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Training Disneyland Resort Chefs of the Future

posted on March 18th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Ashley Parrish, Alexys McCoy and Joleen Piser  Recently Completed the Disneyland Resort Culinary Apprentice Program

Three Disneyland Resort cast members, Alexys McCoy, Joleen Piser and Ashley Parrish, have completed their six-month journey to become certificated culinarians with the American Culinary Federation. The trio earned the certification by participating in the Disneyland Resort Culinary Apprentice Program that provides 1,000 hours of diverse, hands-on training for cast members who are aspiring chefs.

Alexys, Joleen and Ashley rotated Disneyland Resort dining locations every two weeks, learning new culinary skills from preparing signature sauces at Carthay Circle Restaurant to baking bread at Boudin Bakery. The apprentices said the exposure to so many styles of food, equipment and cooking techniques in such a short period of time has been hugely beneficial.

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Chef de Cuisine Bill Orton, who oversees culinary training, chef recruiting and special dietary programs at the Disneyland Resort, developed and leads the Culinary Apprentice Program, now in its second year.

“It is so rewarding to see our cast members learn and grow,” said Chef Bill. “Teaching is my favorite part of being a chef. There are only a few apprenticeship programs available in this county; I am honored to be leading ours.”

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Take a 3-D Spin Around This Amazing ‘Show Your #DisneySide’ Paper Sculpture

posted on March 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We’ve all felt that rush of excitement or burst of childlike enthusiasm that is your Disney Side — that part of your personality that only comes out when you’re in a Disney Park. Artist Britni Brault had that feeling in mind when she created a dazzling paper sculpture – it depicts the “real world” on one side and the #DisneySide on the other (as revealed by a 180-degree spin).

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It took Britni more than a year of planning and about three months of work to construct the 3D sculpture you see below, called “Show Your Disney Side.” As you move around it, you see how a little Disney Magic turns a hair salon into Rapunzel’s tower. A travel agency becomes it’s a small world. Snow White and Jungle Cruise make appearances, too.

“I actually was raised in Anaheim and could see the Disneyland [park] fireworks from my house my whole life,” Britni says. “It was something that was a part of my life growing up.” Britni has previously done work for Disney Theme Park Merchandise and created sculptures of Mary Poppins and Bert, the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland,” and Maleficent, among others.

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Britni says her work is inspired by many artists who have worked on Disney films and Disney Parks – including Disney Legends Ken Anderson, Mary Blair, Alice Davis, Marc Davis and Blaine Gibson.

Below, you can take a a 3D spin around Britni’s “Show Your Disney Side” paper sculpture.

For a behind-the-scenes look at how Britni created this amazing paper sculpture, check out this time-lapse video.

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A Unique Point of View: ‘a bug’s land’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 17th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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It seems a bit repetitive to talk about unique points of view in a land that is meant to be just that … a unique point of view from the perspective of a bug. But I just loved these photos by Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer so much that I had to share them with you. Paul takes us up close and personal with some of the famous residents of “a bug’s land” at Disney California Adventure park, showing them as they appear to us when we shrink to the size of a bug upon entering this amazing and larger-than-life land.

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What is your favorite unique perspective in “a bug’s land”? Tell us in the comments.

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A Look Back: Sneak Peek Celebration of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Disneyland Resort

posted on March 17th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On March 17, 2005, students from Green Elementary School joined Green Army Men and Buzz Lightyear for a special sneak peek of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Did I mention it was St. Patrick’s Day?

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Following a cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A., Buzz led the kids to the Tomorrowland entrance of his new attraction where they were among the first to enter the Gamma Quadrant to battle Evil Emperor Zurg.

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Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters would not officially open for another few weeks, on the eve of our 50th Anniversary Celebration, with Tim Allen on hand for the opening ceremony.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Disney Parks Blog!

posted on March 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Disney Parks Blog team!

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This photo, snapped in 1978 at Magic Kingdom Park, shows Mickey Mouse getting into the spirit of the holiday. Will you celebrate the day at a Disney park? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Baby Goats Make Their Debut at Disneyland Park

posted on March 16th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Today I’m happy to share a video of our new baby goats at Disneyland park. Bernard and Bianca have been visiting with the guests at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm for a few weeks now, but we were able to capture this footage on their very first day out! We even had help from one of the herd, Lock, who proudly wore a “Goat-Pro” camera around his neck. Take a minute to share in the fun, and if you can, hurry out to Disneyland park to see the baby goats for yourself!

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Cinderella Coach is a Magical Treat at Disney Parks

posted on March 16th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Who’s seen Disney’s “Cinderella,” now in theaters? If you haven’t yet, move it to the top of your list! My fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Steven Miller, recently shared some of the exciting new “Cinderella” merchandise headed your way, but i have a special treat for you … actually I have two!

Debuting this month at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort is a Cinderella Coach inspired apple. It’s safe to say that candy makers got a little ‘carried away’ with this concoction. The apple has been dipped in caramel as well as edible shimmering white chocolate and comes complete with carriage-looking wheels. What are they made of? I guess you’ll have to try one to see!

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Another fun way to celebrate the film’s release is with our Cinderella Coach krispy treat, sure to be a fan favorite for any movie-goer.

Here’s a list of locations where you can find them!

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These special treats are only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out!

Will you try both?

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Show Your Disney Side Spirit with March Magic Team Shirts Coming to Disney Parks Online Store

posted on March 16th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Disney Parks online store is offering a fun way to show your Disney Side spirit this month. From March 16 to April 12, we will release a series of 32 team shirts featuring the Disney attraction logos created for the second annual March Magic tournament. These limited release shirts will ship in 3-5 weeks once ordered (express shipping is not available). Look for a special promotion for these shirts – buy two or more shirts for $20 each (plus tax).

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Here are the dates that the March Magic team shirts will be available on the Disney Parks online store at http://www.disneystore.com/MarchMagic

  • March 16-23 – All 32 team shirts available online from Round 1.
  • March 25-29 – The 16 team shirts from Round 2 available online.
  • March 31-April 1 – Team shirts for remaining 8 team in Round 3 available online.
  • April 4-5 – Team shirts available online for final four teams in Round 4.
  • April 6-7 – Team shirts for 2 remaining teams available online.
  • April 7-12 – Team shirt for March Magic 2015 winner available online.
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Don’t forget that starting Monday, March 16, you can vote for the ultimate Disney attraction at either Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Attraction match-ups will be posted on our official social media channels for Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Simply vote for the attraction you prefer, and be sure to check back throughout the month as the competition gets tougher and tougher!

May the best Disney attraction win (of course that team should be Tiki Room Harmony)!

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Show Your #DisneySide by Voting for Your Favorite Disney Attraction During ‘March Magic’

posted on March 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Is Space Mountain your absolute favorite attraction? Is the Haunted Mansion a must-do for you on each and every Disney vacation? If so, you may be just the fan we’ve been looking for to participate in our second annual March Magic Tournament.

Over the next few weeks, a total of 32 teams inspired by favorite Disney attractions will compete for the title of ultimate Disney attraction, and it’s up to you to decide which attractions continue through each round.

Here’s a look at this year’s roster:

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Starting March 16, we’ll ask you to show your #DisneySide by voting for your favorite Disney attraction at either Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Daily attraction match-ups will be posted on our official Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort Facebook pages. Follow Walt Disney World and Disneyland on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn how to cast your vote for each match up within that channel. The final matchup between the top two attractions will take place on April 6.

To get started, simply download the printable bracket below to keep track of your choices. Now, who’s ready for some magic?

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the sheet before you download it.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on March 15th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared the exciting announcements that we’re kicking off the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort as well as the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with 24-hour events at both locations during Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start to summer.

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To announce “Coolest Summer Ever” at the Walt Disney World Resort, we created a summer scene – inspired by Olaf’s “In Summer” dream – in winter-weary Boston that featured a 20-foot wide beach and a Cinderella Castle made of sand. Here’s a new behind the scenes look at how we did it.

At the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re hosting an all-night party at Magic Kingdom Park with 24 hours of nonstop fun from 6 a.m.-6 a.m. May 22-23. Guests are invited to dress to show their Disney Side while a selection of favorite attractions, entertainment, merchandise, food and beverages will be on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the “Coolest Summer Ever.”

  • Our original story has more details on the event and Coolest Summer Ever at the Walt Disney World Resort.

At Disneyland Resort, the all-day/all-night celebration will begin at 6 a.m. on May 22 and will conclude 24 hours later at 6 a.m. on May 23. The event will include dancing and special character encounters at locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, along with enchanting Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor throughout the resort and, of course, the shows and attractions that our guests love.

  • Our original story has more details on the event and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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

Tastes of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos at ‘AMA‘AMA – Watch Chef Kevin from ‘AMA‘AMA – Contemporary Island Cooking, prepare the delicious Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos available during lunch. Then give these tasty tacos a try in your kitchen!

New Smokejumpers Grill Opens March 20, Part of Grizzly Peak Expansion at Disney California Adventure Park – The recent expansion of Disney California Adventure park gave us even more ways to immerse our guests in new stories, and we’re excited to continue this expanded storytelling this year with the addition of the Grizzly Peak Airfield.

Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort at Dawn – Disney Parks Blog author Shannon Swanson shows the parks in a way that many people have never seen before with the Disneyland Resort at Dawn series.

Students Harvest First Crop from Walt Disney Elementary School Teaching Garden Funded by Disneyland Resort – Disney VoluntEARS and more than 700 Walt Disney Elementary School students recently participated in the Teaching Garden’s first Heart Healthy Harvest Day!

Behind the Scenes: Three Michelin-Starred Chef Arnaud Lallement Discusses His Culinary Creations at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy – Chef Arnaud talks through some of what makes the cuisine at Remy so unique and exceptional. A word of warning before you watch … your mouth is about to begin watering!

‘Cinderella’-Inspired Products Receive a Royal Welcome at Disney Parks – Check out new apparel, drinkware, jewelry and more inspired by Disney’s, “Cinderella”, which hit theaters on March 13.

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