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An institution at the Disneyland Resort, the lowering of the U.S. flag takes place each evening in the Town Square of Disneyland. Unlike its sister ceremony at the Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom, however, the ceremony rarely honors individuals who have performed service in the country’s military.

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‘The Incredibles: Heroes in Training’ to Begin at DCA Jan. 14, Memories Campaign on Jan. 21

While construction continues at Disney California Adventure, the park will be offering alternative entertainment to the ‘Pixar Play!’ parade which went on hiatus late last year. Using elements from the parade, parkgoers will have the opportunity instead to watch mini-shows. Initially titled ‘Pixar Pop-Ups,’ the Disneyland Resort has announced that the first mini-show will be titled ‘The Incredibles: Heroes in Training’ and will begin performances on January 14.

A week later, on January 21, the Disneyland park will begin its in-park celebration of the 2011 campaign, ‘Let the Memories Begin,’ by projecting Disney PhotoPass photos of the day’s guests on the ‘it’s a small world’ facade on a nightly basis in an entertainment offering titled ‘Magic, Memories and You.’

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Trailer to Debut at Exclusive Disneyland Resort Event

Fans will be the first to get an exclusive look at the brand-new trailer for Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 3D on December 13, 2010, at AMC Downtown Disney Theatre 12 in Anaheim, California, as part of an exclusive “Pirates Fans First!” event. “Fans First!” winners will also have the chance on that day to be the first to experience the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction that started it all. Fans can enter to win a vacation for four to the event by “Liking” Yahoo! Movies on Facebook or entering the sweepstakes via Disney Movie Rewards. Fans can also gain access to this exclusive event by listening to 102.7 KIIS-FM starting December 6th.

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Photo: Stephen Graham and Paul Bazely of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4′ Research Roles at Disneyland

Stephen Graham and Paul Bazely at Disneyland © DisneyVia the official Disney Parks blog, here’s a photo of Stephen Graham (Scram) and Paul Bazely (Salaman) from Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides as they visit the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in New Orleans Square at Disneyland.

After wrapping their filming in Hawaii, the cast and crew are currently shooting elements of the film at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA.

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Disneyland Half Marathon Celebrates Fifth Consecutive Sellout; 2011 Registration Opens January 3

A record field of more than 14,000 registered participants will take to the streets of Disneyland Resort and the city of Anaheim for the fifth anniversary of “The Happiest Race on Earth” – the Disneyland Half Marathon.  In addition to the 13.1-mile half marathon, the weekend features activities for the entire family, including a Health & Fitness Expo, Disneyland Fabulous 5K presented by the Los Angeles Times, and Kids’ Races.

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Disney’s Tangled Rapunzel and Flynn Rider Meet & Greet at Disneyland Concept Art Revealed

Concept art for Tangled meet & greet with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider at Disneyland © DisneyOn its official blog, Disney Parks has shared some concept art for the upcoming meet & greet with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider at the Disneyland Resort. The art and blog entry reveal Disney’s plans on how to turn Rapunzel’s ~70 feet of hair into a reality.

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider will begin greeting guests on October 15 at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. At Walt Disney World, the duo can be found at the Magic Kingdom in the Fairytale Garden near Cinderella Castle, where Storytime with Belle currently takes place (that show ends September 12 in preparation of the transition). At Disneyland, Rapunzel and Flynn will be found at what is currently Gepetto’s Sweet Shoppe.

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‘Star Tours II’ Previewed by Disney Parks in Queue Video First Look

On its official blog, Disney Parks and Resorts shared the following video today which was also shared at the Disney Parks panel at the Star Wars Celebration V convention currently taking place in Orlando.

Although Bespin, Endor and Alderaan are mentioned in the promotional film for the Star Tours Travel Company that guests will see while in the queue for the upgraded classic attraction, the official blog makes the disclaimer that the destinations may or may not be featured in Star Tours II. It has long been expected since the initial announcement at the Disney D23 Expo in 2009 that Star Tours II will feature multiple destinations and will be in 3D. Rumors speculate that the destination will be voted on by the attraction’s riders per voyage.

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New Disney Parks Site Creates Free ‘Summer Nightastic’ Custom Wallpaper for Mobile Phones

Summer Nightastic custom wallpaper from Disney ParksIf you’ve ever pictured yourself on Tower of Terror Re-Imagined, having a dart thrown at you on Toy Story Mania or craved the sensation of having Elliott the dragon breathing fire on your face, we have the news you’ve been waiting for!

Disney Parks has launched www.disneylandwallpaper.com and www.waltdisneyworldwallpaper.com, sites that allow you to create custom wallpaper featuring your own photo combined with one of several different ‘Summer Nightastic’ themes. To begin, email or text a photo to either [email protected] or [email protected] and in just a couple of minutes, you’ll receive a special custom link that will direct you to a page where you can choose the frame you want along with some basic edition functions, allowing you to resize and move your photo.

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Photo: MLB All-Star Motorcade Visits Disneyland’s Main Street, USA

Following the public portion of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show in Anaheim, more than 60 of the world’s top baseball players made their way down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park before heading to Angel Stadium for the 81st MLB All-Star Game, which airs on FOX at 8pm ET.

The West Anaheim Little League All Stars lead off the celebration inside Disneyland just before the MLB All Star Red Carpet Show. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)Hall of Famer and former Angels player Rod Carew served as the Grand Marshal for the Disneyland portion of the parade which was led by the West Anaheim Little League All Stars.

Photos courtesy of the Disneyland Resort

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Disneyland Resort Begins Broad Sign Language Interpretation Program Across Parks

New sign language interpretation service for attractions at the Disneyland Resort © DisneyDisneyland Resort this week began offering regularly-scheduled sign language interpretation at numerous shows and attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. As part of the Resort’s ongoing commitment to guests with disabilities, individuals have access to a schedule of offerings where interpretation is provided without having to make prior arrangements.

“The Disneyland Resort is dedicated to making the Disney tradition of rich storytelling available to all of our guests,” said Betty Appleton, who oversees the Resort’s guests with disabilities program. “Our new sign language service enables guests with hearing disabilities to engage with our shows and attractions in a whole new way.”

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