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Happy Fourth of July from Disney Parks

Video Rewind: Celebrating America at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The Fourth of July is just a day away! From our daily flag retreat ceremony to special Independence Day entertainment, the Disneyland Resort has a variety of traditions that salute America’s heritage. In celebration of our nation’s birthday, let’s take a look back at three videos showcasing how we have paid tribute to America here at the Disneyland Resort.

In 2011, we showed you how the classic attraction, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” employs advanced Audio-Animatronic technology to honor one of our most revered presidents.

During the summer of 2012, the Voices of Liberty a cappella group performed traditional American songs at the Main Street Opera House.

This Independence Day, “Disneyland Forever,” the all-new fireworks spectacular, will be followed by a patriotic, pyrotechnic grand finale to celebrate America’s birthday. Before you enjoy that show, take a look back at last year’s “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.”

Will you be celebrating Independence Day at the Disneyland Resort? Check out Shawn’s post for this year’s special entertainment!

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Exclusive ‘Ant-Man’ Print Coming to Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port at Disneyland Resort

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


“ANT”-icipating the release of “Ant-Man” in theaters on July 17? So are we!

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Created exclusively for Disneyland Resort Food and Beverage, a keepsake comic book-style art print to celebrate the release of “Ant-Man” will be available beginning July 17, 2015. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase the limited-edition print for $5.99 at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland.

In addition, Artist Todd Nauck will be on hand from 2-4:30 p.m. on July 21, 2015, to sign the new “Ant-Man” print as well as the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” print. Please note that Todd will sign up to two (2) prints per guest.

Don’t miss out on this f-“ANT”-astic opportunity!

Limit two (2) items signed per guest. We ask that you bring no personal items to be signed. Appearances are subject to time and availability and are not guaranteed. Event and information are subject to cancellation or change without notice including but not limited to dates, times, release dates, appearances and retails. A valid Disneyland Resort receipt may be required. Separate admission is required to enter the Disneyland Resort theme parks.

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Tinker Bell Flies for 30 Years at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you head out to Magic Kingdom Park to celebrate this Fourth of July week, you’ll have the chance to witness a milestone event in the park’s entertainment history – the 30th anniversary of Tinker Bell’s pre-fireworks flight.

Tinker Bell first began flying over Disneyland park in California in the summer of 1961, but didn’t make her first appearance at Walt Disney World Resort until decades later in 1985. When it was announced that Tinker Bell would perform her first flight at Magic Kingdom Park over the Fourth of July weekend, the guest response was overwhelming and a crowd of more than 60,000 showed up to watch her inaugural flight on July 3, 1985.

Originally planned as a seasonal and holiday spectacle at Magic Kingdom Park, the guest reaction was so positive that Tink’s flight turned into a nightly event.

Tinker Bell currently makes her nightly appearance before “Wishes” fireworks. Tip: For the best view, watch the nighttime spectacular from the Cinderella Castle forecourt area.

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Behind the Scenes of Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Park with Walt Disney Imagineering

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Peter Pan’s Flight is open once again for Disneyland park guests after a recent refurbishment which added new magic and effects throughout the classic attraction. Join Imagineers Larry Nikolai and Elisabeth Papadopoulos for a scene-by-scene tour of these additions in the video below!

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Celebrate the Official 60th Anniversary of Disneyland by Showing Your 1955 Disney Side

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland on July 17? If so, get your best duds ready and come dressed in your finest suits and circle skirts . . . we’re inviting you to show your 1955 Disney Side!

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When Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, guests arrived in their fanciest attire . . . even children were dressed to the nines. Fast forward sixty years and many of our guests still enjoy visiting the Disneyland Resort in their three-piece suits and hats, cat-eye sunglasses and pearls. So in honor of our historic opening day, Disneyland Resort guests are encouraged to help us travel back in time by wearing their favorite 1955-inspired ensembles.

Throughout the day, you will have opportunities to show your 1955 Disney Side with special photo locations and themed entertainment. So curl your hair, dust off that fedora and take your Disney Side back in time to celebrate 60 years of Disneyland!

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July 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to dazzle! Here are events taking place this July that you don’t want to miss!

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July 3-5: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand for the debut of the Patriotic Collection. See the dolls and meet Linda from 12–10 p.m. each day at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

July 10-12: Artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith is taking over WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District! Stop by throughout the weekend to meet Jasmine and check out some of newest releases from her collection. Learn more here.

July 13: Join us as we welcome authors Kevin Kidney and Tim O’Day who will be on the hand for a special signing of their recent release, “A Celebration of New Magic and Fond Memories of the Disneyland Resort” from 9–11 a.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Tip: Look for the special limited edition version created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Learn more here.

July 18: Join us for an artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works of art by Whitney Pollett and Chris Uminga from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

June 25: Meet Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore who will be on hand for the release and signing of his latest release themed to Princess Aurora. Jim Shore will appear from 9–11 a.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park and 3–5 p.m. at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

June 25: Artist SHAG will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration inspired piece titled “A Perilous Adventure” at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Jeff Granito. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: July 3, 4, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and August 1 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which events are you planning to attend?

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‘Jurassic World’ Star Nick Robinson Goes on an Adventure at Disneyland Park

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last week, actor Nick Robinson, star of “Jurassic World,” ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey” and Disney “Frenemies” stopped by Disneyland park for a different kind of adventure at the world famous Jungle Cruise. While visiting the Disneyland Resort with family, Nick told us he was looking forward to riding his favorite attraction, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Between dinosaurs and the fifth dimension, he’s one brave guy!

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S’Mores Are a Treat This July at the Disneyland Resort

posted on June 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Fans of our S’mores gourmet apple, prepare yourselves – this summer is about to get even better as we “treat” you to a few other surprises from our candy kitchens at the Disneyland Resort! Our candy makers have come up with some new concoctions inspired by some of your favorite gourmet apple flavors. Joining the S’mores apple for the month of July will be a similarly themed (and tasty) marshmallow wand, crispy treat and bark.

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The gourmet apple and marshmallow wand are dipped in caramel and milk chocolate, then carefully layered with graham crackers and toasted mini marshmallows. You’ll notice that the crispy treat is prepared almost identically, without the caramel. How could we possibly top all of that? With milk chocolate drizzle, of course!

Looking for something with a bit more “bark” than bite?

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The S’mores bark is made of milk chocolate and marshmallow, topped with graham cracker pieces as well as toasted mini marshmallows.

You won’t have to “camp out” to enjoy these new treats – look for them beginning July 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., and Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which one will you try first?

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First Look: New Magic Added to Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Park

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re just a few days away from the reopening of Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland park, and today I’ve got a sneak peek at the new magic that awaits guests in this classic attraction.

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As we first told you back in April, Walt Disney Imagineering has brought a little bit of pixie dust to this opening-day favorite, with a reimagined nursery scene and a variety of special effects. And look closely as your pirate ship flies by to catch a glimpse of Peter Pan’s shadow!

You can experience the new magic at Peter Pan’s Flight for yourself when the attraction reopens July 1.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July at Disneyland Resort

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues all summer long, honoring 60 years of the Happiest Place on Earth, and on July 4th we’ll also be saluting 239 years of the United States of America with some special Independence Day entertainment.

'DISNEYLAND FOREVER' SPARKLES IN THE NIGHT SKY -- 'Disneyland Forever,' a new fireworks spectacular at the Disneyland Resort, illuminates the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle. 'Disneyland Forever' transports guests into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar films through traditional pyrotechnics, innovative projection mapping technology and surprising special effects. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

  • Disneyland park – “Disneyland Forever,” the all-new street-to-sky fireworks spectacular, will be presented July 4 at 9:30 p.m. Following the show on that night only will be a patriotic, pyrotechnic grand finale to celebrate America’s birthday.
  • Disney California Adventure park – On July 4, a special pyrotechnic water display will be presented at the start of all three performances of the new “World of Color – Celebrate!” at 9 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
  • Military Bands – Several outstanding Air Force and Marine bands will be performing at locations throughout the Disneyland Resort, from July 2–6. Be sure to check out Kevin’s original post for all the details!

Who’s ready for some red, white and blue?!

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