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Announcing the Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on January 24th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Disney Parks has officially given a new name to the ever-growing Walt Disney World Moms Panel: the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The website’s 19 newest members debuted in January. Also new for 2013, two Team Sports Moms will join the roster to assist guests with youth sports-related travel to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Meet the new members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, here. Visit DisneyParksMomsPanel.com for more information.

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Finishing Last is Finishing First at a runDisney Race

posted on January 23rd, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


If I am not running in a runDisney event you will find me at my second favorite place – the finish line. It’s there I find inspiration and a reminder of why I run. Of course it’s exciting to see the winners glide across the finish line with ease, and admire faster runners setting personal records, but for me the thrill is seeing the smiles, laughter, cheers and tears of runners finishing in the middle and at end of the pack. Whether they are doing it for themselves, for a specific cause or in honor of someone who can’t run, they set a goal, achieve it and make their dreams come true. Winners train to win – these runners train to finish.

It’s because of that determination, beating the odds, that I find myself cheering louder for the last place finishers than I do for the first place winner. On Sunday at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort, after the bleachers cleared and confetti from the winners blew around on the ground, I got to cheer on my newest runDisney hero, Jenna Boyd from Wisconsin. Fighting the clock and turning down offers for rides by race staff, she fought her way to the finish line and was greeted with a welcome fit for a champion. You see at a runDisney event, finishing last is just as special as finishing first.

Please allow me to introduce you to my hero Jenna Boyd.

Congratulations, Jenna!

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February Merchandise Events You Will Love at Disney Parks

posted on January 23rd, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I’ll be changing my name to “Cupid” in February, because I know all of you procrastinators out there are still in search of the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your loved ones. Here are a few events, artist signings, product releases and more, that are sure to keep you out of the dog house and on everyone’s good list.

Here’s the breakdown of when you need to go and where you’ll need to be.

Disneyland Resort

Main Street Electrical Parade 'To Honor America' Sculpture by Robert Olszewski

February 2: Meet miniaturist Robert Olszewski from 9–11 a.m. at the Disneyana Shop in Disneyland park as we celebrate the release of the Main Street Electrical Parade “To Honor America” sculpture.

February 2–3: Artisan M. Andonia is back, with some of the newest releases in her collection. See her from 1–4 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District.

February 9: Be there for the launch of the HARVEYS for Disney Couture Good vs. Evil Princess Seatbeltbag Collection along with Dana and Melanie Harvey from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District.

'Kimono Minnie' Artist Signing at WonderGround Gallery with Sean D’Anconia

February 9: WonderGround Gallery “Kimono Minnie” artist signing with Sean D’Anconia, 3–5 p.m.

The Sweetheart Collection from Precious Moments Doll Maker Linda Rick

February 14–17: The Sweetheart Collection debuts with a special appearance by Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District from noon–10 p.m., each day.

Finally, artist in residence Sean Chao will appear every Friday–Saturday from 5–9 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District.

Walt Disney World Resort

Meet Disney Design Group Artist Patty Landing for Release of Second 2013 Poster Series, Vinylmation and 2013 Calendar

February 1: Meet Disney Design Group Artist Patty Landing from 5–7 p.m. at Disney’s Pin Traders in Downtown Disney Marketplace for the release of the second 2013 Poster Series pin and Vinylmation, as well as the 2013 calendar.

Join Robert Olszewski for the Release of 'The Plaza Restaurant ~ Plaza Ice Cream Parlor' at Downtown Disney Join Robert Olszewski for the Release of 'The Plaza Restaurant ~ Plaza Ice Cream Parlor' at Downtown Disney

February 9–10: Robert Olszewski is back for the release of “The Plaza Restaurant ~ Plaza Ice Cream Parlor” sculpture, first at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park, February 9 (10 a.m.–noon and 3–5 p.m.) and then February 10 at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace (noon–2 p.m. and 4–6 p.m.).

February 9–10: Jewelry Designer Petra Azar is making a special appearance at Tren-D in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, both days from 10 a.m.–10 p.m., as we debut Symbols of Love from the Studio Petra Azar collection.

February 9–17: The Sweetheart Collection debuts at Once Upon a Toy in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

February 13–18: Renowned international artist Larry Dotson will be at the Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, throughout the week during store hours.

Meet Duncan Yo-Yo Professionals at Walt Disney World Resort

February 15–17: Duncan® Yo-Yo Professionals will show you the strings as they perform fun and amazing Yo-Yo tricks at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

February 19–24: David E. Doss will appear to debut some of his newest works at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

For more information on all of these events and more, visit www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

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Exclusive First Look: New Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Featuring Taylor Swift as Rapunzel

posted on January 23rd, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Today we are letting our hair down to show you one of the most stunning images yet created for Disney Parks‘ ongoing Disney Dream Portrait series. Created by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz and featuring six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift as Rapunzel, our latest portrait is captioned “Where adventure awaits.”
New Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Featuring Taylor Swift as Rapunzel

This beautiful image can be seen in upcoming issues of Vanity Fair, InStyle and People.

Check back Friday and I’ll take you behind the scenes on the set of this “hair-raising” photo shoot.

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Tinker Bell to Pirate Princess – Runners Show Character at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Standing at the start and finish lines of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort this past weekend I was reminded how awesome runDisney runners are. Not only in regards to the countless miles logged in training, their excitement at the start and tears of joy at the finish, but for their creativity. The costumes at this weekend’s race were outstanding!

From Tinker Bell to Snow White to Pocahontas, runners revealed their inner princess and personality. Surprising to some it wasn’t just the women, men got in the act by growing wings and flying around the 13.1 mile course.

Standing at the finish line you could quickly see our runners have “character.” Let me introduce you to a few of my new friends and celebrate their colorful creativity.

For more information about future runDisney events and to register for a race, go to www.rundisney.com.

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New Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz to Debut Wednesday

posted on January 22nd, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Tomorrow we’ll be sharing the latest image by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks.

Until then, any ideas?

New Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz to Debut Wednesday

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‘Limited Time Magic’ Brings Delicious Treats for Happy Lunar New Year Celebration to Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


While many of us celebrate the New Year on January 1, the Lunar New Year is usually between late January and early February, determined by the cycles and phases of the moon. Best known as “Chinese New Year,” Lunar New Year is also celebrated by the Vietnamese and Korean cultures, and is a time for big festivities.
Pot Stickers from Lucky Fortune Cookery, Part of the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney California Adventure park is joining in the fun with the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, part of “Limited Time Magic” from February 8-11, with the eateries in Pacific Wharf adding Asian-inspired treats. Lucky Fortune Cookery is adding chicken and veggie pot stickers and pork spare riblets with char siu sauce to its menu, as well as ginger milk tea (a delicious new creation by the Disney chefs) and mini-almond cookies.

Pacific Wharf Café is adding a barbecued pork bao roll, a traditional Chinese steamed bun, along with ginger milk tea and almond cookies. And their popular Chinese chicken salad in a sourdough bowl fits the bill, too.
Snake-Shaped Sourdough Bread from the Boudin Bread Cart, Part of the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

The San Francisco cart adds the barbecued pork bao roll, edamame, almond cookies and ginger milk tea, while the Boudin Bread Cart is offering a giant loaf of sourdough shaped like a snake, for “the year of the snake.”

Pacific Palisades Coffee Cart is adding ginger milk tea, edamame and almond cookies, while Rita’s Baja Blenders will offer Tsing Tao beer. Try a little of everything to celebrate lively Asian flavors and a different tradition this year. Happy Lunar New Year!


Check out these posts for more news about “Limited Time Magic” at the Disneyland Resort:

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Magically Drawn to Magnets from Disney Parks

posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Magically Drawn to Magnets from Disney Parks

I’ve previously discussed numerous souvenirs found at Disney Parks, including Vinylmation, MousekeEars, pins and much more. Yet I find myself strangely drawn by some unseen force to one souvenir in particular – magnets. I have a small collection of Disney magnets at home that I use to hang my children’s artwork on the refrigerator. I love my hipster Mickey Mouse magnet I picked up last year while visiting WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney District in California. I recently stopped by the souvenirs showroom at Disney Theme Park Merchandise, where I caught a glimpse of some current and new magnets.
Cheshire Cat and Orange Bird Magnets from Disney Parks

I think my new favorites are the Disney attraction posters from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. I also found four new designs that feature an oversized magnet with a clip (happy to see the Orange Bird, of course).
Dumbo and Mickey Mouse Club Magnets from Disney Parks

The souvenirs team said they are working on a few additional food-inspired designs that will debut in late summer (fans of Disney Parks’ food will be happy!).

Do you have a favorite Disney magnet on your refrigerator? Please share in the comments below.


Look below for more updates on Disney Parks merchandise:

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Mickey Check for Kids’ Meals Debuts at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 21st, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


From an udon noodle bowl at Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park to turkey pot pie at Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park, the new Mickey Check is now featured on kids’ menus in both quick-service and table-service restaurants across Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.
Mickey Check for Kids’ Meals Debuts at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

Following the introduction earlier this month at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, the expansion of the Mickey Check helps families easily find nutritious choices, part of an ongoing program that launched in 2006 with nutrition guidelines. The Mickey Check makes it even easier to identify healthier food options in all of the Disney theme parks and resorts.

Choices that receive the Mickey Check must meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines that limit calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar. For the Disney chefs, it’s been a fun challenge to tweak menus. For example, Blue Bayou in Disneyland park now offers seared salmon, spaghetti, broccolini and fresh fruit for kids. At Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot, there’s grilled sirloin with green beans and brown rice. (Kids’ Complete Meals must be ordered without substitutions and include at least three of the following food groups: fruits and vegetables; low-fat dairy; whole grains or lean protein, beans, eggs and nuts.)
Mickey Check for Kids’ Meals Debuts at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

While new to table-service restaurants, the Mickey Check also appears on some Disney-licensed food products sold at retail locations, on qualifying recipes at Disney.com and Family.com, and on menus at quick-service restaurants at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Has your family found a favorite Mickey Check item in the theme parks or resorts? For more information, visit www.DisneyMickeyCheck.com.

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By the Numbers: Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 21st, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


“Cars

Can you believe it’s been seven months since Cars Land opened at Disney California Adventure park? Since then, thousands of guests have cruised down Route 66, raced through Ornament Valley and (if they’re like me) downed quite a few Red’s Apple Freezes. At 12 acres, the size of Cars Land is enough to impress, but here are a few more numbers that might knock your socks off:

280,000 – Square feet of rockwork in Cars Land, making Ornament Valley mountain range the largest rockwork created in a domestic Disney theme park

125 – Height in feet at the tallest peak of Ornament Valley range

4,000 – Tons of steel used to construct the Ornament Valley range and Radiator Springs Racers

36,000 – Approximate number of miles per year each Radiator Springs Racers vehicle will travel, equivalent to more than 14 trips down the original Route 66

6,714 – Air vents keeping the tires flying at Luigi’s Flying Tires

525 – Approximate length, in feet, of the stretch of Route 66 that runs through Cars Land

70 – Species of native plants in Cars Land (including more than 450 trees and cactus)

16Neon signs in Cars Land, with the Flo’s V8 Café sign standing tallest at 27 feet

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