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Year In Review: 10 Moments That Made Disney History in 2015

posted on December 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


So many incredible things happened at Disney Parks around the world this year, from major anniversary celebrations to attraction openings, 2015 is truly a year to remember.

Here are our top 10 highlights:

  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Begins – The Disneyland Resort celebrated 60 years of magic in 2015 by debuting three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “Paint the Night” parade, and “World of Color – Celebrate!

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  1. Star Wars-Themed Lands Announced – Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced plans for two Star Wars-themed lands to be added to Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Read the official announcement for more.

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  1. Toy Story Land Plans Announced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Crowds at the 2015 D23 Expo were surprised and delighted to hear that plans for a Toy Story Land for Disney’s Hollywood Studios are in the works.

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  1. New Star Wars Offerings Debuted – Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios both welcomed new Star Wars-inspired offerings in late 2015, including Star Wars Launch Bay, enhancements to the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction and more.

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  1. Hatbox Ghost Reappeared in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park – After decades in hiding, the Hatbox Ghost reappeared inThe Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. Take a behind-the-scenes look at his appearance here.

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  1. Jungle Skipper Canteen opens at Magic Kingdom Park – For Disney Parks fans who can’t get enough of The Jungle Cruise, now there’s the Jungle Skipper Canteen restaurant, which just opened its doors in December at Magic Kingdom Park. Check out Pam’s review of the menu items here.

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  1. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto & Tiki Bar Opened at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Disney fans rejoiced when Walt Disney World Resort finally got a Trader Sam’s! Offering quirky atmosphere and views of Seven Seas Lagoon, Sam’s dishes out drinks and snacks that are unique to only this location.

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  1. Downtown Disney Renamed Disney Springs – This shopping/dining area has been transformed over the past year to feature some amazing new dining spots, like Morimoto and The Boathouse, terrific bars like Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar, and cool shops like The Ganachery and many more. Although more expansions are planned, the area was officially renamed Disney Springs in 2015.

Bringing New Magic to Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

  1. Magical Enhancements At Matterhorn Bobsleds and Peter Pan’s Flight – Two classic Disneyland park attractions were plussed up this year with new enhancements, including additional special effects at Matterhorn Bobsleds and new figures of the Darling children and a moving Thames River at Peter Pan’s Flight.

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  1. Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Opened – Disney Vacation Club celebrated the debut of its latest property this past spring with the opening of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

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Top 10 Entertainment Experiences at Disney Parks in 2015

posted on December 29th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s been another unforgettable year at Disney Parks, and our Creative Entertainment team has had a blast producing amazing new entertainment experiences for you to enjoy. In fact, the team has been so busy, this year’s Top 5 had to be expanded to a Top 10!

  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original Disneyland park was far and away the biggest event of the year, bringing with it the debut of three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “World of Color – Celebrate!” and the award-winning “Paint the Night” parade.
  1. Tangled: The Musical – This terrific stage adaptation of the tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, a Disney Cruise Line exclusive complete with three new songs from Composer Alan Menken, premiered on the Disney Magic in November.

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  1. Inside Out – Riley’s Emotions from the Disney•Pixar hit “Inside Out” made their Disney Parks debut last summer at Disney California Adventure park, arriving on a pre-parade float designed to look like Headquarters from the film. Later in the year, Joy and Sadness made their way to Hong Kong Disneyland, where they appeared in a limited-time character greeting experience.

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  1. More “Frozen” FunAnna, Elsa and Olaf were as popular as ever in 2015, traveling the world to bring a bit of Arendelle to Disney’s kingdoms on three continents. Unique “Frozen” entertainment experiences included sing-along celebrations, playgrounds with real snow, processionals through the parks and deck parties on Disney Cruise Line.

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade ‘Dreamlights’

  1. Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade “Dreamlights – This popular nighttime parade at Tokyo Disney Resort received an upgrade last summer, with an all-new “Tangled” float and seven other floats that were enhanced with dazzling new technological features.
  1. King Triton’s Concert – In the spring, Mermaid Lagoon Theater at Tokyo DisneySea saw the debut of this award-winning musical show that combines dynamic performances with puppetry, projections, Audio-Animatronics and special effects.

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  1. Halloween – The Halloween season was bigger than ever at Disney Parks in 2015, with new shows opening around the world. The headliner was “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” at Magic Kingdom Park, starring the inimitable Sanderson Sisters. Other shows included “It’s Good to be Bad” with the Disney Villains at Disneyland Paris, “The Villains’ World” on Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea and several “Lost in Ghost Town” experiences as part of Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland.

  1. Hong Kong Disneyland 10th Anniversary – Hong Kong Disneyland also marked their 10th anniversary this year, kicking off a year-long “Happily Ever After” celebration with the newly enhanced “Disney in the Stars” fireworks spectacular and the delightful new stage show, “Mickey and the Wondrous Book.”

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  1. Sunset Showcase – An all-new entertainment venue opened this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, designed to host a variety of different experiences over time. The premier engagement at Sunset Showcase is Club Disney, a super fun hangout filled with music, dancing, Disney characters and more. A special evening event, Club Villain, comes to the Sunset Showcase starting January 16, and more plans are in the works for the future.

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  1. Star Wars – The Force has awakened at Disney Parks with the openings of Star Wars Launch Bay and “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are now also thrilling to nightly performances of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular,” an epic fireworks show featuring some of the most iconic music and audio clips from the entire “Star Wars” saga.

There’s been quite a lot happening in the world of Creative Entertainment this year, and 2016 promises to be greater still with additions like “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an incredible new stage production of “Frozen” at Disney California Adventure park, the opening of Shanghai Disneyland and so much more.

Keep reading Disney Parks Blog all year long, and we’ll keep you up to speed on all the excitement to come. Happy new year!

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Top 10 Holiday Entertainment Highlights at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Disneyland Resort, where we’re making the holiday season merry and bright, now through January 6, 2016. If you’re planning to join us during the jolliest time of the year, here are some highlights of our holiday entertainment you won’t want to miss!

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  1. Santa ClausWinnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are welcoming Santa to Critter Country this year, where you’ll find him in a delightful new spot, ready to greet everyone on his list.

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  1. “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade – This wonderful daytime procession features more than 100 performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Santa and an array of beloved Disney characters celebrating the holiday season.

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  1. Jingle Cruise – A cargo of holiday gifts and decorations have been jettisoned over the jungles of Adventureland, resulting in fun-filled expeditions and a dose of holly jolly hilarity on the classic Jungle Cruise attraction.

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  1. “it’s a small world” Holiday – This worldwide celebration of the season brings holiday music, costumes and décor to “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed,” and at night, animated projections and more than 300,000 twinkling LED lights adorn the attraction’s façade with joy and wonder.

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  1. Haunted Mansion HolidayJack Skellington and his crew from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” wish everyone a “Scary Christmas” with their own unique take on the holidays.

  1. Christmas on Buena Vista Street – Over at Disney California Adventure park, the residents of Buena Vista Street are celebrating the season with lovely tunes from the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers and a nightly tree lighting ceremony. And when Santa’s in town, you can stop in and see him at the Elias & Co. department store.

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  1. “Olaf’s Snow Fest” – Step inside Stage 17 in Hollywood Land for winter fun in the kingdom of Arendelle. There’s a giant play area with real snow, a zippy snow slide, live music from the Frolicking Fjords and the Tubadors and, of course, Olaf himself. Do you wanna build a snowman? Or meet one? This is the place!

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  1. “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! – This festive celebration of Latino culture and holiday traditions features music, dancing, delicious food, favorite Disney characters and the lively “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party.”

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  1. “World of Color – Winter Dreams” – Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure park sparkles to life at night with not one, but two splendid versions of the “World of Color” spectacular. For the holiday season, “World of Color – Winter Dreams” includes classic wintertime scenes from beloved stories such as “Bambi,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.” Each night, you can also enjoy “World of Color – Celebrate!” Part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, this version of the show is a colorful, surprise-filled tribute to Walt Disney and his dreams of Disneyland.

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  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – For 2015, the entire holiday season comes with a shimmering sprinkle of Diamond Celebration pixie dust, as our stunning 60th celebration continues, giving you even more chances to marvel at the dazzling “Paint the Night” Parade and the immersive new fireworks spectacular, “Disneyland Forever.”

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

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Two Shows, Two Ways to Experience ‘World of Color’ This Holiday Season at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 6th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


With two dazzling spectaculars, “World of Color – Winter Dreams” and “World of Color – Celebrate!”, showing this holiday season, you may be wondering how best to plan your evening at Disney California Adventure park. Today, I’m here to share two ways to secure your spot for the show of your choice.

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Disney FASTPASS: Distribution for Disney FASTPASS for both “World of Color” shows will take place in the current distribution location near Grizzly River Run. Guests will join one queue and indicate their preferred show and time to the cast member at the front of the queue. The cast member will then direct you to the correct Disney FASTPASS machine. If you would like to attend more than one show, you must re-enter the queue to obtain Disney FASTPASS for that show time.

Dining Packages: If you choose to enjoy one of our “World of Color” dining packages, please indicate your preferred show when you make your reservation by calling (714) 781-DINE. Please be sure to select a meal time that is at least two hours before your preferred show time.

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Make Halloween a Carousel of Color with ‘World of Color’-Inspired Pumpkin

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Looking for a way to add some color to your Halloween? Try this “World of Color”-inspired pumpkin! Click here for detailed, step-by-step instructions. And be sure to check out Pinterest.com/Disneyland for more Disneyland Resort ideas, photos and surprises.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Continues Through September 5, 2016

posted on September 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


For the past few months, we’ve been celebrating sixty years of the Happiest Place on Earth with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Featuring the all-new “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” as well as special food and merchandise, the celebration has also brought a special sparkle throughout the Disneyland Resort – including a diamond-encrusted Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Today, I’m excited to tell you that the celebration will continue to dazzle guests through September 5, 2016. That means you’ve still got time to experience all the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration has to offer!

There have been countless moments of happiness here at the Disneyland Resort through the past sixty years … take a look at sixty seconds of happiness we’ve captured in the video below.

Join the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, now through September 5, 2016!

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Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Shows and Attractions Join ‘Paint the Night’ Parade, ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks and More

posted on September 14th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort begins November 13, and today I’m excited to share details on what this dazzling holiday season will bring to Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and the Downtown Disney District.

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park

At Disneyland park, “A Christmas Fantasy” parade returns, showing daily along with the new “Paint the Night” parade each night. “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” will return in January after the holiday season ends. Each night, the all-new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular will light up the park as we continue the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration; “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks will not be presented this year.

World of Color – Celebrate!” continues throughout the season at Disney California Adventure park, along with “World of Color – Winter Dreams.”

Be sure to check the calendar page of Disneyland.com for details on daily times for all shows and spectaculars.

Also at Disneyland park, Santa Claus will greet guests at a new location in Critter Country. When he visits Disney California Adventure park, Santa can be found at Elias & Co. on Buena Vista Street.

Here’s a look at this year’s returning favorites during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort:

Jingle Cruise at Disneyland Park

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  • Disney ¡Viva Navidad!
  • Holiday decor in Cars Land, “a bug’s land” and Buena Vista Street
  • Olaf’s Snow Fest
  • Buena Vista Street Community Choir

Downtown Disney District

  • Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink

Join us for Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, November 13 through January 6, 2016!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park?

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” transports guests into the world and works of Walt Disney, including his dreams of Disneyland. This new presentation of “World of Color” is a part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

How well do you know the new nighttime spectacular in Disney California Adventure park? Take our quiz and find out!



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How Well Do You Know ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park?

“World of Color” has become a favorite among Disneyland Resort guests. How many times has this nighttime spectacular been performed?
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“World of Color – Celebrate!” features which two charming co-hosts?
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How many fountains bring “World of Color – Celebrate!” to life?
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Where can you obtain Disney FASTPASS for priority viewing of “World of Color – Celebrate!”?
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Mickey’s Halloween Party Expands to 17 Nights with Return of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, September 11 – November 1

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


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The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues into Halloween Time when the season begins again September 11, with the addition of the new “Paint the Night” parade during the expanded 17 nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park!

In addition to the popular Halloween Time seasonal attractions, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes, the Dia de los Muertos celebration and the special after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party (a separate, ticketed event), guests will also be able to enjoy the new nighttime spectaculars that are the signature of our 60th anniversary celebration – “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “Paint the Night” parade and “World of Color – Celebrate!” as well as special sparkling Halloween decor in honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

Please note: This year, Mickey’s Halloween Party will include “Paint the Night” parade and “Halloween Screams” fireworks. Mickey’s Costume Party cavalcade will not be featured this year; “Disneyland Forever” fireworks will be presented on non-party nights.

You can purchase your Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets early – and on your mobile device – here. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • July 22: Tickets on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members
  • July 29: Tickets on sale to general public
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party 2015 dates: Friday, Sept. 25; Monday, Sept. 28; Wednesday, Sept. 30; Friday, Oct. 2; Monday, Oct. 5; Wednesday, Oct. 7; Friday, Oct. 9; Monday, Oct. 12; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Friday, Oct. 16; Monday, Oct. 19; Thursday, Oct. 22; Friday, Oct. 23; Sunday, Oct. 25; Tuesday, Oct. 27; Thursday, Oct. 29; and Saturday, Oct. 31

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disneyland.com/Halloween for more updates on Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort and Mickey’s Halloween Party, and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #HalloweenTime.

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Special Military Performances at the Disneyland Resort for Fourth of July Weekend

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


From July 2-6, guests can enjoy more special performances by military acts than ever before, continuing a tradition of inviting the military to perform at Disneyland, started by Walt Disney on opening day. If you are visiting the Disneyland Resort this Fourth of July weekend, you may want to catch one of these patriotic shows! Below is a schedule of performance times.

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United States Air Force Honor Guard from Washington D.C.
July 2-5, 2015

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  • 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – Paradise Pier, near the “World of Color” viewing area

Fourth of July added performances

  • 5:15 p.m. – Flag Retreat Ceremony (Color Guard only) in Town Square
  • 6:45 p.m. – Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from Miramar, CA
July 4, 2015

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  • 4:10 p.m. – Prior to Mickey’s Soundsational Parade
  • 5:15 p.m. – Flag Retreat Ceremony in Town Square
  • 7 p.m. – Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Downtown Disney District

  • 11:30 a.m. (breakout rock band) – Main Stage

United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from San Francisco, CA
July 5-6, 2015

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  • 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. (breakout rock band) – Main Stage
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