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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Ansel Adams – 1981

posted on February 20th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On this date in 1902, photographer and conservationist Ansel Adams was born in California. His photography of the American West, particularly of Yosemite National Park, is among the most iconic imagery of the 20th century.

In 1980, Mr. Adams received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor. His citation reads: “At one with the power of the American landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been visionary in his efforts to preserve this country’s wild and scenic areas, both in film and on Earth. Drawn to the beauty of nature’s monuments, he is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a national institution. It is through his foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans.”

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This rarely seen photo from our archives, taken around the time of his 79th birthday in February 1981, shows Mr. Adams being greeted outside City Hall at Disneyland park by Mickey Mouse.

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Newlyweds Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Spend ‘Mini-Honeymoon’ at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 19th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Television star Kaley Cuoco and professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting were married on New Year’s Eve, so Valentine’s Day weekend was the perfect time for Kaley to bring her husband to the Disneyland Resort for his very first visit.
Newlyweds Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Spend ‘Mini-Honeymoon’ at the Disneyland Resort

What better place for Ryan to start than on Mad Tea Party?
Newlyweds Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Spend ‘Mini-Honeymoon’ at the Disneyland Resort

Congratulations and best wishes to this fun-loving couple!

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Even Stars ‘Strike’ It Big With Family Time at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney

posted on February 19th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


How does a Hollywood power couple enjoy their downtime? Well, if you’re Ed Burns and Christy Turlington, you spend an afternoon at Splitsville Luxury Lanes with an extended group of friends and family.

I had a chance to meet up with the duo over the weekend; within minutes of arriving, their son, Finn, had scored a strike and a sized-for-sharing platter of Splitsville’s sushi arrived at their table. “This is really good,” gushed the supermodel. She sounded surprised; I wasn’t … Splitsville’s food is one of the things that sets the venue apart from other bowling alleys. That, and the fact that it’s truly family-friendly. With a party of 16, the group called ahead to reserve bowling lanes – there was space for everyone to kick back and relax, and plenty of opportunity for a little friendly competition and a lot of laughter.
Even Stars ‘Strike’ It Big, With Family Time at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney

“This family time is really important to us. We’re here at Walt Disney World Resort for our daughter’s gymnastics competition, but we decided to extend the trip and make a real vacation out of it” shared Ed. Christy nodded in agreement, “We left a really cold winter in New York, so this is great!”

Even though Christy admitted “I’m not a great bowler,” she looked like a natural. And though I didn’t stick around to see the final scores, Ed expected that he and his brother would “go at it” on the lanes! The couple took a moment to sign a special bowling pin for the Splitsville team to commemorate the few fun hours they spent there.

With cousins, best friends, siblings (Ed’s brother, Brian, is married to Christy’s sister, Kelly!), and kids in tow, it was the first time the group visited Downtown Disney, but hopefully not the last.

So, have you been to Splitsville? Food, bowling or something else … what’s your favorite part of the “Luxury Lanes” experience? I’d love to hear in the “Comments” section below!

To learn more about Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side, including pricing, hours, and offerings, click here.

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: February 2011

posted on February 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Love was in the air and changes were underway three years ago this month at Disney Parks. Here at Disneyland Resort, we were getting ready for a Soundsational Summer! Let’s take a look back at some of the stories we featured here on the Disney Parks Blog in February 2011.

George Lucas visits Star Tours at Disneyland Park

George Lucas Visits Star Tours at Disneyland Park
As we were preparing to venture once again to a galaxy far, far away with the 2011 opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, George Lucas paid a special visit to check on the attraction’s development at Disneyland park.

President of Disney Cruise Line, Karl Holz, Minnie Mouse and Meyer Werft Shipyard Managing Partner, Bernard Meyer celebrate at the Disney Fantasy keel laying ceremony.

Keel Laying Ceremony Marks a Milestone for the Disney Fantasy Today
On February 11, 2011, the Disney Fantasy marked a milestone in its construction as it celebrated the keel laying during a special ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard.

Who's Your Favorite Disney Couple?

Your Favorite Disney Character Couple is…
On Valentine’s Day 2011, we asked Disney Parks Blog readers who their favorite Disney Character couples were. See their answers in the comments!

Tangaroa Terrace, Trader Sam’s to Join Disneyland Hotel This Spring
On February 24, 2011, we announced the addition of two of my favorite locations at the Disneyland Resort – Tangaroa Terrace and (of course) Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

More Than Meets the Eye at Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World Resort photographer Kent Phillips shared these amazingly surreal photos from Magic Kingdom Park.

From Under the Sea to Galaxies Far, Far Away…Opening Dates Are Set For A Soundsational Summer at Disneyland Resort
Three years ago this month, we were getting ready for a Soundsational Summer here at the Disneyland Resort, with the openings of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.

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Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith ‘Goes to Disney World’ Hours After Seahawks NFL Championship Win

posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Magic Kingdom Park was bathed in blue and bright green during a gala parade today to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith’s clutch game against the Denver Broncos last night.

Less than 24 hours before today’s parade, Smith stepped onto the field at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., with his Seattle Seahawks teammates to vie for the NFL championship. Immediately after the game, as confetti cascaded on the field, TV cameras captured Smith’s celebratory answer to the famous question: “You’ve just won the Super Bowl. What are you going to do next?”

The answer to that question? “I’m Going to Disney World!” and “I’m Going to Disneyland!” (depending on the region the commercial airs).

Smith, a Seahawks linebacker, is the first NFL defensive player to star in the iconic Disney Parks commercial.

Super Bowl XLVII MVP Malcolm Smith at Disney World

Monday’s parade featured a cavalcade of characters and colorful balloons. Smith rode with Mickey Mouse in a shiny convertible as thousands of fans along Main Street, U.S.A. chanted his name. As the convertible paused in front of Cinderella Castle, Smith once again was showered with confetti, ending his magical day in similar fashion to his Super Bowl victory only 16 hours earlier.

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Pro Bowl Players Get in the Aloha Spirit at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on January 26th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


On Friday, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, welcomed NFL players preparing to compete in today’s Pro Bowl game. Players were invited to bring their families to enjoy an afternoon of Disney magic, with special guests Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

NFL Pro Bowl Running Back Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs with Mickey Mouse at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, of the Kansas City Chiefs, was the first to visit with Mickey Mouse upon arriving at the event.

NFL Pro Bowl Tight End Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys with Minnie Mouse at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Tight end Jason Witten, of the Dallas Cowboys, visited with event hostess Minnie Mouse.

NFL Pro Bowl Running Back LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles with Mickey Mouse at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

And Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy, of the Philadelphia Eagles, stopped to shake a shaka with Mickey Mouse on his way into the event.

Please join me in wishing all the Pro Bowl players luck in today’s game!

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The Mauro’s Magical Disney Vacations Airs on Food Network

posted on January 24th, 2014 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing


It’s a chilly January just about everywhere – so, we wanted to bring you a little something to warm up your winter – and – pun fully intended – whet your appetite for an exciting vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort soon!

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We recently had the opportunity to host Jeff Mauro, the Food Network’s Sandwich King, and his family here at the resort – and each one really found their Disney Side! And, because cameras caught it all, the Food Network is sharing the whole experience with you tonight!

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With visits to Magic Kingdom, Epcot and a fun-filled safari in Animal Kingdom, the Mauro clan hits the ground running to make this Disney vacation their best yet. In the midst of all the fun, they dine at restaurants throughout the resort, including the new Be Our Guest restaurant, Sanaa, Chef Mickey’s, Victoria and Albert’s and California Grill.

We had a fantastic time filming this special. Jeff met many of our world class Disney Chefs, and even got in the kitchen with some of them. Here’s Jeff with Chef David Njoroge at Sanaa, where he learned to make our famous Naan Bread.

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I’ve never been on a shoot where so much delicious Disney food was at my fingertips. Of course, being a producer and all, it’s my job to sample some of the food.

Okay, that’s a lie. I ate everything.

Hope you’ll tune in to the Food Network tonight at 8:00 Eastern / 7:00 Central, for The Mauro’s Magical Disney Vacation.

Here’s a preview…

Hmmmm. I wonder if I can get priority seating at Sanaa for lunch today…..?

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Sneak Peek of Disney 365 Live Video Shoot at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with Disney Channel Star Jake Short

posted on January 22nd, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


Jake Short stars as Fletcher Quimby in the Disney Channel Original Series “A.N.T. Farm,” but when he isn’t in front of the camera he loves to play soccer! Short is a regional all-star player who had the opportunity to visit ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex this past weekend during Disney 3v3 Soccer Championships. Former professional soccer player and ESPN Analyst, Eddie Rodriguez, served as Short’s guest coach as he got a taste of what it’s like to play in the middle of the magic. Short was taping a Disney 365 special that will air on the Disney Channel in March.

ESPN Wide World of Sports GameDay Photos captured these images to give you a sneak peek of the special.

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We invite you to follow us at espnwwos.com, on ESPNWWOS Facebook and on Twitter @DisneySports for more information on how you can participate in an upcoming event!

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Emma Thompson Returns to Disneyland Park

posted on January 16th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


This week, the brilliant Emma Thompson returned to Disneyland park, where just more than a year ago she filmed memorable scenes for “Saving Mr. Banks.” This time the trip was just for fun and she brought along her daughter, Gaia, who was visiting us for the very first time.

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So, what attraction did this fun-loving mother-daughter duo experience together first? Space Mountain! Emma said that after riding it two times she was ready for something a little more tame. Next stop: “it’s a small world.

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Mandy Moore Celebrates Disney Junior’s ‘Sheriff Callie’s Wild West’ at Disneyland Park

posted on November 21st, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


“Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” is a new Disney Junior series starring Mandy Moore as the voice of a heroic kitty cat sheriff. So when Mandy visited Disneyland park last week, Frontierland seemed like the perfect place to catch up with her, since in the show, she’s the sheriff of an Old West-themed town called Nice and Friendly Corners.

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This show is the first western for preschoolers and premieres this Sunday, November 24, on WATCHDisneyJunior.com and the WATCH Disney Junior app for smartphones and tablets, and it debuts on Disney Channel and Disney Junior in early 2014. “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” was developed by the same team that created “Higglytown Heroes” – a favorite in my house for many years.

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