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World Cup Final Matches, Volleyball, Extra Hawaiian Nights Amplify the Fun of Summer Celebration in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 11th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Summer Celebration continues in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort this month with World Cup Soccer finals, a celebration of summer volleyball and more “Dole Days of Summer” Hawaiian Nights.

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Soccer fans have been cheering World Cup matches at the Downtown Disney District , inside ESPN Zone and on the 10-by-16-foot outdoor LED jumbo screen in the Downtown Disney District common area. Throughout the World Cup third place and final matches this weekend, there will be some additional exciting events available for our guests.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, we will be sharing a futsal (the smaller-scale cousin of soccer) demo and clinic in the Downtown Disney District common area near the LED jumbo screen. Starting at noon Saturday and Sunday, several local coaches will provide an interactive soccer/futsal clinic for kids. In addition, on Saturday only, Joe-Max Moore – U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer, Olympian and three-time FIFA World Cup U.S.A. Team Member, will appear at 11:15 a.m. to meet and greet soccer fans. Closed toe shoes and a signed waiver will be required for all participants. DJ Wendy will appear throughout the weekend to spin tunes and provide commentary on the matches.

As the World Cup comes to its conclusion, summer volleyball arrives to bring the beach to the Downtown Disney District for a five-day event, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 20. The event, which focuses on health and community outreach, encouraging children of all ages to get out and play safely, will take place on a specially constructed sand volleyball court in the plaza between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

Highlights will include OC Volleyball Junior Tournament play from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, July 16, 18 and 19; clinics hosted by volleyball professional Ed Ratledge from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; an intermural tournament for teams of Disneyland Resort cast members Wednesday through Friday; and exhibition games by collegiate women’s doubles teams, amateur and youth players.

A lineup of professional beach volleyball players will appear Saturday, July 19 (pro legend men) and Sunday, July 20 (pro legend women) for exhibition games and to greet fans.

Thanks to the popularity of “Dole Days of Summer” Hawaiian Nights, two additional Fridays have been added to the lineup: July 18 and 25. That means additional opportunities to enjoy the island entertainment on Friday nights, and to sample the Hawaiian dishes at Downtown Disney restaurants.

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Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Lands at Disney Parks

posted on July 10th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Who’s ready to see Disney’s “Planes: Fire and Rescue” when it opens in theaters July 18? As you may know, when world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, including a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

On Saturday, July 12, meet director/co-writer Bobs Gannaway and producer Ferrell Barron, the filmmakers behind “Planes: Fire & Rescue” from 2 – 4 p.m. at Fly n’ Buy in Disney California Adventure park. Ferrell and Bobs will be on hand to sign some of the new merchandise hitting store shelves now.

Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Lands at Disney Parks

Here’s a look at some of the “Planes: Fire & Rescue” merchandise that has soared into Disney Parks, so that you can prepare your crew for this amazing new adventure. The Dusty Do-It-Yourself Foam Plane, the original “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, the Piston Peak Fire Air Operations open edition pin and of course, a baseball hat (available in youth size only).

Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Lands at Disney Parks

Now if you are in need of actual Piston Peak Fire & Rescue gear, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these new youth tees and fleece that can only be found at Disney Parks.

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A few other must- have items landing on shelves include die-cast metal cars, deluxe play sets, storybooks, RipFlash flyers and more. Take a look!

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Find Disney “Planes: Fire & Rescue” merchandise at select locations at Disney Parks & Resorts including:

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  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co., Fly n’ Buy, Sarge’s Surplus Hut
  • Disneyland park – Emporium, Gag Factory, Little Green Men Store Command
  • Downtown Disney District– World of Disney Store

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Want to learn more about “Planes: Fire & Rescue”? Take off and soar with to new heights with this elite aerial firefighting crew here.

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‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ Begins Today at Disneyland Park

posted on July 9th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


A few weeks ago, we told you about a new experience coming to Disneyland park, in which guests will not only watch the story unfold, they will be able to create the story themselves. “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” begins unfolding today! Here’s what you need to know to jump right into the story on your next visit.

Create Your Character: You can be whoever you want to be in the Wild West of Frontierland. You can be a peacekeeper, an outlaw, a miner … it’s all up to you! You will even be able to create a new name for your character. Whenever you enter Frontierland, that’s who you will be!

Choose a Side: Rumors of gold have led to a struggle for land. Which side will you take … joining the peaceful Frontierland citizens or the opportunistic Rainbow Ridge townsfolk?

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Learn the Lay of the Land: There are new Frontierland locations in play now with “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” and each serves a unique purpose in the story.

  • Trading Post – This is the meeting place and first stop for new Frontierland citizens. This is also where citizens can keep up with the latest Frontierland news and swap plans for fending off those Rainbow Ridge ruffians.
  • Hideout – Like the Trading Post, the Hideout is the first stop and central meeting place for citizens of Rainbow Ridge.
  • Telegraph Station – The information hub of Frontierland, this is the place to send and receive important messages.
  • Sheriff’s Office and Jail – This is where outlaws are brought to justice and where lawmakers work to keep the peace.
  • Talent Agency – Based in the Golden Horseshoe, this is where new talent is discovered and showcased in Frontierland.
  • Card Table – Also located in the Golden Horseshoe, this ongoing card game plays host to outlaws and heroes alike. Be careful what you say here! You never know who may be listening.

Get to Know Your Fellow Citizens: You can find your fellow citizens throughout Frontierland. Just look for your town’s color to find out what’s new in town.

Earn “Bits”: “Bits” are the currency of the Western Territories. You can earn “bits” by participating in tasks throughout the land and spend them on land purchases, to get information and for other worthy causes.

It’s time to choose your alliance in the fight for Frontierland! We’ll have more details as they develop here on the Disney Parks Blog. And be sure to support your townsfolk with the hashtags #MyFrontierland and #MyRainbowRidge!

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Happier Hour Helps Disneyland Park Guests #GetHappier

posted on July 8th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Summer is in full swing, and we’ve been making some Mondays happier for Disneyland Resort guests for the past few weeks, with special appearances by the Seven Dwarfs, Mickey ear hat giveaways and more. Last night, we devoted a whole hour to getting happier with a surprise Happier Hour at Disneyland park!

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From midnight to 1 a.m., select attractions in Frontierland, Adventureland and New Orleans Square were open to 1,500 lucky – dare I say happy? – Disneyland park guests for an hour after the park closed.

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Some favorite Disney friends even stayed up late to #GetHappier themselves, like Goofy and Donald Duck, seen here in their jungle best.

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Happier Hour was a success, bringing smiles and thumbs-up all around! Well, for those who were still awake, at least …

We’re getting happier all summer long at the Disneyland Resort! Follow along with Disneyland Today on Facebook and Twitter, Disneyland on Facebook and Twitter, and also keep an eye out here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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‘The Music of: Nashville,’ Inspired by the Hit ABC Show, Begins July 18 at Disneyland Park

posted on July 8th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Fans of country music and the ABC hit show, “Nashville,” will want to get their boots polished up for an all-new entertainment experience, coming this summer to Disneyland park. Beginning July 18, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will be home to “The Music of: Nashville” every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer.

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Popular local country band, The Kelly Rae Band, will headline this concert experience, performing original tunes from the television show along with some of your favorites from the country music charts. Fans of “Nashville” will be treated to trivia and behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of the show’s music.

So head on over to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer and don’t miss the return of all-new episodes of “Nashville,” Wednesdays this fall 10|9c on ABC!

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The Disney Side of Alex and Ani ‘Charmed Arms’ at Disney Parks

posted on July 8th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s time to show us your Disney Side with your “charmed arms” from Alex and Ani! Not only do we want to see which Alex and Ani bangles from our Disney collection have made it onto your arms, but we also want to see them in front of some of your favorite characters, attractions and icons at Disney Parks.

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I know that many of you were eager to know if Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” would be making a splash at Disney Parks, and I’m here to tell you, she is, along with Rapunzel from “Tangled.” Here’s your first look!

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Joining them will be a few of everyone’s favorite Disney pals, Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck.

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Look for these bangles to debut July 14 at the following Disney Parks & Resorts locations and Online.

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What’s next? I can tell you this much, you will either find it a nightmare or you will consider it really cool.

Now I invite you to share your Disney ‘charmed arms’ with us! Use #DisneySide and #charmedarms across our social channels, including Twitter, Vine, Google+, Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest. If you tag your Instagram photos using #DisneySide #charmedarms we may just feature it on the @Disneyland, @WaltDisneyWorld or @AlexandAni Instagram feeds.

Will you add any of these new Alex and Ani Disney Collection bangles to your wrist?

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Disneyland Resort Summer Tips: Staying Cool at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 7th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


Last week, I kicked off the “Disneyland Resort Summer Tips” series with the best ways to soak up some fun at the Disneyland Resort hotel pools. Today I’m going to pass along some tips for staying cool while playing at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. From cooling off indoors to getting soaked on world-class water attractions and enjoying delicious frozen and cool treats, summer is meant to be spent at the Disneyland Resort!

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  • Take a break from the heat – Indoor attractions can sometimes be the best-kept secrets for staying cool at the Disneyland Resort. At Disneyland park, stop by Innoventions to meet Captain America at Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage and Thor at Thor: Treasures of Asgard and then take some time to explore The Innoventions Dream Home. Also, classic indoor attractions like “it’s a small world” and Pirates of the Caribbean are perfect for a rejuvenating break. If you are visiting Disney California Adventure park, attractions like “It’s Tough to be a Bug!” and Muppet*Vision 3D are fantastic indoor shows. One of my favorite ways to escape the heat is The Disney Animation Building. Here, you can learn how to draw a classic Disney character at the Animation Academy or even find out what Disney character you are most like at the Beast’s Library!
  • Get set to get wet – There is nothing like cooling off on Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run at the Disneyland Resort. One of my favorite things about both of these attractions is that your entire family can experience the attraction together! Ask any of my siblings and they’ll tell you, I often volunteer for the front row of Splash Mountain because I enjoy getting soaked during the summer. However, you never can tell who will get the most wet on Grizzly River Run so be advised – you will get wet, and you may get soaked! My fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Shannon Swanson, previously produced this fantastic video highlighting these two attractions that I wanted to include today. Enjoy!

  • Enjoy frozen sweets and drinks – A frozen sweet or drink can also be the perfect remedy for a warm day at the Disneyland Resort. I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious Dole Whip Float (that is vegan, gluten-free and kosher, I must add)? Other favorite frozen treats include: Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar, soft serve ice cream from Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company and Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae. You can also pick up a healthy Mango Madness smoothie from Schmoozies at Disney California Adventure park or a Fanta Orange Float from Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor at Disneyland park if you’re looking for a refreshing drink!

What is your favorite way to cool off during the summer at the Disneyland Resort? Leave your answer in the comments below!

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Historic American Flags in Frontierland at Disneyland Park

posted on July 4th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


The Fourth of July is the perfect time to celebrate those who have explored new frontiers in the United States. In fact, Walt Disney dedicated Frontierland in Disneyland park by saying: “Frontierland is a tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of the pioneers who blazed the trails across America.”

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If you are looking for ways to celebrate our nation, take a moment to appreciate the flags on top of the Frontierland Landing the next time you board the Mark Twain Riverboat or the Sailing Ship Columbia. Each of these eight flags represent significant moments in American history.

In honor of our Independence Day, let’s take a closer look at plaques mounted to each flagpole.

  • The John Cabot Flag: The first flag flown over the mainland of America. Under this flag, the Constant brought the settlers to Jamestown in 1607 and the Mayflower, the Pilgrim fathers, in 1620.
  • The Kings’ Colors Flag: The banner under which the English colonization of America was effected, it remained the flag of the colonists for more than 100 years.
  • The Continental Flag: This flag entirely eliminated the British emblems from the colonial banner and was carried by American troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • The Pine Tree Flag: The first flag carried by the then infant American Navy, which consisted of only one fleet of six ships.
  • The Grand Union Flag: This flag marks the beginning of our national existence and was raised at Cambridge by General Washington in 1776.
  • The Betsy Ross Flag (13 Stars and 13 Stripes): The first American flag formally adopted by the Continental Congress in 1777. The stars symbolize the new constellation of states rising in the west. The stripes represent the number of United Colonies.
  • The Star Spangled Banner (15 Stars and 15 Stripes): This flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words of our national anthem during the British attack on Fort McHenry in 1814.
  • The First “Old Glory” (14 Stars and 13 Stripes): In 1831 a sea captain named William Driver, in command of the brig Charles Doggett, was preparing to sail from Salem, Mass. The flag was hoisted and when it unfurled, Capt. Driver was moved to call it “Old Glory.”

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July from all of us at the Disneyland Resort!

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It’s A Happy Fourth of July At Disney Parks

posted on July 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Fourth of July celebrations are already well underway at Disney Parks, and the party kicked off last night at Magic Kingdom Park with an early performance of “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.”

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Our photographers were out to catch some of the lovely sights for us.

“Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will again blast off tonight at 9 p.m. Elsewhere at the Walt Disney World Resort, Epcot will host “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at 10 p.m., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will launch their fireworks at 10:15 p.m.

Over at the Disneyland Resort, the festivities started even earlier this week, with “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” lighting up the night beginning July 1. Look for it tonight at 9:25 p.m. Disney California Adventure park will also host a special patriotic pre-show at the start of the 9:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. performances of “World of Color.”

For more on the Fourth of July celebrations at Disney Parks, visit the posts below:

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Exclusive ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sneak Peek Debuts July 4 at Disney Parks

posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Beginning tomorrow, July 4, and continuing through mid-August, guests at Disney Parks on both coasts will be able to enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the latest exciting adventure from the studio that brought you “The Avengers.”

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This special, extended sneak peek of the film will play daily in spectacular RealD 3D at the ABC Sound Studio at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. You’ll also be able to catch it at Disneyland park in California, at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland, where it will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt as space adventurer Peter Quill, who is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of ragtag misfits in order to evade a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

I’ve got a feeling “Guardians of the Galaxy” is going to be a special kind of awesome! Who else is excited and ready to join us for the sneak peek in the parks this month? Let us know in the “Comments” section below, and make plans now to catch “Guardians of the Galaxy,” when the movie releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

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