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Penny for Your Thoughts: Making Coin Presses at the Disneyland Resort Electromechanical Shop

posted on April 9th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


When I found out there are going to be several new coin presses dedicated to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, I thought it would be fun to explore this charming collectible a bit more. I met up with Rob Johnson who has been making and maintaining coin presses at the Disneyland Resort Electromechanical Shop for 25 years.

For more information on Disneyland Resort coin presses, including machine locations, click here. The keen collector may also want to pick up a collector’s book which can be found at most coin press locations.

Michelle Harker will be sharing more on the new Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration coin press machines soon, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog.

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Behind the Scenes: Making Sleeping Beauty Castle Sparkle for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on April 7th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park now dazzles in diamonds, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration officially kicking off on Friday, May 22. A few months ago, we went behind the scenes for a glimpse at what it took to create this sparkling look with Imagineer David Caranci. In the video below, we visit the warehouse where a talented team of artisans molded, shaped, painted and placed each diamond by hand.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more on the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

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Take a Little Trip on Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland Park

posted on February 27th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland park is full of tiny treasures – if you blink you might just miss one. The cruise lasts 6 minutes; however, here you can take a “mini” tour highlighting some of the attraction’s delightful details.

I was blown away by the new land of Arendelle. What’s your favorite scene?

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Time for Tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter at Disneyland Park

posted on January 26th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


As you probably already know, January is National Hot Tea Month! To celebrate this very merry “unholiday” we sat down with Alice and the Mad Hatter for a game of musical chairs at Disneyland park.

Take a seat for yourself next time you see Alice and the Mad Hatter at Refreshment Corner on Main Street, U.S.A.!

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Jingle Cruise All the Way at Disneyland Park

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Having sailed on several Disney cruises, one comes to expect a certain sense of style – and the Jingle Cruise in Disneyland park doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re into ugly sweaters or you’re more of a fruit cake, you’ll be “sleighed” by the hilarious, holiday highlights during this yuletide ride along the river.

Don’t miss the boat! The Jingle Cruise is sailing now through January 6.

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Mapping Out the Holidays: Disney California Adventure Park

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


Recently, I shared a video highlighting the holidays at Disneyland park. For this video, a map was created to feature festivities at Disney California Adventure park.

What is your favorite highlight of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort?

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Mapping Out the Holidays: Disneyland Park

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


There are so many magical moments to experience at the Disneyland Resort this time of year. To give a glimpse of all things merry and bright, I thought it would be fun to produce a video using a map of Disneyland park. Happy Holidays!

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Disneyland Resort Entertainment Team Shares Their Favorite Festive Feature for ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday

posted on November 17th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


If you happened to see the video I posted back in September showing the Haunted Mansion Holiday magical makeover, you may recognize some of the talented “elves” in this video. Once again, I’ve asked the Disneyland Resort Entertainment team to show me their favorite holiday enhancements; only this time they are creating “it’s a small world” Holiday at Disneyland park.

My favorite addition to “it’s a small world” Holiday has to be the clock show, which debuted last year. What’s yours?

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Pumpkin Carvers Show Their Disney Side During Halloween Time at Disneyland Park

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


From “it’s a small world” to “Frozen,” the pumpkin carvers design an elaborate display showing their Disney Side each day at the Halloween Carnival in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland park. I recently caught up with one of the creative carvers and asked her about her colorful creations.

Which Disney character or attraction would you like to see produced on a pumpkin?

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New, Yet Familiar Faces Animate Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

posted on October 3rd, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


It’s a special treat to see what innovative additions the Disneyland Resort Entertainment team will add to Haunted Mansion Holiday in Disneyland park each season. This year I spoke with Senior Art Director Brian Sandahl, got a sneak peek at the spruced-up singing pumpkins and gained some insight into “little” Sally’s makeover before the attraction reopened for its 14th season of frightful fun.

Have you seen these animated updates at Haunted Mansion Holiday?

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