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Capturing Motion at Disneyland Park

posted on November 29th, 2011 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


I usually take a couple of filters with me when I’m out shooting, one of them being a neutral density (ND) filter. There are a variety of ND filters, but the one I used for this photograph was a ND 400. It was a bright, sunny day at Disneyland park so the 9 f-stop reduction helped me to set the camera for a 30-second exposure and get the effect I was looking for – motion.

Capturing Motion at Disneyland Park

Can you think of any other reasons to use this type of filter?



See the posts below for more unique captures from around Disneyland Resort:

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Sommelier

posted on November 28th, 2011 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


This month we give a special “cheers” to Disneyland Resort sommeliers. Watch as Dondi Balisalisa, an advanced sommelier at the award-winning Napa Rose restaurant, tells us how his extensive wine knowledge helps create a magical experience for Disneyland Resort guests.

For more information on Napa Rose, check out the posts below:

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Cute and Delicious Sourdough – An Edible Gift from Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 28th, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Boudin's Famous Holiday-Themed San Francisco Sourdough Bread at Disney California Adventure Park

Looking for the perfect hostess gift for holiday parties? If you’re at Disney California Adventure park, pick up a loaf of Boudin’s famous San Francisco sourdough bread at either Pacific Wharf Café or Boudin’s Bread Cart.

And these aren’t ordinary loaves – they’re adorably shaped like candy canes, Christmas trees, stockings and snowmen. Cost is $5.25-$6.99 (plus tax) and the loaves are available through Jan. 8. The baked-fresh-daily loaves go fast – they sell 250 to 300 a day, says Chef Juan Mendoza at the park’s Boudin Bakery. (Mickey Mouse-shaped loaves are there year-round.) Fun fact: the dough’s only ingredients are unbleached flour, water, salt and a portion of the “mother dough” developed by French baker Isidore Boudin in 1849.

If you don’t eat quickly, it’s best to freeze the loaves and reheat at 375˚F for 10 to 15 minutes, says Chef Mendoza. And they really are delish – Boudin has been making their distinctive sourdough bread in San Francisco since 1849!

Are you a fan of Boudin breads?



Here’s a look at more holiday-themed treats from around Disney Parks:

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 27th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Main Street Electrical Parade Desktop Wallpaper

To kick off the holiday week, we shared an early Thanksgiving treat on the Disney Parks Blog – our latest desktop wallpaper series. It’s a tribute to the “Alice in Wonderland” section of the parade, which features Alice, the Cheshire Cat and Caterpillar, as well as the famous spinning turtle and snail from the parade. Let us know what’s next? Something for the holidays?

Oh, and be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Mickey Mouse Makes His Debut at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, 1934 (Courtesy of Getty Images) Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Appear Together in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1972 (Courtesy of Getty Images) Santa Goofy at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1992 (Courtesy of Getty Images) Bandleader Mickey Mouse Balloon in the 2000 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Courtesy of Getty Images)

And this week in Disney history, Mickey made his first appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In the years since his grand debut, Mickey and other Disney characters have marked company milestones – many of them related to our theme parks – by appearing in the parade. You can see the rest of these fantastic images in Jenn’s original post.

Now, here are some of the other stories we shared this week.

Stitch Gets in on Gingerbread Fun at Walt Disney World Resort – Take a look at the fantabulous new creation joining the holiday line-up in the lobby of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort.

Waffle Sammie the Perfect Magic Kingdom Park ‘Street Food’ – We’ll be eating waffle sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner if we have our way at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom Park.

Bake it Yourself: Recipe for Disney Cruise Line’s Crispy Roasted Duck Breast with Marquise Potatoes – Ready for your holiday menu to consist of something other than turkey or ham this year? We’re sharing the recipe for one of Disney Cruise Line’s most popular dishes, the Crispy Roasted Duck Breast.

Download the Disney Theme Park Merchandise Holiday Guide – Take a look at some of the “must have” gifts found at Disney Parks in both California and Florida in this year’s downloadable Holiday Gift Guide.

Holiday Shopping Scoop at Disneyland Park – Ready to get a start on your holiday shopping? Here are some quick tips for shops to visit at the Disneyland Resort.

Sights & Sounds at Disney Parks: The Fabric of Holiday Storytelling at Epcot – Disney historian Jim Korkis, author of The Vault of Walt, takes you behind the scenes into the amazing realm of Disney Creative Costuming.

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Take 5: Thanksgiving Eats & Treats from Disney Parks and Resorts

posted on November 26th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Rice Krispies Treat Shaped Like a Turkey Leg at Disney Parks

Every family has their Thanksgiving traditions; Disney included. With this holiday especially, the traditions seem to revolve around everything scrump-dilly-icious! To join in the festivities, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite eats and treats from the Disney Parks Blog. Now it’s your turn. Give your recipes and Thanks.

Take 5: Thanksgiving Eats & Treats from Disney Parks and Resorts

  1. Please Pass the Turkey Leg…Rice Krispies Treat from Disney Parks! – Created special for the Thanksgiving holiday, the consumables team at Disney Theme Park Merchandise has introduced a Rice Krispies treat that is shaped like an iconic turkey leg found at Disney Parks.

  2. Bake it Yourself: Recipe for Disney Cruise Line’s Crispy Roasted Duck Breast with Marquise Potatoes – Check out this delicious recipe for Disney Cruise Line’s crispy roasted duck breast with marquise potatoes.

  3. A Taste of Epcot Food & Wine Festival for Thanksgiving – In case you weren’t able to attend this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, we’re sharing the recipe for a pumpkin mousse trifle with cranberries and apricot-orange sauce.

  4. Bake Me A Cake – Tangaroa Terrace Sweet Potato Cake at the Disneyland Resort – Who doesn’t love learning another way to eat your vegetables? Check out this behind-the-scenes video from the Disneyland Bakery.

  5. Fancy Pumpkin Beignets From Club 33 at Disneyland Park – Earlier this fall, we scored the recipe for an “upscale” version of our favorite fancy donuts – pumpkin beignets with a divine maple glaze. Enjoy!
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Holiday Shopping Scoop at Disneyland Park

posted on November 25th, 2011 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


So I have to ask… How many of you started your shopping at local stores at midnight? How many of you are reading this on your phones, right now, as you stand in line because you’re still shopping? And how come you forgot to tell me where the good deals are? Hello… I always give you shopping tips.

I guess you can say I’m freaking out just a little bit that the holidays are here. Time seems to have gone by so fast and as you know, today officially kicks off the madness that is holiday shopping, and while some would say “stop the madness”… I say, “bring it on!” I’d love to tell you that I’m completely organized and have a list made out for everyone I’m buying for this year… But, who am I kidding!

So I thought I’d offer you a few quick tips for shops to visit at the Disneyland Resort if you’re getting started on your holiday shopping, and a list of a few of the items that are sure to fly off the shelves.

At Disneyland park, there’s your one-stop shop, the Emporium, of course! Not only will you enjoy the newly renovated atmosphere in this location, but you can pretty much lay out your plan of attack in just one glance. Here’s the route I took.

Toys, plush, dolls and games are towards the far back, corner of the store. Here’s what to look for: Disney Theme Park Edition Trivial Pursuit and Memory Challenge; and for young Disney fans look for the Disney Racers and Disney Princess dolls.

Disney Gingerbread Ear Hat

In the center of the store, you have some seasonal favorites including holiday fleece, plush, tees, stockings and ear hats. The gingerbread one is my favorite! It’s literally “looks” delicious.

Disney Character-Themed Stockings

In the surrounding areas beyond the holiday goodies, you’ll find souvenirs and home décor items, fleece blankets, hauntingly fun “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” offerings, apparel and more. Here are a few of the things I would recommend. Definitely check out the vast selection of tees and fleece hoodies for adults and kids, featuring many of your favorite Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Grumpy, Goofy, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and more. As well as the newly released vintage style mascot program hailing very “old school” versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck.

Alright everybody, I’m off to the next store. I’ll be back with more tips on what to look for while holiday shopping this season at the Disneyland Resort, so keep watching. I’m thinking I need a shopping spree… Anyone in?

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Disney Cast Members Pen Postcards of Thanks to U.S. Troops

posted on November 25th, 2011 by Kathleen Prihoda, Manager of Media Relations, Walt Disney World Resort


As I think about what I’m thankful for this holiday season, I’m grateful to those who protect our nation so we have the freedom enjoy this special time with our friends and families.

Recognizing the efforts of the armed forces has become a year-round mission for some Disney VoluntEARS, who send notes of encouragement to U.S. troops just to let them know how much they are appreciated.

Disney Cast Members Pen Postcards of Thanks to U.S. Troops

Founded by a Disneyland Resort cast member in 1995, Operation Uplift was inspired by a letter from a soldier serving in Operation Desert Storm. That note said the troops didn’t receive much mail, but when they did, it meant the world to them because they knew people back home cared.

Since that time, Disney VoluntEARS around the country have sent more than 90,000 postcards of support and thanks to servicemen and servicewomen serving domestically and overseas.

Disney Cast Members Pen Postcards of Thanks to U.S. Troops

Those who participate in Operation Uplift say they find great reward in sharing the magic of Disney with military men and women who are serving far from friends and family.

While it might seem like a small gesture, it’s nice to know that these patriotic postcards offer a salute with a smile and brighten many a day.

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‘Tis the Season to Save at Disney Parks

posted on November 25th, 2011 by Erin Catalano, Merchandise Communication Specialist, Walt Disney World Resort


If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love to shop. I’m not just a casual window shopper, I’m a bargain hunting, shop ‘til you drop, licensed professional shopper. While shopping is one of my first loves, I don’t love everything about it. One thing I can do without when it comes to holiday shopping is the massive crowds that start to form on Thanksgiving night. Luckily, this holiday season claustrophobic shoppers like me can rejoice thanks to killer Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals being offered online!

Tis the Season to Be Saving at Disney Parks

Joining in on the outrageous online offers this year is the official shopping site for Disney Theme Park Authentic Merchandise, DisneyParks.com/Store. The online store is starting savings off early this year with special Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday deals. What kind of savings can you expect to find online Nov. 24 and 25? Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in-store for you:

Thanksgiving Day and Magical Black Friday “Door Busters”:

  • $5 Vinylmation Sea Creatures
  • $5 Vinylmation Flags
  • $10 Vinylmation Celebrations
  • $10 Select Disney Theme Park Authentic Ornaments
  • $15 Select Disney Parks Authentic Stockings
  • $15 Select Disney Theme Park Authentic Plush

On top of the door busters, DisneyParks.com/Store will be offering 20% off Disney Theme Park gifts throughout the entire site! In addition to $20 off, we’re taking an additional $5 off select items such as the Cinderella Castle and Space Mountain Play Sets, select Disney Theme Park Edition Board Games and Chamilia Jewelry and accessories!

The holiday savings don’t stop on Friday. When you visit DisneyParks.com/Store on Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) you’ll be treated to even more savings on Disney Parks favorites!

Cyber Monday Specials include:

  • 10% off $50
  • 15% off $75
  • 20% off $100
  • 25% off $125 plus free shipping on your order
  • Plus, special surprise savings throughout the site

In keeping with the theme of giving that is synonymous with the holiday season, DisneyParks.com/Store will be offering special discounts and promotions all season long. Want to stay up to date on all the holiday offers coming this year from the Disney Parks online store? Sign up for our mobile text messaging program which will send all of the holiday offers from DisneyParks.com/Store directly to your mobile device! To sign up, all you need to do is text SHOP to 37275. Happy Shopping and Saving!

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Download the Disney Theme Park Merchandise Holiday Guide

posted on November 25th, 2011 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Disney Theme Park Merchandise 2011 Holiday Guide

As a child, I spent hours poring over catalogs while making my holiday wish lists for Santa Claus. That childhood memory sparked a new digital guide that we created for the holidays. Our goal was to present the “must have” gifts found at Disney Parks in both California and Florida using mostly photographs. There is also a section featuring gift ideas from World Showcase at Epcot. Next week on the Disney Parks Blog, I’ll share a story about my afternoon shopping adventure turned photo safari at World Showcase.

You can download the 56-page guide in .PDF format on the ArtofDisneyParks.com site.

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Take Advantage of Disney’s PhotoPass’ Black Friday Deal

posted on November 24th, 2011 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service


If you haven’t visited the Disney Parks lately, you are missing out on some of the most spectacular holiday decorations in the world! From twinkling holiday lights to festive new shows, the opportunities to create and capture your holiday memories are endless. The parks offer a great backdrop for your “official holiday family photo,” but don’t forget the power of the candid moments. Some of our favorite family photos (much to my mother’s chagrin) are not the ones perfectly posed but rather those that really capture the essence of the season.

Here are just a few of our recent favorites, taken by our Disney’s PhotoPass photographers:

Holiday Photos From Disney's PhotoPass at Disney Parks Holiday Photos From Disney's PhotoPass at Disney Parks
Holiday Photos From Disney's PhotoPass at Disney Parks Holiday Photos From Disney's PhotoPass at Disney Parks

So while you’re busy decking the halls, mark your list for a holiday visit to your favorite Disney park and smile for our photographers! You may find that your “Goofiest” shot is the most memorable one of all!

P.S. – Because we know you’ll have a favorite holiday moment captured by our photographers, visit our Facebook page tomorrow (Nov. 25) for a special holiday discount treat!

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