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#DisneyFamilia Rings in the Nuevo Año with Disney Parks and Univisión

posted on December 31st, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

To help celebrate the end of 2015 and welcome 2016, Disney Parks is partnering with Univisión Network to host a New Year’s Eve TV special with performances from top artists like Luis Fonsi, Becky G, Piso 21 Joey Montana, Luis Coronel and more!

Ring in the Nuevo Año with Disney Parks and Univisión Ring in the Nuevo Año with Disney Parks and Univisión

Univisión Feliz 2016 will broadcast today live from Disneyland park at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and from Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST on your local Univisión stations. Be sure to follow all of the night’s action by following and using the hashtags #UnivisionFeliz2016 and #DisneyInolvidable.

Here’s a special message from actress and singer Sofía Carson!

Feliz Año Nuevo a todos!

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Year In Review: 10 Moments That Made Disney History in 2015

posted on December 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

So many incredible things happened at Disney Parks around the world this year, from major anniversary celebrations to attraction openings, 2015 is truly a year to remember.

Here are our top 10 highlights:

  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Begins – The Disneyland Resort celebrated 60 years of magic in 2015 by debuting three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “Paint the Night” parade, and “World of Color – Celebrate!

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

  1. Star Wars-Themed Lands Announced – Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced plans for two Star Wars-themed lands to be added to Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Read the official announcement for more.

Toy Story Land Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

  1. Toy Story Land Plans Announced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Crowds at the 2015 D23 Expo were surprised and delighted to hear that plans for a Toy Story Land for Disney’s Hollywood Studios are in the works.


  1. New Star Wars Offerings Debuted – Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios both welcomed new Star Wars-inspired offerings in late 2015, including Star Wars Launch Bay, enhancements to the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction and more.


  1. Hatbox Ghost Reappeared in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park – After decades in hiding, the Hatbox Ghost reappeared inThe Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. Take a behind-the-scenes look at his appearance here.


  1. Jungle Skipper Canteen opens at Magic Kingdom Park – For Disney Parks fans who can’t get enough of The Jungle Cruise, now there’s the Jungle Skipper Canteen restaurant, which just opened its doors in December at Magic Kingdom Park. Check out Pam’s review of the menu items here.


  1. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto & Tiki Bar Opened at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Disney fans rejoiced when Walt Disney World Resort finally got a Trader Sam’s! Offering quirky atmosphere and views of Seven Seas Lagoon, Sam’s dishes out drinks and snacks that are unique to only this location.

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  1. Downtown Disney Renamed Disney Springs – This shopping/dining area has been transformed over the past year to feature some amazing new dining spots, like Morimoto and The Boathouse, terrific bars like Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar, and cool shops like The Ganachery and many more. Although more expansions are planned, the area was officially renamed Disney Springs in 2015.

Bringing New Magic to Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

  1. Magical Enhancements At Matterhorn Bobsleds and Peter Pan’s Flight – Two classic Disneyland park attractions were plussed up this year with new enhancements, including additional special effects at Matterhorn Bobsleds and new figures of the Darling children and a moving Thames River at Peter Pan’s Flight.


  1. Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Opened – Disney Vacation Club celebrated the debut of its latest property this past spring with the opening of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

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January 2016 Disneyland Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

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

It’s almost the New Year! Here are a few quick tips on some events taking place in January 2016 at the Disneyland Resort. I captured them a bit differently this month, separating them out by theme park and Downtown Disney District. Don’t miss out on such special opportunities to meet some of the artists behind the magic!

Disneyland Park

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January 16–17: Artist Yakovetic will be on hand for an artist showcase throughout the weekend from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day at Disneyana located on Main Street, U.S.A. Learn more here.

Downtown Disney District

January 9-10: Take part in a special artist showcase with Happy Pantry from 1–4 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

January 15-16: Join us as we welcome artist Joe Corroney, who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of some “out of this world” Star Wars artwork from 5–7 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery.


January 16–17: Meet artisan Ann Shen, who will be on hand showcasing some of her newest releases, among other favorites, from 1–4 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

January 16–17: Guy Vasilovich is back! Look for a “galaxy” of Star Wars-themed pieces available throughout the weekend, with special appearances by Guy from 1–5 p.m. each day at D Street.

January 23–24: Meet Nan Hockin, whose newest art releases are too cute for words! Be sure to stop by WonderGround Gallery between 1–4 p.m. each day and see what Nan has in store for you! Learn more here.


January 30–31: Take a look at some of the latest releases from artist Jeannine Schafer when she appears at WonderGround Gallery from 1–4 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

Which artists are you most excited to meet?

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Top 10 Entertainment Experiences at Disney Parks in 2015

posted on December 29th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

It’s been another unforgettable year at Disney Parks, and our Creative Entertainment team has had a blast producing amazing new entertainment experiences for you to enjoy. In fact, the team has been so busy, this year’s Top 5 had to be expanded to a Top 10!

  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original Disneyland park was far and away the biggest event of the year, bringing with it the debut of three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “World of Color – Celebrate!” and the award-winning “Paint the Night” parade.
  1. Tangled: The Musical – This terrific stage adaptation of the tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, a Disney Cruise Line exclusive complete with three new songs from Composer Alan Menken, premiered on the Disney Magic in November.


  1. Inside Out – Riley’s Emotions from the Disney•Pixar hit “Inside Out” made their Disney Parks debut last summer at Disney California Adventure park, arriving on a pre-parade float designed to look like Headquarters from the film. Later in the year, Joy and Sadness made their way to Hong Kong Disneyland, where they appeared in a limited-time character greeting experience.


  1. More “Frozen” FunAnna, Elsa and Olaf were as popular as ever in 2015, traveling the world to bring a bit of Arendelle to Disney’s kingdoms on three continents. Unique “Frozen” entertainment experiences included sing-along celebrations, playgrounds with real snow, processionals through the parks and deck parties on Disney Cruise Line.

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade ‘Dreamlights’

  1. Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade “Dreamlights – This popular nighttime parade at Tokyo Disney Resort received an upgrade last summer, with an all-new “Tangled” float and seven other floats that were enhanced with dazzling new technological features.
  1. King Triton’s Concert – In the spring, Mermaid Lagoon Theater at Tokyo DisneySea saw the debut of this award-winning musical show that combines dynamic performances with puppetry, projections, Audio-Animatronics and special effects.


  1. Halloween – The Halloween season was bigger than ever at Disney Parks in 2015, with new shows opening around the world. The headliner was “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” at Magic Kingdom Park, starring the inimitable Sanderson Sisters. Other shows included “It’s Good to be Bad” with the Disney Villains at Disneyland Paris, “The Villains’ World” on Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea and several “Lost in Ghost Town” experiences as part of Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland.

  1. Hong Kong Disneyland 10th Anniversary – Hong Kong Disneyland also marked their 10th anniversary this year, kicking off a year-long “Happily Ever After” celebration with the newly enhanced “Disney in the Stars” fireworks spectacular and the delightful new stage show, “Mickey and the Wondrous Book.”


  1. Sunset Showcase – An all-new entertainment venue opened this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, designed to host a variety of different experiences over time. The premier engagement at Sunset Showcase is Club Disney, a super fun hangout filled with music, dancing, Disney characters and more. A special evening event, Club Villain, comes to the Sunset Showcase starting January 16, and more plans are in the works for the future.


  1. Star Wars – The Force has awakened at Disney Parks with the openings of Star Wars Launch Bay and “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are now also thrilling to nightly performances of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular,” an epic fireworks show featuring some of the most iconic music and audio clips from the entire “Star Wars” saga.

There’s been quite a lot happening in the world of Creative Entertainment this year, and 2016 promises to be greater still with additions like “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an incredible new stage production of “Frozen” at Disney California Adventure park, the opening of Shanghai Disneyland and so much more.

Keep reading Disney Parks Blog all year long, and we’ll keep you up to speed on all the excitement to come. Happy new year!

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Disneyland Diamond Days Winner of 2-Carat Red Disney Diamond Meets Snow White and Dopey at Disneyland Park

posted on December 28th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Earlier this month, Stephanie Buchanan from Boise, Idaho, met Snow White and Dopey at the wishing well in Snow White Grotto at Disneyland park, where she received her one-of-a-kind certificate created by Disney artist, Stacia Martin, in commemoration of Stephanie’s winning a 2-carat Red Disney Diamond in the Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes. In addition to this special moment, Stephanie and her family also enjoyed a three day, two night Disneyland Resort vacation package!


This week, don’t miss out on your chance to win the next 2-carat Red Disney Diamond during Disneyland Diamond Days! For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 2/5/16. Each weekly drawing starts Friday at 7:00AM PT and ends at 6:59 AM PT the following Friday. Each eligible weekly entry automatically entered into final drawing but not into any daily drawings. Limit one (1) entry per person per day, regardless of method of entry. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Holidays at Disney Parks

posted on December 27th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

The sunny skies of Florida and California might not feel holiday season-ish. But with the way our experts beautify the parks, how could you not be festive?

This week in Disney Parks photos we go coast-to-coast: Erin Glover showed us some highlights through the numbers in her neck of the woods, and Jenn Fickley-Baker shared gorgeous after-dark photos from Magic Kingdom Park.


We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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A Special Holiday Treat from Our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers

posted on December 24th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Each month, I love giving you an inside look at delicious treats prepared in our Disneyland Resort candy kitchens! We recently had a chance to meet up with Master Candy Maker Rob Mc Hargue, who shared some magical tricks and tips on how you can create some of this year’s favorite holiday treats at home, including the peppermint-infused candy-coated apple and winter crispy. Take a look!

Special Fun Fact: Did you know that Rob has been a Candy Maker at the Disneyland Resort for more than 41 years? The next time you visit any of our candy kitchens at the Disneyland Resort including Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., or Hunny Spot in Critter Country at Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park or Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney District, see what kind of magic our Candy Makers are creating.

What is your favorite treat to make for the holidays?

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By the Numbers: Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Last week, we put some numbers on the holiday cheer at Disneyland park, and today I’m back with some festive figures for Disney California Adventure park!

Sally's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

9 – Height in feet of Sally’s traffic-cone Christmas tree in Cars Land


50 – Performers in “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” at Paradise Garden


2,000 – Square feet of snow play area at Olaf’s Snow Fest in Hollywood Land


3,000 – Multi-colored LED lights on the Buena Vista Street Christmas tree

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Tips from a Disneyland Resort Photographer

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Whether you are a social media shutterbug, crafty scrapbooker or the photog of the family, no Disney vacation is complete without plenty of pictures documenting your adventures! To help make the most of your theme park snapping, we’ve asked our talented Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer to dish out his best tips for capturing magical moments at the Disneyland Resort. Consider these helpful hints next time you are making memories in the parks:


New View of Sleeping Beauty Castle

  • When you’re photographing people, bring them closer to the camera. For instance, positioning them on the walkway of Sleeping Beauty Castle automatically brings them closer to you.
  • Try shooting Sleeping Beauty Castle from a different angle, such as to the right or left of the forecourt walkway.
  • Since Sleeping Beauty Castle is centrally located, come back at different times of the day to test different lighting conditions.

Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Capturing the Beauty of Cars Land

  • The best place to capture the scenery of the mountain range at Radiator Springs Racers is on the pathway next to Flo’s V8 Café, heading toward the arch by Pacific Wharf.
  • For a new perspective of Route 66, try shooting from the steps of the Blue Sky Cellar.


Ideal Lighting in the Parks

  • Try to avoid taking photos of people when the sun is straight above you, as it casts shadows on their faces. This is a better time to take photos of the attractions and icons.
  • If it is very bright outside, use the HDR setting on your phone’s camera to enhance the exposure.

Mickey’s Fun Wheel in Disney California Adventure. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney)

Some of Paul’s Favorite Shots

  • Paul’s favorite group photo location is at the steps of Paradise Park (“World of Color” viewing area) with Mickey’s Fun Wheel in the background.
  • He says that Cars Land makes a great photo subject any time of the day – especially at night because of how many interesting things there are to photograph, such as the vibrant neon lights and orange glow of the mountains.

Memorable Disney Character Interactions

  • Be sure to capture the interactions between a child and the Disney Character before taking the posed photo. That is where you will find the most genuine smiles and reactions.
  • Get the entire family in the photo! Disney’s PhotoPass Photographers are more than happy to help take pictures so mom and dad can meet the characters too.

You can look to the Disney Parks Blog photography tag to inspire your next great shot. Our official Disneyland Resort Instagram account features fantastic photos that guests have taken all around the resort. Be sure to tag your photos with #disneyland when you share them.

Happy snapping!

What tips do you have for taking photos at Disney Parks?

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U.S. Marine, Five-Year-Old Daughter Reunited with Help of Santa Claus at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 15th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

Yesterday, I was honored to witness what the holidays are all about, right here at Disneyland park! After a seven-month deployment, U.S. Marine Brian Demo was reunited with his five-year-old daughter, Abigail, whose one and only wish was to have her daddy home in time for Christmas.

Abigail brought a letter to Santa sharing her special wish. Santa asked Abigail to close her eyes and ring a magic bell. He said that if her heart was true, then her wish just might come true.

It is moments like these that make the Disneyland Resort the Happiest Place on Earth. Watch their heartfelt reunion!

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