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Get the Gear You Need to Complete Your Look for ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on August 13th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Howdy pardners, High Roller Harker here! As you probably saw from the recent “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” video, featuring Eagle Eye Erin and Two Bit Tyler, there is a feud happening out here in the wild west, between the citizens of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge. The Frontierland folk don’t take kindly to those Rainbow Ridgers trying to take their land. If you’re going to join the story before “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” ends its test run on September 1, here are a few essentials you can pick up to help you fit in and stand out from the rest.

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  • Cowboy Hats – This handy wear will not only keep you cool, but it will make you look cool, too. It’s a must for any town folk ‘round these parts.
  • Mustaches & Bandanas – These doo-dads work well as a disguise or to show off your town colors with pride.
  • Money Pouches – These simple pouches are great for holding and collecting bits, gold and bonds.

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Now ladies, just because you are on the wild frontier doesn’t mean you can’t still look good. Glam it up with feathers and choose a boa, headband or fan, and if that’s not enough, add a velvet necklace for a little somethin’ extra. As you can see from the picture above, I couldn’t resist.

Mosey on in to Pioneer Mercantile or Bonanza Outfitters today!

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Matterhorn Bobsleds and Monorail Shirts Coming to Disney Parks Online Store Starting August 18

posted on August 13th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m excited to announce that two Disney Parks attraction poster shirts will be released online from August 18-24. These new shirts feature nods to some classic Disney Park icons – the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland park and the Walt Disney World Monorail System in Florida. Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra created the artwork for these shirts that will be printed on Hanes Beefy tees.

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The original Matterhorn Bobsleds poster that Richard referenced when designing the shirt was created by Paul Hartley in 1959, the year the attraction opened in California.

According to the “Poster Art of the Disney Parks” book by Walt Disney Imagineers Vanessa Hunt and Danny Handke, the artist who created the original monorail artwork is unknown. During a trip to California last year, Vanessa showed me that original monorail artwork in its various stages of completion (I even saw the pencil lines, which was a total Disney geek moment!).

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Like many guests, I have fond memories of both the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction and the Walt Disney World Monorail. My son’s first ride at Disneyland park a few years ago was the Matterhorn Bobsleds. We visited Disneyland park again last September where he posed next to the attraction poster while wearing some dapper attire.

As for the Walt Disney World Monorail, I love watching it zip through Disney’s Contemporary Resort. I took the image shown above of monorails passing in the night while that gorgeous mural by Mary Blair looms in the background.

You can order these shirts starting August 18 by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.

I also heard a practically perfect T-shirt will be offered on that same website from August 27-31 (it’s a must-have!).

Do you have a favorite memory of the Matterhorn Bobsleds or the monorail? Please share in the comments below.

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KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks Kicks Off in Anaheim This Weekend – Coming to Cities Across the U.S.

posted on August 12th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


From coast to coast and points in between, the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks will travel to six cities across America to inspire fun-filled family play! This free event kicks off in Anaheim, California this weekend and is the perfect opportunity for families to connect and spend meaningful time together.

Just last week, I had the chance to watch a few of my fellow cast members and their families test this unique experience. It was great to see them take on the playful obstacle course – from creating team flags that represented their families’ personalities and then raising them when they completed the course in the spirit of family pride, to building a tunnel they could all climb through to the next obstacle and solving a tricky puzzle – they worked together and had fun.

Check out the video below to see some of the families in action!

I hope you have a chance to join in and play with your family at one of the stops below. To reserve your time slot visit kaboom.org/playtogether or register on-site the day of the event. The dates and locations of each tour stop are:

  • Anaheim - Center Street Promenade, Saturday & Sunday, August 16-17
  • Sacramento - Adjacent to State Capitol Bldg., Wednesday, August 20
  • San Francisco – Marina Middle School, Saturday & Sunday, August 23-24
  • Chicago - Lincoln Park, Grove 2, Saturday & Sunday, August 30-31
  • Atlanta - Old 4th Ward Skate Park, Saturday & Sunday, September 6-7
  • Kissimmee, FL – Mill Run Park, Saturday & Sunday, September 13-14
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‘Frozen’ Pre-Parade Delights Guests at Disneyland Park

posted on August 12th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


This summer, the beloved characters from Disney’s phenomenal hit movie, “Frozen,” have ventured beyond Arendelle on a whirlwind tour of neighboring kingdoms, including Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom of Disneyland park. When visiting Disneyland, Anna and “happy snowman” Olaf glide down the parade route on a magical snowdrift, conjured by Queen Elsa. Have a look:

You can catch your “Frozen” friends in this special pre-parade appearance, just ahead of each day’s first performance of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.

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PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks This Fall

posted on August 12th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m excited to announce that PANDORA Jewelry is coming to Disney Parks! Guests will soon find an original collection of beautifully designed Disney-themed jewelry launching in select retail locations at Disney Parks and around the world.

The new collection of hand finished sterling silver and 14K gold charms was created in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products and Disney Theme Park Merchandise, and will feature inspirations from some of Disney’s most beloved characters. The collection will include 25 different styles, with an additional 16 styles found only at Disney Parks.

Later this fall, select merchandise locations at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club properties and Disney Cruise Line ships will begin selling the collections. The Disney Parks online store will also carry select items from PANDORA Jewelry.

Additionally two existing Disney merchandise locations at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will unveil unique retail installations, combining PANDORA’s sleek aesthetic and Disney’s creativity.

PANDORA will also be the sponsor of the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park and beginning in 2015, PANDORA Jewelry will become a presenting sponsor of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend held annually at the Disneyland Resort.

I’ll share additional details in the coming months about the exciting new merchandise offerings at Disney Parks.

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Meet the Townsfolk of ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on August 11th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


If you’ve moseyed down to Frontierland at Disneyland park this summer, you’ve probably met some of the colorful townsfolk of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge during “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” You’ve probably even joined in and claimed one of the towns as your own. If you haven’t yet, I wanted to introduce you to some of the folks you might meet if you join this experience before it ends its test run on September 1.

Frontierland or Rainbow Ridge – where does your loyalty lie? Tell us in the comments!

For more about “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” fun at Disneyland park, visit the links below:

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New Alex and Ani Disney Bracelets Make Two Seasons Collide at Disney Parks

posted on August 11th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Those of you who visit the Disneyland Resort every holiday season know what happens when holidays collide – in two words … Jack Skellington. So it should be no surprise to find one of our favorite Halloweentown characters on our Alex and Ani bangles.

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So treat yourself, as this is no trick, and get ready for Halloween a little early this year. Look for the new Jack Skellington bangle starting today at the following Disney Parks locations or online.

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So what comes after fall and Halloween? Winter of course! Just like Elsa, the cold never bothered me anyway, and these “Frozen”-inspired bangles, featuring Anna and Elsa are bound to be hot! Look for them in stores and online beginning September 8.

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Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog and follow us on across our Disney Parks social channels for more details on these new arrivals.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 10th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we were thrilled to announce that due to popular demand, “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios” is being extended through September 28.

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Yes, you can enjoy “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” for an additional four weeks. Shawn also shared that most entertainment and other features will continue daily, while the “Frozen Fireworks” Spectacular will be presented each night through September 1 (with the exception of August 23), and then switch to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 5-28.

Check our original Frozen story for more details and while you’re there, let us know what you’re most looking forward to doing – or doing again – when you visit.

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And regular Disney Parks Blog readers know we’re looking for fun memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015. This week, we’re searching for memories from the 1980s.

Check out Erin’s original story to learn how it works.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

Here are some of the other stories we’re working on this week.

Celebrating 45 Years of Ghoulish Delight at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park – Read up on some of the haunting history behind this classic Disneyland attraction.

Every Role a Starring Role — Disney University Traditions Assistant – Watch how Disney University Traditions Assistant Alyson Clancy welcomes new Disney cast members on their first day.

VIDEO: A Closer Look at Haunted Mansion Authentic Products Coming to Disney Parks This Fall – See some of the spooky new “Haunted Mansion Authentic” merchandise available at Disney parks this fall.

A Model Day at Tokyo Disneyland – Disney Parks Tilt-Shift Video – Take a look at our latest tilt-shift video, capturing the magic at Tokyo Disneyland!

Three Fun Ways to Stay Fit at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – If you’re looking to stay in shape during your stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, don’t miss these fun fitness activities.

Dateline Adventureland: Tasty Treats and Tonics Part of the Adventure at Disneyland Park – Fuel up on your expeditions for Juju in Adventureland at Disneyland Resort with Pineapple This-Side-Up Parfait, Venomade & more!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Celebrating 45 Years of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on August 9th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re doing something a bit different for this week’s post to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. You might have noticed the rotating banners we have at the top of the page this weekend, many of which are unique angles on the exterior of the classic attraction. I loved these photos so much, I wanted to show them to you (to borrow a phrase) as they appeared in their original, uncropped state …

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I love this imposing view of the entrance, with the mansion looming behind, framed perfectly between the iron gates.

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Continuing through the gates, we get this ominous view of the mansion, with the pet cemetery to our left and the ghost-horse driven hearse on our right.

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Drawing closer, we can see the gorgeous iron of the mansion’s wrap-around porches (a must for any southern estate, you know).

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One of my favorite areas of the Haunted Mansion is the pet cemetery guests wander past on their way through the queue. I particularly love Rosie, who – sadly – “bought the farm.”

I hope you have enjoyed our celebration of 45 years of grim, grinning ghosts at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. What are your favorite memories of this iconic Disney Parks attraction? Tell us in the comments!

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on August 8th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park is one of the most treasured theme park attractions at Disney Parks around the world. It’s almost hard to believe, but this week those 999 happy haunts celebrate 45 years of welcoming foolish mortals to their beloved estate in New Orleans Square. To mark the anniversary of these grim, grinning ghosts, I’ll be your host as “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series shares the story of how Walt Disney’s masterpiece materialized.

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As my fellow Disney Parks Blog author, George Savvas, explained in his excellent post this morning, the Haunted Mansion was years in development. Then, when Walt Disney passed away in December 1966, the team was at a loss for inspiration. Without their captain, conflict arose in the development team. One camp believed that the attraction should be atmospheric and scary, and the other felt that the experience should be fun and lighthearted.

A compromise was reached by the show’s writer, Disney Legend X Atencio. He structured the attraction into three acts:

  • Act 1 focuses on the creepy environments, without actually showing any ghosts. When guests are asked “Is this haunted room actually stretching?” they are given a hint at the frights that wait for them around each corner.
  • Act 2 begins as Madame Leota summons up the ghostly spirits, who would soon be visible. “Rap on a table,” she says, “it’s time to respond.” And soon, they do.
  • The tour of the Haunted Mansion culminates in Act 3, where the happy haunts gather in the graveyard for a swinging wake and “grim, grinning ghosts come out to socialize!”

With this storytelling design, the entire team of Imagineers felt their visions were fulfilled. Within one week of the attraction opening, Disneyland park celebrated what was then the highest single day of attendance. Even after 45 years, the Haunted Mansion continues to blend horror with humor – filled with exquisitely detailed environments and memorable characters.


For more from “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series, visit the links below:

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