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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! Coming to Disney California Adventure Park Summer 2017

Beginning in summer 2017, the outrageous and irreverent gang will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! – a comically high-energy, rocking new adventure at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort. You will be right in the mix with characters from the blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” films.

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Deep inside his fortress-like collection, the mysterious Taneleer Tivan (aka The Collector) is displaying his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy. They are trapped in customized display cases, suspended over a vast abyss. Unbeknownst to their unscrupulous captor, the intrepid Rocket has escaped and is enlisting the Collector’s VIP guests for help. Guests board a gantry lift, which launches them into a chaotic and hilarious adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to break his fellow Guardians out of captivity.

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The new attraction will anchor a broader universe of Super Heroes that will grow over time at Disney California Adventure Park. This exciting new presence will transform the structure currently housing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (scheduled to close in early 2017) into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with all-new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. You will experience multiple random, unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift will rock to the beat of music inspired by the film’s popular soundtrack.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens summer 2017 at Disney California Adventure Park. Stay tuned to Disney Travel News as we’ll bring you more details as the attraction develops as well as opportunities to celebrate The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror before it closes in early 2017.

Scare up Some Fun with Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort September 9 Through October 31

The spookiest time of the year is almost here! Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort returns September 9 through October 31, bringing with it 17 nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party as well as seasonal favorites like Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday.

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Mickey’s Halloween Party guests can enjoy trick-or-treating, the exclusive “Halloween Screams” fireworks and more. And new this year, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (from Disney’s animated feature, “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”) will make his spooky ride through the heart of Disneyland park each night of the party!

Be sure to purchase your Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets early and mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • July 21: Tickets on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members
  • July 28: Tickets on sale to general public
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party 2016 dates: Friday, Sept. 23; Monday, Sept. 26; Wednesday, Sept. 28; Friday, Sept. 30; Monday, Oct. 3; Wednesday, Oct. 5; Friday, Oct. 7; Monday, Oct. 10; Wednesday, Oct. 12; Friday, Oct. 14; Monday, Oct. 17; Wednesday, Oct. 19; Friday, Oct. 21; Monday, Oct. 24; Wednesday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 29; and Monday, Oct. 31

Parking is not included in the ticket price and parking fees will apply. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a nonsmoking event. Smoking will be permitted in designated areas outside Disneyland Park in the Main Entrance Plaza.

Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets are subject to availability and are valid only for specific event dates and hours. Space is limited and event dates may sell out. Limit eight (8) tickets per person, per event date. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be resold. Tickets are not required for Guests ages 2 and under. Costumes subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive. Parking is not included. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Entertainment may be cancelled due to inclement weather or otherwise.

Top Ten Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disneyland Resort This Summer

From a new live stage show to all-new attractions, there’s so much for you to experience at the Disneyland Resort this summer! Here are ten experiences you won’t want to miss.

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  • The new “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” immerses Disney California Adventure Park guests in the emotional story of Anna and Elsa in an exciting theatrical interpretation for the stage, including elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, show-stopping production numbers and some unique surprises.
  • On Soarin’ Around the World at Disney California Adventure Park, you can take flight on an all-new adventure to exciting destinations.
  • The fun-filled Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, new in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, is rolling with fun as Luigi’s cugini (or family) have come from Carsoli, Italy, to help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs. You can join in the fun by hopping aboard miniature Italian roadsters, in the style of late 1950s micro cars. The cars perform the traditional dances of their village, moving to upbeat music and Luigi’s singing in a precision-choreographed dance across a trackless “dance floor.”
  • In Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park, Star Wars Launch Bay invites Guests to discover authentic replicas of film props and encounter Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca and Kylo Ren.
  • The Star Wars-themed transformation of Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain thrusts guests into an X-wing battle as they race through the darkness. The experience is enhanced by a new soundtrack, inspired by the Star Wars films’ musical themes and re-orchestrated to match every move in the attraction.

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  • At Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests can encounter a new adventure and characters from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” while journeying aboard a Starspeeder 1000.
  • Make sure you don’t miss their chance to see the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration dazzle and shine before the celebration ends Sept. 5, 2016.
  • The sparkling “Paint the Night” parade builds on the tradition of breathtaking nighttime parades in Disneyland park that began with the “Main Street Electrical Parade.” Illuminated almost entirely by LED lights, “Paint the Night” is a state-of-the art, vibrant wonder that immerses Guests in the magical, luminescent worlds of many Disney and Disney●Pixar characters.
  • The “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular entertains guests from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, surrounding the audience with music, dazzling visual projections and other special effects that bring the pyrotechnics to life in surprising new ways. You may enjoy the projections from multiple locations, including Main Street, U.S.A., and “it’s a small world” mall.
  • At Disney California Adventure Park, “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” is a fun-filled version of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular. Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris joins Mickey Mouse on a magical water canvas, bringing to life the remarkable story of Walt Disney and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score.

Soarin’ Around the World Is Now Open at Disney Parks

The wait is over! Disney Parks guests can finally experience Soarin’ Around the World, the newly reimagined attraction that whisks guests on a journey above more than a dozen wondrous international destinations around the world.

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The attraction is now open at three Disney Parks: Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort; Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort; and at Shanghai Disneyland (where the attraction goes by the name Soarin’ Over the Horizon).

Soarin’ Around the World elevates guests up to 40 feet into an 80-foot projection screen dome that fill’s a guest’s entire field of vision that gives them the sense of flight. During their journey, guests can expect to spy jaw-dropping natural and man-made landmarks like the Great Wall of China, Sydney Harbor in Australia, and the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Not only that, but a guest may find that their other senses are engaged, feeling, smelling and hearing the new world around them.

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In addition to the new attraction experience, the attraction at Epcot also added a third theater and reimagined its queue to feature a new game called “Soarin’ Challenge” that guests can play via smartphone while they wait. This complimentary travel trivia game allows guests to join hundreds of other players to answer questions on geography, cuisine, languages and more. Guests can also unlock passport stamps for their digital collection and aim to up their personal score on the leaderboard. Don’t have a mobile device? No problem – look to one of the in-queue displays to participate.

So tell us – what destination are you looking forward to flying over in Soarin’ Around the World?


All the Disneyland Resort is a Stage: Nighttime Spectaculars

We recently featured the 10 things you can’t miss at the Disneyland Resort, and today we’ll take a look at the amazing spectaculars that light up the night at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Don’t miss your chance to see these dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration spectaculars before the celebration ends this summer.

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“Disneyland Forever” fireworks – This nighttime fireworks spectaculars debuted in 2015 during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, lighting up the sky above Disneyland park. This street-to-sky experience surrounds you with music, fireworks, projections and special effects to bring you into the middle of magical Disney stories.

“World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” – This innovative and immersive nighttime spectacular presented on Paradise Bay in Disney California Adventure park combines water, color, fire, music and animation to share the story of Walt Disney and his dream of the Happiest Place on Earth.

Check back soon for a look at our dazzling parades as we continue our features on live entertainment throughout the Disneyland Resort.


Ten Experiences You Can’t Miss at the Disneyland Resort this Summer

From a new live stage show to all-new attractions, there’s so much to do at the Disneyland Resort this summer! Here are ten experiences you won’t want to miss.

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1.  The new “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” immerses Disney California Adventure park guests in the emotional story of Anna and Elsa in an exciting theatrical interpretation for the stage, including elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, show-stopping production numbers and some unique surprises.

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2. Take flight on an all-new adventure to exciting destinations when Soarin’ Around the World opens at Disney California Adventure park beginning June 17.

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3. The fun-filled Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, new in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, is rolling with fun as Luigi’s cugini have come from Carsoli, Italy, to help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs. Park guests join in the fun by hopping aboard miniature Italian roadsters, in the style of late 1950s micro cars. The cars perform the traditional dances of their village, moving to upbeat music and Luigi’s singing in a precision-choreographed dance across a trackless “dance floor.”

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4. In Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, Star Wars Launch Bay invites guests to discover authentic replicas of film props and encounter Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca and Kylo Ren.

5. The Star Wars-themed transformation of Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain thrusts guests into an X-wing battle as they race through the darkness. The experience is enhanced by a new soundtrack, inspired by the Star Wars films’ musical themes and re-orchestrated to match every move in the attraction.

6. At Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests encounter a new adventure and characters from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” while journeying aboard a Starspeeder 1000.

7. Don’t miss your chance to see the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration dazzle and shine before the celebration ends September 5, 2016.

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8. The sparkling “Paint the Night” parade builds on the tradition of breathtaking nighttime parades in Disneyland park that began with the “Main Street Electrical Parade.” Illuminated almost entirely by LED lights, “Paint the Night” is a state-of-the art, vibrant wonder that immerses guests in the magical, luminescent worlds of many Disney and Disney●Pixar characters.

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9. The “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular entertains guests from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, surrounding the audience with music, dazzling visual projections and other special effects that bring the pyrotechnics to life in surprising new ways. Guests may enjoy the projections from multiple locations, including Main Street, U.S.A., and “it’s a small world” mall.

10 .At Disney California Adventure park, “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” is a fun-filled version of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular. Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris joins Mickey Mouse on a magical water canvas, bringing to life the remarkable story of Walt Disney and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score.

What are you most excited to do at the Disneyland Resort this summer? Tell us in the comments!


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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