VIDEO: Five Years of Expansion at Disney California Adventure

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From the initial announcement of the expansion at Disney California Adventure in 2007, through the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street today, the ‘sizzle reel’ video we are pleased to share with you below takes a look at the announcements and changes that have helped shape Disneyland’s second gate into what it’s become.

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Disney D23 Scares Up ‘Sip’n’Scream’ Event at Walt Disney World

Disney D23 has announced that it will be adding a brand new twist to its annual ‘Sip’n’Stroll’ event normally held during the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Two levels are being offered for the event, ‘Super Scream’ (which is a two-day event, October 2 and October 3) for $320 and a single-day event on October 3, for $125 (note that admission is required for either package on October 3 as it takes place during regular park hours).

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PhotoPass+ Discount Available for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

Disney’s PhotoPass has quietly made its all-inclusive PhotoPass+ service available for pre-purchase at $30 off the retail price for both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts when purchased at least fourteen days ahead of the scheduled vacation.

Good for a period of two weeks once the mailed voucher is redeemed on site, the PhotoPass+ card allows Guests to take complete advantage of the Disney’s PhotoPass system at no additional charges which includes all dining and ride photo opportunities, including Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.

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Disney World Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators Partially Announced for 2012

Walt Disney World has begun announcing its celebrity narrators for its Candlelight Processional performances which will take place this year during the ‘Holidays Around the World’ celebration at Epcot from November 23 through December 30, 2012.

The shows will take place at the America Gardens Theatre, located across the American Adventure pavilion. Shows are free with seating available on a standby basis, or through priority seating which is offered via special dinner and lunch packages from table service restaurants at Epcot. Park admission is separate and required regardless.

The schedule is currently as follows (subject to change at any time)

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VIDEO: Cars Land and Buena Vista Street Tour by Walt Disney Imagineering

Cars Land at Disney California AdventureWith the grand opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista street at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort rapidly approaching, Walt Disney Imagineering has put together this video package of titled ‘what guests can expect.’

Imagineer Kathy Mangum takes us through the final testing and preview stages of Cars Land which includes a look at the stunning audio animatronics used in Radiator Springs Racers as well as a look at other attractions such as Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, and dining option Flos V-8 Cafe.

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Periwinkle to Join Pixie Hollow at Disney Parks in October

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In honor of Secret of the Wings, which debuts on 3D Blu-ray on October 23, Disney Parks has officially confirmed it will be introducing Tinker Bell’s new wintery friend, Periwinkle, as a meet & greet character at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme parks. No specific date has been given other than her appearances will begin in October.

For Tinker Bell and the other warm season fairies, the Winter Woods remains a mysterious and forbidden place. Secret of the Wings takes audiences on an amazing journey of discovery with Tink, into this forbidden world where she discovers a magical secret that changes her life forever.

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VIDEO: Cars Land Features Talking Mater and Lightning Meet and Greets

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When Cars Land opens its garage doors to the public on June 15, 2012, a whole new land inspired by the Disney/Pixar films will immerse Guests in an environment unique to the Disney California Adventure theme park. Even the most familiar of faces will have something to talk about as the meet & greet characters of Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen, who have been a staple at the parks for years, will now communicate with guests.

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REPORT: Cars Land and Buena Vista Street Preview; Hundreds of Photos and Video

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Just a few days before its grand opening on June 15, 2012, Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort opened its doors for previews for Annual Passholders, Disney D23 and Club 33 Members. Guests — along with Disney Parks brass such as Robert Iger, Tom Staggs, George Kalogridis and Mary Niven — enjoyed dining, shopping and the attractions in both areas: Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi’s Flying Tires, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and the Red Car Trolley.

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Disneyland Now Offering Mobile Theme Park Tickets via Web Enabled Devices

Disneyland Mobile Ticket Purchase via iPadThe Disneyland Resort has now launched a service which allows Guests with web-enabled devices to purchase and receive tickets through them. At this time, however, the resort is allowing only 1 day tickets to be purchased this way (both single and park hopper options available).

In order to purchase a ticket this way, point your mobile browser to DisneylandMobileTickets.com and fill out the secure order form. Once the order has been processed, you will receive your ticket in the form of a bar code on screen as well as by email. Cast members at the turnstiles will then be able to scan in your ticket bar code and allow admission.

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Photo: Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Opens Inside Disney California Adventure

From left, Mary Niven, vice president, Disney California Adventure Park, Ernst Tanner, CEO, Lindt & Sprüngli AG, and George A. Kalogridis, president, Disneyland Resort celebrate the opening of a new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop at Disney California Adventure Park June 7, 2012. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)Disneyland Resort today welcomed a new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop to Disney California Adventure Park. The new location – the first to open inside a theme park – features Ghirardelli’s world-famous hot fudge sundaes and decadent chocolate products, and represents another milestone in the expansion of Disney California Adventure.

“As we celebrate the culmination of our Resort expansion, we are thrilled to welcome Ghirardelli, and to make this unique chocolate experience available to our park guests,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Disneyland Resort. “Ghirardelli is a perfect fit for our newly reimagined Disney California Adventure, as we both share a rich California heritage.”

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