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Wildlife Wednesday: A Shining Star for Disney’s Sea Turtles – Tinker Bell and Marina’s Hatchlings Are on Their Way

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Anne Savage, Ph.D., Conservation Director, Disney’s Animal Programs

Tinker Bell and Marina, our sea turtles who crawled out of the ocean to nest with only the starry skies to light their way, are now the proud moms of 137 hatchlings that just emerged from the sand near Disney’s Vero Beach Resort!

While waiting for their nests to hatch, we have been following Tink and Marina on their ocean adventures as they take part in the Tour de Turtles! In the time it took for the eggs to hatch, Tinker Bell and Marina have each swum around 1,000 miles and are enjoying a tasty buffet fit for turtles in the Bahamas and near Cuba! They will keep eating and swimming … and swimming and eating … until they are ready to return to lay more eggs in 2017!

Until she returns to nest again, Marina will continue to be our turtle ambassador, reminding us of how important it is to keep our beaches and oceans free of plastic debris that could be ingested by turtles. You can join us and do your part in helping keep beaches and waterways free of litter. All waterways lead to the ocean, so you can help sea turtles no matter where you live!

Our other turtle ambassador Tinker Bell has been spreading her pixie dust to remind us that sea turtles need dark beaches to successfully lay their eggs. When those little hatchlings emerge from the nest, they find their way to the ocean by following the brightest light they can see in the star-filled skies.

We were very happy to see those tiny turtle tracks from Tinker Bell’s and Marina’s nests heading straight to the ocean!

It will take 30 years for these tiny turtles to grow to adult size and return to Disney’s Vero Beach to start their own families! Until then, we will continue to protect the magic of nature by keeping our beaches and oceans safe for sea turtles!

Disney’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program is so important to us, and we are delighted when we are recognized for our accomplishments. Recently, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums presented us with the 2015 Significant Achievement in North American Conservation Award.

The North American Conservation Award recognizes outstanding achievement in habitat and species restoration that supports biodiversity conservation. From supporting sea turtle conservation efforts through the Disney Conservation Fund, to rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles, to on-the-ground field research and providing experiences to engage our guests with sea turtles, Disney is committed to the conservation of sea turtles and inspiring everyone to care about these amazing animals!

Stay on the lookout for upcoming posts, as the sea turtle nesting season is winding down. We will bring you a summary of how the turtles did this year at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

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Today in Disney History: Disneyland Hotel Opens, 1955

posted on October 5th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

Sixty years ago today, the landmark Disneyland Hotel opened its doors just three months after Disneyland park opened to the public. Designed as a hotel with families in mind, the Orange County hotel was the first major resort to be built in Southern California since the early 1940s.

After 60 dazzling years, the Disneyland Hotel continues to create magical memories for families visiting the Disneyland Resort. Here are some photos and fun facts!


During its first year of operation, the hotel had only 104 guest rooms. Pictured above are the original owners, Jack and Bonita Wrather. The Disneyland Hotel was built and owned by Walt Disney’s friend, Jack Wrather, until The Walt Disney Company purchased the Wrather Corporation in 1988.


Today the Disneyland Hotel has 975 beautifully appointed guest rooms, including a unique collection of themed suites—from the Big Thunder Suite to the Pirates of the Caribbean Suite.


The Coral Swim Club at the hotel was added in 1956, which included a year-round heated swimming pool. As an added amenity, food and refreshments were served poolside as guests lounged in the sunshine.


Today the hotel boasts three pools, two waterslides, spas and poolside cabanas. If you’re wondering what it’s like travel down the two Monorail-themed slides, which were added in 2011, check out the video here.


The 3.5-acre World of Water marina opened in 1970, showcasing the latest designs in powerboats, cruisers, sailboats and even a fully furnished houseboat! And yes, those are helicopters sitting where today’s Goofy’s Kitchen and Steakhouse 55 are located.


Today, the Disneyland Hotel sparkles with décor as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Located just steps from the Downtown Disney District and both theme parks, the hotel offers a variety of experiences for guests of all ages.

Happy 60 years to the Happiest Hotel on Earth!

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25th Annual CHOC Walk in the Park Returns to the Disneyland Resort on October 11

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

On Sunday, Oct. 11, the 25th annual CHOC Walk in the Park supporting CHOC Children’s will return to the Disneyland Resort during the Diamond Celebration.

Since its inception, CHOC Walk in the Park has raised nearly $23 million for CHOC Children’s, supporting a variety of patient and family programs, as well as education, research, and the development of the latest technologies to advance the health of CHOC patients.

Here are the top three ways you can help support CHOC Walk this year:

1. Sleep in and make a difference as a “sleeping bear”
Registering as a “sleeping bear” is a great way to raise funds and earn CHOC Walk rewards all while sleeping in on Sunday morning.

2. Party with your ‘ohana at the CHOC Walk Ambassador’s Luau at the Disneyland Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 10
Have you practiced your hula dancing lately? This new event is hosted by the CHOC Ambassadors, six courageous children who represent all the other children at CHOC and their medical journeys. Enjoy live Polynesian entertainment, luau-inspired food, face painting, a silent auction and more. The CHOC Walk Ambassador’s Luau will take place from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom in the Disneyland Hotel.

3. Put on your walking shoes and join us at the CHOC Walk on Sunday, Oct. 11
The walk covers three miles through Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, where you’ll get a special peek at the magic of the Disneyland Resort before the parks open to the general public.

Tickets and registration for these events are available at If you are joining us for these events, share your experience with #CHOCWalk!

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Download Our Retro Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Wallpaper

posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Are you loving the changes that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has undergone over the past few years, such as the lovely new lobby and the debut of our very own Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto? To me, the resort is looking better than ever!


To celebrate the fact that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort originally opened this week back in 1971, Jason “Tiki” Tackett has created our latest wallpaper, which mimics the original folio covers for the resort in 1971. According to Jason, “it’s a simple wallpaper, featuring the tiki icon, arms extended in the spirit of welcoming and aloha.”

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. And click here to check out our complete gallery of wallpapers.

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Reservations Open Today for Thanksgiving Day Dining at Disneyland Resort

posted on September 29th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

It’s countdown to turkey time, and the Disneyland Resort chefs are planning some extra-special dining for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26. Here’s where you’ll find the big bird in the theme parks and hotels. For reservations, visit or call 714-781-DINE.


The biggest celebration is from noon-5 p.m. at the Disneyland Hotel ballroom, where the annual fall harvest includes Thanksgiving favorites such as carved roasted breast of turkey and prime rib, served with homemade stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, fresh cranberry-orange relish and smashed potatoes and gravy. You’ll also find salads, artisan cheeses, smoked salmon and cured meats, poached shrimp and king crab legs. Desserts include pumpkin and pecan pies, tarts, cookies, chocolate mousse and a chocolate fountain. Fall harvest buffet is $76.99; also a special buffet just for ages 3 to 9, $27.99.

Here’s your guide to Thanksgiving Day dining throughout the Disneyland Resort:

Disneyland Park

  • Carnation Café: Slow-roasted turkey with turkey-bourbon gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, apple-cranberry stuffing, cranberry-orange relish, veggies and a dinner roll.
  • Plaza Inn: Slow-roasted turkey with traditional turkey gravy and sage dressing, mashed potatoes, veggies and a dinner roll.
  • River Belle Terrace “Fantasmic!” Dinner: Slow-roasted turkey breast with stuffing, roasted garlic-thyme mashed potatoes, home-style gravy, veggies, cornbread and cranberry relish.
  • French Market Restaurant: Slow-roasted turkey breast with andouille sausage stuffing, Market potatoes, home-style gravy, veggies, artisan bread and cranberry relish. Also pumpkin pie.
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant: Slow-roasted turkey roulade with focaccia stuffing, roasted garlic, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, Cognac turkey gravy and cranberry relish.
  • Harbour Galley: Turkey tortilla soup simmered with roasted corn and black beans.
  • Café Orleans: Slow-roasted turkey breast with cornbread and giblet stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes, veggies, home-style gravy and cranberry relish.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Mortimer’s Market: Turkey-shaped sourdough bread.
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant: Receive a voucher for “World of Color” preferred viewing with your choice of Carthay Circle Salad with heirloom apples, roasted walnuts, winter greens, bacon, dates and creamy citrus vinaigrette or Cinderella Pumpkin Broth with lemongrass-cilantro grilled chicken, caramelized onion and Tuscan kale. Entrée added: grilled Sierra free-range turkey with a Poblano chile and mushroom tamale, and creamed corn with turkey jus. Dessert, also a la carte, is crunchy butterscotch pie with cashews, holiday Chantilly and caramel.
  • Wine Country Trattoria: Herb-roasted turkey breast with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, herb focaccia stuffing, seasonal vegetables and orange-cranberry sauce. Also pumpkin pie.
  • Boudin Bread Cart at Pacific Wharf: Turkey-shaped sourdough bread
  • Pacific Wharf Café: Turkey pot pie soup in a bread bowl; pumpkin spice bread pudding.
  • Flo’s V8 Café: Rotisserie-roasted turkey breast with mashed potatoes, stuffing, veggies and 0range-cranberry sauce.
  • Ariel’s Grotto: Slow-roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy, apple stuffing, orange-cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and veggies (includes voucher for “World of Color” preferred viewing).
  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta: Pumpkin pie.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Storytellers Café: Dinner buffet with salads and fresh fruit, roasted corn chowder, hand-carved turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, hand-carved beef, pan-seared salmon, pork loin, candied yams, sourdough bread stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, green beans. Also holiday desserts include pumpkin and pecan pies, bread pudding with vanilla sauce, chocolate pate, dulce de leche pot de crème.
  • Napa Rose: Chef Andrew Sutton’s Four-Course Wine Country Feast (wine flight also available); reservations and information, 714-300-7170.

Disneyland Hotel

  • Steakhouse 55: Starter course – butternut squash soup with crispy shredded skirt steak and maple clabbered cream; Entrée – roasted turkey Wellington, brioche stuffing, cranberry, Swiss chard, wild mushroom gravy; Dessert – trio of sweet potato mousse parfait, pecan cake pop and pumpkin whoopie pie. Wine pairings available. Also available in the Steakhouse 55 Lounge.
  • Goofy’s Kitchen: Turkey and herb stuffing will be added to the buffet brunch, along with turkey gravy, sweet potatoes and tortellini with pumpkin cream sauce.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

  • Disney’s PCH Grill: Dinner Buffet – Cold selections include salads, heirloom tomato-mozzarella topped with creamy pesto & aged balsamic reduction, roasted potato salad with creamy mustard dressing. Hot selections include fried chicken, roasted sustainable fish, sausage and herb stuffing, roasted garden vegetables, mini smashed potatoes with cheddar cheese, spice-rubbed pork shoulder. On the carving station, herb-marinated roast and oven-roasted turkey breast are served with beef au jus, creamy horseradish, cranberry relish and brown gravy. Traditional holiday desserts include pumpkin pie, chocolate pecan pie, apple pie, chestnut-apricot flight, vanilla caramel and cranberry jelly, molten chocolate hazelnut crumb cake.

Note: Disney characters will not be in attendance for Thanksgiving meals served at Storytellers Café and Disney’s PCH Grill.

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MahaloWeen Returns to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel

posted on September 28th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Aloha, Tiki fans! Reservations are now open for the popular MahaloWeen taking place October 12 and 13, 2015, at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. Trader Sam has reached into the spooky recesses of his treasure vault to create a fun and tasty event, steeped in the wild side of Polynesian legends. Tribal masks, tiki torches and legends of gods and demons are all part of this one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration, along with delicious appetizers and drinks.


Mahaloween attendees will receive:

  • 2 drink tickets, good for either a signature Tiki drink (with or without alcohol), or a selection of beer and wine
  • Commemorative Mahaloween Kukui nut lei
  • Tiki print
  • 1 special edition Tiki glass – available only to Mahaloween attendees – as well as the opportunity to purchase the standard Tiki glass

Special Tip: The artists who created the print and Tiki glass will be on hand to autograph their pieces during the event.

Cost to attend is $150.00 per person (tax and gratuity are included). Reservations can be made by visiting

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A Mom’s Take: Benefits of Being a Disney Vacation Club Member

posted on September 24th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

Summer may be over, but the summertime magic never ends at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Florida. This Disney Vacation Club Resort, located two hours southeast of Walt Disney World Resort, is a relaxing hideaway that offers warm sand and sparkling blue waters. And because it’s a Disney Vacation Club Resort, you can book larger rooms – 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and even 3-bedroom Beach Cottages – all with full kitchens, making it the perfect spot for an extended family getaway.

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is one of my very favorite places, and Disney Parks Moms Panelist Juliette agrees. Watch this video to see why she loves vacationing there with Disney Vacation Club.

Want to hear more from the Disney Parks Moms panel? Follow along on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to share Disney vacation memories from real parents.

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A Unique Point of View: California Streamin’ Slide at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

posted on September 23rd, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

If you’re a fan of California Screamin’ at Disney California Adventure park, you’ll love the California Streamin’ slide at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Set on top of the boardwalk-inspired, rooftop pool, the slide resembles a classic, beachside roller coaster. The longest slide at any of our resort hotels, California Streamin’ is 186 feet of total wipeout!

For a fun perspective, check the video below!

Now that you’ve seen the slides at each of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort from a unique point of view (Disneyland Hotel pool slides here and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa pool slide here), which one is your favorite?

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Caption This: Minnie Sets Sail at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

posted on September 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week’s “Caption This” image was snapped in 1991 at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.


Here, Minnie sets sail out on Seven Seas Lagoon for some Polynesian fun. This photo could sure use a caption. Share yours in the comments section below!

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Halloween Tricks and Treats from Disney Floral & Gifts

posted on September 18th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s so much fun to dress up as a favorite character and celebrate the holiday “Disney style.” If you love Halloween like I do and want to bring the party back to your Disney Resort room, I have just the trick – or treat – for you!


Available at Walt Disney World Resort, Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration feels as if Mickey heard you were visiting and prepared a party just for you. A light-up Mickey Mouse pumpkin sash welcomes you at the door as you prepare yourself for a ghoulish surprise.

As you enter, discover a welcome letter from your favorite pal letting you know what’s in store. Next to the letter, a large Mickey Mouse plush greets you with a one-of-a-kind keepsake character bin holding popular Halloween treats.

Nearby, a festive blanket, creepy candelabra, luminaries, cobwebs, hidden messages, activities and more fill the room. And when you’ve had enough of a fright, it’s just like Mickey is there to tuck you in for the night. Pillowcases featuring Mickey Mouse, along with other keepsakes, can be personalized with your name for the ultimate Halloween experience.


Mickey is not the only one who loves Halloween; it’s the Disney Villains’ favorite time of the year.


Available at Disneyland Resort, A Disney Villainous Halloween allows you to step into a wicked celebration prepared in the comfort of your Resort room. The Villains snuck in to … let’s just say, help you indulge in your “Villain side.”

Open the door to discover two creepy candelabras, a spooky woven blanket and a picture frame that set the mood for your “villainous lair.”

A Mickey Mouse “Trick or Treat” pumpkin glows in the room, illuminating a large black gift box that holds secret surprises. If you have the courage to open it, you’ll find a one-of-a-kind monopoly game and experience the dark side in a different light.

Check out the links to learn more about each experience. There are lots of Halloween fans out there, so just beware … these celebrations run out fast.

You can order online or speak to a friendly Dream Maker. Our Disney Floral and Gifts team is available seven days a week. To order for Walt Disney World Resort hotel locations, call 407-WDW-GIFT (939-4438). For Disneyland Resort hotel locations, call a Dream Maker at 714-781-GIFT (4438).

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