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Season of the Force Begins November 16 at Disneyland Park in Southern California

posted on September 24th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

We are excited to debut all-new Star Wars experiences at Disneyland park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in the coming months. Beginning November 16, Disneyland park guests will have the chance to jump to lightspeed with Season of the Force, featuring opportunities to meet some of your favorite Star Wars characters, experience an exciting twist on a favorite attraction and more.

Opening at Disneyland park on November 16 will be:

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park

  • Star Wars Launch Bay – This new area will offer opportunities to visit with favorite Star Wars characters, special exhibits, peeks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens and much more.
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple – Coming in December, a twist on the Jedi Training experience will introduce new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.
  • Hyperspace Mountain – For a limited time, guests will join an X-wing starfighter battle in this reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction.
  • Other limited-time experiences include:
    • An opportunity to revisit favorite scenes from classic Star Wars films at Tomorrowland Theater.
    • Special themed food and beverage, merchandise and entertainment.

We’ll have dates to share soon for Season of the Force at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Disney Parks is also preparing to take guests to a galaxy far, far away with new Star Wars-themed lands. With groundbreaking scheduled to take place in 2016 for our largest single-land expansions ever, building the new 14-acre lands will be major projects at both Disneyland park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Work to make room for this new land at Disneyland park in California will require the Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad to close temporarily. The following will suspend operations at the end of the operating day on January 10:

  • The Disneyland Railroad, including all stations
  • Attractions along the Rivers of America, including:
    • “Fantasmic!”
    • Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia
    • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
    • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

We look forward to all of these attractions reopening in the future.

Elsewhere in Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch – including Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree – will close permanently at the end of the operating day on January 10.

Stay tuned for more details on Season of the Force at Disneyland park, and keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more information about exciting Star Wars experiences coming to Disney Parks in both California and Florida.

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Experience Frozen Fun All Year Long at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with New Disney Frozen Package

posted on September 24th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

With the Halloween season returning to Disney Parks, I’m happy to announce a new option at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for guests ages 3-12 called the Disney Frozen Package.

This new package includes a choice of the Anna hairstyling with costume or Elsa hairstyling with costume. Guests will also receive shimmering makeup, face gem, nail polish, a Princess sash, a Princess cinch bag, and a huggable 12-inch Olaf plush.

If guests already have an Anna or Elsa dress, they may select the Disney Frozen Crown Package which includes Anna or Elsa hairstyle with braided hair piece and sparkling snowflake hair accessories. Guests will also receive other items featured in the Disney Frozen Package including the 12-inch Olaf plush.

You may recall seeing similar transformations offered at the Ice Palace Boutique during Frozen Summer Fun this year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

For guests visiting the Disneyland Resort in California, this package will be offered at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland inside Disneyland park (Note: Separate theme park admission required).

Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort in Florida can find this packages at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney Marketplace or inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park (Note: Separate theme park admission required for the latter).

To make your reservation starting September 25, call 714-781-STYLE (714-781-7895) for Disneyland Resort or 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895) for Walt Disney World Resort.

Guests must be between 3-12 years of age and must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older during the entire experience. Costume select and sizing may vary and certain accessories are sold separately. No discounts apply unless otherwise noted. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior arrival. A valid accepted credit card number is required at the time of booking. A $10 cancellation fee will be applied to such credit card for all no-shows or if reservation ins cancelled within 24 hours of experience. Subject to restrictions. All prices, package components, costumes, accessories, hairstyles and information contained herein are subject to change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission may be required.

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Disneyland Resort Event Snapshot – October 2015

posted on September 24th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

It’s going to be October! Where has the time gone? If you are looking to add a bit of Fall fun to your calendar, here’s a look at some of the Disney Theme Park Merchandise events taking place this coming month at the Disneyland Resort!


October 3: Artist Noah returns this month to the Disneyland Resort with a special appearance and signing from 2–5 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

October 3-4: Look for special appearances by Edward Allen from Haunted Memories, who will be setting up shop inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District on October 3–4 and 24–25 from 2-5 p.m., each day. Learn more here.

October 10: Join us for an artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Jeff Granito, Dave Quiggle and Javier Soto from 3-5 p.m. Learn more here.


October 16–18: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing October 16–18 and 23–25, from noon – 10 p.m., each day at China Closet in Disneyland park, as we celebrate the releases of some of the newest dolls in her collection, among other fan favorites. Learn more here.

October 17: Take part in a special book signing with authors Don Hahn and Tracey Miller-Zarneke, who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of their newest book, Before Ever After from 9–11 a.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

October 17-18: Meet artists Beth and Mark Brickey from Hero Handmade Goods, who will be on hand for a special artist showcase, signing and demonstration from 2-5 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.


Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Miss Mindy. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: October 3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 30 from 6:30-10 p.m. Learn more here.

One final reminder – If you are a fan of the Diamond Celebration Decades series and have been collecting it since its debut, the 1975-1984 Decade, which includes a T-shirt, mug, plate, deluxe print and pin, is available now.

Which event are you most excited for?

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Disney Parks Bento Box Magic: Goofy

posted on September 24th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

Today, we’re kicking off our series of special how-to videos on creating different Disney-inspired bento box works of art – as beautiful as they are delicious.


Earlier this month, we introduced you to Disney fan and Disney Parks Blog reader Mike Kravanis who creates the most impressive bento boxes we’ve seen. And he’ll be the first to tell you, it’s something you can do too! Watch and see how it’s done.

Keep an eye open for our next tutorial with Mike at Disney Parks in upcoming weeks. In the meantime, we’d love to hear what you’d like to see created.

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A Unique Point of View: California Streamin’ Slide at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

posted on September 23rd, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

If you’re a fan of California Screamin’ at Disney California Adventure park, you’ll love the California Streamin’ slide at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Set on top of the boardwalk-inspired, rooftop pool, the slide resembles a classic, beachside roller coaster. The longest slide at any of our resort hotels, California Streamin’ is 186 feet of total wipeout!

For a fun perspective, check the video below!

Now that you’ve seen the slides at each of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort from a unique point of view (Disneyland Hotel pool slides here and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa pool slide here), which one is your favorite?

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Continues Through September 5, 2016

posted on September 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

For the past few months, we’ve been celebrating sixty years of the Happiest Place on Earth with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Featuring the all-new “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” as well as special food and merchandise, the celebration has also brought a special sparkle throughout the Disneyland Resort – including a diamond-encrusted Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Today, I’m excited to tell you that the celebration will continue to dazzle guests through September 5, 2016. That means you’ve still got time to experience all the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration has to offer!

There have been countless moments of happiness here at the Disneyland Resort through the past sixty years … take a look at sixty seconds of happiness we’ve captured in the video below.

Join the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, now through September 5, 2016!

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Register Now to Attend the Disney Parks Blog Mickey’s Halloween Party Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

posted on September 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

UPDATE: This event has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future opportunities!

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort has begun, and Disney Parks Blog readers know what that means … it’s time for our annual Halloween Disney Parks Blog meet-up! This year, we are inviting you to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party on Monday, Oct. 5, as our special guest.


We’ll kick off the night with a special, private reception just for Disney Parks Blog Mickey’s Halloween Party Meet-Up attendees. Then, all the spooky sights, sounds and sweets of Mickey’s Halloween Party await you throughout Disneyland park!

So join us the evening of Monday, Oct. 5. Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party admission will be provided beginning at 3 p.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.
  • Costumes are subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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POLL: What Would You Like to See as Next Week’s Disneyland Diamond Days Weekly Prize?

posted on September 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes – part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – has been surprising guests and fans with dazzling prizes like individualized, VIP tours of the parks as only Disney can do, Disneyland Resort vacations and even authentic diamonds custom-engraved for Disney!


Today, we want to give you the chance to let us know what you would like to see as next week’s Disneyland Diamond Days weekly prize. Your options are below – and each includes a 3-day, 2-night vacation package to the Disneyland Resort!

1. Jungle Cruise Dinner
Set sail for an incredible safari adventure! Cast off on the exotic Jungle Cruise, which takes you across untamed waters. Then, toast your travels with a private dinner at Aladdin’s Oasis—some very special jungle VIPs will swing by and join you for dessert!

2. Wine Country Dinner
Savor a delicious family dinner at Wine Country Trattoria—complete with live violin music. After your meal-time serenade, take in a VIP viewing of “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” and cap off the night with fountains, fireworks and lasers that light up the sky!

3. White Diamond and Disneyland Dream Suite
Spend the night in the Disneyland Dream Suite, an elegant apartment originally designed for Walt Disney himself. As a special treat, a Disneyland Resort Ambassador will be joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to present you with a certified 1-carat white diamond – custom-engraved with a Hidden Mickey!

Tough decision, huh? Let us know your vote in the poll below!

To find out the prize chosen for next week, to learn how to enter, and for full details including the Official Rules, visit

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 2/5/16. Weekly drawing starts Friday at 7:00AM PT each week and ends at 6:59 AM PT the following Friday. Each eligible weekly entry automatically entered into final prize drawing but not into any daily drawings. Limit one (1) entry per person per day, regardless of method of entry. Only certain prizes determined by the Sponsor will be awarded in any given week; specific prizes to be awarded in the weekly drawing will be announced online at the preceding week. Sponsor: Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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#DisneySide Doodles: White Rabbit’s Late!

posted on September 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week’s #DisneySide Doodle was penned by artist Ashley Taylor and depicts the White Rabbit from “Alice In Wonderland.”

In this Doodle, the White Rabbit is late as usual. I wonder which Disney Parks attraction he’s heading for.

For more form the #DisneySide Doodle series visit the posts below:

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Disney Villains?

posted on September 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

The Disney Villains have taken over during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort! How well do you know these famous fiends? Take our quiz and find out!


How Well do You Know the Disney Villains?

Who does Captain Hook trick into telling him Peter Pan's secret hiding place?
What song does Little John sing about Prince John?
Where does Brer Fox live?
What is Oogie Boogie's favorite pastime?

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