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Eight Ways to Enjoy Disney California Adventure Park: A Thrill Seeker’s Adventure

posted on October 2nd, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


This is the fourth in our series about fun ways to enjoy Disney California Adventure park. With the park’s grand reopening this past June, there’s even more excitement day and night, from riding Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land to rising high above Paradise Bay and reaching the top of Mickey’s Fun Wheel (the nighttime view is especially spectacular!)

With so much to do for guests of all ages, we came up with some specialized itineraries to help you explore the park. Today’s list is for guests who love thrills of all kinds: a speedy, smooth roller coaster that turns you upside down, a terrifying tower with unexpected drops down an elevator shaft, and a giant swing that sends you gliding over Paradise Bay.

Eight Ways to Enjoy Disney California Adventure Park: A Thrill Seeker's Adventure

This itinerary is a thrill seeker’s adventure.

When was the last time you went flying, screaming, racing, spinning, free-falling and soarin’ at Disney California Adventure park – and what thrills did you choose?

Read these past posts from Michele for more fun ways to enjoy Disney California Adventure park:

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Top Tips for Mickey’s Halloween Party from the Disneyland Moms Panelists

posted on September 28th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


With the first night of Mickey’s Halloween Party tonight, I turned to some Disneyland Resort experts for their planning tips. Amanda Ficili and Ari Krell are the Disneyland Resort representatives on the Disney Moms Panel, a forum where guests can get advice for planning their visits to Disney Parks and Resorts.

Both Amanda and Ari recommend purchasing your tickets early for Mickey’s Halloween Party, since these 11 nights are very popular. They also encourage guests to arrive early and take advantage of this ticket’s special bonus – three extra hours to play in Disneyland park before the party begins. And they agree: arrive early to avoid delays at the parking structure (many people are arriving at the same time).

Enjoy the 'Halloween Screams' Fireworks During Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort

What are some of your favorite things to do at Mickey’s Halloween Party?

Amanda: “I like to see all the spooktacular decorations in the daylight, so I don’t miss a single detail. One of our favorite photo locations is the giant Pumpkin in Town Square and we always try to arrive early enough to have PhotoPass snap a family photo here before the sun goes down. At night, we usually head over to the “hub” at about 9:00 to stake out a ‘Halloween Screams’ Fireworks viewing location in front of the castle.”

Ari: “One of my favorite pastimes is seeing how creative the guests are with their costumes. I am always impressed by the quality and creativity they put into these outfits. My family usually has a contest on how many princesses we will see, and that makes it more fun. If you’re wearing a costume, make sure you can wear it comfortably, especially the footwear. I vividly recall seeing many park guests walking barefoot because their costume shoes were not comfortable.”

Do you have any insights for first-timers at Mickey’s Halloween Party?

Amanda: “Keep your party wristband visible on your arm! This colorful band identifies you as a ticketed party guest during the event. If you’re coming later in the day, grab dinner early since many in-park dining locations will close early to prepare for the party. Or, arrive early and grab a bite at the Downtown Disney District.”

Ari: “Be realistic about how long your kids can play. We took our little girls on a night when they were 6 and 4. While they had a great time they were exhausted by 10 p.m. We were thrilled to have a room at the Disneyland Hotel that night. Not only was it the easiest place to get in our costumes – rather than driving to Disneyland park in full Buzz Lightyear regalia – it was also a short stroll back to our beds at the end of a lovely night. That was a lot happier than a long drive home.”

Go Trick-or-Treating at Disneyland Park During Mickey's Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort

One, final spooky tip?

Amanda: “Be sure to grab a party map when you enter Disneyland park, but keep in mind there will be surprises not listed on it. You can use the map to locate Treat or Treat stops, dining options, dance parties, and even shops that offer Halloween-themed merchandise and goodies.

For Trick-or-Treating, no one is too old for candy at Disneyland. Mom, Dad, and the whole family can take advantage of the loot at Mickey’s Halloween Party. Be sure to ask for healthy treats, too, as each station has treats such as freeze dried apples and fresh fruit.”

Ari: “Mickey’s Halloween Party is a great time to capture precious one-of-a kind moments. Kids of all ages are dressed up and they’re posing with some of their favorite Disney characters, who are all decked out in Halloween costumes. Many of the best Disney villains have been known to make a special appearance during the party and they’re always ready to strike scary poses with you.”



Are you planning to celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort? See more of what to expect in the posts below:

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Eight Ways to Enjoy Disney California Adventure Park: Child’s Play

posted on August 24th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


If you want to explore all the new fun and attractions at Disney California Adventure park, plus see the nighttime spectaculars, plus enjoy the many great shows, plus visit your favorite places at Disneyland park, you’re going to need a few days to do everything.

When moms and dads try to cram too much into one day, they often end up with someone in the family turning into a version Grumpy. To avoid that famous dwarf’s demeanor, try slowing down a bit and seeing Disney California Adventure park from a child’s point of view. The attractions and shows designed for wee ones often put a smile on the face of parents and grandparents, too.

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Today’s suggested itinerary invites you to enjoy the experiences that are fun for all ages, whether it’s floating on air in a giant tire, shrinking to the size of a bug or learning to draw a Disney character with a Disney sketch artist.

*Be sure to take this character sketching class, offered throughout the day at Disney Animation in Hollywood Land. While you’re there, don’t miss the Toy Story Zoetrope – a unique, interactive tribute to the art of animation.

If you enjoyed this day’s itinerary and then had a second day at Disney California Adventure park, what would you do?

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Eight Ways to Enjoy Disney California Adventure Park: Show Time

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


This is the second in our eight-part series about fun ways to enjoy the new Disney California Adventure park. With the park’s grand reopening in June, there’s even more to explore day and night, from Cars Land to the music and games at Mad T Party in Hollywood Land. With so much to do, we came up with some specialized itineraries to help you plan your next visit.
The Red Car News Boys Perform with Mickey Mouse on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

Today’s list is for guests who enjoy immersive and interactive entertainment that’s fun for all ages. You can relax inside a cool theater on a warm afternoon, cheer some of your favorite Pixar pals, or head down the Rabbit Hole at night. Be sure to check the park guide for show times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Mad T Party (new at Hollywood Land, every night this summer)

 

    • “Phineas & Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party”

 

 

Remember to pick up Disney’s FASTPASS when you arrive to get reserved viewing for “World of Color,” or try one of the dining packages that include reserved viewing.

What are your favorite shows, and which ones are you planning to see this summer at Disney California Adventure park?

Check out these posts for more about entertainment at Disney California Adventure park:

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Eight Ways to Enjoy Disney California Adventure Park: After Dark

posted on June 26th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


With the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure park, there’s even more to explore day and night, from the thrills of Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land to the toe-tapping music and entertainment along Buena Vista Street. With so much to do, we came up with some specialized itineraries to help you plan your next visit. We’ll share them over the coming months, offering a “guide” for foodies, thrill seekers, little tykes, nature lovers, shoppers and fans of shows and Disney characters.

Enjoy Disney California Adventure Park After Dark with New, Extended Summer Hours

Today’s list is for guests who like to play after dark. We’d also like to hear from you about your favorite ways to enjoy the newly reopened park – let us know in the comments.

Have you tried all these magical, nighttime experiences at Disney California Adventure park?

With new, extended hours at Disney California Adventure park from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. all summer long, guests have more time to enjoy all the fun. What are you planning to do when the sun goes down at the park?

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Take a Voyage Around the World to Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park

posted on March 16th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Yo Ho, Pirates fans! This weekend you can celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean, the first indoor ride-through adventure to be built on such a grand scale at Disneyland park. It opened March 18, 1967, and was an immediate guest treasure.

We featured a fun video on last year’s anniversary about the making of the attraction and it sparked great chatter among mateys reading the Disney Parks Blog. Michael from Tennessee said it best: “Happy Anniversary me hearties! May your journeys continue to inspire and delight us for many generations to come! YO HO!”

This year, we’re sharing a video with scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at four Disney theme parks around the globe, plus some fun facts about the attraction at Disneyland park, Tokyo Disneyland, Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland Paris (which was the last to open on April 12, 1992).

Did you notice the differences and similarities? Hope you enjoy this Pirate trivia:

  • Disneyland Paris includes the exciting dueling Pirates, swiping at each other with actual swords.
  • At Magic Kingdom Park, guests queue through subterranean passageways of El Castillo and emerge on the shores of Pirate’s Bay where they board their boats (Les Bateaux) along a rocky beachfront. In the queue, guests pass the famous gag of two skeletons locked in a cell playing chess, stuck in a stalemate.
  • At Magic Kingdom Park and Tokyo Disneyland, guests disembark after the Treasure Room and then take an escalator up to exit into the park.
  • At Disneyland park, the Blue Bayou restaurant also opened March 18, 1967 – an early forerunner of today’s popular “themed” restaurants.
  • Three Disney Parks include references to Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa and the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. All three include the smoke/waterfall effect with projections of:
    • Davy Jones and Blackbeard, alternately, at Disneyland park
    • Blackbeard at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World
    • Davy Jones at Tokyo Disneyland

Special thanks to the Disney Archives for research on this post.

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Moms Panel Monday: Meet Ari Krell, a Dad with Tips from His Boyhood at Disneyland to New Discoveries with His Daughters

posted on March 12th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Like thousands of Disneyland park fans who live in Southern California, Ari Krell had to be at the park Feb. 29 for “One More Disney Day.”

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“How could I miss it? It was part of Disney history,” Ari said of the 24-hour adventure celebrated at Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.

That sums up the passion Ari has for Disney Parks, a passion that started with his boyhood adventures at Disneyland and grew in ways he never would have imagined as a dad of two “princess” daughters. He brings all that knowledge and enthusiasm now to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, as the first dad to answer vacation planning questions about Disneyland Resort.

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As an annual passholder, Ari has the luxury of visiting Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks multiple times throughout the year. He and his family like to watch the shows, ride the attractions over and over, and sample food from various restaurants. Two of his favorites are the Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace (he tipped me off to the tasty and filling roast turkey sandwich at the River Belle!).

With that much time at the parks, you begin to find the unexpected delights. And those surprises are the best moments of all, Ari said – from gazing in awe at the Zoetrope in the Art of Animation building to spying a new show detail to discovering how helpful cast members can be.

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“What I enjoy most about being on the Moms Panel is being able to share personal and family experiences,” Ari said. “When I tell upcoming visitors that my 7-year-old daughter loves Tower of Terror, they can use that information to plan their own visits. It helps them plan a better, more fun vacation, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Do you have questions about Tom Sawyer Island, rainy day fun at the parks, or what’s opening this summer at Disney California Adventure park? Just ask Ari or our other Disneyland Resort panelist Amanda Ficili about all the adventures revving up at the Disneyland Resort. You can find them at DisneyWorldMoms.com!

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Everyone’s a Winner in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 20th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Participating in a runDisney half marathon or marathon is an amazing experience. Whether you run at Walt Disney World Resort or the Disneyland Resort, you get the unique opportunity to run through theme parks, see Disney characters, experience amazing entertainment and receive incredible finisher medals. After all, it’s all about the bling!

No matter whether you’re first place or last, accomplishing your goal is celebrated in grand fashion at runDisney races. At the Tinker Bell Half Marathon last month at the Disneyland Resort, best friends Krysta Rosner of Los Angeles and Christine Hanna of Phoenix found out that finishing last can be very rewarding at a runDisney event.

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New ‘Disneyland Explorer’ App for iPad: Take a Spin Around the Happiest App on Earth

posted on February 2nd, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


The magical sights and sounds of Disneyland Resort can now be discovered with “Disneyland Explorer,” the official Disney Parks app for iPad, available as a free download from the App Store. When you can’t get to the theme parks, the hotels or the Downtown Disney District, you can tap the photo-realistic carousel of this app to reveal photos, video and special activities inspired by the classic attractions and entertainment at the resort.

More than 100 exciting experiences are shared with beautiful images, animation and interactive touch points. With a simple swipe of your fingers, you can explore Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, the themed suites at the Disneyland Hotel and much more. Watch for animation and fun surprises as you scroll through the adventures.

Here are some of the fun activities you can experience with “Disneyland Explorer:”

  • Create your own musical water show in “World of Color”
  • Steer a Soarin’ hang glider over California while collecting and sharing personalized postcards
  • Bring the iconic dolls of “it’s a small world” to life and hear the classic song in five different languages
  • Snap photos of the elusive Yeti as he roams across the Matterhorn
  • Take part in a raging sea battle in Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Learn to draw your favorite Disney Characters at the Animation Academy

“Disneyland Explorer” is a free app, available for download exclusively from the App Store on iPad.

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Meet the First Mom to Represent Disneyland Resort on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel

posted on January 30th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


As a mom, I know moms rely on other parents to get information they can trust, especially when it comes to family fun. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to the first “Disneyland” mom on the Walt Disney World Moms PanelAmanda Ficili. She and Ari Krell (you’ll meet him later) were selected to be the first panelists to answer guest questions about the Disneyland Resort.

Amanda Ficili, the First 'Disneyland' Mom on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, and Her Family at Disneyland Resort

You can tell by Amanda’s smile, this is a girl who likes to have fun – especially at Disney Parks. She grew up on the East Coast and frequently visited Walt Disney World Resort. Now she lives in Northern California and calls Disneyland Resort her “second home.”

Amanda usually visits with her husband and young daughter, a little princess who has inherited her parents’ fascination with Disney magic. She and her husband are self-proclaimed “Disney foodies” and, if you like to shop, Amanda’s your girl for discovering treasures at Downtown Disney.

Q: What’s it like to share your passion for Disneyland with visitors to the Moms Panel?
A: It’s an honor to represent the Disneyland Resort. I believe Disneyland is the ultimate vacation destination. When road-trip time rolls around, it’s a no-brainer … I’m going to Disneyland!

Q: What’s a tip for families visiting from outside Southern California?
A: Staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel keeps the magic alive for your entire visit. You don’t realize what a difference it makes until you’re there. And be sure to enjoy the new pools and spectacular Monorail slide at the Disneyland Hotel.

Q: How can I make a Disneyland vacation more affordable for my family?
A: I have been to Disney on almost every imaginable budget, and I’ve enjoyed every visit. Be sure to always check www.Disneyland.com/offers for current special offers and vacation package deals. Staying steps away from the magic can be more affordable than you may think.

Q: Tell us some of your favorite food topics at Disneyland Resort.
A: There are so many! Romantic dinners at Napa Rose, character dining at the Resort hotels, birthday celebrations, Blue Bayou Restaurant – plus all the special treats.

Tell us what you would ask Amanda at DisneyWorldMoms.com.

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