More Walt Disney World Resort Stories

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Oct. 11, 2015

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

Sixty years ago this week, the landmark Disneyland Hotel opened its doors to families visiting the Disneyland Resort. And to mark the anniversary of this Disney Parks Blog reader favorite, we dug out some amazing photos from the archives.


During its first year of operation, Disneyland Hotel had only 104 guest rooms. Now, it has 975 beautifully appointed guest rooms, including a unique collection of themed suites—from the Big Thunder Suite to the Pirates of the Caribbean Suite. Check out Michael’s original story for more images and facts.

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We also shared a bit more of what’s coming to Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort in the future, including a new Disney chocolate shop and new restaurant for Celebrity Chef Art Smith.

The Ganachery, a new chocolate shop set to open in The Landing in late 2015 at Disney Springs, will feature a custom blend chocolate with the finest beans for the all-new concept that will feature freshly made ganache (gəˈnaSH). Pam has more details in her original story.


And Chef Art Smith’s new restaurant concept opens in Summer 2016 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. The restaurant’s menu will feature Southern favorites like homemade pimento cheese, Church Lady deviled eggs, low country shrimp and grits, kale salad with Sweet Grass Dairy cheese and spiced pecans and a grilled Blackstrap pork chop with sawmill gravy. There are more details about Chef Smith and the restaurant in our earlier story.

Here are some of the other stories we featured this week.

Behind the Scenes: Take a Look Back at ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Float Production – Hear from Imagineers as they checked out the various “Paint the Night” parade floats in progress!

New ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Ornament Set Debuts at the Disneyland Resort – These new ornaments capture a variety of key moments from the nighttime spectacular as well as beloved Disney characters such as Sorcerer Mickey, Mike and Sulley, Tinker Bell, “The Little Mermaid” (Ariel and King Triton) and Belle.

PANDORA Jewelry and Other Popular Products Coming to Disney Parks This October – Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller selects a handful of his favorite new things that guests will soon find either at Disney Parks or on our Disney Parks online store.

Imagineers Team Up with CAL FIRE to Create Story of Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure Park – To create the story of Grizzly Peak Airfield, Walt Disney Imagineering turned to the experts at CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), even visiting Hemet-Ryan Airfield in California for research.

Ultimate History Quiz: 17 Burning Questions About Epcot’s Horizons – Think you remember just about everything there is to know about the former Horizons attraction at Epcot? Put your knowledge to the test!

12 Disney Parks Halloween Wallpapers to Haunt Your Desktop – To help add some Halloween spirit to your desktop or mobile device, we’re happy to share with you 12 Disney Parks Blog exclusive wallpapers – all inspired by Halloween or our spookiest attractions, the Haunted Mansion and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.


  • Haven’t been to Disney World in 2 years, but was very familiar with all parks as we visited every year before that for 8 years. What is new other than Magic Bands?

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