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Here’s What You Need to Know to Line Up for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Event

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Mickey Mouse and his Friends in their Pajamas in Front of the Main Street Train Station at Disneyland Park

The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kicks off this week with a 24-hour event on May 22-23 at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks! Some of you may be planning to arrive early in the hopes of being among the first to celebrate with us. If so, I’ve got some important information to share with you.


  • Pumbaa lot will open for early arrivals at 10 p.m. the evening of May 21.
  • Mickey & Friends Parking Structure will open at 4 a.m. and Toy Story Lot will open at 5 a.m. on May 22.

Pre-Opening Queue

  • Guests may bring games, blankets, chairs, tents and sleeping bags, but guests must return these items to their cars or hotel rooms and return to the line by 2 a.m.
  • At 2 a.m., all guests in line will be moved through Security checkpoints to the Disneyland Resort Esplanade, where they will receive a commemorative keepsake while supplies last.
  • No smoking, fighting or loud music will be allowed in line.
  • All guests in line will be able to temporarily leave the line to use the restroom, purchase food or beverages, and return or retrieve items from their vehicles/hotel rooms.

Opening Celebration

  • At 4 a.m., guests who choose to begin their day at Disneyland park will be escorted onto Main Street, U.S.A., to prepare for the opening celebration moment, which will take place at approximately 6 a.m. inside Disneyland park.
  • Guests who choose to begin their day at Disney California Adventure park will be escorted onto Buena Vista Street at 5:30 a.m.

Costumes and Prohibited Items

  • Costumes for adults are not allowed for this event. Please refer to the guidelines listed here.
  • Be sure to check the list of prohibited items here.
  • Lockers in the Disneyland Resort Esplanade and inside Disneyland park will be available at 4 a.m. Disney California Adventure park lockers will be available at 5:30 a.m.


  • Regular park admission used on May 22 is valid for the entire 24-hour period (6 a.m. on May 22 through 6 a.m. on May 23). A special ticket is not required for this event.
  • Disneyland Resort ticket booths will open at 2 a.m. on May 22.
  • SoCal and SoCal Select Annual Passports will not be valid for admission on May 22.
  • Premium, Deluxe and Premier Annual Passports will be valid for admission during the entire 24-hour period.

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ABC’s ‘AFV’ Season Finale Says Farewell to Tom Bergeron and Crowns Grand Prize Winner from the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


On the season finale of ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” tomorrow, May 17, the show says farewell to beloved host Tom Bergeron in its broadcast from the Disneyland Resort. Also on the show, the season’s two $100,000 winners battle it out for a grand prize vacation for 60 people to the Disneyland Resort, including a visit to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks in honor of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

Don’t miss the season finale of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” tomorrow at 7|6c on ABC.

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84-Year-Old Great Grandmother Celebrates Mother’s Day Running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney

How did you celebrate Mother’s Day? Did you go out for brunch, enjoy a nice family walk, send your mom flowers and candy, or did you run 13.1 miles through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the city of Anaheim? Well, last Sunday several moms, daughters, grandmothers and great grandmothers did just that – ran 13.1 miles at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry.

If you follow my runDisney blog posts, you know I enjoy standing at the finish line watching runners celebrate their accomplishments. Among the thousands of Tinker Bells and fairy wings, various colors and styles of tutus, and pixie dust blowing in the air, it was exciting to see all the moms celebrating this special day with their daughters. Holding hands, hugging and occasionally leaping across the finish, they celebrated their run, the time together and that special mother/daughter bond. It was the start of what could be a wonderful tradition.


One runner catching everyone’s attention was Viola “Mae” Douglass of Sequin, Tex. Decked out in blue fairy wings, a blue tutu and a matching decorated blue visor, Mae wore several hats this day: great grandmother, grandmother, mom and oldest runner. That’s right – “oldest runner.” At the young age of 84 she was the oldest runner for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and celebrated Mother’s Day by running with her two daughters.

Our video cameras were there when Mae finished her journey and I am excited to share that moment with you.

Just before getting her Tinker Bell finisher medal, Mae said, “Greatest Mother’s Day ever. . . it’s a beautiful sunshiny day and Disney is wonderful, we love Disney.”

Happy Mother’s Day to Mae and all our Tinker Bell Half Marathon moms. We hope you celebrate with us again in May 2016.

For more information on the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and other runDisney event weekends, visit

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Complete List of Special Eats for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Event, May 22-23

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

The countdown is on for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour event, May 22-23. If you’re anything like me, you like to plan your day in the parks based on where you want to eat. In addition to the cupcakes and drinks I recently shared on the Disney Parks Blog, I’ve compiled the ultimate foodie guide to specialty food offerings during the 24-Hour event at the Disneyland Resort:

Disneyland park

Jolly Holiday Bakery Café

  • Disneyland Diamond Celebration Cupcake


Carnation Café

  • Country-fried Chicken Sandwich with honey-mustard coleslaw on brioche bun


Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

  • Diamond Anniversary Ice Cream Sandwich: choice of ice cream between two sugar cookies
  • Ice cream sundae served in a souvenir kitchen sink


Plaza Inn

  • Fried Chicken and Waffles


Village Haus Restaurant

  • Flatbread Special with buffalo chicken, Serrano chile slices and chipotle aioli


Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port

  • Supernova Pizza Special with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, salami, chorizo, chicken sausage, bacon, pepperoncini and seasoned parmesan


Stage Door Café

  • Mocha Chip Funnel Cake


Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante

  • Street Taco Trio – three street-style tacos with beef, chicken or carnitas on soft corn tortillas garnished with cilantro and onion, topped with salsa verde served with rice and beans

French Market Restaurant

  • Creamy Corn Chowder – garnished with roasted corn and black eyed peas, maque choux in a sourdough bread boule


  • Slow-Roasted Louisiana Beef Stew – simmered with seasoned carrots, peas, red potatoes and mushrooms in a sourdough bread boule
  • Market French Dip – thinly-sliced slow-roasted beef with crispy onion straws on a potato roll with a side of handmade Cajun chips and au jus


  • N’Awlins Salad – lettuce medley, julienned yams, Granny Smith apples, caramelized pecans, lentils, tart cherries and a sweet citrus vinaigrette


  • Royal Street Chicken Caesar Salad – crispy romaine lettuce, citrus chicken, parmesan cheese, croutons with a traditional Caesar dressing


  • Shrimp Po’Boy – popcorn shrimp, mayonnaise, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce seasoned with vinegar and oil, served on a toasted potato roll with house-made potato chips and fruit


Blue Bayou Restaurant

  • Creole-brined Bone-in Pork Chop served with roasted garlic Boursin-mashed potatoes, sautéed baby spinach, champagne pear coulis and tomato relish


Café Orleans

  • Bananas Foster French Toast – thick-cut brioche bread battered and grilled then topped with fresh caramelized bananas and rich caramel sauce, served with bacon


Tomorrowland Terrace

  • Breakfast Burrito (available from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m.)


Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • Pulled Pork Hot Dog with citrus slaw, fried jalapenos and fresh cilantro


Disney California Adventure park

Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café

  • Disneyland Diamond Celebration Cupcake

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream

  • S’mores Bar – vanilla or chocolate ice cream bar dipped in milk or dark chocolate with fluff drizzle and graham cracker crumbs


Award Wieners

  • “The Insomniac” – bacon, egg and sausage dog with pepper jack cheese, topped with a maple crunch


Wine Country Trattoria

  • Surf & Turf – roasted lobster tail and grilled sirloin, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and demi-glace
    Special two-course, prix fixe breakfast menu from 12-1:45 a.m. with reserved viewing for a special 3 a.m. showing of “World of Color.”

Lucky Fortune Cookery

  • Steamed chicken and vegetable dumpling bowl served with rice, vegetables and rice wine vinegar dipping sauce


Cozy Cone Motel

  • Barbecued pulled pork and slaw cone

Ariel’s Grotto


Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

  • Mac and cheese pizza – crispy pizza topped with sun-dried tomato sauce, crispy bacon, mozzarella and creamy mac and cheese, topped with bacon pesto

For reservations, visit or call 714-781-DINE.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Mad Tea Party at Disneyland Park

posted on May 14th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Mad Tea Party is one of my favorite Disneyland park attractions, and I love it even more after dark. The colors of the lanterns hanging overhead combined with the swirling tea cups below truly makes for a truly mad experience. Clean cup, clean cup! Move down! Move down! Move down!

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First Look: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Souvenir Vintage Stein

posted on May 14th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Over the past few months, I’ve teased some of the new souvenir novelty food and beverage items created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration — like the balloon-inspired popcorn buckets, and the artwork for popcorn buckets and hot mugs. Today, I’m showing you my personal favorite of the 60th anniversary items.


This stunning souvenir vintage stein features whimsical representations of favorite lands and attractions, and is topped with Sleeping Beauty Castle. This plastic stein is lightweight enough to carry around at the park, while being beautiful enough to display on a shelf (which is exactly what I’m planning to do).

Look for the stein, in addition to other specialty food and beverage items when the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kicks off on May 22.

Cheers to 60 years!

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24-Hour Event Merchandise Sparkles at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 14th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

There’s a number of reasons why I’m looking forward to May 22! First of all, it’s my mom’s birthday, so happy early birthday Mom! Not only that, it’s the exciting moment we have all been waiting for — the official kick-off to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration! When you couple that with a 24-hour event and new nighttime spectaculars like the “Paint the Night” parade, “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, could it get any better? When I got a sneak peek at the artwork for the 24-hour event tees, “Being Up All Night Makes Me Dopey,” the answer was yes! Take a look, and I think you’ll agree.

Special Tip: Look for special glow-in-the-dark elements on the adult and youth tees.


Also debuting as part of the exciting event is a limited release pin.


Want more? Let me sweeten the deal — there will also be a specially created cupcake with the “Up All Night” logo. Our candy makers have been hard at work, creating delicious new confections in honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, because I’ll be sharing all of the details shortly.

Tees and pins will be available at:

Cupcakes can be found at:

It’s going to be an amazing celebration! Are you ready for it?

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Sixty Years of Innovation: New Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

posted on May 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Disney Parks are more than exciting attractions and dazzling spectaculars. Walking into a place like Fantasyland, for example, is like walking into another world. As each of our guests are reminded, “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” Let’s go back to the year 1983 to discover how the fantasy of Fantasyland was enriched here at Disneyland park.

Walt Disney’s favorite land, Fantasyland was envisioned as a fairy tale village beyond the walls of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Unfortunately, as the opening of Disneyland drew near, unforeseen budget overages caused the team to scale back on the design of Fantasyland. So the land became a medieval fair, with banners and flags decorating the entrances to Snow White’s Adventures, Peter Pan’s Flight and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.


Nearly thirty years later, the time had finally come to transform Fantasyland into that timeless land of enchantment that Walt had dreamed of. “The New Fantasyland” opened at Disneyland on May 25, 1983. The architecture and facade of each attraction became an extension of the stories that lie within. Guests now enter Peter Pan’s Flight through a medieval English clock tower or visit a country manor called Toad Hall, home to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. On the west side of Fantasyland, you have the feeling of being immersed in a Bavarian or Alpine village, bringing you into the worlds of Snow White and Pinocchio. Next door at Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, the attraction’s facade features half-timbered architecture and carved wood balconies, resembling the house in which Pinocchio, the wooden puppet made of pine, became a real boy.


“The New Fantasyland” elevated the storytelling of the entire area, combining architecture, horticulture and other details to create an immersive, fairy tale environment and became an example of what Walt Disney Imagineering often refers to as “place making” – the design and creation of a land that transports the guest to a different place and time, truly immersing them in the story and fantasy of the land.


And nearly 30 years after “The New Fantasyland” at Disneyland park, this immersive storytelling was brought to another level with New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park. The largest expansion in the park’s history, New Fantasyland welcomes guests to step into the stories of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Dumbo.” It is a shining example of how Disney Parks continue the legacy of innovative, immersive storytelling that was established with the opening of Disneyland park in 1955 and carried on with “The New Fantasyland” in 1983 and beyond.

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Sleeping Beauty Castle – Part One

posted on May 13th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Although inspired by several medieval castles, with the help of forced perspective, Sleeping Beauty Castle was proportioned more to the imagination than to history. Walt Disney wanted this castle to be a friendly and welcoming presence in his new park so it was built on a smaller scale than its European counterparts.


I’m not sure if the people who were building the castle knew that they were creating one of the world’s most iconic structures, or that it would inspire unique Magic Kingdom parks around the world, but they did know that this 77-foot-tall beauty was the centerpiece of Disneyland park, around which everything that followed would be built.


We’ll check the progress on the building of the original Disney Parks castle in our next update.


Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

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Stars Shine Bright at the Disneyland Resort for World Premiere of ‘Tomorrowland’

posted on May 11th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Last weekend, the Disneyland Resort hosted the world premiere of “Tomorrowland” at Downtown Disney District with a special after party at Disneyland park in (where else?) Tomorrowland!

Here you’ll hear from the stars on the red carpet, including the film’s star, George Clooney, about the excitement of being at the Disneyland Resort for the premiere. They also shared some of their favorite Disneyland memories in honor of our upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.


Following the premiere of the film, Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and journalist Willow Bay joined George and Amal Clooney and their niece Mia aboard the Disneyland Monorail for a trip to the after party in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park.

“Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

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