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Unwrap A Disney Parks Holiday Wallpaper by Artist Jeff Maurer

posted on December 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


With Hanukkah underway and Christmas on the way, ’tis the season for holiday gatherings, family togetherness and gift giving. Today we’re happy to share another artist’s interpretation of the holiday season in this desktop/mobile wallpaper by Disney artist Jeff Maurer.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. For more Disney Parks holiday designs, check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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Special Dishes, Where to Find Bubbly for New Year’s Eve at Disneyland Resort

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


So fun to ring in the New Year at the Disneyland Resort, and the culinary teams have added a few goodies to celebrate in ways grand and small.

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In Disneyland park, you can go for the gusto with a pan-seared New York strip loin a la Oscar with Dungeness crab, classic Béarnaise and a chive-café au lait sauce from Blue Bayou Restaurant. Another delicious steak is on the menu at Carnation Café: sirloin with skewered shrimp, mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli, sun-dried tomato butter and a rich herb beurre blanc (French butter sauce). Round out the beef ideas with a simple flat iron steak served with garlic mashed potatoes, butternut squash and green beans at Café Orleans.

At the French Market Restaurant, a generous roasted pork chop is flavored with Calvados applesauce, braised greens and sweet potato soufflé.

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If you’re on the run, try the Jambalaya Skewer at Bengal Barbecue. Café Orleans is serving a rich pecan praline Yule Log. Or go for the old-fashioned chocolate funnel cake with peppermint at Stage Door Café, if you simply want dessert.

Disney California Adventure park has two New Year’s Eve specialties: herb-roasted rack of lamb with potato rosti, fresh veggies and Zinfandel jus at Ariel’s Grotto Restaurant, and a simple New York strip steak with mashed potatoes and fresh veggies at Wine Country Trattoria. You also can sip a mulled wine at Alfresco Tasting Terrace – rich and warm with berry tones, hints of orange and aromatic seasoning spices (no to-go cups for this one). And if you’re looking for sparkling wine to ring in the New Year at Disney California Adventure park, you’ll find it at Wine Country Trattoria, Mendocino Terrace and Alfresco Tasting Terrace.

If you forego the theme parks and are looking for hotel dining, Storytellers Cafe has a hefty rib-eye with garlic roasted potatoes and fresh veggies on their New Year’s Eve menu. End with their chocolate crème brûlée – who says you can’t ring in 2015 with chocolate?

For reservations, visit disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-3463.

Happy New Year!

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Spending New Year’s Eve at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s hard to believe there are only two more weeks left in 2014. Have you made your New Year’s Eve plans yet? For those of you looking to welcome 2015 at Disneyland Resort on December 31, we have quite a party planned for Disney California Adventure park. Here’s just a sampling of what’s in store:

  • A Sneak Peek of “Frozen Fun – “Frozen Fun” doesn’t officially begin until January 7, but you can check out “Olaf’s Snow Fest,” “For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration,” and “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome” throughout the day on December 31.
  • Live Music and Dancing – Once the sun goes down, live bands take the stage at each of four hot spots across the park. From Latin and country to jazz and big band, you can dance the night away with Los Hermanos Herrera at Paradise Garden, the Kelly Rae Band in Cars Land, Tim Gill All-Stars at Carthay Circle on Buena Vista Street, and the Ellis Island Boys at Sonoma Terrace.
  • Hats and Horns – Pick up complimentary party hats and horns, and become part of the festive celebration going on all over the park!

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  • World of Color – Winter Dreams” – The holiday edition of this amazing nighttime spectacular will be presented three times during the evening, including a special late-night showing starting just minutes after midnight.
  • Happy New Year! – Throughout the park, join in as we mark the final seconds of 2014 and count down to 2015, complete with fireworks over Paradise Pier. And the party doesn’t end there! Disney California Adventure park remains open until 1 a.m. with your favorite attractions and more live music on every stage.

Of course, Disneyland park will also offer a mix of entertainment and fireworks, for those of you opting to spend New Year’s Eve across the Esplanade. And keep an eye on Disney Parks BlogPam Brandon will be sharing dining options for New Year’s Eve at the Disneyland Resort soon.

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January 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 15th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s a new year and we have new events waiting for you. Here’s a look at what merchandise events we have headed your way this January at the Disneyland Resort!

January 10-11: Join us as we welcome Hero Design Studio from 1–4 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

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January 16-17: Join us for a special artist showcase as we celebrate the release of some of the newest pieces by artists Jerrod Maruyama and Noah that are clearly out of this world. Meet the artists from 6-8 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

January 17-18: Meet ACME Archives artist Raymond Swanland who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest Star Wars-inspired pieces. Raymond will appear from 1–4 p.m., each day, at D Street in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

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January 17-18: Join us as we welcome The Little Red House from 1–4 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

January 24-25: Meet artist Drake Brodahl from 1–4 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

January 31 – Feb 1: Robinina will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 1–4 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

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Disney Artist Will Gay Shares Childhood-Inspired Holiday Wallpaper

posted on December 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today we’re happy to share a very special Disney Parks Blog exclusive desktop/mobile wallpaper, this time created by one of our own authors, Will Gay.

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According to Will, he drew on his childhood memories of Christmas time for inspiration for this design.

“I was inspired by the scenes of classic holiday specials I watched every year growing up,” he said. “They had these simple, soft colors that just gave it an overall peaceful feel. The holidays can get a little busy and sometimes it’s nice to slow down for a second and remember all that is good – like enjoying little moments with friends and family.”

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. For more Disney Parks holiday designs, check out our complete gallery of wallpapers here.

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‘World of Color’ Refurbishment Continues Innovative Approach for Conservation in Water Attractions at Disneyland Resort

posted on December 15th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Walt Disney once expressed an “immediate need for education and practice in using our natural resources of soil, forest, water, wildlife and areas of inspirational beauty to the best advantage of all.” Walt’s conservationist heart has led The Walt Disney Company to be a responsible environmental company from the beginning.

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The innovation that fuels Disney to create amazing attractions and experiences, often leads us to pave the way in those behind-the-scenes areas as well. In 2007, when preparing for the launch of “World of Color,” Disneyland Resort drained Paradise Bay in a new way. Partnering with the Orange County Water District, we drained 16 million gallons from the bay into the Orange County Water District’s groundwater replenishment system, instead of storm drains. This ensured the water was purified and stored for future use. When we refilled the bay, the water came from that same system.This innovative, water-saving solution helped earn the resort recognition by being awarded the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 2009.

Since then, all water-based attractions at the Disneyland Resort follow the same process. “World of Color” will undergo refurbishment beginning January 7, 2015, and will follow the same process that Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage underwent during its recent refurbishment, as did “it’s a small world” Holiday when it reopened in November.

Take a look as Mickey and Goofy help refill Paradise Bay for the first time, back in 2009.

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Young Super Hero Celebrates Life At runDisney Diaper Dash

posted on December 14th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Even before taking the start line during Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort, 11-month-old Nolan Wyatt from Rochester, WA, had already taken on a race and won.

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That’s right, the runDisney Diaper Dash was not Nolan’s first race, his first race was one for survival. Having difficulties breathing at birth, it was quickly diagnosed that Nolan was born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), a hole in the diaphragm that allowed internal organs to enter the chest cavity and prevent normal lung development. Within hours, Nolan was flown by medical helicopter to Seattle Children’s Hospital where he underwent life saving surgery.

After months of recovery it was time for this little super hero who fought through so much in his young life to celebrate with his parents, and what better way than to runDisney, or should we say crawlDisney.

“Nolan’s crawling the Diaper Dash to show how much he has overcome in his first year of life,” said Julie Wyatt, Nolan’s mother. “Just to show what he is capable of and to celebrate his life.”

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After hours of training, dressed in his Captain America outfit, and cheered on by family and Captain America himself, Nolan was ready to ‘start’ a new chapter in life.

#WhyIrunDisney is dedicated to sharing compelling and motivational human-interest stories. To view submissions and to learn how to upload your story, visit irundisney.com.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 14th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we were excited to share a new rendering of the amazing Disney Vacation Club Bungalows coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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The 20 Bungalows will sleep up to eight guests each in a home-like setting reminiscent of the South Pacific. The re-imagining of the resort includes a plunge pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon, and the view of the fireworks over Magic Kingdom Park.

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The first phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is scheduled to open in 2015. You can learn more by visiting Rebecca’s original story.

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And we continued our “Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park” series this week with a few very rare photos of Main Street Station, the popular starting point of your “grand circle tour” aboard the vintage trains of the Disneyland Railroad. The image above was taken as the framing of the building was far enough along to recognize the train station we know today.

Check George’s original post for another rare photo of Main Street Station.

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

Announcing the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the Past Sixty Years – Click through for a video recap of all our photo finalists from each Disneyland Decade and at the end you will see which photo won!

Gingerbread House Wows at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort – Take a look at some photos to see what went into this gargantuan gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Five Amazing Sights You’ll See at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park – Find out what captivates guests during Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, now in its second year at Disney California Adventure Park.

Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Cold Sea Turtles Cared for By Disney Animal Programs Cast Members – Eight cold-stressed Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were treated in recent weeks by Disney Animal Programs cast members. Click through to learn more about the rescue effort.

Learn to Draw Hiro from ‘Big Hero 6′ – Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Hiro from the new Disney film, ‘Big Hero 6′.

‘Tis the Season at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Plan your vacation to this Hawaiian winter wonderland, with temperatures averaging 78 degrees.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Holiday Scenes from Our Parks

posted on December 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared many great photos of the different holiday celebrations that are taking place now at our parks around the globe.

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For example, “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” is underway during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Disney Parks Blog author Jonathan Frontado gave us a look at the holiday fun guests are having aboard Disney Cruise Line this month during their Very Merrytime Cruises.

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Erin Glover also shared a look at the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! celebration that’s taking place at Disney California Adventure park, which features live music, appearances by the Three Caballeros, the “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party,” folk dancing, food and fun.

Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort

And who can take their eyes off of this gingerbread masterpiece at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa? Read all the details about this 7 ½ feet-tall sweet structure in Erin’s original post.

Which holiday celebration interests you the most? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Announcing the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the Past Sixty Years

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


Earlier this year, we asked you to help us get ready for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration by sharing your favorite Disneyland memory from the past 60 years through Twitter and Instagram. The top entries were presented here on the Disney Parks Blog and you – the fans – chose the top photo from each decade. Then, you stepped in once again to select the top photo overall and today I am excited to announce our winner! Take a look at the video below for a recap of all our finalists from each Disneyland Decade and at the end you will see which photo won!

Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner! They have won a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog, @Disneyland on Twitter and Facebook.com/Disneyland as we draw even closer to our 60th anniversary celebration next year.

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