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Marvelous New Merchandise Debuts at Disney Parks

posted on March 24th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Some days do you feel like you are a superhero with the things you have accomplished? I know I do, or at least have some sort of special powers. I’m a pretty big fan of our Avengers films so you can only imagine my excitement for the upcoming release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and especially the meet and greet opportunity taking place now at Disneyland park.

Are you looking for ways to update your super hero collection? Here are a few things you might want to consider checking out or picking up.

First and foremost, keep an eye out for the dated Opening Day Limited Edition 2000 ‘shield’-inspired pin, which opens to reveal the first Avenger. The pin will debut this April and will be available at pin purchasing locations. Also being released are specially created D-Tech iPhone 4 and 5 cases which are bound to make your phone ‘super’ cool. Look for the D-tech cases to appear in late-Spring.

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Also available are ‘shield’ inspired T-shirts for adults and kids, a woman’s tank, as well as a boys rashguard T-shirt and swim trunks.

Marvelous New Merchandise Debuts at Disney Parks

But wait, there’s more! You will also find an array of other themed merchandise including a mug, keychain, sticker, magnets, four button set, books and toys as well as matted prints and limited edition giclees.

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Over the next month, continue to watch as product hits the shelves in our merchandise locations. You’ll find it at:

Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA

Downtown Disney Area, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Special Note: A limited selection of merchandise will be available aboard Disney Cruise Line.

Will you assemble for this new merchandise?

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The History of the Disneyland Monorail: Mark V, 1986-2008

posted on March 20th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


I love when we can have a Disney Parks Blog series that spans both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, so many thanks to my fellow author, Nate Rasmussen, for the excellent story on the Mark IV Monorail. Today, we return to the Disneyland Resort to continue our look at the history of the Disneyland Monorail with the Mark V.

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The most recognizable difference with the Mark V, compared to its predecessor, the Mark III, was its look. Designed to resemble the Mark IV monorail at Walt Disney World Resort, this new model was white with an accent color stripe running along the side. The four different colored stripes along the Mark V Monorails were red, blue, orange and purple.

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Another major difference was the new path the Disneyland Monorail would travel. In 1994, the path was diverted to run above the Eeyore section of the original Disneyland parking lot (remember that?) to accommodate the construction of Indiana Jones Adventure. Then in 1999, when construction began on Disney California Adventure park, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Downtown Disney District, portions of the track were re-routed to accommodate these additions.

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The opening of the Downtown Disney District also provided an opportunity for a brand-new station to be constructed for the Disneyland Monorail. When the station opened in 2001, it provided a convenient second entrance to Disneyland park, which is still available for guests today.

Check back next month, when I hand the controls back to Nate Rasmussen, who will tell us about the Mark VI Monorail, which currently travels the “highway in the sky” at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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April 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Looking to have some fun during your spring break? Here’s a glimpse of the merchandise events happening this April at the Disneyland Resort!

April 5: Artists Jason Bahret, Sean D’Anconia and Christopher Uminga will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more.

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April 5 – 6: Katie Kelly returns to Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day, as part of a special artist showcase. Be sure to stop by and check out some of her latest works, including Into the Forest. Learn more.

April 5 – 6: Meet artist Ben Burch from 1 – 4 p.m., each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Not able to make it? No problem! Ben will be on hand later in the month as well, look for him again April 26 – 27. Learn more.

April 11 – 13: Have you ever wondered what it would be like if one of our artists took over our store? We did! So for this weekend only, local So. Cal artist Noah will take over WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District and fill the store with Disney inspired and non-Disney artwork. Learn more.

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April 18 – 20: Hop in and meet Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick who will be appearing throughout the weekend from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort as we celebrate the release of her Spring collection. In case you miss her the first weekend, Linda will return April 25 – 27. Learn more.

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Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of April is artist Matt Spangler. Look for special artist showcases on the following dates: April 4, 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, 27 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn more.

A quick reminder before I go! Tickets for the Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disneyland Trading Event taking place June 13 – 14, 2014, will be available beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT. Learn more.

Which event are you most excited to check out?

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Downtown Disney Turns Green for St. Patrick’s Day at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 17th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, located in the heart of Downtown Disney, turns a fun shade of green as part of Tourism Ireland’s global “Greening” initiative during the ‘Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival’ throughout Downtown Disney and at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant.

Hundreds of revelers donned ‘Glow with the Show’ Ear hats, fun interactive version of the famous Mickey Ear hats, to celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in whimsical style.

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Downtown Disney joins more than 100 recognizable buildings and historic sites in celebrating this iconic Irish holiday.

The ‘Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival’ runs through tonight, with the final “Electric Ceili” performance taking place at 11 p.m. on the Raglan Road Pub Stage. Want even more Irish culture? For your chance to win a trip for two from Tourism Ireland, visit their booth at the Festival, or click here for rules and entry.

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Gourmet Apple is a Definite Delight at Disneyland Park

posted on March 17th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I am always eager to find out the new type of gourmet apple the Disneyland Resort has in store each month. Why? Because the Disneyland Resort Candy Making team continues to amaze me with their magnificent concoctions. This month, prepare to be surprised and delighted as well!

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So what is it? Wait no more … this month’s caramel apple has been covered in dark chocolate and has been encased with semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate chips and almonds. At this point, I’m sure you’re saying… stop! You’re making me hungry! I have to have this now! Well, I’m not finished yet. They have actually taken one more step, and infused raspberry into white chocolate and drizzled it over the entire apple.

Where will you find it? Candy Palace in Disneyland park; Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District; and Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park.

For the record I call first dibs! Who’s joining me in line to try this apple?

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Charming Treats for St. Patrick’s Day 2014 at Disney Parks

posted on March 15th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, I visited one of our consumables locations to survey some of the yummy, holiday-themed treats they have made this year. You may recall that several of our merchandise locations contain a show kitchen, which is an on-stage kitchen where cast members make delicious goodies for all to see. This year, the cast members in the show kitchens have added a splash of green to some of their most popular items including Mickey Mouse-shaped cake pops and crispy treats.

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They also have created my favorite treat – pretzel rods covered in green sugar or sprinkles. The pretzel rods join sprinkle-covered or chocolate-dipped marshmallow wands.

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Finally, I spotted a Leprechaun-like candy apply complete with chocolate, green sugar and a marshmallow. Nearby, I found a character apple that resembles Kermit the Frog from The Muppets. I figured I’d include him in this story because he’s green (plus, I can’t wait for “Muppets Most Wanted” to be in theatres on March 21!)

If you are visiting Disney Parks during St Patrick’s Day, please stop by these locations:

Disneyland Resort

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Celebrate Release of ‘Frozen’ on Blu-ray Combo Pack at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace on March 18, 2014

posted on March 14th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The award-winning, Disney animated featured “Frozen” comes to Blu-ray combo pack on Tuesday, March 18. To celebrate the day at Walt Disney World Resort, we are holding a release party at Once Upon a Toy in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be a DJ spinning some great tunes throughout the day (weather permitting), as well as a photo backdrop available for guests to take pictures.

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In addition to the Blu-ray combo pack, the Downtown Disney team will offer a small assortment of “Frozen” merchandise including kids’ T-shirts, books and D-Tech on Demand iPhone cases (see my previous Disney Parks Blog story for an update on new and upcoming merchandise).

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Finally, Once Upon a Toy will have some pre-designed, kids’ T-shirts from the nearby Disney Design-A-Tee location that day. Look for three different styles including the one shown above with Olaf. Adults can design and personalize similar “Frozen” T-shirts at the Disney Design-A-Tee shop if interested.

I hope you are able to stop by during the party.

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy the Show at the “Muppets Most Wanted” Meet-Up

posted on March 13th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Over the weekend, hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers joined us at Downtown Disney for our much-anticipated Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” Meet-Up. We packed the theater at AMC Downtown Disney 24 for a special preview screening of the film before it officially opens in U.S. theaters on March 21. In the movie, the Muppets head overseas for a tour—but they end up in the middle of—what else?—an international crime caper. Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey star (alongside all of our favorite Muppets).

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For our third Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up of the year, we invited readers to dress up and show their Muppets Side.
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And there were some great Muppet-inspired outfits at the event, including a feathered Sam Eagle costume worn by our own Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller.
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After watching Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” special guest Sweetums joined us from Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a special photo opportunity.

Guests also checked out the festivities at the Downtown Disney Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which included The Family Fun Zone presented by “Muppets Most Wanted” with a live DJ, games and family activities inspired by the movie.

Thank you to everyone who attended our latest Walt Disney World Resort meet-up – it was a great time. If you weren’t able to join us to see the movie, remember, Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” opens in theaters on March 21. For more information, visit Disney.com/Muppets, like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/Muppets, and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/TheMuppets.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about our next meet-up opportunity.

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Don’t Miss the Mighty Family Fun Zone at Downtown Disney West Side

posted on March 13th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is in full swing and family fun abounds! One of my favorite highlights from this year’s event is The Mighty Family Fun Zone presented by “Muppets Most Wanted.” Here, guests can enjoy Muppets mayhem, complete with music, games and activities for the whole family.

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Inspired by the upcoming film, guests of all ages can pose for Muppets-themed photo ops, learn to draw a Muppets character, let loose at a DJ Dance Party and collect Muppets character trading cards featuring Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Constantine, Beaker and Animal. Of course, guests can get a stamp for their Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival Passport, too!

For a sweet bite, look for special Muppets Rice Crispy Treats at the Downtown Disney Food Trucks.

Visit the Mighty Family Fun Zone presented by “Muppets Most Wanted” at Downtown Disney West Side, located between Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues, from 5pm-9pm through 3/14, then enjoy extended hours, from 12pm-9pm, 3/15-3/17/14.

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” an international crime caper starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and the whole Muppets gang, hits theaters on March 21, 2014. (Obviously, I plan to see it at AMC Downtown Disney 24!) For more information about The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival, click here.

In the meantime, I think even Kermit would have to agree with me … through March 17, it is easy being green!

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Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Goes St. Patrick’s Day Green This Weekend

posted on March 13th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Monday, which means if you’re Irish – or just wish you were – you have an entire weekend to celebrate in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.

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Saturday through Monday, you can put a jig in your step with special Downtown Disney District entertainment: The Molly Condon Irish Dance Company, and Irish hammer dulcimer musician Scott Williams.

And starting Friday, traditional Irish fare – corned beef and green beer – will be offered at several Downtown Disney District locations: Catal & Uva Bar, House of Blues, La Brea Bakery and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. ESPN Zone will offer green beer and a signature St. Patrick’s Day cocktail Friday through Monday, and will add corned beef and cabbage to the menu on Monday only.

Friday through Monday, Catal & Uva Bar will offer St. Patrick’s Day specialties such as Guinness Beer and Irish Cheddar dip, potato leek soup with Dubliner grilled cheese and whiskey-scented crème fraiche, Black and Tan battered fish and chips, corned beef on rye with Irish potato salad and whiskey bread pudding with stout gelato and Jameson crème anglaise. Uva Bar offers a Beer Special (Blue Moon Witbier with Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur) and Green Jello Shots in assorted flavors.

At House of Blues, it’s “Shamrock ‘n Roll” time. The VooDoo Lounge menu for the weekend through Monday features corned beef and cabbage, fish ‘n chips, and specials on Guinness, Jameson and green beer along with the traditional full menu.

La Brea Bakery will offer a special corned beef hash and eggs breakfast. Their lunch specials will include a Reuben on rye with corned beef, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island slaw, or a classic corned beef and cabbage dinner.

Erin go bragh!

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