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Sign Up for our ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: Our Disney “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Meet-Up has been has been filled to capacity.

Our ongoing series of Disney Parks Blog meet-ups continues this weekend with a special viewing of Disney “Planes: Fire & Rescue” weeks before it hits theaters. This Saturday, on June 14, we’re giving readers the opportunity to be among the first to see the new animated comedy-adventure about second chances at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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The meet-up begins at 10:00 a.m. EDT (doors open at 9 a.m.) on Saturday, June 14, 2014 and there will be three different showings at AMC Downtown Disney 24 – each 15 minutes apart. At the event, you’ll be able to watch “Planes: Fire & Rescue” featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire before the film is officially released on July 18, 2014. And like all Disney Parks Blog meet-ups, there will be a few surprises.

RSVP now by sending us an email titled “‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Meet-Up” with your name, address and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com. Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees will be selected for the event, so be one of the first to sign up.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send a confirmation email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in at Downtown Disney West Side for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated after the planned capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you there.

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New Clowns Bring Big Laughs to ‘La Nouba’ by Cirque du Soleil at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 10th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


“Were you born funny, or is it something you’ve had to work at?” That’s one of the questions I asked the new clown act at “La Nouba” by Cirque du Soleil. Both named Pablo, the duo didn’t hesitate. “Orange Pablo” shared, “Everybody’s born funny. But if you want to be funny onstage, you have to work. You have to work on the timing of jokes and get a feel for what the audience needs.” “Purple Pablo” chimed in, “It’s genetics, your soul and hard work.” I had the chance to see their performance over the weekend and I’ll tell you this … it didn’t look like they were working at all. They were having far too much fun, and so was the audience.

One of my favorite sounds at Cirque is the pure, unfiltered laughter that comes from the younger kids in the crowd. I heard plenty of that at the show. And already, Pablo and Pablo have gotten fan mail from a dad sharing that he’d never heard his son laugh so much. I think we can all agree that we’ve got a hit on our hands! The new clowns bring a fresh energy to the show, so even if you’ve seen “La Nouba” in the past, well, you haven’t seen it quite like this!

When I asked the Pablos how their performance differs from other clown acts, they didn’t hesitate. They talked about their great respect for Balto and Sergey, their “La Nouba” predecessors, and they also acknowledged their take was much different. “They were like jazz. We’re more ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ with a very fast rhythm. We’re like two kids mocking each other.” Having seen both versions of the show, I think it’s a great analogy. And while I don’t want to give too much away, I’ll share this tidbit: I’ve never seen anyone make piñatas and paper airplanes so entertaining.

The Pablos had some advice for future show-goers: “Arrive early. Forty-five minutes before start time to get a good parking spot and at least 15-minutes early to see our first act. From there, just sit down, relax and enjoy – it’s a wonderful show.”

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Want to experience “La Nouba” for yourself? Next week a special offer hits the market, but Disney Parks Blog readers can book early here.

And though I can’t spill all the details yet, keep an eye out for new news coming from Cirque du Soleil this summer when they debut an all-new offering. (Hint: it’s going to be behind-the-scenes and amazing!)

So … have you seen “La Nouba” by Cirque du Soleil? If so, let me know what you love most about the show in the comments below.

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Dole Adds a Little Sweetness to Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort

posted on June 9th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Mmmmm, mango chicken salad … pineapple shrimp ceviche … banana split dazzler … Dole makes the summer a little more fun with new dishes on the menus at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort restaurants through September 6. It’s all part of the annual Hawaiian Nights every Friday through mid-July (except July 4) – but these new tastes are there every single day.

These and more are on menus to showcase the chefs’ creativity:

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  • Mango Habanero Hot Wings
  • Pineapple Chipotle BBQ Wings
  • Pineapple Mojito

Rainforest Café

  • Green Python
  • Teriyaki Glazed Mahi Mahi

Tortilla Jo’s

  • Pineapple Shrimp Ceviche
  • Guajillo Chicken Salad
  • Achiote-Marinated Flat Iron Steak
  • Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita
  • Pineapple Mojito

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  • Caribbean Chicken Skillet

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  • Dole Pineapple Pizza with Rosemary Roasted Ham
  • Arugula Salad with Dole Raspberry Dressing & Shrimp
  • Dole Sangria

La Brea Bakery

  • Mango Chicken Salad

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  • Early Summer Mango Salad with Raspberry Mojo Vinaigrette
  • Pisco-Sour Cloud

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

  • Grilled Salmon Strawberry Salad
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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  • Hawaiian Pretzel

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  • Banana Split Dazzler

During Hawaiian Nights, guests will also find Hawaii-themed entertainment in the Paradise Plaza next to House of Blues and WonderGround Gallery, and cast members from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, on the island of Oahu sharing information about the Disney resort.

Click here for photos of food with recipes. For more information, be sure to follow the Downtown Disney District on Twitter, @DisneylandDTD.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Marketplace Co-Op Opens at Downtown Disney

posted on June 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of the most picturesque places to hit up at Walt Disney World Resort this week was the brand-new Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney. As Steven Miller shared earlier, this location includes six boutiques of unique Disney Parks merchandise, including dedicated areas for Beautifully Disney makeup, D-Tech On Demand products, Zoey & Pickles girls’ clothing, and more.

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Be sure to click through the gallery above for a full look inside. Which area are you most excited to explore?

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Marketplace Co-Op Officially Opens in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 6th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Marketplace Co-Op Officially Open in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

I’m thrilled to announce that the Marketplace Co-Op is now officially open in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. First announced in November 2013 on the Disney Parks Blog, this new merchandise destination will serve as a testing space for new Disney retail concepts, shops and products.
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Located next to Tren-D, Marketplace Co-Op will offer six different boutiques containing a variety of unique, authentic and original merchandise developed especially for Disney Parks, including the following:

  • Beautifully Disney – A beauty destination for women, featuring make-up, fragrances and beauty accessories.
  • Cherry Tree Lane – Accessories for the sophisticated woman with a passion for scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry.
  • D-Tech on Demand – A place to personalize and customize your own electronic accessories.
  • The Trophy Room – Vintage-inspired lifestyle sports apparel and collectibles.
  • Disney Centerpiece – Home product for guests that want a splash of Disney in their room furnishings, textiles and everyday ware.
  • Zoey and Pickles – A girls’ destination containing the latest trends and glamour for the up-and-coming fashionista.

Today, we are also launching an online version of the Marketplace Co-Op via the Disney Parks online store at DisneyStore.com/MarketplaceCoOp. This online boutique will contain select items from Cherry Tree Lane, Disney Centerpiece and Beautifully Disney.

I also invite you to join us on Saturday, June 14 when world-renowned Celebrity DJ Pauly D will be appearing in the Marketplace Co-Op from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. to sign his line of DJ Pauly D™ headphones from SMS Audio.

Here are a few images from this exciting new destination:

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Disney Parks After Dark: Food Trucks At Night

posted on June 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s Disney Parks After Dark photo was snapped at Downtown Disney and features three of the location’s new food trucks – Namaste Cafe, Fantasy Fare and World Showcase of Flavors – just after closing time.

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Have you tried any of the delicious menu items from these trucks? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Alex and Ani Add ‘Character’ to the Disney Parks Collection

posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE 6/4: Exciting news Disney fans! We actually just got news that the Disney Collection by Alex and Ani bangles just arrived!  Look for them starting today at the locations listed below.

I adore Alex and Ani bangles from Disney Parks! Curious as to what Alex and Ani is all about? Before I started collecting them, I was too.

Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, Creative Director and Chief Executive Officer of Alex and Ani, hails from a family of jewelers where mastering their craft was not only an aspiration, but a family tradition. For more than 10 years, the lifestyle company, named after her first two daughters, has helped spread positive energy across the globe with its hand-crafted, eco-conscious and Made in America products. The Alex and Ani Disney Collection, featuring signature expandable (yes, they are adjustable for the perfect fit) wire bangles with Disney icons and characters are truly the perfect combination of pixie dust and positive energy.

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How could the collection, currently made up of more than eight different Disney symbols, birthstones and initials, get any better? Perhaps something to complement the Disneyland park Sleeping Beauty Castle and Magic Kingdom Park Cinderella Castle bangles? New bangles with signature icon charms inspired by Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will debut at Walt Disney World Resort beginning June 5. Joining that list in late June is Mickey’s Fun Wheel from Disney California Adventure park.

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Or if, like me, you choose to embrace your Disney Side and live your life full of character, take note of what I’m about to show you. Also debuting June 5 is the one and only Tinker Bell, as well as a Dated 2014 bangle.
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Something else to keep on your radar are new bangles, featuring Aurora, Belle and Cinderella, releasing June 30 online and at Disney Parks.

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Are you as excited as I am? Then be sure to check back to learn about even more additions to the Disney Collection by Alex and Ani. I know you want me to tell you now, but where’s the fun in that? If I have to wait, so do you!

A fashion essential, these Alex and Ani bangles, available in both Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver finishes are the ideal keepsake for fans of all ages and are sure to evoke magical memories for years to come!

Tip: You can wear just one, or layer them together, truly making the look your very own.

So where are the best places to find them?

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Which ones have you added to your collection, or are you most excited to get? Don’t even get me started with my list.

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Gift Ideas from Walt Disney World Resort for Father’s Day 2014

posted on June 2nd, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I love being a dad to my two amazing children. I enjoyed taking them to Disney Parks throughout the years much in the same way my father enjoying taking my sister and me when we were younger. With Father’s Day just around the corner, I figured I’d share a few gift ideas from a recent visit to Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. While I’d never ask for gifts (their smiles are the perfect gifts for me), I would consider some of the items to be on my wish list.

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The Disney pin team is releasing a limited edition pin, featuring Pongo and some puppies from Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.” This pin has an edition size of 2,500, and will be released in multiple locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts on June 12 (hey, that’s my father’s birthday so happy birthday, Dad).

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I was delighted to find a new graphic novel featuring one of my favorite attractions, Space Mountain. This recently released book was written by Bryan Miller (no relation) and illustrated by Kelley Jones. In a word, it’s super amazing (okay, that’s two words but I’m excited there is a graphic novel from Disney).

I was also excited to find more Disney Parks replica signs at the Art of Disney location including one for The Great Movie Ride attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I also love the Steampunk-inspired locomotive from the Mechanical Kingdom series released a few months ago. That item is now available on our Disney Parks online store along with the other figurines in that series.

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I’ve been in the market for a watch, so a new Disney timepiece by Bulova at World of Disney caught my eye. In that shop, I also found a new Mr. Incredible T-shirt (because dads are pretty incredible) and a fun fedora (I love hats!).

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Finally, I’m obsessed with coffee so I adore these three mugs inspired by Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Spaceship Earth at Epcot.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Summer Excitement Heating Up at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 30th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


What’s on your to-do list this summer? Beach volleyball? Watching a few World Cup games? Outdoor concerts? Hawaii?

Believe it or not, you don’t need to look further than Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim for any of those things.

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The Downtown Disney Summer Celebration gets underway next Friday, June 6, with the first “DOLE Days of Summer” Hawaiian Night. The nights, every Friday except July 4 through mid-July, will feature Hawaii-themed entertainment in the Paradise Plaza next to House of Blues and Wonderground Gallery. Cast members from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, on the island of Oahu, also will be present with a special Aulani photo location and to share information about the Disney resort.

As part of the celebration, Downtown Disney District in partnership with Dole will be featuring fresh, new recipes within its dining locations throughout summer. Special menu items – among them a Pineapple Mojito at Tortilla Jo’s, Mango Chicken Salad at La Brea Bakery and Banana Split Dazzler at Haagen-Dazs – will feature each chef’s creativity, ease of preparation and the health benefit.

Downtown Disney District will celebrate Father’s Day weekend, June 14-15, when RIDEMAKERZ brings back the popular “Build One Ride and Build Another Ride for Free” special. Kids and Dads who build one ride can have extra fun building a second ride for free with freewheel street chassis, stock rims and stock tires.

World Cup games begin June 12, in Brazil and continue through July 13. ESPN Zone will show games throughout the tournament and will have a special breakfast menu when games are played in the morning. ESPN Zone also will offer select World Cup merchandise featuring team jerseys, vintage soccer Ts and ESPN soccer scarves.

Men and women pro sand volleyball legends will appear when Downtown Disney District once again hosts a beach volleyball exhibition and tournament, July 16-20, complete with its own sand volleyball court in the middle of the action at Downtown Disney District. Other participants will include local Orange County volleyball teams.

Special additions to the Saturday outdoor entertainment at Downtown Disney District round out the summer fun – mark your calendars:

  • July 26 – DJ Wendy spins beach and surf tunes
  • Aug. 2 – Catch a Wave (surf beach band)
  • Aug. 9 – Ele (Latin band)
  • Aug. 16 – Island Reggae (steel drum group)

Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for more details about all the fun coming this summer to Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim!

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – June 2014

posted on May 30th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here are the merchandise events headed your way this June at Walt Disney World Resort!
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June 4 – 8: Artist Greg McCullough returns June 4 – 8 to Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will appear later in the month from June 18 – 22 at Art of Disney in Epcot. Learn more.

June 5 – 8: Look for special appearances by artist Larry Dotson throughout the day at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not able to make it? Look for Larry later in the month from June 12 – 15 and June 26 – 29 at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.

June 12 – 22: Find the latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Add to your collection and meet representatives June 12 – 22 and June 26 – July 7. Look for a special appearance by Linda throughout the day, each day, June 12 – 15 and July 3 – 6. Learn more.

June 14: World-renowned Celebrity DJ Pauly D will appear in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from Noon to 1 p.m. to sign his recently released line of DJ Pauly D headphones from SMS Audio. Please continue to watch for more information on the exact location. Learn more.

June 14 – 15: If you are geared up for excitement at the thought of Car Masters Weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for a special post from fellow author, Steven Miller.
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June 20 – July 3: Artist David E. Doss will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Stop in and find a new piece of art to add to your collection! Learn more.

June 21: Stop by Animation Gallery inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the limited edition release of “Studio Flashback,” featuring Oswald, and meet the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Learn more here. Can’t make it to the event? Order yours now!

June 28: Now, all the world is Figment’s stage! To celebrate the launch of the new, limited edition figurine, Figment Actor, sculptor Jacqueline Perrault will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 4 p.m. at Art of Disney in Epcot. Unable to make it? Take advantage of a special pre-purchase opportunity now through June 27. Also appearing for a special artist signing will be Kevin-John from 1 – 3 p.m. Learn more.
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Finally, for those of you enjoying the excitement of Star Wars Weekends, be sure to take part in some of our special merchandise artist signings at Darth’s Mall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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