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Smokejumpers Grill Opens Today at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We recently told you about the new expansion of Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure park, and today we’re excited to open the all-new Smokejumpers Grill. This new quick-service location is the first phase of the Grizzly Peak Airfield addition to this land, in the space formerly known as Condor Flats. As you can see in these photos, Smokejumpers Grill honors the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests. Take a closer look in the gallery below.

The location will also feature an updated menu with tasty items like a Bacon Cheddar Burger, Grilled Chicken & Jack Sandwich and Chili Cheeseburger, so stop in during your next visit!

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Preview of New Merchandise Coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World Resort

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


I’m beyond excited to give you a first look at some new merchandise coming this year to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World Resort. I’ve been looking forward to this story for months as my entire apartment is decorated like a Polynesian paradise. You may remember the sneak preview I shared this past January of the Tiki figurine shown above. I recently visited the resort to capture an image of that same figurine in a lush, tropical setting. I also found a few other things that I’m sure you’ll enjoy!


Disney Design Group artists created a comprehensive style guide for this resort logo program. This guide contained Disney character sketches, patterns, backgrounds and more that were applied to a variety of items. The adult and kids shirts pictured above utilize some of those style guide elements.


The Minnie Mouse image from the T-shirt was also used on a long-sleeved hoodie (I love the resort logo name on the sleeve). I was delighted to see new Aloha shirts for adults and kids (now my son and I can match while enjoying Dole Whips from the Pineapple Lanai). Those shirts combine character sketches from the T-shirts along with the Tiki figurine. The tote bag also contains an image of that Tiki figurine and it’s perfect!


Other souvenir items will include a key chain, a decorative frame, and window decals. The resort will have an open edition logo pin. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto will have an open edition logo pin and a limited edition pin for the grand opening.


Some of my favorite items, however, are the amazing Tiki mugs that are coming to the resort. There will be two different mugs, each with the resort’s logo found on the back side. The first two colors for these mugs are shown in the image above. Look for three additional color variations for each mug to be released throughout this year at the resort’s merchandise shops.


Besides the Tiki mugs, I can’t wait to get my hands on the Aloha shirt inspired by Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. The shirt’s colors were inspired by colorful tile once used inside Great Ceremonial House. As you can tell from this image, I’m already waiting to enjoy this happy hideaway that is soon to become my second home away from home.

These items will be released at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort this year; we will not be carrying them on our Disney Parks online store.

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Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Vote to Name a New Baby Rhino Girl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Karen Jasmin, Zoological Manager, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Just a few weeks ago, as the sun started to rise on a cool day in late February, Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomed its second white rhino calf of 2015 into the herd! This one’s a girl and it’s the tenth white rhino baby to be born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Vote to Name a New Baby Rhino Girl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Vote to Name a New Baby Rhino Girl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

As we welcome this newest baby and work to deliver uncompromising excellence in animal care for the animals here at the park and across The Walt Disney Company, we haven’t forgotten about their relatives in the wild. Last year, rhinos faced the worst poaching in history, so we continue to support conservation efforts for this and many other vulnerable species around the world. Much long term work to save this species is needed in the wild, but it’s important to celebrate small victories and our animal care team definitely has much to celebrate with seemingly back-to-back white rhino calves born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this year.

While our newest mom and calf won’t make their debut out on the savannas of the Harambe Wildlife Reserve for a couple of months, our newest calf needs a name and this time the choice is yours! The animal care team narrowed it down to four options, so please help us choose which name you like best for her.

Take a look at the heart-warming pictures in the photo gallery and choose your favorite name below. Be sure to rally your friends to make sure your favorite name wins!

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. We’ll reveal the winning name soon after that!

Tell us which name you voted for and why in the comments below.

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Disney Park After Dark: A Photo to Crow About from Disneyland Park

posted on March 19th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Just before sunrise, I was looking for silhouettes of Sleeping Beauty Castle to photograph for a Disney Parks After Dark blog post. I was pretty happy with the photos I had taken thus far, but I was still trying to find something more interesting.

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U.S. Navy Blue Angels Roar Down Main Street, U.S.A. at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 19th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney

What happened this morning at Magic Kingdom Park was really cool: to the cheers of thousands of guests gathered on Main Street USA and in front of Cinderella Castle, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed two flyovers of the theme park.

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Reservations Open March 20 for the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 19th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Imagine enjoying an exclusive, unforgettable view of the fireworks over Cinderella Castle while you indulge in a decadent dessert experience. The newly enhanced Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park allows you to do just that.

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: March 2013

posted on March 19th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Two years ago this month, we were looking forward to exciting things at Disney Parks, but we were also looking back at some memorable milestones. Take a look at these three trips back in time that we took our readers on in March 2013.

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Learn to Draw: Flynn Rider from ‘Tangled’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on March 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week, our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw the lovable scoundrel Flynn Rider from “Tangled.” Check out the video below for step-by-step instructions from artist Mike Chovanec of the Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Disney Days of Past: National Goof Off Day

posted on March 19th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Public service announcement: this Sunday is National Goof Off Day. Do not let the opportunity to act silly pass you by! In its honor, I offer this photograph of Goofy from 1984 at the Tomorrowland Speedway.

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Add Some Local Flavor to Your Stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on March 18th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

If you are looking for tasty confections to delight your taste buds while on vacation at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, or you wish to treat yourself or your friends and family back home, I know exactly what you’ve been looking for. The packaging for some of you, might be instantly recognizable, for others, I’m talking about Big Island Candies! That pretty much says it all but for those of you who have never tried one of these delectable creations, here’s a little bit of history.

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