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The History of the Disneyland Monorail: Mark V, 1986-2008

posted on March 20th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


I love when we can have a Disney Parks Blog series that spans both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, so many thanks to my fellow author, Nate Rasmussen, for the excellent story on the Mark IV Monorail. Today, we return to the Disneyland Resort to continue our look at the history of the Disneyland Monorail with the Mark V.

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The most recognizable difference with the Mark V, compared to its predecessor, the Mark III, was its look. Designed to resemble the Mark IV monorail at Walt Disney World Resort, this new model was white with an accent color stripe running along the side. The four different colored stripes along the Mark V Monorails were red, blue, orange and purple.

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Another major difference was the new path the Disneyland Monorail would travel. In 1994, the path was diverted to run above the Eeyore section of the original Disneyland parking lot (remember that?) to accommodate the construction of Indiana Jones Adventure. Then in 1999, when construction began on Disney California Adventure park, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Downtown Disney District, portions of the track were re-routed to accommodate these additions.

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The opening of the Downtown Disney District also provided an opportunity for a brand-new station to be constructed for the Disneyland Monorail. When the station opened in 2001, it provided a convenient second entrance to Disneyland park, which is still available for guests today.

Check back next month, when I hand the controls back to Nate Rasmussen, who will tell us about the Mark VI Monorail, which currently travels the “highway in the sky” at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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April 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Looking to have some fun during your spring break? Here’s a glimpse of the merchandise events happening this April at the Disneyland Resort!

April 5: Artists Jason Bahret, Sean D’Anconia and Christopher Uminga will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more.

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April 5 – 6: Katie Kelly returns to Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day, as part of a special artist showcase. Be sure to stop by and check out some of her latest works, including Into the Forest. Learn more.

April 5 – 6: Meet artist Ben Burch from 1 – 4 p.m., each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Not able to make it? No problem! Ben will be on hand later in the month as well, look for him again April 26 – 27. Learn more.

April 11 – 13: Have you ever wondered what it would be like if one of our artists took over our store? We did! So for this weekend only, local So. Cal artist Noah will take over WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District and fill the store with Disney inspired and non-Disney artwork. Learn more.

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April 18 – 20: Hop in and meet Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick who will be appearing throughout the weekend from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort as we celebrate the release of her Spring collection. In case you miss her the first weekend, Linda will return April 25 – 27. Learn more.

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Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of April is artist Matt Spangler. Look for special artist showcases on the following dates: April 4, 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, 27 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn more.

A quick reminder before I go! Tickets for the Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disneyland Trading Event taking place June 13 – 14, 2014, will be available beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT. Learn more.

Which event are you most excited to check out?

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Gourmet Apple is a Definite Delight at Disneyland Park

posted on March 17th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I am always eager to find out the new type of gourmet apple the Disneyland Resort has in store each month. Why? Because the Disneyland Resort Candy Making team continues to amaze me with their magnificent concoctions. This month, prepare to be surprised and delighted as well!

April Raspberry Apple

So what is it? Wait no more … this month’s caramel apple has been covered in dark chocolate and has been encased with semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate chips and almonds. At this point, I’m sure you’re saying… stop! You’re making me hungry! I have to have this now! Well, I’m not finished yet. They have actually taken one more step, and infused raspberry into white chocolate and drizzled it over the entire apple.

Where will you find it? Candy Palace in Disneyland park; Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District; and Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park.

For the record I call first dibs! Who’s joining me in line to try this apple?

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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Nat King Cole – 1963

posted on March 17th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


The great singer Nat King Cole was born on this day in 1919, and today we look back at a visit he made to Disneyland park more than 50 years ago.

Nat King Cole and His Son, Nat Kelly Cole, in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in 1963.

Pictured with his son, Nat Kelly Cole, the legendary voice behind such timeless hits as “Mona Lisa,” “Stardust,” and “Unforgettable” was photographed in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in June of 1963.

Do you have a favorite Nat King Cole song? My personal favorite also has the distinction of being featured in a Disney film. Can you guess which one?

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Charming Treats for St. Patrick’s Day 2014 at Disney Parks

posted on March 15th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, I visited one of our consumables locations to survey some of the yummy, holiday-themed treats they have made this year. You may recall that several of our merchandise locations contain a show kitchen, which is an on-stage kitchen where cast members make delicious goodies for all to see. This year, the cast members in the show kitchens have added a splash of green to some of their most popular items including Mickey Mouse-shaped cake pops and crispy treats.

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They also have created my favorite treat – pretzel rods covered in green sugar or sprinkles. The pretzel rods join sprinkle-covered or chocolate-dipped marshmallow wands.

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Finally, I spotted a Leprechaun-like candy apply complete with chocolate, green sugar and a marshmallow. Nearby, I found a character apple that resembles Kermit the Frog from The Muppets. I figured I’d include him in this story because he’s green (plus, I can’t wait for “Muppets Most Wanted” to be in theatres on March 21!)

If you are visiting Disney Parks during St Patrick’s Day, please stop by these locations:

Disneyland Resort

Walt Disney World Resort

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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Jerry Lewis – 1955

posted on March 14th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Legendary entertainer and humanitarian Jerry Lewis celebrates his birthday this weekend, so today we’re looking back at a visit Jerry made to Disneyland park in August 1955, just a few weeks after we first opened our gates.

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This first photo is a triple treat for Disney fans. Television star Milton Berle, aka “Uncle Miltie,” joined Jerry outside the Main Entrance, along with future Disney Legend, Tom Nabbe, who was holding a custom edition of The Disneyland News with a headline that read, “Welcome Miltie & Jerry To Disneyland.”

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Then it was over to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, where Jerry was joined by his son (and future musician), Gary Lewis. When I see this photo, I think can actually hear that iconic voice going through Toad Hall!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lewis!

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Fun Times Are Blooming at the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park

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


Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Disneyland park. From Main Street, U.S.A. to Tomorrowland, the park is in full bloom, and this year, that spring color is spreading even further with the debut season of the Springtime Roundup.

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Starting March 28, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland will be decked out in flowers and other springtime décor. Some of your favorite Disney characters will be stopping by to meet you, along with Mr. Easter Bunny and a carrot patch of famous Disney rabbits. Also several times each day, an energetic country band takes the stage, as a group of dancing cowboys and cowgirls come together for a lively hoedown and “bunny hop” that will get you off your feet and joining right in!

Springtime Roundup is going to bring all that excitement, plus egg art demonstrations, fun crafts, yummy treats and more. It all kicks off March 28 at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree and keeps going all the way to April 20, so hop on down the Big Thunder Trail and join the fun!

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Today in Disney History: Fantasy Faire Opens at Disneyland Park, 2013

posted on March 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One year ago today, we celebrated the expansion of Fantasyland at Disneyland park with the addition of Fantasy Faire, featuring the Royal Hall (where Disney princesses meet guests each day), the Royal Theatre (featuring the tales of “Tangled” and “Beauty and the Beast”) and Maurice’s Treats (serving delicious pastry twists and the wonderful Boysen Apple Freeze). I recently stopped by the Royal Theatre to chat with Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, who join Rapunzel and Belle onstage each day, about the one-year anniversary of this new Disneyland park guest favorite.

What is your favorite part of Fantasy Faire? Tell us in the comments!

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1957 Photo: Walt Disney and a Haberdashed Horse at Disneyland Park

posted on March 11th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Soon my colleague, Donna Fisk, will introduce a new series here on the Disney Parks Blog where you’ll meet the current stable of beautiful horses at the Disneyland Resort. But, because I know you’re champing at the bit for a horse story …
Walt Disney and a Haberdashed Horse at Disneyland Park in 1957

I’m sharing this photo I recently came across from April 1957 of Walt Disney greeting one his four-legged cast members in the Central Hub at Disneyland park – a reminder that horses have been a part of the magic from the very beginning.

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Popular In-Park Social Media Program Expands to Cover Entire Disneyland Resort

posted on March 10th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Big news for Disneyland Resort guests today … Disneyland Today is growing! Beginning today, the official source for in-park social media updates and information, Disneyland Today, will expand to cover the entire Disneyland Resort.
Popular In-Park Social Media Program Disneyland Today Expands to Cover Entire Disneyland Resort

Joining forces with DCA Today, Disneyland Today will now answer questions and provide real-time tips and updates for the Downtown Disney District and the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort, in addition to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.

So be sure to follow @DisneylandToday on Twitter and Facebook.com/DisneylandToday on your next visit to the Disneyland Resort.

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