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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park?

posted on June 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Have you had a chance to see the new “Paint the Night” parade at Disneyland park? This after-dark parade is a state-of-the-art, vibrant wonder that immerses guests in eight different Disney and Disney•Pixar stories, each story represented by multiple floats, props and performers.

Test your knowledge of this new nighttime spectacular below!


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How Well Do You Know ‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park?

“Paint the Night” is the brightest parade ever to light up Disneyland park. How many sources of light are used in this after-dark spectacle?
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Mack Truck from Disney•Pixar “Cars” is the longest unit in “Paint the Night” parade. Just how long is he?
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It wouldn’t be a parade without a procession of princesses! Which leading ladies are featured in the Disney Princesses story?
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There are so many beloved characters in “Paint the Night”! Which Disney or Disney•Pixar characters are featured in the grand finale of “Paint the Night” parade?
TINKER BELL LIGHTS THE WAY IN 'PAINT THE NIGHT' (ANAHEIM, Calif.) –– Tinker Bell gathers all of her pixie dust to paint the night in dazzling Disney dreams in the all-new after-dark spectacular at Disneyland park inspired by the iconic 'Main Street Electrical Parade.' 'Paint the Night' is full of vibrant color and more than 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights and features special effects, unforgettable music, and energetic performances that bring beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar stories to life. (Paul HIffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
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Bengal Barbecue Celebrates 25 Years at Disneyland Park

posted on June 4th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Bengal Barbecue has been serving hungry adventurers in Disneyland park for 25 years.

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Fuel the next leg of your Disneyland expedition with a hot and spicy Banyan Beef Skewer, the Outback Vegetable Skewer or the popular Safari Skewer featuring bacon-wrapped asparagus. For those looking for extra provisions, Bengal Barbecue also offers Mickey-shaped pretzels, Tiger Tails (breadsticks), fruit cups and more.

Quench your thirst for adventure with the Pomegranate Piranha Lemonade, offered as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. This refreshing drink features all-natural Odwalla lemonade with flavors of mango and pineapple, pomegranate pearls and topped with passion fruit-mango fruit foam.

Which Bengal Barbecue snack satisfies your “roaring” hunger?

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VIDEO: Disneyland Day at California State Capitol

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


You may have seen our recent post about “Disneyland Day” being proclaimed by the California State Senate and Assembly on June 1, 2015, in celebration of our 60th anniversary. Check out this fun video that shows our trip to Sacramento!

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Behind the Scenes of Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park with Walt Disney Imagineering

posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Matterhorn Bobsleds recently reopened at Disneyland park, following a refurbishment that brought many new creative elements to this classic attraction – including a whole new look for its most famous resident, the Abominable Snowman. In the video below, Walt Disney Imagineering takes us for a behind-the-scenes look at how this new look was created.

Have you seen the Abominable Snowman’s new look for yourself? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Six Scrumptious Desserts Debut for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on June 1st, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


It’s a party, so you’re allowed to eat dessert first. For the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, here are six new sweets for 60 years, and they’ll stay on the menu throughout the celebration.

Disneyland Park Diamond Lemon Cupcake at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café – This lemony cupcake has white chocolate crunchy pearls, strawberry filling and is topped with white chocolate Champagne mousse, blue buttercream decoration, blue chocolate curls, silver coated white chocolate pearls and a chocolate “D.” Almost too pretty to eat!

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Disney California Adventure Park Diamond Orange Cupcake at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café – If you prefer orange, try this cupcake with chocolate crunchy pearls, mixed berry filling and a topping of cream cheese Bavarian mousse. The decoration is pretty silver dust pearls, blue buttercream trim and a chocolate diamond. Yum!

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Diamond Tiramisù at Wine Country Trattoria, Disney California Adventure Park – This is a fancy sweet ending: layers of tiramisù made from sweetened Italian mascarpone, Marsala wine and espresso-soaked ladyfingers topped with cocoa powder and finished with chocolate curls and espresso sauce.

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Meyer Lemon Crème Brûlée Tart at Blue Bayou Restaurant, Disneyland Park – Tangy and creamy Meyer lemon crème brûlée in a crunchy sweet tart shell topped with blueberry compote and a sparkly silver chocolate diamond – eat it or Instagram?

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White Chocolate Bavarian Diamond Strawberry-Rhubarb Shortcake at Carnation Cafe, Disneyland Park – A little old-fashioned, a little upscale, this is smooth and creamy white chocolate Bavarian mousse shaped like a diamond resting on vanilla cake finished in a plate with a rich fresh strawberry-rhubarb sauce.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Chocolate Cake – This crowd pleaser is found at Plaza Inn, Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante and French Market Restaurant in Disneyland park, Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta at Disney California Adventure park. Chocolate layer cake with caramel ganache, chocolate crunchy pearls, fleur de sel, apricot compote, Pabana mousse (banana, passion fruit, mango, lemon) and chocolate truffle mousse is topped with chocolate ganache and a sparkly silver chocolate diamond. Celebrate and share it with a friend!

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Decorative Hand Sanitizers Join a Summer of New Souvenirs at Disney Parks

posted on June 1st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This summer, Disney Theme Park Merchandise is introducing several new souvenirs at Disney Parks. These items will make great gifts for loved ones or serve as a nice memory from your Disney vacation. For my first “Summer of New Souvenirs” story, I’m highlighting my favorite new things – decorative hand sanitizers. Having a son, I carry hand sanitizer everywhere I go, and these designs are fantastic!

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There will be approximately 20 new hand sanitizers arriving at Disney Parks in late June and early-to-mid July. The artwork features popular Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Anna, Elsa and other select Disney Princesses. Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland park and Cinderella Castle from Magic Kingdom Park will also be included in the mix.

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Each hand sanitizer comes with a specially designed 1 fluid ounce bottle and a key chain split ring with lobster claw clasp. At this time, we will not offer refill bottles yet you can refill the bottle with your favorite hand sanitizer once empty.

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The Force is strong with my favorite designs featuring R2-D2 and Darth Vader. They are due to arrive this August in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks (they are insta-buy for me!).

Hand sanitizer will retail for $8.95 (plus tax). Please note that retails are subject to change without notice.

Look for additional Disney Parks Blog articles in the coming months with other new souvenirs.

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Mariah Carey Kicks Off Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 30th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Mariah Carey stopped by the Disneyland Resort to be a guest on “Live with Kelly and Michael” as a part of the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Mariah performed a song from her brand new album “#1 to Infinity” at Town Square in Disneyland park.

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While at The Happiest Place on Earth, Mariah stopped by “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” to pose for a photo with a portrait of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

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Disneyland Resort Celebrates 60th Anniversary, Grants More than $60,000 to Diversity Scholarship Funds

posted on May 29th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


As we reflect on all we’ve accomplished with the community over the past 60 years, our dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration presents us with the opportunity to inspire the next generation of leaders right here in Orange County. In that spirit, Disneyland Resort donated more than $60,000 in scholarship funds to support the pursuit of higher education.

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Last night, during a special ceremony held at the Main Street Opera House in Disneyland park, we presented 11 nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving diverse students with funds supporting their scholarship efforts. Organizations included:

  • 100 Black Men of Orange County
  • American Indian Chamber of Commerce
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
  • California State University, Fullerton Hispanic Scholarship
  • Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF)
  • National Hispanic Business Woman Association (NHBWA)
  • OC Black Chamber
  • OC Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation
  • Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
  • Santa Ana College
  • Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce

The reception culminated with a viewing of the new “Paint the Night” parade. On behalf of the Disneyland Resort, thank you to all of the organizations for promoting the importance of education among our youth. Keep up the dazzling work!

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June 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is underway, here are a few other events taking place in June that are sure to dazzle you!

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June 6: Let your imagination soar! Join us as we welcome authors Jonathan Case and Jeff Jensen who will be on the hand for a special signing of their book, Before Tomorrowland. Meet Jonathan and Jeff from 10–noon at Little Green Men Store Command in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. Learn more here.

June 6-7: Leilani Joy is back! Stop by June 6–7 and again June 20-21, from 2-5 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District to see some of Leilani’s newest releases and more. Learn more here.

June 13: Your collection will dazzle with this vibrant and iconic Hipster Mickey piece by artist Jerrod Maruyama, created in commemoration of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Jerrod will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

June 13–14: If you have been waiting for just the right time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques or the new 60th Edition Series Plaques, you’re in luck! Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., each day, at Disneyana inside Disneyland park. Learn more here.

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June 20: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works of art by Sean Chao, Joey Chou, Max Grundy, Danny Handke and Leilani Joy from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

June 27-28: Take part in a Disney Fine Art showcase with Collectors Editions artist Jimmy Mulligan from 9–11 a.m. at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., inside Disneyland park 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Off the Page inside Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Max Grundy. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: June 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 – 27 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which artist are you most excited to meet?

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Additional ‘Decades’ Details and Art Revealed for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 28th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


A couple of months ago, I shared the first piece from the Disneyland Resort Diamond CelebrationDecades” collection created by Jeff Granito. The first piece in the series of “Decades” art (1955–1964) will debut today. Here’s a look at some of the exciting merchandise featuring the art.

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I’m sure you’ve been curious to see what some of the other pieces look like, right? Wait no more. Here’s a look at additional “Decades” art celebrating attractions, icons and characters for each ten-year milestone. Keep an eye out for these pieces to debut around every 60 days on items including apparel, home décor, pins and more.

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“Decades” Merchandise will be available at the following locations:

Deluxe Print, Dessert Plate, Mug and Tee:

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Are there more to come? Of course! But you’re going to have to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog to find out.

Which one is your favorite so far?

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