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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The Building Of Park Icons

posted on November 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, some of the most compelling images we shared on the Disney Parks Blog were of some iconic buildings guests have enjoyed at our parks for years, specifically the train station and entrance to Disneyland park and Spaceship Earth at Epcot.

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George Savvas shared these amazing construction images of the Main Entrance turnstiles and Main Street Station earlier this week.

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Nate Rasmussen also gave a look at the early construction of Epcot’s theme park icon – Spaceship Earth.

Which other attractions or areas of our parks are you interested in seeing early construction photos of? Tell us in the comments section below.

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‘it’s a small world’ Holiday Lighting Kicks Off Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 14th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last night, guests and media gathered for what has become a Disneyland Resort tradition: the official lighting of “it’s a small world” Holiday at Disneyland park. Special guest Maya Gallardo and her family joined Disney Ambassador Sachiko White to flip the switch on the more than 300,000 lights that will illuminated the iconic attraction through the holiday season. Maya was diagnosed with leukemia when she was less than one year old, and a stem cell donation from her older brother, who was five years old at the time, saved her life. She is now a 13-year-old cancer survivor. Take a look at this special night in the video below.

Thank you, Maya, for helping us kick off the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort!

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First Look: Black Widow and Hawkeye on a Mission This Weekend at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 14th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


This weekend, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are descending upon the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim for the inaugural running of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. Captain America and Thor have been seen regularly at Disneyland park in the past year, but this will mark the first Disney Parks appearances for Hawkeye and Black Widow!

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Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye, along with a contingent of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, will be out in force for this power-packed weekend of fun and excitement. If you’re running, look for them on the route during both the Avengers Super Heroes 5K and Half Marathon.

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Dateline Adventureland: Lost Holiday Shipment Found Aboard the Jingle Cruise at Disneyland Park

posted on November 13th, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent


Happy holidays, adventurers! You may recall from my last dispatch that an important holiday shipment has been lost in the jungles of Adventureland at Disneyland park. I’ve got good news to report today – the shipment has been found! Well, sort of …

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As you can see, all the holiday cheer that was supposed to be delivered to the Jungle Cruise skippers is now being appropriated by the animals of the jungle. Only one thing to do … turn the Jungle Cruise into the Jingle Cruise!

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Looks like those fruitcakes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon … good thing they last for so long!

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And I don’t think those stockings are being hung by anyone’s chimney this year.

So keep an eye out this holiday season, adventurers! There are even more misplaced yule tide trappings to find as you “jungle all the way” through the Jingle Cruise – now through January 6, 2015, at Disneyland park.

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Traditional Candy Kitchen Favorites Return to the Disneyland Resort for the Holidays

posted on November 12th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Start the magic of the holidays off right this season with a collection of quintessential holiday treats made fresh in our Candy Kitchens at the Disneyland Resort.

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Many popular seasonal selections have made the list of returning favorites this year, including our dark chocolate and peppermint oil infused December gourmet apple, peppermint bark, creamy chocolate and peppermint fudge, holiday candy cane apples, ornament apples, marshmallow wands, holiday themed pretzel rods and more. The list honestly goes on and on.

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Other fan favorites hitting the shelves include handcrafted English Toffee, Pecan and Peanut Brittle, decadent Fudgemallow squares and holiday themed cupcakes. These are just a few of the classic choices amidst this year’s newest additions themed to none other than Disney’s “Frozen”. Our Olaf apple, marshmallow wand and cake pop will undoubtedly make you melt.

Of course, no holiday treat post would be complete without mentioning our hand-crafted candy canes. The candy canes, as you know, are generally in high demand and only available on select dates at the following locations.

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November 28 and December 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23 and 24

Disney California Adventure park – Trolley Treats
November 29 and December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 and 25

Find all of these classic confectionary treats at Candy Palace in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; or Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which delicious seasonal favorites have made your list?

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Entrance

posted on November 12th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


The Main Entrance turnstiles are where most guests begin their visit to Disneyland park – exclusively so until the Disneyland Monorail extended its track to the Disneyland Hotel in 1961.

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As this photo shows, construction of the park was well underway by the time the Main Entrance turnstiles were built.

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One month later, only days before opening day, the turnstiles were completed. A lot of progress was also made at Main Street Station and on the “floral Mickey” designed to greet guests upon their arrival into the park.

Check back for “construction updates” soon!


Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

  • Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park
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    Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes Inspired by Hungry Bear Restaurant at Disneyland Park

    posted on November 7th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


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    Everyone is buzzing about the heartwarming adventure film, “Big Hero 6,” in theaters today. To celebrate, we created a series of “Big Hero 6” themed recipes you’ll see over the next few weeks inspired by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

    Today, we’re excited to share Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes, inspired by Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland park. Whether you choose to decorate your cupcakes to look like Baymax or with bumblebees — bee-lieve me, they make the perfect post-movie treat.

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    Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Begins November 13 with ‘Frozen’ Additions and Returning Favorites

    posted on November 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


    It’s almost here! The most wonderful time of the year is here, November 13, with the return of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Through January 6, 2015, the Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier … and yes, even more frozen.

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    Fans of Disney’s “Frozen” will especially love this holiday season, as even more touches inspired by the animated film are woven into the celebration. First, stars Anna and Elsa will be featured in A Christmas Fantasy Parade each day at Disneyland park. Also, over at Disney California Adventure park, more songs from the hit soundtrack have been added to “World of Color – Winter Dreams” for the show’s second season. And returning this year is Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink, which will return this year as part of the Downtown Disney Winter Village.

    And that’s not all that’s new this year. Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Frontierland will host an all-new comedy and music show that invites guests to sing along in a wacky tale of Christmas in the West.

    Here’s a look at this year’s returning favorites:

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    • “World of Color – Winter Dreams”
    • Disney ¡Viva Navidad! (featuring Three Kings Day celebration, January 2-6, 2015)

    Downtown Disney District

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    New Viewing Options Coming to ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park

    posted on November 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


    Disneyland park guests will be able to experience the popular nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” with new viewing options beginning December 12. Similar to the options for “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, “Fantasmic!” will feature reserved and stand-by viewing as well as several all-new dining packages. This new reserved viewing will give guests more time to enjoy other entertainment and attractions across the Disneyland Resort.

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    Beginning December 12, a “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS will be required to gain access to the show’s reserved viewing space. Beginning at Disneyland park opening, “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS distribution will take place along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until one hour prior to show time or while supplies last, whichever comes first. Each “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS will indicate the assigned showtime, suggested return time and assigned viewing section. Also, a non-ticketed area will be available in the “Fantasmic!” viewing area each night for limited stand-by viewing on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Guests will also have the option to receive a “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS with the purchase of new “Fantasmic!” dining packages, including dinner at Blue Bayou Restaurant, special table-service seating at River Belle Terrace, a new dessert party at Hungry Bear Restaurant, on-the-go options and more. Check out all of the new “Fantasmic!” dining packages here.

    Reservations for December 12 and beyond will be available for booking beginning November 12. Space is limited for these experiences, so advance reservations are recommended online at disneyland.com or by calling 714-781-DINE (714-781-3463).

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    The Stars of ‘Big Hero 6′ Are Ready for Their Disney Parks Debut

    posted on November 6th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


    Hiro Hamada and his buddy, a huggable robot named Baymax, are flying into theaters in 3D on Friday in Disney’s new comedy adventure, “Big Hero 6.” And starting this weekend, you’ll be able to see them in person at Disney Parks!

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    At Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, look for Hiro and Baymax inside The Magic of Disney Animation attraction, where you’ll find recreations of Hiro’s garage workshop and the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology labs seen in the film. When Hiro and his robot companion head west to the Disneyland Resort, you’ll find them in Tomorrowland near the Starcade and Magic Eye Theater, where you can also catch a special exclusive sneak peek of “Big Hero 6.”

    I caught an early preview of “Big Hero 6” myself, and I can tell you the film is fantastic! I can’t wait to take my kids to see it this weekend. They recently got some of the toys for their birthday, and I’m sure we’ll be out at the park soon to spend time with their new favorite characters.

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