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This Week In Disney Park Photos: Disney Dining, Shopping and Entertainment

posted on January 30th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Disneyland Resort is celebrating and Disney Springs is transforming; on both coasts, we have fun experiences beyond our theme parks.

This Week In Disney Park Photos, our image is actually a pin John McClintock shared with us highlighting the Downtown Disney District during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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And I know I’m stretching this a bit, but this series of images – ok, a video actually – comes to us from Jennifer Fickley-Baker who shared the Disney Springs transformation happening at Walt Disney World Resort.

What’s your favorite Disney experience beyond the theme parks?

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February Gets Even Sweeter at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I am so excited to share details on all of the special hand-crafted treats headed your way this February from our (candy) kitchen to yours at the Disneyland Resort.

The gourmet collection for February will include an apple dipped in caramel and dark chocolate, rolled in chopped roasted almonds and garnished with cherries, drizzled milk chocolate and a few additional chopped almonds, for the finishing touch.

The gourmet bark, however, is infused with nut and amaretto oil, drizzled in white and milk chocolate and then topped with dried cherries and chopped roasted almonds. Yes, I tried it — it’s incredible!

Are you unsure what type of candy your Valentine might enjoy? Our candy makers are way ahead of you and have just what you’re looking for to make this the sweetest Valentine’s Day yet.

Look for a special themed pink Minnie Mouse apple, which I’m not actually showing you here, because I want you to see it for yourself and even share it with me! The cake pop and crispy treat have been dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with red and pink pareils, with an extra drizzle or two of white chocolate. As you can see, the marshmallow wand is pretty much the same, but don’t forget the layer of caramel it’s dipped in before we dip it and sprinkle it with everything else.

Our candy makers had one last trick, or in this case, treat up their sleeve: a peppermint-infused, heart-shaped pattie. Is there any better way to say “I heart you”?

The Valentine-themed treats will only be available until February 14, so don’t miss out!

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Download the Disneyland App Today for Access to Your Memories at Your Fingertips

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Marie Ramirez, Marketing & Communications Manager, Disney PhotoPass Service


With the option to buy park tickets (without standing in the ticket booth line!) and access to the details like wait times, Disney FASTPASS return times and where to find some of your favorite Disney characters, the Disneyland App was already a great tool to enhance your Disneyland Resort visit – and now with the new Disney PhotoPass section, it is a must have!

Before your next visit to Disneyland Resort, be sure to download the Disneyland App, or update the app if you’ve already downloaded it, so you can link, view and share your memories.

Link Your Photos
Collected PhotoPass Cards during your visit? Link your cards to your account by entering the 16-character PhotoPass ID or by using the QR code scanner available in the app. You can now also link your attraction photos! Simply enter the 8-character ID found on the preview monitor at the exit of a participating attraction.

View and Purchase Your Photos
View your memories and purchase them in the Disneyland App! Purchase an individual photo, or download all your photos captured during a one-day visit to Disneyland Resort, and linked to your account, for $39 with Disney PhotoPass+ One Day.

Disney PhotoPass+ One Day includes all your Disney PhotoPass photos including select attraction and dining photos and NEW Animated Magic Shots.

Download and Share
Once you’ve purchased your photos, get ready to download and share them with family and friends via text, email and some of your favorite social media sites.

Have an Annual Passport that includes Disney PhotoPass downloads? Don’t forget to link your pass to your account so you can download and share your photos using the Disneyland App too!

Now that you’ve downloaded the Disneyland App, you are ready to experience Disneyland Resort and Disney PhotoPass Service in a whole new way.

Disney PhotoPass Service and Disney PhotoPass+ are subject to the Disney PhotoPass and Disney PhotoPass+ terms. Online registration required. Disney PhotoPass Photos in your account will expire pursuant to the expiration policy. Photos linked to a qualifying Annual Passport will expire 365 days from the date of capture and are subject to the Annual Passport Terms and Conditions. Downloads are restricted to personal use only. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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The Royal Theatre at Disneyland Park Set to Revisit the Tale As Old As Time

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


We recently told you about the return of “Tangled” to Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park. Today, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we announce the illustrious storytelling troupe of the Royal Theatre will also once again weave the romantic, comedic tale of “Beauty and the Beast.”

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You’re invited to be our guest later this spring, when Messieurs Smythe and Jones take us on an adventure in the great wide somewhere for a whimsical retelling of how Belle and the Beast met and fell in love – all with a happily ever after at the end, naturally!

With “Beauty and the Beast” returning to the program at the Royal Theatre, it’s time for Mr. Jones to finally hang up his snowman outfit. After delighting audiences for more than a year, the troupe’s “Frozen” fun retelling of Anna and Elsa’s story will soon melt away, but not until they’ve had a few more encores of “Let It Go.”

We’ll share dates for this transition as soon as they’re available. In the meantime, the players will be dusting off their Beast and Gaston impressions and getting ready to warble a “song as old as rhyme.”

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RECAP: Real-Life Hero Behind Disney’s ‘The Finest Hours’ Saluted at Disneyland Resort Flag Retreat Ceremony

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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Sixty-four years ago, a group of four men went out to sea in a U.S. Coast Guard lifeboat, battling waves 60 feet high, making their way to the wrecked SS Pendleton. One of the men aboard the ship, Engineman Third Class Andy Fitzgerald, was honored Sunday at Disneyland Resort in recognition of his role in helping save 32 men in the midst of the turbulent storm. The rescue mission is considered the most daring small-boat rescue in U.S. history, and inspired Disney’s “The Finest Hours,” which debuts in theaters today.

During the flag retreat ceremony, Andy joined servicemen and women gathered around the Town Square flag pole while the Disneyland Band and Dapper Dans performed patriotic tunes in honor of their service. After the Disneyland Resort Color Guard lowered the American flag, Andy was presented with a certificate naming him an Honorary Citizen of Disneyland Resort by Disney Ambassador Allie Kawamoto. Take a look back at the ceremony in this video!

Disney’s “The Finest Hours,” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer. “The Finest Hours” storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016 in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D.

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February 2016 Disneyland Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this February? Here’s the latest on some of the artists you can expect to find this month and some very special events you don’t want to miss!

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February 5-14: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of the new Valentine-themed collection, among other fan favorites. Look for a special appearance by Doll Designer Linda Rick, February 5-7 from noon – 10 p.m. each day, at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

Disney California Adventure Park

February 6: Local Southern California artist Noah returns to Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park with a special appearance and signing from noon – 4 p.m. as we celebrate the release of his latest pieces inspired by Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Alice in Wonderland. Learn more here.

Downtown Disney District

February 6: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Nidhi Chanani, Eunjung June Kim and Jerrod Maruyama from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Also being released is the 9” Hipster Mickey Vinylmation figure by artist Jerrod Maruyama. Learn more here.

February 6-7: Take part in a special artist showcase with Nidhi Chanani from 2-5 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Gabby Zapata. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: February 6–7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27–28 from 5–9 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

Which artists are you most excited to meet?

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runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Presented by PANDORA Jewelry Medals

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Runners are gearing up to put their fairy wings on and fly to the finish line to earn this year’s runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend bling. The Disney fairies, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys will be there to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the event weekend. Check out these medals inspired by our friends from Pixie Hollow.

In order from left to right, the races are the Never Land 5K, Tinker Bell 10K, the Pixie Dust Challenge (which is completing the 10K & half marathon), the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, the runDisney Kids Races and finally the runDisney Coast to Coast Medal. In order to earn the special edition pink version, you need to complete both the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February at Walt Disney World and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May at Disneyland Resort.

Below is the pixie-dusted Tinker Bell Half Marathon medal. There is still a chance to earn yours here, and this is the only race from the event weekend still available.

Will you be joining us in earning any of the weekend’s medals? Let us know at @runDisney on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #TinkHalf. Check out runDisney.com for more information regarding this and upcoming races!

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Dining! Shopping! Entertainment! Pinterest Points to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Highlights at Downtown Disney District

posted on January 27th, 2016 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will continue through September 5, 2016. Families and guests of all ages can celebrate throughout the resort, including daily and nightly in the Downtown Disney District.

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Chances are, you’ll need no help finding places to celebrate 60 years of Disneyland Resort in the Downtown Disney District but, just in case, you’ll find a handy guide to Downtown Disney celebration highlights – dining, shopping, entertainment – on Pinterest here.

Look closely, and you’ll find the diamond picture in each suggestion. Choose your own celebration!

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Elton John to Perform in ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60’ February 21 on ABC and Fans Can Join the Fun with the Disney Applause App

posted on January 27th, 2016 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is the inspiration for a glamorous, star-studded two-hour television event, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” on Sunday, Feb. 21 on the ABC Television Network.

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Hosted by two-time Emmy Award winner, Derek Hough, the special broadcast will originate from both the heart of Hollywood at the Dolby Theater and at some of the most iconic locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including Sleeping Beauty Castle, Main Street, U.S.A., and Cars Land.

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Among the special appearances during the show, one of the most successful solo artists of all time, Sir Elton John, will captivate audiences as he performs in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park by singing the Oscar®-nominated song “Circle of Life,” from Disney’s “The Lion King,” and his new song “Wonderful Crazy Night,” from his upcoming album.

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Fans watching the show at home can participate in Sir Elton’s performance and much more with the Disney Applause app, available for iOS and Android. Applause delivers a second-screen, interactive experience that will sync directly to the broadcast’s major musical segments, displaying colorful light shows and original content on viewers’ phones. Their display will be in harmony with the illuminated accessories worn by guests and elaborate lighting design during the performances.

Check back for more details on this once-in-a-lifetime television event!

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Video Rewind: Audio-Animatronics Magic at Disney Parks

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


One of the most iconic innovations to come out of Disney Parks is audio-animatronics technology. Walt Disney was driven to bring what he saw as three-dimensional animation to Disneyland, and on June 23, 1963, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opened. The first attraction to feature audio-animatronics figures was home to more than 200 singing birds, flowers and tikis. Let’s take a look back on some of the audio-animatronics advancements we’ve shown you here on the Disney Parks Blog.

All the way back in 2009, we took you behind the scenes as Walt Disney Imagineering programmed the most advanced audio-animatronics figure at the time, Abraham Lincoln, at Disneyland park.

Jump ahead five years, and imagineers continued to develop amazing audio-animatronics innovations, this time working with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park.

And of course, the story of audio-animatronics technology begins with Walt Disney himself. Take a look back at this video, which we shared last year for the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom Park.

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