You know that feeling you get on Christmas morning when you discover your stocking filled with goodies? What if you could give that gift to someone AND make a difference for the children of Anaheim?
I stopped by The Stocking Project chalet in the Downtown Disney Winter Village and had that same feeling when I saw their handcrafted stockings, filled to the brim with gifts from Downtown Disney District businesses! As John mentioned last week, Working to Give is selling these one-of-a-kind gifts, stitched by local artisans. The best part is that all net proceeds from your $99 stocking purchase will benefit ACT Anaheim, which supports much-needed youth programs in our community.
The Downtown Disney Winter Village is open Monday–Thursday, 3–6 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 2–11 p.m.; and Sunday, 2–10 p.m.
Don’t miss this opportunity to create some holiday magic … and give a gift that gives back to our community!
Last weekend we celebrated the newest Disney•Pixar release, “The Good Dinosaur,” on both coasts — at Disney Springs in Florida and the Downtown Disney District in California. With a DJ dance party, chalk art, activities, giveaways and more, it was a party filled with dino-sized fun for the whole family! Couldn’t make it in person? Check out the video recap below, then make plans to see the film which makes it official debut today, November 25, 2015.
Charm your way into the new year with the ALEX AND ANI Dated 2016 Charm Bangle (available in Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver Finishes) featuring Sorcerer Mickey, beginning December 14 at Disney Parks.
I can tell you this much — this is just the beginning of what’s in store for you in the new year. I can hardly wait to share more. In the meantime, I have some very special shopping tips just for you!
Online Holiday Shopping Tip:
Now through November 30, receive 15 percent off all ALEX AND ANI available online, while supplies last, at DisneyStore.com/AlexandAni. Just use the special promotion code: CHARM
In the coming months, we will begin to retire some of our styles of ALEX AND ANI bangles. Be sure to stay tuned for more information.
With this year’s Disney ¡Viva Navidad! now underway, be on the lookout for special commemorative merchandise, including a zip fleece hoodie, tee and dimensional ornament! These items are available at Seaside Souvenirs in Disney California Adventure park.
If it’s Disney ¡Viva Navidad! pins you seek, they are also available! This limited release logo pin features The Three Caballeros along with a limited edition Jumbo Pin featuring Donald Duck atop an ornament.
Will you be joining us for the celebration?
Our parks and resorts around the world give families and loved ones opportunities to make lasting memories together, and that vision continues to drive our citizenship efforts. We are committed to nurture, inspire, and empower kids and families by bringing them together to make lasting change in the world. Last weekend, our VoluntEARS around the world celebrated Family Volunteer Day. Now in its 25th year, this coordinated effort is a national day of service organized by generationOn and sponsored by Disney Friends for Change.
At Disneyland Resort, guests and Disney VoluntEARS made more than 5,000 snack packs for the Orange County Food Bank, wrote postcards to service men and women and built butterfly garden kits for after-school programs. VoluntEARS also spent time assembling food boxes at the Orange County Food Bank.
Walt Disney World guests, cast and their families created 500 Clean the World toiletry kits for Families in Transition in Osceola County. Participants also wrote postcards for Operation Uplift and greeting cards for local children’s hospitals to bring extra smiles for the holiday season. The Disney Kids and Family Zone also stopped by to provide some healthy snacks, fun games and a photo area for even more lasting memories.
VoluntEARS and families from Hong Kong Disneyland refreshed a local campsite for the Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied Association (PHAB). This is the first campsite in Hong Kong to promote inclusiveness and socialization among visitors, and the work of the VoluntEARS will help even more people to enjoy the space.
Tokyo Disney Resort cast members and their family joined hands with other community volunteers to clean the shoreline of their local Kasai Rinkai Park. VoluntEARS spent the day helping to preserve the park’s pristine nature for everyone to enjoy.
Thank you to all the resort guests and Disney VoluntEARS who joined together for Family Volunteer Day. This is just one of many ways Walt Disney Parks and Resorts VoluntEARS donate hundreds of thousands of hours every single year. Read more about how The Walt Disney Company participated in Family Volunteer Day on the Disney Post.
Guests using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app this week through Monday, November 30, 2015 will find magical deals on merchandise. If you are unfamiliar with this new mobile app, check out this video article which shows you how easy it is to find and purchase merchandise from Disney Parks.
During Thanksgiving week, Shop Disney Parks will have deals each day on items such as stocking stuffers, home décor, accessories, toys, plush and more. Deals may change each day so you’ll want to check back often.
We are also extending our “Free Shipping” offer I previously discussed through January 2, 2016.
To download the app, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.
Ah, the subtle change of seasons in California means some delicious new dishes on the dinner menu at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel. And a new opening time for dinner: 5 p.m. daily.
Look for new starters including Sea & Land Tartare featuring spiced ahi tuna, charred filet mignon, truffle aioli and a rye crouton; Fried Mushroom Ravioli with grilled Portobello mushroom, tomato concassé and a slow-poached egg; and Short Rib Shepherd’s Pie with sweet potato, roasted root vegetables and a mushroom ragout.
A hearty maple-glazed Kurobuta pork chop is added to the entrées, and a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.
Breakfast hours stay the same, and now you can get start your day with a Mickey-shaped waffles – with a fancy topping of warm Bananas Foster or warm berries (plus bacon or sausage).
For reservations, visit Disneyland.com or call 714-781-DINE.
My Thanksgiving usually consists of a huge feast. I’m talking at least four types of meat dishes, lots of yummy side dishes and at least five desserts! Variety is definitely the spice of life.
With that in mind, we wanted to add some spice to your lives with two different Thanksgiving Day wallpapers. Jeff Maurer, on our team, got his “Fall” on and created these fun designs to give thanks – one featuring pioneer Mickey and another exploding with cornucopia of color.
This week in Disney history, “Tangled” debuted in theaters, introducing us to a daring and adventure loving princess named Rapunzel.
In the film, Rapunzel disobeys her mother’s orders (and mother knows best!) and leaves her tower to fulfill her dream of seeing the floating lights for her birthday. Along the way, she meets the roguish Flynn Ryder who pulls her into his adventurous escape from his fellow thieves. The two fall in love and in the end, Rapunzel makes a sacrifice that saves Flynn’s life.
Thanks to photographer Ryan Wendler for the images.
To check out more photo from this series, see the list below.
Imagine yourself seated at the Thanksgiving table. Friends and family around. Waiting patiently for the Thanksgiving feast to begin. What better way to fill that time than to spend it with our pals, Chip and Dale?
We thought of a special way to say thanks to our awesome Blog fans with a unique set of printable Chip and Dale placemats – one with an intricate design for you to color and another with fun games to play.
So get those crayons out and create some memories this Thanksgiving!