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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Floral Mickey

posted on November 26th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Main Street Station and its iconic floral depiction of Mickey Mouse have become one of the most photographed locations in the world, as millions of guests over six decades have captured their first Disney Parks memory entering Walt Disney’s original magic kingdom.


But less than a week before opening day, the floral in “floral Mickey” had yet to materialize. Horticulturalist Jack Evans received a memo dated July 11, 1955, from Joe Fowler which read, “When are you going to plant Mickey Mouse in the entrance? Looks to me like the time is getting pretty late.”


As you probably know, “Mickey” was planted in time for the big day and he’s been in full bloom every day since.

Check back for more “construction updates” soon.

Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

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Made With Magic Items Now Available at Disney Parks

posted on November 25th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m happy to announce that Made With Magic items are now available at Disney Parks. You may recall my recent Disney Parks Blog article about Made With Magic, the new name for products that light up and interact with select Disney experiences at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. I recently visited Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to get a first hand look at these new products.


As the sun set on another beautiful Florida day, I saw these items in action at the top of the Hollywood Hills Theater just before seating opened for the first Fantasmic! show. We currently offer a Disney ear hat, a Minnie Mouse headband and a Sorcerer Mickey wand. A light-up Mickey Mouse glove will be coming to Disney Parks in spring 2015. Each Made With Magic item has a retail of $25.00 (that retail includes tax).


My favorite item is the Sorcerer Mickey wand as it has the ability to change other Made With Magic items. It’s pretty easy to use. To change the color patterns on the wand, press the artist pallet button. Once you find a color pattern you like, you can press the wand button to change other Made With Magic items. I changed an entire display of Disney ear hats with just one wand (I wonder if I can use this wand to clean up my apartment as that would be amazing).

Look for these items in select merchandise locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. Guests in California can find these items in various merchandise locations in Disneyland park and in Disney’s California Adventure park.

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Meeting Hiro and Baymax at Disneyland Park

posted on November 25th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

The stars of Disney’s new animated hit film, “Big Hero 6”, have arrived in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, where guests are loving the chance to meet Hiro Hamada and his huggable buddy Baymax.

Bringing the world of “Big Hero 6” to life in the park was especially exciting for the Creative Entertainment team.

“Tomorrowland, like the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology in the movie, represents the clean and sleek world of high-tech gadgets and the next generation of technology,” said Sue Hamilton, show director with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment. “When you go to meet the characters, though, we take you into Hiro’s garage. It’s disorganized and minimal when it comes to resources, but maybe inspires people to realize that even without access to the latest technology, great things can be accomplished with enough imagination and ingenuity.”

“Big Hero 6” is in theaters now in 3D.

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Plan the Merriest Feast on Earth at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 24th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Forget Santa’s Naughty-or-Nice list, if you’re visiting during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, there’s only one list you’ll need. I’ve compiled all things deliciously Disney this holiday season.

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Jolly Holiday Bakery Café

  • Hot Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich


  • Market Sandwich
  • Grilled Pesto Chicken Sandwich
  • Apple Pecan Salad
  • Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup


  • Mickey-Shaped Macaroons
  • Caramel Apple Muffin
  • Chocolate-Raspberry Cupcake


  • Black Forest Bundt Cake
  • Holiday Brownie


  • Pumpkin Crème Brulee
  • Ginger Spice Éclair
  • Chocolate-Mint Whoopie Pie


  • Bananas Foster Cheesecake
  • Tiramisu
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookie
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Village Haus Restaurant

  • Cherry Cobbler Flatbread – cherry pie filling, crunchy granola on a flatbread topped with icing and fresh mint

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

  • Family-Style Cookie Bake – baked sugar cookie dusted with powdered sugar and mulling cinnamon-orange blend, topped with three scoops of vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with caramel sauce

Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

  • Hot Cocoa and Cider
  • Cookie Decorating Kits
  • Candy Cane Cotton Candy

French Market Restaurant

  • Praline Cheesecake

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

  • Crushed candy cane & holiday sprinkles for waffle cones

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port

  • Fresh Roasted Turkey Pizza – oven-roasted turkey with Craisins, mozzarella, parmesan, fresh sage
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante

  • Holiday Tamale Plates

The Golden Horseshoe

  • Ice Cream Nachos
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Plaza Inn

  • November Yule Log – spice cake with pumpkin mousse and lingonberry marmalade filling and cream cheese with chocolate ganache frosting
  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache

Market House

  • Cranberry Bliss Bar
  • Gingerbread Loaf
  • Pecan Tart
  • Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies
  • Holiday Brownie

Maurice’s Treats

  • Pumpkin Twist

Mint Julep Bar

  • Raspberry-Magnolia Lemonade
  • Pumpkin Beignets served with Vanilla Crème Anglaise

Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • Holiday Burger – blue cheese burger with onion marmalade and arugula
  • Apple Pie Funnel Cake

Royal Street Veranda

  • Tropical Habanero Lime Punch

Blue Bayou Restaurant and Cafe Orleans

  • Holiday Peppermint Mocha
  • Holiday Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate
  • Holiday Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Disney California Adventure park

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta

  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree
  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache


  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge

  • California Craft Seasonal Beer
  • Poinsettia – Cointreau, cranberry juice, and champagne garnished with a twist of orange zest

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream

  • Crushed candy cane and holiday sprinkles for waffle cones and hand-dipped ice cream bars

Cozy Cone Motel

  • Bacon Mac & Cheese Cone
  • Pumpkin Twist

Boudin Bread Cart


  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree

Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe

  • Cranberry Bliss Bar
  • Gingerbread Loaf
  • Pecan Tart
  • Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Paradise Garden Grill


Mortimer’s Market

  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree


  • Triple Berry Smoothie – fresh cranberries, cranberry juice, cranberry sauce and vanilla ice cream topped with a caramel drizzle
  • Abuelita Hot Cocoa
  • Caramel Apple Muffin
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Taste Pilots’ Grill

  • Warm Apple Maple Cake
  • Merriest Style Topping – beef burger or grilled chicken topped with Swiss cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms
  • Holiday Brownie

Pacific Wharf Café

  • Turkey Pot Pie Soup
  • Cranberry-White Chocolate Bread Pudding
  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Disneyland Resort Hotels

Hearthstone Lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake

Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache

The Coffee House at Disneyland Hotel

  • Caramel Apple Muffin

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland Hotel


  • Red-Nosed Zebra – Bacardi 8 rum, fresh lemon and lime juice, agave nectar and strawberry puree garnished with cranberries and a mint sprig
  • Sam’s Slay Ride – Sam’s Gorilla Grog, Jack Daniel’s Honey, Grand Marnier, Canton Ginger, fresh lime juice and Trader Tiki cinnamon topped with a cinnamon and nutmeg dusting
  • Mele Kaliki-Mocha – Fresh iced coffee, Kahlua, coconut, orgeat syrup, topped with whipped cream and garnished with red and green sprinkles and a rosemary sprig

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The Beautifully Disney ‘Frozen’ Collection Debuts at Disney Parks

posted on November 21st, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

A flurry of excitement is swirling at Disney Parks. Why? The ‘cool’ new collection from Beautifully Disney debuting in stores now will undoubtedly melt your heart with its spectrum of colors inspired by the award-winning film, “Frozen.”


New to the collection this year is the Rollerball Eye Shadow set. Designed with rollerball tip for effortless application, the lightweight, shimmering silver-toned Elegant Ice and golden-toned Sparkling eye shadows glide on with seamless precision for illuminated eyes. The shimmery loose shadows add dimension and light, creating a delicate dance of glistening crystals for your eyes. Tip: Simply glide the rollerball directly onto the eyelid for a subtle touch of glamour.

Do you want to build … the perfect manicure? The whimsical winter colors of Spiraling Snow, Magnificent Power, Frozen Queen and Miss Royal Pants will help you do just that! Sparkling Snow is, of course, one of my favorites as it leaves me with a glittering feeling of fallen snowflakes on my fingertips. Those who are a bit more daring might find Magnificent Power a bit cooler for their taste.

One of this year’s must-have items includes the newly designed eye shadow palette featuring eight different shades ranging from warm earth tones to fun frosty hues. Discover the magic inside as you mix and match colors to create your own look. Tip: Use colors like Crystal Snowflake and Powers Unleashed to create a classic and regal looking cat-eye. Or try shades like Touched By Magic and Follow Your Heart for a simple yet elegant twist.


Your look is almost complete … the final touch: the lips. Find which one of the mini-lipstick sets suits your style, whether it is the soft pink of Regal Beauty, the rich mauve of Radiant Heart, the vibrant fuchsia of Queen To Be or the daring violet shade of Optimistic. Tip: These mini lipsticks are easy to take with you and create the perfect application for any occasion.

Look for this new collection and other fan favorites in stores now at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, including the following locations:

Disneyland Resort

  • Downtown Disney DistrictDisney Vault 28
  • Disneyland park – Disney Clothiers
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Walt Disney World Resort

  • Downtown Disney MarketplaceMarketplace Co-OpBeautifully Disney
  • I know this new collection is on my list of things to pick up this holiday season. Is it on yours?

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    Disney Parks After Dark: Things That Spin in the Night at Disneyland Resort … Revisited

    posted on November 20th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

    Back in 2011, I started a Disney Parks Blog series called “Things That Spin In the Night.” It featured motion-blurred images of attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. I thought it would be fun to revisit that series today.

    The photos from “Things That Spin In the Night” included after-dark images of Astro Orbitor, Mad T Party, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Silly Symphony Swings, and the Golden Zephyr. I realized that there was a particular photo of the Golden Zephyr that I didn’t take the first time around. The first time, I focused more on getting three attractions in one photo. This time, I focused on getting the name of the attraction in the photo. As you can see, the Golden Zephyr sign in the front of the attraction is quite attractive, especially at night when it has a blue glow.


    Click on the links below to see more of the “Things That Spin in the Night” series:

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    Disney Parks Honored with Several Industry Awards

    posted on November 20th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

    I’m happy to report that earlier this week, two prestigious organizations honored Disney Parks projects with multiple industry awards.

    Park it's a small world

    On Tuesday, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced their annual Thea Award winners. Among the honorees, TEA announced that “it’s a small world” at Disneyland park, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the recipient of the Thea Classic award, honoring attractions that have withstood the test of time and have endured for 20 or more years. TEA said in their announcement that the attraction “continues to captivate audiences around the world with pure charm, melded with a profound message deceptively hiding in a simple and astonishingly catchy song … This timeless classic continues to engage generation after generation. Surely “it’s a small world” is the very definition of a Classic.”


    Also, Bistrot Chez Remy, the new French restaurant at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris that is inspired by the Disney∙Pixar film “Ratatouille,” is the winner of the Award for Outstanding Achievement – Themed Restaurant. “It is a truly charming and thematically thorough dining experience, where oversized objects are reused in every possible way to create tables, chairs, architectural elements, and props … [E]verything is very well-conceived and delivered to create an illusion that is both convincing and coyly self-aware. The exterior of the attraction looks like a typical Parisian café, but on closer inspection, one realizes that this is the world of Paris from the film, where there are no straight lines – a perfect blend of fiction and reality. This venue exhibits thoroughness, conceptual clarity, dedication to narrative detail, and exceptional finish.”

    Wilderness Explorers Opens at  Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    Finally, Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an interactive experience that combines badge collecting, guest interaction and learning about the natural world, is the winner of the Award for Outstanding Achievement – Interactive Park Attraction on a Limited Budget.

    “Disney has incorporated storytelling and gaming to create an experience that is intimate and personal in its connection to the guests, yet wisely recognizes that technology would be a distraction and remove guests from nature. Guests are given a role in the story – becoming a Wilderness Explorer – that was a poignant, aspirational story of a core identifiable character from the Pixar film. This intersection point between film story world, live animals and the beautiful habitats within Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a huge part of why this attraction is effective … This unique attraction is worthy of honors as much for its craft as for the authenticity and cleverness of implementation within a unique park environment.”

    TEA is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences. Thea Awards will be given out at an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel on March 21, 2015.

    On Wednesday night, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) awarded their Brass Rings Awards for Live Entertainment Excellence and “Once Upon a Time” at Tokyo Disney Resort won for Best Multimedia Spectacular.


    IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards mark achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry.

    Congratulations to all who worked to create and bring these wonderful projects to life!

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    December 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

    posted on November 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

    Just wait until you see what merchandise events we have headed your way this December at the Disneyland Resort!

    December 5–7: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand from noon to 10 p.m. each day at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of her holiday collection among other fan favorites! Linda will return for additional appearances December 19–21. Learn more here.


    December 6: Walt Disney Imagineering Art Director Bo Bolanos and Executive Pastry Chefs Jorge Sotelo and Jean Marc Viallet will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of the new limited edition pins inspired by the magnificent gingerbread house creations that are on display at our Disneyland Resort hotels. Meet the creators from 9-11 a.m. at Acorns Gifts and Goods at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Learn more here.

    December 6: Join us for a special artist showcase as we celebrate the release of some of the newest pieces by artists El Gato Gomez, Robert Jimenez and Whitney Pollett. Meet the artists from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

    December 6–7: Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore returns to the Disneyland Resort! Jim will be on hand for special appearances and signings as we celebrate the release of his Disney Theme Park exclusive piece, inspired by the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction, among other fan favorites. Meet Jim Shore December 6 from 1–3 p.m. at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District and December 7 from 9–11 a.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.


    December 6–7: Meet ACME Archives artist Steve Barton who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest releases including Mermaid’s Lagoon. Steve will appear from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

    December 6–7: Join us as we welcome back Temecula Olive Oil Company for a special olive oil tasting on December 6–7 and 20–21 from 2-5 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

    December 13: Join us in welcoming Dooney & Bourke Creative Director Ian Ray as we release two new collections (Disneyana and Body Parts) release the new Body Parts collection from the iconic line of handbags and accessories. Ian will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

    Note: Due to unexpected circumstances, the Disneyana collection will not be released for the event. Please continue to watch the Disney Parks Blog for future release date information.

    Dec. 13–14: If you have been waiting for just the right time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques, you’re in luck! Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day at Disneyana inside Disneyland park. Learn more here.

    Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Noah. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 and 27 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

    Which events have made your list of things to do?

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    Decking the Halls with Holiday Novelty Items at Disney Parks

    posted on November 18th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and festive food and beverage offerings and holiday souvenirs are popping up at Disney Parks! Our teams are decking everything from souvenir popcorn buckets to sippers and more.


    Santa’s elves have been hard at work creating these Mickey sipper steins, perfect for sipping hot cocoa or carrying a snack on the go. Twice as nice is the matching souvenir popcorn bucket. Look for these in Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and Magic Kingdom Park.


    As part of the Merriest Place on Earth celebration at Disneyland park, look for souvenir soup cups featuring Mickey, Minnie and Goofy ice skating in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle. The cups are available at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café and the turkey leg cart near Sleeping Beauty Castle. While you’re in Disney California Adventure park, look for special cone-shaped snowy sippers at the Cozy Cone Motel. Since this is a world where two holidays collide, “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” novelties will also be available through the holiday season.


    Since the holiday season is all about sharing the joy of the season with your friends and family, here’s a peek at the artwork you’ll find on popcorn buckets and souvenirs throughout Disney Parks!

    Which souvenir would you love in your stocking?

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    Fifteen Fun Facts For Mickey Mouse’s Birthday

    posted on November 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

    As the famous Walt Disney quote says, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse.” – and today we’re celebrating that Mouse on the Disney Parks Blog.


    Mickey Mouse made his official film debut on November 18, 1928, in the film “Steamboat Willie,” and has since become a famous face at Disney Parks around the world.

    In honor of today’s milestone, here are 15 fun facts about Mickey Mouse you may not know:

    1. Walt Disney wrote the first script for “Plane Crazy,” the first short created to star Mickey Mouse, while traveling on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles.
    2. Walt initially named Mickey Mouse “Mortimer,” until Walt’s wife, Lily, suggested “Mickey” was a better choice.


    1. Disney Legend Ub Iwerks was the sole animator for Mickey Mouse in “Plane Crazy,” and produced an estimated 700 drawings per day for the film, some during the day (as a part of a secret project for Walt) and others after hours in Walt’s garage.
    2. The short film “Steamboat Willie” was the first short starring Mickey Mouse released, but was actually the third created. The first two, “Plane Crazy” and “The Gallopin’ Gaucho,” initially failed to find distributors, but were picked up and released later.
    3. When penning Mickey’s movements, early animators drew inspiration from popular comedic film stars of the day – like Charlie Chaplin.
    4. The first Mickey Mouse Club was formed by theater owner Harry Woodin in Ocean Park, California. On his own accord, Woodin devoted Saturday afternoons in his theater to showing only Mickey Mouse shorts and led children in a Mickey Mouse pledge. Walt later partnered with Woodin and spread the idea of Mickey Mouse Clubs to movie theaters across the nation.
    5. The first Mickey short in which Mickey spoke was “The Karnival Kid,” the ninth Mickey short, which was released in July 1929. His first words: “Hot dog!”
    6. Walt Disney wasn’t satisfied with the first few actors chosen to provide a voice for Mickey Mouse, so he did it, and continued to do so through about 1947.
    7. A Mickey Mouse comic strip, penned by Ub Iwerks, launched in January 1930, and at its height was printed in 40 newspapers in 22 countries.
    8. The first piece of Mickey Mouse merchandise was a tablet of paper that featured the mouse, designed for children. The first Mickey Mouse doll was designed in 1930.


    1. Mickey Mouse made his debut appearance in the “Macy’s Santa Claus Parade” (now “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”) in 1934. Measuring 40-feet-tall, the balloon was handpainted and guided by men and women dressed in Mickey/Minnie Mouse costumes.
    2. When Walt was contemplating a name for his first theme park (Disneyland park), he once considered calling it “Mickey Mouse Village.”
    3. Mickey Mouse was the first animated character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was given on his birthday (November 18) in 1978.
    4. Mickey Mouse has been a prominent feature at Disney Parks since Disneyland park opened its doors in 1955, with guests interacting with him in character meet and greets, viewing him in parades or snapping up Mickey Mouse merchandise.


    1. The Partners Statue, a sculpture of Walt and Mickey holding hands, debuted at Disneyland park on Mickey’s birthday in 1993. A second Partners Statue debuted at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in 1995.

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