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Disneyland Resort Marks 60th Anniversary of Opening Day With Special Celebrations

posted on July 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


On Friday, we marked 60 years of happiness at the Disneyland Resort with a day full of celebrations. From thousands of cupcakes to special photo locations, guests joined in to help us commemorate the anniversary of Disneyland opening day – July 17, 1955. Take a look back!

Did you celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland opening day with us on Friday? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 19th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier was joined by Mickey Mouse and special guests at Sleeping Beauty Castle to commemorate the Resort’s official 60th anniversary.

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As part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, it was announced that we will honor 60 years of Walt’s dream with the “Million Dollar Dazzle” program. Each month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the Million Dollar Dazzle Crew will surprise one or more Southern California nonprofits with a $60,000 gift, totaling more than $1 million.

Check out Erin’s story for more information. And check back on Monday for new video from the celebration.

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Disney chairman and CEO, Bob Iger also unveiled new, exciting details on Shanghai Disney Resort, the area’s first Disney destination, and the six themed lands planned for the Shanghai Disneyland theme park.

During a special event that included Disney COO Tom Staggs and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek, Bob Iger shared a peek at what the Resort will look like with the unveiling of a spectacular scale model showcasing its two hotels, Disneytown – its international shopping, dining and entertainment district, Wishing Star Park’s beautiful gardens and six themed lands of mainland China’s first Disney theme park – Shanghai Disneyland. Check out video from the event.

Our original story has more details on each of the themed lands, including Tomorrowland, where guests will be able to experience the TRON Lightcycle Power Run and more.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Icing on the Cake: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Disneyland Park in 1965 – Fifty years ago these dancing candles were delighted in the fact they were taking part in history during the 10th anniversary celebration of Disneyland park. Enjoy this calorie-free video!

Mickey’s Halloween Party Expands to 17 Nights with Return of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, September 11 – November 1 – The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues into Halloween Time when the season begins again September 11, with the addition of the new “Paint the Night” parade during the expanded 17 nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park!

D23 EXPO 2015 Brings New Collections from ALEX AND ANI – If you’re a fan of ALEX AND ANI and you’re attending D23 EXPO 2015, August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Disney Dream Store is the place to be.

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Rivers of America at Disneyland Park – Sixty years ago, Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a special party aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat at the soon-to-open Disneyland park.

Today in Disney History: ‘Hocus Pocus’ Casts a Spell in Theaters – On July 16, 1993, Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” opened in theaters, and the world was introduced to those wacky and wicked Sanderson sisters: Mary (Kathy Najimy), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Winifred (Bette Midler).

Bookings Begin July 30 for Premium Events for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – There are more ways than ever to celebrate at the 20th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival September 25-November 16 – and while plenty of events are included with park admission, we look forward each fall to the over-the-top “premium events.”

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Disneyland Resort Celebrates 60th Anniversary and Announces Million Dollar Dazzle Program Benefiting Local Nonprofits

posted on July 17th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Sixty years ago today, Walt Disney dedicated his dream project: Disneyland – a land beyond the boundaries of the motion pictures with which he’d made his reputation, a park where families and guests of all ages could be immersed in worlds of fantasy and adventure.

As part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we announced this morning that we will honor 60 years of Walt’s dream with our Million Dollar Dazzle program. Each month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the Million Dollar Dazzle Crew will surprise one or more Southern California nonprofits with a $60,000 gift, totaling more than $1 million. Girl Scouts of Orange County was surprised with the first gift at the ceremony today.

Check back later today for video from this special ceremony!

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Behind the Scenes: ‘Operation Disneyland’ Shows How ABC Made TV History

posted on July 17th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


I am constantly in awe of the documentation I come across in the Walt Disney Company‘s archival footage. If you have seen the live telecast of opening day at Disneyland park, which originally aired on ABC on July, 17 1955, you may have thought – like me – “How did they do that?” This video shows highlights from “Operation Disneyland,” a 14-minute documentary produced for ABC closed-circuit television, which looks at the technical challenges behind broadcasting the opening ceremonies of Disneyland park.

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Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Disneyland Resort with New Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper

posted on July 17th, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Sixty years ago today, Disneyland opened its gates to its very first guests.

Our designer, Leo Cardoso, created a special wallpaper that commemorates this historic day. Leo was inspired by the many stories that have become a part of the Disneyland tradition and showcased these beloved characters in his design.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Happy Anniversary, Disneyland!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Meet J. Thaddeus Toad at Disneyland Park

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is where I learned to drive. Yes, I know you don’t really steer the car, but to a young boy, it sure seemed like I was. So the next time you are in Fantasyland at Disneyland park, take a spin through the English countryside and see if you can find your inner child at Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

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The photo above of J. Thaddeus Toad was taken sometime ago, but is still a favorite of mine.

Here’s the camera setting if you are interested:

  • I wanted to use the available lighting so I set the ISO at 5000.
  • The lens was a 16-35 mm at maximum aperture of 2.8 and a 1/30 shutter speed.
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Travel Back in Time to July 17, 1955, on Twitter With @Disneyland

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Sixty years ago tomorrow, Disneyland opened its gates for the first time. Have you ever wondered what that day would have looked like on Twitter … if Twitter had been around in 1955? Well, tomorrow (which also happens to be #FlashbackFriday) you will have your chance to see this historic day unfold in your feed!

Travel Back in Time to July 17, 1955, on Twitter With @Disneyland

Through the power of social media … and with a little bit of Pixie Dust … the official Disneyland Twitter account (@Disneyland) will transport followers back to Disneyland opening day – July 17, 1955. Follow along as we tweet “Live from 1955” throughout the day and feature exciting flashback moments that will bring the sights and sounds of this historic day to life!

So travel back in time with @Disneyland and the hashtag #LiveFrom55 on Twitter throughout the day tomorrow for “live” updates direct from 1955!

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Treat Yourself to Candy Kitchen Sweets for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you headed to the Disneyland Resort on July 17? Then you’re in luck! Our Disneyland Candy Makers have been busy preparing something special for you to enjoy. Treat yourself to this specially created Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration apple. The Mickey Mouse shaped apple has been hand-dipped in caramel, covered in white chocolate, dazzled in sanding sugar and topped delicately with a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration lay-on. This sparkling creation is only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out!

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Now on to August! Those planning a trip (or trip back) to the Disneyland Resort will delight in the news about our gourmet treats. Our candy makers have taken one of our classic treats for a spin. The crispy is covered in chocolate, layered with mini pretzels and drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate. Looking for something sweeter? The gourmet apple and marshmallow wand have the perfect extra touch, a layer of caramel. How tempted are your taste buds?

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But wait, there’s just one thing missing from these incredible treats: the gourmet bark. This carefully layered concoction is made of milk chocolate with pieces of pretzels folded in, layered with peanut butter and topped with additional pretzel bites. It’s sweet, salty and ultimately delicious.

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Whether you’re planning your own Mad Tea Party or simply craving something for your sweet tooth, we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. Find the new line of gourmet treats beginning August 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 treat are you most excited for?

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Icing on the Cake: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Disneyland Park in 1965

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


While looking through some historical footage recently, I came across this sweet treat. I can’t help but think that 50 years ago these dancing candles were delighted in the fact they were taking part in history during the 10th anniversary celebration of Disneyland park. Enjoy this calorie-free video!

And keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow as we celebrate the official 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort! You can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram with @Disneyland and on Facebook.com/Disneyland. Don’t forget the hashtag #Disneyland60!

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Made with Magic Sippers Coming Soon to Disneyland Resort

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Become part of “Fantasmic!” and “World of Color – Celebrate!” in a whole new way. Made with Magic sippers will be sold at select Food and Beverage locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks beginning July 17.

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“Fantasmic!” Chernabog sipper locations include:

“World of Color” sipper locations include:

The sipper without a beverage is $25.00 (tax included) or $28.00 with a beverage (including fountain soda, frozen carbonated beverages and frozen lemonade).

Which sipper will you pick up to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort?

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