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A Look Back: Sneak Peek Celebration of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Disneyland Resort

posted on March 17th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On March 17, 2005, students from Green Elementary School joined Green Army Men and Buzz Lightyear for a special sneak peek of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Did I mention it was St. Patrick’s Day?

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Following a cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A., Buzz led the kids to the Tomorrowland entrance of his new attraction where they were among the first to enter the Gamma Quadrant to battle Evil Emperor Zurg.

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Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters would not officially open for another few weeks, on the eve of our 50th Anniversary Celebration, with Tim Allen on hand for the opening ceremony.

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Baby Goats Make Their Debut at Disneyland Park

posted on March 16th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Today I’m happy to share a video of our new baby goats at Disneyland park. Bernard and Bianca have been visiting with the guests at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm for a few weeks now, but we were able to capture this footage on their very first day out! We even had help from one of the herd, Lock, who proudly wore a “Goat-Pro” camera around his neck. Take a minute to share in the fun, and if you can, hurry out to Disneyland park to see the baby goats for yourself!

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Cinderella Coach is a Magical Treat at Disney Parks

posted on March 16th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Who’s seen Disney’s “Cinderella,” now in theaters? If you haven’t yet, move it to the top of your list! My fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Steven Miller, recently shared some of the exciting new “Cinderella” merchandise headed your way, but i have a special treat for you … actually I have two!

Debuting this month at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort is a Cinderella Coach inspired apple. It’s safe to say that candy makers got a little ‘carried away’ with this concoction. The apple has been dipped in caramel as well as edible shimmering white chocolate and comes complete with carriage-looking wheels. What are they made of? I guess you’ll have to try one to see!

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Another fun way to celebrate the film’s release is with our Cinderella Coach krispy treat, sure to be a fan favorite for any movie-goer.

Here’s a list of locations where you can find them!

Disneyland Resort

Walt Disney World Resort

These special treats are only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out!

Will you try both?

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Springtime Roundup Blooms Once Again at Disneyland Park

posted on March 13th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Spring is in the air, and one of our most popular springtime events at Disneyland park is ready to make its return, with plenty of flowers and color and fun!

Meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park

Starting March 20, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland will be all decked out for the annual Springtime Roundup. Some of your favorite Disney characters will be stopping by to meet you, along with Mr. Easter Bunny and a carrot patch of famous Disney rabbits – from Thumper to Roger! And several times each day, a group of dancing cowboys and cowgirls comes together for a lively hoedown and “bunny hop” that will get you off your feet and joining right in.

Springtime Roundup brings all that excitement, plus fresh spring talent from Disney Performing Arts, egg decorating demonstrations, fun crafts, yummy treats and more. It kicks off March 20 at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree and keeps going daily through April 12. After that, the fun continues on weekends through June 7, so hop on down the Big Thunder Trail and join us!

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Design Your Dream Disney Castle in the D23 Expo Design Challenge

posted on March 13th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


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Sleeping Beauty Castle has been a Disneyland icon since the park opened in 1955. Now D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is giving fans the opportunity to give this Disney Parks landmark their own personal touch—and to win (appropriately) “D23-Hundred Dollars”!

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In honor of the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the D23 Expo Design Challenge asks artists young and young-at-heart to craft their own interpretation of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Fans can use a variety of mediums to express their creativity, and 23 lucky finalists will have their pieces exhibited at D23 Expo 2015, from August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. And the first place winner will receive a cash prize of $2,300!

Entrants do not need to be members of D23 to participate. Just click here for more details and get the complete set of rules.

Good luck—and we hope to see you at the Expo!

No Purchase Necessary. Ends 11:59 PM (PT) on 4/30/15. Entry/Rules: d23expo.com/designchallenge. Void where prohibited. Limit three (3) Submissions per person. Prize does not include travel to or accommodations in Anaheim, CA.

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New Indiana Jones Merchandise Discovered at Disney Parks

posted on March 12th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Is it visions of the future, eternal youth or earthly riches that you seek? One of our excavation crew members just returned from the deep jungles of Adventureland at Disneyland park … just wait until you see what they uncovered!

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As you can see, artifacts range from precious metals (pins), leather (hats and whips) and cotton (T-shirts and fleece), along with other ancient remains (mug). Are you brave enough to battle snakes, spiders and anything else that crosses your path? If so, head due west towards the Indiana Jones Trading Outpost to see for yourselves. Special Tip: If you stop by the shop, take a moment or two to play a game of Indiana Jones Pinball Adventure!

Don’t despair, East-coast fans – some of these trading goods have been shipped to the archeological site (known as the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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‘Cinderella’-Inspired Products Receive a Royal Welcome at Disney Parks

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Disney’s “Cinderella” arrives in theaters on March 13. I really enjoyed seeing the film during the recent Disney Parks Blog Cinderella Royal Celebration at Downtown Disney West Side. After the screening, I visited Magic Kingdom Park where I found some new products inspired by the live-action film.

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Disney Theme Park Merchandise is offering a small assortment of “Cinderella”-themed items. Some of the items such as drinkware and dolls are also found at the Disney Store. The open edition pin was created especially for Disney Parks.

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There is also a limited edition pin being released on March 12 in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. The pin has an edition size of 3,000.

Guests will find a hardcover book written by Brittney Candau with illustrations by Cory Godbey. The book also includes a Disney e-book for those with digital devices.

To round out the assortment, we have created some girls’ T-shirts with artwork inspired by the film.

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The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom Park in Florida will carry a beautifully romantic Cinderella dress inspired by a dress worn in the live action film. Please note the dress will be available while supplies last at Disney Parks. Guests can also find this dress online.

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Finally, new ALEX AND ANI pieces are coming to Disney Parks in March. While these items were not specifically created for the live-action film, I think they complement the “Cinderella” assortment perfectly.

The “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” bangle will be released on March 13. This bangle will be offered in Shiny Silver and Yellow Gold finishes and is part of the “Words are Powerful” collection. My fellow author, Michelle Harker, will have another look at items from this collection in the coming weeks.

The Cinderella Carriage wrap and the Dream wrap will be offered in a Rafaelian Silver finish and released on March 30.

You can find select Cinderella items online at http://www.DisneyStore.com/Cinderella.

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New Spring Menu Begins Today at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland Park

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


New Spring Menu at Jolly holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland Park

Spring isn’t official until March 20, but the charming Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland park gets a jump on the season with its new spring menu starting today.

The winds are changing and bringing in a new selection of sandwiches, including a cold roast beef and bleu cheese served on a crispy French baguette or a toasted ham & Swiss cheese sandwich with apple chutney. Returning for the season is our famous tuna salad sandwich on a brioche bun, which will for sure delight your palate. The light yet hearty chicken noodle soup debuts alongside the classic tomato basil soup, and a savory sun-dried tomato Caesar salad top the offerings of the list. (All served after 10:30 a.m.)

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To appease your sweet tooth, new seasonal pastries have debuted, including a moist carrot cupcake that is scrumptious with a cup of coffee or tea. Seasonal spring berries are the theme for the season, inspiring our raspberry crème brulee and strawberry shortcake bundt cake. Our seasonal muffin is made with plump raspberries and a zest of lemon. The pistachio Mickey Macaron is a colorful addition to accompany our signature raspberry rose Mickey Macaron. If you’re looking for chocolate, you can indulge with a white chocolate mousse whoopee pie or our signature brownie.

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Our top picks: the coconut lime cheesecake, a coffee éclair or the elegant opera cake, made with layers of almond sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream and covered in chocolate glaze. Sip a cappuccino and all is right with the world – whether you live on Cherry Tree Lane or Main Street, U.S.A.

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24-Hour Event to Launch Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, May 22-23

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Thomas Smith told you earlier this morning about the upcoming 24-hour event to kick off the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort, and I’m excited to follow up and let you know that we’re kicking off summer and launching the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with a 24-hour event of our own, May 22-23!

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The all-day/all-night celebration will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday, May 22 and will conclude 24 hours later at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. The event will include dancing and special character encounters at locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, along with enchanting Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor throughout the resort and, of course, the shows and attractions that our guests love.

Here’s a look at what is coming when the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22:

  • “Paint the Night” Parade – After dark, along the Disneyland park parade route, 24-hour event guests will be among the first to see the new “Paint the Night” parade, showcasing beloved Disney characters in dazzling parade scenes illuminated with more than 1.5 million individually controlled lights – the first all-LED parade in Disneyland Resort history.
  • “Disneyland Forever” Fireworks - Disneyland park itself plays a starring role in the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular, also premiering during the 24-hour event. Breathtaking fireworks shows have long been a Disneyland Resort tradition and “Disneyland Forever” soars to new levels, immersing guests from the tips of their toes to the brilliant pyrotechnic bursts above, thanks to special effects that turn the storefronts of Main Street, U.S.A., the Matterhorn and the facade of “it’s a small world” into gigantic projection screens filled with color, characters and surprises.
  • “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” – Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse will be the hosts of the all-new “World of Color” show, premiering May 22 during the 24-hour event. “World of Color – Celebrate!” illuminates the night in a fun-filled and inspirational journey exploring Walt Disney’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and his dream of Disneyland park.

We’ll be sharing more details as the 24-hour event draws closer, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog!

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Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort at Dawn

posted on March 10th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite series here on the Disney Parks Blog takes readers to a very special, very rare time of day – Disneyland Resort at Dawn. In these serene, almost surreal videos, my fellow author Shannon Swanson shows the parks in a way that many people have never seen before.

See the sun rise over the Cadillac Mountain Range in this video from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

According to this post, fishing is best along Big Thunder Trail in the early morning.

Shannon tells us in this post that the inspiration for this series came from walking through Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park early one morning. She was fascinated by all of the sounds and details she had missed during the daytime.

The very first video in this series is probably my favorite: a time lapse video of Sleeping Beauty Castle shot from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.

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