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Preview Scenes from DisneyŸ•Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ at Disney Parks Starting October 16

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Imagine if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct. That’s the premise behind Disney•ŸPixar’s epic adventure, “The Good Dinosaur,” coming to theaters this Thanksgiving.

Beginning October 16, guests visiting Disney Parks will be able to catch a preview of scenes from “The Good Dinosaur” in sneak peeks planned for Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

At Disney California Adventure park, “The Good Dinosaur” preview will be presented at the Bug’s Life Theater with special in-theater effects. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get to see this advance look at clips from the film, as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction on Mickey Avenue.

In “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Directed by Peter Sohn (“Partly Cloudy”) and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), DisneyŸ•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on November 25, 2015.

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Dia de los Muertos Treats Debut at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 18th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Fall is in the air at the Disneyland Resort, and festive Halloween treats have materialized in Candy Kitchens to kick off the season!

Debuting this year are the Dia de los Muertos apples, cake pops and crispies which have been decorated in minute detail by our Candy Makers to resemble colorful sugar skulls. These delicious treats have been covered in caramel and white chocolate with sanding sugar elements, chocolate candy pieces and, in some cases, even marshmallow flower accents.

Special Tip: Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a traditional skeleton display near Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Frontierland during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

Looking for your seasonal favorites? If it has become a tradition to pick up gourmet apples inspired by Halloween Minnie Mouse, Pumpkin Mickey Mouse or Maleficent, you’re in luck! Of course, your “mummy” might prefer a cake pop that has been laced in white chocolate, creating a wrapped effect, complete with delicious marshmallow ears and candy-coated chocolate eyes peering from underneath the bandages. How about a pumpkin crispy treat? If that doesn’t get you in the spirit of the season, I don’t know what will. Who can resist a crispy treat covered in white chocolate, orange sanding sugar and drizzled milk chocolate? I know I can’t.

Look for these items and more, available now at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. Curious what’s headed your way October 1? The Dirt and Worm gourmet apple is back by popular demand and adding to the mix will be a Dirt and Worm marshmallow treat and bark. Can you guess what it’s made of?


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VIDEO – Inside Look at the Disney Boutique Collection Designed for Fun Loving Disney Fans

posted on September 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

The Disney Theme Park Merchandise team recently introduced a new clothing and accessories line for fun loving Disney fans called “Disney Boutique.” This collection features modern styling, fabrics and trims all presented in a unique Disney way. I visited Tren-D at Walt Disney World Resort where I learned more about this collection from merchandiser Angelique Vu.

Here are a few photographs I took at Tren-D that highlight a few options or styles that guests may find. These items will change seasonally so look for our fall collection in the coming weeks.

The Disney Boutique collection was created especially for Disney Parks. Guests should look for Disney Boutique items in select locations at Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. Disney Boutique items may also be found using the new Shop Disney Parks app available from your favorite app store. Finally, you may also find items online at

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Unique View of ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park

posted on September 17th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

This week, I had a great opportunity to photograph the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks from a unique location. I was looking to capture the reflection of Sleeping Beauty Castle and maybe the fireworks in the moat.

‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park

Where’s your favorite place to watch the Disneyland Forever fireworks show?

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Top 11 Apple Treats from Disney Parks

posted on September 16th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Growing up, autumn meant an annual field trip to a local farm to pick apples. There’s no denying that pumpkin is having a moment right now, but I wanted to pay tribute to the other fruit that makes me think of crisp fall leaves – the apple. We love to enjoy apples on salads, in baked goods and on top of fluffy pancakes. Here are our top choices for yummy apple treats at Disney Parks and Resorts:

  1. Apple Crisp a la Mode – Hollywood Scoops, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    Perfect for the Florida heat, this treat features cinnamon apples topped with old-fashioned vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and streusel.
  2. Cinnamon-Apple Baton – Troubadour Tavern, Disneyland park
    This flaky, twisted pastry is filled with apples and cinnamon.
  3. Apple Strudel – Sommerfest, Epcot
    Apple Strudel that would make my German Oma proud, this is the real deal smothered with vanilla sauce.

  1. Apple Walnut Cake – California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    A new addition to the California Grill lineup—heirloom apple, fig and cherry compote, roasted white chocolate mousse, apple-caramel sauce, candied walnuts and brown sugar ice cream make one deliciously decadent dessert.
  2. Flo’s Signature Apple-Cheddar Pie-O-Rama – Flo’s V8 Café, Disney California Adventure
    Apple and cheddar are the new peanut butter and jelly, they just go together.

  1. Caramel Apple Crumb Pancakes – Trattoria al Forno, Disney’s BoardWalk
    Served with bacon or chicken sausage, these pancakes are a sweet way to start your day.
  2. Red’s Apple Freeze – Cozy Cone Motel, Disney California Adventure
    Get your kicks on Route 66 with Red’s Apple Freeze… souvenir sipper optional. Ka-chow!
  3. Warm Glazed Doughnut – Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    This doughnut is stacked with cinnamon apples, and topped with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce… out of this world!

  1. Apple Granola Pancakes – Carnation Café, Disneyland park
    The crunchy granola and fluffy pancakes make a perfect combination of texture.
  2. Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese – 50’s Prime Time Café, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    Served with raspberry sauce, grapes and apples, this dish shows off the apple’s savory side.
  3. Apple-Cranberry Pie Cupcake – Contempo Café, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    A vanilla cupcake with apple-cranberry pie filling and cream cheese frosting, look for this limited-time sweet over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Have you ‘fall’en in love with a Disney Parks treat? Let us know in the comments below!

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Matt Damon Celebrates at Disneyland Park

posted on September 1st, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Actor Matt Damon celebrated a family birthday recently with a special visit to the Disneyland Resort.


We caught up with him at Matterhorn Bobsleds just in time to catch him making “splashdown” with family and friends.

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Spotlight on New Pins Coming to Disney Parks in 2015

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

From new retail MagicBands to upcoming Orange Bird products, I’ve recently been sharing previews of items coming to Disney Parks in 2015. This time, I turn the spotlight on Disney pins, which are a fun way to show off your Disney Side when visiting Theme Parks and Resorts.


For years, we’ve offered various “pin-of-the-month” collections, which have new pins released monthly (or sometimes quarterly) for guests to collect. This year, the “Best Friends” collection will contains two individual pins that are great for sharing with your best friend. The “Wonderfully Wicked” collection showcases some of the most famous Disney villains. Both of these monthly collections will be found in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Guests in Florida will find the “Shields of Fantasy” collection. These hinged pins open to reveal Disney
characters who reside in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.


The “Piece of Disney History” collection returns this year. First introduced in 2005, these limited edition pins contain actual pieces of attractions, shows, or parades from Disney Parks. This year, we continue our “Piece of Disneyland Resort History” collection for guests in California, while guests in Florida will find a continuation of the “Piece of SpectroMagic history.”


With the “Generation D” collection, we are counting down to the annual Disney Trading Event that will be held in September at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort. Each of these 13 limited edition pins will have an edition size of 500 and will be released monthly.

We also have a few surprise pins planned including a collection featuring Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” for Disneyland Resort. When placed next to each other, the pins will form a complete picture. Guests in Florida will find pins celebrating the themed lands of the Magic Kingdom Park. Both of these pin collections will be released at random times throughout the year.


Finally, if you are headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios I invite you to stop by our newest Disney pin destination at Sunset Market Ranch on Sunset Boulevard. This location is now the main headquarters for all things pins inside the theme park.

As a reminder, new pins are typically released on Thursdays at Disney Parks. Look for one-sheets highlighting key pin releases toward the beginning of each month on the official Disney Pin Trading website –

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Kids and Families come out to Play at the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour

posted on October 10th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

Back in August, we shared that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was sponsoring the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour. The tour traveled to six cities across America, giving families the chance to tackle a playful obstacle course and enjoy meaningful time together. Nearly 13,000 people came out to play in Anaheim, Sacramento, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and Kissimmee.

Families designed their team flags and made their way through various stations to build tunnels, solve puzzles, and work as a team.

Kids and Families come out to Play at the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Kids and Families come out to Play at the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour

This tour is just one way we at Disney Parks delivered on our commitment to strengthen families and local communities. It gave us the chance to share our expertise and create a memorable experience for children and their families outside of our parks and resorts.

While we know how important it is for families to spend meaningful time together, we also know the long-term, positive impact this time has on children. At the Discover Together Symposium we hosted in January, researchers at the Center for Childhood Creativity and Search Institute shared their findings – that the quality time children spend with influential adults has a powerful influence on a child’s success in school and in the community. To learn more about the research, visit

The KaBOOM Play Together Tour helped us to bring this work to life around the U.S. Check out the video above for highlights from the tour.

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Meet the Horses of the Disneyland Resort: Reggie and Brother

posted on March 13th, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Hey there all you Disneyland horse lovers. This is the first in a series designed to help you get to know our equine cast members just a little bit better. We’re starting with Reggie and Brother, who you may recognize from some of their city parade appearances we’ve featured here on the Disney Parks Blog. In addition to parades, and pulling the Main Street Trolley, Reggie and Brother are also the coach horses for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings here at the Disneyland Resort.

This is Reggie.


Reggie is a shire draft horse. He’s 13 years old and weighs 1800 lbs. He stands 17.1 hands, or 5’7”, at the spot just at the end of his neck.

Fun fact: Reggie and his coach partner, Brother, were in the “Give a Day, Get a Day” television commercial along with Miss Piggy, Taye Diggs and a few of their Muppet friends. He also competes in horse shows for the Disneyland Resort and really seems to enjoy any kind of special attention that comes along with it!

This is Brother.


He’s also a shire draft horse. Brother and Reggie have the same dad and came to the Disneyland Resort together from Blackpark Farms in Canada. Brother and Reggie are the same age, and have the same height and weight, which is why it’s often hard to tell them apart. (Hint: Brother is the one with the pink nose).

Fun fact: Brother is not a “morning horse” and prefers to spend the morning sleeping in the sun and working the later shifts.

I’ll be back soon to introduce you to more of our equine cast members, so keep an eye here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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