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Holiday How-To: Jazz Up Your Cranberry Sauce

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Want to wow your guests with a side that’s just as special as the turkey? Watch below as Lenny DeGeorge, executive Chef, Concept Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shows us a simple way to jazz up your cranberry sauce – they’ll never believe the cranberries came out of a can!

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New ‘Paint The Night’ Parade Dining Packages Coming to Disneyland Park

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

New dining packages with reserved viewing for the new “Paint The Night” parade will be available beginning January 11, 2016, at Disneyland park.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

At Blue Bayou Restaurant, the dining package includes a three-course meal. Viewing for the Blue Bayou Restaurant “Paint The Night” parade dining package will be located on Main Street, U.S.A.

With a choice of three entrees, Aladdin’s Oasis dining package will give guests the option of taking their meal to-go or enjoying it in the Aladdin’s Oasis seating area. Parade viewing for Aladdin’s Oasis “Paint The Night” parade dining package will be located near “it’s a small world.”

Reservations for both “Paint The Night” parade dining packages will be available soon. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more details!

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Digging Up Merchandise at Disney Parks for Disney•Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


This week, we are celebrating “Dino Week” in honor of the upcoming release of Disney-Pixar’sThe Good Dinosaur” which arrives in theaters on November 25. I recently visited the appropriately themed Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures in Dinoland, U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to survey merchandise being offered at Disney Parks for this film.


For the release of this film, we have a small assortment of toys and apparel for kids. Guests may also find adorable plush resembling Arlo the Apatosaurus and his unlikely human friend Spot. Look for them on an open edition two-pin set as well.


My favorite item is a kids’ zipper jacket that looks like the Tyrannosaurus Rex named Butch. I love the little arms that stick out from the front of the jacket.


In the mix, we included some toys created by our partners from the Disney Store.


Guests should also look for a limited release logo pin that opens to reveal an image of characters from the film.

Finally, we are hosting special signing events at Disney Parks this weekend.

For guests visiting Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort, filmmakers, Pete Docter and Jerome Ranft will be appearing from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on November 21. Jay Ward will be appearing at the location from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on November 22. They will be meeting with fans and signing select Pixar-themed merchandise during their appearances.

At Disneyland Resort, Disney artists Joey Chou and Jerrod Maruyama will be on hand for a signing event on November 21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney District. You can see some of their artwork in the top image. This artwork will also be released in Florida this weekend.

You can find select items from “The Good Dinosaur” online at Select items may also be found using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

Check out all of the exciting activities happening at Disney in celebration of Dino Week at

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Disney Parks After Dark: Season of the Force Lights Up Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Last week I was able to photograph the new nighttime lighting display in Tomorrowland that takes our guests to a galaxy far, far away during Season of the Force at Disneyland park in California. After you have taken in all the new Star Wars experiences, make sure you return after dark to see – or photograph – this impressive lighting extravaganza.

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Top 10 Holiday Entertainment Highlights at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Disneyland Resort, where we’re making the holiday season merry and bright, now through January 6, 2016. If you’re planning to join us during the jolliest time of the year, here are some highlights of our holiday entertainment you won’t want to miss!


  1. Santa ClausWinnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are welcoming Santa to Critter Country this year, where you’ll find him in a delightful new spot, ready to greet everyone on his list.

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

  1. “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade – This wonderful daytime procession features more than 100 performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Santa and an array of beloved Disney characters celebrating the holiday season.


  1. Jingle Cruise – A cargo of holiday gifts and decorations have been jettisoned over the jungles of Adventureland, resulting in fun-filled expeditions and a dose of holly jolly hilarity on the classic Jungle Cruise attraction.


  1. “it’s a small world” Holiday – This worldwide celebration of the season brings holiday music, costumes and décor to “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed,” and at night, animated projections and more than 300,000 twinkling LED lights adorn the attraction’s façade with joy and wonder.


  1. Haunted Mansion HolidayJack Skellington and his crew from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” wish everyone a “Scary Christmas” with their own unique take on the holidays.

  1. Christmas on Buena Vista Street – Over at Disney California Adventure park, the residents of Buena Vista Street are celebrating the season with lovely tunes from the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers and a nightly tree lighting ceremony. And when Santa’s in town, you can stop in and see him at the Elias & Co. department store.


  1. “Olaf’s Snow Fest” – Step inside Stage 17 in Hollywood Land for winter fun in the kingdom of Arendelle. There’s a giant play area with real snow, a zippy snow slide, live music from the Frolicking Fjords and the Tubadors and, of course, Olaf himself. Do you wanna build a snowman? Or meet one? This is the place!


  1. “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! – This festive celebration of Latino culture and holiday traditions features music, dancing, delicious food, favorite Disney characters and the lively “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party.”

Olaf Winter Dreams

  1. “World of Color – Winter Dreams” – Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure park sparkles to life at night with not one, but two splendid versions of the “World of Color” spectacular. For the holiday season, “World of Color – Winter Dreams” includes classic wintertime scenes from beloved stories such as “Bambi,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.” Each night, you can also enjoy “World of Color – Celebrate!” Part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, this version of the show is a colorful, surprise-filled tribute to Walt Disney and his dreams of Disneyland.


  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – For 2015, the entire holiday season comes with a shimmering sprinkle of Diamond Celebration pixie dust, as our stunning 60th celebration continues, giving you even more chances to marvel at the dazzling “Paint the Night” Parade and the immersive new fireworks spectacular, “Disneyland Forever.”

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

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Disney Parks Bento Box Magic: Orange Bird

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

If you’ve attended one of our Disney Parks Blog meet-ups at Walt Disney World Resort, chances are you’ve seen fan-favorite Disney character – the Florida Orange Bird. Our favorite meet-up mascot is today’s featured character in our how-to video series on creating different Disney-inspired bento box works of art.

Carrots, snap peas and radishes are used along with orange and yellow rice to make this beautiful meal. Try it and let us know how your Orange Bird bento box comes out.

For more from our “Disney Parks Bento Box Magic” series, visit the posts below:

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New Dining Experiences Coming to River Belle Terrace and Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante at Disneyland Park

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

If you’re visiting Disneyland park this February, you might want to try one of two new dining experiences.

River Belle Terrace will become a table-service location, serving lunch and dinner beginning February 10, 2016. On the menu, look for Southern barbecue staples like ribs, chicken and sustainable seafood alongside enticing starters and sides. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten dessert—new signature desserts will be available as well. Reservations for River Belle Terrace will be available soon, so stay tuned for more details.

Mickey Mouse Pancakes at Disneyland Park

Over in Frontierland, Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante will begin serving breakfast on February 2, 2016. Look for a few favorites from the old River Belle Terrace menu, like the famous Mickey Mouse pancakes, as well as new favorites like Mexican-inspired breakfast entrees. Breakfast will be available until 11:30 a.m. every morning, before switching to the lunch and dinner menu at noon.

Which dining experience are you looking forward to trying? Let us know in the comments below!

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Disney Parks Entertainment Honored with Industry Awards

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

I’m proud to report that two recent projects produced by our Creative Entertainment team have been honored with industry awards from a pair of prestigious organizations.


On Tuesday, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced their annual Thea Award winners. TEA has honored the “Paint the Night” Parade, featured at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland park in California, with the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – Parade Spectacular. “Paint the Night” brings Disney’s electrical parade legacy into the 21st century with innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights. The parade made its debut last fall at Hong Kong Disneyland and arrived at Disneyland Resort this past summer as part of the Diamond Celebration.

As part of their announcement, TEA said, “The new Disney ‘Paint the Night’ is a marvel of lighting technology, creative artistry, storytelling, showmanship, live performance and interactivity, centered around beloved Disney characters, both recent and classic.”

TEA is an international non-profit association, representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences. Thea Awards will be given out at an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, on April 2, 2016.


Last night at their annual gathering in Orlando, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) awarded their 2015 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment Excellence, extending additional honors to the “Paint the Night” Parade with an award in the category of Best Multimedia Spectacular.

IAAPA also presented a Brass Ring Award to “King Triton’s Concert” at Tokyo DisneySea Park in Japan, in the category of “Best Overall Production: $1 Million or more.” “King Triton’s Concert” brings to life the under the sea world of “The Little Mermaid” with music, songs, dynamic performances and sensational special effects. The show opened in April 2015 and is presented several times daily at the park’s Mermaid Lagoon Theater.


IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards mark achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to bring these wonderful projects to life at Disney Parks!

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A Day and Night in Downtown Disney District … in 79 Seconds

posted on November 18th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations

Day or night, old, young or in between, Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has something for everyone, and there’s no better time to visit than right now, while the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is in full swing.

Experience the beauty and scope of Downtown Disney District in this fun Hyperlapse video, a high-energy visual map of what the district has to offer guests of all ages: entertainment, shopping and dining. It’s all just steps away from Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

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Download Our Happy Birthday Mickey Wallpaper

posted on November 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Today in Disney History, Mickey Mouse made his on-screen debut in the animated short, “Steamboat Willie,” in 1928. In honor of our favorite mouse’s birthday, Disney artist Leo Cardoso developed this brand new desktop/digital wallpaper for us to share with all of you.


Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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