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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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Download Our Fourth of July Desktop/Digital Wallpaper

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


In honor of our country’s Independence Day one of our designers, Leo Cardoso, created a fun new wallpaper. Leo was inspired by the nostalgia of classic Disney. In this design he features two things as patriotic as apple pie – our pal Mickey Mouse and the American flag.

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

Hope your July 4th weekend is filled with yummy BBQ and fireworks!

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New Gift Packages Bring ‘Frozen’ to Your Disney Resorts Room

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


If your loved ones are like me, I bet they can’t get enough of “Frozen.” To experience the summer that Olaf dreams about, look no further: the enchanted florist, Disney Floral and Gifts, brings the magic of Arendelle right to your Disney Resorts room.

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Anna & Elsa’s Warm Welcome starts with a beautiful door banner on the door. Once inside, a winter wonderland of snowflake confetti and luminaries light the way to an exclusive tote filled with delicious treats that you might think was left by the royal sisters themselves.

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Check out the other goodies: a “Frozen”-themed pillowcase, Anna and Elsa vision glasses, an exclusive light-up lanyard, autograph book (signed by the sisters) and “Frozen”-themed memory cards. You’ll drift off to sleep under a “Frozen”-themed blanket cuddling plush Olaf.

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For Olaf’s Warm Welcome, you get the feeling Anna and Elsa helped your favorite snowman make this gift.

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It features many similar goodies to Anna and Elsa’s Warm Welcome, including the autograph book and “Frozen”-themed memory cards, Olaf light-up lanyard, pillowcase and Olaf plush.

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An Olaf tote bag will be the perfect place to store treats during your journey in the parks.

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Olaf vision glasses will ensure that your loved ones are seeing everything through his eyes, which is a real picnic. (See what I did there?)

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Both experiences are available at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. Check out the links above to learn more about each gift. When you’re ready, you can order online or speak to a friendly Dream Maker seven days a week. To order for Walt Disney World Resort hotel locations, you can call 407-WDW-GIFT (939-4438). For Disneyland Resort hotel locations, you can reach a Dream Maker at 714-781-GIFT (4438).

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Invited to ‘Ant-Man’ Special Advanced Screening at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: This event has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future opportunities!

If you’re as excited about the upcoming film “Ant-Man” as we are, I’ve got great news for you today! Disney Parks Blog readers have been invited to attend a special advanced screening of the film here at AMC Downtown Disney 12 at the Disneyland Resort. Event guests are invited to show their super hero side and attend in costume!

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“Ant-Man,” directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, introduces us to a hero armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. Master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Can’t make it to the special advanced screening? Then be sure to catch “Ant-Man” when it opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

Join us the morning of Saturday, July 11! Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for an event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Event confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Participants will be responsible for any parking fees.
  • Please note that cameras, smartphones and other recording devices will not be permitted in the theater and security will be present to check these devices.
  • This is a pre-release screening of the movie. Captioning, descriptive video and assistive listening devices will not be available.
  • The movie is rated PG-13.
  • Please arrive early. Seating is first come, first seated. No one will be admitted late. The screening may be overbooked and seating is not guaranteed. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (WDSMP), its affiliates and the theatre are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time.
  • NO RECORDING. The screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any video or audio recording devices (including, without limitation, cameras and phones) into the venue and you consent to a physical search of your belongings and person for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device during this screening, you consent to your immediate removal from the venue and forfeiture of your recording device and its contents. Any attempted unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability. We reserve the right to pursue any and all available remedies at law and in equity for any unauthorized recording and/or copyright infringement, including without limitation statutory damages of up to $150,000 per violation, and nothing contained in this notice shall be construed to limit our available remedies and/or legal recourse. You assume all risks of personal injury arising from or incidental to attending the screening, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. Further, by attending you grant permission to WDSMP, its licensees, licensors, affiliates and agents, to record and utilize your name, voice and likeness to publicize the screening and promote the movie.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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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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‘Ant-Man’ Star Paul Rudd Surprises Fans at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last week, actor Paul Rudd, star of the upcoming adventure film “Ant-Man,” visited the Disneyland Resort with his family and stopped to check out the exclusive sneak peek of the film now showing at Disney California Adventure park.

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Outside the Bug’s Life Theater, Paul surprised a group of young fans dressed in their favorite Super Hero costumes!

You can see our newest Super Hero for yourself when “Ant-Man” opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

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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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Disneyland Resort Seeking Influential High School Students in Orange County, Calif., to be Recognized as First Class of Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers This Fall

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Are you or someone you know a high school student doing good in the Orange County, Calif., community?

Whether focused on helping their families, classmates or community causes – Orange County high school students are asked to nominate themselves for their good deeds and service. From tutoring younger students, to leading a food drive, to starting a recycling program or helping with a sick or elderly family member – Dreamers & Doers applicants make a positive impact in their community.

Beginning September 8, Orange County high school students can apply to become the first class of Dreamers & Doers, the newly announced Disneyland Resort philanthropy program aimed at recognizing exemplary high school students who take action to improve their community, home or school by conserving nature, inspiring others to be creative or live healthfully, and bringing hope and happiness to the community.

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If the name sounds familiar to you, that’s because Walt Disney World Resort has been recognizing Dreamers & Doers in Central Florida for more than 30 years. We are thrilled to now bring this recognition to the Disneyland Resort community in celebration of our 60th anniversary.

Get involved now!
Students interested in applying to become a Dreamer & Doer this fall are encouraged to use summer break to get involved and make a difference, and even showcase how they are making an impact by submitting videos of their work in action. Select videos will then be part of a final video highlighting the program, which will be shown here on the Disney Parks Blog and in various other social media channels. Instructions for submitting videos can be found here. Submit your videos by August 2!

More about the program:
Every high school in Orange County will have the opportunity to select one to two of their school’s Dreamers & Doers applicants, who will receive two Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets. From this group, 60 “Shining Stars” will be selected to receive a $1,000 grant for their school and be invited to attend a celebration luncheon where additional surprises will be announced, and six top-ranking students will be designated as “Luminaries” who receive a Disneyland Resort weekend prize package to enjoy with their families. Disneyland Resort also will host a symposium for all “Shining Stars,” providing an opportunity to discuss issues that affect students and create solutions they can implement in their schools and communities. Click here for more information about the Disneyland Resort Dreamers and Doers program.

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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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