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Five Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite places at the Disneyland Resort is Buena Vista Street. The newly re-themed entrance to Disney California Adventure park is a walk back in time Los Angeles of the 1920s and ‘30s. This area brings guests even deeper into the nostalgia of this time period during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Here are five ways to enjoy the season on Buena Vista Street:

1. Oh! Christmas Tree!

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Just behind the “Storytellers” statue lies the spectacular 50-foot Christmas tree – the can’t-miss sight of the season on Buena Vista Street. (Really, you can’t miss it. It’s huge.) The tree is covered with charming, vintage-style ornaments that recall Christmas in the 1920s and ‘30s.

2. Here Comes Santa Claus

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Buena Vista Street is one of the places where you can find Santa Claus himself at the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season, in his classic department store setting at Elias & Co.

3. Carol of the Bells

Join in a carol or two with the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers. Throughout the day, they perform renditions of classic Christmas carols, accompanied by handbells.

4. Deck the Halls

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In addition to the vintage-style ornaments on the Christmas tree, the 1920s and ‘30s theme continues all the way down the street, through garlands, ribbons and special decorations on the light poles, storefronts and even inside the stores. All the holiday decor combines to create the feeling of stepping back in time to Christmases gone by.

5. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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What is the holiday season without friends to celebrate with? During this special time, Mickey Mouse and his friends have added some festive touches to their vintage-style attire. Stop by and say hi while you’re strolling down Buena Vista Street!

What is your favorite holiday detail on Buena Vista Street?

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New ‘Frozen Fun’ Opens at Disneyland Resort January 7

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


This winter, Disneyland Resort celebrates the opening of spectacular new “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park, featuring magical adventures with characters from Disney’s blockbuster hit, “Frozen.” For a limited time beginning January 7, 2015, we’ll be bringing you a flurry of all-new, immersive experiences you won’t want to miss!

Some of the highlights coming to Disney California Adventure park include:

  • “For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” – The Muppet*Vision 3D theater in Hollywood Land has been transformed for this event into the beautiful Crown Jewel Theatre from Arendelle. You’re invited to step inside and join the Arendelle Historians – along with special appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff – for a fun and comedic retelling of the unique history of their kingdom, filled with delightful, sing-along moments from “Frozen.”

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  • “Olaf’s Snow Fest” – Stage 17 in Hollywood Land plays host to an immersive winter wonderland straight out of the Kingdom of Arendelle, complete with a giant snow play area and musical performances by The Frolicking Fjords and The Tubadors. You can glide down a snow slide, build a snowman of your own and visit everyone’s favorite snowy pal, Olaf, and give him a warm hug. “Olaf’s Snow Fest” has so much to offer, from beautiful photo opportunities to scrumptious treats and special “Frozen” souvenirs. It’ll be a great spot for making memories that’ll warm your heart.
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post – Head back outside, and nearby you’ll find Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, where you can pick up the latest “Frozen”-inspired apparel, plush, toys, mugs and more.

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  • “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome” – Anna and Elsa, the beloved sisters from “Frozen,” move from Fantasyland to an elegant new location inside the Disney Animation attraction at Disney California Adventure park, where you can meet them as part of a special royal greeting. The colorful and varied display in the Animation Courtyard will also now include scenes and music from Disney’s Academy Award-winning blockbuster hit, “Frozen,” and at Animation Academy, a Disney artist asks, “Do You Want to Draw a Snowman?” It’s a unique opportunity to learn how to draw your very own sketch of Olaf or Marshmallow.
  • “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party” – Each evening, you’re invited to “chill out” in Hollywood Land with music, dancing, interactive fun and more in this new, family-friendly experience. You’ll arrive at the party through an icy archway to find wintry décor, dazzling lighting effects, cool photo spots, yummy treats and frosty beverages for all ages. Throughout the night, a giant thermometer registers the drop in temperature, as things get so cool they ultimately reach the freezing point when everyone lets it go in a spectacular “Frozen Fun” crescendo!

A sneak peek of many of these exciting experiences begins Saturday, Dec. 20. Starting January 7, 2015, the “Frozen Fun” officially launches at Disney California Adventure park, and a new “Frozen” show makes its debut in Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park.

The Royal Theatre’s resident storytellers, Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, present the tale of “Frozen” in a fun-filled, fast-paced retelling of the story, featuring their own wacky performances in key roles, along with Anna, Elsa and the Faire Maidens. And when “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” resumes daily performances January 7, Anna and Elsa will once again make pre-parade appearances on their own special float.

When Storybook Land Canal Boats returns later this month, there will be a new addition to this charming and beloved Fantasyland attraction, with excursions through the world of “Frozen” offering views of the fjord-side village of Arendelle, including the stately castle where Anna and Elsa grew up, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, and Elsa’s mountaintop ice palace. The miniature locales of “Frozen” will find a new home among the familiar scenes of some of Disney’s most enduring and timeless fairy tales, including “Pinocchio,” “Cinderella,” “Aladdin,” and “The Little Mermaid.”

And don’t forget about Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink (continuing through February 22, 2015) and the new Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, both open now at Downtown Disney District. For fans of “Frozen,” there’s never been a better time to visit Disneyland Resort! Which of these new experiences are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments, and join the conversation using the hashtag #FrozenFun!

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Readers Cruise into the Holidays at Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 4th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers braved the rain last night to attend the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure park. We started the evening with reserved viewing for “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” then we cruised over to Cars Land for our private, after-hours event.

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We were even joined by Radiator Springs’ own resident superstar, Lightning McQueen!

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Of course, no holiday meet-up would be complete without plenty of sugary snacks. Guests enjoyed a bounty of goodies from the selection of limited-time holiday treats now available at the Disneyland Resort.

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Meet-up guests enjoyed all of the Cars Land attractions – Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Radiator Springs Racers and Luigi’s Flying Tires – many of us more than once. (Am I right?)

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To paraphrase Lightning McQueen, we’re all winners when we make new friends – and every Disney Parks Blog meet-up is an opportunity for just that. Here I am with one of my newest friends!

Did you join us at the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Santa Is Making the Rounds at Disney Parks

posted on December 4th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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Santa Claus is a busy guy this time of year, but we have good news! He’s carving time out of his schedule to pay a visit to Disney Parks, where you can meet him and fill him in on your fondest wish for this holiday season. Between now and Christmas Day, Santa will be making stops throughout Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Here are some of the places you’re bound to find him:

Be sure to consult the in-park Times Guide or ask a cast member to find out just when you can see Santa on the day of your visit, and have a wonderful ho-ho-holiday!

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New ALEX AND ANI Bangles Debut in Time for the Holidays at Disney Parks

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


As you all know, I’m an avid fan of ALEX AND ANI! So, when I see new bangles on the horizon that are what I consider ‘must-haves’ for the holidays, I want to share them with all of you. Here’s your first look at some of the new styles headed to Disney Parks.

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Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you! It All Started With A Mouse and Hakuna Matata are the first pieces in a new collection, Words Are Powerful, inspired by Disney sayings. These bangles will be available in Shiny Silver and Yellow Gold finishes beginning December 15. Also debuting is the 2015 Dated bangle featuring Mickey Mouse, a perfect way to commemorate your visit to the parks next year! This bangle will be available beginning December 15 in Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver finishes.

Look for these new bangles at locations throughout the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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Charmed? I know I am! Which bangle will you add to your collection this holiday season?

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Baymax Joins the Ranks of Caramel Apples at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 1st, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


For those of you who have seen the Disney animated film, “Big Hero 6,” I think you will agree with me that we all need more Baymax in our lives. Our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers felt the same way, so you can imagine my excitement and surprise when I was introduced to the newest hand-crafted apple inspired by the loveable healthcare companion.

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Baymax has ‘sweet’ ninja skills, and I can tell you, this apple is even sweeter! Made with caramel, white chocolate, black licorice and candy-coated chocolates, I guarantee you will want to take this version of Baymax home with you.

Look for this special addition to our candy kitchens at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., as well as Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Baymax, I’m pretty sure the famous ‘fist bump’ … Bada-lada-la … would apply here.

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Christmas Trees of the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Some people shop, others finish off those leftovers; my day-after-Thanksgiving tradition is to decorate my Christmas tree. So, while I’m untangling strings of lights, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Christmas trees here at the Disneyland Resort.

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We’ve got to start with the big one – Main Street, U.S.A. Towering 60 feet tall and covered with more than 1,800 ornaments, this iconic tree is the focal point of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.

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This may be as close to a Christmas tree as you’re going to get in the heart of darkness. You’ll get the point in the end on the Jingle Cruise.

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Over at Disney California Adventure park, Buena Vista Street boasts its own impressive Christmas tree, featuring vintage-style ornaments inspired by the 1920s and ‘30s.

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Even Stanley gets in the holiday spirit with this hubcap-adorned tree in Cars Land.

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And finally, the hotels of the Disneyland Resort each feature their own beautiful holiday decorations, like the enormous tree in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Which Christmas tree at the Disneyland Resort is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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Holidays Shine Bright in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 25th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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What do you get when you combine Christmas lights and neon lights? The holidays in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park! Radiator Springs is aglow with the twinkle of the season as residents have decorated their businesses along Route 66.

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Showing that you don’t have to be fancy to be festive, even Mater’s junkyard sparkles.
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And across the street, Sarge puts the spirit in the season with a patriotic display that guarantees fireworks every night.

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Luigi’s Casa della Tires and Ramone’s House of Body Art shine against the beautiful backdrop of Ornament Valley.

What is your favorite holiday display in Cars Land?

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Made With Magic Items Now Available at Disney Parks

posted on November 25th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m happy to announce that Made With Magic items are now available at Disney Parks. You may recall my recent Disney Parks Blog article about Made With Magic, the new name for products that light up and interact with select Disney experiences at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. I recently visited Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to get a first hand look at these new products.

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As the sun set on another beautiful Florida day, I saw these items in action at the top of the Hollywood Hills Theater just before seating opened for the first Fantasmic! show. We currently offer a Disney ear hat, a Minnie Mouse headband and a Sorcerer Mickey wand. A light-up Mickey Mouse glove will be coming to Disney Parks in spring 2015. Each Made With Magic item has a retail of $25.00 (that retail includes tax).

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My favorite item is the Sorcerer Mickey wand as it has the ability to change other Made With Magic items. It’s pretty easy to use. To change the color patterns on the wand, press the artist pallet button. Once you find a color pattern you like, you can press the wand button to change other Made With Magic items. I changed an entire display of Disney ear hats with just one wand (I wonder if I can use this wand to clean up my apartment as that would be amazing).

Look for these items in select merchandise locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. Guests in California can find these items in various merchandise locations in Disneyland park and in Disney’s California Adventure park.

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Plan the Merriest Feast on Earth at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 24th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Forget Santa’s Naughty-or-Nice list, if you’re visiting during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, there’s only one list you’ll need. I’ve compiled all things deliciously Disney this holiday season.

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Jolly Holiday Bakery Café

  • Hot Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich

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  • Market Sandwich
  • Grilled Pesto Chicken Sandwich
  • Apple Pecan Salad
  • Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

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  • Mickey-Shaped Macaroons
  • Caramel Apple Muffin
  • Chocolate-Raspberry Cupcake

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  • Black Forest Bundt Cake
  • Holiday Brownie

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  • Pumpkin Crème Brulee
  • Ginger Spice Éclair
  • Chocolate-Mint Whoopie Pie

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  • Bananas Foster Cheesecake
  • Tiramisu
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookie
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Village Haus Restaurant

  • Cherry Cobbler Flatbread – cherry pie filling, crunchy granola on a flatbread topped with icing and fresh mint

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

  • Family-Style Cookie Bake – baked sugar cookie dusted with powdered sugar and mulling cinnamon-orange blend, topped with three scoops of vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with caramel sauce

Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

  • Hot Cocoa and Cider
  • Cookie Decorating Kits
  • Candy Cane Cotton Candy

French Market Restaurant

  • Praline Cheesecake

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

  • Crushed candy cane & holiday sprinkles for waffle cones

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port

  • Fresh Roasted Turkey Pizza – oven-roasted turkey with Craisins, mozzarella, parmesan, fresh sage
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante

  • Holiday Tamale Plates

The Golden Horseshoe

  • Ice Cream Nachos
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Plaza Inn

  • November Yule Log – spice cake with pumpkin mousse and lingonberry marmalade filling and cream cheese with chocolate ganache frosting
  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache

Market House

  • Cranberry Bliss Bar
  • Gingerbread Loaf
  • Pecan Tart
  • Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies
  • Holiday Brownie

Maurice’s Treats

  • Pumpkin Twist

Mint Julep Bar

  • Raspberry-Magnolia Lemonade
  • Pumpkin Beignets served with Vanilla Crème Anglaise

Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • Holiday Burger – blue cheese burger with onion marmalade and arugula
  • Apple Pie Funnel Cake

Royal Street Veranda

  • Tropical Habanero Lime Punch

Blue Bayou Restaurant and Cafe Orleans

  • Holiday Peppermint Mocha
  • Holiday Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate
  • Holiday Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

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Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta

  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree
  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache

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  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge

  • California Craft Seasonal Beer
  • Poinsettia – Cointreau, cranberry juice, and champagne garnished with a twist of orange zest

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream

  • Crushed candy cane and holiday sprinkles for waffle cones and hand-dipped ice cream bars

Cozy Cone Motel

  • Bacon Mac & Cheese Cone
  • Pumpkin Twist

Boudin Bread Cart

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  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree

Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe

  • Cranberry Bliss Bar
  • Gingerbread Loaf
  • Pecan Tart
  • Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Paradise Garden Grill

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Mortimer’s Market

  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree

Schmoozies

  • Triple Berry Smoothie – fresh cranberries, cranberry juice, cranberry sauce and vanilla ice cream topped with a caramel drizzle
  • Abuelita Hot Cocoa
  • Caramel Apple Muffin
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Taste Pilots’ Grill

  • Warm Apple Maple Cake
  • Merriest Style Topping – beef burger or grilled chicken topped with Swiss cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms
  • Holiday Brownie

Pacific Wharf Café

  • Turkey Pot Pie Soup
  • Cranberry-White Chocolate Bread Pudding
  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

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Hearthstone Lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake

Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache

The Coffee House at Disneyland Hotel

  • Caramel Apple Muffin

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland Hotel

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  • Red-Nosed Zebra – Bacardi 8 rum, fresh lemon and lime juice, agave nectar and strawberry puree garnished with cranberries and a mint sprig
  • Sam’s Slay Ride – Sam’s Gorilla Grog, Jack Daniel’s Honey, Grand Marnier, Canton Ginger, fresh lime juice and Trader Tiki cinnamon topped with a cinnamon and nutmeg dusting
  • Mele Kaliki-Mocha – Fresh iced coffee, Kahlua, coconut, orgeat syrup, topped with whipped cream and garnished with red and green sprinkles and a rosemary sprig

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