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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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Official Disneyland App Now Available for Download

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The official Disneyland App is available for download now from the App Store and on Google Play. This new app provides useful info, special features and more right at your fingertips.

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Find the fun faster with maps of attractions, restaurants and shops. Check attraction wait times, Character appearance schedules and entertainment show times. You can even purchase park tickets instantly from your phone or mobile device!* Simply show the barcode at the gate for admission when you first arrive — no ticket booth lines to stand in or e-tickets to print out.

Annual Passholders can also link their Annual Passports to the Disneyland App to check Blockout Dates and use the app’s virtual Pass feature to enter the parks (actual Annual Passport must be presented to obtain Disney FASTPASS tickets or to receive Passholder discounts).

Download the official Disneyland App now at disneyland.com/magic and make every Disneyland Resort visit even more magical!

*Mobile app ticket sales are available for U.S. and Japan Residents only.

Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google, Inc. Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

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Video Rewind: Point-of-View Videos from Disneyland Resort Attractions

posted on August 4th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Need to fill that time between your last ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the next? Miss that view from the front of the Disneyland Resort Monorail? Good news – Shannon, one of our fabulous video pros, has you covered! Take a rewind back to some of the “Point of View” videos she has shared with us over the years here on the Disney Parks Blog.

We captured memorable moments from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain and Space Mountain, and mashed them into one video.

A camera was mounted on the driver’s side of a Radiator Springs Racers car during a test run prior to the 2012 opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park for this special sneak peek of the attraction.

A round-trip ride on the Disneyland Monorail lasts about 15 minutes, but if you’re short on time, this video highlights the highway in the sky with a point of view only visible by a few.

Five cameras traveled aboard the Omnibus to tape the entire trip from the Main Street Train Station to Sleeping Beauty Castle and back again.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park?

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” transports guests into the world and works of Walt Disney, including his dreams of Disneyland. This new presentation of “World of Color” is a part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

How well do you know the new nighttime spectacular in Disney California Adventure park? Take our quiz and find out!



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How Well Do You Know ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park?

“World of Color” has become a favorite among Disneyland Resort guests. How many times has this nighttime spectacular been performed?
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“World of Color – Celebrate!” features which two charming co-hosts?
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How many fountains bring “World of Color – Celebrate!” to life?
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Where can you obtain Disney FASTPASS for priority viewing of “World of Color – Celebrate!”?
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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 2nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared a popular update that Luigi – the most famous tire salesman in Cars Land – is returning to Disney California Adventure park with some special guests.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

Erin shared that Luigi has invited all of his cugini (cousins) from his hometown of Carsoli, Italy, to visit his Casa della Tires. To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, they will demonstrate the dances of their village with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.

Keep checking back for more updates in the future right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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And to celebrate the release of “Alice In Wonderland” in theaters this week in 1951, we continued our special photo gallery series with some spectacular images of Alice. You can often meet Alice at Magic Kingdom Park at the Mad Tea Party. Be sure to check the MyDisneyExperience App for her latest schedule.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

A Unique Point of View: ‘Storytellers’ Statue at Disney California Adventure Park – Take a look at this special shot of Walt Disney and his pal, Mickey Mouse, on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park.

Download Our Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Starring Aerosmith Wallpaper – How the years have zoomed by. We are celebrating the 16th anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster this week!

Disney Days of Past: Disney Magic’s Maiden Voyage – The Disney Magic is the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to sail the seas. Take a look at the ship still under construction in Italy.

Fuel Your Emotions with Recipes Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ – Whatever you’re in the mood for, we have a feeling you’ll want to try these recipes inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” and created by Disney Parks Food and Beverage.

New ‘Decades’ (1965-1974) Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort – It’s time for the next release in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection! Take your first look at some of the merchandise featuring the 1965–1974 artwork.

Musical Performances – All Kinds! – Take the Stage Throughout August in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, adults and children visiting the Downtown Disney District will be entertained nightly, beginning this Saturday, by a special lineup of guest music groups, including some Downtown Disney District favorites, on the Westside Stage near ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

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Musical Performances – All Kinds! – Take the Stage Throughout August in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 31st, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, adults and children visiting the Downtown Disney District will be entertained nightly, beginning this Saturday, by a special lineup of guest music groups, including some Downtown Disney District favorites, on the Westside Stage near ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

From 6-10 p.m. throughout August, and into the first week of September, each night of the week will be devoted to a different musical style:

  • Caribbean on Mondays
  • Latin on Tuesdays
  • Country on Wednesdays
  • Rockabilly on Thursdays
  • Polynesian on Fridays
  • Swing on Saturdays
  • Top 40 Music Jam on Sundays

Island Reggae Band appears each Monday night through Labor Day, September 7, for the Caribbean performances.

Tuesday Latin nights, August 4, 11, 18, 25 and September 1, feature Adelaide, the hot new cumbia and rock en Español band that was one of the hits of Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure park, and will be featured again for this year’s holidays.

Country fans will want to come out on Wednesdays for the Doo-Wah Riders, August 5, 12 and 26 and September 2. Ry and the Hillbillies will take the stage on August 19

A varied lineup of bands take the stage Thursdays for Rockabilly nights: Rumble Kings on August 6, Crown City Bombers on August 20, Ry Bradley on August 27 and Rayford Brothers on September 3.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, while some guests enjoy the ticketed “Taste of Downtown Disney” event to benefit CHOC – Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the Westside Stage will feature music by Phat Cat Swinger.

Tupua Polynesian variety show is presented Fridays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, and September 4.

The ever-popular swing dancing tradition returns to Downtown Disney District on Saturdays with Tim Gill & the All-Stars on August 1 and September 5, Phat Cat Swinger August 8, 15, 22 and 29.

And Sunday Night Top 40 Music Jam features Dead Ringer on August 2, 9, 16 and 23, and “Off the Cuff” on August 30.

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Get Ready to Show Your Disney Side During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Guys and ghouls, Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is creeping up. It’s never too early to start planning Halloween costumes, especially if you plan to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Looking for inspiration? Why not your favorite Disney characters?

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For your prince or princess (3–12 years of age), visit Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland in Disneyland park and watch as they transform before your very eyes into Halloween Minnie, a Knight or their favorite princess. Fans of Anna, Elsa & Olaf (ages 3-15) should definitely plan a quick trip to Anna & Elsa’s Boutique in the Downtown Disney District for “cool” tips and tricks for the Halloween season. Special tip: A Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Glow Stick or Skull Glow Stick is a perfect way to light your path to Halloween adventure at home or at the Disneyland Resort!

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Of course that’s not all – there’s more Halloween fun brewing. As you can see, I had some help from fellow Disney Parks Blog author Tyler Slater and Merchandise Marketing “Ghost Host” Ashley Cortez who took their roles all too seriously. So this year if you choose not to dress up, we have a few tips for you on how you can show your Disney Side. Costume T-shirts and fleece (for adults and youth) inspired by a few not-so-scary classic characters including Buzz Lightyear, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as well an array of intergalactic-inspired apparel and accessories will help you pay Halloween homage in a frightfully fun way. Find all of these and more for the entire family at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort this August. Tips: Attraction-inspired T-shirts also work well; as you can see, we found these “haunting” T-shirts at Port Royal. If you seek something more subtle, try new headwear on for size – it’s themed to Halloween and the perfect fit for a night of haunting fun.

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Don’t forget to dress your pets! Treat your furry friends to something spook-tacular this season – by adding a little “character” to their look with our Disney Tails Collection. Even Ashley’s dog Nala couldn’t resist showing us her Disney Side in a sparkly sequin bow with her favorite Minnie Mouse shoe toy. Curious as to where they’re available? We found the entire collection at Atwater Ink & Paint on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park, but be sure to check out other locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.

Are you ready for Halloween? How will you show your Disney Side?

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration August Pin Releases

posted on July 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Disney pin fans, if you have been collecting the Diamond Decades pins at the Disneyland Resort, be sure to mark your calendars for these next releases. On August 6, add to your collection with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Haunted Mansion and “it’s a small world.”

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On August 13, look for additional pin releases from the Diamond Decades series including Matterhorn Bobsleds, Disneyland Monorail and Disneyland Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

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Finally, on August 20, be sure to pick up the Diamond Decades Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride-inspired pin.

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Pins will be available to purchase on their release dates at the following locations:

Wristband distribution guidelines will apply to these releases. Wristbands are distributed near Rainforest Café in the Downtown Disney District around 7 a.m. on the day of release, unless otherwise determined.

Happy Trading!

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A Unique Point of View: ‘Storytellers’ Statue at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 29th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


I love the “Storytellers” statue on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park. You can walk right up and stand beside a young Walt Disney and his pal, Mickey Mouse, as if they’re just two more dreamers making their way around 1920s Los Angeles.

This point of view is so great – it’s like you’re listening over their shoulder as they make plans for their future together. What do you think these new friends might be saying to each other?

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First Look: Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As we first told you back in February, Luigi – the most famous tire salesman in Cars Land – has temporarily closed his Casa della Tires to visit family in Italy. Today, I’m excited to tell you that he is returning with some special guests!

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

Luigi has invited all of his cugini (cousins) from his hometown of Carsoli, Italy, to visit his Casa della Tires. To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, they will demonstrate the dances of their village with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates as our special guests continue to settle in at Disney California Adventure park!

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