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Top Ten Disney Parks Moments that Will Go Down in History from 2014

posted on December 30th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


We sure had a lot to celebrate at Disney Parks in 2014, and some of the milestones we experienced this year were memorable ones, with “Frozen” fun debuting at our parks, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opening and much more.

That said, here are my top 10 picks for moments that will go down in Disney history for 2014.

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  1. Avengers Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort – Thousands of guests dressed as their favorite superhero joined the mad dash through the Disneyland Resort as a part of the very first Avengers Half Marathon. Did you #SmashTheHalf?

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  1. Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Announces First-Ever Disney Ambassador – For the first time in history, Aulani welcomed their first Disney Ambassador to represent the resort and engage our guests, cast and community. Janelle Sanqui, Aulani’s first Disney Ambassador, worked in Workforce Management at the resort and was born in Hawaii.

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  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Reopens at Disneyland ParkBig Thunder Mountain Railroad reopened at Disneyland park back in March. The enhanced attraction debuted with upgraded track, a restored Rainbow Ridge Mining Town and other surprises.

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  1. Themed Hotels Announced for Shanghai Disneyland – In November, we announced that two new themed hotels are planned as a part of Shanghai Disney Resort – the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the Toy Story Hotel.

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  1. Downtown Disney Announcements – Several announcements were made for new restaurants coming to the shopping, dining and entertainment area at Walt Disney World Resort, including three new restaurants – Morimoto Asia, THE BOATHOUSE and STK Orlando.

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  1. “Frozen Summer Fun” Debuts At Disney’s Hollywood Studios – The first official “Frozen” entertainment offerings made their debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in July. The fun included “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome” procession, For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland – and a whole lot of excited guests!

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  1. L’Aventure Totalement Toquee De Remy (Ratatouille) Attraction Opens At Disneyland Park (Paris) – This attraction, and its surrounding La Place de Rémy Courtyard, officially opened July 10, 2014.

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  1. Oswald Begins Greeting Guests At Disney California Adventure Park – This historic Disney character made his first ever appearance at a Disney Park this year. Oswald was one of Walt Disney’s first major animated characters ever developed. Learn more about him here.

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  1. “Disney Festival Of Fantasy Parade” Steps Off at Magic Kingdom Park – March 10 marked the arrival of a wonderful new daytime parade at Magic Kingdom Park. A fire-breathing Maleficent, anyone?

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  1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opens at Magic Kingdom Park – The final New Fantasyland attraction made its debut at the park on May 28. Have you seen these amazing Audio-Animatronics figures?

Which moment was your favorite? Would you add anything to our list? Let us know in the “Comments” section below!

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Year in Review: Greatest Hits from Disney Theme Park Merchandise in 2014

posted on December 30th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


This year was an exciting time for Disney Theme Park Merchandise. On behalf of my fellow author Michelle Harker and the entire merchandise team, thank you for your feedback! We loved reading your comments as new things were revealed. Below is a brief list of popular items from 2014. I’d love to know your favorite products from this past year, so please share in the comments below.

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Disney Character Mugs – This past spring, we released several new Disney character mugs. This article was one of the most popular stories of the year, particularly on Pinterest.

Disney Parks Collection By PANDORA JewelryIn August, we announced a new partnership with PANDORA Jewelry. We released a collection of hand finished sterling silver and 14K gold charms developed especially for Disney Parks.

Disney’s “Frozen” – Some of the most requested items this past year were inspired by Disney’s “Frozen.” We introduced graphic MagicBands with Anna and Elsa; Olaf-shaped candy apples, unique headware, and, of course, dresses! Guests could also visit Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, a make-over destination at Downtown Disney District in California.

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Marketplace Co-Op – In June, we opened the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. This location is a testing space for new Disney retail concepts, shops and products and contains some of my favorite places to shop like D-Tech on Demand, Disney Centerpiece or Cherry Tree Lane.

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Haunted Mansion Authentic – In the fall, more than 100 new Haunted Mansion-themed products were introduced at Disney Parks. Part of a program titled, “Haunted Mansion Authentic,” these items were inspired by characters, icons and details from this classic attraction. In August, the attraction celebrated its 45 anniversary at Disneyland park. In October, we opened Memento Mori, a Haunted Mansion shop located in Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. The new location is also home to a unique Spirit Photography experience.

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Showing Your Disney Side – Guests showed their Disney Side with products created especially for Disney Parks. We released new colors for the Disney Parks Collection by Vera Bradley. Guests loved combining pixie dust and positive energy with Alex and Ani bracelets. We also released several Dooney & Bourke handbags including some for Disney Cruise Line and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Shirts, Shirts and More Shirts – I’m sure I’m not the only one who had to clean out their closets to make room for new Disney Parks apparel. From online only tees to exercise apparel, guests had plenty of choices for attire with nods to Disney Parks.

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Why 2014 Was A Full Year of Disney Side Fun

posted on December 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In 2014, we started encouraging you to show your Disney Side – that silly, carefree side of you that lets go when you’re at a Disney Park and allows you to just have fun, whether that means wearing Mickey ears or running to get a perfect photo with Pluto.

Today, we’re taking a look back at the many ways our guests showed their Disney Side at our parks throughout the year.

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In January, we invited you to show us how your family shows their Disney Side on this website, which enabled you to build your own stick figure family – Disney style.

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We kicked off the summer season Memorial Day weekend with 24-hour Rock Your Disney Side all-night parties at Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park, and Disney California Adventure park. During the events, thousands of guests dressed to show their Disney Sides, whether pirate or princess, hero or villain.

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In August, 101 four-legged friends got a chance to show their Disney Sides when they were selected to participate in the first-ever A Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park, in which the pack of pooches dressed in their Disney best for a walk through the park.

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In September, more than 100 Disney Parks Blog readers showed their Disney Side during our “Disney Side Not-So-Scary Soiree” meet-up at Magic Kingdom Park, with guests dressing in Disney costumes for our annual Halloween event.

Also in fall, a handful of tween filmmakers got to partner with our Yellow Shoes department to share what their Disney Side would look like on film, in the “Direct Your Disney Side” series of short films. Learn more about those (and view two of the shorts in the series) here.

How will you show your Disney Side in 2015? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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January’s Gourmet Apple Makes a Sweet Return at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 26th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I have been waiting all year for the return of the delicious and oh-so-sweet gourmet apple for January. Now with less than a week to go, the countdown is officially on. Disneyland Resort candy kitchens, I’m ready for you … are you ready for me?

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The January gourmet apple has been covered in creamy caramel, enrobed in sweet milk chocolate and rolled in crushed chocolate and cream sandwich cookies. How do you top that? Well, if you’re our candy makers, you drizzle a little peanut butter and a little dark chocolate, and you add a small garnish of roasted, chopped peanuts on top. It’s almost too good to eat. But rest assured, I’ll make the sacrifice.

Look for it beginning January 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

What’s on your list of things to try in the New Year?

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Kermit Gets into the Holiday Spirit at Disneyland Park

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


It’s Christmas Eve! If you’re not in the spirit yet, I’ve got something that just might help. It combines three of my favorite things – Kermit the Frog, Disneyland park and Christmas! Take a look:

For more Disney holiday fun, visit Disney.com/Holiday for festive games, videos, crafts and more.

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Jingle Cruise All the Way at Disneyland Park

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Having sailed on several Disney cruises, one comes to expect a certain sense of style – and the Jingle Cruise in Disneyland park doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re into ugly sweaters or you’re more of a fruit cake, you’ll be “sleighed” by the hilarious, holiday highlights during this yuletide ride along the river.

Don’t miss the boat! The Jingle Cruise is sailing now through January 6.

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It’s a Holiday Hoedown at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disneyland Park

posted on December 23rd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Where can you see Santa Claus, play holiday games, enjoy holiday treats and meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their holiday best? At the Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Frontierland at Disneyland park! Check out all the fun we’ve been having this year.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Dapper Dans of Disneyland Park

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


Singing, dancing, playing their unique organ chimes and even riding a bicycle built for four is all part of a day in the life of a Dapper Dan! The Dapper Dans are an iconic part of the Main Street, U.S.A., experience at the Disneyland Resort. In this episode of “Every Role a Starring Role,” hear from Jim Campbell about what it is like to bring magic to our guests through song.

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Video Rewind: Holidays at Disneyland Park, 2009

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The holidays always make me sentimental – it’s a time to look back, not just over the past year but further back to holidays of the past. In that spirit, I wanted to take you on a look back at some of the holiday videos we shared here on the Disney Parks Blog way back in December 2009.

Valarie Sukovaty showed us how our candy makers create the hand-made candy canes that have become a holiday tradition at the Disneyland Resort.

Heather Hust Rivera took us for a look back at Disneyland park holiday decorations through the years.

In another look back that year, Valarie showed us how Disneyland park holiday parades have evolved over the years.

I hope you enjoyed this look back, and be sure to visit Holidays at the Disneyland Resort this year before it ends on January 6!

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‘Frozen’ Now Featured in Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland Park

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


Guests visiting Disneyland park will now be able to visit a miniature version of Arendelle from the hit Disney animated feature, “Frozen,” when Storybook Land Canal Boats reopens this weekend. Our chief photographer, Paul Hiffmeyer, got a special preview of this new featurette this morning, and brought back these photos for Disney Parks Blog readers!

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