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‘Stock Up’ on Good Cheer and Do Good at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


You know that feeling you get on Christmas morning when you discover your stocking filled with goodies? What if you could give that gift to someone AND make a difference for the children of Anaheim?

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I stopped by The Stocking Project chalet in the Downtown Disney Winter Village and had that same feeling when I saw their handcrafted stockings, filled to the brim with gifts from Downtown Disney District businesses! As John mentioned last week, Working to Give is selling these one-of-a-kind gifts, stitched by local artisans. The best part is that all net proceeds from your $99 stocking purchase will benefit ACT Anaheim, which supports much-needed youth programs in our community.

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The Downtown Disney Winter Village is open Monday–Thursday, 3–6 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 2–11 p.m.; and Sunday, 2–10 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to create some holiday magic … and give a gift that gives back to our community!

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‘The Good Dinosaur Weekend’ Celebrated Pixar’s Newest Film

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


Last weekend we celebrated the newest Disney•Pixar release, “The Good Dinosaur,” on both coasts — at Disney Springs in Florida and the Downtown Disney District in California. With a DJ dance party, chalk art, activities, giveaways and more, it was a party filled with dino-sized fun for the whole family! Couldn’t make it in person? Check out the video recap below, then make plans to see the film which makes it official debut today, November 25, 2015.

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Haunted Mansion Funko Pop! Figures Debut at Disney Parks

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Materializing at Disney Parks on November 27 are four new Funko Pop! figures themed to the Haunted Mansion, created especially for Disney Theme Park Merchandise. These happy haunts are currently in search of a new place to socialize since their resting grounds have been taken over by Sandy Claws!

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This new collection includes Ezra, Gus, Phineas and the ever-popular Hatbox Ghost. Each figure will retail for $19.95 plus tax and will be available at the following locations:

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D Street, Downtown Disney District

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Pin Traders, Disney Springs Marketplace

Which one of these Grim Grinning Ghosts will follow you home?

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Digging Up Merchandise at Disney Parks for Disney•Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This week, we are celebrating “Dino Week” in honor of the upcoming release of Disney-Pixar’sThe Good Dinosaur” which arrives in theaters on November 25. I recently visited the appropriately themed Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures in Dinoland, U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to survey merchandise being offered at Disney Parks for this film.

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For the release of this film, we have a small assortment of toys and apparel for kids. Guests may also find adorable plush resembling Arlo the Apatosaurus and his unlikely human friend Spot. Look for them on an open edition two-pin set as well.

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My favorite item is a kids’ zipper jacket that looks like the Tyrannosaurus Rex named Butch. I love the little arms that stick out from the front of the jacket.

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In the mix, we included some toys created by our partners from the Disney Store.

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Guests should also look for a limited release logo pin that opens to reveal an image of characters from the film.

Finally, we are hosting special signing events at Disney Parks this weekend.

For guests visiting Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort, filmmakers, Pete Docter and Jerome Ranft will be appearing from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on November 21. Jay Ward will be appearing at the location from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on November 22. They will be meeting with fans and signing select Pixar-themed merchandise during their appearances.

At Disneyland Resort, Disney artists Joey Chou and Jerrod Maruyama will be on hand for a signing event on November 21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney District. You can see some of their artwork in the top image. This artwork will also be released in Florida this weekend.

You can find select items from “The Good Dinosaur” online at http://www.DisneyStore.com. Select items may also be found using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

Check out all of the exciting activities happening at Disney in celebration of Dino Week at Disney.com/DinoWeek.

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Top 10 Holiday Entertainment Highlights at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Disneyland Resort, where we’re making the holiday season merry and bright, now through January 6, 2016. If you’re planning to join us during the jolliest time of the year, here are some highlights of our holiday entertainment you won’t want to miss!

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  1. Santa ClausWinnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are welcoming Santa to Critter Country this year, where you’ll find him in a delightful new spot, ready to greet everyone on his list.

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  1. “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade – This wonderful daytime procession features more than 100 performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Santa and an array of beloved Disney characters celebrating the holiday season.

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  1. Jingle Cruise – A cargo of holiday gifts and decorations have been jettisoned over the jungles of Adventureland, resulting in fun-filled expeditions and a dose of holly jolly hilarity on the classic Jungle Cruise attraction.

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  1. “it’s a small world” Holiday – This worldwide celebration of the season brings holiday music, costumes and décor to “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed,” and at night, animated projections and more than 300,000 twinkling LED lights adorn the attraction’s façade with joy and wonder.

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  1. Haunted Mansion HolidayJack Skellington and his crew from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” wish everyone a “Scary Christmas” with their own unique take on the holidays.

  1. Christmas on Buena Vista Street – Over at Disney California Adventure park, the residents of Buena Vista Street are celebrating the season with lovely tunes from the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers and a nightly tree lighting ceremony. And when Santa’s in town, you can stop in and see him at the Elias & Co. department store.

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  1. “Olaf’s Snow Fest” – Step inside Stage 17 in Hollywood Land for winter fun in the kingdom of Arendelle. There’s a giant play area with real snow, a zippy snow slide, live music from the Frolicking Fjords and the Tubadors and, of course, Olaf himself. Do you wanna build a snowman? Or meet one? This is the place!

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  1. “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! – This festive celebration of Latino culture and holiday traditions features music, dancing, delicious food, favorite Disney characters and the lively “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party.”

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  1. “World of Color – Winter Dreams” – Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure park sparkles to life at night with not one, but two splendid versions of the “World of Color” spectacular. For the holiday season, “World of Color – Winter Dreams” includes classic wintertime scenes from beloved stories such as “Bambi,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.” Each night, you can also enjoy “World of Color – Celebrate!” Part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, this version of the show is a colorful, surprise-filled tribute to Walt Disney and his dreams of Disneyland.

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  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – For 2015, the entire holiday season comes with a shimmering sprinkle of Diamond Celebration pixie dust, as our stunning 60th celebration continues, giving you even more chances to marvel at the dazzling “Paint the Night” Parade and the immersive new fireworks spectacular, “Disneyland Forever.”

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

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A Day and Night in Downtown Disney District … in 79 Seconds

posted on November 18th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Day or night, old, young or in between, Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has something for everyone, and there’s no better time to visit than right now, while the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is in full swing.

Experience the beauty and scope of Downtown Disney District in this fun Hyperlapse video, a high-energy visual map of what the district has to offer guests of all ages: entertainment, shopping and dining. It’s all just steps away from Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

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Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Has Something for Every Holiday Celebration

posted on November 16th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort brings even more opportunities for play, entertainment and holiday shopping to the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim.

Olaf, the summer-loving snowman from the blockbuster Disney animated motion picture, “Frozen,” returns to sunny California to reopen his Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink in Downtown Disney District between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich. The custom-designed, 50-by-90-foot rink features colorful “Frozen”-themed décor, holiday and “Frozen”-themed music and the figure of Olaf himself overseeing the fun.

The rink will be open Monday through Thursday from 3-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 2-11 p.m.; and Sunday from 2-10 p.m. Skates and helmets are provided with the admission fee.

As in holidays past at Downtown Disney District, the ice rink is surrounded by the Downtown Disney Winter Village, featuring chalets and carts offering a variety of holiday gift ideas, including Star Wars-themed items from World of Disney; magic, gags and novelties from Houdini’s Magic Shop; yo-yos and juggling kits from Duncan Yo-Yo; crystal art from Arribas Brothers; hot chocolate, snacks and desserts from Ghirardelli; personalized objects from You Name It; surfboard themed art are from Laguna Beach Surfboards; and personalized holiday ornaments from Ice-Land Workshop. A Working to Give/ACT Anaheim chalet will offer handmade holiday stockings with all proceeds going to Accelerate Change Together.

Downtown Disney District will also have a full lineup of special entertainment offerings for the holidays, including live performances by Holiday Carolers nightly December 4-25 and a 40s Jazz/Pop Vocal Group from December 25 through January 1. Appearances by Duncan Yo-Yo experts, and the Houdini Magic Shop Show are also on the schedule. Horse & Carriage rides will be offered November 27 through January 2.

And a special Downtown Disney District holiday tradition, Tuba Christmas, will take place at noon on Saturday, Dec. 19. No matter how you celebrate, Downtown Disney District will have something for you this holiday season.

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Seven Sights to See During Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is underway and this special season brings unforgettable experiences around every corner. Let’s take a look at seven sights to see during the holiday season.

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park
Disney characters join Santa Claus for this holiday tradition, featuring prancing reindeer, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies and more.

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Jingle Cruise at Disneyland Park
A shipment of holiday cheer that was supposed to be delivered to the Jungle Cruise skippers has been appropriated by the animals of the jungle, making for a festive seasonal safari!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park
Throughout the season, Paradise Garden at Disney California Adventure park comes alive with this musical and colorful celebration. Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of a special Latin American Christmas celebration at Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

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“Paint the Night” Parade and “Disneyland Forever” Fireworks at Disneyland Park
As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, these new nighttime favorites can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season!

‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

“World of Color” at Disney California Adventure Park
Also continuing through the holiday season is the new “World of Color – Celebrate!” which joins returning favorite, “World of Color – Winter Dreams.” Find out how to secure your spot for the show of your choice here.

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Holiday Decor at Disney California Adventure Park
One of my favorite features of the holiday season is the special themed decor at Disney California Adventure park. From the 1920s and ‘30s inspired charm of Buena Vista Street, to the oversized ornaments at “a bugs land” and the personal touches from the residents of Cars Land, there is always something unique to find every time you visit.

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Winter Village at Downtown Disney District
Enjoy ice skating or browsing holiday treats and gifts in an Alpine-inspired village? Lace up your skates and join the festive fun in the Downtown Disney District!

What are you looking forward to this year during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort? Tell us in the comments!

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Celebrate ‘The Good Dinosaur’ November 21 and 22 at Disney Springs and the Downtown Disney District

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


In my family, the weekend after Thanksgiving always means leftover turkey sandwiches and at least one family outing to the latest big-screen flick. I’m already looking forward to the newest Disney•Pixar release: “The Good Dinosaur” which debuts in 3D nationwide on November 25th. And this year, the movie excitement actually starts the weekend before the film hits theatres, with “The Good Dinosaur Weekend” taking place at Disney Springs Marketplace in Florida and at the Downtown Disney District in California, across from Downtown Disney AMC 12.

On November 21 and 22, both locations will host a celebration with a live DJ and a Dinosaur Dance Party from 11am to 11pm. As the sun sets, meteor shower lighting effects will light up the night. Special décor, photo opportunities and giveaways will amp up the party. T-REX and Rainforest Café will also join in the dinosaur-themed fun – so I’d suggest fueling up at one of these restaurants before making your way to the family-friendly festivities.

“The Good Dinosaur Weekend” is part of Dino Week, happening November 14 – November 22 throughout the Walt Disney Company; be among the first to find out more about Dino Week when it kicks off this Saturday on The Good Dinosaur Facebook page and get to know the film’s lead character, Arlo the Apatosaurus, his unlikely human friend Spot, and all of the T-Rexes, Raptors, and Pterodactyls they meet along the way.

Stay tuned to The Disney Parks Blog for more information about “The Good Dinosaur Weekend” including details on signing events, special event merchandise and more!

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First Look at the Disneyland Resort Holiday Magic ‘Decades’ Collection

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you a fan of the Disneyland Resort Diamond CelebrationDecades” collection? If you’re like me, one of the most magical and favorite times of the year at Disneyland Resort is the holiday season. Since 1955, the magic of the holidays has brought joy, merriment, lots of cheer and lasting memories to guests of all ages. Here’s your first look at the new art debuting November 12 celebrating 60 years of Holiday Magic.

As you can see, this new piece features cherished holiday attractions, icons and characters throughout the resort. Look for this image on an array of merchandise items including an adult fleece, D-handled mug, set of two kitchen towels, deluxe print, ornament, pin and my personal favorite, (great as a serving dish or a cookie plate), the oval platter. Tip: Some items even feature the story of this particular piece on the back.

Find it beginning November 12 at Disney Showcase in Disneyland park; World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District; and Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park, among other select locations.

Will you add holiday cheer to your collection with this “Decades” piece?

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