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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – 60 Years of Popcorn

posted on January 29th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Reflecting on the last 60 years of classic Disneyland foods, popcorn has been a beloved snacking staple of Disneyland park since opening day on July 17, 1955. Walt Disney himself enjoyed piping hot popcorn on Main Street, U.S.A. Now, Disneyland Resort guests enjoy more than 185,000 pounds of this salty treat every year.

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While our love for popcorn remains, designs and containers have evolved over the years – check out 60 years of popcorn progression at Disneyland resort in the gallery below!

Today, I have a sneak peek of the premium popcorn bucket which celebrates the iconic Mickey balloon, set to debut this May as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park. Available in red, purple and blue – this bucket is perfect to hold your keepsakes long after your visit during the resort’s 60th anniversary celebration.

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Over the coming months, look for even more collectible souvenir fun and all-new art work on everything from popcorn buckets to hot mugs – as well as special limited-time treats and food and beverage offerings exclusive to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration to be revealed.

Who else is craving popcorn right now?

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration to Begin May 22, Will Feature Sparkling Decor and More

posted on January 28th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Tonight, during a special after-hours presentation on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration marking the resort’s 60th anniversary, will begin Friday, May 22.

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As part of the celebration, the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure park will glisten and gleam, each with its own diamond medallion featuring the letter “D.” The entire resort will sparkle with Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue. Also bearing the diamond anniversary theme, creative merchandise and food items will be designed to complement the celebration. We’ll have more to share on those special items soon.

“As time has shown, Disneyland marked the beginning of something bigger than anyone could have imagined and this Diamond Celebration embraces its rich history while honoring Walt Disney’s commitment to pushing boundaries to create exciting and innovative new experiences for our guests,” said Staggs.

We’ll have more to share on the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in the coming months, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60!

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‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Spectacular Announced for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on January 28th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Wrapping up tonight’s big entertainment news for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Tom Staggs and Steve Davison have revealed a completely new kind of fireworks spectacular for Disneyland park, debuting May 22, 2015.

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“Disneyland Forever” shows just how magical the Magic Kingdom can be, in a sky-high celebration featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and other effects that transform Disneyland park right before your eyes!

“Disneyland Forever” envelops you in an enthralling, breathtaking journey like never before, leveraging the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects. Main Street, U.S.A., and several other Disneyland park locations become a magical canvas taking us into a world of dreams, from flying above the London skyline from “Peter Pan” to a dance with King Louie in “The Jungle Book.”

“Disneyland Forever” also features two original songs, the theme “Live the Magic” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman.

Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed, as long as there is imagination left in the world.” As “Disneyland Forever” caps off each evening of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, we discover Walt’s inspiring words still hold true today. Disneyland will continue to be home to all our dreams and adventures … forever!

Tonight, we’ve announced the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will include a special edition of the popular “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, plus an impressive new nighttime parade and a fully-immersive fireworks spectacular at Disneyland park.

Stay tuned, because Erin has one more exciting thing to share with you! And keep reading Disney Parks Blog over the next few months, as we share more details about these stunning new nighttime spectaculars and other surprises planned for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – all kicking off May 22, 2015!

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‘Paint the Night’ Parade Starts May 22 as Part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on January 28th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


For our next big entertainment unveiling of the evening, Tom Staggs and Steve Davison shared that we’ll soon be painting the night in fantastic new light with one of the brightest gems of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the “Paint the Night” parade.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade Starts May 22 as Part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

The “Paint the Night” parade brings some of the most innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and energetic performances ever presented at Disneyland Resort. This new, state-of-the-art nighttime parade floods Main Street, U.S.A., with stunning color, fun surprises and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade Starts May 22 as Part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to harness the power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust and “Paint the Night” in Disney dreams, bringing to light beloved characters and stories from “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story,” “Frozen” and more.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade Starts May 22 as Part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

“Paint the Night” is going to be spectacular, and we’re not done yet! Stay tuned for more big news for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, coming up on Disney Parks Blog!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Topiary Engineer

posted on January 28th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


When we set out to film an “Every Role a Starring Role” about the talented team who cares for the topiaries of the Disneyland Resort, the words “topiary engineer” did not come to mind right away – at least for me! Turns out, that is the job title of Sarah Day and a nod to her skill of maintaining the resort’s “living” topiaries.

The first topiaries inside Disneyland park debuted in the 1960s, and the sea serpent outside of “it’s a small world” has been there since the 1980s. Most of the topiaries there have been a part of the Disneyland Resort for more than fifteen years! What’s your favorite topiary at the Disneyland Resort?

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New Merchandise Artwork Sparks Fond Memories of First Disney Parks Vacation

posted on January 28th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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As time passes, my memories of my first visit to Walt Disney World Resort in July 1983 become more like something from a dream. I remember the Speed Room from If You Had Wings in Tomorrowland, the warm lights of Main Street, U.S.A. at night, and the dinosaurs in Universe of Energy at EPCOT Center. The essence of those dreamy images was recently captured in new merchandise found at Disney Parks. I caught up with Disney Design Group Creative Director Eric Caszatt to learn more.

“Each year, we create an art program that we call ‘Storybook,’” explained Eric. “That art traditionally features many characters grouped together around icons from Disney Parks. This year, we took a different design approach. Unlike the dated 2015 artwork that has characters showing off their Disney Side, we wanted to capture the feelings guests may have when first visiting Disney Parks. We internally called this program ‘Project Fairytale’ as it captures the emotions, the fantasy, and the wonder that guests may experience during a Disney vacation.”

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Disney Design Group artist Ron Cohee was the lead character artist on the project. He created two beautiful main images and a few smaller vignettes for both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Each vividly colorful image melds together attractions, icons and experiences from Disney Parks. The images are similar in design layout for each coast, yet they feature things specific to each Disney destination.

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The finished artwork was added to a style guide for all merchandise categories to use. The artwork was then applied to various items such as apparel, home décor, souvenirs, plush and more. Elements from the artwork that Ron created were sometimes combined to make unique images (best seen on some of the apparel items).

Here is an image gallery of other products that you can currently find in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks. You can also find some items on our Disney Parks online store – http://www.DisneyParks.com/Store.

I’d love to hear about your memories from your first visit to Disney Parks. Please share in the comments below.

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Follow Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Unveiling Live on Disney Parks Blog

posted on January 27th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Two hundred lucky Disney Parks Blog readers will join us tomorrow evening as we unveil some of what is in store for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration! And today, I’ve got details on how you can follow along with the excitement at home.

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Check the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow evening beginning at 8 p.m. Pacific time. As details are shared, my fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Shawn Slater, and I will be posting all the information live from Disneyland park. You can also follow along on Twitter for live updates from @Disneyland. Finally, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #Disneyland60.

We’re so excited to share some of what’s coming for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration! Follow along with us tomorrow beginning at 8 p.m. Pacific time!

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Time for Tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter at Disneyland Park

posted on January 26th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


As you probably already know, January is National Hot Tea Month! To celebrate this very merry “unholiday” we sat down with Alice and the Mad Hatter for a game of musical chairs at Disneyland park.

Take a seat for yourself next time you see Alice and the Mad Hatter at Refreshment Corner on Main Street, U.S.A.!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Things Big and Small at Disneyland Park

posted on January 24th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This week, we shared special looks at very small things and very big things at Disneyland park. First, a look at something big that appeared small …

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Through the lens of Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer, the oversized tea cups at the Mad Tea Party could be just regular-sized cups sitting on a table.

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And on to very small things, we gave Disney Parks Blog readers a peek at the newest residents of Circle D Corral … our new baby goats! We also gave you a chance to help us decide their names – vote here now through Monday.

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February 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 23rd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


If you are planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this February, here are a few quick tips on some of the merchandise events you don’t want to miss!

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February 6–8: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand from noon to 10 p.m. each day, at China Closet in Disneyland park, as we celebrate the release of her Valentine’s collection, among other fan favorites! Learn more here.

February 7–8: Join us as we welcome Nidhi Chanani from 1–4 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Look for additional appearances by Nidhi, February 28 and March 1. Learn more here.

February 14: Join us for a special artist showcase as we celebrate the release of some of the newest pieces by artists Nidhi Chanani, Liana Hee, Jerrod Maruyama and Miss Mindy. Meet the artists from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

February 14-15: Meet ACME Archives artist Guy Vasilovich who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest pieces from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., each day, at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

February 28: World renowned Mouseketeer, entertainer and author, Bobby Burgess, will be on hand for a special appearance from 9-11 a.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park, as we celebrate the recent release of Ears & Bubbles: Dancing My Way from The Mickey Mouse Club to The Lawrence Welk Show. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Liana Hee. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

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