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Register Now: Disney Parks Blog Readers Invited to Unveiling of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on January 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: This event has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. If you were not able to register – don’t worry! We’ll have details to share soon on how you can follow along with the event here on the Disney Parks Blog.

I’ve got a special opportunity to tell you about today! A limited number of Disney Parks Blog readers have been invited to join a special event on Wednesday, January 28, at the Disneyland Resort. At this event, guests will get a look at what we have in store for this year’s Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, marking the 60th anniversary of Disneyland.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration
The event will begin with special access to “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park, where guests will experience “For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration,” “Olaf’s Snow Fest” and more.

Space for the event is very 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.
  • Disney California Adventure park admission will be provided beginning at 5:45 p.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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Top Five Tips for Visiting the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 12th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


I’m often asked for tips from family and friends who are planning Disneyland Resort visits. They want to know what to see, what to do and how to make the most of their trips. There are so many ways that my creative and thoughtful fellow cast members have developed to help make your visit easier and even more enjoyable, so today I’d like to highlight a few of them.

1. Disney eTicket

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When you purchase park tickets through the Disneyland Resort mobile site, you can 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! Learn more about the Disneyland Resort mobile site here.

2. Online dining reservations

This is one that I use all the time. Making dining reservations at the Disneyland Resort is super easy – especially when you book online at Disneyland.com. Bookmark this page and use it whenever you need to reserve a table!

3. “Fantasmic!” and “World of Color” FASTPASS and dining packages

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This is one that will save you a lot of time. “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park and “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland park now both feature reserved and stand-by viewing as well as several dining packages. These reserved viewing options give guests more time to enjoy other entertainment and attractions across the Disneyland Resort. Learn more about the new “Fantasmic!” viewing options here.

4. Disneyland Today

Got a question? Need more tips? Disneyland Today is a social media program that answers questions and provides real-time tips and updates for both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, the Downtown Disney District and the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

5. Disneyland.com

The official website of the Disneyland Resort is an incredible resource for information when you’re planning your visit. In addition to being your go-to for dining reservations (see #2), Disneyland.com has park hours, Entertainment schedules, attraction height requirements and so much more.

What are your tips for visiting the Disneyland Resort? Share them in the comments!

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Good Morning from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Good morning from Cars Land! You have to be here pretty early in the morning to see a sight like this – the sun rising over Ornament Valley and the businesses along Route 66. But sometimes our guests do get to see the sunrise here … especially those who have braved 24 hours here at the Disneyland Resort during our special events the past few years. So, those of you who have seen it, tell me … where is your favorite spot to watch the sunrise here at the Disneyland Resort?

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What are Your Disneyland Park Must-Do’s?

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Those of us who visit Disneyland park a lot are often asked, “What is something you [or I] must do at the park?” I’ve given this some thought, so I wanted to share my own personal list of Disneyland park must-do’s. Now, I know this is a very personal list – it will vary for each person. So, let me know in the comments … what is your own must-do list for Disneyland park? Hold on, Disney California Adventure park fans – that’s for another time!

Stop #1 – Disneyland Railroad

Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park

Sometimes my visit begins with the classic grand circle tour, and sometimes that’s how it ends. Sometimes it’s in the middle, whatever – the point is that no visit is complete for me without a ride on the Disneyland Railroad.

Stop #2 – Market House, Main Street, U.S.A.

Hear me out … I’m a coffee fan with a theme park problem. Starbucks plus Disneyland equals a happy me. So yes, this is a recent addition to the must-do list.

Stop #3 – Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Main Street, U.S.A.

Ice cream is only behind coffee on my list of obsessions, and there’s something extra-delicious about ice cream from Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor … am I right?

Stop #4 – Indiana Jones Adventure, Adventureland

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Yes, I chose to go to Adventureland first and yes, I walked right past Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise – both of which I’ve loved ever since I wore acid wash denim and permed my hair. But if a choice has to be made, I’ve got to ride Indiana Jones Adventure. Feel free to discuss.

Stops #5 and #6 – Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, New Orleans Square

Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park

Obviously.

Stop #7 – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

Confession: I’m a thrill ride person, so you’ll see another mountain on this list later. And the recent refurbishment of this classic attraction has only made it more awesome.

Stop #8 – Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm, Frontierland

Goats! Come on, they have goats!

Stop #9 – Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Fantasyland

A classic, and it’s only at Disneyland park. Must. Do.

Stop #10 – “it’s a small world,” Fantasyland

The music, the history, all the Mary Blair art and design … this attraction, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, makes me happy every time.

Stop #11 – Space Mountain, Tomorrowland

Another confession: this is my favorite attraction in all of the Disneyland Resort. And when it’s taken over by a ghost during Halloween Time, I love it even more.

Stop #12 – Little Red Wagon, Main Street, U.S.A.

You’ve got to eat, and when you’re at Disneyland park, you’ve got to eat a corn dog. No excuses.

Okay, so that’s my list. I know you all have your own, so fire away!

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‘Fantasy in the Sky’ Fireworks Returns to Disneyland Park for Limited Time

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Beginning tomorrow, Disneyland park guests will have the chance to stroll down memory lane when “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks returns. This classic Disney Parks nighttime spectacular began lighting up the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle in 1958, and was last seen in regular performances 2004 – later to be seen in special showings on New Year’s Eve. It has also been featured at Disneyland Paris and Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

“Fantasy in the Sky” returns tomorrow night with its familiar soundtrack, featuring classic Disney tunes, and an all-new fireworks program. Come see this Disney Parks favorite soon, because it will only be presented for a limited time. We’re very excited about everything to come in 2015 … stay tuned for more updates!

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Enjoy ‘Frozen Fun’ and More at the Disneyland Resort with Return of Special Ticket Offer for Southern California Residents

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


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We’re kicking off 2015 at the Disneyland Resort with a special ticket offer exclusively for Southern California residents! For a limited time – beginning today – So Cal residents may purchase the special park tickets with options for two or three days of magic and adventure at special prices. It’s the best way to experience the new “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park – officially open today – and also to enjoy the classic attractions and entertainment throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Southern California residents may use the special tickets to visit one park per day (either park) or purchase Park Hopper tickets for a two- or three-day period. The offer has four purchase options: a 2-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $139; a 2-day Park Hopper ticket for $178; a 3-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $169, or a 3-day Park Hopper for $208. With these limited-time tickets, Southern California residents have the flexibility to make memories with family and friends over two or three days, from January 7 through May 21, 2015.* (Dates blocked are March 20 – April 4, 2015.) The sooner you purchase your tickets, the more time you will have to return for a second or third visit!

Also beginning today, “Frozen Fun” will be offered for a limited time at Disney California Adventure park, and includes “Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome,” an elegant location inside the Disney Animation building for Anna and Elsa to receive visitors. Guests may reserve a time to meet them with a Return Time Ticket, available just outside the Animation building. Elsewhere in the Disney Animation building, guests at the Animation Academy will be asked “Do You Want to Draw a Snowman?” – with an Olaf drawing experience.
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Another element of “Frozen Fun” is “For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration,” which transforms the Muppet*Vision 3D Theatre into the Crown Jewel Theatre of Arendelle. Next door, in Stage 17, “Olaf’s Snow Fest” creates a winter scene where guests may meet and share warm hugs with Olaf. A giant play area with real snow encourages guests of all ages to build snow creations and zip down a snow slide. (Note: “Olaf’s Snow Fest” concludes April 30, 2015.) After dark, just outside the entrance to “Olaf’s Show Fest,” the area transforms into “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party.” Guests can join an interactive party that celebrates all things “Frozen” with music, games, photo opportunities, drinks and snacks and ice sculptors.

In addition to “Frozen Fun” at Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure park, guests can also experience the magic of the Disney animated blockbuster “Frozen” with an all-new stage show beginning today at Fantasy Faire in Disneyland park. Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones have put their unique spin on the “Frozen” story, adapting it for the Royal Theatre and featuring Anna, Elsa and the Faire Maidens. Also beginning today, guests may use Disney FASTPASS to reserve a showtime at the Royal Theatre. Anna and Elsa also will also again make daily pre-parade appearances on their own float immediately preceding “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” in Disneyland park.

Special Southern California Resident tickets can be purchased at Disneyland.com/tickets, Disney Stores, Vons and other retail locations, as well as any Disneyland Resort ticket booth. Guests who purchase tickets online may print their tickets at home. When purchased in advance, 3-day tickets include one Magic Morning** early entry to Disneyland park, which provides an extra hour of play on select days before the park opens to the general public. This benefit is not available to tickets purchased at Disneyland Resort ticket booths. For restrictions, visit http://Disneyland.com/2days.

*So Cal Resident Ticket:
Valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of residency is required for purchase and admission. 2-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket is valid for admission for two (2) days to either Disneyland® or Disney California Adventure® park, but not to both parks on the same day. 2-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® ticket is valid for admission for two (2) days to both Disneyland® and Disney California Adventure® park on the same day. 3-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket is valid for admission for three (3) days to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park, but not to both parks on the same day. 3-Day Disneyland Resort Pak Hopper ticket is valid for admission for three (3) days to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park on the same day. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. Tickets expire May 21, 2015. Blockout days of 3/20/15-4/4/15 apply. May purchase up to 5 tickets per person per day with valid ID. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Tickets not valid before 1/7/15. Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.

**Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour:
Magic Morning admission allows admission into selected attractions at Disneyland® Park before the park opens to the general public on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Each Guest must have valid, eligible theme park admission. Disneyland Resort Hotel guest Extra Magic Hour currently allows registered Disneyland Resort hotel guess admission into select attractions at Disneyland Park on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Disney California Adventure Park on Sunday, Monday Wednesday and Friday before the applicable park opens to the general public. Upon hotel check-in, guests will receive a schedule or be informed of when each park offers Extra Magic Hour. Each registered hotel guest (ages3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card. To enhance the Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour experience, it is strongly recommended that Guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to regular park opening. Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour admissions are based on availability and capacity. Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores and restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to restrictions and cancellation.

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Year in Review: 2014 at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 31st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The year is almost over, so let’s take a look back at all that 2014 brought to the Disneyland Resort!

VIDEO: Celebrating 59 Years of Magic at the Disneyland Resort – We celebrated 59 years of Disneyland with a special celebration and a sneak peek at the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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A Look Back at June 14, 1959: Grand Opening of the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Submarine Voyage at Disneyland ParkGeorge shared this amazing look back at the opening of three major Disneyland park attractions 55 years ago.

Time-Lapse Video: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Refurbishment at Disneyland Park
Fans of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad raved when the attraction reopened earlier this year with an upgraded track and new effects.

Global Sing-Along Celebrates 50th Anniversary of ‘it’s a small world’ – We celebrated the anniversary of the Disney Parks classic this year with a global sing-along.

Runners Assemble For Victory at the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort – The inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon invited athletes to assemble with some of their favorite heroes.

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

Five Lessons Learned During ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park – Disneyland park guests helped create the story of “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” in this first-of-its-kind experience.


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Dateline Adventureland: Adventure Trading Company Now Open at Disneyland Park – Guests caught Juju fever when the Adventure Trading Company set up shop in Adventureland.

What was your favorite Disneyland Resort event in 2014?

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Disney Parks Most-Geotagged Locations on Both Facebook and Instagram in 2014

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


As 2014 is coming to a close, we here at Disney Parks are proud and excited to learn that our fans have made us the most-geotagged locations on both Facebook and Instagram this year! Specifically, Disneyland Resort claimed the top spot on Instagram, with Disney Parks pulling in the most tags on Facebook.

Photo of Main Street U.S.A. from @Disneyland on Instagram Photo of Disney California Adventure from @Disneyland on Instagram
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Above are a few of the photos we’ve shared from @Disneyland on Instagram this year. As much as we love sharing our photos with you, the most fun part of what we do on Instagram is sharing photos from our guests. The same goes for our @WaltDisneyWorld and @DisneyAulani Instagram feeds – many of the photos shared across all three come directly from fans like you. To share your photo with us, just add #Disneyland, #WaltDisneyWorld or #Aulani to your photo description or tag @Disneyland, @WaltDisneyWorld or @DisneyAulani to your photos during your visit!

Looking for more ways to connect with Disney Parks? I’ve got your handy guide to all things Disney Parks social here:

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2015 Rose Bowl Teams, Florida State Seminoles and Oregon Ducks, Visit Disneyland Resort

posted on December 29th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


2015 Rose Bowl Teams, Florida State Seminoles and Oregon Ducks, Visit Disneyland Resort

Where do 2015 Rose Bowl teams Oregon and Florida State go before they play in the 101st Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2015? To Disneyland, of course! On Saturday, Dec. 27, in a ceremony at Disney California Adventure park, the No. 2 CFP-ranked Oregon Ducks – champions of the Pac-12 Conference – and the No. 3 CFP-ranked Florida State Seminoles – champions of the ACC Conference – met to celebrate their Rose Bowl match-up in the Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game.

2015 Rose Bowl Teams, Florida State Seminoles and Oregon Ducks, Visit Disneyland Resort

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and members of both teams joined Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier and Mickey Mouse on stage at Paradise Pier. Among the Oregon players were center Hroniss Grasu, wide receiver Keanon Lowe, quarterback Marcus Mariota, offensive lineman Hamani Stevens and outside linebacker Tony Washington. Featured Florida State players were kicker Roberto Aguayo, defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr., defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, wide receiver Rashad Greene and quarterback Jameis Winston.

2015 Rose Bowl Teams, Florida State Seminoles and Oregon Ducks, Visit Disneyland Resort

The 2015 Rose Bowl marks one of the few times that the two most recent Heisman Trophy winners will face each other in a post-season game. We were excited to welcome Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (left) and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (right), here with Mickey Mouse.

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Following the ceremony, each was invited to show their Disney Side with opportunities to experience popular Disney California Adventure park attractions, including Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land and California Screamin’.

The 101st Rose Bowl game will be played in Pasadena on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. This first-ever College Football Playoff is broadcast on ESPN with back-to-back Semifinal Games being played on New Year’s Day. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks take on the defending national champions, the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at 5:00 PM/ET. Then at 8:30 PM/ET, the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide face the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The winners of these games face each other in the National Championship on January 12 in Cowboys Stadium. Watch the College Football Playoff National Championship on ESPN, Monday, Jan.12 at 8:30 PM/ET.

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Three Kings Day Celebration Returns to Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 29th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disney ¡Viva Navidad! – now in its second year at Disney California Adventure park – is set to conclude once again with a celebration of Three Kings Day, taking place January 2-6. Three Kings Day, also known as Dia de los Reyes Magos, is celebrated in many Latin American countries as part of the Christmas story. It commemorates the day the three kings (the magi or “wise men”) followed the star to Bethlehem and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Take a look at what guests can expect during our celebration.

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