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Stay Cool This Summer With Disneyland Resort Frozen Desserts

posted on June 20th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


In celebration of summer, we took on the tough assignment of highlighting some of our favorite frozen fare featured at the Disneyland Resort. From the classic shakes at Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land to the Boysen Apple Freeze at Maurice’s Treats in Fantasyland, we found several foodie fun facts for you to digest.

What’s your favorite frozen treat to cool off with at the Disneyland Resort?

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A Unique Point of View: Disneyland Monorail

posted on June 10th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


A round-trip ride on the Disneyland Monorail lasts about 15 minutes. But if you’re short on time, take a look at this video in which we highlight the highway in the sky with a point of view only visible by a few.

Have you ever had the chance to ride in the nose cone of the Disneyland Monorail? If not, I highly suggest it! Up to four guests are permitted to travel with the pilot. Just ask a cast member at the Monorail station, and if it is available, they will be happy to help.

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Point of View: Disneyland Park Mountain Mash-Up

posted on June 9th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


What’s your favorite Disneyland park mountain: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain or Space Mountain? Can’t decide? Well, now you don’t have to because we have captured memorable moments from each attraction and mashed them into one. Hope you enjoy the ride!

Celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first Disney Parks mountain – the Matterhorn – with us here on the Disney Parks Blog! We’ll have more Matterhorn stories throughout the week … stay tuned!

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Spoil Mom at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in Disneyland Park

posted on May 8th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Perfume is a perfect present for mom, so I thought it was a great time to take a tour of Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park. I honestly never thought of buying perfume in Disneyland park before; however, after experiencing the shop firsthand, I’m hooked. I just hope my kids are watching (hint, hint)!

The artwork on the mirrors in Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie is a true treasure not to be missed. The mirror panel paintings were created using a technique called reverse painting, a lost art with a history tracing back to the 14th century. These paintings of flower bouquets, birds and butterflies measure over one foot wide and almost seven feet high. At the time, they were believed to be the largest such painted mirrors ever created.

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Glendra von Kessel was commissioned by Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian Disney, to create the paintings for the opening of the parfumerie in 1966. Sadly, Glendra passed away before they were completed and Disney Legend Dorothea Redmond stepped in to finish them. Above are some rare photos of Glendra von Kessel, taken while she was painting the amazing mirrors. Her signature remains on them today.

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Rave Reviews for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

posted on April 15th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


I recently asked Disneyland park guests to review the newly refurbished Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. While it was the return of a Frontierland favorite for some and a pioneer trip on the train for others, all passengers agreed it’s still the “wildest ride in the wilderness.”

Have you had a chance to take a tour on the runaway ghost train since it reopened? If so, what did you think?

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Eggs-traordinary Art at the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park

posted on April 14th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


There are dozens of reasons to visit the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland park, but seeing egg artisan Ray Brown in action is definitely a fan favorite. Ray is part of an elite team who create ‘eggs’-tra special works of art each day by designing, painting and sculpting the oval shapes into one-of-a-kind Disney characters. Recently Ray shared some of his top tips for creating the perfect egg with us:

Come visit the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree through April 20!

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Lama Pa`ipa`i Time at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel

posted on April 9th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


If you’re looking for a quiet, tranquil place to unwind, check out the torch-lit terrace at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. However, if you want to party like the tiki gods, I dare you to go inside! Sam, head salesman of the jungle, has a space at the bar for even the most adventurous tourist. Exotic elixirs like the Uh Oa!, named after the tiki goddess of disaster, Shrunken Zombie Head and HippopotoMai-Tai are served up in style by bold and courageous bartenders. The video below gives a glimpse of how water, fire and ice (sometimes blended) all come together to make up one-of-a-kind cocktails behind the doors of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

Have you been to see Sam? If so what’s your preferred potion?

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‘Egg’-citement Awaits at the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park

posted on April 4th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Mr. Easter Bunny has been spotted and he’s at the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland park! Other rare hare sightings include Br’er Rabbit, White Rabbit, Thumper and more. So bunny hop your way down and check the furry fun now now through April 20.

Splash Mountain is my favorite attraction at the Disneyland Resort, so seeing Br’er Rabbit was the best for me! Who is your favorite Disney rabbit?

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A Look Back: Behind the Scenes of the Re-imagined “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Park

posted on March 31st, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


It’s hard to believe it has been five years since the new dolls were added to “it’s a small world” at Disneyland park. I had the privilege to sit down with Imagineer Kim Irvine and several of the attraction’s magic-makers before “the happiest cruise that ever sailed ‘round the world” re-opened to guests back in 2009. As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” I thought it would be fun to revisit this video and share it with you.

I have to say, the North America scene with the Woody, Jessie and Bullseye toys is still my favorite addition. What’s yours?

Join in the 50th anniversary celebration of “it’s a small world” at SmallWorld50.com.

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Behind the Sounds: Inside Audio Central at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 18th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


At Disney California Adventure park, behind The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, lies Audio Central, one of the most important areas in all of Disneyland Resort. I recently spoke with Stage Technician Brian White, who explained how audio engineers make the magic of music come to life each day.

Audio Central Fun Facts:

  • Engineers control 209 full-range parade speakers and 114 subwoofers along the parade route, while controlling more than 250 background music zones in restrooms, restaurants, stores, attraction queues and more.
  • Engineers monitor 43 different cameras: 21 along the parade route, 17 for “World of Color” and 5 at additional entertainment locations.
  • During the 2013 holiday season, Audio Central was responsible for 31 shows each day: one Pixar Play Parade, five performances of “Phineas and Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party: Holiday Edition,” six Disney ¡Viva Navidad! street parties, ten Five & Dime performances, six Red Car Trolley News Boys shows, one tree lighting ceremony and two performances of “World of Color.” These are shows that actively require a technician as an operator. The system simultaneously runs a number of smaller events on its own throughout the day.
  • Disneyland park has its own Audio Central, located on Main Street, U.S.A., just above the Main Street Opera House.
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