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‘Tangled’ Returns to the Royal Theatre at Disneyland Park

posted on January 13th, 2016 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Here comes the smolder.

If you’ve had a dream that the “Tangled” show would return to the Royal Theatre at Disneyland park, then this Friday will be your Best. Day. Ever.

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On the stage of the Royal Theatre in Fantasy Faire, the hair-raising tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider will once again come to life through the inimitable storytelling talents of resident Renaissance men, Messieurs Smythe and Jones. With the assistance of some fellow villagers and a little help from the audience, these lovers of legend and lore weave their version of “Tangled” with equal doses of music, whimsy, humor and heart.

Winner of an IAAPA Brass Ring Award in 2013, “The Royal Theatre Presents ‘Tangled’” will play in repertory with Smythe and Jones’s adaptation of “Frozen,” each performed several times daily starting January 15.

Huzzah!

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Decorate Your Home with New Disney Parks-Inspired Figurines

posted on January 13th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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During a recent Disney Parks Blog Unboxed video, I gave you a first look at three new decorative figurines coming to Disney Parks this year. These figurines were inspired by characters and icons from attractions found at Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. Here’s a closer look at these decorative items.

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We originally released a few decorative figurines when Disney Centerpiece opened in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace in June 2014. You may recall seeing a stylized Sleeping Beauty Castle, Mr. Toad, the Orange Bird, elephants from The Jungle Cruise attraction, and a pineapple ice cream trinket box.

This year, we are adding the crocodile from Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Al from Country Bear Jamboree, and Figment from Journey into Imagination at Epcot.

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Other figurines include Monstro the whale found at Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland park, and a hippopotamus from the “it’s a small world” attraction.

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My favorite figurine is a miniature version of the Moonliner from Tomorrowland at Disneyland park (read about the history of this out-of-this-world icon in this Disney Parks Blog article.

Look for these items in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks in 2016. Once released, you will also find them available using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app. This app gives you access to thousands of Disney Parks’ products which you can have shipped directly to your home. To download, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

Which figurine is your favorite?

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First Look at New Rivers of America Waterfront and Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park in California

posted on January 11th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


The Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland park in Southern California have closed temporarily as we prepare to bring an all-new Star Wars-themed land to the park. When these areas reopen, the north bank of the Rivers of America will have a beautiful new waterfront, which I’m excited to give you a sneak peek at today.

Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park

As you can see from this artist’s rendering, courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering, this gorgeous new riverbank will also feature an elevated trestle over which the iconic Disneyland Railroad will travel.

Keep an eye on Disney Parks Blog, as we continue to bring you updates from the ongoing expansion of Disneyland park in California.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 10th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


We kicked off the first week of the year with stories about some new experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in 2016, including special dining opportunities and new ways to experience some of your favorite attractions.

E.P. Ripley, One of the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad Premium Tea Party at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel Beginning Jan. 22

Erin shared that while the Disneyland Railroad is temporarily closed this year, guests at the Main Street and New Orleans Square Train Stations will be able to get up-close with the historic steam engines that have circled Disneyland park for decades. Guests will be able to learn about the trains firsthand from our own train engineers and even take a picture with an engine.

There are other special opportunities around the world-famous Jungle Cruise and limited-time experiences aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia throughout the year at Disneyland park. Check out our original story for all of the experiences.

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And we welcomed a new member to the family at Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – a baby marmoset. Two 3-year-old marmosets are the proud parents, and Dr. Mark Penning let us know that both are demonstrating great parenting skills. Check out Mark’s original story for video of baby and more details.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

California Farm Prepares New Home for Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm Animals – As we prepare to wish our Disneyland goats a fond farewell, we’re happy to announce that they have found a wonderful forever home on a farm in Murrieta, Calif.

VIDEO: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Float Dazzles in the 2016 Rose Parade – We kicked off the new year in Pasadena, Calif., with the “Disneyland Diamond Celebration – Awaken Your Adventure” float appearing in the Rose Parade on January 1!

A Very Special Afternoon Tea Begins January 22 at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel – Steakhouse 55 is hosting a mid-day tea from noon to 3 p.m. beginning January 22, bringing the rich tradition of a royal afternoon respite to Disneyland Resort guests where they can enjoy sweets, savories and a grand selection of a dozen special teas.

Southern California Residents Can Enjoy Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and More with Limited-Time Special Tickets – As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues into 2016 and Season of the Force takes guests into the Star Wars galaxy in Tomorrowland, Disneyland Resort starts the new year with a special ticket offer for Southern California residents.

New Dishes Highlight Indian-African Flavors at Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village – Sanaa is one of Disney’s top table-service restaurants, but many still consider it a well-kept secret (and a Cast Member favorite).

Disney Parks After Dark: Main Street Electrical Parade Lights Up Magic Kingdom Park – With the holidays behind us, the “Main Street Electrical Parade” is again the centerpiece of nighttime entertainment at Magic Kingdom Park, shown here in a photo snapped of the Partners Statue.

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California Farm Prepares New Home for Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm Animals

posted on January 8th, 2016 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


As we prepare to wish our Disneyland goats a fond farewell, we’re happy to announce that they have found a wonderful forever home on a farm in Murrieta, Calif. The farm’s owner, Jenelle, already cares for four former Disneyland goats on her farm: Jane, Lilo, Medusa and Penny. We spoke with Jenelle recently, and her love for our Disneyland goats is abundant. She’s looking forward to welcoming all the goats (and our sheep and donkeys, too)! Click on the video below to meet Jenelle and see the farm where the all the Disneyland goats will scamper and play together beneath beautiful open skies.

You can visit our friends at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm at Disneyland park now through January 10.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration ‘Decades’ Collection 1985–1994 Debuts January 14

posted on January 7th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues! On January 14, bring home the next piece in the “Decades” collection, depicting 1985 to 1994.

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I’m probably not the only one having flashbacks right now, mostly of the late 80s, early 90s style, but here are a few other things you may remember that happened during that time frame at the Disneyland Resort.

I know some of you spent time at the high-tech (for its time) Videopolis! Don’t deny it. During this time, it was also the 30th and 35th anniversary of Disneyland park; a certain intergalactic musical adventure debuted in the Magic Eye theater in Tomorrowland; Star Tours launched us into a galaxy far, far away; we found our laughing place inside Splash Mountain, changes were underway at the Disneyland Hotel; nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” gave us our first look into Mickey Mouse’s imagination; Mickey’s Toontown came to life. That, my fellow Disney fans, is just the tip of the iceberg, as I’m sure you know.

To commemorate this special time in Disney Parks history, the art designed by local southern California artist Jeff Granito will appear on a t-shirt, mug, plate, pin and print. Look for the new “Decades” collection at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including:

Disneyland Park

Downtown Disney District

Disney California Adventure Park

Disneyland Hotel

Tip: Have you already pressed a penny with this art at World of Disney Store? If not, put it on your list of things to do on your next visit.

What are some of your favorite Disney memories from 1985 to 1994?

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Southern California Residents Can Enjoy Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and More with Limited-Time Special Tickets

posted on January 6th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues into 2016 and Season of the Force takes guests into the Star Wars galaxy in Tomorrowland, Disneyland Resort starts the new year with a special ticket offer for Southern California residents. For a limited time, residents may choose from options for two or three days of magic and adventure at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks at special prices.

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To help Southern California residents enjoy all the fun, special 2-day and 3-day Southern California Resident tickets* are available beginning January 6, 2016. The offer has four purchase options: a 2-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $149; a 2-day Park Hopper ticket for $189; a 3-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $179, or a 3-day Park Hopper ticket for $219.

With these limited-time tickets, Southern California residents have the flexibility to make memories with family and friends over two or three days, from January 6 through May 19, 2016.* (Dates blocked are March 20 – April 2, 2016.) The sooner a purchase is made, the more time guests will have to return for a second or third visit.

These special 2-day and 3-day tickets are an ideal way to catch all the fun, but they won’t be available for long. Southern California residents must purchase tickets by May 19, 2016. Tickets expire after May 26, 2016, and blockout dates apply. They can be purchased at www.disneyland.com/flex, The Disney Stores, Vons and other retail locations, as well as any Disneyland Resort ticket booth. Guests who purchase tickets online may print their tickets at home. When purchased in advance, 3-day tickets include one Magic Morning** early entry to Disneyland park, which provides an extra hour of play on select days before the park opens to the general public. This benefit is not available to tickets purchased at Disneyland Resort ticket booths.

For restrictions, visit http://Disneyland.com/flex.

*So Cal Resident Ticket Offer:
Valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of residency is required for purchase and admission. 1-Park Per Day tickets are valid for admission to either Disneyland® or Disney California Adventure® park each day of validity, but not to both parks on the same day. Park Hopper® tickets are valid for admission each day of validity to both Disneyland® and Disney California Adventure® park on the same day. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. Tickets expire May 26, 2016. Blockout days of 3/20/16-4/2/16 apply. May purchase up to 5 tickets per person per day with valid ID. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Tickets not valid before 1/6/16. Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.

**Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour
Magic Morning admission allows admission to selected attractions at Disneyland® Park before the park opens to the general public on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Each Guest must have valid, eligible theme park admission. 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 before the applicable park opens to the general public. Each registered hotel guest (ages 3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card. To enhance the Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour experiences, it is strongly recommended that Guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to regular park opening. Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and all other elements of the admissions including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores and restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity, other restrictions and cancellation.

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Guests to Experience Disneyland Park Attractions in New Ways Throughout 2016

posted on January 6th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Have you ever wondered how the Disneyland Railroad steam engines run? Or what Jungle Cruise skippers do when they aren’t in their boats? Beginning this month, Disneyland park guests will have unique, limited-time opportunities to experience some of their favorite attractions in new ways.

E.P. Ripley, One of the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad

While the Disneyland Railroad is temporarily closed this year, guests at the Main Street and New Orleans Square Train Stations will be able to get up-close with the historic steam engines that have circled Disneyland park for decades, learn about these amazing machines firsthand from our own train engineers and even take a picture with an engine! Each engine will be accompanied by knowledgeable train engineers, who will share fun facts, details on how the engines operate, stories from the history of the Disneyland Railroad and more.

While the world-famous Jungle Cruise undergoes refurbishment early this year, the skippers will still share their stories, adventures and humor with Disneyland park guests in front of the attraction. Join them as they recount tales from their travels while the Jungle Navigation Company headquarters readies for reopening later this year.

Look for these special opportunities and more – including new, limited-time experiences aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia – throughout the year at Disneyland park!

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VIDEO: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Float Dazzles in the 2016 Rose Parade

posted on January 5th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


We kicked off the new year in Pasadena, Calif., with the “Disneyland Diamond Celebration – Awaken Your Adventure” float appearing in the Rose Parade on January 1! The float featured a sparkling recreation of Sleeping Beauty Castle, flanked by two adventures that are brought to life at the Disneyland Resort: the world of “Frozen,” represented by Elsa’s ice castle; and a journey to a galaxy far, far away for exciting new Star Wars experiences at Disneyland park.

Take a look back as we celebrated the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration at the Rose Parade!

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ALEX AND ANI to Retire Mickey, Minnie and Pluto Character Bangles at Disney Parks

posted on January 5th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The new year is here, and new styles and designs from ALEX AND ANI are on their way. In order to make room, for the very first time, the following character silhouette ALEX AND ANI bangles will retire beginning January 11, 2016.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse ALEX and ANI Bangles Will Retire Beginning January 11, 2016 Mickey Mouse and Pluto ALEX and ANI Bangle Will Retire Beginning January 11, 2016

If you’re looking to add one of these bangles to your collection or someone else’s, be sure to get them before they’re gone! Look for these ALEX AND ANI pieces and more online and in stores at:

Disneyland Resort

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Which character silhouette is your favorite?

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