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‘Paint the Night’ at Disneyland Resort is First Disney Parks Parade to Offer Audio Description and Handheld Captioning for Guests with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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If you have seen “Paint the Night,” you know that the parade illuminates Disneyland Resort with more than 1.5 million LED lights, bringing music, magic and brilliant color to our guests. What you may not know is that for the first time Disney engineers have made the parade available through both Audio Description and Handheld Captioning, making the new nighttime spectacular a more inclusive and memorable experience for guests with visual or hearing disabilities.

This service works by providing guests a small, handheld device that utilizes Disney-patented, wireless technology which enables the device to know its location in the park and triggers pre-programmed actions. For example, during “Paint the Night,” guests with visual disabilities who use the device hear descriptions of the visual elements of the parade. The device receives signals from each parade float as it passes by, prompting it to play pre-recorded audio that describes the float. The device, available at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A., and offered at no cost with a refundable deposit, also provides amplified audio for assistive listening.

Disneyland Resort continues to offer these and other services for guests with disabilities for several shows and spectaculars, including “World of Color – Celebrate!” in Disney California Adventure park and “Fantasmic!” in Disneyland park.

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Take Part in the ‘Looking for Mickey Quest’ at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 13th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


This July, take part in the “Looking for Mickey Quest”! Beginning July 16, while Quest Guide supplies last, search for hidden Mickeys throughout the Disneyland Resort.

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Two Ways to Play and How it Works!
There will be a “Looking for Mickey Quest” themed to both Disneyland park and to Disney California Adventure park. The locations, clues, hidden Mickeys and surprises for each Quest will vary. Purchase a Quest Guide from one of the parks and follow the clues that will direct you to the location where each hidden Mickey can be found. Once you arrive at the location, scratch off the answer to reveal if you have found the hidden Mickey. Whether your answers are right or wrong, return with your Quest Guide to the redemption location to pick up a surprise.

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The Disneyland park “Looking for Mickey Quest” Guide has twenty (20) questions and can be purchased for $19.95, plus tax, at the following locations: Disneyana, Gag Factory, Pieces of Eight and Star Trader. Quest Guide comes with a specially themed lanyard. Available while supplies last. No discounts apply. Limit TWO (2) per guest.

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The Disney California Adventure park “Looking for Mickey Quest” Guide has ten (10) questions and can be purchased for $12.95, plus tax at the following locations: Elias & Co., Off the Page, Oswald’s, Radiator Springs Curios and Tees, Hats and Tattoos. Quest Guide comes with a specially themed lanyard. Available while supplies last. No discounts apply. Limit TWO (2) per Guest.

Whether you choose to search for the hidden Mickeys or not, return with your “Looking for Mickey Quest” Guide to the respective redemption location before July 31, 2015, to pick up your surprise. Note: The Quest Guide must be redeemed at the redemption location within that specific park. The surprise will vary based on which quest and which park you decide to conquer.

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Theme park admission is not included, however is required to participate in this event. Event is not subject to discounts. Event information subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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Shopper’s Guide to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Releases in July

posted on July 10th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


On July 13-17, be prepared to add more sparkle to your Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration merchandise collection. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know before you go shopping at the Disneyland Resort.

July 13

Dooney & Bourke, HARVEYS

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Limited Edition Aurora Doll

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Disney Dream Collection (Diamond Castle Pendant, Sterling Silver Sleeping Beauty Castle Necklace)

  • Disneyland park – New Century Jewelry
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

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July 16

Birthday Collection

  • Disneyland park – Emporium, Star Trader
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

Limited Edition Pins

July 17

Vinylmation (Crystal Limited Edition, Blind Box, Signs Eachez)

  • Downtown Disney District – D Street (opens at 8 a.m.)

Have you added the Tinker Bell – Disneyland Park Map limited edition cel to your collection yet? This newly released cel is limited to an edition size of 1000 and is available at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park. Learn more.

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Here are a few other things to know before you go: Purchasing limits will apply to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and Birthday Collection Merchandise. If you’re curious as to what that entails, items considered limited edition will be limited to two (2) per guest, per day, per item. Open edition items, will be limited to five (5) per guest, per day, per item.

Let us know which shops you plan to visit in the comments below!

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A Look Back at ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park

It’s been more than 30 years since Walt Disney Pictures released “TRON,” but it wasn’t that long ago that Disney California Adventure park guests stepped into the Grid themselves during the nighttime dance party, ElecTRONica. Let’s take a look back at this guest favorite.

ElecTRONica Event at Disney California Adventure Park

Video, projections and lasers welcomed Programs (or guests, if you’re not familiar with Grid lingo) through the portal and into the world of “TRON: LEGACY.”

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Remember LASERMAN? He was there, with his stunning performance that combined music, lights and lasers.

End of Line Club

End of Line Club was a popular spot for Programs to recharge, serving a variety of themed beverages.

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And of course there was my favorite part of ElecTRONica, Flynn’s Arcade, which featured classic ‘80s arcade games.

What was your favorite part of ElecTRONica? Rez in and share yours in the comments.

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New Pins Debut for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on July 8th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s the summer of sparkle as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration! So what else do I have to dazzle you with? How about pins? Each month through September new limited edition pins from the Diamond Decades series honoring favorite attractions, characters and icons from past and present will debut. I asked Merchandiser Erin Catalano how the series of twenty-three Diamond Decades pins came about, here’s what she had to say.

“Our Disney Parks see constant change and evolution; we referred to a quote from Walt Disney stating, ‘Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world’ — that single quote sparked the idea for the entire collection.”

Available July 9 will be pins themed to Jungle Cruise, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” Sleeping Beauty Castle and Storybook Land Canal Boats. Note: Edition sizes on the Diamond Decades pins vary.

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Releasing the same day will be the bi-monthly Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder pin themed to “Alice in Wonderland.” Check it out!

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On July 16, the Diamond Decades collection continues to grow with limited edition pins themed to King Arthur Carrousel, Main Street, U.S.A., and the Mad Tea Party.

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Also being offered on July 16 is the final pin in the Countdown series – a limited release birthday collection logo pin, and a jumbo pin (edition size 1000).*

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

*Tip: The Jumbo Pin will only be available to purchase at Little Green Men Store Command and Disney’s Pin Traders. The limited release birthday collection logo pin will also be available to purchase at additional locations other than those listed above, including Emporium and The Star Trader in Disneyland Park; Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park and World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.

Please keep in mind wristband distribution guidelines will apply to these releases. Wristbands are distributed near Rainforest Café in the Downtown Disney District around 7 a.m. unless otherwise determined.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Aviator at Soarin’ Over California at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Welcome aboard, flight enthusiasts! I’m Kevin, your in-flight entertainment for the next 3-4 minutes. As many of you know, we immerse our guests in the rich history and vibrant surroundings of the state of California when they visit Disney California Adventure park here at Disneyland Resort. As an Aviator at Soarin’ Over California, Ryan Adams has the unique role of preparing guests for an exhilarating flight through some of these iconic sights, sounds and smells of California — all within a few minutes! We now invite you to sit back, buckle your seat belts and remain seated as we prepare for lift off into this episode of “Every Role a Starring Role!”

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Birthday Collection Coming Soon

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Disney fans, do I have an exciting tip for you! On July 16, look for a special commemorative birthday collection to debut at select locations as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. The collection will include adult tees, a mug, magnet, keychain, button set with zipper pouch, toothpick holder as well as a pin. Most items will feature the July 17, 1955, and July 17, 2015, dates. As you can see the navy blue tee, has a gothic ‘D’ screened on the front with the birthday collection logo on the back. Tip: This particular t-shirt will come in the commemorative cinch bag seen here. Take a look!

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Also debuting as part of the collection will be a teal, foil embellished ladies logo tee and grey ‘D60’ tee for men.

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Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, keep an eye out for a t-shirt designed just for you! This light-blue birthday collection logo tee features a silver-screened ‘60’ and an Annual Passholder name drop. Tip: This tee also comes in a commemorative cinch bag.

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If you’re wondering about the pins, keep watching the Disney Parks Blog; I’ll be covering all of the details on pins releasing this July very soon.

The birthday collection will be available to purchase at the following locations, while supplies last: Emporium and Star Trader in Disneyland park; Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park; and World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Shopping Tip: The magnet, keychain and button set will only be available at Disneyland park locations (Emporium and Star Trader).

Not able to make it to the Disneyland Resort? Look for a special online opportunity to purchase the birthday collection logo tee with cinch bag and Annual Passholder tee with cinch bag, available for a limited time only, July 17-23 at DisneyStore.com/ParksEvents.

How are you planning to celebrate?

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‘Ant-Man’ Star Paul Rudd Surprises Fans at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last week, actor Paul Rudd, star of the upcoming adventure film “Ant-Man,” visited the Disneyland Resort with his family and stopped to check out the exclusive sneak peek of the film now showing at Disney California Adventure park.

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Outside the Bug’s Life Theater, Paul surprised a group of young fans dressed in their favorite Super Hero costumes!

You can see our newest Super Hero for yourself when “Ant-Man” opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

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S’Mores Are a Treat This July at the Disneyland Resort

posted on June 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Fans of our S’mores gourmet apple, prepare yourselves – this summer is about to get even better as we “treat” you to a few other surprises from our candy kitchens at the Disneyland Resort! Our candy makers have come up with some new concoctions inspired by some of your favorite gourmet apple flavors. Joining the S’mores apple for the month of July will be a similarly themed (and tasty) marshmallow wand, crispy treat and bark.

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The gourmet apple and marshmallow wand are dipped in caramel and milk chocolate, then carefully layered with graham crackers and toasted mini marshmallows. You’ll notice that the crispy treat is prepared almost identically, without the caramel. How could we possibly top all of that? With milk chocolate drizzle, of course!

Looking for something with a bit more “bark” than bite?

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The S’mores bark is made of milk chocolate and marshmallow, topped with graham cracker pieces as well as toasted mini marshmallows.

You won’t have to “camp out” to enjoy these new treats – look for them beginning July 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., and Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which one will you try first?

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Celebrating the Fourth of July at Disneyland Resort

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues all summer long, honoring 60 years of the Happiest Place on Earth, and on July 4th we’ll also be saluting 239 years of the United States of America with some special Independence Day entertainment.

'DISNEYLAND FOREVER' SPARKLES IN THE NIGHT SKY -- 'Disneyland Forever,' a new fireworks spectacular at the Disneyland Resort, illuminates the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle. 'Disneyland Forever' transports guests into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar films through traditional pyrotechnics, innovative projection mapping technology and surprising special effects. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

  • Disneyland park – “Disneyland Forever,” the all-new street-to-sky fireworks spectacular, will be presented July 4 at 9:30 p.m. Following the show on that night only will be a patriotic, pyrotechnic grand finale to celebrate America’s birthday.
  • Disney California Adventure park – On July 4, a special pyrotechnic water display will be presented at the start of all three performances of the new “World of Color – Celebrate!” at 9 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
  • Military Bands – Several outstanding Air Force and Marine bands will be performing at locations throughout the Disneyland Resort, from July 2–6. Be sure to check out Kevin’s original post for all the details!

Who’s ready for some red, white and blue?!

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