This photo seems to be all about a full moon … but is it? With a closer look, you’ll see that it’s framed by the neon lights on top of Luigi’s Casa della Tires – the entrance to Luigi’s Flying Tires in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. I wanted to share this photo with you as part of our “Disney Parks After Dark” series because even though it is a bit abstract, unique details still make it a recognizable location at the Disneyland Resort.
posted on June 19th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
posted on June 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
It’s been almost an entire year since we have been treated to that ooey-gooey fan-favorite that I like to call the s’more gourmet apple. But guess what, Disney fans? It’s back!
If you need a reminder as to why it was so good, maybe this will help. The apple has been dipped in chocolate and topped with graham crackers and marshmallows that have been toasted to perfection. Just like last year, you can enjoy this tasty treat fireside or just camping out with family and friends.
The s’more gourmet apple can only be found during the month of July at the following Disneyland Resort locations:
Was this your favorite gourmet apple, too?
posted on June 18th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator
Since Cars Land opened on June 15, 2012, no trip to Disney California Adventure park has been complete without experiencing Radiator Springs Racers. From the state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics technology to the thrilling race through Ornament Valley, this attraction truly is the definition of an “E-ticket” experience. In honor of the attraction’s second anniversary earlier this week, I’m thrilled to continue the “Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series with Radiator Springs Racers. With so much detail behind one of the largest attractions ever built for Disney Parks, today’s post will focus on the story of Stanley’s Oasis, which serves as the queue area for the attraction.
Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs, sold radiator caps along Route 66. It wasn’t until he found the spring of water now known as Stanley’s Oasis that Radiator Springs became an iconic destination in the middle of the desert. To reach Stanley’s Oasis, turn right at the courthouse and follow the pathway under two bridges. The first bridge you pass under is a steel structure built in the 1940s and the second bridge was built out of wood in the 1920s.
After passing under the bridges, you have arrived at the entrance of the historic Stanley’s Oasis! You’ll immediately recognize the original Radiator Spring that continues to bubble after all these years. Directly behind the spring, notice the water tower where Stanley once invited customers to relax and enjoy a nice, cold drink. The pathway then heads into a covered structure – the first building Stanley established at the oasis. This is called the Cap ‘n’ Tap shop because of the various types of caps for sale. Next, the neighboring structure, called Stanley’s Service Garage, tells the story of Stanley’s once-booming auto-care business (remember the radiator caps he sold on Route 66?). Saving the best for last, you’ll continue on to the world-famous Oil Bottle House – the area’s most popular roadside attraction!
As you enter the wheel-well-shaped cavern, you’ll see Stanley’s Comfy Caverns Motor Court – a lodge nestled deep inside the expansive cave. Because the oasis became so popular, Stanley and his wife, Lizzie, built the lodge to accommodate the high demand from visitors who wanted to stay overnight. From here, you hop in your car and head back to town for the big race! Ka-chow racer!
What is your favorite Cars Land memory? Leave your answer in the comments below!
posted on June 18th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
Jessica Alba and her family visited the Disneyland Resort recently to celebrate a special occasion: daughter Honor’s sixth birthday!
posted on June 17th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator
This month marks the second anniversary of the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure park. Since then, the details of Buena Vista Street have captured the hearts of Disney fans and families – making the new entrance one of the most beloved lands at the Disneyland Resort. Today, I’m excited to share some of the details you might have missed in one of our newest additions, Buena Vista Street!
1. Disney California Adventure Park Rededication Time Capsule
Just inside the entrance of Disney California Adventure park, near the flagpole, look for a plaque on the ground. It reads: “May the hopes and dreams represented by the collection contained within the time capsule beneath this marker inspire a future generation of dreamers when it is unsealed a quarter century from now, on June 15, 2037.”
Do you know where the other time capsule is located at the Disneyland Resort? How about the year in which it will be opened?
2. Hyperion Bridge – The Disneyland Monorail crosses over a bridge that is inspired by a Los Angeles landmark, the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge. The original bridge opened in 1929 and can still be found in Los Angeles, spanning Interstate 5 from Glendale, Calif., to the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.
3. Street Addresses on Buena Vista Street
This next detail is a favorite of mine: Next time you visit Disney California Adventure park, look at the addresses of each of the buildings on Buena Vista Street. Believe it or not, there is a significance to the numbers! The first two digits of all the addresses (26 or 27) refer to two of the years that the Walt Disney Studios were located on Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles. The second two digits often, though not always, correspond to a milestone year in the history of the Studios. For example, the address of Julius Katz Shoe and Watch Repair is 2701 Buena Vista St., representing the year of Walt Disney’s birth – 1901.
4. Rock Candy Mountain Model – Located in the window of Trolley Treats is a model of Rock Candy Mountain, a short-lived concept to be part of Storybook Land Canal Boats in Fantasyland at Disneyland park. In the original plans, the exterior of the mountain was to be completely covered with candy – and the model was covered with real candy! Fortunately the original has since retired but we do have a replica featuring a scale-model trolley (fitting for Trolley Treats) traveling through lollipops, taffy, chocolate, fudge and more. If you look closely, you might find a hidden Mickey, of sorts, deep inside the mountain.
5. Atwater School of Art & Animation
As you walk by Atwater Ink & Paint, look for the Atwater School of Art & Animation sign. The instructors are listed as: “Messrs. Clark, Davis, Johnston, Kahl, Kimball, Larson, Lounsbery, Reitherman, Thomas.” Do these names sound familiar? Well, these “instructors” are actually Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” a group of key animators who provided direction for Disney animated classics like “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella” and many more.
Have you discovered other details of Buena Vista Street? Please share with us in the comments below!
posted on June 11th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Delectable lobster is at the top of our list of seafood favorites, and with National Lobster Day coming up on Sunday, it’s the perfect excuse to order anything from a lobster omelet (our favorite) at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World Resort to an indulgent lobster tail at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. And there’s everything in between.
Nothing better than the sublime lobster bisque topped with a lobster fritter and jalepeño oil at The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios … well, maybe the lobster Pad Thai roll at Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure park. Here’s a pretty comprehensive list, do you have a favorite?
Walt Disney World Resort:
- Lobster Benedict at breakfast
Ale and Compass Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Lobster sliders on Parker House Rolls
- Lobster club sandwich with lobster salad, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and lemon mayo
- Maine lobster with buttered chive mayo on a split-top roll
Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Lobster omelet with butter-poached lobster, asparagus, chive cream at breakfast; for lunch, New England-style lobster roll on a butter-toasted Parker House Roll
- Lobster bisque
- Warm lobster and crab crêpes with cheese, spinach, sautéed lobster and blue crab – a poached egg on top, drizzled with hollandaise sauce
Columbia Harbor House at Magic Kingdom Park
- Classic lobster roll
- Classic lobster roll
- Creamy lobster soup tarragon and brandy, or lobster and shrimp orecchiette pasta with white cheddar and asparagus
Crew’s Cup Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- New England-style lobster sliders on butter-toasted rolls
- Lobster corn dogs with salsa verde and sweet chili aioli
- Lobster bisque with blue crab garnish
- Lobster ravioli with asparagus, cherry tomato and garlic
- Maine lobster and Florida rock shrimp roll with celery, red onion and mayo on a toasted roll
- Lobster Boil
Grand Floridian Café at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- For breakfast, lobster Eggs Benedict with two poached eggs, lobster hash, asparagus and hollandaise sauce
Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Lobster and shrimp mac n’ cheese
The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Portsmouth lobster bisque with lobster fritter and jalepeño oil
- Lobster, shrimp and scallop roll on Parker House bread with citrus mayo
Le Cellier Steakhouse at Canada Pavilion at Epcot
- Le Cellier Lobster Chopped Salad with mixed greens, haricot verts, avocado, tomatoes and Lake Meadow Naturals egg
- New Brunswick lobster “poutine” with butter-poached lobster and Meyer Lemon crème fraîche
Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom Park
- For lunch, crab and lobster dip
Monsieur Paul at France Pavilion at Epcot
- Maine lobster with sautéed mushrooms, mollet quail egg, creamy black truffle bouillon
Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Maine lobster bisque with butter-poached lobster, coral, sherry cream and chervil
- Two-pound steamed Main lobster with fallen corn soufflé
Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Lobster bisque with Maine lobster, crème fraîche, preserved lemon, fines herbes
Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park
- For lunch, grilled lobster tail salad with greens, hickory-smoked bacon, avocado, tomato and quail egg with Point Reyes Blue Cheese dressing or vinaigrette
Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure park
- Lobster Pad Thai Imperial Roll with cashew tamarind sauce
Cove Bar at Disney California Adventure park
- Lobster nachos with lobster, black beans, pico de gallo, serrano peppers, cilantro, chipotle crema and jack and cheddar cheeses on tortilla chips
- Lobster roll on buttered brioche with Old Bay-seasoned home-style chips
Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel
- cold water lobster tail
- For dinner, Lobster Cobb Salad with chilled lobster, avocado, bacon, tomato, blue cheese and egg with a low-fat citrus-chive vinaigrette
posted on June 5th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney
Fellow Jedi Knights and Padawans, it’s time to grab your light sabers and get ready to RUN! Adventures by Disney just released a special, out-of-this-world departure of the Southern California: Disney Backstage itinerary to take place during January 12 – 18, 2015. This departure will grant families access to the runDisney inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend.
In addition to receiving access to the Star Wars Rebel Challenge (Star Wars Half Marathon 10k and Star Wars 5k), guests who book this trip can participate in an exclusive group run in iconic Hollywood and access the Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party.
This trip also includes various unique experience, including: a rare, behind-the-magic private tour of The Walt Disney Studios; a tour of Walt Disney Imagineering and The Jim Henson Company (not regularly open to the public); a private tour of Walt Disney’s Disneyland apartment and the Disneyland Dream Suite; and a two-day, VIP experience at Disneyland Resort with special FASTPASS service to multiple rides at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park.
This galactic seven-day, six-night itinerary is a must for both Star Wars and Disney fans alike. For more information on the Disney Backstage & Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend trip, please click here. You may also call 1-800-543-0865 for dates, availability and to make reservations.
posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
UPDATE 6/4: Exciting news Disney fans! We actually just got news that the Disney Collection by Alex and Ani bangles just arrived! Look for them starting today at the locations listed below.
I adore Alex and Ani bangles from Disney Parks! Curious as to what Alex and Ani is all about? Before I started collecting them, I was too.
Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, Creative Director and Chief Executive Officer of Alex and Ani, hails from a family of jewelers where mastering their craft was not only an aspiration, but a family tradition. For more than 10 years, the lifestyle company, named after her first two daughters, has helped spread positive energy across the globe with its hand-crafted, eco-conscious and Made in America products. The Alex and Ani Disney Collection, featuring signature expandable (yes, they are adjustable for the perfect fit) wire bangles with Disney icons and characters are truly the perfect combination of pixie dust and positive energy.
How could the collection, currently made up of more than eight different Disney symbols, birthstones and initials, get any better? Perhaps something to complement the Disneyland park Sleeping Beauty Castle and Magic Kingdom Park Cinderella Castle bangles? New bangles with signature icon charms inspired by Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will debut at Walt Disney World Resort beginning June 5. Joining that list in late June is Mickey’s Fun Wheel from Disney California Adventure park.
Or if, like me, you choose to embrace your Disney Side and live your life full of character, take note of what I’m about to show you. Also debuting June 5 is the one and only Tinker Bell, as well as a Dated 2014 bangle.
Are you as excited as I am? Then be sure to check back to learn about even more additions to the Disney Collection by Alex and Ani. I know you want me to tell you now, but where’s the fun in that? If I have to wait, so do you!
A fashion essential, these Alex and Ani bangles, available in both Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver finishes are the ideal keepsake for fans of all ages and are sure to evoke magical memories for years to come!
Tip: You can wear just one, or layer them together, truly making the look your very own.
So where are the best places to find them?
- Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
- Disneyland park – New Century Jewelry
- Downtown Disney District – Disney Vault 28 and World of Disney Store
Walt Disney World Resort
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Disney Outfitters
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Once Upon a Time
- Downtown Disney Marketplace – Tren-D, World of Disney Store
- Epcot – Heritage Manor Gifts, Mouse Gear
- Magic Kingdom Park – Uptown Jewelers
Online – Shop Now!
Which ones have you added to your collection, or are you most excited to get? Don’t even get me started with my list.
posted on May 30th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
There’s no split decision when it comes to the gourmet apple for June at Disneyland Resort. Why? Because it was actually inspired by a banana split.
How did they do it? I’ve got the scoop! The apple has been covered in caramel, enrobed with banana flavor-infused chocolate, rolled in chocolate chips, drizzled with dark chocolate and has been topped off with mini marshmallows and dollops of vanilla white chocolate. Finally, you can’t have a banana split without chopped roasted peanuts and of course, cherries on top!
When I first heard what our Candy Makers had up their sleeves for June, all I could think was, “this apple is going taste like a sundae on a stick,” while my dear friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author Tyler Slater professed, “I need it in my life.” As you can tell, we are clearly both fans of this sundae-inspired concoction.
Simply put, it’s delicious!
posted on May 29th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
I am a huge fan of Soarin’ Over California at Disney California Adventure park! For me, it’s definitely a must-do attraction. I’m sure many of you who frequently visit Epcot feel the same way about Soarin’. That’s why I’m so excited to give you a first look at some of the new merchandise that will prep your flight crew for their next trip. It’s truly ‘first class!’
Whether you’re classified as an aviator or a little aviator, it’s the clever Aviator Checklist that appears on the back of the adult and youth T-shirt, giving a subtle nod to the attraction that ranks in my book. Take a look!
Other new arrivals include the youth aviator jacket, an adult long sleeve T-shirt, youth fleece, a leather luggage tag bearing a sculpted metal logo, mug and pin.
So start making room in your luggage, because some of these new items are set to fly into stores beginning June 2. Look for them at Fly ‘n’ Buy in Disney California Adventure park and Green Thumb Emporium in Epcot.
Are you ready for take-off?