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February 2016 Disneyland Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this February? Here’s the latest on some of the artists you can expect to find this month and some very special events you don’t want to miss!

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February 5-14: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of the new Valentine-themed collection, among other fan favorites. Look for a special appearance by Doll Designer Linda Rick, February 5-7 from noon – 10 p.m. each day, at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

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February 6: Local Southern California artist Noah returns to Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park with a special appearance and signing from noon – 4 p.m. as we celebrate the release of his latest pieces inspired by Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Alice in Wonderland. Learn more here.

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February 6: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Nidhi Chanani, Eunjung June Kim and Jerrod Maruyama from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Also being released is the 9” Hipster Mickey Vinylmation figure by artist Jerrod Maruyama. Learn more here.

February 6-7: Take part in a special artist showcase with Nidhi Chanani from 2-5 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Gabby Zapata. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: February 6–7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27–28 from 5–9 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

Which artists are you most excited to meet?

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runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Presented by PANDORA Jewelry Medals

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Runners are gearing up to put their fairy wings on and fly to the finish line to earn this year’s runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend bling. The Disney fairies, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys will be there to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the event weekend. Check out these medals inspired by our friends from Pixie Hollow.

In order from left to right, the races are the Never Land 5K, Tinker Bell 10K, the Pixie Dust Challenge (which is completing the 10K & half marathon), the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, the runDisney Kids Races and finally the runDisney Coast to Coast Medal. In order to earn the special edition pink version, you need to complete both the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February at Walt Disney World and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May at Disneyland Resort.

Below is the pixie-dusted Tinker Bell Half Marathon medal. There is still a chance to earn yours here, and this is the only race from the event weekend still available.

Will you be joining us in earning any of the weekend’s medals? Let us know at @runDisney on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #TinkHalf. Check out runDisney.com for more information regarding this and upcoming races!

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Dining! Shopping! Entertainment! Pinterest Points to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Highlights at Downtown Disney District

posted on January 27th, 2016 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will continue through September 5, 2016. Families and guests of all ages can celebrate throughout the resort, including daily and nightly in the Downtown Disney District.

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Chances are, you’ll need no help finding places to celebrate 60 years of Disneyland Resort in the Downtown Disney District but, just in case, you’ll find a handy guide to Downtown Disney celebration highlights – dining, shopping, entertainment – on Pinterest here.

Look closely, and you’ll find the diamond picture in each suggestion. Choose your own celebration!

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Elton John to Perform in ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60’ February 21 on ABC and Fans Can Join the Fun with the Disney Applause App

posted on January 27th, 2016 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is the inspiration for a glamorous, star-studded two-hour television event, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” on Sunday, Feb. 21 on the ABC Television Network.

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Hosted by two-time Emmy Award winner, Derek Hough, the special broadcast will originate from both the heart of Hollywood at the Dolby Theater and at some of the most iconic locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including Sleeping Beauty Castle, Main Street, U.S.A., and Cars Land.

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Among the special appearances during the show, one of the most successful solo artists of all time, Sir Elton John, will captivate audiences as he performs in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park by singing the Oscar®-nominated song “Circle of Life,” from Disney’s “The Lion King,” and his new song “Wonderful Crazy Night,” from his upcoming album.

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Fans watching the show at home can participate in Sir Elton’s performance and much more with the Disney Applause app, available for iOS and Android. Applause delivers a second-screen, interactive experience that will sync directly to the broadcast’s major musical segments, displaying colorful light shows and original content on viewers’ phones. Their display will be in harmony with the illuminated accessories worn by guests and elaborate lighting design during the performances.

Check back for more details on this once-in-a-lifetime television event!

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Video Rewind: Audio-Animatronics Magic at Disney Parks

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


One of the most iconic innovations to come out of Disney Parks is audio-animatronics technology. Walt Disney was driven to bring what he saw as three-dimensional animation to Disneyland, and on June 23, 1963, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opened. The first attraction to feature audio-animatronics figures was home to more than 200 singing birds, flowers and tikis. Let’s take a look back on some of the audio-animatronics advancements we’ve shown you here on the Disney Parks Blog.

All the way back in 2009, we took you behind the scenes as Walt Disney Imagineering programmed the most advanced audio-animatronics figure at the time, Abraham Lincoln, at Disneyland park.

Jump ahead five years, and imagineers continued to develop amazing audio-animatronics innovations, this time working with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park.

And of course, the story of audio-animatronics technology begins with Walt Disney himself. Take a look back at this video, which we shared last year for the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Walt Disney Travel Company Reservation Agent for the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


In this “Every Role a Starring Role,” cast member John Gassman helps guests and travel agents book vacation packages to the Disneyland Resort. As the first visually impaired cast member at the Walt Disney Travel Company, John’s method of booking reservations and helping guests with their vacation needs truly amazed me. Check it out for yourself!

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Look Back at the Making of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Rose Parade Float

posted on January 25th, 2016 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


I hope you all got the chance to see the spectacular float “Disneyland Diamond Celebration – Awaken Your Adventure” on New Year’s Day in the 127th Rose Parade from Pasadena, California. Weeks before the finishing touches were added, we went to the warehouse and captured the 166-foot-long float just as it was taking shape. We included some of the video we taped on New Year’s Day to illustrate the amazing work the float team did. It’s fun to see the before and after side-by-side, don’t you think?

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Disney Doodle: Snow White Adds Sweetness to Disney Treats

posted on January 25th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


In this week’s Disney Doodle, artist Ashley Taylor explores the idea of Snow White visiting the parks. No doubt she’d head to one of our treat shops, like Sweet Spells at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to cook up her own sweet treat – perhaps a pie, just like she did for her new friends in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

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See the posts below for more Disney Doodles:

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Experience Disney PhotoPass Service in New Ways at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 25th, 2016 by Marie Ramirez, Marketing & Communications Manager, Disney PhotoPass Service


Disneyland Resort guests will soon get to experience Disney PhotoPass Service in a whole new way! With a new website, access to your memories on the Disneyland mobile app and new photo opportunities – we are gearing up for an exciting year.

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Plan Your Visit, Book Your Reservations and View Your Memories
You’re already visiting Disneyland.com to plan and book your visit, and now your photos will also live there too!

Access to Your Memories, at Your Fingertips
Link, view, purchase and download your Disney PhotoPass photos using the Disneyland mobile app.

We are Adding Even More Magic to Our Magic Shots
Our new Animated Magic Shots add animation to your photos to make you the star of your very own video memory.

Capture More Memories than Ever
With new photographer locations and a new product, Disney PhotoPass+ One Day, you’ll be collecting more photos than ever.

We’ll be giving you an inside look into all that’s arriving in the coming days. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more details!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 24th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, our blog coverage of Disney Parks included an update on an unforgettable act of kindness that led to a dream come true and a special visit to the Walt Disney World Resort.

You may remember the story of two college students who started an effort to raise money and surprise Kathryn Thompson, a beloved cafeteria worker at Acorn University in Elon, NC, with a trip to Walt Disney World. This past week, Kathryn traveled to Florida for her dream vacation and a surprise reunion with the two students who made it happen. Check out Bob’s original story for more details

We also let you know that in Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll soon be able to explore a new exhibit that delves into some of the behind-the-scenes research that went into the production of Disney’s upcoming comedic adventure “Zootopia.”

The ‘Zootopia’ exhibit opens January 29 inside Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Shawn has all of the details in his original story.

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

#DisneyGrandAdventure: Magical Memories for Multi-Generation Families at Walt Disney World Resort – Keep checking the blog for #DisneyGrandAdventure posts in the months to come and learn more about the Grand Adventure for Grandparents & Grandkids here.

When I See an Elephant Fly … from the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park – Disneyland Resort fans know that our attractions need a bit of scrubbing and polishing every now and then. But when the attraction in question is the world famous Jungle Cruise, and the scrubbing and polishing involves one rather hefty bull elephant … well then, you just call in a helicopter.

Retired U.S. Coast Guard Engineer Andy Fitzgerald to be Saluted at Disneyland Resort Flag Retreat Ceremony January 24 – Today we will extend a special thank you during the daily flag retreat ceremony at Disneyland park to Andy Fitzgerald, one of four U.S. Coast Guardsmen who went out to sea to rescue the crew of the SS Pendleton in 1952.

Disneyland Diamond Days Winner Enjoys Private Breakfast in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park – Recently, Disneyland Diamond Days winner Simon Dawson from Thousand Oaks, Calif., and his family enjoyed a private breakfast in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park, along with a ride on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. The morning got even more magical when Roger Rabbit himself joined them for a visit!

Space Mountain-Themed Products Are Clear for Launch at Disney Parks – One of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World Resort is Space Mountain because I’ve dreamed of being an astronaut. This classic Disney attraction in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park opened on January 15, 1975.

Kids Remember Their Disney Cruise – What are the things you remember most from your first Disney cruise? In this video, we talked with some of our youngest cruisers to hear what they had to say. Check it out!

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