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Disneyland Resort Guests Rock Their Disney Side for 24 Hours

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



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Rock Your Disney Side 24 hour Party

We asked you to help us kick off summer by showing your Disney Side, and you sure did! As Mickey Mouse would say, “Oh boy!” This morning, I went for a walk through both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks with Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer, who snapped these photos of some of our favorites.

What Disney Side are you rocking today? Which is your favorite costume so far?

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VIDEO: Disneyland Resort Kicks Off Summer During Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event

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



2:30 p.m. EDT / 11:30 a.m. PDT

Guests began lining up in the middle of the night here at the Disneyland Resort to be among the first to kick off summer at the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event. When the time came to open Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks at 6 a.m., thousands of guests were already celebrating with music, chalk art and even an oversize sand sculpture of Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen.” Check it out!

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Rock Your Disney Side at Home with Live Streaming Coverage from the Disneyland Resort

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


UPDATE 5/24: Rock Your Disney Side live stream coverage has concluded.


11:30 a.m. EDT / 8:30 a.m. PDT

The Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event is underway at the Disneyland Resort! Can’t make it to the Happiest Place on Earth for this special summertime kick-off at Disney Parks? It’s ok! You can follow along with all the fun from home right here on the Disney Parks Blog with four – that’s right, FOUR – live streams from the Disneyland Resort. Please remember, these live feeds do not include sound.

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Be sure to tune in throughout the day for these events and spectaculars (ALL TIMES PDT):

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Kicking Off Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event with Special Activities at Disneyland Resort

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


Who’s ready to Rock Your Disney Side for 24 hours at the Disneyland Resort? We’ve already shared tips for lining up, carpooling, snacking and catching special entertainment – and today I’ve got more information to share about the big kick-off in the Disneyland Esplanade early Friday morning.

In addition to receiving a special commemorative Rock Your Disney Side lanyard (available to the first 2,000 guests in line), those joining us for the 6 a.m. opening moment on May 23 will be able to check out some special activities we have planned for the early morning hours.

Beginning at 4 a.m., our DJ will get the party started with music and special surprise appearances by some familiar Disney friends, all leading up to the explosive opening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks at 6 a.m.

Olaf sand sculpture (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

In addition, we’ll have artists creating two pieces celebrating summer:

  • A special, hand-crafted Olaf Sand Sculpture will stand eight feet high, welcoming the silly snowman’s favorite time of year. When it’s finished, it will have taken more than 40 hours to create out of 9 tons of sand.
  • To kick off our Show Your Disney Sidewalk program on Disneyland and Walt Disney World Instagram, featured artist Noah will create a piece of chalk art measuring 8’ by 8’ showing Mickey Mouse enjoying a summer day on the beach at Paradise Pier. When complete, the piece will be donated to Autism Speaks for auction.

So get your beauty rest now, and join us early in the morning on Friday to Rock Your Disney Side!

Read these posts for more information on the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event at the Disneyland Resort:

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DisneyBound Your Hero or Villain Side (or Both) at the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event on May 23

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


With the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event just around the corner, you’re probably trying to decide what to wear. Do you come dressed as your favorite hero or your favorite villain? How do you transition from day to night and stay comfortable (yet stylish) for 24 hours? I took these burning questions to Disney fashion expert Leslie Kay – creator of the Tumblr blog, DisneyBound – for this exclusive Disney Parks Blog interview.

You’ve probably seen guests DisneyBounding (yes, it’s become a verb) here at Disney Parks … you’ve probably even done it yourself! And since guests have the opportunity to come dressed as their favorite Disney hero or villain for the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event on May 23, this is the perfect time to make sure your DisneyBound game is on point!

First tell us – what is DisneyBounding?

Leslie: DisneyBounding is a way of expressing your love for Disney through fashion. Using clothes you can find in your closet or at the mall, you can create trendy outfits subtly resembling your favorite Disney character.

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Who is your favorite Disney hero (or Disney villain) to create an outfit from?

Leslie: One of my favorite looks to make is for Ping (Mulan’s warrior outfit). Ping’s look always takes on a powerful yet soft look and has always been one I want to wear to the Parks.

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What tips do you have for creating an outfit inspired by a Disney hero or villain?

Leslie: Even though Edna Mode may not be in favor of this, many Disney Heroes and Villains have capes. If your Disney Hero or Villain happens to have a cape – I usually like to use a cardigan in a similar color as the cape, and then go on to construct the rest of the outfit under the cardigan.

What should we keep in mind when creating a DisneyBound outfit to wear for 24 hours?

Leslie: Make sure your outfit is versatile and comfortable enough to last you an entire day. Remember, you may start off with a warm sunny morning, run into a monsoon in the afternoon, face a cooler evening and be totally over what you’re wearing by 2am. I would suggest bringing a second outfit in your backpack, just in case you care for a change at some point during the day.

If you don’t want to bring a second outfit – layers will be your best friend. This will ensure you stay in DisneyBound character while encountering various temperature and event changes.

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If I wanted to start the day as a hero, then transform into a villain after dark, what kinds of pieces are easy to pack and change?

Leslie: Again, layers are a great way to easily shift your look around. Off the top of my head Hercules and Hades could make for an easy quick change. Both Hercules and Hades have blue within their outfits. You could swap out tan and brown pieces (Hercules) for grey pieces (Hades) while still sporting Hercules’ blue cape. Another really easy one would be Simba and Scar. Keeping chocolate-brown color as the base of your outfit, you can switch out Simba’s golden tones for Scar’s black-brown tones within your outfit and essentially keep the same accessories from day to night!

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Standing in Line 101: Everything You Need to Know to Line Up for the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 20th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: Masks are allowed as long as they don’t obstruct your vision and your eyes are visible at all times.

Alright, all-nighters – it’s time to get your game plan in order if you’re lining up in advance for this week’s Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour event. Whether this is your first time in line or you’re an old pro – waiting overnight for One More Disney Day or the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter - listen up! I’ve got some important details you need to know.

But first, a word from Disneyland Resort Senior Events Manager Al Nassar:

Let’s review:

Pre-Opening Queue

  • No guests will be permitted to line up before 12 a.m. on May 23.
  • Guests may bring games, blankets, chairs, tents and sleeping bags, but chairs and tents must be returned to your car by 3 a.m. Blankets, sleeping bags and games may be stored in a locker.
  • At 3 a.m., all guests in line will be moved through Security checkpoints to the Disneyland Resort Esplanade, where the first 2,000 guests in line will receive exclusive, commemorative Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour event lanyards.
  • No smoking, fighting or loud music will be allowed.
  • Disneyland Security and the Anaheim Police Department will be present throughout the night and into the next morning.
  • All guests in line will be able to temporarily leave the line to use the restroom, purchase food or beverages, and return or retrieve items from their vehicles/hotel rooms.

Parking

  • Remember to carpool! Find out about special incentive here.
  • Guests arriving prior to 5 a.m. on May 23 will be directed to park in the Simba lot.

Costumes and Prohibited Items

  • Costumes are allowed, but they cannot cover your face your vision cannot be obstructed and your eyes must be visible at all times. Costumes must follow the guidelines listed here.
  • Be sure to check the list of prohibited items here.

Tickets

  • Regular park admission used on May 23 is valid for the entire 24-hour period (6 a.m. on May 23 through 6 a.m. on May 24). A special ticket is not required for this event.
  • SoCal Select Annual Passports will not be valid for admission on May 23.
  • SoCal, Premium, Deluxe and Premier Annual Passports will be valid for admission during the entire 24-hour period.

Read these posts for more information on the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event at the Disneyland Resort:

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Carpool to the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event on May 23 for Special Incentives at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 19th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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This is the week! Our Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event is almost here. Today I’ve got a special message for those planning to drive to the Disneyland Resort on May 23.

On May 23, you’ll have more reasons than using the HOV lane to carpool. During the “Rock Your Disney Side” 24-hour event, we will offer the following incentives for cars with four or more passengers who are parking at a Disneyland Resort parking lot:

  • All guests and Annual Passholders without pre-paid parking will receive a discounted parking rate of $8 (for a standard vehicle) when arriving with four or more passengers.
  • Annual Passholders with pre-paid parking will receive one voucher per vehicle for one free popcorn scoop and one bottled beverage, redeemable at any Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park outdoor vending cart. At least one passenger in the vehicle must be a valid Annual Passholder with pre-paid parking privileges.
  • All Annual Passholders and their passengers can also receive a special Toy Story commuter button. At least one passenger in the vehicle must be a valid Annual Passholder. And don’t be late – button quantity is limited and will be given while supplies last!

Remember – each car must contain at least four passengers, oversize vehicles are not eligible for a carpool discount, parking is subject to capacity and these benefits are subject to restrictions or change without notice. Start finding your carpool buddies now, and come Rock Your Disney Side with us on May 23!

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The History of the Disneyland Monorail: Mark VII, 2008-Present

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


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Today we end our look at the history of Disney Parks monorails with the current model of the Disneyland Monorail, the Mark VII. As you can see from the image above, Walt Disney Imagineering designed the Mark VII to have several similarities to the Mark III version – especially the nose cones that were seen on those classic trains.

In addition to the nose cone, another change with this model was a new seat configuration that allowed guests to sit facing the windows, to better enjoy the elevated view of the Disneyland Resort from the comfort of their seats.

Monorail red debuted at the Disneyland Resort on July 3, 2008, as the first Mark VII train. Monorail blue then began transporting guests later that summer and the last train, monorail orange, went into operation in April 2009.

Mandy the Disneyland Monorail

In 2012, the Mark VII has shared the beam way with Manny, Mandy & Mona Monorails to celebrate of the grand opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. These new friends took up temporary residence above Disneyland Resort for the remainder of the year to welcome Lightning McQueen, Mater and the rest of their friends from Radiator Springs.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at monorails through the years – and be sure to check back next month as we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Disneyland Monorail.

Read more about the history of the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Monorails in the posts below:

Before we depart, tell us – If you could go back in time and experience any of the Monorail models, which would it be and why? Leave your answer in the comments!

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: May 2011

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


From nostalgic looks back to whimsical peeks at Disney Parks, we had lots of fun on the Disney Parks Blog back in May 2011.

Construction on the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot, April 1982

Vintage Walt Disney World: Epcot 1982
Disney Archivist Nate Rasmussen joined the Disney Parks Blog in May 2011, with this look at Epcot from 1982.

Gertie the Dinosaur at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Have You Seen Gertie at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
In May 2011, we learned the story behind Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Nurses
For National Nurses Week, we learned what it takes to be a Disneyland Resort nurse.

Disney Parks Blog Readers Among First to Experience Star Tours at Disneyland Park
On May 20, 2011, Disney Parks Blog readers were among the first guests to experience the newly refurbished Star Tours at Disneyland park. Were you one of them?

Was This a ‘Duckspiracy?’

Getting in the Photo at Disneyland Resort
Disneyland park regulars know that ducks are just as much part of the experience as Space Mountain and corn dogs. This photo from Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer is one of my favorites.

Disney Cast Members Create Magic Every Day
Jennifer Fickley-Baker shared a special memory of a Walt Disney World Resort cast member who created a magical moment for her, prompting Disney Parks Blog readers to share experiences of their own.

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Showing Mom’s Disney Side at Disney Parks

posted on May 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite people to visit a Disney park with is my mom. From our first family visit to Walt Disney World Resort in 1982 to her first visit to Disneyland Resort in 2011, we’ve always found new ways to have a great time together. So take it from me – even moms have a Disney Side!

Show your Disney Side this Mother’s Day with the ones you love most!

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