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Dinner with Ariel and Her Princess Friends Coming Soon to Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on April 15th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Ariel's Grotto at Disney California Adventure Park

What could be better than dining with Ariel and her princess friends for breakfast or lunch at Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park during Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration? How about a royal dinner?

Yes, beginning June 15, 2012, guests may join Ariel and her princess friends for breakfast, lunch or dinner for an enchanting Character Dining experience filled with music, laughter, delicious food and the opportunity to meet Disney Princesses. Reservations for dinner at Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration are now open today, Apr. 15. Call the Disney Dine Line (714-781-DINE) or emailing dining your reservation requests to dine@disneyland.com.

World of Color” dining packages will no longer be offered at Ariel’s Grotto after June 14, 2012, but guests may still enjoy “World of Color” package options at other park locations to receive a ticket for access to the “World of Color” Viewing Area.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 15th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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We celebrated several milestone moments for Disney Parks here on the blog this week. One moment that will surely go down in Disney history was the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris, which was celebrated in amazing style with a flash mob and special entertainment. Check out the original blog post for a recap of the festivities.

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Here at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom played host to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Awards, which honored five organizations for their efforts to get kids interested in conservation.

Here are a few other highlights from this week.

Tandoor Ovens, Mongolian Grill, and Real Gelato at Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – We got a chance to talk with Michelle Clegg, food & beverage operations manager for the soon-to-open Landscape of Flavors food court at the new Disney’s Art of Animation Resort debuting next month at Walt Disney World Resort.

‘Good Morning America’ Spreads Disney Parks Magic – Did you catch “Good Morning America” earlier this week? In case you missed it, GMA’s Lara Spencer and George Stephanopoulos (as well as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse) surprised the winners of GMA’s Disney Memory Makers contest live in Times Square. Here’s our recap!

New Disney Dining Email System to Serve Disneyland Resort Guests – Earlier this week, we shared details on the new way guests can request a dining reservation at the resort.

Inside the Disney Fantasy: First Impressions – Check out this video to find out what some of the guests are saying after sailing aboard the Disney Fantasy for the first time.

Carnation Plaza Gardens at Disneyland Park to Begin Transformation to New Fantasy Faire Experience on April 30 – We shared details on Carnation Plaza Gardens’ transformation into the new Fantasy Faire, with changes set to begin at Disneyland park on April 30.

Thirteen Can Actually Be a Lucky Number at Disney Parks – To celebrate Friday the 13th, we took a look at 13 ways this prime number relates to Disney Parks.

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Your Pixar Pals Are Getting Ready to Come Out and Play at Disney California Adventure Park This Summer

posted on April 13th, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


After taking a break for the past year to accommodate the Disney California Adventure park expansion, all your favorite Pixar pals are getting ready to bring the party back to the streets with the return of the Pixar Play Parade.

The Pixar Play Parade brings to life the worlds of some of the most popular Disney●Pixar films, from “Toy Story” and “Cars” to “Finding Nemo” and “Monsters, Inc.” Along the way, the infectious soundtrack and energetic spirit of the performers get everyone into the fun of the show.

And when the Pixar Play Parade starts rolling again on June 15, fans of the procession will notice a few updates. “The biggest change that fans will see is that we reconfigured the Omnidroid float in ‘The Incredibles’ unit,” says Show Director Robin Trowbridge. “Jack Jack is now repositioned, and we are introducing Violet to the parade for the first time. It’s really cool!”

More people than ever will be able to “join in the party,” too, as the parade is presented up to twice daily along the new, longer Disney California Adventure park parade route, winding from the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Hollywood Pictures Backlot all the way to Silly Symphony Swings on Paradise Pier.

To prepare for the return of the Pixar Play Parade, “Pixar Pals! Monster Mayhem” and “Pixar Pals! The Incredibles: Heroes in Training” will come to a close April 29. “Our Pixar Pals have done a great job keeping guests entertained during the construction effort in the park,” said Robin. “Now, we’re excited to bring back the full parade, better than ever!”

Here’s a look at what went into the creation of the Pixar Play Parade, back when it was first introduced in 2008.

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A Peek into Tinseltown’s Legendary Landmarks with Lights…Camera…Magic! from Adventures by Disney

posted on April 13th, 2012 by Josh D'Amaro, Vice President, Adventures By Disney


Spring has sprung in Southern California and I’m happy to report: clear skies ahead for the season! The last four months with Lights…Camera…Magic! have been exciting for everyone here at Adventures by Disney. Our guests have enjoyed soaking up the sunshine along the bustling Hollywood Boulevard as well as the glittering shops of Rodeo Drive.

Starting April 24, there will be a few additions and changes that will make the Lights…Camera…Magic! experience an even more enchanting one for you and your family. Of course, our favorite stops will remain the featured highlights, including close-up tours of the Walt Disney Studio Lot and the legendary home of the Academy Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center. We are now including a stop at one of Tinseltown’s oldest landmarks, the Original Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax!

At the market, it’s not unusual to spot some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars strolling through the stalls. Among the most famous patrons of the historic market include our own Walt Disney. It’s been said that while he was preparing some early designs for his theme park, Walt would dine on the patios of the Farmers Market. The Market’s design inspired some of the original drawings of the park that would come to be known as Disneyland.

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After enjoying a full day of Tinsletown adventures, you’ll be treated to an exclusive tour and an unforgettable evening reception in The Walt Disney Studios’ Legends Plaza – where Disney’s many gifted animators, Imagineers, songwriters, actors and business leaders have been honored.

We hope to see you soon for this new day of fun, discovery and exclusive access with our Adventures Guides at Adventures by Disney! To reserve your Lights…Camera…Magic! tour, please call (866) 363-4763.

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Thirteen Can Actually Be a Lucky Number at Disney Parks

posted on April 13th, 2012 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


As we mark Friday the 13th today, many people will watch out for black cats crossing their paths and be mindful not to crack mirrors or walk under ladders. But while the number is considered unlucky by many, let’s take a look at 13 ways this prime number relates to Disney Parks. (By the way, in case you’re wondering – fear of Friday the 13th is called “Paraskevidekatriaphobia.”)

The grandfather clock in The Haunted Mansion features only one number on its face — 13.

On July 13, 1925, Walt Disney married Lillian Bounds in Lewiston, Idaho.
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The Liberty Tree (pictured above) in Magic Kingdom Park features 13 lanterns hanging from its branches, one for each of the original U.S. colonies.

Millard Fillmore, our 13th U.S. President, is featured in the stirring presentation at The Hall of Presidents (also pictured above, across from The Liberty Tree).

Former NFL great Kurt Warner, who wore jersey #13 for the St. Louis Rams, announced to the world “I’m Going to Disneyland!” and “I’m Going to Disney World!” immediately after leading his team to a thrilling victory over the Tennessee Titans in the NFL championship game in 2000. Warner was the only person in 2000 to star in the famed Disney Parks commercial series.

“Alice in Wonderland” was Disney’s 13th full-length, animated feature film. Originally released in 1951, the film has inspired whimsical attractions, character dining experiences and more at the parks through the years.

One of the most famous Disney Parks “13s”: each time a guest “drops in” to the Hollywood Tower Hotel, they just might plummet 13 stories in a haunted service elevator.
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While it may not be exactly “13,” many of the runDisney events are 13.1-mile half marathon events. With a variety of races held throughout the year at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, these endurance events provide athletes 13.1 magical miles. (And while the 13 miles are magical, I expect the last .1 mile — the finish line — is the most magical of all.)

One of Disney’s famed “Nine Old Men,” Marc Davis, was born in 1913. He began at Disney in Animation. Later in his career, he became one of the company’s original Imagineers. Some of the Disney Parks attractions with Davis’ influence are some of the most beloved: The Enchanted Tiki Room, “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise.

“Brave,” premiering June 22, is the 13th Disney●Pixar full-length animated film.

The numeric street address for Disneyland Resort? 1313.

Muppet*Vision 3-D takes guests on a wild, 13-minute trip through Muppet Labs.

Donald Duck, our favorite fussy fowl, stars in a 1939 animated cartoon entitled “Donald’s Lucky Day,” which is set on Friday the 13th. Donald is a bicycle messenger who experiences his share of misfortune, thanks to several “bad luck” signs — a broken mirror, a black cat and the number 13 — as he tries to deliver a package to “1313 13th Street.” The cartoon was even released on January 13th, 1939 (which was Friday the 13th).

Do you have a favorite 13 above? Or do you know of another 13-related pieces of Disney Parks? If so, please share in the comments.

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It’s Championship Weekend at TRON CITY’S DANCE CREW CHALLENGE!

posted on April 12th, 2012 by Robin Trowbridge, Entertainment Show Director, Disneyland Resort.


On April 6 & 7, dance crews Outer Circle and We Are Heroes faced off in Week Four of TRON CITY’S DANCE CREW CHALLENGE. These two crews brought out their best moves hoping to secure their position in the semi-finals. After thrilling audiences for two nights at ElecTRONica, Outer Circle earned their place to move ahead and compete in our Championship weekend.

Our Championship weekend will work like this:

We Are Heroes Dance Crew Outer Circle Dance Crew Klaamation Dance Crew Kaba Modern Dance Crew

Starting on Thursday, April 12, Day One of TRON CITY’S DANCE CREW CHALLENGE, semi-finals will begin with dance crews TM Juniors, Kaba Modern, Klaamation and Outer Circle all competing against each other trying to earn your votes! You’ll want to be there when these teams rock the stage at 8:15 p.m. and 9:10 p.m.!

Day Two of TRON CITY’S DANCE CREW CHALLENGE, semi-finals takes place Friday, April 13, as our four dance crews leave it all on the stage hoping to be the top two teams to move on and compete in the finals. Catch them live at 8:15 p.m. and 9:10 p.m.!

The surviving dance crew will be announced via @Disneyland on Twitter on Saturday, April 14.

This all leads up to the finals on Saturday, April 14! That’s when our two winning dance crews from the April 12 & 13 semi-finals will compete against each other for one last night of incredible, heart-pounding dance competition! The challenge happens at 8:15 p.m. and 9:10 p.m.!

Winning Crew Will Take Home the DISC-OBALL Trophy as TRON CITY’S DANCE CREW CHALLENGE Ultimate Champions

Then on Sunday, April 15, both teams will return for a special encore performance at 9 p.m.! That very night, just before the Portal closes on ElecTRONica for the last time, everyone will find out which team will take home the cyber-cool DISC-OBALL Trophy as TRON CITY’S DANCE CREW CHALLENGE Ultimate Champions!

The winner of TRON CITY’S DANCE CREW CHALLENGE will be announced via @Disneyland on Twitter on Sunday, April 15, just after the live announcement.

Voting will work the same as in the first four weeks of competition. Guests watching the performances will be instructed on how to cast their votes by using text messaging. Come check out the competition live—on the Power Surge Stage in Hollywood Pictures Backlot— and cast your vote for the dance crew you think should be called TRON CITY’S DANCE CREW CHALLENGE Ultimate Champions.

Programs! The final days of ElecTRONica have arrived! Come and experience all that the Grid has to offer. There’s no better time to get your TRON on before the ultimate End of Line on April 15.

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Carnation Plaza Gardens at Disneyland Park to Begin Transformation to New Fantasy Faire Experience on April 30

posted on April 12th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis announced at the D23 Expo in August of last year, Carnation Plaza Gardens at Disneyland park is being reimagined into the new Fantasy Faire – an enchanting village square that will immerse guests in the stories of their favorite princesses. Carnation Plaza Gardens Stage will become the Fantasy Faire Stage, where the tales of Disney’s fairy tale heroes and heroines will be brought to life each day.

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This transformation will begin with the closing of Carnation Plaza Gardens at the end of the Disneyland park operating day on April 30. There are three more chances for Disneyland park guests to enjoy the Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party at Carnation Plaza Gardens before it closes:

  • April 14 – featuring Doc Anello & the Swing Machine
  • April 21 – featuring Stompy Jones
  • April 28 – featuring Swingtown

And starting May 5, Disneyland Resort guests can keep on dancing each Saturday night when the Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party continues at the Westside Stage in the Downtown Disney District.

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Get Outside for Earth Day at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on April 12th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Happy Earth Month!
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On Earth Day, April 22, bring your entire family to get outside and enjoy the benefits of nature with the following organizations at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort from 12 – 5 p.m. Activities will be presented at no cost to encourage the next generation to spend more time outdoors, and its importance to their wellness!

  • USA Volleyball – The pros who train Olympians will demonstrate how the sport is played and pull youngsters into the fun.
  • Next Level Sports – Future athletes can shoot hoops and participate in kickball games.
  • The First Tee of Los Angeles – Budding golfers will get pointers on how to hit the links with a perfect swing.
  • Orange County Coastkeeper and The Coastal Conservation Network will share what it takes to keep our coastline and beaches safe for our wildlife.
  • Sun Safe Tee will be on hand to educate sun-seekers about proper sun protection.
  • DJ Wendy will be spinning tunes and hosting conservation trivia for chances to win ESPN Zone game cards.

Seedlings with planting instructions will be given to participants while supplies last, helping to cultivate the outdoors in addition to enjoying it!

Read these posts to learn more about conservation efforts at Disney Parks:

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New Disney Dining Email System to Serve Disneyland Resort Guests

posted on April 12th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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As you may know, Disneyland Resort guests may book dining reservations through the Disney Dine Line (714-781-DINE) but, beginning today, we’re offering a new way to request a dining reservation at the resort.

Here’s how it works:

  • Guests may now email their dining reservation requests to dine@disneyland.com
  • Requests will be reviewed the same day, when received during the hours of 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., 7 days a week
  • Requests received after hours will be reviewed the next day
  • Guests may request Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Studio Disney 365 reservations through this email address as well
  • Email requests should include the following information:
    • Name of the restaurant or experience you’d like to book
    • Requested reservation date and meal period (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
    • Total number of guests in your party
    • Your name and phone number
  • Remember: Your request is not confirmed until you’ve received a confirmation number

For a list of Disneyland Resort restaurants that accept reservations, click here.

We know that Disneyland Resort guests are very excited about the upcoming opening of Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park on June 15. Dining reservations are not available at this time, but keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and @Disneyland on Twitter for updates on when the booking window for this brand-new restaurant will open.

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Newly Remodeled Sunglass Icon Flagship Store Coming to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on April 11th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


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I am so excited to announce another terrific improvement coming soon to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort: a brand-new, fully remodeled Sunglass Icon store will open just in time for summer 2012!

As you approach the location, you will immediately be awed by the strong black architectural storefront portal that is offset by the soft glow of color-changing lights. The newly constructed flagship store will feature a focal wall made of two layers of patterned glass and a back layer with a two-way mirror to allow for visibility and dynamic reflections. The use of color-changing LED lights above the millwork and LED cubes hanging from the ceiling will add just the right touch of whimsy.

A new interactive feature will be the “Social Sun” screen which allows for a fun, social experience. Imagine trying on a new style of sunglasses, taking a picture and immediately emailing it to a friend or posting it to Facebook so friends and family can give feedback on your sunglass selection!

Sunglass Icon will open in June 2012. We look forward to this newly remodeled location and the 1,100 pairs of their top sunglass brands!

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