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Holidays Shine Bright in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

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


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What do you get when you combine Christmas lights and neon lights? The holidays in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park! Radiator Springs is aglow with the twinkle of the season as residents have decorated their businesses along Route 66.

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Showing that you don’t have to be fancy to be festive, even Mater’s junkyard sparkles.
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And across the street, Sarge puts the spirit in the season with a patriotic display that guarantees fireworks every night.

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Luigi’s Casa della Tires and Ramone’s House of Body Art shine against the beautiful backdrop of Ornament Valley.

What is your favorite holiday display in Cars Land?

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Made With Magic Items Now Available at Disney Parks

posted on November 25th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m happy to announce that Made With Magic items are now available at Disney Parks. You may recall my recent Disney Parks Blog article about Made With Magic, the new name for products that light up and interact with select Disney experiences at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. I recently visited Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to get a first hand look at these new products.

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As the sun set on another beautiful Florida day, I saw these items in action at the top of the Hollywood Hills Theater just before seating opened for the first Fantasmic! show. We currently offer a Disney ear hat, a Minnie Mouse headband and a Sorcerer Mickey wand. A light-up Mickey Mouse glove will be coming to Disney Parks in spring 2015. Each Made With Magic item has a retail of $25.00 (that retail includes tax).

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My favorite item is the Sorcerer Mickey wand as it has the ability to change other Made With Magic items. It’s pretty easy to use. To change the color patterns on the wand, press the artist pallet button. Once you find a color pattern you like, you can press the wand button to change other Made With Magic items. I changed an entire display of Disney ear hats with just one wand (I wonder if I can use this wand to clean up my apartment as that would be amazing).

Look for these items in select merchandise locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. Guests in California can find these items in various merchandise locations in Disneyland park and in Disney’s California Adventure park.

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Meeting Hiro and Baymax at Disneyland Park

posted on November 25th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The stars of Disney’s new animated hit film, “Big Hero 6”, have arrived in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, where guests are loving the chance to meet Hiro Hamada and his huggable buddy Baymax.

Bringing the world of “Big Hero 6” to life in the park was especially exciting for the Creative Entertainment team.

“Tomorrowland, like the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology in the movie, represents the clean and sleek world of high-tech gadgets and the next generation of technology,” said Sue Hamilton, show director with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment. “When you go to meet the characters, though, we take you into Hiro’s garage. It’s disorganized and minimal when it comes to resources, but maybe inspires people to realize that even without access to the latest technology, great things can be accomplished with enough imagination and ingenuity.”

“Big Hero 6” is in theaters now in 3D.

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Plan the Merriest Feast on Earth at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 24th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Forget Santa’s Naughty-or-Nice list, if you’re visiting during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, there’s only one list you’ll need. I’ve compiled all things deliciously Disney this holiday season.

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Jolly Holiday Bakery Café

  • Hot Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich

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  • Market Sandwich
  • Grilled Pesto Chicken Sandwich
  • Apple Pecan Salad
  • Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

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  • Mickey-Shaped Macaroons
  • Caramel Apple Muffin
  • Chocolate-Raspberry Cupcake

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  • Black Forest Bundt Cake
  • Holiday Brownie

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  • Pumpkin Crème Brulee
  • Ginger Spice Éclair
  • Chocolate-Mint Whoopie Pie

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  • Bananas Foster Cheesecake
  • Tiramisu
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookie
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Village Haus Restaurant

  • Cherry Cobbler Flatbread – cherry pie filling, crunchy granola on a flatbread topped with icing and fresh mint

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

  • Family-Style Cookie Bake – baked sugar cookie dusted with powdered sugar and mulling cinnamon-orange blend, topped with three scoops of vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with caramel sauce

Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

  • Hot Cocoa and Cider
  • Cookie Decorating Kits
  • Candy Cane Cotton Candy

French Market Restaurant

  • Praline Cheesecake

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

  • Crushed candy cane & holiday sprinkles for waffle cones

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port

  • Fresh Roasted Turkey Pizza – oven-roasted turkey with Craisins, mozzarella, parmesan, fresh sage
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante

  • Holiday Tamale Plates

The Golden Horseshoe

  • Ice Cream Nachos
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Plaza Inn

  • November Yule Log – spice cake with pumpkin mousse and lingonberry marmalade filling and cream cheese with chocolate ganache frosting
  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache

Market House

  • Cranberry Bliss Bar
  • Gingerbread Loaf
  • Pecan Tart
  • Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies
  • Holiday Brownie

Maurice’s Treats

  • Pumpkin Twist

Mint Julep Bar

  • Raspberry-Magnolia Lemonade
  • Pumpkin Beignets served with Vanilla Crème Anglaise

Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • Holiday Burger – blue cheese burger with onion marmalade and arugula
  • Apple Pie Funnel Cake

Royal Street Veranda

  • Tropical Habanero Lime Punch

Blue Bayou Restaurant and Cafe Orleans

  • Holiday Peppermint Mocha
  • Holiday Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate
  • Holiday Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

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Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta

  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree
  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache

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  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge

  • California Craft Seasonal Beer
  • Poinsettia – Cointreau, cranberry juice, and champagne garnished with a twist of orange zest

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream

  • Crushed candy cane and holiday sprinkles for waffle cones and hand-dipped ice cream bars

Cozy Cone Motel

  • Bacon Mac & Cheese Cone
  • Pumpkin Twist

Boudin Bread Cart

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  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree

Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe

  • Cranberry Bliss Bar
  • Gingerbread Loaf
  • Pecan Tart
  • Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Paradise Garden Grill

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Mortimer’s Market

  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree

Schmoozies

  • Triple Berry Smoothie – fresh cranberries, cranberry juice, cranberry sauce and vanilla ice cream topped with a caramel drizzle
  • Abuelita Hot Cocoa
  • Caramel Apple Muffin
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Taste Pilots’ Grill

  • Warm Apple Maple Cake
  • Merriest Style Topping – beef burger or grilled chicken topped with Swiss cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms
  • Holiday Brownie

Pacific Wharf Café

  • Turkey Pot Pie Soup
  • Cranberry-White Chocolate Bread Pudding
  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Disneyland Resort Hotels

Hearthstone Lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake

Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache

The Coffee House at Disneyland Hotel

  • Caramel Apple Muffin

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland Hotel

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  • Red-Nosed Zebra – Bacardi 8 rum, fresh lemon and lime juice, agave nectar and strawberry puree garnished with cranberries and a mint sprig
  • Sam’s Slay Ride – Sam’s Gorilla Grog, Jack Daniel’s Honey, Grand Marnier, Canton Ginger, fresh lime juice and Trader Tiki cinnamon topped with a cinnamon and nutmeg dusting
  • Mele Kaliki-Mocha – Fresh iced coffee, Kahlua, coconut, orgeat syrup, topped with whipped cream and garnished with red and green sprinkles and a rosemary sprig
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Holiday Deals Coming This Week to the Disney Parks Online Store

posted on November 24th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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With the holiday shopping season officially starting this week, I wanted to share some holiday deals that are coming to the Disney Parks online store.

Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014

  • 20% off your entire order, plus free shipping with purchases $75 and more. Use code: THANKS

Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Enjoy 25% off $100 or more; 20% off $75 or more; or 15% off $50 or more, plus free shipping with purchases $75 and more. Use code: CYBER

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To help you find the perfect gifts for loved ones, I invite you to check out the online gift guide here.

Happy shopping!

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Celebrate Thanksgiving Week With Our Latest Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper

posted on November 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Turkey Day is almost here and in honor of the big day we have a new Disney Parks Blog wallpaper to share with you.

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Disney Artist Jeff Maurer pulled this one together, it’s a graphic of one of our famous theme park turkey legs – with a Disney twist.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special wallpaper page.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 23rd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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This week, we featured some “must-see” time-lapse videos on the Disney Parks Blog, including an amazing look at the all-new Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle inspired by Disney’s blockbuster film, “Frozen”.

Watch our video and try to find Olaf. He’s hidden 14 places in the display. Pam also included more details about the 17-foot-tall masterpiece in her original story.

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We also kicked off a new series at Disney’s Contemporary Resort this week. Our “Room with a View” stories will feature suites at the Walt Disney World Resort that have something special in common – a spectacular view.

Our first room with a view is a Club Level 1 Bedroom Theme Park View Suite on the 14th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You can see more images as well as book a stay at the Resort in our original story.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Mad T Party Steps Out of Disney California Adventure Park and Back Through the Looking Glass November 30 – Mad T Party will leave Disney California Adventure park after its November 30 performance. This is your chance to travel down the rabbit hole one more time!

Disneyland Resort Entertainment Team Shares Their Favorite Festive Feature for ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday – Watch as the same team behind Haunted Mansion Holiday’s magical makeover tells us about their favorite holiday enhancements at another famous attraction!

Visions of the Future Spring Up at Downtown Disney – Get a few more glimpses of the future as Downtown Disney continues to undergo its transformation into Disney Springs.

Planning for a Day at Castaway Cay – Dolly from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shares some of the excellent activities to take part in on this island paradise!

Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: What’s in the Name? – Learn the significance behind the name of Disney’s beautiful resort on O’ahu, and how it seeks to celebrate Hawai‘i’s rich legacy of storytelling.

Runners Show Off Their ‘Super Hero Side’ at Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon – Meet some of the super heroes who ran the inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon last weekend.

December 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort – Disney Parks Blog author Michelle Harker shares some of the details on merchandise events coming to Disneyland Resort in December.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: A Happy Birthday to Mickey Mouse

posted on November 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this week, we celebrated Mickey Mouse’s birthday with a “Mickey takeover” of the Disney Parks Blog.

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Our favorite pal was brought into existence by creator Walt Disney on November 18, 1928. Be sure to click through the gallery above to see photos of Mickey Mouse throughout the history of our parks.

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The Beautifully Disney ‘Frozen’ Collection Debuts at Disney Parks

posted on November 21st, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


A flurry of excitement is swirling at Disney Parks. Why? The ‘cool’ new collection from Beautifully Disney debuting in stores now will undoubtedly melt your heart with its spectrum of colors inspired by the award-winning film, “Frozen.”

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New to the collection this year is the Rollerball Eye Shadow set. Designed with rollerball tip for effortless application, the lightweight, shimmering silver-toned Elegant Ice and golden-toned Sparkling eye shadows glide on with seamless precision for illuminated eyes. The shimmery loose shadows add dimension and light, creating a delicate dance of glistening crystals for your eyes. Tip: Simply glide the rollerball directly onto the eyelid for a subtle touch of glamour.

Do you want to build … the perfect manicure? The whimsical winter colors of Spiraling Snow, Magnificent Power, Frozen Queen and Miss Royal Pants will help you do just that! Sparkling Snow is, of course, one of my favorites as it leaves me with a glittering feeling of fallen snowflakes on my fingertips. Those who are a bit more daring might find Magnificent Power a bit cooler for their taste.

One of this year’s must-have items includes the newly designed eye shadow palette featuring eight different shades ranging from warm earth tones to fun frosty hues. Discover the magic inside as you mix and match colors to create your own look. Tip: Use colors like Crystal Snowflake and Powers Unleashed to create a classic and regal looking cat-eye. Or try shades like Touched By Magic and Follow Your Heart for a simple yet elegant twist.

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Your look is almost complete … the final touch: the lips. Find which one of the mini-lipstick sets suits your style, whether it is the soft pink of Regal Beauty, the rich mauve of Radiant Heart, the vibrant fuchsia of Queen To Be or the daring violet shade of Optimistic. Tip: These mini lipsticks are easy to take with you and create the perfect application for any occasion.

Look for this new collection and other fan favorites in stores now at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, including the following locations:

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  • Downtown Disney DistrictDisney Vault 28
  • Disneyland park – Disney Clothiers
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
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  • Downtown Disney MarketplaceMarketplace Co-OpBeautifully Disney
  • I know this new collection is on my list of things to pick up this holiday season. Is it on yours?

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    Disneyland Resort Cast Members Grant Nearly $2.2M to Southern California Nonprofits Since 1997

    posted on November 21st, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


    Cast members say that one of the best parts of working for the Disneyland Resort is the encouragement we receive to give back to our communities.

    This year, Disneyland Resort cast members granted 85 Southern California nonprofit organizations a total of $415,000 in grants through the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund (DVCF). That’s nearly $2.2 million since the program’s inception in 1997!

    DVCF is funded entirely by cast members through regular payroll deductions or one-time donations. Those who contribute during the year have the opportunity to nominate an organization of their choice. The organizations, from local schools to social service agencies, received up to $5,000 each. Organizations that received a grant this year include American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Club, Make-A-Wish and Sam Dimas Mountain Rescue.

    Check out the video below and watch Christine Ludin, a hotels cast member at the Disneyland Resort, present $5,000 to the Southern California Special Olympics!

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