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The Running of the Goats at Disneyland Park

posted on November 5th, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


You may have heard of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, but did you know we have our own goat version almost every day at Disneyland park?

The Disneyland goat herd, numbering 13 goats, spend their days at the Petting Farm at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland. Between naps, they welcome guests with their calm demeanor and somewhat bewitching eyes. But when “quitting time” comes, the energy level goes up quite a bit. With dinner on their minds, they scoot over the hill to Circle D Ranch, where supper awaits them.

Next time you’re in Disneyland park around sunset, be sure to stop by and witness this adorable bunch scamper home! In the meantime, you can catch the “goat running” in the video below.

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Get a Taste of Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6’ at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 5th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Hello, I am Rachel, your personal dining companion. Your scan shows that your ghrelin levels are high and salivation glands are active. Diagnosis: hunger. Here are some offerings that can improve this condition:

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Inspired by the streets of San Fransokyo, the city where Disney’s “Big Hero 6” takes place, try the teriyaki street dog at Award Wieners in Disney California Adventure park. This teriyaki-glazed all-beef hot dog is served on a garlic chive roll, topped with wasabi mayonnaise, and ginger, carrot and cucumber slaw. There’s also a deliciously refreshing coconut milk tea, served cold with coconut and lychee flavors. These limited-time offerings are as unique as they are tasty.

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If you love Baymax as much as I do, I suggest getting your drink in the Baymax souvenir sipper; the most caring beverage companion in San Fransokyo. The Baymax Sipper will be available at Tangaroa Terrace, Tomorrowland Terrace, Tomorrowland Lemonade Cart and Award Wieners.

These items will only be around for a limited time, starting on Friday, November 7, when Disney’s “Big Hero 6” hits theaters.

Baymax is now also available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. The sipper is sold at ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, Rosie’s All American Café, Peevy’s, and at popcorn carts and outdoor kiosks throughout the park.

Are you satisfied with your care?

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Photo Gallery: Disney Castles That Have Been Covered in Real Snow

posted on November 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier we mentioned that tonight guests will gather at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort to watch Elsa (from “Frozen”) magically transform Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace during the “Castle Dream Lights” and “A Frozen Holiday Wish” stage show.

But did you know that there are actually a few Disney Parks castles that occasionally find themselves dusted with real snow?

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Disneyland Park (Paris) is located in Marne-la-Vallée, France, and sees regular snowfall. These shots were snapped in December 2010, after a sizeable flurry added extra holiday charm to the park’s Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant castle. (Click through the gallery to see additional park attractions covered in snow).

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Every so often, Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland will also see some snowfall. Our friends at the park shared these amazing shots of their temporary “ice” castle – and other attractions – back in January 2013.

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Years ago at Tokyo Disneyland, some Disney characters took advantage of the snowfall for a playful snowball fight with their park’s snowy castle as a backdrop. Check out that photo above.

Snow-Capped Mountains Behind Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle

While it doesn’t snow in Anaheim, California (home to the Disneyland Resort), it has in higher elevations around the city. In 2009, we shared this image, which shows Sleeping Beauty Castle with snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains as the backdrop.

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Hearty Pozole Soup, the Perfect Fall Supper from Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 4th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


At Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, we rejoice in fall’s dip in temperature – nothing dramatic, but the perfect excuse to bring out the soup recipes.

Paradise Garden Grill is offering this classic Mexican soup as part of Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure park. It is also offered at Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante in Disneyland park on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Since it’s not always there, here’s the recipe for you to try at home. And it’s even better the second day. Pozole (or posole) is a hearty hybrid of soup and stew with chewy hominy and tender pork – the fresh garnishes add crunch and freshness.

Pozole
Serves 8 to 10

  • 2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled, and split lengthwise
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt, divided
  • 6 dried Guajillo chiles
  • 2 dried ancho or New Mexico chiles
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, cut into large pieces
  • 3 medium or 2 large plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise and cored
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white hominy, drained and rinsed

Garnishes

  • 1/2 small head green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 6 radishes, sliced thinly
  • 3 limes, quartered
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, large stems removed, leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
  1. Rinse diced pork under cold water until water runs clear. Transfer pork to a large stock pot over medium-high heat; add 8 cups cold water. Bring to a simmer; skim off and discard foam and solids that float to surface.
  2. Stir in garlic, bay leaves, onion, cumin, and 1 tablespoon salt. Turn heat to medium to keep soup at a light simmer. Cover and simmer 90 minutes (do not boil). Periodically skim foam from surface.
  3. Meanwhile, remove and discard stems, seeds, and large veins from dried chiles. Break into large pieces in a medium saucepan and add 3 cups water. Top with sweet onion, tomatoes, and garlic cloves, keeping chiles submerged. Cover and simmer 10 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Working in 2 batches, puree chile mixture with cooking liquid in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into soup pot, pressing solids with back of spoon to extract liquid.
  5. Simmer soup for 90 minutes, then stir in black pepper, oregano, and hominy. Taste and season with additional salt, if desired.
  6. Remove a piece of pork and taste for doneness. If meat is not tender, simmer 15 to 20 minutes more.
  7. Serve hot soup with garnishes for topping.
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Ten Reasons to Stay in a Disneyland Resort Hotel

posted on November 3rd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


A Disneyland Resort vacation goes way beyond the theme parks. A stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel is as much a part of the experience as a ride on Space Mountain! Between Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, there are many options for staying in the magic. But why choose a Disneyland Resort hotel for your vacation? I’ve got ten reasons!

1. More time to play
All Disneyland Resort hotel guests enjoy admission to select attractions, stores, entertainment and dining locations in Disneyland or Disney California Adventure parks for one full hour before the parks open to the general public on select days!

2. A warm welcome
Everyone knows that a stay in a Disneyland Resort hotel begins with a warm “Welcome!” from the cast members at the front desk. At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, more than 50 of these cast members have learned to say “welcome” in 10 different languages to make all guests feel at home.

“Guests visit the Disneyland Resort Hotels from all over the world,” says Guest Services Manager Brian Elling. “When a cast member says ‘welcome’ in a guest’s own language, it creates an instant connection with the guest and puts them at ease.”

3. Surf’s Up!

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Did you know that the PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is the only dining location at the Disneyland Resort where you can enjoy a meal with Mickey Mouse? The Surf’s Up! Mickey and Friends Breakfast is an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast experience, and seeing Mickey Mouse himself dressed in his beachy best is a perfect way to start surfing your way through a fantastic day at the Disneyland Resort.

“You definitely get to have a full experience with our characters during the breakfast,” says PCH Grill Area Manager Stacey Edwards. “Every guest gets to see Mickey in our photo location when they come in, and while they’re eating, guests can even get up and dance with the characters!”

4. Closer to the magic

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Staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel puts you just steps away from all there is to do at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks and the Downtown Disney District. Plus, you’re surrounded by all the special Disney details that make the Disneyland Resort such a magical place to be – you never have to leave the Happiest Place on Earth until it’s time to go home!

5. Get shipwrecked at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

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Thirsty travelers over 21 years of age can order a Shipwreck on the Rocks or Krakatoa Punch at this tropical oasis at the Disneyland Hotel. But be careful, because the tiki gods might just create a fearsome lightning storm (complete with thunder and a sinking ship in a bottle) or cause a volcano eruption.

“We’re ex-skipper captains from the Jungle Cruise,” explains Bartender Roy Hanzal. “We kept wrecking the boats, so Trader Sam sent us over here to serve drinks to the guests instead.”

6. Kids have a getaway of their own

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Pinocchio’s Workshop offers supervised play and themed activities each evening for children (ages 5 – 12) of hotel guests, providing parents an opportunity to have their own adventures. This fun-filled child activity center is located at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa but is open to guests staying at any of the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

7. A ‘Signature’ experience

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While every guest room at a Disneyland Resort hotel includes special Disney touches, the six themed Signature Suites at the Disneyland Hotel fully immerse guests in the magic of Disneyland. From the replica of Davy Jones’ Dead Man’s Chest in the Pirates of the Caribbean Suite to a twinkling Tinker Bell turning on the lights of the Sleeping Beauty Castle model in the Fairy Tale Suite, it would take much longer than one night to see all the details in these extraordinary suites.

8. Something special for fitness fanatics

While a walk in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks is a great way to stay in shape during a vacation, a power walk before a park opens to the public is a special treat. The early-morning Get Up and Go Power Walk through Disney California Adventure Park and Fitness Fusion class at the outdoor fireplace at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are open to guests at all three hotels.

9. See more with a tour
The Happiest Hotel on Earth tour at the Disneyland Hotel teaches guests about the history and heritage of the hotel, while the Art of the Craft tour at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa shows the influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement on the hotel. These tours are complimentary and available on select days to all guests, including those not staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel, though reservations are encouraged.

10. Time for a bedtime story
Everyone loves a good story — and there’s nothing quite like having your own personal storyteller at bedtime. Guests cuddle up with blankets and gather in the rocking chairs around the stone fireplace in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to hear Tales from the Hearth. It’s a great way for the whole family to wind down after a day at the parks. But if you miss it, no fear: just turn to the designated channel on your TV at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels to hear Disney’s Princess Story Time. What better way to have sweet dreams?

Special thanks to my fellow cast member, Madeline Des Jardins, for providing these great tips!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 2nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we may have been chocked full of great Disney Parks Halloween stories but there were also some big updates to share with readers, including the announcement that Morimoto Asia and the BOATHOUSE dining experiences are coming to Disney Springs.

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Morimoto Asia will be Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first-ever pan-Asian restaurant featuring flavors from across the continent. This Disney Springs dining destination will include unique exhibition kitchens showcasing traditions like Peking duck carving, and dim sum when it opens in the Summer of 2015.

Also, another new concept dining experience, The BOATHOUSE, was announced for The Landing in Disney Springs. The BOATHOUSE will be an upscale, waterfront dining experience that’ll immerse guests both on land and on water when it opens in the Springs of 2015.

Check our Disney Springs update for more details on both dining experiences coming in 2015.

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Also, Disney Cruise Line announced that it’s tropical itineraries are getting an extra dose of pixie dust in 2016. The popular Caribbean ports Tortola and Martinique are being added to the destination lineup, and they’re returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico for another special season of Southern Caribbean sailings.

You can start booking early 2016 cruises now so go check out Jonathan’s original story for more details about the newest options.

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

Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Disney Parks Blog author George Savvas introduces a new photo series on the construction of Disneyland park.

Disney PhotoPass Service Simplifies Access to Walt Disney World Photos, Videos – Disney PhotoPass Service is making it even easier for you to collect memories at Walt Disney World Resort. Click through for more!

‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ for Magic Kingdom Park – Get all the details on this new holiday spectacular, starring all your favorite “Frozen” characters!

Dia de los Muertos at Disneyland Park – See the festive Dia de los Muertos display in Zocalo Park and hear the tradition explained by Disneyland Resort cast member, Norma.

Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel Debuts New Menu October 29 – Read about all the delectable items offered on the new menu, including a pan-roasted pork belly appetizer and a smoked filet mignon tartare.

Disney Cruise Line Joins the Instagram Fun – Ahoy from Instagram! We’re now sharing your Disney memories from out at sea!

1958 Photo: Walt Disney and the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park – See another rare photo of Walt, this time as a Jungle Cruise skipper.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: What a Halloween!

posted on November 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Our Halloween celebrations at Disney Parks around the world finally came to a grand finale last night, on October 31.

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From Mickey’s Halloween Party and Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park and Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Walt Disney World Resort, this year’s festivities had a lot of fun to offer guests. Be sure to click through the gallery above for a full look at the fun!

The pumpkin carvers at the Halloween Carnival in Disneyland park continued creating Disney Side-inspired masterpieces. Check out some of Paul Hiffmeyer’s favorites in this slideshow.

And now…it’s onto the holidays!

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Disneyland Resort Horses Star in Anaheim Halloween Parade

posted on October 31st, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


On Saturday, October 25, the city of Anaheim presented its 90th annual Halloween Parade. The Disneyland Resort was well-represented in the festivities by Disney Ambassador Sachiko White and Donald Duck, resplendent in his wizard costume. Pulling their carriage were two of Circle D Corral’s finest steeds. Take a look at our video, which shows the preparations necessary to get parade-ready as well as shots from the parade itself.

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Celebrate Halloween with a Disney Parks Blog ‘Light Painting’ Wallpaper

posted on October 31st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Earlier this week, we shared the latest in our series of amazing free hand “light painting” artwork in the air with colored LED penlights. The Halloween-inspired art was so popular, we’re sharing a special wallpaper created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers.

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

There are more great “light painting” images to see in our original post.

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Happy Halloween from Disneyland Park

posted on October 31st, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Happy Halloween! If you didn’t get a chance to visit Frontierland and enjoy the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, check out the amazing pumpkin carvers and see their fantastic creations in the slideshow below (these are some of my favorites). Which pumpkin is your favorite?

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