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California Family Wins a Disneyland Diamond Days Prize

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we hosted Thomas Lyons and his family, from Manhattan Beach, Calif. – winner of one of the prizes being awarded during Disneyland Diamond Days! In the video below, join Thomas, his wife Faith and daughters Grace and Phoebe as they enjoy their last Disneyland Resort visit before Grace and Phoebe head to college this semester. The visit was made extra special with their prize package, which included a three-day, two-night Disneyland Resort vacation and an exclusive tour of Disney California Adventure park before the park opened for the day, capped off with a special ride in the Red Car Trolley with Mickey Mouse.

For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 9/11/15. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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Happy National Waffle Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Happy National Waffle Day from Disney Parks Food and Beverage! What better way to indulge on this delicious holiday than with one of our top 8 waffles from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts:

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  1. Mickey Waffles
    Look for these breakfast classics are resort hotels across property, and at Plaza Inn at Disneyland park.
  2. Buffalo Chicken Waffle Slider from Trilo-Bites at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    This fiery new snack is simply wild!
  3. Waffle Cone from Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream at Disney California Adventure park
    Cool down with this sweet, hand-scopped treat.
  4. Waffle Sandwiches from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom Park
    Go sweet with the fruit and Nutella waffle sandwich, or try one of the savory lunchtime waffle sandwiches—either way you can’t go wrong.
  5. Waffle Fries at Golden Oak Outpost in Magic Kingdom Park
    Creative toppings make these waffle fries a tasty meal.
  6. Sweet and Savory Waffles from the Belgium Global Marketplace at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
    Try the Belgian waffle topped with berries or chocolate ganache and whipped cream for dessert or the Potato and Leek Waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked gouda cream for a hearty snack when the festival returns on September 25.
  7. Maple Waffle Breakfast Cone from BoardWalk Bakery
    A practically perfect breakfast on the go.
  8. Buffalo Chicken and Cornbread Waffles from the Fantasy Fare Food Truck at Downtown Disney
    This sweet and spicy treat is sure to satisfy.

What’s your favorite Disney Parks waffle? Let us know in the comments below!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 22nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Fall will be here before you know it and we’re already sharing some great experiences to look forward to during this season’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort and Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

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Enjoy Mummy Cupcakes During the New Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park Enjoy Candy Corn Cupcakes During the New Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park

When Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park debuts September 15, a new Happy HalloWishes Premium Dessert Package will be part of the fun. The premium offering will include viewing a Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade from the reserved location followed by sweet treats at festively decorated Tomorrowland Terrace where you have a cool view of Cinderella Castle during the Happy HalloWishes Nighttime Spectacular.

Check Pam’s original story for more details. You can call make reservations by visit DisneyWorld.com/DINE or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland Park

Also this week, Erin shared some things to know for this year’s Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort as it dazzles during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Here are a few nighttime spectaculars you can see:

Guests visiting with regular admission during Mickey’s Halloween Party dates will not be able to view “Paint the Night” parade or either fireworks spectaculars. If you plan to watch “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, please check the calendar at Disneyland.com to be sure you are attending on a non-party night. All show schedules are subject to change.

You can read more about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort by checking Erin’s original story.

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

Tour The ‘Walt Disney Archives Presents-Disneyland: The Exhibit’ At The D23 EXPO – The Disney Archives Exhibit at the D23 EXPO showcased artifacts important to the history of The Walt Disney Company and even Walt Disney himself.

Top Must-Do’s During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – Check out our top must-do’s for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna at Disneyland Resort.

A Peek Inside the AVATAR Exhibit at D23 Expo – Take a photo tour inside the AVATAR exhibit from the D23 Expo last weekend.

Disney Parks Attraction Poster Deluxe Calendar Returns for 2016 – The popular Disney Parks Attraction poster deluxe calendar is returning in 2016 to select merchandise locations.

PHOTO GALLERY: Best Images from the 2015 D23 Expo – Explore all the excitement from the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, Calif.

Enter ‘The Chew’s’ Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win a Trip to 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – We’re thrilled the Emmy award-winning ABC hit show “The Chew” is joining us for the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – and they are giving you (and three of your guests) a chance to win a visit, too.

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Three Things to Know About Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 19th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is just around the corner! As you plan for the spookiest time of year, which runs September 11 through November 1, I’ve got some things you should keep in mind.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

1. Halloween Time Dazzles During Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – We’ve added three new nighttime spectaculars during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and you can see them all during Halloween Time!

Please note: Guests visiting with regular admission during Mickey’s Halloween Party dates will not be able to view “Paint the Night” parade or either fireworks spectaculars. If you plan to watch “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, please check the calendar at Disneyland.com to be sure you are attending on a non-party night. All show schedules are subject to change.

Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland Park

2. Get Your Mickey’s Halloween Party Tickets Early – Even with 17 available nights, Mickey’s Halloween Party is sure to fill up fast! Purchase your tickets in advance here.

And as you’re getting your Halloween costume ready to show off at Mickey’s Halloween Party, don’t forget to check the costume guidelines here.

Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

3. Daytime Fun During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort – If you do not plan to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party, we’ve got fun in store for you during the day:

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy
  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Read more about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort here!

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VIDEO: Disney Parks Announces Expansions and Enhancements at D23 EXPO 2015

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


It was a big weekend for Disney fans! The D23 EXPO 2015 was packed with news from across The Walt Disney Company, including major announcements from Disney Parks. New 14-acre Star Wars-themed lands at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland park, Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Soarin’ Around the World at Epcot and Disney California Adventure park and many more exciting announcements have kept fans buzzing for days. Take a look back!

Check out all the Disney Parks news from D23 EXPO 2015:

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Soarin’ Around the World Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

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


Beginning next year, guests at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort will undertake a whole new Soarin’ journey when Soarin’ Around the World opens at both locations. This new experience continues the recent updates to the popular attraction, including all-new digital screens and projection systems at both locations.

Soarin’ Around the World will take guests on a journey to far-flung lands, over some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders. It will use the same technology that will make the Shanghai attraction, Soaring Over the Horizon, so spectacular, ensuring that the very best Disney has to offer can be experienced at Disney Parks around the world.

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Disneyland Nights: Suggestions for Nighttime Fun During D23 EXPO 2015

posted on August 12th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m looking forward to attending the D23 EXPO 2015 this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Expo will be held August 14-16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. After spending the daytime immersed in all things Disney, I can’t wait to visit Disneyland Resort at night. Here are some of my favorite places, in case you are looking for something to do as the sun sets in the California sky.

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Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
My number one nighttime destination is Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. While I love finding hidden treasures inside the bar area (look for a hidden Orange Bird figure), I also enjoy sitting outside on the torch-lit lanai listening to live music. If you are hungry, try the Ahi Poke or the Slow-roasted Kālua-style Pork Sandwich. For beverages, I highly recommend the HippopotoMai-Tai or, if you are sharing, the Uh Oa!, named after the tiki goddess of disaster.

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Beignets and Live Music at Downtown Disney District
I like strolling through Downtown Disney District after picking up some beignets and coffee from Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express. From 6-10 p.m. this month at Downtown Disney District, each night of the week will be devoted to a different musical style . During the D23 EXPO 2015 weekend, look for these performances:

  • Friday, August 14 – Tupua Polynesian variety show
  • Saturday, August 15 – Phat Cat Swinger (I love that swing dancing is still a tradition!)
  • Sunday, August 16 – Top 40 Music Jam features Dead Ringer

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Carthay Circle Lounge on Buena Vista Street
The little details on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park are fantastic (see my fellow author Tyler Slater’s article for a sampling). I also like Carthay Circle Lounge, which offers handcrafted cocktails by mixologists who use unique glassware, gourmet garnishes and drink-specific ice (try the Manhattan as seen in this video).

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Dole Whips in the Enchanted Tiki Garden at Disneyland Park
There is nothing greater than enjoying a Dole Whip while sitting in the Enchanted Tiki Garden at Disneyland park. I love watching the Tiki gods of the garden come to life as seen in this video.

Do you have a favorite hangout in Disneyland after dark? Please share in the comments below.

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Official Disneyland App Now Available for Download

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The official Disneyland App is available for download now from the App Store and on Google Play. This new app provides useful info, special features and more right at your fingertips.

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Find the fun faster with maps of attractions, restaurants and shops. Check attraction wait times, Character appearance schedules and entertainment show times. You can even purchase park tickets instantly from your phone or mobile device!* Simply show the barcode at the gate for admission when you first arrive — no ticket booth lines to stand in or e-tickets to print out.

Annual Passholders can also link their Annual Passports to the Disneyland App to check Blockout Dates and use the app’s virtual Pass feature to enter the parks (actual Annual Passport must be presented to obtain Disney FASTPASS tickets or to receive Passholder discounts).

Download the official Disneyland App now at disneyland.com/magic and make every Disneyland Resort visit even more magical!

*Mobile app ticket sales are available for U.S. and Japan Residents only.

Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google, Inc. Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

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Video Rewind: Point-of-View Videos from Disneyland Resort Attractions

posted on August 4th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Need to fill that time between your last ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the next? Miss that view from the front of the Disneyland Resort Monorail? Good news – Shannon, one of our fabulous video pros, has you covered! Take a rewind back to some of the “Point of View” videos she has shared with us over the years here on the Disney Parks Blog.

We captured memorable moments from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain and Space Mountain, and mashed them into one video.

A camera was mounted on the driver’s side of a Radiator Springs Racers car during a test run prior to the 2012 opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park for this special sneak peek of the attraction.

A round-trip ride on the Disneyland Monorail lasts about 15 minutes, but if you’re short on time, this video highlights the highway in the sky with a point of view only visible by a few.

Five cameras traveled aboard the Omnibus to tape the entire trip from the Main Street Train Station to Sleeping Beauty Castle and back again.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park?

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” transports guests into the world and works of Walt Disney, including his dreams of Disneyland. This new presentation of “World of Color” is a part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

How well do you know the new nighttime spectacular in Disney California Adventure park? Take our quiz and find out!



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How Well Do You Know ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park?

“World of Color” has become a favorite among Disneyland Resort guests. How many times has this nighttime spectacular been performed?
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“World of Color – Celebrate!” features which two charming co-hosts?
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How many fountains bring “World of Color – Celebrate!” to life?
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Where can you obtain Disney FASTPASS for priority viewing of “World of Color – Celebrate!”?
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