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Downtown Disney District to Offer Special Holiday Fun

by on November 28, 2017

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The holiday season is officially here and the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort is fully embracing the festiveness. Guests will see that the planters around the shopping and dining district are bursting with oversized ornaments and bright holiday lighting. There is also Christmas tree found in the center of the promenade.

Of course, there is lots of entertainment to experience, including a brand new caroling act called Holiday Harmony. The group is clad in ugly sweaters and they will perform fun Christmas carols.

Looking to meet the big man himself? Guests can attend Breakfast with Santa, which will take place at Catal Restaurant. Here, Guests are invited to join Santa Claus and his elves for a family-style breakfast, carolers and more! All kids will receive a Build-A-Bear Workshop teddy bear from Santa himself! This breakfast will take place on December 16 and December 21-22.

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Handmade Candy Canes are Back at Disneyland Resort

by on November 27, 2017

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One of the most popular events that takes place during the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort is the making of hand-pulled candy canes. It is not only entertaining to watch in the window, but they are also delicious to purchase. There is one small caveat though. The candy canes are in limited quantities! Very limited quantities.

The making of candy canes has been around for 49 years, since 1968 and they are made completely from scratch. This includes the mixing the ingredients and hand-pulling the candy to rolling, twisting and wrapping up the final products which end up measuring 18 inches long.

You’ll find these hand-pulled treats at the following locations on the following dates going forward:

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Disneyland Preview — Week of November 25

by on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror as we move forward through the holiday season! Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

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Lots of holiday touches at every turn at Disneyland! Make sure you check out the Festival of Holidays at California Adventure. In addition to food and drink kiosks sprinkled throughout the park, which are always well-received, Princess Elena of Avalor has a special show, and Disney ¡Viva Navidad! will be taking place throughout the Festival.

Over at Disneyland Park, the daytime parade has been replaced by A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic takes over for the evening fireworks. Also, the holiday overlays for it’s a small world and Haunted Mansion remain in place for the season. Over at Disney’s California Adventure, a couple of Cars Land attractions get the holiday treatment for the first time this year: Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters transforms into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl, and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree becomes Mater’s Jingle Jamboree. The resorts are all decked out with holiday decorations, including a gingerbread replica of the Grand Californian in that hotel’s lobby! Make sure you check out Rikki’s preview to learn more about what you can expect for the holidays.

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New Hotel and Parking Improvements Coming for Disneyland Resort

by on October 26, 2017

Big changes are on the horizon for the Disneyland Resort. It was announced that a brand new Four Diamond hotel will be opening up in 2021. This new hotel will transform the west end of the Downtown Disney District and it will also anchor a new gateway to the Disneyland Resort.

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This new hotel will feature 700 rooms and a sophisticated style. There will be extensive landscaping and water elements that will help to create a sort of oasis. The hotel will include a dedicated platform inside for direct transport into Disneyland via the monorail. This resort will provide plenty of views of the Downtown Disney District. In addition, there will be an upper-level restaurant and lounge which will give Guests a view of Disneyland’s fireworks. Speaking of restaurants, there will be many restaurants and shops that open onto an expansive landscaped plaza complete with water features.

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New Dream Boutique Opens at Downtown Disney

by on October 9, 2017

Dream Boutique

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This weekend, following a brief refurbishment, Disneyland Resort opened up the new Dream Boutique shop in the Downtown Disney District. This location offers a wide variety of character apparel, accessories, headwear and other products. The location also carries Disney Princess costumes complete with matching accessories. In addition, a variety of plush and toys are available too.

The Dream Boutique has replaced the Anna & Elsa’s Boutique and is now solely a merchandise location; the shop no longer offers makeovers. Guests ages 3-12 looking to get makeovers  into elegant princesses or dashing knights can visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique found inside Disneyland. Reservations for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique can be made by calling (714) 781-STYLE.

See the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Today at Downtown Disney in Disneyland

by on October 9, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poster

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Ok Star Wars fans! Do you want to catch the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer that debuts today with lots of other fellow Star Wars fans? If you’re in the Anaheim area, you’ll want to head over to Downtown Disney where you’ll be able to catch the brand new trailer on a giant screen outside the AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theatres.

The fun begins at 5:00 p.m., with a live DJ, trivia and giveaways; all counting down to the trailer’s premiere. The trailer will debut during halftime of the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears Monday Night Football game. (The game will start at 5:15 p.m. PDT).  Once the trailer is over, Guests will want to head over to the AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater box office where they can purchase tickets for the movie that will open in theaters on December 15.

For those of you who aren’t in the Anaheim area, you’ll be able to see the preview by watching Monday Night Football on ESPN. Tickets for the movie will go on sale online immediately following the trailer. Who’s buying tickets?

Halloween Time Hits the Downtown Disney District

by on September 22, 2017

Halloween Time

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With today being the official first day of fall, it’s time to celebrate the Halloween Time season at Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney District.

Guests will be welcomed into Downtown Disney with festive Halloween décor, seasonal entertainment and for the first time, special fall-themed landscaping.

To start with, there will be more than 1,600 real pumpkins that have been integrated into the landscaping in unique ways. There will be themed plants nestled into planters among flowers and raised high above in towers. Guests will find a mix of tropical fall plants, such as canna lilies and copperleaves, as well as traditional plants, including mums and marigolds.

If you’re looking for a Halloween treats, Guests can pick up a Sprinkles Halloween BOO box loaded with Vanilla Milk Chocolate, Red Velvet, Black and White and Caramel Apple cupcakes. Or if you head over to Wetzel’s Pretzels, you can enjoy pumpkin spice bitz with pumpkin caramel dipping sauce. (What?!) If you’re in the mood for a beverage,  pick up a Halloween-inspired cocktails at UVA Bar and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Or choose a pumpkin-flavored smoothie at Jamba Juice.

Finally, Guests will be able to enjoy SCAREolers who will entertain guests with ghoulish songs on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in October. (And, yes, also on Halloween night.) They will perform songs such as “Grim Grinning Ghosts” and “I Put A Spell On You.”

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort this year just seems to be getting better and better, and with these events at Downtown Disney, it going to be a spooktacular time!

Two Shops at Downtown Disney Closing to Make Way for New Virtual Experience

by on August 17, 2017

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire - Downtown Disney

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Recently it was announced that an all new virtual experience themed around Star Wars, called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire would be coming to Downtown Disney in the Disneyland Resort. The question was, where will this experience be located? It seems that it will officially be going in the space of Disney Vault 28 and Fossil. Both stores will be closing soon, by the end of September to make way.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will be a brand new collaboration between Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and THE VOID which will take Guests literally into the Star Wars world via a hyper-reality experience. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will allow fans to move freely in an untethered, social, and multi-sensory experience and Guests will be able to interact with friends, fans, and even some characters.

It is still currently unclear where the experience will be found at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will open this holiday season on both coasts. Stay tuned to the blog for more details!

Parking Policy Changes at Downtown Disney in Disneyland

by on August 8, 2017

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Changes are taking place at Disneyland in regards to the parking policies at Downtown Disney.

Beginning on August 16, Guests will only be able to receive two hours of free parking when they make a $20 minimum purchase where they will be able to receive validation from any Downtown Disney location, including kiosks and quick service dining locations. For those who dine at a Downtown Disney table service restaurant or who watch a movie at the AMC Theatres, Guests will be able to receive up to four hours of free parking with validation.

Any additional hours will cost $12, which will be charged in 30 minute increments, with a minimum $6 charge after the initial 15 minute grace period. The maximum daily parking fee and lost ticket fees will be increased as well, from $36 to $48.

Currently, any Guest can park in the lot for free for up to two hours.

 

What Disneyland Rookies Should Know Before They Go

by on July 25, 2016

Fireworks Over Sleeping Beauty Castle

A few years ago, I was a Disneyland Rookie. I grew up going to Walt Disney World and knew all the tricks and shortcuts from an early age; but when I finally made the pilgrimage to the Disneyland Resort, all of my Walt Disney World prowess went out the window. I was a total Disneyland Rookie as I explored the Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, and loved every minute, but it’s taken a trip or two since that initial visit to avoid those beginner mistakes and experience the park like a pro. To give all of you fellow Disneyland Rookies a step up, here’s are What Disneyland Rookies Should Know Before They Go.

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Disneyland Hotel by Brian McNichols

There Is No Wi-Fi

The struggle is real. Yes, there is currently no Wi-Fi at the Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure. Fortunately, free WiFi is offered at the Disneyland Hotel, even if you’re not a resort guest! So head over to the hotel when in need of a break, kick back in a teacup chair, and upload those pics to social media, check your email, or just check-in with the outside world for a bit. I also discovered that there are empty outlets in the lounge areas of the themed Disneyland Hotel towers if you need to charge up.

Different Layout Than Magic Kingdom

If you’re as familiar with Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom as I was during my first to the Disneyland Park, don’t make the mistake of thinking you don’t need a park map or that Pirates of the Caribbean is in Adventureland. Contrary to what many may believe, the Disneyland Park and the Magic Kingdom have very different layouts. Attractions you’re familiar with at one park may not be the same place, or the same experience, at another. Also, the Disneyland Park offers its own unique lands! In addition to Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland, the Disneyland Park also offers Mickey’s Toontown, Critter Country, and New Orleans Square. What Disneyland Rookies should know before they go is the Disneyland Resort offers its own unique offerings to experience!

Disneyland Resort offers a host of new experiences for the Disney World veteran, such as World of Color at Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland Resort offers a host of new experiences for the Disney World veteran, such as World of Color at Disney California Adventure.

Attractions Close for Weather and Nightly Entertainment

Southern California is known for its gorgeous weather, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to rainy days. As many Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure attractions are outdoors, not all can continue to operate when sunny California fails to live up to its name. The Disneyland Park attractions which may close for inclement weather are Fantasyland’s Alice in Wonderland, Mad Tea Party, and Dumbo the Flying Elephant, as well as Frontierland’s Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island (currently closed) and Toontown’s Gadget’s Go Coaster. Weather can also delay or even cancel the Disneyland Park’s parades and fireworks. High winds are also a cause for cancelled fireworks; but if the fireworks continue as scheduled, a number of attractions close down for the display, including the Disneyland Monorail.

Over at Disney California Adventure, attractions that close for weather include some Cars Land attractions and the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Also, just like at the Disneyland Park, a number of attractions close for the park’s nightly World of Color performance, particularly those on Paradise Pier like California Screamin’, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, the Golden Zephyr and Silly Symphony Swings, and even games on the Boardwalk, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, and the King Triton’s Carousel.

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