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Tour Aulani with New Disney Vacation Club Virtual Resort Experience at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 13th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Throughout my career I’ve traveled to Disney destinations around the globe. However, I haven’t yet been quite lucky enough to visit Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa or Disney Vacation Club Villas in Hawai’i. I recently got to experience the next best thing – taking a virtual tour of the resort at the new Disney Vacation Club Preview Center at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.

This new virtual resort experience allows you to fly over and through Aulani, exploring each area of the resort in detail on large television monitors. It’s almost like being there – you can virtually walk through the Villas, glide along the lazy river and sample a Mai Tai (okay, I might be exaggerating a bit with that one), and more.

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The new Disney Vacation Club Preview Center is located near the AMC Theatres at Disneyland Resort. Come on by and start planning vacations your family will never outgrow.

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Twenty Eight & Main Collection for Discerning Gentlemen Coming This Year to Disney Parks

posted on May 13th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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One of the merchandise programs I’m most excited about this year is called Twenty Eight & Main. This Disney Theme Park Merchandise exclusive collection of quality goods was designed for the discerning gentleman who enjoys visiting Disney Parks (hey, that’s me!). When I first saw artwork last summer, I couldn’t wait to tell the world just how awesome it looks. I caught up with Bobby Bongiorno, merchandiser for graphic apparel, to learn more about what other gentlemen like me can expect later this year.

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“Twenty Eight & Main will be known for quality and attention to detail,” explained Bobby. “We intend to use unique fabrics and washes for many items. We will also include embellishment techniques such as light weight embroidery, patches and appliqués to create items that will be functional and will fit great. The look will be classic, yet stylish and modern in every sense.”

The collection will contain apparel items such as short and long-sleeved shirts, vintage-style T-shirts, hats and more. There will also be accessories including drinkware, D-Tech phone cases and other travel items.

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The thing I love the most about this collection is the artwork! I like the subtle nods to attractions, shops, shows, characters and experiences at Disney Parks.

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The Arts & Collectibles team used some of the Twenty Eight & Main artwork at the small kiosk called The Sign Shop in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace.

I asked Bobby about the inspiration behind the program’s name.

“The name was inspired by the year of Mickey Mouse’s debut and the timeless Main Street, U.S.A.” replied Bobby. “The lion reaching towards the star symbolizes Walt Disney’s pursuit of his dreams. The same lion can be found on the coat of arms featured on iconic Disney Park castles.”

Twenty Eight & Main will debut this fall in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional details about shirts coming to the Disney Parks online store this summer.

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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar to Open this Fall at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 12th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


Tucked in between the soon-to-be-expanded Paradiso 37 and recently opened BOATHOUSE restaurant, a new Disney owned and operated Food & Beverage offering has been taking shape. Today, I’m thrilled to share more details on this aviation-themed lounge, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.

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With a prime location along Lake Buena Vista and seating for 150, the venue will feature unique cocktails – such as the “Hovito Mojito” with Barsol Quebranta Pisco, fresh lime juice and simple syrup – and small plates such as “Air Pirates Everything Pretzels” with house-made mustard and beer cheese fondue.

The design team has gone to great lengths to ensure that every element – from the propeller-based ceiling fans and diving bell “booth” to the “Rolling Boulder Meatballs” on the menu – fits within the storyline.

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And just what is that story? Ardent fans of the “Indiana Jones” films may recognize Jock Lindsey as Indy’s frequent pilot; he’s also the owner of a pet snake named Reggie – an important detail, trust me on this! In the main room, guests will discover an expansive bar, aviation decor filling the room, vintage travel posters covering the walls and correspondence between Jock, Indy and their fellow adventurers on display. Guests can eat, drink and be merry outside as well, in Jocks’ old steamboat, now in permanent dry dock and aptly named “Reggie;” and in nearby seating on the adjacent deck.

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is set to open this fall at Downtown Disney. If you’re as excited about this next adventure as I am, let me know in the comments below!

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Stars Shine Bright at the Disneyland Resort for World Premiere of ‘Tomorrowland’

posted on May 11th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last weekend, the Disneyland Resort hosted the world premiere of “Tomorrowland” at Downtown Disney District with a special after party at Disneyland park in (where else?) Tomorrowland!

Here you’ll hear from the stars on the red carpet, including the film’s star, George Clooney, about the excitement of being at the Disneyland Resort for the premiere. They also shared some of their favorite Disneyland memories in honor of our upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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Following the premiere of the film, Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and journalist Willow Bay joined George and Amal Clooney and their niece Mia aboard the Disneyland Monorail for a trip to the after party in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park.

“Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Bringing Home the Magic

posted on May 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This week, we shared a number of unique ways for guests to bring home a piece of the magic from their visits to Disney Parks.

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Steven gave us a first look at Disney Tails, a new line of pet products for dogs coming to Disney Parks this spring. I can’t wait to see my dog in one of these adorable collars!

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Darcy brought us inside Chapel Hats, one of the new retails locations in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, for a look at some of the fabulous fascinators available there.

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And Rachel showed us a sneak peek at the new oil can sippers inspired by the Dinoco oil company from Disney•PixarCars” – available at Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park beginning May 22.

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Stay Refreshed During Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend With These Special Buffets at Downtown Disney District and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

posted on May 8th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


It’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort (along with Mother’s Day, of course). Runners along with their friends and family supporters will find plenty at the Downtown Disney District and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel to sustain them both before and after the race.

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ESPN Zone opens early, at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and will serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. both mornings. Select TVs at the Zone will be playing a live feed of the race. Throughout the weekend, ESPN Zone also will be offering runner-inspired special buffets – 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday – featuring a wide selection of salads, entrees, sides and desserts along with a build-you-own pasta station and a carving station offering pork loin with peach bourbon sauce. Adults (perhaps with the exception of those in training) are invited to try the Pixie Punch, served with a glow cube and made with vodka, peach schnapps, pineapple juice and sour apple. Space is limited. Buffet reservations are taken at 714-300-3776.

Naples offers a Tinker Bell Half Marathon Buffet as well, from 4 to 9 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday, with salads, pasta, pizza and cookies. You’ll also find a choice of pasta dishes on the Catal menu for Friday and Saturday dinner. And La Brea Bakery is adding a protein bowl to their menu, along with strawberry pie and shortcake.

Meanwhile, PCH Grill at nearby Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel offers its own Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Dinner Buffet Friday and Saturday evening, with salads, a pasta station, carving station with herb marinated roast au jus plus a special kids buffet featuring hot dog sliders, macaroni and cheese, green beans and tater tots.

Feel the burn!

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Many Tasty Ways to Enjoy Mother’s Day This Sunday in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 8th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


The restaurants of the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort are offering mothers (and the hungry families who love them) a choice of meals this Sunday.

Catal, for example, is offering a special Mother’s Day three-course prix-fixe brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a choice of appetizers and eight entree options including steak and eggs, bread pudding French toast, grilled chicken Caesar salad and crispy-skin half chicken with haricots verts, cherry tomatoes and bearnaise sauce.

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Ralph’s Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen features some Mother’s Day specials including “Fish in a Bag” sea bass Paupiette-style, grilled ribeye forestiere and gulf shrimp primavera. The dessert special is strawberry shortcake.

House of Blues will have two seatings, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., for its popular Gospel Brunch, featuring local talent performing traditional and contemporary gospel and a brunch buffet that includes House of Blues signature chicken and waffles.

All mothers dining at La Brea Bakery Café will receive a complimentary heart-shaped sugar cookie.

For Mother’s Day at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Storytellers Café is extending the hours for its regular Sunday brunch for an additional two and a half hours, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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New Garage Walkways Now Open at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 6th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


Everywhere you look at Downtown Disney, signs of the future are popping up as the area transforms into Disney Springs. The latest can be seen in the parking garage.

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As the first of two planned parking garages for Downtown Disney, the Orange Garage at West Side opened late last year and continues to introduce enhancements to surprise and delight guests.

My favorite addition thus far? The smart technology that clearly shows how many spaces are available at each level and even identifies open spaces with an easily recognizable green light above the spots. If you’ve parked in the garage recently, you know how awesome those little lights are.

This week, we’re celebrating another milestone – the opening of two new walkways that give guests a direct connection to the West Side promenade in two locations: adjacent to Splitsville Luxury Lanes and near Planet Hollywood. These new bridges to the property are accessible via the second level of the garage and give guests the option to use stairs, elevators or escalators (my go-to mode of arrival). With lush landscaping and new hardscape finishing out the space, the walkways are a beautiful new addition to what will eventually be Disney Springs.

To experience these enhancements for yourself, park in the Orange Garage during your next outing to the Downtown Disney Area and make your way to level two – with so much new to explore, hopefully your next visit is just around the corner.

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A Focus on Fascinators from Chapel Hats at Downtown Disney in Florida

posted on May 4th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the name of their baby daughter today – Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. With all eyes on England, it’s the perfect time to celebrate one of Great Britain’s most time-honored fashion statements – the fascinator.

A Focus on Fascinators from Chapel Hats at Downtown Disney in Florida

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Sometimes referred to as a “cocktail hat,” the modern-day fascinator can be worn in place of a traditional hat at formal occasions such as weddings. They are also popular at horse-racing events, like the recent Kentucky Derby. (I love any excuse to wear a fascinator – it always makes me feel fancy and frilly in the best possible way!)

Interested in finding a favorite fascinator for yourself? Look no further than Chapel Hats, one of the new retails locations in the heart of Downtown Disney. If you’re not sure which headpiece fits you best, their friendly staff will help you decide. Trying on is encouraged, and with plenty of mirrors in the store, you’re sure to find something that suits you!

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Come Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 1st, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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Special Cinco de Mayo menus will celebrate Mexican-American heritage at Tortilla Jo’s and House of Blues this week in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort. From Friday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 5, Crossroads at House of Blues will feature its “Menu Especial,” with your choice of street tacos – blackened chicken or fish – or a chorizo burger topped with shredded lettuce, avocado and a fried egg. Dessert is strawberry empanadas with cinnamon cream and powdered sugar and, of course, there will be margaritas, including a Don Julio Margarita for the celebration.

At Tortilla Jo’s – Tuesday, May 5, only – the special menu starts with Ensalada Bandera with baby iceberg lettuce wedges, diced tomato, green onion, crispy bacon, hardboiled egg whites and ranch dressing, or Camarones Agua Chile: shrimp cooked in fresh lime juice and served with a mix of red onion, cilantro, red peppers and avocado slice. Entrees include Tricolor Dorado Filete – pan-seared Mahi-Mahi cooked with white onions, capers, olives, fresh oregano and white wine broth served on a bed of red and green bell peppers – or Pollo Adobado – grilled chicken thigh meat marinated in dried chiles, oregano and vinegar served with Mexican red rice and frijoles churros. Dessert is Gelatina de Tres Leche – Mexican-style custard featuring the colors of the Mexican flag – and the drink menu will include three special Margaritas: Blanco Traditional made with Don Weber Blanco tequila and lime juice, Margarita de Raspberry Rojo made with Patron Reposado tequila, lime juice, raspberries and a float of Cointreau, and Green Melon Margarita made with Cuervo Tradicional Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and a float of Melon Liqueur.

Enjoy, and have a happy Cinco de Mayo with your friends and family.

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