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Show Your Disney Side Spirit with March Magic Team Shirts Coming to Disney Parks Online Store

posted on March 16th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Disney Parks online store is offering a fun way to show your Disney Side spirit this month. From March 16 to April 12, we will release a series of 32 team shirts featuring the Disney attraction logos created for the second annual March Magic tournament. These limited release shirts will ship in 3-5 weeks once ordered (express shipping is not available). Look for a special promotion for these shirts – buy two or more shirts for $20 each (plus tax).

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Here are the dates that the March Magic team shirts will be available on the Disney Parks online store at http://www.disneystore.com/MarchMagic

  • March 16-23 – All 32 team shirts available online from Round 1.
  • March 25-29 – The 16 team shirts from Round 2 available online.
  • March 31-April 1 – Team shirts for remaining 8 team in Round 3 available online.
  • April 4-5 – Team shirts available online for final four teams in Round 4.
  • April 6-7 – Team shirts for 2 remaining teams available online.
  • April 7-12 – Team shirt for March Magic 2015 winner available online.
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Don’t forget that starting Monday, March 16, you can vote for the ultimate Disney attraction at either Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Attraction match-ups will be posted on our official social media channels for Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Simply vote for the attraction you prefer, and be sure to check back throughout the month as the competition gets tougher and tougher!

May the best Disney attraction win (of course that team should be Tiki Room Harmony)!

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Show Your #DisneySide by Voting for Your Favorite Disney Attraction During ‘March Magic’

posted on March 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Is Space Mountain your absolute favorite attraction? Is the Haunted Mansion a must-do for you on each and every Disney vacation? If so, you may be just the fan we’ve been looking for to participate in our second annual March Magic Tournament.

Over the next few weeks, a total of 32 teams inspired by favorite Disney attractions will compete for the title of ultimate Disney attraction, and it’s up to you to decide which attractions continue through each round.

Here’s a look at this year’s roster:

Disneyland Resort Roster for the 2015 March Magic Tournament Walt Disney World Resort Roster for the 2015 March Magic Tournament

Starting March 16, we’ll ask you to show your #DisneySide by voting for your favorite Disney attraction at either Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Daily attraction match-ups will be posted on our official Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort Facebook pages. Follow Walt Disney World and Disneyland on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn how to cast your vote for each match up within that channel. The final matchup between the top two attractions will take place on April 6.

To get started, simply download the printable bracket below to keep track of your choices. Now, who’s ready for some magic?

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

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on March 15th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared the exciting announcements that we’re kicking off the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort as well as the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with 24-hour events at both locations during Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start to summer.

Giant Sand Castle in the Snow Announces 24-Hour Party, ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ at Walt Disney World Resort 24-Hour Event to Launch Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, May 22-23

To announce “Coolest Summer Ever” at the Walt Disney World Resort, we created a summer scene – inspired by Olaf’s “In Summer” dream – in winter-weary Boston that featured a 20-foot wide beach and a Cinderella Castle made of sand. Here’s a new behind the scenes look at how we did it.

At the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re hosting an all-night party at Magic Kingdom Park with 24 hours of nonstop fun from 6 a.m.-6 a.m. May 22-23. Guests are invited to dress to show their Disney Side while a selection of favorite attractions, entertainment, merchandise, food and beverages will be on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the “Coolest Summer Ever.”

  • Our original story has more details on the event and Coolest Summer Ever at the Walt Disney World Resort.

At Disneyland Resort, the all-day/all-night celebration will begin at 6 a.m. on May 22 and will conclude 24 hours later at 6 a.m. on May 23. The event will include dancing and special character encounters at locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, along with enchanting Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor throughout the resort and, of course, the shows and attractions that our guests love.

  • Our original story has more details on the event and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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

Tastes of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos at ‘AMA‘AMA – Watch Chef Kevin from ‘AMA‘AMA – Contemporary Island Cooking, prepare the delicious Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos available during lunch. Then give these tasty tacos a try in your kitchen!

New Smokejumpers Grill Opens March 20, Part of Grizzly Peak Expansion at Disney California Adventure Park – The recent expansion of Disney California Adventure park gave us even more ways to immerse our guests in new stories, and we’re excited to continue this expanded storytelling this year with the addition of the Grizzly Peak Airfield.

Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort at Dawn – Disney Parks Blog author Shannon Swanson shows the parks in a way that many people have never seen before with the Disneyland Resort at Dawn series.

Students Harvest First Crop from Walt Disney Elementary School Teaching Garden Funded by Disneyland Resort – Disney VoluntEARS and more than 700 Walt Disney Elementary School students recently participated in the Teaching Garden’s first Heart Healthy Harvest Day!

Behind the Scenes: Three Michelin-Starred Chef Arnaud Lallement Discusses His Culinary Creations at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy – Chef Arnaud talks through some of what makes the cuisine at Remy so unique and exceptional. A word of warning before you watch … your mouth is about to begin watering!

‘Cinderella’-Inspired Products Receive a Royal Welcome at Disney Parks – Check out new apparel, drinkware, jewelry and more inspired by Disney’s, “Cinderella”, which hit theaters on March 13.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Disneyland Resort in the Community

posted on March 14th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This week, Kevin Rafferty, Jr., showed us some fun ways that the Disneyland Resort is helping its local community in Southern California.

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In his recap of the recent 17th annual “Flashback,” Kevin told us how a record 500 Disneyland Resort cast members volunteered more than 39,000 hours of rehearsal time to produce the popular show, which raised $25,000 for ACT Anaheim (Accelerate Change Together).

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And in his post about the new Teaching Garden at Walt Disney Elementary School in Anaheim, Calif., Kevin gave us an update on this project in which Disney VoluntEARS joined students to enjoy the garden’s first harvest.

Want to learn more about how the Disneyland Resort impacts its local community? Check out the Disneyland Resort in the Community Facebook page!

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Springtime Roundup Blooms Once Again at Disneyland Park

posted on March 13th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Spring is in the air, and one of our most popular springtime events at Disneyland park is ready to make its return, with plenty of flowers and color and fun!

Meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park

Starting March 20, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland will be all decked out for the annual Springtime Roundup. Some of your favorite Disney characters will be stopping by to meet you, along with Mr. Easter Bunny and a carrot patch of famous Disney rabbits – from Thumper to Roger! And several times each day, a group of dancing cowboys and cowgirls comes together for a lively hoedown and “bunny hop” that will get you off your feet and joining right in.

Springtime Roundup brings all that excitement, plus fresh spring talent from Disney Performing Arts, egg decorating demonstrations, fun crafts, yummy treats and more. It kicks off March 20 at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree and keeps going daily through April 12. After that, the fun continues on weekends through June 7, so hop on down the Big Thunder Trail and join us!

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Design Your Dream Disney Castle in the D23 Expo Design Challenge

posted on March 13th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


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Sleeping Beauty Castle has been a Disneyland icon since the park opened in 1955. Now D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is giving fans the opportunity to give this Disney Parks landmark their own personal touch—and to win (appropriately) “D23-Hundred Dollars”!

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In honor of the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the D23 Expo Design Challenge asks artists young and young-at-heart to craft their own interpretation of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Fans can use a variety of mediums to express their creativity, and 23 lucky finalists will have their pieces exhibited at D23 Expo 2015, from August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. And the first place winner will receive a cash prize of $2,300!

Entrants do not need to be members of D23 to participate. Just click here for more details and get the complete set of rules.

Good luck—and we hope to see you at the Expo!

No Purchase Necessary. Ends 11:59 PM (PT) on 4/30/15. Entry/Rules: d23expo.com/designchallenge. Void where prohibited. Limit three (3) Submissions per person. Prize does not include travel to or accommodations in Anaheim, CA.

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New Indiana Jones Merchandise Discovered at Disney Parks

posted on March 12th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Is it visions of the future, eternal youth or earthly riches that you seek? One of our excavation crew members just returned from the deep jungles of Adventureland at Disneyland park … just wait until you see what they uncovered!

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As you can see, artifacts range from precious metals (pins), leather (hats and whips) and cotton (T-shirts and fleece), along with other ancient remains (mug). Are you brave enough to battle snakes, spiders and anything else that crosses your path? If so, head due west towards the Indiana Jones Trading Outpost to see for yourselves. Special Tip: If you stop by the shop, take a moment or two to play a game of Indiana Jones Pinball Adventure!

Don’t despair, East-coast fans – some of these trading goods have been shipped to the archeological site (known as the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Students Harvest First Crop from Walt Disney Elementary School Teaching Garden Funded by Disneyland Resort

posted on March 12th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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As my colleague Melanie shared last year, Disney VoluntEARS joined representatives from American Heart Association (AHA) and Walt Disney Elementary School teachers, students and parents to build the first AHA Teaching Garden in Anaheim, Calif., funded by the Disneyland Resort. Since the build and initial planting in November, the garden has continued to serve as a learning laboratory where students nurture growing plants, harvest produce and, in the process, learn the value of healthy eating. Today, I am excited to share that Disney VoluntEARS and more than 700 Walt Disney Elementary School students recently participated in the Teaching Garden’s first Heart Healthy Harvest Day!

Along with harvesting the garden boxes during the event, students tasted new fruits and vegetables and even learned about a unique form of composting that uses worms to recycle organic materials into soil. Each class also planted new vegetables for harvest later this spring.

“The Walt Disney Teaching Garden is a unique and natural learning environment that has given our students a first-hand experience of the seed-to-table process, while providing them with invaluable insight into the importance and appreciation of nutritious and healthy eating,” said Walt Disney Elementary School Principal Teali Fielder.

Looks like the students are really looking forward to their next crop!

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‘Cinderella’-Inspired Products Receive a Royal Welcome at Disney Parks

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Disney’s “Cinderella” arrives in theaters on March 13. I really enjoyed seeing the film during the recent Disney Parks Blog Cinderella Royal Celebration at Downtown Disney West Side. After the screening, I visited Magic Kingdom Park where I found some new products inspired by the live-action film.

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Disney Theme Park Merchandise is offering a small assortment of “Cinderella”-themed items. Some of the items such as drinkware and dolls are also found at the Disney Store. The open edition pin was created especially for Disney Parks.

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There is also a limited edition pin being released on March 12 in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. The pin has an edition size of 3,000.

Guests will find a hardcover book written by Brittney Candau with illustrations by Cory Godbey. The book also includes a Disney e-book for those with digital devices.

To round out the assortment, we have created some girls’ T-shirts with artwork inspired by the film.

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The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom Park in Florida will carry a beautifully romantic Cinderella dress inspired by a dress worn in the live action film. Please note the dress will be available while supplies last at Disney Parks. Guests can also find this dress online.

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Finally, new ALEX AND ANI pieces are coming to Disney Parks in March. While these items were not specifically created for the live-action film, I think they complement the “Cinderella” assortment perfectly.

The “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” bangle will be released on March 13. This bangle will be offered in Shiny Silver and Yellow Gold finishes and is part of the “Words are Powerful” collection. My fellow author, Michelle Harker, will have another look at items from this collection in the coming weeks.

The Cinderella Carriage wrap and the Dream wrap will be offered in a Rafaelian Silver finish and released on March 30.

You can find select Cinderella items online at http://www.DisneyStore.com/Cinderella.

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New Spring Menu Begins Today at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland Park

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


New Spring Menu at Jolly holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland Park

Spring isn’t official until March 20, but the charming Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland park gets a jump on the season with its new spring menu starting today.

The winds are changing and bringing in a new selection of sandwiches, including a cold roast beef and bleu cheese served on a crispy French baguette or a toasted ham & Swiss cheese sandwich with apple chutney. Returning for the season is our famous tuna salad sandwich on a brioche bun, which will for sure delight your palate. The light yet hearty chicken noodle soup debuts alongside the classic tomato basil soup, and a savory sun-dried tomato Caesar salad top the offerings of the list. (All served after 10:30 a.m.)

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To appease your sweet tooth, new seasonal pastries have debuted, including a moist carrot cupcake that is scrumptious with a cup of coffee or tea. Seasonal spring berries are the theme for the season, inspiring our raspberry crème brulee and strawberry shortcake bundt cake. Our seasonal muffin is made with plump raspberries and a zest of lemon. The pistachio Mickey Macaron is a colorful addition to accompany our signature raspberry rose Mickey Macaron. If you’re looking for chocolate, you can indulge with a white chocolate mousse whoopee pie or our signature brownie.

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Our top picks: the coconut lime cheesecake, a coffee éclair or the elegant opera cake, made with layers of almond sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream and covered in chocolate glaze. Sip a cappuccino and all is right with the world – whether you live on Cherry Tree Lane or Main Street, U.S.A.

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