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Mapping Out the Holidays: Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 8th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Recently, I shared a video highlighting the holidays at Disneyland park. For this video, a map was created to feature festivities at Disney California Adventure park.

What is your favorite highlight of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort?

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Listen To ‘Carol of the Bells’ By Chakranadi At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on December 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Of all the musical performances we’ve ever shared on the Disney Parks Blog, this has to be one of the most unique – and emotionally stirring – that I’ve ever heard.

As part of the park’s “Festival of All Seasons” celebration, Chakranadi performs seasonal tunes on the sitar and tablas.

Check it out for yourself.

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Five Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite places at the Disneyland Resort is Buena Vista Street. The newly re-themed entrance to Disney California Adventure park is a walk back in time Los Angeles of the 1920s and ‘30s. This area brings guests even deeper into the nostalgia of this time period during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Here are five ways to enjoy the season on Buena Vista Street:

1. Oh! Christmas Tree!

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Just behind the “Storytellers” statue lies the spectacular 50-foot Christmas tree – the can’t-miss sight of the season on Buena Vista Street. (Really, you can’t miss it. It’s huge.) The tree is covered with charming, vintage-style ornaments that recall Christmas in the 1920s and ‘30s.

2. Here Comes Santa Claus

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Buena Vista Street is one of the places where you can find Santa Claus himself at the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season, in his classic department store setting at Elias & Co.

3. Carol of the Bells

Join in a carol or two with the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers. Throughout the day, they perform renditions of classic Christmas carols, accompanied by handbells.

4. Deck the Halls

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In addition to the vintage-style ornaments on the Christmas tree, the 1920s and ‘30s theme continues all the way down the street, through garlands, ribbons and special decorations on the light poles, storefronts and even inside the stores. All the holiday decor combines to create the feeling of stepping back in time to Christmases gone by.

5. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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What is the holiday season without friends to celebrate with? During this special time, Mickey Mouse and his friends have added some festive touches to their vintage-style attire. Stop by and say hi while you’re strolling down Buena Vista Street!

What is your favorite holiday detail on Buena Vista Street?

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Today in Disney History: Walt Disney Was Born in 1901

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


Today we’re celebrating one of the most important dates in Disney history here on the Disney Parks Blog – Walt Disney’s birthdate!

Walt, who was born December 5, 1901, made so many amazing contributions in the fields of art, animation, film and theme parks that it would be impossible to list them all here. Instead we’re celebrating by sharing a look back at one of our most exciting Walt memories caught on film – the day that he and his brother Roy officially announced plans to build a theme park in Central Florida. Listen to the official announcement below.

Do you share a birthday with Walt? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Video: Watch Highlights from ‘Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade’

posted on December 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If there ever was a merry sight that could instantly fill you with holiday joy, it’s “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

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Performed during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event nights, this parade celebrates everything merry about the holiday season – friends (like Mickey, Minnie and pals dressed in holiday attire), family (look for Anna and Elsa in the line-up), food (watch as dancing gingerbread men and a cookie-baking float pass by), toys (especially on that “Toy Story” float). Santa Claus, of course, also makes a special appearance.

See “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” for yourself by attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Find details on that here.

What’s your favorite part of this parade? Tell us in the comments section below.

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VIDEO – Finding ‘Frozen’ Merchandise at Walt Disney World Resort This Holiday Season

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Some of the most popular holiday gifts this year are anything related to Disney’s “Frozen.” I recently visited Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Frozen Snowground at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to give a rundown of my favorite “Frozen” gifts and where to find them at Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays.

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Mapping Out the Holidays: Disneyland Park

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


There are so many magical moments to experience at the Disneyland Resort this time of year. To give a glimpse of all things merry and bright, I thought it would be fun to produce a video using a map of Disneyland park. Happy Holidays!

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VIDEO: The Magic Behind the ‘Frozen’ Gingerbread Display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Do you want to build a snowman … gingerbread display? Chef Jeff Barnes and his pastry team at Disney’s Contemporary Resort have done just that. This year’s spectacular display combines two beloved Disney stories — “Frozen” and “it’s a small world.”

Want a behind-the-scenes look at how the “cool” gingerbread display was created? Check out the video below!

While you’re taking in the majesty of this whimsical confectionary creation, take home a “taste” of the magic with specialty cookies, blue raspberry-cake gelato, ornaments and “Frozen” merchandise.

Some cookies are worth melting for!

For more about the ‘Frozen’ Gingerbread Display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, visit the posts below:

‘Frozen’ Winter and Holiday Celebration Underway at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort with Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink and Downtown Disney Winter Village Through February 22

posted on December 2nd, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


If you’ve visited Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort lately, you know that the winter and holiday celebration is in full swing, with Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink, the Downtown Disney Winter Village and lots of holiday décor having appeared near ESPN Zone and AMC Theatres. You can actually watch it all take shape in this time-lapse video.

This year, there will be more winter fun than ever in Downtown Disney District . In fact, Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink and the Downtown Disney Winter Village will continue operation through Sunday, February 22.

I hope you can come see and skate in the rink, which is 50 by 90 feet, and features graphics of the “Frozen” story and characters including, of course, Olaf. Ninety-minute skate sessions are scheduled between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The adjoining Downtown Disney Winter Village is bigger than ever this year and offers such gift items as “Frozen” plush toys, crystal from Arribas Brothers, art works, clothing and accessories, all sold from the windows of the charming village houses. Hot chocolate from Ghirardelli along with coffee, sweets and baked goods from La Brea Bakery are also available.

During the holiday season, guests will be delighted by the variety of holiday-themed menu and merchandise items in the restaurants and shops of Downtown Disney District. And it doesn’t have to be winter for young “Frozen” fans to get a makeover at Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, open year-round. Come and browse!

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A Peek Inside The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

posted on December 1st, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the newest addition to the growing Disney Vacation Club portfolio at Walt Disney World Resort, offers Victorian elegance just a hop, skip and jump (or one short monorail ride, whichever mode of transportation you prefer) away from Magic Kingdom Park.

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If you’ve yet to check out this breathtaking Disney Vacation Club offering let me tell you right now – you are missing out. I could write sonnets about the lobby alone. From the whimsical “Mary Poppins“-themed fountain to the two five-tier custom grand chandeliers, the lobby is truly grand. But, since guests generally tend to sleep in the villa-style accommodations (and not the lobby, although it is certainly cozy enough), I think it’s best to focus on those.

The resort features spacious accommodations that sleep anywhere from five to twelve guests, providing even more flexibility and choices for Disney Vacation Club members and guests. The resort’s Deluxe Studios are the first at Walt Disney World Resort that sleep up to five guests, thanks to what is (arguably, although I stand by it) the coolest feature to date – a hidden pull-down bed! The front of this unassuming television stand pulls down to reveal a secret sleeping spot, complete with special Disney artwork. Ta-da!

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For those looking for a little more space, 1- and 2-bedroom Villas, and 3-bedroom Grand Villas offer living rooms, full kitchens and separate sleeping areas. They are all magnificent, but the Grand Villa, which sleeps up to 12 people, has some serious “wow” factor. It even has its own media room, complete with a big-screen television and comfy seating for the whole family. Want a peek inside? Check this out.

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is now nearly 80% sold out. And, while staying just steps away from the top-notch amenities available at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the flagship Walt Disney World Resort experience, is certainly on my “must do” list, the great thing about being a Disney Vacation Club member is the variety of vacation destinations available to you. Whether it’s this sort of Victorian splendor you crave, or watching a giraffe munch on lunch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, or even exploring thousands of other vacation options in destinations around the world, the possibilities of where you can vacation as a member are vast.

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