Friday, August 22, 2014

Taste of Downtown Disney 2014: A Delicious Recap #CHOCwalk


How often do you get to eat and drink your way through Downtown Disney with friends, while supporting an amazing cause at the same time? Last week we did just that! For the first time, we attended the 7th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney. This incredible night serves as a kick off to the CHOC Children’s Foundation’s annual fundraising drive surrounding the CHOC Walk in the Park.


We had a delightful evening savoring the flavors of the following restaurants:
Catal Restaurant and UVA Bar
Tortilla Jo's
Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria
ESPN Zone
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
House of Blues
Jamba Juice
La Brea Bakery
Wonderground Gallery


All guests were broken up into groups, where we each had a different route for the evening. We went from restaurant to restaurant where the drinks kept flowing, the food and appetizers were being passed  around like crazy - our kind of party! We rarely hang out in the Downtown Disney District, so this was really a unique experience. This would be the ultimate date night or girls night out, we think it's perfect for spending time catching up with family. We made a video to capture what a great event this was. If you've never been, you should definitely think about going next year. It was truly a night to remember!


More than just a fun night out on the town, proceeds benefit CHOC Children's
Become part of the team - sign up for the CHOC Walk!


This year, the CHOC Walk in the Park will be held on October 12, 2014. The 2014 walk covers three miles through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park where “CHOC Walkers” get a special peek behind the magic before the parks open to the general public. At the end of the 5K walk, the event continues in the resort’s Downtown Disney District where event sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers for Walk participants.


In order to help CHOC reach its goal of providing quality healthcare to the region’s two million children, each CHOC Walker must raise a minimum of $50 to participate in the Walk. Everyone can register at http://www.chocwalk.org and receive up-to-date event information at CHOC Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Enter the #Disneyland60Contest from Disney Parks Blog

Do you have old photos of yourself at the Happiest Place on Earth from 5, 10, 20+ years ago? Us too! Well guess what? The fine folks at Disney Parks Blog want to see them. You may or may not have heard of the Disneyland Through The Decades photo contest going on right now on. It's easy to enter, just upload your old photos from the Disneyland Resort. Tag them on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest. Get them in by the deadline August 27, 2014. Then get ready to vote for your favorites on Disney Parks Blog. Cool prizes to be won! Official details below!

*The photos below was taken of Jessica, by Tracey at Disneyland, while she participated in a parade down Main Street U.S.A. with fellow students (band & cheer squad) from John Burroughs High School, circa 1994.*




How to enter:


Each week, @Disneyland on Instagram will 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.)

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.

Make sure your entry is official! 
To be considered an official entry, your photo must be shared as a new Instagram post with the contest hashtag and the decade in which the photo was taken in the description. Hashtagging an old Instagram photo post will not be considered an official entry. Feel free to screen grab it and re-upload it to Instagram to enter if you have a photo already posted on the channel.

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.



Thursday, July 31, 2014

2014 Mickey’s Halloween Party Dates and Ticket Prices

Fall will be here before you know it and you know what that means? Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort is almost here. We're so excited it's scary! The dates of the yearly event Mickey's Halloween Party have just been announced and we can hardly wait to get our tickets! So mark your calendars, purchase tickets for your family in advance, (it's cheaper that way) and let's get this Halloween Party started!



Friday, September 26, 2014 
7:00pm to midnight
$63.00 (Advance ticket price)
$56.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)
*Opening night usually sells out*


Tuesday, September 30, 2014 
6:00pm to 11:00pm
$63.00 (Advance ticket price)
$56.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Friday, October 3, 2014 
7:00pm to midnight
$63.00 (Advance ticket price)
$56.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Monday, October 6, 2014 
6:00pm to 11:00pm
$63.00 (Advance ticket price)
$56.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 
6:00pm to 11:00pm
$63.00 (Advance ticket price)
$56.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Friday, October 10, 2014 
7:00pm to midnight
$70.00 (Advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014 
6:00pm to 11:00pm
$63.00 (Advance ticket price)
$56.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Friday, October 17, 2014 
7:00pm to midnight
$70.00 (Advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Monday, October 20, 2014 
6:00pm to 11:00pm
$63.00 (Advance ticket price)
$56.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014 
6:00pm to 11:00pm
$63.00 (Advance ticket price)
$63.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Friday, October 24, 2014 
7:00pm to midnight
$70.00 (Advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Monday, October 27, 2014 
6:00pm to 11:00pm
$63.00 (Advance ticket price)
$63.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014 
6:00pm to 11:00pm
$70.00 (Advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$70.00 (Ticket price on event date)


Friday, October 31, 2014 
7:00pm to midnight
$77.00 (Advance ticket price)
$77.00 (Annual Passholder advance ticket price)
$77.00 (Ticket price on event date)

*Please note that children younger than age 3 do not need a ticket for Mickey's Halloween Party.*

Which day(s) are you planning on attending? 
Details about what you can expect at this bewitching event coming soon to the blog!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Disneyland: Celebrating the Park's 59th Anniversary

Yesterday, July 17th, the Disneyland Resort celebrated its 59th anniversary with a festive ceremony for guests! We are always up for a party, especially one celebrating the happiest place on earth! 

Happy Birthday Disneyland!

"The popularity of Disneyland through the past 59 years celebrates Walt Disney’s dream of a place where family members of all ages can have fun together in a safe, clean atmosphere that emphasizes imagination and extraordinary guest service. Since 1955, dignitaries, heads of state, celebrities and more than 700 million guests have passed through the gates of a place that Walt imagined as “a source of joy and inspiration to the world.”




Looking ahead to next year to the 60th anniversary, Disneyland Resort will launch a dazzling yearlong Diamond Celebration that salutes 60 years of magic, in the spring of 2015. We are so excited for the things to come! Next year is going to be awesome! The Diamond Celebration logo was also unveiled yesterday as part of the annual July 17 anniversary celebration. That's enough bling to make any Princess swoon.



 Guests visiting Disneyland yesterday, were lucky enough to join fifty-nine Disney characters on Main Street, U.S.A., (that's a lot of characters) to hear a recording of Walt Disney’s opening day “welcome” speech (which always gives us the chills) and sing “Happy Birthday” in a festive marking of the 59th anniversary. You can see the video HERE.



Disney invites generations of guests to share their favorite memories through photos taken at the Disneyland Resort. You can submit photos that represent your memories from the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present. Using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, then share your photos via Twitter or Instagram by August 27, 2014. For complete rules, see the post on the Disney Parks Blog. Readers of the Disney Parks Blog will vote for the top photos and one lucky guest will have a chance to win a trip to the Disneyland Resort for the start of the 60th anniversary celebration in Spring 2015.
Look for more Diamond Celebration updates throughout the year on Disney Sisters and the Disney Parks Blog. 

 Both park images courtesy of Disneyland Park. 
Diamond Celebration Logo © Disney.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Disney Channel Open Casting Call in Hollywood, CA

Have you ever wondered how to get your son our daughter an audition for Disney Channel shows?

Do you know of a child aged 10-17 who has what it takes to be the next Disney Channel star?
 
This weekend could be the BIG BREAK that you've been waiting for!

If you have an aspiring child or teen actor looking to audition for Disney,  
representatives from DISNEY CHANNEL and DISNEY XD are conducting an 
OPEN CASTING CALL

9:00 a.m. PT – 1:00 p.m. PT

Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
  
Parking is available at Hollywood & Highland Parking Structure (for a maximum fee of $15)

Make sure to bring a photo of your child with you, they will need it to register. (snapshots are okay)
Everyone under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to audition!
There is NEVER a fee to participate in a Disney Channel/Disney XD Talent Search.
This is NOT an offer or guarantee of employment.



BREAK A LEG! And let them know that you heard about it from Disney Sisters!
Leave a comment if you are planning on going to the audition! 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 10 Facts You May Not Know About the Classic Disneyland Attraction

Hold onto your ears! 
The wildest ride in the wilderness is back up and running - just in time for summer! Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (one of our family favorites) has gotten a magical makeover with an upgraded track, restoration of the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town, new paint on portions of the mountain and updates to the train vehicles. Disneyland guests taking a ride on this runaway mine train will discover some new explosive surprises along the way. (Spoiler alert: there may be smoke and fire!) 


We got a chance to ride AND interview Executive Walt Disney Imagineer, Ray Spencer (he's also Creative Director for Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park.) Well, there may have been more laughs and screams than actual questions being asked, but it was so interesting to hear the stories from Ray about the remodel. How challenging it was trying to give the beloved attraction an upgrade, without changing too much of a classic.





Here are some interesting facts, you might not know about one of Disney Parks most famous attractions!

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad celebrated its grand opening in September 1979, becoming the third peak in the Disneyland Park “mountain range of thrill rides.” It was preceded by Matterhorn Bobsleds (1959) and Space Mountain (1977) and followed by Splash Mountain (1989).

  •  The attraction’s setting evokes 19th century gold-mining territory, with rugged bedrock and desert cactus. Guests board a mine train for a thrilling, high-speed adventure past the spires and buttes of the old West and into the tunnels and shafts of a dark and mysterious mine.


  • Since its opening in 1979, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland has carried more than 225 million guests who are warned to “hold onto your hats and glasses” as they prepare to dip and drop into the canyons and caves of the Big Thunder ghost town.

  •   The unusual rock spires of Big Thunder Mountain were inspired by the “hoodoos” of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The tallest spire on Big Thunder Mountain reaches 104 feet.

  • Objects that may be spotted by guests in and around Big Thunder Mountain include a century-old stamp mill, hand-driven drill press, gears, picks, shovels and other artifacts acquired from abandoned mines in Nevada, Colorado, Minnesota and Wyoming, as well as museums and swap meets.

  • Subsequent versions of the attraction appeared in Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World, Florida in 1980; Tokyo Disneyland Park in 1987 and Disneyland Paris in 1992.

  • The miniature town of Big Thunder, seen at the end of the attraction, first appeared in 1956 as part of the Rainbow Cavern Mine Train and Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland attractions. Many Disneyland fans still call it by its original name: Rainbow Ridge. The town is said to have been a favorite of Walt Disney, who built miniatures himself as a hobby.
  • Other items from the Nature’s Wonderland days include the caves of Rainbow Caverns, the rock-work buttes at the entry to Balancing Rock Canyon, and some of the animals – the dynamite-devouring goat, coyotes, possums, snakes, turtles, vultures - who appear among the rocky cliffs surrounding the mine tunnels.

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was the first major design project for Walt Disney Imagineer and Disney Legend Tony Baxter, whose subsequent projects at Disneyland included the new Fantasyland of 1983, Star Tours, Splash Mountain and the Indiana Jones Adventure.

  • Along with the new track, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopened in March, 2014, with an enhanced audio system that sharpens the sounds heard by guests as they ride through the caverns and buildings. Even the wildlife at Big Thunder can be heard more distinctly.


Have you had the chance to ride it yet? 
What was your favorite part? We'd love to know!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Show Your #DisneySidewalk Program with Disney Artist Noah (Interview)


If you're here to find out more about the #DisneySidewalk program, recently launched by Disney Parks Instagram Accounts - then you've came to the right place! 


We had the privilege of interviewing featured Disney artist, Noah at the start of the Rock your Disney Side 24 Hour Celebration. He was there to announce the Disney Parks new Instagram program, Show Your Disney Sidewalk! Guests can participate in Show Your Disney Sidewalk at home by tagging photos of their own chalk art with #DisneySidewalk on Instagram. They might even be featured on the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Instagram accounts.


This beautiful 8' X 8' chalk featuring highlights of Disney California Adventure drawing made by Noah will be donated to Autism Speaks for auction.


Summer vacation is the perfect time to bust out the sidewalk chalk and perfect your craft of cartooning. We’ve been having a ball so far this summer doing simple things together such as chalk drawings on the driveway. It's an easy, inexpensive way to create art and anyone can do it.


Check out these amazing looking creations made by other Disney artists... We can't wait to see what you come up with!


Make sure to follow these Instagram Accounts:


And use the hashtag #DisneySidewalk

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Photo Fun at Disney California Adventure and #DisneySMMoms

Professional photographer Tracey Clark (and first born Disney Sister) is always saying, it's not about how fancy the camera you are using is, it's about learning how to get the best results with what you've got. AMEN Sister! We don't know about you, but it we've always got our iPhones in our hands (or back pockets) at the Disney Parks ready to shoot at moments notice. Doesn't everybody?

We're celebrating the Disney Social Media On The Road Events this summer and sharing some of our favorite photos taken at Disney California Adventure. Since the update of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land this park creates one heck of a backdrop to shoot amazing images. Like SERIOUS Magic, don't you agree?

The Iconic Shot
When you think of Disney California Adventure Park the attraction that comes to mind is the iconic Mickey's Fun Wheel. It's big, bright, and has that loveable mouse face on it. Add in the reflection in the water and you've got one magical shot. Say cheese! (See what we did there?)


On A Ride
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is the perfect attraction for all ages. Take in glorious wilderness sights and embark on exciting adventures along the pathway to capture great photos of your family. Although you may have to look up (way up) to find them!


Sweet Treat
Nothing could be sweeter than enjoying a sweet treat at any of the Disney Parks. No matter what delicious snack you choose, (Churro!) (Dole Whip!) we bet it will be easier to capture more smiles from the family. Cruising down Buena Vista Street with a lollipop in hand - Life is GOOD!


Timeless
The beauty about shooting black and white at the Parks is the vintage feel that it creates. This shot looks like it could have been taken 50 years ago, but actually it was taken on our last trip to Disney California Adventure. You'd also never known that it wasn't shot on film, instead it with an iPhone edited in Instagram. The best part is that you can shoot in color and edit your photos into black and white later.


Night Shots
Sure you can get your kicks at Route 66 during the day, but at night this park lights up with style! Cars Land is a visual wonderland, to take in while the neon signs glow and the vivid colors light up the night sky. It's incredible to see in person and is stunning to photograph.

To see more awesome Disney images & get a few tips, make sure to check out

GIVEAWAY! 
You could win a copy of Tracey's book, Elevate the Everyday, click HERE for your chance to win.

She will be sharing her passion for photography at the Disney Social Media Moms On the Road Celebration in Phoenix later this month. (YAY!) We'll all be there in Arizona together! All for one, and one for all. Plus we couldn't miss out on Disney Magic!

Will we see you there? Leave a comment letting us know! HOLLA!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ridemakerz: Build Memories at Home this Father's Day #BuildMemories

"Fathers, build a car with your son. You never know, it may just change him for life. Find the time and the money. I guarantee that you won’t regret it, and neither will he."
-Robert Kibbe



  
High-Octane Fun for the Whole Family
Our family loves Ridemakerz! We've actually celebrated Father's Day at Ridemakerz before. It's hard to tell who has the most fun. The dads line up the cars, the kids race them and set up courses and even us moms like to watch and play too. It's non-stop giggles and laughter, high-speed races and crashes, and a whole lot of ways to Build Memories! We're hosting a Birthday Party Bash later on this summer. Some of our favorites are the Disney and Marvel themed Ridez. Check out this Captain America Camaro available now!


 Build Memories with Your Pit Crew
Fathers and sons used to spend hours upon hours working on cars together. Under the hoods and bent over engines. Ridemakerz is bringing back the joy that building a vehicle together can bring. This time it's a toy car and it's definitely not just for boys! What would you say if we told you that we have found the perfect gift to get Dads playing together with their sons AND their daughters. Ridemakerz is a brand that brings key elements of play together. Creativity, engineering and the need for speed. Add in the ability to use your imagination and you've got a one-of-a-kind experience. Each ride is an expression that reflects the individuals’ own unique style and personality. A great thing about making your own creation, is that these cars are something that your family will spend more time together playing with all year long. Whether you go visit your local Ridemakerz shop and customize your ride there, (Our favorite is at Downtown Disney in Anaheim) customize your ride online, or get a build at home kit - everyone wins!


Buckle Up
Disney Sisters are proud to announce our partnership with Ridemakerz, a unique one-of-a-kind car making experience. We are also excited to introduce the exclusive Build-At-Home Father's Day Kits now available for delivery to your very own garage - VROOM! This Father's Day Sale is a perfect way to get 2 Ridez with all the parts so that Dads and kids can each build their own customized car, add on the Radio Control upgrade (our family favorite) and hit the road!




Father's Day Special
Right now you can get 50% off Exclusive Father's Day Kits available May 27th, while supplies last. Make sure to order by June 5th for guaranteed delivery by Father's Day. (Father's Day is Sunday June 15th this year.) You buy the parts, they build the memories! Choose from 4 exclusive Father's Day Kits for son or daughter (see below) - all 50% off while supplies last! To purchase your own kit online CLICK HERE. *Additional discounts cannot be applied to Father's Day kits.



GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win the Father's Day kit of their choice! Simply complete the Rafflecopter form AND tell us which Ridemakerz Father's Day Kit you would like to win in the comments below. Comments will close on June 3rd, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST.




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Disclosure: This post and the giveaway are both sponsored by Ridemakerz.
All thoughts are 100% Magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Maleficent Doll: Disney Film Collection at Disney Store #Maleficent



Maleficent Disney Film Collection Doll - 12''

Well, well, it's Maleficent, in all her splendor. 


Part of the the Disney Film Collection, this finely detailed collector's doll captures the fiery spirit of the legendary icon as she appears in Disney's new live-action film. Maleficent comes to theaters May 30th and it's sure to be wickedly fun!


Get yours for $34.95 at the DISNEY STORE.


Magic in the details...

Please Note: Purchase of this item is limited to 2 per Guest.

  • Fully articulated figure
  • Deluxe costume
  • Textured fabric with faux leather collar and detailing
  • Faceted jewel at neck
  • Finely sculptured head with attached horns
  • Includes staff
  • Scenic packaging
  • Part of the Disney Film Collection


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