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New Photos: Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park, Day and Night

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Usually only the birds get this great view of Cars Land, but recently, I had a chance to get above it all in Radiator Springs.

The result is these photos taken just a few hours apart.
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Whether in all its daytime glory, or glowing against the backdrop of a twilight sky, Cars Land is definitely ready for its close-up!

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Rounding Up Some Fun at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland Park

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


A few weeks back, we told you about the all-new Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree happening in Frontierland at Disneyland park. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, here’s a look at some of the festivities.

Right now, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but starting June 18, you’ll be able to say “Howdy!” to your favorite characters here seven days a week all summer long. Adding to the fun, that famous fiddlin’ foursome Billy Hill and the Hillbillies will be performing at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree this summer, too, so y’all come on down!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Stage Technician

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort stage technicians have been bringing “Fantasmic!” to life for 20 years. As we celebrate the milestone anniversary this month, join stage technician James Adling for a peek inside the iconic show – and Mickey’s imagination!

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Sixty-Six Readers Take a Spin at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up

posted on May 30th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Sixty-Six Readers Take a Spin at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up

Yesterday, 66 Disney Parks Blog readers got to go “behind the wall” at our Cars Land Meet-Up! Before starting their cruise down Route 66, they paused with Imagineers Kathy Mangum and Kevin Rafferty, Sr., for a group photo. The photo is available for download right now on the Disney Parks Blog Facebook page!

Sixty-Six Readers Take a Spin at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up

From the overlook at Radiator Springs Racers, the group started their engines for tours hosted by Kathy and Kevin. The tours took them to Luigi’s Flying Tires, Ramone’s House of Body Art, Sarge’s Surplus Hut, Fillmore’s Taste-In and more.

Sixty-Six Readers Take a Spin at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up

The group had the chance to go inside Flo’s V8 Cafe to check out this new dining location. They were treated to all the details from Kathy and Kevin, learning more about Flo’s delectable diner and the Motorama Girl herself.

Sixty-Six Readers Take a Spin at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up

Finally, the tour ended with a special treat – a “dance” on Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree! With Mater calling the moves, fans spun and twisted to the music.

If you didn’t get to join us at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up, check out Cars Land for yourself when it opens June 15 at Disney California Adventure park! And keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more meet-ups to come.

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Crashing the Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 30th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Last week I took the video crew out for a sneak peek through the looking-glass at the new Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure park. I spoke with fellow Disney Parks Blog author Robin Trowbridge about the eclectic entertainment that will soon be offered nightly in Hollywood Land.

Come join the fun when Mad T Party officially opens June 15.

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Pull into the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 30th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


We love all the neon signs and the retro restaurants in Cars Land. And wait ‘til you taste the fun and unique meals, snacks and drinks at each of five roadside “wig-wams” in Cars Land. Welcome to Cozy Cone Motel!

Cone #1: Churro bites with cinnamon-chocolate sauce, regular or cinnamon-spiced hot cocoa, and Ramone’s Pear of Dice Soda (desert pear and mojito flavorings topped with Sprite).

Cone #2: Soft-serve ice cream and “route” beer floats.

Chicken Verde Cone at the Cozy Cone Motel at Cars Land

Cone #3: Breakfast features the bacon scrambled egg cone and scrambled egg verde cone. Lunch and dinner is chili “cone” queso and a chicken verde cone. Sip one of Fillmore’s Fuelin’ Groovy Ades (all-natural lemonade with wild berry foam, or pomegranate limeade with lemon-lime foam).

Cone #4: Pretzel bites with cheesy sauce. To drink, Red’s Apple Freeze (100% frozen apple juice with Red’s special flavoring topped with a hint of toasted marshmallow flavor, and passion fruit-mango foam)

Cone #5: With two flavored popcorns daily, you might find salt and vinegar, pickle, bacon and cheddar, sweet and spicy or nacho cheese. Also serving Doc’s Wild Grape Tonic (Sprite with wild grape syrup and wild berry foam).

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Disneyland Resort Donates Iconic ‘CALIFORNIA’ Letters

posted on May 30th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


The “CALIFORNIA” letters previously located in the esplanade of the Disney California Adventure park entrance have found a new home! The Disneyland Resort will donate the set of letters, which were removed to make way for the Disney California Adventure park expansion project, to the Friends of the California State Fair, a nonprofit organization that benefits California Exposition & State Fair (Cal Expo) in Sacramento. Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair and hundreds of other events annually.

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Plans are underway to make the letters an integral part of a new Cal Expo entrance. The “CALIFORNIA” letters will make their way to their new home sometime in late September and will be placed high enough at the entrance to be seen from Exposition Boulevard. They’ll continue to create memories at a fitting location as Disney California Adventure park welcomes Cars Land and Buena Vista Street!

The donation is the latest among several other Disney California Adventure park artifacts over the last five years, including:

  • The cab of the California Zephyr train that was formerly the home of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream and Bakers Field Bakery was donated to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, Calif.
  • The sun icon that welcomed visitors to Sunshine Plaza was donated to the City of Anaheim for future use.
  • The giant toy train from EnginEARS Toys will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) for future use.
  • Postcards and displays from the Greetings From California store at the main entrance of Disney California Adventure park were donated to many Southern California nonprofit organizations and educational facilities, including the Boys & Girls Club of Tustin, the Anaheim Family YMCA, the Child Abuse Services Team office in Orange, the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, and Betsy Ross and Orange Grove elementary schools in Anaheim.
  • Signs and character displays from Greetings From California were donated to Pretend City in Irvine.
  • The Reboundo Beach surfboard basketball game was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove.
  • Benches from throughout Disney California Adventure park were donated to the City of Anaheim for use in public spaces.
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WonderGround Gallery Grand Opening in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort on June 9

posted on May 29th, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I can’t believe how time flies. It seems like just yesterday I announced the concept of WonderGround Gallery right here on the Disney Parks Blog. Now, June 9 is around the corner and the grand opening is something you won’t want to miss.

One of the things I’m most excited to share with you is the debut of the new Vinylmation 95 platform! Guaranteed to get your motor racing, this new 9” form is shaped like the one and only Lightning McQueen and pays tribute to his signature number, 95. What makes it even better is that six of our WonderGround Gallery artists have been commissioned to create one-of-a-kind pieces utilizing the new platform. In addition, Artist in Residence for June, Noah, will debut a limited edition version of his Lightning McQueen Vinylmation 95 platform the same day. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look as Noah puts the finishing touches on this classic new piece.

As I mentioned above, WonderGround Gallery will feature an Artist in Residence program. Each month, a new artist will call WonderGround Gallery their home as they work on upcoming projects, live paintings, art demonstrations and more. Local Southern California artist Noah is scheduled to be our very first Artist in Residence and will be on hand every Friday and Saturday night throughout the month of June, from 5–9 p.m. In addition to our Artist in Residence, other local artisans will appear to showcase some of their new releases and collections.

There are so many great events planned for the opening and throughout the month. Here are a few things you should keep on your radar. For a complete list of artists that will be appearing on June 9, be sure to visit WonderGroundGallery.com.

Events/Artist Signings

  • June 9 – Vinylmation Signing, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • June 9 – 2D Artist Signings, 3 – 5 p.m.

Artist in Residence

  • June 15 – 16 – Noah, 5 – 9 p.m.

Artisan Showcase

  • June 16 – 17 – Mamas Little Babies, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • June 23 – 24 – Artisan, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • June 30 – July 1 – Artisan, 1 – 4 p.m.

What else can you expect to find in WonderGround Gallery? Well, let me paint you a picture. Not only will you find original artwork on the walls, but you can actually find some of this featured art on an array of items, including limited-edition giclées, deluxe prints, t-shirts, mugs, magnets and more. In addition, look for art-inspired home and lifestyle products, including books, journals, note cards, picture frames, novelty pens, stencils, vases, paperweights and art figures, among other items.

Now, I couldn’t let you go without a sneak peek at a few more pieces of art. Hope you like them!

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Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders and D23 Members: Register Now for Disney California Adventure Park Experience Opportunities

posted on May 29th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Willy’s Butte in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders and D23 members – you have a special opportunity to experience Cars Land and Buena Vista Street before they open on June 15 at Disney California Adventure park! This is your chance to be among the very first to experience Cars Land and the new Buena Vista Street, ride attractions, purchase merchandise, check out new food and beverages, experience attractions and see entertainment in these new areas. Go here or to D23.com right now for event times and to purchase tickets for the following opportunities on June 9-10:

Cars Land and Buena Vista Street Experience
Ticket Cost: $50 per person (includes a 1-Day 1-Park Ticket to Disney California Adventure park for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders; valid admission ticket required for D23 members). Choose your preview times of 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1–5 p.m.

Cars Land and Buena Vista Street Experience Followed by a Private “World of Color” Show
Ticket Cost: $75 per person (includes a 1-Day 1-Park Ticket to Disney California Adventure park for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders; valid admission ticket required for D23 members). Choose your preview times of 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1–5 p.m. Preview time is 6-11 p.m., with a private viewing of “World of Color” at 11:15 p.m.

Dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant, including Cars Land and Buena Vista Street Experience Followed by Private “World of Color” Show. Dinner on June 9 will feature the Disney Family, and dinner on June 10 will feature John Lasseter.
Dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant includes a 3-course meal and a special wine presentation. Ticket Cost: $500 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

Dinner experience includes:

  • Experience Cars Land and Buena Vista Street from 6-11 p.m.
  • Preferred boarding on Radiator Springs Racers
  • Private “World of Color” show
  • Complimentary valet parking at Downtown Disney District (full validation will be provided)
  • Commemorative “Storytellers” statuette
  • June 9 dinners will feature a member of the Disney Family and representatives from The Walt Disney Family Museum
  • June 10 dinners will feature John Lasseter
  • 1-Day 1-Park ticket to Disney California Adventure park valid for participant’s use on day of event purchased for D23 members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders

Go here or to D23.com for event times and more information, and to reserve your special opportunity to experience Disney California Adventure park!

Event tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. No ticket upgrades. Ticket purchaser must present credit card used for purchase to pick up tickets. Limited reservations available and scheduled time periods will be strictly enforced. The preview event may include long wait periods, and the attractions, entertainment and services are subject to temporary closures and cancellation at any time. Information subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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Vanessa Williams Meets Merida at Disneyland Park

posted on May 29th, 2012 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


To celebrate her daughter’s twelfth birthday, Vanessa Williams brought her and some friends to Disneyland park. It happened to be the very first day that Merida, the adventurous heroine from the upcoming Disney•Pixar film “Brave,” was greeting guests in Fantasyland. While her daughter was practicing archery at this delightful new location near “it’s a small world,” Vanessa posed with Merida for this fun photo.
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Can you remember Vanessa’s connection to another Disney film featuring a brave heroine?

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