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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Continues Through September 5, 2016

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

For the past few months, we’ve been celebrating sixty years of the Happiest Place on Earth with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Featuring the all-new “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” as well as special food and merchandise, the celebration has also brought a special sparkle throughout the Disneyland Resort – including a diamond-encrusted Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Today, I’m excited to tell you that the celebration will continue to dazzle guests through September 5, 2016. That means you’ve still got time to experience all the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration has to offer!

There have been countless moments of happiness here at the Disneyland Resort through the past sixty years … take a look at sixty seconds of happiness we’ve captured in the video below.

Join the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, now through September 5, 2016!

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Register Now to Attend the Disney Parks Blog Mickey’s Halloween Party Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

posted on September 21st, 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!

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort has begun, and Disney Parks Blog readers know what that means … it’s time for our annual Halloween Disney Parks Blog meet-up! This year, we are inviting you to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party on Monday, Oct. 5, as our special guest.


We’ll kick off the night with a special, private reception just for Disney Parks Blog Mickey’s Halloween Party Meet-Up attendees. Then, all the spooky sights, sounds and sweets of Mickey’s Halloween Party await you throughout Disneyland park!

So join us the evening of Monday, Oct. 5. Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Meet-up 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.
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party admission will be provided beginning at 3 p.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.
  • Costumes are subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive.

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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POLL: What Would You Like to See as Next Week’s Disneyland Diamond Days Weekly Prize?

posted on September 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes – part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – has been surprising guests and fans with dazzling prizes like individualized, VIP tours of the parks as only Disney can do, Disneyland Resort vacations and even authentic diamonds custom-engraved for Disney!


Today, we want to give you the chance to let us know what you would like to see as next week’s Disneyland Diamond Days weekly prize. Your options are below – and each includes a 3-day, 2-night vacation package to the Disneyland Resort!

1. Jungle Cruise Dinner
Set sail for an incredible safari adventure! Cast off on the exotic Jungle Cruise, which takes you across untamed waters. Then, toast your travels with a private dinner at Aladdin’s Oasis—some very special jungle VIPs will swing by and join you for dessert!

2. Wine Country Dinner
Savor a delicious family dinner at Wine Country Trattoria—complete with live violin music. After your meal-time serenade, take in a VIP viewing of “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” and cap off the night with fountains, fireworks and lasers that light up the sky!

3. White Diamond and Disneyland Dream Suite
Spend the night in the Disneyland Dream Suite, an elegant apartment originally designed for Walt Disney himself. As a special treat, a Disneyland Resort Ambassador will be joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to present you with a certified 1-carat white diamond – custom-engraved with a Hidden Mickey!

Tough decision, huh? Let us know your vote in the poll below!

To find out the prize chosen for next week, to learn how to enter, and for full details including the Official Rules, visit

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 2/5/16. Weekly drawing starts Friday at 7:00AM PT each week and ends at 6:59 AM PT the following Friday. Each eligible weekly entry automatically entered into final prize drawing but not into any daily drawings. Limit one (1) entry per person per day, regardless of method of entry. Only certain prizes determined by the Sponsor will be awarded in any given week; specific prizes to be awarded in the weekly drawing will be announced online at the preceding week. Sponsor: Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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Dia de los Muertos Treats Debut at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 18th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Fall is in the air at the Disneyland Resort, and festive Halloween treats have materialized in Candy Kitchens to kick off the season!

Debuting this year are the Dia de los Muertos apples, cake pops and crispies which have been decorated in minute detail by our Candy Makers to resemble colorful sugar skulls. These delicious treats have been covered in caramel and white chocolate with sanding sugar elements, chocolate candy pieces and, in some cases, even marshmallow flower accents.

Special Tip: Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a traditional skeleton display near Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Frontierland during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

Looking for your seasonal favorites? If it has become a tradition to pick up gourmet apples inspired by Halloween Minnie Mouse, Pumpkin Mickey Mouse or Maleficent, you’re in luck! Of course, your “mummy” might prefer a cake pop that has been laced in white chocolate, creating a wrapped effect, complete with delicious marshmallow ears and candy-coated chocolate eyes peering from underneath the bandages. How about a pumpkin crispy treat? If that doesn’t get you in the spirit of the season, I don’t know what will. Who can resist a crispy treat covered in white chocolate, orange sanding sugar and drizzled milk chocolate? I know I can’t.

Look for these items and more, available now at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. Curious what’s headed your way October 1? The Dirt and Worm gourmet apple is back by popular demand and adding to the mix will be a Dirt and Worm marshmallow treat and bark. Can you guess what it’s made of?


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New Merchandise Debuts for Halloween Parties at Disney Parks

posted on September 18th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Who has plans to head to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort or Mickey’s Halloween Party this year at the Disneyland Resort? I’ve had the opportunity over the years to attend both and it’s definitely a treat!

If you’re curious as to the commemorative themed merchandise you’ll find on shelves this year, look no further. This year, expect to find, apparel items for adults and kids, including both long and short sleeved options, a ladies cut tee and fleece. Tip: Look closely, as certain elements on each of the apparel items have glow-in-the-dark features and there’s also another subtle difference, can you find it?

What else? Pins, of course! This year’s releases for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park include a limited release logo pin and mystery set, several limited editions, a tiered boxed set and framed set. Tip: Passholders keep an eye out for a pin featuring Chip n’ Dale created just for you. Mickey’s Halloween Party pins for the Disneyland Resort will include a limited edition booster set, a Halloween Screams pin, an Annual Passholder Goofy Halloween pin as well as a logo pin featuring Mummy Pluto terrified of Vampire Mickey. Which one will you “treat” yourself to?

East Coast fans! Keep an eye out for this year’s limited edition (4000) MagicBand, which comes complete in a decorative box and will retail for $29.95 (plus tax). So whether you choose to link your retail MagicBand now or later, there’s no doubt they make great souvenirs and gifts.

Where can you find all of these commemorative items and more?

Magic Kingdom Park locations
Emporium – Main Street, U.S.A. (apparel, MagicBands)
Frontier Trading Post – Frontierland (pins)
Mickey’s Star Trader – Tomorrowland (apparel)

Disneyland Resort locations
Emporium – Main Street, U.S.A.
Pieces of Eight– New Orleans Square
Pioneer Mercantile – Frontierland
Star Trader – Tomorrowland

Are you ready for the Halloween fun to begin?

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Unique View of ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park

posted on September 17th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

This week, I had a great opportunity to photograph the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks from a unique location. I was looking to capture the reflection of Sleeping Beauty Castle and maybe the fireworks in the moat.

‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park

Where’s your favorite place to watch the Disneyland Forever fireworks show?

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Top 11 Apple Treats from Disney Parks

posted on September 16th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Growing up, autumn meant an annual field trip to a local farm to pick apples. There’s no denying that pumpkin is having a moment right now, but I wanted to pay tribute to the other fruit that makes me think of crisp fall leaves – the apple. We love to enjoy apples on salads, in baked goods and on top of fluffy pancakes. Here are our top choices for yummy apple treats at Disney Parks and Resorts:

  1. Apple Crisp a la Mode – Hollywood Scoops, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    Perfect for the Florida heat, this treat features cinnamon apples topped with old-fashioned vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and streusel.
  2. Cinnamon-Apple Baton – Troubadour Tavern, Disneyland park
    This flaky, twisted pastry is filled with apples and cinnamon.
  3. Apple Strudel – Sommerfest, Epcot
    Apple Strudel that would make my German Oma proud, this is the real deal smothered with vanilla sauce.

  1. Apple Walnut Cake – California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    A new addition to the California Grill lineup—heirloom apple, fig and cherry compote, roasted white chocolate mousse, apple-caramel sauce, candied walnuts and brown sugar ice cream make one deliciously decadent dessert.
  2. Flo’s Signature Apple-Cheddar Pie-O-Rama – Flo’s V8 Café, Disney California Adventure
    Apple and cheddar are the new peanut butter and jelly, they just go together.

  1. Caramel Apple Crumb Pancakes – Trattoria al Forno, Disney’s BoardWalk
    Served with bacon or chicken sausage, these pancakes are a sweet way to start your day.
  2. Red’s Apple Freeze – Cozy Cone Motel, Disney California Adventure
    Get your kicks on Route 66 with Red’s Apple Freeze… souvenir sipper optional. Ka-chow!
  3. Warm Glazed Doughnut – Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    This doughnut is stacked with cinnamon apples, and topped with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce… out of this world!

  1. Apple Granola Pancakes – Carnation Café, Disneyland park
    The crunchy granola and fluffy pancakes make a perfect combination of texture.
  2. Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese – 50’s Prime Time Café, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    Served with raspberry sauce, grapes and apples, this dish shows off the apple’s savory side.
  3. Apple-Cranberry Pie Cupcake – Contempo Café, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    A vanilla cupcake with apple-cranberry pie filling and cream cheese frosting, look for this limited-time sweet over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Have you ‘fall’en in love with a Disney Parks treat? Let us know in the comments below!

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Nick and Vanessa Lachey Enjoy a Dazzling Day at Disneyland Park

posted on September 15th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Singer and TV personality Nick Lachey and his wife, actress Vanessa Lachey, visited Disneyland park recently with their son Camden, who is celebrating his third birthday this month.


We captured this family photo near Floral Mickey (a favorite photo spot of the Lacheys) just as they began their special day in the park.

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Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Shows and Attractions Join ‘Paint the Night’ Parade, ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks and More

posted on September 14th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort begins November 13, and today I’m excited to share details on what this dazzling holiday season will bring to Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and the Downtown Disney District.

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park

At Disneyland park, “A Christmas Fantasy” parade returns, showing daily along with the new “Paint the Night” parade each night. “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” will return in January after the holiday season ends. Each night, the all-new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular will light up the park as we continue the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration; “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks will not be presented this year.

World of Color – Celebrate!” continues throughout the season at Disney California Adventure park, along with “World of Color – Winter Dreams.”

Be sure to check the calendar page of for details on daily times for all shows and spectaculars.

Also at Disneyland park, Santa Claus will greet guests at a new location in Critter Country. When he visits Disney California Adventure park, Santa can be found at Elias & Co. on Buena Vista Street.

Here’s a look at this year’s returning favorites during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort:

Jingle Cruise at Disneyland Park

Disneyland Park

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Disney ¡Viva Navidad!
  • Holiday decor in Cars Land, “a bug’s land” and Buena Vista Street
  • Olaf’s Snow Fest
  • Buena Vista Street Community Choir

Downtown Disney District

  • Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink

Join us for Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, November 13 through January 6, 2016!

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Complete Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

posted on September 11th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Trick or treat? Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort brings many tasty treats to eat! Conjure this list anytime you find yourself looking for some frightfully delicious food.

Disneyland Park

Blue Bayou Restaurant

  • Cajun-Rubbed Pork Chop – Bone-in Cajun-rubbed pork chop with sautéed spinach, goat cheese mashed potatoes with a smoked pepper tomato jus

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

  • Sugar Cookie Bake dusted with powdered sugar and a cinnamon-orange mulling spice, topped with vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce

Café Orleans

  • Flat Iron Steak with Peppercorn and Cognac Sauce served with garlic mashed potatoes, butternut squash and green beans
  • Pumpkin Beignets served with vanilla crème Anglaise

Carnation Café

  • Mickey’s Frightfully Spicy Chicken Sandwich – Fried chicken served with pepper jack cheese, spicy Sriracha sauce, coleslaw and breaded and fried jalapenos served on a brioche bun with a side of French fries

French Market Restaurant

  • Haunted Mansion Cake
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Traditional Shrimp Po’Boy – Deep fried popcorn shrimp, lettuce, tomato, vinegar dressing and Cajun remoulade sauce on a toasted potato roll

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

  • Halloween Premium Cone

The Golden Horseshoe

  • Ice Cream Nachos
  • Halloween sprinkles

Central Plaza Cappuccino Cart

  • Bat Mickey Cookie
  • Pumpkin Muffin

Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • Apple Pie Funnel Cake
  • Pulled Pork Hot Dog – Topped with citrus slaw, fried jalapenos and fresh cilantro

Jolly Holiday Bakery Café

  • Bat Mickey Cookie
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Muffin
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte

Market House

  • Bat Mickey Cookie

Maurice’s Treats

  • Pumpkin Twist

Mint Julep Bar

  • Pumpkin Beignets

Plaza Inn

  • Pumpkin Pie

Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante

  • Pork Tamale and Cheese Enchilada
  • Orange Pumpkin Flan

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port

  • Supernova Pizza Special – Pastrami with mustard oil, Mozzarella cheese, battered pickle chips topped with Horseradish mustard sauce

Royal Street Veranda

  • Banana Fritters with crème Anglaise

Tomorrowland Terrace

  • Cheeseburger Combo with sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickles and grilled onions served with French fries covered in a ghostly Parmesan-ranch “ooze.”

Village Haus Restaurant

  • Pleasure Island Fiery Chicken Flatbread – Glazed buffalo chicken with Serrano chilies, diced red peppers, tomato sauce, Mozzarella cheese and chipotle sauce

Disney California Adventure Park

Award Wieners

  • Bat Mickey Cookie

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

  • Anti-Vampire Chicken Pizza with roasted garlic sauce, chicken, smoked Gouda, Mozzarella, roasted red peppers and a drizzle of tomato Harissa sauce
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Bat Mickey Cookie

Boudin Bread Cart

  • Pumpkin-shaped Bread

Carthay Circle Restaurant

  • Poison Apple-Tini – Crown Royal Apple, Dekuyper Pucker Sour Apple Schnapps and cranberry juice

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream

  • Halloween Sprinkles

Cove Bar

  • Poison Apple-Tini – Crown Royal Apple, Dekuyper Pucker Sour Apple Schnapps and cranberry juice

Cozy Cone Motel

  • Pumpkin Twist

Fiddler Fifer & Practical Cafe

  • Bat Mickey Cookie

Flo’s V8 Café

  • Pumpkin Pie

Mortimer’s Market

  • Pumpkin-shaped Bread

Pacific Wharf Beer Truck

  • Karl Strauss Oktoberfest beer

Pacific Wharf Café

  • Pumpkin Muffin with Streusel Topping
  • Bat Mickey Cookie
  • Pumpkin-shaped Bread
  • Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding


  • Caramel Apple Smoothie

Smokejumpers Grill

  • “Cobweb-Style” Topping – Top any burger with a “cobweb” of Swiss cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms

Disneyland Hotel

Steakhouse 55 Lounge

  • Poison Apple-Tini – Crown Royal Apple, Dekuyper Pucker Sour Apple Schnapps and cranberry juice

The Coffee House

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Caramel Apple Cider
  • Pumpkin Muffin
  • Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie
  • Spiced Bundt Cake

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Whitewater Snacks

  • Bat Mickey Cookie
  • Pumpkin Muffin with Streusel Topping
  • Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie
  • Spiced Bundt Cake

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

PCH Grill

  • Seasonal Halloween Dessert Buffet

Surfside Lounge

  • Pumpkin Muffin with Streusel Topping
  • Bat Mickey Cookie
  • Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie
  • Spiced Bundt Cake
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