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Daily World Cup Coverage Expanding in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

posted on June 30th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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If you’re a World Cup fan, you probably already know that the matches are televised daily at ESPN Zone in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. You may have even seen fans lining up outside ESPN Zone prior to kickoff.

Now the Downtown Disney District is offering an additional option for viewing the competition. Matches will be televised on a jumbo 10-by-16-foot outdoor LED screen in the Downtown Disney District common area, between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

When the World Cup semi-finals, third place and finals matches arrive on July 8, 9, 12 and 13, Downtown Disney District World Cup festivities will also feature a DJ and additional special activities for fans. Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for future announcements about upcoming World Cup activities and follow @DisneylandDTD and @ESPNZoneAnaheim on Twitter!

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Disney Stars Laura and Vanessa Marano Show Off Their Disney Side Style at Disney Parks

posted on June 30th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


My fellow author Jennifer Fickley-Baker recently shared a video featuring Disney Stars Laura Marano from Disney Channel’s “Austin and Ally” and Vanessa Marano from ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” during their recent visit to Disney Parks. During their trip to Disneyland Resort, they showed off their Disney Side style in another video recently published on the Disney Style YouTube channel.

The image below contains a few things that Laura and Vanessa selected from Disney Parks. The sequin Minnie Mouse headband is one of the most popular items we carry. The red Mickey Mouse crop top that Vanessa wears isn’t currently offered at Disney Parks, but I found a classic Mickey Mouse tee that works just as well. Finally, Laura is sporting a gray Mickey Mouse shirt that is part of a new art program called “Whimsy.”

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Many of these items can be found at select locations in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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In California, the best places to visit first include Disney Vault 28 and World of Disney at Downtown Disney District.

In Florida, I suggest trying TrenD or Zoey & Pickles inside the newly opened Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. You can see an image from Zoey & Pickles in the bottom right corner of the image above.

You may also find a few select items, such as Beautifully Disney cosmetics, on our Disney Parks online store – DisneyParks.com/Store.

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New ‘World of Color’ Merchandise Debuts at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 30th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here’s your first look at new art for a wave of merchandise capturing a multitude of characters, that has been created in celebration of the nighttime spectacular “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park.

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The new art can be found on adult and youth T-shirts and fleece, a magnet, keychain, mug and more at select locations inside Disney California Adventure park, including Elias & Co., Seaside Souvenirs, and Treasures in Paradise.

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Be sure to check it out on your next visit!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on June 29th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we announced that the world of “Frozen” will take center stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in July. We’re opening up the gates on July 5 for a summer-long happening, featuring a full day of all-new, immersive “Frozen” experiences you won’t want to miss, every day through September 1.

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Shawn has a great list of some of the highlights planned for “Frozen Summer Fun – Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios,” including information on A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration, Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome and the “Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular.

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And did you hear about “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” at Disneyland park? It’ll be a whole new way to experience a land in a Disney theme park. Instead of watching the story unfold, guests will be part of the story themselves when “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” opens on July 9.

Check Erin’s story to learn more about the setting of the story and how you can participate.

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

Discover Disney California Adventure Park with the Disney California Story Guided Tour – Beginning July 17, guests will be able to discover the stories behind Disney California Adventure park with this new guided tour.

Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park – Check out the best ways to enjoy this new show, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary, at Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park.

Every Role a Starring Role – Celebrating 50 Episodes at Disneyland Resort! – Since 2010 we’ve been introducing you to our hard-working cast members at Disneyland Resort. Watch a recap as Every Role a Starring Role celebrates its 50th episode!

Celebrating the Fourth of July at Disneyland Resort – Planning to spend Independence Day at Disneyland park? Click through for just a few of the activities and attractions on offer.

Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Imagineer Joe Rohde on Design and Inspiration – Take a look at these details at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, from Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde

A 21st Birthday Celebration for Singing Superstar Ariana Grande at Walt Disney World Resort – Pop princess meets Disney princess when Ariana Grande celebrates her 21st birthday at Magic Kingdom Park!

Enjoy ‘The Ultimate Day of Thrills’ at Walt Disney World Resort – Take a look at two new tours that offer the VIP treatment at Walt Disney World Resort.

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New ‘Disney Family of Wines,’ New Menu at Alfresco Tasting Terrace at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 27th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Just in time for summer, the pretty Alfresco Tasting Terrace on the second floor of Golden Vine Winery at Disney California Adventure park is debuting a new menu and a very cool wine list. There are just 40 seats and you don’t need reservations, so it’s perfect for a small Mediterranean-inspired plate and a delicious sip of wine on the open-air veranda.

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The unique wine list is the only one at any Disney Resort to feature all eight wineries of the “Disney Family of Wines,” a diverse collection that has a personal connection to the Disney name: an artistic talent, a sense of what makes for good storytelling, quintessential family DNA . . . all of the wineries display qualities long identified with Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company, carrying on the Disney legacy and typifying the passion, innovation and quality that the name Disney symbolizes.

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Only three of the wines have previously been offered at Golden Vine Winery: MacMurray Ranch, Silverado Vineyards and Lasseter Family Winery. The others are new to the restaurant. The family of eight includes:

  • Fess Parker Winery
  • MacMurray Ranch
  • Silverado Vineyards
  • Lasseter Family Winery
  • Gogi (owned by actor Kurt Russell)
  • Frank Family Vineyards
  • Chappellet Winery
  • Skywalker Vineyards
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Order red, white or rosé by the glass or bottle, or try a featured flight to go with one of these delectable small plates. Guest-pleasing Fritto Misto remains on the menu, a crisp stack of calamari, mussels, green beans, and artichokes with pepperoncini aïoli for dipping. But everything else is new. Try the Aged Cheddar-Risotto Bites with roasted garlic-herb aïoli and marinara. Or the Bruschetta classically topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and Parmesan. The Charcuterie and Cheese board is perfect for sharing and features Gorgonzola blue cheese, Fontina, Prosciutto Di Parma, Spanish-style chorizo, green olives, marinated mushrooms, walnuts, and dry-cured black Beldi olives. Grilled Shrimp gets a kick with Spanish chorizo. Additionally, there’s a filling trio of Beef Tenderloin Sliders with horseradish and caramelized onion aïoli, and an offering of fancy Roasted Duck Rillettes, similar to pâté, and served with crostini, orange marmalade and buttery Castelvetrano Olives.

Sit back, relax, savor and watch the world go by from your second-floor perch. It’s especially delightful after dark, with gorgeous vistas of Ornament Valley inside Cars Land.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July at Disneyland Resort

posted on June 26th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and Disneyland Resort is gearing up to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, concerts, and more! Here’s a look at some of the star-spangled highlights we’ve got planned for next week:

  • Disneyland park – “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” rockets into the air above Sleeping Beauty Castle. This special, fireworks spectacular will be presented on four different nights, July 1 – 4 at 9:25 p.m.

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  • 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band – This outstanding military band from Miramar, California, is returning to Disneyland park for another year! The band will be performing several times throughout the day on Friday, July 4.
    • Catch the band in a brief cavalcade along the parade route at 3:30 p.m., just ahead of the “Frozenpre-parade and the first performance of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.
    • The band will help retire the colors at the Disneyland park flag retreat ceremony in Town Square at 5:30 p.m.
    • Immediately following the flag retreat, at 5:45 p.m., the full band will perform along the parade route, all the way back to “it’s a small world.”
    • Finally, you can enjoy the full band in concert on the stage of the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, starting at 7:15 p.m.

  • Disney California Adventure park – On July 4, a special patriotic pre-show will be presented at the start of both the 9 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. performances of “World of Color.”
  • “Glow With the Show” – Don’t forget to bring along your “Glow with the Show” Ears (or pick up a pair)! Those interactive, light-up Ear Hats magically become part of the fireworks at Disneyland park and “World of Color” and its patriotic pre-show at Disney California Adventure park.

To help you get in the spirit, here’s a look at last year’s production of “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” Who’s ready for some red, white, and blue?!

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John Rhys-Davies Returns to Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park

posted on June 26th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


You never know who you might encounter along the perilous pathways through the remote jungles of India’s lost delta while searching for the mysterious Temple of the Forbidden Eye. John Rhys-Davies, who of course portrayed Indy’s faithful friend, Sallah, in two Indiana Jones films, visited the Disneyland Resort recently, and together with his family and friends, we made our way to Indiana Jones Adventure.

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“Not to worry,” John said. “Sallah has the map!”

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During our expedition, John told me that despite his appearance inside the queue of our attraction for nearly 20 years, this would actually be the very first time he would ride it and that he was thrilled to be able to bring along his eight-year-old daughter, Maia (pictured here with a family friend) for her very first Disneyland visit. “The best way to see Disneyland, actually, is with children and through a child’s eyes,” John said. “It’s a joy to come here with my daughter, who’s come all the way from New Zealand.”

After riding the attraction – not once, but twice – John said, “It’s really wonderful, isn’t it? It’s a great rollicking adventure. It’s just the right side of scary.” Maia added, “It was absolutely petrifying! I quite liked the boulder where it drops down. Oh, and the snake!”

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As I mentioned, John appears as Sallah in the queue of Indiana Jones Adventure, so we set out on our own photo archive adventure. Our team of “top … men” was able to recover this rare artifact – a picture taken while filming the newsreel footage shown deep within the temple as guests prepare to board their transports.

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Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on June 25th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


By the Numbers: ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the premiere of “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland park. I feel like it was only yesterday we were setting up the Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up (my very first Disney Parks Blog meet-up!) to give readers an exclusive look at this new show. In honor of the recent anniversary, let’s “journey to imagination” with these tips for enjoying “Mickey and the Magical Map”!

  • Arriving early - Fantasyland Theatre is an outdoor amphitheater, covered by a large canopy. Make sure you arrive approximately 20 minutes prior to the listed showtime for your best choice of seats. Also, as you arrive, please keep in mind that strollers are not permitted inside the amphitheater – the designated stroller parking area is just across from the entrance marquee.
  • Finding the best seat for the show – Every seat in the Fantasyland Theatre will offer a great view of Mickey’s journey through the magical map. However, the most popular section to see the map makers perform would be in the center of the amphitheater.
  • Bringing sweets and eats into the Fantasyland Theatre - A great benefit of the outdoor amphitheater is that food is permitted inside the venue. The Troubadour Tavern is located just outside the Fantasyland Theatre and offers meals like bratwurst and snacks like my personal favorite, pretzel bites with cheese!
  • Planning the best showtime for your visit - “Mickey and the Magical Map” is performed several times throughout the day. Be sure to pick up an Entertainment Guide on your way into Disneyland park and plan which show works best for your visit. Select showings are interpreted in ASL for guests with hearing disabilities. Stop by Guest Relations in City Hall for exact dates and showtimes.

Celebrate the anniversary of “Mickey and the Magical Map” and leave your favorite memory or scene of the show in comments below!

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Disneyland Park Guests to Create the Story of ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’

posted on June 25th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


What if you could bring the Wild West to life in Frontierland? What if you could be anyone you want to be – a peacekeeper, an outlaw, a merchant, a miner, an heiress – the possibilities are endless! If you’ve ever imagined what life in Frontierland at Disneyland park would be like, you’re about to have the chance to write the first chapter of the story when “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” opens July 9.

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Here’s the setting:

Frontierland and its neighbor, Rainbow Ridge, are in the midst of a good, ol’ fashioned land feud. Rainbow Ridge – a once-booming mining town – has dried up, and they have their eyes set on Frontierland. The steady, hardworking folk in Frontierland want to keep the town safe and free of rougharound-the-edges, opportunistic types. Rumors are spreading that gold has been discovered in mines belonging to Frontierland, and there is even a rumor that Frontierland itself sits on the motherlode! Whether or not the rumors are true, the folk in Rainbow Ridge have one thing on their minds: take over Frontierland! Thus, the struggle begins …

“Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” will be a whole new way to experience a land in a Disney theme park. Instead of watching the story unfold, guests will be part of the story themselves – naming, creating and developing their own characters and influencing the direction and action of the story’s first chapter. The story will involve entertainment, merchandise, food and more – throughout Frontierland.

Show your Disney Side and choose your alliance when the fight for Frontierland begins July 9! Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more details and updates as the story unfolds, and choose your side with the hashtags #MyFrontierland and #MyRainbowRidge.

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#DisneyKids: Remembering Favorite Disney Characters at Disney Parks

posted on June 25th, 2014 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


As a mother of three young girls, I’m continually delighted by my daughters’ ability to remember even the smallest details from our visits to Disney Parks. It’s all memorable to them because they’re totally immersed in the Disney magic, especially my 4-year-old preschooler.

Today, we’re continuing our #DisneyKids series with our resident ‘kid-at-heart’ Gary Buchanan, who recently hosted an unscripted roundtable discussion with a group of preschoolers to find out how much they really know and remember about Disney. Don’t miss their cute answers.

Do your little ones have favorite characters? Let us know with #DisneyKids.

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