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‘Ducky’ Draws Mickey at Disney Parks

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


So, the last time we visited artist Don “Ducky” Williams, he wowed us with a perfect Donald in two minutes. Today, we’re back in his amazing office and this time he’s drawing and sharing stories about the other character with a special place in his heart – Mickey Mouse. I think you’ll enjoy this conversation shot as if you were standing with Don as he creates art.

Keep checking the blog for more in this special series of stories with Don. And please let us know which character you’d like to see created and discussed next.

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All About the Details at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café at Disneyland Park

posted on May 1st, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite places for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack time, coffee time – any time, really – is Jolly Holiday Bakery Café at Disneyland park. From the sandwiches and sweets to the enchanting details, it has quickly become a guest favorite. But no matter how many times you stop by for a treat, you’ll always find new details you never noticed before. In the video below, Jonathan Peters from Walt Disney Imagineering shows us some of the special touches at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café.

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Classic Arcade-Style Games Get a ‘Mad’ Twist at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 1st, 2012 by Robin Trowbridge, Entertainment Show Director, Disneyland Resort.


Disney California Adventure park invites guests to join us for a party like no other – a party with a capital “T” … as in the Mad T Party! And what would a party be without a place for splendiful games and celebratiousness for the whole family? Well, The Mad T Party offers the perfect place … the Mad Arcade!

Mad Arcade Coming to Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park

The Mad Hatter has assembled a fantabulous variety of arcade-style games and given them all a very “Mad” twist. There are games to challenge your skills … test your reflexes … expand your mind … all the while helping you discover your inner Hatter.

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At the Mad Arcade, you may find yourself launching sugar cubes into wobbling tea cups or knocking down the teeth of the smiling Cheshire Cat. You may even take a journey inside the world of Alice in Wonderland at our video game stations featuring Kinect Disneyland Adventures!

Bandersnatch Ball Coming to Mad Arcade at Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park

Oh, and little Hatters: beware! It’s feeding time and the Bandersnatch is quite hungry. Hurry and fill his tummy with tasty treats.

So, whether you are shooting hoops at the Queens of Hearts’ Royal Court, frantically trying to Paint the Roses Red or battling against the Jabberwocky and Jub Jub birds, there is so much to do, so many games to play – we think you will go absolutely “Mad” for the Mad Arcade!

You can pass through the Rabbit Hole and into a wondiferous world of muchness, filled with fun and imagination for everyone, beginning June 15, only at Disney California Adventure park.

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

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


Happy Earth Month!

Did you know 779 new trees have been planted in Disney California Adventure park as part of the five-year expansion? To give you a glimpse into those in Cars Land we have John Schrimsher, horticulture manager of the Disneyland Resort, in this installment of our “Did You Know” video series.

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Find Your Perfect Fragrance in Celebration of the One Year Anniversary of Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in Disneyland Park

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


It’s hard to believe in just a few short weeks we will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the return of Mlle. Antionette’s Parfumerie in Disneyland park. Over the course of the year, I’ve learned a lot about fragrances and each time I step into Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie I learn something new.

One thing that sparked some interest is that there truly are fragrances, perfumes and colognes that can best suit you, all you have to do is ask. Unsure of what to buy myself and/or my loved ones, I needed a little help. So I knew asking one of our fragrance specialists would be a great place to start.

Shalimar from Guerlain, Available at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in Disneyland Park Dior’s Escale à Parati, Available at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in Disneyland Park Acqua di Parma Colonia, Available at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in Disneyland Park le bouquet absolu by Givenchy, Available at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in Disneyland Park

Here are a few tips I was provided in selecting my perfect fragrance. First, decide if you want a fragrance to suit your mood, personality or even a special occasion. If you’re in the mood to travel, choose a fragrance with exotic notes like Dior’s Escale à Parati, with which you can be whisked away to the beautiful country of Brazil. For more of a sophisticated fragrance, choose something with a little history like Shalimar from Guerlain. If you are partial to floral notes, le bouquet absolu by Givenchy would be the perfect choice. For all you men, try a classic eau de cologne from the Acqua di Parma Colonia collection.

Now that you have an idea on how to select the right scent, stop in and find the fragrance that best suits you or your loved ones, especially for all those special events coming up (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries and graduations). If you’re still not sure, make time on your next visit and stop in and meet with one of our fragrance specialists.

Here are a few other things happening during the month of May, in case you are able to stop by and pick up a bottle or two of these new fragrances for the ones you love.

  • May 4-6: Complimentary Bottle Painting with any Fragrance Purchase
  • May 11-13: Complimentary Bottle Engraving with any Fragrance Purchase
  • May 18-20: Complimentary Bottle Painting with any Large Fragrance Purchase

Remember to mark your calendars and join us on the anniversary weekend, May 24 – 28!

  • May 24 – 28: Receive a Complimentary Sample or enjoy Complimentary Bottle Painting or Engraving with any Large Fragrance Purchase

Special Note for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club and Club 33 Members in celebration of the anniversary! May 24 –28, stop by Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in New Orleans Square to receive a complimentary sample just by showing your Passholder or Membership I.D. card.

For the complete list of all the events and more, visit www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 29th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We kicked off the week with some news that perked up many Disney Parks Blog readers – Starbucks is coming! In June, the first of six planned Starbucks locations is scheduled to open at Disney California Adventure park. And more locations are planned at Disneyland park and Walt Disney World Resort (Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom). We’ve posted more details and answers to your questions in our original post. Let us know what you’ll be ordering.

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And did you see that castle image? We shared a sneak peek at one new scene that’ll appear in the summer version of “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” nighttime show at Magic Kingdom Park. During the show, Cinderella Castle turns into a giant sandcastle. The summer version of the show begins May 25.

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

First Look: Cars Land Through a Photographer’s Lens at Disney California Adventure Park – Paul goes behind the construction walls of Cars Land and shows us some breathtaking snapshots in this post.

Opening Dates Announced for Beast’s Castle, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train & More – Opening dates for the New Fantasyland attractions and restaurants have finally been revealed! See what you can expect to unveil over the next couple of years.

Candy Palace, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and Penny Arcade to Re-Open May 2 at Disneyland Park – If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be thrilled to hear that two Disneyland park favorites will re-open this May.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Filming ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – In this post, Mickey Mouse Club fans can take a special look back to when the hit show debuted in 1989.

So Good You Could Eat It! Rock Candy Mountain at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure Park – Trolley Treats, the new confectionery store on Buena Vista Street coming in June, will feature a model of Rock Candy Mountain. Yum!

New Renderings Depict a Reimagined Test Track at Epcot – Check out these new renderings of Test Track just released by Walt Disney Imagineering.

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Take 5: Time-Lapse Videos at Disney Parks and Resorts

posted on April 28th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We love showing Disney Parks Blog readers the amazing time-lapse videos of all the current projects our Imagineers are working on. Seeing something take shape from start to finish over weeks, even months, at Disney Parks and Resorts is always a magical sight. Check out the videos below to see some of our more recent creations take form.

Take 5: Time-Lapse Videos at Disney Parks and Resorts

  1. Time-Lapse Video: Will You ‘Find Nemo’ At Disney’s Art of Animation Resort? – Check out the progress being made at the “Finding Nemo” wing at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, featuring large character installations and the largest pool ever to be built at a Disney resort!

  2. A Fun ‘Time’ at Flo’s V8 Café in Disney California Adventure Park – In this post, the time-lapse camera captured the installation of the neon sign at Flo’s V8 Café in Cars Land back in January. Take a look!

  3. Time-Lapse Video: New Fantasyland Springs To Life at Magic Kingdom Park – Check out how the New Fanatasyland is shaping up in this unique bird’s-eye view video.

  4. Disney’s Wedding Pavilion Time Lapse at Walt Disney World Resort – Watch an entire wedding ceremony pulled together from start to finish in under one minute at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion at Walt Disney World Resort.

  5. The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure Time Lapse – The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure has been a hit, but in case you never saw what was going on behind the scenes, check out the various stages of construction in this video.

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Photo Gallery: New Fantasyland, Disney California Adventure Park Models in Detail

posted on April 27th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Models of New Fantasyland and Disney California Adventure Park Shared With the Media at Walt Disney World Resort

Earlier today, models of New Fantasyland, Cars Land and Buena Vista Street were shared with the media here at Walt Disney World Resort. Photographer Kent Phillips stopped by and snapped these fun shots of the models up close. Enjoy!

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Cars Land at Night Through a Photographer’s Lens at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on April 27th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


When night falls in Cars Land, all I can say is “get your camera ready!” For years, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering all the different photographs to be had at the Disneyland Resort once the sun goes down, so having the opportunity to explore all the new photo possibilities in Cars Land at night has been a real treat.

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When you enter Cars Land at night, you’re going to want to walk down Route 66 and take in the spectacular lights and neon signs of Radiator Springs.

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This photo was taken just outside Radiator Springs Racers. You can really see the shape of the front of a car come into view in the rockwork with the way it is lit at night (the grill to the left, hood ornament on top, and even a wheel well on the right). Be on the look out for more surprises in the rockwork, some things are easy to find and some are a little harder.

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This photo is one of my favorites so far. The cars are close and you have great view of the mountain range. It was taken just after sunset and I used a slow shutter speed to show motion.

Check back soon as I will be sharing more photos from inside Cars Land. I’m thinking of sharing some pictures highlighting some of the amazing (and fun) detail you’ll see throughout Radiator Springs.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on April 27th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


Tortilla Jo’s in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated with food, fun and festivities in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort! Our favorite Cocina de Mexico, Tortilla Jo’s, will offer a special three-course Cinco de Mayo menu for $27, which will include:

First Course (choice of):

  • Soupa de Chorizo con Pappas – Creamy Russet Potato Soup served with sautéed leeks and Mexican chorizo topped with a cilantro oil drizzle and crema fresca
  • Ensalada de Berros – Crisp watercress tossed in orange bacon vinaigrette topped with shaved fennel, diced tomatoes, sunkist orange segments and grated parmesan cheese

Second Course (choice of):

  • Pescado Estilo Veracruz – Pan-seared red snapper served with seasoned green onion fingerling potatoes topped with a jalapeno caper Veracruz sauce
  • Tinga de Carne – Slow-roasted, shredded beef tinga on a bed of boston lettuce topped with cotija cheese and lemon crema fresca accompanied with Fresno chile frijoles and tortilla ribbons

Third Course:

  • Panna Cotta de Vino Rojo – Creamy, slow-baked custard served with three dipping sauces: strawberry and red wine syrup, mint julip and lime glaze and coconut milk creme anglaise

Complete the celebration with specialty margaritas, including:

  • Blanco Traditional Margarita – Karma Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup
  • Margarita de Raspberry Rojo – Karma Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice, raspberries, simple syrup with a float of Grand Marnier
  • Green Melon Margarita – Karma Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and float of Midori Melon Liqueur

Tortilla Jo’s will offer something for everyone! The entire family can join in the fun of the celebration with three pinata sessions at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Early in the evening, the traditional sounds of Mexico will fill Tortilla Jo’s as we proudly present the Grammy award-winning Mariachi Divas from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Audiences will also be delighted by the South American music played by the popular band Alturas nearby in the Downtown Disney District.

We invite you to join us in the Downtown Disney District for our Cinco de Mayo celebration – I hope to see you there!

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