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A Special Holiday Treat from Our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers

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


Each month, I love giving you an inside look at delicious treats prepared in our Disneyland Resort candy kitchens! We recently had a chance to meet up with Master Candy Maker Rob Mc Hargue, who shared some magical tricks and tips on how you can create some of this year’s favorite holiday treats at home, including the peppermint-infused candy-coated apple and winter crispy. Take a look!

Special Fun Fact: Did you know that Rob has been a Candy Maker at the Disneyland Resort for more than 41 years? The next time you visit any of our candy kitchens at the Disneyland Resort including Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., or Hunny Spot in Critter Country at Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park or Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney District, see what kind of magic our Candy Makers are creating.

What is your favorite treat to make for the holidays?

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Expanded Cove Bar Now Open at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 23rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


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Here at Disney Parks, we’re always looking for ways to make a great experience even better. Now the popular Cove Bar at Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure park has been expanded to offer more seating for our guests.

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From this expanded alfresco patio, you can sit back and enjoy those famous Lobster Nachos while you watch guests take off from the launch zone on nearby California Screamin’. The Cove Bar will continue to serve the delicious bites and cocktails you love, so stop by on your next visit to Disney California Adventure park!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Guest Talent Coordinator for Special Events Such as Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

posted on December 22nd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Guest Talent Coordinator Danny Gaitan hosts guest performers at the Disneyland Resort during special events such as runDisney race weekends and holiday celebrations. Danny says he creates magic not only for our guests who experience the performances, but also for the performers who get the opportunity to entertain on a world-class stage.

Danny currently supports Disney ¡Viva Navidad! in Disney California Adventure park. The celebration of Latino culture and holiday traditions is one of my favorite holiday offerings at the Disneyland Resort, and I especially enjoy watching the dancers that Danny brings in for the event. I hope you will enjoy meeting Danny and learning about his role in this “Every Role a Starring Role!

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By the Numbers: Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we put some numbers on the holiday cheer at Disneyland park, and today I’m back with some festive figures for Disney California Adventure park!

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9 – Height in feet of Sally’s traffic-cone Christmas tree in Cars Land

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50 – Performers in “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” at Paradise Garden

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2,000 – Square feet of snow play area at Olaf’s Snow Fest in Hollywood Land

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3,000 – Multi-colored LED lights on the Buena Vista Street Christmas tree

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Tips from a Disneyland Resort Photographer

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Whether you are a social media shutterbug, crafty scrapbooker or the photog of the family, no Disney vacation is complete without plenty of pictures documenting your adventures! To help make the most of your theme park snapping, we’ve asked our talented Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer to dish out his best tips for capturing magical moments at the Disneyland Resort. Consider these helpful hints next time you are making memories in the parks:

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New View of Sleeping Beauty Castle

  • When you’re photographing people, bring them closer to the camera. For instance, positioning them on the walkway of Sleeping Beauty Castle automatically brings them closer to you.
  • Try shooting Sleeping Beauty Castle from a different angle, such as to the right or left of the forecourt walkway.
  • Since Sleeping Beauty Castle is centrally located, come back at different times of the day to test different lighting conditions.

Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Capturing the Beauty of Cars Land

  • The best place to capture the scenery of the mountain range at Radiator Springs Racers is on the pathway next to Flo’s V8 Café, heading toward the arch by Pacific Wharf.
  • For a new perspective of Route 66, try shooting from the steps of the Blue Sky Cellar.

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Ideal Lighting in the Parks

  • Try to avoid taking photos of people when the sun is straight above you, as it casts shadows on their faces. This is a better time to take photos of the attractions and icons.
  • If it is very bright outside, use the HDR setting on your phone’s camera to enhance the exposure.

Mickey’s Fun Wheel in Disney California Adventure. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney)

Some of Paul’s Favorite Shots

  • Paul’s favorite group photo location is at the steps of Paradise Park (“World of Color” viewing area) with Mickey’s Fun Wheel in the background.
  • He says that Cars Land makes a great photo subject any time of the day – especially at night because of how many interesting things there are to photograph, such as the vibrant neon lights and orange glow of the mountains.

Memorable Disney Character Interactions

  • Be sure to capture the interactions between a child and the Disney Character before taking the posed photo. That is where you will find the most genuine smiles and reactions.
  • Get the entire family in the photo! Disney’s PhotoPass Photographers are more than happy to help take pictures so mom and dad can meet the characters too.

You can look to the Disney Parks Blog photography tag to inspire your next great shot. Our official Disneyland Resort Instagram account features fantastic photos that guests have taken all around the resort. Be sure to tag your photos with #disneyland when you share them.

Happy snapping!

What tips do you have for taking photos at Disney Parks?

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Six Reasons to Celebrate in 2016 at Disneyland Resort

posted on December 18th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


The new year is almost here, and we’re already looking forward to all 2016 is bringing to the Disneyland Resort! Here is our top six:

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1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Continues Through September 5, 2016
That means even more time to enjoy all the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration has to offer, including “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” as well as special food and merchandise.
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2. Season of the Force in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park
Travel to a galaxy far, far away with special new Star Wars experiences!

3. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure Park
To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, Luigi and his cousins will demonstrate the dances of their Italian hometown with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.

4. New “Frozen”-Inspired Stage Musical Coming to Disney California Adventure Park
The story of “Frozen” will come to spectacular life in an all-new theatrical production in summer 2016 at the Hyperion Theater.

5. Soarin’ Around the World at Disney California Adventure Park
Beginning next year, guests at Disney California Adventure park will undertake a whole new Soarin’ journey when Soarin’ Around the World opens in Grizzly Peak Airfield.

6. New Dining Experiences at River Belle Terrace and Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Disneyland park
Beginning in February, exciting changes are coming to these Disneyland park favorites.
What are you looking forward to the most in 2016 at the Disneyland Resort?

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Plan Your Disney California Adventure Park Holiday Visit

posted on December 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we showed you a handy guide to visiting Disneyland park during the holidays with the help of our Pinterest board, and today we’re back with The Perfect Holiday Itinerary for Ultimate Disney California Adventure park!

What is on your Disney California Adventure park holiday itinerary?

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Join Special Celebration of ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Last night, hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers gathered at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park to celebrate “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular”. The evening began with a private performance of the show, followed by a panel discussion with performers and those who work behind the scenes.

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Fans were excited to celebrate the show and its cast!

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The panel discussion included Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony, creative executive with Walt Disney Imagineering, who oversaw the creation of the show; David Carriero, stage manager; and performers Jim Gruessing (Genie), Billy Kametz (Aladdin) and Cassie Murphy (Jasmine). The panel shared personal memories from their roles in the show and expressed gratitude to the show’s loyal fans.

Don’t miss your chance to see “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” now through January 10, 2016, at Disney California Adventure park. And stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog for updates and information on the all-new theatrical production coming to the Hyperion Theater, which will immerse guests in the world of Disney’s award-winning blockbuster, “Frozen”.

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New Canteen Packs a Punch at Refreshment Point at Disney California Adventure Park

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


On a recent visit to Disney California Adventure park, I made a quick trip over to Refreshment Point located just outside of Humphrey’s Service & Supplies in Grizzly Peak Airfield. This quick stop started with an attempt to quench my thirst at our mix-and-match Coca-Cola Freestyle machines – which include your choice of more than 70 different soft drink options – and became something much more. New to the area – and definitely the essential item for any day trip or extended camp out – are the new Grizzly Peak Airfield canteens.

Not only is it perfectly themed to the area, but it is definitely a great way to take your drink on the go. If you’re like me, I constantly struggle to finish my drink before hopping onto one of our beloved attractions. Now, I can fill it up and with a simple twist of the lid, secure it tight for the trip, no matter where it takes me. The new canteen is only $12.99, plus tax, and includes your choice of soft drink at the time of purchase.

So the next time you’re at Refreshment Point, fill up your tank – or canteen in this case – and set your course for adventure.

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Discover Holidays at the Disneyland Resort with Santa Claus

posted on December 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Recently I had the chance to sit down with the big man in red himself, Santa Claus. We chatted about all there is to see and do during the holidays during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. He also gave me a little hint about my position on the naughty and nice list …

What is your favorite part of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort?

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