Disneyland Resort Wins California’s Top Environmental Leadership Award

ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 20  — Disneyland Resort has won the 2009 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor. The award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment and building public-private partnerships. Governor Schwarzenegger recognized Disneyland Resort and 14 other GEELA recipients at a reception at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 2 in Los Angeles on September 30.

“I applaud the Disneyland Resort for their wonderful commitment to our state’s commerce and environment. They are an inspiration to many and I thank them for their outstanding leadership,” said Governor Schwarzenegger.

“This honor recognizes Disneyland Resort’s ongoing commitment to developing socially responsible and environmentally friendly practices that promote environmental protection and economic growth,” said Frank Dela Vara, director of environmental affairs and conservation at Disneyland Resort. “We are proud of our commitment to exploring and implementing new technologies and practices that further the environmental legacy left by Walt Disney.”

Award recipients are chosen in 10 different categories based on their strength in eight specific areas including results, transferability, environmental impact, resource conservation, economic progress, innovation and uniqueness, pollution prevention and environmental justice. Disneyland received the award for several sustainable practices implemented at the Resort, including the environmentally conscientious efforts to refill the Paradise Bay at Disney’s California Adventure; the use of the Resort’s processed cooking oil to fuel its steam train locomotives; and the water and energy conservation features incorporated in the Resort’s new central bakery.

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D23 Announces Holiday Events Exclusively for D23 Members in Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Los Angeles

BURBANK, CA – October 8, 2009 — D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans today announced complete details for three incredible holiday events this December. D23 Members will get a chance to deck the halls and experience the wonder of the season like never before through incredible offerings at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts as well as a very special “Disney and Dickens” event celebrating Christmases past and present in Hollywood.

“The winter wonderland season at a Disney Park is unlike any other and this December we are offering D23 Members a chance to experience some of our most heartfelt holiday traditions like never before,” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “All three of these events are sure to create lasting magical memories and I couldn’t be more excited to cap off this incredible year of D23 with our Charter Year Members.”

HOLIDAY 2009 D23 CHARTER MEMBER-ONLY SPECIAL EVENTS:

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The Disney Gallery Announces Artist Signings and Nightmare Before Christmas Events in October

In honor of its re-opening at Disneyland on October 2, the Disney Gallery has announced two events in October to introduce new releases as well as artist signings.

On October 10, celebrate the art of Disneyland with exclusive new paintings and sculptures and other collectibles from notable artists such as Jim Crouch, Jody Daily, Jeremy Fulton, Kevin Kidney, Larry Nikolai, Maggie Parr, George Scribner, SHAG and Yakovetic. See here for the complete details on the items being released.

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Zero Takes to the Sky in Photo Preview of New Halloween Fireworks at Disneyland

Jack's dog Zero takes to the skies during the Halloween-themed fireworks at DisneylandNew this year to Halloween Time at Disneyland is Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies. The new fireworks spectacular haunts the nighttime sky throughout the Halloween season.  To start the show, Master of Scare-omonies Jack Skellington appears in a flash of fire above Oogie Boogie makes an appearance during the Halloween-themed fireworks at DisneylandSleeping Beauty Castle.  Haunting melodies fill the air and a Halloween pyrotechnics extravaganza explodes into the night.  Such classic Disney villains as Maleficent, Ursula the Sea Witch and Oogie Boogie join in the ‘spirit’ of the celebration, and even Zero, Jack’s faithful ghost dog, will make an appearance.  Disneyland guests are encouraged to participate in a bone-chilling Halloween Scream-Along during the show. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

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The Disney Gallery at Disneyland Set to Re-Open at New Location on October 2

Now located inside the Main Street Bank, the Disney Gallery is set to re-open on October 2 at Disneyland. Read a bit more about the exciting new location here.

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Fabulous Fantasmic! Facts About the New Maleficent Dragon at Disneyland; ‘Magical’ Fireworks Extended

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A spectacular new dragon joins “Fantasmic!,” stretching as high as 45 feet tall and breathing great plumes of fire on the Rivers of America at Disneyland.  Performances of the show have been extended nightly through Sept. 7, and will continue weekends – Friday, Saturday, Sunday – as well as during holiday periods through the end of 2009.  Nighttime Disneyland guests can also enjoy the “Magical” fireworks show, which has been extended through Labor Day and weekends thereafter through Sept. 20.  Both Tinker Bell and Dumbo the Flying Elephant make special appearances in “Magical.”

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Disneyland’s Dragon Debutante Debuts Dtuesday (the d is silent) (Video)

Not the first miss of the summer in theme park news, but the Maleficent Dragon from Disneyland’s Fantasmic is finally ready to make her onstage debut at tonight’s performance as per this article in the LA Times.

Below is video footage of the Dragon in action courtesy of the Disneyland Resort:

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Chilling Halloween Changes at Space Mountain, Spooky New Fireworks Plus Favorite Halloween Traditions Create Fun for Everyone at Disneyland Resort

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 1, 2009) – Spooky new fireworks and ghoulish screams at Space Mountain add to the fun when Halloween Time returns to Disneyland Resort Sept. 25-Nov. 1.  Halloween Time offers families a chance to celebrate the season as they interact with some of Disney’s most beloved characters decked out in seasonal costumes at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure parks.  Guests will also enjoy a unique opportunity to experience some spooky fun with Disney’s more sinister characters, the Disney villains.  In addition, Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party returns for 12 special nights in October.

Space Mountain: Ghost GalaxyFor older kids and adults, Halloween Time offers a new attraction: Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.  The scary new experience will begin as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but will suddenly launch voyagers into an uncharted and haunted section of the universe.  Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space.  The exhilarating drops and curves of the journey are punctuated by piercing screams, creepy sound effects and haunting music.  The Halloween transformation occurs outside the mountain as well, as frightening images, audio and lights illuminate the Space Mountain exterior.

Also new this year is “Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies.”  The new fireworks spectacular will haunt the nighttime sky throughout the Halloween season.  To start the show, “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington appears in a flash of fire above Sleeping Beauty Castle.  Thanks to Jack’s ghoulish charm, haunting melodies fill the air and a Halloween pyrotechnics extravaganza explodes into the night.  Such classic Disney villains as Maleficent, Ursula the Sea Witch and Oogie Boogie join in the “spirit” of the celebration, and even Zero, Jack’s faithful ghost dog, will make an appearance.  Spectators in Disneyland are encouraged to participate in a bone-chilling Halloween Scream-Along during the show.

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The Disney Gallery Set to Open this Fall in Bank of Main Street Building at Disneyland

The Disney Gallery is finally returning to Disneyland after being removed from its former location,which became the Disneyland Dream Suite.

With approximately the same amount of space as its former location, the Gallery will be divided into three main areas: two exhibit rooms and a gift shop and will incorporate the unique design elements of the Bank which will be incorporated in the story of a Bank being converted into an art gallery (how novel, we think!).

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First Look: Princess Tiana Meet & Greet Character Debuts with Anika Noni Rose Beside Her

Anika Noni Rose (left) with Princess TianaTony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (left), who provides the voice of Disney’s newest princess, Tiana, in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film “The Princess and the Frog,” poses with the new Princess Tiana character (right) as she will soon appear at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Thursday night’s event marked the very first public appearance of the Princess Tiana Princess Tiana theme park character and took place during the 2009 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Annual Convention in Tampa, Fla. In addition, Rose performed a song from the film for convention-goers. “The Princess and the Frog” film will premiere in theaters nationwide Dec. 11, 2009. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

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