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Space Mountain Marks Milestone Anniversary at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today we’re celebrating another attraction milestone on the Disney Parks Blog. It’s Space Mountain’s 40th anniversary here at Magic Kingdom Park!

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The idea for Space Mountain originated back in the 1960s when the dream of space travel became a very real reality. After a few years of planning and two years of construction, it opened in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park on January 15, 1975. The attraction debuted as a unique offering at the park, as it was the second attraction built specifically for the park in Florida (the first was Country Bear Jamboree).

Space Mountain attractions have since opened at Disneyland park in 1977, at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, at Disneyland Paris in 1995, and at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog today for more on this attraction milestone!

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Building The Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – A Unique View of Town Square

posted on January 14th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


In my last “construction update” I pointed out that the clock tower on Main Street Station at Disneyland park was still without a clock. Now I can show you why that was a good thing.

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As you can see in this rare image, a camera was placed inside the clock tower to create one of the most unique photos of the construction of Disneyland park you will ever see.

Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

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Spotlight on New Pins Coming to Disney Parks in 2015

posted on January 13th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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From new retail MagicBands to upcoming Orange Bird products, I’ve recently been sharing previews of items coming to Disney Parks in 2015. This time, I turn the spotlight on Disney pins, which are a fun way to show off your Disney Side when visiting Theme Parks and Resorts.

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For years, we’ve offered various “pin-of-the-month” collections, which have new pins released monthly (or sometimes quarterly) for guests to collect. This year, the “Best Friends” collection will contains two individual pins that are great for sharing with your best friend. The “Wonderfully Wicked” collection showcases some of the most famous Disney villains. Both of these monthly collections will be found in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Guests in Florida will find the “Shields of Fantasy” collection. These hinged pins open to reveal Disney
characters who reside in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

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The “Piece of Disney History” collection returns this year. First introduced in 2005, these limited edition pins contain actual pieces of attractions, shows, or parades from Disney Parks. This year, we continue our “Piece of Disneyland Resort History” collection for guests in California, while guests in Florida will find a continuation of the “Piece of SpectroMagic history.”

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With the “Generation D” collection, we are counting down to the annual Disney Trading Event that will be held in September at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort. Each of these 13 limited edition pins will have an edition size of 500 and will be released monthly.

We also have a few surprise pins planned including a collection featuring Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” for Disneyland Resort. When placed next to each other, the pins will form a complete picture. Guests in Florida will find pins celebrating the themed lands of the Magic Kingdom Park. Both of these pin collections will be released at random times throughout the year.

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Finally, if you are headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios I invite you to stop by our newest Disney pin destination at Sunset Market Ranch on Sunset Boulevard. This location is now the main headquarters for all things pins inside the theme park.

As a reminder, new pins are typically released on Thursdays at Disney Parks. Look for one-sheets highlighting key pin releases toward the beginning of each month on the official Disney Pin Trading website – http://www.DisneyPins.com.

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Top Five Tips for Visiting the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 12th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


I’m often asked for tips from family and friends who are planning Disneyland Resort visits. They want to know what to see, what to do and how to make the most of their trips. There are so many ways that my creative and thoughtful fellow cast members have developed to help make your visit easier and even more enjoyable, so today I’d like to highlight a few of them.

1. Disney eTicket

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When you purchase park tickets through the Disneyland Resort mobile site, you can simply scan your Disney eTicket directly from your mobile device right at the park turnstile. No need to print anything or visit the ticket booth! Learn more about the Disneyland Resort mobile site here.

2. Online dining reservations

This is one that I use all the time. Making dining reservations at the Disneyland Resort is super easy – especially when you book online at Disneyland.com. Bookmark this page and use it whenever you need to reserve a table!

3. “Fantasmic!” and “World of Color” FASTPASS and dining packages

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This is one that will save you a lot of time. “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park and “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland park now both feature reserved and stand-by viewing as well as several dining packages. These reserved viewing options give guests more time to enjoy other entertainment and attractions across the Disneyland Resort. Learn more about the new “Fantasmic!” viewing options here.

4. Disneyland Today

Got a question? Need more tips? Disneyland Today is a social media program that answers questions and provides real-time tips and updates for both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, the Downtown Disney District and the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

5. Disneyland.com

The official website of the Disneyland Resort is an incredible resource for information when you’re planning your visit. In addition to being your go-to for dining reservations (see #2), Disneyland.com has park hours, Entertainment schedules, attraction height requirements and so much more.

What are your tips for visiting the Disneyland Resort? Share them in the comments!

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What are Your Disneyland Park Must-Do’s?

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Those of us who visit Disneyland park a lot are often asked, “What is something you [or I] must do at the park?” I’ve given this some thought, so I wanted to share my own personal list of Disneyland park must-do’s. Now, I know this is a very personal list – it will vary for each person. So, let me know in the comments … what is your own must-do list for Disneyland park? Hold on, Disney California Adventure park fans – that’s for another time!

Stop #1 – Disneyland Railroad

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Sometimes my visit begins with the classic grand circle tour, and sometimes that’s how it ends. Sometimes it’s in the middle, whatever – the point is that no visit is complete for me without a ride on the Disneyland Railroad.

Stop #2 – Market House, Main Street, U.S.A.

Hear me out … I’m a coffee fan with a theme park problem. Starbucks plus Disneyland equals a happy me. So yes, this is a recent addition to the must-do list.

Stop #3 – Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Main Street, U.S.A.

Ice cream is only behind coffee on my list of obsessions, and there’s something extra-delicious about ice cream from Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor … am I right?

Stop #4 – Indiana Jones Adventure, Adventureland

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Yes, I chose to go to Adventureland first and yes, I walked right past Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise – both of which I’ve loved ever since I wore acid wash denim and permed my hair. But if a choice has to be made, I’ve got to ride Indiana Jones Adventure. Feel free to discuss.

Stops #5 and #6 – Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, New Orleans Square

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Obviously.

Stop #7 – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Frontierland

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Confession: I’m a thrill ride person, so you’ll see another mountain on this list later. And the recent refurbishment of this classic attraction has only made it more awesome.

Stop #8 – Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm, Frontierland

Goats! Come on, they have goats!

Stop #9 – Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Fantasyland

A classic, and it’s only at Disneyland park. Must. Do.

Stop #10 – “it’s a small world,” Fantasyland

The music, the history, all the Mary Blair art and design … this attraction, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, makes me happy every time.

Stop #11 – Space Mountain, Tomorrowland

Another confession: this is my favorite attraction in all of the Disneyland Resort. And when it’s taken over by a ghost during Halloween Time, I love it even more.

Stop #12 – Little Red Wagon, Main Street, U.S.A.

You’ve got to eat, and when you’re at Disneyland park, you’ve got to eat a corn dog. No excuses.

Okay, so that’s my list. I know you all have your own, so fire away!

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‘Fantasy in the Sky’ Fireworks Returns to Disneyland Park for Limited Time

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Beginning tomorrow, Disneyland park guests will have the chance to stroll down memory lane when “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks returns. This classic Disney Parks nighttime spectacular began lighting up the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle in 1958, and was last seen in regular performances 2004 – later to be seen in special showings on New Year’s Eve. It has also been featured at Disneyland Paris and Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

“Fantasy in the Sky” returns tomorrow night with its familiar soundtrack, featuring classic Disney tunes, and an all-new fireworks program. Come see this Disney Parks favorite soon, because it will only be presented for a limited time. We’re very excited about everything to come in 2015 … stay tuned for more updates!

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Enjoy ‘Frozen Fun’ and More at the Disneyland Resort with Return of Special Ticket Offer for Southern California Residents

posted on January 7th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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We’re kicking off 2015 at the Disneyland Resort with a special ticket offer exclusively for Southern California residents! For a limited time – beginning today – So Cal residents may purchase the special park tickets with options for two or three days of magic and adventure at special prices. It’s the best way to experience the new “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park – officially open today – and also to enjoy the classic attractions and entertainment throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Southern California residents may use the special tickets to visit one park per day (either park) or purchase Park Hopper tickets for a two- or three-day period. The offer has four purchase options: a 2-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $139; a 2-day Park Hopper ticket for $178; a 3-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $169, or a 3-day Park Hopper for $208. 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 7 through May 21, 2015.* (Dates blocked are March 20 – April 4, 2015.) The sooner you purchase your tickets, the more time you will have to return for a second or third visit!

Also beginning today, “Frozen Fun” will be offered for a limited time at Disney California Adventure park, and includes “Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome,” an elegant location inside the Disney Animation building for Anna and Elsa to receive visitors. Guests may reserve a time to meet them with a Return Time Ticket, available just outside the Animation building. Elsewhere in the Disney Animation building, guests at the Animation Academy will be asked “Do You Want to Draw a Snowman?” – with an Olaf drawing experience.
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Another element of “Frozen Fun” is “For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration,” which transforms the Muppet*Vision 3D Theatre into the Crown Jewel Theatre of Arendelle. Next door, in Stage 17, “Olaf’s Snow Fest” creates a winter scene where guests may meet and share warm hugs with Olaf. A giant play area with real snow encourages guests of all ages to build snow creations and zip down a snow slide. (Note: “Olaf’s Snow Fest” concludes April 30, 2015.) After dark, just outside the entrance to “Olaf’s Show Fest,” the area transforms into “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party.” Guests can join an interactive party that celebrates all things “Frozen” with music, games, photo opportunities, drinks and snacks and ice sculptors.

In addition to “Frozen Fun” at Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure park, guests can also experience the magic of the Disney animated blockbuster “Frozen” with an all-new stage show beginning today at Fantasy Faire in Disneyland park. Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones have put their unique spin on the “Frozen” story, adapting it for the Royal Theatre and featuring Anna, Elsa and the Faire Maidens. Also beginning today, guests may use Disney FASTPASS to reserve a showtime at the Royal Theatre. Anna and Elsa also will also again make daily pre-parade appearances on their own float immediately preceding “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” in Disneyland park.

Special Southern California Resident tickets can be purchased at Disneyland.com/tickets, 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/2days.

*So Cal Resident Ticket:
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. 2-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket is valid for admission for two (2) days to either Disneyland® or Disney California Adventure® park, but not to both parks on the same day. 2-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® ticket is valid for admission for two (2) days to both Disneyland® and Disney California Adventure® park on the same day. 3-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket is valid for admission for three (3) days to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park, but not to both parks on the same day. 3-Day Disneyland Resort Pak Hopper ticket is valid for admission for three (3) days 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 21, 2015. Blockout days of 3/20/15-4/4/15 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 1/7/15. Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.

**Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour:
Magic Morning admission allows admission into 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. Disneyland Resort Hotel guest Extra Magic Hour currently allows registered Disneyland Resort hotel guess 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. Upon hotel check-in, guests will receive a schedule or be informed of when each park offers Extra Magic Hour. Each registered hotel guest (ages3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card. To enhance the Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour experience, it is strongly recommended that Guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to regular park opening. Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour admissions are based on availability and capacity. Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and all other elements 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 restrictions and cancellation.

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Training the Horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park: Building Strength and Coordination

posted on January 6th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


In the latest in our series of Disneyland Resort horse training videos, we’ll see Duke working on his ground driving skills with Circle D Equine Trainer Cindy Moser. To a casual observer, ground driving looks like the trainer is simply driving a horse without a cart, but these exercises are an ideal way to develop a horse’s strength, fitness and coordination. And for a new Disneyland Resort horse, these skills are another achievement on the path to pulling the trolley on Main Street, U.S.A.



See the posts below for more on training the horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland park:

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Sweet Spots to Enjoy Sweet Treats at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 5th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Whether I’m waiting for the parade, people watching or just taking a break, one thing I love to do when I visit the Disneyland Resort is to find the perfect spot to try one of the tasty treats from our nearby candy kitchens. As you can see, some of my favorite treats include our hand-crafted English Toffee, Pecan and Peanut Brittle, Peanut Clusters, Dark Chocolate Pineapple skewers and amazing apples. These of course, are just a few of the classic choices amidst the many others that will delight your taste buds on your next visit. So where are some of the ‘sweetest’ places to enjoy them? A few of my top picks are across from King Arthur Carrousel, near the Haunted Mansion, Mickey’s Toontown and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, to name a few.

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Be sure to make Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District your top places to go on your next visit. There’s bound to be something for every member of your family to enjoy.

Where’s your favorite place at the Disneyland Resort to sit back, relax and enjoy the show while enjoying a special snack?

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The Snow Queens – Art of Ice Exhibit Adds More ‘Frozen’ to Disneyland Park

posted on January 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


What ‘cool’ exhibit will soon be taking over the walls of The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park? How about Snow Queens – Art of Ice!

Snow is magical. Overnight it transforms backyards into wonderlands, ponds into skating rinks, and even has the power to cancel school. Snow is nature’s pixie dust, and for so many artists, a very blank, very enchanted canvas.

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First published in 1844, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen tells the tale of a beautiful yet terrifying snow sorceress. Her image has inspired generations of artists and taletellers, including Walt Disney. For years, the Disney Studio toyed with their version of Andersen’s The Snow Queen. When they transformed the young characters of Gerda and Kay into two older sisters, Anna and Elsa, “Frozen” finally began to take form. The resulting stunning artwork conceptualized snow and ice as a visual metaphor for both isolation and empowerment. By challenging fairy tale norms and creating astonishing icy imagery, Disney artists made a frozen phenomenon.

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In 1977, Imagineers, led by Disney Legend Marc Davis, created their own interpretation of Andersen’s icy tale with concepts for an attraction titled, The Enchanted Snow Palace. In his paintings, Davis transports viewers to a realm where a tall, slim, glittering lady made of frost and ice is queen. He depicted the attraction as a whimsical, dreamy snow kingdom where winter fairies, snowball men, and icicle princesses live and play.

Now, for the first time in forever, The Enchanted Snow Palace and “Frozen” come together in The Disney Gallery.

So bundle up for “Frozen” magic on your next visit.

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