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Behind the Scenes: ‘Operation Disneyland’ Shows How ABC Made TV History

posted on July 17th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


I am constantly in awe of the documentation I come across in the Walt Disney Company‘s archival footage. If you have seen the live telecast of opening day at Disneyland park, which originally aired on ABC on July, 17 1955, you may have thought – like me – “How did they do that?” This video shows highlights from “Operation Disneyland,” a 14-minute documentary produced for ABC closed-circuit television, which looks at the technical challenges behind broadcasting the opening ceremonies of Disneyland park.

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Disneyland Resort Guests Treated to Cupcakes for 60th Anniversary Celebration Today

posted on July 17th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Guests visiting the Disneyland Resort to celebrate our 60th anniversary today will be treated to a sweet surprise! More than 100,000 cupcakes are being shared with guests and cast members to commemorate this special day.

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Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog today as we bring you updates from our celebration. And follow along on Twitter and Instagram with @Disneyland, on Facebook.com/Disneyland, and with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

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Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Disneyland Resort with New Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper

posted on July 17th, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Sixty years ago today, Disneyland opened its gates to its very first guests.

Our designer, Leo Cardoso, created a special wallpaper that commemorates this historic day. Leo was inspired by the many stories that have become a part of the Disneyland tradition and showcased these beloved characters in his design.

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

Happy Anniversary, Disneyland!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Meet J. Thaddeus Toad at Disneyland Park

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is where I learned to drive. Yes, I know you don’t really steer the car, but to a young boy, it sure seemed like I was. So the next time you are in Fantasyland at Disneyland park, take a spin through the English countryside and see if you can find your inner child at Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

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The photo above of J. Thaddeus Toad was taken sometime ago, but is still a favorite of mine.

Here’s the camera setting if you are interested:

  • I wanted to use the available lighting so I set the ISO at 5000.
  • The lens was a 16-35 mm at maximum aperture of 2.8 and a 1/30 shutter speed.
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Travel Back in Time to July 17, 1955, on Twitter With @Disneyland

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Sixty years ago tomorrow, Disneyland opened its gates for the first time. Have you ever wondered what that day would have looked like on Twitter … if Twitter had been around in 1955? Well, tomorrow (which also happens to be #FlashbackFriday) you will have your chance to see this historic day unfold in your feed!

Travel Back in Time to July 17, 1955, on Twitter With @Disneyland

Through the power of social media … and with a little bit of Pixie Dust … the official Disneyland Twitter account (@Disneyland) will transport followers back to Disneyland opening day – July 17, 1955. Follow along as we tweet “Live from 1955” throughout the day and feature exciting flashback moments that will bring the sights and sounds of this historic day to life!

So travel back in time with @Disneyland and the hashtag #LiveFrom55 on Twitter throughout the day tomorrow for “live” updates direct from 1955!

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Treat Yourself to Candy Kitchen Sweets for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you headed to the Disneyland Resort on July 17? Then you’re in luck! Our Disneyland Candy Makers have been busy preparing something special for you to enjoy. Treat yourself to this specially created Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration apple. The Mickey Mouse shaped apple has been hand-dipped in caramel, covered in white chocolate, dazzled in sanding sugar and topped delicately with a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration lay-on. This sparkling creation is only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out!

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Now on to August! Those planning a trip (or trip back) to the Disneyland Resort will delight in the news about our gourmet treats. Our candy makers have taken one of our classic treats for a spin. The crispy is covered in chocolate, layered with mini pretzels and drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate. Looking for something sweeter? The gourmet apple and marshmallow wand have the perfect extra touch, a layer of caramel. How tempted are your taste buds?

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But wait, there’s just one thing missing from these incredible treats: the gourmet bark. This carefully layered concoction is made of milk chocolate with pieces of pretzels folded in, layered with peanut butter and topped with additional pretzel bites. It’s sweet, salty and ultimately delicious.

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Whether you’re planning your own Mad Tea Party or simply craving something for your sweet tooth, we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. Find the new line of gourmet treats beginning August 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., and Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which treat are you most excited for?

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Icing on the Cake: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Disneyland Park in 1965

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


While looking through some historical footage recently, I came across this sweet treat. I can’t help but think that 50 years ago these dancing candles were delighted in the fact they were taking part in history during the 10th anniversary celebration of Disneyland park. Enjoy this calorie-free video!

And keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow as we celebrate the official 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort! You can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram with @Disneyland and on Facebook.com/Disneyland. Don’t forget the hashtag #Disneyland60!

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Made with Magic Sippers Coming Soon to Disneyland Resort

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Become part of “Fantasmic!” and “World of Color – Celebrate!” in a whole new way. Made with Magic sippers will be sold at select Food and Beverage locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks beginning July 17.

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“Fantasmic!” Chernabog sipper locations include:

“World of Color” sipper locations include:

The sipper without a beverage is $25.00 (tax included) or $28.00 with a beverage (including fountain soda, frozen carbonated beverages and frozen lemonade).

Which sipper will you pick up to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort?

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Disney Parks Backyard Barbecue on Pinterest

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


The peak of summer is upon us, and we invite you to celebrate with a backyard barbecue inspired by Disney Parks and Resorts.

Recipe for Sweet Potato-Rosemary Biscuits from Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland Park Recipe for Flame Tree Barbecue Sauce from Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Printable Menu and Place Cards

Visit the Walt Disney World Pinterest page to find everything you need to host the perfect summer barbecue. We made it easy, providing recipes for some Disney Parks food favorites (Flame Tree Barbecue Sauce anyone?), drinks, and even printable napkin rings and a menu and place cards to tie it all together. Click through to download and print the recipes, or pin them to your recipe board to make later.

Featured recipes include:

Which recipe are you going to try at your next summer party?

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Stay During the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and Save with Special Hotel Offer

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Greetings Disney Parks Blog readers! My name is Michael Ramirez, the newest contributor to the blog. I’ll be bringing you the latest news and information on the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

In honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the resort is truly sparkling–across our parks, through the Downtown Disney District and of course, throughout our three on-property hotels. In fact, you might have seen the post on the delicious Sleeping Beauty Castle cake gracing the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

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If you find yourself heading to experience the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration later this summer, be sure to take advantage of our special Disneyland Resort hotel offer!

When making reservations now through September 3, 2015, you can save up to 20 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Disneyland Hotel and save up to 10 percent at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Offer is valid on select Sunday through Thursday nights from August 16 to September 24, 2015.

Click here to book today!

*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 08/16/15 to 9/24/15. Book from 7/15/15 through 09/03/15, with travel completed by 09/25/15. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other hotels and room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

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