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Show Your DIY Disney Side: Disney Parks Guide Map Photo Mat

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


If a picture says a thousand words, I say a picture frame can say a thousand more. In this new “Show Your DIY Disney Side,” I’m making quick and easy photo mats using Disneyland Resort tickets and guide maps.

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As much as I love sharing pictures with friends on social media, there’s something special about good ol’ unfiltered, un-hashtagged photo prints. What better way to put these beauties on display than with a unique photo mat? I used Disney Parks tickets and maps because they’re bright and colorful (Plus, it’s a great way to show your Disney Side).

If you have the materials, it’s fun to theme your mat to your photo – admission tickets for a concert photo, a street map for a road-trip snapshot, leftover gift wrap for a birthday photo — the options are endless!

Supplies:

  • Any decorative paper (I used my old park tickets and a guide map, but any other decorative paper will work)
  • Picture frames (I used 8” x 10” and 4” x 6” frames)
  • Craft knife
  • Your favorite photos (I used a 4” x 6” photo for the bigger frame and wallet-sized photo for the smaller, but you can use whatever sizes you’d like)

Step 1: Take the picture frame apart, separating the frame, cardboard backing and glass.

Step 2: Lay the guide map or decorative paper out flat over a tabletop.

Tip: Since we’ll be using our craft knife on this surface, make sure to protect your tabletop! A thick paper bag or some cardboard will do.

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Step 3: Cut your desired paper to fill the frame (you can use the glass as a guide). This will form your photo map.

Tip: If using park tickets instead of a guide map or large decorative paper, you might not need to cut anything at all! Skip to Step 5.

Step 4: Place the photo over the center of the photo mat. Using the craft knife, cut out the center of the mat using the photo as a size guide.

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Step 5: Place the photo face-up in the center of the picture frame and place the photo mat (or neatly arranged park tickets) on top of (or around) the photo.

UPDATE 7/16/14: I wanted to share this great tip from my fellow cast member, Gray, who works at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – “As a photo preservationist myself, I would like to suggest that you only use copies of photos and never the originals, as the tickets and maps are acidic and will degrade photos over time.” Thanks, Gray!

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Step 6: Carefully place the glass on top to lock everything into place.

How do you “Show your DIY Disney Side”? Tell us in the comments!

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Disneyland and Walt Disney World Fans Show Their Disney Sidewalks on Instagram

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


In late May, we kicked off summer at Disney Parks with Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event. As part of the event here at the Disneyland Resort, we featured Disney California Adventure park-inspired sidewalk art by featured artist Noah to launch our Show Your Disney Sidewalk campaign on Instagram. For the past six weeks, followers of the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Instagram accounts were encouraged to show their Disney Side through sidewalk art, and some of the results were breathtaking. Show Your Disney Sidewalk has wrapped up, but I wanted to share some of the amazing pieces we saw.

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@egreen2003 posted this lovely scene of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse enjoying fireworks.

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In this wonderfully detailed piece, @mantia and @grafera pay tribute to a favorite summertime Disney Parks treat.

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The “Partners” statue is depicted in silhouette against fireworks – and @victoria_rangel_ even included a hidden Mickey!

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I love the simplicity of this piece by @eelaineee, showing that less is sometimes more when depicting a Disney Parks icon.

Did you Show Your Disney Sidewalk on Instagram this summer?

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

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


A few weeks ago, we told you about a new experience coming to Disneyland park, in which guests will not only watch the story unfold, they will be able to create the story themselves. “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” begins unfolding today! Here’s what you need to know to jump right into the story on your next visit.

Create Your Character: You can be whoever you want to be in the Wild West of Frontierland. You can be a peacekeeper, an outlaw, a miner … it’s all up to you! You will even be able to create a new name for your character. Whenever you enter Frontierland, that’s who you will be!

Choose a Side: Rumors of gold have led to a struggle for land. Which side will you take … joining the peaceful Frontierland citizens or the opportunistic Rainbow Ridge townsfolk?

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Learn the Lay of the Land: There are new Frontierland locations in play now with “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” and each serves a unique purpose in the story.

  • Trading Post – This is the meeting place and first stop for new Frontierland citizens. This is also where citizens can keep up with the latest Frontierland news and swap plans for fending off those Rainbow Ridge ruffians.
  • Hideout – Like the Trading Post, the Hideout is the first stop and central meeting place for citizens of Rainbow Ridge.
  • Telegraph Station – The information hub of Frontierland, this is the place to send and receive important messages.
  • Sheriff’s Office and Jail – This is where outlaws are brought to justice and where lawmakers work to keep the peace.
  • Talent Agency – Based in the Golden Horseshoe, this is where new talent is discovered and showcased in Frontierland.
  • Card Table – Also located in the Golden Horseshoe, this ongoing card game plays host to outlaws and heroes alike. Be careful what you say here! You never know who may be listening.

Get to Know Your Fellow Citizens: You can find your fellow citizens throughout Frontierland. Just look for your town’s color to find out what’s new in town.

Earn “Bits”: “Bits” are the currency of the Western Territories. You can earn “bits” by participating in tasks throughout the land and spend them on land purchases, to get information and for other worthy causes.

It’s time to choose your alliance in the fight for Frontierland! We’ll have more details as they develop here on the Disney Parks Blog. And be sure to support your townsfolk with the hashtags #MyFrontierland and #MyRainbowRidge!

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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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