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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Show Operations Host

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort cast member Adam Rieders helps create a smooth experience for guests watching the “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. You may have met Adam already if you have been to Disneyland park recently to watch these new nighttime shows for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, especially if you showed up early to choose your spot.

Adam says while his role can be challenging, he is lucky enough to experience these shows nearly every night, and one of his favorite parts is watching the reactions of guests. Now it’s your turn to watch Adam in this “Every Role a Starring Role!”

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Casey Jr. Circus Train

posted on July 31st, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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Shortly after Disneyland park opened its gates, Casey Jr. Circus Train “came down the track” for the first time on July 31, 1955.

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The Fantasyland attraction, based on the classic Disney animated film “Dumbo,” features animal cages and ornate sleighs which take guests full steam ahead on fanciful train ride.

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As you can see, a simple scenery surrounded the attraction until the miniature scenes of Storybook Land were added with the opening of the Storybook Land Canal Boats in 1956.

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Casey Jr. Circus Train continues to delight guests (monkeys and wild animals too!) from around the world. “All aboard! Let’s go!”

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Get Ready to Show Your Disney Side During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Guys and ghouls, Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is creeping up. It’s never too early to start planning Halloween costumes, especially if you plan to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Looking for inspiration? Why not your favorite Disney characters?

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For your prince or princess (3–12 years of age), visit Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland in Disneyland park and watch as they transform before your very eyes into Halloween Minnie, a Knight or their favorite princess. Fans of Anna, Elsa & Olaf (ages 3-15) should definitely plan a quick trip to Anna & Elsa’s Boutique in the Downtown Disney District for “cool” tips and tricks for the Halloween season. Special tip: A Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Glow Stick or Skull Glow Stick is a perfect way to light your path to Halloween adventure at home or at the Disneyland Resort!

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Of course that’s not all – there’s more Halloween fun brewing. As you can see, I had some help from fellow Disney Parks Blog author Tyler Slater and Merchandise Marketing “Ghost Host” Ashley Cortez who took their roles all too seriously. So this year if you choose not to dress up, we have a few tips for you on how you can show your Disney Side. Costume T-shirts and fleece (for adults and youth) inspired by a few not-so-scary classic characters including Buzz Lightyear, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as well an array of intergalactic-inspired apparel and accessories will help you pay Halloween homage in a frightfully fun way. Find all of these and more for the entire family at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort this August. Tips: Attraction-inspired T-shirts also work well; as you can see, we found these “haunting” T-shirts at Port Royal. If you seek something more subtle, try new headwear on for size – it’s themed to Halloween and the perfect fit for a night of haunting fun.

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Don’t forget to dress your pets! Treat your furry friends to something spook-tacular this season – by adding a little “character” to their look with our Disney Tails Collection. Even Ashley’s dog Nala couldn’t resist showing us her Disney Side in a sparkly sequin bow with her favorite Minnie Mouse shoe toy. Curious as to where they’re available? We found the entire collection at Atwater Ink & Paint on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park, but be sure to check out other locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.

Are you ready for Halloween? How will you show your Disney Side?

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration August Pin Releases

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


Disney pin fans, if you have been collecting the Diamond Decades pins at the Disneyland Resort, be sure to mark your calendars for these next releases. On August 6, add to your collection with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Haunted Mansion and “it’s a small world.”

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On August 13, look for additional pin releases from the Diamond Decades series including Matterhorn Bobsleds, Disneyland Monorail and Disneyland Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

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Finally, on August 20, be sure to pick up the Diamond Decades Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride-inspired pin.

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Pins will be available to purchase on their release dates at the following locations:

Wristband distribution guidelines will apply to these releases. Wristbands are distributed near Rainforest Café in the Downtown Disney District around 7 a.m. on the day of release, unless otherwise determined.

Happy Trading!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 26th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we celebrated the anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on the Disney Parks Blog with images, stories, a tough quiz and a special wallpaper created just for readers.

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In honor of the anniversary, Disney designer, Leo Cardoso took that love of old black & white spooky films and translated it into a cool new wallpaper featuring the attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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

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We also continued our popular “Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park” series with an attraction that debuted less than a week after Disneyland opened – Rocket to the Moon. The attraction allowed Disneyland park guests the chance to travel around the far side of moon and back in just 10 minutes – all without leaving Disneyland.

Flight to the Moon eventually became Mission to Mars, and today, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port occupies the same “space” in Tomorrowland – complete with a tribute to the original Moonliner right out in front.

Check George’s original story for a group of great images and more details

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

#CoolestSummer Ever: Ep-Cool – As it’s written in the sage words of many a colorful Walt Disney World Resort brochure, “Epcot is the only place where you can travel the world, voyage to the bottom of the sea and zoom into space — all in one unique park.”

Celebrate Mahalo Season with Uncle at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – During this special time of year, your ‘ohana can enjoy the magic of our resort even longer and enjoy some great savings, too!

Behind the Scenes: Creating Main Street Enchanted Windows at Disneyland Park – In this special video, we take you behind the scenes to see how these new animated windows were created and introduce you to the talented team of artists and designers who are bringing them to life.

Special Olympics World Games ‘Flame of Hope’ Journeys Through Disneyland Resort – Disneyland Resort hosted the “Flame of Hope,” currently making its way through 127 cities and communities in California en route to the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25.

VIDEO: Antique Disneyland Souvenirs from the Walt Disney Archives – Justin from the Walt Disney Archives shares a look at some rare antique Disneyland souvenirs from their collection, including items from July 17, 1955.

Create Your Own Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Video – For the past few months, we’ve been inviting guests to celebrate 60 years of magic and memories with us during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Now we have a way for you to celebrate at home – with some of your own favorite memories!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park?

posted on July 24th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Forever” is an all-new kind of fireworks spectacular that uses sparkling pyrotechnics and larger-than-life projections to immerse you right in the middle of your favorite Disney and Disney•Pixar stories. How well do you know this brand-new fireworks spectacular? Test your knowledge in our quiz below!

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How Well Do You Know ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park?

“Disneyland Forever” features which of the following Disney/Disney•Pixar films?
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Tinker Bell has flown above Sleeping Beauty Castle countless times throughout the history of Disneyland park. Taking a cue from Tinker Bell, which character takes a swim to the Matterhorn for the first time in “Disneyland Forever” fireworks?
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“Disneyland Forever” features fantastic music from Disney and Disney•Pixar films and brand-new songs, including “Live the Magic” and “A Kiss Goodnight.” Which Disney Legend composed the song “A Kiss Goodnight,” which plays after the conclusion of “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular?
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Guests can see “Disneyland Forever” from many locations around the park. Which locations provide the best viewing of the new fireworks spectacular?
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First Disneyland Resort Million Dollar Dazzle Gift Benefits Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Comadres Outreach Program

posted on July 24th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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As Erin shared last week, Girl Scouts of Orange County was named the first recipient of our Million Dollar Dazzle program. Each month of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we will select one or more local nonprofits that enrich the lives of children and families and surprise them with a $60,000 gift, amounting to more than $1 million.

We surprised dozens of Girl Scouts at a special breakfast at The Golden Horseshoe with a check presented by Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier, Disney Ambassador Jessica Bernard and, of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse! The funds will support the organization’s Comadres outreach program which helps the Girl Scout experience transcend language and cultural barriers for girls in low-income neighborhoods.

“Girl Scouts of Orange County is thrilled to receive the first $60,000 gift,” said Nancy Nygren, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County. “The funds will be used to recruit and train volunteers who can facilitate the Girl Scout experience for girls in low-income areas while strengthening families.”

Stay tuned in the coming months for updates about other nonprofit organizations that will be surprised as part of Million Dollar Dazzle!

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South Carolina Honeymooners Win Disneyland Diamond Days Prize on Anniversary of Disneyland Resort

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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July 17 was a special day for us here at the Disneyland Resort – the 60th anniversary of opening day. It was also a special day for honeymooners Matthew and Claire Foote from Spartanburg, South Carolina, because they were our Disneyland Diamond Days winners for the day! It was their first visit to the Disneyland Resort, so the prize package, which included Disney VIP Tour Guide service, reserved viewing for “Fantasmic!” and exclusive visits with Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters – made this momentous occasion even more magical for them.

For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 9/11/15. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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VIDEO: Antique Disneyland Souvenirs from the Walt Disney Archives

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


Last week, we marked the 60th anniversary of Disneyland opening day, and the festivities continue with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. In the video below, Justin from the Walt Disney Archives shares a look at some rare antique Disneyland souvenirs from their collection, including items from July 17, 1955. Take a look!

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Rocket to the Moon and the Moonliner

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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Less than a week after Disneyland opened, a first-of-its-kind attraction, Rocket to the Moon, made its debut on July 22, 1955.

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Rocket to the Moon was the perfect attraction for Tomorrowland, a land described, in part, by Walt in his dedication a few days earlier as “A vista into a world of wondrous places, signifying man’s achievements . . . a step into the future, with predictions of constructive things to come.”

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This innovative attraction allowed Disneyland park guests the chance to travel around the far side of moon and back in just 10 minutes – all without leaving Disneyland! It’s important to remember that space flight was still years away.

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At the entrance, the 76 foot-tall Moonliner welcomed guests to their space flight. The Moonliner only stood for 11 years, but its status as a Disneyland icon remains to this day.

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Fifteen years later, almost to the date, only a few steps away from the attraction (then called Flight to the Moon) Disneyland park guests watched in amazement as man stepped foot on the moon.

Flight to the Moon eventually became Mission to Mars, and today, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port occupies the same “space” in Tomorrowland – complete with a tribute to the original Moonliner right out in front.

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