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Downtown Disney District Celebrates Mardi Gras at the Disneyland Resort with Special Music, Menus at House of Blues and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Tuesday, Feb. 9, is Mardi Gras, and no one knows how to do a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration like the folks at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and House of Blues in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

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The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group has deep roots in the New Orleans French Quarter Mardi Gras tradition. The Mardi Gras menu at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen features such specialties as traditional gumbo, red beans and rice, Creole jambalaya, BBQ shrimp and grits and the famous beignets.

Also on the agenda for Mardi Gras at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is live music from 6-10 p.m. in both the first- and second-floor dining rooms, a Mardi Gras costume contest at 8 p.m. in the Flambeau Room, free Mardi Gras beads for kids and some Bourbon Street specials at the bar.

Over at House of Blues, the all-ages entertainment lineup starts at 7 p.m. on February 9 and features L.A. Vation, “The World’s Greatest Tribute to U2,” and The Who Generation, “A Tribute to The Who.” Special Big Easy-inspired menu items include a fried catfish po’boy or a plate of fried catfish nuggets.

Let the good times roll or, if you prefer, laissez les bon temps rouler!

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New Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration HARVEYS Attraction Totes Debut

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you ready to see the next wave of attraction poster totes from HARVEYS created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration?

Fans who previously added Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion or “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” to your current seatbelt bag collection, prepare yourself for what you are about to see!

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The new line includes inspired totes ($198, plus tax) themed to Autopia, Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Cruise, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Storybook Land Canal Boats.

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Look for them in stores now at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District and other select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Personally it’s between the Autopia and Matterhorn Bobsleds for me. Which one is your favorite?

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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 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.

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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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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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SMS Audio Hits the Perfect Note with Super Hero Sound at Disney Parks

posted on January 22nd, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It sounds like the new year will continue to surprise and delight us with new offerings from SMS Audio! Debuting this month is a collection of super hero-themed SMS Audio headphones (the official headphones of Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort) that will only be found at Disneyland Resort, Disney Springs and other select locations at the Walt Disney World Resort, before hitting national retailers this spring.

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Look for designs that resemble the high-tech armor of a certain billionaire industrialist, complete with a red headband, 3D Arc Reactor gold ear cups and black leather ear cushions.

If it’s a more covert mission, perhaps consider the black headphones that resemble a certain master of disguise, complete with red perforated ear cushions and headband. There’s no doubt it will be the “mane” attraction when you first catch a glimpse, before getting caught in its web, of course.

Finally, look for headphones designed with a royal blue finish, ear cups that are both patriotic and symbolic of an indestructible domed shield and premium perforated ear cushions styled in classic grey.

The retail price on these sleek and stylish super hero-themed SMS Audio headphones at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort is currently $99.95, plus tax. Look for them in the coming weeks at the following locations:

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Which super hero-themed headphone sounds the best to you?

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How to Plan an Unforgettable Girlfriends’ Getaway at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 18th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to dazzle, 2016 is a great time for you and your girls to channel your inner princesses at the Disneyland Resort. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply spending quality girl time at the Happiest Place on Earth, try out these fun activities for a magical girlfriends’ getaway!

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Show off matching Mickey Ears, hats or t-shirts
Stepping out in matching Disney style is the perfect way to celebrate your friendship! Minnie ears from The Mad Hatter at Disneyland park, Disney t-shirts from Gone Hollywood at Disney California Adventure park or cute accessories from the World of Disney store in the Downtown Disney District make great photo props.

Capture your memories with Disney’s PhotoPass Service
Disney’s PhotoPass Service ensures that all the girls can get in the group photo. Friendly PhotoPass photographers will pose you in front of iconic locations in the parks, capture Disney Character greetings and even snap a photo with your personal cameras.

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Rejuvenate at Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
A getaway is not complete without pampering fit for a princess! The Balinese-themed Mandara Spa inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa provides an escape to paradise with relaxing massages, manicures, facials and more. Reservations are recommended.

Enjoy dinner in the park at Carthay Circle Restaurant
With an exquisite menu and décor inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, you and your best friends will dine like stars at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure park.

End a spectacular night with the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular
The recipe for a memorable night includes grabbing a cup of hot cocoa, cozying up near “it’s a small world” and spending quality time together as the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks sparkle in the skies above Disneyland park. This spot has a great view of the beautiful animated projections on the exterior of “it’s a small world,” too.

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Grab drinks at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
Located at the Disneyland Hotel, the torch-lit terrace of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is a relaxing spot to unwind and continue the fun after a day in the parks. This tropical-themed lounge evokes the feeling of a mystical oasis, and some colorful cocktails may conjure up magical surprises!

How do you have fun with your best friends at the Disneyland Resort?

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration ‘Decades’ Collection 1985–1994 Debuts January 14

posted on January 7th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues! On January 14, bring home the next piece in the “Decades” collection, depicting 1985 to 1994.

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I’m probably not the only one having flashbacks right now, mostly of the late 80s, early 90s style, but here are a few other things you may remember that happened during that time frame at the Disneyland Resort.

I know some of you spent time at the high-tech (for its time) Videopolis! Don’t deny it. During this time, it was also the 30th and 35th anniversary of Disneyland park; a certain intergalactic musical adventure debuted in the Magic Eye theater in Tomorrowland; Star Tours launched us into a galaxy far, far away; we found our laughing place inside Splash Mountain, changes were underway at the Disneyland Hotel; nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” gave us our first look into Mickey Mouse’s imagination; Mickey’s Toontown came to life. That, my fellow Disney fans, is just the tip of the iceberg, as I’m sure you know.

To commemorate this special time in Disney Parks history, the art designed by local southern California artist Jeff Granito will appear on a t-shirt, mug, plate, pin and print. Look for the new “Decades” collection at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including:

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Tip: Have you already pressed a penny with this art at World of Disney Store? If not, put it on your list of things to do on your next visit.

What are some of your favorite Disney memories from 1985 to 1994?

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ALEX AND ANI to Retire Mickey, Minnie and Pluto Character Bangles at Disney Parks

posted on January 5th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The new year is here, and new styles and designs from ALEX AND ANI are on their way. In order to make room, for the very first time, the following character silhouette ALEX AND ANI bangles will retire beginning January 11, 2016.

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If you’re looking to add one of these bangles to your collection or someone else’s, be sure to get them before they’re gone! Look for these ALEX AND ANI pieces and more online and in stores at:

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Which character silhouette is your favorite?

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January 2016 Disneyland Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on December 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s almost the New Year! Here are a few quick tips on some events taking place in January 2016 at the Disneyland Resort. I captured them a bit differently this month, separating them out by theme park and Downtown Disney District. Don’t miss out on such special opportunities to meet some of the artists behind the magic!

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January 16–17: Artist Yakovetic will be on hand for an artist showcase throughout the weekend from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day at Disneyana located on Main Street, U.S.A. Learn more here.

Downtown Disney District

January 9-10: Take part in a special artist showcase with Happy Pantry from 1–4 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

January 15-16: Join us as we welcome artist Joe Corroney, who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of some “out of this world” Star Wars artwork from 5–7 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery.

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January 16–17: Meet artisan Ann Shen, who will be on hand showcasing some of her newest releases, among other favorites, from 1–4 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

January 16–17: Guy Vasilovich is back! Look for a “galaxy” of Star Wars-themed pieces available throughout the weekend, with special appearances by Guy from 1–5 p.m. each day at D Street.

January 23–24: Meet Nan Hockin, whose newest art releases are too cute for words! Be sure to stop by WonderGround Gallery between 1–4 p.m. each day and see what Nan has in store for you! Learn more here.

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January 30–31: Take a look at some of the latest releases from artist Jeannine Schafer when she appears at WonderGround Gallery from 1–4 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

Which artists are you most excited to meet?

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