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Celebrating Dad’s Charming Disney Side at Disney Parks

posted on June 11th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, so it’s time to celebrate the original Prince Charming in your life! Maybe dad was the one who tied your shoes, giggled at your silliness or made it all better when you cried. For me, he’s the one who made sure we had plenty of ice cream while we waited for the “Remember the Magic” parade on Main Street, U.S.A., at the Magic Kingdom and sang the line “When you wish upon a star …” in his best high-pitched voice the rest of the day. That’s my favorite memory of my dad’s Disney Side – what’s yours?

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Alice in Wonderland, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and ‘Frozen’ Updates from Disneyland Park

posted on June 11th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Alice in Wonderland and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland park are currently closed for refurbishment, and today I’ve got some updates to share on those attractions and more.

First, I’m pleased to report that Alice in Wonderland will reopen July 4. In February, we shared that updates would be made to the exterior of the attraction, but I heard recently from Walt Disney Imagineering that some work is happening on the inside as well.

Frozen” fans will have a new way to see their favorite snowed-in sisters when Anna, Elsa and lovable snowman Olaf appear in a special pre-parade prior to Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, beginning this Friday, June 13.

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Lastly, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is scheduled to reopen September 27 – so get ready to go explore once again in the big blue world with Nemo and his friends!

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Exclusive Interview With the Abominable Snowman From Inside the Matterhorn at Disneyland Park

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


To celebrate 55 years of the Matterhorn at Disneyland park this week, I took an intrepid camera crew deep inside the icy caverns of the first Disney Parks mountain to interview its most famous and elusive resident – the Abominable Snowman. He may be loud, but don’t let that grizzly exterior fool you … he’s actually pretty profound.

What is your favorite Matterhorn memory? Share it with us in the comments!

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Top 5 Tips for Piloting the Disneyland Monorail

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


We’re celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Disneyland Monorail this week! I wanted to know more about this iconic Disney Parks attraction, and who better to ask than someone who travels the highway in the sky every day? You may remember Disneyland Monorail pilot Mike Gibson from Kevin Rafferty’s recent “Every Role a Starring Role” post. Today, Mike shares his top 5 tips for piloting the Disneyland Monorail.

Have you ever dreamed of being a monorail pilot? What would be your top tips?

Stay tuned for more stories here on the Disney Parks Blog this week as we celebrate 55 years of the Disneyland Monorail.

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Show Your DIY Disney Side: Disney Parks Guide Map Coasters

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


I’ve got another “Show Your DIY Disney Side” craft to share with you today, with step-by-step instructions for turning your Disneyland Resort guide maps and tickets into handmade keepsakes. Not much of a crafter? No need to fear! These projects are quick, easy and fun to make. All it takes is a little faith, trust and pixie dust (and a few supplies from the art supply store)!

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Today, we’re making a set of drink coasters using Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park guide maps, tickets and the most important piece, bathroom tiles. But don’t start ripping your bathroom apart just yet! Home improvement stores sell individual ceramic tiles, and some cost less than a quarter each.

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Whether you’re giving these coasters as a gift or keeping them for yourself, they’re sure to add a magical touch to any table. I’ll chEARS to that!

Supplies:

  • Square ceramic tiles (Mine were 4 ½” x 4 ½”.)
  • Disneyland Resort guide map, theme park tickets or any other decorative paper, cut into 4” squares
  • Foam brush
  • All-in-one decoupage glue, sealer and finish
  • Waterproof acrylic sealer
  • Thin cork, cut into 4” squares
  • Heavy-duty crafting glue

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Step 1: Wipe the tile with a damp cloth to remove smudges and fingerprints.

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Step 2: Use the foam brush to paint the tile with a generous coat of decoupage glue. Immediately center paper on the tile, pressing firmly on one edge and working your way to the opposite end to get rid of air bubbles and creases. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes.

Tip: Be sure to apply additional pressure to the edges and corners since they’re prone to peeling.

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Step 3: Brush a layer of decoupage glue over the paper and tile, making sure your brushstrokes run in one direction (You’ll be able to see the strokes when the glue dries). Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes.

Step 4: Brush a second layer of decoupage glue over the paper and tile in the same direction as in Step 3 or in the opposite direction to create a crosshatch pattern. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the desired look is achieved. (I used four layers of decoupage glue.)

Step 5: Apply a thin layer of acrylic sealer according to the sealer directions. Allow to dry completely.

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Step 6: Use crafting glue to attach a cork square to the back of the tile. (That way, you can use and stack your coasters without worrying about scratches.)

Repeat process with remaining tiles. Allow each to dry for at least 24 hours before use.

Which DIY Disney Side craft are you working on? Tell us in the comments!

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Disneyland Resort is Going to Make Your Mondays Happier this Summer

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


It’s Monday. And worse – a summer Monday. The sun is shining, but some of us are stuck under the glow of fluorescent office lights. Anyone else on their third cup of coffee? Just me? I don’t know about you, but I could use a little magic in my Mondays …

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If you feel the same way, get ready – because your summer is about to get happier! Everyone knows Disneyland Resort keeps getting happier, so this summer, we’re paying that happiness forward. How? We’re taking over Mondays! Every Monday this summer (now through Labor Day), Disneyland Resort will be surprising and delighting guests and fans with fun ways to #GetHappier … it could be online, in the real world … you never know where the magic will be made!

So what will these surprises be? Well, they wouldn’t be surprises if I told you! So be sure to follow Disneyland Resort on Facebook and Twitter, follow Disneyland Today on Facebook and Twitter, and keep an eye out here on the Disney Parks Blog find out how to #GetHappier all summer long!

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Time Lapse: Olaf Sand Sculpture Takes Shape at the Disneyland Resort

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


Last Friday, Disney Parks officially kicked off summer with the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event. Here at the Disneyland Resort, we celebrated with a giant sand sculpture of summer’s biggest fan – Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen.” Today we’ve got a special time-lapse view of the creation of this sculpture, set to – what else? – “In Summer,” performed by Olaf himself!

And don’t forget – the “Frozen” soundtrack is available on Walt Disney Records (if you’re not playing it on repeat already).

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Show Your Disney Sidewalk for Chance to be Featured on Disneyland or Walt Disney World Instagram

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


Yesterday, we kicked off summer with the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event at Disney Parks. The summer fun continues today on Disneyland and Walt Disney World Instagram, where we’re asking fans to Show Your Disney Sidewalk!

Each week, followers will be given a special theme to create their own sidewalk art at home, inspired by their Disney Side. Simply take a photo of your creation, upload to your Instagram account and tag it with #DisneySidewalk, and your art may be chosen to be featured on the Disneyland or Walt Disney World Instagram feeds!

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We asked Disney Parks featured artist Noah to show his Disney Sidewalk, and he even shared one of his creations at the opening of the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event yesterday. He also had some chalk art tips he wanted to share with you. Check it out:

So get that chalk ready, and Show Your Disney Sidewalk on Instagram!

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Summertime is Underway at Disney Parks

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


We just wrapped up the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event here at Disney Parks – our big kick-off to summer! There’s so much to see and do at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts this summer … here’s a peek:
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At Walt Disney World Resort, the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens on May 28. The crowning jewel of New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history, this new attraction takes guests on a rollicking musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

Also at Magic Kingdom Park, the new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade features innovative parade floats, vibrant costumes and an original soundtrack that includes songs from favorite Disney films along with a new parade theme song.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the popular “Festival of the Lion King” returns this summer in the new Harambe Theatre. The park will offer Harambe Nights on Saturday evenings, June 7 through August 9, featuring a dazzling theatrical experience and energetic street party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney’s film, “The Lion King.”
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At the Disneyland Resort, guests can enjoy the newly reopened and enhanced Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, along with dazzling summer entertainment that, beginning in mid-June, will include “Frozen” characters in a special pre-parade float for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. The pre-parade unit features Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and snowman Olaf.

Other summer entertainment in Disneyland includes daily performances of “Mickey and the Magical Map,” nightly performances of both “Fantasmic!” and “Magical” fireworks spectacular and a variety of new entertainment daily in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. At Disney California Adventure park, guests continue to enjoy Cars Land and the popular nighttime offerings, “World of Color” and Mad T Party.

What are you looking forward to this summer at Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments!

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Rock Your Disney Side Parties on Into the Night at Disneyland Park

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



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It may be the wee hours of the morning here at Disneyland park, but that hasn’t slowed down the party! We’re still celebrating the start of summer here at the Disneyland Resort. In front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, guests dance to music along with Disney Villains.

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Next door at Fantasy Faire, they are twirling and dipping the night away at the Royal Swing Ball.

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After the sun went down, the Royal Hall was taken over by Disney Villains!

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Over in Tomorrowland, the Force is strong with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy.

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And the Dapper Dans are making special after-dark appearances on Main Street, U.S.A.

Are you rocking your Disney Side at Disneyland park?

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