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Meet the Horses of the Disneyland Resort: Finn and Bug

posted on July 29th, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Greetings from Circle D Ranch at the Disneyland Resort. Let’s meet two more of the lucky horses that live here.

This is Finn.
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Finn is a Brabant draft horse. He’s 11 years old, weighs 1,590 lbs and stands 17.2 hands tall. Finn came to the Disneyland Resort from Oakley, Calif., and took to his new life here, as they say, “like a duck to water.” In the relatively short time Finn has been a part of the Circle D team, he has pulled the Horse Drawn Streetcar on Main Street, U.S.A., pulled the carriage for the Disney Villains at Mickey’s Halloween Party, and was the star of the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration this January for The Year of the Horse. Finn is a very calm horse, and he loves attention.

This is Bug.

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Bug is also a Brabant draft horse. He’s 10 years old, weighs 1,555 lbs and stands 17 hands. Bug also came to Circle D from Oakley, Calif. In fact, Bug and Finn were a show team before they came to the Disneyland Resort. Although they look as if they could be brothers, Bug is shorter and bulkier than Finn. And despite being one of Circle D’s smallest horses, Bug easily outweighs many of the horses that are taller than him, because he is so muscular. You can find Bug at the Big Thunder Ranch petting farm. Look to see if he’s there the next time you’re at Disneyland park!

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Treat Yourself to the Pretzels and Peanut Butter Gourmet Apple at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 29th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I’m a pretty big peanut butter and pretzel fan. So what happens when you combine those two ingredients with an apple at the Disneyland Resort? We wanted to find out, so we challenged our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers to come up with the perfect recipe and here’s what they have to share with us.

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A tart apple dipped in smooth caramel and enrobed with sweet milk chocolate, adorned with crunchy and salty pretzel pieces and drizzled with creamy peanut butter and sweet milk chocolate.

The Peanut Butter and Pretzel gourmet apple can be found during the month of August at the following Disneyland Resort locations:

Will you try it?

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Join the Story with ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on July 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The struggle between the folks of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge has been unfolding in “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” for a few weeks now in Disneyland park, so my fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Tyler Slater, and I recently headed out to join the story ourselves. As Eagle Eye Erin, I was drawn toward the exciting people of Rainbow Ridge, but my more kind-hearted counterpart, Two Bit Tyler, joined the side of Frontierland. And he accused me of spyin’ – if you can believe it! See for yourself …

Rainbow Ridge, the gold town that sits in the shadows of Big Thunder Mountain, has begun to dry up. The way the folks of Rainbow Ridge see it, why go west and build a whole new town when there is a perfectly good town right here in Frontierland? The goal of “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” is to buy land for your town – keep it for Frontierland or snag it up for Rainbow Ridge. You do this with “bits” and you earn bits by picking up jobs in town or making it on your own. The citizens with the most land at the end of the day win the town!

Have you joined “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” at Disneyland park? What is your story? Tell us in the comments, and support your townsfolk with the hashtags #MyFrontierland and #MyRainbowRidge!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared more information on what to expect at next month’s “Villains Unleashed” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – a night when a record number of Disney villains will run wild at the park.

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While some of the surprises being planned for this one-night-only party remain hidden under a cloak of mystery, Shawn shared new details about the August 23rd event, including the Villainy in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular. Check out our original story for more.

You can also purchase tickets this weekend at disneyworld.com.

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And we shared new special pricing on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty U.S. military personnel at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. We have more details for both locations in our original blog story.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Remembering James Garner at the Disneyland Resort – Take a look back at a special memory with Oscar-nominated actor James Garner at the Disneyland Resort.

The All-American College Band Returns for the Summer at Disneyland Resort – Check out this video of the All-American College Band in action, now playing at Disneyland Resort Tuesdays through Saturdays until August 15.

Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: Top 5 Locations to Watch ‘Magical’ Fireworks Spectacular – Disney Parks Blog author Tyler Slater gives us some top tips for watching fireworks at Disneyland Resort.

‘The Music of: Nashville’ Gets Toes Tappin’ at Disneyland Park – Treat yourself to some of the best tunes from the show “Nashville,” along with fun behind-the-scenes stories and more!

Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1960s – Do you have a photo of yourself at Disneyland Resort during the 1960s? Share with us for a chance to win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

Download our Disney Parks Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Wallpaper – In celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, try out this spooky wallpaper on your desktop or mobile device.

Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Tomato Cake – Click through for this special Disney Cruise Line recipe, perfect for a light, summer meal!

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The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 25th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I know the excitement is building as fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller continues to share the latest news on Haunted Mansion merchandise materializing in Disney Parks. I can hardly believe that in just a few short weeks, we will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion attraction, one of the crown jewels of Disneyland park. There is so much history behind the attraction itself, its famous and infamous residents, and the storytellers and artists that brought it to life.

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Over the years, I was fortunate enough to meet some of the Disney Legends and artists behind this attraction and the inception of Disneyland, and it’s something that will live in my heart forever. I know many of you feel the same way. Senior Merchandiser, David Whitaker was no different. “The Haunted Mansion attraction has served as a source of inspiration to many of our artists over the years,” said David. “For the anniversary, I wanted to really focus on the “Art of the Haunted Mansion” therefore allowing each artist to interpret what the attraction means to them, and allowing them to create that in their own signature medium, style and technique. The result is a unique and eclectic collection of characters and artists.”

Here’s your first look at some of the original and limited edition pieces of art, sculptures, figurines and more that will materialize August 16 at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park.

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Special Tip: Meet some of the artists behind these amazing new pieces, August 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Scheduled to appear are artists: Steve Adams, Dave Avanzino, David Bird, Britni Brault, Brian Crosby, Jeremy Fulton, Brian Kesinger, Daniel Killen, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, Mike Peraza, Javier Soto and Yakovetic. For a complete list of artists who have contributed to this 45th Anniversary collection visit DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

Also debuting as part of the event from our talented team of Ink & Paint artists is the next in the series from our hand-painted cel collection, featuring none other than the Hatbox Ghost. This piece is an edition size of 300 and will be available framed only. Tip: You will surely go ‘batty’ for the framing on this particular piece. Continue to watch DisneyParksMerchandise.com as we release more information on this piece.

The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort

What else do the spirited inhabitants of Disney Theme Park Merchandise and the Haunted Mansion have in store for you? You’ll see.

Have you decided which pieces you’re simply dying for?

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First Look at New Haunted Mansion Merchandise Appearing This Fall at Disney Parks

posted on July 25th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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At the beginning of June, I shared with you a first look at artwork created for a whole new line of Haunted Mansion authentic merchandise coming this fall to Disney Parks. Today, I’m beyond excited to give you a look at actual items we’ve created using that artwork. The toughest part for me was selecting which of the more than 100 new items to showcase in this story. Here is a look at some of my favorite things.

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I’ll start with apparel which will include both long and short-sleeved options for women, men and children. I think my favorite new shirts are the ones that resemble the Cast Member costumes from the attraction. Some of the shirts will also include a glow-in-the-dark element.

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For accessories, Guests will soon find several new jewelry items including awesome bat stanchion earrings. I particularly like the women’s shoes that use the infamous purple wallpaper pattern from the attraction. That wallpaper pattern will also be used on three new Dooney & Bourke items. You may recall the first Dooney & Bourke handbag we released last fall as seen in this story. That original handbag will return with the three new items this fall. All the new items will have a purple colored liner not red like the first incarnation.

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The home décor team will add to their assortment of amazing things I first shared in February 2013. The original nine items were incredibly detailed and these new items follow in that tradition. This fall, Guests will find new drinkware, dinnerware (plates, bowls, wine glasses), figurines, bookends, cloth napkins, tablemats, and much more. I love the beautiful urn, and the bat stanchion ice cube tray will soon be making ice cubes in my freezer at home.

Look for these items in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in the coming months. Select items will also be carried on our Disney Parks online store.

Which items do you want to follow you home? Please share in the comments below.

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‘The Music of: Nashville’ Gets Toes Tappin’ at Disneyland Park

posted on July 24th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last weekend, we kicked off an all-new entertainment experience at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland park. “The Music of: Nashville” is bringing the music from the ABC hit show to life every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer.

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With the help of popular headliner The Kelly Rae Band and others, this concert experience treats fans of “Nashville” to some of their favorite tunes from the show along with fun behind-the-scenes stories and more. So check out “The Music of: Nashville” for yourself every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, and don’t miss “Nashville,” Wednesdays this fall 10|9c on ABC!

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Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1960s

posted on July 24th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we began preparing for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, coming spring 2015, by inviting our fans to share your favorite memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort for a chance to win a trip to the celebration kick-off. We started by asking for your memories from the 1950s … now we want to see your memories from the 1960s!

Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1960s

Lots of magic was made in the 1960s here at the Disneyland Resort. Were you a part of it? Do you have a photo of yourself at the opening of the Haunted Mansion? Pirates of the Caribbean? Or maybe at one of my favorite quirky Disneyland events … “Love Bug” Day in 1969? Share your swinging 1960s memories with us! Of course, you’re welcome to share your favorite memories with photos taken throughout any of the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present – as well. And please be sure to include the decade in your entry description!

Here’s how it works:

  • Each week, we’ll be asking for your special photo memories from a specific decade. (Regardless of the weekly decade inspiration, you can share a favorite photo from any of the decade periods between now and August 27, 2014.)
  • To enter, post your photos on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest by August 27, 2014, and make sure to let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet.

When the submission period is complete, we’ll select the top five photos from each decade, and Disney Parks Blog readers will vote for the top photo from each of the Disneyland Decades. Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

For more on the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, visit the links below:

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Spotlight on New Pins Arriving in July 2014 at Disney Parks

posted on July 24th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This summer, the Disney pin team is releasing about 250 new items for guests to collect or trade at Disney Parks. It’s time to turn the spotlight once again on some new pins coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts this month. I spoke with Erin Catalano, the merchandiser behind many of these pins, about some of her favorite selections.

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“There are so many favorite pins we are releasing this month,” exclaimed Erin. “I love the new four-pin chalkboard art set featuring characters from Walt Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ The set reminds me of the chalkboard art-inspired home goods found in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. I also like the vintage Mouseketeer logo as it recall watching the Mickey Mouse Club when I was younger. Finally, Disney’s ‘Hercules’ is one of my favorite animated films, so I included a pin with Hercules and Meg.”

I was happy to see that Blank and Bow, the adorable Vinylmation figures from Valentine’s Day this year, will come to life in pin form.

I also recently spotted the Anna and Elsa pins at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland in Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the Frozen Summer Celebration. Those pins are also available in a handful of other locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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Speaking of Anna and Elsa, their shoe-inspired ornaments are included in a multi-pin set that contains other character-inspired shoes.

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Finally, I pulled together an image of Chip ‘n’ Dale pins as I thought my fiancée would enjoy seeing them (she’s a super fan of those chipmunks). I also know there are a few fans that will be delighted to see a new “Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers” pin (sing along with me … Ch-ch-ch-ch-Chip…).

Look for these pins in a variety of Disney pin locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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August 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Just wait until you see what merchandise events we have headed your way in August at the Disneyland Resort!

August 2 – 3: Meet ACME Archives artist Guy Vasilovich from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day, at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park and see some of the newest releases in his collection. Learn more.

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August 2- 3: Find the latest releases from artists Daniel and Dawna Davis (Steam Crow), who are dedicated to making unique odd goods with a “spookycute” aesthetic. Steam Crow art will be featured the entire month at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District with special appearances by Daniel and Dawna Davis on August 2, 3, 23 and 24 from 1 – 4 p.m. each day. Learn more.

August 8 – 10: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand from 12 – 10 p.m. each day, at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort as we celebrate the release of her Lady Tremaine and Stepsisters collection, among other fan favorites! Learn more.

August 9: Artist Jerrod Maruyama will appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. as we debut his latest piece from the Happiest Hipster on Earth Collection titled Hipster Haunt and inspired by the ever-popular Haunted Mansion. Learn more.

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August 9: Who’s the fairest one of all? You will be, thanks to the new and delightfully dark Tangled Web collection from Beautifully Disney. For their seventh collection, Beautifully Disney pays tribute to those leading ladies who love to show their darker Disney Side. Stay tuned for more details on the Disney Parks Blog.

August 14: Artist Matt Spangler will appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 6 – 10 p.m. as part of the 2014 Taste of Downtown Disney District. A separate ticket is required to attend the 2014 Taste of Downtown Disney District event.

August 16: Special merchandise is materializing, but as of right now, I can’t say. If you keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, soon all will be revealed about this special day.

August 16: Artists Leilani Joy, Ryan Metcalf and Miss Mindy will take part in an artist signing from 2 – 4 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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August 29 – 30: Are you ready for another Art Attack! Artists Jeff Granito, Liana Hee and Noah are taking over WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney with live art performances and demonstrations from 5 – 6:30 p.m. and a special artist signing opportunity following, from 7 – 9 p.m. Who will you be rooting for? Learn more.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of August is Liana Hee. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: August 1 -3, 8 – 9, 15 – 17, 22 – 24 and 29 – 31 from 6 – 10 p.m. Learn more.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

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