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Force Friday Midnight Event at Disney Parks Now Open to All Guests on September 4, 2015

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


We have an exciting update about the midnight Force Friday event at Disney Parks. Due to overwhelming guest demand, the Force Friday event on September 4, 2015 is now open to Star Wars fans of all ages – and will no longer be a ticketed event.

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Guests who attend this midnight release party will be some of the first to find new Star Wars and Star Wars: The Force Awakens themed merchandise. In addition to items guests may find at The Disney Stores and select national retailers, we will be releasing several items found only at Disney Parks including apparel, pins, toys, retail MagicBands (Walt Disney World Resort only), Vinylmation figures, and more. Please note that purchase limits will apply.

Two merchandise locations – World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort and Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort – will join stores around the world opening their doors at midnight for a special celebration of all things Star Wars.

Beginning September 3, fans across the world will get a sneak peak of new product inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the world’s first-ever global live toy unboxing event on the Star Wars YouTube channel. The live stream kicks off with the first unboxing in Sydney, Australia at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, September 3 (5:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 2), and concludes with a grand finale at Lucasfilm in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, September 3.

Guests are encouraged to document their experience using the hashtag #ForceFriday.

Looking forward to seeing you at Disney Parks!

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration September Pin Releases

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


If you have been collecting the Diamond Decades pins for the past several months at the Disneyland Resort, be sure to mark your calendars as final releases in this series are set to debut this month. On September 10, add to your collection with Cars Land, Soarin’, Star Tours and Toy Story Mania.

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On September 17, look for additional releases from the series including “Fantasmic!,” Grizzly River Run and Paradise Pier.

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Pins will be available to purchase on their release dates at the following locations:

Which Diamond Decades pin is your favorite?

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Top 9 Disney Parks Recipes for Fall

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


While we’re still sweltering in Florida, temperatures are beginning to cool across the U.S., with thoughts of fall – apples and pumpkins, gingerbread and comforting bowls of soup.

So we’re getting ready and rounded up nine of your favorite recipes that we’ve posted on the Disney Parks Blog. Here they are, all in one spot, so take your pick: a hot, crisp gingerbread beignet from Disneyland park, perhaps? Or maybe something fancy like Chef Scott Hunnel’s pan-seared sablefish from Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort.

In no particular order, the Top 9:

  1. Apple Crisp from Napa Rose, Disneyland Resort. What’s not to love about warm apples with splash of apple brandy, and a topping of sugar, oats, pecans and coconut? Bring on the vanilla ice cream.

Gingerbread Beignets from Café Orleans at Disneyland Park

  1. Gingerbread Beignets from Café Orleans, Disneyland park. Frying makes everything better — gingerbread never tasted this good.

Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

  1. Pumpkin Mousse from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Forget pumpkin pie. Impress your guests with layers of pumpkin, streusel and apricot-orange sauce.

Pumpkin Beignets From Club 33 at Disneyland Park

  1. Pumpkin Beignets from Club 33, Disneyland park. We love pumpkin. We love beignets. Add a warm maple glaze and watch them disappear.

  1. Hearty Pozole Soup, Paradise Garden Grill, Disney California Adventure park. “Pozole” is just a fancy word for old-fashioned hominy, giving substance to this tomato broth along with pork. We love the crunchy toppings, too: radishes, lime, cilantro and more.

  1. Harvest Salad, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disney California Adventure park. This is really a fancy dinner in a bowl, with duck and caramelized apples (perfect pairing) with the crunch of fresh greens. This one takes a little time, but it’s worth it.

  1. Pumpkin Twists from Maurice’s Treats, Disneyland park. Our readers love pumpkin, and this baked treat is made with frozen puff pastry and pureed pumpkin. Easier than it looks.

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  1. Pumpkin Muffins. Breakfast or dessert, you decide. With pumpkin, golden raisins and a crunchy streusel topping, we could go either way. Or have for both breakfast and dessert.

  1. Pan-Seared Sablefish, Victoria & Albert’s, Walt Disney World Resort. If you’re p for a kitchen challenge, this fine dish from Chef Scott Hunnel will elicit praise. If you can’t find sablefish, Chilean sea bass work well. Bon appétit!
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Top Ten Favorite Items for Halloween 2015 at Disney Parks

posted on September 1st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


As Halloween returns to Disney Parks, here are my top ten items to celebrate the season.

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Figaro in Mickey Mouse Jack O’Lantern Plush
This 11-inch Figaro plush may be my favorite Halloween item this year (maybe it’s because my black cat looks almost like him).

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Light-Up Pumpkin Necklace
This LED light-up pumpkin necklace is a simple-yet-festive Halloween accent, especially if you want something easy to wear when attending Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort. Look carefully to see a new Haunted Mansion-inspired shirt for this year.

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Halloween Apparel
I like this logo t-shirt with the new Halloween 2015 artwork for Disney Parks. The shirt also glows in the dark.

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Halloween Candy Bags
The consumables team introduced adorable mini-Halloween candy bags. Each bag contains new Halloween 2015 artwork and contains a variety of pre-packaged candy options.

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Halloween Lanterns
Each side of these Halloween lanterns picture Mickey and his friends having a frightfully fun time, whether it’s “Terror in Tomorrowland,” or “A Night of Horror in Adventureland.” Each lantern measures approximately 12-inches tall and are intended for battery candles (which are not included).

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Halloween Headware
I like the two new Halloween headware items this year including a fun Minnie Mouse headband and an ear hat that contains flocked inserts on the ears and a embroidered, padded topper.

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Mickey Mouse and Friends Halloween Mug
I plan on using this decorative Halloween mug to lift my spirits each morning. The mug contains new Halloween 2015 artwork with characters enjoying a night at Disney Parks.

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Trick-Or-Trade with Halloween Pins
The pin trading team introduced several new open edition pins and accessories for Halloween. There will be additional limited edition pins coming to Disney Parks. Check DisneyPins.com for the latest release dates. New pins are typically introduced each Thursday in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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Lounging Around
I may trade in my costume this year for these comfy cotton cobwebbed lounge pants with spooky “Boo” print.

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Minnie Mouse as a Witch Antennae Topper
This antennae topper features Minnie Mouse dressed as a witch. We are also offering a matching kids costume and hat this year.

Guests can find many of these items using the new Shop Disney Parks mobile app. See this Disney Parks Blog article for details on how to download and use the app. You may also be able to find select Halloween items on our Disney Parks online store.

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Matt Damon Celebrates at Disneyland Park

posted on September 1st, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Actor Matt Damon celebrated a family birthday recently with a special visit to the Disneyland Resort.

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We caught up with him at Matterhorn Bobsleds just in time to catch him making “splashdown” with family and friends.

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Toffee Gourmet Treats are Back at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


How many of you are toffee fans? If you find yourself visiting the Disneyland Resort this September, you’re in luck because I have a special treat for you! Candy locations throughout the resort will begin offering toffee gourmet goodies again, beginning September 1.

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This scrumptious apple is once again covered in creamy caramel, dipped in sweet milk chocolate and is topped with crunchy toffee pieces, roasted almonds and chocolate drizzle, as the final touch. Of course, our candy makers didn’t stop there. They have incorporated many of the toffee ingredients used for the apples for marshmallow wands, crispy treats and bark. Yes, you read that right.

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Look for these delicious treats and more at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

I’m probably not the only one wishing today was September 1, am I? Will you give this one a try?

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Moms Panel Monday: Afternoon Break Ideas for Kids (and Parents)!

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


At the Disney Parks Moms Panel, we often hear from parents of young children who no longer nap, but may need a midday rest to recharge after a busy morning in the parks. This week, several of our experienced panelists give their personal tips on how to manage the schedule for two little ones so they aren’t completely exhausted by the end of the day. From taking a break with a scenic tour on the Walt Disney World Railroad or the Monorail, or scheduling a table service meal during lunchtime for some fun (and air conditioning), our panelists serve up some fantastic ideas. Check out the site below for more!

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If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, be sure to apply at www.momspanelsearch.com from September 8-15, 2015.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Captain Hook Reading Treasure Map (Park Map)

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Everyone can use a park map when it comes to planning out their day at Magic Kingdom Park, and in today’s #DisneySide Doodle, Captain Hook is no exception. It looks like that bright, shiny castle has caught his attention. Hopefully this cranky crook isn’t up to something.

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For more from our #DisneySide Doodles series, visit the posts below:

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Voice of Princess Jasmine Joins the Speaker Series During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


The runDisney Health & Fitness Expo is the headquarters for everything you need to prepare yourself for a runDisney race weekend. Not only can runners pick up their race bib, event shirt and gEAR bag from the Expo, there is much more in-store for those who visit. Runners and guests can check out official runDisney race weekend merchandise, and get a sneak peek at the latest in fitness apparel, footwear, sunglasses, high-tech gadgets, and nutritional products.

Every Expo also includes a Speaker Series with relevant speakers to the race weekend. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the voice of Princess Jasmine will make an appearance!

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Linda Larkin is the voice of Princess Jasmine in Walt Disney’s “Aladdin,” as well as “The Return of Jafar,” “Aladdin and the King of Thieves,” the Emmy-nominated 100-episode “Aladdin” animated television series, and “Sofia the First.” Linda was recently honored with the Disney Legends Award, recognizing her for her extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

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Linda will be at the Expo on Thursday, September 3, from 4–5 p.m., Friday, September 4, from 2-3 p.m., and Saturday, September 5, from 10–11 a.m. After Linda shares her journey as Princess Jasmine, guests are invited to attend a meet and greet with her. Be sure to be there early, as Linda will be signing a limited quantity of special “Aladdin” postcards for guests. There is no entry fee to the Expo or to the Speaker Series, which is held at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall.

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Come check out Linda to prepare for Disney’s “Aladdin: Diamond Edition” release on Blu-ray and Digital HD on September 29, 2015 (Digital) and October 13, 2015 (Physical).

Follow our live coverage of Linda’s presentation on Twitter @runDisney this Friday, Sept. 4 from 2-3 p.m.! Visit runDisney.com for more information on upcoming events!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 30th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As we continue to count the days until the start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, we shared a few experiences you may want to try at this year’s event.

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One of the ideas for maximizing your fun is experiencing the new 20th Festival Tasting Sampler that gives you a credential (and a cool collectible pin) to taste your way around the fest. For $59 you get your choice of eight tastes of food or beverages at all of the 30 marketplaces plus priority seating at the nightly Eat to the Beat concert.

Be sure to check Pam’s story for other ideas on how to best enjoy this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Also, The Force awakened at Walt Disney World Resort this week through runDisney’s newest addition to its portfolio – Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side.

Faron shared that the intergalactic quest through Walt Disney World theme parks blasts off April 14-17, 2016 and channels the Dark Side of the Force. The events will include a 5K, 10K, kids races and half marathon plus a special challenge for completing the 10K and half marathon called the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge.

Registration for the East Coast event opens September 22, 2015 at noon ET. Check out Faron’s original story for more details.

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

Follow Disney Parks on Tumblr – Have you discovered the new official home for Disney Parks on Tumblr? Check it out at disneyparks.tumblr.com!

Happy National Waffle Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – National Waffle Day may be over, but it’s never too late to indulge in one of our top 8 waffles from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Disneyland Resort Million Dollar Dazzle Crew Hits the Road, Surprises Next $60,000 Recipient – Once a month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, our Million Dollar Dazzle Crew is surprising local nonprofits with $60,000, amounting to more than $1 million.

Video: Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega Announced as ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Contestants at Disneyland Park – Disneyland park was the setting for the latest “cast reveal” for “Dancing with the Stars” as Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega were announced as the first-ever married couple to compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy!

It’s Almost Time for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – Summer’s winding down. The kids are back in school. What are we going to do next? Plan for Halloween, of course!

FastPass+ Reservations Now Available For Eat to the Beat Concerts During 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – If you enjoy toe-tapping tunes as much as tasty treats, you will love this: now you can make FastPass+ reservations for the Eat to the Beat concert series.

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