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Stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel for Spring Break With New Offer

posted on March 13th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Plan Your Spring Break or Early Summer Getaway to the Disneyland Resort with New Offer

It’s not too late to plan your Spring Break (and even early summer getaway) at the Disneyland Resort! Check out this new offer on Disneyland Resort hotels.

Starting today, you can save up to 25 percent on stays for most Sunday through Thursday nights at a Disneyland Resort Hotel for travel between April 16 through June 9 when booked before May 26. Be sure to check for other discounts that may be available on the weekends. For more information, click here.

Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Travel must be completed by June 10, 2012. Offer not valid on Suites or with previously booked rooms. Excludes applicable taxes and fees. Check for offers for different hotels and room types. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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Disneyland Resort Welcomes Matsiko World Orphans Choir

posted on March 13th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


As part of the Disney Performing Arts program, an inspirational event is taking place this Thursday, Mar. 15, at Disneyland park – a performance by the Matsiko World Orphans Choir.

Sponsored by International Children’s Network and deemed a world treasure, the choir consists of orphaned children from all around the world who express a melting pot of cultures through song and dance. Among the countries represented are India, Liberia and Peru.

Thursday’s performance begins at 10:25 a.m. at the Carnation Plaza Gardens Stage.

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Disney Announces ‘Heroes Work Here’

posted on March 13th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Did you hear? We’re looking for military heroes to join the team. Disney President and CEO Bob Iger just announced a new company-wide initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans called Heroes Work Here. It’s exciting news and we’ve got the details. Disney will:

  • Provide at least 1,000 jobs, career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans over the next three years.
  • Support military families, veterans transitioning into civilian life.
  • Launch a national public awareness campaign to encourage job opportunities for veterans.

So, what job opportunities are we talking about? They’ll run the gamut from internships to leadership roles and span all segments of The Walt Disney Company. To support this effort, the company will host career fairs and participate in events showcasing job opportunities for returning military personnel.

Disney will also invest in select non-profit organizations that provide training and other support services for veterans, while Disney VoluntEARS will lend their time and talents to the effort through service projects with veterans’ organizations across the country.

Also, be sure and keep an eye out for some of the talented veterans already employed at Disney in TV spots to encourage other companies to create opportunities for returning military personnel. To learn more about Heroes Work Here, visit the Disney Careers website.

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Cast Member Musicals at the Disneyland Resort Raise $20,000 for Charity

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

What do Disneyland Resort cast members have in common with mini musicals? “Flashback,” of course – the annual, after-hours event in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park, in which cast members from across the Resort have the unique opportunity to take the stage and perform original Broadway-style acts for charity.

This year, ticket sales for cast members’ friends and family benefited Orangewood Children’s Foundation and Anaheim Interfaith Shelter/Halcyon. Each nonprofit received a $10,000 check at last week’s event.

Cast Members at the Disneyland Resort Participating in ‘Flashback’ to Raise Funds for Local Charities

More than 300 cast members took advantage of the fun cast offering, and this year’s theme – games and comic books – lent itself to costumes inspired by playing cards and super heroes. Congratulations to all who participated after nearly two months of practice and production!

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 12th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


Dress up in your festive green attire and join us in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort to share a little luck of the Irish as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! The district will be alive with celebration, and some of the festivities to enjoy will include:

  • Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen – Celebrate with green beer and Executive Chef Darrin Finkel’s corned beef and cabbage, and then relax with a delicious Irish coffee. Celebrate the Creole way with Kenny Sara and the Sounds of New Orleans performing 7–11 p.m. in the Flambeaux Room. Jazz Kitchen Express will also feature corned beef and cabbage slaw Po’boys.
  • Uva Bar – Enjoy Irish-inspired fare and fun with pints o’ Irish beer and delectable pub-inspired menu items, including Guinness beer and Irish cheddar dip, potato leek soup, black-and-tan battered fish and chips, corned beef boxty, and a mouth-watering milk chocolate Guinness cake! Indulge in some tasty Irish drink specials such as Finian’s “Five Provinces” whiskey, Redbreast pot still whiskey, Harp Draft, Murphy’s Stout Can, and Murphy’s Red Bottle.
  • House of Blues – Stop by for the 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Slam featuring Street Dogs w/ Devil’s Brigade, Muder the Stout, and Old Man Markley. Find out more details about show times and admission prices by visiting www.HOB.com. Feast on some delicious Irish fare – House of Blues style – such as Irish nachos, Lucky Fish Tacos or Guinness Stew, and top off your meal with a scrumptious Bailey’s Irish marble cheesecake; and be sure to toast the night with a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish Martini”!

Remember – as the Irish say, “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough.” I hope to see you in the Downtown Disney District on St. Patrick’s Day!

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Moms Panel Monday: Meet Ari Krell, a Dad with Tips from His Boyhood at Disneyland to New Discoveries with His Daughters

posted on March 12th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Like thousands of Disneyland park fans who live in Southern California, Ari Krell had to be at the park Feb. 29 for “One More Disney Day.”


“How could I miss it? It was part of Disney history,” Ari said of the 24-hour adventure celebrated at Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.

That sums up the passion Ari has for Disney Parks, a passion that started with his boyhood adventures at Disneyland and grew in ways he never would have imagined as a dad of two “princess” daughters. He brings all that knowledge and enthusiasm now to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, as the first dad to answer vacation planning questions about Disneyland Resort.


As an annual passholder, Ari has the luxury of visiting Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks multiple times throughout the year. He and his family like to watch the shows, ride the attractions over and over, and sample food from various restaurants. Two of his favorites are the Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace (he tipped me off to the tasty and filling roast turkey sandwich at the River Belle!).

With that much time at the parks, you begin to find the unexpected delights. And those surprises are the best moments of all, Ari said – from gazing in awe at the Zoetrope in the Art of Animation building to spying a new show detail to discovering how helpful cast members can be.


“What I enjoy most about being on the Moms Panel is being able to share personal and family experiences,” Ari said. “When I tell upcoming visitors that my 7-year-old daughter loves Tower of Terror, they can use that information to plan their own visits. It helps them plan a better, more fun vacation, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Do you have questions about Tom Sawyer Island, rainy day fun at the parks, or what’s opening this summer at Disney California Adventure park? Just ask Ari or our other Disneyland Resort panelist Amanda Ficili about all the adventures revving up at the Disneyland Resort. You can find them at DisneyWorldMoms.com!

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The Softer Side of the Force at Disney Parks

posted on March 12th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’ve always wanted to learn the ways of the Force. Sadly I’m too old to begin the training at the Jedi Training Academy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I did, however, recently visit the park with my friend Duffy the Disney Bear, who is old enough to participate. We are introducing a new Jedi robe costume for Duffy this spring. The costume comes complete with a t-shirt, an iconic brown robe with hood and a lightsaber that actually lights up. I spoke with Denise Edelmaier, product developer for Plush and Dolls, about the new costume.


“The Jedi Training Academy robe is adorable,” exclaimed Denise. “It continues our strategy of introducing costumes for Duffy that are directly related to experiences found only at Disney Parks.”


Denise also shared with me two new items that will be arriving later this spring. Donald Duck as Darth Maul will arrive in time for the launch of Star Wars Weekends 2012 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The plush will be released at Disneyland Resort in mid-summer. The other plush has Jedi Master Yoda wearing a Mouseketeer hat and is set to arrive this May in California and Florida.

These items will not be offered via the Disney Parks Online Store. Once released, you can contact Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Merchandise Guest Services at 1-877-560-6477 or via email – merchandiseguestservices@disney.go.com – to place an order.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on March 11th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

Disney President and CEO Bob Iger and Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs Behind the Construction Walls at Disney California Adventure Park for a Hard-hat Tour of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land

We shared big news this week on the Disney Parks Blog. The grand opening of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle Theatre will take place on June 15, 2012. Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, broke the news after a hard-hat tour of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land with Disney President and CEO Bob Iger. Read more about the day in Tom’s original post.

We also took a fun look back at all of the additions to Disney California Adventure park and a peek ahead at all of the new things to come.

And at the Walt Disney World Resort, we shared a first sneak peek inside the highly anticipated Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. Walt Disney Imagineering combined digital technology with traditional artistry to create a sweeping landscape that gives you the feeling that you really are walking into a part of the film.

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

A Day at Disney California Adventure Park – This post includes a brand-new video from Blue Sky Cellar that takes readers through “A Day at Disney California Adventure Park” in a whole new way.

Fall Vacations Will Be Simply Delicious at the Walt Disney World Resort – The incentive to plan an early fall vacation here at the Walt Disney World Resort just got a little sweeter, thanks to the return of one of our most popular guest offers – free Disney dining!

Disney’s Dreamers Academy Kicks Off Year Five – This past week the Disney’s Dreamers Academy celebrated their five-year anniversary. Here’s all the fun they had in store to mark the occasion!

Disney Fantasy Arrives in Port Canaveral – Check out the photos from the long-awaited homecoming of the Disney Fantasy arriving in Port Canaveral, FL.

Sights & Sounds at Disney Parks: Robert Sherman Made Our Lives a Jolly Holiday – On March 6, we lost Disney Legend Robert B. Sherman, but the immeasurable gifts of song he has given — in that magical partnership with his surviving brother, Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman — will stay forever.

First Look at 2012 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Merchandise – As the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicked off on March 7, we gave readers a first look at 2012 merchandise for the special event.

Disney California Adventure Park – Day to Night – Check out this video to learn about all about the fun and experiences guests can discover at Disney California Adventure park.

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UPDATE: SIGNin’ in the Street at the Downtown Disney District and Your Chance to Attend ‘Switched at Birth’ Finale Preview

posted on March 9th, 2012 by Betsy Sanchez, Manager of Media Relations, Disneyland Resort

UPDATE: All of the Disney Parks Blog special invitations to the “Switched at Birth” finale preview have been taken! Selected entries will be confirmed via email. Remember – you still have another chance to grab a ticket! Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, guests may line up at AMC Theatres for tickets to the event, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30 a.m.

Just a couple of weeks ago I told you about a great event coming to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort next weekend – SIGNin’ in the Street, a celebration of creativity in the deaf community. We want to welcome all of you to join us at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, for a fun kick-off moment and throughout the weekend for all the fantastic offerings and performances.

Sean Berdy from ABC Family’s Hit Series ‘Switched at Birth’

We are excited to announce that both event days will conclude with a special performance by Sean Berdy, from ABC Family’s hit series “Switched at Birth,” who will sign the song, “Hero.” Berdy, who played a young deaf actor in “The Sandlot 2,” has toured the country performing renditions of popular songs entirely in American Sign Language.

Cast of ABC Family’s Hit Series ‘Switched at Birth’

I mentioned in my last post to check back for details on how to grab a seat to the sneak preview of the spring finale of “Switched at Birth,” well – I am excited to announce that the Disney Parks Blog has been given the opportunity to invite a limited number of readers to this special event on Saturday, March 17. The screening will take place at AMC Theatres from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Space for the event is limited and you must RSVP to meetups@disney.go.com, following these directions carefully:

  • Valid RSVPs must include: 1) “Switched at Birth Sneak Preview” in the subject line and 2) your name, email address and phone number in the body of the email. All confirmed RSVPs will be for the person who responds, plus one guest. Incomplete RSVPs will not be accepted.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required to pick up tickets.

Guests whose valid RSVPs are received before we reach capacity will be sent an email to confirm their attendance for the event on Saturday, March 17, along with instructions for picking up tickets. I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

If your RSVP is not received before we reach capacity, you’ll have another chance to grab a ticket. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, guests may line up at AMC Theatres for tickets to the event, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30 a.m.

Admission to the Downtown Disney District, as always, is complimentary. The Downtown Disney District parking lot is conveniently located next to the action and offers free parking up to 3 hours – or up to 5 hours with validation from AMC Theatres or other participating locations.

Please visit http://disneyland.disney.go.com/events/signin-in-the-street/ for more details.

We hope to see you there!

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Neon Signs to Light Up the Night at Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 9th, 2012 by Kathy Mangum, Executive Producer & Vice President, Walt Disney Imagineering

The finishing touches just keep coming to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. And, by “finishing touches,” I mean large neon signs!

When you travel the real Route 66, you see great, classic neon signs in the towns along the road — and our Route 66 will be no exception. Watch this video and see our two primary graphics designers explain how their research led to the final product.

We’re really focused on getting all of our neon installed right now and, as you can see, we’ve got some beautiful pieces in place already. I can’t wait to see them all lit up and animated, just as they appear in the “Cars” movies. Enjoy!

For more updates on Cars Land, check out the posts below:

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