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Discover Disney California Adventure Park with the Disney California Story Guided Tour

posted on June 23rd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


When it opened two years ago, Buena Vista Street gave Disney California Adventure park guests their first opportunity to step back into the Los Angeles of the 1920s and ‘30s as Walt Disney might have seen it. But the California influence doesn’t end once you pass Carthay Circle. Beginning July 17, guests can discover the stories behind the icons, attractions and landmarks of Disney California Adventure park with our newest guided tour, Disney California Story.

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The tour includes an exclusive look into the members-only 1901 lounge*, two popular Disney California Adventure park attractions*, a special experience at Animation Academy*, plus private lunch and a collectible pin.

Here are some things you should know about the Disney California Story Guided Tour:

  • Tour is offered daily at 10 a.m. and is approximately three hours long.
  • Theme park admission for Disney California Adventure park is required to attend the tour.
  • Check-in is located at the Chamber of Commerce, just inside the entrance to Disney California Adventure park.
  • Attractions and entertainment are subject to availability and may change without notice.

For pricing and booking information (and to find out about a special discount for Disney Rewards Visa and AAA card holders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passport holders) call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at Disneyland.com/Tours.

*Subject to availability and may change without notice.

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July 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on June 23rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here’s a look at some of the merchandise events headed your way in July at the Disneyland Resort!

July 12: Take part in a special artist showcase with Walt Disney Imagineers, Stephen Cargile, Larry Nikolai and Mark Page as well as former Walt Disney Imagineers, Maggie Parr and George Scribner from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Learn more.

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July 12: Artists Jasmine Becket-Griffith and Noah are set to appear from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more.

July 12: Meet the filmmakers behind “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” 3 – 5 p.m. at Fly n’ Buy in Disney California Adventure park. Keep an eye out for more information on this event shortly on www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

July 12 – 13: Jasmine Becket-Griffith will also take part in a special artist showcase from 2 – 5 p.m at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more.

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July 19: Artists J. Scott Campbell, Sean Chao, Martin Hsu and Sarah “Nei” Ruffino will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more.

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Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of July is Amy Mebberson. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: July 4 – 6, 11 – 13 and 18 – 20 from 6 – 10 p.m. Learn more.

Which events are on the top of your list?

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Stay Cool This Summer With Disneyland Resort Frozen Desserts

posted on June 20th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


In celebration of summer, we took on the tough assignment of highlighting some of our favorite frozen fare featured at the Disneyland Resort. From the classic shakes at Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land to the Boysen Apple Freeze at Maurice’s Treats in Fantasyland, we found several foodie fun facts for you to digest.

What’s your favorite frozen treat to cool off with at the Disneyland Resort?

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Summertime at the Disneyland Resort Keeps Getting Happier

posted on June 20th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Summer is almost officially here! There’s so much to do at the Disneyland Resort this summer – from experiencing the newly reopened Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to meeting Captain America at Innoventions … it’s hard to name it all. That’s why we put it all together in a video for you!

What are you looking forward to this summer at the Disneyland Resort?

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Disney Parks After Dark: Moon Over Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 19th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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This photo seems to be all about a full moon … but is it? With a closer look, you’ll see that it’s framed by the neon lights on top of Luigi’s Casa della Tires – the entrance to Luigi’s Flying Tires in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. I wanted to share this photo with you as part of our “Disney Parks After Dark” series because even though it is a bit abstract, unique details still make it a recognizable location at the Disneyland Resort.

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Do You Want ‘S’more’ Gourmet Apples at the Disneyland Resort?

posted on June 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s been almost an entire year since we have been treated to that ooey-gooey fan-favorite that I like to call the s’more gourmet apple. But guess what, Disney fans? It’s back!

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If you need a reminder as to why it was so good, maybe this will help. The apple has been dipped in chocolate and topped with graham crackers and marshmallows that have been toasted to perfection. Just like last year, you can enjoy this tasty treat fireside or just camping out with family and friends.

The s’more gourmet apple can only be found during the month of July at the following Disneyland Resort locations:

  • Disneyland park – Candy Palace
  • Disney California Adventure park – Trolley Treats
  • Downtown Disney DistrictMarceline’s Confectionary
  • Was this your favorite gourmet apple, too?

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    The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park

    posted on June 18th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


    Since Cars Land opened on June 15, 2012, no trip to Disney California Adventure park has been complete without experiencing Radiator Springs Racers. From the state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics technology to the thrilling race through Ornament Valley, this attraction truly is the definition of an “E-ticket” experience. In honor of the attraction’s second anniversary earlier this week, I’m thrilled to continue the “Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series with Radiator Springs Racers. With so much detail behind one of the largest attractions ever built for Disney Parks, today’s post will focus on the story of Stanley’s Oasis, which serves as the queue area for the attraction.

    Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs, sold radiator caps along Route 66. It wasn’t until he found the spring of water now known as Stanley’s Oasis that Radiator Springs became an iconic destination in the middle of the desert. To reach Stanley’s Oasis, turn right at the courthouse and follow the pathway under two bridges. The first bridge you pass under is a steel structure built in the 1940s and the second bridge was built out of wood in the 1920s.
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    After passing under the bridges, you have arrived at the entrance of the historic Stanley’s Oasis! You’ll immediately recognize the original Radiator Spring that continues to bubble after all these years. Directly behind the spring, notice the water tower where Stanley once invited customers to relax and enjoy a nice, cold drink. The pathway then heads into a covered structure – the first building Stanley established at the oasis. This is called the Cap ‘n’ Tap shop because of the various types of caps for sale. Next, the neighboring structure, called Stanley’s Service Garage, tells the story of Stanley’s once-booming auto-care business (remember the radiator caps he sold on Route 66?). Saving the best for last, you’ll continue on to the world-famous Oil Bottle House – the area’s most popular roadside attraction!

    As you enter the wheel-well-shaped cavern, you’ll see Stanley’s Comfy Caverns Motor Court – a lodge nestled deep inside the expansive cave. Because the oasis became so popular, Stanley and his wife, Lizzie, built the lodge to accommodate the high demand from visitors who wanted to stay overnight. From here, you hop in your car and head back to town for the big race! Ka-chow racer!

    What is your favorite Cars Land memory? Leave your answer in the comments below!

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    Jessica Alba Celebrates Her Daughter’s Birthday at the Disneyland Resort

    posted on June 18th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


    Jessica Alba and her family visited the Disneyland Resort recently to celebrate a special occasion: daughter Honor’s sixth birthday!

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    Here, Jessica, her husband Cash Warren and younger daughter Haven join the birthday girl for a special photo with Walt and Mickey at Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park.

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    Five Things You Might Have Missed on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

    posted on June 17th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


    This month marks the second anniversary of the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure park. Since then, the details of Buena Vista Street have captured the hearts of Disney fans and families – making the new entrance one of the most beloved lands at the Disneyland Resort. Today, I’m excited to share some of the details you might have missed in one of our newest additions, Buena Vista Street!

    1. Disney California Adventure Park Rededication Time Capsule

    Just inside the entrance of Disney California Adventure park, near the flagpole, look for a plaque on the ground. It reads: “May the hopes and dreams represented by the collection contained within the time capsule beneath this marker inspire a future generation of dreamers when it is unsealed a quarter century from now, on June 15, 2037.”

    Do you know where the other time capsule is located at the Disneyland Resort? How about the year in which it will be opened?

    2. Hyperion Bridge – The Disneyland Monorail crosses over a bridge that is inspired by a Los Angeles landmark, the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge. The original bridge opened in 1929 and can still be found in Los Angeles, spanning Interstate 5 from Glendale, Calif., to the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.

    3. Street Addresses on Buena Vista Street

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    This next detail is a favorite of mine: Next time you visit Disney California Adventure park, look at the addresses of each of the buildings on Buena Vista Street. Believe it or not, there is a significance to the numbers! The first two digits of all the addresses (26 or 27) refer to two of the years that the Walt Disney Studios were located on Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles. The second two digits often, though not always, correspond to a milestone year in the history of the Studios. For example, the address of Julius Katz Shoe and Watch Repair is 2701 Buena Vista St., representing the year of Walt Disney’s birth – 1901.

    4. Rock Candy Mountain Model – Located in the window of Trolley Treats is a model of Rock Candy Mountain, a short-lived concept to be part of Storybook Land Canal Boats in Fantasyland at Disneyland park. In the original plans, the exterior of the mountain was to be completely covered with candy – and the model was covered with real candy! Fortunately the original has since retired but we do have a replica featuring a scale-model trolley (fitting for Trolley Treats) traveling through lollipops, taffy, chocolate, fudge and more. If you look closely, you might find a hidden Mickey, of sorts, deep inside the mountain.

    5. Atwater School of Art & Animation

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    As you walk by Atwater Ink & Paint, look for the Atwater School of Art & Animation sign. The instructors are listed as: “Messrs. Clark, Davis, Johnston, Kahl, Kimball, Larson, Lounsbery, Reitherman, Thomas.” Do these names sound familiar? Well, these “instructors” are actually Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” a group of key animators who provided direction for Disney animated classics like “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella” and many more.

    Have you discovered other details of Buena Vista Street? Please share with us in the comments below!

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    National Lobster Day June 15 – So Many Tastes at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

    posted on June 11th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


    Delectable lobster is at the top of our list of seafood favorites, and with National Lobster Day coming up on Sunday, it’s the perfect excuse to order anything from a lobster omelet (our favorite) at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World Resort to an indulgent lobster tail at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. And there’s everything in between.

    Nothing better than the sublime lobster bisque topped with a lobster fritter and jalepeño oil at The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios … well, maybe the lobster Pad Thai roll at Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure park. Here’s a pretty comprehensive list, do you have a favorite?

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    1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

    • Lobster Benedict at breakfast

    Ale and Compass Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

    • Lobster sliders on Parker House Rolls

    The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

    • Lobster club sandwich with lobster salad, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and lemon mayo

    BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk

    • Maine lobster with buttered chive mayo on a split-top roll

    Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

    • Lobster omelet with butter-poached lobster, asparagus, chive cream at breakfast; for lunch, New England-style lobster roll on a butter-toasted Parker House Roll

    Chefs de France at France Pavilion, Epcot

    • Lobster bisque

    Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park

    • Warm lobster and crab crêpes with cheese, spinach, sautéed lobster and blue crab – a poached egg on top, drizzled with hollandaise sauce

    Columbia Harbor House at Magic Kingdom Park

    • Classic lobster roll

    Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

    • Classic lobster roll

    Coral Reef Restaurant at The Seas With Nemo & Friends Pavilion, Epcot

    • Creamy lobster soup tarragon and brandy, or lobster and shrimp orecchiette pasta with white cheddar and asparagus

    Crew’s Cup Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

    • New England-style lobster sliders on butter-toasted rolls

    Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney

    • Lobster corn dogs with salsa verde and sweet chili aioli
    • Lobster bisque with blue crab garnish
    • Lobster ravioli with asparagus, cherry tomato and garlic
    • Maine lobster and Florida rock shrimp roll with celery, red onion and mayo on a toasted roll
    • Lobster Boil

    Grand Floridian Café at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

    • For breakfast, lobster Eggs Benedict with two poached eggs, lobster hash, asparagus and hollandaise sauce

    Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Lobster and shrimp mac n’ cheese

    The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Portsmouth lobster bisque with lobster fritter and jalepeño oil

    Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

    • Lobster, shrimp and scallop roll on Parker House bread with citrus mayo

    Le Cellier Steakhouse at Canada Pavilion at Epcot

    • Le Cellier Lobster Chopped Salad with mixed greens, haricot verts, avocado, tomatoes and Lake Meadow Naturals egg
    • New Brunswick lobster “poutine” with butter-poached lobster and Meyer Lemon crème fraîche

    Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom Park

    • For lunch, crab and lobster dip

    Monsieur Paul at France Pavilion at Epcot

    • Maine lobster with sautéed mushrooms, mollet quail egg, creamy black truffle bouillon

    Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

    • Maine lobster bisque with butter-poached lobster, coral, sherry cream and chervil
    • Two-pound steamed Main lobster with fallen corn soufflé

    Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

    • Lobster bisque with Maine lobster, crème fraîche, preserved lemon, fines herbes

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    Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park

    • For lunch, grilled lobster tail salad with greens, hickory-smoked bacon, avocado, tomato and quail egg with Point Reyes Blue Cheese dressing or vinaigrette

    Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure park

    • Lobster Pad Thai Imperial Roll with cashew tamarind sauce

    Cove Bar at Disney California Adventure park

    • Lobster nachos with lobster, black beans, pico de gallo, serrano peppers, cilantro, chipotle crema and jack and cheddar cheeses on tortilla chips

    Harbour Galley at Disneyland park

    • Lobster roll on buttered brioche with Old Bay-seasoned home-style chips

    Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel

    • cold water lobster tail

    Storytellers Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

    • For dinner, Lobster Cobb Salad with chilled lobster, avocado, bacon, tomato, blue cheese and egg with a low-fat citrus-chive vinaigrette
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