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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.


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.


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.


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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40 Seconds of Fun: ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday Time-Lapse Video

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Three weeks before Holidays at the Disneyland Resort officially kicked off, we continuously documented the talented elves of Disneyland Resort Entertainment as they decked the walls of “it’s a small world” Holiday.

Here’s some fun facts about what it took to give “it’s a small world” Holiday its festive look:

  • Eleven Technical Services cast members worked five nights a week for eight weeks to do decorate the attraction’s façade, topiaries, trees and more.
  • The attraction’s façade has 50,000 C7 size lights in seven different colors: red, blue, green, amber, fuchsia, purple, and white. This adds up to almost five miles of light strings on the façade.
  • There are an additional 10,000 C7 lights on the “it’s a small world” Toy Shoppe and the three towers along the “it’s a small world” Mall.
  • The same crane that installs the Disneyland park Christmas tree is used to install the Santa hat on the clock.
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Print Your Own Map of the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

The world famous Jungle Cruise has been taking Disneyland park guests deep into the heart of darkness for sixty years. In all this time, you may have wondered … how exactly does one find his way from the Hippo Pool to the one, the only backside of water? Good news, adventurers! The Jungle Cruise skippers have sent the Disney Parks Blog the following map – direct from the classic Disneyland park attraction.


Click on the image above to download your own printable version of this helpful navigation tool. While it doesn’t grant you a skipper’s license – sorry – you will be able to follow along as you brave the wilds of the world aboard the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland park.

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New ‘Paint The Night’ Parade Dining Packages Coming to Disneyland Park

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

New dining packages with reserved viewing for the new “Paint The Night” parade will be available beginning January 11, 2016, at Disneyland park.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

At Blue Bayou Restaurant, the dining package includes a three-course meal. Viewing for the Blue Bayou Restaurant “Paint The Night” parade dining package will be located on Main Street, U.S.A.

With a choice of three entrees, Aladdin’s Oasis dining package will give guests the option of taking their meal to-go or enjoying it in the Aladdin’s Oasis seating area. Parade viewing for Aladdin’s Oasis “Paint The Night” parade dining package will be located near “it’s a small world.”

Reservations for both “Paint The Night” parade dining packages will be available soon. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more details!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Season of the Force Lights Up Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Last week I was able to photograph the new nighttime lighting display in Tomorrowland that takes our guests to a galaxy far, far away during Season of the Force at Disneyland park in California. After you have taken in all the new Star Wars experiences, make sure you return after dark to see – or photograph – this impressive lighting extravaganza.

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Top 10 Holiday Entertainment Highlights at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Disneyland Resort, where we’re making the holiday season merry and bright, now through January 6, 2016. If you’re planning to join us during the jolliest time of the year, here are some highlights of our holiday entertainment you won’t want to miss!


  1. Santa ClausWinnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are welcoming Santa to Critter Country this year, where you’ll find him in a delightful new spot, ready to greet everyone on his list.

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

  1. “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade – This wonderful daytime procession features more than 100 performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Santa and an array of beloved Disney characters celebrating the holiday season.


  1. Jingle Cruise – A cargo of holiday gifts and decorations have been jettisoned over the jungles of Adventureland, resulting in fun-filled expeditions and a dose of holly jolly hilarity on the classic Jungle Cruise attraction.


  1. “it’s a small world” Holiday – This worldwide celebration of the season brings holiday music, costumes and décor to “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed,” and at night, animated projections and more than 300,000 twinkling LED lights adorn the attraction’s façade with joy and wonder.


  1. Haunted Mansion HolidayJack Skellington and his crew from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” wish everyone a “Scary Christmas” with their own unique take on the holidays.

  1. Christmas on Buena Vista Street – Over at Disney California Adventure park, the residents of Buena Vista Street are celebrating the season with lovely tunes from the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers and a nightly tree lighting ceremony. And when Santa’s in town, you can stop in and see him at the Elias & Co. department store.


  1. “Olaf’s Snow Fest” – Step inside Stage 17 in Hollywood Land for winter fun in the kingdom of Arendelle. There’s a giant play area with real snow, a zippy snow slide, live music from the Frolicking Fjords and the Tubadors and, of course, Olaf himself. Do you wanna build a snowman? Or meet one? This is the place!


  1. “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! – This festive celebration of Latino culture and holiday traditions features music, dancing, delicious food, favorite Disney characters and the lively “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party.”

Olaf Winter Dreams

  1. “World of Color – Winter Dreams” – Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure park sparkles to life at night with not one, but two splendid versions of the “World of Color” spectacular. For the holiday season, “World of Color – Winter Dreams” includes classic wintertime scenes from beloved stories such as “Bambi,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.” Each night, you can also enjoy “World of Color – Celebrate!” Part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, this version of the show is a colorful, surprise-filled tribute to Walt Disney and his dreams of Disneyland.


  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – For 2015, the entire holiday season comes with a shimmering sprinkle of Diamond Celebration pixie dust, as our stunning 60th celebration continues, giving you even more chances to marvel at the dazzling “Paint the Night” Parade and the immersive new fireworks spectacular, “Disneyland Forever.”

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

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New Dining Experiences Coming to River Belle Terrace and Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante at Disneyland Park

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

If you’re visiting Disneyland park this February, you might want to try one of two new dining experiences.

River Belle Terrace will become a table-service location, serving lunch and dinner beginning February 10, 2016. On the menu, look for Southern barbecue staples like ribs, chicken and sustainable seafood alongside enticing starters and sides. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten dessert—new signature desserts will be available as well. Reservations for River Belle Terrace will be available soon, so stay tuned for more details.

Mickey Mouse Pancakes at Disneyland Park

Over in Frontierland, Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante will begin serving breakfast on February 2, 2016. Look for a few favorites from the old River Belle Terrace menu, like the famous Mickey Mouse pancakes, as well as new favorites like Mexican-inspired breakfast entrees. Breakfast will be available until 11:30 a.m. every morning, before switching to the lunch and dinner menu at noon.

Which dining experience are you looking forward to trying? Let us know in the comments below!

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Disney Parks Entertainment Honored with Industry Awards

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

I’m proud to report that two recent projects produced by our Creative Entertainment team have been honored with industry awards from a pair of prestigious organizations.


On Tuesday, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced their annual Thea Award winners. TEA has honored the “Paint the Night” Parade, featured at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland park in California, with the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – Parade Spectacular. “Paint the Night” brings Disney’s electrical parade legacy into the 21st century with innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights. The parade made its debut last fall at Hong Kong Disneyland and arrived at Disneyland Resort this past summer as part of the Diamond Celebration.

As part of their announcement, TEA said, “The new Disney ‘Paint the Night’ is a marvel of lighting technology, creative artistry, storytelling, showmanship, live performance and interactivity, centered around beloved Disney characters, both recent and classic.”

TEA is an international non-profit association, representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences. Thea Awards will be given out at an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, on April 2, 2016.


Last night at their annual gathering in Orlando, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) awarded their 2015 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment Excellence, extending additional honors to the “Paint the Night” Parade with an award in the category of Best Multimedia Spectacular.

IAAPA also presented a Brass Ring Award to “King Triton’s Concert” at Tokyo DisneySea Park in Japan, in the category of “Best Overall Production: $1 Million or more.” “King Triton’s Concert” brings to life the under the sea world of “The Little Mermaid” with music, songs, dynamic performances and sensational special effects. The show opened in April 2015 and is presented several times daily at the park’s Mermaid Lagoon Theater.


IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards mark achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to bring these wonderful projects to life at Disney Parks!

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A Day and Night in Downtown Disney District … in 79 Seconds

posted on November 18th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations

Day or night, old, young or in between, Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has something for everyone, and there’s no better time to visit than right now, while the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is in full swing.

Experience the beauty and scope of Downtown Disney District in this fun Hyperlapse video, a high-energy visual map of what the district has to offer guests of all ages: entertainment, shopping and dining. It’s all just steps away from Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

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Kick off the New Year at the Disneyland Resort and Save with a Special Hotel Offer

posted on November 18th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

If you’re planning a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth early next year, your timing couldn’t be better! We have a special hotel offer perfect for those interested in staying at one of our three on-property hotels during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Guests can enjoy the many perks of staying at one of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, including early morning admission and convenient access to Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park (separate Theme Park admission required). That’s more time to experience the exciting new attractions in Tomorrowland in Disneyland park, including Star Wars Launch Bay and Super Hero HQ!

When staying between January 3 to March 31, 2016, you can save up to 20 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or the Disneyland Hotel, or save up to 10 percent at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, on select Sunday through Thursday nights.* Book through March 10, 2016.


Click here for more details and to book today!

*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 1/3/16 to 3/31/16. Book from 10/28/15 through 3/10/16, with travel completed by 4/1/16. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other hotels and room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

Disneyland Resort Hotel Guest Extra Magic Hour currently allows registered Disneyland Resort hotel guests admission into select attractions at Disneyland Park on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Disney California Adventure Park on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday one hour before the applicable park opens to the general public. Check for schedule of when each park offers Extra Magic Hour. Each registered hotel guest (ages 3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card. Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores, restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity, cancellation and other restrictions.

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