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Did You Know? Fast Facts from the Disneyland Resort, Part Eight

posted on April 4th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Happy Earth Month!

You may remember our Did You Know? video series – wherein cast members share fun facts about various aspects of the Disneyland Resort. In this installment, you’ll meet Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel housekeeper Apo Susa, who will tell you how he and other housekeepers give partially used bathroom amenities a second life by collecting them for impoverished people around the world.

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New Retro Collection Debuts at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on April 3rd, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


A few weeks back my friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Erin Catalano, gave you a sneak peek at the newest Dooney & Bourke collections that sent people running as part of Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend, and of course setting sail on the Disney Fantasy in order to add another exclusive piece to their own personal collections.

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Well, West Coast Dooney & Bourke collectors and Disney fans, the wait is over, because we just got the scoop on a couple of new collections set to debut May 12 at Disney Vault 28 at the Disneyland Resort. First up is the Retro collection. This new line will be available in a variety of popular silhouettes including a wristlet, mini barrel, tassel tote, satchel and letter carrier as well as an iPad case. Prices range from $78 – $268. The Retro collection, which will remain exclusive to the Disneyland Resort, is sure to be a hit with Disney Parks guests.

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“The word ‘Retro’ is certainly the best and most accurate way to describe this collection,” says Susan Foy, Disney Design Group Graphic Designer. “From the attraction, character and icon choices to the distinct color palette, it really gave us a great opportunity to incorporate a lot of detail into such an intricate design.”

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I asked Susan what her favorite icon was from the print, and her response was simple: “Sleeping Beauty Castle, because it was created first and really set the tone for how the rest of it would lay out.” When it’s said and done, there’s almost something magical when you think about it that way.

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Another collection that I’m excited to see first-hand, and debuting the same day on both coasts (at TrenD at Walt Disney World Resort and at Disney Vault 28 at the Disneyland Resort) is “Buttons”… which fellow author, Erin Catalano, will be sharing more details on in the coming weeks.

So make plans now to stop by Disney Vault 28 on May 12 and pick up some of this year’s must-have accessories from Dooney & Bourke. Special Note: Creative Director for Dooney & Bourke, Ian Ray, will be on hand from 2–5 pm for a special appearance and signing of these new collections.

Tip: Just a heads-up, Mother’s Day is May 13 this year, so if you’re still in search of that perfect gift for mom, think Dooney & Bourke and consider your problem solved.

Which one will you choose?

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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…

posted on April 3rd, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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Let your conscience be your guide for this edition of “Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…” You’ll have to be very specific when naming this location – and here’s a special challenge for Disneyland Resort guests who are in the parks more than I: what is the very cool thing that you’d find right in front of this image of Jiminy Cricket?
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Feet Will Flip Over New Shoes at Disney Parks

posted on April 3rd, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I believe it is a requirement to own a pair of flip flops if either living in or visiting the states of Florida or California (I currently have four pairs in my closet). When I see a pair, I think of warm, endless, sun-filled days while enjoying the great outdoors. The softlines team at Disney Theme Park Merchandise recently introduced an entire new collection of flip flops for Disney Parks. I spoke with Associate Developer Tina David about the creation of these colorful new shoes.

“This may be the first time we’ve ever introduced this many flip flops at one time,” explained Tina. “From a historical perspective, we knew flip flops are popular at Disney Parks. We also saw that [flip flops] were a hot trend in the marketplace. We used these two factors when deciding to introduce this new line.”

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Tina worked with Disney Design Group artist Susan Foy who “had the freedom to create what she wanted.” One thing that stands out to me is Susan’s deliberate use of bright colors, which she confirmed was a conscious choice.

“We wanted to infuse as much color as possible to the flip flops,” continued Susan. “I used a combination of original designs and ones inspired by other items such as bags or apparel. Of the designs I created, I like the navy blue pair with interlocking Mickey Mouse outlines the best. Overall, I wanted the new collection to be bright, fun and something our guests would enjoy wearing during vacation.”

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You will find a “Flip Flop” logo designed by Susan as an attachment on each pair of shoes. Susan has already purchased the black and white and bright pink Mickey Mouse styles for her feet. Personally, I love the designs that feature the retro-inspired logos for Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.

Then again, I would probably wear any of them as long as my next destination is the beach.

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Your Disney Memories Could Net You a Disney Vacation and a Sony Camcorder

posted on April 3rd, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


After my son was born, I dreamt of taking him to Walt Disney World Resort so he could revel in the magic I experienced during my own childhood family vacations at the resort. I have to say that now, almost two years later, my husband and I have built quite a video library of our son’s “firsts” at Disney Parks – and those memories and videos are something we’ll cherish for years to come!

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Beginning this week, Disney is partnering with Sony Electronics to help guests celebrate memories in a very exciting way. Guests can now submit a written entry on www.disney.com/memories about a special someone in their life who has helped create a special memory (about anything – not just Disney vacations). Five grand-prize winners will receive a vacation for themselves and three guests, plus a vacation for their memory makers and his or her own three guests to the Walt Disney World Resort. The winning families will also receive a Sony HDR-PJ260V projector camcorder to document their fun at Disney Parks.

Disney fans can also enter daily on the site or text “SONY” to DISNEY (347639) on their mobile devices, for a chance to win prizes such as a $200 Disney gift card and a Sony HDR-PJ260V camcorder.

What memory will you submit?

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Start Your Day With a Power Walk at the Disneyland Resort

posted on April 2nd, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Being on vacation at the Disneyland Resort is no reason to neglect your exercise routine! Every morning, Disneyland Resort hotel guests can join a two-mile power walk through Disney California Adventure park before the park opens for guests. Guided by a Disneyland Resort guest activities cast member, the power walk is a great way to stay in shape, learn a little trivia and get a peek at this special, quiet time in the park. I recently joined the group for a walk myself – come check it out with me!

The power walk is just one of the many activities available to Disneyland Resort hotel guests. Be sure to ask about all these activities the next time you check in at either Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

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An Entertaining Cast of Characters for Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on April 2nd, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


When you enter Disney California Adventure park this summer, you’ll step back in time to Los Angeles of the 1920s and ‘30s on Buena Vista Street. One of the keys to creating a truly immersive environment like this is populating it with interesting and believable characters, so Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment has been hard at work developing the unique personalities and show experiences that will bring the new entrance avenue to life.

“Citizens

Buena Vista Street is alive with optimism and opportunity. It’s a boulevard of dreams and dreamers… like the Citizens of Buena Vista Street. This cast of characters will interact with guests in this area of the park, creating impromptu laughs, smiles and memories wherever they go.

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The Red Car Trolley News Boys roll into town on one of the shiny Red Car Trolleys, belting out “California, Here I Come!” Inspired by the spirit and style of Disney’s “Newsies,” the Red Car Trolley News Boys bring the latest headlines and engage their audience with fun songs of the ‘20s and ‘30s.

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Over “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” the musical group Five & Dime arrives in Carthay Circle to jazz things up. This ensemble of friends and relations, headed up by a vivacious singer named Dime, has travelled down Route 66 all the way from Chicago in the hopes of making it big. Like everyone who comes to Buena Vista Street, great things await them just around the corner!

Stay tuned. We’ll have more to share about these entertaining new offerings coming to Disney California Adventure park as we get closer to the opening of Buena Vista Street on June 15.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 2nd, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We’re back to regular publishing around here after a first-ever April Fool’s Day Menehune takeover of the site. Thank you to all of the loyal Disney Parks Blog readers who took part in the fun. And if you received a Menehune-inspired Vinylmation, congratulations!

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Last week, we shared some of the first images of the Red Car Trolley during some test runs through Hollywood Pictures Backlot (soon to be called Hollywood Land) at Disney California Adventure park. There are more images from Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer in Erin’s original post – check it out.

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And did you see? “Marvel’s The Avengers”-themed monorail will debut this spring at the Walt Disney World Resort. It’ll be similar to the “Tron”-themed wrap we’ve shared before. Keep checking the blog for more details.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on:

Merida from ‘Brave’ is Coming to Disney Parks – Merida, the headstrong teenager from the upcoming Disney•Pixar movie “Brave,” will appear in Fairytale Garden at Magic Kingdom Park this summer for mischief and fun.

Q&A with Imagineer Joe Rohde, Recipient of the Buzz Price Thea Award Recognizing a Career of Distinguished Achievements – We had the opportunity to chat with Joe about his recent award and his career at Walt Disney Imagineering – check out the full interview in this post.

The Adventurous Tale of the Great Goofini at Magic Kingdom Park – Check out the new backstory of Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini, seen in circus posters found throughout Storybook Circus.

Name That Disneyland Resort Costume – See what costume Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover wore in this week’s ‘Name That Disneyland Resort Costume’!

First Look: Park-Inspired Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers Game – The very first social game inspired by Disney’s Animal Kingdom is coming to Facebook! Be on the lookout for Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers, coming soon.

Things You Might Not Know About Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park – To celebrate it’s 45th anniversary at Disneyland park, check out these little-known facts about Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Attraction Poster Merchandise Coming to Disney California Adventure Park This Weekend

posted on March 30th, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Disney California Adventure Park Attraction Poster-Inspired Tees, Deluxe Prints and Metal Signs Coming This Weekend

Just last month I introduced the much-anticipated Disney California Adventure park attraction poster merchandise featuring the Red Car Trolley, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Luigi’s Flying Tires and Radiator Springs Racers on the Disney Parks Blog.

The art for these posters will appear on a handful of items including T-shirts, deluxe prints, pins and more. So if you’re curious on how you can add these to your collection, they will be available to purchase beginning this weekend at Rushin’ River Outfitters and Tee’s, Hats & Tattoos at Disney California Adventure park.

So start your collection now, because new series of attraction poster-inspired merchandise will be released periodically.

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Easter Merchandise Hops into Locations at Disney Parks

posted on March 30th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Some of my earliest childhood memories are about receiving a basket of goodies from the Easter bunny. There was a good mix of chocolate (yes!) along with other small items like toy cars, clothes and a children’s record album which I still own. With the Easter holiday only a few weeks away, I donned a pair of bunny ears and hopped around Disney Parks Merchandise looking for items to fill this year’s baskets. I found two common themes – eggs and bunnies.

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We have released two new Vinylmation figures for Easter – a 9-inch Vinylmation figure designed by Disney Design Group artist Monty Maldovan, and a 3-inch figure created by Disney artist Casey Jones. I love how the colors of the 9-inch figure pop against the green Florida grass, and my favorite detail on the 3-inch figure is his cotton-like tail. Casey told me that the Vinylmation team loved the rabbit-shaped form so much that we may see it used again for a future release.

Eggs and bunnies were also a theme for the consumables team, who introduced delicious cupcakes this year. Look for them, along with bunny- and egg-shaped sugar cookies, in locations such as the Main Street Confectionery in Magic Kingdom Park or Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.

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A small assortment of pins were released for the Easter holiday, including a new Mickey Mouse icon made to look like a painted egg. I also like the deluxe lanyard with sublimated printing which, not surprisingly, contains bunnies and eggs.

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There are a few items that won’t arrive until later this year (I thought you’d enjoy a first look at them). Similar to the St. Patrick’s Day ornament I previously discussed, there will be an Easter ornament coming this summer. The ear hat ornament stars Thumper and was designed by Derrick Lirette, a professional intern with Disney Design Group. Thumper will also be found on a new shirt arriving this August at Disney Parks.

Finally, I learned the “Hop and Drop” program I discussed last year is returning to Walt Disney World Resort hotels in Florida starting April 1. (Special thanks to Summer Figueroa, a retail manager at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, for the tip!)

“Hoppy” Easter!

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