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First Look: Black Widow and Hawkeye on a Mission This Weekend at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 14th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


This weekend, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are descending upon the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim for the inaugural running of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. Captain America and Thor have been seen regularly at Disneyland park in the past year, but this will mark the first Disney Parks appearances for Hawkeye and Black Widow!

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Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye, along with a contingent of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, will be out in force for this power-packed weekend of fun and excitement. If you’re running, look for them on the route during both the Avengers Super Heroes 5K and Half Marathon.

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Dateline Adventureland: Lost Holiday Shipment Found Aboard the Jingle Cruise at Disneyland Park

posted on November 13th, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent


Happy holidays, adventurers! You may recall from my last dispatch that an important holiday shipment has been lost in the jungles of Adventureland at Disneyland park. I’ve got good news to report today – the shipment has been found! Well, sort of …

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As you can see, all the holiday cheer that was supposed to be delivered to the Jungle Cruise skippers is now being appropriated by the animals of the jungle. Only one thing to do … turn the Jungle Cruise into the Jingle Cruise!

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Looks like those fruitcakes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon … good thing they last for so long!

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And I don’t think those stockings are being hung by anyone’s chimney this year.

So keep an eye out this holiday season, adventurers! There are even more misplaced yule tide trappings to find as you “jungle all the way” through the Jingle Cruise – now through January 6, 2015, at Disneyland park.

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Traditional Candy Kitchen Favorites Return to the Disneyland Resort for the Holidays

posted on November 12th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Start the magic of the holidays off right this season with a collection of quintessential holiday treats made fresh in our Candy Kitchens at the Disneyland Resort.

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Many popular seasonal selections have made the list of returning favorites this year, including our dark chocolate and peppermint oil infused December gourmet apple, peppermint bark, creamy chocolate and peppermint fudge, holiday candy cane apples, ornament apples, marshmallow wands, holiday themed pretzel rods and more. The list honestly goes on and on.

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Other fan favorites hitting the shelves include handcrafted English Toffee, Pecan and Peanut Brittle, decadent Fudgemallow squares and holiday themed cupcakes. These are just a few of the classic choices amidst this year’s newest additions themed to none other than Disney’s “Frozen”. Our Olaf apple, marshmallow wand and cake pop will undoubtedly make you melt.

Of course, no holiday treat post would be complete without mentioning our hand-crafted candy canes. The candy canes, as you know, are generally in high demand and only available on select dates at the following locations.

Disneyland park – Candy Palace
November 28 and December 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23 and 24

Disney California Adventure park – Trolley Treats
November 29 and December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 and 25

Find all of these classic confectionary treats at Candy Palace in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; or Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which delicious seasonal favorites have made your list?

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Trust Your Training – The Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation Finisher Medals Revealed

posted on November 12th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


For those training for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation, you might be at that point in your training where you are asking yourself, “Why am I doing this?” Well today I can show you one reason, the latest edition of amazing runDisney finisher medals.

For the first time I am excited to reveal the inaugural finisher medals for Star Wars race weekend, January 15-18 at Disneyland Resort. This is not a Jedi mind trick. These ARE the medals you’re looking for…

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Star Wars 5K finishers will receive a colorful medallion featuring everyone’s favorite protocol droid, C-3P0. The Star Wars 10K medal is pentagon hexagon shaped and prominently features a Stormtrooper.

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The Star Wars Half Marathon medal may test your Star Wars knowledge. Those familiar with Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope will recognize that the medal is influenced by the Medal of Bravery presented to Battle of Yavin heroes Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.

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For those taking on the Rebel Challenge and running the Star Wars 10K on Saturday and the Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday, you will take home a third medal to acknowledge your accomplishment. The Rebel Challenge medal features a spinner medallion highlighting the good and evil in the galaxy: Darth Vader representing the dark side of the Force and Yoda representing the light side of the Force.

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As Yoda, the legendary Jedi Master would say, “Do or do not. There is no try.” If you do you will claim your inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend medals at the finish line.

May the Force be with you.

A limited number of registrations for Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend remain open through groups and charities. For more information on this and other race weekends, visit runDisney.com.

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Pirates Takeover Central PaRRRk: Behind the Scenes

posted on November 12th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Avast Me Hearties!

I hope ye all have had a chance to see the fabulousness of New Yorkers showing their Disney Side in the Pirate Takeover of Central Park by the “prank collective” Improv Everywhere.

It’s gotten some great response. My favorite comment on YouTube was “You Best Be Liking That Page.”

And isn’t that dog the cutest! His name was Hudson. And he just happened to have a giant copper set of keys! Go figure!

Well, we at the Disney Parks Blog were there to capture all the Disney Side festivities behind the scenes.

We followed the IE team through a day of rehearsals and then the day of shooting from set up to the main event.

It was a glorious day in Central Park. Take a look.

The IE team captured the essence of New Yorkers showing their Disney Side – that playful side that comes out when even thinking about a Disney Parks vacation.

Kudos to Improv Everywhere creator Charlie Todd and his team.

And a hearty – Yo Ho Ho!

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Entrance

posted on November 12th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


The Main Entrance turnstiles are where most guests begin their visit to Disneyland park – exclusively so until the Disneyland Monorail extended its track to the Disneyland Hotel in 1961.

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As this photo shows, construction of the park was well underway by the time the Main Entrance turnstiles were built.

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One month later, only days before opening day, the turnstiles were completed. A lot of progress was also made at Main Street Station and on the “floral Mickey” designed to greet guests upon their arrival into the park.

Check back for “construction updates” soon!


Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

  • Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park
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    First Look at runDisney Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Merchandise

    posted on November 11th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


    How many of you are excited for the very first runDisney Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, taking place November 14–16 at the Disneyland Resort? Here’s your first look at some of the merchandise that will debut as part of this momentous occasion and help you create your own super hero identity.

    You’ll find some of our most notable masked marvels paired with fun phrases such as “Assembled To Run,” “Sorry Boys, Gotta Run,” “Impressed … Of Course You Are,” “Run Like A Super Hero” and others on an array of performance T-shirts, tanks, hoodies, jackets and other novelty items. I will be the first to admit that the phrase “I Smashed the Half” makes me laugh every time.

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    Our runner’s hat, Bondi Bands and Sweaty Bands, each themed to different phrases, logos and superheroes will give you a ‘head’ start on looking cool as you run, while our magnets and window clings will show the world that you hold your own special powers.

    In addition to the pre-purchased pins for the Half Marathon and 5K, a medal spinner pin reminiscent of a certain super hero logo will be offered. I think you know what letter I’m talking about.

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    If you are a ‘super’ fan of the Dooney & Bourke bags, I have a special surprise for you! Here is your official first look at the pattern that will appear on several silhouettes including a satchel, cross-body bag and wristlet.

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    Finally, keep an eye out for additional runDisney apparel, along with 2014 runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge offerings.

    It’s time to assemble your list of must-have items!

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    First Look: Train, Trisha Yearwood, Lucy Hale, Trey Songz and More at the Disneyland Resort for Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration on ABC

    posted on November 11th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


    Earlier this week we began production on our annual holiday special for ABC, this year titled Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration. Today we’re giving you the first look at what’s in store Christmas morning from the Disneyland Resort.

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    Train took the stage at Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle in Disneyland park to perform “Shake Up Christmas.”

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    Donald Duck met up with Patrick Monahan and Jimmy Stafford after the performance and we snapped this fun photo.

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    Trey Songz then delighted the audience with “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

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    Daisy showed up to wish Trey Happy Holidays.

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    Over in Disney California Adventure park, Lucy Hale brought holiday cheer to Cars Land with her performance of “Mistletoe.”

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    Back at Disneyland park, Trisha Yearwood gave the audience a beautiful rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”

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    Trisha met two of her biggest fans after her performance, Chip and Dale.

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    ABC News Senior Meteorologist Rob Marciano from GMA Weekend joins us as host from the Disneyland Resort this year, and he and his wife Eryn brought daughter Madeline along to meet Minnie Mouse for the first time.

    Check back for updates about Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration and don’t forget to tune in to ABC on Thursday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. in all other time zones (check local listings). You can also join the conversation by using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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    A Swell Holiday Collection For Your Home Now Available at Disney Parks

    posted on November 11th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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    I’ve seen many items and art designs during my 11 years with Disney Theme Park Merchandise. During that time, there have been a few outstanding items that have caught my attention (I’m looking at you, Disney Centerpiece). Today, I’m happy to share what I think is my favorite art program we’ve ever introduced to Disney Parks – Holidays for Your Home. This nostalgic line of holiday decorative items includes ornaments, pillows, home goods and more. I caught up with the merchandise development team to learn more about the inspiration behind the designs.

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    “We’ve been working on this new program for about 18 months,” explained Roger Dressen, merchandiser for seasonal products. “The designs were inspired by a few things from the 1960s, including handcrafted holiday cards sent by the Walt Disney Studios and classic holiday television programming. Lately, we’ve seen a resurgence of mid-century styles in many aspects of design. I grew up in the late 1960s and early 1970s, so Holidays for Your Home is a return to the holidays of my childhood.”

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    To create this new art program, Disney Design Group artists, Mike Sullivan and Natalie Kennedy, used a color palette that would simultaneously feel both modern and nostalgic. Packaging and product designs contain certain colors that give items the appearance of being vintage without looking old. Finally, the use of textures and patterns give many items a handcrafted look.

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    “One of my favorite items is the woven stocking that was meticulously crafted in North Carolina,” continued Roger. “I also love the glassware box which uses the vintage Disneyland and Walt Disney World logos. The whole design of the box makes the package a keepsake in its own right.”

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    The art team included Disney characters as they would have appeared in the 1960s in many of the designs.
    “We wanted to capture that retro style, while still making sure that guests could immediately recognize Mickey Mouse,” explained Mike Sullivan, Senior Character Artist with Disney Design Group.

    Guests will find Holidays For Your Home items in select merchandise locations at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

    You may also find select products on the Disney Parks online store – DisneyParks.com/Holiday.

    I hope you have a swell holiday season this year!

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    Authentic Tastes for Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park

    posted on November 10th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


    ¡Saludos Amigos!

    Disney ¡Viva Navidad! is returning to Disney California Adventure park later this week, but you can get a taste of the celebration now. Chefs at Paradise Garden Grill are cooking up authentic tastes inspired by Latino culture with a special Disney ¡Viva Navidad! menu.

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    Entrées:

    • Torta al Pastor – Fresh made telera bread with al pastor pork, chorizo beans, lettuce, avocado mash, and crema served with tortilla chips and salsa
    • Sopes De Barbacoa – Sopes with barbacoa, chorizo beans, cabbage, cotija cheese, and crema served with achiote rice, tortilla chips and salsa
    • Street-style Tacos – Three barbacoa soft corn tacos garnished with cilantro and onion served with achiote rice, tortilla chips and salsa
    • Ceviche – Fresh fish and shrimp marinated in citrus juices, cilantro, onions, and chiles served with a side of tortilla chips and salsa
    • Chicken Mole – Roasted chicken topped with chocolate-infused smoked chili sauce with achiote rice, corn salad and a side of tortillas
    • House-made Pozole – Mild chile and pork stew with hominy and oregano served with tortilla chips

    Desserts:

    • Buñuelos with Cajeta – Two golden-fried flour tortillas dusted with cinnamon sugar, served with a side of cajeta
    • Sweet Tamales – A pair of traditionally-made sweet tamales with pineapple and golden raisins
    • Champurrado – Traditional Christmas-time Mexican hot chocolate made with chocolate, milk and cornmeal

    Kids Meals:

    • Kids’ Cheese Quesadilla – A whole-wheat tortilla with melted cheese, carrots, sliced apples, and a choice of small low fat milk or small Dasani water
    • Kids’ Power Pack – Includes Dannon Danimals yogurt, a petite banana, whole-grain “fish” crackers, carrots, sliced apples, and a choice of small low fat milk or small Dasani water

    Featured ¡Viva Navidad! Beverages:

    • Red Sangria
    • Corona
    • Negra Modelo

    Tip: The al fresco seating area of Paradise Garden Grill is the perfect place to enjoy a meal while taking in all the sights and sounds of Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

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