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Disney Parks Blog Celebrates the Anniversary of Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on May 3rd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we celebrated the anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios with some great content, a gallery of images and a special wallpaper created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers.

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The Earffel Tower has been a symbol of Disney’s Hollywood Studios since the park opened in 1989. We thought it’d be a great addition to your desktop or mobile device.

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

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And Erin continued our count down until the beginning of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration on May 22, with the latest in her series of stories looking back at some of the innovations that the Happiest Place on Earth has seen throughout its first 60 years.

This week, we jumped to the 1960s and the invention of Audio-Animatronics technology. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room was the first attraction to feature Audio-Animatronics technology featuring more than 200 singing birds, flowers and tikis. Check out Erin’s original story for more.

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

Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration HARVEYS Collection – Disney fans, buckle up! We decided to take a different route when it came to showing you the HARVEYS attraction poster totes that are headed to the Disneyland Resort this May.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Critter Country at Disneyland Park? – How well do you know this shady corner of Disneyland park? Take our quiz and find out!

New Themes Announced for Tokyo Disney Resort Development – Learn about an exciting announcement from our partners at Oriental Land Company with new details on the largest expansion in Tokyo Disney Resort’s history.

Top 5 Ways the Disneyland Resort Inspired Kids to be Champions of the Environment this Earth Month – With Earth Month now over, here are the top five ways the Disneyland Resort connected children in Orange County, Calif., to nature and inspired them to be champions of the environment this Earth Month!

May 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort – Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this May prior to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? If so, here are a few quick tips on merchandise events you don’t want to miss!

Exclusive Sneak Peek of Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Coming to Epcot This Summer – Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what’s going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” takes us inside the mind to find out, and this summer at Epcot, you can go inside “Inside Out” for a special preview of the movie.

Wildlife Wednesday: Celebrating World Veterinary Day at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – World Veterinary Day promotes animal health, animal welfare and public health globally. Since its initiation in 2000, this day has been recognized on the last Saturday of April and provides a great opportunity to raise awareness about the amazing work veterinarians around the world do to protect and care for animals and people.

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Come Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 1st, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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Special Cinco de Mayo menus will celebrate Mexican-American heritage at Tortilla Jo’s and House of Blues this week in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort. From Friday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 5, Crossroads at House of Blues will feature its “Menu Especial,” with your choice of street tacos – blackened chicken or fish – or a chorizo burger topped with shredded lettuce, avocado and a fried egg. Dessert is strawberry empanadas with cinnamon cream and powdered sugar and, of course, there will be margaritas, including a Don Julio Margarita for the celebration.

At Tortilla Jo’s – Tuesday, May 5, only – the special menu starts with Ensalada Bandera with baby iceberg lettuce wedges, diced tomato, green onion, crispy bacon, hardboiled egg whites and ranch dressing, or Camarones Agua Chile: shrimp cooked in fresh lime juice and served with a mix of red onion, cilantro, red peppers and avocado slice. Entrees include Tricolor Dorado Filete – pan-seared Mahi-Mahi cooked with white onions, capers, olives, fresh oregano and white wine broth served on a bed of red and green bell peppers – or Pollo Adobado – grilled chicken thigh meat marinated in dried chiles, oregano and vinegar served with Mexican red rice and frijoles churros. Dessert is Gelatina de Tres Leche – Mexican-style custard featuring the colors of the Mexican flag – and the drink menu will include three special Margaritas: Blanco Traditional made with Don Weber Blanco tequila and lime juice, Margarita de Raspberry Rojo made with Patron Reposado tequila, lime juice, raspberries and a float of Cointreau, and Green Melon Margarita made with Cuervo Tradicional Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and a float of Melon Liqueur.

Enjoy, and have a happy Cinco de Mayo with your friends and family.

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Top Ten: Tips for Summer Vacation Planning at Disney Parks

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you planning a Disney Parks vacation this summer? Jeanette Kaplun, editor and founder of Hispana Global, recently stopped by Walt Disney World Resort to share her favorite tips on summer vacation planning. Check out some of what Jeanette had to say below.

For more of Jeanette’s travel advice, be sure to check out her Top-Ten Summer Vacation Planning Tips here.

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Avengers Assemble at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland Park

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


To celebrate the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” today, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland park will be adding a few “super” items to their menu.

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Look for a trio of treats inspired by your favorite Avengers characters—like the Black Widow Parfait, with layers of chocolate syrup, chocolate cake, white and dark chocolate mousse, strawberry filling, and topped with dark chocolate crunchy candies and Black Widow’s emblem. Take a bite out of crime with a Captain America shield cookie. Or perhaps your “super” sweet tooth is craving a Mark V Dessert Waffle—a red velvet waffle shaped like Iron Man’s mask, topped with edible glitter.

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Since I love collecting souvenir Food and Beverage items, I’m most excited about the new Iron Man mug, available with soft drinks.

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There will also be an “Avengers: Age of Ultron” keepsake comic book style print, which was designed exclusively for Disneyland Park Food and Beverage. This print is available for $10, after spending $20 (before tax, after discount) at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port. Quantities are limited.

Avengers lovers, assemble at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port before these limited-time offerings are gone!

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Top 5 Ways the Disneyland Resort Inspired Kids to be Champions of the Environment this Earth Month

posted on April 30th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


As Earth Month comes to a close, here are the top five ways the Disneyland Resort connected children in Orange County, Calif., to nature and inspired them to be champions of the environment this Earth Month!

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  1. Disney VoluntEARS, kids and families collected more than 100 bags of trash at Huntington State Beach, an event organized by Inside the Outdoors Foundation (ITO). The Disneyland Resort sponsored ITO with a $20,000 donation to support ongoing environmental field trips for students and activities like the beach cleanup.
  2. The Disneyland Resort sponsored Anaheim Community Foundation’s Spring Fun and Eco-Fair at Anaheim’s Oak Canyon Nature Center, where kids and families learned ways to reuse, reduce and recycle. The $20,000 donation helped make possible a mobile eco-fair that visited 10 Anaheim parks, schools and neighborhoods.
  3. Disney VoluntEARS supported environmental awareness events including the country’s largest Children’s Water Education Festival that the Disneyland Resort helped present at the University of California, Irvine, and MUZEO’s TrashARTist Challenge featuring student art made mostly of recycled materials.
  4. Students from Costa Mesa High School’s Environmental & Marine Academy took an environmental tour of Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park.
  5. The Disneyland Resort invited 140 children from eight Boys and Girls Clubs in Orange County to screen DisneyNature’sMonkey Kingdom” at AMC Theatres at the Downtown Disney District.
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May 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

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


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this May prior to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? If so, here are a few quick tips on merchandise events you don’t want to miss!

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May 1-3: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand from noon to 10 p.m., each day, at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park, as we celebrate the release of her Mother’s Day Spring collection, among other fan favorites! Learn more here.

May 2-3: Join us as we welcome Elizabeth and Mark from Hero Handmade Goods, May 2-3, 16–17 and 30-31, from 1-4 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

May 9: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works of art by Brian Crosby, Martin Hsu, Sho Murase (not appearing), Jared Andrew Schorr and Gregg Visintainer 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 Gregg Visintainer. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: May 1, 2, 8, 9, 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

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Disneyland Resort Honored with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Food Recovery Challenge Award

posted on April 29th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Disneyland Resort with a 2014 Food Recovery Challenge Award for having the nation’s highest percentage increase of food recovery in the theme park category. Participants of the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, from businesses to universities, have greatly reduced wasted food in America, the most common material put into landfills.

The EPA’s recognition includes the following creative ways in which Disneyland Resort cast members preserve the environment. I am always encouraged to see how our cast members invest themselves in taking our environmental efforts to the next level!

  • More than 7 million pounds of food scraps diverted from landfill for processing into feed nutrients for animals.
  • More than 100,000 pounds of packaged food donated to local food banks last year.
  • Nearly 60,000 gallons of used cooking oil processed annually into biodiesel used to power the Disneyland Railroad and Mark Twain Riverboat.

The Disneyland Resort also was honored with California’s highest environmental honor earlier this year, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, for waste reduction efforts.

Over the last 10 years, the Disneyland Resort has doubled the amount of waste diverted from landfills with the long-term goal of achieving Zero Waste, a designation already awarded to Circle D Corral by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, and the location where the Disneyland Resort accepted its Food Recovery Challenge Award!

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Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration HARVEYS Collection

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


Disney fans, buckle up! I decided to take a different route when it came to showing you the HARVEYS attraction poster totes that are headed to the Disneyland Resort this May. So join me as we go inside the HARVEYS factory for a behind-the-scenes look at how the bags are actually made.

If you’re curious as to when you can get your hands on one of these new bags, they will debut as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District, beginning May 22 and will retail for $198 each.

Which design are you most excited for?

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Disney Parks

posted on April 28th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Even though Mother’s Day is a couple of weeks away, it’s the ideal window to plan for success so you look like the hero! If you’re like most, you may struggle with finding the right gift, let alone the right size, the right card and the list goes on. But if you’ve been fortunate enough to find the right gift that created the moment for your loved one, I bet it became an amazing memory for you as well. If only you could repeat that right? Want to know the secret to finding the right gift? Here it is: For the most part, women like gifting experiences that create a memory and warm the heart, one that shows you love her for the essence of her. I can hear the question now: “Where do I go for that?” How ’bout an enchanted florist, Disney Floral and Gifts?

Today I’m sharing two gifting experiences that can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. Take a look.

First, A Disney Frozen Memory – Ship to Home. This gift is brand new this year, created just for those of you celebrating at home. Imagine her smile when the kids surprise her with a silver box topped with a blue bow. When she opens the box, she’ll see this card.

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She looks further and finds another silver box with this bracelet inside. And take it from me, this ice-inspired Swarovski crystal bracelet is a stunning eye-catcher. In fact, it’s the type of jewelry that goes with every outfit. Complementing the design are two sterling silver charms, one says “love” and the other is a snowflake. But, there’s one more piece.

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It’s this picture frame to enhance the experience. Interested to learn how to create a magical memory with this?

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Surprise her by having the kids present this gift on the eve of Mother’s Day, showing you had this holiday planned. That alone is an amazing gift. Ladies, am I right? Then, on Mother’s Day, capture an image of each child showing mom an expression of love on her special day, something they could “give back” to her. It could be as simple as the moment where they share why they love her for the essence of her. This type of experience will leave an indelible impression on the heart, yes, I said indelible. And once she places the image in the frame of the moment you captured on camera, she’ll be able to remember the experience while enjoying the bracelet.

Here’s another idea: A Magical Wish – Fulfill a Dream. For the past four years, this gift has been the coveted offering, simply because it’s so, well … so Disney.

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Imagine your loved one receiving this card. Take a moment to read it.

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Once she discovers the fairy tale wand included and makes her wish, which will be fulfilled by the giver of the gift, you’ll create a memory she’ll treasure. To commemorate the experience, there’s a beautiful Swarovski crystal and silver plated bracelet included that features three charms: dream, wish and believe.

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The bracelet can match just about any outfit which will let her share the story of the Mother’s Day experience that you created just for her. And since there are links on the bracelet, it’s adjustable. Then, for future occasions, you could find crystal earrings or a necklace to go with the bracelet to make a set.

So here’s what to do. Check out the links above to learn more, and remember to order sooner rather than later. Since Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, I’d order by Monday, May 4 at the latest to ensure delivery of your gift by Wednesday or Thursday, it’s always better to build in some extra time. You can order online or speak with a friendly Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT (939-4438) for shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. These surprises can be delivered to any Walt Disney World Resort hotel or restaurant location.

For our guests on the west coast, these two offerings are not available at the Disneyland Resort. But the good news is there are a variety of enchanting bouquets available that will surprise and warm her heart. My favorites are the Disney Dozen – Princess Pink and the ultimate, Make a Wish featuring “fairy lights” in the vase. Our Disneyland Floral and Gifts team is available seven days a week and can be reached at 714-781-GIFT. And, by the way, we’ve listened to your request for adding more Disneyland gifting experiences and it’s coming within the next two months. So stay tuned!

Of course if you’re celebrating at one of our parks, check out our Walt Disney World Floral and Gifts or our Disneyland Floral and Gifts site. There are so many ideas you can choose from so you can provide an amazing memory while on property.

In the meanwhile, I believe this is your cue to be the hero.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Critter Country at Disneyland Park?

posted on April 28th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The woodland creatures have awakened, the honey pots are full and the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich is back on the menu . . . Critter Country is open once again! How well do you know this shady corner of Disneyland park? Take our quiz and find out!

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How Well Do You Know Critter Country at Disneyland Park?

Prior to the creation of Critter Country, what was this area called?
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If you're looking for a delicious Sourdough Bowl filled with soup, which Critter Country location do you choose?
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How large is Critter Country?
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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh pays tribute to which former Disneyland park attraction?
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