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It’s Friday the 13th: Happy Villaintine’s Day!

posted on February 13th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We like to have a little fun the day before Valentine’s Day and celebrate our love of the Disney villains on our own holiday on February 13 that we like to call Villaintine’s Day! You’ll see that our logo has temporarily changed (thanks to the help of Maleficent). You’ll also see that our day’s header images now showcase the mischief of Gaston, Ursula and other baddies you can spot at Disney Parks.

Friday the 13th Mischief Is Bi-Coastal at Disney Parks During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

Why celebrate villains? Well, without them, we’d have no Disney heros, right? Think about it. Would Simba have realized his inner strength without battling Scar? Would Ariel have met Prince Eric again without the help of Ursula’s magic? And let’s be honest, it’s just fun to see Peter Pan and Captain Hook battle back and forth. Disney villains add so much to Disney films and they’re equally fun to meet in person at our parks.

Is seeing a Disney villain a must-do for you when visiting our parks? Which one? Tell us in the comments section below!

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February 13 – It’s Villaintine’s Day!

posted on February 13th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


It’s Friday the 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day, and take a look at our banner below! What happened?! It looks like today has been taken over as “Villaintines Day?!.” I get a dreadful feeling that if I don’t share ideas about expressing your “Villain side,” there could be trouble! So for all our Villain’s at heart, it looks like this post is for you. And if you took the “Discover Your Disney Side” quiz and your loved one wants to be “the fairest of them all”, or would rather bring out the “beast” in those around them then this is for you too!

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Oh, how villains just loathe the thought of love during this time of year! In fact, just this morning I overheard “someone” talking under their breath about how they despise all those “goodie-goodies” giving lovey-dovey tokens of affection. “It’s all about indulging in the pleasures of life,” they said. “After all, who has time for relationships when one can take time for themselves, enjoying life to its fullest!”

So, for those looking to create a Disney villain “sanctuary” after a full day in the park, take heed.

At Walt Disney World Resort, start with a dramatic gift for the queen in your life with Roses to Die For. This arrangement is the perfect haunting mix of dark roses, twisted willow and spooky spider webs. Add to the malevolent ambiance with a surprise that lets you toast to a happily “evil” after with A Disney Villains Indulgence. Now you can indulge in your villainous side by sipping sparkling berry juice in exclusive black goblets while enjoying delectable chocolate truffles in exquisite flavors representing the essence of our wicked women. The magic continues with a one-of-a-kind keepsake: an exclusive matted illustration by Disney artist Charles Wissig, featuring our evil ladies and their esteemed signatures.

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So, here’s your chance to channel your inner Disney villain. When visiting Walt Disney World Resort, amaze your loved one by preparing a villain “sanctuary” featuring “heart stopping” surprises. Simply visit our Heroes & Villains page or call a Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT (939-4438). When visiting Disneyland Resort check out the Disneyland Roses to Die For or call a Dream Maker at 714-781-GIFT(4438).

And be sure to tune in tomorrow, where I’ll be wrapping up these 14 Days of Love with a surprise that’ll be sure to “melt” your heart.

By the way, it seems as if these villainous influences are starting to rub off on me. There’s a mirror on my wall … and for some reason I feel the need to ask it a question …

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Training the Horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park: Duke Prepares for His Debut – Part One

posted on February 12th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


In two previous Disney Parks Blog videos, you’ve seen Duke, one of the newest Circle D horses, doing ground work exercises and ground driving training backstage.

Now I’m happy to share with you the first of a three-part series showing Duke’s preparations to pull the street car on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. In this segment, Equine Trainer Cindy Moser explains the foundation for Main Street training, and you’ll see Duke experience his new working environment for the first time.

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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: See What’s in Store!

posted on February 11th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Who doesn’t enjoy a little retail therapy? This particular ‘window’ shopping trip shouldn’t cost you a thing – unless, of course, you are planning a visit to one of our many parks or resorts around the world. Take a look at some of the exciting new offerings and what our resident experts had to share.

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Traveling to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? Keep an eye out for the Dated 2015 collection at Kalepa’s Store. This year’s playful art featuring signature characters and icons lends itself to an array of items including adult and kid’s tees, souvenirs, mugs and ornaments that are easy to pack. Travelers Tip: If your trip is booked for later this spring, keep watching the Disney Parks Blog. I will be releasing details on several new collections set to debut this April which are guaranteed to make a splash! Now, off to Hong Kong Disneyland!

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“We invite you to spread cheer and happiness this year,” said Fion Lai, “and celebrate Chinese New Year with us at Hong Kong Disneyland.” You’ll find special themed merchandise including apparel, plush (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Duffy the Disney Bear and ShellieMay), festive candy boxes and biscuits as well as Disney-themed Lai See red packets and Fai Chun. Let’s keep traveling – next stop: Tokyo Disney Resort!

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Our family and friends at Tokyo Disney Resort have cooked up something special as they celebrate a Sweet Duffy event through March 20, 2015. “This unique celebration is a recipe for success, says Director of Merchandise,” Gary LaTouche. “Our Disney fans love Duffy the Disney Bear, ShellieMay and Gelatoni, we have found that they can ‘bear’ly contain their excitement for some of the new offerings including plush, accessories, cooking essentials and sweet treats.” Where to next? How about Disneyland Paris?

Disneyland Paris Product Developer Regis Alart shared details with us about several new collections that have been added to Art on Demand at Disneyland Paris. “Some of my favorites include the Theatrical Mickey Mouse posters, reminiscent of the Fantasyland attraction, Meet Mickey Mouse,” Regis explains, “as well as the Circus inspired pieces designed for the Disney & Co. boutique on Main Street, U.S.A.; ‘Frozen’ and Disneyland Paris character art, designed by members of our merchandise art department.”

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How does Art on Demand work? It’s easy! Simply find a kiosk (available at select art/collectible locations) and peruse the selections until you find what you’re looking for. Categories include characters, attractions, concept drawings and pieces by various Disney and Disney-inspired artists. Next, select the size and medium (canvas or paper), make your payment and within two to three weeks it will be delivered straight to your home.

Art on Demand is currently available at Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort. Tip: Fans of Marc Davis and “Frozen,” you’ll be glad to know … selections from Snow Queens – Art of Ice exhibit (currently on display in The Disney Gallery) are now available at the Disneyland Resort!

Where would you travel to?

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Simba & Nala

posted on February 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Could there be a more adorable couple of cubs than Simba and Nala from “The Lion King”? It sure looks like they’re lovestruck in this new desktop/mobile wallpaper design by artist Leo Cardoso.

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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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Get Ready to Sing, Dance and Celebrate Gospel in Disneyland Park on February 21

posted on February 11th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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In recognition of Black History Month, 16 guest choirs representing nine Southern California cities will lift their voices at the sixth annual Celebrate Gospel at the Disneyland Resort.

For the first time, performances will take place inside Disneyland park at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree from noon to approximately 8 p.m. on February 21, and are included with theme park admission.

Participating choirs have a rich history within the community and several have been featured as talent in national television shows and recording projects. Come share their passion for gospel music!

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Date: Saturday, February 21
Location: Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, Disneyland park

Times:
Noon – 3:30 p.m.

  • Moreno Valley College Gospel Singers (Moreno Valley)
  • Rock Boy Fresh (Rancho Cucamonga)
  • Ty Snow & Xtreme Purpose (Pasadena)
  • Amazing Gospel Choir (Los Angeles)
  • Angelic Choir (Hawthorne)
  • New Generation Choir (Tustin)
  • Voices of the Word (Moreno Valley)
  • Spiritual Truth (Tustin)

4:10 – 7:40 p.m.

  • LA Inner City Mass Choir (Inglewood)
  • Project Purpose (Los Angeles)
  • Christian Community Center (Los Angeles)
  • Divine Deliverance Ministries Mass Choir (Los Angeles)
  • Lorenzo Johnson & Prazium (Los Angeles)
  • Greater LA Cathedral Choir (Long Beach)
  • Friendship Mass Choir (Yorba Linda)
  • Destiny 24 (Los Angeles)

Schedule subject to change.

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Day 11 – Valentine Ideas that Express Your Affection

posted on February 11th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Looking for ideas to express your inner Prince Charming this Valentine’s Day?

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Then this post is for you. As part of our 14 Days of Love series, today I’ll be sharing how you can create a Disney magical moment for your loved one while at Disney Parks. If you’re celebrating at home, some of the ideas I’ll be sharing can be modulated a bit using a little creativity and local resources. But, if you’re wondering what this series is all about, check out the Discover your Disney Side quiz to learn more.

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The easiest way to create a Disney magical moment for your loved one is to tie-in their favorite Disney story or character with your gift, card message and delivery location. Below are some ideas featuring a variety of Disney-themed rose bouquets and gifts for couples, dads and families. But again, for our friends at home, you can modulate these ideas with the help of your local florist and embellishments they may have for traditional gifts.

Let’s get started!

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1. The Disney Dozen – red roses

  • Magical insight: 13 long stemmed red roses featuring one pixie-dusted wishing rose.
  • Card message idea: “Pixie dust was sprinkled on this bouquet to create a magical wish just for you.”
  • Disney delivery location: Deliver to resort room on Valentine’s Day for surprise at end of the day creating magical wish activity.
  • Park availability: Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

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2. A Magical Wish – Romance Your Love

  • Magical insight: A gifting experience that includes a heart-warming note, sparkling wand and Swarovski crystal bracelet, offering a magical wish, granted by you!
  • Card message idea: “I didn’t want to wait till the last petal fell to let you know I love you.”
  • Delivery location: Send to a romantic Disney dining location for delivery to your table before dessert.
  • Park availability: Walt Disney World Resort
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    3. A Disney Dozen – Princess Pink (great idea for Dad)

    • Magical insight: Princess-themed long stemmed pink rose design with sparkling accents
    • Card message idea: “I didn’t want to wait till the clock struck 12 to let you know how much you’re loved. Love, Your Prince Charming, Dad.”
    • Delivery idea: Snap a photo of you and your little sweetheart in the room, with the bouquet, so she can remember the moment for years to come.
    • Park availability: Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

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    4. The Valentine’s Collection – Grand Family Celebration

    • Magical insight: Gift for family expressing love for Mom while providing treats and goodies for rest of the gang.
    • Card message idea: “Let’s create “sweet” memories this Valentine’s Day while at the place where dreams come true.”
    • Delivery idea: Send to the resort on Valentine’s “Eve” since the family will be in the park most of the holiday.
    • Park availability: Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

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    5. A Wish Come True – two day romantic experience (my personal favorite)

    • Magical insight: Surprise a loved one at your resort with roses on Valentine’s eve and an unexpected romantic second night wish and surprise on Valentine’s Day.
    • Card message idea 1st night: “An expression of my affection on Valentine’s “Eve” so you’re one of the first to know how much you’re loved.”
    • Card message idea 2nd night: “On Valentine’s Day, I saved the best for last. A magical wish awaits just for you.”
    • Park availability: Walt Disney World Resort only. However for Disneyland, you can send roses on the first day and the 2nd day, Mickey and Minnie with Love- In Room Celebration.

    So, if you’re celebrating the holiday while at the parks, we can help. You can visit our Walt Disney World, DisneyFloralandGifts.com Valentine’s page and order online, or speak with a Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT. If visiting Disneyland, visit our DisneyFloralandGifts.com Valentine’s page to order online, or speak with a Dream Maker at 714-781-GIFT.

    Now here’s your chance to share input. Would you vote to let us know which magical moment you like best? In tomorrow’s post I’ll share the results as well as some new “engaging” ideas I’d like to “propose.” In fact, you’ll want to stay tuned to watch a real-life fairy tale proposal that took the bride-to-be by surprise, so much so that she said no! You’ll have to see what happened! #Disney14DaysofLove


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February Brings Sweet Valentine’s Surprises from the Candy Kitchens at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 10th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you unsure about what to get your Valentine this February 14? Our Disneyland Resort candy makers have been hard at work trying to make your gift-finding job a little easier.

Our candy makers’ top pick is an apple dipped in caramel, enrobed in milk chocolate, decorated with pink sanding sugar, candy-coated chocolate polka dots and adorned with a pink bow. What a treat for any Valentine.

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Of course, you can’t go wrong with our gourmet apple of the month, Black Forest. Sinfully delicious, the apple has been dipped in creamy caramel and dark chocolate, adorned in almonds and sweet cherries and drizzled on top with milk chocolate.

Looking for something a bit sweeter? Other sweet selections for you to choose from include white, milk and dark chocolate-dipped strawberries, a marshmallow wand and krispy treat.

Find all of these delicious sweets now at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

What are you getting your Valentine?

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Create a Big Birthday Celebration with 14 Days of Love

posted on February 10th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


“Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear…” well, you know the rest. We all know this song as the anthem to a very special day! A day filled with laughter, love and celebration. But can you imagine celebrating your special day at the place where dreams come true? For those of you who’d love a birthday celebration at Walt Disney World or the Disneyland Resort, you’re going to love this! And according to the “Discover Your Disney Side” quiz, if your loved one is fun, enthusiastic, sweet, kind, loyal or your best pal, then read on because this post is also for you! If you’re just joining us and wondering what the excitement is all about, check out our introduction post to this year’s Disney 14 Days of Love and take the quiz!

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One of the most popular requests we receive from guests is, “Can Mickey come to our resort room to wish my child a Happy Birthday?” So our creative team took on the challenge and designed a birthday celebration experience that felt just as if Mickey and the gang came to your Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort room! Imagine this: you just celebrated your child’s birthday with a full day in the parks. As you return to your Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort room, you notice a “Happy Birthday” banner hanging on your door. When you open the door, you see that your resort room is filled with surprises left by Mickey and the rest of the Fab 5, all in celebration of your child’s birthday! Imagine the jaw-dropping memory you’ll create.

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With Mickey and Pals Big Birthday Wish at Walt Disney World and Mickey and Friends Birthday Bash at the Disneyland Resort, every member of the Disney Fab 5 brought goodies and surprises to create a one-of-a-kind surprise in celebration of their special birthday! Mickey Mouse made sure to bring essential birthday party items including birthday ears and balloons. And in true Minnie fashion, that sweet mouse brought a delicious candy cake. Goofy, Donald and Pluto also brought along surprises for the celebration, including a few “goofy” gags, “quacky” surprises and “doggy” keepsakes.

And, you can also customize these experiences as well as personalize them. For example, you can add on additional birthday ears for the rest of the family as well as have them embroidered. After you enjoy it here, take it with you and use it year after year for birthday celebrations at home.

These resort experiences are available now for purchase. You can order Mickey and Pals Big Birthday Wish at Disney World Floral & Gifts online or speak with a Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT. For Mickey and Friends Birthday Bash at Disneyland, you can order online or call a Dream Maker 714-781-GIFT. Once ordered our Dream Makers will prepare the surprise for you while you’re away from your room.

And speaking of surprises, I have a secret to share. Our creative team has begun re-imagining this grand celebration to bring an all new, over-the-top experience right to your Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort room. In the spirit of Disney 14 Days of Love, I’m giving you an exclusive look at some of our concept art for this brand new experience! The picture below represents possible art for five new bins for the new birthday surprise. What do you think?

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Each collapsible bin will feature goodies and surprises from each character, all in celebration of your big day! It’s slated to launch on both coasts fall of 2015. And, there’s more in store! So, stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog and DisneyFloralandgifts.com at Disney World and DisneyFloralandGifts.com for Disneyland. And be sure to join me tomorrow for day eleven of Disney 14 Days of Love, where I’ll be sharing romantic ideas for expressing your affection on Valentine’s Day.

So now that you’ve seen some of the concept art for the brand new birthday celebration, what do you think? We want your feedback! Share which bin is your favorite and tell us what else you’d like to see in your birthday surprise by commenting below or using #Disney14DaysofLove. See you tomorrow!

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


With a new year comes new beginnings, and I’d like to begin 2015 by reviving one of my favorite Disney Parks Blog series, “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling,” with one of my favorite snack-time spots, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe at Disney California Adventure park.

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This 1930s-era eatery was established by Dolly, Dottie and Ethel Bounds, known professionally as Fiddler, Fifer & Practical (aka the Silver Lake Sisters). They spent a good part of their lives performing the vaudeville circuit, entertaining the troops in World War I and becoming minor celebrities in nightclubs along the then‐emerging Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

After 20 years of singing, dancing and playing their instruments (Dolly on violin, Dottie on flute, Ethel on piano), the sisters decided to put down roots on Buena Vista Street. The idea came from Ethel, the practical one. She had always handled the trio’s business affairs and was constantly urging her sisters to settle down and open a legitimate business. They finally agreed, joining together to open Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café, with its name an homage to their act.

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A wall inside the restaurant features photos, posters and memorabilia from the days when Dolly, Dottie and Ethel performed as Fiddler, Fifer & Practical – the Silver Lake Sisters. You can see them in publicity shots and in photos showing them performing on stage and relaxing or prepping backstage in their dressing rooms. A map of California shows the various places they’ve performed throughout the Golden State, and above the front window, marquee letters, spell out “Silver Lake Sisters.”

So the next time you’re getting a great deal on a square meal at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café, take a look around and discover the story of these talented ladies for yourself.


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