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World Cup Final Matches, Volleyball, Extra Hawaiian Nights Amplify the Fun of Summer Celebration in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 11th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Summer Celebration continues in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort this month with World Cup Soccer finals, a celebration of summer volleyball and more “Dole Days of Summer” Hawaiian Nights.

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Soccer fans have been cheering World Cup matches at the Downtown Disney District , inside ESPN Zone and on the 10-by-16-foot outdoor LED jumbo screen in the Downtown Disney District common area. Throughout the World Cup third place and final matches this weekend, there will be some additional exciting events available for our guests.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, we will be sharing a futsal (the smaller-scale cousin of soccer) demo and clinic in the Downtown Disney District common area near the LED jumbo screen. Starting at noon Saturday and Sunday, several local coaches will provide an interactive soccer/futsal clinic for kids. In addition, on Saturday only, Joe-Max Moore – U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer, Olympian and three-time FIFA World Cup U.S.A. Team Member, will appear at 11:15 a.m. to meet and greet soccer fans. Closed toe shoes and a signed waiver will be required for all participants. DJ Wendy will appear throughout the weekend to spin tunes and provide commentary on the matches.

As the World Cup comes to its conclusion, summer volleyball arrives to bring the beach to the Downtown Disney District for a five-day event, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 20. The event, which focuses on health and community outreach, encouraging children of all ages to get out and play safely, will take place on a specially constructed sand volleyball court in the plaza between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

Highlights will include OC Volleyball Junior Tournament play from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, July 16, 18 and 19; clinics hosted by volleyball professional Ed Ratledge from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; an intermural tournament for teams of Disneyland Resort cast members Wednesday through Friday; and exhibition games by collegiate women’s doubles teams, amateur and youth players.

A lineup of professional beach volleyball players will appear Saturday, July 19 (pro legend men) and Sunday, July 20 (pro legend women) for exhibition games and to greet fans.

Thanks to the popularity of “Dole Days of Summer” Hawaiian Nights, two additional Fridays have been added to the lineup: July 18 and 25. That means additional opportunities to enjoy the island entertainment on Friday nights, and to sample the Hawaiian dishes at Downtown Disney restaurants.

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The Disney Side of Alex and Ani ‘Charmed Arms’ at Disney Parks

posted on July 8th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s time to show us your Disney Side with your “charmed arms” from Alex and Ani! Not only do we want to see which Alex and Ani bangles from our Disney collection have made it onto your arms, but we also want to see them in front of some of your favorite characters, attractions and icons at Disney Parks.

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I know that many of you were eager to know if Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” would be making a splash at Disney Parks, and I’m here to tell you, she is, along with Rapunzel from “Tangled.” Here’s your first look!

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Joining them will be a few of everyone’s favorite Disney pals, Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck.

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Look for these bangles to debut July 14 at the following Disney Parks & Resorts locations and Online.

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What’s next? I can tell you this much, you will either find it a nightmare or you will consider it really cool.

Now I invite you to share your Disney ‘charmed arms’ with us! Use #DisneySide and #charmedarms across our social channels, including Twitter, Vine, Google+, Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest. If you tag your Instagram photos using #DisneySide #charmedarms we may just feature it on the @Disneyland, @WaltDisneyWorld or @AlexandAni Instagram feeds.

Will you add any of these new Alex and Ani Disney Collection bangles to your wrist?

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New ‘Frozen’-Inspired Looks Debut at Studio Disney 365 at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 7th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Want to look to ‘cool’ for summer? Here’s your first glimpse at some of the new “Frozen”-inspired transformations that debuted at Studio Disney 365 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort this past week.

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Fans of Elsa will love the twist given to this coronation-inspired braided style, which includes a ‘cool’ blue streak, a tiara and a light applique of makeup and nail polish.

Fans of Anna will be swept away by the stylish braids which are elegantly pulled back into a bun with green color streak. Finish the look with a tiara and a light applique of makeup and nail polish.

If you are thinking to yourself, “What about the boys?” Don’t despair. A new Olaf transformation will be available for fans looking to emulate that lovable snowman, complete with frosted hair tips and an Olaf T-shirt.

These new transformations are now available at Studio Disney 365 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort, for ages 3 and up. Make your reservation now at 714-781-STYLE (714-781-7895). Package prices and components vary.

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Daily World Cup Coverage Expanding in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

posted on June 30th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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If you’re a World Cup fan, you probably already know that the matches are televised daily at ESPN Zone in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. You may have even seen fans lining up outside ESPN Zone prior to kickoff.

Now the Downtown Disney District is offering an additional option for viewing the competition. Matches will be televised on a jumbo 10-by-16-foot outdoor LED screen in the Downtown Disney District common area, between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

When the World Cup semi-finals, third place and finals matches arrive on July 8, 9, 12 and 13, Downtown Disney District World Cup festivities will also feature a DJ and additional special activities for fans. Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for future announcements about upcoming World Cup activities and follow @DisneylandDTD and @ESPNZoneAnaheim on Twitter!

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Disney Stars Laura and Vanessa Marano Show Off Their Disney Side Style at Disney Parks

posted on June 30th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


My fellow author Jennifer Fickley-Baker recently shared a video featuring Disney Stars Laura Marano from Disney Channel’s “Austin and Ally” and Vanessa Marano from ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” during their recent visit to Disney Parks. During their trip to Disneyland Resort, they showed off their Disney Side style in another video recently published on the Disney Style YouTube channel.

The image below contains a few things that Laura and Vanessa selected from Disney Parks. The sequin Minnie Mouse headband is one of the most popular items we carry. The red Mickey Mouse crop top that Vanessa wears isn’t currently offered at Disney Parks, but I found a classic Mickey Mouse tee that works just as well. Finally, Laura is sporting a gray Mickey Mouse shirt that is part of a new art program called “Whimsy.”

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Many of these items can be found at select locations in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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In California, the best places to visit first include Disney Vault 28 and World of Disney at Downtown Disney District.

In Florida, I suggest trying TrenD or Zoey & Pickles inside the newly opened Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. You can see an image from Zoey & Pickles in the bottom right corner of the image above.

You may also find a few select items, such as Beautifully Disney cosmetics, on our Disney Parks online store – DisneyParks.com/Store.

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July 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on June 23rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here’s a look at some of the merchandise events headed your way in July at the Disneyland Resort!

July 12: Take part in a special artist showcase with Walt Disney Imagineers, Stephen Cargile, Larry Nikolai and Mark Page as well as former Walt Disney Imagineers, Maggie Parr and George Scribner from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Learn more.

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July 12: Artists Jasmine Becket-Griffith and Noah are set to appear from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more.

July 12: Meet the filmmakers behind “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” 3 – 5 p.m. at Fly n’ Buy in Disney California Adventure park. Keep an eye out for more information on this event shortly on www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

July 12 – 13: Jasmine Becket-Griffith will also take part in a special artist showcase from 2 – 5 p.m at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more.

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July 19: Artists J. Scott Campbell, Sean Chao, Martin Hsu and Sarah “Nei” Ruffino will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more.

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Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of July is Amy Mebberson. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: July 4 – 6, 11 – 13 and 18 – 20 from 6 – 10 p.m. Learn more.

Which events are on the top of your list?

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Do You Want ‘S’more’ Gourmet Apples at the Disneyland Resort?

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


It’s been almost an entire year since we have been treated to that ooey-gooey fan-favorite that I like to call the s’more gourmet apple. But guess what, Disney fans? It’s back!

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If you need a reminder as to why it was so good, maybe this will help. The apple has been dipped in chocolate and topped with graham crackers and marshmallows that have been toasted to perfection. Just like last year, you can enjoy this tasty treat fireside or just camping out with family and friends.

The s’more gourmet apple can only be found during the month of July at the following Disneyland Resort locations:

  • Disneyland park – Candy Palace
  • Disney California Adventure park – Trolley Treats
  • Downtown Disney DistrictMarceline’s Confectionary
  • Was this your favorite gourmet apple, too?

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    First Look: New Disney•Pixar Custom Character Cars at Walt Disney World Speedway

    posted on June 14th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


    Last month, we let you know that new Piston Cup Racers Aiken Axler & Sage VanDerSpin would be unveiled during this year’s Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort. And today, we have a first look at both custom character cars, as they enter the line-up for the first time at the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

    First Look: New Disney•Pixar Custom Character Cars at Walt Disney World Speedway

    The #28 Aiken Axler and #80 Sage VanDerSpin cars were created by Disney•Pixar “Cars” creative director Jay Ward. Both will be used in the new Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along program for the Richard Petty Driving Experience beginning this weekend. Here’s a taste of what it’ll be like.

    If you look closely, you’ll notice the character eyes on the car’s windshields help bring the vehicles to life – but the window wraps do not interfere with the view of the track.

    Junior Ride-Alongs do not require reservations and are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out more information about program offerings, dates and times by visiting Drivepetty.com or call 800-237-3889.

    You can see Aiken Axler and Sage VanDerSpin during Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney. Disney•Pixar “Cars” and “Cars 2″ characters Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissle will also be stopping by the event for meet and greets.

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    ESPN Zone Cast Member Plays Dad and Colleague to Three Daughters

    posted on June 12th, 2014 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


    Creating guest memories is a family affair for many Disneyland Resort cast members, and among these are inspirational dads who lead their families at home and work. With Father’s Day around the corner, now is a great time to introduce you to the Hernandez family!

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    When Shaleena Hernandez, a server at ESPN Zone, needs someone to talk to, she turns to her father, and doesn’t have to go far. Richard Hernandez also works at the Downtown Disney District restaurant — as do his other two children, Jessica and Briana. And would you believe Shaleena’s and Jessica’s fiancées also both work at ESPN Zone? They do!

    Richard values the time he spends with his daughters and future sons-in-law on and off the clock. “Being together is great,” said Richard. “I have always enjoyed working at the Disneyland Resort because of my supportive co-workers, and now it’s extra special because I get to also work with my daughters.”

    Shaleena, Jessica and Briana attribute their work ethic to their dad. “Working with my dad allows me to spend time with him and see his hard work,” Jessica said. “I love my dad, and we hope he enjoys his day off on Father’s Day.”

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    Dole Adds a Little Sweetness to Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort

    posted on June 9th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


    Mmmmm, mango chicken salad … pineapple shrimp ceviche … banana split dazzler … Dole makes the summer a little more fun with new dishes on the menus at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort restaurants through September 6. It’s all part of the annual Hawaiian Nights every Friday through mid-July (except July 4) – but these new tastes are there every single day.

    These and more are on menus to showcase the chefs’ creativity:

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    • Mango Habanero Hot Wings
    • Pineapple Chipotle BBQ Wings
    • Pineapple Mojito

    Rainforest Café

    • Green Python
    • Teriyaki Glazed Mahi Mahi

    Tortilla Jo’s

    • Pineapple Shrimp Ceviche
    • Guajillo Chicken Salad
    • Achiote-Marinated Flat Iron Steak
    • Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita
    • Pineapple Mojito

    House of Blues

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    • Caribbean Chicken Skillet

    Naples

    • Dole Pineapple Pizza with Rosemary Roasted Ham
    • Arugula Salad with Dole Raspberry Dressing & Shrimp
    • Dole Sangria

    La Brea Bakery

    • Mango Chicken Salad

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    • Early Summer Mango Salad with Raspberry Mojo Vinaigrette
    • Pisco-Sour Cloud

    Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

    • Grilled Salmon Strawberry Salad
    • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

    Wetzel’s Pretzels

    • Hawaiian Pretzel

    Haagen-Dazs

    • Banana Split Dazzler

    During Hawaiian Nights, guests will also find Hawaii-themed entertainment in the Paradise Plaza next to House of Blues and WonderGround Gallery, and cast members from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, on the island of Oahu sharing information about the Disney resort.

    Click here for photos of food with recipes. For more information, be sure to follow the Downtown Disney District on Twitter, @DisneylandDTD.

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