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Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the Past (Almost) 60 Years

posted on July 17th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This morning, we announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will begin in spring 2015, celebrating 60 magical years of the Disneyland Resort. As part of the anniversary, we are inviting you to enter a new contest! Share your favorite memories with photos taken throughout the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present – for a chance to win a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize or the grand prize: a trip to Disneyland Resort to kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

Here’s how it works:

  • Each week, through August 27, 2014, we’ll be asking for your special photo memories from a specific decade.
  • Of course, you’re welcome to share a photo from any time in the 60-year history of the Disneyland Resort, from now through August 27, 2014, outside of the weekly, decade-focused inspiration prompts.
  • To enter, just post your photos on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest by August 27, 2014.
  • Let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet.

Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the Past (Almost) 60 Years

This week, we’re looking for your Disneyland photos from the 1950s. Does your grandmother have a photo of herself on Main Street, U.S.A., on opening day? Do you have a photo of yourself at the opening day of the Matterhorn? We want to see! Of course, photos from any decade are welcome … tweet or Instagram yours now with the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest!

When the submission period is complete, we’ll select the top five photos from each decade and let you decide which photos win! That’s right – Disney Parks Blog readers will vote for the top photo from each of the Disneyland Decades. Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize.

Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration to Begin Spring 2015

posted on July 17th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Today, in addition to celebrating the 59th birthday of the Disneyland Resort, we gave guests and fans a sneak peek at our upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which begins spring 2015. We’re excited for all of what’s to come next year, but in the meantime, here’s your first look at the logo for this sparkling celebration.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Logo

“It’s an incredible time at the Disneyland Resort as we prepare for next year’s Diamond Celebration,” said Michael Colglazier, president, Disneyland Resort. “We’re excited to honor our rich history, to celebrate the incredible magic that fills our resort today, and to create unforgettable memories with our guests for many years to come.”

As part of this morning’s festivities, we’re inviting the generations of families and friends who have visited to share their favorite memories through the photos they have taken at the resort. We’ll share some of the photos here on the Disney Parks Blog, and one lucky guest will have a chance to win a trip to the start of the 60th anniversary celebration in spring 2015. Starting today, fans in the United States and District of Columbia are invited to submit photos that represent their memories from the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present. Using hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, guests may share the photos via Twitter or Instagram. Let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet. For details and rules, click here.

We look forward to celebrating 60 years of The Happiest Place on Earth with you!

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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First Look at the New Disney Cruise Line Halloween Pumpkin Trees

posted on July 17th, 2014 by Christiaan Abbott, Cruise Director


Ahoy! As a Cruise Director, I am surrounded by top-notch entertainment and events aboard our ships all year long. But even I was completely blown away last fall during our inaugural Halloween on the High Seas cruises aboard the Disney Dream! One of my favorite features was definitely the giant Pumpkin Tree that towered over the atrium lobby, which I want to tell you more about today … and give you an exclusive sneak peek at the spooky sketches for the Pumpkin Trees coming to the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy.

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That’s right … We are bringing the ghoulish fun of Halloween on the High Seas to all four ships, which means each lobby will have its very own Pumpkin Tree! Halloween fun is always part of a the excitement of a Disney cruise in October, but for the first time ever, beginning in September we are offering everyone the extra-special celebration that premiered on the Disney Dream last year. (To learn more about our Halloween on the High Seas cruises, check out the 7 Reasons Halloween is Better on the High Seas video Jonathan shared last week.)

Our Pumpkin Trees are inspired by Ray Bradbury’s classic tale about the traditions of Halloween, “The Halloween Tree.” During every sailing, the trees magically transform from eerie and barren into the life of the party, with sprouting Jack-O-Lanterns, flickering lights and a booming voice. Each Pumpkin Tree is tended to by a mysterious caretaker, who tells stories of the haunted holiday as guests gather in the ghostly shadow of the tree.

What makes our Pumpkin Trees even more magical is that each one has its own unique look and personality, so guests have something different to look forward to aboard every ship. We’re planting the seeds for these trees right now, but our team shared concept art that I thought you’d enjoy seeing. Here’s a first look at the frighteningly friendly faces that you will meet aboard our haunted Halloween voyages this fall:

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Which ship’s magical Pumpkin Tree will you see rooted this fall? If it’s the Disney Dream, I’ll see you then!

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Five Places to Explore on O’ahu During Your Vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on July 16th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


One of the greatest opportunities during a vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is the chance to explore the beautiful island of O’ahu. From the beaches to tropical rainforests and a bustling metropolitan city, this island of Hawai’i has something for everyone.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Merchandise ‘Rockets’ Into Disney Parks

posted on July 16th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


My friend and Disney Parks Blog author Shawn Slater was the first to give you the inside scoop on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” sneak peek taking place now at Disney Parks. How many of you have already seen it? If you haven’t, I’m not going to spoil it for you, but I would definitely recommend checking out this intergalactic 3D cosmic adventure the next time you visit the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park or ABC Sound Studio at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you are planning to set your course for space adventure and join the quartet of ragtag rivals along with Peter Quill to help save the universe, then we better make sure you are prepared for battle. Here’s your first look at some of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” merchandise you can expect to find at Disney Parks.

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Ready, Set, Dial! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Premium Event Reservations Open July 31

posted on July 16th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


First, go to epcotfoodfestival.com on July 24 when the new premium events will be posted and take a few minutes to plan ahead – because at 7 a.m. July 31 you can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) to book your spot at some of the most coveted events for this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Dates are September 19 – November 10, and while there’s plenty of fun included with park admission, you won’t want to miss some of the top-tier experiences that require a separate ticket.

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First Look: New Characters, Disney Parks Experiences coming to Disney Infinity

posted on July 16th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We’ve shared a few blog updates on Disney Infinity, but today’s may be our favorite. Disney Interactive is adding Disney characters Stitch and Tinker Bell to the next edition of the game when it launches this fall. Disney Infinity will also feature new Disney Parks inspired content you’ll instantly recognize, like the Main Street Electrical Parade.

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Thrills, Chills and Hot, Hot Springs on an Adventures by Disney Costa Rica Vacation

posted on July 16th, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Greetings from Costa Rica once again as I continue to share highlights from the teen-focused Adventures by Disney trip through this breathtaking region! Since my last update our travels have taken us to the Arenal volcano region, where our teenage photographers have had some time to take a break from snapping photos to focus on enjoying the fun and adrenaline-pumping adventures that abound here.

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Five Things You Might Have Missed in Critter Country at Disneyland Park

posted on July 16th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of Splash Mountain at Disneyland park. When the attraction opened on July 17, 1989, the surrounding area transformed into Critter Country, the woodland home of many favorite critters. Today, we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of this land with five fun details you may have missed while exploring this shaded corner of Disneyland park.

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Sneak Peek: Voices of Liberty at Epcot Add ‘Let It Go’ To Their Repertoire

posted on July 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you heard? Epcot’s longtime acapella group, Voices of Liberty, recently added some new songs to their repertoire.

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