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Harrison Ford To Unveil Disney’s Star Wars Theme Park Plans In TV Special On February 21, 2016


Harrison Ford will be unveiling some of the plans for upcoming Star Wars attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in a TV special set to air February 21, 2016

The Wonderful World of Disney special, which will be broadcast on Disney-owned ABC, will celebrate the 60-year legacy of the Disneyland theme park with participants including Elton John, Josh Gad, and Witney Carson.

Fans who attended Disney’s D23 fan expo last August got a sneak preview of the 14-acre Star Wars additions planned for the parks in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida.

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The unnamed Star Wars world will be inhabited by humanoids, aliens, and droids, and “is one of the last ports before wild space,” according to Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger.

“Every store and restaurant will be operated by local inhabitants, making each experience deeply immersive. Nothing in the land will be out of character or stray from mythology. By the way, we’re currently casting for roles, so if you live on the Outer Rim there maybe a job for you,” he joked.

Among the attractions will be a cantina, like the one seen in 1977’s original Star Wars, with familiar creatures from various parts of the series. It will also include a ride that allows guests to take the controls of Han Solo’s starship freighter the Millennium Falcon as it swoops into the center of an aerial battle between the First Order and the Resistance – the new film’s version of the Empire and the Rebellion.

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Spider-Man Arrives At Disneyland Park November 16, 2015 In The New Super Hero HQ


When the reimagined Super Hero HQ opens this fall at Disneyland park, everyone’s favorite web slinger is swinging in for the occasion. That’s right! Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man will be making his Disneyland Resort debut in a heroic new character greeting location, where you can snap a photo, grab an autograph or just thank him for keeping us safe from the likes of Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin!

Super Hero HQ is the West Coast home base of some of the greatest heroes in the universe. It’s the place to go, not only to meet some of those heroes, but to discover the super hero in yourself. You can tour Treasures of Asgard and cross the Bifrost to come face-to-face with the mighty Avenger, Thor. Virtually suit up as Iron Man and check out the Hall of Armor at Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries, play some of the latest games in the Game Center and pick up some Super Hero gear to take with you on your journey home.

Super Hero HQ opens November 16 in the Tomorrowland Expo Center at Disneyland park.


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Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions 2015

cover has named the “Travel’s Best: Halloween Attractions” for 2015 with 10 hair-raising haunted houses and spooky surroundings that have been outfitted with new rooms, heart-pounding rides and ghoulish creatures. editors enlisted a panel of experts to help determine the 10 best Halloween attractions for 2015, including: Larry Kirchner (owner and publisher, and “HauntWorld Magazine”), Aaron Sagers (geek culture and paranormal pop culture expert) and Daniel A. Schwartz (executive producer, “Ghost Adventures” and “Expedition Unknown”).

13th Gate – Baton Rouge, LA

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13th Gate in Baton Rouge, La., a “Travel’s Best: Halloween Attractions” pick for the second year in a row, revamps its 13 different themes each year to keep revelers frightened with the unexpected. New haunts this year include Possession, an old cabin infested with demonic entities; Scary Tales, a new feature that pays homage to the famous Grimm Fairy Tales, but with a 13th Gate twist; and Necropolis, a haunted cemetery that opens with an updated voodoo fire show and a few new surprises throughout the 40,000-square-foot, New Orleans-style graveyard. 13th Gate is one of the most detailed haunted houses in America – so realistic that you will scream for mercy.

The Corn Maze at Oakes Farm – Knoxville, TN.

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The Corn Maze at Oakes Farm is a less scary, kid-friendly attraction for families who live near Knoxville, Tenn. After 15 years, this Halloween may mark the last time locals and tourists will be able to take the creepy journey at night through 4-acres of corn and woods, also known as the Trail of Doom. The crackle of corn under your feet is normally a delightful sound, but after several hours in the corn maze, if you happen to find yourself lost — you may find the sound more creepy than comforting. The farm’s most popular attraction, the corn pit, has doubled in size this year for kids and adults to roll around and bury themselves in the thousands of corn kernels that pack this fun play area.

The Darkness – St. Louis, MO.

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Updated with new features, including a haunted library filled with evil spirits, The Darkness is one of the oldest running haunted houses in St. Louis. The owners have created the new Scream Zone – equipped with a mega-scream movie wall and roaming zombies, monsters and demons – to keep the crowd waiting outside preoccupied. And inside, it’s two floors of special effects and more! The 3D Haunted House Terror Visions has floating floors, moving walls and creepy clowns lurking around every dark corner. It’s definitely not for trick-or-treaters who can’t handle unexpected thrills. With over 200 animations, 75 CGI effects, hundreds of zombies, monsters, man-eating puppets and animated effects that grab and bite customers, The Darkness is considered one of America’s most technologically advanced haunted houses in America. Be prepared to get spooked!

Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls – Philadelphia, PA.

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Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls has become a premier Halloween attraction in the United States (it was named to our “Travel’s Best: Halloween Attractions” list in 2013). Once the home to imprisoned bank robber Willie Sutton and mob boss Al Capone, this penitentiary utilizes its already spooky surroundings to create six different scare zones, including two groundbreaking attractions this year – Quarantine 4D and Breakout. In Quarantine 4D, visitors must face their fears after learning of an infectious outbreak with symptoms that include hallucinations, blurry vision and other mind-altering effects. In Breakout, inmates – and visitors – attempt to gain their freedom, using barrels, ropes, tunnels and ladders.

Fear Factory – Salt Lake City, UT.

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Fear Factory is one of those rare locations in the United States, where the history is even more terrifying that what’s depicted in the haunted house. Located on two and a half acres, or a full-city block, in Salt Lake City, Fear Factory features a post-apocalyptic setting with underground tunnels, towers, mazes and two of the largest indoor slides in North America. Formerly a cement factory built in the late 1800s, Fear Factory is also a popular spot for paranormal investigators because the ghosts of several former workers – who were electrocuted, dismembered, beheaded and burned – are rumored to still haunt the factory today.

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park – San Diego, CA.

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Set in the middle of San Diego is Balboa Park, an idyllic escape from life in the city, but when the sun goes down, the monsters emerge on the mile-long Haunted Trail. This attraction changes every season, so regular patrons won’t anticipate the unexpected creatures ready to pounce from the deepest, darkest corners. As you step into the darkness, you’ll need to escape the vampires hiding in the shadows and beware of creepy characters and horror movie legends such as Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. If that’s not enough to spook you, the psychological terrors will make you want to flee. We recommend wearing good running shoes.

Hundred Acres Manor – Pittsburgh, PA.

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Hundred Acres Manor offers six haunted houses in one location and has been terrifying victims for over a decade. With nearly 200 actors, you never know when the next scare is going to jump out at you. New this year, the Vodou Bayou takes visitors on a tour through the Deep South, where the spirits of the bayou beckon, the stitchers want your body and the priestess wants your soul. But, there’s a glimmer of light in the darkness, this is a charity scary attraction that donates to Homeless Children’s Education Fund and Animal Friends.

Lord Chaz Ghost and Vampire Tours – New Orleans, LA.

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Lord Chaz Ghost and Vampire Tours in New Orleans dish out some Halloween scares with a serving of history and a side of theater. Clad in a black duster with a top hat and razor-sharp nails, Lord Chaz – actor, author, musician, street performer and vampire – provides guided tours of the French Quarter year round, but are best experienced in October. Haunted history aficionados start at Johnny White’s Hole in the Wall on Bourbon Street and listen to Chaz talk about the infamous murders, suicides and tragedies that have inspired well-renowned authors such as Anne Rice. Factual, but filled with panache and humor, this tour is certainly one of the most unique Halloween experiences.

Netherworld – Atlanta, GA.


Netherworld, another returning “Travel’s Best: Halloween Attractions” pick from 2014, rolled out two new features for 2015, including the Elevator of Death – where up to 20 people can ride the elevator down to Vault 13, but be prepared for the flickering lights and a bumpy descent. Then, make your way to the new Toxic Foam Room, where patrons step into this one-of-a-kind decontamination chamber after exiting Vault 13. Getting soaked with fresh bubbles down a long hall may not be scary, but it’s popular among regular customers.

Robert Kurtzman’s Mad FX Lab – Crestline, OH.

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Makeup-effects master Robert Kurtzman is known for his work in blockbuster movies such as From Dusk Till Dawn, Army of Darkness, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare and John Carpenter’s Vampires. Every year, fans converge on the Mad FX Lab in Crestline, Ohio, to walk through the alien lab, Freddy’s Tunnel, the home of Leatherface and the Butcher’s Room. Kurtzman and his associates apply their creative skills and imagination to this unique haunt, bringing Hollywood-caliber frights to the locals of this small town. Expect the element of surprise as evil clowns, werewolves, zombies and other creatures run free in this attraction’s amazing alternate realities, including the cemetery, the Carnevil and the Cabin in the Woods.

For more details on the “Travel’s Best: Halloween Attractions” for 2015, click HERE.

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LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Annual Halloween Celebration Adds New Candy Carts; New Commemorative LEGO Brick, LEGO NINJAGO Giveaway & More


Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND California Resort, presented by Shutterfly,  is back and better than ever! The biggest kids’ Halloween celebration in San Diego offers children and their families trick-or-treating and entertainment throughout the Park, including the new LEGO Friends Heartlake City. Every Saturday night (Oct. 3,10,17 & 24) plus Friday Oct. 30 starting at 5 p.m., the Park transforms into a not-too-spooky Halloween festival featuring a variety of fun activities including the new Candy Quest walk-through at the Adventurers’ Club in Fun Town, a Fall Festival complete with Pumpkin Patch Building and blue-grass style music in LEGO Friends Heartlake City, interactive story-telling, seven treat stations with specialty items including a  LEGO NINJAGO giveaway and commemorative Brick, new roaming candy carts throughout the Park and two bonus treat stations inside SEA LIFE Aquarium. Plus, LEGOLAND Hotel joins in the fun with its own Halloween party on Oct. 31 with candy giveaways, a dance party and a special visit from the Mail Order Monsters exclusively for Hotel guests!

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is a special event and admission can be purchased for as low as $35 if purchased online in advance. Special event ticket holders can enjoy costume contests, trick-or-treating for children 12 and under at treat stations and candy carts throughout LEGOLAND California Resort where kids can gather tasty goodies and other surprises. The LEGO themed treat stations and candy carts offer a safe, fun and entertaining trick-or-treating experience for all to enjoy with festive music, live entertainment including the hilarious “Boo Crew,” a dazzling animated Spirits of Brick-or-Treat light show, and family favorite, the Ghost Cruise Scavenger Hunt.

Guests can also “boo-gie” down at frighteningly-fun dance parties: Hubble Bubble’s Dance Party atop the Model Shop in Miniland, Wanda’s Jellyfish Disco at SEA LIFE Aquarium, plus sing and dance along to the music and mayhem in the Monster Fighter Mash featured on the main stage in Miniland U.S.A. Special event guests can also enjoy entertainment from The Witchettes, Bluegrass Band Jamboree and a special LEGO Friends meet and greet in Heartlake City!

LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on select dates throughout October. With special event admission to Brick-or-Treat Party Nights on October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 30 guests can extend their day until 9pm at both LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium to enjoy all the Halloween festivities. AWESOME AWAITS…at the Park after dark during Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. For exclusive savings and more information, visit or call 760-918-5346.

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Star Wars Season of The Force To Debut At Disneyland On November 16, 2015


Disney have revealed some details on the new Star Wars attractions coming to Disneyland, California when the Season of the Force begins November 16, 2015

Here are details on some of the events taking place within the Launch Bay:

Choose Your Destiny with Special Character Experiences

– Dark Side – Encounter one of the most iconic villains from Star Wars, Darth Vader.
– Light Side – Fly casual at this makeshift Rebel base, and meet the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca.


Explore the Dark and the Light in Themed Galleries

– Dark Side Gallery – Get a look at authentic pieces of stormtrooper armor as well as famous Sith lightsabers once wielded by masters of the dark side.
– Light Side Gallery – Explore a gallery filled with Rebel flight helmets and lightsabers once wielded by Jedi Knights.
– Preview Gallery – See props from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
– Starship Gallery – Discover models of famous starships and their pilots from throughout the Star Wars saga.

Join the Battle in the Star Wars Game Center – Play the latest games from the Star Wars galaxy, including Disney Infinity 3.0 – featuring park-exclusive Toy Box levels.

Disney will also be bringing some new experiences to existing attractions in Disneyland including:

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Coming in December, experience a twist on the Jedi Training experience when you will encounter new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Disney will also be bringing a few more Star Wars items to the parks including:

Hyperspace Mountain – Climb aboard a reimagined Space Mountain attraction, in which guests will join an X-wing starfighter battle.
– Revisit favorite scenes from classic Star Wars films at Tomorrowland Theater.
– Try new themed food.


Disney Parks is also preparing to take guests to a galaxy far, far away with new Star Wars-themed lands. With groundbreaking scheduled to take place in 2016 for the park’s 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.

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Artist Showcase with Dave Perillo At Disney World WonderGround Gallery On October 2 & 3

Welcome artist Dave Perillo to the Walt Disney World Resort on October 2nd and 3rd! Share your love for your favorite attraction with family and friends with these unique pieces of art. Dave will be on hand at WonderGround Gallery, Marketplace Co-Op in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from 5-8p.m. Be sure to stop by and say hello. Read more HERE.

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New Banksy Exhibition Dismaland Pokes Fun At Disneyland


British graffiti artist Banksy has taken satirical aim at Disneyland with a new theme park set to open in the U.K. this weekend.

Dismaland, built over an unused open-air swimming pool in the seaside town of Weston-super-mare, is billed as a “bemusement park” and “the U.K.’s most disappointing new visitor attraction,” and makes numerous artistic swipes at the cultural and political establishment. Alongside works by Banksy himself, there are pieces by artists like Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer.

Grumpy guards are set to welcome guests while inside there’s a decrepit version of Disney’s classic Cinderella castle (behind a warped model of Ariel, from Disney’s Little Mermaid), plus a pool with tiny model boats full of refugees and a grim reaper sitting in a bumper car. Surly stewards wearing Mickey Mouse ears are also on hand to offer insincere-sounding welcomes.

“I guess it’s a theme park whose big theme is — theme parks should have bigger themes,” Banksy said in a statement, adding that Dismaland was a “festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism.”

The exhibition, which Banksy described as a “family theme park unsuitable for children,” is his first in the U.K. since 2009’s Banksy v Bristol Museum, which drew more than 300,000 visitors.

Dismaland is due to run for six weeks.

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Announces New Lands, Entertainment And Experiences At D23 Expo 2015


Disney announced a line-up of new attractions and entertainment coming to its theme parks around the world during the D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek gave 7,500 lucky fans a behind-the-scenes look at what’s to come.  He was joined by Imagineers working on these projects as well as legendary filmmakers James Cameron and Jon Landau who shared new details about Pandora – The World of Avatar including the names of the land and E-ticket attraction – Avatar Flight of Passage.  Fans also got a chance to see Marvel legend Stan Lee in a cameo appearance where he posed as an unsuspecting fan during Iron Man’s dramatic entrance.

Among the many announcements Chapek shared were new and enhanced Star Wars experiences coming later this year to the Florida and California theme parks, plans for a new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and more details on Pandora—The World of Avatar, which is already under construction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Chapek also shared that Soarin’ Around the World will make its U.S. film debut at Epcot and Disney California Adventure taking guests to new places around the world.  Additionally, fans got a preview of exclusive video of the first Marvel attraction planned for Disney parks, coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016.

“From Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration to the anticipation of Shanghai Disney Resort, we’re in the midst of unprecedented growth and expansion around the globe,” said Chapek. “With these new announcements, we continue our legacy in creating innovative attractions, worldwide entertainment, and magical lands that take our guests into the worlds of stories they love.”

In addition to these announcements, Chapek talked about the exciting news announced earlier in the day by Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger for plans to bring Star Wars-themed lands to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disneyland park in Anaheim.  Each 14-acre land will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet with two signature attractions, including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

Details on each of the projects include:

Star Wars Enhancements & New Experiences


From a new Star Tours adventure to Star Wars Launch Bay, from a new Jedi Training Academy to “Season of the Force,” soon guests will be part of both new and enhanced experiences at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

Later this year, Star Tours will include a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving guests a new adventure in the Star Wars galaxy.

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Star Wars Launch Bay – This interactive experience will take guests into the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, including opportunities to visit with new and favorite Star Wars characters, special merchandise and food offerings.  Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park.  Also atDisneyland park, Star Wars Launch Bay will share the space with the reimagined Super Hero HQ, featuring opportunities to meet and take photos with super heroes like Captain America and Thor, as well as experience the returning Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries.  Both experiences will be available for guests later this year.

Jedi Training Academy — A favorite of younger fans is reimagined with a new experience that includes new characters and a new villain to battle from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”

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Season of the Force – This new seasonal event, beginning early 2016, brings new experiences to both coasts.  In Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, guests will explore the Star Wars galaxy with special entertainment throughout the land, themed food locations and more. Guests also will be thrilled to climb aboard Hyperspace Mountain, a reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction, in which guests will join an X-wing Starfighter battle. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will close out weekend nights with a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida

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The reimagining of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will take guests to infinity and beyond, allowing them to step into the worlds of their favorite films, starting with Toy Story Land.  This new 11-acre land will transport guests into the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard.  Guests will think they’ve been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz as they are surrounded by oversized toys that Andy has assembled using his vivid imagination.  Using toys like building blocks, plastic buckets and shovels, and game board pieces, Andy has designed the perfect setting for this land, which will include two new attractions for any Disney park and one expanded favorite.

Family-friendly roller coaster – All on the back of Slinky Dog, this coaster will zip and zoom, plunge and coast as it takes guests on a fun, toy-filled adventure throughout the new land.

Alien saucers attraction – The famous little green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers.  The music, lighting and sound effects add to the flurry of action, while “The Claw” looms over.

Toy Story Mania! – Guests glide into the Toy Story Midway Games Play Set  and take aim at 3D objects in a variety of fast-paced games, with an expansion that adds a third track to this popular attraction.

After Dark at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Pandora – The World of Avatar

As part of the largest expansion in the park’s history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will immerse guests into the world of Pandora, and the entire park will transform after dark with new nighttime entertainment experiences, offering guests longer days than ever before to experience this one-of-a-kind theme park.

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Rivers of Light – Expected to open next spring, Rivers of Light will be an innovative experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney park, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. “Rivers of Light” will magically come to life on the natural stage of Discovery River, delighting guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Kilimanjaro Safaris – This popular attraction will be extended for a new nighttime adventure next spring, where guests will travel through the African savanna amid the magically extended orange glow of the setting sun and discover two species new to the attraction: African wild dogs and hyenas.

Pandora – The World of Avatar – Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will journey into the magnificent world of Pandora at this new Avatar-themed land – a world that includes floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest and the winged creatures known as Banshees, giving guests a transformational experience they will never forget.


Avatar Flight of Passage – This E-ticket attraction, the centerpiece of Pandora, allows guests to soar on a Banshee over a vast alien world. The spectacular flying experience will give guests a birds-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of the world of Pandora on an aerial rite of passage.

Soarin’ Around the World in Florida and California

Next year, guests at Epcot in Florida and Disney California Adventure in California will journey to far-flung lands and fly above some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders when the new Soarin’ Around the World makes its U.S. debut.

Iron Man Unveiled for Hong Kong Disneyland

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Iron Man landed at D23 Expo for a special appearance, and soon Hong Kong Disneyland guests will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with the Super Hero himself. Set to open in 2016, Iron Man Experience will be the first Marvel attraction at any Disney park, taking guests on an epic adventure over the streets and in the sky above Hong Kong.  The adventure will begin at the new Stark Expo where guests board the Iron Wing to take flight and battle Hydra alongside fan-favorite Avenger, Iron Man.

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Custom Name Disneyland Ticket Books By Dave Avanzino Available At D23 Expo 2015


Custom Name Disneyland Ticket Books by Dave Avanzino will be available at D23 Expo 2015. This unique keepsake allows you to create your own Ticket Book featuring your first or last name.

D23 EXPO 2015 takes place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Custom Name Disneyland Ticket Books will be one of the 170 items debuting in the Disney Dream Store.


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Official Disneyland App Now Available For Download


The official Disneyland App is available for download now from the App Store and on Google Play. This new app provides useful info, special features and more right at your fingertips.

Find the fun faster with maps of attractions, restaurants and shops. Check attraction wait times, Character appearance schedules and entertainment show times. You can even purchase park tickets instantly from your phone or mobile device! Simply show the barcode at the gate for admission when you first arrive — no ticket booth lines to stand in or e-tickets to print out.

Annual Passholders can also link their Annual Passports to the Disneyland App to check Blockout Dates and use the app’s virtual Pass feature to enter the parks (actual Annual Passport must be presented to obtain Disney FASTPASS tickets or to receive Passholder discounts).

Download the official Disneyland App now at and make every Disneyland Resort visit even more magical!

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