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A Touch of Disney Experience Coming To Disney California Adventure Park Beginning March 18

It’s time to experience some of the sights, sounds and flavors of the Disneyland Resort with A Touch of Disney, a new, limited-capacity ticketed experience that begins March 18 at Disney California Adventure park. A Touch of Disney offers some of the world-famous food and beverages from around the resort, plus a chance to see Disney characters, shop for the latest Disney merchandise and pose at unique photo locations.

A selection of iconic food and beverage items from both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will be available for you to enjoy, from churros and the world-famous DOLE Whip to the classic Monte Cristo Sandwich usually found in New Orleans Square. Many items will be served snack-sized, so you can delight in a variety of bites and sips from mid-day through the evening. These guest-favorites will be available at locations around the park, including Smokejumpers Grill, Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, Award Wieners, Cocina Cucamonga to name a few, and six seasonal and creatively themed marketplaces.

Select retail locations also will be open, selling the latest apparel, accessories and souvenirs, including the new, adorable Disney NuiMOs. Pop in and out of the shops along Buena Vista Street or head to Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff at Pixar Pier for a selection of treats, including themed candy apples.

While you explore the park, capture photos at iconic locations and discover new photo-worthy spots – some that are available only if you attend A Touch of Disney. You might catch a wave from Mickey Mouse and see some of his pals in unexpected settings. Mater and Lightning McQueen may be seen in Cars Land, or Joy and Sadness at Pixar Pier. To help set the stage for A Touch of Disney, a new, specially curated soundtrack of reimagined Disney songs will be broadcast throughout the park, along with updates and reminders about many can’t-miss experiences. Attractions remain closed for now.

Here’s what you need to know:

Dates

Beginning Mar. 18; offered Thursdays – Mondays from noon to 8 p.m.

Pricing

The introductory $75 ticket includes admission, parking for the experience at Mickey & Friends parking structure, unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the day of the experience, and a $25 A Touch of Disney dining card valid towards the purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages (subject to restrictions including not being valid for alcohol). Ticket prices are subject to change.

Tickets

A Touch of Disney tickets will be available on disneyland.com beginning March 4, for select days from March 18 through April 5, 2021. Tickets for this experience will then be released for dates on a rolling basis until the experience ends. Tickets must be purchased in advance and online at Disneyland.com for a specific date (subject to availability).

Dining

Table reservations for Lamplight Lounge and Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining will be made available beginning March 11. Table reservations do not provide admission to A Touch of Disney and dining at those locations requires A Touch of Disney ticket that is valid on the same day as the table reservation. Reservations are recommended, and additional details are coming soon.

Downtown Disney District will remain open seven days a week with unique dining and shopping that includes Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Naples Ristorante e Bar, World of Disney and Star Wars Trading Post, which recently opened in a new location. Buena Vista Street will remain open as an extension of the Downtown Disney District through March 14, and will be closed beginning March 15. Beginning March 18, Buena Vista Street will become part of A Touch of Disney.

Click HERE for more info!

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The World’s Most Magical Celebration Begins October 1 In Honor of Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary

Today just got very magical—Good Morning America just announced the start of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” beginning October 1, 2021 in honor of Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary. 

The 18-month celebratory event will feature new experiences at the resort’s four theme parks and beyond, where shimmering EARidescent décor will appear as if by magic.

Shining at the center of it all will be Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, which will add to its royal makeover from 2020 with new gold bunting, sparkling golden embellishments, and other new enhancements, including a 50th anniversary crest warmly welcoming guests to the join the festivities.

As hosts of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and their pals will be dressed in sparkling new looks, custom-made for this special occasion.

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Star Wars Trading Post To Open February 19 At Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

Star Wars Trading Post will open in its new location (Rainforest Cafe) on February 19 at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.

Star Wars Trading Post will be your go-to place for all things Star Wars. The design is inspired by a hidden jungle Resistance base and the merchandise offers something for every traveler on their galactic journey ­– with new collections and even a Paddy Frog light-up sipper!

From robes and lightsabers to creatures and toys, there’s something unique for every traveler on their galactic journey. The opening assortment will feature merchandise straight from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge along with classic Star Wars and The Mandalorian, with apparel, accessories, souvenirs, creatures, droids and more. Select items direct from the planet of Batuu also will be available on shopDisney.com.

Be sure to check out the new Child-inspired streetwear collection, with designs inspired by “The Mandalorian” series on Disney+. This all-new collection inspired by Grogu, aka the Child, features t-shirts, leggings, hats and more.

Looking for a fun way to spend your “credits”? Try the Batuuan Spira, a themed Disney Gift Card available at Star Wars Trading Post and good for spending at select participating locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. The Batuuan Spira is a keepsake that’s both fun and useful. The Batuuan Spira Gift Card can be purchased for $4.99 plus tax in addition to the chosen activation amount (minimum activation of $100). It is not eligible for discounts, is nonrefundable, and may not be redeemed for cash.

For Legacy Passholders, there will also be a limited-time magical extra opportunity for Star Wars Trading Post. Visit disneyland.com/LegacyPassholder for details.

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Disney Parks Announce Major Updates To The Jungle Cruise Attraction

The Jungle Cruise is getting an update at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California, and the attraction will better “reflect and value the diversity of the world around us,” according to a post on the Disney Parks blog.

The ride, which takes passengers on “scenic and comedic boat tour of exotic rivers across Asia, Africa and South America,” according to its Disney World’s description, had been criticized for its depictions of Indigenous people.

Some have characterized the ride as “legit jaw-dropping in its offensiveness” with “racist caricatures.” The ride included animatronic human characters depicting some Indigenous characters as headhunters and insensitive language that refers to them as “savages.”

“As Imagineers, it is our responsibility to ensure experiences we create and stories we share reflect the voices and perspectives of the world around us,” Carmen Smith, creative development and inclusion strategies executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a statement. “With Jungle Cruise, we’re bringing to life more of what people love – the humor and wit of our incredible skippers, while making needed updates.” Disney engaged several cultural advisers to weigh in.

“In this particular case, Imagineers created a storyline that builds upon what people love the most while addressing negative depictions simultaneously,” Disney said in a statement provided by spokesperson Michele Himmelberg. “Imagineers are addressing negative depictions of native people while adding a humorous storyline that follows the adventure of a Jungle Cruise skipper, his passengers and what has become of their boat and its contents. Guests will also find this group of adventurers to be diverse – in background and fields of interest.”

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Disneyland To End Annual Passholder Program

During this difficult time of COVID19, Disneyland Annual Passholders have been able to put their passes on pause, or receive a refund instead. However, today Disneyland shared some sad news that the park ending their Annual Passholder Program.

Disney is developing new membership options that will be announced at a later time.

In a statement, Ken Potrock, President of Disneyland Resort, said, “We want to thank our Annual Passholders for their understanding during this closure period. Due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening of our California theme parks, we will be issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current program.  We are currently developing new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility and value for our biggest fans.”

Over the course of the next several days, Disney will begin processing refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports. Passholders who held active Passports as of March 14th, 2020 will still be able to receive applicable discounts on merchandise and food & beverages at select Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street locations up until new membership offerings are announced.

Additionally, from January 18th to February 25th, these eligible Passholders can receive 30% off on select merchandise at Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street from Mondays through Thursdays. More info HERE.

While Disneyland’s Annual Passport program will be coming to an end, Disney World’s will remain as is.

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Disney Confirms That The New Avengers Campus Will Debut In 2021 At California Adventure

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Disneyland had to alter or delay many of its plans for 2020. While the park has been closed since March of last year and still has no confirmed date for reopening, the company is planning to get back on schedule in 2021.

Disney recently confirmed that the new Avengers Campus will debut in 2021 at its California Adventure theme park. The company made the announcement in a recent email to the D23 Disney fan club.

The Avengers Campus, based off the popular comic and movie characters, was originally set to open in mid-July of last year. A specific date has not been set for the Avengers Campus opening.

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Take A First Look At Snow White’s Enchanted Wish At Disneyland Park

While Disneyland park has been closed, Walt Disney Imagineering has been putting the finishing touches on the cherished attraction, Snow White’s Scary Adventures and renamed it Snow White’s Enchanted Wish!

While you may recognize some familiar elements in the attraction, you’ll also spot some enhanced story details and all-new scenes. Imagineers have updated this classic Fantasyland attraction using state-of-the-art audio and visual technology, including new music, LED black lighting, laser projections, and a new animation system. You’ll recognize beloved characters in new appearances, such as Snow White cheerfully dancing and twirling with the Seven Dwarfs in their cozy cottage. You may even notice the scent of Doc’s handiwork—a baking apple pie—wafting through the air, before heading “off to work we go!”

You’ll be singing “Heigh-Ho” along with the new shadow projections that bring to life the dwarfs as they march happily off to work in the mine. All that glitters in the mine is not gold—in fact, it now sparkles with updated shimmering lighting effects and glittering jewels all around.

The updated dark ride will be ready to welcome guests when they reopen the theme park at a later date. 

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Sleeping Beauty Castle And Walt Disney Funko POP! Set to Release On December 5th

‘To all that come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.” Walt Disney’s words of dedication will be fondly recalled with this remarkable Pop! vinyl set commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Disneyland, featuring Sleeping Beauty Castle and Walt himself.

– Created especially for Disneyland Resort
– Fully sculpted vinyl Walt Disney statuette with Mickey Mouse doll and Sleeping Beauty Castle vinyl miniature with golden accents
– Celebrating Disneyland’s 65th Anniversary July 17, 1955

Order HERE for $39.99.

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How To Get Your Very Own Spider-Bot From Avengers Campus At Disneyland

While Avengers Campus at the Disneyland Resort will open to aspiring Super Heroes at a future top-secret date, Peter Parker has already begun testing his latest prototype: Spider-Bots!

As revealed at the D23 Expo last year, The Worldwide Engineering Brigade or as the kids call it, WEB, is devoted to empowering the next generation of heroes with cutting edge technologies – like Spider-Bots. 

Here is how you can get your hands on your very own Spider-Bot!

Spider-Bots and the latest WEB apparel from Avengers Campus will be available in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort, at both World of Disney and Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop beginning Dec. 4.

Every Super Hero needs a friendly sidekick to help protect their neighborhood. These Spider-Bots put you in control of the action to battle opponents with programmed combat and defensive abilities. They can crawl backward and forward, crouch, spin 360°, stare down with their laser eyes, attack opponent Spider-Bots and even blast off their shields.

If you’re an Annual Passholder, you’ll have an opportunity to make a reservation for a special upcoming, limited-quantity pre-sale event in the Downtown Disney District from Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. During this special pre-sale event, you may also find special Avengers Campus merchandise available to you before the land opens. So, head on over to the Annual Passholder Facebook page beginning Nov. 25 for more information.

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The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Book Due On April 27

As part of Comic-Con@Home, ABRAMS publishing announced a new book – The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! 

Providing an exclusive look at the visual development behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, this large-format book showcases much of the amazing concept art and design that ultimately defined the immersive lands. Featuring never before seen artwork – as well as exclusive interviews about the land’s creation – from artists at Walt Disney Imagineering, Lucasfilm and many others, this book offers an inside look at what goes into making an immersive Star Wars destination.

The land’s rich storytelling provided a great opportunity for exclusive commentary from many of the key creative minds involved in bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life. This behind-the-scenes look at the creative process, combined with hundreds of full-color concept artworks, sketches, blueprints, photographs, and more, is what makes this book about dreaming up and creating Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so special.

This book was authored by Amy Ratcliffe, managing editor of Nerdist and author of Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy.

Pre-orders for The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now available from ABRAMS publishing. The book will be released on April 27, 2021.

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