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October 17, 2014

Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6 Coming to Disney Parks

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The DisneyParksBlog announced in August that Big Hero 6 characters would be coming to Disney Parks in the US this fall.

Although the start date has not been announced (mid-November is all we know right now), the locations of the Meet and Greet have. In Disney's Hollywood Studios, look for Hiro and Baymax inside the Magic of Disney Animation attraction. The themeing of the area will be the lab from the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and then you'll find the characters inside Hiro's garage workshop.

The current Meet and Greet for Wreck-it-Ralph will close on October 24th to prepare for Big Hero 6!

In Disneyland, Hiro's robotic workshop will be located near the Starcade in Tomorrowland. Also right now in Disneyland you can see a preview of the new film in Tomorrowland's Magic Eye Theatre.

September 2, 2014

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Coming to Disney California Adventure

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Beginning September 14th, guests will start seeing Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure.

Oswald made his first Disney park appearance in Tokyo DisneySea earlier this year.

In case you aren't familiar with Oswald, he made his debut in the cartoon short Trolley Troubles back in September 1927. The following year, the company lost the rights to Oswald but his creation was the inspiration for Mickey Mouse. The Disney company welcomed Oswald back officially in 2006.

July 21, 2014

Special Pricing for Military Personnel

Disney has announced new special pricing on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty U.S. military personnel at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

At Walt Disney World Resort: From August 25, 2014, through September 30, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:

-- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax
-- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each, plus tax
-- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax.

Walt Disney World Resort tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 22, 2014 - January 2, 2015 and March 29 - April 9, 2015.

For information on Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to Walt Disney World Resort, or to make room reservations at Walt Disney World Resort, military personnel may call 407-939-7830 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

At the Disneyland Resort: From August 25, 2014, through October 1, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:

-- Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $132 each

Disneyland tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015 and March 29 – April 9, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by October 3, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can also take advantage of specially priced rooms at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort hotels.* This offer is valid for stays most nights from September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except for:

-- November 27 - 29, 2014
-- December 24 - 31, 2014
-- March 30 - April 4, 2015

For information regarding Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort, or to make room reservations at the Disneyland Resort, military personnel may call 714-520-7088 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices. Information is also available at disneymilitaryoffers.com.

NOTE: Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets ONLY by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and other family members and friends, as provided herein. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.
“Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.
Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.
Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort are not valid until activated by the Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows. Tickets and options expire and may not be used after October 3, 2015. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort expire and may not be used after October 3, 2015. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Minimum length of stay requirements may apply. Valid Military ID will be required upon check-in, and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Additional per-adult charges apply at the Walt Disney World Resort if there are more than two adults per room. Other restrictions apply.

July 19, 2014

Disneyland Resort Marks 59 Years of Fun and Innovation

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Diamond Celebration Logo Unveiled and Contest Announced for Guests to Share Favorite Memories from Six Decades

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 17, 2014) – When Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, it had 18 attractions, no Disney hotels and little but orange groves surrounding it. Today, as the Disneyland Resort celebrates its 59th anniversary, the original theme park has expanded to become a world-class family resort destination with two renowned Disney parks, nearly 100 attractions, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. And in the spring of 2015, the resort will launch a dazzling yearlong Diamond Celebration that salutes 60 years of magic.

“It’s an incredible time at the Disneyland Resort as we prepare for next year’s Diamond Celebration,” said Michael Colglazier, president, Disneyland Resort. “We’re excited to honor our rich history, to celebrate the incredible magic that fills our resort today, and to create unforgettable memories with our guests for many years to come.”

As part of today’s festivities, Disney invited the generations of families and friends who have visited the resort to share their favorite memories through photos taken at the Disneyland Resort. Readers of the DisneyParksBlog will vote for the top photos and one lucky guest will have a chance to win a trip to the Disneyland Resort for the start of the 60th anniversary celebration in Spring 2015.* Starting today, guests are invited to submit photos that represent their memories from the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present. Using hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, guests may share their photos via Twitter or Instagram by August 27, 2014. For complete rules, go to DisneyParksBlog.com.

Also today, the Diamond Celebration logo was unveiled as part of the annual July 17 anniversary celebration at Disneyland Park. Guests joined 59 Disney characters on Main Street, U.S.A., to hear a recording of Walt Disney’s opening day “welcome” speech and sing “Happy Birthday” in a festive marking of the 59th anniversary.

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The popularity of Disneyland through the past 59 years celebrates Walt Disney’s dream of a place where family members of all ages can have fun together in a safe, clean atmosphere that emphasizes imagination and extraordinary guest service. Since 1955, dignitaries, heads of state, celebrities and more than 700 million guests have passed through the gates of a place that Walt imagined as “a source of joy and inspiration to the world.”

Disneyland transformed the amusement industry with an entirely new concept in family entertainment: a “theme park” where rides, shows and characters become part of a total storytelling environment. In the nearly six decades since it opened, the Disneyland Resort has continued to use creativity, technology and innovation to bring stories to life, while fulfilling Walt’s promise that “Disneyland will never be completed … as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

May 20, 2014

'Rock Your Disney Side' as Disney Parks Kicks Off Summer Vacation Season With 24 Hours of Magic on Both Coasts, May 23-24


Three Disney Parks Celebrate Summer Fun with a Rockin’ Bi-Coastal All-Nighter

ANAHEIM, Calif. and LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 15, 2014) " Disney Parks will kick off the summer travel season with a 24-hour, coast-to-coast celebration that invites guests to “Rock Your Disney Side” at three Disney theme parks ­­- Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort in California, and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

From 6 a.m. Friday, May 23, to 6 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014*, on each coast, guests will spend 24 hours laughing, screaming, dancing and embracing their own Disney Side " that fun, playful side that emerges as they enter a Disney park. (* Hours of operation: 6 a.m. on 5/23/14 to 6 a.m. on 5/24/14; subject to capacity restrictions. Only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available. Valid theme park admission required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.)

Disney pirates, princesses, villains and a few rarely seen characters will stay in the parks all day and all night, inviting guests to dress up for the occasion, too. Guests may join the party dressed in costume, perhaps as their favorite Disney Hero or Villain. Costumes should be child-friendly and adhere to any guidelines determined by Disney.

The 24-hour celebration of summer also features special entertainment in all three parks.

At Walt Disney World Resort, near Orlando, Florida
In Florida, a cast of Disney Villains will have a special place in the Magic Kingdom 24-hour celebration, including Maleficent, Cruella De Vil and such rarely spotted miscreants as the Big Bad Wolf, Stromboli from “Pinocchio,” and Bowler Hat Guy from “Meet the Robinsons.” They will appear in locations throughout the park and also join in the “It’s Good to Be Bad” cavalcade preceding Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade.

Guests at the Magic Kingdom will enjoy nighttime dancing around Cinderella Castle and in Frontierland. The “#IncrediblesSuperDanceParty,” a nightly feature throughout the summer, will be followed during the All-Nighter by special screenings of “The Incredibles” at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.

At the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
In California, the 24-hour fun begins in the Esplanade outside the entrances to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, where guests will discover Olaf, the lovable snowman from Disney’s blockbuster animated film “Frozen, represented by a larger-than-life sand sculpture. Fireworks and live entertainment will entertain guests as the parks open at 6 a.m. Pacific Time.

At Disneyland, exciting entertainment will include the “Avengers Super Hero Movie Marathon” throughout the day and overnight in the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland. Nighttime highlights will feature an after-midnight performance of “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” and dance-till-dawn parties at the Tomorrowland Terrace Dance Club and the Sleeping Beauty Castle Forecourt Dance Club. In addition to 24 hours of atmosphere entertainment and appearances by Disney characters, the Disney Villains are planning an overnight “takeover” of the Royal Hall in Fantasy Faire.

Disney California Adventure invites guests to kick off summer with an all-night “Mad T Party,” dancing in Pacific Wharf and Paradise Garden, and a special 3 a.m. performance of “World of Color,” the water spectacular with nearly 1,200 dancing fountains.

Just the Beginning
The All-Nighter is just the beginning of the summer fun at Disney Parks on both coasts.

At Walt Disney World, the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction, opening May 28, takes guests on a rollicking musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine” and becomes the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. Also at Magic Kingdom, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade brings the magical stories of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative parade floats, vibrant costumes and an original soundtrack that features beloved songs from favorite Disney films along with a new parade theme song.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the popular and highly interactive musical show “Festival of the Lion King” returns this summer in the new Harambe Theatre. The park will offer Harambe Nights on Saturday evenings, June 7 through August 9, featuring a dazzling theatrical experience and energetic street party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney’s acclaimed “The Lion King.”

Vacationers can stay in the middle of the magic this summer with special savings at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. For reservations, contact 407-934-7639, or visit Disneyworld.com.

At the Disneyland Resort, guests will enjoy the thrills of the newly reopened and enhanced Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, along with dazzling summer entertainment that, beginning in mid-June, will include “Frozen” characters in a special pre-parade float for “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.” The pre-parade unit features Princess Anna and snowman Olaf frolicking in the snow while Queen Elsa is depicted in her icy domain.

Other summer entertainment in Disneyland includes daily performances of the enchanting “Mickey and the Magical Map” stage show, nightly performances of both “Fantasmic!” and “Magical” fireworks, featuring aerial flights by both Tinker Bell and Dumbo, and a variety of new entertainment daily in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. At Disney California Adventure, guests continue to enjoy the thrills and fun of Cars Land and the after-dark excitement of “World of Color” and “Mad T Party.”

Vacationing families may take advantage of special Disneyland Resort room and ticket packages at the resort and at nearby Good Neighbor hotels, with a selection to match every budget. For details, call 714-520-5060 or look for vacation packages at Disneyland.

Guests who choose to stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel " Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa " have the added benefits of Extra Magic Hour early admission to the parks (selected locations), easy access to Disney Character Dining in hotel restaurants, an exclusive entrance into Disney California Adventure park through Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, and special wake-up calls from Disney characters. Visit the Disneyland Resort Hotels page for details.

March 23, 2014

Eggs-istencial Event Returns to Disneyland Resort

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April 10 - 20th at Disney California Adventure and Disneyland!

Have fun exploring the parks hunting for ‘eggs’ that portray Disney characters! Record your discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially themed Egg-stravaganza map to represent that location. Maps and stickers can be purchased for $4.95, plus tax at:

Disney California Adventure park " Elias & Co., Oswald’s, Radiator Springs Curios, Rushin’ River Outfitters, Studio Store and Treasures in Paradise.

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Disneyland park " Disney Showcase, Fairy Tale Treasures, Gag Factory, Pieces of Eight and Pooh Corner

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There are a dozen reasons for you to love the event this year! I know what new characters have been added, but it’s up to you to find them. Don’t crack under the pressure! Whether you choose to hunt for eggs or not, return your map to a redemption location: Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park or Disney Showcase in Disneyland park and participate in an ‘egg-scramble’ to pick up your surprise.

Purchase as many maps as you’d like"while supplies last"and play again and again! No discounts apply. You should also know that separate admission is required to enter Disney Theme Parks and the experience is subject to restrictions and change without notice.

March 8, 2014

Finding "Frozen" in Disney Parks

From the kingdom of Arendelle, guests can immerse themselves in the Oscar-winning animated blockbuster hit Frozen throughout Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. From meet and greets with royalty, to vacationing at the stunning sites that inspired the blockbuster film, here's where you can enjoy your own icy adventures:

Walt Disney World Resort:
• Meet Elsa and Anna inside the Prinsesse Plass, located in the Norway pavilion at Epcot (See photos from this meet and greet HERE.)
• Elsa and Anna will join the new daytime spectacular “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom, when it debuts March 9
• Also at Magic Kingdom, the “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime projection show transforms Cinderella Castle with visuals from Frozen

Disneyland Resort:
• Meet Elsa and Anna in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park
• Olaf the snowman greets Disneyland park guests before they meet Elsa and Anna in Fantasyland
• Elsa appears in “World of Color " Winter Dreams,” the holiday version of the popular after-dark spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park. “World of Color " Winter Dreams” may be seen during the Holiday season, which starts in November.

Adventures by Disney:
• A new vacation experience to Norway guides families through an eight-day, seven-night adventure across the stunning lands that inspired the movie Frozen: Fjords, Bergen and Oslo

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• Elsa, Anna and Olaf appear in the “Disney Magic On Parade”

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• Anna is onboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream
• Olaf greets guests at the post office on Castaway Cay
• Guests can watch Frozen in the theaters on all four Disney cruise ships

February 28, 2014

Disney Parks Invites Guests to 'Rock Your Disney Side' With 24-Hour Kickoff to Summer on Both Coasts

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ANAHEIM, Calif. and LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2014) " 140 Disney characters gathered at Walt Disney World Resort today creating the Ultimate Tweet to announce the latest Disney Parks bi-coastal, all-night extravaganza; and guests are invited to show their “Disney Side” by dressing as their favorite Disney hero or villain.

Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and 135 of their friends came together to trumpet the countdown to “Rock Your Disney Side: 24-Hours” this Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season, when guests of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California can enjoy select parks for 24 hours nonstop.

The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California will be filled with great Disney heroes and villains from 6 a.m., May 23 to 6 a.m., May 24, 2014, local time** marking the beginning of a summer of fun at Disney Parks. The celebration on both coasts will feature a cavalcade of events showcasing the good-vs.-evil of classic Disney stories including character meet-and-greets throughout the parks, special entertainment, event merchandise, and food and beverage offerings. Along with the entertainment guests have grown to love every day, they'll discover surprise additions and special events throughout the 24 hours.

Mickey and pals announced the 24-hour party in their own inimitable style " with a 140-character-strong “Ultimate Tweet,” sending a #DisneySide message to all their fans on social media to come see them on May 23.

“Rock Your Disney Side” All Summer

Fans will be able to “rock” their Disney Side throughout the summer on both coasts. Guests will find new excitement at the Walt Disney World resort including the completion of New Fantasyland " the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history " with the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train family rollercoaster attraction (Opening date to be announced). Other summer festivities include the New-Fantasyland-inspired Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade and the rollout of MyMagic+, taking the Disney guest experience to the next level. Recent additions to Disneyland Resort include the stage show, “Mickey and the Magical Map,” featuring characters, music and fun surprises in the Fantasyland Theatre, and Fantasy Faire, a regal setting for encounters with some favorite Disney princesses.

Show Your Disney Side
Everybody has two sides. There's your normal, everyday side that goes to work, studies for school and doesn't do anything crazy. But you also have another more fun side"your Disney side. That's the side you simply can't wait to share as a family. It's the side of you that laughs more, screams more, says “yes” more and just plain lives life to the fullest. It's the side of you that comes out to play the moment your family steps through the gates of a Disney Theme Park. So why wait? Share the magic right now and come show your Disney side!

Disney Side of Summer Sweepstakes
Guests also can tweet how they plan to “Rock” their Disney Side this summer along with #DisneySideSweepsEntry for a chance to win a coast-to-coast 7-day / 6-night Disney Parks vacation for 4 and attend the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour event! One winner and three guests can enjoy a back-to-back stay at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida followed by Disneyland® Resort in California to join us for the “Rock Your Disney Side: 24-Hours.”***

For more information on other ways to Show Your Disney Side, check out www.RockYourDisneySide.com

February 25, 2014

Disneyland Resort Rehabs Just Announced

The temporary closure of two attractions at the Disneyland Resort have been announced.


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Disneyland's Alice in Wonderland attraction will be closed from March 10 until summer 2014. As part of the refurbishment, minor changes will be made to the exterior of the attraction.

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Over at Disney California Adventure, the Little Mermaid will be closed for maintenance from March 20 until late spring.

January 30, 2014

Disney Vacation Club Annual Pass Discounts

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The Disney Vacation Club has new discounts for three types of Annual Passports beginning February 6, 2014: WDW Premium Annual Pass, Disneyland Annual Pass, and the bi-coastal Disney Premier Passport!!

Walt Disney World Premium Annual Pass

Theme Park ticket discounts are the most-requested of all Member perks, and Disney Vacation Club is thrilled to deliver on that request with three Annual Pass discounts available for purchase starting February 6 through April 30, 2014.

Enhance your vacation experiences at Walt Disney World Resort and enjoy limited time savings on Walt Disney World Premium Annual passes. Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of this special offer February 6 through April 30, 2014.

Walt Disney World Premium Annual Pass: For a limited time, Disney Vacation Club Members can pay just $484, saving $245 off the regular price on their Premium Annual Pass.

With a Premium Annual Pass, you'll enjoy:

Unlimited the ability to visit all Walt Disney World Theme Parks on the same day
Water Parks
DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park
Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course
Parking
Access to special Passholder events
No blockout dates all year

To purchase the Walt Disney World Premium Annual Pass, Members can visit the online Ticket Store (available February 6th), call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 or (407)566-3800, or visit any Walt Disney World Vacation Planning or Guest Relations window. But hurry, this special Member pricing is only available until April 30, 2014.

Please call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 to find out more.


Disney Premier Passport

Discover vacation magic at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California with Membership Magic savings.

For the first time, Disney Vacation Club Members can pay a discounted rate of $849, saving $130 off the regular price on their Disney Premier Passport.
With a Disney Premier Passport, you'll enjoy:

Same-day access to all Walt Disney World and Disneyland Theme Parks
Parking
No blockout dates
And more!

Members can purchase a Disney Premier Passport at one of the following Disney Parks locations:

Disneyland Resort: Theme park ticket booths
Walt Disney World Resort: Guest Relations windows

Even if you've already purchased one, you can still take advantage of these limited-time savings. Purchase before April 30, 2014, and you can activate your new Pass or Passport when your old one expires.

Disneyland Resort Deluxe Annual Passports

Discover limited time savings on Disneyland Resort Deluxe Annual Passports for Disney Vacation Club Members at The Happiest Place on Earth. Enjoy an enhanced vacation experience at Disneyland Resort when you take advantage of this special offer available February 6 through April 30, 2014.

Disneyland Resort Deluxe Annual Passports: For the first time, Disney Vacation Club Members can pay a discounted rate of $429, saving $70 off the regular price on their Deluxe Annual Passport.
With a Deluxe Annual Passport, you'll enjoy:

315-day access in a year to both Disneyland Theme Parks
Same day Park Hopping

To purchase the Disneyland Resort Deluxe Annual Passport, Members can visit the online Ticket Store (available February 6th) or visit any Disneyland Resort theme park ticket booth.

Even if you've already purchased one, you can still take advantage of these limited-time savings. Purchase before April 30, 2014, and you can activate your new Pass or Passport when your old one expires.

January 18, 2014

Happy Lunar New Year

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The Year of the Horse Celebration takes place at the Disney California Adventure park from January 31-February 2nd. Between 11am and 5pm each day, the Paradise Gardens celebrate family traditions of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures.

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In addition to Disney characters like Mulan and Mushu, Mickey and Minnie, a Chinese dragon dance group, lion dances and Korean and Vietnamese dance groups join the celebration.

Fun for guests include making paper lanterns, discovering your Zodiac animal and writing wishes of good fortune and happiness for families and friends.

January 7, 2014

Southern California Residents New Disneyland Resort Ticket Offers

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Good news for Southern California residents! Once again, the Disneyland Resort has a special ticket offer just for you.

2-day ticket with your choice of one park per day for $129

2-day Park Hopper ticket for $164

3-day ticket with your choice of one park per day for $159

3-day Park Hopper ticket for $194

These 2 and 3-day ticket offers give So Cal residents the chance to explore your “Disney Side” " that playful side that emerges when you visit Disney Parks. Will you visit a princess, a Jedi or Lightning McQueen? See Radiator Springs or Mickey's Toontown? Embark on a cruise through the jungle or journey to a galaxy far, far away? What is your “Disney Side”? Find out this year at the Disneyland Resort!

Tickets are valid for admission from January 6 to June 6, 2014 (with block-out days March 31-April 20, 2014*). Southern California residents must purchase tickets by May 30, 2014. The sooner you purchase, the more time you have to return for your second or third visit!

When purchased in advance, the 3-day ticket options include one Magic Morning** early entry to Disneyland park " an extra hour of play before the park opens to the general public. This benefit is not available for tickets purchased at Disneyland Resort ticket booths, so be sure to purchase online for this added benefit.
Read below for more details you'll need to know, and purchase your tickets now by clicking here!

*Valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of residency is required for purchase and admission. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. Tickets expire June 6, 2014. Blockout days of 3/31/14-4/20/14 apply. May purchase up to 5 tickets per person per day with valid ID. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Tickets not valid before 1/6/14. Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.

** Magic Morning admission currently allows admission into selected attractions to Disneyland® Park before the park opens to the general public on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Each Guest must have valid theme park admission. To enhance the Magic Morning experience, it is strongly recommended that Guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to regular park opening. Magic Morning admission is based on availability and capacity. Applicable days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores and restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to restrictions and cancellation.

October 8, 2013

New Disney Parks Vine Account Launches With Special Contest for Social Media-Savvy Fans


Starting October 1, 2013, Disney Parks is giving social media-savvy theme park fans a new way to Celebrate their Disney Side with the launch of an official Disney Parks Vine account, which features both original and user-generated video content. Disney Parks will celebrate the account's launch with a “Vine Your Disney Side” contest that encourages Viners to create six-second films that celebrate their unique interest in Disney theme parks, characters and more.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (October 1, 2013) " Everyone has a Disney Side. It comes out when they let loose at a Disney Park, celebrate their inner pirate or princess, and meet Mickey Mouse again and again. Starting today, Disney Parks is giving social media-savvy theme park fans a new way to celebrate their Disney Side with the launch of an official Disney Parks Vine account, which will feature both original and user-generated video content.

Disney Parks will celebrate the account's launch with a “Vine Your Disney Side” contest that encourages Viners to create six-second films that celebrate their unique interest in Disney theme parks, characters and more. Starting today, Vine users who create videos that show their Disney Side can include the tag #DisneySideContest for a chance to appear on the Disney Parks' Vine account. Selected videos will begin appearing on the channel Oct. 7, with each featured filmmaker selected receiving $1,000. The creator of each video featured will also receive the chance to win a vacation to Disneyland Resort or the Walt Disney World Resort and a $10,000 commission to create a series of Disney Side videos.

“We're excited to announce our presence on Vine and believe this channel is a great fit considering the fun spirit of our parks and resorts, which serve as amazing locations for visual storytelling,” said Christie Volastro, vice president of Global Digital Marketing for Disney Destinations. “We're looking forward to using this channel to showcase original Vine content and recognize Disney fans by sharing some of the most creative Disney Parks inspired user-generated content out there.”

The Disney Parks Vine account adds to the company's stable of successful social media channels that reaches a global audience of 40 million Disney fans combined.

“As a mother of three young girls, I tap into my Disney Side quite frequently " my daughters never let me forget that there is an inner princess to be celebrated every day,” said Jennifer Prince, director, Media and Entertainment at Twitter. “We are thrilled to partner with Disney in bringing that ‘Disney Side' to life through the tight-knit, highly creative Vine community.”

For more information on the “Vine Your Disney Side” contest and to see the entire list of rules and regulations, visit DisneySideContest.com.

2013 CHOC "Walk in the Park" Ready to Hit Pavement at Disneyland Resort on October 13

The event is the biggest annual fundraising effort for CHOC Children's, devoted to meeting the medical needs of children throughout Southern California and beyond

ORANGE, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2013) - - Before the sun rises on Sunday, October 13, Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, will be filled with thousands of people coming together in support of the health and well-being of children. CHOC “Walk in the Park,” presented by Disneyland Resort, is the largest and most unique single pediatric walk event in the U.S.

Now in its 23rd year, the popular event benefits CHOC Children's, a regional pediatric healthcare system serving children and families in Southern California and beyond. The 2013 walk covers three miles through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park where “CHOC Walkers” get a special peek behind the magic before the parks open to the general public. At the end of the 5K walk, the event continues in the resort's Downtown Disney District where event sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers for Walk participants.

Among the event's estimated 15,000 walkers are participants from across the U.S. and around the world, including walkers from Canada, Mexico, Australia and South Korea.

Nearly 800 teams are expected, and include current and former patients and families, as well as doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Walkers come together to celebrate the lives of children saved by CHOC Children's, and to honor the memory of those children who bravely lost their battle against serious disease or illness.

It's the biggest yearly fundraising effort for CHOC. Monies raised by the event support a variety of patient and family programs, including education, research and the adoption and utilization of the latest technologies to advance the health of children.

Last year's event raised more than $2 million, and since its inception in 1990, the Walk has raised more than $21 million.

In order to help CHOC reach its goal of providing quality healthcare to the region's two million children, each CHOC Walker must raise a minimum of $50 to participate in the Walk. Everyone can register at http://www.chocwalk.org and receive up-to-date event information at CHOC Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

For the past 12 years, CHOC “Walk in the Park” has been held at the Disneyland Resort but the Resort's commitment to CHOC began more than 50 years ago when Walt Disney himself championed the need for a children's hospital in Orange County. Since then, the Disneyland Resort " executives, Cast Members, VoluntEARS and beloved characters - have contributed funds, time and tenderness to enhance CHOC's environment of healing.

October 7, 2013

Frozen Coming to the Disney Parks this Fall

The Disney Parks Blog has announced that Frozen (arriving in theatres November 27, 2013) will have a presence at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort.

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Anna and her sister Elsa, will appear in the Norway pavillion at Epcot for meet and greets. Also in Norway, the current exhibit in the Stave Church will be transformed to show how Norway inspired the filmmakers to create Frozen.

At Disneyland, you will find Olaf in Fantasyland and as previously announced in Disney California Adventure, Olaf will host the new World of Color version called "World of Color - Winter Dreams"


September 3, 2013

Friday the 13th Mischief Is Bi-Coastal at Disney Parks During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. " Disney's dastardly villains are ready to unleash some Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks on September 13 -- Friday the 13th.

Both Disneyland Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort will stay open until the 13th Hour (1 a.m.). To celebrate the momentous evening, notorious Disney villains like Maleficent, Capt. Hook, Hades will host a wicked dance party, plus lots more spooky fun.

The hub of the villains' festivities will be staged "dead" center of Disney's Hollywood Studios at Hades' Hangout -- the hottest club north of the Underworld.

The "Lord of the dead," Hades, will host spine-tingling fun while his henchmen, dancers, interactive DJ and hot house band keep the nighttime activities on fire. Hades' 13 devilish Disney brutes will be waiting in Villain Encounters surrounding Hades' Hangout for greetings and autographs with guests.

To celebrate the imminent arrival of the midnight witching hour "Villainy in the Sky" will set the sky ablaze with spectacular fireworks, and keep the party going until the 13th hour.

It's all happening for a limited time only from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013 as part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks. Limited Time Magic features 52 weeks of magical experiences -- big and small -- ranging from park-wide events to special culinary treats to special moments of surprise and delight.

On this spooktacular evening, villains will take over Disneyland as well. Town Square is transformed for the party where guests may see villains like Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts, Judge Frollo and Lady Tremaine. Cobwebs and vines, Halloween-themed projections, lighting effects and an eerie fog set the tone for the evening. Witches and warlocks will get the dance party started, spinning a mix of upbeat Halloween tunes and Disney-friendly Top 40 hits.

Later in the evening, the twisted celebration spills over to New Orleans Square Train Station with lurking Disney villains ready for the Unleash the Villains Dance Party featuring a lit-up dance floor and raised platforms, spooky decor and lighting effects. A mischievous station master DJ conducts this party -- announcing the arrival of a different ghoulish Disney villain at the 13th minute after every hour. Villains will be on the prowl after dusk for photo ops and character greetings, plus a few special surprises.

For more information, visit www.limitedtimemagic.com.

July 26, 2013

World of Color - Winter Dreams Debuts November 15th Disney California Adventure

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The Disney Parks Blog has announced a new version of the very popular World of Color coming to Disney California Adventure this holiday season.


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"Its going to be spectacular." The show is going to feature brand new animation from films like Frozen... to Disney classics that you know and love" , Steve Davison, vice president of Parades and Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. "The host for the show is going to be Olaf, and Olaf is a magical new character from the movie Frozen."

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July 23, 2013

Disney Parks Salute U.S. Military with Special Tickets, Room Rates

Disney has announced special pricing on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty U.S. military personnel, retirees and their families.

At Walt Disney World Resort : From August 12, 2013, through September 24, 2014, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:

-- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $169 each, plus tax
-- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $169 each, plus tax
-- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $198 each, plus tax

Walt Disney World tickets may be used September 29, 2013, through September 27, 2014, except December 20 - 31, 2013; April 13 - 20, 2014, at all theme parks and all Water Park fun and more locations; and July 4, 2014, at Magic Kingdom Park only. For more details, visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers/military-4-day-ticket/

At Disneyland Resort : From August 12, 2013, through September 25, 2014, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:

-- Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $129 each

Disneyland Resort tickets may be used September 29, 2013, through September 27, 2014, except December 19 - 31, 2013; April 13 - April 20, 2014; and July 4, 2014, at both theme parks.

For more details visit:
http://disneyland.disney.go.com/offers-discounts/#/?int_cmp=ILC-US_EN-DPSOtoDLRFY13Military&,

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can also take advantage of specially priced rooms at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort hotels! This offer is valid for stays most nights from September 29, 2013, through September 27, 2014, except for November 28 - November 30, 2013, December 23-31, 2013, and April 14 - April 19, 2014.

For more details, visit the official Disney site.

April 25, 2013

Disney Parks to Kick Off a ‘Monstrous Summer’ With 24 Hours of Magic on Both Coasts

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ANAHEIM, Calif. and LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (April 25, 2013) " Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will kick off a Monstrous Summer by keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours nonstop on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season.

The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time* marking the beginning of a summer of fun inspired by the upcoming Disney•Pixar comedy adventure Monsters University.

The oversized fun of a 24-hour Disney park “All-Nighter” called for an equally epic announcement, and the huge sphere of Spaceship Earth was transformed from Disney Parks icon to Disney-Pixar “Eye-con,” becoming a 180-foot-tall, fully animated Mike Wazowski, the loveable green-bodied, one-eyed monster who joins best pal James P. Sullivan (“Sulley”) in the prequel to Monsters, Inc., this summer as college students with hopes of becoming Scarers.



Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis joined Mike to share the news of the first-ever, three-park All-Nighter.

“This summer, Disney Parks are bursting with a monstrous lineup of new thrills, shows and happenings,” said Kalogridis. “Guests can start Memorial Day Weekend with a 24-hour-marathon of memory-making as three Parks stay open all day and all night to celebrate the bi-coastal kick-off of a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks.”

Mike and Sulley will take a break from collegiate life and their Scare studies at Monsters University to host the All-Nighter, dropping in to scare up some school spirit. Guests will scream and giggle with delight at the lineup of thrills and entertainment that promises to make this a day and night to be remembered for a lifetime.

In Florida, the Magic Kingdom will feature a Monsters University theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade " complete with pomp and circumstance " and make appearances in Tomorrowland. Guests also will find extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.

In California, guests can party the night away at both parks with special entertainment, including a Monsters University “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland, and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland. The new Fantasy

Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing, and guests of Disney California Adventure will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new Monsters University “Dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new Monsters University float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

All three parks will feature limited-edition specialty merchandise and food and beverage offerings plus other surprises throughout the entire day.

The All-Nighter is just the beginning of the fun. In California, vacationers at “The Happiest Place on Earth” will see how Disneyland Resort “Just Got Happier” with great new attractions such as the “Mickey and the Magical Map” stage show. It is also the first summer for guests to experience the new Fantasy Faire with Disney Princesses at Disneyland, and they continue to enjoy the exciting new offerings of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure.

Walt Disney World Monstrous Summer includes new offerings and popular favorites in all four parks. This is the first summer for New Fantasyland, which has received rave reviews from guests since its December grand opening as the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. Guests also will find new, engaging offerings for the entire family throughout the Walt Disney World Resort this summer such as an interactive “Pirates Adventure” game at Magic Kingdom, the newly re-imagined Test Track at Epcot, the new Disney Junior show, featuring Sofia The First and Doc McStuffins, as new additions at Disney's Hollywood Studios, plus Wilderness Explorers at Disney's Animal Kingdom that will bring families together in exciting new ways.

ABOUT “MONSTERS UNIVERSITY”

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer"and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike's plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair's out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University's elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar's “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3″). For more information, like us at facebook.com/PixarMonstersUniversity, and follow us on twitter.com/disneypixar. The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in 3D in select theaters. For more information, check out disney.com/MonstersU.

For more information on Monstrous Summer, check out http://www.disneyparks.com/MonstrousSummer

January 28, 2013

Wheel of Fortune and Disney Come Together to Make Magic Memories for Contestants and At-Home Viewers

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Collaboration includes On-Air "Making Disney Memories Week" and "Wheel of Fortune Making Memories Sweepstakes"

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (January 2013) " It's "Disney Time" at Wheel of Fortune as the fun of America's Favorite Game Show and the magic of Disney come together in the game show's 30th season for a fully integrated, multiplatform collaboration including a week of shows and a sweepstakes for at-home viewers.

"Wheel of Fortune Making Disney Memories Week," airing January 28-February 1, 2013, will feature a custom set including three different scenes depicting Sleeping Beauty Castle, Cinderella Castle and the Disney Dream cruise ship. Additionally, Disney is providing iconic elements from the Disney Parks including a Disney teacup from the Mad Tea Party attraction, Lightning McQueen from the new Cars Land at Disney California Adventure, a pirate ship from Peter Pan's Flight and a Dumbo car from Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. And show hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White will be greeted on set by beloved Disney characters.

During the week of shows, Wheel of Fortune contestants can win Magical Vacations to Disney Parks or on Disney Cruise Line. The cars available through the 1⁄2 Car Tag game element will alternate between Honda and Chevrolet models, sponsors of Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, respectively.

In preparation for the broadcast, Vanna White and the Wheel of Fortune crew went on location to shoot customized segments at Disneyland theme park, Disney California Adventure theme park, Magic Kingdom theme park, Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, Epcot and the Disney Dream cruise ship.

The Wheel of Fortune Making Memories Sweepstakes encourages viewers to watch Making Disney Memories Week on Wheel of Fortune and enter each night's bonus puzzle solution at www.wheeloffortune.com. Ten winners will each enjoy a vacation for four to the winner's choice of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or the Disneyland Resort in California.

The sweepstakes will live on a co-branded mini-site, accessible via www.wheeloffortune.com that will feature links to various Disney websites as well as photo and video galleries from Vanna's shoots.

Additionally, Wheel of Fortune will be able to offer its nearly 8 million members of their loyalty program, the Wheel Watchers Club, the chance to find their own Happily Ever After with Disney vacation offers.

Walt Disney World Resort Turns Up the Romance During "True Love" Week All Part of Limited Time Magic

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Lake Buena Vista, Fla. -- Love is in the air at Walt Disney World Resort as fairytale princesses find true love with their princes, and "happily ever after" becomes reality. It all happens during True Love Week February 11-17, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.

The weeklong love fest is all part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks, where each week in 2013 guests will be treated to a sprinkling of Disney magic where unexpected surprises and delights enhance vacation memories.

During True Love Week, a tapestry of romance is woven throughout the resort " from limited- time Valentine's merchandise and special entertainment, to romantic dinners for two and new themed photo locations offering greetings with beloved Disney sweethearts " all for a limited-time only.

The weeklong event celebrates the love of friends and family, and invites couples to rekindle the flame. Here is the lineup:

-- Romantic Setting: Guests will feel the romance at every turn, as banners proclaiming True Love, heart-shaped signage and sweetheart-themed décor adorn the Magic Kingdom.

-- Blushing Castle: At dusk, hues of pink, red, lavender and blue bathe Cinderella Castle with themed lighting synced to a musical melodies adding to the ambiance.

-- Dinners for Two: Candlelit dinners for two with prix fixe menus at select restaurants during the most romantic week of the year. Specially-created menus at Artist Point (Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort); The Wave…of American Flavors (Disney's Contemporary Resort); Hollywood Brown Derby (Disney's Hollywood Studios); Yachtsman Steakhouse (Disney's Yacht Club Resort) make an ideal setting for a romantic evening. To book visit Disneyworld.com or call 407/WDW-DINE.

-- Valentine's-themed Takeaways: Limited-edition pins, plushes, newly-designed apparel and Vinylmations available at select merchandise locations.

-- Royal Gathering: The rare opportunity to get a photo with Disney Princes as they escort their Princesses to enchanting character greeting locations.

In Town Square Theater you may find Mickey and Minnie, Aurora with Phillip or Rapunzel and Flynn. Mary Poppins joins Bert in Fantasyland, while Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana meet guests in the Enchanted Glade in Liberty Square.

Romantic Photo Locations in Magic Kingdom with your Sweetie:

-- Carriage Awaits: New Fantasyland invites lovers to create memories alongside Cinderella's Glass Coach situated by the new Castle wall for True Love Week.
-- Wishes Come True: Hearts and flowers enhance Cinderella's Wishing Well creating the perfect backdrop for a cherished moment.
-- Rose Walk: The Rose Garden in Central Plaza is all decked out with enchanting decor.

And more…

Romantic Touches: Long stem roses, chocolate covered strawberries, the finest champagne, or scattered rose petals create a romantic scene for lovebirds, all available through the Disney florist at www.disneyflorist.com.

Elegant Oasis for Relaxation: An aromatherapy couples' massage is just the escape after a day with the kids in the theme park. Couples' massages are available at the newly opened, full-service Senses, A Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.

Perfectly Princess: Join your prince for the ultimate fairytale come true with a customized Disney wedding or honeymoon getaway. More than 1,000 couples get married, or renew their wedding vows in romantic settings in various locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort every year. Visit disneyweddings.com for more information.

Disneyland Park in California will celebrate True Love week with similar in-park offerings. Visit Disneyland.com for updates.

January 23, 2013

Angela Escay Flies Through Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Sets Course Record

Actor Sean Astin, “Biggest Loser” winner Ali Vincent among the more than
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2013) " Angela Escay, from Carmichael, Calif., returned for her first race in three years following ankle surgery to win the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

Escay's winning effort, 1:24:10, also set a course record for the second annual women-focused event at Disneyland. Last year, Kellie Nickerson won the inaugural event with a 1:27:52.

“It was a good feeling to get back out there and do what I love to do,” Escay said. “The course was a lot of fun, run through the park. It was my first run back in three years.”

“Rudy” and “The Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Astin and former “Biggest Loser” winner and Live Well network host Ali Vincent were among the more than 14,000 registered runners for Sunday's half marathon.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon, hosted by Disneyland Resort and the city of Anaheim, led runners through a character-filled 13.1-mile course at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, as well as by several city of Anaheim landmarks. Runners received a commemorative Tinker Bell “wings” medal.

More than 21,000 runners participated in the weekend's events, which were geared toward health, fitness and active lifestyles for women. Along with Sunday's Tinker Bell Half Marathon, the weekend also included The Never Land 5K and runDisney kids races on Saturday. A health and fitness expo featured the latest running merchandise, products and apparel tailored for women, as well as a speaker series involving official runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway and nutritionist Tara Gidus.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is the second women-focused event weekend in the runDisney series. Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend takes place at Walt Disney World Resort Feb. 22-24. Both event weekends are among the largest women-specific events in the country and designed to celebrate and promote women's empowerment, women's health and an active lifestyle.

January 18, 2013

CAPACITY FIELD SET TO FLY AT TINKER BELL HALF MARATHON AT DISNEYLAND THIS WEEKEND

More Than 19,500 Runners Participate in Weekend Races

What: More than 14,000 mostly women runners (2,000 more than 2012) are set to run the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. This popular women-focused race sold out in 29 days. The 13.1-mile course takes runners through Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the streets of Anaheim, and features colorful runner costumes, Disney entertainment and characters. Runners completing the race receive their wings with a commemorative Tinker Bell medal.

Race Facts:

-- More than 14,000 runners in the half (more than 5,500 runners from SoCal area); 4,500 in the 5K and 1,250 in Kids Races

-- In the half 12,459 runners are female, 1,634 are male

-- Runners represent all 50 states and 14 countries

-- Youngest participants are 14, the oldest is 77

Where: Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA

When:

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo (open to the public): Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19 at Disneyland Hotel

Never Land Family Fun Run 5K and runDisney Kids Races: Saturday, January 19 (5K Starts at 5:45 am, Kids Races at 9 am)

Tinker Bell Half Marathon: Sunday, January 20. Race starts at 5 am.

January 8, 2013

Blue Sky Cellar Reopens January 19th

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For those who may not be familiar with the Blue Sky Cellar, it is named after the initial free-thinking process imagineers go through when designing something new, a process they call "blue sky." Disney has been using the Blue Sky Cellar as a preview center for all the upgrades happening at California Adventure, but with the added purpose of showing the imagineering process behind what is being built.

With the massive California Adventure completed, it is now showcasing projects under development at Disneyland too!

Fantasy Faire (an enchanting village square), opening spring 2013, will be showcased when Blue Sky Cellar reopens January19th.

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You'll also find information about the new show, Mickey and the Magical Map, when Blue Sky Cellar reopens!

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RELATED LINKS:
** Mickey and the Magical Map

** Fantasy Fairie Announcement 2001:

Mickey and the Magical Map Coming this Summer to Disneyland

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Mickey and the Magical Map is a new show heading to DIsneyland this summer!

Shawn Slater of the Disney Parks Blog explains: "The wise sorcerer Yen Sid tells of a wondrous map " one unlike any other " with the power to take dreamers to any place imaginable. But when young apprentice Mickey Mouse attempts to paint the map's one unfinished spot, he stumbles into a fantastic adventure through worlds of music, color and beloved characters, as he discovers the mystery of the map's magic!"

Based on the conceptual renderings, characters from the Jungle Book, Pocahontas, Tangled, and Mulan will be part of the new show!

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October 4, 2012

Beast's Library Updated at Disney California Adventure

The Beast's Library in the Disney Animation Building is the perfect place to relax and cool off during a day at Disney California Adventure park. And now you can discover even more about the character inside you with updated questions and new characters just added to the library's royal storybooks!

Celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

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Celebrate the Holiday at the Happiest Place on Earth
November 12, 2012, through January 6, 2013.

Here's a look at what's in store this year!

At Disney California Adventure park:

Buena Vista Street will be decked out in vintage-style ornaments and décor.

In Cars Land, each address along Route 66 " Flo's V8 Café, Fillmore's Taste-In, the Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi's Casa della Tires " will feature holiday decorations reflecting the personality of the “Cars” character who lives there.

New wintertime fun will rock the night at Mad T Party.

Returning favorites will include “a bug's land” holiday decor and “Phineas and Ferb's Rockin' Rollin' Dance Party: Holiday Edition.”

At Disneyland park:

Santa's Holly Jolly Jamboree in Big Thunder Ranch is where Disneyland park guests can meet Santa Claus and participate in games, music and crafts.

Candlelight Ceremony and Processional performances from December 3-20 will be open to Annual Passholders and guests who book select dining packages.

Returning favorites include: Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle, “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “it's a small world” holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday.


September 17, 2012

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday

It's officially Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, and once again Jack Skellington has taken over the Haunted Mansion to create Haunted Mansion Holiday.

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The holiday overlay at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion is a must see! Each year the attraction closes down in late August/early September for 2-3 weeks, while the mansion is transformed into Jack Skellington and the Nightmare Before Christmas. And as a special treat, Jack and Sally have Meet and Greet appearances throughout the day!

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You do not have to have seen the movie to love the decorated mansion!

Here are some fun facts Joe told me about Haunted Mansion Holiday:

More than 400 flickering candles create the Mansion's eerie nighttime glow
More than 100 jack-o-lanterns illuminate the exterior
7,500 feet of fresh snow is used each year
At night, several guests have been able to spot Zero protecting the Mansion

Technical director Joe Peters shares some of the preparation details


September 11, 2012

Disneyland Resort Donates Matterhorn Bobsleds Vehicles and Materials to Museum

THE NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER MUSEUM

OBTAINS THE ‘HOLY GRAIL OF ARTIFACTS'

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ARLINGTON, Texas --- More than 53 years after opening the world's first tubular steel roller coaster, Disneyland is donating two vehicles from the iconic Matterhorn Bobsled ride at Disneyland to the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives. First open in 1959, the 1/100th replica of the real Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland, was a dream of Disneyland founder Walt Disney.

“This is the ‘holy grail' of artifacts for the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archive (NRCMA),” NRCMA Chairman Gary Slade said. “The Matterhorn started the modern era of roller coaster design and launched the themed ride industry.”

Tame by today's standards, the Matterhorn remains a thrilling ride for young riders and a memory-maker for families. Described as a roller coaster ride to an icy encounter with the Abominable Snowman, the Matterhorn speeds two-car sleds 18 miles-per-hour along its nearly 2,100 foot track.

“We're delighted to provide these pieces of Disneyland Resort history to the National Roller Coaster Museum, an organization that celebrates our industry,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of the Disneyland Resort. “The Matterhorn Bobsleds vehicles and California Screamin' signage represent two of our most beloved attractions, from the first tubular steel-tracked roller coaster in the world to one of the longest and most thrilling.”

The Matterhorn Bobsleds was a marvel of engineering when it opened at Disneyland. The 14- story “mountain” was built like a skyscraper with multiple floors and cooling units. In addition to the bobsled cars, Disney graciously donated signage from the California Screamin' roller coaster from Disney's California Adventure. California Screamin' is the second longest steel roller coaster in North America. It features a musical soundtrack and the only outdoor inversions at any Disney park in the U.S.

The official presentation of the donation was made at the Golden Ticket Awards at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. on Sept. 8, 2012.

August 29, 2012

Disneyland Resort Guided Tours: Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour

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Your Tour Guides - Disney's Happiest Haunts Tour!


Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is lurking around the corner, and today you can book an experience that is unique to this spooky time of year. Disney's Happiest Haunts Guided Tour takes you on a journey throughout the Disneyland Resort for a night of chilling tales, eerie sights and Halloween treats! Your mysterious “Ghost Host” will take you on an adventure as you track the mischievous Disney Villains, experience thrilling attractions and discover that the fate of the Disneyland Resort in your hands!

Here are some things you should know about the Disney's Happiest Haunts Guided Tour:

* Tour is offered each night from September 14 through October 31.

* The tour is approximately three hours long.

* Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.

* Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Some tour attractions have a 42-inch height requirement and physical considerations.

* Each tour guest will receive a collectible souvenir pin and a tasty treat.

For even more Halloween fun, be sure to ask about the “Ultimate Experience”! On select nights, you can combine Disney's Happiest Haunts Tour with the trick-or-treating fun of Mickey's Halloween Party. The “Ultimate Experience” is available on September 28 and October 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29 and 31.

For pricing and booking information (and to find out about a special discount for Disney Rewards Visa and AAA card holders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passport holders) call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at Disneyland.com/Tours.

August 24, 2012

Frost Fairy Periwinkle from Disney’s ‘Secret of the Wings’ Will Soon Join Tinker Bell at Disney Parks

A new character will soon join Tinker Bell at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, to coincide with the release of the Disney Fairies movie "Secret of the Wings," which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 23.

In Secret of the Wings, Tinker Bell journeys into the mysterious world of the Winter Woods, where curiosity and adventure lead her to an amazing discovery and reveal a magical secret that could change her world forever. In the Winter Woods. Tinker Bell meets Periwinkle, a frost fairy who turns out to be Tink's sister, born of the same baby's laugh.

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Soon, you'll be able to meet Periwinkle with upcoming appearances at Tinker Bell's Magical Nook at Magic Kingdom Park and Pixie Hollow at Disneyland park. These areas will receive a sparkling layer of snow and ice, creating the perfect environment to greet Periwinkle and make her feel at home. Even Tinker Bell will be dressed for the occasion, wearing her warm, wintry ensemble from the film.

Look for Periwinkle to join her sister at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom parks, beginning in mid-September.

August 14, 2012

Disneyland Resort APs: Register Now for Your Chance to ‘Glow With the Show’ at ‘Fantasmic!’ on August 28

Attention Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders!
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Registration is open right now for a special opportunity for Annual Passholders to “Glow With the Show” at a private viewing of “Fantasmic!” on August 28.

Bring your “Glow with the Show” Ears and be among the first to see this magical new experience! That's right " the premiere showing of this special technology during “Fantasmic!” will be a private viewing exclusively for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders. Register now to attend, because space is limited and based on availability!

Here are the details:

One night only " Tuesday, August 28
10 p.m. " 12 a.m.

Private viewing of “Fantasmic!” will begin at 11:30 p.m.

Select attractions, shops and food offerings will be open for event guests until 12 a.m.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own “Glow with the Show” Ears. Hats are not required for event attendance, but strongly encouraged for optimal viewing experience.

And here's how you register:

Registration applies to Annual Passholder and up to 3 Annual Passholder guests

Visit any open ticket booth in the Disneyland Resort Main Entrance Esplanade

Present your active Annual Passport and a valid, government-issued photo I.D., as verification of your eligibility to register for the event

Based on availability, cast member will complete your registration and give you a voucher, required for admission to the event. Limit one (1) voucher per eligible Annual Passholder; multiple vouchers will not be honored

Important additional information:

Annual Passholders must be at least 18 years old to RSVP for this event, but their guests (up to 3 additional Annual Passholders) may be younger than 18.

Registration will close at 10 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, August 23, 2012, or as soon as capacity for the event is reached.

Registration must occur in person at a Disneyland Resort Main Entrance Ticket Booth.

Each eligible Annual Passholder is limited to one (1) registration voucher, and voucher does not guarantee admission.

Registered Passholders and each of their guests must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event and must use their Passports for park entry.

Valid Photo I.D. may be required at check-in.

“Glow with the Show” Ears are not provided for event participation.

The event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

June 26, 2012

Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party Dates at Disneyland Announced

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Dates Announced for this year's Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party in Disneyland.

Halloween Time will run from September 14 through October 31st.

Disneyland park will host Mickey's Halloween Party on the following dates:

Friday, September 28 " 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Tuesday, October 2 " 6 to 11 p.m.
Friday, October 5 " 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Tuesday, October 9 " 6 to 11 p.m.
Friday, October 12 " 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Monday, October 15 " 6 to 11 p.m.
Friday, October 19 " 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Tuesday, October 23 " 6 to 11 p.m.
Friday, October 26 " 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Monday, October 29 " 6 to 11 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31 " 6 to 11 p.m.

Mickey's Halloween Party features:

++ Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular, exclusively for Mickey's Halloween Party guests

++ Admission to the Disneyland park up to 3 hours prior to the event's start time

++ Meet-and-greets with your Disney and Pixar pals and Disney Villains

++ Special treat stations offering both yummy candy and healthy goodies

++ Mickey's Costume Party Cavalcade

++ Special dance parties

++ Access to nearly all attractions, including all the Halloween-themed attractions such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday

Tickets for Mickey's Halloween Party go on sale for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders on July 9 and for the general public on July 16.

Each ticket is valid for admission to the event and parking for one (1) vehicle (larger vehicles may require an additional fee) on the specified event date.

June 14, 2012

Cars Land Celebrates Premiere at Disney California Adventure Park

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Bringing Radiator Springs to Life with Three New Attractions and Fuel-Driven Fun

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 13, 2012) " The Happiest Place on Earth got even happier tonight as the Disneyland Resort celebrated a VIP premiere of Cars Land that featured Lightning McQueen and Mater from the Disney-Pixar movie “Cars,” voice actors from the movie that inspired the land and a grand finale with fireworks that lit up the expansive mountain range in Cars Land.

The largest piece of the five-year expansion at Disney California Adventure Park, Cars Land adds 12 acres of immersive excitement to the park and offers freewheeling fun for everyone as it brings the town of Radiator Springs to life, just as guests remember it from the blockbuster movie.

The evening's festivities opened with red carpet VIP arrivals including Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and voice actors from the “Cars” movie. As celebrities walked the carpet, the Goodyear blimp “Spirit of America” flew overhead, providing aerial coverage of the celebration.

Grand opening ceremonies began with an onscreen remote broadcast of “Cars” stars Lightning McQueen and Mater racing across the highways of America on their way to welcome guests at the premiere. Staggs and Lasseter welcomed voice talent from the movie on the stage leading up to a spectacular grand finale " the arrival of Lightning and Mater in Cars Land, a chorus of roller-skaters and dancing mechanics, the electrifying light-up of the neon signs that line Route 66, and a stunning fireworks display over the mountain range of Ornament Valley.

“The crown jewel of our Disney California Adventure expansion, Cars Land is the extraordinary result of a close collaboration between the gifted filmmakers at Pixar Animation Studios and our talented Imagineers and cast members,” Iger said “It's also a spectacular example of our ability to take our characters and stories and bring them to life in new and unexpected ways.”

“More than five years ago, we embarked on a journey to realize Bob Iger's vision of transforming Disney California Adventure with new attractions featuring our most iconic characters, including Mater, Lightning McQueen and the residents of Radiator Springs,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Cars Land immerses guests in the world of ‘Cars' like never before and combines the imagination of Pixar with the creativity, innovation and legendary storytelling that are the hallmarks of a Disney Parks experience.”

“While I love all of the movies we've made at Pixar, the ‘Cars' films are particularly close to my heart, so seeing Radiator Springs come to life at Disney California Adventure is a dream come true,” Lasseter said. “The artistry and attention to detail throughout Cars Land is absolutely incredible, and I couldn't be more proud of the teams at Pixar and Walt Disney Imagineering who worked side-by-side to make this project a reality.”

The thrilling additions of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure add to the storytelling magic of the Disneyland Resort, a world-class, family vacation destination in Southern California with two theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district.

Cars Land invites guests to explore “the cutest little town in Carburetor County,” where they will enjoy three family attractions showcasing places and characters from the movie: Luigi's Flying Tires, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and Radiator Springs Racers, one of the largest and most elaborate attractions created for a Disney theme park.

Themed shops and restaurants also look familiar to fans of the movie, including Flo's V8 Cafe, Cozy Cone Motel and Ramone's House of Body Art. The Radiator Springs locals are at home, so Lightning McQueen and Mater make appearances and pose for photos near the Cozy Cone Motel.

“We want guests to think they are on this great road trip and, in a way, almost like they are going home,” said Kathy Mangum, executive producer of Cars Land. “Cars Land will feel very familiar in so many different ways. I can't tell you how many people have seen it and said ‘I can't believe I am in Anaheim.”

Each attraction and facility will have its own personality, allowing guests to get to know more about the characters who live in Radiator Springs.

“A lot of the places you will find only inside Cars Land, so we took the theming and storytelling all the way through, in a way that guests will feel as if the town is being operated by the characters,” Mangum said. “Everywhere you look there is a funny little car nod. After all, it is a land built by cars.”

Many of the automotive winks were inspired by a research trip Imagineers took along Route 66. Others were inspired by working with the animators from Pixar.

The “Cars” gang gathers to prepare visitors for the big race in Radiator Springs Racers, the high-octane, indoor/outdoor adventure that revs through the beautiful mountains of Ornament Valley. Guests board cars, each with their own personality, for a scenic road trip that takes them through Radiator Springs, with a stop at either Luigi's Casa Della Tires or Ramone's House of Body Art. After getting some final racing tips from Doc Hudson, the cars zoom over the roadways in a nose-to-nose, high-speed race, never knowing which car may win.

Elsewhere in Cars Land, Luigi invites guests to the test-drive his new shipment of Fettuccini-brand “Cuscino D'Aria” tires " which are just like riding on air (or being on an enormous air hockey table). At this festival of flying tires, riders lean left and right aboard Luigi's Flying Tires, floating and bumping along in a 21st century attraction reminiscent of the classic Disneyland Flying Saucers attraction. Music plays and giant inflatable balls glide along the floor, adding to the fun.

Mater provides his own unique siren song, courtesy of a Junkyard Jukebox that has lured baby tractors into Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. There, the tractors dance to Mater's hoedown tune, swinging guests around in trailers they are pulling behind them. It's a “tow-si-do” square dance to a playlist of seven songs sung by Mater.

The streets of Radiator Springs are humming with entertainment, too. DJ, the ultimate party car " a big road-trippin' mobile boom box with giant speakers and built-in disc changer " invites his crew to “DJ's Dance ‘n Drive,” a spontaneous, interactive dance party. And Red the Fire Truck recruits guests of all ages to join “Red to the Rescue!” " helping water the flowers and clean up Radiator Springs. (Prepare to get wet!)

The road leading into Cars Land is dotted with large animated neon signs reminiscent of the '50s era of cross-country travel along Route 66. As with other aspects of the land, the neon signs are three-dimensional representations of recognizable landmarks from the movie “Cars,” and they come to life each night at sundown when it's cruisin' time along the boulevard.

“Cars” fans and other interested shoppers will find a great selection of Cars Land and other Disney and Disney-Pixar gifts and souvenirs at the “local” retail shops in Radiator Springs. Although the interiors of most of these locales weren't seen in the movie, they were created for Cars Land by Walt Disney Imagineers with their characteristic attention to detail, drawing on inspiration from vintage stops along historic Route 66.

Sarge's Surplus Hut offers a broad selection of merchandise " kids clothing, costumes, hats, toys and plush " featuring Lightning McQueen, Mater and other “Cars” characters. Radiator Springs Curios is a country-style mercantile with special appeal for collectors of pins themed to all things “Cars.” The shop also stocks magnets, antenna toppers and license plate frames. Ramone's House of Body Art features the signature items of the Low & Slow Car Club and Champion Custom Speed Shop collections in t-shirts, work shirts, hats and accessories.

Dining options in Cars Land include Flo's V8 Cafe, modeled on the quirky roadside eateries along old Route 66. The café serves full meals from a quick-service counter. A windowed “showroom” dining area and adjoining outdoor patio offer a breathtaking view of the Cadillac Mountain Range and the vehicles zooming by in Radiator Springs Racers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at Flo's, and specialties include chicken tamale with scrambled eggs, brioche French toast with salted caramel and bananas, home-style rotisserie classics such as pork loin or New York strip loin, plus the house-made Pie-O-Rama for dessert.

The distinctive, orange “cone” architecture of Sally's Cozy Cone Motel offers quick service cone-themed snacks from five different cones, including ice cream cones, chile “cone” queso, pop “cone” and other “cone”-coctions. Fillmore's Taste-in celebrates the Cars Land “new age” hippie-van-in-residence. His food and beverage kiosk offers the “high-octane” natural health benefits of fresh fruits, bottled water and juices.

June 12, 2012

Dining on Buena Vista Street - at Expanded Disney California Adventure Park

ANAHEIM, Calif. " “If Main Street, U.S.A., is the romanticized version of Walt Disney's hometown, Buena Vista Street is the next chapter of Walt's life when he came to California,” says Ray Spencer of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI). “It's an extension of where we started at Disneyland Park . . . and now our guests can step across the plaza and get the rest of the story.”

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A big part of that story was the premier of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937 at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, and that landmark building is the inspiration for the spectacular Carthay Circle Theatre that anchors Buena Vista Street. This new landmark for Disney California Adventure Park becomes one of the premier dining locations at Disneyland Resort, the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.

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The upstairs Carthay Circle Restaurant and downstairs Carthay Circle Lounge recall the grandeur of the original theater's 1920s Spanish Revival architecture with custom tiles, plaster arches, custom woodwork and other historic touches. The cuisine is the star of this production with artisan ingredients, locally sourced produce and seafood and meats from throughout Southern California. Executive Chef Andrew Sutton from Napa Rose at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa created the restaurant's seasonal menu, and Chef Gloria Tae, also from Napa Rose, is at the helm in the kitchen.

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“The culinary team is a group of true artists with passion and confidence for creating delicious food,” says Sutton.

Located on the second floor, the 256-seat restaurant (200 inside, 56 on the terrace) is open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Lobster Pad Thai Imperial Roll
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Halibut Ceviche with Green Tomotillo Salsa and Plantain Chips
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Firecracker Duck Wings

On the ground floor, the 68-seat Carthay Circle Lounge features cocktails from the 1920s with tableside service for signature beverages including martinis and classic punches. “The focus in the lounge is appetizers and tapas " international tastes that celebrate the diversity and heritage of Los Angeles in the 1920s and '30s,” says restaurant manager and sommelier Joy Cushing.

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Fried Banana Split Monte Cristo Sundae


Hours for both the restaurant and lounge are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.


More Eats on Buena Vista Street

Buena Vista Street also offers four spots for quick bites: Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe; Mortimers Market, Trolley Treats and Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream.

The 178-seat Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe (134 inside, 44 outside) offers Starbucks coffee drinks; signature sandwiches such as a turkey Rueben, paneer and roasted vegetable and salami with olive tapenade, and roast beef and cheddar, as well as savory soups including vegetarian cream spinach, chicken tortilla, classic chicken noodle and cheesy enchilada. Sweet rolls, pastries and breakfast sandwiches are on the morning menu along with specialty coffees.

Mortimers Market will offer whole and cut fruits, bottled water, juices and soft drinks. (According to Disney legend, Mortimer Mouse is the name Walt Disney gave his new creation in 1928. He later changed it to Mickey.)

Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream features Dreyer's ice cream, including bars dipped in milk or dark chocolate that guests can finish with sprinkles, pop rocks and other fun toppings. Hot fudge and strawberry sundaes and other frozen delights round out the sweet offerings.

May 31, 2012

Disneyland Resort Donates 'CALIFORNIA' Letters to Friends of the California State Fair

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Letters will welcome guests to home of California State Fair

Anaheim, Calif., May 30, 2012 " The Disneyland Resort donated the iconic “CALIFORNIA” letters previously located in the esplanade at the Disney California Adventure park entrance to the Friends of the California State Fair, a nonprofit organization that benefits California Exposition & State Fair (Cal Expo) in Sacramento, Calif. Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair and hundreds of other events annually.

“As we near the completion of the Disney California Adventure expansion, it was important to us to find an appropriate home for the ‘CALIFORNIA' letters,” said Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis. “The letters were very popular with millions of Guests over the past decade, and Cal Expo is a fitting destination to continue their legacy.”

Plans are underway to make the letters an integral part of a new Cal Expo entrance. The “CALIFORNIA” letters will make their way to their new home sometime in late September and will be placed high enough at the entrance to be seen from Exposition Boulevard.

“The Friends of the California State Fair serving Cal Expo is honored to have been selected the recipient of this gift from Disney Resorts. We see this donation, and the relocation of these letters, a continued and fitting tribute to the celebration of this magnificent state,” said Norb J. Bartosik, Cal Expo CEO/General Manager.

The letters were part of the original California postcard entrance to Disney California Adventure park when it opened in 2001. Over the years, they became a favorite photo destination and meeting spot for Disneyland Resort guests because of their statuesque presence. The letters were removed to complete the new main entrance to Disney California Adventure park, built to evoke the feeling of California in the 1920s, when Walt Disney first arrived in Los Angeles.

The donation of the letters is the latest among several other iconic Disney California Adventure park artifacts over the last five years.

· The cab of the California Zephyr train that was formerly the home of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream and Bakers Field Bakery was donated to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, Calif.

· The sun icon that welcomed visitors to Sunshine Plaza was donated to the City of Anaheim for future use.

· The giant toy train from EnginEARS Toys will be donated to Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) for future use.

· Postcards and displays from the Greetings From California store at the main entrance of Disney California Adventure park were donated to many Southern California nonprofit organizations and educational facilities including the Boys & Girls Club of Tustin, the Anaheim Family YMCA, the Child Abuse Services Team office in Orange, the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, and Betsy Ross and Orange Grove elementary schools in Anaheim.

· Signs and character displays from Greetings From California were donated to Pretend City in Irvine.

· The Reboundo Beach surfboard basketball game was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove.

· Benches from throughout Disney California Adventure were donated to the City of Anaheim for use in public spaces.

May 18, 2012

Three New Faces Come to the Disneyland Resort: Manny, Mandy and Mona Monorails

Here to welcome their “Cars” friends to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, Mandy and Mona Monorails began making trips around the resort yesterday " and they will soon be joined by a third friend, Manny Monorail. You can tell each by their colors: Mandy Monorail is blue, Mona Monorail is orange and Manny Monorail will be red.

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Each Monorail has its own personality, which Disneyland Resort guests will certainly hear when riding. Manny, Mandy and Mona Monorails are taking charge of the overhead announcements themselves " providing a new experience along the “Highway in the Sky.”

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May 12, 2012

Cultivating the Magic at Disneyland

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A brand new tour is now available at Disneyland called Cultivating the Magic!

According to Erin Glover, Manager, Social Media and Print, this tour "lets you experience the story of Disneyland park as told through the plants."

Similar to garden tours at Walt Disney World, you will learn all about the gardens and landscapes that tell a story and keep Walt's vision for Disneyland vibrant!

The tour will include select Disneyland attractions as well as lots of little details about trees you have walked past but didn't take notice of.

The tour is approximately approximately two hours long.

Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.

The tour leaves from Disneyland park Tour Gardens (left of City Hall) on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. and Mondays at 10 a.m.

All guests who participate receive a collectable souvenir pin and exclusive seed packet.

Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

For pricing and booking information (and to find out about a special discount for Disney Rewards Visa and AAA card holders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passport holders) call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at Disneyland.com/Tours.

April 23, 2012

Starbucks Coming to Disney Parks

Starbucks drinks and food items are coming to all of the theme parks at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.

In June, the first of six planned Starbucks locations is scheduled to open at Disney California Adventure park. And more locations are planned at Disneyland park and Walt Disney World Resort (Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom).

The Starbucks locations inside our parks will be designed to fit the theme of their surroundings. At Disney California Adventure park, Starbucks will be located in the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café on Buena Vista Street, a place that transports guests to 1920s Los Angeles, when Walt Disney arrived in California and a cup of coffee was the perfect way to jumpstart a busy day. The store's location plays off the Spanish/Mexican architecture of the period, and baristas will wear 1920s-inspired attire.

The café will serve Starbucks items, including coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccino® blended beverages, and signature breakfast sandwiches and pastries. Guests also will have their choice of Disney favorites, including signature sandwiches and other items, as well as delicious desserts and sweet treats.

From the Disney Parks Blog

April 21, 2012

Entertainment at Cars Land Disney California Adventure

When Cars Land opens June 15, the tiny town of Radiator Springs will also be teeming with atmosphere entertainment inspired by the Disney•Pixar film, “Cars.”

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Big and red on the outside, gentle and good-natured on the inside, Red the Fire Truck shows up with his sirens blaring and his bell ringing, heading to meet up with his good buddy, a Volunteer Firefighter. The Firefighter lets everyone know the flowers in the area need watering. It's “Red to the Rescue,” but each time the Firefighter attempts to use Red's hose, it backfires on him! In all the fun, the plants manage to get wet, and you might too!

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Bringing a completely different kind of beat to the street is “DJ's Dance & Drive.” DJ, the ultimate party car, rolls into town with his giant speakers, built-in disc changer and his very own dance party, led by a girl named Spinner. This gang stops traffic everywhere they go, creating a spontaneous, interactive dance party. Spinner and the crew teach us moves like the Overdrive, the Reverse and the Hairpin Turn, while DJ calls up the hits, from “Life in the Fast Lane” to “Car Wash.” DJ's going to shift Cars Land into high gear!

Cruise on down to Cars Land this summer at Disney California Adventure park. The residents there will be glad you rolled into town!

From Shawn Slater Disney Parks Blog

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland Park

Starting May 3, we'll be rounding up some good times and bringing a whole new energy to Frontierland at Disneyland park with the opening of the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

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Encompassing the former Festival Arena site, the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will feature music, dancing, crafts, pin trading and plenty of Disney characters in their finest Western wear. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we'll be throwing a good, old fashioned Hoedown, where you can kick up your heels with the likes of Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Chip ‘n Dale. From time to time, classic favorites like Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, Clara Cluck or those silly Country Bears might even stop by!

What's more, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree is also going to be the newest spot to catch visiting performing ensembles as part of Disney Performing Arts. Disney Performing Arts provides an opportunity for middle and high school students and community groups from across the country to perform in Disney Parks as well as take workshops taught by entertainment professionals to improve their performance skills. You'll be able to enjoy some of these young instrumentalists, singers and dancers as they put on the performance of a lifetime onstage at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

From Shawn Slater at the Disney Parks Blog.

April 18, 2012

The Voices of Liberty Will Soon Ring Out at Disneyland Park

Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
reported on the Disney Parks Blog.....

After nearly three decades, the talented 8-part a cappella group The Voices of Liberty continues to “wow” guests at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort with their amazing harmonies on such American classics as “Ol' Man River” and “Yankee Doodle.”

The Disneyland park is getting its very own Voices of Liberty, bringing one of the great traditions of Walt Disney World Resort to the Disneyland Resort for the first time. Soon, guests from sea to shining sea will be able to enjoy the impeccable sounds of this beloved group. The new Voices of Liberty will hold court at the Main Street Opera House, also home to The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of hearing The Voices of Liberty sing, I hope you enjoy this video of the group at Epcot. To truly appreciate The Voices, however, you simply must experience it in person!

April 7, 2012

Disneyland Resort Presents Goofy in ‘The Art of Vacationing’

There's so much to do and see at the Disneyland Resort " how do you make the most of your vacation? With two theme parks, three hotels, the Downtown Disney District and all of the attractions, entertainment, shopping and dining, even Goofy can't see it all in just one day! Watch as he tries to make his Disneyland Resort vacation game plan in “The Art of Vacationing.”


From the Disney Parks Blog

March 22, 2012

Disney Imagineer Alice Davis to Receive a Main Street Window at Disneyland

Disney Legend Alice Davis will finally be getting her own special window on Main Street in Disneyland.

At a special Club 33 event on March 19th, Imagineer Kim Irvine officially announced the news! You can just see Alice's delight in the photo!

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Alice Davis began work in the Walt Disney Studios, but is best known for her costume design of some of the most beloved characters at Disney Parks " including those found in the classic attractions, “it's a small world” and Pirates of the Caribbean.

She continued to design costumes for the Walt Disney Studios until 1963, when she undertook a costuming project that would go on to become one of the most famous theme park attractions in the world. Along with fellow Disney Legend Mary Blair, Alice supervised the creation of more than 150 costumes for “it's a small world,” helping to bring to life the iconic dolls who would sing the unforgettable theme song.

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Two years later, she translated her husband's, Imagineer Marc Davis, drawings for the Pirates of the Caribbean into designs and patterns for all the costumes that would be seen in the new attraction.

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In addition to the extraordinary work seen by thousands of Disney Parks guests through the years, Alice's influence at Walt Disney Imagineering extended to the development of manufacturing, quality control and refurbishment standards for the three-dimensional characters created by Walt Disney Imagineering.

Alice has always been very gracious to her fans in the Disney Community. She has made numerous appearances at special events sharing tales of what it was like to work in the early days of Disneyland!

Momentum Continues to Build for the Cars Land Opening

The Disney Parks Blog has been sharing a variety of videos and news bites about Cars Land each week. With a grand opening on June 15th, it's all starting to fall into place now.


For this point-of-view video, a camera was mounted on the driver's side of a Radiator Springs Racers car during a recent test run in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. Vehicles are being tested seven days a week, mostly at night. By the time each vehicle is commissioned, it will travel approximately 36,000 miles per year!

Today we take you “behind the music” in North Hollywood with song writer and composer Bruno Coon and the band, “Billy Hill and the Hillbillies.” (Billy Hill and the Hillbillies have been entertaining at Disneyland park since the early 1990s.) In this recording session they performed the instrumental tracks for the songs heard on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.

March 8, 2012

Disneyland's Cars Land and Buena Vista Street to Open June 15, 2012

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CEO Bob Iger and Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, toured the soon to open Cars Land at Disney California Adventure on March 6th and announced the Grand Opening would be June 15th!

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On Buena Vista Street they rode the iconic Red Car Trolley, which explores the storefronts that line the street and continues to the Carthay Circle Theatre, the new icon of Disney California Adventure park.

This new entrance to the park will transport guests to a romantic, idealized version of 1920s Hollywood when Walt and Roy Disney first arrived in California to begin their careers as filmmakers. Buena Vista Street will be the perfect place for guests to shop and eat, watch the parade, or just sit and soak up the atmosphere.


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On to Cars Land, the 12 acre land highlighted by the Ornament Valley Mountain Range. Cars Land will include several new attractions including the E-ticket Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi's Flying Tires, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and the Red Car Trolley. There will also be new dining and shopping locations such as Flo's V8 Café, Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, Elias & Co. and Los Feliz Five & Dime.

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To accommodate a media preview and make final preparations for the opening, Disney California Adventure park will be closed for one day on June 14. Disneyland park, Downtown Disney District and the Disneyland Resort hotels will remain open for our guests on that day.

February 28, 2012

Behind the Scenes of Matterhorn Bobsleds Refurbishment

The Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland park closed January 9, 2012 to be refitted with new vehicles. The new vehicles will have three seats in each bobsled, with two bobsleds linked together holding a total of six guests. The attraction is due to reopen June 14, 2012.

The Disney Parks Blog has released a behind-the-scenes video showing how the rehab is progressing.

February 18, 2012

Come Fly with ‘Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline’ at Disney California Adventure Park

“Minnie's Fly Girls Charter Airline” opened February 17th at Disney California Adventure park. This tune-filled “travelogue” of song, dance and audience interaction takes place in Condor Flats, across from Soarin' Over California, featuring songs from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s in a colorful new show sure to appeal to the young and young at heart.

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Creating something to delight multiple generations was a central focus during production and a personal passion of the creative team. Senior Writer Carolyn Gardner said, “I've been surrounded by pilots ever since I can remember. My dad was a private pilot [and] flight instructor, my mom flew her own ‘solo' flight, my big brother worked at our local airfield and my cousin's an air traffic controller. I hope audiences feel their own hearts take wing when the show's flight crew launches into the fun-filled, flight-themed songs.”

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“Come Fly with Me,” originally performed by Frank Sinatra, introduces the crew " Amanda, Pat, Kate and Lee " to all their potential “passengers” (the audience). Minnie makes her grand entrance during “Straighten up and Fly Right,” a hit song by Nat King Cole. The performance also includes two medleys, incorporating a number of other musical favorites. “Destination Medley” is a fun, ‘round-the-world collection of standards such as “Brazil,” “I Love Paris” and “Lady of Spain.” The Disney “Flying Medley” is an uplifting blend of Disney tunes, including “Let's Go Fly a Kite” and “When I See an Elephant Fly.”

Art Director Brian Sandahl's challenge was to design a stage that doesn't look like a stage. “When the show is not being performed, the stage fits nicely into the aged look of Condor Flats, and you'd almost not even notice it,” says Brian. “The décor for the stage looks very industrial, very much like found objects you would see in Condor Flats; however, when the show begins, a common flight sign becomes the ‘show sign,' a steel drum magically becomes a check in counter and an old trunk becomes a prop trunk for the many props in this show.”

The music, costumes and props send this latest addition to Disney California Adventure park soaring to new heights. You'll definitely want to “book a flight” with “Minnie's Fly Girls Charter Airline” on your next visit!

From the Disney Parks Blog

February 16, 2012

Making Mountains for Cars Land at Disney California Adventure

Kathy Mangum, Executive Producer & Vice President, Walt Disney Imagineering provides this great update!

When it came to building Ornament Valley " the mountain range that serves as the backdrop to Radiator Springs in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park " we just didn't have that kind of time! So, we did what comes naturally to us at Disney and we hired the best rockwork artisans in the business.

Led by Zsolt Hormay, our rockwork art director, this incredible team of artisans from around the world have spent approximately two years growing, sculpting and painting our mountain. It's been fascinating to watch it grow.

We're getting ready to say goodbye to this talented team of folks as the mountain nears completion. Click on this video and take a look at Zsolt explaining the process and what it takes to speed up Mother Nature. I think you'll agree that our finished product is spectacular!


From the Disney Parks Blog

February 7, 2012

EARL OF SANDWICH JOINS DOWNTOWN DISNEY

The World's Greatest Hot Sandwich® Available this Summer at the Disneyland Resort

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ANAHEIM, CALIF. " Feb. 7, 2012 " Disneyland Resort today announced that Earl of Sandwich will open a new location at Downtown Disney in early summer 2012. The restaurant will offer guests a unique, casual-quick dining option while visiting Downtown Disney.

“We pride ourselves in giving our guests a unique experience at Downtown Disney through different retail and food offerings,” said Tony Bruno, vice president of Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney. “This will be the only Earl of Sandwich in California and it is sure to be a favorite among our guests as it has been at Walt Disney World for nearly eight years.”

The new restaurant, which continues to have historical ties to the inventor of the sandwich, the Sandwich family, will be adjacent to AMC Theatres. Signature hot sandwiches will be available including The Original 1762, a sandwich of freshly roasted beef, sharp cheddar and creamy horseradish sauce all on freshly baked artisan bread. Soups, salads, wraps and desserts also are on the menu. Earl of Sandwich offers a vast array of hot and cold beverages including The Earl's Grey Lemonade. Breakfast sandwiches and pastries will be available in the morning and a variety of catering options will be offered at this location.

“We are looking forward to the grand opening of our newest location at the Disneyland Resort,” stated Robert Earl, chairman of Earl of Sandwich. “The success we've experienced at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris and our other 15 locations has proven that the quality of our food and our dining experience will bring guests back time and time again.”

Earl of Sandwich joins approximately 50 retail, dining and entertainment venues that comprise Downtown Disney. Bridging the two theme parks and hotels, the 20-acre entertainment, dining and shopping district offers an eclectic experience that includes the World of Disney store, Build-A-Bear Workshop, ESPN Zone and House of Blues.

February 3, 2012

La Brea Bakery Café to Expand at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

From the Disney Parks Blog

If you've been to the Downtown Disney District lately, you've likely noticed the exciting changes underway. On January 3, La Brea Bakery Café began a significant refurbishment of its current location including expanding the restaurant's footprint, creating a new exhibition bakery, adding a new kitchen in the express area, and placing an awning over the outdoor seating in the full-service dining section.

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The remodel, as seen in this early concept artwork, also will allow La Brea Bakery Café to produce fresh baked items at the restaurant, which will include a selection of breads, pastries, sweets, flatbreads and foccacias.

The café will feature menu items inspired by La Brea Bakery's founder, Nancy Silverton. From double-dipped French toast and fontina strata at breakfast to burgers, salads, panini and authentic Italian focaccias made fresh throughout the day, the focus will be on fresh, healthy and flavorful foods.

La Brea Bakery's full-service restaurant remains open during the refurbishment through mid-March. The restaurant will reopen its doors with a fresh new look in April.

January 25, 2012

February 1st the New Romantic "The Magic, The Memories and You" Debuts!

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The Disney Parks Blog has announced that a new show segment is set to debut Feb. 1, inspired by some of the most romantic moments in Disney animation. Cinderella Castle (Walt Disney World) and “it's a small world” (Disneyland) will be covered in red roses for one sequence and turned into a beautiful, star-filled sky for another. During part of the show, spectacular stained glass windows will grace the façades, depicting the stories of Cinderella, Snow White and Belle.


Shawn Slater Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment shares: One of my favorite moments comes when the king and queen from “Tangled” appear on a balcony, lifting a single lantern to the sky for their missing daughter. It's soon joined by hundreds of others, creating a magical sight sure to draw “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it! "

The romance segment is planned to run as part of “The Magic, The Memories and You!” through mid-April.

December 29, 2011

Rose Bowl 2012 Teams Visit Disneyland Resort

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The University of Wisconsin Badgers and University of Oregon Ducks spent the day at Disneyland park before they face off January 2, 2012, in the Rose Bowl.

The 98th Rose Bowl Game will be played in Pasadena on January 2.

December 26, 2011

Disneyland Celebrates Three Kings Day, Jan. 6-8, 2012

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ANAHEIM, Calif. " For the first time, Disneyland Resort will observe Three Kings Day as part of the celebration of holidays. Three Kings Day activities will be held Jan. 6-8, 2012, at Zocalo Park in Disneyland park. The festivities add to all the holiday fun, including beautiful décor throughout the park, nightly snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., and the special “it's a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday attractions.

Disneyland will celebrate Three Kings Day, also known as Día de los Reyes Magos, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 6-8, 2012, with special décor, food and entertainment that showcases this Latin American holiday tradition.

Three Kings Day is celebrated in many Latin American countries as part of the Christmas story. It commemorates the day the three kings (the magi or “wise men”) followed the star to Bethlehem and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The Three Kings Day celebration at Disneyland will be centered around Zocalo Park (Spanish for “Town Square”) in Frontierland. Walt Disney envisioned Frontierland as a showcase of America's Western and Mexican heritage and this celebration will continue that vision.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will appear in Fiesta costumes and other characters will join them: The Three Caballeros: Donald Duck, Jose Carioca and Panchito.

Entertainment highlights include folklorico dance along with musical performances by the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas.

Bilingual activity hosts will join children in face-painting, coloring, crown decorating and other activities.

Special food carts will appear in Zocalo Park for the occasion, serving Three Kings Day treats. The seasonal menu at Rancho del Zocalo restaurant includes tamales and Mexican hot chocolate.

December 22, 2011

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree Begins Ride Testing at Disney California Adventure

One of our attractions that is just now entering daily ride testing is Mater's Junkyard Jamboree where baby tractors twirl and swing around, pulling trailers behind them (that's where we get to sit). When completed, the tractors will appear to be dancing to songs that Mater is singing " they just can't help themselves!

In addition to starting the ride testing, we've been making some other big changes to this area with the installation of our marquee and a huge new set piece " Mater's Junkyard Jukebox. Take a look and see all the great work that's being done in Mater's junkyard. (Please note that the music you hear in the video is for the video only and will not be part of the fun songs you'll hear Mater singing. More on these fun songs later!)

December 1, 2011

Ghirardelli Coming to Disneyland Resort

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ANAHEIM, CALIF. " Dec. 1, 2011 " Disneyland Resort today announced that Ghirardelli will open a new location inside Disney California Adventure park in late spring 2012. The soda fountain and chocolate shop will add yet another layer of traditional San Francisco flair to the Pacific Wharf area of the park.

“The addition of a world-renowned brand like Ghirardelli highlights our focus on providing quality, immersive experiences that transport our guests to a different place " in this case to San Francisco,” said Mary Niven, vice president of Disney California Adventure park. “With the culmination of our expansion only a few months away, it is an exciting time at Disney California Adventure and we look forward to partnering with Ghirardelli in bringing this delicious chocolate experience to our guests.”

The new location will feature Ghirardelli's world-famous hot fudge sundaes and decadent chocolate products. Each guest will be able to enjoy a complimentary sample of the signature Ghirardelli Squares® chocolate. The Disney California Adventure store follows the 13-year success of a similar location at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World.

“We are very excited to expand our successful relationship with Disney, particularly as we prepare to celebrate our 160th anniversary next year,” stated Martin Thompson, Ghirardelli president and CEO. “Our rich heritage, which began in California, combined with our premium brand of high-quality chocolate is a perfect fit with the quality experience Disney offers their guests.”

Ghirardelli joins Disney California Adventure as it completes an expansion that began in 2007. New attractions include the nighttime spectacular “World of Color” and a classic dark ride, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure. The project‘s culmination is the 12-acre Cars Land, which opens in summer 2012 along with the newly designed Buena Vista Street entrance to the park, the iconic Carthay Circle Theatre and the Red Car Trolley. The expansion builds upon the transformation of Disneyland Resort into the premier multi-day Southern California vacation destination.

September 8, 2011

'Tis the Season to Be Spooky! Disneyland Resort Celebrates Halloween Time 2011 Sept. 16 Through Oct. 31

Separate-ticket 'Mickey's Halloween Party' Offers
Trick-or-Treating In Disneyland Park on 10 Special Nights

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 7, 2011 -- The spirit of Halloween Time will invade Disneyland Resort this fall with Disney villains, Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes, along with the seasonal transformations of Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain into Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort begins Friday, Sept. 16, and will continue through Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31.

The after-hours Mickey's Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event* which has become an annual highlight of Halloween Time for trick-or-treating families, will take place in Disneyland park on 10 special Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights: Sept. 30 and Oct. 3, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 and 31. Tickets are available at Disneyland.com/halloween.

Mickey's Halloween Party invites adults and children to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at the resort. These party participants can also "mix in" with regular Disneyland guests for three hours prior to the start of Mickey's private bash. Highlights of Mickey's Halloween Party include:

  • Newly themed dance party: Guests can mix, mingle and dance with some of their favorite Disney characters at the new "Piratepalooza" at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante. The popular "Buzz Lightyear's Intergalactic Space Jam" returns to the Tomorrowland Terrace for more dancing fun.
  • New character photo locations: Guests will meet Stormtroopers at Tomorrowland, Phineas & Ferb at Plaza Gardens Stage, and Duffy the Bear in his pumpkin attire at Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. Eight additional photo locations feature princesses, Disney villains and more Disney and Pixar pals.
  • The special opportunity to play in Disneyland for three hours before the party starts
  • Trick or Treating " candy and healthy treats " in the ultimate Disney neighborhood
  • The "Halloween Screams" fireworks spectacular, hosted by "Master of Scare-omonies" Jack Skellington (presented exclusively for guests of Mickey's Halloween Party)
  • "Mickey's Costume Party" cavalcade, performed twice nightly
  • An opportunity for everyone in the family to attend the park in costumes
  • Nearly all the favorite Disneyland rides and attractions

Tickets purchased in advance for Mickey's Halloween Party are $49 most days, while tickets purchased on the event days are $59. All tickets to Mickey's Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 28, and Halloween Night, Monday, Oct. 31, are $64.

Favorite Disney characters, including Mickey himself, will dress up in fun, fall costumes. It's the ideal environment to eat special holiday treats, play interactive games, listen to "spirited" music and watch a nightly character cavalcade that celebrates the season.

For Halloween fun at Disneyland, guests will enjoy Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland. The experience begins as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but suddenly launches voyagers into a haunted section of the universe. Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space. The exhilarating drops and curves of the journey are punctuated by piercing screams, creepy sound effects and haunting music.

Jack Skellington also returns to take over the Haunted Mansion and bring back Haunted Mansion Holiday to New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Transformed to a mix of Halloween spookiness and Christmas tradition, Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by the classic animated film "Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas." Jack's return to the Haunted Mansion includes the traditional Halloween/Christmas gingerbread house in the Mansion Ballroom, with some special spooky surprises in this year's design.

Halloween Time offers frightfully delightful fun for children and adults.

  • For spine-tingling fun, drop in at The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure park, where a "supernatural" event happened on Halloween evening, 1939, forever haunting the building.
  • Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland is transformed for the Pumpkin Festival. More than 300 pumpkins will be on display and none of them are the same!
  • Visitors to Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland will find ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween decor and activities for youngsters.
  • Meeting Disney characters will be easier than ever as Disney villains gather to plot Halloween mischief at "it's a small world" Mall in Disneyland, while other characters in spooky attire greet guests in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland will honor Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with traditional skeleton figures on display Sept. 16 through Nov. 2.
  • Special Halloween treats will be available in Disneyland, including menu items such as Zero's Ghostly Ghoulash, served in a dog dish in honor of Zero.

For more information about Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, see www.disneyland.com/halloween. This site will be updated with frightfully fun details.

September 1, 2011

Fantasy Faire - Disneyland

Announced at the Parks and Resorts Presentation at the D23 Expo (August 2011), Disneyland will be transforming the Carnation Plaza Gardens into Fantasy Faire.

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Fantasy Faire will be a storybook village square where guests of all ages step into a fairytale realm to meet the heroes and heroines of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel. Concept art only, subject to change.

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Families can take part in the Royal Ribbon Festival with Belle, Rapunzel and other royal court attendants for dancing and celebration. Favorite stories and characters come to life in exciting new ways in this highly-themed, magical land.

August 24, 2011

Celebrities Drew Carey and Megyn Price Headline Soldout Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

More than 20,500 Runners Taking Part in Labor Day Weekend Races as Part of RunDisney Series; Half Marathon Finishers to Receive New Medal; Kids Race Participants Receive Los Angeles Angels Game Tickets

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2011) - Hollywood actors Drew Carey and Megyn Price are expected to be among the throng of runners and fans at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort, September 2-4. For the sixth straight year a record field of more than 20,500 runners will compete in the three-day event that's part of the runDisney series.

Carey, host of the popular game show "The Price is Right,' is one of the more than record 15,000 runners signed up to run the 13.1-mile half marathon. Price, star of the hit TV sitcom "Rules of Engagement,' will be part of the starting line festivities for the half marathon.

The Disneyland Half Marathon field, which encompasses runners from 49 states and 23 countries, will have the unique opportunity to run through two Disneyland Resort theme parks - Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Runners will pass by the Matterhorn, through Sleeping Beauty Castle and alongside California Screamin Roller Coaster before hitting the streets of Anaheim and running through Angel Stadium of Anaheim amid hundreds of spectators.

And awaiting them at the finish line this year will be a newly-created medal designed around Disneyland Resort's iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle. Also, more than 2,750 runners, who ran a runDisney race at Walt Disney World Resort earlier this year, will qualify to receive Disney's Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal when they cross the finish line. All along the route runners will be greeted by cheering fans, Disney characters, music and live entertainers.

In addition to the half marathon, other weekend events include the "Star Tours' Family Fun Run 5K, Kids' Races and a Health and Fitness Expo where visitors can check out the latest in fitness apparel, running gear and high tech gadgets as well as purchase runDisney merchandise and receive training information from former Olympian and runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway.

New this year is a special offer for participants in the kids' races Saturday who will receive a voucher for a ticket to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's 12:35 pm game Sunday against the Minnesota Twins (half marathon runners, friends and families can purchase a $10 voucher for the game at the Health and Fitness Expo). A special pre-game recognition ceremony will take place on the field to salute winners of the Disneyland Half Marathon.

July 2, 2011

‘Tis the Season to be Spooky! Disneyland Resort Celebrates Halloween Time 2011 Sept. 16 Through Oct. 31

Separate-ticket ‘Mickey's Halloween Party' Offers Trick-or-Treating In Disneyland Park; Ticket Sales Begin July 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. July 1, 2011 " The spirit of Halloween Time will invade Disneyland Resort this fall with Disney villains, Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes, and the seasonal transformations of Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain into Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort begins Friday, Sept. 16, and will continue through Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31.

The after-hours Mickey's Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event* which has become an annual highlight of Halloween Time for trick-or-treating families, will take place in Disneyland park on 10 special Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights: Sept. 30 and Oct. 3,7,11,14,18,21, 25, 28 and 31. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 1, at Disneyland.com/halloween.

Mickey's Halloween Party invites adults and children to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at the resort. These party participants can also “mix in” with regular Disneyland guests for three hours prior to the start of Mickey's private bash. Highlights of Mickey's Halloween Party include:

  • The special opportunity to play in Disneyland for three hours before the party starts
  • Trick or Treating " candy and healthy treats ­" in the ultimate Disney neighborhood
  • The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington (presented exclusively for guests of Mickey's Halloween Party)
  • "Mickey's Costume Party” cavalcade, performed twice nightly
  • Character photo locations featuring favorite Disney and Pixar pals.
  • An opportunity for everyone in the family to attend the park in costumes
  • Specially themed dance parties
  • Nearly all the favorite Disneyland rides and attractions
Tickets purchased in advance for Mickey's Halloween Party are $49 most days, while tickets purchased on the event days are $59. All tickets to Mickey's Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 28, and Halloween Night, Monday, Oct. 31, are $64. Favorite Disney characters, including Mickey himself, will dress up in fun, fall costumes. It's the ideal environment to eat special holiday treats, play interactive games, listen to “spirited” music and watch a nightly character cavalcade that celebrates the season. For Halloween fun at Disneyland, guests will enjoy Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland. The experience begins as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but suddenly launches voyagers into a haunted section of the universe. Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space. The exhilarating drops and curves of the journey are punctuated by piercing screams, creepy sound effects and haunting music. Jack Skellington also returns to take over the Haunted Mansion and bring back Haunted Mansion Holiday to New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Transformed to a mix of Halloween spookiness and Christmas tradition, Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by the classic animated film “Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas.” Jack's return to the Haunted Mansion includes the traditional Halloween/Christmas gingerbread house in the Mansion Ballroom, with some special spooky surprises in this year's design. Halloween Time offers frightfully delightful fun for children and adults.
  • For spine-tingling fun, drop in at The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure park, where a “supernatural” event happened on Halloween evening, 1939, forever haunting the building.
  • Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland is transformed for the Pumpkin Festival. More than 300 pumpkins will be on display and none of them are the same!
  • Visitors to Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland will find ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween décor and activities for youngsters.
  • Meeting Disney characters will be easier than ever as Disney villains gather to plot Halloween mischief at “it's a small world” Mall in Disneyland, while other characters in spooky attire greet guests in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland will honor Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with traditional skeleton figures on display Sept. 16 through Nov. 2.
  • Special Halloween treats will be available in Disneyland, including menu items such as Zero's Ghostly Ghoulash, served in a dog dish in honor of Zero.
For more information about Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, see www.disneyland.com/halloween. This site will be updated with frightfully fun details.

June 3, 2011

The Little Mermaid’ Attraction Opens June 3 in Disney California Adventure Park

ANAHEIM, Calif., June 2, 2011 " Guests will enter the enchanting story of “The Little Mermaid,” complete with characters and songs from the Academy Award-winning Disney animated motion picture, when they board The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure, premiering Friday, June 3, in Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort.

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Set in and around Ariel's underwater world and located inside a new space on Paradise Pier, the new attraction combines the enduring appeal of a classic Disney “dark ride” with wonderful technological innovations to offer guests a personal journey into the scenes of the film. The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure adds to the excitement of Disney Soundsational Summer, June 3 through Sept 5, a season that offers guests even more ways to make special memories at the Disneyland Resort.

Adventurers on the attraction will feel as if they are descending below the ocean's surface, one of the special effects that take this “dark ride” to a new level of sophistication. Once “under the sea,” guests will find themselves immersed in the classic story of “The Little Mermaid,” sharing Ariel's adventure through advanced Audio-Animatronics technology, a magical cast of characters and a captivating musical score that will entice everyone to sing along.

“Being involved in this attraction is a dream come true for me,” said Lisa Girolami, Walt Disney Imagineer and Senior Show Producer for The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure. “I watched the movie when it first came out and I've seen it many, many times since. To be able to create Ariel's world and bring it to our guests, and then get to watch the faces of the kids and parents as they come through here, is just going to be the best thing ever.”

‘Out of the sea … Wish I could be … Part of that world'

The fun begins outside the attraction, where the building housing The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure is a new landmark along Paradise Pier. Its Victorian Exposition-style exterior, including a statue of King Triton and relief carvings of frolicking mermaids (Ariel's sisters), was inspired by the spectacular pavilions found in the classic seaside amusement parks of the early 20th century.

“Many times I've thought, ‘Why didn't we have a Mermaid attraction sooner?'“ Keane said. “But now I'm glad we didn't. They've done this one so well.”

Actresses Pat Carroll (left) and Jodi Benson (right), who voiced the roles of Ursula and Ariel in Disney's ‘The Little Mermaid' are reunited at the all-new attraction ‘The Little Mermaid " Ariel's Undersea Adventure' at Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim, Calif., on Wednesday. The first-ever attraction based on the classic Disney film opens June 3, 2011. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

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In The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Ariel's story unfolds in colorful scenes filled with Audio-Animatronics characters and memorable music from the hit Disney animated motion picture, “The Little Mermaid.” The Disney California Adventure park attraction brings the popular motion picture to life in magnificent scenes where guests can sing along with Sebastian and friends, keep an eye out for the evil Ursula, and experience the romance of Ariel and Eric. Special effects transport guests “under the sea,” taking them into Ariel's world in ways never before seen.

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May 31, 2011

Goofy’s Sky School, Restyled Shops and New Restaurants in Paradise Pier Disney California Adventure

Goofy's Sky School, Restyled Shops and New Restaurants Will Complete Transformation of Paradise Pier in Summer 2011


ANAHEIM, Calif.− Guests will enjoy wild, hilarious flying lessons beginning July 1 at Goofy's Sky School, one of several new attractions and restaurants opening in Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure park. Along with the debut of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure, these new experiences will complete the transformation of Paradise Pier, a section of the park reminiscent of a seaside amusement park of the 1930s.

The fun at Paradise Pier adds to the excitement of Disney Soundsational Summer, June 3 through Sept 5, offering guests even more ways to make special memories at the Disneyland Resort,

New dining locations also make their debut July 1, offering a variety of options for lunch, dinner and snacks at Paradise Pier -- Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Paradise Garden Grill and Bayside Brews, a beer and pretzel kiosk. This spring, the popular Corn Dog Castle made its return and Seaside Souvenirs opened as a restyled merchandise location.

During the past two years, Walt Disney Imagineers have added new attractions, enhanced the entertainment offerings and updated the architecture in Paradise Pier, the boardwalk area surrounding Paradise Bay. The water spectacular “World of Color” opened in 2010, along with Silly Symphony Swings, and guests first enjoyed the high-scoring fun of Toy Story Mania! in 2008.

Ariel and Goofy are now part of the cast of Disney characters along Paradise Bay, inviting guests to stay and play all summer long.

Goofy's Sky School " Joining the fun along Paradise Pier July 1, this coaster attraction invites guests to enroll in Goofy's Sky School, a hilarious adventure filled with zany dips, twists and family thrills. Inspired by the classic Goofy “How-to” shorts of the 1940s and 1950s as well as the cartoon short, “Goofy's Glider,” the attraction takes “novice pilots” on a flying lesson through the wild, blue yonder. Zipping over and through the clouds, the flight path rises three stories high with plenty of wacky antics and instruction from Goofy via whimsically animated billboards.

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta " The sights and sounds of the boardwalk are part of the flavor at this quick-service Italian eatery, which offers something for everyone. The menu includes delicious pasta dishes and salads, and guests will be able to watch their flatbread pizza being pulled piping hot from the ovens. Flatbreads run the gamut from a traditional cheese or pepperoni to a Portobello mushroom and spinach flatbread with pesto, artichokes, mozzarella, ricotta-salata and Pecorino Romano cheese. Pasta fans can dig into classic spaghetti and meatballs, pasta tossed with chicken in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce, or five-cheese ravioli with pesto and toasted pine nuts.

Hearty salads include a chicken Caesar; Mediterranean chef salad with provolone, salami, capocollo, fresh mozzarella, cured ham, roasted peppers, olives and greens in a red wine vinaigrette; and a field greens salad with Craisins® dried cranberries, raisins, caramelized pecans and a basil vinaigrette. Vegetarian options are also available.

Paradise Garden Grill " Guests will find a Mediterranean spin on the food at this location with a variety of skewers and kabobs. Signature items include chicken, beef, vegetable, and tofu skewers served with rice pilaf, cucumber salad and grilled pita bread, with a selection of sauces, including Moroccan chili tomato and tandoori-spiced yogurt. Refreshing Greek salads and a kid's menu are also available

Bayside Brews " Warm, salted pretzels are an ideal treat to pair with a cold beer, available at this new kiosk beginning July 1 at Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure park. Bayside Brews will offer beverages and six types of beers on tap, for guests 21 years of age and older. The beers include domestic and specialty brews.

Corn Dog Castle " This boardwalk favorite returns to serve one of California's favorite beach snacks. The quick-serve eatery offers two choices for corn dog fans, original and hot link. A meatless option is also available, as a delicious, deep-fried cheddar cheese stick.

Seaside Souvenirs - This quaint boardwalk mercantile recalls the nautical-themed curio shops of seaside towns across the land. Formerly known as Souvenir 66, the mementos here are themed to the nearby The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure attraction, and it also carries general merchandise and sundries.



Fun Facts About Goofy's Sky School:

•The attraction is inspired by the classic Goofy “how-to” short films of the 1940s and 1950s as well as the cartoon short, “Goofy's Glider.”

•The flight instructor's motto is on the entrance sign: “Fly the Goofy Way.”

•The attraction tells the story of Goofy's decision to launch a flight academy following a failed attempt as an egg farmer on his California farmland.

•Residents of the egg farm-turned-flight school still linger on the premises, making this wacky flight school even more thrilling.

•Guests will enjoy unexpected turns on this “flight,” which features several "switchback" sections over 1,200 feet of track.

•Attraction vehicles will hold four guests per car.

•Guests must be 42 inches tall to ride, and FastPass is available for Goofy's Sky School.

April 20, 2011

Disney Parks Extends Special Offers for Military Families

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originally posted on Disney Parks Blog

Disney Parks has a long-standing history of honoring military personnel and their families and is pleased to announce that the special theme park tickets and room offers for active military and spouses, retired military, National Guard and Reservists are now extended to September of 2012. This announcement coincides with The Walt Disney Company's participation in “Joining Forces,” an initiative created by the Obama Administration designed to bring attention to the unique needs of America's military families.

Yesterday, First Lady Michele Obama and Dr. Jill Biden joined the hosts of “The View” to discuss their involvement with “Joining Forces.” They encouraged all Americans to show their gratitude to service members and their families and discussed how companies like Disney and others from across the country are coming together to help military personnel. For more information, go to www.joiningforces.gov to learn how you can get involved.

Disney is proud to support the brave men and women who serve our country in a variety of ways. At both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom Park in Florida, military personnel and veterans from all branches of the military are honored daily at a special Flag Retreat Ceremony where they are asked to step forward to be recognized as the colors are retired each afternoon. Disney Cruise Line also supports military families with special offers available on select Disney Cruise Line itineraries.

In addition to Disney Parks, other areas of The Walt Disney Company are working with “Joining Forces” to support this great new initiative. Disney plans to donate 25,000 Disney/Hyperion books to the USO for the United Through Reading military program, which gives deployed troops the opportunity to read their kids a virtual bedtime story when they can't be there in person. Disney will send more than 200 “Operation Disney” care packages filled with DVDs, books, and games to USO centers worldwide which will also include 4,000 Disney Digital Book online memberships.

Additional information on the Walt Disney World ticket and room offers will be available at www.disneyworld.com/military and additional information on the Disneyland Resort ticket and room offers will be available at www.disneyland.com/military.

April 19, 2011

Women Runners To Be Celebrated Amid Fairy Wings and Pixie Dust at Disney’s New Tinker Bell Race

Jan. 2012 race weekend at Disneyland Resort is fifth runDisney event "and second showcasing women's health, fitness and active lifestyles

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 19, 2011) " Building on the near-instant success of its Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort, runDisney is staging a second women-specific race " the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend " in early 2012 at Disneyland Resort, giving women and girls nationwide another opportunity to celebrate health, fitness and active lifestyles. After weeks of anticipation fueled by a series of clues from Disney, the Tinker Bell event was officially revealed Tuesday at a news conference at Disneyland Resort attended by celebrities and Anaheim city officials.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon, hosted by the City of Anaheim and Disneyland Resort, will take runners on a 13.1-mile trek through the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks and pass by several City of Anaheim landmarks. The course will be filled with music, entertainment, Disney characters, runners in colorful Tinker Bell costumes and, of course, pixie dust, and will finish at Disneyland. Runners will receive a new Tinker Bell “wings' medal.

“We're proud to be the home of the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend,' said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “It is events like this that give a city heart and character. I'm happy to welcome the thousands of runners and their friends and families to Anaheim.'

As with the four current runDisney signature events, the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, Jan. 27-29, 2012, will feature a variety of activities, including the Neverland Family Fun Run 5K. There will also be a health and fitness expo featuring the latest running merchandise, products, apparel and guest speakers " all tailored for women " creating a weekend of camaraderie and wellness, plus a pinch of Tinker Bell's trademark sassiness and sense of adventure.

“ ‘Women runners' and ‘half marathons' are part of a growing and popular trend within the running world " and that's evident by the rapid success of our Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World,' said Kathleen Duran, Disney Sports Endurance Manager. “This new Tinker Bell event at Disneyland embraces that trend and provides thousands of women another unique opportunity to spread their fairy wings and showcase women's fitness, health and an active lifestyle in a relaxed, fun and family vacation environment.'

Megyn Price, star of the hit CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement, attended the announcement along with Disney California Adventure and Guest Services Vice President Mary Niven and Mayor Tom Tait. Price was the first person to sign up to run the inaugural race.

“The idea of bringing my family to Disney and running a half marathon with thousands of other women was really appealing for me,” said Price. “Being active and healthy is important for women, so I think the whole weekend is going to be a fun and unique experience for me and my family.”

With the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, Disneyland Resort will be hosting two of runDisney's five signature events. Disneyland currently hosts the Disneyland Half Marathon during Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2-4 in 2011). In all, more than 10,000 runners are expected to participate in the inaugural Tinker Bell event, making it one of the nation's largest endurance races geared toward women.

Registration for the first-ever Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is open. Registration is currently $120 for the half marathon ($130 after June 12, 2011, and $140 after Sept. 11, 2011) and $50 for the 5K event. A portion of the registration fees will be donated to the Anaheim Community Foundation. Runners can register for the Tinker Bell event and any other runDisney race online at rundisney.com.


April 2, 2011

Save 25 Percent with Voucher When You Dine Off Hours at Disney Parks

originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

Back by very popular demand, a voucher for 25 percent off dining with the purchase of any entree at select quick-service restaurants " this time, from April 17-23 at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

To save money " and alleviate wait times during one of the busiest seasons " you must dine before 11:30 a.m. or between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Alcohol is excluded.

Walt Disney World Dining Voucher

Print Walt Disney World Voucher HERE.

In Magic Kingdom Park, try a hearty meatball sub at Pinocchio Village Haus, or a veggie burger or chicken wrap at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café. Go for the oak-grilled veggie flatbread sandwich at Sunshine Seasons at Epcot. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, we recommend the Asian salad at ABC Commissary, and the tasty barbecue from Flame Tree Barbeque at Disney's Animal Kingdom. At Disneyland park, it's a great opportunity to try out the new fried green tomato sandwich and other new menu items at Hungry Bear Restaurant. The full list of restaurants is below.

Disneyland Resort Dining Voucher

Print Disneyland Resort Dining Voucher HERE.

You can print out the voucher from this website, or find one in the Walt Disney World Resort Times Guide, at the bottom of select merchandise receipts or at the bottom of receipts from select resort quick-service restaurants. At Disneyland Resort, it's on the Entertainment Times Guide or on select merchandise receipts.

Sorry, can't be combined with any other offer or promotion. Theme park admission is required and taxes and tips are not included.

Participating quick-service locations:

Disneyland Park

* French Market Restaurant
* Village Haus
* Hungry Bear Restaurant
* Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
* Redd Rockett's Pizza Port
* Tomorrowland Terrace

Magic Kingdom Park

* Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
* Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
* Columbia Harbour House
* Pinocchio Village Haus
* Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

Epcot

* Electric Umbrella
* Liberty Inn
* Sunshine Seasons

Disney's Hollywood Studios

* Backlot Express
* ABC Commissary
* Studio Catering Company

Disney's Animal Kingdom

* Flame Tree Barbecue
* Pizzafari
* Restaurantosaurus
* Tamu Tamu Refreshments

March 21, 2011

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Celebrates Platinum Milestone of ‘Happily-Ever-Afters’ at Walt Disney World Resort

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- To mark the 20th anniversary of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, Disney has announced special wedding packages plus a unique campaign showcasing the happily-ever-after stories of real life couples who have tied the knot at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland and aboard Disney Cruise Line.

"The 'Bringing the Fairy Tale to Life' campaign is a tribute to all the brides and grooms who have shared their special day with us," said Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing Director of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. "We are honored to have our guests recall cherished memories during Disney's 'Let the Memories Begin' campaign, where Disney is sharing real home videos and photos submitted by guests."

Couples will be highlighted in print and online advertisements as well as at Behindthefairytale.com.

In honor of the platinum year, Disney has also created a specially priced wedding package perfect for vow renewals: the Memories Collection. Throughout the 20-month celebration, couples are invited to create new memories through intimate ceremonies at Walt Disney World Resort. The Memories Collection includes up to six guests, including the couple, a floral bouquet for the bride, solo violinist, transportation (three-hour limousine charter) and a professional photographer for one hour.

Ceremony locations include: Conch Key Marina at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Narcoossee's Landing at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Luau Beach at Disney's Polynesian Resort.

Disney has been making memories come true for couples and their families for two decades with a variety of wedding offerings. Traditionally recognized as a top-ranked wedding and honeymoon destination, Walt Disney World Resort currently hosts more than 1,000 couples tying the knot each year. Beyond Disney's Wedding Pavilion, nuptials at Walt Disney World Resort also take place in outdoor garden settings, gazebos and courtyards, as well as indoor resort locations. All told, more than 40,000 couples have married at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland and aboard Disney Cruise Line.

To celebrate 20 years of happily-ever-afters, Disney has partnered with Alfred Angelo to create a Platinum Anniversary wedding gown so that brides everywhere may be a part of the celebration.

The Memories Collection is priced at $1,991 in honor of the 1991 opening year of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, and will take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. More information: DisneyWeddings.com or 321/939-4610.


March 4, 2011

New Photography Featuring Penelope Cruz, Queen Latifah, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, and Alec Baldwin Celebrates Disney Memories

ANAHEIM, Ca. and LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 3, 2011) -- As Disney Parks invites guests to "Let the Memories Begin," spectacular new images were unveiled today featuring the work of acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz. The portraits star Penelope Cruz as Belle and Jeff Bridges as the transformed prince from "Beauty and the Beast," Queen Latifah as the villainous Ursula from "The Little Mermaid," and Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen with Alec Baldwin as the Spirit of the Magic Mirror from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

The three Disney Dream Portrait images are the latest to be commissioned by Disney, which debuted the successful series of celebrities set in Disney fantasy settings in 2007. These are the first new images to debut since 2009 and the first to include Disney villains.

"After the incredible response of Disney fans to Annie's amazing work, we couldn't be more excited to share these stunning new images," said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "Annie has captured Disney experiences that evoke nostalgia and transport viewers to faraway magical places which is why they have generated so much enthusiasm and affection."

Asked by Disney Parks to continue lending her vision to the successful campaign, Leibovitz has created inspired images of Disney fantasy come to life. Her photographs for the campaign embody the captivating, narrative style indicative of her world-renowned work.

Each image features a scene with well-known celebrities transformed into the role of famous Disney characters.

* Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges appear as Belle and the transformed prince, recalling the final scene from "Beauty and the Beast." The celebratory moment's tagline reads, "Where a moment of beauty lasts forever."

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* As the Spirit of the Magic Mirror, Alec Baldwin joins Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." In the dark depths of her lair, the Queen has summoned the mirror's spirit through wind and darkness to reveal the identity of a lovelier maid than she. The tagline reads, "Where magic speaks, even when you're not the fairest of them all."

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"I've wanted to work with Annie my entire career," said Wilde. "I was overwhelmed when I heard I could have this chance. This is such a great idea; to pair some of the most iconic characters from all our childhoods with the photographer who is so good at capturing icons, and that's why I think this Disney-Leibovitz collaboration works so well together." she added.

* Queen Latifah comes ashore as the Sea Witch, Ursula, from "The Little Mermaid." The tagline reads, "Where memories take hold and never let go."

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"I was excited about doing this project," said Queen Latifah. "Villains get to have all the fun!"

The portraits will appear as a special insert in the April issues of O -- The Oprah Magazine, People en Español, Real Simple, Essence, and InStyle as well as the March 28 issue of People.

February 25, 2011

From Under the Sea to Galaxies Far, Far Away . . . Opening Dates Are Set For A Soundsational Summer at Disneyland Resort

'Mickey's Soundsational Parade' Debuts May 27;
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure and
Star Tours " The Adventures Continue Open June 3

ANAHEIM (Feb. 25, 2011) " As families prepare for their 2011 summer vacations, the Disneyland Resort announces grand opening dates for several, highly-anticipated new attractions and family experiences.

The all-new “Mickey's Soundsational Parade” will bring a new beat to the streets of Disneyland Park beginning May 27. Also at Disneyland park, guests will once again visit galaxies far, far away with the opening of Star Tours, The Adventures Continue, on June 3.

At Disney California Adventure Park, the expansion continues with the June 3 grand opening of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Guests will also find some exciting changes at the Disneyland Hotel this spring.

May 27 premiere: All new for 2011, “Mickey's Soundsational Parade” officially steps off for Memorial Day weekend with an explosive musical score, thrilling rhythms and bold percussion that will have guests dancing to many of their favorite Disney tunes. Live musicians will amplify the fun, and colorful dancers will entertain guests to the beat of a syncopated drum line, twinkling cymbals and steel drums. Mickey Mouse and his pals will be jamming like never before, riding down Main Street, U.S.A. on whimsical float units.

Grand opening June 3: At Disney California Adventure park, get ready for an all-new voyage with one of Disney's most beloved characters, Ariel. The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure will invite guests to take a magical journey under the sea to experience all the fun and adventures in Ariel's world. From the great songs to state-of-the-art animatronics and special effects, guests will become a part of her world in a way that's never happened before.

The experience is a musical retelling of the classic motion picture as the best-loved songs come alive in magnificent scenes. Guests will sing along with Sebastian and Flounder, keep an eye out for the evil Ursula, and watch the Little Mermaid fall in love.

The Little Mermaid attraction represents the next big milestone in the expansion of Disney California Adventure park. “World of Color” debuted last year and continues to wow guests every night with magic that combines choreographed lights, lasers, music, animation and Disney storytelling. And beginning in 2012, guests will explore the new, 12-acre Cars Land.

Grand opening June 3: For those who dare to venture into the deep, dark corners of the universe, Star Tours " The Adventures Continue officially launches in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, taking guests on interstellar adventurers to Coruscant, Tatooine and other destinations in the “Star Wars” galaxy. With the return of favorite Star Wars characters and the addition of more familiar faces and destinations, guests will experience Starspeeder travel in an all-new way . . . in 3D! This attraction also launches at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on May 20.

Disneyland Hotel Enhancements: As part on an exciting renovation project, the Disneyland Hotel gets a retro theme with a contemporary twist. Along with beautiful new décor in the rooms, guests will enjoy historic and nostalgic elements of Disneyland park, circa the 1950s. In keeping with that spirit, the new Tangaroa Terrace restaurant will open this spring, along with the new bar called Trader Sam's. The tiki-inspired design and storyline for this restaurant and bar tie in thematically with the mid-century modern architecture of the Disneyland Hotel and the adjacent Dream Tower, soon to be renamed Adventure Tower.

Guests will enjoy these exciting additions and more at the Disneyland Resort this summer. To learn about the continuing expansion at Disney California Adventure park, guests can visit the Blue Sky Cellar preview center located within the park. The Blue Sky Cellar houses concept drawings, models and other exhibits from Walt Disney Imagineering that allows guests a sneak peek of what's coming next to Disney California Adventure.

January 28, 2011

Blue Sky Cellar Update Showcases Upcoming Little Mermaid Attraction

New Displays Feature Models and Drawings by Disney Imagineers,
and New 'Animated' Map of Disney California Adventure Park

ANAHEIM, Calif., January 28, 2011 " The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure becomes the newest star in the 2011 update of Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar, the place where Disney California Adventure park guests find an exclusive preview of what is new and what is coming next for the expansion of the Disneyland Resort. Beginning Friday, January 28, a refreshed Blue Sky Cellar show will feature new models and a new video, along with dozens of concept drawings for the Little Mermaid attraction and other upcoming enhancements to Disney California Adventure park.

In the Blue Sky Cellar screening room, a new, birds-eye view painting of Disney California Adventure comes to life with projected animation that will delight guests with fun surprises. An updated film presentation features Disney Imagineers describing their work, along with footage of model-making, sculpting, “blue sky” meetings and all the aspects of bringing a Disney concept to life.

Other highlights include:

  • Sketches and layout diagrams for the new attraction, along with three-dimensional models and other art work, all crafted by Disney Imagineers, the creative minds behind the design and construction of Disney theme parks and attractions.

  • A preview of Goofy's Sky School attraction and the new Paradise Pier dining locations that will open later this year.

  • All-new attraction posters for California Screamin', Mickey's Fun Wheel and Silly Symphony Swings " designed in the style of traditional Disney theme park attraction posters which have appeared at the entrance to Disneyland for more than 50 years.

  • Concept art for the new park entrance, the Buena Vista Street entry plaza, and the Red Car Trolleys which will transport guests from the park entrance through Hollywood Land to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

The “coming soon” area of Blue Sky Cellar continues to look even further ahead to 2012 and Cars Land, the 12-acre expansion of the Park that will bring to life the town of Radiator Springs from the Disney?Pixar animated film Cars, complete with three new attractions for families and kids of all ages.

Based on the belief that idea gathering is best when “the sky's the limit,” the Blue Sky Cellar is designed to resemble an Imagineering “charette,” an extended creative idea development meeting. Guests receive an inside-look at how Imagineers take “blue sky” ideas and refine them into the classic storytelling that characterizes Disney theme park attractions and adventures.

In this whimsical immersive setting, Imagineers have taken over a former wine cellar and set up shop. Wine barrels have turned into work stations and the former wine tasting room has become a screening room where videos showcase the behind-the-scenes magic that goes into the creation of new and upcoming attractions for Disney California Adventure.

‘small world’ Becomes a Big Canvas As ‘The Magic, the Memories and You!’ Projection Show Conjures Vacation Memories at Disneyland

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ANAHEIM, Calif., January 27, 2011 " Starting tonight, the façade of “it's a small world” in Disneyland park is being transformed each night into a breathtaking display of moving, ever-changing photography, video, animation and music as Disneyland celebrates guests' memories with an innovative new show " “The Magic, the Memories and You!”

Guests of all ages will be reminded of their Disney memories, and may even see themselves in the nightly show, as a kaleidoscope of larger-than-life images is projected onto the classic Fantasyland “it's a small world” attraction. Included in the thousands of photographs each night will be approximately 500 photos of guests who made memories in Disneyland that very day " resulting in a different “The Magic, the Memories and You!” presentation every night.

“Disneyland has been making very special memories for families and guests of all ages for more than 55 years,” said Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis. “Now guests recalling and cherishing those memories will become stars of the show as well.”
After the sun goes down, the 10-minute spectacle combines that day's photos with photos and videos taken from Disney's “Let the Memories Begin” online hub, and brings them to life with the help of amazing new projection technology that transforms the architecture of “it's a small world” in never-before-seen ways. Classic Disney music is woven into the new “Let the Memories Begin” theme song and, via some magical effects, even the singing dolls from inside the “it's a small world” attraction find their way outside to appear in the show. The finale features a burst of fireworks over “it's a small world.”

“We're really taking it to the Nth degree and we're doing it for our guests,” observes show director Alan Bruun, associate creative director, Disney Destinations Entertainment. “Some guests will spot their own photographs in the show, and yet our goal is for everyone watching the show to be able to say, ‘These are my memories. I recognize that moment, that emotion.' ”

The visual and musical journey that takes place in “The Magic, the Memories and You!” traces the family vacation experience, from planning and travel all the way through arrival and fun in Disneyland. The show closes, appropriately, with a classic Disney memory. A similar show featuring guest images projected onto the soaring spires of Cinderella Castle premiered Jan. 18 in the Magic Kingdom park, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida.

Disney Parks guests also are becoming the stars of television commercials. For the first time, Disney Parks is featuring the home videos and snapshots of real guests telling their own Disney stories in television ads and other marketing.
At the online memories hub that launched Sept. 23, guests have been celebrating their only-at-Disney memories by sharing their stories and by uploading photos and videos. To access the site, visit www.DisneyParks.com/memories.

Vacation memories hold a special place in the hearts of families, according to a recent survey of Americans and Canadians conducted by Ypartnership, a leading research firm that tracks consumer insights and trends in travel. Nine out of 10 parents polled said they plan their vacations with the express hope of creating a lasting family memory. And most memories don't fade with the passage of time. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they think back “often” or “very often” on their most cherished vacation memories.

January 13, 2011

Disneyland Resort Salutes Medal of Honor Recipient U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

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Anaheim, CA - January 12, 2011 - The Disneyland Resort and its cast members, including Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis, today recognized U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta at a special flag retreat ceremony. Giunta was recently presented the Medal of Honor - the nation's highest military honor - by President Obama for his heroic actions in Afghanistan. He is the first living service member to receive the medal for action in any war since Vietnam. Also honored was U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Erick Gallardo, Silver Star recipient and Southern California native from Chula Vista. Giunta and Gallardo served together in Afghanistan and were decorated for their heroism during the same battle. Both honorees enjoyed the day at Disneyland Resort with their families.

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In front: Staff Sgt. Erick Gallardo and wife Jacqueline.
In back: Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and wife Jen.

December 23, 2010

A Year of ‘Disney Dream Vacations’ Will Take Guests Over the Horizon, Under the Sea and Beyond the Solar System

2011 Features New Adventures in Egypt, Hawaii, Alaska and More

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. " 2011 will be a year of “Disney dream vacations,” both figuratively and literally. Guests will be making memories over the horizon in Egypt, Hawaii and Alaska, on the aqua waters of the Bahamas, under the sea, over croc and rhino gullies and beyond the solar system.

During 2011, premieres will include an Adventures by Disney itinerary to the land of the pyramids, a Disney Parks virtual itinerary in stunning 3-D to the galaxy of Star Wars, a Disney's Animal Kingdom ‘Wild Africa Trek' into the domain of fearsome and fascinating critters, and an experience at Disney California Adventure that plunges guests into the realm of “The Little Mermaid.” Meanwhile, Disney Vacation Club will celebrate the opening of its first property away from the U.S. mainland, in romantic Hawaii, and Disney Cruise Line will launch the Disney Dream and expand the horizons for its existing ships.

Here are some of the details of what's in store:

Launch of Disney Dream (January 2011) " A first-of-its kind water coaster that sends guests racing above the upper decks of the ship. An animated turtle that engages children in conversation about life in the ocean. A sophisticated lounge where the sun sets over the skyline of a different world-famous city each night. The Disney Dream, newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will bring to life these innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to preferences of the whole family.
The Disney Dream, slated to set sail on Jan. 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Fla., will have three-to-five-night Bahamian itineraries. The ship has a capacity of 4,000 passengers. For a “boatload” of information about the new ship, go to www.disneycruise.com, click on the Ships & Activities tab and choose Disney Dream.

New horizons for Disney Cruise Line (beginning January 2011) " The Disney Wonder cruise ship will “go west” in early 2011. New West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver. The Alaska cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled guest experience provided by Disney Cruise Line. The Disney Wonder also is scheduled for cruises out of the Port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera, before and after the summer Alaska cruises. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent.

An African trek … in Florida (beginning January 2011) " A ravine of menacing-looking crocs, pools of hippos, bushwalks along untracked terrain and other thrills await guests on Wild Africa Trek, a unique wildlife experience launching Jan. 16, 2011, into the deepest, most-remote reaches of Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. The three-hour, expert-led adventure will immerse small groups in an “up-close-and-personal” experience with African wildlife species that make their home in Pangani Forest as well as other areas of the park's Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Reservations can be arranged at 407/WDW-TOUR (939-8687).

Egyptian wonders ahead for Adventures by Disney (beginning April 2011) " Once upon a time, there were “seven wonders of the ancient world.” Today, one remains: the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. The pyramids and Great Sphinx in Giza, a Nile River cruise and days and nights in Cairo are all part of the experience. In 2011, Adventures by Disney will offer 25 itineraries, six to 13 days in duration, on six continents " experiences unique in the luxury tour market for their attention to the family in every aspect of the adventure. Guests can learn more at www.adventuresbydisney.com.

New Star Tours adventure out of this world (2011) " Bridging that “long time ago” between the two Star Wars trilogies, new Star Tours adventures debuting in 2011 will take voyagers at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California " for the first time " to Coruscant and other destinations in the Stars Wars galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine with the breathtaking immersion of 3-D " for the first time.

Disney Vacation Club says ‘Aloha' (scheduled to open Aug. 29, 2011) " Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai′i that includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property in Ko Olina, approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki. Aulani draws its inspiration from the traditions and heritage of the people of Hawaii. Walt Disney Imagineers, with the help of local architects, artisans and historians, are weaving Hawaiian stories into the buildings, interiors, art and gardens of the resort. Upon completion, Aulani will include 359 traditional hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas with views of the ocean, mountains and the lush grounds. More information about Aulani is available by visiting www.disneyaulani.com.

Coming attraction gives new meaning to “immersive experience” (2011) " With the premiere of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Disney California Adventure will take guests “under the sea” to experience magnificent scenes and magical songs from the popular motion picture. The attraction represents the next big milestone in the ongoing expansion of the park. For information on new attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com, call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

Peeking over the “boards” to a reimagined Fantasyland " The largest expansion project in Magic Kingdom history is underway at Walt Disney World Resort, featuring attractions and experiences in an area that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland. The Walt Disney World project began in early 2010 and will be completed in phases with most new experiences open by 2013.

December 4, 2010

Star-Studded Entertainment Lineup and Magical Parade Floats Make the Season Bright During the 27th Annual ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ Telecast on ABC-TV

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and Anaheim, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2010) " Disney Parks has pulled out all the (silver) bells and whistles for the 2010 “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” TV special - including performances from five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Mariah Carey, country music chart-topper Darius Rucker, singer/actress Amber Riley, Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez and Debby Ryan, young soprano sensation Jackie Evancho, “American Idol” Lee DeWyze, swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, professional dancers from ABC-TV's “Dancing with the Stars” and R&B sensation Sean Kingston.

The annual holiday television special airs Dec. 25 on ABC-TV. Viewers can check local broadcast times online at http://DisneyParksChristmasDayParade.com and find out more information about the parade telecast.

Chart-topping Celebrities Ring in the Magical Holiday Spirit

From start to finish, the 2010 “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” is packed with festive musical performances from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.
(Please note: all talent subject to change)

• Global pop superstar Mariah Carey gives fans a tuneful taste of her brand-new holiday album, “Merry Christmas II You,” with a new song, “Oh Santa,” and her perennial holiday smash, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

• Big band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy gets the season swinging with “Christmas Is Starting Now” from the fun-filled holiday album, “Phineas & Ferb: Holiday Favorites”

• Professional dancers from ABC-TV's smash-hit series, “Dancing With The Stars,” Tony Dovolani, Kym Johnson, Louis Van Amstel, and Chelsea Hightower, join in with a jovial jive

• Former Hootie & the Blowfish front man and current country music star Darius Rucker shares his new hit holiday single, “Candy Cane Christmas”

• Singer Amber Riley stars in a balcony performance above Main Street, U.S.A, as Disney princesses and princes join in a regal dance below

• R&B superstar Sean Kingston performs the holiday classic, “This Christmas”

• Disney Channel starlet Selena Gomez, from the Disney Channel hit show “Wizards of Waverly Place,” casts a holiday spell with the seasonal favorite, “Winter Wonderland”

• “American Idol” Season 9 Champion Lee DeWyze performs his own rousing rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy”

• Ten-year-old soprano sensation Jackie Evancho sings “Pie Jesu,” one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's songs that she wowed audiences with this year on the TV show “America's Got Talent”

• Direct from Disney Channel, “The Suite Life on Deck” star Debby Ryan rocks the parade route with her modern take on “Deck the Halls” from the all-new Disney holiday movie, “The Search for Santa Paws”; she'll be joined by little Santa Paws himself, the star of the film, which is now available on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Movie Download

Holiday Hosts with the Most!

Ryan Seacrest leads the fun as the show's host at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and Nick Cannon hosts from Disneyland Resort in California. Maria Menounos serves as a special co-host at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and Samantha Brown checks in as the show's travel correspondent.

Disney Stars and More Gather for this Annual, Family-Friendly Television Extravaganza

Dressed in their holiday best, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy take to Main Street, U.S.A. to celebrate this special time of year and invite the entire Disney character family to join in the merriment. The fun doesn't stop there! Straight from the North Pole, Gingerbread Men, steadfast Toy Soldiers and prancing reindeer spread cheer during the festive parade, concluding with a very jolly guest of honor.

Also joining in the festivities:
(Please note: all characters/floats subject to change)

• Making his “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” debut, Duffy the Disney Bear joins his new pals for the holiday special. Duffy, the newest character at Disney parks, is Mickey Mouse's very own teddy bear

• Silly stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb, from the popular Disney Channel animated series, pack the parade with their playful antics

• Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater, from the Disney•Pixar hit film “Cars,” and Woody and Jessie,from the Disney•Pixar trio of “Toy Story” films, spread a revved-up toybox of holiday magic along the parade route

• Even the dark side can't resist the spirit of the season " Darth Vader and his legion of Stormtroopers from the Star Wars film saga march down Main Street, U.S.A.; their first-time appearance in Magic Kingdom is in celebration of the new Star Tours 3-D attraction, coming soon to Disney parks; the “reimagined” Star Tours attraction will open at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in 2011

• Disney princesses Jasmine, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Belle share a royal holiday with guests along the parade route

• The famous Disney Parks Toy Soldiers lead the way during “The Toyland March;” the brightly colored toys are joined by the very merry Gingerbread Men

• Wrapping up the TV special, the one-and-only Santa Claus, along with his regal reindeer, glide down Main Street, U.S.A. spreading the message of giving and joy this holiday season

As Buzz Lightyear Might Say, “To Disney Parks, and Beyond!”

In addition to the parade fun at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, expert travel correspondent Samantha Brown gives viewers a taste of what's coming soon around the globe. First, she checks in from Papenburg, Germany, with an exclusive preview of the Disney Dream, the newest Disney Cruise Line ship. The Disney Dream will launch in January 2011 from Port Canaveral, Fla. She also gives viewers a taste of the all-new Disney Destination, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai′i. The new resort opens Aug. 29, 2011.

What Time Does It Air?

The 27th annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” airs Christmas Day on ABC-TV. Viewers are also asked to check their local listings and go online to http://DisneyParksChristmasDayParade.com for times and more information about the parade telecast.

The show is scheduled to air at the following times:
• Eastern Time Zone: Noon " 2 p.m.
• Central Time Zone: 11 a.m. " 1 p.m.
• Mountain Time Zone: 10 a.m. " noon
• Pacific Time Zone: 5 p.m. " 7 p.m.
• Los Angeles: 9 a.m. " 11 a.m.

Text Updates Available

Fans are invited to join the parade mobile text alert program to get fun information about the parade as well as submit holiday greetings, which may appear on the “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” broadcast! To sign up, send an SMS message with PARADE to 37275 (DPARK)*
(*Msg. & data rates may apply. Participants under 18 years of age must have parent/guardian's permission.)

The Parade Magic Continues on Radio Disney

Radio Disney will air a one-hour special on SATURDAY, DEC. 25 (9 a.m., ET/6 a.m., PT and 3 p.m., ET/Noon, PT) hosted by on-air personalities Ernie D and Jake Whetter. The “2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Special on Radio Disney” will feature behind-the-scenes interviews and sneak previews of performances by stars of the parade including Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Sean Kingston and Debby Ryan.

November 22, 2010

Disney, Gowalla Deliver the Magic of Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, In a New Way

Gowalla's Unique Product Features Inspire Visitors
To Experience Disney Parks Like Never Before


GLENDALE, Calif.(Nov. 18, 2010) " In its first foray into location services, Disney Parks has teamed up with Gowalla " the social network that inspires people to keep up with friends and share the places they go " to provide park-goers a new way to explore the magic of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Starting today, visitors to these parks can engage with family and friends around the world through the custom Disney Gowalla pages and Passport Stamps, and track their experiences at Disney like never before.

“Gowalla is the perfect complement to the park visit by rewarding guests with exclusive digital stamps, and by suggesting new ways to explore the parks with fun trip itineraries,” said Leslie Ferraro, executive vice president, Global Marketing for Disney Destinations. “We are excited to work with Gowalla to enhance the check-in experience for our guests. As we encourage our guests to make memories at Disney parks, Gowalla is a great way for them to share their Disney memories as they happen.”

Capturing and Sharing the Magic of Disney
People are able to view park happenings with custom Gowalla Disney Passport pages for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts that include maps featuring a check-in stream, a list of popular places, exciting Trips, special Items and more.

Hundreds of locations within Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts will feature custom Stamps created by Gowalla " the largest number of custom Gowalla Passport Stamps ever developed for a brand. The Stamps can be collected in their Gowalla Passports and kept as a virtual scrapbook by park-goers of their experiences at Disney. In addition, park visitors will discover and collect Pins as a special reward for visiting featured Spots, and Virtual Items will be placed around the parks. “Beware of the hitchhiking ghost taking residency in your Gowalla Passport,” added Tom Aronson, digital marketing director, Global New Media, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Discovering the Magic of Disney
For guests looking for a creative way to explore the parks, Disney has developed Gowalla Trips that “bundle” attractions by age or interest. A sampling includes:

• “For the Little Ones (under 44 inches)” is a dream track fit for pint-sized park-goers to Magic Kingdom in Florida. It includes “Mickey's PhilharMagic,” Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan's Flight and more.

• “Characters in the Wild” treats Disney's Animal Kingdom guests to a show track that includes “Festival of the Lion King,” “Finding Nemo-The Musical,” “Flights of Wonder” and more.

• Just in time for the holidays at the Disneyland park, “Santa's Reindeer Roundup,” “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks and Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle are on the menu for the “Seasons Greetings” Trip.

Throughout the year, Disney will be highlighting special events at its parks via Gowalla. This feature allows park-goers to secure unique Passport Stamps for checking in at custom events to record all of their Disney Parks' experiences

“Part of what makes Gowalla special is our vision to inspire people to discover and explore truly remarkable places around the world and then share those experiences with friends and family worldwide. Disney has consistently created this kind of wonder and excitement with its park-goers, so teaming up to create something new has been a thrill for us,” said Andy Ellwood, business development director, Gowalla. “This is the first time we've developed a partnership this comprehensive with a brand and it's only possible because of the remarkable number of places and experiences the Disney parks have to discover.”

To participate, guests are encouraged to join Gowalla via the web or download the free application onto their smartphone. All the custom Stamps and Items guests collect will be added to their Gowalla Passport and each check-in can be shared via Facebook and Twitter. Guests can start their new Disney Parks adventure by going to Gowalla.com/WaltDisneyWorld, Gowalla.com/Disneyland or Gowalla.com/Disney.

November 20, 2010

Disneyland® Resort Offers Healthy, Kid-friendly Foods

Guests on vacation at the Disneyland® Resort can expect to find a variety of delicious food including many healthy items that are appealing to kids and kids at heart. Options such as fresh fruit and vegetables provide guests with variety and balance " factors that are important, particularly to parents.

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At the Disneyland® Resort, kid-friendly, nutritious options are well thought out, beginning in the concept kitchen, where everything " from calorie count to color " is considered.

“We recently introduced a whole grain pasta dish for certain kids' meals,” said Bill Orton, Disneyland® Resort certified executive chef. “In developing the new pasta, we wanted to make sure it was not too dark in color because some children are turned away simply by the color of a healthy choice.”

In addition to whole grain pasta, families can find grilled chicken, turkey meatballs and even halibut as options for their children. Resort kids' meals are automatically served with low-fat milk, 100 percent fruit juice or water, along with side dishes such as apple sauce or carrots, making it easier for parents to give kids well-balanced meals while on vacation. Families opt for these healthy alternatives in nearly 60 percent of kids' meals.

These nutritious food choices support the Disney Magic of Healthy Living, a national initiative recently launched by The Walt Disney Company in partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama to support parents in their quest to raise healthy, happy kids.

November 19, 2010

World of Color, Disney Imagineer Receive Prestigious Industry Awards

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) recognized the achievements of Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative arm of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, with its Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement " Nighttime Spectacular for World of Color at Disney California Adventure® park, calling it “a visual and technical marvel.” TEA also recognized Imagineer Kim Irvine with The Buzz Price Award for her lifetime achievements.

Some of Kim Irvine's recent contributions include designs for the new Disney Gallery and interiors for the updated Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction.

Kim Irvine

World of Color combines Disney and Pixar animation with music, lights, fire and nearly 1,200 fountains spanning an area that is bigger than a football field. The show " a major cornerstone in the multi-year expansion of the Disneyland® Resort " debuted in June and already more than one million guests have enjoyed it.

Imagineer Kim Irvine was recognized for numerous contributions to Disney parks. Irvine began her career at Walt Disney Imagineering in 1970, where she worked alongside Imagineering legends such as John Hench, Mary Blair and Mark Davis. She worked on attractions at Walt Disney World® Resort before joining the Disneyland Design Studio team in 1980.

As art director for Disneyland® park, Irvine was responsible for projects such as the Resort's 50th anniversary celebration, the Disneyland Dream Suite and adding ‘new magic' to classic attractions such as ‘it's a small world' and in locations like the Rivers of America.

Walt Disney Imagineering has received 34 awards for its talent within the themed entertainment industry since the Thea Awards' began 17 years ago. Disneyland® Resort's past recipients of Awards for Outstanding Achievement include Toy Story Midway Mania!, Soarin' Over California and Indiana Jones Adventure.

November 3, 2010

Holiday Enchantment Sparkles at Disneyland Resort with Fireworks, Parade, Snowfall Beginning Nov. 12

Heartwarming Favorites Make Spirits Bright at
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2010) " When it comes to enjoying the magic of the holiday season with family and friends, there's no place like Disneyland Resort. The holidays will shine brightly throughout the resort from Nov. 12 through Jan. 2, 2011, as guests create memories for a lifetime.

Guests will enjoy the return of Disneyland Resort's most popular offerings, including special holiday versions of “it's a small world” and Haunted Mansion, along with “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, colorful holiday décor and a nightly snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

Other holiday highlights at Disneyland will include the traditional snowdrifts and icicles adorning Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle. After dark a sensational holiday lighting and special effects show will carry the magic of the holidays from the castle all the way to the Christmas tree in Town Square. The 60-foot-tall Disneyland Christmas tree is specially designed to present a nightly holiday light show like no other with more than 62,000 energy-efficient LED lights.

The Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle presentation unfolds throughout the evening in three acts, each of them featuring a touch of winter snow on Main Street, U.S.A. The finale of the show includes the legendary “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, which takes guests on a journey of sights and sounds of the season and ends with a touching rendition of “White Christmas,” along with a climactic snowfall swirling down on Main Street, U.S.A., “it's a small world” Mall and New Orleans Square.

A holiday tradition in Disneyland is “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, in which Disney characters join together to celebrate the magic of the season. Guests can watch as the characters wrap gifts, bake holiday treats and prepare for the arrival of Santa Claus, who shouts a jolly greeting to spectators along the parade route. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse even take to the ice for some skating fun.

Themed entertainment, sparkling decorations and tasty treats add festive warmth to holiday fun at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Guests also will be able to book guided holiday tours that provide entry into “it's a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday, reserved seating for the Disneyland “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a keepsake remembrance, and entertaining information about the history behind Disneyland holiday traditions. For information and reservations guests can visit Disneyland City Hall or call 714/781-4400.

Returning holiday favorites at Disneyland park include:

  • “it's a small world” Holiday transforms “it's a small world” into a worldwide celebration of the season, boasting more than 300,000 glittering lights on its facade.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a madcap celebration as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide. The ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington from the film “Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas” has come to Haunted Mansion to transform it with his skewed vision of the holidays.
  • Santa Claus and his reindeer will return to greet Disneyland guests at Santa's Reindeer Round-up in Big Thunder Ranch, Frontierland. Kids and their families will chat with St. Nick and see real reindeer grazing in a corral.
Disney California Adventure park celebrates the season with fanciful park-wide decorations and lively entertainment.
  • Guests approaching the park will immediately get in the holiday mood as they encounter the iconic “CALIFORNIA” letters transformed to appear as swirling red and white peppermint sticks.
  • “a bug's land” transforms as Flik and his bug buddies spread giant Christmas lights and oversized ornaments throughout their realm.
  • The holiday scene along the Paradise Bay boardwalk includes a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and lampposts decorated with seasonal wreaths.
  • Santa Claus will greet guests on the boardwalk near Ariel's Grotto on Paradise Pier.
Guests in Disney California Adventure won't want to miss the other park entertainment, highlighted by the all-new “World of Color” nighttime water spectacular, which brings its own brand of after-dark magic to the Paradise Bay lagoon. Meanwhile, in the entry plaza of Disney California Adventure and the adjoining Hollywood Pictures Backlot district, the immersive “ElecTRONica” nighttime street party will put guests of all ages “on the grid” and into the environment of the new Walt Disney Pictures feature, “TRON: Legacy.” “ElecTRONica” parties take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and nightly from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2. “ElecTRONica” will continue into spring 2011.

Also part of the regular Disney California Adventure attractions and entertainment lineup:

· “Pixar Play Parade” is complemented by two new shows: the energetic “dance-off” competition of “Disney Dance Crew” on the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Pictures Backlot, and the rock concert-style “Disney Channel Rocks,” featuring music from Disney Channel movies and series, performed on the Palisades Stage in Paradise Park, alongside Paradise Bay lagoon.
· In Blue Sky Cellar at Golden Vine Winery, the Imagineers' workshop offers guests a preview of what's coming to Disney California Adventure, including The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure in 2011.
· Guests along Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure also will enjoy the newly enhanced Toy Story Mania! and Silly Symphony Swings attractions, along with such popular favorites as California Screamin' and Mickey's Fun Wheel.

The Downtown Disney district and the Disneyland Resort hotels will join in the merriment with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining. Expanded hours at both Disneyland Resort theme parks will extend the holiday fun. For more information about holidays at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com/holidays.

October 25, 2010

U.S. Military Can ‘Let the Memories Begin’ in 2011 with Special Offers at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resorts

As guests of Disney Parks share Disney vacation memories through the “Let the Memories Begin” program in 2011, America's military personnel will have opportunities to make memories through special offers on theme park tickets and accommodations.

At Walt Disney World Resort " now through Sept. 28, 2011, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses (but not both) can purchase:

* Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $138 each, plus tax
* Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Parks Fun and More Option for $138 each, plus tax AND
* Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More Options for $165 each, plus tax

At Disneyland Resort " now through Sept. 28, 2011, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses (but not both) can purchase:

* Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $99 each

Disney Military Promotional Tickets can be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets only by active and retired U.S. military personnel for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer. In addition, all six must be purchased at the same time and one of the six must be for use by the eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse). Valid military identification is required.

All tickets and options are non-transferable and may not be used after Oct. 1, 2011. In addition, Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets (including any options) for the Walt Disney World Resort may not be used on the following blockout dates: Dec. 27, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2010, and April 17, 2011, through April 23, 2011, at all Walt Disney World Theme Parks and other gated attractions; and July 4, 2011, at Magic Kingdom Park; and Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for the Disneyland Resort may not be used on the following blockout dates: Dec. 24, 2010, through Jan. 1, 2011, Feb. 18, 2011, through Feb. 21, 2011, April 17, 2011, through April 23, 2011, and July 1, 2011, through July 4, 2011, at the Disneyland Theme Parks.

Don't forget to ask about special room rates at select hotels at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

For complete information regarding Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort (including official eligibility requirements, restrictions and black-out dates), or to make room reservations at the Walt Disney World Resort, military personnel may call (407) 939-7830 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices. For information regarding Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort (including official eligibility requirements, restrictions and black-out dates), or to make room reservations at the Disneyland Resort, military personnel may call (714) 956-6424 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

October 17, 2010

Alamo Rent A Car and Disney Renew Alliance

Theme park and resort guests benefit from exclusive promotions and quick, convenient car rentals

ORLANDO, Fla., October 14, 2010 " Alamo Rent A Car and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts have renewed a multi-year alliance, extending Alamo's designation as the official rental car company of the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando and Disneyland® Resort in California.

“This partnership remains a natural fit because of Alamo's and Disney's strong emphasis on providing a superior customer experience,” said Ron Cerko, vice president of travel industry relations for Enterprise Holdings, which operates the Alamo brand through its regional subsidiaries. “We are proud to offer families and individuals traveling to Disney resorts the speed and convenience of our airport kiosks combined with exclusive Alamo promotions to help provide for an exceptional vacation experience.”

Disney guests who take advantage of the agreement can experience the speed and convenience of the rental car industry's first and largest system of easy-to-use, self-service kiosks. This award-winning technology enables travelers to skip counter lines, getting them to their destinations easier and quicker than ever before. Alamo has more than 163 kiosks at 67 U.S. airports, as well as on-site branches at the Disney Car Care Center at Walt Disney World® Resort and at Disneyland® Resort.

“Through our ongoing alliance agreement, Alamo has helped our guests make countless memories,” said George Aguel, senior vice president, Alliances and Operating Participants, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “We share a commitment to the highest quality guest service and to making all aspects of the vacation experience as seamless as possible. We look forward to working together to continue to exceed our guests' expectations.”

The agreement extends Alamo's position as the official rental car provider for Walt Disney Travel Company, Inc., one of the country's largest tour operators, specializing in Disney vacation packages to Southern California and Central Florida. Alamo is the only car rental company with a rental branch office on-site at Walt Disney World Resort at the Disney Car Care Center, and on-site at Disneyland Resort at Downtown Disney.

Alamo will continue to promote the alliance using television and online advertising, at its rental facilities and on its Web site. A link on Alamo's website will offer online ticket sales as well.

October 12, 2010

Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis Announces 2011-2012 Ambassador Team

Tradition started by Walt Disney celebrates 45th anniversary

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Anaheim, Calif. " Oct. 12, 2010 " Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis announced that René Torrico, 29, and Jolie Hales, 28, will serve as the 2011-2012 Disneyland Resort Ambassador team. The pair will spend the two-year term taking the magic of the Resort into the community by participating in events, such as visiting children at local hospitals with Disney characters. Becoming an Ambassador is one of the highest achievements of a Disney cast member and is a unique part of the company's heritage. Torrico, a Santa Ana, Calif. native, began his Disney career in 2007 at Partners Federal Credit Union as a bilingual teller. As the current head teller, he was responsible for training new cast members while managing frontline operations. He has more than a decade of experience in the banking industry and a degree in business management, with an emphasis in public relations and human resources, from California State University, Fullerton. Originally from Salt Lake City, Hales joined the Resort in 2006 as a performer. In 2009, she became a Youth Education Series facilitator, where she inspired local students to achieve excellence in leadership. She also managed guest performances at the Resort. Hales graduated from Weber State University in Utah with a degree in communications and a minor in vocal music, and she holds a master's degree in film production from Chapman University. Watch this short video to learn more about the Ambassador role.



October 6, 2010

Disneyland Hotel Celebrates 55 Years

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Anaheim, Calif. " Oct. 5, 2010 " Fifty-five years ago today the landmark Disneyland Hotel opened as the first major hotel in Orange County. When the hotel officially opened on Oct. 5, 1955, nearly three months after Disneyland park's opening day, 104 rooms were available. Today, the hotel boasts 969 rooms and signature suites including the new Big Thunder Suite. In addition to new suites, the Disneyland Hotel is currently undergoing a large expansion that includes renovated rooms and a new courtyard and pool area. One new pool will feature a nod to the original Disneyland signage shown in the image below. Taken in 1961, the photo also shows the Monorail track that was expanded that year to transport guests between Disneyland park and the hotel, making it the only monorail in the country to cross a public street at that time.


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Anaheim, Calif. " Oct. 5, 2010 " Disneyland Hotel cast members celebrated the 55th anniversary of the historical hotel today with a gathering and this special cake prepared by the Resort's central bakery. The cake is a deliciously edible replica of one of the hotel towers and Monorail.

September 24, 2010

Openings Grand at Sea and on Land: Disney Unwraps Magical, Memory-Making Attractions, Cruises, Resorts, Tours

NEW YORK " Nothing like a little Disney magic to make memories that last a lifetime. Just in time for “Let the Memories Begin,” Disney is embarking on exciting, all-new experiences for guests that will take them over the horizon, under the sea, beyond the solar system and on bushwalks with adventure at every turn.

Before the curtain comes down on 2010, new offerings bow at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Then during 2011, premieres will include an Adventures by Disney itinerary to the land of the pyramids, a Disney Parks virtual itinerary in stunning 3-D to the galaxy of “Star Wars” and an experience at Disney California Adventure that plunges guests into the realm of “The Little Mermaid.” Meanwhile, Disney will celebrate the opening of a resort hotel in romantic Hawaii, and Disney Cruise Line will launch the Disney Dream and expand the horizons for its existing ships.

Here are some of the details of what's new and next:

At Walt Disney World Resort

New Safari Experience at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Early 2011)" Imagine crossing a rickety footbridge above a riverbed paved in menacing crocodiles. Or trekking through a forest for an up-close encounter with a pool of hippos. Guests wanting to venture off the beaten path at Disney's Animal Kingdom will have an exciting opportunity beginning in early 2011. A new add-on experience, Wild Africa Trek, will take small groups of adventurers on personalized, guided excursions that include a bushwalk through unexplored areas of the forest, home to many species of wildlife, along with over-landing in customized vehicles across an animal-filled savanna. On these expert-led treks, extended time will be spent observing and learning about the wildlife. To complete the journey, guests will experience a taste of Africa while viewing wildlife from a specially designed observation station.

New Epcot Dining Experiences (August, September 2010)" Culinary expansions at the Italy and Mexico pavilions treat guests to delectable discoveries. In Italy, an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria called Via Napoli opened in August. Operated by Patina Restaurant Group, the same restaurateurs who run the pavilion's Tutto Italia restaurant, the 300-seat pizzeria features wood-burning ovens named for volcanoes in Italy " and uses water from a source that most resembles the water in Naples, Italy, home of some of the world's best pizza dough. The 14,000-square-foot space includes indoor and outdoor dining. Open this month (September), the Mexico pavilion welcomes guests to La Hacienda and La Cantina de San Angel " two restaurants under one roof. La Hacienda is a 250-seat restaurant serving romantic dinners beside World Showcase Lagoon while La Cantina is a 150-seat quick-service restaurant serving both lunch and dinner. South-of-the-border creations from the culinary team at San Angel Inn have been an Epcot mainstay for more than 25 years.

“Disney Channel Rocks!” (Fall 2010) " A live, rock-concert-style showthat celebrates great music and great friends through hit songs from popular Disney Channel Original Movies and Series. “Disney Channel Rocks!” will blast popular music from a variety of Disney Channel hits, including the “High School Musical” series, “Camp Rock” and “StarStruck.” The show " at Disney's Hollywood Studios " will follow a format that is similar to “High School Musical 3: Senior Year " Right Here! Right Now!”

New Star Tours Adventures Are Out of This World (2011) " Bridging that “long time ago” between the two “Star Wars” trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take voyagers at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California to Coruscant, Tatooine and other destinations in the “Star Wars” galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine with the breathtaking immersion of 3-D " for the first time.

Rapunzel Debuts in Magic Kingdom (October 2010) " Rapunzel, along with Flynn Ryder from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature “Tangled,” will begin greeting guests of all ages in a new interactive “play and greet” offering in Fairytale Garden this October. The movie opens Nov. 24 in theaters nationwide.

Taking it to the Next Level (2011) " The newly relaunched ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort continues to add more athlete enhancements in 2011 with the addition of the new Hewlett-Packard Photo Creation Center inside the renamed HP Field House at the complex. The creation center will allow athletes, coaches and fans to create and design an assortment of uniquely customized posters, photo albums, and materials to commemorate their sports experience.


At Sea: Disney Dream Makes Splashy 2011 Debut

Launch of Disney Dream (January 2011) " A first-of-its kind water coaster that sends guests racing above the upper decks of the ship. An animated turtle that engages children in conversation about life in the ocean. A sophisticated lounge where the sun sets over the skyline of a different world-famous city each night. Interior staterooms with Virtual Portholes that bring the outside in using real-time views. The Disney Dream, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will bring to life these innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to the whole family. The Disney Dream, slated to set sail on
Jan. 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Fla., will follow three-, four- and five-night Bahamian itineraries. The ship has a capacity of 4,000 passengers.

New Horizons for Disney Cruise Line (beginning January 2011) " The Disney Wonder cruise ship will “go west” in early 2011. New West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver. The Alaska cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled guest experience provided by Disney Cruise Line. The Disney Wonder also is scheduled for cruises out of the Port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera, before and after the summer Alaska cruises. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their local travel agent.

At Disneyland Resort

“World of Color”(June 2010) " The new nighttime water spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park brings classic Disney and Disney•Pixar animation to life with nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects. The show, which debuted in June, employs stunning technical wizardry to create a breathtaking emotional experience. This one-of-a-kind spectacular will continue entertaining guests year-round at Paradise Bay. Check www.disneyland.com for show schedules and dining packages that include reserved viewing.

More Fun at Disney California Adventure (June 2010) " In addition to “World of Color,” guests at Disney California Adventure enjoy the attraction Silly Symphony Swings, a Disney-flavored version of the traditional swing ride themed to the tornado finale of the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon “The Band Concert.”

Rapunzel Debuts in Disneyland Park (October 2010) " Rapunzel, along with Flynn Ryder from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature “Tangled,” will begin greeting guests of all ages in Fantasyland this October. The movie opens Nov. 24 in theaters nationwide.

“Disney Channel Rocks!” (Fall 2010) " A live, rock-concert-style showthat celebrates great music and great friends through hit songs from popular Disney Channel Original Movies and Series. “Disney Channel Rocks!” will blast popular music from a variety of Disney Channel hits, including the “High School Musical” series, “Camp Rock” and “StarStruck.” The show " at Disney California Adventure " will follow a format that is similar to “High School Musical 3: Senior Year " Right Here! Right Now!”

New Enhancements to Disneyland Hotel (ongoing) "Renovation will continue at Disneyland Hotel, including a new pool and water play area, enhancements to the existing pool, a new restaurant and bar, and re-theming of the hotel's three guestroom towers. Two themed suites opened in 2010, the Fairy Tale and Big Thunder suites, and a third new suite is under development. They join the existing Mickey Mouse and Pirates suites.

Disney Premieres Little Mermaid attraction (2011) " Guests will be magically transported “under the sea” with the debut of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Guests will experience a musical retelling of the classic motion picture as the best-loved songs come alive in magnificent scenes all around them. They will sing along with Sebastian and Flounder, keep an eye out for the evil Ursula, and watch the Little Mermaid fall in love. The attraction represents the next big milestone in the ongoing expansion of Disney California Adventure.

New Star Tours Adventures Are Out of This World (2011) " Bridging that “long time ago” between the two “Star Wars” trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take voyagers at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California to Coruscant, Tatooine and other destinations in the “Star Wars” galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine with the breathtaking immersion of 3-D " for the first time.

“Mickey's Soundsational Parade” (2011) " Disney characters will stomp down Main Street, U.S.A. in a new parade at Disneyland Park. “Mickey's Soundsational Parade” brings to life some of the most beloved melodies from Disney films with an explosion of thrilling rhythms and bold percussion. Live musicians will amplify the fun and colorful dancers will entertain guests to the tune of a syncopated drum line, twinkling cymbals, steel drums and more. Mickey Mouse and some favorite Disney characters will encourage members of the crowd to join the giant jam session.

Goofy's Sky School (2011) " Goofy's Sky School will join the fun along Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure. The coaster attraction is inspired by the 1940 cartoon short, “Goofy's Glider,” and the theme is a flying academy with Goofy as the instructor. Guests will enjoy all the dips, twists and thrills as Goofy tries to teach a group of novice pilots how to soar through the sky.

Adventures by Disney Adds Egypt

Egyptian Wonders Ahead for Adventures by Disney (beginning in April 2011) " Once upon a time, there were “seven wonders of the ancient world.” Today, one remains: the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. The pyramids and the sphinx in Giza, a Nile River cruise, and days and nights in Cairo are all part of the experience. In 2011, Adventures by Disney will offer 25 itineraries, six to 13 days in duration, on six continents " experiences unique in the luxury tour market for their attention to the family in every aspect of the adventure. Guests can learn more at www.adventuresbydisney.com.


Disney Resort Sets Hawaii Opening

Disney Says ‘Aloha' (fall 2011) " Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i that includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property in Ko Olina, 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki. Aulani draws its inspiration from the traditions and heritage of the people of Hawaii. Walt Disney Imagineers, with the help of local architects, artisans and historians, are weaving Hawaiian stories into the buildings, interiors, art and gardens of the resort. Upon completion, Aulani will include 359 traditional hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas with views of the ocean, mountains and the lush grounds. More information about Aulani is available by visiting www.disneyaulani.com.

And Beyond…

-- Cars Land, a 12-acre expansion themed to the Disney•Pixar blockbuster “Cars,” and scheduled to open in 2012 at Disney California Adventure.

-- Disney's Art of Animation Resort, at Walt Disney World Resort, scheduled to open in late 2012 with family suites themed to Disney and Disney•Pixar animated films.

-- Disney Fantasy, the sister ship to the Disney Dream, scheduled to set sail in 2012.

-- Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, where work is underway on a multi-year expansion that is the largest in history of the flagship park at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort.

September 23, 2010

Disney Parks Vacationers Can Post Disney Memories, Possibly Appear in Disney Ads and More

You've made Disney vacation memories and captured them in photos or video. Now you intend to share them with the world by posting them online.

Disney Parks has created a place where you can share those memories and view the Disney memories of other vacationers " with the possibility that they'll be shared with yet more people in a Disney television “spot” or in print or online communications.

As Disney Parks launches “Let the Memories Begin” with communications that acknowledge making memories as “the masterpiece of parenthood,” the company also has launched a website for sharing and viewing memories. Guests can upload their photos, videos and text-only memories at DisneyParks.com/Memories. They can even categorize their memories by theme, emotion and location.

The DisneyParks.com/Memories website (also available soon in Spanish and French) has a simple-to-use interface for uploading, viewing and searching Disney memories. The functionality also will be part of the Disney Parks pages on Facebook, YouTube and MySpace.

Memory submission is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Choose to share your memory on DisneyParks.com/Memories; Facebook.com/WaltDisneyWorld; Facebook.com/Disneyland; Youtube.com/DisneyMemories; or Myspace.com/DisneyParks.
2. Describe your memory. Memories can upload as photos, videos or text-only.
3. Then all it takes is hitting the “submit” box and, once reviewed, a lifetime Disney memory is stored and shared.


On the heels of a series of television commercials created with brief home video segments, Disney Parks is looking for more “user-generated content” for future TV commercial spots, print advertisements, newsletter articles and vacation-planning video segments relating to “Let the Memories Begin.”

Disney Guests Become Stars of Castle Show and TV Ads As Walt Disney World and Disneyland ‘Let the Memories Begin’

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( Walt Disney Parks & Resorts chairman Tom Staggs, TV personality Tom Bergeron and Broadway star Montego Glover join Mickey Mouse Sept. 23, 2010 in New York City for the announcement of Disney Parks' "Let the Memories Begin" campaign for 2011.)

NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2010) " In 2011, Disney guests will become the stars of a nightly spectacular when photos taken in the park during the day become larger-than-life projections on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort or “it's a small world” at Disneyland Resort. This groundbreaking new experience will celebrate the family vacation memories created in Disney theme parks every day.

And this week, Disney guests will begin starring on television, too, as part of the new “Let the Memories Begin” campaign. For the first time, Disney Parks is featuring the home videos and snapshots of real guests in television ads and other marketing that will allow an audience of millions to share in true-life, heartfelt moments.

“A Disney vacation is the perfect way to create family memories that will last a lifetime,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, at a media announcement Thursday in New York. “We'll spotlight those ‘only-at-Disney' moments with family and friends during our ‘Let the Memories Begin' campaign.”

A just-released survey of U.S. and Canadian families conducted for Disney Parks by Ypartnership, a noted research firm that tracks consumer insights and trends in travel, showed that vacation memories hold a special place in family history.

Nine out of 10 parents said they planned their vacations with the express hope that they would result in a lasting family memory, the survey showed. And those memories stuck with them " nearly three-quarters said they think back “often” or “very often” on their favorite vacation experiences.

‘Memories in the Making' to be Shared on Disney Park Icons

Beginning in January 2011, some Disney parks guests will find that the memory they just made has become a larger-than-life image during a “Let the Memories Begin” nighttime experience.

At Walt Disney World Resort, the guest photos will be projected on the soaring spires of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland Resort, the iconic façade of “it's a small world” will be the canvas for the show.

In both locations, Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests caught up in the Disney experience " a memory in the making " and as many as 500 photos will be used in each location every day, producers estimate.

The nighttime show will use the latest in high-intensity projection technology to create vivid visuals that seem to defy the architecture of the building. A new song commissioned for the show will provide an emotional context for these images of the Disney guest experience.

For TV Ads and More, Disney Parks Issues a ‘Call for Memories'

Beyond seeing their own projected photos in lights, guests also could become the stars of Disney Parks television commercials, online campaigns and social media opportunities that will showcase to the world the power of memories.

The campaign kicks off this week with a TV commercial created from videos posted online in social media forums.

For future TV commercials and other advertising and marketing programs, Disney Parks is asking guests to share their memories by uploading photos and videos at a special “Let the Memories Begin” online hub at www.DisneyParks.com/Memories. From a first meeting with a princess to a laugh-filled watery touchdown on Splash Mountain, Disney Parks is looking for videos and photos that capture those never-to-be-forgotten experiences.

Some memories will be shared online, while others may be selected to share in print ads, brochures and other marketing " including television ads to air across the United States and Canada.

With real visitor images on iconic attractions and home video featured in commercials, the storytellers at Disney Parks are letting guests tell their own stories in 2011, Staggs said.

“We wanted to give our guests a powerful way to share the memories they create every day in our parks,” Staggs said. “Essentially, this becomes our first user-generated show and our first user-generated marketing campaign.

“A day at a Disney park is filled with magical experiences that become cherished and unforgettable memories " and now we're helping our guests share those memories with the world.
More Ways to Make Disney Vacation Memories in 2011

To help make special memories last a lifetime, in 2011 Disney Parks is adding new theme park experiences in California and Florida, new vacation opportunities on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line, a new luxury resort on a breathtaking lagoon in Hawaii, and new ways to explore the world with Adventures by Disney.

Here's a snapshot of what's in store:

* “World of Color” (Disneyland Resort): “World of Color,” the new nighttime spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park, brings classic Disney and Disney•Pixar animation to life with nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects.

* Disney California Adventure Expansion (Disneyland Resort): Next up for the continuing expansion of the park is the first major attraction based on the modern Disney classic, “The Little Mermaid.” The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure will treat guests to a musical retelling of the classic motion picture as the best-loved songs come alive in magnificent scenes all around them.

* New Star Tours 3-D Adventure (Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort): Bridging that “long time ago” between the two “Star Wars” trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take flight in 2011 and take voyagers to thrilling destinations throughout the “Star Wars” galaxy. And it will all happen in brilliant, 3-D technology.

* Disney Cruise Line: The Disney Dream, the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, launching January 2011, will bring to life grand innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to preferences of the entire family. The Disney Wonder cruise ship will “go west” in early 2011; and new West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver.

* Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina Hawai`i: A first-of-its-kind Disney resort in Hawaii creates a perfect setting for family fun. The new resort, which includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property, 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki.

* Adventures by Disney: In 2011, Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. These guided travel vacations allow families to visit destinations they never dreamed possible " including Italy, South Africa and China " with the assurance of the Disney name.

September 17, 2010

Disneyland Resort to Host Anaheim International Film Festival Black-Tie Awards Night Celebration

Film Industry Honorees and a VIP Showing of "World of Color"
Mark the Festival's Signature Saturday Night Event

ANAHEIM, Calif. - September 16, 2010 - The Anaheim International Film Festival (AIFF) and Disneyland Resort will provide festival goers with an exclusive red carpet experience at the AIFF Black-Tie Awards Night Celebration, taking place October 16 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Hosted by Disneyland Resort, the awards gala is a red carpet affair honoring film industry icons with Lifetime and Career Achievement Awards for outstanding work and contributions to motion pictures. The dinner and awards presentation will be capped off with a VIP showing of "World of Color," the new nighttime water spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park weaving water, color, fire and light into a kaleidoscope of fantasy and imagination.

"Filmmaking has always been at the heart of our Company, since Snow White premiered in 1937," said George A. Kalogridis, president of the Disneyland Resort. "In fact, this important component of our Disney heritage is showcased in our new 'World of Color' attraction, which includes scenes from several classic Disney and Pixar films. It is befitting that Disneyland Resort host this celebration of filmmaking and support the inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival."

"We are very fortunate to have Disneyland Resort as a founding sponsor in creating a meaningful cultural event for Anaheim and Orange County," said Sinan Kanatsiz, chairman of the Anaheim International Film Festival. "Disneyland is a world ambassador, and AIFF has a similar role in the world of filmmaking, with numerous countries represented at our festival. It has been an ideal partnership in every way, and we look forward to an unforgettable evening hosted by the magic makers of Disney."

Tickets are now on sale for the Awards Night Celebration. Individual tickets are $150, with tables of 10 also available at bronze ($2500), silver ($3000) and gold ($5000) levels with accompanying benefits. To purchase tickets, please call (714) 991-9110 or e-mail awardsgala@anaheimfilm.org. Capacity is limited, and seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Red carpet arrivals begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation in the Grand Californian's Sequoia Ballroom. Guests will then be escorted to Disney California Adventure for a showing of "World of Color" at 10:15 p.m.

A breathtaking extravaganza, "World of Color" brings animation to life with powerful fountains that become "stars" of the show as they create one of the world's largest projected water screens. During the 25-minute show, "World of Color" immerses audiences in technological wonder and the enchanting magic of beloved Disney and Disney-Pixar characters, combining nearly 1,200 versatile fountains, dazzling colors, Disney music and an all-new kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects, to take water-based entertainment to a new level of artistry.

The inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival runs Oct. 13-17, 2010 at the Anaheim GardenWalk. Thousands of attendees are expected to visit the five-day festival and participate in film screenings, master classes and workshops taught by industry professionals, and star-studded gala events. The box office opens October 1, 2010. For more information, please call (714) 991-9110 or visit www.anaheimfilm.org.

August 13, 2010

New Star Tours Video

(originally published on Official Disney Parks Blog)

New Star Tours Video Makes Us Ask: Where Will the New Star Tours Attraction Take Us?

Last year, Disney Parks fans learned that “The Adventures Continue” with the return of a new Star Tours attraction in both California and Florida in 2011. Earlier today at the Star Wars Celebration V fan event, Star Wars fans caught a first glimpse of a new video that will appear in the queue area of the reimagined Star Tours attraction in Disneyland park and Disney's Hollywood Studios next year. The video produced by Star Tours is a new “commercial” that shows one of their exciting getaway travel packages.

Today we're also giving our Disney Parks Blog readers a peek at the video before it appears in the queue next year. While Star Tours now offers flights to new destinations, we cannot confirm that you will travel to any of the destinations shown in this video . . .


Since many Disney Parks fans know the new Star Tours attraction will take place between the two sets of Star Wars Trilogies, and that Star Tours can now take guests to more places in the Star Wars galaxy, what do you think of this video? Is there a destination you hope to visit on the new attraction when it opens next year?

Star Tours fans should also know that there's still a chance to ride the original attraction for one of the last times in Florida. You can purchase your “Last Tour to Endor” tickets at www.StarWarsCelebration.com/Disney and also at the Disney Parks Merchandise booth at Star Wars Celebration V.

August 3, 2010

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade to Debut in Disneyland Next Year

(from the Official Disney Parks Blog)

A new parade, Mickey's Soundsational Parade, will stomp, clang and drum its way to Disneyland park next year.

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Today, we're sharing the first preview of the artwork for Mickey's Soundsational Parade. It gives you a glimpse of the vibrant colors and exciting array of Disney characters that may appear on the streets of Disneyland park in 2011.

Plus, there are a whole lot of exciting elements for the new parade that can't be captured in this artwork:

* The parade is an explosive music festival with thrilling rhythms and bold percussion that will bring to life some of the most beloved melodies from Disney films.

* Live musicians will amplify the fun. Mickey Mouse and some of your favorite Disney characters will play live and will encourage members of the crowd to join a giant jam session.

* Lively dancers will stomp out rhythms as a syncopated drum line, twinkling cymbals, steel drums and more entertain guests with sensational sounds!

The parade promises to be the most foot-stomping, infectious festival of music you've ever seen " or heard! I've heard it's “soundsational!”

July 21, 2010

Disney Vacation Connection Desktop Widget Serves Up Planning Information in a Fun and Creative Way for Disney-bound Guests

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. " Planning that next magical Disney vacation? The newly released Disney Vacation Connection desktop widget is a free application that can be downloaded to a PC or Mac computer to view news, videos, weather, park hours, events and vacation planning tips. Also included is a Disney vacation countdown clock that will tell guests the days, hours and minutes until their next Disney vacation.

Content on the app includes Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Disney Vacation Club, Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, Disney's Vero Beach Resort, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii.

With the Disney Vacation Connection widget loaded on their desktop, Disney guests will be able to:
· Stay up-to-date on the latest news and special offers
· Plan their next magical Disney vacation
· Count down to the vacation with the countdown clock
· Check Disney theme park hours
· Learn about upcoming special events
· Find out the weather forecast for the Disney vacation destination

The widget is a free download. Guests can learn more about the Disney Vacation Connection desktop widget, and download it, by visiting www.DisneyVacationConnection.com.

July 19, 2010

Behind the Scenes of World of Color at Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure has officially added a 3rd showing of the World of Color show each night through Labor Day.

Step into the control room for the World of Color!!

June 24, 2010

‘Glow Fest’ Shines at Disney California Adventure During 'Summer Nightastic!

ANAHEIM, Calif. " As the splash-tacular “World of Color” adds a dazzling new dimension of water, animation, color, fire and light to Disney California Adventure park, a new party called “Glow Fest” joins the park's “Summer Nightastic!” lineup and adds even more illuminated excitement for guests.

Colorful beams of light and energetic performers star in this high-energy, electric festival for the entire family. Featured in the Sunshine Plaza and Hollywood Pictures Backlot areas of the park, each night lights up with dancers, drummers, world music performers, interactive dance and play areas, and gleaming orbs of lights that move in near-perpetual motion throughout the party zones.

Taking a cue from “World of Color,” festival producers say the theme of “Glow Fest” is a “celebration of color,” immersing guests in a sea of brightly colored displays, wildly costumed entertainers and lighting used like never before in Disney California Adventure. Beginning with the distinct sound of drums echoing throughout the entrance area of the theme park, powerful rhythms signal the beginning of the evening fun.

During “Summer Nightastic!” “Glow Fest” takes center stage in Sunshine Plaza every evening from roughly 6-8 p.m., and continues in Hollywood Pictures Backlot until park closing.

“Glow Fest” activities are included in regular admission to Disney California Adventure.

Here are some facts to shed even more “light” on “Glow Fest”:

THE LIGHT IS RIGHT: LED lighting, which consumes less power than traditional bulb lighting, is featured throughout “Glow Fest.” In addition to energy conservation, LED bulbs also supply more robust, saturated colors and greater reliability than traditional lighting techniques " allowing “Glow Fest” to shine even brighter each night.

PAINT THE TOWN: Many of the structures, dance platforms and stages are adorned with paint that reacts to ultraviolet (UV) light, to put even more “glow” in the fest.

LIVING LARGE: A mammoth 60-foot x 90-foot screen serves as an interactive dance and movement play area. Guests can dance in the area and see their own images projected to approximately 50-feet-high on the screen at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.

COLLABORATIVE COLOR: On another screen, guests can get into the colorful fun by using hand and body movements to create a giant color mural. Each movement, such as a wave or a jump, creates a new blend of colors on the interactive mural screen. As more and more guests get into the action, the image on the mural changes colors and shapes.

PIED PIPER OF COLORFUL FUN: A high-energy emcee for the evening activities travels throughout the festival to lead the fun and games.

HAVING A BALL: Sprite-like performers inside giant, colorful orbs create kinetic balls of color as they roll throughout the festival, supplying plenty of photo moments.


MUSICIANS, DANCERS AND STILTWALKERS
, OH MY!: Adding to the fun of “Glow Fest” is a cast of performers that keeps the party spirit going until the park closes. Two stiltwalking performers " called “Lantern Sprites” " carry illuminated globes and can occasionally pose for photos with guests. Dancers clad in eye-popping colors perform atop platforms throughout Sunshine Plaza and Hollywood Pictures Backlot, and dance styles from around the globe are performed on the giant, LED-lit stage in Sunshine Plaza.

DRUMMING UP EXCITEMENT: Five vertical drumming stations, each featuring a professional drummer atop the tower, “drum up” the excitement throughout the festival. Guests are invited to join in the fun as well by playing one of the 22-inch drums mounted at the base of the brightly hued tower.

June 19, 2010

Disneyland Resort Provides Sign Language Interpretation for Guests with Hearing Disabilities

Sign language interpretation program provides service without the need for advance arrangements


ANAHEIM, Calif. " June 18, 2010 " Disneyland Resort this week began offering regularly-scheduled sign language interpretation at numerous shows and attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. As part of the Resort's ongoing commitment to guests with disabilities, individuals have access to a schedule of offerings where interpretation is provided without having to make prior arrangements.

“The Disneyland Resort is dedicated to making the Disney tradition of rich storytelling available to all of our guests,” said Betty Appleton, who oversees the Resort's guests with disabilities program. “Our new sign language service enables guests with hearing disabilities to engage with our shows and attractions in a whole new way.”

The new sign language interpretation service is offered at the following locations: Jungle Cruise, Jedi Training Academy, Storybook Land Canal Boats, “Celebrate! A Street Party,” “Billy Hill & The Hillbillies,” “Turtle Talk with Crush” “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” and coming soon, “Aladdin " A Musical Spectacular.”

The new service is available every Monday and Saturday at Disneyland park and every Sunday and Friday at Disney California Adventure park. While no advance arrangements are necessary, it is recommended that guests request schedule confirmation at least one week in advance by calling Disneyland Resort Guest Relations at (714) 781-6176 [voice] or (714) 781-7292 [TTY]. Guests who request confirmation are contacted prior to their visit and are provided a current schedule complete with a list of attractions, dates and times of interpreted offerings.

“I am deaf, and experiencing the sign language service on Storybook Land made the attraction much more engaging for me,” said Everett Rowlett, Disneyland Resort electro-mechanical technician. “This is the first time in the 28 years I have worked at the Resort that I have been able to fully understand the stories being told.”

The new offering enhances existing, complimentary services for guests with disabilities. Various sign language programs have been available at the Resort for more than 20 years.

Additionally, more than 45 Resort cast members have basic sign language skills and can assist in answering guest questions throughout the week. The Resort also has assistive listening and several types of captioning systems available for guests with hearing disabilities.

June 18, 2010

More Toy-Full Than Ever! Disney•Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 3’ is Celebrated with New Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney California Adventure Fun

New characters from the Disney•Pixar film “Toy Story 3” have been added to the joyful, toy-full adventure of Toy Story Mania! at Disney California Adventure and Disney's Hollywood Studios. In addition to playing with new characters in Toy Story Mania!, there are opportunities in both parks for up-close fun with another all-new character from “Toy Story 3” " Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear. He's the bossman at Sunnyside Daycare in the animated feature film.

Toy Story Mania! " the 4-D interactive ride-game attraction inspired by the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” films " is extremely popular with Disney Parks guests on both coasts. This high-energy, immersive adventure puts players squarely in the action as their game play triggers surprises that deliver a fourth dimension of fun. Toy Story Mania! engages guests in a whole new way with delightful characters of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2.”

Woody, Buzz, Mr. Potato Head and the gang are joined by a whole new set of characters from “Toy Story 3.” The new game greeting guests, “Rex and Trixie's Dino Darts,” invites riders to shoot their virtual darts at all-new balloon targets in a primeval world filled with volcanoes and lava balloons, explained Sue Bryan, senior show producer, director, Walt Disney Imagineering.

Game players are welcomed by Rex (the nervous Tyrannosaurus rex) and his new friend Trixie (a blue Triceratops and one of the toy characters from the new film) cheering them on. The new game (it replaces “Bo Peep's Baaa-loon Pop”) turns up the fun with more hidden surprises and the potential for volcanic levels of excitement. Other changes:


The “Hamm & Eggs” game is now hosted by Hamm and Buttercup (a toy unicorn with heart-shaped nostrils).

In the prize scene, Trixie, Buttercup, Dolly (a doll), Mr. Pricklepants (a lederhosen-clad hedgehog) and one other surprise " all from “Toy Story 3” " appear with Woody and Jessie.

“Our number-one goal in creating Toy Story Mania! was to come up with game-play challenges appropriate for all guests, from little kids to serious gamers,” Bryan said. “I love that we are keeping things fresh and new by adding these great new friends and fun to join some of the most popular characters of all time.”


About Toy Story Mania!

In the timeless tradition of Disney storytelling, Toy Story Mania! takes its inspiration from the fact that Andy's toys spring to life whenever he is away. Soon after Andy got a “Midway Games Play Set” for his latest birthday, the toys jumped at their first chance to open the box and set up the game booths and carnival trams so everyone could ride and play. That means “no assembly required” for their game-playing guests " just nonstop fun. (That is, until Andy gets home!)

Arriving guests are welcomed by Mr. Potato Head, more than five feet tall and looking like he stepped right down from the movie screen. The state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics Mr. Potato Head makes a perfect carnival barker, capable of engaging guests in two-way conversation and encouraging them to “step right up” for the immersive Toy Story Mania! experience.

Everyone gets a front row seat when guests put on their 3-D glasses, “shrink” to the size of a toy, and board Toy Story Mania! carnival tram ride vehicles which add a huge amount of fun to the interactive experience. The exciting and colorful route takes guests through “Andy's Bedroom” filled with oversized murals and toys. The vehicles angle to face Toy Story Mania! game booths " high-tech yet rooted in classic midway games of skill " and guests aim for 3-D animated targets using their own on-board spring-action shooters. Players pair up and sit side-by-side for a friendly competition that delivers an ever-changing variety of targets and surprises.

As they play, guests can actually see the “virtual” objects they've launched leave their
spring-action shooters and hit (or miss) the targets. And thanks to 4-D special-effects technology, they may sense objects whirring past them as they pop out of the 3-D scenes.

The Toy Story Mania! games " five of them, plus an introductory practice round " are designed to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and skills, from beginners to experienced gamers. Play is energized by the spirit of the “Toy Story” characters cast in games that best suit their very animated personalities.

No matter how many times guests return to ride and play, they can be sure every ride-through will seem different.

Pixar Animation Studies created animation of the new characters plus animation for “Rex and Trixie's Dino Darts.” New music " a dino-themed version of Randy Newman's “You've Got a Friend in Me” " comes from veteran music editor and Newman collaborator Bruno Coon, who did the original music for the attraction.

Toy Story Mania! was the first time that Walt Disney Imagineering created an attraction for two Disney parks simultaneously. The attraction opened in California and Florida in 2008.


More Fun in Store


Disney Parks guests not only get to play with “Toy Story 3” characters in Toy Story Mania! " they get to see another new character from the film.

Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear has joined his “Toy Story” pals in the delightful “Pixar Play Parade” at Disney California Adventure and “Block Party Bash” at Disney's Hollywood Studios. In addition, Disney's Hollywood Studios guests can pose for photos with Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear in the meet-and-greet area inside The Magic of Disney Animation. Over at Disney California Adventure, guests can pose alongside the “Toy Story” gang inside a life-sized “blister pack” as if they themselves are toys.

About the Movie

“Toy Story 3” welcomes Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the whole gang back to the big screen as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in… daycare! These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it's all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. A few new faces " some plastic, some plush " join the fun. "Toy Story 3" disney.go.com/toystory/ is a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3-D.

June 12, 2010

What’s New & What’s Next at Disneyland Resort? ‘World of Color’ Ignites the Night; Even More New Attractions, Events Planned for 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 11, 2010) " “Summer Nightastic!” and the new production “World of Color” bring their special brand of excitement to the Disneyland Resort this summer. Plus, there's even more Disney magic on the horizon.

SUMMER 2010 " ‘WORLD OF COLOR' AND MORE: “World of Color,” the new nighttime spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park, brings classic Disney and Disney•Pixar animation to life with more than a thousand powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects. The show employs stunning technical wizardry to create a breathtaking emotional experience. It debuts June 11 as part of “Summer Nightastic!,” the dynamic lineup of summer entertainment that includes “Fantasmic!” with its breathtaking new dragon; “Magical” fireworks, starring both Tinker Bell and Dumbo in the air over Sleeping Beauty Castle; Tomorrowland Terrace TLT Dance Club and Pixie Hollow Enchantment, all taking place after dark at Disneyland park. “Summer Nightastic!” runs June 11 through Aug. 29, while “World of Color” will continue entertaining guests year-round in Paradise Bay.

In addition to “World of Color,” guests at Disney California Adventure park will enjoy the attraction Silly Symphony Swings, a Disney-flavored version of the classic swing ride themed to the tornado finale of the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon “The Band Concert.” Fans of the interactive Toy Story Mania! attraction on the Paradise Pier boardwalk will find a new game and some new characters to challenge their sharp-shooting skills. And nighttime visitors to the park will enjoy the colorful, exciting entertainment of “Glow Fest” through Aug. 22.

RAPUNZEL ARRIVES IN DISNEYLAND PARK THIS FALL: Rapunzel, the newest Disney princess and star of the upcoming animated feature “Tangled,” will begin greeting guests of all ages at a location in Fantasyland in October. The movie opens Nov. 16.

Looking ahead to 2011 ( and beyond) …

DISNEY CRUISE LINE MOVES TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Disney Wonder cruise ship will “go west” in early 2011. New West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver. The Alaska cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled guest experience provided by Disney Cruise Line. The Disney Wonder also is scheduled for cruises out of the Port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera, before and after the summer Alaska cruises.

From Jan. 23 to March 20, 2011, Disney Cruise Line will make it easier to experience the West Coast cruise magic with a special “Kids Free” offer on seven-night cruises to the Mexican Riviera. Guests age 17 and younger can sail free aboard the Disney Wonder when accompanied by two full-fare paying guests occupying the same stateroom on seven-night voyages (government taxes and fees excluded).

‘THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE' FOR THE JEDI IN ALL OF US: Bridging that “long time ago” between the two Star Wars trilogies, spectacular new Star Tours adventures in 3-D will debut in 2011 in Disneyland park, taking voyagers " for the first time " to Coruscant and other destinations in the Stars Wars galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney once again will combine for this immersive experience in Tomorrowland. Fans also will be able to enjoy this exciting adventure in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Star Tours in Disneyland goes on hiatus beginning July 27, 2010, to prepare for the all-new journeys.

NEXT IN DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK " THE LITTLE MERMAID ~ ARIEL'S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE: Even more Disney magic is coming to Disney California Adventure park in 2011 with the premier of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure, the next big milestone in the ongoing expansion of Disney California Adventure. The Little Mermaid attraction will give new meaning to the phrase “immersive Disney attraction,” taking guests “under the sea” to experience magnificent scenes and magical songs from the popular motion picture.

NEW ENHANCEMENTS TO THE DISNEYLAND HOTEL: Renovation will continue at the Disneyland Hotel, including a new pool and water play area, enhancements to the existing pool, a new restaurant and bar, and re-theming of the hotel's three guest room towers. Three new themed suites will join the existing Mickey Mouse and Pirates suites.

SUMMER 2012 " HIT THE ROAD WITH MATER AND LIGHTNING MCQUEEN: The best of Disney California Adventure expansion may still be yet to come. The year 2012 will see the completion of the new front entryway greeting park guests: Buena Vista Street featuring the Carthay Circle Theatre and the vintage Southern California Red Car Trolleys. Also set for 2012 is the opening of Cars Land, a 12-acre expansion inspired by the Disney•Pixar blockbuster “Cars.” The land, modeled on the movie's Radiator Springs setting, will feature three new attractions, including the E-ticket thrill ride Radiator Springs Racers " taking guests zooming through the Cars Land landscape. Other Cars Land attractions will include Luigi's Flying Tires (striking a chord with anyone who remembers the Flying Saucers in Tomorrowland) and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, a tow-truck-themed attraction.

June 1, 2010

World of Color Debuts June 11 at Disney California Adventure

The Stage is Set for World of Color

The lagoon is full, the walls are down and the lights are on as Walt Disney Imagineers put their final touches of pixie dust on "World of Color" at Disney's California Adventure park. We take you inside the control booth for an exclusive look at the process of this one-of-a-kind spectacular that combines music, fire, water and your favorite Disney and Disney-Pixar animation to create this magical show. The lagoon officially lights up with "World of Color" for guests on June 11.

AllEars will be on hand to report on the Grand Opening Celebration!

May 28, 2010

Disneyland Hotel Renovations Plan!

Disneyland Hotel to Renovate Pool Area, Add New Dining Locations and Re-theme Hotel Towers

Work underway includes remodeling of all guest rooms and the hotel's exterior

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ANAHEIM, CALIF. May 27, 2010 " Disneyland Resort today announced substantial upgrades to the pool and courtyard areas of the Disneyland Hotel, continuing the landmark property's current renovation project. Changes will include building a new pool and water play area, renovating an existing pool, opening a new restaurant and bar, and re-theming of the hotel's three guest room towers.

“These exciting enhancements, along with our current Disneyland Hotel renovation and the expansion of Disney's California Adventure, underscore our ongoing investment in the Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Resort District,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Disneyland Resort. “We are proud to collaborate with city and businesses leaders as we continue to evolve the area into a world-class, multiday tourist destination.”

Changes will restore and highlight the original midcentury style of the classic hotel. The hotel's original two-story bungalows were built in 1955, just months after Walt Disney's first theme park opened its gates; the first tower was erected in 1962. The work will considerably open up the courtyard and pool area, allowing guests a clear line of vision and easy access across the property.

“Disney is all about storytelling, and these changes will weave a cohesive thread throughout the property and infuse the historic hotel with Disneyland nostalgia,” said Tom Fitzgerald, executive vice president and senior creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering.

New Immersive Pool Experience

The most noticeable changes will be to the pool area, where guests of all ages will enjoy a new, immersive water play area. With a nod to the iconic original park signage, “Disneyland” will be spelled out in familiar blocks atop a platform supporting two thrilling water slides.

Reminiscent of the original Monorail station at the Disneyland Hotel, at each slide's entrance will sit a replica Monorail Car that guests will glide through as they twist and turn their way to the water below. The larger of the two main slides sits 26 feet high and stretches 187 feet until it plunges into a splash pool. The second slide is 13 feet high and 112 feet long. For younger guests, the area will include a third two-lane mini slide that sits just 3 ½ feet high and is 19 feet long, as well as a series of small bubble jets in which to play.

The existing 4,800-sq.-ft. Never Land pool will receive a complete cosmetic makeover but retain its unique footprint. A new 4-foot-deep pool will be built between the existing Never Land pool and the new water play area. A footbridge will stretch over the new pool, connecting both sides of the courtyard area and allowing guests easy access across the property without having to enter the sprawling gated pool area. The space also will include two spas at opposite ends of the pool area. The site of the current Cove pool will become a beautifully manicured lawn area, perfect for outdoor events. In addition, six new cabanas will be added; each features a flat screen TV, refrigerator, safe, phone, and ceiling fan.

New Iconic Dining Locations

New dining and lounge experiences will be introduced in the current location of Hook's Pointe, Croc's Bits ‘n' Bites, the Wine Cellar and Lost Bar.

A new "smart casual" dining area will take its architectural cue from the original Tahitian Terrace restaurant in Disneyland Park and the Polynesian architecture that was popularized during the early era of the hotel. A new, fully enclosed bar will feature specialty drinks and surprises for guests.

Construction for the new water play area, pool, and food and beverage locations is scheduled to begin in August 2010 and be completed by summer 2011. The remodeled existing pool is slated for completion by summer 2012.

Re-theming of Guest Towers

Changes also include renaming of the hotel's three guest room towers for Disneyland's distinctive lands. The Dreams Tower, currently under renovation and scheduled to be completed in June 2010, will become the Adventure Tower. The Wonder Tower, next to undergo transformation and slated for completion in 2011, will be the Frontier Tower. Finally, the Magic Tower, which will be finished in 2012, will transform to the Fantasy Tower. Large marquees featuring classic artwork for Adventureland, Frontierland and Fantasyland will identify each tower.

Guest Tower Renovation Completed in 2012

The Disneyland Hotel renovation began in August 2009. The beautifully remodeled guest rooms feature exquisite Disney touches woven into the décor. A stunning new headboard with an artistically carved representation of Disneyland Park's famous Sleeping Beauty Castle serves as the focal point in each guest room. The background on the headboard uses fiber optics to create a magical skyline with fireworks " bringing the immersive park experience into the room.

The work at the Disneyland Hotel is a part of a larger expansion project underway throughout the Resort. Disney's California Adventure Park is undergoing a multiyear expansion project that includes new experiences, attractions and nighttime spectaculars, culminating in 2012 with the opening of Cars Land. The four-diamond Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa also underwent an expansion last year that added 203 hotel rooms and 50 two-bedroom villas that are part of the Disney Vacation Club, marking the club's West Coast debut.

April 30, 2010

‘Summer Nightastic!’ Opens June 11 at Disneyland Resort with Spectacular New ‘World of Color’ Show and Returning Favorites ‘Magical’ Fireworks, ‘Fantasmic!’

 

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 29, 2010) " Summer nights at Disneyland Resort will be brighter and more exciting than ever as “Summer Nightastic!” returns, bringing with it the most dazzling show of all: the new “World of Color.”

Presented on Paradise Bay, “World of Color” is a major milestone in the multi-year expansion of Disney's California Adventure park. The show combines hundreds of versatile, performing fountains, popular Disney music and an all-new kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects, including both classic and new animation projected on giant screens of water. “World of Color” floods the senses and takes the audience on an imaginative, emotional journey into the colorful worlds of Disney classics such as “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid” along with Disney•Pixar films including “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo.”

“Nighttime is especially exciting during the summer at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Disneyland Resort. “The addition of ‘World of Color' to our ‘Summer Nightastic!' entertainment program continues to raise the bar for the after-dark experience at Disneyland Resort.”

The premiere of “World of Color” will add new sparkle to an already radiant lineup of favorite nighttime experiences in Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. A formidable, fire-breathing dragon joined the cast of “Fantasmic!” last summer, and the “Magical” fireworks spectacular also debuted in 2009, sending Dumbo into the air over Sleeping Beauty Castle for the first time.

“Summer Nightastic!” 2010 premieres Friday, June 11, and continues nightly through Sunday, Aug. 29, at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. “Magical” fireworks continue through Labor Day weekend. “World of Color” and “Fantasmic!” will continue to entertain guests on select dates year-round.

MORE ‘FANTASMIC!' THAN EVER: Guests will enjoy magical thrills in the popular “Fantasmic!” spectacular on the Rivers of America in Frontierland. Recent enhancements include the climactic transformation of the evil Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” into a fully animated 40-foot-tall dragon. The show has also added cutting-edge digital video technology and an appearance by Flotsam and Jetsam, the slithering eels who serve Ursula the Sea Witch in “The Little Mermaid.”

‘MAGICAL' CELEBRATION IN THE SKY: Now entering its second summer, “Magical” has proven that the Disneyland Resort continues to outdo itself when it comes to sensational fireworks shows. The familiar image of Tinker Bell lights up the show, now followed by another airborne Disney character, Dumbo the flying elephant, who dances across the night sky over Sleeping Beauty Castle. Acclaimed puppeteer Michael Curry, whose credits include Olympic opening ceremonies and “The Lion King” on Broadway, has created a Dumbo with lifelike movements that are accentuated by the show's marvelous melodies. Tink waves her wand to awaken a fantastic array of Disney's most magical characters: Pinocchio, Mary Poppins, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, and the Three Good Fairies from “Sleeping Beauty.”

NEW FACES IN TOY STORY MANIA!: With the June 2010 release of the Disney•Pixar animated motion picture “Toy Story 3,” a new game and some new characters from “Toy Story 3” will take their places in the “virtual midway” of the Toy Story Mania! attraction along Paradise Pier in Disney's California Adventure. Guests who experience the interactive ride-game attraction will encounter exciting, new challenges presented by fun, new faces this summer. In addition, there will be opportunities for up-close fun with an all-new character from “Toy Story 3” " Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY IN TOMORROWLAND: Summer is a time for tweens, teens and families to hang out and dance the night away at the TLT Dance Club on Tomorrowland Terrace at Disneyland. Dazzling décor includes an illuminated DJ console where the TLT Dance Club DJ spins dance tunes guaranteed to keep Tomorrowland rockin' all night. Live bands and DJs from the hottest Southern California radio stations will appear on selected nights throughout the summer.

PIXIE HOLLOW ENCHANTMENT: Tucked into the glen near the entrance to Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Pixie Hollow home of Tinker Bell and her friends comes to life at night in iridescent light shows. Pixie dust cascades across the landscape and radiates into the pond. Even the water becomes enchanted as playful fountains spring to life, pop jets perform with whimsical precision and sparkling strobes shine throughout Pixie Hollow. As always, Tinker Bell herself is there to greet guests and welcome them into her magical realm.

BARGAINS AND SPECIAL EXPERIENCES FOR THE COST-CONSCIOUS TRAVELER: Guests looking for a Disneyland Resort getaway on a budget will find great savings this summer at any of the three on-site resort hotels. Through Sept. 1, savings options include up to 40 percent off the room rates at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; up to 35 percent off at the Disneyland Hotel; or up to 30 percent off at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. These hotel room offers require a two-night minimum stay. Guests staying at any one of the Disneyland Resort hotels are within easy walking distance of both theme parks and the exciting shopping, dining and entertainment of the Downtown Disney District. Other resort hotel benefits include Disney character wake-up calls, easy access to character dining locations, and a “Key to the Magic” card " a pass that allows guests to charge meals and merchandise to their hotel accounts. And of course, staying in a Disneyland Resort hotel entitles guests to legendary Disney service from the moment of check-in. For guests in search of a complete package for a longer vacation, Disneyland Resort offers “2 More Nights Free.” Guests who book by Sept. 1 can receive two extra nights of hotel accommodations and two more days of admission added to their theme park tickets for free, when they book a three-night, three-day Disneyland Resort vacation package. The special vacation package provides guests five days and nights of magical Disneyland Resort experiences, for the price of three. Guests who book “2 More Nights Free” and hotel guests with admission tickets will enjoy the additional benefits of one Magic Morning early admission to Disneyland and select attractions.

More information about “Summer Nightastic!” can be found at www.disneyland.com/summer.

April 20, 2010

Lights, Water, Animation! 'World of Color' Water Spectacular Debuts June 11 at Disney's California Adventure Park

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Lights, water, music, fire and animation will come together like never before on June 11 when "World of Color" makes its dazzling debut at Disney's California Adventure theme park. The show is choreographed with revolutionary technology that creates a playful, nighttime spectacular and a new way for guests to experience Disney stories " from the charming to the adventurous.

Presented on Paradise Bay in Disney's California Adventure park, "World of Color" is a major milestone in the multi-year expansion of the park. The show combines nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, popular Disney music and an all-new kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects, including both classic and new animation projected on massive screens of water. "World of Color" floods the senses and takes the audience on an imaginative, emotional journey into the colorful worlds of Disney classics, such as "The Lion King" and "The Little Mermaid," along with Disney-Pixar films including "Toy Story" and "WALL-E."

"What's great about 'World of Color' is there's something for everybody," said Steve Davison of Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment.

"World of Color" will take water-infused entertainment to a new level of artistry. Disney's newest production features an unprecedented infrastructure of water effects, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, fog, surround sound and moving fountains that can shoot spouts from 30 feet to 200 feet high. Technical wizardry integrates all the media with one of the biggest show control system ever built; more than 18,000 active points of control are precisely managed by a single system.

"World of Color" debuts this year as part of "Summer Nightastic!" " a lineup of exciting, after-dark entertainment that will illuminate the night at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks. "Summer Nightastic!" will run from June 11 through Aug. 29, while "World of Color" will continue entertaining guests year-round at Paradise Bay.

At Disneyland park, "Fantasmic!" ignites the night with thrills, life-like creatures including a fire-breathing dragon, and spine-tingling adventures for Sorcerer Mickey. In the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle, "Magical" sparks to life with a dazzling firework spectacular in which colorful, choreographed pyrotechnics burst and soar to a soundtrack of Disney songs. "Magical" features both Tinker Bell and Dumbo in flight over the castle.

The Disneyland Resort features two theme parks " Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney's California Adventure park " plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The resort's three hotels are the luxurious, newly expanded 948-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 970-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel with its "day-at-the-beach" fun. For information on new attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort visit www.disneyland.com, call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

March 20, 2010

Disneyland Resort Expansion Continues with New Parking Lot Opening

Parking lot transportation provided through a public-private partnership that puts OCTA buses and drivers back on the road

ANAHEIM, CALIF. March 19, 2010 " As part of its current expansion, Disneyland Resort celebrated both the opening of its new Toy Story Parking Lot today as well as a unique public-private partnership that will utilize idle Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) buses and provide employment opportunities for OCTA bus drivers.

Transportation to and from the new parking lot is being provided through a partnership with the Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN), which is leasing OCTA buses that were not in service due to recent reductions in bus service. ATN is utilizing 20 buses and has hired 15 former OCTA bus drivers to date.


“We are fortunate to be part of a community with leaders who are willing to roll up their sleeves to figure out a way to creatively address issues,” said George Kalogridis, president of the Disneyland Resort. “This is a wonderful example of a public-private partnership at its best.”

“OCTA's partnership with ATN and Disneyland Resort is an ideal example of how government and the private sector can successfully work together to deliver transportation solutions at a time when we are forced to reduce service because of state funding cuts and declining sales tax and ridership,” said OCTA Chairman Jerry Amante, mayor of Tustin. “We are very pleased to see that these buses, bought with taxpayer dollars, will continue serving the public and generating revenue to support OCTA transit operations.”

“As we continue working through a challenging economy, it's vital for government to find new ways to support business and the private sector to ensure future success for all of us. This collaborative effort between OCTA, Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Transportation Network is a great example of just that,” said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, also an OCTA director. “I applaud the leadership of all those who brought this partnership together for the benefit of our community.”

“The ATN's commitment to our customers and to the community at large, is an asset toward further improvement the transportation experience in-and-around the entire Anaheim Resort destination. The Anaheim Resort Transit system's goal is to provide an outstanding experience for Anaheim Resort guests, while meeting our goals of enhancing mobility,” said ATN Chairman Paul Sanford.


The new lot, located on Harbor Boulevard just south of Katella Avenue, is slated to operate daily and adds 2,678 parking spaces to 1,000 already existing spots. In addition, four portable kiosks staffed by Disneyland Resort Cast Members will be open while the lot is being parked, enabling Guest to purchase park tickets and pay for stroller rentals with a credit card and proceed directly to the park gates upon arrival.

Disneyland Resort announced a significant multiyear expansion in 2007. The expansion began with the 2008 opening of Toy Story Mania! in Disney's California Adventure. In early 2009, Mickey's Fun Wheel reopened along with the Games of the Boardwalk. Last year, the Resort also unveiled a stunning new addition to its Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, including 203 new guest rooms and 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas, the first Disney Vacation Club property on the West Coast. Opening in 2010, World of Color will bring nighttime excitement to Paradise Pier at Disney's California Adventure with a panorama of spectacular water effects, dancing fountains and music that will bring Disney animation to life with an entirely new creative and technical approach. The first major attraction based on Disney's classic “The Little Mermaid” debuts in 2011. Culminating the expansion in 2010 is the entirely new, 12-acre addition of Cars Land, which recreates the town of Radiator Springs as inspired by the hit Disney•Pixar film “Cars.”

March 12, 2010

Disneyland Resort Presents a Window on Main Street, U.S.A. to Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Composers of 'It's a Small World' and Enchanted Tiki Room Theme

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- They've written some of the most memorable songs in Disney theme park " and motion picture " history, and on March 11, 2010, the Academy Award-winning composers of the music from "It's a Small World" and The Enchanted Tiki Room, as well as "Mary Poppins," will receive the highest honor that the Disneyland Resort bestows. The Sherman brothers, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, will receive a tribute window on Main Street, U.S.A.

Among the Shermans' more than 150 Disney songs are such familiar Disney theme park compositions as "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room" (theme of The Enchanted Tiki Room), "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" (theme of Carousel of Progress) and "It's a Small World," one of the most translated and performed songs on Earth. All three are still performed in their attractions at Disney theme parks around the world, making the music as contemporary today as when it was composed.

"Richard and Robert Sherman's contribution to Disney spans 50 years and has touched virtually every aspect of our company," said Robert A. Iger, president and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. "By dedicating a window on Main Street, U.S.A. inside Disneyland we are pleased to recognize them with one of the highest honors our company bestows."

"The music of the Sherman brothers has left an indelible mark on the Walt Disney Company and still resonates in Disney parks around the world," said Tom Staggs, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman. "Their songs " particularly 'It's a Small World' and the score of 'Mary Poppins' " are not just touchstones of Disney, but of American culture as a whole. The whole world sang these songs when they were new and they still sing them today almost five decades later. Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman are honored members of the Disney family."

The tradition of honoring individuals with a personalized decorative window was started on Main Street, U.S.A. by Walt Disney and has continued at Disney parks worldwide. A Disneyland window is considered the ultimate honor anyone can receive from "The Happiest Place on Earth."

The careers of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman span almost 50 years and include two Academy Awards for "Mary Poppins" " Best Score, and Best Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee." The Sherman brothers gained recognition in popular music with several Top Ten hits, among them "Let's Get Together," sung in "The Parent Trap" by Hayley Mills; "Tall Paul," Annette Funicello's first Top Ten single; and "You're Sixteen," which made the Top Ten twice: sung by Johnny Burnette in 1960 and by Ringo Starr in 1974. In 1960, they began a phenomenal 10-year association with Walt Disney, during which time they composed more than 150 songs for Disneyland Park, other Disney parks, and Disney films and television shows. Their Disney credits include "The Jungle Book," "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," "The Sword in the Stone," "The Aristocats," "The Happiest Millionaire," the "Winnie the Pooh" series and, of course, "Mary Poppins." The theatrical version of "Mary Poppins" is consistently among Broadway's top-grossing shows and is in its fourth highly successful year at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The North America tour continues to be a hit, and the show's popularity is growing around the globe with international productions opening in Australia and Holland later this year.

The Sherman brothers went on to compose other song scores for "Snoopy Come Home," "Charlotte's Web," the Broadway musical "Over Here," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (later brought to the stage in London and New York), "Tom Sawyer," "Huckleberry Finn," "The Slipper and the Rose," "The Magic of Lassie" (which earned their ninth Academy Award nomination for Best Song), "The Tigger Movie," the stage musical "Busker Alley" and "Beverly Hills Cop 3."

Among the Sherman brothers' honors are three Grammy Awards, 24 gold and platinum albums and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They have also been named Disney Legends, a designation which acknowledges the many individuals whose imagination, talents and dreams have created the Disney magic.

March 10, 2010

The Ultimate Park-Hopper

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03.10.10 - Disney Parks fans rejoice! On Wednesday at The Walt Disney Company's Annual Meeting, a new Annual Passport valid for admission to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks was introduced " Disney Premier Passport!

The Disney Premier Passport is a brand-new Annual Passport valid for admission to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks.

Guests who currently hold both a Disneyland and a Walt Disney World Annual Pass will be able to upgrade their passes to the new Disney Premier Passport, and the expiration date will be based on the latter of the two annual passes. Annual Passholders who currently have a pass to one Disney Resort may upgrade their current pass to a Premier Passport (the passholder will be credited the difference based on the retail value of their current Annual Pass).

The Disney Premier Passport will only be available for purchase (or upgrade) on site at a domestic Disney theme park. A new Premier Passport will retail for $700. The Premier Passport will be on sale March 11, 2010.

Benefits include:

Unlimited admission for 365 to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, including Park Hopper privileges

Parking for all theme parks

Unlimited admission to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Disney's Blizzard Beach water parks at Walt Disney World

Subscriptions to Passholder publications

A one-year subscription to Disney Family Fun magazine (one per household)

Unlimited admission (except activities/events specially priced) to DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney Orlando, ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex (valid only on event days; some events require an additional admission charge) and Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course (greens fee only; tee time reservations are required and subject to availability).

February 24, 2010

D23 Anniversary Party at Disneyland!

D23's one-year anniversary party at Disneyland is coming up on March 10!

A very limited number of tickets are still available at www.disney.com/D23 for this incredible evening. The party will take place in Fantasyland after Disneyland's normal operating hours " and all Fantasyland rides will be open. (Yes, this means no huge waits to enjoy Dumbo and Peter Pan's Flight, among others!)

There will also be some very special Disney guests on hand. In addition to D23 Members, of course, the party will play host to a number of VIPs who have contributed to Disney's legacy, including:

* Imagineers Bob Gurr and Tony Baxter
* Actor Kevin Corcoran, from “Old Yeller,” “The Shaggy Dog” and “Swiss Family Robinson” (among others)
* Bill Farmer, Disney Legend and the voice of Goofy
* Margaret Kerry, the live-action model for Tinker Bell
* Dave Smith, Disney Legend and chief of the Walt Disney Archives
* “LOST” actor Dan Roebuck, who portrays Dr. Leslie Arzt on the hit TV series
* Actor David Stollery " best known as Marty in “The Adventures of Spin and Marty”
* Denny Newell, senior show director for Disneyland


The D23 Anniversary Party will also feature some really exciting surprises ... and while many will be under wraps until the party, here are a few:

-- There will be the chance to see the electric car that Walt Disney used to transport VIPs throughout Disneyland
-- appearances by some rarely seen Disney characters

--dessert and beverage stations throughout Fantasyland.

It's going to be a very special event!

January 11, 2010

YEAR TO VOLUNTEAR: Muppets highlight new "VoluntEars Cavalcade" at Disneyland and Walt Disney World


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MUPPET-MANIA: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Sweetums take part in the new “Disney's Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade” at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida. The cavalcade celebrates volunteerism and also features special floats and vehicles festooned with bright balloons and flanked by parade dancers. “Disney's Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade” precedes “Celebrate! A Street Party” at Disneyland park and "Celebrate a Dream Come True" at Magic Kingdom park.

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January 5, 2010

The 2fer Ticket is Back at Disneyland Resort: Valuable Offer For Southern California Residents Available Through April 12

How to Enjoy Two Parks on Two Days, With One Day Free

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2010) " Southern California families looking for value and the best way to spend their entertainment dollars will find an unbeatable offer at the Disneyland Resort in the new year. With the “Southern California Resident 2fer Ticket,” guests will be immersed in the magic of fun attractions and high quality entertainment at Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure park on one day, and then come back on another day to play in the other park " for free.*

Now that the 2fer ticket is back, here are some tips on how to make the most of a deal that gives fans of the Disneyland Resort two days of magic and adventure for only $36 a day per person.**

Plan ahead: This is a limited-time offer. Guests must purchase and use a “Southern California Resident 2fer Ticket” in one theme park by April 12, 2010. Then they can bring the ticket back within 30 days to play all day in the other park " for free.

Double the fun: Go wild in both Disney parks, making this a special time for residents of Southern California to enjoy the fun, entertainment, restaurants, shows and attractions that are found in Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks. The two parks feature a mix of classic attractions and immersive experiences that will entertain guests of all ages.

Celebrate special occasions at the Disneyland Resort: With a 2fer ticket, guests can visit one park in honor of a special day " perhaps their birthday or anniversary " and come back to play in the other park for a second celebration. It could be a championship season, an engagement or a child's first visit to see Mickey Mouse.

Can't choose? The 2fer ticket allows guests to enjoy some of their favorite attractions in both theme parks on separate days. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and Peter Pan's Flight on one day, and then come back on another day to try Soarin' over California, California Screamin' and Toy Story Mania!

Visit the two parks on consecutive days: Southern California residents can turn the 2fer ticket into a mini-vacation and it's easier than ever to make that happen this year with special offers at the Disneyland Resort hotels. Guests can save up to 30 percent when they book a two-night hotel stay by April 1, 2010, for stays during select dates through April 29, 2010. +

The 2fer ticket can be purchased now at Disneyland.com/2fer, The Disney Stores, Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons, Ralphs, Stater Bros, Gelson's, Food 4 Less, Toys R Us, Dearden's, Korea Daily, Irvine Spectrum and other locations. Guests who purchase online can print their tickets at home and avoid waiting in ticket lines.

For more information on the 2fer ticket, visit www.disneyland.com/2fer or call 714/781-7290.

*Tickets valid for Southern California residents within ZIP Codes 90000"93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP Codes 21000"22999. Proof of residency required for admission. Admission valid for one day at Disneyland® Park, and another day at Disney's California Adventure® Park, but not for both Parks on the same day. Tickets are valid 30 days from first use. First use must occur between 1/5/10 through 4/12/10. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. May purchase up to 8 tickets per person per day with valid ID. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other discounts or promotions. Offer not valid before 1/5/10. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

**$36 per day price is based on the purchase of an Adult 2fer Ticket for $72.

+ 30% savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel. Must stay two (2) consecutive nights or longer. Offer valid for arrivals January 5, 2010 through April 29, 2010 when booked by April 1, 2010. Blockout dates of 1/15-1/17, 2/12-2/14, and 3/28-4/10 and other restrictions apply. Applies only to standard and concierge level rooms. Rates for other room types will vary. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is restricted. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Subject to change without notice.

December 18, 2009

Captain EO Returns to Disneyland Resort

Twenty-three years ago, at the height of his phenomenal entertainment career, Michael Jackson joined forces with Disney to create “Captain EO,” a groundbreaking 17-minute 3D film experience.

We are excited to confirm that the classic musical spectacular that thrilled Disneyland park guests from 1986 " 1997, will return for an exclusive, limited engagement at Disneyland park beginning in February 2010!

Captain EO

The attraction's return to Tomorrowland will provide new audiences the opportunity to experience the original 3D production for the very first time, as well as a nostalgic look back for longtime fans wanting to see “The King of Pop” in a rare performance created for the big-screen, just one more time.

Honey I Shrunk The Audience” will be closing sometime in the next few weeks to make way for the Captain's return.

A look back at the Captain EO attraction from our Walt Disney World archives!

December 8, 2009

Celebrating the ‘Season of Giving,’ 26th Annual ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ Broadcasts from Both Coasts, Airing on ABC-TV Dec. 25

Television holiday extraordinaire includes celebrity performances by Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder pop music sensations Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, plus more!

Welcome the holidays with festive favorites featuring ‘Dancing with the Stars' talent, cheerful characters, Disney's newest princess debut and more from Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. / ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 4, 2009) " ‘Tis the season to be merry at Disney parks when the 26th annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade,” featuring award-winning musical talent and iconic stars performing in this year's television special, airs Dec. 25 on ABC-TV.

This year's show promises to dazzle viewers with must-see performances by Celine Dion and Stevie Wonder. Pop sensations the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato spread joy to all as enchanting sounds from world-renowned musical artist Yanni and his Yanni Voices echo through the park. “American Idol” Season 8 winner Kris Allen will perform and “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Selena Gomez will make a special appearance in the annual telecast.

From the newest Disney princess " Tiana " to Mickey Mouse and all his ‘toon pals, beloved Disney characters will embrace the holiday spirit aboard awe-inspiring floats that “deck the halls” as they glide through the Disney theme parks.

Two of television's most popular celebrities will appear as the hosts of this year's program. From Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, popular morning show personality Kelly Ripa returns as host, doubling her duties while partner Regis Philbin recovers from recent surgery. At Disneyland Park in California, worldwide television and radio host Ryan Seacrest takes center stage for the West Coast festivities. Nick Cannon from “America's Got Talent” makes his “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” television debut as co-host/man-on-the-street for the telecast.

The two-hour televised special will air nationally in high-definition Dec. 25 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. Eastern and 9 a.m. Central, Mountain and Pacific times.

Tis the Season to Give Back: ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day' in 2010

The season of giving has a special meaning this year as Disney Parks' nationwide volunteer initiative, “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day,” is slated to kick off soon after the holidays. To celebrate volunteerism, Disney Parks will give a free, one-day admission to a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park to 1 million people in the United States and Canada who perform volunteer service with a participating organization starting Jan. 1, 2010.

While parents and children prepare to offer their day of volunteer service in 2010, two families will share their encouraging stories during the parade telecast of how they've made a difference by volunteering in their hometown communities, the inspiring motives that moved them to give back and the lessons their children have taken with them along the way.

Stars Shine Bright from Coast to Coast

Throughout the telecast, chart-topping talent and award-winning artists from around the world come together to share in the Christmas merriment at Disney parks.

(Please note: all talent and floats subject to change)

* Ten-time Grammy winner Celine Dion will be featured singing her heartwarming ballad, “Don't Save It All for Christmas Day,” and shares her own rendition of “O' Come All Ye Faithful.”

* Legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder will have viewers singing along with his very own holiday classic, “What Christmas Means to Me.”

* Worldwide pop stars Jonas Brothers" who also star in the hit Disney Channel series “JONAS” "put a rocking, tropical spin on the holidayswhen they perform their brand-new song, “Summertime Anthem.” The high-energy tune is featured on “All Wrapped Up: Vol. 2,” the new holiday CD from Hollywood Records.

* The star of the Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Selena Gomez, makes a special appearance amidst the festive magic at Disneyland park.

* Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose, voice of Princess Tiana from the new Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film “The Princess andthe Frog,” performs a musical production inspired by “Tiana's Showboat Jubilee.” During the number, she will be accompanied by Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke, two of the dancersfrom ABC's hit show“Dancing with the Stars.” The musical, Mardi Gras-style celebration takes place in New Orleans Square at Disneyland.

* Yanni will bring his Yanni Voices toperform a reverent arrangement of “O Holy Night” featuring Nathan Pacheco.

* “American Idol” winner Kris Allen entertains the crowd with his rendition of a holiday favorite, “Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.”

* Straight from Southern California, the world-famous USC Marching Band beats to their own seasonal drums at Disneyland Resort.

* Demi Lovato, star of the Disney Channel's “Camp Rock” and “Sonny With A Chance,” performs the Paul McCartney classic, “Wonderful Christmas Time.”

* The irresistible puppies from Disney's popular series of “Buddies” movies will make a special appearance to celebrate their all-new and heartwarming holiday adventure on Disney Blu-Ray & DVD, “Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws.”

* Known for his hit songs on the “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” “The Suite Life on Deck” and “G-Force” movie soundtracks, Steve Rushton rings in the holidays with “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” " a tune he performs on the “Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws” Blu-Ray & DVD " as he is joined by the famed Florida A&M University Strikers.

* Travel Channel star Samantha Brown checks in with holiday greetings from Disney Cruise Line, aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship.


A Television Spectacular for Families to Share on Christmas Morning
What would the holidays be without old friends? Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy are joined by fairytale favorites Pinocchio, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Ariel, Jasmine and gingerbread men, toy soldiers and reindeer as they spread cheer during a festive parade through the Disney parks.

* Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse ride along a festive Christmas tree float greeting guests along the way.

* Phineas and Ferb make their Disney Parks debut at Disneyland park, delighting Disney Channel fans of all ages as they parade down Main Street, U.S.A.

* Disney's famed Toy Soldiers lead the way during “The Toyland March.”

* Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater from Disney•Pixar's “Cars” will rev engines and holiday spirit as they motor down Main Street, U.S.A.

* All the way from Agrabah, Aladdin and Jasmine take a “magic carpet ride” through Magic Kingdom.

* Dreams really do come true as Disney princess favorites like Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Mulan share in the royal holiday festivities.

* And where there is Snow White, her seven singing friends are never far behind " the Seven Dwarfs show off their hard work in the mines with a jewel-encrusted Christmas tree.

* Last, but definitely not least " the big man himself, Santa Claus, accompanied by his loyal reindeer, make a special appearance in Magic Kingdom, spreading goodwill and wishes to everyone on Christmas morning.

The 26th annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” airs Christmas Day on ABC-TV.

Additionally, Radio Disney will air a one-hour holiday special hosted by on-air personalities Ernie D. and Jake Whetter on Friday, Dec. 25 (9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT). It will feature interviews with the Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Meaghan Martin originating from Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Corresponding video segments will be featured on RadioDisney.com through Jan. 1, 2010.

December 6, 2009

What’s New & What’s Next at Disneyland Resort?

Holiday Favorites, the Newest Disney Princess, The Return of Mr. Lincoln and ‘World of Color' Coming Soon!

ANAHEIM, Calif. (December 4, 2009) " As the Holidays take center stage at Disneyland Resort through Jan. 3, 2010, guests will celebrate the season along with the return of some favorite attractions. Still to come are the return of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln in December, and a milestone in the ongoing expansion of Disney's California Adventure park " the spring debut of “World of Color.”

HOLIDAY FAVORITES: Disneyland Resort is the ideal place to celebrate the magic of the holidays with friends and loved ones. Holidays at Disneyland Resort features “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “it's a small world” holiday, Haunted Mansion Holiday and all the special décor " including the 60-foot Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A. " that transforms Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks into a holiday wonderland. Santa Claus greets young and old alike at Santa's Reindeer Ranch in Frontierland, Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle once again sparkles with the shimmering magic of winter, and “Believe…In Holiday Magic” fireworks light up the night, concluding with a snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., in front of “it's a small world” and along the riverfront in New Orleans Square. At Disney's California Adventure, guests can enjoy a bug's-eye view of the holidays by visiting Flik's Fun Fair, with its oversized holiday decorations. They can also visit Santa Claus in “Santa's Seaside Pavilion,” a quaint Victorian gazebo next to the Christmas Tree along the Paradise Bay boardwalk.

TIANA'S SHOWBOAT JUBILEE!: An additional holiday highlight this year is “Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!” performed four times a day through Jan. 3, 2010, in New Orleans Square. Inspired by the new Disney animated feature “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!” invites guests to enjoy a rousing Mardi Gras-style cavalcade through to the Frontierland waterfront, where Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and other “Princess and the Frog” characters board the Mark Twain Riverboat. The boat then takes to the river where Tiana and company entertain guests on shore in New Orleans Square with a show that includes dancing and songs from the animated motion picture.

THE RETURN OF THE DISNEY GALLERY: Long a favorite of Disney fans and collectors of Disney art, The Disney Gallery has reopened in its new home " next to the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland in the space originally occupied by the Bank of Main Street. (Don't miss the special pieces on display inside the old bank vault!) The Gallery's inaugural show, “Enchanting the Classics,” focuses on how the artists at Walt Disney Imagineering have kept beloved Disneyland attractions, such as Jungle Cruise, Submarine Voyage and Pirates of the Caribbean, fresh and exciting over the years with enhancements and surprises.

CELEBRATING THE MAGICAL HISTORY OF DISNEYLAND: Next door to The Disney Gallery, in the Lobby of the Main Street Opera House, is The Disneyland Story, an immersive display that takes guests behind the scenes in the 54-year history and development of Walt Disney's original theme park. A highlight is the continuous screening of “Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years,” co-hosted by Steve Martin and Donald Duck.

MR. LINCOLN RETURNS TO HIS MAIN STREET ADDRESS: In December, the beloved Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln will return to the auditorium of the Main Street Opera House. Walt Disney Imagineering has enriched this classic inspirational presentation, augmenting fondly remembered show elements with the most advance Audio-Animatronics technology, artwork and other enhancements.

A PREVIEW OF EXPANSION AT DISNEY'S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE: In Blue Sky Cellar at Golden Vine Winery, the Imagineers' workshop offers guests a wide-ranging preview " featuring models, concept art and film " of what's coming to Disney's California Adventure, including “World of Color” in 2010; a new ride in 2011 that takes guests into the undersea world of “The Little Mermaid,” and the new, 12-acre Cars Land in 2012.

COMING IN 2010 " ‘WORLD OF COLOR': The next big development in the expansion of Disney's California Adventure will be unveiled in spring 2010. “World of Color,” a spectacular nighttime water show presented in Paradise Bay, will astound guests with its magnitude and creativity, bringing classic Disney and Pixar animation to life with hundreds of powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, surround-sound music and jaw-dropping effects. The show will employ stunning technical wizardry to create a breathtaking emotional experience, presenting beloved characters as you've never seen them before.

November 27, 2009

A Reason to Give Thanks! National Thanksgiving Turkey Will Celebrate Presidential Pardon at New Home in Disneyland Park

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‘Courage' Will Join Local Volunteers Honored in Disneyland Parade

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 25, 2009) " The National Thanksgiving Turkey will really have something to celebrate following today's traditional presidential pardon ceremony on the White House North Lawn. “Courage” and his alternate, “Carolina,” are going to Disneyland! It starts with a ride to Dulles International Airport. Then the birds will “fly” on United Airlines Flight “Turkey-1” to their new home at Disneyland Resort in Southern California.

The trip from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles will mark the fifth consecutive year that the National Thanksgiving Turkey has celebrated his pardon at a Disney resort. Accompanied by National Turkey Federation Chairman Walter Pelletier of Butterball LLC, Courage, a 20-week-old, 45-pound tom turkey, will be the honorary grand marshal in the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” Thanksgiving parade down Main Street, U.S.A. Following Thursday's parade, Courage and his alternate, Carolina, will find a home at Santa's Reindeer Round-Up at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, where they'll remain throughout the holidays and the rest of their lives.

Joining Courage and Carolina in the Disneyland Park parade on Thanksgiving Day will be 200 volunteers who, as part of National Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, Nov. 21, packed 20,000 boxes of food for Thanksgiving for those in need. Marching behind a Thanksgiving banner, the volunteers are being celebrated for their spirit of community service, the focus of Disney Parks' “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program in 2010. Disney Parks hopes to inspire 1 million people to perform a day of volunteer service for a participating organization by giving them a free one-day admission ticket to a Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort theme park.

“It is a tremendous honor to represent the turkey industry at the White House and to continue this 62-year-old tradition,” said Pelletier. “Like all Americans, the men and women of our industry faced a very challenging year economically, so it will be gratifying to be at the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation and then participate in Disney's Thanksgiving event to reflect on the true meaning of Thanksgiving and the holiday season.”

Added Captain Bob Hart of United Turkey-1: “Flying from coast to coast is a 2,288-mile journey and would be exhausting for a turkey. United is going to make sure that this flight is the most enjoyable and smooth cross-country journey these birds will ever take and a memorable experience for all customers onboard.”

U. S. President Harry S Truman was the first commander-in-chief to be presented with a Thanksgiving turkey (in 1947) by the National Turkey Federation. This year's presentation marks the 62nd anniversary of a tradition that has continued through 11 successive White House administrations. The 2009 National Thanksgiving Turkey was raised under Chairman Pelletier's supervision on a farm in Goldsboro, N.C.

The National Turkey Federation is the advocate for all segments of the U.S. turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities which increase demand for its members' products, as well as enhance the ability to effectively and profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious turkey products.

To participate in the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program beginning Jan. 1, 2010, guests can go to www.DisneyParks.com for the United States and Puerto Rico, or www.DisneyParks.ca for Canada, to search for volunteer opportunities available in those areas through a participating organization and sign up for a day of volunteer service. Many of the opportunities will be for projects that most families can participate in together.
“Give a Day. Get a Disney Day” details:

Must pre-register and sign up for eligible volunteer opportunity at disneyparks.com. Ticket quantities for this program are limited. Must be at least age 6 to participate. One ticket per person. Other terms and conditions apply. For details see disneyparks.com in the United States and Puerto Rico. In Canada, see disneyparks.ca.

October 28, 2009

The Holiday Season Makes Spirits Brighter for Celebrations with Family and Friends at Disneyland Resort

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New Entertainment, Cherished Favorites Bring Holidays to Life

ANAHEIM, Calif. " When it comes to celebrating the magic and sparkle of the holidays with friends and loved ones, there's no place like the Disneyland Resort where, from Nov. 13 through Jan. 3, 2010, the holidays will shine more brightly than ever.

Guests will enjoy the return of the Disneyland Resort's most popular offerings, including special holiday versions of “it's a small world” and Haunted Mansion, along with colorful holiday décor and a nightly snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

Other holiday highlights at Disneyland will include the traditional snowdrifts and icicles adorning Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle. After dark a sensational holiday lighting and special effects show will carry the magic of the holidays from the castle all the way to the Christmas tree in Town Square. The Disneyland Christmas tree is specially designed to present a nightly holiday light show like no other with more than 62,000 energy-efficient LED lights.

The Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle presentation unfolds throughout the evening in three acts, each of them featuring a touch of winter snow on Main Street, U.S.A. The finale of the show includes the legendary “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, which takes guests on a journey of sights and sounds of the season and ends with a touching rendition of “White Christmas” along with a climactic snowfall swirling down on Main Street, U.S.A., “it's a small world” Mall and New Orleans Square.

Themed entertainment, sparkling decorations and tasty treats add festive warmth to holiday fun at both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. Guests will also be able to book guided holiday tours that provide entry into the “it's a small world” holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday, reserved seating for the Disneyland “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a keepsake remembrance, and entertaining information about the history behind Disneyland holiday traditions. For information and reservations guests can visit Disneyland City Hall or call 714/781-4400.

Other returning holiday favorites at Disneyland park include:

  • “it's a small world” holiday transforms “it's a small world” into a worldwide celebration of the season, boasting more than 300,000 glittering lights on its facade.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a madcap celebration as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide. The ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington from the film “Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas” has come to the Haunted Mansion to transform it with his skewed vision of the holidays.
  • “A Christmas Fantasy” parade will be presented daily, Nov. 13 through Jan. 3, on Main Street, U.S.A. This ever-popular procession depicts an enchanting collection of holiday scenes, music and a cast of Disney characters and performers in yuletide vignettes.
  • Santa Claus and his reindeer will return to greet Disneyland guests in Frontierland at Big Thunder Ranch. Kids and their families will chat with St. Nick and see real reindeer grazing in a corral
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Disney's California Adventure celebrates the season with fanciful park-wide decorations and lively entertainment.

  • Guests approaching the park will immediately get in the holiday mood as they encounter the iconic “CALIFORNIA” letters transformed to appear as swirling red and white peppermint sticks.
  • “a bug's land” transforms as Flik and his bug buddies spread giant Christmas lights and oversized ornaments throughout their realm.
  • The holiday scene along the Paradise Bay boardwalk includes a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and lampposts decorated with seasonal wreaths.
  • The ever-popular “Disney's Electrical Parade” will be presented nightly at the height of the holiday season, Dec. 18 through Jan. 3, 2010.
Additional new and continuing shows and attractions at Disneyland Resort:
  • “Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!,” which begins daily performances Nov. 6 in New Orleans Square in Disneyland, will be a rousing, colorful show with a jazz-filled holiday celebration vibe. It will begin as guests are invited to join a Mardi Gras-style cavalcade in New Orleans Square. The cavalcade will lead guests to the waterfront where Princess Tiana and other “Princess and the Frog” characters will board the Mark Twain Riverboat. The boat will then take to the river where Tiana and company will entertain guests on shore with a musical show including songs from the motion picture.
  • In Disney's California Adventure, the “Pixar Play Parade” is complemented by performances of the energetic, traveling rock and dance concert show, “High School Musical 3: Senior Year-Right Here! Right Now!”
  • In Blue Sky Cellar at Golden Vine Winery, the Imagineers' workshop offers guests a preview of new attractions coming to Disney's California Adventure over the next few years.
  • Guests along Paradise Pier in Disney's California Adventure will also enjoy such new and refreshed attractions as Toy Story Mania!, Mickey's Fun Wheel and the Games of the Boardwalk.
  • At Disneyland in December, guests will explore the newly relocated Disney Gallery on Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. Next door, The Disneyland Story featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is scheduled to reopen in late December with new technology and an enhanced presentation.

The Downtown Disney district and the Disneyland Resort hotels will join in the merriment with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining. Expanded hours at both Disneyland Resort theme parks will extend the holiday fun. For more information about holidays at the Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com/holidays.

October 13, 2009

Disney Executive George Kalogridis Named President of the Disneyland Resort

ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- George Kalogridis, a 38-year Disney veteran and former Disneyland executive, has been named president of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Kalogridis most recently served as chief operating officer for Disneyland Resort Paris, where he was responsible for leading the operations team and overseeing the highly successful 15th anniversary celebration of the resort.

Kalogridis, 55, will report to Al Weiss, president of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He replaces Ed Grier, who is retiring from the company.

"George is a proven strategic thinker whose operational expertise and strong leadership skills will serve him well in leading the Disneyland Resort," said Weiss. "We are excited to welcome him back to California and look forward to his leadership as we continue to expand and grow this beloved place."

From 2000 to 2002, Kalogridis served as senior vice president of Resort Operations for the Disneyland Resort, where he played a significant role in the first expansion of the resort - the opening of Disney's California Adventure park and Downtown Disney. In addition, he was responsible for the daily operations of both theme parks and three hotels, as well as Downtown Disney.

"I am thrilled to be returning to Disneyland, particularly during this exciting time of significant expansion," said Kalogridis. "I look forward to working with the Cast who make the magic for our Guests everyday and partnering with the Orange County community to ensure the Anaheim Resort Area continues to thrive."

During Kalogridis' tenure with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, he has held numerous executive positions, gaining a breadth of experience beyond operations and sales. In addition to his leadership roles in both Paris and Anaheim, Kalogridis served as vice president of Travel Operations at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Kalogridis also served as vice president of Walt Disney World's EPCOT park, where, in addition to overseeing park operations, he led the Millennium Celebration for The Walt Disney Company.

Kalogridis started his career with the company in 1971 as a busboy at the opening of the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. For more than five years, he served as general manager of the Grand Floridian Beach Resort. He has held executive roles in Human Resources at Walt Disney World and served as one of the original Cast Members on the Disneyland Resort Paris development team in 1988.

September 23, 2009

Grand Opening Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disneyland Resort Unveils Expansion of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
New Wing and First West Coast Disney Vacation Club Villas Open to Guests Today

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 23, 2009 " Disneyland Resort today unveiled a stunning new addition to its Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, including 203 new guest rooms and 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas, the first Disney Vacation Club property on the West Coast. Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa immerses Guests in the magic of the Disneyland Resort by capturing the spirit of early California through design and architecture. Many of the new vacation villas offer Guests spectacular views into Disney's California Adventure Park.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

“This expansion reinforces Disney's long-term commitment to investing in Anaheim's Resort District,” said Ed Grier, president of Disneyland Resort. “Since opening in 2001, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa continues to impress our Guests with its timeless sophistication and exquisite service. The new villas and hotel rooms will give more Guests the opportunity to enjoy the immersive vacation experience Disney is known for.”

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa


The 2.5-acre addition to Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which increases accommodations by more than 30 percent, is part of ongoing Resort expansion work. Currently underway is a multiyear expansion of Disney's California Adventure Park, which will add new attractions, entertainment experiences and an entirely new 12-acre Cars Land. In addition, the Resort's historic Disneyland Hotel also began a major three-year renovation last month.

"We are so fortunate to have a wonderful partner in the Disneyland Resort,” said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle. “Disney's continued investment in Anaheim benefits the entire Resort District as well as the surrounding community. This grand addition to the city's only four-diamond hotel will encourage even more visitors to come to Anaheim and experience a vacation in our great City.”

The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa mark the 10th property for Disney Vacation Club, Disney's innovative vacation-ownership program. As with all Disney Vacation Club properties, Guests are able to experience the comforts of home, such as a fully equipped kitchen, living area, dining area, washer and dryer, whirlpool tub and other amenities, depending on the size of the accommodations. Guests can choose from four different room categories including a studio (sleeps 4), one-bedroom villa (sleeps up to 5), two-bedroom villa (sleeps up to 9) and the three-bedroom, two-story Grand Villa (sleeps up to 12).

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa


“It is exciting to witness the incredible growth of Disney Vacation Club, because not only are we creating new accommodations here in Anaheim, we are creating new experiences,” said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis. “Now Disney Vacation Club is part of the place where it all started, a place known worldwide as the Happiest Place on Earth.”

Other new amenities at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa include the Mariposa swimming pool, the Grizzly Game Arcade, a Guest laundry facility, two gas barbeque grills, the Paradise View Terrace on the 6th floor, overlooking the Paradise Pier area of Disney's California Adventure Park, underground valet parking spaces, and an expanded Pinocchio's Workshop " a licensed child activity center. The hotel now boasts 948 guest rooms, which includes 44 guest suites, as well as 50 Disney Vacation Club two-bedroom equivalent vacation villas.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

The only AAA Four-Diamond hotel in North Orange County, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is an architectural and artistic celebration of California's renowned Arts & Crafts style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

One of three hotels at the Disneyland Resort, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is home to the nationally renowned and award-winning Napa Rose restaurant, where Wine Country cuisine tempts taste buds and expert sommeliers help Guests make selections from one of the world's finest collections of California wines. The nearby Storytellers Café lets kids and adults alike enjoy a dining experience that only Disney can do, complete with an array of popular Disney characters. These dining experiences, coupled with a luxury spa, onsite shopping and other amenities, helped the hotel earn the No. 3 spot on Travel & Leisure Family magazine's list of the top family-friendly resort destinations.

Disney Vacation Club

Disney Vacation Club is a vacation-ownership program that helps families enjoy flexibility and savings on vacations for decades to come. By purchasing a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club resort, families enjoy memorable vacations at Disney destinations worldwide as well as more than 500 other popular Member Getaways vacation locations around the globe.

Disney Vacation Club, currently celebrating its milestone 18th anniversary, has grown to serve more than 420,000 individual members from approximately 100 countries and all 50 states. The expansion project marks the latest growth for Disney Vacation Club, which recently opened Kidani Village, part of the popular Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at the Walt Disney World Resort. Plus, plans are underway to open Disney's family-friendly mixed-use resort in Hawai‘i, which is scheduled to include 350 traditional hotel rooms and 481 Disney Vacation Club villas built on 21 acres of oceanfront property on the island of O‘ahu. For more information please visit www.disneyvacationclub.com.

September 8, 2009

Jaeyung Hyung, of Las Cruces, N.M., Wins Fourth Annual Disneyland Half Marathon

Winner leads field of nearly 12,000 through Disneyland Resort and Streets of Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2009) " Jaeyung Hyung, 38, of Las Cruces, N.M., celebrated his first-place finish at the fourth annual Disneyland Half Marathon Sunday, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:10:44 to lead the estimated field of nearly 12,000 participants.

“I really enjoyed running the race here,“ Hyung said. “There were so many people, and Disney made it a lot of fun.”

Placing overall second was Benjamin Gomez-Gutierrez, 32, of Jalos, Mexico, with a time of 1:12:46. Dennis Hong, 17, of Chino Hills, Calif., finished third with a time of 1:13:10.

Mandy Grantz, 23, of Pasadena, Calif., celebrated as the women's champion with a time of 1:26:00. Grantz, a second-year graduate student at California Institute of Technology, was running her first Disneyland Half Marathon.

“I've never been the winner of any race before,” Grantz said. “And I've never been to Disneyland before, so running through the parks was so much fun.”

The women's second-place finisher was Stacy Schafer, 42, of Carlsbad, Calif., with a time of 1:26:32. Angela Bestwick, 33, of Las Vegas, Nev., took third place with a time of 1:28:06.

Kevin Broady, 47, of Orange, Calif., earned a notable Master's Division (age 40+) victory for the second year in a row and a fourth overall ranking with a time of 1:13:25. Edith Martinez, 41, of Brea, Calif., was named the top women's Master's Division finisher with a time of 1:27:33.

In the men's wheelchair division, Scott Parson, 50, of San Jose, Calif., crossed the finish line first with a time of 48:55. There were no participants in the women's wheelchair division this year.

Approximately 13,500 runners from 50 states and 13 countries registered for the magical 13.1-mile Disneyland Half Marathon this year, putting the race at full capacity. The field included first-time half marathoners as well as veteran runners. The course traveled through two Disneyland Resort theme parks and along Anaheim streets with landmarks such as the Honda Center and the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, while Disney characters and festive entertainment inspired them along the way.

Runners who completed the half marathon received a commemorative Sleeping Beauty Castle medal, the signature medal of the Disneyland Half Marathon and one in the Disney's Endurance Series collection.

The second annual Coast to Coast Challenge Race medal was presented to approximately 1,751 runners who completed the Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon or Disney's Princess Half Marathon this year at Walt Disney World Resort and then also completed the Disneyland Half Marathon. The Coast to Coast medal showcases the iconic “Partners Statue” of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

The 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is scheduled for Sept. 3-5, with the Half Marathon being held on Sunday, Sept. 5.

The Half Marathon is just one of 11 weekend events that make up the Disney's Endurance Series, which gives recreational athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to walk, jog, run, bike and swim their way “around the world.” From running marathons to road races and triathlons, participating athletes at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World compete to stay in shape, achieve personal-best times and raise donations for charitable causes.

August 25, 2009

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Reaches Capacity Fourth Consecutive Year

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Weekend Celebrates Health, Fitness and Family Fun

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2009) - A full field of more than 18,000 participants is gearing up for the fourth annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Sept. 4-6. The weekend features activities for the whole family, including a Health & Fitness Expo, Mickey's Main Street, U.S.A. 5K, Kids' Races and the main event -- a 13.1-mile half marathon affectionately dubbed "The Happiest Race on Earth."

Participants from all 50 U.S. states and 13 countries are set to compete in weekend races. More than 13,500 are registered to participate in the Half Marathon Sept. 6, and 5,000 are registered in the Family 5K and Kids' Races Sept. 5.

The Disneyland Half Marathon features a course unlike any other in the world. Passing through the two Disneyland Resort theme parks - Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure - and the streets of Anaheim, participants will experience a race full of inspiration only Disney can provide. There are flaming cannons at the start, live entertainers along the route and Disney characters as cheerleaders. Many participants come dressed in costume, and some might even stop mid-race to pose with their favorite Disney characters.

"We've had tremendous success with the Disneyland Half Marathon, reaching capacity months before the race for the fourth year in a row, said Ed Grier, president of the Disneyland Resort. "In partnership with the City of Anaheim, we provide a unique and entertaining Half Marathon course, giving participants another reason to celebrate during this year's 'What Will You Celebrate?' initiative."

In 3 1/2 hours or less, runners will pass Disneyland icons such as Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Matterhorn, and Anaheim landmarks such as the Anaheim Convention Center, Honda Center and the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, before finally crossing the finish line in the Downtown Disney District.

The road race has become popular for its flat loop course and mild climate - ideal for personal best times. Hosted by the Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim, it reached registration capacity in July.

Half Marathon race finishers will earn a commemorative medal depicting Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, one in a series of Disney race-specific medals. An estimated 1,751 runners are also eligible to earn a special medal for the second annual Disney's Coast to Coast Challenge Race.

To be eligible, runners must have completed the Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon or Disney's Princess Half Marathon this year at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., in addition to completing the 2009 Disneyland Half Marathon. The Coast to Coast medal showcases the iconic statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse (known as the Partners Statue).

The Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) will receive a monetary donation as part of this year's race.

The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend builds off the successful 16-year history of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend held annually in January at Walt Disney World Resort. More than 225,000 runners, joggers and wheelchair athletes have successfully participated in the previous Walt Disney World Marathon Weekends.

To kick off the weekend, participants can check out the Health & Fitness Expo at the Disneyland Hotel starting Sept. 4. The two-day expo features information sessions on last-minute race tips and exhibits related to training, nutrition and the latest running equipment. Expo hours are 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 4 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 5.

The Half Marathon is just one of 11 weekend events that make up the Disney's Endurance Series, which gives recreational athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to walk, jog, run, bike and swim their way "around the world." From running marathons to road races and triathlons, participating athletes at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World compete to stay in shape, achieve personal-best times and raise donations for charitable causes.

The next Disneyland Half Marathon will take place Sept. 5, 2010.

August 14, 2009

New Vacation Package Offers Fall Savings at Disneyland Resort, With ‘Halloween Time’ Entertainment

Stay and play in the heart of the magic and save $400

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2009) " Value-minded vacationers have plenty to celebrate this fall with a special travel offer: savings of $400* at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California.

From Aug. 12 through Dec. 19, 2009, guests will save $400 when they book a 4-Day/4-Night Disneyland Resort vacation package, featuring Disneyland Resort hotel accommodations " Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Paradise Pier " and park hopper tickets. The offer is valid for arrivals Aug. 23 through Dec. 20, 2009. Pricing starts as low as $87 per person, per day, at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.*

Each package includes four-day park hopper tickets and many extras, such as one Magic Morning admission per person. Magic Morning admission allows families to enjoy select Disneyland attractions " including Finding Nemo's Submarine Voyage, Peter Pan's Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and King Arthur Carrousel " before the park opens to the general public. The new package also provides guests the opportunity to interact with some classic Disney characters in Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness one hour before Mickey's Toontown opens to the general public. (Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness and Magic Morning early entry do not operate daily and are subject to restrictions.) Preferred seating at select attractions and restaurants in Disney's California Adventure are also included.

Seasonal Fun
Beginning Sept. 25 through Nov. 1, the resort celebrates Halloween Time, a season filled with whimsical décor, a new fireworks show and some traditional spooky fun. This season of tricks and treats will feature some of Disney's most popular villains and will unveil Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, a themed experience with haunting music and ghoulish sound effects. A new, nightly fireworks display will light up the autumn sky with a wicked sense of fun, while the traditional giant Mickey Mouse jack-o'-lantern returns to Disneyland Town Square. Also, the eerily popular Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction in New Orleans Square and Disney's Happiest Haunt Tours will return for guests to enjoy.

Disney Difference
Park hopper tickets included in the special fall savings offer make it easy to experience the best of both theme parks. Guests can aim for the highest scores aboard the exciting new Toy Story Mania! attraction at Disney's California Adventure park. Then they can hop over to Disneyland park for a journey aboard the recently enhanced “it's a small world” attraction " the happiest cruise that ever sailed. Guests will enjoy riding “it's a small world” again and again as they search for the 29 Disney and Disney•Pixar characters now represented in the classic attraction.

Whether it's discovering whimsical Disney art at Disneyland Hotel, stepping back in time to the golden days of California beachfronts at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, or indulging your senses at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, staying at any of the resort hotels provides the Disney magic from check-in to check-out. Guests are steps away from two of the world's most famous theme parks and a vibrant dining and entertainment district, Downtown Disney.

Haunted Mansion Celebrates 40 Years of Happy Haunts!

Its been 40 years since the Grim Grinning Ghosts first opened their doors and invited guests into the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Take a look back to the beginning with Walt and the Imagineers who created the beloved attraction. From stretching rooms to hitch hiking ghosts the 999 Happy Haunts never disappoint and always invite guests to hurry back!

August 7, 2009

Disney's newest Princess Tiana theme park character makes first public appearance

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(AUG. 6, 2009): Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (left), who provides the voice of Disney's newest princess, Tiana, in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film "The Princess and the Frog," poses with the new Princess Tiana character (right) as she will soon appear at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Thursday night's event marked the very first public appearance of the Princess Tiana theme park character and took place during the 2009 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Annual Convention in Tampa, Fla. In addition, Rose performed a song from the film for convention-goers. "The Princess and the Frog" film will premiere in theaters nationwide Dec. 11, 2009. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

July 21, 2009

Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar Receives Window on Main Street, USA at Disneyland

On the 54th Anniversary of Disneyland, Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar receives one of the highest honors at Disneyland- a window on Main Street, U.S.A. Disneyland Resort Ambassador Danielle DuBois interviews Sklar and shares the history behind window dedications.

Splash Mountain Celebrates 20 Years of Waterbourne Plunges and ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’ Fun

July 17 Commemorates the Thrill Ride's 20th Anniversary

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Photo © Disneyland/Paul Hiffmeyer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 17, 2009) " The thrill of plummeting down a water chute, screaming and making a giant splash are just as exciting today as they were on July 17, 1989, when Splash Mountain opened in Critter Country at Disneyland park. Guests continue to celebrate the journey through a magical world in a hollowed-out log, singing along with characters on classic songs such as “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” and enjoying this very special “laughing place.”

Splash Mountain opened its gates as a groundbreaking attraction, becoming one in a line of treasured “mountains” at the Disneyland Resort. With innovative technology and Disney creativity, the lavish production gives guests an escape from reality and immerses them into a fantasy world.

Guests board one of the logs and begin their journey, twisting and turning through sparkling waters and climbing to the top of the 87-foot tall mountain. Along the way, guests are greeted by more than 100 characters who are playing and singing time-honored classic songs from Walt Disney's 1946 animated film, “Song of the South.” While ascending to the top, playful vultures taunt riders about their fast-approaching and imminent decline. Once at the peak, riders take a thrilling five-story, 52-foot drop down a steep descent, making a huge “splash” into the awaiting pond below. Once safely at the bottom, and with “plenty of sunshine” headed their way, guests are treated to what is commonly known as the Disney “national anthem”, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.” Here, riders are encouraged to sing along, come again and have some more fun with the mischievous, yet comical characters.

When it opened, Splash Mountain starred one of the largest casts of animated characters of the time. Today, Splash Mountain continues to be a favorite attraction, partly because it reaches the fastest speed of all rides at Disneyland Park, at approximately 40 miles an hour. With its rich heritage, cast of characters, catchy songs, and white-knuckle adventure, “Splash Mountain” continues to be a thrilling journey.

July 17, 2009

New Web site explores park expansion: DisneysCaliforniaAdventure.com

All-new Web Site Keeps Visitors Up to Date On Expansion at Disney's California Adventure

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 16, 2009) " Fans of Disney's California Adventure can explore coming attractions and exciting plans for the park during its expansion at a new, interactive Web site, starting July 16.

The site, hosted at www.DisneysCaliforniaAdventure.com, will serve as an online preview center, taking visitors behind the scenes of the multiyear expansion at Disney's California Adventure. It features videos, photos, renderings, interviews and other assets to keep users up to date on the progress of attractions and entertainment coming to life in the park.

Like the Disney parks themselves, the site will “continue to change and add new things” with regular updates.

Among the highlights at www.DisneysCaliforniaAdventure.com:

· What's New " link to the latest information on new developments at the park

· Big Plans " see the “big picture” approach to the ambitious expansion project

· Pictures and Videos " link to renderings, photos and exclusive, behind-the-scenes views of works in progress

· Individual Attractions " click on the pictures of “World of Color,” Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Buena Vista Street or Cars Land for more details about those exciting attractions

In addition to www.DisneysCaliforniaAdventure.com, guests can visit Blue Sky Cellar at Disney's California Adventure to see concepts and models, or play trivia games related to the expansion. Guests can also find information about other Disneyland Resort attractions, or plan a celebration or vacation at Disneyland Resort, by visiting www.disneyland.com, calling 866/60-DISNEY or contacting local travel agents.

Blue Sky Cellar Unveils More Exciting New Magic Coming to Disney’s California Adventure Park

Disney Imagineers reveal details of ‘World of Color,' a nighttime water spectacular coming in spring 2010

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 16, 2009) " Nestled in the Golden Vine Winery at Disney's California Adventure, Blue Sky Cellar is a place where guests get a sneak preview of what's new and what's next during the expansion of the park. Beginning July 16, guests will see the first in-depth look at “World of Color,” the next major milestone in the expansion of Disney's California Adventure, opening in spring 2010. Disney Imagineers, the creative minds behind the design and construction of Disney theme parks and attractions, are sharing their models, concepts and sketches to reveal the development of this spectacular water, animation and special effects show.

At Blue Sky Cellar, guests are invited to preview works in progress at Disney's California Adventure by immersing themselves in a facsimile of an Imagineering workspace. Based on the belief that idea gathering is best when “the sky's the limit,” Blue Sky Cellar is designed to resemble an Imagineering “charette,” an extended creative idea development meeting. Guests receive an inside look at how Imagineers take “blue sky” ideas and refine them into the classic storytelling that characterizes Disney theme park attractions and adventures.

In this whimsical immersive setting, Imagineers have taken over a former wine cellar and set up shop. Wine barrels have turned into work stations and the former wine tasting room has become a screening room where a video showcases the behind-the-scenes magic that goes into the creation of new and upcoming attractions for Disney's California Adventure. Additionally, guests in Blue Sky Cellar will have fun testing their knowledge of Disney trivia at one of the interactive workstations.

The video seen in the screening room features Imagineers describing the approach and vision of the Disney California Adventure expansion. Guests will see footage of model-making, sculpting, Blue Sky meetings and all the aspects of bringing a Disney concept to life. In the latest video, Imagineer Steven Davison and others show guests some of the astounding animation and water effects they can expect to see in “World of Color” in 2010.

Included in the original announcement of the multi-year expansion of Disneyland Resort in fall 2007, Blue Sky Cellar is part of the overall commitment to keep the community and Disneyland Resort guests informed of the exciting new and upcoming plans for the resort. Guests are encouraged to check back for updates on additional exciting developments and attractions, both at Blue Sky Cellar and online at www.DisneysCaliforniaAdventure.com.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Disney’s California Adventure

Expansion Continues Though 2012, With ‘World of Color' Opening in 2010

ANAHEIM, Calif. " Opened on Feb. 8, 2001, Disney's California Adventure anchored a major expansion of Disneyland Resort. The expansion included Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Downtown Disney, a 300,000-square-foot shopping, dining and entertainment district.

Building this expansive project took more than three years and resulted in an additional 6,000 jobs, bringing the total employment at Disneyland Resort to 20,000, making Disneyland Resort Orange County's largest single-site employer.


The expansion was a catalyst for transforming the Anaheim Resort Area into a multiday destination that attracts millions of visitors from around the world who spend billions of dollars each year. Hundreds of millions of dollars in additional tax revenue, generated by the expansion, help fund vital services for the city of Anaheim.


Disney's California Adventure has become one of the nation's most visited theme parks. The 55-acre park is filled with dozens of shows, adventures and attractions that appeal to guests of all ages. Through Disney's legendary storytelling, the fantasy of California comes to life in four themed lands " Golden State, Paradise Pier, a bug's land and Hollywood Pictures Backlot.

Resort Expansion

In 2007, a significant multiyear expansion of Disney's California Adventure was announced including new family-oriented attractions and shows that feature more stories and characters from both Disney and Pixar.

The park expansion began with the 2008 opening of Toy Story Mania! This interactive 4-D ride-through attraction transports guests into a carnival midway hosted by beloved “Toy Story” characters.

In early 2009, Mickey's Fun Wheel, a 150-foot-diameter attraction that features a new Mickey Mouse marquee, reopened along with the Games of the Boardwalk, carnival-style games that now showcase some of the most beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar characters.

Opening in spring 2010, “World of Color” will bring nighttime excitement to Paradise Pier with a panorama of spectacular water effects, dancing fountains and music that will bring Disney animation to life with a new creative and technical approach. “World of Color” boasts a 9,000-guest viewing area.

The first major attraction based on Disney's classic “The Little Mermaid” is coming to the park's Paradise Pier area with leading-edge animation and special effects. Guests will be able to dive into the magnificent scenes and magical songs from the movie when The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure debuts in 2011.

In 2012, a brand new gateway to Disney's California Adventure will welcome guests into the Los Angeles that Walt experienced as a young artist arriving with big dreams in the 1920s. Red Car Trolleys reminiscent of the old Pacific Electric Red Car Line will travel up and down Buena Vista Street alongside new dining, shopping and entertainment experiences. A new visual icon inspired by Los Angeles' historic Carthay Circle Theatre, which premiered “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937, will draw guests into the heart of the park.

Culminating the major expansion is the entirely new, 12-acre addition: Cars Land, which recreates the town of Radiator Springs as inspired by the hit Disney•Pixar film “Cars.” Cars Land will feature three immersive family attractions, Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi's Flying Tires and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. Radiator Springs Racers will be one of the largest and most elaborate attractions ever created for a Disney park. This major E-ticket attraction will place guests in the middle of a twisting, turning, high-speed adventure.


Walt Disney Imagineering's Blue Sky Cellar, a preview center located near the Golden Vine Winery, showcases the expansion plans for Disney's California Adventure. Here, guests can take a sneak peek at models, concepts and sketches and view a video of what's new and what's next. An online version of Blue Sky Cellar launches July 2009 at www.DisneysCaliforniaAdventure.com.

Continued Investment

Investment in Disney's California Adventure has continued since its opening, broadening the appeal to guests of all ages. Guests have been further immersed in thrilling new attractions and shows, giving them compelling reasons to stay longer and visit often.

* Based on the Disney•Pixar movie “a bug's life,” a bug's land was added in 2002. This land added several new rides and shows designed for younger guests.
* “Disney's Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular” debuted at the 1,800-seat Hyperion Theatre in 2003. This 40-minute, Broadway-quality musical entertains thousands of people every day.
* The Twilight Zone® Tower of Tower opened in 2004. The 13-story attraction encourages guests to leave reality behind as they experience a new dimension in fun and sheer thrills.
* “Turtle Talk With Crush” was added in 2005 inside the Disney Animation building and continually amazes guests with its interactive technology.
* In 2006, “Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!” featuring more than 40 animated figures, opened to rave reviews.
* Toy Story Mania! opened in 2008, adding another immersive family experience to the park. The 4-D ride-through interactive attraction is hosted by favorite characters from the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” films.
* Joining the lineup in 2008, “Pixar Play Parade” brings together the energy and excitement of beloved films in a unique, dynamic and water-filled spectacular.

Continued investment also is being made at the award-winning Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, adjacent to Disney's California Adventure, with 200 new rooms slated to open in fall 2009 along with 50 vacation villas, the first Disney Vacation Club villas on the West Coast.

Home to Popular Attractions

Disney's California Adventure is home to some of the highest-rated attractions at Disneyland Resort, based on guest satisfaction ratings. Among them are:

* “Soarin' Over California”: This exhilarating airborne adventure takes guests soaring over the wonders of the Golden State, from the beaches to the mountains.
* California Screamin': The 6,000-foot-long roller coaster, inspired by the “golden age of coasters,” thrills guests as they experience sharp turns, go upside-down and make sudden drops. At launch, guests go from 0 to 55 miles per hour in less than five seconds.
* The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror: This thrilling and chilling supernatural adventure, based on the classic “Twilight Zone” television series, surprises guests with a series of faster-than-gravity drops and amazing special effects.
* “Disney's Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular”: With dancing genies, soaring carpets and imagination taking flight, this amazing musical production brings favorite characters from Disney's “Aladdin” to life.
* Toy Story Mania!: One of the most engaging, dynamic attractions at Disney parks, this next-generation interactive ride-game experience is fun for the entire family.

With dozens of highly entertaining shows, adventures and attractions, Disney's California Adventure appeals to guests of all ages, and takes them to a California that could only be Imagineered by Disney.

July 16, 2009

Innovative Entertainment Technology Drives ‘World of Color’ – the Next Milestone in Expansion of Disney’s California Adventure

ANAHEIM, Calif., July 16, 2009 " Elaborate preparation is underway for “World of Color,” the spectacular nighttime water show that will astound guests with its magnitude and creativity when it debuts in spring 2010 as the next major milestone in the expansion of Disney's California Adventure park. Surpassing all Disney water productions, “World of Color” will bring Disney animation to life with powerful fountains that become stars of the show as they create the world's largest projected water screen.

For months now, guests at Disney's California Adventure have been peering into the lagoon near Paradise Pier as Walt Disney Imagineering and Creative Entertainment have installed the massive infrastructure and innovative technology that will create the stage for this extraordinary combination of music, animation and stunning water effects. Teams of Disney workers have built nearly an acre of superstructure to support the complex “World of Color” production.

“World of Color” will combine hundreds of magnificent fountains, dazzling colors and an all-new kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects, to take water-infused entertainment to a new level of artistry. The production will flood the senses, taking audiences on an imaginative journey into the colorful worlds of animated Disney classics such as “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Lion King” and “Pocahontas,” along with Disney•Pixar films “Toy Story,” “WALL-E” and many more.

Disney's newest production features an unprecedented infrastructure of water effects, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, fog, surround sound, and stunning images. This technical wizardry, combined with classic Disney film sequences, will create a breathtaking emotional experience for guests, as jaw-dropping effects sweep across the lagoon, soar into the sky, and rush toward the audience.

A newly designed 9,000-capacity viewing area will provide Disney's California Adventure guests the best view in the park of this exciting nighttime extravaganza. The show lasts approximately 25 minutes.

Some of the technical magic behind ‘World of Color' includes:
• Nearly 1 full acre of engineered superstructure, longer than a football field and capable of settling on three levels " one for the performance, one under the water surface and one for maintenance
• More than 1,200 powerful and programmable fountains
• A vast underwater grid with more than 18,000 points of control. Each fountain has multiple points of control for lighting, color intensity, water angle, height and more.
• Fountain heights that range from 30 feet to 200 feet in the air (by way of comparison, Mickey's Fun Wheel reaches a height of 150 feet, some of it below the edge of the lagoon)
• A precise system of flame projections, lasers, and special effects that will flood the senses as guests experience the animation
• Scenic elements that rise more than 80 feet above the lagoon
• The world's largest projected water screen " a wall of water 380 feet wide by 50 feet high for a projection surface of 19,000 square feet
• Nearly 30 high-definition projectors

June 26, 2009

Lights, Camera, Action! It's Studio Disney 365

Disneyland Resort Opens New Immersive Makeover Experience
Exclusively at Downtown Disney District

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Photo ©Scott Brinegar/Disneyland

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 26, 2009) " A stylish and unique makeover experience premiers at the Disneyland Resort with the debut of Studio Disney 365. Opening June 26 in the Downtown Disney District, the dazzling new makeover boutique is a one-of-a-kind specialty store offering guests a unique chance to rock out like some of their favorite Disney Channel stars.

From the moment they step into the Studio Disney 365 “sound stage,” guests will see lights, cameras, and a lot of action! Talent agents and stylists will help these “stars of tomorrow” undergo a complete transformation, getting them camera-ready to walk the carpet and preparing them for their grand entrance onto the set. Studio Disney 365 is the place to be for emerging stars, with so much to do and so much to see!

Studio Disney 365 guests can choose from five different Studio Star makeover packages. All packages include a talent contract, choice of hair makeover, complete cosmetic makeover, deluxe make-up case, a downloadable photo file, a customized lanyard with photo and a photo shoot.

* From The Top "Your hair, our unique style,$29.95.
* Color Cue " Includes a unique twisted pony design and choice of up to four colored streaks, $39.95.
* That's A Wrap " Includes five front braids and high pony twists, your choice of faux hair tousled pony and a lace stretch headband, $49.95.
* Spotlight " Includes two French braids wrapped to each side, your choice of faux hair pony tail and a flower hair accessory, $49.95.
* Secret Star " Includes a Hannah Montana-inspired wig with sequined headband, rocker light-up headset and a themed face gem, $59.95.
* Rock Star "Studio Disney 365 also features a special treatment for those upcoming rock stars. The “Rock Star” look for boys is $18.95 plus tax and includes a slicked-back or spiked hairstyle with colored gel tips, smokey eyes, a downloadable photo file and a customized lanyard with photo.


Wardrobe options befitting a true superstar await guests at Studio Disney 365, where they can take center stage dressed from head to toe in today's hottest fashions.**

* Studio Rocker " Includes choice of trend T-shirt, fingerless gloves, tutu and colored ankle tights.
* Trend Setter " Includes choice of trend T-shirt, sunglasses, scarf and fedora.
* Scene Stealer " Includes complete Hannah Montana costume, featuring gold lame jacket, tank, black leggings, black and purple tutu and light-up guitar sticks.

Studio Star makeovers are designed for children ages three and older, who must be accompanied by an adult age 18 years or older. Studio Disney 365 is located in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Operating hours vary. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 714/781-STYLE (714/781-7895).

** Wardrobe package price may vary based on style, size and price of apparel and accessories. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Guest information: www.downtowndisney.com/disneystudio365.

June 19, 2009

Disneyland Resort Celebrates Los Angeles Lakers and MVP Kobe Bryant With A Victory Parade for the 2009 World Champions

ANAHEIM, Calif., June 18, 2009 " Celebrating the best in basketball, the Disneyland Resort saluted the 2009 World Champion Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday with a victory parade down Main Street U.S.A, in Disneyland park. Kobe Bryant, MVP of the recent NBA Finals, smiled and waved to fans as he rode on a float to represent the Lakers in the special, celebration parade.

Some favorite Disney characters joined the magical parade as Disneyland guests cheered for the Lakers and their 15th NBA championship. The Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic to win the title in a “Fairytale Series” that matched up teams located near Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, and Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

“It's like a dream come true to be here and celebrate at Disneyland, coming down Main Street U.S.A. with all the fans cheering,” Bryant said after the parade. “It's a tremendous honor to represent my team.”

The presidents of the two Resorts, Ed Grier at Disneyland and Meg Crofton at Walt Disney World, made a friendly wager on the NBA Finals. On Thursday, Meg Crofton fulfilled her pledge by donning a pair of Lakers' purple and gold Mickey Mouse ears and walking down Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Each of the Resorts also turned the lights of their respective castles to the team colors of the Lakers and the Magic, in celebration of the historic pairing. Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park was glowing with Lakers purple and gold during the NBA Finals and will stay that way through Thursday night.

“I heard there was a little competition with Disneyland and Disney World and we won,” Kobe Bryant said, “so our colors are staying up a little bit longer.”

Two of the many Lakers fans at Disneyland on Thursday were selected to ride the Matterhorn Bobsleds with Bryant after the parade. David Guerrero and his son Jonathan, 4, of Pomona, are Annual Passport holders and they came to Disneyland in their team jerseys to celebrate the Lakers' World Championship.

“They just picked us out of the crowd and said, ‘Do you want to ride the Matterhorn with Kobe?' I'm shaking, this is so exciting,” David Guerrero said as Jonathan jumped up and down. “In Southern California, being a Disney fan and a Lakers fan, it just goes together and that's why we wanted to be here today.”

The Disneyland Resort victory parade provided yet another reason for dancing in the streets as Disney Parks asks guests, "What Will You Celebrate?" in 2009. Guests are celebrating birthdays, graduations, engagements and more at Disney Parks and they are utilizing an unprecedented offer good throughout 2009 " the opportunity to visit a theme park at Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort free on their birthdays.*

The summer of celebration continues at Disneyland Resort with special vacation offers and Summer Nightastic! The exciting, after-dark entertainment includes a new fireworks spectacular, "Magical," starring Dumbo the flying elephant; Tinker Bell's "pixie magic" in "Disney's Electrical Parade"; and sensational new characters and special effects in "Fantasmic!" Residents of Southern California can purchase the Summer Fun Pass and visit the parks on three days for $99.** Guests who pay for a three-night vacation package get an extra two nights free for arrivals through September 26, 2009.+ For details, visit www.disneyland.com and www.disneyland.com/summer

*No cash refunds or credits will be given. Valid ID including proof of birth date required at ticket booth. Visit disneybirthdaytreat.com for details and to register your birthday.

**Must provide proof of residency within Zip codes 90000-93599 and 21000-22999. Tickets valid 45 days from first use and first use must occur on or before 8/23/09. Tickets blocked out on 7/4/09.

+Must book by 8/11/09. Number of packages allocated for this offer is limited. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

June 16, 2009

Disneyland Resort Announces Significant Renovation of Disneyland Hotel

Landmark Disneyland Hotel to Undergo Significant Renovation

Historic hotel to feature considerable changes to guest rooms, exterior

ANAHEIM, CALIF. June 16, 2009 - Beginning in August 2009, Southern California's landmark Disneyland Hotel will start a significant renovation project that will include major improvements to its guest rooms and considerable changes to the exterior of the hotel. The hotel will remain open during the renovation, which will be conducted in phases, and is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

"We are excited to embark on the largest and most extensive renovation of one of Disney's classic hotels," said Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier. "This renovation provides us with the opportunity to bring new magic to this historic hotel, which enables us to enhance the Disney experience that our guests have come to expect. "It also reinforces our ongoing commitment and investment in the Anaheim Resort District - working with the city and area businesses to continue to evolve the District into a world-class, multiday tourist destination," added Grier.

Significant Guest Room Upgrades, New Room Amenities and Exterior Enhancements
Disneyland Hotel's renovated guest rooms will feature an all-new contemporary look with exquisite Disney touches woven into the décor. A stunning new headboard that features an artistically carved representation of Disneyland Park's famous Sleeping Beauty Castle will serve as the focal point in each guest room. The background on the headboard uses fiber optics to create a magical skyline with fireworks - bringing the immersive park experience into the room. Rooms also will feature black and white art that will take guests back in time, reinforcing the nostalgia and history of

Walt's first theme park.
When completed, guest rooms will boast new flat screen TVs, mini-refrigerators, coffeemakers, safes capable of holding laptop computers and new state-of-the-art telephone, cable and wireless Internet connections. Upgrades to plumbing, electrical and heating and air conditioning systems also are included in the project.

Disneyland Resort's original hotel, built in 1955, also will experience a noteworthy change to its exterior. All of the three towers will feature an updated look, with large windows that will give the outside a sleek, radiant blue tint. The windows will replace the current sliding doors and faux balcony railings and are specially designed to be energy efficient and to extensively filter outside noise.

"The new design for the hotel's exterior will enhance the existing towers and compliment the Resort as a whole. The windows will feature a sky blue reflective glass that channels the feel of our bright California sky," said Mike Montague, director of resort development for Walt Disney Imagineering. The Disneyland Hotel is composed of three main structures - the Magic, Wonder and Dreams towers. Construction will take place in one vertical half of a tower at a time - leaving the rest of the tower open for guests. The Dreams tower will be the first to be renovated and is scheduled to be completed in June 2010.

Popular Choice for Convention Visitors
In addition to being a top choice for vacationing families, the Disneyland Hotel has long been a favorite for meeting and convention planners because of its prime location and size - and direct access to more than 136,000 square feet of convention space. Anaheim hosts hundreds of groups each year and the renovation will help maintain the city's premiere position as a meeting destination. "We are thrilled with Disney's plans to renovate the Disneyland Hotel," said Charles W. Ahlers, president of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau. "With the renovation of the hotel and the expansion of Disney's Grand Californian, coupled with other new hotel developments that are coming to Anaheim over the next few years, our city will continue to be a premier destination for convention and meeting planners."

Energy Efficient Enhancements
As with other construction and enhancements that are underway throughout the Disneyland Resort, the renovation will include energy efficient upgrades. The most notable feature will be the hotel's new windows. With their reflective capabilities and double-pane glass, the windows will change the look of the exterior of the hotel dramatically, while reducing energy consumption by keeping guest rooms at the desired temperature. The use of occupancy sensors in guest rooms, low-flow toilets, energy efficient light bulbs and paint low in volatile organic compounds are just a few more of the ways that the hotel will offer guests a "green" lodging experience.

Renovation is Part of Larger Resort Expansion
The Disneyland Hotel renovation is a part of a larger expansion project underway throughout the Resort. Disney's California Adventure Park is undergoing a multiyear expansion project that includes new experiences, attractions and night-time spectaculars, culminating in 2012 with the opening a brand new land - Cars Land. The four-star Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is also undergoing an expansion, adding 200 hotel rooms and 50 two-bedroom villas that are part of the Disney Vacation Club, which will make its first West Coast debut when it opens in the fall of 2009.

June 13, 2009

‘Fantasmic!’ Returns to Disneyland This Summer

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‘Fantasmic!' Returns to Disneyland This Summer With
Awesome New Creatures and Brighter Images


ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 12, 2009) " More powerful projection technology and some awe-inspiring new creatures " including 37-foot-long eels Flotsam and Jetsam " make “Fantasmic!” an exciting part of Summer Nightastic! at Disneyland. The long-running nighttime special-effects spectacular, presented on the Rivers of America in New Orleans Square and Frontierland, jumps off the screen like never before with stunning video and lighting effects that bring brilliant life to Mickey Mouse's encounters with classic characters and menacing Disney villains.

WHAT: The show combines animation on giant mist screens with lifelike Disney characters and performers. New to the show are Flotsam and Jetsam, the eel pets of Ursula the Sea Witch from “The Little Mermaid.” Another surprise in the cast of creatures is Captain Hook's crocodile nemesis, now 12 feet tall, 21 feet long and - thanks to new “high-tech” animation " more lifelike than ever with snapping jaws that threaten Peter Pan's hapless rival. Making its debut later this summer will be a fully animated, three-dimensional dragon who breathes fire across the Rivers of America. The 40-foot-tall dragon will dazzle guests like never before as the creature steps out of the shadows that concealed it in past “Fantasmic!” performances.

WHEN: Nightly, beginning Friday, June 12, and continuing through Aug. 23, with weekend shows through Sept. 7, at Disneyland. For details, visit www.disneyland.com/summer.

BIGGER, SHARPER IMAGES: All-new digital projectors have replaced the 70mm film projectors, revitalizing the images from classic Disney animated films that appear in “Fantasmic!” The result is a larger image with improved clarity and more vivid colors than even before.

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FUN FACTS

* Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula's eels from “The Little Mermaid,” are each eight feet tall and 37 feet long.
* Central to the magic of “Fantasmic!” are the three mist screens, each 50 feet wide by 35 feet tall, upon which the films are projected.
* Approximately 9,000 guests can view “Fantasmic!” at each performance. The audience is approximately 70 feet from the main stage on Tom Sawyer Island.
* Each night, more than 100 cast and crew members bring “Fantasmic!” to life, in the
23-minute show.
* Additional water effects include 21 fountains and six “whale tails” in the scene when Monstro the whale charges across the Rivers of America.
* At the beginning of the show, two light towers appear on either side of the main stage. During the day, these towers rest 26 feet underground. They rise to a height of 40 feet in less than a minute.
* The audio surrounding the “Fantasmic!” spectators is created by four speakers on Tom Sawyer Island and three on the mainland.
* Kaa, the conniving snake from “The Jungle Book” who slithers across the “Fantasmic!” stage, is 100 feet long.
* The “crew” of Captain Hook's ship (the Sailing Ship Columbia by day) is composed of professional stunt performers who execute all the spectacular duels and falls.
* As part of the “Fantasmic!” story, the wicked Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” will rise to a height of 35 feet in 17 seconds, before transforming into a new dragon.
* The new dragon is a fully animated three-dimensional design that replicates the movements of the dragon in “Sleeping Beauty.” The dragon is 40 feet tall by 28 feet wide and weighs approximately 10,000 pounds.
* The dragon lights the Rivers of America on fire for 25 seconds.

HISTORY

* “Fantasmic!” officially opened to the public on May 15, 1992, at Disneyland.
* The main stage on Tom Sawyer Island, including underground housing for many special effects, was specially built for “Fantasmic!” By day, it is a boat dock and “cider mill” visited by guests on the island.
* In 1992, the original estimate for the prospective audience size was 6,500. It became clear on opening night that the audience for each performance would be much larger. Spectators found every space they could cram into, and the average number of guests per performance was 11,000 that first summer.
* Within days, the area was re-landscaped to accommodate more guests in the viewing areas. “Fantasmic!” was scheduled for three shows per night that year, and extended to four shows on July 4 and New Year's Eve. Before summer 1993 arrived, the walkways and planters in New Orleans Square had been redesigned in the “terrace” style from which today's guests view the show.
* One special feature of “Fantasmic!” is the way it uses existing Disneyland attractions " Tom Sawyer Island, the Mark Twain Riverboat, the Sailing Ship Columbia " as elements of the show. It is unique in that regard.
* A different version of “Fantasmic!” premiered in October 1998 at Disney's Hollywood Studios (then Disney-MGM Studios) at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. A 6,900-seat amphitheater was specially built for the show off Sunset Boulevard in the park.

June 11, 2009

Explosive Celebration of Summer Nights in New Disneyland Fireworks Show, 'Magical'

Tinker Bell and Dumbo Take to the Skies

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 12, 2009) " Tinker Bell is helping Disneyland guests celebrate the nights of summer with “Magical,” the new fireworks spectacular presented by Honda. Tink's sparkling touch will awaken favorite Disney moments and memories from movie classics such as “Pinocchio,” “Mary Poppins” and “Cinderella.” And, in a very special debut, Dumbo proves that elephants can fly as he joins Tinker Bell in a “Magical” flight over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

WHAT: “Magical” is a dazzling new fireworks spectacular in which colorful, precisely choreographed pyrotechnics burst and soar to a soundtrack of celebratory Disney songs. With a wave of her wand, an airborne Tinker Bell ignites the night with a myriad of light and sends guests on a journey of magical Disney celebrations. As beautiful beams of light dance in the sky, Dumbo the flying elephant appears for the first time in a Disneyland fireworks show, flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

WHEN: Nightly, beginning Friday, June 12, and continuing through Monday, Sept. 7, at Disneyland. “Magical” may be viewed from Main Street, U.S.A., the mall in front of “it's a small world” and locations throughout the park.

A PYROTECHNIC SYMPHONY IN FIVE MOVEMENTS: “Magical” is composed of five sequences, each celebrating a different magical experience. It begins with “The Magic of Childhood,” represented by the appearance of Tinker Bell waving her wand to launch the fireworks. Next, Geppetto is heard wishing that Pinocchio could become a real boy; sparkles in the sky announce that the Blue Fairy is near to demonstrate “The Magic of a Wish.” The voice of Mary Poppins teaches “The Magic of Imagination.” Then “The Magic of a Mother's Love” inspires little Dumbo to fly. Music from the tales of Disney princesses leads into “The Magic of Love's First Kiss.” And the show concludes with a truly spectacular finale: “It's Magical.”

THE “MAGICAL” VOICE: Broadway star Eden Espinosa is the soloist on the all-new soundtrack for “Magical.” Prior to a Broadway career that has included the role of Elphaba, the “Wicked Witch of the West” in “Wicked,” both on Broadway and at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, Espinosa delighted Disneyland Resort guests in stage shows and special events at the parks. She attended Canyon Hills High School in Anaheim and Fullerton College. Eden's performance on the “Magical” soundtrack features an original “Magical” theme along with versions of such beloved melodies as “Baby Mine” from “Dumbo,” “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella,” “The Second Star to the Right” from “Peter Pan” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from “Mary Poppins.”

“MAGICAL” " FIREWORKS BY THE NUMBERS

* The pyrotechnic devices are fully choreographed to “Magical's” musical soundtrack, using 750 discreet digital control channels.
* Guests see the burst of fireworks before hearing it because light travels roughly a million times faster than sound.
* The Disney Air Launch system installed in 2004 creates less ground level smoke than the former system that used black powder.
* Disney is recognized as the world's largest producer of fixed-base fireworks shows, at its parks in the United States, France, Japan and China.

A SPARKLING HISTORY OF FIREWORKS AT DISNEYLAND

* Disneyland opened to the public in July 1955. There was no fireworks show that year.
* In 1956, after seeing fireworks tests in the Disneyland parking lot when the park was closed, Walt Disney said, “Let's give it a try.”
* Mickey Aronson, who worked in Disneyland Resort Entertainment for more than 50 years (originally as an outside fireworks consultant), began “shooting” Disneyland fireworks the summer of 1956. In those days, Aronson fired the show by hand, touching off the fuses with a flare.
* Beginning in the late 1960s, Disneyland Entertainment developed a system for firing the shells electronically, synchronized to a musical soundtrack.
* During this period, the fireworks “choreography” was storyboarded like an animated cartoon. At one time, the storyboard artist was Roy Williams, the “Big Mooseketeer” from “The Mickey Mouse Club.”
* The current system, with its multiple fireworks launch sites, special lighting and lasers, and high-tech marriage of music and choreographed pyrotechnics, was first installed for the 2000 Bicentennial/Disneyland 45th Anniversary show, “Believe…There's Magic in the Stars.”


More information about “Magical” and other special Summer Nightastic! shows can be found at www.disneyland.com/summer.

Tinker Bell Brings New Magic to 'Disney's Electrical Parade' in Summer Nightastic!

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 12, 2009) " Everything about “Disney's Electrical Parade” has a new glow this summer as Tinker Bell sprinkles her pixie dust to illuminate the classic parade, presented by Sylvania. Even the parade's highly recognizable musical theme is brightened by new technology, adding to the excitement of Summer Nightastic!

Tinker Bell leads the procession on an all-new float and her trail of pixie dust enchants all the parade floats with new beauty along the way. The popular pixie waves from the basket of a balloon floating gracefully above a magical garden shimmering with fairy light.

In addition, enhanced versions of two classic favorites will return to the lineup after a 13-year hiatus " the shimmering diamond mine of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the Pleasure Island haunts of Pinocchio.

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WHAT: The parade twinkles with approximately half a million lights. Of those, nearly 10,000 are new “pixie dust” lights spread over the 17 floats. The new LED lights use one-quarter of the power of incandescent lights. The “Tinker Bell” float alone has more than 25,000 points of light and 75 percent are powered by an LED source.

WHEN: Nightly at 8:45 p.m., beginning Friday, June 12, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 23, at Disney's California Adventure.

LIGHTS ON DEMAND: A new control system makes it possible, for the first time, for each light to be programmed individually. One example is the new Tinker Bell float, which has 160 dimmers, by far the most of any parade float, to control the lighting. Programming for this parade took approximately two months.

AN EVEN BETTER HOEDOWN: The unforgettable musical theme of the “Electrical Parade,” which has inspired several generations of Disneyland Resort guests to clap along, was adapted from a synthesizer piece known as “Baroque Hoedown,” written in 1967 by Gershon Kingsley and Jean-Jaques Perrey. Disney themes are superimposed over the original piece. For Summer Nightastic!, the distinctive “electro-sytho-magnetic” “Baroque Hoedown” has new audio technology that gives it a richer, fuller sound.

FUN FACTS

* More than 80 performers appear in each presentation of “Disney's Electrical Parade.”
* There are 11,000 lights on the dancers' costumes alone. Thanks to the energy-efficient LED lights, some of the dancers' costumes now carry only one battery pack instead of two.
* All the floats are battery-powered. More than 500 batteries supply power for lighting, propulsion, audio and special effects.
* Approximately five miles of wire is used throughout the floats.
* The tallest float in the parade is the Cinderella clock tower, at 18.5 feet tall.
* The “Fireworks Finale” float, the longest in the parade, has seven cars that span 118 feet.

HISTORY

* Summer Nightastic! 2009 will mark the 30th summer of the “Electrical Parade” performances at Disneyland Resort.
* The original “Main Street Electrical Parade” premiered at Disneyland on June 17, 1972.
* The parade has been performed more than 5,000 times at Disneyland Resort.
* It has been presented nearly every summer, with the following exceptions: a 1975-76 hiatus for the Bicentennial “America on Parade”; the 1983-84 break for “Flights of Fantasy” parade; and the “Electrical Parade” retirement from Disneyland following the summer of 1996. Renamed “Disney's Electrical Parade,” it premiered at Disney's California Adventure in July 2001.
* The original “Main Street Electrical Parade” floats were “flatter” and less three-dimensional than the current floats. New floats have been added through the years and some " “it's a small world” float, “Briny Deep” float, and special anniversary floats for Disneyland's 25th Anniversary (1980) and Mickey Mouse's 60th Birthday (1988) " have been retired.
* One of the original floats, the “Title Drum Unit” near the beginning of the parade, was created using an actual bass drum, one of the world's largest in 1972. This drum had been used in Disneyland parades in the 1960s, when Mickey Mouse used to beat it using large drumsticks.
* Versions of the parade have been presented at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida (premiering 1977), Tokyo Disneyland (premiering 1985) and Disneyland Paris (premiering 1992).

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Twinkling Light Show at Pixie Hollow Makes Summer Nights at Disneyland More Magical Than Ever

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 12, 2009) " Summer nights at Disneyland Resort will sparkle with more pixie dust than ever this year as Tinker Bell and her fairy friends unite to create an iridescent light show in their first appearance under the stars, at Pixie Hollow Enchantment.

WHAT: Tinker Bell and her friends have been welcoming guests into their Pixie Hollow home, tucked into the glen near the entrance to Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, since fall of 2008. This summer, for the first time, nighttime visitors will find magical surprises at Pixie Hollow and see the nearby pond come to life in twinkling light shows.

WHEN: Nightly, at 15 minute intervals, beginning Friday, June 12, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 23, at Pixie Hollow.

THE MAGIC: Pixie dust cascades across the landscape and radiates down into the pond. Even the water becomes enchanted as playful fountains spring to life, pop jets perform with whimsical precision and sparkling strobes shine throughout Pixie Hollow.

LUMINOUS COLORS: The dazzling light show features an array of luminous colors, from the deepest blues to brilliant reds to the most marvelous whites.

PIXIE MUSIC: The magical score transforms the fairy land after dark and includes all-new songs inspired by the film score from the popular movie, “Tinker Bell.”

LED LIGHTS: Sparkling, dazzling and twinkling effects are created by 1,000 LED strobe lights that use as much as 50 percent less energy than regular incandescent lights. In addition, the attraction is enhanced by colored LED fixtures both in the landscaped areas and in Pixie Dust Lake. While using less energy, the LED fixtures allow the color of the landscape and water to interact with the music.

SHOW DIRECTOR'S COMMENT: “Everyone will be swept away by the great music and shimmer of pixie dust at Pixie Hollow this summer,” said Denny Newell, show director for Pixie Hollow. “This little gem of an addition to Nightastic! combines so many of the elements that make Disneyland the place where dreams come true " great storytelling, cutting-edge technology and, of course, heart.”

Summer Nightastic! Rocks at Disneyland with the Sizzling, New Outdoor TLT Dance Club

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 12, 2009) " This summer guests at the Disneyland Resort will celebrate life's milestones in a huge party under the stars, Summer Nightastic!, and Disneyland will rock like never before at the new, exciting TLT Dance Club in Tomorrowland.

WHAT: Tweens, teens and families will be drawn to the TLT Dance Club at Tomorrowland Terrace in Disneyland. Dazzling décor includes an illuminated DJ console, where the TLT Dance Club DJ will spin the hottest dance tunes, guaranteed to keep Tomorrowland rockin' all night.

THE SCENE: The music is pulsing, lights are flashing and Disney performers keep the energy flowing and the moves going. Summer nights get a lot hotter as guests get their groove on at this smokin' summer hotspot. What's more, guests can snag giveaway items and also test their Disney knowledge in a variety of fun trivia contests.

WHEN: Nightly, beginning Friday, June 12, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 23, at Disneyland park.

THE MUSIC: Popular Top-40 bands"including Suburban Legends, Reunion, Tomasina and The Bolts"and DJs from the hottest radio stations in LA and San Diego crank up the music and pump up the energy from a stage flanked by flaming columns. The dance floor will be as jam-packed as the schedule:

June 12 to 13 " Suburban Legends
June 15 to 18 -102.7 KIIS-FM
June 19 to 20 - Reunion
June 22 to 25 " Star 94.1 San Diego
June 26 to 27 - Tomasina
June 29 to July 2 - Latino and La Raza
July 3 to 4 " Suburban Legends
July 6 to 9 - 104.3 MYfm
July 10 to 11 " The Bolts
July 13 to 16 - POWER 106
July 17 to 18 - Tomasina
July 20 to 23 - Super Estrella
July 24 to 25 " Reunion
July 26 " Instant Replay
July 27 to 30 - 102.7 KIIS-FM
Aug. 3 to 6 - Channel 933 San Diego
Aug. 10 to 13 " 104.3 MYfm
Aug. 14 to 15 - Reunion
Aug. 17 to 20 - POWER 106
Aug. 21 to 22 - Tomasina

Performances on other dates to be determined

GET YOUR GLOW ON: Guests will light up the night and the dance floor with glow-in-the-dark necklaces and flashing bracelets available at the TLT Dance Club.

VIRTUAL SHOUT-OUTS: Teens and tweens can give virtual “shout-outs” to friends and family by texting the TLT Dance Club, and the texts will appear on giant plasma screens.

“TOP 8@8” COUNTDOWN: What's more, club-goers can text their favorite songs to TLT Dance Club and the top tunes will be played in a totally cool countdown, “Top 8@8” countdown.

June 4, 2009

Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort Presidents Celebrate NBA Finals with Friendly Wager

ANAHEIM, Calif./LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 3, 2009) " Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton and Disneyland President Ed Grier are squaring off " all in fun " as their local teams, the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers, head for the NBA Finals.

With both Disney parks asking guests “What Will You Celebrate?” in 2009, Grier and Crofton are getting in the act, making a celebratory wager on the outcome of the NBA Finals:

If the Magic win, Grier will walk down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park wearing a pair of specially made Mickey Mouse ears in Magic blue and silver. If the Lakers win, Crofton will don a pair of Lakers' purple and gold mouse ears and walk down Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.

“The Lakers are going to make your team very Grumpy this week,” predicted Grier to Crofton.

“But we have ‘Magic' on our side,” countered Crofton. “And isn't that what Disney is all about?”

Crofton and Grier went through their respective parks Wednesday looking for supporters. Grier shot some hoops with Donald and Pluto in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, while Crofton (along with Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale) drummed up Orlando Magic support in front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort.

The park presidents even pledged to turn the lights of their respective castles to their team colors in celebration of the historic pairing.

April 30, 2009

Disneyland Resort Announces 2009 Scholarship Recipients

Ten Orange County High School Students Receive
Disneyland Resort Scholarship for Excellence in
Community Service, Academics and Leadership

Anaheim, Calif. April 30, 2009 - For the fourth consecutive year, the Disneyland Resort presented a total of $50,000 in scholarships to 10 exemplary high school seniors for outstanding community service, academic excellence and overall leadership.

Each student receives a $5,000 scholarship to be used toward furthering their education. This year, the selected students were surprised at their schools by a "prize patrol" led by 2009 Disneyland Resort Ambassador Danielle DuBois. The scholarship recipients were congratulated with personalized 2009 mortarboard Mickey Mouse ears and an invitation to a celebratory dinner at the Disneyland Resort May 6, at which they will dine with local government officials, nonprofit leaders, judges and Disney executives.

"Disneyland Resort is proud to recognize these future leaders who share our passion for community service and volunteerism," said Ed Grier, president of Disneyland Resort. "Collectively, these 10 outstanding students have volunteered an astonishing 8,000 hours of service while maintaining a focus on their education. Through these scholarships, we are happy to contribute to their continued success."

The recipients of the 2008-2009 Disneyland Resort scholarship program include:

Aiyana Bobrownicki of Irvine - attends Sage Hill School, Newport Coast

Lauren Brashears of Orange - attends Lutheran High School of Orange County, Orange

Joanna Chen of Anaheim - attends Loara High School, Anaheim

Tiffany Chen of Brea - attends Troy High School, Fullerton

Trevor Geller of Foothill Ranch - attends Trabuco Hills High School, Mission Viejo

Amanda Jeries of Orange - attends Orange County High School of the Arts, Santa Ana

Shelby Kwait of Laguna Niguel - attends Dana Hills High School, Dana Point

Andrew Morrow of Newport Beach - attends Corona del Mar High School, Newport Beach

Aditya Pai Dhungat of Irvine - attends Northwood High School, Irvine

Malinda Seu of Orange - attends El Modena High School, Orange

A distinguished panel of judges reviewed more than 130 applications and selected the 10 college-bound students to receive the scholarships. The judges included:

Ralph Brennan - President, The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group

Lou Correa - California State Senator

Eileen Frere - Orange County Bureau Chief, ABC

William Habermehl - Orange County Superintendent of Schools

Sandra Hutchens - Orange County Sheriff

Andrea Manes - Owner, The Fun Starts Here!

Bobby McDonald - President and Executive Director, OC Black Chamber of Commerce

Tim Mead - Vice President of Communications, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Jeremy Yamaguchi - 2007 Disneyland Resort Scholarship Recipient and Placentia City Council Member

David Zschernig - 2008 Disneyland Resort VoluntEAR of the Year

All scholarship applicants were recognized for their commitment to community service - their combined efforts totaled a staggering 83,000 hours of volunteer time. In recognition of their efforts, each qualified applicant received two Disneyland Resort park hopper tickets. Each applicant also received The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), which recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved a minimum number of community service hours during a 12-month period. The PVSA is designed to thank and honor those who inspire others to engage in volunteer service through their community involvement. Recipients receive an official PVSA pin, a personalized certificate and a note of congratulations from the President of the United States.

"We are grateful to the Disneyland Resort for its long-standing and strong support of education in Orange County," said William M. Habermehl, Orange County Superintendent of Schools. "The Disneyland Resort continually establishes impactful programs that celebrate the educational and community achievements of our students."

April 26, 2009

Main Street Rocks As Disneyland Resort Celebrates Spring, With New Entertainment and Disney's California Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Offers and '2 Nights Free' Packages Deliver Great Vacation Values

ANAHEIM, Calif. - April 24, 2009 - /PRNewswire/" Disneyland guests are dancing down Main Street, U.S.A., with Mickey Mouse and the gang in a high-energy show that celebrates spring at the Disneyland Resort. The party rocks with a new street show, revs up with a new dining experience and swings for six full weeks with Disney's California Food & Wine Festival. Valuable ticket offers and vacation packages add a big bonus to the new entertainment, making this one of the best times ever to experience the magic in Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks.

Whether guests are marking a birthday, anniversary, graduation, family reunion, quinceañera or any special occasion, they'll discover that Disneyland Resort is the perfect place to celebrate with favorite characters, world-class attractions and entertainment, and legendary guest service - all the ingredients to make magical Disney memories.

To top it off, some extra-special travel and ticket values are available for a limited time.

"Disneyland Resort has always been a popular destination for celebrations, and we've seen all kinds of celebrations here in 2009," said Ed Grier, president, Disneyland Resort. "With new entertainment and adventures appearing this spring and summer, along with our special vacation value packages, we're offering guests more reasons than ever to celebrate today."

Vacation Offers, A Cause for Spring and Summer Celebration

Now through June 3, Southern California families (zip codes 90000-93599 in California, 21000-22999 in Baja California) will find the best value at Disneyland Resort by purchasing the "Southern California 2fer Ticket," which enables guests to visit either Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure one day, then come back on another day to play in the other park, for free! Information is available at www.disneyland.com or by calling (714) 781-7290.

For those planning a multi-day getaway at Disneyland Resort, there's the "2 Nights Free" offer. Guests who purchase a three-night summer vacation package - three nights of hotel accommodations and three days of theme park admission - will receive two more nights at the hotel and two more days of theme park admission. That's a total of five days and nights of Disneyland fun for the price of three. Details on these packages are available at www.disneyland.com or by calling (800) 854-3104.

These travel values are in addition to the first-of-its-kind "Free on Your Birthday" offer - one day's free admission to a Disneyland Resort park with valid ID. More details and online registration for Free on Your Birthday are available at www.disneyparks.com.

Guests who take advantage of these value offers will find plenty of fun at Disneyland Resort, including new celebration experiences.

At Disneyland: Dancing in the Streets, Roundup and Barbecue at Big Thunder Ranch

The whole family can join the action with two new immersive shows this spring at Disneyland. Celebrate! A Street Party is a dazzling street show featuring a cast of nearly 100 dancers, DJs and Disney characters inviting guests along the Disneyland parade route to celebrate with them as they perform more than a dozen musical numbers in a lively presentation that allows some guests to show off their own dance moves in a conga line or twist party.

The best place at the Resort for hearty mouth-watering barbecue fare is Celebration Roundup and Barbecue, a spot where guests can celebrate their special occasions ranch-style with Woody and Jessie from "Toy Story," Chip 'n Dale and festive, country entertainment with live musicians. Located at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, Celebration Roundup and Barbecue features family-style table service with a menu of barbecue chicken and ribs, corn cob wheels, ranch beans, cole slaw, cornbread, watermelon slices and a unique surprise dessert.

Food & Wine Festival: At Disney's California Adventure and Resort Hotels

At Disney's California Adventure park, guests will enjoy the fourth annual Disney's California Food & Wine Festival, a celebration of the international cultures, people, food and traditions that have made California one of the most diverse culinary destinations in the world. From April 24 through June 7, the Festival features more than 600 experiences, many of them complimentary, including wine and spirits seminars, culinary demonstrations and a Junior Chef program for children. Food and wine aficionados will get tips from award-winning Disneyland Resort chefs, noted winemakers and celebrity chefs such as Guy Fieri. Unique ticketed events include "World Celebration" dinners, two nights of the gala finale "Taste, Food-Wine-Life" and intimate receptions with stars of the food and wine world. Information and reservations for ticketed events are available at www.disneyland.com/foodandwine.

Even More Ways to Celebrate at Disneyland Resort

Aspiring young princesses (and knights) will get the full fairy-tale treatment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, new in Fantasyland at Disneyland. Young girls are greeted by their very own Fairy Godmother-in-training who will magically transform them into the princesses of their dreams with a makeover including hairstyles, make-up and jewels. For boys, a magical experience transforms them into gallant young knights.

At Disney's California Adventure park, guests will find a new lineup at Games of the Boardwalk, along the Paradise Pier Midway. The games, themed to Disney characters for the first time, include "Goofy About Fishin'," a ball-pitch "Casey at the Bat," a "Bullseye Stallion Stampede" horse race, and a water-spray "Dumbo Bucket Brigade."

The Disneyland Resort features two theme parks plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort's three hotels are the luxurious 745-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 988-room Disneyland Hotel and the "day-at-the-beach" fun of the 489-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. For information on new attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com.

2fer Ticket Details: 2fer tickets are valid for Southern California residents within ZIP Codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP Codes 21000-22999. Proof of residency is required for admission. Admission is valid for one Park each day, but not for both Parks on the same day. Tickets are valid 30 days from first use. First use must occur between 1/6/09-6/3/09. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. Guests may purchase up to 8 tickets per person per day with valid ID. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. The offer may not be combined with other discounts or promotions. The offer is not valid before 1/6/09 and is subject to restrictions and change without notice. $35 message is based on the purchase price of an adult 2fer Ticket, which is $69. Tickets are $59 for guests ages 3 through 9. Check for entertainment show times. For more information on the 2fer, visit www.disneyland.com or call (714) 781-7290.

"Get 2 Nights Free" offer is valid for bookings from 3/24/09 through 8/11/09 for arrivals at a Disneyland Resort hotel from 4/1/09 through 9/26/09 with travel being completed by 10/1/09, and is valid from 5/1/09 through 9/26/09 at participating Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor hotels with travel completed by 10/1/09. Upon the purchase of a 3-night package, with 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Tickets, at a participating hotel for a family of four (2 adults, 1 junior (ages 10 to 17) and 1 child (age 3-9), two (2) consecutive free nights will be added to the hotel stay and two (2) days added to the tickets. Limited to two (2) free nights per package / reservation and not valid for previously booked rooms. Check for offers associated with longer night stays. The Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Tickets expire 13 days after first use or 10/13/09, whichever occurs first, and each day of use of a ticket constitutes one full day of use. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial purposes. Offer subject to availability and blockout dates; advance reservations required. Not valid with any other discount or promotion. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Walt Disney Travel Company CST: 1022229-50, NYST # 2006-0198.

Free on Your Birthday Details. To receive free admission to one of the Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks on your birthday in 2009, guests must bring valid ID including proof of birth date. Guests who have purchased a valid multi-day ticket they will use on their birthday may choose from other birthday treats instead. No cash refunds or credits will be given. To register your birthday and find out more details, visit www.disneyparks.com. For terms and conditions of the Birthday Fun Card and details on participating locations visit disneyparks.com/birthdayfuncard.

April 25, 2009

Lighting Up The Night With New Shows And A New Glow! Disneyland Resort Celebrates Summer Nightastic!

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ANAHEIM, Calif., April 24 " Disneyland Resort will glow like never before this summer as it debuts an all-new fireworks show, Magical, along with sensational new characters and effects that will brighten the Summer Nightastic! lineup of after-dark entertainment.

WHAT: Guests can see Disneyland Resort in a whole new light as Summer Nightastic! brings nighttime shows and parades to life " bigger, better and brighter. A huge new dragon and other special effects will highlight Fantasmic! Explosive surprises will illuminate the night sky in the all-new fireworks spectacular, Magical. Guests can rock the night away at a new dance club in Tomorrowland. Sparkling new magic comes to “Disney's Electrical Parade,” as well as to Pixie Hollow, the enchanting home Tinker Bell inhabits with her fairy friends.

WHEN: Nightly, beginning Friday, June 12, and continuing through Sunday, August 23, at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks. All shows and immersive experiences are free with park admission.

A BOLDER FANTASMIC!: Guests will find new thrills at the popular Fantasmic! on the Rivers of America in Frontierland. The evil Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” transforms into a 40-foot tall, fire-breathing dragon. Ursula the Sea Witch from “The Little Mermaid” introduces her pet eels, Flotsam and Jetsam, who slither into the show with new power. In addition, the Fantasmic! video projections practically leap off the giant mist screens, thanks to HD (high-definition) technology … (in this case, HD takes on a new meaning - Huge Dragon).

AN EXPLODING CELEBRATION IN THE SKY: Magical is a new Disney fireworks spectacular created especially to celebrate Summer Nightastic! at Disneyland. Tinker Bell is once again your host, waving her wand to ignite the brilliant color, stunning special effects and charming music. But she won't be alone in the sky this summer. Dumbo will make his surprise airborne debut in the new show. Tink's sparkling touch awakens a fantastic array of Disney's most magical characters, from Pinocchio to Mary Poppins to Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, and the Three Good Fairies from “Sleeping Beauty.”

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NEW FLOATS BRING NEW MAGIC TO ‘DISNEY'S ELECTRICAL PARADE': Everything about “Disney's Electrical Parade” will have a new glow as Tinker Bell leads the way, waving from the basket of a magical balloon aboard a new opening parade float. The parade's beloved music and floats will feature electrifying audio and lighting technologies, with sparkling pixie dust added to all the parade floats. Snow White and Pinocchio return to the parade this summer as well, after several years' absence, riding bright new versions of their classic floats.

AN EXCITING NEW DANCE CLUB ‘IGNITES THE NIGHT' IN TOMORROWLAND: Tweens, teens and families will be drawn to the TLT Dance Club at Tomorrowland Terrace in Disneyland. Dazzling décor will include an illuminated DJ console where the TLT Dance Club DJ will spin the hottest dance tunes, guaranteed to keep Tomorrowland rockin' all night. Live bands and the hottest Southern California radio stations will appear on select nights throughout the summer.

PIXIE HOLLOW ENCHANTMENT: Tinker Bell and her friends have been welcoming guests into their Pixie Hollow home, tucked into the glen near the entrance to Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, since fall of 2008. This summer, for the first time, nighttime visitors will find magical surprises as Pixie Hollow and the nearby pond come to life in iridescent light shows. Pixie dust cascades across the landscape and radiates down into the pond. Even the water becomes enchanted as playful fountains spring to life, pop jets perform with whimsical precision, and sparkling strobes shine throughout Pixie Hollow.

More information about Summer Nightastic! can be found at www.disneyland.com/summer.

Disneyland Resort Unveils Incredible Value for Southern California Residents: 3-day Summer Fun Pass for $99

Offer Comes Just in Time to Enjoy New Summer Nightastic! Entertainment
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ANAHEIM, Calif., April 24 " Just in time for summer, the Disneyland Resort announces a valuable ticket offer " the 3-Day Summer Fun Pass, available exclusively for residents of Southern California and Northern Baja.

With this special ticket, local residents can play at the Disneyland Resort for three days within a 45-day period, for just $99. Guests who live in zip codes 90000 through 93599, and 21000-22999, will be able to enter both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, enjoying three days of fun for only $33 per day.

The 3-day Summer Fun Pass is available for sale at Disneyland.com, Disney Stores and at the Disneyland Resort box office. Resident ID is required. To skip ticket lines and enjoy straight-to-the-gate convenience, the 3-Day Summer Fun Pass is also sold at local supermarket and retail chains such as Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, Stater Bros., Food 4 Less, Gelsons, Dearden's and Toys ‘R' Us.

Since the first use of the pass must be between June 1 and August 23, 2009, it's just the ticket for local residents to see Disneyland Resort in a whole new light during SUMMER NIGHTASTIC! Nighttime shows and parades come to life " bigger, better and brighter in this special summer event. Spectacular, state-of-the-art effects, plus an all-new fireworks show highlight the sparkling summer entertainment that runs June 12 through August 23.

"When you combine our Summer Fun Pass with our Summer Nightastic! entertainment, guests get a great value when they visit the Disneyland Resort this summer," said Jill Estorino, senior vice president of marketing for Disneyland Resort. "New energy, new entertainment and a whole new feel will make Disneyland the hottest spot in Southern California this summer for kids of all ages."

Fantasmic! ignites the night with awesome, lifelike creatures and HD takes on a new meaning: Huge Dragon. Appearing in amazing HD animation, the 40-foot tall, fire-breathing dragon practically leaps off the giant mist screens.

A more-dazzling-than-ever “Disney's Electrical Parade” is now led by Tinker Bell in a new scene, and two classic parade scenes " Snow White and Pinocchio - make their triumphant return to this fan favorite.

Magical is a new, breathtaking fireworks spectacular filling the night sky over Sleeping Beauty Castle. Bursts of color and brilliant visual effects dance in the evening air accompanied by beloved Disney songs. Tinker Bell is once again your host, and Dumbo will make his surprise airborne debut in the new show.

In Tomorrowland, DJs and live bands will play the hottest summer tunes at the TLT Dance Club, and a twinkling trail leads to Pixie Hollow, where Tinker Bell and her Disney fairy friends can be met in a sparkling fantasy world.

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* Summer Fun Pass is a 3-Day Park Hopper® Ticket valid for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999. Proof of residency required for admission. TICKET IS NOT VALID ON 7/4/09. Tickets are valid 45 days from first use. First use must occur between 6/1/09 through 8/23/09. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. Limit 8 tickets per person per day with valid ID. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other discounts or promotions. Ticket not valid before 6/1/09. Other restrictions may apply. All offers, events, tickets, services, attractions and entertainment are subject to change

April 23, 2009

Environmentally Friendly Bakery Debuts at Disneyland Resort

Anaheim, Calif. April 22, 2009 - The new central bakery at the Disneyland Resort, used by Cast Members to create the delicious treats Disneyland guests enjoy, opened last month boasting numerous environmentally friendly features.

As with all new construction at the Disneyland Resort, various environmental tactics were researched and implemented. One such initiative is the use of 14 solar tubes that provide natural lighting into the building, significantly reducing the need for electricity. Another effort in energy reduction is the use of ice makers that form an ice block over night and then send chilled water to the air conditioning system to help cool the entire building during the day.

In addition to saving energy, the building uses porous asphalt paving in the parking lot, which captures, filters and returns rain water back into the ground, serving as a natural recycling system. Water reduction is also a part of the conservation program with an underground sprinkler system that is used for the surrounding landscape. The system prevents water evaporation and works on a time clock with humidity sensors - reducing water usage.

"Being environmentally conscious is extremely important to us and we are proud that this new addition to the Disneyland Resort helps conserve resources in so many ways," said Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier.

The new, larger bakery was constructed in response to the Resort's continued growth. The new space is four times the size of the existing pastry kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. Approximately 8 million products, ranging from wedding cakes to parfaits, are expected to be produced at the new bakery each year.

March 27, 2009

‘Get 2 More Nights Free’ to Savor All the Exciting New Summer Entertainment At Disneyland Resort

New Travel Packages Deliver Great Value and
Complement ‘Free on Your Birthday' Offer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 25, 2009) " With free admission to a theme park on your birthday throughout 2009, new adventures and entertainment at both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks, and a special travel offer that will add two free nights to your three-night stay, a visit to the Disneyland Resort this summer offers value-minded vacationers plenty to celebrate.

By purchasing a three-night Disneyland Resort vacation package this summer, guests can magically extend their visit with an offer worth celebrating: Get two more nights free! This special Disneyland summer vacation offer provides a magical and affordable way for families to take in all the new fun and adventures at the Happiest Place on Earth this vacation season.

“We know travelers are looking for great value in their vacations,” said Ed Grier, president, Disneyland Resort. “With the new ‘2 Nights Free' offer and all of the new entertainment and attractions at our parks, we are providing our Guests with even more reasons to come celebrate with us this summer.”

With the new summer vacation packages, guests pay for three nights of hotel accommodations and three days of theme park admission, and then receive two more nights at the hotel and two more days of theme park admission. Together, the special deal provides guests five days and nights of Disneyland fun, for the price of three.

Bookings for this limited-time offer must be made between March 24 and August 11, 2009. The summer vacation package offer for two more nights free is valid at all three Disneyland Resort Hotels " Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for arrivals between April 1 and September 26, 2009. Beginning May 1, the offer is also available at participating local Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor Hotels, providing guests with a wide range of hotel accommodations and prices to fit every budget. Guests at a Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor Hotel must also begin their travel by September 26.

New Entertainment and Experiences

In 2009, the Disneyland Resort is pulling out all the stops by asking guests, “What Will You Celebrate?” As part of the yearlong celebration, guests will enjoy many new magical experiences. “Celebrate! A Street Party” launches this spring at Disneyland Park. A cast of dancers, DJs and Disney characters invite guests to join the celebration as they take to the street for a high-energy street party featuring lively music, colorful costumes, confetti and streamers. Guests will join in twist dancing, a conga line and all the colorful fun of a celebration on Main Street, U.S.A., or at “it's a small world” mall.

Meanwhile, because there's so much in life worth celebrating, in April, Disneyland Park will also present the Celebration Roundup and Barbecue at Big Thunder Ranch, a good ol' cowboy-style hoedown featuring food and fun for the whole family.

This summer the Happiest Place on Earth will be the Most Exciting Place on Earth! At Disneyland Park, Fantasmic! is bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before. And the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle will come to life with a spectacular new fireworks show that will have guests celebrating across the Magic Kingdom. Over at Disney's California Adventure Park, Tinker Bell works her pixie magic and brings a bright new sparkle to the guest-favorite and classic Disney's Electrical Parade.

In 2009, guests can also visit a Disney park for free on their birthdays. For guests who wish to visit on their birthdays and also take advantage of the paid summer treat of two more nights free, the Resort offers a selection of birthday treat options available with the packages. Just present your valid Park Hopper ticket on your birthday at the Main Entrance ticket booths and receive one of the following options instead of the free theme park birthday admission:

* A birthday FASTPASS ticket for certain attractions for up to six people in the birthday party (the number of birthday FASTPASS tickets is limited and may not be available after 11am; all guests must have valid Theme Park admission). Or…

* A Birthday Fun Card in an amount equal to the price of a 1-Day/1-Park Disneyland Resort ticket (based on general admission price or the reduced admission price for Guests ages 3-9 at the Main Entrance ticket booth, respectively). The Birthday Fun Card can be used at participating locations in the theme parks for select merchandise, Disney's PhotoPass on-site services and tours. Or…

* A 1-Day/1-Park Ticket that can be used anytime in the next 12 months, starting from the celebrant's date of birth. This ticket may be used by the Birthday celebrant only.

To book a Disneyland Resort vacation package, visit www.disneyland.com, call (800) 854-3104 or visit your local travel agent. For general Disneyland Resort information, park hours and entertainment schedules, call (714) 781-4565 or visit www.disneyland.com. The summer vacation offer cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Free theme park admission details: To receive free admission to one of the Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks on your birthday in 2009, guests must bring valid ID including proof of birth date. Guests who have purchased a valid multi-day ticket they will use on their birthday may choose from other birthday treats instead. No cash refunds or credits will be given. To register your birthday and find out more details, visit www.disneyparks.com. For terms and conditions of the Birthday Fun Card and details on participating locations visit disneyparks.com/birthdayfuncard.

“Get 2 Nights Free” offer is valid for bookings from 3/24/09 through 8/11/09 for arrivals at a Disneyland Resort hotel from 4/1/09 through 9/26/09 with travel being completed by 10/1/09, and is valid from 5/1/09 through 9/26/09 at participating Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor hotels with travel completed by 10/1/09. Upon the purchase of a 3-night package, with 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Tickets, at a participating hotel for a family of four (2 adults, 1 junior (ages 10 to 17) and 1 child (age 3-9), two (2) consecutive free nights will be added to the hotel stay and two (2) days added to the tickets. Limited to two (2) free nights per package / reservation and not valid for previously booked rooms. Check for offers associated with longer night stays. The Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Tickets expire 13 days after first use or 10/13/09, whichever occurs first, and each day of use of a ticket constitutes one full day of use. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial purposes. Offer subject to availability and blockout dates; advance reservations required. Not valid with any other discount or promotion. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Walt Disney Travel Company CST: 1022229-50, NYST # 2006-0198.

March 20, 2009

Disneyland Resort Highlights Commitment to Community, Environment and Workplace in 2008 Report

Resort donates more than $12.4 million, providing support to tens
of thousands of individuals and families in Southern California

ANAHEIM, Calif. - March 19, 2009 -- The Disneyland Resort has published its 2008 Community Report, which highlights the company's approach to addressing crucial issues related to the environment, the workplace, and the community - with a special emphasis on children and families. The report details the combined outreach efforts and contributions of the Disneyland Resort and its Cast Members, including cash, in-kind donations and volunteer time that totaled more than $12.4 million and touched tens of thousands of lives.

"We are a company known for creativity and innovation and we've applied these concepts not only to our operations and attractions, but also to our approach to community involvement and corporate responsibility," said Ed Grier, Disneyland Resort president. "We give back in a variety of ways that benefit the environment, the community, and our own Cast. I am particularly proud of our 20,000 dedicated and diverse Cast Members who spent nearly 82,000 hours helping others last year."

Disneyland Resort's commitment to assist those in need and to protect the environment was evident through the company and Cast Members' involvement. In 2008:

  • Cast Members and Guests recycled more than 5,269 tons of materials.

  • Blood donated at Disneyland Resort drives saved 3,306 lives.

  • More than $8.6 million of in-kind merchandise and equipment donations were made to schools and community groups and diverted from landfills.

  • Disneyland Resort executives served on 47 non-profit and industry boards.

  • Nearly 600 children with life-threatening illnesses were granted "wishes" at the Disney Wish Lounge.

Since the company's earliest days, a tradition of community service has been integral to its culture. Walt Disney himself frequently visited children in hospitals and guided resources toward supporting organizations that helped children. The dedication of the new Disneyland Resort Ambulatory Clinic lobby at Children's Hospital of Orange County last May exemplifies this philosophy. The new clinic, funded in part by a $1 million donation from the Disneyland Resort in 2006, continues Walt's legacy of generosity and helps to ensure that children throughout Orange County will continue to receive the critical care at first-rate facilities. Other community partnerships, along with examples of local economic support, can be found in the report.

Disneyland Resort is making concerted efforts to embed environmental stewardship into the decisions and actions of its Cast Members and Guests through its programs and policies. Teams work diligently to identify and understand the impact that Disneyland Resort facilities, operations and products have on the environment. The cornerstones of the Resort's approaches - conserving water, energy and ecosystems, reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and inspiring others to take action for the environment - are detailed in the report.

Cast Members' growth and success is encouraged and supported through a number of training and development opportunities. In addition, the Resort offers programs that encourage a healthy and balanced lifestyle both in the workplace and at home. The report highlights several initiatives including the "Disney College Program" and "One Simple Change," demonstrating why working for the Disneyland Resort can be a positive, life-changing experience.

Please click here to see Disneyland Resort's 2008 Community Report. <http://ts.go.com/bk?bs=1&bj=42998666&bu=9448309&bt=170038262> To see additional details of Disneyland Resort community involvement or to obtain a copy of the 2008 Community Report, please visit http://www.disneyland.com/publicaffairs.

March 10, 2009

DISNEY ANNOUNCES "D23: THE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY FOR DISNEY FANS"

Disney's First Official Fan Organization Launches with New Quarterly Publication, Web Site, Fan Events and Collectibles Line
First Quarterly Publication Features Exclusive Interviews with Tim Burton, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, as well as behind-the-scenes visit to Pixar Animation Studios

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Oakland and Burbank, CALIFORNIA (March 10, 2009)/PRNewswire/" Disney today announced the launch of D23 (www.Disney.com/D23), the first official community for Disney fans in the Company's 85-year history. Through D23, fans will go backstage and behind closed doors to get the inside scoop from every part of Disney, while experiencing the nostalgia, adventure and fantasy of Disney as never before.

"We have a fantastic legacy that started in 1923 and is based on timeless stories, beloved characters and unforgettable experiences, but it's our fans that keep the spirit of Disney alive year after year, generation after generation," said Disney President and CEO Bob Iger at the Company's annual shareholder's meeting. "D23 is our way of saying 'thank you' and celebrating our fans, who bring the magic of Disney to life every day in every corner of the world."

As a part of this new Disney fan experience, today also marks the launch of D23's new quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the all-new D23 Web site at Disney.com/D23; and a new collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection, which was created specifically with D23 members in mind. D23 also will host special events for its members throughout the year, highlighted by the organization's signature event, the D23 Expo, which will be held in Anaheim this September 10-13.

A one-year D23 membership ($74.99) includes:

* Disney twenty-three quarterly publication: A one-year subscription (four issues) to D23's new collectible magazine filled with stunning photography, dazzling illustrations and the ultimate Disney insider perspective. This advertising-free keepsake is the all-access pass to discovering the magic of Disney's past, present and future.
* Membership Certificate and Card: The D23 membership card and suitable-for-framing member certificate " both specially created for D23's Charter Year " feature many of Disney's most beloved characters.
* Surprise Collectible Gift and Member Merchandise: Each member who joins D23 will receive an exclusive collectible gift from the new Walt Disney Archives Collection. This merchandise line was created specifically with D23 members in mind, and each piece is authorized by the Walt Disney Archives. D23 members will have exclusive or early access to a wide assortment of Walt Disney Archives Collection pieces.
* D23 Expo and Member Special Events: The D23 Expo " to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from September 10-13, 2009 " will be "The Ultimate Disney Fan Experience," featuring incredible speakers, celebrity appearances, breathtaking exhibitions, interactive experiences, sneak peeks, film screenings, one-of-a-kind merchandise, and much more. All Disney fans are welcome, but D23 members will receive a discount on Expo admissions and early access to the show daily. D23 also offers unique members-only special event opportunities throughout the year.
* Disney.com/D23: All fans can stay connected to Disney every day through D23's new Web site, featuring up-to-the-minute Disney news, feature stories, event info and more, but only D23 members will receive regular email updates on special event and merchandise opportunities exclusive to them.

Disney twenty-three quarterly publication

Disney today launches its new quarterly publication Disney twenty-three, a hybrid entertainment and lifestyle magazine that is the all-access pass to discovering the magic of Disney's past, present and future. Its name pays homage to 1923, the year The Walt Disney Company was founded.

The premiere issue of Disney twenty-three includes exclusive features such as:

* Interviews with Tim Burton, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens
* Inside look at the new Disney/Pixar animated film Up, featuring interviews with Director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera, concept and production art, and a look at the new animated short Partly Cloudy.
* A rare look inside Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California. Meet the Pixar team and learn the secrets behind the success of their films.
* The doors open for two of the most exclusive, magical suites in the world: the Cinderella Castle Suite at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Dream Suite overlooking New Orleans Square and the Rivers of America at the Disneyland Resort.

Disney twenty-three's regular featured departments include:

* A Walk with Walt: A look back at the trials and triumphs of the man who made dreams come true and whose imagination started it all.
* D Society: From gala movie premieres and grand openings to candid Disney moments and memories, D Society takes readers backstage and onto the red carpet.
* PHOTOfiles: The legendary Walt Disney Archives Photo Library houses millions of Disney's most cherished photographic memories, and the Archives team shares its Top 100, five in every issue. Let the countdown begin!
* Where in D?: Try to identify where in the world of Disney each issue's mystery photo was taken.
* The Funny Pages: For the first time in decades, enjoy the vintage newspaper comic strips that helped make many of Disney's most popular characters famous.
* Making Magic: Crafts for children of all ages, inspired by Disney's favorite stories and experiences.
* Recipes from Disney's most popular restaurants and eateries, past and present.

Disney twenty-three subscriptions are available only by becoming a member of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans. Individual issues of Disney twenty-three retail for $15.95 and are available exclusively at all U.S. Barnes & Noble booksellers, all domestic Disney Stores, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, and Disneyshopping.com.

DISNEY.COM/D23

The D23 site on Disney.com will serve as the premier online destination for Disney fans, highlighted by breaking Disney news, exclusive feature stories, blogs, historical retrospectives, a collectibles boutique, special event information, and other content. The D23 online experience includes News & Features, Walt Disney Archives, Disney twenty-three, Expo & Events, and Boutique23. Highlights include:

NEWS & FEATURES

* Late-breaking news, press releases, and photos of interest to fans from every part of Disney.
* "Twilight Bark" " inspired by the Disney animated feature 101 Dalmatians " offers up the latest tidbits and news "bites" from all around the world of Disney.
* Feature articles and interviews on current Disney topics from theme parks and animation to television and motion pictures, as well as historical retrospectives.
* Official Disney Bloggers " Get regular updates on films in production at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, current Walt Disney Imagineering projects, and the Walt Disney Archives.

WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES

* "This Day in Disney" " A daily walk down memory lane.
* "What's Old Is News" " Go back in time and enjoy rare, vintage and classic articles, stories, interviews, press materials and other highlights from deep within the Disney Archives.
* "Ask Dave" " Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Dave Smith answers your questions about Disney history.
* "Archives Library" " helpful Disney reference tools including biographies, filmographies, award chronologies, Disney A to Z updates, historical profiles and other archival information.

DISNEY TWENTY-THREE

* The online home of Disney twenty-three, D23's quarterly publication.
* Expanded stories, interviews and imagery.
* "D Society: Online Edition" " regularly updated photo gallery.
* "The Funny Page: Daily Edition" " a delightful daily dose of vintage Disney comics that haven't been seen outside the Disney Archives in decades.
* "Making Magic" " An archive of the unique crafts featured in Disney twenty-three.
* "Disney Dish" " Always be able to find your favorite recipes from Disney twenty-three.

EXPO & EVENTS

* "D23 Expo" " The official Web site for everything you need to know about "The Ultimate Disney Fan Experience" September 10-13, at the Anaheim Convention Center, including programming, show hours, celebrity appearances, keynote speakers, ticket information, vacation packages, and more.
* "D23 Member Special Events" " Throughout the year, D23 hosts special events created just for its members. Members can find out which ones they want to attend and how to register.

BOUTIQUE 23

* D23 merchandise and collectibles, including D23 member-only offerings from the Walt Disney Archives Collection
* Hosted by Disneyshopping.com

D23 membership

D23 membership is not required to visit Disney.com/D23, but some merchandise and special event opportunities are exclusive to D23 members.

Fans can join D23 at www.Disney.com/D23, all Disney Store locations within the United States, select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, and www.DisneyShopping.com/D23.
About D23

The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. Through the years, Disney has captured the imagination of millions around the world, and, as requested by Disney fans everywhere, D23 gives them a greater, richer connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic.

February 25, 2009

Celebrating Best Picture

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(February 23, 2009) Child actors from "Slumdog Millionaire" celebrate the film's Oscar win for Best Picture with Mickey Mouse at Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on Monday. Pictured: Ayush Mahesh Khedekar (Young Jamal), Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail Sheikh (Young Salim), Rubina Ali Rafiq Qureshi (Young Latika), Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar (Middle Latika), Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala (Middle Salim), Tanay Hemant Chheda (Middle Jamal) and Madhur Mittal (older Salim). (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

February 5, 2009

'it's a small world' Returns To Disneyland With New Magic

'What Will You Celebrate' Kicks Into High Gear This Spring at Disneyland Resort; Special Vacation Packages Add Value Now Through April

Anaheim, CA / FEBRUARY 5, 2009 /PRNewswire/ " A favorite Disneyland attraction returns to Fantasyland, Friday, Feb. 6, when "it's a small world" opens with some new storytelling magic. With the premiere of a new "Spirit of America" scene, new musical enhancements and a new look for some of the attraction's familiar child dolls, "it's a small world" will once again take guests of all ages on "the happiest cruise that ever sailed."

This classic attraction has been renovated and enhanced while retaining the world-renowned charm that holds such a special place in the hearts of Disneyland guests. The "it's a small world" journey continues to celebrate children of the world and their message of harmony and friendship. And now, for the first time, guests will be able to find some of the child dolls dressed as their favorite Disney characters, in the countries where their stories take place. For example, dolls dressed in Aladdin and Jasmine costumes are in the Middle East scene, and a doll dressed as Alice from "Alice in Wonderland" appears in the Great Britain scene.

Guests will enjoy riding "it's a small world" again and again as they search for the 29 Disney and Disney·Pixar characters now represented in the attraction. The new doll costumes and playful toy decorations are fashioned in the same artistic style that was created by art director, color stylist, Disney Legend and Imagineer Mary Blair, whose sense of design shaped "it's a small world" from the beginning.

Also among the enhancements is an entirely new "Spirit of America" scene. It's based on original concept art by Mary Blair and maintains the "it's a small world" theme that friendship crosses all nationalities, including that of the United States. Additional fresh touches may be found in the augmented "it's a small world" soundtrack. As the familiar "it's a small world" plays throughout the attraction, now some subtle film music is seamlessly woven into the song as counterpoint melodies fitting the characters represented in certain scenes.

The "it's a small world" attraction made its debut as an exhibit at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. After two hit seasons at the fair, the attraction moved to Disneyland in California where it was expanded and then dedicated by Walt Disney himself on May 28, 1966.

The refreshed "it's a small world" is just one highlight of the year in which guests are invited to celebrate milestones, large and small, at the Disneyland Resort. The year will also see a variety of new shows and other immersive experiences in Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks as the Resort asks, "What Will You Celebrate?"

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In addition, now through April 30 the Resort offers special travel values that make celebrating easier than ever.

Guests may book a three-day vacation package for as little as $68 per person, per day with the "Everyone Plays for the Kid's Price" package. Travel must be completed by April 30. Each package includes two-night hotel accommodations at a nearby Good Neighbor Hotel, three-day Park Hopper Tickets, Magic Morning entrance (to enjoy select theme park attractions before Disneyland opens to regular guests), an interactive Disney character experience in Mickey's Toontown, and preferred seating at select attractions and restaurants at Disneyland Resort. For more information, contact your travel agent, visit www.disneyland.com or call Disney at 1-866-276-6780.

Now through April 30, guests who stay at one of the three on-site Disneyland Resort hotels " Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa " will receive a Disney Gift Card: $50 for a two-night stay, $100 for a three-night stay, or $150 for a four-night stay. The gift cards are provided upon check-in and available for use at any of the Disney-owned restaurants and stores located inside Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks, Disneyland Resort hotels and Downtown Disney.

New This Spring, as Disneyland Resort asks "What Will You Celebrate?"

Throughout 2009, Disneyland Resort will introduce new experiences and planning options to help guests celebrate the special moments in their lives, including birthdays, anniversaries and graduations. Mementos, souvenirs, food and dessert options will be introduced throughout the year.

Free On Your Birthday " To put everyone in a celebration mood, for the first time ever Disneyland Resort is offering guests free admission to one theme park on their birthdays. Guests can register at www.disneyparks.com.

Celebrate! A Street Party " Beginning Friday, March 27, at Disneyland, a cast of dancers, DJs and Disney characters will invite guests to join the celebration as they take to the street for a high-energy street party featuring lively music, colorful costumes, confetti and streamers. Guests can join in twist dancing, a conga line and all the colorful fun of a celebration on Main Street, U.S.A., or at "it's a small world" mall.

Celebration Roundup and Barbecue at Big Thunder Ranch " Disneyland guests can celebrate any occasion cowboy-style when the Celebration Roundup opens this April at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland. Disney characters will join in the rootin' tootin' entertainment, while diners enjoy Western-style ribs and chicken in the new outdoor Big Thunder Family Barbecue restaurant.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique " Every little girl's dream of becoming a Disney princess can come true in this magical makeover location, opening in April in Fantasyland. Fairy Godmothers-in-training will transform would-be princesses with makeover options including hair, makeup and nail polish designs.


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" As the multi-year expansion continues at Disney's California Adventure Park, the Walt Disney Imagineering preview center/workshop inside the park will be changing and adding new concept art and other sneak peeks at the exciting new projects coming soon. Meanwhile, some newly transformed attractions will reopen this spring.

Mickey's Fun Wheel " The thrilling giant Ferris wheel attraction (formerly the Sun Wheel) on Paradise Pier will return this spring with a new look and a fun new Mickey Mouse theme. Riders will board newly redecorated cars to swing along the circular route around a giant replica of Mickey's face.

Games of the Boardwalk " The Paradise Pier Boardwalk games, closed for renovation when the dazzling, immersive Toy Story Mania! attraction opened in summer of 2008, will return this spring with a colorful new look featuring, for the first time, Disney characters as part of the play experience.

Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks " Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney's California Adventure park " plus the downtown Disney District composed of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort's three guest-welcoming hotels are the luxurious 745-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 988-room Disneyland Hotel and the "day-at-the-beach" fun of the 489-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. For further information on attractions, events and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com, call (866) 60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

Free theme park admission details: - To receive free admission to one of the Disneyland or Walt Disney World theme parks on your birthday in 2009, guests must bring valid ID including proof of birth date. Guests who already hold a valid multi-day ticket they will use on their birthday may choose from other birthday treats instead, however, no cash refunds or credits will be given. To register your birthday and find out more details, visit www.disneyparks.com.

January 7, 2009

Disney Parks Celebrate U.S. Military With Free, Multi-day Admission to Theme Parks in 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. / ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2009) " As Disney Parks ask “What Will You Celebrate?” and invite guests to turn their personal milestones into magical family vacations in 2009, America's military personnel will have one more reason to celebrate: Free multi-day admission to Disney's U.S. theme parks.

With the “Disney's Armed Forces Salute” offer, active and retired U.S. military personnel, including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard and activated members of the National Guard or Reservists, can enjoy complimentary, multi-day admission into Disney's U.S. theme parks, great rates at select Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort hotels, and additional special ticket offers for family members and friends.

“For so many of the men and women who serve in our U.S. military, time together with their families is cause enough for celebration,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “We are grateful for their service and hope ‘Disney's Armed Forces Salute' will allow our troops to create wonderful, magical memories with their family and friends.”

At the Disneyland Resort in Southern California:

Through June 12, 2009, each active or retired member of the U.S. military can receive one complimentary three-day “Disney's Armed Forces Salute” Park Hopper ticket valid for admission to both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks. During the offer period, active or retired U.S. military personnel also may make a one-time purchase of an adult or child three-day “Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion” Park Hopper ticket for up to five family members (including spouse) or friends for the price of an adult 1-Day Park Hopper ticket.

Disneyland Resort hotels are also offering special room rates for active or retired military personnel. For example, at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, active or retired members of the military and their families may find hotel rooms starting at $119 per night during value season, with great savings during other times of the offer period. This offer is available through June 12, 2009, and the number of rooms available at these special rates is limited.

For information regarding “Disney's Armed Forces Salute” at the Disneyland Resort, or to make reservations, military personnel may call 714/956-6424.

At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida:

Through Dec. 23, 2009, each active or retired member of the U.S. military may obtain one complimentary 5-day “Disney's Armed Forces Salute” ticket withPark Hopper andWater Park Fun & More options. This ticket is valid for five days of admission into the four Walt Disney World theme parks, plus a total of five visits to a choice of a Disney water park, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park or certain other attractions. During this offer period, active or retired U.S. military personnel may also make a one-time purchase of up to a maximum of five 5-Day “Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion” tickets(one theme park per day) for $99 per ticket, plus tax, for family members (including spouse) or friends. Although this ticket for family members and friends does not include either the Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More options, this ticket can be upgraded to add either such option, or both, for an additional $25, plus tax, per option. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by Dec. 23, 2009.

Ask about the great rates that may be available at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for active or retired U.S. military personnel during this offer period.

For information on the “Disney's Armed Forces Salute” offer at Walt Disney World Resort or the Disneyland Resort, or to make reservations, active and retired U.S. Military personnel may call the ITT office on their base. Information about “Disney's Armed Forces Salute” offer at Walt Disney World Resort is also available at www.disneyworld.com/military.

Through the years, The Walt Disney Company has demonstrated its support of United States' servicemen and women through a variety of initiatives. Disney's support for the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots program started 58 years ago " when Walt Disney became one of the original sponsors. Since 1995, Disney's Operation Uplift program has sent over 90,000 postcards to troops worldwide, thanking them for their service. The company also supports U.S. service members and their families as a sponsor of the USO and its centers. Each year, Operation Disney Care packages, containing Disney DVDs, books, magazines and games, are sent to centers around the world to help entertain the servicemen/women and their families, Disney Minnie Grants are used to host family appreciation events, while Disney VoluntEARS donate many hours participating in local USO projects.

Other Offer Details:
· Complimentary "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" tickets may be obtained only by active or retired U.S. military personnel, including activated members of the National Guard or Reservists (with orders showing active status after Jan. 1, 2008) and active or retired members of the United States Coast Guard. Spouses are not eligible.
· Complimentary “Disney's Armed Forces Salute" tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort can be obtained only at participating U.S. military base ticket offices (including at the Shades of Green Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort), or at Main Entrance theme park ticket windows. Military personnel will need to activate those tickets at Main Entrance theme park ticket windows in order to use those tickets (no more than 1 such complimentary ticket per service member will be activated).
· Please see a participating U.S. military base ticket office for an exchange certificate for the complimentary “Disney's Armed Forces Salute” ticket for the Disneyland Resort. The exchange certificate will need to be redeemed for such ticket by the active or retired military personnel at a Main Entrance theme park ticket window (maximum of 1 such complimentary ticket per service member).
· "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion" tickets for family members and friends may be purchased only by active or retired U.S. military personnel, including activated members of the National Guard or Reservists (with orders showing active status after Jan. 1, 2008) and active or retired members of the United States Coast Guard (or, in each case, their spouses, but not both).
· "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion" tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort can be purchased only at participating U.S. military base ticket offices (including at the Shades of Green Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort), or at Main Entrance theme park ticket windows. “Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion" tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort can be purchased only at participating U.S. military base ticket offices.
· Military personnel (or their spouses) who purchase "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion” tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort for family members and friends will need to activate those tickets at Main Entrance theme park ticket windows in order for those tickets to be used (regardless of where those tickets are purchased). Actual prices for such tickets may be less than prices shown above.
· Military personnel (or their spouses) who purchase "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion” tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort for family members and friends will receive exchange certificates to be redeemed by such military personnel (or their spouses) for tickets at Main Entrance theme park ticket windows (one ticket per exchange certificate).
· The military personnel (or spouse) will be required to present valid military identification (which, for activated members of the National Guard or Reservists, also includes orders showing active status after Jan. 1, 2008) for all ticket transactions (including to activate tickets, and/or redeem exchange certificates for tickets, at Main Entrance theme park ticket windows). A valid ID may also be required for admission.
· "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion” tickets are limited to five per service member (regardless of place of purchase and whether purchased by service member or spouse) and all five must be purchased at the same time. Accordingly, no service member (or spouse) will be permitted to activate, and/or to redeem exchange certificates for, more than a total of five "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion" tickets for the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort (regardless of whether activated or exchanged by the service member or spouse).
· First day of use of “Disney's Armed Forces Salute” complimentary tickets and "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion" tickets at the Disneyland Resort must be no later than June 12, 2009,and tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or June 25, 2009, whichever occurs first. Last day of use on “Disney's Armed Forces Salute” complimentary tickets and "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion" tickets at the Walt Disney World Resort is Dec. 23, 2009.
· Tickets must be used by the same person on any and all days. "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" complimentary tickets may be used only by the service members to whom they are issued. "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion" tickets may be used only by the friends and family members for whom they are purchased.
· This offer may not be combined with any other offer.

“What Will You Celebrate?”

Military personnel taking advantage of this offer will find even more to celebrate during their stay. Beginning now, Disney Parks is embracing a newly identified nationwide travel trend called “celebration vacations,” in which Americans mark special occasions in their lives with a family vacation.

In 2009, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resorts ask guests “What Will You Celebrate?” and lead this growing trend with new entertainment and services that allow guests to turn their personal milestones "a birthday, an anniversary, Quinceañera or any special occasion " into magical Disney experiences.

December 16, 2008

Disneyland Resort Makes Annual Passes More Accessible and Affordable for Southern California Residents

Just in time for the holidays, Southern California Residents Can Now Purchase Annual Passports through a New Monthly Payment Program


ANAHEIM, CALIF, December 15, 2008 - As Disneyland Resort celebrates the holiday gift-giving season, a newly launched Monthly Payment Program for Annual Passholders will make it easier for Southern California residents to have their own frequent Disneyland Resort celebrations in the year to come.

This new program lets Southern California residents enjoy the Disneyland Resort magic throughout the year with an Annual Passport, while paying in 12 monthly installments.

By selecting the payment option, Guests will pay for the cost of a 1-Day, 1-Park ticket upon purchase and will pay the remaining amount over the next 12 months, with no finance charges applied. For example, a Guest purchasing a Southern California Select Annual Passport for $134 would pay $69 at the time of purchase - with the remaining balance of $65 spread out over the next 12 months.

"Annual Passports provide a great entertainment value and flexibility for our Guests who make frequent visits to our parks throughout the year," said Jill Estorino, senior vice president of Marketing for the Disneyland Resort. "Through this new program, Guests can literally turn a one-day ticket into an Annual Pass for less than $6 a month.

"This program was based on feedback from our current Annual Passholders - and we're excited to provide them with this new option just in time for the holidays," added Estorino.

The Monthly Payment program for Annual Passports is offered only to Southern California residents within the 90000 and 93599 zip codes.

All Annual Passport options are available through the program, including Premium, Deluxe, Southern California and Southern California Select Annual Passports. The program is available only at the ticket booths. Next year, it will be offered for online purchases.

November 24, 2008

Walk Through Attraction in Sleeping Beauty Castle Reopens at Disneyland

WALKTHROUGH ATTRACTION IN SLEEPING BEAUTY CASTLE REOPENS IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY AT DISNEYLAND


The interior of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, long closed to guests, will "reawaken" in time for Thanksgiving. A vibrant new version of the classic walkthrough attraction features colorful scenes of Aurora, her gallant prince, the evil Maleficent and other characters from the beloved fairy tale film.

The attraction is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Wednesday, kicking off the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

This revived Sleeping Beauty Castle "show" differs from the window-display dioramas which could be seen in the castle during the 1980s and '90s. It takes its inspiration from the unique style of the original Disneyland castle walkthrough attraction of 1957, co-designed by animation art director and color stylist Eyvind Earle, who was credited with giving the motion picture "Sleeping Beauty" its distinctive and colorful look of storybook illustrations in medieval style.

Enhanced with new scenes and special-effects magic, the re-Imagineered attraction employs technology not available in the 1950s to tell the story of Sleeping Beauty, including the magic of good fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, and the more sinister spells of the evil Maleficent.

For the first time, guests who are unable to climb stairs or navigate the passageways of the Castle will be able to experience the walkthrough "virtually" in a special room on the ground floor of the Castle.

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REAWAKENED BEAUTY -- In time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Disneyland guests will once again experience the story of "Sleeping Beauty" inside the new walkthrough attraction located inside the famous Disneyland castle. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)


November 13, 2008

Disneyland - The Merriest Of Holiday Celebrations Make Spirits Brighter Than Ever

The Merriest Of Holiday Celebrations Make Spirits Brighter Than Ever At Disneyland Resort

ANAHEIM, Calif. (November 11, 2008) " When it comes to celebrating the magic and sparkle of the holidays, there's no place like the Disneyland Resort, the Merriest Place on Earth. From November 21 through January 4, the annual Disneyland Resort holiday celebration will be more dazzling than ever.

Guests will enjoy the return of the holiday's most popular offerings as well as be immersed in new entertainment at both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks.

Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle, first introduced in 2007, will be decorated even more elaborately this holiday season with additional snowdrifts and icicles. After dark, a sensational new holiday lighting and special effects show will carry the magic of the holidays from the Castle all the way to the Christmas Tree in Town Square. And, for the first time in 53 years, the Christmas Tree will be completely artificial, which enables Disneyland to present a holiday light show like no other with more than 62,000 energy-efficient LED lights.

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The Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle presentation unfolds throughout the evening in three acts, each of them featuring a touch of winter snow on Main Street, U.S.A. The finale of the show includes the legendary “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, which takes guests on a journey of sights and sounds of the season and ends with a touching rendition of “White Christmas” along with a climactic snowfall swirling down on Main Street, U.S.A., “small world mall” and New Orleans Square.

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New this year, just in time for the holidays and for the first time in seven years, guests will walk through the iconic home of Sleeping Beauty. A “reawakened” Sleeping Beauty Castle show tells the story of “Sleeping Beauty” in a style reminiscent of the Disneyland Castle walkthrough of earlier years, but enhanced with 21st-century special effects.

Themed entertainment, sparkling decorations and tasty treats add festive warmth to holiday fun at both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. Guests can also book guided holiday tours that provide expedited entry into the “it's a small world” holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday, VIP seating for the Disneyland “A Christmas Fantasy” parade and entertaining information about the history behind Disneyland holiday traditions. For information and reservations guests can visit Disneyland City Hall or call (714) 781-4400.

Other returning holiday favorites at Disneyland park include:

Santa's Reindeer Round-up, which transforms Big Thunder Ranch into a “West Pole” getaway where Santa can unwind with Mrs. Claus and his team of reindeer. Kids and their families will chat with St. Nick, see real reindeer grazing in a corral, play some reindeer games, create take-home Yuletide souvenirs and join in holiday line dances with music from a Western trio.

“A Christmas Fantasy” parade will be presented November 21 through January 4 on Main Street, U.S.A. This ever-popular procession depicts an enchanting collection of holiday scenes, music and a cast of Disney characters and performers in Yuletide vignettes.

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Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a madcap celebration as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide. The ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington from the film Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has come to the Haunted Mansion to transform it with his skewed vision of the holidays.

“it's a small world” holiday transforms “it's a small world” into a worldwide celebration of the season, boasting more than 300,000 glittering lights on its facade.

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Disney's California Adventure celebrates the season with fanciful park-wide decorations and lively entertainment.

• Guests approaching the park will immediately get in the holiday mood as they encounter the iconic “CALIFORNIA” letters transformed to appear as swirling red and white peppermint sticks.

“a bug's land” transforms as Flik and his bug buddies spread giant Christmas lights and oversized ornaments throughout their realm.

• The holiday scene at Paradise Bay includes a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, hundreds of sparking lights on nearby trees, and lampposts decorated with seasonal wreaths.

The Downtown Disney District and the Disneyland Resort hotels will join in the merriment with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining.

Just in time for the holidays, new entertainment comes to life in both parks. At Disney's California Adventure, the daily “Pixar Play Parade” is joined three times each day by performances of the energetic, traveling rock and dance concert show, “High School Musical 3: Senior Year " Right Here! Right Now!” Also new to Disney's California Adventure is the Blue Sky Cellar, a Walt Disney Imagineers' workshop that offers guests a preview of new attractions coming to the park over the next few years.

At Disneyland, in addition to the reopening of the doors to Sleeping Beauty Castle, guests have a new opportunity to explore the world of Tinker Bell inside Pixie Hollow, a magical place where visitors meet “Tink” and her pixie friends.

Expanded hours at both Disneyland Resort theme parks will extend the holiday fun. For more information about holidays at the Disneyland Resort, and to send Disneyland Resort e-card holiday greetings to friends and relatives, visit www.disneyland.com/holidays.

November 12, 2008

Disneyland Resort A Great Spot For Holiday Shopping, From Passes To Unique Gift Items

Disneyland Resort A Great Spot For Holiday Shopping, From Passes To Unique Gift Items

ANAHEIM, Calif. " As the 2008 holiday season approaches, Disneyland Resort offers magical gift ideas for all ages. The Resort gift list includes toys, dolls, collectible art and unique items such as personalized mouse ears and toy light sabers. Shoppers can find everything from stocking stuffers to the ultimate gift for a Disneyland fan: the Disneyland Resort Annual Passport.

The Annual Passport is an ideal and practical gift for anyone who visits the Resort more than two or three times per year … or would like to! The gift of a Disneyland Resort Annual Passport will enable the recipients " family members, friends and Disney fans in general " to celebrate throughout the year with the magic of Disneyland Resort.

Along with admission to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, the gift of an Annual Passport entitles the Passholder to attend special Annual Passholder events, enjoy discounts at many Resort food locations and Downtown Disney vendors, take advantage of special rates at Disneyland Resort hotels, and receive regular updates on new events and Annual Passholder benefits through the exclusive Annual Passholder Web site, the collectible “Backstage Pass” newsletter and e-mail. In 2008, Annual Passholder benefits included exclusive opportunities to preview the new Toy Story Mania and Innoventions Dream Home attractions, the Pixar Play Parade and the one-of-a-kind Disneyland Dream Suite.

Disneyland Resort offers an Annual Pass option for every lifestyle and budget. The Premium Annual Passport is valid every day of the year. Other Annual Passports have “blockout dates” but entitle the bearer to purchase discounted “blockout day” tickets.

The $134 Southern California Select Annual Passport (for California residents living in zip codes 90000-93599) offers 170 pre-selected days of admission to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.

The $174 Southern California Annual Passport (for California residents living in zip codes 90000-93599) offers 215 pre-selected days of admission.

The $269 Deluxe Annual Passport offers 315 pre-selected days of admission.

The $389 Premium Annual Passport offers daily admission to both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure and includes parking in the Mickey & Friends parking structure off Disneyland Drive. Premium Annual Passholders also enjoy special discounts at many Resort food and merchandise locations.

(Passholders of the Southern California Select, Southern California and Deluxe Annual Passports may purchase a $59 annual parking pass for Mickey & Friends.)

Disneyland Resort Annual Passports may be purchased at Disneyland Resort ticket booths or online at www.disneyland.com.

More Gift Ideas - Shopping at Disneyland Resort

From the long-established Disneyland Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A., to the numerous specialty shops in Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure, Downtown Disney and the Resort hotels, Disneyland Resort offers many options for the holiday shopper.

Personalized Mouse Ears and Tomorrowland Light Sabers can be fashioned especially for that Disneyland or Star Wars fan. Design your own Light Saber grip and select the color of your energy beam! Limited-edition holiday plush toys and bean bag toys will be available for holiday gift-giving, including Mickey and Minnie beanies in holiday attire embroidered with holiday messages. An all-new line of Princesses and their pets premiers in November, featuring plush versions of Cinderella with her dog Bruno, Jasmine with her tiger Rajah, etc. Specially designed pens, PokitPals (to carry pills and other small objects), collectible pins and Disney's Wild Racers (“Cars With Character”) will make ideal stocking-stuffers.

For the serious Disney fan and collector, there are limited-edition holiday art works, the annual holiday edition Marie Osmond doll, and Vinylmation “mystery pins,” available only at Disney theme parks in a variety of offbeat character designs.

Each of the shops at Downtown Disney will have its own holiday offerings. As usual, Disney Vault 28 will be on the cutting edge with apparel and accessories by jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino, Billy Martin (guitarist for Good Charlotte) and others.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Teams Up with Verizon to Bring Mobile Magic to U.S. Parks

Companies Align to Bring Unprecedented New Experiences to Guests at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort…and Right on Their Verizon Wireless Phones

November 12, 2008 - Marking a first in both the travel and mobile industries, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Verizon are teaming up for a multi-year relationship designed to enhance the guest experience " before, during and after guests arrive at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. This alignment allows guests to have a personal tour guide right in their wireless phones along with reliable new services at the parks. Early next year guests will also use Verizon Wireless' technology when experiencing Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure, an ultra-interactive attraction coming to Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort.

“With more than 90 percent of families bringing a mobile phone into our Parks, our objective was to enhance the magical Disney experience through innovative wireless technology,” said Jay Rasulo, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Imagine receiving up to the minute tips on special Park activities with just the touch of a button or receiving a call from Buzz Lightyear welcoming you to the Magic Kingdom.”

Beginning next year, guests will be able to access an array of features on their Verizon Wireless phones while at the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort to help them make the most of their Disney experiences. Planned services include an exclusive mobile application that will give guests with Verizon Wireless service the ability to easily locate shows, restaurants and the Disney characters anywhere inside the Parks; get real-time attraction availability information; access mobile games; receive messages from characters and more. Verizon Wireless is also continuing to invest in its wireless network from coast to coast, and the relationship with Disney means the wireless users will benefit from further enhancements to the Verizon Wireless network in the Parks.

John Harrobin, senior vice president of digital media and marketing for Verizon, said, “All of our efforts focus on one goal: making the Disney experience even better for our customers. There are few life experiences that are more memorable than visiting a Disney Park, and now guests with Verizon Wireless service will unlock even more magic from their visit " by navigating the Parks easier and faster with instant access to key information such as ‘Where's Mickey now?' and other special features " even when they travel home and share their experiences with family and friends.”

In addition, guests visiting Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort in early 2009 will be among the first to experience Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure. An ultra-interactive attraction, Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure invites guests of all ages to team up with members of Team Possible to save the world from various comical villains and their mad inventions. Armed with an official Verizon Wireless “Kimmunicator,” guests will use these handheld devices to help maneuver through the mission. The interactive wireless theme park game was inspired by Disney Channel's Emmy® Award-winning animated series, “Kim Possible.”

While Verizon Wireless customers will have exclusive access to an array of enhanced features, Disney and Verizon are also working to ensure that some mobile information such as dining locations, show times and locations will be available to all Parks visitors, regardless of their wireless company.

Additional details will be available next year as the companies expect to add a suite of services and functionalities to help guests at Disney Parks have the most magical experience. For more information about Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, visit www.disney.com. For more information about Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.

Disney Parks and Resorts " Taking Guests to New Frontiers

The agreement between Disney and Verizon is another step in a series of new initiatives that highlight the latest technologies from Disney Parks and Resorts with a continued focus on improving guest experience and providing immersive entertainment. Disney Parks and Resorts continue to exemplify how technologies can be used to build new connections and redefine how guests plan and enjoy their vacations. From the time guests begin planning their vacation using Walt Disney World Resort in 3D on Google Earth or tuning into Disney Travel on Demand, the experience is designed to make their lives easier. Guests can take their vacation experience to a new level with Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure, an interactive wireless theme park game for families, and by personalizing and sharing their Disney experiences when they return home, using DisneyLink, a desktop application.

About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is where dreams come true and magic comes to life. This segment of The Walt Disney Company encompasses 11 theme parks at five of the world's leading family vacation destinations " Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Resort Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. It also includes: Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Adventures by Disney; Disney Regional Entertainment, which operates the ESPN Zone sports dining and entertainment centers; World of Disney stores in New York, Orlando and Anaheim; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts had approximately $10 billion in revenues in fiscal 2006. More information about Disney Travel on Demand and all of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts can be found at www.DisneyParks.com.

About Verizon

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October 20, 2008

Two Cast Members Honored as 2009 Disneyland Resort Ambassadors

ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 17, 2008 "- Before an audience of more than 1,000 Cast Members, media and former Ambassadors, Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier announced the 2009 Disneyland Resort Ambassador Team at Disneyland today. Cast Members Danielle DuBois and Quinn Shurian will serve as the 44th team to represent the resort and its Cast as the 2009 Disneyland Resort Ambassadors.

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“Being chosen to represent 20,000 Disneyland Resort Cast Members is an incredible honor and one of the highest achievements of a Disney Cast Member. This program is a unique and important part of our company's heritage,” said Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier. “These two Cast Members will take the magic and good will of Disneyland throughout our community and beyond in the coming year.”

The prestigious honor of being selected as a Disney Ambassador began during the 10th anniversary of Disneyland, when Walt Disney realized the need for an additional representative to help fulfill the many media, public appearance and VIP hosting requests he received. He selected the very first Ambassador in 1965 and the tradition has continued ever since.

Today, the Ambassador selection process involves months of preparation and interviews with fellow Cast Members and executives where candidates have the opportunity to demonstrate the depth of their Disney knowledge and their passion about being a Disney Cast Member.

The new Ambassador team will represent the company during the recently announced “What Will You Celebrate?” campaign. The celebration runs through 2009 and invites all guests to mark their special occasions at a Disney park in a way only Disney can provide. Their full-time duties include participating in more than 200 events from - Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2009 - including Cast Member recognition ceremonies, grand openings, marketing events, special promotions and media interviews. They will also host dignitaries and other VIPs at Disneyland Resort.

In 2006, DuBois began her career at the Disneyland Resort as a lead and trainer in the imaging department. Prior to that, DuBois lived in Yokohama, Japan and served as an English teacher to students that ranged in age from 3 to 80 years old. After attending California State University, Chico, where she received a degree in communication design, DuBois participated in the Up With People Worldsmart program " an international community service youth group. For one year, DuBois dedicated her time to giving back through performances and activities in 18 countries. DuBois attended College Park High School in Pleasant Hill and currently resides in Irvine, Calif.

Shurian began his career at Disneyland in attractions in 1994 and had roles in Guest Relations and Guest Communications before reaching his current position as a communications specialist in Cast Communications. He also is an Adventure Guide for Adventures by Disney " traveling around the world sharing his passion for Disney with families on vacation. Shurian has been a Disney VoluntEAR for nearly 10 years " dedicating time to various projects around the community. Two of those years he has held spots on the Disney VountEARS Leadership Council. Shurian attended Newbury Park High School and currently resides in Orange, Calif.

October 13, 2008

Fall Fun at Disneyland Resort

Abundance of Fall Fun at Disneyland Resort as New Shows and Attractions Enhance Traditional Halloween and Holiday Seasons

ANAHEIM, Calif. (October 2008) - The giant Mickey Mouse Jack-o'-Lantern and the Town Square Christmas Tree will be the symbols of celebration for their respective holidays at Disneyland this fall. But the traditional fan favorites are only the beginning as Disneyland Resort welcomes new shows and immersive experiences, along with an exciting preview of things to come at Disney's California Adventure park.

It's all part of the fun as Disney Parks poses the question to guests: “What Will You Celebrate?” Whether it's the holidays, an anniversary, a family reunion or another special occasion, there's something for everyone at Disneyland Resort.

Beginning later in October, guests can enjoy an array of new attractions at Disneyland Resort, adding to the fun of the Halloween and Holiday seasons.


HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: On Friday, Oct. 24, “High School Musical 3: Right Here! Right Now!” premieres at Disney's California Adventure. The new street show celebrates the infectious energy of the upcoming theatrical motion picture “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” Featuring a cast of 14 dynamic singers and dancers, the show takes place on a traveling “rock concert” stage with stacks of speakers and rows of lights. Interactive sequences featuring hot new songs from the movie will draw guests into the streets of Disney's California Adventure for an exciting live concert experience.


PIXIE HOLLOW: The magical realm of Pixie Hollow appears in Disneyland on Tuesday, October 28. Entering along a pathway with an enchanted pool, between the entrances of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, guests are gradually immersed into the community of fairies. Guests will get the strange feeling that they are shrinking to fairy size as they encounter statues of Tinker Bell and her friends, and spot other evidence of the pixies' presence. When guests arrive at Tinker Bell's home, they will meet some of the pixies in person.


BLUE SKY CELLAR: For those who want to stay in-the-know about the expansion of Disney's California Adventure park, a preview center opens Monday, Oct. 20 at the Golden Vine Winery in Disney's California Adventure. The Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar " named for the Imagineers' ‘blue sky' creative process " displays never-before-seen models and art outlining the concepts and design for the park's coming attractions, along with a video presentation. The showcase will be updated regularly so that fans can stay abreast of developments.


SLEEPING BEAUTY CASTLE WALKTHROUGH: Sleeping Beauty Castle, a beloved Disneyland landmark since the park's debut in 1955, will open a “reawakened” version of its classic Castle walkthrough in time for the December holiday season. The new scenes inside the corridors tell the Sleeping Beauty story with modern special effects technology that recreates the look of the original Sleeping Beauty Castle walkthrough of the 1950s through the 1970s.


The new attractions and shows offer added value for Disney fans this fall as they enjoy all the traditional holiday attractions at Disneyland Resort.

Halloween highlights at Disneyland include the 16-foot-tall Mickey Mouse Jack-o'-Lantern on Main Street, U.S.A.; Woody's Halloween Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch; and Haunted Mansion Holiday, inspired by Tim Burton's “Nightmare Before Christmas,” which continues into the Christmas season.

At Disney's California Adventure, Halloween is celebrated at Candy Corn Acres, featuring Goofy's whimsical candy corn “crops.” Families also will enjoy a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience at the separate-admission nighttime Mickey's Trick-or-Treat party, with treat locations throughout the park.

The Christmas holiday season gets underway on Friday, Nov. 21, when the traditional “A Christmas Fantasy” daily parade and “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks make their seasonal debuts. The towering Christmas tree appears on Main Street, U.S.A., and the décor and nighttime show surrounding Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle will be will be more spectacular than ever. The lights and effects that appear after dark extend into Disneyland Central Plaza, down Main Street, U.S.A., and to the Christmas tree at Town Square for a sparkling transformation that sets the scene for “Believe … In Holiday Magic” fireworks with their magical snowfall finale.

Additional holiday highlights include the return, Nov. 21, of the “it's a small world” holiday attraction, celebrating holiday traditions around the world. Guests will visit Santa Claus throughout the season at Santa's Reindeer Round-up in Big Thunder Ranch, and those looking for a unique experience may book time with a guide for Disney's Holiday tours.

October 3, 2008

Abundance of Fall Fun at Disneyland Resort as New Shows and Attractions Enhance Traditional Halloween and Holiday Seasons

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ANAHEIM, Calif. " The giant Mickey Mouse Jack-o'-Lantern and the Town Square Christmas Tree will be the symbols of celebration for their respective holidays at Disneyland this fall. But the traditional fan favorites are only the beginning as Disneyland Resort welcomes new shows and immersive experiences, along with an exciting preview of things to come at Disney's California Adventure park.

It's all part of the fun as Disney Parks poses the question to guests: “What Will You Celebrate?” Whether it's the holidays, an anniversary, a family reunion or another special occasion, there's something for everyone at Disneyland Resort.

The fall season kicks off with a very special event: a once-in-a-lifetime private party in Disneyland for teen sensation Miley Cyrus. “Miley's Sweet 16 " Share The Celebration” will take place Sunday evening, Oct. 5, inside Disneyland. (The ticketed event is sold out). Miley will celebrate with family, friends and fans, perform a couple of songs, and recognize the outstanding contributions of Youth Service America, an organization that seeks to improve communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people serving as volunteers.

Beginning later in October, guests can enjoy an array of new attractions at Disneyland Resort, adding to the fun of the Halloween and Holiday seasons.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: On Friday, Oct. 24, “High School Musical 3: Right Here! Right Now!” premieres at Disney's California Adventure. The new street show celebrates the infectious energy of the upcoming theatrical motion picture “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” Featuring a cast of 14 dynamic singers and dancers, the show takes place on a traveling “rock concert” stage with stacks of speakers and rows of lights. Interactive sequences featuring hot new songs from the movie will draw guests into the streets of Disney's California Adventure for an exciting live concert experience.

PIXIE HOLLOW: The magical realm of Pixie Hollow appears in Disneyland on Tuesday, October 28. Entering along a pathway with an enchanted pool, between the entrances of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, guests are gradually immersed into the community of fairies. Guests will get the strange feeling that they are shrinking to fairy size as they encounter statues of Tinker Bell and her friends, and spot other evidence of the pixies' presence. When guests arrive at Tinker Bell's home, they will meet some of the pixies in person.

BLUE SKY CELLAR: For those who want to stay in-the-know about the expansion of Disney's California Adventure park, a preview center opens Monday, Oct. 20 at the Golden Vine Winery in Disney's California Adventure. The Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar " named for the Imagineers' ‘blue sky' creative process " displays never-before-seen models and art outlining the concepts and design for the park's coming attractions, along with a video presentation. The showcase will be updated regularly so that fans can stay abreast of developments.

SLEEPING BEAUTY CASTLE WALKTHROUGH: Sleeping Beauty Castle, a beloved Disneyland landmark since the park's debut in 1955, will open a “reawakened” version of its classic Castle walkthrough in time for the December holiday season. The new scenes inside the corridors tell the Sleeping Beauty story with modern special effects technology that recreates the look of the original Sleeping Beauty Castle walkthrough of the 1950s through the 1970s.

The new attractions and shows offer added value for Disney fans this fall as they enjoy all the traditional holiday attractions at Disneyland Resort.

Halloween highlights at Disneyland include the 16-foot-tall Mickey Mouse Jack-o'-Lantern on Main Street, U.S.A.; Woody's Halloween Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch; and Haunted Mansion Holiday, inspired by Tim Burton's “Nightmare Before Christmas,” which continues into the Christmas season.

At Disney's California Adventure, Halloween is celebrated at Candy Corn Acres, featuring Goofy's whimsical candy corn “crops.” Families also will enjoy a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience at the separate-admission nighttime Mickey's Trick-or-Treat party, with treat locations throughout the park.

The Christmas holiday season gets underway on Friday, Nov. 21, when the traditional “A Christmas Fantasy” daily parade and “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks make their seasonal debuts. The towering Christmas tree appears on Main Street, U.S.A., and the décor and nighttime show surrounding Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle will be will be more spectacular than ever. The lights and effects that appear after dark extend into Disneyland Central Plaza, down Main Street, U.S.A., and to the Christmas tree at Town Square for a sparkling transformation that sets the scene for “Believe … In Holiday Magic” fireworks with their magical snowfall finale.

Additional holiday highlights include the return, Nov. 21, of the “it's a small world” holiday attraction, celebrating holiday traditions around the world. Guests will visit Santa Claus throughout the season at Santa's Reindeer Round-up in Big Thunder Ranch, and those looking for a unique experience may book time with a guide for Disney's Holiday tours.

September 30, 2008

The All New Disneyland Birthday Club Delivers a Virtual Party Right to Your Computer

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As part of Disney Parks “What Will You Celebrate?” campaign, Disney fans of all ages will now be able to celebrate their birthdays with a personalized virtual party delivered right to their computers.

The all-new Disneyland Birthday Club, available online, adds to the fun of the magical offer announced on Sept. 18: Everyone who visits a Disneyland Resort theme park on their birthday in 2009 can get in free.

The Disneyland Birthday Club is a virtual club that offers Disney fans a complimentary Virtual Birthday Party via e-mail. After registering at www.Disneyland.com/BirthdayClub, they'll receive a “Happy Birthday” e-mail with birthday greetings from one of their favorite Disney characters, complete with “virtual" balloons and streamers, catchy birthday music and even a fantasy birthday cake with candles to "blow out," along with some additional birthday surprises.

The Disneyland Birthday Club Web site features birthday party planning tips, available upon registration.

The Disneyland Birthday Club is an at-home online feature, free with registration. Guests can also opt to join the Club when they register for the "Free On Your Birthday" ticket using the "What Will You Celebrate" link at www.Disneyland.com. Guests can begin using "Free On Your Birthday" tickets on Jan. 1, 2009.

Disneyland Birthday Club registration is now open. The first birthday e-mails will be sent in November. A Spanish-language version of the Birthday Club site, www.DisneylandEspanol.com/BirthdayClub, will go online in late September.

The offer for free admission on your birthday in 2009 is also good at Walt Disney World Resort, as Disney Parks embraces a new trend in family travel called “celebration vacations.” This newly identified national trend shows that American families are hitting the road to mark life's special occasions " birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, reunions and more " with a “celebration vacation.”

In 2009, Disney Parks will champion this growing trend with new entertainment and services that allow guests to turn their personal milestones into magical Disney experiences. Disney presented the trend to guests with a first-ever opportunity to visit free on their birthday.

“Birthdays are the one occasion that we all share every year,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, at an announcement event today in New York. “We thought a free birthday ticket would be the icing on the cake as we extend this new ‘celebration vacation' trend to Disney Parks.”

To help guests plan their celebrations, the magic-makers at Disney are prepared to make it easier than ever for guests to plan celebrations large and small, customizing and personalizing each experience. New Web tools can help customize any celebration.

September 29, 2008

Celebrate Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort with Family Fun, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Disney's Happiest Haunt Tours

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Anaheim, Calif. " Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort will fill Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks with not-so-scary spook-tacular entertainment beginning Friday, Sept. 26 and continuing through Sunday, November 2.

The season of tricks and treats will be celebrated at Disneyland Resort with the traditional giant “Mickey Mouse” jack-o'-lantern in Disneyland Town Square, Haunted Mansion Holiday in New Orleans Square and Candy Corn Acres in Disney's California Adventure, along with festive foods, a lively mix of Disney characters in Halloween costumes and year two of Disney's Happiest Haunt Tours.

During regular park hours at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort offers parents and children plenty of family-friendly fun in addition to the parks' many popular adventures. Halloween Time activities include special shows, meet-and-greets with Disneyland characters in spirited costumes, along with opportunities to decorate Halloween cookies and listen to storytellers at “Woody's Halloween Roundup” at Big Thunder Ranch.

Dedicated fans of Halloween and the Disney parks will want to sign up to experience all the “hot and cold running chills” of the season on Disney's Happiest Haunt Tour, an expanded version of the Halloween tour launched in 2007. From Sept. 26 to Oct. 31, the three-hour Disney's Happiest Haunt Tour will be offered twice a day, beginning at the “witching hours” of 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. The tour, conducted by a “unique” Disneyland Resort tour guide, includes the stories behind some of Disney parks' spookiest attractions, told from the perspective of Disney villains. Stops at thrilling attractions including the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Haunted Mansion Holiday, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Snow White's Scary Adventure are among the highlights of the tour.

Disney's Happiest Haunt Tour is darkly humorous and spooky and is not recommended for young children or for those who might not enjoy the featured attractions (or might not meet the 40-inch height requirement for Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad). The tour fee is $59 and does not include park admission. Guests who take the tour receive an exclusive collectible remembrance and a Halloween treat. Each tour group has a maximum size of 20 guests. Tours may be booked up to 20 days in advance by calling (714) 781-4400.

Popular, family-friendly entertainment also returns for the Halloween season. At Disney's California Adventure Sunshine Plaza is the Candy Corn Acres, where Mickey Mouse's pal Goofy sets out to grow the West's biggest and most unusual candy corn, including candy corn coconuts, candy corn carrots and candy corn pumpkins. The Plaza will be overgrown with the “fruits” of Goofy's labor.

Also returning for the season is Haunted Mansion Holiday. Inspired by the innovative animated film, Tim Burton's “Nightmare Before Christmas,” Haunted Mansion Holiday comes to life when Jack Skellington and his friends create holiday mayhem at the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square.

A perfect way to celebrate Halloween in special Disney style is the one-of-a-kind Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party. This private costume party lets little ones laugh and play with some of their favorite Disney Characters"including Mickey himself"and ride select attractions as they trick-or-treat through Disney's California Adventure park. The experience also includes interactive games, “spirited” music, and a nightly character cavalcade. It's an unforgettable evening of Halloween fun for everyone. Dates for Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party are Oct. 3, 10, 16. 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and 31. Tickets are $29 per person when purchased at least one day in advance, $37 per person for tickets purchased day-of and for all Oct. 31 tickets. They may be purchased online at www.disneyland.com or by calling (714) 781-4400.

Throughout the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time, families can enjoy unique Halloween-themed food items including Zero's Ghostly Ghoulash, a favorite of Jack Skellington's pet in “Haunted Mansion Holiday,” and merchandise including Disney costumes, collectible pins and coins and a special set of Halloween-themed Mickey Mouse ears resembling the Mickey jack-o'-lantern in Town Square.

For more information about Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort and new attractions, visit www.disneyland.com/halloween.

September 18, 2008

Disney Parks Announce 'What Will You Celebrate?'

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LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN: In a New York City ballroom on Sept. 18, 2008, Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Jay Rasulo (pictured) announced that Disney Parks will welcome guests in 2009 with free theme park admission on their birthday. The free one-day, one-park ticket is good for birthday celebrants in 2009 at any theme park at Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. In 2009 during "What Will You Celebrate?", Disney Parks will roll out new entertainment and services that allow guests to turn their personal milestones into magical Disney experiences. Guests can get more details at www.disneyparks.com. (Diane Bondareff, photographer)

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A BIG APPLE CELEBRATION: A Disney balloon vendor, Mickey Mouse and a group of children join Jay Rasulo (center), chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Sept. 18, 2008 during an impromptu visit to New York City's Times Square. The visit followed Rasulo's announcement that Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will welcome guests in 2009 with free theme park admission on their birthday. Disney Parks have embraced a new travel trend called "celebration vacations" by adding new entertainment and add-on services that allow guests to turn personal milestones such as birthdays and anniversaries into magical Disney memories. (Diane Bondareff, photographer)

August 26, 2008

Disneyland Half Marathon Runners Travel a Magic Course Through Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. (August 22, 2008) " The Disneyland Resort is celebrating health, fitness and family fun with more than 18,000 participants who registered for the third annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, August 29-31. The highlight of the weekend is a 13.1 mile event affectionately dubbed “The Happiest Race on Earth.”

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Participants in the Disneyland Half Marathon will travel a course unlike any half marathon in the world. It passes through the two Disneyland Resort theme parks " Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure " and it's full of Disney inspiration with flaming cannons at the start, live entertainers all along the route, and Disney characters as cheerleaders. Many of the participants will be dressed like their favorite Disney characters, including Minnie Mouse and Tinker Bell, and some even stop mid-race to pose with Mickey Mouse and his pals for photos commemorating both the race and Disney Parks' ongoing Year of a Million Dreams celebration.

In three and one-half hours or less, runners will pass Disneyland icons such as Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Matterhorn, and they will also pass Anaheim landmarks such as the Honda Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim and the Anaheim Convention Center before finally crossing the finish line in the Downtown Disney District.

The Disneyland Half Marathon has become a popular road race for its flat loop course and mild climate, ideal for personal best times. Hosted by the Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim, it reached registration capacity in July. More than 13,500 runners are scheduled to participate in the Half Marathon on August 31, and 5,000 participants will be competing in the Family Fun Run 5K and Kids' Races on August 30, with participants from all 50 U.S. states and 16 countries.

"We are excited to welcome guests from all around the country to the third annual Disneyland Half Marathon," said Ed Grier, president of the Disneyland Resort. "By joining together with the City of Anaheim and other partners, we are able to provide participants with a unique race around the Anaheim Resort Area that will benefit the Anaheim Community Foundation." A monetary donation will be made to the Anaheim Community Foundation, the 2008 beneficiary of the Disneyland Half Marathon.

The Disneyland Half Marathon weekend is full of activities for the whole family, beginning on Friday, August 29, with the opening of the Disneyland Health and Fitness Expo. The two-day celebration of health and fitness features celebrity runner appearances and seminars on training, racing and nutrition, along with opportunities to experience the latest in running and fitness equipment. Expo hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Aug. 29, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 30.

This year's Family Fun Run 5K celebrates the debut of Toy Story Mania!, an immersive attraction that opened in June at Disney's California Adventure. Runners in the 5K will encounter their favorite characters from the Toy Story films, from Green Army Men marching off the start to Woody and Buzz at the finish line. Little runners (8 and under) will join in the fun with sprints, a 400-yard-dash and a Diaper Dash for crawlers.

Disneyland Half Marathon race finishers will earn a special commemorative medal depicting Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, one in a series of Disney race-specific medals.

A new award, the Disney Coast to Coast medal, will be presented to an estimated 1,000 runners who complete the 2008 Disneyland Half Marathon and who also completed either the Walt Disney World Marathon or Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January, 2008. Awarded for the first time this summer, the Coast to Coast medal showcases the iconic “Partners Statue,” of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend builds off the successful 15-year history of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which is operated by Disney's Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. and is traditionally held in January. More than 195,000 runners, joggers and wheelchair athletes have successfully participated in the previous Walt Disney World Marathon Weekends. For more information, see www.disneyworldsports.com.

The Disneyland Half Marathon is part of the Disney's Endurance Series, which gives recreational athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to walk, jog, run, bike and swim their way “around the world.” From running marathons to road races and triathlons, participating athletes from around the (Disney) world compete to stay in shape, to achieve personal-best times and often to raise donations for charitable causes.

The next Disneyland Half Marathon will take place on Sept. 6, 2009.

August 24, 2008

Disneyland Hotel ‘Character Quarters’ Keep the Magic Alive

ANAHEIM, Calif."August 19, 2008" When it comes to magical vacation experiences at the Disneyland Hotel, it's character that counts. That's why the famous resort hotel, located next to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks, is now featuring the opportunity to book Character Quarters " connecting rooms for children that are specially themed with Mickey Mouse or Disney princess décor.

Character Quarters are standard, smaller guest rooms that have a connecting door adjacent to a standard guest room. By reserving Character Quarters and a standard guest room, guests can guarantee connecting rooms, which are ideal for families traveling with younger children. (Character Quarters cannot be booked without a connecting standard guest room.)

Each Character Quarters room features a themed television set and two twin beds. The Mickey Mouse-themed quarters have flat screen televisions, floor-to-ceiling Mickey décor, furnishings, fixtures and amenities that match the rich, blue carpeting with lively “hidden Mickey” swirls and bright golden stars.

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The Disney princess-themed rooms offer furnishings fit for royalty. The rooms are beautifully adorned with carpeting, wall coverings, Cinderella comforters and other amenities fit for a princess.

“The all-new Character Quarters allow our guests to immerse themselves in character magic typically only found in our theme parks,” said Tony Bruno, vice president of Disneyland Resort Hotels.

The Disneyland Hotel is the only hotel where guests can stay the night completely surrounded in the world of Mickey Mouse and Disney princesses, extending the magic of their experience at the Disneyland Resort.

For more information, please visit www.disneyland.com or call (714) 956-MICKEY.

August 23, 2008

Best of Both Worlds: Hannah Montana's Miley Cyrus to Celebrate 'Sweet 16' Birthday and Honor Youth Volunteers at Disneyland Bash

ANAHEIM, Calif. (August 21, 2008) " When the world's most popular teenager turns “Sweet 16,” it's cause to celebrate. And when that teen is Miley Cyrus " star of Disney's “Hannah Montana” " there's no better place to celebrate than at a Disney Park.

To honor the occasion and Miley's philanthropic passion, Disneyland Resort in California has created “Miley's Sweet 16 " Share The Celebration,” an unforgettable event for Miley and her fans that also will serve to recognize Youth Service America and help drive awareness of the need for youth volunteerism.

The Hollywood-style bash is planned for Sunday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 11 p.m., with ticket sales limited to 5,000 fans.

Tickets, priced at $250, go on sale at 9 a.m. PDT, Saturday, Aug. 30, at www.disneyparks.com/miley.

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For Miley, the birthday bash is a once-in-a-lifetime event and she plans to make new Disney theme park memories during the evening. “I only turn 16 once, so it's going to be an awesome party with my favorite rides, hanging out with friends, fireworks and more,” she said. “I'll even get to sing a couple songs.”

The evening will celebrate Miley's career as a Hollywood Records solo musical artist and as the “secret pop star” she portrays on the wildly popular Disney Channel series, “Hannah Montana.”

Miley's Sweet 16 at Disneyland will feature a medley of party elements, large and small, that will allow guests to join in the celebration of Miley's magical milestone. Special Party Zones will highlight the music and fun of Miley and Hannah Montana with themed activities and entertainment. Some of Miley's favorite attractions will be open in each Party Zone, and the party will end with a bang as fireworks fill the Disneyland sky.

Sharing the Celebration with Youth Service America

In addition to all the birthday fun, Miley's Sweet 16 will shine a spotlight on Youth Service America, an organization that seeks to improve communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people, ages 5 to 25, serving as volunteers. (For more information, visit www.YSA.org.)

In keeping with Miley's passion for youth volunteerism, Disney Parks will make a significant contribution to Youth Service America.

With the organization's involvement in “Miley's Sweet 16 " Share The Celebration,” Miley said she hopes that other young Americans will be encouraged to volunteer in their own hometowns.

“The best part of the party is we're going to recognize some really cool kids from Youth Service America who are giving back to their community,” she said. “That's so awesome because I think it's really important for kids like us to volunteer.”

For More Party Information

For ongoing information about “Miley's Sweet 16 - Share The Celebration” party at Disneyland Park in California, as well as details on how to obtain tickets, fans may go to www.disneyparks.com/miley for details.

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