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Guide to Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Eats at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 17th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Recently, I shared a complete listing of specialty food and beverage items for Holidays at Disneyland Resort. Today, I have the full list of special Disney ¡Viva Navidad! eats you’ll only find at Disney California Adventure park.

Paradise Garden Grill


  • Homemade Pozole – Mild chile and pork stew with hominy and oregano, served with tortilla chips
  • Ceviche Plate – Fresh fish and shrimp, marinated in citrus, cilantro, onions and chiles, served with a side of tortilla chips and salsa


  • Torta al Pastor – Soft telera roll topped with chorizo beans, marinated pork, lettuce, avocado mash and Mexican crema


  • Sopes de Barbacoa – Two fried cornmeal patties topped with chorizo beans, shredded beef, cabbage, Mexican crema and cotija cheese, served with a side of achiote rice and tortilla chips and salsa
  • Street-Style Tacos – Three corn tortilla tacos filled with your choice of marinated pork or shredded beef, topped with white onion and fresh cilantro
  • Chicken Mole – Roasted chicken smothered with mole sauce and cotija cheese, served with a side of corn salad and achiote rice
  • Buñuelos – Two golden-fried flour tortillas dusted with cinnamon-sugar, served with a side of cajeta
  • Sweet Pineapple and Raisin Tamales – A pair of traditional, sweet tamales served with a pineapple-caramel sauce
  • Champurrado – Mexican hot chocolate with masa harina
  • Kids Cheese Quesadilla – Served with apples and carrots

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta


  • Chorizo Pizza – Thick-crust pizza with a mild tomato sauce, mozzarella and cotija cheese, spicy chorizo, fresh pico de gallo and a tomatillo-cilantro crema drizzle
  • Mango and Lime Box

Bayside Brews

  • Negra Modelo
  • Chips & Salsa
  • Buñuelos – Two golden-fried flour tortillas dusted with cinnamon-sugar, served with a side of cajeta

Outdoor Ventures Specialty Cart


  • Elote – Corn served with toppings, including parmesan, mayonnaise and tajin seasoning
    Coconut or Mango Ice Cream Bar

Which Disney ¡Viva Navidad! offerings are your favorites?

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New Disney Trading Pins Come with the Purchase of a Holiday Pin Series Disney Gift Card

posted on November 17th, 2015 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services

Be on the lookout for this year’s Disney Gift Card Holiday Pin Series throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. These cards come in four different designs featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Pluto, all celebrating the season.


All four of these Disney Gift Card designs, which can be purchased for $75 each, come with a Disney Trading Pin. This year’s Disney Trading Pins are shaped like gift boxes and are designed to reflect iconic elements of each character. These pins can only be found on these new Disney Gift Card designs.

Give the gift of Disney with a Disney Gift Card that is simple for you and perfect for them. It can be used for practically all things Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Club Penguin, Disney PhotoPass, Disney Store locations in the US and online at For more information on the Disney Gift Card and for more holiday designs, please visit

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Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Has Something for Every Holiday Celebration

posted on November 16th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort brings even more opportunities for play, entertainment and holiday shopping to the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim.

Olaf, the summer-loving snowman from the blockbuster Disney animated motion picture, “Frozen,” returns to sunny California to reopen his Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink in Downtown Disney District between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich. The custom-designed, 50-by-90-foot rink features colorful “Frozen”-themed décor, holiday and “Frozen”-themed music and the figure of Olaf himself overseeing the fun.

The rink will be open Monday through Thursday from 3-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 2-11 p.m.; and Sunday from 2-10 p.m. Skates and helmets are provided with the admission fee.

As in holidays past at Downtown Disney District, the ice rink is surrounded by the Downtown Disney Winter Village, featuring chalets and carts offering a variety of holiday gift ideas, including Star Wars-themed items from World of Disney; magic, gags and novelties from Houdini’s Magic Shop; yo-yos and juggling kits from Duncan Yo-Yo; crystal art from Arribas Brothers; hot chocolate, snacks and desserts from Ghirardelli; personalized objects from You Name It; surfboard themed art are from Laguna Beach Surfboards; and personalized holiday ornaments from Ice-Land Workshop. A Working to Give/ACT Anaheim chalet will offer handmade holiday stockings with all proceeds going to Accelerate Change Together.

Downtown Disney District will also have a full lineup of special entertainment offerings for the holidays, including live performances by Holiday Carolers nightly December 4-25 and a 40s Jazz/Pop Vocal Group from December 25 through January 1. Appearances by Duncan Yo-Yo experts, and the Houdini Magic Shop Show are also on the schedule. Horse & Carriage rides will be offered November 27 through January 2.

And a special Downtown Disney District holiday tradition, Tuba Christmas, will take place at noon on Saturday, Dec. 19. No matter how you celebrate, Downtown Disney District will have something for you this holiday season.

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Moms Panel Monday: Multi-Gen Travel Tips to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 16th, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks

Growing up in Orlando our family vacationed often at Walt Disney World Resort for birthdays, celebrations and holidays. At least once a year it was a multi-family trip with aunts, uncles, and cousins. We packed the suitcases, the dogs and grandma into our family station wagon and made the trip to Lake Buena Vista. Those were good times and great memories.

Today’s Moms Panel Monday question comes from Kathleen in New York who wants advice from our Disney Parks Moms Panel on how to plan a Disney vacation when traveling with different age groups.

This was a popular question for our panelists who offer up some great tips on how to manage everyone’s time together so each family member has a magical experience. Read here how you can plan for everyone to get the most from their vacation when traveling with a large family.


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Watch The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Live November 18 at 10:30 p.m. EST

posted on November 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Our series of Unforgettable Holiday live streams will continue this week with a live look at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on Wednesday, November 18, at 10:30 p.m. EST.

This year’s display, which runs through January 3, 2016, features millions of “dancing” lights, plus displays of angels, toy soldiers, a spinning globe, Santa, reindeer, and much more.

To join us for the live stream, visit the Disney Parks Blog main page on Wednesday, November 18, at 10:30 p.m. EST. The live stream will appear in a fresh blog post at the top of our site.

Don’t forget to join the conversation during the live stream on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.

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Santa Claus Has Come to Town at Disney Springs Marketplace

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager

Although today’s high was 86 degrees in Central Florida, this morning when I arrived to work at Disney Springs, it was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Holiday music filtered through the speakers, trees and ornaments had been installed overnight and I caught my first glimpse of Santa’s Chalet, recently relocated to a new location across from Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. A few hours later, I was among the first to meet Old St. Nick, who’s as jolly as ever!

Like last year, guests will check in at the podium to join a virtual queue, which means less time waiting in line. Planning to visit? Upon arrival, you’ll receive a pager from one of Santa’s Helpers; when it’s time to take your place in line, you’ll be notified. Simply return to the podium within 10 minutes. In the meantime, you can shop, dine and enjoy holiday décor and festivities throughout Disney Springs!

Santa will be greeting guests daily through December 24, 12pm – 10pm. (Santa Goofy takes over December 25-29 during the same hours.) If you have Disney’s Memory Maker Package, your PhotoPass Photos with Santa are included. Of course, Santa’s always willing to smile for a selfie, too!

To see the latest Disney Springs holiday happenings, follow @DisneySprings on Twitter and our brand-new Instagram account—be sure to use hashtag “#DisneySprings” for your chance to be featured. Happy holidays, indeed!

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Seven Sights to See During Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is underway and this special season brings unforgettable experiences around every corner. Let’s take a look at seven sights to see during the holiday season.

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park
Disney characters join Santa Claus for this holiday tradition, featuring prancing reindeer, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies and more.


Jingle Cruise at Disneyland Park
A shipment of holiday cheer that was supposed to be delivered to the Jungle Cruise skippers has been appropriated by the animals of the jungle, making for a festive seasonal safari!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park
Throughout the season, Paradise Garden at Disney California Adventure park comes alive with this musical and colorful celebration. Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of a special Latin American Christmas celebration at Disney ¡Viva Navidad!


“Paint the Night” Parade and “Disneyland Forever” Fireworks at Disneyland Park
As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, these new nighttime favorites can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season!

‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

“World of Color” at Disney California Adventure Park
Also continuing through the holiday season is the new “World of Color – Celebrate!” which joins returning favorite, “World of Color – Winter Dreams.” Find out how to secure your spot for the show of your choice here.


Holiday Decor at Disney California Adventure Park
One of my favorite features of the holiday season is the special themed decor at Disney California Adventure park. From the 1920s and ‘30s inspired charm of Buena Vista Street, to the oversized ornaments at “a bugs land” and the personal touches from the residents of Cars Land, there is always something unique to find every time you visit.


Winter Village at Downtown Disney District
Enjoy ice skating or browsing holiday treats and gifts in an Alpine-inspired village? Lace up your skates and join the festive fun in the Downtown Disney District!

What are you looking forward to this year during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort? Tell us in the comments!

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Day Three of ‘Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’ Taping Features Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande & More

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

Yesterday was an exciting day out at Magic Kingdom Park! If you’re a fan of David Foster and/or the “We Love Disney” compilation albums, you are not going to want to miss these performances on Christmas day! David produced the latest “We Love Disney” series album which was released just last month.


First up was Jason Derulo singing his version of “The Lion King” classic, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. We met up with Jason during a break from performing as he posed for a picture with his #1 fan, Donald Duck.

Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration

A trip to Walt Disney World Resort wouldn’t be complete for pop star singer/actress Ariana Grande without some love from Minnie Mouse! Ariana loves Minnie’s style and her famous mouse ears & bow are a wardrobe “must” whenever Ariana’s in town.


Singer/songwriter Andy Grammer not only sang for us, but also took a break from performing to teach Olaf a few moves he picked up as a contestant on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars”.


David Foster posed with Cinderella as he took a break from accompanying today’s performances. “We Love Disney” artists Charles Perry and Jhene Aiko also shared the stage with David today.

Thanks to photographers Mark Ashman and Mariah Wild for the photos!

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Sign Up To Attend Our Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Meet-Up

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future event opportunities.

As you know, this holiday season marks the finale for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And today, we’re announcing an upcoming meet-up where you’ll have the opportunity to join us and enjoy this holiday treat at a special after-hours gathering.

The Disney Parks Blog is hosting the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Meet-Up on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. ET at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We are asking attendees to begin arriving at 9:30 p.m. ET to check in for the late night event.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing lights features millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music. Brilliant multi-colored bulbs wrap the buildings, changing hues and brightness throughout the show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

RSVP for the meet-up now by sending us an email titled, “Osborne Lights Meet Up” with your name, address and if you’ll be bringing a guest to Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees may attend the meet-up, 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 meet-up must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the meet-up.
  • 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 meet-up is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

This post will be updated after capacity has been reached.

Hope to see you there.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Once Upon A Christmastime

posted on November 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Tonight’s “After Dark” image was snapped at Magic Kingdom Park during the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party’s fun procession, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.”


This merry parade, seen only on party nights, features Disney characters in their holiday finery, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread men – and even a finale by Santa Claus himself.

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