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Five Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite places at the Disneyland Resort is Buena Vista Street. The newly re-themed entrance to Disney California Adventure park is a walk back in time Los Angeles of the 1920s and ‘30s. This area brings guests even deeper into the nostalgia of this time period during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Here are five ways to enjoy the season on Buena Vista Street:

1. Oh! Christmas Tree!

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Just behind the “Storytellers” statue lies the spectacular 50-foot Christmas tree – the can’t-miss sight of the season on Buena Vista Street. (Really, you can’t miss it. It’s huge.) The tree is covered with charming, vintage-style ornaments that recall Christmas in the 1920s and ‘30s.

2. Here Comes Santa Claus

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Buena Vista Street is one of the places where you can find Santa Claus himself at the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season, in his classic department store setting at Elias & Co.

3. Carol of the Bells

Join in a carol or two with the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers. Throughout the day, they perform renditions of classic Christmas carols, accompanied by handbells.

4. Deck the Halls

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In addition to the vintage-style ornaments on the Christmas tree, the 1920s and ‘30s theme continues all the way down the street, through garlands, ribbons and special decorations on the light poles, storefronts and even inside the stores. All the holiday decor combines to create the feeling of stepping back in time to Christmases gone by.

5. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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What is the holiday season without friends to celebrate with? During this special time, Mickey Mouse and his friends have added some festive touches to their vintage-style attire. Stop by and say hi while you’re strolling down Buena Vista Street!

What is your favorite holiday detail on Buena Vista Street?

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New ‘Frozen Fun’ Opens at Disneyland Resort January 7

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


This winter, Disneyland Resort celebrates the opening of spectacular new “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park, featuring magical adventures with characters from Disney’s blockbuster hit, “Frozen.” For a limited time beginning January 7, 2015, we’ll be bringing you a flurry of all-new, immersive experiences you won’t want to miss!

Some of the highlights coming to Disney California Adventure park include:

  • “For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” – The Muppet*Vision 3D theater in Hollywood Land has been transformed for this event into the beautiful Crown Jewel Theatre from Arendelle. You’re invited to step inside and join the Arendelle Historians – along with special appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff – for a fun and comedic retelling of the unique history of their kingdom, filled with delightful, sing-along moments from “Frozen.”

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  • “Olaf’s Snow Fest” – Stage 17 in Hollywood Land plays host to an immersive winter wonderland straight out of the Kingdom of Arendelle, complete with a giant snow play area and musical performances by The Frolicking Fjords and The Tubadors. You can glide down a snow slide, build a snowman of your own and visit everyone’s favorite snowy pal, Olaf, and give him a warm hug. “Olaf’s Snow Fest” has so much to offer, from beautiful photo opportunities to scrumptious treats and special “Frozen” souvenirs. It’ll be a great spot for making memories that’ll warm your heart.
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post – Head back outside, and nearby you’ll find Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, where you can pick up the latest “Frozen”-inspired apparel, plush, toys, mugs and more.

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  • “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome” – Anna and Elsa, the beloved sisters from “Frozen,” move from Fantasyland to an elegant new location inside the Disney Animation attraction at Disney California Adventure park, where you can meet them as part of a special royal greeting. The colorful and varied display in the Animation Courtyard will also now include scenes and music from Disney’s Academy Award-winning blockbuster hit, “Frozen,” and at Animation Academy, a Disney artist asks, “Do You Want to Draw a Snowman?” It’s a unique opportunity to learn how to draw your very own sketch of Olaf or Marshmallow.
  • “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party” – Each evening, you’re invited to “chill out” in Hollywood Land with music, dancing, interactive fun and more in this new, family-friendly experience. You’ll arrive at the party through an icy archway to find wintry décor, dazzling lighting effects, cool photo spots, yummy treats and frosty beverages for all ages. Throughout the night, a giant thermometer registers the drop in temperature, as things get so cool they ultimately reach the freezing point when everyone lets it go in a spectacular “Frozen Fun” crescendo!

A sneak peek of many of these exciting experiences begins Saturday, Dec. 20. Starting January 7, 2015, the “Frozen Fun” officially launches at Disney California Adventure park, and a new “Frozen” show makes its debut in Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park.

The Royal Theatre’s resident storytellers, Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, present the tale of “Frozen” in a fun-filled, fast-paced retelling of the story, featuring their own wacky performances in key roles, along with Anna, Elsa and the Faire Maidens. And when “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” resumes daily performances January 7, Anna and Elsa will once again make pre-parade appearances on their own special float.

When Storybook Land Canal Boats returns later this month, there will be a new addition to this charming and beloved Fantasyland attraction, with excursions through the world of “Frozen” offering views of the fjord-side village of Arendelle, including the stately castle where Anna and Elsa grew up, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, and Elsa’s mountaintop ice palace. The miniature locales of “Frozen” will find a new home among the familiar scenes of some of Disney’s most enduring and timeless fairy tales, including “Pinocchio,” “Cinderella,” “Aladdin,” and “The Little Mermaid.”

And don’t forget about Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink (continuing through February 22, 2015) and the new Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, both open now at Downtown Disney District. For fans of “Frozen,” there’s never been a better time to visit Disneyland Resort! Which of these new experiences are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments, and join the conversation using the hashtag #FrozenFun!

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Readers Cruise into the Holidays at Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 4th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers braved the rain last night to attend the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure park. We started the evening with reserved viewing for “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” then we cruised over to Cars Land for our private, after-hours event.

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We were even joined by Radiator Springs’ own resident superstar, Lightning McQueen!

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Of course, no holiday meet-up would be complete without plenty of sugary snacks. Guests enjoyed a bounty of goodies from the selection of limited-time holiday treats now available at the Disneyland Resort.

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Meet-up guests enjoyed all of the Cars Land attractions – Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Radiator Springs Racers and Luigi’s Flying Tires – many of us more than once. (Am I right?)

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To paraphrase Lightning McQueen, we’re all winners when we make new friends – and every Disney Parks Blog meet-up is an opportunity for just that. Here I am with one of my newest friends!

Did you join us at the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Santa Is Making the Rounds at Disney Parks

posted on December 4th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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Santa Claus is a busy guy this time of year, but we have good news! He’s carving time out of his schedule to pay a visit to Disney Parks, where you can meet him and fill him in on your fondest wish for this holiday season. Between now and Christmas Day, Santa will be making stops throughout Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Here are some of the places you’re bound to find him:

Be sure to consult the in-park Times Guide or ask a cast member to find out just when you can see Santa on the day of your visit, and have a wonderful ho-ho-holiday!

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Candlelight Shines At Epcot

posted on December 4th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


There’s a lot of shouting for joy over at the America Gardens Theater at Epcot now that the Candlelight Processional has started for the holiday season. The Candlelight Processional has been a holiday tradition at Disney Parks dating back to 1958 at Disneyland park.

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Before moving to Epcot in 1994, the Candlelight Processional was performed at Magic Kingdom Park. Below is a look at the Processional being performed in front of Cinderella Castle in 1980 and in front of the Main Street Train Station in 1983.

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Candlelight Processional is presented at Epcot three times nightly through December 30th.

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Mapping Out the Holidays: Disneyland Park

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


There are so many magical moments to experience at the Disneyland Resort this time of year. To give a glimpse of all things merry and bright, I thought it would be fun to produce a video using a map of Disneyland park. Happy Holidays!

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Celebrate the Season With This Holiday Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Thanksgiving has passed, which means the countdown to Christmas has officially begun!

Here’s the first gift we have to offer our readers – a brand-new Disney Parks Blog wallpaper. I have to say that I adore this design, which was pulled together by Disney Artist Jeff Maurer.

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Click here to find the perfect size for your desktop or mobile device.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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New ALEX AND ANI Bangles Debut in Time for the Holidays at Disney Parks

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


As you all know, I’m an avid fan of ALEX AND ANI! So, when I see new bangles on the horizon that are what I consider ‘must-haves’ for the holidays, I want to share them with all of you. Here’s your first look at some of the new styles headed to Disney Parks.

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Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you! It All Started With A Mouse and Hakuna Matata are the first pieces in a new collection, Words Are Powerful, inspired by Disney sayings. These bangles will be available in Shiny Silver and Yellow Gold finishes beginning December 15. Also debuting is the 2015 Dated bangle featuring Mickey Mouse, a perfect way to commemorate your visit to the parks next year! This bangle will be available beginning December 15 in Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver finishes.

Look for these new bangles at locations throughout the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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Charmed? I know I am! Which bangle will you add to your collection this holiday season?

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By the Numbers: Holidays on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park

posted on December 2nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Holidays at the Disneyland Resort are well underway, and for many visitors the first stop in their holiday visit is Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. The street is covered with holiday cheer and what seems like thousands of ornaments, ribbons and lights. But do you ever find yourself asking exactly how many thousands there are? I did, so I wanted to share my findings with you!

Throughout Main Street, U.S.A. …

79,000 – Total number of ornaments
10,000 – Total number of lights
7,400 – Length in feet of ribbon (that’s more than 1.4 miles) used to make more than 800 bows
2,000 – Length in feet of garland

And on the Main Street Christmas tree …

6,000 – Total number of decorative lights
1,800 – Total number of ornaments
1,200 - Total number of branches
60 – Height in feet of the tree

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New Holiday Disney Gift Card Designs Available at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 2nd, 2014 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services


Celebrate the season with our new holiday Disney Gift Card designs! Find your holiday-themed Disney Gift Card throughout Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, or online at DisneyGiftCard.com. It’s the gift that is simple for you, and perfect for everyone on your shopping list. Select your favorite design and activate your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15!

Join Mickey and Minnie as they deck the halls with this new holiday design. You’ll get all wrapped up in the spirit of Christmas when you give this Disney Gift Card to someone special!

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If you’re celebrating at Walt Disney World Resort or the Disneyland Resort this year, be sure to grab a festive souvenir with one of these designs, which feature Mickey and Minnie celebrating the holidays at Cinderella Castle and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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The Disney Gift Card can be used for practically all things Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Club Penguin, Disney PhotoPass, DisneyMusicOnline.com, DisneyStore.com, and Disney Store locations in the U.S. Shop for these three designs and many other holiday options at DisneyGiftCard.com.

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