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Take 5: Disney Gift Cards

posted on December 15th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


The “Flurry Fun” Disney Gift Card Featuring Mickey and Minnie Having Fun in the Snow

Holiday shopping can sometimes get hectic at Disney Parks, so why not make life easier with Disney Gift Cards? The Disney Gift Card can be used just like cash for practically all things Disney at locations worldwide. You can choose from a number of our magical designs or even customize your own for an exciting way to shop, dine, stay and play with us, Disney-style. Read the posts below to find out how you can give the convenience of a gift card this holiday season. Which design is your favorite? For more information on the Disney Gift Card, please visit DisneyGiftCard.com.

Take 5: Disney Gift Cards

  1. New Personalized Disney Gift Card Templates – Here’s an idea for those who want to give the convenience of a gift card, but still give it a personal touch.
  2. Enhanced Disney Parks Shopping Card Makes Unique Gift for Merchandise Fans – Give the unique gift of an enhanced Disney Parks Shopping Card allows for certain discounts to be applied when the card is used for merchandise purchases.
  3. Give the Gift of Magic this Holiday Season with a Disney Gift Card – The holiday season brings with it a new array of holiday Disney Gift Card designs.
  4. Holiday Stocking Memories Inspire New Disney Gift Cards at Disney Parks – These new stocking-inspired cards continue a tradition of packaging Disney pins with Disney Gift Cards.
  5. New Disney Channel & Disney Junior Disney Gift Card Online Designs – Just in time for the holidays, Disney Gift Cards has released four new Disney Channel cards and four new Disney Junior cards!
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Holidays at Disneyland Resort: The Magic Looks and Feels Different

posted on December 14th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Lots of people visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks in the spring or summer, and they never see Disneyland Resort all decked out for the holidays. A new kind of magic happens this time of year that can take your breath away! Take it from our Disneyland rep on the Disney Moms Panel, Ari Krell: the parks feel like a different place during this special season.

Ari has been playing at Disneyland Resort since childhood, but this year was the first time he brought his family to visit for the holidays. He has a few tips to share if you’re visiting in the next few weeks.


Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the holiday season at Disney Parks, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.

For more news on the holiday at the Disneyland Resort, check out the posts below:

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Finish Your Holiday Shopping with Unique Merchandise Deals at Disney Parks

posted on December 14th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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With Christmas right around the corner, I’m almost finished with my holiday shopping. The only things I have left to find are small items for stockings. During my recent travels around Walt Disney World Resort, I found several deals and unique gift items that may help you complete your holiday shopping.

“Disney

Get Two MousekeEars for $20.00
I first shared news about MousekeEars – the miniature Disney ear hats that you can collect, wear and share – back in August. You can now get two MousekeEars for $20.00 (plus tax) at selection locations in Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. The mini-hats are normally priced at $12.95 each.

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Two Scarves for $35.00
There are a variety of colorful and decorative scarves available at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. You can get two scarves for $35.00 (plus tax); the offer only applies to scarves ticketed at $21.95.

Buy Two Antenna Toppers for $8.00
I recently gave a look at my new favorite antenna topper, the Orange Bird, when my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Jenn Fickley-Baker visited me at Disney Theme Park Merchandise headquarters. You can get two antenna toppers for $8.00 (plus tax) at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort locations.

Three Disney Racers for $15.00
When I was younger, I recall receiving die-cast cars in my holiday stocking. For fans of Disney Racers, you can get three Disney Racers for $15.00 (plus tax). This offer applies only to single Disney Racers ticketed at $5.95 each.

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In addition to the special deals, I found some items that would fit nicely in a stocking. I liked the luggage tags that look like Disney characters because I travel often and need a way to speed up that baggage claim experience. The Disney•Pixar “Cars”-themed chocolate squares would be a hit with me mostly because I love chocolate! The colorful Mickey Mouse acrylic bracelets could easily add a splash of color to the top of a wrapped present. Finally, I thought the round bottle opener with Mickey Mouse’s face was a unique kitchen item.

Please note – special promotional deals valid only while supplies last and are subject to change without notice.

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Disney and the Rose Parade: A 75-Year Tradition Continues

posted on December 14th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’ve been showing you updates on the construction of the “Destination: Cars Land” float which will appear in the 124th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif., here on the Disney Parks Blog. We’re really excited about this year’s Disneyland Resort float – not only is it a tribute to the all-new Cars Land, but it also continues a 75-year tradition of Disney involvement with the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. Disney’s relationship with the Tournament of Roses began in 1938 when characters from the newly premiered “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” were prominently featured in the parade. And of course, the Rose Queen and her Court, along with the competing Rose Bowl football teams, have visited Disneyland Resort each year since 1960 (be sure to check back here on December 26 for photos from this year’s visit).
Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse at the Tournament of Roses Parade

In 1966, Walt Disney served as Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade. Later, Roy E. Disney, Walt’s nephew and the head of Disney Animation, would serve as Grand Marshall in 2000. Members of the creative teams at Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Entertainment have served as float judges numerous times throughout the years.
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In 2004, Disneyland Resort presented “A Sudden Drop in Pitch,” the tallest float in Rose Parade history at 110 feet, featuring live performers dangling in a elevator attached to the top. The float’s title played off that year’s theme of “Music, Music, Music,” and the float was inspired by The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction, which opened in Disney California Adventure park that spring.
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The 50th Anniversary of Disneyland was celebrated in 2005 with both a dazzling Rose Parade Opening Show and a spectacular castle float titled “The Happiest Celebration on Earth.” That year’s Rose Parade also featured Mickey Mouse as Grand Marshall.
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Disney broke another Rose Parade record In 2006, with the longest float (150 feet) at the time in Rose Parade history. Titled “The Most Magical Celebration on Earth,” the float celebrated Disney Parks around the world.

Be sure to tune in for the 124th Rose Parade on January 1, 2013, on ABC-TV to see the latest in a long line of Disney-inspired floats!

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: December 2011

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


With the end of 2012 just around the corner, many will take the time to look back and reflect on the past year. But what if we looked a bit further? Let’s rewind the clock to December 2011 and see what we were up to one year ago this month.

Ghirardelli is Coming to Disney California Adventure Park
Can you believe it’s only been one year since we announced that Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop was coming to Disney California Adventure park? I know I’ve enjoyed dozens of hot fudge sundaes since its June 7 opening – how about you?

Four Seasons Groundbreaking Ceremony, Which Included Mickey Mouse, Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, and Joint Venture Partners Silverstein Properties and Dune Real Estate

Four Seasons Breaks Ground at Walt Disney World Resort
In early December 2011, construction officially kicked off for the Four Seasons luxury resort at Walt Disney World Resort with a groundbreaking ceremony.

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The Last Photo of Walt Disney at Disneyland Park
To mark the 45th anniversary of the passing of Walt Disney last December, George shared the now-iconic last photo of Walt here at Disneyland park.

A ‘Towering’ New Race Through the Night at Walt Disney World Resort
Last December, Darrell announced that The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend would take place this September at Walt Disney World Resort. Did you participate in this new race?

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Walt Disney World Resort
Of course, we were busy celebrating the holiday season last December – which brought the debut of this popular video, in which Mickey Mouse is joined by familiar faces from across the Walt Disney World Resort to recite “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

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‘Disneyland Explorer’ App Now Available on iPhone and iPod Touch

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


'Disneyland Explorer' App - Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

The Happiest App on Earth now fits in your pocket! The popular “Disneyland Explorer” app has been updated and is now available for iPhone and iPod Touch.

'Disneyland Explorer' App - Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland Park

Take a spin through the same photo-realistic virtual Disneyland Resort that you’ve enjoyed in the original iPad app. And your favorite activities are all still part of the fun, including classic videos in Mickey’s House, shooting pirate ships in Pirates of the Caribbean, creating your own “World of Color” show, and singing along with “it’s a small world” in different languages.

“Disneyland Explorer” is a free download from the App Store. The app is now compatible with iPad (1st generation) and higher, iPad Mini, iPod Touch (4th generation) and higher, and iPhone 4 and higher.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to Close January 7 for Refurbishment at Disneyland Park

posted on December 12th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

In the normal course of a Disney Parks attraction’s lifespan, there are periods of time when it is necessary to close for a major refurbishment. You may recall that this was the case last year with the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which now looks better than ever with its fresh snowfall. Up next at Disneyland park, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will close January 7 for refurbishment, reopening in fall 2013.

Updates being made to the attraction will include:

  • New ride vehicles (but don’t worry – they’ll still look like the trains that you know and love!)
  • Track replacement (but the attraction will still follow its current course)
  • Repainting portions of the mountain itself (Walt Disney Imagineering has once again carefully studied Bryce Canyon for inspiration)

We’ll have more updates on these and other aspects of the refurbishment throughout the year, but if you’d like to experience the “wildest ride in the wilderness” one more time before it begins, head on over to Disneyland park by January 6 – its last day of operation until fall 2013.


Check out these posts for more updates from Disneyland park:

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Y’All Come on Down to the Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disneyland Park

posted on December 12th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort are well underway, and as Shawn shared last month, there’s plenty of down-home delights to be found at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Frontierland at Disneyland park. Visit with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, tell Santa what you want for Christmas, decorate some delicious holiday cookies and more! Check it out:

 
Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the holiday season at Disney Parks, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.

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Disney Style Snapshot: Pajama Time!

posted on December 12th, 2012 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


Disney Style Snapshot: Pajama Time!

The holidays are no time to wear old T-shirts to bed. There’s sure to be someone snapping photos of the family unwrapping gifts, so you’ll want to dress your best, even in pajamas. There are some fun and colorful options available at World of Disney in Downtown Disney. Our choice is a subtle nod to Cinderella, complete with princess-themed socks instead of glass slippers.


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A Little Something to Sweeten Your Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 11th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


While we like the cute caramel apples, marshmallow snowmen and Mickey gingerbread cookies at Disneyland Resort, we love these yummy cupcakes – just the right amount of indulgence with a dollop of white chocolate mousse when you take that first bite.

These Yummy Cupcakes Are Sure to Sweeten Your Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

The cupcake is chocolate with a hint of peppermint, topped with a generous swirl of red and green icing with a fancy border of white. You can find a version at Cars Land with a Cars Land white chocolate candy top. In Disneyland park, the cupcakes feature Santa Mickey on the candy topper, and you can find them at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café. That same Santa Mickey version is also at the The Coffee House and Tangaroa Terrace ― Casual Island Dining at Disneyland Hotel, White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park.

Cost is $4.99 and the “elves” at the Disneyland Bakery will be busy making these sweet treats through January 6.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the holiday season at Disney Parks, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.

Check out the posts below for more dining with the Disneyland Resort:

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