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Disney Parks Blog Readers Invited to ‘Ant-Man’ Special Advanced Screening at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: This event has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future opportunities!

If you’re as excited about the upcoming film “Ant-Man” as we are, I’ve got great news for you today! Disney Parks Blog readers have been invited to attend a special advanced screening of the film here at AMC Downtown Disney 12 at the Disneyland Resort. Event guests are invited to show their super hero side and attend in costume!

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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.

Can’t make it to the special advanced screening? Then be sure to catch “Ant-Man” when it opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

Join us the morning of Saturday, July 11! Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for an event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Event confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Participants will be responsible for any parking fees.
  • Please note that cameras, smartphones and other recording devices will not be permitted in the theater and security will be present to check these devices.
  • This is a pre-release screening of the movie. Captioning, descriptive video and assistive listening devices will not be available.
  • The movie is rated PG-13.
  • Please arrive early. Seating is first come, first seated. No one will be admitted late. The screening may be overbooked and seating is not guaranteed. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (WDSMP), its affiliates and the theatre are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time.
  • NO RECORDING. The screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any video or audio recording devices (including, without limitation, cameras and phones) into the venue and you consent to a physical search of your belongings and person for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device during this screening, you consent to your immediate removal from the venue and forfeiture of your recording device and its contents. Any attempted unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability. We reserve the right to pursue any and all available remedies at law and in equity for any unauthorized recording and/or copyright infringement, including without limitation statutory damages of up to $150,000 per violation, and nothing contained in this notice shall be construed to limit our available remedies and/or legal recourse. You assume all risks of personal injury arising from or incidental to attending the screening, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. Further, by attending you grant permission to WDSMP, its licensees, licensors, affiliates and agents, to record and utilize your name, voice and likeness to publicize the screening and promote the movie.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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July 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

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


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to dazzle! Here are events taking place this July that you don’t want to miss!

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July 3-5: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand for the debut of the Patriotic Collection. See the dolls and meet Linda from 12–10 p.m. each day at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

July 10-12: Artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith is taking over WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District! Stop by throughout the weekend to meet Jasmine and check out some of newest releases from her collection. Learn more here.

July 13: Join us as we welcome authors Kevin Kidney and Tim O’Day who will be on the hand for a special signing of their recent release, “A Celebration of New Magic and Fond Memories of the Disneyland Resort” from 9–11 a.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Tip: Look for the special limited edition version created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Learn more here.

July 18: Join us for an artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works of art by Whitney Pollett and Chris Uminga from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

June 25: Meet Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore who will be on hand for the release and signing of his latest release themed to Princess Aurora. Jim Shore will appear from 9–11 a.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park and 3–5 p.m. at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

June 25: Artist SHAG will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration inspired piece titled “A Perilous Adventure” at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Jeff Granito. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: July 3, 4, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and August 1 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which events are you planning to attend?

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S’Mores Are a Treat This July at the Disneyland Resort

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


Fans of our S’mores gourmet apple, prepare yourselves – this summer is about to get even better as we “treat” you to a few other surprises from our candy kitchens at the Disneyland Resort! Our candy makers have come up with some new concoctions inspired by some of your favorite gourmet apple flavors. Joining the S’mores apple for the month of July will be a similarly themed (and tasty) marshmallow wand, crispy treat and bark.

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The gourmet apple and marshmallow wand are dipped in caramel and milk chocolate, then carefully layered with graham crackers and toasted mini marshmallows. You’ll notice that the crispy treat is prepared almost identically, without the caramel. How could we possibly top all of that? With milk chocolate drizzle, of course!

Looking for something with a bit more “bark” than bite?

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The S’mores bark is made of milk chocolate and marshmallow, topped with graham cracker pieces as well as toasted mini marshmallows.

You won’t have to “camp out” to enjoy these new treats – look for them beginning July 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 one will you try first?

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Special Military Performances at the Disneyland Resort for Fourth of July Weekend

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


From July 2-6, guests can enjoy more special performances by military acts than ever before, continuing a tradition of inviting the military to perform at Disneyland, started by Walt Disney on opening day. If you are visiting the Disneyland Resort this Fourth of July weekend, you may want to catch one of these patriotic shows! Below is a schedule of performance times.

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United States Air Force Honor Guard from Washington D.C.
July 2-5, 2015

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Disney California Adventure Park

  • 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – Paradise Pier, near the “World of Color” viewing area

Fourth of July added performances

  • 5:15 p.m. – Flag Retreat Ceremony (Color Guard only) in Town Square
  • 6:45 p.m. – Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from Miramar, CA
July 4, 2015

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  • 4:10 p.m. – Prior to Mickey’s Soundsational Parade
  • 5:15 p.m. – Flag Retreat Ceremony in Town Square
  • 7 p.m. – Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Downtown Disney District

  • 11:30 a.m. (breakout rock band) – Main Stage

United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from San Francisco, CA
July 5-6, 2015

Downtown Disney District

  • 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. (breakout rock band) – Main Stage
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Celebrate the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ with New Merchandise at Disney Parks

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Disney•Pixar’s newest original film “Inside Out” arrives in theaters on June 19. I’m looking forward to seeing it with my son who has been watching the trailers for months now. While my parents were visiting us, they bought him a few Disney Tsum Tsum featuring characters from this upcoming film. I recently visited Downtown Disney Marketplace to discover what other items were now at Disney Parks.

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The small “Inside Out” assortment includes home décor, apparel, plush and toys. I love the five plush inspired by the emotions of Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear.

I found the Disney Tsum Tsum my parents purchased at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. They will also be offered at World of Disney in Downtown Disney District in California.

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Other items include a deluxe figurine playset, a coffee mug, and a new book titled “Sadly Ever After” by Elise Allen with illustrations by Dan Holland.

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I love the packaging for the open edition six-pin set. Disney pin collectors should also look for an open edition pin with Joy and Bing Bong and a limited edition opening day pin (the latter has an edition size of 3,000).

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Finally, the D-Tech on Demand boutique in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace will also offer six different “Inside Out” designs. You can create and customize a case for the following mobile phones: iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPhone 6/6+, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5. These new designs will be introduced at the location by June 19.

Select items will be found in a variety of merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. You can find other items from “Inside Out” online here.

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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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Artist at Work! Come see Dallas Clayton Create a Mural Inspired by ‘Inside Out’ Today in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

posted on June 5th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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Like many fans of Disney●Pixar animation, I’m looking forward to “Inside Out,” which opens in theaters Friday, June 19.

Adults and children visiting Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort can get a little taste of what’s to come today, Friday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as renowned artist, author and illustrator Dallas Clayton (“Lily the Unicorn,” “An Awesome Book!”) creates a mural, six feet tall and 12 feet long, inspired by “Inside Out” next to the AMC Theatres.

Clayton has teamed up with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls to celebrate “Inside Out” and its depiction of emotions: Joy (voiced by Poehler), Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. Producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s partner in Smart Girls, is featured in an online video inviting fans to submit their representations of these emotions. The submissions may inspire portions of the mural created by Clayton.

The completed mural will remain in Downtown Disney District as a photo location throughout the month, and photos by families and other guests can be curated on social media with #SpreadJoy and #BeEmotionalInsideOut.

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June 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

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


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is underway, here are a few other events taking place in June that are sure to dazzle you!

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June 6: Let your imagination soar! Join us as we welcome authors Jonathan Case and Jeff Jensen who will be on the hand for a special signing of their book, Before Tomorrowland. Meet Jonathan and Jeff from 10–noon at Little Green Men Store Command in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. Learn more here.

June 6-7: Leilani Joy is back! Stop by June 6–7 and again June 20-21, from 2-5 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District to see some of Leilani’s newest releases and more. Learn more here.

June 13: Your collection will dazzle with this vibrant and iconic Hipster Mickey piece by artist Jerrod Maruyama, created in commemoration of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Jerrod 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. Learn more here.

June 13–14: If you have been waiting for just the right time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques or the new 60th Edition Series Plaques, you’re in luck! Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., each day, at Disneyana inside Disneyland park. Learn more here.

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June 20: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works of art by Sean Chao, Joey Chou, Max Grundy, Danny Handke and Leilani Joy from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

June 27-28: Take part in a Disney Fine Art showcase with Collectors Editions artist Jimmy Mulligan from 9–11 a.m. at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., inside Disneyland park 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Off the Page inside Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Max Grundy. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: June 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 – 27 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which artist are you most excited to meet?

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Additional ‘Decades’ Details and Art Revealed for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 28th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


A couple of months ago, I shared the first piece from the Disneyland Resort Diamond CelebrationDecades” collection created by Jeff Granito. The first piece in the series of “Decades” art (1955–1964) will debut today. Here’s a look at some of the exciting merchandise featuring the art.

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I’m sure you’ve been curious to see what some of the other pieces look like, right? Wait no more. Here’s a look at additional “Decades” art celebrating attractions, icons and characters for each ten-year milestone. Keep an eye out for these pieces to debut around every 60 days on items including apparel, home décor, pins and more.

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“Decades” Merchandise will be available at the following locations:

Deluxe Print, Dessert Plate, Mug and Tee:

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Are there more to come? Of course! But you’re going to have to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog to find out.

Which one is your favorite so far?

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New Pressed Coins Debut for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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Last month, my fellow Disney Parks Blog author and friend, Shannon Swanson, got a “Penny For Your Thoughts” as she took you inside the Electromechanical Shop and behind-the-scenes of the making of coin presses at the Disneyland Resort. Shannon mentioned that I would have exciting news to share, and I do — as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we are introducing sixty (60) new pressed coins themed to favorite attractions, icons and characters!

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How can you tell which designs are being introduced for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? Here are a few tips to help you out!

  • Look for the special 60-D symbol which appears on the art for each new die.
  • Each coin will bear a special back-stamp that says Est. July 17 1955 – Disneyland Resort 60-D!

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One of my favorite things is the new Pressed Coin Location Guide that features all of the presses throughout the Disneyland Resort. All of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration pressed coins can be found by simply locating the diamond icon next to the coin image. Where can you find the pressed coin location guides? Great question — the new guides are available here on the Disney Parks Blog! Take a look at the images below or download the PDF here. You can also find printed brochures at City Hall in Disneyland park, Chamber of Commerce at Disney California Adventure park and select merchandise locations throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Tip: There is a specially designed Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration collector’s book to help you keep track of your collection.

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Finally, there’s one last thing before I go: keep an eye out for special ‘Decades’ presses in the Downtown Disney District that will only be available for limited period of time.

Are you ready for the Pressed Coin Challenge? Let us know which coins you are looking forward to adding to your collection in the comments below!

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