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The Little Man of Disneyland and His Adventureland Home

posted on October 27th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Have you ever noticed the tiny house built into the trunk of a tree in Adventureland at Disneyland park? Many guests have wondered who its diminutive resident could be.


Well, our friends at D23—Disney’s official fan club—have the answer! The story of the Little Man of Disneyland, Patrick Begorra, was first told in one of the Disney Little Golden Books. Published in 1955 – the same year Disneyland opened – “The Little Man of Disneyland” introduced the leprechaun, who lives in a tiny house at the roots of a Disneyland tree.


Click here to read D23’s story about Patrick Begorra, and stop by to say hello next time you find yourself in Adventureland at Disneyland park!

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Scaring Up Fun During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 26th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort draws to a close November 1! If you haven’t yet experienced the spooky fun throughout Disneyland park during this special time of year, check out the video below for all the details. I got some special tips from one of the 999 happy haunts inside the Haunted Mansion when I was recently transported into the spirit realm!

What is your favorite part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort?

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Celine Dion Celebrates Sons’ Birthdays at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

While on a recent break from her sold-out Las Vegas performances, Celine Dion visited the Disneyland Resort to celebrate her twin boys’ upcoming fifth birthdays.


During their visit, Mickey Mouse joined Celine, Nelson and Eddy at Sleeping Beauty Castle for a special birthday photo.

It’s been nearly 25 years since Celine performed a duet of the title track from one of the most beloved Disney films of all time. Can you name it?

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Fall Foliage at Disneyland Park

posted on October 22nd, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Fall flowers are in full bloom at Disneyland park! For this video, I asked our talented horticulture team to name all of the featured foliage. Here they are, in order of appearance:

Dark Blue Lobelia; White and Purple Alyssum; Orange and Yellow Mums; Yellow, Orange and Magenta Echinacea and Yellow African Marigolds; Purple Ornamental Cabbage and Orange Calendulas; Purple Leaf Ornamental Peppers; Dark Leaf Kale; Striped Ornamental Corn; Purple Ornamental Cabbage and Orange Calendulas; Olive Tree Swan Topiaries; Spreading Blue Angelonia; Tricolor Amaranthus; Dark leaf Dahlias; Yellow, Orange and Magenta Echinacea; Yellow African Marigolds; Rudbeckias; White Alyssum; Orange Petunia and Yellow Calibrachoa.

I really like the way the horticulturists incorporated cabbage and corn into the landscape. What’s your favorite feature?

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Christina Applegate Enjoys Halloween Time at Disneyland Park

posted on October 21st, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Actress Christina Applegate visited the Disneyland Resort recently to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party with her daughter Sadie.


Before the evening festivities began, we caught up with them in Town Square where Minnie Mouse stopped by to share in some bewitching Halloween Time magic!

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Interview with the Hatbox Ghost in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on October 19th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Ever wonder what’s going on inside the head of the Hatbox Ghost? In a story that originally ran in the Disneyland Resort Line, a magazine published exclusively for Disneyland Resort cast members, the spirit – who’s caused a sensation since he reappeared at the Haunted Mansion earlier this year – shared his thoughts on fame, rumors and attic haunting.

Hat Box Ghost

What do you think of all the attention you’ve been getting since you reappeared?

I am trying to keep it from going to my head. Everybody was very welcoming upon my reappearance — well, everybody except for our spirited bride, Constance. Every bride wants to feel special on her wedding day, and she feels my reappearance has stolen the limelight. Though in my defense, it has been her wedding day for more than 45 years.

We heard a rumor that you were married to the bride before she gave you the ax.

Don’t believe the rumors that are floating around; Constance and I have never been romantically connected.

Doesn’t it get drafty haunting the attic?

Yes, isn’t it delightful? Crypts are too musty. The ballroom is too loud. I find it delightfully unlivable here in the eaves of the mansion.

Hat Box Ghost

What would you consider your crowning achievement?

I am very proud of my hatbox collection. The one I often share with passing guests is lined with deep mauve velveteen. It is best viewed from inside the box.

You’ve had quite a cult following for the past few decades. Anything you’d like to say to your fans?

Thank you. You’re heads above the rest.

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Disney Parks After Dark: The Halloween Tree at Disneyland Park

posted on October 15th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

If you are on your way to over to Haunted Mansion Holiday during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, take a few minutes to check out the Halloween Tree in Frontierland near the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. The tree was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s novel, “The Halloween Tree.” Click here to read Erin’s post for more detail about the story of the tree and its hand-painted jack-o-lanterns.

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

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The best time to see the Halloween Tree is, of course, at after dark!

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Disneyland Resort Celebrates 25th Anniversary of CHOC Walk in the Park with $250,000 Gift

posted on October 15th, 2015 by Michael Colglazier, President, Disneyland Resort

This year continues to be magical for the Disneyland Resort. In the midst of celebrating our 60th anniversary, the cast members of the Disneyland Resort had an amazing time last weekend helping to celebrate another momentous community milestone – the 25th anniversary of CHOC Walk in the Park.


CHOC Children’s is one of the most important health organizations in our community. It is hard to meet someone in the area who hasn’t been touched by the great work that they do. The CHOC Walk, one the hospital’s largest annual fundraising events, is also among the most popular community events for our cast. Hundreds of Disney cast members were among the walkers who raised awareness and money for this wonderful organization.

In addition to my role at the Disneyland Resort, I am also very fortunate to sit on the board of directors at CHOC Children’s. I get to see firsthand all of the wonderful things they do on a daily basis. More importantly, I get exposure to how they plan to address Orange County’s greatest needs.

One of our community’s largest opportunities is in mental health services for our youth. According to CHOC, one in five children has a diagnosable mental health disorder. That adds up to about 150,000 kids in our community. However, Orange County has no inpatient psychiatric services for children under 12 and very limited services for adolescents.


I was very happy to learn that CHOC Children’s is starting a mental health initiative to specifically address this need. I am also excited to share that the Disneyland Resort is matching the funds raised by our cast members for the CHOC Walk in support of the new mental health initiative. In total, our cast and resort is contributing $250,000 to its new program.

I want to thank all of the walkers and sponsors of CHOC Children’s. Your support throughout the years helps to ensure a healthy and happy future for Orange County.

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New Rocky Road Gourmet Treats Added to the Mix at the Disneyland Resort

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

A “Rocky Road” lies ahead for you this November at the Disneyland Resort. Our Candy Makers have been hard at work preparing themed gourmet treats based on the fan favorite Rocky Road flavors of years past.

The gourmet apple, dipped in creamy caramel, enrobed in sweet milk chocolate and covered in marshmallows and diced almonds, will be available for a limited time.


Of course, we’re adding a few other treats to tempt your taste buds – the Rocky Road marshmallow wand, crispy treat and bark.


Look for these fan-favorite treats beginning November 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which treat will you try?

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8 Disney Parks Recipes to Celebrate National Dessert Day

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Happy National Dessert Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts! To celebrate, we’re sharing eight recipes featuring some of our favorite sweets and treats from Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

1. Warm Chocolate Truffle Cake, Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
The perfect dessert to celebrate a special occasion, though a bite of the chocolate ganache on top of this cake makes any day worthy of a celebration.

2. Banana Toffee Mousse, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Chocolate, toffee and bananas evoke the Golden Age of Hollywood in this delicious dessert from The Hollywood Brown Derby.

3. Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes
We tweaked this favorite from Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland park for the release of “Big Hero 6,” and the recipe is still as sweet as honey!

4. Chocolate Cupcakes with Hazelnut-Chocolate Buttercream, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Bakery
The perfect cupcake recipe from Chef Andreas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. What goes better with chocolate than hazelnut? Yeah, I couldn’t think of anything either.

5. Chocolate Pudding Cake, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Topped with sea salt, this Chocolate Pudding Cake from California Grill is the perfect indulgent treat.

6. Peanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon Pie, BoardWalk Bakery, Disney’s BoardWalk
If you like your sweets with a savory twist, this Peanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon Pie is for you.

7. Strawberry Twists, Maurice’s Treats, Disneyland Park
These Strawberry Twists can pull double duty as either dessert or a breakfast pastry.

8. Tiramisu, Trattoria al Forno, Disney’s BoardWalk
The recipe for this classic Italian dessert is easy to follow, and sure to please. Bonus: No baking required!

How are you celebrating National Dessert Day?

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