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#GetHappierContest Winner Shares Happy Memories from Disneyland Park

This summer, we asked you to share what makes you happiest at the Disneyland Resort in our #GetHappier Instagram contest. Well, the winner has been chosen, and it's Mary Powell from Nevada! As our grand prize winner, Mary will receive a trip for four to the Disneyland Resort -- sure to make anyone get happier! I recently asked Mary for the story behind this adorable winning photo.

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She seems to be very excited to meet Mickey Mouse! Has she seen him again since this photo was taken?
She was very happy to meet Mickey. She has seen him again since this picture and still loves him, although multiple princesses are making their way up her list of favorites.

What happened right after this photo was taken?
It was a pretty magical moment for everyone in the room. We really didn't want to leave, Lydia (our daughter) included. Thankfully we were there with lots of family and there were other kids in our family that we got to meet Mickey.

We can see what makes her happy at Disneyland ... what makes you happy here?
That moment is one of many that makes us love Disneyland. It is those magical moments that seem to come around every corner that sets Disneyland apart. We have gone as single people, a married couple without children, and now are passing our Disney love to the next generation. Each stage is a unique experience at Disneyland but it is always a happy and memorable experience. I love that there is something for everyone and even with a 5-month-old we were able to enjoy plenty of attractions, shows and experiences.

What is the first thing you're going to do when you arrive on your grand prize trip to the Disneyland Resort?
The first thing we always look forward to is coming out from under the bridge at the entrance of Disneyland and getting that first glimpse of Main Street and the castle. Both my parents grew up going to Disneyland. They actually were both there the first week that Disneyland opened at 5 and 7 years old. It is an experience we have all shared over the years.

#GetHappierContest Winner Shares Happy Memories from Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Another Look at PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks in November 2014

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Today, I'm thrilled to share a new image featuring PANDORA Jewelry created especially for Disney Parks. Coming this November, PANDORA's Disney jewelry collection features hand-finished .925 sterling silver and 14K gold charms inspired by some of Disney's most beloved characters.

The image above showcases the new sterling silver Disney Parks "Wonderful World" bracelet, which features PANDORA's unique threading system and a ball clasp engraved with our castle logo.

The bracelets are styled with some of the previously discussed charms, including the sterling silver Walt Disney World Resort destination charm, which is hand-finished with flush-set cubic zirconia star detail. You can also see the "Mickey Mania" charm, a sterling silver openwork Mickey charm with red, light yellow, black and white enamel.

Newly pictured charms include the aptly named "Mickey Swirls," which is an openwork sterling silver charm with a Disney Mickey icon swirl design. There is also a beautiful dated sterling silver and blue enamel 2015 Edition charm (blue is my favorite color!), with 18 cubic zirconia stones bead-set in star and Mickey details.

I particularly like the Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat dangle in sterling silver with blue enamel, as it reminds me of one of my favorite Disney films, "Fantasia." You may also notice a specially designed sterling silver charm featuring a Disney Cruise Line ship (I really need to take another Disney cruise).

Select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts will release the 16 Disney Parks-specific PANDORA Jewelry items beginning November 3. You will also find select items on our Disney Parks online store on that day at DisneyStore.com/Pandora.

Guests can also find an additional 25 charm designs from the Disney jewelry collection at PANDORA stores throughout North America, starting October 31.

Stay tuned for additional details about a special release party that will be held on November 7-8 in Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida.

Another Look at PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks in November 2014 by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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More Pumpkin Yum from Disneyland Resort

In case you can't make it to Disneyland Resort to taste all the delectable pumpkin treats we mentioned in last week's pumpkin cheesecake recipe post, here's one more recipe we just had to share just in time for National Pumpkin Day (Oct. 26): hearty pumpkin muffins packed with the flavors of sweet golden raisins, nutmeg and cinnamon. A crunch of streusel on top makes them perfect with coffee to start the day.

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You could nosh on more Disneyland Resort pumpkin treats from morning 'til night: pumpkin beignets (Café Orleans and Mint Julep Bar in Disneyland park); pumpkin twists (Troubadour Tavern and Maurice's Treats at Disneyland park and Cozy Cone Motel at Disney California Adventure park); pumpkin pie (Plaza Inn and French Market Restaurant in Disneyland park, Flo's V-8 Cafe at Disney California Adventure park); pumpkin cheesecake muffins (Market House in Disneyland park and Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café at Disney California Adventure park), and pumpkin cheesecake (Jolly Holiday Bakery Café and French Market Restaurant in Disneyland park, Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta at Disney California Adventure park and White Water Snacks at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa). Beyond the bakery treats at various spots throughout the parks and resorts, there's pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks and Boudin Bakery's pumpkin-shaped sourdough at Pacific Wharf Café, Disney California Adventure park bread cart and Mortimer's Market.

You'll find these pumpkin muffins in Disneyland park at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café and the Cappuccino Cart in the Hub. At Disney California Adventure park, they're at Schmoozies and Pacific Wharf Café. You can also find them at White Water Snacks at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Surfside Lounge at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.

But if you can't make it to Disneyland Resort, whip up a batch and enjoy - maximum flavor, minimum guilt.

Pumpkin Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

Muffin Recipe
1 cup cake flour
1 cup bread flour (may substitute all-purpose flour)
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 5-ounce can pumpkin purée
1 cup golden raisins

Streusel
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter

For muffins:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Sift together cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat together sugar and eggs until pale yellow in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Blend in oil and pumpkin purée until mixture is smooth.
  4. Blend half of flour mixture into egg mixture until just combined. Scrape sides of bowl, then stir in raisins. Add remaining flour mixture to batter, mixing just until combined.
  5. Scoop batter into prepared muffin pan, filling about 3/4 full.

For streusel:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mash butter with a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon streusel on each muffin.
  2. Bake 18 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 325°F and bake 5 minutes more or until golden brown.

More Pumpkin Yum from Disneyland Resort by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Sign Up for Our Disney Parks Blog 'Big Hero 6' Meet-Up at Downtown Disney

UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please CLICK HERE to view a list of the accepted event attendees. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email by 6 p.m. EST today, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

We've just finalized plans for our next Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up and it's one you'll not want to miss. On November 2, 2014, we're offering the opportunity to be part of a special preview screening of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film "Big Hero 6" at AMC Downtown Disney 24 at Walt Disney World Resort before it opens in U.S. theaters on November 7.

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Our Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up begins at 11 a.m. EST (doors open at 10 a.m.) at AMC Downtown Disney 24 on Sunday, November 2, 2014. At the event, you'll see "Big Hero 6," which is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius--thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

Attendees of the Meet-Up will also get the opportunity to meet-and-greet "Big Hero 6" characters Hiro and Baymax before they debut for guests in the park.

RSVP for the meet-up now by sending us an email with your name, address and if you'll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com. Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees will be selected for the event, so be one of the first to sign up.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Disney "Big Hero 6" is rated PG.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in across from AMC Downtown Disney 24 for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated after capacity has been reached.

Also, here are some other things to know:

  • This is an advance screening of the film. Closed Captioning and Descriptive Video services may not be available.
  • Please arrive early. No one will be admitted late. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time.
  • NO RECORDING

The screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any video or audio recording devices (including, without limitation, cameras) into the venue and you consent to a physical search of your belongings and person for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device during this screening, you consent to your immediate removal from the venue and forfeiture of your recording device and its contents. Any attempted unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability. We reserve the right to pursue any and all available remedies at law and in equity for any unauthorized recording and/or copyright infringement, including without limitation statutory damages of up to $150,000 per violation, and nothing contained in this notice shall be construed to limit our available remedies and/or legal recourse. You assume all risks of personal injury arising from or incidental to attending the screening, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. Further, by attending you grant permission to Disney Destinations, LLC, its licensees, licensors, affiliates and agents, to record and utilize your name, voice and likeness to publicize the screening and promote the movie.

Hope to see you there.

Sign Up for Our Disney Parks Blog 'Big Hero 6' Meet-Up at Downtown Disney by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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The 'Frozen' Fun Continues at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Frozen Snowground! at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Yoo-Hoo! Have you heard? Wandering Oaken's Trading Post, one of the most popular parts of last summer's "Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!" event at Disney's Hollywood Studios, is back and staying put through the holidays!

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Oaken and his cousins have re-opened their cool hot spot (or is that hot cool spot?) in a new space, on Streets of America just steps away from Studio Catering Co. and "Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show." The new Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Frozen Snowground! features a larger-than-ever play area with real snow, plenty of "Frozen" merchandise, and those yummy "Frozen"-inspired cupcakes and other treats. And every 30 minutes or so, you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights shimmering in the night sky.

So if you want to build a snowman or are just craving one in cupcake form (that's carrot cake with cream cheese frosting - YUM!), you're in luck! Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Frozen Snowground! is open daily at Disney's Hollywood Studios, through the holiday season.

The 'Frozen' Fun Continues at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Frozen Snowground! at Disney's Hollywood Studios by Shawn Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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The New Anna & Elsa's Boutique in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Will Give You 'Chills'

Can you feel the chill in the air? 'Frozen' has taken over the newly themed Anna & Elsa's Boutique in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Here's a look at some of the magical transformations taking place!

If you're a fan of Anna, Elsa or Olaf and of course, warm hugs, be sure to stop by on your next visit!

The New Anna & Elsa's Boutique in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Will Give You 'Chills' by Michelle Harker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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A runDisney Love Story at the Disneyland Half Marathon

So do you think you love Disney? Do you think you love Disney enough to run 13.1 miles? If the answer is yes to both questions, you are not alone. Christine Cheng and Anthony Tsang's love for Disney and each other have put them on the course to love runDisney.

"We run because of runDisney," Christine recently told me when I visited them at home in San Francisco, just before they completed the Dumbo Double Dare at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna at Disneyland Resort. "We have really never exercised too much before, but Disney gives us the motivation to get out there and lead a healthy, active lifestyle."

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Saying Disney is a part of their everyday life is an understatement. Their home is filled with Disney keepsakes, they enjoy using their annual passes and visiting the parks several times a year, and of course, one of their greatest Disney memories -- a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding.

"We just love that Disney opens so many new experiences to us, so there's always some way to incorporate Disney into our lives," the couple said. "Even if you don't think you can run, you can do a runDisney race."

I hope Christine and Anthony's love story inspires you to add a little runDisney to your life.

For more information on runDisney and to register for an upcoming event, visit runDisney.com.

#WhyIrunDisney is dedicated to sharing compelling and motivational human-interest stories. To view submissions and to learn how to upload your story, visit irundisney.com.

A runDisney Love Story at the Disneyland Half Marathon by Robert Hitchcock: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Haunt Your Disney Side Contest, Week 3 (Pumpkin Carving Tips)

Halloween is almost upon us and "Grim, Grinning, Ghosts" are coming "Out to Socialize!"

Which means you only have a short time left to show your Halloween Disney Side by uploading photos of your Disney Parks-themed Halloween decor, food and drinks, carved pumpkins and costumes at DisneySideContest.com.

This week's blog post focuses on our favorite orange Halloween decoration -- jack-o-lanterns.

The Disney Parks Blog's John Graham caught up with Disney Channel star Olivia Holt ("I Didn't Do It"), who has some experience with all things Halloween.

Olivia, along with an expert pumpkin carver from the Disneyland Resort, recently showed off their Halloween Disney sides at Disneyland park Big Thunder Ranch.

They have some great tips for that perfect Disney Parks-themed jack-o-lantern, as well as showcasing some spectacularly-carved pumpkins that YOU can use as inspiration for your Haunt Your Disney Side entries.

Don't forget, we want to see your most frightfully-fun Disney Parks-themed Halloween photos. Check out DisneySideContest.com to enter for a chance to win some eerie, scary prizes, including that private "Midnight at the Haunted Mansion" party for you and three guests with a spooky overnight stay in Cinderella Castle.

And check back this month to the Disney Parks Blog for more tips on how to "Haunt Your Disney Side."

NO PURCH NEC. Ends 11/4/14 at 11:59:59 PM ET. 50 US/DC/Canada (excl. QC), 18/age of majority +. Void where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules.


For more from the Haunt Your Disney Side contest, visit the post below:

Haunt Your Disney Side Contest, Week 3 (Pumpkin Carving Tips) by Charles Stovall, Public Relations, manager: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Pumpkin Carvers Show Their Disney Side During Halloween Time at Disneyland Park

From "it's a small world" to "Frozen," the pumpkin carvers design an elaborate display showing their Disney Side each day at the Halloween Carnival in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland park. I recently caught up with one of the creative carvers and asked her about her colorful creations.

Which Disney character or attraction would you like to see produced on a pumpkin?

Pumpkin Carvers Show Their Disney Side During Halloween Time at Disneyland Park by Shannon Swanson: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Glow With the Show Evolves Into Made With Magic This Fall at Disney Parks

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I have exciting news to share about the next evolution of Glow With the Show. Introduced in 2012 at Disneyland Resort, this ear hat technology allowed guests to become a part of a show by lighting up in time with or in the same color scheme as a nighttime show or fireworks display. Last year, it was added to nighttime spectaculars at Walt Disney World Resort such as Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Wishes nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park. This fall, we are adding some new merchandise items that contain this interactive technology under a new name called "Made With Magic."

Made With Magic items will excite, delight, light up and interact with select Disney experiences at Disney Parks. We will continue to offer the original ear hat first introduced a few years ago. New items will include a new Minnie Mouse-inspired headband, a Mickey Mouse glove and, my favorite, a magical wand that reminds me of Sorcerer Mickey.

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The Sorcerer Mickey wand will have multiple light-up functions and will give guests the ability to change the light patterns of other Made With Magic items. Guests can also place the Made With Magic items in a color-changing demo mode, when they aren't present at "Made With Magic"-enabled entertainment.

As with the previously released ear hat, all Made With Magic items will interact with experiences at Disney Parks around the world regardless of where the items were originally purchased.

Each item will have a retail of $25.00.

Guests should look for the Minnie Mouse headband to arrive in late October and early November in select merchandise locations at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. The Mickey Mouse glove and the Sorcerer Mickey wand will be introduced in late November to early December at those same locations.

Glow With the Show Evolves Into Made With Magic This Fall at Disney Parks by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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