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New Adventures With Princess Tiana To Replace Splash Mountain At Disneyland Park & Magic Kingdom Park

Today Disney Parks shared a first glimpse of a project Imagineers have been working on since last year. Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined. The theme is inspired by an all-time favorite animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog.” 

We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.

Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. In 1966, Walt himself opened New Orleans Square when it became the first new “land” added to Disneyland park, so it feels natural to link the story and the incredible music of “The Princess and the Frog” to our parks.

The voice of Princess Tiana and Tony Award-winning actress, Anika Noni Rose, shared, “It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Mardi Gras celebration we’ve been waiting for, and I’m here for it!”

The approach to retheming or “plussing” attractions (as Walt Disney referred to it) begins with Imagineers asking the question, how can we build upon or elevate the experience and tell a fresh, relevant story? It’s a continuous process that Imagineers are deeply passionate about. And with this longstanding history of updating attractions and adding new magic, the retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today. The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.

Charita Carter, the senior creative producer leading the project at Walt Disney Imagineering shared, “Like Princess Tiana, I believe that courage and love are the key ingredients for wonderful adventures. I am delighted to be a part of bringing this fun-filled experience to our guests.”

For Imagineers, change is rooted in a tradition set by Walt Disney who encouraged new innovations, new ideas, new scenes and current storytelling. And the experiences they create can be enjoyed by guests who visit our parks from all over the world.

As part of the creative development process, conceptual design work is well underway and Imagineers will soon be able to conduct preliminary reviews and develop a timeline for when the transformation can start to take shape. 

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Disneyland Reopening Officially Delayed

Disneyland Resort has officially delayed the reopening dates for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks. According to the official announcement, the State of California will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until after July 4. Because that date is less than two weeks prior to the original proposed reopening date of July 17, Disneyland Resort has made the decision to delay reopening the theme parks so they can do so responsibly. At the time of this announcement, a new reopening date has not yet been announced.

Disney is continuing negotiations with unions that represent Disneyland Resort Cast Members. Downtown Disney will still reopen on July 9.

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Disneyland Resort Proposes Plans To Begin Phased Reopening Beginning July 9

Sixty-five years to the date after the historic opening of Disneyland park, the beloved theme park is planning to open their gates once again on July 17, 2020, welcoming guests back to the Disneyland Resort. 

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products announced proposed plans for a phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort. Pending state and local government approvals, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23, and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will plan to reopen on July 17. Additionally, Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9.  

Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, the Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests, including Annual Passholders, to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. Theme park reservations will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon. At this time, there will also be a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals. Additional details will be available soon. Please check disneyland.com for the most current information. 

Once approved, the Disneyland Resort will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures. In addition, a Guest Experience Team will be available throughout the parks and Downtown Disney District to assist guests with questions regarding these new policies.

Certain experiences that draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. While character meet and greets will be temporarily unavailable, characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests.

Pending governmental approval, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are planned to reopen to guests and members starting on July 23. Plans to support physical distancing as well as increased cleaning measures, along with a number of other health and safety protocols, will be implemented as part of the phased reopening of the hotels and the Vacation Club. 

Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9 in line with the state’s reopening guidelines, with its unique variety of shopping and dining experiences, including the flagship World of Disney store. With the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of planning, several operational changes will be implemented based on guidance from health authorities to promote physical distancing and cleanliness throughout the Downtown Disney District.

Additional information on enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes for reopening locations will be shared soon. These policies are under continuous review and are subject to change as the Disneyland Resort monitors conditions and receives guidance from health and government authorities.

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Disneyland Announces New AP Magic Annual Passholder Perks Program

Disneyland has unveiled a new AP Magic perks program that will let annual passholders pick up free swag, participate in special events and buy exclusive merchandise at the Anaheim theme park.

The free perks program starting Monday, March 2 brings all of Disneyland’s annual passholder benefits under the new AP Magic umbrella.

Exclusive passholder perks include after-hour ride times, movie sneak peaks, photo ops, character meet-and-greets, special events, exclusive merchandise and pre-sale tickets just for annual passholders.

The park’s AP Corner offers free collectible magnets, buttons and photo ops for passholders along with collectible merchandise.

Disney California Adventure opened the Alfresco Tasting Terrace cocktail bar in early January available only to Disneyland annual passholders and their guests. Another AP exclusive experience is planned for the future, Disneyland officials said.

Annual passholders can take part in after-hours ride times March 11, 18 and 25 on Soarin’ Over California at Disney California Adventure.

Disney passholders will be eligible for two as-yet-unannounced Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival giveaways — the first April 2-12 and the second April 13-19.

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Create Personalized Disney Merchandise with MADE Now Available At Disneyland

The Disney Parks Merchandise Team has continued to evolve the D-Tech on Demand experience and is now offering MADE—a new and expanded way to customize and create your own Disney merchandise. With MADE, you’ll now be able to create customized apparel, including short and long-sleeved T-shirts from a library of Disney art to celebrate everything from family vacations, birthdays, seasonal holidays and more. 

Creating your design is as easy as selecting the accessory or apparel item you’d like to customize, Disney art, choosing a color, and adding your name. Purchases are ready for pick-up in just a few hours or conveniently delivered to your Disney resort or shipped home.

At this time, customized apparel options are available exclusively at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. and Marketplace Co-Op.

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Celebrate The 25th Anniversary of Indiana Jones Adventure At Disneyland Park

For 25 years, Indiana Jones has been adventuring through the Temple of the Forbidden Eye on Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland park. Celebrate the anniversary of this fan-favorite attraction with these engaging experiences and fun offerings that every archaeologist must discover! 

As you journey into the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, keep your own eye out for mysterious symbols and glyphs within the attractions queue. You can decode the ancient ruins and discover secrets of the temple by downloading the Play Disney Parks App and playing “Indiana Jones Adventure – The Gifts of Mara.” 

Excavate your very own Indiana Jones Adventure tee shirt that commemorates 25 epic years of adventures, fortune and glory, available at the Adventureland Bazaar, available Mar. 3.

Peruse through other artifacts, such as the Indiana Jones Adventure Funko POP, a collectible figure available at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. and Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney District, available Feb. 29.

There will also be exclusive pins available to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Indiana Jones attraction at Disneyland.

Indiana Jones Attraction 25th Anniversary Pin: This pin celebrates 25 years of Indiana Jones Adventure attraction at Disneyland! Limited edition of 3,000 and the retail price is $15.99.

Indiana Jones Attraction 25th Anniversary AP Pin: Annual Passholder exclusive! Limited edition of 2,000 and the retail price is $17.99.

Head over to Tropical Hideaway and taste an assemblage of food and beverage offerings perfect for any explorer, such as a specialty Dole Whip loaded with chocolate, and a chilled shaker-style salad with crunchy noodles. The food adventure continues at Bengal Barbecue, where you can enjoy a specialty rib bowl with Cantonese barbecue sauce and steamed rice. If you’re in the area, use mobile food ordering at Bengal Barbecue! These delicious items will be available Mar. 3-8, while supplies last.

Join Disneyland as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of Indiana Jones Adventure! Annual Passholders have the opportunity for a bonus adventure by experiencing the attraction an hour after park closing on Mar. 4 and 5. Wristbands are required. Check-in at Star Wars Launch Bay for wristbands beginning at 6:30 p.m. for day of visit.  Valid Annual Passport must be presented; photo ID may be required.  Blockout dates apply. Wristbands available while supplies last.

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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Opens At Disneyland On January 17, Here Is What You Need To Know

When Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens at the Disneyland Resort on January 17, you will be able to ride one of the most ambitious, advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering. 

If you plan on  visiting Disneyland and riding this brand new ride, here is what you need to know before heading to the park.

First, download the official Disneyland mobile app

The Disneyland app allows you to navigate that land and even utilize the mobile ordering feature at select dining locations when you are in the land. Be sure to download before you go!

Starting January 17, a virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be implemented to help deliver the best possible guest experience, allowing guests to explore other areas of the park while waiting for their turn to ride. The Disneyland app will have a dedicated module, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Access by Boarding Group, available from the main page. 

Here’s how it will work:

Request to join a boarding group to ride the attraction, once you have entered Disneyland park. The virtual queue will not be available until published park opening hours.

Boarding groups will be sent a push notification when it is their turn to enter the attraction queue and you can monitor status of boarding groups from the app.

There also will be the ability to join a boarding group from select locations inside Disneyland park, if you are not using the app. The boarding group is tied to admission that will be scanned upon entry of the attraction.

Signage throughout the park will also display boarding group status.

Admission into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be subject to capacity, and having an assigned boarding group will not guarantee entrance to the attraction.

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Disneyland Is Now Offering A Light-Up Millennium Falcon Popcorn Bucket

Star Wars fans, Disneyland is now offering a Millennium Falcon popcorn bucket! The souvenir collectible is available at the Tomorrowland popcorn stand filled with popcorn ($27) or at Tomorrowland’s Galactic Grill quick-service restaurant filled with french fries ($25).

The large 18-inch-long Falcon bucket comes with a handy carrying strap and the rear engines actually light up on the back half of the replica ship. The roof flips open to reveal space for the popcorn or fries. 

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A Look Ahead: Visiting Disneyland Resort In 2020

With new attractions, a new land, a new parade and other magical experiences, Disneyland Resort is sure to be a top travel destination in 2020. Here are a few magical things to look forward to experiencing:

Live out your Star Wars adventures: Adventure awaits at every turn when you travel to the planet of Batuu inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – the newest land at Disneyland park. Here, you can craft your own lightsaber, build a droid, have a drink at Oga’s Cantina and even fly the Millennium Falcon. In just a few weeks, you can join the Resistance in its biggest secret mission against the First Order when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens on Jan. 17.

Celebrate magical moments with the all-new “Magic Happens” parade: Stunning floats, an energetic musical score and all your favorite Disney characters, what’s not to love? “Magic Happens” comes to life starting Feb. 28, and it will be your time to embrace how magic truly happens!

Team up with Super Heroes at the new Avengers Campus: Embark on an adventure filled with daring heroes at the highly anticipated Avengers Campus! In summer 2020, Earth’s mightiest heroes will be looking for new recruits to try out their immersive technological advancements and experiences, such as the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature Spider-Man, supersized food at Pym Test Kitchen, heroic encounters and more.

Welcome a year of good fortune during Lunar New Year: The Year of the Mouse has a lot in store for us this year. From Jan. 17 to Feb. 9, enjoy commemorative traditions of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, as well as special food offerings and entertainment like “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.” 

Party during Disneyland After Dark: Kick off this year by attending one of the four specially themed, separate ticketed events: 80s Nite (Jan. 29), Sweethearts’ Nite (Feb. 12 and 13), PIXAR Nite (Mar. 5) and Villains Nite (Apr. 30). These events will feature unique entertainment, special food, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, collectible merchandise and more. Dates vary and tickets are limited, so start planning for your “big nite” now!

Taste your way through Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival: Calling all foodies! There is no better way to savor California’s bountiful bites and bubblies than during Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Enjoy delectable cuisine, entertainment, culinary seminars and more from Feb. 28 to Apr. 21.

Travel to Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome: You won’t need to head into the unknown with Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome! Inside Animation Academy in Disney California Adventure park, these loving sisters are so excited to meet you and take photos with you in their beautiful new dresses featured in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2.” 

Commemorate 65 years of Disneyland: Every year, Disneyland continues to grow and evolve with Walt Disney’s vision in mind. On July 17, celebrate 65 years of this beloved icon, including many of its opening day attractions, such as Mad Tea Party, Peter Pan’s Flight and Jungle Cruise.

Enjoy the exciting reimagination of Snow White’s Scary Adventures: In 2020, you can experience this classic Fantasyland attraction with newly added magic. Familiar elements of the attraction that we know and love will be preserved, but you’ll also discover enhanced story details and all-new scenes that help complete Snow White’s happily ever after.

Dare to discover the spook-tacular Halloween season: Monsters and witches alike will gather for Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort! Both parks are decked out for the occasion with dreadfully delightful décor, seasonal attraction overlays and Halloween-themed treats – not to mention Disney villains lurking throughout the resort!

Have a freakishly fun time at Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party: Oogie Boogie will be casting his spell again for this highly popular, separate-ticket event. Oogie Boogie Bash is filled with exclusive entertainment and experiences, including the “World of Color” spectacular – “Villainous!,” interactive DescenDANCE Party, fully immersive treat trails, “Mickey’s Trick & Treat” stage production and more!

Ring in the festive holiday season: All is merry and bright during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, so be sure to visit when the resort is bursting with holiday entertainment, specialty foods and joyous festivities at both parks, our three hotels and the Downtown Disney District.

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Van Eaton Galleries Announces Disneyland and Walt Disney World Auction

Van Eaton Galleries has announced the largest Disneyland and Walt Disney World auction ever to be hosted by the renowned auction house. “A History of Disneyland & Walt Disney World” auction event will take place at Van Eaton Galleries over two days, Saturday, December 7, 2019 and Sunday, December 8, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m. each day. The collection to be offered includes over 1,500 rare items which trace the history of the iconic theme parks and Walt Disney’s vision from inception to present day. It is the single largest Disney-related auction Van Eaton Galleries has hosted to date. Many of the items are coming to auction for the very first time. From the earliest documents and conceptual pieces marking the very inception of Disneyland and Walt Disney World, to the extraordinary theme park props, ride vehicles, audio-animatronic figures, hand-painted attraction pieces, very rare early documents, remarkable memorabilia, signs, and more. The depth of rarity of the items to be offered at auction exceeds any expectations of auctions past.

The vast array of items to be offered at auction will surprise even the most avid collectors. Several iconic pieces in the collection date back to 1953, and others include ephemera, costumes, stage-worn articles, art, programs, souvenirs, and more.

Highlights include an extremely rare studio file copy of Walt Disney’s first pitch documents for financing Disneyland park. It includes some of Walt Disney’s earliest descriptions of what Disneyland would be, as well as a hand-colored map that showed what his park might look like. These are considered one of the “Holy Grails” of Disneyland memorabilia (Estimate: $10,000-$20,000); two original animatronic “Tiki Birds” from the “Enchanted Tiki Room” at Walt Disney World. The birds retain all their original mechanics and are actually functional, singing and moving along to the Enchanted Tiki Room Theme Song (Estimate $80,000-$100,000); a 1954 Disneyland Plot Plan (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000), a collection of early construction slides by Marvin Davis (Estimate: $600-$800); Original hand-painted “Stretch Paintings” from The Haunted Mansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World (Estimate $100,000-$150,000); an original Space Mountain Ride Vehicle from Disneyland (Estimate $20,000-$30,000); Original Attraction Posters from Disneyland and Walt Disney World including a rare park-used “People Mover SuperSpeed Tunnel” poster (Estimate $25,000-$30,000); a General Electric Progressland Architectural Model 1964 (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000); a Walt Disney Signed Disneyland Opening Day Guidebook (Estimate $7,000-$9,000); a Skyway 1959 Lamppost Attractions sign (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a park used Disneyland Hotel Attraction poster (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); Original Charles Boyer 200 millionth guest painting (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000), and hundreds of other items.

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