Anaheim Tourists Go Green in Orange with New Area Guide

Santa Barbara, CA, April 01, 2009 — The pocket sized map featuring walk-able destinations around the resort was developed for the Anaheim Orange County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

Hotels, restaurants and attractions within 20 minutes walking distance are included as well as routes for resort transit systems, walking and fitness trails. The maps are printed on recycled paper and available as a digital download from the official Anaheim OC website www.anaheimoc.org.

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Disney U.S. Parks Cutting Jobs, Seeking Efficiencies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co has cut an undisclosed number of workers at its domestic parks this month in a previously announced plan to consolidate behind-the-scenes operations for Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California, a spokesman said.

Local media in Florida, tipped off by laid-off workers, have reported cuts as deep as 450 jobs at the two locations.

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‘Re-Imagineering’ Disney’s California Adventure

Paradise Pier at Disney's California Adventure (c) Disney

Paradise Pier at Disney's California Adventure (c) Disney

The latest sign of expansion and “re-Imagineering” in Disney’s California Adventure park is the new illuminated “Paradise Pier” sign on the “California Screamin’” roller coaster. Installed overnight between Thursday and Friday, March 12 and 13, the sign reflects the “vintage Disney” themeing that is part of the Disney’s California Adventure expansion. It was designed in the style of beachfront amusement park signs from the 1920s and ’30s, the era when Walt Disney first arrived in Hollywood and begin producing animated cartoons. As the “re-Imagineering” continues at Disney’s California Adventure this spring, the ferris wheel attraction will reopen as “Mickey’s Fun Wheel” and the Games of the Boardwalk will reopen in completely new versions featuring Disney characters.

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Disneyland Resort Restaurants Win 15 Awards at SoCal Restaurant Writers Banquet

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 12, 2009 – Disneyland Resort celebrates 15 new awards for its restaurants and chefs as it prepares to launch the 2009 Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival, a six-week “World Celebration” that features delicious food and wine from Disneyland chefs and celebrity chefs and winemakers.

The 2008-09 awards were presented to Disneyland Resort restaurants and chefs at the recent Southern California Restaurant Writers Awards Banquet at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California. A highlight for Resort restaurants was the recognition of Alex Flores and Francisco Origel, sous chefs at the perennially popular Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, as co-winners of the “Sous Chef of the Year” award.

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UPDATE: Vinylmation Urban Series 1 to be Released March 17

Stitch Kingdom recently reported that the new Vinylmation collectibles series would be released at Disneyland and Walt Disney World on March 20. The correct date is March 17. The release party at Walt Disney World is still currently scheduled for March 20.

Please review the original posting here.

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Vinylmation Urban Series 1 to be Released March 20

Oopsy From the Vinylmation Urban Series 1 by Artist Thomas Scott

Oopsy From the Vinylmation Urban Series 1 by Artist Thomas Scott

The next round of the Vinylmation collection will hit the shelves at Walt Disney World and Disneyland on Friday, March 20.

The 3″ collection includes Checkered by Dan Howard, El Super Raton by Natalie Bert Kennedy, Furrr by Susanna Gay, Grafitti by Chad Miller, Monster by Tyler Dumas, Oopsy by Thomas Scott (Pictured), Pinball by Mark Seppala, Poc Mickey by Eric Caszatt, Squiddy and Swiss Cheese by Randy Noble and Who’s There? by Susan Foy. The 9″ collection includes Dragon by Monty Maldovan (LE 400), Mortimer by Randy Noble (LE 400), Mummy by Dave Keefer (LE 200) and Robot Mickey by Doug Strayer (LE 500).

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Are You 23? Product Release and Signing March 14 at Disneyland

Are You 23? Teaser PosterJoin us as we welcome Disney Master Artist Dave Pacheco for a very special artist appearance and signing on Saturday, March 14, 2009. Dave will be on hand to sign a selection of artwork, a t-shirt and a pin featuring some of Disney’s most beloved characters. Additional information about this exciting event will follow the March 10, 2009 announcement revealing the answer to “Are you 23?” Details after the jump. (more…)

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Celebrating Best Picture at Disneyland

Kids from "Slumdog Millionaire"

Kids from "Slumdog Millionaire"

(February 23, 2009) Child actors from “Slumdog Millionaire” celebrate the film’s Oscar win for Best Picture with Mickey Mouse at Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on Monday.  Pictured:  Ayush Mahesh Khedekar (Young Jamal), Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail Sheikh (Young Salim), Rubina Ali Rafiq Qureshi (Young Latika), Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar (Middle Latika),  Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala (Middle Salim), Tanay Hemant Chheda (Middle Jamal) and Madhur Mittal (older Salim).  (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

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Final Star Wars Big Figs Announced

Big Fig: Donald Frozen in Carbonite

Big Fig: Donald Frozen in Carbonite

StarWars.com has published photos of and information on the final four Star Wars Big Figs due for release the second week of June. They will retail for $195 each and be limited to 600 pieces each, with 500 going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and 100 going to Disneyland.

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Disneyland Ticket Booths Shut Down Due to White Powder Threat

The OC Register reported that cleaning crews called in reports of a suspicious white powder was found on some ticket booths early Sunday morning. Guests who had already entered the parks were allowed to remain but the booths were shut down until the powder could be tested and confirmed harmless.

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