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Holidays For Your Home Collection Returns to Disney Parks With New Products

posted on November 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With holiday decorations returning to Disney Parks, I’ve started thinking how I’m going to decorate my place this year. One of my favorite collections introduced last year was the nostalgic Home For Your Holidays collection. This popular line of decorative holiday items included ornaments, pillows, home goods and more. I’m happy to report that many items offered last season, including the fun vintage holiday blub necklace shown above, have returned along with some new options.


The Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park had several items available from this collection including the tree skirt, holiday cards and decorative apron. I also found the new assortment of gift bags that are perfect for gift giving this year.


A doorknob banner is also new this year. One side of the banner states “Joy from the World” with Mickey Mouse, while the other side features Minnie Mouse celebrating from the “Merriest Place on Earth.”


Mickey and Minnie Mouse can be found on a ceramic mug set and in a 3-inch Vinylmation figure set this year. One of the more unique items is a translucent Mickey icon ornament that lights up, illuminating the retro-styled artwork.


I’m looking forward to trying some gourmet cocoa with flavors such as Cinnamon Cookie, Candy Cane and Chocolate S’Mores.

Look for these items and more in select Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations. You may also find select items on the Disney Parks online store under the “Disney’s Days of Christmas” section. Lastly, I invite you to try the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app that gives you access to thousands of products created especially for Disney Parks.

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Cars Land Precision Series Model is a Must-See at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 17th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

How many of you have had the chance to check out the new Precision Series Die Cast Cars characters and play set display at Sarge’s Surplus Hut in Disney California Adventure park?

Some of you may have gotten a sneak peek at D23 EXPO 2015 in August, where we first debuted the Flo’s V8 Café play set. This exciting new addition to Sarge’s Surplus Hut features a complete look at subsequent high-end die cast cars and play sets modeled after the “Cars” film that will continue to debut over the next several years. In Spring 2016 add to your collection with Fillmore’s — debuting for the first time in any play set. Take a look!

Before you speed away, here are a more few inside tips from Senior Franchise and Brand Manager Carla Lewandowski, who gave us a glimpse at the new Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree “Give it a Whirl” and Chewall Tractor logo inspired gear (T-shirts and fleece) for adults and kids.


Look for it now at Sarge’s Surplus Hut and Ramone’s House of Body Art in Cars Land.

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Guide to Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Eats at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 17th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Recently, I shared a complete listing of specialty food and beverage items for Holidays at Disneyland Resort. Today, I have the full list of special Disney ¡Viva Navidad! eats you’ll only find at Disney California Adventure park.

Paradise Garden Grill


  • Homemade Pozole – Mild chile and pork stew with hominy and oregano, served with tortilla chips
  • Ceviche Plate – Fresh fish and shrimp, marinated in citrus, cilantro, onions and chiles, served with a side of tortilla chips and salsa


  • Torta al Pastor – Soft telera roll topped with chorizo beans, marinated pork, lettuce, avocado mash and Mexican crema


  • Sopes de Barbacoa – Two fried cornmeal patties topped with chorizo beans, shredded beef, cabbage, Mexican crema and cotija cheese, served with a side of achiote rice and tortilla chips and salsa
  • Street-Style Tacos – Three corn tortilla tacos filled with your choice of marinated pork or shredded beef, topped with white onion and fresh cilantro
  • Chicken Mole – Roasted chicken smothered with mole sauce and cotija cheese, served with a side of corn salad and achiote rice
  • Buñuelos – Two golden-fried flour tortillas dusted with cinnamon-sugar, served with a side of cajeta
  • Sweet Pineapple and Raisin Tamales – A pair of traditional, sweet tamales served with a pineapple-caramel sauce
  • Champurrado – Mexican hot chocolate with masa harina
  • Kids Cheese Quesadilla – Served with apples and carrots

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta


  • Chorizo Pizza – Thick-crust pizza with a mild tomato sauce, mozzarella and cotija cheese, spicy chorizo, fresh pico de gallo and a tomatillo-cilantro crema drizzle
  • Mango and Lime Box

Bayside Brews

  • Negra Modelo
  • Chips & Salsa
  • Buñuelos – Two golden-fried flour tortillas dusted with cinnamon-sugar, served with a side of cajeta

Outdoor Ventures Specialty Cart


  • Elote – Corn served with toppings, including parmesan, mayonnaise and tajin seasoning
    Coconut or Mango Ice Cream Bar

Which Disney ¡Viva Navidad! offerings are your favorites?

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New Disney Trading Pins Come with the Purchase of a Holiday Pin Series Disney Gift Card

posted on November 17th, 2015 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services

Be on the lookout for this year’s Disney Gift Card Holiday Pin Series throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. These cards come in four different designs featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Pluto, all celebrating the season.


All four of these Disney Gift Card designs, which can be purchased for $75 each, come with a Disney Trading Pin. This year’s Disney Trading Pins are shaped like gift boxes and are designed to reflect iconic elements of each character. These pins can only be found on these new Disney Gift Card designs.

Give the gift of Disney with a Disney Gift Card that is simple for you and perfect for them. It can be used for practically all things Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Club Penguin, Disney PhotoPass, Disney Store locations in the US and online at For more information on the Disney Gift Card and for more holiday designs, please visit

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Add a Splash of Disney to Your Dining Table This Thanksgiving Holiday

posted on November 17th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday this year as my parents will be visiting from Ohio. My girlfriend and I are going to try cooking a delicious meal, which will be served on the outstanding Adventureland-inspired dinnerware released last year at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace. If you are looking to add a splash of Disney to your table this year, here are some suggestions of home décor products from Disney Parks.


The dinnerware items shown in the above images are part of the Gourmet Mickey collection. In addition to the colors shown, we also offer plates and bowls in green and red (perfect for the upcoming holiday season after Thanksgiving).


You can nibble like the Mouse with this set of five stainless steel serving utensils with Mickey icon cut-out on the handles. This boxed set includes knife, fork, spoon, slotted spoon, and slotted cake server.


I love these wine glasses that feature the lyrics to “Be Our Guest” from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” They are part of the Chalkboard artwork collection released last year at Disney Parks. The glasses are offered in both 16 oz. and 18 oz. sizes.


Finally, we offer several decorative salt and pepper shakers including Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as Pilgrims. These sets are fun ways to spice up any Thanksgiving meal.

Look for select dinnerware items on our Disney Parks online store at You may have select items shipped directly to your home using the free Shop Disney Parks app.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Disney Doodles: ‘Rescued’ from the Rain

posted on November 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

I have to say, I think this is one of the sweetest graphics we’ve shared yet in our Disney Doodles series. In it, the brave little mouse Bernard, from the film “The Rescuers,” is saving the day again for Miss Bianca – this time with umbrella and Disney Parks ponchos!


See the posts below for more Disney Doodles :

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Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Has Something for Every Holiday Celebration

posted on November 16th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort brings even more opportunities for play, entertainment and holiday shopping to the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim.

Olaf, the summer-loving snowman from the blockbuster Disney animated motion picture, “Frozen,” returns to sunny California to reopen his Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink in Downtown Disney District between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich. The custom-designed, 50-by-90-foot rink features colorful “Frozen”-themed décor, holiday and “Frozen”-themed music and the figure of Olaf himself overseeing the fun.

The rink will be open Monday through Thursday from 3-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 2-11 p.m.; and Sunday from 2-10 p.m. Skates and helmets are provided with the admission fee.

As in holidays past at Downtown Disney District, the ice rink is surrounded by the Downtown Disney Winter Village, featuring chalets and carts offering a variety of holiday gift ideas, including Star Wars-themed items from World of Disney; magic, gags and novelties from Houdini’s Magic Shop; yo-yos and juggling kits from Duncan Yo-Yo; crystal art from Arribas Brothers; hot chocolate, snacks and desserts from Ghirardelli; personalized objects from You Name It; surfboard themed art are from Laguna Beach Surfboards; and personalized holiday ornaments from Ice-Land Workshop. A Working to Give/ACT Anaheim chalet will offer handmade holiday stockings with all proceeds going to Accelerate Change Together.

Downtown Disney District will also have a full lineup of special entertainment offerings for the holidays, including live performances by Holiday Carolers nightly December 4-25 and a 40s Jazz/Pop Vocal Group from December 25 through January 1. Appearances by Duncan Yo-Yo experts, and the Houdini Magic Shop Show are also on the schedule. Horse & Carriage rides will be offered November 27 through January 2.

And a special Downtown Disney District holiday tradition, Tuba Christmas, will take place at noon on Saturday, Dec. 19. No matter how you celebrate, Downtown Disney District will have something for you this holiday season.

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Top 5 Ways the Disneyland Resort Saluted Veterans for Veterans Day

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


At the Disneyland Resort, we have a long-standing tradition of supporting our military servicemen and women. Here are the top 5 ways we saluted veterans this Veterans Day:

  1. Our latest Million Dollar Dazzle gift of $60,000 was given to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County yesterday to help provide new homes for local veterans.
  2. Retired U.S. Marine Sgt. Juan Valdez, a recipient of the Purple Heart, was our guest of honor during the “it’s a small world” Holiday lighting ceremony.
  3. Medal of Honor recipient Sammy L. Davis, whose heroic actions inspired parts of the movie “Forrest Gump,” was recognized at the flag retreat ceremony on November 5.
  4. The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend once again benefits the Anaheim 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Adoption Committee, which supports real super heroes at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County. (If you are a race participant, stop by the Health & Fitness Expo to write postcards and prepare care packages for troops overseas.)
  5. Cast members who are veterans, including our diversity resource group SALUTE, took part in a special flag retreat ceremony for Veterans Day.
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Season of the Force Begins November 16 at Disneyland Park in California

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Here at Disneyland park in Southern California, we’re preparing to celebrate the excitement around all things Star Wars with brand-new themed experiences in Tomorrowland beginning November 16. Season of the Force will take guests to a galaxy far, far away with special experiences:

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.

Choose Your Destiny with Special Character Experiences

  • Dark Side – Encounter one of the most iconic villains from Star Wars, Darth Vader.
  • Light Side – Fly casual at this makeshift Rebel base, and meet the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca.

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park

Explore the Dark and the Light in Themed Galleries

  • Dark Side Gallery – Get a look at authentic pieces of stormtrooper armor as well as famous Sith lightsabers once wielded by masters of the dark side.
  • Light Side Gallery – Explore a gallery filled with Rebel flight helmets and lightsabers once wielded by Jedi Knights.
  • Preview Gallery – See items built exclusively for Star Wars Launch Bay by the same prop makers who worked on the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Starship Gallery – Discover models of famous starships from throughout the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park

Join the Battle in the Star Wars Game Center – Play the latest games from the Star Wars galaxy, including Disney Infinity 3.0 – featuring park-exclusive Toy Box levels.

Hyperspace Mountain Coming for Season of the Force at Disneyland Park

Hyperspace Mountain

Guests will launch into a galaxy far, far away aboard Hyperspace Mountain, finding themselves in an action-packed battle between Rebel X-wings and Imperial TIE fighters.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Galactic Grill

Choose the dark side or the light at this new themed food and beverage location. In the space that currently hosts Tomorrowland Terrace, the Galactic Grill will serve up specialty menu items inspired by both sides of the Force. Here is a look at some of the menu options:

Darth Tamale at Galactic Grill in Disneyland Park First Order Specialty Burger at Galactic Grill in Disneyland Park The Pastry Menace at Galactic Grill in Disneyland Park


  • Darth Tamale – Blue corn tamale with scrambled eggs and chorizo, red chili sauce and tomatillo

Lunch and Dinner

  • First Order Specialty Burger – Angus beef and chorizo patty topped with fried cherry peppers, spicy-lime aioli on dark bun


  • The Pastry Menace – Éclair with milk chocolate filling and a hint of cayenne pepper
BB-8 Sipper at Galactic Grill in Disneyland Park TIE Fighter Premium Popcorn Bucket at Galactic Grill in Disneyland Park


  • BB-8 sipper
  • TIE Fighter premium popcorn bucket

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Relive Luke Skywalker’s path to becoming a Jedi in a film that recaptures favorite Star Wars moments on the big screen. The Tomorrowland Theater presents Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, an exclusive cinematic event.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Opening December 8, guests will experience a twist on the Jedi Training experience when they encounter new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.

Choose your side when Season of the Force begins November 16 at Disneyland park in California!

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Seven Sights to See During Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is underway and this special season brings unforgettable experiences around every corner. Let’s take a look at seven sights to see during the holiday season.

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park
Disney characters join Santa Claus for this holiday tradition, featuring prancing reindeer, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies and more.


Jingle Cruise at Disneyland Park
A shipment of holiday cheer that was supposed to be delivered to the Jungle Cruise skippers has been appropriated by the animals of the jungle, making for a festive seasonal safari!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park
Throughout the season, Paradise Garden at Disney California Adventure park comes alive with this musical and colorful celebration. Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of a special Latin American Christmas celebration at Disney ¡Viva Navidad!


“Paint the Night” Parade and “Disneyland Forever” Fireworks at Disneyland Park
As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, these new nighttime favorites can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season!

‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

“World of Color” at Disney California Adventure Park
Also continuing through the holiday season is the new “World of Color – Celebrate!” which joins returning favorite, “World of Color – Winter Dreams.” Find out how to secure your spot for the show of your choice here.


Holiday Decor at Disney California Adventure Park
One of my favorite features of the holiday season is the special themed decor at Disney California Adventure park. From the 1920s and ‘30s inspired charm of Buena Vista Street, to the oversized ornaments at “a bugs land” and the personal touches from the residents of Cars Land, there is always something unique to find every time you visit.


Winter Village at Downtown Disney District
Enjoy ice skating or browsing holiday treats and gifts in an Alpine-inspired village? Lace up your skates and join the festive fun in the Downtown Disney District!

What are you looking forward to this year during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort? Tell us in the comments!

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