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Santa’s on His Way to the Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disneyland Park

posted on November 6th, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Here comes Santa Claus!
The Jingle Jangle Jamboree is Coming to Disneyland Park

Once again, Santa and Mrs. Claus are making the trip down from the North Pole to enjoy a special visit with everyone at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland. But this year there’ll be more fun than ever as they play host to the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, starting November 12!

It’s a jolly holiday spot filled with Disney characters, music, games, crafts and seasonal entertainment for the whole family. At the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, you’ll be able to enjoy some of Mrs. Claus’s tasty treats and try your hand at Reindeer Games like “Wreath Around the Antlers” or “Pass the Presents.” When Billy Hill and the Holiday Hillbillies take to the stage, expect holiday tunes with a humorous twist and maybe even a singalong.

Of course, the Jingle Jangle Jamboree is also the place in Disneyland park where youngsters can meet Santa Claus himself and whisper their hearts’ desires into his ear, right up until he departs on Christmas Eve. When Santa visits the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, you’ll find him in a place of honor alongside a sparkling Christmas tree, surrounded by homespun holiday trimmings.

The Jingle Jangle Jamboree promises to be the perfect spot to celebrate the spirit of the season in a warm-hearted way as big as all outdoors!


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New D-Tech Cases Coming to Disney Parks in Fall 2012

posted on November 6th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


New D-Tech Cases Coming to Disney Parks in Fall 2012

I recently shared with you an update about a special deal on select D-Tech cases. There were several questions about future development, so I visited with Kevin-Michael Lezotte, merchandiser for the D-Tech electronic accessories line. He was thrilled to share that the first two cases for the iPhone 5 are scheduled to arrive at Disney Parks in early November.

“We will be offering two iPhone 5 cases in early November at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts,” Kevin-Michael said. “These cases are part of our D-Tech On Demand line, and are similar in look and feel to the cases we featured during the 30th Anniversary of Epcot celebration. I love how the on demand printing technology has given us a way to quickly create cases for those fans looking to add a little Disney to their mobile devices.”
New D-Tech Cases Coming to Disney Parks in Fall 2012

There will be additional iPhone 5 cases arriving in December that feature some of the more popular previously released designs for the iPhone 4/4S. The D-Tech team has also created three cases for New Fantasyland (release details will be shared at a future date so please stay tuned). The current plan is to introduce brand new designs for the iPhone 5 in early 2013. I’ve seen some Disney Princess cases that looked beautiful!
New D-Tech Cases Coming to Disney Parks in Fall 2012

For those who have an iPhone 4/4S, we recently released three limited-edition holiday cases. Two cases feature Sleeping Beauty Castle and Cinderella Castle decorated for the holidays. The Disneyland Resort case has an edition size of 1,000, while the Walt Disney World Resort case has an edition size of 2,000. One additional case featuring Mickey Mouse as Santa Claus will be shared between coasts. That case will also have and edition size of 2,000.
New D-Tech Cases Coming to Disney Parks in Fall 2012, Including Cases for Android Phones

New to the Android phone case line, the D-Tech team will be introducing a few cases for the Samsung Galaxy S III. Kevin-Michael said this is the only Android phone that will have cases developed in the immediate future. You can currently find several previously released Android phone cases on the Disney Parks online store.


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2012 Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony Viewing Opportunities

posted on November 5th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: The Candlelight Ceremony and Processional sweepstakes is open for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders now until November 18. Click here to enter.

“Celebrate

The start of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is just one week away! And I’m excited to share information about how Annual Passholders may get a chance to view the 2012 Candlelight Ceremony and Processional at Disneyland park.

Beginning November 12, Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders can learn the full details about the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional sweepstakes, and be able to enter online for an opportunity to view a performance. Until then, please visit this page for details about the event, and this page for a list of 2012 Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony narrators.

Dining packages will not be offered this year. Keep in mind that you can still call the Disney Dine Line (714-781-DINE) or email dine@disneyland.com to request reservations for Disneyland Resort restaurants throughout the holiday season.

Information and event subject to availability, restrictions, change and cancellation without notice.

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Earl of Sandwich Now Open in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 5th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


Earl of Sandwich co-founder Robert Earl, Mario Lopez and Mickey Mouse Cut the Ribbon to Celebrate the Opening of the First Earl of Sandwich Restaurant in California, Located in the Downtown District at the Disneyland Resort

On Friday, Nov. 2, we cut the ribbon on the first Earl of Sandwich restaurant in California – here in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. “Extra” host Mario Lopez, Earl of Sandwich co-founder Robert Earl, and the “big cheese” himself – Mickey Mouse – joined me on stage to officially open the new restaurant.

Mario Lopez and Mickey Mouse Celebrate the Opening of the First Earl of Sandwich Restaurant in California, Located in the Downtown District at the Disneyland Resort

Our Downtown Disney District guests have been just as excited as we are about the new Earl of Sandwich restaurant. If you haven’t tried one of their delicious sandwiches, salads or desserts yet, I invite you to come to the Downtown Disney District and see what everyone is talking about!

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New Apparel for Duffy the Disney Bear Arriving at Disney Parks in Late 2012

posted on November 5th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


New Apparel for Duffy the Disney Bear

I recently shared how fall signals the arrival of new apparel at Disney Parks. Guests aren’t the only ones getting new options this season, as several new outfit options will be introduced for Duffy the Disney Bear.
New Apparel for Duffy the Disney Bear

During a photo safari to Magic Kingdom Park, I spotted a new plush Mickey Mouse holding a small Duffy bear in the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe at Liberty Square. This is one of two new options for the holidays, with the other being a new nine-inch Duffy dressed as Santa Claus. The Santa costume for the 17-inch bear introduced last year also returns this year.
New Apparel for Duffy the Disney Bear

For those colder winter nights, Duffy is getting a fun holiday sweater and cap that arrives in locations at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort on October 29. Disney Design Group Artist Monty Maldovan told me that fan feedback helped create this sweater.

“I designed the sweater after hearing that Duffy fans wanted more costumes for 17-inch bears,” he explained. “We wanted some winter attire that could complement the Santa outfit we introduced last year.”
New Apparel for Duffy the Disney Bear

Some of the most interesting new items are a series of costume trunks arriving in late 2012. This first trunk will be released on November 23 at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, and will contain a pajama outfit for a 17-inch bear complete with a sleeping cap and slippers. The trunk also has a miniature pillow with Tippy Blue, a character first introduced at Tokyo Disney Resort. I turned to Monty for details about this new feathered friend.

“Tippy Blue is a character first introduced at the American Waterfront area in Tokyo DisneySea,” said Monty. “He made a cameo in the hardcover storybook we released in October last year. This pillow, however, is the first merchandise item to feature Tippy Blue for Disney Parks in the United States. I thought he would make a cool new addition to the Duffy the Disney Bear world.”

Two additional trunks containing costumes inspired by Peter Pan and the Mad Hatter will be released on December 17. (I gave a first look at these costumes back in June.)

If you add any of these costumes to your Duffy collection, I’d love to see photos shared on his official Facebook page.


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First Look: Mario Lopez, Backstreet Boys and More at Disneyland Park for Shooting of the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

posted on November 5th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It was feeling a lot like Christmas here at Disneyland park this weekend, as we shot segments for the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Here’s a look at what you can expect when the special airs December 25 on ABC-TV.
“Mario

Anchoring the whole Disneyland Resort side of the production was host Mario Lopez – who will give viewers the play-by-play from Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A.
“Ross

Disney Channel star Ross Lynch sang and danced his way down the street, performing his holiday tune, “Christmas Soul” from “Austin & Ally.”
“Backstreet

Backstreet Boys performed “Christmas Time Again” in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and a packed house of excited fans.
“TobyMac

Christian recording artist TobyMac rounded out the weekend with “Christmas This Year” as fireworks lit up the stage.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade as production continues at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in the coming weeks and tune in for the show on ABC this Christmas Day and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 4th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, the new additions to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Walt Disney World Resort from the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” were unveiled here on the Disney Parks Blog – and many of you guessed correctly.

You Can Now See a Mermaid Skeleton in Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World Resort

The lovely (but also dangerous) Mermaids of Whitecap Bay made their debut at the attraction. You can spot them early on in the attraction’s grotto scene, where you can spy a mermaid skeleton and possibly even catch them swimming alongside your boat. Jennifer has more details in her original post.

“Suits

And we continued our behind-the-scenes look at Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland with some new photos of the suits of armor you’ll pass on your way into the lunchtime quick-service ordering area of the restaurant. There are several more images for you to check out this weekend.

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

Phineas and Ferb & YOU: Free Fun at Downtown Disney West Side at Walt Disney World Resort Now Through December 1 – Take a look at how the animated pair of Phineas & Ferb are coming to life in a new way at Downtown Disney West Side at Walt Disney World Resort.

Artisans Make Magic for Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort – With the holidays quickly approaching, here’s a quick look at some of the events, product releases and debuts taking place at Disneyland Resort over the next month.

Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Bellhop – Disneyland Resort cast member Bryan Higashi tells you about his role hosting guests at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, whenever they drop in!

New Magic in the Making at Walt Disney World Resort – From flying over Never Land to taking a spin in a tea cup, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs shares just a few aspects of New Fantasyland that are sure to be a hit with guests.

Creating Holiday Traditions on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park – This Holiday season promises to be even brighter at Disneyland Resort as the happy, bustling community of Buena Vista Street celebrates its first Christmas with joyous new traditions.

French Market Restaurant in Disneyland Park Gets Extreme Menu Makeover – Here’s a look at the new dishes available at French Market Restaurant in Disneyland park, including Cajun meatloaf, po’boy sandwiches and more.

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Take 5: Walt Disney Imagineering

posted on November 3rd, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Thanks to Our Friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, the New Fantasyland Area at Magic Kingdom Park Will Bring the Stories of Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and More, to Life When it Grand Opens on December 6

Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering are a band of creative gurus charged with the creation, development and construction of Disney Parks worldwide. Imagineers are responsible for designing anything from theme parks and cruise ships, to fireworks displays and parades. When the New Fantasyland expansion opens on December 6, you will get to see some Imagineer creativity in play at Be Our Guest Restaurant, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Storybook Circus and more. Read the posts below to see how Walt Disney Imagineering has combined imagination and engineering in their recent projects at Walt Disney World Resort.

Take 5: Walt Disney Imagineering

  1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea History Is Celebrated at New Fantasyland Event – Imagineers saved some of the water from the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction, which closed in 1994, and held an event to return a piece of the past to New Fantasyland.
  2. Our Top Five Most Popular Looks Inside New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park – Walt Disney Imagineering has been bringing readers behind-the-scenes looks at the New Fantasyland expansion for more than six months now. Take a look at the five most popular “All in the Details” blog posts.
  3. Live Chat: Talk New Fantasyland With Imagineer Chris Beatty at 2 p.m. EDT – Imagineer Chris Beatty joined us for a live chat to answer questions about the New Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom Park.
  4. New ‘Alice In Wonderland’-Themed Kids’ Water Play Area Opens at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Feast your eyes on the new “Alice in Wonderland”-themed kids’ water play area at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, created by our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering.
  5. Walt Disney Imagineers Talk The Country Bear Jamboree Reimagining at Magic Kingdom Park – Imagineers walk you through what you can expect from the Country Bear Jamboree refresh.
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Jason Bateman and Daughter Francesca Visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 2nd, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Jason Bateman and Daughter Francesca Visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

“Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman visited Cars Land recently with his daughter, Francesca. Jason and his family are regular visitors to the Disneyland Resort – you may remember that they stopped by for a visit this March. This time, they were here to celebrate Francesca’s sixth birthday. They wanted “to get the year started right, with a trip to the happiest place on Earth,” he said, adding that she was looking forward to being able to ride more attractions now that she is a bit taller. But, he told me, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror “still scares daddy.”

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‘The Looking Glass’ Disney Parks Tumblr Launches

posted on November 2nd, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’re a fan of some of our image-driven series posts like “Disney Parks After Dark” and “Where at Disney Parks” then you’ve got to check out The Looking Glass Tumblr.

‘The Looking Glass’ Disney Parks Tumblr Launches, Including Photos by Chloe Rice ‘The Looking Glass’ Disney Parks Tumblr Launches, Including Photos by Elton Anderson ‘The Looking Glass’ Disney Parks Tumblr Launches, Including Photos by Ben Van Hook

Disney Parks invited several photographers with various styles and backgrounds to capture the magic of our theme parks through their unique lenses. And it’s an all-star lineup; Chloe Rice, Elton Anderson, Noah Kalina, Tom Bricker, Lindsey Garrett, Matt Rubin and Ben Van Hook. Here’s how Ben approached the project.

All of the photographers involved in the project spent several days searching for great shots. Their only direction was to shoot our parks from their perspective and what they’d like to see captured. The page just launched so go check it out now and let us know what you think.

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