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Disney Days of Past: Let’s Play Ball!

posted on April 9th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


This week kicked off the baseball season. In honor of America’s pastime starting a new season, here’s Mickey in his pinstripes ready for action back in 1978. Play ball!

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#DisneySide Sports Style: Topknots for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort

posted on April 8th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Our friends at Disney Style recently came up with “6 Topknots to Inspire Your Inner Tinker Bell” that I think are perfect hairstyles for the upcoming runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry race events!

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All of these looks capture Tinker Bell’s signature style while still being appropriate for running. Here are some of the hairdos adapted from the Disney Style blog post for inspiration on how to create a flawless Tinker Bell topknot complete with her playful personality!

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A Unique Point of View: Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on April 8th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Here’s a perspective most racers don’t get to see when they’re revving their engines at the start line on Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure park. Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer got a special, front-row seat right across from Luigi and Guido to get these shots.

I love the reflection of Radiator Springs’ two biggest racing fans in the windshield of the car in this photo …

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Any bets on which car won this race? But then again, we’re all winners when we make new friends, right?

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Video Rewind: The Goats of Disneyland Park

posted on April 8th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of the most charming corners of Disneyland park is Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm. Here, guests can get up close to some of our four-legged cast members such as donkeys, sheep, horses and — my favorite — the goats. My fellow author, Donna Fisk, has showed some fun glimpses into the lives of these adorable animals, and I wanted to share three of my favorites again with you.

Go behind the scenes and watch as Pongo, our senior goat and leader of the herd, received his beauty bath.

Have you seen the running of the goats at the end of the day at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm?

See Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm from the goats’ point of view with our Goat Cam!

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The Gracey Manor Ghouls Win the Title of 2015 Fan-Favorite Disney Parks Attraction

posted on April 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Over the past few weeks, 32 teams inspired by favorite Disney attractions competed for the title of the ultimate Disney attraction. Yesterday, the competition came down to its final round with The Gracey Manor Ghouls at Magic Kingdom Park going head-to-head with Space Mountain Blast at Disneyland park. You voted, and the winning 2015 fan-favorite Disney Parks attraction is The Gracey Manor Ghouls.

Thanks for showing your #DisneySide and helping choose this year’s March Magic winner. Check out the highlights of their high “spirited” celebration below!

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Dooney & Bourke Collection Coming Soon

posted on April 7th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Disney fans, I know you have been waiting patiently to get a sneak peek of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration collection from Dooney & Bourke ever since we gave you a first look at all of the merchandise headed your way. Not only am I able to share the collection, debuting this May at the Disneyland Resort, but I also have your first look at what you can expect this July.

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As you can see, the design for the May collection features an all-over pattern depicting classic attractions, icons and characters. I didn’t think it could get any better, but the teams added an extra touch of magic with tan leather accent trim and handles. While many of the silhouettes will be in limited supply, keep an eye out for varying styles such as a wristlet ($88), letter carrier ($178), satchel ($248) and shopper tote ($268).

If that wasn’t exciting enough, debuting in July 2015 will be an embossed leather collection. Take a look!

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I love the detail that appears on the bag – for example, the diamond shapes that make up Minnie Mouse’s bow. Silhouette styles will include a wallet ($228), cross-body ($248) and zip satchel ($268).

Which collection has made your list?

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Behind the Scenes: Making Sleeping Beauty Castle Sparkle for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on April 7th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park now dazzles in diamonds, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration officially kicking off on Friday, May 22. A few months ago, we went behind the scenes for a glimpse at what it took to create this sparkling look with Imagineer David Caranci. In the video below, we visit the warehouse where a talented team of artisans molded, shaped, painted and placed each diamond by hand.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more on the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

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VIDEO: Learn to Make the Tequila Daisy from Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park

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


Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park has become known for its innovative modern eats and artisan cocktails. Today, we are beginning a series demonstrating the craftsmanship that goes into some of the restaurant’s signature cocktails.

Watch our bartender create the Tequila Daisy cocktail from Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge below:

For those following along at home, these are the ingredients you will need to create the Tequila Daisy:

  • 1.5 Oz tequila
  • 1/2 Oz triple sec
  • ½ Oz agave nectar
  • 1 Oz lime juice
  • 1/2 Oz egg whites
  • Sugared viola garnish
  • Splash of violet liqueur

For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

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Disney Vacation Account Helps You Plan, Save for Future Disney Vacations

posted on April 6th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’re one of our many readers who can’t wait for their next Disney trip, you’ll want to check out our newest program – Disney Vacation Account. It simplifies saving for your next dream vacation – a little at a time – and includes some great online tools to help you do it.

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Disney Vacation Account was created after hearing your feedback. You let us know that you wanted more tools to help plan a Disney experience and we’ve created a program that’ll let you save for magical vacations at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, or Adventures by Disney.

Disney Vacation Account helps you manage your vacation savings at your own pace, in a way that fits your budget. And it’s easy to get started.

First, our Account Budget Estimator will help you estimate the cost of your vacation based on current prices. Please remember prices change from time to time.

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Next, calculate your savings contribution on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Then sit back and track your savings with a personalized account page and fun emails that help you plan your vacation along the way.

Accounts can be updated at any time—like changing your savings contribution amounts and frequency or stopping your contributions—at no cost.

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When you’re ready to book your dream vacation, you can use your Disney Vacation Account to pay for your vacation. To use your Disney Vacation Account funds toward paying for your vacation, you must book it either directly with Disney or through a participating travel agency booking directly with Disney. Please ask your travel agent whether your booking will be eligible to be paid for with your Disney Vacation Account.

There are no fees to create or maintain a Disney Vacation Account. And all of your contributions are fully refundable.

Also, if you use your Disney Vacation Account to pay for your vacation before December 31, 2017, (date subject to extension) you’ll be eligible for a $20 Disney Gift Card for every $1,000 spent on qualified vacation purchases with your Disney Vacation Account. Certain limitations apply.*

To sign up and get started, visit our Disney Vacation Account site. And let us know how it helped you with your next Disney vacation.

*Maximum of a total of $500 in Disney Gift Card(s) per household. Your Disney Vacation Account must be active for a minimum of 120 days at the time of spending in order to receive this bonus. Request your Disney Gift Card(s) 4-6 weeks in advance of your vacation date to allow time for delivery to your mailing address. Visit DisneyVacationAccount.com\FAQ\Bonus for complete details.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 5th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we continued our series of exciting updates from Disney Cruise Line with the announcement that a new stage show, “Tangled: The Musical,” will be premiering onboard the Disney Magic in November.

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Jonathan told us that “Tangled: The Musical” will stay true to the storyline from the hit feature film—with a few special twists to create a live staged production—featuring favorite characters like Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, the villainous Mother Gothel and Maximus the police horse. Check out his original story for more details and information on when you’ll be able to see exclusive behind the scenes videos of the stage show.

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We also shared a story many of you have been waiting for – a look at this year’s Star Wars Weekends. Details are still coming together for the event, but Shawn shared some highlights of what’s new for Star Wars Weekends 2015:

  • Star Wars: Rebels” – Relive the adventurous twists and turns of the first exciting season of the Disney XD series “Star Wars: Rebels,” in an all-new show with Star Wars Weekends host James Arnold Taylor and a special guest from the show’s voice cast … along with a few surprises!
  • Autograph Opportunities – For the first time, autograph sessions with Star Wars celebrities will be held in an indoor location, just off Commissary Lane near Star Tours – The Adventure Continues. For complete details about autograph opportunities, be sure to visit StarWarsWeekends.com prior to your visit.
  • Darth’s Mall – Can’t find the droids you’re looking for? Head over to this new complex of shops near Streets of America for the best selection of Star Wars merchandise in this galaxy or any other!

The event is shaping up to be among the best, with a new show, new locations for merchandise and autograph opportunities and a galaxy of stars. Go check out our original story for a list of the celebrities scheduled to appear for Star Wars Weekends 2015.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

First Look: New Olaf Premium Sipper Coming to Disneyland Resort – What’s better than warm hugs from a snowman? A cool drink in an Olaf Premium Sipper! For the first time in forever, guests will be able to purchase the new Olaf Premium Sipper from Food & Beverage locations throughout Disneyland Resort.

Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Street, U.S.A. – See historic pictures from the construction of Main Street, U.S.A. in this special series from Disney Parks Blog author George Savvas.

Live Music Expanding at Disneyland Park Beginning July 17 – During the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, music will become an even bigger part of the storytelling within Disneyland park. Click through to learn more!

Learn to Draw Dopey from ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Artist Mike Chovanec of the Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers step-by-step instructions on how to draw one of the most lovable characters from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

From Stem to Stern Wine Tasting on a Disney Cruise – Learn about Disney Cruise Line’s “From Stem to Stern” wine event, where a knowledgeable sommelier teaches you to sip like a pro.

New ‘Frozen Fever’ Treats Coming to Disney Parks and Resorts – It’s official: we’ve caught Frozen Fever! The Disney Parks Food and Beverage team has created new treats inspired by the “Frozen Fever” short.

And this week, the name of the newest female baby rhino at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – determined by Disney Parks Blog readers – was revealed. You voted the Kiama as the winning name. It was the overwhelming majority with more than half of the votes.

Kiama will continue to bond and grow with her mom backstage for a few more months, but stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for updates and more information as we near her on-stage debut. Check out Karen’s story for more.

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