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New Merchandise to Rock Your Disney Side for 24 Hours at Disney Parks on May 23, 2014

posted on May 20th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m looking forward to spending more than 24 hours at Disney Parks on May 23 for the Rock Your Disney Side Party. Last year’s event was a blast, so I can’t wait to do it again. I’m already planning what I will be wearing (there are four costume options currently on the table). For those attending the event at Disney Parks, we will be offering a few specially designed merchandise items, such as a classic black ear hat with an embroidered event logo. Here is a look at a few additional options that you will find.

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I love the colorful Heroes and Villains artwork featuring Sorcerer Mickey, Maleficent and friends. This image with glow in the dark elements will be used on a T-shirt that also contains the Rock Your Disney Side event logo on the back. Guests at Disneyland Resort will also find a long-sleeved fleece option with this artwork. The Disney Parks online store will offer these T-shirts for seven days starting May 23 at http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.

A limited release pin will also contain the Heroes and Villains artwork. For guests in Florida, this pin will only be released at Disney’s Pin Traders in Downtown Disney Marketplace starting May 22 (it won’t be found at Magic Kingdom Park during the event). For guests in California, the pin will be released on May 23 in select locations at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park.

We’ve also added a fun glow baton this year that changes colors when activated (look for it on the glow carts during the event).

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Finally, I was happy to see that two delicious cupcakes will be offered during the event. Each one will have a chocolate disk with the aforementioned Heroes and Villains artwork.

Here are the best places to find these items on May 23 at Disney Parks.

Magic Kingdom Park

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  • Emporium, Disney Showcase, Pioneer Hall, The Star Trader (all items except cupcakes)
  • Main Street Mad Hatter, Newsstand (ear hat only)
  • Candy Palace (cupcakes only)

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Elias & Co. (all items except cupcakes)
  • Trolley Treats (cupcakes and pin only)

Downtown Disney District

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Shareable Kitchen Sink Sundae Now on More Menus at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort

posted on May 20th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Fans of the ginormous Kitchen Sink Sundae at Beaches & Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World Resort will be happy to know that the indulgent bowl of ice cream is now also a treat in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.

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At Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and Plaza Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A, you’ll find Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae in an adorable “sink” in the shape of Mickey’s red pants. Get ready to share – it’s hand-scooped chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream drizzled with hot fudge, strawberry and caramel topping and topped with chocolate and peanut butter chips, whipped cream, and, of course, a cherry or two. Grab a few spoons and dig in! Cost is $14.99 and it’s not on the Disney Dining Plan.

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That same sink, not nearly so full, is also on the menu at Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream at Disney California Adventure park. This version is vanilla ice cream drizzled with hot fudge and topped with chocolate chips and a cherry, served with two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Cost is $11.99.

The adorable red sink is yours to keep and carry home as a souvenir of your Disney indulgence, and Beaches & Cream now uses the same keepable sink.

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Special ‘World of Color’ Breakfast for Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 19th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


When “World of Color” starts at 3 a.m. on May 24 during the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour event, the breakfast – not dinner – package will be a great way to kick off your Memorial Day Weekend.

Special ‘World of Color’ Breakfast for Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event: Pastries at Wine Country Trattoria Special ‘World of Color’ Breakfast for Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event: Bananas Foster at Wine Country Trattoria

From 11:30 p.m. on May 23 to 1:30 a.m. on May 24, guests may enjoy breakfast at Wine Country Trattoria in Disney California Adventure park and receive access to reserved viewing for the special showing of the nighttime spectacular “World of Color” at 3 am. Breakfast starts with assorted pastries and also includes a choice of four entrees: the all-American breakfast of bacon and eggs($17.99); Bananas Foster French toast ($18.99); hot oatmeal and fresh fruit ($15.99), or steak and eggs ($22.99). For children, it’s pastries plus the all-American breakfast ($10.99), a smaller portion of Bananas Foster French toast ($11.49) or a breakfast slider ($9.99).

Add a non-alcoholic specialty juice ($4.99) – the Ginger Peach Bubble with white peach juice, orange juice and ginger ale; the Raspberry Sparkle with raspberry puree and sparkling apple cider, or the Bacon Mary with hickory-smoked tomato juice and a special blend of spices topped with a crisp slice of bacon.

Special ‘World of Color’ Breakfast for Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event: Seashell Symphony with Bacon at Ariel's Grotto Special ‘World of Color’ Breakfast for Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event: Muesli at Ariel's Grotto

A “World of Color” breakfast package is also available at Ariel’s Grotto from 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., offering their regular breakfast menu and reserved viewing for the 3 a.m. showing of “World of Color.”

Tip: There are no reservations for either location, it’s walk-up only.

Throughout the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour event, Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will be filled with great Disney Heroes and Villains, with events showcasing the good vs. evil of classic Disney stories including character meet-and-greets, special entertainment, event merchandise and food and beverage offerings. Plus there will be plenty of surprises throughout the 24 hours.

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Carpool to the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event on May 23 for Special Incentives at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 19th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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This is the week! Our Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event is almost here. Today I’ve got a special message for those planning to drive to the Disneyland Resort on May 23.

On May 23, you’ll have more reasons than using the HOV lane to carpool. During the “Rock Your Disney Side” 24-hour event, we will offer the following incentives for cars with four or more passengers who are parking at a Disneyland Resort parking lot:

  • All guests and Annual Passholders without pre-paid parking will receive a discounted parking rate of $8 (for a standard vehicle) when arriving with four or more passengers.
  • Annual Passholders with pre-paid parking will receive one voucher per vehicle for one free popcorn scoop and one bottled beverage, redeemable at any Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park outdoor vending cart. At least one passenger in the vehicle must be a valid Annual Passholder with pre-paid parking privileges.
  • All Annual Passholders and their passengers can also receive a special Toy Story commuter button. At least one passenger in the vehicle must be a valid Annual Passholder. And don’t be late – button quantity is limited and will be given while supplies last!

Remember – each car must contain at least four passengers, oversize vehicles are not eligible for a carpool discount, parking is subject to capacity and these benefits are subject to restrictions or change without notice. Start finding your carpool buddies now, and come Rock Your Disney Side with us on May 23!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on May 18th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we celebrated the launch of Star Wars Weekends 2014 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with new themed header images as well as stories featuring this year’s artwork, gift cards and merchandise at Darth’s Mall. We also shared a special look at a Darth Vader cupcake consumed by the dark side in the pastry display case.

If you enjoyed our Darth Vader cupcake video, check out the behind-the-scenes look at how we did it.

Star Wars Weekends takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 16 – June 15, 2014. Most event activities are included in regular theme park admission.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets On Sale Now Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets On Sale Now

Also this week, tickets for our holiday parties went on sale at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a hard-ticket event that allows you to enjoy Magic Kingdom Park attractions, special Halloween-themed entertainment (parade and fireworks), the Disney Villains Mix & Mingle stage show, special character meet and greets, trick-or-treating throughout the park and much more.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties offer up holiday cheer in November and December, including lights on Cinderella Castle and other amazing holiday decor, a special holiday parade and fireworks, exclusive entertainment, Santa Claus sightings and more.

You can purchase tickets now for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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

Handy-Dandy Guide to Disneyland Resort Eats You’ll Only Find at Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event on May 23 – Learn about all the special food offerings available during the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event at Disneyland Resort.

More ‘Frozen’ Fun at Disneyland Park This Summer – Look for Olaf, Anna and Elsa in a special pre-parade each day at Disneyland park, appearing just ahead of performances of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade!

Five Things You Might Have Missed in Adventureland at Disneyland Park – See some of often overlooked parts of Adventureland at Disneyland park. Do you have a favorite hidden detail?

Goofy’s Glaciers Climb to the Top of Frozen Treats at Disneyland Resort – Cool off with this frozen treat, available in Cherry or Blue Raspberry flavor!

Creating Art for Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Take a look at these fun photos created for Star Wars Weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

PHOTOS – Darth’s Mall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends 2014 – Check out some of the intergalactic merchandise now available during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Five Hawaiian Expressions to Know for Your Visit to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Ready for your trip to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? Here are five useful phrases to use during your stay.

Experience Majestic Views of the Grand Canyon with Adventures by Disney – Discover the beauty of Grand Canyon National Park and Arches National Park, raft the Colorado River or take a four-wheel drive adventure. Click through for details!

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Magnificent ‘Maleficent’ Merchandise Debuts at Disney Parks

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you prepared to see Walt Disney Studios’ “Maleficent” in theatres starting May 30? Here’s your first look at some of the film inspired merchandise hitting store shelves this week at Disney Parks to help get you ready! To give you a little bit of background on the film, “Maleficent,” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the animated classic, “Sleeping Beauty,” revealing the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse Princess Aurora … only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the kingdom.

The photo-real film-inspired fashion T-shirts for women are bound to be an instant hit. Tip: To complete your outfit, rock any of the shirts with a pair of black, charcoal gray, or purple skinny jeans and a few simple accessories.

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You’ll find the T-shirts along with other character and film inspired apparel, accessories, books, dolls, novelty headwear and headbands at select locations throughout the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts starting May 16. Definitely keep an eye out for this next headband set to debut later this month – the horns actually glow!

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A few additional cool finds include the D-Tech Maleficent iPhone 5 and 5S case, debuting May 17, as well as a limited edition opening day pin, debuting May 30.

‘Maleficent’ Phone Case Coming to Disney Parks ‘Maleficent’ Pin Coming to Disney Parks

So when and where can you find it? Most of the product will debut on May 16 at the following locations:

Disneyland Resort

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Here are a few other things you don’t want to miss!

Are you ready to rock your “Maleficent” “Disney Side”?

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Entertainment to Rock Your Disney Side All Night Long at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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We’re just about a week away from our next big 24-hour celebration, where you can Rock Your Disney Side all day and all night! Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will each be open from 6 a.m. May 23 through 6 a.m. May 24, and they’re all going to be bursting with so much fun, you’ll never stop rockin’!

At Disneyland Resort, it all starts with a big kick-off in the Esplanade between the two parks. Then, throughout the day, you’ll be able to enjoy most of your favorite characters and shows, with some special surprises just for this event!

At Disneyland Park:

  • Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
  • The Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland will host the Avengers Super Hero Movie Marathon throughout the day and night, presenting “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger”!
  • You can catch “Fantasmic!” at 9 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and the “Magical” fireworks spectacular at 9:25 p.m.
  • After the fireworks, come celebrate in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, where a DJ will be spinning tunes for everyone until 5 a.m.
  • Royal Swing Ball presents a live band in the Royal Theatre at Fantasy Faire from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Stop by the Tomorrowland Terrace for a live band in the evening and a late night Rock Your Disney Side Dance Party that lasts until 5 a.m.

There’s even more fun to be had over at Disney California Adventure Park:

  • You can enjoy live music throughout the day and night at the Paradise Garden Bandstand, with performances scheduled from 11:55 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
  • Extra performances are planned for “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” at 9:30 a.m. and “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” at 7:55 p.m.
  • Muppets Theater plays host to sing-along screenings of the Academy Award-winning film, “Frozen,” starting at 11:30 a.m. And don’t forget to check out the sneak peek of “Maleficent” in the Bug’s Life Theater.
  • World of Color” will be presented on Paradise Bay at 9:45 p.m. and again at 3 a.m.
  • Head on down to Pacific Wharf from 10:30 p.m. – 5 a.m. for The Wharf Dance Party.
  • Mad T Party adds some spice to the night. You can rock ‘n’ roll your Disney Side with the Mad T Party Band and White Rabbit DJ, from 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.

So whether you choose Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park—or both!—to express your Disney Side, you’re in for a rockin’ good time at Disneyland Resort!

Keep checking back here on Disney Parks Blog. I’ll have details soon on all the Rock Your Disney Side fun happening at Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort Now On Snapchat

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Today, we’re excited to announce a new way to connect with us – on the photo-sharing service Snapchat. If you haven’t used it yet, it’s easy to get started. We’ve created a quick guide showing exactly how to add Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort to your list of Snapchat friends.

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Go follow us now to see our snaps and check back on Friday, May 23 during our Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour parties for our Snapchat coverage of the event.

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Show Your #DisneySide By Creating Your Own Digital Disney Stick Figures

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


What does your family’s Disney Side look like?

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You now have the chance to create your own Disney Stick Figures that show the Disney Side of just about everyone in the family. Visit this site to select different family members, add accessories and choose costumes that show their unique Disney Parks tastes. Add a family name or caption and you’re done!

From here you can share your graphic on social channels, download the image or order a decal (limit one per household). Have fun!

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More ‘Frozen’ Fun at Disneyland Park This Summer

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


UPDATE 6/5/14: The special “Frozen” pre-parade will begin Friday, June 13, prior to Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland park.

In Disney’s Academy Award-winning hit “Frozen,” lovable snowman Olaf dreams of what it would be like in summer, longing for warm breezes and sunny blue skies. Well, this summer at Disneyland park, he’ll be one happy snowman, as he finally has the chance to find out!

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Olaf will be part of a special pre-parade each day, appearing just ahead of performances of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. And of course, Anna and Elsa will be there, too! Queen Elsa has created a magical parade float of snow and ice and will be greeting everyone along the parade route, as Olaf and Princess Anna frolic in the snow.

Look for your favorite “Frozen” friends from Arendelle when this special pre-parade begins at Disneyland park in mid-June!

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