You may have seen our recent post about “Disneyland Day” being proclaimed by the California State Senate and Assembly on June 1, 2015, in celebration of our 60th anniversary. Check out this fun video that shows our trip to Sacramento!
posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Matterhorn Bobsleds recently reopened at Disneyland park, following a refurbishment that brought many new creative elements to this classic attraction – including a whole new look for its most famous resident, the Abominable Snowman. In the video below, Walt Disney Imagineering takes us for a behind-the-scenes look at how this new look was created.
Have you seen the Abominable Snowman’s new look for yourself? Tell us about it in the comments!
posted on June 1st, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
It’s a party, so you’re allowed to eat dessert first. For the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, here are six new sweets for 60 years, and they’ll stay on the menu throughout the celebration.
Disneyland Park Diamond Lemon Cupcake at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café – This lemony cupcake has white chocolate crunchy pearls, strawberry filling and is topped with white chocolate Champagne mousse, blue buttercream decoration, blue chocolate curls, silver coated white chocolate pearls and a chocolate “D.” Almost too pretty to eat!
Disney California Adventure Park Diamond Orange Cupcake at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café – If you prefer orange, try this cupcake with chocolate crunchy pearls, mixed berry filling and a topping of cream cheese Bavarian mousse. The decoration is pretty silver dust pearls, blue buttercream trim and a chocolate diamond. Yum!
Diamond Tiramisù at Wine Country Trattoria, Disney California Adventure Park – This is a fancy sweet ending: layers of tiramisù made from sweetened Italian mascarpone, Marsala wine and espresso-soaked ladyfingers topped with cocoa powder and finished with chocolate curls and espresso sauce.
Meyer Lemon Crème Brûlée Tart at Blue Bayou Restaurant, Disneyland Park – Tangy and creamy Meyer lemon crème brûlée in a crunchy sweet tart shell topped with blueberry compote and a sparkly silver chocolate diamond – eat it or Instagram?
White Chocolate Bavarian Diamond Strawberry-Rhubarb Shortcake at Carnation Cafe, Disneyland Park – A little old-fashioned, a little upscale, this is smooth and creamy white chocolate Bavarian mousse shaped like a diamond resting on vanilla cake finished in a plate with a rich fresh strawberry-rhubarb sauce.
Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Chocolate Cake – This crowd pleaser is found at Plaza Inn, Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante and French Market Restaurant in Disneyland park, Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta at Disney California Adventure park. Chocolate layer cake with caramel ganache, chocolate crunchy pearls, fleur de sel, apricot compote, Pabana mousse (banana, passion fruit, mango, lemon) and chocolate truffle mousse is topped with chocolate ganache and a sparkly silver chocolate diamond. Celebrate and share it with a friend!
posted on June 1st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
This summer, Disney Theme Park Merchandise is introducing several new souvenirs at Disney Parks. These items will make great gifts for loved ones or serve as a nice memory from your Disney vacation. For my first “Summer of New Souvenirs” story, I’m highlighting my favorite new things – decorative hand sanitizers. Having a son, I carry hand sanitizer everywhere I go, and these designs are fantastic!
There will be approximately 20 new hand sanitizers arriving at Disney Parks in late June and early-to-mid July. The artwork features popular Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Anna, Elsa and other select Disney Princesses. Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland park and Cinderella Castle from Magic Kingdom Park will also be included in the mix.
Each hand sanitizer comes with a specially designed 1 fluid ounce bottle and a key chain split ring with lobster claw clasp. At this time, we will not offer refill bottles yet you can refill the bottle with your favorite hand sanitizer once empty.
The Force is strong with my favorite designs featuring R2-D2 and Darth Vader. They are due to arrive this August in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks (they are insta-buy for me!).
Hand sanitizer will retail for $8.95 (plus tax). Please note that retails are subject to change without notice.
Look for additional Disney Parks Blog articles in the coming months with other new souvenirs.
posted on May 30th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations
Mariah Carey stopped by the Disneyland Resort to be a guest on “Live with Kelly and Michael” as a part of the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Mariah performed a song from her brand new album “#1 to Infinity” at Town Square in Disneyland park.
While at The Happiest Place on Earth, Mariah stopped by “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” to pose for a photo with a portrait of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.
Disneyland Resort Celebrates 60th Anniversary, Grants More than $60,000 to Diversity Scholarship Funds
posted on May 29th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
As we reflect on all we’ve accomplished with the community over the past 60 years, our dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration presents us with the opportunity to inspire the next generation of leaders right here in Orange County. In that spirit, Disneyland Resort donated more than $60,000 in scholarship funds to support the pursuit of higher education.
Last night, during a special ceremony held at the Main Street Opera House in Disneyland park, we presented 11 nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving diverse students with funds supporting their scholarship efforts. Organizations included:
- 100 Black Men of Orange County
- American Indian Chamber of Commerce
- Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
- California State University, Fullerton Hispanic Scholarship
- Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF)
- National Hispanic Business Woman Association (NHBWA)
- OC Black Chamber
- OC Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation
- Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
- Santa Ana College
- Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce
The reception culminated with a viewing of the new “Paint the Night” parade. On behalf of the Disneyland Resort, thank you to all of the organizations for promoting the importance of education among our youth. Keep up the dazzling work!
posted on May 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is underway, here are a few other events taking place in June that are sure to dazzle you!
June 6: Let your imagination soar! Join us as we welcome authors Jonathan Case and Jeff Jensen who will be on the hand for a special signing of their book, Before Tomorrowland. Meet Jonathan and Jeff from 10–noon at Little Green Men Store Command in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. Learn more here.
June 6-7: Leilani Joy is back! Stop by June 6–7 and again June 20-21, from 2-5 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District to see some of Leilani’s newest releases and more. Learn more here.
June 13: Your collection will dazzle with this vibrant and iconic Hipster Mickey piece by artist Jerrod Maruyama, created in commemoration of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Jerrod will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.
June 13–14: If you have been waiting for just the right time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques
or the new 60th Edition Series Plaques, you’re in luck! Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., each day, at Disneyana inside Disneyland park. Learn more here.
June 20: 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 Sean Chao, Joey Chou, Max Grundy, Danny Handke and Leilani Joy from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.
June 27-28: Take part in a Disney Fine Art showcase with Collectors Editions artist Jimmy Mulligan from
9–11 a.m. at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., inside Disneyland park 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Off the Page inside Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.
Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Max Grundy. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: June 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 – 27 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.
Which artist are you most excited to meet?
posted on May 28th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
A couple of months ago, I shared the first piece from the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection created by Jeff Granito. The first piece in the series of “Decades” art (1955–1964) will debut today. Here’s a look at some of the exciting merchandise featuring the art.
I’m sure you’ve been curious to see what some of the other pieces look like, right? Wait no more. Here’s a look at additional “Decades” art celebrating attractions, icons and characters for each ten-year milestone. Keep an eye out for these pieces to debut around every 60 days on items including apparel, home décor, pins and more.
“Decades” Merchandise will be available at the following locations:
Deluxe Print, Dessert Plate, Mug and Tee:
- Disney Showcase – Disneyland park
- Off the Page – Disney California Adventure park
- World of Disney Store – Downtown Disney District
- Little Green Men Store Command – Disneyland park
- Julius Katz & Sons – Disney California Adventure park
- Disney’s Pin Traders – Downtown Disney District
Are there more to come? Of course! But you’re going to have to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog to find out.
Which one is your favorite so far?
posted on May 27th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Anyone who has strolled through Fantasyland at Disneyland park knows the familiar double-honk from the Disneyland Monorail as it begins to make its way around the Matterhorn. Its course takes it past some of our classic attractions, and thanks to some clever maneuvering, Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer was able to catch these shots of the Disneyland Monorail as it passed “it’s a small world” and Alice in Wonderland.
Which Disneyland Resort attractions are your favorite to spy from aboard the Disneyland Monorail?
posted on May 27th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
On Memorial Day, Disneyland park guests lined Main Street, U.S.A. during the daily flag retreat ceremony to pay respect to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Dozens of veterans, reservists and active duty members of the armed forces came to participate in the ceremony.
During his official dedication of Disneyland park, Walt Disney said Disneyland is dedicated to “the hard facts that have created America” – a sentiment evidenced by this photo.