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Experience Disney PhotoPass Service in New Ways at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 25th, 2016 by Marie Ramirez, Marketing & Communications Manager, Disney PhotoPass Service


Disneyland Resort guests will soon get to experience Disney PhotoPass Service in a whole new way! With a new website, access to your memories on the Disneyland mobile app and new photo opportunities – we are gearing up for an exciting year.

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Plan Your Visit, Book Your Reservations and View Your Memories
You’re already visiting Disneyland.com to plan and book your visit, and now your photos will also live there too!

Access to Your Memories, at Your Fingertips
Link, view, purchase and download your Disney PhotoPass photos using the Disneyland mobile app.

We are Adding Even More Magic to Our Magic Shots
Our new Animated Magic Shots add animation to your photos to make you the star of your very own video memory.

Capture More Memories than Ever
With new photographer locations and a new product, Disney PhotoPass+ One Day, you’ll be collecting more photos than ever.

We’ll be giving you an inside look into all that’s arriving in the coming days. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more details!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 24th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, our blog coverage of Disney Parks included an update on an unforgettable act of kindness that led to a dream come true and a special visit to the Walt Disney World Resort.

You may remember the story of two college students who started an effort to raise money and surprise Kathryn Thompson, a beloved cafeteria worker at Acorn University in Elon, NC, with a trip to Walt Disney World. This past week, Kathryn traveled to Florida for her dream vacation and a surprise reunion with the two students who made it happen. Check out Bob’s original story for more details

We also let you know that in Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll soon be able to explore a new exhibit that delves into some of the behind-the-scenes research that went into the production of Disney’s upcoming comedic adventure “Zootopia.”

The ‘Zootopia’ exhibit opens January 29 inside Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Shawn has all of the details in his original story.

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

#DisneyGrandAdventure: Magical Memories for Multi-Generation Families at Walt Disney World Resort – Keep checking the blog for #DisneyGrandAdventure posts in the months to come and learn more about the Grand Adventure for Grandparents & Grandkids here.

When I See an Elephant Fly … from the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park – Disneyland Resort fans know that our attractions need a bit of scrubbing and polishing every now and then. But when the attraction in question is the world famous Jungle Cruise, and the scrubbing and polishing involves one rather hefty bull elephant … well then, you just call in a helicopter.

Retired U.S. Coast Guard Engineer Andy Fitzgerald to be Saluted at Disneyland Resort Flag Retreat Ceremony January 24 – Today we will extend a special thank you during the daily flag retreat ceremony at Disneyland park to Andy Fitzgerald, one of four U.S. Coast Guardsmen who went out to sea to rescue the crew of the SS Pendleton in 1952.

Disneyland Diamond Days Winner Enjoys Private Breakfast in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park – Recently, Disneyland Diamond Days winner Simon Dawson from Thousand Oaks, Calif., and his family enjoyed a private breakfast in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park, along with a ride on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. The morning got even more magical when Roger Rabbit himself joined them for a visit!

Space Mountain-Themed Products Are Clear for Launch at Disney Parks – One of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World Resort is Space Mountain because I’ve dreamed of being an astronaut. This classic Disney attraction in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park opened on January 15, 1975.

Kids Remember Their Disney Cruise – What are the things you remember most from your first Disney cruise? In this video, we talked with some of our youngest cruisers to hear what they had to say. Check it out!

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SMS Audio Hits the Perfect Note with Super Hero Sound at Disney Parks

posted on January 22nd, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It sounds like the new year will continue to surprise and delight us with new offerings from SMS Audio! Debuting this month is a collection of super hero-themed SMS Audio headphones (the official headphones of Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort) that will only be found at Disneyland Resort, Disney Springs and other select locations at the Walt Disney World Resort, before hitting national retailers this spring.

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Look for designs that resemble the high-tech armor of a certain billionaire industrialist, complete with a red headband, 3D Arc Reactor gold ear cups and black leather ear cushions.

If it’s a more covert mission, perhaps consider the black headphones that resemble a certain master of disguise, complete with red perforated ear cushions and headband. There’s no doubt it will be the “mane” attraction when you first catch a glimpse, before getting caught in its web, of course.

Finally, look for headphones designed with a royal blue finish, ear cups that are both patriotic and symbolic of an indestructible domed shield and premium perforated ear cushions styled in classic grey.

The retail price on these sleek and stylish super hero-themed SMS Audio headphones at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort is currently $99.95, plus tax. Look for them in the coming weeks at the following locations:

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Which super hero-themed headphone sounds the best to you?

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When I See an Elephant Fly … from the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park

posted on January 22nd, 2016 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort fans know that our attractions need a bit of scrubbing and polishing every now and then. But when the attraction in question is the world famous Jungle Cruise, and the scrubbing and polishing involves one rather hefty bull elephant … well then, you just call in a helicopter. (Of course!) I hope you’ll enjoy the video below, which proves once again that elephants really can fly.

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Disney Parks After Dark: After Mickey Mouse and Friends Say ‘Good Night’ at Disneyland Park

posted on January 21st, 2016 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


I always wondered what happens in Mickey’s Toontown after the Disneyland park gates are closed. To find the answer, I visited several different nights with camera in hand. Although I wasn’t able to solve the mystery, I had a great time exploring Mickey’s Toontown, as shown in the first photo of Mickey’s car in the fog, to the last of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin at sunrise.


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‘Rock the Dots’ with Disney Parks Merchandise on January 22 for National Polka Dot Day

posted on January 21st, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Did you know National Polka Dot Day will be observed on January 22? Since 1928, Disney First lady and fashionista Minnie Mouse has rocked polka dots through her fun-loving, timeless and positive spirit that inspires Disney fans and polka dot fashionistas around the globe. At Disney Parks, guests can “rock their dots” every day with polka dot fashions from bows and blouses to designer purses and jewelry. I recently visited Disney Springs Marketplace to find some of the best Minnie Mouse products we carry.

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There are numerous items featuring Minnie Mouse for guests of all ages. For kids, we offer apparel, shoes, hats, dresses and more. As a side note for parents, I learned there will be three new “Minnie’s Bow-Toons” shorts premiering on Disney Channel during the morning of January 22.

Adults will find Minnie Mouse-themed charms by PANDORA Jewelry, stylish apparel and accessories from the Disney Boutique collection, coffee mugs, and other souvenirs such as hand sanitizers or pins.

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I also discovered that retail MagicBand on Demand is now available at the D-Tech on Demand boutique in the Marketplace Co-Op. This creation station has a few Minnie Mouse designs which can be added to a phone case or a retail MagicBand.

In celebration of our favorite style muse Minnie Mouse, I invite you to show us how you “Rock the Dots” by sporting your favorite polka dot look. Just tag your photos on social media channels with #RockTheDots.

Here are images of other items that you may find at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort or on the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

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Retired U.S. Coast Guard Engineer Andy Fitzgerald to be Saluted at Disneyland Resort Flag Retreat Ceremony January 24

posted on January 21st, 2016 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


This Sunday, January 24, we will extend a special thank you during the daily flag retreat ceremony at Disneyland park to Andy Fitzgerald, one of four U.S. Coast Guardsmen who went out to sea to rescue the crew of the SS Pendleton in 1952. The historic rescue, the most daring rescue mission in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard, is the focus of the Walt Disney Studios upcoming heroic action-thriller “The Finest Hours.”

Join us at 3:45 p.m. as we celebrate Andy and all our servicemen and women in Town Square. “The Finest Hours” debuts in U.S. theaters on January 29. Check out the film’s latest featurette with Andy and the cast.

Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer. “The Finest Hours” storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016 in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D.

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Disneyland Diamond Days Winner Enjoys Private Breakfast in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

posted on January 21st, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Recently, Disneyland Diamond Days winner Simon Dawson from Thousand Oaks, Calif., and his family enjoyed a private breakfast in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park, along with a ride on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. The morning got even more magical when Roger Rabbit himself joined them for a visit!

In addition to their private breakfast, Simon and his family also enjoyed a three day, two night Disneyland Resort vacation package.

This week, don’t miss out on your chance to win your own private breakfast in Mickey’s Toontown during Disneyland Diamond Days! For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

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. Each weekly drawing starts Friday at 7:00AM PT and ends at 6:59 AM PT the following Friday. Each eligible weekly entry automatically entered into final drawing but not into any daily drawings. Limit one (1) entry per person per day, regardless of method of entry. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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Valentine’s Day Weekend Yum at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 20th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend, February 12-14, Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park has a new seasonal menu (and a Sweetheart Dinner for Two), and other Disneyland Resort restaurants are adding a little romance and lots of flavor to their menus.

Starting with Carthay Circle Restaurant, the Sweetheart Dinner for Two ($140 plus tax and gratuity) will be February 13 and 14 and include three courses: lobster and asparagus to start; Steak Florentine for two (Grilled Porterhouse of Chianti Beef) with sautéed Brussels sprouts, parsnips and bacon and roasted fingerling potatoes with Brie; and Chocolate Hearts for Two for dessert with chocolate espresso and white chocolate raspberry served tableside with warm chocolate sauce. What’s not to love?

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And if you can’t make it Valentine’s Day weekend, the restaurant’s seasonal menu includes gems on the lunch menu such as Winter Pozole with Tempura Fried Shrimp, Grilled Turkey Scaloppini, a Crispy Maple Leaf Duck Confit Salad and savory Moroccan Lamb Meatballs. The seasonal dinner menu has added Carthay Shellfish Cioppino, Artichoke Crepes, Braised Lamb Shank with Winter Bean Cassoulet and Angus Beef Delmonico with chipotle sweet potatoes.

Back to Valentine’s Day. Here’s a quick guide to goodies that are special on the menu:

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  • Valentine’s Day cotton candy on the street carts, February 14 only.
  • Carnation Café is offering Surf and Turf with sirloin steak and a shrimp skewer with veggies (February 14).
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant has a Sweetheart Duet for February 14 with a bacon-wrapped filet mignon and halibut atop tomato croutons with sautéed baby spinach and roasted potatoes, served with a chardonnay dill and cognac peppercorn café au lait sauce. In addition, Blue Bayou Restaurant will offer a Sweetheart Toast which includes a souvenir champagne flute engraved with the Blue Bayou Restaurant logo, served with sparkling cider (cost is $11.95 per person).
  • Café Orleans is serving sautéed shrimp and Andouille sausage with zucchini and cherry tomatoes with linguine pasta in a cream shrimp fume (February 14).

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  • Valentine’s Day cotton candy on the street carts, February 14 only.
  • Valentine Sundaes at Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream (February 12-14).
  • Teddy bear-shaped bread and heart-shaped bread at Mortimer’s Market, Pacific Wharf carts and Boudin Bread Cart (February 12-14). Pacific Wharf carts also will offer a valentine sugar cookie.
  • Wine Country Trattoria at Golden Vine Winery is serving a February 14 special that starts with an arugula salad, then a choice of lobster tail or surf ‘n turf with beef tenderloin and shrimp with veggies and, for dessert, ricotta cannoli with a berry compote. The winery’s Alfresco Tasting Terrace will have a dessert sampler on February 14 with a vanilla fruit tart, raspberry macaroon and tiramisu paired with a sparkling wine.

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  • Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel will offer a special three-course dinner paired with wines February 13-16. Start with shrimp and scallop cassoulet with fried artichoke and lobster cream; for the main course, broiled filet mignon with morel mushroom fettuccine and asparagus; and for dessert, raspberry-white chocolate crunch cake. (The same special is available in The Lounge at Steakhouse 55.)
  • On February 14, Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will showcase Chef Andrew Sutton’s Four-Course Country Valentine’s Day Dinner (available with a wine flight).
  • Next door on February 14, Storyteller’s Cafe will offer a bacon-wrapped filet mignon with a Cabernet reduction and lobster-sun-dried tomato risotto.
  • At Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on February 14, PCH Grill’s tasting stations will include seafood saute station, carving station with beef, a wood-fired pizza station, mini-taco station and mac ‘n cheese bar. Other hot and cold stations offer everything from pan-seared chicken breast to heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella and a build-your-own salad. And special sweets just for your valentine.

For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

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Discover the Real World Research Behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ‘Zootopia’ in a New Exhibit Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on January 20th, 2016 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


In Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll soon be able to explore a new exhibit that delves into some of the behind-the-scenes research that went into the production of Disney’s upcoming comedic adventure “Zootopia.”

At Walt Disney Animation Studios, the journey in making every film begins with research. In order to create the rich and engaging modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia and its wide variety of animal inhabitants, the filmmakers spent 18 months studying animals and their habitats. Their very first stop was Disney’s Animal Kingdom in March 2014, where they worked closely with the park’s team of animal care professionals.

“Research is such an important part of every animated film we make at Disney, and for ‘Zootopia’ our research began at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to meet with some of the best animal experts in the world,” said Clark Spencer, the Oscar®-nominated producer of “Zootopia.” “Everything that we learned about animal behaviors, personalities and movement our artists incorporated into the world of ‘Zootopia,’ and to now be able to share those discoveries and influences with the guests at the park is truly a full circle moment.”

The ‘Zootopia’ exhibit opens January 29 inside Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Beginning this week, you can also catch our special sneak preview of scenes from “Zootopia,” giving you an advance look at several clips from the upcoming film. The sneak peek opens as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, January 21, and comes to the Bug’s Life Theater at Disney California Adventure park this Friday, January 22.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4 in 3D.

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