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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – March 2014

posted on February 26th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


March 5 – May 18: Looking to ‘grow’ your collection or ‘pick’ the perfect item from this year’s assortment of 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival merchandise? Now you can! Fellow author Steven Miller recently shared details about some of this year’s new merchandise, among other items. See what’s in bloom and be sure to keep an eye out because several of our beloved Disney artists will be on hand for special appearances and signings throughout the festival as well as during the Art in the Garden Weekend taking place Mar. 28 – 30. Tip: Passholders be sure to keep an eye out for special merchandise created just for you!

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March 5 – 9: Meet renowned artist Larry Dotson who will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Epcot. Be sure to stop by and say hello as you check out some of his latest releases. Learn more.

March 12 – 16: Artist Greg McCullough will be appearing at Art of Disney in Epcot, Mar. 12 – 16 and Mar. 26 – 30, as we celebrate the release of some of his latest pieces. Learn more.

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March 15: Stop by Animation Gallery inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the limited edition release of “Off the Page – 25 Years,” which features Sorcerer Mickey as he conjures various images from “Fantasia,” and meet the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Learn more. Can’t make it to the event? Order yours now!

March 18: Mark your calendars for the DVD and Blu-Ray release of “Frozen” and “Saving Mr. Banks,” two of my personal favorites. More details on these releases will be available shortly, so keep watching the Disney Parks Blog.

March 21 – 26: David E. Doss will be appearing daily at The Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Stop in and find a new piece of art to add to your collection! Learn more.

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March 26 – 27: Are you a fan of Ridley Pearson? Are you ready for the release of “Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider”? If your answer was yes, then be sure to check out all of the details on Ridley Pearson’s appearances and details on the last book in the beloved Kingdom Keepers series. Learn more.

Which artist showcase and event are you most excited to attend?

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Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney Epicenter of St. Pat’s Celebrations

posted on February 25th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


For the real deal, the celebration at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney West Side begins on March 7, a full 10 days before the official St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. That’s plenty of time to eat, drink, dance and do it all over again.

Nine different bands, pro dancers and some of the best Irish food make every day worth stopping by – the fun goes from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. March 7 – 14, then cranks from noon – 1 a.m. March 15 – 17 for a weekend of revelry. Check out raglanroad.com for details.

Food is a highlight, so look for one or more of the four Disney Food Trucks (Fantasy Fare, Namaste Café, Superstar Catering and World Showcase of Flavors) serving delicious eats, including a St. Patrick’s Day cupcake, and Fisherman’s Pie, a favorite from the Ireland kiosk at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (at the Superstar Catering truck).

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Raglan Road favorites are on the restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus, along with beers on tap. For a quick bite, stop at Cooke’s of Dublin for fish and chips, battered sausages or deep-fried candy bars. The other Downtown Disney restaurants are joining the fun with St. Pat’s fare too.

On the big day March 17, seating is first-come, first-served basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest age 18 and older. Reservations can be booked for other festival days by calling 407-938-0300. For more information visit Disneyworld.com/StPatricksDay.

Chef Kevin Dundon’s new Raglan Road cookbook, “I’d Ate the Back Door Buttered Ma” is the perfect souvenir, with classics like this traditional loin of bacon with cabbage and potatoes. That title, by the way, is a Dublin phrase that translates as “hey, mom, I’m starving!”
Happy St. Pat’s!

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March’s Gourmet Apple at the Disneyland Resort is a Chocolate Delight

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


Every time I think that gourmet apples can’t get better, our Candy Makers at Disneyland Resort take it up another notch. What can you expect to find this March? How does a Triple Chocolate apple sound?

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Each apple has been dipped in creamy caramel and enrobed in sweet milk chocolate. What could possibly make it better? They’ve added a mixture of white and semi-sweet dark chocolate chips all around it and then topped it off with drizzles of white, milk and dark chocolate. It’s unbelievable!

You will no doubt delight in this amazing concoction, I hope you try it! Look for it 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.

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March Merchandise Events at Disneyland Resort

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


You’re in luck! Take a look at all of the events happening in March at the Disneyland Resort.

March 1: Stop by WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District where artists Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Noah, Kristin Tercek and Gregg Visintainer will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more.

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March 1 – 2: Look for Urban Octopus at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, from 1 – 4 p.m., and again the following weekend, March 8 – 9. Learn more.

March 5: Don’t miss your chance to pick up the new Ink & Paint Cel featuring Jiminy Cricket. Learn more.

March 8 – 9: Meet artist Bob Elias from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park and see some of his latest works inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters. Learn more.

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March 15 – 16: Looking to add one of Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques to your collection? Select some of your favorite Disneyland Resort attractions and icons to spell your name. Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., each day at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Learn more.

March 15 – 16: Take part in a special Olive Oil tasting at WonderGround Gallery from 1 – 4 p.m. Details will be available in the coming weeks on www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

March 22: Meet artists Jeff Granito and Michelle Romo who will be appearing at WonderGround Gallery from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. as we celebrate some of their newest releases. Learn more. Learn more.

Meet El Gato Gomez at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District on March 22 From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

March 22: Local Southern California artist Noah will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we release his newest piece titled “Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust” featuring Tinker Bell. Learn more.

March 28: Calling all Traders! Disney Trading Night will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Pacific Ballroom at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. So if you are looking to meet avid and novice traders, make friends, or share stories about your collections, then this is the place for you. Learn more.

March 29: Are you a fan of Ridley Pearson? Are you ready for the release of “Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider?” If your answer is yes, make sure to check out all the details on Ridley Pearson’s appearance and details on the last book in the beloved Kingdom Keepers series. Learn more.

Appearing as the Artist in Residence at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of March is local artist Jeff Granito. Look for special artist showcases on the following dates: February 28 and March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 5 – 9 p.m. Learn more.

Hope you can join us!

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Even Stars ‘Strike’ It Big With Family Time at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney

posted on February 19th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


How does a Hollywood power couple enjoy their downtime? Well, if you’re Ed Burns and Christy Turlington, you spend an afternoon at Splitsville Luxury Lanes with an extended group of friends and family.

I had a chance to meet up with the duo over the weekend; within minutes of arriving, their son, Finn, had scored a strike and a sized-for-sharing platter of Splitsville’s sushi arrived at their table. “This is really good,” gushed the supermodel. She sounded surprised; I wasn’t … Splitsville’s food is one of the things that sets the venue apart from other bowling alleys. That, and the fact that it’s truly family-friendly. With a party of 16, the group called ahead to reserve bowling lanes – there was space for everyone to kick back and relax, and plenty of opportunity for a little friendly competition and a lot of laughter.
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“This family time is really important to us. We’re here at Walt Disney World Resort for our daughter’s gymnastics competition, but we decided to extend the trip and make a real vacation out of it” shared Ed. Christy nodded in agreement, “We left a really cold winter in New York, so this is great!”

Even though Christy admitted “I’m not a great bowler,” she looked like a natural. And though I didn’t stick around to see the final scores, Ed expected that he and his brother would “go at it” on the lanes! The couple took a moment to sign a special bowling pin for the Splitsville team to commemorate the few fun hours they spent there.

With cousins, best friends, siblings (Ed’s brother, Brian, is married to Christy’s sister, Kelly!), and kids in tow, it was the first time the group visited Downtown Disney, but hopefully not the last.

So, have you been to Splitsville? Food, bowling or something else … what’s your favorite part of the “Luxury Lanes” experience? I’d love to hear in the “Comments” section below!

To learn more about Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side, including pricing, hours, and offerings, click here.

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Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider Set To Debut at Disney Parks

posted on February 18th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Don’t miss your chance to meet acclaimed author Ridley Pearson, as we celebrate the release of his newest book, “Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider,” the much-anticipated, final addition to the Kingdom Keepers saga. Ridley will be making special appearances on the following dates:

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Disneyland Resort:

  • March 29 – Disneyana, Disneyland park (10 a.m. – Noon)

Here’s a look at the cover as well as what you can expect from this new book:

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The Kingdom Keepers’ senior year in high school is almost over. For more than three years, things have been quiet. Their battles are long behind them, they agree, the threat to the Disney realm silenced albeit at great cost. But inside the catacombs of the Aztec temple where Finn Whitman faced down his nemesis, the monstrous Chernabog, a new threat brews.

Deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers as the merciless group of Disney villains known as the Overtakers stage an unexpected comeback. But a discovery by the Keepers provides them with one hope of victory-a lost icon. It was believed to be gone forever. The Keepers have one last chance to preserve the heart of the Kingdom-Disneyland-from a terrifying destruction decades in the making.

Be sure to visit DisneyParksMerchandise.com for event information, details on wristband distribution (where applicable) and more.

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Romantic Carriage Rides for Valentine’s Day in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 14th, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


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Still searching for a Valentine’s Day treat for your loved one? Would a romantic ride in a horse drawn carriage fit the bill? This weekend at the Disneyland Resort, you can snuggle with your loved one as hooves clip clop on the path through the Downtown Disney District and the gardens of the Disneyland Hotel. The ride fee of $25 includes a souvenir 5” x 7” photo. Rides are offered tonight and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Your equine chauffeur for a Valentine carriage ride is Circle D’s own Lucky. Lucky is a Clydesdale who can also be seen pulling the Horse-Drawn Street Car on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park. The stately white carriage behind him is a known as a “vis à vis”, which is French for face to face, but we have a feeling true Valentines will sit side by side!

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Caption This: Downtown Disney Ahoy!

posted on February 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you ever seen this friendly pirate, who is stationed outside World of Disney at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort?

What’s his mission here at Downtown Disney? Is he friend or foe? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” in the “Comments” section below!

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Interactive Fun Awaits in the ESPN Zone Sports Arena at the Downtown Disney District

posted on February 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Come with us inside the ESPN Zone Sports Arena in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – we found lots of fun, interactive sports games, video games and much more. Next time you’re looking to add a little sports fun to your Disneyland Resort visit, stop by the Sports Arena. It’s on the second floor of the ESPN Zone, and it’s got something for everyone. Check it out!

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Love is in the Air, and On the Ground, at Downtown Disney this Valentine’s Day

posted on February 12th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


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Downtown Disney is a great place for a date any day of the year, so it should come as no surprise that I highly recommend it for celebrating Valentine’s Day, too! Read on for a few of my favorite ways to spend quality time with the one you love:

If you’re a classic romantic, there’s a good chance either dinner for two, a big-screen romance or decadent chocolate tops your list of Valentine’s Day gestures. Guess who’s got them all? Restaurant options abound here at Downtown Disney (book early here or via 407-WDW-DINE), AMC Downtown Disney 24 is showing all the latest flicks, and Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop is the “go-to” source for chocolate delights. (And if you want to roll those all into one big experience, may I suggest AMC 24 Dine-In Theatres – opt for the Chocolate Brownie Sundae for dessert.)

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If you’d rather surprise your mate with something unexpected, you could take your love to new heights with a ride aboard the world’s largest tethered helium balloon, Characters in Flight, presented by Aerophile (weather permitting). Or strike it big with a lane “a deux” at Splitsville Luxury Lanes – not only can you show your flirty, competitive side, but you can feed each other gourmet sushi (if you’re into that sort of thing). One more idea that’s perfect if you just can’t decide what to get … a Valentine’s Day shopping spree! Let your love loose to pick out the perfect gift – whether it’s a watch, jewelry or a special piece of art, there are plenty of retail shops to explore.

Of course, this is just the icing on the cake (which reminds me … BabyCakes NYC is perfect for Gluten-free Valentine’s treats!); the real gift is getting to spend time with your special someone.

So? What’s your “dream” Downtown Disney date? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below. And who knows, maybe your Valentine will be reading, too!

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