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David Wise Celebrates Gold at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 27th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


“David Wise, you’ve just won the first-ever gold medal in ski halfpipe, what are you going to do next?” Well, you know the rest, right?

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On Tuesday, we caught up with the Wise family on Matterhorn Way, where Mickey Mouse stopped by to say hello.

Just one week earlier, David made headlines around the world when he took home the first gold medal for halfpipe skiing. David’s wife, Lexi, made the trip to Sochi, but they were only reunited with their two year-old, Nayeli, the day before their Disneyland trip. How much more could there be to celebrate? Well, it also happened to be David and Lexi’s wedding anniversary!

This was Nayeli’s first visit to the Disneyland Resort, and David said he hadn’t been here since he was her age, so it felt like the first time for him too. Their first Disneyland park attraction as a family? Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Nayeli’s favorite). Later, the family wrapped up their daylong celebration with “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park.

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If I had to sum up the reaction of Disneyland Resort guests as they encountered us taking this picture of David at Sleeping Beauty Castle, I would say, as so many of them did, “Congratulations, David – way to go!”

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Looking for a ‘Cool’ Gift at the Disneyland Resort?

posted on February 26th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Our Sketch Artists at the Disneyland Resort have been hard at work recreating iconic moments by some of the beloved characters from the Disney animated film “Frozen.”
'Frozen'-Inspired Artwork by Sketch Artists at the Disneyland Resort

It was impossible for me to pick just one, as you can tell, so here are a few others I thought you might enjoy.

Curious about the price? A one-character sketch is $39.95, while a two-character sketch is $64.95, plus tax. Prices will vary based on the number of characters in the sketch.

So if you are looking for a “cool” gift for yourself or someone else, be sure to check out our “Frozen” inspired sketches and more, available now at Disneyana in Disneyland park and Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park.

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Alice in Wonderland and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disneyland Resort to Close Temporarily Beginning in March

posted on February 25th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


I’ve got some updates to share from out of the rabbit hole and under the sea today about two temporary attraction closures coming up next month at Disneyland Resort. First, Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland park will close at the end of the operating day on March 9 for an extended refurbishment. In addition to routine maintenance, minor changes will be made to the exterior of the attraction. Alice in Wonderland is scheduled to reopen summer 2014.

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At Disney California Adventure park, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will close at the end of the operating day on March 19 for maintenance, and is scheduled to reopen in late spring.

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March’s Gourmet Apple at the Disneyland Resort is a Chocolate Delight

posted on February 24th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Every time I think that gourmet apples can’t get better, our Candy Makers at Disneyland Resort take it up another notch. What can you expect to find this March? How does a Triple Chocolate apple sound?

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Each apple has been dipped in creamy caramel and enrobed in sweet milk chocolate. What could possibly make it better? They’ve added a mixture of white and semi-sweet dark chocolate chips all around it and then topped it off with drizzles of white, milk and dark chocolate. It’s unbelievable!

You will no doubt delight in this amazing concoction, I hope you try it! Look for it at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

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Take a Trip to Mediterranean at Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 21st, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


On a recent sunny Southern California afternoon, we had the pleasure of noshing our way through Disney California Adventure park – and marveling at the diversity of quick bites, from Mexican to Asian to all-American. Among our favorite picnic-style meals was the hearty beef gyro at Paradise Garden Grill, found at a walk-up window with a surprising repertoire of robust Mediterranean tastes.

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That gyro had thick slabs of spiced beef wrapped in a warm pita, slathered with cool, creamy tzatziki and a side of taboulleh, the Middle Eastern version of a green salad with bulgur wheat, tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh parsley in a lemony dressing. Enough for two. But we also shared the generous Greek salad, a plate full of greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, spicy pepperoncini, feta cheese and lots of olives with a lemon-oregano dressing and warm pita to scoop it all up.

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If you’re looking for a simpler taste, the skewers are another good bet – pick from grilled steak, chicken, meatball or veggies and tofu, each with a side of rice, cucumber salad and warm pita. Kick it up with one of three sauces: spicy chili with harissa (hot chili pepper paste), chimichurri with a base of fresh citrus and herbs, or mild cucumber yogurt.

The skewers go from savory to sweet with a strawberry-brownie skewer with caramel, chocolate sauce and mini-marshmallows. But we prefer their classic baklava, the sweet Mediterranean desserts with layers of flaky phyllo, honey and nuts. Sit, back, enjoy the sunshine and imagine you’re in Greece, or Turkey – but California Screamin’ awaits!

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This Week in Disney History: The Muppets Join the Disney Family

posted on February 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today on the Disney Parks Blog, we’re celebrating one of the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational moments in Disney history – the 10th anniversary of the day when The Muppets officially joined the Disney family!

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Although Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang were officially welcomed into Disney in 2004, the partnership between Disney Parks and The Muppets started years earlier, with a Muppet*Vision 3D attraction debuting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in 1991. The attraction was later added to Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort in 2001.

Stay tuned for more Muppets coverage today!

Thanks to Jason “Tiki” Tackett for the special Disney Parks Blog logo.

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March Merchandise Events at Disneyland Resort

posted on February 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


You’re in luck! Take a look at all of the events happening in March at the Disneyland Resort.

March 1: Stop by WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District where artists Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Noah, Kristin Tercek and Gregg Visintainer will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more.

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March 1 – 2: Look for Urban Octopus at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, from 1 – 4 p.m., and again the following weekend, March 8 – 9. Learn more.

March 5: Don’t miss your chance to pick up the new Ink & Paint Cel featuring Jiminy Cricket. Learn more.

March 8 – 9: Meet artist Bob Elias from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park and see some of his latest works inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters. Learn more.

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March 15 – 16: Looking to add one of Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques to your collection? Select some of your favorite Disneyland Resort attractions and icons to spell your name. Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., each day at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Learn more.

March 15 – 16: Take part in a special Olive Oil tasting at WonderGround Gallery from 1 – 4 p.m. Details will be available in the coming weeks on www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

March 22: Meet artists Jeff Granito and Michelle Romo who will be appearing at WonderGround Gallery from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. as we celebrate some of their newest releases. Learn more. Learn more.

Meet El Gato Gomez at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District on March 22 From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

March 22: Local Southern California artist Noah will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we release his newest piece titled “Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust” featuring Tinker Bell. Learn more.

March 28: Calling all Traders! Disney Trading Night will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Pacific Ballroom at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. So if you are looking to meet avid and novice traders, make friends, or share stories about your collections, then this is the place for you. Learn more.

March 29: Are you a fan of Ridley Pearson? Are you ready for the release of “Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider?” If your answer is yes, make sure to check out all the details on Ridley Pearson’s appearance and details on the last book in the beloved Kingdom Keepers series. Learn more.

Appearing as the Artist in Residence at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of March is local artist Jeff Granito. Look for special artist showcases on the following dates: February 28 and March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 5 – 9 p.m. Learn more.

Hope you can join us!

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Remembering Shirley Temple at Disneyland Resort

posted on February 11th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Iconic film star from the 1930s, turned U.S. diplomat, Shirley Temple Black, passed away yesterday at the age of 85. Although she never appeared in a Disney film, she knew Walt Disney, and has a unique place in our history including an animated caricature cameo in the Donald Duck short, “The Autograph Hound,” as well as her service as a member of the Disney board of directors in the mid-1970s.

But we have a special memory of Shirley Temple here at the Disneyland Resort that some people may not be aware of.

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In April 1957, Walt Disney invited Shirley to oversee the opening of the Sleeping Beauty Castle Diorama.

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Her daughters Lori and Linda can be seen in the background, along with her husband, Charles Black.

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She later said this was the last time she saw Walt Disney, whom she remembered fondly.

It was 18 years earlier that Shirley, at the height of her phenomenal film career, presented Walt Disney with a special Academy Award (including seven miniature statuettes) for “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs” in acknowledgment of the “significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon.”

A photo of this iconic moment in Hollywood history hangs proudly in the hallway leading to the dining room of Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park.

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Shirley: “I’m sure all the boys and girls in the whole world are going to be very happy when they find out the daddy of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,’ Mickey Mouse, Ferdinand and all the others is going to get this beautiful statue. Isn’t bright and shiny! Aren’t you proud of it, Mr. Disney?”

Walt: “I’m so proud I think I’ll bust. You know I think that Mickey Mouse, Ferdinand, Snow White and all the dwarfs are going to be very proud that you presented it.”

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13 Magical Moments at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 7th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


It’s hard to believe it has been 13 years since Disney California Adventure park officially opened for guests. From construction to Cars Land, here’s a look back at some of the most memorable moments.

In honor of the 13th anniversary tomorrow, what is your favorite memory at Disney California Adventure park? Leave you answer in the comments below!

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Showing Our ‘Disney Side’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Tomorrow marks the 13th anniversary of Disney California Adventure park! To mark the occasion, I asked some of our California-based Disney Parks Blog authors to tell me how they show their “Disney Side” at Disney California Adventure park.

John McClintock: My “Disney Side” at Disney California Adventure park consists of game attempts to keep up with my granddaughter as she romps through Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

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Donna Fisk: Because I am a fan of “times gone by,” I show my “Disney Side” by appreciating the nostalgia of Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park. I love gazing at the period architecture, shopping for treasures at Elias & Co. and enjoying a true Hollywood dining experience at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.

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Michelle Harker: When I’m at Disney California Adventure park, I love going on Grizzly River Run, watching our amazing nighttime spectacular “World of Color” and just soaking up the surroundings. My “Disney Side” is all about making a splash!

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Kevin Rafferty, Jr.: I grew up locally so my friends and I spent a lot of time at Disney California Adventure park. I remember being there for its opening day! Through the years, and the five-year expansion, my favorite activities have changed, but one favorite remains the same – soups served in Boudin sourdough bowls!

Shannon Swanson: My favorite way to show my “Disney Side” is at the Animation Academy in Hollywood Land. First I visit The Beast’s Library, where I discover which Disney character I am most like (recently I was most like Mulan), then I go to Ursula’s Grotto to sing like Ariel (don’t worry, she gets her voice back eventually) and finally I learn secrets of animation from a real Disney artist – they teach guests how to draw different characters each class, and you get a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home!

Valarie Sukovaty: How do I show my “Disney Side” at Disney California Adventure park? I love buying a glass of wine and a cheese & fruit plate at the Golden Vine Winery. It’s so easy to get caught up in rushing from attraction to attraction, but this area provides a welcome break for tired feet and the day’s to-do list.

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Michele Himmelberg: There’s something about all the wonderful flavors at Disney California Adventure park that bring out my “Disney Side.” While popcorn is my go-to treat when playing in the parks, at Disney California Adventure park I crave these three specialties: chicken skewers with tandoori-spiced yogurt and tzatziki at Paradise Garden Grill, the shrimp on polenta cake with lemon-caper butter sauce at Wine Country Trattoria and, for evening fun, a Carthay Manhattan at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.

Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park

As for me, I love thrill rides, so when I’m at Disney California Adventure park, I’ve got my three must-do’s: California Screamin’, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Radiator Springs Racers. My “Disney Side” is made of high speeds, dips and drops!

What about you? How do you “Show Your Disney Side” at Disney California Adventure park?

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