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Disney Parks After Dark: Flying High Above Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 18th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


If you were at the Disneyland Resort on August 25, you might have seen a unique airplane flying overhead most of the afternoon and late into the evening. The plane was a twin-engine P68 Observer with a plexiglass nose. There are only a few flying in the United States, mostly used for shooting video, but I had a great opportunity to ride along and take still shots during this recent flyover – and I wanted to share some of them with you today.

Disney Parks After Dark: Flying High Above Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure Park

I specifically wanted to get this angle of Mickey’s Fun Wheel – and it only took three passes!

Disney Parks After Dark: Flying High Above Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure Park

I’m always impressed to see how high the fountains go during “World of Color.” A few times, I caught myself just watching the show instead of taking photos.

Disney Parks After Dark: Flying High Above Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure Park

I chose this last photo to give you an idea of what Paradise Pier and Cars Land looked like from my point of view that night. Be sure to check Facebook.com/DisneyParksBlog for more shots of Paradise Pier from our flyover.

A special thanks Dave Gibbs (pilot) and Dave Arnold (video cameraman) for the ride of a lifetime.

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New Merchandise Goes Under the Sea For New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 18th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


New Merchandise Goes Under the Sea For New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Guests will soon become a part of Ariel’s world at Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. There were a few requests for previews of the merchandise created for this new musical attraction. I spoke with Carla Lewandowski, senior franchise and brand manager with Disney Theme Park Merchandise, about what we can expect. Before her relatively new role, Carla was the merchandiser responsible for creating items first found at the sister attraction in Disney California Adventure park. She explained that the opening of the Florida attraction gave the team an opportunity to refresh the overall assortment for both parks.

New Merchandise Goes Under the Sea For New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

“When we first created merchandise for the attraction in 2011 in California, we used concept sketches as inspiration for the merchandise,” explained Carla. “For this new assortment, we were inspired by the many colorful scenes found in the actual attraction. We really liked the scene with Sebastian and the undersea band, and you’ll see many moments from that scene on the new items.”

New Merchandise Goes Under the Sea For New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Disney Design Group artist Randy Noble created the pastel art style, which gives much of the merchandise a soft, almost water-like look. Carla used sublimated printing for several apparel items to enhance the colors. There are both kids and women’s shirts in the assortment.

New Merchandise Goes Under the Sea For New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

I think one of my favorite items is the dinglehopper (also known as a hair brush). Carla said it’s also one of her favorites, and it works great on her daughter’s hair.

Merchandise is currently available in Sir Mickey’s at New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park. A similar assortment will be found at Disney California Adventure park. The only difference for the California items will be the name of the attraction – The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

Here are a few more images from my visit.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter for the latest on New Fantasyland. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #NewFantasyland.

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Matthew Morrison Celebrates His Birthday and Halloween with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland Park

posted on October 18th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Matthew Morrison Celebrates His Birthday and Halloween with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland Park

“Glee” star Matthew Morrison visited Disneyland park this weekend for an early celebration of his October 30 birthday. “I just love this time of year,” he said, “and I love what Disneyland does during Halloween.” He told me that the highlights of a Disneyland Resort visit, for him, are seeing Mickey Mouse and riding Indiana Jones Adventure, but on this visit he was most looking forward to riding The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror for the first time.

Read more about the Disneyland Resort in the posts below:

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Behind the Scenes: Creating a Giant Disney Parks Ice Castle in Times Square

posted on October 17th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’ve been following along, you know it was a big day for us at Disney Parks. We announced “Limited Time Magic” early this morning and unveiled a spectacular three-story ice castle.

To make the castle and other ice structures appear in the middle of Times Square overnight, it took tons of planning and talent. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how we did it.

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more details on “Limited Time Magic” as we move into 2013. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic.

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Wicked Good Halloween Treats at Disneyland Resort

posted on October 17th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Ah, Halloween Time is upon us, with so many excuses to scare up some scrumptious fun with spook-tacular eats in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. There are so many treats – plus a few kitchen tricks – to whip up these ghoulish-ly fun favorites that are on menus through November 4.

At Café Orleans in Disneyland park, the featured dish is Haunted Chicken – pan-seared chicken breast dressed with forbidden chili cream sauce, served with purple garlic mash and sautéed carrots. Two devilish sweets are pumpkin patch crème brûlèe topped with cinnamon whipped cream, and pumpkin beignets with vanilla cream anglaise.

At Blue Bayou, the pan-roasted wild boar chop gets a “frightful” blood orange fruit reduction with a tri-color layered potato stack and fresh veggies. And the Midnight Chocolate Tart Temptation is a sweet-salty indulgence with milk chocolate budin filling, caramel popcorn ice cream, olive oil and a flourish of Down Under flake salt.

Wicked Good Halloween Treats at Disneyland Resort, Including the Bayou Midnight Chocolate Tart Temptation Wicked Good Halloween Treats at Disneyland Resort, Including the Candy Corn Cupcake

A favorite dessert served at several restaurants is the candy corn cupcake – chocolate with white chocolate mousse frosting, white chocolate ears, chocolate crunch balls and silver “disco dust.”

And only at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante, they’re serving a special Dia de los Muertos dessert – a ring-shaped cream puff with dulce de leche filling and sprinkles. Diabolically delicious!

Over at Disney California Adventure park, ‘tis the season for fall beverages at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café – pumpkin spice latte, salted caramel mocha and Tazo chai tea latte. Pair with a salted caramel cake pop.

And Award Wieners appropriately pays homage to the new animated film “Frankenweenie” with a bacon-wrapped hot dog served in a cheesy jalapeño roll with grilled onion and barbecue sauce. Thrill and chill your tastebuds with a Frankenfusion – a blend of Minute Maid light lemonade, wild grape syrup and blackberry syrup topped with lemon-lime foam.

What have you tried that’s frightfully delectable at the Disneyland Resort?

Here’s a look at more of the fun happening during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort:

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Bridgit Mendler Will be Music to Your Ears at Studio Disney 365 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 17th, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


When they say, “Lights, Camera, Action!” at Studio Disney 365 in the Downtown Disney District, they mean it! Over the course of the past few years, Studio Disney 365 has welcomed Disney Channel stars and musicians such as Mitchell Musso, the cast of “Lemonade Mouth,” Bella Thorne and Zendaya from “Shake It Up,” as well as Ross Lynch from “Austin and Ally.”

So who’s next? Well, I just happen to have that info handy.
Bridgit Mendler's New Album, 'Hello My Name Is...'

On Sunday, October 21, actress and musician Bridgit Mendler, of Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie,” will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 3-5 p.m. as we debut her new album, “Hello My Name Is…” This introductory album features twelve new songs from Bridgit including “Ready or Not,” “Top of the World,” “Hurricane” and “The Fall Song,” among others. Word on the street … it rocks!

Special Tip: Prior to the signing, be sure to catch a special live performance by Bridgit.

I’ll be posting more details on ArtofDisneyParks.com, so if you are planning to come down for the event, be sure to check it out for all the latest and greatest information.


Look below for more updates from the Downtown Disney District:

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Video: Three-Story Disney Parks Ice Castle Appears in Times Square

posted on October 17th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Earlier this morning, we unveiled “Limited Time Magic”: 52 weeks of magical surprises with an extra sprinkle of pixie dust planned for the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. As part of the announcement, Mickey and pals helped unveil a three-story castle in New York City. Here’s how 45,000 pounds of ice came together to create magic in Times Square.

Check out our original post for what to expect with “Limited Time Magic” in 2013 at Disney Parks.

We’ll be sharing more here on the Disney Parks Blog in the future. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic.

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Giant Ice Castle in Times Square Kicks Off ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Disney Parks

posted on October 17th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We have 52 weeks of magical surprises planned for you at Disney Parks in 2013.

Regular Blog readers already know that next year is a momentous year – with New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history at Walt Disney World Resort and the first full year of a re-imagined Disney California Adventure park. And now, we’re adding “Limited Time Magic,” featuring unexpected experiences with an extra sprinkle of Pixie Dust at Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort that’ll appear, and then disappear when the next debuts.
Giant Ice Castle in Times Square Kicks Off ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Disney Parks

As part of this morning’s “Limited Time Magic” announcement, Mickey and pals helped unveil a three-story castle in the heart of Times Square in New York City. The fairytale castle is made of 45,000 pounds of ice and will be visible for a limited time thanks to the warm Autumn weather.

So, what can you expect with “Limited Time Magic” at Disney Parks when it begins in January? Here’s an idea:

  • True Love: Celebrate romance and enchantment throughout Valentine’s Week with special moments and entertainment geared to lovebirds. Disney Princes join their Princesses to meet park guests in special settings, prix fixe menus turn up at select restaurants and Valentine’s collectibles will be offered for the week.
  • Independence Week: It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles on both coasts. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and guests will find special USA shirts, Ear Hats and other limited-edition souvenirs.
  • Long Lost Friends Week: Lesser-known Disney characters will move from the shadows to the spotlight meet-and-greets on both coasts. Photo opps with characters that could include Flik, Clarabelle Cow, Remy, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will surprise and delight guests. And Disney guests even have the chance to vote online for which characters they want to see.
  • Pirate Week: Why talk like a pirate one day when you could celebrate these scalawags all week long? The adventures of Jack Sparrow come to life like never before during a bicoastal buccaneer bash in which Disneyland and Walt Disney World become pirate-palooza: pirate bands, pirate meet-and-greets and more.
  • Dapper Dans Sing Boy Bands: The Dapper Dans, the iconic quartet from Main Street, U.S.A., will add a special finale to their show, claiming the title of the “Original Boy Band” and delivering a medley of hits from One Direction, *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.
  • Unleash the Villains: Friday the 13th in September 2013 is a special day, so Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are staying open until the 13th hour (1 a.m.). Maleficent, Captain Hook, Jafar and other Disney Villains host a dance party, complete with limited-edition collectibles and other nighttime mischief.
  • Golden Horseshoe Revue: The fabled Frontierland show returns to Disneyland park for one month only, bringing back the corny jokes and enduring songs that were often enjoyed by Walt Disney himself.

We’ll be rolling out new experiences to begin the new year, so be sure and check the Disney Parks Blog in upcoming months to learn what’s happening. Also, you can learn more and follow along on Twitter by following @DisneyParks and using the hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic.

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Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 16th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


There are only two more weeks left for Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort! If you haven’t yet conjured a Disney Villain, watched the pumpkin carvers or gotten a pirate makeover at the Pirates League, here’s a look at what you’re missing!



Here’s a look at more of the fun happening during Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort:

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See Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland Resort Through Our ‘Goat Cam’

posted on October 16th, 2012 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Hi, Disney Parks Blog – I’m Donna Fisk, a member of the Broadcast News team at the Disneyland Resort. I’m also a huge animal lover, so I’m very excited that I will be bringing you the latest “animal news” happening here at the resort.

In a festive nod to the spooky season, the goats at Big Thunder Ranch are gussied up each day with their very own Halloween kerchiefs. Did you know each goat is named for a Disney character? We paid our Disney goats a visit recently and let them get in on the action by helping shoot the video below. Using a very lightweight camera carried by the goats themselves, we get to see the petting zoo, the guests and even the other goats from a unique point of view. We call it, “Goat Cam.” Special thanks to Pongo, Dory, Madame Mim, Madame Leota, Shock, Barrel and Jane, who helped us create this video. Take a look and come see our goats during Halloween Time!



Want to meet more of the animals at the Disneyland Resort? Take a look at these posts:

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