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Mapping Out the Holidays: Disneyland Park

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


There are so many magical moments to experience at the Disneyland Resort this time of year. To give a glimpse of all things merry and bright, I thought it would be fun to produce a video using a map of Disneyland park. Happy Holidays!

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Celebrate the Season With This Holiday Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Thanksgiving has passed, which means the countdown to Christmas has officially begun!

Here’s the first gift we have to offer our readers – a brand-new Disney Parks Blog wallpaper. I have to say that I adore this design, which was pulled together by Disney Artist Jeff Maurer.

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Click here to find the perfect size for your desktop or mobile device.

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

And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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New ALEX AND ANI Bangles Debut in Time for the Holidays at Disney Parks

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


As you all know, I’m an avid fan of ALEX AND ANI! So, when I see new bangles on the horizon that are what I consider ‘must-haves’ for the holidays, I want to share them with all of you. Here’s your first look at some of the new styles headed to Disney Parks.

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Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you! It All Started With A Mouse and Hakuna Matata are the first pieces in a new collection, Words Are Powerful, inspired by Disney sayings. These bangles will be available in Shiny Silver and Yellow Gold finishes beginning December 15. Also debuting is the 2015 Dated bangle featuring Mickey Mouse, a perfect way to commemorate your visit to the parks next year! This bangle will be available beginning December 15 in Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver finishes.

Look for these new bangles at locations throughout the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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Charmed? I know I am! Which bangle will you add to your collection this holiday season?

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By the Numbers: Holidays on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park

posted on December 2nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Holidays at the Disneyland Resort are well underway, and for many visitors the first stop in their holiday visit is Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. The street is covered with holiday cheer and what seems like thousands of ornaments, ribbons and lights. But do you ever find yourself asking exactly how many thousands there are? I did, so I wanted to share my findings with you!

Throughout Main Street, U.S.A. …

79,000 – Total number of ornaments
10,000 – Total number of lights
7,400 – Length in feet of ribbon (that’s more than 1.4 miles) used to make more than 800 bows
2,000 – Length in feet of garland

And on the Main Street Christmas tree …

6,000 – Total number of decorative lights
1,800 – Total number of ornaments
1,200 - Total number of branches
60 – Height in feet of the tree

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New Holiday Disney Gift Card Designs Available at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 2nd, 2014 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services


Celebrate the season with our new holiday Disney Gift Card designs! Find your holiday-themed Disney Gift Card throughout Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, or online at DisneyGiftCard.com. It’s the gift that is simple for you, and perfect for everyone on your shopping list. Select your favorite design and activate your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15!

Join Mickey and Minnie as they deck the halls with this new holiday design. You’ll get all wrapped up in the spirit of Christmas when you give this Disney Gift Card to someone special!

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If you’re celebrating at Walt Disney World Resort or the Disneyland Resort this year, be sure to grab a festive souvenir with one of these designs, which feature Mickey and Minnie celebrating the holidays at Cinderella Castle and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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The Disney Gift Card can be used for practically all things Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Club Penguin, Disney PhotoPass, DisneyMusicOnline.com, DisneyStore.com, and Disney Store locations in the U.S. Shop for these three designs and many other holiday options at DisneyGiftCard.com.

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‘Frozen’ Winter and Holiday Celebration Underway at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort with Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink and Downtown Disney Winter Village Through February 22

posted on December 2nd, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


If you’ve visited Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort lately, you know that the winter and holiday celebration is in full swing, with Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink, the Downtown Disney Winter Village and lots of holiday décor having appeared near ESPN Zone and AMC Theatres. You can actually watch it all take shape in this time-lapse video.

This year, there will be more winter fun than ever in Downtown Disney District . In fact, Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink and the Downtown Disney Winter Village will continue operation through Sunday, February 22.

I hope you can come see and skate in the rink, which is 50 by 90 feet, and features graphics of the “Frozen” story and characters including, of course, Olaf. Ninety-minute skate sessions are scheduled between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The adjoining Downtown Disney Winter Village is bigger than ever this year and offers such gift items as “Frozen” plush toys, crystal from Arribas Brothers, art works, clothing and accessories, all sold from the windows of the charming village houses. Hot chocolate from Ghirardelli along with coffee, sweets and baked goods from La Brea Bakery are also available.

During the holiday season, guests will be delighted by the variety of holiday-themed menu and merchandise items in the restaurants and shops of Downtown Disney District. And it doesn’t have to be winter for young “Frozen” fans to get a makeover at Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, open year-round. Come and browse!

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Baymax Joins the Ranks of Caramel Apples at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 1st, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


For those of you who have seen the Disney animated film, “Big Hero 6,” I think you will agree with me that we all need more Baymax in our lives. Our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers felt the same way, so you can imagine my excitement and surprise when I was introduced to the newest hand-crafted apple inspired by the loveable healthcare companion.

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Baymax has ‘sweet’ ninja skills, and I can tell you, this apple is even sweeter! Made with caramel, white chocolate, black licorice and candy-coated chocolates, I guarantee you will want to take this version of Baymax home with you.

Look for this special addition to our candy kitchens at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., as well as Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Baymax, I’m pretty sure the famous ‘fist bump’ … Bada-lada-la … would apply here.

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D23’s Holiday Gift to You

posted on December 1st, 2014 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


To kick off the holiday season, Disney’s official fan club is giving Disney fans something truly special. “D23 Days of Christmas” kicks off today to add some sparkle to the most wonderful time of the year.

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Every day for, well, 23 days, fans can “unwrap” a special gift at D23.com/23days. And we have goodies for everyone who loves a little Disney under their tree. We’ll have exclusive videos with Disney talent, special artwork, printable downloads and a trio of sweepstakes anyone can enter that will make the season even brighter.

So ho, ho, hop over today and start seeing what D23 has stuffed in your stocking!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: New Disney Parks Blog Wallpapers

posted on November 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, one of my favorite visuals debuted not as part of a story, but as a Disney Parks Blog wallpaper designed to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Designed by Disney artist Jeff Maurer, this was one of two wallpapers we released to mark Turkey Day. Here’s the other:

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These two are just the latest in a slew of Disney Parks Blog wallpapers we’ve shared with you throughout 2014.

To download any of our wallpapers, visit our official Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper Archive, where you can find desktop and mobile wallpapers devoted to Disney Parks, characters, holidays and more.

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Second Tween ‘Direct Your Disney Side’ Short Released in Theaters

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last month, we introduced the “Direct Your Disney Side” project, in which our Yellow Shoes Creative Group (partnered with McGarry Bowen and Adolescent Films) worked with tween filmmakers to bring their Disney Parks short films to life.

The second short in the three-part series, titled “Sock,” will appear in theaters nationwide starting today as a part of the NCM First Look pre-show content (which will run before film previews begin).

Check his short out below.



See the post below for more about “Direct Your Disney Side”:

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