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A Journey Through Wandering Oaken's Trading Post at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Have you had a chance to experience the "Frozen" Summer Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios yet?

Earlier this month, we shared a look at the new "Frozen Fireworks" show that light up each night. This week we're taking a look inside Wandering Oaken's Trading Post, a location set up adjacent to Toy Story Mania! that offers "Frozen" merchandise, ice skating, a snow play area for kids, themed treats, and fun photo ops.

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Check out the photo gallery above for a look at the fun inside.

What's your favorite "Frozen" summer offering? Tell us in the "Comments" section below.


For more on "Frozen" Summer Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios, visit the posts below:

A Journey Through Wandering Oaken's Trading Post at Disney's Hollywood Studios by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1960s

Last week, we began preparing for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, coming spring 2015, by inviting our fans to share your favorite memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort for a chance to win a trip to the celebration kick-off. We started by asking for your memories from the 1950s ... now we want to see your memories from the 1960s!

Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1960s

Lots of magic was made in the 1960s here at the Disneyland Resort. Were you a part of it? Do you have a photo of yourself at the opening of the Haunted Mansion? Pirates of the Caribbean? Or maybe at one of my favorite quirky Disneyland events ... "Love Bug" Day in 1969? Share your swinging 1960s memories with us! Of course, you're welcome to share your favorite memories with photos taken throughout any of the Disneyland Decades - 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present - as well. And please be sure to include the decade in your entry description!

Here's how it works:

  • Each week, we'll be asking for your special photo memories from a specific decade. (Regardless of the weekly decade inspiration, you can share a favorite photo from any of the decade periods between now and August 27, 2014.)
  • To enter, post your photos on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest by August 27, 2014, and make sure to let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet.

When the submission period is complete, we'll select the top five photos from each decade, and Disney Parks Blog readers will vote for the top photo from each of the Disneyland Decades. Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we'll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

For more on the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, visit the links below:

Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1960s by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Santa's Summer Vacation with Disney Cruise Line

Ho, ho, ho! If you're following @DisneyCruise on Twitter, you probably saw Santa Claus was spotted onboard this summer. What may have surprised you is what he was doing...

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But even this jolly man needs time away to recharge! His visit brought a smile to lots of faces, including some of your favorite Disney pals. We managed to capture a little of his fun on video, so sit back and enjoy this exclusive look at Santa's summer vacation on a Disney cruise...

Even if you missed Santa this summer, you have plenty of chances to hang out with him onboard this winter. Starting in early November, he's visiting each of our ships for our Very Merrytime Cruises through the end of December. We'll be sharing more details on these cruises soon, but in the meantime, you can learn about them on our website at this link and on Twitter with #DCLHolidays.

Santa's Summer Vacation with Disney Cruise Line by Jonathan Frontado: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Spotlight on New Pins Arriving in July 2014 at Disney Parks

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This summer, the Disney pin team is releasing about 250 new items for guests to collect or trade at Disney Parks. It's time to turn the spotlight once again on some new pins coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts this month. I spoke with Erin Catalano, the merchandiser behind many of these pins, about some of her favorite selections.

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"There are so many favorite pins we are releasing this month," exclaimed Erin. "I love the new four-pin chalkboard art set featuring characters from Walt Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland.' The set reminds me of the chalkboard art-inspired home goods found in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. I also like the vintage Mouseketeer logo as it recall watching the Mickey Mouse Club when I was younger. Finally, Disney's 'Hercules' is one of my favorite animated films, so I included a pin with Hercules and Meg."

I was happy to see that Blank and Bow, the adorable Vinylmation figures from Valentine's Day this year, will come to life in pin form.

I also recently spotted the Anna and Elsa pins at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Frozen Funland in Disney's Hollywood Studios for the Frozen Summer Celebration. Those pins are also available in a handful of other locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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Speaking of Anna and Elsa, their shoe-inspired ornaments are included in a multi-pin set that contains other character-inspired shoes.

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Finally, I pulled together an image of Chip 'n' Dale pins as I thought my fiancée would enjoy seeing them (she's a super fan of those chipmunks). I also know there are a few fans that will be delighted to see a new "Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers" pin (sing along with me ... Ch-ch-ch-ch-Chip...).

Look for these pins in a variety of Disney pin locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Spotlight on New Pins Arriving in July 2014 at Disney Parks by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Summertime for Disney Characters

This time of the year always makes me think of summer vacation. In fact, I miss those dedicated three months of freedom watching TV, swimming, and traveling to see my grandparents. Here at Walt Disney World Resort, our world-class characters spend the summer seeing our guests while they're on vacation, but they do find time to have some fun too! Here's Pinocchio taking a break from autographs, hugs and handshakes in 1983 water skiing at the former Disney's Village Resort while Geppetto waves from ashore. Let's just hope Monstro isn't in that water!
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For more from the "Vintage Walt Disney World" series, check out the posts below:

Vintage Walt Disney World: Summertime for Disney Characters by Nate Rasmussen: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Soccer is the Game, Developing Leaders is the Game Plan - Celebrating at Disney Cup International

"At the end of the day they don't remember the scores..... I want them to remember the experience, I want them to remember the feeling." With that belief at the center of his coaching, Steven Horwood of the Ajax Football Club from Ontario, Canada, has led his team to victory both on and off the pitch. The majority of his team has played together since they were 8-years-old, and now playing in their final season together, Horwood thought the Disney Cup International, Presented by AS Roma was the right thing to do for all they have accomplished.

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Ajax Football Club was one of 239 teams, more than 3,500 players, representing 18 countries, to play in the tournament. Teams from Canada, South America, Aruba and as far away as Australia came to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort to test their skill against international competition.

But before stepping on the plane to come to Disney, before the kick-off whistle blew for their first game, Ajax FC was already a winner when it came to international sportsmanship.

For more than seven years these young women have volunteered more than 3,000 hours in their community helping others. The most notable program has them literally giving away the jerseys off their backs. Through the SOS Children's Village program the team donates jerseys and soccer equipment to kids in Ghana, Africa. To date they have donated more than 300 uniforms, and expect to send another 200 after the tournament at Disney, as well as some other Disney keepsakes.

"Soccer is the sport but we really wanted to make them community leaders," said coach Horwood. Helping fellow teammates in Africa is rewarding and raises their awareness of the world around them. Recently the girls received photographs of kids in Africa wearing their jerseys and playing with their equipment. "Growing up soccer has been kind of a lifestyle for me, something I really enjoy, giving the chance to give other kids in Africa the chance to play is fulfilling," said Ajax FC defensive back Lauren Pugh.

On behalf of everyone at Disney Soccer and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, I want to congratulate Ajax FC for their hard work on and off the pitch. Win or lose, we celebrate the fact you have all scored one of the most important goals of your lives.

For more information on Disney Cup International and other Disney Soccer events, visit espnwwos.com.

Soccer is the Game, Developing Leaders is the Game Plan - Celebrating at Disney Cup International by Robert Hitchcock: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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August 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

Just wait until you see what merchandise events we have headed your way in August at the Disneyland Resort!

August 2 -- 3: Meet ACME Archives artist Guy Vasilovich from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. each day, at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park and see some of the newest releases in his collection. Learn more.

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August 2- 3: Find the latest releases from artists Daniel and Dawna Davis (Steam Crow), who are dedicated to making unique odd goods with a "spookycute" aesthetic. Steam Crow art will be featured the entire month at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District with special appearances by Daniel and Dawna Davis on August 2, 3, 23 and 24 from 1 -- 4 p.m. each day. Learn more.

August 8 - 10: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand from 12 -- 10 p.m. each day, at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort as we celebrate the release of her Lady Tremaine and Stepsisters collection, among other fan favorites! Learn more.

August 9: Artist Jerrod Maruyama will appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 11 a.m. -- 1 p.m. as we debut his latest piece from the Happiest Hipster on Earth Collection titled Hipster Haunt and inspired by the ever-popular Haunted Mansion. Learn more.

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August 9: Who's the fairest one of all? You will be, thanks to the new and delightfully dark Tangled Web collection from Beautifully Disney. For their seventh collection, Beautifully Disney pays tribute to those leading ladies who love to show their darker Disney Side. Stay tuned for more details on the Disney Parks Blog.

August 14: Artist Matt Spangler will appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 6 -- 10 p.m. as part of the 2014 Taste of Downtown Disney District. A separate ticket is required to attend the 2014 Taste of Downtown Disney District event.

August 16: Special merchandise is materializing, but as of right now, I can't say. If you keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, soon all will be revealed about this special day.

August 16: Artists Leilani Joy, Ryan Metcalf and Miss Mindy will take part in an artist signing from 2 -- 4 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more.

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August 29 - 30: Are you ready for another Art Attack! Artists Jeff Granito, Liana Hee and Noah are taking over WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney with live art performances and demonstrations from 5 -- 6:30 p.m. and a special artist signing opportunity following, from 7 - 9 p.m. Who will you be rooting for? Learn more.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of August is Liana Hee. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: August 1 -3, 8 -- 9, 15 -- 17, 22 -- 24 and 29 -- 31 from 6 -- 10 p.m. Learn more.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

August 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort by Michelle Harker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Be Prepared for 'Villains Unleashed' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

We're just one month out from August 23, the night a record number of Disney villains - more than 50 in all - will invade Disney's Hollywood Studios as part of the park's new, separately ticketed event, "Villains Unleashed." While some of the surprises being planned for this one-night-only party remain hidden under a cloak of mystery, other tantalizing details are beginning to emerge, and it's shaping up to be one fiendishly fun evening!
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  • Hades Hangout - The party kicks off at 8 p.m. at the main event stage, where hosts Hades, Megara, Pain and Panic are killing 'em with comedy. They're joined throughout the night by the Underworld Dancers, DJ Igg Nite, live music from Bernie Briquette and Brimstone, and a rogues gallery of roaming rottens, from the Queen of Hearts and Sheriff of Nottingham to the Big Bad Wolf and Captain Hook.
  • Villains Dominion - For this one special night, the Streets of America area of the park will be swarming with baddies. Here, you'll have the opportunity to meet favorites like Cruella De Vil, Jafar, Dr. Facilier and Gaston, along with more rarely seen baddies such as Shan Yu from "Mulan," Bowler Hat Guy from "Meet the Robinsons," or Captain Gantu and Dr. Hämsterviel from "Lilo & Stitch: The Series." In addition to these dedicated villain encounters, you may spot even more wandering evildoers in the area. Look for Judge Claude Frollo, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, and more!
  • The Dark Side - During "Villains Unleashed," the area around Star Tours -- The Adventures Continue becomes a wretched hive of scum and villainy, the place to find nefarious bounty hunter Boba Fett, Sith apprentice Darth Maul, and the ultimate villain - Darth Vader! And that's not all! Wandering the area, you'll stumble upon more malcontents from that galaxy far, far away: Zam Wessel, Aurra Sing, Asajj Ventress, Jango Fett, Greedo, Jawas, and others.
  • Villainous Encounters - Visit Stage 4 (where The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction is seen during the day), and you can "Parlay" with the one and only Hector Barbossa. And just around the corner in the Animation Courtyard is where you'll discover a bit of the Moors, where you can have an audience with the mistress of all evil, Maleficent!
  • Oogie Boogie's Freaky Funhouse Show - Over on Sunset Boulevard, Theater of the Stars presents a production of extreme performances, hosted by the original master of scare-monies, Oogie Boogie. It's an all-new show that's sure to thrill!
  • Fantasmic! - Strolling up Sunset Boulevard, a gang of villainous henchmen, known as the Night Crawlers, tempt you to join them for a special pre-show to the evening's performance of Fantasmic!, itself a celebration of the power and intrigue of some of the greatest Disney villains.
  • "Villainy in the Sky" Fireworks - Ultimately, Hades summons Maleficent to the main event stage to close things out with a devilishly dazzling display of pyrotechnics!

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And there's more! You can get a Villains ExScream Makeover with complimentary face painting at stations around Echo Lake, join in on one of the dance parties taking place in the park, and enjoy a wicked cabaret atmosphere - not to mention some delectable, small-plate menu items - at Club Evil in the Hollywood Brown Derby.

For fans of Disney's darker characters, "Villains Unleashed" promises to be a nightmare come true! It's all happening one night only, August 23, 2014, at Disney's Hollywood Studios. You won't want to miss it, so get your tickets now, before they all disappear!

Be Prepared for 'Villains Unleashed' at Disney's Hollywood Studios by Shawn Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Tomato Cake

The recipe I'm sharing today is for our Tomato Cake, the perfect appetizer for a light, summer meal. Chances are you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen, so why not try it tonight? Eating like you're on a Disney cruise is definitely the best remedy for those days when you're wishing you could be at sea with us.

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Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Tomato Cake
Serves: 4
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 6 hours

Ingredients
Tomato Cake

  • 12 plum tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • ½ lemon, juice

Goat Cheese

  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • ¹/³ cup whipping cream
  • ¼ lemon, juiced

Garnish

  • 3 shallots, sliced into rings and halved
  • 1 tbsp. picked curly parsley
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

For the Tomato Cake

  1. Make an incision in the top and base of each tomato. Blanch in boiling salted water for 2 minutes until the skin starts to loosen. Then submerge in salted ice water. Then peel the skin off each tomato, cut into quarters and remove the seeds.
  2. Season the tomato quarters with salt and pepper.
  3. Layer ¼ of the tomatoes in a 2-inch ring, adding a half teaspoon of tomato ketchup mixed with the ground cardamom between each layer. Work your way to the top of the ring and layer 2 cm over the top; cover with plastic wrap and place onto a plate.
  4. Add another plate on top, placing a couple cans over the top plate to add weight to the "press."
  5. Refrigerate at least 5 hours.

For the Dressing

  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.

For the Goat Cheese

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.

Assembly

  1. Remove any of the tomato that has been pressed out over the side of the ring with a knife. Press the tomato cake into the center of the plate, layer the shallots around, spoon the dressing onto the shallots and garnish with the picked parsley. Top the cake with a quenelle of goat cheese and sprinkle with ground black pepper.

For more summer recipes from Disney Cruise Line, click the links below:

Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Tomato Cake by Stephen Walker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Join Us for a Special 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up

UPDATE: Our "Guardians of the Galaxy" Disney Parks Blog meet-up has been has been filled to capacity. Click here for a list of official attendees.

Sure, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie hits theaters in August but the Disney Parks Blog is providing a special opportunity to see it early. On Sunday, July 27, 2014, we're hosting a "Guardians of the Galaxy" Disney Parks Blog meet-up at the AMC Downtown Disney 24 at Walt Disney World Resort.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is an action-packed, epic space adventure where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunter after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits for a last, desperate stand -- with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

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Our event begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, in AMC Downtown Disney 24. At the meet-up, you'll be able to watch the "Guardians of the Galaxy" in RealD 3D. Some of the meet-up attendees may be wearing Super Hero costumes (no masks) and it'd be great if you did too, subject to the costume guidelines below.

RSVP now by sending us an email titled "Guardians of the Galaxy' Meet-Up" 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 people will be able to attend 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.
  • "Guardians of the Galaxy" is rated PG-13.
  • Costumes should adhere to any guidelines determined by Disney including:
    • Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent; drag on the ground; contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another guest; contain any weapons or objects which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon. Masks will not be permitted.

  • Costumes are also subject to any rules posted or otherwise provided by AMC Downtown Disney 24 including without limitation the following AMC notice: "We will not allow any guests into our theatres in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings."
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send a confirmation 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 at the AMC Downtown Disney 24 West Side 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 without notice.

This post will be updated after the planned 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. Seating is first come, first seated. 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.

Join Us for a Special 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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