @nicole77brady: Family vacation 1996 Making family memories at our favorite place with our favorite mouse.

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From @nic_alodeon: 1990s Disneyland. Circa 93!

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From @mssmith702: This was in 1999 and was Dominic’s first visit to Disney. I always thought this pic should be a postcard. I miss these days! This pic makes me #happy

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From @malloryhicks: Fun time in the Disneyland tea cups. #1999

So, which is your favorite? Vote now!

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15. Be sure to check back Thursday, Oct. 16, when we’ll share the top five memories from the 2000s to today.

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.

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Fans Show Their Spooky Disney Side Aboard the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up

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


Fans Show Their Spooky Disney Side Aboard the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up

Last night, 200 Disney Parks Blog readers showed their Halloween Time inspired Disney Side at the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up. The evening began with a cruise around the Rivers of America in Disneyland park, aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia. But something spooky was happening on deck …

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The ship was haunted by the ghosts of Disneyland past! Our ghost host for the evening, Father from Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, introduced special guests throughout the cruise – each representing special moments of dearly departed Disneyland history.

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Guests were visited by Miss Pumpkin Festival from the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, a dancer from the Tahitian Terrace, one of Miss Lily’s can can dancers from the Golden Horseshoe Revue, the Deputy Mayor of Toontown who once appeared in Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness, Becky Thatcher from Tom Sawyer’s Island and even one of the Kids of the Kingdom!

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The Creepy Cruise concluded with a special serenade from the Cadaver Dans.

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As guests disembarked from the Sailing Ship Columbia, they found Frontierland filled with surprises, like their favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween costumes, a trio of Disney Villains, a bounty of special Halloween Time treats and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, continuing its runaway train trips just for them.

And of course, guests turned out to show their Disney Side! Many of our meet-up guests arrived in costume, and you can see some of our favorites in the gallery above.

Did you attend the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Today in Disney History: New Disneyland Sign Debuts, 1989

posted on October 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


For years, a large marquee sign on Harbor Blvd. welcomed guests to Disneyland park. On this day in 1989, the original sign which stood at the entrance since the park opened, was replaced with a new sign featuring an electronic marquee. To mark this occasion, I’d like to re-share two photos that were originally posted by George Savvas in this fantastic article back in 2010 here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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In the photo above, you can see the old and the new side-by-side as the new sign is installed.

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And here is the new sign, finished and lit up, as it would welcome guests for the next 10 years.

Do you remember these Disneyland landmarks? Share your memories with us in the comments!

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