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‘Celebrate Gospel’ Returns to the Disneyland Resort February 13

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


This Saturday, February 13, guest choirs from throughout Southern California will gather at Disney California Adventure park to “Celebrate Gospel” in honor of Black History Month, and the spirit and history of gospel music.

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Stop by Stage 17 in Hollywood Land from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. to hear the uplifting voices of the choirs listed below. Whether you haven’t experienced “Celebrate Gospel” before, or you are like me and it’s one of your favorite events of the year, the inspiring musical event is sure to raise your spirit!

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum (Los Angeles)
  • Harambee Prep Children’s Choir (Pasadena)
  • New Generation Choir (Santa Ana)
  • Covered Choir (Corona)
  • Ty Snow & Xtreme Purpose (Pasadena)
  • Divine Deliverance Mass Choir (Inglewood)

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Amazing Grace Conservatory (Los Angeles)
  • Voices of Praise Mass Choir (Temecula)
  • West Angeles Angelic Children’s Choir (Los Angeles)
  • Spiritual Truth (Yorba Linda)
  • Greater LA Cathedral Choir (Los Angeles)
  • LA Inner City Mass Choir (Los Angeles)
  • Destiny 24 (Compton)
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Celebrating 15 Years of Magical Moments at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


On this day 15 years ago, Disney California Adventure park opened its gates for the first time. To celebrate, I’ve highlighted some the most magical moments we captured on video. I have been fortunate enough to participate in of most of these moments, from the Grand Opening in 2001 to the opening of Cars Land in 2012, and more. If I had to pick a favorite, I really enjoyed the opening ceremony for Toy Story Midway Mania! Seeing the Green Army Men parachuting through the sky was really spectacular!

What is your favorite Disney California Adventure park memory?

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VIDEO: Join the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park this Weekend

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Happy Lunar New Year Celebration is going on now at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure park, through February 8. The event celebrates time-honored traditions of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, inviting citizens of all backgrounds to enjoy the festivities. Join Mulan and Mushu, along with friends Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Chip n’ Dale to celebrate the Year of the Monkey! Take a look at all the fun in the video below.

Join us for the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, February 5-8, from 11 am – 5 pm each day!

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Club-Level Service at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Guests interested in adding more magic – and convenience – to their next stay at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort should consider booking (or upgrading upon check-in, pending availability) to “Club Level.” What exactly does “Club Level” entail?

Well, all club-level rooms feature the wonderful amenities of our guest rooms, plus special touches including nightly turndown service and in-room DVD players. One of the coolest features is that all club-level guests have exclusive access to the hotel’s concierge club. The clubs are different at each of our three on-property hotels, but all have a dedicated concierge desk, as well as complimentary refreshments throughout the day. I’ll share an insider’s view of the lounges over the next couple of posts.

At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, club-level guests are invited to relax at the Craftsman Club, located on the sixth floor near the Great Hall elevators. The Craftsman Club feels like a spacious living room adorned with Arts and Crafts-style decor. Club guests can enjoy complimentary afternoon tea and mingle over wine and dessert while watching the fireworks!

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The Craftsman Club is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and provides guests with the following complimentary offerings:

  • Grand Beginnings (6:30-10 a.m.) – Continental breakfast bar with an assortment of fresh pastries, fruit, cereal and morning beverages.
  • Afternoon Tea (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – A selection of teas and other beverages, accompanied by a variety of goodies.
  • Grand Hours (5-7 p.m.) – Scrumptious appetizers and cheese, paired with your choice of wine and beer.
  • Sweet Endings (8-10 p.m.) – Delectable desserts and after-dinner beverages.

If you are interested in booking a club-level room at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact your local travel agent.

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Tips for a Rainy Day at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Here at the Disneyland Resort, wet weather does not put a damper on day of fun. Umbrella in hand, it’s one of my favorite times to take in the sights and sounds of the parks. Try out these activities to sprinkle extra excitement on your rainy day visit:

Gear up for the weather
If the precipitation catches you by surprise, our Disneyland Resort merchandise locations have you covered … literally! You can purchase ponchos and umbrellas in shops throughout both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. If you don’t see them on the shelves, just ask a cast member.

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park

Experience favorite indoor attractions
Galactic explorers may escape to Star Wars Launch Bay or Hyperspace Mountain in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. For a more relaxing respite from the rain, take a taxi through Monstropolis at Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! at Disney California Adventure park.

Ride your favorite attractions … again and again
Rainy days can mean more opportunities to ride your favorite attractions!

Take advantage of the unique photo opportunities
Sleeping Beauty Castle and Mickey’s Fun Wheel look lovely as ever when the skies are gray, and there are some great snapshots you can only take when it’s raining! For example, try capturing a creative shot of Flo’s V8 Café neon sign reflected on the puddles in Cars Land.

For inspiration, check out these rainy day reflection photos from Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer.

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Sing along to a show
Even in drizzly weather, the show will go on for some of our Disneyland Resort entertainment offerings! Kick back and dry off as The Laughing Stock Co. cracks jokes inside The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland. At Disney California Adventure park, catch up with Mickey Mouse and friends in “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” Be sure to check our daily entertainment guide for show times.

Discover the details in the parks
This is a great time to hunt for a hidden Mickey or enjoy the small delights scattered throughout the parks. Have you picked up one of the party line telephones and listened in on a conversation inside the Market House at Disneyland park? While exploring the Sorcerer’s Workshop at Disney California Adventure park, you will notice the portrait and rose inside the Beast’s Library mysteriously begin to change. Take a little extra time to discover some of the parks’ hidden delights.

What are your favorite ways to spend a rainy day at the Disneyland Resort?

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February 2016 Disneyland Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this February? Here’s the latest on some of the artists you can expect to find this month and some very special events you don’t want to miss!

Disneyland Park

February 5-14: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of the new Valentine-themed collection, among other fan favorites. Look for a special appearance by Doll Designer Linda Rick, February 5-7 from noon – 10 p.m. each day, at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

Disney California Adventure Park

February 6: Local Southern California artist Noah returns to Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park with a special appearance and signing from noon – 4 p.m. as we celebrate the release of his latest pieces inspired by Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Alice in Wonderland. Learn more here.

Downtown Disney District

February 6: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Nidhi Chanani, Eunjung June Kim and Jerrod Maruyama from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Also being released is the 9” Hipster Mickey Vinylmation figure by artist Jerrod Maruyama. Learn more here.

February 6-7: Take part in a special artist showcase with Nidhi Chanani from 2-5 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Gabby Zapata. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: February 6–7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27–28 from 5–9 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

Which artists are you most excited to meet?

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Elton John to Perform in ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60’ February 21 on ABC and Fans Can Join the Fun with the Disney Applause App

posted on January 27th, 2016 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is the inspiration for a glamorous, star-studded two-hour television event, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” on Sunday, Feb. 21 on the ABC Television Network.

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Hosted by two-time Emmy Award winner, Derek Hough, the special broadcast will originate from both the heart of Hollywood at the Dolby Theater and at some of the most iconic locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including Sleeping Beauty Castle, Main Street, U.S.A., and Cars Land.

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Among the special appearances during the show, one of the most successful solo artists of all time, Sir Elton John, will captivate audiences as he performs in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park by singing the Oscar®-nominated song “Circle of Life,” from Disney’s “The Lion King,” and his new song “Wonderful Crazy Night,” from his upcoming album.

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Fans watching the show at home can participate in Sir Elton’s performance and much more with the Disney Applause app, available for iOS and Android. Applause delivers a second-screen, interactive experience that will sync directly to the broadcast’s major musical segments, displaying colorful light shows and original content on viewers’ phones. Their display will be in harmony with the illuminated accessories worn by guests and elaborate lighting design during the performances.

Check back for more details on this once-in-a-lifetime television event!

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SMS Audio Hits the Perfect Note with Super Hero Sound at Disney Parks

posted on January 22nd, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It sounds like the new year will continue to surprise and delight us with new offerings from SMS Audio! Debuting this month is a collection of super hero-themed SMS Audio headphones (the official headphones of Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort) that will only be found at Disneyland Resort, Disney Springs and other select locations at the Walt Disney World Resort, before hitting national retailers this spring.

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Look for designs that resemble the high-tech armor of a certain billionaire industrialist, complete with a red headband, 3D Arc Reactor gold ear cups and black leather ear cushions.

If it’s a more covert mission, perhaps consider the black headphones that resemble a certain master of disguise, complete with red perforated ear cushions and headband. There’s no doubt it will be the “mane” attraction when you first catch a glimpse, before getting caught in its web, of course.

Finally, look for headphones designed with a royal blue finish, ear cups that are both patriotic and symbolic of an indestructible domed shield and premium perforated ear cushions styled in classic grey.

The retail price on these sleek and stylish super hero-themed SMS Audio headphones at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort is currently $99.95, plus tax. Look for them in the coming weeks at the following locations:

Disneyland Resort

Walt Disney World Resort

Which super hero-themed headphone sounds the best to you?

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Valentine’s Day Weekend Yum at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 20th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend, February 12-14, Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park has a new seasonal menu (and a Sweetheart Dinner for Two), and other Disneyland Resort restaurants are adding a little romance and lots of flavor to their menus.

Starting with Carthay Circle Restaurant, the Sweetheart Dinner for Two ($140 plus tax and gratuity) will be February 13 and 14 and include three courses: lobster and asparagus to start; Steak Florentine for two (Grilled Porterhouse of Chianti Beef) with sautéed Brussels sprouts, parsnips and bacon and roasted fingerling potatoes with Brie; and Chocolate Hearts for Two for dessert with chocolate espresso and white chocolate raspberry served tableside with warm chocolate sauce. What’s not to love?

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And if you can’t make it Valentine’s Day weekend, the restaurant’s seasonal menu includes gems on the lunch menu such as Winter Pozole with Tempura Fried Shrimp, Grilled Turkey Scaloppini, a Crispy Maple Leaf Duck Confit Salad and savory Moroccan Lamb Meatballs. The seasonal dinner menu has added Carthay Shellfish Cioppino, Artichoke Crepes, Braised Lamb Shank with Winter Bean Cassoulet and Angus Beef Delmonico with chipotle sweet potatoes.

Back to Valentine’s Day. Here’s a quick guide to goodies that are special on the menu:

Disneyland Park

  • Valentine’s Day cotton candy on the street carts, February 14 only.
  • Carnation Café is offering Surf and Turf with sirloin steak and a shrimp skewer with veggies (February 14).
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant has a Sweetheart Duet for February 14 with a bacon-wrapped filet mignon and halibut atop tomato croutons with sautéed baby spinach and roasted potatoes, served with a chardonnay dill and cognac peppercorn café au lait sauce. In addition, Blue Bayou Restaurant will offer a Sweetheart Toast which includes a souvenir champagne flute engraved with the Blue Bayou Restaurant logo, served with sparkling cider (cost is $11.95 per person).
  • Café Orleans is serving sautéed shrimp and Andouille sausage with zucchini and cherry tomatoes with linguine pasta in a cream shrimp fume (February 14).

Disney California Adventure Park, Along with Carthay Circle Restaurant (above)

  • Valentine’s Day cotton candy on the street carts, February 14 only.
  • Valentine Sundaes at Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream (February 12-14).
  • Teddy bear-shaped bread and heart-shaped bread at Mortimer’s Market, Pacific Wharf carts and Boudin Bread Cart (February 12-14). Pacific Wharf carts also will offer a valentine sugar cookie.
  • Wine Country Trattoria at Golden Vine Winery is serving a February 14 special that starts with an arugula salad, then a choice of lobster tail or surf ‘n turf with beef tenderloin and shrimp with veggies and, for dessert, ricotta cannoli with a berry compote. The winery’s Alfresco Tasting Terrace will have a dessert sampler on February 14 with a vanilla fruit tart, raspberry macaroon and tiramisu paired with a sparkling wine.

Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

  • Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel will offer a special three-course dinner paired with wines February 13-16. Start with shrimp and scallop cassoulet with fried artichoke and lobster cream; for the main course, broiled filet mignon with morel mushroom fettuccine and asparagus; and for dessert, raspberry-white chocolate crunch cake. (The same special is available in The Lounge at Steakhouse 55.)
  • On February 14, Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will showcase Chef Andrew Sutton’s Four-Course Country Valentine’s Day Dinner (available with a wine flight).
  • Next door on February 14, Storyteller’s Cafe will offer a bacon-wrapped filet mignon with a Cabernet reduction and lobster-sun-dried tomato risotto.
  • At Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on February 14, PCH Grill’s tasting stations will include seafood saute station, carving station with beef, a wood-fired pizza station, mini-taco station and mac ‘n cheese bar. Other hot and cold stations offer everything from pan-seared chicken breast to heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella and a build-your-own salad. And special sweets just for your valentine.

For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

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Discover the Real World Research Behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ‘Zootopia’ in a New Exhibit Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on January 20th, 2016 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


In Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll soon be able to explore a new exhibit that delves into some of the behind-the-scenes research that went into the production of Disney’s upcoming comedic adventure “Zootopia.”

At Walt Disney Animation Studios, the journey in making every film begins with research. In order to create the rich and engaging modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia and its wide variety of animal inhabitants, the filmmakers spent 18 months studying animals and their habitats. Their very first stop was Disney’s Animal Kingdom in March 2014, where they worked closely with the park’s team of animal care professionals.

“Research is such an important part of every animated film we make at Disney, and for ‘Zootopia’ our research began at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to meet with some of the best animal experts in the world,” said Clark Spencer, the Oscar®-nominated producer of “Zootopia.” “Everything that we learned about animal behaviors, personalities and movement our artists incorporated into the world of ‘Zootopia,’ and to now be able to share those discoveries and influences with the guests at the park is truly a full circle moment.”

The ‘Zootopia’ exhibit opens January 29 inside Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Beginning this week, you can also catch our special sneak preview of scenes from “Zootopia,” giving you an advance look at several clips from the upcoming film. The sneak peek opens as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, January 21, and comes to the Bug’s Life Theater at Disney California Adventure park this Friday, January 22.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4 in 3D.

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