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Come Celebrate All Things Star Wars at Disneyland Park on May the 4th

Disneyland park is the place to be on this special day as we celebrate Star Wars! You already know that Tomorrowland is filled with new galactic experiences like Star Wars Launch Bay and Hyperspace Mountain, and now on May 4, 2016, fans can join even more special celebrations!

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Head over to Tomorrowland Theater for a special screening of an episode from the hit Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels. In the fan-favorite episode, “Shroud of Darkness,” Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka return to the Jedi Temple on Lothal to find out how the Inquisitors have continually been able to track the rebels. Seeking the advice of Yoda, voiced by Frank Oz, the three will experience powerful visions that reveal the future, the past and old friends long gone.

Jedi and Sith alike can find special commemorative merchandise and all-new Star Wars collector glasses. And be sure to capture your memories from the day at a unique, themed photo location.

Then the party jumps into lightspeed at 6 p.m. at the Galactic Grill Stage with a fan celebration, where Star Wars trivia and other special surprises will take place throughout the evening.

So join us, you will, for May the 4th and celebrate Star Wars at Disneyland park!


Support Star Wars: Force for Change at Disney Parks Starting May 4, 2016

We’re happy to announce Star Wars: Force for Change returns to Disney Parks starting May 4, 2016.

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This year, we will offer t-shirts for adults and youth that feature the logo for the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. These shirts are the first products for the new film created especially for Disney Parks.

Twenty-five percent of the retail sale price of this product will be donated to U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power. UNICEF Kid Power gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, kids can go on missions, earn points and unlock therapeutic food packets for severely malnourished children around the world.

The shirts will be released at the following locations:

Disneyland Resort

Walt Disney World Resort

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Tatooine Traders and Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Disney SpringsStar Wars Galactic Outpost and Once Upon A Toy
  • Magic Kingdom Park – Merchants of VenusThese items will not be available on the Disney Parks online store or via the Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will revolve around a rogue band of resistance fighters who unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy. The film arrives in theaters on December 16, 2016.

    To learn more about Star Wars: Force for Change, please visit ForceForChange.com.

    The U.S. Fund for UNICEF does not endorse any brand or product. No portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible.


Complete Foodie Guide to Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at Disneyland Resort

We’re just two weeks away from the beginning of the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival and Disney is sharing menus for the eight themed marketplaces, each celebrating springtime in California. In addition to the marketplaces, several restaurants in Disney California Adventure park will also have special festival-inspired menu items.

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Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces

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  • Chilled Ahi Poke with avocado crème and Wakame salad, topped with sesame tuile
  • Pork Belly Bao Taco with pickled vegetables
  • Milk Chocolate Caramel Tart with almond brittle and sea salt

The Vineyard

  • Cabernet Flight
  • Chardonnay Flight
  • Pinot Noir Flight
  • Wine and Cuvée by the glass

Wine Country

  • Zinfandel-Braised Wagyu Beef with creamy polenta and spring pea puree
  • Roasted Yellow Beets and Purple Haze Goat cheese with baby greens, green ver jus, sultanas and cashews
  • Blackberry Tart with rosemary vanilla bean crème fraîche and a Cabernet wine glaze

¡Viva Fresca!

  • Fried Shrimp Soft Taco with pickled red onion-jalapeno, queso fresco and avocado-lime crèma
  • Anaheim Chile and Roasted Cauliflower Burrito with Jack cheese and avocado-lime crèma

Gold Rush

  • Triple Cheese Mac with Smoked Chicken featuring Fontina, Cheddar and Gouda cheeses
    Artichoke Chips with Spicy Aioli
  • Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie with maple cream cheese icing and bacon brittle

The Brewhouse

  • Southern California Beer Flight
  • Northern California Beer Flight
  • Craft beers by the glass

The Farm

  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider with chimichurri sauce
  • Golden Thai Vegetable Curry with jasmine rice
  • Meyer Lemon Macaron with blackberry marmalade, Meyer lemon cream and dried bluberry dust

By The Bay

  • White Cheddar Ale and Bacon Soup, served in a Boudin sourdough mini-boule
  • Chilled Shrimp and Snow Crab Cocktail
  • Coconut Tapioca layered with fresh mango and lychee boba, topped with green tea micro sponge and mango-couli sesame tuile
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Festival-Inspired Specialty Items at Disney California Adventure Restaurants

Carthay Circle Restaurant

  • Specialty menu item and wine pairing every week

Carthay Circle Lounge

  • Carthay Cobb Salad
  • Caribbean Club Sandwich

Pacific Wharf Café

  • Dungeness Crab Corn Chowder served in a Boudin sourdough boule

Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill

  • Shredded Pork Tostadas with grilled pineapple slaw and chipotle crèma

Lucky Fortune Cookery

  • Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings

Wine Country Trattoria

  • Fresh Strawberry and Pistachio Cream Tart, paired with a featured wine

Mendocino Terrace, Sonoma Terrace and Hollywood Backlot Studio Bars

  • Sausage and Cheese Plate
  • Fruit and Cheese Plate

Hollywood Backlot Studio Bars

  • Soft Twisted Pretzel with Cheese Sauce
  • Fruit and Cheese Plate
  • Sausage and Cheese Plate

The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will take place weekends in April, beginning April 1, 2016. Select marketplaces will also be open Monday through Thursday.


Captain America and Spider-Man Come to Disney California Adventure Park April 3

Just ahead of the opening of “Captain America: Civil War,” the First Avenger is making a triumphant return to the Disneyland Resort. Captain America will begin making appearances next month at Disney California Adventure park. Also swinging in to join Cap on his latest mission in Hollywood Land will be everyone’s favorite web slinger, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

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With this move, we can also tell you the last day to experience Super Hero HQ in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park will be Saturday, April 2, so be sure to stop by before then if you’d like to suit up at Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries or journey across the Bifrost for an encounter with the Mighty Avenger at Thor: Treasures of Asgard.

Look for Spider-Man and Captain America at Disney California Adventure Park beginning April 3, and you can catch Steve Rogers in “Captain America: Civil War” in theaters in 3D on May 6, 2016.


New Stage Musical “Frozen – Live At The Hyperion,” Opens May 27, 2016, At Disney California Adventure

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” the new musical adaptation based on Disney’s blockbuster animated film, will officially open at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park on May 27, 2016.

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This new show will immerse guests in the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa with all of the excitement of live theater, including elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, show-stopping production numbers and unique theatrical surprises.

With “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” coming this summer, guests will soon be saying goodbye to one of their other “Frozen” favorites, “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.” Fans of the sing-along will want to catch it one last time, before it melts away forever on April 17, 2016.


New Details Announced for Star Wars-Themed Lands for Disney Parks

Exciting details about the Star Wars-themed lands planned for the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts were shared on the “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” special that recently aired on ABC.

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Walt Disney Imagineering has joined forces with the imagination of Lucasfilm to bring this galaxy to life, and the illustrations shared during the TV special show the epic scale of these lands.

Guests will be able to step aboard The Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience.

And with the arrival of the First Order to the planet, visitors will find themselves in the middle of a tense battle between stormtroopers and Resistance fighters.

At 14 acres each, these richly detailed lands promise to immerse Guests in the Star Wars galaxy as never before, allowing theme to create their own adventure.

Stay tuned for more details about all the excitement coming to Disney Parks, the place where Star Wars lives.


 

Experience Disney PhotoPass Service in New Ways at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort guests will soon get to experience Disney PhotoPass Service in a whole new way! With a new website, access to your memories on the Disneyland mobile app and new photo opportunities – Disneyland is gearing up for an exciting year.

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Access to Your Memories, at Your Fingertips
Link, view, purchase and download your Disney PhotoPass photos using the Disneyland mobile app.

We are Adding Even More Magic to Our Magic Shots
Our new Animated Magic Shots add animation to your photos to make you the star of your very own video memory.

Capture More Memories than Ever
With new photographer locations and a new product, Disney PhotoPass+ One Day, you’ll be collecting more photos than ever.

We’ll be giving you an inside look into all that’s arriving in the coming days.


How to Plan an Unforgettable Girlfriends’ Getaway at the Disneyland Resort

As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to dazzle, 2016 is a great time for you and your girls to channel your inner princesses at the Disneyland Resort. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply spending quality girl time at the Happiest Place on Earth, try out these fun activities for a magical girlfriends’ getaway!

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Show off matching Mickey Ears, hats or t-shirts
Stepping out in matching Disney style is the perfect way to celebrate your friendship! Minnie ears from The Mad Hatter at Disneyland park, Disney t-shirts from Gone Hollywood at Disney California Adventure park or cute accessories from the World of Disney store in the Downtown Disney District make great photo props.

Capture your memories with Disney’s PhotoPass Service
Disney’s PhotoPass Service ensures that all the girls can get in the group photo. Friendly PhotoPass photographers will pose you in front of iconic locations in the parks, capture Disney Character greetings and even snap a photo with your personal cameras.

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Rejuvenate at Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
A getaway is not complete without pampering fit for a princess! The Balinese-themed Mandara Spa inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa provides an escape to paradise with relaxing massages, manicures, facials and more. Reservations are recommended.

Enjoy dinner in the park at Carthay Circle Restaurant
With an exquisite menu and décor inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, you and your best friends will dine like stars at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure park.

End a spectacular night with the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular
The recipe for a memorable night includes grabbing a cup of hot cocoa, cozying up near “it’s a small world” and spending quality time together as the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks sparkle in the skies above Disneyland park. This spot has a great view of the beautiful animated projections on the exterior of “it’s a small world,” too.

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Grab drinks at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
Located at the Disneyland Hotel, the torch-lit terrace of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is a relaxing spot to unwind and continue the fun after a day in the parks. This tropical-themed lounge evokes the feeling of a mystical oasis, and some colorful cocktails may conjure up magical surprises!

How do you have fun with your best friends at the Disneyland Resort?


Holidays By the Numbers at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney has put together some numbers on the holiday cheer at Disneyland park, and today I’m back with some festive figures for Disney California Adventure park!

9 – Height in feet of Sally’s traffic-cone Christmas tree in Cars Land

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50 – Performers in “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” at Paradise Garden

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2,000 – Square feet of snow play area at Olaf’s Snow Fest in Hollywood Land

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3,000 – Multi-colored LED lights on the Buena Vista Street Christmas tree

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New Super Hero Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort

What marvelous new merchandise is debuting at the Disneyland Resort? Here’s your first look at some exciting new offerings themed to some favorite super heroes.

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The amazing “web-slinger” apples can be found at Candy Palace and Hunny Spot in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. Don’t despair, East-coast crime fighters – Goofy’s Candy Company and Candy Cauldron in Disney Springs will be offering it soon as well.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Super Hero HQ in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park to see all of the amazing new offerings, here’s one more reason to check it out! D-Tech on Demand recently expanded to both merchandise locations within the Tomorrowland Expo Center. What does that mean? When you visit Super Hero HQ, you can create your very own D-Tech on Demand case for any of the following devices – iPhone® 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6/6+ as well as Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung Galaxy 5 and Samsung Galaxy 6. Once you have the perfect fit, select your favorite piece of art from 70 new themed designs featuring some of the characters that have assembled here.

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In approximately 10–15 minutes from start to finish, you’ll be ready to go! You can even personalize your phone case with your name!  Which super hero you’ll choose.


New “Paint the Night” Parade Dining Packages Coming to Disneyland

New dining packages with reserved viewing for the “Paint the Night” parade will be available beginning Jan. 11, 2016 at Disneyland Park.

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You can choose from dining packages at two restaurants – Blue Bayou Restaurant and Aladdin’s Oasis. At Blue Bayou Restaurant, the dining package includes a three-course meal. Viewing for the Blue Bayou Restaurant “Paint the Night” parade dining package will be located on Main Street U.S.A.

Over at Aladdin’s Oasis, you have the choice of three entrees. Guests will also have the option of taking their meal to-go or enjoying it in the Aladdin’s Oasis seating area. Parade viewing for the Aladdin’s Oasis “Paint the Night” parade dining package will be located near “it’s a small world.”

Reservations for both “Paint the Night” parade dining packages will be available soon.


Celebrate Halloween and Oktoberfest This Month in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

October is all about seasonal celebrations in the restaurants, shops and entertainment venues of the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Whether your taste runs to harvest, Halloween or “hoisting” a beverage for the occasion, the Downtown Disney District offers something for every age and every member of the family.

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Pumpkin is one of the predominant tastes of the season, and there is plenty to taste at locations throughout the Downtown Disney District: a pumpkin churro from the California Churro cart, a pumpkin macaroon from Kayla’s Cakes, Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks and a pumpkin smoothie made with almond milk, pumpkin, bananas and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg at Jamba Juice.

Halloween celebrants can enjoy an evening of “Scary-Oke,” including costume and karaoke contests, at Crossroads at House of Blues on Saturday, Oct. 31. LittleMissMatched is offering a Buy 3 Get One Free deal on limited-edition Halloween-themed socks.

And if, inspired by Haunted Mansion Holiday, you’d like to construct your own haunted gingerbread house, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will offer a Haunted Gingerbread House Building Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. A Gingerbread Kit and two seats at the work table are available for $48; additional seats would be $12 apiece.

Meanwhile, October brings with it the opportunity to show your Bavarian side with the celebration of Oktoberfest. Uva Bar is currently offering an Oktoberfest-inspired menu through October 31. Crossroads at House of Blues will have a special Oktoberfest Celebration this Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring specialty menu items, a stein-hoisting competition and a pretzel eating contest. Meanwhile, a special Oktoberfest menu at House of Blues features grilled bratwurst, schnitzel, apple strudel and giant Bavarian pretzels.

It’s a full month of October events at the Downtown Disney District. Choose your celebration!


Season of the Force Begins Nov. 16 at Disneyland Park

Disney Parks and Resorts is excited to debut all-new Star Wars experiences at Disneyland Park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in the coming months.

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Beginning Nov. 16, 2015, guets visiting Disneyland Park will have the chance to jump to lightspeed with Season of the Force, featuring opportunities to meet some of their favorite Star Wars characters, experience an exciting twist on a favorite attraction and more.

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Opening at Disneyland Park on Nov. 16 will be:

  • Star Wars Launch Bay – This new area will offer opportunities to visit with favorite Star Wars characters, special exhibits, peeks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens and much more.
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple – Coming in December, a twist on the Jedi Training experience will introduce new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.
  • Hyperspace Mountain – For a limited time, you can join an X-wing starfighter battle in this reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction.

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Other limited-time experiences include:

  • An opportunity to revisit favorite scenes from classic Star Wars films at Tomorrowland Theater.
  • Special themed food and beverage, merchandise and entertainment.

We’ll have dates to share soon for Season of the Force at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Disney Parks is also preparing to take you to a galaxy far, far away with new Star Wars-themed lands. With groundbreaking scheduled to take place in 2016 for our largest single-land expansions ever, building the new 14-acre lands will be major projects at both Disneyland Park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Work to make room for this new land at Disneyland Park in California will require the Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad to close temporarily. The following will suspend operations at the end of the operating day on Jan. 10, 2016:

The Disneyland Railroad, including all stations and attractions along the Rivers of America, including:

  • “Fantasmic!”
  • Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

Elsewhere in Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch – including Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree – will close permanently at the end of the operating day on Jan. 10, 2016.

Stay tuned for more details on Season of the Force at Disneyland Park, and keep an eye on Disney Travel News for more information about exciting Star Wars experiences coming to Disney Parks in both California and Florida.


New Premium Dining Experience Coming to Mickey’s Halloween Party At Disneyland Resort

During this fall’s Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort, you will be able to take part in a new premium dining experience – Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou.

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The evening begins with an intimate, spooky dinner featuring a themed three-course menu. During dinner, Dr. Facilier, from the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” will conjure his friends from the other side, bringing them to life in Blue Bayou Restaurant for a wickedly good time.

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After dinner, you will receive a limited-edition custom lithograph featuring art from a Disney Animator. Finally, the Shadow Man bids his guests adieu as they are escorted to a special viewing area for the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular.

Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou will run from 7-9:45 p.m. during Mickey’s Halloween Party nights Sept. 25-Oct. 31, 2015. The cost is $150 per person for adults and children (ages 3-9). Tax and gratuity are included. Admission to Mickey’s Halloween Party is not included and must be purchased separately.


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Returns November 13 Through January 6, 2016

Any time is a good time to start making holiday plans! The Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier when Holidays at the Disneyland Resort returns November 13 through January 6, 2016. The holiday season will sparkle even brighter this year, as the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to bring even more dazzle to our decked halls.

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We’ll have more information to share about all of the festive treats, merchandise and entertainment coming with the season,but for now, mark your calendar for Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, November 13 through January 6, 2016!


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