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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on June 21st, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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Happy Father’s Day from the Disney Park Blog. This week, we shared a slew of updates and stories, including a first look at the royal return of Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The summer-long special event is bringing a full day of “Frozen” fun from park open to park close through September 7, 2015. Check our original story for more details.

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And our celebration of Disney•Pixar’s original film “Inside Out” began this week at Disney California Adventure park with special, pre-parade appearances by the movie’s main characters, the five Emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.

The “Inside Out” pre-parade continues daily all summer long. Check out another image and more information in Shawn’s original story.

A Closer Look at New Main Street Enchanted Windows at Disneyland Park – Two of the six new Main Street Enchanted Windows set to debut during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration have opened!

Adventure is Out There at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! – One of the many joys of a family vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai’i is that there is something for every type of adventure seeker. Click through to learn more about our island excursions.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise Continues to Dazzle – You may want to put on your sunglasses, because if you are looking for some serious sparkle, check out the black and white embedded ear hat!

QUIZ: Are You a Jungle Cruise Expert? – The Jungle Cruise is a fan-favorite attraction at Disney Parks around the world. How well do you know the attraction at Walt Disney World Resort?

Summer Sounds Inspired by the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Now on Pandora – Experience the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration at home this summer with the new Disneyland 60th Anniversary Summer Sounds station on Pandora!

Look Ahead to New Merchandise Coming to Disney Parks Later in 2015 – As summer begins at Disney Parks, take a sneak peek of items coming later this year!

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New Menu Items Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Debut at Award Wieners at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


In celebration of Disney•Pixar’sInside Out” in theaters today, Award Wieners at Disney California Adventure park has added specialty items inspired by the movie to the menu.

The Jubilant “Joy” Dog Inspired by Disney•Pixar's ‘Inside Out’ Debuts at Award Wieners at Disney California Adventure Park The 'Angry' HOT Dog Inspired by Disney•Pixar's ‘Inside Out’ Debuts at Award Wieners at Disney California Adventure Park

Look for two new hot dogs: The Jubilant “Joy” Dog—sweet Italian sausage with bell peppers, lettuce and cheddar cheese, topped with honey mustard, relish, chopped bacon and crispy onions on a hoagie roll. Or spice things up with the “Angry” HOT Dog, a spicy hot link topped with jalapenos, onions, bell peppers, Pepper Jack cheese, Sriracha ketchup and served on a jalapeno-cheddar bun.

Take delight in sipping a “Joy”-ful Splash with Sprite and flavors of citrus and vanilla or try the Spicy Fear-less Lemonade with flavors of pear, chipotle, pineapple, ginger ale and Minute Maid light lemonade. Both drinks are available in the 16 oz. tumbler with artwork inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out.”

Are the voices inside your head telling you that you’re hungry? Mine are!

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Special Look at ‘Ant-Man’ Begins Today at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Are you ready for “Ant-Man“?

Our sneak peek of the next evolution of Super Hero movies begins this weekend at Disney California Adventure park. Starting today, head over to the Bug’s Life Theater for an advance look at scenes from the upcoming adventure film, “Ant-Man,” presented in 3D with special in-theater effects and a display of the original Ant-Man suit from the film.

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“Ant-Man,” directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, introduces us to a hero armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. Master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

“Ant-Man” opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

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Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Pre-Parade Starts Today at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Our celebration of Disney•Pixar’s original film “Inside Out” starts today at Disney California Adventure park with special, pre-parade appearances by the movie’s main characters, the five Emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.

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Arriving just ahead of daily performances of Pixar Play Parade, the “Inside Out” pre-parade brings these five new characters and their colorful, curious world right through the heart of Disney California Adventure park, allowing them to experience for the first time all the sights, sounds, smells and excitement of a day in a Disney park.

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Bringing an innovative storytelling approach to audiences, the film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”).

The “Inside Out” pre-parade continues daily all summer long, and you can also catch Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” in theaters everywhere this weekend!

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise Continues to Dazzle

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Hey Disney fans! Over the past couple weeks I have seen many of you dazzling in Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration product. It’s been amazing! So what’s next? You may want to put on your sunglasses, because if you are looking for some serious sparkle, check out the black and white embedded ear hat!

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If you’re curious as to how much this would be to add to your collection, hold on to your wallet … this specially created Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration ear hat is a limited edition of twenty-four (24) and is $2,000. Whether you want a peek at the ear hat or decide to buy, you’ll find it in Disneyana and Disney Showcase in Disneyland park and World of Disney in Downtown Disney District.

If you’re looking for something else that “sounds” good, then I have just the item for you. Some of you may have had the opportunity to get the first edition of the limited-edition crystal embedded headphones in May. SMS Audio is the official headphones of the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort and the sound quality is impeccable. The second edition of the headphones will be releasing soon and will be an edition size of 60. One of the main differences you’ll notice is the much darker blue stones. Here’s your first look!

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I know that many of you have been curious on availability of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration product through Merchandise Guest Services. Please keep in mind that a VERY limited assortment will be available through the Merchandise Guest Services team beginning June 22 and an even more limited assortment will be available online in August.

Which Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration souvenirs have you picked up?

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Sing Along with ‘Frozen’ Favorites During Frozen FANdemonium at D23 EXPO 2015

posted on June 15th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Frozen” fans have already enjoyed the opportunity to sing along with Anna and Elsa at Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and now D23 EXPO 2015 will present another unique opportunity to enjoy the music from this fan favorite.

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On Sunday, August 16, at 3 p.m., in the 7,500-seat Hall D23, host Chris Montan, president, Walt Disney Music, and the Oscar®-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will take D23 EXPO 2015 attendees on a once-in-a-lifetime musical journey through the world of “Frozen” during Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration! This one-day-only performance will feature sing-along experiences of your “Frozen” favorites such as “Let It Go,” “In Summer,” and more. Plus, fans can expect special surprises and fascinating stories behind some of your favorite Frozen songs. The performance will even feature Anna and Elsa!

D23 EXPO 2015 runs August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, directly across the street from Disneyland Resort. Tickets are available here.

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Today in Disney History: ‘World of Color’ and Silly Symphony Swings Open at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Five years ago today, “World of Color” opened for Disney California Adventure park guests, after dazzling media at a special premiere the night before. Take a look back at the star-studded event:

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Also on June 11, 2010, Silly Symphony Swings opened – take a look back at the construction of this attraction in the video below.

Have you seen the new “World of Color: Celebrate!” yet? Tell us about it in the comments!

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Smokejumpers Grill at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Grizzly Peak Airfield is now open at Disney California Adventure park, and it’s already a hit with guests. This expansion of Grizzly Peak takes guests into California’s High Sierras for a taste of what life was like for the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests in the middle part of the last century. One popular destination in this newly reimagined area is Smokejumpers Grill … which has quite a story of its own.

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As the story goes, the grill was established by a local Sierra Nevada couple Herb and Millie Madera. A former WWII pilot and parachutist, Herb helped recruit and train the Bearpaw Basin Smokejumpers when the crew was first getting established. His wife, Millie, supplied delicious meals to the men after their long, exhausting days. But one summer day, Millie and her neighbors found themselves and their homes threatened by a raging forest fire. Herb and his smokejumpers sprang into action, rescuing their friends and worked into the night to suppress the rest of the blaze.

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The heroism of the Bearpaw Basin Smokejumpers moved Herb and Millie to do something special to repay them. They converted the old hangar at the edge of Grizzly Peak Airfield into Smokejumpers Grill, and soon pilots and firefighters from miles away were flying in to enjoy this new Bearpaw Basin tradition.

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Visitors inside the restaurant today can find relics of the grill’s history, through the mementos and photographs that cover the walls like children’s letters to the courageous smokejumpers, handwritten postcards to the grill’s owners and insignia patches from other firefighting units.

So the next time you “drop in” for one of those delicious Smokejumpers Grill burgers, take a look around and discover the restaurant’s story for yourself!

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New Cars Land Merchandise Cruises into Disney California Adventure Park

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


The checkered flag is waving because this new collection of Radiator Springs Racers merchandise in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park is definitely a winner!

New Cars Land Merchandise Cruises into Disney California Adventure Park

The collection features something for everyone in your family, and friends too! You’ll find youth and adult hats, tees, fleece, a water bottle, pins and even an engine-revving tailgate party tote and duffle bag. There’s also a rather sporty-looking Lightning McQueen headband! Take a look!

So race over to Cars Land today and be prepared to cruise this summer!

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See an Exclusive Sneak Peek of ‘Ant-Man’ at Disney California Adventure Park Starting June 19

posted on June 5th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Imagine a Super Hero the size of an insect – the ultimate secret weapon. That’s Ant-Man, and heroes don’t get any bigger.

Soon, you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the next evolution of Super Hero when the Bug’s Life Theater at Disney California Adventure park hosts a sneak peek of the high-stakes, tension-filled adventure “Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym.

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For a limited time starting June 19, this special preview will give you an advance look at scenes from the film, presented in 3D with in-theater effects that can only be experienced at Disney Parks. And don’t miss the opportunity to check out the Ant-Man suit from the film, also on display at Bug’s Life Theater.

“Ant-Man” brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

The “Ant-Man” sneak peek begins June 19 at Disney California Adventure park, and you can catch the complete film when it opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

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