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Time-Lapse Video: Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House Installed at Disneyland Park

posted on October 1st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Halloween Time is upon us, and that means the return of seasonal fan favorite, Haunted Mansion Holiday. Each year, Jack Skellington takes over the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park, transforming the iconic attraction in honor of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” One of the signature details of Haunted Mansion Holiday is the enormous gingerbread house, which changes each year. Our video team documented the installation of this year’s creation … take a look in this time-lapse video!

Have you seen the new gingerbread house inside Haunted Mansion Holiday this year?

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Five Things You Might Not Know About Horticulture at the Disneyland Resort

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


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It’s the details that make you feel like you’re in another world at a Disney Park, and horticulture plays a huge role in creating that feeling. When you’re walking through the untamed jungles of Adventureland in Disneyland park, you may notice the towering bamboo plants near Tarzan’s Treehouse. As you’re strolling through the wooded mountains of Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure park, you see the colorful California foliage. These are some of the magical details created every season by the Disneyland Resort Horticulture team. Here are some things you might not know about horticulture at the Disneyland Resort:

  1. The Jungle Cruise tree canopy stands as tall as 100 feet.
  2. More than 3,600 annuals make up the smiling face of Mickey Mouse at the entrance to Disneyland park.
  3. With approximately 18,000 trees and 125,000 shrubs, the Disneyland Resort is one of the largest gardens in Southern California.
  4. Twenty-two topiary animals and characters call the Disneyland Resort home.
  5. The oldest living tree at the Disneyland Resort is a two-foot-tall Mugho Pine, which is more than 150 years old. Guests can find this tree during a cruise on the Storybook Land Canal Boats in Fantasyland.

What is your favorite detail of the landscape panorama at the Disneyland Resort?

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Danny Elfman Visits Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

posted on September 26th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Earlier this week, we shared a special reading from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” from the film’s composer, Danny Elfman, in front of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park. While he was here, we caught up with the Elfman, the man who provided the singing voice for Jack Skellington himself! We were amazed to learn that this was Elfman’s first time experiencing this holiday overlay. In the video below, he describes what it was like to hear his music blended with his favorite Disneyland attraction.

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Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 1970s

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


To continue the voting for the top Disneyland Resort memory from the past 60 years, we’re moving on now to the 1970s! In preparing for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we asked you to submit your most magical Disneyland Resort memories from the past six decades. Now we’re narrowing down the submissions to decide which will win!

And here are the top Disneyland Resort memories we received from the 1970s:

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From @rBc5FNoura: 70′s decade! Me and my little brother in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

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From @eilonwey28: 1970′s Disneyland. Me and Pluto on Main St. – taken by my Dad in Mar. 1977, on my 2nd birthday.

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From @rdpMW9qguY: 1974 standing in front of Main Street.

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From @rvxaOmLOX6: 1974 Grad Nite

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From @sIV4quTHq4

So, which is your favorite? Vote now!

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, October 1. Be sure to check back Thursday, October 2, when we’ll share the top five memories from the 1980s.

Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015.

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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Show Your Spooky Disney Side and Set Sail Aboard the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

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


UPDATE: The Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events!

Halloween Time is upon us, and it’s time to show your spooky Disney Side! Registration is now open for the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland Park

When you step aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia* to set sail on this creepy cruise, you may not recognize it. The Rivers of America take on an aura of foreboding … has a ghost followed you on board? Explore this floating edifice of fright, but beware …

Of course, costumes are welcome! Come dressed to show your Halloween-inspired Disney Side – whether you’re a Disney Villain, hero, princess or pirate, Halloween Time is the best time to let your inner character out!

So join us the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 7! 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 8:15 p.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.
  • Costumes are subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive.

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.

*Guests must navigate a steep series of stairs when boarding and disembarking the ship.

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Danny Elfman Reads from ‘Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ at Haunted Mansion Holiday in Disneyland Park

posted on September 22nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Early this morning, musician and composer Danny Elfman stopped by Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park to record this special reading from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” A longtime collaborator with Tim Burton, Elfman created the film’s music and also provided the singing voice for Jack Skellington.

Elfman, a four-time Oscar nominee, will be performing in the Los Angeles area in just a few weeks, live in concert featuring music from the films of Tim Burton. The Disney Parks Blog video team was able to catch up with Elfman during his visit – check back soon for our interview with him at Haunted Mansion Holiday.

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Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Ready to Dive Again September 27 at Disneyland Park

posted on September 22nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We are excited to return to the big blue world once again when Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland park reopens September 27, following an extended refurbishment. Quite a bit of work has been done over the course of this year to renew this favorite attraction. Many of the attraction’s scenes, rockwork and coral have been refreshed and repainted; as a result, guests will see a more colorful and vibrant underwater experience than ever before.

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To accomplish this work, 5 million gallons of water had to be drained from the lagoon and later replaced. The Disneyland Resort began working with the Orange County Water District (OCWD) in 2009, when Paradise Bay in Disney California Adventure park was drained to prepare for “World of Color.” This partnership allows the water we drain to be treated and stored, instead of being released to the ocean through storm drains. Now, every time we must drain a large body of water, it is sent to the OCWD’s Groundwater Replenishment System, where it is purified and added to Orange County’s underground water supply. The water is then refilled at the Disneyland Resort from the same system. This process works so well, the Disneyland Resort was recognized in 2009 with the state of California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for this and other earth-friendly efforts.

So enjoy this sparkling, like-new guest favorite when Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage reopens September 27.

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‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush’ Moseys Out of Disneyland Park September 27

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


UPDATE 9/26/14: The final day of “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” on September 27 will be a day of Legends and Heroes, with special celebrations throughout the day – including a final town celebration at 5:20 in which all Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge citizens will be invited to join us for a town photo and more.

Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush

The time has come to bid farewell to “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush” at Disneyland park. This unique experience quickly became a favorite, with guests and cast members alike joining in the story. So be sure to visit your friends in Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge one last time before this chapter of their saga ends on September 27.

Every great story must have a great ending, and the citizens of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge are planning to make September 27 the best day ever with special events and surprises throughout the day. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog, and we’ll have more details to share soon.

For more about “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” fun at Disneyland park, visit the links below:

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Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 1960s

posted on September 18th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite Disneyland Resort memory from the 1950s … and today we continue with the 1960s! As we get ready for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we’re looking for the most magical Disneyland Resort memories from the past six decades. We’ve narrowed down all the great photo submissions, and now we’re asking for your help to decide which will win!

This week, let’s look back at the top Disneyland Resort memories we received from the 1960s:

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@r-g3nrQa5r: Enjoying Disneyland in the late 1960′s – a captured memory with Minnie!

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@KrazyKevinWolff: My dad, uncles, & grammy at the ‪@Disneyland ‪#Matterhorn Bobsleds in the late ’60s.

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@rOsRMEpzHS: My sister and I excited to hold Pinnochio’s hand at Disneyland in the 60s.

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@q7xs4LofoF: Me and my Mom on burro (and horse?) ride in Frontierland, 1964. Maybe this is why I hate hats? ;)

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@qopsCOPAn-: I love this picture of me and my brother and sisters , think this is around “1969″ always loved this photo , look at my trendy haircut I’m on Mickeys left with the pin curl sideburns and sunglasses on my head “so cool” and talk about nostalgic Mickey Mouse ! Enjoy!

So, which is your favorite? Vote now!

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24. And be sure to check back Thursday, Sept. 25, when we’ll share the top five memories from the 1970s!

Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015.

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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Plan Your Fall Getaway with New Disneyland Resort Hotel Offer

posted on September 17th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Fall is one of my favorite times of year at the Disneyland Resort. The warm, sunny Southern California summer has given way to the slightly cooler but still just as sunny Southern California fall. And with Halloween Time, through October 31, and Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, from November 13 through January 6, added to the mix it’s the perfect time of year to plan a weekday getaway!

Beginning today, you can save 20 percent on premium rooms at a Disneyland Resort hotel for stays on select Sunday through Thursday nights, from October 26-December 18. To take advantage of this offer, book travel through November 19.

So plan your fall getaway now! Click here to book.

Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for select Sunday through Thursday nights between 10/26/14 – 12/18/14. Book from 9/17/14 through 11/19/14, with travel completed by 12/19/14. Blockout dates of 10/31/14, 11/1/14, 11/7/14, 11/8/14, 11/13/14 through 11/16/14 and 11/21/14 through 12/13/14 apply. 20% savings available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings in other room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

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