We’re gearing up for a big weekend here at the Disneyland Resort! The runDisney 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry, begins today and runs through Sunday, May 10. Whether you’re lacing up for one of the races, supporting one of the many athletes flying through the course or following along at home, you can bring the magic of our favorite fairy right to your desktop with our newest wallpaper. Click on the image below to choose the correct size for your desktop or mobile device.
Race to Download Our New Tinker Bell Wallpaper Inspired by Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort
posted on May 7th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
posted on May 7th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
We’ve been exploring some of the innovations that Disneyland has seen through its sixty-year history, from the idea of the park itself to the invention of Audio-Animatronics technology. Today, let’s jump ahead to the 1970s and the introduction of what would become one of the most beloved parades in the history of Disney Parks.
The Main Street Electrical Parade was unlike any parade that had come before it, with “thousands of sparkling lights and electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds.” Actually, the parade featured more than half a million sparkling lights, with more than 500 miles of wiring, and used an electronic synthesizer, giving it a unique and distinctly recognizable sound. Even to this day, anyone familiar with the parade gets a rush of nostalgia with just a few notes of the iconic “Baroque Hoedown.”
The parade made its debut on June 17, 1972, and went on to evolve and grow throughout its decades-long run, with new floats like the 108-foot-long “Honor America” finale, added in 1979, and a reproduction of Sleeping Beauty Castle to celebrate of the 25th anniversary of Disneyland. It has delighted guests around the world at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland.
The evolution of nighttime parades continues at Disneyland park with the debut of “Paint the Night” on May 22. This next iteration of the iconic electrical parade takes the innovation even further, with with more than 1.5 million individually controlled lights, nearly all of which will be energy-efficient LED lights.
2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Merchandise Flies in for Mother’s Day Weekend at the Disneyland Resort
posted on May 6th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
Pixie Power is in the air! Can you feel it? We went inside Pixie Hollow to bring you all the details on the runDisney 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry, which is just days away, May 7–10 at the Disneyland Resort. You won’t believe the selection of merchandise this year. So let’s get started!
Themed Tinker Bell Half Marathon apparel will include the ever-popular “I Did It” T-shirt, performance shirts, a tank, shorts, fleece hoodie and of course, the ladies zip jacket. One of my favorite features on this collection is the clever saying “Tink Happy Thoughts” and the screened floral wings that appear on the back of several items. It certainly makes me feel as if I could fly to the finish line.
Tinker Bell 5K fans will have some extra support this year from the Lost Boys, while the “I Did It” Tinker Bell 10K fans will be filled with pixie power.
Are you participating in the Inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge? Short- and long-sleeve T-shirts, performance wear, a tank, fleece hoodie and ladies jacket have made the list of this particular spirited sprite. Take a look!
Other items to race in for include the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend shirt and jacket, runDisney and Coast-to-Coast merchandise, hats, magnets, clings, pins, headbands, special artist sketches and an array of drinkware. Here’s a look at the water bottles, tumbler, glass stemware and mug, in case you’re thirsty for more.
What about Dooney & Bourke? Don’t despair, Tinker Bell fans! The satchel, backpack, letter carrier and wristlet are sure to make your heart soar.
So get a jump on your shopping list and be ready when the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo takes flight beginning Thursday, May 7, at the Disneyland Hotel.
To all of you participating in the race, I wish you all the best of luck with a touch of pixie dust!
posted on May 6th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
I have exciting news for Disney pin collectors! Starting May 14, we will release the first Disney Park Pack – Trading Edition on the Disney Parks online store. This Online exclusive box of pins includes a limited edition 500 pin that is only available in the Disney Park Pack, as well as two open edition pins guests will receive before they are available in locations at Disney Parks.
“We wanted a way for guests to continue collecting unique Disney pins before or after their Disney vacation,” explained Jeanne Lewis, merchandiser for Disney pins. “I love that the Disney Park Pack will contain a low edition size pin which is something we know guests love collecting. We included two open edition pins to give guests some additional trading power.”
Jeanne told me the limited edition pins are part of a series and may include characters from animated features or attractions at Disney Parks. The limited edition pins will also have two embellishments (like pin-on-pin or special fills) making them a great collectible item.
I tried to get a sneak preview of the pins but she said the Disney Park Pack pins will be a mystery each month.
A new Disney Park Pack will be released on the first Thursday of every month. Retail price at introduction is $39.95 and includes shipping. Due to the unique nature of this item, there are no refunds, exchanges or returns.
For more information, please visit DisneyStore.com/ParkPack.
posted on May 6th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
May is National Salad Month (who knew?). One of our favorite ways to eat is with a big bowl of deliciousness that doesn’t always involve romaine.
Here are 10 of our favorite salads from the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Salad bars don’t count – we love the ways the chefs create a taste sensation with a little bit of this and that.
At Disneyland Resort:
- “Smiling Tiger Salad” at Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. What’s not to love about Chef Andrew Sutton’s tempura fried lobster, spicy beef, Asian greens and a drizzle of coconut-lime vinaigrette?
- Relax over lunch with the Roasted Chicken and Strawberry Salad at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure park, a mélange of warm asparagus, avocado, arugula, toasted ancient grains and roasted chicken breast filled with strawberry butter.
- Also at Disney California Adventure park, we discovered the Greek Salad at Paradise Garden Grill – grab a seat in the shade and dig in to this generous bowl of greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, pepperoncinis, marinated olive and feta flavored with a lemon-oregano dressing and pita bread for scooping. You might want to share.
- Over at Disneyland park, a longtime favorite is the Caesar at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante. This is the real deal, as the Caesar was invented in Mexico City – though a staple in Italian restaurants, the Caesar generally is attributed to Caesar Cardini, an Italian who created the salad at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, where it became a hit with Hollywood stars. Rancho serves the Hacienda Caesar, romaine tossed, sweet peppers and cotija cheese in housemade dressing with pepitas seeds, radishes and crisp tortilla chips. Top it with grilled chicken or carne asada.
At Walt Disney World Resort:
- Heading to the East Coast, The Plaza Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort has an entrée salad that’s never left the menu – the chicken strawberry salad with greens, grilled chicken breast, cucumbers, fresh strawberries and gorgonzola tossed in a lightly sweet white zinfandel vinaigrette. A classic.
- Over at Sunshine Seasons at Epcot, try the trendy Power Salad – a bowlful of protein with quinoa, oak-fired chicken, almonds and honey vinaigrette. You’ll have plenty of energy to power walk World Showcase Promenade.
- Quinoa is the star of another favorite at ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – the Couscous Quinoa & Arugula Salad, tossed to order. We top it with grilled salmon for extra protein and Omega 3s.
- Also at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, who doesn’t love the Cobb Salad at The Hollywood Brown Derby? Chopped delightfully small and tossed tableside, it’s a classic with ham, bacon, turkey breast, egg, tomatoes, blue cheese, avocado and chives, all mixed with dressing still made from the original recipe when the salad was invented in Hollywood in the 1930s.
- Delightfully different is the Jiko Salad at Jiko—The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. A lovely plate of poached pears, heirloom spinach, kabocha squash in a pear vinaigrette topped with a brittle of pumpkin seeds and black lentils. Instagram worthy.
- And finally, another longtime favorite we always have to order: the Crispy Rock Shrimp Salad at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This one stays on the menu, though Chef Brian Piasecki may mix up the ingredients. Right now it’s crispy rock shrimp (a Florida delicacy) with spicy baby greens, Subarashii pear, red onions, soy reduction and addictive wasabi cream. You won’t want to share this one.
posted on May 6th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
When the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kicks off May 22, you’re invited to take a trip down the Rabbit Hole and experience the Diamond Mad T Party, a splendiferous new version of the popular nighttime entertainment experience at Disney California Adventure park. Diamond Mad T Party will feature heart-pounding live entertainment, interactive fun and delectable delights all wrapped in sparkling décor and seasoned with some unique tributes to 60 years of Disneyland Resort.
During the Diamond Mad T Party, the main stage explodes in a swirling kaleidoscope of sparkle, shine and sound. The Mad Hatter has assembled the most amazing and talented band this side of Wonderland, featuring live contemporary and classic rock favorites as well as newly mashed-up Disney tunes given a rare Mad T Party twist! And when the band is not onstage, the White Rabbit DJ takes over and plays the latest and hottest dance tunes around.
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, our whimsical and mischievous hosts for the party, have taken a trip down the Rabbit Hole and back in time, where they found themselves inside the magical Disney Vault. Eager to share where they have been and what they have seen, Dee and Dum have loaded their trunk and brought back some fanciful artifacts to add to the Hatter’s Diamond Mad T Party!
Nearby at the House of Cards, Mad T Party guests have opportunities aplenty to dance and play along to interactive activities or just chill out with a cold drink from the Drink Me Bar or Chiller truck. New this go ‘round is a fantastical photo location created in the spirit of the Diamond Mad T Party while paying tribute to Disney past.
In addition, fans of the Hottest Deck in Town will be dealt an extremely lucky hand, as the Hollywood Backlot Stage becomes the dazzling new location for this talented dance crew. They will be bringing their high-energy and infectious performances to the party with a brand new look on their brand new stage.
So get practicing your Futterwacken and other dance moves. We’re just a couple weeks away from all the muchness that will be the sparklingly, spectacularly delightful Diamond Mad T Party!
Disney’s 60th KaBOOM! Playground, Largest to Date, Built in Anaheim in Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Disneyland Resort
posted on May 5th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Last weekend, we built Disney’s 60th – and largest – KaBOOM! playground nationwide at Twila Reid Park in Anaheim, Calif., in honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. The playground is inspired by drawings created by kids in the Anaheim Achieves after-school program, and includes a disc golf course, a zip line, horseshoe pits, a giant “fun web” and, of course, swings and slides!
Disney VoluntEAR Shira Wolf was one of more than 700 volunteers who installed the playground in eight hours. She told us, “KaBOOM! playground builds are my favorite Disney VoluntEARS events because they are so much fun and give us a chance to come out and be active with the kids and families in our community. I love it!”
In addition to Disney VoluntEARS, organizers from KaBOOM! and volunteers from the Anaheim Family YMCA, city of Anaheim, the Corporate Volunteer Council of Orange County and Anaheim residents helped build Disney’s eighth KaBOOM! playground in Orange County, Calif. They also installed more than 20 benches, painted three murals and planted several trees.
Since 2007, Disney has been committed to creating playgrounds where children and families can play together and be active. This commitment is an extension of our Disney Magic of Healthy Living, an initiative designed to help parents raise healthy, happy kids and make healthier lifestyles fun. By the end of 2015, Disney’s support will bring the magic of play to more than 83,000 children and families across the country!
posted on May 5th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
If you’ve wandered down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park recently, you may have noticed some of the windows along the front of the Emporium are covered. What is going on behind those blue curtains, you ask? Today, I’m excited to tell you!
The beloved Main Street animated windows will come to life once again for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration as Main Street Enchanted Windows. Since the early 1960s, scenes from Disney animated classics have been featured in the windows of the Emporium at Disneyland park. This year, for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, these classic windows will be updated with new, exciting technology and effects. Take a look behind the scenes of the creation of these windows with John Gritz, Creative Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, in the video below!
There will be a total of six Main Street Enchanted Windows. The first two, featuring the stories of “Peter Pan” and “Cinderella,” will be unveiled in May, followed by “Frozen” and “The Princess and the Frog” in July, and “Toy Story” and “Aladdin” in August.
The Main Street Enchanted Windows are just another way the Disneyland Resort continues to delight guests in ways both big and small … from our new nighttime spectaculars and the addition of new magic to classic attractions, to special details that catch your eye as you stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. See it all for yourself when the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22!
posted on May 5th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
Disney Tails, a new line of pet products for dogs, will be coming to Disney Parks this spring. You may recall a sneak preview of these items during the dog days of summer last August. I recently caught up with the Souvenirs department at Disney Theme Park Merchandise to get a first look.
Guests will find several colorful leashes with matching collars that give a slight nod to Mickey Mouse. There will also be a personalized dog tag that comes with easy-to-apply letters and numbers.
Other items will include a collection of toys inspired by Mickey and Minnie Mouse and iconic food from Disney Parks. The Mickey Premium ice cream bar looks so real that I wanted to eat it.
The team produced a handful of apparel items including bow ties, neck ties and a collection of bandanas. I particularly liked the scarf featuring Dug from Disney-Pixar’s “Up” (Squirrel!!). There are also some Pirates of the Caribbean authentic bandanas containing new artwork being introduced this year.
To round out the assortment, there will be four dog bowls each with embossed Mickey Mouse icons.
Look for select items on the Disney Parks online store at http://www.DisneyParks.com/Store.
posted on May 4th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney
“All it takes is faith and trust. Oh! And something I forgot. Dust! Yep, just a little bit of Pixie Dust.” – Peter Pan
Get your fairy wings ready for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry and show your Disney Side with these fairy-inspired looks.
New Balance’s newest addition to their Limited Edition runDisney Collection is the Fresh Foam Boracay inspired by Tinker Bell shoe. Be one of the first to fly away with your own pair at the runDisney Health & Expo.
To go along with the new Tink-inspired kicks, check out these fairy looks from Leslie Kay of DisneyBound to help fly you to the finish line at during your race.
First is the star of the weekend – sweet and sassy Tinker Bell’s look showcases her own personalized shoes with wings and different shades of green to fit her fun charisma.
Fawn is an Animal Talent fairy, which is why the sunny color palette from Champion helps bring out her loving personality.
And finally, Garden Fairy Rosetta can embrace exactly who she is in her pink color palette.
Good luck to all participants during Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend. In my next post, I will share some of my favorite fairy-inspired outfits from the weekend as well as bring these looks to life at Disneyland Resort!
Share your outfits with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TinkHalf!
Check out NBvirtualqueue.com to find out how to get your Fresh Foam Boracay inspired by Tinker Bell.