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Reservations Now Open for New Table-Service Dining at River Belle Terrace in Disneyland Park

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


One of the original restaurants at Disneyland park, River Belle Terrace (under a variety of names) has been serving up home-style eats and Southern hospitality for more than sixty years. On February 10, the next chapter for River Belle Terrace will begin as the restaurant reopens as a table-service location, featuring barbecue favorites, tasty sides and more.

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What’s on the new menu? For starters, look for creamy pimento cheese dip with toasted bread and crispy celery, grilled and chilled shrimp with house-made BBQ cocktail sauce and lemon, and a house salad with arugula, apple, gorgonzola, dried cranberries, candied pecans and apple vinaigrette.

If you’re looking for a lighter entrée, try a salad topped with your choice of chicken, grilled shrimp, brisket or BBQ tofu. Whether you choose River Belle’s Chopped Salad with romaine lettuce, black beans, garbanzo beans, pickles, roasted corn, red bell pepper and tomatoes topped with fried onions served with a BBQ-ranch dressing or the Terrace Wedge with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, crumbled gorgonzola, garnished with pickled red onions and buttermilk-gorgonzola dressing, you can’t go wrong.

For the main attraction, Disneyland Resort chefs were inspired by barbecue tastes from up and down the Mississippi River. Look for tasty entrees like pork spare ribs, oven-roasted barbecue chicken, barbecue tofu, sustainable fish, oven-roasted sausage links and sandwiches featuring fried chicken, beef brisket or pulled pork. Each entree includes a side of River Belle Terrace’s signature baked beans as well as a choice of tangy coleslaw, seasoned tater bites, potato salad or seasonal vegetables. Kids will love the oven-roasted chicken, sustainable fish, BBQ ribs or mac ‘n cheese, each served with seasonal vegetables and fruit.

No Southern meal is complete without dessert. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the warm maple, apple and bacon bundt cake or butterscotch pudding parfait. For a twist on a classic dessert, try the fried cheesecake.

Reservations can be made by visiting Disneyland.com/dine, or by calling 714-781-DINE (3463).

TIP: Did you know you can now modify your existing dining reservations? Under the “My Reservations” page, simply click “Change Reservation” to change the time or number of guests in your part of your existing reservation.

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Moms Panel Monday: Getting the Most Out of Your Vacation Time

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


If you’re like me, you probably think planning a vacation is so much fun! We want to make sure we’re doing all we can to make the most of our precious time-off. Following up to last week’s Moms Panel Monday where we shared ideas on the best time of year to visit Disney Parks, this week we look at how to truly get the most out of your Disney vacation.

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Our Disney Parks Moms Panel frequently answers questions about how to best use Disney FastPass+ at Walt Disney World Resort and FASTPASS at Disneyland Resort so guests can maximize their time in the parks. And best of all – it’s a complimentary benefit!

One of our dad Panelists, Wes, helps a guest from Wisconsin better understand FastPass+ at Walt Disney World Resort and the top things to know about it. Wes calls FastPass+ “one of the most MAGICAL things Walt Disney World provides guests.”

Marilyn, a Florida resident, asks Moms Panelist Yael how many FastPasses she can get in one day. Yael takes her step-by-step on how to use the initial three selections and the process for obtaining more.

At Disneyland Resort, the FASTPASS process operates a little differently. Moms Panelist Lynette explains how to best utilize the Disneyland FASTPASS.

Moms Panelist Kiki helps a Disneyland guest understand how to use FASTPASS for entertainment such as World of Color.

If you have more questions about Disney FastPass+ there is an entire section dedicated to FastPass+ on the Disney Parks Moms Panel where you can read more answers from our very knowledgeable Panelists. Or, you can always ask your very own question to the Panel to get your own personal answer by clicking on the “Submit a Question” section.

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New Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration HARVEYS Attraction Totes Debut

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you ready to see the next wave of attraction poster totes from HARVEYS created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration?

Fans who previously added Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion or “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” to your current seatbelt bag collection, prepare yourself for what you are about to see!

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The new line includes inspired totes ($198, plus tax) themed to Autopia, Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Cruise, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Storybook Land Canal Boats.

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Look for them in stores now at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District and other select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Personally it’s between the Autopia and Matterhorn Bobsleds for me. Which one is your favorite?

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Tips for a Rainy Day at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Here at the Disneyland Resort, wet weather does not put a damper on day of fun. Umbrella in hand, it’s one of my favorite times to take in the sights and sounds of the parks. Try out these activities to sprinkle extra excitement on your rainy day visit:

Gear up for the weather
If the precipitation catches you by surprise, our Disneyland Resort merchandise locations have you covered … literally! You can purchase ponchos and umbrellas in shops throughout both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. If you don’t see them on the shelves, just ask a cast member.

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Experience favorite indoor attractions
Galactic explorers may escape to Star Wars Launch Bay or Hyperspace Mountain in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. For a more relaxing respite from the rain, take a taxi through Monstropolis at Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! at Disney California Adventure park.

Ride your favorite attractions … again and again
Rainy days can mean more opportunities to ride your favorite attractions!

Take advantage of the unique photo opportunities
Sleeping Beauty Castle and Mickey’s Fun Wheel look lovely as ever when the skies are gray, and there are some great snapshots you can only take when it’s raining! For example, try capturing a creative shot of Flo’s V8 Café neon sign reflected on the puddles in Cars Land.

For inspiration, check out these rainy day reflection photos from Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer.

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Sing along to a show
Even in drizzly weather, the show will go on for some of our Disneyland Resort entertainment offerings! Kick back and dry off as The Laughing Stock Co. cracks jokes inside The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland. At Disney California Adventure park, catch up with Mickey Mouse and friends in “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” Be sure to check our daily entertainment guide for show times.

Discover the details in the parks
This is a great time to hunt for a hidden Mickey or enjoy the small delights scattered throughout the parks. Have you picked up one of the party line telephones and listened in on a conversation inside the Market House at Disneyland park? While exploring the Sorcerer’s Workshop at Disney California Adventure park, you will notice the portrait and rose inside the Beast’s Library mysteriously begin to change. Take a little extra time to discover some of the parks’ hidden delights.

What are your favorite ways to spend a rainy day at the Disneyland Resort?

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This Week In Disney Park Photos: Disney Dining, Shopping and Entertainment

posted on January 30th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Disneyland Resort is celebrating and Disney Springs is transforming; on both coasts, we have fun experiences beyond our theme parks.

This Week In Disney Park Photos, our image is actually a pin John McClintock shared with us highlighting the Downtown Disney District during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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And I know I’m stretching this a bit, but this series of images – ok, a video actually – comes to us from Jennifer Fickley-Baker who shared the Disney Springs transformation happening at Walt Disney World Resort.

What’s your favorite Disney experience beyond the theme parks?

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February Gets Even Sweeter at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I am so excited to share details on all of the special hand-crafted treats headed your way this February from our (candy) kitchen to yours at the Disneyland Resort.

The gourmet collection for February will include an apple dipped in caramel and dark chocolate, rolled in chopped roasted almonds and garnished with cherries, drizzled milk chocolate and a few additional chopped almonds, for the finishing touch.

The gourmet bark, however, is infused with nut and amaretto oil, drizzled in white and milk chocolate and then topped with dried cherries and chopped roasted almonds. Yes, I tried it — it’s incredible!

Are you unsure what type of candy your Valentine might enjoy? Our candy makers are way ahead of you and have just what you’re looking for to make this the sweetest Valentine’s Day yet.

Look for a special themed pink Minnie Mouse apple, which I’m not actually showing you here, because I want you to see it for yourself and even share it with me! The cake pop and crispy treat have been dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with red and pink pareils, with an extra drizzle or two of white chocolate. As you can see, the marshmallow wand is pretty much the same, but don’t forget the layer of caramel it’s dipped in before we dip it and sprinkle it with everything else.

Our candy makers had one last trick, or in this case, treat up their sleeve: a peppermint-infused, heart-shaped pattie. Is there any better way to say “I heart you”?

The Valentine-themed treats will only be available until February 14, so don’t miss out!

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Download the Disneyland App Today for Access to Your Memories at Your Fingertips

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Marie Ramirez, Marketing & Communications Manager, Disney PhotoPass Service


With the option to buy park tickets (without standing in the ticket booth line!) and access to the details like wait times, Disney FASTPASS return times and where to find some of your favorite Disney characters, the Disneyland App was already a great tool to enhance your Disneyland Resort visit – and now with the new Disney PhotoPass section, it is a must have!

Before your next visit to Disneyland Resort, be sure to download the Disneyland App, or update the app if you’ve already downloaded it, so you can link, view and share your memories.

Link Your Photos
Collected PhotoPass Cards during your visit? Link your cards to your account by entering the 16-character PhotoPass ID or by using the QR code scanner available in the app. You can now also link your attraction photos! Simply enter the 8-character ID found on the preview monitor at the exit of a participating attraction.

View and Purchase Your Photos
View your memories and purchase them in the Disneyland App! Purchase an individual photo, or download all your photos captured during a one-day visit to Disneyland Resort, and linked to your account, for $39 with Disney PhotoPass+ One Day.

Disney PhotoPass+ One Day includes all your Disney PhotoPass photos including select attraction and dining photos and NEW Animated Magic Shots.

Download and Share
Once you’ve purchased your photos, get ready to download and share them with family and friends via text, email and some of your favorite social media sites.

Have an Annual Passport that includes Disney PhotoPass downloads? Don’t forget to link your pass to your account so you can download and share your photos using the Disneyland App too!

Now that you’ve downloaded the Disneyland App, you are ready to experience Disneyland Resort and Disney PhotoPass Service in a whole new way.

Disney PhotoPass Service and Disney PhotoPass+ are subject to the Disney PhotoPass and Disney PhotoPass+ terms. Online registration required. Disney PhotoPass Photos in your account will expire pursuant to the expiration policy. Photos linked to a qualifying Annual Passport will expire 365 days from the date of capture and are subject to the Annual Passport Terms and Conditions. Downloads are restricted to personal use only. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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The Royal Theatre at Disneyland Park Set to Revisit the Tale As Old As Time

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


We recently told you about the return of “Tangled” to Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park. Today, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we announce the illustrious storytelling troupe of the Royal Theatre will also once again weave the romantic, comedic tale of “Beauty and the Beast.”

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You’re invited to be our guest later this spring, when Messieurs Smythe and Jones take us on an adventure in the great wide somewhere for a whimsical retelling of how Belle and the Beast met and fell in love – all with a happily ever after at the end, naturally!

With “Beauty and the Beast” returning to the program at the Royal Theatre, it’s time for Mr. Jones to finally hang up his snowman outfit. After delighting audiences for more than a year, the troupe’s “Frozen” fun retelling of Anna and Elsa’s story will soon melt away, but not until they’ve had a few more encores of “Let It Go.”

We’ll share dates for this transition as soon as they’re available. In the meantime, the players will be dusting off their Beast and Gaston impressions and getting ready to warble a “song as old as rhyme.”

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RECAP: Real-Life Hero Behind Disney’s ‘The Finest Hours’ Saluted at Disneyland Resort Flag Retreat Ceremony

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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Sixty-four years ago, a group of four men went out to sea in a U.S. Coast Guard lifeboat, battling waves 60 feet high, making their way to the wrecked SS Pendleton. One of the men aboard the ship, Engineman Third Class Andy Fitzgerald, was honored Sunday at Disneyland Resort in recognition of his role in helping save 32 men in the midst of the turbulent storm. The rescue mission is considered the most daring small-boat rescue in U.S. history, and inspired Disney’s “The Finest Hours,” which debuts in theaters today.

During the flag retreat ceremony, Andy joined servicemen and women gathered around the Town Square flag pole while the Disneyland Band and Dapper Dans performed patriotic tunes in honor of their service. After the Disneyland Resort Color Guard lowered the American flag, Andy was presented with a certificate naming him an Honorary Citizen of Disneyland Resort by Disney Ambassador Allie Kawamoto. Take a look back at the ceremony in this video!

Disney’s “The Finest Hours,” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer. “The Finest Hours” storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016 in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D.

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February 2016 Disneyland Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this February? Here’s the latest on some of the artists you can expect to find this month and some very special events you don’t want to miss!

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February 5-14: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of the new Valentine-themed collection, among other fan favorites. Look for a special appearance by Doll Designer Linda Rick, February 5-7 from noon – 10 p.m. each day, at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

Disney California Adventure Park

February 6: Local Southern California artist Noah returns to Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park with a special appearance and signing from noon – 4 p.m. as we celebrate the release of his latest pieces inspired by Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Alice in Wonderland. Learn more here.

Downtown Disney District

February 6: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Nidhi Chanani, Eunjung June Kim and Jerrod Maruyama from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Also being released is the 9” Hipster Mickey Vinylmation figure by artist Jerrod Maruyama. Learn more here.

February 6-7: Take part in a special artist showcase with Nidhi Chanani from 2-5 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Gabby Zapata. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: February 6–7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27–28 from 5–9 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

Which artists are you most excited to meet?

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