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First Look at the Disneyland Resort Holiday Magic ‘Decades’ Collection

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you a fan of the Disneyland Resort Diamond CelebrationDecades” collection? If you’re like me, one of the most magical and favorite times of the year at Disneyland Resort is the holiday season. Since 1955, the magic of the holidays has brought joy, merriment, lots of cheer and lasting memories to guests of all ages. Here’s your first look at the new art debuting November 12 celebrating 60 years of Holiday Magic.

As you can see, this new piece features cherished holiday attractions, icons and characters throughout the resort. Look for this image on an array of merchandise items including an adult fleece, D-handled mug, set of two kitchen towels, deluxe print, ornament, pin and my personal favorite, (great as a serving dish or a cookie plate), the oval platter. Tip: Some items even feature the story of this particular piece on the back.

Find it beginning November 12 at Disney Showcase in Disneyland park; World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District; and Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park, among other select locations.

Will you add holiday cheer to your collection with this “Decades” piece?

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Ghirardelli’s Comin’ to (Down)Town Disney District at the Disneyland Resort for the Holidays

posted on November 3rd, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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If you’re looking for holiday treats, the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort offers a new opportunity. Beginning today – Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Ghirardelli will have a seasonal holiday store, located next to the Disney Vacation Club Preview Center across from Rainforest Café.

For the shopping convenience of Downtown Disney District guests, the seasonal retail location offers a variety of beautifully wrapped gifts, limited-edition Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark, classic bars and SQUARES, pick-and-mix chocolates, novelties and more.

Please note that this is a merchandise-only location. For the Ghirardelli ice cream experience, please visit the location in Disney California Adventure park.

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New Dishes on Menu at ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 2nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Regulars know you arrive early on game day at the ESPN Club on Disney’s BoardWalk – and they also have their favorites on the menu. Recently, under the helm of Chef Anthony Gregorek, the menu has undergone a major makeover featuring several new dishes, giving the new menu a gastropub feel—bar favorites with an upscale twist.

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Those ESPN wings are still there, ditto the PB&J Burger and the chicken ‘n waffles, but today, we’re delivering a full listing of the delicious new dishes.

New starters:

  • Bar Flats (the ESPN version of a flatbread with caramelized onion, bacon and beer-cheese fondue; tuna tartare; traditional margarita (mozzarella, tomato and basil); Mediterranean, and the seasonal flat.
  • Club Fries – chunky steak fries topped with ESPN chili, Cheddar and ale fondue, crumbled blue cheese, marinated tomatoes, crispy pancetta and green onion. Plenty to share.
  • Pan-fried potato and cheese pierogi topped with herb-infused sour cream and caramelized onions.
  • Crispy fried Florida pink shrimp with Cajun remoulade, Sherry aioli and grilled lemon.
  • ESPN House Chili with diced onions, shredded Cheddar, smoked bacon, pico de gallo and griddle cornbread.
  • Clam chowder with chopped bacon, herb oil and seasoned oyster crackers.

New entrees:

  • Turkey Carver sandwich with roasted turkey breast, smoke Gouda, maple aioli, tomato and bitter greens.
  • Seafood mac & cheese made with seasonal seafood and citrus gremolata.
  • Sustainable catch with market vegetables.
  • Hand-breaded chicken breast sandwich with pepper jack cheese, tomato and lettuce on a toasted bun.
  • Petite top sirloin and grilled langostinos with house-made mac & cheese, Cabernet butter and market vegetables.
  • Craft beer battered fish and chips with Cajun tartar sauce and fries or cucumber salad.
  • Coffee-brined BBQ-spiced pork chop with fried potato hash and pickled vegetables.
  • Grilled Black Tiger Shrimp and andouille sausage “gumbo style” risotto, braised kale and grilled cornbread.
  • Bourbon-ale braised beef short rib with potato and roasted garlic gratin, watercress, pan gravy and market vegetables.
  • Pan-roasted chicken breast with Parmesan risotto, lemony chicken jus and market vegetables.
  • Sausage 3 Way: bratwurst, peppers and onions on pretzel roll; kielbasa and smoked bacon cabbage on a club roll; and Andouille with pickled vegetables on a poppy seed roll.
  • Vegetarian “Unplugged” with seasonal selections.

ESPN Club also has an impressive craft beer list—over 54 varieties available, including a seasonal menu that boasts beers exclusively from the sunshine state. It’s also the only restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort to pair each entrée with a craft beer, so the flavors of the brew perfectly accompany your main course.

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Disneyland Resort Event Snapshot – November 2015

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


Here are a few quick tips on Disney Theme Park Merchandise events you should check out this November at the Disneyland Resort!

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November 7: Artist Steven Daily will appear from 3–5 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as release of some of his newest pieces. Learn more here.

November 14: Join us for an artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Joey Chou, Daniel Davis, Max Grundy and Sydney Hanson from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

November 14-15: Look for special appearances by Daniel and Dawna Davis from Steam Crow who will be setting up shop inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District on November 14–15 and 28-29, from 2-5 p.m., each day. Learn more here.

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November 21: Take part in a “dino-mite” artist signing with Joey Chou and Jerrod Maruyama featuring artwork inspired by “The Good Dinosaur” from 7–9 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Joey Chou. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: November 6–7, 13–14 and 28 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which event are you most excited for?

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See the Stars of Disney’s ‘Descendants’ in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort on October 17

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


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Tomorrow, the stars of Disney Channel’s hit movie, “Descendants,” will join fans in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort for an on-stage celebration! Come see stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson and the movie’s director, choreographer and executive producer Kenny Ortega at this special event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Downtown Disney Live! Stage.

Fans will have the opportunity join in a dance tutorial featuring the movie’s opening number, “Rotten to the Core,” and a sing-a-long featuring fan-favorite songs “Rotten to the Core” and “If Only.” Come dressed in your best Isle of the Lost or Auradon-inspired costume to take part in the “Descendants” costume showcase!

Disney’s “Descendants” tells the story of the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains in a live-action movie that – with a knowing wink at traditional fairy tales – fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations. Come join us tomorrow for a celebration of this unique hit!

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New Rocky Road Gourmet Treats Added to the Mix at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


A “Rocky Road” lies ahead for you this November at the Disneyland Resort. Our Candy Makers have been hard at work preparing themed gourmet treats based on the fan favorite Rocky Road flavors of years past.

The gourmet apple, dipped in creamy caramel, enrobed in sweet milk chocolate and covered in marshmallows and diced almonds, will be available for a limited time.

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Of course, we’re adding a few other treats to tempt your taste buds – the Rocky Road marshmallow wand, crispy treat and bark.

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Look for these fan-favorite treats beginning November 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which treat will you try?

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Celebrate Halloween and Oktoberfest This Month in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 9th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


October is all about seasonal celebrations in the restaurants, shops and entertainment venues of the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Whether your taste runs to harvest, Halloween or “hoisting” a beverage for the occasion, the Downtown Disney District offers something for every age and every member of the family.

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Pumpkin is one of the predominant tastes of the season, and there is plenty to taste at locations throughout the Downtown Disney District: a pumpkin churro from the California Churro cart, a pumpkin macaroon from Kayla’s Cakes, Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks and a pumpkin smoothie made with almond milk, pumpkin, bananas and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg at Jamba Juice.

Halloween celebrants can enjoy an evening of “Scary-Oke,” including costume and karaoke contests, at Crossroads at House of Blues on Saturday, Oct. 31. LittleMissMatched is offering a Buy 3 Get One Free deal on limited-edition Halloween-themed socks.

And if, inspired by Haunted Mansion Holiday, you’d like to construct your own haunted gingerbread house, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will offer a Haunted Gingerbread House Building Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. A Gingerbread Kit and two seats at the work table are available for $48; additional seats would be $12 apiece. Tickets are available online here.

Meanwhile, October brings with it the opportunity to show your Bavarian side with the celebration of Oktoberfest. Uva Bar is currently offering an Oktoberfest-inspired menu through October 31. Crossroads at House of Blues will have a special Oktoberfest Celebration this Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring specialty menu items, a stein-hoisting competition and a pretzel eating contest. Meanwhile, a special Oktoberfest menu at House of Blues features grilled bratwurst, schnitzel, apple strudel and giant Bavarian pretzels.

It’s a full month of October events at the Downtown Disney District. Choose your celebration!

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New ALEX AND ANI Wraps Debut for Fall at Disney Parks

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Fall fashion is one thing I love, especially when it comes in the form of ALEX AND ANI! If you’re curious as to what releases we have lined up this October at Disney Parks, wait no more! Here are all the details and a look at what you can expect to find.

On October 12, add texture to your bangle set with new braided leather wraps available in cream leather with Rafaelian Gold Finish accents and black with Rafaelian Silver Finish accents.

There is also the intricate Gift of Wisdom Wrap, which you will find in Rafaelian Gold, Rafaelian Silver and Rose Gold Finishes. My favorite part about these wraps is, of course, the Mickey Mouse shaped-head on the end of both sides!

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Debuting October 19 is a nostalgic line considered part of the ALEX AND ANI “Precious” collection. These beautiful new pieces include a Mickey Filigree expandable necklace and ring, a pull chain bracelet and post earrings. Each item will be sold individually in .925 sterling silver or if you’re a fan of gold, look for the 14kt gold plated version. Tip: Please note that only Downtown Disney District and Disney Springs locations will offer the “Precious” collection at this time.

Look for all of these ALEX AND ANI pieces at:

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Tip: The wraps shown above will be available online on or around the same dates as they debut at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations. Please note: The “Precious” collection will not debut online until November 23.

Which one will you add to your collection?

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New ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Ornament Set Debuts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


If you are a fan of the new “Paint the Night” parade, which debuted as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, then keep reading because I have no doubt that you will want to add this new ear hat ornament set to your collection!

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I had the chance to chat with Merchandiser Roger Dressen, who shared some details on the creation of this new collection. “‘Paint the Night’ parade is such a magical experience for our guests, with its dazzling array of color and light,” said Roger. “By creating a set of five ornaments, it allowed us to capture a variety of key moments from the nighttime spectacular as well as beloved Disney characters such as Sorcerer Mickey, Mike and Sulley, Tinker Bell, “The Little Mermaid” (Ariel and King Triton) and Belle. My favorite feature of all … they actually light up!”

This set will retail $150, plus tax, and can be found at the following locations in mid-October 2015.

Which ornament is your favorite?

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First Look at New ‘Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Merchandise at Disney Parks

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


New “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise featuring some frightfully fun friends from Halloween Town is in stores now at Disney Parks! Let’s check it out!

Fall accessories are definitely a must! Look for a messenger bag and sectional tote, along with a cleverly designed Jack Skellington suit tote and reversible Jack and Sally cross-body. Other festive wear includes arm warmers, themed scarves and even a coffin-shaped Jack wallet. I’ve already shared some of this year’s novelty headwear with you, but as you can see there are a few other choices that are a bit more subtle and can certainly be worn any time of year.

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New art debuts on a variety of themed tees including Jack Skellington as the Master of Fright, Pumpkin King and one that will have you wondering if it’s a “trick of the eye.” As the evenings cool down and a chill starts to fill the air, don’t despair – a new themed fleece will have you more than prepared. Ladies, a new dress, fashion tees and even a Sally-themed costume tee (available in select locations) are just a few ways for you to rock any look! Don’t worry, we have your little guys and ‘ghouls’ covered, too, with new fleece and tees and even a Jack Skellington suit-inspired coverall for your little pumpkin.

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Look for all of these new merchandise offerings and more at the following locations:

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Two new Dooney & Bourke collections themed to “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” are also set to debut this fall! The first collection is a “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” wallpaper print in coated canvas, featuring a black and white all-over pattern with Jack Skellington with leather accent trim and handles. In the coming weeks, a second nylon collection featuring silhouettes of some of your favorite Halloween Town characters will also materialize.

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Look for these new Dooney & Bourke silhouettes at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort as well as Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Which “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise are you most excited for?

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