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Discover Holidays at the Disneyland Resort with Santa Claus

posted on December 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Recently I had the chance to sit down with the big man in red himself, Santa Claus. We chatted about all there is to see and do during the holidays during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. He also gave me a little hint about my position on the naughty and nice list …

What is your favorite part of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort?

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Celebrate ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ at the Disney Parks Blog ‘Aladdin’ Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 4th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: This event has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future opportunities!

Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” will soon make its final curtain call as we prepare for an all-new theatrical production at the Hyperion Theater, which will immerse guests in the world of Disney’s award-winning blockbuster, “Frozen.” Today, I’m excited to share a surprise holiday gift for Disney Parks Blog readers … we’re inviting you to join a farewell celebration of the long-running Disney California Adventure park show on Thursday, Dec. 10!

If you can’t make it to this special event, don’t worry – you can catch Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine in “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” several times daily through January 10, 2016.

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The Disney Parks Blog “Aladdin” Meet-Up will begin with a private performance of “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” followed by a panel discussion with show performers and others who have brought the show to life over the years.

Space for the event is very 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.
  • Disney California Adventure park admission will be provided beginning at 6:30 p.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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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Christmas Trees of the Disneyland Resort?

posted on December 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


With Holidays at the Disneyland Resort underway through January 6, 2016, there is so much to see! Some of my favorite festive features are the unique Christmas trees found throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, the Downtown Disney District and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. How well do you know these beautiful trees? Find out with the quiz below!

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How Well Do You Know the Christmas Trees of the Disneyland Resort?

Which classic story inspired the Christmas tree found in the European scene of “it’s a small world” Holiday?
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How many multicolored LED lights cover the Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street?
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How tall is Sally’s traffic cone tree at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land?
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How many live, miniature Christmas trees can guests find throughout the Disneyland Resort?
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VIDEO: Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Officially Begins with Lighting of ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


On the evening of November 12, we officially kicked off Holidays at the Disneyland Resort with the ceremonial lighting of “it’s a small world” Holiday! Retired United States Marine Corps Sergeant Juan Valdez – a Purple Heart recipient – along with his wife Christen and service dog Midas, joined Disney pals Mickey Mouse and Pluto to turn on the more than 300,000 twinkling lights at the famous Disneyland park attraction. Take a look back at this special moment in the video below.

Join us for Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, now through January 6, 2016!

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Print Your Own Map of the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


The world famous Jungle Cruise has been taking Disneyland park guests deep into the heart of darkness for sixty years. In all this time, you may have wondered … how exactly does one find his way from the Hippo Pool to the one, the only backside of water? Good news, adventurers! The Jungle Cruise skippers have sent the Disney Parks Blog the following map – direct from the classic Disneyland park attraction.

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Click on the image above to download your own printable version of this helpful navigation tool. While it doesn’t grant you a skipper’s license – sorry – you will be able to follow along as you brave the wilds of the world aboard the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland park.

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New ‘Paint The Night’ Parade Dining Packages Coming to Disneyland Park

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


New dining packages with reserved viewing for the new “Paint The Night” parade will be available beginning January 11, 2016, at Disneyland park.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

At Blue Bayou Restaurant, the dining package includes a three-course meal. Viewing for the Blue Bayou Restaurant “Paint The Night” parade dining package will be located on Main Street, U.S.A.

With a choice of three entrees, Aladdin’s Oasis dining package will give guests the option of taking their meal to-go or enjoying it in the Aladdin’s Oasis seating area. Parade viewing for Aladdin’s Oasis “Paint The Night” parade dining package will be located near “it’s a small world.”

Reservations for both “Paint The Night” parade dining packages will be available soon. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more details!

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Season of the Force Begins November 16 at Disneyland Park in California

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Here at Disneyland park in Southern California, we’re preparing to celebrate the excitement around all things Star Wars with brand-new themed experiences in Tomorrowland beginning November 16. Season of the Force will take guests to a galaxy far, far away with special experiences:

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park

Star Wars Launch Bay

This new area will offer opportunities to visit with favorite Star Wars characters, special exhibits, peeks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens and much more.

Choose Your Destiny with Special Character Experiences

  • Dark Side – Encounter one of the most iconic villains from Star Wars, Darth Vader.
  • Light Side – Fly casual at this makeshift Rebel base, and meet the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca.

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park

Explore the Dark and the Light in Themed Galleries

  • Dark Side Gallery – Get a look at authentic pieces of stormtrooper armor as well as famous Sith lightsabers once wielded by masters of the dark side.
  • Light Side Gallery – Explore a gallery filled with Rebel flight helmets and lightsabers once wielded by Jedi Knights.
  • Preview Gallery – See items built exclusively for Star Wars Launch Bay by the same prop makers who worked on the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Starship Gallery – Discover models of famous starships from throughout the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park

Join the Battle in the Star Wars Game Center – Play the latest games from the Star Wars galaxy, including Disney Infinity 3.0 – featuring park-exclusive Toy Box levels.

Hyperspace Mountain Coming for Season of the Force at Disneyland Park

Hyperspace Mountain

Guests will launch into a galaxy far, far away aboard Hyperspace Mountain, finding themselves in an action-packed battle between Rebel X-wings and Imperial TIE fighters.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Galactic Grill

Choose the dark side or the light at this new themed food and beverage location. In the space that currently hosts Tomorrowland Terrace, the Galactic Grill will serve up specialty menu items inspired by both sides of the Force. Here is a look at some of the menu options:

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Breakfast

  • Darth Tamale – Blue corn tamale with scrambled eggs and chorizo, red chili sauce and tomatillo

Lunch and Dinner

  • First Order Specialty Burger – Angus beef and chorizo patty topped with fried cherry peppers, spicy-lime aioli on dark bun

Desserts

  • The Pastry Menace – Éclair with milk chocolate filling and a hint of cayenne pepper
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Collectibles

  • BB-8 sipper
  • TIE Fighter premium popcorn bucket

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Relive Luke Skywalker’s path to becoming a Jedi in a film that recaptures favorite Star Wars moments on the big screen. The Tomorrowland Theater presents Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, an exclusive cinematic event.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Opening December 8, guests will experience a twist on the Jedi Training experience when they encounter new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.

Choose your side when Season of the Force begins November 16 at Disneyland park in California!

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Seven Sights to See During Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is underway and this special season brings unforgettable experiences around every corner. Let’s take a look at seven sights to see during the holiday season.

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park
Disney characters join Santa Claus for this holiday tradition, featuring prancing reindeer, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies and more.

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Jingle Cruise at Disneyland Park
A shipment of holiday cheer that was supposed to be delivered to the Jungle Cruise skippers has been appropriated by the animals of the jungle, making for a festive seasonal safari!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park
Throughout the season, Paradise Garden at Disney California Adventure park comes alive with this musical and colorful celebration. Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of a special Latin American Christmas celebration at Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

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“Paint the Night” Parade and “Disneyland Forever” Fireworks at Disneyland Park
As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, these new nighttime favorites can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season!

‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

“World of Color” at Disney California Adventure Park
Also continuing through the holiday season is the new “World of Color – Celebrate!” which joins returning favorite, “World of Color – Winter Dreams.” Find out how to secure your spot for the show of your choice here.

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Holiday Decor at Disney California Adventure Park
One of my favorite features of the holiday season is the special themed decor at Disney California Adventure park. From the 1920s and ‘30s inspired charm of Buena Vista Street, to the oversized ornaments at “a bugs land” and the personal touches from the residents of Cars Land, there is always something unique to find every time you visit.

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Winter Village at Downtown Disney District
Enjoy ice skating or browsing holiday treats and gifts in an Alpine-inspired village? Lace up your skates and join the festive fun in the Downtown Disney District!

What are you looking forward to this year during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort? Tell us in the comments!

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Disneyland Diamond Days Winner of the Blue Disney Diamond Meets Anna and Elsa at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


On November 10, Tracy Castleberry from Chula Vista, Calif., held a royal audience with Anna and Elsa at Disney California Adventure park, where she received her one-of-a-kind certificate created by Disney artist Stacia Martin in commemoration of Tracy’s winning a 2-carat Blue Disney Diamond in the Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes. Tracy and her family also enjoyed a three day, two night Disneyland Resort vacation package!

For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 2/5/16. Weekly drawing starts Friday at 7:00AM PT and ends at 6:59 AM PT the following Friday. Each eligible weekly entry automatically entered into final drawing but not into any daily drawings. Limit one (1) entry per person per day, regardless of method of entry. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: November 2010

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Let’s travel back five years for this Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule – to November 2010 – for a look at the stories we shared from the Disneyland Resort.

The Zip-A-Dee-Lady Scene Inside Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park

Crocumentation at Disneyland Park

Paul kicked off the month with a trivia challenge. Do you know which classic Disneyland park attraction these critters appeared in before Splash Mountain? Take a look at Paul’s post for the answer!

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Fairy Tale Suite at the Disneyland Hotel

Heather took us for a look inside the beautiful Fairy Tale Suite at the Disneyland Hotel. Check out more photos in her post!

Partners in the Morning Fog, Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney

Partners in the Morning Fog

November brought fog to the Disneyland Resort, and with it one of my favorite photos from Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer.

A Look Back: November 24, 1955, Mickey Mouse Club Circus Debuts

Valarie took us back in time to 1955 and the opening of Mickey Mouse Club Circus in Fantasyland at Disneyland park.

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