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Los Angeles Zoo “ZooLAbrates” 50th Anniversary of its Opening Day in 1966, Fifty Percent off on Monday Dec. 28, 2016

LOS ANGELES ZOO “ZooLAbrates” 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPENING DAY IN 1966 WITH 50 precedent off ADMISSION/MOST FOOD AND BEVERAGE, 50TH BIRTHDAY CAKE-STYLE TREATS FOR ANIMALS, AND BIRTHDAY PARTY FEATURING BIRTHDAY CAKE, WALK WITH ANIMALS AND MORE

Monday, November 28, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles Zoo entrance in 1968


Los Angeles, Calif. -The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens marks 50 years from the day it opened in 1966 with an extra-special discount of 50 percent off admission/food and beverage purchases (except alcohol and Reggie’s Bistro dining) and a “ZooLAbration” Birthday Partyon Monday, November 28, 2016.  A “walk with the animals” begins the day at 10 am when guests are led from the front of the Zoo to the party by costumed characters and keepers with animals from the Zoo’s “walk-about” program.  From 10 to 10:30 am, the Birthday Party, which takes place at the “ZooLAbrate” stage near the Eucalyptus Grove, features a themed birthday cake served to visitors, a gigantic birthday card for guests to sign with their best birthday wishes, and presentations by John Lewis, L.A. Zoo Director, and Connie Morgan, President of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, as well as other special guests.  Throughout the day until 4 pm, a slate of animals receives special enrichment birthday cake-style treats.  As part of the “ZooLAbration,” a new microsite at www.ZooLAbrate50.org provides opportunities for the public to submit Zoo memories and offers special content including L.A. Zoo milestones, upcoming events and more.

Los Angeles Zoo entrance today

“ZooLAbrate” encompasses not only the L.A. Zoo’s key role as a world-class destination and an important community asset but also its critical successes in conservation, quality of life and premier care for animals.  Having recently completed a $172 million master plan which significantly improved the Zoo facility, the 50th anniversary coincides with the early planning stages of a new Master Plan for the future.

Admission purchased in person at the L.A. Zoo is 50% off on November 28 ONLY: $10 for general ages 13 to 61 (regularly $20); $8.50 for seniors ages 62+ (regularly $17), and $7.50 for children ages 2 to 12 (regularly $15).  Children under two are free.  Birthday Party activities are free with paid L.A. Zoo admission.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.  See www.lazoo.org for details.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The L.A. Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world.  Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  Free parking is available.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027, (323) 644-4200.  For tickets and more, visit lazoo.org and ZooLAbrate50.org.

More Than 50 Debuts On Display at the 2016 LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA, Now through Nov.17

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The LA Auto Show® Unveils more than 50 vehicles during its trade show, AutoMobility LATM, taking place now through November-17, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

More Than 50 Debuts Confirmed for 2016 LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA Nov. 14-17

20 Global Vehicle Debuts by Leading Automakers and Startups Include 3D-Printed Supercar and Self-Driving Electric Microbus LOS ANGELES, Calif The LA Auto Show® Unveils more than 50 vehicles during its trade show, AutoMobility LATM, taking place now through November-17, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. While nearly every automaker is slated to unveil products and/or make significant announcements, a few have begun to share their plans for vehicle reveals. Among the more than 20 world debuts will be introductions by Alfa Romeo, Mazda, MINI, Subaru, Volkswagen and a compact SUV from Jeep.  Other reveals confirmed are those from Infiniti, Jaguar Land Rover and smart.  Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan will have multiple reveals, while Porsche has confirmed five debuts. General Motors (GM) will have multiple global and North American debuts, including two reveals from Chevrolet.  Cadillac’s debut lineup will include the Escala concept car, which has only been seen on the Concept Lawn at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In addition to production and concept vehicles in the luxury and performance segments, this year’s unveilings will include a significant showing of SUVs and electric/hybrid options across several makes and models. As the automotive industry continues to transform, AutoMobility LA will also serve as a platform for product unveilings and significant announcements focused on technology, including the global premier of Divergent’s Blade production vehicle.  Built using Divergent 3D’s proprietary platform, the Blade supercar represents the future of automobile manufacturing and will be available to customers in 2017. Elio Motors, the start-up vehicle company bringing a low-cost, highly fuel efficient commuter vehicle to market, is planning on revealing the E1C (its latest E-Series vehicle), its P5 prototype vehicle and its interactive ePlus display at AutoMobility LA.  With fuel efficiency of up to 84 mpg, the aerodynamic, 2-seater (tandem) has a set base price of $7,300 for non-refundable reservations (up to 65,000 total reservations). Olli, the world’s first self-driving cognitive vehicle designed by Local Motors will also be present at this year’s AutoMobility LA.  Olli, an on-demand shuttle with capacity for 12, is currently being used on private roads in the Washington, D.C. area and is the first vehicle to utilize the cloud-based cognitive computing capability of IBM Watson Internet of Things to analyze and learn from high volumes of transportation data. Following AutoMobility LA, all of this year’s debuts will be on display at the 2016 LA Auto Show (open to the public November 18-27). AutoMobility LA is the culmination of a multi-year evolution of the LA Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo and its Press & Trade Days into a trade show designed exclusively for the new automotive industry.  The four-day event will bring together the entire “new mobility ecosystem” comprised of automakers, tech companies, designers, developers, startups, investors, dealers, government officials, analysts, etc. Registration for AutoMobility LA is now open.  All attendees will be able to witness this year’s vehicle debuts and have access to an all-new Technology Pavilion outside the Los Angeles Convention Center. To register for AutoMobility LA, please visit: http://automobilityla.com. For additional information on AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show please visit: http://www.automobilityla.com/ and http://laautoshow.com/. About the Los Angeles Auto Show and AutoMobility LA Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) is the first major North American auto show of the season each year.  In 2016, the show’s Press & Trade Days merged with the Connected Car Expo (CCE) to become AutoMobility LATM, the industry’s first trade show converging the technology and automotive industries to launch new products and technologies and to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding the future of transportation and mobility.  AutoMobility LA 2016 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 14-17, with manufacturer vehicle debuts intermixed.  LA Auto Show will be open to the public Nov. 18-27. AutoMobility LA is where the new auto industry gets business done, unveils groundbreaking new products and makes strategic announcements in front of media from around the globe.  LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions.  To receive the latest show news and information, follow LA Auto Show on Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow or via Facebook at facebook.com/LAAutoShow and sign up for alerts at http://www.laautoshow.com/.  For more information about AutoMobility LA, please visit http://www.automobilityla.com. “AutoMobility LA” is the exclusive trademark of the LA Auto Show. Facebook

Universal Studio’s Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights features New Terror Tram attraction through Nov. 4, 2016

Hollywood, Calif.-  There’s still time to get in on some frightfully scary fun at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights now through Nov. 4. Prepare for the scariest, most intense Halloween event in Southern California created by the sickest and most twisted minds in horror and the movie studio that invented the horror film genre. This year’s event features 7 all-new terrifying mazes based on the most frightening films and television shows ever – including three twisted installments of American Horror Story presented in one demented experience and the scariest movie of all time – The Exorcist. Michael Myers returns in Halloween – Hell Comes to Haddonfield and is part of an all-star line-up of the greatest slasher villains in horror including Freddy vs. Jason and Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Horror comes to town for the holidays with Krampus, while The Walking Dead finds a permanent home as an all-new year-round attraction. The thrills continue with a new Terror Tram experience, an all-new Jabbawockeez live show and mega scare zones featuring The Purge awaiting you around every dark corner. This year promises to take you Beyond Your Wildest Screams! http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/2016/overview.phphalloween_7

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Going on Now as Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror Begins its Final Check-out Celebration

HAUNTED MANSION HOLIDAY RETURNS WITH NEW MAGIC (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Jack Skellington brings a unique spark to the season as Haunted Mansion Holiday returns to Disneyland park to celebrate the collision between Halloween and Christmas through Jan. 8, 2017. New this year to this seasonal offering inspired by Walt Disney Pictures classic Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” is Jack’s friend Sally who joins him in the Mansion graveyard. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland)
HAUNTED MANSION HOLIDAY RETURNS WITH NEW MAGIC (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Jack Skellington brings a unique spark to the season as Haunted Mansion Holiday returns to Disneyland park to celebrate the collision between Halloween and Christmas through Jan. 8, 2017. New this year to this seasonal offering inspired by Walt Disney Pictures classic Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” is Jack’s friend Sally who joins him in the Mansion graveyard. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland)
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MICKEY MOUSE AND MINNIE MOUSE CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN TIME (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – During Halloween Time, Disneyland park guests will encounter beloved characters dressed in fun seasonal costumes, including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. The Halloween Time celebration at the Disneyland Resort, which also features special attractions and entertainment, continues through Oct. 31, 2016. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort)

Halloween Thrills Also Include New ‘Frightfully Fun Parade’ at Mickey’s Halloween Party, Plus Haunted Mansion Holiday and
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ANAHEIM, Calif.  –Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort offers two new reasons for guests to visit this year­­––a special celebration at The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror with a chance to “drop in” like never before, and the debut of the “Frightfully Fun Parade” at Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event. The parade features some popular Disney villains and a procession of grim, grinning ghosts, while The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow appears for the first time at Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Those treats add to the family-friendly thrills, popular seasonal attractions and spooky decor that make Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort so magical. The season runs from Friday, Sept. 9, through Monday, Oct. 31, offering the popular Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy attractions, themed foods and merchandise, plus spirited decor that features a giant Mickey Mouse jack-‘o-lantern on Main Street, U.S.A.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Final Check-out Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

The invitation to check into the Hollywood Tower Hotel is even more urgent now as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror approaches its final check-out date, Jan. 2, 2017. A special tribute begins Sept. 9 to salute the haunted hotel’s eerie story and exciting adventure at Disney California Adventure Park. During the celebration, guests who arrive after twilight will enjoy “Late Check-Out”–-a chance to venture beyond the fifth dimension into complete darkness.  It’s something guests have never experienced before: free-falling in the attraction’s haunted elevator shaft with all the lights out.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror celebration also includes special musical performances, commemorative merchandise and specialty food and beverage items. Performing at the Hollywood Tower Hotel are the Silver Lake Sisters, characters from the story of this famous hotel who once performed at its rooftop lounge. The sisters make their return to the Hollywood Tower Hotel during Halloween season.

Spooky Halloween Traditions at Disneyland Park

Throughout the Halloween season, guests will find special treats and thrilling traditions.  Haunted Mansion Holiday returns to celebrate the collision between Halloween and Christmas, and a familiar guest moves into the Mansion: Jack Skellington from the Walt Disney Pictures classic “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

  • Jack Skellington brings a unique spark to the season and, for the first time, his friend Sally joins him in the Mansion graveyard.
  • The annualHaunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house is back with a new theme. This year’s version appears to have been stitched together from pieces of other gingerbread houses and treats. In fact, the ghoulish architect has stitched himself inside the house, and one green arm still may be spotted, sewing the walls together around him.
  • Another Halloween favorite isSpace Mountain Ghost Galaxy, a Halloween-themed reimagining of the popular thrill ride in Tomorrowland, at Disneyland. Guests on board the speeding Space Mountain vehicles are thrust into a ghostly galaxy where they are bombarded with eerie screams, sound effects and music. Spine-chilling spirits pop out of the darkness, appearing to reach out to menace the space travelers.
  • The traditional Mexican celebration,“Dia de los Muertos,” is observed with a skeleton display in Frontierland, near Rancho del Zocalo restaurant.
  • As a special, after-dark treat during the Halloween season, guests visiting Disneyland on select nights will enjoy the“Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks spectacular.
  • During the day, the dynamic“Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” marches down Main Street, U.S.A., throughout Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

Mickey’s Halloween Party

New this year at Mickey’s Halloween Party is the premiere of the “Frightfully Fun Parade,” seen exclusively on the 17 nights of this separately ticketed event at Disneyland.

  • The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (from the Disney animated classic “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”) brings a warning to guests, riding through the park on his ghostly black steed with a flickering jack-‘o-lantern.
  • Shortly afterward, the parade begins with greetings from Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
  • Grim, grinning (and hitchhiking) ghosts follow along in the procession, joined by other spirits from the iconic Haunted Mansion attraction.
  • Inspired by Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” the creepy Dr. Facilier calls on mystical powers, summoning his Shadow Men from the bayou to loom large over his strange and twisted Voodoo parlor.
  • Mischievous Disney villains appear out of the darkness, ready to stir up some trouble, and their wicked gathering includes the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella.

Mickey’s Halloween Party guests are invited to visit in costume and trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland for candy and healthy snacks. An extra special treat is the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party and hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington.

Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party* may be purchased online and on mobile devices at Disneyland.com/party, as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400. Guests may check for availability for the 17 nights: Friday, Sept. 23; Monday, Sept. 26, Wednesday, Sept. 28; Friday, Sept. 30; Monday, Oct. 3; Wednesday, Oct. 5; Friday, Oct. 7; Monday, Oct. 10;Wednesday, Oct. 12; Friday, Oct. 14; Monday, Oct. 17; Wednesday, Oct. 19; Friday, Oct. 21; Monday, Oct. 24; Wednesday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 29; and Monday, Oct. 31, Halloween night. Online and mobile purchases are not available the day of the event. Parking is not included in the ticket price, and parking fees will apply.

Tickets purchased in advance are available at a discount for select nights. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $89 each. All tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Monday, Oct. 31, are $99 each. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a non-smoking event. Smoking is permitted only in the Esplanade outside the Disneyland main entrance.

For more information about Halloween events at the Disneyland Resort, please visit  http://www.Disneyland.com/Halloween. Entertainment and attractions are subject to change without notice.

*Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets are subject to availability and are valid only for specific event dates and hours. Space is limited and event dates may sell out. Limit eight (8) tickets per person, per event date. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be resold. May not be combined with other discounts. Costumes subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive; please check guidelines for all restrictions. Ages 2 and under: no ticket required. Entertainment may be cancelled due to inclement weather or otherwise. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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Haunted Mansion Holiday inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.

Hollywood Gears Up for Oscar Night 2016

Hollywood Street and Sidewalk Closures Ahead of Oscars 2016

Hollywood, Calif. - The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PST. The Oscars, produced by David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
To ensure public safety, support security strategies and facilitate the production of this year’s Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

To accommodate the construction of press risers, fan bleachers and pre-show stages along the Oscars red carpet, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday, February 21st, and remain closed until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1st.

MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood & Highland station after the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday, February 27th, until 6 a.m. Monday, February 29th. Service at the station will resume with the first scheduled train after 6 a.m.

Between Sunday, February 21, and Oscar Sunday, February 28, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods.

Details of the closures and maps of affected areas are available from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Sixth and the Thirteenth District City Council field offices and on the Academy’s website at www.oscars.org/closures.

- See more at: http://hollywoodchamber.chambermaster.com/news/details/hollywood-street-and-sidewalk-closures-ahead-of-oscars-2016#sthash.KFVVyxUd.dpuf

Just in Time for the Holidays, Star Wars Launch Bay, Hyperspace Mountain, Star Wars Characters and More Debut at Disneyland Park

STAR WARS SEASON OF THE FORCE AT DISNEYLAND PARK -- As the Force awakens at the Disneyland Resort, Star Wars Season of the Force brings exciting new experiences to Disneyland Park to celebrate all things Star Wars. Season of the Force in Tomorrowland entertains fans of the famous film saga and guests looking forward to the future Star Wars-themed land. Among the elements entering this galaxy are Star Wars Launch Bay, an interactive space in the newly named Tomorrowland Expo Center; Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga; a new adventure in Star Tours Ð The Adventures Continue, and the reimagined attraction, Hyperspace Mountain. Opening Dec. 8, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple enhances this popular show with new characters and a new villain. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) -
STAR WARS SEASON OF THE FORCE AT DISNEYLAND PARK — As the Force awakens at the Disneyland Resort, Star Wars Season of the Force brings exciting new experiences to Disneyland Park to celebrate all things Star Wars. Season of the Force in Tomorrowland entertains fans of the famous film saga and guests looking forward to the future Star Wars-themed land. Among the elements entering this galaxy are Star Wars Launch Bay, an interactive space in the newly named Tomorrowland Expo Center; Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga; a new adventure in Star Tours Ð The Adventures Continue, and the reimagined attraction, Hyperspace Mountain. Opening Dec. 8, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple enhances this popular show with new characters and a new villain. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) -
STAR WARS LAUNCH BAY — In the heart of Tomorrowland, Star Wars Launch Bay is the central locale for guests to celebrate all things Star Wars. Disneyland park guests are welcomed to this multi-sensory space with the iconic phrase, ÒA long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.ÉÓ Once inside, they may encounter beloved Star Wars characters, play the latest Star Wars interactive video games, explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, step into a Star Wars-themed cantina, and have access to Star Wars merchandise. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
STAR WARS LAUNCH BAY — In the heart of Tomorrowland, Star Wars Launch Bay is the central locale for guests to celebrate all things Star Wars. Disneyland park guests are welcomed to this multi-sensory space with the iconic phrase, ÒA long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.ÉÓ Once inside, they may encounter beloved Star Wars characters, play the latest Star Wars interactive video games, explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, step into a Star Wars-themed cantina, and have access to Star Wars merchandise. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)ANAHEIM, Calif. – As the Force awakens at the Disneyland Resortdebuts Nov. 16, bringing exciting new experiences to Disneyland Park to celebrate all things . Adding to the annual Holidays season and the dazzling 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, Season of the Force in Tomorrowland will entertain fans of the famous film saga and guests looking forward to the future -themed land.

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. – As the Force awakens at the Disneyland ResortStar Wars Season of the Force debuts Nov. 16, bringing exciting new experiences to Disneyland Park to celebrate all things Star Wars. Adding to the annual Holidays season and the dazzling 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, Season of the Force in Tomorrowland will entertain fans of the famous film saga and guests looking forward to the future Star Wars-themed land.

Among the elements entering this galaxy are Star Wars Launch Bay, an interactive space in the newly named Tomorrowland Expo Center; Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga; a new adventure in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, and the reimagined attraction, Hyperspace Mountain. Opening Dec. 8, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple enhances this popular show with new characters and a new villain.

To further immerse guests in the saga, Star Wars-themed décor will celebrate iconic characters and moments from the films, and Star Wars-inspired food and beverage will be available.

Season of the Force arrives just in time for the holidays, giving guests in Tomorrowland a glimpse into the world of the upcoming film, Star WarsThe Force Awakens, which is scheduled to premiere Dec. 18, 2015. The Holiday season at the Disneyland Resort runs from Nov. 13, 2015 through Jan. 6, 2016.

The new Season of the Force Star Wars experiences include:

Star Wars Launch Bay: In the heart of Tomorrowland, Star Wars Launch Bay is the central locale for guests to celebrate all things Star Wars. Guests will be welcomed to this multi-sensory space with the iconic phrase, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.…” Once inside, they may encounter beloved Star Wars characters, play the latest Star Wars interactive video games, explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, step into a Star Wars-themed cantina, and have access to Star Wars merchandise.

  • Special Character Encounters – After entering a themed atrium with authentic replicas of Star Wars props, guests may Journey to the dark side and come face to face with Darth Vader, or they may choose the light side by stopping in at a makeshift Rebel base to meet the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca.
  • Launch Bay Theater – Guests will hear directly from the creative minds behind the Star Wars saga in a short video that includes exclusive interviews with the directors, writers, producers and other key crew members who continue to bring the saga to life.
  • The Cantina – This setting, inspired by the unsavory “hives of scum and villainy” in the Star Wars galaxy, is a fun place to explore and take photos near elements of the cantina, such as a holochess game table.
  • Star Wars Game Center – Guests will play the latest and greatest video games, including Disney Infinity 3.0 with park-exclusive Toy Box levels.
  • Themed Galleries – Special galleries will be located throughout Star Wars Launch Bay.
    • The Dark Side Gallery features pieces of Stormtrooper armor and Sith lightsabers.
    • The Light Side Gallery displays rebel flight helmets and Jedi lightsabers.
    • Authentic replicas of props and costumes from both the light and dark sides of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will appear in the Preview Gallery.
    • Models of famous starships and their pilots will be on display in the Starship Gallery.
  • Star Wars Launch Bay Cargo – Guests may bring home high-end artifacts and treasures, including signed memorabilia, studio models and personalized D-Tech on Demand mobile device cases.

Star Wars: Path of The JediIn the Tomorrowland Theater, guests will relive stories from the Star Wars saga – or discover them for the first time – in this short film compilation. “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” connects iconic scenes from the films in fun new ways, following the journey of Luke Skywalker. It includes moments from the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: Fans of this popular attraction will experience journeys involving new characters and adventures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours takes guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they interact with characters from throughout the saga. And it is all in 3D. With an eye-popping digital presentation leveraging Dolby 3D to deliver a vivid and realistic experience, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology, guests are immersed in the Star Wars galaxy like never before on a theme park attraction.

Jedi Training: Trials of the TempleThis popular interactive show is being reimagined, and a new version will open in Tomorrowland Dec. 8 with Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister Inquisitor, a new villain from the popular Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.

Hyperspace Mountain:  The classic Space Mountain attraction is reimagined as Hyperspace Mountain, thrusting guests into the darkness for an action-packed battle between Rebel X-wings and Imperial TIE fighters. A new soundtrack, inspired by the films’ musical themes, adds to the thrills.

Stormtrooper Patrols: In Tomorrowland, guests may to come face to face with First Order stormtroopers who will patrol the area near Star Wars Launch Bay and Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.

Galactic FoodGuests will experience Star Wars through their palates, as well, with tasty food and beverages inspired by a galaxy far, far away. The Galactic Grill, in the Tomorrowland Terrace location, will feature a dark side and a light side menu, and Pizza Port will offer new Star Wars-inspired menu items.

Season of the Force at Disneyland, along with Season of the Force experiences at Walt Disney World Resort in December and January, will further expand the Star Wars presence at both resorts ahead of the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

Also at the Disneyland Resort, guests continue to enjoy the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, with sparkling décor in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, plus a dazzling array of after-dark shows, all of which are presented nightly. In Disneyland, “Paint the Night – All-New Electrical Parade” creates a river of color down Main Street, U.S.A., with spectacular special effects, sensational floats, energetic performances and unforgettable music. The “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show in Disneyland lights up the resort with dynamic pyrotechnics and magical projections that surround the audience. In Disney California Adventure Park, the magical water, film and special effects presentation “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” pays a fun, surprise-filled tribute to Walt Disney, whose fertile imagination led to the creation of Disneyland.

For more information about the Disneyland Resort, see www.Disneyland.com or visit www.DisneyParksBlog.com. These sites are updated regularly.

About the Disneyland Resort The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and the reimagined Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” fun. For information on attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Deliver Extra Dazzle with the Diamond Celebration, Nov. 13 Through Jan. 6

 ‘Paint the Night’ Parade, ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks and ‘World of Color: Celebrate!’ Bring More Merriment to Holidays 2015 at the Disneyland Resort   

 ANAHEIM, Calif.  – Disneyland Resort will deliver the Holidays with a shimmering sprinkle of Diamond Celebration pixie dust this year beginning Friday, Nov. 13, as holiday festivities are added to the ongoing 60th anniversary celebration. The holiday season will offer unforgettable entertainment, attractions, food and gift items day and night at the Disneyland Resort through Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.

IT’S A SMALL WORLD” HOLIDAY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Guests will discover how the spirit of the season unites cultures across the globe as they sail through “it’s a small world” Holiday, just one of the many festive features at the Disneyland park during the holidays. The Holidays are a magical time to create unforgettable memories with loved ones at the Disneyland Resort. This merry season runs Nov. 13 through Jan. 6, 2016, as Disneyland park becomes a dazzling winter wonderland with festive décor, holiday-themed treats and attractions transformed for the season – “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. This year, the Diamond Celebration adds even more sparkle to the exciting entertainment, which includes “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,” “Paint the Night” nighttime parade and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
IT’S A SMALL WORLD” HOLIDAY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Guests will discover how the spirit of the season unites cultures across the globe as they sail through “it’s a small world” Holiday, just one of the many festive features at the Disneyland park during the holidays. The Holidays are a magical time to create unforgettable memories with loved ones at the Disneyland Resort. This merry season runs Nov. 13 through Jan. 6, 2016, as Disneyland park becomes a dazzling winter wonderland with festive décor, holiday-themed treats and attractions transformed for the season – “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. This year, the Diamond Celebration adds even more sparkle to the exciting entertainment, which includes “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,” “Paint the Night” nighttime parade and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

 

 

 

 

MAJESTIC CHRISTMAS TREE (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Just for the Holidays, a towering Christmas tree stands 60 feet tall at Town Square at Disneyland Park, fully adorned with nearly 2,000 ornaments and 800 handmade bows. The Holidays are a magical time to create unforgettable memories with loved ones at the Disneyland Resort. This merry season runs Nov. 13 through Jan. 6, 2016, as Disneyland Park becomes a dazzling winter wonderland with festive décor, holiday-themed treats and attractions transformed for the season – “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. This year, the Diamond Celebration adds even more sparkle to the exciting entertainment, which includes “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,” “Paint the Night” nighttime parade and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
MAJESTIC CHRISTMAS TREE (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Just for the Holidays, a towering Christmas tree stands 60 feet tall at Town Square at Disneyland Park, fully adorned with nearly 2,000 ornaments and 800 handmade bows. The Holidays are a magical time to create unforgettable memories with loved ones at the Disneyland Resort. This merry season runs Nov. 13 through Jan. 6, 2016, as Disneyland Park becomes a dazzling winter wonderland with festive décor, holiday-themed treats and attractions transformed for the season – “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. This year, the Diamond Celebration adds even more sparkle to the exciting entertainment, which includes “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,” “Paint the Night” nighttime parade and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

In addition to traditional Disneyland Resort holiday attractions like “it’s a small world” HolidayHaunted Mansion Holiday“Disney ¡Viva Navidad!”  and “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, guests at the Disneyland Resort will enjoy all of the spectacular new nighttime Diamond Celebration spectaculars: “Paint the Night” parade  and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks in Disneyland Park, plus “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” in Disney California Adventure Park, which will be presented most nights along with the popular holiday version, “World of Color – Winter Dreams.”

 

 

Holiday time at the Disneyland Resort has become an annual tradition for many guests, filled with the merriment and magical memories of the season. This year, the sparkling excitement of Diamond Celebration décor and entertainment adds to the holiday excitement throughout the resort. Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure bring extra glitter to the season with diamond highlights on their facades.

The Disneyland Resort holiday traditions include soaring Christmas trees in Town Square, Disneyland, and Buena Vista Street, Disney California Adventure, along with visits by Santa Claus to both parks, and holiday food and merchandise items. Additional highlights include:

In Disneyland:

  • “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a Disneyland holiday treasure, presents Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and an array of Disney characters celebrating the holiday season. The daytime parade features 100-plus performers including Santa Claus, who brings jolly holiday wishes from the North Pole. After dark, the Diamond Celebration “Paint the Night” parade will bring its own brand of glittering magic to Disneyland, with dazzling special effects, unforgettable music, energetic performances and spectacular floats. The luminescent parade creates a river of color flowing down Main Street, U.S.A., with an array of Disney characters and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights,
  • “Disneyland Forever” – The dazzling, new fireworks spectacular “Disneyland Forever” is a street-to-sky, immersive experience like nothing seen before at the Disneyland Resort, with pyrotechnics, original music and viewing locations throughout Disneyland Park. Guests will be surrounded by the worlds of timeless Disney tales, from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, thanks to the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects.
  • it’s a small world” Holiday offers a worldwide celebration of the season, with more than 300.000 twinkling lights on the attraction’s façade. Inside, animated dolls representing children of many nations are dressed in holiday attire, singing holiday songs as well as the classic “It’s a Small World After All.”
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a spooky but lighthearted mashup of the Halloween and Christmas holidays as imagined by Jack Skellington from the Walt Disney Pictures animated classic Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Continuing an annual tradition, a new gingerbread house is created each year for the Mansion, adding a humorous touch to the ballroom scene. This year, the gingerbread house design features gingerbread men constructing a teetering “house of cards.”
  • Jingle Cruise, an instantly popular addition in 2014, returns to take adventurous guests on a fun-filled expedition. They discover a cargo of holiday gifts and decorations that have been jettisoned over the jungles of the celebrated Jungle Cruise attraction in Adventureland.

In Disney California Adventure:

  • For the first time, two splendid versions of the “World of Color” spectacular will be presented most nights during the Holiday season, on Paradise BayThe nighttime water show with animation, film, music, fountains and special effects is fully programmable, allowing guests to enjoy different experiences. The holiday-themed show, “World of Color − Winter Dreams,” features Olaf the snowman along with classic winter scenes from beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar films such as “Bambi,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen,” the blockbuster Disney film. For the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, “World of Color – Celebrate” pays a fun, colorful, surprise-filled tribute to Walt Disney, whose fertile imagination led to the creation of Disneyland and so many beloved characters. Guests may check the park schedule for show times.
  • “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” is a daily celebration of Latino culture and holiday traditions with music, dancing, vibrant colors and delicious food. Disney characters join the fun in the lively “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party.”
  • “Olaf’s Snow Fest” celebrates its return to Hollywood Land with Olaf, the comical snowman from “Frozen.” Stage 17 is transformed into a charming castle courtyard inspired by the “Frozen” kingdom of Arendelle. Kids of all ages have fun in a giant wintry play area with real snow where they are encouraged to build snow creations and zip down a snow slide. Guests who wish to observe the icy fun will have a nearby viewing area. Music and storytelling entertainment will be presented throughout the day.
  • The residents of Radiator Springs will welcome guests with a “snowcar” at the entrance of Cars Land. Each address along the roadway into the land – Flo’s V8 Café, Fillmore’s Taste-In, Cozy Cone Motel and more – will feature holiday decorations reflecting the personalities of the “Cars” character who lives there.
  • Flik and his buddies decorate “a bug’s land” with giant Christmas lights and holiday ornaments, adding to the festive spirit.

In the Downtown Disney District, guests may take a break from their holiday shopping and dining to go skating on “Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink.” The Downtown Disney Winter Village around the ice rink will offer shoppers holiday gift items sold from the windows of the charming village houses.

For more information about Disneyland Resort, see www.Disneyland.com or visit www.DisneyParksBlog.com. These sites are updated regularly.