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Disney Parks Blog Readers Join Special Celebration of ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Last night, hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers gathered at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park to celebrate “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular”. The evening began with a private performance of the show, followed by a panel discussion with performers and those who work behind the scenes.

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Fans were excited to celebrate the show and its cast!

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The panel discussion included Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony, creative executive with Walt Disney Imagineering, who oversaw the creation of the show; David Carriero, stage manager; and performers Jim Gruessing (Genie), Billy Kametz (Aladdin) and Cassie Murphy (Jasmine). The panel shared personal memories from their roles in the show and expressed gratitude to the show’s loyal fans.

Don’t miss your chance to see “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” now through January 10, 2016, at Disney California Adventure park. And stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog for updates and information on the all-new theatrical production coming to the Hyperion Theater, which will immerse guests in the world of Disney’s award-winning blockbuster, “Frozen”.

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New Canteen Packs a Punch at Refreshment Point at Disney California Adventure Park

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


On a recent visit to Disney California Adventure park, I made a quick trip over to Refreshment Point located just outside of Humphrey’s Service & Supplies in Grizzly Peak Airfield. This quick stop started with an attempt to quench my thirst at our mix-and-match Coca-Cola Freestyle machines – which include your choice of more than 70 different soft drink options – and became something much more. New to the area – and definitely the essential item for any day trip or extended camp out – are the new Grizzly Peak Airfield canteens.

Not only is it perfectly themed to the area, but it is definitely a great way to take your drink on the go. If you’re like me, I constantly struggle to finish my drink before hopping onto one of our beloved attractions. Now, I can fill it up and with a simple twist of the lid, secure it tight for the trip, no matter where it takes me. The new canteen is only $12.99, plus tax, and includes your choice of soft drink at the time of purchase.

So the next time you’re at Refreshment Point, fill up your tank – or canteen in this case – and set your course for adventure.

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Discover Holidays at the Disneyland Resort with Santa Claus

posted on December 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Recently I had the chance to sit down with the big man in red himself, Santa Claus. We chatted about all there is to see and do during the holidays during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. He also gave me a little hint about my position on the naughty and nice list …

What is your favorite part of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort?

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New Super Hero Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


What marvelous new merchandise is debuting at the Disneyland Resort? Here’s your first look at some exciting new offerings themed to some favorite super heroes.

I admit I’m the first to get caught in the web of having to try this new apple. I think it’s safe to say you know who I’m talking about. So how did they do it? Magic, of course, along with super hero powers. This new apple has been dipped in rich caramel, covered in red sanding sugar and minutely detailed with chocolate to create the look of the mask.

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It can be found at Candy Palace and Hunny Spot in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. Don’t despair, East-coast crime fighters – Goofy’s Candy Company and Candy Cauldron in Disney Springs will be offering it soon as well.

What else? I’m glad you asked! If you haven’t had the chance to visit Super Hero HQ in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park to see all of the amazing new offerings, here’s one more reason to check it out! D-Tech on Demand recently expanded to both merchandise locations within the Tomorrowland Expo Center. What does that mean? When you visit Super Hero HQ, you can create your very own D-Tech on Demand case for any of the following devices – iPhone® 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6/6+ as well as Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung Galaxy 5 and Samsung Galaxy 6. Once you have the perfect fit, select your favorite piece of art from 70 new themed designs featuring some of the characters that have assembled here.

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In approximately 10–15 minutes from start to finish, you’ll be ready to go! You can even personalize your phone case with your name! I know which one I have my eye on. I’m curious to know which super hero you’ll choose.

iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Apple and Samsung are third party products and are not affiliated with this offer.

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Celebrate ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ at the Disney Parks Blog ‘Aladdin’ Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 4th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: This event has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future opportunities!

Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” will soon make its final curtain call as we prepare for an all-new theatrical production at the Hyperion Theater, which will immerse guests in the world of Disney’s award-winning blockbuster, “Frozen.” Today, I’m excited to share a surprise holiday gift for Disney Parks Blog readers … we’re inviting you to join a farewell celebration of the long-running Disney California Adventure park show on Thursday, Dec. 10!

If you can’t make it to this special event, don’t worry – you can catch Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine in “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” several times daily through January 10, 2016.

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The Disney Parks Blog “Aladdin” Meet-Up will begin with a private performance of “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” followed by a panel discussion with show performers and others who have brought the show to life over the years.

Space for the event is very limited, and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Event confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Disney California Adventure park admission will be provided beginning at 6:30 p.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disney Ambassador at the Disneyland Resort, a 50-Year Tradition

posted on December 3rd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disney Ambassadors Allie Kawamoto and Jessica Bernard recently sat down with me to discuss what it’s like to be an Ambassador of the Disneyland Resort, a tradition dating back to 1965. Fifty years later, Allie and Jessica carry forward Walt Disney’s vision of an official representative for the Disneyland Resort and our 29,000 cast members.

Disney Ambassadors are selected among current cast members who apply. I was interested to learn that Allie worked in guest services at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa before helping to manage Carnation Cafe, Refreshment Corner and other locations on Main Street, U.S.A.

Jessica worked as a vocalist at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Most recently, she performed in “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland park and various special events throughout the resort. Learn more about this “Diamond Duo” in this “Every Role a Starring Role!”

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Christmas Trees of the Disneyland Resort?

posted on December 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


With Holidays at the Disneyland Resort underway through January 6, 2016, there is so much to see! Some of my favorite festive features are the unique Christmas trees found throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, the Downtown Disney District and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. How well do you know these beautiful trees? Find out with the quiz below!

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How Well Do You Know the Christmas Trees of the Disneyland Resort?

Which classic story inspired the Christmas tree found in the European scene of “it’s a small world” Holiday?
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How many multicolored LED lights cover the Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street?
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How tall is Sally’s traffic cone tree at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land?
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How many live, miniature Christmas trees can guests find throughout the Disneyland Resort?
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December Gourmet Treats Delight at the Disneyland Resort

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


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Treat yourself to something special this holiday season at the Disneyland Resort! The December gourmet caramel apple has been dipped in dark chocolate infused with peppermint oil, covered in red and green chocolates and drizzled with white chocolate and sanding sugar. We’ve added to the mix this year with a similar marshmallow wand and bark.

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Other seasonal favorites will make their return, including apples themed to Santa Mickey and Santa Minnie, ornaments and of course, the ever-popular snowman.

Of course, I know you’re all curious about the candy canes, so here’s what you need to know before you go. A limited number of candy canes will be available for each release, while supplies last. Wristbands will be distributed at park opening and are limited to TWO (2) wristbands per guest. Each wristband will allow the bearer to purchase ONE (1) candy cane.

Candy canes will only be available on the following dates at the locations listed below.

What is your favorite holiday treat at the Disneyland Resort?

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Gift Ideas from Two Disney Coasts

posted on November 28th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Now that the tryptophan is wearing off, you’ll need some energy if holiday shopping is part of your seasonal tradition.

This Week in Disney Parks Photos, we’re sharing a few fun ideas for holiday gifts – from Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

Michelle Harker shared this year’s commemorative Disney ¡Viva Navidad! items – a zip fleece hoodie, T-shirt, dimensional ornament, and limited release pins featuring the The Three Caballeros and Donald Duck atop an ornament.

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You can find them at Seaside Souvenirs in Disney California Adventure park.

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At both Disneyland Resort D Street, Downtown Disney District and Walt Disney World Resort Pin Traders, Disney Springs Marketplace, four new Funko Pop! figures themed to the Haunted Mansion just went on sale yesterday. Check out Ezra, Gus, Phineas and the popular Hatbox Ghost. Each figure retails for $19.95 plus tax.

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Try not to eat your viewing device for these next items: debuting December 15, hand-crafted chocolates from the Ganachery at Disney Springs – “the most beautiful product in the world” according to Disney Pastry Chef Stefan Riemer.

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A great keepsake for the true all-things-Disney fan: the custom-made bars that celebrate Disney’s iconic destinations (including Aulani, Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Resort) and the “Fab Five”.

As a dark-and-semi-sweet chocoholic, these may not make it out of the Disney Springs parking lot.

What Disney gift are you hoping to receive?

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Disneyland Resort Event Snapshot – December 2015

posted on November 27th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Let us help you find the perfect gift for the ones you love this holiday season. Here are a few Disney Theme Park Merchandise events taking place this December at the Disneyland Resort that I highly recommend you add to your list!

December 4-6: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of her holiday collection, among other fan favorites, December 4–6 and 18–20 from noon-10 p.m. each day, at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

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December 5: Take part in a special Lovely: Ladies of Animation book signing with Lorelay Bove, Mingjue Helen Chen, Claire Keane, Lisa Keene, Brittney Lee and Victoria Ying from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

December 5: Game On! Meet Disney Design Group artist Quynh Kimball, who will be on hand to showcase and demonstrate some of this year’s top Disney Theme Park Edition games. It’s guaranteed to be the perfect gift for the entire family this holiday season. Quynh will appear from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park and 3–5 p.m. at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

December 5-6: Temecula Olive Oil Company returns just in time for the holidays. Join us as they set up shop for special tastings inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, December 5–6, 19–20 and 26–27 from 2-5 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

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December 5–6: Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest releases, among other favorites, December 5 from 9–11 a.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park and December 6 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

December 12: We have the perfect recipe to make your pin collection complete! Look for this year’s new Gingerbread House themed pin and meet the Art Director and Chefs behind this year’s creation, which stands inside the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. The signing will take place from 9–11 a.m. at Acorns Gifts & Goods in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Pins will be available to purchase beginning at shop opening. Learn more here.

December 12: Join us for an artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Shannon Bonatakis, Bryan Fyffe and Chris Lee from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. Learn more here.

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December 12: Authors Dave Bossert and Eric Goldberg will be on hand for a special signing event of their newest releases Dali & Disney: Destino, as well as An Animator’s Gallery. Meet Dave and Eric from 2–4 p.m. at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

December 12-13: Now’s the time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques or Custom Ticket Book Plaques. Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. Learn more here.

December 12–13: Meet artist Raymond Swanland and find “out of this world” artwork that might just make the perfect gift for someone on your list. Raymond will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 2–6 p.m. each day at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Noah. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: December 4–5, 11-12 and 18-19 from 6-9 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

Which event are you most excited for?

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