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Five Amazing Sights You’ll See at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Now in its second year at Disney California Adventure park, Disney ¡Viva Navidad! is a huge hit with our guests. What is it about this festive celebration that is so captivating? Here are my top five favorite sights at Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

1. The Three Caballeros

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At Disney ¡Viva Navidad! you can meet Donald, Jose and Panchito – the Three Caballeros!

2. Live Music

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Yes, technically this is a sound – not a sight – but look at those outfits! The traditional Mariachi, Norteño and other regional music groups who perform at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! are as much fun to watch as they are to listen to.

3. “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party”

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The “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” takes over Paradise Garden several times a day, featuring the Three Caballeros, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Brazilian samba dancers and drummers and enormous mojiganga puppets.

4. Traditional Folklorico Dance

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Each weekend, Disney ¡Viva Navidad! features traditional Folklorico dance troupes from across the region. These amazingly talented dancers are even more impressive with their brightly colored costumes. This is definitely a must-see.

5. Delicious Food

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Okay, another one that’s more than a sight, but I can’t leave out the food. Paradise Garden Grill features a special menu this time of year exclusively for Disney ¡Viva Navidad! All of the dishes and desserts are incredible, but my favorite is the Torta al Pastor – fresh-made telera bread with al pastor pork, chorizo beans, lettuce, avocado mash and crema served with tortilla chips and salsa. See the complete menu in Rachel’s post here.

What is your favorite part of Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure park?

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New Attraction-Themed Merchandise Debuts at Disney Parks

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


There are several new collections debuting this month at Disney Parks, featuring many classic and new attractions. Let’s take a look!

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Sailing into your hearts this month is a vibrant collection themed to “it’s a small world” as it celebrates children and countries around the world. Look for the new logo to appear on youth and adult tees, a mug, tote, pin trading starter set and more. Select items from the “it’s a small world” collection can be found at “it’s a small world” toys in Disneyland park and World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. If you are planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, we’ve got you covered. Look for the collection at Emporium in Magic Kingdom Park and Celebrity 5 & 10 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Before we jump into anything else, let’s take a trip back in time with the Time Traveling Mater collection which harkens back to when Radiator Springs came to be and how Stanley and Lizzie first met. Of course, when it comes to Mater telling one of his stories, it “all started last week.” You’ll find classic “Cars” characters like Lizzie, Lightning McQueen, Mater and Stanley captured in key moments in time on youth and adult tees, fleece, a tankard, pin and keychain. The rest, as you know, is history. Select items from this collection can be found at Radiator Springs Curios, Ramone’s House of Body Art as well as Sarge’s Surplus Hut.

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Adventurers get ready, because you’ll want to trek over to Rushin’ River Outfitters. Inspired by the Grizzly River Run attraction in Disney California Adventure park comes a line of tees, fleece, a beach towel (to dry off after your rafting expedition), a woven throw (to keep you warm at night), a tumbler, magnet and pins. Keep an eye out for Mickey and his friends on the new items and find the one that best suits your style.

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Finally, I consider this next collection a scream, or California Screamin’, to be exact. My favorite part about it is obviously the tagline which reads “If You’ve Got The Nerve, We’ve Got The Speed” and of course, the priceless expressions from our trio of heroes, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. The new collection features a photo frame to capture your own screamin’ moment from the attraction, a t-shirt, tumbler and pin. Tip: These items can be found at a kiosk located adjacent to the attraction.

Which collection is your favorite?

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A Shopper’s Guide to Holiday Gifts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 10th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you puzzled about what to get your friends and family this holiday season? I stopped by some of our Disneyland Resort locations to see what’s in-store and to find out what’s made the top of the list from some of our resident experts.

What’s on your holiday list?

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Building The Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Street Station

posted on December 9th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Continuing our look at Disneyland park during its construction, today I’m sharing two very rare photos of Main Street Station, the popular starting point of your “grand circle tour” aboard the vintage trains of the Disneyland Railroad.

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This image was taken as the framing of the building was far enough along to recognize the train station we know today.

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Just over one month later, the progress is stunning. I can practically hear the bell ringing and the whistle blowing as the train approaches.

You’ll notice that the clock tower doesn’t have a clock yet. In our next “construction update” you’ll see why that’s a very good thing.


Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

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Mapping Out the Holidays: Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 8th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Recently, I shared a video highlighting the holidays at Disneyland park. For this video, a map was created to feature festivities at Disney California Adventure park.

What is your favorite highlight of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort?

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A Dining Experience ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on December 8th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


A few weeks ago, fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Erin Glover, shared the exciting news about “Fantasmic!” dining packages coming to Disneyland park. With options ranging from table-service dinners to On-the-Go as well as a fabulous dessert party—there’s something for everyone!

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At River Belle Terrace, you’ll find a three-course menu. Start with a choice of corn chowder soup or salad. Entrees include slow-roasted New York strip and Cajun shrimp skewer with garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and red wine reduction; rosemary-marinated chicken breast with garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables; or vegetarian hand-tossed pasta with seasonal vegetables in a garlic cream sauce. Complete the meal with caramel apple pie with streusel or chocolate cake with vanilla sauce. Our younger guests can start the meal with a finger-friendly crudité appetizer before a steak or chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Macaroni and cheese is also available as an option. Confetti cupcake with chocolate frosting will tempt their sweet tooth, or choose a fruit skewer.

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For a classic New Orleans Square experience, the “Fantasmic!” dining package at Blue Bayou Restaurant is offered with regular dinner service and menu from 4 p.m. – close. Indulge in an appetizer, entrée and choice of apple cranberry galette, crème brûleé or eight-layer cake for dessert. There will also be a kid’s meal option for guests ages 3-9. Guests who choose the “Fantasmic!” dining package at Blue Bayou Restaurant will also receive a souvenir seat cushion.

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For a family on the move, Aladdin’s Oasis will have special On-the-Go meals that include “Fantasmic!” viewing. Selections include herb-marinated grilled chicken and seasonal vegetables, lasagna Bolognese or vegetarian lasagna. All adult entrees are served with salad and choice of dressing, dinner roll, marbled cheesecake and a beverage. Kids’ meals include choice of chicken, pasta or macaroni and cheese along with seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, a dinner roll, Mickey-shaped cookie and a beverage. Reserve a time to pick up your meal between noon and 7pm.

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If you have a sweet tooth like me, I suggest trying a dessert party that takes place 90 minutes before each showing of “Fantasmic!” at Hungry Bear Restaurant. You’ll enjoy live entertainment while enjoying favorite sweets like an eight-layer Ghirardelli chocolate hazelnut cake, a classic opera cake, and a light and creamy New York-style cheesecake. There are coconut and French macaroons and Madeleines with a trio of dipping sauces. To top it all off? A Chocolate Sorcerer Mickey. The dessert party also includes fresh hot coffee, cocoa and a seasonal beverage. Options are available for guests with nut and gluten allergies.

Each dining package includes a “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS ticket for admission to a reserved viewing area for a designated showing of “Fantasmic!” that day. “Fantasmic!” dining package availability is limited. For reservations, visit disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE (3463).

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 7th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared the exciting news that Disneyland Resort will celebrate the opening of spectacular new “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park, featuring magical adventures with characters from Disney’s blockbuster hit, “Frozen”.

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A sneak peek of many of the experiences begins Saturday, Dec. 20. The “Frozen Fun” officially launches at Disney California Adventure park starting January 7, 2015, and a new “Frozen” show makes its debut in Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park.

Check Shawn’s original post for more details on the experiences and follow along with the hashtag #FrozenFun.

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And we also shared some fun wallpapers, especially for Disney Parks Blog readers. The first is a brand-new holiday image from Disney Artist Jeff Maurer. The second is a spectacular photo captured earlier this year by Walt Disney World photographer Kent Phillips at Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park. To download, simply click on the images above.

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

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

New ALEX AND ANI Bangles Debut in Time for the Holidays at Disney Parks – Here’s your first look at some of the new ALEX AND ANI styles headed to Disney Parks!

‘Frozen’ Winter and Holiday Celebration Underway at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort with Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink and Downtown Disney Winter Village Through February 22 – Watch the holidays take shape at Downtown Disney District in this time-lapse video.

Today in Disney History: Walt Disney Was Born in 1901 – Celebrate Walt’s birthday by watching the historic announcement of Walt Disney World Resort!

Star Wars Weekends Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios May 15-June 14 – Get ready to plan your adventure to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in spring 2015, as we’ve unveiled the dates for next year’s Star Wars Weekends. This is the trip you’re looking for.

By the Numbers: Holidays on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park – Ever wonder how many thousands of ribbons, lights and ornaments adorn Disneyland park for the holidays? We did! Click through to learn more.

Readers Cruise into the Holidays at Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park – Hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers attended the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up on a rainy night at Disney California Adventure park.

Video: Watch Highlights from “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” – Get in the holiday spirit with photos and video from this Walt Disney World tradition.

Recipe: Aunt Cass’ Wings from “Big Hero 6″ – Disney Parks Blog author Rachel Brent shares how to make Aunt Cass’ “Melt-Your-Face-Off” Wings from “Big Hero 6″.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Unique Holiday Celebrations

posted on December 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


To many of our guests, holidays are a favorite time of year at Disney Parks. Not only are the halls decked like nowhere else, we’ve also got unique holiday experiences that you’ll find only at Disney Parks and Resorts. This week, we featured three of these celebrations.

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Here at the Disneyland Resort, we cruised into the holiday season at the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up.

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At Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawai`i, musical segments were produced for Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration with stars Gavin DeGraw, Sarah Hyland and Laura Marano.

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And Nate Rasmussen took us back to the 1980s for a look back at the Candlelight Processional, a holiday tradition at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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Five Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite places at the Disneyland Resort is Buena Vista Street. The newly re-themed entrance to Disney California Adventure park is a walk back in time Los Angeles of the 1920s and ‘30s. This area brings guests even deeper into the nostalgia of this time period during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Here are five ways to enjoy the season on Buena Vista Street:

1. Oh! Christmas Tree!

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Just behind the “Storytellers” statue lies the spectacular 50-foot Christmas tree – the can’t-miss sight of the season on Buena Vista Street. (Really, you can’t miss it. It’s huge.) The tree is covered with charming, vintage-style ornaments that recall Christmas in the 1920s and ‘30s.

2. Here Comes Santa Claus

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Buena Vista Street is one of the places where you can find Santa Claus himself at the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season, in his classic department store setting at Elias & Co.

3. Carol of the Bells

Join in a carol or two with the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers. Throughout the day, they perform renditions of classic Christmas carols, accompanied by handbells.

4. Deck the Halls

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In addition to the vintage-style ornaments on the Christmas tree, the 1920s and ‘30s theme continues all the way down the street, through garlands, ribbons and special decorations on the light poles, storefronts and even inside the stores. All the holiday decor combines to create the feeling of stepping back in time to Christmases gone by.

5. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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What is the holiday season without friends to celebrate with? During this special time, Mickey Mouse and his friends have added some festive touches to their vintage-style attire. Stop by and say hi while you’re strolling down Buena Vista Street!

What is your favorite holiday detail on Buena Vista Street?

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New ‘Frozen Fun’ Opens at Disneyland Resort January 7

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


This winter, Disneyland Resort celebrates the opening of spectacular new “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park, featuring magical adventures with characters from Disney’s blockbuster hit, “Frozen.” For a limited time beginning January 7, 2015, we’ll be bringing you a flurry of all-new, immersive experiences you won’t want to miss!

Some of the highlights coming to Disney California Adventure park include:

  • “For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” – The Muppet*Vision 3D theater in Hollywood Land has been transformed for this event into the beautiful Crown Jewel Theatre from Arendelle. You’re invited to step inside and join the Arendelle Historians – along with special appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff – for a fun and comedic retelling of the unique history of their kingdom, filled with delightful, sing-along moments from “Frozen.”

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  • “Olaf’s Snow Fest” – Stage 17 in Hollywood Land plays host to an immersive winter wonderland straight out of the Kingdom of Arendelle, complete with a giant snow play area and musical performances by The Frolicking Fjords and The Tubadors. You can glide down a snow slide, build a snowman of your own and visit everyone’s favorite snowy pal, Olaf, and give him a warm hug. “Olaf’s Snow Fest” has so much to offer, from beautiful photo opportunities to scrumptious treats and special “Frozen” souvenirs. It’ll be a great spot for making memories that’ll warm your heart.
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post – Head back outside, and nearby you’ll find Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, where you can pick up the latest “Frozen”-inspired apparel, plush, toys, mugs and more.

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  • “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome” – Anna and Elsa, the beloved sisters from “Frozen,” move from Fantasyland to an elegant new location inside the Disney Animation attraction at Disney California Adventure park, where you can meet them as part of a special royal greeting. The colorful and varied display in the Animation Courtyard will also now include scenes and music from Disney’s Academy Award-winning blockbuster hit, “Frozen,” and at Animation Academy, a Disney artist asks, “Do You Want to Draw a Snowman?” It’s a unique opportunity to learn how to draw your very own sketch of Olaf or Marshmallow.
  • “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party” – Each evening, you’re invited to “chill out” in Hollywood Land with music, dancing, interactive fun and more in this new, family-friendly experience. You’ll arrive at the party through an icy archway to find wintry décor, dazzling lighting effects, cool photo spots, yummy treats and frosty beverages for all ages. Throughout the night, a giant thermometer registers the drop in temperature, as things get so cool they ultimately reach the freezing point when everyone lets it go in a spectacular “Frozen Fun” crescendo!

A sneak peek of many of these exciting experiences begins Saturday, Dec. 20. Starting January 7, 2015, the “Frozen Fun” officially launches at Disney California Adventure park, and a new “Frozen” show makes its debut in Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park.

The Royal Theatre’s resident storytellers, Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, present the tale of “Frozen” in a fun-filled, fast-paced retelling of the story, featuring their own wacky performances in key roles, along with Anna, Elsa and the Faire Maidens. And when “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” resumes daily performances January 7, Anna and Elsa will once again make pre-parade appearances on their own special float.

When Storybook Land Canal Boats returns later this month, there will be a new addition to this charming and beloved Fantasyland attraction, with excursions through the world of “Frozen” offering views of the fjord-side village of Arendelle, including the stately castle where Anna and Elsa grew up, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, and Elsa’s mountaintop ice palace. The miniature locales of “Frozen” will find a new home among the familiar scenes of some of Disney’s most enduring and timeless fairy tales, including “Pinocchio,” “Cinderella,” “Aladdin,” and “The Little Mermaid.”

And don’t forget about Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink (continuing through February 22, 2015) and the new Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, both open now at Downtown Disney District. For fans of “Frozen,” there’s never been a better time to visit Disneyland Resort! Which of these new experiences are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments, and join the conversation using the hashtag #FrozenFun!

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