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The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 25th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I know the excitement is building as fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller continues to share the latest news on Haunted Mansion merchandise materializing in Disney Parks. I can hardly believe that in just a few short weeks, we will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion attraction, one of the crown jewels of Disneyland park. There is so much history behind the attraction itself, its famous and infamous residents, and the storytellers and artists that brought it to life.

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Over the years, I was fortunate enough to meet some of the Disney Legends and artists behind this attraction and the inception of Disneyland, and it’s something that will live in my heart forever. I know many of you feel the same way. Senior Merchandiser, David Whitaker was no different. “The Haunted Mansion attraction has served as a source of inspiration to many of our artists over the years,” said David. “For the anniversary, I wanted to really focus on the “Art of the Haunted Mansion” therefore allowing each artist to interpret what the attraction means to them, and allowing them to create that in their own signature medium, style and technique. The result is a unique and eclectic collection of characters and artists.”

Here’s your first look at some of the original and limited edition pieces of art, sculptures, figurines and more that will materialize August 16 at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park.

The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort

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Special Tip: Meet some of the artists behind these amazing new pieces, August 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Scheduled to appear are artists: Steve Adams, Dave Avanzino, David Bird, Britni Brault, Brian Crosby, Jeremy Fulton, Brian Kesinger, Daniel Killen, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, Mike Peraza, Javier Soto and Yakovetic. For a complete list of artists who have contributed to this 45th Anniversary collection visit DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

Also debuting as part of the event from our talented team of Ink & Paint artists is the next in the series from our hand-painted cel collection, featuring none other than the Hatbox Ghost. This piece is an edition size of 300 and will be available framed only. Tip: You will surely go ‘batty’ for the framing on this particular piece. Continue to watch DisneyParksMerchandise.com as we release more information on this piece.

The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort

What else do the spirited inhabitants of Disney Theme Park Merchandise and the Haunted Mansion have in store for you? You’ll see.

Have you decided which pieces you’re simply dying for?

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‘The Music of: Nashville’ Gets Toes Tappin’ at Disneyland Park

posted on July 24th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last weekend, we kicked off an all-new entertainment experience at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland park. “The Music of: Nashville” is bringing the music from the ABC hit show to life every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer.

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With the help of popular headliner The Kelly Rae Band and others, this concert experience treats fans of “Nashville” to some of their favorite tunes from the show along with fun behind-the-scenes stories and more. So check out “The Music of: Nashville” for yourself every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, and don’t miss “Nashville,” Wednesdays this fall 10|9c on ABC!

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Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: Top 5 Locations to Watch ‘Magical’ Fireworks Spectacular

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


Last summer, my friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Erin Glover, shared some of the best places to enjoy “Magical” fireworks spectacular at Disneyland park. Today, we continue the “Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips” series with a video of the top 5 locations to catch the show this summer.

Where is your favorite place to enjoy “Magical”? I prefer the center of Main Street, U.S.A., between Refreshment Corner and Main Street Photo Supply Co. Leave your answer in the comments below!


For more from the “Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips” series, check out the posts below:

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The All-American College Band Returns for the Summer at Disneyland Resort

posted on July 22nd, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Now in its 44th year at the Disneyland Resort, the fan-favorite All-American College Band is back to entertain guests with their signature dance moves and memorable tunes, including Disney favorites like “Under the Sea” and the latest hit, “Let it Go.” The All-American College Band, composed of college students from across the country who have competed for a coveted spot, provides a hands-on music education experience that prepares them for careers in the music industry.

This summer, the students are joined by a series of successful music mentors, such as Sal Lozano, a band alumnus who played for hit TV shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol.” The current program is directed by former band member Dr. Ron McCurdy, who teaches jazz at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

If you haven’t yet experienced the energy the All-American College Band brings to the Disneyland Resort – you’ll want to make sure you check them out. Below is a video highlighting the Band’s 40th anniversary celebration – take a look!

The band plays at Disneyland Resort Tuesdays through Saturdays until August 15:

  • 1:50 p.m. – Hollywood Backlot Stage, Disney California Adventure park
  • 4:30 p.m. – Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland park
  • 5:10 p.m. – Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland park
  • 6:00 p.m. – Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland park
  • 7:15 p.m. – Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland park

(Times and locations subject to change.)

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Celebrating Anniversaries at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 19th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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This week marked some significant milestones here at the Disneyland Resort. On Thursday, July 17, we celebrated the resort’s 59th birthday. Check out video of the celebration here.

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As part of the festivities, we also announced the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, coming spring 2015 to mark 60 years at the Happiest Place on Earth. We also asked fans to share their favorite Disneyland Resort memories for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the celebration next year! Find out how to enter here.

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Also on July 17, Splash Mountain at Disneyland park marked 25 years of splashdowns. Paul Hiffmeyer commemorated the anniversary with a lovely view of the attraction after dark. And Valarie shared a fun video of the attraction’s opening day here.

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park

posted on July 18th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


In my opinion, Splash Mountain at Disneyland park is the quintessential E-ticket attraction. There is something about plunging down Chick-A-Pin Hill that has made it my “laughing place” for as long as I can remember. Yesterday was not only the 59th anniversary of Disneyland park, it also marked the 25th anniversary of this beloved attraction. Today, I’m positively thrilled to continue “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series with an article from Critter Tales, a newspaper created by the animals of Critter Country, about the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear. In honor of the anniversary, enjoy this excerpt by Jasper P. Woodchuck about the story behind my favorite attraction, Splash Mountain.

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Towering up and above everything hereabouts is Splash Mountain. Used to be that once upon a time, Splash Mountain was called Chick-A-Pin Hill …

Nowadays, Brer Rabbit’s been living in a briar patch, deep in the heart of Splash Mountain. And not so long ago, old Brer Rabbit took it into his head that if he’d just up and leave his prickly home in the briar patch, then he’d be able to leave all his troubles behind, as well.

As soon as Brer Fox and Brer Bear got wind that Brer Rabbit was leaving his briar patch and setting out for an adventure, they decided to trap and catch him. Luckily for Brer Rabbit, he was able to trick Brer Bear into springing Brer Fox’s hastily devised rabbit trap. This made Brer Fox so furious that Brer Rabbit decided to play another trick on the two, and he began to tell them about a secret “laughing place” that only he knew about.

Sure enough, Brer Bear and Brer Fox followed that rabbit right to the foot of a twin oak tree … But instead of finding a laughing place, all Brer Bear found was honeybees. Suddenly, the rotted old tree gave way with a snap and pitched Brer Fox and Brer Bear into a darkened, water-filled cavern, buzzing with hundreds of angry bees.

Brer Rabbit laughed and laughed at the prank he’d played on the two scoundrels. Unfortunately for Brer Rabbit, however, he tended to laugh just a little too long at his own joke and before he knew what was happening, Brer Fox captured that hapless hare.

Brer Rabbit was dragged by the ears up to the top of Chick-A-Pin Hill, where Brer Fox’s lair was hidden in a hollowed log that jutted out over the mighty Splash Mountain waterfall. Brer Fox threatened to skin Brer Rabbit, and then to roast and eat him. But thinking quickly, Brer Rabbit told Brer Fox to go ahead and do anything with him he wanted, so long as he didn’t throw him over the waterfall into the Briar Patch.

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Slow-wittted Brer Bear liked the idea and decided that flinging Brer Rabbit into the briar patch was the best thing to be done. Brer Fox tried to prevent him, and in the struggle, all three went over the falls and into the briar patch.

The briar patch is, of course, Brer Rabbit’s home sweet home. All the critters hereabout turned out to congratulate clever Brer Rabbit on having gotten away once again. And while Brer Fox and Brer Bear tried unsuccessfully to untangle themselves from the sharp, prickly briars, Brer Rabbit promised his friends that once and for all he had learned his lesson about leaving home, and that he is going to stay here forever and ever – at least until the urge to go adventuring strikes him once again.

Your obedient reporter,

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What is your favorite memory on Splash Mountain? Leave your response in the comments below!

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Eight Delectable Disney Parks Treats for National Ice Cream Day

posted on July 18th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Why do we love ice cream so much? Sunday, July 20, is National Ice Cream Day, declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, and we’re happy for the pure joy of a dripping ice cream cone on a hot summer day.

Disney Parks fans know the gooey Kitchen Sink Sundae, the irresistible Dole Whip and ice-cold Mickey Mouse bar. And we’ve all picked a favorite flavor for a double scoop from Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor at Disneyland park or Plaza Ice Cream Parlor at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. But for National Ice Cream Day, we’re stepping out with some ice cream creations you may not have tried.

Here are eight favorites that are a little more creative than a double dip of vanilla or chocolate:

  1. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself dining at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on National Ice Cream Day, order the Sundae Sampler, a mini-trio with Frangelico toffee mousse, a float with root-beer flavored ice cream and homemade vanilla soda and a “banana split” (mousse, fresh roasted pineapple, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, candied peanuts, chocolate sauce and a cherry). You won’t want to share.

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  1. Run, don’t walk, to try the chocolate macaron sandwich at L’Artisan des Glaces at the France pavilion at Epcot. A crunchy chocolate cookie sandwich with dark chocolate ice cream made right there, it’s simply divine. There are 16 flavors, but, seriously, that chocolate-chocolate sensation is a must. Another favorite? The hand-pressed brioche ice cream sandwich.
  2. Try something different at the new Morocco Juice Bar at Epcot World Showcase, where the chef is making bold ice cream flavors like chocolate and cinnamon, green tea, pistachio with orange blossom water (our favorite), strawberry and red bean, and toasted almond with rosewater.
  3. For a Magic Kingdom pick-me-up, grab the latte iced coffee float at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland. (The kids can get a caramel or hot fudge sundae.)

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  1. At Disneyland Resort, we always make a stop at Clarabelle’s at Disney California Adventure park for the hand-dipped ice-cream bar. Choose vanilla, chocolate or mixed berry sorbet, ask for it dipped in milk or dark chocolate, then add a flourish of toppings like chocolate chips or rainbow sprinkles. Made on the spot while you watch.
  2. Get fancy at Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa with a single, double or triple scoop of artisanal ice creams: Scharffen Berger chocolate chunk, Tahitian vanilla bean or creamy California strawberry. The Napa Rose pastry chefs churn it out fresh.

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  1. If you’re strolling Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort, stop at Uva Bar for a homemade ice-cream milkshake. We recommend the s’mores flavor. Or if a root beer float is more to your liking, they make theirs with Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream and craft root beer.

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  1. We’ve got a soft spot for cobbler a la mode, and some of the best is at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue – fresh fruit (whatever’s in season) baked in a skillet with a crunchy topping and vanilla ice cream. Grab at least two spoons and share.
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A Look Back at July 20, 1969: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Watched Live at Disneyland Park

posted on July 18th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On the afternoon of July 20, 1969, just steps away from an attraction called “Flight to the Moon,” thousands of Disneyland park guests gathered at the Tomorrowland Stage to watch a seminal event in human history unfold on live television.

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Just last week, while researching another project, I came across this rare color image in our archives that shows the Apollo 11 Moon Landing being watched live at Disneyland park.

In the years that followed this momentous event, we were fortunate to welcome two members of the remarkable Apollo 11 crew to Disneyland park.

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In February 1989, Buzz Aldrin joined us for the Challenger Spirit Salute, an event to honor the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

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In July 2005, Neil Armstrong was on hand for the “re-launch” of Space Mountain. This photo was taken just above the exact spot where all those years earlier, Disneyland guests gathered in almost unimaginable anticipation to watch as he became the first man to step foot on the moon.

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Dateline Adventureland: Adventure Trading Company Opening Soon at Disneyland Park

posted on July 18th, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent


Hello adventurers, Tallahassee Glover here with the first of a series of dispatches from deep in the jungles of Adventureland at Disneyland park. The birds who sing words tell us that a new merchant is opening soon for a limited engagement beginning August 1. Adventure Trading Company will be a provisions and publications company with a knack for selling goods that send the buyers on wild adventures. At the end of these adventures are Adventureland relics known as Juju. These unique artifacts reflect the ancient traditions and importance of storytelling in Adventureland. Collect Juju! Collect adventures! Collect stories!

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Be sure to make like a monkey and swing on over to the Adventure Trading Company starting August 1 and see what awaits you!

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Splash Mountain Celebrates 25 Years of Splashdowns at Disneyland Park

posted on July 18th, 2014 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


On July 17, 1989, a new attraction opened to guests in Critter Country at Disneyland park — one that made a big splash. That attraction was Splash Mountain, a log ride that remains a guest favorite today. It stands 87 feet tall and drops guests five stories at a 45-degree angle. The attraction is a journey through scenes, featuring the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear, and ends with a thrilling splashdown. That’s the best part! No worries if you shut your eyes. A photo snaps a shot of guests reacting the moment they drop. If you don’t have a photo from splashdown with your face frozen in sheer elation, then it’s time to visit the Disneyland Resort. Trust me, it’s an experience you’ll always remember. Here’s a look back at opening day. Enjoy!

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