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What’s Your Favorite Part of ‘A Christmas Fantasy’ Parade?

posted on December 1st, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade

“A Christmas Fantasy” parade is one of my favorite things about the holidays at the Resort. I love the skating snowflakes and seeing the cute little gingerbread men merrily making their way down the parade route.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, take a look at today’s video to catch some of the highlights. The parade features six major “units,” each consisting of multiple floats. The units are Santa’s Cottage, the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink, the Candy Shop, the Christmas Ball, the Toy Factory and the Finale featuring Santa’s sleigh.

We asked Park guests what they like best about the parade, and here’s what they had to say:

It’s your turn. What’s your favorite part of “A Christmas Fantasy” parade?

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‘Disney Channel Rocks’ Debuts at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 30th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Last Friday, “Disney Channel Rocks,” a new rock-concert style show featuring performers who dance and sing live to music from Disney Channel shows and movies, debuted along Paradise Bay in Disney California Adventure park.

The 17-minute show includes parts of 12 songs, such as “Camp Rock,” “High School Musical,” “Cheetah Girls One World” and “Jump In,” movies as well as T.V. shows “Shake It Up” and “Hannah Montana.”

Take a peek at this video that we shot on Friday.

Did you notice the water fountains shooting up in the air?

This is the first time a stage show is using the fountains from “World of Color” as a backdrop and an additional element for a daytime show. The fountains shoot up to 200 feet in the air and definitely amp up the fun.

“Disney Channel Rocks” is currently scheduled to run several times a day on most days. Check the schedule here on for daily updates and to see if the show is running on the day of your visit.

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New Travel Offer to Ring in the New Year

posted on November 23rd, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

There’s a new travel offer to help guests ring in the new year at Disneyland Resort. Beginning today through February 19, 2011, you can receive a fourth night free when you buy a 3-night, 4-day+ Disneyland Resort vacation package through the Walt Disney Travel Company. The special offer is available for arrivals from January 4 to April 11, 2011.* For more information or to book, go to or call 714-520-5050.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED? The 3-Night, 4-Day Disneyland Resort vacation package offer includes several magical extras:

  • ESPN Zone Game Card (one per package) valued at $20
  • Preferred seating to some of the popular shows and attractions++
  • Magic Morning admission into Disneyland park one hour before the park opens to the general public++
  • “Key to the Magic” card which allows guests to charge meals and merchandise to their Resort hotel account

WHAT IF I’M JUST LOOKING FOR HOTEL SAVINGS? For guests who already have their Disney theme park tickets and are just looking for hotel savings, there are special offers at all three hotels. When booked between now through February 19, 2011, you can get up to 35 percent off your room rate at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, 30 percent off at Disneyland Hotel, or 25 percent off at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.** Resort hotel room-only offers require a two-night minimum stay and are not valid with previously booked rooms. The resort hotel room-only offers are available for arrivals most nights, January 2 – April 13, 2011.*

THREE DAYS FOR $169, PARK HOPPER DEAL: Guests who have accommodations already secured can get a great value with the purchase of a 3-Day Park Hopper Ticket for $169. A Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket includes entrance into both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park on the same day with a valid hand stamp. The specially priced 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets can be purchased now through April 14, 2011, and must be purchased before guests arrive at the Disneyland Resort. First use must be between January 4, 2011 – April 14, 2011.+

*Offer applied once per package/reservation and not valid for previously booked rooms. Excludes taxes and fees. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is restricted and advance reservations required. Not valid with any other discount or promotion. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Walt Disney Travel Company CST: #1022229-50. +Tickets expire 13 days after first use or 4/27/11, whichever occurs first, and each day of use constitutes one full day of use. May not be combined with other ticket offers and tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial purposes. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. **Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel. ++Read more details on Magic Morning and preferred seating here.

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New ‘World of Color’ Prix Fixe Menu for Lunch

posted on November 18th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

'World of Color'

Beginning Nov. 26, Wine Country Trattoria will offer a “World of Color” prix fixe menu for lunch, which also includes reserved viewing for Disney’s “World of Color.” Reservations may be made by calling 714-781-DINE.

Take a look at the menu below. It looks fantastic to me!


  • Salad: Arugula, Fennel, Red Onion, Spiced Walnuts, and Goat Cheese with a Fig-Balsamic Dressing OR
  • Chef’s Soup Selection


  • Tuscan Salad with Grilled Shrimp or Chicken – Blend of Romaine and Radicchio, Red and Yellow Grape Tomatoes, Celery, Green Beans, Cannellini Beans and Roasted Peppers tossed in Creamy Italian Dressing
  • Lasagna Rustica – Served with House-Made Bolognese
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich – Herbed Chicken Breast, Arugula, Caramelized Onions, Provolone, and Walnut-Porcini Aioli on Toasted Ciabatta with a Green Salad
  • Broccolini Aglio Olio – Campanelle Pasta lightly tossed with Spinach, Arugula, Tomatoes, Garlic, Chili Flakes, and Olive Oil


  • Trattoria Tiramisu
  • Mini Fruit Crostada
  • Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Fresh Fruit
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse with Lemon Cream

The price for the prix fixe lunch is $29.99 for adults and $18.99 for children ages 3 to 9.

You can also get more details about our other dining options for “World of Color,” including picnic boxes and prix fixe dinners in our earlier post. We’ve updated the post with the latest information.

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Thea Awards Announced for ‘World of Color’ and Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine

posted on November 16th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Today, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced that this year’s Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement-Nighttime Spectacular goes to “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park. “World of Color” is recognized by TEA as “a visual and technical marvel,” that combines stunning Disney and Pixar animation with music, lights, fog, lasers, fire and nearly 1,200 programmable fountains spanning an area that is bigger than a football field. Please join me in congratulating the hundreds of talented people from around the world who worked on this project for the past five years!

'World of Color'

And that’s not all. Longtime Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine was recognized for a lifetime of distinguished achievements with The Buzz Price Award. Kim began her career at Walt Disney Imagineering in 1970, where she worked alongside many of the Walt Disney Imagineering legends such as John Hench, Mary Blair, Marc Davis and Claude Coats. She worked on many attractions for both Magic Kingdom and Epcot at Walt Disney World before joining Imagineering’s Disneyland Design Studio team in 1980.

Longtime Walt Disney Imagineer, Kim Irvine

Kim has long been the Art Director for Disneyland park and was responsible for projects such as Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration, including a new look for the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle. Recent projects include adding ‘new magic’ to classic attractions such as ‘it’s a small world’ and in locations like the Rivers of America. Kim also created designs for the new Disney Gallery and interiors for the new The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction on Main Street, U.S.A.

TEA announced the 17th Annual Thea Award recipients during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attraction’s (IAAPA) annual conference. The Thea Awards recognize achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. To date, Walt Disney Imagineering has received a total of 34 awards throughout the Thea Awards’ 17-year history.

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Fairy Tale Suite at the Disneyland Hotel

posted on November 15th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Fairy Tale Suite Bedroom

This is our fourth post in our series on signature suites at the Disneyland Hotel. One of the newest additions is the Fairy Tale Suite.

Fairy Tale Suite Foyer

Guests enter the Fairy Tale Suite delighted by pixie dust and the appearance of Tinker Bell, who illuminates a crystal castle encased in the wall. A marble foyer descends into an enormous bedroom overlooking the entire resort through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Fairy Tale Suite Bedroom

The sage and champagne colors used throughout the suite elegantly blend the combination of blonde and glass furniture. The suite’s centerpiece is an exquisite canopy bed overlooking the corner view. The room is finished with crown moulding, automatic drapes and a custom-designed dresser, from which a flat-panel television ascends at the touch of a button.

Fairy Tale Suite Bathroom

The focal point in the suite’s bathroom is a beautiful hand-cut mosaic of a stylized Sleeping Beauty Castle. The mirror disguises a TV and the double vanity countertop twinkles with shooting stars. Domes and Corinthian columns mix thematically with an abundance of modern amenities, including a steam shower and Jacuzzi tub with chromo-therapy.

To inquire about prices and availability, please call (714) 956-6425.

What do you think is the coolest feature of the Fairy Tale Suite?

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Celebrating Our Veterans at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 11th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Today we’re celebrating our veterans at the Disneyland Resort and around the country.

We’re inviting cast members who are serving or have served in a branch of the United States Armed Forces to participate in a special Veterans Day flag retreat ceremony. Participants will march to Town Square wearing their military uniforms beginning at 4:25 p.m. for the retreat ceremony.

If you’re in the Park today and are currently in the military or have previously served, please join us at the flag retreat ceremony in Town Square at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Did you know that we have a flag ceremony every day at the Resort and that guests are invited to participate? Here’s video we shot earlier this week:

Thank you again to all veterans for their service.

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What Are Your Favorite Things to Do at Disney California Adventure Park?

posted on November 10th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Since we launched the Blog, we’ve taken you behind the scenes to see what’s going on during the expansion at Disney California Adventure park. We’ve also shared a series of videos hosted by Eddie who shows us how these changes are bringing more Disney into the park and giving you even more ways to enjoy your visit.

Eddie is back today with another fun video. He’s joined by Mary Niven, Vice President of Disney California Adventure park. Together, they walk through the park and explore some of the exciting attractions that are keeping guests busy while we continue with the expansion.

What are your five favorite things to do at Disney California Adventure park?

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‘Disney Junior – Live on Stage!’ Debuts at Disney Parks in 2011

posted on November 9th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida will celebrate the premiere of Disney Channel’s new multiplatform brand, Disney Junior, with “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” next year. The lively show in the Parks will debut with new characters, some new adventures and a new marquee.

Children and parents who now enjoy the popular “Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage!” at both Parks can look forward to sharing this new production, which brings back three audience favorites (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny and Little Einsteins) and also introduces a brand new segment based on Disney Junior’s newest series that will debut in February 2011, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”

“Jake and the Never Land Pirates” will air on Disney Junior in February 2011 and will share the magical and adventurous world of Never Land with preschoolers. Children will be drawn to the main character Jake, an enthusiastic young boy who leads a team of kid pirates (Cubby and Izzy, along with their faithful pirate parrot, Skully) in fun adventures that encourage interactive responses from young viewers. The clever premise provides kids and families with a fun way to learn teamwork.

“Jake and the Never Land Pirates” on Disney Junior

Stories from the show will come to life in the Parks with colorful, puppet versions of some of the most popular Disney Junior characters, bright visuals, whimsical scenery that fills the stage, catchy songs and interactive moments.

“Disney Junior – Live on Stage” is scheduled to debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure park in March 2011.

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Disney Parks Inspire Disney Epic Mickey Game

posted on November 8th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Warren Spector, Creator of Epic Mickey Video Game

Last Friday, the creator of the new Disney Epic Mickey video game, Warren Spector, led a media tour at Disneyland park to show how the Park inspired him and parts of the game. We’re treating you to an inside look here on the Disney Parks Blog.

“The game is all about honoring our individual and collective memories of Disney magic,” Warren said on the tour, “and I knew I had to allow players to explore places they’d find familiar – strange, of course, but familiar.”

Before I share highlights from the tour and screenshots from the new game, it’s helpful to have some background. In the action-adventure platforming game for the Wii console, Mickey Mouse ventures on an epic journey of creativity and discovery. As Mickey, the player is propelled into Wasteland, an alternate world made up of Disney’s current and long forgotten characters and attractions. It’s a place ruled by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney’s first cartoon star. As Mickey, the player uses paint and paint thinner to dynamically change Wasteland.

Warren began the tour at Disneyland park on Main Street, U.S.A., and explained that this was his inspiration for “Mean Street” in the world of Disney Epic Mickey. Warren stated: “I wanted players to be able to stand in the main square, look around and say to themselves, ‘I’ve been here before!’”

'Mean Street' in Epic Mickey Game

When I look at the image above, I see a combination of Main Street, U.S.A., and Mickey’s Toontown. What do you see in the image?

'Bog Easy' in Epic Mickey Game

Next, Warren took the group to New Orleans Square and pointed out that elements of this land can be found in the game’s Ventureland location, as well as a part of Wasteland called “Bog Easy.” Warren describes Ventureland as a “pirate-like and ghost-like place in Wasteland, where Oswald centralized all the Pirates stuff and Ghost stuff, toon and animatronic, that fell into Wasteland.”

'Lonesome Manor' in Epic Mickey Game

At the Haunted Mansion tour stop, Warren noted that the attraction is one of his favorite rides in the Parks and it had to be included in the game. In Disney Epic Mickey, the Haunted Mansion takes the form of “Lonesome Manor” and actually includes elements from all the different mansions from the Parks around the world.

'it's a small world' Clocktower in Epic Mickey Game

The Disneyland attraction, “it’s a small world,” served as the inspiration for Gremlin Village in the game. Warren explains why he chose to include this attraction: “Exiting the Small World ride, I looked at the almost unnaturally, unnervingly cheerful face of the Clocktower and immediately thought, ‘Wow, there’s our first boss!’ I thought it would be amusing to see a symbol of love brought to life as an adversary, and you can always turn it into a friend, if you choose!”

There are many more surprises to discover in the game, but what do you think of these screenshots and our insider’s look? Which images do you like best?

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