I love the Disneyland Hotel – it completely surrounds guests with the magic and nostalgia of Disneyland park, creating an experience that is unique among our Disney resorts. While all of the hotel’s guest rooms feature magical Disney touches, the Signature Suites are where guests can be fully immersed in the magic of Disneyland. We recently stepped inside these amazing suites to bring you an insider’s look.

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If I had to choose, I think I’d stay in the Adventureland Suite. I mean, the Stone Grotto – who could resist that? Which is your favorite Disneyland Hotel Signature Suite? Tell us in the comments!

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I want you to stop for a moment and think of a teacher who has had a major impact on your life. A teacher whose lesson plans went beyond the four corners of a classroom and carried you out into the real world. With that in mind I want to introduce you to Mindy Przeor, an elementary school physical education teacher in Mesa, AZ.

Running has always been a passion for this 34-year-old athlete. She uses it as a way to get to know herself, a way to see how far she can push herself, a chance set goals and an opportunity to build self confidence. It has taught her to be patient and overcome challenges. All values she feels today’s kids need to learn. “I think if we can teach kids at a young age to believe in themselves, to try new things, to set goals and empower them with those concepts, I think their going to go so much further in life,” says Mindy.

Looking to make a difference she got the support of the school administration and created a running club for students at her school. Something she once did for herself, she now teaches and shares with her students. What started out with 20 students the first year has more than double to 40 – 50 kids. The club meets twice a week after school to train and they participate in a community 5K or 10K once a month.

In January Mindy was able to create magic for three of her students. Working with the school district and parents she brought three girls to run the inaugural Tinker Bell 10K at Disneyland Resort in California. The kids were excited to take their first trip to Disney and experience two of their favorite things, rides and running.

I invite you to watch Mindy’s story and see how she inspires her students beyond the classroom.

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posted on April 25th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train achieved another milestone overnight last night, when Walt Disney Imagineering removed the final construction walls from around the attraction.

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These are the first photos we’ve shown that offer a look at what the entrance will look like, including both the Standby and FastPass entrances.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is scheduled to open later this spring. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more news and updates on the attraction.

For more on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train read the posts below:

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When we were kids, we would race home in the afternoons, grab a juice box and some string cheese (because snacks rock), and watch The Disney Afternoon. This wonderful block of programming on the Disney Channel was home to some of the greatest cartoons ever. While many 22 minute animated shows have come to pass since then, these ones will always hold a special place in our heart… especially because of their incredible theme songs. You might have forgotten some of the words, (we didn’t, but that’s because we’re really nerdy), but we promise these gems will get stuck in your head all over again. Here is the ranking of our personal favorites:

7. Bonkers

This one has plenty of zip and lots of zany. It’s a little fast paced, which makes us wonder if we ever knew any of the words except that low toned “Bonkers!” Also, there’s a cameo by the Mad Hatter, which we love.

6. TaleSpin
We love the sense of adventure (and a bit of danger) right off the bat. Thankfully, Baloo is at the helm of the Sea Duck, so we feel better about the situation. Then we start singing, “Oh-we-oh Talespin! Oh-we-oh Talespin!” and all seems right in the world.

5. Gargoyles

If we’re being honest, this particular theme song scared this writer as a child. It received a higher ranking for its intensity factor that we can now appreciate as adults. There is dramatic music, swooping gargoyles, and intense weather scenes. If you ask us, it’s all kinds of epic.

4. Darkwing Duck

“Let’s get dangerous!” Darkwing Duck taught us many things as kids. The least of which is that when there’s trouble, you call D.W. We like this theme song because it has lots of intrigue, but also shows off the hijinks that Darkwing Duck, Launchpad McDuck, and Gosalyn Mallard all get into. Also, that part with the rain jackets and umbrellas is classic.

3. Goof Troop
All we can say is “remix!” There’s lots of Goofy goofiness and Max in his super cool shades. For some reason, we have a feeling this song would be great a cappella, which makes us love it even more. Plus, we get a sampling of Max’s great dance moves, which make an appearance in A Goofy Movie. Now we kind of want to listen to “Stand Out,” too.

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2. Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers

This theme song has it all: action, hijinks, and cheese. We also love how you get a good sense of what each character is like. From the brainy Gadget to the goofy Dale, there’s a character for everyone to relate to. Plus, Zipper just does all kinds of impressive things (talk about an underrated character.) Just remember,  “There’s no case too big, no case too small, when you need help just call, C-c-chhhhiiip and Dale Rescue Rangers!”

1. DuckTales

This song is just magical. There’s no way to deny it. There’s the giant vault of money that Scrooge McDuck goes swimming in, Huey, Dewey, and Louie shaking their duck tails, and Webby kissing a shark. There’s pie-throwing, d-d-d-danger, mummies, AND aliens. Seriously, this theme song has it all. Nothing can top this one, especially since a couple of us got to live it in real life.

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And now guess what’s stuck in your head? “DuckTales, oo-woo-oo!”

There you have it, our very arbitrary but important ranking of Disney Afternoon theme songs. Which one is your favorite?

The best time of year for a Bambi movie night is upon us! Listening to “Drip, drip, drop, little April showers” at any other time of year wouldn’t be quite so perfect. Like Tangled and Frozen before, we’ve created everything you need to host an adorable themed movie night, this time with an outdoor spin, since we’re honoring the king of the forest.

Pine Cone Almond Herb Dip

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The best part of our Disney-themed movie nights is obviously the snacks. Good movie night snacks will look as beautiful as they are delicious. That’s why we had to try this pine cone dip trick. It’s pretty simple and can be modified based on which herbs and seasonings you prefer. We went for a sweet-meets-savory flavor for our version, combining fresh rosemary, sea salt, pepper, pepper flakes, and dried cranberries and blending into a cream cheese base. You could just as easily use pub cheese or try a chipotle salsa-infused cream cheese version–the whole point is to create a firm cream cheese base on which to assemble your pine cone. Step three: win the best party dip award (if there were such a thing).

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Once you’ve incorporated your ingredients, use a spatula to mold the dip roughly into an oval shape that is a bit rounder on one edge, like a pine cone on its side. Then, stick almonds into the dip starting at what would be the tip of the pine cone, then creating a pattern of alternating rows all the way down to the bottom. Make sure the almonds overlap a bit to create a true pine cone effect.

You can choose your favorite dipping food to compliment the dip. We chose pretzels, AKA twigs (couldn’t resist).

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Bambi Movie Night Craft: DIY Terrarium

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Terrariums are great because the possibilities are endless. They can be tiny or gigantic, any shape, and can contain whatever plants and rocks you’d like.

We chose moss because it seemed to fit the vibe of the forest in Bambi. We also added a very special character in Vinylmation form, flower. (get it, Flower, terrarium?)

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To create your Bambi-themed terrariums, pick a selection of sand, rocks, pebbles, and dirt. Layer however you’d like; it’s best to keep space for sand and dirt at the top for your plants to take root.

Finally, plant air plants, succulents, or cacti at the top and arrange any rocks, moss, or Disney trinkets around the plants!

Thumper’s “Just the Blossoms” Cake

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One of our favorite Bambi moments is when Thumper teaches Bambi how to eat the blossoms because “that’s the good stuff.” That little bunny somehow makes flowers look so delicious. In that vein, we decided to make a cake topped with edible flowers, so we could get in on that blossom-eating. The best thing about this trick is that, if you’re not the world’s best baker, you can do a very simple recipe or even buy a pre-made cake and use the flower petals as your signature addition that will still get a lot of ooohs and ahhhs from your guests.

Make (or buy, if you’re short on time!) your favorite type of cake and frost. We like the simple white cream cheese frosting since it’s such a good base for beautiful bright flowers, but any color will do. You’ll need to track down some edible flowers, which is easier than it sounds. Many of the flowers you’ll find in your backyard, grocery store, or local garden store are in fact edible. It only takes a few buds to cover an entire cake. Some of our favorite types of edible flowers include pansies, marigolds, roses,  carnations, camomile, chrysanthemum, dandelion, and daisies. Be sure to wash and dry them thoroughly as you would with fresh fruit and vegetables!

To apply, simply pluck the petals from the flowers, saving a few whole flowers for the centerpiece. You can either sprinkle the petals all around or apply them one-by-one if you’d like to achieve a more consistent pattern. We saved the biggest and brightest flower for the middle of the cake.

Disney movies can be dramatic, scary, and sometimes downright heart-wrenching, but as viewers we always know to hold out hope. If our heroes can just make it through their toughest times, something better than great is waiting over the horizon for them: the Best Moment Ever.

Disney.com wants to know about your Best Moment Ever, and is giving you the chance to make some more super-special moments of your own. One lucky person who enters the Best Moment Ever Sweepstakes by submitting a photo and a short sentence about their moment will receive a grand prize package that includes a 4 day/3 night vacation for four to Walt Disney World Resort, complete with hotel, airfare, and additional perks.

For your chance to win and to see the full sweepstakes details, visit the Best Moment Ever website and enter today!

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posted on April 25th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


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Disney and Marvel fans Assemble! Adventures by Disney just announced an exclusive, special departure that will propel you on a power-packed vacation of a lifetime. From November 10 – 16 of this year, the Adventures by Disney Southern California: Disney Backstage itinerary is packing extra might by providing you access to the inaugural runDisney Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend.

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Not only will this trip include a rare, behind-the-magic private tour of The Walt Disney Studios, but you and your family can receive access to the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon and 5K (currently sold out!), including two group pre-race runs and access to the nighttime ‘Pasta in the Park’ party. The trip will also take you on a tour of Walt Disney Imagineering and The Jim Henson Company, which are not regularly open to the public.

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Let your Disney Side show with a two-day, VIP experience at the Disneyland Resort, with special FASTPASS service to multiple rides at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park. You will also get a private tour of Walt Disney’s Disneyland apartment and the Disneyland Dream Suite.

This mighty seven-day, six-night itinerary will unleash your inner super hero for a magical family vacation of a lifetime. For more information on the other iconic and glamorous activities included in this trip, please click here, or call 1-800-543-0865 for dates, availability and to make reservations.

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bg avatar Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’

posted on April 25th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


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“You ain’t never had a friend like me!”

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I don’t know about you, but every time I sit down in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park to watch “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular,” I know I’m in for a show-stopping stage production. This stage show has been taking viewers to “A Whole New World” for more than 10 years at the Disneyland Resort and continues to delight guests of all ages. Today, we continue the Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips series with our recommendations to keep “One Jump Ahead.”

  • Arriving early - If you are planning to watch “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular,” remember to plan to be in your seat at showtime. I always recommend arriving to the Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land about 20 minutes prior to the showtime you want to watch. Also, the theater is quite large, so it is a good idea to show up with your entire party to make sure you all get a seat together.
  • Finding the best seat for the show - On most days, guests have the option to enjoy the show from the Orchestra or Mezzanine level of the Hyperion Theater. Both offer great vantage points; so it’s truly a preference of how you like to enjoy the show. If want to see the sets and costumes up close and watch the magic unfold around you, I would recommend the Orchestra section. However, if you like to watch with a more panoramic view, and have a front row seat to a magical carpet ride (no spoilers, I promise) I would recommend the Mezzanine section.
  • Enjoying the show - With more than 35 performers and 18 scene changes in a performance, you can imagine that a lot of “backstage magic” happens throughout the 45 minute show. We ask that you please silence your cell phones at show time to not distract the performers and the guests around you. If you want to record the show, you are more than welcome – just please turn off the flash and make sure no external lighting is being emitted.
  • Leaving early - If you need to leave during the show, inform an usher on your way and let them know if you will be returning and they will give you a re-entry pass to the show. Remember, as soon as the show begins, there are no more guests allowed into the theater.

Where is your favorite spot to watch the show? Do you have any tips to get the best experience for this “Arabian Night”? Leave your answers in the comments below!

For more tips on how to best enjoy shows at Disneyland Resort, check out the following posts:

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When we think of wise Disney characters, often we think of Mufasa, Fairy Godmother, or Jiminy Cricket. But we have news for you—there are so many other wise Disney characters that don’t get the attention they deserve. We paired a few of our favorite ones with one of their best quotes:

Doorknob, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland
“Nothing’s Impossible!”
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Believe in yourself. If a doorknob has this positive of an outlook, you can too.

Dug, Up
“I have just met you, and I love you!”
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Have an open heart. It seems to work for Dug.

Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio
“Always let your conscience be your guide.”
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Listen to that little (cricket) voice inside your head.

Mufasa, The Lion King
“Look inside yourself. You are more than what you have become.”
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Things can’t always be “Hakuna Matata.” How will you deal with it?

Pocahontas, Pocahontas
“You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.”
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It’s important to keep an open mind, without literally having to walk in someone else’s shoes.

Ralph, Wreck-It Ralph
“I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.”
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Love who you are.

Alice, Burton’s Alice in Wonderland
“You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
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Embrace it. We’re all a little bonkers in our own way.

The Emperor, Mulan
“A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.”
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It just takes one person to start a movement, or to save China.

Auguste Gusteau, Ratatouille
“If you focus on what you have left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead!”
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If your past is the sewer, surely better things are to come.

Pabi, Frozen
“Only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.”
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Warm hugs will also thaw a frozen heart.

Merida, Brave
“Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.”
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March to your own beat. Merida is the perfect example.

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While recently photographing items in the home décor showroom at Disney Theme Park Merchandise headquarters, some awesome new coffee mugs caught my eye. I’ve shared in previous Disney Parks Blog stories about my intense love for coffee. I think drinking coffee from a Disney themed mug is the perfect way to start any day (I cherish my vintage EPCOT Center mugs). These new mugs reminded me of other merchandise that had subtle nods to Disney characters such as ear hats or shoe ornaments. As it turns out, Costa Alavezos, senior character artist with Disney Design Group, was inspired by those items when creating the designs.

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“When designing the mugs, I looked at the ear hat ornaments that my fellow artist Cody Reynolds designed,” explained Costa. “I wanted the mugs to stand out on the shelves, so hair became a great focal point for the designs. I love that you can immediately tell which character is represented just by looking at the different handles. I think the Ursula and Princess Jasmine mugs are my favorites.”

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I love the details on the mugs especially the Princess Aurora mug that has her pink dress on one side and her blue dress on the other side. I also liked the apple on the Snow White mug that is covered with red jewels.

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Next to these mugs, I spotted two newly released Disney Villain mugs that used character sketch artwork by Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones. You may recall seeing that artwork used on women’s apparel last fall as discussed in this Disney Parks Blog story.

These new mugs will be coming soon to select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. The will also be carried via our Disney Parks online store starting in May.

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