Happy Valentine’s Day from the Disney Parks Blog!
posted on February 14th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
posted on February 13th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
The magic and beauty of the Disneyland Resort is always sure to create romance for our guests, and those who work here are just as susceptible to its power. Indeed, many of our Disneyland Resort cast members have found “the one” working right here alongside them. Today, as we count down the hours to Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share one of these sweetheart stories with you!
Disneyland Resort Ambassador Sachiko White met her Prince Charming – Imagineer Danny Handke – during her Global Ambassador Training in 2012. On a tour of Walt Disney Imagineering, Danny led the group in a presentation on Mystic Point at Hong Kong Disneyland. Some time later, the two met for lunch to discuss Danny’s involvement as a guest presenter for The Ambassador Program Presents – a special event series for Disneyland Resort cast members.
“We got along like peas and carrots,” Sachiko told me, “and a few days later had an epic, 12-hour date here at Disneyland; we’ve been together ever since.”
Danny knew that he wanted to propose to Sachiko here at the Disneyland Resort – not only because they are both cast members and it was where they had their first date – but also because Danny is a huge Disney fan and always wanted to get engaged at Disneyland. So he planned a surprise for Sachiko, enlisting her fellow Disneyland Resort Ambassador Megan Navarette. They convinced Sachiko to attend what she thought was a work-related event in Fantasy Faire. Dressed as a king, he presented a dozen roses to Sachiko when she arrived, asking, “Are you the princess I’ve been looking for?”
The two plan to be married next month – March 21, the first day of spring. “To us, the new season means new beginnings, new growth and the beginning of a new chapter in our lives,” Sachiko said.
posted on February 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Come with us inside the ESPN Zone Sports Arena in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – we found lots of fun, interactive sports games, video games and much more. Next time you’re looking to add a little sports fun to your Disneyland Resort visit, stop by the Sports Arena. It’s on the second floor of the ESPN Zone, and it’s got something for everyone. Check it out!
posted on February 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Tomorrow marks the 13th anniversary of Disney California Adventure park! To mark the occasion, I asked some of our California-based Disney Parks Blog authors to tell me how they show their “Disney Side” at Disney California Adventure park.
Donna Fisk: Because I am a fan of “times gone by,” I show my “Disney Side” by appreciating the nostalgia of Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park. I love gazing at the period architecture, shopping for treasures at Elias & Co. and enjoying a true Hollywood dining experience at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.
Michelle Harker: When I’m at Disney California Adventure park, I love going on Grizzly River Run, watching our amazing nighttime spectacular “World of Color” and just soaking up the surroundings. My “Disney Side” is all about making a splash!
Kevin Rafferty, Jr.: I grew up locally so my friends and I spent a lot of time at Disney California Adventure park. I remember being there for its opening day! Through the years, and the five-year expansion, my favorite activities have changed, but one favorite remains the same – soups served in Boudin sourdough bowls!
Shannon Swanson: My favorite way to show my “Disney Side” is at the Animation Academy in Hollywood Land. First I visit The Beast’s Library, where I discover which Disney character I am most like (recently I was most like Mulan), then I go to Ursula’s Grotto to sing like Ariel (don’t worry, she gets her voice back eventually) and finally I learn secrets of animation from a real Disney artist – they teach guests how to draw different characters each class, and you get a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home!
Valarie Sukovaty: How do I show my “Disney Side” at Disney California Adventure park? I love buying a glass of wine and a cheese & fruit plate at the Golden Vine Winery. It’s so easy to get caught up in rushing from attraction to attraction, but this area provides a welcome break for tired feet and the day’s to-do list.
Michele Himmelberg: There’s something about all the wonderful flavors at Disney California Adventure park that bring out my “Disney Side.” While popcorn is my go-to treat when playing in the parks, at Disney California Adventure park I crave these three specialties: chicken skewers with tandoori-spiced yogurt and tzatziki at Paradise Garden Grill, the shrimp on polenta cake with lemon-caper butter sauce at Wine Country Trattoria and, for evening fun, a Carthay Manhattan at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.
As for me, I love thrill rides, so when I’m at Disney California Adventure park, I’ve got my three must-do’s: California Screamin’, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Radiator Springs Racers. My “Disney Side” is made of high speeds, dips and drops!
What about you? How do you “Show Your Disney Side” at Disney California Adventure park?
posted on February 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Love was in the air and changes were underway three years ago this month at Disney Parks. Here at Disneyland Resort, we were getting ready for a Soundsational Summer! Let’s take a look back at some of the stories we featured here on the Disney Parks Blog in February 2011.
George Lucas Visits Star Tours at Disneyland Park
As we were preparing to venture once again to a galaxy far, far away with the 2011 opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, George Lucas paid a special visit to check on the attraction’s development at Disneyland park.
Keel Laying Ceremony Marks a Milestone for the Disney Fantasy Today
On February 11, 2011, the Disney Fantasy marked a milestone in its construction as it celebrated the keel laying during a special ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard.
Your Favorite Disney Character Couple is…
On Valentine’s Day 2011, we asked Disney Parks Blog readers who their favorite Disney Character couples were. See their answers in the comments!
Tangaroa Terrace, Trader Sam’s to Join Disneyland Hotel This Spring
On February 24, 2011, we announced the addition of two of my favorite locations at the Disneyland Resort – Tangaroa Terrace and (of course) Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.
From Under the Sea to Galaxies Far, Far Away…Opening Dates Are Set For A Soundsational Summer at Disneyland Resort
Three years ago this month, we were getting ready for a Soundsational Summer here at the Disneyland Resort, with the openings of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.
posted on January 30th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
If you love Disney Infinity and Disney Parks, then this week’s Toy Box Thursday is for you! Disney Infinity invites players to submit their own Toy Boxes in a different challenge each week, and this week’s challenge is all about Disney Parks. My friends at Disney Interactive have given us at the Disney Parks Blog the chance to unveil this week’s winners!
So here they are, the winners of the Disney Infinity “Disney Parks” Toy Box challenge:
- Indiana Jones - Foolish mortals! You looked into my eyes! Escape Mara’s wrath in the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. Created by crazybynick.
- Tower of Terror - One stormy night long ago, an elevator door opened into a nightmare. That door has now opened again for you! Created by crazybynick.
- Fantasyland - Ride the fun attractions of Fantasyland, including King Arthur Carrousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Mad Tea Party! Created by Kevin B.
- Space Mountain - Blast off on a high-speed rocket through the darkest reaches of outer space. Created by James F.
- Ride the Typhoon - Head down to Typhoon Lagoon to battle with sharks, ride the waves, race down the rapids and drift along the lazy river. Created by aceobssession.
- Fantasmic! - Save Mickey Mouse’s imagination from the Disney Villains by rescuing all of the Hidden Mickeys. Created by Steve B.
I think my favorite has to be the Toy Box inspired by Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland park. Check it out!
Learn more about Toy Box Thursday – including how to download the winning Toy Boxes – by following Disney Interactive on Tumblr!
posted on January 29th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Today marks 55 years since the release of the Disney animated classic, “Sleeping Beauty.” The timeless tale of Princess Aurora has been immortalized here at Disneyland park in the form of the park’s icon, Sleeping Beauty Castle. Designed by Disney Legend Herb Ryman, it was inspired by a number of medieval European castles – most notably, Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria.
Sleeping Beauty Castle made its first appearance five years before the animated feature itself premiered to the public – as part of the opening titles for the “Disneyland” television series in 1954. The castle was intended to be the central icon of Walt Disney’s new, ground-breaking theme park enterprise, and set the standard for the tradition of castle icons seen in Disney Parks around the world today.
Today, in honor of the 55th anniversary of “Sleeping Beauty,” I’d like to share some unique perspectives on Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park, provided by Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer.
posted on January 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
A few months ago, we told you about a new, interactive game for Disney California Adventure park guests. Each night, before “World of Color,” guests can log on to play the Fun Wheel Challenge on their mobile devices. Competing against other park guests to match the color patterns, the winner gets to control the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel! We recently spent the evening on Paradise Pier to check it out for ourselves. Come along with us!
So the next time you’re waiting to watch “World of Color,” just join the PierGames Wi-Fi network from your mobile device, play the game within your device’s web browser – there are no apps to download. This special Wi-Fi network is available 45 minutes before the start of the first “World of Color” show each evening.
Have you played (or won) the Fun Wheel Challenge? Tell us about it in the comments!
posted on January 26th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
On Friday, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, welcomed NFL players preparing to compete in today’s Pro Bowl game. Players were invited to bring their families to enjoy an afternoon of Disney magic, with special guests Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, of the Kansas City Chiefs, was the first to visit with Mickey Mouse upon arriving at the event.
Tight end Jason Witten, of the Dallas Cowboys, visited with event hostess Minnie Mouse.
And Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy, of the Philadelphia Eagles, stopped to shake a shaka with Mickey Mouse on his way into the event.
Please join me in wishing all the Pro Bowl players luck in today’s game!
posted on January 16th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Come celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Horse during the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, January 31 – February 2, at Disney California Adventure park! Each day, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Paradise Gardens comes to life with this joyous tribute to the traditions and family celebrations of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures.
Throughout the celebration, a Chinese dragon dance troupe, lion dancers and Vietnamese and Korean dance groups will join Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Mulan and Mushu in Paradise Garden for the celebration. Guests will also have the chance to make their own paper lanterns, discover their Zodiac animals and more. And new this year will be the opportunity to take part in the tradition of writing wishes of good fortune and happiness to friends and family.
Available this year is a new, commemorative Happy Lunar New Year Celebration t-shirt, featuring the artwork above. Guests may also purchase red envelopes featuring this artwork, that can be used for the Lunar New Year gift-giving tradition.