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Then and Now: Celebrating 58 Years at the Disneyland Resort, Part 1

posted on July 12th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort marks 58 years of history, change and growth on its anniversary next week, July 17. Through the years, one aspect of the Disneyland Resort that remains unchanged is the importance of our cast members to preserving Walt Disney’s vision.

To celebrate the anniversary on the Disney Parks Blog, this is the first of a three-part series blending historical images of our cast with photos of those who carry on Walt’s legacy today.

Then Creole Café, Now Café Orleans

Then: Walt Disney poses for a photo with cast members at the Creole Café, now Café Orleans, in 1966.

Now: Café Orleans Lead Tammy Peterson poses in the same spot. She recalls, “As a kid, we would have to do chores to earn money to get to Disneyland. Now, I get to bring my grandkids.”

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Iconic ‘CALIFORNIA’ Letters Dedicated at 160th California State Fair

posted on July 11th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Iconic ‘CALIFORNIA’ Letters Dedicated at 160th California State Fair
The iconic C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A letters that previously stood at the entrance of Disney California Adventure park for a decade will welcome tens of thousands of guests to the California State Fair tomorrow on its opening day! The letters were dedicated in a ceremony today at the site of their new home, the California State Fair’s Main Gate.
Iconic ‘CALIFORNIA’ Letters Dedicated at 160th California State Fair
You may remember that the Disneyland Resort donated the letters in May 2012 to Friends of the California State Fair, a nonprofit organization that benefits California Exposition & State Fair (Cal Expo) in Sacramento. Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair and hundreds of other events annually.
Iconic ‘CALIFORNIA’ Letters Dedicated at 160th California State Fair
Disney California Adventure park Vice President Mary Niven was on hand at Cal Expo to help dedicate the letters, which stand 11 feet, 8 inches tall and weigh between 5,000 to 13,000 pounds each. Mary said, “The C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A letters were popular with millions of Disneyland Resort guests and Cal Expo is a perfect destination to continue their legacy.”

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Military Acts Perform at the Disneyland Resort in Honor of Independence Day

posted on June 27th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


This Independence Day and throughout next week, the Disneyland Resort will present the largest collection of musical performances by military acts ever offered at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park during Fourth of July week.

At Disneyland Park, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band will be Part of the Flag Retreat Ceremony in Town Square

Joining us on July 4th is the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from Miramar, Calif., who will help retire the colors at Disneyland park during the flag retreat ceremony in Town Square at 5:30 p.m. They also will perform a full concert at 7:15 p.m. at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

The Jazz Ensemble of the Air National Guard Bands of the Southwest will Perform at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

On July 4th at Disney California Adventure park, the Concert Band of the Air National Guard Bands of the Southwest will perform at 4 p.m. on the Palisades Stage (“World of Color” viewing area stage). This performance will mark the first military concert held at Disney California Adventure park on Independence Day.

On Tuesday, July 2 The Sax Quintet Golden Tones will Perform in Town Square

Several acts from the Air National Guard Bands of the Southwest also will perform throughout next week, as follows. Below is a complete schedule of the military acts and where and when they will be performing.

Monday, July 1

  • At Disneyland park, the Dixieland Tailgaters will perform on the French Market Stage in New Orleans Square at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • At Disney California Adventure park, rock out with Global Strike in Paradise Gardens at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 2

  • At Disneyland park, the sax quintet Golden Tones will perform in Town Square at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • At Disney California Adventure park, enjoy Latin Salsa with Fuego Azule at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 4

  • At Disneyland park, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band will be part of the flag retreat ceremony in Town Square at 5:30 p.m. and perform at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at 7:15 p.m.
  • At Disney California Adventure park, the Concert Band of the Air National Guard Bands of the Southwest will perform at 4 p.m. on the Palisades Stage (World of Color viewing area stage).

Friday, July 5

  • At Disneyland park, the Jazz Ensemble of the Air National Guard Bands of the Southwest will perform at 5:30 p.m. at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.
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Every Role a Starring Role – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Hostess at Disneyland Park

posted on June 25th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room debuted as an engineering marvel featuring a musical journey to the South Seas. Today, the attraction continues to enchant guests and instill pride in the cast members who work there, like Enchanted Tiki Room Hostess Em Hantke. In this “Every Role a Starring Role,” Em talks about her duties and passion for a place where birds still sing and flowers still croon – 50 years later!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disney PhotoPass Photographer at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 30th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


In this “Every Role a Starring Role,” we’ll zoom in on Disney PhotoPass Photographer Savina Hernandez, who is on the other side of the lens to talk about Disney PhotoPass Service and her experience capturing guest memories at the Disneyland Resort!

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Rubber Duck Race Benefits Charity at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 13th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Rubber Duck Race Benefits Charity at the Disneyland Resort

Hundreds of rubber ducks raced around the world for a cause at the 5th annual “it’s a small world” duck race! Cast members sponsored and decorated the ducks to raise more than $1,800 for Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire before Disneyland park opened for the day.

The cast fundraiser carries forward the attraction’s legacy of supporting children, dating back to the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair when it was created in honor of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

While cast members waited anxiously to see which rubber duck would race through “it’s a small world” fastest, we sent along our camera to capture the journey and winners!

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Inspiring Classroom Creativity with Disneyland CREATE Grants

posted on May 9th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Seven teachers at Paul Revere Elementary School in Anaheim applied for and received Disneyland CREATE Grants this year to fund a variety of visual and performing arts projects, including theatrical puppet shows.
Inspiring Classroom Creativity with Disneyland CREATE Grants
Students at nearby Adelaide Price Elementary School are learning to read and play music on recorders also funded by a Disneyland CREATE Grant.
Students Learning to Read and Play Music on Recorders
And they are learning with new art supplies like paints and a drying rack.
A Student Learning With New Art Supplies Like Paints and a Drying Rack
The Disneyland Resort funded more than 350 visual and performing arts projects at local schools this year, inspiring creativity in nearly 75,000 Orange County, Calif., students! Since 1994, the Disneyland CREATE Grants program has contributed more than $1.5 million in needed classroom funding!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Horticulture Planner

posted on April 30th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Earth Month may be wrapping up, but keeping the Disneyland Resort landscape fresh and maintained is a year-round operation! In this installment of “Every Role a Starring Role,” cast member Greg Vierkant explains how he helps every inch of Disneyland Resort horticulture look “show ready” through careful planning!

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Ten High School Seniors Receive Disneyland Resort Scholarships

posted on April 26th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disney Ambassador Megan Navarette gave ten exceptional Orange County, Calif., students quite a surprise last week. Unbeknownst to them, she led a Disneyland Resort prize patrol into their classrooms to announce that each will receive a $7,500 scholarship from the Disneyland Resort to pursue his or her future education goals. Along with the congratulatory prize patrol was our camera crew to capture their priceless reactions!

Since 2006, the Disneyland Resort Scholarship Program has granted more than $425,000 to graduating Orange County, Calif., students, who are selected by a distinguished panel of community leaders for their leadership, academic excellence and contributions to the community. Learn more about all 10 of this year’s recipients here!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Radiator Springs Racers Electrician at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 29th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Radiator Springs Racers recently embarked on its millionth trip through Radiator Springs, thanks in part to cast members like Joe Shanahan, who helps maintain the ride vehicles. Hear from Joe about his role as an electrician for the attraction in this installment of “Every Role a Starring Role!

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