Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Offers Shivery Tricks and Spooky Treats For Halloween Time

posted on October 8th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


What’s your favorite scary experience for the Halloween season? The shops, restaurants and entertainment venues in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort are providing plenty of Halloween Time atmosphere for the season.

Build-A-Bear Workshop is offering a grizzly change of pace: you can build a werewolf; House of Blues will host a Halloween costume contest on October 31; and seasonal treats are available at Starbucks, La Brea Bakery, Haagen-Dazs, Jamba Juice, Marceline’s Confectionery and other locations throughout the Downtown Disney District.

Special Halloween artwork may be found at WonderGround Gallery and Kaman’s Art Shoppe. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen offers both a Haunted Gingerbread House Building Workshop (October 25 and 26) and “The Password is Murder” interactive murder mystery show including champagne reception and four-course dinner (October 22). We’ll share more information about these and more over the next few weeks.

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Would-be trick-or-treaters, ages 3-15, in search of a “Frozen”-themed makeover for the holiday will find what they’re looking for at the newly opened Anna & Elsa’s Boutique. And watch for some ghostly décor to appear around the portal entry and common areas of the Downtown Disney District as Halloween approaches!

If you have a taste for classic spooky movies, AMC Downtown Disney 12 has a special Thursday night series for you.

  • October 9 features two vintage classics: “Dracula” with Bela Lugosi at 7 p.m. and “The Wolf Man” with Lon Chaney Jr. at 9 p.m. For those who can’t get enough of the world’s most famous vampire, “Dracula Untold” is opening in IMAX at AMC Downtown Disney 12 that same night!
  • October 16 offers somewhat lighter fare: “Casper” with Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman at 7 p.m.
  • October 23 turns the spotlight on Boris Karloff, starring in the original “Frankenstein” and “The Mummy” chillers.

AMC Downtown Disney 12 also will present a special, limited time return engagement of Disney’s “Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie, Friday, Oct. 24, through Thursday, Oct. 30. Experience this wickedly fun twist on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale as Disney’s most iconic villain is brought to life like never before. Audience members may receive special gifts, including Maleficent horns, while supplies last, during the run. “Maleficent” is new on Blu-ray & Digital HD November 4 and on DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com. Also watch for screenings of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Friday and Saturday of Halloween weekend, October 31 and November 1.

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World Cup Final Matches, Volleyball, Extra Hawaiian Nights Amplify the Fun of Summer Celebration in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 11th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Summer Celebration continues in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort this month with World Cup Soccer finals, a celebration of summer volleyball and more “Dole Days of Summer” Hawaiian Nights.

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Soccer fans have been cheering World Cup matches at the Downtown Disney District , inside ESPN Zone and on the 10-by-16-foot outdoor LED jumbo screen in the Downtown Disney District common area. Throughout the World Cup third place and final matches this weekend, there will be some additional exciting events available for our guests.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, we will be sharing a futsal (the smaller-scale cousin of soccer) demo and clinic in the Downtown Disney District common area near the LED jumbo screen. Starting at noon Saturday and Sunday, several local coaches will provide an interactive soccer/futsal clinic for kids. In addition, on Saturday only, Joe-Max Moore – U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer, Olympian and three-time FIFA World Cup U.S.A. Team Member, will appear at 11:15 a.m. to meet and greet soccer fans. Closed toe shoes and a signed waiver will be required for all participants. DJ Wendy will appear throughout the weekend to spin tunes and provide commentary on the matches.

As the World Cup comes to its conclusion, summer volleyball arrives to bring the beach to the Downtown Disney District for a five-day event, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 20. The event, which focuses on health and community outreach, encouraging children of all ages to get out and play safely, will take place on a specially constructed sand volleyball court in the plaza between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

Highlights will include OC Volleyball Junior Tournament play from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, July 16, 18 and 19; clinics hosted by volleyball professional Ed Ratledge from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; an intermural tournament for teams of Disneyland Resort cast members Wednesday through Friday; and exhibition games by collegiate women’s doubles teams, amateur and youth players.

A lineup of professional beach volleyball players will appear Saturday, July 19 (pro legend men) and Sunday, July 20 (pro legend women) for exhibition games and to greet fans.

Thanks to the popularity of “Dole Days of Summer” Hawaiian Nights, two additional Fridays have been added to the lineup: July 18 and 25. That means additional opportunities to enjoy the island entertainment on Friday nights, and to sample the Hawaiian dishes at Downtown Disney restaurants.

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Daily World Cup Coverage Expanding in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

posted on June 30th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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If you’re a World Cup fan, you probably already know that the matches are televised daily at ESPN Zone in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. You may have even seen fans lining up outside ESPN Zone prior to kickoff.

Now the Downtown Disney District is offering an additional option for viewing the competition. Matches will be televised on a jumbo 10-by-16-foot outdoor LED screen in the Downtown Disney District common area, between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

When the World Cup semi-finals, third place and finals matches arrive on July 8, 9, 12 and 13, Downtown Disney District World Cup festivities will also feature a DJ and additional special activities for fans. Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for future announcements about upcoming World Cup activities and follow @DisneylandDTD and @ESPNZoneAnaheim on Twitter!

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Summer Excitement Heating Up at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 30th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


What’s on your to-do list this summer? Beach volleyball? Watching a few World Cup games? Outdoor concerts? Hawaii?

Believe it or not, you don’t need to look further than Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim for any of those things.

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The Downtown Disney Summer Celebration gets underway next Friday, June 6, with the first “DOLE Days of Summer” Hawaiian Night. The nights, every Friday except July 4 through mid-July, will feature Hawaii-themed entertainment in the Paradise Plaza next to House of Blues and Wonderground Gallery. Cast members from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, on the island of Oahu, also will be present with a special Aulani photo location and to share information about the Disney resort.

As part of the celebration, Downtown Disney District in partnership with Dole will be featuring fresh, new recipes within its dining locations throughout summer. Special menu items – among them a Pineapple Mojito at Tortilla Jo’s, Mango Chicken Salad at La Brea Bakery and Banana Split Dazzler at Haagen-Dazs – will feature each chef’s creativity, ease of preparation and the health benefit.

Downtown Disney District will celebrate Father’s Day weekend, June 14-15, when RIDEMAKERZ brings back the popular “Build One Ride and Build Another Ride for Free” special. Kids and Dads who build one ride can have extra fun building a second ride for free with freewheel street chassis, stock rims and stock tires.

World Cup games begin June 12, in Brazil and continue through July 13. ESPN Zone will show games throughout the tournament and will have a special breakfast menu when games are played in the morning. ESPN Zone also will offer select World Cup merchandise featuring team jerseys, vintage soccer Ts and ESPN soccer scarves.

Men and women pro sand volleyball legends will appear when Downtown Disney District once again hosts a beach volleyball exhibition and tournament, July 16-20, complete with its own sand volleyball court in the middle of the action at Downtown Disney District. Other participants will include local Orange County volleyball teams.

Special additions to the Saturday outdoor entertainment at Downtown Disney District round out the summer fun – mark your calendars:

  • July 26 – DJ Wendy spins beach and surf tunes
  • Aug. 2 – Catch a Wave (surf beach band)
  • Aug. 9 – Ele (Latin band)
  • Aug. 16 – Island Reggae (steel drum group)

Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for more details about all the fun coming this summer to Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim!

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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.
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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


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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.
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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


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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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