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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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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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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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A Unique Point of View: Redwood Creek Slide at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

posted on September 10th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort, the pool area is set amid woodsy grounds and rugged boulders. The Redwood Pool features the Redwood Creek Slide, a 90-foot-long waterslide that curves around a giant Redwood tree stump. As we did with the Monorail Pool slides at Disneyland Hotel, our talented video team and friendly lifeguards helped create a unique point of view of sliding down the Redwood Creek Slide. Enjoy the video below!

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All New ‘Frozen’-Inspired Stage Musical Coming to Disney California Adventure Park in 2016

posted on September 9th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Disney’s blockbuster musical “Frozen” has become a true phenomenon around the world and soon, the story of “Frozen” will come to spectacular life in an all-new theatrical production in summer 2016 at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park.


This new show will immerse you in the world of “Frozen” as never before, with elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects and surprising scenic transformations.

“Our stage production of ‘Frozen’ will stay true to the heart and soul of the film,” says Dana Harrel, Portfolio Creative Entertainment Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Anna and Elsa will carry the audience on an emotional journey that includes show-stopping production numbers and a few unique theatrical twists. We can’t wait for everyone to see it!”

With a new show set to open at the Hyperion Theater, it’s time for Aladdin to make his final wish and set the Genie free, as the cast of the award-winning “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” prepares to take its final curtain call on January 10, 2016 after nearly 14,000 shows.


“Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” has taken millions of guests wonder by wonder since its debut in January 2003, bringing with it such fantastic theatrical delights as Aladdin’s entrance on the elephant, a magic carpet ride over the audience, an original song by Alan Menken and the ever-evolving, tour-de-force performance of the wise-cracking Genie. To this day, the incredible talent of the show’s captivating cast has made every turn a surprise, every moment red letter.

“Thanks to our amazing cast and the many, many fans, ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ has enjoyed a longer run at Disney California Adventure park than we could have ever imagined,” said Kris Theiler, Vice President of Operations for Disney California Adventure park. “Today, we are excited to share more exciting news about another story that will soon come to life for guests at the Hyperion Theater. With larger-than-life musical numbers, wondrous scenery and lovable characters, ‘Frozen’ will begin entertaining guests in 2016.”

“Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” is scheduled to be performed several times daily through January 10, 2016, so fans of the show still have plenty of opportunities left to catch a magic carpet ride to Agrabah. Additionally, the Broadway production of “Aladdin” continues its successful run in New York. Stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog in the coming months for details on how we plan to celebrate the Disney California Adventure park favorite before, as Genie says, he’s “outta here!”

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Happy Birthday to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

posted on September 5th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

On this day in Disney history, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit made his on-screen debut in the 1927 short “Trolley Troubles.”

Created by Walt Disney and (now Disney Legend) Ub Iwerks, Oswald was Walt’s first hit animated character, who appeared in 26 shorts and was so popular that Oswald became the first Disney character to inspire a merchandise line. Unfortunately, Oswald was lost to another company in a business deal in 1928. But the loss of Oswald went on to be a blessing in disguise, however, as losing his most successful character yet motivated Walt Disney to create Mickey Mouse, who debuted on screen in late 1928.


The Walt Disney Company regained the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in 2006, and in the years since, he’s begun greeting guests at Tokyo DisneySea and Disney California Adventure park. He can also be found on merchandise at Disney Parks around the globe.


In addition to his theme park success, Oswald continues to be a fan favorite, especially for those who love Disney history. In 2013, Disney Parks Blog readers voted Oswald as the #1 character they wanted our fellow author and artist, Will Gay, to feature as the subject of his latest downloadable wallpaper. (To get the wallpaper, click on the image above – be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it).

And in honor of Oswald’s birthday, we’d like to share with you our popular “Learn to Draw” tutorial so you can learn how you can bring this historic character to life yourself! Check it out below.

Want to learn to draw other Disney characters? Check out our full list of tutorials below.

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It’s an Endless Summer at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney California Adventure Park

posted on September 3rd, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

If your summer vacation has passed you by without a chance to enjoy the great outdoors, fear not! Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney California Adventure park is open year-round to Wilderness Explorers of all ages. I recently camped out in the creek to give you a glimpse of the scenic sites found in this majestic redwood forest. Relax and enjoy!

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration September Pin Releases

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

If you have been collecting the Diamond Decades pins for the past several months at the Disneyland Resort, be sure to mark your calendars as final releases in this series are set to debut this month. On September 10, add to your collection with Cars Land, Soarin’, Star Tours and Toy Story Mania.


On September 17, look for additional releases from the series including “Fantasmic!,” Grizzly River Run and Paradise Pier.


Pins will be available to purchase on their release dates at the following locations:

Which Diamond Decades pin is your favorite?

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