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First Look: Beautifully Disney for Disney Parks

posted on February 20th, 2013 by Erin Catalano, Merchandise Communication Specialist, Walt Disney World Resort

Allow us to captivate your mind and take you on a journey with the essence of Beautifully Disney, a new collection of cosmetics and beauty products coming exclusively to Disney Parks.
Beautifully Disney defines timeless beauty through collections of fairytale nostalgia, unlocking harmonious colors. Through the collections of this new and enchanting line, it is the goal to keep guests romanced by the contrast of mysterious yet inviting colors and sparkle to experience modern recreations of our most beloved and treasured Disney characters. Beautifully Disney is sure to bring out the sheer brilliance of your inner most beauty. The character inspired collection is the first of its kind for Disney Parks and has been developed to evoke the spirit, beauty, and fantasy of all things Disney.

Beautifully Disney is for guests who are drawn to gorgeous, wearable, high quality colors, and love to experiment with the latest products, pigments and trends. It has been developed for guests that are inspired by the timeless beauty of our Disney characters, and the diverse stories they represent.

Beautifully Disney provides a rich color collection for lips, eyes, and nails at an exceptional quality level. Through character and storytelling on the cosmetic packaging, guests will be able to choose from their favorite films and characters in various moods. The range will provide a broad expanse of classic colors as well as some fashion forward trend colors that are complementary to the spectrum of skin tones. Coordinating cosmetic bags and beauty tools will round out the initial Beautifully Disney offering to create a truly immersive beauty statement.

I spoke with the merchandiser for Beautifully Disney, Lisa Bergman, to learn more about the new, Beautifully Disney collection. “Beautifully Disney was developed for guests of all ages that love to experiment with colorful makeup and the latest trends,” explained Lisa, “With each season, we will release new collections and palettes to bring a vast assortment of beloved Disney characters, plus fashion forward colors and trends into guests everyday beauty regimen,” said Lisa.

Keep an eye out on the Disney Parks Blog for more information about Beautifully Disney, the premiere events, and a special Beautifully Disney purchase with the purchase taking place on March 2 at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts!

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These Disneyland Resort Burgers Are a Meal in a Bun

posted on February 19th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

We recently had the delightful job of scouting the best burgers at the Disneyland Resort. These days, a burger isn’t just a burger. Toppings like fresh grilled pineapple, avocado, pastrami and fried organic eggs take these hot sandwiches to the next level.
The Hawaiian Cheeseburger at Tangaroa Terrace ― Casual Island Dining at the Disneyland Hotel

One of our favorites was the Hawaiian cheeseburger at Tangaroa Terrace ― Casual Island Dining at the Disneyland Hotel, a third-pounder of Angus beef with freshly grilled pineapple, Havarti cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and a drizzle of sweet teriyaki sauce on a multigrain bun. (And we didn’t mind the crisp, hot sweet potato fries that came with it, or you can also behave and order papaya slaw).

Next door at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Disney’s PCH Grill offered up a La Mesa Southwest Burger with pepper jack cheese, roasted Anaheim chilies, a big onion ring and a slather of barbecue sauce on a pretzel roll. Spicy, salty, sweet – every bite is a new taste.
The Angus Beef Chili Burger at Taste Pilots’ Grill in Disney California Adventure Park

At Disney California Adventure park, it’s a toss-up: the hearty new version of an Angus beef chili burger at Taste Pilots’ Grill or the decadent Kobe beef cheek sliders with horseradish sour cream, red bell pepper marmalade and crispy onions at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge. You’ll need a knife and fork to tackle the chili burger – and a pile of napkins.

A favorite that’s been on the menu for a while in Disneyland park is the substantial Angus Pastrami Cheeseburger at Village Haus Restaurant, with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and mild, creamy horseradish sauce. Consider sharing this one.

At the Downtown Disney District, we always plan lunch at Uva Bar so we can see what the chef’s featured burger is – but we generally end up with the Uva Burger, a burger topped with aged white cheddar, “secret sauce,” shredded lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. You don’t have to, but we always ask for the fried organic egg to top it off.

And La Brea Bakery Café offers the classic California burger with Angus beef, applewood smoked bacon, red onions, butter lettuce, tomatoes, white cheddar and Russian dressing. Worth a trip to the Downtown Disney District.

Describe your favorite burger at the Disneyland Resort in the comments!

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Behind the Wall: Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

posted on February 19th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

The builders, painters and Imagineers are hard at work here in Disneyland park, getting ready for the March 12 opening of the all-new Fantasy Faire. We’ve already told you about the fairy tale setting, magical storytelling and delicious food coming to this area, so today it’s time to take you behind the wall for your first look at Fantasy Faire.

Keep an eye here on the Disney Parks Blog for more information on Fantasy Faire, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #FantasyFaire.

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Trade for New Hidden Mickey Pins in 2013 at Disney Parks

posted on February 19th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

The start of a new year traditionally marks the arrival of new Hidden Mickey pins at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Cast members at Disney Parks use these specially designed pins for trading with guests. I received a few questions about the new pins for this year, so I contacted Julie Young, former merchandiser for pins, to learn more. Julie now develops Vinylmation, dolls, plush and Duffy the Disney Bear, which makes this year’s collection the final series she created.

“I’m happy how the pins turned out this year,” said Julie. “For my final series, I wanted to capture hidden treasures from Disney Parks and include some favorite Disney characters, like Winnie the Pooh. I love all the details found at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, like the pinwheels found in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park. I think those details are great for Hidden Mickey pins as they make the pins different from other pins we release.”

Similar to previous years, there will be two different series of pins released in 2013 – series A (now available) and series B (the latter will appear toward summertime). Many of the pins will be unique to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts (this time, the exception is the popcorn pins, which are a shared set). As always, you can identify a Hidden Mickey pin with the small Mickey Mouse icon included on the front of the pin. The back stamp also indicates it’s a Hidden Mickey pin.

I like the Disney Villains parking lot signs from Magic Kingdom Park, as they are a continuation of a collection introduced years ago when I was involved with Disney pins. The Duffy the Disney Bear pins and cast member costumes are also continued collections from last year.

Other fun pins include the Wilderness Explorer badges inspired by the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure park, and the Friendship Boats from World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot. Julie said the boats were an idea from a cast member who worked in transportation.

Look for these pins on cast members’ lanyards throughout 2013. As a reminder, you can trade a maximum of two pins, per cast member, per day. With thousands of cast members trading pins, that is a lot of trades waiting to be made!

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Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Roger Broggie

posted on February 18th, 2013 by Jon Storbeck, Vice President, Disneyland Park

The Disneyland Railroad was inspired by Walt Disney’s love of trains. Since he first conceived the idea of Disneyland park, every concept design had one thing in common: “… it will be surrounded by a train,” said Walt. Roger Broggie, the first Walt Disney Studio employee to be recruited for the hand-picked team at WED Enterprises (now called Walt Disney Imagineering), was instrumental in helping Walt fulfill this dream.

Disneyland Railroad on Main Street, U.S.A.

Hired in 1939 as a master machinist, one of Broggie’s first assignments was the installation of the multiplane camera at the Burbank studio. Because he was familiar with fabricating small camera parts with great precision, Walt approached him to create a one-eighth scale live steam locomotive. Broggie helped create the Lilly Belle, a miniature live steam engine named for Walt’s wife, Lillian. A replica of the Lilly Belle is currently on display in the Disneyland Main Street Train Station. In 1949, Broggie helped Walt build his miniature trains in the Studio Machine Shop and later installed the Carolwood Pacific Railroad in the backyard of Walt’s Holmby Hills home.

In 1950, Broggie was promoted to head of the Studio Machine Shop and he became the transportation specialist. As plans for Disneyland progressed, he oversaw the development of the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad, the Monorail system and Matterhorn Bobsleds. He also worked on new processes and techniques such as Circle-Vision 360, a motion picture format with screens that completely surround the audience, and “Project Little Man” which became the prototype for Audio-Animatronics technology.

While working on “Project Little Man,” Broggie and fellow Imagineer Wathel Rogers constructed a 9-inch-tall figure of a moving, talking man that mimicked vaudevillian tap-dancing using cams, cables and tubes. The original figure is on display at the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and earlier figures from “Project Little Man” are part of the D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum through April 30, 2013.

Broggie is known for epitomizing the essence of Walt Disney Imagineering – the blending of creative imagination and technical know-how. His legacy lives on at Disney as his grandson Garry (son of Imagineer Roger Broggie, Jr.) carries on the tradition as a third-generation machinist and supervisor at the Disney Studio machine shop.

Broggie was honored with a Window on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park on March 30, 2007. His window is above the Magic Shop and fittingly refers to him as “Roger Broggie, Shopmaster” and “Advisor to the Magic Makers.” Additionally, he has a window dedicated to him at Magic Kingdom Park in the Walt Disney World Resort, and on October 21, 2003, Walt Disney World Railroad Steam Engine #3, was re-dedicated as the Roger E. Broggie in his honor. In 1990, Broggie was named a Disney Legend.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Main Street Opera House Host

posted on February 18th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort cast member Nick De Prez spends more time than most with the Great Emancipator, President Abraham Lincoln, as a Main Street Opera House Host. Hear from Nick about his role in The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, a historic landmark in the development of Audio-Animatronics technology, in this Presidents’ Day installment of “Every Role a Starring Role!”

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on February 17th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

Sure, we were packed with stories of love this Valentine’s Day week but we also had a few big announcements to share with you, including some great news from Disney Cruise Line.


Disney Cruise Line is returning to Europe and Alaska in 2014 – with brand new destinations – and offering Southern Caribbean cruises from Puerto Rico for the first time ever.

From May to August 2014, the Disney Magic will sail four-, five-, seven-, nine- and 12-night cruises in the Mediterranean, including new destinations in the Greek Isles and Sicily for the very first time.

Also new for the 2014 European season, Disney Cruise Line will use Venice, Italy, as a homeport for select sailings. Check Jonathan’s stories for more details.

1956 Photo: Walt Disney at Opening of Skyway to Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

And did you see the rare photo of Walt Disney we shared this week? It was taken at the opening of the Skyway attraction on June 23, 1956 at Disneyland park. And as George shared, he looked pretty happy on the steps of the chalet-like setting in Fantasyland that served as its home for nearly 30 years. I love this photo.

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

The Land of Oz Garden Magically Appears at Epcot – The Land of Oz Garden is now open and is the largest garden ever created for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Walt Disney World Resort Brings the Magic of New Fantasyland to Times Square February 14 – Check out some of the fun from the Enchanted Moments on February 14 at the Disney Store in Times Square.

D23’s Fanniversary Celebration Brings Disney Magic to Guests Across the Country – D23 is taking the show on the road once again, bringing an all-new Disney Fanniversary Celebration to 10 cities across the country!

The Voices of Liberty Honor Presidents Day at Disney Parks for ‘Limited Time Magic’ – Voices of Liberty will honor Presidents Day with special musical celebrations for you to enjoy at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

The New Disney Junior – Live on Stage! Opens Today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – A new update to Disney Junior – Live on Stage! debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Get a Sneak Peek at ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ at Disney California Adventure Park During ‘Limited Time Magic’ – Come out to Disney California Adventure park from February 16 to March 31 for an exclusive sneak peak of “Oz The Great and Powerful” at Muppet*Vision 3D Theater.

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Take 5: Moments of ‘Character’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 16th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

Robin Hood and Friends Visit Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

Everyone has a favorite Disney character, from Mickey Mouse to our Disney princesses, and everything in between. In Nate’s “Vintage Walt Disney World” series, which showcases photos from throughout the history of our resort, Disney characters often take center stage. Check out some of our favorite character-themed posts from Nate’s column below, and please share your favorite Disney character with us in the “Comments” below.

Take 5: Moments of ‘Character’ at Walt Disney World Resort

  1. Vintage Walt Disney World: Robin Hood and Friends Visit Magic Kingdom Park – Little John, Prince John, Robin Hood and Friar Tuck walk near Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park back in 1979.
  2. Vintage Walt Disney World: A 1984 Ski Trip with the Country Bears – Liver Lips, Wendell and Terrance from the Country Bear Jamboree and Melvin the Moose attempt to ski down Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  3. Vintage Walt Disney World: A Huey, Dewey & Louie Milestone – Baseball is always in full swing with Huey, Dewey and Louie over at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort at Walt Disney World Resort.
  4. Vintage Walt Disney World: Mickey’s Valentine Through the Years – Here’s a look at Mickey and Minnie enjoying Valentine’s Day back in 1995 at Walt Disney World Resort.
  5. Vintage Walt Disney World: Trick-Or-Treating on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park – Back in October 1977, Snow White, with dwarfs Sneezy, Bashful and Dopey, looked ready to trick-or-treat on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park.
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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Valentine’s Day, Creative Photography & Cool Disney Graphics

posted on February 16th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week was an exciting one at Disney Parks – especially on Valentine’s Day, when 50 couples renewed their vows at Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park.

Special Turkey Leg Graphic Shared on Disney Parks Pinterest

And while we’re talking about love, one of the most beloved treats at Disney Parks was made into a special graphic that we shared on Pinterest this week.

Click through the gallery to see other key moments of the week that were captured and shared on the Disney Parks Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter.

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March Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 15th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

I’m sure that most of you can tell by my posts on the Disney Parks Blog how much I love events and most of all how much I love sharing those details with all of you! That’s why I’m even more excited to announce that I’ll be doing a post or two each month that will give you a snapshot of what’s coming your way in the world of events, product launches, artist signings and more. So start planning your visits now to our many Disney Parks.

Let’s get started. This first look will give you a rundown of everything happening in the world of events during the month of March at the Disneyland Resort. For those of you planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, look for details on those events and more early next week.

Crowded Teeth Artist, Michelle Romo, Will Appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District Crowded Teeth Artist, Michelle Romo, Will Appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District

March 2 – 3: Crowded Teeth artist, Michelle Romo, will appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 1-4 p.m. each day. Not able to make it on this weekend? Look for her to appear again on March 31.

Peter Pan-Inspired Limited Edition Piece by Dave Avanzino, Entitled 'The Last Thing I Do'

March 2 – 3: Dave Avanzino is back with his Custom Letter Plaque Program which allows you to create your name out of attractions and icons. Also debuting is his Peter Pan-inspired limited edition piece, “The Last Thing I Do.” Look for him at The Disney Gallery in Disneyland park from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day.

Artist William Silvers Will Appear at Off the Page Inside Disney California Adventure Park for a Special ACME Archives Sericel Event - Including 'Enchanted Rose,' One His Newest Hand-Painted Sericels Artist William Silvers Will Appear at Off the Page Inside Disney California Adventure Park for a Special ACME Archives Sericel Event - Including 'Bambi’s New Friend,' One His Newest Hand-Painted Sericels

March 2 – 3: Artist William Silvers will be on hand from 1-5 p.m. at Off the Page inside Disney California Adventure park for a special ACME Archives Sericel Event featuring some of his newest hand-painted sericels including “Bambi’s New Friend,” “Enchanted Rose” and “Afternoon Matinee.”

March 9 – I can’t tell you about this one yet … Look for an announcement on the Disney Parks Blog on March 1.

March 15: Disney Trading Night! Need I say more? Whether you have been before or this is your first time, stop by and check it out, we’ll be there from 5-8 p.m. in the Pacific Ballroom at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

'Let Conscience Be Your Guide' by Artist Katie Kelly v

March 15 – 17: Now’s your chance to meet artist Katie Kelly who will be appearing at the Disneyana Shop in Disneyland park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. Be sure to check out her newest releases including “Once Upon A Dream” and “Let Conscience Be Your Guide.”

March 16 – Take part in a special trunk show at Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park, where representatives from brands such as Disney Couture, Ezekiel, HARVEYS and TARINA TARANTINO, among others, will be on hand from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to showcase some of their newest releases.

'Maleficent Wish' by Artist Martin Hsu

March 16: Artist Martin Hsu will be available for a signing of his “Maleficent Wish” pieces at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 3-5 p.m.

March 23: Jeremiah Ketner is returning to WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 3–5 p.m. to sign his newest piece inspired by the animated film, “Tangled,” as well as his previous releases, “Gentle Companions” and “Dreaming of Happiness.”

March 29 – 30: Visit D Street in the Downtown Disney District. It’s the place to be and where you’ll find ACME Archives artist Guy Vasilovich from 1–5 p.m. each day.

Precious Moments Dolls From Linda Rick Precious Moments Dolls From Linda Rick Precious Moments Dolls From Linda Rick

March 29 – 31: Linda Rick and the Precious Moments Dolls will returning for a special appearance at China Closet on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park from Noon – 10 p.m. each day, showcasing some of her most popular releases as well as new additions themed to “Tangled.”

March Artist in Residence: Joey Chou is the featured artist at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. See Joey each Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m.

All of the details will be on, so be sure to check it out when you have time. I hope you find this new event snapshot helpful. Pick your favorite events and come on down – we hope to see you there!

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