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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: February 2011

posted on February 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Love was in the air and changes were underway three years ago this month at Disney Parks. Here at Disneyland Resort, we were getting ready for a Soundsational Summer! Let’s take a look back at some of the stories we featured here on the Disney Parks Blog in February 2011.

George Lucas visits Star Tours at Disneyland Park

George Lucas Visits Star Tours at Disneyland Park
As we were preparing to venture once again to a galaxy far, far away with the 2011 opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, George Lucas paid a special visit to check on the attraction’s development at Disneyland park.

President of Disney Cruise Line, Karl Holz, Minnie Mouse and Meyer Werft Shipyard Managing Partner, Bernard Meyer celebrate at the Disney Fantasy keel laying ceremony.

Keel Laying Ceremony Marks a Milestone for the Disney Fantasy Today
On February 11, 2011, the Disney Fantasy marked a milestone in its construction as it celebrated the keel laying during a special ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard.

Who's Your Favorite Disney Couple?

Your Favorite Disney Character Couple is…
On Valentine’s Day 2011, we asked Disney Parks Blog readers who their favorite Disney Character couples were. See their answers in the comments!

Tangaroa Terrace, Trader Sam’s to Join Disneyland Hotel This Spring
On February 24, 2011, we announced the addition of two of my favorite locations at the Disneyland Resort – Tangaroa Terrace and (of course) Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

More Than Meets the Eye at Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World Resort photographer Kent Phillips shared these amazingly surreal photos from Magic Kingdom Park.

From Under the Sea to Galaxies Far, Far Away…Opening Dates Are Set For A Soundsational Summer at Disneyland Resort
Three years ago this month, we were getting ready for a Soundsational Summer here at the Disneyland Resort, with the openings of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.

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Southern California Choirs to Raise Voices and Spirits During Fifth Annual Celebrate Gospel at Disneyland Resort

posted on February 5th, 2014 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


In recognition of Black History Month, 15 Southern California choirs will perform during the fifth Celebrate Gospel, a festival honoring gospel music at Disneyland Resort.

New this year is the Gospel History Walk, a walk-through exhibit highlighting the history and rich traditions of gospel music. The Disneyland Resort has long celebrated the spirit of gospel music. In 1962, the Clara Ward Singers performed at the third annual “Dixieland in Disneyland.” Since then, Disneyland park has hosted several other gospel events.

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All performances and the exhibit take place inside Stage 17 at Disney California Adventure park and are included with theme park admission. Come by and enjoy the show!

Details below:

Date: Saturday, February 15
Location: Stage 17, Hollywood Land, Disney California Adventure Park

Times:
11:00 am – 12:45 pm

  • Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir (Los Angeles)
  • Rock Boy Fresh (Ontario)
  • Divine Deliverance Ministries Choir (Los Angeles)
  • Pastor Thom Washington & The Cathedral Voices (Los Angeles)

1:45 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Amazing Grace Conservatory (Los Angeles)
  • Diamondz & Pearlz (Yorba Linda)
  • Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum (Los Angeles)
  • New Generation Choir (Santa Ana)
  • J. Kingdom & Voices of Destiny (Compton)

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

  • The Prime Minister of Joyful Jazz (Bellflower)
  • KJLH Radio Free Performance Choir (Inglewood)
  • Moreno Valley College Gospel Singers (Moreno Valley)
  • Project Purpose (Los Angeles)
  • Xtreme Purpose Choir (Pasadena)
  • Friendship Baptist Church – The Wrecking Crew (Yorba Linda)

Schedule subject to change.

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Show Your Disney Side with New Spring 2014 Apparel for Women and Girls at Disney Parks

posted on February 5th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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There are two times during the year that our Disney Theme Park Merchandise team introduces new apparel at Disney Parks – spring and fall. Since the spring items can be set as early as February, I contacted the softlines team for an update. They shared with me a few new items for women and girls that I thought would be perfect for showing off your Disney Side at Disney Parks.

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The first program is based on the new Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts that were recently introduced on the Disney Channel and on Disney.com. I love the animated style and humor of these new Mickey Mouse cartoons especially “Potatoland,” “Tokyo Go” and “Croissant de Triomphe.” The four new women’s T-shirts feature Mickey Mouse and friends drawn in that same cartoon style. My favorite T-shirt has Minnie Mouse on the front of the shirt kissing Mickey Mouse who is found on the back.

In California, look for these T-shirts at World of Disney in Downtown Disney District, Gone Hollywood at Disney California Adventure park, and Disney Clothiers in Disneyland park.

For guests in Florida, look for the T-shirts at World of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, Mouse Gear at Epcot, and Emporium at Magic Kingdom Park.

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The softlines team also shared with me four new Minnie Mouse T-shirts coming soon to Disney Parks. They are part of a new art program called “Beyond the Dot” which contains a host of fresh, fashion-forward designs and original illustrations by Disney Design Group artists. These four women’s T-shirts are some of the first from that program. Look for additional styles in the coming months that feature Minnie Mouse in a whole new way.

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For girls, the softlines team is introducing four T-shirts that feature classic couples like Ariel and Prince Eric, or Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. They said these T-shirts are test items as they have never really featured couples like this before on girls’ apparel.

The girls’ T-shirts and the “Beyond the Dot” items will be carried in select locations at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. There are no immediate plans to carry these items on the Disney Parks online store.

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Valentine’s Day Merchandise Gift Guide for Disneyland Resort

posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you bringing your Valentine to Disneyland Resort? If you are still in search for the perfect gift, here are a couple of ideas and tips that you might want to consider to add a touch of Disney magic to the special day.

I’m a jewelry girl – there’s no denying that. A pick that might win the heart of the one you love is with our Alex & Ani bracelets. Charm them with one of the many selections you can add. I personally have one charm that has my initial on it and the other says Disneyland, with Sleeping Beauty Castle. Find them at select locations throughout Disneyland Resort, including New Century Jewelry in Disneyland park.

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Looking for something to frame up your relationship? Visit our Silhouette Studio on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park and let our talented team of Silhouette artists help! Did you know that our artists can actually create a silhouette in approximately 60 seconds? Per portrait, of course.
Valentine's Art from Silhouette Studio on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park

If the key to their heart is through delicious sweets and treats, here’s what you need to get. Being introduce for a limited time, now through February 16 is a dark chocolate peppermint-infused heart. You’ll find this amazing new treat and other Valentine’s Day-inspired sweets at candy locations throughout Disneyland Resort.

Looking for something ‘scent’sational? World-renowned fragrances, including the newest Disney exclusive, Hypnotic Poison eau Secrete are available now at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in New Orleans Square. Special Tip: Have the fragrance bottle hand-painted by artist Pam Smith, February 8, 13, 14 and 15.

Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park

Have you met your Prince Charming but can’t decide what to get him? I would definitely recommend making a pit stop in Cars Land to check out some of our nostalgic and authentic gear. Not his speed? No problem. Look for some of today’s top brands in headwear, T-shirts and more at Elias & Company in Disney California Adventure park; Disney Vault 28 and D Street in the Downtown Disney District.

Last but not least, treat them to something special with the latest collections from Beautifully Disney available at select locations throughout Disneyland Resort, including Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District; Disney Clothiers in Disneyland park; and Elias & Company in Disney California Adventure park.

I hope some of these tips will help you find what you are looking for? Is there anything special you’ve found at the Disneyland Resort?

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Happy Lunar New Year Celebration Marks the Year of the Horse at Disney California Adventure Park this Weekend

posted on January 31st, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Today marks the start of the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, now through Sunday, February 2, at Disney California Adventure park. Since 2014 is the Year of the Horse, it’s only fitting that one of Circle D Ranch’s own steeds, Finn, is featured in the procession of performers through Paradise Gardens.

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For this occasion, Finn is wearing a special saddle blanket adorned with the Chinese symbol of good fortune. Finn is relatively new to the Disneyland Resort, but he’s very friendly and loves to have his picture taken; guests can even have their photo taken with Finn throughout the celebration.

In addition, guests who visit the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration can see a variety of performers as well as some favorite Disney characters. And for snacking, there’s a special Year of the Horse sourdough bread!

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Pick Your Sweet Treat at Market House, Disneyland Resort

posted on January 31st, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Deciding which treat to enjoy may be difficult on your next visit to Market House in Disneyland park and Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe at Disney California Adventure park. Both serve Market House serves Starbucks specialty beverages and a variety of “Disneyland Favorites” as part of its sweet lineup, including the gooey Berliner donut.

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The Berliner is a type of jelly donut made in Berlin, Germany. Disneyland Executive Chef Christine Weissman, a native of Germany, loves to share the story of the donut’s connection to President John F. Kennedy – so if you see her out and about in the theme parks, stop and ask! (It’s one of her favorite stories and favorite desserts.)

Several delicious La Boulange pastries were recently added to the selection of sweet offerings. Starbucks recently partnered with La Boulange, a San Francisco Bakery and café, rolling out their baked goods in Starbucks nationwide. The new pastries showed up this week in the two locations that serve Starbucks inside our parks at Disneyland Resort, and will be coming to Walt Disney World Resort this spring. There’s everything from a bacon, egg and Gouda artisan sandwich to a chocolate croissant, everything served warm.

Along with the Berliner, Fans of classic Disneyland Resort sweets will still find the cinnamon roll at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, and the Mickey Mouse-shaped sugar cookie remains on the menu at Market House. And the popular Mickey Mouse-shaped cookie with chocolate icing is still at both.

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VIDEO: How to Play the Fun Wheel Challenge at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


A few months ago, we told you about a new, interactive game for Disney California Adventure park guests. Each night, before “World of Color,” guests can log on to play the Fun Wheel Challenge on their mobile devices. Competing against other park guests to match the color patterns, the winner gets to control the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel! We recently spent the evening on Paradise Pier to check it out for ourselves. Come along with us!

So the next time you’re waiting to watch “World of Color,” just join the PierGames Wi-Fi network from your mobile device, play the game within your device’s web browser – there are no apps to download. This special Wi-Fi network is available 45 minutes before the start of the first “World of Color” show each evening.

Have you played (or won) the Fun Wheel Challenge? Tell us about it in the comments!

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New Hidden Mickey Pins Arriving Soon at Disney Parks for 2014

posted on January 27th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m happy to share that new Hidden Mickey pins are arriving soon to cast members’ lanyards at Disney Parks. For those unfamiliar with these pins, the Disney pin team distributes these pins to Cast Members to use for trading with guests. The Hidden Mickey pin collection was first introduced at Walt Disney World Resort in 2002. Today, they have become something fun for guests to collect or trade while visiting Disney Parks. Jeanne Lewis, merchandiser for Disney pins, recently gave me a look at the first wave of pins for 2014. This year’s collections feature familiar Disney characters and icons from Disney Parks.

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For Disneyland Resort, Jeanne included pins that were inspired by the beautiful tile artwork found outside Carthay Circle on Buena Vista Street (you can see a great video about the creation of those tiles in this Disney Parks Blog story). I also love the character tiki face and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit pins.
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For Walt Disney World Resort, Jeanne continued the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot sign collection first introduced years ago. There is also a collection featuring the Seven Dwarfs, which is a slight nod to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coming to New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park in 2014.

There will also be one shared collection between Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. That collection features the “it’s a small world” attraction, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

As a reminder, there are a couple of ways to identify a Hidden Mickey pin. The pins typically measure about 1.25-inches and contain a small Mickey Mouse icon “hidden” in the artwork. The back of the pin will also have the words “Hidden Mickey pin.”

Happy Trading!

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! February’s Black Forest Gourmet Apple is Fit for the Kingdom at Disneyland Resort!

posted on January 27th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Most fairy tales that we’re familiar with have far off kingdoms, royal families and, in the far off corner, some type of black forest that strikes fear in the hearts of the villagers everywhere. Rest assured there is nothing to fear with what I am about to show you. For the month of February, our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers have whipped up something fit for a royal family – a Black Forest apple. Even just at the site of it, without even tasting it, there wasn’t an ounce of doubt in my mind that it was the perfect addition to the gourmet apples series that you have come to know and love.

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Imagine taking the essential flavors of a black forest cake and re-imagining it onto a caramel apple. Should I go on? The tart green apple is covered in creamy caramel, lost in a forest of dark chocolate and roasted almonds and adorned with sweet Maraschino cherries. How do you top that? Well I asked that same question, and of course, their answer was… ‘easy.’ ‘To top it off, this decadent confection is drizzled in sweet milk chocolate and crowned with additional cherries.’ Say it with me now… Yum!

Will you try this enchanting new gourmet apple? Look for it beginning February 1 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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New Kids’ Meals at Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure Park

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


Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration is a magical spot for little ones as they descend the spiral staircase into Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park and enter an enchanting restaurant with seaweed-wrapped pillars and glowing sea creature light fixtures — plus their favorite Disney Princesses and Characters.

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And now the kids’ meals for breakfast and lunch match the fun with new creations on the menu. For breakfast, there are three new choices. The Sandy Scoop of Sweet features fresh fruit, strawberry yogurt, granola and a seasonal muffin – and it meets the Disney Mickey Check guidelines that limit calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar. Seashell Symphony is a clever stack of turkey bacon, tri-tip or sausage with scrambled eggs topped with a slice of croissant to create the “seashell.” It’s served with hash browns and cereal. And the cute Chocolate Chip Cruise is a sailboat crafted from a waffle with a turkey bacon sail and a side of cereal. Kids are happily digging into these fun creations.

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Lunch has four new dishes. Ursula’s Octo-Dog is a hot dog carved into the shape of an octopus (a good trick to try at home) served with mac-n-cheese and fruit and veggie skewers. Whozits & Whatzits is baked chicken nuggets with fruit and veggie skewers. The Clammy Turkey is a turkey sandwich with a bun that looks like a clam shell served with fruit and veggie skewers. And the Dinglehopper Angel Hair Pasta comes with fruit and veggie skewers, and meets the Mickey Check guidelines.

Grown-ups have delicious options too, such as grilled lobster tail salad, red oak-smoked honey-whiskey barbecue tri-tip, fire-roasted corn cakes, and sustainable fish of the day, citrus-glazed chicken breast and sautéed shrimp with angel hair pasta.

For reservations, visit www.disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE (3463).

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