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Disney Parks Blog Readers Invited to ‘Ant-Man’ Special Advanced Screening at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: This event has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future opportunities!

If you’re as excited about the upcoming film “Ant-Man” as we are, I’ve got great news for you today! Disney Parks Blog readers have been invited to attend a special advanced screening of the film here at AMC Downtown Disney 12 at the Disneyland Resort. Event guests are invited to show their super hero side and attend in costume!

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“Ant-Man,” directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, introduces us to a hero armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. Master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Can’t make it to the special advanced screening? Then be sure to catch “Ant-Man” when it opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

Join us the morning of Saturday, July 11! Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for an event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Event confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Participants will be responsible for any parking fees.
  • Please note that cameras, smartphones and other recording devices will not be permitted in the theater and security will be present to check these devices.
  • This is a pre-release screening of the movie. Captioning, descriptive video and assistive listening devices will not be available.
  • The movie is rated PG-13.
  • Please arrive early. Seating is first come, first seated. No one will be admitted late. The screening may be overbooked and seating is not guaranteed. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (WDSMP), its affiliates and the theatre are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time.
  • NO RECORDING. The screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any video or audio recording devices (including, without limitation, cameras and phones) into the venue and you consent to a physical search of your belongings and person for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device during this screening, you consent to your immediate removal from the venue and forfeiture of your recording device and its contents. Any attempted unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability. We reserve the right to pursue any and all available remedies at law and in equity for any unauthorized recording and/or copyright infringement, including without limitation statutory damages of up to $150,000 per violation, and nothing contained in this notice shall be construed to limit our available remedies and/or legal recourse. You assume all risks of personal injury arising from or incidental to attending the screening, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. Further, by attending you grant permission to WDSMP, its licensees, licensors, affiliates and agents, to record and utilize your name, voice and likeness to publicize the screening and promote the movie.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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July 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to dazzle! Here are events taking place this July that you don’t want to miss!

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July 3-5: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand for the debut of the Patriotic Collection. See the dolls and meet Linda from 12–10 p.m. each day at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

July 10-12: Artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith is taking over WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District! Stop by throughout the weekend to meet Jasmine and check out some of newest releases from her collection. Learn more here.

July 13: Join us as we welcome authors Kevin Kidney and Tim O’Day who will be on the hand for a special signing of their recent release, “A Celebration of New Magic and Fond Memories of the Disneyland Resort” from 9–11 a.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Tip: Look for the special limited edition version created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Learn more here.

July 18: Join us for an artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works of art by Whitney Pollett and Chris Uminga from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

June 25: Meet Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore who will be on hand for the release and signing of his latest release themed to Princess Aurora. Jim Shore will appear from 9–11 a.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park and 3–5 p.m. at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

June 25: Artist SHAG will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration inspired piece titled “A Perilous Adventure” at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Jeff Granito. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: July 3, 4, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and August 1 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which events are you planning to attend?

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S’Mores Are a Treat This July at the Disneyland Resort

posted on June 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Fans of our S’mores gourmet apple, prepare yourselves – this summer is about to get even better as we “treat” you to a few other surprises from our candy kitchens at the Disneyland Resort! Our candy makers have come up with some new concoctions inspired by some of your favorite gourmet apple flavors. Joining the S’mores apple for the month of July will be a similarly themed (and tasty) marshmallow wand, crispy treat and bark.

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The gourmet apple and marshmallow wand are dipped in caramel and milk chocolate, then carefully layered with graham crackers and toasted mini marshmallows. You’ll notice that the crispy treat is prepared almost identically, without the caramel. How could we possibly top all of that? With milk chocolate drizzle, of course!

Looking for something with a bit more “bark” than bite?

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The S’mores bark is made of milk chocolate and marshmallow, topped with graham cracker pieces as well as toasted mini marshmallows.

You won’t have to “camp out” to enjoy these new treats – look for them beginning July 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., and Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which one will you try first?

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – July 2015

posted on June 28th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort this July? Be sure to check out these special artist appearances and signings!

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Now through July 20: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of the new Patriotic Collection, among other fan favorites. Meet the representatives and see the dolls throughout the day, each day, at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

July 1 – 5: Take part in a special Givenchy fragrance event at Le Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more.

July 2 – 3: Find the latest releases from artist David E. Doss, who will be appearing daily, July 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 from 1 – 9 p.m. at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

July 2 – 5: Appearing at Art of Disney in Epcot throughout the month is artist Larry Dotson. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: July 2, 3, 4, 5, 16, 17, 18, 19, 30 as well as August 1 and 2. Learn more.

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July 11 – 14: Meet Fragrance Designer Geir Ness throughout the day at Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

July 13 – 18: Artist Greg McCullough returns this month with special appearances and signings July 13 – 18 and July 27 – August 1 from 1 – 8p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

July 17 – 18: Meet artist Jeremiah Ketner who will be on hand for a special artist showcase and signing at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace from 5 – 8p.m., each day. Learn more.

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July 23 – 26: Meet artist William Silvers who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest releases from 1 – 9p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not able to make it? William will return for additional signing opportunities July 30 – August 1 from 12 Noon – 8 p.m., each day, at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.

Throughout the month look for other special appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot, including Le Plume et Palette and La Signature in France, The Tea Caddy in the United Kingdom and Puffins Roost in Norway. Learn more.

Reminder: Tickets to this year’s GenEARation D Pin Trading event taking place Sept. 11 – 12 are still available but are in limited supply. It’s not too late to register! Learn more.

Which events will you check out?

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Special Military Performances at the Disneyland Resort for Fourth of July Weekend

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


From July 2-6, guests can enjoy more special performances by military acts than ever before, continuing a tradition of inviting the military to perform at Disneyland, started by Walt Disney on opening day. If you are visiting the Disneyland Resort this Fourth of July weekend, you may want to catch one of these patriotic shows! Below is a schedule of performance times.

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United States Air Force Honor Guard from Washington D.C.
July 2-5, 2015

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Disney California Adventure Park

  • 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – Paradise Pier, near the “World of Color” viewing area

Fourth of July added performances

  • 5:15 p.m. – Flag Retreat Ceremony (Color Guard only) in Town Square
  • 6:45 p.m. – Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from Miramar, CA
July 4, 2015

Disneyland Park

  • 4:10 p.m. – Prior to Mickey’s Soundsational Parade
  • 5:15 p.m. – Flag Retreat Ceremony in Town Square
  • 7 p.m. – Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Downtown Disney District

  • 11:30 a.m. (breakout rock band) – Main Stage

United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from San Francisco, CA
July 5-6, 2015

Downtown Disney District

  • 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. (breakout rock band) – Main Stage
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Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy ‘Inside Out’ Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Over the weekend, the Disney Parks Blog team met up with more than 1,000 of our readers for a special screening and celebration around the new Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out,” which hits theaters June 19.

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The group was treated to an advanced screening of the film, which tells the story of a young girl named Riley and the Emotions that guide her. Based in Headquarters, the control center of Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Our readers were also surprised with an exclusive character greeting with Joy and Sadness from the the film, as well as other fun photo ops.

For a full look inside the event, check out the video above. You can also follow Disney Parks Blog on Instagram for a look inside all of our meet-up events.

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Celebrate the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ with New Merchandise at Disney Parks

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


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Disney•Pixar’s newest original film “Inside Out” arrives in theaters on June 19. I’m looking forward to seeing it with my son who has been watching the trailers for months now. While my parents were visiting us, they bought him a few Disney Tsum Tsum featuring characters from this upcoming film. I recently visited Downtown Disney Marketplace to discover what other items were now at Disney Parks.

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The small “Inside Out” assortment includes home décor, apparel, plush and toys. I love the five plush inspired by the emotions of Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear.

I found the Disney Tsum Tsum my parents purchased at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. They will also be offered at World of Disney in Downtown Disney District in California.

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Other items include a deluxe figurine playset, a coffee mug, and a new book titled “Sadly Ever After” by Elise Allen with illustrations by Dan Holland.

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I love the packaging for the open edition six-pin set. Disney pin collectors should also look for an open edition pin with Joy and Bing Bong and a limited edition opening day pin (the latter has an edition size of 3,000).

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Finally, the D-Tech on Demand boutique in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace will also offer six different “Inside Out” designs. You can create and customize a case for the following mobile phones: iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPhone 6/6+, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5. These new designs will be introduced at the location by June 19.

Select items will be found in a variety of merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. You can find other items from “Inside Out” online here.

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Take a Fast-Paced Tour of Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort in a New Hyperlapse Video

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


I’m not sure about you, but I could easily spend a full day at Downtown Disney. That’s why I recently fell in love with this hyperlapse video developed by the Digital Marketing team for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – it takes you through some of my favorite Downtown Disney shopping, dining, and entertainment highlights, from day to night, in just a minute and a half! Haven’t seen it yet? Do yourself a favor and spend the next 90 seconds enjoying this fast-paced virtual tour of one of my favorite playgrounds, then let me know what you love most about the video in the comments below!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on June 14th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared a first look at our plans for a “Frozen” attraction in Epcot and more of what you can expect to experience when it opens in 2016.

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Frozen Ever After,” will be an adventure fit for the entire family that’ll take guests through the kingdom of Arendelle. The fantastic Disney storytelling combined with new technology and favorite moments and music from the film will make guests feel like they stepped into the magical world of “Frozen.”

You can find more information about the attraction in our original story.

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And we shared new details about “The Edison and “STK Orlando” coming to Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort. Similar to its sister location on the west coast, The Edison at Disney Springs will be dedicated to a resurgence of old-world style, sophistication and romance.

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We also shared a new rendering of STK Orlando – a location that’ll be the only spot that offers rooftop dining, in a gorgeous lounge setting, at Disney Springs.

Darcy has more details on both in her “coming soon” story.

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

New Cars Land Merchandise Cruises into Disney California Adventure Park – The collection features something for everyone in your family, and friends too! You’ll find youth and adult hats, tees, fleece, a water bottle, pins and even an engine-revving tailgate party tote and duffle bag.

Top Five: Donald Duck at Disney Parks – Over the years, Donald’s been a guest favorite at Disney Parks around the globe, whether it’s meeting him during a character greeting, spotting him in “Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade” or shopping for Donald gifts.

Celebrating 1 Million @DisneyParks Twitter Followers – One of the popular Twitter accounts for many Disney Parks Blog readers – @DisneyParks – just reached a big milestone – 1 million followers. And to help celebrate the occasion and thank all of our fans, we’ve gathered some of your favorite Disney characters for a special stop-motion surprise.

A Mom’s Take on the Deluxe Studios at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Disney Vacation Club accommodations offer special features perfect for families of all sizes. The Deluxe Studios at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort, are the largest at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Behind the Scenes: This Year’s Star Wars Weekends Creative Campaign – The idea behind this year’s campaign is simple: it’s as close to the Force as you can get. Everything plays out around the notion of going to Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and you are literally surrounded by the Force and all things Star Wars.

Behind the Scenes: Creating Our @DisneyParks Stop-Motion Film – What do you get when you take 1,000 photos, 60 lbs of confetti, seven Disney characters and one photographer with a big imagination? Something magical, of course!

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Sights and Sounds of Disney Parks: Playing It Cool at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 12th, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Amid all the excitement of the fun and magic during the Coolest Summer Ever, let’s share some thoughts about all the Walt Disney World ways and wonders we enjoy to keep us cool. You’re probably already an expert on tips for dialing up the fun and toning down the sun, but to get started, here are just a few:

Stay cool inside. Drink plenty of water—even before you get too thirsty. Make sure the whole gang stays properly hydrated.

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Stay cool outside. Wear hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfy shoes—shoes that were made for walking. You don’t have to be a runner or jogger to visit your hometown running shoe store (or Fit2Run at the Downtown Disney Area). They’ll help you find shoes that support the way you specifically walk. Just wait until you’ve walked in shoes so comfy, they’re ‘like butter’!

Take a break. Make use of extended park hours and Extra Magic Hours so briefly bid adieu to the parks for an hour or two at your Disney Resort hotel. Take a refreshing “power nap.” Loll around in the pool (staying in the shade as much as possible). Savor a leisurely meal at a Disney Resort restaurant (make reservations soon). When you get back to the parks, you’ll feel as fresh as the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!

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Write a book. You think I’m kidding, don’t you? Well, we’re very proud of a brand new gem now available in select shops called “My Walt Disney World Travels”. It’s an easy-to-carry spiral bound book with lots of places to jot down the delightful details of up to five Walt Disney World Resort visits. Each of the five visit sections has a pocket for odds and ends that become personal treasures.

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You might ask, “Sure, ‘My Walt Disney World Travels’ is filled with fun, clever things, but isn’t it a kids’ book?” Yes and no. Yes, hand them to the kids when they’re in need of a cool-down break; when they’re asking when their chicken nuggets will be served, or just about to make all the grownups wake up just a little too soon. But why should kids have all the journal fun? The book has a wonderful Mary Blair flair to it, so it epitomizes the pinnacle of style and sophistication.

That reminds me, I’ve got to go jot something down right now! Until we meet here next Friday, what are your tips for keeping cool and comfortable on warmish summer days?

For information on purchasing select Disney merchandise items, call Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Merchandise Guest Services at 1-877-560-6477 or send an email to 
merchandiseguestservices@disney.go.com.

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