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Disneyland Nights: Suggestions for Nighttime Fun During D23 EXPO 2015

posted on August 12th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m looking forward to attending the D23 EXPO 2015 this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Expo will be held August 14-16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. After spending the daytime immersed in all things Disney, I can’t wait to visit Disneyland Resort at night. Here are some of my favorite places, in case you are looking for something to do as the sun sets in the California sky.

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Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
My number one nighttime destination is Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. While I love finding hidden treasures inside the bar area (look for a hidden Orange Bird figure), I also enjoy sitting outside on the torch-lit lanai listening to live music. If you are hungry, try the Ahi Poke or the Slow-roasted Kālua-style Pork Sandwich. For beverages, I highly recommend the HippopotoMai-Tai or, if you are sharing, the Uh Oa!, named after the tiki goddess of disaster.

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Beignets and Live Music at Downtown Disney District
I like strolling through Downtown Disney District after picking up some beignets and coffee from Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express. From 6-10 p.m. this month at Downtown Disney District, each night of the week will be devoted to a different musical style . During the D23 EXPO 2015 weekend, look for these performances:

  • Friday, August 14 – Tupua Polynesian variety show
  • Saturday, August 15 – Phat Cat Swinger (I love that swing dancing is still a tradition!)
  • Sunday, August 16 – Top 40 Music Jam features Dead Ringer

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Carthay Circle Lounge on Buena Vista Street
The little details on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park are fantastic (see my fellow author Tyler Slater’s article for a sampling). I also like Carthay Circle Lounge, which offers handcrafted cocktails by mixologists who use unique glassware, gourmet garnishes and drink-specific ice (try the Manhattan as seen in this video).

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Dole Whips in the Enchanted Tiki Garden at Disneyland Park
There is nothing greater than enjoying a Dole Whip while sitting in the Enchanted Tiki Garden at Disneyland park. I love watching the Tiki gods of the garden come to life as seen in this video.

Do you have a favorite hangout in Disneyland after dark? Please share in the comments below.

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Shopper’s Guide to the Disney Dream Store at D23 EXPO 2015

posted on August 10th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


D23 EXPO 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center is just days away! If you’ve been reading the Disney Parks Blog, then you already have details on some of the D23 EXPO logo merchandise, collectibles, artist signings and more. Here’s a look at some of the merchandise you’ll find as well as some tips on what you need to know before you go shopping in the Disney Dream Store (located in Hall A).

I consider these first items quite the “ticket.” That’s because they have actually been inspired by Disneyland park ticket patterns of year’s past. You’ll find the elements of the art on a Walt’s Kingdom tee, mug, toothpick holders, a car magnet pack, button/lanyard set, and even on our HARVEYS bags and wallets. D-Tech fans will delight in the new phone cases available this year themed to D23 EXPO 2015 and the 60th Anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Club—look for similar art to appear on tees as well. Tip: D-Tech cases will be available in iPhone 6, iPhone 6plus and Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Is your head spinning? You’ll be in for one wild ride when you pick up the much anticipated Mr. Toad limited edition 10” plush. This is the second in the series of four plush that is being released for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Of course, you can quench your thirst for this year’s D23 EXPO merchandise with the Everyone’s A Character stainless steel 22 oz. water bottle. You’ll look cool and stay hydrated throughout the weekend’s festivities.

If it’s a statement you’re looking to make this year, the D23 EXPO Castle Foam Hat will certainly do the trick! Tip: Don’t worry, there’s actually a chin strap that will help hold it in place. Or if you’re feeling “Goofy,” like we were, add some character to special D23 EXPO moments with the Photo Prop Set. Be sure to share your photos across all social channels using #D23EXPO.

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I know you’re curious to find out about D23 EXPO vinylmation and pins, so I won’t make you wait any longer. There will be several new Vinylmation debuting themed to Aristocats, Fantasia, Pinocchio and more. As for pins, you will find limited edition and limited release pins, a boxed set, jumbo pin and mystery set. Here are a couple of pins that caught my attention.

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A few additional reminders before you go!

  • If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to bring the magic of merchandise to life, join us August 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Stage 28, as we take you from concept to reality with behind-the-scenes storytelling about classic Disney souvenirs.
  • On August 15, look for a very special release taking place only at the Disney Dream Store. What is it? They have been ‘forcing’ me to tell you, but I can’t, I can simply state, it’s out of this world.
  • New this year is StorePass which will be available for select D23 EXPO shopping locations. Find out more details here.

What are you the most excited for?

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New ‘Decades’ (1965-1974) Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Do you know what time it is? It’s time for the next release in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection! Not too long ago, I shared the art that would appear during the celebration, but here’s your first look at some of the merchandise featuring the 1965–1974 artwork. Be sure to check out the new collection starting July 30 at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. Tip: If you haven’t had a chance to collect the first set of items in the “Decades” program, there’s still time. But don’t wait – items are in limited supply.

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Before I go, I have a few other reminders for you. If you have been collecting the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration pressed coins, be sure to pick up the newest ones featuring the “Decades” art at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District!

I know that many of you were hoping to participate in the Looking for Mickey Quest. So, I wanted to make sure to tell you that the Looking for Mickey Quest has been extended. Be sure to join in the fun today!

And because I’m on a roll, how about a sneak peek? Here’s a look at one of the final pieces of art in the “Decades” series. Is it the last one? You’re going to have to watch and see. Tip: If you are attending D23 EXPO 2015, look for a tee featuring similar art before it debuts in summer 2016.

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Which “Decades” collection are you most excited for?

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Mouseketeer Cheer at D23 EXPO

posted on July 8th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Did you know the original Mouseketeers first appeared at Disneyland Resort before they started their beloved television run? It’s true! They were there on opening day, July 17, 1955, before the first incarnation of Mickey Mouse Club aired on ABC starting in October of 1955. That means the iconic show is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, D23 EXPO 2015 will hold Celebrating Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club — 60 Magical yEARS on Sunday, August 16, at 5 p.m. in Stage 23. Author Lorraine Santoli will host the panel of original Mouseketeers including Sherry Alberoni, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Darlene Gillespie, Cubby O’Brien, and Doreen Tracey, along with “Spin and Marty” actors Tim Considine and David Stollery!

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Plus, the Disney Dream Store will offer a small collection of 60th anniversary Mickey Mouse Club items, which several of the Mouseketeers will be on-hand to sign that day.

For more details about the event—and a host of other panels just announced, including A Goofy Movie 20th Anniversary Reunion!—click here.

D23 EXPO 2015 runs August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, just across the street from Disneyland.

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First Look at D23 EXPO 2015 Official Merchandise

posted on June 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you counting down to D23 EXPO 2015? I am. There is so much to share with you before the event kicks off August 14 at the Anaheim Convention Center, let’s get started!

Fans of our Disney characters need to make getting the D23 EXPO 2015 logo collection — which includes a tee, hat, magnet set, pin, jewelry, D-Tech, and more — a priority! The subtle nod to many of your favorite characters can be seen within the Castle outline or simply stated above taglines such as “Everyone’s A Character.” Young D23 EXPO-goers will consider themselves lucky, as there is a special Oswald tee created just for them.

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The excitement doesn’t stop there. This year, a special Walt’s Kingdom Collection has been created celebrating Walt Disney, characters, attractions, icons, ticket media and historical milestones from the opening of Disneyland park sixty years ago. Look for the collection to include adult tees, an ear hat, a lanyard and button set, a mug, boxed toothpick holder set, pin and more.

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What else will you find? How about beautifully crafted jewelry from Disney Parks│PANDORA? I couldn’t resist showing you this beautiful .925 sterling silver charm featuring Sleeping Beauty Castle in blue glitter enamel and fourteen (14) blue cubic zirconia stones.

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Watch the Disney Parks Blog and D23EXPO.com over the next couple of months, because I will be sharing all the details and much more about what you can find in the Disney Dream Store when it comes to D23 EXPO 2015 apparel, accessories, art, books, collectibles, media, pins and Vinylmation. Tip: We’ll also be sharing a list of special artist appearances, so keep an eye for your favorites and be sure to stay up to date during the D23 EXPO 2015 itself with the D23 EXPO 2015 Mobile App, available in July.

If you have yet to get tickets to this ultimate fan event, check out all the details here. Stay connected, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23EXPO.

See you there!

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Sing Along with ‘Frozen’ Favorites During Frozen FANdemonium at D23 EXPO 2015

posted on June 15th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Frozen” fans have already enjoyed the opportunity to sing along with Anna and Elsa at Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and now D23 EXPO 2015 will present another unique opportunity to enjoy the music from this fan favorite.

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On Sunday, August 16, at 3 p.m., in the 7,500-seat Hall D23, host Chris Montan, president, Walt Disney Music, and the Oscar®-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will take D23 EXPO 2015 attendees on a once-in-a-lifetime musical journey through the world of “Frozen” during Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration! This one-day-only performance will feature sing-along experiences of your “Frozen” favorites such as “Let It Go,” “In Summer,” and more. Plus, fans can expect special surprises and fascinating stories behind some of your favorite Frozen songs. The performance will even feature Anna and Elsa!

D23 EXPO 2015 runs August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, directly across the street from Disneyland Resort. Tickets are available here.

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D23 Celebrates Disneyland Resort

posted on May 26th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


The new issue of Disney twenty-three is a love letter to Walt Disney’s original theme park with more than 40 pages of photographs, artwork and stories that span from the inception of Disneyland to the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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D23, Disney’s Official Fan Club, takes readers on a fabulous and fascinating journey in the new issue, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members. Disney Legend Marty Sklar and Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn take a stroll through the park together reminiscing about Disneyland’s rich history while looking to its exciting future.

Plus there’s something for every Disneyland fan, from features about the pitch portfolio full of dazzling concept artwork used to sell Walt’s dream of Disneyland to East Coast investors and a story on unique collectibles through the years to a look at rare photographs from the Disneyland Hotel and a “sampling” of some of our favorite park treats (churro, anyone?).

Dive in and enjoy, and if you’re not already a D23 Gold Member, you can join today and get more information here.

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Walt Disney Archives Presents – Disneyland: The Exhibit at D23 EXPO 2015

posted on May 12th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


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With the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration about to get underway, the Walt Disney Archives just announced it will be saluting the 60th anniversary of the world’s first theme park at D23 EXPO 2015 with Walt Disney Archives presents – Disneyland: The Exhibit.

The display — the largest ever presented by the Archives at the Expo — will showcase more than 300 props, costumes, Audio-Animatronics figures, attraction vehicles, photographs, pieces of artwork, and memorabilia from six decades of the resort’s rich history.

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Included in the dazzling exhibit is the #1 Ticket to Disneyland purchased by Roy O. Disney on July 18, 1955, as well costumes from the Mickey Mouse Club (as the Mickey Mouse Club Circus opened in November 1955 at the park). Plus, there will be many items that have never been displayed previously by the Archives including a prototype for vehicle for the Alice in Wonderland attractions, the Abominable Snowman from the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and a Disneyland pitch portfolio used to help sell investors on the East Coast on Walt’s dream for the park.

D23 EXPO 2015 runs August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, directly across the street from Disneyland Resort. Tickets are available now.

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D23 Asks, When Did It Start For You?

posted on April 9th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


When did you know you first loved Disney? It may not be your first Disney memory—and it may not even be your favorite Disney memory. But when was the first time Disney made your heart sing and your spirit soar?

When did it start for you? That’s the question D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is asking fans, celebrities, Disney luminaries, and even cast members!

Imagineer Vinny Logozio recalls his experience visiting Epcot for the first time when he was just six.

Disney Legend and founder of the Walt Disney Archives Dave Smith remembers going to Disneyland and meeting Walt Disney himself!

These are just a few of the memories people are sharing with us — plus there’s Lance Bass, Disney Legend and animator Floyd Norman, Disney Archivist Kevin Kern, “Cinderella” star Lily James, and a bunch of fan-tastic Disney fans.

And we want to hear your stories too! Post them below and share them on social media using the hashtag #WDIS4U and maybe you’ll see your story on D23.com!

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Design Your Dream Disney Castle in the D23 Expo Design Challenge

posted on March 13th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


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Sleeping Beauty Castle has been a Disneyland icon since the park opened in 1955. Now D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is giving fans the opportunity to give this Disney Parks landmark their own personal touch—and to win (appropriately) “D23-Hundred Dollars”!

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In honor of the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the D23 Expo Design Challenge asks artists young and young-at-heart to craft their own interpretation of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Fans can use a variety of mediums to express their creativity, and 23 lucky finalists will have their pieces exhibited at D23 Expo 2015, from August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. And the first place winner will receive a cash prize of $2,300!

Entrants do not need to be members of D23 to participate. Just click here for more details and get the complete set of rules.

Good luck—and we hope to see you at the Expo!

No Purchase Necessary. Ends 11:59 PM (PT) on 4/30/15. Entry/Rules: d23expo.com/designchallenge. Void where prohibited. Limit three (3) Submissions per person. Prize does not include travel to or accommodations in Anaheim, CA.

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