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Special Military Performances at the Disneyland Resort for Fourth of July Weekend

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


From July 2-6, guests can enjoy more special performances by military acts than ever before, continuing a tradition of inviting the military to perform at Disneyland, started by Walt Disney on opening day. If you are visiting the Disneyland Resort this Fourth of July weekend, you may want to catch one of these patriotic shows! Below is a schedule of performance times.

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United States Air Force Honor Guard from Washington D.C.
July 2-5, 2015

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  • 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – Paradise Pier, near the “World of Color” viewing area

Fourth of July added performances

  • 5:15 p.m. – Flag Retreat Ceremony (Color Guard only) in Town Square
  • 6:45 p.m. – Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from Miramar, CA
July 4, 2015

Disneyland Park

  • 4:10 p.m. – Prior to Mickey’s Soundsational Parade
  • 5:15 p.m. – Flag Retreat Ceremony in Town Square
  • 7 p.m. – Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Downtown Disney District

  • 11:30 a.m. (breakout rock band) – Main Stage

United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from San Francisco, CA
July 5-6, 2015

Downtown Disney District

  • 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. (breakout rock band) – Main Stage
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Today in Disney History: ‘The Lion King’ Steps Into Theaters

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in 1994, “The Lion King” was released in theaters. This coming-of-age story of Simba, the future king of the Pridelands, is still a hugely popular film with Disney fans both young and old. I don’t know about you, but I’m still trying to get over Mufasa’s death 21 years later.

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The memorable music from “The Lion King” is highlighted in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom show Festival of the Lion King preformed daily at Harambe Theater. This energizing show features classic characters from the movie with live action performers – most notably the tumble monkeys.

Simba can also be spotted in Mickey’s Soundsational Parade atop a drum while Zazu flies near by at Disneyland park in California.

“The Lion King” won two Academy Awards for best song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and best score. The musical version is still on Broadway in New York City where it will celebrate it’s 18th year this November.

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First Look at D23 EXPO 2015 Official Merchandise

posted on June 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you counting down to D23 EXPO 2015? I am. There is so much to share with you before the event kicks off August 14 at the Anaheim Convention Center, let’s get started!

Fans of our Disney characters need to make getting the D23 EXPO 2015 logo collection — which includes a tee, hat, magnet set, pin, jewelry, D-Tech, and more — a priority! The subtle nod to many of your favorite characters can be seen within the Castle outline or simply stated above taglines such as “Everyone’s A Character.” Young D23 EXPO-goers will consider themselves lucky, as there is a special Oswald tee created just for them.

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The excitement doesn’t stop there. This year, a special Walt’s Kingdom Collection has been created celebrating Walt Disney, characters, attractions, icons, ticket media and historical milestones from the opening of Disneyland park sixty years ago. Look for the collection to include adult tees, an ear hat, a lanyard and button set, a mug, boxed toothpick holder set, pin and more.

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What else will you find? How about beautifully crafted jewelry from Disney Parks│PANDORA? I couldn’t resist showing you this beautiful .925 sterling silver charm featuring Sleeping Beauty Castle in blue glitter enamel and fourteen (14) blue cubic zirconia stones.

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Watch the Disney Parks Blog and D23EXPO.com over the next couple of months, because I will be sharing all the details and much more about what you can find in the Disney Dream Store when it comes to D23 EXPO 2015 apparel, accessories, art, books, collectibles, media, pins and Vinylmation. Tip: We’ll also be sharing a list of special artist appearances, so keep an eye for your favorites and be sure to stay up to date during the D23 EXPO 2015 itself with the D23 EXPO 2015 Mobile App, available in July.

If you have yet to get tickets to this ultimate fan event, check out all the details here. Stay connected, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23EXPO.

See you there!

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Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Paint the Night’ Parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks

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


Two amazing new nighttime experiences have debuted at Disneyland park for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration: “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks. Both have become exceedingly popular with our guests, so I worked with my friend Amy from our Guest Show Operations team here at Disneyland park to bring you these tips for watching our incredible new parade and fireworks spectacular.

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  • “Paint the Night” parade – Viewing areas can fill up quickly for the first “Paint the Night” parade, so it can be much easier to find viewing for the second parade of the night.
  • “Disneyland Forever” fireworks – There are viewing areas for “Disneyland Forever” fireworks along the Rivers of America and near “it’s a small world,” in addition to Main Street, U.S.A. and Sleeping Beauty Castle. Each area lends a different feel to the show, so consider trying them all!
  • Finding help – Need help finding a viewing area? Just ask a cast member, especially those holding orange wands or flashlights. They can direct you to the best place for viewing, and can also help you locate wheelchair-accessible viewing areas for “Paint the Night” parade.

What are your tips for watching “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks? Share them in the comments.

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Today in Disney History: ‘Mulan’ Debuts

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in 1998, Walt Disney Pictures “Mulan” was released in theaters. Based on an old Chinese folktale, Mulan tells the story of the spirited-young girl who secretly joins the Chinese army in her father’s place and helps defeat the Huns, while saving the Emperor.

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Fans of Disney Parks know that Mulan can be found greeting guests at Epcot at the China Pavilion where she greets guests regularly.

“Mulan” can also be seen in Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland park in California. Singing “Reflection,” Mulan is joined on stage by both Pocahontas and Rapunzel each singing songs from their respective films.

“Mulan” was the first feature-animated movie primarily produced at Disney Feature Animation at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Back to Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is a guest favorite at the Disneyland Resort, and of course one of mine too. Not only do I like riding the attraction, I also think the exterior of the building is a great subject to photograph. I like the photos for their unique perspective and futuristic appeal.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise Continues to Dazzle

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Hey Disney fans! Over the past couple weeks I have seen many of you dazzling in Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration product. It’s been amazing! So what’s next? You may want to put on your sunglasses, because if you are looking for some serious sparkle, check out the black and white embedded ear hat!

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If you’re curious as to how much this would be to add to your collection, hold on to your wallet … this specially created Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration ear hat is a limited edition of twenty-four (24) and is $2,000. Whether you want a peek at the ear hat or decide to buy, you’ll find it in Disneyana and Disney Showcase in Disneyland park and World of Disney in Downtown Disney District.

If you’re looking for something else that “sounds” good, then I have just the item for you. Some of you may have had the opportunity to get the first edition of the limited-edition crystal embedded headphones in May. SMS Audio is the official headphones of the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort and the sound quality is impeccable. The second edition of the headphones will be releasing soon and will be an edition size of 60. One of the main differences you’ll notice is the much darker blue stones. Here’s your first look!

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I know that many of you have been curious on availability of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration product through Merchandise Guest Services. Please keep in mind that a VERY limited assortment will be available through the Merchandise Guest Services team beginning June 22 and an even more limited assortment will be available online in August.

Which Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration souvenirs have you picked up?

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Spotlight on Tees Coming to the Disney Parks Online Store in June 2015

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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To kick off the summer season at Disney Parks, we are releasing a few tee-shirts on our Disney Parks online store that I think fans will love. These limited release tees will only be offered online at DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. All shirts will be offered for adults, women and youth. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

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June 17-23
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland Resort, we are launching a series of online tees that salute original Disneyland park attractions. The first tee celebrates the world famous Jungle Cruise attraction. In addition to the shirt, poster artwork will also be available during this sale.

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June 22-28
I’m particularly excited for the Triple R Ranch tee shirt, which was inspired by “The Adventures of Spin and Marty” from the 1955-56 season of the “Mickey Mouse Club.” Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones worked with the Walt Disney Archives to get photo reference of the summer camp shirts used in the show. You may also recognize the shirt as something Andy wore in Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story 2” (I tried recreating a shot from that animated feature above).

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June 29-July 5
The final shirt for June features the Harmony Barber Shop from Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park. This location opened in 1975 and is a great place to get a first haircut as seen in this video article. This shirt will be online from June 29 through July 5.

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A Closer Look at New Main Street Enchanted Windows at Disneyland Park

posted on June 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last month, we told you about the new Main Street Enchanted Windows, set to debut during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Two of the six windows have opened, and today I’ve got some up-close photos to share with you.

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Along with new technology and effects, what is remarkable about these windows is the detail. Take a look at the tiny objects sitting on the furniture in the photo above!

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These windows, featuring the stories of “Peter Pan” and “Cinderella,” truly are enchanting. Keep an eye out, as more windows featuring the stories of “Frozen,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Toy Story” and “Aladdin” are set to debut later this summer.

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Sleeping Beauty Castle – Part Two

posted on June 12th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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In my last post, Sleeping Beauty Castle was well under construction in the spring of 1955. Today, we’re even closer to opening day as construction enters the final phase in these rare images.

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These photos were taken only two months before opening.

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In this final construction image of Sleeping Beauty Castle, it appears to be very nearly complete. Look closely on the drawbridge and you’ll see the portcullis, set upside down, presumably awaiting installation.

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Six decades after these photos were taken, Sleeping Beauty Castle debuted special diamond enhancements for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, including more than 100,000 glass crystals that shimmer on the rooftops.

Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

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