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Disney VoluntEARS Help Tow Away Hunger in Orange County, California

posted on September 27th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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For the fifth year, Disney VoluntEARS had “fuh-un” at the annual Orange County CANstruction event, where they spent nearly six hours “can-structing” our favorite tow truck, Mater, from 5,700 cans of food donated by the Disneyland Resort.

The event, benefiting the Orange County Food Bank, takes place every September in conjunction with the Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., where structures made entirely out of canned foods are put on display.

Disney VoluntEARS created Mater’s main structure from cans of kidney beans, and eyes and pupils from cans of mandarin oranges, evaporated milk, green beans and salmon. In total, more than 20 types of canned foods were used, and “dadgum,” the design won “Juror’s Favorite!”

Check out this time lapse of Mater being “can-structed.”

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Captivating New Villains Collection to Launch at D Street in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 27th, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Out of the shadows comes Noah’s latest offering, themed to the Disney Villains, just in time for the hauntingly frightful Halloween season. Designed by Noah in partnership with Disney Consumer Products, these villains herald from some of the greatest stories from treasured Disney films.

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“I wanted to create a line this year that had a little something for everyone,” said Noah, “so for the guys, I went with the most dramatic and popular characters I could find, Chernabog (‘Fantasia’) and Scar (‘The Lion King’).

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“For the ladies, I opted to stick with two wickedly popular favorites: The Evil Queen (‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’) and Maleficent (‘Sleeping Beauty’). What makes this collection different is that I really wanted to create a dramatic effect with lighting that, simply put, tells an entire story through their eyes. I found that the lighting and dramatic shadows really enhanced each character’s attitude and personality in a different way.”

These new images will appear in a variety of items including limited edition giclees on canvas, men’s apparel, women’s apparel and skate decks.

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Last but not least is Noah’s debut of a Disney Theme Park Merchandise-commissioned custom Vinylmation themed to none other than Chernabog. This limited edition piece comes complete with a base that almost engulfs the vinyl in cool blue flames.

Noah will be on hand for a special appearance and signing October 20, from 3–6 p.m. at D Street in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

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‘Frankenweenie’ Director Tim Burton Visits the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 26th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


Recently, I had the honor of interviewing director Tim Burton. We talked about his connection to the Walt Disney Company and the Disneyland Resort, starting with visiting the park as a child (he grew up in Burbank, Calif.), to his career as a young animator with Disney animation, to seeing his blockbuster movie, “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” become a holiday tradition at the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland park, to now, the first animated film he’s directed for Disney, “Frankenweenie” – a movie inspired by his California childhood – bringing it all full-circle.

Now, guests at Disney California Adventure park can get up-close to the movie’s stop-motion puppets at “The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition.” They are truly magnificent pieces of art and are on display at the Disney Animation Building, which is where I chatted with Mr. Burton about “Frankenweenie.” The exhibition runs through November 5. Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Galore at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 26th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


It’s just one day, but it’s one of the most special meals of the year in America – Thanksgiving. And at the Disneyland Resort, there are more than a dozen turkey day specials. Here’s where to find everything from slow-roasted turkey to pumpkin pie.

Thanksgiving Galore at the Disneyland Resort

The extravaganza is the buffet at the Disneyland Hotel, a classic harvest of roast turkey, prime rib, homemade stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, fresh cranberry-orange relish and smashed potatoes and gravy. Add to that fresh salads, artisan cheeses, smoked salmon, chilled shrimp, king crab legs and charcuterie. And that’s all before desserts such as pumpkin and pecan pies, tarts, desserts flights, cookies, cakes, macaroon pops, gourmet cupcakes, crêpes flambées and a chocolate fountain with sweets for dipping.

Thanksgiving Galore at the Disneyland Resort

Cost is $71.99, $20.99 for the child’s buffet with kid-friendly tastes from homemade pizza, mac & cheese, chicken tenders, fresh corn, mini hotdogs and other favorites.

Also at the Disneyland Hotel, Steakhouse 55 is offering three courses for $46: roasted butternut squash soup with crème fraîche; slow-roasted turkey with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon, dressing and Grand Marnier cranberry sauce; and pumpkin crème brûlée for dessert.

Goofy’s Kitchen will offer brunch ($33.99) and dinner ($38.99) with an abundance of goodies, from made-to-order omelets, eggs Benedict, roasted ham, huevos rancheros in the morning, and classic Thanksgiving for dinner – turkey, roasted New York strip, salmon with caper-butter sauce, mashed potatoes, brown sugar yams with marshmallows, sourdough stuffing, butternut squash soup and more. The special kids’ buffet is $17.99.

Skipping over to Disney’s PCH Grill buffet at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, there’s oven-roasted turkey breast with cranberry-orange relish, New York strip steak with horseradish cream, grilled chicken, pan-seared salmon, apple-walnut stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey giblet gravy, and bounteous salads and desserts. Cost is $31.99, $16.99 for the kids’ buffet.

Heading to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Napa Rose kicks it up with a four-course Wine Country Feast for Thanksgiving – $90, and a wine flight for an additional $45. Kids get a turkey dinner for $20.

Next door at Storytellers Café, you can choose a classic turkey dinner with brioche bread stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy and cranberry sauce for $22.99 ($11.99 for kids), or go for it at the buffet with turkey, New York strip loin, pan-seared salmon, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, grilled chicken, pork loin, candied yams, stuffing with sweet Italian sausage, mashed potatoes, golden beets and more. Plus, those pies and other desserts! The buffet is $30.99, $14.99 for the child’s buffet.

At Disney California Adventure park, you can get turkey and all the fixins’ at Ariel’s Grotto, Flo’s V8 Café, Wine Country Trattoria and Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill, or a three-course dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant.

At Disneyland park, slow-roasted turkey accompanied by chefs’ favorite side dishes are on the menu at Café Orleans, French Market, Carnation Café, Plaza Inn, River Belle Terrace and Blue Bayou. And Jolly Holiday Bakery Café already has us thinking of delicious leftovers with a carved turkey sandwich with cranberry mayo.

To make reservations for table service dining, call the Disney Dine Line (714-781-DINE) or email dining reservation requests to dine@disneyland.com.

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Haunting New Pins Debut This October at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 25th, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here’s a little something that I’m pretty sure is going to have you asking “What’s This?” every time you turn around. Why, you ask? Because this new collection of pins is titled just that. Inspired by the lyrics from one of the popular songs in “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” and Haunted Mansion Holiday, this collection has been designed to let you discover something whenever you open the hinge, slide the pin or make it spin.

What will you find? Take a look:

New Pins Inspired by 'Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas' and Haunted Mansion Holiday Coming to the Disneyland Resort New Pins Inspired by 'Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas' and Haunted Mansion Holiday Coming to the Disneyland Resort

These limited edition pins are bound to be popular, so make “final” arrangements to add them to your collection when they debut October 12 at Disney’s Pin Traders in the Downtown Disney District.

New Pins Inspired by 'Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas' and Haunted Mansion Holiday Coming to the Disneyland Resort New Pins Inspired by 'Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas' and Haunted Mansion Holiday Coming to the Disneyland Resort

Special Tip: Be on the lookout for a lanyard medal and pin set as well as this special “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” mystery pin set.

Now, as you know, every year anticipation builds as everyone clamors to see what the next gingerbread house will be in the ballroom scene of the Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction. I had the opportunity to chat briefly with Senior Designer for Disney Entertainment Creative Development Brian D. Sandahl, who gave me the ingredients on how he came up with this particular concept.

“There were a variety of things floating around in my brain,” said Brian, “but it was seeing a version of Jack Skellington’s house in Halloweentown that really got things underway, combined with a fellow colleague suggesting we include a train, which culminated in one of our best ideas yet: a ghost train.” It seems so fitting, doesn’t it? Well, the magic doesn’t end there, because our talented team of artists and product developers wanted you to be able to take a piece of this unimaginable gingerbread sculpture home with you, too. What came of it? See for yourselves:
New Pins Inspired by 'Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas' and Haunted Mansion Holiday Coming to the Disneyland Resort

This new design is a perfect addition to last year’s mystery collection, which was a huge hit amongst you Disney fans.

Tip: Brian D. Sandahl will be on hand for a special appearance at Little Green Store Command on October 13 from 9-11 a.m. as we celebrate this new release.

Will you be adding these to your collection?

Read more news about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort in these posts:

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NASA Photo Shows Space Shuttle Endeavour Soaring Over the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 25th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


On Friday, Sept. 21, thousands gathered at the Disneyland Resort to witness the historic flyover of the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it made its final flight toward its new home here in Southern California. You’ve seen what it looked like from the ground in Valarie’s incredible video, but below you can see what it looked like from the sky – specifically, from the point of view of a NASA photographer who was aboard one of the F-18 chase planes that escorted Endeavour.

NASA Photo Shows Space Shuttle Endeavour Soaring Over the Disneyland Resort

Incredible, right? Were you at the Disneyland Resort on Friday to see Endeavour fly over? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Disneyland Resort Donates Matterhorn Bobsled to National Roller Coaster Museum

posted on September 25th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Matterhorn Bobsleds Attraction in Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort

This past summer, the world’s first tubular steel roller coaster – the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland park – received an extensive refurbishment that included a fantastic new paint job and all-new bobsleds. Now considered a piece of roller coaster history, a former bobsled from the iconic attraction recently was donated by the Disneyland Resort to the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives, along with signage from California Screamin’.

Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis said, “We’re delighted to provide these pieces of Disneyland Resort history to the National Roller Coaster Museum, an organization that celebrates our industry. The Matterhorn bobsled and California Screamin’ signage represent two of our most beloved attractions, from the first tubular steel-tracked roller coaster in the world to one of the longest and most thrilling.”

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‘Delicious Disney Holidays’ Newest in Cookbook Series

posted on September 25th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Joining “Delicious Disney Desserts” and “Delicious Disney Just for Kids,” the new “Delicious Disney Holidays” is the latest on the shelves in Disney stores. We had the pleasure of working with the Disney chefs to come up with 20 perfect recipes for this treasure of Disney holiday favorites, starting with New Year’s Eve flatbreads and ending with a Christmas yule log.

'Delicious Disney Holidays' Newest in Cookbook Series

In between, we’ve got chocolate truffle cake for Valentine’s Day, hot cross buns for Easter, coconut-crusted tofu in miso broth for Earth Day and roasted garlic-orange pork ribs for Fourth of July. There are Jack Skellington sugar cookies for Halloween and smoked salmon and herb muffins for Hanukkah.

One of my favorites is the sweet potato pancakes with honey-pecan butter from The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The book suggests them for Mother’s Day, but we mix a batch on a lazy weekend morning and everyone feels special.

Sweet Potato Pancakes With Honey-Pecan Butter
Serves 4 to 6

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato (from about 1 small sweet potato)
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans

  1. Preheat oven to 225°F.
  2. Sift flour into a large bowl. Add baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and whisk until
    combined.
  3. Combine milk, brown sugar, sweet potato, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract in a large bowl; whisk until well blended. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, and stir until just blended.
  4. Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet over medium-low heat until a few drops of water sizzle on the surface. If using an electric skillet, preheat to 350°F.
  5. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto skillet. Cook on first side until tops bubble and sides look dry; flip and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes more.
  6. Place cooked pancakes on a baking sheet and place into preheated oven to keep warm. Repeat
    process with remaining batter.
  7. Stir together butter, honey and pecans in a medium bowl.
  8. Top pancakes with honey-pecan butter, and serve immediately.
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Behind the Scenes: Meet Disneyland Resort Park Announcers Bill and Camille

posted on September 24th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – in this video you will meet the faces behind the voices heard at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. During a recent recording session, Bill Rogers and his wife Camille Dixon showed us how they create these very special Disneyland Resort announcements.

Read these posts to see more from behind the scenes at the Disneyland Resort:

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Then and Now: Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor at Disneyland Park

posted on September 24th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


For many, Main Street, U.S.A., is as much a Disneyland park icon as Sleeping Beauty Castle. A tribute to turn-of-the-century small towns like Marceline, Missouri – Walt Disney’s childhood home – Main Street has undergone quite a few changes since it first opened in 1955. But as Disneyland Resort photographer Paul Hiffmeyer and I found, some things are still surprisingly the same. We recently discovered a photo of a Main Street, U.S.A., cast member taken in March 1960 and went searching for the window seen behind her. We were amazed to find it in front of Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. It’s slightly larger now, but as you can see, many of the details remain today.

Then and Now: Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor at Disneyland Park in 1960 and Now

Check out these posts to read more about Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park:

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