The Disneyland Resort has announced that it will be offering a special preview of the fall 2012 menu at PCH Grill, located at the Paradise Pier Hotel, for annual passholders throughout September. The prix fixe cost for the meal is $34.99 per person prior to any eligible passholder discounts and includes an appetizer, entree, dessert, soft drink and FASTPASS tickets to World of Color for the same evening as dining.
The menu is as follows:
Sunday, September 2 through Thursday, September 6:
Choice of Appetizer
- Beer Battered Onion Rings
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Choice of Entrée
- La Mesa Southwest Burger
- Muir Woods Roasted Red Pepper and Mushroom Pasta
- Malibu Beach Sustainable Fish
Sunday, September 9 through Thursday, September 13:
Choice of Appetizer
- Santa Monica Flat Bread
- Seaside Shrimp Flat Bread
Choice of Entrée
- Hail “Mexican” Caesar
- Pebble Beach Shrimp Mac & Cheese
- Santa Maria Tri Tip
Sunday, September 16 through Thursday, September 20:
Choice of Appetizer
- Seasonal Soup d’Jour
- Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Choice of Entrée
- Malibu Beach Sustainable Fish
- Surfside Grilled Chicken Breast
- Santa Maria Tri Tip
Reservations are required in advance by calling (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463. The passholder who makes the reservation must attend the dinner, but is allowed to bring non-passholders as dining guests.
First Look: Tinker Bell and Periwinkle Characters from Disney Parks; New ‘Secret of the Wings’ Clips
The official Disney Parks blog today shared this first image of Tinker Bell and Periwinkle /aka/ Peri /aka/ Tink’s sister as they will appear at both Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland in mid-September (September 17 in Orlando according to this site, to be precise).
Peri will be joining Tink in Pixie Hollow in honor of their upcoming 3D Blu-ray release, Secret of the Wings, available to own on October 23, 2012. 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.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios New Zealand, we also have a couple of new clips to share. In the first clip, titled ‘Sisters,’ Tink and Peri learn that they are ‘two fairies born of the same laugh’ in a way that only Pixie Hollow could announce the news:
The next clip, titled ‘Exactly Alike,’ overlaps a bit with a previously released clip and introduces Gliss and Spike as Peri shows her newly-discovered sibling around the Winter Woods:
After starting the roll out of FASTPASS+ technology at the Magic Kingdom, which not only included the installation of temporary (and subsequent permanent) RFID readers at return lines at select attractions, along with limited tests, as well as pilot programs to enter the theme parks via RFID and — most recently — pay for purchases and unlock hotel rooms using embedded RFID chips in the Key to the World (KTTW) cards at the Contemporary Resort, it appears Walt Disney World (NYSE:DIS) is steadily pushing on to establish its NextGen technology at the Resort, this time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Within the past 24 hours (give or take), Walt Disney World has filed construction commencement notices with the Orange County Comptroller’s office, for virtually all of the theme parks’ attractions and shows. Citing a very generic ‘provide labor, material and/or electrical for construction’ reason, all of the documents list Disney’s own Buena Vista Construction Company as the contractor, as was the case for all recent work performed on Haunted Mansion, to cite an example.
Attractions referenced so far in the paperwork include Star Tours, Great Movie Ride, American Idol Experience, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Disney Junior Live on Stage, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Rock’n'Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, Muppet*Vision 3D, and Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show.
FASTPASS+ is an enhanced version of the FASTPASS attraction reservation system which will allow select guests to schedule opportunities to visit attractions and character meet and greets in advance of their visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. It is part of a larger program, MAGIC+, or ‘My Disney Experience’ which will allow the guest to customize and interact with the theme park environments way beyond what is possible today. Walt Disney World recently released an app titled My Disney Experience for Apple iOS devices which will provide the foundation of the new opportunities, which include allowing guests to integrate their mobile activity with their online accounts to share information and perform new tasks such as creating dining reservations from virtually anywhere. To aid with using the new app, the company has already rolled out free WiFi inside the Magic Kingdom Park and its resorts, with the rest of the theme parks expected to follow suit.
Via its official blog, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled the first few of a new series of portraits by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz portraying celebrities in iconic classic Disney roles.
The new images feature Russell Brand poised as Captain Hook facing his nemesis, the crocodile known as Tick-Tock with the caption ‘Where every moment leaves you hungry for more’ and Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as the Haunted Mansion ghosts, Phinease, Ezara and Gus with the caption ‘Where you can go on the ride of your afterlife.
The images have been added to the beginning of our gallery of Disney Dream portraits below:
Additional images from the series will be included as special inserts in the fall 2012 issues of GQ, O – The Oprah Magazine, People, People En Espanol, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, Essence and InStyle.
New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for July 27, 2012
Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.
Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.
|Sterling Silver Disneyland California Charm- $20.00
Our Sterling Silver Disneyland California Charm is the perfect memento of her trip to Disneyland and the Golden State. A crystal Mickey Mouse icon sparkles where Disneyland beckons and other points of interest are etched into the vintage-inspired charm.
|Sculptured Spider-Man Mug- $12.50
Why swing down to your friendly neighborhood coffee shop when you can hang around the house with our amazing Spider-Man coffee mug? This sculptured ceramic mug is shaped just like Spider-Man’s own masked mug!
|Vinylmation Animation 2 Series 9” Figure — Roger Rabbit- $44.95
P-p-p-please consider our Vinylmation Animation 2 Series 9” Roger Rabbit. Who Framed Roger Rabbitfans will be frantic for the big time Toon Town star in his latest role as a crazy cartoon collectible. Just keep him clear of the ”dip.”
|Vinylmation Park 9 Series 9” Figure — Epcot The Land Balloons- $44.95
Fly up, up and away with our beautiful Vinylmation Park 9 Series 9” Figure inspired by the ”hot air balloon” designs that decorate Epcot’s The Land pavillion at Walt Disney World Resort.
|Disney Princess Sunglasses for Girls – SALE $2.99 — SAVE 34%!
By royal command, the sun will always shine when little ladies wear our Disney Princess Sunglasses for Girls. Our 100% UV protection lenses help cut the glare on a bright day in her courtyard or faraway kingdom.
|Personalizable Jake and the Never Land Pirates Beach Towel – SALE $9.99 — SAVE 39%!
Avast there me hearties! If ye be after drying off, then your little pirate will treasure this Jake and the Never Land Pirates Beach Towel. Jake and his feathered friend Skully are all over this colorful towel that can be personalized.
|Personalizable Toy Story 3 Beach Towel – SALE $9.99 — SAVE 39%!
The stars of Toy Story 3 make guest appearances on this colorful Toy Story 3 Beach Towel. Lotso joins Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Rex, Mr Potato Head and all your favorites who ”Came to Play” as you take them to the beach or pool with you.
|Minnie and Mickey Mouse Wallet – SALE $12.99 — SAVE 10%!
Snap your valuables in our gleaming Minnie and Mickey Mouse Wallet. Disney’s classic sweethearts sparkle with pop art fun. This sturdy, secure billfold case with padded cover fits all your carry along needs, cash and cards.
|Minnie Mouse Pen Set – SALE $9.99 — SAVE 31%!
When your young one wants to do a spot of art, this collection of 10 different colored gel pens and the fun Minnie Mouse case is perfect. A glittering bow adds sparkle to this shiny zip case with its thoroughly modern Minnie polka dot design.
|Cars 2 Sunglasses for Boys – SALE $2.99 — SAVE 34%!
Cut the glare on your little racer’s windshield with our Cars 2 sunglasses for boys. Our 100% UV protection lenses keep drivers looking cool on hot days at the track.
Right now, Disney D23 Expo 2013 is gearing up to be the biggest and best ever. Being held August 9-11, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center near the Disneyland Resort, D23 Expo unites The Walt Disney Company with fans and fans with other fans. More than 40,000 fans congregated in 2011 to explore the past, present and future of Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney Interactive Studios, Disney/ABC Television and more, with the third expo promising even more.
Disney D23 has provided us with just some of the returning favorites as well as new additions to provide a more enjoyable experience for attendees.
The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives returns to Disney D23 Expo with a 12,000 square foot display offering glimpses at some of the most coveted items from the Studios’ rich history.
Also returning will be the fan art contest, which has paid homage to Donald Duck as well as the 50th anniversary of 101 Dalmatians. The contest in 2013 promises to be practically perfect, however, as it honors the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins.
The Disney Legends ceremony will also return, taking place in conjunction with the expo. Stay tuned to learn who the honorees will be this time around.
LARGER FLOOR, INCREASED ROOM CAPACITIES
For 2013, the Disney D23 Expo will serve up more space on the floor as well as inside its presentation rooms to make the magic more accessible to as many attendees as possible. The show floor will be comprised of Halls A, B, C and D of the Convention Center. In addition, the show will feature an expanded collectors’ forum, the popular destination for Disney fans to meet with other fans who offer various Disney-related products and services.
In addition to increased floor space, Stage 23, the largest presentation area outside of the Arena will be expanded to accommodate nearly 2,000 attendees. As for the Arena itself, which quickly fills to capacity for its major presentations, an overflow room will be provided with a live video feed for more than 2,000 attendees unable to make it into the Arena itself.
Attendees who are Disney D23 members will also continue to have special benefits such as early admission to the show floor. Charter members will also again have access to a special lounge where they can relax and meet with other members throughout the day.
TICKET PRICE INCREASE
Not surprisingly, 2013 will see a price increase in admission, but it’s really not all that terrible in the grand scheme of things (see the Sorcerer package for that). All three tiers (early bird, advanced, regular) still exist and essentially the regular (highest) prices for 2011 have become the early bird prices for 2013 with increases at the remaining tiers accordingly. The full tier pricing and dates are as follows:
EARLY BIRD (August 9, 2012 – December 31)
- D23 Member 1 Day: $40 Adult, $32 Child
- D23 Member 3 Day: $115 Adult, $91 Child
- Non-Member 1 Day: $47 Adult, $37 Child
- Non-Member 3 Day: $136 Adult, $106 Child
ADVANCED (January 1, 2013 – June 15)
- D23 Member 1 Day: $45 Adult, $37 Child
- D23 Member 3 Day: $130 Adult, $106 Child
- Non-Member 1 Day: $52 Adult, $42 Child
- Non-Member 3 Day: $151 Adult, $121 Child
REGULAR / EXPO ADMISSION (June 16, 2013 – August 11)
- D23 Member 1 Day: $50 Adult, $42 Child
- D23 Member 3 Day: $145 Adult, $121 Child
- Non-Member 1 Day: $57 Adult, $47 Child
- Non-Member 3 Day: $166 Adult, $136 Child
The Sorcerer package returns in 2013, but the price has now increased to $1500 per ticket. Only D23 members are allowed to purchase the package, but each member may buy up to 2 additional tickets.
Benefits of the Sorcerer package includes:
- Three-day admission ticket
- Reserved seating at all presentations in the D23 Arena and Stage 23
- Commemorative Sorcerer credential
- Pre-Expo tour of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit
- Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store and the Treasure Trove the day before the Expo is open to guests
- Exclusive tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo is open to the public
- Private welcome reception
- Special entrance to the Expo each morning
- Hardbound Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives catalog
- Hardbound Disney Legends ceremony commemorative program
- A voucher for an appointment with an on-site massage therapist
- Exclusive D23 Expo 2013 tote bag filled with gifts
- “Fond Farewell” reception on final day of Expo
- Access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge
Tickets at all levels will become available for purchase beginning Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 10 am PST at d23expo.com
Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort has already released an innovative flash app to promote its new Cars Land expansion, allowing online guests to virtually tour the new land (by car, of course), visiting each of the residents of Radiator Springs to see their wares and learn more about the new shopping, dining and attraction experiences. Guests can even create, customize and share their own virtual Cars-inspired avatar for the virtual road trip.
Now the theme park is revving up to plus the experience, offering a new online game titled ‘Cars Land Racers.’ When the site is complete, guests will be able to visit CARSLANDRACERS.COM and compete their custom vehicle in races against friends and even the Radiator Springs residents on tracks inspired by their respective real-world attractions (Lightning McQueen’s Radiator Springs Racers, Tow Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Flying Tires).
Winning races awards players prizes such as better acceleration, handling and top speeds, while leaderboards show how players stack up against their Facebook friends and worldwide. Add to that, there’s a total of 20 (at launch time) achievements one can unlock by completing various challenges.
Disney Legend Dave Smith, founder of the Disney Archives and Chief Archivist Emeritus, will be making a special appearance at the Disneyland Resort on July 14, 2012 to sign his new book, Disney Trivia from the Vault.
Beginning with the July 1983 issue of Disney Channel Magazine, Dave Smith began answering Disney trivia questions from viewers of the Disney Channel. In the ensuing thirty years, his column has continued through multiple publications, including Disney Magazine, the on-line Disney Insider, and most recently the Disney D23 website. ‘Ask Dave’ questions have come from Disney enthusiasts the world over, and have covered topics ranging from Cinderella’s last name (Tremaine) to the number of triangles covering the surface of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth (11,324 facets comprising 954 triangles.)
Over 1,100 questions have been fielded by Dave Smith, the now-retired Chief Archivist of The Walt Disney Company, and this book is a compendium of the most interesting and revealing of those queries. The book is divided into chapters that each cover an aspect of Disney history, including Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney films, Disney television, and Disney characters. Many of the questions bring up interesting information that has not been published elsewhere, and readers will delight in discovering some of the secrets behind their favorite movies and theme parks. ‘Did the same actress provide the voice of Maleficent, as well as the voice of Madame Leota, the head in the crystal ball in The Haunted Mansion?’ ‘Who was the first athelete to say “I’m going to Disneyland!”?’ Only Dave knows the answers!
The event will take place from 9 am – 11 am PT at the Disneyana Shop on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Disneyland® park. Disney Trivia from the Vault will be available for $9.99, plus tax beginning at shop opening on the day of release. Park admission is not included and is required.
Disney Trivia from the Vault is also available for pre-order on Amazon.com with a release date of June 26, 2012.
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.
Featuring Robert Iger, CEO and President of The Walt Disney Company, along with then Disney Parks Chairs Jay Rasulo and Tom Staggs, as well as chief executive John Lasseter, the video takes us through the addition of Toy Story Mania!; Disney/Pixar Play! Parade; the nighttime fireworks spectacular Magical, which features a flying Dumbo; a re-vamped Fantasmic!; the Paradise Pier re-do with Mickey’s Fun Wheel; World of Color; Silly Symphony Swings; Goofy’s Sky School; Mickey’s Soundsational; The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure; Star Tours 2; Mad T Party; and of course Cars Land and Buena Vista Street.
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.
In addition to the PhotoCD and all attraction and dining photos where applicable, the package includes a bonus CD consisting of hundreds of stock photos from the respective resort.