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Time Lapse: Olaf Sand Sculpture Takes Shape at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 29th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last Friday, Disney Parks officially kicked off summer with the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event. Here at the Disneyland Resort, we celebrated with a giant sand sculpture of summer’s biggest fan – Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen.” Today we’ve got a special time-lapse view of the creation of this sculpture, set to – what else? – “In Summer,” performed by Olaf himself!

And don’t forget – the “Frozen” soundtrack is available on Walt Disney Records (if you’re not playing it on repeat already).

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Show Your Disney Sidewalk for Chance to be Featured on Disneyland or Walt Disney World Instagram

posted on May 25th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Yesterday, we kicked off summer with the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event at Disney Parks. The summer fun continues today on Disneyland and Walt Disney World Instagram, where we’re asking fans to Show Your Disney Sidewalk!

Each week, followers will be given a special theme to create their own sidewalk art at home, inspired by their Disney Side. Simply take a photo of your creation, upload to your Instagram account and tag it with #DisneySidewalk, and your art may be chosen to be featured on the Disneyland or Walt Disney World Instagram feeds!

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We asked Disney Parks featured artist Noah to show his Disney Sidewalk, and he even shared one of his creations at the opening of the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event yesterday. He also had some chalk art tips he wanted to share with you. Check it out:

So get that chalk ready, and Show Your Disney Sidewalk on Instagram!

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Summertime is Underway at Disney Parks

posted on May 24th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We just wrapped up the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event here at Disney Parks – our big kick-off to summer! There’s so much to see and do at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts this summer … here’s a peek:
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At Walt Disney World Resort, the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens on May 28. The crowning jewel of New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history, this new attraction takes guests on a rollicking musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

Also at Magic Kingdom Park, the new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade features innovative parade floats, vibrant costumes and an original soundtrack that includes songs from favorite Disney films along with a new parade theme song.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the popular “Festival of the Lion King” returns this summer in the new Harambe Theatre. The park will offer Harambe Nights on Saturday evenings, June 7 through August 9, featuring a dazzling theatrical experience and energetic street party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney’s film, “The Lion King.”
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At the Disneyland Resort, guests can enjoy the newly reopened and enhanced Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, along with dazzling summer entertainment that, beginning in mid-June, will include “Frozen” characters in a special pre-parade float for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. The pre-parade unit features Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and snowman Olaf.

Other summer entertainment in Disneyland includes daily performances of “Mickey and the Magical Map,” nightly performances of both “Fantasmic!” and “Magical” fireworks spectacular and a variety of new entertainment daily in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. At Disney California Adventure park, guests continue to enjoy Cars Land and the popular nighttime offerings, “World of Color” and Mad T Party.

What are you looking forward to this summer at Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments!

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Rock Your Disney Side Parties on Into the Night at Disneyland Park

posted on May 24th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort



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It may be the wee hours of the morning here at Disneyland park, but that hasn’t slowed down the party! We’re still celebrating the start of summer here at the Disneyland Resort. In front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, guests dance to music along with Disney Villains.

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Next door at Fantasy Faire, they are twirling and dipping the night away at the Royal Swing Ball.

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After the sun went down, the Royal Hall was taken over by Disney Villains!

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Over in Tomorrowland, the Force is strong with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy.

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And the Dapper Dans are making special after-dark appearances on Main Street, U.S.A.

Are you rocking your Disney Side at Disneyland park?

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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



7:00 p.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. PDT

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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!

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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.

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