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Musical Performances – All Kinds! – Take the Stage Throughout August in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 31st, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, adults and children visiting the Downtown Disney District will be entertained nightly, beginning this Saturday, by a special lineup of guest music groups, including some Downtown Disney District favorites, on the Westside Stage near ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

From 6-10 p.m. throughout August, and into the first week of September, each night of the week will be devoted to a different musical style:

  • Caribbean on Mondays
  • Latin on Tuesdays
  • Country on Wednesdays
  • Rockabilly on Thursdays
  • Polynesian on Fridays
  • Swing on Saturdays
  • Top 40 Music Jam on Sundays

Island Reggae Band appears each Monday night through Labor Day, September 7, for the Caribbean performances.

Tuesday Latin nights, August 4, 11, 18, 25 and September 1, feature Adelaide, the hot new cumbia and rock en Español band that was one of the hits of Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure park, and will be featured again for this year’s holidays.

Country fans will want to come out on Wednesdays for the Doo-Wah Riders, August 5, 12 and 26 and September 2. Ry and the Hillbillies will take the stage on August 19

A varied lineup of bands take the stage Thursdays for Rockabilly nights: Rumble Kings on August 6, Crown City Bombers on August 20, Ry Bradley on August 27 and Rayford Brothers on September 3.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, while some guests enjoy the ticketed “Taste of Downtown Disney” event to benefit CHOC – Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the Westside Stage will feature music by Phat Cat Swinger.

Tupua Polynesian variety show is presented Fridays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, and September 4.

The ever-popular swing dancing tradition returns to Downtown Disney District on Saturdays with Tim Gill & the All-Stars on August 1 and September 5, Phat Cat Swinger August 8, 15, 22 and 29.

And Sunday Night Top 40 Music Jam features Dead Ringer on August 2, 9, 16 and 23, and “Off the Cuff” on August 30.

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Get Ready to Show Your Disney Side During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Guys and ghouls, Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is creeping up. It’s never too early to start planning Halloween costumes, especially if you plan to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Looking for inspiration? Why not your favorite Disney characters?

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For your prince or princess (3–12 years of age), visit Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland in Disneyland park and watch as they transform before your very eyes into Halloween Minnie, a Knight or their favorite princess. Fans of Anna, Elsa & Olaf (ages 3-15) should definitely plan a quick trip to Anna & Elsa’s Boutique in the Downtown Disney District for “cool” tips and tricks for the Halloween season. Special tip: A Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Glow Stick or Skull Glow Stick is a perfect way to light your path to Halloween adventure at home or at the Disneyland Resort!

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Of course that’s not all – there’s more Halloween fun brewing. As you can see, I had some help from fellow Disney Parks Blog author Tyler Slater and Merchandise Marketing “Ghost Host” Ashley Cortez who took their roles all too seriously. So this year if you choose not to dress up, we have a few tips for you on how you can show your Disney Side. Costume T-shirts and fleece (for adults and youth) inspired by a few not-so-scary classic characters including Buzz Lightyear, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as well an array of intergalactic-inspired apparel and accessories will help you pay Halloween homage in a frightfully fun way. Find all of these and more for the entire family at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort this August. Tips: Attraction-inspired T-shirts also work well; as you can see, we found these “haunting” T-shirts at Port Royal. If you seek something more subtle, try new headwear on for size – it’s themed to Halloween and the perfect fit for a night of haunting fun.

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Don’t forget to dress your pets! Treat your furry friends to something spook-tacular this season – by adding a little “character” to their look with our Disney Tails Collection. Even Ashley’s dog Nala couldn’t resist showing us her Disney Side in a sparkly sequin bow with her favorite Minnie Mouse shoe toy. Curious as to where they’re available? We found the entire collection at Atwater Ink & Paint on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park, but be sure to check out other locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.

Are you ready for Halloween? How will you show your Disney Side?

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration August Pin Releases

posted on July 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Disney pin fans, if you have been collecting the Diamond Decades pins at the Disneyland Resort, be sure to mark your calendars for these next releases. On August 6, add to your collection with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Haunted Mansion and “it’s a small world.”

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On August 13, look for additional pin releases from the Diamond Decades series including Matterhorn Bobsleds, Disneyland Monorail and Disneyland Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

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Finally, on August 20, be sure to pick up the Diamond Decades Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride-inspired pin.

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Pins will be available to purchase on their release dates at the following locations:

Wristband distribution guidelines will apply to these releases. Wristbands are distributed near Rainforest Café in the Downtown Disney District around 7 a.m. on the day of release, unless otherwise determined.

Happy Trading!

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New ‘Decades’ (1965-1974) Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Do you know what time it is? It’s time for the next release in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection! Not too long ago, I shared the art that would appear during the celebration, but here’s your first look at some of the merchandise featuring the 1965–1974 artwork. Be sure to check out the new collection starting July 30 at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. Tip: If you haven’t had a chance to collect the first set of items in the “Decades” program, there’s still time. But don’t wait – items are in limited supply.

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Before I go, I have a few other reminders for you. If you have been collecting the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration pressed coins, be sure to pick up the newest ones featuring the “Decades” art at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District!

I know that many of you were hoping to participate in the Looking for Mickey Quest. So, I wanted to make sure to tell you that the Looking for Mickey Quest has been extended. Be sure to join in the fun today!

And because I’m on a roll, how about a sneak peek? Here’s a look at one of the final pieces of art in the “Decades” series. Is it the last one? You’re going to have to watch and see. Tip: If you are attending D23 EXPO 2015, look for a tee featuring similar art before it debuts in summer 2016.

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Which “Decades” collection are you most excited for?

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Special Olympics World Games ‘Flame of Hope’ Journeys Through Disneyland Resort

posted on July 20th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Last night, the Disneyland Resort hosted the “Flame of Hope,” currently making its way through 127 cities and communities in California en route to the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25. The torch shined brightly even in the rain, and I was encouraged to see so many guests brave the weather to watch Special Olympics athletes carry the torch down Main Street, U.S.A. to a ceremony at the Downtown Disney District.

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The Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for the “Flame of Hope” represents the culmination of similar events around the world on its journey to the Special Olympics World Games. In May, the torch made its way to the Walt Disney World Resort during a Unified Relay Across America, going through Epcot and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

More than 30,000 volunteers, including Disney VoluntEARS, will support the Special Olympics World Games. ESPN is the official broadcast partner of the Games, and will be covering the Opening Ceremonies, plus sharing highlights throughout the event.

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‘Ant-Man’ Is a Hit With Disney Parks Blog Readers at Special Advanced Screening at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 18th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last weekend, 500 Disney Parks Blog readers enjoyed a special advanced screening of “Ant-Man” here at AMC Downtown Disney 12 at the Disneyland Resort. Many guests even showed their super hero side and attend in costume. Hear what they had to say about the film!

“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.

Be sure to catch “Ant-Man” now in theaters!

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Treat Yourself to Candy Kitchen Sweets for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you headed to the Disneyland Resort on July 17? Then you’re in luck! Our Disneyland Candy Makers have been busy preparing something special for you to enjoy. Treat yourself to this specially created Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration apple. The Mickey Mouse shaped apple has been hand-dipped in caramel, covered in white chocolate, dazzled in sanding sugar and topped delicately with a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration lay-on. This sparkling creation is only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out!

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Now on to August! Those planning a trip (or trip back) to the Disneyland Resort will delight in the news about our gourmet treats. Our candy makers have taken one of our classic treats for a spin. The crispy is covered in chocolate, layered with mini pretzels and drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate. Looking for something sweeter? The gourmet apple and marshmallow wand have the perfect extra touch, a layer of caramel. How tempted are your taste buds?

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But wait, there’s just one thing missing from these incredible treats: the gourmet bark. This carefully layered concoction is made of milk chocolate with pieces of pretzels folded in, layered with peanut butter and topped with additional pretzel bites. It’s sweet, salty and ultimately delicious.

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Whether you’re planning your own Mad Tea Party or simply craving something for your sweet tooth, we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. Find the new line of gourmet treats beginning August 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., and Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which treat are you most excited for?

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Stay During the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and Save with Special Hotel Offer

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Greetings Disney Parks Blog readers! My name is Michael Ramirez, the newest contributor to the blog. I’ll be bringing you the latest news and information on the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

In honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the resort is truly sparkling–across our parks, through the Downtown Disney District and of course, throughout our three on-property hotels. In fact, you might have seen the post on the delicious Sleeping Beauty Castle cake gracing the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

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If you find yourself heading to experience the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration later this summer, be sure to take advantage of our special Disneyland Resort hotel offer!

When making reservations now through September 3, 2015, you can save up to 20 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Disneyland Hotel and save up to 10 percent at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Offer is valid on select Sunday through Thursday nights from August 16 to September 24, 2015.

Click here to book today!

*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 08/16/15 to 9/24/15. Book from 7/15/15 through 09/03/15, with travel completed by 09/25/15. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other hotels and room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

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Shopper’s Guide to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Releases in July

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


On July 13-17, be prepared to add more sparkle to your Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration merchandise collection. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know before you go shopping at the Disneyland Resort.

July 13

Dooney & Bourke, HARVEYS

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Limited Edition Aurora Doll

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Disney Dream Collection (Diamond Castle Pendant, Sterling Silver Sleeping Beauty Castle Necklace)

  • Disneyland park – New Century Jewelry
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

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July 16

Birthday Collection

  • Disneyland park – Emporium, Star Trader
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

Limited Edition Pins

July 17

Vinylmation (Crystal Limited Edition, Blind Box, Signs Eachez)

  • Downtown Disney District – D Street (opens at 8 a.m.)

Have you added the Tinker Bell – Disneyland Park Map limited edition cel to your collection yet? This newly released cel is limited to an edition size of 1000 and is available at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park. Learn more.

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Here are a few other things to know before you go: Purchasing limits will apply to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and Birthday Collection Merchandise. If you’re curious as to what that entails, items considered limited edition will be limited to two (2) per guest, per day, per item. Open edition items, will be limited to five (5) per guest, per day, per item.

Let us know which shops you plan to visit in the comments below!

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New Pins Debut for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

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


It’s the summer of sparkle as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration! So what else do I have to dazzle you with? How about pins? Each month through September new limited edition pins from the Diamond Decades series honoring favorite attractions, characters and icons from past and present will debut. I asked Merchandiser Erin Catalano how the series of twenty-three Diamond Decades pins came about, here’s what she had to say.

“Our Disney Parks see constant change and evolution; we referred to a quote from Walt Disney stating, ‘Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world’ — that single quote sparked the idea for the entire collection.”

Available July 9 will be pins themed to Jungle Cruise, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” Sleeping Beauty Castle and Storybook Land Canal Boats. Note: Edition sizes on the Diamond Decades pins vary.

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Releasing the same day will be the bi-monthly Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder pin themed to “Alice in Wonderland.” Check it out!

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On July 16, the Diamond Decades collection continues to grow with limited edition pins themed to King Arthur Carrousel, Main Street, U.S.A., and the Mad Tea Party.

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Also being offered on July 16 is the final pin in the Countdown series – a limited release birthday collection logo pin, and a jumbo pin (edition size 1000).*

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Pins will be available to purchase on their release dates at the following locations:

*Tip: The Jumbo Pin will only be available to purchase at Little Green Men Store Command and Disney’s Pin Traders. The limited release birthday collection logo pin will also be available to purchase at additional locations other than those listed above, including Emporium and The Star Trader in Disneyland Park; Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park and World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.

Please keep in mind wristband distribution guidelines will apply to these releases. Wristbands are distributed near Rainforest Café in the Downtown Disney District around 7 a.m. unless otherwise determined.

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