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New ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Ornament Set Debuts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

If you are a fan of the new “Paint the Night” parade, which debuted as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, then keep reading because I have no doubt that you will want to add this new ear hat ornament set to your collection!


I had the chance to chat with Merchandiser Roger Dressen, who shared some details on the creation of this new collection. “‘Paint the Night’ parade is such a magical experience for our guests, with its dazzling array of color and light,” said Roger. “By creating a set of five ornaments, it allowed us to capture a variety of key moments from the nighttime spectacular as well as beloved Disney characters such as Sorcerer Mickey, Mike and Sulley, Tinker Bell, “The Little Mermaid” (Ariel and King Triton) and Belle. My favorite feature of all … they actually light up!”

This set will retail $150, plus tax, and can be found at the following locations in mid-October 2015.

Which ornament is your favorite?

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Imagineers Team Up with CAL FIRE to Create Story of Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Grizzly Peak Airfield takes Disney California Adventure park guests into California’s High Sierras and tells the story of the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests. To create the story of Grizzly Peak Airfield, Walt Disney Imagineering turned to the experts at CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), even visiting Hemet-Ryan Airfield in California for research. Since this is Fire Prevention Week, I thought this would be the perfect time to share this story with you here on the Disney Parks Blog.


Soon after Grizzly Peak Airfield opened, two of the CAL FIRE officers who worked closely with Imagineers on the project – Captain Richard Cordova and Captain Lucas Spelman – visited the land with the Walt Disney Imagineering team they had inspired. They are pictured in the photo above with Ray Spencer, Brian Scholz and Carolyn Gardner – part of the creative team responsible for bringing the area to life.


I recently had the chance to ask Captain Cordova and Captain Spelman about the experience of helping create a land at Disney California Adventure park.

What role did you play in helping Walt Disney Imagineering create the story of Grizzly Peak Airfield?

Captain Cordova: I shared my knowledge of the fire service from the 1950s-1960s – both ground attack and air attack. We gave them period-specific articles to display throughout the area, donated by our CAL FIRE museum, including old pictures and manuals from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Our biggest contribution has been the continued knowledge of CAL FIRE, United States Forest Service and other fire departments.

Captain Spelman: My role was to bring to life our knowledge and love for our career, bring forth our rich history and to evaluate Grizzly Peak Airfield as it related to our profession. Let me just say that this was an experience that truly was incredible.

What did you show the Imagineers on their research visit to Hemet-Ryan Airfield that made its way into the new land?

Captain Cordova: We gave them a tour of the airbase, sharing with them the history and showing them our aircraft: Airtankers S2-T, Airattack OV-10 Bronco and the Super Huey Helicopter. During the tour we got a fire dispatch, so they got to see the aircraft in action. We also had lunch at Bambi’s Café down the street, which is where the Imagineers got a lot of their ideas for Smokejumpers Grill.

Captain Spelman: I enjoy the Mt. Muir Lookout at Grizzly Peak Airfield. This was based on our traffic control tower, which was also a lookout tower before it was placed into service at CAL FIRE Ryan Air Attack Base. I also loved the gear lockers that were placed between Humphrey’s and the restrooms. This is where some of the items from our CAL FIRE museum were placed. I was just taken aback by the time put into every last item placed throughout the this beautiful area.

What is your favorite detail in Grizzly Peak Airfield?

Captain Cordova: Wow, that’s a hard question – it’s all amazing. It’s great how the Imagineers can take some information from a tour and from us and turn it into a land.

Captain Spelman: My favorite detail of this area has to be the flow from Grizzly River Run to Grizzly Peak Airfield, with Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in the background. It brings me back to my childhood, when my family would travel to parks throughout the state. The trees, the park signs, the lighting all come together to really bring the experience back to me.


Which of your own personal items are inside the lockers at Grizzly Peak Airfield? How were they chosen?

Captain Cordova: The old fire equipment, axes, nozzles and Nomex. The best part is having my name in the locker.

Captain Spelman: The lockers will always have a special place in my heart. There are two brass firefighting nozzles that I had picked up from a local garage sale. One was what we call a “combination nozzle” and the other a “straight stream nozzle.” I was never sure what I was going to use them for, but I could tell they had done some firefighting and needed a good home. Well, when the Imagineers said they would like additional items from the fire department, I knew just the pieces to be considered for Grizzly Peak Airfield. Although there are many items from our CAL FIRE museum in these lockers, the two nozzles will always be personal for me.


As Annual Passholders, what does the park mean to you and what does this land in particular mean to you with its new theming?

Captain Cordova: I can’t tell how much I love going to the parks with my family. It’s my getaway from everyday life. Now having a little part in Grizzly Peak makes it even more special for me. It’s nice that Disney has showcased our State Parks and the men and women of the fire service. It was an honor for me to work with the Imagineers.

Captain Spelman: My family and I have been Annual Passholders since 2003 and just love the Disney experience. Being involved with this project is a Disney fan’s dream come true. Grizzly Peak Airfield will always be a special place for me.

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25th Annual CHOC Walk in the Park Returns to the Disneyland Resort on October 11

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

On Sunday, Oct. 11, the 25th annual CHOC Walk in the Park supporting CHOC Children’s will return to the Disneyland Resort during the Diamond Celebration.

Since its inception, CHOC Walk in the Park has raised nearly $23 million for CHOC Children’s, supporting a variety of patient and family programs, as well as education, research, and the development of the latest technologies to advance the health of CHOC patients.

Here are the top three ways you can help support CHOC Walk this year:

1. Sleep in and make a difference as a “sleeping bear”
Registering as a “sleeping bear” is a great way to raise funds and earn CHOC Walk rewards all while sleeping in on Sunday morning.

2. Party with your ‘ohana at the CHOC Walk Ambassador’s Luau at the Disneyland Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 10
Have you practiced your hula dancing lately? This new event is hosted by the CHOC Ambassadors, six courageous children who represent all the other children at CHOC and their medical journeys. Enjoy live Polynesian entertainment, luau-inspired food, face painting, a silent auction and more. The CHOC Walk Ambassador’s Luau will take place from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom in the Disneyland Hotel.

3. Put on your walking shoes and join us at the CHOC Walk on Sunday, Oct. 11
The walk covers three miles through Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, where you’ll get a special peek at the magic of the Disneyland Resort before the parks open to the general public.

Tickets and registration for these events are available at If you are joining us for these events, share your experience with #CHOCWalk!

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Preview Scenes from DisneyŸ•Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ at Disney Parks Starting October 16

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Imagine if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct. That’s the premise behind Disney•ŸPixar’s epic adventure, “The Good Dinosaur,” coming to theaters this Thanksgiving.

Beginning October 16, guests visiting Disney Parks will be able to catch a preview of scenes from “The Good Dinosaur” in sneak peeks planned for Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

At Disney California Adventure park, “The Good Dinosaur” preview will be presented at the Bug’s Life Theater with special in-theater effects. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get to see this advance look at clips from the film, as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction on Mickey Avenue.

In “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Directed by Peter Sohn (“Partly Cloudy”) and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), DisneyŸ•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on November 25, 2015.

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Reservations Open Today for Thanksgiving Day Dining at Disneyland Resort

posted on September 29th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

It’s countdown to turkey time, and the Disneyland Resort chefs are planning some extra-special dining for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26. Here’s where you’ll find the big bird in the theme parks and hotels. For reservations, visit or call 714-781-DINE.


The biggest celebration is from noon-5 p.m. at the Disneyland Hotel ballroom, where the annual fall harvest includes Thanksgiving favorites such as carved roasted breast of turkey and prime rib, served with homemade stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, fresh cranberry-orange relish and smashed potatoes and gravy. You’ll also find salads, artisan cheeses, smoked salmon and cured meats, poached shrimp and king crab legs. Desserts include pumpkin and pecan pies, tarts, cookies, chocolate mousse and a chocolate fountain. Fall harvest buffet is $76.99; also a special buffet just for ages 3 to 9, $27.99.

Here’s your guide to Thanksgiving Day dining throughout the Disneyland Resort:

Disneyland Park

  • Carnation Café: Slow-roasted turkey with turkey-bourbon gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, apple-cranberry stuffing, cranberry-orange relish, veggies and a dinner roll.
  • Plaza Inn: Slow-roasted turkey with traditional turkey gravy and sage dressing, mashed potatoes, veggies and a dinner roll.
  • River Belle Terrace “Fantasmic!” Dinner: Slow-roasted turkey breast with stuffing, roasted garlic-thyme mashed potatoes, home-style gravy, veggies, cornbread and cranberry relish.
  • French Market Restaurant: Slow-roasted turkey breast with andouille sausage stuffing, Market potatoes, home-style gravy, veggies, artisan bread and cranberry relish. Also pumpkin pie.
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant: Slow-roasted turkey roulade with focaccia stuffing, roasted garlic, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, Cognac turkey gravy and cranberry relish.
  • Harbour Galley: Turkey tortilla soup simmered with roasted corn and black beans.
  • Café Orleans: Slow-roasted turkey breast with cornbread and giblet stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes, veggies, home-style gravy and cranberry relish.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Mortimer’s Market: Turkey-shaped sourdough bread.
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant: Receive a voucher for “World of Color” preferred viewing with your choice of Carthay Circle Salad with heirloom apples, roasted walnuts, winter greens, bacon, dates and creamy citrus vinaigrette or Cinderella Pumpkin Broth with lemongrass-cilantro grilled chicken, caramelized onion and Tuscan kale. Entrée added: grilled Sierra free-range turkey with a Poblano chile and mushroom tamale, and creamed corn with turkey jus. Dessert, also a la carte, is crunchy butterscotch pie with cashews, holiday Chantilly and caramel.
  • Wine Country Trattoria: Herb-roasted turkey breast with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, herb focaccia stuffing, seasonal vegetables and orange-cranberry sauce. Also pumpkin pie.
  • Boudin Bread Cart at Pacific Wharf: Turkey-shaped sourdough bread
  • Pacific Wharf Café: Turkey pot pie soup in a bread bowl; pumpkin spice bread pudding.
  • Flo’s V8 Café: Rotisserie-roasted turkey breast with mashed potatoes, stuffing, veggies and 0range-cranberry sauce.
  • Ariel’s Grotto: Slow-roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy, apple stuffing, orange-cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and veggies (includes voucher for “World of Color” preferred viewing).
  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta: Pumpkin pie.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Storytellers Café: Dinner buffet with salads and fresh fruit, roasted corn chowder, hand-carved turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, hand-carved beef, pan-seared salmon, pork loin, candied yams, sourdough bread stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, green beans. Also holiday desserts include pumpkin and pecan pies, bread pudding with vanilla sauce, chocolate pate, dulce de leche pot de crème.
  • Napa Rose: Chef Andrew Sutton’s Four-Course Wine Country Feast (wine flight also available); reservations and information, 714-300-7170.

Disneyland Hotel

  • Steakhouse 55: Starter course – butternut squash soup with crispy shredded skirt steak and maple clabbered cream; Entrée – roasted turkey Wellington, brioche stuffing, cranberry, Swiss chard, wild mushroom gravy; Dessert – trio of sweet potato mousse parfait, pecan cake pop and pumpkin whoopie pie. Wine pairings available. Also available in the Steakhouse 55 Lounge.
  • Goofy’s Kitchen: Turkey and herb stuffing will be added to the buffet brunch, along with turkey gravy, sweet potatoes and tortellini with pumpkin cream sauce.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

  • Disney’s PCH Grill: Dinner Buffet – Cold selections include salads, heirloom tomato-mozzarella topped with creamy pesto & aged balsamic reduction, roasted potato salad with creamy mustard dressing. Hot selections include fried chicken, roasted sustainable fish, sausage and herb stuffing, roasted garden vegetables, mini smashed potatoes with cheddar cheese, spice-rubbed pork shoulder. On the carving station, herb-marinated roast and oven-roasted turkey breast are served with beef au jus, creamy horseradish, cranberry relish and brown gravy. Traditional holiday desserts include pumpkin pie, chocolate pecan pie, apple pie, chestnut-apricot flight, vanilla caramel and cranberry jelly, molten chocolate hazelnut crumb cake.

Note: Disney characters will not be in attendance for Thanksgiving meals served at Storytellers Café and Disney’s PCH Grill.

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Disneyland Resort Event Snapshot – October 2015

posted on September 24th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

It’s going to be October! Where has the time gone? If you are looking to add a bit of Fall fun to your calendar, here’s a look at some of the Disney Theme Park Merchandise events taking place this coming month at the Disneyland Resort!


October 3: Artist Noah returns this month to the Disneyland Resort with a special appearance and signing from 2–5 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

October 3-4: Look for special appearances by Edward Allen from Haunted Memories, who will be setting up shop inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District on October 3–4 and 24–25 from 2-5 p.m., each day. Learn more here.

October 10: Join us for an artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Jeff Granito, Dave Quiggle and Javier Soto from 3-5 p.m. Learn more here.


October 16–18: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing October 16–18 and 23–25, from noon – 10 p.m., each day at China Closet in Disneyland park, as we celebrate the releases of some of the newest dolls in her collection, among other fan favorites. Learn more here.

October 17: Take part in a special book signing with authors Don Hahn and Tracey Miller-Zarneke, who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of their newest book, Before Ever After from 9–11 a.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

October 17-18: Meet artists Beth and Mark Brickey from Hero Handmade Goods, who will be on hand for a special artist showcase, signing and demonstration from 2-5 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.


Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Miss Mindy. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: October 3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 30 from 6:30-10 p.m. Learn more here.

One final reminder – If you are a fan of the Diamond Celebration Decades series and have been collecting it since its debut, the 1975-1984 Decade, which includes a T-shirt, mug, plate, deluxe print and pin, is available now.

Which event are you most excited for?

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A Unique Point of View: California Streamin’ Slide at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

posted on September 23rd, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

If you’re a fan of California Screamin’ at Disney California Adventure park, you’ll love the California Streamin’ slide at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Set on top of the boardwalk-inspired, rooftop pool, the slide resembles a classic, beachside roller coaster. The longest slide at any of our resort hotels, California Streamin’ is 186 feet of total wipeout!

For a fun perspective, check the video below!

Now that you’ve seen the slides at each of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort from a unique point of view (Disneyland Hotel pool slides here and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa pool slide here), which one is your favorite?

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Continues Through September 5, 2016

posted on September 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

For the past few months, we’ve been celebrating sixty years of the Happiest Place on Earth with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Featuring the all-new “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” as well as special food and merchandise, the celebration has also brought a special sparkle throughout the Disneyland Resort – including a diamond-encrusted Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Today, I’m excited to tell you that the celebration will continue to dazzle guests through September 5, 2016. That means you’ve still got time to experience all the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration has to offer!

There have been countless moments of happiness here at the Disneyland Resort through the past sixty years … take a look at sixty seconds of happiness we’ve captured in the video below.

Join the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, now through September 5, 2016!

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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, Editorial Content 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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