Top Disneyland Resort Stories of 2012

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios


It’s been a big year here at the Disneyland Resort. From the changes on Main Street, U.S.A., to the newly refurbished Matterhorn – oh yeah, and the completion of the five-year expansion of Disney California Adventure park – we’ve been pretty busy. Here’s a look at some of the top Disneyland Resort stories we’ve shared with you here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Celebrating the Culmination of a Five-Year Journey with the Grand Reopening of Disney California Adventure Park
On June 15, Disney California Adventure park celebrated its grand reopening, the culmination of a five-year expansion capped off with the addition of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street.

Behind the Wall: Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park
When a new snowfall brought brand-new bobsleds to the majestic Matterhorn this summer, the classic Disneyland park attraction received its most extensive refurbishment to date.

Earl of Sandwich Now Open in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort
Downtown Disney District visitors got a special treat this fall, when the first Earl of Sandwich restaurant location in California opened at the Disneyland Resort.

Reimagined Disneyland Hotel Evokes History, Nostalgia
In January, the Disneyland Hotel celebrated the completion of its largest renovation.

Space Shuttle Endeavour Treats Guests to ‘Ferry Flight’ Over the Disneyland Resort
On September 21, the Disneyland Resort took part in space travel history when Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over the resort on its way to its new home in Los Angeles.

VIDEO: Disneyland Park Opens for One More Disney Day

We celebrated Leap Day in a big way at Disneyland park this year! Were you there?

An Early Holiday Gift for Disneyland Guests: Twenty Nights of Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony Performances Scheduled for 2012

This holiday season, for the first time, the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional at Disneyland park was extended to 20 nights of performances.

Disney Parks Blog Readers ‘Glow With the Show’ at Disney California Adventure Park
“Glow With the Show” Ears made their debut at “World of Color” this summer and have since expanded their magic to other shows and locations. On July 30, two thousand Disney Parks Blog readers got to try them out at our “Glow With the Show” Meet-Up.

Fall Into the Rabbit Hole at Mad T Party – Coming to Disney California Adventure Park
A new nighttime experience debuted at Disney California Adventure park this summer, as guests were invited to fall down the Rabbit Hole and into the world of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Carnation Café Reopens June 13 at Disneyland Park

Another major part of the Main Street, U.S.A., refurbishment was Carnation Cafe, which expanded back into its previous indoor-seating space.