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Authentic Tastes for Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 10th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


¡Saludos Amigos!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! is returning to Disney California Adventure park later this week, but you can get a taste of the celebration now. Chefs at Paradise Garden Grill are cooking up authentic tastes inspired by Latino culture with a special Disney ¡Viva Navidad! menu.

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Entrées:

  • Torta al Pastor – Fresh made telera bread with al pastor pork, chorizo beans, lettuce, avocado mash, and crema served with tortilla chips and salsa
  • Sopes De Barbacoa – Sopes with barbacoa, chorizo beans, cabbage, cotija cheese, and crema served with achiote rice, tortilla chips and salsa
  • Street-style Tacos – Three barbacoa soft corn tacos garnished with cilantro and onion served with achiote rice, tortilla chips and salsa
  • Ceviche – Fresh fish and shrimp marinated in citrus juices, cilantro, onions, and chiles served with a side of tortilla chips and salsa
  • Chicken Mole – Roasted chicken topped with chocolate-infused smoked chili sauce with achiote rice, corn salad and a side of tortillas
  • House-made Pozole – Mild chile and pork stew with hominy and oregano served with tortilla chips

Desserts:

  • Buñuelos with Cajeta – Two golden-fried flour tortillas dusted with cinnamon sugar, served with a side of cajeta
  • Sweet Tamales – A pair of traditionally-made sweet tamales with pineapple and golden raisins
  • Champurrado – Traditional Christmas-time Mexican hot chocolate made with chocolate, milk and cornmeal

Kids Meals:

  • Kids’ Cheese Quesadilla – A whole-wheat tortilla with melted cheese, carrots, sliced apples, and a choice of small low fat milk or small Dasani water
  • Kids’ Power Pack – Includes Dannon Danimals yogurt, a petite banana, whole-grain “fish” crackers, carrots, sliced apples, and a choice of small low fat milk or small Dasani water

Featured ¡Viva Navidad! Beverages:

  • Red Sangria
  • Corona
  • Negra Modelo

Tip: The al fresco seating area of Paradise Garden Grill is the perfect place to enjoy a meal while taking in all the sights and sounds of Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

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Twelve Favorite Holiday-Themed Gifts From Disney Parks

posted on November 10th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Now that the holidays have returned to Disney Parks, I wanted to share my 12 favorite holiday-themed gifts from Disney Theme Park Merchandise.

  1. Disney Character Nutcrackers – We’ve carried Disney character nutcrackers for a few years at Disney Parks. This year, we introduced some new sizes for figures, ranging from 5-inches to 36-inches.
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  1. Holiday Sweater T-Shirts – Building on the success from last year’s sweater T-shirts, the softlines team has four new designs including one inspired by characters and icons from “Star Wars.”
  2. Retail MagicBands and Accessories – If you are visiting Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season, look for holiday retail MagicBands and accessories such as MagicBandits. The Olaf MagicBand has an edition size of 4,000 while the Mickey and Minnie Mouse MagicBand is a limited release item. Guests must present one of the following for the MagicBand to be linked to at the time of purchase: valid theme park admission, Memory Maker card or an active MagicBand.

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  1. Disney Pins For the Holidays – Disney pins make a great stocking stuffers. This year, I love the Disney Resort snowflake pins which will be released at each Disney Resort Hotel at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts starting November 13.
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  1. Disney Ear Hat – Celebrate the season with this Disney ear hat complete with festive, fuzzy plush ears and glittering polka dots.
  2. Disney Gift Card HoldersDisney Gift Cards make great gifts and wrapping them is even easier with these two gift card holders.
  3. Spaceship Earth-Inspired Mickey Ornament – The seasonal team released several Mickey Mouse icon ornaments this year including one that looks like Spaceship Earth in Epcot. Hooray for Christmas Future!
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  1. Disney Parks Christmas Train Set – I’ve loved trains since I was a little boy. This Disney Parks Christmas train set is pretty amazing as it includes a locomotive, four train cars with animated character surprises, plus over 20 feet of track!
  2. Wayne and Lanny Plush Set – In recent years, I’ve enjoyed watching the adventures of Wayne and Lanny in Disney’s “Prep and Landing” during the holiday season. Now, they are plush set.

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  1. D-Tech on Demand Holiday CasesD-Tech on Demand, my favorite boutique inside the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace, will have new holiday designs. Guests can create custom and personalized cases for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Galaxy S4. Look for cases for iPhone 6+ and Samsung Galaxy S5 later in November.
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  1. Holiday Apparel – I already mentioned the awesome holiday sweater T-shirts but I also liked these two items. The pajamas were inspired by the retro-looking Holidays For Your Home collection.
  2. Countdown to Christmas Calendar – Milk chocolate every day until December 25. Sold!

Find these items and more in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. You can also find select items on online at http://www.DisneyStore.com/Holiday.

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Jingle Cruise and Disney’s The Little Mermaid Are Featured Online Only Shirts For November 2014

posted on November 9th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Disney Parks Online Store will be releasing some shirts this month that I think Disney fans will love.

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The first shirt was inspired by the Jingle Cruise which was first introduced in Adventureland at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts last holiday season. These shirts were designed by Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra and will be printed on a Hanes Nano-Tee for adults and a Hanes Beefy-Tee for kids. Look for the Jingle Cruise shirts online from November 10-13, 2014. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

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There will also be shirts celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”. This animated feature was first released in theaters on November 17, 1989. Shirts will be offered for both adults and kids from November 14-18, 2014. Shirts will be shipped in 4-6 weeks.

To find these shirts, visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents on the dates listed above.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 9th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared several holiday surprises on the Disney Parks Blog, including the first of a new series of Disney Side live video events – a look at “A Frozen Holiday Wish” as it happens at Magic Kingdom Park. If you missed our live stream, you can watch a replay this weekend and through the holiday season.

Of course, “A Frozen Holiday Wish” is best experienced in person at Magic Kingdom Park – shows are now being presented nightly through December 31, 2014.

Keep an eye out this month for our next Disney Side live stream event here on the blog.

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Also, Erin shared an update that you will be able to experience the popular nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland park with new viewing options beginning December 12. “Fantasmic!” will feature reserved and stand-by viewing as well as several all-new dining packages. Check Erin’s story for more details and to make reservations beginning November 12.

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

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Begins November 13 with ‘Frozen’ Additions and Returning Favorites – Fans of Disney’s “Frozen” will especially love this holiday season at the Disneyland Resort.

Ten Reasons to Stay in a Disneyland Resort Hotel – A stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel is as much a part of the experience as much as a visit to the theme parks.

Dateline Adventureland: Holiday Shipment Lost in the Jungle at Disneyland Park – Attention adventurers! Jungle Navigation Company misplaced another important shipment somewhere in the jungles of Adventureland at Disneyland park. Click through to learn more.

The Running of the Goats at Disneyland Park – Watch a unique video to learn more about this adorable tradition at Disneyland park.

The Stars of ‘Big Hero 6′ Are Ready for Their Disney Parks Debut – You’ll find Hiro Hamada and his buddy, a huggable robot named Baymax, stars of ‘Big Hero 6′, at Disney Parks starting this weekend!

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Returns Tonight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – It’s back! The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, a favorite holiday offering among many of our park guests, returned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this weekend.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Still making Thanksgiving plans? Consider celebrating family and food at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Enjoy familiar Thanksgiving favorites … but with an island twist.

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Disney VoluntEARS, American Heart Association and Walt Disney Elementary School Build First Teaching Garden in Anaheim

posted on November 7th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


I recently joined my teammates and fellow VoluntEARS, 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. Developed using AHA science and nutrition guidelines, as well as information shared by gardening and education experts, the garden is a learning laboratory where students plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and, in the process, learn the value of healthy eating.

Some of us built planter boxes and planted herbs and vegetables, while others painted a mural, rocks and trash cans to beautify the garden. In just a few hours, we created a great new space where parents will continue to work alongside teachers and students to sustain the garden for at least three years, with supplies provided by the Disneyland Resort.

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I am so proud to have been a part of this effort and make a difference for the community at Walt Disney Elementary School.



See the posts below for more Disney VoluntEARS events:

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Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes Inspired by Hungry Bear Restaurant at Disneyland Park

posted on November 7th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


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Everyone is buzzing about the heartwarming adventure film, “Big Hero 6,” in theaters today. To celebrate, we created a series of “Big Hero 6” themed recipes you’ll see over the next few weeks inspired by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Today, we’re excited to share Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes, inspired by Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland park. Whether you choose to decorate your cupcakes to look like Baymax or with bumblebees — bee-lieve me, they make the perfect post-movie treat.

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Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Begins November 13 with ‘Frozen’ Additions and Returning Favorites

posted on November 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s almost here! The most wonderful time of the year is here, November 13, with the return of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Through January 6, 2015, the Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier … and yes, even more frozen.

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Fans of Disney’s “Frozen” will especially love this holiday season, as even more touches inspired by the animated film are woven into the celebration. First, stars Anna and Elsa will be featured in A Christmas Fantasy Parade each day at Disneyland park. Also, over at Disney California Adventure park, more songs from the hit soundtrack have been added to “World of Color – Winter Dreams” for the show’s second season. And returning this year is Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink, which will return this year as part of the Downtown Disney Winter Village.

And that’s not all that’s new this year. Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Frontierland will host an all-new comedy and music show that invites guests to sing along in a wacky tale of Christmas in the West.

Here’s a look at this year’s returning favorites:

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  • “World of Color – Winter Dreams”
  • Disney ¡Viva Navidad! (featuring Three Kings Day celebration, January 2-6, 2015)

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First Look at New Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Merchandise at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


As many of you know, ambiance often sets the tone for deciding where to go on vacation, how to relax or even where to go for dinner. The hotels of the Disneyland Resort are certainly no exception – each one offers unique themed architecture, signature restaurants and glistening pools. Of course for me, no visit to the hotels is complete without a trip to the shops. This is exactly how I ended up in Acorns Gifts & Goods at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and where I came across this brand new collection of merchandise to share with all of you.

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If you are contemplating whether you should make a quick trip over to the store to take a look, I would definitely encourage it. I think you’ll find the ladies and men’s tees quite comfortable to wear (or so I’ve been told); however, the zip fleece hoodie became a personal favorite of mine and can be described in one word … cozy.

Here are a few other items to consider adding to your collection on your next visit, including a nightshirt featuring Chip n’ Dale, a stylized fleece sweatshirt and a logo hat. For those of you wanting to add a bit of Disney hotel magic to your own home, drinkware, frame, trivet and pillow are definitely worth a glance.

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Need to travel a little bit lighter? Here are a couple of souvenir items that might just make the cut: our Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa magnet and, of course, pins.

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Which items have made your list?

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New Viewing Options Coming to ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park

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


Disneyland park guests will be able to experience the popular nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” with new viewing options beginning December 12. Similar to the options for “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, “Fantasmic!” will feature reserved and stand-by viewing as well as several all-new dining packages. This new reserved viewing will give guests more time to enjoy other entertainment and attractions across the Disneyland Resort.

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Beginning December 12, a “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS will be required to gain access to the show’s reserved viewing space. Beginning at Disneyland park opening, “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS distribution will take place along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until one hour prior to show time or while supplies last, whichever comes first. Each “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS will indicate the assigned showtime, suggested return time and assigned viewing section. Also, a non-ticketed area will be available in the “Fantasmic!” viewing area each night for limited stand-by viewing on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guests will also have the option to receive a “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS with the purchase of new “Fantasmic!” dining packages, including dinner at Blue Bayou Restaurant, special table-service seating at River Belle Terrace, a new dessert party at Hungry Bear Restaurant, on-the-go options and more. Check out all of the new “Fantasmic!” dining packages here.

Reservations for December 12 and beyond will be available for booking beginning November 12. Space is limited for these experiences, so advance reservations are recommended online at disneyland.com or by calling 714-781-DINE (714-781-3463).

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The Stars of ‘Big Hero 6′ Are Ready for Their Disney Parks Debut

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Hiro Hamada and his buddy, a huggable robot named Baymax, are flying into theaters in 3D on Friday in Disney’s new comedy adventure, “Big Hero 6.” And starting this weekend, you’ll be able to see them in person at Disney Parks!

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At Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, look for Hiro and Baymax inside The Magic of Disney Animation attraction, where you’ll find recreations of Hiro’s garage workshop and the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology labs seen in the film. When Hiro and his robot companion head west to the Disneyland Resort, you’ll find them in Tomorrowland near the Starcade and Magic Eye Theater, where you can also catch a special exclusive sneak peek of “Big Hero 6.”

I caught an early preview of “Big Hero 6” myself, and I can tell you the film is fantastic! I can’t wait to take my kids to see it this weekend. They recently got some of the toys for their birthday, and I’m sure we’ll be out at the park soon to spend time with their new favorite characters.

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