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Guests Sparkle for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Event

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Guests Sparkle for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Event Guests Sparkle for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Event

Disneyland park is bustling this morning with guests kicking off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration during our 24-Hour Event.

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Donning their limited-edition commemorative ear hats, guests streamed along the Rivers of America to enjoy breakfast, coffee and their favorite attractions.

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These visitors from Australia jumped for joy to celebrate 60 years of the Happiest Place on Earth.

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And many guests are glowing already in their “Being Up All Night Makes Me Dopey” tees!

Are you celebrating with us at the Disneyland Resort today?

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Lunching Across the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


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We received so many votes in our Disneyland Resort lunch poll, we couldn’t just choose one place to eat. We divided and conquered!

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Tyler with the Barbecue Pulled Pork and Slaw Cone From Cozy Cone Motel Michelle and Shawn with the Supernova Pizza Special and Mark V Dessert Waffle From Red Rockett’s Pizza Port

Erin chose the Pulled Pork Hot Dog from Hungry Bear Restaurant, while Tyler picked up Barbecue pulled pork and slaw cone from Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land. Michelle and Shawn grabbed a quick bite at Red Rockett’s Pizza Port getting the Supernova Pizza Special and Mark V Dessert Waffle. And me? I couldn’t resist Mac and cheese pizza from Boardwalk Pasta & Pizza.

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No lunch is complete without dessert, so we all met up to enjoy the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Cupcakes! Guests are loving these tasty treats, each deliciously themed to the land you’ll find them in.

What are you eating today? Let us know in the comments below.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Brings ‘Sweet’ Surprises

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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Is there anything sweeter than the kickoff to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? In my case, yes! There are dazzling and delectable new confections debuting in the candy kitchens at the Disneyland Resort, and I have all the details!

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These stunning Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse apples are enrobed in caramel, dipped in chocolate and have been dusted in sparkling blue sanding sugar. With final touches of chocolate “gem” buttons and a diamond-shaped bow for Minnie Mouse, these two never looked so delicious.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without some of our other fan favorites like the marshmallow wand, krispy treat and the ever-popular cake pops, all of which were inspired by the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration sparkling blue and silver tone theme. The candy makers didn’t stop there, so be sure to keep an eye out for a special Ear Hat Cake Pop featuring a commemorative “60” chocolate lay-on.

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We didn’t stop there ─ If you were hoping for something more nostalgic, you’re in luck! Chocolate-dipped caramel bars (with and without sea salt) will be available, along with the pecan roll and other delicious treats. Note: These items will only be available at Candy Palace in Disneyland park.

If you are planning to ‘sweeten’ your experience in the park today, visit Candy Palace in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District!

What is topping your list of must have treats?

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‘Paint the Night’ Parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Premiere at Disneyland Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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The all-new “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks open for Disneyland park guests tonight, and last night they premiered in special performances for invited fans and media. Both all-new for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, they bring never-before-seen immersive technologies that light up the night and surround guests with stunning color and surprising special effects.

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger kicked off the premiere performances last night with a special welcome on Main Street, U.S.A.

“Few companies have both a legendary past as well as a limitless future,” Iger said. “But we had the great fortune to be founded with a spirit of creativity and innovation – one that continues to define this phenomenal company, allowing us to keep moving forward to meet the future without ever losing sight of who we are and where it all started. It’s a true honor to usher in the celebration of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Anniversary as we celebrate the triumph of imagination in a place where dreams really do come true.”

Take a look back at this special event in the videos below.

Don’t miss “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, now showing nightly at Disneyland park during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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Fueling Up for 24 Hours at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


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It’s a beautiful morning at Disneyland Resort! I’m fueling up for 24 hours of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration fun with 32 oz. of coffee in my souvenir travel mug and a Chocolate Mocha Funnel Cake from Stage Door Cafe. The mug is only available today—so if you like it, be sure to pick one up!

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With so many specialty items only available today, trying to decide where to eat is hard—so we’re letting you choose! Vote below to decide where we should eat lunch:


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The Disney Gallery Unveils New Exhibit for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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May 22 is finally here, and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is underway! While there’s so much to see and do, one place I couldn’t resist visiting on one of my shopping adventures was The Disney Gallery located in the lobby of The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. A new exhibit was unveiled just this morning — Drawing Disneyland: The Early Years – Imagineers Who Helped Bring Walt’s Dream To Life.

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I had the chance to get the back-story about this exciting new exhibit which of course, I wanted to share with all of you:

Walt Disney had an idea for “a family park, where parents and children could have fun together.” Problem is, he didn’t know how to design and build it. Unfortunately, neither did the architecture and engineering firm he hired. That’s when Walt’s longtime friend, architect Welton Becket, told him the best people to design the park were his own animators and art directors. These were the people who best understood Walt and what he wanted to do.

So in 1952 Walt formed WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) and recruited members of his own staff from the Disney Studio, as well as designers and artists from other studios, to help him develop this new kind of park he was calling Disneyland. Though none of them had ever designed theme parks (Who had at that time?), they did know, with their film backgrounds and set-designing skills, how to turn Walt’s ideas into concept sketches and detailed renderings.

Drawing Disneyland celebrates five of those artists, all with experience in live-action and animated films, each of whom played a key role in the development of one of the original lands of Disneyland – and ultimately proved Welton Becket right. Who are they? I won’t leave you in suspense any further.

Harper Goff – Adventureland
John Hench – Tomorrowland
Harry Johnson – Main Street, U.S.A.
Bill Martin – Fantasyland
Sam McKim – Frontierland

I hope during your next visit you’ll enjoy this historical retrospective, which showcases the rich heritage and history of the Disneyland Resort — from how far we’ve come to where we’re headed.

Special Tip: If you find a favorite piece of art on display in the new exhibit, stop next store at Disneyana Gifts to inquire whether it is available to purchase via Art on Demand, and bring the magic of Disney, home.

What places are on your list to visit today?

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VIDEO: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Begins

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Early this morning, fans filled Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park for the official start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Wearing their limited-edition commemorative ear hats, thousands of fans counted down to 6 a.m. and the beginning of our 24-hour event. Take a look!

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New Pressed Coins Debut for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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Last month, my fellow Disney Parks Blog author and friend, Shannon Swanson, got a “Penny For Your Thoughts” as she took you inside the Electromechanical Shop and behind-the-scenes of the making of coin presses at the Disneyland Resort. Shannon mentioned that I would have exciting news to share, and I do — as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we are introducing sixty (60) new pressed coins themed to favorite attractions, icons and characters!

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How can you tell which designs are being introduced for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? Here are a few tips to help you out!

  • Look for the special 60-D symbol which appears on the art for each new die.
  • Each coin will bear a special back-stamp that says Est. July 17 1955 – Disneyland Resort 60-D!

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One of my favorite things is the new Pressed Coin Location Guide that features all of the presses throughout the Disneyland Resort. All of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration pressed coins can be found by simply locating the diamond icon next to the coin image. Where can you find the pressed coin location guides? Great question — the new guides are available here on the Disney Parks Blog! Take a look at the images below or download the PDF here. You can also find printed brochures at City Hall in Disneyland park, Chamber of Commerce at Disney California Adventure park and select merchandise locations throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Tip: There is a specially designed Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration collector’s book to help you keep track of your collection.

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Finally, there’s one last thing before I go: keep an eye out for special ‘Decades’ presses in the Downtown Disney District that will only be available for limited period of time.

Are you ready for the Pressed Coin Challenge? Let us know which coins you are looking forward to adding to your collection in the comments below!

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Watch the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Event LIVE on Disney Parks Blog

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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We’re just about to kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with a 24-hour event! If you can’t be here to celebrate with us, don’t worry! You can follow all the fun from home with our six live web cameras, positioned throughout the Disneyland Resort.

The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration live stream has concluded.

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Disneyland Park

  • Sleeping Beauty Castle, Views 1 and 2
  • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Town Square

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Cars Land
  • Paradise Pier (please note that sound is not available on this view)

Be sure to check back throughout the day to catch performances of “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and more!

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Begins Tomorrow, Celebrating 60 Years of the Happiest Place on Earth

posted on May 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Tomorrow begins a celebration 60 years in the making … the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Featuring a glittering parade, street-to-sky fireworks and an all-new “World of Color,” it will be a celebration of the innovation and wonder for which the Disneyland Resort and Disney Parks around the world have become known.

“It’s amazing to contemplate all that Disneyland has come to mean to so many people around the world,” said Tom Staggs, COO of the Walt Disney Company. “For 60 years, millions of guests have come here to celebrate their special occasions, and now we’re excited to invite everyone to share the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with us. And, of course, none of this would be possible without our exceptional cast members who bring the magic to life.”

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At Disneyland park, the new “Paint the Night” parade will bring some of the most innovative floats, vibrant costumes and dazzling special effects ever presented at the Disneyland Resort. This new, state-of-the-art nighttime parade floods Main Street, U.S.A., with stunning color and more than 1.5 million LED lights.

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Also at Disneyland park, the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular will be a sky-high celebration featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections and effects that transform the park right before your eyes. “Disneyland Forever” envelops you in an enthralling, breathtaking journey like never before, leveraging the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects.

Disney California Adventure park will present a special edition of the popular “World of Color” show, hosted by award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris. In “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney,” Mickey Mouse and Neil take guests on a journey through the imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland.

The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will also bring dazzling decor and special surprises throughout both parks, the Downtown Disney District and the Disneyland Resort hotels. Make plans now to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

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