Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival Returns for Sixth Year, April 29 – June 12

Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival will celebrate its sixth anniversary in 2011 with six weeks of culinary experiences for guests of all ages, April 29-June 12 at Disney California Adventure park and select locations across the Disneyland Resort.

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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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Dooney & Bourke to Launch Exclusive Disneyland ’55 Collection at Disneyland Resort July 17

On the 55th Anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, Ian Ray of Dooney & Bourke will be on hand to celebrate the release of an exclusive Disneyland-inspired handbag collection.

The bags’ design features iconic Disney and Disneyland elements such as Mickey Mouse through the years, Mickey Mouse Club member IDs, Ears and more. Although the event will take place at Downtown Disney’s Vault 28 from 2 pm – 4 pm PT, the bags will be available for purchase at the store at opening. A special gift with purchases over $150 will be offered and distributed at the time of the event.

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D23 Unveils Full Schedule for ‘Destination D: Disneyland ’55’ Event at Disneyland Resort

For those still reeling from the shock of no D23 Expo in 2010, D23 has unveiled its schedule of events and panelists for its Destination D: Disneyland ’55 event that takes place at the Disneyland Resort September 24 and 25, 2010. In addition, D23 has announced that the event will alternate annually with D23 Expo going forward.

Event highlights include the Mickey Mouse Club 55th Anniversary presentation, reuniting original Mouseketeers Sharon Baird, Doreen Tracey, Bobby Burgess, Karen Pendleton, Sherry Van Meter (formerly Alberoni), Tommy Cole, Cubby O’Brien, and Mary Geoff (formerly Espinosa) for a delightful trip back in time to the dawning of the television era with the club that was “made for you and me.”

Destination D will also mark the debut of the Disney Legends Celebration, a heartfelt tribute to those who have made a lasting contribution to the Disney legacy. All Destination D attendees and Disney Legends will be invited to attend E-Ticket: Music from the Disney Parks, a concert of memorable tunes through the years at the Disneyland Resort with some very special guests, including Disney Legend Richard Sherman.

All guests will also receive a limited-edition set of colorful, vintage Disneyland postcards from the Walt Disney Archives Collection. It’s a reproduction of actual postcards sold when Disneyland opened in 1955 — it’s just a coincidence that the complete set features 23 images!

There will also be a selection of limited edition merchandise available for purchase at the event.

Shown below is the current lineup for Destination D: Disneyland ’55 (times to be announced later this summer; panels and talent subject to change):

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D23 Announces Star Tours and Scavenger Hunt Events at Disneyland, Mixer at Walt Disney World

On Tuesday, July 20, D23 will be hosting a member mixer event at the House of Blues at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney West Side from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The event is free for members and does not require tickets attend the event. Proof of membership is required and easy D23 member may bring up to three non-members as guests. Each D23 member attending the event will also receive a coupon good for 15% off merchandise at the House of Blues as well as a special gift.

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Disneyland Resort’s ‘World of Color’ Kicks off California Tour July 7 in San Francisco

Viewers around the world will join a one-of-a-kind, online phenomenon in July to experience the extraordinary magic of “World of Color,” the new after-dark spectacular presented nightly in Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim. The interactive tour will feature live shows in four California cities, and the online audience will travel “virtually” to each location to watch the shows and interact with the webcast.

In each city, specially produced animation will be projected onto a familiar city landmark, using a sensational mixture of special effects, high-tech projections and one of the storytelling themes presented in “World of Color.”

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Vinylmation: Disneyland Release Dates for ‘Have a Laugh’ and ‘Urban #4′

We have confirmation that the Have A Laugh Series and Urban Series #4 will be released at Disneyland’s D Street located in Downtown Disney on July 2.

No dates for Walt Disney World or DisneyStore.com have been released as of yet, nor has there been a date mentioned for the Toy Story series which made its Disney Store debut at the Montebello ‘Imagination Park’ store earlier this week.

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Disney Unveils First-of-its-Kind Outdoor Audio Description Technology for Guests with Disabilities

Disney's Outdoor Audio Description Technology for Guests with Disabilities © DisneyBeginning June 27, guests with visual disabilities will be able to explore Walt Disney World theme parks in a whole new way through an enhanced Disney-designed device that provides detailed audio description of outdoor areas and fits in the palm of a guest’s hand.

“Disney Parks have long been at the forefront of providing accessibility for guests with disabilities,” said Greg Hale, chief safety officer and vice president of Worldwide Safety and Accessibility for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. “We are pleased to build on this legacy with new technology that enables us to do something that has never been done before – provide rich audio description in moving rides and outdoor environments.”

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Allstar Weekend to Perform at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney June 22

Allstar WeekendDisney recording artist and winner of Radio Disney’s Next Best Thing, Allstar Weekend will be on-hand to perform live at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in front of  Studio Disney 365 on Tuesday, June 22. The band will perform a free mini-concert beginning at 1 PM PT which will be followed by an autograph session from 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM in honor of the band’s new album, Suddenly.

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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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