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Disney Parks Backyard Barbecue on Pinterest

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


The peak of summer is upon us, and we invite you to celebrate with a backyard barbecue inspired by Disney Parks and Resorts.

Recipe for Sweet Potato-Rosemary Biscuits from Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland Park Recipe for Flame Tree Barbecue Sauce from Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Printable Menu and Place Cards

Visit the Walt Disney World Pinterest page to find everything you need to host the perfect summer barbecue. We made it easy, providing recipes for some Disney Parks food favorites (Flame Tree Barbecue Sauce anyone?), drinks, and even printable napkin rings and a menu and place cards to tie it all together. Click through to download and print the recipes, or pin them to your recipe board to make later.

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Which recipe are you going to try at your next summer party?

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Stay During the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and Save with Special Hotel Offer

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Greetings Disney Parks Blog readers! My name is Michael Ramirez, the newest contributor to the blog. I’ll be bringing you the latest news and information on the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

In honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the resort is truly sparkling–across our parks, through the Downtown Disney District and of course, throughout our three on-property hotels. In fact, you might have seen the post on the delicious Sleeping Beauty Castle cake gracing the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

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If you find yourself heading to experience the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration later this summer, be sure to take advantage of our special Disneyland Resort hotel offer!

When making reservations now through September 3, 2015, you can save up to 20 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Disneyland Hotel and save up to 10 percent at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Offer is valid on select Sunday through Thursday nights from August 16 to September 24, 2015.

Click here to book today!

*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 08/16/15 to 9/24/15. Book from 7/15/15 through 09/03/15, with travel completed by 09/25/15. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other hotels and room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

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Sounding Off at the New Orleans Square Train Station Telegraph Cable Office at Disneyland Park

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Disneyland Resort this Friday, take a look and listen to the sounds of the New Orleans Square train station. The second stop on the Disneyland Railroad is home to the telegraph cable office, where a paraphrased portion of Walt Disney’s opening-day speech from July 17, 1955, can be heard in Morse code. The telegraph message is just over a minute long and decoded it says: “To all who come to Disneyland, welcome. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.”

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Show Your ‘Inside Out’ #DisneySide For a runDisney Race! Part IV: JOY

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Throughout your journey you have felt a mix of emotions including FEAR after signing up for a race, DISGUST at the thought of a long run on the weekend, and ANGER for having to make sacrifices while training. You have now put in the hours training, and have physically and mentally prepared. Once you cross that finish line, there is no other feeling than pure JOY!

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Celebrate by wearing this “Inside Out” inspired look after a runDisney race from Champion, New Balance and the Disney Store!

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What emotions did you feel after finishing your first runDisney race?

The Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”). “Inside Out” is in theatres now in 3D and is rated PG.

For more from our “Show Your ‘Inside Out’ #DisneySide For a runDisney Race” series, visit the posts below:

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Mickey’s Halloween Party Expands to 17 Nights with Return of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, September 11 – November 1

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues into Halloween Time when the season begins again September 11, with the addition of the new “Paint the Night” parade during the expanded 17 nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park!

In addition to the popular Halloween Time seasonal attractions, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes, the Dia de los Muertos celebration and the special after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party (a separate, ticketed event), guests will also be able to enjoy the new nighttime spectaculars that are the signature of our 60th anniversary celebration – “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “Paint the Night” parade and “World of Color – Celebrate!” as well as special sparkling Halloween decor in honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

Please note: This year, Mickey’s Halloween Party will include “Paint the Night” parade and “Halloween Screams” fireworks. Mickey’s Costume Party cavalcade will not be featured this year; “Disneyland Forever” fireworks will be presented on non-party nights.

You can purchase your Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets early – and on your mobile device – here. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • July 22: Tickets on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members
  • July 29: Tickets on sale to general public
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party 2015 dates: Friday, Sept. 25; Monday, Sept. 28; Wednesday, Sept. 30; Friday, Oct. 2; Monday, Oct. 5; Wednesday, Oct. 7; Friday, Oct. 9; Monday, Oct. 12; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Friday, Oct. 16; Monday, Oct. 19; Thursday, Oct. 22; Friday, Oct. 23; Sunday, Oct. 25; Tuesday, Oct. 27; Thursday, Oct. 29; and Saturday, Oct. 31

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disneyland.com/Halloween for more updates on Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort and Mickey’s Halloween Party, and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #HalloweenTime.

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‘Paint the Night’ at Disneyland Resort is First Disney Parks Parade to Offer Audio Description and Handheld Captioning for Guests with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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If you have seen “Paint the Night,” you know that the parade illuminates Disneyland Resort with more than 1.5 million LED lights, bringing music, magic and brilliant color to our guests. What you may not know is that for the first time Disney engineers have made the parade available through both Audio Description and Handheld Captioning, making the new nighttime spectacular a more inclusive and memorable experience for guests with visual or hearing disabilities.

This service works by providing guests a small, handheld device that utilizes Disney-patented, wireless technology which enables the device to know its location in the park and triggers pre-programmed actions. For example, during “Paint the Night,” guests with visual disabilities who use the device hear descriptions of the visual elements of the parade. The device receives signals from each parade float as it passes by, prompting it to play pre-recorded audio that describes the float. The device, available at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A., and offered at no cost with a refundable deposit, also provides amplified audio for assistive listening.

Disneyland Resort continues to offer these and other services for guests with disabilities for several shows and spectaculars, including “World of Color – Celebrate!” in Disney California Adventure park and “Fantasmic!” in Disneyland park.

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New Beach Side Bonfire Dinner Buffet at Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland Resort

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Do you know what “PCH” stands for? Most folks think it’s for Pacific Coast Highway – but at Disney’s PCH Grill they’re now saying “Pure Culinary Heaven.”

With a riff on the picnics, barbecues and bonfires that happen often at Pacific Coast Highway beaches, the team at Disney’s PCH Grill has created a new nightly buffet starting on July 17 with tastes inspired by all of California’s coastline, from the southern San Diego shores all the way to the northern redwoods.

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Start with a carving station with dry-rubbed smoked tri-tip beef and baby back ribs, or the seafood sauté station with shrimp Alfredo with cavatappi pasta, or littleneck clams, chorizo and potatoes, cooked in broth with a roasted garlic-herb crostini. Then there’s wood-fired pizzas, mini taco station (beer-battered sustainable fish or veggie tacos), spice-rubbed pork shoulder, and sides such a roasted potato salad, heirloom tomato-mozzarella salad, deviled eggs and a build-your-own salad bar.

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Add kid favorites like a mac ‘n’ cheese bar, fried chicken, seasonal veggies, whole-roasted salmon, smashed potatoes, cheeseburger sliders and mini hot dogs.

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Dessert is mostly in your hands: a s’mores bar or build-your-own strawberry shortcake, fancy ice cream cones filled with vanilla bean, passion fruit and strawberry mousse. Or there’s a brioche fresh fruit pizza (made in the wood-burning oven), seasonal berry crisp and milk chocolate caramel tart (with sea salt and bacon brittle!). Add a little taste of the islands with creamy haupia pudding with layers of coconut and mango.

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Sip a Party Wave Lemonade – we won’t spoil this deliciously sweet surprise by telling you what’s in it – but it could be dessert. Or enjoy peach and orange tea or watermelon lemonade (all three cost extra).

Cost is $27.99, $13.99 ages 3 to 9. Hours are 5:30-9 p.m. nightly. For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

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D23 EXPO 2015 Brings New Collections from ALEX AND ANI

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


If you’re a fan of ALEX AND ANI and you’re attending D23 EXPO 2015, August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Disney Dream Store is the place to be. Here’s your first look at the new collection from ALEX AND ANI that will make its debut during this year’s D23 EXPO. Up first is the Rafaelian Silver finish Celebrate Wrap created in commemoration of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Featuring the word “Celebrate” in an elegant script, this magical piece is accented with metal and blue glass beads.

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Some of you may remember the Mickey Filigree line from D23 EXPO 2013 when it made its debut. I know I do! I still recall learning the details on how each product is manufactured in the USA from recycled materials and, of course, comes with the accompanying Mickey Mouse icon tag. They say the magic of the Mickey Filigree Wrap is in the design, and I agree. You can choose a subtle approach with a whimsical piece accented in metal beads or add a little color with the Mickey Filigree Beaded Wrap accented in metal and pink beads. Either option will no doubt bring endless joy. Look for both of these styles in Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver finishes.

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Now, the Mickey Filigree Gypsy Wrap is bound to become an instant classic. Made entirely of Mickey Filigree beads, this piece not only reminds you to believe in your dreams, but allows you to show your love for Mickey Mouse while wearing your heart on your sleeve. This style will be available in both Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver finishes.

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There are so many choices. Which ALEX AND ANI pieces will make their way home with me? I’m not sure yet, but I still have time to decide.

What will you add to your collection? Let me know in the comments below.

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Local Students Shower Disneyland Resort and Its Cast Members With Thousands of Birthday Wishes

posted on July 13th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Nothing makes a birthday celebration more special than a few heartfelt birthday wishes — except maybe several THOUSAND wishes! Well, that is exactly the magic our cast members felt when thousands of Anaheim elementary school students showered Disneyland Resort and its cast with birthday cards for a very happy 60th. With a touch of magic and a little help from some beloved Disney friends, this video brings to life some of the children’s cutest creations as they make their way to our cast.

Students from kindergarten through sixth grade got into the spirit of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, creating birthday cards that feature drawings of everything from birthday cakes to favorite characters and attractions, along with sentiments that express just how much they treasure their visits to the Disneyland Resort. On July 17, these dazzling creations will be on display throughout the Resort for cast members to enjoy. I can’t wait to open mine!

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Take Part in the ‘Looking for Mickey Quest’ at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 13th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


This July, take part in the “Looking for Mickey Quest”! Beginning July 16, while Quest Guide supplies last, search for hidden Mickeys throughout the Disneyland Resort.

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Two Ways to Play and How it Works!
There will be a “Looking for Mickey Quest” themed to both Disneyland park and to Disney California Adventure park. The locations, clues, hidden Mickeys and surprises for each Quest will vary. Purchase a Quest Guide from one of the parks and follow the clues that will direct you to the location where each hidden Mickey can be found. Once you arrive at the location, scratch off the answer to reveal if you have found the hidden Mickey. Whether your answers are right or wrong, return with your Quest Guide to the redemption location to pick up a surprise.

Disneyland Park
The Disneyland park “Looking for Mickey Quest” Guide has twenty (20) questions and can be purchased for $19.95, plus tax, at the following locations: Disneyana, Gag Factory, Pieces of Eight and Star Trader. Quest Guide comes with a specially themed lanyard. Available while supplies last. No discounts apply. Limit TWO (2) per guest.

Disney California Adventure Park
The Disney California Adventure park “Looking for Mickey Quest” Guide has ten (10) questions and can be purchased for $12.95, plus tax at the following locations: Elias & Co., Off the Page, Oswald’s, Radiator Springs Curios and Tees, Hats and Tattoos. Quest Guide comes with a specially themed lanyard. Available while supplies last. No discounts apply. Limit TWO (2) per Guest.

Whether you choose to search for the hidden Mickeys or not, return with your “Looking for Mickey Quest” Guide to the respective redemption location before July 31, 2015, to pick up your surprise. Note: The Quest Guide must be redeemed at the redemption location within that specific park. The surprise will vary based on which quest and which park you decide to conquer.

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Theme park admission is not included, however is required to participate in this event. Event is not subject to discounts. Event information subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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