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As of December 11, the character meal at Paradise Pier Hotel’s PCH Grill will be transforming from Lilo & Stitch Aloha Breakfast to Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends. The buffet menu will include flatbreads from a wood burning oven & signature chilaquiles with shredded beef, salsa verde & queso fresco.

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‘Courage’ and ‘Caroline’ Have Just Been Pardoned; They’re Going to Disneyland!

Courage gets pardoned by President Obama (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 25 — The National Thanksgiving Turkey will really have something to celebrate following today’s traditional presidential pardon ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. “Courage” and his alternate, “Carolina,” are going to Disneyland! It starts with a ride to Dulles International Airport. Then the birds will “fly” on United Airlines Flight “Turkey-1″ to their new home at Disneyland Resort in Southern California.

The trip from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles will mark the fifth consecutive year that the National Thanksgiving Turkey has celebrated his pardon at a Disney resort. Accompanied by National Turkey Federation Chairman Walter Pelletier of Butterball LLC, Courage, a 20-week-old, 45-pound tom turkey, will be the honorary grand marshal in the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” Thanksgiving parade down Main Street, U.S.A. Following Thursday’s parade, Courage and his alternate, Carolina, will find a home at Santa’s Reindeer Round-Up at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, where they’ll remain throughout the holidays and the rest of their lives.

Joining Courage and Carolina in the Disneyland Park parade on Thanksgiving Day will be 200 volunteers who, as part of National Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, Nov. 21, packed 20,000 boxes of food for Thanksgiving for those in need. Marching behind a Thanksgiving banner, the volunteers are being celebrated for their spirit of community service, the focus of Disney Parks’ “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program in 2010. Disney Parks hopes to inspire 1 million people to perform a day of volunteer service for a participating organization by giving them a free one-day admission ticket to a Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort theme park.

“It is a tremendous honor to represent the turkey industry at the White House and to continue this 62-year-old tradition,” said Pelletier. “Like all Americans, the men and women of our industry faced a very challenging year economically, so it will be gratifying to be at the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation and then participate in Disney’s Thanksgiving event to reflect on the true meaning of Thanksgiving and the holiday season.”

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Walt Disney Imagineering Earns Top Award from Themed Entertainment Industry

Award winning Toy Story Mania! (photo courtesy of Disney)GLENDALE, Calif., Nov. 17, 2009 – Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative arm of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was honored today with the top award within the themed entertainment industry.

TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) announced that Toy Story Mania! received the Award for Outstanding Achievement for an Attraction.  Toy Story Mania! is a high-energy, immersive, ride-through adventure that invites guests to test their skills at a variety of carnival midway games hosted by the characters from the Disney·Pixar Toy Story films.  The attraction is located at both Disney’s California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

TEA announced the 16th Annual Thea Award recipients during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attraction’s (IAAPA) annual conference. The Thea Awards recognize achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. Recognized internationally as a symbol of excellence, the Thea Awards consider project submissions from all over the world. TEA praised Toy Story Midway Mania! as follows in their press release:

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New Entertainment, Cherished Favorites Sparkle with Holiday Magic at the Disneyland Resort

ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 13  — When it comes to celebrating the magic and sparkle of the holidays with friends and loved ones, there’s no place like the Disneyland Resort where, now through Jan. 3, 2010, the holidays shine more brightly than ever.

This holiday season, guests will get to see and meet the newest Disney princess, Tiana, the star of a new show in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park. In addition, they will enjoy the return of special holiday versions of “it’s a small world” and Haunted Mansion, along with beautiful holiday decor, “A Christmas Fantasy” parade and a nightly snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

With so much to celebrate this season, the Disneyland Resort is offering expanded park hours and special savings on vacation packages on selected days. For a preview of the holiday entertainment, along with games, video and special offers, visit www.disneyland.com/holidays.

For the first time during the holidays, guests in Disneyland Park will see “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee!” – inspired by the new Walt Disney Pictures animated film “The Princess and the Frog.” The rousing, colorful show has a jazz-filled holiday celebration vibe. It begins with a Mardi Gras-style cavalcade from New Orleans Square to the Mark Twain Riverboat in Frontierland. At the landing, Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and other “Princess and the Frog” characters move onboard and, as the boat takes to the river, Tiana and company entertain guests on shore with a musical show that includes songs from the motion picture. The show runs through Jan. 3, 2010.

Themed entertainment, sparkling decorations and tasty treats add festive warmth to holiday fun at both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure park.

At Disneyland Park, Sleeping Beauty Castle has been transformed into Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle where, after dark, a sensational holiday lighting and special-effects show carries the magic of the holidays from the castle all the way to the Christmas tree in Town Square. The Disneyland Christmas tree is specially designed to present a nightly holiday light show like no other, with more than 62,000 energy-efficient LED lights.

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Disney Parks Announces Mobile Magic from Verizon is Live

Disney Parks has announced that Mobile Magic for Verizon customers is now live. Verizon customers wishing to subscribe to the application, which we talked about here, should text MAGIC to 2777 from their cell phones.

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Walt Disney World and Disneyland Offer Free Holiday Trading Pins with $75 Gift Card Activation

Holiday Gift Card Pin Gift With PurchaseNow available at select participating retail locations at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts, these special holiday edition Disney Gift Cards featuring Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Minnie Mouse and Donald form the image of a train when placed side by side. Each gift card comes complete with a free Disney trading pin featuring its respective character.

The cards must be activated with $75 at purchase, but can then be re-filled as desired. The offer is available at the following locations:

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Disney Parks to Wipe Hands Clean of Guests in Response to Flu Concerns

Over the next few weeks, Disney Parks will deploy hand sanitizer dispensers in common locations across the resorts such as theme park turnstiles, resort lobbies and some meet & greet locations in response to concerns over the spread of germs and viruses, notably the H1N1 flu virus.

In addition, guests will continue to be able to purchase individual hand sanitizing packets at various retail locations throughout the parks and resorts.

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Disneyland Resort Offers 2 Additional Nights Free with 3 Night / 5 Day Package

Now through April 1, 2010, guests planning a vacation at the Disneyland Resort arriving between January 5 and April 29, 2010 can purchase a 3 Night / 5 Day package including a 5 day park hopper ticket and receive two additional nights at the hotel free. The offer can be booked from now through April 1, 2010. Subject to availability and block-out dates.

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Disneyland Annual Passholder Appreciation Days, December 5-12

The following Downtown Disney merchants are offering these exclusive offers to Disneyland Annual Passholders from December 5 -12:

Anne Geddes – 20% off entire purchase (excluding Limited Edition products and Sale items)

Basin® - 15% off any Basin® purchase

Build-A-Bear Workshop® – Receive ONE (1) complimentary 4″x 6″ photo with your bear when you present your Disneyland® Resort Annual Passport.

ESPN Zone® – Reminder: AP’s receive 10% off their Dining purchase, Double Points in the Game-Filled Sports Arena and 20% off in the ESPN Zone® Store.**

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Photo: Terence Arrives at Pixie Hollow in Disneyland

Terence at Pixie Hollow in Disneyland (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)While the Clumsies all clamored over the arrival of Princess Tiana at Walt Disney World, a little pixie dust fairy flew in under the radar and made a home for himself at Pixie Hollow in the Disneyland Resort. Visitors will also discover that Autumn has arrived and has magically transformed the world around them with the deep greens, crimsons, oranges, golds, and browns of harvest time.  (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

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