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First Look: Black Widow and Hawkeye on a Mission This Weekend at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 14th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

This weekend, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are descending upon the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim for the inaugural running of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. Captain America and Thor have been seen regularly at Disneyland park in the past year, but this will mark the first Disney Parks appearances for Hawkeye and Black Widow!


Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye, along with a contingent of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, will be out in force for this power-packed weekend of fun and excitement. If you’re running, look for them on the route during both the Avengers Super Heroes 5K and Half Marathon.

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Dateline Adventureland: Lost Holiday Shipment Found Aboard the Jingle Cruise at Disneyland Park

posted on November 13th, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent

Happy holidays, adventurers! You may recall from my last dispatch that an important holiday shipment has been lost in the jungles of Adventureland at Disneyland park. I’ve got good news to report today – the shipment has been found! Well, sort of …


As you can see, all the holiday cheer that was supposed to be delivered to the Jungle Cruise skippers is now being appropriated by the animals of the jungle. Only one thing to do … turn the Jungle Cruise into the Jingle Cruise!


Looks like those fruitcakes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon … good thing they last for so long!


And I don’t think those stockings are being hung by anyone’s chimney this year.

So keep an eye out this holiday season, adventurers! There are even more misplaced yule tide trappings to find as you “jungle all the way” through the Jingle Cruise – now through January 6, 2015, at Disneyland park.

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Traditional Candy Kitchen Favorites Return to the Disneyland Resort for the Holidays

posted on November 12th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Start the magic of the holidays off right this season with a collection of quintessential holiday treats made fresh in our Candy Kitchens at the Disneyland Resort.


Many popular seasonal selections have made the list of returning favorites this year, including our dark chocolate and peppermint oil infused December gourmet apple, peppermint bark, creamy chocolate and peppermint fudge, holiday candy cane apples, ornament apples, marshmallow wands, holiday themed pretzel rods and more. The list honestly goes on and on.


Other fan favorites hitting the shelves include handcrafted English Toffee, Pecan and Peanut Brittle, decadent Fudgemallow squares and holiday themed cupcakes. These are just a few of the classic choices amidst this year’s newest additions themed to none other than Disney’s “Frozen”. Our Olaf apple, marshmallow wand and cake pop will undoubtedly make you melt.

Of course, no holiday treat post would be complete without mentioning our hand-crafted candy canes. The candy canes, as you know, are generally in high demand and only available on select dates at the following locations.

Disneyland park – Candy Palace
November 28 and December 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23 and 24

Disney California Adventure park – Trolley Treats
November 29 and December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 and 25

Find all of these classic confectionary treats at Candy Palace in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; or Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which delicious seasonal favorites have made your list?

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Entrance

posted on November 12th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

The Main Entrance turnstiles are where most guests begin their visit to Disneyland park – exclusively so until the Disneyland Monorail extended its track to the Disneyland Hotel in 1961.


As this photo shows, construction of the park was well underway by the time the Main Entrance turnstiles were built.


One month later, only days before opening day, the turnstiles were completed. A lot of progress was also made at Main Street Station and on the “floral Mickey” designed to greet guests upon their arrival into the park.

Check back for “construction updates” soon!

Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

  • Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park
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    Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes Inspired by Hungry Bear Restaurant at Disneyland Park

    posted on November 7th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


    Everyone is buzzing about the heartwarming adventure film, “Big Hero 6,” in theaters today. To celebrate, we created a series of “Big Hero 6” themed recipes you’ll see over the next few weeks inspired by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

    Today, we’re excited to share Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes, inspired by Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland park. Whether you choose to decorate your cupcakes to look like Baymax or with bumblebees — bee-lieve me, they make the perfect post-movie treat.


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    Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Begins November 13 with ‘Frozen’ Additions and Returning Favorites

    posted on November 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

    It’s almost here! The most wonderful time of the year is here, November 13, with the return of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Through January 6, 2015, the Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier … and yes, even more frozen.


    Fans of Disney’s “Frozen” will especially love this holiday season, as even more touches inspired by the animated film are woven into the celebration. First, stars Anna and Elsa will be featured in A Christmas Fantasy Parade each day at Disneyland park. Also, over at Disney California Adventure park, more songs from the hit soundtrack have been added to “World of Color – Winter Dreams” for the show’s second season. And returning this year is Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink, which will return this year as part of the Downtown Disney Winter Village.

    And that’s not all that’s new this year. Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Frontierland will host an all-new comedy and music show that invites guests to sing along in a wacky tale of Christmas in the West.

    Here’s a look at this year’s returning favorites:

    Disneyland Park

    Disney California Adventure Park

    • “World of Color – Winter Dreams”
    • Disney ¡Viva Navidad! (featuring Three Kings Day celebration, January 2-6, 2015)

    Downtown Disney District

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    New Viewing Options Coming to ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park

    posted on November 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

    Disneyland park guests will be able to experience the popular nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” with new viewing options beginning December 12. Similar to the options for “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, “Fantasmic!” will feature reserved and stand-by viewing as well as several all-new dining packages. This new reserved viewing will give guests more time to enjoy other entertainment and attractions across the Disneyland Resort.


    Beginning December 12, a “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS will be required to gain access to the show’s reserved viewing space. Beginning at Disneyland park opening, “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS distribution will take place along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until one hour prior to show time or while supplies last, whichever comes first. Each “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS will indicate the assigned showtime, suggested return time and assigned viewing section. Also, a non-ticketed area will be available in the “Fantasmic!” viewing area each night for limited stand-by viewing on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Guests will also have the option to receive a “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS with the purchase of new “Fantasmic!” dining packages, including dinner at Blue Bayou Restaurant, special table-service seating at River Belle Terrace, a new dessert party at Hungry Bear Restaurant, on-the-go options and more. Check out all of the new “Fantasmic!” dining packages here.

    Reservations for December 12 and beyond will be available for booking beginning November 12. Space is limited for these experiences, so advance reservations are recommended online at or by calling 714-781-DINE (714-781-3463).

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    The Stars of ‘Big Hero 6′ Are Ready for Their Disney Parks Debut

    posted on November 6th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

    Hiro Hamada and his buddy, a huggable robot named Baymax, are flying into theaters in 3D on Friday in Disney’s new comedy adventure, “Big Hero 6.” And starting this weekend, you’ll be able to see them in person at Disney Parks!


    At Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, look for Hiro and Baymax inside The Magic of Disney Animation attraction, where you’ll find recreations of Hiro’s garage workshop and the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology labs seen in the film. When Hiro and his robot companion head west to the Disneyland Resort, you’ll find them in Tomorrowland near the Starcade and Magic Eye Theater, where you can also catch a special exclusive sneak peek of “Big Hero 6.”

    I caught an early preview of “Big Hero 6” myself, and I can tell you the film is fantastic! I can’t wait to take my kids to see it this weekend. They recently got some of the toys for their birthday, and I’m sure we’ll be out at the park soon to spend time with their new favorite characters.

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    Dateline Adventureland: Holiday Shipment Lost in the Jungle at Disneyland Park

    posted on November 6th, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent

    Be on alert, adventurers! We’ve just received word that the Jungle Navigation Company has done it again … an important shipment has been misplaced somewhere in the jungles of Adventureland at Disneyland park. It’s not Juju headed for the Adventure Trading Company this time, but it’s something almost as valuable!


    The perpetually homesick skippers at the world-famous Jungle Cruise were hoping to bring a little more holiday cheer to their Disneyland park outpost this season, so they went all-out and ordered a shipment of goodies and garlands to adorn their little corner of the jungle. But somewhere along the way, the shipment was misplaced.

    When the Jungle Cruise reopens at Disneyland park for the holiday season, keep a keen eye out, adventurers! Let us know if you see any of their misplaced merriment as you explore the wilds of Adventureland this holiday season.

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    The Running of the Goats at Disneyland Park

    posted on November 5th, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

    You may have heard of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, but did you know we have our own goat version almost every day at Disneyland park?

    The Disneyland goat herd, numbering 13 goats, spend their days at the Petting Farm at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland. Between naps, they welcome guests with their calm demeanor and somewhat bewitching eyes. But when “quitting time” comes, the energy level goes up quite a bit. With dinner on their minds, they scoot over the hill to Circle D Ranch, where supper awaits them.

    Next time you’re in Disneyland park around sunset, be sure to stop by and witness this adorable bunch scamper home! In the meantime, you can catch the “goat running” in the video below.

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