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‘Downtown Disney District Celebrates Musica Latina’ with Grammy-Winning Mariachi Divas, April 5-6 at Disneyland Resort

posted on March 28th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Many Disney California Adventure park guests are fans of the Mariachi Divas, who appear regularly in Pacific Wharf, and if you’re a fan, you probably know that in January they won their second Grammy Award, this one for their album “A Mi Manera.”

Mariachi Divas Celebrate With a Pre-GRAMMY Performance in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

In recognition of the Mariachi Divas’ success, the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort will present a two-day festival, “Downtown Disney District Celebrates Musica Latina,” Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, on the main stage between AMC Theatres and the ESPN Zone.

The Mariachi Divas will appear, of course. In addition to their regular Saturday night appearance at Tortilla Jo’s, they’ll be on the main stage Sunday, April 6, from 6 – 10 p.m.

Additional performers may be familiar to guests who enjoyed Disney ¡Viva Navidad! in Disney California Adventure park this holiday season. Mariachi Espectacular will appear from 1 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, followed by the Yari Moré’ Latin Band from 6 – 10 p.m.

Prior to the Mariachi Divas’ evening performance on Sunday, April 6, the jarocho group Ay Mi Mexico will be on the main stage from 1-5 p.m.

Rounding out the Latin flavor of the special weekend entertainment, Downtown Disney District regulars Alturas and flamenco guitarist Robert Simon will be performing in their usual locations.

It’ll be a great, high-energy musical weekend for everyone who loves mariachi, salsa and the other Latin favorites. Bring your dancing shoes!

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Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Goes St. Patrick’s Day Green This Weekend

posted on March 13th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Monday, which means if you’re Irish – or just wish you were – you have an entire weekend to celebrate in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.

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Saturday through Monday, you can put a jig in your step with special Downtown Disney District entertainment: The Molly Condon Irish Dance Company, and Irish hammer dulcimer musician Scott Williams.

And starting Friday, traditional Irish fare – corned beef and green beer – will be offered at several Downtown Disney District locations: Catal & Uva Bar, House of Blues, La Brea Bakery and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. ESPN Zone will offer green beer and a signature St. Patrick’s Day cocktail Friday through Monday, and will add corned beef and cabbage to the menu on Monday only.

Friday through Monday, Catal & Uva Bar will offer St. Patrick’s Day specialties such as Guinness Beer and Irish Cheddar dip, potato leek soup with Dubliner grilled cheese and whiskey-scented crème fraiche, Black and Tan battered fish and chips, corned beef on rye with Irish potato salad and whiskey bread pudding with stout gelato and Jameson crème anglaise. Uva Bar offers a Beer Special (Blue Moon Witbier with Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur) and Green Jello Shots in assorted flavors.

At House of Blues, it’s “Shamrock ‘n Roll” time. The VooDoo Lounge menu for the weekend through Monday features corned beef and cabbage, fish ‘n chips, and specials on Guinness, Jameson and green beer along with the traditional full menu.

La Brea Bakery will offer a special corned beef hash and eggs breakfast. Their lunch specials will include a Reuben on rye with corned beef, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island slaw, or a classic corned beef and cabbage dinner.

Erin go bragh!

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Mariachi Divas Celebrate With a Pre-GRAMMY Performance in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 20th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


In recent years, thousands of guests at Disney California Adventure park have enjoyed performances by Mariachi Divas, who appear regularly in the Pacific Wharf area of the park. Recently, Mariachi Divas were among the entertainment highlights of the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! and Three Kings Day holiday celebrations at Disney California Adventure park.
Mariachi Divas Celebrate With a Pre-GRAMMY Performance in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

The all-female ensemble has also enjoyed great recording success, with a GRAMMY award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, along with five GRAMMY nominations and a Latin GRAMMY nomination.

Now they are GRAMMY-nominated for their ninth album, “A Mi Manera.” They will celebrate, prior to the January 26 awards ceremony, with a free performance including a medley of songs from the album on Wednesday, January 22, at 12:30 p.m. on the stage near the ESPN Zone in the Downtown Disney District.

And Mariachi Divas have something else to celebrate: the ensemble, founded in 1999, has its 15th anniversary – a Quinceañera! – this year.

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Hit the Ice This Holiday Season at the Downtown Disney Winter Village at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 25th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

If you feel that the holidays are incomplete without ice skating – either doing it yourself or comfortably watching others do it – the Downtown Disney District will be the place for you this holiday season.

An entire Downtown Disney Winter Village will spring up around ESPN Zone and AMC Theatres on Thursday, November 14, adding extra cheer to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. You’ll be able to visit quaint holiday cottages, browse for gifts in the “shopping chalets” and admire a 30-foot Christmas tree, the centerpiece of Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink, inspired by the lovable snowman in the latest Walt Disney Pictures animated feature “Frozen.”

Go ahead and lace up your skates so you can take to the ice on Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink. It’s the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit as you glide along to holiday tunes. Operating hours are 3 – 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 3 – 11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Other activities in the Downtown Disney District scheduled for various dates and times during the holiday season will include Carolers on December 5 and December 16-25, Anaheim Ballet performing scenes from “The Nutcracker” on December 5 and 19, and Downtown Disney Unwrapped, a presentation of fun gift ideas beginning Friday, November 29 (Black Friday).

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Come Take the Waffle-inator Challenge This Weekend in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 13th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


If you missed the opportunity to experience the Waffle-inator Challenge at the D23 Expo this past weekend, don’t despair. The epic interactive game will appear in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort this weekend, Friday through Sunday, August 16 through 18.
Come Take the Waffle-inator Challenge This Weekend in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

The Waffle-inator Challenge features characters from the Disney Channel series “Phineas and Ferb” in a game that takes place on a 40-foot-high LED screen. On the screen, we see Phineas and Ferb try to climb to the top to free a caged Agent P. Of course, Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz is lurking around to interfere, so players are challenged to head him off by taking control of working Waffle-inators and firing waffles (yes, waffles!) at him.

The Waffle-inator Challenge will be operating free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday in the Valet Parking Loop at the Downtown Disney District. There is no age limit, but players must be 32 inches tall or taller.

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Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Celebrates Summer This Week with Volleyball on Special Sand Court

posted on July 30th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

You don’t have to go to the beach to watch volleyball played on the sand. This week, the western end of the Downtown Disney District, by AMC Theaters and Earl of Sandwich, is transformed into a championship-size sand volleyball court for Downtown Disney Summer Celebration − Sand Volleyball Tournament and Pro Exhibition, Tuesday through Sunday, July 30 through August 4.

The celebration begins with Disneyland Resort cast members participating in their own Cast Member Tournament, Tuesday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, teams from VolleyOC will play their tournament final championship games on the Downtown Disney sand. And on Sunday, athletes from the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), including Ed Ratledge, Pedro Brazao, Mark Williams and Matt Olson, will appear for autograph signing and pro exhibition. Also appearing will be Rich Lambourne, who helped the USA Olympic volleyball team win a gold medal in 2008.

The Summer Celebration also will include presentations about safety in the sun and water by volleyball and aquatics champions, followed by meet-and-greets with fans.

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Enjoy a Late Summer/Early Fall Disneyland Resort Vacation With New Hotel Offer

posted on July 30th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

It’s been a fun summer at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, with lots of excitement around the new Cars Land, Fantasy Faire and “Mickey and the Magical Map” stage show. If you’ve been planning a late summer/early fall visit to the Happiest Place on Earth, here’s a new Disneyland Resort hotel offer you should know about.

When you book through September 5, you can save up to 20 percent Sunday through Thursday nights at any of the three hotels for visits from August 25 through September 28. You’ll find more details here.

Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel on most Sunday through Thursday nights between August 25, 2013, and September 28, 2013, when booked from July 30, 2013, through September 5, 2013. Travel must be completed by September 29, 2013. Offer is not valid on suites or with previously booked rooms. Excludes applicable taxes and fees. Advance reservations required. Check for offers on different lengths of stay. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. 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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Even Island Residents Love an Aulani Vacation

posted on March 18th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


So … where do you go on vacation if you already live in Hawai`i?

Many island residents choose the “staycation” route, leaving home to enjoy a few days at one of Hawai`i’s many luxurious resorts. And, according to readers of Honolulu Magazine, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, is the “Best Hotel for a Staycation.”
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It’s a tribute to the family fun and amenities of Aulani: restaurants, Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, Laniwai Spa and the many experiences that are included at no additional cost: the pools and slides of Waikolohe Valley, Aunty’s Beach House kids club, and a wide range of live entertainment, including island musical performers and storytellers, visits with Disney characters, and the popular nighttime Starlit Hui.

The “Best” citation appears in the “Best of Honolulu” edition of Honolulu Magazine, designed “to help you live better in Honolulu.” An Aulani vacation – or “staycation” – combines the stories of Hawai`i with the magic of Disney for guests of all ages.

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Downtown Disney District ‘Wears the Green’ This St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 12th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


On a weekend when everyone wants to be Irish, Downtown Disney District will invite visitors to join in the spirit with a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Disneyland Resort.

From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, Downtown Disney District will offer special entertainment for St. Patrick’s Day celebrants on the West Side Main Stage and near House of Blues. Many of the Downtown Disney District food locations will have special St. Patrick’s Day offerings on Sunday or throughout the weekend.

And you’ll even be able to create a Lucky Clover Teddy Bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Uva Bar and Cafe in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort
Among the special St. Patrick’s Day menus:

  • At Catal, from now through Sunday, guests may order Guinness beer and Irish cheddar dip, potato leek soup, black and tan battered fish and chips, a corned beef on rye open-faced sandwich and whiskey bread pudding. Meanwhile, downstairs at the Uva Bar, entertainment will be provided Saturday and Sunday by an Irish Dulcimer player.
  • House of Blues, Friday through Sunday, will offer corned beef & cabbage with roasted red potatoes and green beans, shepherd’s pie, chocolate chip mint ice cream, Pint o’ Green Beer, a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” martini, and a Guinness and Jameson shot special.
  • ESPN Zone will also offer green beer, Sunday only, and at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, also Sunday only, there will be corned beef & cabbage with red potatoes, Green Jazz Kitchen Lager, Jorge’s Land Mine (a “green explosion cocktail”) and Irish coffee.
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Warming Up for a Spring Vacation at Aulani? Now Offering Four Nights for the Price of Three, April 7 through May 23 and May 27 Through June 8

posted on February 25th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


The Waikolohe Valley at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

If a cold and snowy winter has you thinking about a spring getaway at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, a new offer will help you spend extra time in the Hawaiian sunshine. For a limited time, you can stay four nights for the price of three when you purchase a minimum three-night stay April 7 through May 23 and May 27 through June 8, 2013.

That means a total of four nights and five days to enjoy all there is to do at Aulani – pools and waterslides, restaurants and lounges, the relaxing beach and cove, entertainment, excursions, Aunty’s Beach House kids club, visits with Disney characters, Laniwai spa and more.

You can book this offer now through April 6, 2013. To book, call toll-free (866) 309-2384, or your travel agent, and mention offer code AVW. You can also find it online at DisneyAulani.com. This offer is available for stays April 7 through May 23, 2013 and May 27 through June 8, 2013.

As you may know, expansion of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is in progress through the summer. You may notice this work during your stay, but there will be even more amazing water activities and dining options coming when the work is completed in late September.

And, as always, here’s some useful supporting information:

4 Nights for the Price of 3 Nights promotion for guests who stay four consecutive nights all between April 7th 2013, through May 23 2013, and May 27th through June 8th, 2013. Book from now through April 6, 2013. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offer excludes suites and 3-Bedroom Grand Villas. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Offer applied once per reservation. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice. Limit 2 rooms per reservation.

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