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Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball and Anaheim Ducks Make A Difference in Anaheim One ACT at a Time

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Last year, I told you about the Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball and the Anaheim Ducks joining together to provide more opportunities to thousands of Anaheim youth through a collaboration called Accelerate Change Together for Anaheim (ACT Anaheim). To kick off ACT Anaheim, our three organizations committed $3 million over the span of three years for the creation and expansion of youth programs with local nonprofits.

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During its first grant cycle, ACT Anaheim awarded $1.5 million to 10 nonprofits, which provided enhanced and expanded services to nearly 2,500 Anaheim youth. ACT II was announced earlier this month to the tune of $2 million for 14 nonprofits. We’ve already exceeded our initial goal, with ACT Anaheim funding a total $3.5 million to local nonprofits in just two years thanks to additional individuals and companies who have joined the cause!

Here is a look at some of the achievements ACT Anaheim recipients made with the help of those first funds:

  • Through GOALS’ (Growth Opportunities through Athletics, Learning and Service) Special Sports program, GOALS teens play hockey, volleyball, soccer and other sports with their buddies with disabilities from the Orange County Adult Achievement Center.
  • Anaheim Family YMCA teens explore all kinds of activities, including snorkeling and archery, at Camp Fox, an overnight summer camp.
  • Anaheim high school students prepare for college and careers through the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Career & College Access Immersion Program at the Tiger Woods Learning Center.
  • Anaheim junior high school students create their own superhero identities as part of Girls Inc.’s Mind+Body program focusing on fitness, nutrition, body image and stress management.
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PHOTO GALLERY: A ‘Brave’ Princess Merida

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


On this week in Disney History, “Brave” debuted in theaters, introducing us to the bold, strong Princess Merida.

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In the film, Merida, daughter to King Fergus and Queen Elinor, is determined to shape her own future. In doing so, Merida’s actions unleash chaos among the Scottish Lords, and accidentally unleashes a dangerous curse. In the end, Merida must discover the true meaning of bravery to save her family before it’s too late.

Thanks to Photographer Ryan Wender for these great shots.


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New Chef, New Menu Items for Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Disney’s Wilderness Lodge takes guests on a journey to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, with design inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges. And Artist Point carries that theme into the dining room with dramatic murals, timbered columns and pretty views of Bay Lake and Silver Creek Falls.

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So, of course, the cuisine helps tell the story, and Chef Michael Gonsalves, new at the helm in the Artist Point kitchen, is having fun with a menu that is focused on the America’s Pacific Northwest. “We are looking to convey the wonders of nature through food,” says Chef Michael.

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Regional dishes such as Dungeness crab cakes, steamed mussels, Cedar plank salmon and wild-caught prawns and halibut are on the menu, but Chef Michael is having fun with new tastes, too. A dashi-braised short rib starter is served with kombu turnip pickles, daikon and wild greens. Charred field asparagus with Berkshire prosciutto, mustard vinaigrette, and foraged greens also graces the menu. And he showcases produce from the “Land” at Epcot as well with offerings such as the “Land” Greens Salad featuring Masumoto Peaches, and Seed Granola.

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Favorites such as the smokey portobello bisque with crispy shiitakes stays on the menu, as well as the buffalo strip steak from North Fork Canada. For summer, Chef Michael is adding a new cheese and house-made charcuterie boards.

“We’ll be offering Pacific Northwest cheeses with house-made seed lavosh and crostini,” says Chef Michael. “And the house-made charcuterie will be ‘nose-to-tail,’ using the whole hog.” The restaurant’s beef, bison, halibut and salmon all are sourced from the Pacific Northwest too.

Most popular dish? The Cedar plank salmon, says Chef Michael, with his new rendition with local potatoes, baby fennel, Florida citrus and ver jus.

Every dish on the menu gets a wine pairing from sommelier Alvin Burrill, with each selection from Washington or Oregon. But Alvin also might recommend a Pacific Northwest ale if you ask, like the handcrafted Rogue Ales made in partnership with Voodoo Donuts (strange but true).

Looking ahead, Chef Michael says they are working on a terrace dining experience with a communal chef’s table – stay tuned for details!

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Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is now underway and already guests are enjoying all that it has to offer – from dazzling decor to amazing new nighttime spectaculars. Let’s take a closer look with some of the videos we have been sharing here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Happy 21st Anniversary to ‘The Lion King’

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Scott Terrell, DVM, DACVP, Animal Operations Director, Disney’s Animal Programs


Happy 21st Anniversary to “The Lion King”!

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Today in Disney History: ‘The Lion King’ Steps Into Theaters

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in 1994, “The Lion King” was released in theaters. This coming-of-age story of Simba, the future king of the Pridelands, is still a hugely popular film with Disney fans both young and old. I don’t know about you, but I’m still trying to get over Mufasa’s death 21 years later.

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Your Emotions Can’t Wait to Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Vacationing at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, can be an emotional experience – just ask the voices inside your head from the Disney•Pixar film, “Inside Out.”

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Show Your ‘Inside Out’ #DisneySide for a runDisney Race! Part I: FEAR

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Like many of you, I am full of emotion for the release of Disney•Pixar’s new film “Inside Out,” now in theaters in 3D. The film ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work. They help guide Riley through her daily life, including any challenges that come her way.

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Don’t Miss This Sweet Tribute to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Step in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa and the sweet smell of vanilla will lead you directly to the new Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration centerpiece – this elegant cake, standing more than 3 feet tall, is a delightful rendition of Sleeping Beauty Castle that took a team of 10 talented bakers, artists and engineers more than 140 hours to create. (This is the same team that brings you the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread extravaganza.)

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PHOTO GALLERY: Pocahontas Marks 20 Years

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today in Disney History, Pocahontas made her debut.

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