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‘Cinderella’-Inspired Products Receive a Royal Welcome at Disney Parks

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Disney’s “Cinderella” arrives in theaters on March 13. I really enjoyed seeing the film during the recent Disney Parks Blog Cinderella Royal Celebration at Downtown Disney West Side. After the screening, I visited Magic Kingdom Park where I found some new products inspired by the live-action film.

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Disney Theme Park Merchandise is offering a small assortment of “Cinderella”-themed items. Some of the items such as drinkware and dolls are also found at the Disney Store. The open edition pin was created especially for Disney Parks.

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There is also a limited edition pin being released on March 12 in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. The pin has an edition size of 3,000.

Guests will find a hardcover book written by Brittney Candau with illustrations by Cory Godbey. The book also includes a Disney e-book for those with digital devices.

To round out the assortment, we have created some girls’ T-shirts with artwork inspired by the film.

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The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom Park in Florida will carry a beautifully romantic Cinderella dress inspired by a dress worn in the live action film. Please note the dress will be available while supplies last at Disney Parks. Guests can also find this dress online.

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Finally, new ALEX AND ANI pieces are coming to Disney Parks in March. While these items were not specifically created for the live-action film, I think they complement the “Cinderella” assortment perfectly.

The “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” bangle will be released on March 13. This bangle will be offered in Shiny Silver and Yellow Gold finishes and is part of the “Words are Powerful” collection. My fellow author, Michelle Harker, will have another look at items from this collection in the coming weeks.

The Cinderella Carriage wrap and the Dream wrap will be offered in a Rafaelian Silver finish and released on March 30.

You can find select Cinderella items online at http://www.DisneyStore.com/Cinderella.

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New Spring Menu Begins Today at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland Park

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


New Spring Menu at Jolly holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland Park

Spring isn’t official until March 20, but the charming Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland park gets a jump on the season with its new spring menu starting today.

The winds are changing and bringing in a new selection of sandwiches, including a cold roast beef and bleu cheese served on a crispy French baguette or a toasted ham & Swiss cheese sandwich with apple chutney. Returning for the season is our famous tuna salad sandwich on a brioche bun, which will for sure delight your palate. The light yet hearty chicken noodle soup debuts alongside the classic tomato basil soup, and a savory sun-dried tomato Caesar salad top the offerings of the list. (All served after 10:30 a.m.)

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To appease your sweet tooth, new seasonal pastries have debuted, including a moist carrot cupcake that is scrumptious with a cup of coffee or tea. Seasonal spring berries are the theme for the season, inspiring our raspberry crème brulee and strawberry shortcake bundt cake. Our seasonal muffin is made with plump raspberries and a zest of lemon. The pistachio Mickey Macaron is a colorful addition to accompany our signature raspberry rose Mickey Macaron. If you’re looking for chocolate, you can indulge with a white chocolate mousse whoopee pie or our signature brownie.

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Our top picks: the coconut lime cheesecake, a coffee éclair or the elegant opera cake, made with layers of almond sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream and covered in chocolate glaze. Sip a cappuccino and all is right with the world – whether you live on Cherry Tree Lane or Main Street, U.S.A.

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24-Hour Event to Launch Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, May 22-23

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Thomas Smith told you earlier this morning about the upcoming 24-hour event to kick off the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort, and I’m excited to follow up and let you know that we’re kicking off summer and launching the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with a 24-hour event of our own, May 22-23!

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The all-day/all-night celebration will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday, May 22 and will conclude 24 hours later at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. The event will include dancing and special character encounters at locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, along with enchanting Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor throughout the resort and, of course, the shows and attractions that our guests love.

Here’s a look at what is coming when the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22:

  • “Paint the Night” Parade – After dark, along the Disneyland park parade route, 24-hour event guests will be among the first to see the new “Paint the Night” parade, showcasing beloved Disney characters in dazzling parade scenes illuminated with more than 1.5 million individually controlled lights – the first all-LED parade in Disneyland Resort history.
  • “Disneyland Forever” Fireworks - Disneyland park itself plays a starring role in the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular, also premiering during the 24-hour event. Breathtaking fireworks shows have long been a Disneyland Resort tradition and “Disneyland Forever” soars to new levels, immersing guests from the tips of their toes to the brilliant pyrotechnic bursts above, thanks to special effects that turn the storefronts of Main Street, U.S.A., the Matterhorn and the facade of “it’s a small world” into gigantic projection screens filled with color, characters and surprises.
  • “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” – Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse will be the hosts of the all-new “World of Color” show, premiering May 22 during the 24-hour event. “World of Color – Celebrate!” illuminates the night in a fun-filled and inspirational journey exploring Walt Disney’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and his dream of Disneyland park.

We’ll be sharing more details as the 24-hour event draws closer, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog!

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Disneyland Resort ‘Flashback’ Raises $25,000 for ACT Anaheim

posted on March 10th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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A record 500 Disneyland Resort cast members volunteered more than 39,000 hours of rehearsal time to produce the 17th annual “Flashback,” held at the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure park last week. The musical production, in which cast members produce and perform mini-musicals for family and friends, raised $25,000 for ACT Anaheim (Accelerate Change Together).

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Performances were themed to various Disneyland Resort celebrations: “Blast to the Past,” “Circus Fantasy,” “Year of a Million Dreams” and “Show Your Disney Side.” Several participants also volunteered time to teach song and dance numbers to children at the West Anaheim Youth Center, one of ACT Anaheim’s grant recipients.

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“Since Flashback’s launch, we have dedicated close to $300,000 to local charities within Orange County and Anaheim,” said Flashback co-creator Glynn Alsup, an attractions area manager. “ACT Anaheim is a great way to touch many of those charities at the same time. It truly is a valuable organization that goes to some great causes.”

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Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort at Dawn

posted on March 10th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite series here on the Disney Parks Blog takes readers to a very special, very rare time of day – Disneyland Resort at Dawn. In these serene, almost surreal videos, my fellow author Shannon Swanson shows the parks in a way that many people have never seen before.

See the sun rise over the Cadillac Mountain Range in this video from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

According to this post, fishing is best along Big Thunder Trail in the early morning.

Shannon tells us in this post that the inspiration for this series came from walking through Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park early one morning. She was fascinated by all of the sounds and details she had missed during the daytime.

The very first video in this series is probably my favorite: a time lapse video of Sleeping Beauty Castle shot from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.

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Unique Shirts Coming to Disney Parks Online Store for a Limited Time in March 2015

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m delighted to share that several unique Disney Parks-inspired shirts will be coming to the Disney Parks online store in March 2015.

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Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra designed the two shirts that will be released from March 9-15, 2015. For the “Date Night at Disneyland Resort” shirt, Richard was inspired by vintage advertising from Disneyland park. This design will be offered for both women and men. I’m thinking this would be a perfect T-shirt for my fiancée and me to wear during one of our many dates to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel.

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Richard’s other vintage shirt design, The Dapper Dans at Main Street, U.S.A., will be offered for men, women and youth.

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From March 30 to April 5, we will release two shirts that were inspired by classic Disney attractions from Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

The Adventure Thru Inner Space was designed by artist Ian Giles. This Tomorrowland attraction was found at Disneyland park from August 5, 1967 to September 2, 1985. It’s the one Disney attraction I wish I could have experienced as it looked amazing (as seen in this article).

Richard designed the If You Had Wings shirt that combines visual elements from the attraction that operated in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida from June 5, 1972 until June 1, 1987. When attraction sponsors changed, it was replaced by If You Could Fly, which was open from June 6, 1987 to January 3, 1989. It’s the one attraction I vividly remember from my first visit to Walt Disney World in 1983. I still can’t believe I will soon own this shirt!

These limited release shirts will be found at http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents during their respective release dates. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery (express shipping is not available).

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New Smokejumpers Grill Opens March 20, Part of Grizzly Peak Expansion at Disney California Adventure Park

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


The recent expansion of Disney California Adventure park gave us even more ways to immerse our guests in new stories, and we’re excited to continue this expanded storytelling this year with the addition of the Grizzly Peak Airfield.

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The first phase of this expansion, the all-new Smokejumpers Grill, opens March 20. This new quick-service location takes inspiration from the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests. In addition to a whole new look, the location will feature an updated menu with tasty items like a Bacon Cheddar Burger, Grilled Chicken & Jack Sandwich and Chili Cheeseburger!

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This is just the beginning of the Grizzly Peak expansion, which will bring new building exteriors, landscape features and more to the former Condor Flats area. Lush pine trees will bring cool areas of shade, making our guests feel they have been transported to California’s High Sierras.

Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure Park, Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

When the rest of the area opens later this spring, Soarin’ Over California will also reopen with updates to its screen and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience. We’ll have more details to share here on the Disney Parks Blog as the project progresses.

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St. Patrick’s Day Dining and Entertainment in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 6th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, March 17, and guests at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim can celebrate Irish heritage with their pick of locales for variations on the traditional corned beef meal, along with some special St. Patrick’s Day entertainment.

At ESPN Zone, a corned beef, cabbage and potatoes special will be available throughout the day on Tuesday. Sports fans also will be able to accompany the onscreen entertainment with a glass of green beer.

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Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar is offering a St. Paddy’s Feast throughout the month of March with a sandwich featuring shaved corned beef brisket, house sauerkraut, secret sauce and Swiss cheese served on a marbled rye rustic roll and served (in a nod to neighbors across the Channel) with the popular Uva garlic shoestring french fries. The special is paired with Red Trolley Irish Red Ale by Karl Strauss.

For St. Patrick’s Day lunch and dinner at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, there will be corned beef and cabbage along with a variety of special drink offerings: green beer, baby Guinness shots and, for the more adventurous, Jorge’s Bayou Leprechaun cocktail.

Beginning Friday, March 13, and continuing through St. Patrick’s Day, Crossroads Restaurant at House of Blues offers corned beef sliders, Guinness beer cheese soup, fish & chips and a classic corned beef Reuben sandwich. On St. Patrick’s Day, the dining and entertainment experience will be plussed with green beer, Guinness and Jameson specials all night, live karaoke with The Reel Band, starting at 8 p.m., and free glow sticks and beads for guests. In the House of Blues Music Hall, a St. Paddy’s Day Bash with Street Dogs begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Additional Downtown Disney St. Patrick’s Day entertainment will be provided by traditional Celtic dancers performing in front of WonderGround Gallery from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. In fact, if you’re looking for a tasty, lively place to celebrate St. Paddy’s with friends and family, look no further than the Downtown Disney District.

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Sneak Peek: New Novelty Items to Celebrate Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on March 6th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


The countdown to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is on! After getting a peek at the new artwork coming to special 60th anniversary popcorn buckets and hot mugs for Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, I couldn’t wait to share it with Disney Parks Blog readers.

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On the popcorn buckets at Disneyland park, look for the Fab 5 playing the old piano in front of the Refreshment Corner on Main Street, U.S.A. On the souvenir mug, Mickey and pals invite you to join them in watching a dazzling fireworks display in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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No one knows more about shining diamonds than Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – look for them on the Disney California Adventure park souvenir popcorn bucket. Marcus Gonzalez, Product Development Manager, Novelty Synergy Integration for Disney Parks Food and Beverage, shared his inspiration for the bucket: “Snow White standing in front of Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge is an homage to the original Carthay Theater, which premiered ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ on December 21, 1937.”

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On the souvenir mug, look for Mickey and Minnie dressed in their Diamond Celebration best with iconic Disney California Adventure park landmarks behind them.

These novelty items will only be available at food & beverage kiosks throughout Disneyland Resort when the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kicks off on May 22. Which souvenir item will you add to your collection?

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Surprise Appearances and More at Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ Royal Celebration at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 5th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last night, hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers gathered at the Disneyland Resort for our Disney’s “Cinderella” Royal Celebration.

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The event started with a special screening of Disney’s new live-action film, “Cinderella” and the new animated short, “Frozen Fever”, both opening in theaters on March 13.

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Then guests were invited to a royal reception at the Disneyland Hotel, where they enjoyed dancing, desserts and special photo opportunities.

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But the evening’s biggest surprise was an appearance by the stars of “Cinderella,” Lily James and Richard Madden. Take a look at this magical moment and more from the event in the video below!

Did you join us for Disney’s “Cinderella” Royal Celebration at the Disneyland Resort? Tell us about it in the comments! And be sure to catch “Cinderella” in theaters on March 13.

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