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New ‘Decades’ (1965-1974) Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort

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


Do you know what time it is? It’s time for the next release in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection! Not too long ago, I shared the art that would appear during the celebration, but here’s your first look at some of the merchandise featuring the 1965–1974 artwork. Be sure to check out the new collection starting July 30 at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. Tip: If you haven’t had a chance to collect the first set of items in the “Decades” program, there’s still time. But don’t wait – items are in limited supply.

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Before I go, I have a few other reminders for you. If you have been collecting the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration pressed coins, be sure to pick up the newest ones featuring the “Decades” art at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District!

I know that many of you were hoping to participate in the Looking for Mickey Quest. So, I wanted to make sure to tell you that the Looking for Mickey Quest has been extended. Be sure to join in the fun today!

And because I’m on a roll, how about a sneak peek? Here’s a look at one of the final pieces of art in the “Decades” series. Is it the last one? You’re going to have to watch and see. Tip: If you are attending D23 EXPO 2015, look for a tee featuring similar art before it debuts in summer 2016.

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Which “Decades” collection are you most excited for?

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Fun in the Sun! Summer Merchandise Picks at the Disneyland Resort

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


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this summer? Here’s a look at some of the merchandise picks we found to help you enjoy some fun in the sun!

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Character-inspired totes, bags, scarves, flip flops and beach towels are key essentials for a day at the park or playing at the beach. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

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Classic tales and new fun finds make great reads for the kids on the road or at home.

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One last pit stop before you go! Swing by Ramone’s House of Body Art, where you’ll find kids tees and fleece featuring racing fans Luigi and Guido along with themed novelty magnets, sticky tabs and pins.

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Find all of these items and more at merchandise locations throughout the Disneyland Resort!

What great summer related items have you found?

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Fuel Your Emotions with Recipes Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Food can change any mood. Nothing can turn a rough day around like a warm bowl of creamy mac and cheese. Or maybe you want to spice up your day with a dish exploding with flavor. Whatever you’re in the mood for, I have a feeling you’ll want to try these recipes inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” and created by Disney Parks Food and Beverage:

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  • Joy’s More-is-More S’mores: Chocolate and marshmallows fresh out of the oven just ooze happiness, right?
  • Sadness’s No-Cry Comfort Food: For those times you need a good cry, try this mac. With its FOUR cheeses, it’s better than tears.
  • Fear’s Panko-Protected Long Beans: Vegetables? Never Fear. Fried to a golden brown—this one is mouth-wateringly risk-free.
  • Disgust’s Is-That-Broccoli? Pizza: While broccoli normally triggers Disgust’s defenses, this version passes inspection.
  • Anger’s Hot-Headed Tuna: It’s exploding with flavor—those Sichuan peppercorns have the same fiery spirit that fuels Anger.

Click here to download all five recipes.

Which recipe do you ‘feel’ like cooking?

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First Look: Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As we first told you back in February, Luigi – the most famous tire salesman in Cars Land – has temporarily closed his Casa della Tires to visit family in Italy. Today, I’m excited to tell you that he is returning with some special guests!

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

Luigi has invited all of his cugini (cousins) from his hometown of Carsoli, Italy, to visit his Casa della Tires. To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, they will demonstrate the dances of their village with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates as our special guests continue to settle in at Disney California Adventure park!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 26th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we celebrated the anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on the Disney Parks Blog with images, stories, a tough quiz and a special wallpaper created just for readers.

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In honor of the anniversary, Disney designer, Leo Cardoso took that love of old black & white spooky films and translated it into a cool new wallpaper featuring the attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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We also continued our popular “Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park” series with an attraction that debuted less than a week after Disneyland opened – Rocket to the Moon. The attraction allowed Disneyland park guests the chance to travel around the far side of moon and back in just 10 minutes – all without leaving Disneyland.

Flight to the Moon eventually became Mission to Mars, and today, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port occupies the same “space” in Tomorrowland – complete with a tribute to the original Moonliner right out in front.

Check George’s original story for a group of great images and more details

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

#CoolestSummer Ever: Ep-Cool – As it’s written in the sage words of many a colorful Walt Disney World Resort brochure, “Epcot is the only place where you can travel the world, voyage to the bottom of the sea and zoom into space — all in one unique park.”

Celebrate Mahalo Season with Uncle at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – During this special time of year, your ‘ohana can enjoy the magic of our resort even longer and enjoy some great savings, too!

Behind the Scenes: Creating Main Street Enchanted Windows at Disneyland Park – In this special video, we take you behind the scenes to see how these new animated windows were created and introduce you to the talented team of artists and designers who are bringing them to life.

Special Olympics World Games ‘Flame of Hope’ Journeys Through Disneyland Resort – Disneyland Resort hosted the “Flame of Hope,” currently making its way through 127 cities and communities in California en route to the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25.

VIDEO: Antique Disneyland Souvenirs from the Walt Disney Archives – Justin from the Walt Disney Archives shares a look at some rare antique Disneyland souvenirs from their collection, including items from July 17, 1955.

Create Your Own Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Video – For the past few months, we’ve been inviting guests to celebrate 60 years of magic and memories with us during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Now we have a way for you to celebrate at home – with some of your own favorite memories!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park?

posted on July 24th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Forever” is an all-new kind of fireworks spectacular that uses sparkling pyrotechnics and larger-than-life projections to immerse you right in the middle of your favorite Disney and Disney•Pixar stories. How well do you know this brand-new fireworks spectacular? Test your knowledge in our quiz below!

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How Well Do You Know ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park?

“Disneyland Forever” features which of the following Disney/Disney•Pixar films?
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Tinker Bell has flown above Sleeping Beauty Castle countless times throughout the history of Disneyland park. Taking a cue from Tinker Bell, which character takes a swim to the Matterhorn for the first time in “Disneyland Forever” fireworks?
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“Disneyland Forever” features fantastic music from Disney and Disney•Pixar films and brand-new songs, including “Live the Magic” and “A Kiss Goodnight.” Which Disney Legend composed the song “A Kiss Goodnight,” which plays after the conclusion of “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular?
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Guests can see “Disneyland Forever” from many locations around the park. Which locations provide the best viewing of the new fireworks spectacular?
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First Disneyland Resort Million Dollar Dazzle Gift Benefits Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Comadres Outreach Program

posted on July 24th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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As Erin shared last week, Girl Scouts of Orange County was named the first recipient of our Million Dollar Dazzle program. Each month of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we will select one or more local nonprofits that enrich the lives of children and families and surprise them with a $60,000 gift, amounting to more than $1 million.

We surprised dozens of Girl Scouts at a special breakfast at The Golden Horseshoe with a check presented by Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier, Disney Ambassador Jessica Bernard and, of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse! The funds will support the organization’s Comadres outreach program which helps the Girl Scout experience transcend language and cultural barriers for girls in low-income neighborhoods.

“Girl Scouts of Orange County is thrilled to receive the first $60,000 gift,” said Nancy Nygren, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County. “The funds will be used to recruit and train volunteers who can facilitate the Girl Scout experience for girls in low-income areas while strengthening families.”

Stay tuned in the coming months for updates about other nonprofit organizations that will be surprised as part of Million Dollar Dazzle!

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South Carolina Honeymooners Win Disneyland Diamond Days Prize on Anniversary of Disneyland Resort

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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July 17 was a special day for us here at the Disneyland Resort – the 60th anniversary of opening day. It was also a special day for honeymooners Matthew and Claire Foote from Spartanburg, South Carolina, because they were our Disneyland Diamond Days winners for the day! It was their first visit to the Disneyland Resort, so the prize package, which included Disney VIP Tour Guide service, reserved viewing for “Fantasmic!” and exclusive visits with Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters – made this momentous occasion even more magical for them.

For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 9/11/15. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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VIDEO: Antique Disneyland Souvenirs from the Walt Disney Archives

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we marked the 60th anniversary of Disneyland opening day, and the festivities continue with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. In the video below, Justin from the Walt Disney Archives shares a look at some rare antique Disneyland souvenirs from their collection, including items from July 17, 1955. Take a look!

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Show Your ‘Inside Out’ #DisneySide For a runDisney Race! Part V: SADNESS

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


It’s common for runners to experience the “Post-Race Blues” during the weeks after a race. You’ve had so many emotions the past few months and your race is now over. You’ve experienced FEAR, DISGUST, ANGER and JOY, but now another emotion pops up that you probably weren’t expecting.

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If you feel SADNESS come over you, don’t be discouraged because it is normal to feel this way. It’s important to realize that every emotion is essential – and sometimes you’ll find that more than one is in control of Headquarters!

This cute shirt from the Disney Store can help cheer you up! Also, check out other items from Champion and New Balance to show your Inside Out #DisneySide.

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One of the best ways to overcome Sadness is to have another finish line in your future! Sign up for e-mail updates from runDisney to know when registration opens for upcoming races. You can also follow us on Twitter @runDisney, Instagram/runDisney and Facebook.com/rundisney for up-to-date information!

The Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”). “Inside Out” is in theatres now in 3D and is rated PG.

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