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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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Registration Now Open: Celebrate Summer at the Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: The Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meet-Up has reached capacity and confirmation emails have been sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events!

The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer … it sure feels like summer! It’s time to party! Come celebrate with us at a BBQ in the happiest backyard on Earth … Disneyland park! Registration is now open for the Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meet-Up on Friday, June 27, 2014.
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There’s so much to do at the Disneyland Resort this summer, so we’re giving Disney Parks Blog readers a peek at all the fun. We’ll start with a BBQ lunch inside Disneyland park – with some special friends, of course – then guests will have the opportunity to “play in the backyard” afterward. The best backyard in the world, that is!

So join us on Friday, June 27! 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.
  • Meet-up 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 park admission will be provided beginning at noon 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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Behind the Scenes at the Disneyland Resort Monorail Roundhouse

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As we get closer to the 55th anniversary of the Disneyland Monorail this Saturday, we’ve been bringing you unique looks at this iconic Disney Parks attraction. Today we’re taking you behind the scenes for an insider’s look at the Disneyland Resort Monorail Roundhouse. Electrician Peter Gonzalez gives us the scoop on how the monorail works and what his team does to keep the highway in the sky running every day.

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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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